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Experiment: am I able to maintain my weight for 9 weeks without the scale?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The usual maintenance challenge is coming up in At Goal and Maintenance team: US Election Day Maintenance Challenge, 2nd September- 3rd November.

At this time I'm going to modify the challenge for myself:
am I able to maintain my weight without the scale?
I will post my weight only at Week 1 and at end of challenge.
Of course officially I will be dropped out for not posting, but in I will post a short weekly update on how I think I am was doing, and see the result at the end.

I need the challenge to anchor myself to my goal.
In the past 3 years I weighed myself every day, looking at trends, not daily fluctuations.
Recently I noticed that I can predict my weight quite well based on my past behavior.
Exercise is always the same, but there are worse and better periods of eating.
A: eating the planned amounts, good portion control at dinner = I'm at goal weight or below
B: overeating in the evening and occasional mindless snacking during the day = I'm over my goal and need to pay attention, if all else fails even to go back to tracking all my food.
Hm... that seems all I need to know to take action, so I might just as well eliminate the scale from the process?
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SMILINGTREE 8/28/2014 8:58AM

    This is a fantastic idea -- because after all, isn't part of the goal to be healthy and relaxed and not need the scale or the tracker? It is for me, anyway. Good luck! I feel sure you'll meet this challenge with no problems.

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WENDYANNE61 8/26/2014 2:01AM

    You know what to do and you will feel very good about your balance if you donīt gain during the next challenge without using the scales as a check-point - all the best!

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FIREFLY4407 8/25/2014 5:26AM

    Great plan - I'm sure you'll do well!!
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SWEDE_SU 8/24/2014 9:53PM

    that will indeed be a challenge! but you seem to be mindful of what you need to know and do to stay on track, so you'll do great!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 8:43PM

    I very rarely weigh myself. I used to use my scale everyday. I beat myself up if I went up at all. You are very self disciplined. You are going to be fine.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/24/2014 2:01PM

    Wow! I applaud you for not getting on the scale in 9 weeks! That is really a big deal to me! I get on that scale every day and I'm scared to death if I don't get on the scale I will gain weight! That is awesome that you are able not to get on the scale! I'm so proud of you! Way to go girl!
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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/24/2014 12:57PM

    Very true, you've learned enough about yourself that you can be missing a tool like the scale now and it not make a difference! I think that's great progress! It sounds like a fun experiment for you too to see if you are right as well...which I am sure you are! LOL
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MIRAGE727 8/24/2014 12:56PM

    Wow, excellent effort and challenge! I wake up every morning and sleepwalk to my scale! All the best and stay strong!
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ELRIDDICK 8/24/2014 12:42PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Photo blog about vacation in Germany

Saturday, August 23, 2014

It took me while, because we made lots of pictures, but finally I selected a few to share.

DH, DD, DS under Nuremberg Burg:


North Sea: low tide, seals, sand dunes, clouds, my kids doing yoga on the beach.
On Baltrum island there are no cars, so horses carry everything.
















Gothic Cathedrals of Strasbourg and Ulm - we climbed both towers








Lake Attersee in Austria - I did yoga, walked the hills and swam in the lake on our last day : )


  
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DEB9021 8/25/2014 8:13PM

    Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them. I was wondering why there were upside down cardboard boxes all over the beach. Then I zoomed in and noticed the people, which put it In perspective. :-) I've never seen sunshades like that!

Really nice pictures. Looks like you had an active yet relaxing vacation!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/24/2014 1:00PM

    SO Awesome! I want to visit Germany again!!! As well as Italy and Switzerland!!! I love Nuremburg! I miss their Kris Kringle Mart and would love to go to it again!!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/24/2014 9:15AM

    Beautiful! I love the architecture. What a nice family vacation!!
I have never been there. Thank you for sharing!

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GIANTOCR1 8/24/2014 8:50AM

    Great vacation and thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.

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TEMPEST272002 8/23/2014 10:54PM

    So beautiful! What an amazing trip you had. Love the no-car island and the use of horses. Must be so peaceful without the car noise.

