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It's a new year and it's time.

Although I've always enjoyed being active, I've also struggled with weight all of my adult life. I'm excited to be on the recovery from major illness and at a place where I can start getting active again after several years of low mobility.

I'm ready to apply what I learned to find that recovery path to also get fit and to a healthy weight. I CAN do this. Friends to share support and motivation welcome!

Member Since: 1/4/2015

Fitness Minutes: 5,564

My Goals:
Get fit and to a healthy weight so my outside reflects a happy, confident, centered inside.

Nearer Term:
Lose 10
Lose 20
Join ONEderland
Walk a 5k
Overweight BMI (191)
Wear regular sizes

Healthy BMI (159)
Lose 88 (140)
Run at least 5k

My Program:
Track food to low end of calorie range with focus on carbs. Focus on unprocessed meats, veggies, quality fats, and a little fruit

Aim for 10k steps a day

Deliberate cardio with walking and cycling

Light ST 3 days a week alternating arms, legs, and core

Drink at least 80 oz of water a day

Avoid food after 7 pm

Mediate at least 1 hr/wk

Personal Information:
I go by Leia.

I'm 45, 5'7", and coming down from a high weight of 228. My goal is healthy and fit, I don't know what weight that be for me. I'm setting 140, within my Healthy BMI Range, to start.

Married to an awesome guy with two kids, ages 6 and 14. I do computer-based freelance work mostly from home.

Other Information:
It's your road, and yours alone. others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. --Rumi

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  • v BRIAEL
    Glad to share what I've learned. :)

    Hunger suppression is hit and miss, sadly. If you are exercising, you're going to feel hunger - but, the good news is that it should become a sensation to you in about 8-10 weeks, rather than that nagging "I need to eat something NOW" feeling. You will get used to it, trust me. :)

    The other way to manage hunger while you're doing exercise is to make sure that you eat dense vegetables with lots of fiber (spinach, broccoli, red peppers, kale, mustard greens). Yes, they are higher in carbs, but if you're working with NET carbs, the fiber count takes them down lower than the low carb veggies which don't fill you up and certainly don't take longer than an hour to process.

    My nutrition page is open view - feel free to take a look at how my macros work out. I spend a lot of time playing with different food combinations (I track weight on a daily basis so I can see variables) to see which yields good loss - and broccoli seems to top the list. One thing I never do is dip my calories/carbs low on exercise days. This is guaranteed to slow you down. Replace at least 75% of the calories you burn with healthy fats and protein. Because I'm not 100% compliant I tend to use the protein powders, but a pudding or milky drink packet is just as good.

    On days when I feel that exercise isn't going to push me over so-so exertion I will split breakfast portion into two, have one before I leave and one when I get back. On such days you will notice that I often make pancakes out of a packet or protein tub and have butter on it as a supper treat. Occasionally I have 2.5 or rarely 3 cups of veg with the evening meal. It's all experimentation, seeing how far I can push it, how my body reacts.

    Yesterday we ate at Texas Roadhouse. I had half a roll. 11 carbs, no fiber to offset it and I was bricking it before I weighed this morning. End result? Loss. Had 102oz water though.

    THE biggest variable for loss for me is water. 64oz doesn't cut it. I need at least 80 per day, and that is without post-exercise recovery water (24oz). Some people do, some people don't. Try increasing it for a week, decreasing it for a week and see what is optimal for you.

    2018 days ago
  • v BRIAEL
    Nice to meet you, and thanks for the friend add. I see Marie (Panfriedtrout) beat me to you, as always!

    Glad to see another convert to the low carb lifestyle, and hoorah on C25K, it really does make you feel accomplished each day you can get through the program.

    Looking forward to sharing the "get fit and healthy" lifestyle with you! :)

    2019 days ago

    I like that poster you put in the Friend Feed & I certainly know the truth of it but it has taken me MONTHS to actually do anything to get *unstuck*. Oh well, I finally am so guess I should be happy about that.

    btw, have you ever tried to type a comment on your page? i always have to open WordPad and write what i want & then copy/paste it into the box as i can't see the words i'm typing.

    2022 days ago
  • v CHANCE04
    Sorry. I really do know how to spell :)
    I can't see the text while typing my comment but that meant keep on busting out butts!
    2022 days ago
  • v CHANCE04
    Thank you for the encrouagement on my blog! Came to say thainks and noticed we have the same goal weight ! Lets keep on mustin gout butts and we'll get there emoticon
    2022 days ago
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