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Fit by 50 – Week 45: You Raise Me Up

Can a middle age, overweight blogger lose 50 pounds in 50 weeks, by her 50th birthday? Tune in each week to find out…

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This one will be brief. I just wanted to give an update and thank all of your for your support.

The reason for the brief post?

I’m finished with my current course, and I’d like to catch up on other things, I tend to let slide, when I’m taking a course. I’m at least 2 weeks behind on comments. I’d like to apologize for any delay in replies. I’m hoping to reply over the next few days. I’m even farther behind on blog reading. Hopefully, I’ll be catching up with that next week. I’m also behind on emails. I’ve gotten a few requests for guest posts on my blog, and I need to reply to these individuals. Not to mention, all of the things I need to do around my house!

Weigh in up date:

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This is my least favorite part, as I hate weighing myself, because it’s usually quite depressing. In my post last week, I discussed the measurements I’ve been taking, in an effort to track my progress. I didn’t disclose weight loss last week, but instead, posted body fat, muscle gain, and total fat loss, along with a few other things. For a complete explanation as to why I also track these, FOLLOW THIS LINK. Here’s a brief summary of my progress so far, in case you missed it. These measurements were taken 3 weeks after the original measurements.

  • FAT LOSS: 4.8 pounds
  • LEAN TISSUE GAIN: 2.8 pounds
  • INCHES LOST: 3.5 inches
  • BODY FAT % DOWN: 2.3%
  • BMI DOWN: .3 points
  • WAIST:HEIGHT DOWN: .03 (from .52 to .49)
  • WAIST:HIP DOWN: .03 (from .83 to .80)

On my weigh in last week, I had maintained my weight from the previous week, no gain or loss, quite depressing, until I did the measurements above and compared them to my starting point. Despite the fact that the scale isn’t moving that fast, I am making progress, evidenced by the numbers above.

This week, once again, I missed my goal of 1.5 pounds. Instead, I lost .8 pounds. It’s quite frustrating.  It’s been 5 weeks, and I should have lost 5 pounds. I’ve only lost 1,  unless you count the 3 pounds I gained the first week, in which case I’ve lost 4. I must remind myself of the above numbers. I actually have lost almost 5 pounds of fat, AND 3 of those pounds has been replaced by muscles. Also, at this point, I guess I should be happy at any weight loss, even if I don’t hit the actual weekly goal.

Thank you!

Deciding to do this journal as my main Thursday post was probably one the best decisions I’ve made on my fitness journey. I may have given up by now, if it hadn’t been for connecting with all of you each week. When times get tough, and cravings begin to creep in and get the better of me, I think of all of you. I think of weighing in every Thursday morning. I think of my end goal. It keeps me going.

Thank you for inspiring me to continue on.  Thank you for helping me make good decisions every day. Thank you for raising me up, for motivating me, for inspiring me, for giving me the strength to continue the fight.

Below is a short 3 minute inspirational video. I hope it inspires you to keep fighting the good fight. If you don’t quit, you can’t fail.

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 An inspiring story of an athlete who didn’t quit, with a little help. The song “You raise me up” by Josh Groban is playing in the background, a personal favorite of mine.

 

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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About Tamara Hoerner (1211 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

7 Comments on Fit by 50 – Week 45: You Raise Me Up

  1. I think you’re doing great. Keep going!
    I’ve long since given up on weighing myself as a way to keep track of my health and fitness journey. Taking pictures and measurements is a much better way to do it. I have no idea what I weigh right now, but I can see a huge improvement when I look at my progress pics and measurements charts. Non-scale victories are the most significant!

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    • Thank you! I definitely need the encouragement. Yes, I agree…non-scale measurements are much more accurate. Thank you for your encouragement. I absolutely need it. I will be cutting way back on my weigh ins for sure.

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