Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy 10-10-10

It's all over the news today, and it seems like a big deal, so I keep trying to think of something worthwhile to do to celebrate the uniqueness of the date. [I hear the English teachers in revolt over "uniqueness". I know. I did it for effect.]

According to 32,000 couples are getting married today. I can't really do that, since I'm already married. Virginia is a conservative state, and I'm pretty sure bigamy is still a big no-no-no here.

In numerology the date reduces to "5" which is apparently the number for love. Using another formula in numerology the three 1's signify success and the three 0's signify divine support. That makes it sound like a project involving love would have both success and a little help from "above". I don't really have a little project like that in mind. Somehow I think that Virginia might allow it, but Mitchell might have a bit of a problem with it....

Those of you in the garden business will have immediately recognized 10-10-10 as the fertilizer for nearly everything. You know, if you don't have time - or energy - to fertilize all the different parts of your garden with what they need, give them all 10-10-10 and everyone will be somewhat happy and better off than they will be without any fertilizer. This is probably how I should have spent the day, but I didn't. I may see how this one works on 10-15-10 instead.

Suzy Welch has a book [disclaimer here: I have not read the book, just the Amazon blurb] in which she posits that when making a decision one needs to consider the rule of 10-10-10. What will be the consequences in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years. Now here's something I might be able to use.

I like the approach. We tend to look a decisions in terms of the ends of our noses, rather than taking a short, medium and long view - all at the same time. So, sometimes we luck into a good decision ("we'll eat the sirloin tonight, because it won't keep") and sometimes we don't. ("Love these shoes, am sure they will feel better as they get broken-in.." but, none of you has ever done that!)

The decision that I have been tossing around in my head for months, ok, years, is to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

Perhaps I should tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:

1) I've been on every diet known to man: Atkins (lost 35, gained 40); grapefruit (lost 15, gained 15); Pritikin (can't remember); Scarsdale (not that one either); Weight Watchers (three times); SlimFast, OptiFast; NutriSystem (lost 5, gained 5) and dozens more. Net result I'm at least 30 pounds above my BMI optimal weight. Either that, or I should be seven inches taller - I looked it up, but don't think there is much chance of that happening.

2) I work for a health education company. I tell people that I am the affirmative action hire, but going to meetings with all those folks who are in good shape is depressing. The partners are fully supportive of my taking time off in the middle of the day to get exercise. They let me play tennis last season on Thursday mornings, and pay for my tennis club membership. No excuse there.

3) I've taken steps - just not enough. I go to Jazzercise two or three days a week - most weeks. Too often I let my work schedule interfere. I like to go at 8:15 in the morning, but when I have an early meeting I don't go at 4:30 or 5:45 or 7:00 in the evenings, and I could. And, I've slacked off tennis. Actually haven't had a racquet in my hand since the middle of July. I have lots of excuses, but no good reasons.

So, 10-10-10. Here it is. I am committing to a healthier lifestyle - fewer calories and more exercise. The goals are 1400 calories a day and five sessions of exercise a week.

Charlene at the Balance Beam keeps telling me to see this as a positive - live a healthy lifestyle, not go on a diet - so I shall.

The one component of Weight Watchers that I always thought was the most helpful was the public acknowledgment of progress, so I will also be posting two things every Sunday: the number of workout sessions for the week, and the number of pounds lost. [You notice that I am not giving you my starting weight - TMI!]

So, we will call this 10-10-10 because I will love myself more and have success because of the divine support [I actually think that you all are the divine support] garnered by committing on this auspicious day, and the 10-minute consequence is that I will not have peanut butter crackers as a snack this afternoon [tea instead], but in 10 months I will be healthier [and lighter], and I will live 10 more years because of it.

Tune in - we're gonna make me successful.


  1. You go, girl! I am here cheering you on.

  2. I'm here for you. Wish we lived closer so we could go on long FAST dog walks together. Hey why don't you get a dog? I eat like a sumo wrestler and I'm pretty sure the reason I stay a size small is cause I'm walking. Walking from the bus to work ( 20-25 minutes) walking the dog 20 minutes.

    You know you'd love another lab. No?

  3. Jane, absolutely NO! I loved Mocha with all my heart, but he was one of those labs who stayed puppy for seven - SEVEN - years. I was frantic.

    We travel a lot now, so have decided not to get a new dog until I retire, but I'm thinking Sheltie again. Do wish I had the bus to work walk - perfect length and twice a day. It's sick to miss the bus!

  4. I was so out of it with my antibiotics and what know I didn't even notice it was 10.10.10 until the next day! (I don't know why but it made me sad that I missed it).

    And I'm with Jane... walking is the best and easiest exercise. Maybe get an audiobook to listen to and it would make it more enjoyable :-)

  5. I really believe that if you have three healthy meals a day, and no snacks in between, then get a little exercise like 2 times ten minutes of walking a day, there is no reason to remain overweight.
    Keep busy, have fun!
    My French Country Home

  6. I kept trying to get my family excited about 10-10-10 and when they asked "why?" I couldn't really give them an answer.

  7. This is just straight up EXCITING!!!! I love the idea. I love how you came about it. And I love that you're going to make us a part of it! And I'll be holding you to that! I'm on WW now and part of what I love is that if you don't eat all of your points for the day, they don't carry over. You just lose them. That means you can't starve yourself to skinny, which would never be a problem for me, but I fully support cutting that off before it ever happens. Exercise is huge and food choices are huge. That's what it comes down to. Finding reasons to not work out is easy. And if being healthy was easy, everyone would be doing it. But every time I travel abroad (and when Mom went to Africa last year) and I come home through the first American airport, it's shocking how overweight and unhealthy we are as a nation. So, Happy 10-10-10 to you!! I think this is going to be AWESOME and I look forward to the updates!