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Friday, February 12, 2010

Since I don't use the tracker here on SP anymore because I switched to Lean Me on my iPod, ( www.leanme.net ) I thought it might be fun to share what I eat in a typical day now. I definitely eat more than I used to a month ago, and much less of the empty things like sugarless gum and sugarless candy.

Here we go with today's menu:

(around 8am)
168 g FAGE 0% Greek yogurt
21 g Kashi Go Lean cereal
21 g Nutlettes cereal
100g frozen blackberries (part of last summer's bumper crop at the CSA farm)

(around 10am)
280 g of fresh apple - a Crispin I picked out at the Red Jacket outlet in town
Whey shake:
- 28 g body fortress whey powder
- 9 g wheat bran
- 6 g ground psyllium husk
- 187 g nonfat skim milk
- a few drops of anise flavoring

(around noon)
170 g frozen chicken breast thawed in microwave and grilled in toaster oven with herbs and garlic
Microwaved Vegetables with Feta
- 247 g Schwans frozen California vegetable blend
- 250 g fresh baby carrots
- 87 g fat free feta cheese crumbled with herbs and sprinkled over the veggies

(around 2pm)
omega capsules
500 mg vitamin C
glucosamine & chondroitin caplet

Midafternoon (around 3pm)
80 g of fresh orange - a honey tangerine from Wegmans
Whey shake:
- 28 g optimum nutrition chocolate whey powder
- 9 g wheat bran
- 6 g ground psyllium husk
- 185 g nonfat skim milk
- a few drops of creme de menthe flavoring

(after workout, around 6pm)
Whey shake:
- 28 g syntrax nectar whey powder
- 9 g wheat bran
- 6 g ground psyllium husk
- approx 1 c water

Throughout the day, cinnamon citrus herbal tea - some is Good Earth brand, and some is homemade - here's the recipe:

(today I skipped the lime tea and threw in all of the orange and tangerine peels I sliced and dried throughout the week)

1514 calories total
(not including the trace calories from the herb tea)

173 g carbs (98 g sugar, 59 g fiber)
192 g protein
13 g fat
240 mg cholesterol
1471 g sodium

The workout today will be about 15-20 min of warmup on some machine - arc trainer, erg, etc. followed by having my butt kicked in strength training by my trainer at the Y, Tiffany. Who at 4'9" weighs about 98 lbs (OK, actually 120 but it LOOKS like 98) and can outlift me, which drives me nuts. LOL

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CHANGEDIN09 2/13/2010 2:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. This is always interesting to read. Is there a reason for the protein shake at dinner rather than having a lean protein "real meal" just wondering about that. I get tired of so many shakes. One protein shake a day is all I can handle. Thanks for the inspirational blog.

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MSRIP3 2/12/2010 9:57PM

    I tried Fage the other day and it was definitely NOT love at first bite. Any ideas on ways to make it more tolerable? I mixed it with a little granola and peaches. On another note I just signed up for the veggie CSA through Full Plate and I can't wait for fresh veggies all summer!

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CARRIE1948 2/12/2010 3:26PM

    I can't wait to be able to increase my eating. But, bumping up my protein to 100 g a day is busting thru the plateau.

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Using the Hacker's Diet for maintenance

Thursday, January 28, 2010

While Spark People is a fantastic site for LOSING weight, it has some way to go before it's equally good at supporting MAINTAINING weight.

Here's an example:

Here's a graph of my weight for the past week:

The points on the tips of the green and red shaded areas are my daily weight entries. The red area means that for that day, or period of days, my daily weight entries were above the blue trend line. The green area means that for that day, or period of days, my daily weight entries were below the blue trend line.

My blue trend line weight has changed almost not at all, while I've fluctuated around it with some red and some green areas. This is what maintenance looks like.

Those "losses" in the green areas are the ones people are seeing on my friend feed. You don't see the gains on a feed, so although I'm gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds over time (which is the definition of maintenance), it looks to my friends as if I'm still losing.

In fact, DDOORN actually commented on my feed this morning and asked why I was still losing weight when I'd said I was pretty much in maintenance mode.

