October Diet Update
Okay, so this is a little late. Almost a month late actually. I figured that I should get it out before I have to make the next month’s post and explain the mysterious missing section of my logging. Last month I was struggling to have the weight come off, stagnating on the scale even though I was working just as hard. I’m happy to say that that trend has continued to some extent. I’m still doing exercise, but I am moving it around some more, doing it in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings depending on when I get time. Morning is what I did mostly in September, which was a lot easier because the evenings are free more often.
Football has started, which means that I have a good workout time for Sunday, or Monday, or Thursday, depending on what day of the week the Vikings play. Usually I make it an “endurance” day, meaning that I try to walk for an hour and a half at least, at a lower pace. It works out well because I am actually burning more calories (according to the machine) and I get to watch more of the game without having to bother Diana. If I only cared more about some of the other games, I would have a structured time three times a week instead of just one. I really don’t care about other teams’ football though, so while sometimes I will watch the Sunday game and exercise if the Vikings play on Monday or Thursday, I won’t watch the Monday or Thursday games without my favorite team.
Outside was really nice in September. There were a lot of beautiful trees with leaves falling down and turning colors all over the neighborhood. I didn’t vary my route that much and I still got to see a nice progression of the fall colors in because of the differing types of trees while I walk. Entertainment was usually audiobooks again. I started and finished listening to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and started The Girl Who Played With Fire. I got a little bored with it, and started to lean on the podcasts some more.
Let’s take a look at the graphs, shall we?
PhysicsDiet.com is working again, which is great news, because I don’t need to figure out another way to get these graphs. This graph really is what amplifies my frustration. The loss of less than a quarter pound a week is about a fourth of the weight loss that I’m hoping for. There is a lot of red meaning I was over my trend weight, essentially gaining points on those days. Strings of three above the line are not what I am aiming for. At least the linear trend line is still going in a downward direction.
This graph is my savior. It shows that even after a significant plateau, I can continue on the exercise and make progress again. You might notice that April looks disturbingly similar to September. In fact now that I am looking for it, you can see somewhat similar trends right before April and right before September as well. It’s promising.
There are a bunch of breaks in October, including a trip to Portland where I wasn’t exercising or tracking my weight, and probably some time around that. The next post in this series will only be in about a week though, since this one is so late.