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Denise, in my case, you're right - my weight HAD been slowly edging higher. I had decided that, post-knee surgery, I was going to get on the exercise bandwagon.

Post surgery, recovery went from two days to... six months. I was SO happy that I hadn't gained more than five pounds, when I could barely walk... except Christmas came. And with Christmas, an allergic reaction (hives!) to an antibiotic, which brought about Prednisone. And my parents arrived for the holidays. I gained five pounds in a week. ACK. That was my kick in the pants.

Now I remain amused by PJs and underwear that are too big.... and pleased by the number of people around me who saw me do it and are working to make healthy changes, too!! I think that I was sooooo slow in losing my weight and never gave up was a kick in the pants for a lot of people.

And, like this weekend, with different friends in town, I managed to do a VERY successful job at the restaurants. I only had one treat that I split with others and otherwise ate some very tasty but on the healthier end of the menu foods. I'm not sure if my tastes have changed or if restaurants are offering a more diverse set of options.

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And you too - have a great weekend!

ALL OF YOU!!!!

Paula

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wow, Paula..what a wonderful story. There is a reason why we keep some things, isn't there? Now we all need to go buy some silk pajamas!

Brightangel..that is awesome..I have a friend who has so many shoes that she did the same thing..but I don't think my dh would let me do that.

Didi..I love my arms too. Last year I hated wearing tank tops and shorts..wore a lot of short sleeve shirts and capris. You need to post a picture in a cute little summer outfit.

Its so nice for me to be able to gush here..I think my dh has heard enough of my gushing, most of my friends have weight to lose so I can't gush to them (and it feels like bragging). Thank you everyone for letting us all get this out!

I did have a good friend who has always been fit call today and ask me for advice..me, the recovered junk food junkie who just 4 months ago drank only Pepsi all day long! I want to pinch myself sometimes :)

Have a great weekend everyone.

~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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Love it BrightAngel!

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

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Well, since the rest of you have been candid in sharing.....

First I'll explain that my children are grown & gone. I'm now in the process of retiring, and plan to spend my time just as I like...For the First Time in my Life.

So...since my weight loss, I'm so happy with the way I look this past year I've bought tons of new clothes, got rid of all clothes that don't fit me now. I also have a million patterns & fabric stored, and I'm going to sew and sew beautiful things to my heart's delight.

I recently decided to use my entire spare bedroom as a walk-in-closet.
I've already bought a 6 foot two tier garment rack on wheels to hang clothing in the middle of the room-which is 12 feet of hanging space for shorter clothing. And also a nonmoveable closet-like single garmet rack to go against one wall (another 5 ft of hanging space. Then going to do moveable shelves etc. all around the rest of the walls.

I'm not giving up my bedroom closet space that I'm already using either. I'm keeping it all.

I'm going to go into my walk-in-closet and try on my own size 6 petite clothing in various combinations....and admire myself in the mirror....just like I was out shopping!!!!! How fun is that!!!!


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Hey Denise, it took me about 10 years to put on all my extra weight.... but ain't it great how we're all so cute again...smile.... I love my arms!!! I can't wait for Summer to show them off.I've been really working hard on the strength training, and I can see the results. Tank tops every day this Summer emoticon

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Run 1000miles in 2009

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You're right Lori, this thread has made me smile more than any other I can think of.

I think the honesty thing is one factor but also there's a kind of underlying attitude that it's not OK to feel ok, look ok and SAY IT and we've all risen above that.

The whole pyjama thing had me chuckling.

My husband, when he worked in London, bought me a pair of emerald green silk pyjamas for Christmas about 10 yrs ago. I remember him telling me the story of how he picked on a woman customer in the store, one whom was most similar to my shape and size, and had her help him get the right ones.

Then when he took the box back into the office with him it attracted such attention from the chaps he worked with that they all went and did the same thing and all the wives got silk pyjamas that year for Christmas.

Well, these pyjamas hardly got worn at all and then I put on lots of weight and I just kept them for no reason other than I couldn't bear to throw or give them away.

But this thread reminded me of them and I tried them on and THEY FIT BETTER NOW THAN THEY DID WHEN I FIRST GOT THEM! and they're as good as new.

Nice surprise.

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I need new jammies too. My winter ones are pretty much falling off my hips and the summers are worse. I practically have spent a fortune in new undies too.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

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3/23/07 1:36 P

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I totally love the honesty in all of your posts! Where else can we come to gush if it isn't here, right? I am very happy to hear that many of you find yourself admiring your new physique in the mirror. I do the same thing, like when I'm shopping at the grocery store, I'll catch my reflection in the freezer doors and think to myself, wow, lookin' good!

We have ALL worked very hard to get where we're at. It is wonderful to hear the pride in ourselves shining through in all these posts!! I've got a smile on my face from ear to ear reading through this thread!

