Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Ten: The Reasons

1.  If Shelley can do it, I ought to be able to.  You know why?  Because Shelley is close to my age and has all the "things" to deal with that this age brings, both physically and lifestyle wise.  If you haven't done so yet, go congratulate Shelley.  Today is her anniversary!

2.  I'm sick and tired of bad photos.  Where I look like a pregnant grandmother.  Seriously, someone sent me one from over the weekend and I need an intervention of some sort.  How I picture myself in my head is not the reality of the photos.

3.  Besides myself, there is a specific person I want to see that I CAN DO THIS.  (They don't believe I can or ever will.) Then I want to get in shape and really be a bad ass (or maybe have some sort of cosmetic surgery type thingy). That'll show 'em!

4.  I think if I manage it, some of the aches and pains I have will go away.  And I know for sure that I'll be able to run faster.

5.  I would also be a better martial artist and might even be able to do some of the fancy flying kicks that Mr. Helen does.  Because I'd actually be able to lift my butt up off the ground.

6.  There are all those health issues you know:  blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid.  Most certainly some of that should improve once I get there.

7.  I want to feel as pretty as people tell me I am.  Because I don't feel that way and I while I am grateful to have people who love me, I know that my friends are blinded by their love for WHO I am and don't see the reality of my appearance.

8. I want to stop thinking about this stuff.  All. The. Time. I'd like to just be.

9.  I'd like to feel proud of myself for a change. Like Shelley is today.  Did I mention you should go congratulate her?

10.  If you haven't guessed, these are all the reasons I want to lose 35 pounds.


  1. Helen,
    You have everything you need to get the job done. I can't wait to see the progress that you will make in the coming days! You can do it.

  2. Oh,gee. I could have written this about me. I.so.understand.

    Perseverance. We'll get there. One day at a time.

    I'm so proud of Shelley.

  3. You are exactly right, Helen. One day I woke up and said, you are smarter than this. You are smart enough to figure out a way to get this weight off you. Everyone had confidence in me but me. So I started reading nutrition books and reading weight loss blogs and figured out how to do it. I'm not there yet, but I'm making progress every day.

    You can do it, too, Helen. You have everything you need to get it done. I wish you the best.

  4. Well, your challenge to weigh less on January 1st than you do now? I'm totally on board with that. And I've already lost 4 lbs. So there. YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

  5. Me too on #8! I'm so sick and tired of worrying about what I eat, how I look, do I look fat, am I fat, am I getting fat, blah blah blah. Who freaking cares except me, and why do I care so much? Don't have answers...but totally agree. :)

  6. "There are all those health issues you know: blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid. Most certainly some of that should improve once I get there."

    Actually, my experience has been that once these things improve/balance, the weight comes off. That is why I talk ad nauseum about how much my naturopath and hormone specialist have helped me!

  7. You are all those things now. 35 pounds does not define who you are at all.

    Yes, losing them can help you to feel kickass and all that - but act like that now and your body just may well follow on its own!

  8. I have total faith in you, Helen, that you can get those pounds off. But like others "above" me in the comments, you are already an athlete, a beautiful woman, smart, funny and entirely capable of doing whatever you set your mind to. Why are we such harsh self-critics?

    I totally get you wanting to get away from the "all me all the time" thinking! Enough. Hugs and prayers to you, and I'm off to Shelley's house!

  9. Just wanted you to know that I was talking about you behind your back on my blog:

    "Thanks to Helen for teaching me news tricks for my Garmin. In case you did not know, she is the local guru in Bloggersville when it comes to Garmin knowledge. She programmed hers to make coffee for her. Hers gets up in the morning, goes for a run, and tells her how she did. That's how good she can work a Garmin. True."

  10. Ha - I just had to laugh at Kelly's last comment!

    Hang in there Helen - we will both get there - promise!!

    I think you are gorgeous - someday you'll believe me!


  11. I have to go check out Shelley but while I am here I just want to say that you are a beautiful person right now just as you are. I think we are most critical of ourselves and you are right our family and friends are blinded by their love of us but thank goodness for that!

    I also know that you will feel so awesome and great when you lose the weight that is bothering you. It is a freedom like no other!

  12. Helen!!! Wow, thank you. Big, big smile going on over here - you are too sweet!

    I so get your list. And I know you are working hard to lose those 35 pounds - it sucks when medical issues intervene. I wish #7 was not true for you, because I really do see a vibrant, beautiful woman when I look at your pictures. ALL of them!

    Laughing at Kelly's comment - the only way I've gotten my Garmin to get me coffee is to run with it to Starbucks!

  13. Well, then do it. Don't put it off because every day you'll think about it if you put it off. If you just do it, then you can stop thinking about it.
    Also if you lose the weight, you'll feel better physically, less aches and pains as YOU age. (of course I'm way past age).

  14. I am one of your biggest fans and agree with you about most things. I am going to disagree with #2 and #7. You are beautiful, whether we know you or not, and your pix are not as you see them. I love #8 and so agree..AND am very proud of Shelley too/

  15. Go Helen, and go Shelley! It warms me down to my toes to see the two of you becoming friends and supporting each other. You've got a lot in common, and are both full of the same drive. So think about that: if she can do it, you can too.

    So can I, for that matter. :)

  16. Helen, I'm gonna second Lori's comment. Just maybe your friends know what they are talking about and can see something that you can't.

    This might make you feel good--I didn't visit your blog for a long time because I thought you were in a league way above me--super athlete! Well, you are a super athlete, but we can still visit, right?

    And not to be a downer, but I'm afraid to tell you that if you lose the 35 pounds, you will still have to think about what/how much you eat ALL THE TIME, maybe even more than now. Which is okay.

  17. I could have written this post myself!

    Shelley is my inspiration too but so are you (just in case you didn't know)!