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The train to 130-ville, now boarding!

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's official, I have left 140-ville behind me! I bounced around from 139 to 140 so many times I decided it wouldn't be official until I finally hit 138*anything* and today I have!

I don't like leaving my friends behind, I don't want anyone missing me - so come on down and join me! I have been advised there is plenty of room for everybody here!

I can honestly say I have not experienced hunger on this journey other than the few times I burned off more than I was eating. And I have not felt deprived. Depraved maybe, but not deprived.

And every time I got 'stuck' I was able to get unstuck by returning to fruits & veggies. I guess that is the real secret to success. Don't like veggies? Work in a few more fruits.

This A.M. I said to my DH that the fresh fruit has been worth it, and cheaper than a gym which I didn't feel we can afford at this time.

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**OMG, I can't believe I forgot the best part! I can maintain any weight I am reaching!! Wow!!
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DINA:-) 1/24/2009 12:17PM

    congrats on getting past that 139/140 barrier! OMG, you are SO close to your goal, can you taste it yet?

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JENIFIREHARP 1/23/2009 10:02PM

    Maintaining what you reach is just as important as getting there, thanks for pointing that out!!!

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FAIRYDANCER1 1/23/2009 4:44PM

    Congratulations on losing over 70 pounds. You are an inspiration - that is certainly something to be very very proud of!


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MARTY19 1/23/2009 3:48PM

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That is awesome. Your hard work has paid off.

Hugs,
Marty

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You are incredible! Nice job, Linda! Your energy is inspiring to us all. Pam

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V-BISHOP 1/23/2009 10:46AM

  WTG!!!!!!! You're doing awesome!!
Vicki

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I don't feel thinner...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today was epiphany day again!

I was walking on the treadmill when I realized I don't feel thinner than family and friends. But I do feel as thin as them!

Wow! So I am not competing with anyone, I am just trying to better myself!

According to "Find Your Perfect Weight" by Coach Dean, my goal weight should be between 110-121 but at the moment I am really happy to just try for 130 and then maybe 5 pounds at a time if I still feel the need to go lower. I hit 139.0 today and that was the prettiest sight I have ever seen!

My waist-to-hip ratio 0.78 which is supposed to be healthy!

What a wonderful journey I am taking and I am so thankful to have so many friends on this journey with me! We are going to make this happen, one day at a time!

And 5+ freggies a day!!

Hugs y'all,
Linda

  
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KATRARWINNER 1/23/2009 2:39PM

    WHoo hoo!! Glad you feel great and love your motivation. Oh btw, I love the word FREGGIES!!!!

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WALKING_GIRL 1/23/2009 6:49AM

    Raylin that is awesome!!!! I can't wait to be thin again but like you I don't think I will get as thin as I used to be. I would rather be healthy, thin enough that I am happy so I can maintain it.. :-)

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DINA:-) 1/22/2009 9:55PM

    way to go, linda! feeling thin is a big accomplishment- you know what i mean?

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CRTSANG 1/22/2009 8:29PM

    Feeling thin at all is a great thing. You're such a hard worker, and it's wonderful to be seeing your results. You rock!


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BUDBABE10 1/22/2009 7:23PM

    CONGRATS!! U r an incredible inspiration. Keep up the hard work, Linda.

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JENIFIREHARP 1/22/2009 2:47PM

    WooHoo You are ROCKING this Linda! Seems like just yesterday you were excited to hit 149. I am so happy that you are a success!!!

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V-BISHOP 1/22/2009 2:23PM

  You have done so well. I'm proud of you. I hope to find my own special feeling of "aha" one of these days.
Vicki

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SASSIFRASSTEA 1/22/2009 1:10PM

    Linda: I celebrate with you this milestone. I just want to say that you have been uplifting to me (and I am sure to many others). You seem to be every place at once. When someone needs encouragement you are there. Thank you

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SUPREME5 1/22/2009 12:49PM

    YOU AGAIN PROVE THAT WHEN YOU TRY WITH YOUR HEART IN IT YOU WILL FIND THE SILVER LINNING, emoticon
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MARTY19 1/22/2009 11:43AM

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What an awesome sight that must have been. you have worked very hard to get here and we who know you are so proud of you. Such an inspiration.

