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Wk 99 Weigh In 3/2/13

Saturday, March 02, 2013

This week is now over for me and I'm glad of it. I didn't feel 100% at all this week, I didn't feel sick, but I just felt kind of off kilter. I got 300 minutes of gym time this week but my diet was all over the place! One of these days, I may get this right.

This is going to be a short blog because I'm tired and I don't feel like spending a lot of time typing today. Also I can't think of anything witty, intelligent or insightful to say, so I should just keep quiet! So with that being said, let's look at this weeks numbers:

Weight : 215.2
Lost : .4
Total : 102

So, 4/10 ths of a pound lost this week. If I had weighed in Friday morning I could have recorded a 1.2 lb loss! But as it turned out, this morning didn't deliver the number that I was hoping for and now I'm really angry and want to do bad things. Just kidding :) It's still a loss and that's cool, just not as cool as a bigger loss would be!

Have a great weekend everybody :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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LKORNEGAY 3/6/2013 2:33PM

    I love the fact you just keep plugging away at it. That is the key, to keep going, keep getting back at it and it will all come around. I'm just waiting for the time to come that the losing will slow to a snail's pace for me. It's coming, I know it is...I just hope I will stay as faithful and diligent as you have been.

I hope this week is going well for you Ken. We are here for you to support you when you need it and to cheer you on as well.

Lawanda

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RUNNER4LYFE 3/5/2013 6:48AM

    I hate how our bodies work! Its supposed to be an easy equation, right....calories taken in is less than calories expended and u lose weight. WRONG....we often forget to factor in other variables like stress and sleep. Of course theres no way to know how THOSE will effect our weight loss, but we keep going on!!! Love the positive attitude, hun! Keep it up and ur gonna hit that goal weight in no time! emoticon Britt

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SIMONEKP 3/4/2013 9:27PM

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CLPURNELL 3/4/2013 8:53PM

    Man savor that loss I have had multiple time where i see that number a day or so before "official" weigh in day then bam it changes. It sucks but like you said it is still a loss and congrats brother!

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GRANDEFILLE 3/2/2013 11:19PM

    That's the spirit! a loss is a loss is a loss.... keep going bro you'll get it someday! although I do not quite understand what you are not getting since you have already lost 102 pounds! you must have "gotten" something to get there!

Take care of yourself! big hug and hope you feel better soon!

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_BABE_ 3/2/2013 8:57PM

    I think week 100 is going to be monumental....all that tracking and hard work deserves something....that being said your numbers this week are good...300 mins at the gym...down almost a half a pound. emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 3/2/2013 8:06PM

    A loss is a loss is a loss. Your tenacity will win in the end, just remember that!!

PS. I'm still laughing! emoticon

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FITMOMINNJ 3/2/2013 8:01PM

    Your doing GREAT Ken. I really admire how you keep trudging along even if the numbers don't give the answers your looking for. I had a bad week myself, cold that has lingered on hampered by muy not taking some exercise time off. Anyway, you made it through and THAT'S what counts:) emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/2/2013 7:46PM

    I so wish we could lose 10 pounds a week!!! i'd be done before summer!!!that said..a loss is a loss..but i do know the feeling of wanting MORE!!! no doing bad things..unless its a good bad ya know??
Have a really good week!!!!

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DOVESEYES 3/2/2013 7:25PM

    Yep it makes us mad when the scale doesn't reflect our hopes. Thanks for sharing, hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 3/2/2013 7:22PM

    Man, it must something in the stars this week...so many folks (including myself) have found this week to be 'off' -

And I totally get that 'angry' feeling. I find myself fantasizing about throwing the scale out the second story window and watching smash on the ground, springs popping out of it with a 'smash, clunk, boing!' as if in some crazy cartoon. Though not the loss you wanted, take it and use that angry feeling to wage war against that stupid scale and show it who's boss next week!

emoticon You've got this!!! Next week will be better!

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RKJONES1953 3/2/2013 7:07PM

    Hello again my Spark Friend,

I am impressed about the 300 minutes of exercise time. At this point in my journey looking at all those minutes sounds like a dream. I feel proud for you regarding your weight loss; every ounce
counts.

