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Friday, May 29, 2009

I have readjusted my Calorie Goal to be for the weight of 117 which is my "ideal weight" according to the charts for my height of 5'1.5" with a large frame. So this is now the number I aim to eat daily, 1823 calories.

Since I burn 300+ calories daily, I feel quite safe going up to 2000 daily.

So far it is working with a very small weight change daily!


**edit 6/6: My weight climbed up to 125.8 but then it started coming down again. Today 124.4 so I am on the move! I also walked 6.5 miles this morning! First time for such a long walk! Cathy said, "do you want to go to the mile marker?" and since we tease each other daily I returned, "I will if you will," but today she meant it! So we added another 1/2 mile!! And survived!! Feels great!

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_VALEO_ 5/31/2009 5:14AM

    Great job for adjusting your calories during maintenance.
You're doing so good Linda! Keep it up!

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MSLZZY 5/29/2009 11:15PM

    It is a good thing we have a leader who can help us learn before we get there. I watch your blogs and adjust my range accordingly. Many thanks!

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MARTY19 5/29/2009 8:30PM

    You are incredible. Maintainance is going to be a breeze for you.
emoticon my friend.


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JERSEYGIRL24 5/29/2009 6:31PM


Sure sounds like a plan. I KNOW you'll get there!!!



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MEADSBAY 5/29/2009 6:26PM

This is so good of you to post.
People don't believe it.
I learned from you to eat more and it's working for me.
My sisters could never believe how little I ate,
back when I was on a a diet,
and I never lost weight.
Now I eat more and am losing,
but losing.

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I'd notice your weight loss and yes it's supposed to be slow but you are very near your goal. I'm quite confident that the last few pounds come off MOST slowly. Or would that be called
M O S T s l o w l y?

Keep the faith

Tony emoticon

the sunglasses emoticon was a last minute thought
before long you won't even cast a s h a d o w!

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Blog Prompt - How has weight loss changed my life?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Well, the obvious answer is my clothes fit now.

But really this question digs deeper into my soul.

I had a really good self-image of the real me, the one living inside my shell. I am an honest and trustworthy person with confidence in my own abilities.

Weight loss has changed my outer shell and now I believe I walk with a better outward appearance, like an "I can do this, I did this!" attitude. I love when people stop me and ask me if I lost weight, but I love it because it gives me a chance to not only say yes, but to tell them how to do it too!

The questions I am asked most often are, How, How Long and Did you lose it by walking? The last is the difficult question because walking helped a lot, but walking didn't make me lose weight. Counting calories is how I lost weight, walking is how I burned extra calories to help me lose weight.

Back to the question, how has weight loss changed my life? I now make more intelligent selections of my foods and am eating so much healthier that I feel like I am glowing inside and out! And even on the days I don't feel like exercising I do still get in my walking. I feel better after a good long walk or an exercise session.

Weight loss has given me back my life!

**Thanks Marty! Yes, I have "walked in their shoes."
At 210, I definitely experienced Obesity and can relate to others still living with it. My goal in life is similar to SparkPeople's in that I would love to help anyone looking to take off this extra poundage.

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/28/2009 10:41PM

    Keep doing all the great things you do, Linda. You help me every day, whether you know it or not. Sometimes I just think of one of your pic's and I smile and get on with the task at hand. I do so appreciate all you give to everyone, everyday,

Gini emoticon

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SOPHIADARE 5/27/2009 5:04PM

    I can SO relate to "more intelligent selections of my foods and am eating so much healthier..."

Even when I get so completely off track that I don't even remember everything I ate, so I KNOW I haven't recorded it all and mark that by choosing not to get feedback for the day, I still notice that I have made progress in changing my habits towards healthier eating because the things I have recorded are different.

Just one example: I'm eating oranges and apples, but I'm not drinking orange juice. That's important!

That's exactly the kind of example you're setting, and thanks for setting it!

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MEADSBAY 5/26/2009 11:05PM

    OMG Linda,
you are one of my favorite people on earth!
Yours was one of the very first success stories that I read that got me hooked.
I love your down to earth, common sense outlook on life and health.
Thank you so much.

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MARTY19 5/26/2009 3:32PM

    You forgot to add that wieght loss has also given you the ability to help others change their life as you have walked in their shoes. You have inspired and helped so many of us on SP.


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MSLZZY 5/26/2009 11:36AM

    Isn't it amazing when others notice and give you compliments? It was not an easy
or overnight journey. It took time, patience, perserverance, dedication and faith
in yourself to get where you are today. Take pride in your accomplishments!

