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Wk 184 Weigh In

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's been 21 weeks since my last blog post, 21 weeks, damn. What I intended to be a relatively short break away from Spark turned into all of Summer and parts of Spring and Fall.

Of course I wasn't completely away. I actually only had one day of not logging in to spin the wheel, last Friday, because I was out of town at a wedding. So I was never really away from Spark after all.

I needed to "clear my head" and figure out why my weight loss had stalled and wouldn't get back under my control. 21 weeks later and I still don't know why! But I did manage to gain some more weight!

Current numbers as of today:

Weight : 238.4
Gain (from previous blog) : 9.0
Total 81.6

As I now sit and look at the numbers, gaining 9 lbs while flailing away for 21 weeks really isn't all that bad.

Anyway, I'm back and hopefully I'll be able to start getting this extra weight off of me again and get back to where I was before breaking my hand last year, around 210.

For all of you that sent me goodies and encouraging notes, I appreciated them all, thank you for keeping my in your thoughts :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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GODSCHILD2_2011 10/21/2014 11:00PM

    9 pounds isn't too bad of a gain. I have all confidence in you that you will succeeded and get where you want to be in due time.

emoticon and just know that you were truly missed.

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IMEMINE1 10/21/2014 11:05AM

    emoticon back. emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 10/20/2014 10:53AM

    BIG SMILE on my face today and thanks for putting it there! So glad you are back, King_Slayer - so very, very glad!
My story is somewhat like your own. While away from SP, I still managed to log in almost every day but was not yet ready to commit to any program for weight loss. I have also gained weight during my "vacation" and am planning to weigh-in very soon - OUCH! I was thinking a few days ago that I would be doing this on Tuesday, Oct. 21st ... and now I am thinking "OMG, that's tomorrow!!" ... Lol - Kinda hard to return 'home' after such a long vacation and mine has been a long one. Anyway, tomorrow or as soon as I make-up my mind to do so, I will be back in full force. I do have something new that I want to try. Something to jump-start my program here and, hopefully, to improve all areas of my health and daily lifestyle.
In the meantime, just knowing that you are back here with us again is a huge incentive for me to get off my arse and start doing likewise!
But dang, Ken, that vacation was fun! emoticon
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JULIA_211 10/20/2014 5:11AM

    Welcome back, Ken! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/20/2014 1:50AM

    Woohoo, it is great to have you back! I have missed you! All things considered, a 9lbs gain isn't a lot... I really hope being fully back on SP will bring you support and you'll lose again.

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READY4CHANGE81 10/19/2014 10:39PM

    Happy to see you back!!! :) I had a bit of a hiatus as well... but checked in every once in a while to see if my regular spark buds were doing well. :)


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CRAMOMMY 10/19/2014 10:21AM

    I had a break from Spark, too, and gained some weight ... A wise person once told me that you have to go back to what worked in the beginning ...

So what worked? Fast break? Being on here? Just go back to what worked before ... for me it was being part of a group, so I joined a DietBet ... (Money doesn't motivate me the competition does lol)

Glad your back :)

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TIME-4-TINA 10/18/2014 10:36PM

    well, look what the cat dragged in!!! glad your back! I was incognito all summer too. See ya around town!

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DOVESEYES 10/18/2014 9:01PM

    Ya hoo made my day to see your blog!!!
So great you are back.

I agree with the Stress articles on SP-- it seems to restrict weight loss, there seems to be so many things to stress about these days.

But not today I'm celebrating the return of a great friend!!!

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_BABE_ 10/18/2014 8:08PM

    I, for one, was miffed when you left... it seems you are not the only one who think leaving a supportive weight loss site is the answer to losing weight. emoticon

Interestingly enough, I found myself contemplating the same thing because for one year now I have spun the wheel every day and have only maintained. Now with this recent gain of 10 pounds in the last 6 weeks I almost threw in the Spark towel.

It's true what are we doing here if we are not serious about getting healthy and losing weight? Why play games and eat pizza and borrow calories from one day to pay the is that the work. If what worked before does not now then change it up!

It's good to see you back....I got a feeling I am going to get a little backlash. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/18/2014 8:04PM

    Really really good to see you back Ken!!! Missed you!!

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WILDKAT781 10/18/2014 6:56PM

    Hey!!! made my evening to see you back blogging! Missed you my friend.


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GRANDEFILLE 10/18/2014 6:15PM

    glad to have you back!

