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It's a pain to have to ride 12 miles just to get to the Greenbelt, but it is always worth it when I get down there. Something about riding on the greenbelt and being in downtown Boise just feels right. 


We loved going to Columbia Village when we were there. We almost pulled the trigger on a place near the Fred Meyer, but decided to just stay in Mountain Home.

Nice ride.


Odysseus32
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We loved going to Columbia Village when we were there. We almost pulled the trigger on a place near the Fred Meyer, but decided to just stay in Mountain Home.

Nice ride.


Nice! We actually house sat for one of our friends relatives about 2 Christmases back. Such a nice, quiet neighborhood. Good views too.


Odysseus32
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Thursday October 29th, 2020

Morning Weight: 192.0 lbs

Workout
Stationary Bike: 15 Mins x 2
BW Squats: 30 x 2
Pushups: 25 x 2
Situps: 15 x 2
Lunges: 8 x 2

Notes
It was hard to force myself onto the bike, but I felt better after I got going. I tried to keep strict form on my workouts and go slow. It's a lot harder than blasting them out as I do on Saturdays. Total workout time was around an hour. I stretched in between sets.

Diet
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple
Lunch: Salad Mix w/ bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, italian dressing, sunflower kernels
Snack: Yogurt w/ blackberries, choc chips w/ walnuts
Dinner: Jambalaya, Milk
Dessert: Bourbon

Image: https://i.ibb.co/1dr6dh7/Diet-10-29-20.png


Notes
I didn't manage to hold off on having a drink until Saturday. I was so antsy yesterday evening and wanted to relax, so I decided to use my last 200 calories on a single 3 oz pour. I was feeling relaxed for an hour, but I am definitely feeling the difference in my sleep quality. If I had anything important today I would have held off, but it's all studying for me today.

We finished off the Jambalaya, so we will have Salmon and.....not sure what else. I am sure there are some fresh vegetables in the fridge, and if there aren't, I have a stockpile of cans that have been sitting for months.

Other Notes
Not much going on today. I have to take an economics quiz (easy), do a discussion board for my English class (easy) and start on the next chapter of statistics (NOT easy). I am grateful to have this entire Friday to work on these things. Eventually I will do some exercise. I was thinking 1 Mile splits.

I was looking at the standings last night since we are nearing the midway point of the season, and the NFC East is absolute dog shite. It's looking more and more like one of those teams is going to get a home field game in the playoffs with a 7-9, maybe even 6-10 record. Meanwhile, the entire NFC west has to fight with each other just to get a wildcard. Hopefully the Saints can get out of these next 7 games, only losing 1, MAYBE 2, and be at worst 9-4 headed into the Chiefs game.

I don't have much else. Hope everyone has a good one!


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re: Odysseus' Weight Loss/Gain Log - Never ever ever give up
Bruh

Ec stack

Stop eating breakfast and “snacks”


Odysseus32
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Bruh

nah

I like my snacks


Odysseus32
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Friday October 30th 2021

Morning Weight: 192.8 lbs

Workout
Cycling: 6.91 Miles

Image: https://i.ibb.co/F8Jsjvf/Strava-10-30-20.png


Notes
This was about as leisurely as it gets in terms of a bike ride. I just rode around for about half an hour listening to a podcast. No main roads, just neighborhood streets in the late afternoon.

Diet
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple
Lunch: Salad Mix w/ bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, italian dressing, sunflower kernels
Snack: Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Dinner: Salmon and Mixed Veg
Dessert: 1/2 Slice GF Cake
Late Snack: Mozz Cheese Stick

Image: https://i.ibb.co/dBtw6xY/Diet-10-30-20.png


Notes
Good day. My morning and afternoon were normal, aside from the fact that I gave into a chips and salsa craving. Dinner was light, and I ended up being hungry around 9 pm. My wife made a cake and we decorated it Halloween themed. Kinda takes the fun out of it when you are weighing the icing as you put it on, but we still had a good time. Cake wasn't great, but we had fun doing it.

Other Notes
Up early today to finish some last minute english schoolwork. Should take about an hour. Gonna run first then get started on it.

