In previous blog posts I have mentioned the need and desire to lose some weight. I thank those of you who have seen me for withholding you comments. I have halfheartedly dieted for the past year or so; actually I guess I have done that since about 1972.
I think it is quite common and acceptable to gain 7 pounds in the winter and lose 5 in the summer. That only becomes a problem if it happens for maybe twenty consecutive years; I’ll do the math for you, that is a net gain of forty pounds. I exceeded that a little, in a recent three-year period, my net gain was about eight per year.
About four or five months ago I admitted the halfhearted stuff wasn’t working. I wasn’t gaining but I wasn’t losing; it was time to get serious. Did I ever mention I am a little bit hardheaded?
From my days in the business world I thought I should establish some goals and consider some milestones. I did a little Google research and found that goofy chart; obviously created by some anorexic experts. That thing said I needed to lose about sixty pounds or suddenly become about 6’9”. I have no desire to do either of those things.
I set my own goals. I broke them into two categories long term and short term. The short-term goal is simple. Weigh less today than I did yesterday; it doesn’t always happen but, it does keep the pressure on.
I know the experts say I should weigh weekly. That doesn’t work for me; there are too many false positives and false negatives. I have weighed every morning for many years. I don’t know how much my shirt or socks or shoes weigh, I just know how much I weigh. That may be too much information.
I broke the long-term goals into three sub categories: “Realistic”, “Optimistic” and “It is OK to Dream”. The OK to Dream goal is 20 pounds more than what that silly chart says a 6’1” guy of medium build should weigh.
I didn’t set firm milestones; I think failure to meet the early ones has caused me to abandon diets in the past.
I’ll do a little more math: Realistic, lose 20, Optimistic, lose 30, and dream about losing 40. I didn’t want to do this but the starting point was about 235 on a good day, and I still don’t know how much the shoes and stuff weigh.
Boy, I have talked the talk; I guess it is time to walk the walk.
There are many ways to lose weight and different things work for different people. I decided to go old school this time. I would change my eating habits and get more exercise.
I established three basic food groups; those groups are:
The things I really like. Foods in this group are not to be eaten; not even in moderation.
The things I can tolerate. It is OK to eat this stuff in extreme moderation.
The stuff I can’t stand. There are no restrictions.
Yes, I exaggerated a little; but not much.
Burgers and fries or a good chicken fried steak have always been my “go to” meal. I have had 5 burgers since I started this deal and two of those were on the turnpike; nothing else was available. I think I only had fries with three of them. If your Sonic stock is floundering, I could be the responsible.
I understand Blue Bell Ice Cream has formed a committee to find a reason for the decreased demand for their Homemade Vanilla product. I think I have the answer. I picked up the ice cream habit when Sharyl was sick; it was a tough one to break.
I have replaced the burgers with chicken and fish; grilled, not battered and fried the way I like it. I think chicken may soon be a candidate for the endangered species list. Steamed squash, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. has replaced that in a cheese sauce or the battered and fried variety.
I am getting tempted to stop by Sonic for a burger on my way to Homeland for a half-gallon of that Homemade Vanilla ice cream.
Some of you probably remember the two pics I put on Facebook; one with some ice cream, the other with a big chicken fried steak and cream gravy. I have an explanation for both. The ice cream was part of a graduation party for my favorite grand daughter; I only had a couple bites. The chicken fried steak; it just seemed like the thing to do at the time. I ate the whole thing.
I am getting more exercise. Some of it is because of changes to my daily routine, I am doing more yard work and I get out and about a little more.
About the time I started this thing an old friend and I were visiting; he is an old friend not only because he is old (not as old as me, but old) also because we have been friends for a very long time. Old people conversations typically include diet and exercise.
He has access to a small workout facility, so we decided to give it a try. We haven’t inflicted a lot of wear and tear on the equipment but it has become a part of our routine. We enjoy the conversation; we both have a long way to go but there is improvement.
The first day we were there I had been on the treadmill for an extended period, probably 7 or 8 minutes. This thing is a much better piece of equipment than the one Sharyl and I had in our home; she used the heck out of it. This one has all the bells and whistles; it has a button to activate the “cool down” cycle; I pushed that button and the darn thing almost threw me off the back with the sudden increase in speed.
I admit have become somewhat obsessed with this weight loss thing and I understand how that obsession can be a problem for some people. I don’t think I need to worry because my obsession for burgers and fries or chicken fried steak and cream gravy far exceeds my obsession to lose weight.
Today I met my Realistic goal. I tipped the scale at two one five 215 pounds; I have lost 20 pounds and I am excited. I think I am going to relax a little and figure out how to maintain the 215. However the Optimistic goal can now be relabeled as Realistic. The other one; it is still OK to dream.
I may not weigh tomorrow. I enjoyed a Father’s Day dinner with my family today. My two favorite fathers were there. I’m talking about the guys my grand kids call dad; both of them are great guys and great dads. You girls done good!
I’m sorry this one got a little long. Please keep me in your prayers.
Thanks for running down the road with me.
Good Night and God Bless.