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Week 5

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Week 1: -3.8lb
Week 2: -2.2lb
Week 3: -0.4lb
Week 4: +0.4lb
Week 5: -3.6lb

Big drop this week, but it's fluctuating. (I'm weighing myself every day, reporting in only on Saturdays.) Yesterday I was down even more than I am today, but when I look at the overall loss for the week there's no way I can be upset about that!

Still not bald yet...hehe. Still have another whole day to go before I can get it wet/exercise. I might try strength training today though...just nothign that makes me sweat.

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SPARKNMOM 7/25/2010 10:51PM

    Great loss streak going on!! And OMGosh regarding the hair!! So glad it's still intact!!

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BLUEBOOEYES 7/25/2010 7:03PM

    Glad to hear your hair isn't falling out. Congrats on your loss!

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SEEHOLZ 7/25/2010 2:58PM

    You are doing awesome!

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TEACHERANG 7/25/2010 12:03PM

    You are doing AWESOME on your weight loss! Are you looking forward to a nice, sweaty workout today?! :)

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SKYFYRE 7/25/2010 9:42AM

    So, where is the picture of the new hair or did I miss it?! Way to LOSE, yikes! I am stoked for you!

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JENONTHEROX 7/24/2010 10:30AM

    When you set your mind to something, great things (losses) seem to happen for you! :) glad you are not bald!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/24/2010 10:21AM

    Wow, fantastic progress, Susan! I wish you luck with hair washing, but I do think it will be fine. I'll be waiting for the report!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

I am so freaked out right now.

Yesterday I went to the salon for my hair straightening appointment. I've had it done several times, but the last time I went was two years ago. So yesterday when I went back to my old salon for the first time in two years, my stylist greeted me with, "Hi hon! So... you don't really like Yuko, do you?" (Yuko is the name of the procedure I always had done.)
I said, "Why, do you have something better now?"
She said, "Yes, Keratin," and went on to tell me about how it was more natural, would cause less breakage, was quicker and cheaper, but wouldn't make my hair stick-straight and only lasts four months. She said hardly anyone gets Yuko anymore - everyone's doing Keratin. So I said, "I trust you," and went with it.
The Keratin chemicals made my eyes burn during the process, but unlike the Yuko chemicals they didn't smell bad, and when it was over I took this picture:

Anyway, fast forward to today and I decided to research the Keratin procedure to tell all you guys more about it, and the first link I came to was a message board on (something like that) and it basically said, "HELP! After my Keratin treatment my hair started falling out! I am going bald!"
So with a nauseous feeling, I read the replies...apparently it seemed quite common to lose your hair after this procedure! I wanted to cry, I was shaking, I decided to call the salon.
The woman on the phone told me that there are several different versions of the Keratin treatment, and that absolutely no clients at my salon have had any problems, and in fact half the staff has had it done because of how great the success was for the clients. That made me feel better, but I am still very scared.
The posts I read seemed to say that the hair starts to fall out after the first wash. And since I have to keep my hair totally dry for three days (until Sunday!!eeps!) I won't know until then.
Please, please cross your fingers for me. I'm freaking out.

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/5/2010 11:19AM

    is this that brazilian blow out thing? i am dying to try it, but if it's not healthy then forget it!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 8/3/2010 10:28PM

    I would be soooo freaking angry!! I'm glad your hair didn't fall out!

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SKYFYRE 7/25/2010 2:53PM

Dang, girl, you're glossy!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/24/2010 7:08PM

    it looks great!

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CARILOUIE 7/24/2010 9:36AM

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. But... on those message boards, I think you typically see people writing about their negative experiences with treatments. People don't typically go on message boards to write about their positive experiences (from what I have seen).

I would look for some positive responses somewhere. You hairdresser would have told you if there was a high risk for your hair falling out!

