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Games & Challenges ***August***Weight Loss Challenge--Sign Ups Always Welcome! Aug 29 2009
01:40 (UTC)
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Name: Joy
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Start Weight in August 1, 2009: 153.2
Goal Weight (by August 28): 149

Aug 07: 152.4
Aug 14: 150.4
Aug 21: 152.6
Aug 28: 153? I forgot to weigh myself this morning, but that's what I was yesterday so I figure it's probably right about there.

Total weight loss: -.2 :-p

The Lounge I came across a motorcycle accident... Aug 24 2009
16:03 (UTC)
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I just wanted to chime in and reassure you that however little you may feel you did, the fact that you stopped and even tried to help probably meant a lot more than you realize. My husband lost control of his motorcycle on the expressway a month ago (cut off during a lane change), and the only help he got was one woman stopped just long enough to call 911 before taking off again. He sat alone on the side of the road for twenty minutes, freaking out because he couldn't tell how badly he was hurt - all he knew is that he had a deep gash on his arm that was bleeding pretty freely and he couldn't feel one of his legs from the knee down. Luckily his phone was still working and he was able to call me; just having someone to talk to helped enormously, and I'm sure having someone physically there made all the difference in the world to that guy you helped.

(For the record, my husband was wearing a helmet and it almost definitely saved his life. Had he been wearing a proper riding jacket, he would have been nearly unscathed. Protective gear works, people. I don't care how hot the weather gets or how uncool you think it is - there's a damn good reason for it. /lecture )

Games & Challenges ***August***Weight Loss Challenge--Sign Ups Always Welcome! Aug 22 2009
06:23 (UTC)
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Name: Joy
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Start Weight in August 1, 2009: 153.2
Goal Weight (by August 28): 149

Aug 07: 152.4
Aug 14: 150.4
Aug 21: 152.6
Aug 28:

Total weight loss: -.6

I must have just been dehydrated last Friday or something, because I went right back up to 152.6 and have been there ever since. *sigh* Maybe it's water retention because I've stepped up my lifting routine. At least I'm seeing some changes, so it doesn't feel completely pointless. :-p

The Lounge English questions.. help! Aug 22 2009
05:56 (UTC)
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From my experience as an English major: underlining was the standard when people were using typewriters, because, well, every typewriter could do it. Italicizing has become much more common as computers are used much more frequently; essentially they're treated the same now. So it's italics or underlining for books, anthologies, etc. and quotation marks for poems, songs, chapters, short stories published within an anthology, etc.

I personally preferred italics, so I used them. But you won't get knocked for either.

Games & Challenges ***August***Weight Loss Challenge--Sign Ups Always Welcome! Aug 14 2009
23:43 (UTC)
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Name: Joy
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Start Weight in August 1, 2009: 153.2
Goal Weight (by August 28): 149

Aug 07: 152.4
Aug 14: 150.4
Aug 21:
Aug 28:

Total weight loss: -2.8

So glad to be moving steadily forward, I think my hormones have finally calmed down... I might even hit my goal before the 28th. Which will be wonderful because I've been trying to get under 150 for two months now, and I'm impatient to get my first mini-reward! Tongue out

Games & Challenges ***August***Weight Loss Challenge--Sign Ups Always Welcome! Aug 07 2009
21:31 (UTC)
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Name: Joy
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Start Weight in August 1, 2009: 153.2
Goal Weight (by August 28): 149

Aug 07: 152.4
Aug 14:
Aug 21:
Aug 28:

Total weight loss: -.8

It's been a rollercoaster week as far as weight goes, I saw 155 more than once. Yell Suffice it to say I'm just glad to be moving down again!

Games & Challenges ***August***Weight Loss Challenge--Sign Ups Always Welcome! Aug 03 2009
02:27 (UTC)
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Name: Joy
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Start Weight in August 1, 2009: 153.2
Goal Weight (by August 28): 149

Aug 07:
Aug 14:
Aug 21:
Aug 28:

Total weight loss:

Weight Loss Halloween Challenge Jul 27 2009
11:25 (UTC)
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I'm in, if you'll have me! Last year I wore a sexy costume for the first time, can't wait to do it again this year - only better. ;-) My husband and I are also going on a big trip in late November, so this challenge is the perfect thing to keep me going until the trip is close enough to be really motivating. I love that the group is so varied already, it's great to have people at all points on the weight loss journey.

My name is Joy, but I'll happily answer to Seldon. I'm 21, 5'4" and currently bouncing between 152 and 154; I guess I'll see where it decides to land on Wednesday. :-p

Weight Loss Ladies with BMI of around 23 (22 at min. and 24 at max.).. What is your body status???? Jul 27 2009
10:48 (UTC)
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My BMI is above your query range, but I just wanted to pop in, second everybody else's comments, and add that waist/hip ratio is another way of determining how much a person's body fat distribution affects their risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc. It's generally considered at least as important as BMI, and many studies suggest that it actually gives a more accurate risk assessment. The rule is that if a woman's waist/hip ratio is .8 or greater, you are at increased risk. Below .8 is healthy (it's .95 for men). Your measurements put you at .69, well within the healthy range.

