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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Current weight is 175.0 kg that is 385.8 lbs
Week weight GAIN is 0.1 kg that is 0.2 lbs
Well, this is my first "gain" week since I'm able to weigh in that's about 3 month.
That was pretty much inevitable, since last weeks 11 lbs lost.
And I know I know, many can through rotten eggs at me for calling it a gain, thus quotes:)
I don't even think of this as bump on the road, last week was just a pot-hole so I'm back on track.
Here's a little, you might call it a trick, to teach your brain what really matters.
Let's say you calculated you caloric daily limits, you know your BMR and track your food.
You don't??? I think your should!!! You don't think so???
!!!Then you're the one who needs to do it the most!!! So, just do it!!!
Ok, since you know your weekly deficit you can make an estimate on how much you should be loosing every week, reduce this value by 25-50%. This will be your "on track" amount.
Every week you weight in and loose more then "on track" you deposit that surplus to a buffer.
Every week you loose less then "on track" or even gain you just withdraw from your buffer.

Had less time during week to prepare meals so ate all of mine 7 soup servings by Thursday, so couple of times I opened my fridge and saw Soup Nazi yelling "No soup for you!!!".
Anyways today is Sunday and it's time to make some more for the rest of the week.

Was able to have a long walk on Wednesday, my blisters are healed for the most part.
My applicable weather bar dropped a little lower, -6 C or 21 F is fine for a long walk.
Jeans, hat, scarf and good shoes(not that stupid once gave me blisters) and I'm good to go!
I do strength staining at home so my program revolves around not changing weight and on Friday I've added 5 lbs to my dumbbells, so now it's about 50 lbs each.

And I had pretty grate achievement this month - 2500 fitness minutes!!! Whoot whoot!!!
It's the first time I'm able to do so, will be hard to do it again during cold Russian winter...brrrrr

Thank you everyone who takes interest in my humble persona, have a great Sunday!!!
Are you making any soup today:)?

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IDICEM 12/2/2013 8:01AM

    You're doing great! Don't worry about .2 lbs. It's a minor fluctuation. Keep on track and you'll see success. I need to make some soup, too.
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ADF1981 12/2/2013 7:21AM

    Wow at the fitness minutes! You have a great attitude. Keep it up! All those calculations just blew my mind, I track but don't worry about the BMR stuff. Guessing I need to figure that out! emoticon

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COO_KIE 12/2/2013 7:16AM

    I make a lot of different kinds of soup in the winter and freeze it in 2 cup portions. That way, I can have a variety of flavors during any given week. This week, I made ham and bean soup, using leftover ham. I had 7 containers to freeze, and some to eat right away. I have chicken vegetable soup, tomato soup, cabbage soup, and butternut squash soup in the freezer, too. My husband would not be impressed with any one of those for more than 2 days in the same week, so I rotate.

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/2/2013 7:12AM

    Thanks for the update...Keep pushing man! You can do it!! Knock it out of the ball park! Woohoooo for your winning attitude! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 12/2/2013 6:58AM

    You are doing so great!

The soup thing......
Do you make the same kind every week, different kinds..... what is your "theory" behind dieting and soup? Did you have an older blog about this?

Life is very good!

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SHERYLP461 12/2/2013 6:51AM

    Food tracking is the most important thing for me. good for you with your walking in the cold. Enjoy your soup!

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BESSHAILE 12/2/2013 6:45AM

    "track your food.
You don't??? I think your should!!! You don't think so???
!!!Then you're the one who needs to do it the most!!! So, just do it!!! "

That's the most important thing of all - and my favorite trick. Whenever I don't want to do something healthy - then I know it's the time I NEED to do it the most.

Yay for you!

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CHERYLHURT 12/2/2013 5:55AM

  You are on a wonderful, exciting journey! Keep up the good work and I'll be cheering on your slow, but steady weight loss.

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TINAJANE76 12/2/2013 5:26AM

    I know it can be frustrating to feel like you're doing almost everything right and not be rewarded for it on the scale, but these weeks happen and are often compensated by weeks (either before or after) with really big losses. The important thing is your trend over time and yours is definitely a great one. Keep up the great work, my friend!

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CARRIELYN56 12/2/2013 5:17AM

    Well, keep your chin up.... keep motivated.... smile.... walk.... eat your veggies. emoticon

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JUST-ELIZ 12/2/2013 2:02AM

    emoticon emoticon I make soup everyday because we all eat it for lunch here! Tomorrow is cheesy potato for the kids. I'll save some plain broth and add some chicken and squash!

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MCJULIEO 12/2/2013 12:44AM

    The next batch of soup will be started tomorrow morning! I'm thinking that split pea sounds good....

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SUGAR0814 12/1/2013 11:40PM

    You're doing great! That little gain will come off in no time! emoticon

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CHANTENAY 12/1/2013 10:05PM

    No rotten eggs for you! You're doing fantastic!

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KOHINOOR2 12/1/2013 9:49PM

    You're doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 12/1/2013 9:31PM

    Forget the .2 lb. gain - you are doing GREAT!!! Keep up the excellent work - you are an inspiration to us all!!!

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KAREN608 12/1/2013 9:20PM

    Potato rice soup with onions, celery and carrots.

Tracking really does help!

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SRIVERS1 12/1/2013 8:41PM

    I am really proud of you! You have lost so much weight. 2 lbs. could be almost anything. But, knowing you by next week you will have lost that and then some. Keep up the great work. You are truly an Inspiration to so many people.

