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My Switch From AT GOAL to Actively Seeking Another 10-15 Pound Loss

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What's up with that?? If I was at goal in December, why am I active now and looking to drop another 10-15 pounds? What did I do wrong to take me from "at goal" to active again? NOTHING! I was 151 when I saw my Dr in December. I was wearing sz 4 jeans and sz 10/12 dresses. Yes I was up to 157 a few weeks ago after carb loading for my HM. Totally normal and acceptable. That is not the reason I went back to active status. Right now I am roughly 152. I'm still in sz 4 jeans and sz 10/12 dresses. So why then did I switch my status? It's simple. I set a new goal. My dr told me to shoot for 145-155. My PT/N fully believes I can get to 138-142. The difference will be in totally leaning out my body fat. My Dr believes that a woman of my age should carry a little body fat. My PT/N believes a weight lifter/body builder of my age can afford to go leaner. I CHOOSE to give it a shot. Now we all know that muscle weighs more than fat and I think I can safely say that in my current physical condition, I don't have a whole lot of body fat left to lose and by gaining muscle mass, I may never get the scale to drop to the 138-142 range, However, I'm willing to give it an honest effort. Will this be easy? HeII no! I'm talking some serious rearranging and remodeling! Since I am sugar sensitive, I carry my remaining body fat around my upper torso. My back and chest specifically, with a bit still at my waist. I'm already eating clean 85+% of the time. I'm already lifting some serious weights. I'm already running some impressive distances, with impressive times. Is there room for improvement in my food and fitness? Sure there is! And that is where my tweaking will come in to play. So, do I consider myself a failure because I'm continuing on this WL journey? Will I feel like a failure if in losing the fat and gaining the muscle, my scale does not cooperate? NO WAY! As I said, this is more about remodeling than anything else but I'm hoping that by returning my focus somewhat to the scale, I'll be that much more focused in my journey. I want to see a difference in my strength, my structure and my appearance this round. If I see a drop in the scale along with that, YIPPEE! If not, as long as I see a difference in ME, I'll be more than satisfied. In the meantime, I AM A SUCCESS STORY and will continue to write the next chapter using the tools that I KNOW work for me!

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DRADDIE 5/14/2014 10:45AM

    Good luck and have fun with the new goal!!

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2LABS2LOVE 5/13/2014 7:36PM

    I have to say this: You look amazing and your hard work shows. That picture of you and Mom on FB (you had the pink top), you looked amazing and healthy and strong. What an inspiration. emoticon

and are a success story and a huge inspiration for the rest of us.

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RIVERNANNA 5/13/2014 7:26PM

    You have great will power and I don't doubt that you will see the changes that you're looking for.

I wouldn't know what to do without goals. I certainly understand why you have new ones.

Do it!! I know that you can!

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MRSP90X 5/13/2014 7:14PM

    I don't think your Dr ever saw older bodybuilders. While it is a good idea as we get older to have a little fat on us, that is usually targeted to inactive people, since if an illness comes, the body can handle it. However, I do not think that applies to people who are living daily an athletic lifestyle and lifting heavy weights. emoticon get ripped!! emoticon

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 5/13/2014 4:05PM

    I'm so excited for you. I know you can do it!!!

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EDDYMEESE 5/13/2014 1:43PM

    Great goals and great outlook! You can do it!

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

I had another one of those moments of awakening....of great reflection.....a emoticon moment yesterday.


As I've mentioned in my recent blogs, I've been struggling with the nutrition aspect of my journey since upping my cardio in preparation for the beginning of Half Marathon season. Yes. I upped it a lot,.... but I've done this before and had no issues. Of course I had a lot of fat emoticon stores to pull from back then and I was eating the typical emoticon all emoticon American emoticon diet as well, so I was constantly refilling my glycogen levels

My moment of awakening came when I realized that I had skipped my monthly in March and it arrived full force this week. You see, I did the same thing the last time I felt this crash, about six weeks in to my current lifestyle. It took a talk with my PT/N to remind me that this was not a new issue for me. What I am discovering is that now that I am eating emoticon clean and I'm healthy and at goal with my weight, my hormones are effecting me much more. Normal monthly cycles are ok. I can deal with them just fine. But when my training - or my age - cause me to skip a month, the hormone fluctuations I experience the following month, with the return of my cycle, seems to wipe me out totally. They cause me to experience this CRASH!

