I Am On A Diet

Hi Friends,

I am on diet. I weight 40 pounds more today than I did when I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1971. I have gained about a pound per year. I admit I was a pretty skinny guy back in 1971 but not 40 pounds skinny.

I have exercised most everyday for the past 40 years. I don’t drink soda and seldom eat fast food or junk food. If I eat potato chips they are only the highest quality potatoes cooked in some kind of special low fat oil and salted with the most expensive sea salt. (note: You can see how I have rationalized myself right into a 44 wide jacket.)

So last Sunday I began what I am referring to as the “get back to the original size Manzie” diet. It can also be referred to as the “no beer or wine till you can see your feet” diet.

I don’t think I will be able to lose 40 pounds but if I can lose 20 pounds I will be thrilled. The problem is I enjoy eating. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy hanging around the grocery store. They know me by name at Publix’s deli.

I believed my friend Lewis when he said, “It is difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” This is particularly true when the homegrown tomato is buried in a BLT or part of a pizza.

So for the past week I have been eating mostly fruits, vegetables and an occasional hard boiled egg. By my calculations I am operating on about 1000 – 1500 calories a day. After the first day I weighed one pound more. By the third day my weight had spiked an additional 3 pounds.

The ever insightful Joy Ann informed me that my metabolism was trying to protect me from my dieting. She said this while she was eating a bite of sweet potato topped with a generous portion of butter. (Of course little miss sweet potato isn’t over weight.)

Did you know that fruits and vegetables can make you irritable?

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer