O43 Check-in

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Post by RAWCOOKIE » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:33 pm

On a plus: I can now tuck in my shirts, annnnnd zip up my trousers, annnnd, button them.
Awesome!

Those wins are so motivating - enjoy!
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Post by Over43 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:32 pm

I did not know they had those either. The hydrocodone worked its way through my system pretty quick. Surgery at my age is not an option. I am supposed to go until my legs do not work anymore, then surgery. (2-3 rods? I forget how many.)

Aside form that, this week has been a bit lackluster-ish. Snacking a lot, and drinking soda again. That black berry Canada Dry. Darned Canada Dry! Well, we'll see how Monday goes. Super Bowl weekend is never a day to try to just three plate it.

Feel good since Wednesday's Super Slow workout. I went at it. I thought I would be hating life, but I am alright. My wife says my mid-section is tightening up. It must be the planks?

Well, everyone have a good weekend!
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Post by Over43 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:20 pm

The last few days have been highlighted by a lack of paying attention to what I have been stuffing in my pie hole. As my mother would say to me: Shame on you.

I plan on my Super Slow workout this afternoon. Oh, I forgot. I spent an hour this morning digging my Mini Cooper out of the snow. That should count as some kind of physical effort. This year the Teton/Yellowstone/Upper Snake River Valley region has turned into Buffalo, New York.
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Post by Whosonfirst » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:09 pm

Over43 wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:20 pm
The last few days have been highlighted by a lack of paying attention to what I have been stuffing in my pie hole. As my mother would say to me: Shame on you.

I plan on my Super Slow workout this afternoon. Oh, I forgot. I spent an hour this morning digging my Mini Cooper out of the snow. That should count as some kind of physical effort. This year the Teton/Yellowstone/Upper Snake River Valley region has turned into Buffalo, New York.
Here in Pa, I've always counted a reasonably heavy snow removal as my daily exercise and generally avoid any added activities. It can be the most "real" work I've done in months.
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Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:41 pm

oh my - the small bits of shoveling (wet!) snow this winter has been a true workout for me.
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Post by Over43 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:47 pm

Yesterday, after lunch, was great.

Today, an Ore-Ida egg bowl w/ 3 eggs (instead of one.)

I went to the Super Walmart and picked up enough food, for work, that includes today and tomorrow.

I am going to start exercising again next week.
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Post by Over43 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:26 pm

Monday 2.17.2020

Success!

Tuesday 2.18.2020

Breakfast: Ore-Ida Bowl

Lunch: Not Yet
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Post by Over43 » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:13 am

12.07.2020

It is time for my bi-annual check in...I typed that with sarcasm.

Yesterday, Sunday, I ate everything (sarcasm) in the house. I am actually heavier than I have ever been. I have had reflux nightly, even the otc reflux medicine gets worked over. Three weeks ago while giving a lecture on Stalin I slumped in my chair. My students thought I died. There was no tunnel with a light at the end.

So, today, without even realizing it at first, I ended up with just three meals. Not the healthiest, but three plates. I did not drink sugary soda and have had some indigestion, but not bad.

I have been trying to strength train regularly. Two weeks ago I strength trained three days that week and was so beat it took two weeks to get back on the Soloflex. So tonight after watching three episodes of St. Elsewhere I drug my duff off the couch and did a SuperSlow workout. My logic is, if three days a week poops me out for two weeks, then one hard workout a week should be just right.

Tomorrow is tomorrow, we will see how it goes.
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Post by automatedeating » Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:34 pm

Three weeks ago while giving a lecture on Stalin I slumped in my chair. My students thought I died.
OMG!!!! Actually, I am intrigued (not about you nearly dying in front of your students but instead by) your knowledge of Stalin! I have been reading about him recently. Fascinating murderer! I've been reading lots of dystopian stuff lately - 1984, Brave New World, Gulag Archipelago, Man's Search for Meaning (well that one is more cheery). I've ordered "Ordinary Men" for myself for Christmas. It's all enough to make me slump over in my chair. Was the slumping because of horrible reflux or just pure despair?

And how come you get to teach students? FTF education here is outlawed and has been for 9 months. I won't get to see a real student for at least another 10 months, making a total of 19 months of students losing ground. Sigh.

