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1st Plateau

Friday, November 30, 2012

As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to hit 300 pounds by the end of the year and I was making good progres (even losing weight over Thanksgiving weekend and a vacation) but this week I've hit a wall. I've been bouncing around in the same pound all week. 314, 313.2, 313.4, 313.6. I've been trying to change it up like walking longer or doing more hills. I'm not quite at the fitness level where feel like I can do intervals or any jogging so that won't be a help. I'm changing the composition of what I eat to be less carbs, more protein (not permanently, just hopefully enough to confuse my body)

Anybody have any other tips? I'm trying to stay positive and telling myself that without all this work, I'd be gaining a lot more weight but 4-5 days of this is starting to weaken my resolve.

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CYCOIVAN 12/4/2012 12:20PM

    I ended up taking the weekend off, I still ate healthy for the most part but took a break from exercise. I came back to it on Monday and am now below where I was for last week. I hope this will break through and I can start losing again. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and ideas.

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SOLOMUA 11/30/2012 4:17PM

    I agree with Ghetta, don't weigh in often, because that's where you get set back. I'd decided that I would weigh in every two weeks, but then I joined the HLC challenge where we have to weigh in every week. I wasn't happy with that, but I'm part of a team and I have to be a team player.

You have to plan to weigh in, and look forward to it, sometimes I can't wait and maybe weigh in the day before I'm supposed to weigh in, because I'm so excited at what the scales will tell me, but its not only about the scales, its also about how loose your clothes become or how fitter you might be getting or the inches that you have lost around your waist, arms etc.

If you fall off your track, then get back into it, I know, I've fallen off many times, I've realized though that FITTER not FASTER. Also, any loss should be a positive!

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KAKONOLADY 11/30/2012 4:14PM

    You need to convince yourself to hang on and emoticon !!! Plateau's are part of the journey--in order to succeed you need to find away to push through them!!! They will make reaching your goals more satisfying!!! I stay positive by thinking about the NSV's that have come along with the lower # on the scale!! You can do it!!!!

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CYCOIVAN 11/30/2012 3:45PM

    I've never subscribed to the weighing in less often theory. I know some people can make is work, but if I don't keep on myself daily, then I tend to slip. First, it's not weighing in daily, then it's not exercising daily, then I stop tracking food. I'm kind of lazy like that. :)

You are probably right about the water. I've noticed that my sodium intake has been higher than normal, I'm probably holding in excess water weight....gotta flush that out. Thanks for the input

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GHETTA 11/30/2012 3:23PM

    Maybe don't check your weight so often? Maybe every 3 days or so? (vs everyday),

More water. Been drinking lemon water myself and it is doing me good! emoticon emoticon

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Should there be a sin tax on food?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This was something my wife and I were discussing the other night. As we are working on eating healthier, our grocery bills are going up because we have to buy all this stuff new at the same time, and they sure don't make it cheap. Some of the stuff we're buying we have to ration out just for the adults. As an example, my kids kept eating all my Boca breakfast links, so we got them a pack of pork breakfast links and I was marveling at the fact that for 99 cents, you can get 16 unhealthy as hell pork links where as for $2.50 (on sale) you only get 10 Soy links. My wife stated that it's likely because demand was low for soy links.

Is it really though? What if the prices were switched? Would more people buy soy products and other healthy foods if they were more affordable than the alternative? That was one of the big things that stopped us the other times we tried going healthier. We just couldn't afford it.

It leads me to wonder that since the government wants to make money on everything that's bad for you (alcohol, tobacco, etc.), why not tax unhealthy food? Would it do anything to curb obesity or would people just pay it, knowing it's bad for them?

I know that it will never happen, because making junk food is a massive business and they'll scream foul, but I keep thinking that if the government wants to make any traction against the obesity problem in this country, they're going to have to stop telling people what to eat and hit them where it really hurts in the wallet. What does everyone else think?

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CYCOIVAN 11/27/2012 4:57PM

    No, that's for sure. The coporations and lobbyists have their hands so far up governement's rear that it's hard to tell where your representative ends and they begin.

Guess that's just one more reason to want to move to Denmark or Sweeden :)

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CHLOEAGH 11/27/2012 4:52PM

    They do this in Denmark and Sweden is thinking about it, too. Normally all food is taxed, but Sweden is thinking about removing the tax on organic food and raising the tax on junk food.

I think it's a good idea, but I doubt it will happen in the US any time soon.

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There is an upside to Thanksgiving food...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

and that is the fact that all of the traditional foods for Thanksgiving go on sale because most people wont' buy them for anything else. My wife and I scored 2 free turkeys from a local grocery store's promotion where shoppers are given 1 turkey point per $20 spent (you need 25 points for a free turkey). Most people we know don't spend $500 over the month the promotion runs, so we end up with a lot of free points. One of those turkeys is getting smoked and served on Christmas day. Whatever is left over plus the carcass we got from my own family's Thanksgiving feast will be turned into turkey soup and stock and canned.