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Wk 163 Weigh In

Saturday, May 24, 2014

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result.

Hello, my name is Ken and I'm insane.

This was the week to turn things around, to put an end to the gaining and post a solid loss. The week to get my head on straight, block out all of the internal noise and get down to business.

Of course that's not at all what happened. Up until Thursday everything was going great, I was set to deliver a loss for this morning. Then from Thursday to this morning I somehow gained 3 lbs (no sodium involved!). This is crazy because by standard thinking I would have needed to take in around 14,000 calories to make that happen (@3,500 cals per pound (3 lbs=10,500) plus approx 3,500 cals to make up for what my body should normally burn over 2 days). I only took in approx 1800 calories both Thursday and Friday, far less than what it SHOULD have taken for me to actually gain weight!

Confusion and frustration, thy name is Ken.

Here's the numbers

Weight : 229.4
Gain : 2.2
Total : 90.6

I am continually sliding backwards and I'm not too happy about it. My head is constantly filled with spinning thoughts and stresses and it's driving me crazy. Lately I've been feeling like getting on Spark every day to get my points, comment and like postings and blogs has become a job. I feel guilty if I don't do enough encouraging or reach out to enough people. But it's driving me a tad bit insane!

I think I'm going to take a break for a while. End my current log in streak at 183 days and just step away for a bit. I'll still be around bcause I'm a creature of habit, but I need to step away at lest a little. Besides, with all of this gaining, I feel like I'm doing a disservice to all of my friends, I'm letting everyone down and not being a good role model.

I won't be gone forever, I'll probably only be gone for a short period of time, hell, most people won't even notice I'm gone (it'll be just like my real life!). But I need to remove some of the pressure that I've created for myself so hopefully I can get back to making good choices and working hard on myself instead of just making excuses every week.

So to all of you, have a great Memorial Day Weekend and remember, it's not about bbq's and beers, it's about those men and women and have laid down their lives so that you can have your bbq and beers. God bless the men and women who answer the call to serve in the armed forces.

Ken Heaston

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IMEMINE1 7/2/2014 3:49PM

    Please don't feel bad about the weight gain. I was down to 102 pounds and now am battling at 105. I was doing good and then I don't know I got off course (lazy) and now am starting over.
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    I am sorry I missed this blog, and I am sorry for the discouragement you are feeling... I will miss you while you are 'gone' from SP, but I understand that sometimes it is better to take a back seat. Take good care of yourself and come back soon!

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GRANDEFILLE 5/28/2014 2:09PM

    Hey bro! Hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend.

As for the rest... a lot of us are insane so don't worry there. It is not your responsibility to be a role model! but then again.. A good role model is someone who has accomplished things but is human. You couldn't be a role model if you were perfect! You'd be an anomality! Or maybe you'd be a god?

Since you are very human, I would think maybe you actually need a break... A little vacation from the tracking and all. Recharge yourself in energy and motivation then come back to it.

I agree with Julia in so many ways.... Do your spring cleaning, get your head somewhat back and you'll be back to this someday when you are ready.

We'll still be here waiting to hear from you!

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LISAN0415 5/27/2014 11:24PM

    I know this journey has its ups and it has its downs, I had lost quite a bit of weight, then I got pregnant, which is great but I had some challenges and now I just re0starting my journey. It can be disheartening- like climbing a tall mountain, almost reaching the top and then toppling down... but It's time to keep climbing back up!

I wish you the best of luck. Sorry I have been gone from spark, but I am back-- and we got this!


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    OK, first off - I GET IT!
However, Babe said it best when she said you are nobody's role model. OUCH! And here I thought you and I were THE Role Models here at SP. You know, representatives of both genders. emoticon
So, I guess we're not. But then again - what does Babe know? emoticon

OK. I am insane too.
Been that way most of me life, so nothing new.
Had my eye on the prize and then it rolled completely outta sight. Struggling here. I mean, I look like hell and I feel like hell and most days end with me wondering what the hell.
Taking a break ....
I have been on a break for the last 2 or 3 months. Not focusing on weight loss these past months, but, in stead, just focusing on getting to the other end of this LONG tunnel that I am walking through. Almost there. Almost there. Almost there ... but NOT there yet.
YOU - probably need a break - but I hope you won't lose your spark streak. Be the creature of habit that you are (so am I). Come to the community and do only what you want to do each day until you are ready to do more.
Yeh, I am not a great encouragement, I know, BUT I care. We are in some shark invested waters ... Mind sharks. Our own mind sharks. So, gotta stay in this dang raft until our ship comes in .... and it will ... For now this raft is what it is. We are sailing without a rudder (isn't that something important on a boat?) emoticon
but at least we ain't over-board.