I don't really like weight-lifting but I sure do enjoy walks. It is never too hard or something I dread, the way I feel about other types of exercise.

Thanks for checking in. So sorry about the reflux, the generalized darkness, the despair of it all. Here's to some sort of dim light at the end of the tunnel.
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Post by Over43 » Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:54 pm

12.09.20

Tuesday was excellent. Three meals and a glass of milk in the afternoon. Breakfast was a Sausage Egg Mcmuffin and a mocha. Lunch was Taco Bell, my students bought it for me, dinner was three eggs and four Kodiak pancakes. I will come clean, there was a bit of syrup. But hey three meals, no snacks or sugary sodas, no seconds is a win.

Today a bowl of oatmeal with two tsp of sugar. Lunch was a staff lunch at a Mexican restaurant in town. I had a pita taco w/ imitation crab, guacamole, and lettuce. I had about 10 chips w/salsa and about 1/4 of the rice.

Dinner, will be about 6:00. I am going to split a rib eye with my wife, split the rice from lunch, dice up a pear and wash it down w/Fresca.

It has been 48 hours since my Soloflex SuperSlow workout. I feel good.
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Post by Over43 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:13 am

automatedeating wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:34 pm
Three weeks ago while giving a lecture on Stalin I slumped in my chair. My students thought I died.
OMG!!!! Actually, I am intrigued (not about you nearly dying in front of your students but instead by) your knowledge of Stalin! I have been reading about him recently. Fascinating murderer! I've been reading lots of dystopian stuff lately - 1984, Brave New World, Gulag Archipelago, Man's Search for Meaning (well that one is more cheery). I've ordered "Ordinary Men" for myself for Christmas. It's all enough to make me slump over in my chair. Was the slumping because of horrible reflux or just pure despair?

And how come you get to teach students? FTF education here is outlawed and has been for 9 months. I won't get to see a real student for at least another 10 months, making a total of 19 months of students losing ground. Sigh.

I don't really like weight-lifting but I sure do enjoy walks. It is never too hard or something I dread, the way I feel about other types of exercise.

Thanks for checking in. So sorry about the reflux, the generalized darkness, the despair of it all. Here's to some sort of dim light at the end of the tunnel.
No in this case the lights went out. They said I was out for 20-30 seconds. I saw my doc the next day. I told him for a couple of days I had been forgetting words, not finishing sentences, forgetting names, confusion, I had a headache. He looked at me funny. Since it happened, it took a few days but I am back to normal.

Living in Idaho comes with the understanding that though we are dumb, we make up with it with that high desert gutsyness. If the mountains, desert and winters do not kill us some GD virus will not either. Actually we might be just dumb. So I have been in class since late August. I am OK with it. I wear my Led Zepplin face mask and drink hand sanitizer. I have been sick, I fortunately I made it.

In regards to Stalin, about three years ago I started reading nothing but WWII. Then I realized I was very familiar with Adolf, but really knew nothing about the Red Czar. After five or six different biographies I have concluded he was a bigger dick than Hitler and that is saying something. I am a bit worn on WWII. Maybe the next two or three years will be the Middle Ages.

Anyway, walking is good, but of all things it causes back pain. Even taking pain pills does not corral it. I take 30 mg of slow release morphine. The pain management specialist told me if I had break through pain to call and he would get me Vicodin. I refuse to go that route.
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Post by Over43 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:11 pm

01.04.2021

That was a fast holiday. School has started again today. There is a winter storm warning out for tonight and tomorrow. Who knows, tomorrow might be another off day. (Like I should be complaining, I did not have students in desks for 3 months last year.)

I did not No S over the whole two week holiday, but my pants are fitting better, so I must have consumed less than I thought. I still am sleeping more since my collision with the My Corona virus, so while I am sleeping, I am not eating? I hope.

