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A Little Focus Changed a Lot

I am finally getting my feet back on the ground. We had a warm winter weekend and I got in three runs! 4 miles, 5 miles and 2 miles. It is not the 15 miles which my marathon training plan called for, but I ran.

I am running the London Marathon in April and I am trying to talk my body into getting the miles up.

I had a good food and weight week as well. I lost almost 3 pounds! I logged every day - well, I think I did. I had some challenges with the take-out food which I ate with a friend, as well as having dinner with friends.

The non-alcoholic beer is a calorie waster.

I counted it as water. ;) not really. I learned that you can't control your environment all the time, so I don't take cheat days. I planned for the indulgences by skipping snacks and enjoyed myself.

If all goes well, I will be in onederland by the end of April.

As much as I miss my mother-in-law, I don't miss driving 10 hours every weekend. I have had some time to reflect, relax, remember, and finally take down the Christmas tree.

My mother once said that leaving your tree up past New Years Day was a sign of mental illness.

I won't say that, but it did stress me out a bit that I couldn't keep my house in order. None the less, I wouldn't trade those memories with Carol for anything. During this time I received a lot of nice IMs and messages. Thank you! 

Spending time with a dying person tends to put your priorities in a better place. You don't worry about a lot of things.

I think we forgot to pay a bill on time. I'll be damned, they just sent another one. Besides, I like red ink better than black ink. This past weekend we had some time to unpack from when we moved in.

I like to be organized. It makes me feel more peaceful.

Of course there are my ongoing health concerns. They also took a backseat to life. Here is an update on all that. I skipped my melanoma skin check. It's expensive and a couple of months won't matter that much. I am in for a prostate biopsy in May, so I will do the skin check at the same time. Meanwhile my PSA is down which is good! I had to stop taking medication which made me feel better because it causes bone density issues. I am still working my way through that maze.

For now, I am back at work in the office, spending time with family and friends, logging food and drink, running, working on my next book, and be grateful for the life I have.

Now if the NE Patriots would win the Super Bowl, life would be perfect.

Back in the Groove

I am finally back in the groove. I confess, I don't like how I look, how I feel, or how I am progressing. I am running and eating correctly (for me). I can only say that I am back in the groove.

They used to say if you do it for 30 days, it will become a habit.

Right now, everything is still a struggle. Walking past the goodies in the breakroom, packing my own lunches, caring about portions, scheduling my runs... I am tired before I start. It is not automatic.

I do have excuses.

Life is real. My mother-in-law passed away last weekend. We traveled the 5 hours south to be there for family, friends, and to express our own grief and sorrow. Part of my job was to support my wife, and do what I could for her family.

You don't think about logging at times like that.

Planning to eat was more trouble than it was worth. I skipped a few meals. I found the treadmill a couple of times and got the job done. The in-room hot tub was nice, and despite the circumstances, it was nice to see everyone.

Then it was off to New York City.

If it was just a regular work week, I would have taken bereavement time. Unfortunately it was very specific training for my job. The conflict was tremendous. Do I stick around and support my wife, or take this very expensive, no refund, one-of-a-kind training.

The stress piled up as I tried to be in two places at once.

On top of all that, I had to plan transportation, cancel one hotel booking, find one in NJ and rebook at a new place in New York City. I missed the first day of training. I got up at 5:15 the next day to catch the limo service to NY.

I arrived in Times Square and rolled my suitcase and laptop to the 42nd floor.

At least I could relax a little in class. I settled in and tried not to worry about the outside world. I only had to find my hotel and grab something to eat. 

My low stress moments disappeared not long after.

It seems my back-up at work went missing. This is the person that should be able to do what I do if I am not there. On top of that, two subcontractors turned in some horrendous programming code.

My phone blew up. Texts and emails came in simultaneously in the middle of training along with a voice mail.

Really, you have to text me to say that you sent an email and then call me to say that you texted me and emailed me?! I skipped breakfast and got a small lunch for the rest of the week. It was just too much trouble and I didn't feel like eating anyway...

...well, until Thursday night. That is where the filet mignon was.

All bets were off. I ate the meat, had a non-alcoholic beer - no wait, two. And the sides were fantastic. I probably didn't go over my calories, but I felt bloated.

It's time to refocus.

I am back up to 6 miles running. They were ugly, but I did it. I didn't hurt and I didn't die. Come to think of it, I didn't chafe my boy parts or chub rub either.

Life it good - well worth living.

I am looking forward to meeting a long time MFP friend in London (and her family)! It also turns out that my best friend and best man is going to be visiting his parents on race day too. Of course Ruth will be there.

I have a lot of support.

I am logging again. Well, I started back and missed doing that for a week or so. Hey, I had excuses.

Thanks for the votes and comments. You can do both.

