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Mt_Native_Man

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  1. This too shall pass. Key is minimizing the damage and getting right back on line after all the events - looks like you are headed that way with the walking. Helps.
  2. I also think 6 lbs is a good wt loss. When I was in my losing mode I found that rigerous adherence to the program was in order: 1. track (write down) everything including any activity pts earned (that means exercise) 2. study and know the pt values of foods, especially the ones you eat frequently 3. exercise - for me it had to be aerobic - moving my large muscle groups - walking then jogging later 4. if doing at home, you need to account to someone for your weight in events - keep yourself honest 5. eat breakfast always - concentrate on high protein - high fiber 6. measure and weigh things so you get an eye for correct portions 7. hydrate - drink lots of non-caffeine drinks (water preferred) 8. friend the scale - weighing shows trends Wt watchers works for me and will work for you if you follow program instructions! Life is good!
  3. I really like the fork saying too!! Har! But so true. Another from another self-help program, "Half measures avail us nothing."
  4. Been on maintenance for a little over five years - exercise is my new compulsion - that helps me maintain the weight loss, keeps me fit, the yearly doctor physicals in good stead, etc., etc. If I don't exercise I feel the slide and can actually see the wt creep back up. And my exercise these days includes lots of things. Main exercise routines are walking/jogging and yoga (hot and otherwise); but I am also doing ballroom dancing, downhill skiing, swimming, and some basketball.
  5. I got rid of the clothes as I lost weight - giving them to Goodwill - keeping the tax receipt. It was like I dropped of the clothes at the donation door, went around front and picked up some smaller clothes as the weight came off - that made me feel good.
  6. Welcome Jason. My story same here - been a while since I looked around here (have the day off). I guess I don't seem to have too much trouble with folks viewing things and not posting - seems like a tribute that they are even on the site and reading the good nuggets of wisdom that are posted.
  7. I have been a goal of 184 and have been running around 178 for several months doing maintenance and my receptionist and leader have not challenged me on this. I thought about resetting my own goal to a lower one cuz I seemed to be able to maintain my wt around the 178 range +- 2lbs. Seems like I have less variance in my wt shifts under Pt+ - not sure why. My consumption shifted to more protein and high grain complex carbs under Pt+.
  8. Being able to kiss my knees and run 5K races. All the comments from friends and loved ones about how much better I look - nice being a good example.
  9. Yo, Here is a different perspective. I don't track very often primarily using the simply filling technique. But I know in my mind I have become very "point conscious" over the years and am always reading labels and estimating the pt values on the foods I am injesting. I weigh frequently and still hit my weekly ww meeting to keep me accountable. In the past several months my has only varied about +/- 2.0 lbs which is unusual given the ramp up in exercise (running) in Montana's hot weather. I think it has something to do with the new Pt+ program I am following (where I did track there for 3 months when it first launched to re-calibrate my eye). My food intake has shifted to lots of proteins, fruits & veggies, and carbs with only multi-grain/whole wheat characteristics. Works for me.
  10. Here's an update (I am on maintenance): 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 177.4; g=8 mi; a = 6.5 mi 23 April: 179.4; g= 8 mi; a = 8.5 mi (not tracking - but exercise is peaking - swam, yoga, some wt train, plus running) 30 April: 178.8; g= 8 mi; a = 9.4 mi - lost the Easter Dinner binge this week - running more. 07 May: 178.4 g= 8 mi; a = 10.5 mi - getting into the running more 14 May: 179.4 g=8 mi; a = 12.0 mi - liking the spring runs 21 May: 178.8 g= 8 mi;a = 12.5 mi - good thoughts about the jogging 28 May: 179.2 g= 8 mi; a = 8.6 mi - damn rain and floods are messing me up!!!! 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Signed up for my first 5K formal race - June 18th Heart & Sole Run in Billings, MT. Starting to train for this event. Graduation barbeques at my lunch - need to work this week to loose the poundage of last weekend! Life is good.
  11. Super Bowl, What alternate plans do you have for exercise while you are recovering? I know when I broke my knee cap a couple years ago I thought my wt would climb drastically. It didn't cuz I started to really track and live w/in my daily pt allowance. I also did do some exercise in the swimming pool. But I really missed my running/walking - esp the time outdoors. Take care.
  12. Here's an update (I am on maintenance): 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 177.4; g=8 mi; a = 6.5 mi 23 April: 179.4; g= 8 mi; a = 8.5 mi (not tracking - but exercise is peaking - swam, yoga, some wt train, plus running) 30 April: 178.8; g= 8 mi; a = 9.4 mi - lost the Easter Dinner binge this week - running more. 07 May: 178.4 g= 8 mi; a = 10.5 mi - getting into the running more 14 May: 179.4 g= 8 mi; a = 12.0 mi - jogging - running getting easier - spring flowers? 21 May: 28 May: 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Going to take part in our local WW May 22nd 5K walk/run - as part of training will actually jog the 5K this year!! Signed up for my first 5K formal race - June 18th Heart & Sole Run in Billings, MT. Continued training for this event. Life is good.
  13. Here's an update (I am on maintenance): 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 177.4; g=8 mi; a = 6.5 mi 23 April: 179.4; g= 8 mi; a = 8.5 mi (not tracking - but exercise is peaking - swam, yoga, some wt train, plus running) 30 April: 178.8; g= 8 mi; a = 9.4 mi - lost the Easter Dinner binge this week - running more. 07 May: 178.4 g= 8 mi; a = 10.5 mi - getting into the running more 14 May: 21 May: 28 May: 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Signed up for my first 5K formal race - June 18th Heart & Sole Run in Billings, MT. Starting to train for this event. Life is good.
