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Day 20: Continued Progress...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Well, roughly three weeks now, and I'm continuing to lose, so not going to complain. I will likely weigh myself tomorrow to get the most current reading, but as of a couple of days ago, I was down 23 pounds. I wouldn't object to being around the 30 pound mark when I weigh-in again, but will not be disappointed if there is only another pound or two gone--after all, it's already 23 pounds less than I did around Christmas.

Today I'll actually start doing some real exercise. I have been having issues with my back of late, so my exercise has been limited to taking "walking breaks" at work ( I have a desk job, so getting up and moving around feels great some days), and relatively quick and easy work outs here and there. This weekend, I am planning on getting back to Tae-Bo, starting with the instructional/basic work out. Tae-Bo is more of an all over work out, which will provide a balanced attack on the fat, although I am looking for core exercises right now...I'm tired of the 'Bubble in the middle" and really want to find things that will address that issue.

And, for additional support/motiviation, etc., I'm joining with some fellow employees for our version of "The Biggest Loser". Still waiting on additional details, but sounds like it will be fun.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/9/2013 12:15AM

    Good to see you back Robert. Say Hi to your betterhalf for me.

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Day 13: Steady as she goes...

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Well, it's now been two weeks (approximately) since I made the decision to achieve something with respect to may weight loss desires, and a bit less than that where I have made an effort in all areas to actually take it off and keep it off. Thus far, I've managed to lose 17 pounds.

More than anything, I think the success so far has been due more to portion control, as the opportunity for exercise has been hit and miss due to work, and then injuring my back while trying not to fall on ice. In spite of the set backs, I still dropped the weight.

If I am having any real issues with my diet it is more to the extent of trying to hit the recommended caloric intake. More often than not, I find myself falling short in that respect; at times it feels like I almost have to gorge myself in order to hit what is recommmended (in my case, a minimum number of2300). I truly have to wonder if others on here have run into that issue.

All I know at this point, is considering what the last couple weeks have brought (in all areas of my life), I am interested in seeing what the next weeks will bring....


Day Two - Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Today was the first of two "travel days" to Sioux Falls . As it is the holidays, we took today to go and visit with Jay. All in all, it was a good visit--very little (if any) stress related to the visit--as a matter of fact, if there was any stress it was more related to the travel time and staying awake than anything else.

Did not really exercise today, unless you count completely overhauling the computer lab, which included moving boxes around, moving furniture...regardless of how you count it, I did finally manage to accomplish one of my goals which was to get things cleaned up and organized the way I've wanted to prepare for the certification exams, not just with regards to CISCO CCNA, but also Microsoft.

As far as watching my weight/ the time I write this, I'm still about 400 Calories below where SP recommends, which means I'll likely have a snack later (multigrain crackers and some cheese)…I'm giving myself a star for today for not going completely nuts on snacks or junk food….all in all, a good day.


Day One - Reality Check

Monday, December 24, 2012

Well, I know Suz said we can start this on Wednesday, but why put off any longer? Most of 2012 has been me putting off, and I only have myself to blame for that.

Shortly after I wrote my first entry for 2012, life took a major turn around - I ended up in a job I love, within the field I studied. More money, more challenges--life was great and things were turning around. Unfortunately, keeping track of things on Sparkpeople, exercising with any consistancy, etc. fell by the wayside.

While I am happy about many aspects of my life, there are some areas where improvement could take place--one of course being my waist line.

In hindsight, I thing previous successes my have made me overconfident/overzealous as to what I thought I could achieve with respect to weight loss. I mean, each time I've started a diet/exercise program, I immediately drop 10-15 pounds in a week or two--how can a person not get over-confident when that occurs. So, this time, I am making better use of the tools available on Sparkpeople to lose the weight in such a manner as to not gain it back as soon as it's lost (as has happened yet again).

