Here I am: six months shy of the big 5-0. Overall, I’m a happy camper.  My name is Mary.  I’m single, I have a great job and I have many wonderful people in my life. I also love where I live, in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, which, IMHO, is one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City.

But … I’m 5’9″ and carrying 185 pounds.

Not where I want to be, weight-wise.

Weight has not been an issue for me most of my life.  But it has been a challenge on and off since my mid-30s. I’ve lost weight a number of times, only to regain it in times of stress and depression. And every time it’s harder to lose.

When I moved to Brooklyn from Washington, DC, a little over three years ago, I was under 150. The transition was not an easy one for me.  I sunk into an emotional black hole.  It’s remarkable how quickly I packed on the LBs after I stopped working out and started overindulging in wine, cheese, ice cream, eating out, etc.  Things only got worse after I developed a persistent and painful case of plantars fasciitis, which made it difficult for me to even walk a few blocks.

Several times during the past few years I’ve vowed to take off the weight again. But I just wasn’t serious. Instead, I put on more weight!

Things are different now. I’m better — emotionally and physically — and I’m taking a stand.  I hereby declare:  By June 20, 2011, approximately six months from now, I will lose 30 pounds.  I will reach 155.

I feel that this is an ambitious but achievable goal. I know what needs to be done; it’s not exactly rocket science. Eat less, exercise more. I’ve done it before and will do it again.  And this time, I will maintain a healthy weight after reaching my goal by not falling back into bad habits.

As my guide, I’m using the Weight Watchers plan online.  It’s a sensible plan with a good tracking system.  I’m skipping the meetings — not really my thing.  And now that the plantars fasciitis has eased up, I’m back at the gym.  I’m fortunate to live right across the street from a terrific gym, at the Park Slope Armory.  It has a beautiful indoor track that I use to do fast-walking.  To kick it up a few notches, I use the eliptical machine.  I’m thinking of adding weights at some point, but first I need to just get back into the work-out groove.

My primary reason for writing this blog is to keep myself honest and on track.  I’ll do a weekly weigh-in and I’ll talk about the various challenges I encounter as I struggle to shed the LBs.

Week 1 Weigh-In

But there’s a lot more I want to do here.  Eating is fundamental to staying alive, and yet few of us eat simply to stay alive.  There are so many psychological, emotional, and social entanglements — even political ones.  Some of the topics I want to explore: 

  • When food becomes our pal:  eating and depression
  • Meditation:  a tool for weight loss?
  • The new versus the old Weight Watchers plan
  • Bad influences:  The friends we love to overindulge with
  • TV is our weight loss enemy!
  • Losing weight as a singleton vs. feeding a family

And of course, favorite recipes and menus.  I love to cook and entertain, and this does present a challenge for me sometimes.  But there are a lot of great resources out there that I’d love to share, and I’m sure some of you will have suggestions as well.

So, here goes:  I’m on the road to losing 30 by 50.  Thanks for joining me along the way.