It took me 33 years to get to this point…

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And now I have to finally own up to it: I’m overweight. I don’t eat healthily. I lead a VERY sedentary lifestyle. I am a glutton and a hedonist. And I have very little self control when it comes to the pleasures of food and drink to the point of being Bacchanalian in magnitude at times.

I haven’t had a scale in the house since I moved out of my parents’ home back in 1993. Really, I keep track of my weight like I keep track of my age: I don’t. Increasingly (over the past few years), however, I -have- noticed my metabolism slowing dramatically and my pant sizes increasing in a slow but steady fashion. Some things you just can’t ignore.

I DO know I am round 265 pounds with a 42″ pant size. At 5′ 10″, that is simply too much for my frame. Most of it is riding at my waist giving me a distinct pear shape.

So yesterday I took the first step in changing all that; I signed up for Jenny Craig. I also drug Jean into it with me, ’cause you know misery loves company 🙂 Ok, it really isn’t all that bad and Jean DID agree to it willingly. No coercion was involved.

I decided to finally suck it up and commit to something that would help me learn better eating habits. My main problem over the past 10 or so years is that I never eat breakfast, have a very late lunch, and then a large dinner. I am smart enough to know that isn’t good for me, but can’t seem to think for myself in the early mornings to decide what to eat for breakfast. So I don’t. Having the rigid structure of pre-planned meals from Jenny Craig will help me get into the habit of eating at appropriate times. And THAT should go a long ways to helping me get healthier.

The food should be arriving next Tuesday, which means we start the plan on Wednesday. That evening we will have our first call with our assigned Jenny Craig consultant to help us hash out the plan and how to make it work for us.

I’ve never dieted before, so this is actually a fairly scary concept for me. I -have- tried regulating my intake of food, which (sadly) many of you have had the displeasure of witnessing how that changes my personality. I am hopeful, however, that even though the portions on Jenny Craig are smaller I will still be able to maintain my senses since I will be eating more often.

The good news, if it does change my moods like I have experienced in the past, none of you (with the exception of Jean) will have to experience the hellishness of dealing with me in person 🙂

I guess it is time to buy a scale. Expect periodic updates as my experience with the plan commences and continues on. Should be an interesting ride…

13 Responses to “It took me 33 years to get to this point…”

  1. Good luck!

  2. 🙂 Thanks…. I think the key here, for me, is to not be number driven, but rather HEALTH driven. With that said, I have a feeling a scale will make its way into our household soon, but will hopefully be woefully under utilized.

  3. Good luck to both of you. It’s great that you know yourself well enough to know the type of plan that you’re likely to have success with. I can’t say that I’d be able to be disciplined enough to stick to a strict food plan (which is why I heart weight watchers), so kudos to you for making this effort.

  4. meatball sandwiches and turkey burgers – good
    bran nut bar things – taste like dirt
    eat a big ass salad
    and! since they give you the same menu week after week, do NOT be afraid to say…ok, I don’t like this, let’s try something else.
    We’ve totally gone away from the pre planned and I make up our own menus now…
    and don’t worry, the scale novelty will totally wear off and you won’t step on it non stop

  5. great advice, thanks!!!
    now, do you have any menus which you could email over, just a reference for what you two enjoy?

  6. Thanks! 🙂 All I know is that I don’t want to have to “think” about my meals for a bit. If I am left to my own devices, well, lets’ just say it can get ugly quickly but in a very happy tummy way. I -need- the more rigid plan to guide me for now until I learn better habits and get into a good rhythm of proper portion sizing and consistent meal times.
    And I’ll say, I am impressed that you can do Weight Watchers! I don’t think I’d have any success with that after the first week or two wore off. You have an absolutely more resolute will power than I do if you can do WW 🙂

  7. You’ll do great 🙂

  8. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. As I told yer lady wahf – You Go!

    The second leg of this for success will be to add something exercise-wise to it for the long term.

    (and, totally with you on the whys & hows of getting to where you are)

  10. 🙂 yeah yeah… one step at a time my friend! I figure getting past the hurdles this will pose is enough exercise for now….

  11. Totally…
    and… side note…
    For every 35 lbs you lose, I hear your penis gets two inches longer.

    Warn Jean!
    (though, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have a penis)

  12. MC – it’s true. well, it was at one time, anyway… sigh.

  13. Amigo, props to you for getting to this and doing it – the first step’s always a biggie. (and just so you know – opening wine bottles *is* exercise).


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