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Any advice about the last 5-10 pounds (to get rid of belly bulge)?

Saturday, March 01, 2014


I've lost 130+ pounds and have maintained that amount since 2009. At one point in 2012, I reached 148 pounds, but then gradually gained weight back up to 155. At 155 I have a belly bulge that prevents me from looking good in certain clothing. At 148, I feel comfortable in those clothes.

How do I get the last 5-10 pounds off and keep them off? I really want to be 148 and keep that weight.

Thanks for your help!

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EN10011 3/14/2014 7:33AM

  Wow! You lost all that weight and maintained it! CONGRATULATIONS! Do not beat yourself over the last few lbs!
I agrre with Janine, less carbs and less stress. When we are stressed, the body secretes cortisol, which makes the calories go straight to the mid section!

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JIACOLO 3/2/2014 12:21PM

    I would think working your core would be beneficial. For me, if I cut out or reduce carbs, I notice a difference in my belly. Good luck!

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JSTETSER 3/2/2014 5:59AM

    It is all about your food intake & exercise.
My advice is fin some friends to exercise with who have great eating habita

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    I wish I had the answer. I struggle too. My body seems to weight more than I want it to. LOL.

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Met my goal today! (288 --> 148 lbs)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thank you for all the support and help Sparkpeople community! It took me more than 5 years, but I finally reached my goal today. My best to all of you on whatever path you are on.

Next goal up (besides maintenance, of course): I just signed up for my 1st Marathon, which I'll run/walk in September.

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MOTHEPRO 7/6/2013 5:23PM

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Good luck with the marathon!

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    Congratulations! You look great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELNOOKS 10/6/2012 10:51AM


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BESSHAILE 7/12/2012 7:10AM

    WOO WOO! How did I miss this! CONGRATULATIONS

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EN10011 6/12/2012 7:15PM

  Wow! What a transformation! You are an inspiration!

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EMMANYC 6/12/2012 12:30PM

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Congratulations! That is such a great accomplishment!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/12/2012 10:53AM

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Help! My page has been taken over by the grape juice ads!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Hi. Are you experiencing the intrusive Grape juice ads that replace part of the navigation bar on the right of your page? Arghh!!! Also my backgrounds are now Welche's grade juice backgrounds! I'm sooooo annoyed. I come to SparkPeople for help and refuge. Sticking food ads in my face is definitely making me want to switch to a different site, especially since I don't drink fruit juice. It may be healthy for some, but for me, it messes up my blood sugar levels.

Anyone know any other sites that let you log food for free, but that don't stick the ads in your face like this?

I think I'm going to go to paper and pencil. I'm not kidding.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/9/2012 8:52PM

    I used to used fitday dot com, but it doesn't have near all the helpful features that SparkPeople has. Weight Watchers now gives lifetime members at goal weight free access to eTools, but if you are used to calories, tracking PointsPlus would be quite different.

Best wishes for finding just what you need and want. -Marsha

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    Fruit juice is garbage in my opinion. I have spark popups a lot.

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NEWBIEBAIT 1/9/2012 8:03PM

    If you have firefox you can add them to the Adblock list so you don't have to see them.

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WANT2BHEALTHY60 1/9/2012 7:46PM

    Mine have the glycerna ads- appropriate since Im subscribed to the diabetes team. BUT, Ive found the site here soo useful, that I can easily egnore the ads, no problem. If you find another site that suits you better, go for it!

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DERBENZAC 1/9/2012 7:44PM

  I know the ads can be irritating, but that's how they're able to keep this site free. You might try contacting support about the problems you're having and see if they can look into it. I'm sure they don't want to run people off with the advertising!

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Day 1 of my summer program (Argh to getting off track!)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hi. I got off track for a few weeks and didn't plan/measure/record food and didn't exercise and gained 2 pounds! Argh. I'm back on track today and my goal is to drop those 2 pounds by August 31. The main parts of my plan are:

1. I will plan/measure/record every calorie that I eat each day and all exercise that I do.
2. I will have a 7000 calorie deficit by Aug 31.
3. I will have an average daily calorie deficit of 200 on 6 days each week.
4. I will send a daily check in to my weight loss partner including my weight and whether I met the goals each day.
5. I will exercise and burn at least 500-700 calories each morning and 100 each night.

Thanks for being out there and doing all your work, Spark friends! It's so great to be able to come back to Sparkpeople and get back on track. How are you all doing with your summer goals?

