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On 12/06/2019 at 14:51, CanaBull said:

Got officially below 200 lbs today.  199.2 to be exact, been lower with natural variability but Wednesday is official day.  Closing in on being my lowest adult weight of 198.  This is 30.4 lbs lost since tracking stuff with WeightWatchers and 40+ from my highest.  This daily tracking has given me regular and consistent accomplishments that have rebuilt my discipline and confidence to start pushing at my limitations.

Just six months ago I could barely walk a kilometre and wouldn’t go near a swimming pool for fear of falling.  Now I’m walking 20-30 kilometres per week and doing 40 lengths of the pool two and three times a week.

I’m not (that) concerned any more comparing myself to what and where I was in the distant past, just focusing on being better than I was yesterday or last time out whether it be activity or food and choosing to be the best that personally can be.

 

3 hours ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

144.2Kgs today.  Happy with that as I combined lots of walking with cream teas, ice creams and cider!

Need to start moving on from 'just' walking and start a bit of body weight workouts and using the rowing machine and cycle in work.  Perfect for the nightshift, just do 'more'.  

Bloody hell!

Great effort!

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Sadly - we were unsuccessful on Mt Blanc. Vast amounts of falling snow, strong winds and severe avalanche risk meant we had to turn back at the Grand Couloir. Someone would have died if we had tried so made the call not to risk anyone’s lives. Gutted but the right call. Stunning photos though and an epic fitness work out in that snow! 

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Date Shadow Matt Santos Bedford Roughyed Canabull Niels Riding Pie
  91.8 Broken 152.6 96.61 75.6  
  92.5 114 151.2 95.7 74.39  
  92.2 112 149.4 93.9 72.57  
  93 114 148 92.86 72.12 100.2
17-5 91 114 146.6 92.53 72.57 99
23-May 90.5 113 145.4 91.63 71.24 98.4
31-May 89.7 113 145 91.2 71.69 99
06-Jun 90.1 TBA Week Off 90.76 72.57 99
13-Jun 89 114 144.2 90.35 72.1 TBA
             
loss/gain -1.1 1 -0.8 -0.41 -0.47  
Klendathu 55.18 70.68 89.40 56.02 44.70  
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This Friday I’m participating in a naked winter solstice charity swim to raise money for a cancer charity. It will be in a lake in the centre of the city.

I’ve raised quite a bit of money so far which I’m quite happy about.

The weather forecast says it will be -3 degrees when I dive in totally starkers with up to 100 other naked fools.

And no, I’ve never done this type of fitness before. I figure it will raise a bunch of money that otherwise would not be raised, so I’m happy to get my kit off to raise some money for those who are really suffering.

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Hit the 143's today.  Then promptly went on a binge.  I think I need a psychologist more than a dietician! 

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With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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I was in ridiculous amounts of pain this past weekend; a lot of frustration and a lot of anger so I forced myself out and walked, only two or three kilometres each time mind you, but I had to fight against something even if it was as successful as putting fog in a choke hold.  In hindsight though even doing this given how bad things have gotten over the last ten years is amazing to me.

Hurting too much to even eat all weekend, no appetite and didn’t want to throw up as is often the case in these episodes and the nerves get twanged the wrong way.

Upshot of this is when I weighed myself this morning, I was at 194.5 lbs.  That’s less than when I was 17-18 years old and I’m 45 now.  Absolutely stunned.  Can hardly believe I’ve come this far or that it was even possible at all.

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19 hours ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

Hit the 143's today.  Then promptly went on a binge.  I think I need a psychologist more than a dietician! 

So much of food is in the head and not the belly.  It's so much part of every bit of life, you have to change every bit of life to improve your relationship with food.  Truly a difficult journey, all the best.

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It was 143.8 on Monday but I refused to do my Wednesday weigh in as I’ve not had a good few days!  Back on the wagon now.

With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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19 hours ago, RidingPie said:

98.1 this morning. Yay a week without camping really helped. 

You obviously run your cub camps better than us. I find I eat constantly (fried breakfast, big meals, lots of cake in between) but the running round after children all day and doing all the activities takes it out of me. Certainly never gained weight from it.

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3 minutes ago, JonM said:

You obviously run your cub camps better than us. I find I eat constantly (fried breakfast, big meals, lots of cake in between) but the running round after children all day and doing all the activities takes it out of me. Certainly never gained weight from it.

I think it’s the two days after camp where I can barely move that kill me off. That and as you say we never seem to stop eating... plus one of the other leaders brought his outdoor pizza oven... oh heaven!

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1 minute ago, RidingPie said:

I think it’s the two days after camp where I can barely move that kill me off. That and as you say we never seem to stop eating... plus one of the other leaders brought his outdoor pizza oven... oh heaven!

Excellent. One of our leaders used to turn up with a lathe and generator and the like. You want 25 curved pirate's swords carved out of wood, a set of wooden shields, or some wooden boats to assemble? No problem.... I reckon I might need a word with him about pizzas.

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Just now, JonM said:

Excellent. One of our leaders used to turn up with a lathe and generator and the like. You want 25 curved pirate's swords carved out of wood, a set of wooden shields, or some wooden boats to assemble? No problem.... I reckon I might need a word with him about pizzas.

Oh wow that’s awesome! That said I wouldn’t trust some of my cubs with wooden swords ?

that said again there was a martial arts base where the instructor did a bit with nunchucks. 

