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Wk 81 Weigh In

Saturday, October 27, 2012

So I had a better week this week, not great mind you, but better overall. I am feeling a lot less stressed out and that is a big improvement. I didn't get to the gym very much this week, but I'm not angry with myself over it and that's a good thing.

My weight was pretty good most of the week. I was on track for a decent loss, until Thursday. I don't know what happened, because I was basically doing the same thing every day, but Thursday morning, my weight was over a one pound up from Wednesday morning and that carried through to Friday as well.

Short explanation on my weighing/ dieting process. I follow a 6 on /1 off system. Sunday through Friday I am on a diet, but on Saturday, I eat whatever I want! It works for several reasons which I won't go into here, but suffice it to say that I've lost 100lbs this way. Anyway, I weigh myself daily (I know, I know), I do this to monitor progress, not to stress myself out. On Sundays typically I am 3-4 lbs heavier than Saturday morning (due to overfeeding on Saturdays). Usually by Wednesday that 3-4 lbs is gone and I am already below my previous Saturday weigh in. So that gives me all day Wed., Thurs, and Friday to remove an extra before Saturdays weigh in. Like I said, this works for me, it may not work for everyone.

With all of that said, let's get to the numbers.

Weight : 218.0
Lost : .6
Total : 99.2

So I only managed to shed .6 this week. Oh well, it's still a loss :) Time to relax, go have lunch with my son and then get back to relaxing. Tomorrow starts another week and another chance to get it right.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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GRANDEFILLE 11/4/2012 2:00AM

    You are doing sooo great! congratulations you are a very good motivation!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/28/2012 10:53AM

    Sounds like a GREAT plan to me!! good for you for having a better week!!

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CLPURNELL 10/27/2012 8:22PM

    Dude you are doing awesome and still going down!!!! Very proud of you bro. Keep on doing what you are doing!!!!!!!!!!

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MARYDSAN 10/27/2012 6:44PM

    Way to go! A loss is a loss, a step in the right direction!

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TEACHFIRST268 10/27/2012 4:25PM

    Wow, Ken - we follow a very similar pattern, to the day! Saturdays are my day to indulge. We usually go out to eat, or we'll hit DQ, whatever strikes our fancy that day. I don't go crazy all day long, but it's my day to enjoy the less healthier options. Then its tons of water and back on track the rest of the week. Works for me, too! I'm a daily weigh-er, too. Need it to keep myself accountable. I find when I don't weigh myself for weeks, or months at a time, that's when the weight creeps back on. I only count Saturday morning weigh ins though.

As for your .6, you're right. It's in the right direction! I had several .6's in a row and it was a bit maddening, but again, had to remind myself better going down than up. We know if we consistently make good choices, it eventually shows up. It's a battle of wills sometimes, but we're stronger than that darned scale!

You're doing great. Keep it up!! Hope you enjoyed your lunch!



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Wk 80 Weigh In

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What a craptastic week! I just felt like crap all week, stressed out over little things, angry with my son over grades and his overall lazy attitude lately. Plus I just never felt "right" all week, which made everything else worse. My weight refused to come down and that made me angrier and more stressed... like a crappy perpetual motion machine, I kept going around and around.

But the week has come to an end at last and I ended up not gaining weight, so that was good. Here's the numbers:

Weight : 218.6
Lost : 1.2
Total : 98.6

An actual loss when I was expecting a gain. Ill take it. Hoping for a better week next week, in all aspects.

I think I'm going to cut this short and put my feet up and watch something on Netflix, try and enjoy my afternoon.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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GODSCHILD2_2011 10/23/2012 8:42PM

    Ken ~ I'm sorry you've had a crappy week. We all have them from time to time, the good news is that you didn't gain and in fact had a lost. emoticon I'm hoping things has gotten better for you this week.

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TEACHFIRST268 10/22/2012 6:23PM

    Well...it's a new week! Hope it's a better one!

As for the one prior - DONE! And hey, you even lost during all the craptasticness! There's cause for celebration!

