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As of last Friday I weighed in at 165. I haven't been in the 160's in many, many years. I'm losing about 1 lb. per week, but not this last week, but no surprise there since I ate more than I burned calorie wise, so no biggie. I had to go shopping yesterday for new pants since my khakis sized at 36 were way too baggy, so I was able to to shop for 34W this time--awesome. Jeans are not quite there yet, but almost. Goal is to reach 155 and maintain that. When I get there, I'll be pretty happy and I'll be able to splurge a little bit with food if I maintain my activity.

Right now my daily goal is to burn 2500 calories and consume no more than 2000. That allows me to lose about 1 lb./week. I'm still using the GoWear fit device from BodyMedia. It's given me the ability to track my calorie burn 24x7. Entering all my meals is not fun (especially when you procrastinate and then struggle to remember what you wate 48 hours ago). It's still been worth it though. I have control over my weight because I know how many calories are going in and how much of that I'm burning.

Diet wise I've simply been moderating my foods. I no longer have 10 Oreo cookies for dessert, no more candy bars, no more bagels and donuts and no more TV dinners that have a whopping 1000 calories (or all of my fat and sodium for the entire day in one meal). I'm just easting more sensibly and the right portions. I could be doing better by eating more salads, but my IBS really flares up with lettuce unfortunately.

A great book to help on that front has been Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide. This has really opened my eyes even more on the bad things I've been eating (and why) and finding good alternatives. It's an excellent reference to keep handy for anyone.

I'm still walking a lot. I think many of my friends and family would be amazed how much better off they would be if they just walked at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week. I want to do more, but my shoulder is slowing me down there and I just have to wait that out. If people just got a pedometer (Amazon has one for $24 and works great) and set a goal of 5,000 steps/day (minimum), they would be so much better off. Yes, I'm talking to you. :p

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bjarvis
Mar. 8th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I could probably drop about 10lbs currently but I have to finish this huge pile of chocolate & pie I bought this weekend first. :-)

Looking forward to seeing the newer svelte you in person again some time soon!
bear_left
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Am very, very happy for you, & look forward to talking about this more as we both keep making progress.
pdxchuck
Mar. 8th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Since Marty started having his, still mostly mysterious health problems over 3 years ago, diet has been a major factor in mitigating the issues. Since then he has had to have a much healthier diet. I share basically the same diet so we know we are both benefiting! Through the diet Marty also lost A LOT of weight. Scaringly so! So now he has to make an effort to eat so much fat a day. The reason I am saying this is while he lost weight, and maintained a healthy diet, his IBS went away.

So keep up the good menu!

rbsmith77
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
Don't stop get it, get it. ;)

I'm even using my mugshot from 20yo to express my pleasure in the goal for being in the 160s!
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sctmpls
Mar. 8th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

I'm with you on the lettuce though. I really miss a good salad. I find I can tolerate a little bit of lettuce if I have some bread along with it.
mstutts
Mar. 8th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Good work Joe!!!

I had my annual physical and blood work recently. Not a pretty picture. Borderline diabetic, borderline needing cholesterol meds, and issues with my liver, not related solely yo my consumption of beverages, but that causes some of the issues.

When your Dr. says "If you don't modify your lifestyle and lose weight, you're very likely to have a heart attack in the next five years", there comes a sense of urgency to the procrastination we all suffer from.

Thanks for the updates and links...

Hugs!

M@
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