Hugs,
Lori

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I went out and bought new PJs a few months ago. It was fun! :)

I also find myself admiring my new upper body as I get ready. It is too funny... I'm vainer than I thought I was!

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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Hey, I need new pj's too..isn't that too funny? And new belts.

Didi..how long did it take you to put on the weight? It took me 10 years to put on 28 pounds..so I figure it is not going to just magically reappear overnight. I promised myself that when I go over my maintenance range (117-122) that I will track my food again and I know I can take it off. Its hard to eat the extra calories but you have to or you will keep losing which is what is happening to me..

~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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Hee - Paula, I know what you mean!

On work days, when I'm getting dressed for work, I detour to the bathroom to spray on my perfume and I often stop and look at myself, and admire what I've been able to do and the weight I've been able to lose. It's a good start to the day, that's for sure! ;)

For me, though, I need new pjs! I don't think a lot about them, except every pair I own now, the elastic waist is too big. HA!! To me that's the funniest side of my weight loss (well, that and having to buy smaller underwear) and I'm not sure why. :)

-Sarah

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HI brightangel. It looks liek we are close in height. I am 5'2 and 37. I have my calorie burn set at 3x per week at 20 minutes for 1000 in my diet setup for cardio per week and it gives me 1650 for my high end. I had it low because I had been injured. When I change it this weekend to a higher nuber it will put me around 1800-1900 high end. You seem like you do a lot of cardio too though. 2 hours on a gazelle? My legs would fall off, lol. You go girl!

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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Well Saucy ... I can't believe I'm going to admit this but when I get out of bed and pull on my hiking socks (always the first thing to go on) I sometimes catch sight of myself in my cheval mirror and even in my underwear, vest and hiking socks I still think.... blimey you look good! and yes I feel immensley proud and happy with how I am now.

Nice feeling isn't it - but also nice to have you lot to be able to confide in that I look good in my undies and hiking socks :))))))

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I am right there with you, Saucy! Yes, I am proud of what I have done although I don't flaunt it. Some of my close friends have joined SP and have seen some results and have told OTHER people about it. I love being fit and intend to stay this way for the rest of my life because I have figured out how to DO IT!!

Now my DH has joined me at the gym and he has tons of experience in fitness and weight lifting, so it's becoming a team effort. It's great to be able to change things and keep going forward.

Best wishes to all of you.

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Hi, I know I've only just started this part of my new lifestyle, and I'm still a bit fearful that I'll wake up one morning and I would have dreamt it all. I am having trouble accepting the new me, BUT at the same time I love the new me and I really proud that I was able to do this. Shopping for clothes has taken on new meaning for me. I no longer dress in what I use to call camoflage...you know hiding everything I did'nt like. I did give ALL my big clothes to the Goodwill, so I'm going to trust me to do this right.....no turning back!!!

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GOALS FOR 2009

Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle (110-118lbs)

Run 1000miles in 2009

Strength train three times weekly

Run 2 out of Province Half Marathons:-

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Without sacrafice there is no victory!!!





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I do feel good, but sometimes I get caught up in perfectionism too. I have a hard time putting things in perspective in the morning at home by myself - but as soon as I go outside and see someone who is the size I used to be or bigger, I feel a lot prouder and realize I'm being rather petty over the size of my thighs. I know I'm doing great most days, and on the overall scale of things I'm healthier than most.

It's also really gratifying to always be somewhat surprised that I still fit in small size clothes that I try on when shopping. It just always seems like the cookie I ate the other day or the 10 minutes of cardio I didn't do yesterday should make me balloon up - but everything evens out.

I do wish the cellulite would just go away though emoticon

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You know I've been maintaining for 10 months or so and I'm finding myself striving for more and more perfection, which is insane and I know it. I started off elated but then I moved on to new goals, and now I wish I could get rid of the cellulite on my thighs and the slight saddlebags and thin layer of fat on my tummy. LOL... I think I'm always looking for improvement (I've been an overachiever since about 6th grade). I recognize that what I am striving for is not attainable, or at least it would require incredible sacrifice (that I'm not willing to make long term).

I do feel GOOD but I am always looking at ways of making it better.

I think what I need to do now is look at the components of my diet and improve them. I still eat a lot of simpler carbs and should swap them out for complex carbs or whole grains. My family doesn't want that though which makes it hard.

Oh well. I don't mean to be a downer. I guess I'll just never be satisfied, and I'm thinking that as long as I am like that, I am likely to keep at it and not "give up" and just do what I feel like sometimes.