Marty

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DINA:-) was right! I think!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In my blog below, Dina commented that she didn't think you could have too much of a calorie deficit. Well, I posted where I found the information.

That said, I was forced to reevaluate my freggies and darn if I am not lacking!! Again!! Back down to 4 a day! Sheesh, need to be up at 5+

Plus, since I have entered into my Fitness Tracker how many calories I am burning and they still keep my calorie range low enough for a huge deficit I now think that Dina was on to something! All I know is since I upped my freggies I am slowly going down again. Thank you so very much Dina!!

And BH, sorry if I made your head hurt, lol.

Bottom line here folks is make sure your tracker knows what you're doing exercise-wise so you are eating enough calories.

  
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SUPREME5 1/22/2009 12:45PM

    I TO HAVE TO UP THE VEGGIES NO TROUBLE FRUITS BUT VEGGIES.
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GRALLEN 1/21/2009 9:56PM

    Hahah, no problem Linda! I'm working on the veggies too. I get enough fruit but gotta figure out a way to conveniently get more veggies in my diet. I may go back to V8.

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DINA:-) 1/21/2009 7:44PM

    those freggies are important! i'm guilty of not getting enough...

oh, and glad i could help even if i didn't really know what i was talking about!



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SUPREME5 1/21/2009 7:10PM

    I EAT FRUIT BUT GUESS I HAVE TO START ON THE VEGGIE BIT
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MARTY19 1/21/2009 6:41PM

    I'm not the greatest veggie eater, but I have uped my fruits. That is helping.

Marty

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What is the maximum safe calorie deficit to still maintain weight loss?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What is the maximum safe calorie deficit to still maintain weight loss?

This was the question I used today in my SP Web Search and it brought up several hits.

At a favorite site of mine, CaloriesperHour.com www.caloriesperhour.com/news_060329.
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I found you should have a maximum daily calorie deficit of 500-1000 calories. However, women should consume no fewer than 1000-1200 calories a day, and men no fewer than 1200-1600.

Ok, no brainer as I sort of figured that part out myself but I must confess it was still great to see it in black & white.

With BootCamp and the BLC # 9 this information will be useful to many this month. So you might ask, "well Linda, what did you do?"

I went to My Fitness and checked to make sure I do have my 150 minutes daily by going into Change Fitness Goals. Yup! I then entered my average calorie burned each week as 7000 since I have been going over 1000 too often lately. This gave me a new caloric range in My Nutrition Tracker of 1300- 1650 if I remain at 2 lbs per week!

I do keep a record of these things, I am numerically obsessive, and in the last 7 days I burned 6839 so I think my estimate was pretty decent. Ok, for those that want to know how I am racking up these burned calories - I am using my treadmill because it is just too cold outside and using my WATP which averages 100-125 per mile and even using the 100 it really adds up. My treadmill is on 4% incline and I am averaging 3.3 mph so I just use the 5% - 20 minute mile on the fitness tracker. It really adds up too! And with the BLC # 9 and my goal to continue 150 minutes daily - sheesh!!

Now I know! Now you know!

I keep my records in Excel if anyone is interested. Just a standard spreadsheet, no calculations - just information.

**edited to show new calorie range. I am still playing with my range and will do so until the scale starts to move again. But I did realize I am not eating my veggies! And not as many fruits either!! So I must also factor that in.

The more we all know the better we can help each other too.

  
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V-BISHOP 1/21/2009 6:41PM

  You're doing great.
Vicki

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GRALLEN 1/21/2009 1:14PM

    Wow, all that math. Now my head hurts. heheheh, just kidding. You are great and such an inspiration.

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BUDBABE10 1/20/2009 11:07AM

    Awesome research! Thanx for your incredible inspiration & energy & the education you just gave me. Definitely what I need to do. I need to crunch these numbers as well. It's probably time to me to adjust the consumption & re-evaluate the fitness minutes. This would probably be one reason why the scale is at a stalemate. You are incredible!!

