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Getting Close to Goal...Refining New Goal

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My scale says I'm 4 tenths of a pound away from my goal of 130 pounds. It's quite possible I'll reach that milestone this week.

At 5' 6.75" my BMI is currently 20.5. it was more than 25 when I was 29 pounds heavier in November.

My focus will turn to building more strength and muscle. My yearly checkup is next month and I'll ask some pointed questions regarding how my shoulder injury should modify any exercises I do for Chest, upper back, arms and shoulders. I tweaked it during the January Jumpstart Fitness challenge. (4th week of the same exercises that hadn't hurt me before!) It's getting better, but flares up easily.

Does anyone know whether adding muscle at this point will make me weigh less or more? I'm less concerned about the final number on the scale than I am with the final shape and maintaining it. The clothes I wear now, fit me when I was more muscular and 10 pounds heavier. I guess I'll have to play with this some before I know what my maintenance weight range should be.

Thanks for your help and support through this journey. It would have been much harder without you!

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MEADSBAY 3/17/2013 7:43PM

    You absolutely should add ST to your workout regime (with modifications if you have any orthopedic issues).
You will not gain lbs and, if the scale changes it's because muscle is denser than fat.
You will see more shape and definition with ST and your body will change for the better.
Do you belong to a gym?
If so, splurge on some personal training sessions to start you off right.

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KANOE10 3/17/2013 11:57AM

    Good for you being so close to your goal of 130. Great job.

I am not sure of the effects of ST. I have been doing it for a year and still fit my clothes. I have heard it can cause water retention and increased blood volume. However, I love having toned arms and legs and seeing muscle. I am stronger.


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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2013 10:53AM

    My experience is the same as yours . . . muscle may weigh more but packs more tightly and therefore inches may be fewer and clothes fit better. (A pound of steak versus a pound of whipped butter, say!!) I'm all for ST because what counts is health and strength, and I don't believe you're going to "bulk up": very very few women do, we just don't have guy quantities of testosterone.

Congrats to you for being so close to your goal again. And thanks so much for your kind comment on my "What I Like About Maintaining" blog.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/17/2013 9:53AM

    Stick with lower weights and repetitions to keep from bulking up. Also, and this is very important, continue with the cardio and make it a priority. Doing so with a strength training program will allow you to lift weights without really bulking up. Instead you will be creating a more defined body, still the same size, and still the same weight (but less body fat and more body mass).


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KENDRACARROLL 3/16/2013 4:26PM

    I've added muscle while maintaining my weight, which means a drop in body fat.
To me that's the ultimate goal.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 2:55PM

    Just have to say right off -- can't help you with your question!

Congratulations on being 130 pounds! Are you saying you lost 29 pounds in 4 1/2 months? That's AWESOME!

Congratulations -- I know you'll meet whatever goal you decide on.

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Feeling Slender...

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I'm starting to feel like I might possibly be slender... which is a change as I usually have a heavy self-portrait in my head. I'm surprised to look down and see thighs that don't take up so much space!

An older church member told my husband and me at church today that he'd noticed I'd been losing weight. A girlfriend said that I was just going to disappear soon. (Not a chance, but it's really nice when someone takes the time to say something!)

Last time it took 20 pounds before anyone said a word to me. This time it's closer to 30 pounds gone. I am so glad someone else can see it (and is willing to mention it to me!) I'm within 2 pounds of my goal, and I don't expect people will keep commenting as I maintain, so this was a sweet, non-food treat!

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KANOE10 3/16/2013 9:37AM

    Congrats on being two pounds away from goal and from people noticing you are losing!
I used to look down at my legs and think they looked thinner also.


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WATERMELLEN 3/8/2013 6:42PM

    Slender is such a lovely word: and well deserved in your case! Just look at you in that slim skirt!!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/4/2013 2:46PM

    These are sweet moments that need to be savored and remembered!
You are slender!


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MEADSBAY 3/4/2013 9:34AM

    I'm sure people noticed but we're always afraid to say something when we do.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/4/2013 8:00AM

    Congrats! Yes that is sweet indeed! Two pounds from goal!!!! Celebrate that!!!

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DEBRA0818 3/4/2013 6:04AM

    I had to laugh when I read about looking down and seeing more slender thighs -- that's how I know I'm really losing weight! There's something about a church pew that makes for ideal viewing!


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My Roller Coaster Week

Saturday, March 02, 2013

It's been a week of ups and downs:

Sunday I weighed in lower than any time in the last 3 years. I tried on my smallest remaining skirt. It fit and I wore it with glee! After Church, I had a lovely retirement celebration with friends from work. I have no REAL idea what the calorie count was, though I believe I chose the lightest meal on the menu and took part of it home. I estimated high, ate a VERY small dinner, walked an extra 2 miles, and found the scale hadn't moved up Monday. Emotional UP!

Tuesday and Wednesday, after exercising and eating reasonably (lower end of my calorie range) on Monday and Tuesday, the scale was up a pound. Argh! It looks like it's planning to dig in! DOWN!

