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Gym Machines are Dirty Liars!!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Maintenance for me has been such a set of trial and errors. I have been maintaining my "goal range", which has also been quite the learning experience. Anyways for the past year I have been maintaining at the top of my range, which even though is in range, it not my goal weight. So for the past year I have been actively, all be it not very seriously, trying to drop about 10 pounds, yeah that's right 10 pounds! My goal range has a 20 pound spread. Like I said it's been a learning experience but for me this works. Anyways I have been battling between losing weight and eating treats, most of the time treats win but I have still managed to keep at least a 3500 calorie deficit every single week and yet haven't lost any weight.

So this past week I bought a heart rate monitor, just trying to get a clearer idea of calories burned. I mean I am tracking everything, have a deficit and still am not losing weight, there has to be a reason. Well turns out it's because I am WAY off on how many calories I am really burning. I have been basing my calories burned from the machines at the gym, BIG MISTAKE!! Turns out I am burning about 40% of what the machines say, even my distance tracker is about 50%. So here I am thinking I am doing so well, turns out I have barely been burning what I eat. Man that was a punch to the gut. I thought I was doing so good.

My husband thought I was crazy for getting so upset, I mean it has seriously taken me 3 days to get over the feeling of being violated. I tried to put it in terms he could understand, I went with money. Lets say that you are putting in a fulls day work thinking you are making $100 a day, then you get paid and it's only $40 a day. I mean you'd be pissed too.

I understand that a heart rate monitor is not the end all be all, I have noticed that it loses the signal occasionally, but I would far rather under estimate than over estimate. Besides I have signed up for a half marathon and it would be far easier to run if I weighed less. So I will got with what my heart rate monitor tells me, although I would much prefer to believe I am burning a lot more!! Damn technology!!!

Either way I am still killing it at the gym!!

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WINNIE1978 3/10/2014 6:26PM

    I've been wearing my HRM during all workouts for a couple of years now, in part because of a health issue, but mainly in hopes of getting a more accurate count of my calories burned.

A lot of the exercises on SP over estimate how many calories you are burning too, at least in my case. I found that out when I decided to wear my HRM while I was shoveling snow. SP over estimated by 150+ calories.

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    What kind of HRM did you get?

I ordered the Polar FT4 -- a couple friends have it and really like it. So excited & hope it comes soon.

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MISSB8604 3/10/2014 12:14PM

    Very frustrating stuff. Makes me wonder how much I'M burning...

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/10/2014 12:11PM

    Well, I guess it is good to know, even though the knowing is so painful. And I am positive you have been, and will continue to, kill it at the gym!

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NOTGVGUP83 3/10/2014 10:44AM

    Good morning! I love your analogy of looking forward to your $100 pay check and only getting $40. I would totally be crazy mad! That's awesome that you have your heart rate monitor now and that your readings will be more accurate. Look at that muscle definition in your arms and legs! You look fabulous! Best of luck!!!! =)

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HONEYMOON25 3/10/2014 9:27AM

    Ugh. So frustrating!
Were you tracking it on SP, too? I think SP calculates average calories burned with your personal info, right? Ex: The average calories burned in an hour run is 600 but depending on your personal weight it might be more like 475. I could be wrong though.

Here's to solving problems!

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NIELSENSLADY 3/10/2014 12:22AM

    Here is a positive light. If you didn't have the HRM and you weren't losing weight, you would never know why. You might begin to think something was wrong physically or you may start to get frustrated. Now you know what your caloric burn rate it,perhaps you will burn the 3500 weekly and begin to lose! emoticon

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2 Years Of Maintenance

Sunday, February 09, 2014

So I made it to that all magical 2 year mark.

Supposedly when you make the 2 year mark of maintenance your chances of regaining the weight drop down to 50%, not great odds but much better than the 95% within the first year.

But really what do those odds mean? Do those odds keep me from eating whatever I want? Do those odds drag my butt out of bed and to the gym? No! Just because my odds are increased certainly doesn't mean that the I can relax on the hard work.

During my first year of maintenance, when the odds of me regaining all of my weight were a staggering 95% I was scared to death. I not only keep up my extreme weight loss routine, it actually became more restrictive. I was so scared of those odds that I literally was killing myself to not gain it back. That first year of maintenance was rough.

During my second year of maintenance I started to become more relaxed, maybe even a little too relaxed. I gained some weight back and in turn gained back some of my sanity.

What I have realized about this process is that it is all about learning. While weight loss have a very structured plan, maintenance doesn't. There are no rule books telling you how maintenance works. If there were, no one would be overweight. So while the first year for me was about learning to not gain the weight back, the second year was about learning to live again.

I know that I like food. I know that there are going to be occasions where I want to eat crappy. There are going to be occasions where I will want to eat healthy. Hopefully there will be a lot more of the latter. I also know that exercise is a part of my daily life. For me exercise is what keeps me going, and more importantly keeps me succeeding. While you can't out exercise a bad diet you can counter act a bad choice, or two.

As I have went a long in this process I have learned that this new lifestyle is becoming less of a chore and more of a routine. Eating healthier is just what I do, I have relaxed enough to allow myself treats but for the most part I just eat what I eat. Exercise is less of a task and more just a part of my daily life. There are still days where I have to remind myself why I work so hard, but there are also days when I have to tell myself that I have to shower too.

Reaching my goal weight.

