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Monday, July 28, 2014

An interesting, insightful week....


A tough week in work, lots of change, which affects a person mentally. Workload each day has reduced, but had a lot of hours to work back my flexi time, so left at 8:30pm on Friday, and started work on Saturday at 8am... not ideal. From now on, I'm aiming to do 11am to 7pm days. It'll be nice to get away "early" every day, although I have to work until 8:30pm one night a week. So weekly that'll mean I claw back 4 hours, which is a little over half a day. This means I can keep my roughly 12 days accrued holidays for the end of the year (Iceland trip) and use my flexi time for full and half days here and there (another 12 days worth).


After a strong first half of the week, had a couple of poor days, and am only righting that now - walked about 5 miles and an W1D3 of C25K in the gym. Don't like not knowing exactly how far I walked, sorry I sold the Fitbit now. So have ordered a second hand Withings Pulse. Looks like a nice piece of kit for step/distance tracking to encourage me to walk more again.


Bike's off the road until can afford to get gears/brakes sorted. Next Friday fortnight... walking and occasionally bussing until then.


Apart from the Withings Pulse, got my eye on two other devices - first is the Adidas Speed_Cell bluetooth stride sensor for tracking runs in the gym. Ordering this Friday...

The other is the Magellan Echo Fitness watch.

The watch displays HRM data, bike data, running data - links to my iSmoothrun app and al the connecting devices. Fascinating. :)


Still my eternal bugbear. Dishes were not done, and didn't revise anything for work, or do any work for brother. Got gym and walking in at least, so partial achievement, not a zero day at least.


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ICECUB 7/28/2014 8:11AM

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PICKIE98 7/28/2014 5:21AM

    The big problem , I think, is there are not enough hours in a day to do it all!
That work plan is great and you will be glad when it made your Iceland trip!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 days hovering above 285 lbs, then whoosh!!!!

282.9 lbs.

God knows why - kcalories were good, but not drastically cut. I walked 3.5miles to work instead of bike. I had an early night. None of these can explain almost 3 lbs loss in a day. Perhaps it's a temporary blip, who knows.

Today I'll walk to work again. And get another early night. And control kcalories...

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PAZUZURISES 7/23/2014 11:41PM


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NKING1982 7/23/2014 3:36PM

    Good job, keep on pushing

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GSEATON 7/23/2014 12:47PM

    You are rockin' this! That's just amazing. Take it when you can get it, for sure!

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SANDYJAKE 7/23/2014 12:13PM

    Hey Paul, great job. I find that I can swim laps for 2 miles, use the equipment at the gym, bike, and cut calories.....nothing takes the lbs off faster than walking. Good thing I have my dogs to motivate me. You Rock !

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LIZZY0223 7/23/2014 11:10AM

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PEGGY11 7/23/2014 9:48AM

    Good job. Don't question the loss. Just enjoy.

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PINKEUROGIRL 7/23/2014 7:33AM

    woo hoo!!

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ICECUB 7/23/2014 7:27AM

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Momentum, a little bit at least!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Early hours of Sunday morning, weekend's over.... Well, this weekend I've not done EVERYTHING I set out to do, but it's certainly not a weekend of Zero Days. :)

Weight continues downwards overall - was 287.5lbs at date of last blog (16th), and am 285.8lbs now. Not a big change, but a good change still. Went off the Warrior Diet a fair bit, but haven't been going MAD, hence still down. Warrior Diet is tough at weekends, easy during work. Although a bit less easy when stress elsewhere in life kicks in. Stress. Mental state. It fecking defines everything... not measuring other body stats at minute, because there's not going to be huge change anywhere, so no point being anal about it.

Ended up not getting the new bike due to huge unreported stock issues after I placed order. No way to run a business. Just as well - rent became more important, forgot about that... the new speed/cadence sensor is working well. Unlike the bike - gears are getting worse, as are brakes, but I've got a good quote for repair next week.

Haven't got the amount of overtime I'd planned for reasons both within my control and beyond it. But valid reasons. i'm coping. Even got access to my credit file now, so will watch that improve over the next few months.

It's amazing how much I put off decluttering. And also amazing how much better I feel when it's done. Dishes all done, hoovering, tidying, sorting, and also bit of work for my brother. Feel happier overall now.

