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2020 February 2

Forty-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.

I am very slightly ahead of where I was a year ago (about 14 days further along the weight-loss curve).

The overall pattern shows a lot of similarity between the last two years—weight loss while I’m working followed by weight gain during the summer and fall.

I’m hoping that the first quarter of 2020 will again result in a loss of 10 pounds, taking me down to about 160 pounds, though I’d be happier with 158 pounds, and would settle for 162 pounds, if I could stay there.

I’m biking up to campus 5 days a week this quarter and I averaged 5.13 miles/day in January.  My walking is up a little: my Verily study watch from Project Baseline reports 240k steps for January (about 7,700/day) from about 130k  (4,000/day) in December.  I’m not walking long distances (downtown and back once a week for dinner), but I’m on my feet a lot in lecture and lab for about 11 hours a week, which seems to add up.  The stupid interface that Project Baseline provides does not give me much access to my data—I can’t tell when during the day I’m getting the steps, nor can I see how Jan 2020 compares with Jan 2019.

I don’t have time to get to the gym, so I got myself an exercise mat and some resistance bands, so I can at least pretend that I’m trying to maintain some strength in my upper body.  I’ve not been using either very much, which is pretty much what I expected.  I’ve always hated to exercise, and nearly always find something more “important” to do.

2020 January 1

Fortieth 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 for this year ended up slightly lower than at the beginning of the year, but over the summer and fall I regained almost all the weight that I lost in the first quarter.

It has been remarkably difficult for me to keep off the weight that I lose. If I’m home during the day, I have lunch and snack and my weight creeps back up.

I’m hoping that the first quarter of 2020 will be like the first quarter of 2019, with a loss of 10 pounds.

My bicycle riding was more consistent in 2019 than in 2018, because I rode up to campus 3 times a week in summer and fall, either for workouts at the gym or for the physics class I sat in on.

I’ll be biking up to campus 5 days a week, but my walking will be reduced somewhat, as my left heel has been bothering me. I don’t think I’ll have time to go to the gym, so I’m not bothering to renew my membership—I’ll probably get myself some resistance bands, so I can at least pretend that I’m trying to maintain some strength in my upper body.

2019 September 30

Thirty-ninth 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.

My weight is almost the same as a year ago, showing a steady increase since classes ended. This does not bode well for my retirement years.

The pattern for this summer looks the same as for last summer—I’m going to have to try to drop my weight this fall, and not wait until January.

I’ve been exercising more this summer than last year, cycling up the hill to work out at the OPERS Wellness Center about three times a week. I’ve been averaging 3.77 miles/day for August and September. That exercise does not seem to have affected my weight gain, though. I like to kid myself that the exercise has increased my lean body mass while reducing the fat, but one look at my waist disabuses me of that notion.

I think that being home and having available food at all times makes a bigger difference than exercise in failing to control my weight (I say, having just eaten a chocolate-chip cookie my wife baked this afternoon). Not only are the way too many chocoloate-chip cookies in the house, but my son and I will be baking a big batch of Shakespeare shortbread cookies tomorrow, also, though we’ll be giving most of them away on the bus trip up to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

2019 July 31

Thirty-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.

My weight has been about the same as a year ago, but I hope that I don’t put on as much weight as I did last summer and fall.

My exercise level has been a bit low, averaging 3.4 miles a day of cycling in July.  This is a little misleading, as I have started doing some weight training, treadmill running, and elliptical machines at the “Wellness Center” on campus, though not as frequently as I should.  It also does not include the walking I have been doing, which is hard to keep track of.

When I was young and skinny, I did not realize how difficult it was to lose weight once one put it on—in those days my problem was trying to increase my weight, to keep from looking like a skeleton.

2019 June 30

Thirty-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.

Except for weeks when I’m making a deliberate effort to diet, my weight seems to increase about 7 pounds a year.

I’m now back to about the same weight as I was a year ago, but I’m going to try not to repeat last summer’s and last fall’s weight gains.

Because of the days (weeks!) I spent staying home grading, I only averaged 3.03 miles/day of cycling in June, and I’ve had to stop running (at least for a while, see Running hiatus), so my exercise level has been low.

As I said in last month’s report “The end of Spring quarter and the beginning of summer seem to be bad times for weight gain—I think that the heavy grading load results in less physical activity and more snacking. Then the lack of bike commuting kicks in and my level of physical activity drops even further.”

I’m still thinking of paying UCSC $22.84 a month to use the OPERS “Wellness Center”, so that I can do low-impact running-like motions (treadmill and elliptical machine).  (The rates go up to $30/month in September.)  I’ll probably check that out tomorrow.

 

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