What maintainers need is a feed that says "X MAINTAINED his/her weight for a week!" Or something like that.

And as I've suggested before, we could really use a weight average graph line like this over here at SP. It's not so necessary for loss mode, but very very valuable for maintenance mode, because the two cornerstones of maintenance are:

1) Frequent monitoring
2) Immediate correction

Without an averaging trend line, the monitoring is pretty much useless in the face of daily fluctuations.

Weighing once a week still does not average out whatever fluctuation you might be experiencing on the particular day that you decide to weigh yourself, so it will look pretty much the same as this, once you're maintaining.

By the time you discover you're outside the normal fluctuations, you've got a substantial 5 lbs or so to re-lose.

This is why I log my numbers using a weighted moving average.

Which is based on the Hacker's Diet. Here is a detailed explanation of how the weight graphing works. Follow this link and scroll down until you get to the part that says "Dexter's Diet."

I also use True Weight on my iPod, which is similar.

To learn more about the Hacker's Diet, you can visit the team page:

The basic principle is to watch your weight TREND LINE rather than the raw data and adjust your exercise and calorie intake to control it.

The good news is that with sites like physicsdiet.com you don't need to understand the calculations; all you have to do is put in your daily numbers and the website will do the magic for you, and leave you free to just watch your blue trend line.

I think, in order to prevent confusing my friends anymore, until something more appropriate for maintenance is implemented here, I'm going to start reporting the TREND LINE weight here instead of the actual raw numbers.

The past few weeks have been kind of scary, after getting the news that I'm at 19% body fat. I eased up on my calorie restriction. The trend went up. I clamped back down on it a bit. The trend went down.

In fact, I'm kind of stunned about the SHAPE of my weight curve:

From the looks of it, I'd say that I'm actually doing pretty well at maintaining, so far! :-o

I'm going to gradually ease that average line down to 150 and see how that feels.

I'm actually kind of amazed by how CONSISTENT the curve is. It's a fairly straight line down to 157 and then just STOPS there. Like someone drew it on there, not like someone actually LIVED that line...

But she did. And she freaked out and panicked a few times, and binged BY A LOT a few times, and generally sweated it.

It sure didn't FEEL like I had any control, really, at all... That I was doing this out there without a net.

But I'll tell you what. I lost weight by living by numbers, and it sure seems like I can maintain it by living by numbers. So I suppose my iPod calorie tracker (Lean Me Pro) and bathroom scale ARE my net, at the moment...

And the proper software for interpreting the results.

See SEEBEES3's blog for a more statistically robust monitoring system:

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SANDRAHUGHES 2/8/2010 12:58PM

    Thank you for the tools listed here. Maintenance is a really difficult aspect of lifestyle changes. I lost all my weight 2 years ago, and now I have 6 pounds to lose AGAIN. Not too bad, but it's still frustrating and scary.

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SEEBEES3 2/2/2010 12:01AM

    Thanks for the links. I have a statistics background so I have a problem with using only trendlines only as triggers though it is definitely better than nothing. Unfortunately I haven't found any online weight loss site using really solid statistical modeling and controls yet.

The good news is for maintenance you can do this off line if you are an Excel or spreadsheet user. (Or you can use a statistical analysis package if you really want to.)

First maintain your weight for 60 days and weigh daily. Once you have that data:

Calculate the Mean [=average(cell1:cell60)] and the Standard Deviation [=stddev(cell1:cell60)] And check yourself. The Mean should be where you want to stay.

Then set yourself up an upper and lower control limit
Upper = average + 3 * Stddev
Lower = average - 3 * Stddev

And a upper and lower warning limit

Upper = average + 2 * Stddev
Lower = average - 2 * Stddev

And plot your weight. If you have the following happen find out what went wrong and correct:
1 point outside the control limits
2 out of 3 points outside the warning limits
8 points above/below the mean
6 points rising or falling

The standard deviation should be recalculated every 2 months and checked to the old standard deviation and if the new standard deviation is half the old one or smaller then new limits should be recalculated.

Okay I'll stop Geeking now :0P

Edited to add: This works for weight, calorie intake, calories expended, calorie deficit, etc. as long as it is Maintenance.

