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11/16/12 12:05 P

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Thanks for the response! I would love to hear how you handle restaurants and drinks/occasions. Was at a birthday party last night at a restaurant and it totally messed me up! Because I used to be SO much heavier, if I tell my friends that I am trying to be healthy or not drinking, they all tell me I have come so far and don't need to be so careful. Just that conversation topic alone makes me so uncomfortable - hate the spotlight. I will post some pics of before & after.

Also, I have guests in town starting tomorrow and I am desperate to come up with ideas of ways to hang out without having it centered around food. Ahhhh!!!!!

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11/16/12 8:44 A

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Welcome DHAYDEN34! I love spark, I've come here on and off for probably 10 years. If I add some pounds it always helps me to stay motivated when I see so many others succeeding. This place is like a ghost town though, Spark isn't like how it used to be. I hope that means people are having success and don't need the page anymore. Have you read the success stories section on spark? I love seeing the before and after pictures, good luck!

Lori - you could go a long way still with those side leg lifts, to keep your outer thighs and butt toned. An extra pound or two isn't noticable if it's hidden under a layer of muscle. Sorry you sprained your ankle, how much longer are you off your feet?

I'm 123lb right now, back to where I've maintained for years. But for getting down to 116lb recently and feeling so good, I probably wouldn't be trying too hard to get it back down again. In an ideal world I'll be just under 120 for my race on the 25th, it's not fun to drag around extra pounds for 50k emoticon

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11/15/12 3:23 P

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Hard to get going and get back to exercising after having to rest a sprained ankle. It is not hurting as much but not completely better either. So I can probably only do ST, & upper body chair cardio. I am NOT motivated.

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11/15/12 2:42 P

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Hi hi - i am new to this discussion and new to Spark. I joined Spark because I am 13lbs deep into a backslide and I want to lose it again and then learn how to maintain. I would love to hear other peoples success stories, helpful hints, or just someone telling me maintaining is possible! Thanks so much.

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11/14/12 8:53 A

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holy smokes. It started outo with an accidental 1000 calories of eggs and cheese, followed by incredible carb cravings all day the following day, I thought 'how could a KFC lunch be all that terrible?' because I only eat it once or twice a year, then the carb cravings continued and I ate McDonalds for dinner. And now, I managed to get to Tuesday before I got things under control again. KFC (more than once), McDonalds (more than once), icecream and little to no running. I really thought I learned my lesson last time, although I was very quick to think I was going to be stopping at that first KFC lunch. And now I'm back to 123lb again.

The good news is that after my 50k in a couple of weeks I'll be putting in longer runs in preparation for a race with my friend next year - i've got a pretty heavy racing schedule all year. The more you run, the healthier your body wants to eat, and clearly I can't seem to regulate my own cravings. Lots of protein yesterday and that zapped it, if only I had done that the day after the fateful omelete and none of this would have happened. I'd like to lose 3lb in the next couple of weeks before my race, we'll see.

I did get lured into buying a series of those IT WORKS wraps, I'll let you know how they go.

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11/9/12 8:24 A

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JSTETSER - congratulations on becoming healthier, that's great news!

SELF_RESPECT - I thought everybody did that at one point in time. What you usually see is people dropping below their goal weight and staying there, then they lower their new weight as their goal weight. Or others that get to goal and because goal seemed so far away they weren't sure what a real goal should be. Or me, when I get to goal I think it should be further dropped, where in reality light weights and toning were/are needed.

In your situation I'd have my BF% tested, that's going to give you a good indication of whether you need to drop it further or should just work in building a bit of muscle. You could always ask friends for their opinion. My BF thingy I bought on amazon for $25 and I think it's great. I can not gain any weight but gain a 3-4%, and you can see 3-4% on my small frame, so it's a great gauge rather than just a silly number on a scale.