Eff This

Lots of changes in my life and health, again. I am just coming back off a broken leg. I have run 1 mile twice, 2 miles twice and 3 miles once. I also have been on the bike 20-30 minutes on my non-running days. 

I sure am looking forward to getting out there today. It will be 34!

I don't have any doctors appointments that mean a whole lot until after the London Marathon in April.

I have a lot reasons for gaining 20 hard lost pounds and no excuses. I am convincing my self that I am not giving up anything. I am dedicating myself to the things that work.

It really doesn't matter how I feel in the morning. I had to get off the meds that made me feel good when I wake up. They blocked calcium absorption and that is probably the reason I broke my leg.

No excuses - logging, training for London.

It makes me mad that I am here again. Time to get going on the things that work and stop feeling sorry for myself.

This is my Top 10
1: Portion Control - I got a food scale, smaller plates and food tubs.
2: Reading Labels - even though I don't log daily anymore (I did for 3 years), I read a lot.
3: Running - I run 3 days a week, sometimes 6. I do body weight strength training and stretch daily.
4: No Cheat Days - There are enough holidays and special occasions to make for some tough choices.
5: No Junk Food - I do not keep anything junky in the house. If I go for a special occasion or treat, it's out, and it's over and done with.
6: Organic/Whole Foods - I eat mostly fresh fruit and veggies, lean red meat, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy and do everything I can to stay away from food in a package. I still eat canned beans and an occasionally artichoke hearts and olives. Of course, low-fat dairy is still packaged.
7: Weigh In Weekly - No better ways to keep an eye on things.
8: Water - lots of water!
9: Bacon and Eggs - It's my favorite. A world without bacon is boring. So I eat nitrate free from grass fed pigs.  I would add that a lot of protein has been essential to my weight loss journey.
10: Regular Check Ups - it seems that the doc is a solid partner for my weight loss and that helps keep me on track.

The Perfect Scale for Weighing In!

Part of the game here on MFP is to weigh in. There are discussions as to how often, what brand of scale to buy, and even the most favorable conditions to weigh in under (I wrote that!) Today I was thinking about the best scale for weighing in. Why? My disturbed mind has sprung in to action.

So what is the best scale to use? Here are my thoughts.

The Muscle Scale - Goes higher when you flex in the mirror while standing on it.

The Fickle Scale - Continues to flash different weights as you watch it. The trick is stepping off at the lowest one.

The Shower Scale - It shows a lower weight before the dirt and navel lint are gone. It's confusing.

The DUH Scale - Reminds you that it is your TOM, you ate too much during the holidays, or you haven't used the rest room.

The Moveable Scale - It gives different readings depending on where it is on the bathroom floor. Unfortunately the "sweet spot" is underneath the toilet and requires standing on one foot.

The Dirty Harry Scale - Makes your day, or you get to shoot it with a .44 magnum.

The Family Scale - Weighs the kids perfectly every time. You - not so much. Credit to: CessnaHolly

The Talking Scale - Designed for the visually impaired and people who have met their goal weight. Everyone else kicks it.

The Political Scale - Tells you what you want to hear, but has nothing to do with the facts.

Produce Scale - After weighing in you print out a sticker with a bar code, place it on your forehead, and then you cneck out from the gym. I don't recommend using the one hanging over the apples and pears.

The Fortune Cookie Scale
- After weighing in, it recites a confusing saying originally by Abraham Lincoln and attributes it to Confucius. When you flip it over, it teaches you how to "I want to lose weight." In Chinese

The Mission Impossible Scale - Actually there is no such thing. But if there was, it would self-destruct whenever it gives you an undesirable weigh in.

The James Bond Scale - Gives you tantalizing weight reports and then turns deadly in scene 2, followed by a car chase.

The Cracker Jacks Scale - Rewards your weight loss with a prize.

The Horoscope Scale - Like the fortune cookie scale with better English.

The Doctor's Scale - Creates a new excuse while you wait.

The TMI Scale - Tells you why you weigh whatever is you weigh. "Geeze David, you ate at a Taco Bell again. Not only does it smell bad in here, you gained 2 pounds since your last weigh in."

The CSI Scale - Plays back your weight and whatever you said while reading your weight from the scale with Gil Grissom's voice.

The TBC Scale - The highest weight on the scale is "To Be Continued."

The New England Patriots Scale - Records an occasional loss to the Giants, but encourages you to do better next time.

The Summa Wrestler Scale - Starts at 300 lbs. and throws you to the bathroom floor if you lose weight.

The Musical Scale - Do - re - mi - fa - so - la - te - do - 199.

The Gym Scale - Always shows you weigh more than the home scale - oh right, because you are not naked.

The M-F Scale - Actually all of the above depending on the day.

Did I miss any?

Thanks for the votes and comments!

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