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2012 Weight Maintenance in Review

Monday, December 31, 2012

Most of my recent blogs have focused on fitness and injury recovery. On this last day of 2012, I'd like to look back at weight loss and weight control, a.k.a. "maintenance."

2012 was the first full calendar year of maintenance for me. On January 1, I weighed in at 165.0 lbs. I thought I was done losing weight. 165 had been a stretch goal for weight loss that seemed unachievable, and I got there!

On December 31, I weighed in at 159.8 lbs. I wasn't trying to lose weight in 2012, I was trying to make the weight trend go sideways. The rear view mirror says the trend didn't truly become sideways until about the start of May. For the first four months of the year, I kept adjusting my concept of goal weight downward. Some time during the middle of the year, I settled on 160 to 163 as my desired goal range. Since May 1, I count 8 days when my weight was outside that range, 2 higher and 6 lower. The last three low points were December 23, 24, and 31, all at 159.8.

There's no secret why the weight is doing what it is; I've been running more, and not eating enough more. I'm trying to correct that. My current calorie range is the highest it's been since I've been on SparkPeople, and I may have to move it up another 100 calories to get myself to consistently eat a little more. This is scary. I did quite well on 2800 calories per day, and it's hard to adjust to 3100 calories. But I know it's way too easy to add an extra 2000 calories if I don't track.

Fiddling with the calorie range in response to what the scale does has worked for me in 2012. The lower end of my calorie range (which I think about much more than the upper end) has ranged from 2200 to 3000 calories in 2012, depending on what was going on. Here's what the weight did in 2012:

Longer term, here's what the weight did from 2002 to 2012:

Edit to add: The labels didn't show up as well as I hoped. From left to right, they are: End of 2004, First time weight lifting. End of 2007, Budget becomes major focus. Summer 2009, 2009 Rodent Diet. July 2011, Started SparkPeople. Early October, 2011, Started maintenance.

One of the nice things about weighing daily is that I can look back at where I've been and connect it to what was going on in my life at the time. I won't bore you with all the details, but here are a few highlights that relate to how I ended up in maintenance on SparkPeople.

I went through a divorce process that lasted from August 2002 to August 2004. In late 2004, I made my first serious effort at weight loss, focusing on eating only when I was hungry and getting some exercise, primarily walking. I took up weight lifting in January 2005, and I was impressed with my success on the weight front. Then I bounced off 185, which was still 3 pounds above the top of healthy BMI for me.

Various things happened in my life, and I struggled to maintain. At the end of 2007, my daughter dropped out of college. This simultaneously increased my expenses while cutting my after-tax income. As a result, my major focus in 2008 had to be learning to budget. I was successful; but the weight piled back on and I achieved my lifetime high weight of 221 in late December, 2008.

In 2009, mice were spotted where I work. My employer instituted a new food policy: No food at the desk. All food brought for consumption must be in sealed containers, and must be consumed in the first floor cafeteria. No open containers food were to be on the working floor. I jokingly called this the "rodent diet," and it helped me lose weight down to 191. Until the restrictions, I did not realize how many times I was mindlessly wandering away from my desk for a piece of chocolate.

After the rodent diet restrictions relaxed, I tried to maintain the same discipline, with mixed success. I got my weight down to 185 again, but failed to keep it there. In the summer of 2011, I visited my sister. She was thinner than I remembered ever seeing her before in my life, and she nudged me into SparkPeople. I grudgingly admitted that I couldn't out-train a crappy diet.

I set what I thought was an ambitious goal, 175. I achieved that in 12 weeks and spent 8 more weeks nominally in maintenance but actually losing another 10 pounds while learning how to not lose weight.

The weight loss phase with SparkPeople stands out on that graph, doesn't it? The rodent diet showed a comparable result of losing, but the loss wasn't sustained. However, with SparkPeople I think I've figured out maintenance. Yes, that sideways trend is short on the scale of 11 years; but it's a sideways trend of more than a year, and a tight sideways trend of 7 months.

These days, I'm more focused on the fitness side than the diet side. I'm concerned with how much I can run, how many pullups I can do, how much weight I can lift. These things aren't trivial; but managing my weight is a higher priority. It just happens to be a fairly easy priority to achieve, which allows me to have a lot of attention for other priorities.

