Weighty Decisions

FeetonScale.jpgWhen I first started hosting PM Magazine/Buffalo one of the TV critics (there were two back then) wrote it might be nice for Chef Tell to fatten me up! May I please have that metabolism back?

I know I weigh too much because for the last year I have avoided getting on the scale (or looking at my 401-K).

As a bachelor I was totally disorganized. There was usually no food in the house. I could gorge on Hydrox cookies, when I had them, because I’d also go days without eating or minimal eating.

When Helaine and I started dating she starting baking. Is the way to a man’s heart through his stomach? Yes. Well at least it was the shortcut to mine. Helaine bakes butter cookies tasty enough to bring world peace!

We got engaged, she moved in and I began to eat well and on a regular basis.

Helaine is the best thing that ever happened to me. Eating regularly on the other hand has taken its toll. I’m close to 40 pounds over my Buffalo weight!

You might not notice my girth on TV because I buy clothes often enough to (mainly) fit into what I wear. Trust me–it’s there.

I don’t want to look my age. I also don’t want to be unhealthy. I am dieting.

OK–I’ve dieted before. It only works for a while because dieting is a treatment, not a cure. I’m trying to diet smarter.

My attack is different this time because I am going directly after the low hanging fruit, what I eat after I get home from work. Think cattle free range grazing!

I still have a little fruit at night but nothing that’s been ‘manufactured’. I’m also avoiding that occasional bag of pretzels I’d snatch from the vending machine.

The easy first four pounds are off. Now comes the more difficult part.

I’m never going back to my Buffalo weight. If I can lose another 15 pounds I’ll be ecstatic, but even 10 more will make me happy.

It’s in the mid teens outside today. Hopefully in another few months the warmth will return and Helaine and I will be able to start walking Sleeping Giant. You can’t exercise your way to weight loss, but it will help.

3 Responses to “Weighty Decisions”

  1. DorisC says:


    Unfortunately I am around the same age…and in the same boat! To add insult to injury, I have to be EXTREMELY careful as to what I do for exercise because after 4 back surgeries I have metal rods and screws holding me together. (I have been fused and I am bionic…though not as talented or strong as the bionic woman )

    Yoga, on my daughters Wii Fit has been fun to do, although I cannot do all of the strange contortions, I hold my own.

    It has been a lot of fun to do the different training games on the Wii and I can adjust them to my physical limitations. So if you and your wife are looking for a GOOD laugh and some fun, I suggest you get Wii fit plus….I have already lost 5 lbs…and on my way!

  2. Lou says:

    Good luck with what you are doing, Geoff. I have to do the same thing – I have probably put on at least 25 pounds. So it will be time for me to go for low hanging fruit and stuff.

  3. Jim says:


    Come join me and do Isagenix. (www.isagenix.com)

    Since August I have lost 90 pounds. Its more than just another diet. It has helped my wife and I, and even my kids, eat healthier and eat smarter.

    I lost 60 of the 90 without going to the gym. Since I started going to the gym 5 days a week right before Thanksgiving I have lost another 30 pounds.

    Anyway I highly recommend it.

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