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Plans for the week of 9/21to 9/27

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I just spent a low activity weekend. By the end of last week I was really tired and my legs were really tired. My plantar fascitis is really painful. It is particularly bad first thing in the morning but continues to bother me all day. Life is no fun when every step is painful. All I did this weekend was laundry, fixing meals and spreading fertilizer on my lawn. So tomorrow I go back to the gym. I will do my long workouts on Monday and Wednesday. Forty five minutes of cardio and an hour of ST. On Tuesday & Thursday I will do an hour of cardio. Finally on Friday I will be going Winterhur with my friends. We will be touring the mansion and grounds. I don't expect to get serious walking done on the trip. I am on track to do 18000 minutes of exercise this year. So not getting exercise on Friday is OK.

  
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DIBANANA 9/22/2014 11:35PM

  You are amazing. You always have your mind on the goal! Good for you

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VALYNN26 9/22/2014 8:30PM

    I too have the planter fasciitis and know how painful just walking can be. But we have to keep going despite the pain. You're doing emoticon Keep it up! emoticon

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DEBIGENE 9/22/2014 8:08PM

    Remember when the pain is so bad you can always do chair exercises !!!

Hope you can enjoy the trip on Friday !!!

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2BEABETTERME 9/22/2014 4:55PM

    You are doing great on fitness, despite the pain! Hope your pain is less this week!

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GABIBEAR 9/22/2014 4:39PM

    Sounds great! And everyone needs to take it slower on some days and weekends are great for that! Have a great week and a terrific time at Winterhur!

Gabi
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LYNSEY723 9/22/2014 1:47PM

    You're doing awesome! Keep up the good work!

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PHOENIX1949 9/22/2014 1:05AM

    emoticon at your own rate.

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MARITIMER3 9/21/2014 10:39PM

    You're keeping great track of things, and planning ahead. Have a good week.

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Good week

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I had a good week. I went to the gym 4 times and did my planned workouts. I find that my energy starts high on Monday after 2 days of rest and get progressibly low energy as the week progresses. My heel spur is still painful. Food was controlled so I am feelng pretty good. I really wish my heel spur would improve. The day we hiked instead of the gym, I woke up the next day with really stiff legs and could barely walk for a while. I haven't lost any weight but that is OK.

  
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CHEBBA 9/20/2014 7:11PM

    The thing which always impresses me about you M, is that you always sound as if you have your weight ups and downs sussed. You know when you are likely to be 'off piste' for a while and when some pounds go on again. You are never BooHoo, you just get on the bike again, as it were, and start plugging away again. You know what works and what you have to do; you don't get in a lather over it - it is what it is and you get your attitude and focus in order. Well done. 'Rome wasn't built in a day', but you will get back to where you were steadily for sure.

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MARITIMER3 9/20/2014 7:03PM

    Sounds like a great week.

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Tuesday Sept 16, 2014 Trip to Monocacy Battleground

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We spent the day in Frederick Md learning about the battle at Monocacy and hiking one of the trails. The day was lovely for being outdoors. It was a bit chilly in the morning but warmed up nicely as the progressed. We spent about an hour at the visitors center looking at the displays and learning about the events of that day. The Monocacy battle is not very famous but it was incredibly important, since it delayed General Early in Frederick until reinforcements could arrive in DC and save the capital from the rebel forces. The Union troops lost the battle since they were horribly outnumbered 3 to 1. A fifth of the Union troops were killed or wounded in the fighting. The Park consists of 5 stops on a self-directed auto tour. At 3 of the stops there are walking trails that we could hike. We only hiked one of the trails but during the course of the day I exceeded 10.000 steps so I walked approximately 5 miles. By one o"clock my heel spur was really bothering me so we went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant that we really like. We both had a El Paso combo, which is 1 seafood enchilada and 1 spinach cheese enchilada with refried beans, rice and chopped tomatoes. I really don't know what the calorie count was so I estimated from online recipes that looked about right. We are having something light for dinner since I am not really hungry. I may just have some fruit. I estimated the exercise I did today. I know the trail we walked was 1.9 miles and we did it in about 45 minutes. I figured we were entitled to about 1 hour of slow walking since we actually did more than that. I am thinking that we should plan to do a day trip occasionally instead of going to the gym everyday while the weather is nice. There are a lot of things in the area we have never seen.

