Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 51: My Birthday Gift to Myself
"And as I approach my birthday in four days, I keep thinking about what a fine birthday present I will be giving myself when those magic numbers come up."
As any serious eater who has wrestled with a weight problem will tell you, there are certain numbers in your head that loom ever so large--milestones and targets that you can't stop thinking about.
Sometimes these numbers come in ten-pound increments. Other times they come out of books or tables.
Though I started blogging about Ed Levine's Serious Diet almost exactly a year ago, when I weighed 252, I had actually started losing weight six months before that, when I was horrified to find that I was tipping the scales at 265 pounds.
Fast forward to 51 weeks ago, when I weighed in at the aforementioned 252. I then set my sights on weighing 240. When I hit that number I imagined high-fiving everyone who had supported this weight loss endeavor (which includes all of you).
I then set my sights on hitting the big (2)30, which is where I find myself today, poised on the precipice of weight respectability.
Last week I tipped the scales at 230, and in the ensuing days I have started to fantasize about what it's going to feel like getting on Thinner and seeing two twos first.
Yesterday I weighed 230, so I keep thinking that today just might be the day Thinner says 229. And as I approach my birthday in four days, I keep thinking about what a fine birthday present I will be giving myself when those magic numbers come up.
So if I don't hit 229 today that's okay, too, but that day is coming, and when it does I'm going to give all of you a digital chest bump. Not because I've reached my goal, which is 218 (a number I got after reading Protein Power and calculating my BMI (body mass index), but because I know I will get there sometime in the near future, in part because of the support I have received from all of you.
229. OMG. Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me!