Thursday, May 14, 2015

It Took A Village

Morning weigh-in: 194#, 12% BF

I have a CAD puzzle or problem at work, bending groups  of tubes in 3D to achieve a certain configuration. It's not hard but it's tedious, and involves a lot of iterative trial and error for each tube - and there are dozens of tubes in each configuration. It takes me about half a day to work through one full configuration, and there are a whole bunch of configurations to look at...

I figured out a way to automate the process, but we don't have access to any real computing power here (we're not allowed to have any programming capabilities, and the most advanced math package available to me is Excel). So, what I did was write a C program at home, using only the typically available libraries, and once it ran correctly I put it on my SDF shell account and compiled it there. Now I log into SDF from my phone and run the program to get my results. It's like I'm using my phone as a calculator; it's (barely) less tedious than my other method, but the process is now moving much faster.

Jumping through hoops FTW!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Squeeze Play

Morning weigh-in: 193#, 12.5% BF

That looks nice, but the lost weight is mostly suppression: I ran yesterday, biked last night, ate a few handfuls of popcorn for dinner, and ran again this morning. My current normal weight is probably higher, but this kind of push is what forces the trend line down.

Tonight I may skip riding, so we can run a bit longer/harder tomorrow morning - we signed up for a (hilly) 5K on Saturday, and I could use the focus.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Moving Forward

Morning weigh-in (Friday): 195.0#, 11% BF
Morning weigh-in (Saturday): 194.5#, 14% BF
Morning weigh-in (Tuesday): 194#, 12% BF

Towpath ride Thursday night, followed by dinner and a nap (which eventually merged into bedtime). Another towpath ride  (longer but easy) Friday night, and some still-easy-but-more-real MTB at Nox on Sunday, while Saturday was an all day schoolwork fest...

I finished the last test for that accounting class (due Sunday at 6:00 PM) on Sunday morning, and after thinking about it, this may be my last NCC class for a while. They're interesting, but they were easy A's, not nearly interesting/challenging enough for the amount of work and time they eat up, and I've flip-flopped on my original motivation: I'm not seriously considering a career change anymore. More on this some other time.

This morning was a short run, tonight will be a towpath ride.