1 Year Maintenance Anniversary

2 Year Maintenance Anniversary

This journey from start to finish has been challenging, exciting, trying and a roller coaster. There have been ups and downs. I have had to learn as I went, man have there been a lot of learning curves, but in the long run I have finally learned that self acceptance, dedication and hard work are the "secrets to success"! and even though the statistics don't mean all that much, it's still nice to know that I am now on an even playing field.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/6/2014 2:18PM

    emoticon emoticon For some reason I missed this blog back when you wrote it. I am so excited for you! You have done great things on this journey and have inspired me more times than you know! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/10/2014 3:37PM

    Congratulations on reaching 2 years, that's fantastic!

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HAPPYWALKER 2/10/2014 9:29AM

    emoticon on 2 years of maintenance!!

As a FORMER yo-yo dieter, maintenance means more to me than losing weight. My goal this time is to reach a healthy ideal weight for my frame and be able to maintain it. That's the true indicator of success.

Thanks for sharing your experience. It nice to know that even though it is not easy (to me, it seems like the toughest part of the journey), you are able to strike a balance and pull yourself back when you veer off a little. That's my dream and you are living it!


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HONEYMOON25 2/10/2014 8:51AM

    Congratulations! What a fabulous milestone!

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_JODI404 2/9/2014 8:45PM

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Congratulations!! Making healthy habits part of your routine day is definitely going to keep you on track. You look fantastic, and I applaud you for working hard to find the right balance that really is healthy!

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OMMAMA7 2/9/2014 8:36PM

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing what you've learned!

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LUVTOBOWL 2/9/2014 7:05PM

    First of all let me say "I really like the Lions tank top".

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MRSHONEYCOMB 2/9/2014 6:06PM

    emoticon I can't wait to be celebrating my 2 year maintenance anniversary!!!

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WINNIE1978 2/9/2014 5:50PM


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    Thanks for sharing - it's great to see how well you've been able to navigate maintenance. As you said, it can be a really scary place to go - but as long as you've found a way to make it work for you and you continue to be healthy and pleased with the results - that's about all that matters! Yay! Happy anniversary!

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I Gave In.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I totally caved, though probably not what your expecting. Maintenance is going great! What I've given in to is running races. For so long I've been totally against paying to run. I run for myself. I don't run to prove anything to anyone else besides me. But the racing bug has bit. It bit first when I ran a relay race. It was fun and the feeling of accomplishment was amazing. Then it bit again when I ran, and MURDERED a 10k. Crossing the finish line just feels great. Don't get me wrong, everyday I run I feel like Im metaphorically crossing some kind of finish line but to truly cross a finish line literally is a different feeling all together. It's nice to have people cheering for you when you finish, although I'd be lying if I said I didn't occasionally, ok all the time, give myself a little cheer after every run. So I registered to run my first half marathon in May!! I'm beyond excited. A little nervous, the furthest I've run to date is 10.3 miles without stopping, but I feel like another 3 won't be too bad. I'm hoping to not just finish it but give a good effort to get around a 9 min/mile pace.

So there it is. I bow down to the racing gods and accept this lifestyle as my own. emoticon

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    Way to go!! I love the endorphin rush of a good run, and a good race. Enjoy!

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FELINEBETTER 1/16/2014 11:05AM

    Atta Girl! What you're paying for is the added challenge and support and although I'm not a runner -- I'm sure it's well-worth it. If it weren't, all these people wouldn't be lining up to participate! YOU GO Girl!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/16/2014 8:14AM

    Fantastic, you can do it!

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_JODI404 1/15/2014 11:10PM

    I can tell how passionate you are, and much you love it.
I think you will do very well, and the crowd support is awesome. My husband is a runner, and I really enjoy being a cheerleader.

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MRSHONEYCOMB 1/15/2014 10:05PM

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Embrace the Number

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Occasionally I get down on myself because I weigh more than I did at my lowest weight. I find myself wanting to lie about how much I weigh. But I got to thinking, what not embrace that number. Wear the number with pride, be proud of the person you are, the person you were and the person you are going to be. There is no reason to be embarrassed or down about any number. Even if it's not the lowest weight, even if it's the highest weight, it is yours. Be happy with the person you are. If you want better then make it happen, but instead of hating yourself in the mean time, learn to love yourself at every size. Just because the weight comes off doesn't mean all the issues are going to be fixed. Learn to love yourself and everything starts to fall into place.

Just a little food for thought, did someone say FOOD! emoticon

Highest Weight vs. Lowest Weight Vs. Now. Learning to love them all!

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    You look so healthy now! Way to go on finding a size and number that works for you :)

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GODIVADSG 1/15/2014 9:31PM

    Thanks! I needed that!

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_JODI404 1/9/2014 5:42PM

    Love your shirt in the tub photo, and girl - you've got serious guns no matter what!!
If you don't like the scale - flex those guns and smile!

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You are doing great, and truly an inspiration!


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MRSHONEYCOMB 1/9/2014 1:28PM

    Muscle weighs more then fat!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/9/2014 8:47AM

    I was just trying to convince myself to get on the scale because I know it won't be pretty... This may have done it, thanks Jessie! You are amazing and I'm so glad our paths crossed. You look fantastic! *HUGS*

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FELINEBETTER 1/9/2014 7:00AM

    Just look at you!!!! Wow! You are right! It all begins with loving ourselves and our bodies. I am learning to be my own best friend

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MESEATURTLE 1/9/2014 3:05AM

    Just in time ! I so needed this ! Thank u !

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AMANDAW830 1/9/2014 12:10AM

    I was just saying this exact thing to myself. I must embrace who I am right now at this very minute because she is who I am. Thanks for writing down exactly how I was feeling!

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JAROL7 1/8/2014 11:58PM

    Congrats for your success.

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