Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Not A Good Three Months Dieting

As the figures below reveal, it's obviously not been a good three months on the diet front and I'm not exactly sure as to why.

Obviously I'm eating too much and/or not getting enough exercise and I may have to go back to documenting everything I eat to try and re-establish some order before my weight gets completely out of control.


The Date

The Body Weight

The Body Fat

Total Body Water

9th April 2006

77·6 kgs +0·6

29·9% +1·9%

47·3% -0·5%

16th April 2006

77·6 kgs no change

28·7% -1·2%

47·3% no change

23rd April 2006

76·8 kgs -0·8

28·7% n/c

47·3% n/c

30th April 2006

77·6 kgs +1·0

28·7% n/c

47·3% n/c

7th May 2006

77·6 kgs n/c

28·1% -0·6

47·7% +0·5

14th May

76·0 kgs -1·6 kgs

26·6% -1·5

48·7% +1·0

21st May

77·1 kgs +1·1

28·0% +1·4

47·8% -0·9

28th May

77·9 kgs +0·8

27·7% -0·3

47·6% -0·2

4th June 2006

78·4 kgs +0·5

28·2% +0·5

47·7% +1·1%

11th June

78·7 kgs +0·3

27·9% -0·3

47·7% n/c

18th June

79·4 kgs +0·7

28·4% +0·5

47·7% n/c

25th June

79·7 kgs +0·3

29·7% +1·3%

46·7% -1·0

2nd July 2006

79·6 kgs -0·1

29·7% n/c

46·7% n/c

9th July

79·4 kgs -0·2

29·7% n/c

46·7% n/c

16th July

80·4 kgs +1·0 kgs

29·9% +0·2

46·5% -0·2

23rd July

81·0 kgs +0·6

29·9% n/c

46·5% n/c

Saturday, 15 April 2006

Dan Nied's 100 Days: Day 100

I'm delighted to note that I'm not the only one using a blog as a diet support system. Dan Nied is another Blogcritics writer and, being American, his problems and achievements are on a whole different level to mine.

Dan has just finished a hundred day quest to improve his health and weight and writes about it with a lot more wit and flair than I've managed so far.

Here's just the intro to his 100th post at: Dan Nied's 100 Days: Day 100:

"Dan Nied's 100 Days is the chronicle of one man's quest to improve his health in 100 days. Feel free to email him at with any questions or comments you might have.

You knew the weigh-in on the 100th day wasn't going to be easy, right?

If you thought I would waltz into the gym this morning and pump out a 298 reading on the scale, then walk off with a smile on my face then, you just don't know me very well.

I got up super early today because I had to go guest host on the morning radio show here in town. So at 6:30 I rose and realized that I didn't really have to be in the studio until about 7:30. I was excited, almost like a kid on Christmas. This is the day where, if everything goes well, I will A) get under 300 for the first time in years, B) go to Denver, one of America's finest cities, for lunch, C) see my old roommate in Colorado Springs, my old place of living D) Get filthy drunk and enjoy good food in moderation."

Saturday, 8 April 2006

Busy Not Fat?

You might well be wondering where exactly the heck I've been since Christmas and quite reasonably so.

All I can say is that I simultaneously got overloaded with a whole variety of work stuff we needn't go into now and well, I just got so bored of writing down everything I ate everyday. Even I was bored with this enterprise so it seemed only right to take a break.

I still think this blog can do some useful work, perform some useful service, hopefully to you as well as me, in the future but for now I'd just like to record a catchup on my weekly weight statistics as provided by that lying scale!

