This post continues the series of weight progress reports from the previous one.
My weight jumped startlingly in September:
The jump in weight on Sept 18 is a mystery to me—the only explanation I’ve come up with for such a large, sudden change is that the scale was moved to weigh my son’s luggage, and that moving the scale changed its calibration. Somehow that sounds to me like rationalizing away the weight change, and even if it is true, I don’t know whether the old readings or the new readings are more correct, so I’m treating it as a real weight change. The train trip down to Santa Barbara to help my son move into his new apartment at UCSB was also a low-exercise/fattening-food time, which probably prolonged the spike in weight.
I have gone back onto my strict raw-fruits-and-vegetables-for-lunch diet. I’m still allowing myself my normal breakfast of cereal and soy milk, plus whatever dinner we’re having in the evening, but I’m trying to reduce my portion sizes.
My weight dropped back into the target range fairly quickly, but it will probably take another 2–3 weeks on the diet to get back to the middle of the range. I plan to stay on the diet until my weight has been below 157lbs for a week (or I hit 155lbs, which is less likely).
My exercise was low for September (only averaging 2.9 miles/day of bicycling, slightly up from the 2.25 miles/day in August, but down from my normal year-round average of just over 4 miles/day). We had a lot of hot weather in September, keeping me indoors most days until the quarter started on September 21. My exercise should be fairly high for the rest of this year, as I’ll be cycling to campus 5 days a week. Even with no other bicycling, that would get my average back up to 4.5 miles/day, as my commute is about 6.25 miles round-trip.