Today I start a 50 day diet in which the goal is to lose 10% of my weight. The embarrassing truth is, I’ve got osteoarthritis in my right hip, probably due to being fat for a decade and continuing to do karate, in a style that emphasizes right-side kicking. I wake up in pain, am stiff for the first hour of the morning, and have to hobble my way out of my car when I get to work. It sucks, and I’m tired of it. (Osteo- is the normal wear-and-tear kind. Rheumatoid is the immune system going nuts kind. I’ve just worn my poor hip out.)
The credible research I’ve read says losing 10% of your weight gives a significant reduction in pain. That’s my real motivation. Vanity just doesn’t cut it as a motivator anymore. Apparently I need to suffer.
I hesitate to write about this, because most diets fail, and this is day one — the first opportunity to fail. So, why share this? I think I need social support. As a guy and an only child, I’ve usually approached problems alone. By the time anyone else hears about them, they’re way past the disaster point. “Why didn’t you tell me?” is something I’ve heard many, many times. The truth is, I just don’t think of it.
Here’s the plan, so when it blows up you can pin point the moment where you said “Told you so.”
- Eat breakfast.
- Go for a short walk and eat lunch.
- Skip dinner and go for a long walk (5k), and drink water (I have an Ozarka water thingie in the kitchen).
- 3x/week, do a mild weight-lifting routine (circuit weights at the gym).
That’s it. I ran the numbers, and that should run a calorie deficit sufficient to lose 10% of my weight in 50 days.
Send good vibes. The 10 PM demon hasn’t been faced yet. That’s the one that knows there’s ice cream in the freezer — or if there isn’t, there’s Dairy Queen down the street, open till midnight.