Dietary Math

When you’re on a diet, you become obsessed with math. You have to count calories, grams of fat, carbs, and fibers while managing how much you can eat a day or per week. And sometimes, you do math for fun, just to figure out how many slices of of pizza your “ration” is.

So, I introduce my lunch one day last week, Smart Ones pizza bites!

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I guess you can consider this a sad bastardization of Bagel Bites… or perhaps we are just meant to eat 4 anyway! Regardless, I was intrigued to figure out how much pizza I was actually eating. While yes, I know I could have easily consulted the internet, I wanted to see what results I could get doing in the old fashioned way. Not to mention, I couldn’t pass on a chance to use Pi!

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Geometry at its best during my lunch break.

So, here’s a rundown. Each “bagelette” had a diameter of 2.5 in. So the radius of each is 1.25. Area of a circle is (Pi)r^2, and there were four of them. So you come out with an area of 19.635 square inches. I made this total area 1 eighth of the total hypothetical pizza pie I ate (so one slice of an x inch pizza!) So total area of the pizza was 157.08 square inches. So now you work backwards, dividing that by Pi getting approximately 50, then taking the square root, closes is 7 (root of 49). 7 is equal to the radius so diameter of the pizza in question was 14 inches!

So My little bagel bites were equal to once slice of a standard large pizza! Yikes!

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The Heap Presents: The Recycling Project

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This might be the closest to a “green” movement you’ll ever see here on The Heap.

No, we aren’t talking about knowing which products go in the blue or white bin. Or even remembering to put the recycling bins out on a weekly basis. (Though The Heap does recommend and smile upon recycling- it’s less trash for him!) It’s much more personal than that. It’s time to get rid of The Heap’s heap of a mid-section.

Today, August 1st, is the official start date for my diet, though I actually started earlier this week… to kind of ease into it. Ive been doing well, no super strong cravings yet. In fact, I’ve been able to stave off temptations at work!

My diet of choice is the trusty Weight Watchers. WW was quite effective for me when I last was on it in summer of ’06, so I’m hoping to see better results that I don’t have to go back to school and battle the lovely temptations of SDH.

So, you can count on a weekly report: The Recycling Project for a journal-like entry of how I am doing, a breakdown of my daily point consumption, and weight loss.

I’m shooting for the 230’s by Christmas time!

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Starting at 270 as of today! (Which was actually a lot lower than I thought I was!) SO a loss of 40 lbs. in 5 months is certainly do-able! Especially with my vigorous exercise regimen known as The Trash, I do 5 times a week. I’m excited.

Wish me luck.

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