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I'm back and 48 years young! Time to get this pesky 30-40 pounds off my short frame. Need to be more accountable to myself and not liking food as much! (Updated November 2, 2017)-

I am a mom a wife. I live in Manitoba Canada.
Although I have approximately 20 lbs to lose, I am relatively fit! I know...it seems odd...but I am a kind of chubby fit person. My latest thing that I am loving is weight training. I am loving free weights and trying to lift heavier to gain muscle to replace my fat! LOL I went to a local fitness/figure/bodybuilding competition and was inspired by all the muscular physiques! So I serioously began to workout everydat on March 22nd, 2010.

In my past (2008-2009) I played soccer, went to the gym at least 3 times a week and managed to run three half marathons in July and October 2008 and May 2009!

I have just had abdominal surgery which means I had my ab muscles re-sewn together from having large babies and a tummy tuck to remove my stretched out skin/scars-c-sections and appendix. I now only have one belly button where before it was hard to find my belly button! I am still recoving (surgery was October 17th, 2009 and it is now October 25th, 2009). I have blogged about my experience of having a tummy tuck but if you have any direct questions, please feel free to email me! Just know that my goal in the tummy tuck was to tighten up my stretched out skin and correct the c-section scar that was from the bottom of my belly button down vertically to my pubic bone. It was not pretty and made me look like I had a "bum" on my stomach! LOL The tummy tuck was not done to lose weight!

Also running a couple times a week 3-4 miles and playing soccer once a week for a 2 hour game! (I love soccer)!

Update, I finished my first Half Marathon on July 26th, 2009!!!!!
Finished my second Half on October 4, 2008. Third Half Marathon was completed on May 31st, 2009 with a time of 2:15:15 (my best time yet)

So I am re-evaluating my strategies for losing about 20 lbs for 2010. I realize that my love of food is sabotagging my ability to get in shape. So I am vowing to write all my food down in a journal and go home every evening and log it! This way I can figure out my downfalls.

At the moment I am doing the "Bikin Ready in Just 4 Weeks Program" from the March/April 2010 Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine. It is 4 days Strength Training and 3 days cardio. I am loving it and I began the program on March 22 and will be finishing it on April 25th.

I usually have a problem with portion control...so if I can get that under control and continue with my daily workouts, things should start to happen again!

Maintenance: 2189 Calories/day
Fat Loss: 1751 Calories/day
Extreme Fat Loss: 1313 Calories/day

7 day calorie cycle (zig-zag)

Ex Fat Loss Fat Loss Maintain
Monday 1314 1752 2190
Tuesday 1200 1401 1752
Wednesday 1577 2102 2627
Thursday 1314 1752 2190
Friday 1200 1577 1971
Saturday 1445 1927 2408
Sunday 1314 1752 2190

I now realize that we do need to track our calories that we put in our bodies as well as the activity we do daily to create a deficit. This way we are able to lose weight - it is a very simple formula that I have copied and pasted from a fellow Spark members page "Smurfette0725" (thanks for sharing it Smurfette). This is how it works....
You can calculate your BMR by using a mathematical formula the takes the variables of your height, weight, age, and gender. The only factor the calculation omits is lean body mass, your body's ratio of muscle to fat. Essentially, leaner bodies need more calories than less lean ones (yep that's right, that's because muscle needs more energy than fat), therefore this equation will be accurate give or take 100 calories. In the very muscular it will underestimate calories, and in the less muscular it will overestimate them.

Ok, here's the BMR formula:
WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x weight in lbs) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)
MEN: 66 + (6.23 x weight in lbs) + (12.7 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)

This is something that I had been calculating for quite a few months & found that it helped me keep my eating in perspective as I put in lots of hard hours at the gym. Doing this also helped me monitor my calorie splits, H20 intake, sodium consumption, sleeping patterns, and how all of these things affect my outlook/attitude/energy level/and most importantly, my food cravings. And since 3,500 calories equals 1 lb, I'm aiming for at least a 7k calorie deficit this month (2 lbs)

BMR + Cals Burned ( exercise) - Cals Consumed ( food) = Cal deficit

This time...I want this working out lifestyle and monitoring food intake to become a habit!!!
I hate losing and gaining it back.

I welcome anyone who wants to write to me as I love the support and motivation that everyone has to offer! I too, will offer you support and motivation as this is a wonderful place to make new friends who are striving to be the healthiest person they can be. We are all in this "Journey" together! Thanks for visiting my page, please come by again!!!

Member Since: 12/2/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,167

My Goals:
My goals are to ultimately get to 130-140 pounds. Actually my "Happy Weight" is 127.6 lbs so that is what I am shooting for!! I am 5'4" and I have a small frame. In high school and until I had kids I weighed 110 lbs. In February 2007, I was 128 lbs and feeling great, but then I stopped monitoring my calories and working out...hence the 12 pound gain. The sad part is that I had gotten to 128 pounds from 155 lbs in the first place and should have maintained my workouts and good habits. So here I go again!!!!
Goals for 2009
Track calories and create a deficit
workout everyday 6 days a week
Do strength training 3 times a week
Watch portion control
Do 2-3 half marathons-first one is May 31st
Lose 10 lbs before March 24th (that will bring me to 135 lbs)
Continue to lose another 10 lbs by July 24, 2009 (that will bring me to my final goal of 125 lbs)

My Program:
Well I have always been active...I love to play soccer. I am into Turbo Jam and I lost 28 pounds by doing it regularly for 7 months, however I quit and gained 13 pounds back!!! Yucky. So I know it works...just have to do it!

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    1381 days ago
    Stopping by to wish you a good week. Also, if you would like to try something different with a little challenge...I have one for you to consider. It's a small private team that competes with others within the larger X-Weighted team. Doing various challenges. Runs for 8 weeks. Drop me a note of your interest and I'll send you a team invitation to the X-Weighted 11 Challenge....Dwindling_Divas team. Join, look it over and add your name to the sign-up thread. Main requirement is to post weight weekly...other activities, all though very beneficial, are optional.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks.

    1381 days ago
    How long have you been paleo/primal ? I feel great on this new lifestyle! :)
    2628 days ago
    Hi there emoticon Doing good just ordered LesMill's Pump set from beachbody! Can't wait until it gets here!! Thanks you look great! What'cha been doing?
    3477 days ago
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    Hi Michelle, I was about to ask you how you are doing and I see that we are both in the same boat. I went off the beaten path a few days before starting Cycle 2 and then Easter finished me off.....it lead me down the path that I didn't want to go. I also am starting over with Cycle 1......today is Day 1 for me. I'm noticing that I've been eating a lot of sugar.....wasn't as aware of this before the 17 Day Diet.....now I'll get to deal with the headaches again as the sugar works its way out of my system. Steve (my SO) is out of town for 2.5 wks so I have no excuses for not sticking with the diet. I figure that this time with him gone will give me a good base to start with and I'll be in the 17 Day Diet Groove so to speak by the time he gets back. Good luck with restarting and I'm there with you while we lose the weight. Oh, yes, you faired out better than me with the weight loss.....I gained back 3 lbs. I'm starting this back at ground zero and hope I have as good of luck as you've had.
    Hugs, Cindy
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    3741 days ago
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