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My Happy Weight!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today in the Weekly Link Roundup: What's Hot? What's New? by Stepfanie Romine there was a link to The Happy Weight Calculator from Self.

"We all have an "ideal" weight in our mind, but what must you sacrifice to get there. This fun calculator helps you determine a goal weight that will allow you to be happy and healthy! "
www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/cal
culators/happyweight

I thought it would be fun to see where I am in my happy weight so I followed the link and looked around. One link of particular interest to me showed me that indeed I do have a large frame as I was told when I was about 15 years old! Simple test, tape measure your wrist and check the chart for your height. I did both wrists and was surprised they are the same! BTW, you can put in half inches for height, ie: 5' 1.5" is what I entered.
www.self.com/health/2008/01/happy-we
ight-chart

My "happy weight" would be 129.1 which made me chuckle since I am 131.1 today and have been stuck in the 131's for about 3 weeks now. So near and yet so far. But not one to be complacent, I also followed the link for Ideal Weight Range and that was 100-134 so the median weight would still be in the 120's.

I just wanted to share the info with anyone that misses the Daily Spark Blog. It made me happy to learn I am this close to my "happy weight" finally! Never dreamed it was even possible and here I am just a few pounds away!

 DINA:-) 3/13/2009 11:13PM great article! i read in a book once that your body is happy at a certain weight so if it's easy for you to be at 135 maybe that's better then struggling to stay at 130. thanks for sharing! Report Inappropriate Comment
 GINILEE4 3/13/2009 8:09PM I followed the link and found that my target weight is 8 lbs under my happy weight. It is however in my weight range near the bottom, so we'll see what happens. What I found most interesting is the number of calories I need per day. 3300. I have set my own calorie range at 1450 to 1700 . OOPS!!! I guess I should go back to basics and let sparks determin my calorie range. No wonder I have such a hard time losing. ( That and the candy monster LOL)Gini Report Inappropriate Comment
 WALKING_GIRL 3/13/2009 4:11PM Thanks, this was cool! My goal is 140 and it said my happy weight was 138.2.. :-) I also love that your shorts don't ride up anymore..lol I can't wait until mine don't anymore.. :-) Report Inappropriate Comment
 YOOHOORENEE 3/13/2009 1:38PM Thanks for sharing that with us today! I'm going to check it out now!I'm very happy with those results - now if I can only acheive them one day!My happy weight is 163 - which before I started my weight gain I was 166 and I was VERY happy then! LOL My range would be 125-169.Thanks for sharing!Comment edited on: 3/13/2009 1:53:24 PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 CAROL_ 3/13/2009 3:23AM Thanks. My wrist was 7 inches. Definitely large boned. But, when we lose weight won't that measurement go down? I'd still be in the big-boned range, though. It wouldn't go down a whole inch. My watch is loose on my arm, however. My range was 111 - 150, happy weight was 143. I'm still shooting for 125, but will take a close assessment of my health and fitness and body fat at 150 to see where I want to go (how LOW should you GO).I distinctly remember weighing 104, and being pudgy. And I was taller then. So I think 111 is not unreasonable, even tho many people tell me no way could I go down to 125 and be healthy. That's just because they've never seen me anyway but fat, ha ha. 125 is the goal I'm keeping until I get much, much closer. 315 to 125 is 190lbs to lose, and so far I've lost 32. So it will be a long while before I have the problem you have of being right on the doorstep; but I'm looking forward to that day! Also looking forward to hearing all about maintaining from you & Marty & others, you'll be maintaining for a long time while I'm still losing, so I can learn from you all that are ahead of me. Report Inappropriate Comment
 BABIE_JANE 3/12/2009 11:38PM Thanks for sharing this with us. I was happy when I saw the link to figure your frame size. I had just asked DH what he thought, lo and behold he was correct...medium. My goal weight is close to my happy weight. One day I will be doing the happy dance for both of us. Report Inappropriate Comment
 MARTY19 3/12/2009 9:04PM I'm just waiting to when that day arrives.Marty Report Inappropriate Comment

My shorts don't ride up anymore!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wow, I can wear shorts, loose ones too, and no matter how fast I walk they don't ride up anymore!!

