Last year, I decided to skip the standard annual retrospective and opted instead for predicting what I was going to be talking about this year. As matters evolved, I was right. I predicted that I was going to be talking about my fitness journey and about my career journey. Go me!
This year, I’ve decided to do a certain special take on the year-end retrospective. Austin, the fun loving, deeply thinking, sweetly romantic Modern Philosopher who rocks his toga at his online home here, challenged us all during his final Friday Night Think Tank of the year with this question:
Did you kick ass in 2016?
Under normal circumstances, I have to stop and think hard about this one and the answer is usually a mixed bag.
Not this year.
In spite of the fact that the American voters have elected the anti-Christ to be the leader of the free world, so that we might be staring the end of the world in the face, I personally have had an amazing year.
My daughter Gina, who was trained as a sports medicine professional, has told me on many occasions that the real key to weight loss is not to be found in any gym.
Now, what was that saying? “Eighty percent of weight loss happens in the kitchen.”
After all, it is possible to lose weight without any exercise at all. All you have to do is reduce your calories so that you are taking in fewer calories than you burn on a day to day basis. The sedentary lifestyle is a problem for weight loss because it burns so few calories but it can be done.
Getting into a workout routine does a lot more for you than helping you to lose weight:
- If you have any gastrointestinal difficulties at all (constipation, for example), working out will help get rid of it.
- I used to get boils fairly regularly but they stopped when I started working out.
- Toned muscle looks a lot better than flabby muscle, which you can have even if you are at your target weight of svelteness.
- Working out gets you more energy to work with as you go through your day.
- Working out gets you those endorphins, which are cheaper than heroin and won’t land you in jail or in the hospital.
- Working out is fun (once you have been doing it long enough not to have to worry about form or just being able to execute the moves — it’s important to find a type of working out that you enjoy. Otherwise, you won’t do it).
This is an incomplete list of things I get out of working out and you will note that losing weight is nowhere on the list. So, if we want to talk about losing weight, then let’s talk about food.
I have nothing to do.
Well, actually, that’s not true. I have some books to read. But the only due date is the library due date.
Yes, fans, my first semester in graduate school is duh-duh-dun-dun-done. I am on break and I’m going to stay that way until January 11th.
This is my favorite thing about the academic life, these long breaks between semesters. I get very tired during the regular semester, so I’m glad to get this spell of rest. This way, by the time the new semester starts, I’m ready to rock and roll.
Not all of my grades are in but so far, so good. I did really well in my sociocultural anthropology courses. I had one other course, a core course in biological anthropology, that was a bit of a struggle for me, so I’m not expecting to do quite as well. But let’s just say that I’m no longer fretting that I’ll be asked to leave the program after my first year or something like that. Yeah, it’s grad school and that’s a whole different level from undergrad, but I’m doing just fine.
Once again, I remind my children of one of my favorite sayings: The best revenge is a well-lived life. I’m sure they’re tired of hearing me say that but it fits.
Perhaps a different way of saying the same thing? Karma is bitchin’!