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Down, but not out, in NH hills!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

8 days ago I suffered a setback. I injured my back and ribs while performing the spring opening of my hot tub and then came down with a nasty cold and lost my voice for 3 days. The only thing missing was a plague of

As a result, I have been unable to exercise and struggling to keep my eating in check. As of today, my back and rib pain has been greatly reduced and my cold symptoms are down to a cough ( mostly at night).

I will start back walking tomorrow with 1 mile and hopefully be back at my usual 4 miles per day within 7 days.

It's a good thing i've made a lifestyle change instead of just track record in restarting diets after a setback like this wasn't so good..but since I started spark 16 months ago, I have been able to resume healthy eating and exercise 3 other times after illness/injury setbacks.

As my my spark friend Dave says " we're in it for the finish "

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DARKTHOR 4/24/2012 11:56AM

    Get right back into your groove as soon as you can without further injuring yourself. It is just too easy to lose your way on this journey. I love your attitude!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/22/2012 8:40AM

    Sorry to read about your injury, glad you are on the mend now.
Yes, in it till the finish and we'll be Sparking in our 90s, one step at a time on walkers!
best wishes for a full recovery

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KARIDIAN1 4/21/2012 9:44PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Being hurt and having a cold to boot must not have been any fun. Take it easy as you get back on track.

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Guess i'm the April Fool!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

I weighed myself this morning after a month where I logged 91 miles jogging and eating to my plan, thus resulting in a calorie deficit of 16,000. Instead of loosing 4 lbs, I gained 4 lbs!!

I thought my scale was playing a mean April Fool's joke on me. While it, is certainly possible I underestimated my intake somewhat ,...i can not fathom how this could happen. I weigh myself on the first on the month.

After venting and whining to my wife for an hour, I have resolved to weigh and measure every morsel I consume and weigh myself every Monday morning.

I even had a moment when I wished I was a young woman instead of an old man so I could blame it on water retention!! pathetic is that?


Has anyone ever had a similar experience? Advice?

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DARKTHOR 4/10/2012 10:16AM

    Anyone can retain water. Perhaps you had a meal higher in sodium before you weighed yourself. Or by increasing your workout intensity, you've caused your muscles to hold onto water temporarily as a defense mechanism. Or you've just gained muscle.

While frustrating, remember that weight by itself is only one measurement. How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are you excited about the future? The scale doesn't measure any of these.

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/2/2012 11:45AM

    been there, done that! There is a scale virus running through Sparkpeople, scales are under the misapprehension they can tell us whatever they please rather than what will please us!
Bear with it, it's not a life sentence, although it's a "kick in the teeth" you will record a weight loss if you are eating within your calorie range, drinking water and getting the exercise. I'm sure you will see a change before too long. It might be worth getting weighed at your doctor's to get another perspective.
best wishes, Sandra

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-POOKIE- 4/2/2012 10:55AM

    Agreed with the muscle point here, when I started running, I didn't lose for a while until my body adjusted.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/2/2012 1:37AM

    exercising makes muscles! muscle weighs more than fat! the scale is not always the best way to measure! You can do it! I know you can!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/2/2012 1:18AM

    Weigh naked, after your morning toilet time, before eating or drinking anything; lean forward and back, side to side and see where the scale is kindest to you; reset the dial a couple of times; get off and back on a couple or three times; exhale mightily; spit.

I know *all* the tricks to get the smallest number possible to show on the scale. Even so, sometimes I've gained when I was sure I had been losing. I think it's just cruel fate!

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KARIDIAN1 4/1/2012 9:08PM

    I have gone up 2-3 pounds the past 6 weeks or so. Am stuck at 165-166. Still hanging in there.

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Jogging my way through 52 degree drop!

Monday, March 26, 2012

I jog 4 miles a day. Four days ago we ended a 7 day record heat wave here in NH mountains where daytime highs went from 65 to 82 last Thursday. So Thursday, I jogged 4 miles in a t-shirt and I jogged in a snowmobile jacket with hat and gloves at 30 degrees with snowflakes falling!!

To paraphrase an old line " i've jogged at 82 and 32..........82 is better!" emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/27/2012 2:24PM

    there blogs a man who truly has "the Spark"!
have a great week,

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DARKTHOR 3/27/2012 11:53AM

    Wow, 4 miles a day! You are awesome!

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-POOKIE- 3/27/2012 8:32AM


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KARIDIAN1 3/26/2012 8:38PM

    Felt like that here in MN too, very windy. But at least no snow.

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HEBZGRL 3/26/2012 8:27PM

    I don't know how you do it, but great job for the dedication :)

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The power of SPARK is you!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Thanks to all the supportive comments I've received, I feel like I have got my mojo back. Your understanding and encouragement has given me a renewed sense of purpose.

