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  1. What's your plan of attack, Soldier? I just got the WW-branded accelerometer--it's in the learning phase, and will track my activity --for data geeks like us this can be motivating. Or maybe you could try one of the bodyfit activity monitors--they assess your BMR and energy expenditure. You can add in your food and it tells you how in or out of balance you are. You can set it for gain/lose/or maintain wieight and it will give you feedback. (I suspect that the body fit tools are overall better, but WW is less expensive and tied directly to the WW plan (as in it works out activity points, I'll have to give feedback once the assessment period is over and I actually can use it more) Might be something new that would spark your attention?? I'm a data dork, me, so I like them.
  2. OK, so I have a question or two (or three) for you, Supe.... Is this weight an OK weight for you (I see it's below goal)? Do you have to work too hard to stay lower on the scale? Is your body trying to tell you something? Are you building muscle? Do your clothes fit? Other questions--since I saw the hay fever comment-- are you taking anything new (you don't have to tell us!), there is some evidence that use of some types of antihistamine can lead to weight gain.
  3. Supe, I really am going to give you such a pinch one of these days! As a chronic insomniac here, I say that sleep is HUGELY important in my day-to-day mindset. Sadly, I never get enough of it :-( Go, get some sleep. Hell, have some sleep for me, too.
  4. On your feet, soldier! This is boot camp! You are a man who needs a plan! Sometimes (admittedly, not always) I find a for/against pro/con list helpful Why go on with maintenance? Pro--> I feel good/look good. I can run more than ever Con--> Bored with the program. Want to eat what I want. Also, maybe you need to dig out the ol' tools for living? I feel doofy when I use them, but they are helpful. I'm pulling for you, Supe, we're all in this together :bcb_march:bcb_march
  5. Sustained vigilance is tough, we're just not built for it. It's also hard when all the "atta boys" (or girls) die down, and there's no external reinforcement coming in. Internal reinforcement is good, don't get me wrong, but it's nice to have someone else cheer for you. How about mixing it up? Are you at all interested in using SiFi? I don't remember if you go to meetings? What about working at a local meeting? Have you thought about becoming a leader?
  6. LOL., Hydrate, Supe, you should have to pee while on run (and since you're outside, the world is your urinal!)
  7. Heat=Duh..SUPE I'm coming to your house and 1. giving you SUCH a pinch and 2. Teaching you how to work out inside in the a/c.
  8. Are you over-training, Supe? Are you bored with your route/routine? Personally, I have to do a bunch of things or I can't be consistent. I'm not a distance person, but I do have mates who do charity runs and charity rides, they usually do long/short/and take breaks. Mind you, this is second hand info, but maybe you want to start mixing it up? Shorter runs? Try a different type of exercise, like swimming? I think it's half "head" and half "body". Mix it up, man.
  9. LOL, I think of PeeWee's Playhouse "you know what they say about big feet?.......Big boots!"
  10. I'm not sure if this is quite what you're looking for, Supe, but I attended a Sleep Yoga meeting at Kripalu with this guy--I found the book a little touchy-feeley, but I found it useful. I have had life-long insomnia, bizarre (often lucid) dreams, and sometimes sleep with the light on (because something WILL get me if I don't). Word up. Reading the book was helpful from a more global perspective (so no strict Jungian or Freudian storylines and interpretations here), but more insight into the types of things that intrude into the dream state (and even waking state). I really did like his retreat at Kripalu--it's run the past 2 Januarys but I don't know if he's coming back http://kripalu.org/presenter/V0004717/rubin_naiman http://www.drnaiman.com/goods/books-cds Healing Night The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening by Rubin R. Naiman, PhD I came across this site as well http://www.dreammoods.com/ I think that the forums for discussion can be a little, er, dodgy, and dream interpretation itself is SO highly subjective--One man's fear of falling dream is another man's thrill of skydiving dream. Scary dreams are completely normal, and it appears, at least from my work in the classroom and in talking to friends, etc. we all seem to have our own personal recurring dream/common theme, for whatever reason. Remember, in the quest for meaning, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
  11. Thanks Supe. I actually just bought a body media monitor for my lab (they are pretty accurate, we want to use them for research), and I'm doing a trial run on it and acting as if I'm a participant--It's eye opening, as I see how many calories/day I actually use with my BMR, activity, etc. (usually close to 3000 cals/day), no wonder when I'm eating 1800 calories a day, I want to tear my hair out. It also would explain why I do better on SyFy or core where I can eat generously and to satisfaction. I may have to buy one of these for myself when my trial is over. Truth is, I never learned how to maintain--only to lose and gain. I hope that I get to where you are, Supe (heck, I'd love to weigh what you weigh!!) and learn to catch those little slips before they become a larger pant size.