Excited to see what UGA/Kentucky looks like today. I think people are in for a surprise there. My wife asked me if LSU/Auburn was supposed to be a "good" game and I didn't know how to answer her. I just said, "it should be interesting".

My wife wants to watch halloween movies tonight, so that's what we will be doing instead of any late games. I'm only interested in 2 late games; OSU @ PSU and Arky @ TAMU. I think they will likely both be big wins for the favorite, so I'm not sure I am missing much.

I caught the end of Maryland/Minnesota last night. Poor kicker. Sucks to lose that way. I wouldn't have believed you if you told me that Minnesota was gonna start the season 0-2 with Morgan and Bateman coming back.


Odysseus32
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Saturday October 31st, 2020

Morning Weight: 191.8 (NEW MORNING LOW!)

Workout
Run: 1.35 Miles -- 8:22 Pace

Image: https://i.ibb.co/JnGHsN4/Strava-10-31-20.png


Stationary Bike: 4 x 20 Min Segments
Pushups: 4 x 50
Squats: 4 x 40
Situps: 4 x 25
Lunges: 4 x 10

Notes
I have heard of people who just get up and go run. I thought about it, and figured that if I run before I drink my coffee, I shouldn't need to use the bathroom, and why not try it out. I got up, put on my clothes, did a little stretch, and hit the door. I gotta say, I don't care for it. I felt groggy, my body felt weird breaking an intentional sweat after it was at rest just 15 minutes prior. I also felt rushed because I needed to get back and take the dog on her morning walk. I think I'll stick to evening workouts.

Even though I did my little test run I still hopped on the bike and did my bodyweight work. It's become my 2nd favorite part of Saturdays. I am sore today.

Diet
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple
Lunch: Turkey and Cheese Roll Up, Cherry Coke
Snack: Chips and Salsa
Dinner: Del taco burrito and soft taco
Dessert: none

Image: https://i.ibb.co/TbPjzKs/Diet-10-31-20.png


Notes
It was a good day in terms of caloric intake, however my food choices were suspect. There is something about watching football that makes me want high sodium, high fat, sugar laden food. Especially the chips and salsa. I love a big bowl of chips and a big bowl of salsa on gameday.

I meant to have red beans and rice for dinner, but I forgot to soak the beans Friday night. Would have been a lot better than a cheap del taco burrito.

Other Notes
I don't even know what to say about LSU. What an ass-whipping. Aside from Stingley the defense was garbage, Finley looked rattled, OLine couldn't block anyone, backs not hitting holes, play calling was suspect. I don't know. If we can finish the season 4-6 that'd be a success. 5-5 means we beat one of Bama, UF, or A&M and I just can't see it. I knew there would be a regression but this is the worst LSU team I have ever seen.

In other college football news, Clemson looks pretty mortal without TL. Still very good and able to turn on the jets, but they are beatable (lookin at you, ND). It feels like all roads lead to Bama/Clemson part 5, but Ohio State may have something to say about that. Also, and I know this is a crazy thought, but given a loss or two in the top 6, Cincinnati is looking extremely impressive. If there was any year a G5 team could sneak into that playoff, this would be the year.

We decided to watch scary movies last night instead of me watching college football, which was actually nice after watching Auburn shove their dick down LSU's throat. We watched 2 movies, one we had seen before and one we had not.

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AND

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Hush was your basic slasher film with a twist (the girl is deaf). We have seen it before, but it's still good for a jump scare.

The Ritual, on the other hand, was more psychological and sorta disturbing. I didn't know what the movie was about, and I won't spoil it, but I found it really interesting.

Anyway, gonna finish up some Stats today, watch Joey B, and actually watch Saints/Bears. It will be the first full Saints game I watch this season. I have been really apathetic concerning the NFL for the past 3 years. I hope we win, though. It would make the Bucs game next week pretty significant.

That's all I got. Hope everyone has a good Sunday!





Odysseus32
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re: Odysseus' Weight Loss/Gain Log - Never ever ever give up
Sunday November 1st, 2020

Morning Weight: 190.0 (NEW MORNING LOW!)

