Status Post

So. Hi. It’s been a while.

Writing: Not happening. 

This is the time of year where I get sod-all done, writing-wise.  I’m swamped with essays to grade, I need to make sure my last quarter’s lesson plans are set, there’s State Testing to deal with… in other words, I do a lot of things that sap my energy to the point where I can’t seem to focus on writing.

I hate to use my job as an excuse–I know I ought to be working on writing at least 350 words a day–but the fact is, every time I try, I just stare blankly at the screen and try to make a coherent sentence or even thought… and I fail. I’m spending so much energy on the day job, I just don’t have anything left for my own pursuits.


Uncle Sam and the State of California took a lot out of us this tax day.  We’ll recover, and we’re taking steps to not have the same issue next year, but yeesh!

My diet is going well–I’ve lost 25 pounds in the last month.  I hate it, but I do love the results.  I’m finding which of the MediFast foods I like and which I don’t.  For example, I don’t mind the taste of the shakes, but there’s something deeply unsatisfying about them.  The other foods are a little more “foodlike,” in that they aren’t much, but they don’t feel like I’m not actually eating anything.   I am hungry a fair amount of the time, and I do wish I could eat some of the things I’m forbidden on this plan, such as fruit (I love summer fruits like peaches, cherries, and strawberries more than anything) and bread (I love baking bread, but I won’t do it right now, since it would just be torture to not get to have any).  But I’ll get those things back.

However, I’m going to punch the next person who says “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”  Really?  Then you’ve never had pizza, or spaghetti, or a nice slice of warm bread and melting butter.

Published by Michael R. Johnston

Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Fifty years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

2 thoughts on “Status Post

  1. You can’t eat fruit? That seems counter productive…I could see avocados. But congrats on the 25 pounds that’s awesome!

  2. Yeah, it’s basically a form of fasting, and fruit is a no-no because of all the sugar. Even which vegetables I can eat is somewhat limited; I can’t have potatoes, rice, and a few others. No beans. Green veggies and protein for dinner, pre-packaged nutritious-but-somewhat-bleah food the rest of the day.

    But hey, first world problems, right? I’m sure there are folks in some parts of the world who would LOVE to have my little packets of blech. So I don’t complain too much, but since I have friends who are contemplating this particular method, I’ve gotta be honest about it.

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