Fat Boy Slimmer: Week 11 - 200.4

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I’m thinking about renaming the column. Super-Size Me has a nice ring to it, dontcha think? I’m surprised no one’s used that for something…

I’m not going to turn this into a self-pity party. I blew it, period. I could have had one ice cream sandwich, but instead had three. Pretty much sums up my week. I’ll either get my act together or I won’t. If I expect you to keep reading, it better be the latter.

So instead of a play-by-play of failure, I thought I’d emphasize the positive this week. I’ve dropped less than 15 pounds, but even that modest amount has yielded a few positive things.

I snore less. Oh, I still snore plenty. But instead of sounding like a chainsaw hell-bent on toppling a Douglas fir, I’m more like a lightly wheezing fireplace bellows. Or so I assume. I mean, it’s kind of hard to hear yourself snore, right?

I’ve dropped a pant size. Was 38, now 36.

I don’t feel like garbage every morning, and my chest doesn’t have a tight feeling all the time, like I’m one éclair away from a coronary. That’s definitely an improvement.

I feel a little lighter on my feet, I suppose. Not a major difference, no, but it seems my pace has picked up a little.

I don’t have to hold my breath when I tie my shoes. That’s a big bonus. And I don’t have bad heartburn when I’m horizontal.

Really, it’s a fairly impressive change for a relatively small weight-loss. Now just imagine how much better I’d feel if I actually lost the amount I’m supposed to.

I bought running shoes. You may recall a commitment I made to running the Cross-Border 10-K next year. Well, it’s time to start walking. One day I may even break into a run.


This is not an advice column. Please consult a medical expert or nutritionist for sound dietary advice. Eric Sparling is an Amherst Daily News reporter, and former senior editor at Oxygen, a women’s fitness magazine.

Organizations: Amherst Daily News

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  • Fellow Struggler
    August 15, 2012 - 14:43

    I like reading your column too, always look for it on Wednesdays....glad that you are feeling so good with losing your pounds! If nothing else, those positive things alone make it worth it.

  • ruthann goodwin
    August 14, 2012 - 19:31

    I am enjoying your column. Always good to hear about other"fat" peoples struggles and successes! Keep it coming.