I may not notice it, if not for my training intensity. In other words, if I was just sitting on the couch, I wouldn't be taxing my system at the same time that my hormones are, and I'd probably be fine. But the fact that I'm ST 3 days a week and upping my weights constantly as my body adapts to the current challenges, running 3 days a week while adding speed and distance to my runs, and throwing in a couple ZUU and TRX sessions for good measure, all adds up. Combine that with the whacky hormone levels and I just can't function at peak for 6 out of 7 days a week.

Realizing that this is a totally normal reaction to the challenges my body is facing and ACCEPTING that it's ok to perform under par every once in awhile, is SO FREEING!

And did I mention that while I was dealing with all this, I finally mastered Burpees emoticon ? Our bodies are wonderfully awesome masterpieces! When we feed them properly and train them properly, they can truly surprise us! Don't let yours down! Find out what you're capable of!

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2LABS2LOVE 4/6/2014 4:14PM

    emoticon blog! emoticon

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    Have you considered (cough, cough) your age, with regards to the menses issues? These are also signs of menopause... emoticon

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MRSP90X 4/3/2014 1:08PM

    Proper nutrition and training are vital to our overall health.

Some articles that may interest you:

emoticon on the Burpees!!

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Me? An "A word" ??????

Friday, March 28, 2014

OMG it happened! Today, my PT called me "the A word"!! emoticon

She called me an ATHLETE!! emoticon

At first it made me smile. Then for a moment I thought, "Wait! She wasn't really talking about me, was she?" But as I continued to listen to what she was saying to me, it hit me. She WAS talking about me!!

But wait! There's MORE! It gets even better!

Along with that title, comes a whole new way of eating!! SHOCKING! I KNOW!! But it's true! Several of the things that have been off limits to me in my journey down the scale are now REQUIRED to help me perform!

Now before I go any further, I'm no Olympic athlete. I don't play anything professionally. I'm not breaking records or winning medals or getting any big name endorsements. I'm just challenging myself to run faster, lift heavier and get leaner.

I have a vision of what I want my body to look like and as I see improvements, my vision continues to change.

At first I just wanted to be slim. When I weighed 198, I wanted to weigh 138. Plain and simple. Once I hit 148, I was amazed at how slim I was and couldn't imagine dropping another 10 pounds. So my vision altered. I saw spots that were soft where I wanted definition. I began what I like to refer to as my "remodeling project"

The past few weeks I've really been concentrating on fine tuning. My focus has been on improving my arms, shoulders, back and abs. I've picked up a few new classes. I've added speed and distance to my running. I've upped my weights. I've even incorporated some doubles (run in the AM, lift in the PM, etc)

With the extra demands to my system, I've noticed some great improvements in my performance.....but I've also noticed some low spots in my performance levels from one day to the next. I couldn't figure out why after running 5 miles on Tuesday, I could nail a ZUU session and two days later, with no run, I could barely finish one.

It soon became pretty obvious that my glycogen levels were tapped but with my clean diet, I obviously didn't want to resort to the typical pasta carb load routine.

So I took my conundrum to my PT/N.

And she called me an ATHLETE! emoticon

She explained to me that it's time for me to switch the way I think, see and feed myself! Her advice to me is to begin cycling my diet and building in a cheat meal at regular intervals to replenish my supplies. Basically what she wants me to try is three days clean, then for lunch on day four, she wants me to incorporate things like gluten free pasta, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. Low glycemic index carbs. Yes CARBS! (I know! emoticon I'm in shock too!)

Now you'll notice she didn't mention breads, cakes and cookies. I'm not trying to add fat! I'm simply trying to replenish my glycogen levels so my body can continue to function at peak capacity, in the healthiest way possible. She doesn't want me counting calories, just watching quality.

So after 20 years of eating to lose, my whole mind set is changing. Now I'll be eating to perform at peak. Eating like an ATHLETE!! A 52 year old, mother of 5....... An athlete........ Just a few months ago I was struggling with changing my mental image from that of a fat person, to that of a slim person. Now I'm an athlete????? Yes! As a matter of fact, I AM!

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 4/1/2014 11:37PM

    Amazing! It just doesn't get any better than that, does it! Congratulation, athlete!

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/30/2014 1:02PM

    My turtles eat sweet potatoes, just like Jeckie!
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    So exciting! I'm so glad that you are continuing your journey but questioning and finding answers for you! I have actually ALWAYS thought of you as the "A" word!! emoticon emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!

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JECKIE 3/28/2014 4:43PM

    Welcome to the dark side. ;)
I eat sweet potatoes every day and the benefit to my performance has been amazing. I think you'll be super surprised!

