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Sunny Gal Challenge #2

Friday, September 12, 2014

I did the body fat test which was suppose to give me a healthy weight.

My numbers are as follows:

It says that I have 45% body fat, and I would have thought it was more.
185 pounds of lean muscle and 151 pounds of fat.
That makes my goal for weight loss 231 pounds.....seems way to high.

Looking over some of the other Sunny Gals results, it seems that for those of us who have higher weight, our healthy weight goals seem to be very high, those that are already closer to goal are much closer or right on.

I think I will stick with my goal of 170 because I know I felt my best when I was about 165, I was solid as a rock and really felt well.

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MELLY3183 9/14/2014 11:28AM

    The weight they proposed to me was 226. My goal weight is 180. I always plateau at 200. I think I will take my results with a grain of salt. Good luck with the challenge!

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AMBER281 9/14/2014 1:06AM

    I think its because as much as we try we are going to lose some of the lean mass as we continue on our weight loss journeys. Which kind of makes sense since as we loose weight we won't be carrying around as much body weight all day so our muscles will not have to work as hard all day like they do now. At least that's what I think....I could be wrong.

It gives a good starting goal for us to work towards emoticon

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LADYSHERRY 9/12/2014 4:48PM

    I know what you mean. I may do mine again

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UNICORN212 9/12/2014 3:37PM

    I still don't understand how your waist and calf measurements affect the calculation. Maybe that is why it does not seem to work right in some cases. Not everyone gains weight in the same areas! Go with your original goal - makes more sense!

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SGTSUNNY 9/12/2014 1:11PM

    I had similar high results, I am going to retry the test and see if I do any better. Good job getting this weeks challenge done!

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2014 11:18AM

    I did it but am still so confused by figuring out what I should weigh. It says I have 33% body fat. I hope to get to 160. The pcp I had in NM said 150 which is at the high end of a healthy bmi and 160 is over but I don't know if I can maintain 150. Originally I said 140 but have changed my mind. But I still need to go back and figure out what this test says I'm supposed to weigh. Glad you got yours done!

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My Roadblocks to a Healthier Me

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I have thought long and hard about my situation and the legs have always been a problem because of the limitations, but they are not my biggest roadblock. My biggest roadblock is my love of food, I actually love food. Some people talk about a few minutes of happiness and then hours of guilt that they feel after they eat too much or eat food that is not good for them....I do not feel that.

I use food to keep me awake while trying to watch TV at night because it is usually too early to go to bed for the night. I know this is a very bad thing, I have tried to play computer games to keep my hands busy while watching or listening to the TV. This is my down time until wedding season starts and I am relaxing a lot more trying to heal the legs, etc.

I also have a hard time starting a good eating plan midweek. There is always something coming up, an event, a special dinner, etc. coming up and I have always had a problem starting on a Wednesday or after I have had a big lunch etc. I know there are some people that can have a big lunch and get right back on the wagon. I have sabotaged myself with the negative talk of "well I blew it today, I might at well have something else" and on and on.

I actually think my biggest roadblock is myself.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TAZIAH 3/23/2014 12:31PM

    Herbal teas help me a lot. I find something comforting in the whole tea making process, and holding the cup with both hands for the warmth, etc. It sounds silly, but it really helps me! emoticon emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 3/22/2014 12:41PM

    I use sugar free gum a lot when I have that urge to snack. If I do give in I eat popcorn and drink lots of water. I will often turn to some hot tea first to see if that does not help the urge go away.
I agree with Linda, a hobby that you can do and watch is perfect, my MIL can knit slippers and watch TV at the same time. I remember my dad took up making rugs at one point, these type of tasks can help you to!
I think recognizing we do self sabotage is really helpful. This will help you turn the negative around, and you can choose to succeed instead. emoticon

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UNICORN212 3/22/2014 12:20PM

    I was thinking along the same lines as Linda - needlework, or even plastic canvas work (easier than cloth) to keep the fingers busy. I use hard candy to keep my mouth busy too. It works sometimes....

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MISTYSMOM06 3/22/2014 11:17AM

    I think that is everyone's main problem is the love of food. Another thing is portion size. We've been discussing that in our Diabetes Self-Management Class. There is so much to learn and we're doing it in 5 classes (5th one isn't until later in the year). I am so looking forward to my one on one with the CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator). We have so much fun in that class. I'm going to miss it.

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LINDAKAY228 3/22/2014 11:04AM

    I don't know if you are interested in crochet, knitting, needlepoint, counted cross stitch or anything else along those lines to do while watching tv or not. I used to do those but not in years. One day, if my right hand cooperates, I may get back to it. Not sure yet. I've eaten to soothe feeling or celebrate joys. I know what the love of eating is like. But I know you can do it. I've been doing better lately and I really believe you can too.