Work on your insanity and clear out whatever you can, while knowing that you will always be a bit insane. Course that's what makes you a King_Slayer and we wouldn't want you to ever be totally cured.

Oh, this is so insane I should delete this comment!
Nah. You know how my day is going and so I say WTH.
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SIMONEKP 5/27/2014 1:14PM

    Do what you need to but 90 lbs is nothing to sneeze at so you arr still a great role model.

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SKATER787 5/26/2014 6:50PM

    Take a break as needed. I've had success cutting out the grains. Consider giving it a try if you haven't already done that. Although, I'm not a low carber per se, the low carbers are more right than the conventional wisdom of eat less and exercise more. I'm off the grains for about 8 months, and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me in decades, dietary wise.

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READY4CHANGE81 5/26/2014 2:12PM

    You have truly been a huge support for me on spark. I enjoy your blogs, advice, wisdom, and motivation. However, at the end of the day YOU need to do what is best for YOU. We will still be here when you are ready/return. emoticon emoticon

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ME_FIRST 5/25/2014 11:54AM

    Don''t kid yourself Ken. You will be sorely missed. The fact that you've logged in your week every week fr 163 weeks is an amazing commitment to yourself. I understand how you feel about pressure and just living life making better choices. I'm all for that and I'm trying to do the same thing. Consider yourself the strong person who lost 100 lbs +/- and maintained that weight loss for a long time. Not many people can say that.

Enjoy your weekend and the beautiful summer months. After the winter we had in NJ, I'll never complain about the heat again. emoticon (you)

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WILDKAT781 5/25/2014 9:06AM

    Ken - I truly understand what you mean...I've just went through the same bunch of emotions myself over Spark! I took a break and it helped tremendously! I hope the break gives you what you need and I hope it is not too long because I will miss you!


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NYCALIGIRL 5/24/2014 9:30PM

    Hey Ken...I read this earlier and it took a while to sink in. I'm really sorry you feel this way at this point in your journey. I too hope for the best of things to come for you with your health, goals and everything else. This journey can be quite the rollercoaster as so many of us experience in it but just know you will be missed and without each other to hold us up to our accountability and being there to support one another it's not really the same so you do really matter and we will miss our dear sparkfriend. Thank you for all the support and I hope when you are ready to come back just know your true friends will be here for you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I hope your break gives you what you seek. A lot of people do find you motivating in spite of what your scale says, but maybe it's time for you to inspire yourself instead of everyone else for a short time. I hope you return. You are one of the only people that actively cheers me on. I do appreciate it, but I also understand where you're coming from.


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DOVESEYES 5/24/2014 8:44PM

    Hey Ken
You are an inspiration but not because you are perfect but because you are honest and a wonderful friend to many. Enjoy your time away. It IS all about you.
Take all the time you need,you will be missed.

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BARBIEE52 5/24/2014 8:11PM

I am sad after reading your blog...I will miss you if you take a break, but I understand. We are here for you anytime, whether you are losing or not. Yes, it does matter to us, and you are important to us, and I get support from you, and hopefully I have given you some support back. I will still send you comments...don't want you to think I don't care emoticon We all need breaks, so by all means take a break, just not for long. Summer is a busy time of the year..I know I won't be on as much, because in MN our summers are so short and they go by so fast, so I will spend ALOT of time outdoors...but I will miss have become a very good friend.
Enjoy your time away..just don't forget there's alot of people here that care.
Many, many ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/24/2014 7:28PM

    Ken you are not doing anyone a disservice or being a bad role model. you are an inspiration to alot of us, and you are human.
that calories in calories out thing is a load of hooey..i should have GAINED this week..i've only had time to eat one meal a day, and not a great one at that, but i lost. not alot, , but i expected a gain. go figure.
take a break for YOU if you want, heck spin the wheel if the streak is important and do nothing else but what you WANT. I will miss you, and i'm sure alot of others will, too. But i know you will be back. do whats best for YOU, KEN.
we love you, my friend. hang in. you will turn this around. I'll be thinking about you, Ken, and sending all good thoughts your way!

