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So Far So Good.... Back To Basics...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thank you so much for all of the kind words and encouragement. I have committed myself to getting back to the basics. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I'm a great one for epic efforts of one kind or another and then do nothing because I need to recover, or goof off, or see what is new on You Tube or....

As simple as it sounds, I am actually working on something that makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something huge.... It's called showing up. Showing up at the gym everyday and doing something. In this instance, it is simply walking.

Why walking you ask??

First, please allow me to define stupid for you ...

I did a half marathon last weekend, really struggled, and pretty much took a beating physically. Then to top it all off with the icing of stupid, I failed to follow my established recovery protocols because it was "only" a half marathon.

Pain cake is served.... I'll pass on seconds but thank you anyway....I'm trying to watch my girlish figure...


Note to self: Even if it Is your tenth half, do not use only and half marathon in the same breath.

I did finish. I even got a survivors medal to prove that even if only by sheer force of will, fools can and do succeed. Respect the distance.

Anyway enough of that.

So far I have maintained a steady consistency in my efforts to get back to basics. I have also taken an inventory of where I am at and after all of the smoke has settled and fluctuations due to water weight have been accounted for and mitigated, I gained 5 lbs in legitimate weight. Not catastrophic but disappointing nonetheless. I'm actually not phased by this, I could see it coming and I also know that it will also go back to where it was by simply doing what I was doing when I weighed 5 lbs less.

Not worried.

It was a drag at first but now my momentum has really gained a head of steam and I am doing really good.....and proud of myself too. This is the first time in a long time I have actually been consistent going to the gym and watching my intake. Just simply going back to square one and doing those simple things that I have already proven by experience works, I have already reversed the slide and am really cooking along. Mentally I am totally on board and somehow got a second wind. We're good now. I have the mental energy to seriously focus on losing weight and faith is building.

One thing that seems to be something I've really gotten ahold of is how to snap back quick. When you are training for something big, you don't have the luxury of spending too much time attending your own pity party, you go in spite of how you feel. I think that the same mentality and learned behavior has carried over to this as well. That's a good thing because in the past I have been given to being moody, getting down and staying there but I've managed to gain something over the last few years.

The power of doing.

Simply making the commitment to just do it has time and time again brought fresh momentum when I needed it most.

I am just going to put one foot in front of the other. I need to lose 40 pounds to make it to my goal and you lose it not by losing 40 pounds but by losing 1 pound 40 times. It's easy to get freaked out by the enormity of the task but, heck, anybody can lose a pound right?

Rinse, lather, repeat.

1 pound, that is all I am shooting for. Once that one is behind me... Then it's on to the next pound and that is all I think about.

One would think that after as much as I have lost, 40 should be cake walk.... How about its more like the last 6 miles of a marathon. I described a marathon after I did it as a 20 mile jog to the start of the toughest 10k of your life. if you have ever done one, you know exactly what I'm talking about. That "hit the wall" feeling is how this feels. I finished 26.2 miles by doing 1 mile 26.2 times because sometimes you can't think that far ahead, just concentrate on the mile that is in front of you, then the next.

So it is with this.... I'm deep in the weight loss marathon and I will finish.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IMSMILEY88 10/16/2013 3:35PM

    I just want that first pound (again), too! Just one at a time... and it takes one to start!

As far as respecting the distance... after my dog attack back in July, I got back out there and kept running. I changed my path and ran with a group on the weekends. But, just 3 weeks later, I was out with 4 other people and two dogs (boxers this time) were blocking us while barking & growling. It was all I could do to walk past them with all of the encouragement and while being surrounded by other runners. So, I stopped running. It was just too scary.

But, I miss running!! So, on Saturday, I went to a 'safe' running/biking path and did 4 very slow miles. It really wasn't too bad!

Afterwards though? Oh, my!!! I could barely go down the stairs on Sunday, though I still did it many times. My family was laughing at me! emoticon By Monday, I was STILL having trouble getting around!! All of this... with only 4 slow miles! (really a 3 min run/1 min walk ratio)

So, yes, we have to respect the distance. 4 miles 'seems' like nothing after 4 half marathons. But, when it's been a while, it is definitely 'something!'

By the way, I went back to the gym and did 2.5 miles today. Yeah, me! And, I'm still cycling, though mainly just on the weekends. I just have to get up early and get it done! That's my plan!

Hope you have a wonderful day! Keep on sparkin' and inspiring us all!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/24/2013 2:22PM

    Great blog!! I so needed to read this today.


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WONDERWOMAN 9/23/2013 3:37PM

    Respect the distance, my friend. I believe those were your words of wisdom to me.

