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30 Day Blog Challenge - It's never too late!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

People are still joining the 30 Day Blog Challenge! We're up to 28 bloggers! It's not too late to join us! Jump in in the middle! Go back and answer in batches! Start today and keep going for the next 30 Days! Whatever works for you! It's all about support and sharing and realizing that none of us are in this alone :-)

The questions are here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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If you'd like to join in, just leave a comment and I'll add you to the list. If you are blogging along and I haven't managed to find your blog, please please let me know! I tried to go through 24 hours of blogs one day this week to catch people who I had missed but I may have missed you anyway!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 9/28/2012 1:38PM

    This looks like such a great exercise -- too bad it's nearly the end of the month and I've only just discovered it -- hopefully there's a new one for next month for me to try!

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MKELLY72 9/11/2012 11:56AM

    This is a great idea. I just set a goal for myself to be a more consistent blogger, and this helps me put that goal into action. I'm in!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/10/2012 10:06PM

    I am loving the 30 day blog challenge, thanks so much for posting it.

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    OK, I'm in!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/9/2012 5:16PM

    Thanks for making the list of Warriors!
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CODEMAULER 9/9/2012 4:35PM

    It's really been motivating and helpful for me. Thank you so much for getting this underway and leading the charge!!

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FISEFTON 9/9/2012 3:11PM

    Thank you for finding me. I was going to put a comment on your blog but wasn't sure which one to add a comment to - they are so inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on your healthy weight and lifestyle.
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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 9 - Time makes us bolder, children get older, I'm getting older too.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Day 9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?

I am 41. I've been dieting since I was 11 or 12. I had high blood pressure way back then which I know was why my doctor sent me to a nutritionist but even back then I was only thinking about scale weight. Even at my heaviest, I was pretty darn healthy. My blood pressure had crept up again (but wasn't 'high'). My blood chemistry was awesome. I don't know how someone can carry all that extra weight and have a cholesterol in the 130s (good ratio too!), trigylcerides of 16 (seriously!), and 'perfect' blood sugar and A1C but I did. Sometimes I feel guilty that my journey has been mostly about vanity but I was healthy when I was obese so health wasn't really on my mind. I took it for granted.

For most of my life, when thinking of my body, I have only thought in terms of size and scale number. Fitness never entered my mind. Wellness had to do with my mind and I saw no connection to my body. I was the teenager (and young adult) who was all about being skinny. The skinnier the better. The smaller the number on the label in my pants the better. I restricted calories to regulate my weight. I never thought about exercise (not that I didn't do it - all through high school I worked hard in PE and then all through college I walked miles a day around a very large campus). I besmirched athletics as something smart people like me didn't have time for. Good thing too because years of restricting calories to stay a size 3 meant I was a picture person for skinny fat and couldn't have been athletic if my life depended on it.



That's me at what I thought of as 'my prime' - at the end of HS, between my Cornell and my MIT years, and right before I got pregnant with my olderst. I was VERY VERY happy with my body but looking at those pictures now I find them worrisome. There's no muscle evident at all. No wonder I was klutzy and scared to death of sports!

I didn't have a physical for about 5 years when my children were really small. If I was sick enough to insist on seeing a doctor my husband would stay with the kids so I could go but there was no way I was taking 2 little kids to a physical.... to talk about how stressed out I was taking care of 2 little kids (with a husband who, oh, couldn't make the time for me to go to the doctor to talk about it without the kids along). BUT as soon as I got my daughter off to school for long enough to have enough kid-free time to go... I went. And that's when I started hearing 'exercise', 'exercise', 'exercise'. Every year she would tell me that maintaining 150 pounds was fine. I didn't need to lose weight. I was healthy. But I had a lot of minor concerns - stress, history of gestational diabetes, fatigue, weight - that would all benefit from exercise. This was the beginning of me beginning to think beyond my weight and my size but, still, all through my years at Curves or FitKick or pilates I was really only exercising because I hoped it would help me lose weight.

Then.... I got hurt. Really, really hurt. I had to do jaw stretching therapy on my daughter. That involved using this nasty thing:



Only, my directions were 'off-label'. I was to put that thing in her mouth and push on it as hard as possible and hold for as long as possible. Minutes. It destroyed my forearm and injured the tendons in my elbow. I stopped after about 3 weeks, waiting to let it get better, but it didn't. It took me another 2 months to go to the orthopedic surgeon. 'Complex arm overuse syndrome' Whatever that means. Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, various neuropathies. And too much inflammation to even start PT. I was to sit. And sit I did. Really in a funk. Two friends were literal life savers. They got on me repeatedly - . Go to PT. Get back to the doctor. You need PT. Maybe you need surgery. 6 months after the injury I finally was well enough to start PT and, lucky, I have avoided surgery. Believe me, I will never take an injury-free body for granted again.

