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My Curves challenge starts today

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today is the start of this Miss Curvette Challenge.
The idea is that for the next 10 weeks we do certain things they ask of us and get points. With those points we MIGHT win a prize- they are drawn.. The prizes go from small things like drink bottles etc through to the final prize which is to be chosen to represent Curves on the advertising.

Let me make it clear now – I would not agree to represent Curves – for one thing my weight loss has no connection to them until the last 1kg only!! – but also I feel they need a young attractive person looking out from the posters etc!! Apart from that I don’t agree with a COMPETITION on weight loss, to me that is a personal challenge!!

The requirements are
1) that we attend at least 2 classes – held every second Tuesday for the 10 weeks.
2) That we attend 3 sessions of circuit each week
3) That we attend 1 Pump class each week!!
4) That we get weighed and measured every second week
5) That we record all food eaten every day
6) That we attend a 1 on 1 meeting with our supervisor every week to discuss our diet
Of these things – I will go to the classes – although I am not following their diet I can still learn something!!
I already do 3 days of circuit every week so that one’s easy.
Pump – hummm!! Since I have only just worked through the pain from the huge jump in exercise level from Chair Exercise to Curves Circuit – I feel I honestly am no ready for Pump!! However – it is only stated that I need ATTEND 1 class of Pump a week – OK so I’ll go and do my own thing – and since that will be extra to the circuits – I will keep to mainly aerobic work!!
Weighing and measuring is ok - - I’ve n problem with that – but I lose so slowly that I hope they are not expecting dramatic results!!
I already track all food on the SP nutrition tracker – I’ll just print that off.
The 1 on 1 meeting – this could be very interesting – after all I’m not following their diet fully, I have the total breakdown from SP since I track every day anyway, so what extra she can tell me I’m honestly not sure!! Especially since she is only about lower 30s – trained by Curves and not a trained dietician!! Maybe we will discuss the weather!!
So you can see I have the points covered!!

Now I need to find the TIME for all this – but I’ll cope!!
It all starts tomorrow, though recording foods eaten every day starts today!!
Monday – weigh in and I have a circuit workout, then Chair Yoga at home
Tuesday – Pump then class, then Chair Yoga at home
Wednesday – circuit workout, then Chair Yoga at home
Thursday – Aerobic Chair Exercise at home
Friday – circuit workout and Chair Yoga at home
Saturday – free, recovery day
Sunday – Chair Stretch and Core exercises and Chair Yoga

Since it takes me 30 min each way drive to the Curves studio and about 45 min exercise and stretch time – and classes are about 1 hr – you can see I’ll be busy!!
I do the Chair Yoga at home, after Curves since I find the stretch circuit they use to be very harsh – so I do some basic Chair Stretches straight after the workout and follow that with 45 min Chair Yoga as a form of extra stretch and relaxation. I credit the extra time stretching with getting me through the delayed onset muscle pain that caused so much problem for my first 6 weeks at Curves!!

So wish me luck – I MIGHT just win a drink bottle – but what I WILL win is huge motivation to workout consistently and fairly hard for the next 10 weeks. And just maybe I’ll lose some more weight and inches too!!
The other thing is that I am having great fun too – actually doing this sort of thing!! NOT doing the exercise – but attempting to achieve a challenge this big – with so much involved – where I am by far the oldest – at least in our area – I’ve come a looooong way!!

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MARIADALE 8/1/2010 12:44PM

    your self challenge sounds great.

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    Wow! Way to challenge yourself!! And what a great 10-week fitness plan! You go girl!

Keep on keepin' on! You're a winner no matter what!!

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    Looks like we're BOTH getting into the Chair Yoga! Thanks for encouraging me. Good luck with the Curves Challenge. I know that you're totally dedicated so you're going to do fine. I am really proud of you for taking on the challenge. emoticon You are such an inspiration to me, and to so many others. Thank you for being my friend. You've become so important & precious to me. Be blessed and be well my friend. Love, Dawn

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DEUSMACHINA 8/1/2010 12:38AM

    Yep! You're crazy! I love it!

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YW84FRIDAY 8/1/2010 12:09AM

  You rock, Ann! Have fun...


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VEGEFARMER 8/1/2010 12:05AM

    With an attitude like that you'll be a winner no matter whether you win a drink bottle or not. love your positive outlook.

