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I am back again. I have been on and off here so much. I have had setbacks so many times i can't count. I have gotten discouraged & distracted. I have even given up. But i have learned that even though i thought i had given up i have learned some very important habits while i've been on my journey with weight loss. Those habits are to make smart choices about what i eat and really watch portion sizes. I have realized that i have subconciously been making those choices all along. So even though i had given up i was still practicing those habits and they have paid off because yes i have gained a few pounds back but i noticed them and realize i could have gained a lot more back if i hadn't been making those smart choices.

Member Since: 1/1/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,598

My Goals:
I want to lose weight of course. But i want to tone and firm and be healthy overall. I also have reached one of my goals and that is to make smarter choices about everything i eat and know when to stop. I also know that sometimes u have to treat yourself but only in moderation. When i do this i try to make myself workout a little extra to makeup for the treat. Although i have struggled with my exercise lately i still know the importance of it in order to reach my goals.

My Program:
I am taking things one day at a time. I am following sparkpeople guidelines and getting back into my routine of exercise. OH and of course drinking lots of water!

Personal Information:
I am from Bluefield, West Virginia.

Other Information:
I recently have noticed when i have my mp3 player on when i exercise i try to make it to one of my favorite songs right at the end of my workout and then i dont want to stop right in the middle of the song so it pushes me to work out a little longer at least until the song is over. Even though it may only be an extra couple of minutes but hey its still more than what i had planned for.

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  • v PAULINE1208

    Hi, I hope everything's okay. I wish you'd come back and try again. You CAN find the time. Just put a half hour a day aside for exercise at first. Then you can squeeze in 10 min to check into SP once per day. If you have to time yourself, do that. We all miss you.

    4847 days ago
  • v PAULINE1208
    Hey Ginger, where are you? Hope everything's okay. Come back and tell us how you're doing?
    5039 days ago
  • v JANNIE1
    darn, I wish I could edit my own post.

    I made a mistake (my calculator button stuck). Grrrrrr

    1300 x .4 = 520

    1300 + 520 = 1820 calories

    1820 = BMR
    5046 days ago
  • v JANNIE1
    Ginger, You're kids are adorable!

    As far as your weightloss goals I think you might be better off determining what your activity level is and finding your daily calorie limit rather than depending on what the eliptical or calrorie burned chat says you burned.

    What I would do if I were in your shoes is:
    (this is the formula I use)

    find your RMR (resting metabolic rate) NEVER eat less than this number this is what your body requires to function.

    find your BMR (basal metabolic rate) your total calorie needs with activity level.

    RMR + activity level = BMR

    Now that you already know your lean muscle mass and fat ratios discussed on the thread yesterday add a zero at the end of your Lean Body Mass. I believe you said 129.6 LBM?

    129.6 round up 130 + 0 = 1300 cals = RMR
    (anything below .5 round down)

    your activity level is either

    .4 moderate
    .6 very active
    .9 extreamly physical

    multiply LBM (130) x activity level .4 (as an example) = 52
    add this to your RMR cals 1300 + 52 = 1352 daily cals

    Your BMR is 1352 daily cals. Be sure to use your food tracker and measure your portions. Nothing goes onto my plate if it hasn't been in a measuring cup first.

    See how this formula works for you and retest your bodyfat stats at the end of the week. If you're loosing muscle then up the activity modifyer to .6

    Keep me updated on your progress.
    5046 days ago
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