I had a funny night last night. With my husband out of town I took my children out somewhere new and exciting (for them). With an array of pancakes as the specialty, I made the right decision and got an omelete from the healthy choices section. Firstly I notice the grated cheese, then I notice the cheese oozing out of it. It did taste really good, but the more I got into it the more I was sure it was the wrong meal. 1000 calories compared to 420, to be exact emoticon

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11/8/12 12:34 P

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Hi Team mates: not sure where to post this message but I have a question. Have you "reset" your goal weight? More specifically, did you reach goal and then set the goal at a lower weight? I'm considering doing so and would like to know your experiences - if you have any you'd like to share. Thanks, Pat emoticon

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11/8/12 9:12 A

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yep it's all a learning experience. For me there's never such thing as one piece of chocolate, one cookie, one piece of apple pie or cake (it's a piece a day until it's gone), but there are plenty of unhealthy foods I can just eat a little of. This is why my recent revelation to ask myself 'will you eat just one?' has helped me so much. I picked up a snack-size snickers out of my son's halloween stash and figured it was only a handful of calories, but reminded myself that I'd be right back in there to eat all of the remaining chocolate. Instead, I've been in there every day and it's a starburst, a mini gummy worm, or a single skittle and I'm completely happy with just that.

I had a very small dinner last night, followed by two vodka and oranges, it's amazing how quickly alcohol calories add up. I think I ended up around 1800 calories, and I ran 7.3mi, which equates to about 730 calories burned. Down .4lb, so this is good. The downward movement will slow down at some point. I'm super hungry when I wake up every morning, and I'm eating a lot of food and variety, so this is a good sign that my metabolism is working pretty good.

My husband is out of town this weekend, so my traditional long weekend runs will be limited as I'll be on the treadmill....blah.

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Yes, after having 1 piece of Halloween candy, I wanted the whole bowl. I just wasn't going to feel satisfied until the whole thing was gone. That is why, after 5 days, I had to get it out of the house. It's like something drastic has to happen to get me to snap out of it and then I have to be super vigilant for a few days to make sure I get back on track. Then I do pretty good until I let my guard down and have that goody that starts the cycle all over again. I'm working on it! I don't know what it is going to take to learn that there is no such thing as the point of no return. I need to realize that it is better to stop eating when I realize I am out of control than to say to myself that I've already blown it, I may as well keep going. If anyone has the answer to that one, let me know! I figure if I just keep trying my best, it will continue to get better over time.

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11/7/12 8:31 A

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I feel like you're writing my biography. There's still a lesson learned or two. The icecream tasted AMAZING, but didn't make you feel good. It wasn't remotely satisfying because it then triggered you to eat other unhealthy food and get in a situation where you felt out of control. Next time your kids sneak a portion for 5 you'll think twice, right?

I lost .2lb, although I feel like it was more.

I ate 1650 yesterday and burned 1060 in my run, I found myself eating a banana right before bed because I really didn't feel good. I don't know how those biggest loser people existed day after day on less calories than they were burning. I can see my waist is leaner, I long to see the scale under 120 again as I'll feel like getting back there is achievable. I'm not going to run 10+ miles today, so my body will feel like it's on vacation.

BBENNETT - on a day after doing that, do you find you battle all day long with your cravings still? I can eat within an acceptable calorie range based on the exercise I'm doing, but if it's unhealthy food all I want to do the following day is mow through sugar.

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I had such good intentions yesterday for getting back on track after Halloween. I ate right on target through dinner, had plans to dispose of the leftover Halloween candy, and then I absolutely blew it entirely. I had ice cream with all the toppings, a ton of Halloween candy, handfulls of nuts, and chips in bed. I'm back at it today. I'm NOT giving up. It's just so frustrating sometimes! I don't even know why I did it! Oh wait, yes I do. I told my kids they could have a snack so they went upstairs to get ice cream. I heard a lot of commotion, so I went to check it out. My oldest (and biggest) child had used a huge cereal bowl to dish his ice cream and topped it with way too much chocolate syrup and way too many chocolate chips. I scooped half into a smaller bowl for him and for my other son. However, there was still way too much syrup and chocolate chips left in that big bowl, so I dished myself up a reasonable portion of ice cream, added the excess syrup and chips, ate it, and then craved everything in the entire house! Argh!

