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This is the real me--photo.

Monday, August 02, 2010

My profile picture now shows me instead of the peacock feathers photo that I was hiding behind.

Not sure why I was so resistant to putting up a picture of myself, but I have been working hard and I don't think I have to feel too ashamed.

Check out my arms and shoulders. I'm particularly happy about those. Still a work in progress but lots of push ups and lots of dumbbell exercises later, no so bad!

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DECKEREC 8/2/2010 9:34PM

    Great pic!
Go Care Bears Go!

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  I agree, you look great!

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THENEWCINDY 8/2/2010 5:25PM

    you look great!!!!!!

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NATHELESS 8/2/2010 12:09PM

    Looking wonderful!

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SOHOJOSE 8/2/2010 11:38AM


I totally agree with everyone else. You look great! You should post more pics =)

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SPARKARINO 8/2/2010 11:02AM

    What a lovely photo of you -- and your arms and shoulders are beautiful! Glad you came out from behind the peacock feathers!

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    I think you look great. Very pretty!!!

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AKASHA66 8/2/2010 10:44AM

    You people are really good for my ego!

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PIXFIVE 8/2/2010 9:33AM

    Pretty as a peacock! emoticon

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JLBRIGHT3 8/2/2010 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing some of your physical accomplishments! You do look great! Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLE72023 8/2/2010 8:22AM

    You got to be kidding . . . hiding your beauty and wonderful weight loss accomplishments!
Definitely looks good and we can see those toned arms. Congratulations dear friend and I'm so happy that you came out of hiding from behind the pretty feathers. Who knows, hopefully some day soon I will follow your lead and post a real picture of myself as well.

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LILPAT3 8/2/2010 8:13AM

    You look great! emoticon

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ROBINROSE3 8/2/2010 7:40AM

    emoticon You look amazing!!!

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FROMBABY2BRIDE 8/2/2010 7:00AM

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! So happy to see the real you!
Work it, girl! You are fantastic!!!

(((( Sending SKINNY Vibes! ))))


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JACKSMIMI2 8/2/2010 6:32AM

    You not only have great shoulders and arms but great hair!! You look absolutely stunning!

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    Looking great! You have every right to be proud of yourself!


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BUBBLEJ1 8/2/2010 6:20AM

    Lookin good!

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MAMADELIGHT 8/2/2010 6:19AM

    Great arms!

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Into the 180's this am!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

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Well this has been a long time coming. I am sure I have been retaining water with the heat and some hormone issues but this was getting to be a real downer. JUST squeaked by into the 180's but I'll take it. I'm a fingernail away from being able to claim a new charm on the bracelet of loss but am deciding if I can claim that too, as I seriously need the motivation. Like .1 pound away. I do believe I will take the new charm today as this is all about motivation and if I were to go potty right now I'd surely make it!

I would love to see this decade of pounds pass by a lot faster than the 190's did. That was tough. Long, long periods of stagnation and no loss despite very vigilant exercise and tracking. I'm going to need to consider the fact that I'm too vigilant, that I need breaks more often.

In fact, the only thing that has changed this weekend was that I got sick, a UTI, nasty, and for the time of the weekend, swore off the exercise and strength training for the two days hoping a bit of rest would help in killing the infection. Maybe it has done some good.

It is awfully easy to swing too far in one or the other direction, either doing nothing at all, lots of us have been THERE, or doing too much, which is an easy thing for me to do too.

So, this week, as I certainly don't want to be stuck with this urinary tract infection, I will tone things down a bit. See where that leads me. I often have a voice in the back of my head saying--you do too much exercise for the calories you are eating, so the solution there is to up the calories a bit, not always as easy as it sounds, or back off on the exercise. I'm thinking a combo approach, I couldn't completely give up on the cardio and strength training, but I can back off a bit.

Any wisdom for me out there?

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JLBRIGHT3 7/26/2010 8:12PM

    You are doing great. There will always be things that will sidetrack you and throw off your momentum. Take care of yourself first (which you're doing) otherewise things can snowball. And I hope you're doing fluids, fluids, fluids! Flush your system! It works for me if I catch it early enough and shortens its duration. Good luck with this.

Big congrats on the 180's!

