I’m A Loser

Well here it is, 1 a.m. (EST) and I just got back from the gym. Yep, dedicated? Nah, took a nap earlier and couldn’t fall asleep so I thought, ‘why not’.

I’ve been really pleased with the meal plan I’ve been following along with a bit of exercise. I have found that with this eating plan, my proportions have been WAY out of control. Apparently, I’m eating for two, so if nothing else, this plan is fabulous in teaching me how to be moderate.

The most interesting thing with this is that when I’m done with my meal, I’m still a bit hungry. So I mumble and moan like the baby I can be, but realize that in 10-15 minutes after I’ve eaten, I’m pretty full. Plus two or three snacks in between and it makes for a pretty healthy lifestyle. Remember, this isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

I don’t know what a “leek” is, but it’s tasty. Bonnie made some up in a soup and it’s good. I’ve had no wheat, dairy, and I’ve only had coffee two days in the last 12 days, and I honestly don’t miss it. I haven’t been totally good, however, and being the “naughty boy” I am, I splurged on a donut today. I know my doctor says there is never a reason to eat a donut, but I politely disagree with her. If she keeps it up, I may have to switch doctors. It’s a nice treat. There was a donut shop in LA called “The Donut Shop West”. It was in walking distance from where Luke lived. So, I’d exercise by taking a walk, get a dozen donuts, and walk back. Best donut ever. They would slice any donut you wanted length wise and then fill it with cream. Enough of this subject. It’s like porn, can’t even think about it.

I’ve found that if I go out of my prescribed food list, there is no guilt. I’ve learned to live life and enjoy it. I have changed my eating habits so much, thanks to my wife Bonnie and daughter-in-law Amanda. They make it easier. You almost have to be a magician to make some of the meals, but they do a great job. It’s a lot of work preparing all three meals instead of grabbing a sandwich or a pastry. I’m learning, though.

It can get quite expensive at times though. Living in Pennsylvania, in February, fresh fruit and veggies aren’t available, so the price is gouged by the markets, and we have to choose to buy it or eat snow. Living in California would make it easier.

I remember being out there and stopping at a roadside stand and they were selling strawberries. I stopped to pick some up (they were huge and delicious) and the guy was also selling “Bing” Cherries. Oh my gosh, I almost ate the whole bag myself. I absolutely love Bing Cherries, you know, the big purplish kind.  I love fresh fruit. And it’s a part of “The Fast Metabolism” diet. It’s really not a diet, but a new way of eating.

The guy selling them was Mexican, and me, knowing five words of Spanish, told him “Buenos Dias”. He replied back to me, “Buenos Dias”, then began speaking Spanish. I said, “Oh no Hablo Espanol”, then he spoke in perfect English. Taught this Northern boy something about trying to be cute.

My granddaughter, Haniah, was all dressed for Valentines Day and was as cute as can be. She’s part of the reason I am trying to exercise. I want to dance at her wedding, not have her push me around in a wheel chair. I gotta dance, but in a very masculine kind of way, sort of like Ellen.

The weather continues to be rock solid cold. Down south when they get two inches of snow, it becomes a state of emergency. Here when it’s two inches of snow, we call it Spring.

The cold weather and cloudy skies tend to keep you sluggish, so exercising is a chore. You just want to veg on the couch, a remote in one hand and a root beer in the other, and flip through all 500 channels on DirectTV, and realize that there is nothing to watch. One night I was up late, and they had a commercial selling sex toys. Yeah, sex toys. On TV. It’s the craziest thing I ever saw. Never knew so many instruments could go so many places, and they ship it to your door. This is what America has become? We’re a mess.

So, I’ve rambled enough, but here’s the good news. This eating healthy and exercise works. Don’t need a pill, operation, etc., just healthy eating and exercise. Ready for this? My weight this morning was 255.6! I have not seen that number in years. Since March, that puts me at a 30.4 pound weight loss. And I’m not done. I’m on my way, Lord willing, to 199. Hope to get there by February 2015. That’s the plan. I’ve discovered through this program that two things kill, absolutely KILL your metabolism. They are coffee and alcohol.

Please continue to pray for me. I’m on a good roll now, but those thoughts keep entering my head to chuck it all and just eat like I used to. I hope those days are done. Maybe not the days as much as that lifestyle is done. The Apostle Paul says we are new creations. I believe the old Joe has died, and the Christ in me will sustain me to finish the work He has started in me.

My prayer is for everyone who reads this to be encouraged. Become hopeful. Being able to seize each day and have control of it, not have it control you. We got this. It feels good to be a loser.

Weight: 255.6



One Response

  1. Keep up the good work, Joe!

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