Rerun: Words of Ill Omen

Ah yes, the dreaded Cheez-It: encountered at Day 42 on my last Return to Onederland trip. This was a good post, not only because it dealt with the omnipresent Cheez-It issue, but also because I spoke of myself in the third person. Charlie should do that more often.

The astute reader will also notice that this is Week 6 of that Onederland journey, a fact that this astute writer only just realized. This is a problem that bothers my inner nerd: the fact that my current return trip is only in Week 2. If I’m going to do this sort of parallel universe fun, I’d really like them to go head to head, week for week.

Therefore, this rerun kick will pause until my current reality catches up with my past. Therefore, expect the next rerun to happen somewhere between five and twelve weeks away, depending on whether there are any additional Week 1’s happening in the meantime.

Next week in this spot, a new post: “Lose Weight: Feel Great.”

It’s not what you think.

Original Post Date: September 8, 2008

“Except maybe Cheez-Its…”

cheez-itThus spake Charlie on July 28 [2008]. At the time, Charlie was just joking. Charlie hadn’t actually eaten Cheez-Its for months. Charlie loves them, but due to their high toxicity, he reserves them for rare treats. So you can see, Charlie was just having some fun when he wrote that nothing could stop his diet …except maybe Cheez-Its.

Then about three weeks ago, Charlie helped out his office mate, Sean, on a project. Charlie followed it up with an instant message telling him that if he bought a “big ass box of Cheez-its on Monday” then they would call it even. Charlie didn’t actually mean it.

But sure enough, come Monday, Charlie found a three pound box of Cheez-Its parked on his desk. Oh noes!!!111 This could be disastrous! But fear not! Charlie was very careful about that big box of Cheez-Its all day. At the end of the day he went home, proud of this display of sheer will power, only to find … a three pound box of Cheez-Its on the kitchen counter. Say it ain’t so! This could be doubly disastrous!

Fortunately, it wasn’t. More or less…

About a month ago, I brought a small scale to work. To keep the Cheez-It consumption in check, I portioned them out by weight: 1.5 ounces to be exact (the same size as the vending machine teaser bag). This worked well — up to a point. Every once in a while the box would just open up and stay open. This is where things got bad. Because hand after hand might find its way into the bag, the Cheez-Its never coming anywhere near the scale.

The box only lasted two weeks and I did have plenty of help from others getting rid of it. So overall, I think I did pretty well. But I also now have an explanation for the flattening of that last graph.

Onederland Update

Day 42
Starting Weight 224.0
Lost So Far 8.0
Pounds To Go 17.0

I wish I could have written this post on Saturday, when I was actually down eleven pounds. Stepping off the scale and seeing a new low number was most awesome. I ate well all day and was under 1100 calories before dinner. Then BAM, just like that — I found myself at a restaurant. Oh no. Two beers, eighteen baskets of tortilla chips, and one chimichanga later, I topped out the day at over 2800 calories: about 700 over goal. Sunday morning? Up three pounds. It ain’t fair, I tell ya.

6 Responses to “Rerun: Words of Ill Omen”

Sandie said
July 8, 2010 at 4:03 am

Starting my journey to Onederland today.. I wish us both luck 🙂

    Charlie said
    July 8, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I’ll take it!

Helen said
July 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

Charlie we are soul mates when it comes to the Cheez-Its. I just allowed myself a box and portioned them out. So no more for a while. I am finding that I seem to have more trouble with the White Cheddar than the Original flavor. I think it’s the fake powdered white cheddar coating that gets me.

Biz said
July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

Ah, the Cheez-Its. Hannah loves them too. After she and I moved out of Nana’s house when she was five, Hannah was used to Cheez-Its – however, my budget only allowed Cheese Nips.

I was quickly told that Cheese Nips are in now way Cheez-Itz – and she was right!

Happy Friday Charlie!

M0m said
July 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

Nana doesn’t buy Cheez-Its anymore, even if they are on sale – because she eats the whole box in a very short period of time – same with Sun Chips originals.

Jenn@slim-shoppin said
July 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Don’t try the 4 cheese Cheese-Its! I think my family finished the box in one day….

Darn Cheese-Its!