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February 12, 2014


Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 9:43 pm
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Some people say Facebook is a waste of time.  And maybe it is.  But last time I looked we had all of eternity staring us in the face.  So we got plenty of time to kill.

One thing I really like about Facebook is, I can throw any subject out there and I’ll  get dozens of comments  from my Facebook friends.  This often broadens my knowledge, and I  sometimes even learn new things.  For example, when I made a New Years Resolution to quit smoking last month I posted about it on my Facebook page and got a bunch of good advice, as well as moral support, from  my Facebook friends (no cigs for 42 days and counting!).

This month, my resolution was to lose 20 pounds.  I had blimped up to 210 pounds, so it was getting serious.  And, like with the smoking, I got a lot of good advice from my Facebook friends (along with a couple of crackpot ideas, like the guy who suggested I quit drinking beer —  yeah, right, why don’t you just shoot me now).  The basic advice was:

1.) cut down on carbs

2.) cut down on cheese (that one hurt)

3.) eat half of your usual portions at meal-time

4.) take brisk walks

5.)  don’t leave a lot of snacks lying around

Not particular earth-shattering, but good, solid, practical advice. And probably better than you get from most diet books which mostly seem driven by clever marketing schemes than practical advice.

Aside from the practical side of dieting, I also needed to examine the psychological aspects of my eating.  Lately I’ve been living kind of an isolated and barren existence.  And food has become one of my primary forms of entertainment and sensual stimulation.  The first thing I think when I wake up is:  WHATS FOR BREAKFAST!!  Eating is often the highlight of my day.

For most of my life — from senior year of high school to age 50 — I weighed about 180 pounds,  It rarely fluctuated.  I probably ate twice as much as I do now, but I lived such a physically active lifestyle that I burned off all the calories.  And I’ve always been as healthy as a horse, so I never gave much thought to what I ate, pretty much ate whatever junk I felt like, under the logic of: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  I basically trusted my body.  If my body said eat, then I ate.  If my body craved a particular kind of food, I ate it.  This approach seemed to make sense, because I assumed my body had more wisdom in it than my brain did.
Fact is, I’ve always loved food.  I’ve often thought:  “Just about everything in this life has let me down —  sex, relationships, politics, religion, etc — except for food.  Food has certainly lived up to its billing.”  Food is one of the few things about this  plane of existence that I don’t have any complaints about.  Until now.

But at least there’s some good news.  I’m on Day 12 of the Backwords Diet Plan, and I’ve lost 11 pounds.  For the first time in four months I’m under 200 pounds.  199 baby.


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  1. If you cut off a leg, you can lose 38 pounds. Let me know if you don’t get this message

    Comment by Head for the hills — February 16, 2014 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  2. I cut out most carbs and sugar. I refuse to quit drinking beer, so I had to stop eating baguettes. By the way, for SF Beer Week which just passed, I had the most amazing Japanese beers at The Trappist.

    Comment by Another Mary — February 27, 2014 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

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