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5/1/13 11:22 A

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Today I'll be running outside for the first time all season. I am way harder on myself than when I'm on a treadmill simply because I can see how slow I'm going! But it must be done. I've always made the most progress when I face how hard it is to run on the ground.

Who's starting the 8-10 lbs forum for May? Sounds like people are really working to do their best, let's keep at it!

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5/1/13 9:00 A

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Kiki - I'm sorry you are disappointed! I wouldn't focus too much on it though - it's a different scale, and there is always body fluctuation throughout the day (even throughout the week). I know it's a challenge but you should try to cut back on how many times you weigh yourself. You aren't necessarily looking for weight loss everyday - but rather a trend of weight loss.

Drum roll please ------ 148.6 (from 152). About 3.5 pounds lost. I'll take it. How about everyone else?

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I am very very disappointed!

My parents' scale showed today that I gained 3 lbs! And because I also weigh myself almost every day that is 3 lbs up since Saturday!!!!! It is a different scale but still.... wtf???
I know i ate above range this weekend. I ate more or less 1500 extra calories (with the cake and the alcohol and the junk food that followed the alcohol ), which is no little, but still I do not think that this is enough to gain 3 lbs!
I was expecting that I would have stayed stable (since the 5 days of the week I was on track) or maybe I had gained only one lb, not 3.... emoticon

I only hope it is mostly water restrain!
Anyway, the good news is that I am fully back on track now.
Also there is an uphill in the neighborhood of my parent's house, and when for a run today, I didn't think I could run it, I was thinking I will run until there, walk the uphill and go on running! emoticon But when I reached there I didn't slow down but kept onmanaged to jogg until the top! Also, nowadays I am able to run comfortably for 10 full minutes, whereas in the beginning of April I could barely run 5! I know it is not much objectively, but it is a big non-scale achievement for me!

So, that's all, I really hope the scale will be kinder tomorrow....Good luck everyone!!!

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4/30/13 9:13 A

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Improvements / Successes:

I've become a faster runner this month. I can now do a 10 minute mile.

I am stronger than ever. Squatting and dead lifts at 90lbs!

I am losing weight. Don't know for the exact month of April, but since mid- March have definitely lost 8-9 lbs.

Lifestyle Success: I went into Victoria Secret yesterday for wedding wear. I was quite pleased to discover I wear a size 32DD!

Goal: I want to be under 140 by May! I was 139-140 this morning so if I eat well today I should reach that goal.

My goal is to be under 135 (ideally 132) by my wedding on May 23.



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4/29/13 10:26 P

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Successes for the month:
Lost an inch in my hips
Lost 0.5 inch in my thighs
I started getting into consistently county calories, even if I didn't really want to see the number.
I got into a workout routine and stuck with it.

I did not reach 8 pounds. I only lost a total of 2 pounds. However, I feel my best and healthy. I think this next month I will have more success now that I have a better understanding of calories taken in and burned off.

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Thank you it was on Sunday!!!

And I definately got out of track with the alcoohl and the birthday cake, so I avoided my Moday weigh-in!!! I will wait 2 more days and weight my self on Wednesday as well!
I stayed on track in terms of calories the rest of the week, but I exercised much less emoticon
I hope I lost 1 more lb (and dream for 2) wich will take me to a total of 5lb down for that month (or 6 in the improbable case I lost 2 lbs)!

Oh, also I came to my hometown today for Easter holidays (orthodox Easter is on 5th of May this year) and I will be using a different scale for my weigh-in! So if I won't like the result I will have an excuse to ignore it emoticon

2 more days!!!! tantan tan tan tan emoticon

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4/29/13 8:49 A

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It's the end of the month!! Man April flew by.

I weigh in on Wednesday - and I am REALLY hoping to see 14? on the scale. After this week I am switching to monthly weigh ins (though I must confess I do and probably still will pop on before I'm supposed to). It has definitely become less about weight for me at this point - I just want to get fit.

I definitely wont be hitting my 8 pounds this month. Did anyone get really close? Or even hit it? Love to hear about it!



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4/27/13 8:01 A

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Fischy-- so glad I'm not the only person who weighs daily! I really couldn't imagine doing weekly weigh ins. I don't think I would ever see any progress.

4 more days til the end of the month! Goals, people? I'd REALLY like to get below that 140 line. That would just make my day.

Kikimov-- is it your birthday, or did it pass this week? Happy Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful and full of celebrations!!!

Hope everyone's had a great week.

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Mapplebum - I do weigh myself every morning. I probably also do like 5 other times throughout the day lol but I don't really pay much attention to what those say... try to compare just once a day at the same time.

149.6 today ~ not sure if it will stick but I was SOOOO happy to see it! Weighed myself again before work and it said the same so we'll see :)

I had a great session with my trainer last night so that helped me stay motivated to keep on track with eating and not go for junk food. I am going to lunch with my hubby today so that will throw my calories off but I will drink water and will eat less for dinner tonight so it will be ok. Def. planning on working out Fri/Sat so hopefully that 149 will hold out into next week! I've also decided to try running in the mornings and if it hurts, I will just walk a couple miles. That will help me lose a few more calories throughout the week on top of my lunch break workouts. Wish I could just run but until then, I need to focus on being more active, whatever that ends up meaning. End of May I plan on being 145 dang it! :)

SARBRO928 - I'm right there with you! That damn 150 keeps coming back but we will definitely all beat it soon!!

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6 more days to the rest of the month! Let's keep pushing to get as close to our goals for the month as possible!!

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emoticon to all the runners!!!
I still have not managed to stick to it!! I only try running once per week, I do feel good when I do it, but have not added it to my daily schedule! I really hope I will be able to make it a habbit because it is the cheapest and fastest way to do cardio!
Today I had my last pilates class. I have been doing it for a month (yoga and pilates) but I had purchased through an offer, so I completed all the lessons included to that offer. The regular price is way too expensive for me, so from now on I must find the motivation and discipline to keep exercising regularly on my own! Well, we'll see how it will works.

For now (since my initial goal, to fit into my last years jeans by sunday, is 1-2 weeks out of reach) I take motivation from a wedding I have to attend on 12 May and I want to look my best in the dress I will be wearing!


Good luck with the rest of the week everyone!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/24/13 4:56 P

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150. I may have yelled some obscenities at the scale this morning.

On the plus side I went for a run this morning (albeit not my best). I am beginning a '5k' training regime for a June run (I have about 8 weeks). I haven't really stuck to running more than a month or so but when I did it was truly the most beneficial 'scale' activity.. so we shall see. Hopefully it gets me out of these 150s for good!

I have been a little frustrated this past month or so. I know I haven't been 100% on track (not even 70%), which makes for very little fitness (and weight loss) progress. I just haven't been feeling like myself - high stress, high tension, lots of not great things going on all at once.

