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Wrapping up January

Friday, February 01, 2013

Starting stats:
Weight: 159 lbs
Body fat: 31.1% (goal: under 30%)
Muscle mass: 30% (goal: over 30.3%)

Ending stats:
No change.

As I said in a previous post, I did actually get down to 158 lbs, then popped up to 162 lbs for no discernible reason, then dropped back to 159 lbs, remaining stuck there for the last two weeks. It's a net zero for the month, which is frustrating given the amount I SHOULD have lost going by my calorie differential. I was really hoping to be at 157 by the end of January - a 2-lb loss for the month. But no. On the bright side, I've had multiple people tell me that I look like I've lost a lot of weight this month, despite not losing pounds or inches. Not sure what that's about. NOTE: My muscle percentage has stayed the same, so no, I am not gaining muscle in exchange for fat.

A few other monthly stats:
Inches lost: -0.25 inches in my upper arm - I'm surprised I lost any.
Fitness minutes: 2356 (39:16 hrs)*
Monthly calorie differential: 11,796 (should equal 3.37 lbs - but didn't)
Steps taken: 355,348 (~158 miles)
Official walked/run miles: 80

*Fitness minute total is skewed because the Fitbit seems to pull in every tiny bit of movement I make during the day, rather than just moderate to vigorous activity. Every time I walk from, say, my living room to my bedroom, it gets recorded as a fitness minute. I would guess that I actually had closer to 1700 actual fitness minutes this month. The Fitbit was only hooked up for the last five days of the month. I have no idea what my fitness minutes for February will look like...

Pull-up status: I was almost up to a full pull-up at the beginning of the month, but due to shoulder injury, this goal is on hiatus until the end of February.

NSVs and January Highlights:
I made some huge leaps in running this month! Before 2013, I had never run more than 3.5 miles nonstop. This month I did several long runs, including my first 10K. I also walked/ran a half-marathon with my local Sparkteam, which was awesome! Beyond that, it was great to be treated as a runner and athlete by a stranger at my local running shop. In non-running NSVs, I discovered that I now fit into a single leg of my "before" jeans. Woohoo! Also, while I apparently didn't lose any weight or real inches this month, my body seems to be changing shape - my shadow is going all hourglass, which makes me smile. :D

I had some great moments out on my neighborhood walks this month as well. On MLK Day, I took my boys out walking, and we found a (real) $100 bill on the sidewalk. !!! We tried to find the owner, but couldn't, so it paid for my new Fitbit. :D Also, I was able to rescue a dog and reunite him with his owner this month, and now I frequently get to see the two of them when I'm out walking. :)

I've got big plans for February, but I'm not going to talk about them until the end of the month - I don't want to jinx myself. :D I promise I'll let you all know in a few weeks. I have exactly four weeks left until my 34th birthday. I would REALLY like to be at a healthy weight (154 lbs) by then, or at least at 100 lbs lost (155 lbs), but that's a really HUGE stretch for me considering I've only been losing 0-2 lbs per month for the last 16 months. Still, I'll do whatever I can to get as close as possible! I hope to have good news to report on March 1st. :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KARENE10 2/10/2013 8:46AM

    I haven't visited in a while so I didn't see how much weight you've lost. You look emoticon ! Congrats on the 10K too! emoticon

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RYDERB 2/8/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon You look great Amanda!
You're amazing and stopping by your page or reading your blogs always leaves me inspired. emoticon You're living your new healthy life and every day you get closer to your goal.

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SAPHRAEL 2/2/2013 11:31PM

    How exciting that $100 fell in your lap! I'd say well spent, but I too am frustrated by it's generous fitness minute counts. I was really hoping it would be more accurate so I wouldn't have to manually enter less thing to eat up my time.

Good luck in reaching your birthday goals. You can do it!

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KARENLEIGH32 2/2/2013 11:23PM

    keep up the good work! you are looking great!

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CRABADA 2/2/2013 11:02PM

    Congratulations Amanda!

I think you look fabulous, and have so much to celebrate for January.

I know you're frustrated with the plateau. Not sure if you ever read SP member Yoovie's blog, but she was dealing with a year-long stall and finally switched things up and started doing some serious strength training. She's had AMAZING results, so you might want to check out her page and some of her blogs.


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TANYA602 2/2/2013 6:35PM

    It's funny that you say that you don't see it, but even in this new picture I see changes! Your body is changing shape! Like you, I have hovered at the 157-158 range all month. Nothing is making that scale move, and 154 is my own next mini goal. We can do this! February will be the month we see that scale move!
I love the stats and details here! Good job with the finds and rescues!

