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The One Where I Explain My Injuries and Silence the Exercise Naysayers

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I've been irritated lately by naysayers. In particular, people who will comment on my Facebook or SP status and caution me not to overdo it with my exercise, etc because I might "permanently injure" myself if I keep working out. Now, I am not angry at these specific people because I understand that they are just saying these things because they care for me and they are concerned that I will do harm to myself. Who could be angry at someone for LOVING them? Haha.

But I realized that I have not ever clearly explained what is going on with my ankle, so naturally, if I were an outsider and saw me working out so much WITH an "injury", I'd be worried too!

So, to clear up the confusion and for those who actually care, I'd like to explain my "injuries" and also defend my decision to continue to consistently work out and stay registered for my 10k and half marathon, which will take place in 2 weeks and 4 weeks, respectively.

My ORIGINAL injury (the one that required the non-weight bearing treatment and had me in a boot for 4 weeks) was a bone bruise on my talus (ankle) bone. This was caused by my fibula (big bone in my leg) repeatedly hitting the talus over and over for a few months whenever I ran. On average, when you run, your knees take about 3 times your weight in force (which means, my knees and ankle were handling over 650 lbs of force every run). This injury was a direct result of my weight and obesity. THIS injury is healed. It is gone and I have not had any recurrence of it.

The SECONDARY "injuries", for which I have received physical therapy and ongoing treatment are linked to each other: tendinitis (posterior tibular, NOT achilles) and osteoarthritis.

According to the interwebz ( www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PM
H0002209/
), "tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. Tendinitis can occur as a result of injury (ding ding ding!), overuse, or with aging as the tendon loses elasticity."

"Symptoms are pain and tenderness along a tendon, usually near a joint, and pain that is worse with movement or activity

The goal of treatment for tendinitis is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Rest or immobilization of the affected tendons is helpful. The application of heat or cold to the affected area can help. Physical therapy that stretches and strengthens the muscle and tendon is essential. This can restore the tendon's ability to function properly, improve healing, and prevent future injury."

The #1 treatment for tendinitis is....WEIGHT LOSS.

In my case this past week, I've been icing my ankle as much as I can, faithfully doing my physical therapy exercises and working out with other forms of activity that don't irritate my tendon. It is starting to feel better, but I will not run on it until it is 100%. I don't know about you, but I think a ruptured tendon sounds pretty dang horrific. I'm not a complete idiot. LOL.

Unfortunately, if it was as simple as tendinitis, I'd be one of a multitude of runners and many other athletes that deal with this same issue on a regular basis. My problem, though, stems from another issue that is much more chronic.

OSTEOARTHRITIS
(full text here: www.emedicinehealth.com/osteoarthrit
is/article_em.htm
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"Pain, stiffness, and crunching in the joints: these are the typical signs of osteoarthritis (OA). It happens to most people when they get older, and some are already having joint problems in middle age.

If you have painful osteoarthritis, it can be harder to get enough exercise and you may gain more weight. And if you gain more weight, it could make the OA worse.

Our joints take a lot of wear and tear during our lives, and this becomes noticeable with age. As we age or if we have had an injury in a joint (hello!), OA will often develop. If you have OA in a joint, it means that some parts of the joint have been damaged, especially the cartilage. The cartilage is a tough kind of tissue at the end of bones where they meet to form a joint. This can cause pain and problems with movement in the joint. And when the cartilage is not able to work as it should, other parts of the joint and the muscles have to work harder to try and manage movement. Cartilage itself is not sensitive to pain, but the muscles and other tissues in and around the joint are."

AND THIS IS THE REASON I AM NOT GOING TO LET UP ON MY WORKOUTS:

"Other than getting older, being very overweight (obese) is the biggest risk factor for OA developing or getting worse. There is a complex relationship between OA and being overweight. Being very overweight puts a lot of strain on the joints. And it also often slows people down and makes it difficult for them to move. If overweight people also have OA, and they are stiff and in pain, they might get even less exercise and put on more weight.

On top of that, being more inactive makes your muscles less fit and other parts of the joints stiffer. When the muscles around the affected area get weaker, it is another risk factor for OA getting worse.

SO WHILE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THAT EXERCISE ITSELF ADDS EXTRA WEAR AND TEAR TO THE JOINTS, IN FACT BEING OVERWEIGHT AND INACTIVE IS MORE OF A STRESS. IT MIGHT NOT SEEM SENSIBLE TO EXERCISE A DAMAGED JOINT, BUT WHEN THE DAMAGE IS DUE TO OA, IT IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY TO KEEP THE JOINT MOBILE AND TO KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN.

Experts often recommend that people who are overweight and have OA try to lose about 10% of their body weight. If you can manage to do that within 3 months, then you could expect to considerably increase your mobility. But even after losing 5% of your body weight within 5 months, you can expect to notice a difference.

Many different kinds of exercises have been studied for people with OA, including brisk walking, aerobics, bike-riding and swimming. In general, these can help reduce the disability that OA causes.

Exercise is not a cure-all for OA and it will not solve all the problems that this condition causes. But losing weight and incorporating exercise into your life can help stop your joints from getting worse, and help you live better with osteoarthritis."

Anyway, I hope that helps for anyone who has been concerned. You see, I have an excellent sports medicine orthopedic doc and I also read quite extensively on all things related to my body and my training. I am in this for the long run (pun intended) and I hope to triathlon and run until I'm dead. Therefore, I will always listen to my body and I will never intentionally hurt it.

There are times when, in a race or competition, an athlete needs to make a choice between pushing through pain or backing off. I can't tell you that I wouldn't push through pain in a race situation. One never knows WHAT would happen in a scenario like this in any sport, but I will promise that I will not knowingly train on an injury if I KNOW it will worsen my condition or shorten my athletic career.

Anyone who is taking this lifestyle seriously will understand that we walk a fine line between caring for our bodies and pushing them just a bit further. Anyone who tells you they have this down to a science is a liar. Sometimes you take a risk. Sometimes you don't. It's life. And I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear.

  
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METTATEACH 10/7/2012 1:56AM

    I wish I was as smart as you are about knowing when to push yourself and when not to! I have often ended up overtraining and though it gets me to a very healthy weight, I end up with long-lasting injuries. It doesn't seem like I'm doing too much at the time, but later I have to back off. So for me, "slow and steady" is better and I get better results without the "no pain, no gain" thinking. I used to get so mad when my sister would warn me about it, thinking she was a "naysayer" too, but she really just wanted me to closely examine how I was approaching my goals. She was rooting for me, and I think everyone must be rooting for you too! Everyone has a different body, so for some running is the best and for others it's walking and weight-training and for some it's dancing. :) (Not me: Two left feet!) Just pay attention to your body and it will happen. I admire anyone who is trying anything to keep healthy!

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SJKENT1 9/20/2012 9:26AM

    I know it doesn't make sense when I tell people that are in joint or back pain that walking exercise is so good for you.

Keep preachin' girl!! and running too.

