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2022 June 1

Fifty-sixth weight progress report

This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

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My weight peaked about a year ago, but I managed to get it down out of the “overweight” range fairly quickly. It has been almost constant since then, but I’m hoping that the last month represents a new downward trend.

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The longer-term picture shows that the year of staying home because of pandemic restrictions was not good for my weight control. I’m back to a fairly constant weight, but I’d still like to lose at least 10 pounds and preferably 15.

 

For Feb–May 2022, my bike riding averaged 2.26 miles/day—a big improvement over January, but still way down from the days when I bike commuted every day. I rode up to campus at least once a week during Spring quarter (often twice), and I’ve been trying to do more frequent grocery shopping by bike.  Previously I would take my trailer and load up, but now I only do that when my wife needs more cases of La Croix water.  A lot of our grocery shopping is a short walk to the Food Bin, but I’m trying to remember to shop at New Leaf on Tuesdays and Thursdays (senior discount days), to use the gift card we buy to support Alternative Family Education (5% of purchase amount goes to AFE).

I’ve averaged about 5.9k steps/day, mainly from the weekly “secret walk”  with my wife. February and March were particularly low (around 150k steps each month), but in May I got in over 240k steps, second only to last October, when I had about 250k steps.

I didn’t have to give the “project watch” back to Project Baseline yet, as there is one more year of the study.  I thought that there were 4 annual visits, but there are 4 years, so 5 visits (fencepost error on my part!).  Some of the visits were a bit delayed and stripped down because of COVID protocols, but there should be a more complete one next April, to finish things off. I had to delay the Project Baseline onsite visit a bit this time, because I gave blood on Feb 22, and Project Baseline wanted at least a 6-week delay (probably because of the number of vials of blood they take each time for various tests (including undetermined future tests). 

Project Baseline did a fairly full suite of routine blood and urine tests again this April, and everything came back reassuringly (but boringly) normal.

I gave blood again in May, and probably will continue giving blood about 5 times a year.  I used to give blood frequently when I was grad student, but got out of the habit at UCSC, because the blood drives were always at inconvenient locations or times (and the appointments always take a couple hours longer than scheduled, because they are always way behind schedule).  Despite my taking a daily 81mg aspirin, my blood still clots fairly quickly, which sometimes causes problems with getting a full unit (they had to stick a small needle in my other arm this time to get enough blood for testing, as the main needle was completely clogged by the time they got a full unit out).

2022 February 1

Fifty-fifth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

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My weight has fluctuated a bit in the past month. I had a bad cold for a few days and did not eat much, and probably got a bit dehydrated. The weight I lost then came back quickly.

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The long-term trend still has me at the high end of the “normal” range, and I’d like to be at least 12 pounds, and preferably 16 pounds, lighter than I currently am.

For January, my bike riding averaged 0.88miles/day—not only was I not going up to campus, but my cold has kept me indoors even more than usual.  I’ll try to bike up to campus a few times in February, as well as doing more grocery shopping.

I’ve averaged about 5k steps/day over January—way down from the 6.7k/day for Oct—Dec. A big chunk of the steps still comes from doing the “secret walks” once a week, but I no longer have the additional extra walk with my friend—perhaps I can restart that soon, when Omicron subsides a bit here.  My wife and I have finished doing all the walks in  Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz, by Debbie Bulger and Richard Stover and have started making up our own routes. I’ll post about the walks on the blog as before.

In about a month I’ll have to give the “project watch” back to Project Baseline, as the study is coming to an end, so I’ll no longer have a step counter nor a wristwatch.  I’ll either have to get a new watchband for one of my old watches (the bands are all broken) or get myself a new watch.  I’m trying to decide whether to get a FitBit or some other fitness tracker—none of them seem well designed for monitoring both bicycling and walking (they’d need to be ankle-mounted for that, and there is a stigma associated with electronics on the ankle).

2021 December 31

Fifty-fourth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

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My weight has been fairly steady for the past four months.

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I’m at the high end of what I consider acceptable and 16 pounds heavier than I want to be.

For October–December, my bike riding averaged 1.86 miles/day—still way too small.  It probably did not help that I stopped going up to campus when live bread-and-tea was cancelled after Nov 12.

I’ve averaged about 6.7k steps/day over the last 3 months. A big chunk of the steps still comes from doing the “secret walks” once a week, but I’ve also been walking with a friend about once a week.  My wife and I have almost finished doing all the walks in  Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz, by Debbie Bulger and Richard Stover, and soon we’ll have to start making up our own routes.  I think that on-campus walks will be a good start, though my wife will probably want to take the bus to or from campus, as just walking to and from Science Hill is 6 miles.

2021 October 1

Fifty-third weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

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My weight seems to have stabilized at 175.8 lbs (79.7 kg), which is about 16 pounds more than I’d like it to be.

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Although I’m no longer officially overweight, my weight loss seems to have stalled at a higher level than I’d like.

For September, my bike riding dropped to an average of 1.6 miles/day—way too small, despite a couple of trips to campus.  I think I’ll be going up to campus once a week this quarter, which will give me about a mile a day on average, but I’ll have to find other excuses for bicycling, as grocery shopping alone doesn’t seem to add much.

I did get in about 185k steps in September (about 6.2k steps a day), down from 7.3k/day in August . A big chunk of the steps still comes from doing the “secret walks” once a week.  I may start doing a shorter walk once a week with a friend from work as well.

2021 September 2

Fifty-second weight progress report

This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

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My weight is about where it was a year ago, though the variance may be higher this summer than last.

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I’m pleased to be out of the “overweight” region, but I still have a lot of pandemic pounds to lose. I’d really like to get rid of another 16 pounds, which could take me another 9 months at my current weight-loss rate.

For August I upped my bicycling to an average of 2.3 miles/day—which is better than the previous months, but still too small—about half what I did before the pandemic. Some of that bicycling was going to Audrey Stanley Grove for Santa Cruz Shakespeare staged readings and the season announcement for 2022. This year’s staged readings were ok, but not great—both plays seemed to be in early workshop stages and needed some more rewriting.  The best of the 2019 staged readings (The Formula) is being planned as a full production (a world premiere) for 2022.

I did get in about 225k steps in August (about 7.3k steps a day), slightly up from July . A big chunk of the steps comes from doing the “secret walks” once a week, though last week’s walk did not get written up yet, because we were not able to figure out the reverse route at one point and so cut the walk short.  I walked the confusing part in the forward direction yesterday (plus some more walking on an alternate longer route home, plus walking downtown for dinner, so I got in 17k steps yesterday). I now know which trail to take, and so my wife and I will retry the walk this weekend.

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