I will be attending my 10-year high school reunion next month. This means I have started a “weight maintenance” program. I don’t like the D-word. You know, the one that starts with D and ends with IET. Yes, that’s a bad word and I don’t say bad words. Never mind the fact that the weight I want to maintain is currently 5 pounds less than what I weigh, I am not on a Di…well, that word. Anyway, as part of this weigh maintenance program, I took the opportunity to have a free consultation with one of the personal trainers at the gym. I started with my goals.
Me: I want to focus on toning my arms and of course, I wouldn’t mind losing 5 pounds. I also want to learn how to incorporate free weights into my work routine.
Trainer: Okay. Let’s get your weight info and measurements.
* Sucking in while you stand on a scale doesn’t help you weigh less. Ahem...
Trainer: Tell me about your diet. What liquids do you drink?
Me: Water! I don’t drink alcohol or soda - I love water.
Trainer: That’s really good. What about meals?
Me: I try to eat five small meals a day. I snack on fruits and vegetables. I’m not a vegetarian but I don’t eat meat very often – maybe 2 or 3 times a week.
Trainer: Okay. What about fish?
Me: Only when I go out for sushi. I don’t cook fish.
Trainer: Well...you eat rather healthy, drink lots of water and have worked out consistently for over four years…I don't get it, what’s your weakness?
Me: Chocolate! I love chocolate chips straight from the bag. Man...I binge on chocolate.
Trainer: Define binge. Is this like a candy bar every night or a handful of chocolate chips here and there?
Me: Um, more like “A” bag of chocolate chips.
Trainer: The Whole Bag?! In one sitting?!
Trainer: Okay. You need to stop that!
Chocoholic: Trust me…I’ve been trying for years.
Thus the weight maintenance program begins. All I have to say about the reunion is one thing: there had better be chocolate!