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Its 3 A.M.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just sitting here enjoying the peace and quiet, waiting for the sunrise so I can go running through the woods. There is a real nice bike path behind the campground that goes through the woods. Really nice and peaceful. Yesterday was the first time we had seen a lot of the campers since last fall. Everybody was coming by commenting about how much weight I had lost, followed by what kind of diet I was on. So I told them it wasn't a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. (see previous blog) Anyway felt good to hear so many people notice. Who knows maybe one of them will be the next Sparker!!!

  
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CAMAEL100 4/15/2012 2:21PM

    Great to get all the compliments about your weight. Must make you feel great!

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LITTLEBO 4/14/2012 9:25PM

    The whole Zen of nature sounds wonderful. And you're a great example for all those potential sparkers. Hope everything is going well with your quitting, too .....

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CARDAMOMMA 4/14/2012 7:39PM

    Wow, it sounds amazing there. Must be a great place to camp.

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MKRUSE34 4/14/2012 8:29AM

    It is always nice to get compliments on our weight loss. I am sure you felt pretty good about all of them. It has been raining here for 2 days now so it is hard to get outside and do any walking or running.

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JSALERNO 4/14/2012 5:10AM

    GREAT. IT'S 5 AM HERE AND STILL PITCH BLACK BUT I'LL GET OUTSIDE TOO IN A LITTLE WHILE. RIGHT NOW ITS NOT EVEN 50 YET.

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BIGDOG18 4/14/2012 4:29AM

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Time to quit

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tomorrow I begin a program to quit chewing. After 29 years it is time. Wanted to wait until I had me eating under control. I had heard that when you quit you eat more. I now track everything so I'm confident that I'll be alright there. The company I work for pays for everything, which is really nice. My health coach said that once I quit my metabolism will slow down. She said nicotine elevates your metabolism. Oh well I guess I'll do more exercise.

  
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CAMAEL100 4/15/2012 2:23PM

    Best of luck. Take the same tools you have used to help yourself lose weight. emoticon

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JSALERNO 4/14/2012 5:06AM

    YOU CAN DO IT. I USED TO CHEW GUMM ALL THE TIME WHEN I QUIT SMOKING NOW 1 PIECE EVERY FEW DAYS.

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CARDAMOMMA 4/14/2012 1:03AM

    Way to go! You can totally do it.

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LITTLEBO 4/13/2012 10:49PM

    GOOD!!!! Cartwheel!!!
We are rootin for you!
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ANNAMARIE1958 4/13/2012 10:49PM

    Good luck and stay with your plan......that's great that your employer is paying for it.

My DH quit for 4 months after chewing for 40 yr....well guess what he is back at it emoticon

One day at a time.....you can do this! emoticon

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COUNTRYSTRONG21 4/13/2012 10:43PM

    Glad you've made the decision to stop. Having your employer take care of the costs of the program makes it a no-brainer to work on quitting.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 4/13/2012 10:37PM

    I have heard that nicotine is one of the most difficult addictions to get over. emoticonMy brother chewed when he pitched little league. The dentist found some white pre-cancerous areas, and he was scared into quitting. He hadn't been chewing long. I am glad you have made the decision to preserve the quality of your health. You have the tools and you have many who support you.
I wish you the best as you pursue your chosen life goals. emoticon

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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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JSALERNO 4/13/2012 6:17AM

    I'M SURE YOU'LL BE FINE. JUST LAY OFF THE ALCOHOL.

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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 remember....it'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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Progression

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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