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The Loose Skin Dilemma

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

People ask me about this all the time so I'm going to make a big huge blog about it!!! :)

Here are my favorite resources about loose skin:

www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/news/lo
oseskin.htm


www.bodybuilding.com/fun/louis13.htm

Now that first one is a little... scammy/optimistic sounding in my opinion.. HAHAHA :D But the theories are interesting.

Here's the thing that's been on my mind -- my loose skin.

YES people. I have it. I look DARN good in clothes now, but naked, I do not look like a fitness model. I promise. ;) I have loose skin/maybesomefatstill? on my stomach -- a kinda bulgey area right above my belly button, and also some low on my abdomen that actually wrinkles a bit. Also I'm a little wrinkly on my inner thighs right were they meet my body, and in my armpit area as well.

If I bend over, my stomach/abdomen kinda hang -- same for the loose skin on my very uppermost arm.

The thing is -- it's not THAT much, and it's not noticeable AT ALL. Unless I'm naked. Or in a swimsuit and you're staring at my armpits/crotch, and in that case, what's wrong with you! HAHAHAHAHA ;) Due to modesty standards related to my religion (I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), I don't wear tank tops, or sleeveless clothing, nothing really short either (although I don't think anyone but the most scandalous show their crotch area on a regular day to day outfit HAHAHA).

The point is, the only person that sees these things is my husband... and myself. And I know that he doesn't think (in any iota) that I look somehow WORSE now than I did BEFORE. Only a really deluded person would convince themselves that filled out nonwrinkly nonsaggy FAT ROLLS are more attractive than a bit of loose skin in spots.

Now according to the sources above, it's possible that my skin might tighten up a bit more. I've only been maintaining for a few months. I also think I could stand to gain muscle/lose fat -- not really change my weight, but maybe fluctuate it a bit to change my body composition somewhat. This can help.

But I was overweight my entire life. I'm pretty sure my stomach skin is USED to being in rolls, and hasn't been any different since I was a child. It's not likely, based on what I've read, that my skin is going to magically snap to perfection out of nowhere. Some people have amazing genetics. :D

I think of Ali from Biggest Loser and how her tummy bore no signs of loose skin around the belly button, her arms looked muscular and tight -- WHAT THE HECK?!?!?! How unfair! hahaha. (Although it's not like I've ever seen her bikiniline area... *shrug*)

Sometimes the loose skin annoys me. I work out hard and I know that if I could get rid of it, my body would look a lot better. If surgery was a reasonable option for me, I might do it. (Assuming it we could a) afford it, b) I wasn't planning to have kids in the near future and ruin it hahaha, stuff like that.) But as it is, it's not a reasonable option. My skin is not causing any physical ailments -- like some who have gastric bypass or something and lose weight so rapidly and in such large amounts that they have chafing/sores/etc. from the amount of lose skin hanging on their body. No. For me it's a relatively minor aesthetic issue.

I get sparkmails from time to time from people asking me if I have loose skin and they sound terrified. :) I understand -- to be honest, I felt the same way before I got to this side of my journey. But I think that was all fear of the unknown, fear of failure, etc, manifesting itself towards this one issue.

I would never in a million years trade being healthy for not having loose skin.

And for those of you who might be hesitating in weight loss because you're afraid of this -- STOP! GET GOING!!! Everything I've read suggests that the length of time that the skin is stretched out plays an impact in it's retained elasticity, so the longer you stall, you're lowering your chances of skin rebound. :D hehehehe.

In a way, I consider my loose skin a battle scar, and a reminder to stay on this healthy path. Maybe if I had DONE something about my weight issues in high school, when at the most I think I might have weighed 220 or something, and not for too long, maybe my skin would have been able to bounce back better. Who knows?

