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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Team503 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:00 pm UTC

It's never all ruined. You do, however, need to focus on being more consistent with eating! A bagel a day is not nearly enough food, hot cocoa or not.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:03 pm UTC

Oh, that wasn't *all* I had to eat for the whole day. It was just what I had to eat that was on the no-no list. The day I had the english muffin with cream cheese and marmalade and hot cocoa, I had veggies and hummus for lunch, and soup for dinner.

Yesterday when I did so badly at the buffet at dinner, I had Kashi GoLean for breakfast. No lunch, though, because I was taking a multiple-hour long teacher cert. test during lunchtime.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:54 am UTC

Went almost a week without going to the gym. Ugh.

Went back tonight, and biked 13 miles, and did about half an hour of weights. On Saturday I noticed that a pair of pants fresh out of the dryer were a little too big, though. That's encouraging!
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:49 am UTC

Ok, so I did the bike because my knee had been hurting the last few times I've run, and I didn't want to hurt it more. Ever since the biking, my knee has been totally fucked. It hurts whenever my leg is bent. I can't let this slow me down, but I don't know what to do. Even elliptical and swimming hurts. I think I may just put on a knee brace and take an advil before I go to the gym, but I know I risk just screwing it up more. Thoughts?
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby shocklocks » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:57 am UTC

It depends how good your gym is. Does it have one of those rowing machines that only require hand rowing? Or a boxing bag? Or do backstroke/swimming and let your legs dangle while you grunt it with your arms. Better off giving the knee a few days rest and then risking damaging it more.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Zohar » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:39 am UTC

shocklocks wrote:It depends how good your gym is. Does it have one of those rowing machines that only require hand rowing? Or a boxing bag? Or do backstroke/swimming and let your legs dangle while you grunt it with your arms. Better off giving the knee a few days rest and then risking damaging it more.

Definitely. Don't do anything that hurts you, and knees can be a pain in the ass for years. Take it easy. If you can't find an alternative, don't exercise for a few days. And see a doctor.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Solt » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:45 am UTC

See a doctor.

I don't remember the first part of this thread, but I hope to god someone told you to get proper running shoes and you listened.

Whatever you do, don't tough through it. Trust me when I say injuries only get worse if you keep using the injured part. You need to let it heal before starting again. Find alternatives that at the very least reduce the amount of strain on the knee. And examine your technique to see if there's a problem.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:10 pm UTC

I think my shoes are ok...they're Nike sneakers, but they're not "fashion" sneakers, they're for exercising...I don't know if they're specifically for runing or not, though, I got them a while ago.

I am just waiting for my new insurance card, and then I will make a doctor's, and nutritionist's appointment. In the mean time, I will do small amounts of elliptical and swimming, and upper body weights.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby asad137 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:50 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:I think my shoes are ok...they're Nike sneakers, but they're not "fashion" sneakers, they're for exercising...I don't know if they're specifically for runing or not, though, I got them a while ago.


So, even if they are running shoes, it turns out that they might not be "correct" for your foot shape/stride. Different shoes (even within the same brand) are designed differently to deal with anatomical differences such as pronation and arch type. A good running specialty store should be able to help you determine what type of feet you have and direct you to appropriate shoes.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:43 am UTC

Running on a treadmill puts significantly less stress on your body than running on a track and/or outdoors. This is an issue that should be resolved through attention to proper running form and the development of good exercise habits; specialty footwear is very probably unnecessary.

In other words, don't go to the gym every day one week and not at all the next. You may have the willpower to keep going when your body hurts, but willpower won't do anything to prevent injury. What you need, in my opinion, is a regular schedule that incorporates a mix of heavy days, light days and at least two non-consecutive rest days every week.

Although... if your shoes are old, they'll have lost a lot of their ability to absorb shock compared to when they were new, which I'll admit is a pretty big deal.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Solt » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:12 am UTC

PictureSarah wrote:I think my shoes are ok...they're Nike sneakers, but they're not "fashion" sneakers, they're for exercising...I don't know if they're specifically for runing or not, though, I got them a while ago.


If you didn't go to a running store and specifically get fitted running shoes, you shouldn't be running more than the occasional mile. Injury is basically inevitable.

The good news however is that if this is a running injury it means you've made awesome progress on how long you're running.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Jacque » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:30 pm UTC

Solt wrote:
PictureSarah wrote:I think my shoes are ok...they're Nike sneakers, but they're not "fashion" sneakers, they're for exercising...I don't know if they're specifically for runing or not, though, I got them a while ago.