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DACIUS 2/1/2010 2:23PM

    Love the website. Looks to be very intuitive, especially with how is graphs your data and allows you to trend your data.

Cool stuff.

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GEE-KNEE 2/1/2010 9:20AM

    I so glad you post all this stuff. You are going to have all my maintenance questions answered before I even get there. Thanks you.

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RENA1965 1/31/2010 10:26AM

    I agree with you on the maintaince issue- I will be looking at the sites you recommend..

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VARMINT3 1/29/2010 9:04PM

    I have tried the hackers diet and it makes logical sense to me but I am too much of a space cadet to remember to weigh daily (at least, in the morning after I pee & before I put on any clothes) - usually by the time I remember it's right after I eat the biggest meal of the day, or when I am nowhere near a scale or something like that!

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CARRIE1948 1/29/2010 6:45AM

    I need Hacker's Diet to just get through the last 20 pounds. If it weren't for that, I'd go nuts with the daily ups and downs

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STEVIECAT4 1/29/2010 5:49AM

    I feel so stupid saying this, but I don't understand a word of it!!! I'm such a dork!! All I do know is that I'm doing the same thing weight wise as you are only it's because I'm not trying hard enough. You on the other hand work out like a pro and do all the right things. I know this blog somehow explains it but it's too complicated for my pea brain to disseminate the info.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/28/2010 11:16PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and experience!



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_MAOMAO_ 1/28/2010 9:36PM

  Yes, this stuff needs to be tweaked. I know it will be. It's neat that you have friends that pay attention and care about you who will say, hey, why are you losing weight if you don't need to anymore?

When I check the report on my weight progress here at Spark, my focus is on the direction of my graph. Years ago I went through a phase of weigh myself every day. It was really good for me, I learned to not worry about those little fluctuations.


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DDOORN 1/28/2010 4:32PM

    You have certainly accomplished amazing things with the numbers...!

Maintenance strategies are going to be VERY important...especially as more and more of us are going to arrive at our goal weights and NEVER want to see those extra pounds again!


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TELERIE 1/28/2010 4:07PM

    I'm so glad you told me about physicsdiet.com. I went there and plotted my whole weight loss journey into the site and my graph is a bit wobblier than yours, but I'm really happy to see that trend line nudging down. Still need to read more about Hacker's diet, but I'll get there and I think you're right about it being excellent for maintainance mode. YOU are a star!!!

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How I survived a 12-day business trip without gaining weight - and in fact, losing some!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Travel while managing weight is tough for me. My fitness and food routines are disrupted, colleagues always want to meet over food, and conference food options are usually very unhealthy, at best.

Fitness is particularly a problem while traveling because with my arthritic knee I can't walk or run for exercise (the knee starts complaining after only a couple of miles of walking and then stiffens up and acts grouchy the next day). So getting a calorie burn away from home is more complicated than just throwing running clothes and shoes in my suitcase.

I have had several trips this past autumn and always managed to gain at least 6 lbs, even when I wrote everything I ate down and put it in the tracker when I got back, even when I exercised every day that I could.

So, after losing about 10 lbs over the holidays, I was TERRIFIED that I'd gain it all back during a business trip in January. 10 days plus a 3-day weekend is a long time to be without the comfortable routines that keep me on track.

I pulled out all the stops and used as much creativity and planning as I could muster for this trip, and it paid off. I actually managed to LOSE some weight while away.

Here's a list of all the things I did; before and during the trip.


1) Bought an 8G iPod Touch, bought the standalone (offline) "Lean Me Pro" app and started tracking my nutrients on it and working out the kinks beforehand.

I've heard good things about free "Lose It!" but I like weighing my food in grams, so I opted for $20 "Lean Me Pro." This meant abandoning the SP nutrition tracker, because even the iPod version does not work offline. I might have used the spark mobile interface instead if my TracFone allowed me access to the internet (it only allows access to TracFone sites). The iPod cost less than $200 and given how much ELSE I've spent on this project, it seemed worth the money.

I also bought "True Weight" (it has a free version too, but I wanted the ability to archive my data).


Lean Me Pro

Lose It!

