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The value of tiny goals, and I do mean tiny!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Last night, DH and I went to the gym. I decided that I really need to vary my workouts, so I got on the treadmill instead of my beloved elliptical. I started with a walk to warm up and after two minutes started running/jogging. To me it was running. To you runners out there, it was a jog. emoticon emoticon

As usual, it was hard to run. But, I told myself that I hadn't even run two minutes yet and I knew I could run at least 10 minutes and make a mile. So I did. At 10 minutes there was a really good, upbeat song on my playlist. Well, I HAVE to run through the end of that! And then there was another one and I HAD to run through that one too. THEN...I was really close to having run a full 20 minutes and I really needed to hit that 20 minutes. It wasn't that much longer. emoticon

So I ran. For a little more than 20 minutes. I'm thinking close to the end of another good song. Stopped and walked for a little bit...short song...and then another good song came on. Had to run again!

By the end of that song, I HAD to walk. So I walked for awhile. I did run for one more song and ended up with a 50-minute workout (with cool down) that was more than half running! I would not have run as much or as far had it not been for those tiny, incremental goals. Only one more song. Three more minutes. To the end of this mile.

Imagine, thought I, if I applied this strategy to everything I wanted to accomplish? Tiny incremental goals. Huh? Is that just another way of saying "one step at a time"? If so, I like "tiny incremental goals" better cos I get to say "incremental." emoticon

I'll let you know how it goes.

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/7/2010 10:48PM

  Great job. I have started setting a timer for 10 minutes when I need to get something done. I can work at anything for 10 minutes. I find myself working faster so I can accomplish the entire task in 10 minutes.
I have an elliptical and I love it. Now if I could just be home long enough to use it.

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NEWNAC304 8/7/2010 9:46PM

    Hey! You should make this one of your rules to live by. You know you want to!

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CAROLEHZ 8/7/2010 2:59PM

    Woo Hoo! for mixing it up...I use my ipod for inspiration too. I am constantly tweaking my playlist so that it will push me (and occasionally let me rest!)...other times I listen to podcasts that I get for free on itunes ( a favorite is Jillian Michaels radio show).. When I'm on the treadmill I run by the clock...outside I will think..just get to the red truck down there..then when I get past that I find a new helps to push me.

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JUDIL62 8/7/2010 11:54AM

    Nice job! I might give it a try at the gym today. Just the type of blog I needed to read today. Keep up the good work1

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LOREENYK 8/7/2010 11:00AM

    I do the exact same thing!

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GSCOTTC 8/7/2010 10:44AM

    My old boss said that you cannot eat a elephant in one bite, but you can eat one with a lot of little bites.

I just realized that this is probably why I was overweight from eating elephants.

Great job on the running.


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JOHNTJ1 8/7/2010 7:57AM

    Way to go Barb!!!

I had a boss, back in the old days, (Probably before you were born!) who had a sign on his desk that someone had taken one of those wood burning tools and written on. It said:


That was over thirty years ago and it is still stuck in my head. I dont think it matters how quickly you get to your goals just as long as you get there.

Thank you for being an inspiration

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IONA72 8/7/2010 4:19AM

    This is a strategy I got from a friend and use a lot on the treadmill, great work. I'm trying to think of the equivalent for eating less!

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ELYMWX 8/7/2010 1:36AM

    Well done!

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BKNOCK 8/7/2010 12:23AM

    Wow, you are awesome!

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MYOWNHERO 8/7/2010 12:11AM

    Hooray for baby steps!

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DONNAORLENE 8/6/2010 10:28PM

    How "HUGE" that incremental goal challenge sounds! LOL!!!! Great ideas come from great minds! (evidently ones with OCD!)

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Donna Orlene

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SPEEDYDOG 8/6/2010 9:52PM

    You were out there doing it! That is what matters. Congratulations on go further, faster and enjoying yourself to boot!


