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Downside is that the "deflated balloon" effect has hit my face pretty good now. It will get worse before it gets better.

I've been tracking my weight for a few years now, pretty much since my doctor suggested the bariatric surgery. The tracking is in Excel, which is a rather nifty tool-- I have a decimation filter on the data to capture the weekly trends and filter out the day-to-day noise. I set it up as a windowed filter for the past seven days, so each data point on the chart represents the average of the previous seven days-- it makes the trends much easier to see.

I don't have the actual dates marked, but an interesting trend is that in the winter, my weight goes up. You can also see the plateau that I've had for the past couple of months, and the very last downslope that corresponds to my kicking up my bike workout.

I have a challenge of 60 lbs. in six months that's already started. Essentially I'm aiming for my first goal by CONvergence. I'm almost exactly 40 lbs away. I probably won't make it, but I should be close.


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Mar. 18th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I like all your pictures. :)

I've got some weight loss goals too, although they're not so impressive. I've been restricting my diet since January 7th, and plan to continue that through Lent, and then reevaluate. It's not fancy, just cutting down on cheese, and cutting out sweets - this is for saving $$ as well as weight loss and health. The crazy thing is that I feel like I was eating a moderate but significant amount of sweet stuff (such that cutting it out should make a difference), but it's been two months and I've only lost a few pounds. Combined with upping my cardio and doing some weight work, it's kind of disappointing. On the other hand, I did finally go down a percentage point in fat, and that's pretty awesome.

Yeah, watch me ramble. But your hard work and great results are pretty inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing!
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
In my recent Weight Watchers cult meeting, the leader suggested that if you have limited time to work out, you're better off doing weight lifting over cardio for weight loss. Building muscle mass means that you will burn more calories, since the new muscle mass needs the fuel.

Maybe you could switch up your routine to be heavier on the weights. (Ouch, no pun intended.)
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I am keeping my gym membership just for the weight machines and the heavier-weights-than-I-have-at-home. I'm a big believer in weight work.

But I also have some joint problems, and I need to do a certain amount of walking to keep them in line. So doing the weights is secondary, because the walking is really important to maintaining my health/decreasing pain.

My goals are as follows:
1. Eat enough food (ie, sufficient calories for healthy functioning).
2. Get plenty of walking in (for joint stabilization, mood elevation, and calorie burn).
3. Eat healthy/nutritious food (to keep from getting sick/properly fuel body).
4. Do weight work (for further joint stabilization, increase strength, increase base metabolism).

Those are ranked 1-4 in terms of importance. Yah, I'm a nerd. ;)
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Having not seen you in person since last summer or so, at the meeting last weekend you looked way thinner than I remembered.

Oh, and I second the weightlifting.
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I've been lifting weights since 1987.
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