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Too much sugar!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I've been eating "low carb" for about 6 weeks now, and worked back in 1 grain & 1 fruit serving a day about 2 weeks ago. I haven't had any "sweets" except for sugar free pudding/jello in over 6 weeks.

I had a great Mother's Day! DD#2 made me a lemon pie (Weight Watchers recipe) Saturday night and I had a small piece. DD#3 made me blueberry waffles for breakfast on Sunday (yummy!). I got a lot of very nice gifts and we spent the afternoon at a graduation party at my cousin's lake home (his son graduated from college and his daughter from high school). They had BBQ with sides. Needless to say, I had quite a bit of bread & pasta on Sunday! I also had a piece of cake. I got in some exercise walking up and down the stairs and the big hill to the dock (carrying my great nephew who has become quite heavy!). I also kayaked a little on the lake. The kids went in the water, but it was too cold for me!

We got home about 5 and DH just got home from work. We were going to grill out, but nobody was really hungry since we had a late lunch. He took DD#1's boyfriend home around 7 and I was a little hungry by then, so I had another piece of lemon pie!

I was falling asleep on the couch around 9:30, so I decided to just go to bed. Around 11:30 I woke up "wide awake" and feeling kind of "crappy". I think it was from all the sugar and bread that I ate. It took a while for me to fall back asleep and I felt kind of "bloaty" this morning. I had my healthy omlette and packed a salad for lunch! I didn't want to weigh this morning, so I'll see if I caused any "damage" on Wednesday.

I feel pretty good about it though, because even though I didn't really eat "healthy", I didn't over eat. The food was good, it wasn't as good as our cookout on Saturday night (turkey burgers and grilled veggies). So I don't think my crappy eating yesterday is going to take me back to the "dark side". If anything, I'm glad to be back to my "healthy" eating. It really wasn't "worth it" (except for the lemon pie - it's really good and something we'll probably make again - low calorie, but not so much low sugar).

I didn't really get in any exercise except for Friday night. DH took DD#1 to work and took DD#2 to the gym and he ran the hilly trail. I waited for DD#3 to get off the bus and we ran the greenway. She was a "goof" again, but we had a good run!

I'm not quite prepared for Saturday's 5K. With running & walking, I'm getting in close to 3.1 miles, so I'll do ok. May not get my goal of under 38 mins. but I'll finish! I have to take DD#3 to her end of year Girl Scout party tonight and she has a band concert tomorrow, but DH & I are planning to run before that and I'll be able to run Wednesday or Thursday (or both).

Still didn't break out the Coach Nicole DVD, but I had pie!


Too much grass!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

I spent 2 1/2 hours yesterday and about 1 1/2 hours on Wednesday cutting grass. I mainly used the riding lawn mower, but I did a little "pushing" and raking. DH was "off" Wednesday & Thursday, but did a side job, so he worked late both nights. We really needed to get that grass cut before it rains again tonight. I had all 3 girls working in the yard yesterday!

So, with cutting crass and driving around kids, I didn't get to run. DH, DD#2 & 3 want to run tonight. DH will take DD#2 & friend to the gym and I'll run on the greenway with DD#3 (after dropping DD#1 off at work). It's cloudy and windy now, but the rain is supposed to hold off until tonight.

It's supposed to rain again tonight and tomorrow (so the grass will grow more again!), so I probably won't get any outdoor exercise. Need to break back out the Coach Nicole body sculpting DVD. I actually liked it, I don't know why I haven't done it the past couple of weeks.

DD#2 has her last basketball game for her spring league on Saturday. We already got the summer workout programs for both basketball & volleyball, so she'll be very busy. She still wants to keep up the running a couple of nights a week (plus she likes hanging out at the gym with the boys!). Hopefully DD#3 will want to keep running after next week's 5K! I need all the motivation I can get.

Sunday is supposed to be nice. We're going to my cousin's lake house for a graduation party, so hopefully it will be warm enough to swim. I think my niece and sister are taking their kayaks, so I'll get some exercise in.

