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Monday, May 31, 2010


This morning , hubby and I and my friend Pat and about 2000 other people ventured onto Eglin AFB to participate in their annual Gate to Gate run/walk. It is 4.1 miles and this is the 25th year anniversary of the event. We are very fortunate to live so close to Eglin AFB as we are both retired military and Pat too. The Air Force Honor guard presented the colors prior to the race and a men's quartet from a local church sang a beautiful national anthem. It doesn't get any better than that.
The temperature was a balmy 78 and it was overcast as we started. But the sun kept deciding to come out and it got really hot. Past the 3 mile mark I started to get queezy and I just didn't think I could do that last mile which is all uphill. So I dropped out and got a golfcart ride back to the finish for some oranges and a banana. Pat had finished but she also didn't feel well so we went after some gatorade and other food that was available. Hubby was just walking around. We didn't stay for the awards and hubby just got a phone call from a friend saying he had won the Grand Masters Trophy in the walking category. He already has one so I don't know where this big eagle will go.
On the way home we checked the temp and it was 78 but the humidity was 90 degrees!!! 90 degrees!! No wonder I dropped out and felt faint. But I think I did well to finish 3 plus miles in about 50 min. I came home, showered and went back to bed. I don't think I'll be much good for anything the rest of this day. Except eat which is what I've been doing since I left the place.
We'll be watching war movies all day probably. Last night was the memorial day concert on the capitol steps. IT was great as usual. We did that one year and I always like it when they plan the military tunes so we can stand up for the Air Force Part. I'm proud to have served and grateful for those still serving.

Have a great day!

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MRSNANABOAT 6/1/2010 2:12AM

    Awesome job completing as much of the event as you did! I don't know if I would have been doing any in that weather. Thank you for your service. Have a great week!

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KASEYCOFF 5/31/2010 3:26PM

    Three miles in 50 minutes is nothing to sneeze at! Maybe they should reverse the route, so the gate you start at has you heading downhill, instead of trying to climb uphill at the end of the course? Anyhow, with the excess humidity, it sounds as tho you and Pat were both candidates for heatstroke, so good thing you are taking it easy. War movies: I always go for the old ones. Bridge on the River Kwai, The Train, A Bridge Too Far, Stalag 17, The Longest Day - they don't make 'em like that anymore. :-)

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LJCANNON 5/31/2010 2:31PM

    That sounds like a wonderful way to start your Memorial Day--Minus the heat and humidity, of course. If they had something like that at Tinker AFB, I would be very interested n participating (if civilians are allowed to).

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Sunday, May 30, 2010


I've blogged nearly every day this year and the last couple of weeks, I've been stagnant. Can't seem to get my blog going. I do want to thank all you sparkers who keep up with me and send me motivational messages. That means so much just to get a smile.

I filled in my whole nutrition tracker yesterday and logged 2500+ calories, well over my limit. Had a nice day though, a cookout and a birthday party and I didn't drink any beer. Had water. I like the new part of the tracker where you can show your veggies and fruit that you have eaten. That will be helpful I think.

Visited with my nephew, his wife and 6 yr old daughter, sis and her husband, and my son, his wife, daughter and baby and 91 year old grammie of course. It was wonderful to have everyone together. Only missing my youngest son and his family but I saw them earlier this month. My nephew has just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has probably had it 20 years, thus an enormous amount of weight gain. Why are men so stubborn about going to a doctor?

Tomorrow morning I am in a 4.1 mile gate to gate walk at Eglin AFB and 75 year celebration of the base's founding! Should be a fun day and I'll walk off something. Should be a fun day. I got my new camera cord so I will post some pics when I get the bag open. Later and have a great day!

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JUDITHANNIE 5/30/2010 12:49PM

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KASEYCOFF 5/30/2010 11:25AM

    I must be missing something: several months ago (I don't know exactly when they removed it) there was a 'counter' on the nutrition tracker, right beside the glass of water, that enabled you to count the number of freggie servings. That's not been replaced (not that I can see on my page, anyhow) and I don't see anything that specifically tracks freggies. What'm I overlooking?