I keep reading that a BMI indicator might be the way to go regarding how we are doing on this journey. Although I know that two pounds is a lot more satisfying for the soul than 43.0035 BMI as a measurement. emoticon emoticon

Keep doing the good work.

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AHTRAP 3/2/2013 6:54PM

    Any celebration planned for 100 weeks? It's certainly worth marking in some fashion. Especially the way you've done it, faithfully recording the good, bad or otherwise.

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-DAVE- 3/2/2013 6:46PM

    It's a loss...

A number. You're doing great and yes we will be upset by the numbers. I have a weigh in coming up on Tuesday, and I KNOW I am not going to be happy with the outcome no matter how much I talk to myself.

Sometimes unexplained things remain unexplained, or maybe explained as you identified you're off kilter and hopefully you'll do better next week.



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Wk 98 Weigh In 2/23/13

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Well another week has come and gone, the last weigh in for me in February. I had a better week, but still not great. But I'll take it. It seems that I'm at the point where losing weight has become difficult but gaining it has become very easy! I guess that's the price you pay for having lost a bunch of weight already.

I made it to the gym 3 times I think this week, I wasn't really counting so maybe it was 4, not sure and I don't care to go look at my fitness tracker to check :) I ate a little better this week, still not as clean as it should have been, but that is something that I will probably have to always work on.

Let's get to the numbers, I'm already getting tired of typing :)

Weight : 215.6
Lost : 1.2
Total : 101.6

So I lost 1.2 lbs, not a bad week for me. But after gaining 2.2 last week I was hoping that I could drop at least that same number this week, but it was not to be. But I'm still glad to be posting a loss. It isn't the loss that I was hoping for, but I'm sure it's the loss that I deserved. Maybe I can do better next week? It is up to me and me alone to make better choices and work a little harder.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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READY4CHANGE81 2/28/2013 5:47PM

    Congrats on loss!!!! SEE I TOLD YOU !!! emoticon

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LISAN0415 2/26/2013 8:29PM

    You are doing great- as you get closer to your goal weight- it will fluctate more, but you have come so far! Just keep up your healthy lifestyle and more results will come!

-Lisa

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MICHELLEPHANT 2/25/2013 8:29PM

    So much admiration & respect! I wanna submit a motivation vote, but, yer already there!
Its sorta unfair that ya get all down in tha weight...and ya have to keep lowerin yer calories n workin out harder to get any where!

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NEWNIKKI50 2/25/2013 2:17PM

    Your blog posts always motivate and encourage me!
Every time that I see you liked something in my activity feed, I KNOW that someone is out there paying attention to what I do.

From my point of view, your being able to post a loss is a great victory. emoticon
It was weeks after I started SparkPeople before I lost a single pound! I am not at all sure that I am eating as clean as I could be, actually - I'm sure I'm NOT!!

So, I just keep pushing, keeping positive energy flowing in my life - working hard to be aware of bad habits that do not serve me well. Remembering to be present in the moment so that I short circuit auto-pilot behaviors. Allowing myself to be tired when I am tired, frustrated when I am frustrated, being KIND to myself and not beating myself up for every little thing. emoticon

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FITMOMINNJ 2/25/2013 9:24AM

    It is a good week:) The smaller you get the harder it is to counteract those little gains.I am going to challenge you to start lifting again. It's something you have mentioned many times , yet for some reason you are still shying away from it. Only you have insight into the why. You have come SO far, maybe it is time to take it up a notch:) emoticon emoticon

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JULIA_211 2/25/2013 5:00AM

    You did great! Patience and consistency, you're doing it! emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 2/24/2013 11:19AM

    All in all - still a good week! Keep at it.
It's not as if quitting is an option. It will come.
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GCHUNG 2/24/2013 6:06AM

    One day at a time. you can do this and you'll continually amaze yourself at your overall progress during this journey.

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_BABE_ 2/24/2013 1:58AM

    Just keep doing what you need to do and it will all fall into place....look at it this way...you are rocking maintenance which is harder to do they say.... emoticon

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DOVESEYES 2/24/2013 1:20AM

    Great work, you'll just think a bit harder before you eat something. Can't wait till next week to see your loss then...1.2 is huge as you are getting close to your goal. I'm sure our bodies go "not so fast Mr..." but you are the boss.