I can't believe I just wrote that managing my weight is easy. But there you have it. I benefit from living alone and controlling the food that comes into my house as well as the food that goes into my mouth. If I weight, measure, and track everything, it really isn't that hard. The only tricky part is recognizing when the targets for what I eat need to change. And I've got some weight graphs showing I've managed to do that acceptably well in 2012.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/31/2012 7:36PM

    OK, don't laugh. Your tiny little sister here is about to have a Toddler Barbie style tantrum on the floor, kicking her little patent leather shoes! I got as far as this sentence and had to leave the room to pour myself another cup of coffee before I finished reading the blog. It's NOT FAIR! It's NOT FAIR!

The sentence? "I did quite well on 2800 calories per day, and it's hard to adjust to 3100 calories."

Dude, I start gaining at about 1700 calories a day. I drift down on 1400. Maintain pretty well in the 1500 - 1600 range, but have to run a lot to eat more. Sigh. You may complain about Mr. Testosterone talking to you, but the biology of body composition and your 6 foot frame (compared to my 5' 3") leads to this.

All that little tongue in cheek tantrum aside, though, I have to say I'm happier today, and enjoy my 1500 - 1600 calories a day, truly enjoy them. You may get twice as many to maintain... but they can't taste any better than mine! emoticon

Life's oh, so good, here in Spark-land. Spark on. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 12/31/2012 6:43PM

You've achieved quite a bit and learned even more about yourself and what works for you.
It looks like 2013 will be another good year for you.
Stay healthy and continue doing what you know how to do.

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DALID414 12/31/2012 4:16PM

    I just hit my goal weight today, I hope my maintenance is as easy as yours.

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RG_DFW 12/31/2012 11:28AM

    "If I weigh, measure, and track everything, it isn't that hard." .. So true! How many blogs do we read where people want to make this the hardest thing in the world!

I've got to admit that it took a little while for me to figure it out, but it really is pretty simple once you break through all the hype and negativism involving weight loss and fitness (and stick with it).

Congrats on your success!

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KRISZTA11 12/31/2012 11:22AM

    Congrats to your successful weight maintenance!
Your graphs look amazing.

I wish I could say that about myself but I hope 2013 will be my year of success.

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MEXGAL1 12/31/2012 10:28AM

    good look at things. Yep, it sure is easier to eat right and keep the right things in your home when you live alone. I know when my DH travels and I am alone I don't have a problem but when he is here he wants to eat out more. But so far my way of eating as if I am on a diet all the time accept for when we go out is working for me.
Happy New Year!

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MSLZZY 12/31/2012 10:00AM

    Since I am a little challenged when it come to the
technology of setting up graphs, etc, I use my memory
to take a walk back in time. I analyze where I have
been and then, where I need to be. On doctor's orders,
I have maintained 130-135 pounds quite nicely. I am
up a little this morning and will grant myself this
last day of the year to organize my thoughts for 2013.
May all go well with you in the New Year.

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SWEDE_SU 12/31/2012 9:53AM

    it looks like you've done a fantastic job in 2012 - it seems like staying on top of it and analyzing the situation are necessary to avoid slipping back into the mindless approach that brought us to where we were in the pre-SP days. have a great 2013 of maintenance! emoticon

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Miscellaneous Sunday Musings

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Today is Sunday, a non-running day and a traditional day of rest. I don't feel as beat up as I did a week ago, but there's nothing major on the exercise agenda. That leaves me some time to take stock of where I stand and think about a lot of different pieces of the fitness puzzle.

Today I didn't get a walk in before church. I needed the time to clear snow from the driveway, for the fourth time in 24 hours. As I was shoveling, it struck me: I'm not sore, even though I muscled the snowblower around once and shoveled twice yesterday, throwing snow over the piles at the side of the driveway both times.

This is why I lift weights. I may motivate the lifts with the idea of squatting my weight or deadlifting 137% of my weight, but I lift to have functional strength. To me, "functional strength" means I can do real stuff. Like shovel snow and not be sore the next day.

The bad foot is clearly not up to running today, but it's better than it was last week on Sunday. Today it let me walk at a 14:30 or so pace, while I was over a 15 minute mile last week. RunKeeper even reported a split pace under 14 minutes for the last part of my walk when my bladder was motivating me to hurry toward home.

Not feeling creaky today is a big deal, considering I had my long run yesterday and also had over 20K steps, the highest I've had in one day since I've tracked. Really? Didn't I run 9 miles once? Turns out I didn't. I ran 8.89 miles in 65 minutes on December 31, 2011. I had over 19K steps that day, but didn't break 20K. Yesterday I also added some steps from shoveling snow twice and from some shopping.

