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7/1/13 7:00 P

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I wanted to throw out there and let you all know that Sarbro has started a July - September forum!

Fischy, that is awesome how your husband is so supportive in that way!

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6/29/13 2:51 P

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I agree ~ the 3 month goal and topic are a good idea. Keeps people coming back and also helps us to focus on healthy lifestyle changes, not just short term weight loss.

Nboyer ~ I hope you have a FANTASTIC vacation and also good luck with your remaining wedding plans! Enjoy the process and especially the big day, congratulations in advance!!

My half marathon is not until the middle of October so I have lots of time to train slowly. It is part of my full marathon training plan for December, so I'll probably end up running a 14 mile long run before my half marathon, which will be a big change from just running 10 mile runs beforehand like the 2 I did last year. I have plenty of time to go slow and train smart tho, which is especially important in the heat and humidity of summer and to give my body time to keep recovering and strengthening ~ so I'm pretty optimistic!

My husband always runs with me so he'll be doing both races with me ~ as long as I can reach my goal, he can definitely keep up! He is a lifelong soccer player and has a great muscular and endurance base and doesn't have to try as hard as I do... what a jerk haha. The races don't matter as much to him so he is super supportive and goes at my pace, walks when I need to walk, etc. which is awesome - definitely what I need in a training buddy since he can go faster when I can, and doesn't get upset when I can't. And is also super patient when I get ticked off on bad days haha.

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6/29/13 10:03 A

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Mapplebum- Welcome back from you break! The 3 month goal might be a good idea, and a bit of a refresher from the 1 month set.

Amber - It is awesome that even when you aren't able to do your runs that you still find something else to get your heart rate up! Dancing is one of my favorite cardios!

Fischy- Sorry to read that you had been sick for a time. I hope you are feeling much better. Congratulations on 5 miles!! That is so exciting! When is your half marathon scheduled? Are you running it alone?

How did everyone else do for this month? Did you see the 5 pounds loss? Did you accomplish your other goal?

This month I lost 2 pounds. I fluctuated the whole month with under the 150s then being right at 150. Even though my weight is not budging, my endurance is! I have been stoked to see just the definition in my body. Jillian kicks my butt no matter how many times I have already done the levels in her videos. I still see me struggling at some of the poses and still trying to reach the unmodified exercises.

If we start a new month, or do a 3-month plan, I may not be commenting to much in the next 2 weeks. Today I leave for a week of family vacation and relaxation. Then once I get back it is all about wedding stuff since I will have only a week to finish whatever I still find needs to be done.

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6/28/13 9:50 A

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Ugh... 2 donut mistake this morning and the second one wasn't even that good - so not worth the wasted calories! Hopefully I learned my lesson but now I get to be 1. over my calorie count for the day and 2. hungry in a couple hours because donuts never keep me full... stupid stupid stupid.

Hoping to burn off at least one during my lunch break and then I'll try to eat a VERY sensible dinner too. Hate it when I make bad choices like that and can't take it back afterward haha.

I've lost at least 1lb this month, possibly close to 2... hoping to not sabotage that this weekend!

Hope everyone else is wrapping up the month on a positive note!

**Edit: I just ran a 5k in 28:44 on the treadmill, my fastest ever.. so at least the donuts didn't slow me down ;-)

**Edit #2: Got in my 5 miles this morning - longest I've run in about 7 months, woo hoo! Hilly and humid and lots more walking than I wanted but hey, I DID IT :)

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6/25/13 5:47 P

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I only got in 9 miles last week because I was sick Friday until today. I had a 2.5 mile jog today (to the gym and back), 30 min strength training, and then 2 mile jog at lunch so I think my week is going ok and will hopefully be on track to hit my training goals.

It is in the 90s here and 90% humidity, no joke. It isn't even getting below 70 before the sun rises and the humidity is worse in the morning... but I'm still shoving myself out the door tomorrow morning! lol

Good idea to do something indoors if the weather is against you Amber! We are supposed to have 10 days of rain according to the forecast so I might be stuck inside the rest of the week too... hope not tho!

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6/25/13 3:03 P

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I haven't gotten to run at all this week. My husband and I stained the front deck and found that it is much harder than it looks. We both woke up sunday morning sore and just wanted to relax. Then the weather worked against us running both monday and today. I did get up and do 50 minutes of dance central on the xbox yesterday and 30 minutes today. It is a pretty good workout, so I guess it is better than nothing! Maybe we will get to run tomorrow. Hope everyone else is doing well!

