November 22, 2005 at 10:11 am
I’d wondered idly in a previous entry if my weight loss had improved my gas mileage. Being the somewhat anal person I am, I save all my receipts for anything I buy, even a pack of gum at Walgreens. Hey, you never know when you’ll need to confirm an alibi!
I reset my odometer every time I fill up and record the mileage on the receipt. So I dug through my blue manila file folder and unearthed two gas receipts from February of 2005 and two receipts from November of 2005, both being times right after I got my fuel filter changed, which improves my gas mileage all on its own.
My conclusion, dear readers? Yes, my gas mileage has improved! During the middle of February I was getting between 20.3-20.5 miles per gallon. I lost about 100 pounds between then and now and my mileage has increased to 22.2-22.7 miles per gallon – about two miles per gallon difference. I didn’t have any major car repairs in that time, just some radiator work. So I think we can safely attribute this change to my weight loss.
Gas prices killing you? Try losing some weight. Of course, it helps if you have a lot of weight to lose. Most people would have to chop off an arm and a leg to lose as much weight as I have. But gas costs an arm and a leg anyway, so what are you really losing?
* Thanks to Hopeful Loser for the title of this entry which I totally stole from one of her comments.