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The end of day five and the start of day six…
Some days are just easy…  Like a cool summer breeze when you’re sitting in the shade on a hot afternoon.
This morning I woke up feeling fit an energized.  This is a normal and expected feeling after the first few days of veggie juice fasting.  Something “clicks”, and you start to feel terrific.  I got up at 8am and took the dog out for her walk.  Still feeling my oats, around 11am I went out for a jog.  2 miles in 34 minutes.  Not far, and definitely not fast.  As a matter of fact, I felt like I was in treacle.  I felt like I was absolutely plodding along, so I was surprised when I finished under 40 minutes.  I didn’t start sweating until the last lap around the block (2 miles = 5 laps X .4 miles).  When I got back in the house I started pouring sweat.  Anticipating a bit, as soon as I got in the door I got a 32oz bottle of ice water to re-hydrate and cool down.
I then had a couple of bottles of juice while watching a movie with Hil, before going out at 6:30pm for my hour of treading water.  Another bottle of juice and one of water and I’m done for the day / evening.  And before I forget…  NO weight change!  Still 365lbs.  If I hadn’t dropped 3lbs the day before I “might” be upset.  But then again, 1) I’m using an analogue scale, and, 2)  I know from past experience that the weight loss isn’t a straight line down.  When the losses start to decrease, you have to get your head ready for the 1 or 2 pound increase coming from water retention / fluctuation.  So, I’m good…
Issues:  No hunger and no light-headedness.  I lost track of a sentence twice while talking to Hil, had a general sense of fatigue when I was making my veggie blends in the afternoon, and, I got mild palpitations while swimming which have continued into the evening.  No secondary symptoms, so all I can do is monitor and hope they go away.  If it doesn’t clear up by morning, I’ll have to go to the ER.  Ah, the joys or asymptomatic AFib.  Oh, yeah.  I made enough veggie juice to easily see me through Saturday, so I can stretch the juicing fast out to 10 days if I feel like it on Friday.  Friday (morning) is when I finish my 7th day – the planned duration.
After thoughts:  Last night I dreamed about a big plate of SOS.  For those of you unfamiliar with the finest of American dining, that’s “Shit-on-a-Shingle”, which is also known as ground beef in gravy served over toast.  I make mine (the gravy) with mushroom soup and added flour (for thickening), with half an onion and a handful of mushroom.  I saute half of the onions and mushrooms before adding them.  The second half of each I add at the last moment, before serving so they’re fresher in the gravy.  Earlier today, while jogging, instead of going back to SOS, all I could think of was one of the Fat Smash dinners of rice, pinto beans and a heaping portion of bok choy.  Go figure…  I always fancied myself a ribs, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob man.  LOL.  Maybe, there is hope for me and a lifestyle change.  (Naaa…)
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On This Day In:
2017 Duty
2016 Still Gaining
2015 Filling Gaps
2014 Even In Our Sleep
2013 Passion Is Always Personal
2012 And You Are?
2011 Innate Talent
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Well, back to work and back to the gym…
Got weighed in today for our annual “Biggest Loser” competition. The usual goal is to get folks to drop some pounds before the holiday meals start and then kick off a “maintain don’t gain” program through the New Year.
Starting at 305 lbs. I’m back up 13 lbs from my low of 292 lbs early in April of this year. Sounds like a lot, but I’m still down from my unofficial high of 337 lbs last year. “Officially” I started last years’ Biggest Loser at 329 lbs; so, I’m still down some 24 lbs. My “unofficial” weight was what I weighed two weeks before my official weigh-in.
The bottom line is I’ll need to get back to my long jogs again if I want to lose the weight.  Hil and I have been on the Fat Smash Diet for so long it’s no longer working.  Of course, that’s mostly because we’re not super-strict anymore.  We’re pretty close, but not “super”.
