Can you be too afraid to lose weight?

On tonight's episode of The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels makes a really interesting point.

She says that you can be so afraid of your success that you sabotage your weight loss, thereby insuring that you won't be successful. Do you agree?

I certainly know that it is safe to keep the weight on, to stay heavy and virtually invisible as you've always been.

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I got nothing - I handled my pattanás to make it clean on the face.

So I'm relying on you.

Spring time seems so far away. The rain for the past three days has been depressing. It's cold and damp and I'm tired and I have a billion excuses.

So, share with me. Do you have a great recipe you want to share, a new exercise, or a way around a challenge? Have you successfully avoided the temptation of the Girl Scout cookies (I think I am the only person in America who doesn't like them) or hot buttered popcorn?

Me? I'm hanging on until the temp warms up, and trying not to comfort myself in food - a definite struggle for me.

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You know, the responses that you all gave to the Happy Weight below were interesting. Lots of you felt that the numbers were good for you. Some of you were shocked that you were below that number and felt that where you were was better, and some of you felt that the calculated numbers were way too low. I don't know if I buy it or not. I will say that my numbers came out right where I am now, and this is a weight that I've been able to maintain for 10 months, with eating a treat every once in a while, not feeling as if I'm deprived.

I don't know if the calculations work on men, but I tried them on my husband and he comes out to 154, which I've seen him at and he looks emaciated. Try it and see what you think.

Now, I want to know your weekend fitness plans - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Firm committment gets it done, eh?

Friday I will be at the gym at 5:30 and do 45 minutes heavy weight work. After work I'll do an abs dvd, and walk on the treadmill in the afternoon.

Saturday I have capoeira. After class I always stay after and do 20 minutes of pushups and sit ups.

Sunday I plan to run.

You?

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I was reading an interesting article in Self magazine this month. Termed Calculate your happy weight, it speaks of women trying to get down to unreasonable weight levels and being completely frustrated at their lack of success. The tone of the article reads that we should aim for a "happy weight" and it will be easier to maintain. So, I thought I'd put my own numbers to the test and see what it revealed.

* Step 1 - Multiply your height in inches by itself and and then that number by .031.

66 inches x 66 inches = 4356 x .031 = 135 (This is your weight at a body mass index of 22)

* Step 2 - Multiply the number by .95 if you have a small frame, leave it unchanged if you have a medium frame, and by 1.05 if you have a large frame. (To determine your frame size, measure around your wrist. Under 5'2", small frame is less than 5.5, medium frame is 5.5 to 5.75, and large frame is more than 5.75. 5'2" to 5'5", small is less than 6, medium 6 to 6.25 and large is over 6.25. If you are over 5'5", small frame is less than 6.25, medium is 6.25 to 6.5, and large frame is more than 6.5. Whew. That's a lot of numbers!) I come up with a small frame, having a wrist measurement of 5.75. So 135 x .95 = 128
* Step 3 - Add one pound if a sibling or parent is obese. +1 = 129
* Step 4 - Add 2 pounds for each decade you are over age 20. +2 = 131
* Step 5 - Add 5 pounds if you've had any children. +5 = 136
* Step 6 - Subtract 1 pound if you exercise and weight train once a week, 2 pounds if you do it three times a week and 3 pounds for five or more days a week. - 3 = 133
* Step 7 - Add 4 pounds if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more and have quit. 0
* Step 8 - Add 1 pound if you allow yourself a treat now and then. +1 = 134

This number will give you your happy weight. Mine is 134, and my weigh ins flucuate between 131-134. The diet gives help in alakformálás as they say it in Hungarian.

How did you do?

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Use Your Brain, Girl

I went running on Sunday. When I put my shoes on, they felt weird. A few steps out of the house and I was already complaining. This was unusual.

When I first started walking, my feet hurt and I had blisters everywhere. I suffered through, padding my feet with bandaids and covering the blisters with moleskin. I kept on, even though my feet were covered with sore spots. When I finally made it to the running store, I discovered that I was wearing shoes that were more than a size too small, and the wrong socks.

I wasn't sure that I bought the sock thing. Socks are socks, right? I assumed that it was a sales ploy, but I really liked the store owner, who had spent close to an hour with me, trying to get shoes that fit exactly right. So I sucked it up and bought two sets of these. One pair was my favorite, with the letters PMS on the back and the words "Don't mess with me" on the bottom. I quickly became a convert to good socks, and I bought several more pairs during the past year. The cool designs help, but I am a big believer in these socks.

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Can you be too afraid to lose weight?