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2 Pictures Worth (with Annotations) 20,000 Words & 126.5 lbs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

2 Pictures Worth (with Annotations) 20,000 Words & 126.5 lbs

2013-06-27 (Last updated 2013-06-27, v6)

Here's an annotated graph showing my weight loss since quitting Weight Watchers Online and joining Spark People.

Note: while I have recorded my weight for program every Sunday since starting, I also weigh myself every morning, and record it in a spreadsheet. I have only missed a few mornings (because of surgeries) in over 106 weeks.

Within the last week, I have started recording my weight at SP, every day, because of the VERY recent dramatic changes.

What do I attribute this new surge in weight loss to?

* Being able to walk longer distances at a faster pace, and having the time to do this.

* I attribute the new found relief from back pain and leg weakness (that allows the walking and the faster pace) to:

. - 2 weeks of almost complete inactivity
. - not sleeping in a bed, and being forced to sleep in a recliner
. - abandoning riding the recumbent
. - curtailment of all weights and isotonic abdominal exercises
. - time available to walk due to inability to work effectively

(All of this was necessitated by the shoulder and arm surgery.)

Note: time is really important, here, because even at my new faster pace, I'm still walking at about half of what was my normal speed before my back became such an issue.

* Cutting my intake of carbs by eating much less oatmeal every day (which has been my staple since starting my program).

The following shows the surge in walking that was recorded by my Fitbit:

Let's review the history of my weight goals, here. My original weight goal was 186 lbs, and at a starting weight of 306! In assessing my back pain and leg weakness (both due to spinal stenosis and scoliosis), I lowered that to 180. Note that, I have surpassed or reached (just barely) both goals. I lowered my goal to 175, recently, in acknowledgement of:

* recommended BMI figures for me
* loss of 2.5 inches in height in 2.5 years!
* loss of considerable muscle mass in my legs due to neuropathy
* hopes of improving my back situation with further weight loss

I would not be surprised to see some "rebound" in weight in the coming week, since (a) I've stopped walking as much, and (b) I started eating some oatmeal, again. emoticon

If I am able to sustain my walking regimen, and improve my leg musculature I may revise my goal upwards.

Right now, I'm "working out" how to maintain my weight and fitness, once I achieve goal.

BTW, my new back pain issue remains, and I'm not sure whether it relates to my other back issues.

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  • 23KAIYA
    Since you encouraged me to get a food scale and monitor my daily calorie differential over time I've busted my plateau, thanks for continuing to motivate and inspire!
    1794 days ago

    1795 days ago
    It it good to find another person that is into stats. Without it, I think, one is working in the dark. Maybe you should keep with a smaller portion of oats and add a bit of protein? I aaume you have oats only for breakfast?
    1795 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    * Two typos fixed in today's blog: I lost 126.5 lbs not 106.5.

    * Mary (?) Tyler/Morticia/MARGARITTM/Debby: You are recording a lot! I can tell from your awards for fitness, for example. You're just not using the SparkPeople reporting capability! You can reach it through the menu sequence:

    My Trackers / Reports

    Following requesting the appropriate report from the list, above, all I do is capture the report generated using FireShot, which is a Firefox extension. You don't need the capture, if all you're doing is looking at it yourself. I captured it so you can see how I use the information.

    My goal here is only to impress to the extent that it educates. I have no interest in intimidating people into not being effective.

    Now, you know why I'm impressed with the SP tool set. My only complaint, here, is that they reduce the size of the image (on my screen captures) to the point where the text is hard to read.

    Lee emoticon

    1795 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/27/2013 3:36:29 PM
    I am very impressed. I wish I had the discipline to record even one thing. emoticon
    1795 days ago
    Love the graph. Very meticulous. It helps explain your remarkable success.
    1795 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    emoticon I wish you all the best in your've got what it takes!
    1795 days ago
    Nice job! are really disciplined to record all of that.....crud I can barely remember to take a vitamin
    1795 days ago
    Wow! Very good! You are so dedicated in recording everything.
    1795 days ago
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