The bad news is the scale I used is the lying-sack-of-shit bathroom scale that I estimate is off by six pounds.
So I'll say I weigh 180. I'm actually relieved. Somehow I pictured myself as having gained every one of the 18 pounds I lost back. Mind you, that would have involved spending my Christmas vacation eating something like 3,000 extra calories a day, which, while not impossible, takes some doing. Training, even. You know, like someone getting ready to enter a pie-eating contest.
You know, I thought I was being whimsical when I typed that last sentence, but on second thought, I'm not. For a real eye-opener, check out this week's People magazine--the January 14th issue with the people on the cover who had lost half their weight. There's an article where they show what these people used to eat on a typical day, and what they eat now. Teresa Williams used to weigh 310 pounds. And Teresa Williams really did used to eat 10,000 calories a day. Want to know what that would entail? From Page 97:
Breakfast: 6 cinnamon rolls and a large chocolate milk
Lunch: 1 entire box of Lucky Charms and a half-gallon of milk
(OK, so at least she didn't have to worry about getting enough calcium. Plus, let's face it: when you weigh that much, simply walking around is weight-bearing exercise.)
Dinner: 2 Taco Bell half-pound burritos, 2 Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Snacks: 2 brownies, 8 fried mozzarella sticks, 12 jalapeno poppers with ranch dressing, 1/2 gallon ice cream
At 5' 8", Teresa Williams now weighs 150 and is a size 8. I do not, and am not.
But I'm still down 13 pounds from when I started Weight Watchers. I don't have to panic that I've given away a lot of my size 16 clothes.
Basically, I'm only a few bowls of oatmeal--and 10,000 hours on the treadmill--away from my goal.