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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Goes to show you how much of short-term weight change is liquid (water and glycogen).

By last Wednesday, it was clear my boots were being eroded by my increased walking (20 stone walking on rubber will do that).

So walking was considerably reduced by waiting on new boots, breaking new ones in, and then spending weekend at brothers house. Eating while at bro's house was also uncontrollable, my fault. By the time that weekend was over, I'd shot UP just under 8 lbs. It's amazing how much fatter and unfitter you feel with that little bit of extra weight - you really feel it when walking.

Yesterday, I was sick as a dog, and I lost almost all of that.

The human body. It's amazing, and incomprehensible.

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/3/2014 11:08PM

    Hope your feeling better!

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1GROVES2 5/22/2014 9:28AM

    I hear ya on the gaining 8 lbs in a weekend. ....
My sisters birthday was May 2nd. She wanted a pizza party! Pizza, ice cream & cake, my enemy foods, all in one day! Last week end my daughter came (rarely has a chance to come home,single mom, works 2 full time jobs & 2 part time) She wanted lasagne and strawberry short cake! I`m a teacher and good thing todays last day of school, I`m having a hard time finding clothes to wear!
I also hear ya on what amazing things our bodies are....mine still works (not as well) even after the abuse I have inflicted over the years!
BTW...Nice to visit with you!

Comment edited on: 5/22/2014 9:29:18 AM

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BELFASTBIKER 5/20/2014 5:44PM

    I'd feel every stone in tennis shoes due to my weight.

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NOWELLE76 5/20/2014 1:30AM

    I wonder if that's a guy thing. I don't think I could gain 8 pounds in a day, being a woman. I hope your new shoes come quickly. I'm curious why you don't walk in tennis shoes?

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DEBRAC219 5/8/2014 11:30AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better today!

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PEGGY11 5/8/2014 8:09AM

    Sorry to hear of your illness. I'm sure you would have preferred a more normal weight loss. It is too easy to gain when not at home. Too many temptations you don't allow at home. Someone else doing the cooking does this too. You are back on track. Good for you. emoticon

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GSEATON 5/7/2014 8:02PM

    YAY FLU, lol..........I hear ya. Eating out or around others is like a big party for me too. Hang tough. You got this!

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GEMINICHIK 5/7/2014 7:26PM

    We certainly are amazing, by God's design. We all backslide today is a grearvday to start.....again!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Feet sore, so only did 16'000 stps today. First two days this week were 30k and 33k steps. Bottom of boots is getting to the ruined stage already. Need new boots now, which means i'll probably replace them in December. Last pair were ridiculously imbalanced due to wear on one side by the time I gave them up. :)

Took things easy today food wise, with all that walking so far this week, my calorie imbalance was nuts, simply was about 2000 kcals down per day (which showed in a fairly large drop in weight in one day), what with all the walking, so allowed a bit more food today - I've heard good things about calorie balance zig zagging.

Back to walking and weight-training tomorrow!

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PEGGY11 5/1/2014 8:41AM

    You are doing so well, darling man. You will soon have a body to make the ladies swoon.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Now, let's rephrase the question - which is WISER?

What has gone before

I've tried my fair share of eating regimes. Paleo, Primal, Low Fat, Low carb, various forms of Intermittent Fasting, Atkins, Zone, Slimming World and so on.

I'n no doubt that when people follow them, they're great. They've all got merit. Even Slimming World, despite the fact that it treats pasta, rice and potatoes are syn-free foods to eat in unlimited quantities. (really.)

If we define weight-loss success as reaching target weight and keeping it off for say, three years, only 1 in 20 weight-loss attempts will succeed. That's kinda disheartening. Any wonder this industry is booming.

The fact is, by definition, diets are just too restrictive. They have you cut kcals. Or carbs. Or fat. Or dairy. Or wheat. Or.... you get the picture.

I've come to the conclusion that despite the fact that I'd LOVE to stick to a largely primal plan, on an Intermittent Fasting basis, time and time again I prove that I JUST CAN'T!

What will be

I think accepting that we can't hold ourselves to these almost impossible standards is a big first step.

With that in mind, i'm gonna sort of creep up on my body. It's not gonna see me coming. I have to use my strengths, and work round my (many) weaknesses.


What are MY strengths? Well, I can walk. I can walk for Ireland, for hours.
My new job is just 3.5miles away, and gives me generous breaks and lunches. So I walk to work. I walk on first break. I walk on lunch. And I walk home. And before I know it, I'm on 25'000 steps.

Now, eating back all those kcals would be mad, but 12miles of walking gives me the ability to eat quite a decent amount of food more, and I love food!!

So, thats the energy balance easily under control. That in itself is 80% of the battle, right there.


What do I struggle with? I now accept that I can be colossally lazy. I can finish on a Friday, and get back to work on a Monday, and I've not left the house, I've achieved nothing.

So, for lunches, what I've started doing recently is slow cooking. It's fire and forget cooking, for the lazy man in your life. And it means I'm cooking for the whole week. Right now, in fact. Throw some chicken, spices, tinned mushrooms carrots, some onions, garlic, spinach etc all in the slow cooker and walk away for 8 hours. Best. Invention. Ever.

For variety, protein shakes too. Insta food, but not typically hugely processed, mostly just protein.

Same thing for my supplements - rathe than waste time each day, I now use a pill box to sort for the whole week. Genius!

Perfection vs. Wisdom

As for the original two questions, I'm now banking on 'good-enough' working out better for me than some sort of perfection diet, with perfect ratios, perfect number of meals, perfect timing, perfect food restrictions, and so on.

So I now have a broad range or ratios I aim for, and if I don't meet those, I'll live.

