As it turns out, no, I didn’t ride my bicycle off the end of the earth. I am alive and well and still at it.
John and I started doing this blog as two regular guys writing about food, exercise, etc. because we thought there was a void in that space. There are lots of sources of this kind of info for women, but men seem to fall short.
Now, nearly a year later, we have a number of women readers and each of us has heard from women friends that we are putting out the same info that they are used to getting from their sources.
Guess what, the principles of proper weight management for both men and women are pretty much the same. In addition,
as you can tell from our posts, there can be significant differences among men based on age and place in life. As an unmarried retiree, I face fewer and different challenges from the one’s John does as married man with a career.
In addition, we have carried relevant posts from female sources addressing our common problem. Which brings us to the present. I ran across a really interesting column in the Washington Post this morning that I want to share with our readers.
Jennifer LaRue Huget writes “Eat, Drink and be Healthy” regularly for the Washington Post.
In today’s column she talks about some of her issues with what she calls ‘downsizing.’ You can read it for yourself by clicking the link. I wanted to share a couple of paragraphs here that I think really sum up the situation beautifully for all and each of us.
“When you learn, as I recently have, to start regarding food as fuel for your activities and not as a shield from life’s difficulties, you’re forced to start facing the things you were using food to hide from.
“That means having the unsettling discussions you’d been avoiding, fighting the fights you’d just as soon have skipped. It means sitting down at the computer and doing your work instead of buying time with a big bowl of popcorn. And it means staring down fears, working to resolve nagging problems instead of hushing them with a chocolate bar.
“None of that has been fun. It’s so much easier to dive into a bag of Cheez Doodles (or, better yet, one of those big buckets of Utz Cheese Balls) and wash it down with a stack of Oreos than to figure out how you’re going to afford college for both kids.
“The thing is, though, you’ve got to confront all those issues eventually. And it is much easier to do so once you’ve gained the confidence that comes with finally being in control of your weight.”
Food for thought.