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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Well, I finally reached 165 today! Ok, 165.9 but that's still 165!!
My BMI is 30.3! I am so close to overweight I can virtually taste it!
Only .4 away from overweight! Makes me want to get up and do WATP!!

165 is a very important number for me because this was my first posted goal. I know I can maintain it and it was important for me to pick a weight goal I knew I could manage.

Well, following Spark People is just so dang easy for me that I changed my goal weight to 148 which is as low as I can actually remember ever being even though I couldn't maintain it. If SP is right, that will be one awesome birthday present to myself in 2 months!

And since following SP has been so easy for me my new goal is into uncharted territory and the sky is the limit!

My chosen image is what I hope to look like at 148!

And the saga continues......

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STARTSPARKING 9/18/2008 7:57AM

    Congratulations on reaching the milestone of 165. I am inspired by your enthusiasm and positive energy. Keep up your great work!

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JENIFIREHARP 9/17/2008 10:10PM

    emoticon You will be there before you know it...

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 9/16/2008 7:02PM

    Wow, Linda you must feel so great right now. Congratulations. I have no doubt whatsoever that you will reach 148 too!

Way to go!


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    That's so great! I'm glad you got there. Do a little jig and hoot and holler! You earned it!

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MARTY19 9/16/2008 5:26PM

    emoticon Linda,
With your determination, you will be at 148 in no time.

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QUILA927 9/16/2008 1:35PM

    emoticon Congratulations! And I know you will be at 148 in no time! emoticon

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H-2-OH 9/16/2008 1:12PM

    Congratulations, Linda! All of your ...um...hard work? Can't really say THAT since you said it's so easy! :-D Anyways, it's all paying off! Congratulations to you for changing your life!

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FLYBABYC 9/16/2008 1:06PM

  WOW!!! You go, girl!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/16/2008 10:52AM

  WOOHOO!!! Way to go!!! I am so thrilled for you... keep at it!!

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Another pound another goal

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's official, today I weigh less than DH finally! It's only by .4 lbs but it is still lower than him! He was so happy for me!

I renewed my drivers license 2 months early so I cheated/lied and told them the weight I should be on my birthday which is 148!

So now I no longer weigh what is on my license, lol.

emoticon Gotta stay with my plan to make it happen!

**edit: DH did get passed me again but he cannot take away the glow of the day I finally caught him! I will do it again!!

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STARTSPARKING 9/14/2008 7:30PM

    Congratulations on your progress! Your enthusiasm is inspiring. Keep up your great work, and I wish you continued success.

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JIBBIE49 9/12/2008 11:48PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page. I'm thrilled you are less than your DH, as that is great. I look at my ID Card for the Military and it is from when I was 214# before SP, and I think "Dang, that is one fat woman!" I haven't lost as much as you yet, but I will get there.
As for getting married, yes, I know I read that a woman doesn't become a real "feminist" until age 50, when she realizes that PRINCE CHARMING is never coming because his horse died.

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JENIFIREHARP 9/12/2008 11:04PM

    How exciting! I remember how excited I was to be able to wear my husbands sweat pants. My weight isn't smaller than him yet, because all my healthy cooking is making him lose weight too LOL! I told him (jokingly) How am I ever going to catch up with you when you keep shrinking?!?

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MARTY19 9/11/2008 9:25PM

    emoticon Linda,
You must feel terrific. I know I would. I weight just slightly less than my daughter. I have to work hard to keep it that way. LOL
Keep up the great work.

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CRTSANG 9/11/2008 8:07PM

    That's great! I weigh more than my husband, and he's also trying to lose weight. Talk about discouraging! Anyway, congratulations!


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    That's fantastic! Way to go!!! emoticon

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 9/11/2008 6:32PM

    Congratulations Linda. I am so proud of you!



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H-2-OH 9/11/2008 6:03PM

    That's so exciting! Congratulations!

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LBSTRINGER 9/11/2008 3:18PM

  Congratulations, a pound is a pound and every one is hard to lose.
As of this morning, I have lost 3 pounds - only 22 more to go to meet my goal. I know it will not be easy, but I am determined to do it. If you can lose 40+ and still going, then surely I can lose 25. Tell Uncle Ray I said Hi and keep on encouraging you.
Linda emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/11/2008 3:16PM

  WOW!!! That is awesome! I can hardly wait for the day that I will weigh less than my husband... I have approx 50 lbs to go... but I CAN DO IT!!!! Way to go... WAY TO GO!!!

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Not my best day...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

My day started out great! I was 170.0 today and that means 40 pounds gone!

Gustav missed us, we only got rain. Lots of rain.