I don't know if you'll see my response but I have really been inspired by you. My sister is now running and loves how it makes her feel. She doesn't love running or any exercise by the way... but she does love how it makes her feel.

I signed up for the 5K and went a step closer to pushing myself by adding the Jog part - unfortunately this is also the time that I am moving - augh!!!! so I don't have the time to work myself up to Walk/Jog. But I will do the walk part and down the road, very soon will start the Jog or Run part.

Thank you for sharing your heart, your passion and your journey with us. Be blessed dear SparkFriend

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DATMAMA4 9/19/2012 7:58PM

    Thank you for explaining the numerous injuries/conditions you're dealing with right now and have dealt with recently. I don't know enough about how to work through injuries to be a naysayer, but I did often think, "Wow, she's tough!" when reading your blogs about working out.

Now I know why you're being tough -- to make things ultimately better. Great information about OA, too...it's nice to know what we should be preemptively working against as we age.

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KBRADFORD88 9/19/2012 1:40PM

    It is so hard to know when to push and when to let up. My lack of pushing can be related to my mind and not my body, so good for you! You are listening to wisdom in the source of your Physical therapist. What more could anyone expect? My son has arthritis and it would be easy to just tell him to take it easy. But all the arthritis experts say let the person decide when too much it too much. emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/19/2012 1:33PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for clearing things up so that we aren't so worried about you! We all love you and want you to be as healthy as you can!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/19/2012 12:01PM

    You really do have it under control! Good for you... And thanks for the explanation. Some of us ae worriers, and when we have friends, we worry about them... And Spark Friends are no exception! So onward, and keep on doing what you are doing! You are inspiring!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/19/2012 8:01AM

    Thank you for this blog Leah. My husband struggles with OA and he is always waiting for the pain to lessen in order to attack an exercise regimen, but I know that the exercise would really help with his pain and assist him in losing weight. He is actually very good at dieting, but finds it extremely hard to exercise when he is in pain. He was briskly walking two miles a day on his lunch break, but then a real injury stifled that activity. I am thinking swimming would be a good exercise for him just for this reason. This is an excellent blog! Thank you!

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ANDASI 9/19/2012 7:44AM

    Lots of good information to take to heart. After reading this i certainly dont want to be overweight. It is incredible how much hinderence weight can be in our lives.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 9/19/2012 7:02AM

    I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear too. So I push, I hurt, I push some more.
Great blog!
Thank you!

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GOING-STRONG 9/18/2012 10:42PM

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KRYSTALLA 9/18/2012 10:23PM

    Great blog and as they say do what you gotta do for you. You are the only person who truly knows what you can handle and what you can't and when things are to much. By all means if you are up for it do it.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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KIPPER15 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    Your research was great. I know with OA in my hip if I don't keep moving in some fashion, it will "seize up" on me and cause me even more pain. Running is out of the question for me right now. I am still working at it, more slowly than you, but I am still moving. emoticon emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/18/2012 8:04PM

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Leah, You are one wise lady !
You always do your reseearch
instead of rushing willy-nilly
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for the update. I thought that I must
have missed a blog somewhere
because I didn't know the whole story
of your injuries

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Glad your're better & getting back on track

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BLESSINGS !

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FITBIZZZ 9/18/2012 7:57PM

    Well said. I'm a big fan of unconditional, on-going, full-on encouragement. Anything less... is well, not useful. Keep at'em. You're doing great and it sound like you got a great doctor (or doctors).

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FALLNTENN 9/18/2012 7:53PM

    Your plan for training sounds good. emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/18/2012 6:43PM

    I was concerned you might be overdoing. In my case it was projection. Because I did overdo with an injury when I was young, and I wound up having knee surgery. There were long time, but not lifetime repurcussions. All is well now. Enjoy your exercise. Do be careful.

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GOSPARK45 9/18/2012 6:16PM

    Sounds like you really know what you're doing and I'm glad you have a great sports doctor. You keep going! We're behind you. Don't let anyone stop you now!

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PEGGYO 9/18/2012 5:57PM

    keep on keeping on!

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LIVEDAILY 9/18/2012 5:15PM

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You have done what everyone needs to do: educate themselves about their OWN bodies. Thank you for sharing your story, and keep doin' what your doin'!!

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DIANNEMT 9/18/2012 5:10PM

    You know what you are talking about so do what is right for you.

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JENNNY135 9/18/2012 5:06PM

    Great blog, only you know you. Try not to get upset if you were upset that I said you should go for a short run. I'm in your court and want you to be successful in any form of exercise for a long time. I can totally relate to a problem ankle (broke mine in three places and rip the tendon off) now I have quite a bit of hardward in there. It's been 10years since that happened and still it gets stiff after a long run.

So be strong and fight the fight, keep exercising and I want to hear all about your upcoming races. I run my first HM this weekend (Sept 22) - wish me well.



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RUNNERRACHEL 9/18/2012 4:43PM

    Good job stepping up and confronting this injury. It is not the setbacks that define us but our reaction to them. I am dealing with an injury and will be walking a 5k race I had planned to run this Saturday. I may also walk other races scheduled for October, November and December. I was told that I may be able to run my half marathon in January.

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WADINGMOOSE 9/18/2012 4:33PM

    I have so many friends who need to read this. When I was training for the half marathon, I felt like EVERYONE I KNOW told me that they'd love to run, but they can't. Because they have arthritis. In their knees. emoticon I couldn't help but stare at most of them and nod silently while thinking how very very close I was to needing knee surgery for what I call curler's knee just a few years ago. It's not arthritis, but I'm very aware that activity keeps arthritis at bay - if you don't use it as an excuse.

Good job.

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ON2VICTORY 9/18/2012 3:54PM

    Well said. Listen to the doc, then....go get it :)
Only you know where your limits are really at. If doc says yes then.....make it happen.


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EMMANYC 9/18/2012 3:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this, both because it's inspiring to learn more about how you're dealing with these challenges and because your blog can help others in a similar situation think through the options.

As someone who is prone to injury (because I'm hyper-mobile and, frankly, hyper clutzy), I amalmost always monitoring the ebb and flow of "ouches". Is that green light (normal, keep going), yellow light (monitor and proceed with caution) or red light (stop now) pain? Am I making it better (tough physiotherapy to strengthen something) or worse (walking on a shin splint). I make mistakes sometimes, but I often get it right. Sometimes it's just an adjustment to a day's workout plan (for example, today I only ran for 45 minutes and then did elliptical for 45 because a hamstring muscle was bugging me). Sometimes, I have to adjust for a planned race (dropping out or walking more/running less). But I keep going.

One question I do have for you is how you factor diet into the calculation you're doing regarding long distance training. I know that when I train for an endurance event, I eat more (because I'm hungry) and tend not to lose weight (or to lose slowly). And I do eat "treats" more often when I'm training hard. On the other hand, training for a endurance event also motivates me to stick to my exercise program.

