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Old 05-29-2009, 01:51 PM   #1741
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:42 AM   #1742
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I wanted to wait until someone dragged it out of me.
OK, OK...I'll confess.
Our pre-marriage ceremony honeymoon...note we're doing all this in reverse order.
12 day Grand Mediterranean, balcony room, excursions in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Monaco.
It took us over a year to save up for it, especially when gas was $4 per gallon last year.

Ahhhh, that sounds divine! Looking forward to hearing about it after your return.
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Seems like I have been operating under out of date advice and 1200 calories is too low for my height. Thanks to SG, I have been directed to a website that has shown I need to increase my intake.

So I'm going to start consuming more calories (which isn't actually that much of a hardship) and hopefully that combined with my workouts will see a change over the next month.
Keeping my fingers crossed that this will work for you! BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if you gain a few pounds (egads!) in the first week or two, if the problem really is a lowered metabolism. I would think it would take a little while for the metabolism to change. Of course I'm not a dietician, but that's what I've read.

I do know that I lost weight on 1400 cals (no carbs at dinner), combined with working out hard 4-5 days a week (cardio only). Here is how it went for me last spring:

1/19/2008 133
1/26/2008 131
2/2/2008 130
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2/23/2008 127
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So, I lost 8# in 6 wks. 1-2# a week. I hope to repeat that scenario now! The main difference is I now have more muscle mass than in 2008, and I will be doing cardio 2-3 days/wk and strength training 2-3 days per wk.
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Seems like I have been operating under out of date advice and 1200 calories is too low for my height. Thanks to SG, I have been directed to a website that has shown I need to increase my intake.

DM, it is so frustrating to work out, diet and still not seeing the scale go down! Know you're going through stress right now,which doesn't do one's metabolism any good.

I'm a little taller than you (5 feet 7.5 inches) and become faint and rubber-legged when I eat less than 1700 calories per day. I need that much to get through daily activities, including hour-long workout (cardio and weight machines, or else a 3-mile walk). Eating less than 1700, also caused me to wake up hungry and eat snacks in the middle of the night. That did not help my weight loss!

What worked for me was changing the composition of what I ate. I still ate 1700-1800 calories per day, but ruthlessly cut out anything processed except my daily breakfast of whole-wheat bagel, spread with peanut butter, whose convenience (can be taken to work) outweighed its processed-ness. Everything else was either unprocessed (fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, chicken, potatoes, scrambled eggs) or homemade (whole-wheat bread). I ate nothing that had added sugar, very little cheese, and drank 1 glass of wine per week (no other alcohol). A little olive oil for sauteeing. No butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, or bottled salad dressing, since I don't like them and rarely touch them at any time. At home, I ate a good bit of air-popped, unbuttered popcorn (with a little salt), which was satisfying without adding many calories. I like to eat a little Swiss cheese with the popcorn.

This was a hard regimen to stick to, for the 2 months it took me to shed 5.5 pounds. However, I didn't feel hungry or weak and the weight slowly came off. Maybe there is something from my experience that could help you?
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more on metabolic rate

I've been reading a bit, and found the following statistic:

"Starting around age 30, our resting metabolic rate (the amount of calories our bodies burn at rest in a 24-hour period) declines by about two to three percent per decade."

I believe the main reason for this is due to our loss of muscle mass as we age.

I also found this quote which is very interesting:

"Calorie restrictive diets that donīt supply enough energy to maintain proper body function donīt supply sufficient energy to the muscles to sustain them. As a result the muscles begin to breakdown. Because muscle is heavier than fat, the dieter is often delighted with the rapid weight loss but unaware that the resultant drop in metabolism will more than likely cause them to put on more weight than ever."

This gives me even more motivation to be sure to keep up with the strength training aspect of my exercise program!
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I've been reading a bit, and found the following statistic:

"Starting around age 30, our resting metabolic rate (the amount of calories our bodies burn at rest in a 24-hour period) declines by about two to three percent per decade."

I believe the main reason for this is due to our loss of muscle mass as we age.

I also found this quote which is very interesting:

"Calorie restrictive diets that donīt supply enough energy to maintain proper body function donīt supply sufficient energy to the muscles to sustain them. As a result the muscles begin to breakdown. Because muscle is heavier than fat, the dieter is often delighted with the rapid weight loss but unaware that the resultant drop in metabolism will more than likely cause them to put on more weight than ever."

This gives me even more motivation to be sure to keep up with the strength training aspect of my exercise program!
Good info and more motivation for myself to also keep up the weight training
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It has now been at least 3 weeks that I have been >= 180lbs and several months since I have been <=175lbs, PLUS, this last few weeks my bp has been elevated into the pre-hypertension range so I have decided that I'll try and ramp up the aerobics to both help shed 5 pounds and get the bp back to normal.

Since moving back here 17 months ago there is no doubt that the amount of exercise I do has dropped significantly.

On Monday I went on the treadmill for 30 minutes and tried running for a minute in every 5 and at the end of 30 minutes I was kn*ckered and had managed a distance of 2.5 miles.

