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WooHoo! I am under 158!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

For months, I guess you could say I was chilling on a plateau. It wasn't a huge concern for me. I basically floated around 160. In fact, since July, I haven't even been close to 158. Today, I weighed in 157.8. I think the emoticon is moving again!

Not only am I losing weight, it is FAT I am losing! emoticon How do I know? I did a InBody 230 scan where they can accurately tell me how much muscle vs. fat I have on my body! My muscle maintained while losing three pounds of fat since last time I did it! WIN!

A few factors have played into this change...

emoticon I have lifted different muscle groups Saturday through Wednesday everyday.

emoticon I have been trying to win a sister challenge where I have to do 60 minutes each day!

emoticon I have been trying to have quality workouts. This means focusing on working hard so I DO get sweaty!

Today was the first day that I was excited that I lost weight in a LONG time so I am not caring (right now) about my measurements/photos not showing a change. Usually I do not care much about losing weight and am like, "Oh, who cares." In fact, for a period of time, I felt more energized when running a new distance or time.

This week, I talked to my counselor about my body image and how I want to love ME.

She said two things.

1. I should try to focus on intrinsic feedback rather extrinsic. For those that do not know, intrinsic is how I feel and extrinsic would be external factors like any sort of measurement (i.e.: scale, tape measure, clothing). Honestly, I am not sure if I know how to enjoy intrinsic feedback because I have been measuring for so long extrinsically.

2. My assignment this week is to write a letter to the 260 me mentioning what she did for me and what I learned from her. I will probably write it in a blog in the next week so look for that!

With this said, I think I have some simple goals for November.

-Mediate weekly
-Attend 2 spin classes in November
-Gain 1# of muscle through lifting three times a week
-Try new recipes/snacks (Got any you want to pass on?)

Time to hit the books! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 10/31/2011 3:05PM

    Wow, way to go! All that hard work and determination is paying off!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2011 9:03AM

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Soooo proud of you! You have an excellent plan. Good luck with looking inward for your kudos vs. relying on the outside sources. The ones INSIDE mean sooooo much more, actually!

Good solid plan, and I know you can do it. Woot!!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2011 4:37PM

  Hi Savannah.......
emoticon!!!!! Have you kept a journal throughout your weight-loss/Lifestyle Change? If you have, did you write it from both a mental and physical viewpoint? This would be a great book for anyone attempting the journey that you took and as a future Physical Trainer, you could have your clients read it. There is nothing better than hearing the suggestions from someone who has actually been there.
Just a thought..........
If you like Quiches, there is a great recipe right here on Spark.
Crustless, Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche.

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LISAINMS 10/30/2011 4:09PM

    That's great, Savannah! Fat loss is what we're looking for so keep up the good work!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 10/30/2011 3:41PM

    Way to go and I like your plan!!

As for recipes. . .I've put a VERY yummy broccoli cheddar soup recipe that is low calorie on SparkRecipes.

Michelle's Lite Broccoli Cheddar.

The new Hidden Valley vegetable seasonings a VERY yummy!!

I'm rooting for you!!

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CIVIAV 10/30/2011 1:57PM

    Atta gal!

Healthy Moussaka is great and on the site...

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MYLADY4 10/30/2011 1:19PM


That is my goal is to do more ST. Trying to focus on the intrinsic instead of the extrensic is a really HARD challenge. Especially in this visually driven world.

What kind of recipe's are you looking for? Low fat, low carb, high protein, basic balanced. If you like to prepare a food one day and eat in the rest of the week for lunch I have some good ones.

Good luck on the goals.

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Body Image... Mine namely!

Monday, October 24, 2011

When I started this journey, I wanted to feel better about me. Basically, I wanted a better body image. Truth to be told, it doesn't matter if I am 160 or 260 if I am unhappy with how I look. I realize even through I have sexy calves, more defined arms, and higher confidence, I still hate my tummy with a passion.

Whoa! What? Hating myself? After all I have done? emoticon It seems just wrong, doesn't it?

Than, this morning I was thinking.. yes.. I don't like how my tummy seems to resemble jello but with wrinkly stress marks. I know, not pretty or sexy. But, that's the thing. I shouldn't be ashamed or feel down about my unsexy stretch marks. Like a mother with stretch marks, they are one unsightly thing I get for a beautiful thing. Instead of a child, I got a journey to get to know me and how to live a healthier life.

So, no, I probably will not ever be able to wear a bikini on the beach. Like like phoenix tattoo, it is a reminder who I was before and how I do not want to go back to that place.

I need to learn how to accept and love myself. Eventually, I hope to get there.. just like get to the big goal of losing 100 pounds!

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JENN26POINT2 11/7/2011 3:35PM

    Learning to accept ourselves is soooo hard, especially when we're slapped in the face every day with models in magazine, chicks on tv, etc. I always told a friend that I didn't care if I weighed 200 lbs as long as I was happy with my fitness... um... yeah, not so true.