I'm planning to enjoy my Mother's Day! I've earned it after this school year!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/10/2013 7:12PM

    Your title caught my eye since grass is on my mind too. Ours is way too long given all the rain we've been having. I never have to cut it though because I have a severe grass allergy. It never bothered me as a child since I lived in NYC, but now - uh oh. Fortunately, DH handles that chore.

Have a great Mother's Day. I like kayaking too,

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Wiggle Room!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Although I'm back at goal, I still want to loose the final 2 "wiggle room" lbs. I weighed in this morning and I lost .4 lbs., so now I have some "wiggle room".

I finished my 4th week of "low carb" eating. In 4 weeks, I have lost 6.8 lbs. I read yesterday on Spark about how eating more protein keeps you fuller. I can really attest to that with breakfast. I make a "yummy" egg bowl for breakfast with eggs, veggies & turkey sausage crumbles. I usually don't get hungry until noon or later (I eat breakfast at 7:30 ish). With my cereal, I would be hungry by 11.

2 weeks ago, I started incorporating back in a serving of fruit and a serving of grains a day. There have been a few days that I haven't eaten either (especially grains). I'm eating about 6-7 servings of veggies a day! In 4 weeks, I haven't eaten any "sweets" (except for sugar free jello & pudding) and no chips or crackers. There have been times (especially at night) that I've wanted to grab a box of crackers and mindlessly eat, so the "mental" cravings are still there. I'll keep with the "plan" for a couple more weeks before increasing the fruit/grain servings.

I'm going to my cousin's lake house on Sunday for a graduation party and it's also Mother's Day. I'm going to give myself a "free day". I know I won't go "crazy" and I'll get right back on track on Monday.

I ran last night with DD#2 and friend. I haven't run since Thursday and basically haven't done any form of exercise since then. We've had either drizzle or heavy rain since Thursday evening. Saturday it poured all day long.

DH took DD#2 & friend running Friday night. I had to drop DD#1 off at work and help DD#3 pack for Girl Scout camp. She wasn't leaving for camp until 6:00 am on Saturday, so I thought we had plenty of time. She ended up spending the night with another girl and her Mom was going to take them to the "drop off", so we had to hurry up and pack (which didn't go well!).

I really did some major cleaning on Saturday. DD#1's "anti prom" plans had changed. She's a Junior and a group of her friends had an "anti-prom" party last year since they were Sophomores and couldn't go. She decided to not go to her prom or boyfriend's this year. I was a little disappointed that she didn't go (although we saved some money). She said she'd go next year as a Senior. Anyway, they were all going to one of the "cooler" malls in Atlanta and camp out in a girl's backyard (like they did last year). Since it was raining so much and no let up in sight, they cancelled the camp out plans. She asked if it was ok for them to come back to our house after the mall trip. I told her that was fine and spent 2 hours (after DD#2's basketball) cleaning the basement. They ended up going to another house, so at least the basement is still clean!

I was very busy "running around" on Sunday, but still no exercise. Monday we had a little sunshine (but it had rained all morning). DD#1 had an AP exam that afternoon and was tired, DD#2 had basketball and DD#3 was sick, so I didn't run Monday either.

I took DD#1 to work yesterday and DD#2, friend and I ran at the park (DD#3 is still not feeling well). The girls ran in the gym and I ran the hilly trail again. I was really feeling it after not doing anything for 4 days. I finished up a "loop" (1.3 miles of major hills) and then went in the gym and jogged a couple more laps, ran some "strides" and walked about 10 more mins. It was about 40+ mins. of walking/running.

Tonight I have to cut crass. Our grass is really high after 4+ straight days of rain. I'll probably run tomorrow (and cut more grass) and we'll see what the weekend brings. More rain on Friday evening & all day Saturday (do we live in Seattle now?!), but Sunday is supposed to be nice.

Looking forward to Mother's Day and glad I have that little big of "wiggle"!


Against the Wind

Friday, May 03, 2013

running against the wind (an old Bob Seger song for all you "kids"). DD#2 and I went running last night. DH, DD#1&3 stayed home to work on the duck pen. The 4 ducks are now officially out of the basement and in a new pen - they are very cute, but growing really fast.