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ROGUE_1 7/24/2010 2:24AM

    Ohh my goodness, how scary, I hope everything is OK!!! Think positive thoughts - I will do the same - and hopefully we can all will your hair to stay on your head! Your hair looks great though. Is it normally really curly? So when you straighten your hair like this, or with the Yuko process in the past, does that mean when you wash it, it dries straight? No more curls or what? I would kill to have big curls/mega waves!

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/23/2010 7:43PM

    I know how scary hair treatments can be. But, I am sure that everything will be fine! Your hair (and you) look gorgeous!

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SEEHOLZ 7/23/2010 4:49PM

    I think it'll be okay...

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TERRIANGEL 7/23/2010 4:30PM

    Yikes! Well, fingers crossed for Sunday, hon. :)

Funny, you pay to get your hari to look like mine, and I used to get perms. We're never happy. LOL!!

It looks great, by the way!!

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JENONTHEROX 7/23/2010 3:56PM

    Your hair looks so nice! I've never heard of the keratin treatment, but whatever the stylists told you about "maintenance", products to use etc, I'd follow. The "brazilian blow out" is really big over here for straight hair, haven't done it yet tho!

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MBSHAZZER 7/23/2010 3:33PM

    Hi Susan.... deep breath! I have read conflicting things about the keratin treatment, but I know several people (4, to be exact) that have done it multiple times with no problems. ESPECIALLY since you got to a high end salon, I would not worry. And it looks fantastic!

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KATYMARIA 7/23/2010 2:39PM

    That would freak me out, but really only time with tell there is nothing worrying will do :( if it hasnt started breaking and causing problems yet, I dont imagine it will. If it is anything like a perm you can tell if it has damaged your hair pretty quickly.

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REILLYGIRRRL 7/23/2010 1:50PM

  OMG I would have freaked out too. Your hair looks fantastic!

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/23/2010 1:50PM

    eeek! you'd think that should be in the disclaimer somewhere! here's hoping for you!

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Most Boring Blog Post Ever

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I mostly just have to plan out tomorrow's schedule.

Summer school ends: noon
Hair straightening appointment in downtown Boston: 4:30
Attempt to park by: 4:00 (conservative estimate for problems finding parking/walking from parking to salon)
Leave home by: 3:00 (conservative estimate because I a) tend to always be late and b) might run into rush hour)
Time needed to shower/get ready: 45 minutes (will be sleeping over in city afterwards, so have to make smoothie breakfast for Friday/pack)
Must start getting ready by: 2:15
Workout: 60 minutes
Must start workout by: 1:15
Okay, so that leaves from 12:00-1:15 to say goodbye to coworkers, drive home, eat lunch, and change into workout clothes! Okay, that helped me, though I'm sure it will help absolutely nobody else!

By the way, hair straightening requires no getting hair wet for 48 hours afterwards - and that includes sweat! So my workout plan for the next few days is this:
Tomorrow: Do workout BEFORE appointment (as described above in boring detail)
Friday: Go for a walk. Resist urge to run. Try not to sweat during walk! Also, no ponytail allowed (no creasing hair).
Saturday: Skip morning classes (still less than 48 hours after appointment.) Go to gym after 4:30 p.m. Do strength traning on my own (no Body Pump, boohoo), and do whatever cardio I feel like!
Sunday: Back to normal, yay! (except with frizz-free hair!)

By the way, my Wednesday night Body Pump teacher is sooo bad. I wish I didn't have to go to her anymore, but I need this class to complete my schedule. She messes up her instructions, says "And then..." and doesn't actually say what to do until after you're already supposed to be doing it, and today she kept complaining about how tired she was and how she wasn't feeling like working out! WHAT? An exercise instructor shouldn't say that to her class! Plus, she spends all of class asking everyone what their name is and saying things like, "Good job, Susan!" which would be fine, except that there are other Susans in my class and she's always talking to THEM...she doesn't know my name...she has asked me what my name is now three times, without ever showing any indication of remembering me from before. And I saw her at a bar the other night and she didn't recognize me at all. I think she was hinting in class tonight that she was hungover. Boo. Not an inspiration.

