Sweetie has been trying to drop a few pounds.
Now, considering that we've been married over 26 years, that's probably typical. After all, even though i'm thin now, after the kids i don't look the same as i did when i got married.
He is built exactly like his father, who put on 40 pounds in the 20 years after age 40, and then never really lost it, nor did he gain more. In fact, the last 17 years of his life, his weight stayed just the same, no matter how much or little he ate.
Sweetie, his father's spitting image, is on track to do the same, and he doesn't like it.
He grew up skinny. As in, 149lbs. at 6'2" skinny. And he grew up in a farming community, where in the summers he would spend from 7am to 9pm in the hay fields, throwing 100lb. bales of hay all day long.
So he grew up eating. Not only could his mother never keep him full, he and his twin brother were known throughout the community for being skinny dudes who had voracious appetites. Some days, after the aforementioned work in the hay fields, they would come home and split a whole loaf of bread and gallon of milk between the two of them, as well as eating all of whatever their mother had fixed for dinner.
Thus while his current work does require that he do some lifting and moving and carrying, he does not burn the number of calories he did when a teen. Nor does he have a teen's metabolism any more.
Now, he wants to reverse the trend of the last few years, and drop some of what he has gained. He's not obese by any means, but if he lost 25-30, he would feel better about himself. As for me, i don't care, i married him for him, not how much he weighs. He is welcome to drop a few if that would make him happy.
And he's been trying, for several months now, but without much success, which has disappointed him.
He started out by taking smaller servings of things like rice and potatoes, or skipping them altogether. He also claims he is eating less, although i haven't noticed it, but with all the appetites around here, he very well could be, and everyone else is just picking up the slack.
He says he's not losing, or not losing very fast. He's always been one to doctor up his food a little, add a bit more butter, get another bit of mayo for the sandwich, melt a little extra bacon grease into his portion of something, and i began watching to see if i could spot the problem.
Then, last night, #2 Son wanted to cook some steaks Grandpa had brought us for dinner. When he started the steaks, i started fixing a few things for sides. Sweetie decided he wanted green peas, which no one else did. When i went to get peas from the pantry, he said he would fix them himself, since he was going to be the one to eat them.
Surreptitiously watching him, i saw him open the can, drain out the water, pour the peas in a pan, mash a few of them with a fork, and then add, not a pat or two, but an entire half a stick of butter.
That could be the problem.
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