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Lowest weight, lowest % BF, pondering goals

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I weighed in at my lowest weight to date and my lowest %BF to date this morning. I'm feeling a bit, I don't know, like I'm gilding the lily. My body is not 'perfect' but I'm so far beyond my original goal of simply not being overweight that I'm struggling a bit with the 'worthiness' of my remaining goals. I do have 2 - to get my belly flat enough to feel comfortable with a piercing and the low-waisted clothing that goes with it and to get my body fat percentage into the athletic range. The first is most definitely superfluous. Wicked cool but, eh, not going to add a whole lot to my life. The second is just so expensive to measure accurately and, honestly, fairly meaningless. Many athletes have body fat percentages above the published range and I'm not sure that having a body fat percentage in that range MAKES me an athelete, KWIM? So... I'm in search of a goal. Otherwise I fear that my goal will be continued weight loss. I've BTDT and it is not healthy and a horrendous example to set for my preteen daughter. Pondering a lean muscle mass goal but concerned that putting on lean muscle mass will require me to make dietary changes I am unwilling to make. Definitely need to make an appointment to meet with my trainer when he gets back from vacation.

thinking.... thinking.... thinking.... of what goals to set for September

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TANYAP71 8/31/2011 9:13AM

    I don't think you're necessarily a traitor to spark for saying that. I think I could pursue the 'wellness' piece that isn't talked about a whole lot here while we focus on weight loss. I AM beginning to move towards that with my centergy class 1x a week (I want 2x but so far just 1 class works for me). I'm also working towards some non-spark goals - decluttering and developing household routines. I hear what you are saying - that maybe I can be happy 'just' maintaining if I work on something else with the energy I've been putting towards weight loss. Intellectually, I think that should work. Emotionally, I know that in the past 14 years my weight has gone wild when I've *had* to devote that energy to something else (usually some sort of family crisis). Choosing to do that is something I have not even had the opportunity to do since I was in college. I was successful at it then - devoting intense energy to my studies while maintaining (fairly effortlessly) my weight during the school year. Something to think about.... Of course, I have no idea what I'd devote all that energy while still being available to handle the inevitable medical or educational crises that come with 2 children with medical and educational issues. I would need short-term projects. I've got 2 for the fall already but I'm not sure they are enough. Thank you for the feedback. It has me thinking.

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MICRAELIE 8/31/2011 8:13AM

    Hmmmm . . . I see what you were referring to the other day when you said you were worried about moving into maintenance. I have no idea what your favorite activities are -- running, etc. Is it time to run a marathon? To become a triathlete? To start training others? To simply cross-train for awhile to maintain the goals you've achieved and perhaps focus on a goal other than your body? (I kinda feel like a traitor to Spark by even suggesting that.)


You'll figure it out. I think it's great you have a trainer to help you. I'd love to know more about what comes next for you -- someone who has gone above and beyond their Spark goals. It's a problem a hope to have one day, too!

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Female Body Breakthrough - should I really be aiming for size 2 or size 0 jeans? At age 40?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm just getting started on the 16 week Female Body Breakthrough (Rachel Cosgrove) workouts. She starts by telling you to get a pair of goal jeans - jeans that are about 2 sizes too small. I'm already down to a size 4 in jeans but I want to get rid of flab around my tummy, hips, and upper thighs. I've never worn jeans smaller than that (even when I was 20 pounds lighter in high school I was a size 3/4). Is it reasonable to expect to get into a size 2 or size 0? Is it desirable?

I'm a rule follower so I want to do as 'instructed' but I'm seriously wondering if this works for me or not. Maybe I should go shopping for a pair of pants or a dress that doesn't fit 'right' around the area I want to work on. Believe me, I'm only in a size 4 in *jeans*. Maybe a size 4 pair of dress pants or a size 4 form-fitting dress would be a better goal garment for me.

I can barely believe that a year ago I was just trying to feel comfy in my size 14 (not a typo f-o-u-r-t-e-e-n) dress pants and now I need to think about whether or not it is wise to buy a pair of size 0 or size 2 jeans. Size 0. No such thing even existed last time I was shopping the smallest sizes in the store!

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ERICADAWN1986 1/7/2013 2:38PM

    I'm with you. A year ago I was a 16/18 and now I'm a 6/8. I think when I hit my goal weight, I'll be about a size 4. I don't think I'd ever want to be a 0 or 2 and not because I couldn't get there but because I'm not sure I'd like how I looked at that size. If toning up is what you're after, I'd go with the dress or I'd honestly not go out buying a "goal" outfit. Get where you want to be and get a celebration outfit!