If you didn't go to a running store and specifically get fitted running shoes, you shouldn't be running more than the occasional mile.


Um, no. Maybe for a marathoner, but for your average running-for-fitness person, you don't need specifically fit shoes. I have tons of friends that go running everyday (with 5+ mile runs every few days) with shoes they just picked out and tried on at a shoe store, and sometimes with their combat boots on.

Injury is basically inevitable.


As with every physical activity.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Bright Shadows » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:30 pm UTC

I read the thread today. Good luck with the 5k!
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:02 pm UTC

So I've been keeping on with the running, with more weight training and biking mixed in. It has done exactly nothing in terms of weight loss (although I have nice muscles in my arms). However, I went to the doc today and talked about it, and she thinks my problem might be PCOS. Which is discouraging, but would explain a lot.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Thu May 07, 2009 7:01 pm UTC

So, I went to the doc today, and she confirmed the PCOS.
She prescribed me a drug which, if it works, will make me more sensitive to my own insulin. This should cause a series of events:

More sensitive to insulin -> weight loss efforts actually work -> less production of androgens by fat cells -> more regular ovulation because of less hormonal interference -> no icky buildup of uterine lining -> no cancer of the endometrium.

She said that if I kept eating and exercising the way I have been, this drug should help quite a bit for weight loss. I'm really looking forward to seeing if she is right, that would be fantastic.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby studyinserendipity » Thu May 07, 2009 9:42 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:So, I went to the doc today, and she confirmed the PCOS.
She prescribed me a drug which, if it works, will make me more sensitive to my own insulin. This should cause a series of events:

More sensitive to insulin -> weight loss efforts actually work -> less production of androgens by fat cells -> more regular ovulation because of less hormonal interference -> no icky buildup of uterine lining -> no cancer of the endometrium.

She said that if I kept eating and exercising the way I have been, this drug should help quite a bit for weight loss. I'm really looking forward to seeing if she is right, that would be fantastic.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sun May 17, 2009 2:17 am UTC

I'll let him know :).

I am discouraged. Granted, I've only been on the Metformin a week, and I didn't really expect results in that week, but I certainly didn't expect to *gain* weight in that week. Which I have. I've gained back all but 4 of the 10 pounds that I managed to lose. I'm so depressed...no matter what I do, it does nothing. And I just want to be able to eat like a normal person, and I can't, because I'm constantly having to count calories, evaluate for simple carbs, etc. etc. I'm OK with dieting and exercising, but it would so nice if it actually made one fucking bit of difference when I did it. And maybe it shouldn't, but it makes it so much harder living with my skinny fiance and my skinny sister and such. It's like I'm the only one in the whole family who has to watch what I eat, so I'm always inconveniencing everyone, and feeling like Jabba the Hut in comparison to everyone.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby dcrookston » Sun May 17, 2009 6:10 am UTC

I know someone mentioned Starting Strength in passing at the beginning of this thread, but I'm not sure how much you've really looked into it. I'd like to second their endorsement of the program. It will help you lose fat much more than running will. Too much running can actually be counter productive. Work on building muscle (I promise you won't turn into a freakishly ripped she-man without shooting yourself full of testosterone) and, on a regular basis, work out with medium weights at high intensity. If you do this right, you will get excellent "cardio" out of it, and still build muscle.

As an aside, the distinction between "cardio" and "weights" is silly. You're always doing cardio, until your heart stops; and there's no reason you can't work out so hard and fast using weights that your heart rate goes up.

Basically what I'm recommending is that you adopt - or at least try out - a CrossFit-like exercise routine. Check out http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/start-how.html for more information. You don't have to pick between going whole hog CrossFit or DIE!!!! or not doing it at all. CF has a lot of very good principles in it. Any of them that you choose to incorporate into your workout will improve your workouts tremendously.

As for diet - losing weight is not as simple as calories in minus calories out equals weight change. Your doctor has presumably already mentioned insulin sensitivity to you. There is a whole WORLD of dietary advice that could be given, but it sounds like this thread has already given you some good stuff to go on.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Shelagh » Sun May 17, 2009 6:52 pm UTC

Sarah,
Congratulations on getting married! I wish you much luck.

