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***I'M BAAACK!! SOUND OFF: What worked for me was...****


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sorry about the dismal Debbie Downer day I was having yesterday. Now that all the mud-slinging is done, I can relax. Today I thought we should focus on what has made YOU successful either in the past, or this time around. emoticon emoticon emoticon

To better encourage those reading the blog, let us know your Starting Weight (SW), you Current Weight (CW) and your Height (HT). If it makes you more comfortable, you can simply refer to your total pounds lost. SO HERE WE GOOOOOO

1.) WHAT HAS HELPED YOU TAME THE TUMMY THE MOST??? emoticon

2.) WHAT EXERCISES OR TECHNIQUES HAVE YOU USED TO GET A BETTER BACKSIDE?

3.) WHAT CALORIE RANGE DO YOU FEEL WORKED BEST FOR YOU TO DROP WEIGHT? MAINTAINANCE?

4.) WHAT WORKOUTS CAN I DO OUTSIDE OF A GYM THAT HAS HELPED YOU SHAPE UP?

5.) HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SPOUSE ON BOARD WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE?

6.) HOW DID YOU HANDLE OR COMBAT ALL THE LOOSE SKIN?

7.) WHAT WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU MADE DURING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?

8.) HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN EXTENDED PLATEAU? IF SO, HOW DID YOU BREAK IT?

9.) HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AFFECTED YOUR BODY IMAGE? WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR?

10.) WHAT SPECIAL DIET OR REGIMINE HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST?

THank you so much for encouraging someone today by sharing your experiences! On a lighter note, here's a funny to start your day:

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LILSHINE 11/9/2012 10:19AM

    First of all I love this blog post and thank all those that have shared. So I contribute my portion although I haven't come close to my goal. SW 291 CW 271 5'9.5"
1. Tummy taming is not yet conqueror - it's my worst area. Hoping to get some insight here. 2. I recently started with squats and I also find that this step glider thingy at the gym works that area well. 3. Haven't focused on a range per se but I stay within the calories set up for me here on spark. 4. I do wall push-ups everytime I make a bathroom run at work, alternate squats. Exercise dvds and outdoor walking at a park or beach. 5. My family has always been encouraging to me. Earlier this year I sent my immediate family an email inviting them to join me and lets work together as a team. It has taken a while but they are trickling onto the wagon bit by bit. My sister was one we were all concerned about as she has MS and we've gotten her to walk inside her home daily and she's now up to 30 minutes a day. She started at 10 minutes. We text and email one another to see how everyone is doing or to motivate those that are not there yet. 6. Loose skin - haven't gotten there yet. 7. So far my gym membership, now that I use it consistently. 8. I plateaued the entire month of July. I believe that it had something to do with a medication I was taking. So I stopped taking it for a week and lost the following week 6#s. So now that I'm off the medication permanently my body has been adjusting and although I'm up and down... I'm not stuck. 9. I see fat, rolls and rolls and jiggly big arms. Sometimes I feel my tummy looks smaller and sometimes I see my face slimming. Then there are days I see nothing. But I still love me and know that I'm beautiful no matter what. 10. Drinking my water, decreasing my fast food eating helps. When those two are lacking I have the tendency to gain or stay the same. So that's currently my focus.

Again great blog...

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ENDERLI 11/7/2012 2:25PM

    I would answer all of them, but it looks like most people have them covered.
My focus is just tor try to get any exercise in, I haven't focused on any specific body part! And I keep it around 1200/1300 cal a day w/ under 150 carbs(no wheat/rice products).
I find it startling(and discoursging) that no one else has loose skin flapping about. I do. I have tons of it. I don't know if it's from having 3 babies or what. I've only lost about 17 pounds from my highest weight. I have a disgusting fat apron. I think when all is said and done I will probably get it surgically removed. This skin issue I think it genetics. The trainer said that there is no exercise that will help that....he said "I'm sorry Sugar, only surgery will fix that"
Well, at least he was honest.
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CNTRYGL1 11/7/2012 2:21PM

    SW: 234
CW:195
Height: 5'8"

1.) WHAT HAS HELPED YOU TAME THE TUMMY THE MOST???
Cutting out wheat.