 GINILEE4 3/12/2009 7:27PM Linda, How exciting for you!!! Of course my shorts are all packed away right now. The hope is that they'll all be too big this summer. Congratulations again,Gini Report Inappropriate Comment
 HPLANDER 3/12/2009 12:47PM Good for you. I still have the shorts riding up problem, but I have noticed it is getting better. You are looking great. Report Inappropriate Comment
 VICKI-BISHOP-56 3/12/2009 10:35AM That's terrific. My legs rub from the top of the knee up to the top of my thighs so my pants don't ride up but I'll be glad when my thighs no longer rub at all.Vicki Report Inappropriate Comment
 CAROL_ 3/12/2009 7:26AM I'm so glad you posted that. Gives us some hope:1. That some day that will be us2. That some day it will be warm enough to wear shorts!Spring is coming, Spring is coming, Spring is coming . . . I am freezing here at 4 degrees. Spring is coming, Spring is coming, Spring is coming . . . Report Inappropriate Comment
 _VALEO_ 3/12/2009 5:29AM You ride high! Keep it up! Report Inappropriate Comment
 JENIFIREHARP 3/11/2009 10:24PM Just the title alone got me to stop in and check out your blog LINDAYah. Never thought about that as a thing to celebrate, but it is a good one! Come to think of it, my shorts don't ride up either LOL! I will celebrate right with you!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 BECKY3128 3/11/2009 9:58PM WAY TO GO!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 SLIM.CHICK 3/11/2009 8:54PM Awesome! I can't wait until I can have that experience! Report Inappropriate Comment
 SUPREME5 3/11/2009 8:46PM WAY TO GO GIRL. SO HAPPY FOR YOU GOOD JOB I AM PROUD OE YOU MY FRIEND.DORENE Report Inappropriate Comment
 MARTY19 3/11/2009 8:18PM That is FANTASTIC! Can't wait to see what shorts do for me. Hugs,Marty Report Inappropriate Comment

I sure do hope that *skinny sister* knows what she is talking about!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

I don't know how true but I sure hope my sister knows what she is talking about!

She said that while we are losing weight we will always have loose skin.

But, she said that when we start to maintain our weight the skin will start firming up again!

Keep the faith and keep walking and working those muscles!

Hugs y'all,
Linda

 _VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:30AM I guess that when someone lost lot of pounds, the body and the skin need time to adjust.That's the reason why it's better to lose slowly and steadily.Strength training is great to get rid of this loose skin. Keep up working those muscles of yours! Report Inappropriate Comment
 CAROL_ 3/9/2009 4:19AM I didn't read the other comments, but, two things I've heard I'm trying, regarding skin. I don't know if they're true, but have heard they are. I don't know if it will make a difference at my age of 46 but it's worth a try.1. Omega 3s everyday at every meal will make a huge difference - have to be dedicated and have some at every meal, preferably.2. Cortisol, the hormone released by stress, thins skins and ruins it's elasticity - cortisol damages the elasticity of the collagen. I have noticed that during times of my life when I've been unemployed, when I'm not at a high-stress job, I lose weight "naturally". I've always been uptight, all my life. So I'm de-stressing many times per day. At the top of each hour I TRY to squeeze in deep breathing meditation with peaceful affirmations while I concentrate on breathing; at the bottom of each hour I TRY to walk or do graceful stretches, etc., gentle movement with peaceful affirmations. The purpose of both is keep de-stressed. Only 5 mins each.When I skip an hour then I do them the following hour. Even if I only get them done 5X per day (instead of 16), hey that's 5 more times than what I used to, and much more de-stressed than I used to be. Even if both do nothing for my skin, they are healthy for the rest of me. Report Inappropriate Comment
 DINA:-) 3/9/2009 12:24AM very interesting! i guess we just need more patience! Report Inappropriate Comment
 JENIFIREHARP 3/8/2009 8:37PM I think she's right, my weight loss has started to slow down and I think my skin is starting to "catch up"... I don't think I will ever look 20ish again, BUT at least I plan on looking as good as I can for my age! Report Inappropriate Comment
 VICKI-B-1956 3/8/2009 6:24PM I understand it takes time, but will firm up. And the more you exercise, the faster it happens.Vicki Report Inappropriate Comment
 MARTY19 3/8/2009 5:43PM If she is lying then we willl go and stretch out her skin. LOLMarty Report Inappropriate Comment

Yes I CAN!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Today I read a post by PREDFAN in BLC#9 and she pointed out that even doing only 1 repeat of an exercise in a video that seems to be too difficult is better than not using it! Wow, such a simple concept and I never thought of it. Going to dig out my Zumba, Hip-Hop and 30 Day Shred and see what I CAN do instead of worrying about what I cannot do.

