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Finally - Some Before & During Pictures!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Second floor hallway:


One of the bedrooms before wallpaper removal:


Another bedroom before wallpaper removal:


Finished side of attic:


Another shot of the finished side of the attic:


Unfinished side of attic, and some of the solar heating system ductwork that fell down:


Back of house (originally front of house in the 1800s):


Another shot of the back of the house:


A third shot of the back of the house:


Back yard:


Back yard again:


Back yard, take 3:


Bannister:


Coal fireplace:


Coal pit in basement (the coal is still there!):


Dining room before we removed wallpaper and chandelier:


Double parlor:


Front of house:


Front again:


Family room - will soon be a neutral shade of yellow:


Family room again:


Downstairs hallway:


Front yard before my SIL trimmed the hedges:


Full bath before:


Full bath during:


Garage (obviously):


Half bath (before - was fully gutted yesterday):


Kitchen - of course this is before, but we haven't changed much yet. Bought some Ikea stuff for a temporary makeover though until we can do the full remodel:


Kitchen again - this lighting is gone, our electrician gave us recessed lights!


Kitchen take three:


OK, more to come in another post!

  
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COWBOYMAMA 9/21/2011 9:45AM

    Looks awesome! Lots of work, but you will so love it in the end.

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PHD140 9/20/2011 5:47PM

    i love that you have a "double parlor" & a "coal pit"-- sounds like your house has good bones & a long history! I can't help but wonder how many parties have taken place there-- can't wait to see the after!

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YAYPRIL 9/20/2011 5:01PM

    Susan, that house is gorgeous! Can't wait to see how it progresses!

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FITGIRL15 9/20/2011 4:21PM

    What a huge job, but on such a charachter home! I wish you all the best in your remodelling endeavors!!! Such a great start already!!!


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BOOTS1221 9/20/2011 3:55PM

    Yay!! OMG when you guys are finished, that house is going to be amazing!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/20/2011 3:47PM

    What an awesome looking house! Best of luck! I am so completely jealous :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/20/2011 3:45PM

    Wow, your house is great and looks gigantic!! Congrats!

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Not Sparking as much...but still living healthfully!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi all! I am not Sparking nearly as much as usual these days for two reasons:

1) I just bought a house and we still don't have internet there yet. Plus, the house is a fixer-upper so I need to dedicate most of my at-home time to working on the house.

2) The school year just started so I'm extremely busy while I'm at work...plus my computer at school is verrrrry slow. (I'm on it right now.)

So....I'm not tracking these days, so, predictably enough, my weight has gone up a few pounds. I'm hovering around 160 these days after having been firmly in the 150s for so many months, so that's no good. Hopefully I will resume tracking soon, but until my life calms down just a bit and I get internet at home I don't see that happening. At least I'm not gaining rapidly... I am trying to live by the same general principles:

*Smoothie for breakfast
*Portion control at lunch and dinner
*One snack bag of almonds per day
*All other snacks fruits and vegetables

However, I have to admit I've also been having one granola bar per day...I should probably cut that out and eat more "freggies" instead...and also I've probably been having beer or wine with dinner and/or ice cream for dessert a bit too often... but the good news is that I'm not binge eating the ice cream - we either go to the ice cream shop in our new neighborhood and order small cups, or we get those adorable single-serving ice creams from the grocery store (my favorite is Haagen Daaz chocolate peanut butter). Another good thing is that for the first time my husband and I are actually eating dinner together like a mini-family, rather than me eating some batch-cooked, frozen, and microwaved meal before he even gets home. So I don't know how many calories there are in my dinner, but the food is usually pretty healthy and I never overeat in front of my husband (he's a big supporter of putting leftovers in Tupperware for the next day's lunch before you even start eating dinner).

The other good news is that I am back to regular exercise. I am going to Body Pump 2x/week instead of my usual 3x because I'm skipping the weekends in order to have more time to work on my house, but I go on Tues. & Thurs. evenings (heading to the gym as soon as I'm done blogging, in fact!). I am also jogging outside, or using the elliptical when it's raining. And of course owning a fixer-upper continues to mean that I'm burning calories at home with yardwork, cleaning, organizing, etc...but I will admit that it's not quite as strenuous as it was the first couple weeks when I was stripping wallpaper all day every day.

