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    POOKASLUAGH   104,077
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Happy birthday to me, or wrapping up February!

Friday, March 01, 2013


(end of February monthly pic)

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

Ending stats:
Weight: 155 lbs (-4 lbs)
Body fat: 30% (-1.1%)
Muscle mass: 30.5% (+0.5%)

February was good to me. For the first three weeks of the month, the scale dropped and dropped and dropped. I barely remember what that feels like, it's been so long! I had hoped the scale would drop this fourth week and land me at 154 lbs - a healthy BMI - but considering I've averaged no more than 2 lbs per month for the last 15 months, I'll take it! Plus - look! I'm almost to my goal for body fat, and I've already hit my goal for muscle mass percentage - and it's only February! Woohoo!

A few other monthly stats:
Inches lost: -0.25 from my thigh, -0.5 from my waist, no other loss
Spark's fitness minutes: 3419 (~57 hrs - skewed by Fitbit)
Actual fitness minutes: 1450 (~24 hrs)
Monthly calorie differential: 13,230 (should equal -3.75 lbs, which is pretty close!)
Steps taken: 353,733 (~161 miles)
Official walked/run miles: 75.25

Pull-up status: My six-week shoulder recouperation ended a week ago. I was afraid I would lose some upper body muscle in that time, but apparently the rest helped me, because the very first time I got on the pull-up bar, I was able to do a full pull-up for the first time in over a decade!!! Woohoo!

NSVs and February Highlights:
Well, it was a huge month for scale victories this month, reaching 100 lbs lost. I have to admit, that was the big highlight of the month. Nothing really tops that. But there were also a lot of other fun things this month. I have loved my Fitbit! That number of steps taken and miles traveled is huge!! Considering I only officially walked/ran 75.25 miles, that's a lot of miles I put in when I'm not officially exercising. No wonder I burn such a high calorie amount every day. On my most sedentary day this month, I still got in over 6000 steps. I'm so very happy I splurged on my Fitbit at the end of January.

Let's see, what else...oh! I'm starting to be able to see the shadow of ribs on my side when I stretch. There's still a layer of fat there, but if I stretch my sides, I can see the skin ripple over where the ribs would be, and that makes me happy! I don't want protruding ribs or anything, but I do want to be able to see them when I stretch again. Hm, other NSVs...of course, there's that huge leap I mentioned above in my pull-up status. I've only been able to do a full pull-up a couple times - and never more than once on the same day - but I still have hope I'll be doing multiple pull-ups by the end of the year. And another great moment: It was fantastic to tie my personal best 5K time this month, at a run with my dad and stepmom. I love doing these sorts of things with family!

I hope March will bring just as many wonderful moments! It's my 34th birthday today (party party!), and I have lots of plans (including a Spark dinner with my local team tonight!), so I know the month will at least start out great!
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KATHIC2 3/9/2013 3:06PM

  Great success! Congrats! You are inspiring!

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FITMAMA_ 3/6/2013 8:19AM

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy!
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AMBER281 3/5/2013 10:38AM

    Way to go!

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PARASELENIC 3/4/2013 2:33PM

    Happy belated birthday, Pooka! It seems like your body is finally catching up to your activity level-- great loss for Feb!

I can definitely see a difference in those arms-- they look gorgeous, sculpted and strong!

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C8TSON 3/4/2013 12:42PM

    I'm a little late, but emoticon Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I totally missed this last week. Hope it was a wonderful day! Sounds like you have had some amazing NSV's in February! Glad to hear things are going so well for you! emoticon

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TANYA602 3/3/2013 11:25AM

    I am so excited for you and hope you had a memorable birthday in oh so many ways! The biggest of hugs to you!

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TADTURC 3/2/2013 9:03PM

    Congrats on your accomplishments! You look fantastic. I love my Fitbit too. I think that starting tomorrow (Sun) Im going to start deleting my Fitbit entry and just keeping the Step count for logging purposes and the manually entered exercises for actual tracking. I dont like that the Fitbit Entry always skews my #'s so crazy.

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LORILEEPAGE 3/2/2013 1:00PM

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I think your monthly pic is amazing! You are the bomb!



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3RDBABYWEIGHT 3/2/2013 12:51AM

    Way to go! You are doing so awesome!
It was great to meet you tonight! And happy birthday again!
(I'm hoping to be able to do just one pull up by the end of the month! )

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 3/1/2013 5:09PM

    happy Birthday and congrats on all your successes !!

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GINILEE4 3/1/2013 3:22PM

   

Sweetie, you are OVER THE TOP!!!!! It isso inspiring to read your blogs and follow your progress. You are so smart to make this change in your life while you are still young. You have a rich and healthy life ahead of you. A big congratulations on all your victories this past month and to all those in the months before.


Gini PS-- Have the Happiest 100lbs lighter birthday, my friend!!!


Gini

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LITTLETEALOVER 3/1/2013 2:21PM

    Have a great birthday!

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DISCIPLINE_DOES 3/1/2013 1:26PM

    So many things to celebrate!!! Congrats on all you've accomplished so far and all you're going to accomplish!!!
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ROBYNROSE26 3/1/2013 12:25PM

    Such a great month, Make sure your boys spoil you today¢¾

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/1/2013 12:14PM

    Happy birthday darling! You look amazing!

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COFFEE_123456 3/1/2013 11:53AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Have a great day celebrating.

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KARENLEIGH32 3/1/2013 11:47AM

    Pookie! You look great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/1/2013 11:42AM

    You've come so far and I know you can do whatever you put your mind to! emoticon

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PEZMOM1 3/1/2013 10:08AM

    Happy birthday have a great day!
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OMMAMA7 3/1/2013 9:42AM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 3/1/2013 9:27AM

    You are an inspiration! Keep up the spark!

Happy birthday!

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 3/1/2013 9:00AM

    I'm so excited for all of you SV's and NSV's! You are so motivating. Have a wonderful time celebrating your birthday!
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NOTHIN2IT 3/1/2013 8:59AM

    Happy birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments....you are truly an inspiration to all of us :)

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BREEZE70 3/1/2013 8:51AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon Congratulations on you weight loss emoticon

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