I had to carve 3-4.5 hours a week out of my life to go to PT. And I did it. And I had to make time at home every day to do my home program. And I did it. My friends had really gotten through to me. I was worth it. I HAD to do it. I HAD to get better. For me and for my family. It was a slow process with lots of set backs but about a year after the initial injury I was cleared to join a gym (which I had told my PT was my goal - because around the time that I was starting PT I was realizing that cutting calories alone was what was getting me stuck in the 150s every time I tried to lose weight). And I did it. Why not? I had already carved a lot of time out of my schedule to make time for PT and home exercises. Physical Therapist. Personal Trainer. PT. PT. I was just going to swap one for the other.

Even when I joined the gym I was still compartmentalizing weight, fitness, and wellness. Cardio as going to help regulate my mood and blood sugar. Strength training was going to help me not ever get hurt like that again. And maybe, someday, I'd start losing weight again but I wasn't really thinking about it. Over time it all started to come together though. I think it was sparkpeople that did it. I first joined years ago but I returned shortly after joining the gym - just as I was beginning to lose weight again - and I read and read and read. And I connected the dots. The aging of my parents and grandparents has also cemented my commitment to overall wellness. My father had a quintuple bypass weeks before I hit goal. I very much want to avoid coronary artery disease. My mother has been diagnosed with severe arthritis in her hip and most likely has severe sleep apnea (we finally got her to have a sleep study and she gets the results soon). Both of them are paying the price for being overweight and not paying enough attention to diet and exercise. And then there is my grandmother - she's 95. What if I am bound to live until I'm 95 and stuck in a body that limits what I do? No.thank.you!

I feel like I've gotten much wiser over the years. I've stopped compartmentalizing. I've started integrating. I've FINALLY started taking care of ME. That's taken a certain boldness that I didn't have before. I'm not comfortable saying 'But *I* need attention! *I* need to spend some money on a gym membership or a trainer or what have you. *I* need to take time away from taking care of other people.' But looking at where I had been and where I could be going I had to be bold enough to do it :-)

Now I am looking forward to keeping up with my grand kids when I am my parents' age and hopefully living as long as my grandmother :-)

  
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ANDASI 9/11/2012 4:38AM

    I very much am a huge proponent of exercise. I have been exercising for many years even when i was not eating right i never stoped exercising for this i am very gratefull.

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BOMBSHELLY 9/10/2012 9:52AM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can relate to a past of loving a young, thin, body, not realizing how unfit it was at the time. And, unfortunately, putting self-health on the back burner during little kid years. I've so enjoyed reading your blogs so far. You're a neat person with a fascinating history and great outlook! Looking forward to the days ahead!

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CLCINNOVA 9/9/2012 2:21PM

  emoticon Glad you are doing this challenge. I like reading about your perspective looking back on everything. You should write a book!

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SWEDE_SU 9/9/2012 12:28PM

    i also responded to your comment about athletics being nothing that smart people needed to concern themselves with, that was for dumb jocks. in college (penn) i majored in frisbee on college hall green, but that was my only athletic pursuit. enough to keep me fit, but weight was never an issue, and i didn't really think about fitness then at all! when i first saw people running - for exercise, not to get somewhere! - in the 70s, when we moved to sweden, i thought it was one of the craziest ideas i'd ever heard of!

but i also resonate with your grandmother at 95 - my mom died last year at 96, my dad is about to turn 98. i have relatives who have passed 100. and so does DH - his dad died at almost 99, his aunt died the day before her 103rd birthday, and another aunt is turning 101 soon, an uncle 98. on the other side of his family, one relative died at 104. so i figure we have 40 years left that i want to spend as healthy as possible! who knew?!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2012 11:56AM

    What I have loved about following your blogs is that even though we are very different in our history, there are still similarities and things that resonate. When I read this sentence, for example, "I besmirched athletics as something smart people like me didn't have time for." This so matches the attitude in the household I grew up in. Our minds were prized. Athletes were considered "dumb jocks". (I later discovered this to be a myth, however, it was the message I heard at home.)

Those attitude contribute to things like you experienced, and things like I did!

Great blog, and good for finally recognizing your OWN needs, in the midst of a challenging care-giver life! emoticon emoticon You're worth it!

