Hacker's Diet challenge - May 2006 (in Off-topic)

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 7 2006 11:21 PM EDT

Welcome to the May Hacker's Diet Challenge ! Everyone welcome to join.  You can join at any time.

This thread helps keep each of us "on the wagon" of our diet and/or exercise program. Many of us find it so easy to skip days or give up when we're by ourselves.  This thread gives a larger support structure (or maybe just a feeling of guilt... I don't know) by making our effort semi-public.

Joining is easy.  Make a commitment to post daily for a month.  Post what you need to in order to prove to yourself that you've met your commitment for the day (many of us post our weight and what sort of exercise we've done).  However, please keep in mind that this thread is just a record for staying honest.  If you want to track a lot of detail you should use a private logbook. If you don't exercise then just post that you followed your diet for the day (including what level you are in your program if appropriate) and your weight if you want.

You are not obligated to post your weight if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

The important thing here is making a commitment and following through (posting to verify that you're keeping up).  This is not a contest and negative comments about any participants or comparisons of participant progress are strictly not allowed. (This includes "backhanded compliments" and weight jokes). This is an effort to positively reinforce some good habits. (Words of encouragement are always welcome though, of course.)

Please don't post about how you'd like to join us.  Just join us. We care about the doing, not the talking. :-) And we're very glad to welcome you to the group!

Since you only compare your progress to yourself, you can join anytime and at any level.  I hope you'll jump on board with us!


(Get a free copy of John Walker's eBook "The Hacker's Diet" here. It includes Excel-based tracking/graphing tools).
This thread continues from the April one

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 7 2006 11:22 PM EDT

After a long absence from CB, I'm back again :-)

weight 194
rung 16

Ankle pain is making it hard to progress to 17 :-(

AdminG Beee May 8 2006 8:20 AM EDT

5th May: 259lbs
6th May: 260lbs
7th May: 262lbs
8th May: 262lbs

Day 28 without a cigarette. I'm getting there!

AdminShade May 8 2006 1:51 PM EDT

weight: 68 kg
cycling: still 30+ km / day

went bowling with friends last saturday, and will most likely bowl more in coming weeks, another small increase in metabolic fat degradation ;)

AdminG Beee May 11 2006 4:37 AM EDT

9th May: 261lbs
10th May: 260lbs
11th May: 258lbs

Day 31 without a cigarette. Woo hoo, a month!

babbler May 11 2006 10:38 AM EDT

Nice going G keep those big numbers dropping and the little numbers climbing. Eventually they will cross!

AdminShade May 11 2006 2:46 PM EDT

some new milestones for me:

15 km in 30 minutes (perhaps a few seconds but meh, its 30 km / hour average!)

40+ km / hour for 5 minutes on end, this exhausted me somewhat but I could keep up for ~30 km / hour another 15 minutes afterwards

Weight: 67.5 kg again!

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 15 2006 12:29 AM EDT

weight 196.5
rung 17

woo hoo, I'm finally off rung 16!

AdminShade May 15 2006 2:40 PM EDT

morning trip: 35 minutes
afternoon trip 35 minutes

average speeds: 25 km / hour.

weight: still 67.5 kg. :)

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 15 2006 10:50 PM EDT

weight 199

AdminG Beee May 16 2006 10:13 AM EDT

12th May: 259lbs
13th May: 260lbs
14th May: 259lbs
13th May: 257lbs
14th May: 259lbs

Day 36 without a cigarette.

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 16 2006 10:22 PM EDT

weight 200 :-(
rung 17 :-)

AdminG Beee May 17 2006 9:04 AM EDT

15th May: 257lbs
16th May: 259lbs
17th May: 259lbs

Day 39 without a cigarette.

AdminG Beee May 18 2006 6:12 AM EDT

18th May: 258lbs

Day 40 without a cigarette.
I expected the weight to go up when I stopped smoking but have managed to keep it pretty balanced which is good. After 40 days however I thought I'd be past the "metabolic" worst of it and I'd start losing weight again. I still seem to want that chocolate biscuit substitute for nicotine though. Maybe that'll pass after 41 days...

