Okay, I fess up.
I left Seattle to get back to the beaches of Florida and went thoroughly insane with butter-drenched seafood, butter-drenched pastries, butter-drenched pizza, butter-drenched hot wings, and I think there might have been butter added to all the beer I sipped while lathering butter all over myself to lay on the beach day after day.
Personally, I blame the Economy. Well you don't expect me to blame MYSELF, do you? That would be like...well...telling the TRUTH or something stupid like that.
Anyway, I also confess to not feeling at all bad about ballooning up to 255 from 198, because every pound was a acquired with the most fun I could muster. Guilt is an indulgence I won't...er...indulge in.
Instead, I recognize my error thanks to certain subtle signs like my looking in the mirror and cringing at a set of cheesy-looking butt cheeks, or wheezing when I climbed stairs or turned the pages in a book (didn't know turning a page was so much work!). Then the realization that if I were to get mugged, I'd have to politely ask the mugger to wait for me to catch up as I chased him.
And it is thus that I have come to my senses and decided to adjust my focus and rededicate myself to the cause. I have been eating much better for the past month or so and began a diligent exercise habit that brings me constant joy. Never experienced sheer joy from working out so hard. I guess I'm just grateful I haven't keeled over.
So, In just about a two month period I'm down from 255 to 228 and the lifestyle I've arranged for myself is perfect for consistently nice weight loss, and it in and of itself makes me happy and brings increasing joy, therefore I have no fear of slipping.
There are consequences, however, to elevating one's way of doing things, and it's impacted me socially. 'Friends' who I hung with while wallowing in a fat-inducing lifestyle are falling away just as social activities and general interests have transformed from one manner to another. This is good. The world is expanding and becoming brighter, as I intended it should when I came back this way - before I got caught up in all the butt-widening delights.
Now I'm enjoying a whole new series of healthy delights and find myself in the company of some very beautiful, health-minded people full of energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement.
This is definitely the butter...er...better way to live.