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6/4/13 9:19 A

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Still getting back into the groove after wedding / vacation. It's amazing how quickly my body de-conditions! Believe it or not I'm not weighing myself every day until I get back in the groove of tracking food / eating within range and exercising as intensely as before.

So goals: Lose 5 lbs,
Non Scale Goal: really get into habit of daily activity in addition to time at gym. Be it walk, bike ride, doesn't matter. Some light exercise in addition to what I'm already doing.

I can't believe it's June already!

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5/31/13 5:07 P

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Weight at beginning of May: 149.4
Weight at end of May: 146.8

Around 2.5lbs, I'll take it! I haven't lost that much in 1 month in a LONG time! :)

I was able to run 2 miles in 18:44 and a 5k in 29:08 so I definitely met my "other success" goals for this month, even tho it was on the treadmill.

Burned around 1300 calories so far this week - hoping to start June off right with a 2-3 mile jog tomorrow before it gets too hot (low of 70... how is that a low? lol)

Hope everyone else ended today and this month on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all in the June string!

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5/31/13 1:27 P

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At the end of May here is where I am at:

Weight: 150.6 (2 lbs lost for May)
Waist: 28.5" (1/2" lost)
Hips: 43 (this stayed the same, but I am pear shape so this will take a bit to budge)
Thigh: 25 (1/2" lost)
Arm: 10.5" (1" lost)

Overall I am pleased with measurement results! Weight is not coming as quickly mostly because with the summer and bbqs I tend to let myself go once a week. So my calories are as though I am trying to maintain. June is a new month (and closer to my wedding). Now that the inches are still coming off and my fitness routines are habits my focus is going to be on eating even healthier and trying to fend off the extra eating.

I will be posting the new forum as soon as I submit this post! :)

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5/31/13 9:53 A

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Haha please make that next months forum, that would be hilarious. 8-10 lbs is really a bit much. It's not that I'm just struggling to lose weight I'm also struggling to not gain weight!

Thanks for the well wishes, Fischy, we had an awesome time. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Ate close to 2000 calories yesterday and decided it was finally time to look at the scale -- 141, which honestly I was relieved. I wouldn't have been surprised to see 146. I'm going to give it another day or two and then change the tracker. Ready for June!

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5/30/13 6:48 P

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Lol YESSSS I love it :)

I think I'm going to end with maybe 3lbs lost this month which is awesome, but no where near 8... I like your idea!

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5/30/13 6:18 P

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One more day day left in May! I hope everyone will end strong.

I am thinking of starting a June group forum. How is this for a title: "Screw the 8 lbs, give me 5 lbs"?

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5/30/13 12:19 P

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Ugh ... work basically threw up on itself today... it is going to be hell in a hand basket for the next month. I'm so glad we have a gym that I can use on my lunch break because otherwise my outlet would then be finding mass amounts of cookies and cheese cake and ice cream and drowning my sorrows lol.

I just wanted to say that I love having this group ~ all with our different life situations and workout/weight loss goals. Helps to see what other people are going through and stay motivated to just keep going and not give up!

Tues/Wed I got in 7 miles of running and a hour session with my trainer. That is my last session with him tho. I think I will get a gym membership for June and do strength training 3 x's a week in the morning, and then keep up my 10+ miles of cardio goal. Hopefully that will help me get stronger, not get injured so much, and keep the scale moving down!

On another positive note, the scale said 147 yesterday and below that today, so I think the 148 on Tuesday was a fluke, woo hoo! I'll update my tracker at the end of the month tomorrow tho.

A couple more days ~ hope everyone can stay on track or is at least making good goals for June! :)

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5/29/13 9:32 A

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Congratulations on the wedding Mapplebum! I hope it was lovely and wonderful and you had a great time :)

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5/29/13 9:02 A

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Hello all! So glad to see this forum stayed active -- I took about a week off surrounding my wedding and now I'm back and ready to make some real progress! Hoping life with less stress will make weight loss easier. Haven't checked the scale yet, preparing myself for weight gain. Hope everyone's having a great week!

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5/28/13 1:07 P

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I hear ya ~ the scale has been fluctuating so much lately but today it said 148 so I guess I will admit defeat and add on 1 pound. Hoping to knock that back off by the end of the month but if not, I'll at least have a healthy and active week trying!

~ Ok, just ran a 5k on my lunch break in 29:08 ~ that is a PR for me by 1+ minutes ... def. not worrying about that possible pound gained now :)

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5/27/13 5:34 P

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I gained one pound this week. With how much I did eat over the weekend I am shocked that it wasn't more. This week I am getting my focus back. It is walk/run program and ripped in 30 everyday. I will put myself back right by drinking the amount of water I need. Then to eat fruits and veggies throughout the days again.

We can do it!

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5/26/13 11:34 P

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I've had a very busy few days with no working out ~ hoping to get up tomorrow for a jog before we drive a few hours to the beach with my dad. If not ... well... there is still the rest of the week :)

Good luck this last week of the month everyone!

