Food Log

Breakfast
9:00 am - coffee
Lunch
12:30 pm - 3 sausage biscuits, both biscuit & sausage patty made from scratch. 1 biscuit with butter. Water, 1 vitamin.

Food Log

Breakfast
9:00 am - 2 mini chicken sandwiches, coffee. 1 vitamin.

Lunch
1:30 pm - chicken nugget salad w/goat cheese, onions, and balsamic vinaigrette. 2/3 of 1 local apple. 1st canteen of water, 1 vitamin.

Dinner
6:00 pm - 2.5 homemade cheeseburger sliders, beer.

Food Log

Breakfast
9:00 am - 2 egg omelet with spinach, onion, bacon, goat cheese, coffee. 1 vitamin.

Lunch
1:30 pm - goat cheese & cucumber sandwich, salad with goat cheese, cucumber, lettuce, balsamic vinaigrette. Water.

Dinner
6:00 pm - DQ bacon cheeseburger, fries, diet coke.

Snack
9:00 pm - 1 local apple, 1 oz almonds, 1 White Russian (with milk, not 1/2 & 1/2), 2 canteens of water.

Weigh-In

8:38 am - 200.4
9:51 am - 200.8
8:55 pm - 200.6
11:01 pm - 202.4

Weight Chart

The large fluctuations in my weight have been a problem for me, because it has been difficult to tell if I'm actually losing weight or not, and when there are no results from dieting and exercise it's hard to stay motivated.

So I decided to record my weight throughout the day, every day (see all the entries titled "Weigh-In" in my blog. . .). And I realized I could chart it like I do stocks. Having been a technical trader for over a year before my son was born, I am very comfortable with stock charts, and prefer to view them in bar form, with the bars showing the high, low, open, and close for the day.

Instead of price, I'm just charting weight. Here's the chart from my first 10 days on the diet:

When there is a daily range, you can tell the general trend by the following rules-- in an uptrend you will see higher highs and higher lows, and in a downtrend you will see lower highs and lower lows. So hurrah for me, my weight is in a downtrend!

I'm still not sure what happened the first day, the fluctuations have not been as big since then. But I did send a "tweet" to the author of the diet book, and he said that large fluctuations can indeed happen quickly when fluids are involved. And since I'm still 100% nursing my baby, I've got a lot of fluids going in and out throughout the day.

I've asked T to put my data into his stock charting software, because it will then automatically calculate the moving average, and I can consider that as my "true" weight. It will cut through the noise of all the water (or milk) weight fluctuations.

Although the charting software with analysis tools isn't yet available to me, just by eyeballing my spreadsheet chart above, it looks like if you drew a straight trend line through the middle of the range I'd go from about 201.6 down to 199.1. For a weight-loss of 2.5 pounds! The diet book said I'd probably lose 5 pounds in the first two weeks from following the program, and it's possible that I'll get there.

I have fallen off the wagon a bit in terms of calorie restriction, but this new graphical chart might inspire me to take more care, since I can now tell that I am losing weight instead of just seeing up-down-up-down-up-down in a seemingly random array of weights, and never feeling like I'm actually making progress.

One-tenth of a pound by one-tenth of a pound, I'll take it off. Slow and steady, I just have to muster the motivation to stick with it, and my new chart will help.

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