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11/6/12 8:24 A

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Monday: I stopped counting calories when I was about at 1975, and I had forgotten to add the three homemade gingerbread men. Zero running.

Over 2000 calories is not condusive to weight loss, it's amazing how easy it is for the calories to add up. Granted I was eating home made hotwings and left over catfish, but still.

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11/5/12 2:30 P

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Good for you both, you look great!!

I find it amusing how often I change my mind about a full glass of coke, or another candy, because (a) I have to put it in my calorie tracker app, but also (b) that I've commited to telling complete strangers my calorie intake. It's high right now, I'm sure you all think I don't have any restraint at all.

Friday: 1736 in, 630 burned
Sat: 2129 in, 2000 out
Sun: 2557 in, 1300 out

As shocking as my numbers sound, and granted the 5 pieces of pizza in two days and the fried catfish and fries last night didn't have to occur, I am burning a lot of calories through running and believe it or not I am still watching what I eat, and the food was pretty darn good

Those online calculators say that my resting metabolic rate just to function is around 1000 calories, so when I go on a 20 mile run like I did on Saturday, I burned over 1000 calories in excess over what I'm eating. The result is a 2.6lb weight loss and 1.4% BF in the last week.

It's not possible to eat in the range of the calories you're burning (when I run upwards of 25mi), so it's normal for me to function day to day on a deficiet, it's really similar to those who calorie cycle to move excess weight, it really does work.

I think because I'm short my weight all seems to sit in the one spot, so unfortunately this excess is available for one and all to see. However, I can already see areas where I'm not as "thick", so this is good. I'd really like to get back to 116lb again, I didn't seem to maintain that for more than a couple of weeks.



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I'm maintaining despite a little candy over Halloween! emoticon

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Last week I found myself backsliding. Halloween was the worst. But, the next day I started getting myself back on track. I kept the exercise a priority and have focused on healthy eating. So far, so good. I haven't tracked today yet, but I think I'm getting back on track.
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11/2/12 11:56 A

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Lack of posting is a sign that I'm eating instead emoticon

I didn't eat dinner on Halloween night until after 9pm, and then decided shrimp alfredo would be a good idea.

Thur: 1989 calories in, 0 out
Fri: 1824 in, 720 out

Weight is still the same, blah, but it's right on track really with the volume of food I've been eating. I can't help it if it tastes so good emoticon



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10/31/12 11:49 A

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I can't remember whether I've lost .2 pounds or 1.2 since yesterday, but I'm happy with either.

Tue: 1799 calories in, 669 calories out

According to myfitnesspal's calculation that my net should be 1200, whether I'm eating only 1200 or burning enough to leave the 1200 net, so it's happy with me, although eating 1800 calories doesn't make me feel like I'm going to lose weight.

I ate all day long yesterday and seemed to have a hunger that wouldn't go away. In hindsight it was probably thirst as I have a habit of drinking the bare minimum to get me through my runs. Duh, dehydration causes lack of energy so I'm my own worst enemy.

Only a short run tonight, if at all, because it's emoticon

Have a nice night! No candy for me, it's one of the things that is never just one.

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10/30/12 9:54 A

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Sun: 2442 calories eaten, 1950 burned
Mon: 1875 calories eaten, 500 burned

Don't mind me posting calories I've eaten and those I've burned by my run, having to capture it and then post it on here helps me to focus on what I'm eating. Don't mind that I eat a lot of calories as I run a lot, and don't take any notice of the days that I burn more calories than I eat - it's not about starvation or weight loss, it's a running thing that probably won't interest anyone.

I need to go do some hill repeats today as that's what tones my butt and shifts my BF% back down. I did lose a pound overnight, which will be because of Sunday's long run (19.5 miles).

The other interesting thing about tracking calories is it's showing me in red when I'm over or under. Granted on Sunday I ate an 8oz steak, and coupled with the protein bars I eat I was way over in protein, and sugar. There may be another link there to energy levels if I can pay attention to them and to where I sit on the sugar/protein/carbs scale.

