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I Got the Flick


The other day when I showed up at a party with lots of people I hadn't seen in a few weeks, not once, but twice, I got "the flick." If you've ever gained weight and then run into someone you haven't seen in 20 or 30 pounds, you know what I mean: they see you and just for a split second their eyes flick downward at your belly/hips/bigger body. They quickly recover and go on with pleasant conversation. It is the very *slightest* flicker of the eyes... almost involuntary as they immediately cover their surprise at the difference in your appearance... but it is there. It's happened to me before and it is different from the check-it look you get when you've *lost* weight and people say "you look great!" In this case, they don't say anything.

This usually happens to me once I hit a 15 to 20 pound gain. That's about where I am right now. Two months ago I weighed 187. On March 1, before I left on vacation, I weighed 197 pounds. When I came back 2 days ago after a whole lot of indulging *and* exercising, I weighed 203. Yikes! That's a 16 pound gain in two months! I immediately cut back on carbs and started eating more produce and less junk, and today I am back to 199.

I feel GREAT and am very happy to be home, rested, and ready to kick off a spring and summer of activity and healthy eating. That "flick" was a pretty good motivator because it told me the reality of the gain regardless of how I feel. I don't like the embarrassment I felt over it, either. Time to get the winter pounds off!

* This article was originally published here