January 2016 recap

My goal (or habit rather) in January consisted of two things: one, to get back on the Slow Carb diet. Two, to weigh in every day. I picked the Slow Carb diet because it’s easy to follow and it corresponded to a time when I lost a lot of weight and felt great. I picked weighing myself daily as it helps me keep focus. For many people weighing in daily is a negative – they see the natural swings of weight and get off track. For me it’s the opposite – by seeing the paper on my mirror daily I tend to make healthier choices during the day.

The process

Goals never work but habits do… so I relied on a new app, Loop Habit Tracker. I’ve used some neat apps before in iPhone but this is the best I could find on Android. And really, it’s better than any other app I’ve found.

I also used an old-fashioned piece of paper taped to the bathroom mirror for weight tracking.

How did I do?

Well… in terms of health and fitness I lost two pounds of overall weight. In mid-January I had my body fat content checked in a dunk tank and learned that I had put on more than one pound of muscle since the last check in November. That’s pretty cool! On the down side I didn’t lose as much weight as I wanted to (ten pounds). I cannot attribute that to the Slow Card diet as I didn’t do a good job sticking to it.


Weight habit

This is one view that shows I was never perfect (defined as weighing in seven days per week). But… the other graph shows that the days I skipped weighing in were times I was on the road for business. So that’s pretty good.

My scores for Slow Carb (6 days out of 7) were:

  1. Breakfast: 75%
  2. Lunch: 37%
  3. Dinner: 40%

Clearly I need to address lunch and dinner. Lunch should be easy – more crockpot dinner equal more lunches I bring to the office. Dinner is a mindset thing – cook more, less pizza.


I like the weigh-in habit and will keep it. And add one more new one.