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5/24/13 6:43 A

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Hello everyone!
I have also been very busy this month.It is very uplifting and encouraging to read how you are doing, but I didn't got a chance to write about my progress for some time!

Well about the running....I run in total only 2 times the whole month and that was during the first week! I have really neglected my exercise this month...The only thing I did was walking instead of taking the bus to go to the university, but even that was only 20 minutes and not every day!

Also I haven't done any strength training for almost a month, and I feel the difference! I feel much weaker, get tired very easily , and sometimes feel dizzy or light-headed! I know that this is mostly because of stress (always when I stress I have physical symptoms) but I think that regular exercise would make me feel much better physically and psychologically for that matter.

But there are also good news. I manage to eat within range more easily these days, and I am very glad to say that I managed to lose 3 lbs so far in May! emoticon emoticon
So in total since the beginning I have lost the 1/3 of my total weight loss goal!!! This was the first milestone I had set to myself and I am very glad to have reach it!!!

I wish you all a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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5/23/13 10:46 P

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Way to go everyone! It is exciting to read all of your encouragement to each other and everyone is willing to put out the stumbles and achievements on here along the way.

I have been so busy that I have only been able to read up on people's statuses but not much time to formulate thoughts of my own. :)

I am happy to say that I did lose a pound this last week. I finally started Ripped in 30, my cousins had wanted to do level 3 of 30 day shred for a couple more weeks. This week I have also managed to do my run/walk training everyday due to the wonderful weather! :)

Tomorrow will be my last day of the week to run/walk. Saturday I plan to try to do a yoga video. I normally do not have patience for it, but I thought that it might be a good Saturday routine to start since during the week I have rigorous workouts.

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5/23/13 10:45 P

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I just joined the group so I'm a little behind but I have lost 2lbs last week and this week so I think I'm on track. The weekend is coming up and that will be the hard part. But I'm gonna try and stay on track! I had my first real workout for the week today and it felt pretty good. Can't wait til I'm one of those people that look forward to going to the gym! :)

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5/23/13 3:04 P

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Good job Fischy! You have plenty of time to beat that goal.


I'm happy to report that after a little medication and a lot of TLC (gentle foods), my stomach is feeling a lot better. I know this month is going to be a wash - but I am looking forward to next month (which I will be starting early, namely this weekend). It stinks to have illness much up your progress - but I'll be happy if I step on that scale and see what I expect to see - approximately the same weight as I started the month at.

Just about a week left to this month - how is everyone looking?

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5/20/13 5:32 P

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Ok people ~ it is a new week and we still have 2 full weeks of this month to get closer to our goals! Rejoice about your success, learn from your mistakes, and let's start over and make it an awesome week!

I got in 2 miles on the treadmill at lunch, the minimum I wanted to do today so I'll take it!

... I'm just going to add to this so I'm not writing multiple posts since no one else is posting lol.

1.3 miles yesterday between treadmill and elliptical (bad day)
2 miles today on the treadmill ~ yay.

It will be a low workout week for me but that is ok, the scale said 147 today which makes me so excited! I haven't been that low on the scale for an entire year! I was 145 last year on my birthday (end of July) and I hope to beat that this year and keep going down! Woo hoo :)

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5/18/13 3:10 A

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Because I didn't fast last week I decided to fast 3 times this week. I've managed to maintain my weight at 203.2 lbs which I'm happy about :)

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Weekly tally: 1 hour personal training, 8 miles jogging, 1 mile walking, 2.5 elliptical ~ maybe half a pound if I'm lucky? Doesn't include walks with the dog or other daily normal activities. I may try to get in 2 miles tomorrow but we will be out of town all day and then busy all evening so I'm not counting on it.

I've been REALLY good about watching what I eat this week but tomorrow night we are going out around 9pm after a conference for church for cheese fries and ice cream, so I have a feeling that is going to negate all my hard work. Ugh. C'est la vie :-p

Does anyone set weekly goals for themselves? I feel like breaking up the month helps me focus a bit better. Next week my goal is to run/walk every morning at least 2 miles, and then fit in my lunch break workouts at least 3x's. That should put me at about 15 miles of cardio (jogging/elliptical) + my personal training hour... hopefully will make up for those stupid fries and ice cream (that I'm really looking forward to eating tomorrow) lol. Even if we have bad weather one or two days, I can make that up with more lunch break workouts. I find out that if I start the week off strong and focused, I do better at sticking with it.

Hope you guys are having a positive week!

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5/16/13 10:13 A

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4-5 days a week is greatÖ Many people do not get that in. I confess Iíve gone maybe once a week this month Ė the stomach thing is just killing any drive I have to hit the gym.