I still have a small amount of hope that there are some things I can actually do to improve my body, like getting those arm and back muscles I dream of :D things like that. Reducing whatever amount of fat is lingering... so I don't want to give up on my fitness efforts AT ALL!!! Being stronger and faster is a reward to me, more so than just the physical changes. :)

But at the same time I'm accepting the possibility that my physical appearance may not improve that much from this time on. And if that's true, I'm ok with it. I'm so happy with my fit and healthy lifestyle, I'm not going to bring myself down my nitpicking my body. (That's the plan anyway.)

I think that if I continued to have an attitude of being dissatisfied with small imperfections in my body, instead of appreciating my body's ABILITIES, then maybe even if I DO get a surgery later on down the road to help improve the appearance of the skin, once that's fixed I KNOW there could be some other imperfection to focus on.

Let's all love our bodies for what they do for us.

If you are just at the beginning of this healthy journey -- right now your body may not be doing a whole lot for you that you are happy about. But you are getting started. You can walk, you can sweat, you can do all kinds of wonderful things. Your body is housing your spirit here in this lifetime, and as you continue to get healthy, don't just acknowledge the shrinking sizes -- acknowledge your body's increasing accomplishments and capabilities!!!! Maybe you can begin to run, or use heavier weights in your strength training (like I did today, WOOHOO!).

If you can begin this self love now, you'll be in all the better place once the journey is through. And then making the decision to have a surgery will be really made for the right reasons and not because you think that IF you do this, THEN you'll be perfect, and be able to love your body 100%. You know what I mean?

LONG BLOG, BUT I HAD TO GET THIS ALL OUT OF MY HEAD.

  
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MOMMYKAY038 11/24/2010 10:43PM

    I can not thank you enough for this blog. It actually made me cry just a little to have someone say that it might happen it I would still be okay!

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MAMMA321 9/1/2010 3:04PM

  great inspiration,, thanks.

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SHEILA8383 6/3/2010 12:29PM

    Thank you for the great info. I will try to love my body more and not worry about the skin.

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REJ7777 5/29/2010 8:56AM

    Great blog! I really needed to read this today. Thank you for the encouragement! emoticon

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MERLE123 5/15/2010 10:20AM

  God bless u I am 60 have lost probably 1000 lbs in life up and down. now down 75 in past yr. Hate the saggy skin tho. get any news on help pls relay. emoticon emoticon

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NJ_HOU 5/2/2010 4:17PM

  Congratulations, I have only lost some of the weight I want to and my stomach was looking kind of weird. Thank you so much for your heartfelt advice, I think I really needed that view point. You do look absolutely wonderful !!! emoticon

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VENDELL 4/24/2010 7:21PM

    Wonderful blog! This was really helpful to me as that is a BIG concern of mine. I'm trying to lose slowly..maybe too slow...hehe..so as to avoid this. But reading this I will just plod on and do as you do..think of it as a battle scar. emoticon
Really inspiring words to read this weekend=) emoticon

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KATHAKU 3/26/2010 3:14PM

    Thanks, I'll try and love myself more. ^^

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CHIMNEYROCK 3/8/2010 4:21PM

    You have a great sense of humor. Let me know what works for you when you find out.

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JSCHRAFT 1/7/2010 11:07AM

    Thanks for the post... this is something that has been bothering me lately. I am still in the beginning of my journey but the way my stomach hangs over makes me wonder if it will ever really go a way. I have been heavy for about 19 years (I'm 38) gaining, as a lot of women, with 3 pregnancies. Knowing that it can shrink gives me hope that I won't be disgusted with my reflection. I know my dh husband won't be...he tells me I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen now. :) It is my response to my reflection that I have trouble with. So... thanks again for your uplifting post.

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ELSEEBEE 10/14/2009 10:25AM

    Excellent blog! It's something that's really beginning to bother me as the weight comes off. Thank you for writing.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/21/2009 4:28PM

    I really hope you are still here and active on SparkPeople. This is one terrific blog and I just voted for it!

I was doing a search because another member was stating that you never lose any of the loose skin and that isn't true either or I would have 90 lbs of sag all over my body today.