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PRIMROSEPETALS 7/24/2010 11:06AM

    Bad fitness instructors are the worst! They make such a difference when it comes to being motivated in classes. I agree with everyone else who mentioned saying something to the administrators at your gym...

LOVE your blog, btw. I've been reading your backlog posts -- Hope you don't mind, but I added you as a friend for inspiration (: Keep up the great work!

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TEACHERANG 7/23/2010 10:47PM

    Ha! As an aerobics instructor, the last part of your entry made me laugh! That's pretty much textbook 101 how NOT to teach a class. That being said, one of my coworkers does the, "And then..." without telling people where to go or what to do. Fabulous. I don't know how your gym does it, but we're reviewed annually. Pray that hers is coming soon!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2010 3:48AM

    I hate having to leave so early just to find a parking spot-- I wish I was in better health so I did not have to worry about that

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KATYMARIA 7/23/2010 1:35AM

    ooh sounds like we need some before and after pics of the hair business! I have no idea what professional hair straightening looks like!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/22/2010 2:00PM

    Do you do the BKT straightening or the japanese thermal kind? How long does it last? Does it make your hair stick straight like a flat iron or more like a blow out straight?

That teacher sounds AWFUL! What a loser! She should at least FAKE IT that she remembers her students. Gross.

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SEEHOLZ 7/22/2010 10:38AM

    I think you should just complain, complain, complain and get more people to join in. As an instructor, I can tell you that we are not PERFECT and I have bad days, but 90% of the time I am on top of my game and I'm not saying that to be arrogant. If I am tired, I take the weights down/resistance and or go to coaching ( plyo class only and I did it once) but I keep pushing people and encouraging them.
Do I know everyone's name? No, but I try to include everyone and my regulars.. I do know by name.

Oh, while we don't have bodypump, we have group power, which is very similar and this one instructor messes up a lot and it bugs me, because he'll change the track ( because he didn't practice it enough or get its mixed up with an old release) it's annoying.... for sure. But, he's nice and does try, so I try not holding it against him...

Enjoy your hair-do... good for you for getting it done!

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/22/2010 9:54AM

    hehe...I'm glad I'm not the only one who reverse-engineers busy days!

I'd leave a comment about the instructor with the management of your gym--a whiny, uninspiring instructor is bad for business for them, and bad for motivation for you! Hopefully they give her some constructive criticism and she shapes up!

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MBSHAZZER 7/22/2010 9:26AM

    Man, lame instructors really make me not want to go to class. Good for you for sucking it up and going anyway!

You are so funny... I always plan backwards like that too! Please give me full details on the hair thing!

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MRS.NG.06 7/22/2010 8:40AM

    "And then..." this just reminds me of that movie "Dude where is your car??"....aaaaaaaand then...and NO and then! If you haven't seen it, this wont make sense but it gave me a giggle ;)

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CARILOUIE 7/22/2010 8:32AM

    Ugh to the bad instructor.
I have trouble getting through classes as it is, so a bad instructor makes it a million times more horrible for me.

Enjoy your appointment... salon appointments are always a highlight of my day. Some wonderful "me time"!

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ROGUE_1 7/22/2010 3:06AM

    ohhh man, a lame instructor is the pits! I think you should leave a comment card with the front desk! People like that shouldn't teach - they make workouts so awful. They need to get someone who is inspiring, energetic, and good at leading a class.

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SKYFYRE 7/22/2010 2:31AM

    Loser Body Pump instructor! Ugh! Well, rock out the hair girl! Sounds like its worth not messing up for what you have to go through just to make it to the appointment!

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SPARKNMOM 7/21/2010 10:34PM

    Not boring!! My sister got her hair straightened a long time ago - I was amazed as her hair was SO curly!! I straighten my daily with a flat iron, but have never had it done professionally, altho I've thought about having it done just to spoil myself!!

