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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 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.

2016 June 30

Seventeenth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one. I skipped posting last month, because I was busy and my weight was up—I had hoped to bring it back down during June so I could report good news, but a trip to Montreal and a trip to San Francisco, with the concomitant loss of diet control resulted in my weight going up even more in June:

My weight has been creeping up, mainly as sudden upward spikes that take a while to recover from.

My weight has been creeping up, mainly as sudden upward spikes that take a while to recover from.

The detailed view of the last year shows a fair amount of scatter over an underlying gain of 2.81lbs/year (1.275kg/year). May had only 5 days above my self-imposed target range, but June had only 4 days within the range!

The detailed view of the last year shows a fair amount of scatter over an underlying gain of 2.81lbs/year (1.275kg/year). May had only 5 days above my self-imposed target range, but June had only 4 days within the range!

Exercise has been very low this month, with only 2.59 miles/day of bicycling (though I did more walking than usual, particularly on the Montreal and San Francisco trips). Because I’m not commuting up to work daily over the summer, I don’t have exercise built into my daily routine, and I find it very difficult to exercise just for its own sake.

It has also been difficult to be diligent about my raw-fruit-and-vegetable diet, both at home and when traveling. There are lots of snacks and leftovers in the house, because my son is home from college, and he needs lots of calories—he’s almost as skinny as I was at his age, though he doesn’t eat as much as I did at that age. He needs the calories, and I don’t, but I find it difficult to resist snacks when they are right there, even when I’m not hungry.

I’d like to lose 7 pounds to get back to the middle of my target range, and that will probably take the rest of the summer, even if I manage somehow to be as diligent about my diet as I was for the first few months of it. I don’t know that I have the willpower to be that diligent over the summer.

2016 April 30

Sixteenth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one. I’m doing a little better this month, going above my target range for only 5 days:

Weight is still hovering around the upper end of my self-selected target range.

Weight is still hovering around the upper end of my self-selected target range.

April saw a gradual decrease in weight, followed by a large upward spike at the end of the month.

April saw a gradual decrease in weight, followed by a large upward spike at the end of the month.

The large upward spike corresponded to a 4-day trip to Illinois for a family wedding and a 90th birthday celebration for my dad.  His birthday was months ago, but travel to Colorado in mid-winter is a difficult, so we moved the celebration to the same weekend as his granddaughter’s wedding, so that we could get everyone to come.

My exercise for April was good (averaging 4.72 miles/day bicycling), despite the trip to Illinois and having had a bad cold for the last week (flying with a bad cold is no fun).

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