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The Paunch

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The word ‘paunch’ started ricocheting in my cranium like a lethal pinball. Unlike in a Stephen King novel however, it did not lead to my demise through radical dieting or going for a walk until my feet became stumps. Instead, I began a fierce shock-and-awe campaign of wearing looser shirts and sucking in my stomach. Oh, and some exercise.

I began a regime of crunches and core exercises that might have served as punishment in the Marine corps. For two weeks. Deep beneath the flabby surface, I knew there were abs straining to come out. I could literally feel them struggling to surface, like a hapless skier who has found that he is six feet under after triggering an avalanche.

I increased my running regime, which had been sagging of late. The usual reasons, too much content to catch up with on Netflix et al. And that most handy of excuses: birthday parties. Our family goes to a lot of them, many nephews and nieces with the audacity to celebrate their birthdays.

I then turned my discouraged eyes to my diet. (saved that for last, because being the least fun to deal with) I already have eradicated soft drinks from my diet. This gave me the notion that, with such a noble sacrifice, I might fill the gap with foods from the crunchy spectrum of the food triangle.

I am maintaining the running, which is my passion. Like an unwanted guest, the paunch is here to stay, despite my efforts to get it to leave. (putting on pyjamas is a great way to signify that the party is over, please leave)

Moral: Leave it to your mother, or little children, to give you the unalloyed truth. Accepting it? Another story.




I am a Sansei, with two teens, and a hamster. This blog is a repository for ideas and observations, expressed in cartoon form, by and large. A bit of a journal too. Feel free to follow me on INSTAGRAM @ WILTOONS, (the Twitter for people who like to go out) where I post a journal comic. Thanks for dropping by! The pic is of me and my boy Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. (not really a fan but he wanted his pic with me) © Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons, 2009 to 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. So there.

4 thoughts on “The Paunch

  1. Very kind. It was fun coming up with that, and hope to do more in that vein – a kind of exaggerated truth. Oh wait, isn’t that a lie? Meh.

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