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6/23/13 5:09 P

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Hello Sparkers! I'm back after a nice vacation camping, hiking, and mountain biking! Have not checked weight but won't be upset/surprised if I've gained. It's turning out to be a lovely summer! Finally splurged and purchased a Trek roadbike -- rode 18 miles yesterday and 15 today, will go for leisurely ride this evening. How is everyone doing on their goals? One week left in the month! I'm wondering if it wouldn't be wiser to make another forum that might have a 3-month goal --that way people can track more long term and also not have to join a new group every month? I'm afraid we "lose" those who only check in every now and again?

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6/20/13 4:50 P

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I'm definitely not worried about pulling muscles - I ran 2 half marathons last year and a 7 mile trail run in January ... just had some knee issues so I've been letting it heal this year so far. Definitely working in more strength training around getting my daily runs in tho which will hopefully help me be less injury prone in the future ;-)

It is very weird adjusting to not working out on my lunch breaks, and annoying not being able to get in more cardio right now but in a few weeks my weekly mileage will go up so I guess I'll just enjoy the "easy weeks" for now ... and try not to eat so much ice cream, haha.

I'd like to see a little weight loss through my training but honestly if I can stay around 145/146 which I am right now, I'm ok with that.

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6/19/13 4:08 P

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Fischy, good luck on the half marathon! Definitely back off on working out so much if you are training. You don't need to pull muscles because your body is not use to the stress. If you incorporate strength training into your routine, 30 minutes for 3 times a week, that will help your endurance for the race!

Sarbro, just do what you can for exercise. Have you looked into desk exercises?

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6/19/13 9:54 A

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I got in a great workout yesterday - back to a faster pace on the bike and elliptical - and I wasn't totally dead 45 minutes in. I also got a good arm workout in.

I am going to take a page from someone else's book - and get my butt up early in the morning to take the kids (canines) out for a walk. They don't walk nicely together - so I have to take them separately. I figure if they each get in a 15-20 minute walk, they will be less CRAZY when I get home. I work at a desk all day, and often end up on one at night as well (second as needed job) - so my hour - hour and a half - in a gym isn't likely to successfully combat the sedentary lifestyle - I need to find time to be live actively as well.

Fischy: I'm going to ask - because I know you need to hear this question now and then- are you back to weighing in every day? No judgment here - but don't forget why you stepped away in the first place. Just keep it healthy - and all is well.

Glad to be of service Nboyer. I don't get a lot of sleep most nights - and I get a bit stir crazy sitting at my desk. Sometimes I just need to "spew".

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6/19/13 9:23 A

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"word spew" you guys crack me up :)

I've started half marathon training so I decided to pull the scale back out. I'm trying to balance working out less with eating a little more, and need that extra scale motivation to keep me on track. Oddly enough it isn't upsetting me now to use the scale because my goal is now training, not weight loss... I obviously WANT to see the weight loss, but if my training goes well without the scale moving, I can deal with that. I think I was just having a rough week 2 weeks ago ~ the 1 week detox did me good but I don't feel the need to avoid it anymore.

Right now my plan is only 16 miles a week plus 2 half hour sessions of strength training - 9 miles logged so far this week. Need to get to the gym for strength training tomorrow because I missed it yesterday due to nasty weather and being exhausted. It annoys me not to work out more, but I need to be nice to my knee if I want to get those long runs in on Saturdays so I'm trying to back off a bit.

Stay strong and find motivation where you can ~ 1.5 weeks til July!

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6/18/13 5:59 P

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Sarbro, your spew gave me something to read while waiting for my car to get done in the shop.... now to find something else to fill my time.

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6/18/13 4:29 P

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The only thing I have to report today is that I forgot my sweater and it's raining. Walk to the gym, then walk home... crazy New England weather. I wish the weather man would tell me to remember my sweater.

I confess. I ate a LOT of M&M's this weekend. The lady parts drove me to it.

Guess what - in the time it took me to write that, it's now down-pouring.

Fischy, has the lack of scale drove you nuts yet? I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It leads you to crazy-land.... where I live. I promise we'll welcome you here.

^See this, this is because I feel incredibly cooped up b/c of the lack of exercise this weekend (the girl parts, you'll remember). Always taken out of the game - and I feel it these days. I guess thats good.