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MS.ELENI 7/31/2010 11:01PM

    I agree with what everyone has already said. You are such an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE72023 7/31/2010 10:49PM

    Best of luck in the Miss Curvette Competition. You sure will be very busy. I hope it will go well for you and won't put too much of a strain on your already busy schedule.


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VXWALL1942 7/31/2010 10:27PM

    Yep - you've come a long way, baby! Keep challenging yourself. It makes such a difference. Proud of you!


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TEDYBEAR2838 7/31/2010 9:48PM

    I bet everyone loves you at curves too, the way we do. You are an inspiration to others. Even if you can't do it all exactly the way they want you are still out there trying and doing your personal best. That is all we can ask for


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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/31/2010 9:14PM

    You're going to get so skinny! You'll be a shadow of your former self! Keep it

up. You're doing emoticon

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    I agree with the others ...


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FRACTALMYTH 7/31/2010 7:21PM

    Lol I resign my title of "the energizer bunny" to you! You deserve it!!! It is great that this challenge has inspired you. I hope you are pleased with the personal "prizes" you achieve along the way :D

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WILLOW49 7/31/2010 7:12PM

    Good luck, Ann! emoticon

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PATTISWIMMER 7/31/2010 7:09PM

    good luck....

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SUSIEPH1 7/31/2010 7:05PM

    Way to go Ann!
You are a Wonderful Inspiring Lady and I am proud to be your friend .
I just love your Positivity, and Willingness to give anything a go!!
Take Care my dear friend ..
Love Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/31/2010 7:02PM

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60kg down - the changes - pt 2

Saturday, July 24, 2010

At the start of 2002, 8 ½ years ago – I weighed 170kg. Now that sounds a lot – but then it had been creeping on for years and I honestly wasn’t aware that I weighed that much!! Obviously I knew I was big – I made a lot of my own clothes as I couldn’t buy them unless they were from a mail order shop specialising in large sizes, and charging equally large prices.
We had just finished extending our house – that was very stressful, living in 2 rooms while the rest was remodelled round us!! At Easter that year I flew to Adelaide, using Business class as I was using my Frequent Flier points, and found I was squashed even in those larger seats!! I picked up a hire car, and met some relatives who had flown from UK for a holiday and we drove back to home, taking 2 weeks and showing them some of the spectacular sights Australia has.
I remember that I had problems walking round for as long as they did – and we had to use taxis in Sydney as I refuse to drive in the CBD!! We stayed at Manley and I had to get a taxi to get the 500m to the ferry (but I would still have to do that!!)
After that holiday they sent me a few photos!!

While we were travelling I had actually lost weight (a little) and maybe it was this or the photos or I finally got fed up with the inconveniences, the lack of mobility, flexibility the increasingly sore legs, the exhaustion, the easily running out of breath etc, etc--- well I really don’t know that it was any single thing but something triggered me to continue losing, however it really wasn’t a conscious decision..
Now I look back at that 8 ½ years I can honestly say I only put weight on twice in that time – sometime between 2003 and 2005 (5kg) and 500g about 4 wks ago!!
Its just been a deadly slow process!!

Graph showing weight loss

I have been asked many times how on earth I kept my motivation for that time – the answer is – I didn’t really!! I just ate as I had been because it had become a habit – and I didn’t do any formal exercise until April 2009!! Possibly that is why I didn’t realise I was losing weight, my clothes didn’t get looser and I only knew what my weight was once a year when my Doctor weighed me for my annual diabetic review.. In other words I wasn’t consciously on a diet – I have always believed in eating what I want if I really want it – so nothing is forbidden, BUT normally I ate about 1200 – 1400 calories, because that was what I was used to!!
Since I have joined SP I have made a few changes – I now eat more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables than I used to. The grocery bill used to be about A$210 for the fortnights groceries that included mostly frozen and a few canned vegetables and a bit of fresh fruit all from the supermarket as it was easier to shop in the one store. I was using a scooter by then and we had to take it to the shops and find a parking spot, DH had to unload it – and since the town here is very spread, that would have meant loading and unloading between each shop, driving the car between shops!! So one shop it was!!
These days I walk in the shops, with a cane . This morning I got about A$110 groceries in the supermarket, for the fortnight and then we drove to the fruit and vege barn and I got A$35 of fresh fruit and fresh veges (lg bunch silverbeet,(Swiss Chard) lg cauli, 750g Brussels sprouts, bunch celery, lg butternut pumpkin, 1kg sweet potatoes, mushrooms 1kg, 4 lg avocados, 2kg tomatoes, 2 kg carrots, mandarines, pineapple, 2 lg apples (not my favoutite fruit but I will grate them and use in Bircher Muesli for a couple of breakfasts, bananas, 500g strawberries, 2 loaves wholemeal bread, 2 doz eggs that will last the week for the 2 of us (except the eggs that will last 2 wks!!)
We also eat less meat (only chicken and Kangaroo) and more fish than before – mostly canned tuna and salmon, since fresh fish is expensive!! I’ve had great fun working up a number of recipes for the canned fish to make it more palatable!!
When planning the menus I try to make every calorie count – I consciously look for the best, most healthy choices in foods and try to vary the foods – though I often make enough for 2 or 3 days and we have the same 3 days running. We eat our main meal at lunch time as I find I can digest it better then rather than at night.
Most of our meals are light, we don’t eat potatoes or pasta (through choice), but do eat sweet potato and a couple of slices of whole meal bread in a day!! I am very rarely hungry,

