Going Through Withdrawal

Just Say No!

Anyone will tell you, the big challenge in losing weight and staying fit is changing the way you eat. The American food and restaurant businesses have done a tremendous job of training us to eat, eat and then eat some more. I learned a long time ago that as we get older, we tend to become more sedentary and gain, on average, about 10 pounds every 10 years.

I think I’m doing an okay job with the keeping active part. It’s the food thing that’ll drive you crazy. It’s easy to cut back for a time, but as the experts will point out, once you think you’ve reached your goal, you’ll slide back into your old habits and quickly start regaining weight.

I think a couple of us taking part in the weight loss contest at work went out of our way to pack on a few extra pounds before the official start, in order to have some “easy weight” to lose right away. We’ll see whether that actually happens. A lot of the folks at work went to a co-workers wedding over the weekend. Weddings usually have bachelor’s parties and receptions and lots and lots of food and drink.  This week’s weigh-in should be interesting.

Still, it’s tough making the adjustment to a new diet. I really miss cake right now.

Speaking of withdrawal, I having a bit of pullback from trivia too. The team skipped the Blue Monkey last week, heading over to the Local on Main Street last week. The smart guy on the team is in Washington state this week, so I’ll probably find something else to do on Monday and I’m going to be on the road next Monday. The good thing is that it gives other teams better chances at the prize money at the Blue Monkey, and it’ll keep the guy in charge over there from getting on us to spend the prize money we’ve already won.

“Tire-d of it All”

Got an oil change the other day. While the tech was under the car, he noticed that a steel belt was showing through on one of the tires. No surprise, 2 of the tires on the car are about 7 or 8 years old. It’s a car model that underwent a major redesign the model year after mine, which is a 1999, so it can be a challenge to find parts sometimes. The original tires on the car were Michelin’s, but they don’t make that size anymore. The tire store I went to only had two tires that would fit, which is good since I really only needed two.

Not My Favorite Type of Donut

Of course, even with the parts scarcity, that was the easy part. The donut spare has gone bad, and I had no idea that tire stores don’t fix or stock donuts. I’m told the things can’t be fixed, so the easiest thing is to head to a junk yard and find a spare that fits your car. Okay, one, I have no desire to comb through a salvage yard, digging through junkers to find a donut that will fit my car. Two, it’s recommended that you replace any tire over ten years old, including spares. I’ve got an 11-year old car. So wouldn’t any spare I’d find in a similar model be at least 10-years old and need replacing?

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