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Next Smaller Size, Please

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Two days ago, perhaps you read my blog, I tried on a formal just for fun and felt like a princess. Well, a grey-haired princess, but regal and slender just the same. Yesterday I bought a new pair of pants (another size 4 - hard to believe) and several cute blouses on sale. I enjoy clothes shopping now and feeling good in my new clothes. When I was a size 2x if I could get an item of clothing on and it looked half way good, I got it. Choices were limited. Now, there are so many things that look fine, there are almost too many choices.

Okay, and then I had a real reality check. Yesterday I decided to buy a new bathing suit. I would enjoy going swimming at the Y, both laps for exercise and for fun with my granddaughter, if only I had a suit that fit. Well, I had hoped to have that same proud feeling, to find many suits that looked okay, and to have a lot of choices. Well, I tried on a couple hundred suits. Nothing really looked like I had hoped. The shape is there, but the skin is so saggy. Most suits in my size have no support. And, of course, nothing hides the inner thigh sag. (Oh, well. Just accept that one.)

As I tried on suits it brought back a memory from my high school. My dad's oldest sister was put on a drastic sleep diet in the 1960's. She stayed in bed for weeks and only ate 600 calories a day. I was there on the day she was allowed to get up for the first time. She knew she had lost a lot of weight, but was horrified as she looked in the mirror at the wrinkled skin hanging from her posterior half the way down the back of her thigh. I thought "elephant butt." Fortunately I didn't say it.

Although my skin doesn't hang down that far, I have my own version of wrinkled elephant butt, I'm afraid. I really wanted a suit that hid the sag below my glutes. That limited my choice to very few suits.

But I finally found a suit that I thought was okay. I look slender, but very conservative. It comes up high on the chest and down low on the leg. It is black with a blue flower pattern. I bought a really cute black terry cloth cover up, matching flip flops, visor, and beach towel. I can see myself swimming laps for exercise, then walking down the corridor to the child care area and getting Natalie for a swim together. I can see me in it at the beach even. It will do just fine.

Maybe my skin will tighten up a little as I adjust to this new body. Maybe building muscle will help. Maybe not. Maybe I'll get better at bathing suit shopping. Maybe not. Maybe I'll even find a bikini that looks acceptable. Maybe not.

You know, that is okay. I'm happy in my clothes. And truth of the matter is I'm happy in my skin, too, even though I wish I could purchase the skin in the next smaller size.

  
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MONARCHCT 4/26/2010 8:57AM

    There is nothing worse than bathing suit shopping...at any age. But you are right, even when we are "right sized" it is depressing. I too have wrinkly skin on my thighs. I'm not sure if it from losing weight or from age, but it is not attractive! I'm hoping a little tan will help & that maybe things will tighten up with my running. But my experience has been that at most beaches/pools there are far, far worse looking folks in far, far smaller suits than I am wearing & they seem to be totally comfortable. Helps me keep a healthy perspective.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/25/2010 8:58PM

    Good for you.

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JOHAL52 4/25/2010 5:42PM

    Bathing suit shopping--ugh!! I found an ideal thing for the beach/poolside. A sarong!! I wear it as close to the water as possible and then, just before I go in, I pull it off, leaving it right by the water. Kudos to you though for being a size 4 in clothes!!! Wow!!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/25/2010 3:29PM

    I'm right there with you Marsha. In fact you could be ghost-writing for me when you describe the physical effects of your weight loss.

I'm also pleased with my size and shape when I'm dressed but self-conscious about areas of crepey skin. My upper arms are slim now but the 'old lady skin' embarrasses me and rules out sleeveless dresses and tops. My inner thighs are also trouble spots. The only hope that I have is that the skin on my midriff is definitely tightening and improving.

I'm still not allowed to swim in public pools since my illness last year because of the risk of cross-infection but I wonder if I could get away with a wetsuit to cover the problem areas!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2010 2:26PM

    Marsha,
You are an amazing woman. You've come so far and have much to be proud of. A size 4! WOW! Can't beat that! Keep on doing what ever you've been doing because it's working!

Hugs,
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PERSISTANT123 4/25/2010 1:44PM

    As I read your blog, I realized that the sagging skin was one reason why I avoided seriously losing much weight. I think that I am going to have to get over that fear and just be happy with the new body I have when all the weight is gone.