  
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ALIHIKES 9/17/2014 11:24PM

    So glad you were able to walk outside and enjoy the sights and the history. I am really sorry to hear about your foot problem. I know when I had plantar fasciitis it really hampered my ability to exercise (I LOVE walking). I think being outside instead of the gym is a GREAT strategy.

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MARITIMER3 9/16/2014 11:48PM

    Sounds like a great, and informative, day. I like your idea of visiting places nearby instead of always going to the gym. I wish I could get Peter to go for walks with me.

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GABIBEAR 9/16/2014 8:55PM

    Sounds great Mennoly and changing things up like that makes the workouts more interesting and fun! Wonderful idea! Sorry about the heel spur, I know they could be painful. I'm going to the podiatrist on Friday since I too am having some issues with my feet!

I guess we put a lot of pressure on our feet - especially with all of the walking we do! I have been consistently walking at least 10,000 steps every day for the past 3 weeks or more.

You are doing great!!! Keep up the good work my friend!

Gabi
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Monday Sept 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

I spent the morning cleaning my house. We had our salads for lunch. After lunch we went to the gym for our long workout. I did really well on the elliptical and beat my mileages from last week. ST went pretty well but I am still having trouble with doing 2 sets of 12 on one of the machines. I lifted an aggregate of 35, 500 lbs on all the machines. Not as much as I used to do but not bad. We got home and I fixed dinner. When I finished tracking for the day I was both below my calorie range for the day and had only eaten 18 grams of fat. I should be eating 38-80 grams of fat. Although that may sound great it is really bad. I have a big problem with constipation and not eating enough fat makes it worse. I have to balance my meals better. My typical breakfast consists of fruit, no fat Greek yogurt and protein powder. By using a scoop of protein powder in my morning smoothie I am able to get my protein levels into the low end of my range every day. DH and I eat mostly raw fruit and vegetables for lunch. I use a low calorie vinaigrette dressing on my salad. Dinners vary but tonight's dinner was the leftover Moroccan chicken and eggplant that I made last week. The chicken thighs were skinless and all visible fat was removed. No other fat was in the recipe. If I eat 2 TBS of peanut butter I will get close to the 38 grams I should have eaten but I have already exceeded my potassium for the day and peanut butter is high in potassium. Besides I am not hungry and do not have a craving for any snacks. I could have some ice cream but I am cold and just don't want it.
Tomorrow we are going to Monocacy Battlefield to walk some of the walking trails. Then we are eating out at my favorite Mexican restaurant. I expect that the food will be relatively high in fat compared to the food I fix myself. I am planning on having a combo dish of 1 seafood enchilada and 1 spinach and cheese enchilada. It is a favorite that I have never seen at any other Mexican restaurant. I will estimate calories for it but it will only be an estimate.

  
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MARITIMER3 9/16/2014 10:00AM

    Try switching to the Greek yogurt with fat. Every little bit helps. I've been working really hard at getting my carbs, protein and fats within the SP ranges, and it works for me. I find that I need protein every meal, so I cook extra chicken breasts. I also. Like canned tuna and canned salmon for sandwiches or salads.

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Goals for week 2

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I have started week 2 pretty well. I spent 2 hours pruning and weeding in the yard. I did eat some popcorn after dinner while watching TV. DH & I plan to visit the battleground at Monocacy River this week. That day we won't go to the gym. So my goals this week will be a little different.

1. Go to the gym 4 days.

2. Do 45 minutes of cardio and ST on MWF

3. Do 1 hour of cardio on either T or Th.

4. Walk on the day I don't go to the gym

5. Spend at least 2 more hours working outside.

6. Be more conscientious about my foot exercises.

7. Track food 5 out of 7 days.

  
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GABIBEAR 9/16/2014 12:07AM

    Great goals!!! You certainly can do it!!!! My bet is on you!

Gabi
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MARITIMER3 9/14/2014 10:19PM

    Sounds like a very good plan. I've never heard of the battle of Monocacy River. Was that the American War of Independence or the Civil War?



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KNEEMAKER 9/14/2014 10:00PM

  A Special Sunday to keep on keeping on! emoticon

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