Thanks PREDFAN! One day at a time!!

 HPLANDER 3/9/2009 12:15PM I agree with everyone, you look great. It is always hard to learn something new, but your body will learn how to do the exercises. I can do a lot of things in my personal training sessions that I couldn't do a month ago. It was hard doing even one set, but now I can do three no problem. Your attitude will help you succeed. Report Inappropriate Comment
 _VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:22AM You look amazing!Do one rep of one exercice, and in no time you'll be doing all the reps!Jillian Michaels' DVDs are sometimes too challenging for me, it took me days to be able to perform the exact number of reps -even the modified version-, so I follow what I learnt during Coach Nicole's videos, I step back and walk till the next exercice.Comment edited on: 3/9/2009 9:07:19 AM Report Inappropriate Comment
 CAROL_ 3/8/2009 4:08AM Yep that comment helped me, too; thanks for passing it on. How is your better half? Report Inappropriate Comment
 JERSEYGIRL24 3/8/2009 12:41AM I often tell myself , "Yes, I can." NO political connotations whatsoever.You really, really look awesome!!! I take it you have had a couple of difficult days. Don't let it get you down (doesn't sound like you really have). I am very proud of you.Leslie Report Inappropriate Comment
 PREDFAN 3/7/2009 4:51PM I know you can! Report Inappropriate Comment
 SUPREME5 3/7/2009 2:27PM YOU LOOK SO GOODDDDDDDDDD I AM JELOULAS.GUESS IT TIME TO REALY KICK MY BUTT OR I'LL BE STILL LIKE THIS NEXT YEAR.ALL KIDDING ASIDE YOU INSPIRER OTHERS TO KICK IN THIER ACT AND GET WITH IT THANK YOU DORENE Report Inappropriate Comment
 MARTY19 3/7/2009 12:40PM Do your best and don't worry about the rest. I was killing myself on bootcamp until I realized that. LOL Slow learner.I cannot get over how wonderful you look. Ray has a new wife. Make sure he appreciates her. LOLMarty Report Inappropriate Comment
 WALKING_GIRL 3/7/2009 11:43AM OMGosh Raylin you are looking AMAZING!!!!!!! I am so proud of you, you are such an inspiration for me!!! {hugs}Keep on walking!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 VICKI-B-1956 3/7/2009 11:41AM You can do it!! You look terrific in the photo BTW!Vicki Report Inappropriate Comment
 DINA:-) 3/7/2009 10:28AM very true! something is always better then nothing! Report Inappropriate Comment

I really love SparkPeople and everything on it!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Yesterday was just such a blah day. Didn't want to treadmill or anything else for that matter.

Then nighttime comes and I must go to Other Goals and log my day. Well, I logged and logged and then I came to the BLC#9 Team Goal, 12 week Streak and I looked, and looked, and decided I just couldn't let 6 weeks go down the drain because I was in a funk.

I got on my treadmill and did 34 minutes with the arm exercises I do while walking. Then I did the Towel Bending and Straight Leg Raises for the By The Numbers Weekly Challenge.

It was an "aha" moment since logging my Other Goals kept me in check and got me back on track!

Thank you SparkPeople for setting up this site in such a way as to have checks and balances to keep us on track.

I saved the streak and also my 10,000 steps streak!

 _VALEO_ 3/12/2009 5:33AM Thanks for this blog! I kept it in mind last Tuesday when I had my blah day too -and finally, I got on my Wii Balance Board, I did my Hip Hop DVD and my yoga!Thanks for the motivation! Report Inappropriate Comment
 _VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:24AM !You can be proud of yourself! Report Inappropriate Comment
 SUPREME5 3/6/2009 7:37PM NOW YOU CAN HOLD ON TO YOUR TRACK RECORD WAY TO GO PROUD OF YOUDORENE Report Inappropriate Comment
 DINA:-) 3/6/2009 6:50PM wow, way to go for getting back on track! i guess it's never too late! Report Inappropriate Comment
 VICKI-B-1956 3/6/2009 6:16PM Good for you Linda. Glad you saved your streak goals too and you probably felt a lot better afterwards too.Vicki Report Inappropriate Comment
 MARTY19 3/6/2009 5:55PM Blah days happen to the best of us. I'm so glad you were able to get back on track. Marty Report Inappropriate Comment

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