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Diet Relapse!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Just touching base since it has been almost 3 months since my last Blog. I have had a food and fitness relapse starting last May. I went on a motorcycle road trip from Portland OR to Los Angeles to Washington DC....and back of course. I gained some bad habits along the way.
I discovered food that I had taken off my list, then reintroduced and have gone overboard. I have gone from 216 lbs in May back up to 238 lbs. Still well below my original starting weight of 279 lbs but the weight is heading in the wrong direction.
I need to get back in control and track with my food along with my workout routines. I am trying to get back into running, after a long layoff due to a knee injury. In Sept. I did the Warrior-Dash that just about killed me. I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving day, Turkeython, and came in a pathetic 45 minutes. I am so out of shape!
It is so easy to stray down the wrong path and so hard to find my way back. I need to rekindle my motivation.

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XME501 1/30/2012 5:53PM

    Sounds like quite a trip - am sure you saw some beautiful country along the way. I am finally getting serious about my weight loss - have just been playing around. Have joined the 24 Hour Fitness Club and am really enjoying it - so convenient and close to where I do all my shopping - of course - here in Pendleton, everything is close!!

Best of luck you you as you get back on track - this will be a good year!!

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GAYEMC 1/4/2012 6:07PM

    I'm finally catching up with some emails. It is so easy to get off track and usually hard to get back on. But you did it once so we both know you CAN DO IT! I hope 2012 turns out to be a successfull and happy year for you!

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*AMBER512 12/14/2011 3:17PM

    Good for you for coming back and getting into a healthy mindset again. The best part of falling off the wagon? You can always get back on. :)

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ANNEMAC5 12/13/2011 10:32PM

    Glad you have posted your blog. It is a hard time of year but you can be back in control, It is back to basics and small goals. You can do this

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 12/13/2011 8:48PM

    Banker Chuck, You are a main reason I find myself back on sparkpeople. The person I originally lost weight with, doing spark, no longer does spark and no longer works with me due to mental illness. I have been traveling this year for work and have been alone lots! My husband has enjoyed the time I have spent with him, but it does get in the way of my focus, the guilt factor...I did notice your wife is by your side as you refocus. Give her a big bear hug, kiss, and get your body in shape for her as well as yourself!

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BMRBUDDY 12/13/2011 5:51PM

    Chuck, I know it's tough being on the road. If it wasn't for my hubby (he's a fanatic about exercise) I would have trouble, too, while we are touring. After riding all day the last thing I want to do is find a gym. We just got back from a cruise and now I'm up three pounds but prior to that I gradually put on four. So now I'm struggling with seven. I know it's not much but I'm gaining. We both have to get back on track. I felt so good and felt like I looked good at the weight I was. I know you had to, too. We can do it and I find it amazing that you can run. How fantastic that is! We CAN do it! emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 12/13/2011 11:14AM

    You can do it again . . . just recognizing that you had veered off the path is a crucial first step in the right direction.

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TURTLETALK 12/13/2011 10:27AM

    Just pull your boots back on and get started back on the right path today. We all go back and forth on this but the biggest challenge is getting started again and not putting it off until the damage is even worse. Good luck on this journey.

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CBAILEYC 12/13/2011 10:20AM

    I've been fluctuating myself since September. I get back on track for a time then veer off wildly in some direction that is not good or right.
You have the skills, strength, and knowledge to pull things together and make your efforts work and count toward your goals. You've done it before, I know you can do it again!

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    It is easier to relapse than to stick to a good routine. Strength of will and the desire to be where and whom you want to be will get you back to fighting weight. You will do it.

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WITTYKITTY1989 12/12/2011 11:59PM

    I am with you! I had a relapse myself, and today is only the second day of my return to SparkPeople. I gained back some of my lost weight, too. You are not alone! What's important is the fact that you're here, and that is testament to your determination. It's the first step, anyway.

It's been really hard for me to get back to my Spark habits. I've been trying for a month now. It's all will-power, baby! Come on, you can do this!


