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  • Update: After much debate, I finally landed on a Polar Vantage M. Since it is an older model, I found a decent deal on Amazon. I went back and forth between Polar and Garmin, but the good price and the fact that I wouldn't have to learn a new app (I'm using Polar's app with my chest strap) is what swayed me. I don't need…
  • I did about an hour of light gardening this morning (cutting the spent spring bulb leaves to the ground.. see you next year!). After a pretty lazy day, I felt like moving some more but I didn't want to overdo, so I did a slow, easy 30 minutes on the elliptical (Zone 2 and below.. only 1.5 miles).
  • Why do you want to exercise? If you can answer that for yourself, then you will be able to kick your own bum into action. :) Also, everything @AnnPT77 said. <3
  • @SavageMrsMoose I think the bottom line is that you are going to have to experiment and see what works for you. Clearly, what you are currently doing ISN'T working if you land in "screw it, I'm giving up" town, right? There's no shame in that, BTW. I know I've been there MANY times over the years. What worked for me this…
  • @bojaantje3822 The struggle is real! Hang in there and rest when you need it. The "old standby" for me today: 45 minutes on the elliptical; ~2.6 miles; HR mostly in Zone 3, with a few dips into Zone 4 (I think when I was laughing at the video I was watching :D ). Followed up with my small strength training routine. I was…
  • It is very overwhelming. I have to really think about what I want before I make a purchase. Some of them are super expensive. I think I might go look at some at a store and see if the displays and size might help me decide.
  • Thanks everyone!! I appreciate the input. Time to shop... :)
  • Definitely taking a rest day today. My muscles are tired. Not sore, but tired. I guess my long elliptical session on Wednesday was a bigger deal than I realized. Yesterday's workout was stunted and I'm still tired today. @bojaantje3822 I completely relate to feeling restless on rest days. I want to move, but the older I…
  • 45 min. elliptical... about 2.6 miles, mostly Zone 3. I had to leave it at 2.6 and not go for 3 because I'm tired today. I followed with some upper body strength training. Looking forward to a couple of rest days. I need them, I think.
  • Thanks again for the wise words @springlering62 .... and bonus points for the Lord of the Rings reference. :D
  • There is birthday cake at work for a coworker today. Normally, I would have a small slice, log it, and move on. However, because I had a pizza and cake extravaganza for a family member last night, I just walked on by that office cake today. The victory is that I didn't fall into the "Well, I messed up this week, so might…
  • Adding a pillow between your knees helps. :smile: This is pretty common as people lose weight in their legs. I think it has to do with the angle of your legs (and the thigh bone in the hip joint) when you have less leg mass. It does get better over time. (At least it did for me.)
  • Thank you! I don't generally like going that long (it's boring.. haha), but hiking season is upon us, and I want to get used to a longer effort. I don't know how accurate the mileage on my machine is, but it really doesn't matter. It's just another benchmark for me to watch my progress over time. Yes, the no pounding of…
  • It's getting hot where I live and have started wearing shorts again. I have pairs of several sizes, and all of them seemed too big. The pair I landed on today fits perfectly at the waist, but is loose in the thighs (walking length). I just looked at the size: Size 10. It took me a minute for that to sink in. This is a pair…
  • Thanks for pointing this out. I didn't realize there was a difference either. I've been thinking about going in for a baseline bone density DEXA soon. I'll have to ask if they can do body composition at the same time.
  • Another long-ish elliptical session today, just to see what I could do. :smile: 90 minutes with about 50min. in Zone 3 and intervals into Zone 4 (about 20 min. total); machine says 5 miles. We'll see how that sits in the body over the next day or so. I have a sit-on-my-butt-for-hours kind of workday tomorrow, so I should…
  • Well, you can't just leave it at 2.7!!! :D
  • Congratulations @AnnPT77 for being able to finally get back on the water! I think we all know how much you hate your indoor workouts. :smiley: 55-ish minutes on the elliptical for me today. I went a little longer just so I could hit 3 miles. Mostly Zone 2, with ~10 minutes in Zone 3. This was followed by my easy strength…
  • +1 to everything @justanotherloser007 said!!! I'm not sure why it took me this long to realize that, yes, I HAVE to weigh and log everything. Period. For life. Otherwise, calorie creep will get me just like every other time I've regained weight that was lost. Also, like you, I don't know why I ignored my protein intake for…
  • I just reached my original goal weight of 145lbs. (BMI: 22.7) from 173 (BMI: 27.1). It took about 9.5 months. Yay! :smiley: Now that I'm here, I'm happy with my results, but would like to lose just a bit more around the middle and have a little bit more wiggle room for maintenance. In other words, if I go on vacation, eat…
  • I pre-log breakfast and lunch on my work days. I usually do this as I'm making my lunch the night before and that informs what I will eat for breakfast. This is just a time-saving thing and also so that I don't forget what I ate at the end of a busy work day. I have the blessing/challenge in that I am not the main dinner…
  • Did a mostly slow elliptical session today for ~50 min. Most of it was at Zone 2 with a few token intervals into Zone 3 in the last 15 minutes. This was followed by my low weight/don't hurt yourself strength training routine. Happy Friday!
  • What's one thing I know now? That weight X does not look or feel the same at age 47 as it did at 25. Bodies change with time and age (and babies). Be open to flexibility in your goal weight.
  • Can't disagree with observable results. :smile: Everyone is different. I'm happy for you that you can eat all the calories back. (Ok, maybe I'm a little bitterly jealous, but I'll live. :D ) Congrats on the successful weight loss and maintenance! That's fabulous.
  • What @Lietchi said... I started eating back half the calories that are stated on my HR monitor and it has been spot on for several months. I watched my weight loss very carefully with hope that I could eat ALL the calories back, but alas, half is what works for me. Everyone is different.
  • This!! So many previous weight loss efforts failed because I wasn't eating enough, got too hungry, lost energy, and gave in to binging on junk.
  • Update! All the stubborn pounds went away (yay!) with the return of my period (boo!). I guess I was experiencing increased water retention due to hormones ("Extreme PMS: Perimenopause Edition!" (TM)). So that's fun. *sarcasm* I'm now officially at goal weight. We'll see how long I stay there. hahaha
  • Since today is just an elliptical day (strength training rest day), I decided to do a @swimmom_1 workout. :D I flipped on a movie, hopped on the elliptical, and just walked. I specifically kept the pace on the slow end because I wanted to go through as much of the movie as I could. Final score: ~80 minutes, all zone 2…
  • I had a family member do the "you look too skinny" thing recently. I just smiled. She then continued, "Don't YOU think you look skinny? You look so skinny to me." I just laughed and said, "I look like someone that has normal weight. This is what normal body weight looks like". She made a face and then said "I haven't seen…
  • Hit the elliptical early this morning for ~55min., 3 miles. Not as fast as the other day, but I'll take it. Followed this with some mild strength training. Then, after a snack, my silly self decided that the floor needed cleaning (the dreaded scrubbing of the grout!). I think I'm going to be sore tomorrow. :D (You know I…
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