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~*~Note: Most recent update is under the "Read More" link, and is dated August 28, 2015~*~

January 19, 2009
In August of 2006, I finally realized I'd let my weight get ahead of me when I foolishly got on a public scale and my (then) seven-year-old son announced to the entire grocery store, "Mommy, you weigh 200! Isn't that quite a lot?" Since that time I've lost 53 lbs. and regained 13, so it's time to knock off the last thirty pounds before I leave my thirties! Wish me luck :)

Updated March 11, 2010
I managed to lose the thirteen pounds by March of 2009, and I quit smoking on March 21, 2009. Since then I've not had another cigarette.

My weight has been another matter -- it's fluctuated, spiking up to 164, dropping to 149, then up to 168, down to 158, up to 166, and now I am down to 159.75.

In my search for fitness as well as a lower scale number I've been lifting weights, walking on my treadmill, and finally started the Couch to 5K program. I first started running last fall, and then the whole family came down with H1N1. I restarted in January, this time with a group, and on Week 2 I hurt myself.

For two months I didn't know what I'd done, only that my knees were unstable. After numerous doctors' appointments and testing, we learned I developed stress fractures in both legs.

The recovery phase should be interesting :)

Updated May 18, 2010
I've been released by my orthopedist on the stress fractures -- hooray!! Back at it, but *sensibly*. My ortho says I should be back at full functionality and able to do whatever I want. I'm questioning if running is in the list of stuff I want to do. But otherwise, yay!

Updated January 13, 2011
So far so good! After the stress fracture drama of last year I continued to work on my eating, and added back cardio with my intensity being more about the incline than the speed. I also returned to my resistance training, and even added in Tabata sprints on the treadmill after a bit of time (Google "Tabata sprints" for an explanation -- those suckers are brutal, but satisfying). With all that, I dropped to 145 just before the holidays struck, and a quick stop on the scale yesterday showed me a 146, so I'm well pleased considering I pulled a muscle in my back early in December and have been off my exercise for a bit.

Here's to 2011... bring it on!!

September 30, 2011
133.5. Only 3.5 more pounds to go! So that whole goal of "by 40" was a bit off... ;)

April 29, 2012
I had an endometrial ablation in November and since then I haven't been able to shove the scale below 138. It's not heartbreaking or anything, but dang it's annoying. On the plus side, I've been holding steady at 138 - 142 since then, with just the standard hormonal fluctuations (the ablation doesn't erase those!).

So at the moment, I'm maintaining. And that's a good thing. I'm playing with how many calories I can eat to hold at this weight, and I think in some time I'll power off the last 10 lbs, but since my body seems to want to stay this weight right now I'm going to honor that rather than frustrate myself endlessly at the scale.

I've started belly dancing lessons, and after injuring myself with my resistance exercises I'm also getting back on track with those. Love of cardio remains elusive. I am sick unto death of my exercise bike, but it's the only exercise I can do that won't make my knees scream in protest. So I'm struggling with that and trying to tell myself that belly dancing counts as cardio... but I know better. Oh well. It's all a process.

On the plus side, I'm down to 2 Diet Cokes a day. As a 12+ can per day drinker, that's pretty amazing!

August 28, 2015
It's been a heck of a year, and I weighed 162.2 this morning. I know part of that is water retention, but it's not making me happy.
Time to kick this back into gear. I hate, hate, HATE regain! Ugh. Sigh.

Member Since: 1/19/2009

Fitness Minutes: 45,408

My Goals:
To be fit and fabulous at forty!

Revised 3/11/10
To recover from the stress fractures in both my legs I managed to get trying to be fit and fabulous. Right now, I'll take walking normally LOL

Revised 5/18/10
Recovery is underway. Walking normally is marvelous :)

My Program:
Consume 1200 - 1550 calories per day (averaged per week 1350-ish/day)

5 hours cardio per week

5 days resistance training per week, alternating upper and lower body

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  • v SMILES4383
    Have you ever heard of Physique 57?

    I got the workouts a few weeks ago.
    FANTASTIC .... I never knew how out of shape my lower body was.
    I mean - step, weights, aerobics, walking...even Cathe Friedrich...
    But. Physique 57 is emoticon

    I got mine on QVC a little cheaper with the special package they are selling.
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    Let me know what you think of it.
    (I'm in menopause - hormones are FINALLY letting me shed the dang mean-o-gained weight.

    emoticon Terri

    1959 days ago
  • v TBRANCH2
    Reminder: Team dinner THIS Thurs.!!!
    1964 days ago
  • v AQUAGIRL08
    Hi Amanda,
    Just checking in to see how you're doing. Hope all is going well for you!

    1998 days ago
  • v TBRANCH2
    Nice to see that you are still alive and kicking!! (besides the kids and Brent) lol.
    2032 days ago
  • v TBRANCH2
    REMINDER: Team Dinner
    Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:00 pm
    Fred's Southern Kitchen on Harden Blvd. just north of the Polk Parkway on the corner of Harden Blvd. and Beacon.

    They have re-done the salad bar and have "veggie only" pricing as well as senior discounts.
    Please RSVP no later than Wed. May 2nd @ noon. Thank you for your cooperation!! Well-behaved children welcome.
    2057 days ago
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