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    Just to restrain from any misinterpretation - 20% above maintenance is not staple value, it may vary per individual. However, in my opinion this is the upper limit for the average not geneteic freak person, with no particular risk to affect your progress adversely.
    Between cheat meal and cheat meal there might be a huge difference, that`s why I`d like to take diet break - go to a restaurant and have someting like beef steak with baked potatoes, small beer and a salad. I`d also go for grilled salmon with basmati rice or similar. Not quite cheating, but has recreational effect as yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    So one week has passed and I thought I'd post my progress!

    Down 2 pounds & changes all over my body. Performed 4 cardio sessions, 2 were fasted & 2 were after work. Also did 3 full body workouts and man am I ever sore. Feels good. Took progress pics & I'm quite happy w: the progress I've made throughout the week! I'm going to continue what I've been doing for the next 3 weeks. Next weekend is my bday & I'll be traveling to a different city to celebrate w/ friends. I plan on brining my own meals (or the stuff required to cook while I'm there) so I can stay on track. I'll also be joining my gf's workouts w/ her at the local gym so I don't miss out!

    Sorry about the lack of clothing, hope I don't offend anyone, but it's just the side of my body, nothing personal showing lol.

    And like always.. Feedback or changes welcome!



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    I can scarcely believe that there's only a 2lbs difference!

    Looking good, nicely done!!!
    Told you, you were in good hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma_fighter

    I can scarcely believe that there's only a 2lbs difference!

    Looking good, nicely done!!!
    Told you, you were in good hands
    The scale only said 2 pounds difference... And sorry, I shouldn't say "only" ... That's quite a bit.... But you're right ... Looks like a boatload more. I'm quite happy w/ my progress & it's only been 1 week! (Well, now coming up to 2 weeks).

    Thanks for your comment! very kind of you

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    hey girl. there's a lady at work that i hadn't seen for a year. she lost 138 lbs since nov 2011 and she did it all BY DIET ALONE!!!!! she did, you can and so can i!

    keep up the great progress......its awesome to watch members achieve their goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat
    hey girl. there's a lady at work that i hadn't seen for a year. she lost 138 lbs since nov 2011 and she did it all BY DIET ALONE!!!!! she did, you can and so can i!

    keep up the great progress......its awesome to watch members achieve their goals.
    WOW! That's astounding definitely encouraging!! I'm going to keep going, I'm seeing progress & that's all I wanted! Don't care about a number on a scale as long as my body is changing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee

    WOW! That's astounding definitely encouraging!! I'm going to keep going, I'm seeing progress & that's all I wanted! Don't care about a number on a scale as long as my body is changing
    Exactly true about that scale!!! Took me about year and half to figure that out .

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    Blondee, you are doing absolutely amazing work here. Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitstreasure
    Blondee, you are doing absolutely amazing work here. Keep it up!
    Thanks kits!!

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    How's it going there girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat
    How's it going there girl?
    I've had a great weekend! Went away & tried to stick to my diet as closely as possible... Wasn't 100% on but I tried to fit my macros in properly (ate out about 3 times but stuck w/ salads). Did have 3 glasses of wine on my bday & 3 gin/tonics last night), but kept up w/ my cardio + weights. Headed home tomorrow, can't wait to get back into my routine! will be taking more progress pics next weekend!

    Thx for checkin in hun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee

    I've had a great weekend! Went away & tried to stick to my diet as closely as possible... Wasn't 100% on but I tried to fit my macros in properly (ate out about 3 times but stuck w/ salads). Did have 3 glasses of wine on my bday & 3 gin/tonics last night), but kept up w/ my cardio + weights. Headed home tomorrow, can't wait to get back into my routine! will be taking more progress pics next weekend!

    Thx for checkin in hun!
    Happy birthday Blondee! No cake? Sounds like you did awesome with selections and working out. I would have done the same. Salads and fish entrees r good go tos when dining out! Well played!!!

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    Congratulations!