Hope you have a great week and get to cruise through ... emoticon emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 2/23/2013 10:21PM

    You'll do it I'm sure! It has become tougher maybe but you'll find a way. Congrats on the weight loss. You'll get ther rest soon enough

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RKJONES1953 2/23/2013 8:01PM

    Don't worry you're an expert at working towards a healthier life style. You reached a plateau and you have to be patient. Hard for me to take my own advice or encouragement. Those little fat cells are saying feed me and if you don't they shrink and hold on for all its worth. I want to know about your workouts at the gym. What kind of cardio do you use? Do you change your workout weekly? Have you increased intensity or do any cross training? emoticon

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 7:40PM

    Sure you will ne back where u were in no time. Took me 3 weeks to drop the weight I gained from the Superbowl week. It is fast to go on slow to come off. As long as we keep fighting the good fight we will get to goal!

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LKORNEGAY 2/23/2013 7:32PM

    Another week ahead...we can make it what we want.

Great job on the loss this week, look at it like this, it could have been another gain, but it wasn't. You've got this Ken, you've come so far~

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/23/2013 7:30PM

    Great job to HAVE a loss!! Proud of you!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/23/2013 7:29PM

    I know how you feel, have been there myself for over a year now.

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Wk 97 Weigh In 2/16/13

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Posting a day late, I was fairly busy yesterday and just wasn't in the mood to write this blog post. I decided early on to always be open and honest with my blogs and I didn't feel like sitting down and writing it. So sue me!

I thought I had a pretty good week, made it to the gym a few times, trying to find the middle ground between over doing it and not doing enough. My diet wasn't too terribly bad, staying within range each day, although eating more carbs than I really want to and not getting as much protein as I want. I think I need to work harder on my diet, I feel like I've been getting too lax in that department :(

Anyway, let's look at this weeks numbers:

Weight : 216.8
Gain : 2.2
Total : 100.4

Yep, a gain of 2.2 lbs for the week and I'm not exactly sure why. I don't think my sodium intake the few days before weigh in were too high. Not only did the weight not leave, it invited friends over for a visit.

To be perfectly honest, I was upset over the weigh in and that's why I didn't want to write this blog post yesterday. I wasn't mad, more disappointed and a little confounded. But make no mistake, I'm not going anywhere, I'm going to TRY to eat cleaner and probably up the gym time a little. At least that's the plan :)

And before someone says "Maybe it's muscle!", let me say that I have done no decent strength training lately so I know that it's not muscle weight! However I do need to hit the weights (yes, I know I've said that for a few weeks now) and get back to building or at least keeping what muscle I have.

That's all for now, thanks for reading.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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SPARKONSKATES 2/20/2013 7:59PM

    I think your doing awesome Ken. Don't stress yourself out too much. I bet it's just water weight or muscle which you want. I bet your look great. Just keep pushing forward and think about the postive stuff ahead and how you lost 100+ lbs which is super great. Your heading in the right direction. emoticon

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BLUESMAN1 2/20/2013 12:40AM

    I knew sodium could affect your heart, but I didn't know it could affect your weight. How does that work? I'm usually bad about sodium.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 2/19/2013 11:01PM

    Ken, I know it's disappointing when don't see the scale move in the down direction even though you’re doing all the right things but on this journey we have ups and downs that why it's called a lifestyle change.

The fact that you've lost 100.4 pounds is pretty fantastic. The determined attitude that you have is going to get you far on this journey and I have no doubt that the next weigh in is going to be a great one for you.


Keep up the good work my friend!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 2/19/2013 7:29PM

    we all have been there. Focus on the fact that you've lost 100+ pounds so far ont his journey and this is not the end/finish line. I know you have it in your to push through! I know there are times I focus too hard on one aspect and sometimes the others fall. Keep pushing...there's plenty more fight in you. :)

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RKJONES1953 2/19/2013 5:13PM

    Your success has been nothing but spectacular. I'll get there. Weight fluctuates and if you are tracking including drinking water you are where you need to be. The less you weigh the more difficult it is to loose. Our bodies have been trained by us to save every calorie we can find.
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CLPURNELL 2/19/2013 4:49PM

    We have both been there brother time and time again on this journey. The only thing we can do at times like this is brush it off and keep trucking. We aren't the people we used to be and never will be again. So we may fluctuate a few pounds up at times but we are still in this and we aren't going anywhere! You have done an amazing job and this is just a minor bump in the road!