Bless you my new friend! You have certainly written a blog worthy of great rewards!

Hugs,
Linda

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JBMT08 12/2/2008 9:49PM

    OMG, Thank you so much for blogging on this!!!!! I do worry about my skin sagging....especially since so many people like to be on TV and get surgery after their lap band/gastric bypass because their skin hangs from their arms, legs, stomach, etc. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! emoticon

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LANC92 12/1/2008 11:16AM

    I've been MIA a bit due to some issues so I'm just catching up. EXCELLENT post Dana! You have such a great outlook on this I'm sure your sharing has helped many, whether they commented or not. Interestingly enough there is a great article on MSN.com today about how all celebrity bikini photos need to come with a disclaimer. You should read it:

http://music.msn.com/mus
ic/celebritybuzz/?GT1=28102




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SSPANIER 11/29/2008 2:11PM

    That is always on my mind....but I am like you, the loose skin is WAY better than the rolls!!!! LOL....

you are right it is a battle scar.....I always say that I was ok with my stretch marks from having kids, they are my war wounds...lol....but I would not give the kids back to get rid of them... at the end of the day, being healthy is what is important!!!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/29/2008 12:03PM

    Well said - hear hear - I consider my loose skin as badges of honor too. And, it HAS shrunk by the way - by about 3/4 since I reached goal in March of 08. No need to consider drastic surgery in my eyes - I love it! DH loves it too!

Congrats on your weight loss! You look fantastic!

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TRECECOOKS 11/28/2008 5:59PM

    Excellent and helpful blog, Dana!! I already have hanging skin, and I need to lose half of myself still. . . Sigh.

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SMYLEERED 11/28/2008 11:45AM

    Thank you so much for this blog post. You never get to read much about this dilemma anywhere. But now.... you've broken the barrier....thanks loved it!

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SHAPESHIFTER_V 11/27/2008 11:52PM

    Dana, this has GOT to be one of the best written and most inspiring blog entries I ever read!
WTG for being so grounded!!!

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RENA1965 11/27/2008 11:26PM

    Loved your blog entry,
I have lost 176lbs and now I superset and bodybuild I don't give a rats butt about the extra skin. Because when my muscles are pumped I think I look fantastic at the age of 43 years.
I did have my tummy tucked as the bed sore issue was so bad three plastice surgeons had expressions of shock when they saw what my skin looked like between the folds. I got the surgery free, they never even mentioned the BMI question to me. They really did a huge overhaul here. They tightened my muscles up and removed 35 cms of extra skin replacing my tummy button back on my new tummy... Not a procedure for people whom hate pain.. I had to have help in and out of bed 3 solid weeks on my return home from the hospital. But today, people say I look wow bat wings and all! I am just happy not to go around with a towel between the folds and my tummy button smelling rotten..

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MARLIE13 11/27/2008 4:24PM

    LOL! I thought Jen's comment was interesting. Maybe Ali had hidden duct tape somewhere. lol! (When did you see her tummy because I missed that?)

Anyway, I thought this was an excellent blog. And perfect what you said about not letting the fear of loose skin keep you from losing weight. My loose skin now is so much awesomer without all the fat behind it.

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BAYPINTO316 11/27/2008 3:19PM

    Oh and another thing I used to be depressed about... my body is pretty much shaped the same as my grandmothers and my mom's... Now I am not silly enough to think we are "bound" by heredity into being this or that, But there are ectomorphic people who come from a long line of tall thin graceful relatives, then... there are my people! Hmmm Don't mean to be a downer.

