On losing weight

For nearly my entire life, I’ve been lucky: my metabolism was such that I could eat virtually whatever I wanted and remain skinny. The irony was I was never particularly gluttonous, often unable to finish even a single helping of whatever was placed in front of me. As I reached my 30s that gradually began to change. It was subtle, but I discovered that I was not only finishing my meals, but going back for seconds.

As recently as 2007, I was in what I consider to be the peak physical condition of my life. But it was the peak. I gradually put on a little weight here and there, and while I was by no means overweight by any clinical measure, I started noticing differences, particularly in my face. This bothered me enough that I made a decision while on vacation in December, to refrain from eating “seconds” at my meals.

I know there are all kinds of dieting and exercising strategies and schemes out there, but I have to say that I’m pleased with my own simple little “no seconds” diet. On January 1, 2012, I weighted 169 pounds, which for someone who is 5′-9″, is as I said, by no means overweight. The other day, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and it seemed to me that my face didn’t look as swollen as it had six months earlier. So I decided to get on the scale–the first time I’d done so since January 1. And to my surprise, I found that I’d dropped 9 pounds.

I attribute it almost entirely to me “no seconds” diet.

I haven’t been working out–I just haven’t figured out how to work that back into my day yet. I haven’t changed my eating habits too much. True, I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast, which I wasn’t doing before. That is perhaps more healthy, but at the same time, I’ve added in an English Muffin with peanut butter at 10am to tide me over until lunch. My lunches, as I have described, are nothing fancy. I really think it has been the fact that we’ve been eating healthier dinners and I’ve been sticking to one serving each night.

160 pounds seems just about the right weight for me–it’s what I’m used to and so the trick will now be to maintain that, but I don’t think it will be difficult. I didn’t really give much thought to losing weight over the last six weeks. All I did was determine not to eat seconds. That seemed to work well for me.

One comment

  1. I try to keep my weight down as much as possible. I take the tack of exercising every work day.

    It seems to work, but like your no seconds rule, it takes discipline.

    No royal road to maintaining weight.


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