Diet Update

I realized about a week ago that it’s been a good long while since I’ve published a diet update. Curious, I went to the local mall and took a poll of over three hundred people asking, “Should I publish another diet update on my blog?” Here’s what those friendly mall-goers had to say:

Humorous pie chart showing poll results

Clearly it looks like the people are demanding another blog post on Charlie’s Adventures in Dieting. I don’t know of any other way to read that.

For those of you keeping score at home, this is Diet #120. (And for those of you really keeping score at home, click here to travel back in time and read my very first “Day One” post over eight years ago. Or, on second thought, don’t. It’s depressing.)

I began this latest leg in my quest a month or two ago. I don’t even remember the exact date, and that’s part of the problem. My only plan this time was “stop eating all the damn time.” That’s it. Nothing fancy. Very straightforward.

How did it go? Well, it went awesome those first four days. As usual, I kicked things off with a fasting day. I logged well below 1,800 calories the next three days and by that first Friday, I had shed three pounds. I was down five the next week and not too long after that, found myself down seven or eight.

Fast forward to today where I’m now down . . . about seven or eight pounds. Yep, that’s right. I bottomed out almost immediately and apart from occasional one or two pound fluctuations, that’s the whole story.

The problem? Well, it’s pretty simple really. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the plan. Do I want to lose weight? Sure. Always. But I want a thousand other things too and many of them are mutually exclusive.

About a week or so ago, I was talking to my sisters. Jenn has been killing it since Christmas. She clearly wants what she wants and is not wasting any time getting there.

But when I mentioned bottoming out she observed, correctly, that this constant state of dieting honestly isn’t so much about losing weight but about not gaining it. It’s easy to think, “Man, what a waste of time all these decades.” But no, not at all. Because without all this effort I’m positive I’d weigh a thousand pounds by now.

So I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go grab a large pizza right now and celebrate.

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