October 31st, 2012

Walking Challenge 2012: The month my belly became the big pumpkin...

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In spite of having a lot going on this month, I remained committed to getting in my 30-minute daily walks, and I'm happy to report that I was successful.

October was a big month for me in that I turned 55 years old on October 13, and as a birthday present, I treated myself to the concert-of-a-life-time (for me), Barbra Streisand's Back to Brooklyn Tour in the new Barclays Arena in New York.

I also went on a business trip to Seattle at the beginning of the month to attend the SIGDOC 2012 Conference, which I attended with a couple of work colleagues (who are also my friends away from work), and during which I stayed with my friend, cpeel, and visited with my friend av8rdude—both good friends from my days at IBM.


As the walking chart below reflects, I did a lot of walking, both while in Seattle at the beginning of the month and while in New York in the middle of the month.

Here are the walking numbers for every day in October (click to enlarge):

[Click to enlarge] Chart showing October daily walks

Background photo: While in New York City, I made a "pilgrimage" one night back to the gay bar in Greenwich Village that is widely recognized as the beginning of (as it was call then) "the Gay Liberation Movement." If you don't know the history of this bar, especially if you're gay, you should take a moment to read up on the bar and the riots that took place there in 1969.


As I predicted in last month's entry, but which doesn't bring me any joy in being right about, this was a challenging eating month for me.

Here's the October chart for calorie intake—a lot of which was estimated due to eating food for which nutritional information was not readily available—and calories burned.

Dailyburn October calendar showing calories eaten and calories burned

The calories burned include those from both my daily walks, and for other exercise I do at the gym, 5-7 days a week, including: 3 stretching exercises, 300 ab crunches (with weights added to the bench), and then either an upper body or a lower body workout.


Well, the background of the chart below says it all: I was a little porker throughout the month, and the scale wasn't fooled by it for a single minute.

Here are the official October weigh-in numbers (click to enlarge):

Chart showing weigh-ins of 196, 197, 199, 199, and 200 for October


Here are some reflections about this month's experience:

  • I'm not going to talk about my knee, because I haven't done anything about it. To no one's surprise, least of all mine, I'm still experiencing pain in it.

  • I am worried about November and December, in terms of my weight, as October was not good, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are on tap.

  • I'm having to readjust all of my weights at the gym, because they've put in all new equipment and the weights do not correspond to the old machines. That's annoying.

  • I am really tired of all this tracking (walking, eating, and weight), and I'm looking forward to the end of the year to at least not have to replicate the documentation here.

  • I do plan to keep my eating diary, because I know how critical that is to not ending up like I have after losing weight over the last too-many-to-count years.


As you can probably tell from the "tone" of this month's update, I've been in a better place with all of this.

My hopes right now are that I can just stick with this for another two months of public tracking, and that just tracking privately in the new year will be a little bit easier and more encouraging and rewarding.

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