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The Weight May 20, 2011

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

I stepped on the scale yesterday. I hardly ever do that. But I figured it was time to check in.

And I saw a number I haven’t seen in years. A number I like. A number that’s a couple less than the low end of my average range. I stepped on and off the scale several times. It held.

Given that my waist is expanding (I was forced to measure this week for mail-order purposes), I was even more surprised. I was expecting the opposite news.

That this low number showed up on day 4 of an alcohol fast gives me mixed feelings. Sunday night, after a weekend of imbibing, Tim and I pinky-promised that we wouldn’t drink a drop of alcohol til at least Thursday night. Yes, we actually pinky-promised, mimicking and mocking two people we had just seen on TV. The pinky part was a joke. The promise part wasn’t.

I didn’t really miss my happy hour til Wednesday afternoon, when I both (a) began to fantasize about having a really great glass of wine with dinner and (b) was feeling extremely depressed (likely because of four straight days of clouds and rain) and was ready to self-medicate.

But I resisted. I didn’t have wine with dinner. I didn’t have any of that fabulous beer in the basement. I didn’t have a martini or a bourbon on the rocks.

And yesterday I weighed less.

Maybe it’s coincidence. It’s probably coincidence. Even with the massive reduction in calories, I couldn’t have lost a couple of pounds that quickly. It’s a fluke. A low fluctuation. I’ll be right back up tomorrow.

Maybe I have cancer. Unexplained weight loss is one of the signs.*

I like this number. I also like booze.


It’s just a number.

*For the record, I realize that a couple of pounds doesn’t count as “unexplained weight loss.”


1. Deloney - May 20, 2011

Well, you can easily lose 5 pounds in water in a few days on a booze fast. It usually slows down after that. When I broke my ankle one time and couldn’t get out to buy the good stuff, I lost 16 pounds in a few weeks. Scared me to death. Had to mix a strong one.

indigobunting - May 20, 2011

WOW, Deloney. Thanks for the education, shocking as it is.

I am writing this with a wonderful Picpoul buzz on. It’s Friday!!!

2. helen - May 22, 2011

Maybe your scale has turned into the one I want to market: you have the option of indicating whether you want your real weight, or the weight you’d like to be (plus bonus messages about the need to eat more chocolate and drink more champagne because you’ve lost too much weight and will soon be too skinny to fit into any of your clothes).

indigo bunting - May 23, 2011

Helen: I will be first in line to buy that scale.

3. laurie - May 22, 2011

it IS just a number. it’s good it made you happy. and it’s probably good to stop booze every now and then, just to remind yourself that you can. but oh how that number fluctuates (for me) with no particular reason.

indigo bunting - May 23, 2011

And of course I read that one’s weight can fluctuate by 5 pounds during the course of a day… (and you’re right…stopping many habits for awhile just to be sure that you can is a good idea…at least for me).

4. Lali - May 23, 2011

Speaking of depression, have you heard the weather forecast for the coming week? Rain every day….

indigo bunting - May 23, 2011

Sigh. Yes. I’ll never get my porch weather treated at this rate. And there’s roofing to be done as well…

5. Jenny - May 26, 2011

Scales. I like them on mermaids.

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