Today dawned kind of cloudy and chilly but it cleared up and warmed up pretty quick turning into a very nice day.
I hopped up on the bathroom scale this morning and was rather perturbed to see that I still weighed 206 pounds, which was exactly what I weighed when I left my daughter's house the middle of October. I thought I was eating less since I'm on the road, and exercising a little more, very little more, but apparently not. I don't like it when I weigh over 200 pounds. I'm far more comfortable at 180 or even 190. But apparently I'm looking at those weights in the rearview mirror.
Here's what the problem appears to be. When I'm living at my daughter's house in the summer I'm being fed by too many good cooks that don't like to see a man starve, so I eat really well and put on weight. When I get on the road I eat less, but I eat far less healthy. And to make matters worse I snack a lot, which comes with being lazy and having plenty of free time to consume mass quantities of everything guaranteed to give you a stroke in 15 minutes.
I need to change my evil ways but I have found the older I get the more difficult it becomes. So the more weight I pack on the more lethargic I get, and the more lethargic I become the more weight I pack on, it's a vicious circle which can't possibly end well.
I'm pretty sure if I just stopped the nighttime snacks I would start losing weight. But nighttime is when I don't have much of anything to do except sit around and play on the computer or watch a little TV, and that's when the snacks just seem to jump into my hands.
Unfortunately this problem has been made substantially worse by this being the holiday season. If you're not aware of this already then take my word for it, the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's day is the worst time imaginable for trying to lose weight. Especially for people like me who were taught at a very young age that if you didn't eat all the food on the table there would be kids starving in China.
That didn't make a lot of sense to a 10-year-old me, and it makes even less sense now that Chinese kids all have cell phones. On the other hand you could say that by scarfing up all the food in the house when I was a kid makes me personally responsible for all those Chinese kids now having a better life. So I need to keep eating everything in sight to keep those Chinese kids from falling into poverty, losing their cell phones and eventually starving. That's a lot of pressure on me...... I think I'll go make a sandwich.
One of the tour balloons taking people up for what must be an incredible sunset picture. These balloons are huge and have a basket that looks like it will carry 10 or more people.