Saturday, February 21, 2009

The mirror never lies

It dawned on me today that I'll be stuffing myself into a swimsuit in three weeks. Oh crap. I've spent the better part of the winter growing increasingly pale and doughy by making up excuses why I can't work out. My favorite? It's too cold to walk nine blocks and it's just wrong to take a cab to the gym. Better to sit on my ass, I guess. 

What sparked my memory about the swimsuit is the fact that I could barely get my jeans up over my hips this morning. Normally, I'm pretty okay with my body. But today's screaming zipper has caused me to reconsider my I'm-happy-just-being-me outlook. I'm happy to be me in my favorite jeans, not my seriously out of fashion roomy pair. I'm decidedly not happy in those. And that's what I wore today. 

So. Workout time. Salad time. And I have the added burden of doing all this furtively because all the experts say to never bitch about your body in front of young girls. I agree, but I think they'll probably be on to me soon enough. "Oh, mommy just loves lettuce!" "No, I'm too full for cake!" How long they think since when?

I guess I could go with "I'm trying to be healthy," which is true. That's right. Healthy. It has nothing to do with swimsuits. Nothing. 

Any short-term goals you have set for yourself?


Janna Leadbetter said...

My short-term goal is the same! I really could stand some toning (and overall exercise), so I've resolved to do Pilates several times a week. *fingers crossed*

WendyCinNYC said...

Good luck to you, Janna. We could work out together if we didn't live 2,000 miles apart.

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

All women everywhere can relate to this! So, do tell - what wonderful, warm place are you visiting in only three weeks? ;-)

WendyCinNYC said...

We are visiting friends in Los Angeles and then spending a few days in Hawaii. I can't wait to get out of this weather!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Same personal goal...and I hate mirrors.

But, hey, it could be worse. I have a very very thin identical twin in real life!

Amy said...

I'm right there with ya. Only I have until June before I start scaring people (by the site of me in a swimsuit) where I live and til August when I unleash my thighs and upper arms on the poor souls of South Carolina. They've been forewarned. ;o)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

The good thing about living where it's always warm is you always have that incentive to stay in shape. The bad thing is many people DON'T stay in shape so even if I let myself go a little, I'm still thinner than the majority. A double-edged sword I tell ya.

I've picked up my exercise routine in the past week and while I know it's too soon to tell, that hasn't stopped me from staring at the mirror. I'm about ten pounds overweight and really want to get it off!

I'm glad you're careful of how you present yourself to yours girls. That's sooo important. :)

WendyCinNYC said...

Angie--A thin twin? Ugh. I would hate that. Can you sabotage her in some way?

Amy--It sounds like we are all stressing about it. Meanwhile, I had to bake 48 cupcakes for daughter's school this afternoon. Make that 44 by the end. I'm not off to a good start!

Melanie--I wasn't in that great of shape when I lived in LA, strangely. I think it's because I walk so much here. (Unless it's cold. Then I go broke on cabs.)

colbymarshall said...

My short term goal is to get the WIP GOING again. I have been a slacker.

Anonymous said...

Short term goals. Get out of the sand trap of my current WIP. Oh and pushing my workouts to the next level.

Anonymous said...

I want to master a painting technique so that my artwork POPS!

Wish me luck.

WendyCinNYC said...

Colby--Me too. I have a few ideas cookin' but I can't seem to get focused on any of them.

ralfast--Sounds good--good luck!

Auria--Your short-term goal sounds much more interesting then mine. I wish mine were something like "learn Sanskrit" rather than "shave some pounds off my butt."

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I need to shave a few inches from my thighs.

Enjoy your lettuce. I read in the news that a balsamic vinegar thief is on the loose...what your salad.

Ya, seriously.