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GEORGE815 9/21/2013 1:47PM

    Seems like you are determined to make it happen. Good luck!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/21/2013 8:20AM

    I'm proud of you too!!

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SLIMLEAF 9/21/2013 7:26AM

    Well done Robert - sounds as if you're doing all the right things.

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KOHINOOR2 9/20/2013 11:25PM

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GOING-STRONG 9/20/2013 10:46PM

    I'm doing my first marathon next month and I LOVE the thought of one mile at a time.... that is really going to help me. I also need to lose another 5-10 pounds myself. Concentrating on losing just one pound may be the mind-set I need to take... then I can think about losing another.

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LINDAK25 9/20/2013 10:36PM

    going back to the basics can really help clear your head. You have to let all the other stuff go. You can do this!

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JUNEAU2010 9/20/2013 9:57PM

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MOBYCARP 9/20/2013 8:43PM

    Ah, yes, the basics. Track what you eat, monitor what happens with the weight, adjust as necessary. Get enough exercise to stay fit, and adjust food intake to calorie burn instead of trying to burn more calories. Repeat for as long as it takes.

You can do this. And guess what? Even after you lose that pound 40 times, you'll *still* need to monitor your weight, track what you eat, and adjust as necessary. But it can be done, and it's worth doing. Because nothing tastes as good as being able to run feels.

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COLOR-BLUE 9/20/2013 7:10PM

    Thank you for confirming what I started with on my lifestyle change journey. I put down that I just wanted to lose 1 lb. a week and that was it. I did no exercising, no nothing, as I was recovering from a car accident. Guess What??? I lost more than the 1 lb. a week, which I didn't think was possible. I'm still asking for 1 lb. a week, and when I add up what I've lost for the month it's usually at least 6 or more lbs. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/20/2013 5:42PM

    I'm glad you are finding your second wind and finding your consistency in "just showing up". I'm working on this myself. For the first time in over a month I took a day off from my 10 minutes a day of something. I was sick and chose to take it off. Today I did my normal 20 minute strength workout scheduled, instead of taking it easy and just walking for 10 minutes.

You are an inspiration. Thank you!

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ALIDOSHA 9/20/2013 4:50PM

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_JODI404 9/20/2013 4:44PM

    One pound at a time is a great way to get it done! I really like thinking about it that way! The closer to goal, for myself, and many I have read -- the harder they go. I think working on just one pound at a time will be extra useful then.

Congratulations on getting into the right mindset to reach this much desired goal. As always, I like that you keep it so real and always share the hard learned lessons along the way as well!

You've totally got this now -- I know you do!

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LINDAKAY228 9/20/2013 2:10PM

    I know what you mean about how those 40 lbs aren't a piece of cake to lose. Congratulations on putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. Sometimes there are people in our lives that bring us so much joy to be around, like kids, spouses, etc. At other times we come off the "high" and it's step by step commitment. Then something brings us back to those great feelings again. But during the times that aren't fueled by the "high" of something special we keep walking one step at a time. That's the way it is with so many things in our life. You're doing great!

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LINDAKAY228 9/20/2013 2:10PM

    I know what you mean about how those 40 lbs aren't a piece of cake to lose. Congratulations on putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. Sometimes there are people in our lives that bring us so much joy to be around, like kids, spouses, etc. At other times we come off the "high" and it's step by step commitment. Then something brings us back to those great feelings again. But during the times that aren't fueled by the "high" of something special we keep walking one step at a time. That's the way it is with so many things in our life. You're doing great!

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NDKARIKARI 9/20/2013 12:51PM

    this blog made me laugh...not at you, but with you. I love your sense of humor. Keep on keeping on, one pound at a time!

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TIGER_LILY_613 9/20/2013 12:50PM

  Glad to have you back in fightin' form ! emoticon

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GARDENQE2 9/20/2013 12:47PM

    Just showing up.
Losing one pound.
Running one mile.
That's the power of doing, and you have it, Robert! emoticon

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DUXGRL1 9/20/2013 12:18PM

    Love it "by losing 40 pounds but by losing 1 pound 40 times. It's easy to get freaked out by the enormity of the task but, heck, anybody can lose a pound right?"

I am a huge believer that when you can't find the motivation, just "doing it" being able to get back on track and have the "good" days add up will give you momentum, and with it comes more motivation.

Good job!

