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Week 4: 1.5lb & 1.75 inches off

Monday, August 24, 2009

I was actually happy to see ANY loss on the scale this week because I didn't feel or see it like I have in other weeks. My goal was to get to 1-2 lbs a week (ok, ideally 2) so this is a good rate of loss I think.

Overall I am ecstatic with the weight loss (13.5 lbs in 4 weeks), the exercise (28 out of 28 days) and the general happy feeling about staying positive and committed to my goals. My body percent fat is also down 2% which is good.

My upcoming goal is to reach 268 (where I was when I moved to this new house 1.5 years ago before my friend, Rachel's wedding, and hopefully to fit in a smaller dress size. Not sure how realistic the dress is because I am losing weight very assymmetrically right now (off the waist, but not the hips) so I am leaving that goal a little flexible. Wedding is 9/19 (3.5 weeks away) so hopefully with a lot of hard work I can wiggle off those 4.5 lbs in that time period.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported me. It is making a world of difference and it is making this journey fun!

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HARMONYBLUE 8/25/2009 12:25AM

    Sounds like you and I are both trying to shed around five pounds by mid-September. I am sure this is attainable! You have made great progress in such a short period of time. Congrats! Have you thought about what your next big goal is after the wedding? I am currently trying to decide on mine emoticon

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FEATHERSTITCH 8/24/2009 8:54AM

    Sounds like you are off to a good start. And let's make this journey fun because that will make it so much easier. Here's to a smaller dress size. You may be losing the inches where it counts! emoticon

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The Good & the Bad

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Good:
I sometimes have to work nights, which usually wreaks havoc on my sleep, diet and results in a lot of tired, emotional eating. Yesterday I planned out in detail what I was going to eat when, and I stuck to it! Still had to ignore my inner demons that wanted to eat too much this morning, but I was successful, which feels good.

The Bad:
In an attempt to make exercise interesting and keep doing different things I ordered the AB Revolution (advertised all over this site). I was so excited when it arrived this morning. My husband used it while I was on the treadmill and it looked really fun! Then I got on. And I couldn't do it. Seriously I tried several times. I am not sure if I am too big, too heavy or just too uncoordinated, but it lead to all sorts of feelings of failure and inadequacy. Over a stupid exercise machine. Which intellectually I know is dumb, but it still stings...

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FELICE73 8/21/2009 11:24AM

    You will be able to do it! There are some things I couldnt do but now can! Keep it up!

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SESPINOSA5150 8/21/2009 2:57AM

    Chin Up!! You will be able to do it soon. Before you know it you will be able to use it regularly! emoticon

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HARMONYBLUE 8/19/2009 11:26PM

    I agree. Give the machine a try once a week. Make it your goal to conquer it eventually, but keep doing what you are doing in the meantime emoticon

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NO_SHARP_EDGES 8/19/2009 9:36PM

    Really, don't feel too bad. I have the Malibu Pilates chair AND Mari Windsor's pilates, and neither are anywhere near as easy as they make it look. I believe what you have is similar in that it uses body wieght and upper body strength. Just keep doing what you're doing and try it at least once a day, persistence is the key to success!!

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LINJEN48 8/19/2009 8:55PM

    Good job on the meal planning.
I too have had to plan out my meals, I did it for the week and have stuck with it for 2 days so far. It helps me stay on track when I can see it in print.
Don't be to upset about machine thing, you will conquer it too. You are using the treadmill so that is a good thing and the rest will come.

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Week 3: 3lbs & 2.75 inches (Happy Dance)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Whoo-hoo!! I am doing the Snoopy Happy Dance. I can't believe that in 3 weeks I have shed 12 lbs (my husband is down 13.6)! More importantly I am making positive changes every day that continue to reinforce my goals. I feel like I have more energy, better posture, and more power over the choices I make.

Thank you to every person who has stopped by to support me. I have tried to lose weight a million times and I believe it is the Spark community (including my husband, dad and mother-in-law) who are truly helping me keep on track.

So happy!
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FELICE73 8/21/2009 11:25AM

    the support is really important - you are lucky you have such a great support system! Especially your hubby!

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CATIEBELLE 8/19/2009 4:45PM

    Keep dancing and being happy both will help you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Congratulations on your progress.

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DARE2BE 8/18/2009 11:17PM

    Awesome job! Your enthusiasm is contagious. emoticon

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CHANA-D 8/18/2009 5:27AM

Keep on dancing !!!
You have a great support system in place.
Keep up the great work, and continue the happy dance (I wonder how many calories one can burn doing the happy dance)
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PJMOMMATO3 8/17/2009 12:40PM

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Keep up the great work!

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Week 2: 2.5 lbs & 3.25 inches

Monday, August 10, 2009

Yeah! I expected more with all of the exercising, but at least I am moving in the right direction. I am still in my regular yo-yo range (down to 270) so I will be happy and feel like I am "really losing weight" when I get past those numbers. Patience...

I am glad to see that even those my lose was less than last week that I still lost quite a few inches.

Goal for week 3 is going to be to keep up the energy, focus on how I feel and spend less time worrying about what number I see on the scale. My short term goal remains to fit into the smaller of two dresses for a wedding that I have coming up Sept 19th.

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PAULAE5 8/13/2009 9:40PM

    You will get there girl, I wish I had half of your sense of adventure. It will come off with time and you will fit in that dress size, I just know it!!!! Keep up the great work!!!


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BRIT_JAMEL 8/10/2009 4:28PM

    Keep up the good work, it will start to fall off in a minute. Just be patient.

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Hiking- Wow!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I went for a hike today and was reminded of how much I love hiking. I was very excited to notice a real improvement in my exercise capacity compared to last month (which is a reward I need to remember). During my life I have hiked a lot of trails from the Incan trail to Macchu Picu to trekking in Nepal and I never get tired of being on the trail. I get such an inner sense of peace from the natural beauty and from achieving whatever my goal is that day. I think I am going to add hiking 4 days a month to my goals - even if it is only on a local trail, I think it will be good for my health, and my soul.

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CREATIVEKEYS 8/9/2009 9:37PM

  I think that's a great goal!! Make sure to take pictures along with way!!! Keep up the great work.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/9/2009 11:05AM

    New shoes are working out really well, although my feet are still sore from time to time...I definitely recommend getting a new pair.

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WISPINE 8/9/2009 8:50AM

    Sound like a great goal! Hiking is such a great form of exercise, w/my bad kness I can't go far although as the weight has dropped the knee pain has also. I love getting out in nature & you don't even feel like its exercise...most of the time...LOL.

How are those new shoes working out? I really need to get a decent pair soon. What part of the country are you in?

Enjoy your day,

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