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Friday, September 28, 2012

I drove myself to the track again today and did 32 minutes of walking. I had to go an additional lap to get in the time as I was making 8-minute laps and I wanted to go at least 30 minutes. I wanted to wear my pedometer, but the battery was dead. So I took the battery to the store after my walk-out and replaced it. I will find out how long that track is next time I go because the pedometer will be on me. While I was walking, I decided I will drive myself to other places to do the walking that are more scenic to make it more interesting. There is a nice boardwalk on the river about 10 miles away that I can explore, me, my headphones, and pedometer! I can even drive to the beach if I feel like it--only about 25 minutes away. It isn't as hot as it has been. I have some handweights I hope to be able to use too.

I am still holding on to the 2 pounds that showed up on Monday. I went ahead and changed my tracker to show the increase since they seem to be sticking around. I feel like if my weight is the same for 3 days, then that is pretty accurate. The scales at Publix say I'm 1.5 pounds less than my home scales so that was a bit of a comfort, but I'm using my home scales for my tracking. Yesterday I ate some cake that wasn't very good so today I threw away what was left. I had a bite this morning and it was gross so I decided I wasn't a human dispose-all--to the trash! I am going to eat something whole and fresh for lunch to try to counteract the icky feeling that cake gave me.

Hmmm....wondering what to fix for dinner....

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JESSIG5 10/1/2012 11:26AM

    Hi, congrats on the walking.

For a change of view, I enjoy walking on the riverwalk downtown. There is a parking lot behind the Y on Riverside Ave. which makes it easy to access the walk. The Y has a Monday morning Walk Club which might interest you. We walk one or two miles (depends on your speed) and then stretch for 30 minutes. The Arboretum in Arlington is fun also.

Several of us walk on Saturday mornings at the rail trail off Commonwealth Ave. if you would like to join us. We do four miles but you would not have to walk the entire four miles if you didn't want to do so.

Best of luck to you.


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ANGRITTER 9/29/2012 11:12AM

    Someone brought FULL FAT ice cream into out home yesterday - an entire gallon of it! And I can tell you that I am not impressed at all. Yes, I work out every day, but one cup of ice cream for 280 calories? I have become so stingy with my calories that it floors me that someone brought this into my home. I have been trying to get her on SparkPeople so she will recognize what she is puttinginto her body. She cannot expect to lose weight if she eats 8 bowls of cereal in one day - even Special K cereal. And you can't top it off with Vanilla ice cream because you think vanilla has less fat than any other flavor!! What?

Okay, so she doesn't read labels - well, it also limits what I can eat of stuff she buys, and that ice cream was a total waste of money since she doesn't want to eat it now either. Thank goodness she stuffed the house with fruit!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/28/2012 6:12PM

    Good for you for realizing that cake wasn't worthy of you! (o:

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BLWOODMANSEE 9/28/2012 1:35PM

    Just keep up with the good work. Sometime the weight shows up on the scale, but dont let that bother you. Just keep the right mind set and you can get to were you want to be. Keep the good work going. You can do it.


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LEANANDFREEAT23 9/28/2012 1:21PM

    I don't know in which way you meant it but I read it as "Oops, I drove myself to the track and did 30 min of exercise again". Brilliant! Congrats on resisting the urge to let that cake take over. I've noticed in the past few years that I do that too, if there is something in the cupboard/fridge that I want to be rid of I end up eating it (usually a lot of things at once actually) I didn't know there are so many people who struggle with that too.

Thanks for sharing!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

People that read my blogs know that I have not been doing much fitness work relying instead on watching what I eat only. I was successful with that approach and made some progress. I had a setback this week though and put on 2 pounds that were still there this morning despite 2 days of careful eating. I hoped one of them would be released!

