I was watching Animal Planet with the boys and we were watching a program about moose. One thing that became pretty clear is that for a bull moose, life evolves around the rutting season which is about right now. Their massive antlers, their energy stores and behaviors all revolve around getting a chance at that mature female. The more massive that rack, the more impressive they are to a female. It’s not a lot different with humans, only instead of antlers we seem to be prized for our massive wallets. A nice butt never hurt anything, tho, or so I’ve been told.
The title is not so much about my weight, since I continue to lose pretty steadily. Perhaps this will be the week I finally get under 200 pounds. The title came to me while doing my daily Stepmania play. There are 4 basic levels: beginner, light, standard and heavy and occasionally a 5th level sometimes called insanity. Levels are also measured in “feet” which basically indicates the number of steps on a scale of 1-10. 1 and 2 foot levels make up a beginner level although they can also be considered “light.” Increasing foot and level increase the speed and style of play. I have a number of songs that I made into steps myself where “heavy” is 4-7 feet. It involves a lot more quick steps than a light or standard level with the same number of feet. My homemade steps are generally easier than regular Stepmania songs but they still stretch me out. Today I was mostly on heavy mode, just lucky to survive with a grade of “D’, but it’s still progress. When I started, “light” seemed almost impossible! So all this nerdy talk translates into a much more strenuous workout going from 60-80 steps per minute to 100-160 steps per minute. So when 220 steps per song used to get me thoroughly winded, I’m now stretching upward to over 300. And getting a real cardio workout!
Okay, moving on for those still reading…
I have cited many reasons for losing weight, mostly health related with financial and competitive incentives thrown in. But let’s be perfectly honest, here. There’s also an element of vanity present. I not only want to feel better, I want to look better. I’d like to look good for the mature females during the rutting season. For most of my marriage, I have felt totally unattractive. I’ve relied on brain power for attraction and not spent any time on my body. After all, more brains usually mean more income potential or so logic would indicate.
Okay, I’m doing it for me, yeah. This is fortunate since while Arwyn has noticed my weight reduction (and corresponding snoring reduction) she hasn’t exactly been wallowing in my rut, if you get my drift. She still sleeps with her head at the other end of the bed wrapped in her own blanket on top of the bed covers. She will sometimes tolerate some hugs and kisses, these are not happening very often. It’s a war I have grown weary of fighting
A couple days after my anniversary I did take off my wedding ring in a dual experiment. First, I wondered how long it would be before she noticed. To her credit she noticed inside of a week. When she asked why I had taken it off, I said it was cutting into my finger, which is partially true. It wasn’t painful or anything, but that deep band-shaped dent…I was wondering how long it would stay there. So that was experiment #2: how long does it take for the tell-tale indentation of a wedding band to wear off? So far it is still there after over 2 months and it is still there although there is no longer any tan line. I could wear a class ring or something to camouflage it if that was my intent but it isn’t at the present time. I have the wedding band on my keychain so it is still with me wear ever I go. I’m not sure how much longer to run this experiment, because if it takes longer than a year…well that’s longer than I’m keen to drag on this particular study. Maybe a reader out there can give me some real data to render it academic. I wore it over 10 years so I wonder if there is some sort of formula for answering the question.
We’re otherwise getting along okay. I decided to match Arwyn’s contribution towards her debt and we sat down last month and went over the statements together. This is going to have to be a monthly thing until those debts are paid off. She’s okay with it so far so at least we seem to be on the same page. If she wants to get something extra at the store while grocery shopping like a music CD, I don’t make a fuss at all. I’m trying to let her know it’s okay to indulge a bit as long as it doesn’t put us into some sort of hole. Outside of that setback, finances are fine.
BTW, I weighed in this morning…