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I'm a 58 year old divorced male, and became an empty nester when my daughter moved out in March 2011. I've done some things with fitness over the past few years, but my start with SparkPeople in July 2011 marks my first serious attempt to quantify what I eat in detail. The act of recording affects my food choices, and that is a Good Thing.

April 30, 2014: I completed my first half marathon on April 27, and recovery has gone well. I'm now pointing at running the Rochester ...
I'm a 58 year old divorced male, and became an empty nester when my daughter moved out in March 2011. I've done some things with fitness over the past few years, but my start with SparkPeople in July 2011 marks my first serious attempt to quantify what I eat in detail. The act of recording affects my food choices, and that is a Good Thing.

April 30, 2014: I completed my first half marathon on April 27, and recovery has gone well. I'm now pointing at running the Rochester Marathon in September.

November 29, 2013: The mid-October 5K and Thanksgiving 10K were successful and a lot of fun. I ran new PRs for 5K and 10K in those races. I think I'm back to running regularly now.

September 17, 2013: Today the PT told me to work up to 5 minute running intervals, and that the next step from the 2 minutes I'd been at should be 3 minutes. A 5K in mid-October is looking possible, and a 10K on Thanksgiving Day is looking likely.

July 6, 2013: A couple weeks ago I injured the other foot. Now I'm in physical therapy, trying to get back the ability to run and learn what to do to avoid foot issues in the future. Meanwhile, it's bike rides when the weather permits until the feet are good enough to support brisk walking again.

May 1, 2013: The foot injury is still, ever so slowly, getting better. I've recently been through a secondary leg injury, running a 5K on April 28 because the leg wouldn't let me run a half marathon. Current focus is on getting the leg and foot healthy enough for regular running.

November 23, 2012: Mostly ran a 10K yesterday. I think I can beat this foot injury. Added another set of point in time pictures today. There's little change from the last set, but what change there is looks good.

July 31, 2012: Added another set of point in time pictures. It's good to see that my body is maintaining shape, even while I'm waiting to be able to run again.

July 3, 2012: The foot injury is back. No running, and limited walking. At least it's warm now; I can ride a bike without bothering the foot. Struggling with motivation for the fitness side, doing OK on the eating side.

April 29, 2012: After a long recovery from a foot injury, backed off from the HM and ran the associated 5K. There could be a half in my future, but no definite dates at this point.

December 21, 2011: Got medical clearance to train for a half marathon and/or marathon. Signed up for the Flower City Challenge HM on April 29, 2012.

November 24, 2011: Ran my first competitive 10K. I'm hooked.

October 15, 2011: Came to the end of the 5K Your Way running program. I will no longer be running for a prescribed time interval; now I will run for a distance that looks like it will fit in the time that I have.

October 7, 2011: This morning I weighed in a pound below my initial goal weight. Now I begin the process of figuring out what the real goal ought to be. I'm less concerned with celebrating taking 22 pounds off in 12 and a half weeks, than with figuring out how maintenance works.
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Member Since: 7/10/2011

SparkPoints: 144,894

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My Goals:
I reached my initial goal weight in October 2011, then took off another 10 pounds learning how to not lose weight. The weight went down very slowly for four more months, before smoothing into a true sideways trend.

The long term goal is simply to maintain my weight and fitness level. That will turn into a weight loss or weight gain goal if the weight goes uncomfortably far in one direction or the other.

My Program:
Record everything I eat. Use the SP nutrition tracker as a budget for calories, carbs, fat, and protein. Choose a calorie range 350 calories wide. Set macronutrient ranges carbs 45-65% of calories; fat 20-35% of calories; protein 18-35% of calories, subject to minimum 120 grams. Make adjustments if my weight seems to be moving too much in either direction.

Get some exercise, every day. It turns out I love running; but get some sort of exercise every day even when injuries prevent regular runs.


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From Nebraska, living in Rochester, NY.

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"Discipline is remembering what you want." - David Campbell

"You can't out-train a crappy diet." - weight lifting adage


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TERI-RIFIC
5/29/2014 7:14:38 AM

I had a stress fracture of the second metatarsal on my right foot. After resting it until it healed I started wearing zero drop shoes. Right now I have Altra Olympus which are like heaven for my foot. Even after healing, other types of shoes put stress on the metatarsal area that I could feel.



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MT-MOONCHASER
5/24/2014 9:56:32 AM

Aha!! There is a method to your madness...

So far I haven't paid too much attention to the nutrient split as I am usually adjusting down only about 250-300 calories and I figure with the range that they give I am pretty safe.

Since I have a sedentary job and don't get much exercise except walking, I feel I don't have to fine tune my ranges.

Have a good weekend!

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EMMACLAIRE5
5/23/2014 10:49:21 AM

Thanks for your input on my blog - it's a bit reassuring that the procedure you had didn't hurt. I figure if I can make it through the ol' elbow/ITB grinding, I'll probably be okay with whatever they plan on doing with the foot. I'll keep everybody posted!



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TINAJANE76
5/23/2014 6:45:01 AM

Hi Kevin. I just wanted to let you know that I gave your latest blog a shout out in the one I wrote today: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701239

Thanks for the inspiration and I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.



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SPINNINGJW
5/18/2014 11:21:19 PM

Being Reform, I do not keep Kosher, so having dairy on a chicken taco would not be an issue for me. I do appreciate the thought, have not tried the "fresco" option at Taco Bell as of yet, because usually Pico de Gallo has too much cilantro for my taste. Mostly, I need to remember that an entire day of eating fast food makes me feel like crap, and to plan better. Not to mention that packing a sandwich and piece of fruit from home is a lot cheaper too.



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