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1/19/07 6:10 A

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I have been on a plateau for about four weeks with just about 5 lbs to lose. I am hanging in there and waiting for the next drop. Hope it comes soon! I am thinking of jump starting this process by cutting out some grains in the mix. My body doesn't seem to need 2000 cal per day even with a high intensity of exercise. Must be the "age" effect.

Do, or Do Not.
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....YODA

It is obvious that we cannot use the same thinking to solve a problem that we have been using to cause it.


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1/7/07 12:10 P

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Hi Karen, and all,

MTBKERCHIC, stick with it!

I've been extremely lucky to have found cycling 24 years ago when I was 22 years old. Always been struggling with 10-20 pounds on then off again. Sparkpeople has given me the tools to understand how many calories I really need to eat (versus how many I want to eat). How to track the calories and know what portion sizes are. The exercise hasn't been the problem, it's the eating.

The sparkpeople on-line fourms have been great, there is so much to learn, the people and support are great. I've been empowered by using this site to continue; lost 8 pounds so far and never felt better. I think weight lifting at the gym is important also to increase muscle which burns more calories, and do that too.

Still learning, applying,refining, retrying, but overall feel successful.

 
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1/5/07 11:21 P

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Finally, a little success. After a month of struggling, I dropped 2.5 lbs. Whew!

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1/2/07 10:31 P

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I don't have it down but I can feel the change happening and soon i will.

~*~Meghan~*~faithfully, mine....everyone read [appetites] by Caroline Knapp. she had anorexia & it's her memoir it's great!


 
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1/2/07 11:15 A

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Do you feel like you've got it down, and what you've been doing is working for you?
* Yes, I do. You might notice I don't have a weight ticker. This adventure isn't about weight loss as much as it was about learning new habits. I have days when I eat more, or exercise more (or less!) but I seem to have found a good balance. I know what I can order in a restaurant and stay in range. Or when I splurge, how I can counteract it. I didn't track between Christmas and New Years, but when I went back to putting foods in the the tracking, I was at the low end of my range every day. So I must have learned something! So it defintely is working for me.


and it shows?
* So I've been told. My clothes fit better, and I am enjoying shopping! Also, my attitude is better. I feel more rested by eating healthier, working out, and drinking tons of water. My cycling speed improved by the end of the summer, and I am excited to see how I make out this winter--how much behind October's average ride speed my first regular outdoor ride speed turns out. That's the big place I want to see a difference. If I ride faster, that's less time in the saddle for the long rides!


Do you feel like you're going to be able to do it and stick to it the rest of your life?
* I don't see why not. I don't deprive myself from foods I really want--I just look for a balance. I grew up in a house with people who couldn't do it, so I know the pitfalls: one tries out all the fad diets, but won't workout and can't understand why they don't lose weight; another who was always overweight, and didn't really care until they had diabetes; another who was bulimic at one point and will always deal with the afteraffects from that period in life. So if I can be happy, and healthy, and able to do the things I really enjoy, I have the motivation to stick with it.


What is it that you do or an attitude you hold which makes you feel that way?
* It is all about ME. What makes me happy. If I want dessert, I have it. I found activities that I enjoy to be my workout. I cycle, swim, rock climb, hike, and walk with friends. I go to Curves (since I had always been bad about strength training). I compete in events with the goal of completion, not winning--I've done a marathon, triathlon, and time trial. I'll do more triathlons and time trials, and learned that I don't like to run! And I'll maintain a healthy weight, because I want to, not because I have to.

Something else I want to note: I never even really had a "goal weight" and got rid of my scale when I started on Spark. Like I said, its about ME, not a number!

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1/2/07 10:16 A

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I feel that I do have it down. And do feel I can continue and do just fine. For starters, I absolute LIVE for biking now. I live and breathe it daily. My boyfriend owns a bike shop, so that keeps me smack in the middle of it. Bikes are his life, have been since he was a little kid. A big motivator is for me to to continue to have the fitness to ride with him and others with ease, which I am able to do now.

Also, we are picking up snowboarding, and we have snowshoes on the way, so that is another way to exercise, but also have fun. I will NOT have exercise be a drudgery. If it's not fun, I won't do it.

I do feel I have control. I'm doing just fine, I'm maintaining without a hitch and still seeing a bit more weightloss, though I am far past any original goals. So it's awesome.



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CHAINRINGRRL Posts: 87
1/1/07 5:45 P

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I absolutely do not have it down. I will find a nice balance soon, though. My hope is to bring my exercise up to where my appetite is. If I ride long enough and lift hard then maybe the pieces will fall into place. I found that lifting 3 x week takes body fat off without many changes on the scale. Ah, well, I'll get it. I think I focus on it too much. Kinda like looking at the big tree makes you hit it.

