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First Big Test

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tomorrow the campground opens. This will be my First big test. When we camp we love to cook and eat and play cornhole and drink. Hopefully I've got everything in check. I believe I do, but stil a little nervous.

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NATURALLYJEN 4/13/2012 11:40AM

    You can enjoy yourself without going crazy and doing something you'll regret later. Cook and Eat? Cook and eat healthier versions of your favorites. One beer leads to too many? Don't have any then, find something else fizzy to drink. Overindulging? Go on a hike. In the end you'll end up having a great time AND feeling good about your choices. I hope you have a wonderful time!

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MKRUSE34 4/13/2012 7:29AM

    I have confidence that you will do fine with your camping trip. Just remember to take it easy on the alcohol. Have a good time, and don't worry too much about the rest. If you worry too much, it could have an effect on your mood. emoticon

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CARDAMOMMA 4/13/2012 12:28AM

    Oh, you're one of my role models. I have every confidence that you'll end up happy that you made balanced choices. Promise that you'll blog about how you handled it. Perhaps thinking about what you'll be writing about the day will help you stick with what you want to write about?

And what's cornhole?

Have a GREAT time! Can't wait to hear how it went.

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LITTLEBO 4/12/2012 10:05PM

    A mega long game of cornhole might fit the bill - replace some of the other things..... Hope you have a great time emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 4/12/2012 8:06PM

    You can do it! You have accomplished so much so far! Just's ok to enjoy yourself. If you don't do as good as you hoped, don't beat yourself up about it. Just move on and try to do better. I know you will do great though! emoticon

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Is it just me or has anybody else realized how they have progressed on this journey. Not in weight loss but rather in how you look at food.
When I first started my goal was to decrease calories, so when shopping I bought everything low fat, low cal I could. Then comes that problem with liking to read, you read. You read about carbs and how carbs need fat. You read all about how the body needs protein for rebuilding muscle. So the more you read the more you learn.
They teach you to fill out your nutrition page everyday to track what you are eating.
They teach you to plan your meals out for a week at a time.
You continue to learn, then you notice one day that you are planning your meals around your workout schedule for that day. Do I have enough carbs, hows my fat and don't forget that today is a strength training day so where is the protein level. Mean while what first was so important to you cal... calo.. Ican't think of it now, wait a minutes, yes that's right calories have become the last thing I look at.
Now I know calorie intake is important but my meal planner has progressed around a healthy menu. Currently we take recipes that we like a put them in our book not according the beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian, but according to carbs, fat and protein. Then as we plan meals to are workout schedule and we see that we will need more carbs, we can pull an carb recipe and be good for the day. Best of all since we are using healthy recipes our calories come out good.
So my question is this Has anyone else noticed this progression or is it just me?

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EGRAMMY 4/4/2012 11:55AM

    emoticonWell put! I so agree.

One thing I have wondered as a Fit Buckeye Fan is what are they feeding the athletes at school now a days?

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CAMAEL100 4/3/2012 5:21PM

    Definitely, I have mainly healthy foods in the house so even if I am tempted to have a snack, at least it is a healthy one!

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LITTLEBO 3/31/2012 10:23PM

    I've definitely noticed my realization of food changing.

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CARDAMOMMA 3/31/2012 5:24PM

    There is definitely an evolution in the way I'm thinking about planning and tracking what I eat. I'm leaning more and more towards decreasing the amount of meat I eat, and finding healthier sources of protein.
The nutrient I have the most trouble with is Calcium. I had to start taking a supplement because I just couldn't seem to hit that 1000mg minimum.

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CALLIKIA 3/31/2012 9:14AM

    I've also noticed that I look at food not in the "that doesn't fit my diet" aspect but "what that does to your body" aspect. Hubs brought home white bread...and all I could think was that I need to tell him how that processed garbage is...well, garbage. Not "I can't eat that!" but "I wouldn't WANT to eat that crap!" *lol*

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BOB240 3/31/2012 3:32AM

    Certainly I noticed that with food. I don't track anymore because I can hit calories and macros without too much thought.

Interestingly it also gets that way in the gym. Although I use a log book there as reps/weights etc are far more complicated than food. For any five week routine or split I'll know pretty well what exercises to use..

And you're right. Look at my blogg, I set up a split routine to accommodate a ski-holiday and knee issue. Plan ahead,...