And there have been other changes
Blood pressure. Has dropped to 123/81 at last check
Knee pain, is better, though leg muscle pain has come back since starting at Curves, bt its gradually getting better (I think)
clothes bought anywhere, = I can buy clothes from cheap stores now!!
mobility has substantially increased ( to an extent since my damaged knees will never change),, flexibility, has greatly increased making personal hygiene far easier
balance. Is a bit better, but affected permanently by my knees!!
Stamina, has increased by leaps and bounds
I no longer get sores in body creases, that used to make life very painful in hot humid weather
I an not afraid to go shopping – don’t need scooter now, so its soooo much easier. I still use the scooter at times if I need to walk a great distance – but DH is getting older (he’s 81 now) and for him to load and unload is difficult
I am still that size 24 that I went into in about March of this year, having had a huge standstill of weight loss– but recently I got a size 22 nighty and size 22 undies!! Maybe the inches are dropping again, or maybe I’m redistributing!!
I have a droopy butt, droopy arms, wrinkled stomach,, can’t see that changing at my age, my skin has lost a lot of elasticity!!
I drink a lot more water – 7 x 400ml glasses - I got lucky this week – got given a number of beautiful tree ripened limes – so will add a very small amount to my water – and use them in curries.
,I have gained an understanding of my body (to an extent) learning why something feels like it does, what it likes or doesn't.
My resting pulse rate has dropped from 84 to 64,
Mentally, though I have always been self confident, I am far more so now!!
However I am still "morbidly obese" according to the classifications!!
I've lost 36.25% of my total weight that equates to 75.95% of the weight I had to lose!!
The difference its made is surprisingly hard to write down - its so huge!!

There are a few down sides though
My knees – they will never return to normal and were caused by carrying too much weight for too long
One result of several years of undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes (I showed none of the usual signs) is that I had severe gum disease and have only one tooth left – and an 8 yr wait for false teeth – but that doesn’t mean I can’t eat – the only thing I have found a problem are whole nuts and natural nut butters solve that!!
Also its expensive – even though my grocery bill has dropped I need clothes and keeping up with the size change got hard for a time – is slowed now!!
And my Curves membership coasts as well (as would any gym membership) and I also bought dumbbells and DVDs to use at home!!

And there are far more changes - enough to say - its been sooooo worthwhile, despite the time and patience its taken and will probably continue to take!!

Next goal – 100kg (220lb)

March 2010 but I haven't changed since!!

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DEUSMACHINA 8/1/2010 12:47AM

    What an amazing journey! I just read part 1 before and straight onto part two. It must be astonishing to think you've really lost 60kg, but the photos are serious proof if you ever start doubting! What a transformation! You rock!

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VEGEFARMER 8/1/2010 12:18AM

    wonderful blog, than you for sharing.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/30/2010 8:22AM

    You're a medical mystery, aren't you?! Living on, what would be for most, a very restricted diet for the majority of your life and you were STILL overweight? How depressing! At least I know the reason for my obesity, but to be on so few calories and still gain weight - no wonder the doctors didn't believe you. I bet they'd never encountered that before or since.

You've come such a long way and, while it's taken you years, you haven't given up and have continued to make improvements to your lifestyle that have made all the difference. I'm sure I would have given up long ago and just said, "Well, I'm obviously meant to be fat, so I'll just accept it."

