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So excited!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

so... Down three pounds in one week while limited on workouts and eating at least my minimum number of calories. A bit worried that it's a fluke. I don't feel any different yet, adn I'm down almost 12 pounds. When does the difference become noticeable?

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BEECHNUT13 9/20/2012 7:52AM

    You have to lose more weight to change a size in the upper sizes than in the lower sizes, but it's harder to lose weight when you're in a smaller size already... so I guess it's a lose-lose! ;)

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 9/20/2012 7:03AM

    I just went down a size... 11 lb loss.
In the past, I've really noticed size/shape changes after 3 weeks of strength training where I hardly lost any weight. Weird,I know.
Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SKIRNIR 9/19/2012 10:44PM

    Noticing a physical difference, I would say at 20 pounds. But along the way there are NSVs before then I would imagine. Being able to exercise longer, harder, etc.

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SBARGANZ 9/19/2012 10:31PM

    Knewmetoday - maybe it's because when you're bigger, you either wear clothes that are too big or stuff yourself into clothes that are too small, denying that you need to be in a bigger size? I'll hang in there. My goal is 50 pounds... it's been one month and I'm down 11.4 pounds, so that's definitely a good thing.

Thanks for the encouragement.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 9/19/2012 10:30PM

    I think 'feeling different' and when it happens is an individual thing. I can't put my finger on when I began to feel different, I can only tell you that it DID happen and in a BIG way. The transformation is not only physical, it's mental, emotional & spiritual and it's all GOOD!! Just enjoy the journey ~ it's wonderful!! You're doing GREAT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 9/19/2012 10:20PM

    It will. I think the changes seem slower at first...I think it's about 10 lb. per size.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I wish I had been motivated years ago to eat right - down another three pounds this week!!!

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NEWLEAF16 9/19/2012 1:00PM

    emoticon Way to go!

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Before Photo

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I posted earlier with my goals/plan. This is a "before" photo. Of course, I picked something that made me look terrible - I hope the difference is noticeable at the end, because this is embarassing! Incidentally, I don't know how to turn the photo... anyone?

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HHOLT6 9/22/2012 7:50PM

    .well i think you had to turn the photo before it got posted here... nonethe less.... I love your color combination! We can do this!

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Biggest Loser Challenge

Thursday, September 13, 2012

As a member of the Pink Vikings team in the Biggest Loser Challenge, I have the following assignment:

Creative Writing 101: Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points)

1. I will plan a weekly menu for my family for dinner. This will help in two ways: I can use up food that has been sitting on the shelves AND it will help me eat healthier. In addition, I can plan my shopping list so I always have what I need on hand and don't turn to something unhealthy. I will be judicious in my "eat out" meals.

2. I will do strength training exercises in the evening for at least 20 minutes each day while my husband watches TV. I cannot do cardio, as my feet still hurt terribly from plantar fasciitis, but even 20 minutes of strength training will help me boost my metabolism and burn a few extra calories.

3. I've learned that if I feel "deprived", I will binge. As a result, I will make sure that I get a treat at least twice a week. I will do this withing my calorie limit for the day, or I will save up a few calories each day so I can go over on one day.

4. I will join the "water cooler club" at work for $20, so I can have great water all day. Also, by paying the fee, I will feel obligated to use it!

5. Once I hit 230 (20 pounds lost), I will post my progress at work, so I am more accountable to people around me and they can see my progress. (I am at 10 pounds lost now! Hooray!)

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NEWLEAF16 9/18/2012 2:09PM

    Great goals! I love the "water cooler club" idea, wish my job had one of those. Maybe I'll have to recommend it....
It's great that you are finding things you can do despite the plantar fasciitis, sorry it is so painful and hoping you can find some relief.
Congrats on the 10 lbs lost!!! emoticon

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W8WHITTILER 9/16/2012 11:00PM

    Hi, these sound like great goals, and sounds like you have it all planned out.
I just wanted to pass along to you that SP has a Chair Cardio video that is 11 minutes long..I am going to copy it here, you can highlight it and put it in your search engine or you can just go to the SP video section and pull it up.
I really gets your heartrate up and is great when you are limited such as yourself due to plantar facitis.
I hope this helps you get some cardio in!
Good luck with your BL challenge.


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New Beginnings

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I have the most amazing husband in the world. We've been married nine years and really do think alike - we've had two fights in those nine years. He is my best friend...

Well, you know that last fight? In it, he gently tried to break it to me that he was resentful that I'd put on weight with each of my four pregnancies... and I was a little above my ideal weight to start with. This meant that through the years, I've just kept getting bigger.

At the top of the scale, on 8/12/2012, I weighed 250. It is my goal to get to 200 by 2/13/2013, which means about two pounds a week. When I reach that goal, I will set my goal for a weight in my "ideal" range - 164 or lower.

I had already signed up for a Warrior Dash on 8/18/12, and I completed it, which was very empowering. If I can do that, I can work toward losing the extra pounds and being in a healthier body.

Some of my potential pitfalls?

I hate feeling deprived, I think some of it comes from "lean" times as a child. But I know that in order to return to a healthy weight, I must give up that mindset. There are times that I must feel deprived of the junk food, the free samples, the birthday cake. I need to remember that (too much) food makes me fat.

I don't feel bad in my body right now. I am comfortable and I don't usually even notice my size. People like me for who I am. I need to remind myself that being a size 16/18 is not normal and that I should NOT be satisfied with it.

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NEWLEAF16 9/8/2012 12:01AM

    Wow, your blog really resonates with me! It hurt when loved ones voiced concerns about my weight, even if I know they are right! I also struggle with feeling deprived, what has helped is to think "it's not that I can't have that, I can if I want to. But I am choosing not to". Or I tell myself I can have that 'later' but don't define when 'later' is. Usually once I am out of the situation the craving diminishes. These things work for me some of the time....
Thanks for writing, it feels good to know I am not the only one.

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