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Progress Is Nice

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I've completed 3 months of solid workouts with a trainer at my gym, 3 evenings a week. These have included strength training, functional training, stability work and cardio. I can see small changes in my body but I feel entirely different. I sleep very well. In addition I've added a few other workouts a week, depending. I've only lost 5 lbs. I've gained a lot of muscle and lost an inch in the waist.

March 28th I'll take a VO2 running test that will help tailor my various run workouts to the most productive design. My new Polar 800RX Heart Monitor, will give me data that I can share with my coach to keep me on track.

In April I am going to join a more intense training at the gym, a "bootcamp" on endurance, 3 nights a week. Functional training on the off nights and Saturdays. That'll be 6 days a week. I'll move my long run to Saturday to have a day off on Sunday.

SO THAT'S PROGRESS! Steady workouts evolving to a higher level. From a standing start in December, when I had not worked out in almost 2 years. I'm very encouraged, because I know this program will continue to have the right effect.

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OBXFIREGUY 4/18/2010 11:53AM

    Awesome! Making progress always makes us want to do even better!

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HOCKEYFAN_019 3/29/2010 9:03AM

    Sounds like you're doing great, keep it up! Like Mike said, as long as you keep track of your nutrition, you're gonna blow the lid off of your previous expectations!

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MSCHMIDTRO 3/29/2010 8:34AM

    Dave, sounds like you are really planning to step it up! Way to stay committed. Your new heart rate monitor looks pretty awesome. With all the work you plan to put in, you should accelerate your weight loss progress as long as you pay attention to the nutrition side of the equation. Good luck!

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What's Wrong with Me?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I know myself pretty well. I've known my innnermost thoughts for half a century. I am a keen student of myself. But things have turned wierd and I don't have an explanation.

Yesterday I ran for 5 miles. It was for me a historic run. When I came home I had a hunger for a huge salad, which I ate. Today I ate a large salad for lunch. At dinner I had two large salads with a chicken breast.

Now I'm a fan of good salads. But after a lot of workouts I'd expect a hunger for more carbs. Nope!

Now I know I said, "Do the program, get the results." But this is not what I was thinking would happen.

What a long strange trip... sounds like it's taking a healthier turn!

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HOCKEYFAN_019 3/29/2010 9:05AM

    Great job that you're listening! Most of us just eat without thinking, but you're going about it the right way!

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SANDRARENATA1 3/21/2010 3:56PM

    It really does surprise you when your body tells you it doesn't want the junk. Kinda funny huh? Hey, but the way, you look really familiar. Ya think we might know each other from somewhere?

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/21/2010 5:43AM

    emoticonThat's emoticon Your body is expressing to you what it likes & needs for fuel!

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OBXFIREGUY 3/16/2010 7:10AM

    A couple of weeks ago, I told my wife I was getting full at dinner. Then I realized I had eaten a "normal" serving. Once your body gets used to a healthy lifestyle, it adjusts to it. Isn't it great?

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/16/2010 12:52AM

    Sounds like you are listening to your body cues and eating what you need. Quite a metamorphosis isn't it. Congratulations.

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Do the Program, Get the Results

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just passed the 1,000 point milestone. In the big scheme of things, compared to the SparkPeople Giants out there with tens of thousands of points, it's not much. But, it is a good start! :-)

Today I ran 5 miles, a "long run" which I have built up to steadily, intentionally. It's a nice distance. I'm proud of it. Mostly I'm encouraged that I am this far into a development program. I am very regular at my other workouts, like functional training.

I'm feeling stronger and more energetic. I'm more confident. I'm more encouraged. I'm more relaxed. How good is that?!!!!

One of my favorite sayings is, "Do the program, get the results." It's so profound. The SparkPeople Program has many more skills for me to internalize to make progress at a faster rate, but I'm making progress at making progress.

And I'm very, very grateful for the work that the SparkPeople organization has done to present this whole system to us, and to the SparkPeople members who bring so much to the system. Thanks to several of you who have taken the time to offer a word of advice or encouragement!

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AGREGRACEJ 3/16/2010 12:17AM

    I'm waiting for my sisters to see that "I'm doing the program and getting the results." My husband and I have been on it since January and love it. I want everyone I know who is unhealthy to figure this out, but I'm afraid they are waiting around to see what kind of results we get. I'm out to show them that SP is the best! emoticon

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/15/2010 12:51AM

    I love your saying, "Do the program, get the results."

I joined SP several years ago but just became active in February. I am loving the results! More energy, more stamina, pounds are dropping, and I am managing the stress in my life.

Gotta love this!

Thanks for sharing.