Nboyer... don't fret over the pound. The nice thing about our bodies (and sometimes bad) is that they like to stay at a certain weight. Your body isn't going to wander from a night of 'fun' here and there. Really, it's beneficial for weight loss to cycle calories (most people respond well to it).

Hey look rain is letting up a little. :)

Thanks for reading my end of the day spew!


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6/17/13 5:24 P

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I gained 1 pound. I know it was over the weekend. Even though I stayed in the red both Friday and Saturday so I could enjoy the food during both nights, I still when over my counts. I am shocked that it was only 1 pound. This week I am back at it and should lose my normal rate since I don't have parties and such to attend. :)

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6/17/13 1:38 P

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got in my 5k run/walk yesterday and today! I was pretty excited to go out both days. my average mile was a little faster today, but I know my first mile was a little slower. I am trying to get that first mile faster. One step at a time!

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6/13/13 3:50 P

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12 miles jogged this week, and still a little energy left for Fri/Sat workouts ;-)
I've stayed under 1500 calories every day so far too, usually I have issues on the weekends so I'm going to try really hard on Sat/Sun to stay within range.

I am going to start half marathon training on Saturday and see how my knee handles 4-5 miles. I haven't gone past 3 for months but the pain isn't coming as quickly as it used to, or at all sometimes. We shall see! I have 18 weeks until the race.

You guys are doing awesome ~ we are almost half way through the month! If we keep up this momentum we are all going to have a very healthy and active month!

ps. I adjusted my weight to 148, because that is what my jerk scale was saying before I put it away. No clue what I'm actually at because I was at 145 the day before that... but we'll see on the 30th.

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6/12/13 2:23 P

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Way to go Sarbro and Amber! I am definitely looking forward to goals other than weight, but I want to lose a few pounds before I decide to take weight out of my sight.

So far this week I have been able to get Jillian workouts and running in like I planned. Today will only be Jillian, here soon, and line dancing tonight. I tried to sleep early last night so I could wake up at 5 to get my run in, but I ended up not falling asleep until around 12, not because I didn't try. Even though my afternoon freed up from work it is now way to hot for me to try and get outside. It might be good for my body to have the extra rest too. I will be back to it tomorrow. :)

Keep up the great work everyone!

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6/12/13 12:40 P

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Fischy thanks for the support! It helps knowing that what I'm doing isn't all that slow!

sarbro congrats on your 2lbs! I totally understand loving that sore feeling! It proves that you have done something and that your body needed it!

I have walk/ ran 25 miles in my two weeks back to working out at least 3 to 4 days a week! I was pretty excited to see that I had gone that far in total!. Today I did my first full 5k at 3.13 miles in 37 minutes. I hope I can start working that time down slowly over the summer. :)

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6/12/13 10:46 A

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Happy hump day folks!

How are we doing mid week? I, for one, am exhausted and plan on having an early bedtime tonight. 2AM is NOT a good bedtime. :)

Otherwise it’s nice to be sore again. I didn’t realize how much I missed just being a little more active. It really gives me more energy (other than 2AM bedtimes), makes me feel lighter, and generally puts me in a better mood. Being out of the gym on and off for the past 2 months sucked – not just because I stopped losing weight, but because I stopped feeling like I was on track. That is a terrible feeling – I do not want to go back there.

Onward and upward. I did my weigh in this morning – 148. So down 2 pounds so far this month. I am hoping that I can stick in the 140s now – I am at that point where I am no longer focused on weight as a goal. My (bad, old injury) knee feels so much better than it did 6 months ago, my BMI is almost in “healthy” range (145), and I know that my blood pressure and all that are in good order. Now I am focused on getting fit (which I know will require me to lose more), running an entire 5k (I walk a lot of it), and doing a real pull up!

I know Fischy is right there with me – sick of the scale, ready to focus on something else. Anyone else looking forward to focus changes like this?


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6/11/13 5:03 P

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Congrats Amber! I have total faith in you that you can get your speed down. I used to run a 38 min 5k on the treadmill and today I just did it in 29:24. If you are diligent you can definitely accomplish it! If you are trying to walk/run and get your time down, that makes it a little more difficult but is still doable, I usually walk/run when I am outside too.



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6/11/13 2:42 P

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Welcome Legsmindheart! Good luck with your month goals! Keep up with posting so we can cheer you on to the 35 minute runs.

Congratulations Amber on your new running time! That is so exciting that you are trying to do the 3 miles in 30 minutes!


