Monday, November 5, 2007

Battle of the Bulge - Challenge to self

How to explain this? I really don't think there is anything wrong with my weight if I simply consider the number in comparison to my height. The problem is in comparison to my bone structure. I am really tired of having no defined waistline and extra bulge in the mid-section.

Basically, my self-image is that of a pudgy stick figure. I realize that I'm never going to be one of those curvy women, so at this point I'm just trying to pull off somewhat of an athletic look. The mid-section bulge has to go. And this winter, I'm going to work on shedding a few pounds.

The Challenge: Lose 8 lbs between now and 13-Feb (which happens to be my 43rd b'day).

The Reward: $150 shopping extravaganza for a running skirt of my choice and all the coordinating tops and/or other accessories that happen to suit my fancy.

This will be WAY harder than any of you might realize.

For one thing, I've just discovered that Baskin-Robbins now has peanut butter topping, something that I haven't had available for the 17yrs that I moved away from Friendly's territory. Peanut.Butter.Topping. Have you tried this stuff?!?! Oh.My.Gosh. You have no idea how much of a weakness I have for ice cream with peanut butter topping. It's pure evil. It's calling my name even as I type...

Then there's this little event called THANKSGIVING in which I carbo-load on pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes and other yummies until I about expload.

Then the Christmas baking. Aye carumba.

Think I can do it? I'm really not sure that I can.

And if I can't, I'm thinkin' I might as well just belly up to the Baskin Robbins bar and order me a big ol' sundae with peanut butter topping right now...


  1. Good luck with your challenge! I know this is going to be the hardest time of the year to lose... But really, is there an easy time? :)

  2. HA! I just posted a very similar post. How funny. Except I don't have a bulge I have a mountain! :>) You can do it!!

  3. Never surrender, darl! Cede Nullis!

  4. BTW your birthday is 13 days after mine and 20 days after Jeanne (not born to run) clearly a fine time of year :)

  5. Believe me, I know what you're talking about! The bulge, I mean. Get rid of it now because if you bring it with you to 50 you may have it forever! I think you can do it. Just scale back on what you consider to be no-no food. Have some, less than a full helping. Its easier sometimes to just not eat something than to have a taste. Pick one day of the week, maybe Saturday?, after you have done all your workouts for the week, and indulge that day. Then it might be easier to stay away from the stuff the rest of the week. Gives you something to look forward to and reward yourself with. That's what I do now after my long runs. That day or the next I will have something I've denied myself during the week.

  6. I seriously think it's something that just gets handed to you after having kids. My waist is also gone. I just look like a stick figure with a big bottom :-/

  7. Good luck with the challenge! That's a great prize.

  8. I say lose 12 then gain the other four back my eating peanut butter topping. But that's just me ;-)

  9. You can do it! Although, I think you look great already. I understand the mid-section frustration, though. I'm working on weightloss too, seeing as I gained TEN pounds with my marathon training :o

    Peanut butter....the best!!

    Hey, your b-day is 18 days before mine :)

  10. You can totally do this!

    I'm dealing with a jigly, wigly muffin top. I want abs darn it - real abs!

  11. "Peanut.Butter.Topping." phew I'm glad I don't live in the US... I don't think Baskin's over here has that yet!!

    As for the weight loss thing - I'm thinking the same tack - two months of random training has left me with a couple of extra kilo's and strange shape to my waste line!

  12. It is a tough time of the year for this diet thing but a good time before the harder training begins.

  13. I think you look wonderful just the way you are.

  14. Trying to loose weight is sooo hard during the holiday season.

    Special ice cream flavors and such..

    Me, I would just surrender and come back roaring in January..

    But I'm sure you can do it, "just say NO"

  15. Lisa-
    I came across your blog while reading Vickie's. I have 20 lbs to lose and I am having a heck of time. I am trying to find the right nutrition for me. I am not able to eat anything. I give you kudo's for your willpower, keep it up!!

  16. Ugh, I, too, have the jiggly middle issue :P I think everyone in blogland has taken up the "tighten up" challenge and I really need to get on this bandwagon.

  17. I would gladly take the athletic look! I join you in your challenge after you-know-who emerges.

  18. You can do it. I'll be praying for you.

    My challenge to myself 20 pounds by New Year's Day. I'm at 6.6 gone I think.

    I'll be praying for your challenge to yourself. I know how hard it is.

    Keep up the great work. I added your blog to my blog.

    Take care, Melissa