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Old 12-20-12, 09:54 PM   #1
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Tractorlegs vs. Christmas Cookies

So far, a dead heat. Weight so far during the Holiday season has frozen solid at 230.8 pounds, no gain, no loss. Only a few days left til January 1, New Years Resolution time, and the battle begins on that difficult last 20 pounds to goal! Onward and Downward! Ride Free!
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Man, I hadn't hit the Christmas cookies until yesterday and am wishing I hadn't. It's tough but this will all be over soon. Going on a MTN bike bide tomorrow to burn off the 6-700 calories worth of cookies I had tonight. Resist the urge!
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D@mn fudge I tell ya!
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Christmas cookies - Telly, 0:1... The cookies gave up without a fight, packed up and moved into my belly!
New Years Resolution... 1 km for every cookie I've eaten; so far I'm aiming for a low orbit bicycle ride around the world! lol
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So far, a dead heat. Weight so far during the Holiday season has frozen solid at 230.8 pounds, no gain, no loss. Only a few days left til January 1, New Years Resolution time, and the battle begins on that difficult last 20 pounds to goal! Onward and Downward! Ride Free!
Wow, that's almost the exact same story as mine.

I think I've hit a big plateau anyway, but with a) crazy work schedule, b) rainy winter, and c) a wicked cold that just won't go away I've been really slacking on the "physical activity" as my diet calls it.

I just need to get through one more day of work, and then I'm off for two weeks. I get back on the 3rd, and on the 4th I get the BG Fit for my new Roubaix and then on the 5th it's the first ALC training ride of the season. If I can make it through x-mas and my trip to Miami with no gain then I'll be ready to assault that last 20 lb!
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Christmas cookies - Telly, 0:1... The cookies gave up without a fight, packed up and moved into my belly!
New Years Resolution... 1 km for every cookie I've eaten; so far I'm aiming for a low orbit bicycle ride around the world! lol
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trac: You still tracking? I have found that if I do not track, I always gain.
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D@mn fudge....again!
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For several weeks I have been "dieting", primarily through portion control and cutting out/down sugars and breads. Don't know if/how much weight I have lost but jeans are more comfortable and a shirt I didn't fit into well is now more comfortable. And all day yesterday my darling bride and her two sisters were at the house making cookies and candies. Most of the candies were pure sugar with peanuts added. But I couldn't let any gain I have made go to "waist" so I limited my intake to one cookie (Best Ever Chocolate Chip recipe). This is not the fun part.
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trac: You still tracking? I have found that if I do not track, I always gain.
I find the same thing - If I track, I lose; if I don't, I don't lose. Weight Watchers has been a godsend, sometimes we laugh at the program and the "points" and everything but there is no doubt, although at times challenging, it works. I had a great year on it.
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For several weeks I have been "dieting", primarily through portion control and cutting out/down sugars and breads. Don't know if/how much weight I have lost but jeans are more comfortable and a shirt I didn't fit into well is now more comfortable. And all day yesterday my darling bride and her two sisters were at the house making cookies and candies. Most of the candies were pure sugar with peanuts added. But I couldn't let any gain I have made go to "waist" so I limited my intake to one cookie (Best Ever Chocolate Chip recipe). This is not the fun part.
One cookie??!? You're a stronger man than I, Sarge! I would have "limited" myself to 18 or 19 lol!
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So far, a dead heat. Weight so far during the Holiday season has frozen solid at 230.8 pounds, no gain, no loss. Only a few days left til January 1, New Years Resolution time, and the battle begins on that difficult last 20 pounds to goal! Onward and Downward! Ride Free!
You and I are in the same boat. I've been holding within a pound or two of 230 for the past year and a half after losing 70+ pounds. In 2012 my goal was to build the engine, in 2013 I want to lighten the chassis by another 30-40 pounds. I'll call my battle with the Christmas cookies a draw for now. My co-workers have been bringing buckets, baskets, and plates of holiday goodies and yesterday I had just one cookie despite a 10-hour shift with bushels of sugar within arm's reach. I'm kind of proud of that.

