Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tale Of The Tape

Well, the story so far:

Four pounds in two weeks. That's nearly 1/10 of the way to my end of year goal of reaching 200 pounds, and around 13% of the way to my July goal of reaching 220 pounds.

The progress on the measurements was surprisingly consistent for both weeks. A half an inch of my waist each week and a quarter of an inch on my biceps each week.

I've also added another measure: BMI. I have mixed feelings about BMI as an actual measure of health. I'll probably blog about that at some point. But for right now--what the heck. Since I'm only 1.7 points away from being "overweight" instead of "obese," that's as good a motivator as any.

(Actually, do you want to know the frustrating part? Do you want to know the weight that is the lightest someone my height can be and still be obese? 234 pounds. Those of you who read this blog last year know that's the number that sat on this blog's tale of the tape the whole last half of the year--234 pounds. I got down to that on my birthday, and that's when things kind of fell apart. Just one extra pound would have dropped me out of the "obese" category.)

Also, this year I'm actually tracking my numbers week by week in an Excel spreadsheet, so I'll be able to post all kinds of fun graphs in a few weeks each time I do the tale of the tape, since blogger supports pictures now.

Graphs that show a marked downward trend.

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