Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Getting a Grip

Well, I've been losing a little weight, despite putting some of it back on over the Christmas/New Year holiday season. I'm back on the wagon this week, eating better choices of food (and less of whatever it is) and rowing, and walking. I'm feeling good again, having experienced feeling heavy, bulky and lethargic last week. Rowing does that for my body, and walking does that for my mind.

The particular thing I've noticed today is that when I'm standing up, it is getting harder and harder to get a grip on my 'spare tyre' (at the front - diagonally at the sides is another matter entirely, but my front has traditionally been more solid). Sitting down I can still get a good handful suitable for a mountain bike, but standing up it's getting closer to a road bike if I slouch a bit. Standing straight it's getting harder to get a good grip at all. Don't get me wrong, there is still visible bulk there, but it hasn't got enough softness or depth to allow me to actually grab onto it firmly.

This makes me happy. It was actually my spare tyre that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back and spurred me on to lose weight. When I started I would have been happy to keep my tummy if only I didn't have the spare tyre making rolls of Jen all the way down me. I now know that I want to get rid of the tummy too (which is okay, because it is going as well).

It makes me happy particularly considering my Christmas excesses and the fact that before Christmas my spare tyre was closer to that required for a wheelbarrow than a mountain bike, and back when I started I may as well have had a motor bike tyre under my shirt (a small motorbike, but a motorbike nonetheless).

How much 'spare tyre' do I want to end up with?

... Approximately None.


Jen said...

I so hope that you loose that spare tire all together!

Givinya De Elba said...

Congratultions on your ever-decreasing spare tyre. Mine is good for a small tractor.

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

That is a great description of your belly. I am sure that some day soon it will be not dissimilar to a washboard.

Hippomanic Jen said...


Le @ third on the right said...

ya girl - finest efforts - you inspire me - le xo