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2019 February 1

Thirty-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.

Starting teaching again, with the daily commute up the hill and skipping lunches has helped start bring my weight back down.

I still have about 10 pounds to lose to get back to the weight I want—where I was a year ago.

My exercise for January included about 4.44 miles/day of cycling, and I’m now doing 2km every other day. That’s not going to get me to my goal of eventually running a marathon, but it should keep mr from injuring myself again, while maintaining enough muscle and flexibility so that I don’t have to start all over next summer.

My speed is not great (equivalent to an 8–8:30-minute mile), but I’m not exhausted at the end of 2km.

2019 January 1

Thirty-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.

This year has been really bad for my weight maintenance.

My weight is getting close to what it was before I started my diet 4 years ago.

My exercise for December included only 2.06 miles/day of cycling (including one 10-mile outing with my son to Wilder Ranch to ride the trails there—a long-wheelbase recumbent is not really well designed for mountain biking).

I started jogging again in December, even though my right hip is still bothering me. The running does not seem to make the ache in the hip any worse, and stopping for three months didn’t make it any better. I’m just doing short distances now (1.5km every couple of days)—not trying to improve my fitness, but just to maintain it so I don’t have to start all over next summer.

I started out very slow when taking up the jogging again, begin cautious about aggravating my hip, but I’m back to about the same speed as before my 3-month break.

2018 December 1

Thirty-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.

My weight is getting perilously close to the point where it was before I decided to diet.

This past year has been a disaster for weight control.  I’m hoping that when classes start again in January and I bike up to campus 5 days a week that my weight will come back down.

I think that part of the problem with both summer and fall is that I stayed home more, which means much less exercise and more snacking. For September–November 2018, I only averaged 2.22 miles/day on my bicycle.

I also stopped running in mid-September, because my right hip started aching. I’ve not been able to figure out whether the ache is in the bone, the joint, the ligaments, the tendons, or the muscles.

It still aches, particularly after I’ve been sitting and working at the computer for a while.  I’ve been thinking of trying jogging again to see if it makes any difference to the ache—if not, I’ll probably start doing short distances again when the weather is good.

2018 September 1

Thirtieth 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 not been able to keep my weight within my self-imposed target range for the past several months.

Summers seem to be bad for my weight, as both last summer and this summer were high-weight points for the year.

I think that part of the problem with summer weight is that I stay home more, which means much less exercise and more snacking. In August 2018, I only averaged 1.23 miles/day on my bicycle (under 30% of my usual exercise).

Although I restarted running at the beginning of July, I did not not run much in August, because I got a long-lasting cold on my trip to Boulder.  I was there to visit my Dad in the nursing-home/rehab-center where he was recovering from a stroke that caused him to lose almost all sensation on the left side of his body.  He has been continuing to improve, but we’re going to have to move him from an independent-living community to an assisted-living community, because he still needs at least minimal assistance for many activities.

There was a long break in my running in August, because of getting a long-lasting cold on my trip to Boulder, CO. I’m only just starting up again.

I didn’t do  Bike Santa Cruz County’s  12km run on 26 August 2018—not even the 4km short run, as I was still feeling the effects of the cold, had not gotten my training up to doing longer runs, and couldn’t see the point of biking over to Wilder Ranch to do just a 4km run at low speed.

I’m still running fairly slowly—between 10 and 12 km/h, which translates to a mile pace of 8:00 to 9:40, depending on distance (8:22 at 1 mile).

2018 July 4

Resuming jogging

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After a three-week break to let my tendons and bursæ heal (see Taking a break from jogging), I started jogging again today, cautiously.

I went to Santa Cruz Running Company on Monday and bought a pair of running shoes. I ended up buying ASICS Kayano 24 shoes in size 10½ US (44.5 European, 9½ UK), for about $142 (including tax),  which is somewhat more than I would have paid on-line, had I known that those were the shoes I wanted, though less than I would have paid a month ago (the shoe is now last-season’s model).

I’m glad to pay the 20–30% premium for the ability to try on 8 different pairs of shoes from different manufacturers (as well as seeing a little slow-mo video of my running on the treadmill, to see if I had an problems with rotation of my feet—none were visible).  The shoes I had originally thought I wanted, because of the big toe box, ended up not being comfortable, because the stiffening at the toe pressed down on my big toe nail—there was plenty of room horizontally, but not enough vertically.

The shoes I ended up with have soft mesh uppers and conform better to my feet.

The tenderness in my pes anserinus tendon (or bursa underneath) is almost gone, so I tried taking a short run this morning: just 1.5km with no hills.  I’m going to switch to an alternate-day schedule to give more healing time between runs and to give me more warning if I start damaging my tendons or bursæ again.  I’ll ramp up the distance more slowly this time also.

It is unlikely that I’ll be up to Bike Santa Cruz County’s  12km run on 26 August 2018, but it is more important to me that I don’t make the minor injury worse.

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