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Been a while... I am back

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Well... here we go again. Back in 2016 I started losing weight. I went from 116 kg to 93 and did not just plateau, I hit a solid wall. I went straight from losing 1 kg a week to nothing. No slowing down, just bam! I tried for a while to break the plateau and was having no luck. I had cut my food down as much as I was willing to go, and so increased my exercise.

Then, my wife starts complaining that I lost her "pooh bear" stomach. Not very supportive ha ha.

So I decided to go into maintenance at 93 instead of 85 (my original goal). I maintained for a year and it was going well. Then I got a weird jungle fever that would not go away, and Bell's palsy and went to the hospital. Only 3 days in the hospital but I was bedridden for a month of recuperation.

My daily exercise habit was lost. I tried to get back into it, but it did not go well. I had been walking 6 km a day for over 2 years, and lost it. I would walk 2 or 3 times a week, maybe, unless it was too hot or too rainy (the Philippines is always either too hot or too rainy, you know).

I lost 23 kilos in one year, maintained it for 1 year, then just kind of lost the motivation.

Over the next year I put 17 kilos back on. I am back to 110 (was 116 at my highest), and am trying again. I did tell my wife that her complaining does not help. She said she never complained but when I reminded her of the "pooh bear" comments (numerous comments), she laughed and said that yes, my stomach was cute and she was glad it was back.

I have gone back to tracking, it is important for me. Tracking keeps me mindful. It is so easy to have *just* a little extra to eat, or exercise *just* a little less. Tracking keeps me honest. I told my wife she does not have to actively support me - but to quit complaining about me losing weight. We shall see how that goes.

The motivation to lose is coming from me, which I think is the best motivation. But some support from my wife would certainly not hurt!

So as of Sep 2019 I am back to 110 kilos. My goal, again, is 85... wish me luck (and lots of hard work). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  • MIAMIRN
    Hi Tim! It's Elona your Filipino expat Sparkfriend! emoticon


    I forgot all about you until I was browsing my friend list. I am sorry I haven't been a better Spark friend. I could have given you some support when you needed it the most.
    I hope one day to meet you. We don't live too far from each other. It would definitely be fun for my family to meet you and yours. My son's wife is Filipino And my grandson is two. We could have a blast sharing stories and having fun in the wild west. Lol.

    Great you are back. I'm sorry you have been ill and glad you are okay now. A couple of years ago I got very sick and was hospitalized myself for a week.PThe hospital was great, the doctors excellent and the nurses. okay. I am a retired pediatric RN myself. Nurses here are not exactly respected as much as they are in the U.S. nor are they given responsibility like in the U.S. They are subservient and low paid workers here. No wonder so many of them work in the U.S. Pity they have to leave their family and sometimes children. I've had Filipino nurse friends in the U.S. Money is great, but leaving your family is a sad affair. Bless them.

    Anyway, come visit my page. Glad to see you have returned and are okay! emoticon

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  • DONNALEE-53
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    Keep at it - it doesn't come easy but it's good to never give up on the process. Sorry you got knocked back by the Bell's Palsy. Being ill doesn't help.
    441 days ago
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