I am still losing weight (very, very slowly)... and I am the lightest I have been in my adult life (likely the most 'fit' I've been since sports in H.S.). It's not so bad. One more week to hit those 140s! (and I mean all my 150.something friends, lets do it!).

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4/24/13 4:38 P

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Happy Birthday Athletic Body -- And to you soon too Kikimov!

Fishy -- I love your attitude! It can be so discouraging to not make any progress, but especially in light of having an injury I'm glad you're having patience. Do you weigh yourself every day? I know people discourage that but it may help you become more aware throughout the day.

Was very proud of myself today -- ran 2.5 miles at 6mph (I usually walk for a minute or two after each mile) even though I was so sore from strength session yesterday. Woohoo! Hope everyone's having a good week!

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O yea ~ happy birthday!! :)

... having knee pain when I run which really ticked me off this morning because I was only able to get 1 mile in. Planning on the elliptical on my lunch break and an hour with the trainer this evening. Scale said 150 today (before I ran) so I'm not sure why it was up to 150.8 on Sun/Mon... will monitor it for a week and maybe I can celebrate with 149.SOMETHING next week. Trying to be REALLY good about my calorie intake espec. since I can't get as much cardio in as I would like.

My goal at this point is to get down to 149. something for a consistent week ... so between now and the end of the month see that multiple days in a row on the scale. I lost maybe 2 this month ... slow but I'll take it! I didn't lose anything last month so I'm glad for the kick start!

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Good work everyone!!!
Athleticbody I think Happy birthday is in order, right???

So, my weigh-in was yesterday. 1 lb emoticon . It was my best week so far I think. I ate within range, exercised quite much and drank my water! It would be cool if I had lost 2 lbs, but even so I am happy! So far for April I lost 4.5lbs. I hope I will be able to make it 6 by the end of the month!

I have my birthday in 5 days, and a goal of mine was to be able to fit in my last year's jeans by then. I do not think it will happen. I need to louse for sure 3-4 more lbs for that. But I do not mind so much! . I see a difference in my body in comparison to last month, and especially in my body posture! I think I was never able to exercise regularly for a whole month, so Yay me!

And I see a difference in my habits too! While in the beginning I was really craving for junk food, especially when I was on the go or tired, not I honestly prefer to be patient and wait until I get home to eat a salad, or other healthy foods!


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One week left in the month.Everyone stay focused. for a moment forget about the monthly goal and focus just on this week. How can you make better choices today then yesterday, last week, last two weeks? We all have a final goal, but don't forget to take each day as it comes. work on making today great, and then the next day even better.

Do it today, don't wait for tomorrow. "TOMORROW (noun)- a mystical land where 98% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored." I saw this and thought I wanted to share.

Maybe your goal is to eat in range this week, get in more exercise, drink more water, sleep a full night, or just do something nice for yourself because you deserve it.Do it today!

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I weighed myself yesterday and today (and today I got on the scale 3 times to make sure it was "accurate"). Yesterday the scale said I was 152.8. I figured maybe that was just muscle or something I miss calculated so I decided to weigh again today. I thought maybe I would gain another 0.2 because yesterday I grazed quite a bit (not on junk, but like a meat, cheese, and cracker tray and then veggie with dip tray). Anyway, when I got on this morning I was at 152.6. I weighed again-151.6! So of course I had to weigh one more time until I had a CONSISTENT number. The scaled stayed at 151.6. So proud. I worked hard on focusing my calorie intake as well as what those calories were.

I know a lot of you were skeptical about only eating 1200 calories. I just want to say that I don't just fill up those numbers with meals and junk. I focus on getting my protein, veggies, and fruits in so I am full more and eating the every 2 to 3 hours. Also, when I did have high calorie burning days I did not try and limit to only 1200 if I felt the need to eat more, but I also made sure it was the healthier foods to fill me.

This week my goal is to start a run/walk program (30 minute run in 3 weeks). It seems like an easy program to get back into running and stick with it. Plus since I have experience with running (ran 2 half marathons) I know that I can sometimes do more. My biggest problem was always after the races I never felt like running for another 6 months to a year. Now, though, I am hoping to get back into it for the consistent cardio and for myself. In maybe a year I will train for another half, but right now it is about me and the lifestyle.

Also, exciting turn with my 30day shred. I am finally on level 3!! I have started and restarted using this video so many times, but always fitness plateaued around level 2. I would then get out of workout habits. Not this time! I am going to get through that dvd!

Mapplebum I am also gearing up for a wedding (July)! I am happy to hear that your fiance is noticing a difference in you. Keep up the work and I know you will look your best on the best day of your life. :)

Good luck this week everyone!

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Mapplebum, I hope he is supporting YOUR goals and not telling you to lose weight. Because realistically, if you are working really hard to lose weight for your wedding, chances are you may gain some of that back later on... and hopefully he loves you no matter what the scale says.

That being said, if the goals are coming from you, that is def. awesome and motivating if he is recognizing your progress and efforts... always helps when someone notices so you know you aren't doing it for nothing and it is a little extra push on the hard days too!

The scale says I gained half a pound or less over the last week which is really frustrating because Saturday was really the only day that I didn't eat well and I got 10 miles of cardio plus 1 hour with my trainer in last week. It is very possible that I am gaining muscle but my measurements don't tell me anything new soo... I'm just trying to focus on good habits and not the scale. Hoping for long term success but I'd sure like to see some short term payoff for my efforts soon! :-/

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Non scale related success:

As I've probably said, I'm getting married next month. To make matters worse we moved to the Midwest from the South and it has been really hard for me to spend 6 months indoors. My fiance, on the other hand weighs 128 lbs and has such an amazing metabolism he has a hard time not losing weight. Not only that, but he's a physician, so when it comes to diet he has spared no judgements, comments, and stern looks about what needs to happen in order for me to lose. Today, however we were talking about my diet and as usual I was defending my efforts and to my surprise he said "yea, you've been starving yourself." of course I responded, "Are you making fun of me? Because you know I haven't lost any weight this week" and then he said "no, you have been, I'm really proud of you." !!!!!

Of course I'm not starving myself, and he knows it, but what this means is he sees my effort and sacrifice and is coming to respect it.

In the end, it's these types of victories that matter most, isn't it?

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Athleticbody21 ~ do you have any good resources for a higher protein diet for a vegetarian? I mostly rely on slim fast to get 20g of protein for breakfast and another 20 for lunch ... but I'd like to cut back on my carbs and get more protein as I'm trying to gain more muscle to balance out some running issues I have due to weak hips and gluets. My training sessions are going well but I don't want to undermine that work by bad eating habits.

I really like doing cardio ... if I could run 10 miles a day without my knee hurting I absolutely would! Really trying to focus on more strength and resistance training tho so that I can run stronger longer and pain-free!

