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Another goal accomplished!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

I did it again! I am below 125 for the first time today - 124.2. I decided I still have some fat to lose so I'm going to keep going. I set a new goal for 120 and again, after that we'll see.

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CPCDGIRL 12/12/2007 8:49AM

    Nice job Mandy! I'm 5'2" also. I just realized we're the same height. I think your goals sound very reasonable and attainable. (Just make sure you know how to stop...When I first lost a lot of weight several years ago, I found out that I knew how to lose it, but didn't know how to stop losing without the fear of gaining it all back. Led to years of very unhealthy behaviors.) It's inspiring to "know" someone who seems to be losing the right way!

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PINKLETTERLAW 12/10/2007 7:24AM

    Keep up the great work!

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Personal Trainer

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I met with a personal trainer for the first time today and it was awesome! He did all my body fat measurements - I'm at around 22.5% right now - I think my goal will be to get down to at least 20% - he said top athletes are at 17%. He was really impressed with my fitness level overall and I am going to be focusing on toning with him. I'm going to go at least once a week - I wish I could go more but I think it will be hard with the travel. I am also going to try to use many of the exercises when I work out on my own too. So my goal right now is to make strength training a bigger part of my working out and not do it half-assed (I kind of do right now).

Also, he was really impressed with my arm strength and that part of me is at 16.7% body fat right now - he took body fat by each part of me. I think it is the weights on my arms with the elliptical that is doing that. I recommend it to anyone who is reading - I bought these two pound weights that you strap on at target and i sometimes just strap them on for 15 - 20 minutes while I'm on the elliptical. I'm convinced it has made a difference and it is no extra effort. Try it and let me know if it works.

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ALLYBOBBER 12/15/2007 11:29AM

    Thanks for the tip about hand weights on the elliptical!

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MIIMA-ME-MY 12/11/2007 2:49PM

    Good luck with your Personal Training! :-)
I so wish I had time to work with one too...

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Some stuff

Friday, December 07, 2007

I had a reallly high calorie day yesterday - 1500 - for me that is really high. I was doing great and then I went out for sushi and instead of getting healthy sushi my friend and I split shrimp tempura rolls and spicy tuna rolls and oops - that adds up to over 500 calories (even with sharing). Oh dear. I guess though now that I'm getting closer to my goal weight maybe it is ok to have a 1500 calorie day now and then. Actually I also had a 1450 calorie day this week too, so I have in general been eating a little bit more. I got back from my trip yesterday and weighed in this morning and I had lost about half a pounds in the last few days so I guess whatever I'm doing is still working. I had set 125 as my next goal and I'm at 125.8. I think I'll set 120 as my next goal. I also start personal training on Saturday so I am hoping that will help me tone and take my body to the next level. Oh and my red dress in my profile - it doesn't fit anymore. Such a shame as it is such a pretty dress, I need to figure out who to give it to.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/7/2007 12:57PM

    Hey Mandy, I'm curious - did you feel better or worse after eating 1,500 calories? I ask because I can barely tolerate anything under 1,300 calories, especially if I go that low several days in a row...I get so cranky and can hardly function. I really don't want to think it's just a lack of willpower.... maybe it's because I'm taller? (5'6") I actually just bumped my calories up from 1,500 to 1,600 and feel even better...and it doesn't seem to be slowing down my weightloss...though with the yo-yoing I've been doing lately, it's really too soon to tell.
I am still so incredibly impressed at your consistent amazing fast progress, by the way. It's an inspiration to read about. It seems that every time I check in your weight is down even more! I know you said it's because you keep your behavior consistent, but where do you get the discipline?!? Consistency is my #1 goal right now.
One last question...sorry for blabbing on...but I see you are setting a new goal once you reach the older one. Do you have an ultimate goal set, or do you think you might always try to lose just a little bit more? I ask because I had a problem with this... I got all the way down to 132 and wasn't satisfied, even though people were calling me "skinny" and I was thinner than I'd ever been by far. I wanted to get down to 124... so I never entered maintanence, and then I fell off the wagon. :( I'm back on now, but at a much higher weight (in the 140s). Also, I never bought new clothes because I wanted to wait until I reached my goal weight, but in the meantime I have nothing that fits. Do you keep on buying new clothes as you go?
Thanks!!! (and I totally understand if you're too busy to get back to me right away) Your determination is very inspiring!!