Workout
NONE - Rest Day

Notes
Was pretty sore yesterday from Saturday's workout. This was a nice relief

Diet
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple, Chips and Queso
Lunch: None
Snack: Halloween Cake and Milk
Dinner: Red Beans and Rice
Dessert: None

Image: https://i.ibb.co/09XtQ1F/Diet-11-1-20.png


Notes
Good day. Had a strong urge to eat around 8 PM but I held it off.

Other Notes
I have changed from recording my weight from the day before (the actual day of the journal entry) to the day I record the journal entry.

I am excited to be this light. I felt this light yesterday morning but the scale still read around 192, which was disheartening. Hopefully it's not an anomaly and I don't fluctuate back up the low 190's. I've been stuck there forever.

I start my overnight position at Amazon this coming Sunday, so this week is all about adjusting to that schedule. Last night I didn't get into bed until 10 PM and I woke up at 8. It was a struggle to stay awake, as we are typically in bed and out by 8:45 PM. Sometimes I have sleeping problems, but usually, if I am awake at 9 PM, something has gone awry. It was also a struggle to keep sleeping this morning as my body wants to do things at 6:30. I am going to try to sleep from around midnight tonight to 10 AM tomorrow. If today is any indicator it will be a challenge. My Amazon schedule is 6 PM - 4:30 AM, so my goal is to get to where I am falling asleep around 5:30 AM and waking up around 1 PM.

Today is homework and exercise. That's about it. Have a good one!


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OysterPoBoy
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I also felt rushed because I needed to get back and take the dog on her morning walk.


What kind of dog? Mine loves to run a couple of miles.


Odysseus32
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Pit Bull Lab Mix.

Definitely has the capability and energy to run with me, but she is stubborn. She'll run for about a quarter mile but then wants to explore.

She is a very curious dog. She lived with my father in law for the first 5 years of her life and had about 200 acres on which she roamed. She listens fine, but she definitely has her own will.


Odysseus32
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Monday November 2nd, 2020

Morning Weight: 190.2 lbs

Workout
Run: 2 Miles @ 8:49 Pace
Stretch: At Park -- Light Stretch and Walk
Run: 1.59 Miles @ 8:41 Pace

Image: https://i.ibb.co/hFRtKjd/Strava-11-2-20.png


Notes
I wasn't trying to go fast or break any PRs, I just wanted to get out and get moving for the day. It was beautiful, albeit a bit cold, but it felt nice to listen to a podcast and leisurely run to the park. I came back the same way, catching my breath before starting to run back home.

Diet
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple, Banana w/ PB, Hard-Boiled egg, Orange Powerade
Lunch: Salad Mix w/ bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, italian dressing, sunflower kernels
Snack: Bourbon
Dinner: Red beans and rice, Milk
Dessert: None

Image: https://i.ibb.co/TkbcgM7/Diet-11-2-20.png


Notes
Pretty good day. Had a drink there in the afternoon while I was reading. I boiled some eggs to put in some tuna later today. That should be a more protein rich snack.

Other Notes
Well, just as I finished up my journal post yesterday about the Amazon job, the other company for whom I really want to work called me and offered me the position. I start Wednesday. It's a 3-11am shift, M-F, so not quite overnight, but still an adjustment, and it pays a bit better than Amazon, especially considering the shift differential. I am pretty excited about it. I'll be training on the day shift until I get my bearings and then I'll switch to that early shift. So I have time to figure out the best method. My wife is WFH and can start whenever she pleases, so we may end up just getting in bed an hour or so earlier and when I head off to work she will start her work. It will suck getting up and getting go that early, but it will be nice to be done with work by noon and have the option to do whatever. This situation is also why I drank, in celebration. Also, I'd like to not feel any effects of alcohol on my first day.

I've got about 100 pages left in Good Bones. It's really heating up.

That's about it. My plan was to go on a 15 mile bike ride today, but I'm thinking it may be wise to get ahead on schoolwork so I can focus on work the rest of the week.

Hope everyone has a good one!