My wife sent me a message this Christmas. Due to arthritis and spinal stenosys I have been having a more difficult time using my Soloflex. Even reconfiguring it has been difficult because the weight of some of the parts have been uncomfortable. Squats are becoming an adventure, and leg press as well. So, Christmas morning I walked out, and almost tripped over, a new Total Gym XLS. She got it for 60% off at Amazon. I have used it regularly since the day after Christmas, and have a session scheduled for this evening. Even though I have been a Sololfex guy for 30+ years, I have to say, I like the Total Gym. I am not sure one is "better" than the other, just different approaches. The Total Gym does make it so there is not spinal compression like some of the Soloflex exercises have. Which is good. I must say, I am at the stage where I cannot do a proper pull up, but I can slant the Total Gym glide board so I can do a Total Gym pull up.

Well, that is my welcome to 2021 update. I hope you all are well.

Jon
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Post by Over43 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:17 pm

01.04.2021

Success!

Aside from a breath mint, yesterday was a homerun! Three plates of food.

Plus a Total Gym workout.
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:15 pm

The Total Gym sounds nice! Good for you for working out with it and for sticking to 3 plates of food, especially the first week back after vacation! I know its always hard for me to get back into the taking care of myself swing after a long break.

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Post by Over43 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:29 pm

Thank you pink hippie! Although my eating ended the week up and down, I did get three workouts in. Plus my trousers are fitting better. Also I am noticing my shirts do not look so stuffed. I seem to have the exercise vigorously habit back, now time to get consistent with eating.
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Post by ladybird30 » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:43 am

Hi Over 43 - glad you have made a full recovery from your funny episode. Out of curiosity, did your doctor mention TIA to you?

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Post by Over43 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:28 pm

Halfway through January, my least favorite month. I received the Covid vaccine on Friday, poke number one. They said there would be side-effects, heck yes there were! Plenty of them. I slept Saturday and Sunday on and off, and ached. The aching settled in my right hip and back. I even got the chills. Usually I do not. So, I went through Covid part Deaux, or it felt that way.

Still using the Total Gym, I kind of dig it. I missed a workout on Friday/Saturday due to the above mentioned inoculation. Hopefuly this does not repeat itself in four weeks after poke two.

So, a new week, a new chance to get back to 3 meals a day, no snacks, sweets or seconds. I am drinking more water. (Yuck)

On another note, I mentioned No S to a militant Keto-ite. Although I have always lost weight when I stick with No S, this person was unrelentless in his/her dogma that I could not lose on such a carb loaded diet. (I eat spaghatti, raviolis, mashed potatoes, drink diet soda...) So, I excused myself and wandered on. No sense wasting my time. I think dieting can become a pathology for some. Good luck to them though.

Well, I am backlogged on correcting, so, see you later!
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:24 pm

Glad you came out of your side effects ok! Sounds like you felt pretty sick. Thanks for letting us know what it was like for you.

I agree! I can't do the militant food group cutting that some of these fierce advocates of diet dogma recommend. Just another reason I am so grateful for No S!

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Post by Over43 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:36 pm

The green days are on and off.

I do have a very good habit of exercise however. As mentioned above my wife bought me a Total Gym for Christmas. I have been on that 2-3 days a week since. No weight loss, but I am getting more fit. Tuesday (yesterday) I did a session at 4:00 AM. I set the stop watch for ten minutes and did deep knee bends until the alarm went off. I do more of the "traditional" exercises (dips, pull ups, shoulder presses) because now, being able to angle the glide board and modify my weight, I can do those exercises again. I am warming up to the cable exercises. Sunday afternoon I did six sets of 15 reps (each) supersetting dips with pull ups. I have not done that type of exercise routine in decades.

I am starting to see some tonus in my shoulders and arms. However, my dodgeball like mid-section does not enhance the look.

Everyone take care!
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Pretty cool about that Total Gym!
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Post by Over43 » Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:42 pm

It is actually. I was so skeptical at first. When I strated to really get the hip and back pain I should have dropped the skepticism and bought one ten years ago.

Yesterday was a multi-food pile-up. I ate, and ate , and ate some more. If I had not fallen asleep after dinner (one plate), I might have eaten more.

I woke at 3:45 this morning and used the TG for about a half an hour. My was tired and physically a bit tired from my Tuesday workout where I probably did 500 deep knee bends. (It was timed) I am still in my experimental phase. I might be in that phase for sometime.

So yesterday was Red.