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6/11/13 1:37 P

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Got in a 3.04 mile walk/run today! I did it in about 36 minutes, which is about 12 minutes a mile!. I know I have a lot of work to go but is a pretty good start in my book. I have only been running again for about two weeks. The humidity today was awful and I am just excited I got out of bed and committed to exercising. I hope by the end of summer that I can get my 3 mile run under 30 minutes! :)

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6/11/13 9:56 A

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Weight was 156.6 this morning. I am hoping hoping hoping working working working to be looking at 150 or 151 by the end of June.

I've got a new DVD on its way--- Amy Dixon's Breathless Body (tabata style), so I'm hoping that will be a jump start I need on my non-running days.

A non-weight goal for June is to run continuously for 35 minutes at least 3 times by the end of the month. My long run right now is 20-25 minutes, so I think I've got this. I'm starting an advanced 5k plan next week to help with that.

Good luck everyone! I'm cheering for you!


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6/11/13 9:28 A

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Hi Sarbro, that has been my issue lately. Usually I didn't let the scale bother me and only paid attention to the # on Wednesdays, but after seeing some positive changes, I started caring more and every little up or down affected my mood. Hence no scale for the rest of the month.

I knew it would be really hard for me so I took the scale to my husband and asked him to hide it for me until the end of the month, lol. I think he thought I was nuts but he is used to that I guess and did as I asked :) That is a really good thing too because as soon as I got up this morning, I went in the bathroom and half asleep was looking for the scale as it is part of my morning routine. Weird to not have it there but I'm glad it is out of sight and will hopefully be out of mind after a few days!

... I've had a lazy week so far. I will get 2-3 miles of cardio in on my lunch break but I didn't even bother to get out of bed this morning even tho we had good weather for jogging. I really need to step it up and stop letting sleep derail my goals. It isn't like I'm not already getting 7-8 hours, and my husband gets up to walk the dog... I just need to get up at the same time and GO! The good thing is, starting next week my husband will have a different job and has to leave earlier than I do, so I'm in charge of the dog which means I MUST get out of bed. Hopefully that will help me get into a better routine.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone ~ hope your weeks are going well too!!

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6/10/13 5:04 P

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I only have a quick minute... but I'm cheering on your no scale challenge! I did it last month - and after the first week, it was wonderful! I think weighing in once a week or every other week is healthy - if you are hoping on more than that it is playing too big of a roll in your health mission (for people who are simply trying to lose weight, thats another story). I was hoping on every day and having too many high highs and low lows. You have water weight, time of day, scale moving, stepping at a weird angle, etc. etc. True weight loss does not come back in a day - so either it will drop again (after the excess water goes away) or it was never real weight loss. Don't be discouraged if it wasn't - the closer we get the harder it is to lose.


Just to throw this out there, because I think it's easy to get confused with this - if you are striving for true weight loss, 99% of people will not put muscle on at the same time. Strength training is to reduce muscle loss - but at the end of the day, even being diligent about strength training, when all is said and done - most of us will still be looking at a 5% loss in muscle mass.

Gym time!

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6/10/13 4:27 P

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If the movement is the case then you need to tell him to leave it where you have it. Otherwise he has to do some push ups. :) Good luck with the no scale challenge. I am sure it won't be easy since your norm is to weigh everyday.


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6/10/13 2:06 P

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fischy- I only weight myself once a week. I read somewhere (maybe here on Sparkpeople or in my college class) that your body can go up and down a lot in a week based on workouts, food, water, etc. I picked Thursdays as my weigh day and I avoid the scale the rest of the week. I also place the scale in the same place in the bathroom. That way the environment is the same all the time. (My husband loves ito move mine around too.)

Great job on the workouts. sounds like you are working hard to get toned and inshape. Muscle weights more than fat so the scale isn't the only form of measure, its about how you feel! (if the scale is getting you down, maybe do measurements of waist, legs, etc.)

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6/10/13 10:51 A

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I did 2 strength training sessions last week, but for the past 2 months I've been doing the same amount with a trainer once a week, so I really don't think that is what tipped the scales up 3 lbs. I really think it has to do with the scale being moved around too much lately, as before it jumped so high, it was matching the gym scale at work. Not sure how to get it back to normal tho... so I'll just ignore it for a few weeks and see what it has to say for itself at the end of the month ;-)

Congrats on losing 3lbs! I have no idea how you got 1,000 fitness minutes in already this month, that is amazing!

