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I feel fat

Why won't this flu' or cold or whatever it is leave me alone? I'm so tired of having a sore throat, tired of having blocked-up nasal passages, tired of feeling all muscle-achey and tired...

I knew I wasn't feeling 100% when I went into the office on Monday, but I reckoned I'd be alright if I just got on with it. More fool me. I feel worse than I did then, but at least now I look better. I got up this morning and decided that some pampering was in order, so I've just had a facial and am currently debating whether I'll have my legs waxed next. Being half-Asian (though I don't look it) means I have very little body hair and so I've never had my legs or any other part of me waxed before, but it looks interesting and I'm kind of curious if it really hurts all that much, so...maybe.

Casting a cold, hard, critical look at myself, I can't but conclude that I really, really, need to lose a few pounds. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll never be a size 10 anymore long ago, but there's no reason I should just give up and let myself go much beyond 14 or 16. And even that last one is questionable. If I allow myself to go up to 16, what's to stop me from eventually reaching 20 or more?

But...how do I achieve a slenderer me? I know that in order to lose weight, one has to eat healthily and in moderation (so bye-bye chocolate!), and take some, or even a lot of, exercise. But I hate working out! I know, because I've tried. So many times in the past, I've signed up for membership of a gym, and started on a round of aerobics and/or weight-lifting, but I always felt so silly doing that and after a while, I invariably stopped going. And don't talk to me about jogging! I tried it once, and gave myself a whiplash stumbling over a f*cking dog. So what do I do? How do I go back to being all svelte and sleek without having to take up jogging or some other sweaty regime? Liposuction? No thanks. I've seen the way it's done on TV, how the surgeon hoovers away inside you, treating your body like a slab of meat, and the only word that springs to mind to accurately describe the process is ewwww.

db2305 advocates taking up rowing, and that activity certainly seems to keep her looking all nice and trim and gorgeous, but I don't know...Wonder if I can get a tapeworm from somewhere?



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Jan. 7th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
My trick for exercising has always been locking myself in my bedroom, putting on my headphones, and just dancing. That way, I'm not embarrassing myself in public and I'm having fun. Plus, usually after a few minutes I'm energized enough for stomach crunches and tae bo.
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
I love to dance! Unfortunately, I'm somewhat stuck in the 80s so my bedroom is about the only place I dare strut my stuff these days!
Jan. 7th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
Being half-Asian (though I don't look it) means I have very little body hair and so I've never had my legs or any other part of me waxed before, but it looks interesting and I'm kind of curious if it really hurts all that much, so...maybe.

Um... Yeah... It hurts. How much depends on your sensitivity. It's not the same for everyone. But the basic bottom line is ... OUCH!

For the cold: Hot tea with honey and lemon helps.

Exercise: Try *walking*, not jogging. Less stumbling involved, less sweating, and it's quite effective. The point is: It's not intensity that does the job, if your level of intensity is uncomfortable and you stop. It's duration.

If you can afford it and have one close by, join a gym. The idea of getting out of the house to go ride a stationary cycle, then have a nice hot shower afterward (and not have to clean up the bathroom) can do wonders for your resolve.

Take care, get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids.
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
I decided against the wax job in the end...
Jan. 7th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
Have you seen sock_the_flab? Just started. It's a support group with those of us who are a little to fluffy for our own good.


Matter-of-fact I need to run over and give my own testimony. Hee.

Come join us!
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:13 am (UTC)
Cheers, I'll check it out!
Jan. 9th, 2004 05:38 am (UTC)
Kool! The more the better.
Jan. 7th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
I hardly dare chime in, but the rowing thing: only twenty minutes twice a week, while watching AtS or Buffy. It numbs the pain...
But I have to say, I only started it because I couldn't get out of the house on the right moment (for me) to work out somewhere else. But it is dull, dull, dull. And I slacked off today ( wrote 3000 words, but did not row). Feels like playing truant in school, slightly naughty. Try it!
Jan. 9th, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
Surely if you write 3,000 words in one go, you burn a lot of calories? I wouldn't feel too bad about skiving off this once if I were you...but then, I never feel bad about skiving off at all! ;-)
Jan. 7th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
And of course, hope you'll get better soon. Take your time about it, you deserve it!
Jan. 7th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
To be very frank, you won't loose weight permanently unless you change your lifestyle to incorporate some degree of exercise. But you don't have to run marathons or get personal training or anything. Try going for a walk in the afternoon, or go to a gym with one of those cardio-centres and time your sessions to coincide with a TV show you wanna watch. And start off easy - treadmill on a low setting or the bike. Anything's better than nothing :)
Jan. 9th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
Anything's better than nothing :)

Well, it isn't like I don't get any exercise at all: I do yoga like crazy, I walk everywhere, and I'm even thinking of renewing the tyres on my bicycle.

Unfortunately, neither the yoga nor the walking, nor any of the other activities I partake in occasionally (riding, fencing, sailing) seem to be doing anything for me as far as getting rid of flab is concerned. I must be doing something wrong, but I'll be damned if I know what it is...Actually, I've got a pretty good suspicion: it's this desk job. I NEVER had to watch my weight when I was still working in the field as an archaeologist, emptying dozens of wheelbarrows of dirt every day.
Jan. 7th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear the cold hasn't gone.

I used to do aqua-aerobics. That was nice.
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:05 am (UTC)
Aqua-aerobics...D'ya know, there's a municipal swimming pool just 1 street further down from me? I could make enquiries...
Jan. 7th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sick too, and I'm grating gingerrot and making tea from that. Hopefully it'll go soon. Congested and coughing, but not as much today.

However, it annoys me no end that being sick actually makes me fatter. It shouldn't, but I can't eat a lot of solids (therefore cannot chew veggies, etc.) because they trigger a coughing fit. I'm still really hungry, so I end up eating lots of soup and juice and those ramen cup things (only I get them from the health food store, so they're marginally better for you) and this means lots of carbohydrates and calories.

Not only is it making me fat, but the high carb count knocks me out like I took a sleeping pill. I'm pretty much passing out at my desk all afternoon!
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
That's funny...my yoga teacher recommended gingerroot as well. Now that I see you do the same, I'll definitely give it a try.

Hope you're feeling better by now; it sucks to be sick, doesn't it?
Jan. 7th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
First of all, G, I hope you feel better soon. I think you're feeling worse about yourself because you're sick right now, so bear that in mind.

I've been using videotapes at home, where I can wear whatever I want when I do the exercise, do it when it's convenient for me, and just do my own thing. The tapes combine strength/weight training with aerobics, good all the way around. It works for me, along with the whole Weight Watcher routine for the weight loss (20+ pounds lost since May is a good recommendation, I think).

Elsa and Sabre have good points too - walking is an excellent way to go, as long as you stay with it. Consistancy and sticking to it is the ticket.

Take care, sweetie - feel better soon!
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:17 am (UTC)
First of all, G, I hope you feel better soon. I think you're feeling worse about yourself because you're sick right now

Actually, I think you may be right. But if you're going to be reed thin when we get to meet JM in June, I cannot very well stay behind, can I?
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