Several months ago I started to notice that my clothes were shrinking. This seemed odd since I almost never use the dryer. Slowly, it dawned on me that my clothes weren’t getting smaller; I was, gulp, getting bigger. I ignored it for a while – everyone has periodic, slight fluctuations in their weight, right? Right? Well, my fluctuation has gone up but has failed to come down. I have about 5 to 10 pounds on me that didn’t used to be there. This isn’t a lot of extra weight, but certainly enough that it’s awfully tempting to unbutton my pants when I sit down. It’s time to take action. I figure I could do one of two things: 1) buy a new wardrobe, or 2) lose some weight. Well, one of these options is in the Yikes Money budget and one isn’t.
Now that I’ve decided to lose some weight, I have lots of different ways to try to tackle this. They pretty much all amount to the same thing, but cost different amounts of money. Bottom line: I gotta exercise more and/or eat less. I’m not going to spend the money to join a gym (heck, I don’t even own running shoes let alone a cute exercise outfit) and I’m kind of a cranky-pants if I try to diet. So I’ve come up with a solution. I’m going to start walking home from work. I only live about two miles from work so this isn’t exactly a daunting task, even though there are a lot of hills between work and home. Right now I ride the bus to and from work and, with rush hour traffic, it takes about 25 minutes for me to get home. I figure it wouldn’t take me very much longer to walk—maybe an additional 10 minutes. My extra 10 miles of walking per week ought to just make those pounds melt away.
Anyone else starting the new year with the idea of shrinking your body? Want to join me in trying to lose an extra few pounds? Perhaps you’ve recently lost some weight. Do you have any tips to share?