And I get irritated with my calorie level too which is actually higher than some of you. I can do about 1650-1850. The key to making that work, is reevaluating WHAT you eat. If you do it right, those calorie levels can be more than adequate! The problem is that many of us have items in our diet that "blow" it for us. I was noticing some menus that are on the beachbody site that come in on target and look like they contain much more bulk and flavor but require more prep time than I can afford. Make sense? I just need to find a way. ;)

Shani

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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Brightangel..I am by no means an expert..that is a lot of cardio. To me, maintenance is all about being able to relax a little about my eating. You might want to post in Ask the Experts if you haven't already. I am only trying to stay in the middle of my bmi range so you may have different goals. My focus has shifted to fitness and not so much on the scale.

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I also really enjoy shopping now and am much braver about what I wear..not skimpy but fashionable things as opposed to things that hide my tummy or my butt or anything else. I so look forward to my workouts..I used to find excuses not to go..now I try to fit them in no matter what. I do find that my clothes are getting looser..probably muscle definition which is a good thing. I loved getting rid of my flabby arms :) And even catching myself in a mirror as I walk by which I used to avoid like the plague!

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~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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I love the whole lifestyle and everything that comes with it. I love putting on exercise clothes to go to the gym. I love buying Clif bars to eat before I run. I love seeing my abs in the bathroom mirror. I love being out running at 5 am. It's all a miracle to me.

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I first hit my goal weight on 11/30/2006, and I was over the moon. :D My body has adjusted since then and the clothes I bought before Christmas are all a little bit loose now, even though I've stayed within my goal range, 120-125 lbs, since then. Has anyone had that happen?

I love waking up, stretching, and putting my hands on my waist and feeling the muscles underneath, not just the flab covering them. Fabulous! I also love going shopping now, and picking through the smaller sizes that I hadn't been able to wear since high school. I got as high as a 14, and am now down around a 6. I love being able to look at myself in the mirror and be PROUD of my accomplishment, even several months after my goal was reached.

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BFIT:
My low-impact exercise consists of:

Every Mon-Wed-Fri Leslie Sanson's Walk Away the Pounds, 5 miles with 5 lb weights and her resistence and stretchy bands. And an additional 15 minutes of weight-lifting using 5 lb weights, doing 2 - 12 reps of 6 upper-arm exercise. Often I walk an hour or so at about 3mph on the Treadmill &/or Gazelle as well.

On Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun, I usually walk on the Treadmill and/or Gazelle for one or two hours. On the Treadmill I alter my speed between 2.8 and 3.5 mph, and my incline between 0 and 8 in ordr to change it up. The Gazelle is elliptical with arm movements---but is a "freestyle" with no weights or resistence.


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BFIT:
Thanks for your reply. At 5'3" you are two inches taller as well as 12 years younger....and a runner, which of course means you get to eat more than me.

I've logged all my food every day for the past consecutive 914 days....that includes the 13+ months in maintenance. (I use the software program DietPower to do that...which makes it really easy).

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GardenChick,
I looked at your profile and couldn't find your age or height....Although I did see that you, as well as BFIT, are a runner.

The metabolism differences interest me. It seems you are saying yours is around 1600 withoug your running exercise. Are you doing walking exercise?
What is your age and height? If you will share that here. Or, if you'd like, you could send me a private message with that information?

Highest weight ever: 271 lbs - Dec-1992.
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Goal Weight: 115 =Reached Jan-2006.
Lifetime Goal: Maintain around 115 lbs
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Bright angel..I am 5'3" and small boned. I always had a fairly high metabolism so I may be an exception. I have not been logging my food since I have been on maintenance. I focus more on eating non-processed foods, whole grains, etc...foods close to the source. I rarely eat junk food so my sodium intake is low. I do think that running burns a lot of calories..not a reason to run but may be part of it.

Do you do any interval training or change things up? Sometimes our bodies get used to a particular exercise. What about strength? Eventually I may start to have a tough time too after my body gets used to running (I have only been running for 4 months)

~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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UH-OH,
I see the posting was by GARDEN CHICK...not BFITNHAPPY. I will look at your numbers and correct my post.

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The calorie intake your body requires for maintenance interests me.

We are approximately the same weight, so I looked at your profile and saw you are age 50. (I'm 62 and after age 60 all the charts show a big drop in metabolism.)

I couldn't find your height. Are you perhaps taller than me as well? (I'm 5'0")

I also see that your usual exercise is running.
while my exercise is all low-impact and walking...although I do at least 1 hour for 6 or 7 days every week.

At 107, Harris-Benedict forumla shows my BMR as about 1105, which after adding activity factor of 1.37% for "Lightly Active" would be about 1522 calories per day.

It seems to me that I am (at least) at the midpoint between "lightly active" and "moderately active" which would be an activity factor of 1.45% which SHOULD bring me to 1610 calories per day.

