Illusions & Delusions
Indiana Jones is the kind of person who can be infuriating for one thing over which he has no control. Due to his bike accident nearly two years ago, he hasn’t been able to keep up with his regular exercise regimen. Yet despite eating more candy and drinking more Pepsi than TWO persons should, he still has muscles in places I don’t have and, during a routine check last Thursday, it was found he has a mere 12.5 percent body fat. Imagine the muscles and body fat this small-framed guy would have if he ate properly and could exercise as he used to!
On Wednesday night, he hopped on the scale at my place and, to our mutual surprise, reported that he weighed 155 pounds. However, on Thursday he was weighed at the hospital just before undergoing an MRI test to look deeper into that accident-related shoulder injury of his, and it was found that he weighs only 145 pounds. So the conclusion we’re reaching is that my scale could be indicating as much as 10 pounds too many.
On the evening I stepped on the scale of my close friend who lost 100 pounds in six months, I came in at 199 pounds, fully dressed. That was consistent with my own scale, give or take a pound or two. This morning, after two weeks of watching my carb intake, I weighed about 188 pounds of my scale at home, leading me to conclude I’ve already lost — easily — 4 to 5 pounds. Given that I don’t have that much to lose, that’s tremendous progress and I’m very pleased, as this places me some 13 pounds from my target. Moreover, I can see and feel the difference: While I still have that spare tire above the belt, it has definitely shifted so that the pressure against my sternum has been greatly reduced. Indeed, I can already sit more comfortably for long periods.
However, what Indiana Jones’ “discovery” could be bringing to light is that both my friend’s and my own scale are considerably off. It’s quite possible that I weigh closer to 180 pounds, while my friend may be 6 to 10 pounds lighter than we all think. So for my friend and I, at least, this could mean that we are considerably closer than we thought to our respective goals, and that if we continue to rely on our “ungenerous” scales, we will be much further ahead than we thought when we reach our goal.