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The Baked Goods Stop Here
Sunday morning. 7:30 am. For some reason, I decide to weigh myself (not something I normally do) and find that the 5 pounds I thought I'd gained turns out to be more like 7. Alright. 7.5. OK 8, if we must be absolutely truthful. No wonder I've had to unbutton my jeans recently to sit comfortably. Am I destined to become part of the statistic that finds women gain an average of 12 to 15 pounds during the (peri)menopausal years?
"How did you let this happen to me?" I ask the still-slumbering Steve, who mumbles, "Mmmm?" and rolls over though not before suggesting a bike ride when he gets up. Not the answer I was looking for.
And I had big plans to celebrate yet another holiday with food: I was going to make cinnamon buns. Though I've no idea if the founding fathers liked these flaky, icing-topped breakfast treats, I figured President's Day was as good a day as any to make them.
I know it's harder to lose weight in midlife. I know that there's a shift in body configuration from pear to round apple, and that metabolism declines by 5%. And yet I've been turning a blind eye to my caloric intake, having been lucky all my life to have a speedy metabolism. No more. My middle shows signs of spreading, and that I cannot tolerate.
I refuse to go into pajama jeans, though I do blame the sweatpants I've been wearing during the winter months for camouflaging the sneak attack. And because I stand less than 5'2", 8 pounds makes a big difference on my frame. And in my jeans.
So today the buck stops here. Sorry presidents. There will be no cinnamon buns baked in your honor. No cookies shaped in the heads of presidents to commemorate your part in establishing this great nation. No baked goods at all. And that is how I'm celebrating this President's Day. Nibbling on one celery stick at a time.
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