♫ "do dee do do,.. do dee do do,.. do dee do do,.. do dee do do,.." ♫
Picture this; you're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. It's a place where cellulose and skin collide. Where fear resides in the truth hiding behind the shadows within the bathroom scale. Up ahead there's a sign post. You've just crossed over into the Blubber Zone.
♪ "do de da dum!" ♪
Over the past few months I've noticed my waist line expanding at a rather unsettling rate. It's not at all healthy and I've decided it's time for a change. I did this once before with success, but then I got complacent and let things slide. Mainly the things that started to slide were down my throat like chocolate chip ice cream and Dr Pepper (among others). These evil concoctions of sugar and high fructose corn syrup taste oh so good going down, but then decide to take up a permanent residence in the mid-section . . . not good.
I believe the diagnosis for this condition is called Dunlaps disease. That's what it's called when your belly has done lapped over your belt!
Well, here I am declaring in a public forum that I am going to make strides to reverse this not so pleasant look.
Here are my stats and my general plan to overcome the battle of the bulge:
I'm 5' 11" tall and just weighed in at 222lbs - Yikes!
1. Sodas and fruit juices are out (and what the heck, might as well put coffee in there too. The caffeine screws up other things anyway.)
2. I will drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day
3. At dinner time I will consume a reasonable portion.
( this may sound a bit loose, but I really do know what that amount should be. I just have to have the discipline to keep from going back for more)
4. I will not eat anything after 8:00pm
5. Junk food snacks are out. This includes, but is not limited to ice cream, potato chips, and candy bars.
I'll be honest, I'm not the type to get all fired up about an regimented exercise routine. I'm actually a pretty active person, so by reducing the amount of crap that enters my body, I will be able to start burning the fat with what I'm already doing. Now, with that being said, I know there comes a point when intake alone won't finish the goal. I plan to re-evaluate the dreaded "E" (exercise) word later. I know from past experience that in order to be successful at this one must be realistic about what one is truly willing to do. If I said I was going to start running five miles every day, that would simply be a bold faced lie and I would end up getting discouraged because I set an unreasonable goal.
At this point I haven't set my weight goals yet. I will do this over the next couple of days and will set weekly and monthly goals when I do. As I indicated earlier, I did the same thing a couple of years ago and it worked quite well. This time around I just need to make it a lifelong habit and not a one year only deal.
I'll keep you all updated on my progress, but don't worry, I'm not going to turn this into Jeff's diet blog. I figure some periodic updates will be good encouragement to anyone else contemplating something similar and in a selfish way will be good for me to share in some victories too.
I won't ask you to wish me luck, just perseverance!