So my target is to do this 2 or 3 times per week - if the joints can take it - and work up to 3 miles in 30 minutes.

On Thursday I managed 2.6 miles and today (Sunday) I made 2.8 miles

Today I also decided to wear my heart monitor to save having to grasp the handles every time I wanted to see my heart rate (I don't want to overdo things!). Turns out my heart monitor actually gets received by the treadmill which is great since at the end of the 30 minutes I get a summary with peak rate (197), average rate (132) etc. The 197 shocked me as I thought I was careful and stopped running every time I hit 170, so I'm not sure I believe that particular figure.

I thought I'd use this thread to post my exercise and bp targets and progress as well as my weight target.

New short term target is to be running 3 miles in a 30 minute session and to lose 5lbs by end of June to get to 175.
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Since moving back here 17 months ago there is no doubt that the amount of exercise I do has dropped significantly.
Alan, what's different since you moved here? (And, remind me where you moved from? Just curious. )


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On Monday I went on the treadmill for 30 minutes and tried running for a minute in every 5 and at the end of 30 minutes I was kn*ckered and had managed a distance of 2.5 miles.

So my target is to do this 2 or 3 times per week - if the joints can take it - and work up to 3 miles in 30 minutes.

On Thursday I managed 2.6 miles and today (Sunday) I made 2.8 miles
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Today I also decided to wear my heart monitor to save having to grasp the handles every time I wanted to see my heart rate (I don't want to overdo things!). Turns out my heart monitor actually gets received by the treadmill which is great since at the end of the 30 minutes I get a summary with peak rate (197), average rate (132) etc. The 197 shocked me as I thought I was careful and stopped running every time I hit 170, so I'm not sure I believe that particular figure.
Yeah, the 197 sure does seem like an outlier. I've had my heart monitor give me quirky #'s (once in the 200's, and I felt fine)...so I figured that unless I saw it up high consistently I wouldn't stress over it. What's your target heart range? 170 seems high, too.
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Alan, what's different since you moved here? (And, remind me where you moved from? Just curious. )
January 2007 I moved from The Woodlands, just north of Houston and the circumstances there were as follows:

I was 10 minutes from work so used to get up at 6:15 and work 'til 4. Then I would go directly to the Y to do a 60 minute workout class Tuesday and Thursday and weight training Monday and Wednesday.

At weekends I had a regular tennis partner that was well matched to me so it was a very vigorous 90 minute workout.

The Woodlands also has over 150 miles of bike trails so we used to do a lot of cycling at weekends as well ( 15 - 30 miles is a typical ride for us).

Here in Baton Rouge I have a 30 -40 minutes drive to/from work so I get up at 5:15 and normally get home at 4:45 but for the last 8 months I've been working 10 hour days, getting home at 6 because of a big project which is now coming to an end so I'm back to getting in at 4:45.

Initially I signed up for the Y but the locations and high traffic just had me worn out getting there so I dropped it after 4 months.

Cycling is a dangerous sport here so we usually only ride early Sunday mornings and only do about 12 - 15 miles. (no shoulders on the roads and drivers just don't think 'bike' as there are so few cyclists around).

I play tennis most Saturdays with DW but it just is not the same intensity even though I play left-handed. (We do have some good games and rallies, and I thoroughly enjoy it).
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January 2007 I moved from The Woodlands, just north of Houston and the circumstances there were as follows:

I was 10 minutes from work so used to get up at 6:15 and work 'til 4. Then I would go directly to the Y to do a 60 minute workout class Tuesday and Thursday and weight training Monday and Wednesday.
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Here in Baton Rouge I have a 30 -40 minutes drive to/from work so I get up at 5:15 and normally get home at 4:45 but for the last 8 months I've been working 10 hour days, getting home at 6 because of a big project which is now coming to an end so I'm back to getting in at 4:45.
That's rough. 10 hour days really doesn't leave any time for exercise. I have a situation like your prior one - work is just 5 minutes away from home, and I go straight from work to the gym (10 minutes away). So I work until around 4:30 or 5, I'm at the gym by 5:30 and home by 7 p.m. On the days I end up working later than 5:30 I totally lose all motivation and end up going home instead of working out. I am glad to hear your work is getting less crazy!

My brother works 1.25 hrs from work...he has no time for anything but sleep, work, eat. I worry about him. He is so not the picture of health, but given his background he is stuck in this job indefinitely.

W*rk definitely is an impediment to your health!
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W*rk definitely is an impediment to your health!
No arguments there !! DW thinks my elevated bp is purely down to work - combination of stress and not having time to exercise properly.

In years gone by I have been hospitalized twice on return from overseas trips - 1st time with meningitis - 2nd time with some suspected infectious disease that they never could nail down.

While in The Woodlands they insisted I work on a project in India even though I said I didn't want to work there (the chemical plant in question was to be a new acquisition and is located in a province bordering Pakistan). I did make one trip there to set up the project and then handed over to a team in APAC, but a few months later they insisted I take over the project lead again, at which point I started looking around for something else.

