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5/24/11 8:39 A

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Yes! Changing my fitness routine made all the difference in my daily plan!

~ Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. ~ Thomas Jefferson


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5/19/11 9:23 P

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Great post Haley. My doctor and has been working with me to do just that, get "Fit & Healthy". For the last year I have been eating healthy and slowly incorporating physical fitness into my daily routine. And believe me it is working. My lab test results have been very positive. For example my cholesterol levels are normal, my glucose is normal (I am pre-diabetic) and I feel great physically with lots more energy.

To date I have lost 40 lbs. and to my surprise my doctor told me that he doesn't want me to loose too much weight. He said that for my body type and age a BMI of 28 is good. He mentioned that the standard chart numbers are just that a STANDARD, and we should not determine what is best for us based on a chart number. Twenty five years ago, I lost 75 lbs. (with a diet mentality and gained it back) and was wearing a size 4-6. Now, I will be happy weighing 20 lbs. more, wearing a size 8-10 and be healthy and fit!.

Thanks for the reminder! And thank you doctor for helping stay motivated. Now I only have 15 lbs. to lose to obtain BMI of 28.

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Edited by: MSMARGARET53 at: 5/19/2011 (21:25)
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A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison. - Francis Bacon


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5/18/11 5:33 P

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Nah, I don't want to be skinny. I was skinny BK (before kids). I'd just like to not have so much flab covering my lovely muscles....I KNOW they are there. Skinny is not so attractive..."just right" is more like it.

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"I'm preaching to the choir here. :)"

Amen, Sister, amen! emoticon (But deep down inside we'd all like to be SKINNY and FIT!)

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5/18/11 11:09 A

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I've (in my obsession) also read that "a fat person can be healthy" (I don't care for the terminology but....anyway.) Basically, an overweight ACTIVE person can be in better health than his/her overweight sedentary counter part.

It's still a complete pain in the butt though to look and see those numbers never changing....I'm preaching to the choir here. :)

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Thank you for the article. Very inspiring!

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Well said! Thank you for motivating us to GET UP AND MOVE!!
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Excellent, Haley! My doctor said just what you did when I complained about my long-lasting plateau. He said there's no way to determine any one person's "set point" for their body. I'm afraid too many people look at the govt. standards, like BMI, and think they're a failure if they don't get to that number. I am stronger and more fit than any time in my life, so I think I'm doing pretty darn good for a 64 year-young!

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5/17/11 10:44 A

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How do you measure your fitness and health? Many people choose to focus on the number on the scale and that's all. Yes, the number on the scale is important but it is not the only factor that you should consider. The scale is only ONE tool that you should use to gauge your fitness and good health. You could take measurements to determine how many inches you lose. You could also journal to monitor your energy/endurance levels. There are a lot of ways to measure.

You need a "calorie deficit" of 3500 per week to lose one pound--per week. It is recommended that you lose 1-2 pounds per week. If you want to keep it off (who doesn't!?) So, if you can burn ___ calories and cut ___ calories by eating healthfully (see the Mediterranean Way nutritional information) you can say good-bye to a pound per week and you never have to tell that pound hello again. Awesome, huh?

Did you know that muscle weighs more than fat?

Did you know that the more muscle you have the more efficiently your body works to burn fat?

Both statements are true.

Does that mean if I've been eating healthfully and exercising but have not lost one tiny, little, fraction of an ounce but my weight has stayed the same....I'm actually progressing?

Why, yes. Yes, it does, well usually (you should see your doctor if you are working hard and nothing changes). If you feel more energized and happen to notice that your clothing is fitting better then I'd say you have made progress. Give it a few months (yes, dear...months) and the scale should reflect all of your hard work.

Trust me my middle name is "Impatient" so I know how difficult that is to work so hard, hop on the scale and see NO change. But you know what? If you feel better and your clothes are fitting better...I suggest sliding that stinking, old scale out of sight, keep up your good work and weighing less frequently. That has worked for me.

Don't forget to change up your fitness routine. If you walk incorporate your arms. Swing them, carry weights (or not) but move your arms and you will increase your work by 20%. Do something differently today than you did yesterday. Take a day off here and there. Exercise doesn't have to just happen in the gym or with a video or on a treadmill, etc. You don't have to dedicate 30 minutes (an hour or whatever) at one time....you can break it up. 15 minutes in the morning and 15 in the evening. 10 minutes before each meal....it's up to you. The key is....just exercise. Get UP and move!

Not everyone can do the same things. Find what you can do and do it. It will change. As you become more fit you will be able to do something else. You just have to start.

Disclaimer: If you have been focusing on eating healthfully and have been exercising faithfully you should depend upon your doctor for medical advice about your health. Go get checked out, see what the doctor says and then keep working until you have accomplished your goal.

I hope this makes sense and helps someone, somewhere.

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