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Fine Tuning the Plan

Monday, May 13, 2013

Something seems wrong with this picture. Increase the calories and lose more weight (not that I'm complaining mind you). I attribute some of my weight loss this week (three pounds worth) to the flu. I got hit with the 24 hour variety which left me uninterested in eating for two days. I forced myself to drink liquids and eat some soft foods which didn't look nauseating and turn my stomach. This was also a high activity week (prior to the onslaught of the energy sapping flu). I worked hard in the yard and garden - what fun! That also burned calories by the thousands. Nevertheless, to lose three pounds in a week when I am theoretically on maintenance is a fairly clear indication that I'm not eating enough yet (even taking into consideration the two flu days). So far I've gradually increased my calorie intake from 1800 to 2230. I've allowed myself more freedom on "feast" days. This freedom feels strange and "out-of-control" but it is apparently quite ok. I am determined to do this maintenance stage in a disciplined way because I don't want to regain weight I worked so hard to lose. So this week I will move to 2400 calories a day and see how my body responds to that. I also met my goal of 100 consecutive days of at least ten minutes of exercise. These streaks are motivating and kept me at the minimum even on days when I had the flu (I wasn't about to mess up this steak when I was in the upper 90s!!!). I've decided to keep the streak going and my aim now is 150 days with 1500 pushups completed by then. I'm doing 20 pushups a day and I'd like to get that to 40. So this is the latest fine tuning on the exercise and eating plan and we'll see where it gets me by the end of May.

  
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WAYNE1997 5/18/2013 6:41AM

    I have been feasting on my birthday and other days. I have eaten 2800 calories on some days and 2400 on others. I do feel out of control somewhat, but my weight has stayed within 2 pounds of where I have started and has moved up and down. I am doing less exercise due to a busy time at work, but I have maintained 10 minutes a day throughout so far. I don't know exactly what my calorie intake will look like when things level out. I think I will join you in adding in push ups to my daily 10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/13/2013 2:40PM

    Sorry to hear that old bug caught you, but great going on keeping your exercise streak!

Oh, the problems you are having with losing weight when you don't want to... emoticon I feel for you... emoticon

Hope you get this rhythm down soon! Wouldn't want you blowing away... emoticon ...or your pants falling off!

(Taken way out of context)
He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:30


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NUTRON3 5/13/2013 8:49AM

    Keep pushing!

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KANOE10 5/13/2013 8:19AM

    Great job on your streak of exercise. Hope your new plan of calories works out for you. Way to go on maintenance.

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FCARMICH 5/13/2013 8:01AM

  be good to you!

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What I've Lost

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Today's challenge from Spark Coach was to find a visual image for the weight I've lost. So here it is... count 11 of these sugar bags (11x5 = 55) and you've got an idea of how much weight I've lost. Woo Hoo !!!

  
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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/13/2013 2:51PM

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NUTRON3 5/12/2013 9:35AM

    WOW!!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/12/2013 9:28AM

    Wow! Good for you!

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KANOE10 5/12/2013 9:26AM

    I bought 5 bags of 20 pound potatoes and gave them to a food drive. It was amazing to look at all of those potatoes and realized I carried that much weight.

Nice photo.

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/11/2013 7:32PM

    I'll have to remember to do a visual when I'm finished...

So far I've lost almost 8 of those bags, but I still have 100 pounds to go!

Wonder what I could use to show 140 pounds??? I'll have to take a picture of myself holding 2 bags of sugar! (that is, if my body still wants to be 130 pounds)



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FOXFIRENDTS 5/11/2013 6:51PM

    emoticon and it looks better on the table then it did on our bodies.. Great Job

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PRETTYPITHY 5/11/2013 4:18PM

    I'm sure you've cut your sugar consumption by half of that, too! Congrats!

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4KWALK 5/11/2013 3:59PM

    This is a great way to measure and show your progress. Congratulations.
You must be so pleased with all the efforts you put into this journey and to see these results.
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MANDELOVICH 5/11/2013 3:58PM

    Awesome!!!

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Gardening without Chain and Ball

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

As I was working in the garden yesterday, it occurred to me how much harder this work would have been if I still had been carrying with me those 55 pounds I've lost. There is a 50 lb kettle ball that I use at the gym for several of my exercises. I like to do this to remind me of what I used to carry with me all the time in fat. Imagine having that chained to me as I worked in the garden. That would have been miserable! I'm not sure I could have done seven hours of intense physical work a year ago. Anyway, its a joy to celebrate. My wife and I planted 30 asparagus plants, a blackberry and two raspberry bushes and two currant plants. We also transplanted several bushes around the house and planted several flowering plants. It will be fun to enjoy the food and flowers from yesterdays labor in the years to come. I am sore from the day's workout but feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Here I am with the trench dug for the asparagus plants!

  
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OWL_20 5/7/2013 7:42PM

    Wow, that is a lot of work! We have not started on our garden yet! But isn't it cool to have lost the weight and feel good about doing all that work? emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/7/2013 6:38PM

    It's a good thing you only needed to lose 55 lbs. Imagine carrying around a 140 lb kettle ball.

Good luck with the gardening. I've got a black thumb...

