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Scale and Tape reflections

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I've been maintaining for almost 2 months now. I've generally stayed 1-2 pounds below my goal weight of 132. I was pretty discouraged today to find my weight back up to 131.5 - 1.5 pounds over last week's weigh in. I've been struggling a bit with eating - all but one day staying within my calorie range - but exercising consistently. In fact, I'm strength and flexibility training more than I was while keeping up the cardio. I'm quite pleased at the progress I'm making there.

Fortunately, this is my day of the month to measure myself. I had lost 1/4 inch in waist and hip. The rest stayed the same except for my upper arm, which gained 1/4 inch (?! How can I gain in my upper arm only? I'm sure I heard that muscle takes up less space than fat. What's the story here?)

All this to say that the scale alone would make me depressed. Adding the tape measure results gave me back my determination to persevere. Sparkpeople is a great source of necessary information and affirming people. Thanks for being part of my journey!!!

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WATERMELLEN 6/21/2010 7:07PM

    You are doing very very well: your weigh-in is withing usual fluctuation and the tape measure tells the tale.

Thanks for your kind comments on my graduation blog!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/21/2010 1:39AM

    Yes, indeed that tape measure can help us 'see" the results of our work. CONGRATS on maintaining!!! I'm at a definite plateau .... Hopefully something will move soon!

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HAWKEYERANT 6/20/2010 9:07AM

    That IS funny/weird about the upper arm measurements. I don't know WHAT that story is!

Maintaining is difficult - but you are doing GREAT. It's tough (and it scares me often) but to know that you are on your journey maintaining, and doing great - really and truly, is very motivating and inspiring to me!

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SDDLETSDOIT 6/19/2010 1:35PM

    I need to find a tape measure because I am exercising faithfully and eating right but the scale is NOT moving!!

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Goal Reached...Husband says STOP!...Begin Maintenance

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This morning, my "official" weigh-in day, I was 131.5 pounds - that's down 26.5 pounds from last November. (I'm 5' 6.75" tall) That's .5 pounds lower than my last goal. A few weeks ago my dear husband began worrying that I was not eating enough or losing too much. I told him then that I was NEVER going to be anorexic or bulimic and that he could tell me to stop losing and I would comply. He graciously allowed me to continue to the last goal without nagging, but since I have now reached it, he wants me to stop.

It's really fine with me. I'm not attached to a number on the scale. What I want is a great figure. I'm thrilled to be fitting into size 6 pants - and some of them are too loose now! I need to continue to build muscle so my tummy will flatten more, but I don't feel like I need to keep losing weight.

HOWEVER... I'm not sure finding the calorie level for maintenance will be easy.
I'm going to go look at maintenance teams today. emoticon I'm going to need all the help I can get! Thanks to everyone who has helped, encouraged and motivated me when I needed it! You've made the journey much more pleasant, and together we've accomplished the first part of what I set out to do - lose the weight. Now for the hard part - keeping it off FOREVER!

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ALLFORONE2009 6/1/2010 11:36AM

    I know that the DH wants you to stop - but you use your medical guidelines and your good judgement. People get "use" to seeing us a certain weight and as we begin to look different it changes their point of reference and they become uncomfortable. Be sure you do what is right by you and not be intimidated by others :) even the ones we love the most :)

did I mention how incredibly proud of you I am!!! You are such a shining star - just like your amazingly beautiful daughter who I love so much! You GO GIRL! :) Maintenance will be a snap! Because we are all right here - just like before cheering you ON! :)

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HAWKEYERANT 4/26/2010 10:32AM

    Congratulations on hitting your goal weight - what a huge accomplishment! So proud of you and your journey....!!!! Best of luck to you on the hard part - maintenance!!

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CAPETERSON 4/24/2010 10:15PM

    Congratulations! You have done wonderfully. And, with your attitude and focus, maintenance should go well for you.
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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2010 9:36PM

    You have done absolutely great! Good for you!!

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LIMASTAR 4/24/2010 7:44PM

  Congrats on reaching your goal weight. I've been there at least twice recently, but then would gain a few lbs back. I'm about 1.5 lbs from goal and have decided to go pass a few lbs more to give myself a cushion this time.