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BAYPINTO316 11/27/2008 3:09PM

    I on the other hand , am a Great Grandmother and I pretty much know that if I lose all my fat I will have flabby arms, but here is what I came away with after reading your article-
Concentrate on being healthy, keep moving, do natural things that use your muscles, like taking the stairs when you go for an appt etc. I have never been able to get down on the floor and do reps of a daily dozen, this really really goes against my personality.. ha ha, although, i will clean my horses' stalls and all sorts of active outdoor chores, plus I ride often. I never ever think of food while at the barn , especially if I am doing something directly to do with the horses on a one to one basis...NEVER. What does this tell you about hunger? It has nothing to do with your full/empty guage. Back to the "perfect body". I haven't ever, well for decades, had a "perfect everything" (or a perfect life, iether). I am generally a very happy person. I do not dwell on certain things, I find that a lot of people around me have missed out on a lot of enjoyment, and have denied themselves a lot of pleasure in life because of a "baby tummy" or saggy boobs or something. In spite of what muscle guys tell you , let me tell you, I have seen a friend of mine sweat for a solid hour once a day without missing on a certain area of her anatomy and according to the experts, it would have cured the problem. She became so obsessed about her stomach she wore a really tight leather belt of her son, under her clothing to remind her not to eat...etc etc. Are you getting my jist? If I had my life to do over i would have done some things different. One of them would have been spending as much time , money , and energy at earning a million dollars , during my twenties, thirties and forties and some of my fifties, I could have had a PHD, and probably be right up there with Donald Trump if I had channeled that much effort to that instead of constantly worrying about dieting and tightening up muscles and skin! Now I am being fecetious, as you see... I am an artistic type personality, so it is not likely I would become a millionaire... but I have wasted a lot of time and energy worrying and doing it wrong. Luckily , my husband adores me and he doesn't care too much. One problem is we have a busy life and we end up eating out a lot which he loves to do but it is hard on me. I am very tired of chicken on top of some limp greens and one cherry tomato. Ha Ha. Did any of this make any sense? Jus don't let it become your one important thing that worries you. life is good, and it goes on, and if you cn jump out of bed and hit the floor feeling good and doing things for others, making others lives a better thing, taking care of your family, .....Hey, as the Tshirts say... LIFE IS GOOD emoticon

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MALEFICENT1964 11/27/2008 8:14AM

    AAAA-MEN!!
If I had a nickel for every post I responded to about loose skin and people who are parnoid about it and afraid to begin the process -Id be rich - but really i just want to scream -get over yourself and stop making excuses for not starting... every body is different and responds to weight loss. do it sensibly, sanely, eat healthy, and excercise and whatever happens, happens... you'll still look better than you do..

Clothes I look reasonable -- I can't do a lot of yoga type positions in public because the skin on my legs, and my arms is just a size too big for my body but i'll take that over being what I was.

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CJBAGGINS 11/26/2008 6:53PM

    Absolutely! Well said! Hear hear!

I was mulling this over the other day and you were able to put my scattered thoughts into cohesive and understandable sentences!

Thanks for sharing.

cj

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CECE0330 11/26/2008 2:56PM

    Thanks again for being an inspiration! I totally agree with loving our battle scars. I have stretch marks from both pregnancies, and let's just say no one other then DH (well, and my kids) will EVER see my stomach, EVER! However, I don't get distressed about them when I get out of the shower and they are staring me in the face (gotta love those revealing nekkid glimpses in the mirror) because when I didn't have them, I also didn't have my daughters. Stretch marks are such a small price to pay, as is some loose skin after improving your health and chances of a longer life. Plus, it's the oddball things that make us WHO we are. Who wants perfection, anyway? Bo-ring! lol.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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ASKIMOLI 11/26/2008 2:11PM

    I have some loose skin on my arms and it bothers me, but how I look now makes me feel so proud that the loose skin might as well be invisible.

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FIT4HISGLORY 11/26/2008 2:08PM

    Awesome blog! I, too, am struggling with this lately and at my age (45) I'm not convinced I'll get rid of all mine. That being said, rather saggy and healthy than taut and unhealthy!

