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2020 March 31

Forty-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.

This year is not going as well as last year.

I’m about 5 pounds heavier than the same time last year.

I’ve been doing a lot of stress snacking lately, and staying home to do grading really resulted in my weight going up.  Without the discipline of bicycling up to campus every day (and skipping lunch most days), my weight has not only stopped going down, but started up again.

I  averaged only 2.8 miles/day of bicycling in March, down from 4.83 miles/day in February, and 5.13 miles/day in January.  My walking is also down: my Verily study watch from Project Baseline reports 117k steps for March (3900/day) down from 190k steps for February (about 6600/day) and 240k steps for January (about 7700/day).

I’m going to take a walk today (wearing my COVID-19 mask) to get in a little exercise. I’m also going to have to come up with some way to motivate myself to exercise more—not just for this cower-in-place period, but longer term, so that I can continue even after retirement.

2020 March 1

Forty-second 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.

On a long time scale, this past year looks a lot like the year before, with a steady weight gain while I’m home and a fairly rapid drop when I’m working.

Looking in more detail at the daily weight, I can see that I am about 3–4 pounds heavier than the same time last year, though I started the year slightly lighter than the year earlier. I’m losing weight more slowly this year than last.

I’m still hoping that the first quarter of 2020 will again result in a loss of 10 pounds, taking me down to about 160 pounds, but this is beginning to look less likely, as I seem to have plateaued.  Part of the problem is snacking and eating lunch when I’m grading—I get more calories and less exercise when I’m spending 6–8 hours a day grading.

I’m biking up to campus 5 days a week this quarter and I averaged 4.83 miles/day in February, down from 5.13 miles/day in January.  My walking is also down: my Verily study watch from Project Baseline reports 190k steps for February (about 6600/day) down from 240k steps for January (about 7700/day). As I predicted, I have almost never used my exercise mat and resistance bands, so I’m probably losing upper-body strength (which I’ve never had that much of to begin with).

2020 February 2

Forty-first 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.

I am very slightly ahead of where I was a year ago (about 14 days further along the weight-loss curve).

The overall pattern shows a lot of similarity between the last two years—weight loss while I’m working followed by weight gain during the summer and fall.

I’m hoping that the first quarter of 2020 will again result in a loss of 10 pounds, taking me down to about 160 pounds, though I’d be happier with 158 pounds, and would settle for 162 pounds, if I could stay there.

I’m biking up to campus 5 days a week this quarter and I averaged 5.13 miles/day in January.  My walking is up a little: my Verily study watch from Project Baseline reports 240k steps for January (about 7,700/day) from about 130k  (4,000/day) in December.  I’m not walking long distances (downtown and back once a week for dinner), but I’m on my feet a lot in lecture and lab for about 11 hours a week, which seems to add up.  The stupid interface that Project Baseline provides does not give me much access to my data—I can’t tell when during the day I’m getting the steps, nor can I see how Jan 2020 compares with Jan 2019.

I don’t have time to get to the gym, so I got myself an exercise mat and some resistance bands, so I can at least pretend that I’m trying to maintain some strength in my upper body.  I’ve not been using either very much, which is pretty much what I expected.  I’ve always hated to exercise, and nearly always find something more “important” to do.

2020 January 1

Fortieth 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.

My weight for this year ended up slightly lower than at the beginning of the year, but over the summer and fall I regained almost all the weight that I lost in the first quarter.

It has been remarkably difficult for me to keep off the weight that I lose. If I’m home during the day, I have lunch and snack and my weight creeps back up.

I’m hoping that the first quarter of 2020 will be like the first quarter of 2019, with a loss of 10 pounds.

My bicycle riding was more consistent in 2019 than in 2018, because I rode up to campus 3 times a week in summer and fall, either for workouts at the gym or for the physics class I sat in on.

I’ll be biking up to campus 5 days a week, but my walking will be reduced somewhat, as my left heel has been bothering me. I don’t think I’ll have time to go to the gym, so I’m not bothering to renew my membership—I’ll probably get myself some resistance bands, so I can at least pretend that I’m trying to maintain some strength in my upper body.

2019 September 30

Thirty-ninth 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.

My weight is almost the same as a year ago, showing a steady increase since classes ended. This does not bode well for my retirement years.

The pattern for this summer looks the same as for last summer—I’m going to have to try to drop my weight this fall, and not wait until January.

I’ve been exercising more this summer than last year, cycling up the hill to work out at the OPERS Wellness Center about three times a week. I’ve been averaging 3.77 miles/day for August and September. That exercise does not seem to have affected my weight gain, though. I like to kid myself that the exercise has increased my lean body mass while reducing the fat, but one look at my waist disabuses me of that notion.

I think that being home and having available food at all times makes a bigger difference than exercise in failing to control my weight (I say, having just eaten a chocolate-chip cookie my wife baked this afternoon). Not only are the way too many chocoloate-chip cookies in the house, but my son and I will be baking a big batch of Shakespeare shortbread cookies tomorrow, also, though we’ll be giving most of them away on the bus trip up to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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