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  • I’m really very happy with my every day auto-pilot foods/sweets/snacks. I decided to challenge myself to switch my daily sweets (chocolate) to a few of the stevia/sugar free options. I already eat pretty dark chocolate so I anticipate that this won’t be too difficult. I don’t have a vendetta against sugar, but I figure…
  • I hit the 170’s this morning!! I’ve been going to see a Posture Restoration Therapist and the results have been amazing. I was told I can continue my normal workouts with a few minor modifications but I’ve found it easier to avoid pain flair-ups if I concentrate on the PT exercises + walking. This has of course meant that…
  • As a fellow homeschool mom who has treasured the few times I’ve been able to go walking & praying I say “what a great idea!!” This is motivation for me to put something like this on the calendar, thank you!
  • I noticed that!! How silly, yet remarkably consistent :D
  • Not really a victory, but it’s definitely fun so I want to share it :) today after entering in my after dinner snack I hit my calorie goal spot on. I wasn’t just “under” or even over by 10cal, I was dead even spot on and that’s never happened before. I know that one minor error in measuring throws that off and it’s highly…
  • For the first time in almost a year I did a bunch of squats yesterday and I have ZERO back pain today. It’s amazing how chronic pain can creep up on you and change what you perceive as ‘normal’. The backstory: After having trusted friends (who are personal trainers) see me in their class and look over my lifting form one…
  • Genius. I will record late night excess in that days log, but it’s the stress of seeing the number go up that can make the whole thing worse. I don’t struggle with this hardly at all anymore, but when I do next I will use this tactic. Thank you for sharing!
  • @AnnPT77 @SnifterPug Thank you for sharing in my excitement! :smiley: :smiley: @Theoldguy1 Yes! My therapist is trained through the PRI! So glad you’ve had great progress with this type of PT. Best of continued luck for you as well!
  • I know I wasn’t able to specifically respond to each reply in this thread, but I read them all and am so grateful for all the input! I wanted to give an update because as it was noted, age was likely not the cause of me feeling like I needed to lessen the intensity of my exercise. It turns out getting enough sleep, getting…
  • I’ve got another one. I took a bit of a diet break the last few weeks, and I’m ok with it. Feel free to stop there, the rest is my external processing about that NSV :wink: After reading in the forums here about another’s experience & decisions to plan in maintenance weeks around TOM, travel, or a holiday I decided to do…
  • Thank you! I was also rather impressed with it, especially since I remember thinking “this will put me over my calories, oh well, screw it.” I think it was that thought that sort of slapped me out of it and brought me back to reality rather abruptly :smiley:
  • My husband brought home milk duds yesterday. He rarely does that, we don’t really buy candy except for the higher quality dark chocolate I make daily room in the calories for, because I refuse to live in a world where my food doesn’t include at least a small piece of chocolate whenever the heck I want it :smiley: It’s been…
  • My perception of myself has changed. On account of my personality as a visionary/dreamer I have often felt like a big giant quitter. I am a chronic starter of creative endeavors and because I start and dream about way more than is realistic to accomplish I have a long list of unrealized ideas and a rather short list of…
  • I just have all the confidence that you will succeed! Having such a down to earth realistic approach is so key to long term success (I’ve found) for me, it helps my headspace which in turn contributes to my continued success. I love that you’re not counting those weeks as 1lb loss weeks! It’s such a smart way to approach…
  • You really can lose weight to the point of being able to comfortably cross your legs again, and that’s still with 20lbs to go! Upper thighs are crossed above the knee and they’re staying put It feels as incredible as I imagined it would.
  • This is weight related...but also now I UNDERSTAND why it’s shared so much! I’m not obese on the BMI chart anymore!!!!! Holy moly I have been hovering so ridiculously close to this edge I just plain gave up on caring about it. Then, just for kicks I checked again today. Yep. Wasn’t expecting to feel this excited and…
  • Thanks for this :smile: I know that form can sometimes be an issue, but I’ve taken several measures to make sure that this isn’t the case for this specific back problem. I have a mirror for real time reference, I’ve gradually worked my way up from body weight to weighted moves and many of these moves were taught to me in a…
  • Still shooting for the 170’s (and am 1/2lb closer than I was before!) but I have a few new mini goals thanks to the very kind folks in these forums who helped me work through and discuss an issue I was having related to not feeling optimal after sweaty, high impact, high intensity cardio workouts. 1. SLEEP. I think the…
  • 2 things. 1. That list is a humble *reality check* for me. yikes! 2. I am SO thankful you took the time to bring up those variables. Because my form hadn’t changed, my time exercising hadn’t changed (30-50mins), + I was feeling as described above...I couldn’t figure out the possible reasons why so I just landed on age as…
  • For real, thank you SO much for the encouragement!! I love seeing confirmation that there really will be a time when the kids need me less (directly) and I can mix my routine to better suit where I’m at. And yeah, my weight goals are super flexible at this point. I’m going for getting rid of obvious excess body fat and…
  • Thank you all so much for your encouragement and replies in helping me figure this out!! I’ll be back on to reply more, I got excited about all the responses but don’t have the time to reply all at once even though I’ve got questions and clarifications :smiley:
  • Ha! I thought that my post title might cause people to consider me older than 32, and I didn’t know if I could change it without starting an entirely new thread. :smiley: So, I like to push myself *hard* while working out and I didn’t want to write a novel when explaining my dilemma, but lately I just feel achy all over…
  • I find this to be true for me the older I get. It’s interesting to balance. I need more time to wake up and feel good for a morning workout, which means getting up earlier for more movement before the actual workout. That’s hard to recon with when it’s super early. I found it mentally easier to just pop outta bed and GO.…
  • That’s similar to what I do, the earlier I get my workout in the less I can tell I haven’t eaten. These days I will sometimes have black coffee about 30mins before I workout and if I can tell I might need more I’ll break the fast and have cream in the coffee and an apple or something. I’ve been doing that when the day has…
  • The 170’s. I haven’t been there since right before making a decision to try for baby number 3. That baby is now 2yrs old. Three years has been a long time waiting for all the pieces to fall into place and me to be losing sustainably and consistently. The last year has been the hardest because I know to write off the…
  • Yes to each and every one of these things!! I feel more satisfied with larger meals, so it works for me to eat more of my calories later in the day and one of my meals is ALWAYS a large amount of veggies + protein. Kids want spaghetti for dinner? I lightly brown an entire bag of frozen green beans in butter, add salt and…
  • Yay!! Mentally, it was harder for me to eat more and lose so slowly than it is for me now to eat less and lose at a manageable rate. Experiencing tangible success is a huge motivator!
  • I finally figured out the sweet spot of my calorie intake that allows me to see progress at a rate that feels (and is) successful yet doesn’t cause me to feel like trash in the day. I can’t even begin to state enough how weird of a puzzle this has been for me (and therefore how excited I am about the whole thing). I don’t…
  • Yeah!!! This is one of the things I’m truly most excited to see again someday!
  • Thanks for the recommendation, it’s always nice to have a solid source for stuff like this!