Women aren't the only ones who can't seem to shed that extra 10 pounds.
Bruce Sallan: So, I had a little ski accident that I've already written about in "Just a Guy Overcoming His Fear." The only residual damage I've had is that I can't lose the weight I gained from the period in which I had to be relatively sedentary! I then went back to my usual routine of working out and couldn't bloody lose the extra 15 pounds! What gives?
My doc actually thinks the head injury might've affected what he calls each person's "set point" where his or her weight tends to stay. Sounds farfetched, but at least that theory takes me off the hook. But, it means I have to actually now change my diet and really watch my intake. I don't want to do that.
My younger son also has a minor weight issue, has his whole life, as he is one of those kids who just carry a little extra layer on him. He has the legitimate excuse that his metabolism has always been that way, but he's now firmly committed to do more exercise. What's my excuse?
I already exercise more than enough, so I have to change my diet. The result of all this is (as is so often the case) that I've become more empathetic to those who have struggled to lose weight all their lives. My son is the closest example. Why does it always take experiencing "it" ourselves for us to be sensitized to others' pain -- or am I just a guy?
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, full-time, now 13 and 16. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now, newly remarried, in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|