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ASHLIETURNER 11/26/2008 1:33PM

    I'm getting ready to have Bariatric Surgery and the lose skin idea does bother me, but knowing I will be healthy is so much easier. Friends of mine have said they dont want to lose "Alot" because they'll have lose skin. O my goodness! I would much rather have a little saggy skin then be 320lbs EVER AGAIN! I will be sharing you're blog with my bariatric support group! You're so amazing!

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CAROL_HOORAH 11/26/2008 11:28AM

    p.s. i really do feel like we should be proud of our loose skin and wear it as battle scars. Look at what an amazing thing we've done - we've overcome being OBESE since CHILDHOOD. How many people can say that?!? We should almost make a sparkteam lol Loose skin: Wear it proudly!

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CAROL_HOORAH 11/26/2008 11:24AM

    Great blog, much needed!!!
And for anyone still skeptical reading I agree 1000000% and I have a very similar situation!!!!

Zirc, don't you think that those ppl on the biggest loser must must MUST get their loose skin removed? Honestly with what you've, I've, and other friends of ours have experienced with this journey, we ALL have the same results, a bit of loose skin, and all the biggest losers come out looking like the fitness models. They MUST get it removed no???

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RANGERAMPS 11/26/2008 11:07AM

    Great blog! I wonder a bit too what to do with lose skin but try not to think about it. I'd love to be 'normal' and not have it but normal is negotiable anyway.

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KSTYLEFITNESS 11/26/2008 9:56AM

    Great blog! Even I with less than 50 to lose worry about lose skin.

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CATIATM 11/26/2008 7:10AM

    A battle scar. What a great image!

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JESPAH 11/26/2008 6:44AM

    Well said, with an excellent perspective.

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SLCOLMAN 11/25/2008 10:28PM

    Thanks for putting your thoughts out there on this topic!!

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AVERYRED 11/25/2008 10:07PM

    Thanks for a great blog. I have struggled with my loose skin but my partner doesn't seem to have issues with it and is glad that I am more active and fit than ever. I too could choose surgery but am not sure at this point that it is the route for me.

Again, thanks for the really good exploration and encouragement.

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KIMCATUS 11/25/2008 9:18PM

    Once again my dear friend you've made a great point and given us something to think about...I'm halfway to where I want to be and yeah I think I will have some loose skin...shoot I already have stretch marks from the fat...but what can ya do? The only loose skin that's really getting to me is on my neck...I have a wattle! rofl But I'm learning to love myself even with all my imperfections and I know with the help, support, love and awesome inspiration from people like you I know that will happen!

*hugs*

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BLAZEGRRL 11/25/2008 9:04PM

    Thanks for blogging about this Dana. You are so wise. I've been noticing more loose skin as well lately, and I know I'm probably going to be just a little saggy in some spots... but I notice that since I've started focusing more on strength training, that's helped a bit. And you're right, loose skin by no means diminishes my satisfaction with how I look now compared to how I looked then.

I like the idea of a battle scar! Wear it proudly emoticon

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BRUIN2 11/25/2008 7:51PM

    Another great blog Dana!

Such an interesting issue to be confronted with.

It's so cool to hear your perspective on, well, everything!!

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HOPELOSE100 11/25/2008 7:49PM

    Thank you for writing about this touchy subject, I know that I have wondered about it and I have only just begun my journey to a healthy life...You are truely an inspiration!! It's great to read your blogs and see how far you have come...the motivation is truely priceless!!

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WOLFKITTY 11/25/2008 7:44PM

    WOOHOO! I agree.
Great blog, girlie!

Hugs!
Jocelyn

(I used to be very AFRAID of loose skin, but like you I wouldn't trade being healthy, especialy as healthy as I WILL BE for tight skin. Ick.)

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DAGNY99 11/25/2008 7:13PM

    I loved this blog!
Yes, loose skin is something that I worry about and fear! I don't care about the stretch marks, but I already have lose skin in my arms and legs, which are my biggest concerns.
But I guess the thing I keep reminding myself is, that at 300+ pounds I did not like my body, so at least I look a little bit better now...

