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Throwing away the scale

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The BLC24 was my worst round yet. I ended up gaining 3.6lbs and I知 over my goal weight by 5.4lbs emoticon. I know that I can get back down. I知 to the point where I知 frustrated enough but I知 putting too much emphasis to the emoticoninstead of the process. So I知 throwing away the scale. Well at least until the next round of The Biggest Loser starts. But don稚 worry, I知 not going to abandon everything just the scale. I notice that I値l do well one or two days and peak at the scale and see that it痴 down and say to myself well I知 doing so well that I can cheat. Or I値l do well for one or two days and the scale will be up and say to myself why try if the scale is still going up. Yes I know the scale lies and sometimes it may take it time to catch up to my efforts so this is the reason why I need to put it away and just trust the process.

So my plan

emoticonCalorie range 1500-1700
emoticonProtein intake at least 100 grams daily
emoticonCarb intake no more than 175 grams daily (get carbs from beans, veggies and fruit)
emoticonMeals Try to eat carbs early in the day. Dinner protein & veggies. No eating after dinner other than my planned post-workout snack.
emoticonExercise Train for my emoticonby running 60 minutes 3x and 1 long run. Strength train heavy 3 days a week. Stretch more
emoticonSleep Go to bed no later than 10:30pm. 9:30 pm would be ideal

I know that if I follow the plan above and give it time that I will be successful.
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BECKYSKEL 4/10/2014 1:54PM

    You can do this! You have a great plan and I know that you'll be successful in it.

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FITMAY 4/9/2014 10:24AM

    Wise plan! emoticon
I am going to join you on this! No scale until BLC-25!

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GSDMOMMA 4/9/2014 10:00AM

    You can do it, Leah. I think taking a break from the scale (not the process) is a great idea. My goal is to stop obsessing about food in general. I find myself thinking about it for too much of my day and am going to really try to sticking to only eating when I'm truly hungry and keeping busy the rest of the time. Good luck!!

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New Jeans - A Reflection of My Real Self

Monday, January 27, 2014

So I ventured to the mall actually to pick up my free piece of chocolate from Godiva for the month of January. But as I was strolling through, I went into New York and Company. This used to be my go to store until I got pregnant with baby#1 and then working from home I really didn't need nice clothes (sad I know). Well after 2 babies and finally getting to goal I still hadn't been back.

Well I went yesterday and there as always as a mega sale. So I went through and picked up a few shirts and for fun decided to try on jeans. I was interested to see what size I wore in that store. As you women know depending on the store and designer determines what size you where. (I still don't understand why it can't be standardized but that's a different blog for a different day.)

I was amazed by how I looked. I swear that we need to be nicer to the person looking back at us in the mirror. Yes I still have problem areas and flaws that I see when I stand naked but the average person sees me like this

If the head was cutoff and I just looked at these photos from the neck down, I would be envious of that person. So this tells me that I HAVE and NEED to be kinder to myself. To celebrate what I have achieved and take my mind off the scale and on to just being healthy and active and enjoying life with my family.

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XXMILAXX 1/29/2014 4:09AM

    You look great! emoticon

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GSDMOMMA 1/28/2014 2:39PM

    Awesome, Leah! You look great and you're right about being kinder to ourselves!!

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BECKYSKEL 1/28/2014 12:58AM

    You look amazing! Glad that you see that too. The purple shirt and jeans really emphasizes your curves! Looking good momma!!!!

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NINETOZE 1/27/2014 9:44PM

    You look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!

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ACT0612 1/27/2014 6:57PM

    You look fantastic! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 1/27/2014 5:57PM

    awesome job!

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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/27/2014 4:59PM

    next time do just that, take the picture from the neck down and when you are having a bad day, or that little voice that decides to attach for no reason. Look at this amazing person, and realize she is you.

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CHERYLN 1/27/2014 4:30PM

    You look great Leah! I like your idea of "cutting off your head" and you'd like what you see. So that definitely tells you you're at a happy place wit your body. Good job getting where you wanted to be.

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JMOUSE99 1/27/2014 3:11PM

    How could you not be proud of *that* body!
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SAASHA17 1/27/2014 2:35PM


its hard but glad ur getting there about accepting this..u look gorgeous and u have worked hard for this..proud of U!!!


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LEASIM1231 1/27/2014 2:26PM

    Wow. You look great.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Who: Me

What: Is to maintain below 149.8lbs and have a bodyfat between 17-19%

Where: Not sure how to answer this one but I値l say in my life

When: For the rest of my live

How: By eliminating processed food and eating food as close to their natural state as possible. Keep my Carb/Protein ration 1:1 and no more than 1.2:1. Also making sure my macros are Fat, Protein and Carbs 33%.
Also Strength training heavy enough that I can only perform 8-12lbs and then after that 6-8 reps.

Why: Now that I知 at goal, I need to find a lifestyle of eating that will keep me within my range and not yo-yo up and down the scale. I also want to tone up my body and not be so flabby.

How much: Stay away from my intolerant food 鋒o Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, and Onions

How Often: Follow the ス marathon training program. On my non-run days, strength train.

How Many: I will not focus only on calories but make sure that I知 eating the right mix of food.

