Meet the Team – Anne

by A Diet Community

My name is Anne.  Welcome to my website!

Finally, I have started, and I hit the ground running.

This includes the arduous task of cleaning off my exercise bike, positioning it to face the television, and mapping out programs worthy of distracting my lazy butt from an utter hatred of exercise.

This revulsion exists, despite the fact that on the few occasions in my life where I have developed an exercise habit, I have felt amazingly good.

Added to loathing my fat, unmotivated self, is the knowledge that I possess all of the necessary tools. I have the tapes, on demand exercise programs, treadmill and my most recent acquisition, the Wii fit.

This last purchase was supposed to make exercise fun and perhaps it does, but it has to be hooked up first.

Like an addict I continued to eat my last cookie or piece of pie, over and over again, until the tomorrow when I would start taking care of myself. This tomorrow took two long years to come.

  • My blood pressure is up.
  • I am twenty pounds over what was previously my highest weight; except for the two times I carried a child.
  • I have purchased two new wardrobes to house my body. These only get tighter.
  • I am now the chubby lady who wears the same stretchy exercise pants day after day. And what is with the exercise pants? I am only wearing them because they are stretchy and don’t constrict my flub like the only pair of jeans that still fit. I certainly had no intention when I purchased them to use them with my vast array fitness tools.
  • I avoid public appearances like the plague, because I don’t want anyone to see what has happened to my formerly slim self.
  • I have regressed into my chubby school-age self; yeah, that bring back a lot of “fun” memories.

Like so many of us, I have been on more diets than I can remember. Some of the most memorable include

  • I have eaten just watermelon; can you say water weight?
  • I used prescription diet pillsduring my teens when I thought it was ok to not sleep or eat and still go 90 miles an hour.
  • I have eaten odd combinations of foods, most of which I didn’t like, because it guaranteed me to lose five pound in a week (I didn’t lose 2) and was nauseous most of the time.
  • I have tried two of the leading packaged foods, not the ones that provide fresh wholesome foods, the ones where the shelf lives are in to the next century.

Why not share with others what I/we have learned. There is no perfect answer out there, but there are probably things we love/hate that will benefit others.

As mentioned above, I have tried many, many exercise programs. I have more exercise VCR tapes than I can count (most never viewed) ranging from yoga to boot camps.

My experience with exercise equipment (or lack of) is vast. You name it, I have tried it.

As I type I am next to the exercise bike which I bought because I can sit and pedal forever, not.

The same can be said of gyms. With two exceptions I have never gone more than twice. Surprisingly, these exceptions were boot camps and I really liked them. Not that I could keep up (I actually partnered with the woman who recently had a hip replacement), but because they gave me hope.

The Thanksgiving holiday came; I went away for four days and never went back, though I continued to pay for another six months. Why, you ask? I have no idea, another unexplained phenomenon in my life. Am I so wealthy that I don’t feel the hurt of these deductions? No, I lack the discipline to get to the point where it is a habit; one that I actually enjoy.

My point is that if buying, researching, or having the membership fee deductions were enough I would be amazingly physically fit. I need accountability, a cheerleader and sometimes a drill sergeant.

Lets join together to help each other on this journey. Share our experiences, highs, lows, joys and tales of woe. I do well with challenges and as a support for others, so I am looking for others to join me on my move toward healthier living. Keep me “on track”or at least to where I can see the track. And I will do the same for you.

That’s my story, what’s yours?

****If your story is chosen to be featured, you will receive a $50 gift card to With your permission of course.

Debbie August 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I can so relate to your story!!!  I have had many “last” meals or “last” treats, only to realize that I would stick with my diet for just a day or two.  I really hope that I can find accountability at this site and learn how to stick with a diet.  Thanks for a great article!

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