Most people hear the call for bathing suit season in January, just as the last New Year’s confetti hits the floor. I hear the call for bathing suit season about the time you can’t find bathing suits in the store anymore. This year was no exception except this year I want to do something more than chuckle and grab a sandwich with extra mayo, this year I want to lose some weight.
I have a knee that has seen better days so the thought of running would only occur to me if I were on fire, plus I’ve never seen a runner smile. I have two bad shoulders so lifting weights can only be done in moderation and it looks like what we used to call “girl push-ups” will be in my repertoire. I’ll be doing plenty of sit-ups and crunches as I never minded either, although the end result was never a six pack but rather a well shaped keg. I’ll also be utilizing other forms of static and resistance training to round out the program so my body doesn’t know what the hell’s going on. It shouldn’t be that hard to confuse my body as I don’t believe it’s all that smart in the first place.
Ok so ole Pav plans on some basic exercise, is that it? No of course not, if losing weight were that easy I would have done it already, or at least had The Cat do it for me. I also plan on getting some walking/hiking in the equation and if I take my truck it’ll take about a third the time. Yeah alright so no truck, although I may get a bike and mix it up a bit but there’s no way in hell I’m wearing padded bike shorts, the last thing my ass needs is spandex…or padding for that matter.
I’m a cook who loves cooking and over the years I’ve tasted a goodly amount of my food and I have to say, I’m a fan… a big fan. That said I need to pack in lots of flavor, so how do I do that? I plan on still using real fats, just less of them. I’ll utilize natural sweeteners like maple syrup, fruits and raw sugar. I don’t like artificial sweeteners although I’ve probably consumed enough to have a tumor the size of a head of cauliflower that has replaced my brain, which would explain a lot with regard to my writing. How about leaner meat, you bet. I’ll also be utilizing spices, ramping up the heat, use a wide range of vegetables, legumes and tiny amounts of pasta/potato.
Here’s a big one for me, portion control. The first girlfriend I brought home to meet my folks was given half a grilled chicken and on the table sat a dozen ears of corn and mixing bowl filled with mashed potato, for four people. The first time I met her parents I remembered thinking I could eat everything on their table and go for a cheeseburger. I need to seriously cut back to the amount I would normally get when going for thirds.
Lastly, I think honesty plays a big part in a person’s weight loss. It’s easy for me to rationalize “Let’s see I had a Caesar salad for lunch so eating a key lime pie is fine, I mean… there’s friggin lime in it!” I’m too much of a sneak thief to be honest with myself so I’ll be honest with you…the three people that read these posts on a regular basis. In just over two weeks I am down fifteen pounds. I’m hoping to lose maybe 30-40 more depending on how much new clothes are going for. I’ll let you know how it goes. Any encouragement, comments, jeers or generally calling bullshit on me will be appreciated even if it isn’t liked.