Happy New Year!

I made the difficult decision to drop social media in an effort to shore up family life.

There was wailing and gnashing of teeth the day Mom said we all spend too much time on our devices! And, the kids weren’t too happy about it, either.

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June 2015

#BigIronMama 185 lb. Deadlift

#BigIronMama
185 lb. Deadlift

I had a chance to go to my friend’s gym, and she was kind enough to take this photograph.

Hey, this is a deadlift — that’s as far as I can lift it.   I can’t shoulder press that kind of weight!

I didn’t know until this year that in England, body weight is measured by stone + pounds.

One stone equals about fourteen pounds.  I mention this because this month I celebrate four stone lost off my starting weight.

I’ll save you the math — I’m at 203 lbs.  Also at that same gym, there is a nice scale that also measures body fat percentage.  FWIW, it says my percentage is 37%.

The funny thing about this picture is that I had not planned on wearing that particular shirt.  I wanted to wear my new, form fitting “Meet Me at the Gym” shirt, but that was in the laundry.  However, this way I can include this picture!

June 2014 and June 2015

June 2014 and June 2015

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May 2015

May 2015 Original Weight - 20%

May 2015
Original Weight – 20%

Today I’m sharing links.

MyFitnessPal

1.  MyFitnessPal.com

MFP is primarily a calorie-count app/website.  I downloaded the app last summer, was overwhelmed by the process of counting calories, and stopped.  After discovering a recipe analyzer and buying a food scale, I re-tried the website. However, I did not start right away on the calorie counter. I started back up utilizing the social functions. There are message boards as well as a newsfeed for friends’ posts. Just browsing the social functions  is enough to “count” toward your daily check-in tally. But I do think the daily check in is to help motivate you to [use the website] log in your foods daily. The social function is a way for me to express my mini milestones and talk shop regarding weight loss without boring my friends. Now that I have a food scale and I have a better idea of the calorie density of my foods, logging in at MFP is less frustrating. My mfp handle is InchwormByInchworm

Caloriecount.com

2. http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

I use this analyzer in a slightly quirky way.  I enter the ingredients, and after it has told me the calories for 1 serving, I adjust the number of servings to make one serving equal 100 calories. It makes it easier for me to compare at a glance the calorie density of recipes.

Diane Carbonell, author of “25 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid”

3. http://www.dianecarbonell.com/

A simple list of 25 good habits. You can obtain this list by scrolling down the right sidebar for the e-pamphlet.

Erika Kendall, A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss

4. http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/ending-emotional-eating-and-the-transformative-art-of-self-care/

Gotta kick that Inner Mean Girl to the curb!

5. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/NoExcusesJenn/view/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-weight-management-465596

Another look at how to overcome negative thinking and discouragement.

Anne Ricci

6. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-ricci/6-things-no-one-tells-women-about-their-weight-loss-journey_b_7003184.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

The journey is not a straight road. And there are a lot of factors that go into a scale reading on any particular day.

Erika Kendall, Willpower

7. The next link is a cluster of links. This is a series, and the order you read it in.
WILLPOWER.

http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/its-all-mental/the-myth-of-will-power/

http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/its-all-mental/the-will-power-series-can-self-control-be-developed/

http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/tools-for-weight-loss/the-will-power-series-why-is-it-so-hard-to-develop-self-control/

http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/its-all-mental/self-compassion-a-key-factor-in-weight-loss/

Barbara Berkeley

8. http://www.refusetoregain.com/2011/07/huckabee-eating-his-words-unfortunately-pancakes-too.html%20

My favorite quote in this article comes from its combox!

That weight-loss maintenance is some “lifestyle” is society’s big lie. It is assumed to be the lesser challenge next to weight loss. It is assumed to require no special skill set. It is, merely, assumed. A person does the “hard” work of losing weight, and if she regains it, her friends and family are stunned. How could she do that? She looked so great! She felt so great! She was so “together”! Her friends and family blame her and she blames herself. Everyone speculates simplistically about psychological issues that may have nothing to do with it. She’s, actually, NORMAL. Those of us who maintain are the odd ones. We’ve figured out that this is not an issue of style, but a life-long challenge that engages elements of science, sociology and personal body wisdom. I call it my third- to half-time unpaid job (or my personal science experiment) and force joy into it, such as I can. I approach it with intellectual curiosity, and that helps.

9. http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/

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April 2015

April 2015 Size Medium progress shirt

April 2015
Size Medium progress shirt

This is a progress shirt. It is a Medium that my oldest son wears to the annual parish service project.

 

I am now 209 lbs — 50 lbs less than my starting weight.

My Starting Weight minus 101 lbs. equals 158 lbs.

View this image.

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This is a graphic representation of a BMI (Body Mass Index) chart. I started out at 45% BMI — literally, off (this) chart.  After having lost 50 lbs., my BMI is represented on the last image to the right — 40% BMI.

My new goal weight is identified by the red streak.  It is identified at 26% BMI, “slightly overweight.”

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February 2015

216 lbs. Feb 2015

216 lbs. Feb 2015

Howdy!  I hope you enjoyed the holidays. I held steady at 219 from October to last week — 216! I was mindful of calories, but didn’t count them. And I gave my left foot a much needed  break in the gym. My plantar faciits actually stopped bothering me. Perhaps I should have taken another 3 weeks off to let it really heal…I lost strength in my arms, but getting it back. Didn’t lose too much in the legs, though.

2014 was really a year to learn about the gym. 2015 is a year starting with a new, accurate kitchen scale. 2015 is a year to train myself what 200 calories looks like in the foods I commonly prepare — and learn new foods and their calorie counts, too.

Received new gym clothes for Christmas!  Snazziest girl in the gym!

I am proud of my accomplishment of losing 40 pounds in 2014. I want to do it again!

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