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4/23/08 8:34 A

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Thank you for more solid advice Vivian! :-)) Great analogy from your daughter Lisette44!

Well, I look forward to big rewards because I am committed to this and determined to be a leaner, firmer me by my 40th in July! I track everything (nutrition and fitness). My biggest challenge at this point is patience.(especially when I know I have been doing what I should and the scale doesn't necessarily reflect it). But as you say, "be more stubborn than the scale!"...that is my motivator! Thanks again! :-))


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4/23/08 1:06 A

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Thank you, Lucille - that's very nice of you...

There is, without a doubt, hope! There's just one catch - hope requires work and commitment behind it and there's no sugar coating that (stay away from sugar)! The good news, however, is that you don't have to kill yourself in the gym nor starve. The effort you put in consistently will yield rewards. How big those rewards are is equal in proportion to the size of the effort...

Now, I'm not suggesting that everybody under 5'3" should weigh 99 lbs. That weight works for ME - my body looks best at that number and I feel best at that number. Originally, my goal was 110 lbs. but when I got there, I was not satisfied. Weight is not "one size fits all" - that's true. What is, however, is the plan to achieve your target. In a nutshell (nuts are good, in small portions), eat small meals every three hours, move more and choose food wisely... that means tracking your intake, measuring servings, eliminating junk and exercising.

Here's an eye-opening example. I saw a package of MINI corn muffins at the supermarket; they were about the size of a golf ball. Pretty innocent-looking morsels, until I read the label. EACH ONE had ONE HUNDRED CALORIES! Years back, our diner served a plateful of those complimentary muffins while they prepared breakfast. I used to polish off three or four - often with butter and jelly. That means I was consuming over 400 calories BEFORE my bacon, whole eggs, home fries and toast arrived at the table. I also drank cup after cup of sugar-laden coffee, heavy on the half and half. Small wonder I was fat - I was consuming my total daily intake of calories and the day was only starting! So, especially for those of us who have no wiggle room because of our diminutive size, choices are very important, and so is tracking, measuring and reading labels. My daughter Lisette44 has a great analogy; she converts calories to dollars and considers whether she wants to "spend" that much when there are "cheaper" choices available... That's a great perspective!

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4/22/08 5:45 P

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That is good to know that not going below the recommended daily calorie has gotten you to where you are today BEMORESTUBBORN! You are my inspiration! Thank you and your daughter for the words of encouragement and hope! :-))


~Lucille

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4/22/08 2:41 P

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I tend to agree. I think about when I maintained my weight most of my adult life. My weight was between 124 and 130 a bit higher than Bemorestubborn. However, I didn't watch what I ate on the regular basis. I ate when I was hungry and didn't when I wasn't. I didn't eat junk food often. I didn't have it in the house. I love fruits and vegetables.

I put on 31 pounds during a period of stress. I should talk about the factors leaving to the weight gain in my blog. I've lost more than half of it before finding SP. I think it's all a matter of what you value. My weight goal and how I intend to maintain it is different than yours.

If one size fit all when it came to losing weight, there wouldn't be all these weight loss companies making millions on mostly false promises. We would all be maintaining a healthy weight and none of us would need SP.

Maintenance range. 127 to 132.

LIfe should not only be lived, it should be celebrated! (Osho)


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4/22/08 11:50 A

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LADIES!! keep pushing yourselves and don't give up! there's a right way and a wrong way to do this and the wrong way (eating fewer calories than is healthy, skipping meals) will get you nowhere fast! you may look at my mom (BEMORESTUBBORN) and think it came easy for her but that couldn't be further from the truth. she lost a steady amount of weight in the beginning and plateaued for MONTHS before she finally broke thru and, even then, was only losing half a pound a week, IF THAT! losing weight takes time, dedication, hard work and maintaining takes just as much effort so you have to be in it for the long haul. that's why this is a lifestyle change and not a diet. ice cream haunts us (even in china ;) so it's up to us to make the right decisions for US. remember losing weight, whether it's 1lb or 100 and falling down is only gonna make it that much harder to get it off again. STICK TO IT - YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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4/22/08 11:16 A

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NO WAY! You do not have to go under 1200 calories to "break the barrier." Do that and you will find yourself firmly stuck on a plateau! I eat an average of 1350 calories per day and never eat less than 1200. On Saturdays, when we eat out, my calorie count is much higher. No offense, but just in case anyone is wondering, I am neither anorexic nor bulimic - I eat more now and more frequently (every three hours) than I did when I was fat... That's one of the factors that helps; the rest of what I do is listed on my SparkPage but I will say this, you have to be committed, consistent and disciplined. To maintain my weight and fitness, I measure, track and watch every day - that's what it takes for me and I have no problem doing it.

