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Old 06-25-2009, 02:53 PM   #1821
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Thanks Kronk. I keep my nutrition I give myself when cycling separate from everyday calories to avoid "bonking" on my rides. I hope to get my 1550 back soon as I reintroduce myself to more aggressive activity levels.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:38 AM   #1822
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:46 AM   #1824
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Going away this weekend to visit friends in Florida. It will be an all-out party weekend and the diet will go completely out the window. Hopefully I won't gain too much, but I plan to have FUN and enjoy myself!

This should be interesting, though. I haven't had a drink (except for 1 light beer) since dieting started 5 wks ago. It's going to go straight to my head!
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:27 AM   #1825
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Yesterday was a bit of a high-sodium day, which made my weight fluctuate up a bit. Yesterdays numbers were 1 pound lighter and 0.3% lower. Even though the numbers aren't really going anywhere, I'm feeling pretty good. Strength training is going pretty well and my endurance is pretty good.

Due to skipping a rest day to play tennis, today will be the 13th day in a row working out. That's too much, and I'll be taking a break over the holiday weekend. My diet will also be taking a break, so higher numbers are expected next week.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #1826
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Now that I've retired, I am going to get serious about losing the 15 lbs. I gained over the last 10 years. My long term goal is to get down to my university days weight (155 - 160).

7/1/09 - 183

Happy Canada Day everyone!

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Old 07-01-2009, 09:42 AM   #1827
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:01 PM   #1828
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GOAL: 20 lbs by September 15 (6.6 lbs/month)

6/15/09: 179.0 lbs
7/01/09: 177.5 lbs

Not much cycling this week, but still getting in some treadmilling and my 3 x/wk strength training. The only chance for cycling here in our triple digit summer is to head out in the early morning...I am not a morning person so that makes it a tough committment. LOL

Tomorrow is my birthday, but will try to keep the calories in check.

Until next Wednesday...
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:13 PM   #1829
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I forgot to add that DH is making huge progress on this diet with me. He is down to 158# (he's 5'8). I've never known him at such a low weight; he says he hasn't been this weight since college.

We are really making progress since we decided to do this together seriously. What a difference that support makes!
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:48 PM   #1830
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Wow, thats great Simple Girl. I can attest to the fact that working on a healthier lifestyle together results in greater success. I know I would fail miserably without my DH's support. Good job!
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:52 PM   #1831
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I forgot to mention that our post-retirement lifestyle change got us on the front page of our local newspaper this past Saturday. Check out my photo album "Our Active Lifestyle" for a picture of the article. Hopefully, its readable. Never thought my life would EVER be newsworthy, let alone the front page. LOL
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:34 PM   #1832
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:04 PM   #1833
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6' 1" Target range 170 - 175.

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Ho-hum, no progress again. No big parties this weekend so may be a chance to be good with the eating
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Still holding at 180. I don't contribute to this thread very often (It's Wednesday weigh ins!), but last post I'd stopped eating daily ice cream and was wondering if I'd ever be able to stop a daily chocolate-chip habit.

Our kid has been on the Mainland for a month, leaving us apparently responsible parents free rein of our wild-eyed hard-partyin' empty-nester inner juvenile delinquents. Fortunately (unfortunately?) this began shortly after spouse visited a longtime shipmate who used to look like Gabby Reece-- literally a nationally-ranked NCAA volleyball player who stayed in shape into her late 40s-- but who in one year has stress and alcohol morphed into a body shape more like Roseanne. Spouse has become highly traumatized motivated to avoid the same fate.

That started a spouse discussion on how we "know" what we should do, yet rarely take the time or discipline to put it into action. Reading a book about healthy lifestyles doesn't usually translate well into how you actually exercise or shop or shovel the food onto your plate. But if you can pursue ER then you have the skills to make the changes stick.

So instead of spending the last month drinking heavily all afternoon and dining out every night on extra desserts, we've been working out just about every morning (Bill Phillips of "Body For Life" or Chris Crowley of "Younger Next Year"). We feel that cooking is an unwelcome chore, but instead of takeout or microwave burritos we've been eating (*gasp*) frozen dinners. And we've finally started putting into practice some of the things that we've always "known".

First, kids attract junk food like dead horses attract flies. It's hopeless. We're pretty vigilant about eating healthy and limiting the crap intake, but it's still amazing what crap accumulates in the pantry through the teen social network. When the kids are out of the house, it's a lot easier to stick to a healthy diet. When ours returns home next week, we only have to endure this for another 399 days before she's off to college.

Second, frozen dinners have come a long way. We've been dealing mainly with Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice but there are easily 3-4 brands and a dozen menu choices. They're high in sodium (although not exorbitantly so) but their best feature is portion control. I know about portion control intellectually but there's a big difference between what I think of as a "handful" of food and what's actually in that little container. After nearly a month of frozen-dinner practice, we're going to start eating dinner on a smaller size of plate and I won't feel obligated to fill it up anymore.

Third, it's hard to stop eating short of satiety. I made an entire Navy career out of eating on the run, and you learn to really load up on food before you stand a six-hour watch. Today, eating a frozen dinner (with a side salad) takes about 30 seconds and leaves me with the opinion of "That was yummy. Now let's go out for dinner." But after a couple weeks of practice I think I can actually adapt to eating smaller meals. Just delaying dessert for 30 minutes after dinner makes a huge difference.

