"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Monday, March 2, 2009

birthday wishes and fitness dreams

Happy birthday to literary icon, Dr. Seuss! For my money no one can match his creativity – even J.K. Rowling. I mean, Dr. Seuss created crazy worlds and made up words, all with a moral lesson and in rhyme. He’s also on my invitation list for my interesting dead people dinner party, but more on that another day. Check out Google’s tribute to the Seuss-man.

He will never be matched. Ever.

On a completely unrelated note, I have to confess something: I am lazy. Really lazy. There is nothing I like more than hanging out at home on the couch watching House or Law and Order, NOT exerting myself. And for a while, just Weight Watchers was enough. But I’ve gotten tired of my belly hanging over my jeans and not wearing shorts when it’s sweltering outside. I’d love to be able to wear skirts and dresses and not worry about my legs. I want to make a change.

Drum roll, please… I think I may join a gym. Really. Pick yourself up off the floor.

I’m just not happy with myself, and I think I want to really try this time. I’ve decided to try for 3-4 days a week and see how it goes – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (can’t on Tuesdays – I have WW). And going before work is out of the question, so don’t even try. Now I’ve reached a quandary – which one? Should I join for a year or pay month-to-month to keep myself from wasting $? Any tips for staying with it? If I can get to the point where I’m comfortable in a swimsuit (notice I said “comfortable,” not “Gisele”), Kell and I are taking a beach trip!


LT (and Max) said...

that's great!
(i of course think you look fantastic, but it's all about how you feel about YOURSELF!)

p.s. i HATE belly fat. i could weigh 90 lbs and still have a tummy.

Jan Johnson said...

You make me laugh Mary Straton! I hate exercise as well, so maybe your journey to being more healthy will inspire me as well! Best wishes!

Marty Cooper said...

I have feared the gym all my life (b/c some people who work out are crazy and intimidating), so I hardly ever went to the Sanderson in college. I regret that now, but oh well.

I recently joined the wellness center here. It was scary at first, but here are some tips to staying with it.

1. Wear your iPod and listen to music. You can be in your own little world and try to forget about the superfreaks around you.

2. Go at your own pace. I have learned that people really aren't watching you to determine how long you stayed on the treadmill or how many reps of that weight you did...even though it may seem like it at first.

3. Do what you really love. Weight machines are my favorite, and I like the elliptical machine, too. But I can't do any of it w/out music. Also, I go to a hip hop dance class on Fridays. It is just for fun, and it makes me look forward to going to the gym!

Hope this helps. :-)

Katy Agnew said...

Good for you dear! You look fantastic but I completely understand about not being happy with yourself. Call me anytime you want to go walking or anything. I'm lazy too and need motivation! We are members at the Courthouse but haven't been in a while (we call it our "fat tax"). Maybe if you go I'll go...

theelliottfamily said...

You don't even know me, but I worked with your father in college, so I stalk your blog! However, lived in Jackson for 6 years and was a member of Fitness Lady. I loved it and it was a perfect fit for me. I don't where you all are living in Jackson, but if you are close to FL in Ridgeland, it is great!

Jennifer and BJ said...

Good for you...hopefully you will stick with it better than me :) my suggestion is go the the one closest to your house, then you have a harder time coming up with excuses...

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