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The Doc was disappointed . . . .

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

. . . I could see it in his eyes, and it still bugs me days later. The last time I saw him was almost a year and 20 pounds ago. That before I started a slow and gradual back-slide. And though he didn't "scold" me, we did have a nice longish chat about what happened and how the weight came back on.

Well, of course it's no secret to anyone reading this that I ate too much and didn't get enough exercise. That's not to say I wasn't busy, or was somehow "inactive". I just haven't had any consistancy in my workouts or in my eating plan. Cheating on one's eating plan, no matter what the diet plan might be, is a sure path to failure. And not working out consistantly (or even worse - not at all) just gets you down that path faster.

Oh, I did a lot of physical stuff (and still am) as far as taking care of the yard and house, and building the wall, and hauling many truckloads of stone, and even a number of long bike-rides. And I'm still doing the lunch walks every work day. My walking buddy and I opted to give up the intravels at lunch until cooler weather arrives (sweatting most of the afternoon after trying to run at lunch-time in the humid upper 70's to 90's heat loses it's appeal quickly, even with a change of clothes).

But all that stuff did was slow down the rapid weight gain. It was a lot of work, but often had several days or more between the bouts of hours of hard work (aside from lunch walks). It's just not enough. Sooooo . . . .

Since I have to go back to the Dr. in about a month (blood pressure medication check), I told him I'd do my best to get back on track. He said he'd like to see me under 200 pounds in the reasonably near future. My goal here on Sparks has always been the upper 180's for a start. I'm hoping I can put a good dent in the re-gained 20 pounds before I see him again.

Started tonight with the pushups and chinups programs. Managed 4 sets of 2 regular chinups, and 5 sets of pushups (50,45,35,35 and 35) for 200 total. I have mixed feelings about both. Had hoped to be able to do more, but was glad that things weren't worse. And exhausted my arms so much that I decided to pass on the weights tonight (don't want to start out by over-doing it). Tomorrow the treadmill and some core work, and then repeat and improve - that's the plan for now. And stay away from the damned M&M's !! Shopped today and have a fridge full of healthy stuff. No excuses are gonna be good excuses at this point.

Well, it's late, and tomorrow's another day.
Thanks for sharin' a few minutes here and have a Great Day !!
Rick
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CODEMAULER 8/31/2010 2:31PM

    You didn't mention (or I missed) the recovery time that was also inserted into your program. There was a time that even the best intentions could not permit a workout (in other words, it's not entirely your blame to accept).

For what it's worth, grad school wasn't a great fit with my fitness goals, either. Here I am, 15 pounds heavier, doing what I can in what remains of the summer to whittle it back off. I hate working out in this heat, and we both know what our Midwest region will be handing us for weather soon enough!

Hang in there, get your habits back in line and know that you aren't in this struggle alone. ~ Trish

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JONNYJETPROP 8/31/2010 10:35AM

    The key thing is to look back and see where you stumbled and where you succeeded. The key thing was that you know if you follow your program, you will be back on top of your game.

Something my doctor told me. He said some can lose weight and never look back and others will have to be vigilante for the rest of their lives. I'm in the second category. Maybe you are too.

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ALYFITN 8/31/2010 7:32AM

    Just gotta get the mojo back. It will come. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/31/2010 7:09AM

    Hey, sounds like someone ELSE was even more disappointed than the doc...

But you're ON IT NOW! Takes a LOT OF STRENGTH to climb back...good for you!

Don

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