I'm curious as to why there is an 8-year waiting list for false teeth - I mean, seriously?! That is shocking. Don't you have the NHS in Oz? Or is that a strictly British invention? I'm so glad I don't have to worry about being toothless in my old age (or false toothless, at any rate!).

Keep up the PMA - you really are a wee marvel.
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MEMORY_ 7/25/2010 11:24PM

    Wow you have done so well - ongratulations

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NANAMOM652009 7/25/2010 11:47AM

    emoticon you are such an emoticon person. You certainly are an inspiration to many of us whether or not you try to be. I am thankful that I was led to read your blog. God Bless you!! emoticon emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/24/2010 10:20PM

    You are doing such a great job and you're such an inspiration to others! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/24/2010 10:18PM

    Very informative. It should be required reading for some of the people I see on here that are in such a hurry to lose weight that they miss the healthy eating and exercising in moderation message...


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FRACTALMYTH 7/24/2010 6:53PM

    WOW - you have done SO well... you are such an inspiration for me - especially now when my own mobility and ability to do what I want is so restricted. You help me remember the longterm! I was wondering whether there are any chair dancing routines available for free online? I can't afford to get DVDs but I REALLY need to shake things up somehow.

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SPARKLE72023 7/24/2010 5:10PM

    You've written a great "map" of how to get to any big weight loss goal.
FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT and I'll be rooting for you during the next major portion of your weight loss journey!
Keep up the wonderful trend. . . . and . . . . see you on the Skinny Side. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/24/2010 2:30PM

    emoticonyou look great!

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VXWALL1942 7/24/2010 10:22AM

    Your blogs leave me believing in human nature, in you and in me! I look forward to sharing my positive experiences one day soon. Thanks for keeping us in the loop of satisfaction.

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    Such an awesome blog from an awesome lady. You're such an inspiration to me. I want to be like YOU when I grow up! LOL Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I know that we can all benefit from your words of wisdom and EXCELLENT example. Love ya, Dawn

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MS.ELENI 7/24/2010 8:47AM

    I always enjoy your blogs.It gives me such hope.. Have a wonderful day emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/24/2010 8:11AM

    Even though you dont' think you've changed since March, you have changed in ways you never thought possible. You are more active, you have a better frame of mind, you can do things you could not do then and YOU ARE MUCH HEALTHIER!

YOU ROCK and I'm so proud of you for sticking with it and sharing your story so others won't get discouraged.

Hang in there my wonderful emoticon

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TELEPHONE21 7/24/2010 7:07AM

    Dear Emmabe1,
Thankyou for sharing your story of success. Well done on your fruit and veggie shopping. It seems to be more economical than mine even though I go the market. At least the quality is good enough that I can buy enough for a fortnight without it rotting in that time.
Along with you I am hoping to fall through the 100 Kg mark shortly and then I will be 1/3 of the way there.
I wish you all the best on your continuing journey.

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    You grate your apples - how do you keep them fresh? Cut apples turn brown on me.

I like the idea of grating them and putting them in your Bircher Muesli - apples are very good for you but the calories are higher than other fruits.

I was going to ask you if you ever eat Kangaroo - now I know!


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MUSIC66 7/24/2010 5:25AM

    your doing great .

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YW84FRIDAY 7/24/2010 5:24AM

  That's incredible! I'm learning so much from you. Thanks for your honesty and your willingness to share. I truly appreciate it. Have an awesome week...

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SUSIEPH1 7/24/2010 5:17AM

    Sweetheart you are looking wonderful What you are eating is exactly what I eat ...it is a mediterranian way of eating ..I have joined the Spark Team The Mediterranian way .. and I think if you go to your doctor and ask about the Medicare suppliment for your teeth you can have it all done through that plan for absolutely nothing .. Both of my daughters and I have accessed that plan it is goverment funded but not actually advertised ...so it would pay to to ask your doctor ...
Take care my dear friend ... you have done so well ...Love Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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60kg down – the changes - pt 1

