New Adventures in Dieting: More about the scale and total pound numbers

-14.5 pounds or so

On the one hand, things on the diet aren’t going that well. I’ve been stuck again in a complete rut for the last couple weeks, and really, I’ve been stuck somewhere between -12 and -15 pounds since we got back from Hawaii. That’s frustrating.

But there are a couple “other hands” here. For one thing, I don’t feel like I’ve been “suffering,” which is perhaps one of the reasons why I’m stuck. I’ve been sticking pretty closely to a diet somewhere between “Phase 1” and “Phase 2” of the diet– with an occassional cookie, usually in a coffee shop– and it strikes me as a pretty easy and healthy way to eat. It’s a hell of a lot easier to stay on this diet than it was to stay on a low fat diet.

A third hand: there is more evidence to doubt the scale and my overall weight loss. Annette went to the doctor the other day, and while I won’t be discussing her adventures in dieting in any detail here, there are two interesting things worth mentioning. First, fully clothed and after lunch, she said she weighed less at the doctor’s office than she did on the bathroom scale that morning. Second, the weight she was at in February (according to the doctor’s office) was higher than she remembered.

Now, I don’t know for sure, but I think I’m in a similar space. I use the same scale as Annette does, and I do think I was probably about 5 pounds heavier in February than I was when I started this diet on April 1, which would put my total “loss” since February or so at more like -20 or so pounds. This might not seem like much to celebrate, but I have to say that when you’re in a diet rut like I am now– stuck with the same scale and total loss numbers for such a long time– you have to take solice in whatever you can get.

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