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Officially 40 Pounds Down

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This morning, I woke up especially early. For some reason, my son woke up and started screaming in the hallway and wanted me to tuck him in again, just the way mom does it. No, he couldnít have mom do it. He wanted dad to do it the way mom does it. Go figure. I tried to go back to sleep, but because of some kind of nasty bug going around, I couldnít sleep. So, Iíve been up since about 2:30 a.m. What does the normal person do? Who canít sleep at 2:30 a.m. and who was fighting off a cold? Iím not sure, because I was exercising. I figured, might as well get it in now, that way I can go to bed earlier tonight (theoretically speaking). It wasnít so bad after I gurgled some salt water, did some exercises, and took a shower.

Now, before I started all that exercise, I did my usual morning weigh-in. Today, Mr. Wii Fit gave me a high-five (ok, maybe not), but it did tell me I was now below 250. This means I have officially crossed the 40 pound lost mark! I have a few more to go, but it is a milestone. And, it got me another trophy in SparkPeople. In reflection to this point so far, I have learned quite a lot on here. Here are just a few of the things I have learned and want to keep doing:

1. If youíre hungry, exercise more. I donít know about you all, but I like to eat. Iím not happy with eating 3 crackers and a piece of low cal cheese. I want food and lots of it. I like the taste, I like the texture, I like the action. Funny thing is, now that Iím eating healthier, I actually crave healtheir foods. Someone offered me celery yesterday and I almost jumped out of my seat. My wife brought hope bananas and I said, ďthis made my dayĒ. Crazy, right? However, eating healthy alone wonít cut it. Sure, if you do it in limited and controlled portions. But, as I said, I like to eat. So, I monitor my activity to make sure it covers what I eat. Which brings me toÖ

2. Check your goals constantly. Iím talking about two main goals here. One is the weight loss goal, which is found on the start page. The other is the cardio goal, which is found on the fitness page. I constantly update my goal when I lose weight. I then check my goals on the fitness page to make sure Iím burning what they say Iím burning. By updating both of these goals, the calorie range moves up and down on the nutrition tracker. If I increase how many calories I want to burn for the week, so does my alotment of calories on the tracker. Simple math. However, it is too much for me to figure out, so I rely on the gusinessness of sparkpeople to guide me.

3. Have fun. If I want to make this a lifelong experience, I got to enjoy it. Kind of simple, not too much to explain. But, it brings me to my last highlightÖ

4. Make your home a gymÖand join it. People say they need to join the gym, etc. Iím all for that. But what works for me is making my home a gym. Now, I donít have space for equipment. Not even an exercise bike. I have a Wii board, which slides under the couch. Some resistence bands, and a balance ball that doubles as a chair. This sets me up for what I call ďthe no excuse zoneĒ. (you ever hear another gym say ďno judgement zoneĒ?) Remember me saying I was sick and up early this morning? During that time, I burned about 500 caloriesÖ.

So, that is about all I wanted to highlight now. Who knows, maybe Iíll have more at my 50 pound mark. Seems like Iím always learning something new here on SparkPeople. Either from the articles or from the members.

Thanks to everyone for their support! Without you, I wouldnít be able to push along in this journey. You all mean the world to me!


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CBAILEYC 10/23/2010 9:29PM

    Hey there! Belated congrats on your loss! I found your page via CGD271's page.

Isn't that the greatest feeling, seeing you're down 40? I know I was bouncing around happy when I finally saw the numbers.

I'm with you on the home gym, too. We've turned a room in the basement into our gym, and I've just decided the last couple of days it needs a WooHoo make-over! Boring ole paneling just doesn't movitate LOL

Here's to your continued success! Spark On!

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/20/2010 8:44PM

    Awesome blog once again.....congrats Life on your weight loss


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MMS354 10/20/2010 8:23PM

    You're awesome! (A little crazy for exercising in the middle of the night maybe) but AWESOME! :)

emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep it up!!

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DHSPARK 10/20/2010 9:29AM

    Congrats on the weight loss Ryan! All that walking to work and everything else you do sure has paid off!

Spark On!
Deb :)

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MISSMITSY 10/20/2010 7:55AM

    I like your revelations! I want one of those balance ball chairs, but I'm guessing they're expensive and I don't need one so I pass on it when I see it in the store...

Still giggling about your son wanting dad to do it like mom does it! You gotta love kids!

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SRBECKEL 10/19/2010 8:01PM


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TIARAG03 10/19/2010 2:37PM

    That is so wonderful!!!!! You are doing a fantastic job!!!!! I wish you many wonderful surprises on this journey!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZIPLOCK 10/19/2010 2:35PM

    Wooohooo!!! Way-TO-Go!!

