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Sunday, August 01, 2010

How many ways can I say it? I have recommitted (again! LOL!) to losing that last five pounds. I would then be in a healthy BMI range (instead of just at the bottom of overweight) and my clothes would/should fit better...or at least still fit! According to certain charts, since I am only 5'1" (and my family swears I'm stretching for that full inch!), my weight should range between 110 and 128, sometimes lower! I might be able to get to 110, but no one would want to be around me, not even me! LOL! (I would be a cranky (er!) wench than I am now!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So, anyway, back to this time. Five pounds. First thing...check the foods I normally eat to determine how much high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) I've been eating. Second thing...find replacements for those foods.

Five minutes pass....

I just checked a bunch of stuff that I thought might have it. None of it does...or at least none of it says HFCS. So, either I'm already eating fairly "cleanly" OR I need to research what the other names for HFCS are and then look for those. I'm guessing it's the second! emoticon

On that note, I need to research whether maltodextrin has gluten. I could have sworn that it was just a sugar, but some of the stuff I've been reading says differently. My son can't have gluten and he's been eating stuff with maltodextrin in it. Hmmmm...gotta go look!

SPark ya later!

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NEWNAC304 8/3/2010 8:15AM

    I've recommitted again this month too. Fell way off track last week on vacation but am working on getting back on track now.

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GEEMAWEST 8/2/2010 8:26PM

    In the past 2 months I have recommitted more times than I can count. Maybe I should just be committed, eh? You are obviously very aware of what you eat and you exercise often so it's all good.

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STEELKICKIN 8/2/2010 11:30AM

    Wow, Barb, you're ALREADY hot...stop trying to get even hotter! LOL, no seriously, I understand what you mean and I absolutely hate those body charts that say for our height and age we should weigh a certain amount. It doesn't take into consideration our lifestyle or how our bodies are put together. Just go by feel. And yes, HFCS does go by different names. Do your's proven to turn off the satiety areas in our brains and put weight on where we don't want it. It's some nasty stuff!


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CARLANNIE 8/2/2010 9:59AM

    Okay, hold the boat! I have had the pleasure of meeting you in person, and if you were to lose 5 more pounds, I don't know where it would slide off from!!! Do you feel healthy? I would say you need to use that as your yardstick and forget about what those one-size-fits-all numbers think you to be. Just my two cents worth. emoticon

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BKNOCK 8/2/2010 8:57AM

    Wow, you really need to lose 5 more pounds? You look really good! But if any one can do it, I know that you will! Have a great week!

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SWEETPEA0214 8/2/2010 8:33AM

    I think those stupid height/weight charts are archaic. I am a proud five foot shortie emoticon and the weight charts say I should weigh 112-120. At 112 I'd look like a starvation victim. My endocrinologist said 125. No higher, no lower. I told him I wanted to get to 120. He said no - too little weight for my age and height. So we settled on 122. You have to go on what looks good and feels good on YOU. I agree with Donna, I think you look fantastic the way you are. But I understand the desire to get to a certain weight. So you go girl. You can do it.

Also - here is a small thing I found on maltodextrin.

"Maltodextrin, a common food additive, is a type of sugar thatís made by breaking down starch. (Despite its name, maltodextrin does not contain malt.) Whether maltodextrin is gluten-free depends on what kind of starch it came from. In the United States, maltodextrin is usually made from rice, corn, or potato. In Europe, maltodextrin is frequently made from wheat.
Dextrin, a common additive thatís made by heating starch, can come from corn, potato, arrowroot, wheat, rice or tapioca.

If either of these additives is an ingredient and you are not sure the product is gluten-free, the safest thing to do is call the manufacturer and ask them to tell you the source of the maltodextrin or dextrin."

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USFBULL 8/2/2010 2:48AM

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/2/2010 1:44AM

    Isn't it awesome how we can decide when we need a kick under the butt, a re spark, finding our super sparking mojo again...

You go girl, and I'm with ya...
Let's finish off that final chapter on our way to personal success!!



