Day 81 – Weights and Measures

I blogged earlier about the FitBit Flex I got for my birthday, and it has been a tremendous help in monitoring my physical activity and my sleep. I tap it into sleep mode before I go to bed, and tap it awake in the morning, and then it tells me on my account exactly how restlessly I might have slept.

It was a revelation to discover that I didn’t sleep as much as I thought I did, and it has been a help in making me more aware of when I stay up too late or wake up too early (and how often it happens… it remembers everything!)

Today, I ordered the Aria scales made by FitBit as well. Basically the same principle applies; I step on the scales, they check weight and body fat, and then send all the details to my account for tracking.

So far, I have been successfully tracking my weight through manual entry, but $150 seemed like a small price to pay for the extra convenience for something I do daily.

2013-10-05 - Weight Graph

When I started tracking my weight I was at 87kg. I did some research to pick a target weight, and although BMI is a terrible measure for someone with the amount of muscle I have in my legs, the top-end of the healthy range is 76kg, which seems like a good target.

I set the weight target in my FitBit account at 75kg, but at least at the moment I’m going with the assumption I’ll allow for a reasonable band between 75-77kg. If I drop below 75kg, I need to eat more to get back above it, when I rise above 77kg, I need to watch what I eat. That should be manageable.

In my earlier post about weight I talked about the importance of weighing daily and not panicking over the bumps along the way.

When I look at my monthly graph I can tell exactly where Wednesday is.

Wednesday is our night with friends and food and board games. And we always eat more than we should. But we just don’t care… we’re such rebels!

Between my weight measurement on Wednesday morning and Thursday morning I typically gain about a kilo. Which I then lose again without any extra special effort over the following 2 days, because most of that extra snack-weight just doesn’t get absorbed by the body at all… it just… travels through, so to speak.

But as you can see in the image above, if you keep measuring every single day and only focus on the long-term trend, you’ll be less likely to lose heart. Despite the Wednesdays and other slips along the way, my graph has a fairly steady downward slope.

At the moment I’m at 82.8kg; when I pass through the 80kg marker I intend to have a little party to celebrate. Which will show up as a bump to 81kg the day after 😉

On the exercise-side of the equation, I’m still trying to rebuild a solid gym routine. At the moment I’m back to about 4-5 classes a week. I hope to end up with something like:

  • Mon – Weights in Pump class
  • Tue – Cycle class
  • Wed – Pilates Reformer
  • Thu – Weights in Pump class
  • Fri – Cycle class
  • Sat – … probably rest, maybe Pilates …
  • Sun – Yoga

I’ve found in the past that an even mix of strength, cardio and flexibility classes seems easiest to keep up week-on-week.

Prelude to a Post

This weekend is special.

I had considered to make use of the special alignment of the sun and the moon and the stars (read: calendar) to do something really cheeky for 365 this weekend.

Technically speaking, under the rules of my blogging challenge I can write about the same event twice. Once on the day it occurs, and then once more within 24 hours on the following day.

This weekend is the one time a year I can write about the same event thrice.

Because tomorrow morning at 2am, we lose an hour here in Sydney (meaning tomorrow is only 23 hours long), I could:

  1. Do something really exciting between 11:30pm and midnight tonight
  2. Quickly post about it today before midnight
  3. Any time tomorrow post about it again
  4. Then, on Monday between midnight and 0:30am, post about it a third time

But it just felt too much like cheating.

Also, the options* for point (1) above were fairly limited.

As an aside, as a software developer I was giddy to see that when I updated my alarm for tomorrow morning on my phone, the Android app (OS?) was actually well enough written to realise that between 9pm today and 8am tomorrow there are only 10 hours elapsed. Attention to detail matters!

*Restricted to topics that would be appropriate for this blog.

Day 79 – Driven to Distraction

I did some programming tonight. I got so absorbed in what I was doing that I completely lost track of time. *yawn*

I was actually playing around with some JavaScript for the first time, and it was an educational and frustrating experience. I really need to have a bit more of a play with Visual Studio to figure out what tooling is available for debugging.

Biggest frustration so far: Razor looks great for ASP.NET, but it was completely baffling how to get my JavaScript to come through. Sorted it out in the end, but then decided that using an MVC project was overkill to play with JS, so nuked it all. I’m sure there is an easy way to do it all, but I’ll have to look at a few MSDN tutorials to get the gist of the recommended approach here.

I definitely went in the deep end there.

And now I need to sleep.
One more day, and then a nice long weekend… to play more with this?

PS: Sorry, no header picture today. I just don’t have the energy to think of something.

Day 78 – Iron Man

I exercised my ironing skills tonight. I’m not great at it, but over some news in the background I can make a decent job of a few shirts. Frankly it was overdue, because I had reverted to a T-shirt today (the horror!); I must have looked hopelessly unprofessional to all my co-workers 😉

I’ve never really liked ironing, but I must admit, it’s not as hard or time-consuming as it always seemed to me. Once someone more knowledgeable shows the proper order it actually makes a lot of sense.

It also means I can be self-sufficient on my trips to Melbourne if any shirts have acquired wrinkles along the journey.

Nothing much else exciting has happened today.

[Jerry marks off 8:40pm through 9:00pm on the time-sheet: Ironing]

Day 77 – Where Does the Time Go?

I have started a new habit at work today.

Although my calendar tends towards the full, some meetings finish early, and others get cancelled at the last-minute, and there is some clear time among it all as well.

But it never seems like there is enough time to get everything that I think is important done. Continuous Improvement takes effort too.

I have decided that I’m going to try to track where all my time goes in the week so that I can figure out if there is a better way to spend it. Hard data trumps all.

I’ve gone completely low-tech (comparatively). I have my OneNote. I have created a tab for my time tracking. I create pages for each day, on which I drop a table that has a row for every 20 minute segment of the day. And then I just keep notes as I go along.

I didn’t want to go full-on 6-minute-slices because I’m not a lawyer. And half hours seems too coarse for your average interruption. So I settled on 20 minute slices.

And after a few weeks I’ll see what it tells me.