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About Me - taken from CHEF4RENT

Thursday, April 21, 2011

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
NO

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
MONDAY AND TUESDAY

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
EH...

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
ROAST BEEF

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
YES, 2

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
YEP, I CAN GET ALONG WITH MOST PEOPLE

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
WHO, ME? NAH...

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
YES

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
ABSOLUTELY! I BRIDGED JUMPED IN THE PAST, CAN'T BE TOO DIFFERENT

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I'M IN LOVE WITH QUAKER OATMEAL SQUARES

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
DOES ANYONE?

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
MENTALLY, MOST OF THE TIME. PHYSICALLY, GETTING THERE

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
THEIR SMILE AND THEIR TEETH, I KNOW, WEIRD.

15. RED OR PINK?
RED

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
MY WEIGHT

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
MY BEST FRIEND

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
WHO?

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
NOT WEARING ANY

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A BIG GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
MY HUSBAND PLAY MARIO KART ON THE Wii

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
PERIWINKLE

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
SMELLING PEOPLE'S FIREPLACES WHEN I'M OUTSIDE

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
ONE OF MY DAUGHTER'S FRIENDS MOTHERS

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
MOUNTAIN

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
THEY PUT THAT STUFF ON TV? LOL!

27. HAIR COLOR?
BLONDISH

28. EYE COLOR?
BLUISH/GREEN

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
YES

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
PIZZA

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
BOTH, I LOVE MOVIES

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
PURPLE

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
BOTH

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
BOTH.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
CHEESECAKE

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
CARDIO

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
COMPUTER

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
THANKS TO MAMADWARF "BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK" HILARIOUS!

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
MY KIDS

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
MY DAUGHTERS BELLY LAUGHS

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
NO WAY I CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN THOSE TWO, HAVE TO HAVE BOTH

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (I'M IN PA)

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
ERIE, PA

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
ERIE, PA

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
BRICK

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
GREEN

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
SURE, WHY NOT?

  
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JENNSWIMS 5/11/2011 9:45AM

    This is an awesome idea! I love it!

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SUSANS_TURN 5/7/2011 2:42PM

    "Cute" blog! That was fun to read! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/28/2011 7:55PM

  ooooohhh...cheesecake is your fave. dessert... yummmm! ;) these are awesome things to read... :)

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 4/27/2011 3:50PM

    Hi Holly,

Just stopped by to read your new blog all about you. Wow, you are a true adventure. I am deathly afraid of heights so number 9 would be a fear challenge for me. I loved learning more about you, thank you for sharing this!

I am sorry you cried both Monday and Tuesday and I hope today was much better for you! By the way number 43...You ROCK girl..my choice all the way.

Take care of you,

Kristin

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TEMPEST272002 4/21/2011 9:45PM

    Great getting to know you Periwinkle!

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One step forward, one step back

Monday, March 21, 2011

I went to Walmart to night after work and saw some cute capris, so I thought I'd try them on... but they were in the "regular" size clothing. I went over to the plus side and couldn't find anything comparable, shocking I know! I went back and grabbed the 18's (biggest size they had) thinking, OK, if they're close to buttoning, they will probably button by summer. I tried them on and they fit!!!! Not an 18W, just a regular 18 at Walmart, I was so excited and they're so cute. One step forward!

Then I went on to Wegmans to pick up a few things and headed over to the "whole foods / organic / specialty" section. I wasn't looking for anything specific, just checking things out. They have a lot of really interesting things in that department, but usually I have a kid or two with me, and that's not a place I can just spend time wandering around in when they're with me. I came around the corner to see a woman standing there who was tall, thin, and wearing workout gear. I turned around and left. Why do I feel like I can't be in that section unless I look her, and have some higher knowledge of nutrition? Did I think she was going to look at me at ask "Hey fatty, why are you in this department? The twinkies are on the other end of the store." I didn't think it at that moment, but that's how I felt after I quickly got out of site. Then I spent the rest of my shopping trip wondering WHY I did that. I guess I haven't made as much progress on this journey as I thought. One step back.

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 4/19/2011 7:48PM

    Congrats on the size 18! I know that sometimes our minds don't work with our bodies and we forget we are worthy, but you are indeed worthy of being in any isle with a skinny girl. Maybe she was a spark girl and you missed the opportunity of a life time to meet her and have her tell you about how she became healthy. Okay maybe not LOL, but please don't let that stop you again. I, too am working on not letting others keep me from doing the things I like. It is a huge challenge, but we can do this!

Keep your head up high!