I have a gym membership. I also have exercise dvds at home as well as hand weights and dumbbells. I also have an affordable dietitian that I can make an appointment with if I need help with making healthy food choices.

I know that I will be able to average a maintenance weight of under 150lbs.

This is a lifetime goal and it will take a lifetime to figure out what works for me to stay within my maintenance range.

As SparkCoach Nicole says BE POSITIVE Focus on what I will do rather than what I won稚 do. Track successes instead of failures.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHERYLN 1/17/2014 9:48PM

    Sounds like you know what you need to do to stay at goal and I'm sure you'll succeed. Congratulations at hitting goal!

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GRACIEC 1/17/2014 9:22PM

    You have got your priorities straight - you'll succeed!

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LOVELESMILLS 1/17/2014 9:44AM


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My husband's reaction to his birthday gift.

Monday, December 30, 2013

I'm not sure how long ago but DH and I were walking through the mall and passed by Glamour Shots. They had a boudoir photo hanging there and I jokingly made a comment that I was going to do that. Well he looked at me and said "Well I don't have to worry about you doing anything like that because I'm too shy". Well every since then, I was on a mission to do it.

So I actually did the photos 2 days before my 40th birthday. I figured it was a great way to celebrate turning 40. I waited 2 months to give this to him for his birthday.

I had previously given him 2 framed photos of me holding a balloon that said happy birthday. I was wearing a black short nightgown. Nothing too revealing but that was just setting him up for the big reveal. You are able to see some of the photos in the video.

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NEVADAPP 1/11/2014 9:10PM

    I loved his reactions!! He likes it so much he wants to show it off to his friends!! Awww... What a great man you have!

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CHERYLN 1/4/2014 8:20PM

    That was super! Good for you for overcoming your "shy" streak to do that for him. Loved, loved, loved his reaction! Thanks for sharing with us.

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/3/2014 6:03PM

    Thank you for sharing DH's reaction and some of your photos with us too! What a great gift for both of you! Well done. emoticon

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HBLACK5 1/3/2014 5:04PM

    Your husband's reaction was great! That is awesome that you did that for him.

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BECKYSKEL 1/3/2014 2:38PM

    Love the video blog!!! I really liked his, "I hope the photographer was a woman." Great job Leah!!!

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BOBANDTY 1/3/2014 11:30AM

    Awesome Leah, thanks for sharing his reaction! You should be so proud of yourself for overcoming your fears of being photographed. Way to go girl!

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SLIM153 1/2/2014 9:07AM

    AWESOME! That really is a great gift idea for our husbands.!

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GRACIEC 12/31/2013 10:56PM

    That was priceless! I was laughing along with him at the beginning - especially when he said it would probably be pictures of bunnies! The ending was delightful! Great gift and the recording will be as treasured as the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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SAASHA17 12/31/2013 6:50AM

    hahahha that was so cute!!! awesome job Leah.... emoticon

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ACT0612 12/30/2013 11:28PM

    Great job, Leah!

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LOREN009 12/30/2013 8:33PM

    Haha... His reaction is great! Thanks for sharing and good for you for doing it.

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 12/30/2013 7:43PM

    Oh Leah...that was wonderful...your DH has an infectious laugh. Did he say what he thought he was opening...what a priceless treasure!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/30/2013 7:13PM

    What a great reaction. Good job on your part!

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LITTLEDEBI 12/30/2013 7:05PM

    Priceless, he had me laughing in the beginning.
I see he loved his gift, a beautiful keep sake for you both!
Nice going!!!

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MJEFFERSON23 12/30/2013 6:16PM

  Excellent gift! What could e more personal?

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SIMONEKP 12/30/2013 5:39PM

    I think he liked his present

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FENWAYGIRL18 12/30/2013 4:42PM

    emoticon hahahahaha I love how he asked at the end hahahaha
He thought it was going to be a prank (I guess cause he said you were shy and didn't expect it to be what it was hahaha) and then when he realized it was what he thought he was like OOOOOOOOh now wait a minute let me enjoy this hahahaha
Love the reaction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure you got a proper thank you for that gift and I think it wasn't only a gift for him but for you to show off the body you've worked so hard for, GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that's how you keep a mans eye from wondering, good for you!
The pics I saw you looked beautiful, what a great gift for hubby! I think you should at least let him have one with your birthday suit hahaha just for his eyes and for him to take hahahaha
Thanks for sharing loved seeing the way he reacted hahahaha

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MLEHTO 12/30/2013 4:14PM

    Good for you! I had some of those taken several years ago and I tell you it was quite the boost to my ego. They are some of my favorite photos of myself that I've ever had taken. I had them taken for my SO at the time for our anniversary and boy was he surprised. He loved them.

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Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I had left over canned pumpkin and I made these cupcakes (muffins) again but made a few changes. I think they taste a lot better now. I decreased the sugar from 1 cup to 2/3 cup. I took out the chocolate chips and replaced them with 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Before baking, I did top each cupcake/muffin off with 3 chocolate chips. I have to say, they are still very sweet and taste better. This is definitely a keeper recipe for me. I freeze them. I still have some frozen from the first batch. Next time, I think I will decrease the sugar even more.

Almond recipe

Original recipe

Oh I don't use the icing. I don't think it's needed.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/20/2013 12:50AM

    Thanks will have to try them.

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