Thursday, January 01, 2009

I Resolve To...

I made just one New Year’s resolution for 2009 and I did so because it’s doable. It has to be.

My goal? Gain weight.

To anyone on the other end of the spectrum, don’t bother shooting daggers at me. They won’t penetrate. (Or maybe they will – my protective layer of fat has disappeared.) With a little help from some friends, I’ve finally figured out a very plausible reason for the shedding of lbs. and I think it will be resolved soon. Sometimes we lose proper perspective when viewing our own lives.

The likely cause is nothing alarming nor does it have anything to do with those pesky legal matters. And I will probably share it with you some day. Just not right now.

After years of living in this body, I know what a good weight is for me. Approaching size 2 or the mythical size 0 ain’t it. I need those lost lbs. in order to sustain a proper energy level – to function at my best. The fact that I abhor clothes shopping is an added impetus for weight gain. My drawers are droopy.

This sort of thing has previously occurred twice in my life - once in university when I thought I was pregnant. (Yes, I was sexually active despite my strict upbringing, yes, accidents can happen to anyone and, no, I wasn’t.) The other occasion was after surgery. Both times I managed to regain the needed pounds. I can do it again. But it’s a fairly slow process and not easy to do - despite what many believe.

I give sympathy, support and kudos to friends attempting to lose weight but I find that with my dilemma, encouragement is hard to come by. I’m not looking for sympathy but expressions of envy don’t help.

Ladies (and gentlemen) – it’s tough at this end, too.

To start the New Year off right, this morning I had a great big bowl of porridge with tons of brown sugar sprinkled on top. And I ate it all.

I am on my way.

A belated Happy New Year to you all.

And to those of you who also made New Year’s resolutions, I wish you success in attaining each and every one.


oreneta said...

I hear you on that one. I have struggled to put weight on upon occasion, though not now....and it is REALLY tough and you get absolutely no sympathy. Having too little weight is bad for your health too, and eating more than you want isn't fun either. Maybe a culinary excursion to Italy? You know one of those foodie tours...that might do the trip...or you could write a piece on lasagne as found in Tuscany...or New York?

Just a thought. Good luck.

msb said...

I'm glad you viewed it as "help" from "friends" - yes, it does need to be resolved soon for everyone (especially you) involved. I PROMISE that I will be as encouraging and supportive as you are for me while we try to attain our opposite goals! It is not easy doing either...
ALWAYS behind to support,beside to encourage, and in front to guide.

Patti said...

If you were my neighbor, I would bake you cookies.

sherry smyth said...

I'm not one for making resolutions on the stroke of midnight January 1st..bah..what a waste of time!! I make a resolution every day to live the best life I can live in that 24 hours and then I'm good to go.

As for you missy, yes, you could do with a few pounds on that frame of yours...let's get busy!!! ♥

Beth said...

I should be in Paris with you.
For now, it's the good old comfort foods (CCofMS, etc.) that are working!

I know you're there for me - always.
Ditto me for you.

And I would eat them!
If you were my neighbour, I'd be there with a bottle of wine and encouraging words.

No "skinny" latte, right?

Minnesota Matron said...

Sweetheart, one day the size one and struggling Matron will blog about this -- a little differently situated, but she gets it.

She said...

You are lovely no matter what size you are! But I want you to be healthy and have energy and to feel good!

So, I'm rooting for you!

And if I could send you 20 lbs in a box, I'd be more than happy to! I do enjoy giving gifts!

I'm wanting to go to Italy! So, we could definitely do what Oreneta suggests! : )

Cheryl said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2009 will be a wonderful year for you.

I hope you can gain the pounds. I know how important it is to feel good and have energy. Being at a size your comfortable at is what matters. I hear you with the shopping. I hate it too.

Barrie said...

Happy New Year, Beth! And I wish you the very best with your weight-gaining goal.

Beth said...

Minnesota Matron:
My sympathy and encouragement with your struggle - and I'm glad someone "gets it."

If you could send me lbs. in a box, 10 would do it!

About the shopping? That makes us two very odd females.

Thanks - it's going to happen.

Charlotta-love said...

I didn't break 100 lbs until my sophomore year of high school. Teachers and friends worried that I was anorexic. Nope. Just a high metabolism. I understand - first hand - how a comment laced with sarcasm can be so devastating. I wish you success and pounds!

Memarie Lane said...

Being underweight has always been an issue for me, except when I'm pregnant. Now I'm three months post partum and my pants are already falling down. A friend of mine is a nutritionist and she said that the mistake I make is eating too many carbs. I need to eat more proteing and fresh veggies, which work together to maintain a healthy weight. But I'm also going to get my thyroid checked.

Trish said...

I know it's not really the right season but ice-cream works wonders for me in the weight gain department. Maybe you could add some butter to your oatmeal?

Droopy drawers are no more fun that tight ones.

Good luck with your 2009 weight-gain endeavors :)

VE said...

I was 128 pounds and just shy of 6 feet in my late teens. I don't think I filled into some muscle until I was into my late 20s. I know that side of the spectrum.

Bee said...

Beth - Have you tried weight training? It always makes me ravenous!

May we all experience better health this year . . . no matter which side of the weight spectrum we weigh in on!

Beth said...

I feel you....I USED to be really really skinny, and my step-mom was on a mission to ahve me gain weight. Well, I DID gain weight and now I must take it off.

I will be rooting for you and be screaming when you gain a pound!!!


Barrie said...

Beth, thank you for your words of wisdom on teenage boys.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Happy New Year! I hope all of your dreams come true and wishes are granted!

patricia said...

First of all, Happy New Year, kiddo.

Secondly...well...I could say some smart-ass things at this point, but I will control myself. (One of my resolutions is to try and be more reserved. Let's see how long THAT one lasts).

I wish you well on your path to portliness. I have at least 30 extra pounds that I will happily give you next time we meet. ;)