Don't worry, I know I'm not a fatso, despite what the BMI Calculator says. I just like attention-getting titles on my blog posts.
On my last post, wcs asked, "What do you attribute your gain to? Stress? Not getting enough exercise because of the back issues? And do you have a plan for losing it?"
My weight gain (+30 pounds in six months) started when I was immobile for five weeks in the spring with my spinal problem. Since then and until recently *, I've had to limit even basic activities such as walking or standing or I got numbness in my feet which spread to my knees.
* My spinal symptoms are much improved since Hottie Physiotherapist has been doing me once a week..... well, I mean, I wish he was doing me.
I've been finding my divorce journey (but not the gay part of it) increasingly stressful now that we're dealing with real estate. Big bucks! I am anticipating a very serious "cash flow" problem very soon and have been waking up in the wee hours with worry. This is very unusual for me. Although we have our agreement and a sequence of events mapped out (with lawyers, bankers etc), I know from experience that erratic behaviour and anger issues can cause a conflict to arise at any time. This is the most stressful thing at all.
Normally, my stress relief involves exercise: cross-country skiing, snowboarding and running, especially training for a marathon. None of these are not possible right now although I hope to start cross-country skiing again in about a month.
So, comfort eating is the order of the day and I don't feel guilty about it at all. My other strong inclination for stress relief involves vodka and whiskey so food seems a safer choice.
When this house sells and I'm settled into my new house, I'll be able to shed at least 75% of the weight gain easily enough by the usual methods. I'll use portion control, cut back on meats and fats severely and go heavily into beans, whole grains and veggies and drink plenty of water.
The best place for me to exercise will-power is at the store by not buying high-calorie treats such as chips, ice cream and alcohol. Similarly, I rarely eat in a restaurant, fast food or otherwise, so it is easy to avoid high-fat, less-healthy restaurant food.
Around my new home there are excellent hiking trails so walking will be a daily event. I plan to get a swim pass at our local university pool and do lane swimming on alternate days just as my doctor ordered. I find lane swimming as boring as hell, but there are compensations.
If the timing is right, I'll be swimming at the same time as the Speedo-clad university swim team. Such beautiful young men .... with amazing flat stomachs and sexy long legs! As an extra bonus, the change rooms and the showers are all open concept. Sausage fest!
I hope I can be discreet when I watch the soapy water running between those shiny ass cracks or dripping off the flopping cocks. More likely, I will come across as some pervy old man. I'll need to brush up on my locker room etiquette before I go.
Locker Room Etiquette for the Gay Man