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RIBKNIT 10/22/2012 2:51PM

    I understand about craptastic and going around and around. The thing is, we lose perspective when in the middle of the crappy fog. It *is* bound to pass sooner or later (hopefully sooner).
Every week, you continue to weigh in and post an honest and straightforward blog. That is rare, and important - congratulations and thank you!

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CLPURNELL 10/22/2012 5:32AM

    We all have bad weeks Bro. But look what you were able to accomplish regardless take pride in that and build on that for the next week!

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KAREN951 10/21/2012 9:30PM

    Congrats on the loss! Sorry you're struggling but you must be doing something right if you're losing so keep at it and hopefully you're headed into a better week.


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GRANDEFILLE 10/21/2012 9:22AM

    yeah... try and relax a bit. It should help. Congratulations on the loss

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_BABE_ 10/20/2012 8:02PM

    ummmm ....Netflix...I like Moonstruck...especially that scene where Cher slaps Nicolas Cage and exclaims...Snap out of it!

http://www.youtube.com/w
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I shouldn't tease but remember how much you should be grateful for....
- no longer 100 lbs on your backside
- your son period
- hot women on sparkpeople caring about your blogs and you


Comment edited on: 10/20/2012 8:10:28 PM

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MARYDSAN 10/20/2012 6:34PM

    Congratulations on the loss-a good ending to a "crappy" week.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/20/2012 5:15PM

    Glad there was no gain and you get to relax!!!!

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Wk 79 Weigh In - Roller Coaster

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Horrible week... completely my own fault though. I overslept, didn't get hardly any gym time (my back was hurting so I used that as an excuse) and I snacked way too much. I just couldn't seem to keep myself focused on anything this week, just a few hours of focus here and there. Feels kind of like self sabotage... not sure why though.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time writing this week. It's 9:30 in the morning and I've already had 3 glasses of water (my water intake was below my norm all week) while thinking on this past week and the many ways that I could have done better. My son and I will be going to lunch in a couple of hours and we will be discussing weight issues (he has some weight he wants to lose himself). We need to sit down and put together a plan that we will both stick to, both for eating and for hitting the gym.

Here's this weeks numbers:

Weight : 219.8
Gain : 1.6
Total : 97.4

Yep, gained 1.6 lbs when I wanted to lose 1 lb. I'll steal and change a line from Batman, "It isn't the weigh in I wanted, but it's the one I deserve". Being lazy and snacking got me the results that I deserve this week.

Okay, so now I will think on what has transpired this week and try to formulate a plan to turn things around and get myself back into gear for next week. A temporary setback is all that this is.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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KATSKASTLES 10/19/2012 6:10PM

    Bad days happen, so do bad weeks. You just have to remember to get up, dust yourself off and get right back in the saddle. This ride is for the long haul and you have done a great job so far! Keep up the great work Ken and good luck to your son too. If he is anything like his dad, he will have the weight off in no time as well.

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KWING517 10/19/2012 10:00AM

    Hi, I'm a little late reading this one, huh? I sure hope this week is going better for you!

I know the feeling of self-sabotage! I'm so close to being under 200 (for the first time in my adult life!) and I went through a really rough time of self-doubt and low self-control a couple weeks ago. I'm pretty sure that some of it was related to a very stressful situation at work. Then one day last week, I realized that I needed to stop, reassess the situation, remember my goals, and re-commit to what I want!! Part of my success is that I have actual tangible goals - like running the alpha race next June and taking my kids to Michigan Adventure and riding ALL the rides with them. Things that I need to reach my goals to be able to do.

After thinking about what I'm trying to achieve, I decided it was time to re-commit to what I want. I started tracking all over again, working on some strength training (I hate ST!!), and added more protein/fewer carbs to my daily food plan. It's helped in a BIG way!!

The hardest part about this journey is that we all need to find our own way and that noone else's plan will work as well for us as it does for them... You're doing great on your journey! Maybe take a minute to remember what you REALLY want to achieve :)

Good luck to both you and your son - he's lucky to have a dad who leads by example!! It's ok to show him the set-backs too...that way when he's faced with a set-back of any kind, he understands that it happens and he'll know how to work through it...

