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Gaming the system.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

So after much deliberation (all right, a little deliberation), Iíve decided to go back to daily weigh-ins. The last month has not been particularly kind to me, weight-loss-wise. I think that I just have a personality that wants to game the system. In other words, I like to take the easy way out. When I only weigh in on Wednesdays, I have a habit of overdoing things on, say, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and occasionally Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays, because I have time to ďmake it up.Ē Then, of course, I spend Monday and Tuesday scrambling to lose the weight I gained in the last few days. Sometimes I can, sometimes I canít.

But even if I was losing weight every week, it would still be a bad policy. Itís not a terrible thing that Iíve started relaxing a little bit about my diet; eating 1800 calories a day instead of 1500 a day is going to make things easier to maintain. But when thatís combined with several 3000-3500 calorie days, itís no good. And I need that accountability to help me eat right, and keep going to the gym even when I donít want to, and to push my workouts from mediocre to good. I hopped on the elliptical for an hour yesterday, and Iíve done the elliptical many times in the last 10 months. But yesterday, I pushed it to a new level. By the end, I had sweaty spots within the sweaty spots on my shirt. It felt great to kick my ass again.

Iím also getting excited about the weather turning and the clocks changing. That first week is always rough, because waking up before dawn is depressing and awful. But being able to run outside after work again is a huge relief. Itís been great having a gym membership but having nothing to see but Fox News is not great motivation to hit the gym. Even if Iím running on the same path Iíve run on a hundred times before, just being outside is enjoyable.

Speaking of running outside, Iím excited for the Urban Adventure Run Iím going on tonight. Basically, you start at a running store, and youíre given a map with a bunch of local businesses that are handing out raffle tickets, from ľ mile to 3 miles away, then you get an hour to hit as many of them as possible and get back for the raffle, where thereís food and beer. Seriously, what more motivation do you need to get out and run?

Finally, Iím 17 days away from my second half-marathon, and the first that Iím going to attempt to run. Iím not supremely confident, if only because a combination of laziness and a nasty flu has set back my training. Still, Iím going to go 13.1 miles, whether I have to run it or walk it. I probably wonít make the pace I was hoping for when I first signed up, but Iíll have gone 13.1 miles further than I did on the last March 24th, and thatís a win.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUSTLIKEALICE 4/1/2013 11:18PM

    You should see if there is a hashing group in your area. You might like it.

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FITAT50 3/10/2013 5:00PM

    Happy DST! I expect you'll be getting in lots of running outside now emoticon

I love the last sentence of your blog...that says it all!

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COOKIE_AT_51 3/9/2013 8:20AM

    emoticon Your Urban adventure sounds really neat ... hope it was lots of fun plus you burned some calories.

Go get em ... emoticon

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KRISTA-GIRL 3/9/2013 12:32AM

    Oh my goodness, that Urban Adventure Run sounds like fun!! How did it go for you?

Hey, another good reason to weigh more often - you can identify food sensitivities. I'm not particularly sensitive to sodium, but what an eye-opener it was to see what it did to my weight! I've noticed it with other things, too. Just wanted to share. :-)

Nice job on the medieval torture, uh - er, elliptical!

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THEMRSH 3/8/2013 8:37PM

    emoticon Personally I like your last paragraph discussing your race much more than the first time I read your thoughts on your upcoming race!

Try out the everyday WI but be careful. Like me you fall into the "I have X days to work this off" pattern. However with daily WI it also becomes easy to go to the opposite end and give yourself a bit of slack when you've seen a loss on the scale. Then that one day leads to two days and before you know it it's Wednesday and a big gain because you had a false sense of security.

For me, I'm learning it's best to just live confidently in the direction of my goal everyday and KNOW that I'm doing the right thing instead of allowing the scale to direct me.

Enjoy your Urban Race! Sounds like fun.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/8/2013 6:02PM

    Howdy! How'd you do during the urban race? It sounds like a lot of fun and very motivational. Good luck on the upcoming 1/2 marathon!

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MEKNOX 3/8/2013 1:19PM

    Loved this blog! It's so true about gaming the system. I find myself being a bit more lax on Wed/Thurs/Fri than I should be. And while the weekend challenges tend to kick my butt into gear, they don't always. Thanks so much for sharing. Very well written blog.

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JENNIEONFIRE 3/7/2013 11:02PM

    I seem to be having the same problem myself lately :( Seems like the weekends I totally over due things and then by mon/tues im kicking my own arse to get back to where I need to be....Sounds like you guys have some pretty cool adventures where you live! I wish ny wasn't so crappy weather wise sometimes

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SOFT_VAL67 3/7/2013 9:30PM

    Sounds like you have had weight watchers weigh in syndrome...weigh in, eat for 4 days and then worry about getting that lb or two off before weigh in day.
but you are on top of things, as usual and you will succeed and surpass....good luck and keep working hard

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BLUE42DOWN 3/7/2013 5:10PM

    Ooh, I'm signed up for one of those Adventure Runs myself -- looking forward to seeing how it works out.

I totally get the idea of gaming the system. (In a way the BLC encouraged me a little too much in that - with TnT on Thursday, Weekend Challenges for Friday through Monday, and LCW and Tuesday ... which seemed to be giving me permission to PIG OUT and SLACK OFF on Wednesday rather than just focus on good habits most of the time.)

As long as you don't have the mood swings that mirror the scale, and are used to your own natural fluctuations, daily weigh-ins can be useful.

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ANGELAK85 3/7/2013 4:08PM

    You obviously have the motivation to kick ass, so you will do it. That is awesome you will be doing another half marathon here very soon, good luck with that :)
I hope the weighing every day will work for you and will push you to keep in check

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MICYWALTON 3/7/2013 3:30PM

    I started taking my kindle to the gym with me. Makes me forget what I'm doing and focus on the story...something other than waiting for the minutes to tick away. lol Good luck with your half-marathon! Woot! emoticon

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LUCYLU22 3/7/2013 2:40PM

    emoticon emoticon I know you have it in you, Josh!!! Keep on pushing the limit and you can get back to it!! I NEED to push that limit again too!!! THANK YOU for the motivation to keep pushing!!! LET'S DO IT!!


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