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I MADE MY WEIGHT GOAL :) :) :) 40-45 LBS LOST!!!!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

My off-season weight goal was 124 and as of today I am 123.8! I have so far lost around 40-45lbs! THANKS ALL for your support!!!

Mine is a story about not giving up: I'd estimate that I've been trying to lose weight for about 12 YEARS!!! I was always on a diet and not reaching my goals. I guess I never found what worked “FOR ME” until recently!

After college I gained 5-10 pounds. And though I worked out all the time and ate healthfully I couldn't lose it. As a personal trainer, my advice worked for my clients, but not for me!

Then over the next few years my health suffered. I went from doctor to doctor. I was on many medications they said I’d be on for the rest of my life. My weight climbed. Nonetheless I didn't care what anyone said - I was determined to get my health back!!

Around this time I started a new job shortly after I was featured in the media for a series of marathons I ran. We had a team-building event, and this guy came up to me in front of everyone and said that he saw me in the newspaper, and that he told his wife upon seeing my picture, “DANG, that girl must eat A LOT, because marathon runners are normally THIN!!” He said this with a slice of pizza in his hand, as I was standing there with my small plate of plain vegetables. I went to my car and just cried.

Then in 2010 due to some life events I became very depressed. All I did was go to work and come home and go to bed. With that, my health improved and I started going off the medications! From this, I learned my Type-A lifestyle was destroying my health. The severe depression was actually a godsend as it made me STOP it all. With lifestyle changes, I have been off ALL medications since then! But, even though I gained most of the weight due to being sick, I had to lose it just like anyone else…

I tried eating more, less, various fitness tracking devices. I tried changing my workouts to no avail. But… it seemed whenever I stopped working out I would lose weight. I would tell people and they’d say it was in my head or because I was losing muscle or whatever. So recently I was feeling tired, burned out and had a foot injury, so decided to take a few days off from working out. I STARTED LOSING WEIGHT AGAIN. I decided to just go with it… and ended up losing almost 10 lbs in 3 weeks! According to my bodyfat scale I was losing fat... I lost an inch and a half in my waist, dropped a pants size and people were noticing my weight loss.

I recall in college, I had a tough semester and didn't have time to workout and my diet was probably low calorie for the same reason. I became thinner than I was normally, despite being an aerobics instructor and serious weight lifter. During a period of traveling with my Dad a couple years ago, I took a break from working out. Again I lost weight, noticeably by others as well. Last year when my father died, I stopped working again out due to the depression. I also couldn't eat that much (my reaction to stress). At that time, I became very thin as well. During these times, though I wasn't formally working out, I would probably be in the “moderately active” category. Here's a graph of my recent results:



So, I guess for whatever reason, my body likes lower calories (around my BMR) with low to moderate exercise for weight loss. I suspect there is some calorie imbalance when I’m working out a lot as to why I’m not losing and/or perhaps an influence from cortisol? I have also gained while training hard, and even with reducing calories to various amounts, the scale is slow to move.

!!NEVER GIVE UP!! If your goal is optimal health, fat loss, whatever!! I don't care if anyone tells you that you are too fat, too sick, too old, bad genetics... I do what's called "weeding out the noise": tune out the negative people and focus on what you need to do for your goals!! Find what works for YOU. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

It took me a long time to find what works for me, which goes against what many advise: I exercise very lightly, don't weight train, I don't cut carbs, I don't do HIIT, I don't eat like a caveman... LOL. I believe all foods are OK in moderation.

I still have a bit to go to make my in-season race-weight goal (my weight during training and racing season), so I’m going to keep on keepin’ on with what I’ve found works. When I get there, I will figure out the training calories part. Just over 7 lbs for that… a piece of cake! I GOT THIS!!!

GO FOR IT!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!
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SAUCYSAILORESS 11/25/2013 3:45PM

    That's an awesome achievement - well done!