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COFFEE_123456 2/2/2013 6:18PM

    Sounds like a definite mix of ups and downs - for me, it really helps (when I'm stuck on the scale) to know that other people are seeing differences... then the scale eventually catches up. I hope that is the case for you too!

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MISTYBLUE716 2/2/2013 10:03AM

    Stick with it! (I know you will) YOU LOOK GREAT! It's always a great feeling to find unexpected things 100 dollars! :) So glad you were able to reunite that pup with their owner also! February is going to rock and I'm sure you will do wonderful things!

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    Sounds like a pretty decent month to me!!

You look fabulous!!

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SHINYZALATA 2/1/2013 5:14PM

    Looking Gorgeous, i lsoo luv the nsv. i totally underatyand what you mean , ppl telling me u lost weight, ur soo skinng although i didnt lose anything , i believe the running is doingf effect , jeans getting loise, need to buy new one :D and i am totally walking confidnet and so luv it.

Crossing my fingers so u get that 100 lbs loss y ur bday, keep us updated plzzz :D:D:D

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HEALTHY156 2/1/2013 3:41PM

    Wow! What an amazing month! I hope you meet your february goals!!

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MISSB8604 2/1/2013 2:57PM

    You really do look like you’ve lost more weight! Good for you! I have no doubt you’ll reach your goals!

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ROBYNROSE26 2/1/2013 1:27PM

    I think a huge part of the battle is sticking with it when the results aren't what you hope and you are amazing with that!

I think you meant 4 weeks until your birthday, not 4 monthes?

February is your month!

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PARASELENIC 2/1/2013 11:42AM

    ZOMG happy dog!!!! That's fabulous!

Maybe the reason people are noticing and remarking on your weight is that you are more comfortable with the new, healthy, attractive you... I must say, looking at the pictures, you look different now, in this weird intangible way-- your smile, your posing-- something.... just looking at october/november pics to now-- where there really wasn't much total body change-- there is something different, now. Perhaps your body and skin are getting comfortable and realizing that this you, this healthy you, IS YOU, not just a temporary fluctuation, yaknow?

I know you just got your fitbit, but I hope that you keep posting about it. I'm on the fence about it, myself and really trust your objective assessments of these things... so your opinion will weigh heavily on my final decision whether or not to get one...

(I'm skeptical about it for really no reason other than I'm just generally skeptical about everything...)

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    you're awesome!

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RUNNINGAL425 2/1/2013 11:12AM

    Sounds like January was great!!

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MOMMACASSEY 2/1/2013 9:48AM

    The first thing that pops into my mind as a comment, sadly, is "What a pretty dog!"

Congratulations on all your successes!

I remember you telling me you had a scale that measured body fat percentage and muscle mass percentage. I've been having issues with my HealthOMeter scale which is supposed to tell me my BMI... and I thought it was doing this based on my height and everything, which I had to input. I contacted the company, and they told me how to recalibrate the machine (it was swinging my weight up and down every time I stepped on it, but recalibrating seems to have helped) and they let me know that it measures the body fat percentage by shooting a harmless little bit of electricity up through you and looking at how long it takes the electricity to come back to it--something to do with the amount of water in fat vs. in muscle.

So I didn't really expect to see my BMI change by much (even though it was showing up as higher fat percentage than the average BMI) but when I recalibrated it, suddenly my BMI was 4% lower on the scale!

But I think that you're paying attention to the right things--feeling good and liking how you look are as important or more important than any numbers that can be pinned to you.

emoticon for continuing to be such an inspiration!

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MSCARCHICK 2/1/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds like you're working it! Keep it up!

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C8TSON 2/1/2013 9:21AM

  I think you look fabulous!!! Great pic, but I really do see a difference myself in your shape. emoticon You had some really awesome NSV's this month too, so that is great in itself! emoticon

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SHUFFMAN126 2/1/2013 9:18AM

    Sounds like an awesome month! I'm glad you were able to help the lost puppy find his owner.

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STEVIEBEE569 2/1/2013 9:07AM

    You accomplished so much this past month! Please don't be too hard on yourself because you didn't lose. Just continue to re-evaluate your goals and any mistake, then push forward! You can do this!

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ZENNITH 2/1/2013 8:54AM

    sounds to me like you're toning up right now and that's what you're body wants to focus on rather than losing.

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