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Plan B

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My dad used to imitate Jack Marshall and the character he developed: Butchy McGurk. Dad would pull his hat on wierd, pull a face and talk like he was drunk, though he never drank.

What sticks with this old memory are the lines that went like this:

Yes, Bushy McGurk. When he joined the Army, he said, "I want to be in Company B. I want to be there when they leave and be there when they come back."

There wasn't anything funny in the words. In fact I figured that's the way I would feel if I were ever drafted into the Army. But we would always roar with laughter at Dad, acting so silly. Anytime the climate got a little boring, or tense, or quiet, he seemed to have a plan B ready to make us laugh, to remember we were to be having a good time!

Having a plan B (and sometimes C, D, or E) helps us have a good time on our journey.

Yes, I'm talking about more than a Plan B contingency, that we switch to when conditions don't allow our favored Plan A, knowing that as soon as conditions improve, we'll be able to return to our comfort zone in plan A.

Some of you know my Plan A for pool workouts just hit a glitch when a young child pooped in the community pool. My first plan of action would have been to retrieve the offending poop, then go take a shower. But no, all the males in charge said, "Everybody out of the Pool!!!!!" and then disappeared, as if afraid it would jump out and get them. I'm sorry gentlemen, but from where I sit, it's the women who usually get to change the diaper or walk the dog or clean up on aisle 9 after a child has been sick in the night.

So, I'm at the YMCA pool 10 miles away until the pool reopens. And I have Plan B DVDs for indoor if it gets too hot, or thunderstorms prevent sticking my toes in a pool.

But I think I need those other plans just to spice things up. Sure, it's easy comfort to enter my favorite meals into the groups on the tracker, and paste the same breakfast plan in every day or every other day. Or I could get into a habit of having sliced apples with almonds for my evening snack every afternoon.

Or it's easy for me to settle into the same workout routine day after day.

I'm learning at SparkCoach that the sameness is not good for my body. It needs variety in sources of nutrients. There's nothing wrong with that apple a day, or the healthy fats and protein in the almonds. I just need the nutrients from berries, or citrus, or exotic fruits like pomegranates or wild strawberries!
And all of you could probably write the paragraph here on how and why my body needs to have the work out changed up periodically.

But my biggest reason for plan b, or c, or q, is to keep my interest over the long term. In the scheme of things, the 365+ days that it will take to lose all the weight desired will truly be a relatively short time when you compare it to the 23,543 days I have lived, or the total days I will live. And boredom with routine food choices or daily workouts will be my downfall as I approach maintenance. If I am bored with what I'm eating, I will look for other more exciting choices which might mean some of those unhealthy unmentionables I used to eat. Or if I am bored with walking on the treadmill, it could be very easy to stay in the recliner.

No, I want to be a part of Company B, because I want there to be variety and spice in my life, because I want to be healthy, because I want life to be full of fun.

When I have the stamina to be able to pull off any one of the versions in this You Tube video by Bette Middler, I'll know I have reached my desirable weight goal!

If you can't see the video, it's a compilation of Bette Middler singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." And while I think the video is fun, the key here for me to know when I've reached my healthy weight goal is simply the stamina to do anything I want.

How will you know when you have "arrived?"

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FISHER011 4/14/2013 11:15PM

    Thanks Bravelute!

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BRAVELUTE 4/14/2013 6:25PM

    Christina, I wasn't writing to tell anyone what they needed to do. I combined 3 Spark Coach assignments, one which asked me how I would change up my exercise routine. And another about what my Plan B was. I was writing about my need for non-routine in exercise and food, and my idea of what it meant to have a Plan B. And the third asked me to think about how I would know when I had reached my goal weight, without using a weight chart or scale.

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CHRISTINASP 4/14/2013 11:39AM

    Couldn't watch the clip, it says it's not available for my country because of violations of copyrights or something like that.
I am not bored at all doing the same workout day in day out. I never get tired so far, of walking or biking in nature. Nature is different every day.
I also am not bored yet with my food plan. I'm fine having the same breakfast every day, but then I changed around A LOT with my foods in the past year.
So I'm not sure that it is always necessary, for everyone, to keep changing food and exercise routines. I feel much better off enjoying that same old routine of exercise daily than NOT doing any exercise, like before. That, I am sure about!