Thursday, the scale had me up another .2 of a pound. ARGH! WRONG WAY!!! Now I didn't even want to exercise! It took me all day to force myself to do it. (Who do I think I'm punishing when I get like that?) I'm so emotional when I don't feel like there's a good REASON for what the scale is doing!!! FARTHER DOWN!

Friday, for no reason, because I was still eating well and exercising, the scale was down a whole pound. Vindication! UP!

Today, also for no reason, the scale was down another pound. Now, I'm glad it's down to my lowest point in 3 years, but I really would rather that the scale be an immediate reflection of what I've done right or wrong!! This is just confusing me...but I'll take it. UP!

I took my measurements today as it's my custom on the 1st Saturday of the month. I've lost 2.5 inches in just the bust, waist and hips. That's encouraging and explains why I now fit into my smallest skirt. From here on, there will need to be shopping. UP!

2 pounds left to get to goal. Then I can start shopping for the dress I'll wear to my daughter's June wedding. (How nice to have a big event still down the road as an extra incentive for maintenance!) UP!

I don't like roller coasters, either at amusement parks or in my emotions! I'm glad this week had a good ending for me, though. Thanks especially to my husband and sister who are so supportive. Thanks also to ITSMATT, from whom I nabbed the quote "the scale goes up and the scale goes down, but mostly it goes down." And thank you to you, my Sparkfriends, for your encouragement!


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ROCKMAN6797 3/3/2013 9:06AM

    Nice picture!

Remember the scale is not the only way to measure success. How do you feel or how do your clothes feel are other ways to measure. Also, weighing yourself everyday is going to result in different numbers. I am a strong proponent that one should only weigh oneself once a week especially if you are experiencing this roller coaster of emotions.

BTW: congratulations on the 0.8 pound weight loss for the week!


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MEADSBAY 3/2/2013 6:52PM

    I don't like roller coasters either-
WELCOME to my world!
What I see on my scale has almost nothing to do with what I eat or how much I've been moving
so I have learned to
sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide it under my bed-
and live the healthiest life I can!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/2/2013 1:57PM

    I love your picture, too!

Your blog is the perfect example why *I* should not weigh myself daily. I let it "dictate" my mood, which is totally ridiculous. Like you, I expect an immediate reflection of my hard work on the scale, and as we ALL know, it just doesn't work that way!

Great job!!

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KANOE10 3/2/2013 11:53AM

    I also think it is the hardest thing when the scale goes up for no good reason. It is hard not to be frustrated. Good for you riding out the roller coaster and staying on track. You will soon be able to get that dress for the wedding.

I love your picture!


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Musings on progress, exercise and food.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm pleased with the progress I've been making since November...

Lately I've preferred to walk outdoors to some purpose rather than use my elliptical for my cardio. (Even though the elliptical burns calories faster.) I've walked to the library, to the recycling center to recycle an armload of rigid plastics, and to the bank. I want to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of outsisde. I want to feel like I'm "accomplishing" something. (I know, exercise DOES accomplish something, but try telling that to my type A brain!) I'm very happy with the way my body is feeling and responding these days. emoticon

I haven't really struggled with my food plan. I'm within 5 pounds of my goal and recently changed the rate at which I want to lose from 1 pound a week to 1/2 a pound. I think it will be an easier transition to maintenance from there.

My husband and I had a meeting to attend last night at which pizza was provided. I LIKE hawaiian pizza. I had eaten just enough during the day to leave me with extra calories for the evening. I had a glass of water and 1 slice of pizza. It was enough. I felt good. I didn't go over my calorie range and wasn't really tempted to get another piece. TRIUMPH! emoticon

I am enjoying the food I do eat much more since I know I can't eat unlimited amounts as I did previously. I savor the taste, texture, and presentation. Tomorrow I won't care if I didn't have an extra piece of something today.

I still have to learn to eat slower. Sometimes I leave the table, still wanting to eat, and go sit in my chair for 10 more minutes before I feel full. It happens all at once, and then I'm very happy I didn't keep eating.

Thanks for listening, encouraging and role-modeling for me!

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SAWYERPATTI 2/26/2013 9:37PM

    You are a wonderful role model! Great job- you look fabulous. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2013 3:43PM

    What a lovely upbeat blog! It's wonderful to feel contented with yourself, your body, your food: and that smallest skirt!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/24/2013 9:56AM

    Good blog. Walking somewhere with a purpose is the ideal. Plus, the scenery changes.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/23/2013 2:51PM

    I suffer from that same issue, eating slower. When I do make an effort to do so I find that I leave items on my plate. Now it is just a matter of getting into the habit of doing so for each and every meal.

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KANOE10 2/22/2013 9:12AM

    Your are doing a great job of figuring out what works for you. One piece of pizza was a victory. Eating moderately and leaving the table is also showing strength. Yes it does take the body awhile to tell us that we are full.


