It's Friday, so let's talk about something besides Autodesk technology. According to my Fitbit, on February 12, 2018, I weighed 204.5 pounds. Aw-oh. For all of my adult life, the first number of my weight started with a 1 instead of a 2.
I am on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Alameda. On March 3, the club had its annual gala fundraiser at the Hilton Hotel over by the Oakland Airport. Since my wife and I were helping set up the festivities in the morning and attending the gala in the evening, we booked a room at the Hilton for the day and night to avoid having to make multiple trips back and forth to Alameda. The gala setup went smoothly. After relaxing in the hotel room in the afternoon, it was time to get ready. I was putting on my tuxedo (which I had not worn for about a year), and the pants didn't seem right. I had two hooks but only one eye.
This seemed wrong. Looking closer I saw that there were actually two sets of hooks/eyes — a double and a single. My problem was that the double eye was located two inches to the left (i.e., tighter) of the single eye. In other words, my waist had gotten so big that I couldn't properly button my pants. Aw-oh. Since I only had the one tuxedo at the hotel, I told my wife to attend the event without me, and tell the other board members that "Scott has gotten too big for his britches." I then realized that I could attach one of the hooks (the top one) in the single eye. This worked but the pants had a gap above the zipper that I had to cover with my cummerbund. Crisis averted.
My wife is a member of Alameda Beach Body. On April 6, she started participating in a health and fitness challenge. She's done these before, and when she did, she would eat her meals according to the diet plan associated with the challenge. I'd have my food. She'd have her food. After my incident with the tuxedo pants, not wanting to buy new clothes, I decided to eat the same food as she does. In addition, Autodesk has a Fitness Center in our Spear Tower office in San Francisco. Since August 2009, I have gotten to work at 6:30 am and started my day. Since April 6, I have been arriving at 6:30 am but heading over to the Fitness Center. I work out for 30 minutes, shower, and then head to my desk.
Today is my 59th birthday. Knowing that I am working on losing weight, our team got me an Urban Remedy Low-Glycemic Cleanse. On Tuesday, instead of eating, I only drank six 16 ounce juice-based drinks.
- 7:30 am - Slender Greens: Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Spinach, Parsley
This one was refreshing but indeed did taste like liquid celery.
- 9:30 am - Time Machine: Lemon, Acai, Stevia, Cayenne
They weren't kidding around when they added cayenne pepper.
- 11:30 am - Dynamo: Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Spinach, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Parsley, Probiotics
This one also helps boost energy.
- 1:30 pm - After Party: Carrot, Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Beet Root
This one's taste was dominated by the Ginger.
- 5:30 pm - Warrior: Raspberry, Strawberry, Chia, Stevia
This one was the most delicious, really tasting like strawberries and raspberries combined.
- 7:30 pm - Vanilla Lucuma: Cashew, Vanilla, Date, Lucuma, Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Salt, Nutmeg
This one was my second favorite, so the cleanse finished on high notes.
As farf as weight loss goes, here's how I am doing:
At the start of the challenge, I weighed 201.3 pounds. Just before the cleanse, I weighed 187.4 pounds. Yesterday, I weighed 185.1 pounds. Today I weigh 183.9 pounds. So that's a 17.4-pound overall loss with 2.3 pounds of that loss just from the one-day cleanse. If I keep this up, I can get back to my birth weight of 7.2 pounds by July 7, 2019:
All kidding aside, people who only set a weight loss goal are apt to regain the weight. Raised as a computer programmer, I am about systems. So in addition to picking a weight goal, I have adopted a new routine where I exercise in the Fitness Center and make better food choices. I will continue with this system after my wife's Alameda Beach Body challenge ends (which happens to be in 2 weeks which is when I'll try on my tuxedo pants — the real acid test).
Thanks to my team for the cleanse.
Weight loss is alive in the lab.