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6/10/13 10:45 A

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3 pounds!! under 150 again. This weekend was a little funny. I went out of town to visit my cousin, who is pregnant. She has to eat 2000 calories everyday. This might seem easy, however, due to a health disorder she has she can only consume 24g of protein! Almost everything has protein. Anyway, as she was counting to get high numbers I was on the other side counting to get low numbers. :p

Fischy, congrats on the high calorie burn this week!! In regards to your gain, did you start the strength training this week? The muscles you build would have contributed to the gain. People might say that there is no way since you really wouldn't have gained that much from muscle. I think though if you are building muscle everyday then the scale will probably reflect a bigger gain. Next week you should see the number drop again.

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6/10/13 9:30 A

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Ok ~ after burning at least 2000 calories last week exercising, the scale says I gained 3-4 lbs in the past week. There is no possible way that is true and I'm so sick of the scale determining my motivation ~ espec. when it fluctuates so crazily depending on how many times my husband has moved it around in the bathroom that week. I was so happy last week to see 145 for 3 days straight, but after seeing 148/149 for 3 days straight now I have no idea what to think and I'm just done with that stupid thing for a bit.

Sooooooooooo on that note, I'm going for a 20 day no scale challenge! I will absolutely NOT weight myself until the 30th of June. I am going to track my food and try to keep my activity level high and put that stinking scale in a cupboard and ignore it. It is going to be REALLY hard for me because I weigh myself every time I'm in the bathroom out of habit, so we'll see how it goes :)

Pouring rain kept me in bed this morning, I'm going out for lunch and have I homework to do tonight, so today is not a good start to the week as far as being active but oooooooooo well, gotta learn to deal with life on top of goals right? Hope everyone else is having a good start to the week!

And congrats Amber on your success!

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6/9/13 2:30 P

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I have lost 2 pounds! not a whole lot but not bad for 1 week worth of watching my calories and starting back to working out at least 3 to 4 times a week!

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6/7/13 9:51 A

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Lol you have no idea Sabro... normally I would be getting in about 25-30 miles running a week, with a FUN 10 miler on the weekends ... I LOVE running to the max :) My knee issues are starting to get a little better so you might start seeing some of that craziness if it improves over the summer and then, with luck, comes marathon training ;-)

It is miserable out here today - torrential rain, I absolutely stayed in bed and skipped the gym... well add that to the fact that I made my bum muscles super sore doing lunges yesterday too, youch! Elliptical on my lunch break today will be my last workout for the week . Going to NYC tomorrow = tons of walking so at least I know I'll have an active Saturday even if I don't log it.

You ARE going to the gym after work today and you ARE going to have a rockin' workout ~ I have faith in you!! :)

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6/7/13 9:31 A

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I'm going to say it - because everyone else is thinking it. Fischy, you're crazy! =)

It's miserable out today - dark, rainy, and I really didn't want to get out of bed. It's going to be very hard to hit the gym after work today - so I am telling you folks I AM going - so that I do!



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6/6/13 10:00 A

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I run because it is fun ~ believe it or not ;-) Hence why I focus so much on cardio, it is the only thing I like! And no worries, def. not stressing over it ... my main goal is to get 1 workout in 5x's a week and on the days I can do double workouts, that is just a nice bonus. Focusing on double workouts will keep me from skipping all together ~ I hope at least! haha

Mapplebum ~ it is ABSOLUTELY acceptable to just relax and enjoy your after wedding time. Our lives don't need to revolve around losing weight and sometimes it is ok to make bad food choices for a short time, espec. when celebrating a major event like your wedding! Same goes for you Nboyer... you guys are both keeping up with such great habits, def. nothing to worry about after your weddings. You can do it! :)

I got lucky and moved to Austria the day after I got married so I didn't gain anything since we had to walk everywhere for the first year. Plus we were sooooooooo poor (I was a student, hubby finally found a part-time job for my second semester) that we couldn't afford junk food so it was easy to eat healthy! When we moved back to the States for me to finish graduate school, I gained about 20 lbs because I was stressed, super busy, eating a ton of junk food I'd missed, and driving everywhere. At least you won't have all that to combat :)

PS ShakeShaft ~ how is your busy week going? Were you able to stick to your gym goals?

