Geek Into Shape

Earlier in the year, I had been toying around with the idea of starting up a separate blog just dedicated to my weight loss.  I got together with a friend of mine and we've started just that.  My goals for the new site are simple:

  • Have a better outlet to share my weight loss story.
  • Discuss online tools for tracking weight loss, nutrition, and/or exercise.
  • Share information that works and is based on facts.  No snake oil.

With that said, I present to you:

Please head on over there and check it out.  Hopefully you will find George as funny as I do.  If you are interested, please subscribe to the Geek Into Shape Feed.  The site is very much a work in progress, so please keep that in mind.  George and I are very excited about this project and we hope that it will be a useful resource.

June Weight Loss Update

My goal for June was to lose 4lbs, and that's exactly what I did.  Overall I had a good weight loss month.  I started off the month with some time off work to do chores (more work than work!) around the house.  This kept me busy and enabled me to focus in on my goals.  The following two weeks were so-so.  Then there was last week.  Oh what a week.  Last week I kicked some serious butt and made stuff happen.  I really didn't want to come on here and reveal that I had yet another sucky month.  That was my motivation last week.

imageI've also started logging my daily weigh ins on  I already weigh in daily (twice a day most of the time), so I figure I should start collecting data.  I know they say you shouldn't weigh daily, but I think that is just a bunch of crap.  It keeps me focused on what I'm trying to accomplish.  I started logging on the 22nd.  The graph on the right shows my progress.  The blue line shows my moving average at 278.1, but I'm not sure I have enough data points to have a fully accurate picture of that.  Next month I'll weigh more heavily on that moving average figure since that is going to level off my weight fluctuations.

I'm starting off the month of July at 276 lbs.  I'm happy with that and I want to continue my momentum.  This month I want to lose another 5 lbs.  That will put me at 271 lbs.  At this point I'm going to have to stay at this pace to reach my 50 lb weight loss goal.  To date I've lost 20 lbs.

May Weight Loss Update

May turned out to be an eventful month for the Bush household.  I totally fell off the wagon this month.  I only managed to lose one measly pound.  That leaves me starting June at 280 lbs.  The main culprit was my eating.  I didn't do well at all.  But, that okay because even though I had a crappy month, I didn't gain weight.

Now it's time to refocus.  This is why I do these monthly status reports.  If I manage to stray from the path, then this is my time to kick my own ass.  I'm starting June with a week of vacation which I plan to get some nice exercise in every morning.  I've managed to get out the past 2 mornings with Ashley and I feel good.  Hopefully this will set the stage for June to lose 4 pounds. 

April Weight Loss Update

Damn, I'm so close!  This month was a good weight loss month for me.  I just weighed in at 281 lbs which makes my weight loss from last month 4 pounds.  I was shooting for 5 lbs this month, but it didn't quite happen.  It's okay though, because I'm still losing weight.  Any month I can record a weight loss is a good one for me. 

What did I do right this month?

Photo courtesy of blumpy

My diet is spot on.  I'm very proud of how well I'm managing my food and drink intake.  I still have times when I eat too much or eat something bad, but for the most part I'm good.  I'd say my diet is about 80/20 right now.  80% of the time I'm eating very healthy and the other 20%, not so much.  The good news is that I don't have to feel guilty about the 20% because of my progress.  It keeps me from getting frustrated and that lack of frustration is enabling me to move forward. 

Where did I fall short this month?

Well, yesterday I ate a big ol' mess of fried food for lunch and that most likely didn't help my weigh in today.  Also, I still feel like I could be exercising more.  I feel a little weak at times, so that tells me I need more.  Fortunately it's warmer outside, and that means I have to mow the lawn and tend to the garden. 

What's in store for this month?

May is my birthday, so I'll be doing nothing spectacular for that.  I might enjoy a slice of cake and chill with some friends.  I'm still in the 280's and that sucks.  I'll be out to remedy that problem this month and make a dive for the 270's in a major way.  276 lbs is my target weight for the end of May.  So far this year I've lost 15 pounds.

March Weight Loss Update

Photo courtesy of gerwitz

In case you haven't been following along, I've decided to lose 50 lbs this year.  I've already made a little bit of progress in January and February, but this month I hit a snag.  What happened you say?  Life.  The first week and a half I had a deadline I was trying to meet for work.  I ended up scrapping my workouts in favor of writing code into the wee hours of the morning.  Once I got that out of the way I took a half week off because I was exhausted.  Then I got sick, and I've been fighting off a nasty sinus infection that I'm finally almost over. 

"Boo Josh! You're a failure." That's about how I feel, but there is one good thing.  I managed to lose a pound on diet alone.  I might have managed to get out walking with Ashley once a week, so what I managed to do was all diet.  Now, I'm starting off April at 285 lbs.

Now that we established that I effectively did nothing in March, I'm starting April off with renewed vigor.  I'm extremely anxious to get out of the 280's and into the 270's.  I normally stall out with my efforts at about this point, so my morale really needs me to push past this point.  This month I would like to finish at 280 lbs by losing 5 more.  To date, I've lost 11 lbs.

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