Thursday, April 17, 2008
cartoons that made me smile this morning
On this note: Did you ever notice that the people with the most weight-loss tips are always people who are overweight? And that folks with the most health advice are the ones with the most health problems?
Where Cliff works, they're having some sort of "biggest loser" challenge; people have split up into teams, and the winning team will be the one that loses the most collective weight.
One woman on his team has started using the workout room for perhaps twenty minutes each night at work. So far she has gained weight every time they've had their Monday weigh-in. Her excuse? "I guess it's because I'm making muscle; muscle weighs more than fat, you know."
While that last is true, working out five times a week for twenty minutes isn't going to make you gain weight if you are watching your food intake.
Here's another one Cliff and I have heard several times from different people. "I'm gaining weight because I'm not eating enough."
Huh? We've never figured this one out, but yesterday we were able to think of four people who have used this excuse, over the years.
Cliff and I both gained weight over the past winter. I wish I had a good excuse. I could say that it's been a rough winter, which is has, and we've missed a lot of walks. But listen, that half-hour walk only burns about 150 calories, tops. I could skip the 1/4 cup of almonds I eat every evening and more than make up for that. I just don't want to.
The truth is, the only way to lose weight is to deny yourself a bit. You can't eat pizza or potato chips or candy every time you get a craving, and still lose weight.
Oh, and you're getting this advice from someone who is twenty pounds overweight.
I told you! We have all the tips!