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Monday, August 27, 2012

We had such fun volunteering for Hood to Coast. Robin picked me and Gaye up and was kind enough to drive us to Seaside. Upon getting checked in and dropping our things, we headed for the beach. It was a nice sunny day with a pretty strong wind. We walked for quite a while, maybe 2 miles or so? Then back again. A nice dinner out (grilled halibut and steamed veggies and a baked potato) then a leisurely walk back to the hotel. How nice it was to be within walking distance of everything!

Saturday we were up and at 'em at an early hour, walking back to the main drag for breakfast. I splurged a bit with a dungeoness crab and cheese omlette, hash browns, two pieces of toast, and two pieces of sausage.
What? I was hungry, and knew we needed to be fueled up for the day to come.

We arrived at the finish area early, and were amazed at all the people that were already there. We found out later that some of the High School challenge teams were awfully fast, coming in from Portland, and had started arriving very early that morning. We got signed in and checked off for our credit to the Honey Buckets and Badgers team, then eventually found our way to our assigned spots.

We were photog assistants, helping out by collecting the teams' belongings to put to the side so they didn't have to wear backpacks or jackets or whatever they had with them when they posed for their team photo. We also checked with the photog to make sure the right team number was assigned to the right frame on the camera memory disk.

Most everyone who came through was pleasant and grateful for the help with their things. We had a team or two that just walked through, not wanting to get a picture taken at all. Gaye and I worked the last station, and Robin worked with another lady at the station before ours.

There were fun moments, there were busy moments, but overall the time just flew by. It worked out perfectly - our shift was 9:30 to 1:30, and by the time we finished and headed to the finish area, Z-Money, Parneli, were set to arrive to wait for the final runner to cross the finish line as a team! It was great to finally meet Parneli after being friends here on Spark for so long. They even asked us to cross the finish line with them and stand with them for the team photo. That was very cool. They were very appreciative, and I kept feeling as if I should thank THEM for doing this so I could volunteer and be a part of the neat experience.

We parted ways then, agreeing to give the team finisher a ride back to Portland when we left. A quick bite at Subway, and then back to the car to empty out the extra cup or two of sand that we'd collected in our shoes LOL We met up with Jeff, and were on our way again!

I didn't fuss with tracking. I carried that on through the rest of Saturday, and then Sunday as well. I'm back on track with tracking today, and have had a few insights. While my calories burned may make it seems as if I need to up my calorie range, apparently doing so not only slows down my rate of loss, it actually adds on the ounces to pounds!

Even with the deficit I was seeing, I was still slowly gaining. I started the month losing bit by bit, but as the calories being burned increased, and my range expanded, the number on the scale started going up again. One of two things happened - either I wasn't burning as many calories as I thought, or I was burning just fine, but my body needs less calories in to continue losing.

That's my main focus right now - releasing those pounds again successfully so I can feel better and be more active. You'd think after all this time (two years, really) that this would make more sense, but apparently I'm still learning and my body has a thing or two to teach me yet!
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    Thanks for Volunteering! I just missed you at the finish, we came through at 9:00am. What an experience, I hope I can do it again next year.
    3222 days ago
    That too is my focus, to cut back my calories so I can feel better. I hate the way my clothes feel!

    I'm glad that the volunteer weekend went well. A great way to burn calories and have fun!

    Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

    3222 days ago
    I feel the same way - that I'd think I'd get it by now, but it's definitely a learning process and maybe it's always ongoing?! Anyway, cheers to you for keeping at it and always trying to figure it all out! I learn from reading your posts!
    3222 days ago
    Hi Candy,

    You are looking at the scale and doing something about it. Good for you! Health and fitness is a full time job. I know for personal experience that it is so easy to take a vacation and let thing get out of hand.

    Thanks for volunteering for the Hood to Coast. Your contribution was much appreciated. Some of those high school teams are fast. My 3rd son is a high school football and track coach. I get to see some of those kids in action. Amazing!

    Thanks for posting such a great blog.

    3222 days ago
    Sounds like a fun weekend volunteering with HTC! Keep on working to find YOUR balance between calories in and out. Everyone is different and once you find the balance you will lose for sure! Whole foods is working wonders for me and I am really liking it!
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    I was thinking about you and your 10mile walk and that really is a lot of walking! Farthest I've done is 8 so I'm thinking I want to take on the challenge!
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    3222 days ago
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    Glad you had a great weekend. I was thinking of all the HTC and volleys... how could one not if you lived around here! SO glad you guys had great weather for it. I so miss the beach.... oh but wait I'll be there in 2 weeks. :)

    3222 days ago
    HTC sounds like it was a blast. My dental hygienist is doing a Ragnar -- San Francisco to Napa. She sounded so unprepared for what the race is, only running a few mles a few times a week, and she hadn't thought about food or chaning clothes during the race. Glad I could help her focus some.
    3222 days ago
    Your weekend sounds like so much fun!
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    And to quote others (Para or Turtle?) - "bodies is weird." I've been tracking and tracking all sorts of things and I can't find a clear connection. I don't do the same things day after day and week after week so the cal in part is so hard for me to figure out. You'll be a rich chick if you figure out that formula for all of us.

    Good luck finding what works for you right now so you can release those pounds and be on your way to feel better and be more active!
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    3222 days ago
    When I was in steady weight loss mode, I was never able to increase my calories in based on calories out. Even when I was running 15+ miles a week, I couldn't eat more than 1,800 calories a day on average, or I would gain weight.
    I really think it's because our bodies become so much more efficent with the burn as we do more!

    I tracked our beach walk out and back on the USATF site and came up with 4.05 miles total!!!
    3222 days ago
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