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You don't have to agree - there are numerous studies supporting it. Something like 85% of people who put back on weight (25% or more of what they lost) did diet alone. I didn't say they all put back on the weight (obviously there are people who are successful and unsuccessful with both methods). What I am saying is that most people are more likely to stay successful with exercise. You do lose muscle mass with any weight loss - my point is that exercise (through resistance training) helps reduce that from what? 20% on average to 5%? It's particularly important the older an individual is - because muscle mass is lost as we get older, naturally.

If you are doing cardio for weight loss, it's very, very hard to gain muscle mass even with resistance training. Most people still lose - just the way the body works.

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I wasn't too hungry today. i didn't eat enough. Bad thing. But I drank lots of water and today was recovery day so no exercise. I am not following a spark people eating plan because it is not designed to help me reach my goal. I am very athletic, I am 5'2, I have a lot of muscle definition for a woman and I maintain it through a high protein diet. when I am training for a long race like a marathon I will add in a few more carbs for energy, but otherwise to keep the very toned look I like i eat 60% protein, 25% fat, and 15% carbs....When i am running a lot for a half or full marathon I don't want to burn to much energy from muscle mass so I eat 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% protein. spark people had a diet plan for not athlete and it fits most people... that is why I refer people to the site all the time.

We all respond differently to amount of calories, amount and type of exercise, and where we store our fat. Stay focused and consistent, if after a few weeks the scale isn't moving check your measurements and body fat, you may need to make adjustment to your plan. I don't believe in doing the same thing week after week if the results aren't coming. Maybe you are eating too low? not eating good for you food? not drinking enough water? or eating to much food?

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Sarborose- I wanted to disagree with a statement you made "I do have to agree that what you eat is key to ‘fat’ loss. But definitely don’t overlook the exercise – that is what keeps the weight gone. Most people who put weight back on after a substantial amount lost do so because they forwent the exercise thinking all they needed was a diet. When you do that, you aren’t countering any of the muscle mass loss you’ve experienced through said weight loss, and you end up with a body that burns substantially less than when you started. Dieters yo yo, lifestyle changes are better."

Many people are able to maintain their weight through diet alone. Not everyone exercises, but you will look better at your weight and reap many benefits if exercise is included. yo yo dieting isn't making a lifestyle eating change, and that is a different issue. Exercise helps the body burn more calories in a given day so you are able to make better use of the calories taken in, but if you eat well and in range of maintenance you won't put weigh back on. 2) If you are exercising specifically with resistance training you do not lose much muscle mass, in fact it is possible to add some on with weight training. that extra muscle will burn more energy. Now as a personal trainer I advocate exercise more then anyone, but I also have a nutrition certification and work with a nutritionist at the gym I work with with my clients.

My point being that the healthiest way to live is nutrition and exercises program BUT once you can manage weight with eating in range and healthy. Though you may look softer then if you added in some exercise.

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I agree ~ everyone needs to figure out what is a fit and healthy weight for their height and frame. Even if you are the same height at someone else, curves, your chest, muscle mass, etc. all play a part. Don't let other people tell you what is an acceptable or "bad weight" for you - too much or too little - everyone is different.

I am 5'11 and I was 135lbs when I got married at age 24 and that is my ultimate goal, a more realistic one being 140 because I can maintain that easier and did for several years... I just let gradschool and then work stress and laziness sneak in :). I ate healthy and was moderately active, but not super into exercise or anything, so I know 135 isn't unrealistic ~ just harder to maintain now that I'm 29 and my metabolism has slowed down.

Some people tell me 150 is a good weight for being so tall and that anything else is unhealthy, but I have a lot of side fat that just sticks out over my pants and swim suit so I def know I need to lose fat, and I am also a size 10 which is not an "ideal size" for me. So it is kind of rude for people to tell me that I should stay as I am or I'm being unhealthy, when I see concrete things I need to and want to change.

That being said, I have a friend who is chestier than I am but also a few inches shorter and she is a size 6, but at the exact same weight as me... she looks way better than I do and is in awesome shape ... so you really cannot compare. She always says "you are taller, so I should weigh less than you" and only eats 1200 calories trying to lose more but that is getting to the unhealthy point for her.

So anyway... my point is, know yourself, know what is realistic for you, and don't worry about comparing or what other people say.

...... as for an update, the darn scale is not budging which is annoying me but o well... just going to keep exercising and trying to stick to my 1300-1500 range and eventually it will go down. I did 7 miles of jogging and 3 miles of elliptical so far this week, taking a cardio break today since I have 1 hour of personal training tonight. Friday/Saturday I want to try to get another 2-3 miles each day in. Maybe if I can keep that up for the rest of the month, the numbers will move more like I'd prefer. Just want my swim suit to fit better this year and my summer pants to fit again! :)

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bahaha I'm so stupid, I thought she meant lose 118 lbs hahaha !! emoticon

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SARBRO928 Dont think that you are not being ambitious enough! Should you really weigh 118 like those other women?? Is that your body type? Mine sure isnt, ive never been overweight till after kids and surely never been out of shape till after my 3rd baby but i have always been curvy and muscular...just my body frame, also i was SHOCKED to find out through accurate measurements that i actually have a large frame, not a med one like i always thought, and not just a little over the line my wrist measurements are 7.5 inches...large is at 6.5....If i ever got down to 118 i would look nasty. So think about that before you compare. Plus there is a lot of proof that you will reach smaller goals easier than reaching for the sky all at once...when you hit your current goal and feel good...say hey..i want to set another one look what i just did!...you can do it...we all can!

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Athletic Body -- Yes! Do a May challenge!

Haha Sarbor -- you realize that if you lost 118 you would weigh 32 lbs? !! You're way too close to your ideal weight for that!

In other news, if you want to see something hilarious my sister in law was on The View this week for the fitness program she and her friend created called 2Fly. It's pretty hard to watch without laughing. Enjoy!

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You can be an honorary 20 something! 

I do have to agree that what you eat is key to ‘fat’ loss. But definitely don’t overlook the exercise – that is what keeps the weight gone. Most people who put weight back on after a substantial amount lost do so because they forwent the exercise thinking all they needed was a diet. When you do that, you aren’t countering any of the muscle mass loss you’ve experienced through said weight loss, and you end up with a body that burns substantially less than when you started. Dieters yo yo, lifestyle changes are better.

I have done a fair bit of reading on up on ‘successful diets’ (truly successful, keeping all weight off). So many of them say exercise, exercise, and exercise – and with that, never drop below your BMR for calories (except possibly in the last 5 pounds or so, if you are not able to lose it). I had tried a few times to drop my calories lower (1200 range) but 1) I really struggled to keep them down; 2) I didn’t see weight come off. I do think everyone is different, but for me dropping below 1500 calories is counterproductive and miserable! This has been my most successful weight loss endeavor so far – and I notice a difference in energy, fitness, and overall health. I have also lost about 25 pounds since December. I guess my point in sharing here is – once your body has sort of ‘detoxed’ from its bad habits (inactivity, poor nutrition) you can start to trust it again. If it says give me a banana, have a banana.

