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2017 March 1

Twenty-first weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, this being the 21st since I started in January 2015.  I did not report at the end of January 2017, in part because I was embarrassed about not having dropped the excess holiday weight during the month, despite fairly strict adherence to my raw-fruit-and-vegetable-lunch diet. February has been a bit better:

I still want to lose another 4–5 pounds to get myself back into the middle of my self-imposed target range.

I still want to lose another 4–5 pounds to get myself back into the middle of my self-imposed target range.

 

I did drop back into my target range for a few days at the end of February, in part due to a bad cold that reduced my appetite for a week or more.

I did drop back into my target range for a few days at the end of February, in part due to a bad cold that reduced my appetite for a week or more.

My goal for this quarter was to get my weight back down to 158 lbs, another 4-pound loss, which seems a bit unlikely in the remaining month, as my rate of loss has been only about a pound a month, not a pound a week (as it was when I started the diet in January 2015).

I can’t report precisely on my exercise for the past month, as my bike computer’s battery failed yesterday, and I lost the mileage information when I replaced the battery.  I have been bicycling to campus 5 days a week though, plus occasional weekend errands, so I’ve probably been averaging about 35 miles a week (5 miles a day).

2016 December 31

Twentieth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, this being the 20th since I started in January 2015.  This has not been a good year for maintaining my weight:

My weight has trended up by over 5 lbs this year, and it is currently 5 lbs above the top of my self-imposed "ideal" range.

My weight has trended up by over 5 lbs this year, and it is currently 5 lbs above the top of my self-imposed “ideal” range.

My weight only stayed in my desired range for about 6 months at the end of my diet.

My weight only stayed in my desired range for about 6 months at the end of my diet.

Because of the problems with my bicycle seat plus a week-long trip to Boulder to visit my Dad, I don’t have good records of exercise for the past few months—I think it was less than normal, because fall quarter I only went to campus 3 days a week.  I’ll be back to daily commuting for the next few months, though. I’ll have to find some more reliable form of exercise during summer and fall of 2017, as the beginning of summer seems to have been when my weight jumped the most.

My goal for this quarter is to get my weight back down to 158, an 8-pound loss that will take me most of the quarter to achieve, assuming I can stick to the strict diet as I did two years ago.

2016 November 25

Heart risk

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My 90-year-old father recently needed several stents installed, because his coronary arteries were 85–95% blocked. This came as a bit of a shock to the family, as we had thought his heart was in good shape (aside from needing a pacemaker). So I’ve been thinking a bit about my own risk of coronary vascular disease (CVD), especially since I have hereditary high cholesterol (from my Mom’s side of the family).

Like any modern academic, I turned to the web for more information. There are many calculators on the web for computing one’s risk of CVD, almost all claiming to be based on the Framingham study of heart health. Unfortunately, they disagree enormously (by  a factor of 2) on what my risk is.

I used the following statistics for all site: age 62, male, cholesterol 161 mg/dL=4.16mmol/L, HDL 43 mg/dL=1.11mmol/L, triglycerides 90 mg/dL=1.016 mmol/L, BP134/83mmHg, height 5’11” (180cm), weight 163 lbs(74 kg), race white, no treatment for blood pressure, non-smoker, and no diabetes, though these numbers are not all from the same day, and I’m doubtful of the blood-pressure reading, as it was done with a cheap home cuff that I don’t believe handles my low heart rate well.  (When I’ve had oscillometric and auditory measurements made at nearly the same time, the oscillometric ones have been substantially higher.)

I got the following risks of CVD in the next 10 years:

Site Risk
 http://www.mdcalc.com/framingham-coronary-heart-disease-risk-score/  9.7%
 https://www.uptodate.com/contents/calculator-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-10-year-men-patient-education  10%
 https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/risk-functions/cardiovascular-disease/10-year-risk.php#  10% (using lipids), 17.9% (using BMI)
 http://www.cvriskcalculator.com/  10.1% (heart attack or stroke)
 http://tools.acc.org/ASCVD-Risk-Estimator/  10.1%
 http://reference.medscape.com/calculator/aac-aha-cardiovascular-risk-ascvd  10.1%
 http://medcalc3000.com/ACCAHA2013.htm  10.1%
 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease-risk/itt-20084942 10.1%
 https://qrisk.org/2016/index.php  11.4%
 http://chd.bestsciencemedicine.com/calc2.html  15.4% (Framingham), 11.6% (Qrisk2), 10.3% (ACC/AHA ASCVD)
 http://patient.info/doctor/cardiovascular-risk-calculator  12% (CHD), 5% (MI), 3% (CHD death), 3% (stroke), 18% (**CVD),  4% (**CVD death), 14% (JBS CVS Risk)
 http://www.medcalc.com/heartrisk.html  13%
http://reference.medscape.com/calculator/framingham-cardiovascular-disease-risk  15.0%
 https://www.cvdriskchecksecure.com/FraminghamRiskScoreResults.aspx  18.4%

I’ll have to ask my doctor whether it is worth getting a high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP) test for inflammation to use one of the risk calculators that takes inflammation into account.

The risks are about normal for my age, but I’d like to reduce them if I can.  I’m already on statins (and have been for 25 years) and 81mg aspirin (self-prescribed), I already get about 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, and I’ve been controlling my weight (though I’ve put on 4 lbs in the past year that I’d like to get rid of).  I’m not sure how much more I can reduce the risk.

2016 October 1

Nineteenth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, this being the 19th since I started in January 2015.

For the past year, the trend line has had a slope of 3.76 lbs/year.

For the past year, the trend line has had a slope of 3.76 lbs/year.

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Exercise has been very low the past two month, with only 2.63 miles/day of bicycling. It is picking up again, as I’m cycling to campus 3 or 4 times a week to sit in on classes during my sabbatical. (I’m taking feedback control theory, something I’ve been meaning to learn on a formal basis for some time now.)

I skipped the report at the end of August, because I was embarrassed about the whole month being above my self-imposed target range, and I thought that September would bring me back in range.  Of course, the upshot was that September was even worse than August, so I now have two solid months above my target range. The really big spike in mid-September may not be a sudden change in weight—we moved the scale to weigh my son’s luggage before his return to college, and the scale always changes its readings after being moved. (I think that the larger  measurement is the more accurate one, though.)

I’d like to lose 5 pounds to get back to the middle of my target range, but I’m less hopeful that I’ll succeed at that than I was 2 months ago, as my trend lines keep getting steeper.

2016 August 1

Yet another weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one. I’ve lost track of the number—somewhere around 18 reports, since they have been roughly monthly since I started in January 2015.

Here is the detailed look for the past year.  As you can see, July has been a bad month, with no days in my target weight range.

Here is the detailed look for the past year. As you can see, July has been a bad month, with no days in my target weight range.

On a longer term basis, it is clear that I'm still doing much better than before I started the diet, but the recent trend to higher weight is not encouraging.

On a longer term basis, it is clear that I’m still doing much better than before I started the diet, but the recent trend to higher weight is not encouraging.

Exercise has been very low this month, with only 2.6 miles/day of bicycling. I don’t have exercise built into my daily routine, and I find it very difficult to exercise just for its own sake. I need to find a way to build more exercise into my routine when I’m not commuting—for the summer, for my fall sabbatical, and (longer-term) for when I retire.

I’d like to lose 5 pounds to get back to the middle of my target range, and that will probably take the rest of the summer, if it happens at all. July has not been an encouraging month weight-wise.

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