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Piece #71 - A Weight Watcher

If I were to go back in time and tell myself something that would really shock me (other than being married), I would have to say that it is my significant weight gain over the years. When I was growing up I was often teased about me being really skinny. When I first met my future wife, I weighed 135 pounds and my height was 5'10". I was actually a little depressed that I wasn't a little taller and a little bigger. I was never a weakling because I worked out all the time and was very active; I just never showed it. I tried to pack on muscle thinking that would make me look bigger, but it didn't work. I was probably fortunate that I didn't know about those GNC muscles shakes.  I think I'd be a lot heavier now if I had started on those things! Nonetheless, I still felt like a 90 pound weakling and nothing was going to chance that.

One trait that I always attracted me to women was their height. I liked women who were taller because I wanted them to be roughly the same height as me. I was never really concerned about their weight because if they loved me for me, then weight was never an issue. Thankfully, Jaimee was a little taller than me, but that didn't bother me, ironically, she was the same weight as I was too. I still remained active with sports and other things so I still really wasn't packing on the pounds, but little did I know that something was going to drastically going to age.

This goes out to all you 'kids' who are in your 20's or 30's I have news for you...when you hit your 40's all bets are off. As I got older, I started learning the hard way that what I eat doesn't always get burned off as fast as it use too. When I started teaching I found myself not being as active as I use to be. I was chasing around toddlers early on in my fatherhood, they started to grow to a point where I wasn't needing to chase them any more so I found myself getting work done, but not working out. Before I knew it, I was looking down and I was having a harder time being able to look at my feet. I past a plateau recently and that was I had now weighted in at over 200 pounds. I never thought in a million years that I would ever hit that weight. It's kind of funny because I'm not fat all over, mostly in my stomach. I look like I should give birth at any time. I still have my skinny legs and my skinny arms, but my chin and stomach have significantly expanded over the years. This weight gain was not what I had in mind when I was younger; I had to do something about it.

I know that having this large belly is a death sentence. I really want to either lower it or get rid of it all together. There is a large part of me that would love to have plastic surgery, but I have no idea if that would make a difference let alone being able to afford it! I'm trying to figure out why I'm still increasing in weight. I can tell you that having the stress in the work place can be a huge factor, and I think that is what has happened to me. My diet didn't chance and usually I lose weight during the school year because I'm constantly running up and down three flights of stairs every day. This year (2014) has been unusual because I didn't lose the weight. Right now I'm trying to eat a little less and exercise more. I have a feeling that it's going to be an uphill battle. To be honest, it really bothers me and tends to motivate me to fix my problem. If you're having a hard time losing weight, I completely understand. It's not easy to do, but most of all you have to remain disciplined and dedicated to getting the weight off....good luck!

{UPDATE - I'm leaving what I wrote in tacked, but I think I know part of my problem. I was given a medicine called Mirtazapine a few months ago and I found out recently that a side effect is...weight gain! Needless to say, I will not be taking this medicine and we'll see if this makes a difference.}

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Song: "Forget And Not Slow Down"

Artist: Relient K

Album: Forget And Not Slow Down

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