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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall Back - Part 2

September/ October Update

[Part 2]

In Part 1 of this month's update, I just made some observations about what types of things get me off track.  At this point of my life, I'm not sure why this seems to happen at the same time every year but now it's something I'm looking for and hoping to turn around before I'm back up to 312 lbs again.

As mentioned before, my mileage for the months of September and October are down.  Since I use walking and jogging as my primary vehicle for weightloss, this lower mileage trend helps to explain the upward trend in weight.  Even if I eat poorly, the running will keep my weight in check but without the running and the poor eating is compounded.

I spoke on this a little last month.  I've tracked my weight for long enough now that I can see a yearly trend that occurs.  The 2013/2014 drastic dip was the marathon training (and when I started TMinus110).  After marathon training, I've been on a regular cycle.  260 lbs appears to be the typical floor.  Another striking observation is how fast I gain weight.  I typically lose weight at a rate of 2 lbs a week but it only takes me a couple of months to go from 260 lbs to 312 lbs. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all of this but I've got to do something to break the cycle on this year around.  We're entering into the holiday season so we'll just have to see how things go on the backside.  I just know that I don't want to be 312 lbs in January. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Back - Autumn's Lament - Part 1

September/ October Update

[Part 1]

Back in August, I prepared myself for the possibility of gaining weight after vacation.  Thankfully, I prepared, vacationed with some restraint and finished off the month with some weight-loss.  Some of the success was due to the 5K Donut Dash goal.  Having a race coming up definitely helped me stay on track.

I plateaued in September and ended October with an upward trend. Since I'm now on the lookout for these negative cycles, I'm able to see what causes them and then respond.  Here's my observation this go around.

First, there was hurricane Irma. For a week in September, we hosted some good friends from south Florida who evacuated from the storm.  We had a total of 10 adults, 4 dogs, 4 cats and a partridge in a pear tree. I got some runs in but both my eating and exercise schedule got off track.

Tragically, I lost my aunt Donna (my Mom's sister) and I was asked to conduct the funeral in Florida.  While we tried to get some exercise in, the activities related to the funeral consumed much of my time; including a late night/early morning stretch.  Add to this visits with family in restaurants, coffee shops, and Dunkin Donuts, there was little hope for staying on track. I'm not being harsh on myself but recognizing that this type of thing does contribute to getting out of routine. 

Next, about a week later, Mom and Dad visited for their annual Autumn visit to Georgia.  We celebrated their time with visits to the apple orchard for apple picking, the fair and a late birthday celebration for me.  Along with all of that came a ton of delicious cooking, and less exercise.  Mom taught Alexis how to cook our traditional family pierogies, Mom made my traditional birthday lasagna and apple deserts were aplenty.  I denied myself nothing and thoroughly enjoy it! 

Finally, I started a part-time job with Pizza Hut.  Pizza, chicken wings and breadsticks.  Need I say more?

[continues to part 2]

Friday, October 13, 2017

Runs for doughnuts

The Labor Day - Doughnut Dash 5K - September 4, 2017

My buddy Joshua and I decided to do a 5K together.  What better type of fitness run than one involving doughnuts? (or is it 'donut' ?)  I had a great time joking with him about our competition.  Joshua was picking out the guys just as big as me and egging me on to beat them.  It worked.  During the race, I took personal pleasure in passing these guys in my same physical shape (round is a shape, right?).

I'm still impressed with the times that Joshua is laying down.  He's got some fierce competition in this age group (his age group was in the top 5 of the entire race) but he still laid down an impressive M/M pace time.  

I was also proud of myself.  My practice runs have been 14MM and I finished the race at an impressive (for me) 11'53.  I typically slow down with each mile and I gained in each mile for this race.  

To top it all off, the end of the race had a serious hill (upper right) that I concurred.  All of this added up to the most pleasurable race experience in recent memory. I'm a big guy, and I take pride in my ability to move this mass along a race course towards a weight-loss goal and other personal achievements.

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