What a Ride

It’s hard to believe that just one short week ago I was bragging about dodging bullets. For those of you keeping score at home, here’s what happened next…

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Return to Onederland thrill ride at Back to the Fridge Fun Parks of America. Please take your seats and pull the safety bar down into its locked position. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. Thank you and have a great day.

Monday: After Sunday’s official weigh in of 209.5, I was up a half pound to 210 this morning. I’m not in the least bit surprised since I had bullets again for dinner (this time in the form of Long John Silver’s chicken planks. Oh my, oh my. Them’s delicious eatin’.) Anyway, today turned out to be a great day. I was back on track and I happily avoided further cookie dough and chicken plank disasters.

Tuesday: Despite my best efforts, I had forgotten one small fact: that no tasty eating goes unpunished. The stark “211” staring up at me from between my two big toes this morning demonstrated this principle once again. Still, I didn’t let it get me down. I stuck to the plan and now had two good days in a row. Tomorrow will be better.

Wednesday: Crap. 211 again. And I was so thrilled to be back under 210 too. How many times do I have to do this before I learn: do not celebrate weight loss goals with cookie dough and chicken planks. Still, I stuck to the plan and now had three good consumption days in a row.

Thursday: Dejected but undeterred, I stepped on the scale this morning only to have my eyeballs pop out. But in a good way. It said 208.5. Holy moly. I dropped 2.5 lbs overnight? Well, that sure helps make up for the days where I’ve mysteriously gained three pounds overnight. Okay, this is good. But let’s not start “celebrating” again, okay?

Friday: Fully expecting an upward course correction, I stepped back on the scale first thing this morning and saw 207.5. Wow. Another pound down. This is crazy. But in a good way.

Saturday: Traditionally the day where everything reverses on me, I hopped up on Mrs. Scale this morning only to be stunned for a third day in a row when she reported 207.0. I spent most of Saturday eating right—that is, until I ran smack dab into two beers, chips, and salsa late in the evening. So close! Checking to see the overall damage for Saturday, I was relieved when The Daily Plate told me I was technically 66 calories below target for the day.

Sunday: Regardless of being under calories for the day, the snacks came pretty late: like around midnight. So I didn’t have much hope for another drop on today’s official weigh in. Sure enough, it was back up one and a half pounds to 208.5. But that’s okay, because that’s still a net loss of one for the week.

Here’s the chart:

Onederland Update

Day 77
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 208.5
Change from Last Week -1.0
Lost So Far 15.5
Pounds To Go 9.5

Check it out. I’m now less than ten pounds from goal. And that reminds me: now would be a good time to actually define what “goal” means. Sure, I’m trying to get back to Onederland, but to call this particular phase a success, I must have an entire week at or below 199. That way I know it’s not a fluke. Plus, that will also prevent me from hitting it just once then popping open the cookie dough and chicken planks to celebrate.

And what about the outlook? If this were, say, February or March, I’d say the odds for hitting this goal soon were pretty high. But unfortunately we’re starting to head full steam straight into (insert ominous soundtrack here: bom bom bom bommmmm) THE SEASON. If I can come out of it at the exact same weight I go in, that would be: 1) a miracle; and 2) something that hasn’t happened to me since … well, since ever.

12 Responses to “What a Ride”

suzanne said
October 13, 2008 at 7:41 am

Truthfully that’s what i do. I stay on plan , see and nice loss then for some reason feel it’s o.k. to eat more?? But the last couple of weeks i’ve smartened up! Hopefully it will stay that way.
Congrats on having a nice loss this week πŸ™‚

Rachael said
October 13, 2008 at 7:44 am

Keep up the good work, Charlie! I’m routing for you!

Megan said
October 13, 2008 at 8:03 am

Way to go Charlie!! I bet you can make it through the Holiday season with even some more weight loss! You might surprise yourself!

Lori said
October 13, 2008 at 8:13 am

Great job! Isn’t it amazing how the scale fluctuates on a day to day basis?

I always think of Halloween as the kickoff to the season of eating. It’s tough – but with some planning, you can very well maintain if not lose despite all the good things to eat!

Stems said
October 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

Way to go, HotPants! *high 5*

madison (follow my weigh) said
October 13, 2008 at 10:32 am

WOW GREAT JOB!! love how your scale is a female! so right about the season…at exactly this time last year is when i started “slipping.”

Charlie said
October 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

Your scale is always the opposite sex. Most people don’t realize that.

Jennifer said
October 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

That’s great Charlie!! I know you can do it this year! I start to get nervous around Halloween on, because my office gets literally bombarded with Towers of Treats, cookies, brownies, cheese, sausage, you name it! Last year I told myself I couldn’t eat anything on the “food table” at work unless I brought it from home, or paid for it. If I didn’t bring it, it didn’t go in my mouth. But, of course that’s easier said, then done!

Biz said
October 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Ha! Keep up the good work. I know October 31 is almost here, but you can do it!

Now if I could just say no to the red wine!

Vicki said
October 13, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Charlie said:
“Your scale is always the opposite sex. Most people don’t realize that.”

To which I immediately thought:
“Crap, how many times have I weighed myself in a dress or nightgown?”

AmyC said
October 13, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Congrats Charlie! I was feeling pretty skinny and celebrated with some weight watchers ice cream…then a 3 musketeers :(.

Gary McMurrin said
October 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Charlie, I know what your problem is with losing weight. You need a scale that measures your weight to the nearest tenth of a pound, not half a pound. Otherwise you get upset and frustrated if you don’t lose at least half a pound! If you lose two tenths of a pound per day, that’s 1.4 pounds per week and 72.8 pounds in a year, but with your scale you won’t even know it!