This weekend will be shot to poop. I am visiting my daughter in Logan and she likes to cook. (She is a grad student at Utah State Russian Folk Lore.) We might try to make a Beef Wellington.

see you Mmonday!
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Post by Over43 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:54 pm

Good Morning,

On days and off days. My weak spot is I do not eat a proper breakfast. I believe that makes me hungrier later on in the day. Since 2010 when I joined I have always noticed that issue. I have lost 25 pounds previously and I have done two 21 Day challenges. During the 21 days challenges, I lost 10 pounds each time. I need to get the breakfast habit. I have tried just a Slimfast shake at 8 AM, but that "Four Hour Hunger Control"? not so much.

That is where I am at now. I know it works, I need to put all the pieces together to hit another home run. Or I need something to motivate me. The 25 lbs. loss was a pre-Caribbean vacation.

Last weekend I road the bus to Logan and stayed with my daughter for 4 days. I ate quite a bit then. But it was good. My daughter and her husband cook well.

I have put more oatmeal in my pie hole since Christmas (did I already write this?) than I have the previous 56 years out together. And all I have to say is, yuck. I do not want to eat the flavored packs, because they are quite sweet to my palate, and I really like the maple and brown sugar. Anyway, yuck!


Exercise is not a problem. In fact exercise is a win! I have an excellent habit there, three days a week from 40-45 minutes. This morning I did 12 minutes of deep knee bends on the Total Gym. (I get tired of counting reps.) The I did 5 supersets of dips and pull ups, three sets of curls, pull overs (three sets) and hands facing in pull downs, using super sets of 10 reps. I am going to lower the glide board on pull overs and increase reps on the pull overs and pull downs. Regardless of the equipment I use, I can bulk up rather quickly with strength training. I do not mean I look like Farnk Zane (Mr. Olympia 77, 78, 79.). I look like a bulk.

so, that is what is up today. See everyone soon.
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Post by Over43 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:04 pm

I weighed myself this morning. First time in a bit. I went back on Lyrica (which I might have written recently...) and gained the Lyrica 10 pounds back. I had been at 205 lbs. After two weeks I returned to a not so slim 215 lbs. This morning I was 212 lbs. I think I have hit that holding pattern weight that plagues me.

A few days ago I scored the high score on a Galaga game that the high school I teach at has. A student took a photo of me with the high score. To say the least, I was quite embarrassed.

Yesterday was a Success. I guess you can say I cheated, my second Corona vaccine left me without much appetite. But, I did get a workout in before the side affects actually kicked in. Since, as most of you know, a Total Gym is generally bodyweight resistance, I had done 400-500 deep knee bends yesterday morning, so my legs were in a state of ache last evening. I woke this morning and felt much better.

Breakfast has been oatmeal (yuck!) and a Diet Mt. Dew. Lunch is still a mystery. My twins' birthday is this evening, I think I am going with the riblets.

Have a Great Day!
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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:27 pm

Sounds like you don't like oatmeal! I am assuming you have tried every variation you can think of? I love oatmeal but I make many different kinds. My favorite is peanut butter and raisins.

Congratulations on your success day! I hope the side effects from your second shot are not too bad.

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Post by automatedeating » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:59 pm

Haha I was JUST going to mention that Pinkie uses peanut butter to improve hers! :-) She beat me to it!

I didn't know you had twins! :-) Tell me more - how old are they? Boys? Girls? One of each? :-)

The reaction to the vaccine, especially dose #2, sound like a doozy for some people!
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Post by Over43 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:22 pm

I have actually thought of putting bacon in my oatmeal. However that would be a crime against humanity, and bacon. Our twins are both young ladies. Yesterday they turned 22. They are our youngest. And truthfully have been quite a pleasure. As have our other three.

Yesterday was a Success. Three plates of food.

No exercise yesterday, it was an off day for that. But later today is when I plan to use my over sized midsection as the weight on the Total Gym.

Good Day!
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Post by Over43 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:34 pm

ladybird30 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:43 am
Hi Over 43 - glad you have made a full recovery from your funny episode. Out of curiosity, did your doctor mention TIA to you?

cheers, Ladybird
I do not know what TIA is. I will look that up. Thank You!
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:56 pm

5 children!? I feel like I should have learned all this stuff about you ages ago! Like that you're a teacher, and you have raised a mighty family that you love!