I looked at some of my blogs from last December and January. In hindsight, I see the genesis of the injury problems that plagued me for most of 2012. I banged up my right thigh, and kept running on it when I should have taken time completely off. This altered my gait, and probably caused or was a major contributor to my foot injury. I hope I've learned the appropriate lessons from that; but I'll find out for sure only if I haven't.

The work schedule returns to normal on Wednesday. I'll try to hold to the Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday running schedule, possibly with minor variations to work around my volunteer job doing taxes. If we get a normal winter instead of the mild winter we got last year, this could be challenging. For now, I'm happy with a 4 week streak of running three days a week.

I have a couple weeks to decide whether I'm going to sign up for a half marathon on April 28. I like the idea, but the bad foot could still require me to back off. I don't particularly want to downsize to the 5K in 2013 like I did in 2012. Right now, the indicators are that the foot is getting better; but will it get enough better to run a half by the end of April? I don't know at this point.

Right now, I'm feeling pretty good. I'll get my 10K steps in today, but not a whole lot more. I might lift weights this evening, or I might defer that till tomorrow. I could get three weight lifting sessions in this week, but it's likely to only be two per week after that while I have both a full time job and a volunteer job going on.

That about covers the details. Now, what are the bigger picture goals?

1. Don't get injured, and recover from the foot injury.
2. Run 3 days a week.
3. Support running with appropriate strength training.
4. Run a half marathon.

Remember the priority order, Kevin. Don't let that fourth priority mess up any of the first three.

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BLITZEN40 12/31/2012 1:46AM

    Way to go on your running streak! Good luck with the tax prep volunteer job after the fiscal cliff plunge. Should be good times. Looks like you have a great list of goals for the year. emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/30/2012 10:51PM

    Keep those priorities in order and you should do well.

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RUN4FOOD 12/30/2012 9:32PM

    Your foot seems to keep getting better, which is good.
Hope you can make you goal of running a half marathon, while keeping your other priorities as more important.
I would guess you have some good functional strength.
I bet my whole body would be hurting if I had shoveled snow yesterday.

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RG_DFW 12/30/2012 5:14PM

    Good list... I'm cheering for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2012 4:41PM

    Yep. Keeping the priorities straight... and in the right order. Vital.

Today was my long and slow, and I stopped at ten miles on the TM. My previous long a couple of weeks back was 10.32. So I'm at this weird place, too... but don't want to be ramping up the distance too soon for that May marathon.

Happy rest day!

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Saturday Long Slow Run and Snow

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I found one way to stay warm walking in cold weather: Run 8 miles first. Then the half mile walking cooldown doesn't feel cold. Too bad that's a method that can't be used every day.

It's Saturday, the day for my long slow run. The weather forecast had Rochester on the northern edge of the next snow storm, with snow showers early, followed by light snow, followed by more snow showers. Translation: It was supposed to snow all day long.

I got up this morning, and saw my driveway was black. Snow isn't here yet, good! The plan was to run early, before the snow got deep. I find running with snow in the air pleasant; it's snow on the ground that sometimes causes me concern. I figured I was in the clear, and went with steel cut oats for breakfast. As a result, I didn't hit the road till almost 7:30, when it was practically full daylight.

At that point the temperature was 26F (-3C), with NNE wind 9 mph and light snow in the air. My driveway was coated in snow. I'm outside in my straight running shoes, not having a functional pair of screw shoes right now. The short warmup up and down my street convinced me the snow wasn't deep enough to be a problem yet, so off I went. I ran a route that was mostly the same as last Saturday, with minor variation late in the route.

I was able to run in the traffic lane much of the time, and the quality of the snow covering on the shoulders made it practical to run there when there was oncoming traffic. Since there wasn't much new snow on top of the foot or so already on the ground, it wasn't all that big a deal. And the wind wasn't as bad as a week ago. I was able to hold a fairly steady pace.

Over the course of the run, the snow accumulated enough that screw shoes would have been a real convenience on the side roads late in the route. And I could have run on the shoulders earlier to preserve the screws. But it worked out OK with straight running shoes.

The elevation and pace chart, plus splits:

The slow pace at the beginning is mostly because I fumbled with getting my iPhone back in its holster during the 5 second delay for starting. I nominally was aiming for an 8 minute mile pace, and ended up at 8.05 miles in 1:03:08 for an average pace of 7:51. Close enough, and it felt comfortable.

