Monday, January 13, 2014
Battle of the Bulge, academic version
Normal teaching week: 1lb down (stuck to diet, climbed stairs, skipped scheduled exercise once)
Extra-busy teaching week: 2lb down (no time to eat OR exercise formally, lots of rushing across campus, snatched lowest cal snack from machine in passing)
Extra-busy teaching week with meetings: 2lb on (eating meeting cookies to help keep my mouth shut, post-meeting stress = take away feels positively necessary, and a few beverages)
Christmas week: time to cook and relax, time with friends and family, Mum's fabulous Christmas baking, some sweet gifts, and yet... 2lb off. (Cooking includes seasonal soups, I guess, and time with friends included a bit of hiking, but still...)
Grading (120 undergraduate lab reports and 40 honours course portfolios): 3lb on. 50 essays: 2lb on. (marking is PAINFUL and carbohydrates dull the pain...)
Tentative conclusion: to lose weight, give up meetings and grading.
Wonder if I could argue a health and safety case with my Head of Department? Sadly, making only thin people go to meetings and grade so that the rest of us can lose weight probably isn't on the cards...