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By the Numbers

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I have not added a blog recently, but I have been thinking lately about numbers...there are lots of them involved in the process of getting fit and losing weight. My work consists of handling numbers all day long, so I naturally do the math on everything. Here are a few things I have come up with.

First...Since January I have lost 126 pounds (113 of them with Sparkpeople). Given my starting weight I am now, as I show on my sparkpage, 70 percent of the man I use to be. This seems unreal to me, but the numbers do not lie.

I have also experienced a change in the units that I can use to express my weight loss. I have lost just over 12 inches from my waist. In my number language that is one FOOT. So, I am now telling people I am a foot smaller around the middle.

Shirt sizes (Xl, 2XL, etc) have always reminded me of roman numerals and algebra. I have moved from 4XL to low-end 3XL and now fit into some 2XL. I have no idea how to do the math on that!

I have found it an interesting challenge to stay within the nutrient ranges given me by the Spark nutrition tracker. At the end of the day I find myself doing the calculations neccessary to snack my way into the range I need to hit. Doesn't work all the time, but numbers do not always behave. The nutrient info on food packaging is, as most know, an interesting arithmetic lesson on its own!

Up to the last month or so, my regimen has not really included much organized exercise activity (shame on me!). I recently started walking at noon (around the lake downtown - about 2.4-3.2 miles ea. day). Also have been biking with my wife on the weekends. This introduces more "fitness math" for me to do....minutes per mile, calories per hour, etc. My job involves measuring land and distances, so this is right up my alley (and street and trail).

Have also been doing more cooking (baking also..didn't realize I could do this before now). Another experience with mathematics...measuring, mixing, timing....then accurately getting this data into the Spark recipe calculator to save for tracking and future use. Have been watching Alton Brown on the Food Network for his math/science geek approach to food...has been very interesting.

Health & Fitness by the numbers!
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    You have done such an amazing job, congarts on your success. I love the "foot smaller" reference. At my biggest, I used to say "I'm as tall as I am wide." Turns out it was true. I'm 5 feet tall or 60 inches. My waist, at my biggest, was 59 inches, now down to 38. It's all about the numbers!
    2349 days ago
    Love it! You make a great point about how it's all about the numbers. Congrats on all your weight loss! Once you get started with the gym, you'll have even more math to calculate.
    2351 days ago
    Such an interesting blog. It does put a lot of things into perspective. I salute you for your great weight loss. Keep up the good work.
    2717 days ago
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