We loved living in The Woodlands but the job was definitely too much at that time - I could just imagine myself getting something like Malaria (which my boss has from his stint in China) right before I RE.
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132#. Whew...! After all of the indulgence last week, I am so glad to see I haven't gained like 5# (hopefully it won't just be a delayed onset of weight gain that hasn't shown up yet....). I did work out 5 of the 7 days when on the ship...proud of myself for that!
130#!!!

Both DH and I have kept up the exercise and gone back to weighing and measuring our meals, no carbs at dinner time.

I planned out all of our meals for the week on Saturday and did our grocery shopping. It took a lot of up-front time, but having a plan for the week is really helping us stick to the diet. I'm so happy DH is on board with this...no more putting wings and beer in front of me...at least for a while, LOL.
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7/30/08: 191.8 16.0%
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11/12: 195.2 17.1%
12/03: 198.2 17.8%
1/07: 200.6 17.9%
2/04: 199.4 18.4%
3/04: 201.8 17.7%
4/01: 198.2 17.3%
5/06: 197.4 16.7%
5/13: 198.4 17.4%
5/20: 198.8 17.2%
5/27: 200.0 18.2%
6/03: 200.2 17.6%

Goal: 190.0 15.3%
Highest weight: 260 (May 2001)
Lowest weight: 190 (June 2007)

Looks like I'm going in the wrong direction. I'm trying to eat "better" these days, not necessarily "less". I'm not really trying that hard to lose weight these days, my goal is more about gaining strength. So I'm not too bent out of shape that my weight starts with a 2.
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It has now been at least 3 weeks that I have been >= 180lbs and several months since I have been <=175lbs, PLUS, this last few weeks my bp has been elevated into the pre-hypertension range so I have decided that I'll try and ramp up the aerobics to both help shed 5 pounds and get the bp back to normal.

Since moving back here 17 months ago there is no doubt that the amount of exercise I do has dropped significantly.

On Monday I went on the treadmill for 30 minutes and tried running for a minute in every 5 and at the end of 30 minutes I was kn*ckered and had managed a distance of 2.5 miles.

So my target is to do this 2 or 3 times per week - if the joints can take it - and work up to 3 miles in 30 minutes.

On Thursday I managed 2.6 miles and today (Sunday) I made 2.8 miles

Today I also decided to wear my heart monitor to save having to grasp the handles every time I wanted to see my heart rate (I don't want to overdo things!). Turns out my heart monitor actually gets received by the treadmill which is great since at the end of the 30 minutes I get a summary with peak rate (197), average rate (132) etc. The 197 shocked me as I thought I was careful and stopped running every time I hit 170, so I'm not sure I believe that particular figure.

I thought I'd use this thread to post my exercise and bp targets and progress as well as my weight target.

New short term target is to be running 3 miles in a 30 minute session and to lose 5lbs by end of June to get to 175.
You must walk fast if you got 2.6 miles in 30 min, running one out of five mins... I'd bet you were running 4 and walking 1 min. I do a lot of that but my endurance is improving quite a bit and I can go 3 miles without a walk break a couple times a week, and have to do the run/walk a couple times a week.

The thing that concerns me is your heart rate. If I understand correctly, the most common way to calculate max heart rate would put you at a max of 166 (at age 54). If you let your HR get so high, doesn't the lactic buildup make your legs hurt after your run? I'm 47, and I target a heartrate of 147 (85% of max) but let it creep up to about 152 or so sometimes. Beyond that and I back off on the speed or reduce to a walk.

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SG, congrats on dropping those 2lbs, you'll soon be on target at that rate.

Dawg, those last 5lbs are the worst aren't they?

Ronstar, why did you have the spike in weight last week do you think? The way you are progressing you are likely to hit target before August.

Kronk, have you completely recovered from your surgery? What was the issue with your eating previously?

Rambler, I agree with you on the heart rate thing. 170 is far too high and I would be scared to see 197. We are the same age and I try to stay in the zone of 125-145. I can set my heart rate monitor to beep when it is out of that zone and that allows me to either speed up or slow down.

Today was day 3 of bootcamp. I am really enjoying it but it sure is kicking my butt. I'm not even going to weigh myself this week as I would assume that any loss/gain would be totally unrelated to my new exercise routine or diet. I have increased my calories and am eating between 1600-1800 every day. It is hard to eat 1800 in a day, but the bonus is I am now able to eat more food I would usually ignore. Hopefully I will have a decrease in weight to report next week, or even better my clothes will feel a little bit looser.
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5/13/09: 158.5lbs 7.5% body fat
5/20/09: 159.5lbs 8.0% body fat
5/27/09: 160.0lbs 8.0% body fat
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Damn, w*rked too hard this past weekend. 12 hours of almost none stop walking friday, saturday, and sunday. Hopefully I can make up for it this weekend.
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My bathroom scale is doing the same, freebird--it is an alien invader.
164 today. Same old story. Beer.
But I have new hooping pants, so maybe they will inspire me to stop after two pints.
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