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Who Needs a Scale?

Life goes on, even amidst the chaos of moving. Back in April I gave up caffeine. On May 28, I started a diet in an effort to lose weight again. For this effort, I followed the same plan that worked so well for me the first time I tried to lose weight: I limited myself to 1,600 calories a day. I took lessons I’ve learned from my first (and second) attempts at this and it seemed to be working, but I couldn’t be sure. That’s because of the move.

The fancy digital scale I’d bought a while back was packed away. I had not other means of measuring my weight to see if the diet was, in fact, working. Over the weekend, while unpacking some boxes, I located the scale–and the batteries were dead. The AAA batteries we had were packed away in other box, and I had no idea where that box was located, so off I went to the store for some AAA batteries.

But the batteries (and the scale, for that matter) failed me. Something within the scale’s digital mechanism had given up the ghost. No matter how many fresh AAA batteries I tried, the scale would not work. I decided I had to get another scale. I further decided that this one would be purely mechanical.

In the meantime, life went on. We unpacked. I worked. We attended soccer games, and end-of-year school picnics. Each time I ate or drank something, I diligently wrote it down in one of the Field Notes notebooks I carry around with me. I felt like I was making progress, but I couldn’t know for sure, not without a scale to tell me one way or the other.

Then I had to go into the office for a training session. I mostly work from home these days, but I headed into the office. As I passed through the office toward the desk I’d reserved, someone I hadn’t seen in a while, said hello, and then, tilted their head, raised and eye brow, and said, “Did you lose weight?”

A sample size of one is no indication that the diet is working, not in absence of physical measurement. But when I arrived at the training session, the person leading the training, who I also hadn’t seen in a while also asked me if I’d lost weight.

Two people, in completely separate circumstances, asking me if I lost weight was promising, especially in absence of a scale. I started to hope for three, but didn’t want to press my luck.

This did get me thinking that perhaps I don’t need a scale after all. Perhaps the best way to know if my diet is working is not to worry so much about the daily measurements. Instead, I’ll just occasionally visit with people I don’t see on a regular basis, and wait for some comment. The frequency of such comments are probably just as good as any scale’s measurement might provide. And more rewarding, too.

Hangover

It was seven years ago today that I gave up caffeine cold turkey at the suggestion of friend. I was complaining to him that I had a lot of trouble sleeping and he noted how much soda I drank and thought giving up caffeine would help. I was on the wagon for nearly seven years and finally broke that streak back in November during NaNoWriMo.

I woke up this morning with a very hangover-like headache, which was odd since I was not drinking yesterday. I tried figuring out why I would have such a headache and I realized it was because I wasn’t drinking yesterday. I’d run out to get a Coca Cola in the morning and then hadn’t had any caffeine since, so that nearly 24-hours had passed. Of course, I like to be scientific about these things, so I set up an experiment. When I got into the office I stopped to get my usual Coca Cola. I took a sip, and within 60 seconds, the headache that had been pounding at me since I had awakened was gone.

If I had the will power I like to think I have, I would never have broke my streak in the first place. But having broken it, I have to say that an occasional caffeine headache is a small price to pay for the ability to drink Coca Cola from the fountain again.

Spoken like a true addict.