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MICHELLEPHANT 2/18/2013 1:36PM

    maybe its water bloat...fellas have ta deal wiff that too!

I know it must feel rotten ta be all go go go, and have the scale kick ya like that....but, ya strike me as a strong fella and I KNOW yer gonna get over tha hump and move on...

chin up bucko!

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MINIMINIV 2/18/2013 1:25PM

    Nightskystar - I'd rather have a pound of muscle than a pound of fat ;P

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LKORNEGAY 2/18/2013 11:40AM

    Just keep pushing...and it will eventually happen. You have already proved you are not one to give up.

This week may not be such a good one for me either...under the weather for the last 3 days and I'm worried how that will affect the scales. Wish I felt better.

Hope this week is a better one for you~
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JULIA_211 2/18/2013 5:04AM

    I know how you feel! Disappointment but ready to tackle the new week! emoticon

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-DAVE- 2/17/2013 10:40PM

    Been there, done that. You have helped me through my dilemma so here goes.

1. Try to get over the number- the scale is not who you are; your behavior is and by judging by your pages and blogs, your behavior is damn, damn, damn straight on.

2. Don't give the scale more time or meditation than it's worth. If you've done all you can and you're reaching for a number, then dig deep and look through your foods and days to see what may have caused this; otherwise, a number is just that. An indicator of what an electronic device feels like showing depending on where it is placed on any given day; note, this is subject to change as we mentioned to each other a week or so ago.

3. Be supportive of yourself and don't beat yourself up.

I'm sure next week will be down 2; I'll bet a nickel. emoticon

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_BABE_ 2/17/2013 7:44PM

    I know fitness is important and definitely can make or break a great loss for the week but I sincerely think diet is the biggest culprit when it comes to real gains and losses. If someone is "in their range" for their weight and activity level maybe the answer is to change what and when you eat....you don't eat until noon...maybe a good breakfast at 7:00 am would fool your body chemistry... if you have been eating the same sort of things for awhile now......you may even want to think about carb cycling as opposed to strick paleo regime.

I know a plateau can be frustrating...but I hope I lose enough soon to be in your place and have such a dilemma!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/17/2013 7:19PM

    i hate that maybe its muscle thing. a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. ya think? lol..anyhow..we are here for you!!
i got a new puppy and think i deserve to lose at least 25 pounds this week from taking her for constant walks, jumping up to keep her out of stuff, etc. i'll be happy with a pound, but, really..

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DOVESEYES 2/17/2013 7:11PM

    No summons today how can we ... as it must be weight up week, daughter bought Thai food, hey that's really healthy,,, no?

No, overnight increased 1.2 kg not lbs!!!! just as well weigh in was Sunday morning. so we are all in the CLUB.

Only I don't post it as it would ' eat ha ha...pun?' into me all week and I'm not as strong as you are.

So A+ for truth, A for coming up with a plan and B for accepting all our heart felt replies.
Not bad report card really....
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AHTRAP 2/17/2013 6:12PM

    The court summons will be in the mail tomorrow...hey, you asked for it!

Had a similar thought about the mystery ups and down a few days ago. Sometimes you do everything right and gain, sometimes you slack and lose. As long as the overall trend keeps going down...

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TEACHFIRST268 2/17/2013 6:05PM

    UGH! I feel your pain, I was there last week!
Sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason, right?

I suppose, instead, maybe you could consider it a part of the 'better mental health' journey - a journey that we travel simultaneously on our quest toward improved physical health. Our commitment is often tested. We have to learn to deal with disappointment and yet still push forward and work toward out goals if we want to get there.

(It's one darned lesson I sure am tired of learning, I tell ya!)

Keep on keeping on and it will come. But you already know that. We've learned it from YOU!

