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Early Morning Musings

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I weighed 179 this morning. That means I am 9 pounds from the goal I set a year and a half ago. I feel truly blessed. I have worked hard and consistently to achieve this goal. I earned it and I rejoice in it. Good health and fitness are most definitely a goal that is worth hard, diligent work. I remember thinking (when I weighed 270 pounds) "This is how it is. I am just fat" I was lying to myself. Weighing 179 pounds and eating healthfully and exercising every day is how it is. I am not fat. I am still overweight but all my lab values are in normal range, I can jog on a mountain trail for 50 minutes (at least), I have energy, enthusiasm and vitality. I am blessed. The work is worth it. My lifestyle is much more automatic and comfortable now, but it isn't easy. I get up early and no matter what, I exercise. I drink water and wait before snacking instead of eating right away, I think about my food choices instead of eating what looks good, and I am beginning to accept my new body shape. I still have some doubts that I can maintain this, after all I have been overweight for over 50 years, but I am beginning to feel like I CAN do it.

I feel so very full of gratitude this morning.

  
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ROOBEARZ 3/25/2011 2:17AM

    What a fantastic feeling!!! Your dedication has paid off! You're such an inspiration!! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 3/22/2011 9:50PM

    You have worked so hard and completely EARNED this. "Fat" and "thin" don't define who you are. "Determined" and "strong" do. Congratulations!

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CARLANNIE 3/22/2011 3:44PM

    Can you sense that we are all jumping for joy out here, celebrating your victories with you? Only 9 pounds to go - that is truly AWESOME. I need to shadow you one day, especially during your early morning exercise sessions, to see what you're doing and then how I can change my daily routine.

A big High Five for you!

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JOYINKY 3/22/2011 2:00PM

    You are doing it and you will continue to do it! I have no doubt you will maintain this time. You're doing it all for the right reasons and the rewards are great. Congratualtions Nancy!

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RURAL3 3/22/2011 11:40AM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you can maintain this. You have worked hard and learned a new way of eating and life in general. You don't want to lose it and that is why you will continue. It won't be easy though. Maintaining is way harder than losing.....imagine that. But once we have gotten there we just need to make sure we pick a point that we will not go past and keep ourselves on track. Not stress over it but keep up with the joy it brings to our new lives.
You have had so many changes in your life this past year. You are a new woman literally. And to think, one time you were worried about retirement. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OURELEE1 3/22/2011 8:43AM

  Congratulations on a job well done. You should be so proud of youself. We all know what it takes to lost that much weight. Enjoy your day.

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KAZ814 3/22/2011 8:27AM

    WOO HOO! Congratulations, Daisybell. YOU are truly an inspiration!

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It's Working!

Monday, March 07, 2011

For the last week I have been eating at the low end of my calorie range (about 1250 cal) and getting in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day by doing several "pocket walks" daily as well as continuing my walk/jog program. Sounds simple, right? Well, why haven't I done it before? I don't know. But I lost 2 pounds last week. Go figure!

I just didn't think I could "survive" on 1200 calories a day. I thought I would be hungry. I thought I wouldn't be able to figure out how to eat 3 meals and snacks on that few calories. Well, I did it and it is working.

I need to keep doing what it takes.

  
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ENUFF81020 3/21/2011 11:05AM

    Congratulations on your success with t his--I am trying to take off my last 20 pounds and am finding it to be challenging. I thinkI need to maybe ramp mine up a bit, it is all a bit of shuffling, I guess.
Anyway, I am not sure why I haven't been to your page or made you a spark buddy before, I always do that with members of OALB. I am sure glad I found your page, you are a real motivator.
Congrats on all of your success, keep up the great work in taking care of yourself!!
Sylvia

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ROOBEARZ 3/7/2011 11:46PM

    emoticon emoticon It sounds like you're doing a good job of doing what it takes!! emoticon

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INDIANABETTY 3/7/2011 10:16PM

    Go figure....sometimes the simplest change can make the maximum results. I need to follow in your footsteps! Keep up the good work.... emoticon

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OURELEE1 3/7/2011 7:58PM

  Keep up the good work.

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AELARLEE1 3/7/2011 2:49PM

    Well, there you have it. Okay, then...I must get my calorie count in gear.

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KOFFEENUT 3/7/2011 1:57PM

    Way to hang in there until you found what works for YOU!

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ILUVTOTAT 3/7/2011 9:35AM

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JERZRN 3/7/2011 9:31AM

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Good for you!

