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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, March 6th, 2009 08:28 pm
state of the dog

OK, it's been about six weeks since I started getting serious about the gym and my diet, and now that I'm tracking everything on the Lose It! app to see the numbers, I'm really getting into the swing. And I'm happy to report that after maybe a few thousand baby carrots, there's about 10 pounds less of me than there was when I started.

I've been letting myself go for a few years now, in terms of not really being careful with what I eat and not being diligent about being active ... and this coupled with some major metabolism slowdowns in my 30s has led to a gain of quite a bit since law school. But I needed to tie the idea of getting back into shape with something big, in order for me to give it the gravity it deserves. So, I figured, my 40th year will be the year I get myself into the shape I want to be in for the rest of my life.

The diet part isn't as challenging as I thought. I mean it kinda sucks, but I'm managing it pretty well. On a typical day I can hold myself to about 1800 calories, or about 1300 net when exercise is figured in. For my age and weight, 1800 a day results in a 7000 calorie deficit over a week, which means two pounds gone, per week, from dieting alone (not counting the 2000-2500 calories per week worked off at the gym). The only real difficulty, besides restraint, is figuring calorie counts for when we go out to eat; in these cases I try to overestimate.

The exercise is more challenging, but as I work it into an expected part of a regular routine, I look forward to it more and more. After five weeks of nothing beyond moderate cardio, I'm working weights in now. With the heart rate monitor, I've already noticed a considerable increase in exertion while maintaining a target heart rate, and of course I'm feeling a lot better besides, more physically relaxed.

I don't know if I have a target weight ... more like a target condition, and definitely the discipline and drive to maintain it once I get there. I'm really looking forward to this. Now if I can just be patient.

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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)

Congrats!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)

Woo hoo!


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krazyfelioness
krazyfelioness
sarcastic bubblewrap
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)

"I've been letting myself go for a few years now, in terms of not really being careful with what I eat..."

I instantly saw that dog saying BACONBACONBACON! lol


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)

That's it exactly!


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kaleidoscopeeye
kaleidoscopeeye
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)

That is quite impressive :) Good work!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)

I notice a difference, and I am impressed with your effort and discipline. I have certainly not been a good influence on enabling our bad eating habits, especially through the holidays. Maybe if we can both get to a place we are content with, we can just continue with the exercise and enjoy food again. Damn if I just didn't like to bake and stuff. (HA! like I'm some Martha Stewart or something!) xoxoxo baby - you look good to me!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)

Oh you know exactly what to say. :)

The REAL reason I'm doing this is so that I can indulge in more of your baking and stuff!


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rougeforever
rougeforever
Liz
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)

Good for you. This looks hugely positive!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Hopefully!


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obsqurity
obsqurity
owner of this corner, and not much more
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
go you!

For me the exercise comes way easier. Though it also has it's own challenge of just making me hungrier.

Any time I try to restrict calories, this voice in my head starts constantly shrieking that I'm starving to death. It's a really fine line, trying to find a level of reduction that I can manage without triggering the hypoglycemia panic attacks.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: go you!

I don't think I've encountered that ... I mean, I'm crazy hungry when I get home from the gym, but interestingly enough, a lot less so than was the case when I first started out.


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the weight loss so far. My gf uses SparkPeople to track calorie intake, exercise, etc. The problem I have is that I want to jot things down immediately after I eat them. Not wait to get to a computer or wait to get home after work and jot them down. I have a Blackberry which I am stuck with for another year, but I am thinking iPhone after that for apps like this and many more. Keep up the good work.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)

Thanks - yes, we're alike in that way: I love the ability to input the data soon after I've eaten or exercised, rather than wait until I get online. Maybe a little silly, but it definitely works for me.


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)

Yay!

Jeff and I have been working on this too for the last three weeks and seeing good results. Keep going! :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)

Sweet! You too!


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)

Happy 4-0th Birthday, Timmah!


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peculia
peculia
bête noire
Thursday, March 12th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)

I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, but I'm doing it over here so as not to spoil the magic comment number in your birthday post ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, March 13th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)

Oh check you out! Your sensitivity to the mathematical perfection of that absolutely delights me. However, someone else broke the magic number.

And thanks!


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peculia
peculia
bête noire
Friday, March 13th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)

Oh no!

Hope it was absolutely grand :)


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