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"Illustrated BMI Categories"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I found this fascinating. There are over 100 photos, each captioned with the person's height, weight, BMI, and BMI category (underweight, normal, overweight, obese, or morbidly obese). Many of the "overweight" people looked normal to me (and to my husband), and one obese man toward the end didn't even look heavy. The underweight people looked so frail. Is a person's BMI an indicator of their health? Of their best look? I'm not so sure. I remember when I first heard of the concept of BMI (years ago) I thought it was an oversimplification because it was based on nothing more than height and weight. My weight is always straddling the line between "normal" and "overweight." I much prefer being "normal," of course, but even when I'm "overweight" my mom tells me I look thin. :)

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ROGUE_1 4/14/2010 8:39PM


thanks for sharing the link

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FITGIRL15 4/14/2010 12:01AM

    Unfortunately there were no body builders illustrated in those pictures! Weight lifters are ALWAYS considered FAT by the BMI calculators! BMI is ridiculous and should definitely NOT be the only way you gauge your health!

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CORKY1303 4/13/2010 12:21PM

    Wow that's crazy!!! I've often wondered how that would play out. Thanks for sharing!

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KARVY09 4/13/2010 10:06AM

    This was really facinating. Thanks for sharing it with us!
A lot of those "obese" women looked really good!

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FRIZGIRL 4/13/2010 9:56AM

    oh, great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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ZIRCADIA 4/12/2010 5:52PM

    woahh that is really interesting. BMI also doesn't account for boob size -- saw one girl on there that had QUITE A RACK but didn't look fat at all and was overweight... hmm. hahaha (obviously not MY particular problem...) Anyway - I'm glad I sound rational. I think my blog helps me to spell out the facts and try to help keep the guilt away. I feel kinda guilty for bailing on my plan, but I know rationally that that is stupid. You know? *sigh* It's such a mind game this weightloss/foodrelationship stuff.

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MRS.NG.06 4/12/2010 5:14PM

    Yeah I dont like that BMI does not count for the difference in muscle and fat weight at all..that number can seriously mess with people..

and P.S....(Thanks for your comment on my blog hon!)

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MEGSFITNESS 4/12/2010 5:13PM

    I liked that the kitten in the feature was morbidly obese =P That was the one that really kicked BMI into perspective to me. Especially since, for my height, I'd have to lose ~100lbs to be considered "obese" or on the heavy side of normal.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/12/2010 9:21AM

    BMI was based on insurance chart calculations about health risk, it is rather vague and arbitrary, there are better measures, but I wouldn't say it is entirely worthless. I am going to check this out, thanks for the link!

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BOBBYD31 4/11/2010 7:12PM

    BMI is seriously flawed when using just height and weight. someone could be totally ripped and considered obese because of their weight. never liked it never will.

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KJNE8O 4/11/2010 6:24PM

    I agree that BMI is not always an indicator of health. I have 10 pounds on my boyfriend and we have the EXACT same measurements - height, chest, waist, hips (off by 1 inch but they balance out) and we even have the same sized feet! Yet, I am almost to the overweight category yet I have more muscle?? AND, if you measure my endurance it's better than average - so BMI is NOT the only measurement and perhaps not even a good one.

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CARILOUIE 4/11/2010 4:41PM

    wow - very interesting.

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LIL_EZZY 4/11/2010 4:30PM

    When my Hubby had his heart attack he went to see a physical therapist to work out a program for him. He had his BMI checked and she said he was obese. He was mortified but she said not to worry as the BMI was made up by the insurance companies so they could measure whether peoples health was a risk. She said she thought it was totally ridiculous as you say everyone looks so different and it is really only on height and weight. It can be damaging to peoples health if they go off this.

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MEGABOMB 4/11/2010 4:26PM

    Totally fascinating! Thanks so much.