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Three pointing back

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It is strange how the mind works. This morning I was thinking about our last family reunion with me, my uncles and my cousins standing around talking.
Then something I was taught a long time ago pops into my head. Never point your figure at someone else because you have three pointing back at you.
Then my brain combines the 2 and a little light goes off.
The topic of our discussion at the reunion was our weight. We were talking about how all of us boys were becoming more like our fathers all the time. Almost like it was genetic and there was nothing we would be able to do about it.
So as I think of that conversation and the finger pointing it dawns on me that that there are three pointing back.
Being so out of shape and obese had nothing to do with genetics, it was all because of me, me, me. Genetics was just an excuse not to do something about it.
If it is raining don't let that spill your workout, be flexible. try an indoor workout ( I know some of you run in the rain but i'm not that dedicated yet.)
No matter what excuse we come up with just think of pointing your finger then look at the three pointing back at you. The only thing keeping us from a workout is ourself.

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CARDAMOMMA 3/31/2012 5:24PM

    You said it!

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CAMAEL100 3/30/2012 6:15AM

    I think it was Robert Kiyosaki who said 'excuses are just the lies we tell ourselves'. I haven't been able to rest easy since I read that one!! LOL.

I have made all the excuses but in the end of the day it was only myself I was fooling.
Now if I hear myself say - 'I can't because.....'. I try to re-think if it is true or not or is there as you said an alternative.

It sounds like being hard on oneself but actually it is great because it is like you said about genetics it is so much harder if we think we have no power to change our lives.

It is all about taking back power over our own lives! Good post!

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CALI_POPPY 3/29/2012 7:51PM

    Well said! That kind of hit me in the gut because its so true. I find I do that all too often. Thanks the gentle reminder.

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Big Surprise

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On my off days I like to prepare the meals for my workout days so that everything is as ready as they can be to help save time on workout days. So anyway, the other night I was doing this and my daughter comes out and grabs the food scales.I just stood there watching her not saying a word. My wife had bought her some baked potato chips. She grabs them and a small bowl. She put the bowl on the scale and turned it on, then she starts to read the back of the bag. She measures out her chips, then I ask her what she is doing. Well she tells me, A serving size of these chips are 1 ounce so i'm weighing out one ounce. What a surprise. We have never said anything to her about weighing out her food, just something she see's us do. I was a proud daddy, I know that is something she will now carry with her.

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MKRUSE34 4/6/2012 9:33PM

    That is cool. Starting good habits while they are young will help with them as they get older.

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CALI_POPPY 3/29/2012 7:54PM

    Awesome!!! I have two little ones and they copy me all the time. I didn't know the older kids still did that. Something to look forward to and something to remind me of my own behaviors.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2012 2:50PM

    Actions really do speak louder than words. Great parenting there!

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STLCARDSFANS05 3/24/2012 3:49PM

    that's awesome that you are passing along healthy habits to your babies!!!

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CARDAMOMMA 3/24/2012 3:48PM

    You are a great Dad! How cool-- emoticon

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SALGUOD2 3/24/2012 2:01PM

    Thank you for your comments. I guess it is true when they say actions speak louder than words.

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    You are setting a great example - well done !! emoticon

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CURLSUSIEQ 3/24/2012 9:55AM

    wow. cool. So beautiful when you see your child admire you and follow your example. Be your best Dad! a precious soul is right beside you. :^)

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LITTLEBO 3/24/2012 9:31AM

    WOW!!! Proud daddy AND A GOOD EXAMPLE...She obviously got it from somewhere.....

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First workout

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tonight , after work I had my first offical workout at the Y. It is called original strength training. Oh my goodness, feel the burn. Who ever invented those big ropes should be shot. So after the trainer kills us with the ropes she has a 16 station workout area set up. 1 minute at each station. No problem right, WRONG. She had us jumping, doing lunges, planks with your feet suspended in rings, lunges with one leg suspended in a ring, etc., etc, etc,... Overall, best workout I've had in a long time. Can't wait until next week.

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TRI_BABE 3/28/2012 9:14PM

    I love these types of workouts. You feel like you are going to die but they are so good. Keep going!

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CARDAMOMMA 3/23/2012 12:22AM

    That sounds great! Really challenging--you must already be strong to have gotten through that. Sleep well!

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