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26 May 2006 @ 03:02 pm
Break Out the Black Balloons  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

There must be something about Thursdays & 50. This week's fifty is even more exciting (to me, at least) than the last.

I've lost 50 lbs., officially.

Last week I had exactly 3 lbs. to go to reach that goal. I figured the best course of action would be to set myself up this week to make it an easy thing to reach next week. Especially with the 3 day weekend coming up. Instead, somehow I crashed through it losing 3.8! Normally, I'd reserve this kind of thing for my [M]otivation filter, but I'm too excited.

Right about this time last year, I was 50 lbs heavier. I'm also officially off my 5-ish month slump. I am tracking my food again, and holding myself accountable. In the last month, I've lost 10 lbs.

Actually, that last bit has me just a tad concerned. If this pace keeps up (I don't think it will), it'll mean that my body is almost certainly cannibalizing muscle mass to keep up. This is not what I want.

More than likely, though, my sudden jump to 60 miles of cycling/week (105 last week, thanks to my "Bike to Work Day" whim) is the real culprit. It may also be my 5 month hiatus has reset my glycogen stores, so what I'm really losing is mostly water weight. The argument against that is that I recently discovered that I didn't "hold steady" for the last 5 months, as I originally believed. I lost. But the trend was impossible to discern from the sawtooth pattern from which it came until I sat down & looked at the long view. Really, I'll only get alarmed if this pace continues unabated.

And, in the grand scheme, this is a good problem to have.

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: "Little Journey" — The Avalanches
georgejasgeorgejas on May 26th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
in any case, congratulations! quite an accomplishment.
Erik Ogan: haloeriktheplaid on May 26th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The last few months of dicking around with not quitting, but not getting back on the horse seem silly now. I feel much better when I'm moving forward, and it's not THAT hard. It just takes time.
stealthymonkey on May 26th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
That is awesome news! You are doing a great job. So proud of you!
Erik Ogan: diveeriktheplaid on May 27th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear. It had been slow going for a while. And I've gone a little crazy the past few days, but C & I were celebrating a few things last night, and the meal was at a wonderful, whacky "arabic fusion" restaurant we'd never been to. everything looked divine, and tasted even better!
[Retry]orb_box on May 27th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Erik. You may be my new personal hero.
Erik Ogan: AIDSrideeriktheplaid on May 27th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Um, so does this mean I need to start wearing my underwear on the outside? And a cape? ;-)
comes to life from out of the blue: maskedbeckastar on May 27th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I remember you from Antioch - I was friends with your brother, and came to your family's thanksgiving one year.

How are you?
Erik Ogan: haloeriktheplaid on May 27th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, I'm just back from brunch just outside the Presidio with Tom (Tarka) whom I haven't seen in a few years.

...and I remember you, too. (It was the Thanksgiving clue that sealed it. :)

How are you? Congratulations on your graduation! I see you're back in our beautiful city (ISTR you did a co-op here many moons ago). We're in Potrero Hill, where are you residing?
comes to life from out of the bluebeckastar on May 27th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
you must have an insane memory for trivia :)
i did two co-ops here, yah. that feels like a lifetime ago.

it's nice to be done iwth school. again. i'm looking forward to having more art time.

we're in noe valley, on 24th. been in sf for about three years. love it, mostly. sometimes it feels like antioch with more distance and less drama. when did you end up here? are you coding for a living?

Erik Oganeriktheplaid on May 28th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
you must have an insane memory for trivia :)
i did two co-ops here, yah. that feels like a lifetime ago.

Yes, my head is stuffed full of useless facts, but I think what made that one stick was that I thought the work you were doing (organizing sex workers, as I recall) was really cool.

i'm looking forward to having more art time.

Ooh! How will you be filling that time?

we're in noe valley, on 24th.

Ah! I'm going to be just south of you for a party this evening. We're on De Haro, just up from 20th.

when did you end up here?

Well, that depends on how you define "here." I've moved here twice now, once from Pittsburgh in 1997, and then again from Chicago in 2004. Both times I had an opportunity to live in SF, and both times I rather foolishly opted to live in Sunnyvale, to be "close to work."

A very wise friend of mine once said: "I'd rather commute for my job than for my social life." she was absolutely right about that.

I chafed for a LONG time against that decision the first time (I was "going to move any time now" for at least the last 5 years of the 6 I lived in Sunnyvale), yet I moved back! Temporary insanity.

Sometime near the end of last year I decided that maybe moving in with Chiara WASN'T taking things too quickly, and we started planning a move to SF when our leases expired. We just moved a few months ago.

are you coding for a living?

Was there even any doubt that I would? ;-`)
avocado_tomavocado_tom on May 30th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
you look great!