Odysseus32
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Tuesday November 3rd, 2020

Morning Weight: 190.4 lbs

Workout
Cycling: 14.31 Miles

Image: https://i.ibb.co/4mfdvdm/Strava-113-20.png


Notes
I stopped to talk on the phone about midway through this ride and was walking around, so auto pause was on and off. That's why the speed was so low. Weather was nice. Good ride.

Diet
Breakfast: 4 eggs, 3 strips turkey bacon, coffee w/ creamer and sugar
Snack: Gala Apple
Lunch: 2 Pieces GF Pizza
Snack: Homemade Tuna, Orange Powerade, Chips and Queso
Dinner: Red Beans and Rice, Milk
Dessert: Swiss Miss HC

Image: https://i.ibb.co/n02yMsY/Diet-11-3-20.png


Notes
Diet was okay. I took in more sugar than I'd like, but that happens. I made the tuna to try to up my protein intake. I'd like to get it nearing 100g per day. I may make some home made protein bars with whey. I am not sure yet.

Other Notes
Election still too close to call.

I decided to go with the Amazon Job. The other position is 40 miles away, so after taking into account gas, I'd be coming up with the same take home pay and leaving my wife without a vehicle. And although 3-11am is a bit more normal than overnight, it's a strange shift that leaves me wondering about the best time to sleep. Also, Amazon is 4 day 10-hour shifts, giving me an entire extra day for schoolwork. It just makes more sense.

I am trying to adjust my sleeping schedule. I'm tired. Have a good one.


Odysseus32
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Sorry for no updates. It's been strange trying to get on this new sleep schedule. I am almost adjusted. Woke up at noon yesterday but still felt tired even after 8 hours of sleep. Went to bed last night around 1 AM, woke up at 1130 this morning feeling rested. I missed Gameday and the first half of the early games, but that's okay.

Hopefully tonight I can make it to 3 am and wake up around noon. I start the night shift at 5 PM tomorrow night and work until 430 am Monday morning. I am very excited!

My weight when I woke up was 191.4, so I've been treading water, starting to slip. I just need to get back on my routine. Consistency is key.
This post was edited on 11/7 at 1:31 pm


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Odysseus32


You give up, baw?


Odysseus32
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You give up, baw?


Nah, I just haven't found time to update. My sleeping schedule is 5:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Ideally I'd like to update when I wake up but I have schoolwork that needs to be done before work. I expected things to be a bit tighter now that I went from working 20-25 hours when I wanted to 40+, but school piles up quickly.

Took an accounting test this evening and almost got a 100. I have a stats test tomorrow and I have to write an essay for on of my last electives by Sunday. I just took a break from one of my other classes general work to check in on TD.

I have still been coming under my caloric goals and I'm down to 188 as of this morning. The job is constant movement, so I assume the weight will continue to come off easily until my body adjusts to the workload.

My plan is to start with daily updates again this Sunday.

I know I got no room to bitch, as I chose to do school full-time and work full-time, but boy I was worn out all this week. I'd like to get a solid 9-10 hours tonight and refocus. I've been maintaining everything well except this log

I appreciate the post, though. This log helped me focus the past month and, even though things are still good, all it takes is a group of bad days to fall off.
This post was edited on 11/13 at 1:15 am


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LSUZombie
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re: Odysseus' Weight Loss/Gain Log - Never ever ever give up
Good read and like you, a former athlete that struggles with food portion and indulgence.

Lost around 50 pounds to start the year doing kickboxing and calorie counting, and then Covid hit. Did great for first few weeks and then slipped and stopped working out (working from home now) and stopped counting calories. Portion sizes and takeout food went on the rise. The weight followed.

Then in October we did a full kitchen renovation and were without the kitchen for 4 weeks. When not eating canned or frozen foods, we were eating take out. I felt awful at the end of that four week period.

After a friend's dad died suddenly from years of neglecting his body, I realized I had to turn this around before it was too late. I started on November 2 and my plan so far is:

Morning: Intermittent Fasting and Black Coffee

Lunch: Some kind of protein and veggie, or just super low carb like chicken sausage, eggs, and a cheese stick. Or leftovers from dinner.

Snacks: Stocked up on healthy snacks and limit myself to one per day. Dried fruit and nuts pack from Costco, beef sticks from Costco, hummus with carrots, etc.