I digress. DD#2 wanted to run in the gym and then play some basketball. I was going back and forth with running in the gym or on the greenway trail. It was kind of drizzly and I had on my New Shoes and I didn't want to get them wet. I dropped her off and decided I would run the "hilly" trail which runs behind the rec center. It was still kind of drizzly and very windy! The winds were gusting up to 25 mph and I was running right into it! It was also very humid. North Georgia has been experiencing some early spring like weather. We've had cool days & chilly nights and lots of rain. This time last year we were already in the high 80's and today it's only going to be 60. I love the temperatures, but the rain (especially on the weekends) is getting a little old. Good news with that is we're not in a drought and the rivers and lakes are full!

I digress again. I ran one loop of the hilly trail (about 1.3 miles) and then went into the gym to run some "strides" (sprinting the straight and jogging the curve). It's not quite as hard as the outdoor track, because the indoor track is smaller. I finished my strides and went into the gym (the track is above the gym floor) and DD#2 was still shooting baskets. She basically told me to "get lost" since I was in the way and she wasn't finished. I think she was hoping to get into another "pick up" game. I told her I would walk a little more and then come back in.

I went back outside and ended up running up the very hilly (very hilly) part of the trail and walking another 1/2 loop. My total exercise minutes were 45! I went back in the gym and DD#2 was ready to go. There was a bunch of older guys playing full court basketball and then it was reserved after that.

DH, DD#2 & 3 want to run tonight. It's supposed to really rain, so I'm not sure if I want to run inside. It's actually supposed to rain through Monday night, so it looks like any outside exercise is out of the question for a while, so I might just have to run inside.

As far as the eating goes, I worked back in a fruit on Tuesday & Wednesday (blueberries with cottage cheese) and last night I had some whole wheat pasta. I put on some pants this morning that I bought right before Easter (they were tight then) and they are very loose around the tummy/waist! NSV!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/4/2013 6:21AM

    How nice to be active WITH your daughters!

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Back to Goal!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I received a bunch of congratulations at the end of March for "maintaining" for 2 years. Technically I was still maintaining, but I was still 3 lbs. over goal. At the end of January I was about 11 lbs over goal, so I started an aggressive campaign to get "Back to Goal".

I'm happy to say I've achieved that goal! I still want to loose 2 more lbs. for that "wiggle room", but I'm ecstatic.

Since I was feeling a little bogus about maintenance back in March, I never really commented or gave my "words of wisdom" blog. I'm really not that wise about all of this, I do seem to obsess about it though. But I'll write down what "works" for me.

My History - I was a slightly overweight child and teen (surrounded by a skinny family!). I was a very athletic, so that kept things a little under control. Back in the late 70's, no one really worried about "obesity"! My first year out of high school I was working full time and going to college at night, so I put on about 20 additional lbs. that fall & winter. Because of a psychology project (rewarding my self a $1 for each pound I lost and the outcome would be a new bathing suit), I lost 50 lbs.! I managed to maintain that until I got married and started having children in my early 30's.

After baby #3, I found myself about 60 lbs. overweight and now in the "obesity" category. I mentioned before, I also got a diagnosis for Insulin Resistance. That scared me and I lost about 40 lbs. I yo-yoed for a while and when I hit 50 (and after seeing a very unflattering vacation picture), I was determined to get to goal (hopefully setting a healthy example for my 3 daughters).

Because I'm competitive and Weight Watchers worked in the past, I joined and lost 46 lbs. and finally reached my goal weight!

Maintenance - I'd like to give all kinds of tips and suggestions, but I truly believe weight loss & maintenance is a individual journey. You got to find what works! Weight Watchers worked for me for loosing the weight, but I let my "snacking" spiral out of control and ended up 11 lbs. over goal.

I started tracking points again online back in January and lost 5 lbs. (but would go up and down - still snacking!). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go "low carb" again to loose those final 6 lbs.! It seems to work for me because it keeps me away from the chips, crackers & sweets.