The bad foot felt better before the run than it has in some time. I think the shorter run on Thursday helped. Then it complained about walking around the house barefoot after the run; I put shoes on as soon as practical. While the 8 miles irritated the bad foot, I don't think it's quite as irritated as it was the past two weeks. Tomorrow I should know for sure. In any event, about 8 miles still looks like my limit for long runs right now.

The rest of the day was dominated by the weather. My daughter called to cancel her Saturday visit for laundry and lunch. She lives in a denser population area, and wanted to stay home to defend her on-street parking place. Or, as she put it, go move her car, shovel her parking spot, and re-park every three hours so she can get out tomorrow.

Where I am, which gets less lake effect snow than were she is, I've cleared my driveway twice and need to go out and give it a third pass. By 11 AM there was enough snow to justify using the snowblower, but I got by with just a shovel the second time. I think I'll get by with a shovel for the third pass as well.

Such is winter in Rochester, NY. I expect I'll have minor amounts of snow to deal with for the next 2 or 3 days or until the next storm comes through, whichever comes first.

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2012 10:14AM

    Glad you got a good run in and a work out with the snow.
Have a terrific day.

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MSLZZY 12/30/2012 7:58AM

    You got your run in and the extra cardio from
shoveling was a bonus. Take care of that foot. You
may need it tomorrow.

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GENEVIE5 12/30/2012 5:25AM

    I ran 16k yesterday in cold conditions as well ( -14C ). The ground was very slippery so I turned to my faithful "Yak-Tracks " ( these rubber coils that stretch to fit the bottom of my sneakers ) and was I ever glad I did. It took myself and my running partner forever to complete it considered the icy roads that were snow packed, but after all, we did decided to train for a HM in February!

Good for you!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/29/2012 11:55PM

    For winter runs, I like to do shorts and a long sleeved T-shirt with a short sleeved T over the top. The first 1/2 mile is cold, especially on the legs, but by mile 2, I'm usually sweating. It could be that the south is a little warmer, but today it was 37 degrees with some frozen precip (which is unusually cold here, but close to what you're describing where you're at) and it worked well.

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_LINDA 12/29/2012 11:09PM

    Well done with your run in spite of all around poor conditions. I don't know how you managed to run in ordinary shoes with that much snow!! Sorry your bad foot is getting in the way of doing anything longer, though eight miles is impressive at that rate for sure! Hope you are not too sore tomorrow!!

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CELIAMINER 12/29/2012 9:47PM

    You are much braver than I am. I looked out at the snow today and thought how inviting the treadmill looked.


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NWFL59 12/29/2012 8:10PM

    Your success is terrific. I like your fortitude and ability to tolerate running out in cold conditions. Today I went for my 5+ mile walk and felt like I was turning into a popcicle even though I had on 3 layers of clothes, headcover, and gloves (in addition to my all too abundant body insulation). My temps were in the mid 40s with a 9 mph NW wind and the temp dropped down to 40 by the time I finished. Oh well, at least we both got our aerobics in and reached our respective daily goals for that at least. I'm still need my motivation for ST but that is one of my written goals for my 2013 health improvement program. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 12/29/2012 7:04PM

    At least your last mile was at an 8 minute per mile pace.
Do you ever see any other runners while you are out running in the snow? I would think runners would be few are far between during this time of year.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/29/2012 6:02PM

    I'm being a lazy bum today. With temps in the single digits this morning, I have stayed in after a morning appointment. Partly so I could swap IM's with your nephew, and partly just to be warm.

I've wimped back to mostly walking on the treadmill, very few jog intervals, and breaking it up into 15 minute segments. We'll see what it adds to by the end of the day.

One day at a time! Happy New Year!

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DALID414 12/29/2012 5:59PM

    And to think I was miserable running errands in the rain!

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RG_DFW 12/29/2012 5:20PM

    Stay safe!

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Walking in Cold Weather

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's Friday, a non-running day for me. I went out for a walk early this morning to count as cardio and get some steps in. This afternoon, my step count was lower than I liked, so I went out for another walk.

I was cold. The temperature wasn't all that cold, at 25F (-4C). I was dressed appropriately for the weather, or at least I thought I was. But it just plain felt cold.

Yesterday I was cold clearing the snow off the driveway, and cold running errands. But then I was comfortable out running yesterday afternoon.

This afternoon, I walked at the same temperature, the same degree of cloudiness, and similar wind as I ran in yesterday. But I was cold. Then it hit me.

