Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Free-Floating Anxiety Takes The Weight


I weighed myself and I've lost 11 lbs. I stand at 6' 1+1/4" inches and 218 lbs now. Still, a heavyweight contender but, a little trimmer. I suppose I could say that free-floating anxiety and stress has done more for me than exercise and proper dieting but, that wouldn't be exactly true.

I've been eating cereal for breakfast (Wheaties, breakfast of champions. Anybody have a problem with that cereal?) with the occasional banana cut up in it. When I want to get real fly, I have strawberries and bananas cut up in my cereal. I've been skipping lunch, preferring just to walk around campus and socialize with folk I haven't seen since the seasons changed. Occasionally, I would stop by Salad Alley and have a big salad and Ice Tea but, more often than not, I would just skip lunch altogether. My big meal of the day would be dinner. Mind you, this is the only meal of the day that I didn't have to pay for. I never thought I'd see the day when I would pay to eat cereal.

In the afternoon, before I'd sit down and drop these semi-literary gems on you good people, I have taken to walking. Sometimes, I just walk, think, talk to myself (although, I don't answer myself back), look up, and I don't know where I am or how I got there. Then, I eventually make it back home and sit on my steps before I decide to come inside and start writing posts for my blogs and Facebook. The results... a loss of 11 lbs! I must admit, I feel better. There is a glide in my stride and more of a dip in my hips but, I swear it's not exercise. Besides walking, I haven't been doing any exercising... I don't even like the word.

I had a swimming instructor who I swear looked like Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of John F. Kennedy. He would always make us do stretching exercises before we got in the pool. He had a decidedly southern accent and before we got in the pool he used to say, "Awwwwl rat now gentlemens... ex er cisssssssseeeeeeeeeee!" I hated the sound of his voice when he said that... it was almost like I could hear a subliminal message beneath his voice that was really saying, "I am Satan and I'm gone drown you little colored boys once ya get in that water." I could swear that that's what I heard. His voice just gave me the creeps but, maybe that's because I was a 10 year old with an overactive imagination. Some would argue that now, I'm a middle aged man with an overactive imagination. Who me? Nah!!!!

I haven't done any real exercising and yet, I've lost 11 lbs. Maybe if I do some real exercising, I can be down to my goal of 210 lbs in no time. Who knows? Right now, I'm wearing a pair of pants that actually have some wiggle room in them and I can run through my house and play "air basketball" without getting winded the way I did about two months ago.

I'm just playing with you guys. I just recently got a report from my cardiologist, who said that my heart is in good shape and that there is no blockage of any valves. I was having chest pains a few months ago, which I now know was a slight case of acid reflux. With that news and my little pain problem solved, I've been running around like a man with a new lease on life... that's more than likely the reason for the weight loss.

So, I say that to tell you this... I'm drinking an ice tea right now and raising my glass to good health, the loss of possibly another 11 lbs, and a victory of free-floating anxiety over exercise!

20 comments:

Sophia said...

Good one. I think its really effective in weight loss as they are fiber rich also.

Toni said...

Good for you Keith!

Angie B. said...

You Go Keith!lololol

Sunflower said...

That's quite a title Keith!

Sean said...

A little "Free Floating anxiety"
I gotta remember that term :) Never hurt nobody!

Cheryl said...

Congrats on the weight loss..Now exercissseeeeeeeeeee!-lolol

Brenda said...

Got no problem with your choice of cereal...Wheaties are actually good for you and devoid of that synthetic sugar that the other cereals they make seem to have.

Lisa said...

You just get deeper and deeper keith!

Halo said...

Wow,the title and the picture tossed me for a loop..but I think I get it!

Vanessa said...

I aint mad at you Keith..Take care of yourself...We love you and your crazy commentary...We all want you to be around.

James Perkins said...

Never a dull moment over here..That's why I read you every day.. I gotta say..That title and that illustration confused me..at first but now I understand what you were trying to say.

Simon Bastion said...

I love Wheaties also..No problems from me with that.lololol.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Hey man, Wheaties is a grown man's cereal...That's what I eat...Congrats on the weight loss and the clean bill of health.

Jazzy said...

You still the man ,fam!

Tate2 said...

Good for you man!! Take care of yourself.

Swaggie said...

They don't call Wheaties the breakfast of champions for nothing.. You're a champion blogger,it would only make sense.

Captain Jack said...

Pilates....Pilates will help you lose weight and stay in shape.

Mizrepresent said...

Good for you Keith, keep up the good work...and hey Wheaties is one of my favorite cereals!

Arlene said...

Keep it up, Pudge. You're looking great. Many years ago my mother, Aunt Bill and I went each weekday morning to St. Joe's track and walked 4 miles in less than 50 minutes. We didn't have to worry about dieting. We were curvaceous and well muscled. That was during my modeling days (way back.)

Just yesterday, Oprah's Dr. Oz talked about how important it is to walk. He says 10,000 steps a day are essential and he can show how that level of activity benefits the length and quality of life. So keep walking!!

Also, I have these dried fruits that are terrific on cereal. It's bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I bought them for Miles but because the product was made in a facility that handles peanuts, Miles can't have them. I'll save some for you.
Love you cuz, great post.

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Congrats on the weight loss. Love the title!




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