I noticed we had a lot of similar goals on here too… about 20 pounds, 140 and 150s to 130s and 120s. I agree it is encouraging to see that. Sometimes I see women my age/height shooting for 118 pounds and I think… am I not being ambitious enough? Have to remind myself sometimes that you are going for your right weight, not hers. I don’t know exactly what that is, but I’m quite sure at 118 pounds I would look ridiculous. And feel weak. And probably get in trouble with the doctor. And definitely get in trouble with the special fella (likes me healthy!).

Couple more weeks ladies - anyone on track for the 8-10? I am sure not! I'm thinking I will sit around 4 instead. But I'll take it! At least I can get back to the gym tomorrow. I've felt like a slug.

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Whew I made it through today. I passed by a crumbs bakery today. I kept telling myself not ot go in. But I went in, i saw so many yummy cupcakes no less then 400 calories :( I looked at them all, i wanted the monthly special caramel chocolate pecan! But after starring at it for 3 minutes (literally) I walked out and did not do it! It is not that I am depriving myself, but I honestly didn't need it. I am too close to goal. i planned my treat day for my birthday so I will have cake then. I think I just miss the junk mentally.

I ended the day on track. Workout done including basketball and weights. A little sore from my get shredded workout I made for myself. I drank plenty of water, almost 3 litters. I am logged and prepping for tomorrow. I won't be in my 20's when my birthday hits, does that mean i need a new group? I would like to make a May challenge to keep pushing.

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Hello everyone, and welcome fresh blood!

My week is being good so far! But I exercised too little last week, I had no time so most days I did only 10-15 minutes walking and did strength training only 2 the whole week. I think because of that this week at the gym I was feeling more feeble and weak than when I first started! So my goal this week is to exercise more!

Mapplebum I agree! I almost never eat less than 1400! only if I am sick maybe, or if it is a very crazy da y and I had no time, to eat...something like that! But doing it for days in a row... emoticon

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This time last year I was working with a personal trainer. She did a lot of high intensity interval work, going as quickly as possible from lifting weights to say, running up a flight of stairs, and then back to the weights. etc. I was logging all of my food and each session she would go through the book with a red pen and say "no chocolate! Only drink once a week! Eat breakfast!" Even though I have gained 7 lbs since then the other thing she would always say was that I was already pretty much in shape and what I would have to do from there is PUSH through losing the next set of pounds. It was easier to lose the first 20 but as you get closer to your goal weight then you have to make true sacrifices. That means I have to forgo the cheese. Drink less than I want. And even like this week, let my fiance go out for beers or Indian food without me. But at the same time, I read people saying they're sticking 1200 calories a day and my mouth drops open. 1300-1500 I can do, but rarely 1200! So while I have a long way to go, you're right Taresa, it is nice to know there's other people in the same boat.

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Ive just been on the sidelines on this thread since i barely noticed it two wks ago, i did scroll down and notice most all of us are in the same weight range and trying to get to around the same goal...this give me hope for some weird reason, just had to share

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Great job to everyone for sticking it out! emoticon We are half done with this month so lets ROCK it out! Remember that eating well is 80% of the weight loss battle. I think that if you eat well, sleep well, and exercise you are living a healthy lifestyle will lead to the pounds coming off.

To those of you who had a day that was high and then noticed a drop on the scale, this is common. Happens to me too. I think that when you are low in calories for a while and then you bump it up that confuses the metabolism. this is often done and is called CALORIE CYCLING. Just be careful not to get carried away. Have that high day and then get back to work!!!


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Good for you! I don't know if I haven't read far enough but what's wrong with your back? Are there no exercises you can do?

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150.4 - 1 pound down from last week. Such a tease. (Although on my other scale it said 149.something).

Back is feeling a bit better today. Certainly not jumping into the gym, but I can sit more comfortably and walk without agitating it. hoping I can get back into it tomorrow (lightly).

MUST REACH 140s!!

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Youch ~ hope your back recovers quickly! When I'm injured or sick and can't exercise, I just try to atleast be good about my calories since that is about all you can do at that point.

Congrats on the loss everyone ~ you guys are motivating even if I'm green with envy ;-)

I got a double cardio workout in today totaling: 3.5 mile jog, 5 min bike, and 1 mile elliptical.. not too shabby! Hoping to get another double workout day in tomorrow but my shin is bothering me from running so we shall see. Trying to hit 20 miles of jogging/elliptical this week if possible. I really want to see that scale go down a pound this week!

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Down 1 1/2 pounds! I am very excited especially after the way my weekend went!

My goals this week are to stay at 1200 calories each day and then to do one workout everyday.

SARBRO928 I am sorry to hear about your back. I know you can keep the weight loss going even with your injury. Good luck!

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You know the old saying “when it rains, it pours?” That’ll be my month. I don’t really know what or when it happened, but I did something terrible to my back. There is no gym for me for at least a few days –and a trip to the doctor may be in order if this doesn’t improve. Sigh. April is not my month! Sucks when you get into a groove and your body fights you on it.

Glad to see everyone seems to be doing well (or we all still seem to have the determination at least). My weigh in is Wednesday but I must confess I popped on the scale this morning to check and see what damage I did over the weekend (not to great eating and lack of exercise b/c of the back). I looked OK (even down a pound, but I won’t mark my weight until Wednesday). I think I am going to work on my diet this week (since I can’t do much else) and see where I can make improvements I can live with (I do this every couple of months, I’m a little early though). I am quite determined to break into the 140’s this month, even if I don’t successfully do any more than that (by success, I mean keep it off).

This was whiny… wasn’t it? I apologize… just not feeling like myself.


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6 weeks to wedding and more determined than ever!

I bought a beautiful jumper from Anthropologie this weekend and while it complements my figure very well I've hung it on a large mirror with a tape measure. My goal is to to have to exchange it for a smaller size next month!

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Today my workout was super intense. i did 20 minutes interval cardio then upperbody strength ciruits of 5 exercises at 20 reps time 4. According to my heart-rate monitor I burn 587 calories. And tonight i did kick boxing.

Eating went well, I took in a lot of protein to today to help me recover from the weights. I went heavy on them. I drank almost 12 cups of water today so that was amazing. I am doing so well with my food the last few days that i am almost worried about damage on my birthday:( But it is my planned high calorie day and then I will jump right back on track. my upcoming high calorie days are days I don't track. i eat a regular breakfast and lunch and snack, but for dinner I might have pizza or margaritas and not feel guilty. I schedule them to keep them in check so i don't over do it. My birthday April 21st is one day and then again May 4th (for sanity) and June 1st (day after photos).

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For breakfast I sometimes have eggs. I boil them at night and then they are ready to go in the morning for a quick and easy go to (and protein) sometimes i will pair it with a fruit and other times with a low fat yogurt.

For body fat I use a digital hand held piece (Omron fat loss monitor) and if i am feeling extra strict have have calipers.

