One of the reasons that I feel better this Christmas than last is because I have managed to lose weight.
In the 11 months since the end of January 2016 my weight has fallen from about 88 kg to around 73 kg.
For US readers, that’s a weight loss of 33 pounds, and for older UK readers, that’s about two and a half stone. It is a transformative amount of weight to loose. I feel much better.
I mention it here, because I have showed similar graphs before. For example, in 2011 I wrote “The Mass of Sisyphus” which has a graph of my weight from 1995 to 2011 (Ages 35 to 51)
So I have achieved similar weight loss previously, but previously my weight crept back onto my body. However I don’t have any data about the times when my weight is increasing.
It is like the game of Grandmother’s Footsteps in which children have to sneak up on ‘Grandmother’ but they can only move when ‘Grandmother’ is not looking.
Similarly, my weight seems happy to stay still or indeed to go down, as long as I weigh myself every day. But when I stop weighing myself – it slowly creeps up on me in the most sinister way.
My conclusion is that in order to maintain my weight I need to weigh myself every day.
It is yet another example of the power of measurement: because it is not until one measures a thing that one can begin to understand it, and control it.
The graph also shows the busy year I have had with trips to Canada just before the graph began, India, the USA (twice), Poland, Italy and Spain.
Irritatingly, each trip has broken my weight loss trend.
However another good feature of the year has been running. Compared with 2015, I have increased the distance I have run from about 14 km per month, to around 100 km /month.
Running has helped keep anxiety at bay and happily I can take my running shoes with me when I travel.
This seems to have settled down into a routine, and although it seems quite sporty for a man of my age (57) it takes only just over two hours a week.
And as I have run more, even though I haven’t been trying to run faster, I found I have naturally speeded up.
Looking at the graph I can see that even since July 2016 when my weight has been more or less stable, my speed has been slowly increasing.
So my aim for the new year is to keep on running – and weighing myself every day. And hopefully I will keep Grandmother’s kilograms from creeping up on me!