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What I Love About Me - Blog #1

Sunday, January 26, 2014

love that I have the determination to keep working no matter what my current pain level is or the number on the scale. I suffered a blocked artery in 1993 and again in 1994 and the Doctors were going to take my leg. Through a miracle the blood flow started again and it saved my leg. I have fought hard to keep the leg over all of these years and now tomorrow, I have a blood flow test, because I have had some artery pain and it is getting worse. I am very stressed about this and worried that the news is not good, but today I am still working at my Inn and determined to not let this out me under. People have told me to just sit down and enjoy my day, but I am determined to keep getting the work done before tomorrow's appointment.

I am proud of myself to keep on working with this level of pain for all of these years, when 3 of my Doctors (2 surgeons and my internal medicine Doctor) told me to apply for Social Security because I cannot work. I was determined to prove them wrong and I have for all of these years.

No matter what the outcome of this Dr. appointment is tomorrow, I am determined to still keep working and doing what I have since I bought this Inn in 1997.

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AMBER281 2/1/2014 12:22AM

    HUGs and I hope your appointment goes well!

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-GOT2FINISH- 1/27/2014 11:12PM

    Hugs & keep up the determination!! Prove them wrong again!

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-ICANDOIT- 1/26/2014 11:52PM

    I am proud that you are my dear friend! You have an amazing work work harder than anyone I know, and I am excited for you to start feeling better so you can work, pain free. I will be praying that tomorrow brings hood news.xoxoxo.

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UNICORN212 1/26/2014 11:06PM

    Sending up prayers that the appointment goes well and they have some solutions for you!

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SGTSUNNY 1/26/2014 2:19PM

    Beautiful! Great blog, determination is a wonderful trait!

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Challenge Blog #3

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My plan going forward is to get these health issues diagnosed and then to begin to work my plan below.

1. Minimum 10 glasses of water a day
2. Calorie range to not exceed 1500 per day, but I am going to aim for 1200, but not beat myself up over a slip up or two. This seems to derail me and cause me to binge thinking that I wreaked the day I might as well eat whatever I want.

3. Stop and wait 5 minutes before going and getting a snack and then adding to this goal (which I am doing already) by waiting another 5 minutes before eating it.

4. Add another 5 minutes of Stretching to my daily routine for the leg.

5. Spend 5 minutes a day just breathing, not playing a game, watching TV, talking on the phone...just concentrating on Breathing in and out.

6. Saying NO more often to people trying to take advantage of me or getting larger discounts...I do a great business and I am not going to be pushed anymore. I am going to embrace less business if it happens and consider it "time for me", this business owes me some time for ME.

7. Revisit these goals each day and then weekly make adjustments to the list as necessary.

Thank you in advance for reading my blog.

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REENSKI 1/13/2014 4:02PM

    You can do it Lorie! You provide a wonderful service and deserve to be paid for it. No more discounts!
Put yourself and your health first. emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/11/2014 12:25PM

    Great goals. I also like #6, especially if you can find more time for yourself. emoticon

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UNICORN212 1/11/2014 12:13PM

    Great job on setting up a plan! I like #6! Bump your regular prices 5% then you can give them a 5% discount and feel good about it!

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Challenge Blog #2

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This blog about my hurdles during my weight loss journey.

1. Changing my eating habits is not only hard, but dangerous for me. Because I am on blood thinners, I cannot make dramatic changed in my eating because it throws my blood clotting levels way out of whack and that is dangerous for my leg. I have fought since 1993 to keep my right leg and it is on my mind every day.

2. It always seems that there is some event that keeps me from staying on track. Holidays, birthdays, special events and the all dreaded (or loved) caterer left over's from the weddings.

3. Living with 2 people who can eat whatever they want and NEVER gain a pound.

4. Being able to say NO to second helpings, buffet luncheons with friends, another drink on Tuesdays with my old GM group and then that leads to bad bar food.

5. Snacking while watching TV.

6. Large limits on exercising because of the artery troubles in my leg. I cannot walk very much at all (or I am not suppose to).

7. Losing 65 pounds with my Dr. at a Medical Weight Loss clinic and then severely hurting my knee to where I could not ride my recumbent bike or use the elliptical and putting the weight back on.

8. Losing my mother this year and now facing the limited time that I have with my father, he is very sick and losing his battle with kidney disease.

These are all excuses that are in my head, or hurdles, but I know I can beat this and all of those listed, but I needed to put myself first. Huh, I guess that should have been the 1st hurdle, I never do that.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REENSKI 1/13/2014 3:57PM

    Putting yourself first it the hardest thing-keep working on it.

Have you ever tried exercise pedals? I've seen them use it on the biggest loser and my mother has one. On BL, they used it for people who could not use their legs, they would pedal with their arms, and get cardio in that way.


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UNICORN212 1/11/2014 11:54AM

    I understand where you are coming from. Can you concentrate on upper body and core? Maybe the chair exercises? The seated core workout for the January Jumpstart Challenge is a good one - I felt its effects the next day. Find out from your doc what leg movements are OK for you and do only those for the legs. Leg lifts while seated might be OK as they are not weight bearing on your leg. You could modify any movements as needed.

And I am the same way on the leftovers - if the stuff is here, I eat it. maybe get rid of it when they leave? Or have the guys eat it and you make something else for yourself?

You can do this! You just need to find alternate solutions!

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