Given that one of your main objectives is to lose weight to reduce the strain that's contributing to OA, but it's also clear that you're truly inspired by endurance athletes, are you finding it challenging to eat enough to train effectively but not so much that your weight loss slows or stops? And if you have figured out the right balance for yourself, can you share what you've learned with us?

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 2:40PM

    Don't give up!! emoticon

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/18/2012 1:59PM

    I know how you feel! You obviously did your homework more than a casual observer. I've had a million people tell me I'm too focused on my diet and exercise *blink, blink* what?! I had 100+ pounds to lose, how can you not do it without dedication. The problem is to others our dedication looks like an unhealthy obsession instead of the getting healthy obsession that it is. emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 9/18/2012 1:36PM

    Great message! It is a fine line and with all the knowledge you gained from your injuries, I am sure you know where that line is. Maybe a career in sports medicine is in your future? I think you explain things better than my doctor ever did. Keep taking care of yourself!


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LEB0401 9/18/2012 1:33PM

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... and the comments are just as good as the blog!

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GUITARWOMAN 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Very helpful!

I am in my mid 60's and was overweight for most of my life.

No major mobility problems, except my foot which has been repaired, but I do live with discomfort and stiffness every day.

I will certainly not stop working out!

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FITFOODIE806 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Love this! You are so right on. My dad, a runner for 30+ years is often told "running is bad for your knees." He quickly responds, "So is obesity" and obviously people don't like that respond. But guess what, people??! It's true!!
I think there is genuine concern for you and other injuries. But, I also have felt an element of jealousy at times. Maybe it's a jealousy of athletic ability or time commitment to fitness? I'm not sure...
Anyway, You do you!

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JUNEAU2010 9/18/2012 1:10PM

    This is a very well-written blog. I am inspired to continue losing and moving!

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KAY-SUPREME 9/18/2012 12:38PM

    I broke my fibula and a month later did my first half marathon. As long as you've done the research and know what you can handle and can't handle, you have it all in the bag. You probably won't be as fast as you might want to be, but you also aren't letting this totally sideline you like it might with others. If you wake up the morning of a race in horrible pain, I'd probably say skip it, but show up to cheer others on. Otherwise, give it what you can, stop when you need to, walk when you need to, and remind yourself that there are perfectly healthy people out there who will never attempt anything longer than a 5K which, in my book, makes you totally badass.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/18/2012 12:31PM

    You better not be talking about me!

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DONNA5281 9/18/2012 12:25PM

 

You know what you are doing. You are welled informed about what is going on. Do what you need to do.

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SLIMLEAF 9/18/2012 12:04PM

    You're obviously well-informed and have made your decisions after serious thought - good for you!

I wish you all the best in your training, races, rest and healing. With your sort of attitude I'm sure you'll do really well. :-)

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DOTTIESPLACE 9/18/2012 11:57AM

    You know your body and your limitations. I know what it's like to be afraid that you'll reinjure yourself and I know that you are not foolhardy. Keep on keeping on! It only matters what YOU say is best for you! Rock it!



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IRONBLOSSOM 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Very good information. I also get irritated with the naysayers, I always think "you don't know me!" But then I realize that we're here building/taking part in a community and the whole point is to share our perspectives and knowledge and information to help each other along the way. One person telling me to work out more or less or eat more or less or differently is just another perspective that I should consider, and then do what's right for me!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Well put. The bottom line is knowing your own body and being aware of what it is saying. Becoming more acfive is one of the best things I ever did for myself;. You keep going, you are on the right track!







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SKNYMOMWANNABE 9/18/2012 11:55AM

    So my left knee has 10% cartilege-arthritis. My right calf has the tendon pain going on, not Achilles but 'ouchy" none the less. I get that being fat adds to the misery, I get that working out relieves stress, helps with the weight loss and basically re-affirms your ability to succeed. I will not tell you what to do. I can offer you some tips from my first half marathon and subsequent 10K's. I found that past about mile 7 for training purposes my body, knee especially was hating it. I tried a brace. ice, heat, Aleve(my bff) pretty much to no avail. My running form when I'm in pain is less than ideal so then I ran funny, got some blisters, tweaked my right calf a bit more. I did my half, it wasn't pretty, nor elegant but I finished. I decided that the half distance was simply too far to train for on this knee of mine. I dropped back to 10K's. For the most part I enjoy them. They are a bit farther then I would run without being chased by a bear and I can cross train for them! Cross training is the magic pill for fat, injury prone folks of a certain age. I read the book, run faster, run less. I adopted it to work for myself. The premise is that whatever you do to cross train you need to do at the SAME intensity as your run. Therefore a heart rate monitor is an ideal accessory. I had a fantastic 10K in May with running 3 miles at a stretch and doing the elliptical for the other 3 miles. Illness, aches and pain dulled my training and I basically just ran the same race last weekend. I killed my back for the first time ever, because my form wasn't great-I was blah and tired and overall not feeling it. By all means don't stop what you're doing, just be aware there are other methods to accomplish the same thing that are a tad bit easier on the chassis!

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TARANITUP 9/18/2012 11:51AM

    Great rationale - and I love the title "The One...." like all of the Friends episodes :)

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POISONGIRL999 9/18/2012 11:47AM

    Glad you put this out there. You know your body better than any of us. Hope it gets better over time.

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2012 11:40AM

    You are a smart lady ...and no one knows your body better than you do.
I'm sure that if your body complains, you will listen to it and do another form of exercise to keep your progress going. There are lots of ways to keep joints mobile and still boost your metabolism. You go Lady. Go for it

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FRENCHIFAL 9/18/2012 11:38AM

    Good for you! I am one of those people who always cautions people to be careful - not to walk after dark, not to overdo it, etc. And many times, my family has yelled at me for being a "hypocrite" because they think running with a knee injury is very bad for me, and that there are better ways to get in shape.

I'm with you -- it's YOUR body and you know what's best for you! Running has really helped me strengthen my knee, as have the lunges and other ST exercises I do. It didn't do any additional damage, it helped me heal -- and I think you'll find that it will do the same for you!

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RUNNER12COM 9/18/2012 11:22AM

    This is good-to-know information for runners and non-runners alike. Just because we are a bit dinged or bruised doesn't mean we have to revert back to our old life of sitting around.

You know your body and you have enough sense to navigate around these minor setbacks.

Keep on a rockin!

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Le Sigh

Monday, September 17, 2012

Well, I've gotta be honest. This day really kicked the crap out of me. I came off a terrible night of sleep, awful dreams about hurtful people from my past, woke up late. Ugh. Seriously considered skipping my swim this morning and sleeping more...but, as I said in my status, I've never missed a scheduled workout and I don't intend to start making excuses now. Especially since this morning's workout was supposed to be a run, but I'm protecting my tendon until it feels 100% perfect. So I got my butt up and went to the YMCA.