My dad had an appointment to go to the doctor and it was raining so hard I was thinking to cancel it. At 85 the risk of pneumonia warranted the delay. Then when I called him I learned he had started bleeding last night and was still bleeding and it is internal. Not only did he have to go to the doctor, he had to go right away. 2 doctors later he was hospitalized with the thought that his bleeding ulcer might be back. With luck he will be home tomorrow!

However, I totally missed breakfast today! I just had no time and my stomach was in knots anyway. I got a head cold yesterday and it is still with me. So today will be the first time since I started using the Spark Nutrition Tracker that I have missed a meal and not met my requirements for the day. With all the excitement and not getting back home until 1 p.m. there was just no way to eat enough for 2 meals.

So I will wait and see what tomorrow brings.

I did manage to do 1 mile WATP followed by 2 mile WATP! Tired but feeling good!

9/3/08 - Our prayers have been answered and it is only hemorrhoids! Not that they aren't awful, but with what else it could have been this is the blessing we were hoping for. We think it is his exercise bike and we are going to try to resolve the situation!

Thank you again for all your prayers. I feel they have been answered.

Linda and family

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TEDDYTEDDY 9/7/2008 2:39PM

    Thanks for blog comment on my page. I will read some of the messages, etc on the Goonies group and see if it sounds like a good group to join. It seems I joined quite a few groups but have not made any close friends in the groups as of yet. I have been active only since the end of May. I am sorry your dad had those medical problems but it sounds like he will be okay. Be sure to take care of your needs, too, after all if you are not in good shape and nourished and well hydrated you will not be able to help anyone else. That is something I learned from reading about survival skills. Always take care of yourself first, so you can in turn help others. emoticon

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H-2-OH 9/4/2008 10:23AM

    Hi Linda! Just checking in to see how you're doing. Looks like things are going pretty good all-in-all. That's good news.

Things are fine here as well. The town's coming back to life and our house has no damage...we even got our power back by the time we got back!

Onward and Upward!

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LEAHSHEALTH 9/4/2008 4:11AM

    Hi Linda!

I'm so glad that your Dad's problems aren't more serious! Don't let yourself get down about missing breakfast! My goodness you have everything to be happy about and proud of your weight loss!

For future reference, you might try to have some "grab & go" snacks on hand for occasions such as this. I am a very busy mom (3 teenagers & a 2 1/2 year old). The teenagers are constantly surprising me with last minute places to go and tasks that need to be accomplished as well as football & baseball practices, etc. I have discovered that if I have lots of healthy snacks on hand, I can just grab them and eat in the car or wherever I end up going.

Some examples for me are: Protein bars, turkey jerky, yogurts, fresh fruit and berries, trail mix and cheese and crackers.

Just an idea!



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LUCKYLESLIE 9/3/2008 10:13PM

    Hey Linda!
So sorry to hear of your Dad's episode and everything that you've gone through recently! Hang tough cause you can do this thing! Looks like to me that you are doing a FANTASTIC job! Keep up the good work!!!-As always, God Bless You (and yours)-Leslie emoticon

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    Congratulations on your 40 pound loss! I'm sorry about your dad's illness...I hope that tomorrow brings better news for your family.

I didn't have the best day with my nutrition either, though I went the opposite way that you did. One day isn't enough to throw you, just make sure that you continue your commitment and that you don't go under your calories tomorrow. Congratulations again!

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LBSTRINGER 9/3/2008 1:41PM

  Aunt Linda,
This is your neice (Gay's daughter) from Marion Co. I just found SparkPeople from an article in a magazine, joined last week and accidently found your blog. Your 40# weight loss is an inspiration to me. I need to lose about 25 pounds, maybe with your encouragement, I can do that.

Hope your dad is better, sorry to hear about his problems. I would love to have one of his cheesecakes, but that sure wouldn't help my weight loss plan, now would it?


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PEACHYLADY 9/2/2008 7:57PM

    I said a prayer for you and your Dad to be well! 40 lbs gone is great!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/2/2008 7:44PM

  40 lbs gone is AMAZING!! Don't discredit yourself at all! You are making big changes. About your dad... I hope he is okay. Hang in there.

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Calorie Deficit aka Calorie Banking

Saturday, August 30, 2008

August has been totally awesome for me. I owe this to Huggers1 for recommending the Walk Away The Pounds videos and to Kalh7338 for teaching me about "banking calories" aka calorie deficit. Also to my sister who gave me a used pedometer which got me striving for 10,000 steps daily and then spurred me to go for 15,000!

