Squeezed into my slacks this morning, glad that the front fastener was not a button, because there would be a good chance that it would fly off. Looking back, one of the best decisions I ever made was to toss my fat clothes when I lost the weight. If that wasn’t the case, I’d be in the basement pulling them out of a bag, and I’d be on the road to fatville again.
I recenlty hard the term ‘muffintop’ to describe people with pants so tight that their belly hangs over their waistline.
Count me as one of them (sigh).
I’m trying to take my own advice. Things I’ve written here in the past that I ignore – let’s not even get into the ‘why’ of this, it’s just not worth it. ‘Stupidity’ will suffice as an explanation for those of you hell-bent on explaining things.
The advice I’m giving myself is:
Eat breakfast – when I lost most of my weight, I ate breakfast.
Eat at least every 6 hours – Atkins said it, I did it – and lost weight.
Drink 64 oz. of water at least – my own unscientific analysis seems to indicate when I drink lots of water, the weight seems to come off easier.
Sat Fat is Where It’s At – Be sure to get enough saturated fat. The more I ate, the more I lost (to a point). The most memorable time was when I ate huge bowls of chili where I did not drain the fat from the meat. I ate it for lunnch every day for a week – and lost 5 lbs in that week.
Breakfast was 2 hard-boiled eggs. I also guzzled down 50oz. of water. At lunch I bought some Boar’s Head Low Sodium Bologna – this qualifies as ‘comfort food’ AND a great source of sat fat to get the low carb engine stoked. Had 8 slices for lunch, and another 8 at 5:30pm – maybe a half-pound total.
When I got home at 7pm, I helped feed the kids – they got pasta and chicken. I helped clean potatoes, and watched my wife have a few yummy tarts. I kept away from the junk successfully. I grazed on some hamburger, lettuce, chicken, cheese, mayo, a bit of cream, and some pork rinds. I have some leftovers and open bags that need going through, so this was part meal and part cleanup.
In my household, there is little time for sit-down meals very often, so I frequently graze, which is what I did this night.
This morning’s weight: 209.8 – down 4.2 from the beginning. Encouraging, but not all that spectacular, as I know I’ve got a few pounds of water weight that I’m shedding.
I’m thinking that I need to come up with some new recipes, so I started reading through Dana Carpender’s ’15 – Minute Low Carb Recipes’ for some inspiration.
The ‘Other’ Issue
Note: The second half of this post contains material some might consider off-topic. It’s not, really, because it’s what going on in my head while I try to lose the pounds I packed on as of late – and my fat body is connected to my fat head – so there.
If you’ve read some of my other postings, you might have concluded that I think too much. It’s true. And as I look today, the stock market is up 600 points. But I’m angry, and getting angrier.
What’s happened is that the governments of the world decided to invent a lot of money. In the wink of an eye, without much effort, the United States created a trillion dollars out of thin air. All the bailout money didn’t come from any hard work – it just appeared. The Federal Reserve wrote a number on the back of a napkin, and it was real.
Now bankers across the country append a few zeroes to numbers in a computer somewhere and a catastrophe is averted. That’s great – if we didn’t do this, the amount of human suffering would be a lot worse.
But this got me to thinking: if they were able to do this all along, how could they allow crimes such as homeless children to continue unaddressed? I thought the reasoning was: we can’t afford it. Well, it seems they can afford it – in fact, if they used as little as 1% of the bailout – $1,000,000,000 – to make sure no child in America ever slept in a car or went a day without a meal, I’ll bet you it would last a while. AIG tore through 85 billion pretty quick – and got a lot more almost without comment. The people who help the homeless could probably stretch that 1% at least a little longer before coming back to the trough for more.
They could have done it all along – they just didn’t feel like it. Call me a bleeding heart because I don’t want to see kids suffering, but the fact is: we just don’t care – and to see how quickly we can spring to action on something we obviously do care about only proves what heartless bastards we all are.
What’s the arguments against us lending a hand again? The money would only be wasted? They are lazy and don’t deserve it? They want something for nothing? They think the world owes them a living? The money wouldn’t go to the problem at hand, but be siphoned off by the dishonest ones? The situation is just too complex to throw money at it and expect that to be of help?
Am I talking about the homeless or bankers here? Right now, with the way the world looks, it’s hard to tell the difference.