Monday, June 27, 2011


I've been dieting for a long time, and have lost a bit of weight but not enough so that people say "have you lost weight?". Discouraging.

Then - to keep myself in a good mood and take advantage of a legal drug (endorphins) I've started walking in the mornings - started out sauntering and have progressed to very slow jogging for 1/4 mile out of my fast overall 3 mile walk.

And lo and behold...tonight I tried on a dress that was tight a few weeks ago and it FITS!!!

So...all those people are right. The only way to really lose weight/tighten up/get to exercise.

And I thought it was a myth dreamed up by fitness buffs.

Thank goodness I'm enjoying it right now.


kj said...

mim, chocolate cake is still calling my name but for the last couple of months i have been working with a trainer weekly and my muscles are thrilled. slow and steady for sure, but maybe i'll end up a stronger aspiring babe.

good for you, mim. keep it up. just don't lose any weight in your charming smile :^)


Jos said...

T'is true I'm afraid. It's not something dreamt up by the exercise facists ... although I still have my suspicions on that front myself har har har. I have taken your lead and started walking again before work. Weight loss is a slow old business but at least I don't have to breath in just to get into my jeans.

I meant to say that I loved the bowls from your previous post and especially the leaf one (think it was maple leaves) Really something else. I always thought bowls were just kind of "there" not something to notice or anything. Not any more thanks to you. Have a lovely day Mim. xx Jos

Lori ann said...

that's great mim. what a feeling!

Lynn said...

I go in such ebbs and flows with exercise and eating RIGHT. Before my son's wedding you might recall I worked out hard and lost 18 lbs. Well slowly over the two years after that they slowly crept back not all but most. Lately, before my recent two week vacation/road trip where I truly lost it to food and junk I had been doing my treadmill fairly faithfully and had gotten back to doing crunches and 5 lbs weights for arms. I guess we got enough walking in on the trip so even though I ate junk (ice cream, candy, french fries) I only gained about a pound. Now it's back to the treadmill and walking at noon hopefully. I seem to need goals. I guess I could work toward being a slimmer firmer grandma for the new baby coming in August! ;-) Oh funny, my word verification is "wayto" I'll add GO!

Amanda said...

good for you, mim!!

sometimes i hate exercising, but i love the way it feels afterwards.

enjoy rocking that dress!!


Teri C said...

Congrats Mim. Fitting into a previously tight dress sure makes it all worth it. I have been walking every morning for so many years that I would be lost without it.

Angela Recada said...

Congratulations on your determination and progress! I'm sure it helps an eensy-teensy bit to have such a beautiful place to walk in. I always drool a bit over the photos of your beautiful countryside. :0)

I've really been loving all the photos of bowls you've been posting recently, yours and those by others. Yours are quite faboo!

Robin said...

Brava to you for keeping the walking up. I always tell people that even if you don't want to lift weights or or do crunches, walking regularly WILL help you lose it's healthy for your ♥ and for your soul!


♥ Robin ♥

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Congrats on the weight loss and probably the benefit you have gotten for relief of stress and your heart too.

Barbara/myth maker said...

Congrats on the dress fitting! That must've been a great feeling. Exercise is definitely the way to go, and between the walking and jogging, you are going to trim down for sure!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Way to go Mim. Doesn't it feel good to fit into something that you want to wear but couldn't just a few weeks ago?. Keep up the good work.

sukipoet said...

congrats. and walking is good for the spirits too, to be out there with the birds etc. course i know you are when you kayak.

marianne said...

I am happy for you Mim. Nothing is as bad as doing the best you can without results.
I don't really like exercise , only tennis.
But I am happy for you you are finally seeing result and are enjoying the process in the meanwhile.

Have a wonderful day and wear that dress with pride ♥

studio lolo said...

Someone recently told me that when you are "our age" you have to fire on all cylinders. Not just diet, but a healthy diet and consistent exercise. Incrementally we WILL get there even by baby steps if it's all in the right direction.

yay Mim!!! I'm looking forward to fitting into something again as well. You've encouraged me, although I don't know what I'd do without my walks (mental breaks) either.
You and I are not aerobic chicks...walking is our forte ;)

Wooo-hoooo! See you in August, skinny!


Katiejane said...

I wish you good luck. It works if you stick with it. That's always been my problem; I do it for about 3-4 months and then I think, "Geez, the only way to keep this weight off is to keep working out EVERY day!" I fall off the wagon and the weight comes back. I'm so hoping you can stick with it. I'm cheering for you.

PAK ART said...

your post is encouraging to me. I lost weight last year, and then gained it back plus more. I've been so discouraged with it. I'm glad you've had success - it is a long, hard road to follow.