Dinner: Usually a protein and a veggie. Or protein and a green salad with housemade dressing. Proteins are typically chicken, lean pork cuts, sirloin steak, etc. And portion control.

For daily exercise, I take my dog for a walk at lunch and then get on the treadmill for 2 miles a day, working my way to more.

So far I am down 10 pounds (as of this morning) and loving the way I feel while also feeling like I'm not sacrificing much.

Good luck to everyone and anyone on this journey.


Odysseus32
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I understand how tough it is, especially when you feel like you don't have the proper tools at your disposal. For guys like us environment can be everything.

Your eating plan sounds good, and I think walking is the best way for anyone to get back into it. Especially being a former athlete, your body is gonna drop those first pounds pretty quickly. After that it's all discipline.

Seeing people drop/be disabled because of neglecting their health is the worst. I come from a family filled with people on welfare (not all, some are very successful), but the way many of my extended family lives made me think that it was normal to look like you were 80 when you were in you were in your early 60s. It's not.

Good on you for trying. And remember that just because you slip up doesn't mean it's all for naught. Understand what happened and get back on the horse.


Odysseus32
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Update
I am thinking that I may just start doing weekly updates. I really like this log, but it was much easier to get into a routine of updating when I was waking up at 6 AM, and only had to work a few hours. Working these 10 hour days means that I have about 4 hours before getting ready and driving to work, and most of that is allocated to school.

Rest assured, I am still doing all the same stuff. Less running, mostly because of the temperatures, but I'm still hitting my caloric goals, doing the exercise bike, etc.

I am always searching for accounting internships, and since I am getting into my junior acct classes, maybe it will be easier to land one. As soon as I get back on a semi-normal schedule, daily updates will resume. Until then, it just doesn't take much of a priority.



OysterPoBoy
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All I read is the weight and other notes section.


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Odysseus32
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Monday November 16th, 2020 -- WEEKLY UPDATE
Morning Weight: 188.6 Lbs

Last Week's Exercise
With my body adjusting to the newer, more physical workplace, I was light on my exercise. I did the exercise bike a few times and ran once, although it was freezing out and that was the last time I ran. Also, it was 2 AM, and as much as it is my right to run when it's 2 AM, I know that probably makes some people a little uncomfortable.

Going forward, I'm going to adopt a 3 times a week exercise bike routine until Spring, accompanied by a long walk on Fridays. I'll go Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday on the bike with full body workouts, and then maybe a 3-4 mile walk with the dog on Friday. The cold air really makes my asthma flare up, and I don't like running in the cold otherwise.

Last Week's Diet
I upped my activity level on my fitness pal to "Active", which gave me another 300 or so calories to work with. It's a good thing, too, because I found that when 4:30 hits and I get off work, I am pretty damn hungry.

I was great with my goals, except for Saturday. I didn't go crazy or anything, we just had some steak and potatoes and I finished off the last of the Whiskey in the cabinet (~6/7 units). I definitely felt it yesterday, but it was a good night. Sometimes it's just good to forget about calories and have a good day.

Other Notes
I won't go on about the new job, but I just have to say that this is tough. I hear about some people who work full-time, go to school, AND have kids and I'm not really sure how that is possible. You only have so much energy throughout the day, so those people have my full respect.

I have gotten into a pretty good routine sleeping. I come home and sleep from around 5:30 - 12:30/1 and then have about 4 hours before I start getting ready for work. The nights off are the hard part, as I have to stay up while my wife goes to sleep.

Last week was probably the worst part of the semester to have taken a new job, as it was by far the hardest week yet. I had my 3rd accounting exam, my 3rd Stats exam, and a 5 page literary analysis essay due all within 2 days. I finished all of them, but by Friday night/Sat Morning I was wiped.

I am just glad to see that I have not deprioritized my health during this adjustment period. It would have been easy to make excuses for myself and say that I will get back to eating right when it's more convenient. But it's just not an option. Been there, done that, and I don't want to speak too soon, but I think the days of treating my body like shite without a conscious thought are over.

I'll try to make this weekly update more descriptive as I go, but for now I need to get some economics done.

Later!


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