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YES--after 1 year I finally lost another pound!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I began pursuing health, again, in January of 2009 and went from 242 to 213 in about one year. But then my weight loss halted and I have hovered between 213-18 for the last year and have been unable to lose more. Lately I renewed my efforts because I really want to hit 210, and then 200 or less if I can, mainly because it will help me bump up a level or two in my cycling life. Well, praise be to God, over the last few weeks I've gone from 216 to 218 to 215 to 214 to 213--and then 212.4 this morning!

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it! I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!

I really am more interested in pursuing health than weight loss and I do seek my happiness in the more important things of life. But I must admit that I really enjoyed dropping that extra pound!

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BRENDAF761 6/17/2010 8:32AM

    Way to go! I've been trying everything imaginable to lose a few pounds and the scale is just not cooperating! I know how hard it can be to just lose one pound. Keep at it and you will eventually reach your goals! I've decided that as I approach being 49yrs. old that it will never be easy to lose. I'll keep at it too! Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Final Training Ride Today

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My computer is still in the hospital so I'm not able to post the rest of my debrief on my 150-mile ride. So instead I will simply report that today I took my final training ride before the big 200 mile ride. I went for a quick 22-miler and tried to ride at about the pace I hope to ride on Saturday. It went fairly well but I was a bit more uncomfortable on the bike than I hoped to be after four days off of it but I suppose that's to be expected after such a long ride.

I only had 5 weeks to prepare for the big one and I don't know if I'll make it but I do know that I've done everything I could do to prepare. So one way or the other I'm ready to let the chips fall where they may and be satisfied with my effort to this point.

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TWINS4EVER79 6/16/2010 1:02PM

    You can do it! Pray and have faith that God will bring you through it! Works for me! I can't wait to hear how it went!!

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Hit 213 Again after 1 Year

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Last year I hit a low weight of 213 lbs but then my weight loss ground to a halt and I have been hovering between 214-18 for the last year. Recently, thanks to this month's challenge from the "Over 200 but not for long" team, I decided to pursue a little more weight loss with renewed vigor and it's working. I'm down 3 lbs over the last two weeks and I finally hit 213 again this morning. Wow, that felt better than I expected!

So, I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing and hope to hit 210 by July 25 which is the most recent goal I've set for myself. If I hit that early I may then target 200 or 205 and recreate my plan, we'll see how that goes. I feel healthy and I'm more focused on pursuing health than weight loss but the bottom line is that if I lose more I will go faster on my bike!

Even now I will go faster. I'm increasing in strength with every week of training and I now have 5 less pounds to pull around than I did a couple of months ago. But I'd sure love to be able to keep up with those guys who lose me on every ride, so I'm going to keep striving to leave the pounds behind. If I can drop the pounds those guys won't be able to drop me!

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SUZAN3 6/16/2010 1:35AM

    Do remember that muscle weighs more than fat but it's important to gain muscle. The muscle will help you in the long run with increased metabolism and strength and the weight will come down. Keep up the good work and don't get too discouraged if you're doing all the right things but the weight doesn't go down quite as fast as you'd like.

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GAILRUU 6/15/2010 10:50AM

    Sounds like you are doing the right things! Good Luck!

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JETTER4 6/15/2010 8:14AM

  Good job

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So much meat and only up 0.4 lb!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Yesterday after church we went to a graduation party for one of our friends kids (grad parties are a big thing in Minnesota). The cook, my buddy Rick, is a butcher at a local grocery store and really knows how to prepare a piece of meat.

He started with a slab of top sirloin, sliced it thinly, marinated it for two or three days, and grilled it on the barbie! Then he heated up a wonderful veggie mix in the crock pot (bell peppers, onions, etc) and topped it all off with blue cheese crumbles. Oh it was amazing and I had more meat than I've had in one sitting in a very long time!

And as if that wasn't enough, my wife and I dropped our daughter off at the Worldview Academy Camp for a week after which I surprised her by taking her out to a very nice dinner at Benihana's. I had steak, shrimp, and chicken, among other things, and it all left me feeling like I ate enough meat yesterday to cover a whole week!

I figured I would weigh in at 1-2 lbs heavier today but to my surprise I was only up 0.4 lb! Wow. I won't eat that way today, that's for sure, but I'm sure glad I didn't have to pay too high a price for my indulgence.

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TWINS4EVER79 6/14/2010 10:23PM

    Wow! That is a lot of meat! I think I probably would be sick! lol! I have found lately that beans are wonderful and are very cheap. So, I've been eating beans at least 2 times a day instead of meat. I still usually have my egg (I cut back from one to two) in the morning. emoticon

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Computer Problems

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I hope to be able to blog more about my cycling adventure in the next few days but for now my computer wiped out and I have to get it fixed.

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MRE1956 6/14/2010 8:12AM

    BTDT - in fact, the last problem was the "final straw" - ended up getting a new notebook.....hope you get things resolved ASAP!

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 6/13/2010 11:45PM

    Oh no! I had that happen to me once - it was awful. Hope your PC woes are over soon!

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