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MJZHERE 9/9/2012 11:00AM

  "I need attention. I need to spend some money..." gasp, on me. Still working on this one... and it has been injuries that have pushed me to even address it also. You are on your way to those great fun physical activities with grandkids one day. It is a blessing to wake up to these life lessons when you are only 41. Also a great model for your children. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 9/9/2012 10:28AM

    " What if I am bound to live until I'm 95 and stuck in a body that limits what I do? No.thank.you!"

That's a terrific point, like the saying "years in your life vs. life in your years." I too would enjoy a long life, but only if I am able to live the way I want to.

Bravo for putting yourself first!!

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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 8 - Me an athlete? Who knew?

Saturday, September 08, 2012

8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?

When I set out to lose weight I just thought I'd be smaller. At the beginning I wasn't exercising so this was really a reasonable expectation and for the first 20 pounds I really did just get a smaller version of me. All that changed after I joined the gym. I continued to lose weight but my body was very different than it was the last time I had seem most of these numbers on the scale. That means I've ended up with a smaller body (yay!) that is different than I expected (oh!).

In general, I am happy with my body now. My body is the overall size that I think of it as being (and had never really stopped thinking of it as being). It doesn't get in my way when I reach for things or walk through a crowd or navigate small spaces. When I get dressed I look like I expect to look in the mirror. These are very good things. It's hard to explain the weirdness of bumping into stuff because you are bigger than you think or the sadness that comes with trying on clothes only to see rolls and bulges and creases where you, even after 10 years of being overweight, don't expect to see them. I'm so glad that's over!

Not everything is as I expected because I never expected to get fit (I'd never been fit) and I didn't know what to expect of a post-obese body. The fun part of the unexpected is that I am fit! That became my goal along the way but I didn't really know what to expect for my body. It is so limber and strong and amazing! Yay! But it's sort of hard to dress this body. I'm not tiny, wispy, slender. The styles I wore way back when look out of place on a body this solid. I've adjusted. I know to look for cleaner lines, avoid sleeves if there isn't a lot of give for my wide shoulders and big upper arms, avoid really feminine colors/patterns. and delicate details. It's a learning process but I enjoy it. I don't so much enjoy learning to dress the post-obese body though. I've talked about what this loss has done to my breasts. I now spend a LOT of money at a specialty store to get bras that fit and look good. I also have a pretty hard time shopping for pants because I care extra skin and flab in my lower body. Skinny pants are NOT my friend! This is getting better as time goes on and the skin and fat distribution adjust. I really feel for people who deal with these issues. I have super elastic skin and 'only' lost about 30% of my body weight. I imagine the issues are all that much worse for those who don't have elastic skin or who lose greater percentage of their weight.

One thing that I didn't expect to change that did is my mind! You know how 'they' say don't expect losing weight to make you happy? I heard that and so I didn't. I really didn't think I'd be any happier, except that I'd be more comfortable in my body. But, you know what, I AM happier now. I worked hard at this and I feel accomplished! I am confident in my belief that I *AM* worth taking care of! I discovered that I am NOT the klutz everyone said I was! I discovered that I AM an athlete when I thought I was a weak girly-girl! Losing weight did not magically solve all the problems that led me to being overweight. I'm still learning to cope healthily with stress. I still have problems and struggles and all that. But I *am* happier. I think 'they' are wrong.

  
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ANDASI 9/11/2012 4:27AM

    I think it's emoticon that you are happier.

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MOONSTORMER 9/10/2012 1:41AM

    "I am confident in my belief that I *AM* worth taking care of!"
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so very VERY glad about this part! i think it's the best and most important part - making YOU a priority. well done!

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DOGLADY13 9/9/2012 7:32PM

    "I'm still learning to cope healthily with stress. I still have problems and struggles and all that. But I *am* happier. I think 'they' are wrong."

So many of us could have written this sentence. It's good for us to see that others struggle and OVERCOME the struggles with these issues. Thank you.

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CLCINNOVA 9/9/2012 7:51AM

  Very inspiring! I wouldn't have thought about the feminine clothing issue. I would think you would look great in anything at this point! But I guess every body creates fashion challenges (or maybe fashion creates challenges for every body). emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 9/9/2012 5:34AM

    really interesting blog - especially the part about happiness. one of the things that makes me happy is being able to wear clothes that "fit" in the past, but revealed rolls and bulges. and another is the knowledge that no, i do NOT have to lose more weight. this is me - it's what i look like, take it or leave it. i can make it more fit (fitter?), but i know longer have to "lose" weight to make it better.