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SEEHOLZ 4/11/2010 2:31PM

    I am so with you--- it does not account for muscle vs fat weight... so yeah... I know it's not a good indicator!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/11/2010 2:12PM

    neat to see. i am almost considered "overweight when i weigh what i do right now. i never liked it as an indication of health. especially for healthy people who likely have more muscle so would weigh more.

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MARATHONER340 4/11/2010 1:33PM

    interesting...thanx for sharing.

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KARENBL 4/11/2010 1:32PM

    Wow. Really interesting. I'm 168 - at 180 I was morbidly obese (according to my doctor). I gained 5 pounds after she told me that- I was so discouraged. I felt fat but not that extremely fat. Sometimes labels like that can do more harm than good.
Hope one day to be FIT (if not normal)! For me fit is more the focus - I haven't been 115 since I was 18 (almost 30 years ago) - I'll be happy to be 145.
Thanks for posting.

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MBSHAZZER 4/11/2010 1:30PM

    Wow, that was really interesting! Thanks for sharing. The funny thing is that everyone looked "normal" to me except for the people on the extreme ends. I was surprised at how small the "overweight" people looked and how large the "normal" people looked. Neat!

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KAILIIA 4/11/2010 12:54PM

    This was neat to see - thanks for sharing.

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A Blog a Day Keeps the Binge Monster Away?

Sunday, April 04, 2010

OK, still no "plan," still kind of okay with that. Yesterday I went for a jog (through a proper neighborhood this time, no honks!). Then my husband and I went to the gym and did strength training (and I was lucky I didn't give myself a concussion when I didn't properly rack my barbell after a set of chest presses, luckily I ducked but boy was my yelp embarrassing!). Then I asked him if he was going to do cardio, which for him usually consists of 15-20 minutes on the recumbant bike. He told me he had an idea - he wanted to walk around the pond at Wellesley College! I've been there for jogs several times on my own, but he's never gone there with me before, so I was excited. We made a bet about how many cute dogs we'd see and I won (prize - dinner paid for by the loser). After the walk we went into downtown Wellesley which is adorable - he bought some cheese and crackers from a specialty cheese shop that had a really bad stink, and I bought a birthday card for my aunt at a gift store. Then we went to Starbucks where I had a tall (cute cup - I'm used to venti) skinny iced latte and a Greek yogurt parfait, and he had one of those bottled smoothies and his cheese and crackers, and we people-watched. Then a friend called and invited us to come over for a BBQ, but we already had plans to go to the grocery store and buy stuff (on him, remember?) to make "Mexican" salad, and we had there were going to be a bunch of screaming little kids at my friend's. So we decided to hang in last night. Our salad consisted of red leaf lettuce, a red pepper, a tomato, mango, shrimp sauteed in cajun seasoning (aka salt, oh well), shredded cheese, black olives, and salsa for dressing. I also put beans and avocado on mine, but those are two items Jess HATES. We also had a few sushi rolls and a Malbec I'd bought Jess for his birthday the other day along with a decanter, which we put the Malbec in. The dinner was so healthy and delicious, and I couldn't finish my huge salad. I went to put my leftovers in a container for the fridge, and Jess commented that wasn't like me! (I usually don't have leftovers because I eat like a pig!) I said I was learning from him - he does that all the time. Only this time, he DID finish his salad.

I'm down 1.4 pounds today, going to the gym now before Easter dinner with Jess's family!

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MBSHAZZER 4/10/2010 11:40AM

    Wow, that sounds like a really great salad! And I love a Malbec!

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FITGIRL15 4/7/2010 6:21PM

    What fun! You two sound great together!
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    Mmmmmm... Malbec. That's one of my faves, too. I used to drink it with deep-fried ginger beef (Chinese) but it makes sense that it would go with Mexican, too. I like spicy food and spicy wines.


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CRYSBROWN1 4/7/2010 10:21AM

    What a romantic time! Great job on still eating healthy too even if it was unplanned.

