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Finally some progress

Thursday, March 27, 2008

So I got down to 165 on 3/3 It is now 3/27 and I finally get to put that I'm down to 164. I can't believe how long I was stuck! Which in retrospect, wasn't really that long. I could have been stuck a HECK of a lot longer.

It was just getting really frustrating! Especially since my measurements haven't changed since 1/31. Again, I'm only measuring neck, wasit and hips because when I first started I didn't realize you could add other body parts to measure. My waist is still larger than my hips (probably always will be no matter how much weight I lose!). Which is basically only annoying when it comes to clothes shopping!

I was online trying to figure out what size I'd need to get clothes from a certain store. They made me put in my waist measurement first and then gave me an "acceptable" list of hip measurements. But all of the hip measurements were WAY bigger than my hips are! So apparently I'm not allowed to wear their clothes.

Oh well, story of my life. I find pants that fit my waist and they are HUGE in the hip and leg region. If I find pants that look ok on my hips and legs, I won't be able to button them around my waist!

I always measure my waist first and when I'd lose an inch I'd think "awesome! one step closer to fitting into new pants!" Then I'd measure my hips, which would also be down 1-2 inches. Most people would love that, me...I'm hoping those dang hips will stick around!

I already don't like jogging in front of people because I'm constantly having to either hold onto my shorts or keep pulling them up. They are my size, they fit, but something about the jogging motion makes them want to slide down. For someone with hips, this isn't really a problem. The hips keep them from falling off. With me, the further you go down I get smaller and smaller so they just go sliding down!

I already had "flat-butt" syndrome and even IT has gotten smaller. For the record, I can no longer sit on seats that aren't padded for longer than to tie my shoes. The bench at my gym has no cushion, so I lace up my shoes as fast as possible so I can stand up and stop hurting my tailbone!

All of you women with hips and butts....I envy you.

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DNJEN471 3/29/2008 3:07PM

    I have the opposite problem and trust me it is a problem. My waist is small but my butt is big. So to get pants to fit my butt the waist ends up way to big. So I always have to have shirts cover the waist region because my belt is bunching up my pants. Not cute... oh if we could all have personal tailors!

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BUNNIES4ME 3/29/2008 10:10AM

    what a great "problem" to have! Have you ever thought of a tailor? Dry cleaners often provide this service and its not that expensive. We use tailors for all sorts of clothing issues. And BTW what a great success story you are! Congrats!

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BAMATHIN 3/27/2008 10:07PM

    I know how you feel. I'm stuck, too. :( Feels like no matter what I do I only want to stay the same or lose 4oz then gain 1lbs and 2oz. It's so frustrating! But it's comforting to know I'm not alone. I'm trying to vary my calories a little, see if that helps.

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BKP4166 3/27/2008 9:57PM

    Amber...good for you! Maybe the waist would respond to core exercises...we have some simple at home exercises posted on the Oregon page...check them out.

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The joy (and frustration) of heart rate monitors

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ok, so I finally figured out how to use the heart rate monitor I got. (whoo hoo! I'm not dumb anymore!)

Anyway, so I was really excited to see exactly how many calories I'm burning and what heart rate I'm reaching when I'm out strolling around outside, or jogging.

I am disappointed that at the gym I'm not burning as many calories as I thought I was! I think mostly because I stick to my favorite machines. My body has gotten really used to two in particular, the elliptical and the arctrainer. They are similar in design, but work different variations and inclines.

Well apparently on the elliptical I'm really only burning about 80% of what the machine says I am. So that sorta stinks, but isn't too bad. My FAVORITE machine? The arctrainer. According to my heart rate monitor I'm only burning 60% of the calories the machine says I am. Basically, I need to work out TWICE as long in order to burn what I want.

That'll teach me for using the arctrainer as my main sorce of fitness. I do switch up my routine. I also utilize the treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, stair stepper, arm machine....and I think that's all of the cardio machines I do. But I didn't really do them that often because I couldn't torch the calories on them, like I (thought I) could on the arctrainer!

The one I dislike the most (the treadmill) seems about 95% accurate according to my heart rate monitor, probably because I don't do it very often!

So again, I think it's cool to see the calories I'm burning. But I'm super bummed that I'm either going to have to work out longer or eat even less than I am eating now!

No wonder I've been stuck for awhile!

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BAMATHIN 3/26/2008 5:14PM

    I love the sound of that heart monitor. I must put it on the list! :) Sorry you aren't burning as many calories as you thought. :( It sucks that you aren't burning like you thought. Keep up the good work!

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DNJEN471 3/26/2008 9:24AM

    That is cool and an excellent point. Are we really burning as much as we think we are? Hmmmm.....