The math for weight loss is simple Ė it really is just calories in vs. calories out. The problem here is while you know how many calories you are taking in; you will never know exactly how many you are expending. We have different heights/weights/fitness levels which effect how we burn. Many calculators take these things into account. However, we also have different body compositions, different protein/fiber/fat needs, different paces, and different efficiency foods. You canít tell a calculator that you are slow to metabolize proteins, or that you bloat a lot when you drink milk.

This is why I prefer the TDEE calculator and alternative measures for success. A scale dropping down is great Ė but me fitting into my jeans better, and developing that line down the middle of my stomach (you know the one Iím talking about) is better. At the end of the day Ė the scale is just giving you a number Ė it tells you nothing about your health and fitness levels, nothing about how much energy you have (or donít), it doesnít make you fit for a 10 mile hike, and it doesnít make you look good in your wedding dress. You know what does? Recognition of how far youíve come and how great you feel and look! Screw the scale.



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5/15/13 2:08 P

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Mapplebum - no being down on yourself! And you are cracking me up that you ONLY work out 4-5 x's a week ~ that is awesome!

I am lucky and have access to a gym at work so I can go on my lunch break for 25 minutes every day so that helps a lot but even then I usually only get in 4 - 5 days a week too. Now that it is nicer out and lighter earlier, I'm trying to jog in the morning and do the elliptical at lunch a few times a week to get some extra calories burned but that is because I lose weight VERY slowly and need all the extra help I can get!

I think you are doing a great job counting your calories and working out ~ give yourself credit for all that effort! :)

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Enough being critical of myself! Either my body decided to process food slower, I made some bad decisions, or maybe was just extra hungry --- two steps forward one step back! I'm not going to beat myself up for eating pasta. So here's something that's caught my attention this week:

Calorie Differential Report. Everyone knows it's something you can't really trust,though it's interesting to look at. I was perusing it the other day (thinking 'why have I not lost more weight when I'm always eating so much less than burning?') when I suddenly notice how many days didn't have the little green box about my BMR. If you haven't looked at this report it shows estimated BMR on a graph, ontop of it in green are the calories you expend working out each day (and then there's a line that goes through to show calories consumed). I started counting just simply the days I work out in a week and many weeks I only work out 4-5 times!

For a very long time I have thought very highly of how much I work out. Though I'm overweight I consider myself a relatively fit person. These last two months, while I have been careful to balance cardio vs. strength, I haven't paid much attention to the number of days I exercise. In fact, I've mostly just focused on calories consumed. This report has taught me that I don't actually work out as much as I think! Now there's an area for improvement.


Fischy: I am always impressed by how much you work out! You're doing some really great workouts!

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5/15/13 10:00 A

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I got in a 2.5 mile run before work today ~ it was pretty bad for me but then I started having female issues and stomach trouble, so I guess that explains the bad run. 6.5 miles so far this week... not sure I'll be able to get anything else in due to above issues but at least I did that! Just going to focus on eating healthy rest of the week if that is all I can do.

**Feeling better this afternoon for a bit so I got another 2.5 in on the elliptical, yay! 9 miles total between running/elliptical for the week so far. Hoping to keep it going depending on how I feel Thurs/Fri.

Alright all you runners out there... I expect you to get some mileage in this week! Even if you only walk/jog a mile, you can do it!! :)

Good luck Shakeshaft ~ don't let work get in your way!

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5/15/13 1:02 A

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I'm hoping to get out for my first run for a week and a half today. Let's hope that work doesn't get in the way!!

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5/14/13 4:48 P

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8:26 mile today, woo hoo! 2 miles in 18:46, not too shabby for walking a quarter of a mile of that second one.

I've decided that means I met my goal for this month - as I originally said 2 miles in 19 min outside but I'll take 18:46 inside :) Haven't lost any weight so it is nice to at least get faster!

Definitely taking it easy on my foot... I just mildly sprained it last week but it feels 95% better this week. I'm hoping to get back to double workouts by Thursday if everything feels ok. Have an hour with my trainer tonight to work on my weak glutes/hips. Shins aren't liking my jogs this week so hopefully the trainer can help me figure that mess out too. Ugh, I do have the worst luck lol.

*9pm and I'm between 1200-1300 calories... I may eat my arm in my sleep tho lol.

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5/14/13 4:01 P

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I have been so lazy lately Ė all Iíve done is a little light walking. Lazy maybe isnít the word Ė Iíve been feeling really tired for the past few weeks, no matter how much sleep I get (or donít get, which is more common). Iíve also been having stomach issues the past month Ė itís all just left me feeling blah. I have too much to do this evening to hit the gym, but I worked out a new schedule for myself (if I donít schedule it, it doesnít happen). Iím hoping that if I can get myself back to the gym, Iíll feel better. If that doesnít work after a couple of weeks, I will be doctor bound for the first time in a very long time. Sigh.

No weight to give you this week. But if I were to guess, I would say I am probably still right around that 150 (148-152). I donít think Iíve gained, but I donít think Iíve lost either. Turn it around with the second half the month? Hope so!