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TARANITUP 1/7/2013 2:30PM

    I like your idea of a goal pair of pants or dress rather than 2 sizes down. What are people wearing zeros and trying to tone up supposed to aim for? Kids sizes? LOL.

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LYNSEY723 1/7/2013 2:08PM

    Hi there! Am reading this book right now and I thought I'd search Spark to see what other women thought of it. Did you stick with it? What did you like/dislike about it?


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TANYAP71 8/31/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks for the compliments and feedback. I tried on my daughter's size 2 jean shorts. I can button and zip them but, honestly, I simply do not like them. I have no desire to wear them. They are not motivating. LOL! I love these http://www.talbots.com/is/image/Tal
bots/13016340_7140?$quickView$ (well, I don't love the price!) so I'm thinking I'll pop into Talbots during their first big sale after school starts, find the size that fits well, and move on down from there... one size, maybe two. I figure if the cut fits well, then it will still fit well in a smaller size. (Unlike the cut of those size 2s which I don't think would look good on me no matter what the size.)

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5KIDS4MEJESS 8/30/2011 8:18PM

    Wow! You are so inspirational! I think that maybe you should get a pair that is tight for you(whether they're 4 or 2) and see what happens from there. Of course, there's always the option of getting nothing, waiting, then halfway through(or wherever they recommend) check to see if you need a smaller size :-) Whatever you choose, good luck and way to go on your dedication and hard work!!

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TANYAP71 8/30/2011 8:24AM

    To me a size 0 or size 2 is extremely small. Unless sizes have changed a lot in the last 20 years, I'm not sure that my bones are small enough for a size 0 or size 2 and I really do not want to set myself up to fail when I've come so far. KWIM? I feel good about how far I'm come and I don't want to ruin it by capping it off by failing to reach an unreasonable goal. I want to lose the fat on my belly/hips/thighs and I know I can do *that*.... but bone is bone. That's why I'm leaning more towards something I can squeeze into already instead of something I can't even get over my hips.

Thank you for the compliment. I was really inspired by other 40+ women on sparkpeople who started around where I started and got down to size 4 (and, yes, sometimes even smaller). When I was 27 a doctor told me that I would never (she said NEVER!) get back in my prepregnancy jeans because my hips were permanently changed by pregnancy. That stuck with me for almost 13 years! It was only the women over 40 who had gotten back into those tiny sizes that got me to discard that false information.

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MICRAELIE 8/30/2011 8:18AM

    Hmmm . . . I understand your trepidation. Is it about the size of clothing or about reaching your own personal goal, which it sounds like you are pretty sure of. You can always start with what is "instructed" and modify from there if it doesn't feel right. Anyway you look at it, I have no doubt you can reach any goal you set for yourself. Look what you've achieved in one year. You are a role model for any woman -- especially those of us over 40 -- with the goal of getting fit.


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MOONSTORMER 8/30/2011 8:09AM

    wow! you're doing so well! maybe look at some size 0/2 jeans in the store and see just how small they are. see if they're a goal you want. otherwise, go with the dress/dress pants idea.

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TERRIPAL1 8/30/2011 7:16AM

    Wow size 4 from 14 you're amazing!!

You can do it! Keep up the good work!!
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WALIDGAZALA 8/30/2011 6:53AM

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Home again, home again, jiggety jig! - Real bikini shot

Monday, August 29, 2011

THIS is the new me (and my family). Being comfortable posing for and posting a picture like this is a TOTALLY new thing for me. I haven't been in a bikini around strangers since before I had kids... maybe before I got married.

We are home from a 2 week beach vacation. Last year's incarnation of this 2 week beach vacation led me to the disgust that triggered this lifestyle revolution. In many ways this year's vacation was the same - same cottage, same beach, much of the same activities. But in so many other ways this vacation was different.

1. I returned to PEI 36+ pounds lighter and so much stronger than I was when I returned from PEI last year. I treated myself... I treated myself WELL. One thing I have learned in the last year is that treating myself well does not equate to indulging my every whim to the point where I feel ill.

2. I was in a bathing suit on PEI for the first time in years. Not just in a bathing suit but a bikini. And I felt good about it. If you look closely in the picture you'll see that a 41 pound loss on a 5'3" frame leaves some baggy skin (or maybe it really is flab) but I am just thrilled to feel comfortable in a bikini again.

