I’ve done so much whining about my shoulder surgery lately, I thought I’d get a little more upbeat and report some good news for a change. That’s more fun anyway.
While I was dating Sharon, and during the first few years of our marriage, I managed to gain forty pounds. Actually, it wasn’t much of a struggle. I can gain weight with surprising ease.
Through the years, I’ve tried various schemes to get it back off, but none seemed to work successfully. The best one was Protein Power—similar to the Adkins Diet. I can trade sweets for a nice steak anytime. Unfortunately, I didn’t lose much weight with it.
At times, I’d lose ten pounds for awhile. Then I’d put it back on. The famous yoyo diet. Grrr.
Along the way, this added weight contributed to my developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and a couple of bouts with atrial fibrillation. I’m very fortunate that medications keep these conditions under stable control, but I might not have them at all if I hadn’t gained all that weight.
A couple of years ago, I decided to get serious about my weight. I’ve never been able to get anywhere with specialty diets or counting calories, so I didn’t even try. What I decided to try was eating big breakfasts and medium-sized lunches and as little as I could manage for supper—along with no extra snacks.
Several days a week, I eat breakfast out, and I don’t try to deny myself when I do. On those days, I usually manage to put lunch off until somewhere between 2 and 3 p.m. That allows me to put off supper until maybe 7 p.m. and eat something like a handful of peanuts and a apple or banana for supper. For dessert after lunch and supper, I allow myself a 40-calorie No-Sugar-Added Blue Bunny Fudge bar.
The weight has gradually come off over this couple of years, and when I stepped on my scales this morning, I was within two pounds of the weight when I met Sharon. All this time, my goal has been to get to that weight, and it’s now within reach. It’s been a long, slow trip, but I can see the finish line ahead.
To those of you who have never had a weight problem, this may sound like no big deal, but those of you who have fought this battle will recognize the triumph. It really is a big deal.
Although I’m happy with this weight loss, as I’ve approached this weight, I’ve noticed in the bathroom mirror that my body doesn’t even resemble that of 23 years ago. Funny how various muscles relax with age. I decided I’m going to try to lose at least another 20 pounds. Don’t know if I’ll ever get there or not, but I’ve decided not to stop at my original goal. I’m going to keep plugging.
If I manage to lose that extra 20, I still probably won’t have the physique I had 23 years ago, but maybe I’ll be closer. There’s a lesson in this for some of you guys. If you need to lose some weight, do it while you’re in your thirties or forties and still have some shape to your body. Don’t wait until your sixties and seventies when the shape is almost impossible to retrieve.
Now, if I could just figure out what to do with this extra chin that loves to be featured whenever anyone takes a picture of me . . .
What are you doing or have you done about health or weight problems?
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