Now, your routine is of much concern to me. I am, by no means, a nutritionist or a trainer, but I've been through my share of workouts and what-have-you, and it seems you're relatively new to the scene (I hope that doesn't sound condescending. I don't mean to) so I want to share what I know. I'm a new poster here, but I'm also in the middle of trying to fit in a dress -- for my sister's wedding in August -- so I feel connected to your situation. I hope this is of help to you.

Your exercise routine is up to you, but your nutrition, and I think the way you're looking at your progress (bear with me) are skewed. I hope that in the last few months, you've changed your diet and increased your caloric intake, because 1100 calories for someone with your activity level is not only unhealthy, but counterproductive. You are effectively starving yourself, and when your body starts looking for energy to replenish itself after you've worked out, it won't find any because you haven't fed yourself. It might seem counter-intuitive to eat more when you're trying to lose weight, but after you've exercised, your metabolism is still up and your body is still burning calories. You need to feed it. The suggestion of grazing or snacking in between meals is pretty sound. Your body doesn't go into "starvation mode" when it's constantly fed (within reason. Watch for overfeeding, of course). It won't want to store fat for those times when it needs energy and food isn't available.

As for the way you look at your progress, I mean specifically at your weight loss. Forget your weight. It's been mentioned here that you're probably building muscle and losing fat, and muscle weighs more than fat. When I went through basic training 12 years ago (I'm out now), I gained 7 pounds and have never looked better, before or since. :( Anyway, since you've been going to the gym, I'm going to assume that they have body fat monitors there. Use those. While they have a pretty wide margin of error for my tastes, they are a better way to measure your progress than simply monitoring your weight.

Plateauing from a routine is one of the most common issues people run into with their workouts. The Crossfit suggestion that dcrookston put up is great for that. My former coworkers did that at it looked intense. My boyfriend has tried it over in Iraq and wants to do more, barring laziness. :D

I don't know if you watch late-night or early-morning TV, but that's when the ads for P90X come on. It's a 90-day workout/nutrition program designed to get past those plateaus by changing up your workout every month. That's the one I'm on and I think this is the ONE for me. It's intense (which you can vary to your fitness level) -- it IS work, but it's fun, and very rewarding. I'd thought about paying for a trainer but it wasn't worth 40 dollars for 30 minutes to me. I've been lazy on the workout for about 3 weeks now, but the progress I had in the first 3-4 weeks alone is enough to convince me that this is it. I'm 5'2, started out at 126 lbs and 27.4% body fat. At the end of 28 days, I was down to 24.8%, 124-ish lbs. Even now, after 3 weeks of lazing about and only doing yoga and pilates twice a week, I've apparently managed to lose another percent or two (depends on the monitor I'm using). I can only assume two factors: I've pretty well kept on the same diet -- higher protein than carbs (though I've cut the protein a bit since I've not been working out), eating constantly through the day -- and that in the first couple of weeks of laziness, at least, my muscles were still recovering from whatever injuries I may have imposed on them while I was working out. In any case, this is my 2 pennies for you. If you want to check out the program, here's the link to their message boards: http://forums.teambeachbody.com/groupee ... 5082996357 .

Again, good luck and keep us posted!

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:44 pm UTC

Shelagh wrote:Your exercise routine is up to you, but your nutrition, and I think the way you're looking at your progress (bear with me) are skewed. I hope that in the last few months, you've changed your diet and increased your caloric intake, because 1100 calories for someone with your activity level is not only unhealthy, but counterproductive. You are effectively starving yourself, and when your body starts looking for energy to replenish itself after you've worked out, it won't find any because you haven't fed yourself. It might seem counter-intuitive to eat more when you're trying to lose weight, but after you've exercised, your metabolism is still up and your body is still burning calories. You need to feed it. The suggestion of grazing or snacking in between meals is pretty sound. Your body doesn't go into "starvation mode" when it's constantly fed (within reason. Watch for overfeeding, of course). It won't want to store fat for those times when it needs energy and food isn't available.


People keep bringing this up, and I just want to reassure everyone, that I *have* talked to a doctor about this. 3 in fact. And I've modified the goal from 1100 calories to between 1260-1610 per day, with a recommended breakdown of how many grams of fat, protein, and carbs, etc. I'm being really careful.

