Small Talk

Flat stomach

April 17th, 2013

I would like to tone up a bit. I'm not going to whine and moan about weight gain, but I am going to be honest that it happens when a person doesn't have enough time or energy to work out regularly or as hard as they used to, and has a small child to take care of.

I'm trying to be a little better about jogging after work. Claus, a former university coach, enjoys helping me reach my goals and is naturally inclined to provide me light coaching. He encourages me to go for a brief run with him, and even nudges me into doing simple isometric exercises like sit ups and pushups on the living room floor.

Olivia witnessed me doing it last week, a very rare sight. She sees me walk and run places, but I hardly ever do sit ups or things that involve the ground.

"What are you guys doing?" she asked.

I couldn't talk because I was concentrating hard on a plank. Claus told her we were exercising.

"Why?" she questioned.

My plank was done. From a collapsed heap on the floor, I told her that I wanted to have a flatter stomach, like hers.

It's not a surprise to her. She's termed my stomach "puffy" before. She probably just didn't realize Western people assign a beauty value inversely proportionate to the convexness of that body part.

We finished our exercises and a little while later, she asked, "Is it flat yet?" Kids. No patience.

"No, it'll take a long time. I have to be patient and I have to do this every day, so it flattens a little bit more," I explained, realizing with a little bit of depression that I'm probably not going to do this every day until it flattens out at all.

{Be gentle on yourself. Be gentle on yourself.}

Olivia then gave me the funniest suggestion: "Why don't you just throw up and then it'll be flat?" Sure, I can see how she would invent that simple logic.

That is a completely different weight loss plan, and one that I have not and will not ever be interested in trying. (Or its related cousin, where you don't put food in the stomach at all.)

"It doesn't work that way, Sweetie," I commented, "I'll just have to do it this way, very slowly, a little every day." Now I have to hold myself to it!

3 Responses to “Flat stomach”

  1. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    u can do it.

  2. Manoa Mist:

    Actually throwing up would work...

  3. Rodney Lee:

    Actually, I like a little "pooch" on women.

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