I’ve been trying to lose weight since Christmas. 28 pounds have come off since December and I notice the difference. I haven’t done anything except eat better. It’s not even that I have given up anything, I just don’t eat extra. I’ve cut back on portions. However, I may have hit that plateau where I need to step it up since I haven’t lost any weight in the last two weeks.
Naturally, the answer is exercise.
If we can keep from being in a deep freeze out there, I’d like to get out and walk more. My daughter always likes to go out and this is a good chance for us both to exercise and get some fresh air. She’s more committed to the idea than I am, it seems.
Yesterday was a rather gloomy day, threatening with rain in the afternoon. When I came home from work, she was being a bit rambunctious and wanted to go on our walk. I was hesitant because the weather was not playing ball. After insisting we go, I got tired of her getting herself into trouble otherwise and decided to just get outside with her to burn off some energy.
We started up the street and she wanted to go explore the neighborhood. She doesn’t realize that, for as far away as you get from the house, you have that much ground to cover in getting back. She wants to tackle the hills. I want a nice easy walk and eventually work my way up to inclines.
“I want to go down the big hill.” She says.
I reminded her, “Yeah, but then we have to come back up.”
“Daddy, I have all this energy to burn off. If we just go home, I will still have that energy.”
“I’ll be bored.”
“That’s not my problem.”
“Daddy, if I’m bored, it will be your problem.”
We went down the big hill.
Now, on our way back to the house, I took it as an opportunity to help her do some reading. She’s five and has to get this stuff nailed before first grade. She managed to figure out “OAK” as in street, WATCH CHILDREN, and SPEED LIMIT.
I saw one for a Fire Department Fish Fry and figured she would be able to decipher FIRE and FISH pretty easily.
She sounded out the F, the I, and the R and eventually came up with FIRE, but FISH was a little harder.
“Ffff – I…”
“Ok, now the next two letters are?”
“S and H”
“And together they make a sound like?”
“Sh sound. They make a Sh sound.”
“Sh… Does this say Shit?”
There endeth the lesson.