So, here's the goals:

1. Average weight loss goal being 3 pounds per week. My goals is to drop approximately 90 pounds by 9/6/2013 (using the calculator on SP). Doing this would put me down to approximately 275 pounds heading into Fall.
2. Develop an exercise program that I can stick with - that works with the schedule and will not leave me feeling burnt out before any real lose occurs.

Watch my intake and stay within goals/guidelines shown in nutrition section.

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LAURIEJOHANNAH 12/25/2012 8:08PM

    We all go through these times. For me it has been depression. But like you, today has to be different. I woke up from a long nap feeling like this has to be changed, AND feeling like I can do it. The depression is part of my life, but I can still get up and do what I need to do.


Any time you need encouragement, feel free to come to me or any of your Spark friends to get that encouragement.

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NUTRON3 12/25/2012 6:48AM

    You can and will do it!

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MSLZZY 12/24/2012 10:58PM

    I think you were so glad to get a job that your focus was there. But I know that having financial security will make it easier to do what you need to live healthier.
Try, try again. Good luck!

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January 1st - New Year, New Beginnings

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Let's face it --- 2011 royally sucked.....

Don't get me wrong, there were some special moments during the year that did server to put a smile on my face, but as far as personally achievements, they were few and far between, and in many ways, there were more steps backwards than forwards.

My wife and I both graduated in 2011, but have not been able to locate work in our field--or any other field, so we've been doing PC repair and such out of our home. My little girl started middle school (which generated a few more grey hairs), and of course, due to the lack of money from jobs/economy, stress has been wonder I've managed to gain back so much weight.

We had a pleasant New Years Eve, and ended the year with positive energy and fun, which I am hoping is a good sign for the year to come...any time you can start the new year on a positive note has to be good.

So on to 2012.....

I've spent this morning thinking a lot about what happened during the previous year, and what I would like to see happen in 2012, not just here on Sparkpeople, but also in other areas of life. What can I do, what can I change, and what is a reasonable amount of time to make/see the changes?

I want lose 70 lbs during the coming year. I was able to lose that much previously in just 3 months (back in 2010), but as I fell into depression over circumstances, some of that weight slowly crept back in. Why? Late night snacks (regardless of how healthy they were), and not following through on the exercising (at least as much as I could, and far less Cardio that I should have been doing). I want to feel less self-conscious about how I look when I go out to swim during the summer, and to not feel so claustaphobic when working on my networking (wiring closets are not the largest places to work).

If I truly want change in 2012, I need to create the change.

I will visit Sparkpeople everyday to record my progress

I will not snack after 8 pm at night. Drinks are ok, but not snack foods, etc.

I will exercise using a 60-40 approach. 60% Cardio/40% Strength, and will alter the program as needed to enhance weight loss.

I will find a fulfilling job, and succeed in certifying this year (Networking Certifications).

I will stop worrying about those things I can't change and focus on those I can.

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ELLENIRENE 1/3/2012 6:02AM

    It's good to see you back. Checking in everyday to Spark, should help. It's the motivation that I need, hope it does the same for you. Best of luck!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/2/2012 12:49PM

    You can do it!!!

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TOPAZROSE 1/1/2012 11:11PM

    Concerns like jobs/finances/kids schooling changes are enough set off old coping mechanisms that we have used in the past. I have moments when I feel like an observer asking why am I eating and then I realise that the stressful situation has set the behaviours in motion.
So glad you are addressing your health and fitness. It's when we do nothing that we won't get results. Be enthusiastic and persist with your fitness activities and healthy eating and you will see the results.
Best Wishes for a successful year in 2012 for you and your family.

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DEBIBLUE72 1/1/2012 11:05PM

    sounds like you have a good plan mapped out. i wish you the best in the coming year.

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MSLZZY 1/1/2012 8:59PM

    You have a very positive attitude. I just wish the economy/job market was as positive. Unless you want to relocate, you just need to keep trying. Moving is a pain and very overrated.
Just do the best you can. If I could wave a magic wand and find you a job, you'd have been
employed long ago. Keep the faith and keep on SParking. Your efforts will be rewarded in ways you have never dreamed possible. HUGS!

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