I'm glad that your "over-sized midsection" as you put it can be useful during your workout. :lol:
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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:47 pm

LOL Auto! I have to spread the peanut butter oatmeal gospel where ever I go. :D

I know I have seen savory oatmeal recipes online... not sure if they have involved bacon though. You never know!

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Post by Over43 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:39 pm

Thank you both for the continued support.

Monday was a Success.

I wish I could remember what I ate yesterday. Breakfast was not big that I recall. I was a bit nauseated so I gave my bisquits and gravy that I bought at a truck stop to a student. Then for lunch I have a spicy chicken sandwich, stewed tomatoes, and a pint of milk. In the after lunch hours I was hungry again so I drank two cups of milk over about 3 hours. Dinner was late due to a nap and I had a Japanese rice omelet, 2 thinly sliced peices of Spam, and an apple, with another cup of milk. Bed was about 10:00 PM. I passed a stone about 1:35 and went back to sleep. More water, maybe less milk. Or certainly less soda, diet or not.

Tuesday (Today) breakfast: One Mickee Dee's sausage egg McMuffin, more milk

That is it so far. Have a good day.
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Oh, ugh. Kidney stones. So much pain wrapped in your one little sentence. :cry:
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Post by Over43 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:21 pm

Well Tuesday became a Failure in the early afternoon. Bummer. And I stayed up until 12:30 AM to watch an awful three star movie on Amazon. I know better than to not let the stars guide me. I could not get up early enough to exercise, so after school this afternoon. So much for discipline. I need to watch how much milk I drink. Taht is a lot of calories. Although I certainly do not think milk is as destructive as soda.

I hope everyone's Tuesday went a bit better than mine.
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Post by Over43 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:33 pm

Wednesday is ancient Latin for Failure. I ate, and ate....

But I did slow down at about 2:00 PM. I had a dental cleaning at 4:00 PM so I did not want my teeth to be disgusting. Of course I flossed, mouthwashed, and chewed eight pieces of gum on my way. The dental assistant was not the most gentle of assistants. No cavities though. It has been 35 years? since I have had a cavity.

When I arrived home I skipped nap time and put on my exersice clothes and put in about 45 minutes on the Total Gym. I have entered a new level for my legs, about a 22 degree angle. I did 100 deep knee bends and 3x20 for jump squats. Those are something I have not attempted before. Then I did at least 1x20, 5x15, super-sets of dips and pull ups. Then 4x10 for pull overs and about 5x10 curls. I was rather toast by the end. But, that is OK, and being able to work that hard during a workout is good for me, and a much improved me. I was fading fast physically last Fall.

So, can I exercise myself out of a poor diet? no, but I can try. :lol:

Everyone have a good day.
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Haha we may not be able to "outrun" a bad diet but yes, we do try! :-)
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Post by Over43 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:20 pm

Hi automated, I think there are people who can, but not me. I have my own "theory" about exercise, the way the body responds, and weight loss even. There is a theory called gene regulation. Certain exercises, or lack of, turns genes on and off. There was another name for it, but it eludes the cells in my brain that have turned off. I thought of this before I read some articles on it, the theory was out there. I should not call it mine. But, I could not explain it at the time very well and people would look at me like I was not very bright. That could be true.

I think when people start exercising regularly, depending on their DNA make-up, genes are activated to facilitate the new challenge. Runners start to look like runners, burgermeisters start to slim down a bit and look like European weightlifters, swimmers, etc. I think the calorie/calories burned theory is fine, but when the body adapts it starts to shape itself to get the job done. When I swam a lot, my legs thinned (which is startling because they are already very thin.), and my neck and shoulders grew. I could not button up my dress shirts in the neck area. When I jogged a lot about 15 years ago I did not lose a lot of weight, but people would ask me if I "ran". :lol: No, I jogged. Lifting shapes me differently. I have an "odd" shape, I have a cross country runner's legs, and the upper body of a Bulgarian weightlifter. We all have the same baseline shape, exercise begins to define it.

