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Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a very nice Memorial Day holiday!

Over the weekend, I tried to watch what I was eating and load up on the fruits/veggies.  I had multiple cookouts to attend. I went out on Friday  night and drank with friends; I ate fries, filet mignon, a cheddarwurst, and 3 slices of pizza over the weekend, but I also had lots of fruits and veggies.  There's a berry farm nearby, so I brought home 8 qts of fresh strawberries and everyone snacked on those because they were like candy! mmmmm

Anyway, I felt like I didn't deprive myself over the weekend, although I did opt for the fruit salad instead of any of the 3 delicious cakes at my grandmas house.

I lost 2.6 lbs!!!

That's my biggest chunk of weight loss in a while, and I'm wondering how that happened. I tracked just about everything and I'm certain that I  used ALL of my flex points and probably all or most of my AP's. So, as I head into this coming week, I'm wondering if that's what I should be doing. How many of you eat all of flex and AP's?

So, my progress to date:

Starting weight: 220
Current weight: 186.2
Goal: 140-150
That's 33.8 lbs down!
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Running and Asthma + Small SV!

Hi all!  I'm a lurker, and I don't know if I've ever introduced myself or not but I'll do it again I suppose.

I'm Becca.
Age: mid twenties (heh i'm an actor and look quite young for my age so I like to keep it hidden ;)).  
Height: 5'1"
SW: 188.5
CW: Which is why I'm here posting today...I'm so excited that i finally broke into the 150s!  159.5!  I'm one pound away from officially saying I've lost 30 lbs! Whoo!!!
GW:  I don't know. 120s ish?  I don't ever remember wearing anything smaller than a 12 in high school so I have no idea how I'll look/feel at any size. 

Anyway, the REAL reason I'm here (other than the SV of breaking into the 150s..holler!) is my question regarding running.  I have a friend currently training for the Chicago Marathon and two other friends who ran in the NY marathon last year and I love the way they love running.  I have this romanticized image of myself running through central park on a nice day, running to relieve stress, going for a run with my super hot celebrity boyfriend (what?  it's totally going to happen.  When I get hot and skinny and become a successful film actress Jensen Ackles and/or Chris Pine will totally fall in love with me and we'll go running together.  seriously.  for realz.  I'm using The Secret.),and just in general loving running as much as they do.  I'm not looking to run marathons, but just a simple 5K.  A JOG even! 

My problem?  I have wicked bad exercised induced Asthma.  I can rock it out on the elliptical, but running and i do not get along.  I haven't actually tried in a few months, but I kind of like being able to breathe and I"m afraid to.   I'm HOPING that with the weight loss and trying the Couch to 5K program, I can do it now..but again, still scared.  

Does anyone here have any luck running with asthma?  has the couch to 5K program helped ease you into it?  has weight loss helped?  Now that it's starting to warm up in the city (I live in NY), I really do want to spend more time outside exercising and just walking through the park doesn't really do much for me, especially since I walk EVERYWHERE (hi.  i'm broke.  I can barely afford a $2 subway ride).  And when I'm happy and listening to good music, I just want to run anyway...and then the asthma kicks in and I struggle to breathe and then I'm no longer happy.  

So..what do I do?  just suck it up and deal with the fact that my body will never let me run?  or CAN I, with enough patience, become a runner? 

I did it...

SW: 139.8
GW: 130
CW: 131.8

A HUGE victory happened for me last night! I didnt have to pay for my meeting! Im FINALLY back within my goal weight!

A little background for those of you who dont know how lifetime membership works...You set a goal weight. Once you reach that weight, you have to stay at it for 6 weeks. After that you become a lifetime member. You must attend a meeting once a month to get weighed and maintain your lifetime status. As long as you weigh in within 2 pounds of your goal weight, you dont have to pay for meetings. This helps keep you on track and I genuinely think it is an awesome motivator. Needless to say, it doesnt always work...

My background...I received lifetime membership the summer of '07, after losing 35 pounds. At my lowest, I was 125 pounds. I went to meetings once a month for a few months after I got lifetime, then I just got sick of it and stopped going.

By January of this year, I felt my pants getting tighter and decided to recommit. I weighed in at 139.8. This was 9.8 over my goal! So, I had to lose at least 7.8 pounds to get to 132 and be within two pounds of my goal weight.

Over the last three months, I dropped 8 pounds, and yesterday I weighed in at 131.8! Im so excited to be back within my goal weight. I seriously jumped up and screamed when I got weighed.

