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Old jeans fit!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I've lost a little over 20 pounds so far, and have had some major shape changes over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of size 18 jeans and they fit (snuggly--but they fit!)! When I started the SparkDiet in January, I was wearing a tight size 22, and now those pants are almost falling off!

Also, today one of my coworkers commented on how good my abs look--I can see visible changes too!

I haven't had major changes on the scale over the past month, but my body composition is changing drastically. Goes to show that the scale doesn't tell all.

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BBNWTEX 4/16/2011 10:12PM

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GAILRUU 4/12/2011 9:16AM

    It is such a good feeling when that smaller size fits!

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MRSSCHENCK 4/9/2011 6:11AM

    emoticon on your weight loss.

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XSBLUESGIRL 4/8/2011 5:20PM

    Fantastic! It's nice to see all the hard work paying off!

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SPARKLED146 4/8/2011 1:48PM

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LEONALIONESS 4/8/2011 7:21AM

    Awesome job! :D

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GABENSEBSMOM 4/7/2011 10:07PM

    Awesome! Way to go! That is some serious success! emoticon emoticon

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TREEBELLA 4/7/2011 9:50PM

    Wow 20 pounds! Thats great!

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CHELLEBO1 4/7/2011 7:26PM

    What a great feeling going down a size.

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GEMINIAN1 4/7/2011 7:04PM

    Good news; really good news.
Thanks for sharing.
You're right; the scale doesn't tell all, especially when you're growing muscles ... :-) ... :-)
Peace & Love
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Why I don't let the scale mess with me

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I have had a fairly consistent pattern of losing: -4 lbs one week, +1 lbs the next week, -3 lbs the next week, + 0.5 lb the next week...up and down and up and down. I have learned to expect that if I have a big loss one week, I will probably have a "gain" the following week. Last week I had a 4 lbs loss, this week I had a 1 lb "gain".

But, over the course of a month, I lose an average of 7-8 lbs and several inches off of my body. I put "gain" in quotation marks because I know I haven't gained any body fat when I am following my program correctly. So I have learned to think of my weekly weigh-ins as mini-measurements, with the total loss over the entire month as the real measurement (just like measuring inches). When I did WeightWatchers, I had a similar pattern of losing, and I dreaded weighing in because the receptionist would have this tight-lipped frown when handing my weigh-in sheet back to me. WeightWatchers is a great program, but I appreciate the neutrality of entering my weight on SparkPeople. I like that we don't get positive or negative feedback when we enter our weekly weight.

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MAYBER 3/26/2011 6:07PM

    So true so true the number on the scale is just that a number how you feel and look
Seems you have a good understanding of how your body handles the weight loss so keep up the great work
One day at a time
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CATT716 3/22/2011 1:45PM

    thanks for that reminder...and I definitely need to stay off of it in between weekly weigh ins!

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GEMINIAN1 3/21/2011 3:15PM

    Thank you for sharing this.
It helps to know where not all alone in this journey and that we're all going through the same ... ups & downs ... :-)
Have a fantastic day.
Peace Friend :-)
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KIBAISREADY 3/19/2011 11:58PM

    Good for you! I recently came to the same conclusion... congrats on your success... Wishing you continue success... emoticon

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MNNICE 3/19/2011 10:25PM

    I'm a daily weigher and have also learned that sometimes when you think you're doing so well, you will gain -- and likewise when you feel you've really blown it, you will lose. I use the scale as a guide to keep me on track, but it doesn't frustrate or stress me like it used to!

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MIRAGE727 3/19/2011 6:44PM

    I agree with all the replies here. We get educated on this site to be aware that we'll have ups and downs. The important thing is that we don't give up and we do what we know we must do daily! We keep on keeping on. It will come and we will reach our goals.
Thanks for sharing!
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BEAUTICIAN28 3/19/2011 5:10PM

    I also have that at times where I lose then gain or have no loss or gain. Keep that positive attitude when it comes to the scale and you will reach you goals. Stay strong! emoticon

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PELESJEWEL 3/19/2011 4:11PM

    emoticon You've cracked the code!! Of not letting the scale rule your world. Congratulations on you weight loss over the past couple of months, you are doing fantastic!!