Maintenance is not easy. In fact for me, it was harder because I didn't have that "gratification" of loosing weight. Like many people, I was extremely disappointed in myself for gaining those 11 lbs. and "destroying" all of my hard work. I tried to keep in perspective that I was still exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating 7-9 servings of freggies, but the portion control & snacking needed to get back in control.

A couple of motivators for me:

Embarrassment - I was such a "inspiration" to friends & family and I didn't want to be embarrassed by gaining everything back.

Clothes Size - the clothes I bought after loosing the weight were starting to get tight and I didn't have the funds or desire to get new clothes. I would rather spend the money on buying cute things for my teenage daughters. I had plenty of nice stuff, it was just getting tight!

Age - I'm 52, I can't keep doing this yo-yoing and since I'm an "older" mom, I want to be healthy and active for my girls and potential grandchildren. I get so much pleasure now being able to "play" with my great nephew.

So those are my "words of wisdom" and what works for me. My goal for May is:

Loose final "wiggle room" 2 lbs.


Increase running distance and be ready for 5/18 5K.

Improve 5K running time (under 38 mins.)

Strength Train (yeah right)

I walked with my sister on Monday on the hilly trail for about 45 mins. and ran yesterday with DD#3. I increased my distance to 2.5 miles, so I'm on my way back to 5K!

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MAUREENV2 5/24/2013 10:51AM

    Thank you for sharing. I find in maintenance that it is harder to stay steady with exercise for the very reason you said- no reward of losing more weight. As i get older (58) I find strength training even more important than cardio, and when I do it, I always see the results. Keep up the good work

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HAKAPES 5/24/2013 6:07AM

    Thanks for sharing with us your journey. I particularly found interesting to read about your motivators. You could share about these more, like one blog post about each. Happy to have you in the Maintenance team!

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LOGOULD 5/23/2013 5:14PM

    Thanks for your candid honesty. It's good to know that all of us have our struggles and that this journey will continue for about as long as we live. Some parts will be prettier than others, but at least we are headed in the right direction!

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MYAKAYAH 5/23/2013 2:18AM

    I think this post is helpful to many because after reaching goal weight sometimes its hard to stay in range. So maintenance requires thought put into it so gaining can be nipped before it becomes a major issue! emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 5/20/2013 6:20AM

    You are such a great maintenance model, Tina! This is great. Thank you for the post.

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NICKYCRANE 5/20/2013 5:27AM

    Well done! Thanks for sharing your ups and downs! I have only been on maintenance for two months. At first I was neurotic, terrified of putting the weight back on. When I kept losing a little, I at last dared to intuitive eat, and that is working. I have only been doing it for about a week. I jump on the scales every morning, so I can nip any weight gain in the bud, but record my weight only once a week. I am so grateful to SP, and SC, at $28 for a year with DVDs etc thrown in, is such value for money that its virtually free.

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    Great job in getting back to goal! Keep up the hard work :)

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LRSILVER 5/17/2013 3:52PM

    Great job. Great blog!!

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MKELLY72 5/17/2013 10:32AM

    Good for you to put yourself out there and share with the "world". Being an "inspiration" is one of the things that keeps me so focused on staying at goal too. When I had let a few pounds creep back on--I ended up being most successful when I amped up the protein and cut way back on carbs too--all those freggies and the protein seem to be what works for me too.
Thanks for sharing your story of "imperfection". I think we are all pretty hard on ourselves to stay perfect from time to time at least. It is such an individual journey, but knowing that others experience hiccups along the way helps to maintain my own confidence when I struggle.

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KANOE10 5/17/2013 8:51AM

    Good for you getting back to goal. That was a lot of work! You are focused and on track. I know you will get those last two pounds down!


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MOONCHILD8 5/17/2013 7:53AM

    Great job getting back to goal. I have been up and down on the scale. I am taking thyroid medication. I am also my Mom's care giver. I must keep myself healthy in order to care for Mom. I was like you before Mom was sick. When my children were teens I too had two jobs. I sent them to college. They graduated one is working two jobs and other graduated without a job. Oh Well that's the way life goes I guess. Linda from bean town

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ADRIENALINE 5/16/2013 2:18PM

    Awesome job. I wish people all over understood how tough maintenance is. You deserve all the recognition we can give you, You are emoticon !