2.) WHAT EXERCISES OR TECHNIQUES HAVE YOU USED TO GET A BETTER BACKSIDE?
Squats, squats and more squats....and running

3.) WHAT CALORIE RANGE DO YOU FEEL WORKED BEST FOR YOU TO DROP WEIGHT? MAINTAINANCE?
I dont count calories anymore. I eat the foods my body can digest properly and the weight comes off without having to count calories or be hungry.

4.) WHAT WORKOUTS CAN I DO OUTSIDE OF A GYM THAT HAS HELPED YOU SHAPE UP?
Running is my absolute favorite! In a gym or out of one.

5.) HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SPOUSE ON BOARD WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE?
My mom is doing it with me, coworkers have always been very supportive, and it took hubby a little while, but he finally realized Im not going back this time.

6.) HOW DID YOU HANDLE OR COMBAT ALL THE LOOSE SKIN?
Hmm, this is a frustrating topic. I have no idea, but would love suggestions.

7.) WHAT WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU MADE DURING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My running shoes!! I kept getting shin splints, and knee pain until I went to Runners World and was fitted for the right shoes. They weren't cheap, but absolutely worth it!

8.) HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN EXTENDED PLATEAU? IF SO, HOW DID YOU BREAK IT?
Not really. I experienced lack of dedication for a few months and maintained...but when Im really dedicated to my eating habits I haven't had any plateau.

9.) HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AFFECTED YOUR BODY IMAGE? WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR?
I feel so much better about myself! I look in the mirror and see I do still have a long way to go, but have come soooo far!

10.) WHAT SPECIAL DIET OR REGIMINE HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST?
PALEO PALEO PALEO PALEO PALEO!!! emoticon Cant say enough how much it has helped me and how awesome it makes me feel!

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DALID414 11/7/2012 12:57PM

    SW= 145
CW= 133
Ht= 5'2.5" (on a good day)

1. Plank pose
2. Squats and lunges
3. 1200-1550
4. Plain old walking
5. They aren't on board, but don't make comments about what I eat.
6. N/A
7. Time on SP!!
8. Not yet.
9. I see less lumps and bumps.
10. Eating at around the same times everyday

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CJADERUN 11/7/2012 12:54PM

    1.) WHAT HAS HELPED YOU TAME THE TUMMY THE MOST???
Protein. Nom nom nom, protein. Upping my protein from 60 to 100 grams per day made myself so much happier.

2.) WHAT EXERCISES OR TECHNIQUES HAVE YOU USED TO GET A BETTER BACKSIDE?
Squats and lunges. When doing squats, I remind myself of what one of my Body Pump instructors states: "Squeeze your butt! If you don't, no one else will want to!"

3.) WHAT CALORIE RANGE DO YOU FEEL WORKED BEST FOR YOU TO DROP WEIGHT? MAINTAINANCE?
Losing: I'm still figuring that out, but 1400-1600 for a while. I'm not at maintenance yet, but soon.

4.) WHAT WORKOUTS CAN I DO OUTSIDE OF A GYM THAT HAS HELPED YOU SHAPE UP?
Running and videos. I'm enjoying Jillian Michel's Shed and Shred.

5.) HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SPOUSE ON BOARD WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE?
My boyfriend saw that it made me happy, so that made him happy. My mother had already lost nearly 100 lbs using SP, so she was very happy that I was taking my weight seriously. My brother is supportive, but only as long as we realize that HE is losing MORE weight and BETTER than me. (He's not. Honestly, I haven't seen a change at all. And he refuses to weigh himself because he doesn't want to know how much he weighs.) My dad is indifferent, as is my sister.

6.) HOW DID YOU HANDLE OR COMBAT ALL THE LOOSE SKIN?
I never gained enough to have this problem.

7.) WHAT WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU MADE DURING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I don't have to pay for it now, but it will be when I have to start paying for my gym membership. I think it's totally worth it.

8.) HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN EXTENDED PLATEAU? IF SO, HOW DID YOU BREAK IT?
Not yet. But I was going to try to break it by going into maintenance, then switching back to trying to lose weight.

