My Own Worst Enemy

Every morning I get up and look in the mirror and get saddened by what I see. The double chin, the stomach that people stare at wondering if I’m pregnant, the fat thighs and the jiggly arms. It’s a far cry from the slight girl I was for 30 years, and it’s not who I want to be. Every day I look at my reflection and think to myself that I need to do something about it. I need to lose weight. I need to exercise. I need to eat better.sheri exercise

And then the excuses start. I have no time. I can’t afford to go to the gym. I don’t have any workout clothes. My husband buys too much junk food. I have no will power.

And then the insecurities set in. I can’t go out and exercise in public because I’ll look stupid. I don’t want to tell people I’m trying to lose weight because I might fail. I don’t want to ask for support, because I don’t want to look weak.

But if there’s on thing life has taught me, it is that things don’t change if you don’t change them. So today I got up and told myself there would be no excuses. I will ignore my insecurities. I pulled on my old yoga pants and a yoga top that is fitting more than a little too snug. I pulled a big t-shirt over top of it and planned to do some exercises with the xbox, but then I changed my mind. I decided to go outside.

It’s was really cold outside. If I could make myself go outside in the frigid temperatures, then I wouldn’t have the winter excuse anymore. If I could pull on my daughter’s fluffy pink mittens and my husband’s Canada toque and walk/jog around the neighbourhood, then I would be breaking through that barrier that tells me I can’t look dumb in public (and I’m even showing all of you!).

So I did.  And I survived. And tomorrow I’m going to do it again.


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Sheri McDonald is a Mom to 4 awesome kids who range in age from 6 to 21. She is a Canadian Mom Blogger, a Travel Blogger, a Brand Ambassador, a Social Media Influencer, a Spokesperson and an amateur photographer. You can find her writing about family life, food, travel, Disney and family friendly products at Kidsumers (a play on the word 'consumers') and sharing her travel experience at Big Family Travels.


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  1. Cheryl Grandy says

    Any little bit you do is more than you were doing before. I always felt that I couldn’t start an exercise program because I didn’t have time to do it every day. I’ve finally realized that even if I can only do it once a week, it’s a lot more than I was doing before and will help make me healthier. Congratulations on making a start.

  2. loriag says

    I made a start, but I have fallen off the wagon. I gained 20 lbs this last fall. I will try to get back in the groove.

  3. Darlene W says

    Each day I set a goal for myself and most times I achieve it. Mostly it is walking that extra block. Like everyone says , something is better than nothing. after the walk I refresh with OXY cleansers and wipes.

  4. Darlene W says

    I too am my own worst enemy, I skip meals and then grab anything when I am so starving I just cant go on.

  5. Amy Lovell says

    Wayy to goo!!!! The first step towards healthy living is always the hardest! Ive recently started eating healthy and its a daily struggle, one of the two big things I did was 1 get rid of the full body mirror, if I see myself it will only make me feel worse, and 2 I stopped buying junk food, If its not in the house theres no chance of me caving and munching out. Good luck on your journey!~

  6. Treen Goodwin says

    I am my own worst enemy as well .. i have always been a bigger girl , them i quit smoking 7 years ago and i am the biggest i have ever been .. the struggle to eat healthy is so hard , but i know i need to really set my mind to it .

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