Thanks for your honesty. It made me take a closer look at myself.
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JHADZHIA 4/25/2010 12:37PM

    Marsha,
Congrats on the lower sizes! That is just plain scary about your dad's poor sister! I had never heard of that kind of a diet before, yikes! It was amazing she could even walk being laid up like that, she must have lost a lot of muscle and bone mass too :(
I am somewhat fortunate, my butt is fine, but my belly is where the flap is, and some around my thighs, with, of course all the massive stretch marks. I also have those wavy sacs under my arms. A speedo style swim suit works for me and keeps the saggy breasts inline, another unfortunate side effect, they flap and sag down to my navel now, and I am not even a granny!! I have always hated the way women's swim suits are so very tight, form fitting and revealing, while guys get off with those nice comfy, baggy shorts down to their knees. Why the discrimination?? I have never seen a suit like you describe, wish I could find one like that!!
Welcome to the saggy, baggy club!
Linda

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MONTY68 4/25/2010 11:23AM

    Marsha
Cute blog but also very truthful. I am so fortunate that when I lost the 84 pounds, I had no sagging and lose skin. I don't understand, friends were amazed , well i do have a bit around the belly but the coach at the gym is working on it.
It does have to be a good feeling that you have choices in buying clothing. The bathing suit you bought sounds like it is beautiful. be proud when you walk by in it.
You have worked so hard to get to where you are. Let the world see you.

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BAGGYPANTS5 4/25/2010 11:14AM

    None of us is going to have the body of a 19 year old, or even a 30 year old, no matter how slim we get! We just have to accept it and enjoy the benefits that we have. No point wishing for more.
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PO_PAZZA 4/25/2010 11:07AM

    So, I'm not alone? That's comforting. I went through the same bathing suit revelation a few weeks ago. Sigh. I suppose if it must come down to a choice, we'll take the sags over the lumps, eh?

Thanks for a well-written, thought-provoking blog. I identify with everything you said.

Mary

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/25/2010 10:58AM

    Thanks for an honest and realistic look at the way our bodies look post-loss. I note the same thing in my own mirror... those little crepe-y bits on the inner thighs and the tummy.

They are getting smaller, but loose skin is loose skin, and you know what? So be it. This is me. This is real.

But serious thanks for the idea of a more conservative bathing suit... if I got one with legs to the knee, and arms to the elbow, I think I might look pretty decent in it and not scare the teenagers! emoticon

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Great Find!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Today I did something I hadn't done for a long time, grocery shopping. My hubby likes to grocery shop because he likes to choose things to eat. But today he was content to let me go do the chore. I took the opportunity to pick up things he would never buy: boca burgers, tofu, unsalted nuts, grape tomatoes, frozen veggies (he likes canned), no salt added canned vegetables, unsweetened applesauce, string cheese, etc. I bought things we both like and use, too: fresh spinach, asparagus, corn on cob, bell peppers, pork loin, chicken, skim milk, paper products, etc. I bought wax paper to help Natalie slide on a park slide that sticks.

I also found something I'd never tried before, but had read about over and over on SparkPeople -- greek yogurt. I just tried it. It deserves the raves. The one I tried was Chobani strawberry (fruit on the bottom) non fat. It is positively delicious. What a great find!

  
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MONTY68 4/28/2010 5:01PM

    Hi Marsha

I get Publix's sale items on wed. Tomorrow Chobani Greek Yogurt goes on sal 10 for $10.00
Thought you would like to know

Monty

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2010 2:14PM

    Chobani is my favorite yogurt. All of the flavors are good. My favorites are strawberry and pineapple. You can even buy the plain and add a spoonful of Polanar's all fruit jelly as flavoring. Chobani's is a little more expensive but well worth the cost. It sounds like you're ready to do some healthy eating this week. Good for you (my idol!)! Keep up the great work!

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MONTY68 4/25/2010 9:58AM

    Marsha
I liked everything you bought at the store today, only thing, I wouldn't have bought the tofu because I wouldn't know what to do with it. I know that I saw something on TV about the Greek Yogurt and I think it was on the Biggest loser. Good Raves. emoticon

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DWKINSEY 4/24/2010 11:38PM

    I'm so glad you discovered the Chobani yogurt. It is my favorite brand and I eat it every morning for breakfast. I especially like the pomegranate flavor. Not only does Greek yogurt taste better, but it is higher in protein than regular yogurt. Fage is also a good brand to try--the cherry is yummy. Yoplait also makes a Greek yogurt.