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/25/2008 6:58PM

    you haven't seen ali naked? well i have and let me tell you... lol. i am sure she has loose skin. maybe on bl they do it like models in photo shoots with clothes that are too big and they pull her skin around the back and clip it. ha ha! i have also seen models use tape on their body to pull some stuff up/down/around.

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TELERIE 11/25/2008 6:23PM

    Hear hear, Dana! Well said! Thank you for another great blog!
I don't know what my particular problem will look like, but I think now that I'll wear my flabby skin with pride of my accomplishment when I get there! I'd much rather have loose skin on a healthy and fit body than wheeze up one flight of stairs with wrinkle-free skin...
Loose skin just isn't a problem for me until I get there. If there's chafing and pain happening I might consider surgery after a while. If the flabby skin is just a small cosmetic imperfection - I'm not going to become perfect ever, so why worry about it with a healthy, fit and able body to DO things with!
- Marit emoticon

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MDTWEETY 11/25/2008 6:17PM

    What an honest and inspirational blog!! Love it. I'm sure it will motivate countless people on this site. :)

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Weekend Stuff

Monday, November 24, 2008

This weekend was...

weird.

Saturday, work, KB time (only could manage about 20 minutes! tough stuff!), then a kind of home disaster I had to take care of which sucked. Stressfull!

Then I still had to do my grocery shopping -- so I did that. (luckily didn't have TOO much to buy since we're gonna be out of town later this week visiting my family YAY!!!!!!!)

THEN we had people over to watch WALL-E which was fun.

The next day I felt sooooooo tired and sore throated when I woke up -- was up most of the night. :( So I decided I needed more sleep and didn't go to church. (bad girl). Did a ton of laundry (gotta have clothes to pack!) and didn't do much else other than check out a new Greek restaurant really close to us.

People. It was SO GOOD. I WAYYYYYYYY overdid it. I know we will be back. But at least next time I will have a better idea what they have and that we can go back again and I don't have to eat everything in sight. :) The restaurant will be there in the future. I can take my time trying everything on the menu -- I don't have to eat it all in one night. *EEK*

But I also did get in a good at home workout yesterday -- a Jillian Video and some stupid Crunch Cardio Salsa video. The Salsa one was OK, then she went into Merengue and the freaking arm movements were all so cheesy and I was getting off all the time so when I looked at my HRM and saw I had burned 60 cal more than planned for that day I decided to call it quits. :) HAHAHAHA.

So this week's plan:

today - work + band + make chili tonight. woohoo for the chili!

tomorrow - gotta do some shopping in the morning, also get to the gym to get some kind of rockin workout... work, PACK!

Wednesday - waking up super early because I'm working the opening shift so we can leave and get into town where my family is by that night and check in to our hotel. Maybe workout at the hotel that night if I'm not too tired and they have equipment? Or not?

THANKSGIVING!!! I wanna get some kind of workout in that morning before going to my family's house. I will be cooking and eating and vegging all day. And then maybe also a workout that night if I'm not totally exhausted. I wanna make sure I'm still burning calories especially since I know I'll be consuming!

Friday - who knows

Saturday - also more of a ??? come home.

Sunday - church, workout.

Yep I think that's aobut it. But I'm thinking Friday and Saturday I'm gonna try to get in a workout at the hotel if I can as well. I need to go look up that place online and see if they have the amenities listed as to whether or not they have a gym and if so if it lists what the gym has...

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

  
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SLCOLMAN 11/24/2008 7:01PM

    Sounds like you are in a for a wild week!
Enjoy te time at home with your family for the holiday!!

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SWEETZMIX 11/24/2008 6:56PM

    Dana....GREEK.......MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM LOVE IT!! Hope u have a good time with the family and I plan on doing the same. Working out the most I can.