MJZHERE, I hope you feel better! I'm relieved that other people are impacted by what they eat because it means it's normal. If I eat Spin pizza with the girls at work, every time I'm reaching for a snickers or two a couple of hours later. Maybe my resolve is just lower, but I'm definitely craving carbs. It's also probably no suprise that I'm addicted to caffeine.

Have a good week everyone. Now to adjust my ticker to reflect the truth. emoticon

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Gen, I totally relate. For me it isn't even a weight issue - I don't add in so much on the daily calories, it was my choices that leave me feeling tired, sluggish, sleeping in front of the tv early and now flu like symptoms for over a week as I fight whatever off. I, too, have learned that this is totally not worth it. it has definitely been a learning experience - I want to feel good not just look ok weightwise. I also learned that life is going to happen (loads of stress since right before I hit maintenance) so I will need to develop a plan to get me through when things happen.

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10/29/12 12:32 P

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I love coming on here and reading about everyone's success, even if it's the success of getting back on track again.

I'm not having much success, but I'm actually happy about it. I got to 116lb and felt so right at that weight, even my bf% was at 16%. As a 'very good' or 'very bad' eater, my long runs still can't cover up McDonalds, ice cream snickers, regular ice cream and when I'm very bad I'm eating these things every day. My BF% is back up to 20% and I'm 124lb! I let myself go from 116 to 124, it's insane, but I didn't do it without some critical lessons that I needed to learn - this is why it's a good thing.

1. There is no 'you run a lot, treat yourself to fast food' for me. I'm a creature of habit and a carb craver and once I eat McDonalds once I go right back there day after day.
2. I started to ask myself a question when it comes to eating junk food and it's 'will you eat just one?' then 'are you ok with eating 8'? Will I really just eat one cookie? Never. Am I ok with eating 8? No, I won't feel good after eating 8, so it's easier for me to make the right decision when I ask myself the real question.
3. I burn 5000 calories in my races and I burn a lot in training, but a calorie for calorie eating plan that contains fast food bumps up my BF% by 4%. Fat leaves fat on my body.
4. There really isn't any point in satisfaction when eating fast food. I'm extraordinarily sleepy 30 minutes after eating it, and then I'm going for sugar and chocolate to keep me going.
5. Not only am I falling asleep on the couch with my husband and favorite TV show, 90 minutes before my usual bed time, I cannot get up the next morning and usually have a headache and feel like I haven't had enough sleep. I've shown this to myself after every day of overeating, the overeating that contains McDonalds and icecream. When I'm not eating those foods I'm staying up later, getting up and getting the kids off to school much easier, and I'm not irritable and more patient. My kids deserve that.

Sorry, I always seem to write essays. The moral of the story is that I'm too much of a binge eater to allow myself fast food and any of those foods I know trigger me to continue snacking on them, it's so easy for me to crave carbs and not ever get to the point of satisfaction, junk food zaps my energy for 12 hours (five minutes of eating and 12 hours of sluggishness), and my 124lb is a GREAT reminder of why I don't want to do any of this repetitive overeating anymore. I'm still running a lot so I'll get back there again and I'm so confident with what I've learned that I won't do it to myself again. It's like I've found the magic energy pill.

Keep posting, I love to hear the success stories.

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I had an appointment w/ my personal trainer today, and the amazing, wonderful news is that the weight showing on the scale is an increase of 4-5#'s of muscle since July. And, that is right on target w/ what my goals were at that time.

Honestly, I couldn't be happier!! -- All of my measurements were down and showed significant improvement in just the category that I was working on.

NOTE: For the days ahead: an "older, female body" ceases to have a lot of "bumper" room to deal with in terms of food. Translation: clean foods consistently will be the only thing that keeps me in my "range".
Now to work on the mental processes that help me keep that at the forefront...

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My Tanita body composition scale is right on target with the weight, but the other data is not that great. The weight however, is exactly what the very pricey scales at my weight watchers meeting is.

