Upon my return from the nonstop eating extravaganza that was our West Coast excursion to Portland and San Francisco, I immediately got back on the horse (not the scale), dieting and living-wise.
Last Friday and Saturday I truly, truly ate lightly, so when I did summon up courage to get on the scale Sunday, imagine my surprise when Mr. Scale said I had actually lost a pound since my last weigh-in.
In a way, getting that favorable digital read on Sunday was counterproductive, as it probably gave me a false sense of accomplishment. Even more problematic was that I still had five days before the next weigh-in, which, as you all know, is about to happen.
I had a few hurdles to overcome this week:
- A morning's worth of mostly sweets shopping and eating at Amy's Bread to finish "researching" for my review.
- A Mexican lunch at an exceptional fish taco emporium that I'm reviewing next week. Robyn and I ordered six or eight items from the menu, trying to only take one bite from each and save the rest for Serious Eaters at headquarters.
- A tasting of all nine flavors from the Van Leeuwen Artisan ice cream truck, which Serious Eats New York's Kathy Chen filed an early report on. I think I managed to limit the damage by just taking one bite of each flavor, but damn, that coffee ice cream sundae with cocoa nibs and hot fudge is good, and once I taste something seriously delicious, it's hard to stick to the One Bite Rule.
- Two business lunches, one at an excellent German restaurant where my favorite dish is a schnitzel in bacon and cream gravy--don't worry, I resisted. It's as if Paula Deen moved to Munich.
These eating forays, genuinely part of my life's work, wreak havoc on a man's honest attempts at portion control. So we'll see if that interim weigh-in was just the thing I didn't need.
Groan, I've gained a pound since my last official weigh-in two weeks ago. That interim weigh-in really didn't help. Pass the kelp.
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