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  • Ugh. I hear you. It's been hard to keep any kind of routine, and with added weight gain, the workouts are harder too. I have tried two things that seem to work for me: 1. show up-just go to the gym (the pool, for me) because once I get there, the next step is to "do something." No workout has to be as intense, vigorous or…
  • I'm up to my eyeballs in asparagus and loving it. Chard too. I have put lettuce, peas, onions, leeks and radishes in, but everything else is going to have to wait. I'm a little north of @mtaratoot and his famous artichokes, and as I type, it's 46F and pouring down rain at 12:30 in the afternoon. Tonight's low temp is 39F.…
  • Well THAT must have felt good!!! I hope you got a boost from that. It's so gratifying to put something on that hasn't fit :)
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  • Sticking to my plan. It's so easy to wake up and know what today's movement will be (and actually look forward to it), but by the time work is done, a beer with my partner on a sunny porch sounds even better. Like @LenGray though, I'm trying to reframe this as something I do for myself. My partner and I check in with each…
  • 1650y yesterday before a water fitness class. I'm feeling it today. I reinstated my membership to the center so that I'll be more committed. If I don't feel like going, I just picture slapping that cash on the counter and walking out. No way. It's prepaid, I'm going :)
  • Having two babies in 2.5 years is a lot for your body. I hope you are proud of the fact that you got through that. Keep chipping away at your plan. When I started out, one of the best things I did was to just log food faithfully (and movement), and trust the process without too much focus on the scale. The fluctuations…
  • I LOVE your determination! I hope you are keeping all of your progress notes. Everybody here has a different reason to engage in movement or better nutrition. Yours is made more challenging by pain for sure. I can't wait to hear updates as things continue to improve for you. I definitely recommend using the pool when it…
  • AMEN :) I run trails in Oregon in a state park near my house. If I had to be counted as a "runner" based on my mile time, I might not qualify. But it's semantics to me. I can run on soft trails that my knees and hips appreciate, but get great hill work in for some interval training. And then there is the unevenness of…
  • 2250y yesterday. I can tell that it's my back and upper body that are going to need to get back in shape, in spite of the bodyweight routine I have been doing for two years. However, my endurance was really good. I got my mile in and decided to keep going. I have missed swimming! So, where is everybody? Anyone swimming?
  • You are 5'8" and weigh 124 pounds, and yet you describe yourself as having a "short stocky physique." There is other work to be done here, but it's not physical. Hugs to you. I have three kids who each were born with a uterus and 2/3 are short and stocky (5'2 and around 140 pounds). As their mom who is always trying to…
  • I did it. Back to the pool last night. I told myself to try for 30 min or so. See how it goes. It was hard. I won't lie. But after about 30 min, I started to get into my groove, just like I always do. So I kept going and got a mile in. I don't know how long it took because I forgot to check the time when I got out. I took…
  • This is disappointing for sure. If you want to know exactly how much you're eating, consider getting a food scale that measures in grams. It was really eye opening for me. I have been weighing everything in grams for years because it's so much more accurate. Good thing you figured this out though!! WTG!
  • You are definitely not alone... I'm right beside you. I too, recognized that the weight was coming back on, but lied to myself and said that I had to take into account "fluctuations." Yes... well... Ehem. Being in the throes of menopause didn't help. My sleep was severely disrupted for months, my energy level was…
  • This landed on top of me today. I too, read your blog and so enjoyed the honesty, vulnerability, and just plain great writing. I felt tears welling up in my own eyes at your response to peeking at your file. What a gift you gave yourself. I had forgotten until recently that I am ultimately doing this work for my future…
  • What a fail. And I don't use that word lightly. I worked my schedule to end my day near the pool so that I could get in the lap lane before it got too busy. It all worked out according to plan. Until... I opened my backpack in the locker room and realized that I had forgotten my suit :( I used to have a spare suit and…
  • It's a great start!! I'm starting this week too. Today is my "run day" but tomorrow I will get to the pool in the afternoon and see what I've got after two years of doing other things... Welcome!! :)
  • Hooray! You found us! Things are pretty quiet, but there are still folks swimming (and some of us who are juuuuust now getting back to it) ;) I did my water fitness class last night. I used to swim laps for an hour prior to class, but it's been two years, so I'd never make it an hour now. Also, there were only two lap…
  • There's a group here called "Swimmers!" If I knew how to post the link, I would, but maybe if you search for it? It's not super active right now. Covid shut down so many of our pools that many folks turned to other activities, but there is a wonderful group of swimmers there. When I first learned to swim, I got so many…
  • Woot!!! That's fantastic! That was some dedication. I hope you take your challenging days and remind yourself to be proud instead :)
  • You're doing great. It's really hard to press on and trust the process, but if you continue to stick to your plan, you'll get your results. I wish I had a smattering of the discipline you seem to have. I know exactly why my weight isn't budging... :smirk:
  • Wow. Strong first post, OP. I love planks, but no to so much of that...
  • Here are my peeps :) Another slow runner here. I started 10 years ago, and then dealt with plantar fasciitis so long that I took up swimming and did that for 6 years (until the pandemic ended that). By then, I was only running 1/week with my sister. I started walking more which aggravated my arthritic knee, but over time…
  • And what happens when you lose motivation? It might be better to make this a lot less work and take the weight off slowly and gradually. There are a lot of really, really helpful and wise long-termers here who can help you. Take advantage of their collective knowledge and listen to them. You're trying to reinvent a wheel…
  • I absolutely believed in a set point (past tense). I was raised to believe that my Polish genes and larger skeletal structure (compared to five sisters) was the reason that I was the "big" girl of the group. Until I started weighing my food... :( And as a result, making my portions smaller. And figuring out how many…
  • Bored but hopeful. Working from home works for my job to some extent, but anytime I get out for something, I remember what it's like to feel so busy all day (my job used to involve a lot of driving). Feeling sad for DH. He got an out of the blue interview request which turned out to be for a job he'd be great at. Spent a…
  • Hmm, I didn't even consider the huge differences in minimum wage. Just out of curiosity, I googled my city/state. In Oregon, it's $12.50, but in Portland, where I live, it's $14.75 (it should be, it's outrageous to live in the city now). My $7 estimate is probably low. That was probably when we arrived back here, which in…
  • Along the lines of supply chain issues and empty shelves, is anyone noticing the price increases at restaurants? We are still doing take out, or eating outdoors if it's open (no 4 walled tents). Some of our favorite places, like a pub with burgers, tots and good beer are now no longer options. What used to be a $7, then…
  • Sometimes just that is a first step out of a rut. If something you read sounds like something you can do, give it a go. I have fallen and gotten back up more times than I feel comfortable mentioning. Why can't I be a long time maintainer? Bottom line is that I learned how to lose the weight and I didn't learn how to…
  • Oooh, "thread-end pull" is good :) It's really true, OP. Changing everything will put you in proverbial knots, using Ann's metaphor. Pick one thing you can commit to (none of them is too small or insignificant). I just stopped by the store on my way home and grabbed two huge bunches of carrots. I'm a volume eater. Snacking…
  • It's a process for sure, in so many ways. Great job taking the advice from the wise ones here, and changing your approach! And congratulations on 3 pounds in 2 weeks. I'd be THRILLED, but my plan is much slower weight loss, so that means I have to be OK with not seeing measurable results for an extended time. Keep reading,…
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