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Back at it... break is over!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Over many years I put on the standard weight that most people do, as we age. I have a lot of health issues that keep me from strenuous activity and some of my meds are horrid. So I put on a bit more weight than I should have. I was a single dad for many years and when the kids moved out I retired early and moved from Texas to the Philippines. That was always the plan - but the plan was 60 or 65, not 49 ha ha

After I got here I put on more weight. The combination of no longer working, much more sitting around, and bad Filipino food I added another 10 kilos easily (well good tasting but greasy, fried, all carbs & fat). It was past time to lose weight.

I started back in Sep 2016 and was consistently losing 1 kg a week, for 17 weeks. I knew it would not last, and enjoyed it while it did. I simply started daily walks, switched from regular coke to diet coke, starting drinking 10 glasses of water a day, and measuring portions. After the first, easy 17 kgs it became a lot more work. Over the next few months I increased my walking speed and distance quite a bit. I started lifting dumbbells and doing kettlebell swings. I started building muscle, while still losing fat. The scale was not moving as much - but that was fine.

As I approached 1 year on Spark I was wearing clothes that had not fit me this century! Why I brought old, tight clothes with me when I emigrated to the Philippines 4 years prior... I do not know... I am glad I did! When I was able to put on pants that had not fit since the 90s it was a great feeling.

I was expecting a plateau but got a wall instead. Dead stop. I tried for months to get it going again. Played with my macros, increased the exercise, even tried keto. That was a short failed experiment. I lost 3 kilos in the first 2 weeks but my blood pressure went up and I was dizzy all the time. I went back to regular macros and almost immediately felt better... and the 3 kilos came right back ha ha

I read some posts here about diet breaks, and decided a 2 month break was in order. Well, 2 months turned into 11. Go figure (hey, retirement is tough). I maintained my weight for most of the year, but after I got out of the hospital I put on 5 kilos over the next few months. The hospital stay was for a little bell's palsy, no big deal, but the meds were worse than the illness. After I got home I was virtually bedridden for a month.

So I just started tracking again, after 11 months away. My original weight was 116 kg, goal was 85 kg. When I got to 95 I was pretty happy with it and did not care about the other 10 kilos. I slipped a little and am now back at 103. My wife is happier, but I am not. She actually complained about me losing my "Pooh Bear tummy".

Here we go... I am back to tracking. I still exercised and ate pretty well, but without tracking I tend to go easy on the exercise, and make more poor food choices. Only been back a week and lost 1 kilos - so that is nice. I am even trying out the Spark Coach to see if there is anything in there I will use (not decided yet).

2011 still in Texas (with my kids)

Made some progress the first year. Time to lose the rest! Only 15 kilos to go emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count. Jennifer Niven
    587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2018 6:45:56 PM
  • GLORYB83
    Tim, there is no quick fix for our weight problems, no diet will do it! Eating sensibly, which means healthy food, in proper portions, and getting in some exercise is what will! Walking is great exercise as it helps the entire body and you can do small exercises on your own at home, don't need gyms or gadgets.

    Good to see you again and to know you're back working at it. One day at a time and don't get discouraged, write a blog and get encouragement from spark friends. That helps.
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    600 days ago
    Great job
    601 days ago
    Healthful lifestyle
    601 days ago
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