The swim was grueling. I am not even sure how I eeked out my regular 30 lengths in 30 minutes, but I managed to do it...and add on two more extra lengths in the last minute. It was hard. I suppose I powered through mainly because I was aware that there was an Ironman swimming in the lane next to me (my friend, Sue, who is currently training for her 3rd trip to Kona Ironman World Championships). It always helps to have a hero one lane over, whose mere presence makes you push yourself harder.

My body felt wonderful, but I got to work and the exhaustion returned. Perhaps it's the gloomy gray sky out my window or maybe the 40 or so e-mails that were begging for my attention or the pile of paperwork from last week on my desk that was waiting for me patiently and demanding action. Maybe it had something to do with my boss's quick visit, where she expressed frustration with some of our records (which are in my care and it's my job to keep). She would never point the finger at me to make me feel bad, but she is also under a lot of pressure. I don't have negative feelings against her, but I pretty much started out my day feeling disappointed in myself.

The minutes and hours ticked away and I worked and worked and now the work day is over and I still feel defeated. I feel immense pressure to comfort eat. I will really really try not to tonight.

I just want to go home, eat dinner, ice my ankle, take a hot shower, cuddle with some kiddos, go to bed and start fresh in the morning.

Sorry to be negative. Just one of those days. If you were standing in front of me, I'd totally ask you for a hug.

  
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ISABELLE31 9/18/2012 7:36PM

    Glad you were able to improvise!

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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 11:11AM

    No worries, we all know what it's like to just have a blah kind of day :) Very inspiring to hear that you did your swim despite the weather being cruddy and you were tired. So much so, that I am looking into my local recreation center about how much it would be to drop in and swim three times a week. Keep up the great job and remember, we are here for you!

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EBURGITE 9/18/2012 10:54AM

    hope today is better! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/18/2012 10:54AM

    Everybody has days like that and it's good to be able to share both the ups and the downs here. I always am kind of suspicious of someone who's totally up all the time LOL! Life happens. Hope today is a better day for you.

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SWEETEYES0601 9/18/2012 10:35AM

    emoticon No worries. You are the Sparkiest SP member next to the big man himself I know! Don't let the turmoil of life keep you from remembering how inspirational you are to so many of us!

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NDKARIKARI 9/18/2012 10:13AM

    Keep your head up, Leah. It's one of those kinds of days, but you went through it and today is a completely new day.

sending happy thoughts your way,
Nana

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NEWMOM20121 9/18/2012 9:32AM

    I pray you got the rest you needed and today is a better day.

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KATYDID412 9/18/2012 9:21AM

    Sending a virtual hug your way. Hope today's better and you kick its a$$ instead of vice versa.

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 8:49AM

    Ugh! We all have days like that. Unfortunately, it's just a part of life. Yesterday was also a bad day for me & I was super grumpy. I almost decided not to go to the gym at the last minute, but I had my water & my gym bag in the car & I went anyway. I felt so much better afterwards (as I always do). Exercise really is a mood booster. I was in a good mood by the time I got home to hubby.

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/18/2012 8:12AM

    I loathe days like this one you had. Big hugs hon. Things will look brighter! Hopefully they already do!

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HEALTHY4HIM 9/18/2012 7:33AM

    REALLY sending hugs your way.
I hope that dinner, showers and cuddles are exactly what you did and that this morning starts out better for you.
We all have days like that, Leah... hang in there.

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/18/2012 7:31AM

    And I would give you one emoticon Good for you for going swimming anyway : )

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Hang in there, Leah. You're doing really well.

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/18/2012 6:08AM

    Glad to hear you got your swim in.for the day and I hope youbwoke feeling much better this morning. hugs to you!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/17/2012 10:39PM

    If you were standing in front of me I would totally give you a hug when you asked for it! Good for you for still working out even though you didn't feel like it. I hope work gets better. Hang in there!

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Believe me...we all have those days. Spark on my friend.
Hugs, Rhonda

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ADARKARA 9/17/2012 10:03PM

    I can give hugs! emoticon

It's been a rough week for me due to hurtful people, so I have an inkling as to how you feel.

It's a good thing you exercised anyway. I haven't exercised in a few days even though I know it will make me feel better.

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CHANGINGEMMY 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon Everyone has bad days but I'm so proud of you for going ahead with your swim!! It doesn't take much for me to just stay in bed. You're so motivating in all of your blogs and sometimes we just need hugs. :) Hope tomorrow is a wonderful day and you feel much better.

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    emoticon Rough and tired days are the worst but you made it through the day! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 9/17/2012 9:29PM

    And I would so totally give you one!!
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AUSFAM 9/17/2012 9:24PM

    You are not alone! Hugs to you and just drink a glass of water, take a deep breath, and go to bed early. Tomorrow is a new day--you can do this!

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 9:23PM

    I can so relate. ((((((((YOU)))))))))) : )

You have high expectations for yourself. It's why you perform at such a high level compared to everyone else and yet feel defeated some days. But don't lose sight of how great you are, what a valued employee you are, and how much you are appreciated. And remember to appreciate yourself.

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KIPPER15 9/17/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I hate when the week starts out this way. Turn it around. think good thoughts, smile, it really does help. Attitude can change things from bad to good or the reverse if you stay in a funk. emoticon emoticon

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I hope you have a much better day tomorrow.

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PURSUEJOY 9/17/2012 9:07PM

    That WAS a rough day ~ and exhaustion is such a trigger for comfort ANYTHING!!!

Good for you to not miss your swim and for pushing extra hard!
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Good job staying focused at work and not being upset at the interaction ~ That's not easy!!
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And I am thrilled to be able to send hugs!!!
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We are in this together ~ and we are cheering for you!! Have a wonderful night's sleep!!
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JUNEAU2010 9/17/2012 8:56PM

    And I would totally give you a hug!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:38PM

    Sounds like you need to veg with the kids in front of a really funny family movie. I'm glad you exercised even when you didn't feel like it. You are an inspiration. I hope everything at work gets sorted out.

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YOGAGIRL289 9/17/2012 8:34PM

  Good for you for doing your swim even though you didn't really feel like it! I hope you have a nice evening and a better day tomorrow.

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MDOTZERO 9/17/2012 8:29PM

    Yep, follow through with that end of day task list and hit the hay. Tomorrow will be better!
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    Tomorrow is a new day and it will be a better one. Hang in there. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    We all have days like this, weeks even. HUGS tomorrow will dawn brighter. HUGS

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    And you have a hug from me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRITTEEG 9/17/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon Good for you powering through the funk and getting your workout in. *insert words of inspirational wisdom here* It gets better, just keep moving toward your goals.

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LINDAK25 9/17/2012 7:53PM

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Some days are just like that. Life is so much easier when you've had enough sleep! Sweet dreams.

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    Hope your evening is better with the sweet kiddos. emoticon

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ANDASI 9/17/2012 7:34PM

    This is not negative it is real life and that is why we need spark it keeps us aware of our feelings so we dont eat them.

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NARNIAROSE2003 9/17/2012 7:23PM

    It's OK, sugar! Friends understand our need to vent - and we are your friends. You should be so proud of yourself for continuing to do so well when you're feeling bad. Most people cannot do that! *hugs* Tomorrow will be better!