Take care of you,

Kristin

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HEATHERALB 3/28/2011 8:32PM

    yay! for the huge step forward you achieved!!!

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SWEETS86 3/27/2011 12:48AM

    I would just echo a lot of the things other shave said. Also, think for a min...how do you know that woman did not used to weigh 100lbs more last year? It is hard for us to be judged, but it is worse for us to do it to others. Next time give others the benefit of the doubt. You may be that woman in the workout clothes some day when another "you" comes into the isle.
Stay positive and hold your head high for the things you have accomplished.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/23/2011 2:58PM

    I know EXACTLY how you felt. I used to feel the same way. If it is any encouragement, I don't feel that way anymore. I feel equal to anyone and worthy of looking at health food, etc. when they're looking at it too. It's amazing what weight loss can do for your self esteem. I used to have NONE, and now I really feel pretty confident. I walk for exercise and am pretty sure that no longer will construction workers or teenagers yell derogatory comments at me as they drive by me, or if I walk by them as they're working. That's a huge step for me!

That's great news on the size 18's--you're only going to get smaller and more confident--and then you'll be able to shop wherever, whenever you want and around all of those skinny chicks! It took me forever to get into regular sizes, but as you weigh less, it doesn't take as many pounds to move down a size. I wore my "BIG" clothes for a long time before I started buying smaller ones. Now I'm buying a smaller size everytime I go shopping, even if I've only lost 10 more pounds! It's FUN!

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MOMOMMA622 3/23/2011 2:52PM

    You are amazing and don't let that thin work out girl intimidate you. She probably has an eating disorder. LOL Just kidding. But soon you will be the healthy sized girl in the healthy section, so be nice to those just starting their journey when you do!

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PELESJEWEL 3/22/2011 9:41PM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you for two reasons! 1) 18!!!! hellow? NOT 18W - 18!!! Yesss! 2) That woman was a trigger for you - that's all it was. You'll know next time when it comes up, not to give it any power. Just move forward like you own the place girl!! Look how much you've accomplished!

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GONICNIC 3/22/2011 1:13PM

    Awww...I think you are awesome for trying to check out the section in Walgreens, in the first place. I do understand that overwhelming urge to run away because I feel like an imposter and I don't belong and I completely understand feeling baffled by it. All I know is that you are a wonderful gorgeous lady who is now wearing size 18's....YAY you!!!! emoticon

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MY2CHIX 3/22/2011 1:00PM

    WooHoo on the regular 18's - that is sooo wonderful.

As for the other - I don't know what to say as I am having similar issues. LOL
Yesterday afternoon around 5:00 some of my neighbor friends with their kids rode by and we all went out for bike rides. Adeline (4 yr) rode with her buddy Sam on his tractor. Fine and dandy until we all split back up to go home and Ade was without her bike. So, I put her on my seat and walked beside her pushing my bike. Well, we went past another neighbors house that I don't know really well and the "mom" who is also a very thin, beautiful woman and Dr. calls out to me - "That's some exercise for you" I was like WTH? I know I'm FAT but I am really working on it. I don't know if she meant anything by it but I really took it to heart. I think I feel more comfortable walking through the gym - at least there, I am working out hard like everyone else and the wet sweaty shirt tells the story.

You are my inspiration - and many others!
love you!
Denise

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29MOMOF4 3/22/2011 11:28AM

    emoticon on the capris!

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HOLLYBELLE77 3/22/2011 7:29AM

    Congrats on the capris! That's great!

I'm constantly thinking that someone is watching me and judging me, especially at the grocery store. If I have something snacky in there, I think they're looking and thinking "Does she really need that?" and when I have healthy stuff in there I picture them thinking "You're going to need a lot more help than that." It's a constant battle. I've gone to clothing stores with a friend of mine who isn't a plus size and feel very awkward. The sales people don't even address me. They ask her if they can help her and do their best not to make eye contact with me.

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TIME4AMY 3/22/2011 7:23AM

    Know what I think...

I think for a split second, you forgot that perhaps that's why she looks like that...a healthy diet and exercise.

I think for a split second, you forgot who you are NOW and remembered that the woman you WERE wouldn't have gone into that section.

I think for a split second, if you had conversed with this woman and "your story" about how far you've come slipped out in between, SHE might have idolized YOU!! Perhaps looking fit comes naturally to her. Perhaps she joined the band wagon of the "organic" crowd.

