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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Made it! Finally! 199 pounds! That brings my total pounds lost to 130 in 18 months... all through eating better and moving more. No surgery, no drugs, no hypnosis. Loving life!

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-LISS- 12/3/2012 8:46AM

    OMG You are amazing!!! Congratulations. We are all very proud of you on here!!

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BILL60 12/2/2012 7:24AM

    Just Super!! You are hanging tough and looking good. Ought to be in Hollywood!!!!!

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SPEEDYDOG 12/2/2012 7:17AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for being such an inspiration!


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FLAMENM 12/1/2012 10:00PM

    Your body is in ONE-derland

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CAYCESMOM 12/1/2012 7:07PM

    Spark On!! Great job! emoticon

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MISSG180 12/1/2012 5:46PM

    Outstanding! Congratulations!!

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ROX525 12/1/2012 5:05PM

    Fantastic!!! Great job and congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHRISTYBUG 12/1/2012 4:53PM

    That is awesome!!! Congratulations!

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INNER_PEACE 12/1/2012 4:25PM

    Oh my!!! Congratulations!! You're an inspiration to me. :) I can't wait to get under 200. OMG, you must be so freakin' proud! Keep being awesome! :):)

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

So, July was a month of experimentation. I've lost a ton of weight over the last 14 months (113 pounds to be exact), but I've still got all this FAT on my body. So, I thought I'd try an experiment in July. I'd done some reading on heart-rates and how your body burns calories within those heart-rate zones, and all the literature consistently said if you keep your heart-rate in the "fat burning" zone, 50% of your calories burned comes from fat (versus only 15% of calories from fat when you are in the anaerobic zone). Anyway, livestrong.com has some good articles if you want to read more.

So, my goal in July was to keep my heart-rate in that fat burning zone, to see if that helped get rid of some of this fat I'm carrying around. I did well... in 35 days, I rode 28 times, and 22 of those rides were within the fat burning zone.

My results? My body fat percentage went UP 0.5%. From 31% to 31.5%!!! I call that a failure of epic proportions.

It's very interesting to me how our bodies don't work in the ways we would expect them to. How it's not as easy as calories in versus calories out. I also only lost 0.8 pounds in 5 weeks... even though I burned over 16,000 calories (per my heart-rate monitor). I know I ate on plan, which ends up being about 1,600 calories/day, so... it would seem I should have lost 5+ pounds. I can't explain it.

I just know, starting today, I'm going back to my "normal" way of riding my bike, which will have my heart-rate mostly in the anaerobic zone. That seemed to work (given previous months' results). We'll see what results August brings.

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BOOKWORM27S 9/16/2012 7:51AM

    I can so relate to this situation! Even when we follow all of the "expert" advice on how to get our bodies to lose weight.... it rarely seems to work. Instead, the weight seems to come off at the most unexpected times!

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MISSG180 8/6/2012 4:38PM

    The fat burning zone is a silly concept that should be banished. Go you for your losses!

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DANA48131 8/5/2012 3:30PM

    Bill, I use the Omron body fat monitor. I am very consistent to measure under the same conditions each month, and I take multiple readings. I'm not saying that this is the best way to track it (that would obviously be the submersion tank), but I am very carefully consistent. :)

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BILL60 8/5/2012 12:29PM

    How did you measure your fat %? If you used calipers, did you measure yourself or had someone do it for you?

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FATBASTICH 8/5/2012 8:38AM

    It's great that you have logged so carefully all your data to see what works and what doesn't for you. And that you gave yourself an entire month to see if this experiment worked. It's that sort of long-haul thinking (rather than searching for the quick fix) that no doubt allowed you to make the incredible progress you have and will also help you to ultimately succeed.

Great job, even if it is a "fail."

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REGILIEH 8/5/2012 8:37AM

    Good Luck!

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TELFERS01 8/5/2012 8:30AM

  You go!

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Hmmm... another plateau?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I weigh on the first Saturday of each month. The past several months have brought the following results:

February: 6.9 pounds lost from previous month
March: 1.4 pounds
April: 0.4 pounds
May: 8.8 pounds
June: 6.6 pounds
July: 7.2 pounds
August: 0.8 pounds

When I hit that plateau back in March-April... my dietician increased my protein, which clearly broke the plateau and started the weight loss again. Not sure if that is what is going on again now. Not sure if I should ask her about it, or wait until next month to see if the plateau continues. I guess it would be better to ask, than to waste another month. Maybe I just need another tweak in my foodplan. I was really hoping to hit my goal weight by the end of the year... that isn't looking so likely now. :(

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BOOKWORM27S 9/16/2012 7:53AM

    More protein always helps me shed stubborn water weight.

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DANA564 8/4/2012 7:30PM

    Hang in there! emoticon

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PAZUZURISES 8/4/2012 4:43PM

    I'm at one now too... It sucks. Good luck emoticon

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A little... terrified

Friday, August 03, 2012

I had to go to Urgent Care the other night... and while I know I was fully clothed, and on a different scale... I was very shocked by the weight they got on me (way higher than I expected).

I think I've been doing okay this month... staying pretty much on plan, trying to curb the eating out, and biking an average of 6 days a week... but it's really hard for me to actually SEE any results anymore.

Like my title says, I'm a little terrified of what my weight is going to be tomorrow. I'm terrified that maybe it isn't even just going to be that I didn't lose anything, but what if I GAINED??? I'm probably totally freaked out over nothing... but it's where I'm at.

I'm also really upset because I ordered some knee/shin guards for my mountain biking... and I got the biggest size they offered... and they still don't fit my elephant legs... even after losing 112 pounds. WTF? Very upset.

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BILL60 8/4/2012 9:01AM

    Just keep on trucking and have faith. It took a while to put it on and it'll take a while to take it off. Hang tough and go for a log bike ride!!

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CHERIONE 8/3/2012 10:55PM

    Dana, you have done a fabulous job of being consistent! Don't be too hard on yourself. You are a beautiful person and numbers on a scale don't change that. Do what you need to to keep moving closer to your goal. emoticon

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DANA48131 8/3/2012 5:42PM

    I know... I'm wearing a size 12, but an XL jersey is still too small. It's horrible.

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MISSG180 8/3/2012 4:22PM

    Weight bounces around. Muscle build can really effect it.

And the sizing on athletic gear just blows. I have to order a 3X women's biking jersey, because that is a size 14/16. Seriously?!

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PHATPAT18 8/3/2012 1:36PM

    Dana, you should measure your successes on the same scale each time. If you get a different weight at the Dr, etc, just keep with your bathroom scale. At least there you don't have to count your clothes and shoes. Hang in there.

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I realize...

Monday, July 16, 2012

...that I have to stop wallowing. Honestly, overall, I don't have anything to complain about. I'm employed and making good money, I have a beautiful house that I love. A really awesome pup. Support of family. I'm healthy. I'm making friends. I'm just so so tired of being single.

I met what seems to be a really great guy late last week... someone even better in many ways than the guy I was previously crushing on. And what is the problem? He has three young kids... aged 9-12. I really don't want to get involved with someone with young kids.

Seriously, Universe... are you having a good giggle about all of this? Dayum.

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BILL60 7/17/2012 8:52AM

    You match up will come. Don't rush it.

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