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TWESTEN1 5/24/2014 6:50PM

    Good for you - everyone needs breaks in their lives :)

And thanks for the shout out to all of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

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_BABE_ 5/24/2014 6:49PM

    Hate to tell to you Mr. Heaston but you are nobody’s role model. We are all adults here and congregate for the purpose of support and friendship in the name of being healthy. I read your blogs because I want to see how you are doing and offer any advice that for some reason I cannot incorporate into my own life. Plus I admit I look forward to your wit and wisdom.

As for my own sanity, as soon as I went accountable on a weekly basis I choked…so now I just try to be consistent and quietly just try and tweak my eating here and there looking for the miracle formula. I don’t think too much about water retention because if it’s a constant in my life I should still be losing some pounds.

I have been where you were once…the experienced dieter who starts playing with their week because they feel they know their body and how it will react and what you can get away with….go back to the basics… stop weighing yourself daily and don’t worry what anyone else thinks but don’t stay away too long cause contrary to what you think we like you around.

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JULIA_211 5/24/2014 6:29PM

    In the 6 years since discovering sparkpeople, I have taken many breaks. Sometimes it is absolutely crucial for you sanity to do so, I'm with you! Take as much time as you need, your friends will be right here waiting when you come back! Have a great Memorial Day weekend, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wk 162 Weigh In

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I decided to skip a week... instead of losing weight this week so I could just gain it back next week, I Just gained this week and got rid of the middle man.

Not a great week for me. My back didn't really act up which was nice, but my knee has been hurting like hell and I can't figure out what the hell I did to make it angry! If it's not one thing, it's another, story of my life.

I had a big breakfast and dinner on Monday (celebrating Mother's Day on Monday because on Monday, the world is your oyster for these things). But those meals stuck with me all week. Hell, I had days this week where my calorie intake was right at 1200 and I gained weight (super low sodium on those days too!!)

Sometimes I just can't wrap my head around what my body is doing and that is frustrating.

Back to Mother's Day for a sec. All of these Hallmark holidays I show up with a card, gift, etc. on the day of, but anything else (meals, shopping) will take place the next day. I do things my own way. On Facebook people have taken to posting old pictures on Thursdays and calling it Throw Back Thursday (TBT). I will post an old picture with the tag TBT, but I'll post it on Wednesday, or Friday or any day other than Thursday. Why, you ask? Because I don't play by your rules, that's why.

Anyway, let's look at this week's apocalyptically horrendous weigh in.

Weight : 227.2
Gain : 1.8
Total : 92.8

Yep, just short of a 2 lb gain for the week. The week is over and I'm not going to let this eat at me. I'm going to try and enjoy my weekend and get back to work for the next week.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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    PS. And the remedy is not Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

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    Well, I'm not in your shadows this week - Not following the path that leads to a lower reading on the scale - BUT - I am moving out of the WTH phase, slowly but surely. Its a minute by minute evaluation of sorts and a work in progress - Like a re-programming of a system that didn't CRASH, but one that came pretty damn close to it.

So, here I am, appreciating my own need to have things backed up. My back-up .... tracking ..... and coming to terms with the fact that eating in a happy mood does not antidote calories consumed. Well, eating in a depressed mood doesn't either, but I never pretended that it did.

Life ... Hmmm. Cried to myself a couple days ago. Knees were hurting so bad, I could not bend them. Stairs were a killer and every move I made, and still make, seems to involve them. Sooooo, I go to see the Amazing shop keeper, who is a Doctor of holistic medicine and a wonderful friend, and he says in his heavy accent, "don't worry, babbbbby, this (shows me a bottle of some wondrous remedy) will fix your knees. He had such bad knees, other Doctors had advised him to have knee replacement surgery for both his knees. Anyway, he used the magic medicine and now both his knees are 100% A-OK. He says in about 7 days I will see a GREAT improvement and in about 6 weeks my knees should be as good as new.
So, I will let ya know how it goes. If it works within 7 days ..... well, will be different ..... in a positive way!
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GRANDEFILLE 5/20/2014 10:28AM

    You know what bro? for a I will gain weight this week, this is not a good week.... You didn't gain more than that? Hope your health gets more bareable. As for the way you post, I admire that you do things your way.

Well get out of that place soon I hope.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend

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NYCALIGIRL 5/19/2014 12:55PM

    Sorry for what you are going through this sounds so much like me and my struggles too I think the calorie range throws everything off ...Hang in there best wishes for your knee to feel better!

