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Zumba is over :(

Friday, February 11, 2011

Last night was the last Zumba class...but almost 70 people have signed up, saying they're interested in another class...hope that means they'll work hard at bringing someone in to do it! I really enjoyed it!

I'm going to try a new class today. I think it's called ABC cardio. Not sure what it's all about...I'd like to do three classes a week. I've been doing kick and sculpt on Mondays. And now Zumba's over. Have to work in swimming, once I get a suit that fits...keep changing it up! No boredom here! :D

  
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UUCEEJAY 2/12/2011 11:02AM

    Good idea to change it up. I haven't tried Zumba, but I think I would like it.

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DCFKAF 2/11/2011 1:13PM

    I'm terribly uncoordinated...but I don't let that stop me! And my butt surely looks NOTHING like the instructor's cute little caboose! But I, too, smile while sweating! It's so much fun!

Alas, I fear I am NOT disciplined enough to work out at home, so the purchase of the DVD's would likely not be cost effective for me.

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JADEDRIDER180 2/11/2011 9:55AM

    I just took my first Zumba class last night, then the strangest thing happened, I smiled while sweating! I am not the most coordinated in the world, and my butt did not quite wiggle like the instructor's (it does it's own dance), but I sure had fun, thinking of going back next week!

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WANT2BEMADEOVER 2/11/2011 8:31AM

  I hear so many great things about Zumba but have yet to take a class myself. With so many people signing up, hopefully they will bring someone in to continue.

It's great that you are trying new classes....that will help eleviate boredom! Good luck to you!

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MKGARNER1 2/11/2011 8:05AM

    I think that's so cool that you do so many different things. There is no way you are going to get bored or in a fitness rut. Keep up the hard work!

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TBJ218 2/11/2011 8:02AM

  I LOVE ZUMBA. too!! My husband got me the dvds with toning sticks for Christmas & I love them!!! I've let other people borrow the dvds and have used them at the Saturday morning exercise sessions at our church. If you're disciplined enough to work out at home, I think it's a worthwhile investment.
(http://store.zumba.com/shop/pr
oduct/total-body-transformation
-system-dvd-set-/) emoticon Keep up the good work!!!

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Numbers are moving again! :D

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Echelle was right...eat more, lose again! I started eating snacks and the weight's coming off again! I was stuck between 194 and 191 for 2 months. Only change...2 small snacks a day! And this morning I was 187!

So hard to wrap my head around it. I worry as I'm eating the snack...worry when I get on the scale...but am please, so far, with the results! :D

Had my second cortisone shot last Friday. Although it's not 100% pain-free, like last time, it is MUCH better. Very manageable. I can sleep at night, and that's a good thing!

My sister came over on Saturday and we had a BLAST together! She went with me when I got my nose pierced and then we worked out together...and then out to dinner with my friend, Jean. I haven't laughed that hard or that much in a long, long time! Next time, I'm going to her gym! :D

  
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LILYBELLE8 2/9/2011 7:42PM

    Hooray for snacks!! Keep them coming - right?

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UUCEEJAY 2/9/2011 5:44PM

    emoticonGlad you are heading down on the scale again. I was amazed to find that out about the snacks too, but it seemed to work when I was stuck.

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Needing impartial advice

Monday, February 07, 2011

My first goal was a size 12. As I approached it, I changed it to a 10. As that approached, I changed it to an 8. When I hit the longest plateau ever (about 10 weeks), I began to wonder if I should still go on for an 8. Maybe 10 was good enough. But I stuck with it. I persevered. I eventually broke the plateau and I'm losing again. Slowly, but that's ok.

And now, although comfortably in 10's and not even close to 8's yet, again I find myself wondering about changing my goal again. I don't think it's unhealthy thinking. But wanted to run it by here, for some truly neutral opinions. I'm about 5' 4" and I weigh 188.8 pounds, as of this morning. I think I'll be in 8's in about 10 pounds. That would put me at around 179, still a significant weight. Thinking I'd hit size 6 around 165-170....still not a light weight, by any stretch. What do you think? Am I in my right mind or am I just afraid to switch from losing weight to maintenance?