    Good job on sticking to it even when going away and eating out

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat

    Happy birthday Blondee! No cake? Sounds like you did awesome with selections and working out. I would have done the same. Salads and fish entrees r good go tos when dining out! Well played!!!
    I'm lucky to not like cake... Unless its filled with ice cream lol, then that's a different story. I usually always order a salad out anyways, don't trust the stuff ppl put into food these days... I order something w/ no oil, salt, etc & I'm server the greasiest & saltiest "steamed" veggies ever. Can't really mess up a salad! Used my gf's gym membership & hit the gym 3/5 days that I was there, felt pretty damn good. Haven't & won't weigh myself but judging by my clothes and the little bit of bloat in my tummy, I may be slightly up in weight due to traveling, water retention, and the few drinks I had. Overall, I'm not worried. Back home & back to my routine!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes hun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma_fighter
    Congratulations!

    Good job on sticking to it even when going away and eating out
    Why thank you! Funny thing ... When you actually see results, it makes you not want to digress from your diet! Lol. It was tough, but all good! Thanks for the kudos!

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    Someone please explain this to me .....


    Picture on the left (3 weeks ago) weight was 170
    Picture on the right (taken this am) is 171.2



    80 pounds GONE - 30 to go .. WHY WONT IT COME OFF? Help pleaseee!!!! :)-image-3899712968.jpg



    Noticeable difference all around... Yet weight is up? This is the first time I've weighed myself in 2 weeks because my curiosity got the best of me.

    After this, I'm putting the scale away cause it totally bums me out. Progress pics I'm very pleased w/ but weight I'd like to see move as well, eventually....

    So confused

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    Someone please explain this to me .....


    Picture on the left (3 weeks ago) weight was 170
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    Noticeable difference all around... Yet weight is up? This is the first time I've weighed myself in 2 weeks because my curiosity got the best of me.

    After this, I'm putting the scale away cause it totally bums me out. Progress pics I'm very pleased w/ but weight I'd like to see move as well, eventually....

    So confused
    Wow... HUGE difference... night and day... in only 3 weeks!?!

    This is why the scale, when used alone as a tool (I know that's not what you did), can and will drive people insane. You have CLEARLY lost bodyfat, but your weight is up. That could be a combination of some LBM gains plus water. It could simply be time of day. I know my weight personally fluctuates ~10lbs over the course of 24 hours.

    I always preach using 4 tools in tandem: scale, progress pics, how your clothes fit, and most importantly, MEASUREMENTS!!! When you combine these 4, you'll get a pretty accurate snapshot of what's going on with your body.

    It would also be a good idea to do this once a week at the same time. e.g. I always did my measurements Saturday mornings, before eating, and after 'emptying'. We need to make it as controlled as possible.

    Overall, great job. Keep it up, you're gonna do amazing things!

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    Hang in there and keep the motivation high... you look great and must have lost a bunch of inches. I am currently in the same boat! I'm up 3 pounds this week but can visually see change and I had to move my belt to the last available (smaller direction) hole! Just keep doing what you are doing and it will continue to come off. If you start to see a plateau then make a change ie increase cardio, change timing of carbs or reduce carbs etc...
    Good Luck and looking forward to progress updates.

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    That number on the scale is a woman thing. It bothered me for the longest time too but it's not am accurate gauge of your progress. Look a the proof in the pics! Amazing change and u celebrated your bday during this stretch. Be proud girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    Someone please explain this to me .....


    Picture on the left (3 weeks ago) weight was 170
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    Noticeable difference all around... Yet weight is up? This is the first time I've weighed myself in 2 weeks because my curiosity got the best of me.

    After this, I'm putting the scale away cause it totally bums me out. Progress pics I'm very pleased w/ but weight I'd like to see move as well, eventually....

    So confused

    Wow! Thats a nice difference! Looking good

    Well, I for one do not like weighing in just once every or every other week, because too many things come into play when it comes to your current weight. I weigh myself EVERY morning at the same time, and the weight fluctuates quite a bit even so, but over a week or two I can easily pick up on a TREND, up or down.

    As for reasons to why the scales are going up, there can be several.

