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Holiday Weight Tips

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I ran across this article that are great tips to keep in mind during the holiday seasons. It is easy to get caught up in hidden calories and forgo exercise unless planned in advance. Enjoy the article by Coach Nicole, I have it printed out and posted on my refrigerator door.
Included in Article but not limited to:
Track Foods
Plan Meals
Look-up calories before eating
Make fitness a priority
Schedule workouts like an appointment
Bring your own food
Limit alcohol Keep your eye on the prize

Enjoy the holidays with sensible nutrition and fitness. emoticon emoticon

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GAYEMC 11/29/2010 8:33PM

    I saw that article also. Sadly I gained 2 lbs over my mini holiday. I didn't overeat, but it wasn't the healthiest of foods (lots of fat). Sounds like you had a good Turkey day dinner. I love sweet potatoes and eat them all the time but still broke down with a piece of Costo pumpkin pie yesterday. Hopefully I work them off on the Jingle Bell Run Sunday. Sorry you can't make it.

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/28/2010 11:51AM

    Duffy it is a plan and plans are very fluid. I have been at the top of my calorie range for 3 days now and it need to cease somewhat. Be glad when Monday is here so I will get back to the lower end of my calorie range.

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DUFFYDYER 11/28/2010 9:24AM

    Thanks Chuck! Unfortunately, I DID NOT follow this good advice

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/27/2010 5:53PM

    Actually the sun was out and I got in about 45 min. Stayed close to home due to threatening dark cloud coming my way.

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DARLENEK04 11/27/2010 4:47PM

  Thanks Chuck....Getting any riding in or has weather
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Here is wishing everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving" and a nutritious and healthy dinner. I will do my best to watch my calories. Instead of pumpkin pie I will be having a sweet potato instead sprinkled with Sweet-n-Low and cinnamon, dressing made the low cal way (no butter), Salad, and veggies.
Maybe afterwards I will fire-up the treadmill and challenge the grandkids? I only wish I had a fraction of their energy.
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ROSEISSHRINKING 11/26/2010 10:53AM

    I have always said that we are looking in the wrong places for renewable energy sources. All we need to do is hook up a bunch of 2-10 year olds and they would produce all the electricity we needed for years.

Good job, Chuck, for setting such a fantastic example for your family and generations to come!!!!!

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/25/2010 7:13PM

    When the grandkids arrived I was running on the treadmill. After dinner I have them on the treadmill wearing them out. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 11/25/2010 4:47PM

  Gee Chuck, if you could bottle the energy they have, you
would be so


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Subtle Hints

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I have somewhat touched on this subject before in a previous Blog "Measurements Vs Scale"
But since then I have found other subtle changes that I find more meaningful.

Shirts- From size XXLarge down to size Large.
Pants- From size 44 down to Size 38, and they are loose!
Shoes- From size 10 down to size 9 to 9.5. I would never have guessed I would have "Fat-feet"!

Motorcycle Riding Gear:
New armored Jacket- Jacket made from Ballistic - denier material has armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. The old jacket became so big that the armor slid down from the areas that needed protection.
New Armored riding pants- Same situation as with the Jacket, armor was moving from areas that needed protected. A very big surprise here because I was able to go down to a size 36!!
Helmet- May need to get new padding for a more snug fit. Loose helmet will not be good should I get up close and personal with the pavement. I want it to stay on.
I am much more critical with my motorcycle gear than any other part of my wardrobe. I am a firm believer of "Dress for a crash". I hope it never happens but I will be a prepared as I can be if that day arrives.

Other neat subtle hints I have made progress :
When I stand up straight- I can look down and see stuff I had not seen for a long time (keep your mind out of the gutter) I can actually see my feet! (Well OK...., in the gutter, I can see other stuff also).
Measuring tape and Scale- These are a couple of great tools, but I have learned to like the "subtle" measurable methods much better.

When I hit these dreaded plateaus, weeks at a time, I fall back onto the progress I have made over the past 10 months. Hard work, consistency, and dedication is paying off. I am working through some injuries, but I am still staying focused on the goals I have set. I have lost 63 lbs since Jan. 2010 with 24 lbs to go.

