Sunday, February 26, 2012

Weighty Matters

Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips. My munching habit..
It's normal for me to gain 4-5 lbs. during winter. The weight creeps up on me slowly, eventually reaching maximum poundage by February. It's not an ungody amount, of course, but noticable none-the-less. And totally within reason for anyone who exercises less but still continues to consume the same calories year-round. Ahem, like the chocolate habit I wrote about here.

But this year is pleasingly different—I'm unsure why that is. I haven't gained one pound. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I cycled 10 miles a week throughout January and February—not a huge amount in the overall scheme of warm weather cycling—but certainly more than past years where I completely stop for 3-4 months. I also walk every morning and evening, contrary to last year where I walked/jogged only at 5:30 a.m.. Either way it's the same total distance.

So, I presume it has more to do with an increased metabolism; I exercise more frequently. But whatever the reason, I'm thrilled. Especially as this aging body could have the tendency to gain weight as I enter my 50s. I'll just keep up the activity and see what happens.

Heaven help me if I have to cut back on the chocolate.


  1. Dark chocolate is a healthy vice, I keep telling myself. I am just fortunate that there is no convenient place for me to walk or ride to which serves xocolatl of the hot spicy sipping variety (that I am aware of) else I would be gaining three pounds a month.

  2. I have to keep an eye on the weight in middle-age, which is quite irritating at times given that I'm a complete glutton. If I didn't have a naughty beagle that needs placating, or if I owned a car, I hate to think of the potential blow out. I wouldn't mind so much if I was actually slender, but, I have to be sensible to stay a robust 145 lb!


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