    *Different timing - If youre weighing in at night, then you've had the whole day to eat, and do, different things which will affect your weight. Mornings are best.
    *Eating differently - More salt = more waterweight for instance.
    *Been training or not - Less or more glycogen, and thus also less or more water. I *think* you carry 4 grams of water for every gram of glycogen.
    *More LBM - self explanatory.
    *Carrying more food inside your bowels at the time if the weigh in - Not gonna get into this one more.
    *For females, if you're at, or close to, your period - This will make you hold onto more water.

    Anyways, as GB says, trust the mirror, trust the way you clothes fit or trust a tapemeasure!

    You've absolutely done great progress on only three weeks!! Keep it up

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    There's even a clear difference from your last progress pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma_fighter

    Wow! Thats a nice difference! Looking good

    Well, I for one do not like weighing in just once every or every other week, because too many things come into play when it comes to your current weight. I weigh myself EVERY morning at the same time, and the weight fluctuates quite a bit even so, but over a week or two I can easily pick up on a TREND, up or down.

    As for reasons to why the scales are going up, there can be several.

    *Different timing - If youre weighing in at night, then you've had the whole day to eat, and do, different things which will affect your weight. Mornings are best.
    *Eating differently - More salt = more waterweight for instance.
    *Been training or not - Less or more glycogen, and thus also less or more water. I *think* you carry 4 grams of water for every gram of glycogen.
    *More LBM - self explanatory.
    *Carrying more food inside your bowels at the time if the weigh in - Not gonna get into this one more.
    *For females, if you're at, or close to, your period - This will make you hold onto more water.

    Anyways, as GB says, trust the mirror, trust the way you clothes fit or trust a tapemeasure!

    You've absolutely done great progress on only three weeks!! Keep it up
    Thank you so much for your comment! Seriously, whenever I'm having a bad day and feeling crappy about my progress, I come on here & read everyone's comments and my spirits are instantly lifted.

    I get bummed because I've been stuck for so long in the 160's. can't seem to break the number, so when I think I'm doing good, I weigh myself (but no more than once per week) only to find that the scale has gone up. It's incredibly frustrating. When I do weigh myself, it is first thing in the morning before food & water & after I've gone pee (not to get graphic but don't usually have a bowel movement until the afternoon, and that has been irregular as well). I start my cycle late next week too so I'm starting to feel fatigued, bloated & all that jazz... Gosh it's wonderful being a woman sometimes lol..

    With that being said, I can't ignore the progress I've made, I'm quite pleased with it actually. My scale is put away & won't be used again for a long time. Will measure progress w/ pics & measurements.

    Thanks again for your kind words! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    Thank you so much for your comment! Seriously, whenever I'm having a bad day and feeling crappy about my progress, I come on here & read everyone's comments and my spirits are instantly lifted.

    I get bummed because I've been stuck for so long in the 160's. can't seem to break the number, so when I think I'm doing good, I weigh myself (but no more than once per week) only to find that the scale has gone up. It's incredibly frustrating. When I do weigh myself, it is first thing in the morning before food & water & after I've gone pee (not to get graphic but don't usually have a bowel movement until the afternoon, and that has been irregular as well). I start my cycle late next week too so I'm starting to feel fatigued, bloated & all that jazz... Gosh it's wonderful being a woman sometimes lol..

    With that being said, I can't ignore the progress I've made, I'm quite pleased with it actually. My scale is put away & won't be used again for a long time. Will measure progress w/ pics & measurements.

    Thanks again for your kind words! :-)
    Yeah, I know THAT feeling all too well, you get stuck every now and then, and it sucks! And once you manage to get below that weight, two weeks later you're above it again. For no apparent reason whatsoever! Bloody annoying is what it is.

    Doing some IF a few days a week, and cutting carbs completely the last 8 or so hours before bed (I work evenings, so 2-3 hours after work I go to sleep) helped me immensely, pushed me through and kept me through for a few weeks, then I could do carbs, and cut back on the IF and still drop weight again.

    I believe that the mirror is the best way to judge progress, bar none. That and doing progress pictures, as changes happen so gradually that you dont really notice the difference yourself.
    If you look good, does it really matter what a scale or a tapemeasure says?

    Oh, and a tablespoon or two of Flax seeds a day, with plenty of water, is very good to get your stomach going like clockwork!

