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Whoa! It's been too long between these posts!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I have just been cruising along and kind of left the blog posts off to the side. I really need to try to be more frequent in my posting if for nothing else having some kind of documentation of the journey from fat to fit.

Some updates:

Weight loss
As of last week I think, I have officially lost 60lbs since October of last year. A little over four months. That is amazing to me, but the hard part has just begun. As I lose more I can tell that its becoming harder to shed weight. I seem to plateau in between each five pound loss. Currently I have a short little plateau in the 230s. I did this a month ago when I was in the 240s. My weight goal is to hit 220 by April. I set that goal when revisiting Spark People back in October. I think I can make this, but it is definitely a solid two pounds per week loss between now and April Fools day!!!

Fitness
I have slowly increased my activity levels as I'm progressing. I have done a lot of run/walking and will be running in my first organized 5k this weekend. This past Monday evening I ran the 5k distance on my treadmill without stopping!! Yeah... I could not have imagined jogging three miles just a few months ago.

I'm visiting the gym after work today for a tour of the facilities. I haven't stepped foot in a gym for a very long time. I hoping to begin spin classes and get moving on some free weight exercises. I'll post later how that went.

Diet News
I have become more and more interested in the gluten free and no sugar diets lately. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on and have shifted my diet to an almost completely No Sugar, No Grain diet (NSNG). I have been feeling better on this but find it really hard to give up having a couple beers when I'm out with my buddies on the weekend. That really conflicts with what I know to be best for me. However, I love good craft beer and have had to work with just cutting back to a few a week. For now I' going to stick as close to the NSNG regimen as I can. I'm not sure if its really sustainable but for the past month its been working well.

Books I have done recently
I have an Audible account and I listen to audio books during my daily three hours in the car. When I'm not listening to books I'm listening to podcasts.

Books:
Fitness Confidential
The China Study
Grain Brain
Wheat Belly

Podcasts:
Spark People (No recent feeds though)
Runners Academy
Everyday Runners Podcast
Vinnie Tortorich - the angriest trainer

These are just a few of my recent favorites. Vinnie Tortorich can be a little edgy but he has a great message and I love listening to his show. If you get offended easily by use of common profanities don't listen, but I think you will miss a good message. He promotes a NSNG lifestyle and is the author of Fitness Confidential.

So... that's it for today. I'll try to be good and make it back here again soon.
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MBTEPP 2/9/2014 5:00PM

    emoticon on losing ***60*** lbs. You are making great progress.

Keep up the good work! It is a journey, and an evolution. What got you this far, may not get you to your goal. So you are right to look at diet, and fitness again to take you to the next level. That does not take away from what you have already done.

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DDOORN 2/8/2014 11:37PM

    Terrific job on the pounds lost! Hoping to join you with similar losses!

You'll LOVE spinning! It's such a relief for me during the winter or rainy weather to have this alternative!

Don

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TXPATRIOT 2/6/2014 12:46AM

    Best wishes with your 5K!

You are doing an emoticon job!!

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RUN4FOOD 2/5/2014 9:05PM

    Great weight loss. Looks like you are doing very well. I too have an Audible account and have listened to some great books, a different venue than you listen to but I have really learned a lot over the past year.
Just read a couple of articles from some UT medical doctors that says their only concern with Gluten free diets is many people miss taking in all the vitamins they should. They suggest you get tested to see if you are gluten intolerant first.

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