Now. Progress report. I weigh about 9 pounds less than I did at Christmas. Still. I can't lose anymore weight, no matter what I do. I hate it. A lot. But, there is still some progress! Yesterday I ran a full 5k for the first time. I also measured my waist this morning, and it's about 2 inches less than it was in February, so that's something!
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Zohar » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:03 pm UTC

Congrats on your progress. I wonder, though - you hardly ever post pictures with your body in them, but your face doesn't look overweight at all. I'm wondering what your goal is. In any case, I'm sure you'll be gorgeous. Good luck.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

I am about 40 pounds over my ideal weight, according to the BMI chart things. I tend to think the BMI charts are pretty useless, and I'd be happy to lose 25 pounds or so. Of course, at the moment it makes no difference, since I can't seem to lose ANY weight, 25 or 40 pounds.

I generally don't post pictures that include my body because I tend not to let anyone take them. I loathe my body. But here is one, although it's about two years old, my weight is the same.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Zohar » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:19 pm UTC

OK, I get why you say you might want to lose weight now (although it certainly doesn't mean you don't look good). And I agree with you about BMI tables. Thanks for the picture and again, good luck.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:09 pm UTC

Alright. Update, if anyone cares.

At the end of June, I saw a PCOS/diabetes specialist, and she put me on an EVEN MORE STRICT diet, of 1400 calories a day (no wiggle room!), no fruit in the morning or in the evening, no refined sugars, limited complex carbs, protein with every meal, and 5 small meals a day. So far I'm not doing all that well at maintaining it, but I'm not doing that badly either. I think I'm mostly hitting my calorie goal, but eating too infrequently. She also upped my Metformin dosage from 500mg/day to 2000mg/day, and has also suggested I try Byetta, which is a twice-daily injectable diabetes drug. So far I'm not doing the injections, and since the end of June, I've lost 5 pounds. It is SO NICE to finally see some results. I had been at the same weight more or less since February, unable to break that barrier, and as soon as my Metformin dose was upped, the dieting and exercise finally started to work.

As far as exercise go - I can now run the full 5k, and the fastest I have run it in is 35:49. I think I'll be entering the 5K division of the Marathon of the Redwoods in October. I have no illusions that I'll be remotely competitive, but at the beginning of this year, I would never have believed I could run a mile, let alone 3.12 of them.

So...will I lose 15-20 pounds by the wedding like I had hoped? Probably not. But at least now I know why I couldn't lose the weight, I am treating the insulin resistance, and the work is starting to pay off.
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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:13 am UTC

PictureSarah wrote:At the end of June, I saw a PCOS/diabetes specialist, and she put me on an EVEN MORE STRICT diet, of 1400 calories a day

That's... terrifyingly low. :?

As far as exercise go - I can now run the full 5k

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby libellule » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:06 am UTC

FWIW I think you look fantastic.

And I admire your running debut immensely. It's quite a challenge to move from walking to running and you just adapted perfectly, despite
how difficult that first mill mile felt and how winded it left you.

And, notwithstanding all the criticism of your diet, you seem to be doing everything right.

I think the pounds will probably continue to come off if you persevere, but even if they don't, 9 lb is nothing to scoff at, and you have laid a great foundation for a healthy and fit existence.

And you already know you're gorgeous.

So, good outcome all round.

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:33 pm UTC

Thanks, libellule :)

In the month of July I lost 6-7 pounds. Since Christmas I have lost 16 pounds, and since I started actively trying to lose weight, I have lost 12 pounds. That's pretty ok, I think!

I've been a slacker on the exercise front lately, but my goal is still to run the 5K in October, so I will try to get back on top of things.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:19 pm UTC

As of this morning, I have lost 14 pounds. Which means that *maybe* I actually can lose the 15-20 pounds before the wedding! There is exactly one month today until the wedding. I think 6 more pounds is a bit ambitious, but 3 more pounds is probably doable. Ultimately, I have about 20 more poounds to lose.

I'm feeling much better about things, though. It's much easier to keep up with the diet and exercise when I'm actually seeing results, instead of just working SO hard and not seeing the scale move a bit.
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Re: I'm getting married...

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PictureSarah wrote:As of this morning, I have lost 14 pounds. Which means that *maybe* I actually can lose the 15-20 pounds before the wedding! There is exactly one month today until the wedding. I think 6 more pounds is a bit ambitious, but 3 more pounds is probably doable. Ultimately, I have about 20 more poounds to lose.

I'm feeling much better about things, though. It's much easier to keep up with the diet and exercise when I'm actually seeing results, instead of just working SO hard and not seeing the scale move a bit.


When I was losing weight, the scales weren't always moving, there would be say a month of loss, then a plateaux whilst my body changed shape a bit, then another month of loss. During the shape changes though, is when i noticed belt buckles going up a notch etc.