Awesome run Fischy! Be gentle on those feet; definitely donít want to end up on the couch again! You have some lousy luck!

Ashley - Very healthy pace! Awesome stuff. Keep it up!

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5/14/13 9:37 A

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ASHLEYDUH1 ~ that is awesome that you are doing so well, congrats! May I ask what your daily calorie intake goals are? Even when I work out 6 days a week, I can't always lose 1lb a week, let alone more, which is so frustrating. I try to eat 1500 calories a day ... wish I could make that darn scale budge.

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5/13/13 4:45 P

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ps. I've had the same thing happen - the scale seems to jump back up a couple pounds out of the blue for no reason. Again... look at your weight loss over time, it isn't an exact math and you can't always predict bloating, etc. Don't let it stress you out, it def. was not one day of 1750 calories that made you gain! Just keep up good habits and it will go back down.

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5/13/13 4:43 P

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Ugh ~ I had to take 4 days off of working out and walking about at all! So annoying... my foot finally seems to be getting better tho after twisting it walking the dog over a week ago. I ran 2 miles today with no pain and no after soreness AND I set a new personal record on the treadmill - 1 mile in 8:30, woo hoo!

Still stuck at 149.4 for the 3rd week in a row ~ a bit of fluctuation up and down during the week but in general that is where it stays. O well, hoping to get back on track with exercising this week and hopefully get that number moving down again after 2 weeks of injuries :-(

Mapplebum ~ last week when I got in 1200 calories burned in 3 days that was just working out - jogging (6 miles) , elliptical (5 miles), bike (3.5 miles), and 20 min weight training. I had double workouts on Monday/Tues so that def. helped a lot too. I don't ever count other activities since I can't really track them specifically and I figure it is all "normal daily activity".


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5/13/13 1:41 P

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Mapplebum I don't have much insight. It could be that month's time and the bloating is causing the extra gain. You might also need to look at what the fat total was for that big day out of range. Either way, it might be a week to 3 weeks before you see the scale drop to where you were. Those blogs you are referring to are completely different from what you have done. Everyone should take a day to relax from the healthy, if they feel they can do it for only a day. The problem is when it becomes everyday after that. It does not sound like you have done that. I would encourage you to look at your body and not the scale to see if you still see those changes prior to that 1750 day and love your body for the way it looks and not what the scale says, for now.

I had the same thing happen, however, mine was gradual over the week through weekend. I was under the 150's but now I am back to 151. I know where I turned wrong last week and this week I plan to keep up with everything again and focus on getting the right foods in.

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So I'd be weighing in at 138-139. Two days I weighed 138 and was just about to log that I'd lost another pound when I had a high calorie day -- lots of eating and drinking -- 1750 calories (I'd been averaging 1300 calories a day). I knew it was over my limit but thought I could "handle" it....maybe it'd even be good to "shock" my metabolism. The next morning I weighed 142!! So I gave myself two more days of eating in range and exercising to see if the scale would go back down but here I am, 3 days later weighing 142. Could I have possibly gained 3-4 lbs in one day?!

I do know that once a month my body slows down and holds onto calories. I don't have a true menstrual cycle since I have the Mirena but there is a definite time of month when I feel bloated and like things have just slowed down. I'd like to kid myself into thinking this is what is happening, however I'm starting to think I should just qualify this whole thing like all those blogs "getting back on the horse" or "I fell off track and have to get back up again!" Thoughts?

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I haven't posted for awhile so I figured why not. I have lost about 6 pounds this month. I finally got over the cravings, and eat fruits and veggies all day long. I also work out about 6 days a week. I'm at 142, finally almost out of the 140s. I have started my weight loss journey from 170 in February. It feels good to be getting healthy, and I actually have a healthy bmi. Something I haven't had in awhile. Everyone is doing a great job as well with their weightloss :)

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I'm with you Mapplebum! Fewer drinks on fewer days. Probably the biggest obstacle I'm creating for myself in this journey is alcohol :( The problem is, the better I feel about myself, the more social I want to be. Generally, more social often equals more alcohol related activities. Such a confusingly difficult situation!

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5/9/13 4:04 P

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It's been awhile since I've checked in here and I thought I owed you guys an update because even if I'm not posting, I am checking in on you guys and being motivated by your successes!

At my last weigh in I had officially lost one pound! Weighing in at 149.5! It feels good to be out of the 150s, even if just barely.

I have been doing really well on my exercising- I ran 22 miles last week, and was diligent with doing 30 Day Shred on off days. This week has been a little rougher: the rain, combined with a sore quad, and a burst water line at our house have hindered my workouts. I've had to lay off the workout video due to my sore leg and have only been able to get in some short runs.

