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Old 03-20-2017, 09:03 PM
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Long overdue, here is a new health and fitness sticky for the year. :flex:

I just got a pedometer and put it through its paces today. The step count seems accurate -- just over 9,000 for a 3.3 mile walk -- but its mile count is way off the one Google Maps gave me when I plotted the route. Since I got a nice basic model that has no Bluetooth bullshit or web connectivity of any kind, I'm wondering if it calculates miles based solely on the length of stride it asks you to input. But that's a rough number, not a reliable way to measure distance. I saw the step count move with each step I took, so I'm comfortable that's correct. I think I'll stick to the Googz for the miles, though.
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:54 AM
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At my most bortly size, I was at least 280. Likely, even closer to 300. A few months after I started the punishing laborious jerb I have, bad eating habits and all, I think I leveled off at around 245. After being attacked by mine own skin - or whatever - and changing my dietary habits, I dropped even more weight.

All I did was watch the carbs and sugars. First to go, obviously, was the fast food runs and p much anything deep fried. Then regular potatoes of all stripes. No more crackers or chips, tortilla or otherwise. (I STILL LOVE YOU SALSA. PLEASE DON'T BE MAD AT ME. :mourn: ) That helped me get down to between 210 and 220.

My most recent concession to the diet overlord was beans. I think even that little bit of carb leftover has given me reason to crow about further weight loss. Yesterday I checked and the number was as low as I've seen in a long time - not just years but decades. 203.

As good as monitoring that one number is, it's just one number and it only tells one little bit of a larger tale. I've been waiting until all itchy spots have been gone for a while before getting the better picture of what's going on inside. Tangential health update, I've had a wandering rash - very small spots - of one type or other since the whole thing started. Just a spot that simply would not go away until I wasted some prescription cream on it for a few days to a week. Last Saturday, I think, was the last time I opened that jar. I don't think that is completely over but hopefully it's over enough.

Other than eating right and working myself to death, I'm not doing anything especial for my health.

My breakfasts consist of coffee and maybe a banana. Lunches are pre-prepped on Sundees and currently, it's ground turkey (~4oz), babby spinach (~30g), carrots (60g) and broccoli (60g). Dinner is usually two cheesy tortillas (mission brand whole grain low carb) and some snack.

Beverages include water, sugar-free sports drinks (poweraid zero and little fizzy tablets "nuun"), coffee w/ milk and sucralose or iced tea. Sometimes, a diet soda slips in but I can hardly drink those anymore. They're too heavy or something.

That's where I've been and where I am.

I don't know that I miss any one food in particular. Sometimes the meal of chips and salsa is lamented. Most, though, I'd say it's the convenience of eating whatever whenever and as much of it as I want - or could shove down the gullet.
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:51 AM
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Wow, what an achievement, Bort, not just the weight loss but the total change in your attitude and approach towards food. Bears be sleeping like Rip Van Winkle up in this bitch.

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Protip for the beanage. Eden Foods has canned black soybeans that are entirely reasonable facsimiles of actual black beans. They are bland as hell, but work great in soups, chili, hummus, anything you can cram full of herbs and spices. Just a single gram net carbs per half cup.

I've become inordinately fond of LaCroix flavored sparkling waters, beverage-wise. No sweeteners, no sugar. Just fruit flavors injected into soda water. Some of them are freaking eerily real tasting. I like to mix the coconut and pineapple together for a festive pina colada feel. Also I like getting caught in the rain.

(Not really. I fucking hate getting caught in the rain.)
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Eden Foods has canned black soybeans that are entirely reasonable facsimiles of actual black beans.
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I am inordinately fond of LaCroix flavored sparkling waters, beverage-wise. No sweeteners, no sugar.
Someborty else just recently mentioned flavored sparkling water. I haven't investigated further yet but now I will take this as an omen to get to it.

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Hey, what's up. I'm coming up on 6 years of maintaining about 60 pounds of weight loss. Pretty happy about that! I still use Weight Watchers for maintenance, and I attend meetings weekly when I can, but monthly at a minimum to keep my membership current. I found a meeting that I LOVE but it's obscenely early on Saturday mornings, so I don't make it as often as I'd like.

I'm not as muscular-buff as I have been, which is a bummer. bey is mostly healed from his accident, and we have been bouncing back and forth between Crossfit and Bootcamp, but we lack the consistency necessary to get any real results.

I had signed up for a couple half-marathons in the early part of this year, so I went ahead and made an unofficial goal of 12 halfs in 2017, one per month. January, February, and March races are done, and I'll be running with my mom and others in Zion in April. I haven't registered for anything else, so I better get on that if I want to make this official.

If we're talking biometrics, I got an Apple Watch for Christmas. It has the movement metrics, and damn am I sedentary. I knew that already, it didn't come as a surprise, but it's still eye-opening to see the actual numbers. I'm trying to meet the arbitrary goals the watch app has set for me, and it gives me nice little reminders when I'm getting too far behind, which is a mixed bag depending on my mood. Last night I had to march in place and do jumping jacks for about 4 minutes before bed to get there.
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