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The Snail's Progress

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stuck, stuck, a snail's pace of weight loss. The scale hasn't budged in weeks! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed.

But, I've learned a few things this year. Thought I would share them.

Even though I'd desperately love to see the needle on the scale move, I have chosen to focus on how I feel....I'm starting to feel better than I have felt in years! I am stronger, more capable & can chase my grandkids about without getting winded! These, IMHO, are significant accomplishments :-)

There is 9 inches less of me! My muscles are firming up nicely & if the fat overlying them ever dissolves, I'll look like a million bucks ;-)

I can do 45-60 minutes of cardio without falling over & sleeping the rest of the day! This represents a huge improvement from when I started. Moreover, I'm actually enjoying it.

I've been doing some reading about women's weight loss when you're in your 50's & learned that hormone levels conspire against you...I'll just keep at it.

Lastly, I'm not young any longer. I must pace myself & keep my expectations in check. Did a heavy workout that took 3 days from which to recover. Lesson learned!

The good news is that I am getting into the best shape of my adult life & I'm proud of my achievements. :-)

Keep at it. Its worth it.

Now...if that darn needle would only move....

Sigh ;-)

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RUBYEAGLE134 6/11/2012 9:02AM

    Good blog! Nice encouragement for the rest of us whose weight loss is slow going.

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CLOUDYKITTY2 6/11/2012 8:59AM

    I agree with you on the darn needle... Sighh!! Like You I too try not to focus on the scale.. I go by how I feel.. I don't get winded as much either when walking across the house like I did last year.. I even enjoy expending energy now. Thanks for Your blog it is nice to see other people who's scale won't move for them yet they know they are loosing fat turning it into muscle...


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Dear Body:

Monday, February 20, 2012

I would be honoured if you would clue me in on whatever the big secret to shedding pounds is. Seriously...Because I am baffled.

Thus far, I have done the following, with less than satisfactory results:

Eating breakfast
120-200 minutes of cardio for 7 weeks
Added weightlifting 4 weeks ago to jumpstart you

And...I have gained 2 lbs!

What the hell?!

Yes, I feel better. I have more energy. I am sleeping better.

But, I'd really love to drop a 40 lbs!

Think you can give me a hand here?



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SUSIEQP 2/20/2012 8:19PM

    Thanks for your comment QUEEN_REINA. I think so. Clocked in today @ 1700 cals. with lots of healthy vegetables & fruit in there. Most days I'm running between 1500-1800 cals. Not a big eater.

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QUEEN_REINA 2/20/2012 4:43PM

    Are you eating enough calories to support this much exercise? My weight loss went down to nothing after I started taekwondo everyday, then I increased my daily calories to 1400-1600 per day, and the weight loss started up again. Maybe that will help...

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New Year - Not so new me ;-)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Its been a long while since I blogged. I fell off the fitness wagon in a big way last year and packed on another 10+ lbs.

This new year, I decided to put *me* first (behind work & family - easier said than done) & get mine arse back to the gym.

I'm proud to say that I've been maintaining 120-200 cardio minutes a week since the new year. Not so proud of the fact that I've only lost 5 lbs in almost 6 weeks :-(

Apparently, this old body is determined to hold on to every fat there's some kind of famine pending. I'll outlive everyone! ;-)

Its tough not to get discouraged....particularly whilst watching the mayor of Canada's largest city drop 20 lbs in the same time frame. (He's still an ass)

I continue to attend the gym, have even added weights, in an attempt to kick my body into gear. I may not be losing weight rapidly, but I feel better, am sleeping better & work-related stress is no longer kicking my butt. These are good things.

Still plugging....

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CADOGAN1 2/12/2012 10:15AM

    Wow 5 lbs in 6 weeks is great! As for the "gentleman" who has lost the 20 lbs, men always loose faster than women (although I think that is so unfair!).
Keep up the cardio it will all pay off in the long run.

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LYNETTEMOM 2/12/2012 2:24AM

    good going! 5 pounds in 6 weeks is slow, steady, SUCCESSFUL weight loss and it will keep up, if you keep working the program. Hang in there!

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Getting over myself

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thanks to everyone who stopped in yesterday with notes of encouragement. It really does help! No, I'm not was cardio/lower body weights. I will keep at it because I have to! I'm finding the more exercise I get, the better I feel. I have made excuses and/or put everyone else first for decades. Now it is MY turn. I'm putting me first, darn it! And, 'Me" wants to keep at it :-)

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IRENEHARPS 2/16/2010 2:03PM


It took me a long time to learn the difference between 'selfish' and self- care. One is innapropriate.....the other one is absolutely necessary to one's well being.

Hugs, Irene

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TIGERESTJEN 2/16/2010 12:36PM


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    By giving yourself time you then feel more like giving others time. It's a balance and so hard to keep daily but you can do it. Look at what you have done so far. emoticon

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TRIGFROST 2/15/2010 2:16PM

    emoticon emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 2/15/2010 2:07PM

    Congratulations and good luck!

PS: I love your photo of Maxine (she's my hero)!

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CMRAND54 2/15/2010 2:04PM

    Good for you!

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Getting pissed

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I'm exercising, trying to get enough sleep, eating healthy...salmon last nite, home-made chicken curry with lots of colourful veggies & whole grain rice the nite before and that scale refuses to budge!

All in all, I am getting really pissed off!

I think I'm the only person I know who can do everything she's supposed to do...with little or no results!


I'll keep on doing it. Something has to click. Right? (she said ever so tenuously)

On the upside. I do feel better...have more energy....and following a great work out & sauna, my arthritis doesn't hurt as much. That, in and by itself, is reason to keep at it.

But I get really discouraged by those who do what I do (or less!) and the pounds just melt away :-(

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MRS-GRANT 5/8/2010 12:06PM

    Hey don't give up. It takes weeks of those good habits your doing for the scales to tip. Hang in there and you will see results!

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DOTZCANDOIT 2/14/2010 3:14PM

  Take it from a senior, when we get up into middle age and beyond the pounds don't want to depart like they did when we were younger. We have to just keep at it. Please don't throw in the towel whatever you do. The weight will come off when you least expect it. Remember, it's our clothes and measurements that tell the real truth, not necessarily the number on the scale.

Hang in there fellow Sparkie.

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LAVENDERLILY 2/14/2010 12:18PM

The scale isn't moving, but you are seeing some great benefits! Keep it up.

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JAKEGEST 2/14/2010 11:15AM

    Have you tried using the nutrition tracker? I know that before I started using sparks people I would go weeks exercising and trying to eat healthy stuff and I didn't loose any weight at all. As soon as I started actually tracking everything I ate I realized that I ate huge portions, ate too much fat (mainly in cooking oil) and skipped meals frequently.

All I can say is that I really had no idea what i was eating until i forced myself to record everything... it is time consuming and makes eating out very hard if not impossible, but I've seen results with this.

two things: Your a woman, and generally it takes women more time to loose weight than men, so don't get discouraged when you see men that loose pounds like crazy... they have metabolism on their side. I also noticed you quit smoking (which is wonderful!) and that might make things start a little slower for you... definitely worth the effort though.

All in all great job hanging in there and keeping with it. I know I'm rooting for you! emoticon

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DIANNAKOZA1 2/14/2010 11:08AM

  Is that all it takes? Just say screw it? I think it is the winter blah's. I live in Central Florida, but everytime I am off of work, it is raining or really cold. emoticon

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ALLRONIX 2/14/2010 11:02AM

    I hear you! I got REALLY pissed off, stopped tracking, stopped weighing, and just exercised like crazy.

Funny part - it's once I said "screw it" that the scale moved.

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