I had a short workout today.  I was struggling to get into it.  I raised a good sweat, but – in total – it was a so-so workout.  Two miles jogging and 15 minutes rowing, then 10 minutes of weightlifting.
We’re supposed to be getting a couple of new machines in the gym – a rower and some waist-twistey contraption where I gather you swing your butt from side to side.  I’ve not seen the latter, yet.  I’ve been told it’s just like on TV, but I guess I’ve not seen the infomercial.  It’s supposed to exercise the sides of your stomach.  We’ll see…
On a strictly political note: the provisions of the Health Care Reform started kicking in today.  I must admit to feeling disappointed with the whole thing.  It just hasn’t gone far enough to make a difference – and certainly not in the short term.  Still, I have to tell myself to keep the faith and remember Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Benefits all started out the same – too little – and they eventually got better.
I was watching the news today and saw the Republican’s “Pledge to America” dog and pony show.  The mantra “privatize, privatize, privatize” is so old now!  I can’t believe after the failure of the banks and stock markets that Republican’s still want to turn Social Security, Medicare and the VA over to private industry.  They “honestly” think the problem with the economy was (is) too much government regulation.
All of you folks who’ve lost your retirement funds because of economic collapse; all of you folks who’ve lost your jobs (and homes) because of outsourcing; all of you folks (almost 2,000) who’ve become ill from eating tainted eggs in the last few months because of lack of government health and food inspectors; all of you long-term (over one year) unemployed workers who can’t get jobs because you’re “too old” (over 40) and “too inflexible” (can’t live on minimum wage with no company health insurance, retirement or periodic re-skilling on the company’s dime); all of you young folks who don’t want the “burden” of carrying the older workers in our society (“you need to retire so we can move up the ladder”), who have to live at home (your college degree earns you an unpaid internship) because you have no work experience (but you’ve got $50 to $100K in college loan debt); all of you — tell me how you are going to vote come November???
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Diet Update

Today is the end of day 13 on the diet.  As of Friday, I have lost about 10 pounds!  My energy level is high and I feel well.  Five pounds a week (average) is quite a bit, so I only hope I can keep it up for a while.  I’ve got about four weeks until Thanksgiving and I’d like to lose another 15-20 pounds by then.  We’ll see…
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Ok.  So here I go again.  This time, it’s personal!
Anyway, I was doing my weekly weigh in at the gym at work and the manager there says maybe I should try the Fat Smash Diet.  She says a number of the guys there at the gym have been trying it and they’ve all reported losing 10 pounds in the first couple of weeks.
Yesterday, I went out and got the book and read it.  Today I finished it.  (It’s a very quick read – lots of dead space and 75 recipes.  I’m jazzed so I got Hil to go out an buy the first weeks worth of food for me to try it.
The diet seems reasonable – 4 meals and 3 snacks each day.  The hard part is the size of each is miniscule.  But I’ll try it for the required 3 weeks and see how it goes.  If I can manage to lose the 12 pounds (promised), then maybe I’ll stick it out and go for a 2nd 3 week rotation.  At least the recipes sound more interesting than the other diets Hil and I have been trying for the last couple of years.  My starting weight is 332…  So, I’ve got a lllooonnnggg way to go to reach my ideal weight 185 pounds.  I’ll have to lose half of me!!  To tell the truth, I’ll be happy if I can get down to 250 – that would be 80 pounds lost.  If I could do that in one year, that would be about 1.5 pounds per week – which logically sounds do-able.  (Isn’t it funny how what sounds “doable” is really a tremendous achievement – if I can do it!)
Of course, that’s putting the horse before the cart (as usual)…  The first thing is seeing how much I can drop this first 3 weeks.
Yesterday, Hil and I went for a 45 min walk – I estimate a little over 2 miles.  Today, I went for a hour jog.  Slow, but I estimate 3.5 miles.
That’s it for now.  I’ll try to update this more regularly as the program in only for 3 wks.
To anyone reading this, keep me in your good thoughts (or prayers).
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