The Other Week 8

I actually really like this post. It’s fascinating to come back and read something I wrote nearly two years ago. It’s like someone else wrote it. Someone who, unlike me, can actually write good.

Side by Side Comparison

But first the charts! Check out this time’s Week 8 compared to last time’s Week 8. Caloric intake was essentially the same after a couple divergent weeks. But the weight loss is a bit less this time around. Still, the general trend is about the same and it’s good to know that the blue line eventually bottomed out around 193. I will do this again. And I won’t blow it again. (Famous last words…)

Graph: Side by Side Calories for Week 8

Graph: Side by Side Weight for Week 8

Original Post Date: September 22, 2008

We tend to overlook the little things, which is unfortunate, because oftentimes it’s the little things that matter most. Whether it’s a crisp fall morning, a beautiful flower, or simply matching six tiny numbers on a lottery ticket: the small things make a difference.

calorieTake, for example, the calorie. It’s little. In fact it’s so little, it’s very easy to overlook. I would even bet most of you don’t even realize that a real calorie is actually 1,000 times smaller than the thing we call a “calorie” in everyday use. No joke! First, a quick definition: a calorie is a unit of energy. Precisely, it’s the amount of energy need to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. When we talk about food, however, we’re actually talking about kilocalories. That’s the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of a kilogram of water by one degree.

As Ben Stein would say, “Wow.”

So what does the tiny, overlooked calorie have to do with my Return to Onederland? Well, everything. It’s the small, slow build-up of these guys which is specifically preventing me from reaching this goal. And do you want to know where calories like to hang out most? Well, I’ll tell you.

In peanut butter.

I have a particular fondness (er, weakness) for peanut butter. I love peanut butter on sandwiches. I love peanut butter on apples. I love peanut butter on cashews. I love eating peanut butter straight out of the jar using special spoons made out of peanut butter. I’m an addict.

This would be all perfectly well and good if a single jar of peanut butter didn’t have enough energy in it to launch a small missile into sub-orbit. One breakfast a few months back, after slathering yet another apple with enough peanut butter to blanket eastern Canada, I decided to see how much I was actually eating. So the next day I weighed the jar, ate my normal apple with flavor, then weighed the jar again.

As Keanu Reeves would say, “Whoa.”

Let’s just say the peanut butter energy consumed would have been enough to raise nearly 1,800 pounds of water one degree. In more close-to-home terms, based on the human body being about 80% water, that would have been enough energy to raise me about ten degrees. That’s when I realized I had a problem.

What’s Really Amazing? I actually did something about it. I quit. Cold turkey. Just like that. And I did it without the use of vast quantities of alcohol. I’m going on about two months now without the butter (save for once or twice where it’s found its way into a normal dish). I’m sure I won’t be able to keep it up forever, but so far I’m doing okay.

As I would say, “Woot.”

Onederland Update

Day 56
Starting Weight 224.0
Lost So Far 12.0
Pounds To Go 13.0

Down another pound from last week. (And for the third week in a row I was actually lower the day before the Sunday weigh-in.) Still, as usual, I’ll take what I can get. Here’s hoping the overall trend continues. Have a good week, all.

10 Responses to “The Other Week 8”

Anna said
October 13, 2010 at 5:29 am

You still write good Charlie. The question is: Do you still abstain from the evil peanut butter??

Anna 😉

    Charlie said
    October 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    This time around I eat peanut butter daily: but it’s a carefully measured amount, on toast—essentially my breakfast every day.


Helen said
October 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

I agree with Anna. You still write good. Really good.

Actually I’m glad you’re allowing yourself some PB. We’ve got to learn to eat the things we love, without overeating them. That’s true success!

    Anna said
    October 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

    And I agree with you too Helen. We need to eat what we love, but in moderation. Lets hope we can adhere to that rule in the future eh 😀 In my case, especially when it comes to ice cream and chocolate!! Arghhhhh!!

    I haven’t even tried PB since I was a kid!! Mind you, I hear in other forums you can get low fat versions? And the almond one is nice? Not that I now wish to develop a liking for it……lol

    Anna 😉

Vicki said
October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I used to read you all the time, but then I fell, really I jumped, off the weight loss train a year or so ago and just recently hopped back on. And I have to agree with the others, you still write a mean post!

As for pb, it gives me heartburn. Unless it’s wrapped in chocolate. How lucky is that?

    Charlie said
    October 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Welcome back, Vicki. It’s never too late to hop on board the train!

Biz said
October 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

Peanut butter always reminds me of the times you made grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when we were little – it oozed out and was so gross, but you were in heaven! 😀

Julie said
October 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Peanut butter gets an A+ in my book but I have learned to use just a TLB for two pieces of toast with no butter/marg. So learning. But how about PB, banana and Nutella and bread…that’s 390 calories but it is good for you. As long as that’s the full meal. : )
Take care Charlie, you are doing wonderfully. I love the long ago post and the now ones. Keep them coming.
God Bless, have a great afternoon.

John's Weight Loss Blog said
October 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I’m starting to think cold turkey is the only way to go.