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MJZHERE 9/8/2012 9:21PM

  Great blog! I, too, am much happier. I dealt with some things that I tried to "eat" away before and I believe it has helped clear the path to a lot more happiness. Now I know I am not alone in the clothes dept. Just today tried to shop - I thought it would be so much fun but nothing seems to be right yet. Determined to learn though.

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JANEMARIE77 9/8/2012 3:26PM

    great blog well said

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REFFIE1 9/8/2012 12:21PM

    Thank you for your honesty about how you feel at the maintenance level. I haven't reached it yet but it is good to know that there are some downs too, so that I can be realistic when I get there. Too often people think losing weight will be absolute perfection. How fantastic that you have become a healthy, happy athlete. Congratulations! Thanks for inspiring me. emoticon emoticon

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JENNYR0506 9/8/2012 11:28AM

    Great Blog! I'm glad 'they' were wrong!

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KANOE10 9/8/2012 10:24AM

    Great for you! I love being an athlete also..and enjoy the muscles developed.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/8/2012 10:06AM

    Interesting perspective about the happiness. You have made me think. I, too, am happier, but I attribute that happiness to the things I am doing, not the number on the scale. But now that I see what you wrote, I find that I am happier with each passing month of maintenance. Hmmm!

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CODEMAULER 9/8/2012 9:34AM

    Well Said! This is a must-read blog for anyone that wants to make a difference in how they look and feel. I think you've captured the essence of what it means to be smaller and healthier.

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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 7 - Measuring Maintenance

Friday, September 07, 2012

Day 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?

I measured progress towards goal by scale weight. I measure maintenance by scale weight. I define maintenance as +/-5 pounds from goal. That range for me is 121-131. I have not been out of range since I hit goal. I am most comfortable at 124. I do not like it when I hit 128. At 128 my size 2 clothes start to feel too tight.

I don't use how my clothes fit because I am really good at not seeing that my clothes are too small. Plus they stretch. I know. I was wearing some size 12s at my heaviest. I was NOT a size 12.

I don't use fitness or body fat % because those fluctuation for me based on my fitness/appearance goals. I don't want to feel less than successful because I decided to focus on my running over my strength training or my strength training over my running. There are times when I want to lean out but I get to a body fat % that isn't maintainable long term. It's not NOT successful to acknowledge that it isn't good for my body to be so lean my cycles start getting long and to decide to put a few pounds of fat back on. My fitness has changed quite a bit since I hit goal. I am fit but not the same kind of fit all the time. My body fat % has fluctuated between 17 and 22% and I am just fine with that too.

So.... maintenance for me is all about the number on the scale.

  
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SWEDE_SU 9/9/2012 5:29AM

    makes sense to me, too! clothes do indeed stretch; the scale tells it like it is.

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CODEMAULER 9/8/2012 8:08AM

    "I don't use fitness or body fat % because those fluctuation for me based on my fitness/appearance goals."

That's a very good point. Sometimes my fitness activities lend themselves to changes that aren't practical long term (distance cycling is my example of this). Then again, living in Minnesota means you won't necessarily bike all year, either.

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WATERMELLEN 9/7/2012 9:23PM

    Body weight is what works for me too . . . and I'm also able to delude myself about how well my clothes are fitting!!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/7/2012 8:39PM

    Your way of looking at your body fat percentage is interesting to me.
I really never thought about it fluctuating that much. My body fat doesn't seem to fluctuate that much and neither does my weight. Any weight fluctuation that I have, usually up or down 2 pounds are almost nonsensical to me. I can't figure out why the change. It will go up for what seems no reason and then goes down for some unknown reason. That's why I stopped weighing myself every day. It was driving me crazy.
My body seems to stabilize and maintain by itself and has pretty much done this throughout my life. That is a very good thing. But that also makes it hard to determine if there is a change. Maybe that's why I have gone to taking all measurements monthly, especially since my goal now is to gain muscle and lose fat.
I am assuming that is going to take time. We'll see how that goes for me. I'm only on month 2!
I think you have arrived at something that makes sense to you, that you can control, and that makes you feel comfortable. That seems to be what is most important thing. We are all different, that's for sure!

You definitely are doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching and coming up with some very interesting observations.



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30 Day Blog Challenge Day 6 - Balance

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Day 6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?

I was going to say the toughest part is maintaining vigilance. I was all set to talk about vigilance and never letting down your guard and then I started thinking about all the years where I *did* maintain successful (teens and early 20s) and I realized it's not vigilance at all! I wasn't vigilant when I was maintaining. I weighed myself routinely but I didn't work on eating a certain way or obsess about fitness. I just lived and I stayed 117-121 pounds. I went up, I went back down, I never stressed about my weight at all.

