Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Stormy weather

I drove home from the prison last night in a howling thunderstorm. There were times when I couldn't see the car in front of me. Note to self: Pull over and wait it out next time!

Okay, so no yardwork got done yesterday, and certainly won't today, from the look of the sky, which promises more rain. Yeah! I'm not one of those who loves to do yardwork, although the results are always worth the effort.

Unlike losing weight.

For you youngsters who read this blog, here's a tip: Take care of yourselves while your metabolisms are healthy and in good working order. The older you get, the harder it is to remove lard from your body. I'd say by the time you're 40 – maybe 45 – you can kiss the two-pound-a-week rule good-bye.

We say in AA that "acceptance is the answer." Is it time to accept that this is as good as it gets? "This" is only halfway to my desired goal, leaving me to deal with – or accept – 30 to 35 unwanted, uncomfortable, unsightly pounds that I thought would be long gone by now.

Certainly I know how to maintain, having stayed within a five-pound range for more than six months. There's no quitting in weight management. I'll have to keep doing what I've been doing. I'm not hungry eating 1400 calories per day, and I enjoy running enough to keep it up four or five days per week.

I'm in that post-vacation letdown mode right now; I've no fight in me, nothing that says, "No! Keep trying!"

So, sorry for a bit of a downer post. I'm not whining – just thinking out loud.


Grumpy Chair said...

When I was walking last night, I was thinking how I wished I would have done this in my 30's when the metabolism was a little bit . . . younger and quicker?

I saw a difference by age 41.

Jack Sprat said...


Two things.... first of all, the "two pounds a week rule" is not all its cracked up to be. A person can lose that much while DIETING, sure, but losing weight through HEALTHIER EATING often yields slower, yet more permanent, results. ("yet more permanent" being the key phrase there).

Second of all, the I'm-home-from-vacation-and-why-bother phenomenon is quite normal. I mean, its one thing to visit friends and try new foods and have fun while away. Its completely another to do laundry, go grocery shopping, and mow the grass when you get home. This, too, shall pass!


ws said...

I wish for a 2 pound per week loss - I'll find a younger person to consult. I only know of one way to lose that quickly and it's expensive, addicting and not conducive with running so it's really not an option. I didn't realize the "post vacation letdown" was such a universal phenomenon.

I don't think I'm an optimist, but I try to live by the thought that "The best is always yet to come." Sure, it might not come easy, but it gives me something to work for...

Enjoy your thunderstorms...

mehitabel said...

Do enjoy the rain--and the sound and light show! We are parched out here and would love some rain! I was very disappointed to come back from a very athletic kind of vacation to find I'd actually gained weight--all that olive oil and butter, I guess. Now I'm trying to reacclimate and it's darn hard! Oh well. A good rest and we'll be back on track, right? (PS--I'm 65 and the metabolism is sagging as much as the rest of me!)