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I need to invest in a new scale and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. Are the ones that measure body composition worth the extra money? Are they accurate? Are the digital ones the best? I've been using the scale at my gym which has the slide at the top but I think it has problems now and then and it's time I have one at home. I received a digital scale at an estate sale that shows my weight is a lot less and, frankly, it's whacko, so I don't know what to trust!!! All suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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I'm on the cusp of backsliding, but at least I have some "yellow & red light markers" that I'm interacting with.
Such a teeter totter to find balance in this process of LIFE!
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I love that you are so relaxed and confident. You know what to do and do it!

It's fully part of your life now!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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Alrighty then! Hello Team!
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Yesterday, I celebrated 2 years on SparkPeople. In that time, I reached my goal weight in 7 months. I maintained 170 for over 60 weeks. Since then I decided to escalate my cross training since I am a runner now and have lowered my weight to 165. Overall, I've now been maintaining for 74 weeks.
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I am in total control of my fluctuation without stressing out and I own it. For me, it's simple. I've totally embraced the lifestyle and the fact that this is a life journey. I enjoy portion control so I don't deprive myself from an occasional treat. Funny thing is all my treats are "good calories!" I learned good vs bad calories about 14 months ago. I home cook smart & healthy. Yes, there are temptations occasionally but I remember that I want to burn clean fuel in my life & especially when I run. I weigh daily and watch for spikes based on my diet & fitness. That's how I roll! I like that.
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I still stop by this team as it taught me how to maintain properly. I've also realized so many good SparkFriends from this team. I especially thank my homegirl, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, for all her effort and insight she has shared. She has been an inspiration on so many levels. Much love, Anja!
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So, stay strong, stay focused, and embrace the journey! Rock this thing! It friggin' works!
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Hi, ISABELLET and thanks for checking in. You've come to the right place for help! If you're interested, we've just started up a new thread where people can make requests for buddies to help keep them on track when they're having trouble. This could be a great idea for you if you feel like you're starting to backslide. You can check out the thread here and if you're interested, request a buddy to help you refocus your efforts:

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I am not sure if this topic is on track? My life has been so rushed lately with babysitting 2 preschoolers. I have not been keeping up my food journal and my exercise. I find when I don't check in I back slide especially if I have had a long day then I graze all evening . I have gained 7pounds just in the last 2 weeks. Help out there?

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Here's a link to the Spinach and Feta Pie:

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It hasn't got too many carbs and has just over eight grams of protein as is. If you added six egg whites, it would add another five grams of protein per serving (based on one pie having six servings). I add my extra whites to the spinach mixture then pour the floury mixture on top as suggested in the recipe.

She's got other veggie pies on her site, including one for a similar crustless zucchini pie, which you can find at the bottom of the page with the spinach and feta pie recipe.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Thank you both for the suggestions. I love my oatmeal so adding egg white is a really good idea. Also going to look into the vegetable pies - that sounds good. Also the peanut butter with the apples. I have thought low calorie for so long it is an adjustment to start thinking of things that would have represented additional calories. Thanks again.

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I don't have a problem with powder, so I add whey protein to my smoothies. Also, I sometimes eat a lunch of apple slices and peanut butter or baby carrots and sunflower seed butter. The lunches keep me going and are low enough in calories that I can have snacks later and not feel guilty. My favorite protein source is eggs, and I eat two boiled eggs for breakfast most work days (that's it, just the eggs...keeps me feeling full most of the morning). Finally, each day I eat a small serving of Greek yogurt, which has more protein than regular yogurt.

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I like adding egg whites to my oatmeal in the morning for a protein boost. It allows me to use less oatmeal while still getting its health benefits and the visual appeal of a huge bowl. I usually do 1/3 cup oatmeal and six egg whites with fruit and nuts stirred in. This morning I added blueberries and almonds. Keeps me satisfied for hours!

I also like making crustless vegetable pies with extra egg whites added in for more protein so it's more like a frittata. They're great as side dishes, a grab-and-go snack or for a quick, no-fuss breakfast. One of my favorites is spinach and feta.

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In maintenance and have been working to eat enough healthy calories daily. I do best with protein at least as high as carbs but am struggling getting to that level of protein (don't want to use powder). So looking for higher protein ideas - increasing portion size of meat, chicken is not appealing to me (usually have 4 -5 ounce serving). Appreciate any ideas.

