Back on Track?

If you’re not familiar with the Four Physical Laws of Dieting, I’ll give you Law Number IV: Informing others of your progress immediately halts progress. Here’s a description from something I wrote last year:

I can’t be the only one this has happened to. You start your diet on Monday and by Thursday morning you’re miraculously down six pounds. You’re so excited you tell everyone you know, whether in person or by keyboard. But come Friday morning, you’re suddenly five pounds heavier. It’s a sinking feeling, but you brought it upon yourself. What to do: This one is obvious: never, ever tell anyone how well you’re doing. Even when you’ve lost fifty pounds and everyone asks, “Have you lost weight?” tell them, “No, I’m just wearing vertical stripes.”

But now I want to amend this law by adding, “It only takes effect when you tell someone in person.” Therefore, blogging doesn’t count, which is good news for all of us. Because if it did, I would be violating Law Number IV on a weekly basis and I would probably weigh somewhere in the vicinity of 1,847 pounds.

But check out last week’s graph. It’s rare to get a week that’s all downhill. Not a single uptick.

Week 39
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 197.5
Change from Last Week -0.6
Change from Two Weeks Ago +0.9
Lost So Far 26.5

So what happened? Was it the virtual book tour? Because those things can be arduous. Probably not, but I will tell you one thing about this past week: it sure contained a lot less pizza than the prior week. In fact, I think the exact amount was … zero. And whereas my average daily intake the week before last was around 2200 calories, this week it was down to 1900, and—surprise, surprise—the weight started going down again. Funny how that works.

In fact, I might just try something crazy and do this two weeks in a row. Even if it does mean—gasp—going another week without pizza. It can’t be that hard, can it? CAN IT?

8 Responses to “Back on Track?”

Helen said
April 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

You know Charlie, even though I’m really happy for you, I’m getting kind of tired of you explaining that the way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.

    Charlie said
    April 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Yeah, it’s crazy. I’ll try to come up with an alternative miracle-based explanation for next week. I’m sure it will involve Rachael Ray.

Biz said
April 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

You can do it Charlie! Keep up the great work 😀

Tuscanystone said
April 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Oooooooo you’ve got follow up emails now, how exciting! 😀

~Congrats~another weight loss week! I dont know how you get away with even considering pizza on a diet…lol But hey, it’s fun to read

Tusc 😉

    Charlie said
    April 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I was hoping you’d notice!

Quix said
April 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I guess I took your pizza last week. I hadn’t indulged in a while, it was yummy! But this week, you can have it back… 🙂 Good luck with a repeat of this week!

Dani said
April 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Oh my gosh! This very thing happened to me this week. I had a gut feeling that I was setting myself up for failure upon mentioning that I “should” be passing a major milestone this week. If only was aware of the Four Physical Laws of Dieting!

As I stumble clumsily about, totally unaware of the other three Physical Laws of Dieting, I’ll probably unwittingly bring about the apocalypse. =(

Selma said
April 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm

LMAO Verticle Stripes. I’m going to remember that one.