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Painting For Exercise

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can you visualize painting a house for exercise? For the past 4 days I have been putting in an average of 5 hours each day painting. This calculates to: 4 days (300 min X 8 Cal per min) /3500 cal. per pound = 2.74 pounds lost.
I have a renewed respect for people who paint for a living. Most all painters I know are slim and look fit. For the past 4 days I have been dragging myself home and putting myself to bed early! I have been sore for the past 4 days and I am not done yet! I still have the inside of the house to paint.
So now that I have finished my Blog it is time to go PAINT emoticon emoticon

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NORSASMITH 10/17/2011 2:11AM

  It is a good way to loose weight. I will try to paint my son's room with paint by number kits. I must paint some picture for him and he will takes part in this job.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 10/2/2011 7:54AM

    I know what you mean! When we remodeled our house a few years ago (interior painting, ripping up carpets, laying new flooring in the kitchen, refinishing hardwood floors, etc plus exterior work as well) I lost about 10 pounds in the 2 months we worked on it.

Painting is hard work! Way to go!

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IMREITE 10/2/2011 2:28AM

    a couple years ago hubby and i painted our house. it was exhausting and i did lose about 3 lbs after the 4 day weekend.

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GAYEMC 10/1/2011 2:44PM

    When you're done, can you come to my house?

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/30/2011 2:14PM

    Good Job!

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CBAILEYC 9/30/2011 11:08AM

    I saw that on your status and thought 'woohoo' but had no idea how hard you were working! That's amazing! I know what you mean about slim and trim house painters LOL Maybe I need to switch professions? Hmmm...
Keep up the good work!
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STARMIZER2000 9/30/2011 9:09AM

  good job

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Warrior-Dash Done!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I made it through the whole Warrior Dash course and all 10 obstacles. The obstacles were much more difficult than I had imagined or on the video clip shown on the Website. The first obstacle was the logs in the lake. Getting over those logs, 5 of them, was no easy task when you are in over waist deep water trying to get over rolling logs. The 3rd obstacle was the vertical 16 foot (?) retaining wall with the knotted rope you have to climb hand-over-hand getting over to the other side was no easy feat either. I could not believe all the long steep hills we had to climb. Seems we were always climbing hills!! My legs during the last mile and upper body strength was getting pretty tired. However the obstacles kept coming. Getting over the 24 foot horizontal cargo net was more difficult and energy zapping than I had anticipated. Then came the barriers that were waist high that we had to get over then the next barrier we had to crawl under because they were barbed wire, I thought they would never end but finally they did. Then came the devils steps, about 8 of them the first was about 3 foot off the ground and the next ones graduated higher then lower. The tough part was that the platforms moved so you had to rely on balance. (Reminded me of the program Wipe-Out) The next was another vertical climb. When you reached the top, about 16 foot, it t was cantilevered towards you, like a clif overhang, to where you had to jump and grab the top past center and pull yourself over to the other side. On the other side there were fireman polls you had to grab and slid down, they were damp so I slide down faster than I wanted . At the final half mile point up a steep windy path was a final cargo net built into a vertical pyramid we had to climb over and down the other side. My wife was at the bottom of this one and snapped a few pictures. Next to the last obstacle was jumping over two fire lines. The last obstacle was the mud hole. everyone had to crawl on their hands and knees in water and mud halfway up your body. At the end of the mud hole was an embankment that was almost chest high. Trying to jump out of the mud when your shoes are stuck in the stuff is very difficult especially when the embankment was slippery with water. On the 4th try I finally made it over and slid down on my stomach about 20 feet to the bottom about 10 foot from the finish line.
Got my metal, a banana and a glass of water and found a place to rest a little.
For Saturday alone there were 5410 participants. The sad part is that I saw many people were cheating and did not negotiate all the obstacles and some were cutting the course. The first obstacle was enough to make a person look like a mud ball and many people going past were fresh and clean. I treated this run as a personal goal and vowed to complete the whole course for the experience. There would have been no satisfaction for me to cheat, I would have rather of quit first.
I am sore as hell today, but not as bad as I thought I would be.
Today is the Sunday event.... no I did not sign-up for this one. I am curious however how many participants there were.
Next Year????? Maybe, but will have to train much more. This time I had not trained hard since February because of a knee and shoulder injury. The knees and shoulders are fine today.

The clip does not portray how difficult some of these obstacles were especially the last one the mud hole. It shows them running through and just stepping out. Advertising clip from the Warrior Dash Website:

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FREECLOUD 12/9/2011 10:48AM

    Congratulations on doing all of the obstacles and finishing the race!! I did the Warrior Dash in June, so I completely understand the difficulty of each obstacle. The website/videos just don't do it justice. It is a HUGE accomplishment and you are entitled to be very pleased with your abilities. Well done!