I think questioning WHY... is just a sign that you are still a lil' critical of yourself (absolutely normal), but willing to learn more about yourself. Learn from it...hold your head high. You deserve to be there, just as well as anyone else. You are a model of healthy eating and exercise...after all, this "go getter" didn't get to this point by wishing on a star!

YOU DESERVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT ANYONE ELSE IS OFFERED, NO MATTER WHAT THE STEREOTYPE IS!

Maybe we won't get to the point where we look as fabulous as some, but we are going to look and feel 100% better than we did at the beginning of this journey...and that, my friend, is an accomplishment that perhaps MRS. FIT has never had to conquer!

Holly,... I look up to you! You are teaching me that it is possible with hard work and dedication. I would be drawn to you, before I would MRS. FIT. Look at the words on your screen in blue....

INSPIRE! INSPIRE! INSPIRE! ...that you do!

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(size 18! No more plus size section?! I'm jealous!!!)

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MADTHENURSE 3/22/2011 6:28AM

    How exciting for you!!!!! "Regular" stores - here you come! I'll get you to the mall yet! As far as your "step back"... (didn't we have the same conversation on Sunday, but talking about me??? Why is it so hard to give ourselves the same pep talk we give to others???)... So, in case you can't see it - You are smart and beautiful - inside and out. You need to tell yourself that every day. Although some in this world are beyond rude, the majority aren't looking at size - they can't see past what a terrific person you are. And, if they are only looking at size then they are missing out on knowing a really great person - screw 'em! Since the day I met you almost 17 years ago, I have aspired to be more like you - genuine. heartfelt. You are one of the most beautiful people I know. As far as skinny in the food isle, trust me, she has issues too... everyone does.

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-POOKIE- 3/22/2011 5:56AM

    I feel like this in clothes shops.

The other day I was in a high-end fashion store and was convinced I was going to escorted by burly guards any moment for being too fat to be there!!

In reality I expect she didn't even notice you, just as I bet I wasn't even noticed.

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LEAHLEGS 3/22/2011 1:50AM

    My husband works at a whole foods market, where everything is natural or organic. But those two words mean nothing nutritionally!!! People buy pies and ice cream there because they think organic means it's better for them. It may have no chemicals, but it will still pack on the pounds.

You can achieve weight loss in or out of the natural section, and never let a thin woman keep you away from anything you want! Just because she's thin doesn't mean she's happy.

Good Luck!

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ITZGOTIME 3/21/2011 11:19PM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. That is exactly why I will NOT use a gym with other people. I guess that's something both of us need to work on.

But congrats on the pants !! It is always inspirational when you realize that you really are changing your body with what you are doing.

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ADALAI 3/21/2011 11:07PM

    Congrats on the 18's!!!!!!!

And the next time that 'run and hide!" sensation takes over, just remember that all women (ok most women) inside have some bit of insecurity that is all their own.(ok I think thats any human! not just females) She might have almost wanted to run from you , wondering if you were doing well in your job, in your home life, with your family. Or she may have just thought "I bet that beautiful woman knows what the best kinda organic delish tortillas are!"

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/21/2011 11:02PM

  And you know that YOU have just as much right to be in that section as that other woman does. ;-) But I have gone through that kind of feeling too.

Congrats on the capri's... great work! :)

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MAMADWARF 3/21/2011 10:56PM

    congrats on the 18's!!! You have come such a long way! SOOOO proud of you!~~

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CHRISTINA791 3/21/2011 9:01PM

    emoticon

I've been there before, and it's not easy to get past (I'm still not 100% over it in some areas). Recognizing it is a huge step.

That's awesome about the pants!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/21/2011 8:53PM

    I still do that sometimes. Our minds are slower to catch up than our bodies. Good for you for recognizing how silly we used to be! Congrats on the average size 18's! I would be thrilled too. I am so proud of you!

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New foods for me... well, 2 out of 3 isn't bad!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I've purchased a few new foods over the last couple of weeks and thought I'd write about them.

The first one came from BOOKWORM27S. It's the Oikos Chocolate Yogurt. I've tried all of the different brands of Greek yogurt that my local grocery store (Wegmans) carries, and I prefer Chobani for taste and texture. When she suggested Oikos, I'm not a fan, but it's chocolate, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Wegmans also sells Caramel so I tried that too. SOO YUMMY! All the good stuff's on the bottom and after you mix it all up, it's just delightful. All the goodness of chocolate or caramel and all the benefits of Greek Yogurt! Way to go Oikos!

