The Quest to Not Be a Fat American

It's a little weird for me to delve further into my personal problems with being overweight, but I think I may as well since solving those problems is one of the top current events in my life and, truth be told, there are quite a few people who share (or should share) this same quest as the one I am pursuing- the quest to not be a fat American. Some may even read this blog. I am here to inspire you! I hope.

There are two qualifiers to being a fat American like me, so there are two ways to complete the quest:

Choice #1: Don't be an American. This is either far too easy or downright impossible, depending on how you look at things. I plan on living outside the U.S. for who knows how long, but this wouldn't be for another five years at least. And besides, I'd still be American-born and proud of it. I think I may be stuck being an American the rest of my life, no matter where I go in the world. Anyways, the American part of the equation is not the problem at all.

Choice #2: Don't be fat. That's what I'm aiming for. Here's my recent history: This last year I was pretty much a solid 170, and I was about there up until I left for France. Then, after I returned from France, the bread and three course dinners every day had brought me to 176, which was the heaviest I'd ever been at that point. Then, back at home and still following my usual eating habits (aka FAIL) I gained three more pounds, putting me at the heaviest I have ever been in my life. Then, between that peak of despair and last Sunday, when I got back from Juneau, I was back at my post-France 176, and that was, as you know, when I created a new regime for myself in the spirit of what I've already done in regards to daily exercise.

Here's the key ingredient: will. Strength of will is absolutely the most important thing to have when following through with this so easily reachable goal of being fit and healthy. It's really not that hard to lose weight. Hackneyed or not, the best way to say how I wasn't able to lose weight before is basically that I didn't want it enough. Now, I haven't weighed myself today, but as of yesterday, I've come back down to my old standard of 170 -that's six lost pounds- and I did it in five days. I don't see any reason why I won't be able to keep going down, but I am not going to make any number goals for my weight. My goal is to stick to my current diet and exercise, which is very simply this: small portions, no meat, mostly fruit, and Carlanna Lake every day. Let's hope I can make all this last beyond this summer, right?


  1. Anonymous24 July, 2008

    Choice #1...LOL...I'm still laughing! Bravo Peter...Bravo!

  2. Good job! Hey, if you want to really lose some weight, come to SFAC with me. XD They have horrible food there, so you hardly eat anything, plus you're running all around the HUGE campus... There are these massive stairs and stuff there. Hard to describe.
    Anyway, in my first year there, I lost 5 pounds (155 to 150), and then on my second year, I lost 4 pounds (135 to 131).


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