Ed Levine's Serious Diet

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 156: Do Birthday Week Pounds Count?

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Of course they do. My birthday was yesterday, and even before I partook in the fried chicken and banana cream pie lunch that the SE'rs had waiting for me at SEHQ after I came back from a meeting, I knew I was in serious trouble.

How serious? Yesterday morning I told them I was thinking about giving myself a one week Serious Diet birthday furlow. I was just going to skip a week by invoking the birthday thing. Erin strongly urged me to face the Thinner music and cited my previous birthday posts as precedents. So even though I am going to feel profound embarrassment and downright shame, I will get on the scale this morning.

The beginning of the week started off promisingly enough. Thinner read 222 when I got on her on Wednesday.

But after a dinner with friends at Ardesia, a wine bar with exceptional food, my Thursday weigh-in was really discouraging, 224 to be exact.

Then my birthday menu, sticky buns from Bouchon Bakery for breakfast; fried chicken, banana cream pie, and chocolate mousse cake for lunch; and just a few bites of scallion pancake and scallion egg fried rice for dinner, pushed me over the edge.

Well, there's nothing I can do about the past. I'm just going to get on Thinner, read it and weep, and move on.

Weigh-In

Here we go. 224, up three pounds. Those numbers are tough to see. What will I do? Learn from my mistakes, move on, and look at the bigger picture, which shows that I have gotten considerably smaller in the previous 155 weeks.

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