One of the things that I know, but has been driven home while researching this article, is that being overweight is one of the largest appearance elements that negatively influences others’ opinions of you. (It’s ok, I giggled at the “largest” pun too.)
Those of you that know me in real life know that I have a bit of junk in the trunk above and beyond what’s attractive.
Trying on clothes this weekend, I asked if some pants fit. My friend Brent said – Yep, they fit that Ghetto Booty. She is a very polite, tactful Southern Lady. There are much less flattering descriptions she could have used. Trust me.
I joked about my weight in “Does this Salary Make My Butt Look Big?”, but the truth is that I am definitely overweight and not in a cute, oh you’ve gained 5 pounds since high school, kind of way. Yes, I need to get fit for health reasons, but there are serious career advancement and pay reasons to lose weight as well.
I feel guilty and hypocritical advising people to pay attention to their weight if looking to improve their Executive Image. I clearly am not living by that advice and one of my biggest personal pet peeves is hypocrisy. To be able to write this article with a virtual straight face, I need to do something about my weight.
This isn’t a short lived effort that will end on January 24th when the article is published. I am also tired of not having any pics of me from our annual beach vacation because I’m so embarrassed. Large sea animals come to mind when I see pictures of myself in a bathing suit.
So, what am I going to do about it?
When Lori from A Day in Motherhood, invited me to join her in her weight loss journey I said, yes. She is inspiring and has a great balance of focusing on losing weight without being obsessive. She even shared her actual current weight! No disguises by using different measuring sticks. Nothing like – I currently weight about the same as 19 kittens or 3 bicycles. Nope, real numbers in pounds. No, I will not share with you. You can’t make me.
Well since you asked so nicely…I weigh about 22 kittens and 5 bicycles.
My other inspiration and coach is Kisha from In Thru the Out Door. She has been very motivating with her tweets about exercise accomplished and calories burned each day. In fact, because of Kisha, I think I am going to join the YMCA near me instead of using the Rec Center like I have in the past.
These two ladies are going to help keep me accountable. But before they can do so, I need to own up to the numbers – and not in # of kittens.
I have about 70lbs of extra junk in that trunk. This is not how much it would take to get supermodel skinny, but to get back within the healthy range of weight for my height.
I am not delusional. I realize that losing 70 pounds will take upward of a year, maybe more. So my first goal to lose 30 pounds by June. I’ll update you periodically about my progress on getting the booty out of the trunk. Yes, cheesy pirate pun intended. I will not commit to a regular schedule because Margie warned me about setting expectations too high and then not meeting them. But, I will be tracking and will let you know how things are going.
Before and After
Nothing says it quite as well as a photo, but the photo has to be an honest one. I will expect you, my readers, to make sure I don’t just do some photo magic to show positive changes.
One of the things I love about digital friends is they only see me in the pictures, lighting, and angles that make me look good. The photo above is one that shows just how important angles are when going for attractive pictures.
Here’s what happens when you take that same picture from the couch…
I’m telling you that trunk is not full of feathers!
I will take a picture of me from front, side and back – same pose, same clothes, same angles, same lighting – to document my progress. I don’t expect I will want to share them with you until they are no longer up to date, but expect once I am thinner I’ll be proud to show how far I’ve come. I’m sure you can understand.
Anyone else want to join in? All are welcome, just leave a comment below.