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MDTWEETY 3/25/2008 7:15PM

    Hey! Which HRM do you have? I have the Polar F6 and I love it!! I too realized that the calorie counts on the machines were way off from what I was actually burning (and NOT in my favor, but hey, I think I'd rather know the truth). That's because the HRM is specific to you and reads your HR more accurately because of the chest strap, while the machine is just guessing based on the age and weight you type into it. Like you, I too find that the treadmill's calorie count is the most accurate of the machines. I noticed that the treadmill actually says "Polar ready" on it so maybe somehow it reads the signal from my chest strap since I have a Polar HRM? That is my best guess as to why.
Does your gym offer fitness classes? I get bored on the machines sometimes so I switch it up by taking a few classes a week too. Sooooo much fun, and with an HRM you can see how many calories you burned in class too. I usually burn WAY more calories in cycle and combat than I burn on any machine, unless I am running on the treadmill.

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Life Inside the Thin Cage

Monday, March 17, 2008

(Edited to say: the author is Constance Rhodes)

I've finished it! Wow, I feel like I've learned a lot. Here's a part that touched me.

"While it is certainly appropriate to make efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, we must also place priority on developing our inner person so that when our body does begin to break down, we will have something deeper and more meaningful with which to sustain ourselves."

Changing our outsides without taking the time to make sure we are good people on the inside won't do us any good!

Something else from the book:
"When we near the end of our life, we won't be thinking, 'If only I had achieved a thinner body.' We'll think, 'If only I had worried less about the temporary and the unchangeable and spent more time investing in the eternal'."

There's also a whole section on whether we want to impress people or inspire them. I can impress people by starving myself so that I'm super thin, super quick. I can be a trendy size 0, right? Or, I can live a good and productive life and INSPIRE others.

"The truth is, many impress, but few inspire. The trouble with seeking to impress is that it requires so little of our heart and soul. But to inspire...that must be the greatest of accomplishments, for inspirng others allows us to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves."

There are so many good things about this book! Getting healthier is my goal. But getting obsessive about it? Not worth it!

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TXROCKS 3/30/2008 5:42PM

    Hi! My name is Christen. I love to read books on weight loss, too. And I, too, am a library junky hehe, I have 4 kids and we go at least once a week if not more! Anyway, I saw this book on The View, the author is helping Whoopi lose weight. (I have one of his other books!) it's The Cardio-Free Diet by Jim Karas. I am doing the 8 week plan described in his book and already by the end of week two am really starting to notice my muscle definition (still have plenty of flab to lose!). But just by doing strength exercises 3x a week, no cardio!! Imagine not having to work so hard for the same or better results?? I am loving it so far. Just thought I would put the word out to a fellow sparker and avid reader!! You have had great progress so far--keep it up :)

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DNJEN471 3/19/2008 1:10AM

    This book sounds amazing. It reminds me of this video clip that my mom sent me and if you have not watched it you should... it is amazing!


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BAMATHIN 3/17/2008 6:02PM

    Ugh, who wants to be a size 0 anyway? :) You're doing awesome and that sounds like a great book. I think I may have to pick it up. Thanks!

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"Weird" eating

Monday, March 10, 2008

So I started a new book. I know, surprise surprise.

It's called "Life Inside the 'Thin' Cage." It's pretty good so far, but a chapter on "weird" eating caught my attention today.

With topics like high-sugar low-fat dieting, the nibbler, ritualistic behavior, "off-limits" foods, etc. etc. etc. It was really interesting!

Two in particular explained a lot of people I have met in various places of my life. The first is people who are constantly in a binge-starve cycle. They eat too much one day, so they go ahead and eat until they are physically ill. To punish themselves they don't eat the next day.

I can certainly relate to eating too much, but incorporating a bit more exercise and a bit less food is much better than completely starving yourself! I know so many people that do this though!

The other was a section about "orthorexia." According to the book "Orthoexics obsess over what to eat, how much to eat...and where to obtain 'proper' foods. They also feel superior to others who eat 'improper' foods, which might include non-organic or junk foods....By placing such a heightened importance on every ingredient of the food that is eaten, the orthorexic is no better off than the anorexic, bulimic, or binge eater when it comes to the hold that food and eating have on their lives."

I've met numerous people in my life who fit that description to a T! I have one friend who will NOT eat anything that has more than 2 fat grams. No matter what that item is! Over 2 grams, it's out. She does feel superior to those who don't stick to her strict food rules.

In our quest for a healthier lifestyle we walk a fine line between falling back into our old habits, and taking it too far the other way. I hope everyone feels entitled to the occasional indulgence while still exercising and eating right.

Ate too much one day? It's ok! You can get right back on track. You probably shocked your metabolism a bit, which can make it easier to lose!

