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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:59 pm 
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And an odd benefit that I didn't anticipate: my blood pressure is going down. Maybe it's the walking. Maybe it's weight loss. Maybe it's fasting. I dunno. But I noticed that when I stopped walking, especially on hills, I'd feel dizzy, faint. That's lisinopril, my BP medication. I feel faint because my BP is too low.

So I stopped taking the medication about three weeks ago. I take my own BP at home. It's in the normal range and has been since I stopped the meds. (Yes, I'll check with my doc on this).
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Looking at that, I'd have to guess that fasting has helped with BP.

Really great results, Tim. Keep at it!


PS - Thanks for your food plan/schedule info from your previous post.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:19 pm 
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On track:
Weight 225
Walking: 5-7 miles daily

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20 pounds lost in 10 weeks. 2 pounds a week. It is slowing down now to about a pound a week

I'm now doing more challenging trails. I've been working on one of my favorites, a 4.25 rocky loop rising 500 feet. Looking at my logs, I see I'm only a few minutes off my best times in the last decade.

Blood pressure remains low.

July goals:
Lose a pound a week. 221 by August 1. Doable. (With a secret goal of 219).

Keep pushing trails with bigger elevations, preparing for the one day, 21 mile, 4000 foot elevation trail hike at the end of August.

Beyond that:
(For reference: i'm 6'1") The intermittent diet is pretty easy for me. I'm going to keep it up. 215 is a good weight for me. I see, in my logs, that that is what I weighed back in 2008 when Gav and I crushed the Irish Marathon. I'd like to take it all the way down to 199. I haven't weighed under 200 since my mid-20s. I just want to see how it feels. I think 205 will probably my best walking around weight, but we'll see.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:22 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:24 am 
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On track.

Weight 225
Walk 5 to 7 miles a day.

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Weight hanging at 225 for the last two weeks. I sorta expected this. Will stay on the intermittent fast. It actually makes me feel good, improves my mood.

Set a recent PR on a 4.25 mile trail loop I like. Rises 500 feet. One hour and 14 minutes. 17.5 minute miles.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:43 pm 
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On track:
Weight 225
Walking: 5-7 miles daily

Notes:
20 pounds lost in 10 weeks. 2 pounds a week. It is slowing down now to about a pound a week

I'm now doing more challenging trails. I've been working on one of my favorites, a 4.25 rocky loop rising 500 feet. Looking at my logs, I see I'm only a few minutes off my best times in the last decade.

Blood pressure remains low.

July goals:
Lose a pound a week. 221 by August 1. Doable. (With a secret goal of 219).

but we'll see.
Cat's outa that bag. Seriously you're doing great, and reminded me that I needed to get walking back into my regimes. It's your fault.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:20 pm 
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Whoops. Off track.
Weight: 226
Walking: some moderate hiking

Relatives visiting all last week. No fast days. Lots of big meals. Gained 2 pounds. Ah well. Will get back on track this week.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:50 am 
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Whoops. Off track.
Weight: 226
Walking: some moderate hiking

Relatives visiting all last week..
Is that code for hot, writer chicks from Argentina or Brazil or some such place? Thought maybe you were white water rafting again.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:50 pm 
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If only it were so....

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:43 pm 
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Back on track
Weight 223
Walking 3 to 4 miles a day. Too damn hot to do anymore and hard on my dog.
Many visitors to entertain (everybody wants to come to Montana in the summer), but have maintained the Monday and Thursday fast.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:55 pm 
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Oh well
Weight 224
Walking: 4-5 miles a day.

I seem to be stagnated at 223, 224. I figure it's "consolidation," and that the weight will start to drop off again soon. Still doing the IF on Mondays and Thursdays. There is something about the program, IF, that seems to lighten my mood. I work better on fast days and on the day after.

The IF and trail walks have become habit. I'm thinking of working on strength and flexibility so I might try that GMB program we've been talking about. I'll try and see if it is something I might stay with.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:28 pm 
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Whoa! New PR on my course. 4.25 mile trail, 500 elevation gain. 1:09:17. Miles average 16.22. Cuts 4 minutes and 40 seconds off my recent best. In fact, doing that loop in under an hour and ten minutes is near my all time best.

So, I'm no longer "Seeahill looking to rebound." I'm "Seeahill on the rebound."

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:10 pm 
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Weight 223 - a loss of 22 pounds since April 18.

Lots of hiking, averaging over 5 miles a day. I've done a bunch of rowing (back rowing a raft) on the river in the last month as well.

Since starting the IF/walking program April 18, I've lost just under 4 inches off my waist.

Lost almost 2 inches off my neck. It was 18 inches. Now about 16.25. A neck circumference of 17 and over is indicative of sleep apnea. I've lost enough weight that I sleep well. I don't have sleep apnea symptoms anymore.