To paraphrase a classic movie line..."Thanks...isn't a big enough word to describe how grateful I am for your support"!


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KICKINGIT@56 3/6/2012 11:56PM

    I knew you had it in you and like you said, we are all in this together: helping each other through the rough spots and celebrating each others victories - like any good family.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/4/2012 4:32AM

    You blog, we support!
Glad things are looking brighter, we sometimes need moments of doubt to take stock and move on. People don't climb mountains without admiring the view on the way!

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KARIDIAN1 3/3/2012 6:12PM

    Your doing great! Keep working towards your goal and we will cheer you on.

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CROWLEY123 3/3/2012 3:42PM

    We are all in this together - and having SparkFriends makes it all that much more rewarding.

Keep up the good work.

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/3/2012 11:44AM

  I 2nd what EMGERBER says. emoticon

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EMGERBER 3/3/2012 8:43AM

    I believe that is what SP is all about, helping each other on our individual journeys.

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Lost my mojo

Thursday, March 01, 2012

February was a rough month...mostly due to back pain followed by dizziness. I only managed one third of my usual monthly total fitness minutes. After 13 months of steady progress to a 75 lb weight loss, I gained 4 lbs. I'd be lying if I said my mood hasn't taken a turn for the worse.
I did manage 2 miles on my treadmill this morning while a winter storm raged outside and I have stuck to my food plan through dinner so far today.

Hoping for a better March! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/2/2012 1:39AM

    we have to have rough times other wise how would we know we were having a good time?

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KICKINGIT@56 3/6/2012 11:53PM

    Your "mojo" isn't gone; it's just taking a little break. Modify your program as much as you need to prevent any further injuries. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is draw back a little, especially when we are really on a roll; but even a powerful locomotive has to slow down when going around a curve

Considering all the health issues you have had, a gain of only 4 lbs is great damage control.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CROWLEY123 3/2/2012 2:21PM

    You have come so far, and this is a set-back - but such a small one. You will be back on your feet and making your way again.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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-POOKIE- 3/2/2012 3:59AM


It was a rough month for me too, I was very ill, ended up on antibiotics which I hate... thankfully a lot better now and things are easier.

Stick with it and keep going.

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/2/2012 2:59AM

    and I'm here cheering you on with all the others. After all those months of steady loss it's no wonder you are disappointed with a gain, it's almost like insulting yourself! I could give you all the stuff about plateaus, but you know what you did and how to address it. Think of it as a "vacation", a time to reflect and move on. You obviously don't want to stop and give up the healthy living so put your chin up and enjoy some weather free exercise on your treadmill. Have you tried swimming as an alternative exercise? I "took the plunge" and found it very useful. Nobody worries what size you are (Honestly). Give it a go, maybe with your wife, it could be more fun than you think!!!!

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KARIDIAN1 3/1/2012 9:21PM

    February was rough for me too. I am stuck around 164-166. Been busy with gun club stuff and the weather hasn't helped either to get in walking on a steady basis. Was hoping that winter was nearing the end, but we have had some snow dumped on us this week.

Looks like we both have hit the blahs for a bit. hang in there and we can get back on track again.

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/1/2012 8:42PM

  Sorry you had a bad month of pain. Glad you are able to do some exercise now. I know those 4 pounds will come off quickly.
Here's to a good March.

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NEWKAREN43 3/1/2012 8:22PM

    Hey Tim, When I heard you lost your mojo I ran RIGHT over to help you look for it. Then I got here and realized that your mojo was simply misplaced! I really am sorry to hear that your back has hurt enough to keep you from exercise - and a back ache with dizziness causes me some concern, I'm not sure if you know the cause of that issue. However, my concern is for your health (uh, and mojo) first and weight second because this is a journey and you took a little rest stop in Feb. I think, at least in my own journey, I think that's to be expected. Yes, I'm sure it brings the mood down a little but, yes but, I'm going to give you one more positive! Your rest stop was the SHORTEST month of the year! See! I told you there was a positive! I hope that the success on the treadmill that you had this morning is indicative of you March! Stay positive, keep Sparkin'. We're here for you! Karen

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VETTRANGER 3/1/2012 8:02PM

    I decided early on in my program to lose weight solely with how I ate, because I know that an exercise program can get derailed by many things. I lost 45 pounds in 7 months with very little exercise involved other than normal activities around the house and yard. So don't dispair if you can't exercise. Just stay in your calories range and you'll get there. It's not a race, so don't take temporary set backs too badly, just make sure they ARE temporary! LOL

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