This was a HUGE milestone for me. Ive been struggling the last few weeks, and only lost 0.2 since the begining of this month. It was so frustrating...then yesterday...BAM! 2.4 pounds lost! It was like a miracle.

I just had to get on here and tell someone. Now, to keep it going and eventually get back to that 125 pound mark...

P.S. Sorry for all the explanation about lifetime status, but Im not sure how many people know exactly how that works. I didnt know anything about it until I came within 5 pounds of my goal, then my leader started explaining it to me.
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:D!!!

So remember I went to Israel for 2 weeks? I'm back!

I had weigh-in today. I had expected to maybe lose 2lbs on the trip from all the walking and I did pretty healthy eating-wise. I was also sick two days at the start of the trip and didn't eat much. I was eating fine though after that.

I was down 7.6 lbs! :) I am so happy!

I am worried about keeping it off over the next 2 weeks but that is my goal. Just to maintain and let my body level out. I will take a loss but won't be sad if I don't see one for a bit.

I've already heard from a few people I look like I've lost weight. I haven't heard that in a while. :) Plus some jeans fit that didn't after I gained weight back in 2008.

22 lbs to go until goal!

SW: 256.4
Last weigh-in: 169.6
Today: 162
Total lost: 94.4
Stock; book & coffee

Yay!

I managed to lose what I gained last week, plus another 1.4 pounds. Totaling 2.8. Which brought me .4 pounds below my goal.

Which also means cause it was my last week of maintenance, that I'm a Lifetime member now!!!

I'm so happy! :D
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SV!

I wasn't really inspired to post my results last week because I gained (never, ever eat pork for dinner the day before...eeeeevil)... But we had our meeting today and I lost 2.8! This puts me at a total of 40.8 lost!! I'm so excited! 9.2 pounds until I've lost 50 total, AND I'll be under 200!!!

I am going on vacation next Thursday for about 12 days, though, and I'm guessing I'll probably gain a little from that. I'm not really going to be able to cook my meals (I'm doing Simply Filling/Core, so I almost never eat out), but I'm going to try to stay as active as I can. I want to enjoy my vacation without freaking out constantly.

Also, for those who commented on my last post, interested in the clothing, I need to get the pictures up online. I'll probably just make a public post in my own journal (so-as not to spam here) with the pictures. I'll post in here when they're available. :D

Must share a recipe, too:

Cornbread (Simply Filling/Core)

* 1 cup yellow cornmeal
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup Splenda granular
* 2/3 cup fat free sugar free yogurt
* 1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
* 1 egg

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Mix liquid ingredients in a small bowl.

Gently fold the wet into the dry. Pour into a round cake pan, sprayed with Pam. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into 6 wedges.

Instead of a round cake pan, I usually make it in a 9x5 inch pan so it's thicker and slices like actual bread. Tastes like it was made with fresh sweet corn! I sometimes indulge in a few points by adding some honey, but it's also wonderful plain. It goes really well with split pea soup.
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broken mini-plateau!

I almost posted this to worcesterma... oops!

Yesterday I reluctantly woke up at 6am to go weigh in (and be sorely disappointed, again. Or so I thought...) I stepped onto the scale, and the gentleman weighing me in lit up and said "Down 2.2!" I had been stuck at 140.2 after a .8lbs gain for 3 weeks, seriously one of the most discouraging things I've gone through yet. However, this past week I laid off some of my weeklies, and lo and behold! A loss!

Additionally, as a way of helping to keep myself accountable to my workouts daily, I've created new filters on my personal journal for anyone looking for WW friends - I can either cut out all the personal ones (usually relating to an upcoming trip to Poland, Campus Ministry, articles and my adventures in unschooling) or not. Either way, I'm hoping to use the new filter to update about progress since starting toning exercises and getting closer and closer to my 10% (3 lbs left!) and, obviously, goal weights (13 lbs left... I can't believe it!) Making friends in the same WW boat would be great, personal or WW journals :O)

I'm really trying to stay on track, because I've heard the last 10 are sometimes the hardest to lose. Hopefully updating often will help. Have an excellent end to the weekend, all, and good luck with the upcoming week :O)!

I DID IT!!!

I have finally broken the 300 lbs mark. I am down 61lbs from when i started weight watchers which puts me at 295.2. I was so happy to have finally gotten back into the 200's i started jumping round the scale. It was pretty funny to watch according to my boyfriend. Well i just wanted to share my success. Thanks for letting me.
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