Thanks!

  
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IOWADEB 2/11/2011 10:21AM

    I think the women who left messages about BMI and such are right on.......... I really like what Uuceejay had to say. Good luck on your journey. I liked the book Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth But since I am no way near goal weight I am not sure I should say anything. emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 2/7/2011 8:40PM

    emoticonIt is quite an achievement to go down in size like you have I tried to get to where I was no longer overweight based on BMI then I was happy to maintain and just kept working out and eating healthy. I was surprised that I then lost 7 more pounds and went down another size. Now I have been maintaining this weight for months and do not plan to lose more I agree with the advice to set a goal to lose and if you hit a plateau for more than a few months switch to maintenance. Actually I haven't found maintenance much different from trying to lose weight because I just keep living the healthy lifestyle I was following to lose, but now it just keeps me at a consistent weight and when I fail to follow it, the scale starts going up again

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DCFKAF 2/7/2011 1:05PM

    Thanks for the feedback...it's always great to come home for lunch and log on and see what you've all left me. I really appreciate it! :D

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YELLOWDAHLIA 2/7/2011 10:33AM

    I picked a goal weight that was in the "healthy" range for my height (5'6") That range was 122-150 lbs.

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EMMANYC 2/7/2011 7:57AM

    I found this advice to be very helpful when I was deciding on a goal weight. Goingskiing (aka Denise) talks about attainable versus maintainable weight:

http://www.freewebs.
com/goingskiing/choosingagoalwe
ight.htm

On balance, in your situation I think it would be fine if you wanted to try for a goal weight that's about 10 pounds lower (and comfortably one size lower - 8) than where you are now, but I'd suggest that you set a time limit for trying to get there. If, for example, you find that you hit a plateau that lasts for more than 4 weeks, you might want to stop where you're at and maintain, at least for 6 months or so. Plateaus can destroy motivation and sometimes even lead to behaviors that result in the scale going back up again. So, for example, you might say to yourself, I'll work on losing another 10 pounds (or x inches) but if I plateau for more than 4 weeks, I'll stop where I'm at for 6 months.

I also would suggest that you set (or keep) some behavioral goals (goals you can control, since you can't fully control weight loss goals) that focus on healthy eating, building muscle etc at this stage - since those goals will help you sustain your weight loss.

I know that for me, I ended up resetting my goal lower several times and ended up at a goal weight (125 pounds) that is in the lower middle of the weight range I maintained for most of my adult life. So I knew it was a weight I had maintained relatively recently.

One factor for me was how clothes fit. I have really broad shoulders and fairly broadly set apart hipbones. So no matter what I weight, I'm never skinny minny. I always wear at least a 6 and usually an 8 in tops to fit my shoulders, but then they can end up really baggy around my waist. I can fit a 4 sometimes in skirts, but if I was slimmer than I am, I'd start to find my 4s and 6s too baggy in the backside (aka pancake bum) but I'd find it really hard to fit the next size down, so I'd constantly being having clothing fit issues. So I don't have any plans to weigh significantly less than 125 - whenever I drop below 123, I consciously take steps to gain a little weight back.

Congratulations on your success so far and good luck!

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EMILYSEGAL 2/7/2011 7:50AM

    Clothing sizes are so ambiguous. For instance, I do not live in the US and the clothes in my country generally run very small for the size on the tag. Then I go back to visit my family in the US and size 6 is huge!

Why don't you use your scale weight, BMI, body fat, how you think you look? Maybe something less variable than clothing sizes?

I don't think there is one right answer to this, though. Only you can know where you feel best.

HUGE congrats on your wonderful progress!!!

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FINALLY!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

My longest plateau ever is finally over! I dipped under 190 this morning!!!! Since the middle of November, I've been hovering around the same weight...194-191...and this morning, finally, 189.2! Feels SO good!!! I'm so pumped!

