A 45-year-old fat man trying to find his inner skinny dude.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Patty Melt Diet

I lost four and a half pounds in one night! 

It's true.  But it's not the way to do it.  I ate a bad burger.  It was most unpleasant for 24 hours, and kind of gross for another 24.  I'm feeling much better now, but wow.  Not good.

Mostly I'm mad because I couldn't go to the gym.  (Trust me.  I couldn't go.)

As you may recall, gentle reader, my wife and I had twins eight months ago.  Everything is going well, and it's all been fun and interesting (and exhausting).  My wife and I have made a commitment to ourselves, each other, and the babies, to drop some more weight.  Aside from the obvious life-insurance type issues, we really don't want to be the girls' fat parents. 

Part of this is that we want to blend into the background when the kids' friends think about parents.  We don't want to be the twins' fat mom and fat dad.  Being a kid is bad enough.  People will find lovely ways to mock them, I have no doubt.  But we don't want to give ammunition to jerky kids. 

We also want to be able to do things with the kids--things involving movement.  My wife and I are not naturally athletic types, but we wish we were.  Plus, chasing the kids around is not going to be easy while carrying a bunch of extra weight.  I want to play with them without being too winded or worn out to be a fun dad.

Finally, we want the kids to like to move.  I work with a guy who is in great shape and always has been.  Genes are what they are, but he likes to move.  I saw him one Monday and asked him what he did over the weekend.  He told me that on Sunday, he'd gone for a run in the morning and then surfed all afternoon.  He's just gone running for fun.  Seriously.  I would love to feel like that about exercise.  I'm to the point where I miss exercise when I don't do it.  But I'm not to "fun" yet.  Maybe someday.  And I'll absolutely fake it to get my girls interested.

Here they are:

The girls have some strikes against them:  fat parents and fat genes.  But we're doing what we can to eat right and teach them to, and we're going to get out and have fun.


  1. Those girls are so adorable, and I can't tell you how much I love that you don't dress them identically. As you say, being a kid is hard enough - being a twin probably has its ups and downs as well.

    I had food poisoning once, and literally thought I was going to die. How can a person vomit every 11 minutes? It was awful.

    It's great you are so inspired to be active for your kids' sake. Sometimes we can do things for other people that we couldn't do for ourselves.

    By the way I have a new, new blog, which you can follow me back to.

  2. Thanks for letting me know!

    Thanks for thinking the girls are cute, too. They're pretty nice. I told my wife when she was pregnant that if I liked the babies half as much as I like the dogs, the babies will be fine. I actually like the babies at least as much as I like the dogs, so there you go.