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    For chips or anything with a bigger serving size. Portion out the bag when you get home into smaller bags that match your calories. Then you can grab a smaller bag. Still enjoy but won’t be tempted to destroy a whole big bag.

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      [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION]
      [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION]

      Sounds like nice progress, y'all! I have gotten into an unfortunate cycle of avoidance with weighing in. I always do it at the gym (no scale at home), but find that I am less inclined to check it if I've gone over my calories for a day or two. So it's gone from every gym trip (4x/week) to 1-2 times. I'll do it tomorrow and/or Friday when I'm in. I am torn between the idea that tracking should be daily or close to it in order to generate a confidence interval around your "true" weight and that it should be done weekly or so, in order not to obsess over small changes. Does anyone track progress in other ways? Measurements or progress pictures?

      Diet has been pretty good this week, but have friends coming into town over the weekend, and it will likely be a celebratory mood. Social settings are maybe the biggest challenges for me in tracking/making good food choices.

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        Originally posted by elpenguinoloco View Post
        [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION]
        [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION]

        Sounds like nice progress, y'all! I have gotten into an unfortunate cycle of avoidance with weighing in. I always do it at the gym (no scale at home), but find that I am less inclined to check it if I've gone over my calories for a day or two. So it's gone from every gym trip (4x/week) to 1-2 times. I'll do it tomorrow and/or Friday when I'm in. I am torn between the idea that tracking should be daily or close to it in order to generate a confidence interval around your "true" weight and that it should be done weekly or so, in order not to obsess over small changes. Does anyone track progress in other ways? Measurements or progress pictures?

        Diet has been pretty good this week, but have friends coming into town over the weekend, and it will likely be a celebratory mood. Social settings are maybe the biggest challenges for me in tracking/making good food choices.
        I tend to avoid the scale when I know I have overdone it the day before. Although it does give me a bigger push to get back to eating right the next day.

        I try to weigh myself most days and realize the fluctuations are just normal.

        I don't track via measurements or pictures but I can tell by how my pants fit. The first place I always lose weight is my butt. Wish it was my gut, haha.

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          Originally posted by elpenguinoloco View Post
          [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION]
          [MENTION=19117]Ron[/MENTION]

          Sounds like nice progress, y'all! I have gotten into an unfortunate cycle of avoidance with weighing in. I always do it at the gym (no scale at home), but find that I am less inclined to check it if I've gone over my calories for a day or two. So it's gone from every gym trip (4x/week) to 1-2 times. I'll do it tomorrow and/or Friday when I'm in. I am torn between the idea that tracking should be daily or close to it in order to generate a confidence interval around your "true" weight and that it should be done weekly or so, in order not to obsess over small changes. Does anyone track progress in other ways? Measurements or progress pictures?

          Diet has been pretty good this week, but have friends coming into town over the weekend, and it will likely be a celebratory mood. Social settings are maybe the biggest challenges for me in tracking/making good food choices.
          Highly recommend not checking your weight daily. Weekly is a much better indicator if you can aim for the same time etc but is only one small metric in a host of metrics that make up your health, wellness and how you feel.

          When you’ve got a consistent diet and workout plan locked in you can go even farther. You’ll know based on how you feel and your clothes fitting. For example, I’ve been much better since I stopped weighing myself. Went to the docs the other day. Had put on 10lbs. Didn’t bother me. My waist has sized down, my body fat has decreased and I do track my measurements have increased.

          I believe a lot has to do with the mental connection with our fitness. Don’t rely on the scale. Use it as one minor input. I’d recommend this depending on your specific goals Wintape 80'' 205cm Waist Body Tape Measure with Push Button, Measuring Waist and Arms (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CJ9S824..._M3GPCb90NA04W

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            Originally posted by elpenguinoloco View Post
            I am torn between the idea that tracking should be daily or close to it in order to generate a confidence interval around your "true" weight and that it should be done weekly or so, in order not to obsess over small changes. Does anyone track progress in other ways? Measurements or progress pictures?

            Diet has been pretty good this week, but have friends coming into town over the weekend, and it will likely be a celebratory mood. Social settings are maybe the biggest challenges for me in tracking/making good food choices.
            Taking photos is a good idea and this is something I do not do. I am though monitoring my progress every morning as I look in the mirror and I certainly have seen changes.

            I've been going to the gym 3x a week regularly since November. That, combined with laying off booze and sweets (more or less) has meant a) my pants/clothes don't fit me anymore b) I have a very slight upper body V formed and c) I just feel better about myself. I know I look better too, even if I dont' have the photo evidence to back me up.


            Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
            Highly recommend not checking your weight daily. Weekly is a much better indicator if you can aim for the same time etc but is only one small metric in a host of metrics that make up your health, wellness and how you feel.
            I check my weight here and there. Probably three times a week, usually after I come home from the gym but before breakie/shower. I don't obsess over my weight, but do find it a good guide for how my eating and overall health is going.

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              Good advice all around. Weight is a good data point--and likely the most objective--but certainly only one piece of the puzzle. I always do it pre-workout and don't have water or anything between the time I get up and when I step on the scale. Came in at 176 this morning, so down another 2.5 overall and approaching what used to be my "normal" weight.

              In non-weight metrics, I am about to go another notch tighter on my belt and some slim fit shirts that were questionable before look much better now. I definitely do have more defined pecs (despite my pitiful bench). Lower-belly fat remains. Hoping another 10 lbs or so will do the trick. So definitely relying on those indicators too.

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                Originally posted by elpenguinoloco View Post
                Good advice all around. Weight is a good data point--and likely the most objective--but certainly only one piece of the puzzle. I always do it pre-workout and don't have water or anything between the time I get up and when I step on the scale. Came in at 176 this morning, so down another 2.5 overall and approaching what used to be my "normal" weight.

                In non-weight metrics, I am about to go another notch tighter on my belt and some slim fit shirts that were questionable before look much better now. I definitely do have more defined pecs (despite my pitiful bench). Lower-belly fat remains. Hoping another 10 lbs or so will do the trick. So definitely relying on those indicators too.
                Sounds like you're progressing. Well done!

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                  Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                  Taking photos is a good idea and this is something I do not do. I am though monitoring my progress every morning as I look in the mirror and I certainly have seen changes.

                  I've been going to the gym 3x a week regularly since November. That, combined with laying off booze and sweets (more or less) has meant a) my pants/clothes don't fit me anymore b) I have a very slight upper body V formed and c) I just feel better about myself. I know I look better too, even if I dont' have the photo evidence to back me up.







                  I check my weight here and there. Probably three times a week, usually after I come home from the gym but before breakie/shower. I don't obsess over my weight, but do find it a good guide for how my eating and overall health is going.
                  That right there is important. And certainly looking better is a great motivator. Great job!

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                    Another week and another pound. Down to 169.6

                    A bit of a let down but I had a rough week with a bad cold. Also a visit from my daughter which always seems to translate into dining out or take out. Bah, I'm making excuses.

                    Still, it is in the right direction. I'm going to try to make up for some of it today with a 6-7 miles hike.

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                      Originally posted by Ron View Post
                      Another week and another pound. Down to 169.6

                      A bit of a let down but I had a rough week with a bad cold. Also a visit from my daughter which always seems to translate into dining out or take out. Bah, I'm making excuses.

                      Still, it is in the right direction. I'm going to try to make up for some of it today with a 6-7 miles hike.
                      Company always wants to eat out.

                      I was up this week but I know the reason...should be back down next week. Sometimes the body just keeps things in for some reason...

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                        This week has been bad. I'm on the road travelling which always means a) less working out and b) way WAY more crap food entering my system. This is not good.

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                          I'm going to write off last week too--didn't even weigh in. We've had company and several work celebrations. Dessert, and especially alcohol, add up QUICK. I can be good all day, and a couple glasses of wine will wipe it all out.

                          Gonna try to get back at it hard this week before heading out of town for the weekend. I will hold myself accountable and post my progress here on Friday. Picking out some good meals to cook, and had a good workout this morning.

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                            179.8 today. I'll take that considering I have been eating rather poorly of late.

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                              I've been holding steady around 194 for the last month or so. I'd rather be 183-186, but that's always been a tough weight for me to sustain.

                              The main reason I'm posting is because I started seeing a personal trainer a few weeks ago. I'm pushing 60 and I've lost a lot of muscle mass over the last five years after dealing with three major health issues (back surgery and heart problems). I've keep up cardio shape my whole adult hood, even with the heart issues, but not with weight training over those years.

                              Okay--so, I stumbled on to a personal trainer I didn't know I needed. Just got lucky. Instead of focusing on having me throw weights around like I did in my younger days, he identified a number of imbalances in my muscle structure and has me working on exercises to correct those issues while adding strength. He spends tons of time warming up my muscles with massage and stretches, and then has me do maybe just a half a dozen exercises. But the exercises seem to work every muscle in my body without straining anything.

                              My back is feeling some slight improvements these last couple of weeks.
                              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                                Good job on the personal trainer [MENTION=17354]mebejoseph[/MENTION].

                                I'm holding steady at 179.8 lbs. As summer kicks in to gear here and I start to ride my bike more, I hope that weight drops off a bit more.

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