True Weight

2) Used Google Map to search for gyms near my hotel(s). The day before leaving I signed up for a free trial membership at some of them. (You have to do this close to the travel date because otherwise they expire before you actually get there.) I downloaded the fitness class schedules for each of them.

This was especially important because the hotel where I'd be staying most of the time has a really pitiful "fitness center" as part of their "spa" that you have to pay extra to use.

It was also important because internet access is sketchy in the rooms, and I didn't want to have to pack or buy weights and a stability ball to work out in the room.

3) Packed all the necessary fitness gear: gym shoes, SPD spinning shoes, iPod arm harness & headphones, underwater SwiMP3 player, swimsuit, goggles, bike shorts, workout clothes, sport bras, water bottle, etc.

4) Packed sufficient protein bars & water-based whey shakes (Syntrax nectar), bran, and psyllium to feed myself when there weren't healthier meals available.

5) Packed a selection of herbal teas, TrueLemon, TrueLime, TrueOrange, and pepper packets for seasoning water and meals. I like to have a cup of herbal tea at the end of a meal when others are indulging in desserts. Most restaurants are happy to supply a cup of hot water and charge you for "tea" even if you bring your own.

6) Packed some envelopes of light tuna in water for emergency protein.

7) Removed the batteries and carefully packed my Tanita body fat bathroom scale in the middle of the clothes in my suitcase.

8) I should probably mention that I always carry a small food scale in my purse. I used it a lot on this trip, both at restaurants and for weighing out whey shake ingredients, etc.


1) Made my rounds of the local gyms and got the tour and passes, class schedules, etc.

2) Hit the local Target/Walmart and grocery stores for more tuna packets (these became essential for eating at restaurants), protein bars, and canned protein drinks. After looking at the labels I discovered that Pure Protein brand has some pretty low-calorie, high-protein products. It's probably the best thing I've seen out there on retail shelves. (I usually buy my supplements online.)

Also bought spritzer-type salad dressings, Kashi GOLEAN (I would have been better off bringing my soy-based cereals, oh well), and individual nonfat Greek yogurts (FAGE 0% is a good standby. Discovered Voskos out there, which has even MORE protein.)

Bought swimmer's shampoo & conditioner and a swim cap (that I somehow forgot to pack) - I couldn't find Ultra Swim so I went with the Loreal kids "swim & sport" shampoo and conditioner, and they seemed to de-chlorinate just fine.

3) PLANNED out my exercise for the next few days, fitting in swimming, spinning classes, etc. around my conference responsibilities. In most cases this meant switching from my customary nighttime exercise schedule to an early-morning one.

4) Once I knew my exercise schedule, I could plan out my food. (Lean Me Pro takes into account exercise when calculating the daily calorie quota.)

5) At most restaurants I shamelessly played the "I've lost 180 lbs" card and got them to bring me custom salad ingredients. In some cases they had suitable protein like steamed shrimp or sashimi. In other cases I added my own tuna. In all cases I used my own dressing.

My companions and servers were all supportive and helpful about it. Not one complained or sneered or acted put out with all my weighing and tracking, as I'd been afraid they might. I didn't even have to flash my "before" picture for all of them (I put it on my iPod just in case).

6) At night in the customary after-dinner room parties I brought my herb teas and indulged in them while everyone else drank alcohol. I used the in-room coffee maker for hot water (just ran a few pots through at the beginning to rinse most of the coffee and caffeine flavor out). I was perfectly content as long as I had something tasty in my hand to sip.

Since they are an indulgence, my rule with these teas is that I can have as many as I want, and I never have to re-use a bag unless I want to. I even have a special "tea squeezer" to get all the flavor out. And yes, I brought it. LOL

7) During travel and during the conference if I wanted something to snack on during a boring talk and didn't have water handy (to which I added the TrueCitrus packets), I'd have a stick of sugarless gum (and track it).

8) I washed my workout gear lightly with shampoo while showering in the room after each fitness episode and hung it up on the shower rod or rolled it in a dry bath towel to wring most of the water out.

9) I tracked my weight and percent body fat on my scale every morning and logged it in "True Weight" and "Lean Me Pro" on my iPod.


