What if things go wrong. You can count on things going wrong actually. They’re very consistent. You have a plan, you execute the plan, the plan goes off the rails, you throw the plan out. Those are Captain Cold’s rules. He then gets trapped in a room with a giant shark/man mutant from another dimension (Demention? from crazy town?) He does get rescued in time though.
I am on this weird journey to make Measurable progress in getting fit. My 1st entry in this blog was March 6, 2014. OMG. I was 208 pounds then. I’m 218 now. Since that 1st entry, I have looked for the right combination of exercise and diet that would get me down to about 140 pounds which I haven’t weighed since my youngest was born…143 pounds plus or minus. I remember that weight because I was 143 pounds going into the hospital as a pregnant lady, and came out weighing 143 pounds AFTER the child was born. How is that possible? He was 7# 4 oz. I should have weighed at least 7 pounds less coming out! That was the beginning of this strange journey into obesity. Hahaha! I can blame my boy! Nope, that won’t work.
I cut myself down to 1200 calories a day. I have been at 1200 calories a day for 3 years. I have tried cutting out chocolate, then bread, then carbs in general, then colas, and at one time I existed on soup for a week. Of course that was because I had a terrible respiratory virus that precluded me from eating solid food. I couldn’t keep anything down but soup. I do not recommend it. I have exercised cardio and strength training 5 days a week with a trainer 3 days of those days, and I have exercised on my own taking occasional walks and going to the gym to work on the tread mill once a week. I have been told I’m eating too little. I have been told that to really lose the weight, I have to go on an 800 calorie diet and take supplements. I have been told that all I need to do was portion control. I have been told that all I need to do is start a running regimen.
In the course of this journey, I have had a 1/2″ kidney stone, I have broken my hip, and I have suffered all sorts of indignities that go with being too big. I especially hate shopping for clothes. “Here, try this tent on, the circus won’t be back until spring.” I cannot physically get into a swimsuit because I cannot bend over to get both my feet in. It doesn’t work like underwear. I used to love swimming. I used to love dancing. I’m winded going up to the sidewalk of the gym. I watch all the weight loss commercials and think to myself, well they wouldn’t work for me. I think the laws of physics and biology bend around me. I think I have ranted on this before…if you eat less and exercise more, you use more calories than you take in and you lose weight. Unless you’re not eating enough, then they pile on. If you are awake really late at night because you have something on your mind, and you’re moving, you’re using more calories, right? But if you don’t get enough sleep, you gain weight. So the laws of physics apply to every situation except when they don’t.
I HAVE NO VICES! I do not overeat. I do not smoke. I do not drink. I do not commit adultery. I do not gamble. I might be addicted to Longmire, but I don’t think that’s a vice since it has a definite ending point. And yet… I cannot find the energy to clean, or cook, or garden, or walk or dance or swim because I am so big and it takes so much effort. I get depressed because I know I DO have 6-pack abs, but they’re so insulated that no one can see them. I used to dance 5 hours a day. I used to hike 10 miles. I used to go on bike rides all over. I used to march and play a horn for an hour a day. I used to chase 5 kids around. I used to be a pit pop who moved the percussion instruments on and off the field and in and out of the trucks. I used to set field props for band contests. I couldn’t do any of that now, even at gunpoint.
And now, I have another physical issue. I don’t want to be in a state of always having to do something to fix something. I don’t want to take medicine for the rest of my life. I want it fixed. When the light bulb goes out, you replace it. You don’t have to monitor it every stinking day to see if there is something that MIGHT go wrong with it. When you replace a broken window, you do it and it’s fixed. There is no daily activity you have to do to make sure the fixed window hasn’t degraded into a broken window. When you break a bone and they reset it, it heals and then EVERY FREAKING DAY you have to exercise the muscles around it so you can continue to use it for the rest of your life. Because once it’s broken, it’s ruined. Nothing will ever be right about it from that point on. If you have a kidney stone, EVEN AFTER YOU’VE PASSED IT, you’re likely to have more. The kidney is ruined and nothing will ever be right about it from that point on. If you’ve gained weight, by whatever means it has happened, your metabolism is ruined and it will never be right again. Every day, you start from 0. It’s like Forrest Gump if he were in the Outer Limits. He starts his cross country run, runs for 25-30 miles. He goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning in his bedroom.
As a good friend of mine says, “Oh Well.”