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Athleticbody21 ~ how do you measure bodyfat? I have a scale that does it for me but just wondered what you do.

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No weight loss last week but no gain either which is good because I was way over on Fri/Sat/Sun of my calorie goals (damn those cookies!) and also only did 2 miles of jogging for those 3 days. O well... it is a new week and at least I'm still at 150.4 ... that number makes me happy for now!

Im out of slim fast and trying to eat healthy for breakfast/lunch for a few days without it but it is hard because I'm a vegetarian who doesn't like many veggies and hates to cook. I also get a lot more protein with the slimfast low carb (20g each meal!) and that is more than I get with normal food. O well... will try to be healthy for a couple days as much as I can until I get some more SF.

Planning to do cardio Mon - Sat this week as well as my 1 hour personal training session on Thursday and trying to get some more strength training in during the week at night too.

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Weigh-in today! 62.5 Kgs, that means 0.5kg/1lb emoticon from yesterday! And 3 lbs total lots since the beginning of April!
I did well most of the week, but I relaxed on the a weekend from the aspect of calories, but of exercise and water as well.
Athleticbody it's your birthday in one week? Mine in 2!
And I really want to intense my efforts until then! 4 more lbs down until then is not an easy goal but it would be the perfect present for me!
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Have a great week everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weigh in day.

.8lb drop
.5 inches off waist and hips
.25 inches off thighs.

1 week until my birthday emoticon ... 4 weeks until emoticon photo shoot.

Today was recovery day, but i did a 45 min Zumba class because I was bored (didn't want to do homework) and had energy. Food is logged and I made a lot of chicken and tuna to last me three days of meals so I have quick meals. Same meat, different veggies. I seemed to have drank too much water some how today... :/ hoping to be get up all night for restroom breaks.

emoticon come on everyone we are about 1/2 through the month. Stay focused. Only you can reach your goals, but this is a whole group of support when you need it. emoticon

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Good thoughts, thanks!

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EVERYONE- don't get so focused on the scale that you forget there are other more reliable ways to keep yourself on pace. Every two weeks check measurements. Do a fitness test.

I also track body fat.

For my clients I have them keep a food log which keeps them accountable. But to calories are not the only thing to track. What you eat is as important as how much. This challenge for me is to get me photo shot ready for my updated personal training page. I am in a healthy weight and i have a healthy amount of fat, but that makes it even harder to lose weight. My goal is losing a little body fat so that my muscles look great in photos. to make that happen I need my diet to be extra strict. But even I have a hard time staying in a low range 7 days in a row. I find for me, having one day that is higher helps me drop. The body needs to keep guessing. And my sanity needs an occasional cookie. :)

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on your first point- weighing everyday for most people can cause them to get frustrated. Water and hormones effect weight day to day. that is why if you weight in once a week at the same time the numbers are more reliable. and over time you can track the pattern. If you are worried about not counting calories correctly, become more strict with your food; use measuring cups and a scale.

on the second point- if you relaxed your diet and you are eating to much, even if you are working out you will put on weight. Take your body fat and use a tape measure, that is a better picture of how you are doing. The scale is only one tool. If you gain weigh and it is indeed muscle, you will be heavier, BUT muscle takes up much less space so your measurements will decrease.

If you eat poorly, and lift heavy you are simply adding muscle under fat. That means you will gain inches. So eat well to lose the unnecessary fat and to make the most of the weight training you are doing.

ALSO make sure you are eating enough protein to curb hunger and fuel muscle.



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This is a little off topic but I read everywhere that it's not "good" to weigh yourself every day. Honestly, I have such a hard time staying within the 1200-1550 calorie range knowing that I have to face the scale every morning keeps me a little more committed. Not only that but how discouraging if you check your weight once a week 3 weeks in a row and gain weight each week! If you're doing something wrong, like miscalculating calories consumed or burned what a bummer if it takes a month to figure that out!

That other hot topic is that of gaining muscle / losing fat. I feel like this is my arch nemesis! I've gained 10 lbs in the last year and while yea, I did get a little lazy with my diet I kept working out and basically continued eating well. So I gained weight even while trying to keep it down. I can see the weight gain in pictures too -- in my face and hips in particular. The thing is, I'm running faster and lifting heavier than ever! So while I know I'm the healthiest I've ever been, I'm still over weight and I just want to lose it!

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I was reading an article yesterday about how no matter if you do the same thing every week ~ workout enough and eat well, you won't lose the same amount of weight every week That is so annoying... it should be a basic math equation lol. BUT reading that and knowing I'm not the only one it happens to def helps.

Thanks for the pep talk guys! :) I had a great strength session with my trainer yesterday and am just not freaking out about the scale anymore... will keep making good progress and over time I'm sure it will make a good difference, even tho I want to see it week to week ;-) Patience is not my strong point haha.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, usually it is very difficult for me not to eat out of range 7/7 days in a week! 2-3 of the days or more I eat about 100-150 calories more than my 1500 limit! And at these weeks I end up not seeing any change at the scale... emoticon

But since April started I have an extra motivation to stay on track because i have my birthday at the end of the month, and I hope I will be able to wear the pair of jeans I was wearing last year!!!
So if I manage to eat only 1200-1300 calories instead of 1500 that I usually do next weeks, and thus have better results, it will be because of that emoticon

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FISHY!!!! don't stress about it! You know how I loose 2 pounds in a week? The answer is I don't! Or if I ever do it happens very rarely and I cannot point to did the trick!. I might be doing the same things for some weeks, and one week I will lose and the other I won't.

Now about the 2 pounds emoticon this monday! Well the scale was indeed 2 pounds emoticon BUT they were the first 2 pounds in an effort of 3 weeks! I mean I started my effort 3 weeks ago, and the first 2 weeks I lost nothing (I ate out of range some days, but still nothing too much) and suddenly the third week I lost 2! And this happened to be the first week of April! My body functions like this in general! I hit plateaus and then after some weeks I loose 2-3 pounds all together...I don't know why! But the my average rate would be 1lb/month!
Or something else that happens to me a lot, even when I don't stray from my schedule, is loosing 2 pounds in one week, and then gaining back one pound the next week (which is very frustrating)

"I'm not eating more than 1500 so I should burn 300 calories a day according to my BMR
I get about 200-300 calories 6 days a week burned exercising. That is around 20 - 30 min a day 6 days a week."
That is more or less my programm too! The only difference is that much of my exercise I do yoga and pilates that I guess are sort of strength training.

And with this programm, yes it can happen to me to loose 2 pounds in one week, but this unfortunately does not translate into 2 pounds every week!

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THANK YOU ~ I know a lot of that stuff but when that darn scale isn't budging as much as I would like, I get frustrated... and eat cookies lol. Appreciate all the good reminders ~ will just try to focus on a steady 1lb and enjoy the benefits if I have a more active week and not stress if I have a less productive one.

