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Old 04-27-2014, 11:01 AM   #31
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4/21 - 250.6
4/22 - 247.1
4/23 - 243.5
4/24 - 236.7
4/25 - 242.4
4/26 - DNW
4/27 - 242.6

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Old 04-27-2014, 11:13 AM   #32
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Sue, great job on your success and steps! I always wanted to ask you if you were counting calories to lose all that weight or just carbs? I generally don't do well past Induction without counting my calorie intake, too. But after getting stuck for so long and nothing else working, I'm ready to give it a shot if I can follow you down to new numbers.

Calee, way to go! Yes, I am quite surprised that I only have 2 lbs left of the gain to go, but actually I was thinking about it. Although I took 10 days off of low carb, I actually gained the bulk of the 12.6 lbs the first couple of days. Water weight is so bizarre!

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Old 04-27-2014, 01:40 PM   #33
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Pixikat... are you holding onto that water bottle when you are on that scale? Shed that liquid! that is all it is!

Hello Calee and WOOHOO to getting back to that 140's HOORAY! and me.. actually 225.4 was my lowest about 8 days ago and I have finally gotten back here! But I am so psyched about doing induction again (just got back from shopping) so that I can race Easily to the 2 teens!

Easily... I still just count carbs as counting calories would drive me nuts. I try to walk enough to work off at least 500 calories of extra exercise (soon to start ZUUUUUUMBA! WooHoo). Carbs are my triggers and it looks like I will need to stay under 40 to maintain (average weekly) and under 25 to lose... which is AOK at my age (56 next week).. and my brain thanks me every day (and I thank God!). Maybe when I get to 170 or so.. I might have to get drastic and count calories.. or just cut down to 2 meals a day instead... Will think about that when I lose 50 more lbs!

Gorgeous day here in Southeast Florida! I hope noone has any extreme weather anywhere near you!
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Mini Goal 10% off (289) 4/14/13 #2 50lbs (270) 6/18/13 # 3 1/2 way (240) 1/18/14 #4 100lbs (220)

You have to believe it first and then you will see it!!

1 for every 10 lbs lost

to Lothlorien 920 miles
traveled: 657.80 (exercise miles only) started 3/1/13
Remaining: 262.20 to Lothlorien!
Walk 2014 current X's done 162 -
427.80 miles walked All Time High steps 20043 7.28.14

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:10 AM   #34
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Good Morning, yes it is. I had a fantastic WHOOOOSH last night. Back in the 140's. Yippee! So being hyper focused on carbs really helps me. I'm back, finally, to my March weights.

Trying Perfect Health Diet really wasn't good for my body. I can fool myself about carbs + me, but then I have to wake up and face the reality.
Nice whoosh there! Glad to see you getting some momentum and movement again on the scale.

Yeah, I am really skeptical of the paleo people who push starch so vehemently, and Jaminet (and a few others) have come off in interviews I've heard as basically thinking low carbers are stupid and not understanding their theory.

I fully accept that a "normal" human body can process starches well and responds well to them, but a lot of us end up at low carb because our bodies aren't so normal in that respect...

I've seen very few middle aged, obese or formerly obese women do well with the starch added back after they've succeeded with low carb. So I read and listen and try to learn, but hold myself back from trying carb nite and adding "safe starches" and all that. Right now, if it ain't broke, don't fix it...
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:31 AM   #35
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Checking in on this, one week in :

My major commitments :

- weigh in daily (I already do this)
- step count over 10,000 at least 1 day a week
- count calories/carbs at least 2 days a week
- no dairy other than grass fed butter

SW : 189.0
CW : 185.8 (-3.2)
GW : 179.0 (and this will put me out of OBESE & merely "Overweight" per BMI

Daily weights :
186.8 Apr 22
188.2 Apr 23
188.4 Apr 24
186.8 Apr 25
186.2 Apr 26
185.4 Apr 27 (lowest weight since my wedding in 2007)
185.8 Apr 28

Steps were above 8,000 (my daily target) on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, and over 10k on Friday

I did not count carbs/calories this week, I'd been doing it daily until Easter & was just really burned out, but I'll do it this week for the whole week of the Induction Challenge

I put that dairy rule in place to keep me dairy free for a few months longer, since I keep fantasizing about cheese and cream! They will need to wait until the end of July though, because if I reintroduce them I'd do so first with the high-quality stuff (grass fed, raw blah blah) and that is easy to get here in France and hard to get in the States, and I'll be in the States for most of July with my kids.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #36
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SW (argh!) 230.6 and Minimum 8000 steps!
4/21 DNW - 14411 steps
4/22 230.6 - 14733 steps
4/23 229.6 - 14283 steps
4/24 229.6 - 10054 steps
4/25 230.6? - 13390 steps
4/26 228.6 - 13771 steps
4/27 225.4 - 11652 steps
4/28 225.8 -
GW 217
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Mini Goal 10% off (289) 4/14/13 #2 50lbs (270) 6/18/13 # 3 1/2 way (240) 1/18/14 #4 100lbs (220)

You have to believe it first and then you will see it!!