And as to better things: I think the gate to gate walk sounds like a great idea, fun as well as fitness. Please don't forget to take lots of pix you can post on here! :-D

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Friday, May 28, 2010


Just in case you didn't read it, I am copying and pasting the Healthy Reflections article from today. It is very meaningful to me.
Quote May 29, 2010 from Healthy Reflections.

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."

- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

("The key to happiness

The secret to happiness is not to get what you want, but to want what you already have. If you think about it, most discontent grows from want. We want more stuff, more excitement, more pleasure. When we don't get those things, we're resentful and unsatisfied. Take away the want, and you take away the unhappiness. When your quality of life is tied to your desires, fulfillment is a shadow that escapes your view. Like trying to imagine a new color, the harder you look, the harder it is to see. Does this mean you stop setting goals and striving for a healthy lifestyle and better life? No. It means you can appreciate life regardless of the outcome. It means you can relish the pursuit while accepting the possibility of failure. It means you can still enjoy the ride. Happiness is not a destination--it's a way of life. ")

Hmmm, does this mean I should be happy at the weight I'm at? Maybe I am happy and that is why I'm not losing. I think the biggest reason why I want to lose weight is that I can fit into some pants I have bought within the last 2 years. I don't want to grow out of them.
I'm floundering at the moment with what to do with myself. At 62, what do I want? Do I want to continue with my business or let it just take care of itself and whatever comes in, comes in? I know for certain, I do not want a big business anymore with employees and decorators. I just want a few clients to work with to keep my hand in and to garner a certain amount of $'s each month. What else do I want? I'm on a journey to find out. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 5/28/2010 12:39PM

    Yes, I think 'self-discovery' is one of the most important things we can do in life. Whether it's determining preferences, finding our goals, or even deciding whether we want to take a new path entirely, it all starts with that, doesn't it? I love the way the 'Reflection' got you thinking, girl. :-)

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SHAWWB 5/28/2010 9:52AM

    That really opens up the brain to thing doesn't it. I believe that we should be happy with what we have, but believe we should aways want for something, that's what keeps us striving for better. A couple of years ago, my sister asked what my husband and I wanted for Christmas. And I realized at that point that there was nothing I could think of that I wanted. That seemed very sad to me and very spoiled to think I could have everything when so many people have nothing. Shortly after that I started donating more and helping people less fortunate. Good luck on your journey, I think this has started me thinking again and I just may be on my journey at the same time.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It's all about choices and making the right ones. Yesterday I attended a business luncheon and we had a choice of 4 different entrees. I looked them all over and read the details and I chose one I would never have chosen last year or any year. I chose the fried shrimp po'boy with fries and coleslaw over the grilled chicken salad. The two thin women on either side of me got their salad which looked really good and healthy. Then I got my plate which was about 2/3 french fries and a big roll filled with about 20 small fried shrimp. Did I make the right choice?

I ate, the shrimp, about 10 small fries, and the coleslaw mixed with the lettuc e and tomato served in the sandwich leaving a plate still full of fries and bread. It tasted really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The salad was a bowl of lettuce topped with grilled chicken, about 1/4 c of grated cheddar cheese and assorted veggies. Each woman got ranch dressing in which they dipped their forks instead of spreading it on the salad. I have that habit as well. The salad was also served with a muffin of some sort. I would have eaten that whole salad plus the muffin.

I need to put those salad ingredients into the nutrition tracker and compare. I suppose they would have been better as for the lower fat content but the cheese has fat and so does the dressing. At any rate, I'm happy with my choice.

I'm experimenting with calorie cycling and yesterday was certainly one of the higher days, about 2300, after two days around 1400. My lunch kept me full until around 4:00 when I ate a banana. Then I attended another dinner meeting where we were served a buffet of thai chicken fried rice, thai beef salad, pad thai noodles with chicken and egg rolls. I made sure I took an adequate serving of chicken and beef for the protein and about 1/2 cup each of rice and noodles. it too was delicious, but I did have the eggroll filled with veggies.

Today I need to keep my calories down to under 1500. I also need to walk. I am happy with the food choices I made yesterday.