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2013 11:50AM

    Congrats on the accomplishment and on the celebrating! "All the asparagus that's fit to eat" for you : )
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JACKIE542 5/7/2013 11:15AM

    I agree, my gardening is so much easier for me as well after losing weight. Happy gardening. emoticon

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THOMASINA57 5/7/2013 10:43AM

    You must really love asparagus! That is one big long amazing trench..

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Facing a Big Bad Riding Lawn Mower

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My neighbor and I both took on the task of mowing our lawns last evening. We each circled around and around our yards. Our orbits brought us into frequent face to face encounters near the fence before we each turned and went our separate ways. It was not a meeting of equals. My little push mower was no match for his big riding machine. He was in luxury with a daughter perched on his lap. I was sweating. His speed and wide swaths of cut grass left me humbly behind like a turtle making slower progress. It took additional time to collect the grass clippings in my little bag and wheel them to the compost pile for garden mulch. I started my work before my neighbor and I was still working when he parked his machine. I admit to feeling a little silly with my little lawn mower and a bit intimidated by his machine's headlights bearing down on me as we approached each other. But I reminded myself why I chose not to get a riding mower and my reasoning was confirmed when I recorded two and half hours of mowing on my exercise tracker - over a thousand calories burned. The exercise is good for me. I'll keep pushing. I'm sparking!

  
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-SHOREIDO- 5/11/2013 10:30PM

    Great common sense!! You get it!! Pleased to meet you!!
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THOMASINA57 5/7/2013 10:49AM

    I LOVE this blog... you made me laugh.. especially those headlight on the ridem mower!! I had to read this blog to my husband as he's a fan of the little push mowers with no front wheel drive power and still has one of those really old no motor blade types with a roller sitting in the garden shed!!! It's a rusty antique now!!!

I so agree, cutting grass and all the rest is a great workout! emoticon

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WAYNE1997 5/4/2013 9:17AM

    Think also of the gas required to drag your neighbor and heavy mower around and around the yard as well as how much more pollution to the environment! emoticon

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BARCLE 4/30/2013 6:57PM

    Awesome achievement emoticon emoticon

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DWSCHUYLER 4/30/2013 6:38PM

    Good job! Plus you got extra fresh air!

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GODS_TEMPLE 4/30/2013 3:09PM

    Best reason ever to cut your own grass! Keep up the good work on your maintenance.
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JULESJET 4/30/2013 2:33PM

    Good for you!

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JACKIE542 4/30/2013 12:08PM

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/30/2013 10:53AM

    Don't you know it, Russell! You had a full-body workout: upper. lower, and abs. The lbs melt away and the muscles firm up and take on shape. Woo-hoo!
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LIFEISPURRFECT 4/30/2013 9:44AM

    Kudos to you for your little push mower. I'm more concerned about the daughter of your neighbor riding on his lap! Lawn mowers are dangerous machines and are not meant for little kids. As a former EMS person, I know that accidents can and do happen!

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STEPHANIE302013 4/30/2013 9:28AM

    wow!! that's fantastic!

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KNYAGENYA 4/30/2013 9:28AM

    Good for you. Every little bit helps.

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The New Experiment Continues!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Well, this "maintenance thing" is definitely an interesting new stage in my healthy living journey. I'm slowly increasing my calorie intake and yet I'm still losing weight. I went from 1800 to 2000. Then two weeks later from 2000 to 2100. Now about two weeks after that, my BMI has dropped to 23.5 - nice! and my weight has dropped to 168 (a total loss of 55 pounds). Woo Hoo! So, I like 168. I like the sound of it. I like seeing that number on the scale. I like how I look and feel. I like the energy I now have. This is a good place to be. Two years from now, this is where I want to be. Ten years from now this is where I want to be. Therefore, its time for another calorie increase experiment. I go now to 2230. This puts me at the lower end of the range my food tracker says I need to stay within to maintain my weight. So I'll try this for two weeks. This way I can start learning whether I need to be on the lower end, the middle, or upper end of the calorie range to stay put. This continues to feel like the right way to work at this - gradually increasing and seeing what happens. I don't need to rush the process. There is no deadline to meet. I've got the rest of my life really to figure this out. I'll find the balance eventually. In the meantime, I'm loving this Spark People challenge and the positive impact it's having on my life! Thanks Spark Friends!

  
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GODS_TEMPLE 4/19/2013 11:56PM

    OK...so when are you going to post a picture of the new you...where you're not on the floor scrubbing a pot?

Genesis 1: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ...

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KELLIEBEAN 4/19/2013 10:23AM

    On Tuesday, it will be five months maintaining for me. I think I'm just starting to get it. You are doing great. Thanks for the inspiration!

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JESS0107 4/19/2013 9:23AM

    emoticon It's all about learning along the way!! emoticon

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NUTRON3 4/19/2013 8:44AM

    Good job!

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KANOE10 4/19/2013 8:43AM

    Great job of maintaining while experimenting with calories. You are doing well.
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SANDICANE 4/19/2013 7:19AM

    Congratulations! I'm at 20 weeks of maintenance now and that balance thing is a bit elusive. Happy journey getting there.



Cheers, Sandi

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