Thanks also for the reminder about strength training. I do go to a personal trainer once a week (working on muscle imbalance right now) but I forget that I really need to be a diligent about strength training as I am about cardio. The thing is... I just LOVE running so it is easier for me to get out and do that. The other stuff feels like work lol.

Alright, no more whining from me ~ getting back to it with a positive attitude. Appreciate that long winded lady's advice ;-)


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Fischy: One pound sounds about right from what you are saying. You have a deficit of about 500 calories a day – which is a great pace – particularly when you are close to a ‘healthy’ weight. Two pounds a week is hard for anyone to sustain – and chances are those who lost 2 this week will lose less next week. I am guessing the real differences here are more time at the gym (the extra 40 minutes might add 300 to the calorie deficit) and possibly muscle mass. When you do strictly cardio (or dieting) you lose something like 30% muscle to the 70% fat. It’s important to do weight training alongside cardio to minimize the muscle loss. Some people fight weight loss more than others, and you may be putting on muscle (heavier) while you are losing fat (lighter). How/what you eat is important too – ideally you eat every 2-3 hours (small meals) and eat to fuel yourself. Make sure you have high protein and fiber. You and I could have the exact same diet and exercise routine and I might lose .5 pounds and you might lose 2. Just different people with different reactions.

Also – can I point you to your TDEE instead of your bmr? Rather than calculating day to day, you give an idea of your overall activity level and your stats and it gives you a calculation of what you burn day to day (which includes your workouts). So you take that number and deduct whatever you think is appropriate for a calorie deficit – rather than relying a machine to be accurate.

One final thing – lots of people forget to monitor their heart rate when they are doing cardio. Just make sure you are in your target range.

Says the long winded lady who did NOT lose 2 pounds this week. =)


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For those of you losing 2 pounds a week, can I ask what your daily calories and workout calories look like?

I'm not eating more than 1500 so I should burn 300 calories a day according to my BMR
I get about 200-300 calories 6 days a week burned exercising. That is around 20 - 30 min a day 6 days a week.

If I don't stray AT ALL from that, I could maybe lose a pound a week but the calorie differentials are not enough to lose more and if I eat one "bad" meal or snack, or don't feel well and miss a workout... then I don't lose a pound. Would love to know how you guys are doing it!

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This morning the scale decided to be nice and say 150.4 again ~ woo hoo! Hoping to see 149.9 at the very least this week!

I got a good 2 mile jog in Mon and today. For the week I still have:
1 hour of personal training tomorrow
2 more lunch break workouts
Hopefully 3-5 mile jog on Saturday if the good weather holds out.

As long as I don't eat a ton this coming weekend, I should be on track :) I do a great job of sticking within my range during the week but weekends are killer ~ espec. with a friends' bday celebration on Friday (I'm bringing the cheesecake) and a dinner date with my hubby on Saturday and girls' craft day with my mom on Sunday.

Good job to everyone else ~ love hearing how you are doing and staying motivated right along with you!

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I lost about 1/2 a pound this week - and I'll take it. I was not on track for anything - only had 3.5 workouts and my food choices were poor, to say the least. It's a new week - with new goals (including a stay healthy on a weekend away challenge!).

It’s nice to see new people joining in on this challenge!

Kiki and Mygap – Congratulations on the 2 pounds! That is wonderful – keep it up.

To those who didn’t quite hit your goal mark – it happens! Some weeks (despite our best efforts) are body just can’t lose. Remember it is an unnatural state to lose weight – our bodies fight it. Just keep doing what you are doing and you will see wonderful changes on and (more importantly) off the scale.


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I know it's late but I'm in! I started the month at 154 and already lost two pounds and could really use the motivation to lose another 6-8 :)

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My weigh-in was yesterday (monday) and I lost 2 pounds!!!! It was a great cheer up!
Last days I was able to eat within range much more easily, sleep and water was also fine, but I didn't manage to exercise as much as I wanted. In fact I exercised very little!
So my main focus this week will be fitness!

Be well everyone, and don't let yourselves be discouraged!

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Good to see everyone working so hard. Stay motivated, we are week two!

I am doing well on food. I pack my breakfast and lunch at night so i don't have to think about it. I tend to pre cook and the reheat so my busy days are planned out. I am not getting enough sleep. so that is my challenge to myself. On track for water.

I didn't post, but Sunday was my weigh-in. I didn't lose or gain. This week I am hoping for that loss to show up.


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It's a bit late, but I am in! I just found this team, and it seems to have lots of great activity.

Since I'm late joining, I'm going to extend the challenge for myself for a full 4 weeks, and try to lose 2 lbs per week. That means April should see a loss of 6 pounds - ish.

After a snack, I'm off to the treadmill!

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I did not lose any weight nor did I gain weight this week. That is a plus and I somewhat expected it since I lost 3 lbs the week before.

Yesterday I ended up doing a lot of workouts- 30 day shred, 1 hour walk, and then decided to do 1.5 hours of line dancing. So today I am using it as my rest day and going to focus on eating the healthy stuff.

I go out of town this week to visit my fiance so I am a little worried that I could gain this week. However, I am going to keep a goal of one workout everyday and try hard to focus on what foods I am eating. The workouts shouldn't be hard since he is teaching so during the day I will be alone. The food may be difficult because I hate going grocery shopping for things that he won't eat after I am gone. So it feels like I waste money. Oh well, I will take one day at a time even if I go to the store every day and get something from the deli.

I'm sorry that some of you had a horrible weekend. I know weekends can be tough when we are out of our normal daily routines. Keep your heads up and do what you say you plan to do by moving on. :)

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I'm with ya ~ ate way too much this weekend and even tho I ran 5 miles on Saturday it in no way evens out. O well ~ it is a new week, let's just move on and do well! :)

Got a 2 mile jog in this morning ... trying to eat healthy today even tho I'm out of slim fast which makes it harder for me for breakfast/lunch. Scale is not my friend this morning but its also that time of the month so I'm not going to stress. Still aiming to see 149.SOMETHING on the scale by Saturday!

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Had a crappy weekend - we'll leave it at that, because frankly, it's done.

I'm quite sure I gained back a couple of pounds - but I don't think it's true gain (or I hope not). We shall see on weigh in day. Sigh. I am quite disappointed in myself.

Anyways, what's done is done. I have a nice healthy day planned out (even prepped food this weekend). Around 1600 calories plus I will be hitting the gym for an hour long cardio session (or perhaps a run instead) followed by my upper body workout for 20 minutes. Today WILL be a good day, damn it! =)

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I had a good weekend mostly!!! The very good news is that I ate within range, and with not many cravings!!! The bad thing is that I didn't get any exercise yesterday, I really was in a very bad mood and didn't felt like it! I wish I would had pushed myself to get at least 10 minutes of fitness but I didn't! But after that, I put some thought on my daily schedule, and the excuses that keep me away from exercising, and I decided that the best for my lifestyle would be to exercise first thing in the morning!!! So I will try it this way from now on, and we'll see how it will go! emoticon

Steve how long will you continue with the Intermittent fasting? You do it for weight loss only, or is it like a permanent lifestyle! It sounds interesting, I had never heard of it before!