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ROGUE_1 4/6/2010 10:03PM

    Your non-plan plan is working! Down over a lb - woohoo!!! This is very inspiring to me. After being on such a roll with consistent workouts, healthy eating, and preparing/planning daily, I've hit a roadblock and did a complete180. For some reason I have not been able to find the motivation to work out these past few days. The Easter weekend sucked all the energy out of me! I know I just need to work out one time, and that will kick start it. Wish me luck!

My husband and I have come to the conclusion that nights IN are the best nights! You day sounded so relaxing...perfect.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/6/2010 1:21PM

    You're doing wonderfully! I usually guilt myself into finishing a salad =P It should be okay to put it away! lesson learned :)

Gosh I'm glad you didn't brain yourself with the weights :( How scary. emoticon

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SANDEROSE 4/6/2010 12:00PM

    How great! You're 'date' sounded pretty wonderful too! Cute blog title!

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BLUEBOOEYES 4/5/2010 11:19PM

    Very nice blog. Sometimes having no plan but still keeping yourself in check is a great way to test the waters and your lifestyle commitment.

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1972ROSES 4/5/2010 11:33AM

    Sounds like a great start to a long, healthy life together.

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CARILOUIE 4/5/2010 7:40AM


So glad you wrote a happy blog!
Love spending time with honey. Have a super day!

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SEEHOLZ 4/4/2010 2:45PM

    Sounds like a fantastic way to spend the day ( yes, rhyme intended) Glad you enjoyed the day as husband and wife!

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STEFANIE822 4/4/2010 1:54PM

    Wow your dinner sounds delicious!!!! Your blogs are sounding MUCH better than they have the last few days...glad to see you are getting back in your groove!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/4/2010 11:39AM

    Nicely done! That sounds like an idyllic day. Man, I miss having proper weekends. Summer is around the corner, though.

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Taking things one day at a time, for now...

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I still don't have a PLAN, but I'm feeling better. Yesterday was my best day, eating-wise, in several weeks, even though my grand total was over 2,700 calories and my weight stayed exactly the same today. The weather was beautiful so we went to a restaurant with an outdoor patio for dinner, and I hemmed and hawed over what to get until I finally decided to make the choice I'd be most proud of - the sesame salmon salad. (I also had a blueberry beer.) I know that I ate healthy yesterday and even though I'm still well over my maintainence weight, I'm feeling good. Getting wonderfully long nights' sleep because it's the weekend helps too!! I wish I could sleep this much every day - life would be great!

Men often honk at me while I'm jogging...and I usually take it lightly - just some harmless fun flirting. I have a friend who goes for walks during her lunch hour and she told me they honk at her too even when she's wearing something as un-sexy as a sweater and work pants. Well, yesterday I was jogging along the side of the road when a car full of guys came along with the windows open and one of them called something out...couldn't hear the whole thing with my music going, but it ended in "baby." THEN, they actually slowed down and came to a stop a few feet ahead of me!! This was a little troubling - what the heck were they planning on doing?? Thank goodness another car came along and they had to start driving again. I'm also a little sensitive because I'm still wearing my same workout clothes as before even though I have several extra pounds on me, so I'm not exactly at my highest self-esteem level right now, and I'm wondering how large my butt looks in my fitted workout pants to drivers coming up from behind me. Man. Just wanted to get that out there.

Anyway, we're supposed to have a record-breakingly gorgeous weekend here...we deserve it after all the flooding we've been having - and my hubs and I are heading out to enjoy! (Well, after we go to the gym.) Have a great Saturday everyone!

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ROGUE_1 4/6/2010 9:58PM

    Eeew people can be so creepy! Normally I don't even look over when that kind of thing happens...I don't know WHAT I would do if the car actually slowed down or pulled over! You need to run with MACE and if those jerk-offs come by you again, spray 'em and run for your life!!!!! My husband makes me take mace on my early morning runs when it's dark out. It's kind of annoying, but I figure, better safe than sorry!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/4/2010 9:26AM

    I cannot stand men who do that crap. It makes me so angry! It is not a compliment, it is a domination thing because no one does it when I am with my husband, they view me as "HIS" and hence don't DISrespect HIM, they clearly have no such respect for my autonomous personhood. Also think about the type of men that engage in that behavior, no one with class! I am so sorry that happened to you, Susan.

