Okay, I got on the scales this morning–big mistake! It may be that we are about to embark on a grand and exotic Asian adventure, but, God knows, I can’t do it fat! I simply can not walk the streets of Bangkok like this–all 173 bulging pounds of me.
This is how it all went down. S. and I had agreed we would weigh on Sunday. I had begun dieting a week ago but was too afraid to step on the scales. S. is to start watching what she eats on Monday. Sunday then seemed a reasonable day to determine what we weighed. While I may be a chicken shit when it comes to actually quantifying my size, once the decision is made to put a number on the situation, I want to get the pain over with as quickly as possible. So when we woke up at 2 this morning to take the dogs out for their middle of the night pee, I brought the scales into our bedroom, as the floor in the bathroom slants too badly to weigh accurately in there, and proceeded to strip naked, because God forbid I weigh even an ounce more than necessary. I even removed my glasses and seriously considered doing without a barrette but decided it unwise to try reading the numbers both blind and with hair falling in my face. Then, stepping on the scales like the most over-sized contestant on the Biggest Loser, I was told I weighed a mere 75 somethings or other. Now I may not have a completely realistic sense of what I weigh, but I did feel fairly certain I hadn’t been 75 pounds since I was seven. And, of course, being without glasses I was unable to get the stupid scales to stop reading in kilograms and begin weighing in pounds, as I stood shivering and blind in a drafty 100 year old house–not able to weigh having made the big decision to do so. This did not sit well wiith me. So S., who knows my inclination for thowing fits and was herself sitting warm and fully PJ-ed under the covers of our bed–decided to intervene. After playing with the thing for a few long and chilly minutes and asking me where I had put the manual–when in fact she is the manual keeping half of this relationship–got the apparatus reading in pounds again. You know something is not right with the universe when a book of directions is necessary for figuring out scales.
To make a long blog a little shorter, let it suffice to say I weighed a good many pounds more than I wished. So I am an Asian bound woman on a mission. I will not walk the streets of a Thai city like this. I may be willing to wear my glasses the next time I weigh, but I will not make a big fat spectacle of myself on the sidewalks of Bangkok.
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