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DEBRA0818 2/22/2013 6:11AM

    Sounds like a good plan has come to fruition within you -- I share your goal of learning to eat more slowly. I always grumble to myself afterwards, where's the fire? Eating slowly allows me to really enjoy my food and to eat much, much less and be full. Such a worthwhile goal!


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SLENDERELLA61 2/21/2013 7:15PM

    Hooray!! I love that success with the pizza. Great job! Figuring out that you need to wait 10 more minutes is good, too. Wise not to clean up the kitchen until you feel the satisfaction from your meal. Good, too, that you enjoy walking outside and to accomplish chores -- and think how good that is for the environment, too. I lost my last 30 pounds at half a pound a week. I agree. Slow losing is a great transition to maintenance. You are doing fantastic!!!

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LINDAGREG 2/21/2013 6:11PM

    Your doing good keep up the good work. emoticon

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    Introspection and self assessment work wonders.

Make today a great day!

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Like Mother, Like Daughter...

Saturday, February 09, 2013

My Mom was a depression era baby who had a hard time throwing anything away if it might be useful later. When she died, my sister and I (at Dad's request) went through all her clothes and decided what was to be done with them.

We laughed (and cried) about things like kleenex in ALL the pockets and why on earth she would have kept some of the things we encountered. She had 5 closets with clothes from the decades of 81 years of her life. (Not All the clothes she'd ever had, but some from infancy through her final year.)

I thought that I wasn't like that. Lol. Perhaps I AM - more than I'd like to be.... I've spent the last 2 days going through ALL my clothes (5 sizes worth!) because I have dropped another size. When I lost the weight 3 years ago, I stored the bigger clothes away. It was my intention then (and now as well) to get rid of those clothes if I could maintain my goal range weight for 2 years.

Somehow the clothes got mixed up, so I had to try them all on to decide where they belonged. Now only the smallest sizes are left in my closet. Everything else is stored away clearly labeled. Whew, what a job! But I'm so glad I didn't have to spend $$ to buy bigger stuff when I gained!!!

I REALLY don't want to go through the weight loss phase again. If I can keep my goal weight for 2 years, I think I can keep it forever, and those clothes will leave the house and give me more space. I'm looking forward to it!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2013 6:05PM

    You are a rockstar! I love the idea of sitting in a chair until the fullness hits. That's an "aha" moment for me, thanks!

PS - what is your fitbit name?

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MEADSBAY 2/12/2013 8:51PM

    Never mind IF-
it's WHEN
you maintain your weight for 2 years!

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SAWYERPATTI 2/11/2013 12:08PM

    My mom has hoarding tendencies. I am a neat freak as a result but I will own once in awhile I had kept that "thing" I got rid of.

I have issues with the scale- love hate relationship kind of a deal. So I keep clothes that are "too small" and try them on to gauge my weight.

This morning I tried on 2 dresses that were snug- they fit beautifully and I feel great. I consign my clothes as they get too big and use the money to buy new ones.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/10/2013 10:35AM

    I feel the same way. I know that I have to get rid of these bigger sized clothes but they represent a memory that I use to remind me of where I was over three years ago. Since I don't own too many pieces of clothing I feel I can do this but I need to develop an exit strategy. Good luck on yours.

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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2013 8:28PM

    It actually took me 5 years to believe I'd keep the weight off and get rid of the big clothes . . . and then I put about 20 pounds back on (in 2009) which meant my "biggest slim" clothes were pretty uncomfortable. Took it off again and more, kept it off. You will too.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/9/2013 7:59PM

    I try to get rid of my old, bigger clothes right away. When I feel my current clothes getting tight it's "do or die time!"

My parents are like your mom -- when I cleaned out the Florida home to get it sold, I found LOTS of old containers that they repurpose: Altoid tins filled with nuts, bolts, etc., baby wipe containers (the square ones) inside bathroom drawers to hold hair rollers, bobby pins, bottles of nail polish, etc!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/9/2013 7:21PM

    I had a rule. Every time I bought a smaller piece of clothing, I got rid of a big one. It took a couple years to get rid of my big clothes, but eventually I did. I've now been at goal almost 4 years and I have the clothes I need. I still have a few clothes I need to get rid of. Thanks for reminding me!! Getting rid of those clothes is a real commitment to stay at my goal weight. -Marsha

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POINDEXTRA 2/9/2013 6:27PM

    LOL! This reminds me of when my mother died - we found a plastic flower pot (one of those large thin ones from a nursery - filled to the brim with the elastic waistbands from Dad's old underwear - just the waistbands, mind you. I guess that when his briefs wore out she would carefully snip off the elastic and save it to be used "someday."

Not long after that, I was housesitting for someone and was doing a lot of yard work/brush removal, and those waistbands came in really handy. Cut apart and knotted together, they made the perfect "rope" to bundle cut branches and twigs together. So, I guess I'm like Mom too - I found a use for them instead of throwing them away!

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