We won't always be perfect, and THAT'S OK!

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DIZZYMISSLIZZY4 3/20/2008 12:20AM

    Wow I used to binge and then starve myself until I binged then I'd starve then binge then starve....etc etc etc....

I do have a coworker who looks down on me because I choose to have regular something instead of the fat free choice. (I figure if I'm going to eat junk I'll eat a little of the real stuff and enjoy it instead of eating the low fat crap version.)

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CASCADE21 3/18/2008 2:37PM

    oOch, I now have a name for what I used to be! I always knew it was a problem, but a title: "Orthoexics", makes me feel like I am not alone. It is actually one of my greatest fears for losing weight. The last time I lost a lot of weight I did exactly that, I was obsessive about my food and my workouts, totally looked down on other people who didn't put as much effort in, etc. I also started "pruning" my friends and cut out all the people who were not supportive of my extreme habits. Pretty soon I ended up with no friends... But then I got it figured out that I was still unhappy and being thin was too hard... and stopped. Now I am on a quest to actually find a balance.
I am going to have to read this book, maybe it will help me get over my fear of losing weight! :) Thanks for the tip.

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CAROL_HOORAH 3/18/2008 1:32PM

    I know an orthorexic!! Great blog, and congrats on being in the sparklight!

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LISALU910 3/17/2008 10:51AM

  Uh oh....I might be an "orthoexic" too! It sounds like those people are the control freaks which I tend to be if I'm not careful. Also the overachievers who set high goals and crack them whip on themselves (guilty as charged). Because our methods of self discipline are so strict, and we don't allow ourselves any latitude, we tend to expect others to be on board with us. If I don't binge on junk food, why would anyone else?

Yesterday we went out for lunch with my son and DIL. She had just been saying how she wanted to lose 10 lbs for a vacation. Then she ordered a "chili cheese dog" with fries. I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING, okay, but I really had to bite my tongue. LOL

Thanks for sharing insights from the book. It sounds like something that Geneen Roth might have written. Who is the author?

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LGROGERS 3/13/2008 7:12PM

    You look great!! BTW!!! I started chuckling at the start of you blog when you said "I've been reading another book..." I think you need to start thinking about writing one!!

Really proud of your progress and did i mention that your looking great!! keep it up and take care!!

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DNJEN471 3/12/2008 1:25AM

    I love that you are always reading these books for me! you give such a good discription!

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TREADIN4BSP 3/11/2008 3:22PM

    I am feeling so inspired by your progress. I think I might be an orthoexic. I am a bit obsessed with getting my diet and exercise right...especially since I am having less than great success on the scale. I have a tendency to allow my enthusiasm for my program and even Sparkpeople flow endlessly into conversation. Gotta nip that bad habit in the bud now! People might not want to be around me much longer....thanks for the heads up! You look great and since you have been on this journey for a while now...it seems likely that you will be able to maintain your new lifestyle!

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TERRMOR 3/11/2008 12:04AM

What a great blog. I have met a few people that are orthorexia.
They are hard to be around. Sometimes it can make you eat more just out of frustration.
That book sounds so interesting. Keep us posted.

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BAMATHIN 3/10/2008 11:59PM

    I used to be that way with my best friend in the world but I totally took a step back and told myself "woah, don't be that person that everyone goes "OH GOD" when she or he starts to talk". It took a lot of physical and metal work but I believe I'm a recovering "orthorexia". :) Thanks for the interesting post!

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You know you need to go to bed when...

Friday, February 29, 2008

So it's 12:20 and I'm watching the food network. I'm usually up at this time, but apparently I need to go to bed!

They introduced the secret ingredient "elf." I've literally watched this for 20 minutes and just NOW realized they didn't say "elf" they said "elk." Now I'm worried as to why I wasn't concerned that they were cooking elves.

I heard elf, was fine with elf, and watched them make elf burgers. Never once did this concern me. Until I realized they were saying ELK! ELK, people!

Seriously...what is wrong with me? lol

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BLUE_EYES06 3/19/2008 1:45AM

    Can I just say Congratulations on your weight lost.

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CASCADE21 3/18/2008 2:43PM

    Too funny!

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DNJEN471 3/2/2008 12:44PM

    LOL! Thats funny!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/1/2008 8:31AM

    yep, i do think its time for bed dear....

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MDTWEETY 2/29/2008 8:17AM

    That is toooo funny! Thanks for the morning laugh! :D

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THEBLUEGIRL 2/29/2008 6:55AM

    Ah! That made me chuckle. But not to worry I understand the sentiment. I hope you slept well. :)

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MISS_RIKKI 2/29/2008 5:44AM

That's funny!
I must have lost at least 20 calories laughing!

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