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WALKING_GIRL 1/19/2009 2:08PM

    I love Leslie and the treadmill!!! :-)

Thank you so much for welcoming me back, you are sooo motivational for me, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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AMYSM04 1/18/2009 10:04AM

    That is a VERY good fact to know! Thanks Linda.

PS--
1) You INSPIRE me with your exercise. Thats fantastic.
2) PLUS, I'd never really thought about adjusting my calorie ranges for my exercise (which sounds really stupid when I write it now.) THAT is probably why I feel really hungry and am having trouble meeting my calorie reqs. THANKS! I'm going to change this right now.

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CRTSANG 1/15/2009 9:09PM

    Very impressive Linda! I'm very sluggish compared to you. You inspire me though. emoticon

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MARTY19 1/15/2009 7:20PM

    I think I would like a copy of that. Maybe it would help me.

Marty

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TABBYKAT75 1/15/2009 4:51PM

    I am back to doing WATP's now that it is so cold out.
You are doing super thanks for being such a motivator

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YOOHOORENEE 1/15/2009 2:38PM

    I admire you to be able to keep up and figure all this out. All of those numbers confuse me.

I like to talk to folks who do the WATP series. I too love to do that and I wonder how you track calories burned. In my opinion you burn more calories in a 2 mile WATP video than you do if you go out and actually walk that 2 miles - but again that is just my opinion so I was wondering "How do you track your WATP on SP?"

Keep up the great work! You are an inspiration to us all!
Renee
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DINA:-) 1/15/2009 1:35PM

    i don't really think it matters what the calorie deficit is as long as you are eating enough calories. although, i've never had the problem of burning TOO MANY calories... keep rockin in, linda!
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SUPREME5 1/15/2009 12:59PM

    TAKE ME TO YOUR MOTHER. I WANT WHAT SHE GAVE YOU. OH GUESS SHE CAN'T YOU ARE BORN WITH IT. DARN BUT GOOD FOR YOU.
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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/15/2009 10:48AM

  WOw girl..... WOW!!!

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BLC #9 Challenge

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Today starts the BLC # 9 and I am raring to go!
I am calling this my 12 pounds in 12 weeks challenge since I am almost to my goal weight now, hallelujah!

I must weigh in every Wednesday and today was 140.0
I changed my goal to lose 1.5 lbs per week because I needed to up my calories. My new range is 1460-1810 calories per day. I did try 1 pound per week but the calories scared me!

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It was also suggested we measure so here goes:
Arms - 13
Bust - 37
Waist - 29
Hips - 37
Thighs - 20.25

The team goal is to do a minimum of 30 minutes of Cardio daily for 12 weeks. Also we were given the challenge of creating our own challenges of choosing a High 5 we will do daily. Mine are:

1. Get on the treadmill before the computer every day!
2. Get back to my 150 minutes of Cardio daily!
3. Do at least one strength training exercise daily!
4. Do WATP every day, even if only 1 mile!
5. Drink my 8+ glasses of water daily!

Off to a great start with 77 minutes today on the treadmill and 4 miles. So I have already met the team goal plus one of my high 5 before breakfast!

Yahoo!!

  
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BUDBABE10 1/20/2009 11:02AM

    Sounds like a great plan to kick off. emoticon on your success thus far. You are doing great! 12 lbs in 12 weeks is very attainable. YOU GO GIRL!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/14/2009 11:38PM

    Sounds like a great plan and a great start

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DINA:-) 1/14/2009 9:48PM

    what great goals! i think 12 lbs in 12 weeks is totally do-able! and with all that exercise you have planned i know you will make it!

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SUPREME5 1/14/2009 3:48PM

    ALLOW ME TO emoticon YOU ON YOUR WAY TO GOAL.
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MARTY19 1/14/2009 11:42AM

    emoticon I am confident that you will reach your goal. I wish I had time to do 150 min (2.5 hrs) of cardio a day. Color me green. Your goals are reasonable and achievable. I am the head cheerleader for your team. Rah Rah

Marty

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OMEOW_ 1/14/2009 11:31AM

    Sounds like you're off to a great start, woo-hoo! And yes, to your question about leaving the Newbie signup thread, we've all moved over to the challenge now. Good luck in the BLC9 and have fun!

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