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MRSSCHENCK 3/19/2011 3:32PM

    I agree about WW. I've been going up and down as well. I know that different things can affect my weight each week but when they make a big hoopla about someone's weight loss while I'm standing on line and then hand back my weight record back and they don't say anything, it's humiliating.

I'm thinking of finishing out this month and then just staying with SP.

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My experience going back to my boxing gym

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I have been on hiatus from my boxing gym for about a year. When I injured my knee a little over a year ago, I started to put on weight because I couldn't work out like before. I cancelled my membership because I needed to rehabilitate my knee. Then, when I was physically capable of resuming boxing workouts, I had gained about 40 pounds and I was too embarrassed to go back to the gym, even though I missed boxing terribly. I decided enough is enough, and that nothing would get me back into top shape faster than going back to my boxing gym. I returned last week.

So here's what happened when I walked back in the gym last Monday:
Everyone turned and stared at me, their eyes wide. People were pointing and chuckling, whispering to each other, "Wow, she's gotten so FAT!" My coach came up to me, a look of disgust on his face, and he asked why I bothered coming back since I'm so fat. And then he threw his head back with an evil laugh: "BWAH HAHAHAHA!"

Yes, that is exactly how it went in my head.

And then, in real life, I walked into the gym and my boxing coach walked over to me with a big smile on his face. "Hey, how've you been? How's your knee?" We chatted and caught up, and I asked him if he was going to go easy on me since I was just getting back. He laughed heartily. I made it through class and it felt great to punch things again! I plan on going 3 times a week, for a 30-60 minute boxing class followed by a kettlebell and strength training circuit. Last week 1 torched 1,500 calories each workout! My knee is still too bad to return to kicking, but I can really get good at punching at this rate.

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LULUONTHEMOVE 3/14/2011 12:13AM

  Way to Go Erin. I am so happy you are back at kick boxing. It was a tough class and I would enjoy doing it again. Maybe we can make a time to go together. Keep up the fabulous job emoticon

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GABENSEBSMOM 3/9/2011 1:16PM

    Way to go on getting back to it! Boxing is so much fun! Hope your knee is 100% better soon! emoticon emoticon

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DEELYNNE1 3/9/2011 11:00AM

    Isn't it amazing how often our imaginations mess us up worse than anything that really happens to us? Good for you for going back to the gym despite your imaginings and good for them for welcoming you back so warmly! Take care and be good to your knee.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/8/2011 10:29PM

    woohooo need motivation?

lol do you know about my virtual relay around the world? and just added mission to SPACE!
add your mileage any mileage in 2011 to our 28,000 around the world trip!

and fitness minute 2011 to get to pluto 12,300,000 mins away!

links and info in my blog!

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GEMINIAN1 3/8/2011 7:44PM

    Good news, good news!
Glad to hear you're back at the gym.
(I hope your knee heals up soon.)
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The scale is moving too fast!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Yep, I said it.

I lost 4 pounds the week before and 3 pounds this past week, and have been losing steadily over the past couple of months. There wasn't even any great reason for having such big losses; I ate within my calorie range (on average, 2,000 calories/day) and worked out 4 days each week (burning a total of about 1,700 calories each week). While I am anxious to have all 136 pounds gone forever, I am very purposely trying to lose slowly. I am trying to keep it between 1-2 pounds per week, preferably closer to the 1 pound mark. On average, I'd like to lose 5 pounds per month.

Some of the reasons I am focusing on s l o w weight loss:

1) I want to preserve lean muscle mass. Losing more than 2 pounds per week (or at my heavier weight, more than 1% of body weight per week) means that some muscle mass is being lost in addition to fat loss. I don't just want to lose the weight, I want my body to be prepared to keep it off. That means having as much lean muscle tissue as possible when I reach my goal weight.

2) I want to have as little loose skin as possible when I reach my goal weight. I have over 100 pounds to lose, so I am bound to have some loose skin. Losing slowly means my body will have more time to let my skin catch up to the changes in my body fat and muscle.

3) Balancing athletic-style training and weight loss has become really important to me. I don't want to crash-and-burn, so I want to make sure my body has what it needs for intense workouts. If I'm losing too rapidly, then I'm not fueling my muscles correctly. It's more important to me to be fit and be able to exercise than it is to be thin.

4) General livability. Losing rapidly probably means I need to add a couple of healthy snacks a day, and who's going to argue with that?

