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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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My Injury Adventure

Saturday, February 20, 2010

4 years ago I damaged my right shoulder. An MRI showed no structural damage, and I was encouraged to gradually strengthen it, but given no instructions as to how to accomplish that. I eventually quilt exercising altogether and gained quite a bit of weight.

Last November, my shoulder having felt fine for a long time, I decided to do something about the state of my health and weight. I found Sparkpeople and gladly dove right in. It was during the January bootcamp that the exercises that worked the shoulder, chest and some core muscles began to "tweak" my right shoulder. When it became more sore, I posted a question on the fitness board asking a question of the "experts." I was encouraged to ask for a referral to physical therapy.

Last week I saw my Doctor, who said we first needed another MRI after all this time. Monday's MRI came back "no structural damage," so I was referred to a physical therapist. I saw her on Thursday and really liked her and the exercises she wanted me to do. I felt GREAT when I left her office, and the day was beautiful here in Oregon, so I weeded my garden for 2.5 hours that afternoon. (hindsight says that was stupid.) I was a bit stiff that evening, but it got worse overnight.

Friday I went to work feeling uncomfortable. I got home and felt progressively worse. To the pain in the back of my shoulder (rotator cuff), had been added pain on top and in front of the shoulder and shooting down to the inside of my elbow. It kept me awake most of the night lying only on my back with a pillow under the forearm. (I do NOT sleep that way!)

Today I talked to another Dr in my Dr's office who told me I now have tendonitis in the shoulder. She says I may not exercise at all until next Thursday at the earliest, when I will see my physical therapist. I'm using ice, advil, and a topical cream called Traumeel. The Dr. said she did exactly the same thing and that gardening is one of the worst things you can do to a rotator cuff injury. emoticon She did encourage me by saying that she did rehabilitate her shoulder without surgery, but then she told me it took months. Sigh.

I'll get through this. I'm still serious about getting healthy. I wish I felt better and my garden looked rougher, though!

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/20/2010 7:21PM

    OH... that is discouraging. For a fellow gardener, not being able to be outside with the flowers and the weeds can be hard. I'm glad you went to the doctor and they are now supporting you.

It has been lovely in Portland the last couple of days, hasn't it!! I hope you got to go outside for a nice walk.



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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2010 5:38PM

    Gardening-- such a beloved activity, mediative and metaphorical (especially weeding and pruning!) that we forget how much time we've been doing it until we've overdone it.

Something that helped me in the recovery phase was positioning myself in a hot tub with the jet right behind the shoulder and very gently working on range of motion exercises with the assistance of the buoyancy/warmth. But that was later -- after things had begun to loosen up and forgive me a bit.

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THE1DERGIRL 2/20/2010 4:31PM

    Stay positive, you can always do things to work your legs so that you can stay active until your shoulder heals!!! :)

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Goal Achieved - and Reconsidered

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Last week the scales didn't budge in spite of the fact that I ate and exercised consistently. This week the scale has been all over the place, but I was still consistent and much less emotionally bothered by the variation. Today I am down 2 pounds. That's one pound below my initial goal emoticon

The last time I weighed this amount, I was wearing smaller clothes. I'd been working out with a personal trainer who had me lifting heavier weights and SEVERELY restricting my diet. I'm sure I had much more muscle.

As I look at myself now, I like the change, but don't think I'm finished with the work. So I've decided to shoot for 6 more pounds down from here (23 total). Many of you were such an encouragement to me when the scale didn't move appropriately the first time. You really helped me climb out of the self pity pit. Thanks gang! emoticon

I just realized - tomorrow will be my . emoticon I'm so glad I found Sparkpeople!

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WATERMELLEN 2/14/2010 7:36PM

    Congrats to you on the weight loss! You have done great!! Maybe you want to think about alittle strength training again?? If your previous trainer was a little too enthusiastic, it doesn't have to be that way . . . but does help slide into those smaller sizes since muscle packs more tightly than the other stuff. Love the feeling of muscles!

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