Friday, July 23, 2010

I started my weight loss journey – this time – when the scales reached 170kg (374lb) It is not, by a long way, my first attempt at weight loss!!
I was first taken to hospital in UK by my Mother because I was a very bonnie War time baby at 3 yrs old!! I was on a restricted diet through to my teens, when tests were done since I had continued to pile on the weight. The tests came up blank!!
However I was leading a “normal” life and very active, far more so than I had a right to be with my weight!!
I was fairly fed up by then with being prodded and poked so I restricted my food when I felt like it – and lived a great life, doing more things than most people even dream of doing. And the weight crept on!!
Fast forward to the 1970’s when I moved to Australia. My weight started really increasing for no obvious reason – so again I was put into hospital for tests – they showed nothing again!! At the same time I was assessed for stomach banding – but it was deemed to be unsuitable since I only ate about 1200 – 1400 calories and therefore it wouldn’t have stopped me over eating!!
So then they put me into a different hospital for 3 mths under an eminent dietician who put me on a 400cal liquid diet. That worked – for a time – and during the days I did physical therapy and saw a psychologist!! Then they introduced food as it wouldn’t be safe to stay on such a low cal diet in normal life!! As soon as I started eating again my weight went up – they accused me of cheating (how could I in the hospital with someone with me all the time ?!!) and threw me out!!
So I came home and after a time joined Jenny Craig!! I stayed a bit but they asked me to leave since I was putting their figures out by not losing weight.!! I also tried Weight Watchers with no success!!
So again I went back onto a 1300cal diet and carried on with my life!!
In 1997 I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, (A1C above 20) so I changed my diet to drop my blood sugar level in 4 yrs to A1C of 6.1
However I continued to stack on weight!! I hit my top weight of 170kg (374lb) in 2002 – but my A1C was still dropping, slowly. At the last check (June this year) it was 5.4
I decided to gradually reduce my weight – after all 170kg(374lb) was a bit excessive – but I still was living a normal life – though not an active one!! I cut my food to 1200cal a day – often dropping to 1000cal!!

Over the next 6 ½ yrs I lost 35kg (77lb) – this through diet alone – since I did no exercise!! Interestingly I lost weight but not inches – my clothes still fitted as they had at 170kg (374lb) even though I was now 135kg.(297lb)
In 2009 I was referred to Sparkpeople. I was by now extremely sceptical of all forms of weight loss. But decided I’d look at the site!!

I looked – I read and I got interested – I made a few changes to my diet!! I plan, as I have always, my own diet since I have lots of experience and I was trained in a certain amount of nutrition, I needed to in many of the places I have lived in!!. I also updated a lot of my nutrition knowledge!!
Then I thought – OK the main difference is exercise!! I was NOT impressed by this idea!!

By now I was very badly handicapped by osteo-arthitis in both legs– so with some help since they don’t seem to haven even heard of this form of exercise in Australia, I was able to get onto some Chair Exercise DVDs, both strength and aerobic that I have gradually worked into doing every day!! At the start I could just manage 1 exercise – by mid-June this year I was doing 21 strength exercises with all parts of my body using 2.5kg weights and 45 min Chair Dancing as well, 6 days a week (all seated!!)

By mid June I was sitting at 111kg (244lb) as I had been since January. I had lost a lot of inches though, changing from size 34 slax to size 24 jeans!! But I was getting frustrated with the weight not dropping!! Then I saw my Doctor for a check up and he was very unhappy that the scales hadn’t dropped, no matter the other losses!!

Maybe that was my trigger, I don’t know but I decided to take a leap!! I went round the local gyms – and investigated other exercise options. I discovered the choices were very limited in this area!! Eventually I decided the best option was Curves – which I have been going to 3 times a week for the last 5 weeks.

Its been a huge leap from Chair exercise to a gym situation, one that I’m not sure my body was ready for, however I felt that, if I didn’t make it my weight wouldn’t ever go lower!! My weight has started dropping again – and I reached my first goal of losing 60 kg yesterday. This really proves what I thought – that unless I continue to push my boundaries, to work my self to exhaustion I won’t lose weight – unfortunately there is a high chance this will cause even more damage to my knees!! This is my choice – so I don’t know how much I will continue to take this chance!! At present weight loss is addictive!!

As far as weight – what the future holds is out of my hands – but I have set the next goal at 100kg (220lb) – 10kg (22lb) only!! As a longer term goal I would like to lose at least another 25kg (55lb) – we will see!! No one has the slightest idea what my ideal weight should be, so time will tell. In my dreams I think that losing 100kg (220lb) would be a nice neat amount – but …………….!!.

Don’t feel sorry for me, please, I certainly don't feel sorry for me!! – we all have our own problems – mine just happens to be very friendly fat, and an unco-operative body!! I accepted these problems years ago – it’s the doctors that feel they MUST be able to fix it!! Meanwhile I live a good life, I’m happy and a lot healthier than I was – and its actually quite fun leaving the specialists scratching their heads!!

