Pounds, Inches and Sizes

Vegetables: they're what's for dinner.
Vegetables: they’re what’s for dinner.

My wife Abby has been able to lose some weight since about August 2017. If you want to know how much and how she did it, ask her.

Abby smiles for my camera Monday, April 16, 2019.
Abby smiles for my camera Monday, April 16, 2019.

She looks thin to me. I temper this inclination to see her as too thin with the very real notion that almost all human bodies we see today are too fat.

I weigh about the same as I did on the day we got married, 150 pounds. I was never overweight, but in the last five years I’ve been more aware of the value of acting and looking younger as I get older. Some of it is vanity. Some of it is my perceived duty to society: I feel that we own it to those around us to be the best people we can be, and to lead through example. And part of it is health. At my peak, I weighed about 180 pounds, which I carried well as I aged into my 50s, but which older men tend to carry poorly. It makes them look old and lazy, which they are. This is also why I color my beard and (eep) a small portion of my hairline on the sides.

Losing weight has a couple of amusing consequences. Both Abby and I now have tons of clothes that no longer fit. We talk about getting rid of them, but (and I know this doesn’t sound like me), I don’t want to jinx our success. Some pairs of cargo pants that were my standard daily work wear are now so too big for me that without a belt, they literally fall to the floor around my ankles.

It only took a couple of changes in my lifestyle to lose my weight: 1. I stop eating when I’m full, and 2. I redoubled my dedication to eating a plant-based diet. It also doesn’t hurt that I walk our Wolfhound every day without fail.

Hawken the Irish Wolfhound always loves to walk, but also sometimes likes to run.
Hawken the Irish Wolfhound always loves to walk, but also sometimes likes to run.

Finally, losing weight and keeping it off hasn’t been difficult or a sacrifice, but a pleasure. I feel great.

I made this mirror selfie at the state capital last month. As you can see, clothes that once fit are looking a bit baggy on me.
I made this mirror selfie at the state capital last month. As you can see, clothes that once fit are looking a bit baggy on me.

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