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RIBKNIT 10/18/2012 3:28PM

    Horrible weeks suck! But I know things will turn around for you, because you want them to. It just might take a little while.
I think it's great that you and your son are working out a plan together!
p.s. - It strikes me that it might be helpful to do more writing these days, rather than less? Just a thought.


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CLPURNELL 10/17/2012 7:06AM

    We all have bad weeks. You are probably still recovering! Give it another week! Oh by the way I am on Oahu. Honolulu/Waikiki area :)

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MCLINORAMA 10/16/2012 12:27PM

    The big thing to remember is that your weight will fluctuate and you do have to take care of your back. What good will it do you to hit the gym only to injure yourself? I'm sorry that the results were rough but I know your future results will rock. You've already got a head start! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 10/13/2012 6:42PM

    Your temporary setback is so small, it will be off in no time. How great that you and your son will be working on this together. My daughter and I started 4HB to begin with and had great success.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/13/2012 6:27PM

    your last sentence says it all. its just a temporary setback!! right back to it!!

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KAREN951 10/13/2012 3:23PM

    Sorry to hear you're having a bad week - but it does happen to all of us so good on you for not beating yourself up but just regrouping and moving forward. Maybe the camaraderie of doing it with your son will be just the boost you need. Good luck!

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_BABE_ 10/13/2012 2:19PM

    I think if experience has taught me anything I have learned that you are never done this process of watching your weight if you ever had a weight problem...or maybe that's just me. At the same time do not beat yourself up for a pound because you are so close to goal that your weight is fluctuating as I imagine a normal person's would under these circumstances.... or what do I know I think self sabotage is my new middle name. emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 10/13/2012 2:14PM

    It's fun that you and your son can do this together. As for having a bad week it happens... you just have to pick yourself up and move on. I know you can do this!

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ME_FIRST 10/13/2012 1:28PM

    Great idea for you and your son to sit down and regroup. Together you will both get into gear.

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Wk 78 Weigh In

Saturday, October 06, 2012

It's Saturday again! Yesterday was the first day that my calves finally felt better, not 100% yet, but they didn't hurt and I was able to walk normally. Feels good to walk like a human again instead of some weird flat footed primate who cringed going up or down steps.

I didn't have high hopes for weight loss this week, due to the fact that I only went to the gym once, on Monday. I went thinking that I could walk on the treadmill and work out the soreness in my calves. I walked for 1 hour (@ 3mph) and felt pretty good the whole time. But a few minutes after getting off of the treadmill, my calves started to knot up and were just as sore as they had been on Sunday. Walking was a little painful all week so I just stayed out of the gym all together. I lightly stretched and walked short distances at home, trying to loosen them up.

My diet wasn't all that great either this week. Ate a few things that I shouldn't have, and took in more calories than I should have a few times. Normally not too bad, but with no gym time to work off the extras, I expected to be up 1-2 lbs this week. But that was not to be.

On to the numbers:

Weight : 218.2
Lost : 1
Total : 99

So a one pound loss in a week that I expected to gain a pound. That's a win I will take each and every time! Now that my calves aren't hurting I plan on getting into the gym this week and getting back to work, hopefully I can continue moving the scale downwards for a while longer. I have 11 lbs to go to reach my initial goal of 207. Once I get there I will re-examine where I am and where I feel I should go. I'm currently leaning towards moving the goal line another 10 lbs down, but I will wait until I reach the current goal line to make that decision.

Everyone, enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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MCLINORAMA 10/11/2012 12:57PM

    Sounds like you did great despite thinking you were going to gain! Always good to find out you were wrong about that at least! Nice work!

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KATSKASTLES 10/11/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing a great job! Sounds like your calves are almost ready to hit the ground running again :)

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TEACHFIRST268 10/9/2012 7:15PM

    1 lb down is awesome! Keep it going in the right direction! You'll be back at your lowest in no time. You're committed - it's going to happen!

Have a great week and hope your calves are feeling better!

