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Logging with the enemy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Finished the most recent BLC round up 5 pounds (more or less, I can't remember what number I put down on Wednesday. At least I know it wasn't more, as more would have meant twoterville, and that's a barrier I haven't crossed, no matter how close I've skated to the line. Well, at least that isn't a barrier I've seen on the scale. I know that I've been over and back during the bulk of the day, but that's why we stick to trying to weigh at a consistent time, right?)

Anyway, in those three days since that last weigh in, on the scale at the hotel gym, which is always a little meaner than my own scale at home, I've either lost a couple of pounds, or the nice scale is being nice. There might be something to the losing, because I ate well on Tuesday night, while hanging out and playing bar trivia. A couple of beers, and maybe the weigh in was artificially inflated. Had I been close to even for the 12 week challenge, maybe I would have passed on the drink, held back on food, looked for a sauna. But since that wasn't a realistic concern, I did the Tuesday night thing normally.

(just looked it up, 199.2, as of 7/23)

Anyway, trying something again, tracking food, which I've done very sporadically on this site, because the food tracker on here is very annoying to use. So I'm using the one on MyFitnessPal. I really don't know if it really is easier, or if it's the fact that I started using it during the week, and I'm putting items from fast food or casual dining establishments rather than stuff made/eaten at home. But it seems easier. And it's a bit of an eye opener as far as seeing how stupidly easily you can blow past 2000 calories. I've had a bit of a headache every day since Wednesday, and I don't really know if it's related to trying to stay below that figure or if it's just being a little sick-ish (or, as i suspect, I might have hurt my neck a bit playing my first round of golf in over two years back on Sunday). But, 5 days in a row of faithful logging, corresponding with a 2.5 lb decrease? Coincidence? Yeah, probably, but I think I'll keep on trying to keep track and see if that sort of coincidence continues.

In other news, I've been officially told that my contract won't be extended past August, so I'll be free (aka unemployed, or to put it more accurately and more kindly, between contracts) come September, just in time to go to Atlanta for a metal festival. That works out decently, I'd say. Also, depending on how long the break is, I might get a chance to get back into some semblance of a fitness routine. After all, I declared a re-beginning a couple of months ago, might as well start moving on that concept, right?

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GARDENCHRIS 7/27/2014 9:00AM

    Hey.... It's been awhile.... good on trying to track your food, and hoping everything works out on the work thing, can't someone just hire you permanent?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/26/2014 9:48PM

    Good luck on the job search!

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late night grubbing

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Had a late lunch, and then wasn't hungry during the traditional dinner hours, and then was utterly starving right when I was thinking I could survive on some snack (granola bar or something) and just skip dinner. That late, holy crap I'm hungry feeling drove me out of my hotel room in search of sustenance, and I'll give myself a half point back for not going to the McDonald's across the street, even as subtracting a point for the lateness of the meal.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2014 9:01AM

    TIMOTHY has wise advice! But kudos to you for skipping McD's. That's good.

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DTERESA 6/26/2014 1:15AM

    Bravo on skipping McDonald's - that would have been an easy thing to do! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/26/2014 12:56AM

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TIMOTHY53 6/26/2014 12:46AM

    Here's a trick I use when I travel ... find the supermarket. There are small single serving dinner that are low calorie, low sodium etc. Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers, what ever. If they have a salad bar do that too. And don't forget the produce aisle for fruit. I have no need to even think about McDonald's et al.

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USA...USA...US...oh shi...

Monday, June 23, 2014

The reaction from millions of your fellow Americans at the last kick of today's world cup game, as it lofted right to an open Portuguese player's head and into the American net, for a last gasp tie. It felt like we'd lost though, the way they pulled their fat out of the fire at the last possible moment, and made Thursday's games meaningful, when the US had a golden ticket to the next round already in hand.

Jumping on the scale is like that sometimes, when you find that you have stayed even, or lost just a tiny but, even though you had eaten decently and exercised, but made that one late error, grabbed that one last bit of salty goodness, I mean badness, that WILL reflect on the scale. Knowing the number you see should be better than it is, feels like a gain, even if it really is equal or better by a tad than the previous number.

I say that because I just realized I'm engaged in that very, silly, last minute behaviour at the moment. I've been relatively good the past week, and though I haven't done all that much exercise due to injury, I did go to the gym today. But given what I just put away, I kind of suspect that the scale won't be as kind as it should be. And it will feel like a negative, though any movement in the downward direction deserves happy thought.

Self inflicted wound, this one. I'll try to have to keep it in mimd for the next such occasion/opportunity.

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SUSANELAINE1956 6/23/2014 5:48PM

    That game was a heart-breaker. I like your comparison to last minute mistakes. I'll try to keep that in mind when something seems irresistible.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2014 2:56PM

    You said a mouthful!

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CATTUTT 6/23/2014 12:45PM

    You make a very good point. Sometimes a small loss feels as bad as a gain when you know you could have done better. Never really thought about it that way before, but it is true.

Hope your Monday is going well!

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BILL60 6/23/2014 7:47AM

    Just get on down and do "10" for being a bad boy.