  14. Here's an update (I am on maintenance): 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 177.4; g=8 mi; a = 6.5 mi 23 April: 179.4; g= 8 mi; a = 8.5 mi (not tracking - but exercise is peaking - swam, yoga, some wt train, plus running) 30 April: 178.8; g= 8 mi; a = 9.4 mi - lost the Easter Dinner binge this week - running more. 07 May: 14 May: 21 May: 28 May: 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Signed up for my first 5K formal race - June 18th Heart & Sole Run in Billings, MT. I am also posting this on the men's forum. Life is good.
  15. Super Bowl, Next time u are at the gym load up 72 lbs in dumbbells (your current wt loss) and walk around the gym for 15 or 20 minutes. Think how you felt back when you were packing all that poundage and the goodness you have blessed yourself with by loosing the wt and eating in a healthy lifestyle. My employer requires fire fighters to pass a "pack" test which is walking 3 miles with a 45 lb pack in less than 45 minutes. I talked them out of one of the older 45 lb wt vests and everyonce in a while don that vest and either do the test (which I can now pass) or just clomp around with that extra wt. Gives me a hallulajah moment - a gusher of gratitude!!! I HAVE to exercise to keep my wt off. Life is good.
  16. Being able to kiss my knees and get up off the floor without grunting and groaning. Feeling a "bagginess" in my clothes as the wt dropped off. Enjoying the compliments from people about my wt loss and their encouragement. Feeling good about the comments from my doctor during my annual physical and going over my all "normal" blood test results - dumping the anti-depressants and statin drugs. Running 3 miles without stopping.
  17. Here's an update (I am on maintenance): 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 177.4; g=8 mi; a = 6.5 mi 23 April: 179.4; g= 8 mi; a = 8.5 mi (not tracking - but exercise is peaking - swam, yoga, some wt train, plus running) 30 April: 07 May: 14 May: 21 May: 28 May: 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Easter weekend was a pig out - working hard this week to overcome that "glut!" I am also posting this on the men's forum. Life is good.
  18. Howdy - I am on maintenance so here is my "progress" - going well under Point + for me. I am finding under Point+ my weight varies less than under the earlier plan. Here's an update: 12 March: 176.6; goal (g)= 8 mi; actual (a)= 6.0 mi 19 March: 175.6; g= 8 mi; a= 7.2 mi 26 March: 176.6; g=8 mi; a= 6.0 (snowed up here - running no up; did some swimming, yoga, bowling, skiing) 02 April: 176.2; g=8 mi; a=6.5 mi 09 April: 176.6; g=8 mi; a = 7.0 mi 16 April: 23 April: 30 April: 07 May: 14 May: 21 May: 28 May: 04 June: 11 June: 18 June: Downhill skiing is over - might free up some weekend time. . . I am also posting this on the men's forum. Life is good.
  19. I don't do OA but have been in recovery since March 10 1988 for another addiction. I find that many of the same concepts practiced by 12-step groups is directly applicable here. Some of the same reasons people drink, drug or act out have the same underpinings as does compulsive overeating. My belief is you can apply the same principles to weight management and living healthy in WW as one would with 12-step groups. Many of the same sayings always apply: It works if you work it; half measures avail us nothing; keep coming back; etc. And of course meeting attendance is key both to recovery and wt loss. Life is good. . .
  20. The primary change under P+ was I really cut back on my carbohydrate intake to only eating carbs that are high fiber/complex. Things like wwheat bread 3 g+; breakfast cereal like shredded wheat - Go Lean - Fiber One or oatmeal. Maybe an occassional baked potato or sweet potato. Figuring that I am still getting adequate carbs in the fruit that I eat. . . Yes, weight loss is a funny thing - it really is individual and you just need to stick with it long enough until you can really see how your body reacts to different things you consume as intake and how it reacts to different output events (exercise). Bye.
  21. Both plans worked for me. I find Points Plus pushing my eating regime to more protein, fruits and vegetables (I blasphemed in my ww meeting said it tasted similar to Atkins - got a frown frm my leader). I ran the P+ program at my loosing allowance of 32 and found the wt dropping off. I played with the numbers a bit cuz I am on maintenance so the pgm seems to be right on for me. I like the greater pt assignment for the exercise under P+. I like the zero pts for fruit and most veggies and find myself eating more of them. Like any thing else - it works if you work it - and half measures avail us nothing. . .
  22. I tended to look/track weight trends over time. Weight fluctuations occur for seeminly no reason at all, so I made me a graph that showed by weight gains and losses. Now that I am on maintenance my goal wt is a straight line on the graph and my weigh in numbers are (happily) bouncing up and down below my lifetime goal weight. Your are right in your encouragement - slips and lapses are a part of life and this program is a lifestyle change that pays big benefits in the long run. My addictive personality talks to me and expects the change now - immediately. But my real life and soul says different and whispers to do easy does it - good things come to those who don't quit. Life is good. . .
  23. Good advise above. I look for the long term trend and my non-scale victories (NSVs) like clothes fitting better - able to kiss my knees (which was a big thing for me when I was loosing) and other people's comments that notice you are looking fitter. In the summer time, my DAILY weight can flucuate +/- 3lbs - water loss, but also depends on what I am eating - sodium many times is the culpurt. Key is to continue the program and stay within the guidelines that one should do. It works if you work it. Life is good.
  24. I broke my foot last winter skiing and I thought I would gain lots cuz I always had to do exercise to lose. But I had access to my YMCA swimming pool and did a lot of my exercise in the pool - at first only swimming with my upper body. I also became an anal retentive tracker and really tracked what I was eating so I could stay within my pt range w/o my usual activity pts. Came through it good, took the time to heal up and do all the mandated PT. Best of luck.
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