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Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 90: The Return of Thinner

"I know there are all kinds of theories out there about how often you should weigh yourself when you're trying to lose weight."

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[Photograph: Ed Levine]

I returned from three days of cold and rain on Cape Cod to my beloved Thinner, though truth be told he did not welcome me with open arms. In fact he greeted me with a weight of 220 pounds. That freaked me out.

So as the week progressed, I looked for signs of life. I got down to 218 pounds by Thursday, so I had a chance of at least minimizing the damage caused by not having Thinner with me.

In fact, I really didn't go crazy on the Vineyard without Thinner. I managed to avoid Mrs. Blake's pies, though I must admit we did stop at Pepe's in New Haven for lunch on our way there. But I have come to one inescapable conclusion: I need a Thinner in my daily life to continue to carefully monitor my weight. Thinner is my Serious Diet blankey.

I'm not particularly proud of that fact. But it's the truth.

I know there are all kinds of theories out there about how often you should weigh yourself when you're trying to lose weight. And I've read up on a lot of them. But in the end it all comes down to what works for any given person. For me weighing myself daily on Thinner has worked, and that's really all that matters, isn't it?

The Weigh-In

Thinner has not been particularly kind to me this week, though, as I noted, I have made slow but steady progress as the week went on. Tasting charcuterie, salumi, and sliders yesterday with my friends Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn, co-authors of the fantastic book, Charcuterie, certainly didn't help, but I think I succeeded in just tasting everything that was put before us. But we are about to find out if in fact I did: 217. Up two pounds from two weeks ago. But with my trusty Thinner back by my side, I'm confident that I'll get back on track.

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