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USFBULL 8/6/2010 9:34PM

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Fancy cut does not equal fancy sliced :o(

Thursday, August 05, 2010

I am not a big fan of green beans. The flavor is okay, but, meh, I could do without them. When I was a kid, I used to put ketchup on them so I couldn't taste the green beans. I could eat heaps of them then! LOL!

Now i eat green beans as one of my staple veggies because they are very low in calories, are better for me than corn and DH and I can share a can for dinner. (The kids get corn.) I have found that the "fancy sliced" beans taste better than the other kinds. Yes, I know. They are all green beans. And, yes, I buy the same brand so I know they are all processed basically the same. Green beans taste like green beans, right?

NO! The fancy sliced ones are more like slivers of green beans where the fancy cut ones are chunks of green beans. The slivers taste better. Seriously! And I just realized the distinction tonight when I opened two different cans. I started checking all of the cans in the pantry and I have six cans of green beans...all the wrong kind. emoticon And what will i do with those six cans? Eat them, of course! That would be a waste of food otherwise. However, DH may be getting slightly larger helpings of green beans than he has in the past.

And I may have to break out that ketchup bottle! emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 8/7/2010 10:24PM

    Balsamic vinegar makes all green beans taste better IMHO

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BKNOCK 8/6/2010 6:21AM

    I like the French cut green beans too even though I like fresh green beans just as much! We use the canned french style for Green bean salad!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/5/2010 10:56PM

  I prefer my green beans raw. I don't mind frozen and yes French cut do taste different, but I just really like them raw.

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PSFITMOMMY413 8/5/2010 5:55PM

    You should definitely try frozen ones- much lower in sodium and they taste very similar to fresh!

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NEWNAC304 8/5/2010 4:15PM

    You always make me think of things I wouldn't have thought about! I agree, the slivered ones do taste different.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/5/2010 9:06AM

    OK, now I will be looking for fancy sliced at the grocery store. LOL I agree with some of the others; I have started to buy more and more frozen veggies and am liking the taste better. I grew up on canned veggies and used them while kids were growing up.

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CARLANNIE 8/5/2010 8:49AM

    Sounds like it's time to make veggie soup!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/5/2010 7:09AM

    We had canned green beans the other night, and they tasted even weirder than usual.

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JOHNTJ1 8/5/2010 6:53AM

    I am in agreement with you on not being a large fan of that veggie. My mother seemed to have an endless supply of them when we were growing up. I was not allowed to enhance or mask the flavor. She always told us that the suffering would assure us a place in heaven.


Green beans and canned corn are the things nightmares are made of so for this and so many other reasons you continue to be, in my eyes, a super hero.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/5/2010 2:32AM

    Have you tried frozen green beans? I find that frozen vegetables taste so much better than canned. I rarely eat canned vegetables if I can help it, except for tomatoes, which I think is the only vegetable where the canning process doesn't ruin the flavour. I always have frozen peas, green beans and brussel sprouts in the freezer, but buy the rest of my veggies fresh. If you haven't already, give frozen veggies a try - your tastebuds will thank you for it!

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GEEMAWEST 8/5/2010 12:41AM

    Pretty much over the canned green beans. But used a lot of them when the kids were growing up. DH likes the regular fancy cut and the kids liked the fancy sliced. Now that there are only two of us to feed I buy the frozen or fresh because that's what I like and that's what counts, right?

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ELYMWX 8/5/2010 12:20AM

    Two words: Balsamic Vinegar

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KENDRACARROLL 8/5/2010 12:17AM

    How about trying fresh?

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More rules that one MUST live by

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Since the last time I blogged about rules that I could (or couldn't) break, I've been keeping a running list of other rules that MUST be followed. No, really! Or ELSE!

When I fold clothes (on laundry day), my clothes go on the left of the pile. DH's go to the right. DD's go to DH's side of the bed and DS's go to the foot of the bed. If laundry baskets are available for the kids, I will use those. If I had to switch mine and DH's clothes, it would take me much longer to get laundry done.

