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6/11/10 3:32 P

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Raylin, you say to be sure to eat more to compensate for added exercise. You know that old saying "Let your hunger be your guide"? Does that EVER happen for those of us who have been overweight? I have been at goal for most of 40 years and I STILL can't tell the difference between hunger and appetite. Unless I count everything and write it down so I can look at it, I will overeat in a heartbeat.

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6/11/10 3:15 P

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I say go for it if you want to try. I changed my goal weight several times and this year would like to drop just a few more pounds.

Just make sure you are eating enough to compensate for your added exercise.


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6/10/10 1:45 P

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I'm curious what you come up with! I'm doing P90X right now in an attempt not so much to lose weight, but to change my body composition, so I know how hard you work to get through those workouts.

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6/10/10 9:20 A

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Nell, you're so right and THANK YOU!!! I know if I decide I want to do it, I need to do it and I also understand that the last 5 come off a whole lot tougher than the first. Mentally I *know* all of this. Just convincing my ol bod, that has been in maintenance for 2+ years, that it is time is the issue.

For those who ask, exercise is NOT the issue. ST is a BIG part of my workout routine along with interval training and HIIT. I guess I just need to figure out the answers myself and do some soul searching.

Thanks again!

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6/10/10 8:25 A

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Amber, The lower your weight, the harder it is to drop more weight. The first 5 pounds come off a lot easier than the last 5.

It's telling that you say you want to lose more weight, but want to do it all by exercise, not by further calorie restriction. The lower your weight the more important it is to do both. If you don't want to cut back on your food, are you really sure you want to lose more weight? If you are happy where you are, why change?

In the last 6 months I have managed to get my BMI from 19.6 down to 18.2. At the low end, continued loss has to be primarily through calorie restriction. It IS a sacrifice that I am willing to endure, at least for now. There are risks to being too thin: if I ever come down with the flu, I would have to be hospitalized for IV nutrition because I can't afford to lose any more weight. I have to put up with people who think I'm anorexic (I'm not. I make and eat 3 meals a day.) And I could put 5 pounds back on in a week if I let myself.

You have to figure out what weight you want, and whether or not you are willing to do whatever is necessary to get there.

Nell
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6/10/10 8:24 A

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Great job with your weight loss and maintaining!!

It sounds like you want to tone up more than lose more weight, from what you have said. Are you doing any interval training for your cardio? Have you tried circuit training? I have been mixing both of those into my routines lately, and can see a definite improvement in muscle tone. People I see fairly regularly have asked about my weight loss when I actually gained last week!

Good luck. Keep your goals in mind, and set reasonable mini goals to get you there!

~~Kim in NC~ EDT
Aug 2009: 175
Dec 2009: 142
Aug - Dec 2012: 135 size 4
*30lb gain in 8 weeks*
Feb 2013: 164
Hypothyroid Diagnosis,
April/13: 166 size 12-14
July/13 Jaw surgery
Sept- confirmed Hashimoto's
Dec 2013: 162
March 2014: 155
Goal: 135-140 size 4
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown


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6/10/10 8:00 A

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I have a similar problem. At my lowest weight I was like 122 and would love to get there and stay there, however I enjoy eating! So I have been maintaining 128 to 130 for most of te year,but would love to get back down! HELP! I have that little bit of squish you are talking about right now and it's driving me crazy! I know I need to stop beating myself up though and just set my mind to eating right one day at a time and the weight will go down! Anyway, I feel your pain!!! emoticon

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6/10/10 12:30 A

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One thing that can happen when you do the same set and sort of exercises and cardio is that your body has become used to the routine and is not really challenged by it. Make some changes in the routines you do and the days you do them. My trainer says you should never do exactly the same routine for more that 2 weeks. It makes a difference for me. I decided that I wanted a few more pounds off and mostly better toning and more muscle v. fat tissue. Changing up my workouts and my food has helped. Isn't strange how we had changed our gluttony for food to a gluttony for fitness?

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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6/10/10 12:17 A

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Yes I am big time into weight training. I finished up a round of P90X and am now doing ChaLEAN EXtreme which are muscle confusion programs.

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6/9/10 11:34 P

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It sounds like you need to change something up a bit. I definitely do NOT believe in accepting yourself the way you are -- if you think there's room for improvement, then there is! Do you do weight training? Or sprinting? Both of those have really worked for me.

I'm also trying to move it to the next level, but I don't think I have weight to lose. I'm trying to "exchange" fat with muscle instead.

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6/9/10 11:26 P

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Hi A*L*P*,
You do make sense. I've only been maintaining for about 1.5 months. I'm leaning toward trying to lose another 5 pounds or so, but I'm finding it pretty difficult to want to go back to the restricted calories and/or much longer workouts.

I'll be interested to hear what our teammates have to say on this subject! I wonder if the key is to lose very slowly - watching the differential? Maybe not so different in calories or exercise?



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Hey team! I have been a quiet member of the team for quite some time and I have a question for all your maintainers...

Here is my deal: I have been maintaining 145 for well over 2 years now and I am very proud of the fact that I have been able to do that. My question is this... I decided awhile ago that I wanted to delve back into 'weight loss world' and try to lose 10 more pounds. Truly it isn't so much scale weight that I want to lose but this last snuggly bit of squishies that I have hanging around. My problem is since I have decided to go back to weight loss mode I have been frustrated and depending on the scale waaaaay too much and I fear that I am going to go off the deep end and wreck what I have worked so hard to establish (read: great exercise habits, nutrition habits) due to my frustration. Does that make any sense?

My question is this: is anyone here dealing with this type of thing? Don't get me wrong, it is not that I am unhappy with my body image by any stretch of the imagination but it is more a fear that I am just 'settling' for how I am now. How has everyone else done it? Should I keep working on things or should I just accept the fact that despite the fact that I literally 'kick my own butt' each and every week with my workouts I am just going to hang on to that extra layer? I just am curious if there is anyone else in the same boat as myself and if anyone has any advice?

Is what I am saying making any sense? I hope so!

*Amber*
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