AdminShade May 18 2006 12:39 PM EDT

If you want it to pass, then it will pass! :)

{CB1}Lukeyman May 18 2006 5:35 PM EDT


I am so proud of you for stopping smoking!!!!

*Hugs G*

Now.. what is the Mrs doing?

th00p May 18 2006 5:42 PM EDT

Haha Lukey I am thinking the exact same thing.

However, upon asking, I got this response.
G_Beee: I only wish I could get wifey to stop. Unfortunately it's not the kind of thing you can do for someone. Me nagging her is the_last_thing that's gonna make her want to quit :/

AdminG Beee May 19 2006 4:44 AM EDT

19th May: 258lbs

Day 41 without a cigarette.

{CB1}Lukeyman May 19 2006 7:04 AM EDT

None the less G, I am proud of what you are doing.

ThatOneMan May 19 2006 8:42 AM EDT

weight 220
height 5'8
had ankle surgery and cant put pressure on ankle/foot for a few months. wat should i do to exercise.

AdminG Beee May 23 2006 9:25 AM EDT

20th May: 258lbs
21st May: 258lbs
22nd May: 258lbs
23rd May: 260lbs

Day 45 without a cigarette. Choo Choo

Re. the ankle surgery.
From my own experience I found that getting into the swimming pool was the best way to burn off calories after I had had leg work done. I don't know the details of your surgery but if the physio/Dr is happy for you to swim then I'd get into the pool as often as possible if I were you.

Maelstrom May 23 2006 10:10 AM EDT

ThatOneMan: if it hurts your ankle when swimming, you can use a floatation device to hold your legs up, and swim with just your arms. Even without using your legs when swimming, you get a very good workout.

ThatOneMan May 23 2006 5:12 PM EDT

ya i have a pool and everything but im in a cast and it cant get wet and im not sure how long the doctor wants it to stay on

Chick May 24 2006 2:24 PM EDT

119 lbs.
i hate the metric system.

AdminShade May 24 2006 2:55 PM EDT

and another week's worth of cycling.

have 2 days off so that won't be much cycling this week, did take a bit of a detour yesterday though :)

Sukotto [lookingglas] May 24 2006 8:45 PM EDT

weight 201.5 (too much crap food at work)
rung 18

Syn Kitten May 24 2006 9:08 PM EDT

ThaOneMan, i was in a shin cast in highschool, my swim coach wanted me in the ool for practice so we put my leg in one of those huge outside yard trash bags and taped the bag shut around my leg above the cast. hurt when you pulled the tape off but it worked. recomendation though, if you do try the bag, shave the area your going to tape as not to pull out hair..

AdminG Beee May 29 2006 6:32 AM EDT

24th May: 260lbs
25th May: 259lbs
26th May: 259lbs
27th May: 259lbs
28th May: 260lbs
29th May: 260lbs

Day 51 without a cigarette.

AdminShade May 29 2006 2:07 PM EDT

Keeping quite a stable weight now G_Beee?

I myself have a hard time getting my own weight lower, not that I need to btw.

Also last week I went shopping with a few friends for jeans / trousers. Turned out that my upper legs are a bit bigger than I thought they were. Either the legs fit perfectly or my waist fits perfectly >.<

I really should stop cycling :p

bartjan May 29 2006 5:36 PM EDT

Couldn't help it, but Shade's post caused the following tune to get stuck in my head:
Lots of girls and lots of boys
Lots of smells and lots of noise
Playing football in the park
Kicking pushbikes after dark
Baggy trousers, dirty shirt
Pulling hair and eating dirt
Teacher comes to break it up
Back of the ead with a plastic cup.


AdminG Beee May 29 2006 5:47 PM EDT

Those were the days Bart.

Oh what fun we had
But, did it really turn out bad
All I learnt at school
Was how to bend not break the rules
Oh what fun we had
But at the time it seemed so bad
Trying different ways
To make a difference to the days.


Yes Shade, weight has stayed stable which considering most people tell me that there's usually weight gain after stopping smoking is a result as far as I'm concerned. I'm still watching what I eat and hope to get back into the routine of dropping a few pounds every week sometime soon.

Sukotto [lookingglas] June 5 2006 10:42 PM EDT

Time to move to a new thread
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