As for the house, it's coming along...slowly.... my in-laws are helping a lot with all sorts of projects which is great...my MIL is doing a lot of painting and my FIL, who is a pro, is working on EVERYTHING! (It's fun to come home and realize, OMG, my FIL fixed the ___! Fill in the blank almost any way you want: door, steps, walls, sinks, siding, etc.......... he's fantastic) A lot of friends and family have come to visit and everybody who visits uses the same word:

POTENTIAL.

My house has a lot of potential. What this means is that it's awful right now : )but could be really great someday...after a WHOLE LOT MORE WORK has been done!

Hope you're all well and I apologize for not being up to date on reading everyone's blogs and stuff...I've saved the email notifications and I will! Someday soon!

  
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MEGSFITNESS 9/20/2011 1:05PM

    Lol 'potential' doesn't mean it's awful, it just means they see that it could be so much more! Wish I could see pics--I'm an HGTV, DIY Network-a-holic lol

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SPARKNMOM 9/18/2011 11:41AM

    Sounds like you're doing well!! Glad you updated!

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JESSICAPAGE 9/16/2011 10:46AM

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SKYFYRE 9/16/2011 1:39AM

    Sounds exciting to watch the house transforming! And sounds really reasonable to have dinner with your husband emoticon Keep it up!

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SEEHOLZ 9/14/2011 3:52PM

    Good to hear from you=I know what busy means, so never worry. Just glad things are going okay.

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FITGIRL15 9/14/2011 10:27AM

    Good to hear from you, Susan!
I am axious to see some before and after pics of your new house! Sounds like lots of hard work needed, but will be so totally worth it!

Enjoy this bonding time with your hubby and other family 'helpers'! :)

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PHD140 9/13/2011 10:47PM

    it actually sounds like you're doing pretty well considering your most recent adventures in homeownership! I can really hard to deal with change, but I think you've already taken care of business-- by prioritizing fitness and working to clean up your diet. When you can get back to tracking (at home, at work, on your phone?)--- you should be all set!

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MBSHAZZER 9/13/2011 5:04PM

    Hey Susan, you are doing GREAT during a really stressful time! Nice job! I can't wait for you post "after" pics of the house!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/13/2011 4:47PM

    Glad to see an update from you! Post pictures of the house :) !

It sounds like you are living healthy, girlie, and that's what this is all about!

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First Week of Home Renovations

Friday, August 19, 2011

...and my right hand is SORE!

I really want to post pictures but they're on the other computer. There are a bunch of photos of the house on my husband's facebook page...but I admit I am not very FB savvy. If you are my friend on FB, can you see my husband's photo albums? Anyway, here is the link:

www.facebook.com/update_security_inf
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Please let me know if it works - and if we're not FB friends yet, add me! :)

Anyway, this house is The Ultimate Fixer-Upper. It was built in 1823 and we're thinking that in twelve years, when the house has its 200th birthday, we MIGHT be done with the renovations. So far, with the help of family and an electrician with four assistants, we have done the following:
*cleaned the fridge (my 1st job)
*created two huge piles of brush from throughout the yard (now...what to do with them??)
*weeded and trimmed the front yard
*stripped wallpaper from 5 and a half rooms (didn't quite finish a room yesterday) and a hallway
*partially gutted and started rebuilding a bathroom
*new lighting, switches, and outlets in several areas throughout the house
*purchased gorgeous white marble 4-inch (I think) tiles for the bathroom floor
*put up new sheetrock where needed
*started the process of patching cracks in walls and ceilings (my FIL called it the "crack house" - I told him that has a totally different meaning in certain neighborhoods!)