Yesterday Panda got her bath and a haircut. I've just watched her out the window stalking and attacking the dog next door, all the time tail wagging. She's so funny. She's a border collie and likes to herd the other dogs around. She slowly creeps up to the spot in the fence where the neighbor dog sits and looks through, tail pointed and snout on the smell. Then she charges the fence and they both bark for about a minute while tails wag. Then she stalks off over to hubby for approval. Wish I had a video. Now that she has no hair, she can walk and not get so hot. Later. emoticon emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 5/27/2010 10:28AM

    I think you are really on the right track. Just being aware of what we are eating, and the amounts we are consuming, is how we are going to meet our weight loss goals.

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JENNY888 5/26/2010 12:35PM

    Your choices seemed to work for you for the day. We have to be satisfied with what we eat or we just want more. I would have been a little cautious about the coleslaw though. I know it can be high in calories and sugar even though it is a vegetable.

It is very hard to make wise choices when you are out and you don't know what ingredients went into the food. I find carefully tracking everything at home makes it easier to estimate while out.

I'm anxious to see how calorie cycling works for you. I plan to do some of it myself.

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 7:38AM

    I certainly think you did well with your lunch - you didn't eat the starchiest part, you focussed on the protein, and you made sure to eat veggies (coleslaw, tomato, lettuce) as well. It's especially good that you enjoyed it, lol... Tracking how long you stay full after a meal and when you get hungry what you have (like the banana) to 'tide you over' till the next meal is also a really useful record. I think calorie cycling, like anything else healthy, can work as long as you pay attention and note what is working for YOU. IMHO! :-)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 5/26/2010 7:34AM

    Isn't it great that we get the opportunity to learn from every choice we make? :)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


WEight loss is so hard because you have to keep learning the same old rules over and over. I got on the scale this morning and am down to 182 again. Now I've been charting a new course of eating more calories to help me lose. And I've been faithful to tracking for a couple of days. Yesterday, i had fiber-one cereal, milk and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, my granddaughter went out to where her daddy works and had lunch. Instead of opting for a salad, I had meatloaf, lima beans and wild rice. I ate a portion of meatloaf like a deck of cards, all the beans and a forkful of rice and brought the rest home for doggie dinner. Later, about 3:00, my stomach was rumbling and it wasn't gas. I was hungry. Wondering what to eat, I started with 2 sticks of celery with cream cheese; not enough. Then I got an apple with some peanut butter and that filled me up. Leftover moussaka for dinner and a klondike bar put me at 1489 calories for the day. I was filled up and nothing more that night.

So, the moral of this story is I have to eat more at each meal and have a prepared snack in case I need it in the afternoon. And shoot for protein. I'm going to a luncheon today and I usually get the salad but I think I will shoot for the entry and eat according to portion sizes, etc. And chart it on my counter. My goal is not to be hungry in between meals.

This morning I made English McMuffins with egg and cheese and a glass of milk.
Memorial weekend is looming. My sister is having a party on Sat afternoon but I know she will have healthy food. And I'm bringing the birthday cake as we have 3 birthdays in early June. And I'm going to have a piece and count it.

I was reading a blog yesterday where the blogger was frustrated because her calories were so low and she wasn't losing. Eating more makes sense. Just not junk food more.

My dog goes to the groomer today to get her hair shaved off. Then I can resume walking with her. She gets so hot. Monday is the Gate to Gate walk at Eglin AFB. 4.4 miles. I've done it before. Hope it stays fairly cool. It's the 75th anniversary of the base and they will have a big party. Can't wait for that cold beer at the finish. Later

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 7:29AM

    Good to be tracking what you're eating - it's the only way you'll be able to see what's working, what isn't, etc. And I think you have a good idea about the protein, too - especially if you're going to be walking 4.4 miles! :-)

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FOOFIT1 5/25/2010 5:24PM

    I love your opening line. I'm continually learning the same thing over and over "Eat less calories, burn more." It just never really sinks in I guess! Congrats to you on keeping it up despite the constant barrage of things trying to pull you down! You are doing a great job!


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DEBLYNN323 5/25/2010 3:21PM

    Yes, preplanning your meals helps stay on course. Great job!

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SROUS1340 5/25/2010 12:04PM

    Eating the right combo of foods makes a big difference for me too, with cravings and staying satisfied. Sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead! emoticon

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