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2022 October 20

Fifty-eighth 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’m also back to my pre-pandemic weight, after the distressing excursion into being overweight last year.

I still want to lose about 11 pounds, which would take over 2 years on my current trend.

Since mid-July, I’ve cycled an average of 2.34 miles/day, bringing my average over the last year up to 1.94 miles/day (a very small number).  I’ve averaged about 6.4k steps per day—down from earlier in the summer.  That walking has been mostly in the weekly “secret walk”  with my wife, supplemented with walks with a friend at UCSC who is trying to increase exercise.  I’ve not been blogging the secret walks much lately, as there have not been interesting routes or walks—we’ve mostly repeated walks we’ve done in the past.

I had a bunch of blood tests done last week, in preparation for my annual checkup tomorrow. Everything came out reassuringly normal. My cholesterol counts are still doing ok—the combination of rosuvastatin and ezetimibe seems to work well for me:

The only number close to a threshold is the triglycerides, but they seem to be a very noisy measurement, so I’m not concerned about it.

2022 July 15

Fifty-seventh 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 have now been at a normal weight (BMI below 25) for a full year, and my weight has dropped slightly over that year.

Even though I’ve been gradually increasing the upper end of my target range, I’m still quite a bit heavier than the top of that range, hovering just below being overweight. I’d like to get my weight down to the middle of my target range (so around 159 lbs, 13.5 lbs less than I now weigh).

For June and the first half of July 2022, my bike riding averaged only 1 mile/day—a very small amount, as I’ve not even been doing the once-a-week commute to campus. I’ve only gotten on my bike for a few shopping runs (groceries, cases of La Croix water, cat litter, … ).  I’ve averaged about 7.1k steps per day, though—so some of my bicycling has been replaced by walking.  That walking has been mostly in the weekly “secret walk”  with my wife, supplemented with walks with a friend at UCSC who is trying to increase exercise.  I have not been taking photos on all the walks, so many of them have no corresponding blog post.  I’ve also been walking downtown for the farmer’s market and to Food Bin for local grocery shopping, so some of my bicycle utility trips have also been replaced by walking. (Mowing the lawn, which I need to do about every 2 weeks, also gets my step count up.)

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.

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