There's a misconception about exercise and how it relates to eating. Popular thinking is that you can eat whatever you like and burn it off at the gym. You can't - especially if you are no longer a teenager, LOL! Unless your daily exercise consists of triathlons, you don't have to load up on calories to be able to perform cardio or lift weights - nourishing your body with a normal, healthful diet is all you need.

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4/22/08 10:24 A

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I share similar struggles LYNNBAUM! It's just my opinion, but I think in order to break the 120 or 110 barrier, you have to go below the 1200-1550 daily caloric guideline...I guess only time and determination will tell. I am curious to know how many calories you can consume and must burn to maintain 99 pounds though.


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4/21/08 9:49 P

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Welcome to the team!!

Hit goal 11/1/07 and maintaining!!


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4/21/08 6:40 P

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Boy did I bomb out today. The few pounds that I lost was put back on. I can't wait to start working out again and get back into a routine. I really need someone to help me stay on track.

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4/21/08 5:37 P

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hi and welcome

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LYNNBAUM's Photo LYNNBAUM Posts: 3,702
4/21/08 5:00 P

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BEMORESTUBBORN
I look at you and keep telling myself that if you can do it so can I. I should start finishing the statement I could if only..... I need to stop saying, "there were more time in the day" and start saying "I would go to bed at night and get up in the morning and work out". It is much easier to stay up and watch the news or a movie than it is to get up early. Your right it is hard work to get what you really want. I may want a brat but I really want to be healthy. I hope you don't mind if I read your food log to see what you eat to stay at 99 pounds. I will tell you I had to look really hard to find ice cream and overweight people in china. I think there is a correlation here. I did find a DQ and a 8oz blizzard was a small. A 16oz. was the biggie size.

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4/21/08 3:57 P

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Welcome! This team is full of great people. . .I think you will like it here and find the support you need.
I too am only 5ft tall and my goal weight is 105. . .and I too began my journey at 135. I was able to stay on track and lose 10 pounds in the first 6 or so weeks. . .but have been struggling with the eating ever since and therefore have not lost any more. IT is a journey. . .one that takes time and persistence. . .You can do it! and if you ever need some help or a pick me up there are many of us who will be able to relate to what you are going through.
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4/21/08 3:44 P

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Yes, being short does present a challenge. We can't indulge in large portions and a few extra pounds on us really shows. But height does not make weight loss nor fitness an impossibility. The truth is that it takes WORK, persistence, dedication and desire - believe in yourself because you CAN do it...

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Hi and Welcome! We shorties have the hardest time of it, because it takes us longer to see results. You have a great team here with lots of encouragement to help you through. The great thing about this website is that it's a great way to track what you are eating which helps you to be more conscientious. You are on the right track, good luck!

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I had a big fall out this past weekend and can relate. I need a real buddy. One that say this is tough and I really want to reach my goal. I am finding it hard to get lower than 121 or so. I have cut calories and started running to up the calorie out. At 145 pounds all I had to do was skip some kind of junk and I could lose weight. Now I am at the point I am reading what others are eating to lose or maintain that 105 body. There is no way anyone can tell me they are eating what would be considered 3 american meals + 2 snacks. Some of the log I have read the person eats breakfast and skips lunch and has a light dinner and runs 5-10 miles before they work out. If you get this whole thing figured out let me know. I do well for a while then I find something better to do like watch TV or pop a pizza in because I am to lazy to cook. I was just in china and I will tell you I ate healthier and walked a lot more. I do find that I have a lot more time to do things when I spend less time eating.
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4/21/08 2:48 P

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Hi I'm 32 years old and I'm 5'0' and weight 135. My ultimate goal is to get back to 105 lbs. I would like to be 120 by the middle of June. I have a hard time staying on track. I'm active, but don't eat as well as I should.

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