Juliana, I do not know if it is bravery! I believe I did not mind because I am absolutely certain that these guys were complete morons, and because doing something good for myself made me feel very very confident!
Also I do not dislike my body! I think it is beautiful either I weight some pounds more or some pounds less! I like it more when I am thinner, and for sure it feels much better when I am fitter, but that doesn't mean that I think it is ugly now!
That said , of course I have insecurities, and if people I care about their opinion say something negative to me, it sure hurts me. But this was not the case in that incident!

Fischy well done!!!!! you did so great this week, despite having a cold, a girls night out, and cupcakes!!!! emoticon

Athleticbody21, how did it went with your calorie budget during the weekend? I used to do that, borrow allowance from one day of the week to another, but I always ended up loosing control of it at the end of the week.I lacked the discipline emoticon Now if I overeat one day, I track it as it is, and try to go on normally the next day!

have a nice week everyone!!!!!!!!

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Got in a lovely 5 mile jog today, including my fastest outside mile as an adult, woot woot! Longest I've been able to run in a couple months without too much pain, yay!

Trying to be really good today because I am making cupcakes this afternoon and absolutely eating a few lol. I have exercised 5 out of 6 days this week and will get in a couple 1 mile walks tomorrow with the dog on my "off" day... not too shabby!

The 0 is still there today and hopefully tomorrow as well. Looking to see 149... next weekend on the scale!

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I'm totally in for this challenge! I'm new to SP (but not new to dieting!) so I'm ready to get right on board with this challenge.

Woke up early for some gym time today (woohoo!). Right now I'm just trying to get myself up and moving most days-- once I'm at the gym I don't spend too long there, but I'm sure I'll build up endurance over time!

KIKIMAV-- you are so much tougher than me! Way to not let it get you down when people are rude. I'm too sensitive about things like that-- you're awesome! emoticon

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Great work!!!

Don't worry, it's all above board. I'm following the 5:2 diet (intermittent fasting) and it's perfectly safe to exercise on a low intake like that.

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Scale said 150.4 today, woot woot! Going to try to keep ahold of that 0 throughout the weekend!

Just having slim fast and fruit for breakfast and lunch today to make up for girls' night tonight. Also getting in a 2.5 mile run here soon on my break. Good day. Still have a cold but thank goodness I didn't get the awful flu bug that has my husband home in bed for the past couple of days, yikes!

Let's all stay strong through the weekend and workout a little harder to make up for the tiny splurges here and there ;-)

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You are only eating 600 calories today? That doesn't sound good, espec. if you are working out :-/ Be safe!

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Good day today. Fast day so 600 calories only and I did a 4.3 mile run :)

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Feel better FISCHY and have fun at girls night.

April SW: 132
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16% body fat (not generally healthy for non athletes) but I am competing and getting ready for a photo shot for my personal trainers page.


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Today was a not so great food day. I made some bad food choices, but as my week has been good overall i am okay. I logged everything and will make the adjustments as needed. I am averaging about 1300 calories per day so that is 9100 a week. As long as I don't go over for the week I am fine, so I will make up for the splurge by recalculating my Friday and Saturday calorie budgets.

Looking forward to tomorrow and eating well, getting in a great workout and having an amazing day. Feeling good and motivated.



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No work out for me... I'm sick with a bad headcold and my hubby has the stomach flu, yuck! I'm on track with calories tho so at least that is good. I've gotten 3 workouts in this week so as long as I can get my usual lunch break workout in tomorrow and get a few miles jogging/walking on Saturday, I'll be happy for the week!

Tomorrow night I'm going out to dinner for girls' night. I will probably be over my calories because "mac n cheese grilled cheese" is on the menu lol but I'm going to try really hard to be lower for breakfast/lunch and just drink water when we go out.

Shooting for the scale to say 150.... by the end of the week. I don't care if it says 150.9 on Sunday morning, I want to see that ZERO! lol

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Indeed 8-10 pounds is a big goal, but any weight loss I achieve is good for me! I would be especially happy if by the end of the month I will manage to loose at least 6 lbs...This would mean that I will have achieved 1/3 of my total weight-loss goal!
Also it is about time for me to aim a little higher than usually because I am really tired of struggling with the same 4 lbs for the last month, loosing them and gaining them over again and again....So I really want to go past that barrier for good this time!
If I were setting this goal alone, I would get disappointed and abandon it probably very quickly, as something to difficult to achieve. But the team effort here, and the idea of having companions in this, is really very encouraging!


Yesterday I had a great day! I still eat about 50-100 calories over range, but for the first time I had not so strong cravings! So hopefully it will get easier to stay within range the next days!!!
What I have noticed is that if I eat more one day, then also the next days I am more hungry. But when i stay in track, my cravings disappear after the first days. So I try to keep that in mind, and not to get disappointed if I don't get my desired result this first week. Instead I am telling myself that the first (and most difficult) week is the foundation for the next ones, that will be the more effective ones!
Also I managed to run for 8 minutes yesterday! emoticon That really made my day!
And even when some jerks from a passing by car shouted at me "run fatty,run" I didn't give a damn about them, I was just feeling good about myself!

Good luck everyone! Enjoy your Thursday!!!

P.S. Steve emoticon we are just half-way the week! emoticon

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I've not done too great this week but I'm off for my 2nd run of the week today...

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Every choice counts. so if you get in 20 minutes great, if you find time for more even better. I have found that eating well is the biggest component to losing weight and working out is the part that helps maintain.

I am exhausted and off to bed as soon as I am done typing!!! emoticon

Today I had to adjust my nutrition to be sure I made it in my zone. As I skipped dinner last night in choosing sleep I woke up pretty hungry. I was at work and though I pack cereal and a banana it was tricky. By the time I got to have lunch I was more interested in sitting. I played some basketball tonight (I host a basketball league), my ankle did okay though I took it easy. I chose to add almonds to my day to push up my calories so I would not be too low today. I have a shorter day tomorrow, meals are planned and my lunchbox is ready. I have stuck to my meal plan for 6 days in a row now, and I am happy about that. tomorrow is a new day. Time to just focus on making Thursday great.

I am glad you all are on board for making this month great!

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I agree ~ it is a great challenge and if we all try for it, I'm sure we'll all have some kind of success and be happy at the end of the month, regardless of how close we get.

I'm doing good last week and this week on eating, gotta avoid that on sale easter candy tho! haha Aiming to work out for atleast 20 min every day this week except for Sunday... 3 days into the week and I'm doing good so far! Won't get me to 2lbs but that is all I have time for on my lunch break and it is better than nothing!