I now have the odd treat without guilt, knowing that most of my diet is reasonably clean.

I now have the odd lazy day, where I veg out, without guilt. If it follows a heavy weight training day, even better!

If I have a meal that is off the charts, or even a special event leading to some less-ideal food choices, I shrug and know it doesn't really matter what I do occasionally, what matters is what I do 80% of the time.

I suppose what this is, is MODERATION.

So far, it's actually working grand...

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LADYMACK24 5/20/2014 9:36PM


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    Good for you! I like the way you laid out your strengths and weaknesses!

What a great walker you are! That will help you so much!

Wishing you the very best in your journey to a healthier you!

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OWENZZOO 4/29/2014 12:09AM

    This is an awesome blog and a great reminder for us all!

P.S. I read the blog with an Irish accent in mind emoticon

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PEGGY11 4/28/2014 9:54PM

    You have it. Perfection not necessary because no one is perfect. How would we ever live up to the expectations of a perfect person. They would expect the same of us and that is not happening. Love your blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/28/2014 9:37PM

    Excellent insight! Definite food for thought!

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DEBRAC219 4/28/2014 9:13PM

    Exactly! "Diets" don't work. What does work is doing what YOU can sustain. Healthy eating with mostly nonprocessed foods most of the time is awesome. Sure, any of us can lose weight on a strict diet; but ya just can't stay ON one forever, and there goes all your progress. I'm discovering myself that slow cookers are a lifesaver. I can cook one day, freeze it in portions, and I'm covered for the week more or less. Good for you! Looks like you have this handled.

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KATHY98665 4/28/2014 7:58PM

    Bravo! And yes, I LOVE my slow-cooker.

I think you are very wise to look at what your strengths and weaknesses are. I have found it to be tremendously valuable as I go through this journey that is life. Sometimes I think I am too hard on myself, sometimes not hard enough...but knowing who I am, what triggers I have, my personality, my reasons for setting the goals I have...ALL good! And all helpful as I keep on moving forward- even when it is slower than I would like, I know I am headed the right direction.

BTW, one of my "bucket-list" items is a bike trip across Ireland! A friend did it decades ago and said it was just wonderful.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Each morning when you wake up, what possible ways could that day have played out previously, if it had already happened multiple times?

Did you choose to lie in an extra two hours, wasting the most productive time of day? Did you hit snooze multiple times, and now you've no time for breakfast, no healthy lunch prepared, no time to walk or bike to work, no time to spend with the kids until you're exhausted later and they're already in bed?

Did you wake up too late, repeating your worst day, knowing it gives you less time to do all the things you'll do SOME day?

Were you needlessly angry and impatient with a stranger, or a loved one? Did you burn a bridge today?

Did you eat like a pig today because your blood sugar was crashing due to not having time to or not bothering to eat healthily or shop healthily?

Did you not bother tracking your food today, so you know in your heart, that means your good eating intentions are going out the window?

Did you just not bother working out, because your mood is now changed, or because your diet has gone to hell today, so why bother?

Did you learn that thing you promised yourself you'd start learning, do that task you promised someone you'd take care of?

Did you procrastinate like an olympian going for the gold medal in procrastination?

We've all had days like that.

Let's say we've all experienced variations of this day a hundred times.

Now... what can you do today to end the day smiling, knowing you were the best version of you that you could be? What would that look like? How would people remember you that day, how would they treat you in future? How would you feel?

Today, I got up early, charged my headphones for walking, did a massive amount of dishes, shopped briefly, tidied a bit, I blogged, I started the day tracking food, I finally recorded a months worth of walking onto fitocracy, and I'm now going to work out with weights, fix the bike, and do a more extensive shop 2 miles away. I've taken my supplements, portioned out supps for the week, packaged up my faulty Fitbit for return, and consciously made the decision to get off Facebook for a bit! :)

What will your day look like?

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PEGGY11 4/22/2014 1:42PM

    Marvelous blog. I was thinking of skipping my chair exercise dvd because I am doing 1.5 hours of tai chi later, 6:30 - 8:00. My chair exercises are aerobic so I do need to do them. You have motivated me to get to it. Thank you.

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DEBRAC219 4/22/2014 10:10AM

    Loved this blog entry! We've surely all had days we'd like to rewind. Reading this entry early in the day as I have helps me to remember to make THIS day one in which I don't feel the need of a rewind, thanks! Great motivation. I've gotten in a walk along the river in the rain, and now on to the rest of a healthy day! I hope that yours is one that you truly enjoy. You're doing great! emoticon

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BELFASTBIKER 4/22/2014 9:41AM

    Please share, and let me know if you liked it. :)

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** 163'000 STEPS LAST WEEK. :) **

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wanted to break 100'000 steps, ended up going way beyond that. 30k steps for the day is the most I've done in months. Also slept like a log afterwards. I think 150'000 steps a week is a bit more realistic now. :)

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DONNASPRIDE 4/30/2014 7:02PM

    WOW I thought I was doing good at 8,000 steps after a sprained ankle. You go!

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/28/2014 9:34PM

    You are doing so awesome!

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PYNETREE 4/21/2014 10:24PM

    Wow! You are doing fantastic! No wonder you are sleeping well!

I have trouble getting to 1,000 steps a day. I'm like a large house plant!

Our 30 yr. old daughter, has been on a good healthy eating and exercising regime since November. We'll be picking her up at the airport this Friday..haven't seen her since Christmas, so I'm anxious to see her results. She uses a FitBit also.
She has been doing a lot of walking, as she'll be doing her 1st 5K in June, with our other daughter, her older sister.

But kudos to you! Stay strong! emoticon

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SUE5007 4/21/2014 5:57PM

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