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_BABE_ 5/19/2014 11:00AM

    I am surprised like the rest of the folks that you have been doing 1200 calories. However, you know best and reading your blog I believe attitude is everything. Not stressing about the gain is a good step in the right direction. That being said....let's both turn this week around and get going in the right direction!

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SIMONEKP 5/19/2014 10:16AM

    LOL at the TBT defiance! Now get in line and lose something this week Mister!

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SANTOREONE 5/18/2014 9:57AM

    Sorry to hear about your gain, but I agree 1200 calories for a man might make your body go into starvation mode and make you not lose weight. Sorry to hear about your knee it does make things harder when your in pain. You have lost an amazing amount of weight emoticon

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JULIA_211 5/18/2014 7:34AM

    I for one am glad you didn't lose...your sense of humor! I admire your accountability! Keep at it! emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 5/17/2014 10:16PM

    There you go... there is the feisty 'out there' guy ... that's why I keep coming back to read your are your own man and you don't care who knows it!!!

You actually won this week because you preempted the 'norm' you must feel great!!!
Take back that week oh yeah!!!

With your attitude your 'body' has to come into line and lose lose lose.... you rock!!

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RHOOK20047 5/17/2014 9:07PM

    Well don't mess your knee up worse, and don't beat yourself up about the weight gain. If you reduced your exercise that could explain it. So give this week the old college try, and see if the scale becomes your friend again.

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TIME-4-TINA 5/17/2014 7:52PM

    Well, we all know you didn't actually gain two pounds. You didn't eat an extra 7,000 calories did you?! It's just your darn scale. I can't believe you have days where you only eat 1,200 calories! That's not much for a man. Heck, that's not much for me either. I try to stay around 14 or 1, 500. as you know, my scale is not cooperating either. I swear, it's not me. I am doing everything right!

So, aren't you a rebel. TBT on a Wednesday? You crazy kid!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/17/2014 6:48PM

    haha i do the same thing on the TBT...sometimes i do them Mondays!! its fun!!

I gotta ask..1200 cals? could that be why you are gaining,,,that you arent eating ENOUGH? quick story for you...long before i did Spark i was on a site called ediets. i followed all the meals..only i ate less. and i didnt lose. and i gained. so i went to the fitness expert, Raphael Calzadilla. He looked at everything..said well you arent eating enough. i said HUH?? isnt it cals in cals out? he theory. i want you up to 1600 cals a day. i said I"LL GAIN111 he says humor me. give me 2 weeks. if you gain for 2 weeks we try something else.
so, i did. and i ate. and at the end of the first week i was shocked to see i had lost 5 pounds. how could that be? i figured it was a fluke, so i did it again the second week, and i dropped another 3. and after that i steadily lost 1.5-3 EVERY WEEK that i stuck with it.
I had to eat crow, and he was really nice about it.
So now, i know i cant go below 1600 and lose...until i lose a bunch more. explanation, from Raphael, my doc, and the dietitian (i have to have an explanation) At the 1000 cals i was eating, my bofy knew i was starving it. so not only did i not lose, it slowed my metabolism so much that my body stored every morsel i gave it, creating a gain. Still sounds suspicious to me, but the numbers told the story.
anyhow..thought i'd mention it...

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BARBIEE52 5/17/2014 6:09PM

    Sorry about your gain, but you sound determined and that's the most important. Hoping you have a BETTER week...I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks for sharing!
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Wk 161 Weigh In

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Not much to say today. My back has been feeling better (knock on wood) but it has had lots of days of feeling better right before it went out, so I'm not going to celebrate any time soon.

I had a gain this week, of course I pretty much knew would since I posted a loss last week and that's how things have been going for quite some time now. Oh well.

So here's the numbers for the week.

Weight : 225.4
Gain : 0.8
Total : 94.6

It's less than a pound so that's good, but it's still another gain. I suppose I'll lose it this coming week just so I can gain it back the week after... arrgh.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend, however much of it is left.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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Took a break this afternoon from Mom's house. Had to do a lot of yard work at home this morning and tonight going to TRY to plant my garden ... or at least some of it. It is small - but still a chore when the body is broken. BTW, my body feels like it is broken. Then tomorrow it's back to Mom's house for more drudgery.