So why did I yo-yo for so many years? Why did it feel like so much work... like I had to be 'on guard' all the time? Why do I still feel that way almost a year into maintenance?

That is because I have not yet found BALANCE and that, my friends, is the most challenging thing about maintenance. You need to stick at it long enough to find balance and you have to actively work on what allows you to maintain your weight loss without remaining on 'high alert' all the time. That's exhausting. And it leaves little emotional energy for anything else. I really think that I yo-yo'd for 10 years because every time I lost weight I did it without finding a way to incorporate maintaining a healthy weight into a whole-y balanced life.

As a newbie maintainer I clung tightly - REALLY REALLY TIGHTLY - to the things that brought me weight loss success. I tracked e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g I ate. I weighed it. I recorded it. I never took eating risks. I followed my fitness plan to.a.T. And when I didn't have a fitness plan or my fitness world was unbalanced (like when my trainer decided to leave the gym and I had paid for 12 sessions meant to be used one a month to see me through my first year of maintenance and suddenly needed to use them in an a month) I was incredibly stressed. In fact, I struggled with maintenance even though I was trying very hard and being super vigilant. I needed to spread my wings! I needed to relax and test my balance and see what I was capable of.

That's been the work of the last 3 months or so. It's ongoing but going well. I have played with tracking and not tracking food and exercise. Measuring and not measuring my portions. Wearing my HRM so I knew exactly how many calories I burned and not wearing one at all. Eating at restaurants and even having a drink AND dessert and eating at a restaurant and sticking to the healthiest options. Having a fitness plan for the week or the month or just doing what felt right that day. Exercising 5-6 days a week or only 3. Exercising a lot of hours or fewer intense hours. I'm getting there. I'm doing things that even 6 months ago would have felt 'wild and crazy' and would have caused me a lot of anxiety and I am ENJOYING them and I am not jeopardizing my fitness, health, or weight goals doing it. I'm maintaining (albeit at 126-128 instead of 124-126). I am feeling more and more confident that I can wobble and still find my balance. Like my centergy teacher says almost every class during the balance track: It's OK if you wobble. Wobbles are how you get stronger!

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And my running update:
Running for 2012:
85 miles + 5.25 miles: 90.25 miles
17 days until my next 5K.

This is both the longest time I've ever run for (5.0 miles in 50 minutes) and the longest distance I have ever run :-) I'm working on pacing so forcing myself to finish each mile at a 10' pace. I really want to run my entire 5K later this month. Last time I ran the first to miles at an insane pace (14' if I recall correctly) and had to mostly walk the rest.

  
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DOGLADY13 9/7/2012 1:46PM

    Balance. I am glad you figured it out and shared with us. Of course knowing to be aware of it and doing it are two very different things. I am at least 20 pounds away from that (maintenance and balance) so I have time.

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OBSIDIANFIRE 9/6/2012 8:05PM

    I am really glad I stumbled upon 'onekidsmom' blog yesterday and thru her, yours. This is great stuff to read and think on. Thanks.


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/6/2012 7:03PM

    Great insights! I, too, had to learn the lesson of being "too stringent" in maintenance... that all or nothing mindset is not healthy. Nowadays, I can go several days without writing it down, and get the portions and macronutrients proper, and enjoy my smaller portions, and decide to take the occasional extra rest day if the body demands it... in short, seek that balance and live real life, not some ideal.

This weekend I have a 5 miler scheduled... would LOVE to do it in 50 minutes... it's on hills. But what I will do is whatever I do. And I will be happy that I just showed up and did it!

Onward... and thanks again for the challenge... I'm learning about me while I'm typing the blogs, too!

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CODEMAULER 9/6/2012 6:19PM

    Balance in all things, right? We shouldn't be surprised to find it in the successful maintenance approach. Yet so many of us struggle, so I guess it's not so easy and obvious.

Thanks for sharing your ideas. I hope to put it to work before long!

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62NVON 9/6/2012 3:20PM

    I'm still looking for that balance too. I hate thinking about it 24/7, and I hope to one day just live. =)

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LADYJ6942 9/6/2012 1:13PM

    Sounds great, you sound like you've got a good plan and are on track. Good luck

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MJZHERE 9/6/2012 1:01PM

  One of my goals this time was to get (again) to the place where weight, fitness, etc. isn't an issue - it just is a part of my life. I have been there before so I know it exists. This time I plan on enjoying it more though - maybe appreciating it more. I'm with you on this one.

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BOMBSHELLY 9/6/2012 12:31PM

    The learning never ends, does it??? It's good to be open to it, and have the mindset of 'lifetime learner'.

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