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Weight Maintenance - Questions, Answers & Calculator Link

Monday, May 25, 2009

Answers here: caloriecount.about.com/weight-mainte

# Is the BMI chart correct for very tall people?

# How should I spread out my calories?

# What is the rectangle body shape?

# Where can I have my body fat tested?

# Do petite women need fewer calories?

# Why is my energy level low?

# Should I strive to weigh what I did at 18?

# For maintenance, should you eat the calories you need for your BMR?

# Is it plausible to eat just one meal a day?

# How can I gain weight and how much should I gain?

# How can I enjoy eating in Italy, but still drop a few pounds?

# How will I know when to switch to maintenance?

# How can I gain weight while breastfeeding?

# Which foods are high in protein but low in fat?

# Should I increase my calorie intake for maintenance?

# Do I have to eat "low-calorie" food to maintain my weight?

# What is the most weight I can gain in one day?

# What should I do about water weight?

# How can I fix my saggy breasts?

# Why do I have fat thighs when my body is skinny?

# Will I gain weight if I eat bad food on a low calorie diet?

# Should I eat fewer calories when I quit smoking?

# Why can't I control how much I eat anymore?

# How many calories do I burn while I'm sleeping?

# Is 1400 calories enough for a teen?

# How can an older woman maintain ideal weight?

# How can I keep my weight from fluctuating?

# Why do I weigh more in the afternoon than in the morning?

# Why would you suggest liposuction to a 16 year old girl?

# Is my frame small, medium or large?

# How can I lose belly fat without losing weight?

# How can I re-learn portion control?

# Which food groups should I concentrate on to gain weight?

# How can I get rid of cellulite?

# How can I gain weight but not have it go to my stomach?

# How should you come off a diet?

# Why do I look fatter now at the same weight?

# What can I do about excess skin?

# Should I lose any more weight?

# How many calories do I need to maintain my weight?

# Why can't I gain weight?

# How can I maintain my weight loss?

# What brand of a birth control pill is the best to minimize weight gain?

# How can I gain weight and more energy?

# Isn't 2500 calories a day too much for maintenance?

# Is my diet healthy?

# Is it possible to go from 2-3 hours of exercise each day to one hour during maintenance?

# Is my muscle keeping my weight high?

# I've lost 35 pounds. How do I maintain?

# I am 16% body fat but I need more mass and strength. Do you have any advice?

# I am an athlete and I need to put on 20 pounds in a healthy way. So what do I need to do?

# How can I get the figure I want?

# How do I prevent the return of cellulite, especially on my legs?

# I work out but my weight doesn't drop. Why?

# Do I have to eat 3500 calories to gain a pound during maintenance?

# How can I recover from a weekend of Easter binging?

# Is weight gain inevitable after dieting?

# I am a 22 year old girl, 5'2" and 97 pounds, and I want to weigh 103 pounds. Will I gain on 1600 calories a day, which is 300 over my BMR?

# How can I eat in a restaurant and still be healthy? Are there healthy restaurants in New York City?

# If I eat too many calories today, can I cut back tomorrow?

# Intuitive Eating is very freeing, but won't I gain weight?

# Why do you have to eat MORE after you've lost the weight? How do you NOT gain if you're eating at maintenance?

# How much exercise do I need for weight maintenance?

# Is 123 pounds a healthy weight for 5'8"?

# What should I do about loose skin after my huge weight loss?

# Why doesn't my friend acknowledge my weight loss?

Read more:


Weight Maintenance Calculator

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/26/2009 3:46PM


I subscribe to this site. Actually, the whole about.com site provides a lot of good information about a lot of topics that are not directly related to health and weight loss. I get newsletters from them regularly. As with SP, there are many inspiring stories on it. Thanks for sharing this.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 5/26/2009 9:15AM

    WOW! A lot of questions, but .......makes sense. We're all different in one way or another. Thank you for sharing the site. I'm going to check it out!


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FORMYDARLINGS 5/25/2009 8:38PM

    Whew!!! That's a lot of questions. I popped into the site and it looks like it will be helpful to you and all of us. I'm so proud of you for choosing to go to maintenance. You are ready to begin a new adventure. Keep us in the loop.


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MEADSBAY 5/25/2009 11:04AM

    Holy Shamoly!
I can't wait to explore that link-
I have a lot of those questions now!

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MARTY19 5/25/2009 9:44AM

    WOW! Great site. I added it to my favorites.


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MSLZZY 5/25/2009 7:34AM

    Awesome site-lots of info-thanks!

