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Weight loss or way lost?

January 14, 2004 1 comment

We are both getting older. You know how I know? Well, we can just look in the mirror and, sadly, that tells the tale. With the gray hairs and the “middle-aged spread”. And let me tell you…the middle age spread hasn’t been good to this boy. Middle aged spread really doesn’t describe what has happened to me. I can’t really blame it on anyone but myself. I tried once but it didn’t work. No… it is totally my fault. But now Rhonda and I are going to change all of that.

Anyone who knows us know that we have dibbled and dabbled with different diets and diet programs over the years. Some have actually worked temporarily. I guess the key is to change your behavior. That is a big part of what we missed. When I stopped paying at Weight Watchers, I quit losing weight. With them it was accountability. It was embarrassing to go up there with all of those women and be weighed. I certainly was not going to gain weight. And besides, I would have felt like I was wasting money if I didn’t lose weight each week. We have both tried and were moderately successful with the Weigh Down Workshop. That was until the founder of that movement went nuts. Actually, we stopped before that happened. The results were always the same. We lost weight but ended up gaining it back. Now I don’t know if we are caught up in all of the hype but we are trying to lose weight the Dr. Phil way. We have been watching his show and those guys on the show are really inspiring.

So that is on our plate now (no pun intended) and as we succeed you, loyal reader, will read about it. We might even throw in some pictures here and there. I think I have my Speedo somewhere… Okay, now that you have that image in your mind I will put you at ease. I don’t have a Speedo. I was just kidding. I sold it at a garage sale after I realized my dream of being an Olympic swimmer just wasn’t going to happen.

The truth is that my weight puts my health at risk in many ways. My mother and her mother had heart disease. My mom’s dad had Diabetes. Both my parents had high blood pressure and I have been medicated for it for a number of years. The bottom line is that I want to be around for my grandkids. We both do. There is no better time to start than now. Well, maybe ten years ago would have been a better time. But there is no time like the present.

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