Sounds like your dad was a wonderful person. Lucky you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/14/2013 8:13AM

    Good for you! Having an active plan B, C, D... prevents falling into plan Zzzz on the couch.

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ANGEL1066 4/13/2013 7:10PM

    my workouts usually get varied for me, as yours did. Lately I've been unable to use the elliptical trainer, since it broke a part and is awaiting a replacement. So I've been walking outdoors and using dumbbells inside, alternating. Then winter struck again, leaving 3 feet of snow covering my yard and vehicles. So, for past 3 days shoveling snow has been my exercise. It took that long to dig out. Not sure what my workouts will be this week - more snow is expected, and my dumbbells are still handy. The important thing is to keep moving! I'm really looking forward to pool reopening in spring.

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MARILYNROBERT 4/13/2013 6:33PM

    Let's keep going. Keep things interesting so that we keep on wanting to be active. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/13/2013 1:40PM

    I don't think I ever want to "arrive"... I always want to be striving for the next goal, the next possibility.

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LOVESTOWALK49 4/13/2013 1:22PM

    Variety is the spice of life. Love the Bette Midler clip. emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 4/13/2013 8:08AM

    love the Bette Midler clip!
good for you.
thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAAK 4/13/2013 8:01AM

    When I keep going after the grandchikdren are tired out.

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The Tortoise or the Hare?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I read an article during morning e-mail: 10 Ways to Burn More Calories. And I agree with, ascribe to, and use many of the suggestions. Suggestions like these are the stuff that got me up out of my recliner.

If you are needing some help in this department, here's the link:

So what's my problem here? Well, it's one statement in item 7.

Not this one:
"Speed up. The simplest advice of all for upping your calorie burn? Increase your pace even if it's just a little bit. "

This one:
"The tortoise may have won the race, but the hare burned more calories!"


Let's say it was a race that the tortoise took all day to finish the race course.
And while the tortoise was carrying his house on his back the whole way, the hare slept in the shade of a tree, until he realized he'd better get going.

So, being the svelte jack rabbit that he was from years of running from the coyotes, he hit the trail running, finished the race in 5 minutes and came in second, partly to be part of a valuable lesson.

12 hours of walking carrying the weight of your house; a weight equal to or greater than yourown weight against 5 minutes of flat out running, carrying nothing but a fur coat and a couple of very long ears.

Who do YOU think burned the most calories?

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CATE195 4/18/2013 7:37AM

    Since my weight loss is progressing at a turtle's pace, I think I'll vote for the turtle. At least we're moving in the right direction.

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BOPPY_ 4/12/2013 11:58PM

    Actually, I believe it's been proven that Wile Coyote loses the most weight, because (a) he works harder than the tortoise, the hare, and the roadrunner, (b) he so scared most of the time, he can't eat, and (c) he never catches any of the others because he's so dim-witted! emoticon

Lee emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 4/12/2013 3:31AM

    Ah, but what do the turtle and the hare EAT??!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/11/2013 9:41PM

    What's important is to stay active to the best of one's abiltiy.

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BRAVELUTE 4/11/2013 4:29PM

    Popsy, are you avoiding the question?

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POPSY190 4/11/2013 3:49PM

    I think the tortoise was incorporating more strength training!

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LESLIELENORE 4/11/2013 2:51PM

    I like to mix it up. Some days I am a tortoise, and some days I am the hare. It depends on my mood. I think the tortoise burns more calories though.

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MARILYNROBERT 4/11/2013 2:19PM

    Look at #10 on that list"
"10. Don't work too hard. This might sound counter-intuitive but hear me out. We all know how important intensity is to any workout plan, but also think about how your workout affects the rest of your day. If you spend an hour at the gym sprinting and doing lunges, you might burn 600 calories in a short amount of time, but if that intense workout completely wipes you out for the rest of the day, the extra calorie burn might not be worth it. Be honest with yourself and definitely push yourself, but not so hard that it gets in the way of other daily activities. After all, the goal is to improve your quality of life."

I was a runner for decades but was injured a lot. Had knee surgery and now I'm a walker. Sure, I could try running some of my workouts but in the long run I could end up hurt and would have still been going if I'd just stayed a walker. So I'm a turtle now because I want to keep going. I'd burn out and get hurt if I were a hare. I burn more calories in the long run as a turtle.

