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Another weekend party, another 1/2 lb

Monday, November 07, 2011

I'm not turning the invitations down anymore. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years looming, I figure I have to learn to plan carefully what I will eat and imbibe and not trip out when I gain the invitable small amount anyway.

I looked up the calorie counts of various drinks, subtracted the calories from my daily allowance, danced off a few more and was not surprised I STILL showed a 1/2 lb gain--in fact I expected a full lb gain (and knowing my body, that may still come tomorrow).

But I really enjoyed hanging with my friends--and I looked good in a dress I haven't EVER worn (I always planned to "get down to it.") It's the little things....

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VETTRANGER 11/11/2011 6:08PM

    I think the clothes we can get into are some of the most serious psychological wins in this process, and a better indicator that the scale is most of the time.

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CHELEMIA 11/7/2011 10:01PM

    Go girl. That's the way. I agree. Want pics!! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 11/7/2011 3:54PM

    There you are...I was wondering where you went...glad you had a fabulous time at the party! I know what you mean about these holidays - enjoy fitting into the smaller clothes and have some fun!! emoticon

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MAYTE1975 11/7/2011 3:16PM

    emoticon You are enjoying life , that´s the best. What´s 1/2 lb , is not even half a kilo. We want photos with that dress emoticon
You are such an inspiration
emoticon sparkamiga

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/7/2011 1:51PM

    YOu're so fortunate to have invitations AND success! emoticon

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SP info on exercise for more efficient weight loss

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

An interesting article in the "Ask the Experts" section has some specific recommendations about use of exercise for weight loss but not muscle loss(of special interest to me were the first and last paragraphs):

If you want to focus on losing fat, doing cardio AFTER strength training is not a bad idea. It does seem to increase the amount of fat burned during the workout itself—but just slightly.

The most important thing is just to make sure you do cardio, regardless of when. The strength training, when done correctly, will help preserve existing muscle mass. Maintaining an overall calorie deficit forces your body to use your body fat to replace the energy used up by both forms of exercise. Higher intensity and longer duration workouts (cardio and strength) will use more energy. Note: Neither form of exercise actually burns much fat during the exercise itself; it's the total amount of energy expended that determines how much fat you will burn.

Limit your high-intensity cardio to no more than 45-60 minutes per day. More than that can increase the rate of muscle loss. Adding extra low intensity activity like walking is usually okay.

Full article:


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WINNIEVIOLA 11/4/2011 10:47PM

  It's important to balance caloric loss in exercise.

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VETTRANGER 11/3/2011 6:50PM

    Good info Jazze, thanks.

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MAYTE1975 11/2/2011 5:25PM

    Gracias por la info , yo intento hacer los dos tipos de ejercicios , pero no sabía que era mejor hacer cardio después de los ejercicios de fuerza. La pena es que yo salgo muy tarde de trabajar y no puedo salir a andar.
De nuevo gracias por el artículo.

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BRAVERUDE 11/2/2011 1:28PM

    Very good information - thanks for sharing!

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CHELEMIA 11/2/2011 11:36AM

    That was so informational thank you. It is funny but I am naturally doing that. 60 min aerobic and another hour or 2 of walking and daily life. Chasing dogs or children, shopping, moving and cleaning after the puppy. I count them but only half the amount under a 30 min walk due to lack of intense sweat.

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WooHoo! I'm in 130-dom!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I feel like a knight in King Arthur's court who just fought his way past all the conquered foes into the oppressor's castle. Now it's MINE to occupy forever!

It was a hard-won fight with running shoes and hurt knees, challenging intervals on the elliptical, exercise bands snapping back to leave bruises on my behind--but I'm the victor. Oh, I know at 139.5 I barely crossed the castle threshold, but I'm IN and I'm going to take over every room of this castle one by one until I'm comfortable in it. Make it mine.

Thanks to all my fellow knights who cheered me on through every victory and helped be back onto my horse after every set-back. Don't leave me now. In fact, you're all welcome to inhabit my castle with me--even as we all pursue our ultimate goal--maintenance--the most important chore for guarding one's castle.

Let's swing our swords in the air! Victory will be ours!

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COLUMBINE2 11/3/2011 9:27PM

    Wow....I hear the echoes of thousands of rattling sabers! You're a cheerleader in armor and the stallion you're riding is pawin' the ground (I might be getting my Wyoming cattle rides mixed up in this metaphor----so I'd better quit before I get trampled by the bison! ??)

Congrats on 139.5!!!! Amazing! We need new photos...those white slacks are probably baggy by now! Keep up the hard work!

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WINNIEVIOLA 10/29/2011 8:26PM

  Congrats!!! I like the thought of a castle too! That means you're getting down to medium land too, eh? So exciting!!!!

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VETTRANGER 10/29/2011 7:43PM

    Its always very cool to get into a new set of 10. :-) The way you wrote about it was also VERY cool. You obviously have this figured out too, which is a real feeling of confidence!

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MOBYCARP 10/29/2011 5:32PM

    emoticon emoticon
I know it's been hard for you, but you did it!

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CHELEMIA 10/29/2011 5:17PM

    All Hail!!!

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MAYTE1975 10/29/2011 5:13PM

I love the castle metaphor , so happy for you. Hope you invite me to your castle , but I still have a long way before reaching my goal emoticon
Maintenance is hard but you can make it , you are such motivation for me .
I´m still fighting with the kettlebell and the dumbells and my friend Jillian Michaels , she is very nice and all but what a enslaver emoticon

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/29/2011 4:02PM

    That's great! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 10/29/2011 11:24AM

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BRAVERUDE 10/29/2011 11:16AM

    Yayyyyy!!!!! Losing the weight tastes better than anything I've ever seen on a plate!!! I'm very happy for you!