So, while a couple of big losses aren't a biggie, I will make some adjustments with my eating if I have another big loss this week. Maybe I was just letting go of a lot of water weight over the past couple of weeks, but I don't want a sustained pattern of large losses. I have finally learned to relax and enjoy the journey, so there's no rush to get to the finish line. I want to stay across the finish line when I get there.

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ANNIEBANANIE80 2/28/2011 5:52PM

    Congrats! I agree you have an amazing attitude!

You will figure out what your body needs...

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ALISHAB3 2/28/2011 1:12PM

    I lost big in the beginning, don't worry about it.

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:45AM

    FFS. Stupid SP. Sorry for the TRIPLE post...

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:45AM

    Grrrr...

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:44AM

    You're doing so great and your healthy attitude is super inspirational. I need to channel some of that! ;)

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BECKYANNE1 2/28/2011 10:31AM

    I love your attitude! You can do it! emoticon

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LEN_VERSION32 2/28/2011 6:13AM

    wow! Great attitude!! You make some valid points! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 2/28/2011 12:30AM

    awesome keep at it

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MISSME1223 2/27/2011 9:39PM

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I know you will figure it out!

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ELLYFINT 2/27/2011 7:39PM

    I like your attitude: slow and steady. :) I think it's great that you're being so disciplined and the results are clearly showing! KUDOS. I need to learn from you. I just don't do enough and haven't really lost much weight since I began seriously making changes about a week ago. :)

Good luck to you on your healthful journey!



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AARONSGIRL420 2/27/2011 3:02PM

    I need to borrow some of your attitude. I have been stuck in the same number for a while and can't seem to shake it and am itching to move down and you would be more than satisfied to sit back and take it easy.

This is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you for a new perspective and excellent reasons supporting it.

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KARIRDH3 2/27/2011 2:59PM

    REALLY liked your blog. It's great to see the numbers fly but you're right, slow and steady wins the race! Great attitude! emoticon

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Money Makeover!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When I did WeightWatchers 5 years ago, I really did learn a lot about myself and how to take better care of myself. But nothing has changed my relationship with myself like SparkPeople. I have always been a fairly disorganized person, with everything from having a messy house to missing bill due dates to running around for 15 minutes looking for keys, in tears of frustration with myself. I would have large piles of mail that needed to be sorted, not a clean dish in sight, and I could never find important documents. In the midst of the chaos, I got behind on bills. Combine that with major cuts in my hours at work with being a full-time student...and, well, last year was a financial disaster. Back in August 2010, I set some goals to get more organized and started tracking them. I was far from perfect, but I would have been much worse had I not had some sort of plan. I have slowly built up to be more organized.

And it paid off--literally! Today I paid off TWO credit cards! No more harassing phone calls, no more stress over the money. It was a major step for me to be able to plan to pay them off and then actually do it. Now I just need to keep up with my finances and keep tracking with SparkSavings and stick carefully to my budget, and I should be golden!

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MISSME1223 2/23/2011 11:17PM

    that's so awesome! good for you!!
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BIGGIRL2082010 2/23/2011 8:44PM

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That is a very significant achievement - congratulations! Stick with it, and you WILL see even more impressive results!

Cheers,
Maya

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TEAWONDERFUL 2/23/2011 8:05PM

    Congrats! That's a great feeling. Keep up the good work.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/23/2011 7:09PM

    that is very cool!!!! great job! you sounded like me! on think I can't do is behind bill, hubby ocd about that! his credit is on the line

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ANNIEBANANIE80 2/23/2011 5:40PM

    Congrats!! I can sympathize on the finances and weight.

Great Job!

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EMMANYC 2/23/2011 5:15PM

    Congratulations! That must be such a huge relief, and very satisfying to have tackled and resolve a major challenge in you life.

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PUM088KIN 2/23/2011 4:13PM

    That's wonderful! Keep it up!

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JULIENMM 2/23/2011 4:12PM

    Good job! There are two things in my life that I never had any control over and that was my weight and my finances. I started on Dave Ramsey's program 4 years ago and paid off all our debt (except the house) and started saving. Now I joined SP on 1/3/11 and am tackling the weight issue.

You can do it!!

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SLINFOOT 2/23/2011 4:07PM

  That is great news. Sparkspeople isn't just for losing weight. Keep up the great work.

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