1 for every 10 lbs lost

to Lothlorien 920 miles
traveled: 657.80 (exercise miles only) started 3/1/13
Remaining: 262.20 to Lothlorien!
Walk 2014 current X's done 162 -
427.80 miles walked All Time High steps 20043 7.28.14
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:46 AM   #37
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4/21 - 250.6
4/22 - 247.1
4/23 - 243.5
4/24 - 236.7
4/25 - 242.4
4/26 - DNW
4/27 - 242.6
4/28 - 241.1

I hope you are right sue. I was really happy to be done with the 240s and now I'm kinda scared I'm gonna be stuck again.

I am rushing off to class I will try to be back later to reply to people
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:08 AM   #38
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Good Morning!

I'm not a step counter anymore. My daily is to walk to work and back. It's about 3/4 mile each way. I generally take Pilates Reformer 4-5x a week. On days I ont take a class, I get in an additional 5k walk around the lake in front of my house. On weekends I'll go up in the woods to get i n some hill climbing. My routine has worked well for me without getting my panties in a knot over number. I pay a set price monthly at the studio so I'm very faithful to my commitment. The more I go, the cheaper the classes. Single classes are $35.

No calorie, carbs I'm fanatical about and have been for decades.

Let's rock off those pounds this week. I still can't exercise because of ankle but now at least I can walk t o work again. So no real exercise advantage. Calories will have to stay low. No extras.

July 4th Challenge GW: 144
4/21 152*
4/22 152*
4/23 152.8*
4/24 153.6
4/25 152.4
4/26 151.4
4/27* 149.8
4/28. 149.8. 815 calories, 16 net carbs yesterday
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:39 PM   #39
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Calee, sorry about your ankle. It sounds like you get plenty of exercise daily without having to count! Congrats on your success! I would be a total recliner potato if I didn't have a fitness monitor. I do miss lifting weights though. I have a major muscle injury that I keep aggravating...so aggravating. I really feel like I would be doing better if I could lift, too. Walking helps with the inches, but I'm pretty used to it so I don't know if it helps me much on anything else. I have a 2 month stall to show for it.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:05 AM   #40
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PIXIKAT.. Just "KNOW" you will leave those 230's for good and it will happen! I KNOW it!

Calee.. Woohoo back in the 140's HOORAY!

Easily.. WOW you have lost 10 lbs this fast WOWOWOWOW! May more come off during your induction! YAY!

SW (argh!) 230.6 and Minimum 8000 steps!
4/21 DNW - 14411 steps
4/22 230.6 - 14733 steps
4/23 229.6 - 14283 steps
4/24 229.6 - 10054 steps
4/25 230.6? - 13390 steps
4/26 228.6 - 13771 steps
4/27 225.4 - 11652 steps
4/28 225.8 - 13422 steps
4/29 224.6 -
GW 217
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Mini Goal 10% off (289) 4/14/13 #2 50lbs (270) 6/18/13 # 3 1/2 way (240) 1/18/14 #4 100lbs (220)

You have to believe it first and then you will see it!!

1 for every 10 lbs lost

to Lothlorien 920 miles
traveled: 657.80 (exercise miles only) started 3/1/13
Remaining: 262.20 to Lothlorien!
Walk 2014 current X's done 162 -
427.80 miles walked All Time High steps 20043 7.28.14
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:12 AM   #41
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4/21 - 250.6
4/22 - 247.1
4/23 - 243.5
4/24 - 236.7
4/25 - 242.4
4/26 - DNW
4/27 - 242.6
4/28 - 241.1
4/29 - 240.3

Training appointment tonight so I am sure to go up again tomorrow from soreness.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:15 AM   #42
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Good Morning,
I like the focus as well. I've had good luck since I started on Thursday. However yesterday I added some food because I was very hungry. I'm up a little this morning. Not surprised. Maybe today I won't be as bad. Elusive 140's. I'll be back there tomorrow!