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SKYRUNHER 10/19/2010 2:15PM

    Congratulations on the 40 lbs lost mark!! That's fantastic! Making your home a gym is a good idea. I have that going on here as well... but I never really thought of it the way you said. I'll have to reshape my thinking!

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Spooky Halloween Time

Monday, October 18, 2010

So there is one drawback to walking to work in the morning, before the sun rises. Well, it may be a benefit, depending on how you look at it. Because of the season, more and more people are putting up their Halloween decorations. I think this is pretty cool because people are doing some amazing decorating. However, when I'm walking in the morning, I'm sometimes caught by surprise by new decorations. The ones that were either left on all night or that I catch a glimpse of in the streetlights.

The first one that got me to jump was this body coming out of the ground. They had set up a graveyard with one body coming up Michael Jackson style. Another one was a limb hanging out of the back of a car. The other was this morning. It was a giant blow up cat. Seemed normal to me...until its head started to move and smile at me.

Who knows, maybe I'm burning some extra calories from all the jumping I'm doing. Usually I'm not that big of a wuss, but I actually jumped on all three occasions. This is coming from a guy that likes haunted houses and scary movies. But something about walking to work, I'm not really expecting to see things move or body parts, etc.

Speaking of walking to work, I'm really enjoying my walks. Before work, during work, after work. In the rain, in the sun, or in the wind. Each experience brings something fresh and special to me. Hey, I can't complain. If I get addicted to this it would be a wonderful thing.

Happy Sparking Everyone! And have a great Halloween...just try not to eat too many of those Snickers.


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TURTLE_MOM 10/19/2010 1:30PM

    that would be a funny site to see :) Ha ha ha

good job - that's awesome you walk to work.

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DHSPARK 10/19/2010 7:42AM

    Nice that you're close enough to walk to work. Great exercise too!

Deb :)

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MISSMITSY 10/19/2010 7:32AM

    Good on you for getting the walking to work bug! Ive been swearing I was going to walk the munchkin to school for weeks now, maybe tomorrow I'll follow your awesome example and finally do it!

Thankfully there wont be any body parts on our path since no one decorates for Halloween here...

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MMS354 10/18/2010 5:35PM

    Bah ha ha!!!! Love the spooks! I love Halloween, scary movies, haunted houses too. San Diego had this awesome outdoor 'Haunted Trail' that was a total workout just running through it all. Nothing like it in OR, unfortunately. Glad you're enjoying your walks. I love noticing all the season changes, weather, different scents, too. I need to get out and walk more...

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WANDAC2013 10/18/2010 5:07PM

    emoticonLoved your blog! This is my favorite time of the year! I've been walking for 157 consecutive days and have love seeing the change of seasons (however slight it is here in SoCal)...and I, too, am enjoying the Halloween decorations...wish there were more scary ones like you've encountered though! Keep up the good job...walking is addictive!

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Taking It Easy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I was watching The Biggest Loser the other day and was wondering why I didn't have their determination. I mean, yeah, they have a coach cursing and yelling at them till they puke. Literally, one dude went outside to chuck out his breakfast, right there in the middle of their three hour circuit training course. And even during that training, they weren't taking it lightly. The trainer kept pushing them harder and harder. No breaks....at least not shown on TV.

Thankfully, I ran across this article on sparkpeople:


I didn't think about the breaks they took while I was watching it. Probably because they didn't show them; drinking water, stopping to catch their breath, getting checked out by the on site doctors and trainers, etc. They also didn't show what they did to rest after or before that crazy workout. And even about that workout, something tells me that maybe you don't have to work out until you puke. Shouldn't getting fit and in shape be something that is fun??

Now, I'm not totally dissing the show. It is pretty amazing and has inspired many people to get fit. Here are some good lessons, from another sparkpeople article, that we can get from the show:


So, everything in balance, I suppose. This is why I don't run everyday. Today, I did some light training on Wii Fit and plan to clean the house. It may not burn the 700 calories an hour that running does, but that slow calories burn may actually help fat burn. I'll probably be cleaning a couple of hours. Something I'm actually looking forward to. (Parents coming soon..lol)

As I'm "taking it easy" today, I'm going to be thinking about how many calories I'm burning...spending time with the kids and reaping the benefits of a clean house & yard.

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MMS354 10/18/2010 5:31PM

    I agree witcha - love BL but know it's way over the top. At my first LE Academy our class ran 3x per week and did bikes and matroom the other days and no one got injured. Other classes that ran everyday always had people w/shin splints and other injuries. Taught me a lot about training. Of course, we did work out to puking sometimes but that was mostly during 'hell week' and was meant to weed out the weak. Which it did. :)

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MEANCARLEEN 10/18/2010 7:32AM

    I REFUSE to over do it and I no longer feel like a "bad girl" just because I decide not to exercise for a day. We ALL work hard and SHOULD take breaks ...call it a Sparkling mental day emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 10/17/2010 6:31PM

    Resting is needed! I'm in a challenge where they want 30 of minutes of exercise a day, however I need 1-2 days of rest a week. Sometimes I just walk or ride my exercise bike for the 30 at a low intensity to get that time in, but others I just take it off and say "oh well!"