I guess the key, if possible is to match a person with his or her DNA make-up. On the two Total Gym Facebook pages I joined, I presume a lot of the members (particularly women, and that is not a slur, it is just an observation I made) complete a wide range of exercises during a workout. Some use the TG for 4o minutes (let's say), then use a rebounder or treadmill for who knows how long, and follow that up with a a thigh workout. Obsessive I think, and they attribute their new shape to diet and exercise, correct, but not gene expression.

We have all seen people jogging who look like they are in incredible pain, they probably are. But we also see people who run with ease. They are runners. Some runners have no idea until they are startled by the mirror, start jogging, and after a time run with ease.

That was a long theory. Sorry.

As far as No S goes, the past is not bright. I am eating more than ever. But today is a new day. So is tomorrow. :lol: I did workout this morning though.
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Post by Over43 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:10 pm

Not a bad weekend actually. Yesterday I created a huge lunch, Ramen, a sour cream dip I made with garlic and black pepper and would set some spam on a cracker, and then a dolop of the dip. I should have my own Youtube show. The whole lunch concoction was huge. And I ate maybe half of it. Possibly on a 3rd of the Ramen. For dinner I made a grilled spam and cheese sandwich with oion. I know, but I am cooking again, and experimenting. I broiled the Spam, toasted the bread with the cheese and onion on it. It was good, it did need mustard. I forgot that, or maybe a garlic aioli. Or for guys like me, a garlic mayonnaise. Aioli, really? We cannot just say mayo anymore?

I am also starting to make recipres from Sam the Cooking Guy'd recipe book. (The first one I think.) Good stuff. Regular ingredients, usually. Plus he has recipres for the left overs. You can't beat that. Cooking is saving a bit (and I mean a bit) of money, Door Dash gets really, really expensive. And, now at 57, I am not enjoying restaurant food like I did when I was young. Part of that might be that Eastern Idaho does not have the culinary options that you find in San Francisco, Seattle, or even Sacramento. Or even Elko for that matter. Saturday evening I made a beef stroganoff with left over steak that I watched him cook on Youtube. Not bad, in fact I was going to bring it for lunch and forgot. Shoot!

Next, I want to master the the chopped cheese sandwich. I watch Sam's video of that and I fall in love.

As far as exercise goes, Saturday was a very good workout. A winner.
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Post by Over43 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:38 pm

Food is a disaster. Failure I am wondering of the Lyrica (water weight, appetite turbo) plus the exercising (the most effort since I was swimming two years ago) are putting a jump in my brain, telling me to eat more. If only I could get that scientifically proven by science, then I would have an excuse. Lyrica is supposed to cause a 10% weight gain. I have shot up 30 pounds for the last few years. When I go off, and experince the Lyrica withdrawl, I lose weight pretty quick, but I think it is the water weight. I make a lot of water when I quit taking them. Then the neuropathy starts. So my diet stinks, but at least my fitness level is getting fitter.

Yesterday, I went at the total Gym.

March 9, 2021

I got a late start yesterday on my workout. I wanted a 5:00 AM session, it turned into 5:00 PM.

1x100 Deep Knee Bends, 1x130 Deep Knee Bends, Level 5. I thought about a third set, but kept it at two for now. Next week.

4x15 Shoulder Press Level four. That is the next highest level. I had been doing these at Level 3 since Dec 25. The fourth set was a "get kicked out of Planet Fitness" set due to the grunting I was doing.

So then I thought, "Let us just do a shoulder day!"

Humbling. I started the cable overhead press at Level 2. I did 8, and then realized I needed to drop to Level 1. I did 4x8.

Lateral Raises 4x8 Level 1. Those have never been an impressive move on my part.

UP Right Row 3x10 Level 3.

My realization on these was, I spent to much time doing bench and curls in the 80s. Time to make up for that.

Then I laid upside down on the glide board Level 4 and did 4x10 curls. I got a call from Planet Fitness way down at Idaho Falls, they told me to quit grunting on the last set. Well, they would have anyway had I been in their shop. But, I would have earned pizza I have heard?