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DALID414 9/20/2013 11:22AM

    'trying to watch my girlish figure' SO funny! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 9/20/2013 10:47AM

    YES!! You will get that last 40.. and that is a great lesson. I only have to lose 1 pound... 63 times! I CAN do that. I know I can. In fact, I am going to THROW AWAY the chocolate chip cookies my neighbor brought over a couple of days ago. He is a sweet guy, and bakes every now and then, and I don't want to hurt his feelings, but... Sometimes I can give them to my cleaning lady or if there will be people in the office, I can go in and drop them there. Right now they are in my kitchen... And I need to lose that 1 pound! Let's DO this!!!

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    Well put Robert. We all need to respect the distance and face the facts that getting back to basics is what got us here and will get us farther along the journey's path.

Thank you again for taking the lead to write down what we all know in the back of our minds and bring it to life in the present.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/20/2013 9:41AM

    I love your attitude and sense of humor! I'm so glad you are back on track. I had no doubt!

Here's to the power of doing!


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MBSHAZZER 9/20/2013 8:49AM

    LOVE IT!!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/20/2013 8:20AM

    Excellent blog!! You'll get this done, I know it. emoticon emoticon One foot in front of the other, one healthy habit at a time.

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KATHIC2 9/20/2013 8:06AM

  Great outlook! I'll try it myself.

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STRONGDAWG 9/20/2013 7:56AM

    Just what I needed to read after a night of beer and pizza. It's behind me and today is a day of just one pound at a time.

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LSPIZZA 9/20/2013 7:44AM

    Great blog. And I am going to think about it 1 pound at a time too! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 9/20/2013 7:28AM

    I agree that the last pounds are the hardest to lose. But we all can do it one pound or even a half pound at a time.


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MSLZZY 9/20/2013 7:21AM

Pain cake-I'll have to remember that one.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2013 7:07AM


"One thing that seems to be something I've really gotten ahold of is how to snap back quick. "

That's the key, for all of us... learning to recognize the slips and slides, and pull those bootstraps back up!

I will take careful note of your lesson learned and try to learn from it, without having to live the experience myself! Because I have that final "only a half marathon" scheduled in November, in Florida! Never use "only" and "half marathon" together. Respect the distance.

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KLMEIRING 9/20/2013 7:05AM

    Thanks for continually putting your journey out there. I have had some success in the past, but recently have been just maintaining. I would like to take your Back to the Basics approach and apply it today.


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JOYCRN 9/20/2013 6:49AM

    One at a time is always the way. I was listening to an interview with the Red Sox pitcher the other night and the interviewer keep asking him if he was thinking about how momentous the game might be at the beginning and during the seventh inning, etc and the pitcher kept saying over and over again that he just thought about the next pitch, not the future. Good advice for all of us, I guess. emoticon

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SKIRNIR 9/20/2013 6:46AM

    The hardest weight to loose is the last few pounds. I have no idea why, but the body just seems to want to hang on to them. Took me the longest amount of time and hardest work to loose the last few. Now I am working on loosing the last 6 pounds again after having gained a tiny bit. *grumble* And so far, my body is not cooperating.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/20/2013 6:04AM

    "The power of doing" is indeed one of the most powerful forces on this earth....right after the power of believing, I suspect.

You have both. You are Super-Robert!

Keep believing, keep doing and keep us up to speed. Because knowing you believe and you do reminds us that we can too.

Thank you for sharing your ups, downs, sidetracks, tips, joys, confusion, clarity and commitment. You help, every single time you blog.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/20/2013 5:29AM

    I'm so proud of you.

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VICKYMARIEC 9/20/2013 5:24AM

    Paincake served...I love it! Man you've accomplished so much to be proud of. The fact that you've realized yu needed to get back to basics, compared to the mountain of strenious routines you have grown accostumed to, AND sticking with it, is something to be proud of. 1 pound at a time...I've got to remember that. Most of us look at the next 5 tp 10lbs and say, "we only lost 1.2lbs." We should be celebrating every pound as. Victory. Thanks for the serious reminder.

Best of luck and as always,thanks fo being transparent for the rest of us.

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OTTAWABOUND 9/20/2013 5:03AM

    "You lose one pound 40 times"

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been obsessing about the next 170 this last two weeks and it is NOT helpful. I can lose a pound. I know that. But 170 just seems too new goal is one pound. Done the way that has helped me take off 37 pounds. Tracking food, eating within my margins, and regular exercise that builds, not damages, my body.

I needed to read this blog, this morning.

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1TOBFIT 9/20/2013 1:59AM

Yes you will and we're all here to cheer you on ! emoticon
I hope you don't mind if I borrow that 1lb 40 times line....I like it emoticon
Have a good night !

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