3. I stayed active. Aside from last year, I have always walked a lot on PEI. This year I didn't just mosey. I averaged over 3 MPH walking on the beach. Some days I even RAN. It won't become habit but it felt good running in short bursts. Some days I walked over 7 miles.

4. I didn't eat or drink to excess. Not that I didn't eat or drink. I did. I had many planned splurges. But on most days I respected my body's physical needs and if one day I over did it, the next day (or two) I ate really clean to try to get things back in balance.

5. I came home at the lowest weight I've seen in over 13 years. I may drop weight this week. Water retention in my hands tells me I likely will. But, unlike past vacations, I am not freaked out at what the scale says and anxious that I may have gained weight that will stick around 'forever'.


Things I learned:
1. It's incredibly expensive to eat out well on PEI. It's expensive no matter where you eat out but eating out at places that don't consider french fries a vegetable is outrageous. I think you have to visit to understand just how prevalent french fries are there. Potatoes are EVERYWHERE and apparently cheap fries are THE way to fill a plate that would otherwise be fairly empty.
2. I really should not eat french fries. Period. My first 'serving' (trough) of fries left me feeling ill for the rest of the day so I tried fries twice more in smaller and smaller portions and they still tied my stomach up in knots. No matter how good they might taste (and they only taste good to me for a few minutes... after that I can FEEL the grease on my tongue), I am done with fries.
3. Walking on a flat beach does NOT burn many calories. I wore my HRM and subtracted out 60 cals an hour for BMR. I think I was under 60 calories a mile most days! We spent so much time at the beach that even walking for 2 hours a day didn't put a dent in my reading/sun time.
4. Walking into a strong wind DOES burn calories. But it also means it's a rather miserable beach day.
5. BW exercises on a hardwood floor hurt. A lot. Bring a thick pilates mat when traveling!
6. Resistance band exercises require heavy furniture. Our cottage didn't have any and family members didn't much like being recruited to old furniture down so I could exercise.

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MOONSTORMER 8/30/2011 12:30AM

    wow! you look great - and what important lessons learned. you are doing so well!

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TOPAZROSE 8/29/2011 9:05AM

    Thanks for sharing about your vacation. You look great! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/29/2011 8:26AM

    I agree you look very happy! Glad you had a great time!!

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ROX525 8/29/2011 7:07AM

    You look great and so happy! Congratulations!

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That was hard..... For 5 minutes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The family just went for soft serve. I passed because I want a big bowl of raspberry protein soft serve later. It was hard though! It made me think of all the other things I've passed on on vacation. But, you know, none of them are hard for long. Long enough to get out of the grocery store, to get my own healthy alternative, for them to finish their cones.... It's hard for like 5 minutes! And then I get to stay thin, and strong, and healthy forever.

And it's not all bad...
I really do like my protein soft serve.
I really do prefer a salad of spinach, grilled chicken, blue cheese, and grape tomatoes to a bag of potato chips.

It's not always easy when I'm in an environment where I used to eat the worst of all but it's a whole lot less difficult than I expected it to be!

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MOONSTORMER 8/18/2011 12:21AM

    you are doing so well! keep focused and you will get where you want to be! peer pressure is hard, in all forms.

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SHEILA-45 8/17/2011 7:02PM

    emoticon for staying strong when temptation strikes!It will be worth the effoert in the long run. emoticon

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Sparking on Vacation

Monday, August 15, 2011

So far, so good on vacation!

I brought my scale and if it's accurate (I find it hard to believe!) I'm at my lowest weight since I was first pregnant with my first born! Today was my measurement day and I'm down on almost every measure which certainly suggests the scale may not be lying!

We're in a cottage well-stocked with healthy food, 1/2 mile from a beach that goes on for MILES. I said I was going to run on the beach and, by golly, I did! Not much and not fast but enough to push my heart rate to 176 and more than I've ever run in my life. I did it in water sneakers from which my daughter removed the shoe inserts (ugh!) and now I have a blister on a toe and a heel. Guess they'll heal eventually but I'm going to watch it now LOL!

Been wearing my bikini for 2 days. Loving how I look in it. What a difference a year can make!!

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MARYBETHTOLLE 8/15/2011 1:04PM

    Awesome! I just got back from vacation and I actually lost weight during my vacation for the first time ever!! It's a great feeling to know you can vacation and stick with your healthy lifestyle as well. Kudos to you and keep up the good work! emoticon

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