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Dieting Sux [Official Monthly Weigh-in Day]


It's the First of August and the scales say 276.6 pounds. I have a huge number of excuses for why I've gained twenty pounds instead of lost them, but they all boil down to eating too much and exercising too little.

I'm still keeping track of everything I eat in an Access Database augmented by an Excel Spreadsheet. That's annoying in some ways, given that I used the same spreadsheet to track everything. It was the things it didn't track that made me switch to the database. With just the spreadsheet, I tracked total calories, carbs, sodium, and water daily. With the database, I track every meal and what was eaten for that meal. The database tracks details and data the spreadsheet could have but never did. If I want to, I can pull up how much cholesteral was ingested for lunch last Tuesday.

The database allows customization. I used to track meals, such as midrats, breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper, dinner, tea, snacks, and other. Given that "breakfast" might happen at 1:30 P.M., I abandoned those labels and switched to times: 00:00 to 03:00, 03:00 to 06:00, 06:00 to 09:00, 09:00 to 12:00, 12:00 to 15:00, 15:00 to 18:00, 18:00 to 21:00, 21:00 to 24:00, 24:00+, and Other.

Labels don't matter if there are too many calories per week.

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