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QUEENAN1 7/26/2010 12:41PM

    Congrats on hitting the 180's again! You are doing AWESOME!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/26/2010 12:12PM

    You can try it. It works for some people, some people it doesn't. Good luck.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 7/26/2010 11:22AM

  Congrats on the 180's and sticking with it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABRANDNEWME09 7/26/2010 11:16AM

    Congrats on the 180's!!! emoticon

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AKASHA66 7/26/2010 10:40AM

    I did get the new charm today, a silver butterfly with black and white marcasite wings, a little fancier than my usually all silver charms. Smaller too. Next, on to the 84 kilo charm....

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SPARKARINO 7/26/2010 10:23AM

    Your persistence is paying off -- well done, sister! Just think --losing slowly gives you lots of time to practice your new healthy lifestyle habits, so you will be all ready for keeping it off for good. Give yourself plenty of pats on the back for all you have accomplished. You are 'charmed' in more than one way!
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AKASHA66 7/26/2010 8:15AM

    I swear age is working in on the negative side of this too. It wasn't so hard when I was younger. A good reason to get things in hand before menopause, when I'm sure it gets even tougher.

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BECKA525 7/26/2010 8:04AM

    Congrats on reaching the new decade. You are right when yousaid we can get too much exercise. I think sometimes I can do that , it seems that all I do is exercise. Not always a regular cardio but not being able to sit still. You know thinking that why am I just sitting here when I could be working and burning some fat. It is hard somedays to just sit and enjoy a book or sew or sonething to relax. My husband finally wouldn't allow me to get in my garden last weekend, said I was working too hard and needed to just sit. It was hard but I sure felt better for it and it even lasted 2 days instead of 1.
Hope your next 10 leaves promptly. Enjoy buying your new charm.


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SPARKLE72023 7/26/2010 7:00AM

    Aww... so sorry to hear about your bout with UTI. Those are so painful !!

Wisdom? Ha! If we had any we wouldn't have let all that weight crawl & cling to our bodies in the first place. LOL

By way of suggestion, you may try experimenting with different types of exercises .... or different types of foods. Our bodies are so different from each other. What makes one person drop weight fast . . . doesn't work on the next person. So it's really a voyage of self discovery.

May your next 10 pounds slide off like melted butter!
Congratulations on making past the tough 190's!!!!

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KAKIPOPUP 7/26/2010 5:31AM

    It can be really difficult to find the balance - especially as I have gotten older and the hormones are changing -

here are some (((skinny vibes))) to help you keep going!

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New charm on the bracelet of loss, plus July goals.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

One more kilo down, one more charm on the bracelet of loss--9 charms total now. The most recent also a birthday present, a silver four leaf clover made of hearts with a teeny tiny diamond in the center--perfect, I LOVE IT! andit is extra special when it is a gift.

Ideally, for this next challenge, I'm looking at 9 pounds down which would be 4! more charms on the bracelet of loss! I'm a slow loser and frequent plateauer though so curbing my disappointment with less is necessary.

July Goals:

Switch to serious whole wheat bread from the organic shop.
Limit fruits, I tend to overdo.
More protein in general, on the high end of my limit.
Medium end of carbs most days.
Fat rarely seems to be a problem and I'm getting much better at fiber. Carbs are the problem. And not enough protein.
Continue to explore soaking-cooking dry beans, a good thing so far.
Continue 3 day ST plan, 200-300 reps from the last challenge, stomach, arms, legs. Down to 200 for the time being, can go up again later if I want.
2100 exercise calories a week to burn, lots of it with walking, but add back 24 minutes of elliptical every other day for variety for the month, see what happens.
1260-1660 calories a day I think it is. Vary within that, not just get stuck at 1400. I suspect I was underdoing it for awhile there.
Consider changing tracker when challenge starts to reflect 9 pounds to lose and not the whole shebang. See if this helps on a psychological level.

Let's see if that does it. No need to be too extreme.

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KALISWALKER 7/20/2010 5:48AM

    This looks like a great plan. I hope you are enjoying the challenge. I am slow to lose too. We can do it!

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SPARKLE72023 7/13/2010 6:37AM

    Wonderful Blog dear friend and the title is so enticing!