Part of why I felt cold was because this is as cold as it has been so far this winter, and I'm not properly acclimated to it yet. But the bigger part is because I'm a runner. Walking just didn't warm me up enough for comfort.

Running has many benefits. I get a lower resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, and the ability to lift weights to the limit of my muscular strength without necessarily breaking a sweat. But I also get to feel cold in temperature that was comfortable walking weather, before I was a runner.

Oh, yeah. I'm carrying less fat around now, too.

So, what to do? I suppose I can learn to dress warmer for walking than I have for the past four decades. Or I can run a bit when out for a walk, just to warm up. Or maybe I'll get lucky and I'll simply acclimate to the cold, and not notice it so much in a week or two.

Thinking back, I was cold when I was losing weight in the summer of 2011. Most work days, I took breaks to leave the air conditioning and walk around the building, in order to warm up. But in the summer of 2012, in maintenance mode, that wasn't a problem. Other things noticed in hindsight lead me to believe I was on too restrictive a diet in 2011; but since I didn't have to stay there all that long to take the weight off, I got away with it. Perhaps I was cold then because I wasn't eating enough to stay warm.

That's another possibility for right now. My weight is hanging out at the low end of my desired range, and has dipped below the range recently. I bumped my calorie range up to force myself to eat at least in the middle of my former range; perhaps I need to eat toward the middle of my current range? How much do I really need to eat to support my running habit?

It's another maintenance puzzle. Either I'm cold because my cardiovascular system is too efficient for walking, or I'm cold because I'm not eating enough. Or perhaps there's a bit of both going on. I'll have to try one thing and another, and see what works to make me comfortable walking in cold weather on non-running days.

One thing I know for sure: Sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket is the Wrong Answer to this problem.

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6BALLMAN 12/30/2012 6:34PM

    Good analysis...and I am glad I am not alone in this. For me the cold thing started more than a year before I started the weight loss routine, so I put it on being unhealthy and old. LoL

I am healthier now, but still well over my ideal weight. When I complained about my extremities being cold at the cardiologist's office, she had her hand on my ankle, and she told me that if I had told her that, and I had a weak pulse down there she would react to it as a symptom. Since my pulse is strong there she is not concerned about it.

I have graduated to long sleeve shirts for work and have even started wearing them to the bowling alley. I was surprised that they didn't restrict movements enough to be noticeable.

Good luck!!

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GREENGENES 12/29/2012 11:22AM

    Good observations. I tend to lean toward the acclimation explanation but I've also noticed other differences in my perception that also support the fitness/nutrition explanation so I am firmly sitting on the fence on this topic.

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MEXGAL1 12/29/2012 10:32AM

    do not like cold!
I couldn't live where it is cold. my blood is way too thin
dress warmer!
Happy new Year!

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GOING-STRONG 12/29/2012 10:17AM

    Interesting observations!


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BOB240 12/29/2012 6:41AM

    Hey..I've watched your blog for some time ..brilliant work..

Cold... I'm suffering on this one. I'm now "lean" as judged by body fat for my age..

I go out for a walk (it is not that cold here) and I feel it..

Have you tried swimming... pools feel so much colder when your weight is down.

I have visions of skiing in racing type gear.. the reality is that the gear is too cold to wear all day so I have to wear so many layers I look like a snowman.

Your choice is easy... more layers of fat of more layers of clothes :)

Keep blogging..

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BLITZEN40 12/28/2012 10:16PM

    Funny, earlier today I was just telling a friend how I'm cold and have no energy when I stay on a low cal diet for a few weeks. It makes sense that the lower calorie intake you have the colder you'll be (to a point) since calories provide the energy needed to properly heat the body. In your case I'd think it would be extra important to take in more calories since you are needing not only energy for your workouts, but also to heat you up since you are currently doing your workouts in a 25 degree climate. Unfortunately, I have never seen a calculator that has a formula that you can plug in height, weight, gender, workout length and type AND workout climate temp and then provide you with the proper calorie number you need for the day. So trial and error it is. Good luck! And last I checked, there is nothing wrong with using a blanket on the couch to warm up with after you've been out in 25 degree weather.

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RG_DFW 12/28/2012 10:11PM

    Yeah, I seem to remember too much sitting on the couch always made me feel colder, too.

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MSLZZY 12/28/2012 9:16PM

    Interesting observation. I was just as cold when I weighed
50 pounds more. In the summer I leave the office and sit
in my pickup to warm up from the AC. I can wear a long
sleeved sweatshirt on a 100 degree day. Now that it is
Winter, I make sure I walk faster to keep my body
temperature up. Maybe once the snow settles, you can
get back to running.

