I love what the last few years of training have done for my body. But I still have this belly. My belly deserves to be soft and a little flabby. I’m still over-fat, according to my body-fat percentage scale and every metric out there. And losing forty pounds as you’re nearing fifty makes it more likely your skin will be loose. But I really dislike my belly. I can live with the saddlebags, but I don’t want this belly.
I’ve decided on drastic action. I’m cutting back on processed carbs. I’ve been trying to do this, but it’s not been easy when I’m a scratch baker, and I have a sourdough starter that needs to be fed once a week. (Feeding it involves taking some of it out, which then becomes bread or English muffins or, when we’re short on time, pancakes. Have I mentioned how much I love pancakes?)
I’m also cutting back, drastically, on added sugars.
I’ve only been at this for a few days, but it’s going well. I’ve had a -as in single, solo, one lonely – pancake twice this week. One morning, I had a smoothie sweetened with bananas. This morning, I had fried “rice” made with farro instead of white rice.
It’s helped that I didn’t go out to lunch today, as I usually do on Thursdays. I’ve made the effort to keep my office desk stocked with home-canned beans (no sugar – I made the mistake of eating a can of Bush’s beans for lunch on Monday, and I was shocked how much sugar I ate) and stuff like that.
This weekend, I hope to bake bread, but those will be ‘thank you’ gifts for people who’ve donated to my CFF Cycle for Life ride. I bought myself some whole-grain bread, so there is bread in the fridge, and I promised Jim I’d buy him some croissants from Vinny’s Bakery if I wasn’t going to make pancakes or English muffins (he eats his breakfast on the road, and he’ll wrap a pancake around bacon & eggs).
We’ll also be going out to dinner at some point this weekend, and I’ll probably spend my day’s allotment of processed grains on that meal. I’m hopeful this will make a difference in the way my belly looks.
And if I lose more weight as I approach the decision to sign up for the Badger Mountain Challenge 50K, even better! So long as I maintain strength and endurance, running will be easier if I’m a stone or two lighter.