A question for the Clydes and Athenas trying to lose a LOT of weight: do you have any good Non Scale Victories to share? A Non Scale Victory is something that you can do that you couldn't do before. Fitting into a smaller size, fitting into a diner booth, walking around in a major American city. It could be cycling related, but it doesn't have to be. I've included one below, a victory I achieved this Sunday. It also appears on my blog. Be warned, it has almost no cycling content.
No cycling on Sunday. Instead I've celebrated another non-scale victory in my first trip to New York City. Neil F. and his wife brought me to town for our joint birthday celebrations.
While some folks may think this is a trivial milestone to celebrate, it's actually quite an important one. The victory over obesity isn't just a matter of removing pounds from your frame. It's changing the way you think. The sort of super-obesity I suffered breeds an isolation in your soul as it limits your mobility. As a 385 pound man two years ago I never would have imagined I would spend a whole day in New York, and pound the pavement for nearly four miles. Regaining mobility means regaining the desire to do something with that mobility. Now, thanks to my shrinkage and the gentle prodding of Neil and his wife - their friendship in itself a benefit of my weight loss - I've seen Rembrandt paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, been through Central Park, visited The Strand bookstore, and seen an endless parade of helmetless, unsafe cyclists. Well, the last item I can see anywhere, but you get the idea. I can hardly wait for my next trip to the Big Apple. It's not that there's so much to do there, it's that there's so much I CAN do there. I can do no better than quote Anita in West Side Story:
"I like the island Manhattan.
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!"