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DALID414 12/28/2012 8:40PM

    Great self-analysis! What if you walk wrapped in the blanket? emoticon Kidding, kidding.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/28/2012 8:33PM

    Interesting look at being cold . . . .
I suspect I would have just gone with the non-acclimatized explanation without analyzing and looking back on similar occurrences. Good on ya for considering how this might be health/fitness related.

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RUN4FOOD 12/28/2012 8:10PM

    I have the feeling you'll figure out this puzzle and enjoy the process.
I guess the answer is to run all the time, except when you're sleeping with an extra blanket or two on the bed.

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    I noticed this also even though I still have a good bit of weight to go. The natural insulation is going and my system needs to adjust.

Make sure you don't go too far below your ideal weight. There are really bad negative effects to that.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/28/2012 7:55PM

    I agree about the blanket and couch being the Wrong Answer. FYI, I have been colder since getting to my natural weight, and learned to dress more warmly. But I'm not as cold now, in my third year of maintenance as I was in the first year.

So, yes, one does adjust. And part of that adjustment is automatically going to the heavier sweater end of the closet when dressing in the morning.

Good luck with this "next puzzle"!

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Snow and a Short Run

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The forecast snowstorm arrived, dropping about 9 inches in my driveway. That's right in the middle of the 6 to 12 forecast, which is high for me. Typically I get less than the lower end of the forecast range. Some of the snow on the bottom was wet and heavy, particularly close to the street; and drifting plus the way I have to clear the driveway resulted in my snowblower barely being adequate for the job. OTOH, I didn't get the forecast winds for this morning, so that made it a little easier. I went out to start clearing the driveway at 7 am:

I got done about 9 am:

By noon I was ready to give up on running due to road conditions. That, and I was cold. Clearing the driveway is cold work, and walking between the car and various merchants while running errands was cold. But as I came back from an errand about 1, I saw cleared shoulders on part of a potential running route. What the heck. I got out to run about 3:30, and ran the shorter winter route because I was more confident of shoulders being clear on that one. Tacked a bit of distance on to the end to make 25 minutes, and it came out to 3.61 miles in 25:09, for an average pace of 6:58 per mile:

For reference, from the crest of the big hill at 1.66 miles to the bottom at 2.05 miles is a drop of 107 feet. The relatively slow second mile featured most of the uphill stretch of the big hill as well as the worst footing of the run. "Worst" is a relative term here; it wasn't like running in fresh snow, and I was OK in ordinary running shoes.

This isn't as far as I would have run under better road conditions, but it was a pleasant run. The only down side was that my phone rang, and I was wearing wired headphones to hear the app instead of a bluetooth headset; so I couldn't answer it. That turned out to be a good thing. If it had been my daughter, I would have wanted to talk to her while running; but it turned out to be work reaching out to grab me. I addressed that issue after cooling down and before stretching.

All in all, it's been a pretty good birthday. Normally, I ignore my birthday because it's overshadowed by a much more significant birthday; but I see from comments on my Spark Page that my sister sounded the trumpet today. And that's okay, too.

Life is good.

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NWFL59 12/28/2012 3:09PM

    Running in the snow sound a bit nuts to me but it seems to work well for you and your sounding like you enjoyed it. Thanks for the explanation about screw shoes. Down here in FL we really don't need some things unless I guess you're running on a cinder track or something like that (I guess). emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2012 10:07AM

    Snow is beautiful but sure can mess up one's schedule and such.
Have a terrific day.

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STRIVERONE 12/27/2012 11:29PM

    That's just crazy and I mean that in a good way.
Happy Birthday.

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LOSE2BECOMEMORE 12/27/2012 8:20PM

    You've got the running bug bad! hehe

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BLITZEN40 12/27/2012 7:55PM

    Wow, that's quite a large area you cleared. Most people just shovel the walk, but you really went the extra mile in doing your whole driveway! Add your run onto that and you are going to have the best brithday sleep ever tonight. Hope it was a happy one! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/27/2012 6:38PM

    Glad you got your run in. We didn't get the snow predicted... yet... it's starting to come down now, but we're on the southern edge of the predictions, so maybe an inch by morning, they say. I'm A-OK with that!


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RUN4FOOD 12/27/2012 5:47PM

    Glad you still got your run in. Quite persistent aren't you.
Happy birthday again.

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