Obese, Over 50, and a Bridesmaid
It is true confession time. Not only am I obese and over 50, I am going to be a bridesmaid in less than five months. My skinny, 13 year-old daughter is also a bridesmaid in the same wedding. We are wearing a short, strapless, summery dress that looks great on a younger person. It is a different story on me. I am not sure how I am going to pull this off without looking like an obese, over 50 year-old woman trying to look like a thin, twenty-something. Oh, wait. That is what I’m trying to do. Never fear! I have a plan! Although, like most of my plans, I’m quite afraid it is going to be a fail. An epic fail. Like a major Pinterest-type fail. You know the ones. The cute sleeping babies nestled inside of perfectly sized pumpkins versus the squalling babies stuffed inside pumpkins that either have overflowing baby parts or have swallowed the poor child whole. I digress. Back to the plan. In November, I worked with a nutritionist and did a 21 day Restart program. Even though I cheated, A LOT, I still managed to lose 7 pounds. I’m going to challenge myself to do a 90 day (give or take) Restart.
I’m also going to start doing Pilates again. A few years back (hmm, can over a decade be considered a few years?), I faithfully did a Pilates program and felt the inches melt away. Ok, maybe my memory is a bit hazy but, I definitely swear by this program. The key is to ease into it or the first few weeks will painful. I’m determined to stick to it so I don’t get mistaken for a beached whale. Wouldn’t want anyone to call out the Coast Guard unnecessarily. Ah, I believe I forgot to mention that the wedding is going to take place on the beach in St. Johns. Nothing like an island beach wedding in a short, strapless dress to motivate my inner, thin, young woman to break free.
The Pilates program I used previously was on a set of DVD’s by Mari Winsor titled, “Winsor Pilates Basic 3 DVD Workout Set”. It comes with a Step-by-Step instructional DVD, a 20 minute workout DVD, and a Body Sculpting DVD. I was actually shocked to see that you can still purchase this set. I know it was at least 13 years ago that I bought mine. The other DVD I used was “Winsor Pilates Bun & Thigh Sculpting”. I usually did the 20 minute workout DVD and the Bun & Thigh Sculpting DVD together in one session. I wasn’t too keen on the Body Sculpting one because I was really out of shape and any exercises that work my puny upper body are definitely not my favorite.
I’ve included affiliate links below if you want to get more information about the DVDs. I highly recommend them. Over the years I would occasionally resolve to get back into a daily exercise regime so I know from experience that it only takes a few sessions to start feeling the results. Even the buttons and zippers on my pants would stop screaming in pain.
I was going to post a before and after picture to provide some extra motivation for myself. When I mentioned it to my daughter, she had such a look of horror, that I decided it may not be a good idea. Instead, I will provide stats on lost inches and pounds. Unless, of course, I my plan turns into an epic fail. (Then this post will disappear!) Hey, I wonder if I can add a countdown thingy to my blog? I believe I saw a plug-in for it. That may help to keep me motivated as well. Oh great! Another thing to learn.
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