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1/1/07 1:06 P

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Hi Karen, thanks for the kind words.

I am lucky in that all my weight was in my torso. With very little fat in my legs, arms, backside, neck and face, there was very little distribution of the weight loss that thwarts most people from showing their weight loss in the manner they would hope for.

Although they lost 30 lbs, 5 was in their backside, 10 was in their belly, 5 was in their arms, neck and face and 10 was in their legs...they obviously feel better and the clothes may fit a little looser, but unless people who know them very intimately notice, most wouldn't.

I think that is what makes people discouraged and leads to people falling off the fitness bandwagon and going back to old comforts. Geeeze, I lost 30 lbs and outside of some friends and family, no one notices.

The fact my 30 lbs pretty much only had the one place to come off and loss of belly is arguably the most noticeable weight loss, I have the fortune of being able to really see it and enjoy the comments from others.

Believe me when I tell you that is not something I simply take for granted. I realize I am very fortunate that my hard work, diet and exercise is showing real results and that I have a motivation from that, which a lot of people wish they could.

That's why when I talk with people about my weight loss, I am very quick to point out it is a lifestyle change and that it takes time and one can't get discouraged if the body fat isn't being taken immediately from the areas you wish it to be.

That with continued dedication and hard work, it will all come off and the goal will be reached.

Sometimes it is tougher when the results aren't immediately noticeable, but it does eventually become so and the results are the reward.

Cheers and all the best in 2007!

Shine on!



Height: 6' 4" Age: 38 Starting weight September 11th, 2006: 335 lbs

Mid term goal of losing 20% of my total overall starting weight has been reached!

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TUCKERVILL's Photo TUCKERVILL Posts: 35
1/1/07 11:33 A

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Kelownagirl, I'm right with you on sharing special times with friends. Last night we went to a nice place for dinner with friends. Fortunately, they had a really good vegetarian meal on the menu. I could have had chicken added, but I didn't, and I didn't even miss it. I also traded most of half of the meal for a glass of wine, IOW, I didn't eat the whole plate. Instead of picking the cheesecake off the menu I had the tiny little bowl of creme brulee (the last one of 2006, eh?). (I just remembered I didn't put that in my meal tracker. doh!)

But the point is I had a really good time, and didn't feel like I was starving myself and I didn't feel like I couldn't participate in all the frivolity. I also didn't wake up with a hangover today, because I didn't drink enough alcohol to get one! And that allowed me to get up and work out in the hotel exercise room this morning!

edit: Adam, thanks for the bit about "inspire someone else". I do tend to rise to leadership positions naturally, but I'm not much of an example when it comes to good health! Maybe I should apply my leadership skills to it. (doh! again)

My hubby went through the 7 Habits seminar once, and all I remember from it was this:

"Integrity at the point of decision"

It's a mantra.

Karen

Edited by: TUCKERVILL at: 1/1/2007 (11:36)
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Just to prove that I knew how, yeah."
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1/1/07 11:27 A

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Floydian, I really can see a difference in 30 lbs! Wow, way to go!

If I lived in the Cayman Islands, I'd want to be thin, too. lol. I'm so jealous of your back yard!

Karen

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I calculate what I have done
Like jumping from the bow, yeah,
Just to prove that I knew how, yeah."
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12/31/06 8:23 A

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Do you feel like you've got it down, and what you've been doing is working for you?
Absolutely. I've found the same as Jeff where moderation works best, and staying away from bad things like sodas, fast food (although I still let myself have something now and again, moderation), and grazing on junk food at work. I sit at a desk all day like a lot of people and it is easy to just snack all day long. Lots and lots of exercise and riding. Even if it means taking the stairs instead of an elevator, or going for a walk after lunch or on break to get away from my desk and get the body moving.

and it shows?
just ask my wife. :) Thanks, in good part to Spark and tracking my food, exercise and weight and of course the great people I've met, I've dropped 15 lbs. this year.

Do you feel like you're going to be able to do it and stick to it the rest of your life?
Yes. I've watched relatives go on these ridiculous crash diets that ask you to change everything about your eating habits, and then bail on them within' a couple of months. For me it's all about moderation, eating healthy, and staying active. I can do that, and the fact is I was fairly depressed when I didn't.

What is it that you do or an attitude you hold which makes you feel that way?
There was a quote I heard recently that I'll have to look up to quote properly, but part of it is: don't look for inspiration, inspire someone else...and that is what we seem to be doing here that works, inspiring each other to do more and not give up, and in return we are inspired to keep trying.