OMGosh regarding the Body Pump teacher....I don't even know what to say other than BOO!! Inspirational, I know LOL :)

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Down Ten Pounds!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

As you might expect after a couple weeks of no scale movement, I have seen some exciting results on the scale the past few days and I am now down 10 pounds from when I started 4.5 weeks ago. Sadly, where I was 4.5 weeks ago was just shamefully high - a weight I thought I would NEVER see again - but the good news is, it's behind me now.

Last night was the first time I was able to make it all the way through the lunge track in Body Pump without feeling like my legs were going to burn off, so that was good!

Here's a picture that my husband's coworker's friend took of the lightning storm in Boston last night. It was the weirdest weather - so much lightning it was like strobe lights at times, but no thunder and no rain.

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/23/2010 7:46PM

    Amazing news!! Congratulations!! You took back control and you are reaping the benefits now. Keep up the great tempo!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/22/2010 1:58PM

    10 pounds is awesome!

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ROGUE_1 7/22/2010 3:03AM

    emoticon on the 10 lbs loss - that is AWESOME!!!

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SKYFYRE 7/21/2010 1:19AM

    Congrats on the loss! I am happy you made it! Congrats on the lungin,... ugh!
Spectacular photo by the way, is he/she a photographer, or just lucky?!

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BLUEBOOEYES 7/20/2010 9:56PM

    Great job!!

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SPARKNMOM 7/20/2010 9:51PM

    Wow....that picture! Down 10 pounds is awesome....even if the start point was way too high. Usually it's a great motivator for me to see that movement and it's easier to keep going. You must be doing something right, so keep at it :)

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STEPHANON 7/20/2010 3:46PM

    Awesome picture. Congrats on the 10 pounds! I'm sure you're feeling much lighter and relieved!

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SEEHOLZ 7/20/2010 3:14PM

    You are doing amazing... as always when you make up your mind!
I wished I could do what it takes too loose. I thought I was doing a lot better these days... whenever I see your fast progress I feel like... Man, what am I waiting for?

Sooo proud of your progress!!!

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ELSCO55 7/20/2010 2:20PM

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DAMIENDUCKS 7/20/2010 2:14PM

    spiffy pic and awesome loss!! my brother-in-law lives in boston and was telling us all about that lightening store (while we told him about all the tornadoes he's been missing! haha...crazy weather week!)

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 7/20/2010 2:04PM

  congrats!!! 10 pounds gone forever! :)

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SGBR-1 7/20/2010 1:58PM

    Congratulations on your progress.

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MBSHAZZER 7/20/2010 1:56PM

    Wild weather! Congrats on your progress! No stopping you now!

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STARFISH619 7/20/2010 1:40PM

    emoticon on your progress!

And thank you for sharing the lightening picture - absolutely amazing!

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Week 4 and more thoughts on my new approach

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Week 1: -3.8lb
Week 2: -2.2lb
Week 3: -0.4lb
Week 4: +0.4lb

Believe it or not, I'm not disappointed at my gain this week. I have long read in other people's blogs their woes about doing well all week and then overdoing it on the weekends, resulting in basically a net wash (no gain, no loss). Until now, that never really happened to me before, I was either totally on or totally off my plan, resulting in wild swings of weight loss or gain. So I'm actually happy that now I'm losing and gaining miniscule amounts, more like a normal person! Haha. But really, I must let go of the idea that I'm doing this for my upcoming beach vacation or any other event or short-term reason. I need to fully accept that this is a lifestyle. I've read about this so much and I always thought, if even subconsciously, yeah yeah, lifestyle, whatever, I'm doing what I need to do. But when you really reflect on what it means for this to be a lifestyle, it means that what you're doing, you do for life. So there's really no need to be "perfect" all the time, because in life you could never sustain that. The most important thing is to just keep soon as you've had an incident of overeating, just get right back to your plan, which for me means getting right back to calorie counting. So I won't lose fast, and I won't even lose all the time (like this week with my 0.4 pound gain). But I WILL be done with huge weight yo-yos, and I believe that over a long period of time, I can just keep getting better and better!

