The Right Stuff

One of Hollywood’s greatest superpowers is the ability to revise history. It doesn’t matter what actually happened. All you need is the right screenplay, along with a halfway competent director, and you can make history whatever you want it to be.

Take The Right Stuff. This was a very good movie. It was, not, however, a completely accurate portrayal of what really happened. But that doesn’t really matter. It’s not a history lesson. It’s a movie. It was created to entertain.

I actually only have one personal issue with the film: it seems to be two stories in one. On the one hand, you have the main story following the Mercury crew. Then, off to the side, you get Chuck Yeager’s story. I’m not sure I would have adapted the book in that manner. Instead, it would have been better if it were three stories in one. Here’s how I would have written it:

On the one hand, you have the gripping story of the Mercury crew and their preparations to become the first US astronauts into space. Then, off to the side, we see how Chuck Yeager, in a feat only Harry Potter could truly appreciate, uses a broomstick to break the sound barrier. Thirdly, we have the triumphant story of how Charlie Hills breaks the second weight barrier and enters the “197 Zone.”

If that isn’t worthy of a ticker tape parade, I don’t know what is.

With three days in a row, I’m going to call that real. (Never mind that the first day I hit it, I also weighed 197.5 and 196.5 … so I just averaged all three weigh-in numbers.)

Day 252
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 197.0
Change from Last Week -2.0
Lost So Far 27.0
Pounds To Go 8.0

Last week, as I bemoaned flatlining, I wrote, “There’s no mystery surrounding this. My average caloric intake has crept back up.” So how about this week? As you can plainly see, I dropped two pounds. How does the caloric intake compare? No surprise whatsoever, peeps. While flatlining, my average daily caloric intake was 2084. This last week, it was 1743.

Apparently I’ve got the right stuff when it comes to losing weight. The challenge now is: how do we keep the Russians from obtaining this information?

12 Responses to “The Right Stuff”

Meg said
April 6, 2009 at 3:22 am

Congrats on breaking another barrier. I knew you could do it!

Deb said
April 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

I’ve been stress eating for two weeks over a realty deal that fell apart. Now I have to remarket the property AND find my elastic waist pants.

I think you are ON to something, CH!

MaryBe said
April 6, 2009 at 5:33 am

That is great! Yay for you 🙂

Shelley said
April 6, 2009 at 7:57 am

Woot Woot!!! Congratulations, Charlie!

Biz said
April 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

Love the analogy Charlie “Yeagar” Hills!

Jess said
April 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Only 8 more pounds to go? What happens then? Does the blog stop? Do I have to start praying that Charlie never reaches his goal?

Charlie said
April 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Jess, the same question got asked when my goal was 199.0.

I refer you to the chart at the bottom of this post for the complete explanation.


Jerry/Mom said
April 6, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Yay Charlie!!!

Quix said
April 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Hooray! I can only wonder what color the next barrier will be… 😉

Seriously, congrats on being able to do burger tours AND post losses. More people need to realize that moderation is a good thing and we don’t need to eat lettuce with no dressing and chicken and brown rice every day to lose weight. 😛

pubsgal said
April 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Congrats, Charlie!!!

Helen said
April 7, 2009 at 8:13 am

Three cheers for you Charlie!

Mr. Cheeseburger said
April 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

Uh oh. Better get the government to protect the secret from the Russians. Wait, the government can’t keep secrets.

Better just hide it in your mattress.