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2017 December 31

Twenty-sixth 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.

Although I managed to get my weight back within my target range around the end of October, I’ve not managed to keep it there.

Long term, random fluctuations are about ±3 pounds, but there is an upward drift of about 3 pounds a year that I need to resist.

My goal is to lose five pounds and keep them off—staying in the middle of my target range, but this may be harder to achieve than I had originally envisioned three years ago when I started on the weight-control effort.

November and December had me riding an average of only 3.29 miles a day—over the whole year about 3.6 miles a day. In a week, my exercise will go back up, as I’ll be cycling to campus five times a week, for winter and spring quarters.  That guarantees me 4.6 miles a day average, which will get me off to a good start.  But summer and next fall’s sabbatical will probably reduce the exercise hours again.

My family did get in a nice walk yesterday (about 5.6 miles with 580 feet of climb).We had mapped out 3 possible routes before we went for the walk, with different turnaround points depending on how tired we felt.  We ended up taking the middle of the three.

We started from home, walked to the end of Escalona, along the bike path to Harvey West Park, then took the Harvey West trail and Pogonip Creek trail to the Pogonip, up through the Pogonip to the Spring Trail, then back down the Spring Trail, Spring Street, and Laurent Street to home.  It’s been years since I’ve walked in the Pogonip, and I’ve never walked the Harvey West and Pogonip Creek trails before.  They were very quiet and shady—we saw a lot more walkers on the Spring Trail and on the trails near Golf Club Drive.

The shorter route would not have reached the meadows of the Pogonip, turning up Lookout Trail up to Spring Street (cutting off about 1.4 miles).  The longer route would have taken us up to the Spring Box/Koi Pond and then come down Coolidge Drive rather than Spring Trail, adding about 1.6 miles.  (Google maps has all the major trails in the Pogonip marked, if you want to see where we went.)

Somewhat surprisingly, my wife, who does the most walking of any of us on a daily basis, was the slowest of the group. My son and I walked at abut the same pace, with his youth compensating for his lack of routine exercise.

 

 

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2017 October 31

Twenty-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.

 

My weight has finally gotten back within my self-imposed target region.

The recent rapid drop is probably due to the Mechatronics class—I have to bicycle up to campus almost daily, and I spend the day in the lab without eating.

The month of October had me riding an average of 5.23 miles a day. I’ll probably keep up almost this level through November, but my trips to campus will drop in December, but come back up in January.

Incidentally my cholesterol level is essentially unchanged several months after switching from 40mg atorvastatin to 20mg rosuvastatin—my HDL/LDL ratio may be slightly better, but that is probably just noise in the measurements.

2017 August 1

Twenty-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.

The last couple of months have been a disaster for my weight-loss prospects. Not only have I not gotten back into my target range, but I’ve been putting on weight rapidly.

The long-term trend is not encouraging—I’ll be back at my max weight in three years.

Part of the problem was a trip to San Francisco at the beginning of July, where I ate out for three meals a day, and part has been the rather meager exercise I’ve been getting (averaging only 2.6 miles of bicycling a day for the past 2 months). It probably also doesn’t help that we nearly always have snacks around the house.

Sometime in the next week I’ll get my cholesterol checked (I’ve not checked the level since changing to rosuvastatin), as the reduced exercise may have let the cholesterol drift upward along with my weight.

2017 May 31

Twenty-third weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, this being the 22nd since I started in January 2015.

I had a gradual rebound after my concerted effort to lose weight, and I’ve not been able to get back to where I was when I declared my diet a success.

My weight is leveling off, around 163 pounds, but not really dropping as I’d like.

My goal for Spring quarter was to get my weight back down to 158 lbs, another 5-pound loss, which is not possible in the remaining 2 weeks, as I have not even been able to hold steady at a my mid-March weight, much less lose.

My exercise for May 2017 was about 5.35 miles a day of bicycling, but exercise does not have much effect on weight (except at the extremes of no exercise and endurance racing).

2017 April 30

Twenty-second weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, this being the 22nd since I started in January 2015.

Although I had a few days in my target range in the middle of March, my weight spiked after that and has not come back down.

 

The longer-term trend is a bit disheartening, because it suggests that even if I'm fairly diligent about my current diet, I'm likely to be back where I started within four years.

The longer-term trend is a bit disheartening, because it suggests that even if I’m fairly diligent about my current diet, I’m likely to be back where I started within four years.

The weight spike at the beginning of April was the result of my trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  I ate too much and exercised too little on the trip.  I don’t think that this is what people have in mind when they say that “travel is broadening.”

My goal for Spring quarter is still to get my weight back down to 158 lbs, another 6-pound loss, which seems a bit unlikely in the remaining 6 weeks, as I have not even been able to hold steady at a my mid-March weight, much less lose.

My exercise for March and April 2017 was about 4.58 miles a day of bicycling, with a slightly higher pace going up hill than I usually use, though probably not enough difference to constitute more exercise, just somewhat faster exercise.

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