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  • Cynthia - Just losing all over

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    31 posts, 20 voices, 1469 views, started Jan 28, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt




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      I have got to lose all over. The good news is, as we lose body fat percentage it comes off pretty evenly so everything shrinks about the same percentage at the same time. Since peri menopause I notice that my midsection is thicker. I used to have a 22 inch waist. My hips were only 33 inches and my thighs were 19. I weighed 104 pounds in my 20’s. Even in my 30’s I was able to take weight off easily. Once I hit 45 it became harder and harder. Now as I approach 49 I don’t even recognize myself.

      I’ll dig out some clothes to shoot a photo of but I have a pretty good idea what I want to be able to wear. I have a halter dress, brown, tropical print, slim fitting and I want to be wearing that on my birthday in March with my brown strappy stilettos. That’s almost exactly 2 months from now. I tried it on the other day and, let’s just say I have a little ways to go.

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          Marya1961 wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • I am looking forward to this so much, Cynthia...after my surgery last year, it took me seven to eight months just to heal and forget doing anything too strenuous for awhile..so 2010 will be the year of glory for all of us!estaticestaticheart



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          Max0125 wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • I am with both of you. Last year I got a dress from Title Nine that I can’t wait to wear. I can’t wait to get into it!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • Cynthia we can do this... being sensible is the best way. I can’t wait to see all our after pics!



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          Rose Nino wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • I’m down 5 lbs since Monday and 2 inches off my waist! I’ll go for another 3 lbs, and I should be just perfect. I know you can do it as well.



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          Rose Nino wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • Sorry that was 2 inches off my hips. It’s 1 1/2 off my waist.



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          Frannie1964 wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • With The Fabulous Ladies Motivations and encouraging words, you will do great Cynthia.estatic



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          Rose Nino wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • So true. The most important thing to remember is to not give up. And so there will be bad days, just get right back on track the very next day. estatic



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          Jenz ~ wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • You can do it. I know you CAN. :D You’ll get there. estatic

          Just do something each day even if it’s a little walking. Do you have a diet plan, etc? I found that eating little meals only ‘til I’m not hungry anymore, rather until I’m totally full has helped. Speeds up metabolism again.

          Hugs!



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          Hbrose wrote Jan 28, 2010
        • Cynthia, I so relate when you say you don’t even recognize yourself! I, too, will be 49 this year and can say the exact same thing—it gets depressing sometimes! You’ve got specific things you want to be able to wear so that’s good—maybe you could try them on every week or two to keep yourself motivated to do a little more, work a litter harder to get into those things again, by your birthday! I know YOU can do it! I’m going to try really hard to!  

          Cheers to all of us in reaching our goals and keeping each other motivated!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 2, 2010
        • My exercise program experienced gridlock on Friday afternoon. At first I thought I had the flu. I was running a fever, had chills, sweating, sick to my stomach, body aches and slamming congestion in my asthmatic chest.  I finally asked my husband to take me to the doc on Sunday for some relief and prednisone - so I could at least breathe a little. I did not have the flu but a respiratory virus. I was very glad for that because I was concerned about walking into the medical building and possibly being contagious. I held a towel over my mouth but who knows if this did anything but cause others to back away and give me stink eye.

          The good news is - and anyone who knows me knows there’s always good new in every scenario - I have no appetite. I am forgetting about the gluten free challenge since saltines are one of the few foods that actually stay in my stomach. I’m finally getting fluids in but the first two days those didn’t stay down either.

          So, this morning I thought, even though I’m on puffy body producing prednisone the next two pair of pants in my summer slimming challenge beckoned me. I tried them on. They buttoned and zipped. They don’t look good but I think it’s been 2 years since I’ve worn either of them.

          My husband assures me that the reduction in my size will be only permanent - HA! Bet me buddy. I was on the pneumonia diet 11 years ago and the weight stayed off for a very long time. It’s a matter of making the best of a bad - and I mean bad - scenario to make permanent changes in my eating habits.

          The diet works - however it’s NOT recommended.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 2, 2010
        • Lol! Well I’m glad you are feeling betterestatic



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          Rose Nino wrote Feb 2, 2010
        • Definitely not a good way to get there. But glad to hear you are feeling much better.  

          Hugzhappyheart



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 2, 2010
        • Sorry you have been ill honey - but always a silver lining to every cloud



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          Hbrose wrote Feb 3, 2010
        • hope you‘re feeling better!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 4, 2010
        • Cynthia how are you feeling today?



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          Linni wrote Feb 4, 2010
        • i look forward too seeing ALL the after pics! not too sure when i will do anything with myself.. sounds bad i know.. im just trying to make it through each day, one day at a time right now.. TOO much stressfrown



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Feb 4, 2010
        • Hope you are feeling better Cynthia!  Wow what a way to lose the weight but if it works then use it, I always say.  Hope you‘re back to normal in no time and ready for your workouts again.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • The pneumonia is completely gone and I’m now back to the intensity of workout I was before I got sick. Actually while on our San Francisco trip late last month I started walking all around the city at a comfortable pace. We came home and I got back on my treadmill but today I added light running to the workout again. It felt so good!!! I had lost 12 pounds while I was sick. I think I’m up a couple of pounds from that but with the increased workouts I know it will come back off soon.

          I have a goal for next Saturday when I weigh myself again. It’s a pretty lofty goal and more than is recommended for a week’s weight loss but I’m going to keep the number in my head and work toward it and see how it goes.



