Saturday, April 9, 2011


My name is Barbara and I am obese.

I’ve had a weight problem since I was a child, and it continues to haunt me today.

When visiting family this past Christmas, I found it difficult to keep up with the little girls because my entire body ached to move. I felt like the Tin Man when he couldn’t move until his joints were oiled. My “aha” moment occurred when I realized that I don’t want to keep living this way. My paying job is stressful enough without adding physical trauma as a result of my weight, asthma and arthritis. In 2003 I had my right hip replaced and now my left hip is indicating that another hip prosthesis will be in my future. I do not want to go through that again!

So, in January, I began to control my eating habits. I belong to a weight-loss group known as T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly).  I served as leader of my local chapter for three years but was a poor example of how to lose weight. But now, I am ready to lose it. As of last week, I retired as leader, but still participate as the treasurer. I need to be at these meetings to weekly face the scale and to be held accountable to others in the group. I’ve lost 17 ½ pounds since January.

Yes, I’ve cut back on over-eating, but not doing well with exercise. I have a painful limp due to the problematic left hip and that has been my excuse. There is a swimming pool in my condo complex, but…it’s cold…I’m too busy, too tired… (Enter other excuses). Honestly? Lazy is probably the best excuse. It’s ironic that I’m committed to participate in a cancer walk on the 30th for a grade school mate with breast cancer. How in the world can I do two miles? I will make the effort for the cause.

My goal is to drop another 35 pounds by December 27th - the end of the T.O.P.S. year. If I can achieve my doctor-prescribed weight goal, I will participate in a “graduation ceremony” at the international T.O.P.S convention next summer in San Diego, so a real motivation to lose this year!

I am posting this because I need encouragement. Please be a cheerleader for me! Thanks.