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Hit My Weight Goal Today

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I hit my 1st weight goal I set for the 4 months since I started my nutrition and fitness program. I began my program on 12/28/09 at 277 lbs. My weigh-in today is down 43 lbs weighing in at 234 lbs. WooWoo!! The goal is none to soon because my goal was to hit 234 lbs by May 6th. That is cutting it close with 3 days to spare.
I have this long motorcycle road trip coming up that will last for over 5 or6 weeks. Hopefully I will lose some weight like I did last last year on my road trip. Riding a motorcycle everyday, at an average of 400+ mile/day, will take a lot out of you physically as well as mentally. The major road-block to my fitness program is this vacation will be taking me out of my controlled environment where I can control my food and exercise program. It will take a lot of hard work sticking to my diet and fitness program while on the road eating exclusively out of restaurants. I will have to pray to the" Diet Gods".

But having fun is hard work!! emoticon emoticon

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 6/2/2010 9:15PM

    Just remember at every stop that you can to drink and go potty! Staying hydrated is really important so your muscles don't tear on the trip. Smile big and eat a few bugs for me! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/7/2010 12:35PM

    Congratulations on the weight goal MET! emoticon Just remember all that you have learned while here at SP... Check in while your out and about and watch those pounds keep dropping :)

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    Way to go with your weight loss. And best of luck to you while biking on your vacation. I'm sure you will keep committed...and you'll have a heck of a good ride. Enjoy!

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DDHEART 5/4/2010 8:18PM

    Congrats! It's hard to be out of our comfort zone but it's also life and we need to learn to live'll make some poor food choices since what you get on the road is not always the best but you know that riding a bike also uses muscle control and burns cals unlike sitting in a car without need to balance, lean etc. Have a great doing route 66?

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MUNCHIEMAGS 5/4/2010 7:47PM

    Great job!! I know you'll do well during the trip - you did last year. You're my inspiration!

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MAVY135 5/4/2010 6:44PM

  Wow keep up the good work, start if possible preplanning what can you take with you.

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LASHGAL 5/4/2010 6:41PM

  Great work!!! Keep it up! emoticon

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DISPATCHERTB 5/4/2010 6:37PM

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ANG175 5/4/2010 6:28PM

    Great Job need to be proud of yourself and you have reminded me that this is do-able and I can meet my goals.

Enjoy your vacation!!!

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Thanks to SparkPeople: Close to Goal!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Only 2 more pounds to go until I reach my goal for May. WooWoo!!! I have learned to like that word. To date I have seen 41 lbs disappear since Dec. 28, 2009. It has been 4 months has passed since I started with nutrition and fitness. I am thankful to my friend Pam and John Compton who turned me onto SparkPeople. At first I jumped onto my "soapbox" and I proceeded to give them "all" my reasons for avoiding plans that would hook me into all kinds of advertisements and somehow reach into my wallet and milk it for all its worth. Boy was I ever so wrong. I should take my soapbox speech and find the nearest trashcan. THANK YOU PAM & JOHN!! Now you have me spreading the Spark.

SparkPeople is directly responsible for helping me take control of my life. I have learned to use the tools I have found effectively. The most important key for me is being consistent with logging into Spark and entering my Nutrition and Fitness. Keeping short and long term goals in sight has kept me motivated. These key points have kept me accountable for my actions. Little comments about my losing weight from my wife, mother and daughter has been invaluable to me and very encouraging. My SparkTeams are a valuable resource of encouragement and information. We are all on the same path to getting healthy and fit. There have been many times I did not want to get up from my comfortable couch and head off to the gym. When I get this feeling I get up and head for my computer and logon to Sparkpeople and start reading the Community Boards and my Team Boards. Once my emotional batteries are charged I am set to go. I grab my gym-bag and off I go. I need to keep my goals in the forethought of my mind and remember why I started this journey in the first place. SparkPeople Communities does that for me.