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Wk 96 Weigh In 2/9/13

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This week was the antithesis to last week. Last week I had 360 fitness minutes, burning over 4,200 calories and I gained 1.2 lbs. This week I didn't go to the gym at all, logged no fitness minutes and no calories burned and I posted a small loss. I have concluded that I must have over worked myself last week while also under feeding myself. I'm going to try to avoid doing that again!

I think next week I will return to the gym, but at a more moderate pace, mixing up my workouts a bit. I definitely need to get some strength training back into the mix (I know I've said that several times already, but I do know that I need to do it!).

The funny thing is that my eating wasn't awesome this week, I was still fairly lazy and just ate what was easy instead of taking the time to make my food and eat clean. I wasn't eating take out or anything like that, but having protein shakes instead of having food, a spoonful of peanut butter in the afternoon, etc.

So, once again, if I ever nail down my eating I'll be more successful, especially if I can couple that with a solid gym plan! But for now, I'm going to rely on what has been working and just try and make a few small changes here and there, just too many other things going on right now to make this the priority and put other things off.

Let's see the numbers for the week:

Weight : 214.6
Lost : 1.0
Total : 102.6

So with no gym time and only decent eating I was able to lose almost all of last weeks gain. Huzzah! Hopefully if I can stay relaxed (my mental mode may have also played a part in the loss this week) and eat a little better while adding in a few workouts next week will be another loss. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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GRANDEFILLE 2/16/2013 10:28AM

    very good lessons little brother! You are awsome!

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SPARKONSKATES 2/14/2013 7:18AM

    Got to look at it one day at a time and losing slow is the smart way to go because this is for the rest of your life being healthy. Just stay postive and remember that resting and down time is just as important and sometimes working out too much will mess with things as well. I say emoticon emoticon job !! Like you said to me on my Feed it's .. It's and not was . Your doing something about it and that's important Ken.

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READY4CHANGE81 2/12/2013 4:53PM

    That always happens to me!! I take a break or take in a few calories and worry it will result in a gain and most of the time it is a loss....not sure how that works?!!? Here's to another great week :)

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MICHELLEPHANT 2/11/2013 9:09PM

    Well darlin, I dunno....it dont have ta make sense every time! Right? Meh, yer kickin butt all over tha place no matter what! Keep in mind too....yer buildin up tha muscles! Woo Ha! emoticon

And they weigh more than tha "F" word!

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-DAVE- 2/11/2013 8:16PM

    Overtraining can sabotage you. It's done it to me in the past. Take it easy and try shuffling your cheat day. Good luck and keep on rolling!

Dave

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CLPURNELL 2/11/2013 7:38PM

    Yeah sometimes we need the rest once we put in a crap load of work. it takes us a while to balance it out. Awesome job this week!

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SAZZLERAZZLE 2/11/2013 4:50PM

    Well done Ken! Everything in motivation right?! Good luck with next week, i'm sure you'll conquer nutrition and exercise one day - you seem on the right path! Its what i aim for also lol!

Good luck!

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SIMONEKP 2/11/2013 3:35PM

    Same thing happens to me when I put in some extra hard work. For example, I burned over 4,000 calories this weekend cleaning massive amounts of snow and eating within my calorie range but I am up 1lb today. I think it's water retention, fatigued muscles and I washed my hair this morning and weighed in while it was wet.

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TEACHFIRST268 2/10/2013 7:29PM

    I feel like sometimes as much as we wrack (rack?) our brains over this, unless we're being studied and/or scrutinized by some physiologist in a lab, we just might not have the exact answers of what is going on with our bodies during this process...instead we just have to keep making conscious, educated decisions and NOT GIVE UP!

You are not a 'giver-upper' my sparkfriend! You keep pushing forward and continue to be an inspiration. Congrats on the loss this week!

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BOSS61 2/10/2013 8:36AM

    I find I do way better when I mix strength training in. I LIKE cardio better, but cannot do that exclusively. Just can't.

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FITMOMINNJ 2/10/2013 7:35AM

    Your doing great Ken. Sometimes you need the down time . I am overdue myself. I usually take 1 week off every 4 months. Problem is I feel way lazy when I do it. Congratulations on the loss:) Hope you have a great week ahead:) emoticon

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JULIA_211 2/10/2013 7:12AM

    emoticon Congratulations on your loss this week! emoticon Your weight loss thus far, emoticon emoticon

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MARYDSAN 2/10/2013 5:42AM

    Congrats on your weight loss this week! (surely your hair was not thick enough to cause a 1 # loss just from shaving it??I had to laugh at that one!))