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CBAILEYC 9/19/2011 2:01PM

    Oh Gosh! I saw this when you first posted but was in a such a ditzy state with the family visit going on I completely spaced it. Forgive the late posting.

Having said that, though...
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Consider those emoticons to be about 4 feet high for you! Seriously, you did awesome! All the obstacles? Good for you. That's tremendous. I have MUCH respect for you - I was a ninny and skipped some of the things you described when I did the mud run.

My hat's off to you!

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LIFEGENESIS 9/17/2011 2:54PM

    SOOO proud of you! It sounds like this one was harder than last year. I knew you could do it! And like I said - bragging rights for the rest of your life.

No one can really explain it unless they have done it. For example - no one really understands STEEP until they see those hills.


Well done!

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DARLENEK04 9/12/2011 8:00PM

  WooHoo....Chuck, way to made it.
No matter how tough, you made it.


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PLATSUZIE 9/12/2011 6:43PM

    At the end of the mud hole was an embankment that was almost chest high." I "watched" that part of the race....your correct...but funny what a spectator doesn't note!

I wondered about some of the race times...interesting to read what you noticed. The fastest runner overall did 6:01 minute/mile! I Googled him and he is an athlete/runner. How could one do ALL the obstacles and complete the course in some of the times posted? I know the 560th (she works out regularly and is well toned), 2,664th and 2,459th place runners.

I thought I wanted to run in 2010 but after reading this blog and hearing from another runner I am glad I was there to observe. Both he and you said you'd do this again though so a seed of desire remains. (I'd have to water and feed that seed with lots of training before I'd desire to do this in 2012.)

Last year you could purchase tickets a year early at half price. I don't see where Oregon is holding the Warrior Dash @ Hornings again in 2012.

Great to see the muddy, ACCOMPLISHED you, Chuck! Thanks for the photos and article as well. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 9/12/2011 3:46PM

    WELL DONE! Great blog loved been taken through the course. I feel sorry for those that could not do all the challenges but they only feat themselves. However this is about you and even alrhough you had let some motivation slip you went for this. Love the shot of you covered with mud and wearing your medal you know how hard you worked. I am full of admiration for you

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GAYEMC 9/12/2011 11:32AM

    Way to go Chuck. Glad to hear there were no injuries. Sad that people cheat, they are only hurting themselves. Love your finish pic, that's one to frame!

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 9/12/2011 10:09AM

    I'm very impressed! You should be so proud of yourself! Way to go Chuck!!!!

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NINJA-NED 9/12/2011 7:05AM

    very impressive mud! you should be very proud of yourself.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 9/12/2011 3:09AM

    You did a great job!!! I'm proud of you!!
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GRAMMACATHY 9/12/2011 12:55AM

    Thank you for sending the Link to the Oregon team. Great Blog and great pics. It looks like so much fun. Glad you only competed with yourself and did not worry about the people taking the short cuts. Maybe they knew they were not strong enough to do the obstacles.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/11/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon You did terrific and are so very honest. You deserve the highest medal of honor for that race. Good job!

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Warrior-Dash...Ready Or Not!!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Well it is near time to get with this Warrior-Dash program next weekend 9/10/11 & 09:30 AM. It seems so long ago and a grand idea when I signed-up last Jan 2011 for the event. I was in decent running shape then. Since signing-up for the race my left knee has had problems and my shoulders have problems. I have had shots in both but does not seem to help much. My intense training for the event has come to a standstill for several months. Two weeks ago at the beach I started running and the knee and shoulder appears to have held up fine. I have been testing out running on pavement and the knee seems to be holding up.

I will start the race and I will long it takes may be up in the air. I will do my best and hope to make a decent showing. Here is the Website and for the video scroll down a little and hit the speaker button for sound .

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GAYEMC 9/6/2011 8:29PM

    Have fun and don't push yourself into more injuries. At least it won't be raining, hope it isn't too hot for you. Can't wait to hear about it, and pics? I'm looking forward to the Pints to Pasta 10K on 9/11/11.

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CBAILEYC 9/6/2011 10:59AM

    I hope you have a great time with this! That's the best way to go into a crazy feat of this kind - purely for the fun!
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LORIBEL1 9/6/2011 10:09AM

    Good luck with your race! They just held a Warrior Dash here where I live in Colorado. It always looks fun. Maybe I'll try it next summer. :) emoticon

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-CHERYL 9/5/2011 5:18PM

    Hope your body holds up!

