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This is Not a New Year’s Resolution

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This article was the one I was going to submit last week, but Mayang’s trip to the hospital caused me to do a re-write.

This is about health and exercise, and me getting fit and trim. I joined the Navy with a 27 inch waist and finished boot camp with it going up to 29 inches. I stayed at 29 inches until I reached my thirties, when I noticed my jeans were a little tighter. Then I had to buy new jeans in size 32 inches, and 32 was the size I remained until age 60.

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I was digging through the wardrobe to find a pair of my 30 plus year old jeans that everyone in my family would kill for. Believe me they are distressed the natural way, I wore them! It was a chilly day and plus where we we’re going, shorts were inappropriate. To my chagrin I discovered that I don’t wear size 32 anymore. Hey it’s only been four years since I did.

 

I hollered: “Mayang, you shrunk my jeans!” She laughed and grabbed her tape measure and found that I was now a plump size “&%” inches!

Whoa Nellie! That can’t be, until I looked down and could only see the nails on my toes, where at one time I could see my foot (Or a goodly portion thereof). That’s it I exclaimed, I will wear those jeans and those jackals will have to wait to get them.

This was during the month of October, and I went out the next morning and started walking. Not too far at first but far enough that I could no longer see my house. But it was boring, mind numbing boring. And I was going to give it up and head to the storeroom and dig out the treadmill. I thought walking was boring; treadmills are akin to watching grass grow. I’ll just buy new jeans.

Then Mayang said to me; “Coco (The Flying Labrador) cried every time I left the house to walk, maybe you should take her?” I started to nix that plan as she has grown to be a large dog, and I was in no mood to fight her on a leash during a long walk. But since it was Mayang’s idea, and she’s seldom wrong I’ll give it a try.

To my surprise Coco took to walking like a Lab does to water. I’ll admit the first couple of days we did have to discuss just who was walking whom. But after that she stayed at my right side close to my leg with very little direction from me.

The walks stopped being boring and took on an air of fun. We met people who questioned me about Coco and what kind of dog she was and how well behaved she was. We approached a group of kids who were playing and my niece Shay shay broke away from the pack to hold and pet Coco. Slowly after she explained to her friends that Coco was friendly and sweet, each kid came up to pet her, if just to prove to the group that: “They ain’t scared of no dog!”

Now Coco has a fan club, and now very few children are afraid of her. Albeit the same cannot be said of the adults who’ll cross the road to not be near her..
Dogs will run into the street and Coco will just glance their way with a look of distain, as she seems to have no fear. I think she would have a problem on her own since she has been raised in a pain free environment with nothing but love and affection in her eight months of life.

But that’s all about “Coco the Flying Labrador” (To find out why she is named that please go to LiP August 8th “My Dog Army”)
Now to answer that burning question, can Paul get into those classic jeans again, Well, honestly, not quite yet but it should be soon, but Coco can now walk beside me holding the leash in her mouth and not vary a foot. I’m not sure if I trained her or she trained me. But she waits by the door every morning ready to go, “Coco Walking”!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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peterjoy
peterjoy
9 years ago

hi Paul

a good posting mate lol i better take care in what i have to say to day or some one will have a go at me lol but it look like when i get to meet u we will be drinking water and not beer and no more smoking lol all the best mate and god bless to u and ur lovley famliy there …..peter martin tassie

Miss August
Miss August
9 years ago

Walking every day is one of the best think you can do for your health.

I bet those 30-year old jeans are worth a pretty penny on eBay, specially if they’re Levis. 🙂

Miss August
Miss August
9 years ago
Reply to  Miss August

*best thing*

Miss August
Miss August
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I saw a circa 1950 Levi’s 501 selling for $1500.00 on eBay. I can’t believe someone will really pay that much.

I’m surprised one of your daughters haven’t already taken possession of your vintage Levis. 🙂

OverTime
OverTime
9 years ago

I call mine a little furry treadmill. :- )

Speb Freespiritme
Speb Freespiritme
9 years ago

Hi Paul,

nice and fun way to loose weight. which reminds me i gotta get back shape too. i can’t wear jeans I bought a year ago.jeez.

Speb Freespiritme
Speb Freespiritme
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Hey Paul,

True jeans do cause a fortune now a days..i don’t get it back in college I could afford at least one 501 and Adidas sneakers ( I was one of boys back in the days) with a PHP 159/day salary. Now with a decent earning job, i stay clear from those shops at the mall.

Speb Freespiritme
Speb Freespiritme
9 years ago

* i meant cost’ hehheheh

Speb Freespiritme
Speb Freespiritme
9 years ago

* gotta get back into shape again*

Speb Freespiritme
Speb Freespiritme
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

hahhhahah yeah maybe finally i can get myself a boyfriend for walking Coco and she can be my maid of honor and you and ate Mayang can be my ninong and ninang 🙂

Hudson
Hudson
9 years ago

Hey Paul,
I still have My old navy clothes. I plan on fitting back into them someday also…maybe at the end of this year as I have a long way to go…hehe.

I have heard that Filipinos have a natural fear for big dogs, Is that true?

Bob New York
Bob New York
9 years ago

I think what is happening to your Levis happens to all of us sooner or later Paul. I used to have a “30” waist for what seemed like years and I still wonder what happened to it. I should really start walking around the block here more often. I wonder if anyone has come up with an ” expansion kit ” to make shrunken clothes fit again ! Come up with something like that, market it on Ebay and it could become the 50th way to make money in The Philippines !

big p
big p
9 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Grown from a 36” high school senior to a 46” geezer and will agree that walking the dog is a good thing, as they do need exercise. But for me I have invested untold thousands building this tool shed so am hesitant to tear it down by wearing out the ole knees. And the old 501s are getting a well deserved rest in the drawers.

big p
big p
9 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

And there is an expansion kit advertised all the time in the USA where we get the fox news extras here. Its a strip of cloth with a button hole on one ebd and a button on the other.

big p
big p
9 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

The skipping would not work for me; I might shatter the pavment, always must look out for the infastructure.

Alfre
Alfre
9 years ago

Happy New Year to you, Mayang and the rest of the family.

We shall watch this space. Will the jeans fit again… I’ll sign up for the Paul’s support and encouragement group. Maybe first step is to change to San Mig light, lol!

Good health to you and Mayang for a very long time… now that is a very good motivation.

cheers,

Alfre

Lenny
Lenny
9 years ago

I’m in my 60’s and I do 200 crunches 20 push up’s 3-4 times a week.. Pedal my legs in the air for about 5 minutes …….When I first got here I was 180# … Now I am down to 165.. Have a younger bride and younger mind…Now if I just could stop the smoking…Hahahahaha…Need to excercise to stay in good shape…

Papa Duck
Papa Duck
9 years ago
Reply to  Lenny

Paul, Good that you were able to loose weight during the holidays. Walking the dog or the dog walking you is a great way to keep your self occupied. Another thing is get an MP3 Player with earbuds and listen to some nice Hank Jr., George Strait, Kenny Chesney, etc. I exercise and keep my self in decent shape and try to eat right most of the time, except when in the Philippines. Trying to stay off all Meds before i retire. On Storage Wars someone sold several pair of old Levis for $75-$100 a piece, but it looks like… Read more »

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