Good luck with your goals through the holidays and into next year (assuming the world doesn't end today with the Mayan calendar). Maybe we should start an online resolution goals thread where everyone can post his/her goals and progress and receive some online support throughout the year. It might even make an interesting sub-forum under T&N.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
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One cookie??!? You're a stronger man than I, Sarge! I would have "limited" myself to 18 or 19 lol!
My darling bride is a great dessert cook. Cakes, pies, cookies, candy, she is tops. We met at a concert seventeen years ago (I'm 70 now). I had bought eight tickets and the husband of one couple couldn't make it so his wife brought Carol Sue. I wouldn't let her pay for the ticket and two days later she sent me a tupperware dish of oatmeal cookies. And I was hooked. I have edged up in weight ever since we married but this year the doctor got my attention. I'm not strong, just scared.
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Same here, I'm holding at 220 since the Halloween candy, Thanksgiving, Christmas thing started. If I'm still at 220 by New Years, I'll consider this holiday season a success. Then, to start the push to lose my Clyde status!
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I think the scale may be broken. Two weeks ago, I was at 290, I've eaten mostly crap since then, there was a box of homemade sweets in the office that must have weighed 20 pounds, and everything is conspiring to keep me off the bike right now. This morning I weighed 290...I think the scale is lying.
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One cookie??!? !
I received a gift of chocolates and mixed nuts this week. Since I can't tolerate having a temptation in the house, I chowed down the whole box in 2 days.
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D@mn no bake cookies!
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Another one of my weaknesses and my wife's specialties. Note to self: quit reading this thread, it just makes me hungry.
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It took you two days? What? Were you slacking?
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Machka and I yesterday joined a gym for a month here in Chilliwack, on the distant outskirts of Vancouver. It's an attempt to keep the Christmas calories at bay, and remove some of the indulgence adipose we acquired travelling across the US and back again over the past six weeks, as well as through Europe before that.

Our first workouts were today. I rowed and swam.

My weight hit 218lbs (103kg) several days ago, so it was time for action. I really want to get it down towards 185lb (85kg) during the next six months, and to build my fitness for some harvest work when we get back to Australia in January.

So easy to acquire, so hard to get rid of -- if only fat was money...
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Machka and I yesterday joined a gym for a month here in Chilliwack, on the distant outskirts of Vancouver. It's an attempt to keep the Christmas calories at bay, and remove some of the indulgence adipose we acquired travelling across the US and back again over the past six weeks, as well as through Europe before that.

Our first workouts were today. I rowed and swam.

My weight hit 218lbs (103kg) several days ago, so it was time for action. I really want to get it down towards 185lb (85kg) during the next six months, and to build my fitness for some harvest work when we get back to Australia in January.

So easy to acquire, so hard to get rid of -- if only fat was money...
Being fat used to be a sign of wealth back in the day. Not so much now

Let me ask, when you all first started touring, was the weight coming off?

When I started commuting, the weight was falling off which was great. Now it has slowed down and I think I need to hit the gym more
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Machka and I yesterday joined a gym for a month here in Chilliwack, on the distant outskirts of Vancouver. It's an attempt to keep the Christmas calories at bay . . .
You two joined a gym??!? That sounds funny to me, because your idea of a very short bicycle ride is from here to Moscow! Your bicycle exploits are legendary, so much so that when either one of you post here at BF there is a noticeable awe-filled silence for a few minutes. Machka mentioned in a thread that she points her Brooks up and within minutes - MINUTES - I pointed my B-17 up and it was more comfortable. Admit it - you two are legends - and you joined a gym??!? I thought to lose a couple of pounds you would increase your annual bike mileage from 3 million to 3.2 million. Gym??!?
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You two joined a gym??!? That sounds funny to me, because your idea of a very short bicycle ride is from here to Moscow! Your bicycle exploits are legendary, so much so that when either one of you post here at BF there is a noticeable awe-filled silence for a few minutes. Machka mentioned in a thread that she points her Brooks up and within minutes - MINUTES - I pointed my B-17 up and it was more comfortable. Admit it - you two are legends - and you joined a gym??!? I thought to lose a couple of pounds you would increase your annual bike mileage from 3 million to 3.2 million. Gym??!?
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