Heard a snippet of an Eminem song, and off went my mind. If I was any sort of rap fan, I might have gone to work deconstructing Slim Shady’s lyrics for that song, “Without Me”, and, keeping just the title, reworked it into a parodic take off on the It’s a Wonderful Life storyline of how everything turns out if I just didn’t exist. Or how things would turn out if I weren’t around any more, having died off due to crappy diet and lack of exercise. For you see, as per the ever derided, but still omnipresent BMI scale, I, at 5’6, 187 lbs, am once again an Obese-American.
The last 3 months have pretty much been a failure as far as healthy living goes. I started the previous round of the BLC (21) at 180 lbs, with a modest goal of reaching 174. I made that goal rather easily, getting down near 172 (I think 172.2 at the lowest), before I got this job that has me travelling, and eating out every week day. The new BLC, Round 22, starts today, and my scale looked like 187, and now I’ve got Snoop and Dre going Deep Cover in my ear.
Setting a goal, then, of getting back to 180 lbs for this challenge, which is slightly depressing in terms of being what I was at the start of the year. It’s also realistic…and if I can claim ‘maintenance’ from January 1 through the end of August, I’d take it, no matter the roller coaster ridden to get there.
As I failed what I thought were some modest goals last round, I’m resetting the same goals:
10 minutes of daily exercise, of any flavor.
More salad-like food choices, less burger like items.
I need to take advantage of the fact that it’s summer-ish. Even though I’m missing out on playing ultimate frisbee, for the first time since 2004, I need to figure out some sort of alternative activity, to do on my own. Gotta change up something, because gaining the pseudo- freshman 15 in the past three months isn’t sustainable. And I really don't want to go back to Atlanta, at anywhere near the same weight I was back in 2011, on my first visit there.
The 10 pounds lost to start the year, 15 lbs gained thereafter roller coaster? It’s kind of capture in the title of song linked below, which is what I’ve actually been listening to today, Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” album.