Lastly, Level 5, I did Body Curls using my head with gravity to help. I did 1x30 to failure. When I reach 50 I will lower to level 4 and get rid of some of the gravity. Cheating I suppoe, but it gets me a burn in the abdominals as I have written before. I am doing what I can right now.

The Overhead Cable Presses were causing some "breakthrough" pain in my lower back. I will have to think that through.

The angles end at Level 6 about 26*. Then going down: 22*-18*-14*-10*-6*.

There is a trigonometry formula using Cos, but I majored in History. The math guys on the Facebook group figure out how much body weight is used with a formula. Being about 210, I am pushing and pulling more weight than many. Not a ton though.

So, I continue trying to do my rehab on this 57 year old body that got blasted by Corona in November, and was ignored for the last 5-10 years.

On to Thursday.
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March 10, 2021

Home Run!

Three meals. A quarter can of Sprite to settle my stomach.

Wednesday was not a workout day, but I was sore from Tuesday. Today (Thursday) is a workout day.

Nothing else to share with you all. Though I did drink more water, and a Diet Coke (1).

See you tomorrow.
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Hang in there, O43 - fight that good fight, which you are doing valiantly!
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Post by Over43 » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:19 pm

Tuesday evening's workou was actually very good. Concentrated on my shoulders and back, and also did 3x100 deep knee bends on the glide board on level five.

This morning I am hving oatmeal for breakfast.
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Post by Over43 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:26 pm

03-25-21 01:21 PM - Post#909095

March 25, 2021

An "easy day" probably to some.

Level 5 Squats: 3x20
Level 6 Squats: 1x30
Level 4 Pull Overs: 4x15
Level 4 Hands in Pull-Ups: 4x10
Level 4 Seated Rows: 4x10

My legs felt a bit "dead" this morning. Maybe because I started at about 3:50. I have noticed early morning is a bit more lackadaisical than afternoons. I think the moving around during the day loosens things up a bit more.

My waist is starting to subtract. I am down two belt notches since December. A lot of it starting within the last month. Which makes some sense. ALthough my eating habits are still not habits, the extra movement and strength training is reshaping me.

See you Saturday.
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Congrats on getting more in shape & doing the hard work to get there
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Im so impressed by your regular exercise! That is my biggest challenge with any eating well and being healthy program. The exercise component. Well done!

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Congrats on the belt victory!
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Post by worth it » Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:27 am

Love seeing you on this board and still at the consistent and vigorous exercise! I felt like I had to tell on myself today to you (you are a teacher, aren’t you?) because I just couldn’t do it today! Lol! But alas, I know my break will be short lived because my mind won’t let me skip much more... 🤷🏻‍♀️ Probably same for you too, no?

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Congrats on progress!!
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Post by Over43 » Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:22 pm

Thank you everyone.
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Post by Over43 » Sat May 01, 2021 1:38 pm

I am eating less, but still more than I should be. I am still working the Total Gym. I might save some money and buy the Cyclo Trainer. It is an attachment you can "hook" on to the Total Gym and it turns the TG into a recumbent bike. The only issue I have is buying another piece of exercise equipment.

Anyway, Thursday was a fullbody workout: squats, dips, pull overs, rows and inverted curls. (You lie down with my head at the reverse end of the glide board and curl your way "up" toward the tower.) I have been remembering to workout, then eat. If I eat then workout I have a tendency to get heart burn.

It is good to have the exercise habit down. They say you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diwt. That maybe true, I could when I was 18, 25, 35, and then not anymore.

Have a good weekend!
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No, but we exercise anyway because of the other benefits
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue May 04, 2021 3:25 pm

It took me a LONG time to convince my husband that he couldn't exercise his way out of a bad diet. He is 45 this year. For a long time he just kept going on more bike rides but finally he realized he was going to have to address his eating as well. I think for men maybe its even easier to think exercise will keep your weight lower. I hope you had a great weekend!

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Post by Over43 » Wed May 05, 2021 1:59 pm

Not eating less, although, I did yesterday. This morning has started of well: a mocha and one Egg McMuffin. Tastey.

