grace of God and a few good friends, we got íer done. For
me, moving out of a house ranks right up there with sticking
pins in my eyes. Add crutches and a broken foot to the
equation, and itís not pretty.
worries. To the rescue are friends who know how to take orders
from a one-legged lady. Wendy blew in and got me out of my
"where to start" phase. Chris brought us sandwiches
and lots of fluids to keep us going. Other friends showed up
with smiles and able-bodied legs to do my bidding. Doesnít
get any better than that.
I learn from this ordeal? It takes a LOT of energy to pull a
grown body around on crutches, or what some scholars call
"gait disability." Some estimate that it takes twice
as much energy (calories) to walk on crutches compared to
walking normally. Seriously, this could well be the newest
weight loss fad of all time. It would go like this:
reason to be ordered by your doctor to hop around on crutches
for 6 to 8 weeks. (Flinging yourself off a horse before he
falls over on you is one method that works.)
your doctorís orders not to put any weight on your injured
foot. So when you are hungry, you will find it too taxing to
hop into the kitchen to prepare a meal. This nips mindless
snacking in the bud.
the help of friends who will take you out for dinner. In this
step, you will want to save half your meal so you will have
something quick to heat up for lunch the next day. Voila!
Instant portion control.
the sympathy factor, big time. This might get someone to bring
you coffee in the morning.
successful diet plans allow you to indulge in some treats now
and then. Go ahead, open that box of assorted California
chocolates your friend gave you. You deserve it after an
especially grueling day of packing boxes and bossing all your
friends around. Choose a piece that will give you the most
"mmmm" for your taste buds. Then hobble directly
away from the chocolate.
the finesse with which you can hold onto a water bottle or
coffee mug (make sure the lid is on tight, please) while
maneuvering on two crutches. Fluids are essential for energy
production ó and we crutch people need energy big time.
these six steps and I would estimate that you will slim down
and be sporting some impressive arm muscles in 6 to 8 weeks
ó or until your doc tells you to ditch the crutches. When
this happens, jump for joy. Just donít land wrong, which is
what got you into this mess to begin with. And donít go
running back into the kitchen. Remember, a diet plan only
works when you stay with it. On the other hand, go ahead, have
that second piece of chocolate.