counting calories

Day 423: -0.5 lb.

Resume breathing… At 298.0 I am still vulnerable to popping above 300 again, but I swear, I’m done with that and the scale cooperated this morning. It wasn’t great, but considering the 5.5 lb. drop from the week before, missing a day at the gym and the heat (= water retention), I call this a […]

Day 311: -2.5 lbs.

Well, finally. I might even make it out of the 300s by my 1-year anniversary. But the BIG news is that my new Beetle finally arrived! It only took 5 months but it’s worth the wait, don’t you think?       —Sistah

Day 304: -0.5 lb.

Still technically in the land of stall. At least whatever movement, even if statistically insignificant, is in the right direction. —Sistah

Day: 297: 0 lbs.

Ugh. I should rename this site Flatlandia. —Sistah

Time to calibrate

Not “celebrate,” but “calibrate.” Being basically a data-wonk, geek, socially inept, numerically-oriented freak, I study my charted progress against all sorts of potentially dependent variables to look for associations. I’m obviously not the first person to do this and I don’t expect to come up with a formula to predict weight loss from (for instance) […]

When is a diet not a diet?

My 92 year old mother likes to tell me (and anyone else who will listen) that she is on 3 diets. Between her doctor giving her confusing instructions following various real health issues (elevated blood pressure, kidney stones) and a few that she dreamed up all on her own (blood clots, congestive heart failure, diabetes) […]

My body as a science project

(Warning: this posts involves MATH! Reader discretion advised.) I use this great app on my iPhone to count calories. Based on my initial stats, it computes the number of calories needed to maintain my current weight and my Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR), or the minimum number of calories  (kcal.) needed for basic function (breathing, heart […]