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Monday, January 5, 2009

I am Oprah!

I am not the biggest fan of Oprah, or her show. Every now and then, however, she has a show that I am interested in, and watch. Today was that day.

I have been hearing about her weight gain, and I hadn't really noticed it, probably because I don't watch the show very often. Over the weekend, though, I heard her being interviewed, and she said that she had gained 40 pounds. I watched the show today, and heard her talking about her struggles, and how she had let her weight creep back up, after she had gotten so healthy just a few years ago.

It was amazing. I had a connection with Oprah. It was like I was watching myself on television talking to Bob, her trainer. Here was Oprah, being so human. She was saying that, among many reasons, one of the reasons that she had let her weight get out of control was that she he had convinced herself that she knew what she was doing. She was in control, because she knew what to do to stay in control. This was part of the reason that she got out of control.

Another reason that she was struggling with her weight was that she let her schedule get out of control. She was putting all of the things that she needed to get done each day ahead of needing to stay healthy. If she didn't put her needs back at the top of her list, she would never get back to where she had been.

This is so true. So many times, we put the needs of others ahead of the needs of our own. I am totally and completely guilty of this. My husband and I own two businesses, and I work full time as a teacher. My day starts at 5:30 in the morning, and I usually don't get home until 8:30 at night. When I get home, I like to spend some time with my husband, so we usually eat together at about 9:15. That is so unhealthy. I know that eating that late has contributed to my weight gain. I have decided to start eating my dinners (Lean Cuisines) during my evening job at one of my businesses.

For my New Year's Resolution, a few days ago, I decided to resolve to have a better year than I have had recently. I resolved that 2009 would be much better than 2007 or 2008. I decided that part of my resolution had to be to put me back at the top of my list. My husband and I are going to join the gym. We can go at 8:30 in the evenings, and still spend some time together. I am going to use the crock pot more, so he can eat before we meet at the gym.

All of these decisions stemmed from my deciding to watch Oprah today. If you missed it, you should head over to her website. I am going to answer the questions, and tune in to the podcast. It sounds like I am advertising for Oprah. I really felt a connection between her weight struggle, and mine. Even if you don't plan to tune in to the podcast, you should go answer the questions. Your answers may surprise you if you are really honest with yourself.

Begin 2009 with me. Jump back on the weight wagon, and put yourself back on the top of the priority list. You won't be alone. Oprah and I will both be at the top of our lists, too!

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