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Stuck in the 131's!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Not looking for sympathy but I am stuck again! I have bounced around 131 for a while now but I know it will move eventually.

Might be because of trying to step up my ST again. Every time I step up my ST, I slow down my losing. *sigh* But I still lost a pound according to the weigh-in at BLC#9 yesterday so that is fantastic!

Onward and upward! Oops, shouldn't that be Onward and Downward?!

On a lighter note, I tried on everything hanging on my closet door and everything fits!! Only one pair of shorts is snugger than I like - but everything now fits!!

Hugs y'all!

  
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GRALLEN 3/6/2009 11:45AM

    Oh my kingdom to be bouncing around 131. You've sone so well with your weight loss. It'll come back down.

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DINA:-) 3/6/2009 12:43AM

    love it: onwards and downwards :)

hang in there, linda- you are so close to your goal and it's the last few lbs that are the hardest.

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/5/2009 2:12PM

    Hooray, hooray. Your clothes almost all fit. Be ecstatic, be delighted. Wallow in the delicious knowledge that you have done a fantastic job so far and that YOU KNOW you are going to get to where you want to be. Celebrate your triumphs, my friend,

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MARTY19 3/5/2009 11:42AM

    It really isn't bad being stuck at 131. It would be worse and more frustrating to be stuck at a high weight. Now it takes longer to lose a pound because you don't have alot to lose. You are still shining.

Marty

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_VALEO_ 3/5/2009 11:40AM

    You're almost there, you might have some kind of plateau. The last pounds are always the hardest! Take it easy!

The great news is that you can now wear your clothes, and it fits! emoticon



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VICKI-B-1956 3/5/2009 9:27AM

  You're getting there. That's great you've lost another pound and all your clothes fit; even the one that's still a little snug. It still fits. WTG!!
Vicki

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I cannot *spot reduce* but can I *spot stay*?

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I cannot *spot reduce* but can I *spot stay* the damages?

I am trying *desperately* to maintain the level of flabbiness I am seeing on my inner thighs and upper arms! So far I am winning the battle, lol.

What I would really love is to lose the battle and lose the flabbiness.

I am doing Triceps Kickbacks and Inner Thigh exercises - I am using a ThighMaster and feeling a little foolish, lol.

So, at least if I am not winning the battle over the loose skin, it isn't getting worse.

Perhaps by exercising my trouble spots I am keeping the muscle there so that when my body chooses to take energy from these areas it will take the flab instead of more of the muscle?

Sounds logical but it is as yet unproven.

Stay tuned for the future me to enlighten!

On a lighter note my loving DH has informed me that gravity is taking effect in my ripe old age of 57!

Another "hug him or slap him" moment!

  
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_VALEO_ 3/2/2009 12:15PM

    Are we married to the same man???

If you know a technique to tone up the "lower part" of the arm, I'm all ears!

-I was showing off my little muscles I gained on the top of my arm when my husband shaked my "below part" of my arm to make me notice the gravity effect of my 40! emoticon

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THININSIDE847 3/2/2009 2:22AM

    ha yeah don't they always say the right things?

From what I've read there's no way to spot reduce, just continue to burn fat and hope that eventually your body takes from those areas and continue to strength train to build muscle.

Don't feel foolish about using a thigh master, Suzanne Somers eat your heart out!

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KENDRAO 3/1/2009 7:04PM

    Haha men they always know exactly what to say emoticon

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SUPREME5 3/1/2009 2:12PM

    IF YOU SLAP HIM DON'T HIT TO HARD AS YOU STILL WANT TO HUG HIM TO DEATH.LOL. HOPE YOUR PLAN WORKS AND YOU LOSS SOME OF THE LOOSE SKIN. ONLY TROUBLE WITH WIEGHT LOSE BUT HEY ILL TAKE IT IF IT KEEPS US BREATHING.GOOD JOB.
DORENE
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DINA:-) 3/1/2009 11:25AM

    those are my trouble spots too... is it flab or mostly skin? just keep working those areas- that's about all you can do!


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LIFES*2*SHORT 3/1/2009 11:14AM

  Yeah... it's amazing what losing weight can do to a body... lol

Naomi

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FLORIDA-BISHOP 3/1/2009 10:18AM

    Definately a hug him or slap him moment. LOL!
Vicki

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MARTY19 3/1/2009 9:13AM

    Slap him first and then hug him. LOL But since he just got home you might want to save it for another day.
I still want to win the lottery so I can have "smart lipo" to finish what dieting cannot. It's never gonna happen so it means more hard work. Yuck! LOL

Hugs
Marty

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If you have a replacement knee or know someone who does...

Friday, February 27, 2009

If the knee starts to make noise when you move - not the normal clicking but sort of a grinding/squeaking sound - and it has been in your leg for longer than 10 years, go to your surgeon and have it x-rayed.