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LISAN0415 2/10/2013 5:18AM

    Ihave noticed when I work out quite a bit- to the point I am sore, I can gain up to 2 lbs for the following 2-3 days, I think it's swelling/inflammation, lactic acid and water. then the next week is where I see bigger results, so I have learned to push myself hard one week, and then the next week go at a more moderate pace- plus it helps the body not get too used to the workouts.

You are doing AWESOME!

Keep it up!
Lisa

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MINIMINIV 2/9/2013 10:07PM

    One pound at a time! Maybe some of last weeks' gain was muscle???
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ALWYS-LKN-UP 2/9/2013 9:33PM

    emoticon A loss is a loss is a loss :) It may not have been the most ideal week for you but it was still a loss!! Good for you!! :)

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DOVESEYES 2/9/2013 8:46PM

    Great work, it sure is a juggling act.

Our bodies need a lot of taming, but you did great this week. Maybe its because you have the skills now to recognise foods that your body can use to power it. What you like has changed with time and research.

There is a book out that says you should eat when you feel real hungry and stop when you feel full.
I'm not at that stage yet as I still like the idea of keeping to 5 small meals. I guess i need the control for now.

Hope your mum is still doing well after the op?

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LKORNEGAY 2/9/2013 8:16PM

    Ken, a loss is a loss...right?! Just keep your eye on the big picture, you have done an amazing job, and you're still at it, you haven't given up, so you are a winner!

I'm overweight, I have a bad knee injury from a horrific car accident years ago, when 4 drunk teens hit me head on. Three of the boys were killed instantly. I have scars on my face from crushing my face into the steering wheel, so I'd like to share something I put on FB this morning...

You know as you get older and you don't feel or look like you did when you were younger all it takes is a comment like this to make you feel like everything you've lived through, scars and all was worth it~ Last night as I was putting by 4 yr. old Granddaughter in her car seat to go eat dinner with my family, she says "Grandmom, you are perfect. Everything about you is perfect!" My eyes teared up and thought to myself, in her eyes I'm perfect what else in this world could possibly matter?

Today I hope you are with someone that sees you perfect in their eyes.

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_BABE_ 2/9/2013 6:58PM

    Did you shave your head? emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/9/2013 6:57PM

    Congrats on the loss!! You'll get a handle on the food soon!! I've been playing around with my food too trying to get in the right amount of veggies. Hubby thinks I'm weird, but he can't stand veggies!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/9/2013 6:16PM

    its all a learning experience isnt it? Congrats on the loss!!

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HORSESHOEHONEY 2/9/2013 6:13PM

    Huzzah! Great work, keep pushing & you'll eventually find a routine that is balanced and fits your life. emoticon

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GCHUNG 2/9/2013 6:05PM

    Wow!! fantastic weight loss to date. That's fantastic - when you do get discouraged, take a peak behind you and see where you came from.

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LINWASH23 2/9/2013 6:05PM

    I may have over worked as well and I am changing up for next week. I hope I have some success with this change. emoticon

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Wk 95 - Weight Loss Roller Coaster

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Well this week seemed to drag on forever. My mom went in for her 2nd hip replacement on Monday, the surgery went smoothly. She came home on Wednesday! She was scheduled to come home Thursday but was already ahead of schedule by Monday evening when she went for a walk with the physical terrorist, er, therapist. He wanted her to walk about 10 feet and come back, instead she went about 35 feet and came back, with no problems. Tuesday and Wednesday she walked even farther, thus leading her surgeon to allow her release a day early.

Having my mom in the hospital put me a little off schedule, no gym time on Monday. But I actually logged more gym time this week than usual (360 minutes). I went morning and night on Tuesday and Wednesday, and night time on Thursday and Friday. It will be hard to get to the gym for my usual morning workouts due to being caregiver for my mom, but I can go at night when my dad is here to see to her needs. At this point she gets up and down from her chair, feeds and dresses her self, uses the bathroom without help, so all I am really doing is being here, "just in case".

