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How Austerity’s Treating Me

posted at 11:07 pm
on Jul. 3, 2005

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As you know, I’m on this new diet.  It’s called “The Austerity Plan,” and basically, it involves no actual eating limitations.

I admit this is pretty liberal for a diet.

But the siet does mean I give up other things I totally love, things that aren’t directly tied to the biological imperative to eat.  So now, instead of thinking, “Boy, I want to have a chocolate bar,” I’m busy thinking, “Boy, I’d like to sleep in,” and if I want to make that happen, I better head down to the exercise room.

Well, in the past 6 weeks, I’ve lost about 17 pounds, going from 189 lbs. to 172 lbs. or so (I think it went up a bit because my Mom came to town and I ended up eating some REALLY big meals for a few days).  Whatever, I’m pleased with my progress.  The privileges I’ve gotten back are: using Flickr, and watching TV, and I think that’s great.

I’m now using belt holes again that haven’t seen action since the Clinton administration.  I’ve also discovered that, underneath what was a somewhat paunchy, slouched and generally sub-athletic-looking exterior, there lurks the old me.  Who apparently used to be a fairly scrawny, gangly, pale, sleep-deprived-looking guy.  So that’s thrilling, I’m sure you can understand.

When I meet my goal of losing 32 pounds total, I’ll take a picture and post it.

Oh, and a boy shouldn’t talk about his girl’s weight, but Susie’s lost more than me.



 
 

 

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