In my last post on this blog, I asked about what the world will look like in 2021. I wrote that my world has not changed very much since the pandemic and its restrictions because I was mostly indoors anyway. But this week has held so many changes it is hard for my feeble brain to get around to documenting them all. This is not the intended purpose of this blog which is mostly devoted to health, weight and dieting, so I will focus on that for the moment.
I wake up each morning and the first thing I do is check my emails. Although I have long been retired from the remunerated workplace, I still like to keep abreast of the issues and I do subscribe to newsletters that deliver the news of the day. An hour or two can be spent reading material. Then I go to the pool to get my laps in (during the week) and by the time I step out of the pool 45 minutes later (lots of laps, slow swimmer), I have figured out everything that is wrong in the world at large and in my section of it and all the ways I can fix it.
I can’t fix anything of course and by the time I am finished with my breakfast, the real tasks of the day begin for me. I promptly forget all of the societal ills that had plagued me earlier and get on with my day. I write for a while. I do housework, concentrating these days on decluttering with real purpose. I take a few minutes to water my plants, contemplate the outdoors, make decisions for the week, etc. It is a very rewarding life and even though I sometimes believe myself the recipient of some lucky award, I know in my heart of hearts that getting to this point in my life has involved overcoming many real obstacles.
My recent weight loss journey has been very slow. My metabolism was never fast, even in my youth, probably a result of constant dieting. In the last couple of months, I have given up alcohol and chocolate entirely. I have restricted consumption of sugar and flour, limiting myself to an occasional teaspoon of sugar and one slice (or equivalent) of bread. I have seen slow but steady progress and that makes me feel optimistic that I might get closer to my goal by the year’s end. I am in no hurry, I am working towards lifetime changes not quick fixes that will result in regaining the weight and then some more. I know how it works.
The current situation in the U.S. with peaceful protests turning into opportunities for misbehavior by some sectors has made me think that there is almost no point in dieting when the world might not last. I slap myself out of that attitude as quickly as I can and return to the utopia that I like to imagine. Me at goal weight going into my closet with the hundreds of options and reaching for any outfit with confidence because I know it will fit. I had that life once and there is no reason for thinking I cannot have it again.
Onward and forward, as we say in Spanish…don’t look back, not even to get a second wind!
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