I am doing so well that I have decided to throw caution to the wind and have changed my goal weight to 135! Unknown territory! According to Spark this will happen around Jan 7, 2009! Will I reach it? I don't know, but I am going to give this my all!

Total losses for August, my personal best month yet!
Lost 8.7 pounds! Lost 5 inches!

Whew, that is a load off my chest! And everywhere else, lol.

Calorie Banking aka Calorie Deficit

Calorie Banking helped me and takes away the "will I lose" and changes it to I know I am going to lose the weight.

I am going to put the links here but if you should have trouble with them, go to the very top of the spark page where you see a box and search and type in calorie deficit and it will bring up many pages including www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/search_results
.asp and www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe

Basically you must find your BMR www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and multiply it by 1.2 to get the number of calories your body will burn just by being alive and breathing. You next take your total calories eaten for the day and subtract this from the other number. Then you find how many calories you burned from your fitness page Cardio exercises and add the number to the other one. The resulting number is the number of calories you are "banking" . The goal is to have 500 or more deficit calories per day which will give you 1 pound loss a week. 1000 per day will net 2 pounds loss per week.

My BMR today is 1422.7 X 1.2 = 1707.24 calories my body burns just by existing.

I eat 1200 calories today, 1707.24 - 1200 = 507.24

I walked 1 mile - 135 calories burned
3 mile Walk Away The Pounds video - 346.5

The total calories burned is 481.5 and added to 507.24 = 988.74 deficit calories banked!

I keep learning things here at Spark People!

It is really exciting to see why we are losing weight instead of worrying about will we lose weight.


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JJJ1226 8/7/2009 9:52AM

    this is very good I had no idea about this and if I hadn't read this I'm not sure I ever would. Linda I wish you will repost this emoticon emoticon

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BONMACK 9/1/2008 9:00PM

    Oh Raylin, you are a TRUE inspiration!!! I never realized til I joined up with sparky just how darned sedentary I'd gotten.....finally dug out a cheapo pedometer I'd had around for over a year and never opened, and first day I wore it, I logged something like 500 steps!!!! Geez, and I never considered myself a couch potato, but guess what..........that's exactly what I'd turned into!!! I think the most steps I've ever logged on any given day was around 2500......so I have a LONG way to go, to ever work up to what you're doing! But I'm gonna give it my all this month........gonna dig that ol' pedo back out and give it a whirl this month and see how I can do by October. Kudos to you for doing so GREAT!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYLESLIE 8/30/2008 11:35PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you!!! Hang in there and you will reach that goal before you know it! "That is just fantastic!!!-Leslie

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    You're doing all the right things to hit that goal! That's so fantastic!!! emoticon

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Pizza Party Birthday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thursday I donated blood and of course lost the pound from the giving. I took my own orange as my after donation snack! But I was off my veggies a few days, don't know why unless the body called for carbs to make the new blood? But, I never went over on my calories!

Saturday I had to go to my great-nieces 5th birthday pizza party but my sister was ready for me with the nutritional information from Papa John's.

Well, I was able to have 2 slices of plain cheese pizza and she bought those ice cream beads and a "cupcake" birthday cake. I took a small half of the ice cream and 1/4 cupcake and the rest went to DH!

I ended the day in positive territory!

Today I got the greatest surprise, I was down 1.5 pounds! WooHoo!!

Overweight, here I come! My choice of virtual model is the next goal of 163 pounds! Whew, I am going to make it!


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    emoticonOn keeping your goals in mind and sticking to it at the emoticon emoticon. emoticonLady! What a great feeling to be able to say...U R living in Positive Territory...I'm taking that thought with me........! Thanks for sharing.
emoticon emoticonLynda

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H-2-OH 8/27/2008 9:53PM

    That's so awesome you can have pizza and cake and stay informed, on top of things, and within goal! Kudos! Your fire is LIT and it shows. emoticon

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IRISHSUNSETS 8/27/2008 8:54PM

    Awesome. Great on donating. Your virtual model looks awesome for your next goal. You're on your way with 1.5 pounds out of your way. Ang

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LUCKYLESLIE 8/26/2008 11:54PM

    Way to go you GirlieGirl!!! I am so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticonAlways-Leslie

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LEAHSHEALTH 8/26/2008 7:54PM

    Hi Linda!

Yeah! Doesn't it feel great to be able to be human and eat what everyone else is eating (in moderation) and still be able to stick to your calorie plan and still lose weight! Good going!



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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/26/2008 4:57PM

  You are doing GREAT!! I will be donating blood on Thursday... and thought I would reward myself with that donut that they always have... but maybe I should take some inspiration from you. That's what I'll do! Thanks... and way to go!

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