Ray's knee actually wore out 2 years ago and it was steel on steel and half the replacement metal was already worn off, very dangerous.

He knew about it making noise but didn't want to go to the doctor because he didn't want another surgery and didn't want to have to do therapy. When he started complaining about pain it was time and I called the doctor against his wishes.

His knee was so bad that he was worked in as early as possible.

They last 10-15 years and Ray's was implanted 20 years ago.

Since even our GP didn't know about what the noise meant I wanted to let others know. Surgery and/or therapy is better than losing the leg to metal shavings poisoning.

  
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FLORIDA-BISHOP 2/28/2009 11:52AM

    Hope he's going to be ok now.
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DINA:-) 2/28/2009 2:26AM

    that is so dangerous! i'm glad you called the dr against his wishes before anything really bad happened.

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MARTY19 2/27/2009 7:13PM

    That is a pretty scary notion. Thanks for the heads up.

Hugs,
Marty

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CAROL_ 2/27/2009 6:59PM

    Wow! It even SOUNDS painful. Yep, just think of all that stuff in his body. You did the right thing. He is fortunate to have you and fortunate to be doing so well.

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Another Page Two!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This has been happening in person, not online. One reason for leaving my ticker with my starting weight has been just for the reasons some of you have stated - I want others to know that nothing is impossible with a little dedication. I am not ashamed of having been 210 lbs, and I am certainly not ashamed of reaching my new lower weight. If I could touch people and magically give them the power to work this program I would. But weight loss takes dedication and some working with the numbers. Just like anything in life, there is give and take. How badly do you want that (fill in the blank) *___ food*, do you want it badly enough to eat soup for dinner? For me that answer was a resounding YES!

Do you want to lose the weight badly enough to get off your butt and walk/exercise? Again, for me it is an easy YES!

I am forever being asked what I eat. For my Spark Buddies, my nutrition tracker is open to the public, you can look and see what I am eating.

"But Linda, can you eat fried chicken and fried catfish?" Yup, I can but I cannot tell you if you will be able to. How important is that fried chicken to you?

I still cannot believe I have pretty much given up the chicken skin! At 100+ calories a pop it just isn't worth the calories when I am trying to lose weight. But on the rare occasion that I just cannot resist it, I eat it and make sure my cardio "pays" for it.

This is called a Lifestyle Change for a reason. There is no magic elixir of life that will make us thinner or healthier - it takes time and some effort.

But you can believe me when I tell you that this is so worth the effort!

  
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CAROL_ 2/26/2009 1:28AM

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I can't figure out what those peoples' problems are - really quite weird. I don't understand the discussion / those having a problem with, you leaving your starting weight - I'm going to leave my 315 on there. Isn't that the whole point? Isn't it for showing others how far you've come, and for encouraging others coming up behind us that they can do it too? Every goal has a beginning and ending - that's what our starting points are, just a reflection of reality - so their point is? It doesn't need an explanation. Some people will be unhappy with anything and have something negative to say - just ignore them. Someone asks me how much I weigh or height, I'm going to tell them, "I'll tell you if you'll tell me". If they're being rude about it, that is.

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WALKING_GIRL 2/25/2009 9:14PM

    I agree 100% and your living proof!! :-) I know I am going to lose 150 pounds this time all by calories in, calories out. All things in moderation and walking, walking, walking.. :-) ( I love my pedometer and Leslie) (all my sp friends!)

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/25/2009 8:27PM

    Thanks for the boost Linda. I know that I learn something new every day about myself and I sometimes surprise myself. I am working at making walking a regular habit. It just takes time and perserverance. I have lots of both. I'll meet you at the front of the race one day soon,

Gini

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JERSEYGIRL24 2/25/2009 6:08PM

    I get a little uncomfortable when people ask me what I eat. I am not following any specific diet (like Weight Watchers). I like to think of it as the common sense diet for life.

I keep fantasizing that I am teaching a weight loss class. This may actually come true on a VERY small scale, as my daughter told me that her boyfriend wants to lose weight, and she told him I would help him. One of the things I keep thinking about is that I imagine people asking things like "Is it ok to eat chocolate?" (or whatever). I think I would tell them, like you, that it may work for me but that doesn't mean it works for everyone. I think I would also tell them that it is not good for you to eat it, but please don't ask me for permission. I am not your mother.

It really sounds like you've got the lifestyle thing figured out pretty well.

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DINA:-) 2/25/2009 5:47PM

    great blog, linda! i like your mentality of "yes, i CAN eat whatever i want, but do i WANT to?"

i'm proud of you for all you've accomplished!

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MARTY19 2/25/2009 11:29AM

    Amen to that my friend. The sucess you achieve completing this journey is well worth the time and effort it takes.
I am a believe in moderation. If I know I can have something if I want it, it seems to lose its appeal.

