Is It That Obvious? Part 2

Ok, so now what?

Boy, that sure kind of woke me up. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. I had never seen my belly look so awful!  My two legs became one, YUCK!  My shoulders became very broad.  I was bigger than a linebacker.  It was almost laughable, that image in the mirror.  I wasn’t round, but I looked bigger and terribly out of shape.

It was then that I decided that I would really try to do something about it.  But what or how?

Reality Check

Ok, here’s the thing.  First of all, I don’t like to excercise.  That’s the truth, I just don’t.  I’ve never been the type to hit the gym or do a set out on the tennis courts.  That’s just not who I am and to me it sounds ridiculous.  Wait, wait…..excercise is good but there are all kinds of excercise.  The truth in all this is that if you ever visit this part of the country, it’s no California, where image is EVERYTHING.  Moderate excercise is just fine to stay healthy is more how we see things here.  Second, I didn’t have a lot of money to be buying expensive machines or heck, even that thigh squeezer promoted by Suzanne Somers.  I also didn’t have money to be joining a gym and truthfully, joining a gym didn’t appeal to me at all.  To me, it was just another chore I had to do.  Lastly, I had two babies I still had to care for so going out to do something without them was out of the question for now.  So I decided that the only real option I had to drop some weight was to rely on my own body.


One of the first things I did was see what my BMI was and check to see exactly how much weight I actually had to lose instead of looking at dress sizes.  You can go to  and check it there.  The reason I like this particular calculator is because it doesn’t try to get you into a weight loss program or try to get information out of you, like your name, credit card info and all that jazz.  Just put in your height and weight and viola!  It gives you your BMI and your healty weight zone.  Since I am overweight, I took my current weight and subtracted the highest weight amount from the healthy zone and that told me how much weight I had to lose to at least reach the top of my range.  I also LOVE this magazine.  I like how it is just chock full on interesting information and stories.  So I was happy to see that I sincerely didn’t have to lose that much.  20 lbs. isn’t that bad ( I am now 204 but still overweight).

I knew I just couldn’t eat anything I wanted anymore and that posed a problem for me.  Even though I buy plenty of fruits and vegetables and good food for my family I can’t get away from making dishes that require lots of tortillas, rice, and all kinds of Mexican food.  It’s our culture here:  caldos, tapatias, gorditas, chile rellenos, arroz, and the list goes on and on.  I wasn’t going to change what my family ate just because of me (they would never let me!) so I decided to eat breakfast like a king (I needed all that energy to start my day!), eat lunch like a prince (a salad or sandwich is good), and eat dinner like a pauper (WHAT??).  That was the hardest part for me, dinner, so I just ate less of dinner, a small portion.  I won’t lie, it was hard but I just kept at it.  I didn’t change what I ate at all, I just ate less of it, all three meals of it.  I drank a lot of Crystal Light too (the generic brand actually, the kind that is sold at Walmart), which helped and some water.  I have to admit I was awful at that but drinking water is important.  I also ate all kinds of desserts, just less of it.

Hip Hop Abs

Knowing that I couldn’t afford an excercise program I started to notice and pay attention to all those excercise infomercials on tv.  What does that tell you?  Yes, I am the last one to go to bed at night because my day doesn’t end at 5 o’clock.  It ends when the babies are asleep and sometimes that takes a long time.  There is a world of excercise videos, machines, and workouts out there!  It is so easy to get sucked in but for me, I just couldn’t afford it, plain and simple.  I wasn’t discouraged.  What I did was pay attention to some of the moves that those commericals offered a peek at.  I thought, I can do that!  My particular interest was in Hip Hop Abs.  It looked like it would work so I memorized the particular moves they allowed and I just put together two or three of them in a sequence and paired them with additional easy arm movements to do every day.  No, weights, no dumbells, no nothing.  The only time I had to do any kind of excercise was in the dead of night or when my children were taking their naps during the day.  I don’t do these excercises every day and I don’t do them for very long.  Only for about 15 minutes max.  I also didn’t do a great whoop-to-do or set up anything to do the excercises.  I just did them on the spot, on the couch (the arm movements) or even on the bed (the leg movements) all while watching tv.  But for whatever reason, I started to see that I was slowly losing weight.  I couldn’t believe it, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  My belly especially is where I notice the most change so far.  I’ve lost about 6 lbs in one month.  That’s just fine with me!

Reality Check Again

Ok, I get it; I’m never going to be a size 7 again and frankly, I don’t want to be.  I just want to be able to fit into my clothes at size 12 for the simple reason that I look “normal”.  I would be, look, and feel my healthy weight but without all the fat.  I also know that I won’t reach my ideal weight and stay there overnight.  I know that it will take a long time still but this is what is working for me.  Cutting down what I eat and doing a little excercise and some activity outside the house (like walking) is what is working for me.

Any thoughts?  I hope this helps those of you who are in a similar position.  I know how hard it is because I am living it.  But I will keep working at it!  And remember, go at your own pace and don’t worry about what others might say.  That is hard too but you’ll be the better for it.  Oh, and by the way, I seem to have two legs now!  YES!

Sometimes this isn't enough!

8 Responses to Is It That Obvious? Part 2

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  2. Your post is full of great tips and advice to help anyone wanting to improve their health and lose some additional weight. Once again we are in sync with our thinking. I haven’t got the background in this that you do, but I have done a lot of my own research over time to get to where I’m at in my life with my health and fitness goals. Many of your tips are in my life already and the ones that aren’t I will add. Thanks.

    • Monica Gardea says:

      You are very welcome and I’m glad to know that even someone who already has a health and fitness regimen can benefit from new information, even if it is not so mainstream and just from something I just figured out on my own. Your words are encouraging too! Thanks!

  3. Fun games says:

    Thank you for sharing. Not to many people in your position are so gracious. Your article was very poignant and understandable. It helped me to understand very clearly. Thank you for your help.

    • Monica Gardea says:

      Thank you for your kind words! I hope it helps a lot of us women who are just struggling with this problem. I’m still taking it a day at a time! The hardest time, I think, will be the Winter holiday season. Ay! LOL!

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    • Monica Gardea says:

      Hi, thanks for your kind words! That theme is in WordPress. I just put in the key word “home” and viola! There it was. I liked it so I chose it. Keep reading! There will be a lot more subjects I’ll write on. Thanks again!

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