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ZEESPARROW 10/29/2011 9:37AM

    emoticon That is emoticon!!!!

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SUPER3800 10/29/2011 8:26AM

  EXCELLET JOB! You did it! emoticon

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When will I ever learn?

Friday, October 28, 2011

For weeks I've been putting off a friend who loves to invite me to dinner. Why, because I'm trying to stay on my plan and he's the type that pushes food at you and acts hurt if you politely try to refuse seconds, etc. So tonite, I relented--gave myself the pep talks about staying with the healthful choices. I took a bottle of white wine to leave for him, but what did he do? Met me at the door with the sweetest mixed drink I've ever tasted (probably because it's been months since I've had a drink), and the evening went down from there. Oh, I enjoyed his company and the food was good, too good.

Should have stayed home.

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VETTRANGER 10/29/2011 12:51AM

    Its hard for people who are not dieting and counting calories to understand what those of us doing so must go through. Still, we can't avoid everyone who doesn't understand.

It is OK to take a modest portion and say, "I'm on a diet and I can't overdo tonight, but if I could be tempted off of it this meal would do it!" ... and then stay firm. But like everyone else said, the occasional rich meal won't blow the deal if we don't let it. Even Weight Watchers says to blow the diet every week or two.

A couple of times a month my wife has Ladies' Night Out or an Altrusa dinner. Those nights she stops by our favorite Mexican place on the way home and brings me chimichangas. I make sure to eat very light for breakfast and lunch those days, because the chimichanga dinner is about 1000 calories. So I try to keep breakfast and lunch to about 250 each.

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BRAVERUDE 10/28/2011 1:44PM

    This is funny...I was going to agree with you until I read all the other comments... You are competitive, young lady - yes, you deserve your time out with friends. But...you are also actively pursuing some goals and this may delay your progress. Hmmm...enjoy the social time and kick the Challenge up a notch, next week!
Have a great weekend - no more beating yourself up for any decisions you make!

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LLF1020 10/28/2011 11:06AM

    One of the things that worried me the most when starting the "Spark" was socializing. I realized rather quickly that one night out with friends does not break you but gives you renewed energy. Think about it this way you went out enjoyed yourself then back to it. That is willpower being persistent! Great job you are doing living your life.

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JLPARKHURST 10/28/2011 8:00AM

    You need those nights now and then! Glad you enjoyed yourself! You deserved it!

Take care

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MICHIGANLORI 10/28/2011 7:56AM

    Sometimes you just need those days. I went to the Melting Pot for my daughter's 16th birthday. I really enjoyed myself and turned it around the next day.

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MAYTE1975 10/28/2011 5:53AM

    No , you shouldn´t emoticon
You enjoyed a good evening with a friend , what more can we ask for?
A session with our dear friend Jillian and you will be back on track


Que tengas un buen fin de semana


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SM-ARTGIRL 10/28/2011 2:38AM

    It is a night shared with a friend! Not blowing everything you have put in place- all your healthy choices and moves are not ruined by a night of indulgence!
Please do not beat yourself up! What I learned at Sparkpeople: Consider it a "reset" night and carry on with your mostly good choices with your very next meal.

Comment edited on: 10/28/2011 2:40:32 AM

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CHELEMIA 10/28/2011 1:23AM

    I over did pizza due to being too tired to "cook" an 8 layer dip dinner....
It happens NOW exercise and flush it away.

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Bonus benefits of Sparking

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

At my job, as part of a wellness program, we get a check-up every 6 months. My numbers were so good, the nurse asked me what I was doing. She knew about SparkPeople and applauded my consistent efforts. Sure I was glad that my weight was down 6 lbs. from my last visit (what she didn't know was that I'd actually gained 10 more last summer), but the bonus benefit of all these exercise challenges and food tracking were my other heart-health numbers.

BP 108/62
Pulse 60
Cholesterol 197 (Good HDL 96 !!!)
Glucose 92
Body Fat 33%
BMI 23.7
Oxygen Uptake 40 (an indicator of fitness--off the charts for my age group)

You will hear no more complaining from me about the slow weight loss.

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/28/2011 2:33AM

    Congratulations on those healthy stats!
Wow- all your hard work & consistency is paying off!
I know how you feel about the scale too, emoticon- but this result, sparkfriend, is the pay-off!!!

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VETTRANGER 10/27/2011 4:39PM

    Beautiful numbers! I'd love to have that blood pressure. I'm a type A who stays on the go. Mine has been pegged on 145/90(85) for as long as I can remember. However, I haven't had it checked since the weight loss. I could be a bit better off now.

Obviously the exercise you are doing is paying huge dividends. I'm am so VERY happy for you!!

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MAYTE1975 10/27/2011 4:18PM

    That´s great emoticon
That´s the true meassure of your success , forget the scale . Go girl , you are the Star

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    Those numbers are incredible! Way to go girl. You may not have lost all the weight you have wanted to, but you are really doing super with becoming healthy and isn't that why we are in this?


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CHELEMIA 10/26/2011 6:55PM

    That;s fantastic!! See the truth does show...just not in the way you were expecting!!!

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KAMINEKO 10/26/2011 4:37PM

    Congrats! Your numbers are all so good! That's gotta be validating!

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