Sadly with the way grocery prices are going and the almost impossible task of finding anything with no sodium, canning has become a necessity at our house. I'm surprised at how much we enjoy it. For instance, another deal we found was 1 pound bags of cranberries for 99 cents and 3 pound bags of sweet potatoes for $1.29. We bought 5 of each and with a few hours time turned it into the culinary delights below.

We have branched out so much since we've started canning. We first did simple jellies and pickled foods, but now that my wife's grandmother has given us her pressure canner we've been canning bratwurst, stocks, any and all veggies, you name it. And the best part is that for most of our creations we know exactly where the food came from and can make it healthier and usually cheaper than the store bought canned goods. In fact our biggest problem is running out of supplies and finding more room to put our stuff. We have a few walls in the kitchen dedicated to them.

It's kind of a neat feeling knowing that you are processing food the way generations before you have.

On a side note, I tried quinoa for the first time today and it was really good. There was a recipe for almond cranberry quinoa which turned out great. Too bad we couldn't get the kids to eat it. Strangely enough though, they ate the cabbage rolls we made with it emoticon I'll never understand their eating habits. I'm not even sure if they know what they do and don't like. I suppose it will click for them someday, I'll only be feeding them for the next 10-15 years so they better get used to it.

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IMREITE 11/26/2012 12:58AM

    I'll be getting a food saver for xmas. i am looking forward to finding new ways to save food and i also use my food dehydrator. i canned my own spagetti sauce, but I do like the idea of of being able to learn how to make and save other items.

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I survived Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23, 2012

So Thanksgiving has come and went and I still managed to lose half a pound. I did unfortunately eat too much. I was real careful with the usual suspects (stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole) but what did me in was the Chex mix on the table and dinner rolls. I hadn't had a roll in so long that I ended up having 3 :(.

The upside though was that I literally did not feel hungry the rest of the day so even though I ate too much for lunch, overall I still made it fit in my plan for the whole day. Plus I walked over 4 miles last night so that helped.

My route took me through the parking lot of a regional department store that was open at 9pm on "Black Friday" and holy crap was it a madhouse. I almost got hit, as did several other people who weren't paying attention to where they were going. What the hell happened? It used to be the Black Friday was kind of a interesting amusement, now it's serious business for everyone to the point where people are camping outside of stores to save $200 on a TV. Really?! There is nothing worth camping out for a week for. I think people do it now just to brag about how much they "saved" without realizing the irony that they wasted a week of their lives.

What I don't get is that the so called "doorbusters" aren't worth the hassle. Most deals you can find on the stores own websites, and even if you can't get a 3rd rate Bluray player or TV for cheap, save up a little money and get a decent one. Shop around and you'll find a better deal elsewhere even if you don't happen to get it right ON Black Friday. It's still a month to Xmas, so what the hell, take the day off, enjoy your family or get some other work done, but just stay away from the stores, it's not worth it.

OK, I'm getting off my soapbox now.

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SMILEYSBATTLE 11/24/2012 2:57AM

  Great Job Farley!!

You made me think of the restaurant scene with those rolls...

You 're Awesome!!!


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SKEEWEE2MEK 11/23/2012 9:33PM

    Good job staying on track and getting in your fitness yesterday. Glad you didn't get hit by that car! emoticon

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CTMOM2KIDS 11/23/2012 5:23PM

    Ha! Read my blog from earlier today. You and I share the similar sentiments about Black Friday!

Great job getting all the walking in and staying within your plan!


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm able to use the Wii Fit board that I bought almost 3 years ago. When I bought it I didn't know that it only had an upper limit of 330 pounds and it's been sitting in a corner unused (pretty much like the Wii itself, once I got my PS3 I barely touch the Wii). I decided to fire it up yesterday and found that it actually has me weighing less than my current scale which is nice when I want an ego boost emoticon

So far I'm not terribly impressed, though it would probably help if I had a better location in the house to work that didn't shake when I'm jogging or doing steps on it. However since the TV broke upstairs, I took the basement TV up there and I can't really do it down there. I'll see if I can find a way to work with it upstairs, I found the core exercises to be challenging at least so maybe I'll stick with that and get cardio elsewhere.

As a lifelong gamer, I'm interested in using games and software to get in other exercise besides walking (not to mention that in Wisconsin, I won't be able to walk outside without falling on my ass in a few weeks). Has anyone used some of the other exercise "games"? Are there any out there that are worth it? I'd prefer to have something I can put on the PS3 on my main TV so the whole house doesn't shake when I'm bouncing around.

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MAREINA 11/21/2012 4:29PM

day two and they are still fresh and delicious! i think this ones a keeper!
that is the basic outline for making them (make sure to get a wide mouth mason jar it makes for easier eating out of)

my recipe (From the bottom up)
garlic vinaigrette
purple onion

hope you enjoy whatever twist you put on it :)

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