Sunday, October 14, 2012


Patty and I have been working a weight-loss program for the last few weeks. I've come to accept the fact that weight management is gonna be a part of the rest of my life, like it or not. I spend a lotta time in thought about the why's and how's of being overweight and how to not be.

I don't have the answer yet, obviously, but continuing to fight back is maybe the most important component. It's been quite a few years, but there was a time when tobacco was my demon and one thing I learned through the epic struggle to quit over multiple attempts that was that you just have to keep getting back in the ring and throwing punches for all you're worth. Defeats are inevitable, but they're also, unfortunately, the only way to learn. Every bout teaches you something about how to come back smarter and stronger. And so it is with food.

What I've learned to date is that the fad stuff is hard to sustain. I was a full-on Adkins disciple back around 2000 and I dropped weight like nobody's business. But then the pendulum swung and I was right back in, umm, business again. And it's not the last time I've done the bounceback thing. No mo' yo-yo, please. Something sustainable would be just really nice.

So anyway, one of the indisputable tenants to eating better/healthier/leaner is to prep more of your food, no matter what the program. And maybe that sounds easy, but it's a bitch, especially when you're busy. It's maybe THE major challenge to any weight loss program. Debatable for sure, but just my opinion.

Anyhoo, if you're with me so far, it follows that you need to be working on ways to get more efficient in your kitchen, so that you can do this thing without it killing every other aspect of your life. There are a million aspects to food prep efficiency, but one that I zoned in on today was my everyday knife. We've had some decent sets of knives around, and I've handled those that I like, but never really dug. I don't watch cooking shows and certainly I should, because I know the answer is there. And of course the pro's know so much about this stuff. But I've just had in mind for a long time what it is that I want in my hand, hack that I am. And today I went after it, at Macy's, which is where I go when I want quality kitchen stuff without getting totally raked over the coals. As in [name shall remain unnamed].

It came out of the package very sharp and very balanced (according to my pedestrian sensibilities), and I am very happy. Hopefully, it contributes positively to the big goal, over time.

How is this bike-related, you ask?

Jeez, are you kidding me?!? Less weight equals faster riding. Duh. Get with the program, man. Let's not have this conversation again.


Anonymous said...

I got a set of those knives as a wedding gift 17 years ago. Still using them. They are easy to handle, hold an edge and last forever.

Good luck on the weight loss thing. I gained a fair amount of weight around the time my first kid was born. 16 years later, I'm finally starting to lose some of it again!


Pat S said...

tenant: one that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another

tenet: a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true

Anonymous said...



Pat S said...

Steve, just correcting myself. Should have used the word "tenet" in my post, instead of "tenant".

Nice job on the weight loss.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the rennet diet.

Losing weight like crazy, but feel kinda sour.

Pat S said...

Anon, don't take this the wrong way, but your diet sounds cheesy. I find this kind of thing a little hard to stomach.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the senate diet. You eat as much as want, do as little as you can, and then blame someone else if you don't lose weight.

Dreamboat Andy said...

Interesting, because I'm on the "sennet" diet. You insert a baby barracuda and allow it to mature in your large intestine.

Pat S said...

Sounds like magic, man.

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