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Monday, October 29, 2012

. So far this week, I have really brought my A game. Not totally sure how, but i think i had something dialed in nutritionally. I had a ton of energy after my 2 12 hr shifts where i went running after both shifts. Although i did increase my carb intake a little, said changes were made too early in the day to make any significant difference 10 hours later.

I checked my training log and according to that I pr'd my 5k time on my first run.. 1st mile run was 11min flat then 5k was 38:22, 4 mile mark was 50 min....after a 12 hr shift. For me, that is a non scale victory..im still a big guy. Second night was just a light and easy 5k, no watch this time.

Temperature may have played a part. It was about 30 and i have a tendency to heat up so the cooler temps may have kept me from overheating...

Later last week i had a minor crash and burn. I was suffering from what felt like the usual 3pm after work 'hangover'. This time i decided to test myself to see what the deal was since it seems to happen at that time alot...blood sugar was 75...hmmm ok i get it. At least now i know to reach for a banana rather than the 100th cup of black coffee.

Im really feeling the momentum that i have been slowly building. Between now and Dec 31st is going to be the big push. Working with a trainer 3x per week, swimming, and intense focus on nutrition.

Its hard to describe but anyone reading this who has lost a significant amount of weight knows exactly what Im saying about 'the sixth sense'. You just seem to 'know' when you are about to have a loss and when your body is firing on all 8 cylinders. Everything just seems to be tuned into balance. If i maintain my present focus, there is no telling what will happen in the next few months.

I have learned on this journey that it is all about creating the environment for change. Thats all you can do, all that you have control over. Just like going into a hospital for get treated for an ailment. All anyone can do is create the environment for healing to take place, maintain that environment, then let the body heal itself on its own timeclock.

Thats why i feel it is almost a waste of time to say i will lose XX pounds by XX date any more than one can force a rose to bloom. The only control is in the environment that we create for the process to happen. Success is the product that is produced when one discovers the environment that creates change and then maintains it long term. Far too many times i have tried to 'fix' it by pulling out a bigger hammer. All i did was break something.

Like the rose, i am creating the environment for the bud to bloom, now its time to maintain the environment and just let it unfold.

I have never seen consistent effort go unrewarded.

The goal has always been to lead our bodies beside the still waters, not beat it into submission when the results do not match our media driven expectations.

My weight loss has more or less followed a downward trend long term but on a month to month basis has looked more like a stock market graph.

I dont pay any attention to fluctuations any more. They always result in feathering back down after a week anyway so why should i stress about it?

Until next time..

Stay focused, follow excellence and not perfection, do what you know to do, and i'll see you in the winners circle.

Lets do this.
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FIGHTINGFORME1 11/16/2012 10:12AM

    Loving the positivity :)

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MANILUS 11/3/2012 9:28AM

    Words of wisdom, keep up the effort!!

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FALLNTENN 11/2/2012 6:37PM

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DR8561 11/1/2012 11:44AM

    "The goal has always been to lead our bodies beside the still waters, not beat it into submission when the results do not match our media driven expectations. "

I really needed that today. emoticon

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KATHIC2 11/1/2012 8:58AM

  Love how you think! You helped me today!

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NEWTINK 11/1/2012 8:13AM

    Wonderful mindset ... emoticon

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CICELY360 11/1/2012 12:09AM

  good blog

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L1ZB3TH354 10/31/2012 11:16PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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MARISSA3950 10/31/2012 10:32AM

  you are doing so well! keep it up! have a terrific day!

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HFAYE81 10/31/2012 9:39AM

    After months of seeing nothing but a drop on the weight chart, it has recently began to look more like the stock market graph. I have been beating myself up about it a little, I'm glad that someone as successful as you has the same things happen. It makes me feel that I'm doing okay emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/31/2012 8:36AM

    Way to go. Great job. Love that you have figured out what works for you. Gave me some ideas to change things on my side also.

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PENOWOK 10/31/2012 8:36AM

    Sounds like you are on a roll! I agree that sometimes we don't need to worry about x pounds by x date...more important is eating healthy and getting the activity in! Good for you!

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BLUEJEAN99 10/31/2012 2:00AM

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FITWITHIN 10/30/2012 11:13PM

    Excellent blog! And I can totally related to many things you wrote in your blog. Keep up the great job! emoticon emoticon

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SWIMBIKERUN2006 10/30/2012 9:19PM

    Great job staying focused being the change you want for your body. I also love running in the cold. It has been 28 and 34 degrees the last two runs (with a full moon on the latter). There jus something about seeing your breath on every exhale to remind you how ALIVE you are.

