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Turning Over A New Leaf
(This week’s Manic Monday prompt is “leaf”)
I turned over a new leaf this past February. Started a new life on my new leaf, as a non-smoker. As the smokeless months wore on, the pounds piled on. This necessitated more leaf turnage, and I vowed to sweat a lot more in order to avoid those pounds. Alas, merely sweating was not enough to take off what was put on; it was barely enough to stop further pileage of poundage.
So leaves number 3 and number 4 needed some turning, those being a) taking up the use of free weights to put on a little lean muscle, for better more efficient fuel-burning, and b) the limiting of caloric intake, aka dieting. Ugh, I have NEVER had to do this before! How did I get to be 48 years old without gaining ANY experience *le gasp* DIETING?
I started the epic sweating and calorie counting at the beginning of September. A month later, I have lost 7 pounds, and the sweating thing is really starting to get on my nerves. It does not come naturally to me. In fact, I freakin’ HATE it. I’ve worked my way up to 4/4 minute intervals of run/walking. I’ve worked up to 5 pound hand weights for curls, 3 pounds for lat raises. I can do 30 squats in a row without stopping, and believe me, my butt burns when I’m done.
Why do I have to work so hard to keep the pounds off? Why is nicotine so addictive and harmful when it clearly can keep people from getting fat? I mean, I had the normal middle aged spread before quitting, but I had NOTHING like the serious weight gain that occurred during the 7 months and change since nicotine left the building. How much weight gain, you ask? Let’s just say that in addition to the 7 lbs. I’ve already lost, I could probably stand to lose 10 more. AT LEAST.
But now, I am faced with a week of “last chance workout” because as of Saturday October 11th, I’ll be in Walt Disney World attending a conference by day and the International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT by night.
Oh, you didn’t think it was time for another leaf, did you? Um, no. It’s the Food and Wine Festival, baby! Brings back fond memories – it was the very FIRST thing I blogged, and mobile at that! Yes, I started this blog a year ago, hooked up my camera phone to it, and ate and drank my way around the World for a week. It was heaven.
Of course, I was still smoking back then, so it was all good. Wasn’t any need to worry that I’d gain 5 pounds just LOOKING at the food. Oh, and I keenly remember the night I drunk-dialed Debbie after discovering where the banana daquiris were being sold. That was epic!
You know, there’s got to be a few leaves available at this thing. I know they serve the salmon (seared with maple syrup!) on a bed of arugula at the Canada pavilion. So, arugula is leaves, right? So maybe I can find stuff to eat that has leaves, and only eat those dishes. I’ll make sure I turn ’em over before I eat ’em, too. This might ward off the poundage.
I just have this remarkably nagging fear that the entire 7 pounds that I lost during September is going to come and attack me in the night, adhering itself firmly to my thighs and tummy. OK, that’s a lie. Technically, it SHOULD adhere to my boobs. That’s where I lost it from, so that’s where it should re-adhere, right? Yeah, I know. These things never work the way we want them to. I mean, if I have to gain 7 pounds, would I mind so much if it was boobs instead of tummy? Probably not. So naturally, it will be tummy.
OK, enough of this. Those 7 pounds are NOT going to come back. I’m just going to have to sweat HARD this week plus while I am away. There’s a gym at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club (that’s where I am staying). And there’s a path all around the lake. I can do this. I can sweat! I will hate every minute of it, but I will do it.
The alternative is “comfy pants” and deprived boobs. We can’t have that!
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October 13th 2007 – eating around the world
October 12th 2007 – spent my 15 yr anniversary cancer free in the Magic Kingdom!
October 11th 2007 – the night I drunk-dialed Debbie while having a banana daquiri