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From the monthly archives:

February 2009

+19 (∆ -0.2)

February 27, 2009

Today I noticed that my gym posts progress sheets for everyone working with the gym’s trainers. The gym’s unit of measurement to track progress—with colored stars, just like in kindergarten—is percentage of body weight lost. I’ve never seen that as a unit to track weight loss, but I really like it. It tracks progress simply [...]

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+19.2 (∆ -0.8)

February 26, 2009

Today the AP reported on a weight loss study which found that it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you eat fewer calories, and burn more calories with exercise. Given what I said Tuesday about eating whatever I want, I feel like I read today’s news two days ago. Low-carb? Low-fat? Study finds [...]

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+20 (∆ 0)

February 24, 2009

If you haven’t already noticed, I try hard not to use the word, ‘diet’. To be honest, I loathe the word. It carries a huge amount of baggage with it, and—to me, anyway—mostly negative. “Dieting” always sounds to me like you’re being forced to eat much less than you should, which sounds punitive. The whole [...]

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+20 (∆ +0.2)

February 23, 2009

For the last two weeks, it feels like I haven’t really strayed from my +20 buoy. Up and down, back and forth… it seems like it’s not moving at all. I’m working my ass off, quite literally, and apparently getting no results. In a former life, I might be giving up right now by loading [...]

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+19.8 (∆ -1.4)

February 21, 2009

I knew it.

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+21.2 (∆ +1)

February 20, 2009

Two days ago, my scale was at “+19″ and seeing my weight inexplicably go back up again is rather demoralizing. And look, I already know the theory: Due to the body’s natural ebb and flow, weight loss on a day to day basis is effectively meaningless. If muscle mass in increasing and body fat is [...]

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+20.2 (∆ -1.8)

February 7, 2009

Today’s a milestone. Today, I finally dipped below a weight I haven’t been in years. In fact, my weight’s coming off a lot faster now than I’d have thought possible and while that’s always welcome news, it’s also bad news in a sense—if my weight comes off too quickly, then it’s that much easier to [...]

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+22 (∆ -1.6)

February 6, 2009

I can’t be sure, but I think my stomach is shrinking. I’ve had just under 1700 calories today and don’t feel like I’m starving. Either that, or I’m getting used to a regular appetite. Today was also a little funky for calories. If you include my workout of 388 calories, my total Net Calories—food calories [...]

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+23.6 (∆ -0.8)

February 5, 2009

There’s only one fast food place I love to go to, and that’s Chipotle. I’ve always been a sucker for burritos and this week, I decided I was going to indulge. First order of business: I needed to make an informed decision. A couple of years ago, I used to love getting Chipotle’s Carnitas Burrito. [...]

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+24.4 (∆ +0.6)

February 3, 2009

Something strange has been happening to me—I’ve noticed that I’m extremely stressed out. As in, off the charts stressed. I’ve been easily irritable, curt, and even unreasonable at times. In essence, I haven’t really been myself, or not the self I’ve always known. Once I became aware of this stress, I had to think hard [...]

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