Sunday, September 26, 2004

Weight Wait

R.a.n.t. of week 09/26/04
This week I've got a rant probably everyone can relate to: Weight Loss. Exactly what is the hardest part of weight loss? I've found, it's the wait. If you've ever tried to lose any amount of weight, you know exactly what I mean. For me, I woke up one day and realized I had to lose weight. Not exactly sure how this ever escaped my notice, but I was suddenly VERY aware of my problem. As I was also aware no one would EVER be interested in me in my present condition (another r.a.n.t. for another time), I was determined to lose as much weight as I could. The difficulty? Was it cutting down on my portion sizes? No. Cutting out greasy foods like French Fries? Nope. Drinking water over soda? Very doable; and I enjoy water. How about exercising and keeping active – slightly harder, but I am working on it. Waiting for the pounds to melt off? Extremely hard! There is nothing harder than to wait for results that can take days or even weeks. How about waiting for someone else to take notice? Just as hard. I think a lyric from the song "The Waiting", best describes how I feel..
♫The waiting is the hardest part♪.
I realize Tom Petty was not singing about weight control, but the point is well taken.
Reprinted 12/20/12

*PLEASE NOTE - I recently found old R.a.n.t. articles posted to a website I once owned. I've decided to reprint them in my current run. However, ironically enough, I'm not to fond of the writing so I've decided to edit the articles and repost them. For comparisons sake, I've decided to run the edited version as well as the original. In a way, it's kind of fun to see how my writing has changed in eight years.

Original R.a.n.t.
Perhaps a rant for the week that everyone can relate to. Never before have two words in the English language been so related, and yet not related at the same time. What I mean is the wait, to lose weight. Anyone that has tried to lose weight knows what I mean. Sometimes it just seems that you wake up one day and notice you need to loose a few pounds. Suddenly you are working as hard as you possibly can to lose the weight, but it seems to take forever. Even if you find a diet that works for you, the hardest part is the wait. Cutting down on my portion size I can handle; cutting out greasy food like French Fries is not that hard; drinking water over soda – doable; exercising and keeping active – slightly harder, but working on it. Waiting for the pounds to actually come off? Being able to chart how well you are actually doing on a day-to-day basis? Extremely hard! Even though the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed a loss of 30-40 pounds, it’s still hard to wait and see how you will look when you’re finally done. I recall that song, “The Waiting”; ‘The waiting is the hardest part, You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, The waiting is the hardest part.’ Somehow I doubt he was singing about weight control, but the point is well taken.


  1. I managed to lose 4 lbs on vacation in Switzerland eating cheese and chocolate frequently. I'm still not sure how it happened, but I'm thanking the fact that I had to run carrying multiple pieces of luggage multiple times. That and the fact that I did a lot more walking than normal while sightseeing. :)

  2. Wow, that sounds like me earlier this year. My friend and I went pub hunting in Dublin, Belfast, London, Liverpool and Isle of Man. Didn't track anything I ate and I still managed to lose about 5 pounds. I guess when you travel, all the walking and worrying compensate.