  12. You know, when I started WW in 1989 I weighed 135 lbs. Yep. 1-3-5. At 63 inches tall. (looking back, I'm not sure why they even let me join, but I lost 20 lbs that first time). I am now just over 220 lbs. I have been off and on WW and other programs for 23 years, which is more than half of my life time. 224 lbs is what 5 lbs a year for 23 years looks like. But that's misleading since I have also had big losses. That's a 5 lb NET gain each year. I am now an incredibly slow loser--and I think it's fear. Fear that I'll lose 20 lbs that will return as 30 lbs. I know I can lose 20 lbs, I do it all the time. Fear that I'll lose the 100 lbs that I really need to lose, and not keep it off. There's also anger, that I wonder if I'd never tried to lose weight in the first place, that I would very likely be in a very different place now. There's resentment that I have been in some way monitoring my food intake, for good or for ill for the last 8,374 days. I don't know what the answer to this is. I'm at the other end of the journey than you, Supe, having never made lifetime (I think my original goal weight was an insane 110 lbs), and I get so very disheartened about the very real difficulty in keeping off weight, my main goal now is to not gain weight, eat well, exercise more, and to lose slowly (maybe if I try to sneak up on small losses my traitorous brain and body won't notice what's happening). I try to notice that when I'm being too restrictive, I get cravings for the worst food possible. (normally my diet verges on the ridiculously healthy, I am still struggling with portion size on a daily basis--but if I get "diet mentality" all of a sudden some stranger fills my cart with potato chips and ice cream--2 things I almost never buy normally). So, I guess I didn't answer the question, really. Losing weight and not regaining it really is a full-time job, and requires tremendous mental focus, attention and vigilance. It almost seems NOT normal to live without some fear. In your recent posts, Supe, I am seeing some of that fear showing through. I think your recent brief weight gain after your vacation really shook you out of a comfort zone, and reminded you how easy a relapse is. Unlike me, you took that weight and booted it to the curb, so good on you, mate!
  13. Ah, yes, I hear ya--but you have to make those funnel cakes and ice cream count too! There are 365 days per year (Bonus. 366 this one!), which, by my calculations gives us 1095 meals and (at 2 snacks/day) 730 snacks. The vast majority of choices should be premium fuel, but some of those choices absolutely should be treats. One problem, I think, is when all snacks are equated with being "treats"--not you, Supe, but more of a general observation of watching people eat. Me. I LOOOOOVE fresh cider donuts. I have them once a year at the fair. Which is when I also have my one funnel cake a year. Then, admittedly, I get heartburn. On summer vacation on the coast, I will have ONE serving of fried clams on the water (which I usually don't even finish). But, there are 727 other snacks to be had until next year. Most of them will be fresh peaches, or Greek yogurt, or some nuts. But some will be cookies and milk, some will be fruitcake, and some will be movie popcorn. I'm surely not saying that trying to eat as well as possible isn't a great goal, but I don't think that the trade-off needs to be shunning the occasional "fun food" (for lack of a better term....) or feeling down about enjoying it. I work with a lot of very sad college-aged girls who agonize about "good" and "bad" food, and it's heart-breaking.
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