However, my eating has been pretty horrific. I have consistently eaten just over my calorie range, and not with healthy food. I KNOW that if I could get that under control I would be seeing better results. This week I will really be focusing on that by leaving myself notes and spending more time on sparkpeople logging my food before I eat.

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5/9/13 11:23 A

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Rain, rain go away. Please don't come back another day...

After losing a substantial amount of weight (20 pounds) my knee pain from an old injury is very minimal.. but then ... the rain comes. Sigh.

The running has been very rough this week, and I've only been once. I did substitute with extra time at the gym, but right now my knee is just saying no to a straight run.

In general I haven't been lowering my calories much of late. I do believe through getting 'fit' I will lose more weight, but it's not on top of the priority list at this point.

I did set myself a size goal this week. My lower body is always the last place to lose weight, so to drop even one pants size is huge. At the moment I am a near perfect 10 - my goal is to get down to a size 8 by August. I haven't been that size since I was about 14 years old, so it really is going to be quite a feet for me. The store is always out of 10s on the clearance racks. I want deals darn it! =)

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Wow, Fischy, you work out so much!!! I've only burned 820 this week !! Do you count daily activities or is this really just like, gym time?

And yes, I feel like we're all obsessed with the scale / no scale topic. But I agree with you, Fischy. I'm rarely surprised by what I see when I weigh in in the mornings. That wasn't always the case, though, I've become very aware of what I'm eating and how much, way more than 2 months ago.

Good for you, Kikimov!! I know how busy you must be, but might there be at gym at your school? My fiance used to pop over to the gym in the hospital in the evenings and was very convenient (it was literally across the hall from where they studied)

No more weight loss for me but that's OK, I still haven't gotten over the fact that I've lost 10 lbs in a little over a month!

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I'm impressed that you guys can resist the scale ~ I weigh myself daily, sometimes multiple times a day... but I don't let it stress me out too much. I try to pay attention to Wednesday weigh-ins and the others are just a habit I don't care about breaking lol.

After not working out last week because of back issues I really wanted to jump into it this week. I've burned 1200 calories so far but I was hoping for around 2000 from working out but I hurt my foot on Saturday and it is getting worse so I really need to rest and ice it and stay off it. It is just a minor sprain and I can run on it, but it hurts all day afterward so probably not a good idea haha.
Ugh... so annoying. Hoping that if I take it easy on Thurs/Fri I can jog a few miles on Saturday and get my weekly workout calories up to 1500. So annoying but o well... 1 more week isn't going to make or break my goals, it is ok if I don't hit 145 at the end of this month. Just gotta learn not to obsess about dates and minor set-backs I can't control... like injuries.

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Wow! Everyone is so inspiring, being active, losing inches, losing weight, gaining confidence to push on! I am really enjoying this team's atmosphere emoticon

Resting when your body tells you that you need to is super important. There is a time to push through (like when you just don't want to climb outta bed in the morning) but after big stressful events, rest can be just as, or even more, important than exercise for your overall well being.

Good work KIKIMAV for recognizing that and giving yourself a break for a couple days!

The scale has a big emotional impact for me, so I don't weigh in often. I rather relying on increased fitness abilities, how my clothes fit and mental attitude to determine my sucess. BUT my monthly weigh in is coming up this weekend... gulp.... I really hope I have gotten off this dang plataeu!

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Hey everyone!!!! I am very happy with my weigh in today!!!!!
so all in all the last 10 days (birthday cake, alcohol , and big holiday meals included) I only gained 0.5 lb!!!!! I think that's as good as I could hope for!!!!!

Back on track since yesterday, I am eating within range, but I must admit I am so bored to exercise... emoticon All the fuss these last days (travelling, family gatherings and long talks with my parents, stress about not being able to study these days) has left me very tired psychologically! Yesterday, my first night back at my home I slept for 14 straight hours!
Well anyway, I will start with small goals (15 minutes per day) and i believe by next week my motivation will have been restored!

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Wow! Sounds like everyone's making strides in their exercise and even weight loss! I'm officially below the 140 line!!! Looks like I'll definitely be able to lose the 10 that I've gained in the last year. Pretty sure 132 is out of my reach by May 23 but that's OK.

Since the weather has perked up my newest thing is to run lakeside to my gym downtown, go straight to 5th floor and strength train, then walk/run home. Running on the treadmill has taught me discipline. I go for speed and time but when I run outside I go for distance and endurance. I'm running as fast outside but definitely lasting longer. It's awesome!

Hope everyone's having a great week!

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Congrats NBOYER! That is awesome! We can totally both hit 145 by the end of the month, I have faith in us! ... ok my scale is not moving down right now but we have time!! :)



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It has been exciting reading everyone's latest posts! Definitely keep up the excellent work!

I, too, have been doing an interval program to get back into running. It was one that I found online that gets you ready to run 30 minutes in 3 weeks. I have decided that for longevity purposes I am better at working on the length of time I run rather than the distance. Unfortunately because of the Midwest weather I have not been able to run everyday. I do not have a gym membership and I do prefer to run outdoors, but not in cold or rain. I am running the days that are nice though.

