Years Of Failure Well Documented
Originally posted at my old blog geekcyclist.blogspot.com
I have worked for the State of Utah since the middle of 1994. One of the benefits is a program called HealthyUtah which includes a basic health and fitness assessment. The first time I went in 1995 I weighed 186 and my cholesterol level was 179. This seemed pretty healthy to me, even though it was about 20 pounds heavier than I was in 1992 when I ran a marathon.
Prior to taking that first position with the State, I was working at UPS unloading and sorting packages for 4-5 hours a night. I was also biking, rock climbing and playing basketball regularly. By the spring of 1996 Mrs. GC had given birth to our second son, we bought a house, and I was busy working full time and going to graduate school.
Suddenly I found that the Big Macs and Big Gulps had caught up with me. It seems like every year since I have ‘resolved’ to turn my weight and fitness level around. Don’t get me wrong; while I am clearly overweight, I know that I am still in better shape than a lot of 38 year-old men. Unfortunately I attended another assessment this week, and found that HeathyUtah has tracked my ‘progress’ since 1998. It’s not a pretty picture:
|01/16/07||234.0||120 / 74||239||29||34.1||32.63|
|11/03/05||228.0||128 / 80||249||37||33.0||31.80|
|08/19/03||242.0||128 / 82||236||27||32.0||33.75|
|08/28/02||224.0||122 / 80||293||29||29.0||31.24|
|10/25/01||224.0||120 / 92||292||26||31.0||31.24|
|10/24/00||228.0||130 / 88||277||24||25.0||31.80|
|11/09/99||221.0||122 / 74||301||22||30.0||30.82|
|10/29/98||210.0||112 / 68||264||15||32.0||29.29|
Looking at that I wonder now why I am not dead already. But I am still here, and three weeks into the new year I am making progress on my weight loss goal. I am hopeful (a trend on 1.5 pounds per week puts me right in the zone for my resolution to weigh 193 or less on August 1. I am also realistic, recognizing that there will be 2-3 plateaus on my journey, and that as this chart suggests, I am not very good at pushing through them.
So there you have it. The whole unvarnished truth going back almost 10 years.
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