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KTISFOCUSED 11/25/2013 2:05PM

    Oh wow! You sound just like me and your blog gave me a lot to think about. I am a 2/hr day exerciser and eat within calories and have been trying to take off the last 15 pounds for about 3 years. I'm trying different things but I've noticed that I sometimes lose weight when I can't exercise for some reason. Thanks so much for sharing.

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JLITT62 11/19/2013 8:14AM

    Awesome! Sorry I didn't congratulate you sooner.

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BARBANNA 11/13/2013 7:08PM

    I think your body is going into starvation when you are working out and burning excess calories. If you eat more during your training you will loose. I had the same issues and read about leptin and gherlin hormones. If you want to get a better understanding about your weight loss while you are working out less then read up on these hormones. They contribute to obesity and keep people heavy even when all they are consuming is a low calorie diet. You can try too hard and your body will take over and keep you in a stasis condition.

Congratulations and keep up the good work! emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/13/2013 12:36PM

    Congratulations! I'm so happy you've finally gotten there!

Now the key is to find a balance when you go back to your regularly scheduled programming!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/13/2013 10:17AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!

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CHARITY1973 11/10/2013 9:05PM

    Wow, this is great to hear! As you will have read in my blogs I have been fighting the last 15lbs for most of the year. I'm back to long slow distance running and trying to figure out how to eat during training. Marathons do not a skinny girl make! I love running however but listening to your own body is just so important.

So pleased to hear your body guided you to the right spot. I lost most of my weight while injured and only able to walk...There may be something in the Type A personality that likes rest...

Post some pictures!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 11/10/2013 8:44PM

    Congrats!! You are awesome!

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CHIPLEY_FL 11/10/2013 9:23AM

    awesome job and congratulations. Have fun with those skis when you can use them. I would love to cross country ski again (I live in Florida so maybe a vacation one day).

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JACKIE542 11/9/2013 6:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing great , proof that we should never give up!!!Happy for you. emoticon

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MWWENSIN 11/9/2013 5:34PM

    Congrats on reaching your goal weight - and learning to listen to yourself and your body for the clues it was sending you!

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FLAMENM 11/9/2013 5:19PM

    We all have our own journeys. Our mileage will vary.
Thanks for sharing your story (and charts. I love your charts.)

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BEANIES_MOM 11/9/2013 5:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So happy you made your goal AWESOME WORK

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TRI_BABE 11/9/2013 5:02PM

    JSTETSER, I planned to reach race weight by Jan 1, but I will get there sooner. That's when I have in my mind to start formal training again! Another experiment of one :)

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RACEWELLWON 11/9/2013 4:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so Happy for you !! Yes weeding out the noise is a key element !! You have worked very hard to work on this goal and deserve the Glory - One size does not fit all - so if you did your way that 's what works and that what counts !!! Great job !!! Hugs K - Love the Blackburn - :)

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SHEILA1505 11/9/2013 3:31PM

    Glad you've made GW - they do say that no Exercise Plan will correct a poor Eating Plan! Guess you've proved it. 80 percent Eating Plan, 20 percent Exercise

Hugs

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BRYANBABY3 11/9/2013 3:23PM

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/9/2013 2:01PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the info about your progress. I always love to hear what has really worked for people. Your charts are really a great learning tool and help to make your point to us. Sometimes results are not what is the common belief or teachings. Plus, we are all unique.....a science experiment of one. And we have to learn how our bodies respond (and then even adapt that as our circumstances and aging changes things)! You got the results because you listened to your body.
All I can say is "Wow!"

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2013 1:45PM

    Say it loud, say it proud! YOU DID IT! So proud of you. You have found a key, which is listening to your body. Everybody's body functions differently metabolically and seems like you've unlocked a key to YOUR body.

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

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LECATES 11/9/2013 1:33PM

    CONGRATS! emoticon

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BUGABOOCHRISTY 11/9/2013 1:04PM

    Hooray! Doing the happy dance for you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHITNEYLD 11/9/2013 12:38PM

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JSTETSER 11/9/2013 11:52AM

    Congratulations on your amazing victory.
Enjoy your weekend too.
I am liking forward to reading about your training season. When does it start?
After the holidays"

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