Here are the numbers:

January 8, 2010
157.8 lbs
(159.61 average according to physicsdiet.com)

27.2% body fat
(29.64% average according to physicsdiet.com)

January 20, 2010
157.4 lbs
(157.66 average according to physicsdiet.com)

22.6% body fat
(25.01% average according to physicsdiet.com)

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IZADORA 2/17/2011 2:11AM

    What great ideas! Way to plan ahead!

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DOREEN1562 6/17/2010 8:45AM

  Thanks for some great ideas. I'm getting ready to take a business trip to Vegas and I've already been warned by my co-workers that all they do is the buffets. I'm already planning out my menus..guess it'll be fruit and veggies for the most part. I already planned to bring protein bars for breakfast, and salad spritzer as you suggested. Wish me luck!

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    What an amazing job planning everything. Its truly a show of dedication that I aspire to. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your journey and experience. emoticon

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THINWITHIN18 2/17/2010 11:38PM

    That was a very inspirational blog: thanks for the tips and for giving us all a model for good planning and healthy living.

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CHANGEDIN09 2/1/2010 9:47PM

    This is JUST what I needed. I just accepted a new job and will be gone for two weeks of training. Just found out they do NOT have a fitness center at the hotel. I can't believe it. But I love the idea about the free passes at local places. These were all great ideas. CONGRATS on your huge success . You are an inspiration.

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KARENE10 1/28/2010 9:15AM

    You are one dedicated lady! emoticon

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S318830 1/27/2010 1:16PM

    Nice job! I like the tea idea.

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TIOGA123 1/25/2010 4:18PM

    Great job!!! emoticon

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ABBYLU 1/24/2010 10:06PM

    Wow, what great info! I just looked at your pics~your journey is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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WALKWITME 1/23/2010 10:49AM

    You Have Done It Again My emoticon

You are Dedicated !

As Always, I'm Proud Of You

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TRAVELINGIRL68 1/23/2010 9:55AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this - I too have to travel for work and it has tripped me up in the past, this was really helpful and inspirational!! emoticon

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ZESTYLADY 1/22/2010 6:34PM

    Okay...you just made it really hard for the rest of us to find some excuses about why we did not do what we needed to do! Sheesh! Thanks a lot! LOL.

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CARRIE1948 1/22/2010 9:19AM

    Planning really does work. I wasn't nearly so creative when I went to England, but I managed to lose .8 pounds and go to high tea

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LAFTERSFREE 1/21/2010 9:30PM

    im totally impressed. I have a 5 day conference coming up and I dont know if i could ever be as committed as you were. that is definitely awesome!!! i do have some things in mind to make sure I stay focused on fitness, and thanks so much for sharing the details of your preparations and planning, i'll be keeping these in mind.

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JHADZHIA 1/21/2010 8:09PM

    Wow that is mind-boggling! All that stuff to pack too. I was wishing I had brought my meal replacement shakes and protein supplements with me on a recent vacation -I gained 9 lbs when I went from an all raw fruit and veggie diet to high carb blow out (my relatives choice of places -McDonalds, burger places and Ihop). I can't afford all the high tech stuff, don't even have a cell phone. No access to the internet. In Canada lots of hotels provide free access to the internet, they call them business centers. I wish the US would learn this hospitality. Love the idea of taking out trial membership at gyms -good one! I did find a Curves, but it was an hour commute every time I went.
Good for you finding a solution that works for you!
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FRECKS96 1/21/2010 6:28PM

    That's fabulous! Congrats!!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/21/2010 5:39PM

    WOW!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 1/21/2010 5:00PM

    Brilliant! What a great example. I'm going away overnight tomorrow and was just thinking about emergency food, etc. but you've taken the planning to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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ALYFITN 1/21/2010 3:22PM

    This is exactly why I subscribe to your blog. Lot's of great ideas here. Thanks for sharing and congratulations! emoticon

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TURBOAMIE 1/21/2010 3:06PM

    wow - great detailed plan and I am IMPRESSED about doing this while traveling. I used to travel a lot too and that's when I got my heaviest. I wish I would have had this back then :)

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NANCERELLA 1/21/2010 2:59PM

    Wow, you really put a lot of thought into this. I am impressed. I will use these tips for my next out of town trip. emoticon

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SUNSHINENHOPE 1/21/2010 2:40PM

    you have really taken it to a whole 'nother level!!!! I never thought about asking for a trial membership to a gym in a town where I will be attending a conference. Great idea!! Your planning paid off and I am so impressed and inspired by it!