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DWKINSEY 4/24/2010 11:38PM

    I'm so glad you discovered the Chobani yogurt. It is my favorite brand and I eat it every morning for breakfast. I especially like the pomegranate flavor. Not only does Greek yogurt taste better, but it is higher in protein than regular yogurt. Fage is also a good brand to try--the cherry is yummy. Yoplait also makes a Greek yogurt.

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SLIMLILA 4/24/2010 8:27PM

    I have looked everywhere for the Greek yogurt and no one has heard of it here in Alberta... I don't have a Costco membership being out in the boonies, I will have to ask my sil to look for me. She is Lebanese and she too has looked or it...

I couldn't imagine not buying my own groceries.....I recently found the Special K fruit crisp bars someone had shown me. coulnd't find them anywhere then I found them in a couple of places, so now I have strrawberry and blueberry.... Very nice!

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PINKSAINT247 4/24/2010 8:14PM

    I'll be honest, i do not dig the boca burgers. I will take the time to make lean turkey burgers any day. Even my non-picky monkey won't touch them.
Homemade yogurt is pretty easy to make as well and is less expensive. Google crock pot yogurt. Make sure to make it with whole milk as less fat milk doesn't turn out quite right (i've done both).

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UUCEEJAY 4/24/2010 7:55PM

    Love Greek yogurt in my smoothies. The things you buy that your hubby doesn't sounds just like the stuff I get for myself. I usually go to the store every other week to get "my stuff". My husband shops every week for the things we both use.

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JHADZHIA 4/24/2010 7:48PM

    I have never tried this Greek yogurt. I like my veggies fresh, can't imagine canned or frozen! Never heard of boca burgers, will have to look that one up!
Its interesting, but I find I have to look for products with fat in them as I am not getting in my fat range most of the time. I used to buy absolutely everything non fat, but that doesn't go with a raw fruit and veggies diet -no fat in those.. Even adding a natural almond butter didn't help.
Glad you found something new that you like!
Enjoy your weekend!

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RISSASPIECES 4/24/2010 6:25PM

    I am with you on the frozen veggies and greek yogurt! :-)

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PO_PAZZA 4/24/2010 6:09PM

    Isn't it wonderful? I eat it almost every day. Fage 0% fat plain yogurt tastes richer than ordinary high fat yogurts. I buy it plain and add my own fruit. Today, I added fresh strawberries. Oh, wow. Trader Joe's brand of Greek 0% fat yogurt is good, too, but I personally like the thicker texture of Fage's better.
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DAMOTIVATION 4/24/2010 6:08PM

    BTW, they sell Chobani Greek Yogurt at Costco if you have one near you. I love the peach flavor the best.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2010 5:31PM

    Oh, going to have to modify my grocery list now... you reminded me of a few things that I forgot to put on it! I've never tried the Greek yogurt, sounds like I'm going to have a new food adventure based on your raves!

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TANSIE3 4/24/2010 5:13PM

  I have never tried Greek yogurt but know I am inspired....
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FIT4MYLIFETIME 4/24/2010 4:53PM

    Greek yogurt rocks doesn't it???

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Closet "Shopping"

Friday, April 23, 2010

One of my favorite things while I was losing weight was to try on stacks of my clothes. It was just thrilling to find old favorites that fit again! I'd divide clothes into piles -1. give away - too big, 2. put in the center of the closet to wear now, and 3. put in the corners of the closet for later. It was very motivating to see the size numbers keep going down.

Well, I'm now considerably below the smallest clothes I had in my closet. I am smaller than I've been in over 35 years. BUT yesterday I did something I did not ever expect to do. I went into the room where my dear granddaughter now naps. It was my daughter's room until she moved out in 1999, when she left for college. However, she didn't take all her clothing. Actually, I was looking for a bathing suit because I don't have one that fits now. I didn't find one. But I saw an ornate white and gold clothing bag. I unzipped it. There was a beautiful old formal just hanging there. I started to zip it back up, but I couldn't. The subtle country blue two piece called to me. I just had to. I knew it was silly, but I just had to. It fit. It fit beautifully. Guiltily, I hung it back up fast and didn't show anyone.