Well its taken so long giving a potted history of my weight loss that I will have to do another blog on the changes that 60kg loss has made – which are many and varied!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/23/2010 9:32PM

    I am so proud of you and so challenged to do more. I sometimes think I'm doing well, then again I KNOW I could do more. I'm trying to do more and vary my workout routine. I still enjoy walking the most.


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JOANOFSPARK 7/23/2010 7:39PM

    wow....I always knew you were a unique individual....but, Anne..*grin* did it have to be in gaining weight so easily....? I would never feel sorry for you because I know just how amazing and determined and capable and inspiring you are....you made my day...by inspiring me to greater heights..okay , great weight losses and more exercise..

okay, back to doing that chair yoga again...well, trying anyways....actually doing almost all the way through on the basic...a few things not too sure about but I can do them... emoticon

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SPARKLE72023 7/23/2010 7:28PM

    It's sad that the medical "experts" were not helpful at all and that you were forced to go down this difficult road by yourself.

EXERCISE is a nasty 8-letter word to me but your living example forces me to accept it as the key to achieving that magical 'tipping point' which will make the big difference in my own required 100-lb+ weight loss journey.

Well, I'm grateful to have such a capable "Captain" at the helm of our Chair Exercise Spark Team who's leading us forward to victory!

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MS.ELENI 7/23/2010 6:02PM

    I also don't feel sorry for you.I think you are so awesome.You are one tough gal and I am very proud to know you. I wish I was as good as you. You are an inspiration to many of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YW84FRIDAY 7/23/2010 1:32PM

  Amazing! I'll have to admit (reluctantly) that I never could understand how people can get so big. I was under the false impression that the only way would be if they were eating non-stop and/or if they were disabled and therefore not able to exercise.

Your blog was very educational and eye-opening for me. Thank you. It truly changed my perspective on weight gain.


BTW have I told you yet today how awesome you are? Your AWESOME!

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VXWALL1942 7/23/2010 10:53AM

    What a challenging adventure you have had and how very impressive your tenacity in accomplishing such a grand amount of weight loss. Keep fighting the good fight. It is obvious that you have what it takes. I'm proud to know you.


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/23/2010 10:42AM

    There is an American Indian Tribe that lives near the Grand Canyon - they gain weight on next to no calories - no one believed it but the tests proved it. They had evolved and adapted to the circumstances surrounding their existence - feast or famine. The tribes undoing was fast food and preservatives!

So I have no problem believing that this can happen to anyone. Our bodies will do whatever is necessary to survive.

You, my friend, are living proof that we can still be in charge of our own destinies!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/23/2010 9:40AM

    You are one amazing woman! emoticon

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MARIADALE 7/23/2010 8:04AM

    We never know what we can achieve until we push ourselves beyond our comfort level. you are amazing!

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MILLYMOUSE1 7/23/2010 6:46AM

    Hi Ann you are a remarkable woman, you have an inner strength I don't think I could come close to, what ever your journey, I'm sure it will be achievable. Stay strong and take care

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MUSIC66 7/23/2010 6:17AM

    hi anne you are a true inspiration and a great motavater as well.

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SUSIEPH1 7/23/2010 6:02AM

    Hi Ann.. You really are inspirational ...I don't feel sorry for you at all .. I am just proud to be your friend ..
You have done so much with your life ..It sounds to me that you always had fun no matter what ..so that is delightful .
I also feel like that .. it isn't our choice to be large it is circumstances and medical. I think it is great that you have opened up as to what has happened .. It most certainly will help others ... Take Care love .. Chat soon ...Susie and Bobby emoticon

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60kg Exterminated - for ever (25kg to go!!)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Today I passed a huge milestone - I stepped on those scales and they read - 110kg!! (242lb)
This may not seem much to some - but to me it means I have lost 60kg (132lb) as I started this journey on 31st Jan 2002 weighing 170kg. (374lb)
Not all has been with Spark people - in fact did Sparkpeople exist in 2002?
Since joining Sparkpeople on 28th Feb 2009, I have lost 25kg (55lb)

It has taken 8 1/2 yrs to lose that 60kg - and towards the end its been very hard work - I haven't lost weight from January this year until a couple of weeks ago - the milestone was just out of reach!! But I have got there!!

