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It's time to build some muscle!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I had gotten it into my head that I should get down to 144. That would be 101 pounds lost. This was my goal because 144 is where I go from being "overweight" to "normal" on the BMI scale. Weight loss has become basically impossible. I can stay the same, or I can gain weight. But my body is really liking the number 148. I've gone slightly below it and of course, far above it, but it always seems to settle right about 148.

Then I was thinking. What would be so different four pounds from now? Especially since my plan was to start trying to gain muscle as soon as I got down to 144. So I get to normal...and then I gain muscle, but then I'd be "overweight" again! I'm not really sure where my brain was when I decided that I would only allow myself to be "overweight" if I could get down to "normal" first.

Instead of doing so much cardio, I definitely want to kick up my strength training and pilates. I'm probably still going to go to the gym just as much as I always have, but I'll just be doing different things! So it's not about giving up, it's about changing my goals.

I think it's good to remain flexible in life. Have you ever reevaluated your goals? In weight loss, or just in general?
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DONNARADFORD 11/23/2008 5:04PM

    I would like to tell you how happy I am for you.. Keep up the good work,
I am new with Sparkpeople, I hope I can do as good as you did. What
kind of diet program are you on.... I could use some hint... Thanks! emoticon

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PAGGYJ 11/8/2008 9:15PM

    I just read your blog.You are great.Stop worrying and enjoy your new self. i wish I could excercise like u.Maybe I will get better and be able to do some of these. Hugs peggy

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AMBERSILVER05 10/27/2008 4:16PM

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS, you have done awesome, you look GREAT!!!!

I find I need weights to get my bodyfat% cardio alone is not enough. Plus the more muscle you have the more calories you burn, which is only a good thing :)

I work with personal trainer for my weight lifting it is great as every 4 weeks she mixes it up, she pushes me hard and I push myself harder than I would on my own, plus she is always watching to make sure I keep proper form so I don't sustain an injury.

Your doing great so far and adding weights to your work outs will be awesome, you will see a huge drop in body fat% within a couple weeks of incorporating weights.

I wish you the best of luck and keep me posted, love to know how you feel about the weight workouts.

Feel the burn
Amber emoticon

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YANDI4LIFE 10/27/2008 5:17AM

    You look awesome!!! How does your body feel? I read a SP article the other day that said sometimes the norm (as far as BMI) is concerned can be off b/c the scales can't tell the difference between muscle and fat. My goals change constantly. That could be part of my problem. I recently updated my ticker b/c I felt if I set it to a closer weight, I might feel like I'm progressing and improve my weight loss.

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DNJEN471 10/26/2008 12:38PM

    I always change my goals. Obviously my goals are way off at the moment. But I like to change them based on how I am feeling. I have another sparkbuddy that got down to 110 and people actually were telling her that she looked too skinny. That is what 'normal' is based upon the BMI... but she was feeling sick and wasn't having her normal menstral cycle. So she bumped it up. She now is at like 130 and still looks fab and feels so much better.

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JSMLIVE 10/26/2008 12:14PM

    Makes good sense to me. I am focused totally on body fat percentage rather than actually weight. Strength training is key for me, because it maintains/builds muscle which is a key component of my fat burning machine. I have shifted my focus to fat burning rather than weight loss. I really don't care what my ending weight is as long as my body fat percentage is between 10-14 percent. Burn the fat! and get stronger. That's the ticket for me.

I love it! It is working!

Scott

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CINCIN65 10/25/2008 5:15PM

    Yes, to answer your question, I have reevaluated my goals. after having children later in life (not in my 20's) I realized I'm stronger and have more curves to my hips and bust and butt that I'll never be 115 pencil shaped again. So I use the tape measure to check my progress and I see the muscle definition starting to come in and I'm actually liking not having a flat butt. So what does it matter that some chart tells you that you are overweight. That chart doesn't know how many push ups you can do or how many miles you can run or even your bone density. go with how you feel. I think that's the right plan.
--Hey, i think i just blogged on your blog. LOL
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You are an inspiration to all of us!! Thank you for being here.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/24/2008 7:15PM

    4 lbs. is not really that big of a difference. You have done remarkably well. Remember, water, water, water. lil more water perhaps.

Let me know if you lose that 4 lbs. but really i think 148 is your ideal weight. your body says so.
Debbie

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JIBBIE49 10/24/2008 5:01PM

    You can do this.
I'm going to do the P90X work out, so wish me luck. My son just started it six days ago. I'm going to do the LEAN version and the Basic basic. emoticon

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