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Old 06-25-2008, 07:25 AM   #821
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So far, I've been maintaining at 128# by being good on the diet during the week and livin' it up a little over the weekend. I have only been working out 2 times a week due to major stressors lately - lucky I haven't put extra weight on. I know I can't keep that up and hope to maintain at 128#. I hope to get back to my normal life within the next month or two.

I do weigh myself every day (at the same time) and that really works for me. It makes me think daily about how much I'm eating/exercising. I know people say not to weigh more than once a week, but I disagree. It helps me stay focused.
127# today, yippee! Thank goodness I do weigh myself everyday...over the weekend I shot up to 130# 2 days in a row This immediately put me on the warpath. No beer or eating out starting Saturday, and I worked out really hard 3 days in a row. Hopefully, I caught the weight gain in time before it had a chance to settle firmly on my hips

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We were doing the good during the week/bad on weekends and it just got away from us, ie, 12 lbs worth. If you don't weigh every day, you can make believe you aren't adding lbs. I even write it down, however painful.
So true! I weigh every day, but DH and I have also been weighing weekly for about 5 years now and tracking it in excel. When you graph that chart, it's really something to see the trend of weight gain over the years. Sobering. Makes you take action.

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Kind of nice that this thread is keeping people on track.
I agree. This is the first time I've maintained my weight loss for this long.

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That is a near perfect weight loss rate over the last 14 weeks, well done.
Calgary Girl, ditto to what Alan said!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:23 AM   #822
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
1/30: 196.0 16.6%
2/06: 198.2 16.9%
2/13: 194.8 16.4%
2/20: 191.8 16.5%
2/27: 192.0 16.6%
3/05: 190.0 16.3%
3/12: 192.8 16.2%
3/19: 191.2 15.8%
3/26: 193.2 16.4%
4/02: 192.6 15.6%
4/09: 193.6 15.8%
4/16: 187.4 16.2%
4/23: 193.6 15.4%
4/30: 188.8 15.9%
5/07: 190.0 15.7%
5/14: 191.0 15.7%
5/21: 190.0 16.0%
5/28: 193.0 15.9%
6/04: 193.6 15.4%
6/11: 192.0 15.5%
6/18: 192.8 15.7%
6/25: 193.0 16.0%

Goal: 185.0 15.3%

Well, since I've plateaued (at best), I'm attempting to change up my diet. I'm adding more fruit, really trying to make my grains whole grains, and trying to get around 120 grams of protein per day. Anyhow, I expect my weight to fluctuate for another few weeks (and then there's the diet-busting July 4th weekend coming up). So I'm not going to be too concerned about a couple of pounds either way until things settle down.

At this point I think I'm actually more interested in fat percentage and increasing muscle mass a little bit than I am in dropping weight. The scale isn't terribly accurate (fat was at 15.4% yesterday), so that part doesn't concern me this week, either.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:10 AM   #823
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Well, the scale's about as accurate as the weatherman here, so I'll be holding off on weighing myself until I go buy a new one. Any particular brands or price ranges you would recommend?
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I do not recommend the Health-o-meter digital scales, here's why:

1. They lie. I evaluated one at a friend's house by weighing myself 5 times in a row. All times the weight was exactly the same. That sold me.

I've since discovered that the scale remembers the last weight, and repeats it unless it changes by more than a pound or so. I could get on the scale weigh myself, then pick up a bottle with 16 oz of water, weigh myself and get the same weight. Weigh something else, then get back on with the water and I weigh more.

IOW, it's designed to make you think that it is more accurate than it is. If you weighed yourself three times and got three different readings, differing by a pound or more, you would not buy the scale.

The displayed weight depends more on the luck of the draw than you realize.

2. I discovered a way to stand on it that subtracts almost two pounds (I'm not telling). IOW, my weight depends on exactly how I stand.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:36 AM   #825
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Please tell your secrets Al! I need them right now! I know I start off on my "lucky foot" in hopes that it will help.

154 today, still working my way back to the goal weight of 145.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:40 AM   #826
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Well, the scale's about as accurate as the weatherman here, so I'll be holding off on weighing myself until I go buy a new one. Any particular brands or price ranges you would recommend?
The one I'm using is: Amazon.com: Tanita BF680W Duo Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor with Athletic Mode and Body Water: Health & Personal Care

Weight is very consistent every time you step on the scale. As I've mentioned, the fat percentage can be a bit screwy -- but I believe you can still read a trend from it. There are certainly cheaper options out there, though, if that doesn't suit your fancy.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:18 PM   #827
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Only down a half pound to 220.5 BMI 31.6 Guess as long as its moving it is good. It's a marathon not a sprint.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:16 PM   #828
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175# again - right at the top of my range.

I had a good run of exercising Thursday through Sunday but this week I've been working 10 hrs days and come home knackered. However I'm off work on Friday so I'll be sure to get some exercise done on the morning before going to the pub in the afternoon with a friend I haven't seen in a while.