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TIKITAMI 1/21/2010 2:39PM

    You are my HERO!!

I'm on day 4 of a 21 day business trip in Manila, you are really inspiring me to keep on track. Like you I packed a lot of foods and items to help me stay focused. The one great thing I can say about this trip is that I'm 3 blocks away from a great market with tons of precut fresh fruits and veggies.

Congratulations on getting through your trip, I know how hard that can be. emoticon

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TELERIE 1/21/2010 2:12PM

    Woohoo! So impressed with all the preparations and sticking to your tracking. I often guesstimate at restaurants. Perhaps a mini food scale would be good.

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DDOORN 1/21/2010 1:58PM

    Wow...talk about SUPER prepared! Building success right into your travels...! Way to GO! :-)


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    Great job!

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Wild Animal sPark Rally

Monday, January 18, 2010

Met up with Deb (S318830) and her kids at the Wild Animal Park this morning, saw a giraffe tussling with a big antelope from the tram, watched gibbons, watched human children, and finally took a photo at the "park" her kids like.

Pictured (from left to right):
4A-HEALTHY-BMI, HAVASUROSE, their sister, S318830, and her two kids.

Afterward my two sisters and I did some more consignment store shopping, investigated a Carhart retailer (for our sister who needs work pants with lots of pockets), and a Chico's where some of us got shells on sale. Then we had dinner with HAVASUROSE's friend Dotty (and her daughter and granddaughter) at Soup Plantation, shipped a 20x20x20 box of clothes to NY via FedEx, and did cardio in the hotel fitness room for an hour.

Now we're wrapping up the evening in the hotel room with some wine (yes, mine is measured out, LOL) and logging stuff on our computers and checking email, etc.

They will drive home tomorrow and I will move to a hotel downtown tomorrow night and fly home on Tuesday. Back to the Land of Cold.

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S318830 1/27/2010 1:17PM

    LOL! So exactly how many times did you guys wind up eating at Soup Plantation that trip? My mental count is about 5, right?

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/19/2010 12:11AM

    What a blast!!! emoticon

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TELERIE 1/18/2010 6:11PM

    Sounds like a lovely day! Enjoy and have lots of fun!!

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    Looks like you had loads of fun! Glad to see you are enjoying life to the fullest!


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DDOORN 1/18/2010 5:39AM

    Well...we had ONE day that wasn't cold...I remember it fondly...lol!

Looking like a lot more fun! Soak it up so it can tide you through till Spring...! :-)


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Am I done?! Really?! Yikes. :-o

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My initial goal has been 150 lbs or 25% body fat, whichever came first.

My Tanita scale has been indicating anywhere from 22% to 26% body fat for the past week or so.

UPDATE: In "athlete" mode it says 19.7% Thanks to S318830 for advising me on that! (And also for finding the DXA place in San Diego.)

I suspected I was close, but wouldn't know until I had it measured by a more accurate method.

On Thursday through a DXA scan I found out my body fat % is actually 19%.

Are you freaking KIDDING me?! That's actually in the "athletic" category. Last year at this time I still weighed over 300 lbs...

This means, technically, that by at least one measure I am done. I have been processing this information for the past couple of days - I actually cried a little in the car on the way back on Thursday, because I was just so overwhelmed. I wasn't expecting this. I wasn't really ready for it.

If you've been following the thread where STEVIECAT4 and I are trying to reach 150 you'll already have read some of my mulling over this issue. tinyurl.com/race2onefifty

Anyway, I have been lightening up on the calorie restriction but continuing with the heavy exercising, with predictable results. This morning I'm up to 158. So I'll be pushing back down on the restriction a little more.

