So Close Yet So Far

About two days ago I was absolutely convinced the title of today’s post was going to be, “I give up!” The week was not going well at all. And I’d love to say it’s because I’d fallen off the wagon and was eating like crazy. But for Three Thousand Calorie Tuesday, it was actually a very good week calorie-wise.

So on Friday, when I weighed the same as Sunday (and remembered how badly the first couple days of the week went) this was my projection for this week’s chart:

Amazingly enough, however, it didn’t turn out that way at all. I still haven’t cracked Onderland, but I do get to start this week closer than ever.

Like last week I’ve overlaid multiple weeks on the same chart, just to highlight what a bonkery period this has been. The green storm clouds represent that “above 202.5” range I don’t ever want to see again. I exceeded my previous recent high point and completely broke out of the purple block I’ve been stuck in for weeks now. Sure, I wanted to break out of that block, but through the floor—not the dang ceiling.

But somehow or another between Wednesday and Saturday I dropped three pounds. I thought to myself Saturday morning, “Okay, Charlie, you’re at 200.5 and you have one more full day before weigh in. Here’s a helpful hint: don’t blow it, you dolt.”

And by mid-afternoon things were looking good. I thought I might actually pull this off. I thought about what it would be like to write this blog post and triumphantly announce my first-ever 199.5 weigh in.

Then the cookies happened.

I don’t understand it. I need to have tattooed on my forehead. Not once in my entire adult life have I ever followed a massive dose of cookies with the thought, “Gee, I feel wonderful now! I’m so freakin’ glad I did that…”

This episode brought me to about 2,100 calories for the day, so I did what any level headed dieter would do: I quit eating. That was it. I hit my limit and didn’t eat another thing all day. This is NOT a recommended dieting method. Anyone looking to me for inspiration must temporarily avert their eyes.

Day 210
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 200.5
Change from Last Week -2.0
Lost So Far 23.5
Pounds To Go 1.5

Ah well, I’ve done worse, I suppose. I’ll call it water under the bridge and move on. The important thing is that I’m finally starting the week at 200.5. So unless I’m sneak-attacked by three Family Size boxes of Cheez-Its mid-week, I should be okay.

Why I’d say, odds are by this time next week, I’ll have my first foot in Onederland.

17 Responses to “So Close Yet So Far”

Natalia Burleson said
February 23, 2009 at 5:20 am

So, so close! Run from the cookies!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said
February 23, 2009 at 5:20 am

You’ll get there!!!! I’m now on week 12 of being almosthere too!

Charlie said
February 23, 2009 at 6:26 am

Grrrr… and this morning it’s back to 202.5.

Charlie said
February 23, 2009 at 6:28 am

And the annoying part is, I was pretty much on the go all day yesterday. And I only ate around 1,700 calories. But somehow that translates to a two pound gain…

Biz said
February 23, 2009 at 6:39 am

Ah – so close Charlie!!!

Hope you had a good weekend!

Rachael said
February 23, 2009 at 6:47 am

Charlie, don’t let the day-to-day fluctuations get you down. Good luck! I’m routing for you!!

Meg said
February 23, 2009 at 7:56 am

Your toes are right there on the line…you can do it!

Lynn said
February 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

Oooohh! I’m on the edge of my seat for you….you’re so close. The day-to-day stuff sucks, the scale is so fickle. If anyone ever figures out why eating less constitutes a 2-pound gain and eating more constitutes a 2-pound loss, they’d win a Pulitzer.

And no, you don’t like cookies.

Quix said
February 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

This sounds like my journey from 170 to 165. If you keep at it and aren’t attacked by junk food ninjas, it will happen eventually! Good luck!

Jennifer said
February 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

Do this today Charlie, drink a ton of water and see what happens when you get on the scale tomorrow. It may sound weird, but you could be retaining water, and drinking more water will get rid of that.

Except for the cookie (I had an incident with Peanut Butter Patty’s last week which wasn’t pretty), you are doing fantastic!!

Deborah said
February 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

Good luck on this week!!

I just posted a mini review of your book on today’s post. Oops, I forgot to email you to let you know it arrived. Well, it did and I love it! You can even add another thumbs up to your list :o)

I do have a suggestion: Why don’t you add a link on your side bar for the book? While trying to place a link on my blog to the book I had a hard time finding where you had mentioned it last. If you did, you might even be able to sell enough to buy yourself your very own pizza joint :o)

Charlie said
February 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Deborah: Thanks for the mini review! As far as putting a perma-link to the book on the site, I’ll be doing that probably next month. The reason I don’t now goes something like this. The first version of this blog had a giant link to it right at the top. You couldn’t miss it. But it didn’t matter, since nobody ever clicked on it. So when I did the major site redesign last August, I purposefully took it down and even more purposefully didn’t even talk about it. Why? Well, nobody (and I mean nobody) buys books like this from people they don’t know. Worse, if I left a comment on someone else’s blog and they followed me back here, and saw a big ol’ book ad, … well, that kind of experience makes me feel like I’m less “genuine,” if that makes any sense. So I decided selling books didn’t matter as much as making sure people got to know me.

Tuscanystone said
February 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I feel your pain!

Just dont give up. The scales lie, but cookies dont help! You do know that 1lb of glucose carries 3lbs of water, don’t you? So if you’re gonna cheat, go for protein!! πŸ˜‰

See you next week!

Tusc πŸ™‚

POD said
February 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Where were you keeping the cookies before they approached your mouth?

debby said
February 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm

OMG you are so funny. ‘and then the cookies happened.’ I am very impressed that you stopped eating then!

Charlie said
February 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

debby: Well, I got my two thousand calories in. πŸ™‚ Actually, it’s not all that impressive considering how full I felt from it anyway.

Unfortunately, I’m kinda doing the same thing today. Details next Monday…

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