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Stronger Than Food!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT!

Well this week began my "Season of Pain":

...all the "easy" pounds have been lost!

While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me nearly a one-pound-a-day loss during my first two weeks, I did a mid-week weigh-in and EEK! I was a pound UP!

Now a calorie range of 1400-1600 doesn't seem all that luxurious, but I knew I was going to be SORELY disappointed if I didn't show a loss only three weeks into my efforts.

So I cozied up with my two buddies Hunger and Season-of-Pain and said "okay, ya wanna play hardball?" Tightened things up to around 1200 calories and VOILA!

Wrapped up the week with another 3 pound loss!

I'm already weighing less than my lowest weight of 2013...woo hoo! My clothes are giving me a pleasant pat on the back and fitting better.

Had a nice spinning session yesterday evening, met a young fellow who was going it pretty good on his bike and asked if he did road cycling which he said "a little bit." So I told him about our bike club and encouraged him to hit the road with us. He said he might take me up on it...hope he does! We need some younger folks onto whom we can pass the torch! :-)

My mp3 player served up some great tunes for me: Jackson Browne's solo acoustic version of "The Shape Of A Heart"...not a song with a pumped up beat, but a song with pumped up "heart" that keeps me going! Paul Simon's "That Was Your Mother" from his superb Graceland album with his South African band snap-crackin' through their Zydeco romp!

And what an apt finale song (sometimes the ESP of the shuffle setting is eerie good!): Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror"...turning up the collar...gonna make a change for once in my life...gonna make a CHANGE! YES!


An afterthought: you know, it really wasn't like I was playing "hardball" with my buddies...but playing "hardball" with MYSELF! My buddies continue to do me the favor of showing me what works vs. what doesn't. And for that I have nothing but gratitude!
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    Keep on doing what you are doing, Don and you will definitely see great results!
    1605 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go, my friend. You keep that up.
    1607 days ago
    super WOW!!!
    great determination and follow through!!!
    1607 days ago
    It's great that the weight loss continues, Don, and as you know I'm big on the "hunger is not an emergency" mantra. But it's worth thinking about whether 1200 calories is too low for ya: and in that regard TINAJANE76 has a great blog today:


    We'll just keep on keeping on, right??
    1607 days ago
    Watch those calories man, if you are working out... 1200 sounds dangerously low for a dude to sustain! And make sure you are getting the protein to build muscle as part of the process, or at least not LOSE more muscle while dropping pounds.

    You've got this. The goal is not JUST a number on the scale... you love your bike! emoticon

    Speaking of loving the bike... got my trainer all set up and cycled 35 minutes to a DVD of Robbie Ventura riding a criterium in New Jersey. Not that I'll ever ride at those levels... just gotta get through my TRI. LOL!

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    1607 days ago
    Love the Man in the Mirror. Staying the course during the last stages should leave maintenance as the next phase. Best wishes as you continue this journey.
    1607 days ago
    Very thoughtful blog as always. Do you ever listen to TED talks?
    I listened to a couple of interesting ones this past week on weight. One was a neuroscientist the other a surgeon. If you have a smartphone, TED is a free app. Glad you are having success-you can do this!
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    1607 days ago
    Yay! Way to go! Glad to read about your great results and for staying tough!
    1607 days ago
    Congrats on your successes! Way to evaluate the situation and make it work for you. I love the title of your blog too. I need to remember that. I am stronger than food...
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    Comment edited on: 1/29/2014 1:32:00 PM
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    1607 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good for Don emoticon - One my Favorite Michael Songs - nice change - this week have been Spinning to Rockin Robin ! lol
    1608 days ago
    Wow, mega-congrats!
    1608 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is a wonderful success. You tackled the your buddies, Hunger and the Season-of-Pain..cut back even further on your calories...and then had success.

    You are stronger than food and have a positive winning spirit! That is a great new low weight and it is very nice that your clothes fit you looser.

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