9.) HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AFFECTED YOUR BODY IMAGE? WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR?
Before I would switch back and forth between "I LOOK AMAZING" to "I look like a flabby mess," but more often in the latter. I still switch back and forth, but more frequently in the former.

10.) WHAT SPECIAL DIET OR REGIMINE HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST?
I only eat/do things I enjoy. If I don't like it, I wont eat/do it. If we do things we don't like, then we're more likely to resent it and backslide after a while. Since I enjoy my healthier food options and my exercise regime, I'm having a fairly easy time.

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MERRY_XMAS 11/7/2012 11:24AM

    SW: 64 kg
CW: 49 kg
HT: 155cm

1.) Nothing specific... I guess calories' tracking made the trick! I understood which foods were better choices and the right portions. I did nothing particular for my tummy but I can't say that it is exactly how I would want it to be.

2.) Again, nothing specific (exercising isn't my strong point...). I'm just lucky, I ave no problem with my backside.

3.) I think the SparkPeople's range was great: 1200-1550 kcal (I don't exercise). I try to eat about 1350 kcal but twice a week I reach the upper limit.

4.) I only do stretching about every other day.

5.) They were all really supportive and proud so I didn't have any problem with that.

6.) Fortunately it wasn't something serious so I learned to live with it.

7.) New clothes!!!

8.) Yeah, the last kgs were pretty persistent... I just decided to be more determined!

9.) I can't really believe I have reached my goal. My body image is like I'm about 54 kgs.

10.) Nothing specific, I just eat more fruits and veggies than I used to.

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LADYJ6942 11/7/2012 10:45AM

    I started out at 290, I've made it down to 230 but with school and live I have hoovered between 240-250 for the past to years. I find that not pushing myself hard enough and giving in to too many of my weakness along with stress keep me up. When I push myself and get in some AM exercise vs PM only and push it on the weekend I can drop it fairly quickly. Thinking that push is what I need right now to get moving again. As for excess skin, I've lost is slow enough I don't really have any to deal with. I find sticking with a simple meal plan the best and keep my menu relatively simple and stable. Lots of freggies

Good luck

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NIKKICOLE83 11/7/2012 10:37AM

    SW: 272.1
CW: 230.8
HT: 5'9"

1. I have no clue how to tame the tummy. This is my problem area and I am hoping to get some encouragement in this area.

2. If you are a walker, find the routes with the most hills. Hills really work that backside. If you prefer the treadmill, walk on an incline and continue to increase the incline. If you squat make sure to squuze your butt on the way up. If you are just chilling at home, find a counter to stabilize yourself and do some side leg lifts and alternate with back leg lifts. Do 20-30 each set and do 30 sets of each a couple of times a day.

3. I was really heavy and jumped right in with a ton of exercise so I was able to still take in a lot of calories in the beginning, 2100-2400. I still exercise a ton so now my range is 1800-2100. Once I hit 225, that range will reduce to 1600-1800 which will probably the lowest range I will go with.

4. I would go to the high school track and sprint the straightaways, power walk the curves. I did that for 30 minutes. Then I would run up and down that stadium steps for 20 min. After that I would climb the steep hill the stadium is built into. I would do that about 6 times. That was a great hour workout.

5. With our loved ones, we have to realize that WE have made them skeptical. We have jumped on and off the weightloss bandwagon so many times so the only way to convince them is to shut up talking about it and just start doing. FInd a weight loss buddy and tell them your plans and goals. Run ideas by them. Tell them your NSVs. Worry about yourself. DOn't try to change everyone else around you right away. Once they see you sticking with it and they begin to see the physical changes, they will get on board.

6. My arms are beginning to look hideous. I am trying to focuse as much strength training as possible to those areas. Drinking water also helps as well as keeping the skin moisturized.

7. The best investment I could have ever made for myself was getting a BodyBugg. I am able to know exactly how many calories I am burning so that way I know exactly how much I can eat to take the weight off. Many times we think we are working a lot harder than we are and the BodyBugg put it all into perspective for me.