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MJREIMERS 8/23/2014 8:33PM

    Beautiful!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I've never been out of the country, but maybe someday. Thanks for sharing such great pictures.

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/23/2014 5:14PM

    Wow loved the pics thanks for sharing. I especially liked the cathedral pics. I'm desperate to go to Germany and this just makes me want to go more! Glad you enjoyed your vacation

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LESLIESENIOR 8/23/2014 4:31PM

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!!! What a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing all that beauty with us all.
Namaste!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/23/2014 4:11PM

    Wow! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Looks like you had an amazing time on your vacation! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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ARCHIMEDESII 8/23/2014 4:03PM

    How wonderful !!! I love going to the highest point in a city for a view.

I've never been to Germany. It's on my list of places I want to see.

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10K on the hills

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This morning was sunny, 15oC/60oF, and somewhat windy.
I usually run 7K on Sunday mornings, now I thought: this is perfect running weather! The routes are clean and dry, and it is so cool I don't even have to carry water!
Go run the forest 10K route!

Well, I haven't run so long since last fall.
This means adding a very steep hill to my usual 7K forest route, which is beautiful but very hard for me when the surface is muddy or snowy, or when it is hot.
I decided to give it a try, and if it is too much, I can always slow down or add extra walk breaks.
It went very well : )
Actually it went exactly as if I haven't skipped more than half a year. I could run the steepest uphill part without slowing down, and didn't need extra walk breaks. My pace was 10:23 min/mile, which is only 1 min/mile slower than my personal best (which was 9:29 in a flat 7K race).
I enjoyed the run very much, and I plan to do it again a few times before autumn rains set in.
I'm pleased I did not lose my endurance : )

  
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SETTIMIA 8/23/2014 2:42PM

    HI SWEET, THAT IS AMAZING, WELL DONE YOU ARE DOING SO WELL

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENT ON MY BLOG

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND

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THOMASINA57 8/21/2014 4:00PM

    WOW.. you too are very strong and very motivated!! emoticon Doesn't it feel great!!

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EDENZMOM 8/18/2014 11:02AM

    Fantastic! ...and how does your body feel this morning?

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MOBYCARP 8/17/2014 7:51PM

    If you've been running 7K weekly, running 10K now isn't really like running after taking a half year off. It's more like just doing a longer distance that you're ready for, but haven't tested recently.

Good for you, being in shape from regular 7K runs to run 10K when you felt like it!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/17/2014 3:24PM

    That's fabulous you ran a 10k this morning! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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MRS.DOYLE 8/17/2014 12:34PM

    That's very satisfying and a great inspiration.
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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/17/2014 11:58AM

    That's great! I look forward to cooler weather to return outdoors too! I miss it! I'm glad it was so nice out and you got to enjoy it so fully!
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LESLIESENIOR 8/17/2014 11:39AM

    Awesome job!! All your consistency and hard work is paying off. What a great and exhilarating testimony to that!

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ROXYZMOM 8/17/2014 8:35AM

    Fantastic! You must be enjoying a nice adrenaline rush!
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GHK1962 8/17/2014 8:07AM

    Wow ... that sounds like a nice run you had. And on hills too! Way to go!

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CHERYLHURT 8/17/2014 6:46AM

  Way to go! Great job!

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KANOE10 8/17/2014 6:24AM

    You are in good condition. It sounded like an excellent run and your endurance held up well. Great job of staying healthy!

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Mediocre week and a good run this morning

Friday, August 15, 2014

This week hasn't been too good.
Overate each night, not too bad bad enough to feel drained and tired an sleepy.
To make it worse, I let myself slip back into my bad habit of compulsive reading... yes there is such thing! Reading Terry Pratchett books on my Kindle several hours a day is not a healthy habit. This is why I was missing...
Apart from my workouts, really felt my energy was drained.