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PIGLETSMALL 12/7/2007 12:17PM

    Good luck with your personal training. Sounds like fun. Will you be in a gym or outside in the cold? Brr! It actually sounds like something I should have now! My dream is to weigh 125.8 which is where you are now. Good luck with your fitness and most of all have fun.

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Feeling blue

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I'm travelling this week - at the moment I'm in SF - I was in a different city yesterday and I'll be in a different city tomorrow. Thursday I fly home. I'm feeling down, I think mostly because of my breakup. He's still living with me, and yes I know I need to get hime out and I am trying. It is hard though because I feel like I've had so much love and affection and now I'm going to be alone with no one to hug me, etc... Anyway I know I'm doing th right thing and I'm not going to change my mind, it is just sad and I am blue.

I saw some girl friends from college the other night and they said I looked just like I did my sophomore year in college. I guess having my 19 year old body back is pretty incredible at 31. I was so confident then about everything. I think I'm a person who most people would characterize as confident now too, and I'm hoping my 19 year old body will help me have 19 year old dating confidence. I was a hotty back then and I hope I can be one now too.

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LADY_DONKEY 12/5/2007 7:44AM

    I don't think I could have said it any better than CEKNIGHT. Give yourself some time to heal. Focus your energy on taking care of yourself. I too went through a lot of heartache before I met my husband. And even so, marriage hasn't always been smooth sailing. But I tell you, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. And you are one strong lady!

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CEKNIGHT 12/4/2007 10:37PM

    Hi Mandy,

I am on the Elliptical Lover's Team with you and noticed your post. I am so sorry to hear about your breakup and you have every right to feel blue. Give yourself time and try to focus on all the beautiful blessing God gives us everyday.

I have been through more heartaches than I care to recall but they led me to my beautiful wife and I believe there is someone out there for you that is going to be just as special.

Please take good care of yourself, be patient and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Peace and Understanding,


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Something neat

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Since it is Dec. 1 and I came in at exactly 127 pounds today, and also since I started logging my weight on June 1 (I guess exactly 6 months ago) here is my weight on the first of each month.

June 1 - 178
July 1 - 166.8
August 1 -154.6
September 1 -146.4
October 1 -140.2
November 1 - 133.6
December 1 - 127

It is really cool to look at it this way, first because it is 50 pounds down in just six months, which really isn't all that much time. I think if you had told me in May that I would wear a size four dress on New Year's eve I would have laughed. Also because my weight loss has been pretty steady, it has slowed down a little as I've gotten smaller, but it still has been consistently about 6 pounds a month for the past few months, probably since I got into the 150s. It is a good reminder that even though there are weeks where I don't lose any weight it really does work itself out in the end.

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SUNFLOWERISA 12/6/2007 9:19PM

  You look just amazing in your new photo in your workout clothes, way to go!
I was looking at your program, and I noticed you diet is mostly low carb. How much carb do you have per day/week? Low carb makes me hungry per day, do you have that problem? How do you stick with it?

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/3/2007 6:22PM

    SO amazing!! What's your secret for staying so consistent?!?

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KRISYTAL34 12/3/2007 4:07PM

    way to go, Congrats...........something to be proud of!!!

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    Wow. I like that. I think I will go back and see where I was on the first of each month.

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SCLOUSER 12/2/2007 12:52PM

  Mandy, look awesome! Way to go! I am in a slump, and boy you really inspire me! I am 34, and I am at 180lbs, just where you had been! Before my 2 boys ages 7 and 11 started with all the sporting events, school events, I could exercise and have time for myself, but anymore, I feel my life is out of control! No time for me! Well, I am slowly trying to change that! I will keep checking back with you loss! Keep up the great work!

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MAMABEAN37 12/2/2007 2:35AM

    I love how you have it listed. It really shows how you ate the elephant! Congratulations on being in the spotlight and on all your surccess.

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CPCDGIRL 12/1/2007 12:45PM

    Way to go, Mandy!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 12/1/2007 10:01AM

    That is great! Way to go!

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