When I put food in my tracker, it HAS to go in the correct category and in the correct amount. For example, if I have broccoli for more than one meal (happens a lot!), I need to put one cup (or however much I ate) in each meal. I can't just enter two cups for the day. Why? I don't know. It's not like I go back and look at my tracker and look for trends. I could put everything in as a snack...but that would destroy the symmetry of the tracker. Oh...AND break the rules! LOL!

I have two planned snacks each day. An apple and string cheese between breakfast and lunch and a Fiber One bar in the afternoon. I do not switch those two. Ever. Cos if I do, the apple and cheese might get replaced with cookies.

When I'm putting my stuff in my truck to go to work in the morning, my lunch pail goes on the seat first, closest to the seat back. Then my purse in front of it. My drink goes in the little hole made by the lunch pail and seat back. I think that's part of my problem with carpooling...if someone is sitting there, where do I put my stuff? emoticon

Lastly, I eat the least favorite item on my plate first and save the best for last. This includes eating around the outside of a sandwich or hamburger and saving the middle for last. On the surface, this allows me to save the best for last, ostensibly to savor it. However, I've found that I will often be full from the least favorite stuff but I will continue to eat because the best part is still there! Seems like this would be a rule I could break, huh? Sure. If I remembered! I usually think about it when I'm already full and my favorite food is staring at me, chanting "eat me, eat me, eat me." And then I HAVE to eat it just to shut it up, right? LOL!

More "rules" are currently rolling around in my head. Expect another update. emoticon

If you missed it, here's my first "rule" blog. And if you did miss it, you really are missing out. LOL!!

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ELYMWX 8/4/2010 9:40PM

    Just a question: do you eat the red Smarties last? If you don't eat Smarties, does it bug you when others don't eat the red ones last?

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STEELKICKIN 8/4/2010 7:48PM

    Definitely OCD. Trust me...takes one to know one. 'Cept when you fold the towels, do the creases all have to go the same way?? Mine do. If DH folds them he gets raked over the coals if he doesn't match them up!!

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DONNAORLENE 8/4/2010 1:03PM

    I'm telling you, you've got it bad......OCD!!!

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Donna Orlene

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BKNOCK 8/4/2010 12:49PM

    You crack me up! One of my rules is that my food cannot be touching!

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DAISYBELL6 8/4/2010 9:33AM

    I know exactly what you mean. Is this a blessing or a curse?

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CARLANNIE 8/4/2010 8:55AM

    My husband eats a slice of watermelon from the outside in, saving the best for last, so I understand your savoring the best for last!

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JANEDOE12345 8/4/2010 8:33AM

    I have experienced your rigid adherence to the rules in certain periods of my life, and I can say that they were sometimes the only thing keeping me sane. Sometimes OCD is a good thing! Even now, if faced with a lot of uncertainty, the first thing I do is make a list and follow it to the letter. You are keeping your life in order, one symbol at a time.


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NEWNAC304 8/4/2010 7:30AM

    We're a lot alike. I have my set ways of doing things and don't like to change. Thanks for starting my day with a smile!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/4/2010 2:32AM

    Oh dear, Barb, can you say "OCD"?!
I agree with your rule about the food tracker - Everything I eat goes into the correct meal category so I know what I ate when. I do review my tracker to see if there are trends in my eating habits, so I have a good reason for doing it. Although, I'd find it weird if someone put food in their tracker willy-nilly - seems a bit pointless to do that.

The rest of your rules... um, I think you need help, luv - LOL!
I haven't done the "save the best for last" eating thing since I was a kid.
Hey, if your rules gives you some security, then what harm can they do? So what if people think you're strange?
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Have a good day.

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JOANOFSPARK 8/4/2010 1:21AM

    I love this...great blog....

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DEVORA4 8/4/2010 12:41AM

  interesting thoughts

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ELYMWX 8/4/2010 12:23AM

    Dirty dishes on the left of the sink or the right?

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Starting back over again redoing once more

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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