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CHERIONE 3/28/2014 4:34PM

    Yay for you! You've earned the title. I love the phrase "a woman who wants something will make a way, a woman who doesn't will find an excuse". So true!

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RACH_LVSLIFE 3/28/2014 1:55PM

    You flippin rock, cappy! emoticon

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AHTRAP 3/28/2014 1:44PM

    loved the title of the blog (must click!), and loved the reason for it even more...congrats on being a A-word!

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RUNNINGWILD 3/28/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon I love this! Embrace it and enjoy.

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TEKRU1 3/28/2014 1:25PM

    That is awesome! What a journey you've been on! Keep rockin' it!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I am totally amazed at how quickly my body is responding to the challenges I'm throwing at it! Today was a day full of achievements.

First, I bit the bullet and tackled the weather for my run. I was only scheduled to do 3 miles but I was feeling so good, I decided to do five. Just nine days ago I tackled and nailed my first non stop five mile run of the season, after only being back at it for a week. I took a four month break and focused on ST and flexibility instead. Nine days ago I finished the fiver in 68 minutes. I was thrilled with that. Last Friday I did a series of 3 one milers for speed. Today I used that training to focus on my fiver. And I dropped a FULL FIVE MINUTES off my time! Best ever!!!

Second, I came back feeling so stoked, I decided to go to the ZUU class at the gym. (Google it) I went last week and sucked at it. It's TOUGH! We did 3 rounds and I was dying! I barely made it through and felt the pains for two days afterwards. Today we did five sets and I ROCKED IT! I kept up with the instructor!!

Our bodies are AMAZING things! If we can get past our minds, who knows what we're capable of!

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EDDYMEESE 3/26/2014 3:06PM

    Nice job! Keep at it!

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RIVERNANNA 3/26/2014 10:54AM

    Awesome! You not only lost weight, you strengthened and toned your body. Sounds like your mind and body are in a healthy and energetic state!!!

I tip my hat to you and your accomplishments.



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    That's GREAT! Good for you! Glad to see you got your laser sharp focus back!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 3/26/2014 7:07AM

    You are awesome!!! Great job and thank you for the reminder that it is time to get back on track after my moving weekend.

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Now Here's A NSV I Hadn't Even Considered!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I knew I'd need to buy new clothes when I finally reached my goal weight but I hadn't even considered I'd need to have my rings resized.

This one is my 10th anniversary ring, which fit me snugly for the past 15 years.

This one is my 25th anniverary ring, that my DH just got me last November. They sized it for me that day!

This one is my wedding ring, which I JUST got back from having resized a few weeks ago.

The funny thing is I haven't really dropped much in weigh so far this year. I reached goal early December and kind of relaxed a bit. I've been staying within a few pounds of my goal weight but two weeks ago I decided it was time to get back on track with my fine tuning. I cranked up my ST by increasing weights and reps. I added a new cardio routine that is very challenging and I have gotten back in to running, after taking a 4 month break for the winter months. My diet hasn't really changed much at all. The scale is pretty much the same but the inches still keep coming off! Isn't muscle a wonderful thing!?

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    One of the ways I can always tell I'm losing "inflammation" is when my rings, which have been wedged on my finger for nearly 30 years, feel loose! The other day I did something with my hand and my rings flew off! I know what you mean about it being both a good and bad NSV! Don't lose them!! SO proud of you!

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-THINQ- 3/23/2014 12:36AM

    emoticon GO, Acowlie!!! emoticon

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JMOUSE99 3/22/2014 10:30PM

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EDDYMEESE 3/22/2014 9:40PM

    That's the best kind of NSV! Congratulations!

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AEROBISAURUS 3/22/2014 8:52PM

    I LOVE MUSCLE! Strength training is the best way to change your body. emoticon Gotta love the NSV's, cause that's what it's all about! emoticon


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THETURTLEBEAR 3/22/2014 8:14PM

    Oh yes, I had my wedding ring resized too!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/22/2014 5:35PM

    Your fingers are tightening up with muscle !!! : )
Are your shoes too big????
Great NSV!!!!!

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HMJ5053 3/22/2014 4:33PM

This is great to hear. I'm very near my goal weight, but the body still doesn't look the way it should in parts. I've ramped up the poundage on my ST and added more protein (a struggle) hoping to get a body composition change. From your post here it seems like that could still be possible. Keep on runnin'!

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