I have my eyes on more smaller motorcycle gear!!!

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GAYEMC 11/22/2010 6:48PM

    You have accomplished so much Chuck! And I'm glad you dress for a crash, let's hope it never happens.

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DUFFYDYER 11/22/2010 3:56PM

    I just bought new shoes too.... I tried on my usual size (7) and they were too big. The 6 1/2's fit fine. I guess I had fat feet too! (Thought you'd be glad to know that you're not alone!)

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/22/2010 11:48AM

    I guess I had better watch Dr. Oz more often and get that "Formula"!! Thanks for the information. If I lose enough weight maybe there is a movie career ahead of me? emoticon

By the way you lost your SparkPage?

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 11/22/2010 12:21AM

    Many sparkers are shocked to learn their shoe size goes down as well as the scale! During one section of my weight loss, I lost only 11#, but it made a difference of an inch in my NECK! Who would've guessed? Dr. Oz has some formula for men. How many pounds lost or percentage of weight lost= a certain added length of private part...whatever it takes to motivate some men, Dr. Oz will find it:-) emoticon emoticonYou in old pants!!!

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LKEITHO 11/21/2010 9:34PM

    Don't you just love it when you have to go down in sizes? Congratulations on your great progress!

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BMRBUDDY 11/21/2010 5:51PM

    WooHoo! Great going! And I'm also so glad to hear that you wear riding gear from head to toe. I also agree with you and your wife that they need to fit properly. I went down on my bike four years ago at 60 miles and hour. I slid across two lanes of a four lane highway. Thank goodness the cars behind me were far enough away that they were able to stop. An ambulance was called and the people that stopped wouldn't let me move. I kept telling them that I thought I was all right. The paramedics moved me into the ambulance and checked me out. Because of all the gear I was wearing I was able to climb out of the ambulance and walk away. Of course, my bike was totalled and my helmet, jacket, pants and boots were scraped and had holes on the left side from head to toe. They did what they were suppose to do. I was very lucky! Of course, I was sore the next day from head to toe. Even my face hurt. It was a hard lesson to learn. But, that is why it is important to have the proper fitting gear. I had no burns or abrasions from anything twisting and no road rash. No scars but did have bruising on my butt from landing on the pavement.

You are doing a fantastic job and its expensive to replace but such a wonderful reward.

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    Way to go, Chuck!!!!!! You've done fantastic!

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MS_SWEETHEART 11/21/2010 4:12PM

    emoticon emoticonon your success so far, and keep up the good work! emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 11/21/2010 3:58PM

    First of all, your wife's comment is AWWWWWsome! :-)

This blog made me laugh! And I so get what you mean about dressing for a crash. No matter how hot it gets here in Texas, when I ride I have jeans, boots, and a helmet on. I'll allow a tank top because TOO hot isn't safe, either, but as for the rest of it I NEVER compromise!

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MUNCHIEMAGS 11/21/2010 3:45PM

    You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work.
And you can buy all the protective gear you want - because I want it to work should the worst happen (I want you around for a long time, mister).
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Excuses, Excuses....Excuses!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I do not want to sound to harsh or maybe I just got up on the wrong side of the bed, but why do people make the excuse "I don't have time to exercise", or "I don't have time to eat right" or "I am to tired"? I see these excuses made in many post on SparkPeople threads, from friends, from family members....etc. Pre-SparkPeople I was very guilty of making these very same excuses and a few others I made up to rationalize for myself.