    Looking forward to seeing your next update

    /Maf

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    Maf, your flax seeds are ground not whole right?
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    80 pounds GONE - 30 to go .. WHY WONT IT COME OFF? Help pleaseee!!!! :)-68872_486580348054132_1665621418_n.jpg

    Have nothing more to say!

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    Looking forward to your next progress post! You are doing great!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex.mitev
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    Have nothing more to say!
    So happy you posted this!!! Thanks Alex! What an insane difference, and all LBM. Hell yeah

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    You stick with us Blondee, we'll have you right
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black
    You stick with us Blondee, we'll have you right
    Don't worry Stem, I ain't going no where. I've come this far with everyone's help, there's no way I'd quit or seek advice elsewhere. You guys (and gals) Rock! I have myself 4 weeks with this diet before I assess if anything needs to be changed, I still have a week & a bit left. I'm not concerned.

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    keep up the good work blondee!.......looking forward to your next update...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black View Post
    Maf, your flax seeds are ground not whole right?
    Grind em myself, just for keeping longer in storage unground, but yes.

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    Four weeks progress. Oh snap. Didn't hit me until I saw this. Quite happy



    80 pounds GONE - 30 to go .. WHY WONT IT COME OFF? Help pleaseee!!!! :)-image-1565555236.jpg



    Planning on continuing w/ my current diet, training & cardio as it seems to be doing the job... GGR, SteM, Alex, MA Fighter ... Any objections? Any changes?

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    Quite happy. QUITE? Oh my, you are hard to please

    Honestly? If it ain't broke don't fix it. And it clearly ain't broke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black
    Quite happy. QUITE? Oh my, you are hard to please

    Honestly? If it ain't broke don't fix it. And it clearly ain't broke
    Hahaha I'm too hard on myself. I am thrilled with the changes I've seen! ... There, that better? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    Four weeks progress. Oh snap. Didn't hit me until I saw this. Quite happy



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    Planning on continuing w/ my current diet, training & cardio as it seems to be doing the job... GGR, SteM, Alex, MA Fighter ... Any objections? Any changes?
    looking great!..........definately seeing progress! well done blondee!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee

    Hahaha I'm too hard on myself. I am thrilled with the changes I've seen! ... There, that better? Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by energizer bunny

    looking great!..........definately seeing progress! well done blondee!!!
    Thanks hun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee

    Hahaha I'm too hard on myself. I am thrilled with the changes I've seen! ... There, that better? Lol
    I agree with Mr Black. Keep on this course. It is still working for you!!! Amazing but I think I have found what u just lost. Lol.

    There is no reason to change what u r doing....yet!!!

    I am so happy for you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondee View Post
    Four weeks progress. Oh snap. Didn't hit me until I saw this. Quite happy


    Planning on continuing w/ my current diet, training & cardio as it seems to be doing the job... GGR, SteM, Alex, MA Fighter ... Any objections? Any changes?
    Nah, I'm with BiB/Stem: keep going!
    Whatever you're doing, you're clearly doing it right!

    Looking good!!!

    Loosing fat but gaining weight, like you are, probably means more LBM, and more LBM means a higher TDEE, which will help burn that fat off even quicker!
    When progress starts to stagnate, then its time to tweak your diet again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat

    I agree with Mr Black. Keep on this course. It is still working for you!!! Amazing but I think I have found what u just lost. Lol.

    There is no reason to change what u r doing....yet!!!

    I am so happy for you!!!!
    I appreciate you support luv. means a lot! Thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma_fighter

    Nah, I'm with BiB/Stem: keep going!
    Whatever you're doing, you're clearly doing it right!

    Looking good!!!

    Loosing fat but gaining weight, like you are, probably means more LBM, and more LBM means a higher TDEE, which will help burn that fat off even quicker!
    When progress starts to stagnate, then its time to tweak your diet again.
    Darn, I was hoping TDEE means I get to eat more food haha! Just kidding..one day!

    My goal is more LBM. I am extremely pleased & can't wait to see 8 weeks worth of progress! 1st milestone passed, I figured taking it 4 weeks at a time is good!

    Thank you for ur support!

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