Marty

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SUPREME5 2/25/2009 11:24AM

    YOUR STILL A GREAT INSPIRERATION TO US ALL .ANOUTHER GOOD BLOG. THANK YOU
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FLORIDA-BISHOP 2/25/2009 11:05AM

    I think you're doing terrific. It's all about what matters more to a person.
Vicki

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Gosh but it's cold outside!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Having nothing to do with the title, I am having a pretty good day!

I have been asked by so many people, "what do you weigh now?" And then the general comment is, "I don't even weigh that!"

I don't know what the proper response to that is but I say that I am hearing that a lot these days and then I go on to tell people how short I am.

DH was asked by a few people, "what does Linda weigh now?" followed closely by, "well how heavy was she?"

Is it time for me to answer these people with, "well what do you weigh?"

I think I am dealing with the insecurities of other people here so I am going to just continue to be polite and answer the questions honestly and without sarcasm.

What do you think?

  
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JERSEYGIRL24 2/25/2009 6:01PM

    I agree, people can be so rude, but in this case it doesn't sound like they intend to be. Maybe answering a question with a question is the way to go. If they ask, "How much do you weigh", try asking them the same question before answering it. If asked how much weight you've lost, maybe just say "a lot".

These things happen outside of the realm of weight loss also. Years ago, I worked with a young woman who desperately wanted to have a baby. After two ectopic pregnancies, it was clear that she would not be able to have children (she subsequently adopted). Our boss was a middle aged single woman who, after telling this girl how sorry she was, said something to her to the effect that her doctor told her that she could have had 10 children if she wanted to! It was extremely rude, but if you knew this woman, I don't think she really meant to get my friend upset.

I've also had a lot of rude comments made to me about my height. I am 5'10", which may not seem super tall these days, but when I was growing up, it was. I don't doubt that a lot of comments were made by cruel kids in an effort to upset me (which they clearly did), but in some cases they were made out of ignorance (like the time someone asked me how tall I was when I was born).

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_VALEO_ 2/25/2009 7:02AM

    What a strange (and rude) question to ask your husband! How comfortable is he being asked that?

I can feel some pangs of jealousy and envy in the "I don't even weigh that!" comment, and also frustration. It's a nonsense to compare our weight to someone else's weight, we all have a different weight history, and a different weight which is right for us. What is important how we feel with ourselves and how healthy we want to be!

Firstly I thought I didn't belong here since I had not "lot of pounds" to lose. I must say that I don't really look at the ticker as I think we're all in the same boat, no matter it's 10lb or 100lb to lose, our goals are the same: feeling good about ourselves, building confidence, and being healthier.

I agree with Mob's comment, members who are struggling with their weight can be intimidated with loss such as yours; IMHO, it should be an inspiration: "you can do it too!"

Just keep on what you're doing: great support and tips!
I hear how you feel when being asked those questions -yes, it can be cold outside! ;), but I'm sure that lots of members ask you these questions without meaning any harm, I'd stay polite too because some members are in great distress.
Then it's up to them (us) to follow the lead of persons who achieved or nearly achieved their goals.


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MOB8/2009 2/24/2009 10:15PM

    You weigh what is right for YOU and only after a lot of very hard work. So just be honest and say "I weigh less than I did and feel GREAT"! They can always look at your ticker! If they want advice, the best I can think of "there are NO shortcuts to this process!"

I try to remember that a lot of folks on here are intimidated by loss such as yours and they're really struggling to hang on. Just be supportive and remind them that we ALL start at a point less than we want to be at, but that's the whole point of Spark People....to get them OUT of their comfort zone and into the place that's right for THEM!


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DINA:-) 2/24/2009 7:57PM

    very good point! it's strange that when people have lost a lot of weight they get asked how much they weigh and weighed, but you would never ask somebody that otherwise. next time you get asked how much you weigh maybe you can respond with "healthy" and see how that goes.

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FLORIDA-BISHOP 2/24/2009 1:55PM

    I think it's normal to ask that when you're on a site like this one. I'm bad about asking what a person weighs now if they don't have a ticker showing and they say that they weighed a lot to start. Maybe I shouldn't.
I think a lot of us tend to compare ourselves with other people around the same height, thinking maybe our weight goal isn't enough, etc. Know what I mean?
Vicki

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SUPREME5 2/24/2009 12:30PM

    i agree with marty. people are rude and yes we smile as we tell them i know i feel like giving them the butt kick. if they worked as hard as we do to lose this wieght
they would know. some are ginuine in the intrest of how well you look
don't let thier insecurites rub off on you some are just plain jelous so keep up[ the good work and keep doing what your doing
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MARTY19 2/24/2009 11:48AM

    I would continue to be polite and answer the questions if you are comforable with them. Asking them what they way, is an effective way to stop the noseness. LOL
I still think you deserve the gold medal.

Hugs,
Marty

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