In the meantime, realizing that I'm probably going to be close to this size for a while, and having my two sisters handy, I've been indulging in SHOPPING. Me. Who has historically H.A.T.E.D. shopping. With a Passion.

In the interests of public service, here is a rundown of the thrift and consignment stores we've investigated:

1) American Cancer Society Discovery Store, Rancho Bernardo
16787 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego - (858) 385-0479

Small store, Salvation Army-type prices & selection. Found the sparkly $18 dress on sale there that day for half off.

2) Girlfriend's Consignment Boutique, Poway
12222 Poway Road, Poway, CA - (858) 679-1222

Upscale. Lovely selection. Found a really nice workout top and leather pants ($26).

3) Plato's Closet, Escondido
1220 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA - (760) 233-0002

Geared toward 20 year olds. Found some really nice workout gear there. Lots of colors and styles and the ability to be picky.

4) Deborah's Next to New, Escondido
1624 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA - (760) 743-8980

Large selection. Similar items scattered throughout the store. Quality ranges from Salvation Army to upscale. Found an awesome lined suede long skirt there for $29.

I'm going to have to get a box and ship this stuff home...

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MOM5INFL 1/26/2010 6:01PM

    I somehow lost my subscription to your blog so I totally missed the results of your DEXA. 19 percent, holy cow! That's awesome. You are so done with your weight loss. The extra skin is obviously adding a significant amount of weight. Do not beat yourself up for not getting to a number that may be too stressful to maintain. You are done with losing fat...unless you are planning to compete in a bodybuilding competition. Now focus on reshaping your body through weight training. Congratulations! emoticon

I think I need to do the DEXA or BodPod or something. I need to know my bodyfat percent so that I can stop those nagging thoughts that maybe I could do better. Again, congratulations!!! Birdie.

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WALKWITME 1/20/2010 6:27AM

    I am so Happy For You!

I actually pull up your photo at work and show you off

You are so Inspiring!

I am Spreading Your Spark around

CONGRATULATIONS ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Way to go on the 19% body fat and how fun to go shopping with your sisters. Can't wait to see pictures of all your finds!


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CARRIE1948 1/18/2010 8:05AM

    That's fantastic

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MURSPERZ 1/18/2010 7:46AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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YARELL 1/17/2010 6:37PM

    That is awesome!!! Isn't that the oddest thing, it sticks at a point... whatever number your chasing... seems to be cemented in place... then
without even realizing it.. bam!
you hit it and past! What the heck!!!

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DBALZER 1/17/2010 2:40PM

    Truly Inspiring! I look forward to my DONE post. That will be a while but with inspirations like you I know I can keep at it.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/17/2010 2:36PM

    That's truly inspiring!

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DAYHIKER 1/17/2010 2:29PM

    emoticonYou look wonderful! And you positively glow with good health! emoticon

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GEE-KNEE 1/17/2010 2:05PM

    Hooray, 19% body fat says it all. Good for you. Now that you're done losing weight, what is the next goal?

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DDOORN 1/17/2010 12:28PM

    I *knew* the 19% had to be a BIGGIE from your message...WOW! No WONDER it inspired tears! The numbers have certainly been your "friend" as you pointed out in your message thread with STEVIECAT4 , folks like us...and I can certainly relate!...lose touch with our bodies and appetites. How do we *KNOW* when we are hungry or not...? Now THAT would be a challenge: to somehow re-learn, re-gain confidence in having our bodies *KNOW* when we are TRULY hungry, vs. all the other distortions we have picked up along the way to cloud our sense of appetite!

Love your new pic...you are finding some "gems" out there! :-) Don't know if you knew that there is a Plato's Closet here on the Vestal Parkway...? Not sure if there is something special about this consignment shop...have never been there.

Of course your journey continues through the challenges of maintenance...! Who knows what discoveries may be yet ahead? :-)


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TELERIE 1/17/2010 11:53AM

    You're just a-mazing and an inspiration and I'm so happy I have "met" you here! Congratulations and happy shopping. Now to keep on with the great work you're doing on maintenance.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/17/2010 11:44AM

    I just love it when a plan comes together!

SparkPeople works!! You are living proof!!


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THOMS1 1/17/2010 11:12AM

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