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150 and 1500

Saturday, June 08, 2013

This morning I just did not want to do any exercise. I've been feeling discouraged because of some troubling challenges I'm facing which don't have any easy solutions. This has had quite a negative impact on my outlook and motivation. So I'm thankful for little, silly goals. I set this goal to complete a streak of 150 days of daily exercise (at least 10 minutes a day) and to do 1500 push ups by the time I reach the 150 day streak, 150 and 1500. Today is the 128th day, without exception, of daily exercise and in spite of feeling HIGHLY UN-motivated, I was not about to mess up a streak like that no matter how down in the dumps I felt. I did mess up my first attempt at a 100 day streak of daily exercise and I'm not going mess it up again. Period. So I did the exercise, 20 minutes worth to start the day today and quite frankly it didn't hurt me to do it. In fact, I feel better now. At least this part of my life, my self-care and fitness, is going well. That provides a foundation, at least one good leg to stand on for dealing with the rest of life's challenges.

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/10/2013 1:17AM

    Whenever I have a day when I don't feel like exercising, I just remind myself that I don't want to break my streak of doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I'm on day 173. Just to be able to click that little box makes my day! emoticon

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FEMISLIM 6/8/2013 8:40PM

    It is well with you.

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VELMATULIP 6/8/2013 11:24AM

    In any life-changing goal, we have to accomplish many little goals. We have to make goals of changing the way we eat, exercising and just being different than the way we used to be. Bravo to you for such an accomplishment of 128 days! emoticon

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Three Accomplishments (well four)

Saturday, June 01, 2013

The Spark Coach Challenge for today is to write down three accomplishments as a way of staying focused on the positive.
1. I have maintained my new weight now for two months. In fact, my goal was to lose 50 pounds and weigh 173. I achieved this goal on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Since then my weight has dropped below 170 and that's where I plan to keep it (between 165 and 167).
2. I met my goal of exercising for at least ten minutes every day for 100 days. I decided to extend that goal and go for 150 days and add the challenge of doing 1500 push ups by the time I get to 150. I've done 400 push ups so far.
3. I have planted our garden - a source of great satisfaction. New this year is a perennial garden of asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, rhubarb, and some blueberries (which don't look like they're going to make it :( I'm also trying artichokes for the first time this year and popcorn. As I work in the garden, I'm aware of the fact that the physical work is much easier now that I am not carrying the extra 55 pounds of fat around with me.
OK, let's list four. 4. I resisted the temptation to eat a pastry dessert with friends last evening at Panera Bread. Like always it was hard at the time but later I was pleased with myself for staying true to my goals. I still struggle the most with "emotional eating" when I am stressed or discouraged. I was up a few pounds last week because of that but got it back off this week. I do know how to lose weight when I need to and it sure is easier to lose two pounds than 55!!! So it certainly pays to get it off quickly when a little gain creeps up on you rather than letting it go until its a major project.
Well, time for a cup of coffee and on to the day's work.

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/2/2013 12:31AM

    emoticon Especially resisting that pastry!

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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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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.
Again congratulations. emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 5/11/2013 3:58PM


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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..

Nice blog! emoticon

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