Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tis the Season. . .of Too Much Food

It starts with Thanksgiving and runs through New Years Day. Wherever one turns there is food, Wonderful food. . .but not very healthy food. Actually, for The Ancient One it begins with the leftover Halloween candy. Oh, that sweet tooth! Food, food, wonderful food!

A few years back, The Ancient One lost over 40 pounds. When asked how he did it, he always answered with one word, "Fear." Even after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1990, the weight did not go away. The diet changed to the extent that a fast food restaurant has not been visited in the past 18 years. Then came the coronary bypass surgery in August, 2004. That did get The Ancient One's attention and the weight came off and hit a plateau 3 months later. There is still a need to lose at least 20 more pounds but it is a constant battle. When faced with all that good food of the season, any season, there seems to be no will power.

So now there is a Thanksgiving resolution made while feeling the consequences of all that good food: Lose weight between now and New Year's day. I'll try but I'm not confident. I'll even try to keep it off with continuation of daily exercise. Getting exercise is more certain than controlling the diet.

It seems that The Ancient One is satisfied if at the end of December his weight is no higher than it was at the same time the previous year. That's really not acceptable any more. . .but, oh, all that wonderful, tempting, good food!


savannah said...

it seems the only way to handle all of the goodness & (not) light food is to deal with it one day at a time, sugar! a couple of glasses of wine on monday? perhaps only 1 or none on tuesday. in theory it works and sometimes works in reality...or so i'm told! ;)
xoxoxo happy holidays!

Cameron said...

Exercising regularly can certainly offset food indulgences, so at least you are doing THAT. I commend you!

I'm getting a bit more exercise here in SF, walking up all those stairs from the train to street level every day, sometimes twice a day if we have two shows.

Best wishes for your continued good health!

Charles Gramlich said...

that's a very hard time to go for weight loss.

Eric Valentine said...

These things are but sent to try us Leon.

Happy eating and even happier trying my friend.. :)

BillyBlog said...

You can do it, Pops!
Take it from your eldest. Keep exercising and stay away from second helpings!


Leon said...

Thank you all for your comments. Ooops, I'll get back to you when I finish eating!!!! ;~D