I smiled all evening!

(PS - for those who've been following my blogs. My hip is much better. I can cross my legs now - both ways. I can put my socks on. I haven't screamed in pain for more than 24 hours. And I'm doing fine eating less to balance reduced exercise.)


  
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ZELLAZM 4/25/2010 9:28AM

    Now you just need to find an occasion to wear that dress! Maybe you can convince your hubby to take you out dancing - that is, when the hip is 100%. So glad to hear it's much better!!

Take care and have a good Sunday!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/24/2010 4:25PM

    I'm so glad that your hip has improved! I love going into my closet and trying on clothes that used to be tight or just plain too small. You're doing a wonderful job Marsha! Keep it up!

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BAGGYPANTS5 4/24/2010 12:02PM

    I look like a refugee as all my clothes are too big, but I don't want to buy new ones until I've reached my goal.LOL!
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AMANDAJCD 4/24/2010 10:25AM

    I'm glad your hip is improved :) And I love trying on stuff that I wouldn't have dared to years ago. It's kind of fun :)

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THERAPIST2 4/24/2010 10:24AM

    That sounds like so much fun!! Don't think it will work with the stuff my grown son left in his room! emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 4/23/2010 11:30PM

    Glad your hip is better.

I'll bet you looked like royalty in that dress!
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ONEKIDSMOM 4/23/2010 9:46PM

    Glad your hip is better, and a big emoticon for the formal! Now I'm going to smile all night, too!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/23/2010 7:42PM

    I wish you had taken a picture of your moment!

Glad your hip is feeling better!

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JHADZHIA 4/23/2010 7:27PM

    Hi Marsha!
That is awesome fitting into your daughter's dress! You gotta get a photo!!
I am happy your hip is better! Take care of you!
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RISSASPIECES 4/23/2010 6:17PM

    So glad the hip is better! You should have taken a photo with the outfit on!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/23/2010 5:30PM

    You made me smile too Marsha! (You'll soon be sharing with Natalie at this rate!!)

I hate to think of you screaming in pain, so I'm very relieved to hear that your hip is improving.

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MNNICE 4/23/2010 5:15PM

    Ohhhh, that sounds like soooo much fun! I was walking by our local consignment shop today and they had some formals in the window, one a gold-ish color with sparklies on it, and a rather form-fitting syle -- and I had that same thought -- how fun it would be to try it on!

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Lunch Suggestions Wanted

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I came to SparkPeople after I'd been on Weight Watchers for many months. I regularly ate more than 5 fruits and veggies. I was eating lean protein and dairy. I was drinking more water than before I was on WW. ( added more since coming to SP.) All in all I took my fairly healthy Weight Watcher eating habits and took them to a new level with SP. Particularly, counting my sodium has changed the way I eat for the better.

One thing I really miss from my old eating habits is deli luncheon meat. I used to add it to omlettes, my salads, and sandwiches almost every day. I'd even grab some deli meat for a snack, or wrap it around a dill pickle or fat free cheese slice. It was very convenient, low fat, and good protein. However, it is difficult to stay within the sodium limits when you include much deli meat. Add bread and condiments, or salad dressing for that matter, and you compound the problem.

I'm looking for a substitute for deli meats. For the most part I have rice (preferably brown rice) and beans and a veggie for lunch instead of omlette, chef salad, or sandwich. I find the new menu satisfying, but I often go over the limit for 35 gram fiber recommendation. Some days I want something different.

Perhaps you have a suggestion for easy, tasty, healthy lunches. Right now, I usually eat lunch at home, but sometimes have to pack a lunch for work. Ideas, please. Thanks, SparkFriends!!

  
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SLIMLILA 4/24/2010 8:32PM

    I don't cook with salt, so when supper is ready, I divided it into 3 portions not 2 and the third one is my lunch. ONce I get a couple in my freezer I have a good variety. The other thing I really like and is quick and easy is can soup and we both know where the sodium content of that is too!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/22/2010 6:58PM

    Good topic Marsha.

