Done With Winter
With this April heat wave, we are seriously
into the summer being here. And what this will mean for millions
of people is the ever- popular crash diet. Why that is the
most often-used diet is beyond me. Well I take that back.
Im thinking that nobody really thinks about summer clothing
until, like, the day before. We all know that I do, but that
is another story altogether.
I used to watch my mom do this pretty much
every summer. It was as if she didnt fully accept that
the hot weather was coming back and that yes, she would be
facing a bathing suit. It wasnt that my mom was heavy,
either. But you know how it is. If you feel fat, it doesnt
matter if 100 people tell you otherwise, in your own mind
you still are, right? So the crash diet begins. Im thinking
that just by its name crash is somewhat synonymous with starvation.
And that says to me pretty much failure in terms of weight
loss. The bottom line about losing weight is eating well,
and only until no longer hungry.
I know this sounds overly simple, and I realize
that there are people who struggle with their weight always,
but I guess I have been lucky in that I have a fast metabolism.
Because its not like I can do any kind of cardiovascular working
out from my wheelchair. I do what I can myself every day,
and beyond that I have a lower body cycle machine that moves
my legs for me. I need a certain amount of help getting on
this machine and having it turned on, but beyond that it works
I try to do at least a half-mile forward and
backwards every couple of days, particularly when I dont
go to physical therapy. Speaking of which, Im delighted
to tell you that last week at physical therapy I walked 110
feet with my walker. This along with a physical therapist
on either side of me in case my knees buckle, but overall
I was even surprising myself. Now Im getting off on
a tangent and have to get back to crash diets.
Having watched my Mom do this my whole life,
all I can tell you is that a crash diet is a perfect way to
gain five pounds. Because the body is starved all day and
then when it is fed it tends to hold onto everything. So my
advice is this: get a head start on eating well and train
your body to get used to exercising and this will definitely
have great results if you are patient. As it doesnt
have the immediate results (and might I add NOT long lasting
results) of the "crash" system.
As of this week past Ive changed my
wardrobe from winter to spring. So no matter what happens,
Im wearing shorts from now on. Its kind of like
thumbing my nose at winter and saying, "Im not
playing around anymore." Because I really am done with
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland
who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues
free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County.
Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"