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Another BIG Goal Acheived...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Finally broke the 5K in under 30 minute barrier this morning -- 29:55!! Not much more to add, except to say I am one happy camper!!

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GETTO140 11/26/2012 7:45AM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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JGRAY55555 11/20/2012 6:54PM

    Great job!!!
In 2005 when I was at the bottom of my weight loss yo yo (235 lbs), I hit the 30 min mark too. Great feeling. Hoping to get that feeling back spring of 2013. I am probably closer to 45 min right now.

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ALIHIKES 11/18/2012 11:02AM

    WOO HOO! Great achievement emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats!

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IUHRYTR 11/17/2012 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/17/2012 2:50PM

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Good job, PLMITCH. I'm still working on that time. Almost there...Another week or so and I will be in the 10 min. mile pace.

Keep up the good work!

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DAWN14163 11/17/2012 2:14PM

    A-maz-ing! Huge congratulations! That's an ultimate goal of mine too, but I think it will be a while yet (still stuck around 33mins....)
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MAGGIEVAN 11/17/2012 2:03PM

    Congrats and give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it.

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A good week...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Last day on my business trip in RTP, NC. I am very proud of how I kept an eye on the calories and what I ate, kept up with my exercise routine (albeit at a MUCH earlier time of the day!), and overall feel great! I will sleep well tonight I think -- back in my own bed, with my DW next to me, puppies on their beds, and NOOOOOOOOOO alarm tomorrow morning! I have pretty much been getting up at 4:30AM to 5:00AM each day, and that is CLEARLY out of routine, hence the reason I think I'll be sleeping well tonight!

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/16/2012 12:44PM

    Good on ya, Patrick! Savour the comfort of being back to the familiar : )
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BRENDAGAIL9 11/16/2012 11:01AM

    It's hard to be away from home and your comfort zone but you have found out you can do it and still stay on track.

Good job!

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GREENGENES 11/16/2012 7:36AM

    Woo Hoo! Well done!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/16/2012 6:59AM

  enjoy the time at home and the rest

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Midweek Report (on the road)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far so good on my business trip this week. At midweek, but still following my plan:

- Up at 5:00AM each day, in the workout room by 6:00AM. Had to deviate from my normal workout routine a little yesterday, as both treadmills were busy, so opted for the Precor EFX Elliptical. Did get in strength training Monday and Wednesday (today).

- Making sure to get up and stretch / walk during my meetings

- Tracking calories. Within goal each day so far, with the only issue being not enough fiber.

Friday is going to be a little more challenging. I have a 7AM meeting which I'll need to at my company site for. Thankfully, the hotel is only 5 minutes away, so one of the managers at the hotel is going to bring me over, but will need to be up even earlier (4AM) so I can get my workout in, get packed, get a quick, healthy breakfast, and be on-site in time for the meeting.

My hunch is that this will be the first of several business trips over the next 12 months, so this has been a good week to establish routines. The scale will tell the take next week as to just how successful I have been, but at least I feel like I've stayed on course.

  
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GOLFCHICK2-0 11/15/2012 1:54PM

    Keep up the good work. Have you thought about packing some resistance bands? They'd take up next to no room in your luggage and are a great substitute in hotels that are lacking strengthening equipment!!
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CATHOLICCORGI 11/15/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Patrick! Don't know if you are getting the rain today, as we are in Charlotte, but hope you are enjoying your work trip to North Carolina!
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GREENGENES 11/14/2012 11:31PM

    Well done! Keep it up!

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CHUBRUB3 11/14/2012 11:03AM

    Proud of you! Inspirational!

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On the road again...

Monday, November 12, 2012

So far so good on my business trip. Flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh on time and actually arrived early into Raleigh, nice dinner (and reasonably healthy) at the hotel last evening, up at 5AM to get a workout in (state of the art equipment!), and able to find healthy choices for breakfast and lunch.

Just a hunch, but I have a feeling this will not be my last business trip - seems like there will be more opportunities in the new year, and a real need for me to be here.

More to follow as the week progresses.

  
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EARTHGIRL145 11/13/2012 9:58PM

    Great job! I'm on the road a lot too and I have been struggling over these past few months. Way to go! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/12/2012 9:48PM

    Good planning. Traveling does not mean we stop exercising or eating healthy, does it? -- Lou

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BOSS61 11/12/2012 7:22PM

    Great that you have such a nicely amenitized hotel to feed and exercise you correctly - make the most!

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COCOSAYS 11/12/2012 1:58PM

    Good job! Have some fun, get out an explore!

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Preparing for first business trip in 6 1/2 years...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

While my DW and I have traveled a few times since I had my WLS last year, I will be taking my first solo trip next week, and a business trip on top of it. While I'm not trying to obsess about it, I am doing a fair amount of planning, such as making sure the hotel I am staying in has good workout facilities, moving my workouts on my calendar to early AM (my normal workouts are at lunchtime, but that is not feasible given that I will be in all day meetings), and making sure I have access to quality foods.

I used to travel on business a lot, and in thinking back, did not give much, if any thought, into nutrition and exercise. Giving it LOTS thought this time!

I'll plan to do a post mortem when I get back. I will do some blogging while I'm on the road as well.

I have a high degree of confidence that I will do well....

  
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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 2:51AM

    That's the attitude, Patrick! emoticon Be safe. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 11/8/2012 7:05PM

    You can do it. I don't do that much travel but for my conference last week I was much more conscious about planning than usual and it worked out great. I slipped for one dinner but after it was over I realized it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. You are definitely much more prepared than I am so I am confident you will do well.

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:46PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:45PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/8/2012 10:34AM

    Patrick, of everyone I've met, face-to-face or virtually on SparkPeople, you're hands-down the most consistently disciplined, dedicated, motivated and motivating person I know. You will stick with your program on this trip, no question. And if you have slippages, they'll only be that--slippages not changes of habit, and you also know enough to be gentle with yourself you do have slippages. You'll be fine : )
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DOUGDC 11/8/2012 10:01AM

    I agree that you'll succeed. Kind of like the holidays. Lots of excuses for getting off your program, but you clearly have the determination not to stray.

Great going.

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