Timeless Thoughts #5 – Weight

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It’s the first Saturday (uh.. Sunday) of the month again and that means the Timeless Thoughts linkup! I missed last months but am back again in March for thought #5, weight.

For most of my adult life my weight has gone up and down within a range of about 20kg and unfortunately, right now, it is at the higher end of those 20 kilos. I have been working on getting it back down to the lower end of the scale and it is one of my goals for this year. It was going quite well in January and parts of February but then I developed a stomach issue that lasted a few weeks and left me feeling sluggish, bloated and mostly just gross. In the end it meant I didn’t meet my target for February and so far am behind for March too.

This morning as I jumped on the scale and didn’t get the result I had hoped for (I am hoping it’s related to my increase in strength training and building of muscle in Feb and March and not just too many snacks) I thought about how I never thought about weight as a kid. As a kid the priority wasn’t on the way my body looked or felt but on doing things that were fun. It might also be coincidence that as a kid you barely stop moving and life is about running around, skipping with a skipping rope (I used to be able to skip forever! Now I feel like I’m dying after 30 seconds), climbing trees and riding your bike wherever you can.

It seems the older you get the less you move, or at least if you’re working in IT, like I am. Many hours of the day I’m sitting (usually slouched) at a desk, staring at a screen and not moving much of anything, other than my fingers on the keyboard and hand on the mouse. As a result you have to consider how much food you’re taking in and whether you’re moving enough to burn it off. You also have to consider whether you should be going to the gym (I have considered it and the answer is no! They kind of scare me) and it just seems a whole lot more complex than life as a kid when you didn’t even know what a gym was.

I wish life could be as simple as getting up and doing what I want, having someone feed me the nutrients I need (not having to think about or make your own food is a massive perk of being a kid!) and not thinking about it any further. Either that or chocolate could become a superfood and give me all the nutrients I need! That’s the dream.

On the plus side, as an adult, I can make the very responsible choice of eating icecream for dinner.

10 thoughts on “Timeless Thoughts #5 – Weight

  1. I’m getting that we are responsible for ourselves and what we put into our body, and I understand that.

    I’m making the choice to eat and drink better than I have before. That’s what I love about being an adult, being able to make the right choices or choices in general.

  2. Thanks! I think it is good to own at least 1 credit card for those times you are at a sketchy place and someone wants to try and steal your identity. Credit cards make it easy for you to report things as unauthorized and what not.

    The no impulse buys is a plus though I’ve finally stopped with that. :) Only because I gave my sister my credit cards just so I wouldn’t charge anything to them even though they are attached to 99% of my online accounts. LOL I still haven’t bought anything which is good! :)
    Thanks for the good luck! I appreciate it! So far so good! I’ve got my 30-day review and I get my official shirts on Wednesday so I’m excited!

    1. Oops, I forgot to comment on your blog.

      My weight goes up and down within 10lbs myself anywhere between 190-200lbs. I don’t go by the scale though, in fact, I haven’t weighed myself in forever because I go by how I look and right now I’m not particularly fond of that but I’m working on it. I started a new diet so as long as I can stick to it I should lose weight. :)

  3. I know how you feel! I never paid attention to what I weighed when I was younger. Heck, I was underweight in high school. I kinda want to go back to that. XD Totally not the issue anymore!

  4. Blah, weight. You are not alone when it comes to struggling with weight issues. My entire life, I have always been 130. A little on the heavy side for a kid. I think most of the time, when you’re a kid, you don’t realize about your body being overweight as you’re having too much fun doing fun things i.e. skipping rope, climbing, playing etc. that you just don’t care how you look (you do later when you’re showing your pictures off to your friends and/or romantic partner). But as a kid, they just don’t seem to care that much (unless a snobby one comes along and think they’re all that).

    Anyways, as we age, we start noticing things MORE. Our health! We tend to want that supermodel body, better hair, and etc. However, it is quite difficult being behind a computer most of the time. There are some exercises that you can do to achieve your weight goal. For instance, my doctor recommended planks to me (the only good advice he’s ever done) (yes, the same doctor that said Gatorade is okay, which now I am finding out it is in small quantities but not as good as water, so my apologies on that one). Planks will strengthen every core of your body. This has helped my lower back even. Stretching for 30 seconds is also good for a person who has to be on the computer a LOT. I try to stretch some here and there and the planks. My boyfriend and I do have a membership to the gym, but it’s so hard to find time to go. :/ .

  5. Good luck with all your weight loss goals. I need to do the same, but I love food too much, hahaha! When I’m over this dratted cold, I hope to start walking to work and home on a regular basis now that the weather’s warming up. Walking is about the only thing I like . . . soooo there’s that. The gym and I never worked out, honestly . . .

  6. I think the sedentary life style as we grow older is the product of the society we live in. If your 9 to 5 job was swinging a hammer, then you would be burning so many calories. The thing is that most good jobs these days are the ones that involves sitting for long periods. That’s why I try to incorporate some exercises while I’m at work, such as squats. I also try to take the stairs whenever possible, along side parking far from my work and walking. Saves me money and I get a good workout.

    Instead of working out 1 hour out of the day, try working out throughout the day in small spurts. It’s helped me stay in shape even though I’m a oldy

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  7. While I don’t have to worry about my weight (I’m too vain to put on weight; I start cooking healthy and doing muscle toning exercises the second I start to feel bloated. Which inevitably happens when my period is near, so I have these spurts of super healthy solely because of water weight…. it helps me maintain though), I definitely feel you on the gym being scary! Two of my close friends are both in the fitness business and constantly try to get me to work out with them or attend their classes or whatever. But I’m terrified of the idea of doing any exercise in public because I have no doubt that I am a thousand times less strong than anyone else. But like Jenny said, there are some easy ways to sneak light exercises in throughout the day, which can have a surprisingly big impact if you do them consistently.

    You can do it!

    1. I wish I had your discipline! If I feel bloated I sit at home on the coach and watch tv :P I do a lot of walking throughout the day. Probably around an hr of it between walking to buses and walking on my 30min lunch break so I do quite a bit of exercise but I also snack on the world which is what I need to try and fix. But I love snacks!

  8. Good luck with your weight goals! :D

    I don’t have any problems with weight but I haven’t been as active as I was when I was younger. I feel exercise and eating healthy is important for everyone, regardless of weight. And I badly need to do those more as I’m always sitting in front of the computer and eating snacks.

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