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ROSES4ME1 9/17/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon A giant virtual hug for you!! Get some rest - tomorrow will be better!

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FITFOODIE806 9/17/2012 6:42PM

    Well I hope you got to do exactly what the end says. A cuddle with kids always seems to help. I hope tomorrow is brighter.
And huge high five on getting that swim in! Further proof of what a dedicated athlete you are.

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Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please? Thanks.

As you probably know, I've had some issues with my tendonitis flaring up since my last run. I've been bewildered by the feelings of frustration and anger that have been rising up inside of me.

Why am I angry? Good question. I'm so glad you asked because I've been dying to say this for a couple days now.

I'm so angry at you, Obesity. I loathe you. I detest you. I'm angry that you have a stronghold in our country and in our world. I'm angry that I had so little respect for myself that I let you into my life and allowed you to take control. I'm angry that you are not being labeled correctly by our media as a disease. I hate that you are a killer. I truly believe you are linked to cancer. And I hate that cancer has hurt so many loved ones.

See, I don't just hate the physical effect that you bring (like my ankle issues or heart problems or diabetes, which destroys so many lives). I hate the emotional baggage you bring. I hate that you make us hate ourselves. I hate that we feel powerless against you. I hate that you bring hopelessness. You are evil.

You have tried to destroy me. And I finally woke up and decided that enough was enough. But you wouldn't just slide away quietly into the night. You had to have your vengeance and inflict injury upon me. You knew my sweet, little tiny ankle bone couldn't handle over 600 lbs of pressure while running. Thanks for the souvenir.

But, here's the deal. This is what's going to happen. I have two races to get through between now and October 20th. I am going to train cautiously and intelligently, using bike and swim to build my endurance if necessary. I'm not going to expect fast times or PRs on the next two races. I'm going to take it easy and finish, no matter how slow I am. I will no longer be a slave to you and give into fear and quit just because you're hanging around.

What's more...after these races are over, I have an entire winter to lose weight, heal, crosstrain and pretty much get you out of my life forever. And that is what I plan to do. So...you can flail around and give me your best shot for the next little while...but, rest assured, you are leaving soon. And I won't ever see you again once you're gone.

Even better...after you are gone from my life, I will make it one of my life's passions to drive you from every dear friend or family member's life that I come in contact with. I plan to do everything I can to disarm you and pretty much annihilate the fear and hopelessness that you spread over your victims.

You are going to be so sorry you messed with me.

  
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ALEX3440 10/3/2012 11:12PM

    beautifully written

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GIRLIE603 9/21/2012 11:46PM

    Wow . . . I absolutely love this blog entry. Amazing . . . excellent . . . well worded!

You are my hero!

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JENNIMOORE2 9/21/2012 9:35PM

  I like the idea of obesity being a tangible enemy, I think it's helpful.



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QTEALADY20031 9/21/2012 6:30PM

    Excellent, very good thinking, obesity is or will become a disease. Good for you. I wish you the best on your upcoming races! emoticon emoticon June

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NIKKIG3 9/21/2012 5:38PM

    this was so powerful to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!!

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KASPER10779 9/21/2012 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!! Keep up the good work!!

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JUDSTERF 9/21/2012 3:00PM

    Good for you!! Give it to him!! He has no business in our lives!!! Great job! Keep up the good work.

Judy

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EAGLES_WINGS 9/20/2012 4:32PM

    Keep up the good work! You will get there!
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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/19/2012 1:01PM

    Yep, that's how I feel. Awesome blog post.

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LRSILVER 9/19/2012 11:35AM

    Thank you this is great. Just what I needed.

Awesome!!

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JEWELMAKER1 9/19/2012 7:37AM

    Excellent! I like how you expressed yourself. Keep up the good work.

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LJONES025 9/19/2012 12:28AM

    Bravo for you! I'm so glad I read your blog. It brought me to tears. Happy tears to know that someone is not going to stand for it anymore. I want to be like you. I don't have a bad ankle but I do have a bad back from being so heavy and a hernia which acts up every time I'm luck to lose a couple of pounds.
This will be my hardest goal in my life and I hope I win the fight!
Thank you for sharing this with us! emoticon

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GLUECIPHER 9/18/2012 4:38PM

    Wow! i really liked this. you have inspired me!

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BIKECHIC1 9/18/2012 2:52PM

    Love your blog. Well done !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 10:43AM

    This is an awesome blog! Obesity can go suck it! :P I, too, felt very emotional when I read this blog. Thank you for addressing so many of the same feelings I have with Obesity. emoticon

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ARIMIETTA 9/18/2012 10:37AM

    Thank you so much for having the words I couldn't find before.
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~Ari

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DEBIGENE 9/18/2012 9:18AM

    FIGHT ON !!! emoticon emoticon

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CHULETA1981 9/17/2012 7:52PM

  Such a good idea put a face ie obesity to be able to put in its place. Good to say and share how you feel. It helps reaffirm your intentions & impowers you. Keep up the good fight, you can do it. thanks for your honesty

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NURSEPIRT 9/17/2012 7:33PM

    This was just what I needed to read. Thanks for this blog.

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SMORALES99 9/17/2012 3:28PM

    Telling Obesity off = fantastic! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 9/17/2012 3:23PM

    emoticonIntelligent, blog! This is creative writing at its best! emoticon

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LUKEDADDY 9/17/2012 3:02PM

    Great Blog! I love your rational approach to this.

Keep it up!

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KAHLADANIELLE 9/17/2012 2:56PM

    This was beautiful, and I teared up when I read it! Thank you for sharing! And you can do it! :)

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MADRIGALS9803 9/17/2012 1:18PM

  Love how you wrote this. It allows you to be able to step back and fight the Obesitiy Monster instead of feeling like you are fighting with yourself.

Great job! Keep it up! emoticon

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PLANTAGO 9/17/2012 12:48PM

    Well said woman! emoticon

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JOANIEBUG46 9/17/2012 12:24PM

    YOU CAN BE SO PROUD OF YOURSELF!!!! Love your attitude!!!

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TURTLETRACK 9/17/2012 11:33AM

    Good going you said it all and for all of us who are as sick and tired of being Obese. emoticon emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    Good Job!!!

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3G1RLS4ME 9/17/2012 9:09AM

    Wow what a great way to face all of our demons lol good job and well said!

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GODIVADSG 9/17/2012 8:56AM

    That's what I am talkin about! You go girl!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:52AM

    Phew! I bet you feel better having written this because I KNOW I feel better having read it! Thank you! This post is empowering to all of us fighting this disease called obesity. WE CAN WIN! WE WILL WIN! WE MUST WIN!

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FARIS71 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    Holy crap! I'm with you!

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TAMMYINPA 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Thanks so much.


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    Amen emoticon

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    Excellent!