Are you using any other metrics to record your progress? Sorry if this is mentioned higher up, tl;dr :)

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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:04 pm UTC

Well, I'm also measuring how fast I can run 5k, and measuring my waist, hips and bust (I have lost 1/2 inch off of my bust, and 3 inches off of my waist, I forget about my hips).
It's not just about the weight, but my weight seems to be a good indicator of my body changing shape as well.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby spudtheimpaler » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:27 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:Well, I'm also measuring how fast I can run 5k, and measuring my waist, hips and bust (I have lost 1/2 inch off of my bust, and 3 inches off of my waist, I forget about my hips).
It's not just about the weight, but my weight seems to be a good indicator of my body changing shape as well.

No thats fine - I wasn't suggesting it was, just that, at least for me, I had periods of body shape changes where there wasn't actual weight loss, so found it important to measure other aspects.

Congrats on the size decreases as well then :)
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:24 pm UTC

As of this morning I am 157.5 lbs. I have lost 16.5 pounds since posting this thread...almost 2.5 pounds a month. That's not too shabby, actually. It's a little daunting that I'm really only halfway to my goal, and if I continue at the current pace, it will still be about 7 months until I reach it, but it doesn't seem insurmountable.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:40 pm UTC

Well done! Long term goal nearly realized!

I want to mention that I ate like three pounds of nachos last night when drinking with a friend, and have ~6 weeks to drop 15 lbs and get up to my 20-miler for the marathon. You're truly an inspiration for us all (because I'm running the marathon in a dress, of course)
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Postby PictureSarah » Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:02 pm UTC

So. I'm married now, and I think I looked pretty damn good in my wedding dress. I also managed to not gain any weight back in the post-wedding week, during which I mostly sat around and drank wine with friends. I actually lost half a pound.
The bad part - on the day of the wedding I managed to momentarily forget how to walk, and I fell off of the front porch. Yeah, I am SO graceful. I sprained my ankle pretty badly, and while it is getting better (yesterday was the first day it wasn't pretty swollen), it still hurts. So I think it's going to take me a week or two still to get back to the running.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:04 am UTC

Congratulations Sarah, that's fantastic. :)

As for the little stumble, well, it could have been worse! :shock: Hope the ankle recovers quickly, and make sure you don't exert it before it's healed.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:48 pm UTC

Since the beginning of September, I've hit a major plateau on the weight loss end of things. I *thought* that this was because I'd gotten more lax about my diet and exercising. And I'm sure that in part, it is. However, I just discovered that the last time I got my prescription for Metformin re-filled, (it was a 60 day supply, but there were a few weeks where I was really bad about taking it, so it lasted more than that), the pharmacy screwed up and gave me 500 mg tablets instead of 1000 mg tablets. So for over two months, I've been taking half of my prescribed dosage of Metformin. I just got my prescription refilled, and have been taking the full dosage again (and feeling incredibly nauseous whenever I eat anything) for the last few days, and the weight loss already seems to have started happening again. Now that I know that there was a more distinct reason for the plateau, I feel more motivated to climb back on the gym wagon again, although I know it will be much more difficult now that I'm working full-time.

Since I started this thing, almost a year ago, I've lost 17 pounds. I would like to lose 12 more, and then evaluate to see if an additional 10 is needed and doable. If I lost another 22 pounds, that would bring me down to 136, which I think would be a completely healthy weight for me, and I would also look pretty hot. So that's my New Year's resolution, I guess. I would have liked to lose more like 25 this year instead of 17, but alas, it was not to be.
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Postby PictureSarah » Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:22 am UTC

So, getting the prescription snafu fixed was all well and good, but the last post was immediately followed by Christmas and New Years. Blurgh. I, uh, did not do well during the holidays.

BUT. Since New Years, I have been going to the gym with regularity, and doing great food-wise. And I have lost 5 more pounds. I have now lost a grand total of 22 pounds, and have only 17 pounds to go to reach my goal weight. I wore a pair of pants today that I haven't worn since 2005. Being more than halfway there is extremely encouraging.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby PictureSarah » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:39 am UTC

I have lost 25 pounds. Just sayin.

Also last weekend I had to go and buy new pants, because my old ones were starting to just be ridiculous. My new pants are size 8. This pleases me. Not the size so much as the fact that I KNOW I look better.
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Re: I'm getting married...

Postby Moo » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:23 am UTC

I'm so pleased for you and proud* of you, that's amazing.




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