But last light I said no, and had a modest dinner and read only half an hour in bed.
I was rewarded this morning: I felt refreshed and energetic, and my early morning 7K forest run felt wonderful.
The rest of the day was good too, ate well, and did not overeat in the evening.
And didn't read a word from the book yet ; )

  
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DEB9021 8/16/2014 9:41AM

    I totally understand! I easily slip into a bad habit of sitting and reading for hours, also. I love a good book, and usually read during my lunch from work. But once I get wrapped up in a story, I start sneaking extra time when I should be sleeping or getting household chores done. And once you sit for longer than usual, it's amazing how hard it is to overcome the inertia and get moving again. It's like the couch and my rear are magnets, and i can find myself sitting without any real thought that I was even headed for the couch. :-/

But it sounds like you broke the cycle. Good for you!

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KANOE10 8/16/2014 8:22AM

    You are back on track and feel better. You are off to a great day. Good job on getting a good run in.

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MRS.DOYLE 8/16/2014 1:37AM

    Great you managed to say no. Have you tried audio books? You could run and "read" at the same time.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/15/2014 8:54PM

    I'm so proud of you last night having a modest dinner last night and getting up this morning and running a 7K! You put the Sparks in Sparks! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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TEMPEST272002 8/15/2014 8:17PM

    Completely understand the compulsive reading. I have a hard time putting a good book down. 30 minutes - that's self control. :O)

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ROXYZMOM 8/15/2014 4:12PM

    I think it's great that you noticed how you felt, identified the culprits and adjusted!!
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UMBILICAL 8/15/2014 3:49PM

  I need a good run

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Vacation Part 2

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I'm back!
We arrived home from Germany late in the evening on Wednesday, had a rest day on Thursday and went back to work on Friday.
The second half of the trip was just as wonderful as the first.
From the North Sea we drove to the beautiful valley of the river Mosel, even the steepest hillsides cultivated and growing grapes for their famous wine. Lovely little towns with medieval houses and castles.
Then we drove to Strasbourg. I have never heard of the gothic cathedral there, so I was stunned by the beauty of the colorful glass windows, just sat there for half an hour watching, and another hour wandering about. We climbed the tower too. We had all the time we needed, because our friend took all the kids to Europa-Park theme park. So everybody was happy.
We spent our last night at a lake in Austria, did my morning yoga by the water, then walked the hills, swam in the lake...

I gained only one pound - the smallest vacation weight gain I ever had.
I tracked my fitness minutes, and week 1 was 5800 calories burnt, and week 2 was 3100, this may be the reason why, but I ate quite well too.
There were 2 nights when I felt like drinking a beer, and had one, but on other days I didn't drink alcohol at all.

The photo blog will come later as I have to rush now.

  
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HADESKITTEN 8/16/2014 7:38PM

    Wow. That sounds amazing!!! :) Can't wait to see the photo blog.

Also very cool that you only gained 1 pound on vacation! I am really nervous about ours for this reason.. we are going to be gone for a month!

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TEMPEST272002 8/15/2014 12:38PM

    What an amazing trip! Sounds like you did a good job of taking care of yourself while on vacation.

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DEB9021 8/10/2014 9:59PM

    Sounds so beautiful! Glad you had a good time and actually spent your vacation relaxing, and keeping up your healthy habits, too. Way to go!

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STRIVERONE 8/9/2014 10:18PM

    I hope the benefits of your vacation carryover for a long time.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/9/2014 1:12PM

    Oh so cool! That sounds like a wonderful vacation! Excited to see your pics!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/9/2014 12:21PM

    I'm so happy you had a wonderful vacation! Sounds like you had an awesome time in Germany and Austria! I can't wait to see your pictures! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love!
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LESLIESENIOR 8/9/2014 10:55AM

    That sounds like a dream vacation, and a healthy one too. So glad you had such a fabulous time!

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ROXYZMOM 8/9/2014 8:10AM

    That sounds wonderful!

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ARNETTELEE 8/9/2014 5:48AM

  Welcome back!

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