In other news, isn't it great to have patio weather again! I have been dragging my laptop outside to do school work every day :).

Congrats on a great day of eating, it only takes one day - one snack, actually to turn things around!!

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DAMIENDUCKS 4/4/2010 5:49AM

    eek! that would so freak me out (and might necessitate an emergency change in my running course!) glad you're getting back on track though!

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SPARKNMOM 4/3/2010 9:53PM

    Oh my goodness - guys stopping to ogle would totally freak me out. I've not had that happen, thank goodness!

Glad you're able to get out and enjoy the good weather - we've had a good run of beautiful weather, but it kinda came to an end today - cold, windy, and rainy...but hey....spring is here and it's only going to get better :)

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SEEHOLZ 4/3/2010 7:40PM

    That would be make completely you said, what are they going to do next?
Truthfully, I only get honked at by people I know or think I know? Or a bunch of jerky teenagers or uber-exited guys telling me "to go faster"... all of those are sooooo darn annoying....
Only if it's motivating people telling me to "go" is it nice... and those never honk-LOL

Glad you're doing better!

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MARATHONER340 4/3/2010 1:47PM

    yikes! That would freak me out if a car of guys actually slowed down as they were yelling at me. I get honked at all the time - but usually it's someone I actually know (although I can never figure out who it is as they're gone before I know it) Best of lucking taking things one day at a time and enjoy the nice weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 4/3/2010 1:17PM

    Enjoy your weekend!

I don't know what's up with that experience! I HATE getting honked or cat called! I find it disturbing even if it's "in good fun"

Anyway, sounds like you made a good choice in the restaurant and you're on your way back on track! Have a great weekend!

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STEPHANON 4/3/2010 11:59AM

    An occasional honk is flattering, but I think I'd be a little weirded out by random guys stopping the car, too! The weather is beautiful here this weekend, too. Hope you and the hubby have a wonderful weekend!

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PSYCHABOO 4/3/2010 11:51AM

    Have a great day!

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Unsure where to go from here.

Friday, April 02, 2010

I didn't stick to my challenge rules. On Tuesday night I ate too much and then I got stuck in the "I've already blown it" mindset. I have the day off from school today, and I slept in 3.5 hours later than I would have if I'd had to go to school. I know that being tired is part of the reason why my plan didn't work, but I'm frustrated because I TRIED to get enough sleep this past week...I just couldn't always will myself to fall asleep when I wanted to.

Despite some not-so-great choices, my weight is down a bit from my last post, to 157.4. Yesterday I went to Barnes & Noble and read a few chapters of the latest diet book, _The Skinny_. Something about reading the intro to a diet book always gives me a boost of motivation, even if I don't fully agree with what I'm reading! Basically the author was saying that people with weight problems have a messed-up system for feeling hungry/full, and that if you're struggling with overeating it's not your fault because powerful biological forces are screaming at you to eat. I don't know if this is true, but I do know that I eat past the point where I know I should stop a lot of the time, and I can't explain why other than to say that it feels good, and it doesn't feel good to be hungry. Then again, it doesn't feel good to be overly stuffed either, but before I notice the "stuffed" feeling, the "eating" feeling tends to be nice.

Anyway, the book's solution to this "fullness resistance" is setting up your eating patterns to make you feel fuller. The author says you should do things like eat protein at breakfast, eat lots of vegetables, and avoid processed stuff. While I agree with all of that, I don't think it's a permanent solution because I DO eat that way when I'm on track, but I STILL manage to fall off track. That idea frustrated me, but I still got the boost of motivation that I was hoping for. When I was finished reading, I went to the grocery store and bought only healthy food, came home and had a salad for dinner, and then went for a run and some strength training.