I weighed in today and almost got right back on the scale to confirm. I am under 150!! 148.4 lbs. I am 3 pounds from the 145 lbs that I was the last time I weighed myself in high school. I am 13 pounds away from what I would like to weigh by my wedding (July).

Keep up the good work everyone!

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Thank you FISCHY19702. That does help because I'm very intimidated by joining this race in July. Sometimes I think I'm crazy for saying I'd do it. But knowing that it will be ok (and not uncommon) if I must walk part of it, gives me a bit of relief.

KIKIMAV - good luck! It is really hard staying on track away from home!

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LMGH86 I haven't but I am thinking that it would be good for me!
so far I walk for 15-20 minutes and then i Jog for the last 10.
But what you are describing sounds like a good way to make progress and maybe I will give it a go!

I am back at my home today!!! There is nothing like the comfort of your own home!!!!
I will weigh-in tomorrow and fingers-crossed I haven't put on any weight! wish me luck!


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Hi! They definitely do work! Those interval programs are great because it gives your body (muscles, joints, etc.) time to adjust while you learn to breathe effectively and work on your endurance bit by bit. Sure you can go out and try to run 3 miles over and over until you can finally do it, but these organized programs are safer and provide more guidance/motivation which I think is great!

Just to share a tip ~ not all "runners" run the whole time. I keep getting injured so I've had to run both of my half marathons at 1 min run, 1 min walk intervals. There are tons of people who do this - not everyone does but you get a great mix at races of people doing some kind of jog/walk interval or running the whole time.

Just saying, there is no one right way to do it ~ figure out what works for you and enjoy!

I've run 8 miles straight without stopping but my joints/muscles can't usually handle that kind of training for too long so I generally walk at some interval (changes depending on how bad I've hurt myself recently lol). And FYI, you can still get faster that way too so don't think the walking is going to make you super slow ~ I can keep a 10 min pace even walking 1 min between miles and I do include that walking time (so my running is faster than 10 min/mile pace and evens out with the walking). Sure, I won't qualify for Boston anytime soon but I'm pretty sure that shouldn't be your first goal :)

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I too love working out before work in the morning! It helps so much to get moving right away! I am working towards running 3 miles in July. I've never been a runner so it seems like too I'll not make it, especially only in a little over 2 months. I am using a jog/walk interval trainer I found on the internet. Right now I'm doing 2 minutes jog then 3 minutes walk for 45 minutes 3x/week. next week it goes to 2:15 jog then 2:45 walk etc. untill you are jogging the whole time. Has anyone used one of these types of programs? It makes sense that it would work but I have some doubts...

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I was able to get in 4.5 miles of jogging/elliptical yesterday and did pretty good sticking to my calories. I did bit the head off a leftover chocolate Easter bunny... but he had it coming lol.

I started off this morning with a 3.5 mile jog before work. I will probably do a 1 mile elliptical warm up on my lunch break and then try for 20 min of rehab/strength exercises since I never make time for those.

Hoping to hit 15-20 miles of jogging/elliptical this week to help out my weight loss since the scale is stuck. Feels good to be active in the morning and lunch break tho, enjoying the time outside too!

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Durbank it's nice to have you here!!!!
I am in the complete opposite phase! The last month was my "me time" and now it is time to focus on studying again... But I hope I will be able to keep up with my new healthy habbits!

Today is my last day at my parent's home, I think I controlled my porions quite well (keep in mind we had a huge family easter barbeque yesterday and that in this moment there are 3 different cakes on the fridge!) but I cannot wait to return to my temptation-free home! I ate above range some days, but not much, and mostly I am proud that I didn't binged and that I kept exercising even here!
I expetto see no loss but I think I didn't put on weight either!
And hopefully from tomorrow I will return to eating within range!

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I'm all for this goal! I had a rough week this past week with lack of exercise and not very conscious eating (us college students like to call this finals week), so I'd really like to get back on track for the month of May. I don't know if I'll lose 8-10 pounds though, the weight has been coming off slowly recently. But my other goal for this month is to find some peace and tranquility in life and focus on myself more. The past months have been all about school work, now it's time to relax and rejuvenate myself!

Good Luck Everyone!!!

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Sabro ~ it all really depends on you and your previous athletic abilities. It took me half a year to get from 14/15 min miles down to 11/12 and I was pretty happy with that because I've been an adult slug :).

Your race time won't always be your normal pace either - I trained for 10 min/miles for my half marathon in December and was able to keep that pace for entire 10 mile training runs, but for my race I ended up with around 11 min/miles which was really frustrating. Just depends on the crowd, weather, how you feel that day, course, etc. So don't get too caught up with that ~ train well but have fun on race day!