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4RASCALS 9/17/2012 2:46AM

    Well said Leah, & so very true
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ARIZONAROBIN1 9/17/2012 12:03AM

    LOVE your blog - I am just starting Sparkpeople - Yet again - and you are a WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!!! emoticon

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REENIE131 9/16/2012 10:21PM

    So true!

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K1TT3N 9/16/2012 9:49PM

    Wooohooooo love your blog

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It All Adds Up

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OK, so I found Spark Article GOLD, friends...it's a detailed explanation of HOW SparkPeople calculates the calorie allowances in our Food Tracker. For those that don't trust anyone (like me)...or just curious minds.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie
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I encourage anyone who commented on my blog yesterday and said you could relate to my struggle with the scale not moving to read through this and do the calculations step-by-step on your own. To be honest, I had heard of all of these concepts already and had done bits and pieces of all of them, but had never seen them put together in such a cohesive and understandable way.

Here are the facts:

I have been eating roughly 2,000 calories per day (mostly healthy stuff)

I burn about 2500 calories per week in exercise (yeah, I know...that sounded high to me too but I checked and re-checked and this is accurate. I'm insane...enough said.)

I want to lose about 2 lbs per week, with the hope of meeting my goal weight of 145 by July 6, 2013 (my 35th birthday). I've got 77 lbs left to go.

Using the calculations from this article (which I can say is backed up by several other sources that I've come across in research over the past few months), I should be shooting for a target calorie range of 1300 - 1600 per day.

WOW. I've been so far off! It totally makes sense now why I've been in maintenance mode.

It's simple math, at this point. I need to control my urges and stay within my calorie range. I need to make sure those calories are healthy, good fuel for my body since I'm using so much fuel for exercise. And I need to not miss any workouts. The end.

If I faithfully do this, I can expect to see my scale moving in the downward direction in within the next couple of weeks. My new mini-goal is to lose 10 more lbs before my half marathon on October 20th. I believe this is doable.

I'm done playing games and I'm ready to do whatever needs to be done to get where I want to be. Who's with me?

  
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THETROUT 9/18/2012 10:11PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/18/2012 9:14AM

    Don't forget to mix up your workouts so you might avoid plateaus.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/18/2012 8:11AM

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I read this article awhile back. And, totally shocked at how much I was overeating number-wise. I was 300 calories over what I needed to be in weight-loss mode. I was also in maintenance mode.

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 6:29PM

    That's what I've done! I aim for 1350 calories a day. That way, if I make a mistake, I know I'm still under 1500.

My calorie burn varies between around 2000-3000 calories per day. Really? Yeah. I have an Exerspy device, so it isn't guessing. A zumba class for me burns 400-500 calories. A spin class burns around 300-400. So if I do both (which I do, twice a week), that's 700-900 just for exercise. On my long run days, I can burn well over 1500 in two hours. And I'm doing heavy gardening at least a couple days per week prepping for my market days. I run 3 days per week. So, according to my Exerspy, which counts *all* activity, I am averaging about 2500. I'm not satisfied if I'm not averaging that amount, so I use that number as a goal.

Oh, and it's important to note I did NOT start out there. I started out with walking, then added a one-hour class at they gym twice a week. Then I started running (nearly killed me), then I added in another gym class, etc. It's taken me 18 months to get where I am.

I do plan to overeat by 300-500 calories a day for 3 days about once a month. That seems to negate the plateau problem.

It makes me feel good to see you aiming for the same kind of thing. Maybe we've really figured this out! :D


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MICHELLE73101 9/17/2012 5:50PM

    Yes! I learned a few years back that it is ALL MATH!! When you have a 3,500 calorie deficit you lose a pound. It clicked.. then I got obsessed! i am sure this will boost your success!!!

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SKINICOOK 9/17/2012 1:51PM

    Makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.

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TERRIJ7 9/17/2012 2:35AM

    Numbers don't lie! Thanks for the link--I'm going to check it out.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/16/2012 10:05PM

    Thank you so much for the link!it was explained very well.

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FIT@401 9/16/2012 3:46PM

    Great article. Seek and you will find. I am going to go look at my setup. I don't think I have my exercise adjusted correctly. Thanks

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NEWCHINELO 9/16/2012 3:36PM

    all the WAY!You can do it . . .girl

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CAMAEL100 9/15/2012 1:58PM

    Can't argue with the facts!! Good to be reminded what it takes to get the scales moving. Thanks

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ZOLDOS11 9/15/2012 9:02AM

    Very helpful, thank you for posting this. emoticon

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SLFGOLF 9/15/2012 1:01AM

    Thanks for posting this. Very helpful.

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NURSEREUTER 9/14/2012 11:41PM

  Together we can! Thanks for the info!

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CAROLZ1967 9/14/2012 10:38PM

    Plan sounds realistic. You can do it!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/14/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for posting this....

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HEARTS116 9/14/2012 9:48PM

    I'm with you on this!

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NIKO27 9/14/2012 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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DRAK416 9/14/2012 8:34PM

  Good job

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JOANOFARCTIC 9/14/2012 7:12PM

    It really is just simple math - sticking to it is the hard part emoticon

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JURASSICSUE 9/14/2012 4:52PM

    This is brilliant - thanks so much for sharing it. I've been on SP for years and never seen this!
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BANDMOM2012 9/14/2012 3:37PM

    very good explanation of how everything works together

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/14/2012 3:18PM

    good info! I will be using it, but not until my next weigh-in, cuz I refuse to weigh in too frequently. emoticon

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CASEYTALK 9/14/2012 2:49PM

    It is always interesting to see how the math works out. Of course, your body is a very complex organism and sometimes will burn more or less fuel just living.

Even if you don't manage 2 lbs a week in order to reach your goal by your birthday, think how great it will be even to be close! Keep your goal, because it will be a great birthday present to yourself, but I hope you'll still have a happy birthday if you're at least much closer!

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IAMRADIOGEEK 9/14/2012 2:46PM

    Thank you for this blog! I went through and recalculated things for myself and, yup, I've been eating too much! Glad it's straightened out now, though!

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KENAZFEHU 9/14/2012 2:43PM

    I am most definitely with you!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/14/2012 1:23PM

    I just "re" found this link this week as well. It is very helpful. I am so glad you explained this so well for everybody.

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NIKI778 9/14/2012 12:24PM

    I love this article, I had found during my first month on Spark people and I really love it so much, it just puts all the numbers out there in a way that makes perfect sense and explain show why it is so important to be accurate when setting up our program with how many calories we burn weekly because it could result in easily eating too much or too little, another thing that is very important to do it to make sure that if we have any large increases or decreases in activity we update spark and update our spark plan to make sure we are eating the correct amount of cals to achieve our goals!

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TRICKER20 9/14/2012 11:29AM

  I'm in! I found the same article when I was stuck in a rut and this finally helped me get out of it! I didn't realize that as I loose weight, the callories I eat should also decrease. Once I did the math, I found I was overeating too!

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SUNGIRL822 9/14/2012 11:05AM

  Best of luck!!!