I've been working mostly on wallpaper removal personally, which is why my hand hurts so much. I've been going over to the house right after breakfast each day and staying until around 10 pm, then we come back to the condo to shower and sleep. So not much SP - I log in each day to spin the wheel and update my weight and that's about it. I'm not tracking my calories right now and my weight has gone up a few pounds....but not too many. As long as I can keep it under 160 I'm okay with that even though we're going to the beach next week (I want to stay and keep working on the house, but a little vacation will do us some good I'm sure and it's all paid for by the in-laws). I also haven't been to the gym or had a formal workout since we bought the house, but I'm basically exercising all day every day with the renovating work. I kind of feel like going to the gym would waste time and energy I could be spending on the house! I go back to school on Monday the 29th, so I want to use as much time as I can now on the house! It's so far from even being ready to be lived in, let alone in a finished state, but we haven't gotten a buyer or renter yet for the condo anyway, so in the meantime we can live here at the condo. The house and the condo are only 3.5 miles apart, by the way, but the neighborhoods are totally different. The condo is in a very urban area, and the house, even though it is in the city of Boston, is in a very woodsy, quiet, residential area. Guess where I'd rather be living!! But at the very least, the upstairs bathroom needs to be finished before we can move in and right now it's still in a partially gutted state! My husband is working full-time and only has an hour or two each night to work on it, and the bathroom is really his project.

Last night was my brother's last night in MA before his early-morning flight back to CA today...so we went out to dinner, and then a friend surprised us by bringing over champagne to celebrate...so we were up late without getting any work done last night, and then thankfully my husband volunteered to get up at 4:15 to drive my brother to the airport so I could sleep, and I didn't wake up until after 9:30!! I try to be at the house by 9ish each morning but that just doesn't always happen. Today's probably the latest - it's already almost 11:30 and I'm sitting here blogging/babbling on! I should go...oh, and my 15-year-old Jeep has issues so I'm worried it'll strand me somewhere....luckily it's a short drive to the house...but my parents might be giving me their Prius (as a housewarming gift?), so it'll be nice to not have to worry about car issues, and I'll probably cut my gas expenses in at least half.

So! That's my rambling update on what it's like to own The Ultimate Fixer-Upper!!!

**EDIT: Thanks Moxie for letting me know the link doesn't work...maybe go to FB, search for me ("Susan G" - my last name doesn't start with G anymore but I don't know how to change it!) and then maybe once you find my page you can find my husband Jess' page and then see the pics? If anyone knows an easier way to link you guys to the FB pictures please let me know. :)

  
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FRIZGIRL 9/5/2011 8:16AM

    You're amazing. I just FB'd you, so can't wait to see the photos, and yes, totally know about working on old house projects! I'm just impressed and overwhelmed that you started so many at once. We had to do our bathroom first too, then the kitchen, then we worked on other rooms. It's been 2 years and we're getting to a good 70% done. Although my husband does work 4 10 hour days so has every friday off to help which made a huge difference. But it does make for some really late night work days when you're just trying to finish something up. Good luck and hope everythign goes amazing! I can't wait to see that white marble in your bathroom!!!!!!!

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SKYFYRE 9/1/2011 3:06AM

    Holy Crud you are busy!! I hope you get it all done in the time you want! And wow! Your parents would give you a car as a house warming?? Yeah Mom and Dad!

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LIL_EZZY 8/30/2011 7:04AM

    Busy woman....

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PURGOLDENDREAMS 8/29/2011 2:44AM

    Man, I am a bit jealous of your renovating! No really-I love getting all that movement that burns mega calories while being distracted and doing something really functional. I love the accomplishment. One of these days I am going to save a few bucks and do some big time work on my house!
And don't worry about the beach-it will be grand and you will be lovely. Lifes to short not to have fun and I am sure all this work is getting you more ripped than you think!

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SPARKNMOM 8/26/2011 11:11PM

    I'm SUCH a home reno TV junkie!! I don't have an ounce of home decorating savvy in me, but wish I did!!

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CARILOUIE 8/21/2011 10:15PM

    Holy moly you've been busy! I admire you for fixing up your home! I think home renovations are amazing - I can't wait to see how yours turn out!

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ROGUE_1 8/21/2011 12:40PM

    Yes, I would say you're definitely getting your workout in anyways with all the renovating you're doing.

Re: what to do with all that brush from the yard... we had some local hauler come by and take all our wood and brush when we moved in, and it cost $100 or so.. you can also haul it to the dump yourself if you have a truck or know someone who does. Here in CA it's $20 a load....

I'm happy for you! The end product will be spectacular I'm sure! What an exciting time!!! Enjoy your beach weekend!



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SEEHOLZ 8/20/2011 4:27PM

    I tried that, found you, but no pics on Jess' page- since I'm not friends with him. But, anyways... glad you're making progress... just think how awesome it'll feel once it's done, you sit in your room and think about all the sweat and hard work you put into YOUR place!



