Friday Weigh-In, etc.

Let me be clear that I am not complaining.  This morning I weighed in at 261, which is a full pound less than last week.  That’s 26 pounds in 26 weeks.  You may note that 26 weeks is fully half a year.  Which kind of surprised me just now.  It seems like I just got started down this path, yet I’ve already burned half a year.

Part of me wants to celebrate – 26 pounds is a lot to have lost, and I know there are people who would give anything to be able to lose that much.  Another part of me, a part that resists reason, is stunned and discouraged that I have so far (54 pounds) to go.  I have more than a year ahead of me on the current path, and then the rest of my life to spend keeping myself on the straight-and-narrow path that is weight maintenance.

That’s just where I am.  In the doldrums.  A long, slow, windless part of the journey where sheer will is the only motivator.

Some of you may have read, on my Lovely Wife’s Facebook feed about a curious incident that Sprightly Daughter 1 relayed to us from her school.  The gym/PE teacher told her and her (first grade) classmates that the reason they need to play sports and active games (and I am not making this up) is, “So you don’t get fat.”  Followed by her pointing out that the skinny kids among them (Sprightly Daughter 1 being thus), “Have a head start.”

Now, she’s a nice lady – a dedicated teacher, and God BLESS anyone willing to take on the treacherous work of public-school employment.  But … really?  The reason kids should play is so they don’t get fat?  Seriously?  How about because it’s fun to play?  Because the playing fields are where you learn about teamwork and character?  Because competition makes you strong?  Because being fit feels good?

No, society has so deeply ingrained in this poor woman’s mind the importance of not being fat that this is the message she’s passing on to six-year-olds.  As if the magazine rack at the grocery store and everything on TV didn’t already reinforce it.  Bad news:  All that massive reinforcement of the evils of being not-skinny isn’t working.  Americans are getting bigger, and feeling worse about it.

Imagine how much more likely we might be to get off the couch if the reasons for doing so were having fun and feeling good – rather than punishing ourselves by spending an hour on a fake bicycle that doesn’t actually move.

How much more likely would we be to eat well if the options being sold us (hard) tasted good, were filling and gave our bodies proper fuel instead of fake food that tastes kinda like good food, leaves us hungry for more and isn’t what our bodies need?

I am not upset with the gym teacher.  A friend (and friend of the blog) sat down and talked with her about it already, and she felt horrible about the choice of words.  No, I feel sad for the teacher.  She’s trying to do an honorable thing.  She’s trying to get kids moving and interested in sports.  Brava!  I just find it a sad commentary that the first reason in advocating play that came to her mind was to warn them against the evils of not growing up skinny.

Next time on Skipping Dessert, something happy and smiley.  I haven’t picked the topic yet, but I don’t like the tone around this blog lately, and SOMEBODY’S going to have to do something about it.

Thanks for reading, as always!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ed McCormick on September 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I usually know the verbadge about wieght loss, know the things to do, the exercises etc..but getting off my lazy butt and getting active sometimes is the HARDEST part of it all! Still pushing trhough scool, culinary school at that(i can make shoe leather taste Not having to answer to the navy about weight anymore..guess I don’t “have” to move..but know i have to move to stay alive..I have ballooned up to 370 freaking pounds..and NOT proud of it!! I am glad I saw this post, you have inspired my Harv! Will check back periodically to see how your doing, Check out the website it is a community for people just like us with tools in there to help us with motivation goals etc..we can do this together!! Be examples!!


  2. Posted by hlward on September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Good to hear from you Eddie! As a culinary school guy, you know what to do. I really believe “fake food” is a big part of the problem we all face. Good luck getting up and out the door – exercise is the hard part for me as well.

    Thanks for reading!


  3. Posted by Ed McCormick on September 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    the pic on my FB profile was taken in June at my niece’s graduation at Bradford HS(Brother’s daughter). Yep that is me now!! NOW I am the size of a lineman..couldn’t be that way in HS huh? maybe I would have gotten some playing


  4. Posted by laurel on September 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations on your progress! No matter how it feels, the reality is that you have come a long way! You should definitely celebrate it, by doing something that you’d really like to do.
    Since I last commented, I’m doing a bit better in the way of staying active, and the activity is yoga. I really love it. It is just as hard to get myself to the studio as it has always been to get to the gym, but you can’t beat that after-practice feeling. Visiting your blog helps keep me motivated, so thank you! 🙂


  5. Posted by hlward on September 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Gracias, Laurel! Glad yoga’s working for you, and I appreciate the kind words …


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