Monthly Archives: June 2012

fitbit: 11 – 17 June 2012

Each week I get a lovely newsletter from fibit with my weekly stats, and I thought I would share some of them here.

I managed to take 57,787 steps last week, which is actually down from my average. That’s a total of 40.80km… which doesn’t include the weekend when I forgot to wear the damned thing. Not too shabby.

I don’t entirely trust my calories in vs out… I don’t record on the weekends so it isn’t accurate. However, it does tell me that my weight is down 2.6kg. Woot! It was back up a bit this Monday (which I expected), but as long as it is moving down overall, I’m happy.

The most disturbing stat this week is my sleep. My average sleep duration last week was 3 hours and 36 minutes. YIKES. On average I was awakened FIFTEEN times.

I haven’t been sleeping well (stress, innit?) but it is a wee bit shocking to see just how badly. Sleep is such an important part of your overall health (physical as well as emotional and mental) so I think I’m going to have to focus on this metric a bit more. I slept well over the weekend (mmmm…. lazy lie ins) but Sunday night and last night (Monday) I could not shut down. I think a week of regular bedtimes, wakeup times and perhaps some melatonin might do me some good. As would winning the lottery… that would kill loads of my stress and I sleep better in a hammock on the beach anyway. Haha.

The ups and downs

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my weight loss attempts, because frankly I haven’t even been trying lately. Blame the Queen (for all the long weekends). Blame the weather (for all the energy-draining pisstastic weather). Blame Rich (for the wedding).

Mostly though, blame me.

I don’t really know why I do this. I do something that works to reduce my mass, but then after I start succeeding, I give up before I can actually succeed. There’s definitely a pattern to it – just check out this graph of my weight over the last year.

Not I’m not willing to show you the actual weight numbers… I’m not as brave as some fantastic people I know!

There is an 11kg (25lb or nearly 2 stone) difference between my lowest weight (the first “YAY”) and my highest (the “WTF”) during the last year. Why did I a) stop doing what I was doing to drop the weight and b) wait until I was so much heavier again before trying to do something about it?

I think if I can figure that out, not only will I finally get to a healthy weight, but I’ll also stop hanging out in my overdraft (I honestly believe that whatever it is that drives me to avoid weight regulation also drives me to avoid budgeting).

In the meantime, I’m gonna try again. It’s all I can do, right? Pick up where I am and try again. So far this week, what I’m doing is working. Here’s the graph for this week.

I’m pretty pleased with myself. I’m down 3.5kg (nearly 8 pounds) in four days. I completely understand that I can’t maintain that pace, but as long as it keeps dropping, I’m happy.

So what am I doing? I’m basically following the advice in Timothy Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Body“.  Again. It’s how I lost a bunch of weight at the beginning of 2011, before I gave up (WHY WHY WHY?) at the end of April and went back to my old lifestyle.

The advice in that book may not be for everyone, but it does work for me. When I follow it, I mean. Obviously. Which I hope to keep doing this time. I would still like to get to my goal weight by the end of the year. To make that happen, I have to be a bit more dedicated.

So… here’s to being a bit more dedicated for the second half of 2012. I’ll try to blog more about my progress, what I’m doing to make it work (or what is getting in the way of making it work) and hopefully – by 31 December 2012 – I’ll be celebrating being a healthy weight for the first time in my life since childhood. Wouldn’t that be grand?

The dispensability of meetings

At the end of May The Vancouver Sun posted an article about how meetings kill productivity. (article)

Not really news, is it?

Every person I know who works in a company that has meetings (read: most of them) could tell you that meetings suck the marrow out of your productive work time.

What was nice about the article is that they gave a thorough list of methods to reduce or eliminate meetings, or to make the meetings you should (not are, but should) be having more effective. A lot of them I knew, but it was a nice, comprehensive list.

There isn’t a boss I know that isn’t interested in increasing productivity. And you know what would increase productivity? Reducing meetings and making the meetings you can’t burn in a fire more effective and efficient.

So I had a fleeting urge to recommend reading this article and implementing some of these meeting killing tips at our company to the management team.  But in re-reading the list I realise that our managers are often the worst violators when it comes to abusing meetings. I was trying to imagine all of them sat in a meeting room with their laptops (gasp) closed and just couldn’t quite do it.

It’s a shame I’m not the boss of everything. I would love to implement the majority of these meeting killers and have people get on with what they have to do. Then I realised that there is a lot of truth in the quote they included from economist John Kenneth Galbraith who said, “meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything”.

Perhaps you wouldn’t have to worry about running tighter meetings if you just made sure your employees (including your management!) were actually interested in doing the work they had in front of them.