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MEGSFITNESS 8/19/2011 6:14PM

    Sounds like you should be on HGTV! :D Can't wait to see pics :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/19/2011 4:17PM

    sounds like you guys are super busy!

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HELSANANGEL 8/19/2011 4:09PM

    Good work on the renovations lady! I can't see them but I can tell that you're working hard!!!!!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/19/2011 4:08PM

    Wow, so much work! Good luck getting everything done! I'm glad you're not worrying too much about tracking and junk, because think about how many calories you're burning with all that house work and renovations?? Definitely a work out right there...keep us updated!

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MBSHAZZER 8/19/2011 12:56PM

    Susan, congratulations! I am so excited for your new home! Enjoy the renovation process!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 8/19/2011 11:28AM

    I tried the link for facebook, and it didn't work, but then again, I'm not friends with you on there. But boy, have you been busy! I love older houses, but it is so expensive to renovate them. I bet it is beautiful, and will be even more so after all your hard work!

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Stream of Consciousness

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today is an exciting day - it is the last day of summer school, but more significantly, today is the day Jess and I close on our house! We had our final walk-through last night and it was so surreal...all that space, all that 200-year-old charm, all that WORK this house needs, will all belong to us, in a matter of hours.

I hope - no, more than hope - I PLAN to put forth a lot of positive energy tackling the many projects this house needs. I will be able to use what I've learned on Spark about setting and accomplishing goals to do this. Maybe I can even get a workout out of doing yardwork, stripping wallpaper, painting walls, moving heavy items, etc. I have to miss Body Pump tonight because of the closing, but I will try to squeeze in either a trip to the gym or (preferably) an outdoor jog before the closing (it's at 3 P.M., and it's in an unfamiliar part of Boston).

My husband, Jess, has been stressed about the huge change looming. He normally only goes to the gym on the weekends, but working out makes him feel better so he's trying to come with me more often during the week. The problem is that the gym is not conveniently located for him, and he doesn't get home from work until usually around 7, so we have to work out late and eat dinner late. Plus I can't wait for him when I have a class, which I do on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Hopefully I'll have some great "before" pictures to post of the house soon so you can all see the kinds of immense work this place needs! It'll be more fun to post the "afters." :)

  
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MEGSFITNESS 8/18/2011 4:35PM

    Congrats! That's such exciting news :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/12/2011 7:03PM

    congrats on the closing guys!

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FITGIRL15 8/12/2011 10:42AM

    Congrats on the closing, Susan! emoticon
It will be an awesome start for you and Jess! Enjoy all the reno projects, they can be such amazing bonding experiences as well as just projects to be done!

I laughed at your comment "Maybe I can even get a workout out of doing yardwork, stripping wallpaper, painting walls, moving heavy items, etc" MAYBE??? There's no MAYBE about it, house work and yard work is HARD WORK! Much harder then any BodyPump class... I promise you that!!!!!!

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MARATHONER340 8/12/2011 8:39AM

    can't wait to see the house! congrats!

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SEEHOLZ 8/11/2011 5:43PM

    Wohoo-- that is AWESOME!!! Just think of all the memories to come... and those that were already there.

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/11/2011 4:51PM

    Yaaay congrats about the the house ,that is so exciting!!! You will DEFINITELY be able to get a work out by moving in and doing housework/yardwork, so make sure to track that...good luck with everything!

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MBSHAZZER 8/11/2011 1:21PM

    How exciting!!! Good luck Susan! Wishing you many happy and healthy years in your new home!

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YAYPRIL 8/11/2011 11:50AM

    Congrats on your house closing! I think home ownership does require a lot of self-discipline skills like we have to learn when losing weight. You'll be a great homeowner--I wish you lots of luck!

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PHD140 8/11/2011 10:44AM

    congratulations! so excited for you ;)

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JOPAPGH 8/11/2011 10:24AM

    What exciting news. Out house is over 100 years old, so I understand what you are getting into. Where is the house?

And remember, like SP, slow and steady wins the home reonovation race.

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DAMIENDUCKS 8/11/2011 10:23AM

    ooh I'm super excited to see pics of the house and all the projects!! fun fun!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 8/11/2011 10:20AM

    Congrats on the house!! You will not have one bored day in the near future with all he projects you have planned.

