Exercise

Coughing up Slimmer.

Even a healthy lifestyle can get thrown a curve ball now and then. This past week, I have been fighting this nasty chest cold. I get into coughing fits that usually result in expelling great big globs that bear a resemblance to Slimmer from Ghostbusters. Count yourself lucky that I chose to illustrate this by using Slimmer, rather than taking a photo of the real thing, because the real thing is gross.

I haven't been up to writing a blog post this past week due to my illness. This is a shame, because one thing about us guys: when we get sick, we become cry babies. What better way to moan and groan than to do it in a blog post? So, if you will indulge me for a minute, I will now make the effort and have a brief interlude of moaning and groaning.

Or What You Should Be Doing Once You Have Achieved Your Weight-Loss Goals

My weight is like the stock market: it has been up and down throughout my life. This wasn't something that just happened. It was something that I allowed to happen. Not that I wanted it to happen, it's just that I wasn't doing a damn thing to prevent it. I allowed it because I was making a crucial mistake. One day, I would be fed up with being overweight. I'd be angry with myself for letting it happen. I would use that anger to give me the determination to lose weight ("Let fury have the hour, anger can be power. D'you know that you can use it?" ~ The Clash), and that worked out just fine. I'd lose the weight and feel great. Then I'd stop everything that I was doing to lose the weight and slip right back into the bad habits that made me overweight in the first place. That was the mistake.

Years ago, a work colleague told me a story about a friend of hers that has stuck with me ever since. Her friend, let's call him Bob, because I honestly don't know his name, was paying a visit to his doctor. Bob was morbidly obese at the time. His doctor advised Bob to start working out. Bob told his doctor that he was unable to work out because he was too overweight. The doctor told him that you have to start somewhere. "Try this," said the doctor, "While at home, lie down on your back on the floor. Then, get back up. Don't concern yourself with how you get up, just get up.