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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Have you calculated your BMR since you lost weight, or had a birthday.

For instance right now mine is 1790. If I lose two pounds it will be 1780.

Say in three years from now I am at goal weight of 145 and three years older.
It will then be in the low 1300s! Quite an adjustment.

Of course then one adds on activities and if you have built up more muscle, that will help. Obviously as I lose weight my body needs less to keep going. This is very helpful information for me to understand how my body works and what I can expect in the future.

Be sure to be realistic about your calorie amounts. Let's stay healthy.

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LIVINTODAY 4/6/2014 10:39PM

    Guess we should l know how the aging fields change as we lose weight or age. I'm going to get more familiar with the BMR.
Thanks for posting this.

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DIBANANA 4/6/2014 8:40PM

  Good news

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TREV1964 4/6/2014 6:52AM

    The way I work it out is that to maintain weight requires 2400 calories a day or 100 calories per hour. It is a calories in v calories out at the end of the day but then again if it was always that simple we would all loose weight very easily.

You are certainly right that weight, age, and activity all contribute towards your basic metabolic rate.



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EABL81 4/5/2014 9:56PM

    Very true! My "maintenance" calorie range isn't any different from the one I was on when I was losing because of that pesky BMR. At least I'm used to it now.

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LINDA! 4/5/2014 1:30PM

    Good information.

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/5/2014 11:49AM

    Isn't aging fun? LOL!

I think as long as you are more active and have more muscle, age will not impact your need for a little more calories than 1300.

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GRETA242 4/5/2014 11:49AM

    Good point.

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_MOBII_ 4/5/2014 10:09AM

    It seems like a big gap doesn't it? Think about it though, given the way some of us used to eat...(yep, I mean me!) That only amounts to 1 fast food burger!

It's all in the perspective. 400 is a big number, but if you look at it the other way...as in one burger, it's really not that big of a change to make a giant difference.

We can totally do this!

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LINDAK25 4/5/2014 9:51AM

    I guess that means we can't eat like 16 year old boys! lol

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BSTMAMAS 4/5/2014 9:23AM

    Really interesting

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    Just one of those factors to keep in mind.

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Fitness goals for April

Friday, April 04, 2014

I have not addressed my weight walk in a while so here it is:

I had been stuck for weeks but lost half a pound this week.
Doctor will not put me on thyroid medicine because I am achieving weight loss on my own. But less medicine is a good thing.

30 min of walking every day of the week (or more)
15 min of strength exercise every day(or more), switching muscle groups each day

Calories: Stay to my range, aiming for lower end of it now instead of upper end.

Do the challenges on BL Spring into action - Black Panthers ... additional team ones for only us... and track online on the threads as needed.

My knees have been a problem but finding plenty of strength exercises I can do.
My chiropractor noticed my middle is more toned, and less areas are going out of line. Only visit once a month not twice a month now. Non-scale victory.

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SOON2BCOURTNEY 4/11/2014 10:07PM

    Congrats on your NSV!

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EABL81 4/5/2014 10:07PM

    Good for you for sticking with it, Karen! I tried to aim toward the lower end of my range when I was still losing. I think it helps. Even now in maintenance, I still try to stay in the mid-range.

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WEBEZE 4/5/2014 2:06AM

    Awesome goals. Great NSV

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BSTMAMAS 4/5/2014 12:55AM

    You're doing a great job!!

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A very wonderful blog! Thank you!

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GRLTAZ 4/4/2014 12:17PM

    Love those NSV ! Keep sparking because you are doing a wonderful job !

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LINDAK25 4/4/2014 11:04AM

    Your doing great!


Strength training and walking has really helped my knees, have you noticed a difference, too?

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April blowing in

Friday, April 04, 2014

With a big storm north of my area, the rain and winds have been making it impossible to spend much time outside.

Last night the wind was sustaining at over 70 mph for periods of time.

My yard light is up high on a pole by the barn. It kept going out then on. I looked out when it was on for a brief time, only to see the plastic shade swinging in the wind, breaking. Not anything I could do about it, I finally tried to get some sleep, listening to metal clanging, and knowing I had weighted down everything so not knowing what was clanging made me awake many times in the night.

At least there are no windows on the north and west of the bed, otherwise I'd fear some wind blown thing in the night. Newer windows do not have storm windows, so even if they say they are wind resistant and impact ready, I have my doubts.

I woke to find the two steel folding chairs that DH left outside, slid by the wind, several feet until they hit the ridge of the cement sloping out to the yard. This is my only patch of cement by the house. Most is in garage floor or barn floor. Men had their priorities and it wasn't the house!

