So, there’s this bagel place that’s a few (long) blocks from my place. I often go there for the awesome coffee. What’s great about the coffee station is that it’s self-serve, so one can doctor one’s coffee just as one pleases. Plus, one of the few places that have hazelnut and vanilla coffe in addition to ‘regulah.’ (I used to eat bagels from there on a regular basis, but have had just one since the beginning of this new year, which, believe me, is progress)
But I digress.
The owner is this salt-of-the-earth Brooklyn guy, who I’ve often seen hanging out outside his story, shooting the breeze with regulars. I remember overhearing him telling a friend a few months ago, that he was seriously considering getting some kind of stomache “staple” operation, as he needed to lose a lot of weight.
Fast forward to Friday, when I went for coffee… He looked fantastic, and was actually working behind the counter, instead of just sitting outside. I almost didn’t recognize him, he’d lost so much weight, but not just that, he looked so vital and energetic!
I congratulated him, and asked him his secret. He confirmed, yes, he’d lost over 100 pounds in 8 months. He said, “I went from being barely able to walk down the block to running 6 miles…” His secret? Reducing his calories to 1500 a day, and exercising. Go figure. It ain’t rocket science. But 1500 calories a day? (I whine, within). That must have been hard. I find it hard, and I’m much shorter and smaller than him.
I told him, admiringly, you know, you are inspiring! congratulations, and thanks for being an inspiration.
he replied, with a look of pride and shy amazement, almost as if to himself, “look at that, now I inspire people.”