One fateful morning around 5am, I lay on my bed and guess what I was thinking about; my tummy. It felt like I had eaten ten wraps of fufu in the dream. I had been soaking myself in worry for the past few days, but this was the last straw. I told myself I wasn’t going to eat dinner again once it’s 7pm, but will I hear, nooo. Yesterday was extraordinary; I was on my feet all day and so couldn’t get a chance to prepare food to eat. Seeing as I don’t like getting fast foods, I had to prepare white rice and fish stew. This led to breaking my eating rules. You know how it is when you haven’t eaten all day and then you have the chance to eat, you eat like you’re not going to eat tomorrow.
I had 3 helpings of that food, didn’t even know how; I was so hungry and rice and stew is my favorite. Guess what happened, after eating, the fatigue from the whole day just cloaked me like those heavy lace material at Onitsha market that I couldn’t get up. I zoomed off to sleep. On waking up, I felt so guilty.
I groped for my phone on the table next to my bed and checked the time. It was 5:30am. I nudged my sister who was still sleeping. We had to stop procrastinating and start the jog we’ve been planning for weeks. I mean, enough is enough. In five minutes, we were all girded up outside the gate.
We had barely jogged for 20minutes when I noticed a figure like a child clad only on an underwear, walking towards us. As we passed each other, the lanky fellow turned and was following us; jogging too. Panic set in and I began to jog faster; the lanky fellow followed suit. My sister obviously didn’t know what was happening because she was in front of me, I reached her side and pointed at the fellow behind us. Then we started running. It dawned on us that this was an insane person and he was in pursuit. I remember I was thinking about how fast he was running and I wondered if it was because he was insane.
It was not yet day light and the road had holes and stones so I was trying to watch where I tread on. My mistake was when I turned back to see how close he was to us. I didn’t see the big stone just in front of me. It happened in the twinkle of an eye; I felt him touch my back as I stumbled and fell. I got back up in fear and we started throwing stones at him. Thank God it scared him and he ran away.
I touched my knee and felt something warm and sticky; I was bleeding. But that didn’t faze me, my mind was in turmoil; an insane man just touched me. We didn’t jog again, we decided we were going to morning mass at 6am. Getting to the nearby Catholic Church we usually attend, we sat on a pew at the back; I was looking dusty and with my bleeding knees, I was a sight to behold. I fully intended to cover myself with the blood of Jesus that day. And guess what, after that day, we never jogged again.
I know some of us are very conscious of our bodies, you have probably made plans on how to watch your weight but it’s not working. Our eating habits don’t help out either.
No matter how busy you are, breakfast is a must. If you feel, it’ll make you sluggish in your day’s activities, there are good breakfast ideas for you. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don’t skip lunch either and eat a very light dinner. Why do you add weight or develop a big tummy if you eat heavily in the evenings? It’s because fat burning metabolism slows down overnight; there was no time for it to burn because you slept almost immediately. Make a conscious effort to do things to help yourself; be it exercise, good eating habits, drinking water or sleeping well. For those complaining of time, learn to manage your time too.
What are you doing to keep that weight in check? What’s your experience?