I have stretch marks from having babies, on my tummy, my thighs, my breasts and my underarms. Some days I'm intrigued by them and other days disgusted, but I really do spend more time relishing their meaning than hating them. I'll never have a bikini tummy b/c of the pregnancies, but is that going to stop me from wearing one?? HELL NO! My hubby will think I'm sexy regardless of the stretch marks and hopefully I will too. :)

I hope you're able to find a way to not hate your body. I think we're all working on that task, so you're not alone.

Have a nice day.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/27/2011 7:50PM

  Hi Savannah........
What a great way to think of your tummy!!!!! An honor badge..........I love it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2011 12:26AM

    I believe there will always be something that needs improvement in our lives, whether it be our body or the people or things we have in our life. Before we gained weight, there was probably something about our particular shape we just didn't like. For example, I've observed that while "apple" shaped people have more unhealthy fat around the belly, "pear" shaped people seem to have more self-esteem issues. I don't think my own apple shape will ever lose that extra fat around the belly: but I try to not let it get the best of me, and yes, those days where I feel a bit pudgy do have a negative impact on me and I need to stay away from the mirrors. We seem to be a little too good at getting worked into a snit over things that our brains tell us really are not that important, yet we can't help but let the world influence what we want to see through television and magazines.

Fix one area in your home and before you know it, another area needs attention. May we find ways to fill our minds with the thoughts that bring us back into what's really important. If you find the answer to this dilemma, let me know. In the meantime, good luck with making the adjustment.

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DIEHL79 10/24/2011 8:45PM

    I''m there with ya. My tummy is starting to resemble a deflated stripped balloon. Great attitude about the tummy though!

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Physiological Plateau?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Eons ago, when I was unfit, I basically just had to show up for my workouts and in the end, I would be drenched in sweat every time. In my eyes, if I am drenched in sweat, it was a great workout!

Lately, more often than not, I am not drenched with sweat. In fact, I am lucky that I have broke in a sweat. The only times that I seem to get sweaty is when I run and go to step aerobics.

This morning I went to spin class. Spin is supposed to be intense but I barely broke a sweat. So, here I sit, frustrated and disappointment. A second work out IS be in today's future. But, what? I NEED a good workout for my sanity!

Why can't I get a good workout done?
Have I plateaued mentally?
Have I plateaued physically?

More importantly, how do I fix this?

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2011 1:32PM

    Well, you've definitely got your mind atuned to your body. You've gotten good suggestions (tracking, changing up your routine, rewarding yourself. But what else is going on?? Seems like for me, being in maintenance as well, when something is bothering me, the bod just doesn't work the same. So, I journal. Usually I can find the solution that way. Look @ the problem(s) and find solutions. Hang in there! You've come a long way baby! You can do this. And you KNOW we're here for you.

Sorry I've missed you over the weekend. Just a crazy, busy weekend!



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LISAINMS 10/22/2011 4:36PM

    I realized the same thing last week -barely sweating in spin. This week I started class with a full turn of tension when we were supposed to be on zero. That did the trick. My calorie burn on HRM went back up to 400 and was putting out a decent sweat about 15 min into class. As you become more fit in an activity, you have to increase the intensity to challenge your body. Just as you should increase weights in your ST when you can easily finish a set of 10.

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MYLADY4 10/22/2011 2:13PM

    The body has an amazing ability of adapting to what we are asking it to and yours has adapted. For the longest time I thought that I had to workout longer, work out harder and that was actually hurting me.

What other machines can you try at the gym? I know that I have some Jillian DVD's and even seeing a PT 1X a week, she can still kick my butt. Maybe try one of those ($10 at Wal-Mart).

Good luck

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/22/2011 1:25PM

    How crazy is this? You've done so well in your workouts it takes more and more to work up a sweat. Isn't that natural? You are incredibly fit and to be congratulated! WooHoo! Celebrate!

I do believe this is the same reason why we are to vary up our routines. Usually it is to relieve the feeling of boredom we might get by doing the same-oh, same-oh. Whatever the reason, I trust you have an exceptional ear to hear what your body needs. Do what brings you a sense of satisfaction – provided it's not in the insanely “too much movement” category – and I trust you will know when you have reached that level. One way to check this is to see if your calorie differential report within the SparkPeople reports is in sync with where you should be for at or near maintenance. We are so fortunate to have such great food and fitness standards available to us.

It may be as simple as rewarding yourself with a new pleasure outside the stress of your studies that's quite different: reading a book or online article for pleasure; stretching and meditating with a little tai chi, qi gong or yoga; going to a movie, visiting a new health food demonstration or restaurant for light lunch, enjoying a campus event, or watching a program that meets your needs on television. Joy in relaxation is as important as your working up a great sweat. While I haven’t kept up with the more recent Biggest Loser episodes, I know one of the trainers regularly introduced yoga into their regimen with great success.

You have reached a level of success many only dream about! Because I too have reached it, I can appreciate the difficulty you may experience while in the maintenance mode. My mindset still isn’t right, but I’m working on it! In the meantime, I continue to track, track, track. Oddly enough, if I hadn't tracked the Bahama Breeze lunch yesterday and found it within the SparkPages, I wouldn't have eaten enough. I would never have guessed I would begin overestimating my intakes. It's all a wonderful learning process that continues to keep me sharp (or dim witted in some cases). Smile, smile!