Started GMA Elements. We'll see if it's efficient. And if I like it and can stay with it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:04 pm 
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(Spent the week in CA, teaching, and didn't have time to walk a lot but maintained the two day a week intermittent fast.)

Weight 222.
Weight loss is much slower these days, but the IF still feels good.

Walking: 2-3 miles a day.

Started the GMB Elements program. I could do it in my hotel room. I'm in the middle of second week of a seven week program. What I've learned is Good, Bad and Ugly.

Good: I have great shoulder mobility and very good shoulder and upper body strength.

Bad: A lot of the work is "arms straight, hands on floor supporting the upper body." The weak links are my wrists, which need work.

Ugly: while I can sink into a deep bodyweight squat, I can only hold the position for 20 seconds. Since a lot of the Elements program works out of the squat, I am going to have to work hard on this. It's humbling.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:12 pm 
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Weight 220 (25 pounds lost).
Still on IF diet
Walking 5 or more miles a day
A week and half into GMB Elements program

Saw my doctor yesterday:
Doctor agrees that my blood pressure is down but still wants me on medication. 5mg of Amplodepine, which he says is about as low as you can go. My blood work is good. Testosterone at normal levels, HDL to LDL ratio very good.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:12 pm 
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Great job Tim. Your walking and diet log reminded me of the two pronged approach I used back when I lost about 50 on a modified Atkins. Been walking everyday myself since retiring in April. Will have to figure what boots or hiking shoes I'm going to use for our Pa. winters pretty soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:48 pm 
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Thanks Dik,
If you find a good pair, let me know.

I use LL Bean ankle high waterproof pull ons. And North Face calf high pull on boots. I'm not entirely happy with either one. They're not bad, just not terrific.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:48 pm 
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Weight 217 (28 pounds lost)
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Notes: After a 5 weeks of consolidation, weight loss has started up again.
Elements seems to be a program I can stick with.

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Nice, seeahill. Keep us updated on the Elements program.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:39 pm 
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Nice, seeahill. Keep us updated on the Elements program.
I will write a review when I'm done with the seven week program.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:32 pm 
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Weight 216 (29 pounds lost)
IF diet (eat 600 calories on Mondays and Thursdays)
Walking - 5 to 7 miles daily
GMB Elements: finished 3rd week

Notes: Climbed Mount Livingston, a walk-up with an elevation gain of 3212 feet from the trailhead. 10 miles round trip. Used to take me about six hours. Took 7.5 hours this time. Sigh.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:57 pm 
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Weight 216 (no loss this week)
Walking/hiking 5 miles/day average
GMB elements program, week 4

Notes: if you're 72 and they want you to play softball on Labor Day, try not to get a hit. The baserunning is going play hob with your knees.

The next two weeks are filled with friends and relatives and numerous dinner parties. I will be doing a lot of the cooking, cleaning, entertaining. I think I'm going to lay off the longer walks due to time constraints and sore knees. Will try to keep with the GMB program, but it'll be OK if I miss. I'll just pick it up later. It will be difficult to stay on the IF diet as well. I see a way to do it for the first week, but the second is impossible. I expect to pick up a few pounds.

Perhaps, when I get back with the program after two weeks, I'll come back with a renewed sense of purpose. I hope so.

This may be the benefit of age and/or wisdom: I'm not going to beat myself up about taking it easy for a couple of weeks. I will consider it a well deserved vacation.

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The well-deserved two week "vacation" from diet and exercise cost me a gain of 7 (SEVEN) pounds.
Weight 223
Got some walking in, but just strolling with friends, @2-3 miles a day
Didn't do the GMB Elements

On the other hand, I ate well. My food historian pal and I put together 6 dinners for 8 in 12 days. Here are two menus:

A Stuart Restoration banquet (for cavaliers only)

A fine Whet

Fritters in the Italian Fashion (more or less spherical Cheez-Its flavored with caraway and saffron)

The Fish Course

Salmon fryed (dressed with fried herbs, apple and orange slices and wine sauce)

An Herb-Tart (a sort of chard quiche with almonds, currants and spices in place of cheese)

The Meat Course

A Hash of Beef otherways (roast beef fried brown, simmered in wine with cranberries, garnished with lemons and grapes)

A grand Sallet of pickled Capers (with currants and beets)

The Sweet Course

The Portugall Orange

A good Dish of Cream

After the Meal

Bishop (Port with roasted oranges)



A Delmonico’s September menu from the 1890s:

Cream of lettuce soup Evers

Kingfish Batelière (poached in red wine with tiny onions), mashed potatoes

Pullet à la Arco Valley (roast chicken with mushroom sauce & oyster garnish), red cabbage Montargis (baked with butter, bacon and apples)

Paupiettes of beef (tenderloin strips rolled up with duxelles and baked in sauce mirepoix), lima beans maître d’hôtel

Bombe Fifth Avenue (strawberry ice cream mold filled with hazelnut spumoni) with light pancakes (blini)

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Cream of lettuce?


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