8. I just experienced a 3 week plateau. I begin calorie cycling. I eat below my range for 3 days (or at your lowest end) which for me is 1500-1800 calories and then on the 4th day, I eat at the very top of my range 2100-2200 calories. This cranks up your metabolism and just when your body starts to think its in starvation mode, you eat at your top range and your body thinks, oh okay, we are all good, and it sheds all the excess. I also had to change up my fitness routine. I did more strength training and higher intensity cardio.

9. I definitely feel more confident in my clothing and I walk with my head held high. I am not constantly checking for flesh spilling out of my clothes. When my clothes come off, I of course feel better, but now I nit pick every flaw because I know it is within my power to change it so I over analyze rather than being thankful of the obvious progression.

10. I haven't followed a special diet. I eat what I want within reason and I make sure to record everything I put in my mouth. I also bought a digital food scale and weigh out my portion sizes. I refuse to drink my calories.

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ADARKARA 11/7/2012 10:34AM

    1.) WHAT HAS HELPED YOU TAME THE TUMMY THE MOST??? I haven't really done anything special to focus on my tummy. I think it's shrunk, along with the rest of me, by being careful to stay within my range and watch my nutrients.

2.) WHAT EXERCISES OR TECHNIQUES HAVE YOU USED TO GET A BETTER BACKSIDE? Again, none. I guess I'm not really proactive with that sort of thing. I've always liked my backside, lol.

3.) WHAT CALORIE RANGE DO YOU FEEL WORKED BEST FOR YOU TO DROP WEIGHT? MAINTENANCE? Whatever calorie range I'm currently on. I lost weight faster in the beginning, but I was eating MORE then. I haven't started maintaining yet.

4.) WHAT WORKOUTS CAN I DO OUTSIDE OF A GYM THAT HAS HELPED YOU SHAPE UP? I did a lot of walking, plus I do cardio videos at home. It also might be time for me to get back to 30DS!

5.) HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR SPOUSE ON BOARD WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE? I said "I'm going to eat this way. If you don't want to, fine, but this is my life and my health, and I want to feel better." For my husband I said "if you want crap food, you can cook it yourself."

6.) HOW DID YOU HANDLE OR COMBAT ALL THE LOOSE SKIN? I'm not really doing anything active about it. I think I'm losing slow enough that it's staying decently taut. But I do rub lotion on my belly.

7.) WHAT WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU MADE DURING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? A food scale! People have laughed at me weighing everything but it really helps, and I've learned to eyeball things fairly well now.

8.) HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN EXTENDED PLATEAU? IF SO, HOW DID YOU BREAK IT? Nope, only plateaued for about 2 weeks, which I don't think counts.

9.) HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS AFFECTED YOUR BODY IMAGE? WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR? I feel SO much better about myself! I am enjoying trying on clothes, and I feel like I'm becoming much more 'put together'.

10.) WHAT SPECIAL DIET OR REGIMEN HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST? I'm not on a special diet. I am careful, and I try to eat a lot more vegetables, less fat and more protein.

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STACYR31 11/7/2012 10:32AM

    My starting weight was 236 lbs after I had my second child. My current weight is 170 lbs and I'm 5'7".

1. I think tracking my food has helped me the most b/c it has helped me to see how much I was truly eating
2. I went to boot camp all summer and that helped me to learn some new exercises. Also jogging has helped. I'm not very good at it yet but I keep trying.
3. I try to stick in b/wn 1350 -1500.
4. Walk/jog, strengh training even doing things like mountain climbers, planks, etc.
5. My husband has always been pretty supportive but he does most of the cooking and he still makes very calorie laden food so we are still working on that.
6. I've lost the weigh slowly so I really haven't had much loose skin
7. I would say investing in an exercise class. I did boot camp all summer which helped me learn new moves, now I do body pump 1x per week so that forces me to do ST and I now teach Yoga.
8 I always lose like 5-10 lbs quickly and then I'll be stuck the next several months. I just keep working b/c I know that eventually I'll get past it
9. I'm feeling more comfortable with my body. I still have days where I hate to look in the mirror but it's getting better.
10. I'm adding lots of fruits and veggies and that has helped me to stay full longer and it has increased my energy.

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