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What's Your Happy Weight?

Friday, February 18, 2011

While browsing the Self Magazine website reading various articles on nutrition and exercise, I came across a link that said "What's Your Happy Weight?".

126!!! One thing is for sure, I'd sure as hell be happy if I was 126! While I still have a while to go before I get to my Self claimed "Happy Weight" of 126, I have to pause and remember where I've come from. In January 2008, I certainly wasn't at my "Happy Weight" of 199.5 pounds. I was FAR from it. After some fluctuations in weight since 2008 but now being 156, I have to reflect for a moment to think about how much weight I've lost since day one: 43.5 pounds. (I am currently 156). While this is not my goal weight, nor my healthy BMI of 144 pounds, it's still a Happy Weight for me because it isn't nearly 200 pounds.

If 126 is the number Self Magazine thinks is comfortable and happy for my height and body structure, then I can't wait for the day until I step on the scale and see it! (I'm not aiming for 126, I just thought it was an interesting calculation that was produced by the calculator on their website).

I hope that no matter what weight you're aimining for, we need to stop and reflect on where we've come from. 43.5 pounds lost? I'm pretty happy about that.

140ville here I come!!! (I have never been under 150 at an adult age!!!)

Have a great weekend!

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    Love this post! You seem so happy! Well congrats on losing that much weight! It said my happy weight was 130. Can't weight* (ha..ha) to get there!!!

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HJMALCOLM 2/18/2011 8:18PM

    It said my Happy Weight is about 140, which is what I was aiming for anyways! So we will see if that is the right weight for me when I get closer to it. I was 199 or so at my highest weight too, and I never ever want to get back to that! I'm about halfway to my goal and I'm so excited to get to 140....I haven't weighed that since....idk...junior high or beginning of highschool maybe, and I was a little overweight then, too.

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LADYBIRD82 2/18/2011 2:44PM

    I took the test and it said 158 pounds was my "Happy Weight". My goal is to hit 168 so I have a health BMI, I have been 158 pounds before, maybe I can do it again. I should set this as a long term goal! emoticon Thanks for the article.

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AMOHAME2 2/18/2011 2:23PM

    I took that test a while ago and it said my "happy weight" was 115. I'll tell you, I've set 115 as my MINIMUM weight! As in, the weight at which I start to worry I've taken things a little too far! I'd say you're the best judge of what your happy weight is, and you may not know what it is until you get there. As long as you're comfortable with maintaining it, that's what matters!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

This little acronym is from the "Abs Diet Food Guide."

This is basically what my diet consists of also!

A: Almonds/Nuts
B: Beans/Legumes
S: Spinach and Green Vegetables
D: Dairy
I: Instant Regular Oatmeal
E: Eggs
T: Turkey and Lean Meat
P: Peanute Butter
O: Olive Oil
W: Whole Grains
E: Extra Protein (whey)
R: Raspberries/Berries

I just wanted to share this with everyone interested!

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MIMISCHENK 2/18/2011 12:41PM

    I like it. The acronym makes it easy to remember.

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SWIFT RECOVERY from a night out at a fine Italian restaurant

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Last night I made myself proud.

Throughout the day yesterday I counted my calories ensuring I left a plentiful amount for my evening dinner of delicious Italian cuisine.

After work I did 35 minutes of High Intensity Circuit Training at Greco burning just over 400 cals. Making sure I felt the burn and created a deficit once again to enjoy the night.

Once arriving at the restaurant, which was absolutely beautiful by the way, I ordered a 5 oz glass of house red and a bottle of San Pellegrino.

First things first I skipped on the bread. Go me! (I LOVE carbs...)

While perusing the menu debating whether or not I'd opt for yet ANOTHER salad while out with friends, I decided I'd just go for it and eat what I really wanted - PASTA!

After deciding that pasta was the choice of the night I had to choose the one I wanted.

After thorough consideration I decided on the Pescatore.

The Pescatore was a linguine with marinara sauce and seafood (mussels, shrimp and scallops) but I substituted the linguine for whole wheat spaghetti.

I ate my meal and drank an entire bottle of San Pellegrino to myself! Needless to say...I was frequenting the bathroom by the end of the evening.

Full as heck and happy with my decisions I made I saw at the table digesting while everyone else I was with looked at the desert menu.

Before I knew it, a slice of incredible looking cake was headed in my direction with a candle on top lit up and my friends are singing me Happy Birthday. OH NO! Cake was not part of the game plan! I couldn't pass up cake that my friends bought for me so I gave everyone a spoon and had a couple bites to myself and then shared the scrumptious delight with all my friends.

I left the restaurant satisfied with my decision, FULL of water, and with a smile on my face.

When I got home I did two minutes of wall sits and two minutes of walking lunges to get some major muscles to start some burning . This morning I dragged my butt out of bed at 6 am and and I was up just .4 of a pound from the evening before, prior to going to dinner (post workout).

I went downstairs for my workout doing an extra 15 minutes of cardio totalling 45 minutes and over 400 calories burned.

I stepped on the scale and Voilą! Down a whole pound.

This is just a great example to myself that eating out and enjoying yourself while still maintaining steady weightloss.

Goodbye restaurant anxiety....HELLO making responsible and satisfying choices!


I make sure I take my vitamins daily...because they're delicious!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For a number of months now, on top of my daily food intake I consume:

Gummy: Calcium, Vitamin B12, Multivitamin, and Omega 3.

Not only do I feel better taking them on daily basis, they taste great!

It's up to YOU to modify your healthy lifestyle so it suits you longterm.


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MEGAN_BARR 7/25/2011 10:56AM

  You shouldn't be taking B12 though unless your doctor has indicated you should because you can actually cause more harm to your body taking them if you don't need them. I was taking them and when I told my doctor I was taking them she told me to stop right away... just a heads up :)

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AKIMBERLYQ1 2/16/2011 8:44PM

    hmm might have to try some of those

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My POWER breakfast!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1 packet of Original Quaker Oatmeal - 100 cals
10 raw almonds - 70 cals
1 tsp of crushed walnuts - 22 cals
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries - 28 cals
1/3 cup of soy milk (I use the So Nice Soy milk brand) - 26 cals
1 tsp of flaxseed - 15 cals
1 tbsp of sultana raisins - 29 cals

290 cals of satisfying, healthy, DELICIOUSNESS!

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HJMALCOLM 2/18/2011 8:19PM

    Wow that looks good!

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MSPRIS3 2/16/2011 12:26PM

    Yum Yum

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JUDIL62 2/15/2011 7:46PM

    looks yummy!

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AMOHAME2 2/15/2011 5:31PM

    Ooooh that looks delicious!!!

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BESLIMANDWIN 2/15/2011 4:45PM

    It's sooo good!!

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BETH0277 2/15/2011 4:44PM

    Yum! That looks really good!!

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