Elkhart, IN

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DOOBIE893 3/15/2010 12:16AM

    Congratulations on achieving your milestone.

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MSCHMIDTRO 3/15/2010 12:13AM

    Awesome run!! Nice work, you are on the road to success for sure. Points are nice but the real payoff is how you feel and improved health and fitness.

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Fear and Uncertainty

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Usually they are unwarranted, as they are here, yet they live. My fear is that this isn't working. So, let's use the facts to "get a grip."

Right now the scales say I've lost a total of 2 lbs... a little dissappointing so far. I've lost far more in the past... 30 lbs about 3x.

BUT those times I did not change my life, and regained the weight. This time I've begun changing my life, but not enough yet apparently to lose more than 2 lbs.

So, what has changed about the way I run my life? 1.) I'm following the proven Spark methodology, and am now well into Stage One, tracking everything I eat and tracking my exercise. 2.) I have been exercising with a personal trainer since Dec 17, doing a mix of cardio, strength, and functional training. 3.) I've started running and how have my long run up to 4 miles. 4.) My strength training is making a big difference. I feel the difference. I can see it. My clothes fit a lot better. So, I know I've lost more fat than 2 lbs indicates. These are the facts and they are undisputed.

This is a life that has changed and will change more. The results will come in perfect time. I like living this way. It's not a burden, it's a pleasure. Results will come. I will judge myself by the process, and thankfully SparkPeople promotes that in 32 flavors! ...for which I am extremely grateful. So, myself, take heart!

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HOCKEYFAN_019 3/8/2010 9:10AM

    Great job getting serious about your plan, and sticking with it. Just think, you say you've ONLY lost 2 lbs, but what may have been the outcome if you HADN'T been on the plan! Already, you've benefited in just about every way except the stupid number on the scale, but that'll get there. Summertime will help us all get outside mroe and get in more "natural" activity, and that'll help too.

Keep it up, you'll get there!

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GAZELK 3/8/2010 4:32AM

    Sounds like you are doing everything right. It's a really long journey and the longer you stay focused, the less time it will take to get there. I was about where you are now about 15 months ago and I'm now at your goal weight. It's all about cutting back on food, counting calories, and execising. If you can keep this up 85% of the time, you will make it--and probably sooner than I did.

Good luck on your journey.

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PAPAMIKIE 3/7/2010 3:53AM

    Life is a journey that can not be measured in pounds nor inches.

I am up a few pounds.

Starting with the women's curling I ran in doors to kill two birds at once, running and watching sports. Then we had a week of thaw and freeze with light snow in the evening, very slippery so I continued in doors. Finally the Olympics.

During week one, I intended to weigh in at home, but never got around to it. (Pattern interrupted). So week two I just weighed in at the gym, I was down a little more than planned and increasing my pace, so increased my input. Weeks three and Four everything seemed good. Pace increased a little Weight back on target.

Then week five. Back outside, back on my scales at home, Up a few pounds??? Turns out the scale at the gym is light.


First of this is not the scales fault, it is mine, I should have checked the scales when switched.

Second, this means nothing, it is a very minor bump in the road. No need to blame myself, no need to get uptight. I am still doing things differently than two years ago, I am still eating well, and watching my protons. I am still exercising and working the plan.

I simply reminded myself that I have to take care of the little things.

If you look at my two blog Damn Scales and Mr. moon, the rabbits and the hill they are the results of the same exercise session. Which of these expericences would you choose to focus on.

I also had to have my wedding band resized after I reached 160 pounds, it was at risk of falling off. Inspite of being up a little bit, my resized band is loose again.

So work your plan, go with the changed journey, keep track of things like weight, size, ability to do things. They are sign posts along the way.

Remember, the trip is not about the sign posts, it is about the new places, experiences and people we meet along the way.

Take care

Comment edited on: 3/7/2010 3:53:54 AM

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MUSIC66 3/7/2010 12:45AM

    just take one step at a time.

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COLDWINTER2010 3/7/2010 12:18AM

  It's not just about the weight. From what you said, it's clear that your health is improving. The weight loss will come!

Hang in there. Look at all the positive changes you've made.

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JBUGZY 3/6/2010 11:54PM

    Good luck on your journey :) Keep it up and the scale will catch up!

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Think Smaller

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I need to think a little smaller. I have some big goals, but one of my new SparkPeople Friends advises that I break these grand goals into mid-length goals and small goals. He's right!!!! Thanks, Mike!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/3/2010 4:28AM

    It is easier to accomplish smaller or mini goals daily than to try to reach all the big goals. Mini goals completed make me a "happy camper" and I know I can do them one day at a time...which add up to the bigger goals in the long run.
Blessings and hugs,

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