SEANMEADE's SparkPeople Blog SEANMEADE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not feeling very Sparky Inadvertently took the weekend off from eating right. We were pretty busy, especially with Wil's fencing tournament. Still got my jogging in and a few bodyweight exercises. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I'm in danger of flaking out on my healthy living. Not that I plan on it, of course, but this is about the time that I have flaked out in the past: 3-4 months in, 10-20 pounds down. The horror of 210 has been averted and I've added some good fitness. I am sorry to say it would be easy to get complace... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 08:00:54 EST Live Healthy: Catching up Don't worry. I've been doing ok. Just haven't been posting about it :-) <BR> <BR> + The best news is that Friday I was down to 199! New low for this effort. Took the weekend off (Halloween and all). Back to work today. Reasonably, based on how I've been doing, I'd like to lose 2 more pounds by Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> + I've had this nagging feeling that I should be doing more body weight exercises on Thursdays. Tuesday and Saturday have been my normal days, and I'm probably not going hard e... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 21:46:16 EST Halloween workout here's my comment on Coach Nicole's Halloween post [ <link><BR>halloween_workout_songs_to_burn_off_ca<BR>ndy_calories </link> ] (including music recs): <BR> <BR> yep! planning to bike 12 miles on the Three Rivers Trail and jog for 25 minutes as i finish up week 6 of C25K. <BR> <BR> my selections from those listed (and one humble addition of my own): <BR> <BR> (4:03) Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters Theme <BR> (5:57) Michael Jackson – Thriller <BR> (3:59) Ro... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:23:16 EST Not exactly pertinent to healthy living: The Power of the Gospel (through Tim Keller) I thought I'd link a post of mine on my non-SP weblog that's not about losing weight or eating healthy or exercise, but that some of my friends over here might be interested in: <BR> <BR> The Power of the Gospel (through Tim Keller) <BR> <link><BR>-of-gospel-through-tim-keller.html </link> <BR> <BR> best, <BR> <BR> Sean Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:16:54 EST Live Healthy: Getting back to it I've been doing okay, I just haven't been posting about it. <BR> <BR> + The actual ride last Saturday was not great. Had to walk up the first hill because I couldn't get my borrowed bike to change gears. Seriously deflating. Tom was having problems with his bike, too, so we were hanging back. I finally started to get the hang of my bike, but Tom continued to have problems with his. After about 8 miles of struggling, he decided to just go back. But we lost quite a bit of time. <BR> <BR> I wa... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 23:13:18 EST Live Healthy: The hardest thing? When I lose this weight, will it be the hardest thing I've ever done? <BR> <BR> On the one hand, yes: I can't think of anything I've tried and failed at so much. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, surely not. I've done other hard things, right? Earning my Master's degree required a lot of perseverance. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Is losing weight so hard? Is it hard for you? Am I forgetting something harder? <BR> <BR> Diary <BR> <BR> Down to 200.5 on the scale today, so that's good, but I'm n... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:49:56 EST Live Healthy: Greed for food I don't think my problem with food is gluttony exactly. It's more like greed. <BR> <BR> I think about eating all the time. I look forward to eating. I feel like I'm going to die if I don't get to eat. But then I wolf down my food, hardly tasting it. What is wrong with me? <BR> <BR> It seems almost like I need to possess the food. Like I said: greed. It's strange. <BR> <BR> I've read quite a bit about mindful eating and similar topics. And I'm terrible at it. <BR> <BR> In some ways, I don'... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 22:14:29 EST Live Healthy: Do diets work? I've been thinking about it a lot and I've found a point of disagreement with Gwen Shamblin's 'Weigh Down Diet' and Bethenny Frankel's 'Naturally Thin'. <BR> <BR> Both are quite strong in their arguments that diets don't work, period, and this includes counting calories. Then they recommend their systems which focus more on mindful eating, not eating until you're hungry, stopping when you're full and other 'rules' like that (Frankel calls her guidelines 'rules'). <BR> <BR> My theory is that... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:28:03 EST Live Healthy 10% at a time Here's a concept that will be front and center when I write my diet book ;-) <BR> <BR> The 10% Solution <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=454 </link> <BR> <BR> [quote] <BR> According to the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the average "Dream" weight loss is 38% of the dieter�s current weight. Also: <BR> <BR> * a 31% weight loss would make the average dieter "Happy" <BR> * a 25% weight loss would be "Acceptable". <BR> * ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 19:40:45 EST Perfect living healthy day! I thought my face looked thinner yesterday, and Christine said the same thing last night. <BR> <BR> 1. Exceptionally good news: down to 201 today, my new low (for this effort). Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> 2. Welcome, dear Autumn! I love you so much! <BR> <BR> 3. Seriously impressed with myself: <BR> <BR> Christine and the twins were gone for the day. Didn't really want to eat supper here at home. But also didn't want to blow out that 201. Want to keep rolling. <BR> <BR> Finally decided to make th... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 22:32:55 EST Live Healthy: It's looking like a beautiful day and more on Weigh Down It sprinkled a little this morning while I was riding my bike. And then I saw a full rainbow, so that was pretty cool :-) <BR> <BR> Sort of goes with this new song I'm enjoying: One Day Like This. I'm a sucker for strings, high hat and vocal harmonies :-) <BR> <BR> A few of the lyrics: 'It's looking like a beautiful day ... Throw those curtains wide / one day like this a year'd see me right (for life).' <BR> <BR> Ok, today wasn't quite that good, but it was a nice start :-) <BR> <BR> Doin... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 21:46:00 EST Live Healthy: That bike ride was not fun! This day began with really good scale-news: 203 pounds, my lowest weight of this effort! That's 2.5 pounds lighter than yesterday, and it's not like I starved myself. Probably a little anomalous, but the latest low point and I'll take it! :-) <BR> <BR> I thought it was a pretty innocuous plan: ride the Peak to Pomaria leg of the Palmetto Trail, 6.5 miles one way, then back. Left around 7 this morning, found it with the directions, no sweat. <BR> <BR> First problem: The entire non-trestle le... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 23:07:42 EST Live Healthy: Spiritual blockage I think I've been fighting some strange spiritual blockage in my work at living healthy. And it centers around 'Weigh Down'. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I've had this block about finishing the book. It's sitting there beside my chair. I like it. I keep intending to finish it. But I keep not finishing it; never picking it up. Weird. <BR> <BR> Second, I agree with the method. I've written more than once in these posts about how I intend to use it as my primary approach. And I totally have not ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:14:28 EST Live Healthy: GPS tracking Ohmigosh. I am totally in love with GPS tracking for outside workouts. Here's how it came into my life: <BR> <BR> The Palm Treo that I had for work finally died. It seemed like it had died once before, but came back to life. I had to get a PDA and I chose the Blackberry Bold. <BR> <BR> Not to go all mushy on you, but I really like it so far. Some things I don't like as well as Treos when they had the Palm OS, but there was very little I liked about the Treo once it had gone to Windows Mobil... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 20:16:17 EST Live Healthy: Pushup Conundrum I am tired of doing pushups. <BR> <BR> I've been doing 200 a week for a long time. Maybe a year. (Or at least trying to do 200 a week...) <BR> <BR> Here's what I'm thinking about right now: <BR> <BR> 1. I could go back to the old method where I keep the rest down to less than 5 minutes. These seem better for building muscle. But, you know what? As much as I like the results, I don't really want to do 100 pushups in less than 25 minutes twice a week. <BR> <BR> 2. Or, I could go for the mor... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:42:44 EST Live Healthy: Two steps forward, one step back Didn't get an entry written yesterday, in part, because I spent two hours taking Wil to fencing and bringing him home. But something good is that, while he was there, I got my walk/jog in. Then came home and did my yoga. <BR> <BR> Well, the bad news is the scale's back up to 206. It's been bad since I 'let my hair down' last weekend. Two times in the last two months I have taken a break from my diet, jumped back up on the scale, and regretted it. Hmm. If I were smart, what would I do going f... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:07:38 EST Live Healthy: Rock out! What are your favorite workout songs? <BR> <BR> Coach Nicole had another post over at SparkPeople about workout music: [<BR>lay_your_power_song_to_go_the_extra_mi<BR>le"] Play Your Power Song to Go the Extra Mile. <BR> <BR> I got caught up in it and typed up my favorites from my workout playlist. <BR> <BR> (Something interesting I discovered while I was working on this: I had a lot of duplicates. I thought I has over 900 songs on that playlist, but ... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 19:10:19 EST Live Healthy: When healthy becomes a headache I jogged too hard this morning. <BR> <BR> I walked for three minutes, then jogged for three minutes. And since I was feeling ok and was headed into a big downhill, I decided to jog another three minutes instead of doing a walking interval. Then I started to think maybe I could get down to 2 12-minute miles, so I kept after it. <BR> <BR> I think I was close on the mileage (I lost precise track). But I've had a headache all day that I can't shake. 3 doses of pain-reliever, lying down and rest... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:11:02 EST Live Healthy: Random thoughts Just a few disparate ideas I've been wanting to write about: <BR> <BR> 1. I don't think I ever mentioned, especially during my September reevaluation, how important the support of my friends was to me. I was worried when I came up with the August contract that I wouldn't have enough support. I didn't have that 'Weight Watchers meeting' kind of component. <BR> <BR> But, surprisingly, Facebook, especially, became a really good means of support. People who I never would have guessed would be i... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 18:52:16 EST Live Healthy: more biking drama! I made another decision about biking. Sheesh. How many has that been? :-) <BR> <BR> I was actually thinking about how to enjoy this Autumn as much as possible, especially getting outside more. I'm so glad for the break in the heat and it's my favorite season. <BR> <BR> And it occurred to me, I could still ride my mountain bike in the three nearby neighborhoods without getting into a lot of traffic. I might have to slow down a little, but that's ok. <BR> <BR> So, that's the new biking plan.... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 22:01:23 EST Live healthy: living healthy and letting your hair down What is the balance between living healthy and letting your hair down? <BR> <BR> I've been letting my hair down a lot for past couple days. <BR> <BR> My three brothers and I and some of their families got together Thursday night for the opening of the college football season. Not only was the food great, there was a lot of it that is virtually irresistible to me. There was a buffalo chicken dip that was amazing. Then we had bratwurst boiled in beer and grilled (I did succeed in having only ... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 15:32:03 EST My September Live Healthy contract starting weight: 206.5 <BR> ultimate goal: 180 <BR> goal for this month: 200 <BR> <BR> I owe myself some kind of healthy reward for doing so well with exercise in August and doing ok with my other goals. but what do i want? <BR> <BR> 1. mindset, motivation and method <BR> 1. I am living healthy now! <BR> 2. more visualization <BR> 1. project w/C <BR> 3. post to weblog and Facebook <BR> 4. sign a contract with my family <BR> 5. i... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:02:15 EST The last weight loss update! Ok, that's sort of a trick. Starting tomorrow, I'll be calling them 'Live healthy' ;-) <BR> <BR> You see, today is September eve. Good bye, August. You weren't too bad. I worked pretty hard at living healthy and I saw some benefits. Today's the day to evaluate and reload for September, including a new 'Live healthy' contract. Oh, yeah: and I lost a few pounds, too ;-) <BR> <BR> Had to be intentional to not put the weight loss first. It's still on the front of my mind. And it's still probabl... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:01:35 EST 8/29 weight loss thoughts: The boring edition Weight loss is often boring. I hate boring. Sometimes I don't want to brush my teeth because those two minutes are so boring. I think the boring-ness of weight loss has probably been part of the reason I've failed in the past. <BR> <BR> Here's one example of boringness: I have lost .58 pounds a week since August 1st. And this last week I only lost .45 pounds. That is boring. <BR> <BR> I know, there are things that can be done to spice up weight loss and, frankly, I probably need to do them.... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 20:53:43 EST 8/27 weight loss thoughts: To bike or not to bike? Why don't I want to bike? <BR> <BR> Those of you who have been reading my weight loss posts know the bike issue appears pretty often, especially in the form of 'do I pay for a 75$ + parts tuneup or not?' <BR> <BR> This morning I got up at six, did some work, and could have gone biking, but I did not want to. So I went back to bed. <BR> <BR> One reason I'm wary about biking is that I don't like to ride in traffic. I'm not sure whether living in SC has anything to do with that or not. I doub... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:56:51 EST 8/26 weight loss thoughts: Caloric failure! Ok, yesterday was my first out and out calorie control failure. The other times I really binged were days off (which I have since done away with). <BR> <BR> I was doing fine. Christine and Elizabeth were at dance (as usual ;-). Wil and I went to Chick-fil-a for carry out. We had a coupon for 3 chicken strips for him and I got the southwestern salad with grilled chicken. And we got a peach shake to share. <BR> <BR> Still, it would have been ok, if Wil hadn't taken two bites and said he was d... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:07:15 EST 8/25 weight loss thoughts Ok, the nitty gritty on what I'm doing to live healthy: <BR> <BR> 1. A quick note about all this writing: one reason I'm doing it is to help manage my own attitude. I've started weight loss and given up before. I don't want that to happen this time! And I've been so encouraged by the people who have commented. Thanks to all of you! Facebook has been an especially good place for this. So, in some ways, attitude management is my most important thing. <BR> <BR> 2. Monitor caloric intake. In ro... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:05:59 EST 8/24 weight loss thoughts Down to 206 yesterday and this morning. 205, here I come! <BR> <BR> You may recall that my conservative goal for the end of August was 205. Plus, I had that setback with taking days off that totally messed up my trends. So, I'm happy to be at 206 and looking forward to being at 205 by the end of the month :-) <BR> <BR> Took the President's Challenge Adult Fitness aerobic test today and got basically the same result I got from the SparkPeople 3-minute step test: below average. Again, I'm a l... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:13:54 EST 8/22 weight loss thoughts: Really mixed day Weigh in this morning was just ok. 207 again. Have to re-double 'Weigh Down'/caloric intake efforts. <BR> <BR> Walked with Columbia SparkPeople at the West Columbia RiverWalk. It was nice to meet 5 adults (and 3 of their children). <BR> <BR> Had one warm Krispy Kreme doughnut afterward. Moderation is reasonable. <BR> <BR> Then, late morning, did the SparkPeople fitness test. It's pretty standard and lines up with The President's Challenge Adult Fitness Test. Pushups, crunches and 3 minutes... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:09:26 EST 8/21 weight loss thoughts: To burn or not to burn? Cortez is famous for having burned his ships to inspire his men to conquer. We have a similar saying: 'burn your bridges'. <BR> <BR> Are you willing to burn your bridges when it comes to weight loss? Am I? <BR> <BR> This is not a recommendation. It's a question. I'm not sure what's best. <BR> <BR> I'd been thinking about this idea. Should we give our 'fat clothes' away when we get out of them? Then the same topic came up in the SparkPeople forums the other day. <BR> <BR> It's an extra com... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 06:31:25 EST 8/20 Weight loss thoughts In some ways, I have arrived. I am living the healthy lifestyle now. All I have to do is keep this up and enjoy the benefits, including the eventual weight loss. To put it another way, from one viewpoint, I have arrived. <BR> <BR> While I want to improve my health, I don't want to be too focused on the end state. I want to figure out how to live now, enjoy it, and de-emphasize the actual weight loss achievement a little. <BR> <BR> I am really trying this time to have a better perspective on... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 07:47:15 EST 8/19 weight loss thoughts: SparkPeople Have you heard about SparkPeople? I hadn't until my friend Lisa pointed me to it. <BR> <BR> One of the coolest things about SparkPeople is it's free and they're not after your money. Therefore, they're not serving Google ads about the 3 day diet that is guaranteed to take off 20 pounds ;-) <BR> <BR> There are a lot of other things I like about SP: it's well integrated; it's got a lot of good tools; good emphasis on nutrition, fitness and motivation; you can earn SparkPoints (a nice, little ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:47:19 EST