The way I look at it is; I have to be truthful to myself. If I don't lose weight I generally have no one to blame but me. If I lose only 1 or 2 pounds over a long span all I am doing is maintaining my overweight status. If I sit down and talk to myself I can come up with the real answers.
I used to use the excuse "I don't have time to exercise" or "I will do it tomorrow". When I say things of this nature I "lie" to myself because I do have time to exercise and do have time to eat right every day! All I have to do is set my alarm-clock to give myself time and have a plan of action . I have not met one person in my life that cannot take 30 minutes out of their busy 24 hour day to get in some sort of cardio exercise. I have 15 min. here and 15 min, there....etc. I have time if I "choose" to take time to exercise and make healthy food choices.
Sometimes life's tragedies gets in the way of my plans and I get derailed. It is understandable to have a recovery period of life's tragedies: health issues, and other crisis issues. But it is a compareable situation to a hard workout that requires a recovery period to heal the muscles. But if I choose not to adhere to my nutrition and fitness program, it is because I made a conscious choice to divert from plan. Of course some things are out of a persons control, such as a Doctor may give specific instructions that may change your diet and fitness plans somewhat. but generally not completly.
I have learned not to make excuses but understand it is my choice when I fall off the wagon. If I don't lose weight within a certain period of time it is because I am not working hard enough to improve my situation, not educated enough, or I need more motivation.
Motivation to stay on plan/track is generally, for me, the main key for my nutrition and fitness program. I do not have a strong support system around me, so usually I need to motivate myself from within or hit the SparkPeople message boards to keep me on track. If I fall off the wagon it is generally SparkPeople, SparkFriends, get the idea, right?

With that all being said I have no excuse but to get up from this computer, which is in my plan, and get to my planned workout emoticon, and my planned nutrition. emoticon

For me Execuses=Failure.

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AURIANNE67 2/6/2011 4:51PM

    I agree with you completely, I think the major difference between people who achieve what they want in life and people who simply spend their lives wondering, "What if?" is how much they hold themselves accountable for their choices.

There are people whose amazing success stories humble me; if people who have been bedridden or who work multiple jobs and take care of their children or are full-time student holding down a job to pay their way through school can still make the hard choices to do what they can to improve their health who am I to say the adversity I face is just too much?

Every choice you face matters and realizing that the sum of those choices is what gets you where you are going is an integral step in reaching your goals!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 2/5/2011 2:11PM

  AWESOME BLOG, Chuck! I guess great minds think alike emoticon

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GOODYBAR58 1/31/2011 4:38PM

    Thanks for bringing this blog back. All of us need to take a look at it from time to time. NO Excuses!!!

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RAIDERMOM2277 1/30/2011 6:55PM

  So true, thanks for the reminder that we are the ones in control.

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SPEEDY143 1/30/2011 6:09PM

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can!! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 1/30/2011 3:47PM

    Great blog I agree there are no excuses we just Choose not to do something.

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    I so agree! I may not work out daily or eat as well as I should but those are the times that I also know I am not going to be in weight loss mode. The biggest change in my life is that I don't make excuses for the choices I make.

My Excuse or My Choice.

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CJANNESS 1/30/2011 2:29PM

  NO more Excuses!!!!!
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THEWINNER33 1/30/2011 1:53PM

    Right on. I am retired, have difficulty with too many activities. I sit at the computer a lot, but I'll bet I could come up with that excuse too. I have been better this year since completeing boot camp. Thank you for a great reminder.

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CTRAVEL 1/30/2011 1:25PM

    Hey very well said. In answer to your question in my last blog. No I have not taken Cuddles for a walk yet. However, I am back walking MWF and went to the gym a couple of times. I have walked Cuddles the other day and now will have to get my butt in gear to do it everyday.

Do you think??????

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TAMMYTH64 1/30/2011 1:21PM

    Yep! Just do it! Way to find your own motivation!

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JEANUT 1/30/2011 1:11PM

    great Blog

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CAROLYN0107 1/30/2011 12:57PM

    emoticon Great Blog. Thanks for referring us to it today.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/30/2011 12:34PM

    Good one Chuck! I'm off to ride my stationary bike to the CD, "Sweatin' to the yodeling Oldies." Edie

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MADKAPKID 1/30/2011 11:58AM

    Yes, I definitely am with you on this one. IT is past time...there is NO time for excuses. Not if I want to move forward on my journey and achieve my goals! WE all can make choices and set up goals...and then to keep things in perspective, put them on a priority list. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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FITTGRRL 11/14/2010 12:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor this! I do it all the time, I find that its easier to just do it than to make excuses why not! emoticon

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    AMEN! I have recently been making those excuses. I'm too tired. Had a long day at work and deserve my recliner. In fact...I was going to blog on the fact that I had lost my motivation and was getting lazy with nutrition and exercise. Now I am aggravated at myself.
Thank you for this blog.