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JAMER123 12/1/2013 8:28PM

    I really should do soup every day but haven't gotten into the habit. We do have a soup meal about once a week. Keep up your great work. To lose any amount of weight is one more step towards your goal.
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4KWALK 12/1/2013 8:16PM

    2500 fitness minutes - WOW!
Way to go.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/1/2013 7:37PM

    You don't want the Soup Nazi after you. (Nice reference to a character in Seinfeld). emoticon

Keep up the good work.

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WATERONE 12/1/2013 7:20PM

    Not making any soup today but will be this week. Great blog you are making fantastic progress and are an inspiration.

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SERENE-BEAN 12/1/2013 6:22PM

    I made lentil soup with couscous today. Yum.

I won't mention that I live in California, where winter temperatures are in the 15-20C range. Nope, won't ever mention it. emoticon

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JEANUT 12/1/2013 6:18PM

    Congrats on your wt. loss.
that .2 lbs isn't much so you'll loose it again.
Wow a Russian winter? Too cold for this Southern girl.
Try to stay warm.
Made soup yesterday using left over turkey from Thanksgiving.

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HIP-WITCH 12/1/2013 5:31PM

    I'd never throw eggs @ u @Smart4Andrey. emoticon @EmmyDeeXOFC emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/1/2013 4:25PM

    emoticon make me feel like trying harder

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FELINEBETTER 12/1/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon Andrey!!!! 2500 fitness minutes is fantastic! If you keep that up - you probably won't recognize yourself!!!

Good for you! Gotta love this Spark program!!!

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    It's warm here so I don't need soup today but I will make some soon I'm sure. LOL.

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GINA180847 12/1/2013 1:44PM

    I am making cauliflower soup today. I am also making cauliflower fritters. Should be delicious.

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KAYOTIC 12/1/2013 1:23PM

    emoticon No soup for me! I'm making chili!

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HIPPICHICK1 12/1/2013 11:22AM

    Honey, you "gained" 0.2 lbs and so I am glad when you don't even think of it as a bump in the road. I have been on a 2+ year plateau and have tried everything I know to get losing again, but sometimes the body does what the body will do and when your body does whatever it's doing you just have to have patience with it. There are more ways to measure than the scale, so while my weight has stayed the same, I have toned up considerably, to the point where people are asking me how much weight I have lost in the past 2 years. NONE! But I have built a lot of muscle. RAWR!
Congrats on 2500 fitness minutes!!
yES i AM MAKING SOUP TODAY. Oops! Stupid caps lock. I'm making Curried Carrot Soup.

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AUNTB63 12/1/2013 11:09AM

    YOU, my friend, have an awesome attitude. I also like your "buffer" idea. Glad you were able to get in 2500 fitness minutes in and very glad you didn't wear those blister making shoes for your walk. Keep up the great job you are doing in transforming yourself into a healthier know you deserve to have the best life you can make for yourself. Have a wonderful week and let's keep making those healthy choices together.

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LOSTLIME 12/1/2013 10:25AM

    I think that you are doing really well. I made turkey soup last night. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great week!

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GARDENQE2 12/1/2013 10:18AM

    Good progress, Andrey! emoticon
I love soups, and make them all the time. They are SO WARMING in the winter!
Especially after a walk outdoors!
Keep up the good work and keep adding to your buffer!!
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KIMPAINTS 12/1/2013 10:12AM

    You are doing amazing!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face this morning, Soup Nazi, love it..

George "I didn't get any bread." Soup Nazi: Bread, $2 extra. he he he

You have inspired me to make a big pot of soup, of course there will be no bread...

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DR1939 12/1/2013 10:03AM

    Being prepared with meals that are filling and healthy is really important.

I am amazed at your ability to write in English. My experience in St. Petersburg was that very few people spoke English. Of course, no one in the US besides those of recent Russian origin speak Russian.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2013 9:57AM

    Soup -- my favorite food group! Well, it SHOULD be a food group, don't you think! LOL

.2 lb. gain -- well, you're right . . . it IS inevitable. It takes the body time to adjust as you're losing weight. I would go through that with each 10 lbs. I lost. Seems my body just needed to re-calibrate. And oddly (or not) when I worked out especially hard, and had gained muscle, I gained weight -- not because of the muscle added per se -- but doing strength training causes tiny miniscule tears in the muscles that have to heal (and that's the process that adds bulk to the muscles!). That process causes a little bit of fluid to be released into the system. So what happens/ Eventually you lose that water weight, the body adjusts and you're good to go. In the meantime, those muscles are chugging away burning more calories.

Keep up your fantastic work!

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LOSER05 12/1/2013 9:44AM

    you have come a long way and your going to KEEP going until you finish emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 12/1/2013 9:23AM

    You right, it is just a little speed bump and part of the process. I'm glad your blisters are healed. I am planning on making a big batch of soup today too.

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RACEWELLWON 12/1/2013 9:16AM

    Just body fluid fluctuation . I gained three this week . I do cook for the week and pre package in correct portions in the frig or freezer - soup is my favorite I eat with almost every meal ! Its filling . Soup , sandwich and fruit lunch my favorite. It has been my experience in the past that I have always gained a couple of pounds just prior to getting over a plateau ?? Keep pushing - you can do it ! emoticon

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RHOOK20047 12/1/2013 8:42AM

    Great work! You sound like you have a solid plan, and a .2 lb gain, is hardly a gain, but I know we all prefer to see a negative report. Great work and keep up the good work!

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