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9/1/13 5:19 P

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What a great story! You've had wonderful success and I believe you will continue to succeed.

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My name is Bonnie

I lost 122 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

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9/1/13 6:18 A

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Such a great encouragement. Though I still want to lose a little body fat, it's good to know that when the running season is over and I am back in the gym, that I can not only work on training my muscles for a better running season, but I can also "reshape" some of the less shapely parts of my body.

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

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8/31/13 10:34 A

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Congratulations! It's so good to know that gaining a little weight and using strength training can help shape your body. Best to do it while you're young, too!

"Awareness is all."

"Letting go is much harder than fighting."

"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr

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8/31/13 9:07 A

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What good news that strength training is helping to realign your body. I think it's done much the same for me. I've been at the same weight for 6 months - and doing strength training - and I'm only now fitting into some of those favorite smaller clothes I had stored away. It's amazing what you can do with strength training.

Keep up the great work.

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8/31/13 9:06 A

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I've found the same things to be true and attribute much of the reshaping of my body to weight training. I never thought I'd get my waist under 30" ever again, but the magic of lifting has truly worked wonders. Congratulations on your success as well!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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8/31/13 7:51 A

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I lost a lot of weight... well, haven't we all? :) Anyways, I reached 107 lbs which was the weight I was before my pregnancies in my early 20's. I certainly did not get back the same body I had in my 20's though! I used to be 35-25-35 before my weight gain. I had a perfect hourglass figure, I adored.

When I reached 107 lbs this time around... my measurements had completely changed. I was 33-26-33. I lost cushion from places I'd rather have not. My belly, even though my waist line was small was very pot-bellyish probably from being stretched to 50-60 inches in both my pregnancy (yeah... I'm short so my babies had nowhere to grow but OUT).

As happy and successful as I was in weight loss my changes in measurement still always bothered me. Especially knowing "you can't target fat loss". I felt stuck with a distended belly because they only way I could get rid of it is to "lose more weight" (lower BF%). That obviously wasn't an option for me.

Once I reached my goal weight, I developed BED (probably from being on a calorie deficit for so long during weight loss) and I began eating everything in sight. I gained back 13-15 lbs but that was probably a good thing because I was looking too waify. However, my measurements increased for the better. I went to 34.5-27-34.5.

Well, I've been working on getting to 115 lbs and using that marker as my new goal weight. I'm currently 119 lbs and for the first time in 3-4 months... I lost 1/2 inch from my waist!

I know, I know... big whoop, eh? But the cool thing is; I maintained the same measurements in my bust and hips. So now I'm 34.5-26.5-34.5. I am officially no longer bordering on the increased health risk factors for hip to waist ratio and I punched my numbers into one of those for fun body shape calculators and got "hourglass"! Woot! I'm curvy again. :)) And oh wow, my stomach has been looking so much flatter lately.

I credit a lot of this... maybe, small achievement (that means big things!), to my strength training program and weight gain. This is sort of a big deal to me because it means... I do have some control over the shape of my body and that perhaps more recomp. work will help me achieve my former measurements (not that it's a big deal to do that, but I confess... it would be nice...)

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/31/2013 (07:53)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.

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