The Five Stages of Dieting
Sometimes the process of gaining weight can creep along so insidiously that you can go for months or even years before having an “Ohmigod, what happened to me?!” moment. I had my OMGWHTM?! moment two weeks ago when I had my photos taken for the Gateway. Looking at the proofs from the photo shoot was a rather bracing wake-up call.
For the past two weeks I’ve gone through something akin to the Five Stages of Dying: Denial (“That’s not really me. The camera adds ten pounds. Or fifty.”); Anger (“How could you let yourself go like that?!”); Bargaining (“I’ll do something about it. Next week …”); Depression (“Why bother?”); and, finally, Acceptance (“Time to get off your fat ass, buddy”).
So now that I know I want to lose weight and get fitter and healthier, I’ve decided to give myself a powerful motivator: public humiliation. I am going to periodically blog about my weight loss over the next three months. I’ve given myself a target goal of losing twenty pounds by August 31.
And to add more motivation, I’m asking for pledges in my Summer Slimdown Challenge. Pledges will work on a per pound basis. So if you pledge $1 per pound and I reach my target of 20 pounds, you will donate $20 to the Gateway Theatre. All proceeds will go to the Gateway and what’s more, I will personally match all donations up to $500.
My starting weigh-in will be on June 1 and my final weigh-in will be on August 31. Please e-mail me at email@example.com to make a pledge (or volunteer to match donations too). Here’s to a healthy summer!