However, I'm suspecting that, my metabolism is probably in that 10% lower range due to genetic factors. If this is the case, the charts give me a BMR of 1000, which...with a 1.45% activity factor...would bring me to GUESS WHAT? 1450 calories per day. BUMMER. I WISH I BURNED MORE. But high-impact exercsie isn't for me.

Highest weight ever: 271 lbs - Dec-1992.
Diet Start: 190.5 lbs - Sept-2004.
Goal Weight: 115 =Reached Jan-2006.
Lifetime Goal: Maintain around 115 lbs
Height: 5'0". Age: 60 +. www.diethobby.com


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OH_LORI's Photo OH_LORI Posts: 2,038
3/22/07 9:47 A

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Gardenchick, I totally hear what you're saying. I love this: "I have lost more in emotional weight than in physical weight". It truly is amazing to be where we are all at right now, isn't it? So many things have changed about us, not just physically, but mentally too.

I am just so darn proud of all of us - I can't say it enough! And I'm also so thrilled to have a place where we can gush and know exactly where we're all coming from!

Hugs,
Lori

"We're all on the same roller coaster, just in different seats." (Jason Mechalek)
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3/22/07 9:43 A

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Bfit, forgot to comment on the new pic. Lovin' it! I am glad you mentioned teh way you see food is different. Mine is too. I don't get upset if something wasn't as good as I expected. In the psat I would just eat something else to compensate. Now I shrug and move on. It really is quite a process to lose weight. I really was put off by the buzz of "lifestyle change" when I first started and found it a bit funny. Now I realize it really is a complete change in your life and has to be. I have lost more in emotional weight than physical weight.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


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3/22/07 9:33 A

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Lori..thanks for starting this thread..gushing is always allowed, of course!

Laura..you are my inspiration! So glad to hear you found some new running stuff.

Brightangel..13 months on maintenance..that is awesome.

I have only been on maintenance a couple of weeks and am still very excited. I just don't want to eat a lot of the unhealthy things although I do treat myself or go out and have a really nice dinner with bread and dessert once in awhile. My whole attitude towards food has changed. I think of it as fuel for my body and not as comfort. And I now realize just how bad I feel if I eat too much unhealthy food and I know that I don't want to feel that way - it isn't worth it!

Edited by: BFITNHAPPY at: 3/22/2007 (10:03)
~ Denise ~

"What doesn't kill me will make me stronger"

Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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3/22/07 9:30 A

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Great job on 13 months. I am at 3. Your calorie count seems so low. I am not sure I could do that. Mine is about 1600 and will go up again as I increase my mileage now that my injury is healed.

It is a new way of thinking and doing, but one that gives me satisfaction in knowing I am the one in control, not my body. Mentally and physically.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


 current weight: 115.0 
 
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3/22/07 9:23 A

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I have been at my goal weight now for over 13 months, and I'm still very happy when I look in the mirror. I'm not happy about the high cost of maintenance....meaning, Eating only small amounts of low-calorie foods 95% of the time. My total calorie budget to maintain my current weight is about 1450 calories per day...and that is with at least 1 hour of exercise every day. For many people that would be "dieting for life"....AND OF COURSE it is...because to maintain one's low weight involves a "lifestyle" CHANGE, not just a temporary change to GET to Goal, but a PERMANENT change to stay at goal.

Highest weight ever: 271 lbs - Dec-1992.
Diet Start: 190.5 lbs - Sept-2004.
Goal Weight: 115 =Reached Jan-2006.
Lifetime Goal: Maintain around 115 lbs
Height: 5'0". Age: 60 +. www.diethobby.com


 current weight: 125.0 
 
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3/22/07 9:15 A

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Great job with getting to your goal! Many hard days of work have gone into that so you deserve a few minutes to gush and feel great every! morning. I have found that I feel that way too. I think I am more happy with the emotional and mental changes and the happier place I am in being fit and exercising than the actual weight end of it. I bought some new running stuff yesterday and I am still amazed when I hold something up and look at how small it is that I really fit into it.

Don't set your limits until you have tested them...

Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat

States completed: MI,


 current weight: 115.0 
 
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3/22/07 8:59 A

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Don't you just LOVE waking up each morning knowing that you've met your goal weight and are a thin and healthy person? I have to admit, it is the first thing in my mind when I get up. I think to myself, WOW, you DID it, you are thin, healthy, and fit! Sometimes I feel like I am dreaming. I cannot believe I am here at this place in my life. Not only physically fit, but emotionally and mentally as well. Wow. It just makes me totally giddy sometimes!!

What about the rest of you? Aren't you all so dang PROUD of yourselves for achieving (and maintaining) your healthy lifestyle goals? You should be - I am proud of ALL of us!

Thanks for letting me gush and get this all off my chest! I guess after 4 days of being at my goal weight, it is just now hitting me!!

Hugs,
Lori

"We're all on the same roller coaster, just in different seats." (Jason Mechalek)
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