Trying to lose weight

While I was in Florida, I weighed myself on a doctor’s scale: 155 pounds. Savyasachi, Alo and the realtor were the witnesses! Then I came to New York and stood on my own doctor’s scale: It said 158. I don’t know whether I cried or laughed, but I did something.

From 158 pounds my goal was to come down to 150. Yesterday I came down to my goal in one day by eating very little and then running a lot.

Now I want to go down to 145 pounds in two days. But the mathematics isn’t working. You can lose eight or ten pounds in one or two days by starving and exercising, but then you can’t keep losing the same amount every day. The body just rebels.

— 27 January 1984