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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I love math. It's so simple to look at and complete. Diets are a lot of numbers and equations. Weight loss is a lot of numbers. I know everyone says don't weigh yourself every day and try to use the meals as guidelines instead of rigid plans. However, that's not me. I like looking at this as a science experiment. So I've created a tool to help me. I've already got sparkpeople to help with tracking my food and exercise. I created a spreadsheet that takes in my weight evening and night and averages it over a week. Then I can see the average weight that week and see how the food and exercise was if it shows a huge loss or if there was a back step. Then I have the math to back up my results from sparkpeople. So far it has worked great. On weeks that I had more days that my food more closely followed my diet, I saw the weight go down. On days where I worked out after dinner, I saw a more significant loss on the night and morning. When its after work, it was on the morning one only. That is a false loss though. The reason that it shows losing more is due to the proximity of working out. In the end, both of those showed that it didn't matter when I worked out. The next day I would see the same results. I love finding these things. I can't wait to find more.
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    Those are some wonderful analytics you're doing. Good for you.
    1943 days ago
    I feel the same way. Math is fun and interesting, and what's more, it's objective. I love the little tools SP provides, especially the trackers and the resulting charts. When I start getting lazy, I look at the weight loss graph so far, and that puts me back on the right track.
    Keep up the good work!
    1944 days ago
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