The Library Losers Face Up to a Basic Truth.

But before I share that basic truth, first I must confess that once again we are having scale difficulties. One of our group misread her weight last week. So here are the correct totals:

Last week:   587.5 pounds

This week:   585.5 pounds

Emily and I are not impressed by this. Pam, the eternal optimist, thinks it’s great and reminds us that we weigh with our clothes on, so we’re even smaller than we think. Naomi’s head is still spinning from thinking she gained six pounds in one week one minute and then realizing she had simply stayed the same the next.

But here is our basic truth. In the United States, many people are overweight. And in our culture, we like to attribute all sorts of emotional reasons for our weight gain. It seems that it’s okay if you’re overweight because you’re bored or lonely or frightened or have low self-esteem. The one thing that it’s not okay to say is that you might be overweight because you simply love food.

So here goes our big admission. We like to eat, not because of any emotional trauma, but because we like the taste of food. Therefore, we are not going to do certain things that most dieters do. For example, Emily likes Easter candy that’s only available this time of year. She is going to buy it, and she is going to eat it. Maybe all of it. Naomi likes to cook, and she’s not going to cook something yummy and not eat it. And Pam and I like to eat Smarties at the circulation desk between 5 and 6 p.m. So there you have it. What we’re going to have to do is find a way around this.

So one of the main motivators for losing weight for most people (feeling better about ourselves) will not work for us. In fact, the times that I’ve ever lost weight have been when I’ve felt pretty rotten about myself–either from illness or a broken heart.

Still, this does not mean we’ve given up. I’m still bringing the tuna sandwiches for lunch and trying to get in 10,000 steps a day. Emily is also walking more. Since Pam doesn’t get home until after 9 p.m., instead of a heavy meal, she has a snack of a raw turnip or a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk. She is also doing some “Turkey Gobbler Prevention” head sit-ups which tighten her abs as well. (I’m going to try to get a film of this.) And Naomi is still riding her bike five miles daily.

So we thank those of you who have wished us well. And we’re determined to keep on the path. But it is obviously going to be a strange, windy path with many dark corners and circle-backs.

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