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DONNAORLENE 8/2/2010 12:01AM

    I can not believe that your BMI is that high. You look absolutely great in person and I personally don't think you need to lose 5 more pounds - remember muscle mass weighs more than body fat. Anyway, if that's what you've decided you need to do, I'm behind you and I'll cheer you on. So go on and get out there and go for it!!! I know you're not going to be happy until you do, so you may as well go for it. In the mean time, I'll be thinking of you and praying for you and you do a little exercising for me. Okay? Good! We're Good then. Take care and I'll catch ya' later.

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Donna Orlene

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I LOVE playing softball!!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, one of the ladies I work with came and asked me if I could sub on a softball team that night. I had to get some details (where, when, etc.) and call DH to make sure that he didn't have plans I didn't know about. He didn't so I said YES!!!

I left work right on time since I had to drive home (35 minutes), change and grab my gear (10 minutes), make a sandwich and get some water (10 minutes) and then drive to the ball field (30 minutes) in 90 minutes. (For my non math-nerd friends, that gave me 5 minutes to spare.) emoticon

Got there just in time and changed into my cleats. I had no time to warm up at all. Just got sent to right field. No balls hit my direction. None. Then I got moved to left-center. THEN balls were hit to right field, but still, nothing in my direction. That's one could tell how much I suck at playing outfield if nothing is hit my way! LOL!

I got up to bat three times. First up I hit a dribbler. I think the other team was so stunned by the puniness of the hit that it bought me a couple of seconds. Whatever! I made it to base! Then someone who can hit came up and I ran around the bases and made it home. Second hit was NICE! Right in the hole behind 2nd and Short but in front of the outfielders. Safe again! (picture me doing a happy dance on 1st base) Third up I hit it, but they were ready for me and I was out at first. emoticon

I introduced myself to the other members of the team. One guy asked if I was going to be playing with them all season. I answered "I would if you all asked, but I don't think you'll be asking!" Sigh...

Oh well. I got to play and I had a blast. I gave the coach my cell # so he can call me for future subbing. And, being the eternal optimist, I put socks and ponytail holders in my softball bag and put it in my truck. That way, I'm ready to play at a moment's notice! Now...I just need that moment to notice! LOL!

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CARLANNIE 8/2/2010 10:05AM

    I used to play co-ed softball all the time and really, really enjoyed it. Until I was playing second base and my third baseman fired a shot over to me (he had just graduated from college and had play ball for them!). The runner was sliding into base and in all the rush, I miscalculated the throw and it grazed off the top of my mitt and landed in my mouth. Owie! Knocked one tooth out and I had to have 4 root canals. One tooth in front is discolored from it.

That was the end of my baseball career - I was 38, so I figured it was time to leave it to the young un's. Glad you had a good time!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/1/2010 9:44PM

  Didn't you play on a team last summer?

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BKNOCK 7/31/2010 7:30AM

    Wow, sounds great! I am glad that you had so much fun! I am not surprised that you are ready for the next time!

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Pictures of the clothes I got on my shopping trip.

Monday, July 26, 2010

I went shopping by myself on Wednesday. During that shopping trip, I picked up a yellow shirt, a red sweater and a pair of black capris - all on clearance. I also got a black sweater, 3/4 sleeve. It was on sale, but not clearance. Here are the pics. The last one is actually me in the yellow shirt at the zoo. My son and I are sitting in a nest they have there for kids to play in. He is playing up his broken wing. LOL!

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CINDILP 7/30/2010 4:28PM

    Great pictures.

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STEELKICKIN 7/27/2010 11:38PM

    Really nice!! Love the kid, he's absolutely adorable. Hey, you could be a biker chick! HOO-wah!

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LMB-ESQ 7/27/2010 8:48AM

    Great pics! Congrats on the great new purchases! I just bought some new clothes too... in an effort to feel and look more professional and less like a schlub. I should post some pics too, and I really need a new profile pic.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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MUSIC66 7/27/2010 12:08AM

    great pictures nice cloths.

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Finally did it....

Monday, July 26, 2010

Took the daughter on a run, that is. Knowing that she is taller than me (by about five inches) and younger than me (by more than two decades), I told her to go at her own pace. And sure enough, she slowly pulled ahead of me.