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6/5/13 4:31 P

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Congratulations Mapplebum on your wedding! Keep posted on how it goes with keeping up with everything now that the wedding is done. I have had friends who seem to lose motivation once the big day is over, and since I have a wedding in July I want to know that there is one slight chance that it won't happen to me.... No pressure or anything. emoticon

Way to go Fischy! I hope the trial run is a success for you. It is awesome to be able to help you look at you can add more workouts to your week. Remember though, do not stress if you do not get it all in. You might even be surprised to find out what calories you burn while doing other more FUN activities.

Welcome to those who have joined this forum that didn't for the previous months' forums (the dreaded 8 lbs)! It helps everyone when people are willing to weekly post their successes and struggles. Let's keep it going!

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Ahh!!! Finally getting back to normal! Yesterday was the first day since the wedding that I ate within range (hey! I got married and was staying at a Lodge that provides 3 meals a day. Plus all the extra junk/drinks the party had around!) and it didn't even suck! And then today was my first good workout! Woohoo! Only took a week and a half. Here was today's workout:

15 min Arc Machine interval training: 150 calories
25 min Treadmill: 17 min run 6mph, 8 min walk

now I just have to get back into my normal ab routine.


Glad to see everyone's working hard! I'll weigh in tomorrow morning and update. Let's do this!

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6/5/13 11:35 A

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Doing a happy dance because I am finally down to 145! If the scale is at that or under for 3 days in a row, I feel like I can believe it and not call it a mean liar and kick it ;-)

I also got myself to the gym last night and signed up for a trial one month membership for strength training. I got in 30 min of weights and then another mile on the elliptical. Also pulled myself out of bed this morning for a 2.62 mile jog and still have my lunch break workout ahead of me. Thanks again to Nboyer for the inspiration to work out more ~ I am totally aiming for 5lbs lost by the end of this month!

Start the month off strong everyone ~ make hay while the sun shines and all that ;-)

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6/4/13 10:13 A

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Hi Sabro ~ thanks for the pep talk :) Some people also just have higher metabolisms so small changes towards healthier eating habits show results more than they do with me, or some people already eat healthy without dieting, so working out is a bigger boost for them... but that is ok. I actually like working out, it is the healthy eating part that I struggle with but I know in the end it is good for me and I'll be fit AND healthy long term which is good.

Hi Nboyer ~ wow, that is one awesome schedule! What do you do for work that you can decide your own schedule? I always think that I'm being obsessive trying to work out twice a day, or that I'm going to burn out .... but it sounds like it works great for you!
I can usually get about 2 miles of cardio in 5 days a week at work on my lunch breaks, but other than that I've been pretty lazy. I'm going to take inspiration from you and start a schedule and MAKE time for more exercise.

I definitely think my focus this month is going to be dragging myself out of bed in the morning, either for a jog with my husband or strength training at the gym. Even when I'm not trying to lose later, it is a good habit to have! I have to do homework in the evenings for the next 8 weeks and lunch break workouts are good but not enough. I failed miserably this morning... there is always tomorrow tho! :)

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6/4/13 9:21 A

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Fischy, I truly do not believe anyone is successful with healthy weight loss through just diet or exercise.

First, dieting is junk. Dieting implies something limited, something that we will stop. I think people who say they don’t diet either lie, or actually have a healthy, sustainable diet – it’s no longer dieting for them.

People who just exercise are more likely to gain weight than lose. Not to say you can’t lose weight through just exercise, but it will be slow going. In addition, if you continue the unhealthy eating habits that started your weight gain – the exercise will likely drain you, and you will struggle to keep up. You’ll eat more of those junky foods trying to fuel yourself.

If you just diet, you may talk off pounds – but you aren’t getting healthy or fit. Fat is fat, doesn’t matter how slim or light your body is – excess fat is unhealthy. Simply eating less doesn’t change your body composition. It doesn’t give you energy; it doesn’t make you feel good.

Don’t be envious, you are healthier. You eat well and you are fit – they should be jealous of your progress, of what you do.


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This week I'm quite busy in the evening so I'm either running or going to the gym 5 or 6 times this week to counteract the effects :p

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Fischy, I do a lot of activity during the day. Since my work schedule is based on what I decide I get to add more time to my workouts. I usually workout for 30 minutes to an hour at LEAST twice every day. Here is just a quick look at what I usually do weekly.

M - F AM - Run/walk intervals first thing - 290 calories
Jillian Michaels RI30 - I put in 250 since that is the average for those doing this workout.

M, F PM - I usually do a second time of Jillians with my cousins. 250 calories

W PM - I go country line dancing for at least 1 hour, and now that I am on the floor most of the time it is about 300 calories.