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MOMMY445 5/16/2013 12:56PM

    such a great blog! keep it up! you are doing fantastic!

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SUSANFL1 5/16/2013 10:45AM

    Your blog was excellent reading as it accurately portrays the struggles of maintenance. I actually found dieting and using weight watchers easy like you. Maintenance is a whole other problem. My problem is the opposite of yours though, I am so afraid to gain weight so much so that I am 5 lbs underweight-not good at all-I am being hounded to put back the pounds but my secret fear is what if I eat and can't stop myself? Keep up your great work! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/16/2013 9:27AM

    Your words are wise to me!

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FELINA 5/16/2013 9:07AM

    emoticon on reaching goal !
You've got a good plan in place, I admire your determination.
Keep up the great work !

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NELLJONES 5/16/2013 7:57AM

    WW does give you the tools to maintain your goal. Getting back to the basics is always a great idea.

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MAREE1953 5/16/2013 3:56AM

    I can so relate to everything you said. Great words of wisdom that we never tire hearing! Best wishes for continued health and success with your goals!

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ELLEKTRA 5/16/2013 3:15AM

    You're doing amazing! Keep it up.

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VTRICIA 5/16/2013 12:30AM

    I relate to so much of your story. I was the one heavier kid in my family.

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_LINDA 5/15/2013 10:58PM

    Right there with you! Snacking is my main problem and still is even though I have been maintaining for two years, due to an injury on my elbow recently, my weight creeped up 3 lbs so that was the red flag warning. I love exercise and work out vigorously and that allowed me my treats, but when I can't go as hard,I can't indulge either. Sparkpeople is what works for me, never been in WW, but did try Physicians Weight Loss Center, but when it closed down after I lost the weight, I never tried one of those again, and I am cheap, like free things, so finding Sparkpeople was a Godsend.
Here is to putting the brakes on yo yo dieting and not having to lose weight ever again. I do give myself a five pound range as weight really does fluctuate, so don't stress too much over small gains, just make sure the upward trend is nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand. No fad diets needed. Just careful tracking of calories and fitness did it for me.
Keep up the great work! Age is just a number! You have the choice to be as fit as your body allows!

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MANILUS 5/15/2013 10:27PM

    Great work!

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SANDICANE 5/15/2013 10:21PM

    Our stories are similar. Yes, maintaining certainly is harder than going up or going down! You're doing a super job! Way to go!


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KELLIEBEAN 5/15/2013 9:42PM

    Congratulations on your achievements so far. You have the determination to continue!

I find maintaining harder than losing weight as well. I keep moving forward.

Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck on your 5K Saturday!

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WATERMELLEN 5/15/2013 9:33PM

    Wonderful story! You are persistent and you are determined!! Your techniques work for you and that's what counts!

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MEXGAL1 5/15/2013 8:02PM

    woo hoo and wonderful job getting back to goal.
keep up the good work.

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MOBYCARP 5/15/2013 7:48PM

    Good job figuring out what works for you, which is different from what I am doing. As you note, maintenance is a very individualized journey. One size does not fit all.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 5/15/2013 7:30PM

    Great blog and great job! Congrats on reaching your goal weight. You are right, maintenance is more difficult, and we need to keep it challenging. My dreamboard helps me to stay challenged, as I prepare to fulfill a new dream. Especilly when I slack off a bit!

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MANDELOVICH 5/15/2013 7:11PM

    Great job - congrats on getting back to goal!!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/15/2013 7:09PM

    Great blog! You are really working it. It takes dedication, for sure, but you can do it! You ARE doing it! Congratulations!!

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SUSIEMT 5/1/2013 10:32PM

    I'm glad you got back to goal. You are right you do obsess. But that won't kill you! Keep up the great job!

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PATTYR81 5/1/2013 11:53AM

    Great Blog!

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