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Good for you getting right back to exercising!  So glad you are feeling better and back to your routine.

          It’s been sporadic here, haven’t lost much but I know if I exercise regularly it will happen.  Just need to get into a routine.  

          Have a great week and we’ll see where we are next week.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Cyn I am so glad you are feeling back to your normal self. What is your goal that you have set for this week?

          Providing I survive the flushing thing (who knows maybe that will BURN some weight off) I want to lose 5 lbs by 3/28 (Monday)

          Let me know so we can compare!



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          Kimo04 wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Hi Cythnia-
          Glad you are feeling better..... stay strong- mentally and physically- YOU CAN DO IT! Think of this all as a ‘lifestyle change’ not a diet- diet is a terrible word. This is something you will stick with forever now. Keep up with your intervals ( walking / jogging) they will keep you in fat-burning mode. Pay yourself first- meaning: schedule that daily workout time for you so nothing can get in your way. :) and...remember to eat- several small meals a day.... and drink that water...keeps that energy level up and metabolism cruising. :) Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.
          :)



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          Bea Kunz wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • Many of you know me to be a healthy food advocate.

          So much of our food choices are loaded with weight additives, not only for us but our children are suffering also.

          Reading labels and removing some things from our diet is a must, both for good health and for weight control.

          I follow a homeopathy regiment for my health care, I don’t eat gluten, wheat, yellow corn ( unless organic ) or dairy from cows.  These are the 4 foods that bring the most trouble , especially after 40.

          When I started the homeopathy program I was asthmatic, allergic to many things, and my cholesterol numbers were not good.

          After one year of diet tweaking, (and it’s a matter of exchanging this for that...not about giving up all the things we need and love.) I no longer have any symptoms of asthma, my cholesterol has dropped to the average level, and I’ve lost the pounds and inches that I needed to lose.

          I was about 15 pounds over my desired weight. I now weigh 125 and I’m 5.5.

          Another very important thing to know is after 40 most women are extremmely low in all the much needed minerals, and many vitamins.

          Most MD’s never check or even know how important this is to  address.

          I was way below average in my Vitamin D levels, and I’m outside in the sun a large part of the time. Who would have thought....

          The problem is, when our system is not balanced correctly all the good things we ingest kinda goes to waste, much gets flushed because one thing has to be right for another to work.

          My health is as near to perfect now as it’s ever been and I have taken no prescripton meds or deprived myself of good food.

          I don’t however drink sodas, eat refined white sugar, or eat any processed/boxed foods.

          Fresh ( chemical free ) fruits and vegetables, small amounts of meat, lots of the right fish/seafood and herbs in and on everything, no white flour or rice -brown instead.  

          Dark chocolate is allowed if you are a chocolate lover. I don’t care much for it so I don’t suffer from a sweet tooth. Once you get sugar out of your system you don’t have the desire for sweets at all.

          If you have access to and wish to, a homeopathic doctor can do a very simple assessment test that does a computerized readout of exactly what you are missing and what you need to bring your system into balance.

          Most insurance will pay for any and all lab work, but depending on the state you are in some will not pay the doctor. ( because they don’t use prescription drugs and we all know how the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance companies work together.)

          My year in homeopathic rehab has not cost anymore than a years worth of co-pays and meds would have cost.

          Good health and good weight control is so much easier than we are led to believe...it just means comittment to a change in many practices that has never worked and still don’t.  

          I hope you find a bit of something to help you in this post. It isn’t meant to be preachy, just my wish to share something really good and workable and lasting.

          Bea Kunzheart



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          Hbrose wrote Mar 21, 2010
        • So glad all is well for you again and you‘re feeling good enough to get back into your workout routine.  Hope you meet your goal to fit into your favorite outfit soon, I’m sure you will!  happy



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          Denise Critcher wrote Mar 23, 2010
        • When I left my husband about five months ago. I lost 30 lbs. I went from a 10 to a 4 in a matter of a couple of months. I don’t think it was the fact that I left him (because I knew it was time to go for my own sanity)it was more of a mind set that I had to lose the weight not for anyone else but me. I never looked bad (5‘8 and 155)but I felt bad physical I was always tired. When I was with him we ate out a lot and ate late in the evening. So that was the first thing I cut out, then I cut all of the refined sugars with the exception of dark chocolate that will always be my weakness but instead of having a bar I have two pieces. The next thing I did was to walk my dogs. We go out everyday for 45 minutes to an hour and we just don’t walk we run-walk. I have a peekaboo (Louie) that loves to GO and my other dog a maltese mix(Toby) that needed to lose some weight too. So we embarked on this journey together and all of us feel so much better. To just get out and walk has done my mind and body so good. In my 20 I would ride my bike one day a week for about 20 miles and I remember taking those rides thinking about what I had done that week, what was troubling me and how to resolve whatever situation I had and now I do that with my dogs. Exercise give me time to think I don’t bring my phone I bring my I-Touch because I tend to walk faster with a good beat in my head. I still ride too because I just need to blow off excess energy. I do take vitamins because I have a hypothyroid. But what benefited me the most is just getting out there even when you don’t want to just get up and go it is amazing how you feel when your done. Once you get hooked on the endorphins that surge though your body the weight will come off. Then it fun to go shopping and buy that new dress, pants whatever and say damm I look good. estatic



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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 9, 2010
        • Hey Cynthia!
          Thx for the book! A lot of really good info in there. How are you doing?



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