Skip to main content

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.}

Song of Inspiration [Check it out on iTunes or Android!]:

Song: "Forget And Not Slow Down"

Artist: Relient K

Album: Forget And Not Slow Down

                Here a video to the lyrics of the selected song!

First, this is NOT me...but it could be!


Popular posts from this blog

Piece #72 - Brant Hansen, the radio voice for Asperger's

This might seem a little unusual for my blog to be talking about a certain person, especially one that I've never met in person, but he still has a special place for me because of how much we have in common...mostly because we both have Asperger's. Brant Hansen is or as of Monday July 7th, 2014 was a DJ for a national syndicated Christian radio station called Air 1. He and I have exchanged messages through Facebook from time to time in pleasant conversations, but we have come to a point that is a little more serious. Brant has never shied away from his disability and if anything he has been a positive voice to anyone who would listen about his Asperger's. As I mentioned though, Air 1 is ready to shut him down. Here is what Brant had to say about his departure from the radio station:

"If you've been a listener to our radio show, please know this: I’m heartbroken over the end of the show. I've counted every day as an honor to be able to have a platform like that.…

Piece #77 - "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"

Here is one of those funny times when it's really easy to say, but harder to do. For some, giving an apology and meaning it can be two totally different things all together. When I was growing up, I will honestly say that I did as little apologizing as I could. Please don't think of me as cruel or heartless, it's just that when something happened to someone else I just didn't see the need to apologize especially if I had nothing to do with the problem. There were other times when I just wasn't simply aware that an apology was needed. I can recall many times when I mom forced me to apologize for something I might have said or done. Of course, I was not very happy for two reasons, one - I didn't like my mom forcing me to say 'I'm sorry' when I wasn't; and two - I felt like it wasn't my fault so why would I apologize for something I had nothing to do with the issue.
As I've gotten older, I have learned to be a little more cognizant of when a…

Piece #13 - The Boy Scouts

If there was one program I was truly grateful for my parents signing me up in, it was the Boy Scouts of America. I'm sure the next question you're thinking is did I earn the final badge that is given...Eagle? The answer is...heck yeah! I'm very proud to say that I'm an Eagle Scout, since 1986! (Man, I'm gettin' old!) The other cool thing is that my brother is one as well! They were able to provide so many experiences and interesting times.

One thing I wished I knew was how many times my wife and I had crossed paths as we were growing up. There is one thing I can say though; every year our local mall (Metro North) would host the Boy Scouts exhibition. My troop, 314 (Sponsored by the Platte Woods United Methodist Church – My old church), would do the Indian dancing in the middle of the mall for literally, everyone to see. Jaimee remembers the times when she would watch us dance and make funny comments about the outfits...or there the lack of! It was more fun when …