I'm not sure what happened to me this week, besides what I've already pointed out. As most of you may already know, I have a cheat day on Saturday and I eat what I want. I usually take in between 3,500 and 5,000 calories (!) then eat clean the rest of the week. This has worked for me for almost 2 years. I also weigh myself every morning to make sure that the cheat weight is coming off (usually by Tuesday or Wednesday the cheat weight is gone). Then I have 3-4 days where I begin to go below my previous weigh in. Well, this week, after weighing in at 214.4 on Saturday, I was 218.6 on Sunday (mmmm cheat food). On Monday I was at 217.2, and there I stayed, between 217.2 and 217.6 all week, all doggone week! Friday morning I was 217.4... I was killing myself in the gym and nothing was happening.

I have looked back at my food intake for the week. I made some bad food choices this week out of laziness, but I didn't go over my calorie range once! I was at the low end of range all week with 2 days that I actually didn't reach my range. Now after seeing that, I have come to the conclusion that what must have happened this week was under eating coupled with tons of calorie burning (over 4,200 calories burned) which stagnated me. This next week I am going to TRY to eat better and not hit the gym as hard. I don't remember another week that I logged 360 fitness minutes and burned that many calories. SO I'm going to pull back on the reins a bit and experiment with less work. After all, adding more work didn't help, so let's try less work!!

Anyway, here's the numbers for the week:

Weight : 215.6
Gained : 1.2
Total : 101.6

So, same weigh in as 2 weeks ago. Better than I expected and I got to stay above 100 lbs lost (victory in itself for me!)

So on to the next week and hopefully Super Bowl snacks don't sabotage me fully!

I'm a lifelong Raiders fan but I have to say GO 49ers! because Colin Kaepernick is from my town (Yay Turlock!!) and my brother coached him and I worked with him in the weight room in high school. He was a great kid back then too.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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READY4CHANGE81 2/8/2013 6:37PM

    Happy to hear that your mom is doing better!

Sometimes that scale can be such an enemy and not make any sense. It doesn't always give us the pat on the back we deserve for our hard work! I really like how you continue to blog every week so you can go back and have a 'record' of your journey. I have no doubt you'll push through and have an awesome blog for this week!!

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SAZZLERAZZLE 2/8/2013 3:43PM

    You definitely seem to get some hardcore motivation DNA from your mother! Good for her! And im sure you will drop the pounds soon enough, you seem to be doing so well. And i have to say 360 minutes in the gym - wow!

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RUSUNA 2/6/2013 3:41PM

    BAHAHAHA PHYSICAL TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!! love

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-DAVE- 2/4/2013 9:56PM

    Glad your mom is doing well. I would not even worry about the 'gain'. After all, I am finding that this thing we call a scale also has its days; i have to move mine around sometimes and within a few minutes of weighing, one part of the floor gives me a different reading than the other part of the floor. I go my mirror and pants. Keep it up and congrats on the 100 still off!

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CLPURNELL 2/4/2013 5:59PM

    Glad your Mom is doing so well. Now I see where you get all that tenacity from :).. Don't beat yourself up over busting butt in the gym and the scale not moving. I find whenever I shock my system with extreme work it takes a few weeks to see the results. I haven't gotten in a gym workout I think since the 20th of Jan but the following few weeks I still drop weight and more weight than I did when I was hitting it hard. When you workout like that the body is keeping that extra fat around to burn as fuel. It takes a couple days of recovery for it to realize ok it's ok if I release this now. Whenever I have a hard strength training or a real hard cardio week I drop very little. If I rest say 4 days the next week and take it lighter then the weight comes off. So now that I m able to be back in the gym this week I expect a gain tomorrow on the scale (mostly from crappy super bowl food). I may not even lose much next week. But I will go light next week so hopefully the following week it starts coming off. I am going to try the one week hard one week rest plan for a while and see how it works. As always you are doing a great job brother!!!!

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LKORNEGAY 2/4/2013 4:19PM

    Happy Monday Ken! Another week ahead of us...

So glad to hear your mom is doing so well with her second hip replacement. I'm sure she knows just how lucky she is to have a son, like you to take care of her!