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Following a Routine vs. Stuck in a Rut

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

My weight hasn't changed much in about five months now. Is this good or bad?

On the positive side, this is probably the lowest weight range I've ever been able to keep relatively stable over this length of time, if that makes any sense. What I mean is that ever since I started losing weight, I HAVEN'T seen any stability until now. Ever since starting SP 4.5+ years ago I was always either in the process of losing or the process of gaining. I have pants that fit me five months ago that still fit, and I've even given away some of my tiniest pants knowing that it's not realistic for me to expect to wear them again any time soon. I have a healthy routine that includes good exercise and eating habits, while allowing some indulgences, and it's easy to stick to yet challenging enough that I have seen fitness improvements.

On the negative side, my BMI is hovering around 25, which of course means that I'm borderline overweight. I still LOOK overweight in certain outfits, from certain angles, on days when I'm just not feeling so secure.

Who remembers RUN_LIFT_EAT? She was only on SP for a relatively short time, but while she was here she was so bubbly, so friendly, and shared such thoughtful advice/opinions on her Spark friends' blogs. I miss her! Anyway, she shared with me an article that suggested that you should only lose small amounts of weight at a time - I think the specific number might have been 10 percent of your starting weight, but I might be mixing that up with Weight Watchers?:) Anyway, after you lose that small amount, you let yourself acclimate to that new weight before trying to lose any more - possibly resetting your set point.

So....maybe that's what's going on for me. I weigh just about ten percent less than what I'd consider my set point, and I am learning to maintain this weight. What I'm unsure about is what happens next. Obviously if I keep doing what I'm doing I'm not going to lose any more weight. I'd have to lower my calorie intake to make that happen. For me lowering my calorie intake will really mean restricting my eating - even if I don't go very low, it's still restricting because it's less than I want. And I'm not sure whether that will backfire again like it's done in the past...eating too little for too long seems to trigger bad habits for me. If I stay where I am now I won't have to RESTRICT as much as just stay mindful, which is something I know I can do long term. BUT, if I stay where I am now, I'll be borderline overweight forever. So, this is where I am now. Not really looking for answers...just wanted to kind of lay it all out.

PS - we finally got our mortgage committment yesterday, so now buying the house is one hundred percent definitely going to happen. Closing in 8 days!!

  
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ROGUE_1 8/8/2011 9:41PM

    I agree with MBSHAZZER re BMI and often tell people about that slideshow you shared with us! It's great that you're aware of your triggers and know what will work/what will not work for you. I wish good changes on the scale happened MUCH faster than they do, but and have to keep reminding myself that it takes time. Lots of time, hard work, and dedication - and you, my friend, are on the right path, so don't give up!

I miss RUN_LIFT_EAT too!!! She was a great buddy with so much insight and wonderful advice!

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FITBECKSRN24 8/8/2011 4:17PM

    i love the 10% idea!!! i think its great for setting up realistic goals!

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SEEHOLZ 8/4/2011 6:05PM

    She had the best workouts, too! Maybe she'll read this blog and come back?

Remember that blog you posted last year sometime with all the pics of people with all these different sizes and I don't know if the pics talked about their weight or BMI, but it was clear that looks are deceiving. I know that my BMI says I'm overweight and yes, I am a bit. But, I also know that I'm a lot leaner than some skinny fat people who are a much lower BMI, you know? I'm not petite and you don't look it either, so I think that alone makes the whole BMI skewed. My Mom used to say I had heavy bones ( not big bones, I'm a medium build) and I didn't believe her till one day I asked my Dr and she totally thought so too. I though my Mom was trying to make excuses, but no, especially if you ST and you got good bone density and are not petite, your frame is going to weigh more.

I know sometimes it's all about fitting some standard, some # on the scale or some book, but trust me on this one Susan: you look fit! There is nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of some extra flab under your shirt that no one can see, as long as you keep it real, stay healthy and happy and don't pay a price not worth paying? I say RELAX, have fun, be consistent and the rest... will show up in unexpted ways .. like when you least expect it, because you'll be much more willing to tweak this or that. That's my theory and while I might not be all that successful, I have finally lost 7 lbs, without some crazy effort and I believe there is more good to come my way, if I don't loose myself!

Embrace it girl: you are strong, fit and sexy! OWN IT!

