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Use a food scale for accurate nutrition tracking
Wednesday, November 25, 2009      17 comments

I rely heavily on the nutrition tracker for this weight management project. Logging my food is the only method that has EVER worked for me in losing and maintaining weight. But the tracker is only as accurate as your measuring is; if you... Read more
More Enabling (food) Technologies (Part II)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009      6 comments

1) Herb Tea Last week I mentioned hot chocolate. That’s a treat. But my everyday mainstay to keep me drinking water in the chilly seasons is herb tea. To facilitate this I went to the grocery store a few weeks ago and got selected flavor... Read more
"Your RealAge is 38.6!" and the ugly fact about perception of obesity
Monday, November 23, 2009      11 comments

DDOORN on here has an amusing tradition. Each year on his birthday he goes to realage.com to calculate how much YOUNGER he's getting, biologically, due to the improvements he's made in his health and fitness. www.spar... Read more
Enabling Technologies (Part I)
Saturday, November 07, 2009      8 comments

Normally when I think of technology I think of gadgets and gizmos and things that run on batteries. But there are other forms of technology, such as products that come out of food science labs and eventually make their way to consumers via the ... Read more
Thursday, November 05, 2009      11 comments

I've copied this from my front page because I thought it might be helpful to have clickable links for some of this material. I eat a high protein (30-40%), low fat (10-20%), low carb (40-50%) nutrition profile. The most important factor i... Read more
Calorie and Macronutrient Consumption by Country
Monday, November 02, 2009      7 comments

I was chatting with my niece Martha on FaceBook late last night and we were talking about how my diet has changed since starting to lose the weight. I remarked that I eat mostly vegetables and lean protein, and my daily average calories is ... Read more
What a rolling lesson looks like... (video blog)
Monday, November 02, 2009      5 comments

Today we had our final session in the pool. Here's a video shot by one of the instructors while instructing me (I asked him to, so I could watch it later and see what I need to improve). In the video I roll several times (badly) on my "o... Read more
Inedible Halloween Treats
Saturday, October 31, 2009      14 comments

Here's what the trick-or-treaters are getting from my house: That's pencils, kaleidoscopes, erasers, and bubble bottles. And when anyone asks, I've been happy to explain ... Read more
Consignment stores ROCK.
Thursday, October 29, 2009      13 comments

Throughout this process I've been lucky that friends around me who have lost weight have generously donated their larger clothes as I shrank out of mine. Now that I'm between a women's 14 and 12, though, that source of clothes seems to have... Read more
I can see my roll from both sides now... (video blog)
Monday, October 26, 2009      7 comments

After a couple hours of drills I had a functional off-side (left-hand) roll in the Dagger RPM MAX Sunday night... Here is a link to videos of the on- and off- side rolls as of last night... www.flickr.com/photos/or
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One Year Ago
Tuesday, October 13, 2009      16 comments

Seems like a good time of year to start reminiscing. Last October I weighed about 318 lbs (up from the low o... Read more
Rolling! (video blog)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009      12 comments

Last night I successfully got my kayak roll down. If you'd told me in December that by September I would have lost 140 lbs and taken up white water kayaking and would FIT in a Jackson 2Fun let alone do Eskimo rolls in it, I would have laugh... Read more
I've already forgotten exactly how big I was... (or maybe I never actually knew?)
Thursday, September 17, 2009      7 comments

In the "overweight" and "normal" categories, the BMI number is not very helpful because it doesn't reflect the amount of muscle versus fat contributing to weight. However, in "obese" and above, I think it's a pretty good gauge of the relati... Read more
Back in the Saddle
Tuesday, September 15, 2009      5 comments

I used to be a long-distance cyclist. I bought my first (and only) bicycle, a steel touring Peugeot U-O9, around 1981 with babysitting money. I earned $1.50/hour. The bike cost $250. Over the years with the help of my brother and lat... Read more
Get a more realistic prediction of your rate of weight loss
Wednesday, September 02, 2009      6 comments

I don't know why SP calculates the predicted weight loss rate as a straight line (X lbs/week) because that is not how weight comes off, in my experience. It comes off exponentially (i.e. faster at first, slower near goal). Also, the diffic... Read more

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