Day 15: An Impressive Calculation…For the Wrong Reasons

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

Churchill supposedly said this, and it is not only appropriate to the coming of World War II (his reason for saying it), but to the current financial meltdown, and my diet.

Jeez – Iwas listening to a commentator discuss the fact that people weren’t depressed because the stock market went down over 300 points Friday – he said that it has to fall further. He described it as: you know how Bush described the market as being drunk? Well, now it’s trying to throw up.

16 trillion dollars disappeared in about a month. That probably will never truly sink in since the number is so damn big, that it can only be an abstraction to us humans. We look at the number and all we can say is it’s ‘really big’.

Folks – if you’re alive and living through this with Me, we have the dubious privilege of living through an event of such historic proportions that it eclipses every historical event that has come before.

Like a charging rhino, shot in the head and still running, you look around you and things seem pretty much like they did before. 

They won’t for long. 

As I said to a friend the other day: if I described in January what would happen by the US election, I’d have been locked up as a lunatic.

This is not a blog about the markets, or the meltdown, but this series of postings is about me trying to lose weight amist all the crap going on. That’s why all this nonsense about the meltdown is here: I don’t live in a world where only my diet matters, but in the real world – and my diet needs to coexist with the meltdown.

Ok – now the food.

1pm – Atkins bar. 

3:30 – open faced cheese, lettuce, mayo

4:30 burger

6pm – ricotta with splenda and 2 pieces low carb toast w/butter.

It was about here things became unhinged.

I made my daughters mac and cheese, which I had not made them for some time, and they quite liked it. I also made some fried chicken – the frozen type that you can nuke, which goes well with the mac and cheese.

Sitting next to my older daughter, we were talking about how the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the seasons, and some of the leftover chicken was sitting next to me.

I had a bite, and the avalanche occured.

I did say the mac and cheese goes good with the chicken, right? I know because I had some. Then I did my usual cheat routine – a search-and-destroy mission for all the forbidden stuff that my wife and kids usually eat.

In times like these, I usually take an ‘oh-well-tomorrow’s-another-day’ approach to things. Heck – I enjoyed myself – even had some of the baguette – now well on the road to being stale, but still good.

I did not enjoy my daily meeting with Mr. Scale: he told me that I gained 1.8 lbs. from yesterday for a weight of 208.6 – 5.4 lbs. down from the beginning. 

I calculated that if I keep gaining weight at the average of my weight gain on my 2 cheat days, I will weigh 228 lbs. by day 30 – now that would be impressive, wouldn’t it?

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