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If your comment was directed at me, I do know it's a challenge. ;)

I just need to keep myself on the positive side (and I'm sure I'm not the only one). I tend to get bummed if I don't hit certain goals, so while I am invested in losing as much as I can this month, I don't want to get fixated on the number 8 and be disappointed not reaching it.

I'm going to try though!

I do a 'photo diary' monthly as well. I like the month long challenges for this reason. I get to see any changes as well, which helps me keep motivated.

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I hear you!!!! Lack of time is my worst enemy!!!! When I have time and get prepared for my day (schedule exercise, prepare food) I have no great difficulty sticking to my plan! But whenever my life gets more busy and I have not time to cook, or even pack a snack I end up eating whatever I can find on the road, which almost always results in weight gain!
Wow good for you that you manage to exercise so much even when you have so little free time! It is really impressive! I'm sorry to hear about your injury. is your ankle fully recovered now?
And I am sure you will get the weight-loss results you want very fast! You seem very determined!!! emoticon


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I did not get to check in last night. I worked an 18 hour day and by the time I got home I simply packed my bag for today. I work at 4:30am and sometimes the lack of sleep can make sticking to my meal plan tricky. Yesterday I was under on calories by about 200, when I got home at 11pm I decided to not waste time eating as I had to be up in 4 hours... So I plan to be a little on the high side today. emoticon

I am doing fine on water and my exercise plan is solid. My biggest issues is getting enough sleep and eating fewer calories as I am super active. Trying to recover from my ankle injury was tough, even tougher seems to be losing the 15lbs I put on while recovering for 5 months. But I am determined and only 10lbs roughly from where I was pre injury. I am hoping April is my month to get back. emoticon I am trying to knock myself back into my fit lifestyle.

Just a note for everyone, I know that 8-10 pounds is a lot, that is why it is a challenge. The goal is to aim high in hopes we will all land somewhere better off then where we started. Be positive and instead of thinking you cannot hit that much think of making each day get you one step closer to where you want to be! emoticon

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Did muh better yesterday! (2 April) I managed to stay within range, and I run for the first time after the PE class at school! I lasted only 5 minutes before my diaphragm started to ache and I switched to walking. But I very am proud of these 5 minutes! It is a very small step but I couldn't run to save my life so it is an achievement for! And who knows maybe if I manage to stick with it
I will be able to run for 10 while minutes!!
My biggest difficulty so far are late night cravings! But the thought of doing this challenge as team really helped me resist last night!I hope everyone is having a great day! Stay positive emoticon

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I am in! I weighed myself at 153. If I am able to lose even the 8 pounds that will get me right to where I would prefer to weigh. I always have a struggle getting under the 150s.

I have a couple cousins who I try to workout with daily. Otherwise I am working out with Jillian's 30day shred and then doing cardio every other day along with it.

The eating part is pretty easy when I am able to have a routine to my day.

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I'm in! This sounds just like the motivation I need. I'm brand new on the site and I've never dieted by counting calories before-- wish me luck! :)

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I'll give it a go - don't think I will hit 8 though!

Starting at 152 - so I guess my goal weight is 144.

To be perfectly honest, I am ECSTATIC about being this close to the 140's. If all I do by the end of the month is successfully cross that threshold... I'll be happy!

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At least it was only one slice of pizza! That is good self control espec. when watching TV!

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God I am so tired, I can barely type these lines.
So, today I was on the run all day, which is always bad for my meal planning...
But I managed to go to pilates class(1 hour), and furthermore I went everywhere on foot walking very vigorously(25 minutes more or less), and I also ate within range. That is until I went to a friend's house to watch the premiere of game of thrones, and they had ordered lots of pizza and had also wine. So I admit, I had a slice of pizza and I drank a glass of wine. So at the end of the day I didn't stay within the range.
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I can stay on track when I plan my days, but when food is offered to me freely, I cannot resist.

On the bright side, I did exercise today, and I drank my 8 glasses of water, so not all is bad!!!
see you tomorrow again! emoticon

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I've never been able to lose this much in a month but maybe shooting for 8-10 will help me lose 4-5! I'm in! Let's get some daily motivation going!! :)

I tracked all of my food for the day plus what I'm having for dinner and I'm around 1400 which is good for me. 1500 is usually my max and I'm trying to hit lower than that when I can.

I've switched to having a slim fast and fruit for breakfast, so around 300 calories, which really seemed to help last week. I got the ones with 20g of protein which is awesome because I never get enough. I work out in the afternoon so if I load my evenig meal a bit heavier that works best for me.

Going to the personal trainer tonight (helping me with muscle imbalance so I can run pain free again) but no work out otherwise. Hoping to work out 5x's this week for atleast 2.5-3 miles on the elliptical or treadmill. Not enough to lose 2lbs but maybe 1!



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Starting weigh 132
Goal 125
Body fat 23.9%
Goal body fat 20-21%

Welcome everyone to APRIL!!! I am excited to have you all pushing toward a common goal.

My food is planned and logged for the day, I am on track for water, and I will hit the gym later today for kickboxing.

April SW: 132
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I'm starting today at 149 pounds. I preselected my food for the day and put it into my tracker last night. I started my morning with a few minutes on the wii fit, and I plan on going to the gym on my lunch. Ive already had 4 servings of water today. Off to a good start!

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Ok, let the games begin emoticon

So 1st of April today and I am 64 Kgs
(gained 1 Kg from last week and I honestly didn't expected it, well maybe my scale is pranking me emoticon )



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I'm in too! I'm going to try my best!

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I just joined today, but I'm in too!

Let's weigh in each week! We should also maybe check in each day for moral support?

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I'm in!!!!
so for me this should be 3.6-4.5 Kgs! emoticon
Well it won't be easy, but it is something I really want!!!
I know for a fact that after April I will have much more responsibilities and it will be even more difficult for me to focus on loosing weight! So I should take the best advantage of April possible!!!!
So yes it won't be easy, but I want it very much, and I will do my best! And this challenge is the best motivation I could have emoticon

see you tomorrow in the weight-in!!!

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Let's do a challenge to lose 8-10 pounds in April!!! STARTING April 1st emoticon

We need to weigh in each week and share if we have lost any pounds keep in mind the scale isn't the only measurement tool. I recommend also tracking body measurements as these can change before the scale.

Very important to record your starting weight. Then by tracking our food, fitness, and weigh-in/measurements we can get a whole picture of how we are doing.

Let's get fit!! emoticon

This challenge will focus on tracking our food, water and fitness minutes. In order to get max results and better health each are important. So, each day we will check in for motivation, encouragement, inspiration and support for ourselves and others. We are a community with a common goal. emoticon

When we post we can say what we did well in our day, what if any challenges we had, and where we could use support. Make sure to mention how you did with your eating plan and also what type of workout you did.

In addition if you need an little extra encouragement to workout join the fitness minutes challenge for MARCH as well. emoticon


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