Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Commit Me!

Between our anniversary yesterday, reviewing Good Kids, Bad Habits, Ash Wednesday tomorrow and my lack of progress in becoming a MILF I've been thinking a lot about commitment--or lack thereof--the last few days. Seven years of marriage, 4 kids, a huge mortgage, now that is commitment. G-man and I've weathered our shares of ups and downs but my commitment to him and our family has never been in doubt. Once I made up my mind that he was the guy for me I was in it for the long haul, for better or worse. Thankfully its been more better than worse, I feel lucky that we've weathered our storms. We're both a little older and wiser and I think we are both more appreciative of what we have given the demise of his first marriage.

On the diet front I've been significantly less committed. I thought that joining Mom-o-matic and the future MILFs and writing about it here every week would be enough to keep me committed, I was wrong. I've been committed for days, maybe more like hours during the last 6 weeks. I've been a little more like the chicken than the pig. At some point I decided I either need to shit or get off the pot--to quote my Grandma Gloria.

So, yesterday I joined the bingo game at the gym. They did my fitness profile--you know, the humiliation of having all your parts measured and a calculation of your body fat. There are 35 squares on the card and if you complete 20 of them, you earn a t-shirt. I am all about free stuff and trying to win something so its a little added inspiration. It also pushes me outside of my comfort zone to try new activities. Today I did the hill program on the bike and did strength training.

Lent starts tomorrow, its the time in the church year between Ash Wednesday and Easter, 46 days. It is traditionally a time of fasting and abstinence. I remember growing up that my Dad would fast on Sundays during Lent, we learned to avoid him late in the day because he was cranky! So, I've decided that in order to feed my spiritual self and be better to my body I'm giving up chocolate. Its been the stumbling block to a lot of progress during the past 6 weeks so for the next six, I'll live without it.

Finally, after reading through the MILF roll yesterday and hearing good things about Spark People from Cape Buffalo and Toddlers and Bananas I joined today. I think WW has lost its novelity for me and Spark People has a much more user friendly site. Hopefully its a tool that can help me through my weight loss journey and a new commitment to my health and that of my family. If you hang out over there, give me a yell--I'm Mama Maven


g-man said...

Just hold the phone, did you say 46 days of abstinence ?!?!? You're talking about just chocolate right!?!? Not our "special mommy and daddy" time right ;)

I know it is going to be a little tough (surely not too bad) I'm here for you babe. Remember when I gave up coffee? On Easter I was in the coffee place yelling THE LORD IS RISEN GIVE ME COFFEE!!!

Heather said...

I do remember the time without coffee, not pleasantly. Care to try it again?

Tree said...

You can do it, MM!

But, you know, the motivation thing is just something that sort of happens. I have tried many a time to train for a marathon after I had N, but to no avail. This time around, it is happening. What's the difference? I have no idea.

We are 100% behind you!

yerdoingitwrong said...

You are one brave soul to give up chocolate. I will not be joining you since I'm a weenie and I live for mocha's, but I will be your biggest cheerleader!!!

sillychick said...

I'm on sparkpeople, too, under onesillichic. It's been a huge help for both me and my husband. You just have to push yourself to actually input what you're eating. It definitely helps to see where your calories are coming from and where they're being burned.
Good luck!!!