Oh, and fwiw in the only study I've seen that goes into BMI variation by ethnic group places, 23 is given as the lowest cutoff point anyone has proposed, not something the medical community has settled on. The proposed range changes also vary depending on what you are specifically (i.e. Chinese vs. South Asian, cf http://www.theheart.org/article/785215.do ) The reason for the change seems to be mainly concern about variations in body fat levels and distribution patterns among ethnicities, so if you're really worried you can check your distribution (i.e. waist/hip ratio) and level (i.e. body fat percentage) yourself. If both of those are fine, you're golden.

Remember, BMI is a very, very basic diagnostic tool. It's far from foolproof.

Weight Loss . Jul 27 2009
07:40 (UTC)
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It really varies. I lost 25 pounds and went down maybe one shoe size, but my sister's shoe size has never changed even though her weight has varied by 50+ pounds over the last several years. Are you concerned about having to buy new shoes, or thinking about a pair of skinny shoes the way some people get skinny jeans?

The Lounge Your Boring Name--love it or hate it?? Jul 10 2009
06:56 (UTC)
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I have to share in the agony of names that get you serenaded by complete strangers. My middle name, which I've always gone by, is Joy. Now, I love my middle name; it's short, simple, and cheerful without being trite. But every time I introduce myself, it goes like this: "Hi, my name is Joy." "Joey?" "No, Joy. J-O-Y." "Oh, you mean like (they begin singing) 'Joy to the world...'" It's kind of a tossup whether I get the Christmas carol or Three Dog Night. Sometimes I'll get "Happy Happy Joy Joy," which is a nice change of pace.

In addition to the spontaneous performances, I get lots of puns ("Oh, you're such a joy to be around!"), the occasional confused moment ("Oh, joy!" "Yes?" "No, sorry, I didn't mean Joy joy...."), and a whole crapload of Christmas presents from my mom that have 'my name' on them (e.g. ornaments, trivets, towels, candleholders...). Every year.

And yet, I still love it enough to walk down the aisle to Beethoven's 9th. :-)

Oh, and for the record my first name is perfectly normal, but old and fairly uncommon nowadays (hint: I got dressed up as a certain Wizard of Oz character more than once when I had no say in the matter - and now I hate pigtails and Mary Janes with a passion).

The Lounge Congratulations your bra size is ??? Jun 28 2009
07:37 (UTC)
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Yeah, that kind never works for me either. That one tells me I should be in a 38B, and you can probably tell even in my little picture that that ain't right.

This calculator I stumbled across a couple years ago uses three measurements, and it does actually work for me. It doesn't tell me what I want to hear (good luck finding a sexy 38E this side of hell Undecided ), but it gets me into bras that fit - which as we all know is an effing godsend.

Fitness Call me Crazy- I WANNA TRY ROCK CLIMBING- IS 240 LBS TOO HEAVY TO ATTEMPT IT-WILL I MAKE THE BELAY (SP?) CRY? May 02 2009
17:53 (UTC)
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My fiancé climbs all the time, and he's 6'4" and 265-275 pounds. He's normally spotted by friends who are between 5'9" and 6'0" and 130-160 pounds. Never had any problems - the rope and pulley is a wonderful invention. Smile

Definitely do it, it seems like a fantastic time.

Weight Loss measurements May 01 2009
16:48 (UTC)
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5'4", 151.5 today, working on getting back down to about 145, maybe 140.

Bust: 41" (36DD)

Waist (narrowest part): 31"

Hips: 40.5"

Thigh: 24"

Bicep: 12"

I'm pretty happy with my measurements; when I started (at 178) my bust was 45", waist was 38", and hips were 44". I love my proportions, I'd just like to get my waist down a bit and get a slightly flatter stomach (it's about 33-34" at the belly button). I love that I'm such an hourglass. Smile

The Lounge College Questions! May 01 2009
10:51 (UTC)
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I went to a community college for a year and then transferred to a four-year university, and I just wanted to emphasize vultar's point about making sure the courses will transfer. Here in Illinois there is a special certification that the state grants to certain classes, and almost every university in the state has signed an agreement to accept classes with that certification. There was information in the course schedule about it, and classes were marked if they had it. (Edit: Found transfer info on the CCRI website.)

Speaking from experience about going through college with emotional issues (depression for me, but I think it still applies), the single best piece of advice I can give you is to not to overload yourself. Start slow, especially since you're so anxious about it; the last thing you want is to overload, struggle, and give up because you think you can't handle it. It's better to get the most out of two or three classes and walk away with A's and B's than struggle through six and come out the other end with D's and your blood pressure through the roof.

And as far as the age issue goes, it's really not one. I went to community college and half of my classmates were over 30. Even at the 4-year institution I'm attending now, the majority of my classmates are between 18 and 26 but there are frequently students between 30 and 50. I have never seen or heard anyone even make a comment about it, much less a big deal - it's absolutely normal, trust me.