Turtles unite! emoticon

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Rise & Shine Day 9 & 10 and Streaks

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have this problem with streaking- the SP kind where you work to set up a habit and keep it running for a long period of time. I like to set them up and track and report in places like on blogs or team pages. That little extra accountability makes me do it.

But here I find myself in day 10, and the habit seems to be going strong. I'm waking up at 5:30 with no alarm, making the bed, going for a walk and having my planned healthy breakfast. (the healthy breakfast was already an established habit. So I don't see much point keeping on with this reporting.

Now, I might not keep up with the rise and shine business when the time changes again or when it gets cold and this old body wants to stay under the warm blankies. So, I'm putting you all on notice who are keeping tabs on how long I can keep up this rise and shine challenge--I'm staying the course, but you'll have to do without daily updates.

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CHRISTINASP 4/11/2013 5:47AM

    You could decide to post once a week about how it's going... AND post-and-analyze in case you skip a day! :)

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LESLIELENORE 4/10/2013 4:50PM

    okay, let us know every once in a while how you ae doing.

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Rise & Shine Day 8

Monday, April 08, 2013

Walked .5 mile and had my fruit bowl breakfast: Strawberries, Greek yogurt, almonds, dried cocoa powder. More later. Must leave for doctor appointment.

Have a great day!!

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JUSTYNA7 4/9/2013 11:04PM

    I wonder if the fly lady eats frogs.... kind of think it should be the other way round... emoticon I sure hope you made a mistake. I know here the rules keep changing. I never know until I do my taxes if we will be getting a refund or paying and our taxes seem to be getting more complicated. A friend commented to me that it is that way by choice. Hmm. I do think a simpler life would have simpler taxes. I guess I like my complicated taxes. I am not having harp lessons this month and harp playing is low on my to do list. So sad. I did get a new CD to listen to. Surprised me when it started as it is South American and is played with metal picks with a sound like a spanish guitar. I think I'm drawn more to celtic harp.

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FISHER011 4/9/2013 5:12PM

    Yummy breakfast! I love Greek yogurt- morning, noon & night. Hope all is well with you at Drs. Bless you!

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MOSTMOM1 4/8/2013 10:53PM

    Go get 'em, girl!

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PATRICIAAK 4/8/2013 10:03PM

    Great start to the day.
Hope all is well.

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    Sounds like you had a good morning! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/8/2013 4:13PM

    Hope the dr appointment went well!

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CHRISTINASP 4/8/2013 10:15AM

    You're doing well! Hope the appointment is positive, also.

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WALLINMW 4/8/2013 8:48AM

  Stay motivated! You CAN do this.

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MARTYJOE 4/8/2013 8:41AM

    Sounds like a delicious breakfast. I picked up some Greek yogurt today so I think I may have that tomorrow

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Rise and Shine Day 6 & 7

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Rise and Shine, Day 6 & 7
Well, I did it, both mornings, yesterday and today. Thought I posted for yesterday, but evidently it's Sunday, now, and I missed Saturday's report.

If it's not Sunday, I'm in big trouble.

It is working well taking the thyroid in the morning, going for my walk when I get up and then having my breakfast. I did break away from the Oats N Egg breakfast and had Rice bowl with fruit and yogurt and almonds seasoned with cinnamon and TJ roasted flax seed with blueberries. Lots of anti-angiogenesis foods both mornings!!

Off to the farmer's market.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/7/2013 3:12PM

    It sounds really great! You keep making really sterling choices. I admire that a lot. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 4/7/2013 2:08PM

    Happy the report, it's Sunday!

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LESLIELENORE 4/7/2013 1:52PM

    Have fun at the farmer's market!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/7/2013 12:55PM

    Great job! I want to have breakfast with you. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/7/2013 10:53AM

    super with the healthy choices!
yes, it's Sunday, so no trouble

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BLUEROSE73 4/7/2013 9:38AM

    Sounds like you are having a great weekend. And luckily it's Sunday, so it's not that big a deal. lol.

Keep up the hard work. You can do this.

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NEPTUNE1939 4/7/2013 9:24AM

    Your not in trouble emoticon emoticon

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