Fatblog: 202 lbs, 24.3%
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been several months since my last confession, and much has occurred. In my last confessional I weighed in at 200 lbs, (14st 4lb). Afterward I just about managed to get myself back down to 14 stone dead. Then I got my gadget on and bought a Fitbit One and a Fitbit Aria, to better quantise my self.
The Fitbit One is basically a souped-up Bluetooth-enabled pedometer, the Aria a wifi-enabled scale that is also able to measure body fat percentage. I’ll talk more about both in a later post. The scale seemed to weigh me about 4lbs heavier than my old ones did so suddenly I was weighing 200 lbs (14st 4lb) again, which was annoying. Since then I have struggled to get going and my weight has slowly crept up until I was nearly 205 lbs (14st 9lb, and from here on I’m just going to use pounds as I’ve fallen out with stones) in mid-April, at something approaching 25% body fat. Now granted I have done a bit of weights in this period and my upper-body strength has increased markedly (although still not markedly enough to do more than ten press-ups). but I still got, once again, bloated and sluggish and meh.
But lo, these last few weeks, even including Easter, I’ve taken myself in hand and got my motivation back and have managed, through more accurate insights into how many calories I’m burning plus a newfound interest in exercising, to get myself back down to 202 lbs (which on the old scales would be something like 198). I actually lost more than this overnight after a night out (see the steep downward gradient toward the end of the graph below) and I attributed it to dehydration. And right on cue, this morning I magically put 2 lbs back on after rehydrating myself properly yesterday. But I’ll still be able to achieve a genuine 200lb within a week or so, and from then on I am once again in uncharted territory!
I love that the Fitbit devices let me see information about myself that I couldn’t easily before. Looking at that graph I can see not only the steep decline from the night out on Friday, but also the modest bump in the road that I hit after the Easter weekend. I’ll be publishing more and more of the actual data I’m gathering about myself as time goes on. But it’s not just visualisation that helps, I can see it in myself, too. I woke up yesterday morning, looked in the mirror and saw how much of me there wasn’t any more. My waist was (relatively, grading on a curve) waspish. I’ve started planking and it’s definitely helping to tone up my midriff. Even my moobs are starting to visibly diminish (even the right one, which has always inexplicably been bigger than the left). The target I set myself just before Christmas was to be 189lb by the end of March, which didn’t happen, but I’m back on the right path; my near-term target is to hit 196 lbs and potentially I’ll be able to achieve my original target within the next two months.
It’s taken me a while to get a handle on the Fitbit One, its interaction with the MyFitnessPal app, and how to get the best out of both. But gotten a handle on it I finally have and its helping me greatly with steady, sustainable weight loss through accurate as well as sensible calorie management. Before, I was trying to stick to a too-low calorie target and failing after a few days on it. Now that I can see how many calories I do actually burn in the course of a work day I know how much I can really eat and still hit my calorie deficit target, which means I’m much less hungry and more able to stick. I’ve gone from feeling like crap a few weeks ago to feeling like a million dollars, or at least several hundred thousand. This summer is going to be very interesting as I see how far I can take my new motivation, weight loss and muscles…