Monday, February 10, 2014

Self Reduction Launch

I had a reasonable (I thought) plan to lose weight.  If I would just lose 5 pounds a year, every year, I would essentially "go away" by the time my life span has ended.

Right now I'd have to revise that plan to about 10 pounds every year.

Either way, it's not happening.  Instead, it seems that each year I'm adding pounds.  There is no "going away" happening here at all.

Back to the drawing board, then.

I've done it before, and I can do it again.  Lose a massive amount of weight, that is.

Years back I went on an awesome weight loss journey in which I lost 132 pounds, all over a reasonable amount of time, by exercise and a serious modification of my eating habits.  I was in the best shape of my life, and I felt better than ever.

However, at the peak of my fitness, I suffered some broken bones in my left foot, sidelining me from my workouts.  Follow that by a major abdominal surgery and then a right achilles tendon/heel bone surgery, and I've been out of the gym now for the last 2 1/2 years.

That forced sedentary lifestyle is partly responsible for allowing much of that lost weight to gradually pile back onto me.  Eating too much comfort food while dealing with unrelenting pain is what accounts for the rest of the weight gain.  I am back to feeling as sluggish and lousy as I did before my first weight loss.

So.  It's time to launch a new and improved SELF REDUCTION EVENT.

They say telling others of your plan makes it more real.  Ok then.  I'm putting it out there for all the world to see, so I'm accountable to keep on track with this.  Those of you that are close to me can nudge me if you see that I'm getting off track.

Many people make New Year's Resolutions.  I don't.  I make Redirections, and this will be a big life redirection for me.

I will use the first half of this year, specifically now through the end of June to modify my eating habits.  Hopefully by then I will have lost some weight and perhaps feel up to beginning an exercise program on July 1st.  At that time I will re-evaluate and redirect again if necessary.

Wish me well, please.  This will not be easy.


  1. Good decision, hope you stick to it. Thanks for the link to your old blog about Area 51. I really enjoyed reading it.

  2. Commit to yourself! After all, you deserve it and no one can get you there but you! :)


  3. Good for you, Jill!!! I gained back all the 45 pounds I lost in Africa and then some and have recently started "the daniel plan" which is basically eating clean and is a good, well rounded program. I am taking baby steps due to my own pain issues...I totally relate to the comfort food when in pain! Last night I had bad pain all night and had to work today, it was a major accomplishment that I ate healthy and not too much! I'll pray for you, will you pray for me?