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My fave new jeans

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I love QVC. Watch often. Or go to their website to seek deals. They had a pair of Motto jeans and since I was revelling in my new size...I decided to try this brand. I LOVE them! The inside of the jeans (just at the top) and inside of the pockets are lined with this beautiful flowery pattern. Love it! And the material is much thinner. I do not like the typical bulk of true denim. I would compare them to putting on dress pants for work and just having a little more curve to your look. So glad I tried them!

The one silver lining in my monthly bloat! emoticon emoticon

  


Water Retention = Bah!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The visitor is just around the corner, and my scale #s have gone up the last two mornings. The downside? Well...there are two. The numbers going up. AND the new size clothing is snug. So I need to shed this water retention AND shed some more pounds so I can have some piece of mind! I don't think there is anything I can do at this time to change it. My body will handle it in its own way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ONEANDDONE 3/31/2009 9:00AM

    You can do it... keep up the good work. You will lose another 3 lbs and even during that time of month it won't matter (with your clothing). Keep smiling you are doing GREAT!

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Runners/Joggers/Walkers...please read me!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I have something important to share. If you don't have a HRM watch (or one that you wear around your middle...I'd much rather have the watch) then please spend the pennies on one. It is worth it. I bought one just before my 5k. I did not set it for my 5k (too much going on)...but I used it today. SP calculations (no harm on SP because they can only estimate and don't know what my HR is with my activity) stated that I burned 323 calories when I ran >10 minute mile for 42 minutes. My HRM tells a very different story. I burned 841 calories. That is a variance of 518 total calories burned. SO...if you know how many calories you burn a day, then you need to change your fitness goals to include the average amount of calories burned.

I think if you walk, jog, or run...heck even if you do other exercise too...know what you are burning. It could help you justify another snack if you need it.

This explains why I am losing faster (although not all of the time) than I think I should...because I am burning more calories than the median calculator says. I honestly cannot see eating more. Staying hydrated...yes. But I think that I eat plenty.
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~julie

  
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ONEANDDONE 3/31/2009 9:01AM

    What brand do you have?

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BIRDOFPARADISE1 3/30/2009 1:59AM

    I have a HRM watch. I love it and use it when I'm doing exercises on my trampoline or doing exercise tapes. You are so right when you say it is a different reading then what SP states. I manually enter my calories and use my watch instead of using the SP calculator most of the time when I am doing aerobic exercise. There is usually at least 100 calorie difference. Meaning I'm burning more calories then SP says. SP is a good estimate, but it doesn't take all the factors into account.

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Transformation!

Friday, March 27, 2009

I had been eyeballing sizing charts as I keep track of my measurements. Recently, I saw that my measurements were spot on with a size 12. Say wha? At the start of the year, I filled out a size 18. Could this really be? Seriously? My work pants were getting baggy in an embarassing way...so I decided to suck it up and buy a couple size 12s. Wow. They fit. They look good. I am really this small? Eeps! I know I will lose more, but I think it would take a bit of time for the 12s to look silly...so I think it was a good time to transition. Wow! What a treat on a Friday afternoon! emoticon

  
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ONEANDDONE 3/27/2009 3:01PM

    That's AWESOME!!! Congrats! I need to buy a couple new pair of pants too....but hate to do it as not only do I have to pay for them... I have to hem even the petites. :)

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How I'm Getting from Point A to Point B

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I would not have told you that, on Dec. 27, 2008, when I went to the doctor for an ear infection...that within a few days I would put into motion a plan to lose weight. There I was at 191 lbs.

Where did my motivation come from? I do not know. My kids?? Partly...yes. My kids would mock the size of my tush and tell me I had a 'poofy' belly. I guess, after a while...I wanted to change that. I made changes in some (not all) of my children's eating (e.g. skim milk instead of whole, diluted juice in the morning to cut sugar, keeping fruit and yogurt handy)....yet I was not doing the same for myself. On top of that, my husband is struggling with high cholesterol. He is on meds and the numbers came down...but still not enough.

So the wheels started turning, and I decided on a few key things:

1) Due to age, and having lost weight a few different ways before (or not)...I knew I had to commit to exercise. I had, at my disposal, a very nice elliptical. No need for a gym membership. Hop on and get it done!

2) There were foods in my day to day life that had to go. Portioning was a must. I cut my coffee to one serving a day. I completely stopped the use of flavored creamer. And the garbage that was always at my fingertips...like no bake cookies (they are tasty but not good for you at all)...had to go.

3) Freggies were a must. I started buying even more than I did before.

Slowly, my stamina increased. I increased my time on the elliptical at about the same resistance. Then I hit a plateau and researched how to fix it. I moved on to interval training and varying my caloric intake. Hello furnace! I found the trick to trigger more loss. One day, I decided I would give jogging a try. I would do it slow and steady, and see how far I got. I didn't ever think about not finishing the route I went on. I just stayed focused on finishing. I bought a pedometer (I know...not the most reliable measure b/c you jostle around...but it's a start). I bought my first 'official' pair of running shoes. And here I am...officially 22 lbs down since I started. I still have more weight to lose....but I have to say...I was on the right track before joining SP...but I do not know if I would be where I am without being pushed to succeed by my SP friends. The wealth of information here (the my nutrition tracker is my drug of choice...i track everything), and the encouragement cannot be found anywhere else.

Thanks SP! emoticon

~julie

  
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ONEANDDONE 3/27/2009 3:10PM

    Awesome to have your plan all written out!!! Good job on the progress you have made on your entire FAMILIES lives!

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RKANE17 3/26/2009 1:21PM

    Congrats on formulating your plan and adapting it when needed! I wish you many more successes in the future.

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