The second one came from SLIMKATIE (and a host of others). It's the infamous PB2. I finally found it at the Whole Foods store in original and chocolate. I bought the original with the intent to put it in my breakfast shake. It's delicious and HALF the calories and fat. I've also tried it in oatmeal which is just as tasty. I've never actually made it into peanut butter, I've just used it in powdered form so, I'm not sure what it tastes like on a PB&J sandwich. Still, it will definitely be a staple in my pantry.

Finally, I bought Shirataki spaghetti shaped noodles. I've read a lot about these noodles with 20 calories and 3 carbs per serving. Made of tofu and yam powder, I wasn't too sure, but as much as I love pasta, if I could use this as a substitute, rock on! I did as instructed, I rinsed them thoroughly (to rid them of the "authentic smell" which happens to smell like fish) and boiled them for 2 minutes. Then I had to dry them and then "use them as I would any noodle." I got past the fish smell, and while rinsing, I played with them a little and they had a texture like ramen noodles. So far so good. I added a tomato basil sauce, some seasonings and had my bowl of "pasta." Not quite. They have a "snap" to them when you bit into them. They are "rubbery" like regular noodles, but I couldn't get past the "crunch." My daughter LOVED them! She ate half and is "saving the other half for tomorrow!'" Well, at $1.65 a bag, either way, I didn't waste any money, especially if she eats them. There was a recipe for a soup on the bag. I'll try them again, just to give it another chance. Maybe in soup with a bunch of veggies, I won't notice the crunchy noodles as much!

Like I said... 2 out of 3 isn't bad!

  
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BOOKWORM27S 5/2/2011 10:04AM

    Glad you enjoyed the Oikos! I love the Shirataki noodles, but they do take some getting used to. If you like peanut Thai noodles, then they make a great low-cal substitute.
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MOMOMMA622 3/7/2011 7:47PM

    Oh and I am signing up for that 5k too, but I cannot run yet. I just don't feel confident. I feel scared. I am so proud of you getting halfway.

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MY2CHIX 3/7/2011 1:34PM

    Sweet - I have never heard of those noodles - and I don't live anywhere near a natural foods store - closest is over 2 hrs away in Norfolk, VA. I was going to try something to sub for pasta too as it is my downfall for sure and spaghetti squash is good but does not compare to pasta. I am loving greek yogart - it is my go 2 snack when I'm starving and it kicks right in so i'm not hungry. Great job trying new things!

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GAILRUU 3/7/2011 9:22AM

    So far I have not been able to find the noodles in my small town grocery store. I plan to try them when they are available. I will try the whole foods store to see if the PB powder is available. I am going to try quinoa too if I can buy just a little to see how I like it.

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PATTIBL 3/6/2011 10:49PM

    The noodles are not bad. For me they taste better with asian dishes rather than traditional Italian. I toss mine with sound ground chicken breasts, broccoli and a little soy or hosin sauce with ginger and garlic. They are pretty tastey then to help hearty up the dish. They are a bit chewy, to me almost like jello knox blocks.

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CHEF4RENT 3/6/2011 10:14PM

    I am so going to have to find some pb2 near me!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Peanut Butter. I suppose I will have to find it....

I love experimenting with new foods. One time I bought some white truffle oil...big mistake...lol it tasted like a cow pie..but I suppose since it is found there....lol

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TEMPEST272002 3/6/2011 5:16PM

    The PB2 sounds especially interesting. Have you tried spaghetti squash yet? I prefer it to actual spaghetti! And it's so versatile too.

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 3/6/2011 4:11PM

    I love Greek yogurt. I haven't tried that brand though - I'm stuck on Athenos 100 calorie Non-Fat GY with fruit. I've also heard good things about PB2 but haven't gotten it myself yet. I'm planning a trip to Whole Foods (never been there) soon and I may get some!

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HOLLYBELLE77 3/6/2011 3:43PM

    Those noodles sound...interesting...lol. I think I'll stick with spaghetti squash. :)

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-POOKIE- 3/6/2011 2:56PM

    I so want to try those noodles! Not found them anywhere in the UK

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ADALAI 3/6/2011 2:17PM

    Oh see, now I am going to have to add the first two to my shopping list!

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Do you count ALL calories burned or just cardio?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I just got a heart rate monitor and I really like it. I think it really gives me a better picture of what I'm doing. However, today after cardio, I forgot to pause it and it kept running through my ST session. Do you count all those calories or just the ones burned during cardio? Does SP calculate calories burned for you when you check those little boxes next to your ST exercise? So I'm either inputting 500 or 750... I've always shut it off before so it was never an issue. HELP!