...The Date......The Weight....Body Fat..Total Body Water

1st January

74·7 kg +1·0

27·2% -0·1

48·3% -0·4

8th January

74·2 kg -0·5

26·1% -1·1

49·1% +0·8

15th January

74·8 kg +0·6

26·4% +0·3

48·9% -0·2

22nd January

75·8 kg +1·0

27·5% +1·1

48·1% -0·8

29th January

75·9 kg +0·1

27·0% -0·5

48·5% +0·4

5th February

75·6 kg -0·3

27·5% +0·5

48·1% -0·4

12th February

76·2 kg +0·6

26·4% -1·1

48·9% +0·8

19th February

75·7 kg -0·5

26·4% ---

48·9% ---

26th February

75·7 kg ---

27·3% +0·9

48·3% -0·6

5th March

76·1 kg +0·4

27·3% ---

48·3% ---

12th March

75·7 kg -0·4

27·3% ---

48·3% ---

19th March

76·5 kg +0·8

27·8% +0·5

47·9% -0·4

26th March

76·3 kg -0·2

27·0% -0·8

48·5% +0·6

2nd April

77·0 kg +0·7

28·0% +1·0

47·8% -0·7

I have no explanation for the gradual creep up in my weight this year. I'm not noticeably eating differently than last year but hitting 77 kg for the first time since November last year. The shame!

Sunday, 25 December 2005

A New Low for Christmas

The good news for Christmas is that my weight has absolutely plummeted. I can't quite believe it myself but the numbers come in at a weight of 73·7 kilos! That's a massive 1·9 kilos, over four pounds, weight off in a week and easily the lowest I've been for years!! I was actually able to put on a pair of trousers I bought in the mid-Eighties, although I couldn't quite get the whole fly zipper shut. But almost.

The other figures are less dramatic: BF is 27·3% (down 0·6%) and the TBW is 48·7% (up by 0·4%). The near-starvation version of the Tapas Diet regime I've been following lately has really paid off.

I've never eaten less on Christmas Day than the little i've eaten today, determined not to ruin the good work. After our traditional Sunday Egg and Bacon sandwich, I didn't eat again until after some friends and their kids came over to visit about sundown but even then all I ate was two nibbles of English sausage; a couple of crackers and an apple. On Christmas Day! Insane - as was the amount of Corona beer, Tequila slammers and Spanish Cider we got through. Happy Days!

Saturday, 24 December 2005

Fancy Living

I spent most of Christmas Eve dealing with technical problems as my computer attempted to commit suicide and all I ate all day was two slices of toast for breakfast and a Granny Smith apple for supper. Fancy living, huh?

Friday, 23 December 2005

Thin Friday

Three slices of brown toast, one with Boquerones and two with English Oxford marmalade; and some leftover Chicken Curry is ALL I ate today.

Thursday, 22 December 2005

Boquerones and Tuna Salad

Three slices of brown toast; a chunk of Chapata bread with Turkey and Emmental; Boquerones and Tuna Salad; a Satsuma; a second Turkey and Emmental Chapata Chunk; and ten Ritz crackers are all I ate today.

Wednesday, 21 December 2005

Finger Rolls

Two slices of brown toast for breakfast; a finger roll of Boquerones; a finger roll with Turkey slices and Emmental; another Boquerones finger roll; two Bourbon biscuits; one Satsuma; and three Weetabix ( those darn after midnight munchies again) are all I ate today.

Tuesday, 20 December 2005

Damned Post-its

Unfortunately the Post-It on which I wrote today's consumption has vanished and as I'm writing this retrospectively a week later, I can't remember all I ate today. I sure hope that means not a lot!

The one thing I am sure of is that for the main meal of the day we had some Hake cooked with Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic with Salad and Patatas Bravas and it was delicious!

Monday, 19 December 2005

Tortilla Hake Satsuma

Still stunned by yesterday's weigh-in result, I have to try and eat even less than before. I'm rather surprised not to have had any health problems yet with the relatively small amount of food I'm eating these days. The only thing at all that I've noticed is that occasionally one or other of the three middle fingers on my left hand kind of locks in the folded position, especially when I've been using my hands for heavy lifting or other jobs that require a lot of force. A couple of friends have said that is a sign of lack of salt and one of them, who used to work out a lot, says I ought to have some isotonic drinks to keep my body's salts and minerals levels up. I'm going to try one and see what happens.

On the food front, all I ate today was a quarter of a 20cm Spanish Tortilla, some Hake & Potato Salad; one German "Knopper" brand Hazelnut wafer biscuit; one slice of toast with Boquerones (we've now discovered there are also Boquerones with garlic, parsley and olive oil added to the "vinagre" which are even better than the merely pickled anchovies we were eating before. Ultra yummy!); another slice of toast with Emmental; two Weetabix; and a Satsuma.