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CLPURNELL 10/9/2012 7:02PM

    Awesome job Bro!!!! Your body probably needed those extra calories after the beating it endured lol!! Great job you are almost back to your lowest weight you will be there by next week!!! Have a great week and continue to heal up!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/7/2012 10:17PM

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With the calves almost back to normal, you're in a good position to rock this coming week!

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MINIMINIV 10/7/2012 5:59PM

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/7/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome Job Buddy! See sometimes our bodies need rest to recover and heal! Glad the calves are feeling better. I felt like that after my 112 Flight stair climb ... lol walking down stairs was the worst .....

you should try a foam roller. I think once I have the money I am going to invest in one!

How much total have you lost now almost!?

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/7/2012 11:24AM

    FANTASTIC!! and glad the calves are feeling better, too!

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GRANDEFILLE 10/7/2012 10:30AM

    That is great a 1 pound loss when expecting a 1 pound gain... It's like a 2 pounds loss!!!!

Good to hear you feel better and will be able to train this week

Have a great one!

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MARYDSAN 10/7/2012 12:26AM

    Way to go for a week when your body was recovering from the abuse of the Tough Mudder! Congratulations on your weight loss this week!

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_BABE_ 10/6/2012 10:08PM

    You must have really beat yourself up man! Thank goodness you didn't reward yourself with bad food choices ( mostly cause you couldn't walk to the frig) and therefore you lost a pound emoticon ...way to go Ken.

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FITWITHIN 10/6/2012 8:14PM

    That's great! I'm glad to hear your walking better and slowly, getting back into the gym. Keep up the great work and be careful as you recover.

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Tough Mudder Pics

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

To learn more and see a video go here:
http://toughmudder.com/

A good video shot by a competitor at the event that I did:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=033G_Hyy9
nA&feature=related

I have some pics I can share from my epic adventure, known as Tough Mudder. "Probably the toughest event on the planet".

Before starting out, My friend Mike and I looking confident.



Straddling one of the "Berlin Walls".


Low crawling under barbed wire, "Kiss of Mud"


Traversing the "Mud Mile". Several mud filled ditches with slick, muddy mounds between them.


"Mud Mile" aftermath. (Mud Mile was actually about 50 yards)


Random people coming through "Electro Shock Therapy". Hanging wires with 10,000 volts of electricity in them. It was dark when I get here, but my son got pics of others going through it. By the way, when it hits you, you really know it, some people get knocked out!


The after picture.


Our new friends, Juan and Shannon. Both Navy corpsmen in their early 20's. She did the Mudder barefoot, and a few times when the path became too rocky or thorny, Juan would put her on his back and carry her. Truly, these 2 were beasts out there, but they were also kind and friendly.

  
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SAZZLERAZZLE 10/5/2012 7:23PM

    WOW Ken you are hard as nails!! And can i add that - even covered in mud - your face looks SO much slimmer (and younger!) than your profile pic!! You are doing so well! I am in awe of this event, and the lady who did it barefoot!!! Congrats to you for doing it! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/4/2012 3:48PM

    Are you doing the same one next year? I am thinking of doing NorCal or SoCal next year too .... Washington Oregon and Cali ... lol

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/3/2012 6:01PM

    Look at your pics!! HOLY COW you look FANTASTIC!!!!

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RUSUNA 10/3/2012 3:31PM

    omg that looks like sooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARYDSAN 10/3/2012 3:12AM

    Wow-you can really see your progress in these pics! I showed them to a co-worker, and she too was amazed! She said it looked like a different person. Way to go!

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GRANDEFILLE 10/2/2012 9:25PM

    Looks like you had fun! Congratulations! you did it!

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_BABE_ 10/2/2012 6:31PM

    Those are priceless pics..you need to put your 'before' beside your 'after' for dramatic effect!

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CLPURNELL 10/2/2012 4:55PM

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just pure awesome Bro!!!

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RUNNER4LYFE 10/2/2012 4:11PM

    Awesome blog! Awesome pics! Looks like u had an emoticon time!!! Way to go!!!

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