Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Weight Loss Week #?

So it's been a year since my last weight-loss post. Partially inspired by Kris' posts, I thought I'd give an update.

A year ago, I weight approximately 229 pounds. Then I got busy with schoolwork and my weight suffered. It eventually climbed up to 240 pounds around the start of last quarter (eg, right after Christmas).

240 pounds is the most weight I've ever been. It's the max, the upper bound. That's the weight I reached as an undergrad that triggered my huge weight loss back in the day. And I was back there again.

In the last quarter and a half, I've dropped 22 pounds. I'm now around 218, just (10 pounds down from last year). Which is about a third of the way to my new goal weight of 176 (instead of the nebulous <180). A third of the way in four months, hopefully I'll reach it by the end of the year.

Actually, this is my final quarter of school (hopefully), so the rate of weight loss is actually increasing at the moment. Since I don't have a fixed schedule, I always have the time to do my exercises on work-out days (mon-wed-fri [I _should_ ride the bike every day, but I don't]). Not that it really takes that much time anyway.

I am once again surprised at how a little effort goes a long way. Almost always less than an hour, and only three times a week, and the pounds drop away. Of course, it's a pretty intense hour, but still, time-wise it's not a lot.

Or perhaps most of it is food discipline. I rarely give in to my urges for unhealthy snacks anymore. At the moment, those urges are fewer and farther between, but I do remember how intense they were at the start of the year.

So that's it. Once again, the secret to rapid weight loss turns out to be diet and exercise. We should tell people!

OK, so I wrote this post before the weekend that George visited and we had the big dinner and Ken brought two pies and a tray of brownies and two huge bags of chips and all the other things I don't normally eat, and George and I gorged ourselves at the excellent Bangkok Thai restaurant and then China Buffet... Anyway, long story short, I weight myself this morning. 225. Wut... I'm sure hoping that a lot of that is just regular weight fluctuation... I think I'll go hit the bike for a while.


  1. I am so glad that (most) Asians don't gain weight like that. But whatever is troubling you, you can always just slap it away...

  2. Keep it up Phoenix! I'm glad that you are on the fitness kick again. I want you around for a long, long time :-)

    Did you know we are staying at Thomas and Morah's May 8-10? We will be in town doing some film stuff. Hopefully we can cross paths!

  3. @Al: It's stuck in my head!

    @Lindy: Oh, I'm not going anywhere. ^_^ I didn't know you guys were going to visit! I'll be in town that Saturday night for a Kendo Club party. Are you busy all day? Shoot me an e-mail.

    @Life in general: Weight still in the mid 220s (ie, 224 this morning), but body fat has dropped to 27% (from 30%). It's, er, all muscle! Yeah! That's the ticket!