Started running in Puregym a few days ago, C5K, and at this weight it HURTS. But I'll repeat each week as often as it takes. Meant to do it again Saturday, biked to gym, and realised I'd no lock, so couldn't follow through. Tomorrow.

Trying a couple of iOS apps for tracking habits. Strides is one, and Lift is another. I'll settle on whichever one feels better t use.

I'm still so far from any interim goals, but i'm moving slowly in the right direction. Will continue to revise stuff in work, to help me be a happier (in my own mind) employee, declutter a little each morning, get two runs in this week coming, do the rest of work for my brother, track daily, and drink lots of water daily. :)

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CHARTHESTAR 7/20/2014 11:19PM

    I feel the same about decluttering!

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ICECUB 7/20/2014 8:34PM

    you are on the right track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Now that's better!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Down about 4 lbs since Saturday, by not eating mindlessly the way I have been for too long.

Listened to my body today, decided to stay in bed longer instead of going in for overtime today. Feeling under it, and feet/legs/throat sore. Bit better now.

Went to Apple store to pick up a cadence/speed sensor, called the Wahoo Blue SC. Stupid names, well reviewed. :) Shall attach this to rear of bike to send cadence and speed data to Cyclemeter & Strava iOS apps, even if the bike is on the turbo trainer - finally a way of recording distance on there!

In the latter part of the day, after seeing them in the flesh at Decathlon, I came back home, had a thought about overtime this week, and decided to upgrade my half-dead hybrid bike to an entry level road bike, the Triban 3.

Apparently for 299, it's FANTASTIC. Anyhow, more tools to help keep me right. :)

Lastly ,I sold my fitbit in preparation for Apple iWatch, but then decided i want a step tracker still. Eejit. Still have a Fitbit account, so just got a 5 step tracker, and will enter steps manually each night. Cheap as chips!

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ICECUB 7/15/2014 9:44PM

    emoticon on weight loss. hope you feel better soon.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gonna be brutally honest. I'm up to 290.4lbs.

This is not how it should be. I started at 330lbs, and my next target was 276lbs. Instead i've been going backward, while some other dieting friends are going from strength to strength. Frankly, I've lost self-esteem, and don't respect myself any more.

And I've no excuse. I can afford proper food and supplements now. I now have a gym membership again. I have a (just) functioning bike on the road again. I just find that I can't follow through with consistent exercise, and can't stop eating the wrong foods in the wrong quantities.

I've got the tools - MyFitnessPal, Strava, Slow Cooker etc, but i'm just so wasteful of my time each day. ESPECIALLY if I have an entire day off. I know WHAT to eat and how much. I know which exercises will benefit me the most in terms of fat loss and health improvement.

I've a few minor pains in places I don't want minor pains, a little bit concerning, but I know they'll go away once I'm healthily eating and exercising and losing fat for a while. So what's stopping me? Why am I still on the failing rollercoaster, but instead of gradually going down in weight, i'm gaining weight?

Enough moaning. Need to turn this around, and not in any gradual way. Perhaps I need to simplify things.

One side of me thinks I just need to do things in moderation, but I've shown that that doesn't work for me. When I've lost weight over several months or years in the past, it's been radical things I've done. With that in mind, gonna give this Warrior Diet a go. Yes, it has the word "diet" in the name, but what the hell. It's a 20/4 Intermittent Fasting way of eating. Eat very minimally during the day, and have one or two big meals when I get home from work at 9pm. It's more detailed than that, which I'm learning from the audiobook, but that's the crux.

EDIT: I just found the image at the top of this blog post. highlights the difference between failing and failure. I like it. This is temporary.

Today is day one of many.

i'm sitting here with a flavoured tea, no sugar, taken some supps, an apple. got some eggs boiling for the next few days. Will do dishes after this blog post, I feel bad when there are too many, and better when they're done. :) Was going to go to gym today, but it's the 12th of July, and there may be trouble, so will use my free weights in the house today instead. Will learn to use my new GPS to create routes for the bike. Will plan tomorrows Dublin daytrip today. I've just printed two credit card sized inserts for my card wallet to remind me that I'm dying slowly like this, and why I should put in the effort. Front of the wallet, every time I open it to spend money on food.

