Bikini Update: My Body as an Example for the Deficit

Remember a few months ago when my zipper totally busted at the Big Gay Party at CPAC? Yeah, that was embarrassing. And it made me realize that I had been overspending my calories with no plan to make up the deficit.

I had to take a hard look at what I was taking in and what I was putting out. It was not fun. The truth rarely is. I had to make difficult decisions, like giving up high-calorie treats like daily margaritas and chips with guacamole. Even though I started running again, I still had a limited amount of calories that I could spend every day.

I downloaded the Lose It! app on my iPhone and started tracking my calories. It was eye opening. No wonder I had accumulated some extra bulge. I had caved into the pork, which sounded great while I was enjoying it, but in hindsight had wrecked my figure. I didn’t feel good about myself, my geriatric back ached while carting around the extra weight, and my clothes didn’t fit right.

That pork, that surplus of calories that I always thought I would deal with the next day, had to be cut. No more over-indulging for this girl. I cut lines out of my calorie budget with hope of getting my body back in order.

I love food. I love food the way our politicians love spending other people’s money. Saying no to a double-double from In-n-Out is mega hard, people. But I know that I can’t eat that cheeseburger if I want to have a glass (or three) of wine later.

Don’t get me wrong; I still spend my calories. But I do it in a balanced way. I will order a peach milkshake, but I will share it with a friend. I will have a carne asada burrito, but only on beach days, when tons of extra calories are burned on the sand and in the water.

It’s been hard to be calorically responsible, but it’s paid off. My back hardly hurts anymore. I feel confident in my skin again. I feel proud of myself for struggling through the times I wanted to cave and eat an entire wedge of brie just because it would make me feel happy for a moment.

If our politicians want to feel good about our government again, they need to stop over-indulging in things that make them feel good for a moment. The damage it does to the body of our country is not worth it.

It’s time to cut the pork. I did it. Now it’s Washington’s turn.

Back in the Bikini


  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a conservative say “I wanted to cave and eat an entire wedge of brie.”

    …Man, California is weird.

    ( <3 you Jenny )

  2. You look pretty darn good to me.

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