Girl I need some help, I left a comment on ur page. That's if you have time, if not.....after the holidays. hehe, I'm having BBQ Turkey. mmmm mmmm The whole turkey BBQ...mmmmmm mmmmmmm

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WOLFKITTY 11/24/2008 1:29PM

    I *love* Greek food! Mmm! It can also be very healthy (provided you're keeping portions in control - LOL!) ... Your plan looks great! On Thanksgiving lots of cities have "turkey trots", races or walks in the morning. That might be a great way to kick off the holiday! ;D

Jocelyn

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/24/2008 12:52PM

    is kb kick boxing???? sounds like a good weekend. i haven't seen walle yet. my son saw it in the theatre so i am sure we will have the dvd in no time.

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KSTYLEFITNESS 11/24/2008 12:48PM

    Sounds like a nice weekend. If the hotel does not have equipment, bring a resistance band or a jump rope or some other lightweight equipment and still get your workout in.

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BRUIN2 11/24/2008 12:23PM

    Good plan for the week!

And YUM for the restaurant!!! Mmmm!

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Another OFF DAY!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Legs still screaming. Tired.

Dinner was delicious last night. :)

Plan -

Tomorrow bring snacks to eat and wear workout clothes to work, so when I come home I can go straight into KB action! No getting derailed to the couch.

Sunday - Spin class.

Twilight? *hopes*

  
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SLCOLMAN 11/23/2008 11:11PM

    Can't wait to hear what you think of "Twilight" - I am DYING to get to go see it!!!! LOL

Hope that the legs are feeling better!

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CAROL_HOORAH 11/23/2008 7:52AM

    oh nooooo I heard twilight wasn't good from critics at least :( tell me tho!!!

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JOYPHOTOG 11/22/2008 3:45PM

  we're very happy with the news. I was hoping to get thinner first, but I'm excited. I'm still gonna be exercising like crazy though, trying to not gain too much. Now I know why my weight has been at a standstill. :-P

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CATIATM 11/22/2008 1:50PM

    Enjoy the rest and let those muscles rebuild!

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TELERIE 11/21/2008 6:33PM

    Enjoy the weekend. Relax if you need it! Take care of those legs of yours!

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SWEETZMIX 11/21/2008 3:44PM

    rest those legs. My legs are sore from some ST but I have been such a greedy box!!! So I am going to do some walking, something easy just to make me feel better!!

Have a good weekend Dana!!

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KIMCATUS 11/21/2008 3:19PM

    Oooh sounds like a good day off and a great plan of action for the weekend!! Enjoy! You deserve it! :P

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 11/21/2008 2:12PM

    Ooh, I hope you get to see Twilight too! I'm going tonight, and I swear I won't ruin it for you! (a "friend" already ruined it for me, so I am ticked!)

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OFF DAY!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I have declared today an off day!

Here's why: I wanted to do a KB workout. BUT -- my lower body is screaming from yesterday reminding me, DANA -- Muscles need a day of rest before being worked hard again. So, in order to make the fullest advantage of KB, which is a full body workout, I'm resting today. HURRAH! I'm excited! :D

Also tonight's dinner should be interesting... I'm attempting recipes from a book called "Fast Food Fix" which is remakes of fast food recipes. Not ultra healthy, but so healthified compared to the real thing. Apparently the most healthy version without sacrificing using the real ingredients or sacrificing flavor. At least, that's the claim.

I entered the recipes into SparkRecipes and came up with slightly different nutrition facts than the book... but then again, I think I'm using a higher fat beef than she recommends since I couldn't find any really lean ground beef at the store for some reason... and possible different rolls. You can check out my nutrition tracker for my details today -- I'm cutting it close!!!

But hey, there's a range for a reason, right? Some days lower, some days higher.

The thing that really did me in today was the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake this morning. Those things.... they are like... my most favorite. DH bought some yesterday. So I had one last night... and this morning. :P Soon they will be gone at least!!! Only 2 more in the package and I'm working hard to convince myself that both of them should go to DH because I've had 2 of the five already. :) HAHAHAHA. So I can't eat anymore not because I'm cutting myself off, but because it's only fair. Yes???