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1BEACHWALKER 7/22/2011 10:51PM

    Glad you are back on track! And hope all is going well since July 6! Blogging about it really does help you keep going! I just got back from vacation last week and gained some weight-seems to always happen to most of us! But, I too am back on track and have decided to try Calorie cycling or zig zag diet. There is a spark team that explains it all on my page that I joined if you are interested. But, it sounds like you are kind of doing it yourself! Stay strong! We can do this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 7/6/2011 6:45PM

    You can do anything!!! Make it work and have a summer you are proud about.

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    Good luck getting the 2 pounds off. You can do it!!

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    I'm with you - getting back on track. Here's to a great start & a strong finish! emoticon

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CALIDREAMER76 7/6/2011 8:51AM

    That is an amazingly well defined plan! Clear and concise. I have no doubt you will meet your goal and along the line inspire others ~ me - I'm going to look at that and try to define my own as clearly! Woo Hoo - you go girl!


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ALEXESQ33 7/6/2011 7:53AM

    Ugh I'm right there with you re: summer goals!!

Just got back from WONDERFUL vacation and gained about 3 - 4 pounds (wasn't really "on track" prior to that). I really need to get back with it, before the summer is over!!

Yesterday I was good with food, but what I really need to do is get back to the gym, so the calories melt off (hopefully!)

Thank you for the inspiration - and it's good to know I'm not the only one :)

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Facing Fears (stayed overnight in the woods in a shelter I built)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hello. I want to be comfortable staying in the woods at night (camping out) and also am interested in primitive living skills, so took a really excellent workshop that included building a debris hut and staying in it over night.

I built it during a super-soaking rainstorm complete with roaring thunder, which was excellent weather to practice primitive survival skills! I returned home super-exhausted, damp, sore all over, covered in dirt and debris, smelling of campfire smoke, with 1 deer tick embedded in my neck, but with my soul full of joy and my heart yearning for more of that type of teaching.

Note: I am taking care of tick bite (removed it, went to docs and got preventative dose of antibiotics, took tick to be tested for lyme disease).

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VIVRE5 6/10/2011 5:39PM

    THAT is badass :0)

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1BEACHWALKER 6/5/2011 4:30AM

    You are braver than I would be! Cool that you were able to build that!! I hope the tick bite, will not get you sick! I always hated those things up north in OH. Now we rarely have any problems with Ticks for some reason.

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    I am so proud of you! What an awesome thing to attempt. You are much stronger and confident for facing those fears too! Way to Go!

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AMAS92568 6/1/2011 10:52AM

    This is really cool. Good for you!

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REBECCAMA 6/1/2011 10:45AM

  Okay, NOT a fan of ticks but way to go on building the shelter and everything. I like camping but I make my hubby go with me and he does most of the survival stuff. Way to go!!

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BRDGT262 5/27/2011 5:54PM

    That is too cool!!!! :)

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    Cool!! I expect you will be on one of the survivor shows next! I love them!

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HUMOROUS2ME 5/27/2011 9:30AM

    While it is not my cup of tea, I definitely admire you for taking action on your goal. The idea that you survived the night with nothing but grit and knowledge is emoticon.

Have a great weekend, Outdoor Gal!

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ESBELL 5/25/2011 9:46AM

    We did our Boy Scout Survival camp last fall, and our leader taught the boys to make shelters out of a piece of rope & a trash bag. It was so much fun. Until the viscious man eating lizard ran across my Hubs chest & he screamed like a girl and ended up sleeping in the car. Actually - that made the campout better - the boys still tease him about it.

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INFLATED 5/24/2011 8:40PM

    I used to put limbs around a tree trunk so that it looked sort of like a teepee. I have never stayed out in the woods by myself overnight though I often camped out in our yard which was beside unfenced woods. I also had a tent and a canvas cot. Your picture is awesome. If I were an animal passing by, I would think that the den of another animal maybe.
I had a tick on me a few years ago and the doctor said ususally the ones that cause lyme disease, are the size of a pin head. I had to take an antibiotic too, but never developed any symptoms of lyme disease or the red circle around the bite.

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ZOOKEEPERMAMA 5/24/2011 6:52PM

    That's a pretty cool thing, right there! (Not the tick part, eww...) What a neat shelter! I imagine it's very empowering to know how to take care of yourself in any situation. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/24/2011 5:22PM

    Wow. I have to admit I am scared of various things, but what you just did would just terrify me... I really admire you for doing it! Your hut looked great too!

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LINDAKAY228 5/24/2011 5:18PM

    Oh how neat! I love being out in the woods. I've never stayed overnight by myself out there (yet) but do hike a lot alone. Glad you feel so good about what you did!

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