Tuesday night, more than a full year after spending a year losing weight, I stepped on my scale and guess what I saw?
Well, you’ll have to wait until later in this column before you get the answer. Please, don’t cheat. Just wait.
If you are a regular reader of my column, you know that I went through a grueling personal weight challenge and lost nearly 30 pounds. I declared myself a winner and moved on to the bigger challenge of not packing the weight back on.
In the past year, I have done a number of things to keep my weight down. I’ve had several unnerving moments when someone would come up to me in a grocery store and ask if I’m the Ed Pratt who writes the column. Some of them would immediately pounce on me because of some high-calorie, high-fat items in my grocery basket.
There also was a funny incident in Jerry Lee’s Cajun Foods, a store near my house known for its great boudin. The owner commented that he saw my picture in the paper concerning my effort to lose weight.
At that moment, I was at the counter with two bags of lean cracklins and I was ordering two links of the low-fat boudin. For the record, I know there are no lean cracklins or low-fat boudin.
I know he saw that stuff, and I wonder what he thought.
I have been doing a lot of things to keep my weight under control. I usually walk to meetings across Southern University’s campus where I work. I sometimes deliberately park my car far from my office so I have a longer walk.
I have tried some of the latest trends in eating and food preparation. My wife bought one of those super high-powered blender things that scare the heck out of me. It can shred a boulder and turn it into a smoothie in 10 seconds.
To that end, earlier this week, I made a kale smoothie. What the hell has happened to me? Why would I do something like that? Then I followed that up with a broccoli smoothie. Help me please.
Until this week I had never had kale and didn’t know much about it. However, I watched one of those healthy-eating shows, and it was explained that kale is good stuff. Yuck! Same for the broccoli smoothie, too.
Prior to the smoothies, I did some sanity cooking and grilled a pork chop. OK, I really grilled two pork chops. But they were eaten individually more than two hours apart, so in my estimation, the extra calories of a second chop don’t really count.
I also joined an Internet group called Team Healthy Living. Folks show pretty photographs of low-calorie meals in plastic containers. The food is not that inviting.
Some members show pictures of quotes aimed at encouraging members not to gain weight. Here’s one: “If I quit now, I’ll be back to where I started and when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.”
You’ve got to admit that quote will fire you up. I read it just before I was about to devour a bowl of sugary cereal. I backed away and ate a bowl of cereal with the raisins in it. I guess that was better.
Now back to what my weight is right now.
Well, when all was said and done, I gained 2 pounds. Yes, just 2 pounds. That is weight caused by a holiday season filled with lots of cornbread dressing, various and sundry pies, cakes, candies and stuff with alcohol content. Oh, and just sitting around while watching football.
I want to thank the well-wishers who have pushed me to stay on task. Two pounds is not bad. And thanks to the Team Healthy Living crew. Lord knows I may never eat what you are consuming, but at least I know I can see what you are eating and lose my appetite.
Now let’s see if I can lose 15 pounds by Sept. 1.
Edward Pratt, a former Advocate editor, is assistant to the chancellor for media relations at Southern University. His email address is email@example.com.