Within the next week I need to reset my goals because the May 2010 goal is not my ultimate goal. My new goal will be to lose another 40 lbs. I have a lot of work ahead of me getting my running program off the ground. I am aiming towards my 1st 5K in June. As a senior citizen (gulp), I hate to say that word, I need to work on strengthening my bone structure in order to take the shock of running. I am in the CoolRunning C25K program Week 5 and struggling there because of a sore hip joint, but given time and more practice I will get to week 9. (Even if it takes me 15 weeks to get there) :)

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/30/2010 12:31AM

    Chuck... FANTASTIC!!! It is very exciting to hear how far you have come in a mere 4 months. Not just the weight but all the learning and the support that you have gained.

I wish you all the best in your continued journey!

:) Diane

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CONCHALEA 4/29/2010 10:49PM

    Way to go! Your progress is amazing, and you should be Proud of it & yourself! congratulations. emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/29/2010 10:38PM

    You're doing a great job!! I'm proud of you.
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DARLENEK04 4/29/2010 8:13PM


We are just so proud of have come so far...
and you have found what works for you and you are not
shy about using it which shows that you are absolutely
making a lot of life changes for the BETTER. Going to
run a 5K, you are just doing great.

Keep it up buddy...


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TAMNTN 4/29/2010 7:03PM

    That is awesome! SparkPeople is so amazing how it is helping so many. So proud of your accomplishment and know you will make it the rest of the way. Keep on Sparking!

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Great to be in SHAPE!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My friend and I had a great workout being amateur loggers last Wednesday. I have a lot on the Washington Long Beach Peninsula that has many trees on them. The associations CC & R's require only a 24 foot height level limit. My plan was to just trim the trees down to conforming height but after climbing up my ladder with my "running" chainsaw I felt a true sense of danger lurking all around me. Remember I said earlier I am an amateur? So in my wisdom and expertise of cutting trees down to a stump, that is what I preceded to do. Better to cut tree limbs off on the ground and not my own limbs while on a ladder. All the trees, 8 of them, fell right where I meant for them to land. (That is the story I am sticking with) I cut, and my friend cleaned/dragged out the debris. In the over 4 hours we took a 10 min. break. We hustled. At the end of the 4 hours I felt tired but not exhausted. I guess I should speak for myself because my friend was jokingly, I think, saying I would not stop and rest longer. The only time we rested , separate from the 10 min. break, was to fill the chainsaw with gas and bar oil. Otherwise I was wielding a chainsaw making chips fly, cutting tree limbs and wood.

Bottom line is I got more of a workout than most of my workouts at the gym. I would estimate I must have burned over 2500 calories. I am happy to report I have all my limbs and so does my friend. Best workout I have had in a long time. I have the sore muscles and the bruises to show for it. (I didn't say I was graceful) Now I have a lot with a debris pile almost 100 foot long X 15 food wide X 10 foot high. I hope I still have my friend when it is time to clean it up. Since I can legally have a fire pit 4'X4'X3' I figure if I have 20 campfires and a lot of wieners we can have a roast we should be able to get ride of that debris pile in a hurry. At least that will be my story to the fire department when they are putting out the neighbors house fire. I am just kidding about the house fire.
Today I feel great and even put in almost 2 hours in the gym. I want to saw more trees!!! But I don't have any more. emoticon emoticon

The guy in the picture is my friend. Or at least he was my friend. emoticon

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SIZE5MOTIVATED 4/28/2010 6:34PM

    That's halarious & also very entertainning! I'm so glad that you & youre friend still have all youre limbs & congratulations on the hard workout with the tree sawing & everything! I bet that was one of the best ever, that is realy hard & vigerous work! My dad used to do that stuff a lot in our yard, we had 7 acres of woods surrounding our house! Good job & keep up the amazing work at the gym too. I would never have been able to do that after that previous day of tree cutting. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARLENEK04 4/24/2010 4:33PM

  Woohoo, way to go Chuck....I got my workout today running from
one door to the other and then window to window and back to the
tv .......... watching the weather. Watching the radar, I think
the worst of it was in Mississippi and is going to blow over us.

Glad you got your trees "trimmed" and had help too...


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DDHEART 4/24/2010 7:47AM

    emoticon Great exercise and a feeling of accomplishment...sounds like a win/win!

