Okay, stand back, folks: The dust is about to fly!
Australian Facebook friend Cas Allen and I have thrown down the gauntlet: We’re both determined to lose some fine WEIGHT!
It’s the proverbial struggle of grown-up humans in industrial societies: the processed foods we eat and the forces that tend to keep sedentary lead us to put on the pounds imperceptibly, a few ounces (make that grams in Australia) at a time, until one day it occurs to us that…yes, we’re fat!
I lost 30 pounds over a four-month period by sticking to fresh, whole foods; avoiding starch (potatoes, bread, pasta); cutting out the sugar; and minimizing salt use. That was grand!
But after the boob surgery followed shortly by surgery for an intestinal scarring blockage, for awhile about all I felt like eating was ice cream. And that was kind of the end of the whole healthy-food idea. Next thing you know it’s noodles, baked potatoes, and mounds of rice! I’m now about 8 pounds overweight — down from ten pounds and still fighting a sweet tooth.
Cas reports a similar stealth weight gain. Like me, she also enjoys good food — lots of it, if at all possible. And good food is to be had in Australia, often influenced by wonderful Asian cuisine.
So, we’ve announced a COMPETITION to see which one can lose weight the fastest and avoid cheating on the diet the bestest. Watch this space for comments reporting our adventures in fine (dietetic) cuisine.
Want to join the race? The rules are simple:
Each day, add a comment to this post reporting how much you lost or gained (in pounds or in kilograms), what you ate, and whether you managed to get any exercise. Competitors must join by 5 a.m. Monday, October 31, U.S. Mountain Standard Time (Google “what time is it in Phoenix AZ to translate your time to Wild West Time).
The contest will run for one month, from October 31 to November 31. Yes, I know: Thanksgiving puts the ‘Mercan contingent at a disadvantage. Too bad. Stock up on turkey and brussels sprouts, and show some balls: push that gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes aside!
The winner gets…uhm…thin.
And I will award the winner her or his choice of any Plain & Simple book, in hard copy, PDF, ePub, or .mobi format.
Who can reach his or her target weight first?f
Who can lose the most weight in a month? (Uhm…without becoming anorexic, please)
Announce your intention in the comments and tell us how much you hope to lose within the next month and your target weight. Then, once a day, enter your weight gain or loss and the highlights of your cuisine and exercising strategy.
May the best
fatty skinny person win!