I am trying to figure out what approach will work best for me - now, most importantly, but also long-term. So many options...I could make food plans ahead of time and stick with them rigidly, or eat whatever I want but track it all, or try to eat mindfully without tracking, or I could do something that is in between any of those approaches. I could aim for quick weightloss with a low calorie level, maintainence with a higher calorie level, or somewhere in between. I could just put off making these decisions and just live my life and see what happens. I'm feeling pretty indecisive right now.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/6/2010 1:11PM

    It's so difficult to know what to do when it takes to long to figure out what's working... Good luck!

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LITTLEWING21 4/2/2010 6:44PM

    Ugh I hate the "i've blown it" mindset!!!!! So tough to do away with. You sound just like me with the diet talk! I feel like I have to rely mostly on exercise for weight loss, which I know is bad!!

Each day is a brand new day. I hope you have an amazing tomorrow! And let us know what you decide cuz I totally need help in that dept too!! Good luck:)

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MARATHONER340 4/2/2010 5:07PM

    hmmm...I completely agree with everything you posted about not liking to be hungry and eating being nice...even when you know you should stop and you're not really hungry anymore. Best of luck figuring out what's right for you.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/2/2010 12:08PM

    Hmmm . . . I think it makes sense that it is difficult to figure out what approach will be the best long term. I think that the main thing about an approach is that IT should not be difficult to keep up with. So whatever intersects in terms of manageability that has the results that you want is the way to go. Figuring out what that is exactly is the toughy.

Never worry about getting sidetracked in a comment, I love that!

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SEEHOLZ 4/2/2010 12:06PM

    All this is making my head spin-LOL! Truthfully, I know what you mean... there is so much confusing stuff out there..... and many options. I do believe that my "system" of being full/hungry is screwed up and I hate to feel hungry.... so much so at times, I panic.. and I'm not exaggerating here.
That said, I think that figuring out how you want to live for the long term is going to be most successful==== or so it is for most!

I believe in you and thanks for the tips on the cooking- I need them.

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Respark My Spark Challenge

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Purpose: Experience tells me that some small success often leads to much more success. Therefore, I'm giving myself a completely doable yet challenging program that will help me get back to healthy behaviors, lose a few of the pounds I've recently put back on, and feel motivation to continue.

Timeframe: NOW (Tuesday afternoon) through Friday night.

*Track everything I eat.
*Pre-track whenever possible (in other words, plan it out in the nutrition tracker ahead of time). The only times this will not be possible are tonight, when I'm going to my parents' seder, and possibly one dinner out to celebrate my husband's birthday. (We already went out on Saturday night with the family, but his birthday is actually tomorrow so if he wants to go out with just me, I will take him out!)
*When I do eat out, make good choices and track afterwards.
*No food from the teachers' room.
*No going to a grocery store or convenience store to buy binge food.
*No eating Jess' food.
*No eating anything that would pull me off course, period!
*Stay under 2,500 calories per day. (Baby steps...)
*General template: fruit smoothie (no extra nuts or chocolate) for breakfast, unlimited (within reason, of course) morning/early afternoon coffee (be done before 2 p.m.) but maximum of 1 cup of milk or soymilk, two pouches of almonds, 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 grapefruit for snacks, 1 lunch serving plus vegetables, 1 dinner serving, NO EXTRA FOOD!!!!!
*Cardio minimum 60 minutes per day with the exception of today (seder) unless I manage to squeeze it in somehow...
*Strength training daily, usual routines (same possible exception for today).
*Daily blog to 1) confirm that I am following the rules, 2) post my weight, and 3) talk about any struggles that I experience. For example, I am sure that when I see some junk in the teachers room I will be very tempted, and after work I will be extremely tempted to keep eating beyond 2,500 calories. I will blog about those struggles and getting past them!

