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On the plateau

281.5 lbs / 10 lbs lost

Well, it’s earlier than I had hoped, but I seem to have hit my first plateau. For about the last two weeks, my weight has been stuck at 281.5. It’s bounced up and down from one day to the next, but it always returns back to that center of gravity.

I admit, it’s more frustrating than I expected. I knew pounds wouldn’t always come off as quickly as they did in the first week or two, but I didn’t expect to run into a wall just ten pounds into this. Keeping to a 1000 calorie deficit has taken effort, and it’s easy to feel like that effort has been, at least for a week now, largely for nothing.

Oh, well. It doesn’t do any good to fret over it too much. But it’s worth noting as a milepost.

So consider it noted. Now I’ll look forward to seeing it in my rearview mirror!

Things that have surprised me

One of the biggest things about my weight loss experience so far has been becoming aware of how many calories are in the food on my plate. My guesstimates are getting better the more I track and learn. But some items have caught me by surprise, both good and bad. Here’s a short list soContinue Reading

Century Gear: Body fat scale

Losing weight can be done with no investment in gear whatsoever. But it’s a lot easier with the right tools. “Century Gear” is an ongoing catalog of tools that have clicked for me. Your mileage may vary. What fun is losing weight if you don’t have a way to track your progress? One of theContinue Reading

Reader questions

Let me take a few minutes to answer some of the questions I’ve been asked since starting the Century. What plan or program are you using? No gimmicks, no endorsements, no product line – just “eat fewer calories, and use more of them.” What’s your pace? I started on August 11 with a 500-calorie dailyContinue Reading

Major changes at BobSchaefer.com

For the first time in what feels like forever, I’m rolling out a completely new version of my site, built from scratch, just for me. I’ve separated out my personal posts from ones of a more pastoral nature. That should make it easier for folks to follow what interests them. I’ve also added a newContinue Reading

Introducing “The Century”

Let me start out very simply: I’m fat. Now, I don’t especially like writing that. It’s an ugly word, “fat,” and it feels ugly to use it to describe someone I’m rather fond of. I much prefer any one of the dozens of euphemisms that keep me from saying the F word: I’m a bigContinue Reading

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-18

2/11: My Kindle book is now available from the library. Woot! Except 2/10: #PenguinUSA locks out Kindle apps. BOO! http://t.co/PbeLNRSZ #fb # Reform copyright law to allow libraries to keep digital copies of ebooks and other media. http://t.co/L8ZjnutT #fb # Rite Aid. Four items. Twenty inches of receipt. *sigh* # Taxes are done. Refunds willContinue Reading

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-18

2/11: My Kindle book is now available from the library. Woot! Except 2/10: #PenguinUSA locks out Kindle apps. BOO! http://t.co/PbeLNRSZ #fb # Reform copyright law to allow libraries to keep digital copies of ebooks and other media. http://t.co/L8ZjnutT #fb # Rite Aid. Four items. Twenty inches of receipt. *sigh* # Taxes are done. Refunds willContinue Reading

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-11

How is it possible that there's STILL no way to read RTF files on the #hptouchpad despite having two office suites and a community of devs? #Continue Reading

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-04

Is student debt a modern-day style of indentured servitude? This scholar says yes: http://t.co/LPoZhmga # Great book currently FREE for Kindle! 'Church History: An Essential Guide' by Justo L. González #fb http://t.co/8daVtdFP # Must be a really good dream – the pooch is making all kinds of little muffled woofs, snorts, and growls! # BachContinue Reading