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ELISAJANE57 9/14/2012 10:23AM

    It's amazing what new things you can find on the Spark site everyday. I'm always learning something new. I was surprised when you said how high your calorie range was. It is good you have at least been maintaining and working hard. Now that you have your new range figured out I'm sure the pounds will start falling off again! emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/14/2012 8:19AM

    emoticon . I'll be right there next to you doing the same thing! I really appreciate your source and explanation.

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AJB121299 9/14/2012 7:58AM

    thanks for the info and good luck

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CLUMBOY 9/14/2012 7:05AM

    thanks for the link!

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FLASUN 9/14/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon Blog! I went back to re-read that article. I was never very good in math and it looks very complicating to me to figure all that out. I' 5'1 inches, weight is 148 this morning. I need to start doing something because I keep gaining instead of the other way around......not sure of my calories for the day, so will start to keep track again & watch what I'm eating. It does all add up fast!!!
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TORTISE110 9/14/2012 6:43AM

    Facing reality is such a shock, and then it isn't. You are on your way. Seems like a milestone. Hard work ahead, and i know you can do it!

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EWL978 9/14/2012 6:27AM

    That's GREAT!!! I'll check back to see how you're doing... Keep on Keeping on... that's what it takes. emoticon

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THEIS58 9/14/2012 5:43AM

    Totally with you! Eating about 1100-1300 cal per day & burning about 1800 cal per week in exercise and need to adjust to lose another 5 pounds for new goal weight...

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PCASEY7 9/13/2012 11:50PM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing! Best of luck reaching you mini goal by Oct 20! I'm sure you'll be successful!

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:13PM

  Wow - good for you! It's tough to commit to lowered calories and exercise. Best of luck reaching your goals!

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SH9719 9/13/2012 11:05PM

    No one has ever promised you it would be easy or a straight line to your goal. A huge part of this journey is self education. With the help of the community you have learned important lessons. Just continue to continue on. Even though it seems like it you are not at ground zero. You know more and you are not starting out at zero conditioning. Good luck!

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1-2-3 Let's Eat Healthy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OK, so here's the long and short of it, folks. You KNOW I've been working out like crazy. I have been 100% faithful to myself in fitness and exercise. I am proud of myself for that...it's a huge accomplishment for a 200+ lb girl to get off her ass every single day and work her body. I don't minimize my effort in that area.

I am also proud of myself for the healthy food choices I've been making. I always choose whole grain breads and pastas, make sure I have vegetables and fruits in my diet, choose lean cuts of meat and avoid fried foods like the plague. I drink my 9 glasses of water every single day. I hardly ever have soda, and if I do, it's a diet soda. I've ditched my coffee addiction and I track my calories every single day.

But...I'm not losing weight. Why? It's not a mystery. I know why. I eat too many calories. Plain and simple. My calorie range is 1600-1800 per day and I consistently go JUST over that, by a few hundred calories. Every day. So, you see...I am maintaining.

It's true that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% workout. And I HATE it! I've said this before...I absolutely can't stand the thought that I'm working SO hard and not seeing any change on the scale!



In light of the fact that I KNOW what I need to do and I just haven't been doing it, I am resolving ONCE AGAIN to reign in my overeating. This time, I have a plan:

1. Let go of it.



I have held onto this mindest of "I'm not losing weight and I won't lose anymore weight" for the past month. Time to let it go and do what I've gotta do and trust the process.

2. Declare it.



OK, so now it's public. I don't know why it's so embarassing to admit this in writing. But it really is humiliating for me. I suppose it's because I'm showing some weakness and I'm supposed to be this "inspirational" Spark Motivator. Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out.

3. DO IT.



Simple. Just do what you know is right, Leah. Don't take away from it. Don't add to it. JUST FOLLOW THE PLAN. Is it hard? Aww...oh well. Is it frustrating? Yep. Get over it. Will it take time? Yeah...probably. So what? Time to get serious and quit disrespecting yourself!

  
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EMILYDOODLE 9/23/2012 11:09PM

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PURPLEPEONY 9/18/2012 11:27PM

    I went WAYYY over my calories today too. Tomorrow is a new day & another chance to do it right.
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MAMA_CD 9/17/2012 7:35PM

    that cal creep is so easy, eating just a bit more than you should, or not recording every morsel and da...da!..not losing weight
Thanks for sharing

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DRCLANKY 9/14/2012 8:32PM

    I've been letting my calorie intake creep up over the last few weeks too and have definitely noticed the scale stop moving. Thanks for the inspiration and kick in the butt to get me tracking and eating in my range again! emoticon

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JO28352 9/14/2012 3:46AM

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EWL978 9/13/2012 11:42PM

    Keep on keeping on!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 8:57PM

    U Can do it! Read Coach Nicole's article - it is very helpful! I went for a few weeks without losing according to scale - yet my monthly measurements told a better story.

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HAPINANA 9/13/2012 8:44PM

    Coach Nicole just addressed this in 8 Reasons Why Your Not losing weight! Great blog...check it out! It will hit home with everyone that has this issue...because we all have it!! emoticon

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TEENSYTOES 9/13/2012 8:00PM

    Just because you aren't seeing changes on the outside doesn't mean you aren't getting healthier. Your body is making HUGE changes on a cellular level. You're feeding it all of the nutrients it needs. Don't get discouraged. These small changes are enormously important! Your willpower alone is huge. I'd like some of that to rub off on me!

Keep it up, you are an inspiration to all of us!
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HEATHERSMITHFIT 9/13/2012 7:15PM

    Great post! I think you've done a great job of restructuring your thought process- of course you can do this! And of course it will be hard! But of course it will be worth it! Sounds like you have all the tools you need to be successful, so get on out there and go for it!!! emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 9/13/2012 6:18PM

    So true about the 80% diet, 20% exercise ratio. I've noticed that when I start eating better, the pounds come off. I can see why you are going over your calorie range though because you REALLY work hard and your body probably feels like it needs that fuel. Are you getting a lot of protein? That might help a bit, it will help you feel fuller with less calories.
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/13/2012 5:05PM

    Great attitude - I am also struggling with staying at the same weight - thanks for sharing!

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CRAZYGIRLSAM 9/13/2012 4:45PM

  I know exactly what your going through. I was struggling with the same issue and was so frustrated that my hard work wasn't paying off. But I've learned to adjust to less calories and always wait 20 minutes after eating before eating again to make sure I'm still hungry and not just wanting more because the food was really good.

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THEBEACHSLAP 9/13/2012 3:16PM

    I would so wear that shirt. Kick rump outline you have listed here.

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TRICKER20 9/13/2012 3:14PM

  Argh! I know what you mean! This is exactly my problem too! I exercise like crazy and then over-eat, by just enough to completely ruin anything I accomplished by working out! So frustrating! I'm going to to take this pledge with you and together we'll get it done! No more excuses!
Way to go!

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CWHEATLEY12 9/13/2012 1:28PM

    You have such a positive outlook on this journey. You can do this!