You will naturally get faster as you get used to running, just like I dropped down from 14/15 to 11/12 min miles without doing anything specific other than running more often. Eventually you will hit a plateau tho and so you'll have to specifically speed train to get faster at that point ~ the best I've found for a beginner is thus:
Jog half a mile, run .25 of a mile about as fast as you can, walk .1 to recover, jog the rest of that .15 to get ready to run again (so now you are at 1 mile) and then repeat the .25 run/.1walk/.15 jog.

There are a lot more advanced ways to speed train but for me I like doing the above because I have a course that is marked off in .25 increments, and I can also do that on the treadmill for a good 2.5 mile lunch work out.

It was enough for me to just be able to run long without getting hurt so until now I haven't worried about speed so much but this year that is my goal to get a bit faster. I'm injured again so running more than 3 miles outside isn't good for me so at least I have something to work on.

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The scale is not happy with me this morning but I'm ignoring it. I had a pinched nerve last week which made me lose feeling in my leg and gave me lower back pain so I was pretty miserable, lazy, and ate too much comfort food. I went for a 4 mile walk/jog on Saturday and a 2 mile run this morning tho ~ and planning on 2-3 miles on the elliptical during my lunch break to take it easy. Just starting over this week and not worrying about the rest!

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Direct correlation between weight loss and alcohol. No surprise there. Even if I stay in my calorie range I haven't lost any lbs since I started having some wine at night. It's alright, though, because I want to stabilize to some degree at 140 before start treading again.

Great job on the run, Sarbro! Running is a funny thing because I can go months with no improvement and then all of a sudden I'm able to run faster. But then again, I don't try to run 3x a week, I do better mixing up my workouts with arc machine, stair stepper, and strength training. One thing to consider, though, you may be faster if you only run once or twice a week. I know my body certainly needs a rest.

Hope everyone's had a great week! I have 75 more calories to burn today (and already worked out) --- after upping my weekly fitness goal it's hard to meet!

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This thread started booming!

I met my "run 3X this week (just barely Su-Sa). I did a mile in 11m5s - new record for me! Of course I keeled over after (glad to see I'm not the only one). It's not amazing, but it is the fastest run I've done in my adult life, so I'll take it. I have 5 weeks until my 5k... my initial goal was to complete it in under 35 minutes, but I really don't think I will hit that mark. So my hope now is to keep my pace/mi under 13 minutes. If I keep the whole thing under 35 minutes, all the better.

I have to tell you guys, this no scale thing is killing me. I am cleaning out a closet today to pack it away - I see it every morning and think... what's one weigh in? Nobody else will know. Then I remember I am in fact not weighing in for myself (don't want an unhealthy obsession with that number) and I stop. It's only halfway through a week (I usually check in 2-3 times per week, only recording 1 day). Pathetic. I operate best on the out of sight, out of mind policy... so we'll give that a go.

I can't wait to see how you all do with your weigh ins.

Mapple - congratulations on the wedding! I speak for the future spouse in saying keep it healthy (no starving yourself). You'll do great, even if great is 2 pounds!

Fischy - You just made me feel so much better about my running. Can I ask you how long it took you to shave off that time? (That's awesome!) I started with a just under 13m and I am looking at about 11m right now. I would love to see something in the low 10 range by the 5k.



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I'll try... But I only lost 6lbs during April... Plenty to go though so let's give it a go!! :D

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Hahaha So true. So it is great that we are all trying to do some kind of running as a part of our workouts. :)

It is awesome to see everyone getting on bored with other goals, and successes, other than weight. Everyone loses at different rates and some people build muscle differently that affect it.

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I cannot say i am a runner...much far from it actually! I just started in April and I really hope I will go on with it!!!

Either way I think the idea of choosing one extra goal is awesome! Because we may not be able to control the result of our weight loss efforts, but we can control the actions we take towards it!

So a success like that is equally important and more easily achieved!

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I did not realize how many runners we have. :) Good luck everyone!

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It is great to find you all here again!!!! count me in!!!
Hmmm my additional goal will be to run 4 times per week!!! (there is a little voice inside my head telling me that I aim too high again, but ...we'll see!)

I will log in my start weight for May next week when I will be back at my home and MY OWN scale emoticon

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ps. to all those new runners ~ way to go! Take it slow, follow a reasonable plan, and you can definitely accomplish your goals! I started off at a 14 min/mile pace and my fastest mile now is 8:43 (just one mile and then I keel over but it is still an accomplishment for me! lol)

I ran 2 half marathons last year, I've never been athletic or a runner so if I can accomplish that you all can accomplish your goals too! I've gotten just about every normal runners injury there is (runners knee, ITband issues, shin splints, etc.) so take it easy and enjoy the ride... or run haha.

Biggest running/diet piece of advice ~ don't over compensate with food! I gained weight training for both of my half marathons. You would think that would be hard to do if you are running 20-30 miles a week but it really isn't! For a 5k-10k run you don't need to eat extra ... just have breakfast or lunch afterward and you are good!