Good luck with mixing up the strategies. I'm sure you will find one that is just perfect for your body type and then the weight will slip off more effortlessly. I've always favored the bean family - - - they are minature diet miracles and can help take weight off faster than almost anything else I've tried. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out with the beans.

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SUESMITH73 7/8/2010 10:31PM

    I like the charm bracelet rewards! You are doing GREAT!
I just joined the Care Bear team. Very excited about the challenge!

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JLBRIGHT3 7/7/2010 4:38PM

    Great job! All your planning and activity seems to be paying off. Obviously you're doing something right. Keep it up!

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    Both the new charm and the goals sound great!!!!

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NWEITE 7/7/2010 10:39AM

    Hmmm, I like your idea of the charm bracelet.... You got me plotting something here.

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Arms and Stomach and Legs--Oh My!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's like Lions and Tigers and Bears-- Oh My! Or at least that's how I remember the order.

It is the direct fault of the challenge I have been doing for just about two months now. One week, the challenge was 300!! reps of strength training for maximum points, which at first glance, I thought was impossible. But I also wanted the maximum points for my team, so I set out to do it. I split them into three different zones, arms and stomach and legs, one each day, then repeat. And ever since, challenge or not, at home or in Amsterdam for the weekend, rain or shine, I have done 300 reps a day.

Today is a stomach day. That means crunches of different sorts. 300 of them. Yippee.

I'm still not to the excited to do it frame of mind, I'm in the force myself to do it frame of mind and don't ask questions.

It got easier, so I changed the types of strength training. Soon I may have to go to 333 reps a day. My jeans are looser, no doubt, I'm pretty sure it hasn't taken off weight, and may have stalled the losses too, but overall, looser jeans are hard to argue with.

One thing though, it is a habit, I don't even ask myself if I want to do them, I just do them.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 7/4/2010 11:05PM

  wtg! Maybe a challenge is what I need! I'll have to look into that. I'm sure you look great AND you're team appreciates your effort!

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ABRANDNEWME09 7/1/2010 10:55AM

    Looser jeans is awesome! keep up the great work! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/30/2010 7:38PM

    Amazing, I must say!! Good for you!! That's commitment to your team (and yourself)

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RAVENSONG37 6/30/2010 7:16PM

    Wow! You are AMAZING! I also love the peacock feathers!!

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JLBRIGHT3 6/30/2010 7:15PM

    Ouch, I'm sore just from reading. Just getting started integrating activity in my plan so I am in awe of what you're doing and it appears that you're doing a great job. Way to go!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 6/30/2010 12:40PM

    Sounds like all of your reps are paying off! emoticonLoose jeans are definately a great feeling! Keep working hard, you're doing so good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2010 11:26AM

    Good for you!! Just do it!

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FINALLY after long plateau, a bit of downward movement and a new charm for the bracelet of loss.

Friday, June 25, 2010

It has been a long haul with no action, but finally some loss. I don't know if it was a plateau or a lack of vigilance on my part. Increasing the strength training could have also played a part. I'm up to 18 pounds gone now and added a new charm to my bracelet for another kilo gone. This is slow going and patience is really hard.

Today's charm, in memory of a friend who died recently, are two small comedy and tragedy masks in silver, linked together. Dave was an important high school and college friend, and it is though community theatre and musicals that I met him. But he would have approved of this choice.

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MRZKAMICE 6/26/2010 2:00PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Sorry for your loss. That is a cool way of rewarding yourself. I love pocketbooks so I am using them as a reward. It is hard to break way from rewarding myself with food.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 6/25/2010 5:37PM

  Congrats on the weight loss and having the patience to stick with your program. It is good that you have found a meaningful reward.

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BUTTERFLY285 6/25/2010 2:18PM

    Great job on the weight loss!!!
I am sorry to hear about your friend.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/25/2010 12:38PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!! The new charm sounds wonderful!!

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CWYNN01 6/25/2010 12:17PM

    emoticon on losing almost 20 pounds!!! You are sooooo close to 20 pounds! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 6/25/2010 11:44AM

    What a great tribute - and congrats on the loss!!! I love the charm bracelet idea, how wonderful!

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