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Just now, RidingPie said:

Oh wow that’s awesome! That said I wouldn’t trust some of my cubs with wooden swords ?

They have to sand them down and wrap string round the handle and paint them. Once you've demonstrated that they snap in two if you hit something hard, they tend to stick to waving them about rather than hitting each other. No worse than playing with sticks really.

In all the years I've being helping, all of the worst accidents have come from cricket or football. You would think cooking stuff over the fire or climbing trees or whatever are more dangerous, but no. We did have a near miss with a snake once.

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8 minutes ago, JonM said:

They have to sand them down and wrap string round the handle and paint them. Once you've demonstrated that they snap in two if you hit something hard, they tend to stick to waving them about rather than hitting each other. No worse than playing with sticks really.

In all the years I've being helping, all of the worst accidents have come from cricket or football. You would think cooking stuff over the fire or climbing trees or whatever are more dangerous, but no. We did have a near miss with a snake once.

I think the worst one I’ve seen is that we had a 6 foot inflatable beach ball which was comedicly brought out under the title of circus skills that lots of the cubs would roll at people. Never had to fill in so many injury forms for kids losing their teeth. 

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Date Shadow Matt Santos Bedford Roughyed Canabull Niels Riding Pie
  93 114 148 92.86 72.12 100.2
17-5 91 114 146.6 92.53 72.57 99
23-May 90.5 113 145.4 91.63 71.24 98.4
31-May 89.7 113 145 91.2 71.69 99
06-Jun 90.1 TBA Week Off 90.76 72.57 99
13-Jun 89 114 144.2 90.35 72.1 TBA
21-Jun 89 113 143.8 88.22 73.03 98.1
             
loss/gain 0 1 0.4 2.13 -0.93 0.9
Skaro 86.33 109.61 139.49 85.57 70.84 95.16
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On 16/06/2019 at 22:34, Copa said:

This Friday I’m participating in a naked winter solstice charity swim to raise money for a cancer charity. It will be in a lake in the centre of the city.

I’ve raised quite a bit of money so far which I’m quite happy about.

The weather forecast says it will be -3 degrees when I dive in totally starkers with up to 100 other naked fools.

And no, I’ve never done this type of fitness before. I figure it will raise a bunch of money that otherwise would not be raised, so I’m happy to get my kit off to raise some money for those who are really suffering.

Well that was fun. I raised hundreds of $ and went for a swim with 150 other naked crazy people just as the sun came up.

It was -2 degrees and the water was very cold.

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2 hours ago, Copa said:

It was -2 degrees and the water was very cold.

Is that the excuse you are going with?  #shrinkage

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With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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6 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

Is that the excuse you are going with?  #shrinkage

Let’s just say I came out half the man I was when I went in...  ?

There’s nothing warming your package next to an open fire on a beach can’t fix. ???

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On 23/06/2019 at 05:13, Copa said:

Well that was fun. I raised hundreds of $ and went for a swim with 150 other naked crazy people just as the sun came up.

It was -2 degrees and the water was very cold.

Which one is you?

Hobart, AustraliaSwimmers participate in theDark MOFO Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay beach, celebrating the darkness of the Southern Hemisphere Winter solstice

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7 hours ago, Shadow said:

Which one is you?

Hobart, AustraliaSwimmers participate in theDark MOFO Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay beach, celebrating the darkness of the Southern Hemisphere Winter solstice

The pink one. ?

no not really.

That’s in Hobart. They get nearly 2000 people. It’s also warmer.

I did the one in Canberra that they are hoping will get as large as the swim in Hobart.

It was the third event in Canberra. The first year they had, I think, 5 swimmers, last year they had around 60, this year they had 150.

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About 4-5 weeks ago I started back at the gym. I am doing a general weights session alternating with some swimming. To begin with I started off what I imagined a gentle programme; nothing particularly heavy, completing sets with no noticeable strain. I was wrong, very wrong; the following days I was in a world of pain and was walking like the Tin Man that needed a good oiling! The swimming was, initially, to help loosen up following the day in the gym. The first session I only managed 10 lengths of 25m, with a couple of breaks for a breather, before running out of steam. I have stuck it out and now I am lifting weights to the point of failure on the last rep of the final set plus some bursts of cardio (bike/rowing machine) and feel ok when the session is complete. My swimming has improved to the stage where I'm managing 40 lengths of 25m with only one short break in the middle to de-fog my goggles. 

Last week the gym manger talked me into signing on for a new strength and conditioning class he has just started. This is a multi discipline circuit  of 20 odd exercises including punch bags, steps, battle ropes kettle bells etc etc, spending 45 seconds at each station with a 15 second change over time. It was by far the toughest thing I've done since my last pre-season which I think was the summer of 2004, when I was only a 41 year old.. While it was tough, I completed it and can't wait for the next one tomorrow evening. All in all I'm quite pleased with myself and am feeling much, much better for it.

As a bonus my weight is now down to 98.5kg, which surprised me as I imagined I'd still be at about 110kg.

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Put on a good 30kms walking this week plus 2kms swimming as well and the weight went up to 196lbs.  Walking average has got up to 5.6km/hr this week which I'm really happy about, feet aren't, but I am.  Nothing that tape and a bit of superglue doesn't fix.  Not too fussed about the weight gain, the previous dramatic drop has thrown that out, this rebound has put me still less than what I would be at had the previous downward trend continued.  Food temptations are a lot less these days too, had a chocolate bar today for the first time in over a month, not really missing them at all which is a win as well.

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