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Back from Cape Canaveral; shuttle was scrubbed, but fun wasn't!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Don, the dogs and I took our RV down to Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral Friday evening in hopes of seeing the shuttle launch on Saturday morning at 7:17 am. As everyone knows by now, the launch was scrubbed.

Whereas that was disappointing, we want NASA and the astronauts to be safe. Hopefully we can drive down for the launch when it is rescheduled.

We had a fun time at Jetty Park, enjoying seeing cruise ships leaving from and returning to Port Canaveral; got in a walk on the beach, were surprised when a manatee swam by when we were frolicking in the ocean; and got a lot of much needed R&R.

The trip was also a great test of seeing if I could stay within my calorie range while eating out. We went to the Ron Jon Surf Grill and had one of the best fillet Mignon's, green beans, and mixed vegetables that I've ever had! I made two meals out of what was served (aren't the restaurant portions enough for two meals?!). Ta, da! Did it ... stayed within my calorie range and didn't gain any weight.

I guess I really am ready for Stage 3 of SparkPeople.

In this photo ... beach walkers, birds, and the shuttle launch pad on the horizon.


  
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REEDSKI 6/21/2009 1:00AM

    How fun! I had not heard that it was scrubbed but you made a fun time of it anyway. I would love to see a manatee. I always teach my students about them. How people have to drive their boats slowly in Manatee waters so they don't hit them.
I hope you get to go back to Cape Canaveral again to see the shuttle launch. That would be totally amazing. What are those birds in the picture?
You did great tracking your food. See, we can eat what we want as long as we eat normal portions. You made the meal into two and fit it in your tracker fine. Great job! emoticon

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GERRYB54 6/15/2009 7:16AM

    Always make the best of any RV trip, glad you did just that! emoticon

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Celebrating 40 Days Having Kicked My Diet Soda Habit!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Yes, I finally did it ... survived 40 days without my Diet Dr Peppers! It's a habit that I started as a college sophomore when they were called Sugar Free Dr Pepper. I've tried to break this many times before, but never lasted this long.

From what I've read on SparkPeople and other places, 40 days is significant. It usually marks when habits are genuinely changed. So I am celebrating!

I've replaced my beverage intake with water, unsweetened iced tea, and hot tea. My favorite hot tea flavor is Earl Grey ... having discovered it after an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in which Captain Pichard ordered it "Earl Grey. Hot."

I haven't decided what I want to do to mark this milestone ... another SparkPeople member commented that she has started a charm bracelet and marks her milestones with a new charm. That sounds like a great idea. I'm always curious to know how others celebrate their success.

Here's to healthier living and SparkPeople for being such a great tool!
Beverly

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MSTELZER 6/9/2009 3:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGreat job!!!!!! You've just made this a habit I do believe! Wonderful job!

Michelle

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End of Week 6

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Typically, this is the most critical week for me in that I start getting cravings for foods that I have not had while eating healthier. It's the week that I "quit" any eating plan that I'm on. It's the week that I throw in the exercise towel.
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Realizing that, I tried to pay closer attention to what I ate and did last week. I only had one binge and now there are no more potato chips in my cupboard (and I'm not replenishing them!)
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As far as exercising, I got a walk in nearly every morning (not when it's raining) ... and on the day I worked, I got up earlier & got in a 20 minute bike ride before I went to the office.
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I really appreciate that SparkPeople enables me to keep track of both food consumption and daily activity and has had the added benefit of social contact with others on the same journey to better health as I am on.
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As this week starts, I am still focused on my eating plan, but haven't been able to get in a daily walk due to the "monsoon" rains that we've had here in Central Florida this week ... and it's getting me down. emoticon I need the sunshine!
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Realizing that I need the sunshine both for a work out and overall better outlook ... plus the face that I haven't been able to get in a walk since last week, I know that it's going to be hard not to repeat previous patterns and just "quit" exercising. However, because of SP, I feel that I have a much, much better chance of getting back on track due to the accountability and support of SP members. So I am very, very grateful to have this wonderful tool.
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Am going to use one of the meditations as my driving inspiration to keep on track this week toward reaching my goals ... the Japanese Proverb: "Fall down seven times, get up eight."
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Hugs to all, Beverly

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SINFULLYQUAINT 5/21/2009 11:17PM

    It sounds like you have the perfect plan to carry you through those challenging weeks! Have a great week!

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S_HANSEN 5/21/2009 10:29PM

    Perfect blog! You are doing so great! Good for you for realizing when you fall and that you want to get back up. We are all in your corner. I know you will do it this time. You deserve this! Keep up the great work you are doing. Sondra

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End of Week 5

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm very pleased with the results I have had thus far using the knowledge I have gleaned in my Nutrition Class and using SparkPeople.com to record everything. Who would have thought by making a few dietary changes, getting up and actually exercising, and being diligent about record keeping could have a 10 pound loss in 1 month? That's actually more than I had expected. My goal is 1/2 pound per week, so I'm 8 pounds (lost) ahead of my goal.

I am still tweaking what I eat as my snacks do not always fill me up. Yet the 40-30-30 eating plan is working and I feel healthier as a result. I cannot even remember when the last piece of fresh fruit I had prior to committing to this eating plan! And now I'm eating fresh fruit on a daily basis. Wow!!

My suggestion to everyone is just keep on keeping on! Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one exercise at a time.

  
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GERRYB54 5/14/2009 7:51AM

    Nice work Bev...it really is amazing! emoticon

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MSTELZER 5/14/2009 1:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep up the wonderful work! Great suggestions by the way!

Michelle

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HARLYCHIC14 5/14/2009 12:06AM

    emoticon emoticon on the 10 lbs lost! You are doing a great job!

Brandi

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S_HANSEN 5/13/2009 5:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon the 10# gone forever! You are doing so well.. I love how you say who would of guessed by just changing your eating and your exercise... that was cute... keep up the good work you are doing and soon you will have accomplished everything you set out to accomplish! You rock! Sondra

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JESALU 5/13/2009 4:25PM

    Great job. emoticon 10 pounds is a great accomplishment. Congrats on getting more healthy.

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End of Week 4

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I know, I know ... the blog entry titles lack creativity ... but there's a purpose for the dull roderick ... it helps me keep track of how long I've been living healthier.

This was a pivotal week in which I broke a 40-year habit of drinking diet sodas ... specifically ... Diet Dr Pepper. I have not replaced this habit by drinking regular sodas, I've "done without." I hope that the company doesn't go out of business just because I'm no longer consuming their product.

Have started on the 40-30-30 eating plan. Did 40-30-30 breakfasts & snacks last week. Will add lunches this week.

Enjoy using this tool (SparkPeople) coupled with the information learned in nutrition class.

  
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S_HANSEN 5/6/2009 11:19PM

    Wow, good for you... those are huge... I am so proud of you and you should be proud of you too.. keep up your hard work... emoticonSondra

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