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STR8SHOOTERGIRL 6/23/2014 12:33AM

    Really enjoyed this considering about 3 or so hours ago my hubby was watching this very game and was telling me it was tied....then he came in to the kitchen and said, "Let's watch a movie..." lol. BUT, I said... after 2 good episodes..."I gotta work out after this...so we have to stop watching in 10 minutes." Did I really want to stop? No. But...I owe it to myself to try...much like you. Thanks! emoticon

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1001 middle American nights

Saturday, June 21, 2014

If youíre looking for story telling, youíve come to the wrong place.
(go here instead: www.gutenberg.org/files/19860
If Iíd been in Scheherezadeís place, that Arabian nights book would have been a heck of a lot shorter, maybe a week before the sultan got bored and went ďOff with his head!Ē. So itís a probably a good thing this web site doesnít demand that I keep it entertained, since I might not have made it to this, a 1001th day since I joined up.

You know something? I still donít know how I feel about this place. That many days, and Iíve probably spent as much or more time on here than I have on any site other than facebook (yes, I am a victim of timesucks). And for all that, am I healthier than I was when I started? Heck if I know (HIIK). I weigh a few pounds less, 6.2, which translates roughly to 100 ounces, or .1 ounce per day Iíve been on here. Not exactly what you call a spectacular rate of reduction. But as I blogged not too long ago, that number masks trends that, to put it mildly, ainít good right now.

Then again, I am still poking my head in here, and making some semblance of an effort. And this site and its assorted and collective wisdoms were absolutely instrumental in helping the too sadly temporary 16.2% weight loss in the first 18 months I was here. And not really to blame for the 15.9% gain since.

I suspect Iím still here, and here as often as I am largely due to the blc challenges and its dictates, but more for the people Iíve gotten to know through that channel. Without that anchor (and I donít use that as a pejorative), I might have gotten bored and drifted off, especially when the scale turned evil again.

Then again, maybe I would have reached a point, not unlike the one Iím very near right now, where I just had to declare that Iíd had enough (of myself, really), and was rededicating myself toÖummmÖ.me. Starting over, hitting the reset button, and being more active, and actively concerned with those steps which helped me lose the weight that made it so that I, despite all the weight Iíve re-gained in the past year, still havenít reached the all time high blubber mark, and even though Iíve skated a perilously fine line near it, havenít crossed back into twoterville officially. Not having stepped on a scale in three days, I might well make a mockery of that statement in the morning. But Iíd deal with it. And move on.

So thereís the idea anyway. Itís not quite a plan. And I suspect Iíll be very annoyed by the timesuck it takes to start tracking stuff on here again, however intermittently, and be annoyed by getting sore from using the hotel fitness room more, despite whatever injury I might subject myself to next. But the stuff Iíve been doing the last year and change sure as heck hasnít been working, and I owe myself better.

For whatís it worth, this semi-re-starting-thingy is partly inspired by the re-appearance of Punky100 on this site. So, uh, if it works, thanks, and if it doesnít, ITíS ALL YOUR FAULT! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2014 6:35PM

    Hey, always good to have a scapegoat!

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CATTUTT 6/21/2014 5:37PM

    I've done the yo-yo thing since I've been here, but overall I'm healthier. Sounds like you are too. Good luck with your restart!

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GEMLADYONE 6/21/2014 9:57AM

    Restarting is a great idea....it's hard to make the commitment to invest the time, but you ARE worth it!

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I'm so disappointed in you people

Friday, June 20, 2014

(If I was on my computer, there would be a clip of Robert Downey from topic thunder saying his "who are you calling you people?" line. But alas. I spent a whole three minutes in my previous blog cramming a whole bunch of butt euphemisms (bum, end, can, bottom, booty, haunches, arse) into the last paragraph, and no one commented on it! Clearly your minds are too elevated)

Edit: I meant, of course, Downey's, "What do you mean 'you people'"? line

The backside was mostly good today, save for a bit before lunch when I went to pull on a sweatshirt (office mates like it much cooler than I do) and it tweaked. Enough of an excuse to avoid the exercise room tonight, although I did walk a decent bit through a horribly designed mall, when I parked behind a kohl's site and could find no was in except to walk around the whole darn building. And since I wanted to find the secret passageway, I failed to ask about the easiest route, and ended up walking around the outside of the rest of the mall on the way back. The last 20 seconds of that walk it started absolutely pouring, so maybe I should have asked for directions? Then again, had I done so, I wouldn't have claim for a 35-40 minute walk (however slow it was for the achy leg).

Was at the mall as I'd manage to only pack three dress shirts in my bag Monday. Oh I know where the 4th is, and it's ironed and ready to go for next week, if I forgive it for going awol this time. But it meant needing a 4th for Friday (guess I could have repeated, but it was 90 degrees earlier this week, the collars got sweated on, and besides, I've been intending on replacing a couple shirts in the rotation). Kohl's had a shirt and tie combo for half price, so I managed to get out of there more cheaply than I'd expected, with a new tie to boot.

And now Friday, for which I'd intended to be asleep long before. Gonna be a rough morning, hope the ticket queue, which I have responsibility for tomorrow, behaves in a friendly manner.

Oh, btw, it's my 1000th day on spark, but in honor of my high school class and our belated reunion, I'll try to remember to celebrate it on the 1001th night.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2014 8:56PM

    Awesome milestone! Congrats. AS for the "butt" euphamisms sprinkled in your previus post, went back and read it. DUH! There they were.

Well hope that pain is behind you!

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2BDYNAMIC 6/20/2014 7:39PM

    emoticon and emoticon for your milestones!

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JOANNKW 6/20/2014 1:18PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!

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LOLATURTLE 6/20/2014 11:12AM

    oh POOP we missed all your butt jokes! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 6/20/2014 7:03AM

    now you can dress that butt up again!

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