Good job!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/17/2010 5:40PM

    Good for you! I agree - I don't think working it till you puke is the very best idea. Exercising should be fun. Good for you for realising that. Hope that you have fun with your kids, and that you have a great visit iwth your parents!

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MRSTOWNS62610 10/17/2010 10:35AM

    Rest is absolutely necessary if you want to see results. It's all about getting healthy. Puking is NOT healthy. How are you supposed to feel better if you are pushing yourself far beyond the limit everyday? That show is all about seeing result super fast. With us, slow and steady wins the race! Great points!

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MISSMITSY 10/17/2010 8:38AM

    Good on you! Rest days are important, especially when you don't have a Dr there to monitor your every movement... I bet you enjoyed yours!

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MRE1956 10/17/2010 7:37AM

    Great point - it's never a bad idea to rest a bit - in fact, I should do so today since I apparently *really* pushed my muscle conditioning this weekend - OUCH, am I sore today!


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CELLO23 10/17/2010 7:17AM

    I don't know The Biggest Loser but it doesn't make exercise sound much fun! If we come to associate exercise with punishment and pain, does it work longer term, I wonder? I think you're right that balance is a more human way of doing it. And always good if you can get the house tidied at the same time... emoticon

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Buckle Up for a Wild and Crazy Ride

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hope you are ready for this; I am sitting down at the end of a busy day and I have no clue what I'm about to write. So, buckle up, it's going to be a wild and crazy ride. A little of this, a dash of that, and a sprinkle of whatever.

Not sure if you saw my blog from yesterday, but my intention is to drop my calorie burn rate down and drop the amount of food I eat down. Why? Because I'm going too fast and too much. Great, right? Well, I'm looking for something I can hold onto for the rest of my life. Not some flash in the pan, hey look at me now, type of thing. Praise the Lord for the Biggest Loser, but I don't really want to be the biggest loser. Don't get me wrong, I still get all emotional and stressed and crazy if I'm not losing, but I don't want to melt my muscle along with the fat. But, mainly, I want something I can sustain.

So today, I started out thinking I am just going to soak my foot, rub some Ben Gay on it, and watch a movie. Did that happen? No. What happened? I got paid yesterday. WhoHoo! A weekend of some spending money before the bill monsters come wipe it away. So, I got Just Dance 2 and a bunch of groceries. Started out this morning playing Just Dance and kept going and going. What a fun game! For some reason, I scored very high on "It's Raining Men". Go figure, but that is beside the point. Then, I went for a run. Some walking, some dancing, some walking, some dancing. So about 2.5 hours and 1200 calories burned later, I'm soaking my foot and rubbing Ben Gay on it.

Now, back to the groceries. A couple of days back, you would find me sneaking into conference rooms at work and seeing if they had left over bananas. Hey, I got to keep this eat 5 fruits and veggies streak alive! Today, I'm kind of pigging out. Thankfully nothing too terrible is around the house. I've been munching on peanuts, fiber this and fiber that, and veggies, and fruit, etc. Overall, about 200-300 calories over my limit. However, this limit was based on a 850 calorie activity burn. So not too bad.

However...(famous dot dot dot), I sucked up about 50 grams of fiber. My range should be 25-30 grams. Haha. You can probably guess the rest. I'm actually not too please about this, because all those precious vitamins I've been trying to get out of my foot were just flushed down the toilet. I'm thinking I get plenty of fiber from my fruits and veggies that I don't need to go for the "mega fiber" enhanced cereal or snack bars. They do taste good though.

Well, I better spare you all the rest. I'm off to play some sparkpeople trivia. I really want to get one of those trophies one of these months. lol, not this month though. Right now I'm hovering around 60 percent right. Ugh.

Good night and happy sparking you all!


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MMS354 10/18/2010 5:25PM

    If you're enjoying your activity I don't think you need to worry about slowing down unless you're feeling tired. Ha ha on the fiber - I add a TBSP each of wheat germ, psyllium, and flaxseed to my daily green smoothie (used to call it the potion, now call it the pootion) and it's magic. :)

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DHSPARK 10/18/2010 9:21AM

    So much for resting your foot. Once you get going, you just keep going, and going, and going (in more ways than one with all that fiber intake!).

