May 28th through June 4th
- Weight: 343.8 lbs. (+3 / -18.2 total)
- Waist size for pants: 54 (-2)
OK, plateaus (plateaux?) suck.
I’m looking back at the week to see what, if anything, I could have done differently. I will admit to one thing, though: I was too aggressive with changes.
I’m an engineer by trade, one who works agilely. When a system has an issue, a bug, the best way to find it is the scientific method:
- Hypothesize a cause
- Develop testable prediction
- Measure tests
- Develop theory from the result
- If necessary, start over.
Now, IF I change more than one factor at a time, how do I know how each factor contributed to results, and by how much? I don’t. And THAT is why I don’t change more than one aspect of the system at a time.
Two weeks ago, I made not one, not two, but four changes to the system. I added two tasks to the “Move” story to motivate me to add more activity, which should have been fairly benign. I added a story for eating lunch, and for snacking.
What was I thinking? When I work out more, I build muscle, which adds weight, though not a lot. When I eat more, I can add weight.
The way I see it, I have two choices:
- I can undo some or all of the changes.
- I can stay the course.
In Epic Two – The Scope of the Problem, I talked about weight being a trailing indicator, and not the actual goal. This week, my weight went up, it went down, it went up. I think that for now I’m going to stay the course. I need to measure the tests, to see what my new equilibrium is before I go looking at more changes.
Oh, and I spent over an hour at the fitness center on Saturday. Great exercise, but OMG, am I sore. I have GOT to not overdo it, lest I get an injury that stops me from moving at all.
Again, not a great week, but I continue to learn how to modify my behavior using Scrum. On to Sprint 8.
Categories: Sprint Results Epic Three