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ELAFURIA 7/21/2010 2:55PM

  Your honesty is greatly appreciated and exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing.

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SKYFYRE 7/20/2010 8:17AM

    Amen, about the lifestyle thing! I lost control yesterday and today and from SALT I will probably gain about 2lbs alone! Hahahaha! Oh well, I am getting back on my train today after a good days sleep! I think my 5 night shifts in a row is really kicking my butt! Good outlook Susan!

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AROCHFORD 7/20/2010 7:31AM

    Yep. I thought I had made a lifestyle change but once the stresses happen it seems you can slip back even after 2 years :(

Ah well nice to see you are back on the right track. And hey at least we have this wonderful site and people to encourage us :)

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SPARKNMOM 7/18/2010 11:20PM

    Lots of great points made here. Definitely needs to be a lifestyle or it won't last. I used to eat a lot more freely on the weekends, and it worked for a while, but after a while it inhibited my ability to lose. Now, I have altered my plan so that I cycle my carbs and I have higher carbs on the weekends, but it's still "on plan", so I don't go crazy or anything.

A slow loss is good - very good.

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/18/2010 3:56PM

    great attitude girl!

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BLUEBOOEYES 7/18/2010 1:38PM

    Thanks for reminding me that these changes are for more than just a short term goal. These changes need to be permanent in order to maintain those losses. Once again, you are an inspiration, Susan.

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ALLISON145 7/18/2010 11:44AM

    Great attitude lady, I'm right there with you. A phrase popped into my head yesterday when I was contemplating raiding the cupboard for a snack I wasn't really hungry for (I'm sure I read it somewhere at some point): It's not a weekend day, or a week day... it's just a day. Would you do this on a Tuesday? The answer was no, because I would be at work and not standing in my kitchen. So I walked away. I don't always, but I'm getting better at it! You will, too!



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MBSHAZZER 7/18/2010 11:42AM

    You totally got this one! And it's great to know that you CAN go "off the plan" with your eating - you just have to get right back on! Great progress, Susan!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/18/2010 10:14AM

    I am totally digging your new approach, Susan. On the positive side lifestyle also means reflexive, so it isn't always "doing what you need to do" which implies work, not habit.

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JESSICAPAGE 7/17/2010 6:15PM

    You know you are right on, this is a lifestyle. I have started focusing on the weekends myself as I used to do well during the week but then on the weekends I would not exercise and I would not watch what I ate, now I get up at 5am and work out n the weekends just like during the week, it also helps me when monday rolls around and I am still in habit! The great thing is that if you make a mistake, you can get back on track. Someone once said if you forget to brush you teeth before bed, do you just give up and never brush your teeth again? No, you brush them bad boys in the morning and start fresh. Life is a journey, ongoing. Heath is a lifestyle.

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SEEHOLZ 7/17/2010 5:22PM

    I love this approach.. I think it's 100% on!

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CARILOUIE 7/17/2010 4:55PM

    I just read something (I can't remember where for the life of me) that people who are diligent about their fitness and eat pizza, ice cream, etc every now and then have more success than people who are more diligent about their diet than their fitness.

You are doing a great job!

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SOJO108 7/17/2010 2:20PM

    very good points! these little gains are what have always made me give up in the past. i'm at the end of week 2, and last week did 'perfect' but then had pizza on the last day, so only lost 1 pound. i've been doing great this week, but had ice cream last night, and was a little bummed because i know it undid a little of my work. but if i'm doing this for the rest of my life, i want to be able to eat ice cream and pizza once in a while, so if my loss is slow, that's ok! great post!

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