December 29, 2005

Do I Really Look Like That

Today I got a good look at myself and wasn't all that happy with what I saw. If you are like I am you might be wondering what made me do this or more likely you are wondering if you are too tired to go out and get a Krispy Kreme donut. Or you could be just staring off into the space, jaw partially opened in a semicatatonic state. Whatever.

All I know is that today we went here to celebrate the big boys birthday. He had a great time which is really what I cared most about, but secondary to that is my own sanity and what little shreds I have left are cooked.

I have learned to hate and despise these stupid games that the funcenters have. I am not talking about the video games because I can usually find a few that are interesting. No I am talking about the games that you play so that you can win tickets that will be redeemed for a prize. The games are rigged so that you can win more than a few tickets at a time and it really wouldn't matter if they were not because the good prizes are redeemed for just under a million tickets.

If you assign a value of twenty-five cents to each ticket you can see that the actual cost of the Monopoly game is not 8,000 tickets but $320.00 which probably means that anyone who actually wins one of those is not living on Broadway or Park Place and is lucky to be the doorman for Lenny's Secondhand Shoe Store on 55th.

The big boy decided that miniature golf would be a good use of our time so I readily agreed as it kept me out of the children's casino because that really is what those arcades are. If you look around you won't see the same cocktail waitresses that you find at Caesars but a junior version who fills you with chips and soda.

Out there on the rolling hills of fake green and swinging logs I tore up the course. That putter never made sweeter music than it did with me today and I made sure that everyone knew it. Golf is much more fun when you taunt your opponents and those around you. Try it, you might like it or maybe not, but if you don't that is your problem.

So anyway we're rolling along and the digital photos are being snapped at a rapid clip. At one particular juncture I stopped to take a look at a shot that I was in and fell down dumbfounded. It turns out that the drycleaners are not shrinking my clothes, I have been growing and not in height.

Not only that but the face that I am walking around with doesn't look like the bright eyed and bushytailed kid I used to be. Now I see some middle aged man staring back at me. I suppose that this explains a few things to me but I'll save those for later.

That picture really made me think. First, I realize that mentally I still picture myself as being 20. I had the six pack abs, 16 inch arms, a 32 inch waist and could benchpress more than 300 pounds.

Now I look like I drank the six pack and consumed the bench and the weights. So the question becomes what am I going to do about it. Am I going to continue to allow myself to walk around looking like this or am I going to do something about it.

Well my answer is I don't know. I don't know if I care enough to give up the bad eating habits I have developed. To give you a sense of how I sometimes approach things I could use my old tactic from my days of playing Hearts in which I consistently would shoot the moon. I could keep eating like a fiend and become a Sumo wrestler. I am athletic and am still blessed with a fair amount of physical strength.

Of course there are some downsides to going that route that are all health related not to mention that it is a hell of a commute home each day. Oy.

As an alternative I could go balls out the other direction and do what it takes to shrink my 38 inch waist back to something more manageable. Or I might just blog about my lack of motivation and effort in either direction.

5 comments:

Stacey said...

New Year's is the perfect time to make a change. And Jack, once you start losing, it feels so awesome and is easier to keep losing! Once you see the numbers on the scale start to slide, it is all downhill.

Don't make any drastic changes. Cut out (or down) the snacking and get on the treadmill.

I just weighed......I am 129...5'7" and completely loving it. They said once women have kids their bodies change. Feh, I say to that! I weigh what I did at 16 and I am 37.

It is just healthier.

Mirty said...

I'll just tell you what I told my honey:

"Ted, it's OK to finish every thing on your plate. But you don't have to finish everything on everyone else's plates too."

~ Stacy ~ said...

Okay, first of all, Stacey ... Jeez, I get a kick out of your comments. You're always so peppy. Cool. I like that. (smile)

And Jack ... if ya wanna just keep blogging about your lack of motivation, I'm just twisted enough to get a chuckle out of that. (grin) And in chuckling, I'll be burning calories, so it's all good.

But, if you decide to shed the inner bench by following Stacey's ideas, well ... I'll do my best to offer you encouragement, 'cuz that's just the kind of gal I am. (smile)

Okay, I'm donning my serious cap now ... Stacey's right ... walking is an excellent form of exercise. I use a wonderful contraption called the "Gazelle Elite", which is designed by that really annoying informercial guy ... oh, what's his name? ... Tony Little, I think? Anyway, it's similar to a treadmill, only more versatile. I love it!

Eh, whichever way you decide to go ... good luck to ya.

Oh, and "Happy Birthday" to the big boy.

~ Stacy ~
(without the e)
(is it really necessary for me to continue saying that?)

MC Aryeh said...

I vote for blogging. Same psychological benefits without all the huffing and puffing...

Jack's Shack said...

Blogging is nice, but there is something so cathartic in exercise.