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JNFRDAWN 9/13/2012 1:24PM

    This is great - I just wrote out the same concept (although not nearly as well as you) after a meeting with a trainer who diagrammed how my "just over" days were preventing weight loss. It is a bummer b/c going over by 100- 200 calories is just like a piece of string cheese or granola bar or something - it's not like you blow it by ordering a fast food combo or something.

I totally understand and am right there with you.

Well written!

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RONALANA 9/13/2012 12:39PM

    I would venture to say that most of us struggle with these very issues! I know I do! But you're getting it out in the open - on paper - and that's a great step toward dealing with the motivation struggle. Good luck!

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SOFIA3518 9/13/2012 11:58AM

  I'm just starting and I'm looking for motivation. It was good reading your blog. I fee a good vibe from you. Keep it up.

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/13/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I feel you're talking to a lot of us out there trying to figure out why it isn't working. emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 9/13/2012 11:42AM

    I love your attitude. Thanks for sharing this

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MRSSCHENCK 9/13/2012 10:22AM

    I liked this blog a lot. I felt like you're talking directly to me. Thanks for sharing!
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LEB0401 9/13/2012 9:58AM

    Don't be embarrassed. You wouldn't be much of a motivator if you were perfect! You rise to the challenges and bring us along. THAT is what's truly inspiring.

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DRAK416 9/13/2012 9:11AM

  Sounds like you have a good plan, GL, you can do it

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RUBYREDSTAR19 9/13/2012 8:36AM

    You've got a good handle on things. keep going!!

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ONELITTLEPILL 9/13/2012 8:31AM

    You have a great outlook and a positive mindset. Thats 2/3 of the battle. I know you can do this! Thanks for inspiring me to do the same!

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POINDEXTRA 9/13/2012 7:53AM

    Be proud of your self for maintaining - at some point, you'll NEED that skill! You'll be amazed at how just a few less calories per day will add up to weight loss for you - you can do it!

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LRSILVER 9/13/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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AJB121299 9/13/2012 7:49AM

    great job

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REVSERENA 9/13/2012 7:43AM

    So...

One thing that you can do when you seem to be committing and recommitting to the same goal is to ask why it didn't work last time. You knew what to do last time, but you got tripped up somehow. Where is the weakness in the food plan?

Is it hunger?

Habit?

Social eating?

Comfort food?

Rationalizing that "you deserve a treat"?

You can increase your chances of success by becoming a detective. Higher protein diets tend to reduce hunger. Creating a new habit intentionally can help you stop an old one (i.e. preparing a snack for later in the evening while you are making dinner can break the habit of mindlessly standing in front of the fridge.) Taking charge of social eating situations by putting yourself in charge of at least some of the food options can help. Sitting down and making a list of non-food ways to comfort yourself can remind you of other options. Creating a counter argument for your favorite rationalizations ahead of time can stop the stinkin' thinkin' in it's tracks (i.e. "I don't deserve a treat, I deserve an awesome body!")

I'm sure that you know all this, but I wanted to share it, because I keep forgetting it. Recommitting myself is great. Rearming myself before before I charge into battle is even better.

The changes in attitude are the Big Things, but if I can refine some of the little things I can get that extra edge to increase my chances of success.

Best of luck to you!


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BESSHAILE 9/13/2012 7:07AM

    And remember - one year from now you'll be so glad you started today

a quote I found here on Spark People - can't remember who said it.

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TRYINGHARD54 9/13/2012 5:48AM

    you goooooooooooooooo girl

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/12/2012 8:17PM

    I'm right there with you! Let's recommit to the 80% of the diet that is hardest for us! I can work out 2x/day if it'll help (and sometimes it does, mentally as well as physically) but apparently I can also work out 2x/day and eat juuuust over my calorie range and never drop an ounce. Today I actually feel like my clothes are tighter, even though I know that's not true because I've actually lost inches. It's all in the brainz.

Ready? Calorie range....on!

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DATMAMA4 9/12/2012 5:36PM

    I think you're doing great, regardless of what the scale says. You know what's motivational? Someone who still gets up and works out every day, regardless of injury or what the scale says.

You didn't give up simply because the scale is staying in place -- many people would have used that as a quick and convenient excuse to just start eating garbage again, binge eating for "comfort," or to take a few days off because "it's not making a difference anyway."

You're doing this for yourself and your family, not to please a scale or to meet some number/size requirement. Your health is better than it was, regardless of this minor blip on the radar. Your calories will come down because you're determined to make it so -- and you're not the only person who consistently goes just that little bit over the daily limit.

Keep chugging along! Cheering for you here.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/12/2012 12:54PM

    Declaring your plan of action will help make it happen.

You aren't weak. It takes strength to do what you've done so far. You need strength to make it happen. You will make it happen. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 9/12/2012 12:37PM

    I must disagree: "Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out." YES, you do!! And I am totally motivated by your blog!! I've been in the same place just lately - I know how to take off the pounds I put on while on vacation, I just haven't done the work. So let's JUST DO IT, ok??? emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 9/12/2012 11:59AM

    I hear you. I've been maintaining oh 4 weeks now. And busting me butt working out. For what to see the numbers slide up slide down. Time to get a clue! Let's bust a move sista!

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2012 11:56AM

    Don't be embarassed because we all have our ups and our downs and our struggles. We motivate even more when are open and honest in our good times and in our struggles. Thanks for being honest and sharing. I know you can do this!!

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/12/2012 11:51AM

    Your blog is wonderful as usual but I feel compelled to comment on the last pic. OMG I love it. Totally Awesomesauce! lol :)

(P.S. you maintain your inspiring nature even though you struggle.. Probably more so because you struggle, identify the issue and overcome it! )

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/12/2012 11:21AM

    Hi Leah;
Great blog, You are spirit living in a human experience, this is just part of the learning process, You are strong, You are Wise & Your spirit is as strong as the mustard seed.

You are a good motivator to many people, just be gentle with yourself as you work your way through this growing process.

Take care & be well.
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SNOWYOGA 9/12/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you and you can do it. Alsp love the picture of the 2 ladys, to cute! emoticon emoticon

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AGK3112 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    your blog is really nice and inspiring. I have same thing going on what you are going thru. I am also working myself to get these pounds off from my weight and waist . Working hard is the key to all the success so lets get up and start working..We sure will reach to our destination.. emoticon

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SOXFANNH 9/12/2012 1:57AM

  I know just how you feel! The exercise part for me is easy, but the food part is really difficult, sometimes, and I have a pretty generous calorie allowance. I like your 1, 2, 3 approach. You know what you have to do and you know how to do it, so good luck as you get going!

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REGILIEH 9/12/2012 1:11AM

    You WILL do it!!!

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KRYSTALLA 9/11/2012 11:45PM

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MANILUS 9/11/2012 11:13PM

    With a little sacrifice, you will see the weight change! It is worth feeling a bit hungry now and again. I drink chai tea or eat vegetables when I feel hungry and it works!

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