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LKEITHO 11/9/2010 9:30PM

    You're absolutely right! I used to make all of these excuses too. I made some major changes to my daily schedule so that I could do a workout every morning, and I have stuck to it. It has been hard at times, but as you say, it is a choice I have to make for myself.

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MKKAYA 11/9/2010 7:41PM

    Chuck, you are so right! it urks me when people use excuses for not exercising or eating right. but I did that for 25 years so who am I to talk! Well I have been healthy for 4 years now and feel good! People ask me how I find the time to exercise or un 10 miles - I just get it done. Its about me! not a selfish thing but I have to do it! Its in my make up now! Same for you! its part of you and part of thought process! great job!
Keep going!!!

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DDHEART 11/9/2010 7:30PM

    When I was working in a hospital department that had a lot of variance in schedule, I noted one thing consistantly......when things were really slow there was a tendency to not get much of anything done....when it was crazy busy, all the nurses worked like wild dervishes....the moral to this story is that we DO have time it's a choice and it's also a chance to shine!

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DARLENEK04 11/9/2010 6:41PM

  You are right Chuck....absolutely.


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MAJORMOM68 11/9/2010 5:28PM

    I don't have time is my favorite excuse to hear from people. I am a mother of six kids (Four still at home), I go to school full-time, I'm married but my husband is in Afghanistan so I'm doing the home thing all by myself. I have school and athletic activities times four. All my kids are in sports year round. Lately, I had a fire in my detached garage. I get up Monday through Friday at 4:30am and hit the gym by 5am. I just don't have time just doesn't cut it with me.

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NANCYANNE55 11/9/2010 5:12PM

    Good blog! I did a similar one waaaaaay back titled "excuses, excuses. " LOL! If you want to page back through them, you'll find it.

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DUFFYDYER 11/9/2010 4:13PM

    You are absolutely right: But if I choose not adhere to my nutrition and fitness program it is because I made a conscious choice." it's all about choice. I've noticed that some people have tons of sparkpoints but far fewer fitness minutes. Perhaps they need to spend less time 'sparking' and more time working out????? I love this site, but it's amazing how much time you can 'waste' at the computer!
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GAYEMC 11/9/2010 1:43PM

    2 of my favorite quotes regarding time. I used to say "I don't have enough time", now it's "I just don't feel like it" and that's OK. It was the choice I made.

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
- Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French essayist

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
H. Jackson Brown

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PARKERB2 11/9/2010 1:31PM

    I use Spark a lot. When I read other people's stories and blogs it helps me to realize it can be done. The articles help too. Keep up the good work and Keep Sparking.

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MRILEY123 11/9/2010 1:17PM

    Good for you! You've got the right attitude for success!

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Halloween & Grandkids

Friday, November 05, 2010

We had a great Halloween with the grandkids visiting with their costumes, eating candy (them not me), playing Wii games. Here are a few of the festivities that helps keep off the stress:

They are a lively group and takes a lot to keep up with them. Think I burned my 3500 calories for my 1 lb loss that evening.

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GAYEMC 11/9/2010 1:33PM

    Cute kids Chuck, looks like a fun time.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 11/6/2010 4:36PM

    We did have a fun evening!! Wish I had half the energy those kids generate . . . the house would be spotless, I'd be getting exercise every day, and all my work would be done. . . . emoticon

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LKEITHO 11/6/2010 9:53AM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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CBAILEYC 11/5/2010 1:48PM

    Ditto Ellflin3! Great pictures showing a good time for everyone!
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ELLFIN3 11/5/2010 12:44PM

    emoticon I love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing! It looks like a good time was had by all!!!! emoticon

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