Anywho, I have not been on the scale for a while and KNOW that I have gained some weight. Not a lot, mind you, but ...
Well, truth is, I am so relating to yours and GRANDEFILLE's blogs lately, especially when it comes to the scale. OK, you're still weighing yourself, so kudos to you, but, seriously, Ken, it just seems that we three kindred souls are in the mode of "indifference" - as in, WTH.
Yeh, I should only speak for myself - (understood) - but finding common ground today does seem comforting in a weird kinda way - Like, it's "grounding" ... especially when everything else in life seems so up in the air.
LOL, sounds like I applaud your weight gain, which I don't - BUT - I do applaud you always for your honestly. It is a lifeline to the world I hope to return to soon.

Soooo, it's back to work - and one day soon it's back to work here at SP.
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KWING517 5/14/2014 2:57PM

    Hi Ken!

I've been really busy at work for the past few months, so I'm playing catch-up here on Spark now that I've slowed down a bit! It's good to "see you" again!

The up-and-down game is so exhausting isn't it? I've been playing it for a long time now too, and I've decided to take the focus off the scale and focus on nutrition and exercise for a couple months and see what happens. I'm only going to weigh in on the first of every month so I can post it to my SparkPage....we'll see how that goes, since I've already cheated and sneaked onto the scale once in May : )

Great to hear that your back is feeling better - hopefully that keeps getting better and better every day! Just keep taking baby steps!!

Make it a great week!!

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RIBKNIT 5/14/2014 11:54AM

    Hi Ken. I'm sorry to hear you're still having issues with your back, although it sounds like you're finding out what works and what doesn't. As for the up-and-down, I know what it's like to get stuck in that. You know the drill for losing weight, you've done it before, so keep at it, and you WILL see the numbers you're after! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 5/12/2014 2:21PM

    Good news on the ole back. Not so great on that damn scale, keep at it.

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GRANDEFILLE 5/12/2014 8:38AM

    happy to hear your back is giving you a little break!

As for the rest I understand where you're at.... I keep thinking I'll find a way to stop gaining and losing the same damned pounds...! well, I guess I have to keep looking. (I know I just have to eat less... but how?)

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/11/2014 4:28PM

    Well, it is still good... You can loose 1 pound next week and that will be a loss all in all! emoticon You are doing good, Ken. Don't get discouraged, and remember to sleep lots! emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/11/2014 10:21AM

    the good part is the losses and gains are pretty much a maintain..and thats a good thing!

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TWESTEN1 5/11/2014 8:22AM

    Hey see-sawing can be fun... at least you know what to expect :) I think it's great that you're staying pretty neutral, as Tina said - maybe this is where the body wants to be. Either way, you're doing great with a body that's making it difficult for you, so be proud of yourself.

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JULIA_211 5/11/2014 7:23AM

    I have my fingers crossed regarding your back!
About the weight, I know that roller coaster ride well. I agree with 1DERLAND14, you have managed to lose 90 lbs, and keep it off, that is truly amazing! emoticon emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 5/10/2014 10:20PM

    I am happy to hear that your back is feeling better! Good news!!! I can understand the fight with the scale! Keep pushing in the right direction! You are the guy who has managed to lose over 90lbs and keep that off....the same guy that can get that scale in the other direction! Keep the faith :)

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TIME-4-TINA 5/10/2014 9:38PM

    Is your body telling you that this is where it wants to maintain? I don't know how much more you want to lose, but if you only have a little more to lose, maybe you could consider maintaining where you are. It might take the pressure off. Of course I understand if your looking for a milestone number like 100.

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DOVESEYES 5/10/2014 9:09PM

    Chin up Mate, its "look back and count the amazing days you've had" day.

It WILL change!!!

YAY loss... on it's way...

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_BABE_ 5/10/2014 7:45PM

    emoticon Ken!

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BARBIEE52 5/10/2014 7:19PM

I am glad to hear your back is better, sorry about the gain, but it isn't quite a pound, so don't feel guilty. You probably haven't been as active either because of your back..But it will improve, and so will your weight loss... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks for sharing!!

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Wk 160 Weigh In

Saturday, May 03, 2014

This week was a little better than last week. I have had a few nights of good sleep, but it seems like I can't put 2 good nights back to back! But I'm going to continue going to bed each night, keep working on that sleep. Unlike going to the gym, working on sleep is pretty easy to do. I just have to lie there and close my eyes... I'm pretty good at that.