Keep on keepin' on!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2012 9:16PM

  So very well said!!!!! emoticon and emoticon

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JAMER123 10/30/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog!! Keep it going!!

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DEBK0923 10/30/2012 7:14PM

    great blog, I love all your blogs

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/30/2012 4:06PM

  Robert, I really appreciated you sharing your thoughts with us, very insightful.

Good analogy, the stock market...

It seems if one tries to do various things to break the wall of plateaus, something has got to break, eventually. Obviously, giving up or getting all remaining frustrated doesn't work.

I think your attitude is great! and I for one, and I'm sure others are confident that your hunch is going to work.

We will try and be patient to help you out.

Really, you ave come a long, long way. You got to focus on that, more tan what you have left still.

Pregnant ladies claim, the last part seems the long emoticon emoticon est , ever.

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KARRENLYNN 10/30/2012 3:33PM

    Great attitude. Being flexible and consistent will help you achieve in the long term, so don't sweat the short term speed bumps. :)


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JIBBIE49 10/30/2012 2:00PM

    You're a STAR in the Spark Mail again.

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CATIATM 10/30/2012 1:49PM

    Interesting blog, Robert. I lost a chunk of weight quickly and am now struggling. I feel like my body and I are at war. I feel anxious and am often hungry. Strangely hungry- jonesing for something but not sure what. Did you experience something similar? If so, how did you deal with it?

Have a great week!

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DOGDOC76 10/30/2012 1:23PM

    I love your comment about creating an environment for change and just letting your body respond in its own time. This is what I keep telling myself- if I just keep eating well and staying in my calorie range, and making sure I get some exercise, there is no way I won't lose weight. It will happen inevitably over time- just gotta be patient and consistent!

Great Job on your progress, keep up the good work!!

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HEARTS116 10/30/2012 1:22PM

    Great work! Keep it up! emoticon

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MOMMY445 10/30/2012 1:05PM

    keep it up! you are doing great!

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CHANGINGSAM 10/30/2012 12:29PM

    Great work!

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SANDYCRANE 10/30/2012 12:20PM

    Sounds like you are in the zone. I enjoy reading your blogs and can appreciate someone who works long shifts as that used to be me. emoticon

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SHOSHANADP 10/30/2012 12:20PM

    You can do it!

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CHUM48 10/30/2012 12:05PM

    One pound a day! One day at a time!

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POINDEXTRA 10/30/2012 11:45AM

    My weight loss graph was VERY much like a stock market graph as well. There were lots of ups and downs, but an overall downward trend (resulting in a final average loss of only .6/week). And, I'm approaching my 10th maintenance anniversary (and am now maintaining 10 pounds lower than my original goal), so I'm proof that the short term fluctuations don't mean a thing. I really believe that we all need to focus more on the health benefits and long term goals than the number on the scale (though I do weigh in weekly, even now). Congratulations for sticking with it for the long term.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 10/30/2012 11:39AM

    WOOHOO!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/30/2012 10:59AM

    Great job! Keep it up!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 10/30/2012 10:03AM

    Love the enthusiasm!!!


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ROCKYCPA 10/30/2012 10:03AM

    Keep up the good work - thanks for sharing!

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JANEMARIE77 10/30/2012 9:43AM

    If we are trying we are winning great job

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ANITA50 10/30/2012 9:42AM

  what a great blog! thanks so much for sharing it and have a fabulous day!

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DJSHIP46 10/30/2012 9:29AM

    Thank you for the encouragement... GREAT timing!

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FARIS71 10/30/2012 9:25AM

    Oh boy well timed! Media driven expectations - for sure! Stock market graph - absolutely! Creating the right environment - so true! You have helped me want to stay away from the bucket of halloween candy my officemate has put by our door. Like setting a bottle of Jack Daniels next to a recovering alcoholic.

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 10/30/2012 9:24AM

    "All anyone can do is create the environment for healing to take place, maintain that environment, then let the body heal itself on its own time clock. "

I like that comment in your post. They are true words to live by.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/30/2012 8:45AM

    Great Blog Robert!!

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OFGREENGABLES 10/30/2012 8:39AM

    thanks for sharing

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WALLINMW 10/30/2012 8:39AM

  stay motivated one pound at a time

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