I will say that I was impressed by her. She actually ran the entire mile. She did it in just under 10 minutes. I forgot that I have a stop watch on my phone until we were a little more than half way through. Oops! Oh well, next time. I wasn't too far behind, so I saw when she got to the end of a mile. It was more than nine minutes, but less than ten. I was between 10 and 20 seconds behind her and just as I finished the mile, it turned to ten minutes. Not bad for either of us, if I do say so myself...and I do! emoticon emoticon

Now for some related, and totally non-mommy like thoughts. Even though DD is taller and younger and can run the mile faster, I still danced circles around her on the way back. Literally! She was so tired and so out of breath that she was a little dizzy at the end of her run. And she walked soooooo slow most of the way back. I had music going on my phone and danced along to it. The speed she had just wasn't enough! My point? Neener neener boo boo! LOL! I can still run circles around that girl of mine. I might need more time to do it, but while she's gasping for breath, I'm dancing and her friends are watching and she's embarrassed!! My job is done! LOL!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/1/2010 9:38PM

  Don't you love having more endurance? My son was going on my walks after my fall and even though he started out faster, I always finished first.
I'm 36 years older and over 60!

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MUSIC66 7/27/2010 12:10AM

    way to go on all fronts.

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ELYMWX 7/26/2010 11:58PM

    Well done on all fronts!

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CARLANNIE 7/26/2010 11:25PM

    Sometimes our job as parents is to embarrass our children. My husband loves to do that! Keep right on running those circles around her - it will give her a goal: to catch you!

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Well, not quite.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Of course, ya gotta try before you can say you failed, right? Yesterday I blogged about running an 8-minute mile with my daughter. The plan was to get up at 8:00 this morning and head out. We would jog/run until someone had to stop (I was assuming it would be her! LOL!) We would then walk until we were ready to jog again. Repeat until two miles are done.

Well, that's not quite how it worked. I woke up about 7:30 and my side hurt. Every once in awhile, it feels like I pulled a muscle or something and hurts bad enough that I can't get a full breath. It was happening last night but I thought I would be over it by this morning. I was, but not until I woke up again closer to 9:00. By then, DH had gone to the store for breakfast makings and come home and started breakfast. You can NOT turn down food someone else cooked. State Law! LOL! And by the time the food had burned off, it was way too hot to run outside. I know. Excuses. But there you go.

I did go to the gym tonight (DD is not a member, so could not join me.) I decided that since we are going to do this thing tomorrow morning, I should probably see how fast I can run, if I can run a mile, how long it takes me and if I feel like I'm going to die at the end. Walking there, I determined that I would need to set the treadmill to a 7.5 mph pace to be able to hit an 8-minute mile. emoticon In other words, no 8-minute mile for me tonight! LOL!

I warmed up for a couple of minutes and then cranked it up to a run/jog. I ran at 6.5 for awhile, but the pace was a little more than I could sustain for a full mile. Backed it down to 6.0. Finished the mile at that...except for the last bit, I cranked it back to 7.2 or 7.3. Overall, the mile took me just over 10 minutes. The good news, I can run one mile straight! The bad news, I might be really sore to run with DD tomorrow. Oops! emoticon

I'll let you know how tomorrow goes!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/26/2010 6:13PM

    Sorry your plans went awry. I hope your muscle pull is better tomorrow. Take it easy.

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CAROLEHZ 7/26/2010 11:05AM

    I think the not turning down food cooked by someone else is a Federal Law. Woo Hoo on your mile. I do have a question...will your daughter be timed on her 8 minute mile at try outs? as in.. "ok now run 1 mile..Go"? Or is she just expected to be able to maintain that pace for every mile she runs? I would find it impossible to do...but she does have age on her side.

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CARLANNIE 7/26/2010 10:18AM

    High Five for you in changing up your workout routine to run that mile! Woohoo! With your support, I know she'll make it!

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FITKAT2010 7/26/2010 6:12AM

    Good luck!

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GEEMAWEST 7/26/2010 12:55AM

    I can only comment on the food as I am not a runner at all. I am too gravity challenged (much like Michelle). But you are right, you cannot turn down food cooked by someone else. It always tastes so much better.

Great job on running the mile!

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