I don't know, I don't really like the harshness. Maybe I'm the only one.
Now, I'm managing to get in some exercise and eat well, but that's because life is working in my favor. Not everyone can just pack up the kids and take them out for an invigorating game of frisbee at the local park. My kids aren't interested in that kind of stuff. If my kids are with me, I really can't be exercising other than sporadically. One of my kids is autistic, and rather unpredictable. I'd love to go swimming, but I can't afford to call in someone to watch my kids for an hour, and if you knew my son, you'd laugh at the thought of expecting him to come anywhere near water and the smell of chlorine.
I used to get up at 5:30 and go to the gym before getting my kids ready for school. That worked well for a while, but I was losing too much sleep. If my 8 year old is ever cured of his insomnia, then I'll start that up again. In the meantime, I need every hour I can get.
Currently, I walk with my kids part of the way home from school, out of necessity. It's exercise, but we go slowly, because they are loaded down with backpacks, and exhausted after a long day. In the summer time, none of us can bear to be outside after about 8 am, because it's too hot.
Well, I'm losing weight now, and using FitDay to log in my calories. It's working well, although currently I can't exercise at the intensity I would like because I've developed foot problems and have no money for new shoes. My husband just found a job, finally, so as soon as he gets his first paycheck, I'm buying some good shoes. I'd go bike riding, but I can't ride a bike. Well, I can ride, but my balance is terrible, and I can't get on and off without falling, and I can't signal because I fall if I don't have both hands on the handle bars. In order to get to the bike path, I have to cross a lot of streets, and I can't do it safely. I'm hoping that my core exercises will help with that.
What I'm saying is that, yes, I agree that you have to get past the excuses, but, a lot of times there are things out of your control. If you've been sitting on the couch watching Oprah every day, then maybe you can jog in place in front of the TV. But what if you watch Oprah while your baby is napping in your arms, and he won't sleep any other way? (Been there, only without the TV.) You have to make do with what you've got. Sometimes what one person can do is different than what another person can do. To just say, (I paraphrase) "get off your flabby butt and take the whole family roller blading to the farmer's market" is making a lot of assumptions.
If it inspires people, that's great, and I understand. For me, these kind of motivational things seem a bit one-size-fits-all.
Starting weight: 157 lbs.-- June 23, 2010
Current weight: 149 lbs.
Mini-goal: 136 lbs.-- November 1, 2010
Target weight: 120 lbs.-- February 21, 2011