Above all, remember that you're doing this to make your life better. It's rather like losing weight, in that in order to achieve your true goals of self-improvement and greater happiness you need to approach it sensibly. Getting to your goal weight is meaningless if you're malnourished and exhausted, and getting your degree is meaningless if you're a burned out nervous wreck. Take it as slow as you need to, remember to take care of yourself along the way, and you'll be fine.

Weight Loss Need a little help w/the whole calories thing... May 01 2009
09:43 (UTC)
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I also highly recommend this tool:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

I find the activity levels much clearer, so it's easier for me to select the right one and I'm more confident the number is accurate.

Motivation An OMG moment May 01 2009
09:32 (UTC)
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Original Post by x17star17x:

Growing up everyone thought that I looked like my mom because we were both pretty heavy. Chubby cheeks, thick in the middle, twins if I might add. After I lost 175 pounds, I knew I looked very different, but it wasn't until I saw my dad that I had an "OMG! I LOOK LIKE MY DAD!" moment. I never knew we had such similar features under my chubby cheeks. It was almost creepy :)

The same thing happened to me! I always thought I looked like my mom, but after losing 30 pounds I realized that was just because of the extra weight. I actually have my dad's bone structure (and nose... Tongue out).

The biggest OMG moment I had was after I lost 25 or so pounds. I was going to go clubbing with my boyfriend, and was feeling bold so I was shopping for something really sexy. I went to Torrid (a plus-size store for young adults that carries 12 and above) figuring they would have some good stuff. The salesgirl took one look at me and said, "There's no way you're a 12." I thought she was just being nice, but she was right - the 12 fell off me. I had been a tight 14 when I started! I was surprised I was that much smaller, but really shocked that it was noticeable - I just didn't see it, myself. Still don't some days, but we all know how that is...

The Lounge Miss USA Runner Up Speech Apr 21 2009
15:29 (UTC)
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Original Post by shaded44:

I think a lot of this could be cleared up if people just stopped saying gay marriage. 

Civil Unions (or whatever you want to call them) are something completely different.  They are a legal contract that is regulated by state governments which should be open to any consenting adult without discrimination. 

If we called it something other than "marriage" then the churches would have no right to stick their noses in state business where it doesn't belong.  And if someone wants to get married in a particular church, then it would be up to that individual to prescribe to that church's doctrines and beliefs.

 I think the whole "civil union" terminology proposal gets into "seperate but (not) equal" territory. If you really wanted to change the vocabulary, in order to keep it fair you'd have to change the title of the marriage license to "civil union license" and make both hetero- and homosexual couples eligible. Having seperate legal paths for each opens the door to unequal restrictions and applications. I'm not exactly crazy about this plan either, because it's not like the church owns the word "marriage," but at least it keeps things equal.

And re: the actual thread topic, I think she had every right to express the view, and I have every right to express that I think she's wrong to hold it because it's not thought through or justified at all, and the pageant judges had every right to mark her down because you don't want a representative who expresses a discriminatory attitude.

Also, my primary issue with her statement is that she makes the leap from personally feeling it is wrong to thinking it should be illegal. There is no logical, legal reason for gay marriage not to be allowed; there are logical, legal reasons it should be. End of minor rant.

Weight Loss ladies: can we talk about breasts post-weight loss Apr 20 2009
07:36 (UTC)
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I went from a 42DD to a 36 (maybe 34 now?)DD when I lost my 30 pounds. So the breasts themselves did get somewhat smaller, but they stayed in the same proportion with my torso. They're not noticeably saggier, but then I lost the weight fairly slowly... and of course when you're talking about natural DDs, the term "saggy" becomes somewhat relative. :-)

The amount you're losing plays a role, but the way your particular body disposes of fat is probably the most important factor. I lose very evenly all over, hence the boob preservation; some people lose from the breasts first, some not at all. There are a few other posts on this topic where people have shared stories from every point on the spectrum; the consensus seems to be that you can't really tell until you lose the weight, but pretty much no matter what happens, they agree with vron: it's totally worth it.

The Lounge Books You Hated Apr 17 2009
08:02 (UTC)
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I liked The Picture of Dorian Grey... The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, On the Road, and Crime and Punishment, while not my favorites, had their merits (C&P much more than the others). I did dislike Wuthering Heights, but the only books I've really hated were The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The glorification of selfishness was bad enough, but the unrelenting preaching was unforgiveable. If you want to write a philisophical treatise, write one. If you want to display your philosophy in action through a novel, go for it. For the love of God, don't start doing the latter, then slap a 60-page rant lecture in the middle and pretend it's still a decent novel.

Edit: Forgot to chime in on liking Moby Dick and having zero interest in Tuesdays with Morrie. Also no interest in Twighlight; seems like way too much teen angst, and imho vampires shouldn't sparkle in the effing sun. You're an unholy creature of the night, not a damn disco ball.

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