Spark On!
Deb :)

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HIPPOLICIOUS 10/16/2010 11:17PM

    LOL! 50 grams of fiber... WOW. :p I barely make 20, I need to start eating Raisin Bran. :X

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New Exercise: The Ream Press

Friday, October 15, 2010

OK, after my semi-popular bean carry exercise, I thought I would post another one for your reading pleasure. I call it, the Ream Press. Iím at work, printing out lots of paper. Personally, some days I think we need to go back to typewriters and doing things by hand. Somehow, these computers make producing paperwork too easy. But, anyhow, that is beside the point. I managed to work through a good chunk of a ream of paper and had to go get some refill. The paper is kept down the hall a bit. So, I bounce up from my chair and go fetch. Today is my upper body strength training day, so I start lifting the ream up and down on one arm. Then I do the other arm. It felt pretty good. Then, one of the top bosses happened to be walking around and waved at me. Haha, I guess he thought I was waving. Oh well, broke the ice and made him smile.

In another note, I picked up Just Dance 2 for the Wii last night. In case you canít tell from my posts, I am in squirrel mode. Iím gathering up my workout ammunition for the winter. I need lots of various options to keep me pumping away, even if there is ice down my street. I got Coach Nicoleís DVD, Jillian Michaels, free stuff from my cable provider, youtube, Wii games, etc. I still plan to get outside as much as possible, but I donít want to give my excuses to not exercise. Even if there is a power outage, I think I have a few of Coach Nicoleís routines memorized from sparkpeople videos.

Anyhow, back to Just Dance 2. It is good stuff. Better scoring and better menu system than the first one. To me, it is a lot more fun to have my own score to compete against and see improvement. The dances have a lot more movement to them, so more exercise. Some are tough, but can be learned over time; at least it seems. Plus, you can now download songs. The first song, from Katy Perry, is offered as a free download. At first, I was kind of upset there wasnít a calorie counter in there, like they advertised. However, the sweat meter does a pretty good job of letting you know what kind of effort youíre putting in.

And on a totally separate note, for those who might think Iím superman, not quite. A few days back I posted about burning off 1500 calories. 1000 of those are accounted for in my daily eating total. The following day, I was feeling it. I ate over 1000 above my range and that isnít counting the beer and Kit Kat that I didnít track. I did pretty good about tracking all the extra crap I shoveled in though. I think what also killed me was eating a couple of sugary things in the morning. Nothing wrong with this, by itself, but it was a one-two punch that sucked up my calories and didnít give me the nutrients my body needed after a big day of working out. The other thing that killed it was staying up too late. Just surfing the net. So being a little tired has an impact on my appetite levels too.

So, back on it today. Feeling strong and feeling like Iím doing good making adjustments that I feel I can maintain. I may lower my calorie burn range that I have targeted for a daily basis. As I lose weight, so does my average calorie burn. Iíll increase the intensity in some workouts, but I donít think I can keep doing that daily. Maybe every other day. Sorry, doing a little typing out loud thinking here.

OK folks, happy sparking. Keep me posted on your weekend activities. I want to see some movement!


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MMS354 10/16/2010 7:36PM

    Good job getting together workout stuff for the winter. We don't have to worry about snow too much here although the news is predicting a bad winter due to La Nina.... I have 3 workout videos I never use. But it's good to have them on hand I think. I have Biggest Loser Bootcamp, Jillian Micheals 30 day shred, and Barkan Yoga (the closest I could find to Bikrams, which I used to do in my previously super-fit days.)

Got in a 90 minute swim this morning and will try to lift weights this evening if time allows (I'm STILL baking!).

Have a great weekend!
PS - I just finished 3 Lisa Scottoline books. They're pretty good!

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MEANCARLEEN 10/16/2010 9:31AM

    I get most of my variable exercising in during work (8 strength building exercises everyday while working) I also take every opportunity at the copier doing squats and forward lunges while waiting for my copies...GET IT IN WHEN/WHERE YOU CAN!!

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MISSMITSY 10/16/2010 8:38AM

    Heh glad your boss enjoyed your new exercise routine too!

Does just dance have a dance mat? Or is it tracked some other way?

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SKYRUNHER 10/15/2010 5:36PM

    "I am in squirrel mode." LOL You crack me up! but I'm also glad to see I'm not the only one that does that! I've got books, magazine with exercises, Wii games, DVDs, you know.. just in case. Sorry for asking, but what's a ream press?

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MRSTOWNS62610 10/15/2010 10:53AM

    Love the ream press! And I want to try Just Dance! I bet it's fun! Keep up the good work! You're doing great! Yesterday, I ate an entire king size Milkyway! The WHOLE THING! Curse you, sweet husband, for bringing me home a sweet treat! LOL. Anyways, just stick with it! Your enthusiasm encourages me.

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