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12/31/06 2:04 A

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Hi Karen - glad you made it!

I do find that I have "figured it out" to a certain degree and biking is definitely a big part of it. I am hoping that once I finish the weight loss thing, that regular exercise will enable me to eat normally and maintain my weight. I lived most of my life as a skinny thing, able to eat absolutely anything I wanted. Then I turned 40. Don't know what happened but yikes. I wasn't terribly overweight but I could certainly see the steady gain would get me there evenutally. I hated exercising, hated to sweat but I started going to the gym and found I didn't mind it quite as much. When my gym membership expired, I decided to ride my bike for cardio. Turned out I LOVED it and it wasn't even exercise anymore! I had a goal to ride 500 km this year, then increased that to 1500, and managed to do almost 2800 in the end. I got stronger, faster, and had tons more endurance. I only hope I can see half the growth next year that I did this year. :)

As for the dieting, I finally quite trying to lose more than 1lb a week. I do the dieting in stints. I go hard at it for 4-6 weeks and then maintain for a few months. I usually manage to lose 5 lbs each time I do it. I don't even bother during times like Christmas etc because I also believe that sharing a good meal with my seethheart is an important part of my life as well. If my weight creeps up more than 2-3 lbs, I go back to dieting. I am hoping to be down to 115 by next spring. I really believe I can do it too!

It's never too late to be who you might have been.

Weight goal: 115-120 lbs May 1, 2012?

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12/30/06 10:01 P

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I was doing really good and then the holidays came. I was able to maintain, but I went back to some bad habits. So now I have to get back into it.

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12/30/06 8:15 P

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The biking is most certainly making a difference in my weight loss and overall heart and lung health.

For sure!

Visit my page and have a look at the before and after pictures.

It can be seen big time.



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12/30/06 7:43 P

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> It seems to me what you're saying is that you choose an outdoor lifestyle, and that naturally pushes out bad habits that lead to overweight. Maybe?
Nope... I have always had an outdoor lifestyle. I had some extra weight I wanted to lose and my old habits are what got me to that point. SP helped me morph my habits into something that helped me reach what I wanted and encouraged me to do even more outdoors fun stuff.

> And that you are doing the things that you enjoy (cycling, etc.) and that has its own rewards.
Uh... yeah... always has... no real change there.

> Maybe your focus is not on the weight loss, but the fun times, instead?
Well... my focus was on weight loss and is now on maintaining that, but is also targetting the fun times.

Edited by: SKIGEEK at: 12/30/2006 (19:45)
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12/30/06 7:34 P

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Jeff, I see you're at your goal, and you were just the type of person I was hoping to hear from! Thanks and it does help.

It seems to me what you're saying is that you choose an outdoor lifestyle, and that naturally pushes out bad habits that lead to overweight. Maybe? And that you are doing the things that you enjoy (cycling, etc.) and that has its own rewards. Maybe your focus is not on the weight loss, but the fun times, instead?

Thanks for your input.

Karen

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I calculate what I have done
Like jumping from the bow, yeah,
Just to prove that I knew how, yeah."
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> Do you feel like you've got it down, and what you've been doing is working for you, and it shows?
Yes
> Do you feel like you're going to be able to do it and stick to it the rest of your life?
Yes
> What is it that you do or an attitude you hold which makes you feel that way?
I love to play outdoors. I don't like being fat. I like being as healthy as I can be without limiting myself from some junk (moderation). The healthier I am, the more fun I have outdoors.

SP really helps me determine what moderation is for me, which I love. I also have a few dedicated buddies on SP that help to leverage my habits and push me to be better, which is also great.

I hope this is what you are after. :-) Take care.

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12/30/06 6:38 P

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Hi, I'm Karen. I found SP through a cycling forum--last May--and I'm just now getting involved. As for cycling, I've become a bit of a lugged steel freak, having just today bought my 3rd vintage lugged steel bike (for my hubby-a Miyata 1000) to recondition. :) Started out as a mountain biker, but I hope to get on the road a lot more this year (on my 1972 Fuji).

Here's something that I hope will help me narrow down what works for me:

Do you feel like you've got it down, and what you've been doing is working for you, and it shows? Do you feel like you're going to be able to do it and stick to it the rest of your life?

What is it that you do or an attitude you hold which makes you feel that way?

All input is appreciated!

Karen
PS Hi, Kelownagirl!

"Now waking to the sun
I calculate what I have done
Like jumping from the bow, yeah,
Just to prove that I knew how, yeah."
Into the Ocean, by Blue October

6 Happiness Tools:
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2. Choice
3. Personal Power
4. Leading with your strengths
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