I hate to admit it but not only did I gain twenty pounds after I stopped smoking but I gained an additional ten pounds during the Christmas holiday for a total of 30 whopping pounds. I haven’t been this heavy since I lost 72 lbs back at the end of 2003! I was seriously distressed over this enormous weight gain and Linda and I vowed to lose weight together in 2009.
I was 200 lbs on 1/7 and today, one week later, I am 192. (Just don’t tell Linda because it upsets her that I lose weight quicker than she does. She says it’s because I’m a guy and it’s not fair.) Now I know what you folks are gonna say, “It’s not healthy to lose all that weight so fast.” I’ve heard it before and all I have to say is “phooey!” I am not really dieting, just adjusting my eating habits. No more late night snacking. No more take-out. Eating healthy snacks or lower calorie snacks instead of fattening ones. Eating smaller portions. And in addition to the changes in my eating habit, I’m walking 40 minutes every day at lunch.
So you see, I’m not overdoing it. I’m being sensible. But sometimes it’s hard. Today, our evil Publications Coordinator (Karl) brought in three tins full of raisin oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, m&m cookies, peanut butter cookies with a Hershey kiss in the center, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, chocolate bark with cashews, and an assortment of chocolate covered pretzels–all hand made by his lovely (and evil) girlfriend, Barb. (See, Linda is not the only one I call Evil)
As I stood drooling over them, I decided to take pride in the amount of weight I have already lost and not lament over the bounty of goodies that were tempting me to eat them all. No, I will not partake! I am not denying myself anything because I’ve already eaten many of Barb’s homemade goodies in the past, so I already know how good they are. Besides, I have a sneaking suspicion that Karl brought them in just to save himself from turning into a Macy’s Day Parade balloon.
The thought that I am on track and moving in the right direction is much better than a hastily taken indulgence which will only cause me guilt and regret later. When I finally reach my goal, the man in the mirror will be a lot more appealing than a silly old cookie or piece of chocolate. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!