  
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KAYWEB555 3/6/2011 4:51PM

    SP count only the cardio but if you have a monitor or Body Bugg count everything !

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 3/6/2011 4:20PM

    Well I have a body bugg and if I wear it all 24hrs, it tells me how many calories I burn for the while day, which I love because when I put in my calories eaten, I know the deficits of each day (then can kind of gauge what my weightloss should be each week).

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CHEF4RENT 2/18/2011 11:57PM

    I usually only count the Cardio. I do love my HRM. It makes keeping it in the "aerobic" range so much easier:)

Jake

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-POOKIE- 2/18/2011 2:35AM

    SP doesn't count them because its too hard to guesstimate for them.

However if YOU have one of these monitors, you can add it as a custom activity on the Add Cardio pop up. Just add the time, the calories burned and give a title.

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KUEENKAREN 2/17/2011 5:53PM

    SP doesn't count calories when you check the ST boxes. Here's a SP link I found about this:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
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q=75

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Am I the only one who does this?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I change my goal weight on my tracker and in my head several times a week. What is your goal weight based on. Is it simply the "healthy BMI?" Is it a weight you were at one time and felt comfortable at? Or is it a weight that you "hope" to get to regardless of where it falls on the BMI chart? I'm 5'0" tall and I should weigh less than 127lbs to be healthy. That seems ridiculously small to me. Is is because I haven't been that small since middle school? I don't know, it just seems sooo small. Is it because somewhere in my head, I can't imagine weighing so little? The only number recognition I have is 190. I weighed that in college and that's the ONLY number I can remember. Nothing before and nothing after. Originally I started out wanting to weigh 150lbs, still at the high end of the "overweight" category, but that's the number I chose. No reason for it, just a number. Maybe because I can't even imagine getting to that point. I'm thinking I may stick with my original goal, and then change it after I hit it. I want to get to a healthy BMI, but in my head I'm really struggling with that number. Anyone else, or is it just MY OWN neurotic feelings getting in my way?

  
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MOMOMMA622 2/11/2011 8:01AM

    My cousin April said her healthy BMI would be like 127, and Jillian said hers would be 120, that seems so LOW

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MOM4407 2/7/2011 9:08PM

    What does your doctor say? I know the BMI says I should weigh 130 but for me when I weighed 140 I looked sick. I am focusing on my monthly goals instead of the ending goal. I have 30lbs to go and I just want 10lbs a month. Day by day. If I focus to far ahead I will get discouraged and lost. Stay on track day by day.
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MOMOMMA622 2/7/2011 4:58PM

    My goal weight i 145, 5 lbs less than my healthy bmi to give me some wiggle room. 127 sems tiny. I would just play it be ear. I may be content at 165. I just want to be classified as healthy.

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YEAROFTHERABBIT 2/7/2011 2:45PM

    I can totally see where you're coming from...I'm told a healthy BMI for myself is 140lbs (I'm 5'7") and that just sounds ridiculously small. I set my current goal as 165, my lowest adult weight in which I was legitimately happy with myself. I suppose we'll have to see where it goes from there. It's just a matter of finding where your comfy spot is, I guess.

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KEEKEE1ST 2/7/2011 2:45PM

    Your goal should be when you feel it should be, not the number on the scale. When you feel good, you look good. That's my philosophy...
hugs,
Candy

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ELLEYKAT 2/7/2011 9:47AM

    I think it's a great idea to set it at 150, or even 190 which is a weight you can remember being. You can always set it to something lower once you hit your goal, and it's good for it to feel achievable. I've got mine set at 127, which is a BMI of 22 for me (I'm 5'4"). According to the WiiFit, that's the "healthiest" BMI to shoot for. Frankly, though, I'm going to be one ecstatic girl to get down to 180 again - which I weighed 5 or 6 years ago, and I thought I needed to lose weight THEN!!

You can do it, regardless of what your goal ticker says is your "goal." Just keep working for what you want - doesn't matter if that changes on a daily basis! =)

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TEMPEST272002 2/6/2011 4:49PM

    I think you hit a nerve with this question. I set my goal weight at 150, the high end of healthy BMI for my height. BUT this is just a loosey-goosey number. I have absolutely no idea of how I'll feel once I get there. Really, it's been so long since I was under 200lbs that I'm still wrapping my brain around that.


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SKINNYMISSKASEY 2/6/2011 3:22PM

    I question my goal sometimes, wondering if I should go lower or not. I've never ever been below 200lbs except when I was a growing child, so I have no idea what skinny is for me, or what weight I like. I do know I am going to lose my stomach because it's tortured me for years (long story, but my papa was HUGE and I have a stomach similar to his..ugh) so once I lose it, I will REALLY question where I need to stop at, but it'll be a while before it's gone because it's still a good 20lbs heavy in the stomach!