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JOYINKY 3/7/2011 9:24AM

    Great! I'm a big fan of pocket walks! But, it does take both; calorie control and exercise. WTG!

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SUECHRIS50 3/7/2011 9:07AM

    Way to go!!

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CARLANNIE 3/7/2011 8:52AM

    That's an exciting development to wake up to on a Monday morning - congrats!!!

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RURAL3 3/7/2011 8:31AM

    I knew you could do it. It just takes the right choices in foods and to keep up the exercise. You go Girl! emoticon

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New Strategy - Attitude Adjustment

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I have been trying different things to get off my plateau and so far no breakthroughs. Although I must say I am staying between 183 and 185 instead of 188. So that's a good thing. I know I am exercising enough and with enough varied activities. However, I think I am aiming too high in my calories. I have a range of 1230 to 1580 to meet my goal and in my mind I am aiming for 1500. I usually come in around 1500 to 1600 with a few days of 1700 to 1900. I think I should make an attitude adjustment and aim for 1250 calories. Then, if I overshoot I might still come in below 1580. I know it seems like a small change, but I think its the attitude that matters. I am changing from the attitude of "I'll eat as much as I can get away with." to "I'll eat what my body needs" Let's see how this works.

I must admit as I write this, I am wondering if I can do it. Can I eat that little food and feel satisfied? But then I remember I felt that way when I was trying to cut down from 2500 to 2000 calories a day. I think its a matter of eating what your body really needs, not what you think you need.

I am really going to work on this new attitude adjustment.

  
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ROOBEARZ 3/4/2011 12:58AM

    You've had tremendous success and I'm so inspired by you - so I feel kinda crazy throwing out any advice - since you're the one who knows how to accomplish things on this path.

My nutrition plan puts me between 1250 and 1550 - I'm usu around 1300 or so, but I have 1 to 2 gigantic salads daily - the protein (which I tend to have right up at the max) primarily comes from Tilipia, boneless, skinless chic br., and egg beaters (no fat - no cholesterol). I've found (for me, anyway) that this is a great way to be able to eat plenty (don't like to be hungry) and keep the calorie count reasonable. The salads (modeled after my daughter's - she's so good at all of this) usu. consist of lettuce (romaine, red or green leaf, or Boston), cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions or red onion, raw mush, raw broccoli, carrot shavings, red peppers, croutons and sometimes a HB egg or walnuts ( a few). Everything is cut up in Tupperware in the fridge ready to go - cuts down on prep time and all in a huge bowl.

Good luck to you!!

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CARLANNIE 3/2/2011 4:25PM

    I've always wished someone would just hypnotize me so I would eat the right portions of the best foods for my body. And not a morsel more! Good luck with your attitude adjustment. If you fill up on 7 fruits and veggies each day, it leaves little room for off-plan items. You can do this!!!

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JOYINKY 3/2/2011 4:15PM

    Learning to listen to your body is a biggie! Increasing activity didn't help me lose but it sure helps me in maintenance. I wouldn't go below 1200, that creats other problems. I think evaluating and adjusting will be a lifelong process for me. Even something like the change of seasons necessitate adjustments. For me; we've just come through the toughest time of year and are headed into the best time of year to work on health and fitness. You will do this!

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RURAL3 3/2/2011 2:52PM

    You can do this Nancy. I think you are right. Your aim was too high. I know that when I am in the "loss" mode which I am now if I eat more than 1200 I can't lose. You will be able to do this if you pick the right foods. As someone said, make sure you have enough protein to make sure you are full and space it throughout the day.

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JERIBERI1 3/2/2011 12:24PM

    If you make sure you have protein with meals, it will fill you up faster and the fullness will last longer. Include lean meats, nuts, cheeses, etc.

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SMILEYBEE 3/2/2011 10:47AM

    Your thought process here sounds like it could be running through my own head! It helps me to see that other people are having the same struggle. Thanks for sharing! I know as long as we hang in there, the scale will cooperate one of these days!

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MNCYCLIST 3/2/2011 9:10AM

    I hear you, I had to do the same thing although because I'm big I get to eat a few more calories: I am for 1800 every day. But for me it was big trying to get down to that. What I learned was that once my body adjusted I was no longer hungry throughout the day. I also learned that my body didn't actually need all the cals I was giving it, rather, I had trained my body to think so. So, hang in there and don't give up, eventually something will work!

