50 sounds so foreboding. It sounds old. It's half a century. More than half my life is over. And saying it like that, more than half my life is over, makes me want to cry. But I'm not here today to get all sadly introspective about the things I haven't done in my life yet. I am here to talk about a goal I've set for myself. I have until January 16, 2016 to lose 50 pounds. Lose 50 by 50. That's my battle cry!
It's not going to be easy. I like to eat. Sometimes it feels like one of the few joys I have left. I love to cook and bake. I love to go out and try new restaurants and revisit old faves. But I've lost weight successfully before and I know I can do it again. And I will do it sensibly. I will not go on a no carb plan. Nor will I go on an all one specific thing diet. The only way I have ever been successful is to eat sensibly and move as much as possible.
A good friend of mine always told me that to diet successfully, diet quietly. And I think that makes a lot of sense. Telling everyone you know that you're on a diet is a recipe for failure. And then when/if you do fail, you know they know you failed. Whereas if you don't tell a soul, and you just go about your business of dieting, if you fail, only you know but when you're successful, it's a celebration. And with that in mind, why am I telling you here? Well maybe about 4 or 5 people read my blog so I'll just deal with it. And I want to chart my successes and failures. I'm taking you on this journey with me so strap on your seat belts!
I think 50 by 50 is attainable. At least, at this moment, right now, I feel optimistic about it. As optimistic as someone as cynical as I can be anyway. And if you want to join me in this journey, all the better. Dieting sucks. Watching what you eat blows. But being fat is even worse.