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Wake up call in a photo?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yes, I've been gaining weight since retiring. I have known this, have seen the number on the scale, have kind of shrugged my shoulders and justified that "it's not that bad"... "it's what I originally set as a goal weight".

But then one day, a photo shows those extra pounds:



This shot, taken yesterday, post race at Cornfield Cornfield 10K? That gut on me really shows. I cropped it out of the version I put on the Spark Page, but I saw it. Yep, I have work to do. Especially if I want to "keep on keeping on". It is not about the number on the scale, it's really not. It's not even about the visible gut, BUT it is about the amount of stress one puts on the joints.

Want your knees to hurt less? Drop 5 pounds, and you are clearing off 10 - 20 pounds of stress from the knees. Want your ankles to not complain as much? Don't ask as much of them! Want your lower back to stop hurting post-effort? A new mattress could help, but really, taking that post-retirement weight gain back off will help more.

So, here we go again. Because I can see the effects, and Goal #1 is still about quality of life, and feeling good. It's about recovery.

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  • HOLLYM48
    No matter how long we are here on SP, the weight continues to be a battle! I understand and feel the same way. I have a few pounds that won't go away, but I keep on doing my best and try each day to eat as healthy as possible, while still enjoying life! We can do this together, teamwork, one day at a time! Thank goodness for spark people as it keeps me focused!
    27 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    I'm working on accepting myself as I am right now. Note to self...that doesn't mean you have a license to eat junk! Sometimes I look in the mirror and don't recognize the person reflected back at me. My parents were always very critical of my weight and didn't hesitate to make negative comments. I always felt like I was enormously fat. Now when I look back at pictures of me from those time periods, I can see that I was healthy, athletic looking and slim! Letting my parents into my head really did a number on my self esteem!
    30 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    So right. Goal number one is quality of life, being able to live all our days comfortably, feeling good, and being independent. Those pesky pounds are a lot easier to gain than to lose.
    31 days ago
  • ROCKYCPA
    I totally know where you are coming from - recently I've been putting on the weight and need to get myself back on track.
    32 days ago
  • IAMBLESSED103
    Good that you're catching it now before it turns into a lot of extra pounds. I have to stay on top of myself too. emoticon emoticon
    33 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    Good for you in recognizing it! Especially in listing the positives for dropping the retirement gain. Keep up the good work!!
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    34 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    Ooooh, I have that issue.
    It's not so bad.....or is it?

    34 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
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    34 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I totally agree with this blog. I am JUST FINALLY losing the weight from my many months long sepsis fight. AND the doctor deciding "she's way too skinny" we need to fatten her up. He LIKES me here but I don't so I am finally starting to do something serious about it ....but this time it is working by eating farm more fiber, protein and the good stuff and it's WORKING and I LIKE it! Who knew. It took me nearly 71 years to learn to eat correctly (seriously) and I like it!

    You don't look bad to me at all! In fact you look GOOD emoticon


    34 days ago
  • HARROWJET
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    34 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    You are so right! I am about 4 pounds over the weight I maintained for well over a year (since Christmas) and would like to take it back off. I'm still in a good range but really like the elbow room. Steady, strong and brave! We CAN!
    34 days ago
  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    I hear you. The extra weight really talks. You look good though. It is time for us to get back to really working.
    34 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Carl will help you with that!
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    34 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    Complacency … is a real bummer.

    What is it that you do "want" to "fix" … if not the number on the scale … then what???

    Make your plan.
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    34 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    It's good to heed our wake up calls. Wishing you luck.

    YOu can do this, for sure.
    34 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    35 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    "Goal #1 is still about quality of life, and feeling good. It's about recovery."

    And, recover you will.
    35 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    I hate those kind of wake-up calls. But, as noted before, you'll do it. You've got this.

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    35 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
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  • WARRIORSUE

    I totally hear you and I appreciate your candor. If anyone can get back to their best body, it's you!
    35 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Yep, I'm right there with you. Not enjoying my pictures, especially running pictures, as much as I did. And I want all those advantages of feeling the best I can and living my best life.

    We can do this. It does seem to me to be harder now than it was 10 years ago and even 5 years ago to lose weight or even refrain from gaining. But I know it can be done and that I can do it and that you can do it.

    GABY48 and I are SparkMailing daily on our achievements (like eating within range and getting steps) and challenges. If you want to join us, just let us know!!


    One other thing. Both of us have kept off a whole lot of weight. We may not be ecstatic with where we are right now, but all in all, we've done pretty good. So put the whole thing in perspective. Building on success, and we've both had a lot of success, I think is a whole lot easier than addressing failures. And we are definitely building on success!
    35 days ago
  • LAURALLANCE
    Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress, and wow! Great that you are continuing to hit those 10ks!
    35 days ago
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