  
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JUSTBIRDY 2/6/2011 12:10PM

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JAMARIGOLD 2/5/2011 12:51PM

    emoticon Perseverance Award! Way to go and good luck on your continuing journey! emoticon

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LILYBELLE8 2/5/2011 11:40AM

    And you have every right to be "pumped" - Good job!!!

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DCFKAF 2/5/2011 10:03AM

    Thanks, all! I'm flying high today! :D

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55WALKER 2/5/2011 9:37AM

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UUCEEJAY 2/5/2011 9:19AM

    emoticon Good for you for hanging in here and not giving up! Those darn plateaus can be so discouraging. emoticon

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BIPPSY 2/5/2011 8:49AM

    emoticon Nothing better than crossing those zero lines! Heaven knows you earned it staying focused through that long plateau. I hope your 180s aren't as stubborn as the 190s were. Thanks for reminding all of us that plateaus do end if you stick with it.
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Headed to the doctor today

Friday, February 04, 2011

After another nearly sleepless night, I'm off to the doctor in a few minutes. I'm anxious and hopeful that I'll get another shot of cortisone. I don't relish the idea of being shot full of steroids, but I really did like the results of the last one.

My sister, a nurse, suggested I ask about Ultram for pain management. So I will ask and see what they say. I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll be feeling much better in a few days! (Took about 3 days after the shot last time...)

All time (since having children, I mean) low on the scale this morning. 190. So darn close to finding my 180's again! Yes! I've been hovering around the low 190s for like 2 months now! Went from a size 12 to 10 during that time, though, so I do realize I was converting fat to muscle...and all my 10s are fitting more loosely now. Not loose enough to warrant trying on the 8s again...but soon...relatively speaking, of course! ;)

  
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DCFKAF 2/4/2011 6:58PM

    Gotta keep it positive...no matter how bad I think I've got it, there's someone out there who has it MUCH worse! I'm still mobile!

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55WALKER 2/4/2011 6:04PM

    Glad you came back with the after doc update. Sounds like you have someone who talks with you and not just at you.
I like the way you keep your chin up!
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DCFKAF 2/4/2011 12:05PM

    Met with a new doctor, who I'll be seeing regularly now, for pain management. He was very nice, informative. He gave me another shot of cortisone, but thinks perhaps next time I should have a shot of syn-visc, which is supposed to last a year and works differently than the cortisone. The cortisone shrinks the lining surrounding the knee, permanently, so there's only so much it can do before it can shrink no more. The syn-visc is a synthetic viscous fluid that helps "lubricate" the existing fluid around the knee. This usually lasts a year. Which I like the sounds of.

He said cortisone seems to work best the first time it's used and then it's less and less effective. I didn't like that, since I barely got 3 months out of the first shot. (Some people apparently get a year or more!)

Yes, a replacement is in my future. But he said it's totally up to me when I get it done. He said postponing the replacement will not make it more difficult for them to do later on...the only thing waiting will do is maybe make getting back to peak condition take longer, as I'll likely lose mobility and become less active before the surgery.

But I'm certainly not at that point yet. I'll continue to do all the PT exercises to strengthen all the muscles around both knees and continue to stretch and take good care not to do high stress things (treadmill, running, stairmaster). I'm hoping to postpone this for at LEAST 10 years, if not longer!

He also prescribed Ultram for pain. I only need to take it as needed, which is what I wanted...I don't want to have to take something every day. I'm hopeful this will take care of this flare up and allow me to continue on my way!

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NEELIXNKES 2/4/2011 11:45AM

    emoticon for a new scale low. Hope the dr visit goes well.

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BKNITNWW 2/4/2011 9:28AM

    I hope that your doctor visit goes well. In my mind I always worried about getting shots of cortisone but the relief from the really bad pain sure is worth it.

Congrats on your weight loss! Clothes are the real indicator that what you've been doing is really working ... and so worth everything you've been doing!!!

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