losinit1655's Journal, 21 March 2016

Are You There, FS? It’s Me, LosinIt.
(That’s a nod to author Judy Blume for any FSers who weren’t a preteen girl in the late 70s/early 80s.)
First and foremost, let me say I’m SO sorry that I abruptly ‘ghosted’ my FS Buddies and fellow Sassies – I’m sorry for not being here to celebrate your triumphs, support you during your struggles and otherwise encourage you on your respective journeys.
The Prodigal Daughter is back – in fact, much ‘more’ of me is back. Remember that 80s Cher commercial for Holiday Fitness Centers? “Don’t you just hate the holidays? Couple of weeks of partying . . . even your ankles got fat.” Yep, that’s me – just tack on another 10 weeks or so of a return to poor eating habits and very little exercise.
I’m giving this FS Journal 2 titles: The Perfect Storm and The Weight of Words
The Perfect Storm
December 20th: Personal Training sessions conclude
December 24-Jan. 1: Christmas Eve through New Year’s – ‘nuf said (see Cher quote above)
January: Project I took over managing in mid-October hits DEFCON 3 (and climbing)
Jan. 19-Feb. 22: Three business trips (including a coast-to-coaster) in ~4 weeks.
Jan. 28: In between road trips, my senior dog cuts one of his pads during our daily walk. Given his age, vet and I agree to go the more conservative route of letting it heal on its own (vs. anesthesia for a few stitches) which means NO daily walks for ~3 weeks.
Feb. 23 – Mar. 6: Three family birthday celebrations
But it’s much too convenient and easy to suggest that these things somehow ‘conspired’ against me to derail my efforts to eat healthy and exercise. One of my business trips included an address from Seal Team 6 member Rob O’Neill (Bin Laden’s shooter) and he reminded me that stress is not something that happens to you – stress is how you CHOOSE TO REACT to a situation or environment. That leads me to . . .
The Weight of Words
12 personal training sessions should be enough for me to replicate a strength workout on my own – no need to order and pay for more sessions.
(+5 lbs. fat; -2 lbs. muscle)
Work is so busy and stressful that I just don’t have the time to log and track on FS right now (or exercise as frequently). No biggie -- even though I’m not yet at my initial goal weight, I feel pretty good about my current size/shape . . . I’ve been doing this (healthier eating + regular exercise) for nearly 6 months; surely I can loosen the reins a little and still maintain my weight with a slightly less stringent routine.
(+ 10 lbs. fat; -1 lbs. muscle)
You look like you’ve gained some of the weight back – you said you weren’t going to do that.
-- Mom (ouch -- +2 lbs. fat)
Yep, I am officially a 95%er who’s ‘reacquired’ previously shed pounds and inches. Work circumstances haven’t changed considerably, but rather I’m working on changing my attitude and ‘coping mechanisms.’ You know, it’s funny (in a pathetic kind of way) . . . I regard myself as a fairly intelligent, methodical thinker (I was a Philosophy major after all!) There I was, diligently recording every morsel, finding my macro ‘sweet spot,’ eating more whole foods and limiting carbage, routinely scheduling near daily exercise (whether cardio or strength), wearing smaller clothes, seeing early signs of tone and definition (or at least less flab and ‘squish’), having more energy and even experiencing some good results by tinkering with intermittent fasting. In other words, things were moving along swimmingly and then I had to go and pretty much consciously ‘eff’ things up . . . as Spock would say, “Illogical, Captain.”
But I’m back – or at least taking the first steps at getting back and employing my rational brain by reminding myself that I know what to do; and, even more importantly, know that I CAN do it because it’s been done before (with a little help from my FS Buddies). Current Plan of Action:
1) Return to daily tracking on FS – record weekly Journals or more frequently as needed
2) Weigh DAILY (but record weekly)
3) No matter how busy or how much work to be done, MAKE/SCHEDULE time for exercise (even if just a walk with the dog)
4) Take food tracking to the ‘next level’ using recently purchased food scale when appropriate
158.4 lb Lost so far: 38.6 lb.    Still to go: 31.4 lb.    Diet followed poorly.

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 March 2016:
632 kcal Fat: 27.00g | Prot: 23.75g | Carb: 82.00g.   Lunch: Lentil Soup with Ancient Grains. Dinner: Starbucks Caffe Misto with Soy (Tall). Snacks/Other: Russell Stover Raspberry Whip Egg, Publix Greenwise Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. more...
2253 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (brisk) - 4/mph - 1 hour and 40 minutes, Resting - 14 hours and 20 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet losinit1655's own diet   gaining 1.8 lb a week

27 Supporters    Support   

Thanks for a VERY honest post!!!! Cheers for your "return" to FS... YES...FS is here!!! Work your plan...your results are going To be AWESOME !!!!!!!! 
21 Mar 16 by member: SuccessThisTime58
I like your plan my friend ..... I don't think you have any idea how similar you are to the kind of us ..... We weren't be here if it was easy ..... Take my hand .... Let's do this together. 
21 Mar 16 by member: glen
Glad you are back ,ready to work your plan! 
21 Mar 16 by member: UmmBilal
Love the Judy Blume reference! Ha ha, that was that book that got me "the talk" at age 8, when I asked what one of the words meant. Good luck executing your plan! 
22 Mar 16 by member: kpwcalories
Oooh, like the word 'carbage'. :D I'm not afraid of them any longer, but on a cut, losing them keeps weight a little more stable which is helpful to the mindset. Very pleased to see the StarTrek reference. Yes, I read the whole post. Welcome back. :) 
22 Mar 16 by member: northernmusician
That's a pretty puppy by the way. 
22 Mar 16 by member: northernmusician
THanks for taking the time to write this journal! And like Glen said, we are all here for the same reason and we all need to lean on one another through this journey. Good Luck! 
22 Mar 16 by member: aggie95
Welcome back! New, fresh starts are always a good thing! 
22 Mar 16 by member: jmb3450
Thanks, Buddies! Good to be 'home' . . . SST58 -- your encouragement is infectious! Glen -- invitation accepted!! UmmBilal -- your steady, incredible success is my inspiration! Thanks, Kpwcalories -- happy to know/meet a fellow 'Blumer' on here! :) NM -- Although I haven't posted, I have followed your current family 'challenges' via FS e-mail updates and my thoughts have been with you and yours as difficult decisions are discussed and plans are made . . . Jake says "Thanks, man -- I especially like the 'puppy' part of your compliment!" Thank you, Aggie95! I love your profile pic! Always good to hear from a consistent and successful FSer such as yourself, Jmb!! 
22 Mar 16 by member: losinit1655
I like your honesty and your sense of humor, glad you are back on track and heading in a positive direction. :)  
22 Mar 16 by member: newmooney
It happens! The important thing is that you recognized it and came back!  
22 Mar 16 by member: dsptchr572
Welcome back! The past is the past so let's just move forward :D Hasn't been the same without you!! 
22 Mar 16 by member: spiritspell
Well done for putting the brakes on. I hope Jake's paw is all healed up now? 
24 Mar 16 by member: heidij123
Thanks for the support and encouragement, Newmoon, Dspatchr & Spiritspell! It's great to be back! Heidi -- Jake's paw healed up nicely (although slowly) and we've resumed our daily walks. 
24 Mar 16 by member: losinit1655


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