I can't say I never gave up - but over all I was sure I would get there - as sure as I am now that I will lose the next 25kg (55lb)
However the betting is open as to how long it will take!!

But for today - you will excuse me if I am a bit excited that I have got this far!! Mind you - I am not deviating from my eating or exercise program!!

NEVER GIVE UP - the results are worth the effort.
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JOANOFSPARK 7/23/2010 7:31PM

    okay, I admit it....I am definitely inspired and motivated more than ever..hey, it took us awhile to get it on there......why should we expect to get it off instantly....? I am very proud of you...and you have every right to be as proud of the last stubborn pounds that just came off.....*grin* and I know that you will be just as successful in prying the last stubborn lbs off as well....*grin*

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SPARKLE72023 7/23/2010 7:20PM

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The 132 pound weight loss IS a very significant amount for sure!
Can you really believe that you lost the weight of an adult person .... and not a skinny-minny one either. WOW!!!

The amount of will power and mental focus that your achievement took was monumental. Ok, you will have to share your secret one day about "where" you found all that will power to hold the course for 8-1/2 years? I hate to use a word that's been so abused thru overuse lately but the only word that comes to my mind is AWESOME!

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MARIADALE 7/22/2010 8:02PM

    that is awesome!

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SUSIEPH1 7/21/2010 11:49PM

    Just so wonderful Love I am so very proud of you ... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/21/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWell done.!!!!!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/21/2010 10:23PM

    What an accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself!
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ALLYALLYT 7/21/2010 10:07PM

    wow! congrats! you are an inspiration. emoticon

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JANNIE48 7/21/2010 9:56PM

    Congratulations, excellent, awesome!!!!!
You inspire me to lose my 79kg
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    Awesome! You are incredible!

Keep trying, you are worth the extra effort!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/21/2010 8:19PM

  AWESOME!! emoticon

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IMREITE 7/21/2010 8:18PM

    its great that you have come so far. most people quit if they don't see immidiate results. Uou are a great success story.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 8:16PM

    You are such an inspiration to me and so many others!!! No betting... just knowing that you are getting to the healthiest you can be makes you AWESOME in my book.
You are in my thoughts and prayers, Ann. Keep up the great work. YOU ARE SO WORTH IT!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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MS.ELENI 7/21/2010 8:14PM

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You should be so proud of yourself.I am so happy for you

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OUTDOORSWOMAN 7/21/2010 7:54PM

    Wow!! Congratulations!!!

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VXWALL1942 7/21/2010 7:39PM

    You are awesome! And what an inspiration. Keep up the good work. I'm not taking any bets on how long. I am betting you'll meet your goal weight.

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    emoticon emoticonWHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 7/21/2010 7:04PM

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Keep it going, you'll be there before you know it!

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In answer to all the questions......................

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I have had several people ask how I am getting on with my exercise venture into Curves!!

My thoughts before I started this were that I was fed up with not having lost weight (though I had lost 2 sizes in clothes) – since January!! I had done all I could in changing exercise within my supplies of Chair Exercise DVDs and had played with my diet also, all to no avail!! So I decided to take a step up in exercise. It has turned out to be a very big leap actually – though I’m still surviving!!

My idea of exercise is that its like medicine – it has to be taken however it doesn’t have to be, and often isn’t, enjoyable!!

Having seen what was on offer locally I settled on Curves – as they were willing to let me do it on my terms. I go 3 times a week – Mon, Wed, and Friday. I also like the relaxed ladies only environment and that you are at home wearing anything – no pink lycra here, actually no lycra here!!

I try to go when its quieter and I actually prefer that I can be free to take my time without the feeling that others want to use the machine etc. Having said that, no one has ever criticised me for being slow – they just go round with a kind or encouraging word. Also there are at least 4 other disabled people there as well as myself.

I have been there 5 weeks now – and have worked out a circuit that works for me!!