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I have started Maintenance!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I am leaving my goal as 119 but I am satisfied with 125 so I decided to change up my calorie range to stay at 125. I think I can be happy with 1730-2080 calories.

But, I am going to try to eat the calories daily for 119 pounds! 1836 daily plus whatever calories I am burning. This will still give me 2000+ calories to eat daily and allow my body to become accustomed to the proper range and maybe even still drop a pound or six.

I went back up to 125 from 123 this past week but I measured today and I have lost inches everywhere. On average 1/2" in arms, thighs, calves, waist, hips and bust. So the strength training is obviously taking some effect on my body.

I am back up to 5+ miles for my morning walk and want to go back to the WATP videos as I really think my body seemed to feel and look better with the shrinkage. And they are just so much fun!

As I learn about Maintenance, I will share the information. I have heard a few tell me it is difficult but I prefer to go into this with an open mind and positive thinking. If I could lose 85 lbs, I can certainly learn how to keep it off.

Hugs y'all!
Love you,

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 5/26/2009 9:14AM

    Linda...YOU can do anything!!! Congratulations on starting maintenance. I know you'll be an inspiration to us all as we look forward ourselves!

emoticon Laurie

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BIG29HARVICKFAN 5/25/2009 6:43AM

    Way to go!! You are truly an inspiration to me. Every time I see your steps posted on the challenge, it motivates me to get on the treadmill more. I am sooooo glad you joined our team!

You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am proud of you!!!

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MSLZZY 5/24/2009 11:26PM

    I'll be looking for information on maintenance pretty quick so I'll be checking in! Thanks!

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MOLLYJ96 5/24/2009 11:00PM

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for your blog; I think I especially needed to hear it today.

Good luck on your maintenance journey. Just remember you've already done the hard part. You should have no problem with this!

emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/24/2009 10:08PM

    OMG- how exciting.
Your journey continues!
We will all be continuing to learn from you so that when WE are there, we'll be prepared.
thnx, Linda.

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    emoticon I'm very happy for you Linda, keep up all your good work!
Have fun walkin' those calories and pounds off.
Maintenance is a distant dream for many of us, we are behind you all the way! emoticon

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Have a fruitful day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I don't know what reminded me, but years ago at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting we were given an unofficial diet to follow if we chose to. Unofficial because just like SparkPeople, OA will not tell you what program or diet to follow.

Anyway, I remember asking how many calories in some vegetable and I can still hear this really sweet person saying, "There are less calories in the worst vegetable than in the best of the junk food."

What a mouthful then, and it still works today.

The worst fruits and vegetables are still lower in calories than that donut!

Have a fruitful day!

To answer the question below, "why do the donuts and cake and cookies call my name more often than the fruits and vegetables? It's maddening! ":

Because for some of us it is habit, but for too many it is addiction. This is an inside peek at what drug addicts and alcoholics probably go through every minute of every day.

I don't know about you, but this gives me the strength to say to myself, "no more!"

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BABIE_JANE 5/22/2009 1:42AM

    Over the past 2 years I have been eating more and more fruits and veggies. I often wonder why I didn't do so all along. Not that I don't like my junk food treat now and again. But, I have found now I crave the cherries, bananas, melons, etc. like I use to cake and cookies.

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MARTY19 5/21/2009 12:24PM

    I have grown over the last year to eat and love many more fruits and veggies. I find they keep my feeling fuller longer.


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JERSEYGIRL24 5/21/2009 10:10AM


So true. This is one of the reasons I had such a problem (mentally) with the Atkins diet. I think I also read somewhere that eating too much fruit or veggies (if such is possible) ranks pretty low on the list of diet transgressions! Much better to overeat fruit than cookies. Fruit will also help the person who is trying to give up sugar. I'd almost tell such a person to eat all the fruit you want initially and then perhaps cut it back if you really need to cut calories. Again, an extra apple sure beats an extra candy bar on EVERY level.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 5/21/2009 10:06AM

    So true, but why do the donuts and cake and cookies call my name more often than the fruits and vegetables? It's maddening!

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MSLZZY 5/21/2009 10:02AM

    Maybe that's why I eat more fruits and veggies than junk food! Thanks for the info!

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    Sounds like a plan, Stan.
Oh wait, that's not Stan,
that's my friend Linda

btw, speaking of fruit,
I checked my tomato plants just a couple of minutes ago,
I already have 5 tomatos on one of my plants

I'm about ready to go to the store and buy some red krylon paint
That way, I can photograph my beautiful red tomatoes, LOL

maybe i'll have fried green tomatoes for breakfast, NOT

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