Sean at The Blue Boar shares with readers his struggle to hit and maintain a healthy weight. It's a battle I suspect is not unknown to a lot of us blogger types - I'm just going way out on a limb and hazarding a guess, here. My day job involves sitting at a computer most of the day, a number of my favorite pastimes involve sitting on my can (reading by a fire, blogging), and oil painting isn't exactly an aerobic activity.
I have struggled a bit with extra weight, but have been blessed to have a pretty decent metabolism. None the less, I put on two or three pounds a year for 25 years and found myself (gasp!) at 230 pounds, standing 5'9". I not only ended up with high blood pressure, but the specter of the diabetes that runs in my Dad's side of the family also began to haunt me.
That's why I started the low-carb thing, and it works very well for me, provided (like any program) I stay on it. The thing is, I find it easier to stay on the low-carb regimen for longer periods of time than other plans. I might cheat for a day or two, but then I am able to get right back on (usually... heh).
The most difficult aspect of low-carb is being around people who don't eat that way. At work I'm inundated with bagels, sticky buns, cake... all of which I have to take a pass on. But I'm used to it. The main thing is to stay away from processed white flour, processed sugar, processed rice, potatoes, etc... I don't consider this a fad diet at all. It's a fact that most Americans just eat way too much of these things.
My goal is to get back under 200 pounds and stay there, which will also require more exercise - a great excuse to go hiking more. The day I see a "1" as the first digit on the scale (please God), I will truly celebrate... with a steak, some steamed veggies and a premium beer.
This whole topic puts me in mind of some thoughts I've had over the last few years concerning the most forgotten sin in our society... gluttony. It seems that nobody takes it seriously as sin anymore, yet tradition has it as one of the Seven Deadlies. I'm going to throw in with Chesterton and allow that our ancestors were on to something important, here. Watch for an upcoming post.