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SUZYMARC 9/5/2011 5:16PM

    Hey Chuck- just taking the step to sign up and follow through with the Warriors Dash is quite a feat! Knowing you have injuries and still following through takes a lot of determination, dedication, and courage- so go have FUN and make the most out of the experience.

I've been experiencing pain in my right knee since I ran my last 2 5k events back in May/June and have tried to throttle back on my workout. I know how frustrating it can get knowing where your fitness level was at one point. The thing is to take your time and get through it one step at time. YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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DARLENEK04 9/5/2011 4:28PM

  Hey Chuck,

Will be cheering you on long distance buddy...
Does a knee brace or support help??

Good luck,

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ANNEMAC5 9/5/2011 3:38PM

    I had never heard of this it looks quite a challenge and I look forward to your blog after the race. Slow and steady, do not force anything and hopefully your body will not let you down. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGJIMB 9/5/2011 2:10PM

  Nooooo not crazy, maybe a little off but what the heck. I just finnished a 2300 mile dual sport motorcycle ride down the Continental Divide using the trails and back roads. We were lucky that nothing but the bikes got damaged. All three in the adventure were pushing 70 years of age. Actually I'm about to catch that year. Aches and pains, oh yes, but one hell of a great time. emoticon

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ANNE1123 9/5/2011 1:51PM

    I'll be thinking of you, just be careful because it is supposed to be very hot this weekend.

(Even at Blue Lake for our family party, I'm a little concerned.
I can't wait to get back down to Shady Cove and hang out in the a/c!)

Have fun during the run!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/5/2011 1:48PM

    According to the map that seems like one long race. Wishin you the best of luck. let us know how it goes. You might wear one of those velcro braces that keep your knee in place as you pound the apvement.

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Playing With The Numbers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I find myself pre-occupied sometimes figuring what could be the alternative if I exchange the cost of a "habit", in dollars, and convert it to "savings".

Smoking (Quit 9 years ago): 456 packs/yr X $4.75/pack X 9 years = $19,878
Fast Food ( Decrease frequency 1.5 years): 208 times/year X $25 = 5.200
Portion control of meals (1.5 year estimate: est.1095 meals X $1 = 1,095
Fuel cost obtaining Fast Food 208 trips/3 miles each: 42 gals X $3.79 = 164

Add all those numbers up, total $26,337, I bought this, and have enough left over for fuel and insurance for the next 5 years.

This is what changing my habits got me (besides being healthier):

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-CHERYL 8/21/2011 2:33AM

    Love it!! Good for you!

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CHAS1949 8/10/2011 4:06PM

    Cool car!! I'm glad you are healthier, too!

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CJANNESS 8/10/2011 3:51PM

  what a beauty!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/10/2011 2:52PM

    Woo Hoo! that's a pretty nice baby!

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GAYEMC 8/10/2011 2:50PM

    Now that's a man car! Very nice and much healthier than those other habits.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 8/10/2011 2:45PM

    No - don't let my husband fool you - my name's on that car too and he commonly complains that he doesn't get to drive her enough because I've got her!! Plus I named her and . . I licked the door handle . . . . remember that VW commercial? That was hilarious!

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BANKER-CHUCK 8/10/2011 2:37PM

    BTW if my wife responds to this Blog....don't her fool you, it is my car that I let her drive once in a while. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 8/10/2011 2:37PM

  Oh for the love of pete...........what a beautiful car
you have there.........and a fastback too..............oh I'm

ONGRATULATIONS CHUCK........geez, when you comin' to Alabama
with the wife and taking us for a ride...........been a long
time since I been in a Mustang.....
(HINT)my older brother bought one the first ones out, so that
woulda been 66 and a half????? maybe?????

Very happy for ya DUDE,,,,,,,and TELL the TRUTH now, DONT
you feel so much BETTER?????????????????????????????


PS: I am going to share your blog n picture with David.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 8/10/2011 2:34PM

    Hey! That's my Candi-mobile mister!! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 8/10/2011 2:05PM

    Va-va-va-voom! That is one sharp automobile!
I think all the money I've been saving since quitting smoking and eating healthier has all been spent on fitness clothes LOL

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