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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/24/2010 2:23AM

    Good job . . . last time you went up there to take care of the trees you weren't in as good of shape and you suffered for days. And I thank John for helping you out - it kept me from having to do it!!! emoticon

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Sore Muscles

Monday, April 12, 2010

I have been working out hard, in my humble opinion, for the past 3 months and I am still sore everyday. I try to change my workouts from cardio lower body, then upper body, and the same with strength exercises. I have taken 2 days off in a row at times resting and healing to no avail. The 2 days rest take away some of the soreness but not all. Maybe I am working out to vigorous. About 80 % of my cardio is on the treadmill and 20% with the rowing machine and recumbent bike.
The treadmill I practice my C25K, currently on W5D2 of CoolRunning, for the allotted time then finish off with a walk at a fast pace, 3.8 mph, for the remainder of 65 min.

Once I get started on my exercises the soreness disappears, but the instant I stop...there it is again. I think I may start working out harder and longer. The soreness is mainly in my calf's and hips. I stretch after every session. I need to remember to stretch during my exercise a couple of time, which I do not do now. My reasoning is that I still need more challenging conditioning to get myself in better shape.
I'll see how that works out for me?

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HARRINGTON5 4/23/2010 10:00AM

    It does sound like you are already working hard. Are you stretching after your exercises? That is important. It is good that you are mixing things up. If your calves are sore, you might try icing them for 15 minutes when you are finished. My Red Cross classes teach you to rest, ice, compress and elevate your legs for sore muscles. I only have to do that after long runs, but it really makes a difference for me. I hope you work this out because you are really a motivator!

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SIZE5MOTIVATED 4/19/2010 11:35AM

    WOW! Look at you go, that's amazing work! I don't do that much exercise in a week. Youre persiverance is truely inspiring to me, i think i might hop on my Elliptical soon(even though i'v already done an hour & something long speed-walk already.) I agree with you about stretching before & after youre workouts. I think that would probably help a lot, try taking an extra strength Tylenol about 30 minutes before youre stretches. That should realy help too. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 4/16/2010 10:38PM

    Are you getting enough potassium? Drinking Green Tea? (get the organic or authentic Asian tea - Lipton is awful.)

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/14/2010 11:19PM

    I am finding that the day of rest and the mixing up the kinds of exercises is helping some. Perhaps it is the getting old thing!

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DARLENEK04 4/12/2010 8:50PM

  Hey Chuck,
You are doing good. Maybe working a little too hard??
I am kind of interested in an Elliptical myself due to joint
stress being less..


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KAYAKID 4/12/2010 6:36PM

    Chuck, I think what your are doing is good it might be time to add some St to your routine. As you build up the core ti will help in your recovery. when you start just make sure you don't run on consective days. Maybe do some St on those days you are not running. I was sore aot when I started too. Thats what happens when we start in our olders years. if you have access to a gym try the elliptical its great and easy on the bones and joints.


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Natural "No-Doze"

Friday, April 09, 2010

My normal routine was to get home sit in front of the TV, eat dinner and lay around like a slug because I felt to tired and totally drained of energy. I needed to change-up my routine. It all boiled down to being bored and in a rut.
I started forcing myself to get up and get to the gym or jump on the home treadmill. If you work eat a snack just after work (before getting into the car) and head for the gym or find somewhere near work to run or exercise. (Before getting home) I am doing the Cool Running Couch to 5K (C25K) program that only takes 20 to 35 min. to complete, every other day. Once you exercise before getting home it is almost like a shot of adrenaline that keeps you going at home and not feel so rundown and tired. Working out and coupled with a snack before getting home really curbs the appetite and boost your energy levels.
Working out is the best "No-Doze" drug on the market. So change things up and get your butt out and workout and get energized, before the evening meal!!!
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SHEILAKHS1 4/9/2010 1:40PM

    What a great idea...i too always hit the couch as soon as i can after a long day at work and then feel horrible the rest of the night i need to keep moving...i havent done well exercising this week and i can tell i am so sluggish i feel like i could take a nap in the middle of the day

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