Thursday, April 1, 2010

Numbers

What is it about numbers that can fascinate you, or make you upset or just drive one nuts?
For example....multiplication.
My daughter is wondering how to remember them all through 12, and I believe it is because she is more of a visual person. To just have to remember them all is an annoyance.
My son is a whiz with math. He loves it and it comes very easily to him.

Look at statistics...
we love to read what percentage of one thing relates to another, or what is the likelihood of something happening in this year or the next. Truthfully, I am going to be so on top of this hurricane season now that I have a house that is likely, statistically speaking, to be in the path of one. A teacher friend of mine used to say....
I'm going to be on it like white on rice...one of my favorite sayings from high school.

Then there is...
THE SCALE
(which was really why I was writing this post anyways ;-) )

Those numbers have a whole new set of rules. Those numbers can boggle one's mind from one day to the next. They can make you feel elated one day and totally defeated the next.

I have been trying to shed a few pounds. I do not want to be back to my dancing weight....but maybe my Venezuela weight would be nice! I gained close to 10 pounds since coming here to Brasil. The funny thing is, that I can't seem to take it off. Is the scale conspiring with the refrigerator against me? Did those numbers take on a life of their own, playing with me...toying with my mind? Maybe...but most likely, maybe not.
Maybe my drop in exercise has a big thing to do with it...
Maybe my excessive excuses that are allowing me to eat the delicious sweets they have here has something to do with it....
Maybe, I am just getting older and the body is just slowing down...

Whatever it is, I have vowed to undo at least some of it. I am exercising more, though still not what I was in Venezuela. Due to Lent, I have cut the sweets completely. Of course, Easter Sunday is upon us, and my day of chocolate/ice cream/candy/dessert breakfast/lunch/dinner is calling me! Though I have thought about still cutting down the sweets...(just after Sunday).

The scale, a few days ago, finally let me in on a secret. Weigh yourself extremely early in the morning (3 am works). Then, at this pristine hour of the am, when you have had very little to eat or drink in the last few hours, went to the bathroom because your dog woke you up, and decided for some insane reason to check (at 3 in the morning) how the diet/exercise program was going...
then the scale gives you a break.
2 1/2 pounds off....only 7 1/2 more to go!
I have to think I can make it...
that's the real secret...
Just believe in yourself and believe in your beauty.
And that my friends, though not easy, is something I tell myself and my children...

You are beautiful, in every single way...

5 comments:

Betty said...

Believe in yourself. Good thing to tell your kids, but from experience it´s easier said than done. I´ve been trying to loose weight for a long time too, but somehow I´ve lost that feeling of believing in myself. I wonder how to get it back?
Great post!
Happy EAster!

Fabiola said...

The numbers on scale are my worst nightmare ever since I can remember.
I am working on that.

Happy Easter!!!

Brenda said...

The scale. . . the older we get, the harder it is to face. . . at any time of the day!

Good luck on your weight loss. Do it now while its only 10lbs!

Scriber's Web said...

The scales are horrible. I've been trying to shed some pounds before my Maui trip too. Do you have an iphone or ibook? I have an iphone and downloaded an app that tracks what I eat and drink. Within one week, I realized that my problem is weekends. I am excellent during weekdays but eat and drink too much on weekends! Sigh. The app is called Myfitnesspal but you can also do this online on your computer. Good luck lady:)

GutsyWriter said...

I love her beautiful clear, crisp voice. I've always wanted to sing.
OK, so about weight, you're talking to a 52-year-old woman who so far, has managed to keep the same weight for 30 years. How? Exercise at the gym, 5-6 times/week, and I am a believer in the French way of eating. I eat REAL food, but small portions. I do not eat dessert often, mainly because I prefer a couple of glasses of wine, and that seems to take the sugar craving away. If I feel like sweets, I eat grapes, at night. If I eat cake, I usually don't feel hungry for a full meal later in the day, and sometimes I've had a slice of cheesecake, and that's my lunch. Anyway, I don't diet, but my stomach is in tune with what I feel like, and it's almost like a balancing game. I hope I can continue with this technique, but I do find the gym is getting more and more strenuous with age.