The principal is a circuit with machines that are basically Strength and between each a padded recovery board where one runs on the spot or jiggles up and down or dances to the music or what ever – but this is the aerobic section!! The machines are mostly done seated but not the recovery, warm up, cool down or their stretch circuit.
One is SUPPOSED to move on every 30sec, and some enthusiastic ones do – but I take my time and it takes me time to get in and out of the machines so I sort of go at least half the speed round – but that doesn’t mean I slack off!! Twice round the machines that I do – and warm up, cool down and stretches takes me about 45 min – and in that time I burn on average 370 cal and can raise my heart rate from resting – 64 to a top of 117 – so I am definitely in an aerobic zone!! Those readings from my own Heart Rate Monitor.
I have found, with my legs being so bad that I can only do one leg machine but I do all the upper body machines quite happily!!
Surprisingly I can also cope with some quite active movement on the recovery boards!!
I have found that using their Stretch circuit is too severe for me – so I have been grabbing a chair and doing my own stretches that are from the Stretch DVD I have. This caused great interest when I started and now a few others use the same method!!

At the start I tried all the machines just to assess my capabilities – but then only did the ones I can comfortably do – I have had a lot of pain in my legs though – I get pain at night rather than after the workout!! I tried drinking more water – this helped a bit as does rubbing, but its hard to reach as its my hamstrings that are causing problems. This pain is starting to go over a bit now – you ask why I stood it as long? Well I remember what it was like for me starting even the gentle chair exercises – and that took weeks for the pain to go!! As well I’ve started to lose weight again – so I have motivation!!
They have a total program for weight loss – with an eating program which is actually quite good but I am not using it as its low carb and I need to go higher carb to try to alleviate a dehydration problem caused by the extra exercise !! It is a reasonably good plan though and easy to follow. They also do classes on that and on other nutritional and motivational things.

Will I ever be able to do the other machines – I honestly don’t know but I live in hope that I can strengthen the muscles enough to be able to..
How long will I be prepared to trade off pain for weight loss – again I don’t know but for now I am going, and I also accept that having been doing only chair exercise before this is a huge step up – getting acclimatised will take time. Doing extra stretches on my days between helps too – I am hoping the day will come I can do Chair aerobic exercise between my Curves days. I do not however believe that its true that “No pain = no gain”.

For anyone wishing to try Curves – They give a free 1 week trial – the staff I’ve met are helpful and friendly and I think that in USA you get a discount through SP!!

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SPARKLE72023 7/23/2010 7:12PM

    You must be so happy to be on the down-scale again. Yeah!!

That is so brave of you to have started Curves - - and continued it despite painful problems that have popped up.

We're cheering you onward!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 8:25PM

    You are doing such a FANTASTIC job!!! You continue to inspire me as well as support me. Keep up your great work as you travel your journey to the healthiest you can be. Listen to your body...it won't let you down!!
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I wish we had a Curves near us. For me to drive half an hour one way though just doesn't fit into my schedule as my days are so busy already. Glad I have other options available to me.
Blessings and hugs,

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/21/2010 7:03PM

    You are totally emoticon my emoticon.

I give you lots of credit for doing this. For moving forward, even with the pain. I think you know your limits and you are sticking by them.


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MARIADALE 7/21/2010 6:20PM

    glad you are enjoying!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/21/2010 10:41AM

  That is so incredibly AWESOME! I'm proud of you! AND I've been using your example to encourage a friend of mine who is currently 310 lbs. She's warming up to the idea and I'm hoping she'll try based on the hope that your experience provides.

Way to go!


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Yes, here in the states we can also get one week free trial time.

Glad to hear the scale is again moving for you!

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VXWALL1942 7/21/2010 8:54AM

    Good for you getting the metabolism moving to lose more pounds. I have been hesitant to join Curves, thinking my disability would put me and others at a disadvantage on the circuit. You've given me just the info I needed to think its worth a try. Still need to stay on the chair exercises for a while longer to increase my stamina but I'm looking forward to trying Curves. If you can do it then I'm motivated to try. Thanks for all you do!!! Have a super week!


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IRONGRANNIE 7/21/2010 5:55AM

    It's wonderful that you have been able to continue with Curves. And got your weight moving again!!!! Well done, you are truly an inspiration to all who know you.

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SUSIEPH1 7/21/2010 1:16AM

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2RICKIE 7/20/2010 11:40PM

    Wow! That's incredible! Keep it up!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/20/2010 11:36PM

    It's amazing what you have achieved. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up! I hope the pain lessens for you soon. emoticon

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CHERYL7777 7/20/2010 11:32PM

    Congratulations for working so hard. I'm glad the scale is moving again for you. Thank you for sharing this information. I had often wondered what curves was like. When I get a little more weight off I may try them. I'm afraid of being too heavy for their machines right now. Any way, keep up the good work and good luck to you.

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