We had added some pavers so we did not have to walk in so much mud in the rainy season. I am glad for that ridge that stopped them. I forgot they were out there or would have laid them down.

There is light ice in the cat water dish, and tonight ought to freeze as 26 will be the low. Then hopefully that is the end of icing up.

The winds have been much more fierce this year, even in the winter. I am used to things getting windblown but when it gets gusty, then I get unused to it all over again. Especially when alone. DH has a hearing problem, so it doesn't bother him. And if he had been home, the loud TV would drown the noises out, as well.

He used to work just summers, until the little company suddenly lost three drivers due to health reasons. So the perfect summer job turned more full time. Not what he had planned. The company doesn't pay as much as some, and the drivers that did apply either failed drug test or license/medical card not right.

Just once I wish the wind blow some paper money to my fence line instead of trash from two miles away.

Have you ever found money?
The most I have found many years ago was $20, blowing in the country when I took a long walk. Once I noticed shreds of money in the lawn of an old church yard, and after picking up some bits saw it had been a $5 bill. That was in Arkansas. The lawn mowing and weather did a good job destroying that $5 bill.

Hope the weather is milder where you live.

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EABL81 4/5/2014 10:26PM

    I can handle cold, but hate that wind. It sounds as though y'all nearly blew away! Hope things quiet down there soon.

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GARDENQE2 4/4/2014 10:18PM

    We had winds over 50 mph on Wednesday.
I was following three home inspectors around a house I'm thinking of buying...the wind and blowing dust was miserable.
Then Thursday, we had a BLIZZARD. Same wind, but full of snow, and it was plastered on the sides of houses and tree trunks. It quit around noon, and melted in a short while.
Today is a little warmer and less windy, but still not a springy day.
Hopefully, soon...

I couple years ago, I went on a geocache outing with my kids and grandkids. My younger grandson found a $20 bill in the underbrush.
You never saw a more excited 10-year-old!

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GRLTAZ 4/4/2014 12:15PM

    Talk about wind, we are having some gusty stuff again today. It was supposedly 50 degrees when I got off work last night but it felt colder than freezing with the rain and wind. Spring is pushing winter out even if it is slow. Stay calm and carry on. You have angels and a darn good God watching over you. Maybe turn the TV on loud next time whether DH is home or not. Could help.

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RHOOK20047 4/4/2014 12:10PM

    yep, I share your pain. We have had two days of thunderstorms and tornados. No tornados in my area, but I have friends in the areas. We wanted spring, but we forgot about the April showers I guess. The only good thing is we really need the rain. Here in St. Louis area we had over 5 inches of rain in the last two days, so now we have flooding worries!
Have a good weekend, I'll be cleaning up after the storms!

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LINDAK25 4/4/2014 10:35AM

    I know how you feel about the wind! Looks like there was a lot of rain with the storm you had. Some areas had over 5 inches! It's always nice to have someone else around during a storm. We're having gorgeous, sunny days with low humidity and temperatures in the 70 and 80's. Of course, the pollen count is extremely high.

A money tree would really come in handy, wouldn't it?

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LIVINTODAY 4/4/2014 10:33AM

    Wow! Really big winds!
Hope it is more peaceful today. Just thought I would stop in to say "hi" Karen, I'm waiting for BTS 2nd Q to start, Missing my old Q1 friends. Hope you are enjoying your new challenge.
Happy spring! emoticon

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KAREN608 4/4/2014 10:31AM

    THINFITKIND ... I mostly exercise inside due to rough terrain and partly numb foot that sends me sprawling sometimes. Yup, calories in range, adding vegetables, and not letting this wild weather stop me.

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    So, how about your program? Are you eating within reason and the right foods? Are you exercising indoors? There are a lot of options.

Weather happens, we all know this. It can be spectacular and scary and dangerous even. It can be our excuse/distraction or it can be simply what is and we do what we need to do no matter how the wind is blowing.

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SUNSHINE99999 4/4/2014 10:01AM

  Nope, just plenty of good old rain. watch out for that "big" money paper coming your way. emoticon

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Got footwear?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A while back, I got my hiking boots, and did some walks in them. Love at first wearing!

Now the walk to get the mail is about a minute and a half.
Part of the way is muddy.

I just can not bring myself to use my hiking boots for that minute and a half, then spend 15 minutes cleaning them and picking tiny rocks out of the treads.

But now finally, in the barn I got to the box that had my vinyl mud boots in them.

All is right with the world for the next rainy day.

The pattern on them is some kind of weird flowers, and I remember getting them on sale. So I will not have any trouble leaving little rocks in the soles of these at all.

Price makes all the difference.