I have every confidence that you will find that right balance in your life.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/22/2011 11:15AM

    Maybe your body is telling you that it needs a break.

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CIVIAV 10/22/2011 10:58AM

    I sit broken?

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Revamped Goals/Workout Routine :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Midterms are here yet here I am still trying to figure out my work out routine during the week. In the last couple weeks, I had no plan and just made sure I did some sort of work out. It works.. but it could be better!

For example, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest but yet I try to get my runs in on this day. It just doesn't work to run when you are feeling rushed. I need to feel relaxed. So, running is getting moved to twice a week. Yup, one day less. Sunday will probably always be a emoticon day. It is my Sunday thing right along with church. Pretty lucky for my non-existent future boyfriend. He can watch football and I don't want to hang out.. because.. well, I want to RUN!

Also, I feel like some days I get stressed from going from one place to another so I am adding simple mediation. emoticon This goal consists of taking ONE 10 minute break from the world, laying on the floor, closing my eyes, and listening to all the sounds around me, letting the world soothe over me, like water does with a rock in a river!

My last goal is to focus on lifting. emoticon I stopped lifting. I was doing so well, too! I know my down fall. I started doing machines again... and they bore me! Now, kettle bells and free weights don't.. but they do take more time. I wish I could find a 30 minute lifting routine that I could everyday.

Okay, before you mention how you can't lift everyday.. hear me out! I plan to create a routine where it is upper one day and lower the next with either Wednesdays or the weekends off.

Why do I want to lift everyday? How I figure it is if I lift everyday I know I can't put it off because I am doing it everyday keeping me consistent!

Also, I have noticed that my routine is dry. When I go to the gym, I seem to be looking at the equipment like this emoticon rather than emoticon. In fact, I have been trying new machines at the Y and taking spin classes.

I am hoping this revamping.. adding lifting everyday and meditation weekly will help!

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/21/2011 8:35PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan to me! Let us know how it goes!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/21/2011 7:24PM

    Great thinking! In my book, you always rock when it comes to fitness.

So far, my flying by the seat of my pants works for me, but I know that if I were to vary it up and get a more intense walk in, my body would probably like me better. My primary incentive is more on the team's fitness minutes and "joy" factor and my personal joy (with photos) wins for now.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/21/2011 12:56PM

    you are so ambitious! I know I couldn't life every day

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LISAINMS 10/21/2011 12:12PM

    I'm another one that needs a plan (schedule) to stay focused. And a race to train for helps. I like your plan for a 10 min meditation break!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2011 11:34AM

    Good plan. Did you get to play volleyball yesterday?

Hope you're having a good Friday and good for you for taking that meditation break.



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STRIPEDTIGER 10/21/2011 10:36AM

    I like your plan. I'm trying to fit strength training in period but I let me intimidation run me off. emoticon

I'm getting there though! I think it's great that you are mindful of your needs!!

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CIVIAV 10/21/2011 9:52AM

    I am liking your idea of lifting everyday, COnsistency makes the diff for me too!

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MYLADY4 10/21/2011 9:45AM

    Good plan

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Pattison State Park Fall Hike (with photos)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I promised if I went hiking that I'd blog about it.. so here I am blogging even through I don't have too much to say about it!

Basically, I couldn't handle one more tedious day in the gym, on a machine, than later on weights so a friend and I hit the trails!

Even through I have been at the Pattison State Park before, I never noticed there was an outside gym with equipment set up to do your strength training and stretching! There were even photos displaying on how to use it!

How awesome is that?!!

As Kent will demonstrate..

Body weight dip:


Hamstring stretch:

So, there you have it.. my hike!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/20/2011 4:27PM

  Hi Savannah........
How wise you are to know that a change-up in your exercise pattern was just what you needed.........and with the Fall we have had, who can stay inside when the colors and temperatures beckon?????
Loved your pictures and it looked like you were having a great day.
Take care.
Patti emoticon

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WISLNDR 10/18/2011 7:02AM

    Gosh, I haven't been to Pattison in years!! Beautiful photos. I hiked around Green Bay on Saturday; we're having a lovely Autumn, aren't we?

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CIVIAV 10/18/2011 6:26AM

    Loos like a perfect Fall day!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2011 4:49PM

    AWESOME, AWESOME and MORE AWESOME. I love the pic of you by the sign saying, "Stay fit enjoy the outdoors." Great.

What a beautiful park to be outside wandering in!

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KATHY20104 10/17/2011 6:26AM

    thats pretty cool! nice park to. where is that located.

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MYLADY4 10/16/2011 9:01PM

    I have never heard of that place. Next time we are up there we might have to visit it. Sounds and looks BEAUTIFUL. Might as well get out while you can. Old man (I can't say it yet) will be knocking soon.

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VICIOUS421 10/16/2011 8:47PM

    What a beautiful place to hike and work out!!!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/16/2011 8:43PM

    I love Pattison Park and was there last Monday while I was still able to enjoy all the beautiful fall colors on the trees. Love the added workout you discovered.

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/16/2011 6:45PM

    Great pictures! Glad you got a great workout in! I love hiking!

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