New Adventures in Dieting: Losing (a bit) and not really trying

-14 pounds

I’m a bit surprised that I have lost anything this week. We had a VERY big party at our house last weekend, a sit-down dinner of Indian food with about 20 people. Lots of fun, too much work, and not exactly stuff that is on the diet. Tuesday, we had over Jim and Rachel for “Indian food leftovers,” which was a lot of fun but, again, not on the diet. And then yesterday, I played golf with Jim and Steve B., which involved a hot dog lunch and a few carb-rich beers after the game.

But here I am, a half-pound lighter.

This is just a guess, but I think the reason why I’ve managed to lose a bit even with this naughty behavior is I have been forcing myself to eat less, especially if it is not South Beach friendly food. Tuesday was typical: I had a real big breakfast, not really any lunch (a couple cheese sticks and a handful of nuts), and then dinner. This seems to work well, and since I don’t have much of a lunch break at school while teaching this summer anyway, it works well with my schedule.

One other positive diet thing: the other day, while I was getting ready for school, I realized that I couldn’t wear a particular pair of pants because they were too big on me. They weren’t “clown pants” big– I mean, it’s not like I could have worn them for some weight loss ad, standing there grinning and stretching the pants out to show how I used to be twice as big. I haven’t lost that much weight. Still, the pants were clearly too baggy, even with a snuggly fastened belt, so I had to change. For me, it reminds me that I am both losing weight and sort of “shifting” weight around, too.

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