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Thanks, Gen. I do love reading your entries, because your running is inspiring to me, even if I prefer to walk.

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I don't use these message boards very often either. There's been a few times over the years when I've needed the motivation and I've gained weight and there's been amazing people to chat with that encourage you back to your goal again. I think if you're somewhat of a creature of habit, you know about portion sizes and the better food choices and maybe you don't need to track. I don't do it every day, but I certainly periodically do it because I'm terrible with snacking and sneaking an extra this or that, it's almost like if I'm not counting the calories of it, it doesn't exist. Like those silly twizzlers things, they're really not thaaat great, yet I eat them in fours. Bad habits.

It sounds like you have everything in control if your weight is staying the same, maybe a better indicator is one of those hand-held body fat calculators ($30) you can get from amazon. I can stay the same 5lb range and go up or down 7% BF, and that's a much better indication of how you look than the number on the scale. Maybe it will give you a different focus and make things a little more interesting again.


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Julie, I applaud your discipline in walking away from the computer to live the rest of life. I, too, find tracking tedious, but I haven't weaned myself from it. If you find the secret, please share. In the meantime, I'm going to try following your example and spend less time online...one of my 2012 "goals" that I have not come close to achieving.

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This is my first time posting on this team and I figured it would be best to post here than anywhere else. I've been maintaining for pretty much a year, fluctuating no more than 5 lbs give or take and I've been getting bored with tracking food and exercise every day. Does anyone else ever feel this way, and what do you do about it?
I'm not trying to sound smug or anything, I just have a busy life and not much online time to spend a lot of time on sparks every day. So I was just wondering what someone else might be doing, or have done to keep things interesting but not keep worrying about gaining.

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Ha! I hear ya! It's lose the lbs then deal with whats left game " ) I've used Coach Nicole's video's to help with some weight lifting and it's helped alot. The one I'm currently using is w/ a stability/swiss ball and weights(right now I'm using 5lbs) It's on Spark page for video's.
Also I contacted the "Body building Bikini,Fitness & Figure for women team" ( and don't let the Bikini thing intiminate you) nice members and provided some good information!!
Good luck to you and keep in touch. Have a great week-end!
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I'll friend you. I'm off for my 5K prep. Wish me luck : )

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My weight has fluctuated only 2/10ths of a pound for the past three weeks. I need to be better about toning and weight training to firm up this midaged body!

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Just looking to tone things a bit now that I dropped the lbs and also strength to increase my running capabilities. They responded with some good knowledgeable advise.
Hope it helps. : ) & have a great week-end.

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It great you took action instead of the same old excuses of I can't , I don't have time, you don't know me, my clothes don't fit right and I feel bloated, the list goes on.
. The Challenge the Adventure is always be with you. Like with me it is to easy to eat like king and not pay for it . Advice is cheap. Where did I hear that.
Bodybuilding or do you mean looking good fit. Bodybuilding is a full time job that can blow your budget.
Keeping fit is a lifestyle with change attitude and decisions on every day life. The key is intensity on how hard you work out, and being consistent in what you do. Type of work out, strength, cardio and the good basic calisthenics. No secrets mix them up to keep things interesting , thats it. Your adventure continues . A one and a two, go.

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Your so right about the "Ourselves" thing. "Myself" thank goodness is getting better at saying "NO" or instead of stuffing your face stuff those ear buds in your ears and pump-up the volume: ) We all have to do what works for us, right : )
I dropped by to tell you there is a Spark team of nice people called "Body building Bikini,fitness &figure for women(but will I'm sure, answer anyone : )) I asked for their advise on Strength Building for my legs and at least 2 members responded and were helpful.
So give it a try and keep up your Sparking!!
Have a great day!
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Well then, here I am again. I apologize for not reading up on what everyone has been doing, I will try to log back in this week. I've been busy and this is why I haven't posted in a while.

I ran my first 50 miler in Sep, it was GREAT! I had gotten to 116lb, managed to go up to 118lb by race day but in my race photos you really can't see any body fat or really any need to lose any more weight.