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Run Like the Wind

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterday I tried jogging outside in my neighborhood park. I have been doing the Spark walk/run training program for a week after being unable to get past week 4 on the c25k program on the treadmill. I just can't seem to run more than 4 minutes without getting winded even though I take my asthma spray. Well anyway......

It was 38 degrees, sunny and windy and I wanted to give it a try. For week 2 day 1 you walk for 3 minutes and run for 90 seconds. I took my trusty Golden Retriever, Bucky and went out the door in my fleece running jacket that DH got me for Christmas, my water and my MP3. I walked for 5 minutes to warm up, stretched at a bench by a stream and took off. When I did my first 90 second jog, Bucky was incredulous (yes, a dog can be incredulous!). He looked at me in disbelief and then took off with me. I was nervous. I don't know why, I was just nervous so I started out with a heartrate over 100 while just walking. My nerves settled quickly and I just ran. It felt great! I walked / ran for 30 minutes and covered a little over 2 miles. Not fast, I know, but fun!

I can't wait for Wednesday to try again.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 2/28/2011 8:08PM

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KARIJO-OSAGE 2/28/2011 7:52AM

    You are going great and I bet Bucky is thinking...sweet a run/walk with my Mom :) Got to love those four legged partners, they never judge you, never push and are always there by your side...walking or running! Best training partner ever!

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AELARLEE1 2/24/2011 10:40AM

    You are doing so well!! Doesn't it feel good to move like that? Keep it up, slow and steady, and it will get easier.

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JULIE2719 2/23/2011 11:00AM

    Excellent! That is a great pace - keep it up!

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RURAL3 2/23/2011 9:55AM

    That is amazing Nancy. I walk pretty fast but can't seem to get the running down for more than a minute. That's ok it can't be for everyone. emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 2/23/2011 12:32AM

    You ROCK!!! Way to hang in there!

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MNNICE 2/22/2011 9:48PM

    Way to go!! I have learned to love running longer distances, but I really like to do the intervals!

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CARLANNIE 2/22/2011 6:27PM

    Oh, how much fun that sounds to run! I get that same feeling when I cross country ski - can't run any more, but do like the wind blowing through my hair. That's awesome that you are giving Bucky an incredulous adventure! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/22/2011 1:32PM

    As long as it feels good you're doing great! Congratulations!

As for me, prefer walking like a breeze. :)

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CASSARM1 2/22/2011 9:04AM

    Good job!

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JKN049 2/22/2011 8:33AM

    Good for you!! I'm trying to get my nerve up to run as well......I think you've just provided a little more incentive for me! Congratulations!

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Keeping a Walk in my Pocket

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I posted a blog last week about Sitting Still While Running about my several months’ long inability to get out of a 5 pound plateau even while changing food, calories, exercise and general routine. I received a wonderful response from my Spark Friend Joyinky saying that one technique she uses is to walk for 12 minutes several times a day around her home just to keep her metabolism up. Well it sounded like a good idea so I’ve been doing it for the last 5 days or so. I certainly feel better from getting up from my chair and moving more frequently and my weight is down at the low point of my 5 pound range so that is good. I also read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a 55 year old lady who is trying to improve her fitness and the article said she does the same kind of walk. She calls them “pocket walks”. I also am taking Joyinky’s suggestion to walk when on the phone or while waiting for something. I haven’t had any trouble getting in my 10,000 steps a day even at the cabin. The space there is limited, but I have mapped out a figure 8 track around the cabin and Pocket Walked my way to 10,000 steps a day this weekend. I just love SP and especially my Spark Friends.

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KAZ814 3/7/2011 8:53PM

    I do the same thing to get my 10K in a day! I like the idea of calling them pocket walks. :) Thanks!

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ASHLEEWEBART 2/22/2011 10:41AM

    I love your blog. This is wise advise, and it will be useful to me also.

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AELARLEE1 2/21/2011 3:09PM

    Yes, I do enjoy SP and you bring new insights to me all the time!!

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JOYINKY 2/21/2011 7:23AM

    Love the blog! It's great to see it working for someone else! Thanks for the credit, I got the idea from SP. Keep moving, Joy

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FERRETLOVER1 2/21/2011 6:50AM

    Great - getting in exercise wherever you can really does work!!

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ROOBEARZ 2/21/2011 12:19AM

    That sounds like a good idea. I sit a lot while at home. I have noticed that "thin" people do seem like they're moving a lot - so the walking while on the phone or while waiting for something sounds like a good idea! emoticon

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JAQUANAH 2/20/2011 9:42PM

    I love the pocket walk idea. Think I'll adopt it. Thanks.

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