Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180103

Lately I've been waking up after only about 4 hours of sleep. It's as if a dream flips an "on" switch in my brain.

Waist = 43.0"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Mindfulness Diary for the Alzheimer's Patient

I’ve become increasingly concerned about the cognitive decline I’ve been experiencing. Could it be a symptom of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder? Is it related to depression? Am I getting Alzheimer's?

I decided to start tracking episodes of “mindlessness.” I thought to use a weekly planner as a medical journal. I envisioned a planner in which the user / patient could select a symptom and rate its severity. But I saw only regular planners in bookstores. So I searched online for “journal diary for alzheimers patients.” Amazingly nothing related to a downloadable diary showed up. So I decided to create my own.

I found a really nice weekly planner template written in Excel by SmartSheet. I downloaded it, saved it with LibreOffice Calc and modified it in two distinct ways.

First I improved the date calculations. Now the starting date for each week is derived from a global starting date and the sheet name. Thus a new week can be added just by copying an existing sheet to a new sheet and changing the sheet name. The original template contained only five weeks of content; it was necessary to edit the start date on each new worksheet. So adding new weeks was tedious without redesigning the date calculation.

Second, I changed the layout of the page to a two-column format and gave each day the same amount of space. The TASKS and NOTES sections have been moved to the bottom, and TASKS was repurposed into two sections: CATEGORY and SEVERITY. The content in these new sections comes from a non-calendar worksheet, called SourceLists, to allow for easy changes to the lists that appear on all weeks.

Cells A1 through A10 on SourceLists contain the ten categories of symptoms. You can change the text in them and/or blank a few out. The severities are 0 (for no problem), 9 for highest functioning, and -9 for lowest functioning. Originally, I had 0 through 9 to represent symptoms from lowest to highest. But then I realized that I’d like to record good episodes, and a positive number seemed appropriate to represent this condition.  The idea is to jot down a Severity/Category code followed by a brief note.  For example, yesterday I had "-1A: I momentarily forgot that I was driving JC home after I got gas."  The "-1A" code is short for a very slight / brief memory impairment.  Having codes like this can make it easy to use a statistics program (such as R) to chart trends and to correlate with other sets of data.

I found the original list of symptoms in the Alzheimer’s Symptom Diary. I tailored the list to my needs and limited the number to ten to fit the available space.

Here's a link to the PDF document that I'm currently using.  Let me know if you're interested in seeing the spreadsheet source document.  I'm not publishing it out of deference to SmartSheet.  Someone put a lot of effort into designing that template, and I don't wish to subvert their business model by publishing a derivative work.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In 20171226

My diet has been terrible lately. Buttered bread is so amazing! Uggh.

Waist = 43.5"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In 20171219

Just trying to make it through the week. My holiday vacation starts on Friday, December 22 and lasts to January 1. This to me is backwards -- I need the week off before December 25 not after. This so I can shop online and not have to pay for express shipping two days before Christmas.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In 20171129

Our vegan daughter was home for Thanksgiving and made a salad, a curry stir fry and oven-roasted potatoes. I baked two turkey thighs, which is my favorite part of the bird. There was also homemade cranberry sauce, but it wasn't ready until the next day.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In 20171123

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In 20171118

The new scale arrived, so I decided to do an "immediate" weigh-in.

I'm now using the Balance Body Composition Bath Scale. The resolution for weight is 0.1lb; for percent body fat, 0.1%. The resolution of the previous scale was 0.5lb and 1%, respectively.

The new scale also reports water, muscle mass, bone, and it computes BMI directly. But for these weigh-ins, I'll continue to calculate BMI myself, and I'll report only weight and body fat. I didn't get the model with any connectivity to a computer, and all those other numbers are hard to remember. (I usually weigh myself in the morning and then enter the data much later in the day or even the next day.)

It's scary that I'm only 11.2lbs away from hitting 200lb! That's crazy!

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.