Anyway... I'm getting sooooooooooo excited for the upcoming holidays and family time. :) It's soon! Only 5 more workdays after today, and that's including Saturday. :P

  
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CATIATM 11/21/2008 6:38AM

    Little Debbie's Christmas Tree cakes ..... *starts to drool uncontrollably*

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WOLFKITTY 11/21/2008 1:25AM

    Your so hilarious!! :D I'm glad I don't like those tree thingies.. And it's so honorable of you to make sure that your husband has a fair share! ;)

Jocelyn

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PHOTOTEE 11/21/2008 12:30AM

    oooooooooooo....E V I L little debbies!!!Your soooo tasty,yummy!!! I think I just consumed those calories just thinking about them!

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BRUIN2 11/20/2008 3:32PM

    Healthified. hehehe. Great word!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, 5 more workdays until Thanksgiving. I was sooo confused (and beginning to be very jealous - "why does she get from now until Christmas off??").

Enjoy the rest day!

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ANGELBLEU 11/20/2008 3:23PM

    oh i love those damn little debbies! and they are oh so evil! hehehehe but soo good! Im going to check out your tracker... my kids would probably thank me if I made something like that since everyone in the hosue is cut off from fast food... except for subway. :) make today great girl! :)

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Today

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Today's been ok.

Dinner last night was improvised, but good. We had a kind of BBQ Chicken and Black Bean wrap... but I made a mixture of chicken, black beans, edamame, corn, and BBQ sauce, only additionally seasoned with some onion powder, and wrapped in some low carb wheat tortillas. Not cause I'm scared of carbs, but it's the easiest way to get a lower calorie tortilla. :)

Dunno what I'll make tonight, but I have the tools. Just gotta use 'em!

Today was a kind of a nice milestone at the gym. It's been 3 weeks since I stopped running and so I attempted some squats and lunges today for the first time since then and they felt fine. CHALLENGING, but no irritation or pain. YAY! :D My knee/leg really feels 100%. I'm going to wait at least one more week, maybe longer(.... it's so cold outside... hahahah :) ) before running again. We'll see.

Not much else to report other than I woke up TOO early this morning and I'm pooped. Time to go home. :P (Only 3 more hours...)

  
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SLCOLMAN 11/23/2008 11:15PM

    Glad to hear that the leg is feeling 100% woo hoo!!!

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SWEETZMIX 11/20/2008 2:26PM

    Dana that wrap sounds sO good. I am not a huge fan of black beans but my BF is. MMMMMMM I just had lunch but now I want what u had. hehe

On ur last blog you did the Captain's Chair!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! I used it for the first time on Saturday and had the same fear, that I couldn't lift myself up, but I used it. And girl, I was sore under my pits & my abs for 4 days. LOL Keep using the machines, I feel intimated too, but hey we gotta use them eventually.

BTW u always talk about running, I have been jogging more cuz of u!!

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BOTZZZ 11/20/2008 11:01AM

    That wrap sounds a lot like a dish I make with rice black beans and BBQ chicken, yummy :) and I am glad you are feeling no pain and will be able to get back into the running game, though its cold out get out there and run as long as ya can! I did a walk last night in 25 degrees with lots of wind! just do eeeet! ;)

As Ever
Me

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WOLFKITTY 11/19/2008 9:04PM

    Hooray for your knee! :)
Your food always sounds so delicious! EHheee.
Jocelyn

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BRUIN2 11/19/2008 8:09PM

    Mmmm, sounds like one delicious improvisation!

And, YAY for the strength for the lower body!! Bet you'll feel it (in a good way!) tomorrow - that's the joy of taking some time of (at least I think so!!).




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TELERIE 11/19/2008 8:04PM

    Glad your legs/knees are better - just be careful when you ease back into running. And you should be HERE for a while -if you're cold in Alabama! Brrrr... it's freezing.

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