I'm not looking forward to maintenance either because I know it will take time to work out how many calories I will be able to consume without gaining weight. But we can get it done.

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BAMBAM87 4/24/2010 6:42PM

    wow you look fantastic congratulations!

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JOHNTJ1 4/24/2010 6:06PM

    Congrats to you.

You are officially a good example to us all!!! emoticon

I can only hope and dream of the day I reach my goal, it's at least 40 more pounds!!! But you're blog helped me get focused again and I appreciate that



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TYLARDERDIN 4/24/2010 5:54PM

    I too am a little aprehensive about heading to maintinence. I know for me pretty much everything is a slippery slope when it comes to food. I guess it is the same as how you loose. Go with BMR and work from there. I wish you luck!

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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Goal # 2 Achieved - More questions arise!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I began this trip to health in November 2009 weighing 158 pounds, and I wanted to weigh 142 pounds by mid-March. After much exercise and portion control, I had lost that much by mid-February, and thought I needed to lose more, so I made a further goal to get to 135 , which I passed by 1/2 pound this week.

I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with my shape. I have questions for wiser, more experienced people than I:

1. I'm over 50. Is it even reasonable to want a FLAT stomach? I'm very self conscious of the bulge of belly below my waistline. Perhaps I need to weigh what I do now, but work on making bigger muscles? (they really have grown a lot since I began.)

2. At what point does someone get excess skin? I know it happens to very overweight individuals when they lose a bunch of weight, but I don't know if 24 pounds would cause such a thing. Above my waist is either loose skin or still some fat showing if I stand normally. (It disappears if I raise my arms and you just see ribs.) My husband says it looks like a 6 pack - I say it looks like a 4 pack of gel rolls - lol. Will it eventually go away?

3. How do you decide what your final goal weight should be? My daughters are both very slim (size 0 pants!!!!) I can't really see myself that tiny, but I think I want to try to get my tummy under more control. I may take some time to think about this before setting another goal. Any advice?

4. If I decide to lose any more, May I still belong to the "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" team? They are such a great, supportive bunch, and I owe much of my motivation to them! (I had no idea when I started that I'd ever want to be lower than 24 pounds!)

Thanks for your encouragement and support. I'm in better shape with more hope of maintaining the loss than I've had in many years.

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/28/2010 8:07PM

    Can't answer any of your questions... just opinions:

#2. I have no idea what the "right" weights are. I don't think that many of the charts really help us all that much. Our builds are so different that is makes "ideal" a fairly relative term. If your doctor has no other advice, I say go with the shape, feel and weight that seems healthy to you.

And... CONGRATULATIONS for sticking with it... YOU DONE GOOD GIRL.. as my DH would say :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/27/2010 7:43PM

    You must be pretty darn svelte -- at your height and new goal weight!! Congratulations!! Permit yourself to enjoy your success for a day or so!! But the only person who will know when you've lost as much weight as you want to lose is -- you! And of course the great thing is that you don't have to decide today or tomorrow -- the decision always remains to be revisited.

I'm almost 59, 5'9" and my maintenance range is 150-1555, size eight (a few sixes, a few tens: but mostly eight). I do share your desire for a flat stomach; I'd call mine "flattish" on good days!! And loose skin? well, I took off more like 80 pounds so maybe -- but it's livable. Finally, although I've been at my "goal weight" for quite a while, nobody's drummed me off the roll call at the "50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose" team"!! I think they'll let us stay!

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4 Month Sparkversary

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wow. It's hard to believe it's been four months already. I began last November (before Thanksgiving) disgusted with the way I felt and looked. I hated the idea of exercise - it felt like punishment, and diets were deprivation-endurance events.

After finding Sparkpeople, I decided to make a lifestyle change because I didn't want to continue to be a yo-yo between "barely acceptable" and "totally unacceptable" weights.

I had lost 10 pounds by the beginning of January, and 20 by early March. The plan was to lose one pound a week, but often a bit more comes off. I'm now one pound away from my 2nd goal. I think I'll have to have a 3rd goal, but I'll make that decision when I actually get there.

It seemed so hard at the beginning to exercise. Now I MISS it on rest days to the extent that I'll do something just to be moving. Though I often want to eat, I am rarely hungry, and I could certainly eat this way (with even a few more calories when I reach my final goal) for the rest of my life.