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Yay for May! May 1st the scale said 149, today it said 149.4 ~ I'll take it!

Goal for this month is really 145 by Saturday June 1st ~ if I can actually hit that I will be SO happy because 1 lb a month is really hard for me no matter how good I am. Anything more than that would be awesome and I love this motivating group so I'm glad we're back for another month!

This week will be a bad one because I have a nerve tweaked in my back and can't do much... couldn't even feel my leg on Tuesday or my bum yesterday lol. Hoping to do an easy 2 miler on Fri and Sat if I'm feeling better, watch what I'm eating, and get back on track next week! That gives me 4 full weeks to hit my goal...

Good luck everyone!

... I forgot another success! Uhm... I'll be done with my personal trainer at the end of the month (because otherwise my bank account will cry) so I'm hoping by then I can run more than 3 miles without pain! Since I can't completely control that... I'd say I want to run 2 miles in 18 min outside. Might be a bit of a reach but a goal isn't supposed to be easy ;-)

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Woohoo! It's so funny because when I first joined Spark and read the tips: track your food, get involved with a challenge or forum -- I thought Huh! Yea right! I don't need that! I already work out enough! But this last month has been so much FUN and INSPIRING. Getting clued in and tracking every calorie changes your whole perspective on everything.

My goal is to lose 6-8 lbs by May 23 -- it's a totally obscene goal and I have a feeling I'll choose health over starvation but that's my wedding day so the closer I get to my goal the more proud I'll be.

My other goal is to drink alcohol less days and in less quantities. As I've gained weight this year my tolerance has gone up, which means more calories, more weight gain, and more drinking. It's hard though, because I truly believe a martini at the end of the night is the best thing you could do for yourself!! (It just needs to be 1 martini, not 3).

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It's been awhile since I have posted in this team (or anywhere) on SparkPeople, about a year I think. However, summer, and vacations, are quickly approaching and I need some added motivation to lose the weight I gained back over the winter. I have been very diligent with my exercise the past month, however I need to clean up my eating A LOT. Thus my goal for the month is going to be to cut out refined sugar during the work week.

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Weight: 150.6lbs
Waist: 30.5"
Hips: 40.5"
Arm: 12.25"
Thigh: 24.5"

I included my measurements as a reminder to myself it's not all about the weight- this last month I included some weight training in my workout routine, and while I did not lose the pounds I wanted, I did lose some inches- and I have to remember that is just as, if not more, important when I start to get discouraged about the number on the scale.

Good luck everyone! I can't wait to check back and see everyone's progress!

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Good luck everyone!
Sarbro928- It will be great to see what changes you have happen at the end of the month. The best way to stick with running is by signing up for a race and paying for it. This way you have that extra motivation to keep it up. 

Memcween- I am excited that you chose to join in this thread. Those weddings will always encourage people to get in shape so they donít see the ďbadĒ photos from not having done so. Sleep will definitely help your weight loss and it sounds like a very good challenge for you to accomplish.

Jennylynn415- My sister is doing the C25K as well. I hope while using the alternatives to running that your body heals quickly and you are able to jump back into it quickly.

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Good luck to you all. I have been training with a couch to 5K which is a great app and have been doing well with that app, but I had trouble with my hip and the bursitis that is acting up so I will have to change it up with using an eliptical. Makes me sad because I love the feeling of running.


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I have never really engaged in the community part of Sparkpeople. After another weigh-in at the doctor's office and 1+ year trying to get 10-15 lbs off, I think I am finally done! I want to finally get this weight off for my friend's bridal shower/wedding in late June. So, in addition to losing 8-10 pounds I am also going to try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

I work a second job at a bar so it is convenient after work to sit and have a drink with coworkers after a shift (for an hour but it often turns into 2-3 hours) and relax. Instead, I am going to try to go home and get some rest for the next day!

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I love the additional goal Ė and you know Iím in for it! If my 8 pound goal keeps me at 3.5 pounds every month, Iíll be there in no time!

So in addition to the 8 pound weight loss goal Ö I will have a 3/runs a week (25 Minutes or more) goal. Running is a challenge for me Ė but I am signing up for a 5k in June with a friend, so I would like to improve in that area and not embarrass myself!

I wonít be weighing in weekly as Iíve challenged myself to step off the scale this month Ė but Iím excited to see what I can do without the handle bars!

Good luck to all!


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I am going to start this forum since no one else has yet. This helped me stay on track through April and was a great resource to stay motivated while reading other people's success and struggles.

I noticed in April not many people lost the 8 lbs. So this month lets put in one other goal that will make May a success. For example, losing an inch somewhere or eating a specific way for the whole of May.

I will start:
My other goal is to be able to run for 30 minutes straight by the end of the month. Right now I am starting a Run/Walk program that is suppose to get me there. I just hope the weather doesn't ruin the training too badly. :)

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