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In 2008 I Resolve… | Manolo for the Big Girl

In 2008 I Resolve…

…to not make any resolutions about my weight.

Bad Resolution Too many New Year’s resolutions look like this picture. Obsess about your waistline! Limit your dietary intake to water and lima beans! If you weigh more than a ten year old child, your life is a tragic waste!

Day after day, I see Valerie Bertinelli weeping for joy on my television because thanks to Jenny Craig, she doesn’t have to make a New Year’s resolution to lose the lard. For the love of all that’s hokey, please stop crying, Valerie! It’s not touching. It’s pathetic for a grown woman to spend all her time and effort worrying over her waistline, let alone to encourage others to do the same.

If you’re going to make a resolution that has anything to do with weight, please do yourself a favor and make it that you will live your life without obsessing over the numbers on the scale. Resolve to eat healthier meals, by all means. Resolve to exercise to improve your muscle tone, sure. Just don’t make your measure of success the same as the measure of your hips.

Getting or staying healthy isn’t about a dress size. It’s about how you feel. It’s about whether you are well or ill most of the time.

My resolutions for 2008? Let’s just say they have a lot more to do with taking chances and living fully than whether or not I get any thinner or fatter than I am right now. They have a lot more to do with exercising both my body and my mind than exorcising poundage. I resolve to celebrate life in all its eccentric glory and look superfantastic doing it…whether I happen to be a size 18 or a size 8 or a size 28.

Perfect

11 Responses to “In 2008 I Resolve…”

  1. Tracy December 30, 2007 at 6:10 pm #

    Hear Hear!

  2. Kitty December 30, 2007 at 9:59 pm #

    You’re a woman after my own heart.

  3. Angel December 30, 2007 at 11:03 pm #

    I’m not making any resolutions. I know this is going to be a good year and I’m satisfied with that. :)

  4. Susan December 31, 2007 at 10:38 am #

    Thank you! I too am tired of watching VB and I am absolutely sick to death of the shills for Nutrisytem – now it’s Tony Orlando (as if anyone really cares!). I will resolve to stop saying “I’m fat!” and “I’m huge!” and expecting my dear husband to counter with the right words.

    Happy New Year all!

  5. Toby Wollin December 31, 2007 at 11:32 am #

    Let’s see now – my resolutions all revolve around sewing: I got an adjustable dress form for my gift this year, and I have to actually learn to use it (because you can’t make the clothes “fit” the dress form – then they are too small for you; there is this issue of “ease”); I’m making (or perhaps constructing is more like it since I have to build in the foundation to the top of the dress – it’s strapless you see..sigh)my daughter’s wedding gown, and I am determined to learn how to draft sewing patterns in the Japanese method (as far as I know, it all starts with a very long vertical line and then everything is launched off from there for shoulders, bust, hips, sleeves, etc. etc. – a whole new world from “The Big Four”) AND I have massive yardage sitting there glaring at me to finish drapes for three bedrooms, bedspreads for two bedrooms, a slipcover for an overstuffed chair and building and upholstering an ottoman. You see? Not one mention of: exercise, diet, hair color, exfoliation, Botox, or “nip and tuck”. Nope – don’t see any of those there at all. However, I do have measuring tapes in my future – but those are for fabric…not for me. Happy New Years, everyone.

  6. Chaser December 31, 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    I resolve to buy more shoes.

  7. Lesley December 31, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    For 2008 I resolve to love my body. Rather than hating it, I’ll take the energy it took to hate it and use it to do something positive for myself.

    I also resolve to KICK ASS in 2008!

  8. thepinkeminence December 31, 2007 at 7:14 pm #

    Damn, in 2008 I’m gonna need some boots. I might want to get out of bed earlier, too, but I’ve got my priorities down: boots. Best wishes for the New Year!

  9. Michele December 31, 2007 at 7:45 pm #

    I intend to fill my life in 2008 with good health, good friends, and good food and drink. Oh…and FABulous shoes!!!

  10. Curvy Diva January 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Life is way too short (and fun) to be worried about calories, fat count, minutes on the treadmill and pants size. I’d rather resolve to be a better person all around.