July 4th Challenge GW: 144
4/21 152*
4/22 152*
4/23 152.8*
4/24 153.6
4/25 152.4
4/26 151.4
4/27* 149.8
4/28. 149.8
4/29 150.4

I'm on track with my food planned for the day.

Easily, I'm sorry the Whoosh Fairy left your house. Maybe she will come to mine.

SUE! I see that lower number peeking out there!

Pixie, intense school load and you're dropping weight. Bravo!

Sarah, you're being beautifully consistent.

Talking to my weight watchers leader after meeting last night. I realized that I got traumatized by someone at work on February 21st. My eating was tough and I didn't shed any weight in the Easter challenge. The issue finally was resolved last Wednesday and Thursday I got hyper focused and am ready to be back in the game. I had not made the correlation until I told him about the situation last night. I'm back in focus after being on a weight plateau. Amazing the mind/body correlation.

Sarah, I hope your little one is better.
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Pixikat.. you are getting close to those 230's again! and this time they will stick (After your finals! - all "A"'s I bet! )

Calee... that uptick.. just an extra 2 oz of water that your cells hung onto.. will be just a memory today!

Easily... .WOW.. you dropped again! Shazam! I love it for you!! woohoo!

SW (argh!) 230.6 and Minimum 8000 steps!
4/21 DNW - 14411 steps
4/22 230.6 - 14733 steps
4/23 229.6 - 14283 steps
4/24 229.6 - 10054 steps
4/25 230.6? - 13390 steps
4/26 228.6 - 13771 steps
4/27 225.4 - 11652 steps
4/28 225.8 - 13422 steps
4/29 224.6 - 10831 steps
4/30 224.8 -
GW 217
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Mini Goal 10% off (289) 4/14/13 #2 50lbs (270) 6/18/13 # 3 1/2 way (240) 1/18/14 #4 100lbs (220)

You have to believe it first and then you will see it!!

1 for every 10 lbs lost

to Lothlorien 920 miles
traveled: 657.80 (exercise miles only) started 3/1/13
Remaining: 262.20 to Lothlorien!
Walk 2014 current X's done 162 -
427.80 miles walked All Time High steps 20043 7.28.14
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:18 AM   #44
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Wow Easily and Sue! I'm so impressed! Great job.

I'm rolling along ok. Eating more mindfully is great and I do like the focus but miss that bite of this or that. It's interesting to watch myself debate over the stalk of celery. I plan my food in the morning and generally veer off just a touch based on hunger levels. I'm trying not to be too hungry or too full.

July 4th Challenge GW: 144
4/21 152*
4/22 152*
4/23 152.8*
4/24 153.6
4/25 152.4
4/26 151.4
4/27* 149.8
4/28. 149.8
4/29 150.4
4/30 149.8

Now just losing a few ounces a day will make me happy. I have a 4 month goal to be my adult lowest of anything under 140. End of summer/African Safari. I can do this!

Pixie, I saw in the other thread that you eat Atkins peanut butter cups. I didnt want to post thi in the challenge threa. I never had those but I do buy Quest Cravings peanut butter cups. They are my crack! 2cups, 10 carbs and I think 4 fiber, 240 calories, 21 protein. I find them as good as candy which is dangerous but the carbs are low. I ate 1 cup for dessert last night. It was better than nuts or something else or me because it is a controlled amount. I'm a huge Quest fan since they came out years ago.
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4/21 - 250.6
4/22 - 247.1
4/23 - 243.5
4/24 - 236.7
4/25 - 242.4
4/26 - DNW
4/27 - 242.6
4/28 - 241.1
4/29 - 240.3
4/30 - 239.3

Hopefully it'll stay down in the 30s. I don't know if I can battle with the 40s for much longer.

Last night was the first final. I know I aced it but also know I didn't get the 100% I was aiming for. The professor said it was impossible to get 100% so I was trying to prove him wrong, but I know at least one question I missed since I looked it up right after I got out. Sad too because that was the only question I didn't feel SURE about. Oh well.

My next final start in about 15 minutes (I'm typing in the classroom) then none until the 9th and the 12th. (These teachers elected to hold theirs the last day of class instead of during finals week)

Sue- you are doing great! surpassing your steps by far each day and smack in the mid 220s, I wish I was there with you!

easily- you are doing great! lucky you that you are breaking those habits so easily
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