Our bodies have their own ideas of what we need to do. As a previous "Gym Rat" myself, I got to a point I didn't weigh myself. At one time I was thinking about going into competitions and trained under Miss VA Beach - weight champion. I trained for 2 years under her. I was the smallest I've ever been, (size not weight) even in high school, but I weighed more. As you know, muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. Don't get discouraged, it will all workout in the end. Maybe measure instead of weighing for awhile. That's what my weight trainer told me, so I wouldn't get discouraged. If you aren't taking in enough calories (as others have already said) for all the calories you are burning, your body may be going into survival mode. You'll figure it out, just don't stress over it.
You are doing great, just keep it up~

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TEACHFIRST268 2/3/2013 8:50PM

    Wow...glad your mom is recovering nicely!

As for the week - pssthhttt (picture a smiley face giving a raspberry!) Moving on. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense. Try not to let it get you down. I ran into a similar situation this summer - running in the 90degree heat 6 times a week and having losses like .2, .4, maintain. I got a red warning message from SP about not taking in enough calories for what I was burning. So...wacky as it is, yep - you could've been sabotaging your efforts with all that gym time!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/3/2013 5:43PM

    could be stress playing a part, too. I cant tell you how your post helped me. I'm going in for a knee replacement in march, and everyone feels the need to tell me HORROR stories about theirs, or their mothers, or fathers, or uncles, or barely known friends..etc.
I am usually way ahead of things due to my inability to lie in bed. but i'm being bombarded with people telling me i wont be able to go upstairs, get dressed, go to the restroom, or do ANYTHING for myself. its horrid and scary.
Then you say what i felt all along..that it CAN be done that there is not this horrid recovery. How could anything be worse than the pain i'm in all the time now? and i know the more prepared you are the better..so i've stepped up the walks and workouts. so after hearing this i'm thinking positive!! Thank you a million times!!

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GRANDEFILLE 2/3/2013 10:20AM

    Happy about your mom, nice to see she is getting back on her feet so fast! As for the stagnation, maybe it is only because your body isn't used to the regiment you gave it for a week. Maybe it needs a second week of it to realised it's ok and normal. Or maybe, as you said you've overworked for the amount of calories you've eaten. Whatever it is, I am certain you will find a way to get back on the losing side of things

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MARYDSAN 2/3/2013 4:42AM

    Glad to hear that your mom did well following her surgery. Stress can block weight loss as well. Maybe next week will get you back where you want to be. It seems that sometimes, the weight I expected to lose because of more exercise, comes off the day after weigh in!

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_BABE_ 2/2/2013 8:57PM

    I don't believe too much exercise is ever a bad thing. You may see the number correct themselves next weigh in...oh that's right you monitor it daily emoticon emoticon

Is this a silly question...have you adjusted you calorie range lately....is it where it needs to be given your weight and activity level? Maybe you need to revamp things? What worked before may all of sudden not be the answer...just saying!

Is this where your body wants to be? Is this where you subconsciously want to be? Is your scale working? lol Ok I will shut up! emoticon

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JULIA_211 2/2/2013 7:59PM

    emoticon Mom! She sounds like a super motivated lady! emoticon
We all have those kind of "off routine" weeks, despite it all, you are still above 100 lbs., like you mentioned, "Good for You!' Enjoy the Superbowl! emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 2/2/2013 7:44PM

    I think you're right about increasing food when you increase exercise but it is a fine line isn't it? sometimes it works perfectly and others it doesn't. But it was a small if annoying increase, and variety is the SPICE of life!!! Maybe some cinnamon will help :)

Your Mum sounds like a determined lady, good for her getting to go home early and great she has a son who will help her recuperate.

Hope your team wins the Superbowl. ( Is that football? Cringe for maybe dumb question) emoticon Sorry no footie icons ;)

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FITMOMINNJ 2/2/2013 6:47PM

    Really sorry about your mom, glad she is on the mend and that things are a bit more calm for you. You rocked the gym this week which is totally awesome.

Try not to beat yourself up so much over the food thing. Life happens. Maybe some of your not so good choices had a lot of sodium, who knows.
When I REALLY kick it up with exercise I notice I do retain water in my legs until my body has adjusted to the increased toll in activity.

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