May be next week I'll be good.... oh, wait it's July 4th and we're off to Texas to stay with our son and hang out with some friends...
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:31 PM   #829
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End of week 15: down 1.2 lbs
Total Lost: 28.0 lbs

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End of week 15: down 1.2 lbs
Total Lost: 28.0 lbs
Good going - that's a milestone in "imperial" units (28lbs = 2 Stones)
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:02 AM   #831
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Finally had my fitness eval after this latest round of boot camp. I don't know which numbers to believe - the coach's body fat scale says in almost 8 weeks since I began I have gained 2.5 lbs of muscle and lost 14 lbs. of fat, for a net weight loss of 12 pounds. Also it says my body fat% went from 31% to 21%. I do not believe I am down to 21% bf. I thought for women, anything lower than 20 was more for ,like, really in shape athletes, whereas I still have plenty of fat piled around that athletes do not have. So I guess I will wait and see what it says after the next 4 week session and see if it is consistent.

I am having such a blast with these workout sessions, and have been eating exactly according to plan (the zone) the whole 8 weeks. Went from not being able to run faster than a single 10 minute 1 mile run, to going 5 miles at an 8:40 per mile pace (yeah! that almost made me throw up!).

My next goal is to increase my run speed to 8 min. miles for my 5 mile run, which is pretty all out for short-legged, 5' tall me (I know this will take some time), and also to be able to get through one of the Crossfit style workouts without having to stop and rest. For example, yesterday we had to do alternating sets totaling 150 situps and 75 burpees(w/pushup) for time and mine took 16 minutes because I kept stopping to recover before I could continue. I just give in too easily. Never having had sports training or coaching before, don't quite know how people break through that mental barrier and just do it.

Well, we only have weigh ins every 4-5 weeks, but I've been checking the thread to see how everyone here is doing. Cheers to eveyone who's working on it. Keep it up!
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Great work igsoy, so pleased you are having so much success. I imagine you feel just great about the whole thing. Keep on giving us reports of your progress, it's always good to hear success stories.
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Thank you for the suggestions on a new scale. I found a model from Sportline that's accurate and I'm happy with it. It's also supposed to measure body fat percentage but I've heard few good things about how accurate they are.

The broken scale was measure 268 lbs constantly day after day, with small fluctuating dips here or there, but after I stepped on the new one it dropped down to 261-262 lbs depending on the time of day. At this rate I'll just keep switching scales every month!
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:39 AM   #834
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April 2, 207.5 BMI 32.5
April 9, 205.0 BMI 32.1
April 16, 203.5 BMI 31.9
April 23, 204.5 BMI 32.0 (Went backwards a little)
April 30, 206.5 BMI 32.3 (backwards some more)
May 6, 204.0 BMI 31.9
May 14, 205.0 BMI 32.1
May 21, 205.0 BMI 32.1
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June 4, 205.0
July 2, 206.5

Miss a couple of weeks, and see what happens? Ugh...
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:24 AM   #835
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
1/30: 196.0 16.6%
2/06: 198.2 16.9%
2/13: 194.8 16.4%
2/20: 191.8 16.5%
2/27: 192.0 16.6%
3/05: 190.0 16.3%
3/12: 192.8 16.2%
3/19: 191.2 15.8%
3/26: 193.2 16.4%
4/02: 192.6 15.6%
4/09: 193.6 15.8%
4/16: 187.4 16.2%
4/23: 193.6 15.4%
4/30: 188.8 15.9%
5/07: 190.0 15.7%
5/14: 191.0 15.7%
5/21: 190.0 16.0%
5/28: 193.0 15.9%
6/04: 193.6 15.4%
6/11: 192.0 15.5%
6/18: 192.8 15.7%
6/25: 193.0 16.0%
7/02: 191.4 15.8%

Goal: 190.0 15.3%

Resetting my goal. 185 just isn't going to happen, and I'm in more of a maintenance frame of mind anyhow. I'm sure next week will be much higher, with the July 4 holiday and all.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:27 AM   #836
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127# today, yippee! Thank goodness I do weigh myself everyday...over the weekend I shot up to 130# 2 days in a row This immediately put me on the warpath. No beer or eating out starting Saturday, and I worked out really hard 3 days in a row. Hopefully, I caught the weight gain in time before it had a chance to settle firmly on my hips

Well, between the "scale scare" I had and working my tail off at work (literally), I am down to 126#!
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Well eating a few salads and cut out 99% of my soda intake and I lost 3.5 pounds

06-16 223 32.7 bmi
06-18 221 31.7
06-25 220.5 31.6
07-2 217 31.1

I haven't started working out , just cut down on some portions.
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174.5 - back into my target range after a few days of cutting back on evening snacks. Going away this weekend so bound to go out of range again
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:21 PM   #839
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237lbs according to the scale I just borrowed. Think I started at around 245-250 after winter hibernation.

Into week 1 of Atkins.
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Think I started at around 245-250 after winter hibernation.


Welcome to the thread. Good luck with your diet, I have a friend who has used Atkins for years to great effect. Hopefully it will suit you as well.
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