Here we go.

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CHARTHESTAR 7/20/2014 11:23PM

    a lot of my time is spent infront of the computer on the internet.
Some is enriching, some interesting, some entertaining, Some helpful for wellness.
however 95% I could do without just fine.
So I seem to be wasting to much time every day too.

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PYNETREE 7/19/2014 9:37AM

    Don't over think this!
You are a bright guy...You know what works ~ you've done it.
You had it working, just get back to it. Get Honest with yourself, you know you've probably slacked off.
You let up, backslid into old, comfortable, BAD eating habits. And got lazy.
But you are a strong ~ take back control ~ you are better than this!

Chart clean eating, watch that you are getting enough nutrients, plenty of water or low calories drinks, and get enough Sleep, and exercise to burn off some of those calories.
I know it sounds simple, but it is damn hard! If it was easy everyone could do it.
But, I Know that YOU- CAN DO IT!

I worry about this Warrior Diet, eating most of your calories at one time won't work for long term. Spacing out your meals, keeps your metabolism up and running. So give this a try, especially if it is just to kick start your renewed effort.

You've got this!

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/14/2014 9:59PM

    It is tough to get back on track but you have the strength. You can do this.

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SANDYJAKE 7/13/2014 10:12AM

    emoticon keep your focus. Thats when I fail. When I lose my focus

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/12/2014 11:15PM

    Yay! You can do it!!!!

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DIANNEMT 7/12/2014 3:28PM

    Do what you need to do--but remember that you also need to learn how to live healthy--so the diet won't work in the long run. BUT--YOU are working on it--and that counts for a LOT!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/12/2014 12:34PM

    We all have ups and downs but as long as we don't give up we will make it!


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TUBLADY 7/12/2014 9:29AM

    As long as you keep working at it, you are not failing. Failure is to give up .
That's not you.
We all have moments of weakness. Even though down deep we know what we are doing or eating at that moment is not good for us. I certainly do.
I don't go thru drive ins, don't eat fast foods. I don't buy snacks, keep all that junk out of my house. I don't eat modified foods. But with all those don't, knowing better I did something yesterday that defies logic. I ate something I haven't eaten for maybe 20 years. It has no nutritional value. It's loaded with chemicals, preservatives. And sugar. But even knowing all that I reached out, bought it and tore the wrapper off and ate it bite by bite. Was it a lapse in good judgement, sure, was it nostalgia, trying to return to my happy childhood. I can only say it was a weak moments in the long journey to control my eating that lead me to eat a TWINKIE.
I believe even the most dedicated person can get off track. But the road is still there and it's easy to make corrections. That's what you are doing.
You can do it.
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DNRAE1 7/12/2014 7:54AM

    You are struggling like most of us, but you aren't giving up, also like most of us! You can do it! Listen to some great music while you're working out and lift yourself up! Have a wonderful day and a successful week!

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BELFASTBIKER 7/12/2014 7:08AM

    Jarol7, read your last blog, and mostly agree. To that end, I'm not going to eat mindlessly during the feeding window on this diet, I'll record it all, and make sure I'm undereating overall.

Cthomas80, your list reminded me of an interesting blog I read the other day which I'd forgotten, about having no only a todo list, but a SUCCESSFULLY DONE list. Cheers for the timely reminder. :)

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CTHOMAS80 7/12/2014 6:42AM

    Please don't put feel so bad and think you are failing. Speaking about it on here is great way to get it out of your system and the day you stop wanting to change is the day you fail. Maybe a list a positive thing you've done to help change yourself is better than the failure ones, like used my free weights at home, prepared my eggs in advance so I'm ready with a healthy snack. everyday you trying is better than never starting, that's what I say to myself emoticon

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JAROL7 7/12/2014 6:41AM

    YEP ... DECIDING is 90% of the process. The rest is just following your plan. If your plan does not cause you to lose weight, then you lower the calories. It's simple math, the intake has to be lower than the burning of calories... PERIOD. It's just plain hard work. I'm the king of the yo yo, but this time, I'm going to join the 5% club. [See my blog on my sparkpage.]

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