And I will be eventually using a wheel barrow to move some gravel to make a path for me. In front of the mailbox is the road, which I can not gravel due to the road grader, which seems to take gravel farther and farther away from my mailbox, down the hill.

If only I could talk to that man!

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_MOBII_ 4/1/2014 10:53PM

    Heh! I hate having dirty shoes! My regular shoes, which are my joggers, got mud on them one day when I was getting off of the bus ... GRRR! I ended up 'scrubbing' them with snow until they were cleaned off and then wiped them down when I made it home!
They are worn out, but they sure aren't dirty, lol!

Good luck with moving the gravel back to where you want it...that will torch some calories for you, just be careful of your back!

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GRLTAZ 4/1/2014 11:57AM

    Karen, Glad you found the mud boots. Sure hope the weather cooperates so you can carry out your plans for the path. Be sure to get some workouts in the hiking boots once the weather cooperates.

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EABL81 3/31/2014 8:56PM

    During the spring, I leave my hiking boots just outside the door. That way, I don't have to clean the soles :-).

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TREV1964 3/31/2014 7:05PM

    I can't imagine walking to a mail box to pick my mail up - everybody here gets their mail delivered through our front doors so all we have to do is pick tha mail off the carpet.



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GRETA242 3/31/2014 11:57AM

    Good for you on getting out there and moving. Those hiking boots must have been expensive if you are determined to clean them after each use. Try some bear or other grease to seal them and make the cleaning process easier (maybe easier).

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ANDREAG89 3/31/2014 11:36AM

    I find it odd that I gave you rubber boots this morning when I hadn't yet read this blog!

Enjoy wearing in (and out!) those new hiking boots!

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LINDAK25 3/31/2014 10:35AM

    Getting through each season really IS about having the right shoes to wear! It's good you have your mud boots.

My brother-in-law and his wife lived down a dirt road. It was so full of potholes, that we called it the obstacle course. I was really surprised when they fixed the potholes--they filled them with asphalt!?!

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    Ah the joys of living in the country. NOT! LOL So glad you found your mud boots.

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ELSCO55 3/30/2014 11:25PM

    Keep up the good work

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DIBANANA 3/30/2014 10:45PM

  Sounds like a plan. I think the flowers on the shoes sounds cute! LOL

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Challenge is almost here...!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

If you notice my page's new look, it is because I am attempting a 'challenging challenge'. They are on 2nd week of pre- challenge and I am getting used to how things work.

I'll be honest, I am nervous and I get a little confused with all the threads for ITC and all that. I wish it was all on a spreadsheet in one place but I am learning to save threads to my favorites.

Wondering how much cardio and strength exercises will be needed and hoping my body is up for this.

I got in more steps Monday than I usually do -- can feel it in my legs.

Really slipped backwards in my fitness since moving to the country, and I hope to unslip myself, as it were.

It will be fun to get to know all the new team mates.

This is the first time in ages I changed the look of my page.

Time to get out of the ruts I am in!!!
Go Panthers GO!

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SUNSHINE5268 3/22/2014 10:58PM

    emoticon I am soooooooooooooooo PROUD of you, yeh!!!!! emoticon

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TREV1964 3/15/2014 8:39PM

    I personally like the panther look - well done.



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DIBANANA 3/14/2014 12:39AM

  Good for you. Changing things up is so important.

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EABL81 3/12/2014 9:12PM

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_MOBII_ 3/12/2014 7:34PM

    I know you can do this challenge and I love the panthers on your page!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/11/2014 6:51PM

    LOL I almost didn't recognize you! Go get 'em Panthers!!!!

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GRETA242 3/11/2014 12:44PM

    you can do it!!!

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SOON2BCOURTNEY 3/11/2014 12:37PM

    Please don't be nervous. This is my first challenge and at first I was a bit overwhelmed as well, but once you get it all figured out it is like second nature. We are going to rock this spring challenge!

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LOFLLAMA 3/11/2014 12:31PM

    You go Girl! I am so proud of you!
Love ya!

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DEANNATN 3/11/2014 12:18PM

    Dont be nervous!! Its going to be a great challenge!! Welcome to the Black Panther team!!

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LINDAK25 3/11/2014 12:05PM

    Whoa, Karen, good for you! Good luck with your challenge! I noticed that you've got a wicked looking panther on your page. Wow.

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TROOPER1961 3/11/2014 6:30AM

    YOur page looks amazing!! Great Job!!! Never anything to be nervous about relax hop on and enjoy the season!! You are doing great!!


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    Go Karen go! emoticon

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    I like your new look to your page.
Good on you for getting in more walking. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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