Like Baggypants, I like shellfish too. Scallops and shrimps are low fat and low calorie options and can be quite tasty. I eat much more of these than I used to.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/22/2010 8:11AM

    Deli meats, cheese and salad dressings are all high in sodium. I have trouble finding foods that aren't full of sodium too! One thing I'd like to suggest is to try the low sodium meat from Publix and rinse it off before you eat it. Sometimes the juices that the meat is packaged in are very high in sodium. The other thing I'd suggest is to hard boil some eggs and store them in the refrigerator. You can pull them out, peel them, take out the yolk and slice them on things. The egg white is pretty much pure protein and usually has around 20-30 calories per egg white. (I eat a lot of egg whites) You can sprinkle some salt free spices on a plate and roll the cooked whites in the spices for added flavor. Just a thought....

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WILD4STARS 4/22/2010 7:05AM

    I don't eat meat, but the thought came to mind that you could roast your own turkey breast and then slice it super thin. Or buy one already roasted, low sodium, and have the meat dept slice it for you. It's the sodium used in processing that makes the deli meats so much higher.

Might be worth a try.

Vikki

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MONGO2TEN 4/22/2010 5:20AM

    I like to put 2 slices of Canadian Bacon on an Arnold Sandwich Thin spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. Sometimes I add a slice of pineapple. Yummy and great for a day when I don't have a lot of points left. The Canadian Bacon might have more sodium than you'd like, but it is nice for an occasional treat.

~Nancy

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BAGGYPANTS5 4/22/2010 2:43AM

    I like shell fish, king prawns or shrimps, 1 gram = 1 calorie.
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TBRANCH2 4/21/2010 7:20PM

    what about cheese? It is a protein as well as peanut butter...
just a few suggestions...you know that I don't cook..hahaha that would be Bob's department....


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PO_PAZZA 4/21/2010 7:14PM

    Occasionally, I buy pork tenderloins, dowse them with loads of no-salt seasonings and a little bit of salt, grill or roast them, chill them well and then slice very thinly. After slicing, I'll add more seasonings to the cut sides. They are my new deli meats. I'll freeze portions so I can grab them quickly.

Mary

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MONTY68 4/21/2010 6:53PM

    Hi Marsha
Seems like the same problems, I love deli meats. I have been buying Boars Head low sodium turkey at publix's , I also buy publix's packaged turkey. It is so frustrating trying to stay within guide lines, I am usually at the top end for sodium.
I have been over on fiber everyday. I do eat fiber one for breakfast with 57% of daily allowance, so a lot of healthy food also have fiber and bam I am over. I really don't have the best suggestions, I do some days have skinless chicken breast without any bread. I will watch for comments also, any good suggestions will be used.

Monty

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PINKSAINT247 4/21/2010 5:17PM

    we get the low sodium meat from the publix deli and it seems to be significantly lower than pre-packaged kinds.

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Building Confidence

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Well, the hip is a little better today. I was able to do all my strength training machines. I entered them gingerly and made sure none strained the sore spot. I did 1/2 hour on the stationery bike and it felt good, kind of tingly in the injured area. Really the only part of my workout that hurt was putting on my left sock.

I went into my SparkPeople fitness plan and changed from 6 day of 60 minutes to 6 days of 30 minutes cardio with a plan to burn 720 calories. So that is a reduction of minutes and intensity. My calories range went down from 1500-1850 to 1340-1690. And honestly in the last six months I often have gone over my calorie range, but over my cardio minutes, too. So we'll see how I do with eating less in order to maintain. I plan to succeed, but know it may be a challenge.

On the positive side, when I succeed at this challenge, I will be building confidence in my ability to maintain. -Marsha

  
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/20/2010 6:53PM

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AQUAGIRL08 4/20/2010 2:44PM

    I was worried that you might have really hurt yourself. It sounds like backing off it a bit and using ice has worked. You're doing an amazing job Marsha!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/20/2010 2:31PM

    I'm very glad that there is some improvement Marsha.

You have made a sensible plan and, typically of your can-do spirit, have found a silver lining.

Hope the sock is easier to put on tomorrow.


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JHADZHIA 4/20/2010 12:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Good lesson for others who suffer an injury and need to pull back. All the best with it!
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LAURIE5658 4/20/2010 12:06PM

    Folks don't realize how important that food tracker is and having it updated with the amount of fitness you are doing as it is directly tied together. Good for you, Marsha, for changing it now and YES it will be interesting how you will do with this change.

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