Uh-oh! I finally remembered where all the Christmas cookies went, and maybe some of the chocolates. And it's not pretty. Apparently, when you sit at your keyboard for hours, with the occasional cookie break, it puts the "spread" in "spreadsheet."
Time to get things under control, and I'll use an Excel weight loss tracker. It can store weekly weight records, calculate the weight loss, and show the progress in a weight loss chart.
With some fancy programming, it could probably create some healthy menus, and zap me if I reach for a cookie, but I'll work on those features later.
There's a link at the end of this post, where you can download the Excel Weight Loss Tracker sample file. I'm not a trained medical professional, so use the Excel Weight Loss Tracker at your own risk, and for entertainment purposes only, etc.
[Update] The latest version of this workbook lets you select pounds or kilograms as the measurement. There is also a stone/pounds version of this workbook. Read about it here: Excel Weight Loss Tracker in Stone and see the link at the end of this article.
Weight Loss Goals
On the first worksheet in the Excel Weight Loss Tracker file, there are cells where you can enter your personal data and goals.
In the Excel Weight Loss Tracker sample file, I've entered the data for my daughter's favourite Toronto Blue Jays baseball player. He probably had a few extra cookies over the holidays too, and needs to get in shape before the baseball season starts.
Data is entered in the green cells, and calculations, such as Target Date, are in the white cells.
This shows the good news for the Blue Jays. If this player can work off about 3.5 pounds per week, he'll be ready!
The first sheet in the Excel Weight Loss Tracker also has information on Body Mass Index (BMI) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It calculates your current BMI, and target BMI, and shows the ideal weight range for your height.
The BMI table is used as a lookup table for the ratings for the current BMI and Target BMI. The Minimum and Maximum ideal weight range is calculated from your height, and the Normal range in the BMI table.
The second sheet is the Weight Tracker sheet, where weekly weights are entered. It also calculates the weekly weight change. Just enter your weight in column B each week, and the change is automatically calculated.
Weight Loss Dashboard
The final sheet is the Dashboard, with a simple line chart to show the recorded weights, and a summary of the weight loss. It calculates the total weight change, and shows how many weeks are left until you reach the target end date.
Download the Excel Weight Loss Tracker
You can download a zipped copy of the Excel weight loss tracker, and try it for yourself. The sheets are protected, with the green cells unlocked, and there's no password on the worksheets.
There are versions for Excel 2007/Excel 2010, and Excel 2003 on the Contextures website: Excel Weight Loss Tracker