Yesterday's workout:
April 4, 2021

Level 3

Squats: 1x50, 1x100, One leg-ged squats R/L 1x20

Dips: 1x10, 1x15, 1x20

Pull-overs: 1x10, 1x15, 1x20

Level 4

Seated Rows: 1x10, 1x15, 1x20, 1x15, 1x10

Triceps Extension: 1x10

"Iron Cross": 1x5

Finis...

I am gaining more strength back, after March was a hit and miss month. But, I was abale to comfortably get that set of 100 Squats/Deep Knee Bends on the Total Gym. I am beginning to like the one legged squat. A set or to of 10-20 finishes of the long set(s) nicely. I repositioned the TG so I can extend my arms outstraight, so I did 5 "iron cross" movements on level four. I think lowering the incline to level two will be a good thing. There are something like 80 exercise options on the TG, some (like using the cables and foot harnesses for Pilates type exercises) I will never do. Others I am hesitant because of the twisting motion around my lower spine. Other than that, As I have probably mentioned before, I find the Togtal Gym, after years of scepticism, to be quite excellent.
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Post by Over43 » Wed May 05, 2021 2:04 pm

ladybird30 wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 5:18 am
No, but we exercise anyway because of the other benefits
I agree. I have gained my weight a bit later in life (40's), but I have known people (my father) who are overweight, yet quite fit. My father will be 80. During his Palm Springs trips he will throw his golf clubs on his back and walk 18 holes when the tempt is 105*. I pay attention when I see marathons on television. Of course the networks want to highlight to front runners, but occassionally, when they pan the crowd, you see people participating who are heavy. In my own case I can work my way up to 2-2 1/2 miles swims in the local college pool. I am not fast, but I can swim comfortably, and I thank boyancy everytime.
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Post by Over43 » Sun May 09, 2021 6:57 pm

My youngest daughter married Friday. It has been chaos, relatives from Arizona, California, Utah and Washington. It is great to see them, but chaos. I have been eating as well as can be expected. The workouts, I am still at them. Some push mindfulness, others weed :lol: but strength training has been my thing. As a teen, when I was afraid to go to school and afraid to go home, my Sears 140 lbs. purple orbitron weight set and bench were there, as have my Soloflex, Total Gym, and someone else's Nautilus machines, free weights, swimming pool, etc.

While others have been thinking they own my home as I have shared it with them, I have had my Total Gym. And my last two workouts:

May 6, 2021

Level 3 Squats: 1x100

Level 2 Leg Curls: 3 x 10

Level 3 Shoulder Press: 1 x 10, 1x15

Level 3 Pull Ups: 2 x 10

May 8, 2021

Level 4 Squats: 4 x 30

Level 2 Leg Curls: 3 x 10

Level 3 Pull Ups: 1 x 10, 1 x 15, 1 x 20,
1 x 15, 1 x 10

Level 3 Pull Overs: 4 x 10

Level 2 Inverted Lateral Raise: 2 x 10

Level 3 Inverted Curls: 3 x 10

Level 4 Seated Rows: 3 x 10

Level 4 Hammer Curls: 2 x 5 l/r

Thursday was rushed as we had family arriving for a Friday morning wedding. Saturday, everyone was still around so my Saturday workout was like therapy.

I have a lot of work to do on leg curls. Over the decades I have squatted and leg pressed just fine but hated leg curls. The TG, interestingly enough (I guess), has been the best leg curl device I have used.

I have been trying to add more cable exercises. Finding out which ones I like, which I do not. The seated chest press is a no go. The seated cable military press puts too much pressure on my lower back

But, the inverted curls I really like. I think I can like the inverted lateral raise as well.

Until Tuesday!

See you soon.
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Post by Over43 » Wed May 12, 2021 3:10 am

What a wreck Monday turned in to. I had an egg and sausage McMuffin for breakfast. Tasty. I washed it down with a mocha. Not a diet drink, but hey, I am that guy who can eat three plates of food a day, drink A Coke with lunch, and still lose. Trust me, Monday was beyond three plates.

Tuesday, today. Better, much better. I also added to my strength training habit with about 35 to 40 minutes of Total Gym. It facilitates me being able to do a lot of deep knee bends and dips. It is nice to have found an exercise medium that is not wrecking me. I can also hook my feet toward the tower and let my back decompress.

If not tomorrow, I will report Thursday.
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