Still Not There

Last week was a pretty big week. For the first time since October 1821, my weight, in pounds, began with the number “1”. Not only did I cross The Barrier, but I’d hit three days in a row. That put me well on my weigh to the eight-day-in-a-row official declaration.

Monday? 199. Four days in a row.

Tuesday? 200. Aw, dang. Time to restart the counter. Not surprising and quite expected. The way my weight bounces around, I was under no delusion that The Barrier would be hard to break in both directions. But then something happened I was wholly unprepared for. I got hungry. If you recall, I managed to get below 200 by being busy and not eating that much. That caught up to me on Tuesday. I won’t go into the details, but The Daily Plate reported the aftermath quite well:

You were about 1,629 calories over your recommended daily caloric intake on March 3rd, 2009.

Wednesday? 202. Aw, double dang! This was not only firmly back into Twoderland, it was also close to the high water mark on my recent graphs. If this got any worse, I was going to have to bring back the green storm clouds.

Fortunately the rest of the week went better, until Saturday, when I had a bad day in the other direction. It was another “too busy to eat” day. Here’s the caloric intake for the remainder of the week:

T: 3603
W: 1893
T: 1978
F: 1691
S: 1284

I think I’ve stumbled onto a pattern, folks. When I eat too much, my weight goes up. When I eat less, it goes down. I should write a book. Anyhoo… here’s the whole week, plotted against the previous week. Funny how Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of both graphs are identical.

And just to keep things in perspective, this is what this horrible spike looks like from a distance:

It also clearly shows why, when it comes to Onederland, I’m still not there.

Day 224
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 198.5
Change from Last Week 0.0
Lost So Far 25.5
Pounds To Go 9.5

If someone told me a week ago, when I was on top of the world, that I’d have no net loss by today, I would have been very disappointed. But given how things looked midweek, this still feels good. In fact, it looks like a re-run. I’m at 198.5, back to three days in a row, and … well, starting to feel a little hungry.

13 Responses to “Still Not There”

Tuscanystone said
March 9, 2009 at 4:53 am

Charlie, you’re a ground hog!

And a very funny one! 😉

Tusc 🙂

Hallie said
March 9, 2009 at 5:19 am

I ate ONE dinner of Chinese food last night and woke up 4 lbs heavier than yesterday. I am NOT happy.


Tom Rooney said
March 9, 2009 at 5:45 am

I must say that was quite a Tuesday Charlie. Was there any beer involved?

Helen said
March 9, 2009 at 6:15 am

Once again, this is why I cannot weigh myself every day. That up and down business would make me crazy! Good on ya for sticking with it though. Permanent Onederland is very near by…

Charlie said
March 9, 2009 at 6:16 am

Nope. Sesame chicken for lunch. Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Then maybe “two” bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch before bed. Those were the tent-poles for the day. Doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up.

Charlie said
March 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

And not weighing myself every day would make me crazy. I simply must know or I’d spend all day wondering what the number was.

Biz319 said
March 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

Rats Charlie – I thought you’d be there!

I gained 2 pounds this week – yikes! Could be Chinese food I had on Saturday night – I never drink enough water on the weekends.

Oh well – we had fun!! And mom told me your idea for Hannah’s birthday and its a winner (stuff for her car).

Deb said
March 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

I propose an experiment in terror.

You say if you did not weigh yourself every day you would go crazy wondering what the number was.

When you DO know the numbers, you apparently tend to self sabotage when you get to onederland.

I say, try NOT weighing yourself except once a week (for two weeks) and see if the not knowing interrupts some unconscious decision to eat more.

Sounds like either way you get to go crazy which really I heartily recommend. Scenery is GREAT!

Jennifer said
March 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

It would drive me crazy to weigh everyday too.

I try to stick to once a week at the most.

Keep going Charlie!!

Sherre said
March 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

I HATE those pesky pounds that leave and come back again over and over! Ugh! Hang in there. (And I also weigh every day, but don’t “count” it except once a week.)

The Chub Fight said
March 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

It’s the long term that counts!

KK (Running Through Life) said
March 10, 2009 at 11:31 am

Ahh, the drama of the scale! I go through the daily ups and downs as well. Good luck. You are so close!

MamaBearJune said
March 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Actually, I’ve read about studies that say those who weigh themselves every day tend to lose MORE and KEEP it off. So I continue to weigh every day. 😀 You are doing a great job. Just don’t have any more days like that Tuesday and you’ll be solid in Onederland before ya know it. Found you through some HYC posts and LOVE your sense of humor. 🙂 Keep making healthy choices.