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In Using Futures 2.0 to Manage Intractable Futures (PDF, sorry), futurist Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, PhD, explores the idea of weight loss as an "intractable problem," which "is difficult but not impossible to realize, requires persistent effort for an extended period, and can be subverted by biases, instincts, and our willingness to let rationalization trump rationality."

The essay is worth a read. He lost 50 lbs using some fascinating approaches to self-monitoring, self-experimentation, and mindfulness.

I've lost about 15 pounds, and this evening I dropped by my mom's for a visit. She said, "Have you lost some weight?" and I said, "Not on purpose."

What made me lie like that? I'm not sure. Though I write about it here, I'm totally in the closet about my "diet". I don't want people to comment on my appearance, even though appearance is one of my motivations for losing weight, and I certainly don't want to be seen as "dieting". I haven't figured out why that is yet, but it has something to do with being the only fat person in my entire extended family, and just not wanting it noticed anymore.

Those 15 pounds, however, are starting to pay dividends--at least, I think they are. It's getting easier to ride my bike uphill, I'm in top gear much more of the time, and after 16 months of daily riding, I'm suddenly gaining speed.

I don't know if it's related at all, but it's my understanding that estrogen is stored in the fat cells, and so is possibly released by weight-reduction: I started a menstrual period today, something that stopped happening for me well over a year ago, and I haven't had a hot flash in at least a couple of weeks.

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