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I'm a 58 year old divorced male, and became an empty nester when my daughter moved out in March 2011. I've done some things with fitness over the past few years, but my start with SparkPeople in July 2011 marks my first serious attempt to quantify what I eat in detail. The act of recording affects my food choices, and that is a Good Thing.

April 30, 2014: I completed my first half marathon on April 27, and recovery has gone well. I'm now pointing at running the Rochester ...
I'm a 58 year old divorced male, and became an empty nester when my daughter moved out in March 2011. I've done some things with fitness over the past few years, but my start with SparkPeople in July 2011 marks my first serious attempt to quantify what I eat in detail. The act of recording affects my food choices, and that is a Good Thing.

April 30, 2014: I completed my first half marathon on April 27, and recovery has gone well. I'm now pointing at running the Rochester Marathon in September.

November 29, 2013: The mid-October 5K and Thanksgiving 10K were successful and a lot of fun. I ran new PRs for 5K and 10K in those races. I think I'm back to running regularly now.

September 17, 2013: Today the PT told me to work up to 5 minute running intervals, and that the next step from the 2 minutes I'd been at should be 3 minutes. A 5K in mid-October is looking possible, and a 10K on Thanksgiving Day is looking likely.

July 6, 2013: A couple weeks ago I injured the other foot. Now I'm in physical therapy, trying to get back the ability to run and learn what to do to avoid foot issues in the future. Meanwhile, it's bike rides when the weather permits until the feet are good enough to support brisk walking again.

May 1, 2013: The foot injury is still, ever so slowly, getting better. I've recently been through a secondary leg injury, running a 5K on April 28 because the leg wouldn't let me run a half marathon. Current focus is on getting the leg and foot healthy enough for regular running.

November 23, 2012: Mostly ran a 10K yesterday. I think I can beat this foot injury. Added another set of point in time pictures today. There's little change from the last set, but what change there is looks good.

July 31, 2012: Added another set of point in time pictures. It's good to see that my body is maintaining shape, even while I'm waiting to be able to run again.

July 3, 2012: The foot injury is back. No running, and limited walking. At least it's warm now; I can ride a bike without bothering the foot. Struggling with motivation for the fitness side, doing OK on the eating side.

April 29, 2012: After a long recovery from a foot injury, backed off from the HM and ran the associated 5K. There could be a half in my future, but no definite dates at this point.

December 21, 2011: Got medical clearance to train for a half marathon and/or marathon. Signed up for the Flower City Challenge HM on April 29, 2012.

November 24, 2011: Ran my first competitive 10K. I'm hooked.

October 15, 2011: Came to the end of the 5K Your Way running program. I will no longer be running for a prescribed time interval; now I will run for a distance that looks like it will fit in the time that I have.

October 7, 2011: This morning I weighed in a pound below my initial goal weight. Now I begin the process of figuring out what the real goal ought to be. I'm less concerned with celebrating taking 22 pounds off in 12 and a half weeks, than with figuring out how maintenance works.
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Member Since: 7/10/2011

SparkPoints: 151,634

Fitness Minutes: 78,837

My Goals:
I reached my initial goal weight in October 2011, then took off another 10 pounds learning how to not lose weight. The weight went down very slowly for four more months, before smoothing into a true sideways trend.

The long term goal is simply to maintain my weight and fitness level. That will turn into a weight loss or weight gain goal if the weight goes uncomfortably far in one direction or the other.

My Program:
Record everything I eat. Use the SP nutrition tracker as a budget for calories, carbs, fat, and protein. Choose a calorie range 350 calories wide. Set macronutrient ranges carbs 45-65% of calories; fat 20-35% of calories; protein 18-35% of calories, subject to minimum 120 grams. Make adjustments if my weight seems to be moving too much in either direction.

Get some exercise, every day. It turns out I love running; but get some sort of exercise every day even when injuries prevent regular runs.


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From Nebraska, living in Rochester, NY.

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"Discipline is remembering what you want." - David Campbell

"You can't out-train a crappy diet." - weight lifting adage


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SUSANNAH31
8/14/2014 6:25:08 AM

I Googled Fleet Feet and it led to more links to walking events and organizations. Thanks for helping me build up my resources.
And thanks, too, for sharing your own learning and experiences.




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ALICIA363
8/9/2014 11:03:53 PM

Thank you for your perspective. It steadies me when I could react to reality more irrationally. emoticon



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GABY1948
8/9/2014 6:32:23 PM

Wow, Thank you for coming by my page. I have always been sort of in awe about Barb (well-deserved awe) and it spills over on the family but you are most like her. You both write like writers so your family's blogs are my favorite things but to me the running IS pretty techie.

I hope you figure just where you should aim your running to be so you don't injure yourself. I never realized running was such a danger to so many...guess that is why I was never destined to be a runner...I was always a klutz! emoticon

Thanks again for your time and explanation.

Gaye



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NANCYANNE55
8/6/2014 8:09:44 PM

Love your comment on my blog! Sounds like you could identify with my line "You WILL need to make changes, but find methods that fit into your lifestyle, or that you can build a new lifestyle around." comes in." You found something to build it around.

And it's good to hear from another person who has to log to keep the weight off. You would not beLIEVE the criticism I have received for still doing that.



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SPINNINGJW
8/3/2014 8:45:04 PM

The thing about having an active job is that your body adapts to it, and it is no longer challenging enough to count as "exercise." For awhile, going on walks was my "go-to" activity, and I was motivated by getting the Spark Points. With the fitbit tracking and syncing, that is no longer a motivator, as my fitbit gives me the maximum fitness points per day.

So, I will start with 10 min a day in addition to work, and see where it goes. Hopefully 3 of those days will be strength training, but for now I just want to develop the consistency.



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