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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,

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CAROL_ 3/9/2009 9:36AM

    Hi Linda,

The person I heard took omega3s at every meal and lost 200lbs and didn't have saggy skin. I have 190 to lose, but, I don't know for sure but I THINK I'm starting the process older than when he finished the process.

So the obvious sources are salmon & tuna. But I don't care for fish. I DO like canned albacore tuna, so I've started making that again. Usually I rotate: 1 week tuna salad (I put it on green salad, on Triscuits for 3-hour snack, and on whole grain toast for sandwich). 1 week oil & vinegar pasta salad with tuna & veggies & whole wheat pasta. And 1 week tuna patties, either as sandwich or plated bare with veggies. Those are my 3 standbys. I don't care for tuna casserole, at all, no way no how, no thank you.

I am trying to make myself cook fresh salmon once a week. It's supposed to be NOT farm raised; they have less omegas and nutrition. You are supposed to get the deep sea kind, make sure it has the word WILD on it. There are code names, too: Pacific usually but not always means wild and sea; Atlantic means farm raised. A fillet that is pre-cut into 4 pieces in a very long plastic bag, is what I buy frozen from the grocer's freezer. I do like leftover salmon on a bed of tabouli, that's pretty good. Salmon and I are still not friends, but I try. I have canned salmon too but I don't eat it. Another lifestyle change there that I need to negotiate the learning curve on. I've collected the recipes, just need to do it. You'd think if I liked canned albacore I'd have no problem with canned salmon. But no. The redder the salmon is, the better is: Chinook is best, followed by Pacific Wild, followed by canned pink, followed by farm-raised Atlantic.

I do like halibut, though; I just never buy it. I need to look for that next time I'm at the store and see if that's avail frozen, as well. I do not eat any scavenger animals like shrimp.

You are supposed to do the fish things twice a week. I target 3 times cause I know I'll probably skip one of the three.

Then as far as other meals, I just have to be honest, I do not like screwing around with flax seed and flax seed oil, and all that crap. Lifestyle changes are supposed to reflect something you can live with everyday, and I do NOT want to live that way every day. Because you can't grind them ahead of time, you have to grind them as you use them, and if you don't grind them they pass right through. What a pain. It's not a habit I want to acquire. But you can buy flax seed bread, or grind the seeds and sprinkle them on your salad, etc.

I do pre-measure one ounce of omega3 nuts into snack size ziplocs and keep a big bag of those in the fridge, Trader Joe's has good nuts. And if you add 2 brazil nuts to each bag, they are not omega nuts, but you'll get a full day's selenium from a natural & good tasting source. And there are all kinds of studies about how people who regularly include nuts in their diet, come out ahead of the pack. So the fish I can do, but can't eat them everyday, the nuts and some of the seeds I can do, but I can't eat them everyday either as they're too high cal. So I have to be honest here, I take supplements. I take whatever is on sale that I have a coupon for. Usually fish oil capsules but sometimes flax or whatever. Here's a list of omega 3 foods. I won't put supplements on the list. Enjoy!!

"Omega-3s have the medically proven ability to reduce the amount of fat in your blood and help lower triglycerides. Triglycerides are a huge risk factor in heart attacks. Not only are they good for the heart but they help with depression, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, dry and itchy skin, brittle hair and nails, joint pain and other inflammation in the body, and the inability to concentrate. Here are some top 10 food sources for Omega-3s. Start a healthy habit by adding some of these items to your daily diet and remember to buy organic when available."

Brussel Sprouts
CauliflowerR>Chinook salmon, baked/broiled
Cooked Soybeans
Cooking oils such as flax seed oil, canola oil, and soybean oil
Dried Ground Cloves
Dried Ground Oregano
Flax seeds (men to avoid, re, prostate research; but the guy I know, didn't avoid)
Green leafy vegetables
Halibut, baked/broiled
Mustard Seeds
Nuts and seeds like walnuts first, then almonds, pecans, pine nuts, and flax seed
Orange juice with omega3s added
Salmon, Halibut, Cod
Scallops, baked/broiled
Shrimp, steamed, boiled
Snapper, baked
Soybeans, cooked
Soy and tofu
Tofu, raw
Winter squash

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_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!

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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.

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DINA:-) 3/9/2009 12:24AM

    very interesting! i guess we just need more patience!

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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!

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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.

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MARTY19 3/8/2009 5:43PM

    If she is lying then we willl go and stretch out her skin. LOL


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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!!

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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.

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_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

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CAROL_ 3/8/2009 4:08AM

    Yep that comment helped me, too; thanks for passing it on. How is your better half?

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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.


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PREDFAN 3/7/2009 4:51PM

    I know you can!

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SUPREME5 3/7/2009 2:27PM

DORENE emoticon

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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. LOL


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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!!!

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VICKI-B-1956 3/7/2009 11:41AM

  You can do it!! You look terrific in the photo BTW!

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DINA:-) 3/7/2009 10:28AM

    very true! something is always better then nothing!

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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!

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_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!

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_VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:24AM


You can be proud of yourself!

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DINA:-) 3/6/2009 6:50PM

    wow, way to go for getting back on track! i guess it's never too late!

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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.

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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.


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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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    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,

Gini emoticon

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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.


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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

Comment edited on: 3/5/2009 11:42:13 AM

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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!!

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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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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


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

    Definately a hug him or slap him moment. LOL!

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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


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