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I know a lot of people are beginning to shovel the huge mounds of snow, especially in eastern Connecticut. I thought I'd remind everyone to stay safe this winter and make sure you use common sense when shoveling.

Remember to take short breaks, don't do too much at once and don't lift too heavy, especially if you are not used to lifting. Remember that snow can get very heavy! Make sure to lift with your legs, not your back.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_D30_6960.jpgMy aim isn't trying to lose more weight. i guess I have to keep reminding people of that. I know I've written about this before but I still hear the comment "Don't lose any more weight".

Today, someone hadn't seen me for a while and said it. Instead of realizing that I was about the same weight I was when she last saw me, instead she needed to remind me that I don't need to lose any more weight. I don't know why it annoys me when I hear it, but it does. I think it's because I've maintained right around the same weight for over two years now. As my body fat percentage changes, the only weight I lost was a couple pounds (two pounds, to be precise) from my lowest weight. And I've been maintaining this weight for weeks now, of 210 pounds.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_D30_6972.jpgMy trainer measured my body fat with calipers today. Basically, my thighs and chest have less than 10 percent body fat. My abs are still the troublesome spot, but the measurement came down for the abs too. Right now, overall, my body fat percentage is at 13.34 percent! My last reading was a few months ago and it was 13.95.

So the tightening begins! The way my trainer sees it, the body fat can't go down much more in the legs and chest as it's all muscle. This will cause the body to take away the fat from the only area it can get it from... the abs. There is still enough fat in there so that when fat is taken from the abs, the skin should tighten and I should have some definition.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_D30_6885.jpgI do a lot of strength training, which means I have a super high metabolism now. But I also do something else to keep it from slowing down... I eat every couple of hours.

I bring this up because when I worked out today, somebody asked me how I keep my weight off. He went on to say how he doesn't know why he's not losing weight. He eats breakfast and doesn't eat another thing for like another 7-8 hours, when he has a big meal at dinner time. A few problems with this scenario: first, don't eat a big, heavy meal all at once. Second, don't wait so long to eat.

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It's that time of year when so many people decide to make a commitment toward losing weight. Unfortunately, most fail when it comes to keeping their resolutions. I don't know if it's because their expectations are too high or they are unprepared for the amount of work it takes to get healthy.

For those that are ready to start working out at the beginning of the year, I don't understand why so many fitness centers are closed on New Year's Day. I know it should be closed on Christmas day, totally understandable, but why on New Year's Day?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_D30_6904.jpgThe other day, I wrote that I planned to upload some photos soon. I wanted to show the progress with my training. My arms and legs feel as if they are a lot stronger and I'm hoping it shows. There was a lot of skin to tighten but I think I'm progressing nicely, hopefully, you will agree!

These photos were taken by my friend, professional photographer Jay Torsiello. Visit his website when you get a chance. He does some awesome work!

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I've been at 212-215 pounds for so many months now and I'm not trying to lose weight. My personal trainer told me that my weight would most likely go down a few pounds as I try to get my body fat percentage down. He said to expect it to go down maybe 5 pounds or so. He thought my calorie intake was too high and adjusted it so that my body fat could get lower.

My calorie intake was about 3100 calories a day and it is now about 2500 calories. Today I weighed myself and I am lower than I've been in years. I am now 210 pounds. The number made me nervous at first as I don't want to lose weight. But knowing that it's doing what it's supposed to be doing made me relieved.

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I know many people give up eating healthy over the holidays. There is so much temptation with all the Christmas cookies, egg nog, etc. Plus, all the Christmas parties. I had four of them last week!

So how do you avoid weight gain over the holidays? For me, it's the goal I have of tightening my abs. I know my diet has to be clean in order to achieve this goal. I don't want to let a few days of eating bad set me back for months.

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