T, Th - My cousins and I meet in the evenings to do some type of high cardio for an hour. 300 calories

Saturdays – (just starting this month) Yoga – stretching so about 130 calories.

Sundays - Rest, but sometimes I still go for a long walk, shop, and now that it is summer swimming.

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I'm starting 147 lbs this month. I believe I can lose 5 lbs this month. I'm doing so much better with my calories. I actually don't feel hungry all the time. The first week was tough but now I'm eating what I want in smaller quantities. I'm mindful of portion sizes as well. This month I'd like to focus on my fitness goals. I want to do 20 situps and 20 pushups. That is doable. I'd also like to get down to 32inches on my waist (so I want to lose 3 inches). Wish me luck!

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I was having the exact same issue Nboyer! I was working out a lot but eating whatever I wanted, and some weeks I would stay the same, some weeks I would gain a little, and it was driving me crazy!

The past couple of months I've focused on eating low during the week and working out a lot, so that if I go to a restaurant once on the weekend or something, I don't have to freak out, and can still budge the scale down little by little. I really hate that I have to eat healthy AND workout a lot to lose weight, when some people just have to do 1 of those to lose... but I guess not everyone is built the same and I'm glad I finally found something that works. You can do it!! :)

How are you burning 2500 a week by the way? That is awesome!

Mondays are so hard for me because I'm good at eating only 700-800 calories at work (breakfast/lunch/snacks) but on the weekend I eat a lot more than that before dinner and am therefore super hungry on Mondays. I also am annoyed to be at work on Mondays and therefore have no desire to go to the gym... but I'm forcing myself to go and get in 2 miles of cardio regardless. It isn't much but it builds up and if I start early in the week I know I'll be more successful.

Let's get out there and get this month/week started off right people!!

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It sounds like everyone has great goals to accomplish for June! Good luck and I can't wait to read everyone's successes throughout this month!

I am starting this month off at 152. The past month I have realized that even though I burn 2500 a week in calories, I give that as an excuse to eat more (unhealthy foods) on the weekend. The result of that is I do not see much of a change in my number on the scale and it fluctuates every week, but not more than a pound or two each way.

My goal this week is to keep up on my activity level and to focus more on what foods I am putting into my body. If I plan to go out to a restaurant than the rest of the day I will focus on staying in the red zone.

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You guys are the best!

I gained for last month (about a pound). I don't believe it was 'true' gain, just normal body fluctuation. I had 2 injuries and got sick - so screw May too!

I am starting at 150. I really feel like after last month, I can lose 5 this month - but we shall see.

Good luck everyone!

Edit** Forgot my other goal. I just need to get back to working out. Injuries and illness took me totally out of it... so back to at least 4x a week by the end of the month.

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JSawyer7145- Congrats on the baby! Also The_Shakeshaft- Congrats on the weight loss!
I started an ab challenge in the end of may(28th to be exact) My goal is to keep up with it in June and drink more water.

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Starting June at about 140. I'm going to start eating better, drinking more water, walk a mile a day, 5-6x a week, and start incorporating light strength training alternating upper and lower body a day. I can't yet do ab work though, just had a baby and still need the doctors okay on that. Bring it on June! Lol

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Starting off June at 140.00. I would like to make sure I run/walk at least 4 days a week the whole month of June. Also Going to start doing 50 crunches per night and 10 to 15 push ups. Here's to June!

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I'm with you! 8lbs is a lot! I weighed in at 202.8lbs this afternoon so that'll be my starting weight. It's also the lightest I've been in about 2 years!

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Starting Weight: 146.8
Exercise today to begin the new month: 3.1 mile trail jog in 80 degree weather, yikes!

Other goal for the month: 3x's cardio/week + 2x's strength training/week

Cardio is easy for me to get in but the strength training will be a big challenge.

Hope everyone starts June off on a positive note ~ we can do this!! :)

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This forum is for those who have tried the 8-10 lbs goal, but just don't seem to be able to get there.

Don't think that this is for you to become lazy!

Again this month of June you need to pick another goal to achieve other than weight loss. Maybe it is the same one you had for May, maybe a new one. There is calorie counting habit, fitness habits, food intake goals (fruits, veggies, water), fitness goal (5k, # of push ups, # of sit ups), and many more.

Remember to keep encouraging each other along the way!

* I will post my goals after the weekend when I do my first way in for June.

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