Well, I’ve turned in my old faithful scales of the past 30+ years. See the little “JUST RIGHT” sign at the top? My dear husband taped that up for me some years ago, not because my weight has been anywhere close to just right, but because he wanted me to know that he will love me no matter how much I weigh. Now, that’s absolutely great for a husband, but as a wife, I wanted to do better than presume on his kindness for the rest of my life, and I actually want to become “just right.” My sister has a scale that measures in tenths of a pound, and so I decided to buy one of those with the thought that I might be encouraged by finding that I’d lost even a tenth of a pound now and then throughout the week. However, what really happened is that I discovered I’ve actually been weighing 2 pounds more than I thought all these years. Yikes!
To make matters worse, my trip to Maui proved incompatible with losing weight, despite trading french fries for extra veggies and averting my eyes while Alan ate See’s chocolates, Hagen Daz ice cream, potato chips, and other such delicacies. (Which, by the way, is just fine for him, because he’s not the least bit overweight!) Of course, I did try some of Aunt Julia’s famed “best banana bread on the planet,” coconut candy from the Hana market (coconut dipped in cane sugar juice and slow-roasted in the oven for 2 days), some of Glen’s “amazing coconut macadamia nut lilikoi ice cream” and lilikoi butter…things I’d figured would be now or never treats. We swam and hiked pretty much every day, but apparently that didn’t quite compensate for my routine workouts. Hmmm. This trip has really increased my empathy for Bonnie and Ruth, our two gals who travel a lot for work! No wonder they struggle. Home sweet home is hard enough, but eating out really, really multiplies the challenges. The absolute bottom came in the form of splitting a piece of pie with Alan…a pie so famous that it rates its own special serving utensil engraved with its name! My sister wants to know what’s in “The Original Hula Pie,” and this is how the waitress described it: “It’s got a crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crust that’s filled with macadamia coconut ice cream and then topped with cold chocolate, hot fudge, whipping cream, and crushed macadamia nuts. It’s not quite as big as the guy behind us, but pretty close. I’m also pretty sure that next year when I’ve lost my 23 pounds I’m going to make one for a high tea!
Well, enough excuses and complaining. The fact is, “pretty good” at eating right isn’t good enough if I am really serious about losing weight, and using scales that are correct—as surprising and disappointing as it is at first—is the only right way to go. Next week, I hope to have a better report, but for today, maybe you can encourage me with your progress! Any good news?
“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” Proverbs 11:1