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MADTHENURSE 2/6/2011 1:14PM

    My thoughts... goals are something that we set for ourselves as a means to better ourselves, our lives, our families, or even the world around us. Once we meet our goal, it's time to set new goals. We should always strive for better - whether it's our weight, our stress levels, to be better at volunteering, whatever. When we reach success, it feels great and motivates us to do more. At the same time, if we set our goal SO high that it seem unreachable, then we end up giving up. So, here's my thoughts. Set a goal that is attainable and within a reasonable amount of time. Once you meet that, look at where you are and decide for yourself - what's next for me? Go from there... Regardless, know that you are not alone. I think we all play mind games with ourselves on a daily basis... or at least I do!

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/6/2011 1:07PM

    I do the same thing. My goal weight is 170, which I'm sure is very large to some, but it is a weight I haven't been in forever. It is something I feel I I can do.....

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AMLGARRIDO 2/6/2011 1:01PM

    I am right there with ya! I'm 5' 2" and I'm suppose to be anywhere between 104 pounds and 131 pounds, according to the BMI table. I chose 131 since it's at the highest end of its range, but any smaller I can't even imagine. I may try to go smaller once I get there, but since I've never known what it feels like to be "skinny", I'm scared of such a small number. It seems so tiny!!!

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HEIDIC75 2/6/2011 12:44PM

    it is all about being healthy and happy!!! Start at your goal and then if once you get there change it if you want...you go girl you can do this!!!

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NIKKISEZ 2/6/2011 12:29PM

    You are not alone. Stick with goals that feel comfortable for you & then re-evaluate how you feel. I'm also 5'1. Several years ago I lost a lot of weight & got down to 122, which is mid-range for healthy for us vertically-challenged ladies. But I looked awful. I lost so much weight in my face that I looked like Skeletor. After gaining back 50+ pounds, I decided I'd gone too far in the other direction. When I told my partner that I was going to lose weight & get healthy again her comment to me was, "Ok, but don't get as skinny as you did last time. It wasn't healthy." So I'm going for 130 so I can officially say I'm in the "normal" BMI range, but I think my best weight range will be 130-135.



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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/6/2011 12:10PM

    I just blogged about this today. I've acknowledged that I've lied to myself for years and held myself hostage at this weight and size because it's the lightest I ever was... but it's not the lightest I'm possible to be. I'm tired of seeing people whose only goal is to be a size 4 when that concept doesn't exist in my brain. Just my two cents, it's not only you.

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MY2CHIX 2/6/2011 11:32AM

    Glad to know I'm not the only one doing this. LOL
I change it in my head everyday too - wondering what I would feel/look like under 200 lbs.
We will find out won't we!!
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You will know when you hit "your" feel good weight.
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CHRISTINA791 2/6/2011 11:26AM

    I know how you feel - I'm 5'1 and the weights I'm supposed to be aiming for seem so tiny. I didn't weigh myself back when I was skinny or normal, and I can't remember being lower than 150 so it's all new territory.

I'm kind of playing by ear. I set my first goal at 130, so my 'healthy' BMI rounded down to the nearest 10. Looking at where I'm at now halfway to the goal, I think that I'll actually still have room to lose after that point, but I'm waiting to see what my body tells me. That's the part that's really eye-opening - there was a lot of hidden weight on my body. A lot of what I've lost has happened in toning and smoothing up, so even though I couldn't imagine being in the 120's before, I can see how it could happen now and I've adjusted my goals based on that.

I really do believe that small goals work better, so I'm hoping that I can just keep pushing for five pound losses and know when I've reached the spot my body wants to be.

Interesting dicsussion, thank you!

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ADALAI 2/6/2011 10:54AM

    I know for me, the healthy BMI is something I -should- aim for but I am not. For me, i needed to break it down into two groupings. I want to hit 190, because it was my weight before I started the cycle of overeating to pain, and then emotional eating. Before that, was just a lack of activity, and plain over eating things that weren't good for me.

So my plan (again, for me, and not it might not be the best thing) is to hit 190, then to turn around and reset that goal line again, after I maintain there just a bit. Then will regroup, and refocus on achieving the healthy BMI. emoticon

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NICOLEY-O 2/6/2011 10:52AM

    My goal is based on where i can remember myself being happy with how I looked and felt. You've got this!

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