Fourth, it's amazing how cereal can sneak up on you. Oprah's Dr. Oz advises eating cereals with less than 3g of sugar per serving. Go ahead and try to find that in your local grocery store, but give yourself at least 15 minutes to find something you'd consider edible. Believe it or not, All Bran is evil. Our cereal cabinet has changed over to names like Fiber One and, surprisingly, Kix & Cheerios.

Dr. Oz brings me around to my final point. When you find yourself counting to three in the cereal aisle, it seems pretty silly to eat a couple ounces of dark chocolate every day. So after several years of eating a 12-oz bag a week, I've let the bag of chocolate chips run out without replacing it. (Don't try this with a teenager at home-- they'll mutiny.) I haven't missed it as much as I thought I would, but it's only the second week. I'm not a total zealot; I still haven't given up a weekly Costco chocolate frozen yogurt-- but I can make it last for three separate snacks. We'll see how it goes…
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Noords,

Good luck with your new resolve. We never made as much progress eating-wise as we could have while our son was still at home. DW introduced me to the modern day frozen meals and I was very impressed -Between 2004 and 2008 I was working 3 miles from home and came home each day for lunch where we usually had a Lean Cuisine or similar. Pretty tasty and impossible to over do the portion sizes.

Once I'm RE'ed I look forward to getting back to that regime.
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Noords,
Thank you for sharing your personal resolve to get healthier. Although everyone has their own "Aha" moment, those moments can be so motivating, not to mention life-changing!

My DH and I had our "Aha" moment in the Fall of '06, allowing us to embark on our own get-healthy journey on October 23, 2006, the same year we RE. Now, after nearly 3 years, my DH has kept off 95 of his 100 pound loss. I was thrust into a character-building, sucking-it-up-from-depths-I-never-knew-existed-in-me period of time after a serious back injury (fall), and lost some ground on my 55 lb loss.

I agree that we empty-nesters, RE, Dr. Oz listeners, and having our DH or DW right there with us on this journey helps a bunch! Even though my DH advanced physically because of his gender and natural abilities ahead of me during my 24-month recovery, we support each other with praise, forgiveness, physical activity we can share (working out & cycling), and controlled eating habits.

We have a different approach to eating though. Preparing our meals almost always entails a digital food scale, and measuring spoons & cups. Most of our preparation is routine now, so measuring our portions is no big deal. We keep daily food sheets in the kitchen, so we never get jipped on our calorie limits. It helps us track our water intake and daily exercise in addition to the food.

Cereals...you just cant beat Fiber One brand for the nutrition! Fiber One even puts out a pancake batter mix, when coupled with Mrs. Buttersworth sugar free syrup, is a nice change up from cereal. My DH loves the egg beaters (no fat).

Our downfall, like yours, is ice cream. We enjoy Dreyers Fat Free Ice Cream for dessert.

Much credit goes to our willingness to hire the assistance of a personal trainer, who showed up at our door several times a week without fail, and provided us with our nutritional guidance.

Good luck to you and your DW. Its not easy to change our lifestyle, but oh the quality years we will have added to our lives!
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Great discussions about ways to control the waistline.
Pre-FIRE - I used to be 40 lbs heavier than I am now. I ate lunch out every day while w*rking. I drank a fair amount of beer and wine, ate a lot of pasta, and adored pizza and chicken wings. I rarely ate desserts. I figured the rest was bad enough. Exercise was intermittent at best.
Post FIRE - Limiting frequency and modifying quantities and types of those food items made all the difference in my weight control. Light but constant activity during the day was the real trick. Opting for a multiple small snack regime versus full meals during the day helped me train myself to eat only when really hungry. Fruit and yogurt are constant daytime snacks.
Tradeoffs: I still drink beer, but it is NA beer with only 60 cal per can. I cut out the wine completely. I still eat ice cream and small pieces of chocolate candy, but I cut back severely on the pasta to compensate. I make my own pizza 90% of the time. I love wings, but only order 1 lb and share the order.
I still don't formally exercise, because I don't enjoy it and am honest with myself about that. However, I do a lot of yard w*rk that helps me burn calories. I have very good muscle tone all over.
The biggest thing that helps me with weight control is the fact that I rarely watch TV. No food commercials = no psychological triggers to eat when not hungry.
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No food commercials = no psychological triggers to eat when not hungry.
Spouse says that every time she sees me eating she gets the urge to eat.

I tell her that behavior doesn't seem to apply to when she sees me leaving for a taekwondo workout.

She says that gives her the urge to eat too...

So now I do my snacking in another room.
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Spouse says that every time she sees me eating she gets the urge to eat.
I tell her that behavior doesn't seem to apply to when she sees me leaving for a taekwondo workout.
She says that gives her the urge to eat too...
So now I do my snacking in another room.
Did I hear a bell ringing? (Pavlov and his salivating dogs)
I have a tip for the chocolate chip snacking. I eat them also.
First of all, freeze them, as well as any other chocolate. It will last longer in your mouth vs room temp. Let it melt slowly vs chewing.
Use a standard shot glass instead of keeping the bag in reach. Only fill the shot glass once and hold it to that. Voila, portion control without denying the treat.
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