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Getting to goal, weight-wise

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This morning I went for one of the periodic ELG reports that the diet counseling place does, usually after every 10 pounds of weight loss. I have, according to their scale, now lost 60 lbs (though according to mine I’ve lost but 58—but generally they weight me after breakfast and I don’t eat breakfast before the test (and if you’re wondering whether I really eat 2 pounds of breakfast, let me note that I usually drink two one-pint mugs of tea before and during breakfast and "a pint’s a pound the world around").

At any rate, the statistics interest me, and this is my blog, so… I have lost about 6.5 feet of measurement, but this is slightly bogus because that’s the sum of ALL measurements they take, and those measurements are doubled for the arms and legs. So, more realistically, my neck (for example) has gone from 17.5 inches in circumference to 15.5, the size it was when I was in my 20’s.

So, though I still have love handles and clearly have a band of fat around my waist, I’ll probably go to their maintenance program starting 1 March, per my original contract. And if I need to lose a few more pounds, I know now how to do that.

Based on my experience, I highly recommend working with a good diet counselor—one that does not used canned formulas or require the purchase of specific products. I think the plan should be based on the food one gets in the supermarket, since that’s what one will eat after the plan—so he had better know how to manage that.

I have to admit that the money helped, too: I paid $2000 for a 9-month contract. It took my breath away when I was told the fee, but after a moment’s thought I decided that, if the program worked, it was well worth the money. I am still paying the $2400 required out of my pocket, beyond insurance coverage, for the angiogram I had last year. (Fortunately, Stanford Hospitals allows one to pay it off over six months with no additional fees.) $2000 to get my weight into a healthy range and to learn how to keep it there: a bargain.

I know that some view getting help as somehow "cheating" or "using a crutch" (though apparently this applies only to certain kinds of help: it doesn’t apply to, for example, accountants, doctors, dentists and dental hygienists, lawyers, auto mechanics, hairdressers, or any of the other professionals that we call upon to assist us—just to weight loss). OTOH, I had tried it on my own and failed, and in this current program I was fully aware of those points at which I would have said "to hell with it—it’s not working and I want a steak." But then I would think of "my" $2000 and continue.

Then, as I have said, the scales fell from my eyes and I got it. Since then, it’s been easy sailing. And I would never have "gotten it" if I had not continued in the program.

I’m writing a book about the lessons I learned. We got to talking about titles, and I told my diet counselor the old chestnut about the ideal book title developed after looking at titles that sold best: Lincoln’s Mother’s Doctor’s Dog. And that reminded me of when LP records first appeared: suddenly instead of 3 minutes of recorded sound per side, there was 30 or 45 minutes available a side. Businesses frantically tried to fill that time with a wide variety of records—classical works, obviously, and what at the time seemed like large collections of songs. But instructional and documentary records were also very popular, and in that category the proposed best-selling title was Bowl Your Way to Better French Through Civil War Birdcalls.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 February 2011 at 11:18 am

Posted in Daily life, Health

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