I have a bathroom scale I bought for 12000 won at the Home Plus store. Apparently it was a leftover something originally intended for the U.K. market, as the weight is marked in stone and kilograms, but not pounds. According to that scale, I started the year 2008 with a weight of just a little over 13 stone, and I'm ending the year roughly the same.
That may seem inconsequential. And 13 stone and a fraction (it's about 84 kg or 185 pounds, I think) is still more than my ideal weight, probably. But it's really a major accomplishment for me to have kept my weight so stable this year, given it was only a few years ago (I think 2003 or 2004) when I peaked at around 245 pounds, and that my long-term year-from-year weight hasn't shown a lot of stability, having mostly fluctuated between 200 and 250 over the last 15 years. So keeping it so stable, and at well under 200, feels like a major accomplishment to me. And basically, I have only one rule: "Eat less than you want. Always."
Anyway, that's my observation for this last day of the year. I have tomorrow off. No big plans, though. I ran across the following quote in an old file of snippets and notes of mine, but can't figure out where I might have found it… I'm pretty sure it's not mine. But I definitely think there's something to it.
"Forget about all those years of therapy, just pretend you're okay and you will be." — unattributed.
The random picture at left shows the changing of the guard (i.e. change of drivers) at the Jichuk station on the Orange Line of the subway, on a Daehwa-bound train — which is what I take from downtown Seoul to my home.