So here goes...sigh...I weighed 160.6 this morning. Yikes. Before I started this challenge I did have one chocolate caramel candy from the front office (no junk allowed from there either! or from anywhere!). Other than that, however, I have eaten healthfully today. I am hungry now but will have one of my healthy snacks. I am worried about sticking to just good choices tonight at the seder, but I will. One reasonably-sized serving of each item tonight. Drink water, and stop eating when I'm full! (And don't RESTART eating later, either!) I'll be proud of myself, Jess will be proud of me, and I'll be happy to get on the scale tomorrow morning for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEGSFITNESS 4/1/2010 11:05PM

    Wow! That's quite the plan! Way to go :)

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SPARKNMOM 3/31/2010 12:36PM

    Way to go on being proactive and making yourself be accountable. You can do it....summer is nearly upon us!!

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CHASINGTHENOW 3/31/2010 6:06AM

    Good luck. You can totally do this! :)

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TRACYZABELLE 3/31/2010 2:35AM

    You know what you need to do... sounds emoticon

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MARATHONER340 3/30/2010 9:54PM

    You have a plan girl! You can do it!

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STEFANIE822 3/30/2010 8:40PM

    Great plan!! Sometimes we need a little jump start to get us back into the game!

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CARILOUIE 3/30/2010 6:49PM

    I started pre-tracking yesterday. I forgot how helpful it is for me...
Your goals sound great and you will be just fine - you have lots of support!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 3/30/2010 5:47PM

    Definitely make the seder a success! You can do eeeet!!!!! And I commend you for getting on the scale. For me, anyway, it is always tempting not to, but denying reality doesn't alter reality, but facing can motivate me to take the necessary action.

Good luck, Susan!

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SEEHOLZ 3/30/2010 5:04PM

    You can do it girl! I have 100% faith in you! You know, I get it- 100%... I think it's all about getting away from the "on" and "off" and maybe focus on the "in between".
Like everyone said, being accountable is going to help! I'm trying my hardest to be accountable myself- no more hiding!

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BRUIN2 3/30/2010 5:02PM

    I was going to say that the only thing missing was your water! hehe.

You're going to rock this!

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SANDEROSE 3/30/2010 4:32PM

    It's almost as if I were reading my own blog! I should definitely do these things to! Ok, ok, I KNOW I should!
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LITTLEWING21 3/30/2010 4:21PM

    Looks like a great plan! Sounds like we share similar detours in our diet. Just a note about the smoothies, you may want to eat something solid as well. Our bodies don't register liquids in the same way as solid food which can lead people to feeling hungry even though they just "ate." I eat the same thing every morning and it really sticks with me all day: unsweetened oatmeal mixed with about a tbs of PB (natural valencia PB with flaxseeds sooooo good!), a ton of cinnamon and a whole banana chopped up.

I wish I was good enough to track my foods! I always start then find it so tedious! Good luck, kick some butt!

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XTINA1122 3/30/2010 3:20PM

    Susan this is such a great idea - I might make my own little challenge. I really need to get back on track!

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STEPHANON 3/30/2010 3:09PM

    Sounds like a plan - good luck!

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MBSHAZZER 3/30/2010 2:08PM

    Double post!

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MBSHAZZER 3/30/2010 2:07PM

    I agree, the tracking and accoutability will keep you on track! You can do this! And once you do this for one week, the second week will be much easier!

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KENSINGTONC 3/30/2010 2:01PM

    I think the most important part of all of your rules is the accountability factor - the tracking, the blogging, and the checking in with SP. At least for me, that is what makes all the difference! For some reason knowing that my internet friends are "watching" really motivates me, much more than doing it for myself. I know you know yourself and your weight loss/gain cycles really well, and I have NO DOUBT that very very soon you'll be blogging about getting closer to your goal weight.

I too have problems taking a candy here, a chocolate there, and I also tend to overeat anything. We are very similar, I think, in our approach to food. I get so jealous of people like my husband who have no emotional connection to food, and simply use it to "fuel" and stop when appropriate. Sigh.

Anyway, Susan, GOOD LUCK! Like I said, I am sure these blogs will be about maintenance very very soon!!!

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