What a great journey so far! Thanks for your encouragement and fellowship!

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ALLFORONE2009 3/21/2010 2:06PM

    I am SO proud of you! Your daughter is so proud of you! and LOOK at all your progress! I so love watching your success! :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/20/2010 9:29PM

    Yes we CAN do this for the rest of our lives: it's a doable and pleasurable way to live!!

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CINDYC53 3/16/2010 12:50PM

    Your story is very inspirational! I loved the photo of you on your Spark Page, too :) I am also a Bookaphile (I actually wrote 13 historical romance novels in another stage of my lfie), so I was drawn to your page! Love your quilt, too. Isn't this a great way of life?

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/15/2010 10:50PM

    This is such a special place to be. The sense of support is worth the daily visits. Congratulations on sticking with it for these four months and being sooooo close to your original goal. Remarkable!


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CAPETERSON 3/14/2010 5:54PM

    What an inspirational story! You have done so well. Congratulations on making such progress on your goals and on your Sparkversary!!
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Progress Report

Sunday, March 07, 2010

My weight is down 21 pounds from mid-November2009 by the scale this morning! Two more to go to reach my 2nd goal. I'm still seeing some flab on the belly and inner thighs that needs to go (and maybe the hips), but I don't know whether that will require less weight or more muscle.

My Shoulder is so much better. The physical therapist got me back to where I was before the gardening-induced tendonitis, and I'm totally off painkillers. I think I'm actually better than when I first went to her. I've only had 3 visits, so I'm very hopeful that I'll regain full use of it. emoticon

Last week I decided my clothes were too large, so I tried on everything in my closet. (I know! Poor shoulder! I can't seem to get through a week without overusing it.) I had kept clothes from when I was a bit heavier than now but more muscular, so in spite of our underemployment, I have appropriately sized clothes. I was amazed at what I fit into. One thing that was a goal from the beginning in November was the dress I wore 8 years ago to my oldest daughter's wedding. It fits! I think my stomach was flatter then, but the dress isn't tight across the stomach. emoticon My husband was very impressed.

I've finally internalized the understanding that being stuck at one weight does not mean that nothing is happening. I'm more likely to be upset now when I eat something and find out later that it had many more calories than I expected. That happened today at the church luncheon. It was a simple meal of soup, bread, broccoli salad and apple pie. I had minestrone soup(1.5 cups), salad(1 cup) and bread (1 thin slice), 1/3 tsp of butter and a tiny sliver of pie. (This is my main meal for today.) When I put an estimated approximation into the nutrition tracker, it said over 1000 calories! WHAT?! emoticon Not in the plan at all. No wonder I eat at home so much. It's easier to know just what I'm getting ahead of time. So, If I blow up like a balloon tomorrow, I'll know what happened. I'm off to work some of that off so I can eat dinner!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/7/2010 8:55PM

    Huh. I hadn't thought about how many months had passed. I wanted to go slowly so I could keep up with the lifestyle after I'd lost the weight. The loss seems to be gaining momentum as I look back. (21 pounds sounds much more satisfying than the 2-3 when I began, but it sure HAD to start there!) I don't think I've weighed 125 since Jr. High. I must be taller than you are. I remember being 132-135 for years when my kids were small and I had to chase after them. I hit 128 when I had awful morning sickness with my 2nd child, and the Dr. sternly said "STOP losing weight!"
I haven't worn a swimsuit for years. I'm not particularly comfortable with my stomach displayed in spandex. emoticon It will be interesting to see if that changes too.
I give lots of the credit to my being able to see results to you, Jazzy, and your challenges. Thanks for your contribution to my success!

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NJJAZZ 3/7/2010 7:36PM

    I think it is absolutely amazing that you have lost 21 pound in 4 months.
Im with you on being patient when the scale doesnt move. Some good things are still happening. Im down one pound and one inch. Woo hoo............
You are really my hero with your progress............ keeps me going to know it can be done.
I dont know what Im going to do to celebrate when I get to goal. 125 pounds seems like forever away. I'd be very happy to arrive there right about the time bathing suit weather arrives. LOL LOL

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