Women are rarely satisfied with their looks. Show me one who is, and I’d like to set that kindergartener straight. Some of us change our hairdos as often as the political candidates change their minds. We fret about our weight or our wrinkles and spend a fortune on anti-wrinkle creams and cosmetics over the course of a year.
Many men, on the other hand, can look in the mirror, gut hanging over their belt, and pronounce themselves quite studly. Their hairstyle has changed little since college, unless their hair has disappeared. I have seen anti-wrinkle creams for men in the stores, but I’ve never see men grabbing them off the shelves. What a happy way to live!
Though my weight has changed little over the last twenty years, where it has settled has. No matter how many sit-ups, crunches, or planks I perform, nothing will dislodge the accumulated layers of fat (oh, how I hate that word!) that insist on taking up residence around my middle. I refuse to go on a diet for two reasons: 1. Diets never work for long. If you go on a diet, there will always come a time when you go off it. 2. I enjoy eating. It is one of my greatest pleasures. If that sounds shallow, so be it. I remain unapologetic. Besides, I make healthy choices nearly all the time and have managed to stay away from Five Guys for a month now.
I’ve decided on two tactics, the result of intensive research on how to reduce belly fat. The first is to take more long walks. Pick up any health magazine and you will see headlines such as “Walk Your Way to a Flat Belly.” The other piece of research that interests me is the study showing that sleep helps you lose weight. People who get adequate sleep actually metabolize their food more efficiently, leading to weight loss. So I will be incorporating these two tactics into my exercise routine to lose this gut. I’ll let you know how it works. Excuse me now. I need to nap.