Although I told my father that I was dropping by the DLSU campus earlier, all I really wanted to do was get out of the house. Not for any particular reason really, but I just wanted to take an afternoon walk. The weather outside was conducive to walking as well, with the sun hidden behind a good amount of cloud cover. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it.
I didn’t start on my usual route, and instead made a quick detour to the nearby Mr. Quickie (for those not in the know, it’s a bag and shoe-repair franchise here) to pick up the pair of shoes I had fixed there. In truth, I should have picked them up days before, but I kept forgetting to do so since I normally went straight home after work. Since I was going out, I figured I might as well get them.
With the shoes retrieved, I started on my walk. Suffice to say it was uneventful, at least until I was just past Makati Med. Because it was then when it started raining. Although I was made aware that it was coming (the echoing and very loud thunder as I got to Buendia was clue enough), I was hoping that I would be close to Landmark at least before the deluge fell.
I had no such luck, obviously. It wasn’t as hard as you’d expect a sudden downpour to be, but it was enough to give me a good sprinkling. I did manage to get to the covered walkway that ran through most of Dela Rosa St., so the rain didn’t trouble me much after that. I followed the walkway through to the Landmark, but once I got to Glorietta I just had to pass by the Mercury Drug store that was just beside Rustan’s, if only to use the weight measurement machine they had there.
There was a time where I used the machine a lot, but in the wake of the bingeing brought about by my previous school term, I was far too scared to even see how much I ballooned. However in the wake of my newfound resolve, I figured that I’d have to use it again, if only to see just how much I’ll have to lose before the term ends (hopefully).
What I found was shocking to say the least, as it looks like I gained at least ten kilos from my ideal weight. That’s… a daunting figure, particularly for someone like me who was not only cursed with a slow metabolism, but had also been indulging in a sedentary lifestyle for months. The fact that I’ve been experiencing tightness in my chest these past few weeks does not help, as it means I’ll have to rely on dieting plus low-impact exercise to trim down, instead of the jogging I used to do.
It’s going to be a trying few weeks, to say the least. If we don’t count the obvious glut of food that would come with my birthday in a few days, I’m going to really have to watch my consumption from now on. Hopefully I can stay the course, as I’m not enjoying looking at myself in the morning, then seeing the love handles I’ve gotten.