Anyway, so my back has been having it's ups and downs but it was less twitchy overall this week. Still, anytime I have to bend over a little it lets me know that it doesn't appreciate it with a quick electrical jolt! I just have to always remember to be careful and to move smoothly, keeping my shoulders and hips aligned; avoid the twisting!

So let's get to this weeks' numbers:

Weight : 224.6
Lost : 1.4
Total : 95.4

One week up, one week down. The roller coaster is getting to be just about as old as I feel. On to another week, another opportunity to see if I can lose a little more or if I'm just going to gain like I seem to do every other week.

Happy May and have a great weekend.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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-DAVE- 5/8/2014 7:53AM

    Good loss Ken.

Here are a few things that help my aching back to get sleep. I agree some sound insane, but for me they work.

Not eating anything after 600 pm. All my insides digest and empty, leaving less mass/weight in the stomach area.

Drinking only water between 6-10 or so (bed time).

Stretching back and legs before getting into bed.

Popping 2 advil and an aleve just before bed.

I have been able to (at least temporarily) stop sleeping on the couch sitting up and am getting decent sleep (6-7 hours). As you know, prior to this new found regimen, I was averaging 3-4 hours and having to get out of bed to finish the night on the couch sitting.

Have you thought about holistic methods like acupunture? Good luck. I know it's agony.

Hope you get better or can find a solution.

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READY4CHANGE81 5/8/2014 12:23AM

    CONGRATS on your loss!!!!!!! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 5/7/2014 5:46PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Hope you start feeling better soon.

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LKORNEGAY 5/7/2014 3:44PM

    Good to hear you are still at it Ken, haven't been on SP for page still has snowflakes on it...time to get it updated huh? Take care of your back, back problems are no fun! Been there many times so I'm speaking from experience.... A couple of suggestions on the sleeping... First don't watch TV in bed, keep the bedroom for sleeping only and drink some milk before going to bed. There is actually something in milk that helps you sleep. Okay, I'm done, hope your week is good and your back gets better soon!


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GRANDEFILLE 5/7/2014 2:07PM

    I know the feeling... I'm constantly losing and gaining the same 2 pounds lately.... Depressing... got to find the thing that makes me resist the weight loss.

Nice to knwo you are somewhat better.

Have a great week

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SIMONEKP 5/5/2014 5:43PM

    ugh, don't you just hate that dumb merry-go-round?

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/5/2014 4:07PM

    Good job, Ken!! sorry your back is still being a pain but you did well!! feel better soon!

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SANTOREONE 5/4/2014 8:37AM

    Sorry to hear about you back pain emoticon . Sleep is so important in weight loss. Glad to hear you were able to get some sleep and were able to lose some weight. emoticon

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TWESTEN1 5/4/2014 8:08AM

    So no dancing for you , huh?! Glad the back seems to be doing a bit better & that you're taking it easy. Congrats on dropping the pound too ~ that's great. I hope you enjoy the week ahead :)

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    I wish sleep was just about going to bed and then falling asleep! emoticon Do you suffer from insomnia at times or is it just that you stay awake too late?
Good for you for the weight loss! Hey, let's focus on the positive. You have lost weight and that is good! I know this week can be equally good!

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NYCALIGIRL 5/3/2014 11:49PM

    Glad to see you are hangin in there and things are getting better ...nice to read and see the positive side of things and congrats on the weight loss ...everylittle bit counts!

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SKATER787 5/3/2014 10:27PM

    Excellent! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 5/3/2014 9:43PM

    Hey Ken so happy you got some sleep, the day seems very long without it. Congrats on the loss.
It is so hard to remember to be careful when moving, sometimes it's done and then you remember you weren't supposed to bend that way.

Happy May to you too.

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TEACHFIRST268 5/3/2014 7:36PM

    Glad to hear the back is a little better. Keep taking it easy - don't push and send yourself backwards. And congrats on the loss! Sweet!! Rootin' for you to get two weeks in a row!

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BARBIEE52 5/3/2014 7:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am happy to hear you have lost this week...quite an accomplishment when you're not feeling 100%..At least I wouldn't. I would probably get down, feel sorry for myself & eat way too, too much! emoticon emoticon
I am glad to hear your back is a little bit better...I know with time, you can accomplish anything, and you will feel better SOON!
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JULIA_211 5/3/2014 6:59PM

    Good going with this week's loss! emoticon Wishing you many more emoticon this coming week!

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_BABE_ 5/3/2014 6:33PM

    That's what you get for laughing about my emoticon

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