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11/23/07 10:54 A

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I read this thread more carefully and can now answer the people that ask me "Where do you put all your weight? You don't look fat."

With the exercise, although not as much as most...it's muscle!!

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11/9/07 1:28 P

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I totally understand that. I hate the fact that we have to decide when we're 18 what we want to do with our lives. I decided on Finance and have been in the industry for 4 years now, and I'm starting to think I should have chosen something in the arts! How's that for a change? It wouldn't even be a change within industry. I'd have to start completely over.

I learned awhile ago to allow myself a bit of junk/sweets everyday or if I feel a major craving. That way I won't break down and go nuts. I denied myself once and ended up getting a product test for chocolate chip cookies and ate the ENTIRE package that night! I felt SOOOOOOO bad afterwards. But then again, I suppose if my idea of binging is one package of cookies, I'm in a pretty good place.

All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.

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11/9/07 9:51 A

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Oh, yes... I love those cordial kisses!! I think we just finished our last bag from Valentine's Day.

And, no, I am not the person who can swear off junk. I am slightly envious of those people who have been able to but it's not just my style. Unforutnately... sort of. ;)

I work in academia as staff, so I understand about the "thinner, lighter, smarter, prettier" etc bit. One of our new tenure-track professors is nine months younger than me... is a tenure-track professor when I don't even know what I want to be when I grow up! and his wife just had their first child. It was a moment of "what am I doing in my life?!"

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11/8/07 1:55 P

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Exactly. Although, I know it makes sense logically, it is definitely difficult to do at times. :) But then again, there will always be SOMEONE that is thinner, lighter, smarter, prettier, so you'll only make yourself miserable. So you have to figure out what is right/good for YOU and stick with that.

I'm SO glad I'm not the only one that still eats junk! I just have a serving a night. Those cherry cordial kisses are amazing. emoticon

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11/7/07 8:50 P

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RayAnne, I did the same thing with Halloween candy. It's all about moderation for me, so I'll be okay.

But like you said, it's body type. I'm 5ft2 and a size 8 and I know it's not likely that I'll get much smaller. My dear friend is my height but looks squishier than me at 20 pounds less than me, because she has that teeny tiny frame.

Compare you to you and not anyone else, right? :)

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11/7/07 2:09 P

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I've found out that I should continue tracking calories because of my motivation (lack). But, I've stepped up my exercise and use the calorie tracker to make sure I stay in the low range. I think once I get confident in that, I can stop tracking.

Belle- 5ft 3 in.

Pace e Bene!

Personal goal - Go From 162 to 145

6/13/10...153.2

6/20/10....152.4

7/5/10....151.00

7/11/10.....148.4

7/18/10.....149.00

1/12/11....oops...162.00









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SHRLZI, just remember that everyone's body type is different. My Mumm was 82 lbs and around a 0 when she got married, so I come from a more petite body frame. Of course, once she got into exercise and had two children, that changed. She's also around 135/140 and a size 8.

My problem with the holidays is sugar. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! I'm embarrassed to admit that I went out and bought marked down holiday candy! However, to keep myself well-behaved, I froze everything but the tootsie rolls. That way I can take out a few pieces here and there and stay out of them otherwise. The good thing with tootsie rolls is by the time you eat a serving size, your jaws are too tired to eat any more. :)

I'm actually scared to have my body fat %age measured! I've lost a lot of weight, and I'm smaller, but thanks to that I have a good bit of excess skin that is my current curse. emoticon

I've come more to the point of working out for energy levels and stress levels. I can feel my energy levels crash if I skip more than a day of exercise (in a row, that is).

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11/7/07 11:47 A

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Hey, I'm gobsmacked at all you 5'5", 130 lb. size 4's! That's where I am, and I am a solid size 8. You guys must be reallyreally strong -- I'm keepin' up my workouts and maybe I will get there too.
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11/7/07 10:01 A

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I, too, am on just this side of freeking out with the upcoming holidays, and enjoying last weekend's party too much!! So have decide to put in 15 mins most days extra at the gym, and other little ways to make up for all the chocolot chip cookies at that party!!! little things like that brought me thru last year's celebrations without guilt. Have fun doing it!!


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Congrats to you for making it to your goal!!! The mental changes do take some time to process...with your slow loss it should start catching up with you pretty soon though! Switching to maintenance is a trial and error process during which you can hopefully learn to relax and enjoy the new you!! Add some healthy calories back and find the right combination that works for you. Sparkpeople's tools are really helpful and a great place to start because you can record both your intake and your calorie burn and watch your weight over time to see how you are doing. I lost below my original goal once I started here on SP while learning to maintain...(I'm also almost 5'5" and wearing a 2/4)

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could I share with you? I started by not writing what I eat every day, , however I did my calculations in my head, I weigh myself ever other day. I chose Body sculpt with Gilad and Sparkpeople routine as strength exercises(3 times per week) and continue my cardio 3 times per week as welll and take 2 days to rest.
130x4.36=566.80
65inx4.57=297.05
566.8+297.05=863.85-(your agex4.7)+655=BMR
BMR/0.6=total calories
BMR+10%total calories= calories for needed for new weight

A quick estimation: 130x10=1300=BMR
1300/0.6=2166=total calories
10% of 2166=216.6 then 1300+216.6= 1516.6 round up to 1517calories

So you can eat up to 1517 cal without exercising and you could go up to 2166 cal with 650 calories of physical activity

Also you can think less in weighting yourself by focusing in how new size clothes fit you,try new clothes, new styles.I'm sure you'll receive a lot of compliments for your new look. Why don't you join us in Fall 5% Body Fat by the end of the year challenge, it's a motivator to stay as fit as we can.

Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 11/6/2007 (17:47)
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PJENAN Posts: 53
11/6/07 4:44 P

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I agree - your reaction is similar to mine. It's very hard to lessen the control you've built up without losing control alltogether. I don't count calories or log my food anymore. I have had pretty good luck maintaining by focusing on exercising for health/fitness and by eating for health/nutrition. I exercise to further my running goals not to work off a certain number of calories. I eat to get enough protein and fiber and fruits and veggies, not to meet a certain calorie number. It doesn't always work, but it has helped me not be so obsessed with the numbers. Good luck!

 
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11/6/07 4:22 P

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Don't look at trying to maintain during the holiday season as a burden... take it on as a challenge! :D

The extra muscle will help you burn off any gain pretty quickly after the season, as long as you keep up your healthy habits! :D

You can do it!! :D

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11/6/07 4:20 P

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Thanks everyone! And my weight is currently at 130 at 5'5". Due to my working out so much, I'm actually heavier than I look due to muscle, but that definitely doesn't help when I obsess about the scale! I have started only weighing once a week. While I'm freaking during the time period wondering if I've gained, not seeing the day to day fluctuations helps keep me a bit more sane.
I am NOT looking forward to the holiday season, though. :) Why couldn't I have reached my maintenance weight at the end??

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11/6/07 4:16 P

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Congratulations for your success in achieving you goal weight. I understand what you are going through, I experienced the same thing when I reached my goal. You can reevaluate yourself here in Sparkpeople to get a calories range and exercise goal, or you can calculate the number of calories using the basal metabolic rate (lbs times 4.36) plus height in inches times 4.57 minus age times 4.7, and then add 655 to get the BMR.
If you divide this amount by 0.6 you'll get the total calories you could have.
10% of this total calories will be for digestion and 30% of the total calories
for physical activity.
BMR plus 10% of the total calories will be then the calories to aim to without considering physical activity.
Maintainance requires attention, is a test for your new good habits in eating and exercising. You are at the point of seeing how well you learned them.
if you need help calculating your new calories goal let me know, or reevaluate yourself here in SP, as soon as you know where you stand you'll feel more confident.
In my opinion this reaction is normal, because we've being focused so long in losing and we are uncertain about how to make the change to maintainance.
Keep the good work!!!!

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

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11/6/07 3:40 P

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Congratulations on your success!!!! I totally relate to what you are going through and agree with Nancy's assessment!!! The hardest things about maintenance for me is relaxing and accepting that this is really my weight!!! I am 5'4", 130 and as of Saturday and official size 4!!!

Hang in there it does get less scary, I've heard!!!

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Congrats on losing the weight! All I can say is that everything you wrote is exactly what I felt when I switched to maintenance. Exactly - word for word.

So, if nothing else, at least know that you are not alone and what you are feeling is totally and completely normal. Now, I've been in maintenance for over 8 months and I still feel that way sometimes.

What has to happen is that life has to go on so that you can see for yourself that if you go over your calories here or there or don't work out for 2 hours every day, you will NOT GAIN ALL THAT WEIGHT BACK OVERNIGHT!!! I swear, that is how I used to think.

I am 5'5" and my goal weight is 130. I hover around 128 now and I'm in a size 4. When I started maintenance I was 135 but still lost weight the first few weeks.

Hang in there and do try to eat your maintenance calories. It's good for your body. And if you still want to (and have time to) work out for 2 hours a day, go for it! Just don't worry if you do less some days. You could probably get by no problem with a good 30 minute workout per day if you needed to cut it down.

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Way to go on losing all that weight!!! Your body will switch to maintenance mode -- mine took a few weeks. I still watch everything but am not counting my points (I did Weight Watchers) every day like I was but I am watching my calorie total and if I splurge on a piece of chocolate, I'm ok with it. I know I will burn it off at the gym.
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11/6/07 2:38 P

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What is your BMI? less than 18.5? I am guessing that you weigh 100 lb or less to be a size 4 at your height, which would put you in the "underweight" category.

You say you are "obsessing" and "freaking" and that you still look in the mirror and see yourself as fat.

It's good that you realize, while you have been successful at losing weight -- and you deserve kudos for that!! -- you still need to work on developing a healthy relationship with food, and on developing a realistic self-image.

Please use the SP tools to calculate a healthy weight and a healthy maintenance calorie range, and make it your goal to meet those recommendations.

Just as you dieted in baby steps, try transitioning to maintenance in baby steps. Like, add one bowl or oatmeal with yogurt (or another healthy starch) a day for a week and see how that feels. Then add an extra piece of fruit the next week. And so on.

You may find that the small increases in nutrition actually make you fell better.

Also, please consider consulting a licensed nutritionist to help you set your goals, and a psychologist to help you 'change your mind set' and develop a more realistic self-image.

You have made a great achievement in reaching your goal weight and developing healthy habits. Please don't sabotage yourself by overdoing!

Best wishes to you!



...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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I've actually been slowly losing my weight for five and a half years now. Other than going up the odd pound or two and immediately losing it, I haven't put ANY of it back on. I weighed Saturday and unless it was a fluke, I've FINALLY reached my goal weight. I'm 5'5" and I went from a size 28 to a size 2/4. Yet, I can't seem to get out of my weight loss mode. I'm still totally obsessing over calories, not wanting to go above 1500 a day and freaking out of I know that I did. It's almost all I focus on. I also can't seem to decrease my workout time without freaking and at the moment, I'm working out anywhere from 45 minutes a day to two and a half hours a day. On top of that, I still look in the mirror and see myself as fat. Any advice on switching mental modes? emoticon

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