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SPARKNMOM 8/4/2011 1:27PM

    I definitely do remember her and yes....she is missed! I think you are doing fabulously!! Maintaining at a healthy weight is success! I'm proud of you and am so glad you continue to blog....love keeping up with you.

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PHD140 8/4/2011 12:35PM

    it's pretty amazing that you've learned to maintain--- that's a skill that'll come in handy no matter what weight you decide on. As far as getting to a "healthy weight," I think it's such a personal decision to decide when to stop losing. Wondering if there's a compromise for where you are-- focusing on leaning out at your current weight w/ ST. The number on the scale might not change, but you might feel tighter and smaller-- and better in all your clothes!

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ZIRCADIA 8/4/2011 9:12AM

    I MISS HER TOOOOO!!! :) I think you're doing fantastic - this is the best possible scenario for you, I think. I also think the "looking overweight" thing is kind of in your head. When you're feeling insecure? Yep I think we all feel that way sometimes. Like OH MAN TODAY I LOOK LIKE A FAT COW WTF?!?!? When I know rationally that isn't true. Anyway - keep on rockin it! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/4/2011 1:51AM

    i miss her too. i think you are doing great though.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/4/2011 1:51AM

    i miss her too but i think you are doing great!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/3/2011 6:30PM

    The 10% rule is a GREAT idea, especially since you are at a weight where you feel comfortable to stay for awhile...as opposed to being really overweight and wanting to lose weight faster. We all have bad days, so don't let those dictate how you feel about your body as a whole. The fact that you are remaining at a healthy weight for so long is amazing, congrats! That is a huge part of weight loss, simply keeping the weight off in a realistic way. No one is going to be able to stay at their lowest of lowest weight for very long, so little above that is just fine! Always remember how far you've come! :)

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FITGIRL15 8/3/2011 4:04PM

    KELLYFIT4U and I were just talking about RUN_LIFT_EAT during Zumba Convention! LOL I wonder if she knows how many people miss her?

I do agree to allowing your body an adjusting phase. I think the longer you can maintain a certain weight, it becomes obvious that you have made lifestyle changes... and that is what it's all about! Small lifestyle changes add up over time, so losing a large amount of weight relatively quickly does not make for a lasting impression on your body, that is unless it is followed up by more consistent healthy habits!

It's easier to make one or two small changes to help you lose 5 pounds over the summer, let's say... then do a massive lifestyle shake up to your diet/exercise routine to simply try to lose weight for a certain short term event.

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MBSHAZZER 8/3/2011 3:26PM

    I miss RUN_LIFT_EAT!! She dropped off because of law school. But you are so right - she had such good commentary.

OK, on to you! I think BMI is a bad measure for most people. Forget about it. How do you feel? Sounds like you feel pretty good and you are maintaining a weight, which is important. A lot of fluctuations are NOT healty. And if you are trying to lose weight just because of a number (be that the number on the scale, a BMI number, or a dress size), that's not really a good motivation or reason to do so.

You have seen in the past that when you go much below your current weight, it ends up backfiring, so I think trying to go any lower isn't a great idea. I agree with R_L_E's comment, also... I have gradually lost weight over the past 10 years just by changing some things about my diet and exercise program GRADUALLY - nothing drastic, just some really easy to live with tweaks here and there.

Finally, I think you LOOK great! There is NO WAY I would look at you and think you were "overweight" according to BMI (see above, re: BMI = B.S.!). Just as an aside, according to my BMI, I'm "underweight", yet I eat plenty and most definitely do NOT look underweight.

Good luck with the house! How exciting!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/3/2011 2:37PM

    It sounds like you ARE in a good place health-wise, Susan! A lot of people ignore that stupid BMI thing and listen to their bodies. To me, it seems like that's what you should do, BUT I am not you so I don't know what you are feeling :) I just wouldn't let that BMI scale be the end all be all, ya know? You have to trust your body and what you know is right for it.

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HELSANANGEL 8/3/2011 2:34PM

    Losing 10% and then getting used to it is an interesting thought! I've heard of a lot of people that have gone through drastic weight loss (through surgery or whatever) that have serious body issues still because they now have to take time to acclimate to their new body and were losing so fast they didn't have time to get used to the changes.

We're closing on our new house TOMORROW!!!! GOOD LUCK!

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