So anyway, as it seems after every race I gain weight. There's an immediate reduction in miles, so you go from 6000+ calories burned to maybe 1000-2000 less per week, which is huge to your metabolism. Then I find the snacks I was easily getting away with beforehand, keep getting put in my mouth. Then the McDonalds, snickers, McDonalds, cookies, apple pie, ice cream...I have no excuse for. At 116lb and 16% BF I noticed while laying on my side that there was a defined waist, no 'hang' on my stomach, no smooshiness at all over my hips, and I was streamlined and defined. Then I got into these bad eating habits I couldn't seem to snap out of, even with the reminder of how good I felt at that weight and how it felt so right for 'me' at that weight.

So now I stand on the scales at 125lb, three of which will disappear this week if I minimally cut out junk. I'm not mad, or disappointed, this is actually a good thing for me. At 116lb and 16% BF I wanted to lower both of those numbers. There was never a time that the McDonalds, the ice cream or the chocolate was ever enough. I'd feel good for about an hour, then the sugar lull would cause me to eat more, to the point where I felt sick. At no point did this EVER feel remotely as good as being at that weight and BF did, nowhere close. I've had day after day after day after day of realization that I never got to the point of satisfaction and feeling that the food was worth it, because I constantly looked for more. I know what my trigger foods are, and I just can't have them - lucky for me I have a billion other choices. I have the luxury of being able to get away with having 2000+ calorie days at times, but I cannot eat the junk. I need to get back where I was, and be satisfied with it, and I need to be better identifying when I'm falling off the bandwagon so that I don't find myself a month into a binge session. My next 50 mile is in less than two weeks, so I can only really cut calories for a week before I have to ensure I'm eating carbs, but there's the other thing I've been focusing on.... Is anyone going to notice or care about the extra 6lb or so I'll still be carrying? No and no. Lesson/s learned.

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Isn`t it funny how when we do other things that seem like exercise and we count it as such, it doesn`t work and we put on a pound or two? I think in addition to any activity that we do in our normal day still has to be supplemented by our regular workouts. Just not fair!
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It sucks not to balance and go with the flow , but thats what got us fat and not exercising. I was on vacation and being a guest at my sister in-law place was challenging. It was the land of sweets and deserts every night. I had small portions of some of them and cut my fruit intake to 1 piece to counter the sugar , to be polite quest.
I was out all week wading in a rugged trout stream going up and down and around obstacles to fish salmon and trout. I felt I worked out from all that , but still . Breakfast was always the same oatmeal and veggies with nuts and a fruit on the side, and the rest of the meals , oh heck. So I will weigh in at the end of the week. Journal is a Must to get back in to doing to keep me mindful in what I do and what I eat.
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@TULIPVIC - I hear you. Those small weight fluctuations when I'm at goal worry me more than being 10 pounds over the top of BMI did when I was *there*. If I hit a new low, I worry that I'm losing too much. If I put four or five pounds back on, I worry that I'm on my way back to where I came from.

I'm still working on making the weight go sideways rather than up or down. It's hard. I know how to lose. I know how to gain a lot. Controlling in a range means I have to watch it constantly, and change what I eat if the scale trends one way or the other. I'm making the small changes as I need to, but it can be challenging to change my intake by 100 or 200 calories per day. It's easier to change by 400 or 600 calories, but that's usually too much of an adjustment.

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Hello! I was at my goal weight last summer but didn`t know how to maintain. Doc told me not to lose anymore so I guess that meant gain in my mind. My BMI is in healthy range and I feel fine but my jeans are too tight. I have gained 8 pounds since hitting goal and would like to lose at least 5 of them. I have been working at it but it`s not happening. But I am so close!

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I am fighting against a huge backslide. I suppose I ignored a few basic things about my body when I originally lost the weight.i had a fitness program that required hours a day.eventually with a promotion at work, I just couldn't maintain that schedule and eventually started eating poorly. Exercise is a bit of a challenge because of rhuematoid arthritis. I'm still discovering what I can tolerate and what I can't.

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