Every day I fantasize about doing fitness. I think about putting on my walking shoes and socks and going out my back door to walk a mile to a walking track, making a lap or 2 or 3 then walking back to my house. I also fantasize about wearing a pedometer. I fantasize about using handweights too. Today I actually got the shoes and socks on, Ipod in my ears, sunglasses and ball cap on my head and decided going out the back door was too much. So I DROVE to the track. But I made 3 laps and went for 32 mintues! I have no idea how long that track is, but it is kind is off the street and clear for walking. Luckily, it was a bit cloudy and breezy so it wasn't too unpleasant. I listened to my tunes and checked my time every time I passed my van.

Now I'm fantasizing about going out the back door and doing that walk but maybe with my husband or daughter. Maybe I'll actually get that pedometer attached next time. Stay tuned!

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ANGRITTER 9/29/2012 3:22PM

    At least you are headed in the right direction! I have been trying to get outside to walk on this cast for the past 3 days - but it is still too hot in Jacksonville to walk. No matter what side of town you are on!!

And my cast is starting to fall apart on me even more, so I guess I should take it easy until the 8th when I hope he takes it completely off. That is, if I don't cut it off beforehand. I have a tendency to do whatever I want and that never works well with my claustrophobia!!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/28/2012 8:21AM

    Hurray, Hurray!!!! You are really on your way to great health!!

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MOONSTORMER 9/28/2012 2:03AM

    emoticon turning thought into action!

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CASTIRONLADY 9/27/2012 5:39PM

    I need to up my exercise - I have been doing the same three days since May. Cooler weather - now I have no excuse. Keep up the good work

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MAGGIEBODHRAN 9/27/2012 3:56PM

    WooHOOO! Baby steps are where it's at! And 32 minutes is more than just a baby step -- well done! Keep it up!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/27/2012 3:23PM

  You are DOING instead of FANTASIZING!!!!! emoticon

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    Good for you! A step in the right direction!!!!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/27/2012 12:23PM

    Wish I were there to walk with you! I used to say "I just don't have time!" but now that I'm unemployed I don't have that excuse any more. So why don't I go? I think I just need a walking buddy to be accountable to. Indoor exercise is good too, but I should take advantage of the great outdoors before old man winter shows up!

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Eek! 2 pounds up!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Last weekend was not a good one for my eating plan. I baked and indulged in red velvet cake for my daughter's birthday. I ate a steak on Monday that had been rubbed with a salty rub and left in fridge for a bit longer than I intended--the result was a very salty steak! I am paying for my crimes now with a 2-pound increase in my weight! Yikes!

I discovered this increase yesterday and tried to be low carb all day to help shed it back off. I kind of think it's not actual fat but possibly water weight due to that sodium infusion. It was still there this morning though, so I'm tightly watching my food today. So far all I've had is 1/2 cup of lentils and a cup of coffee. I save my major eating for when the family is around. Now I need to figure out something for supper....did someone say chicken? chili? Hmmmm....

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GAYLLYNNE 9/28/2012 8:23AM

    I'm putting my money on the salt that you ate. Bet it's just temporary. You are back on track so don't beat yourself up over it!!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/26/2012 8:14PM

    You're probably right! Sodium! Good for you for staying aware and making adjustments. Give it a week and I'll bet that phantom 2 lbs will be gone again. (o:

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 9/26/2012 5:19PM

I am right there with you on the salt!! Just a tad too much salt and I gain pounds!! When I was younger salt didn't bother me at all, but I discovered that it was causing me problems about 2 years ago and thats when I began to really try to watch how much I ate. And man there is tons of salt in things you would never think of!! such as Turkey hot dogs, supposed to be healthy huh, not with almost 600 mg of salt in each one, nope nope!! Drink lots and lots of water and flush that salt out girlfriend!!!

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KAREN608 9/26/2012 1:44PM

    You will have to have a living diet so you can still celebrate a birthday, once in a while. You are back to paying mind to calories so you will be fine. The main thing is to nip it in the bud before the weight goes up and up, right? I have to weight several times a week to 'see' how my body is doing.

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JCKIRNER 9/26/2012 1:36PM

    Oh I know how that float up is so terrifying! Even if you can explain it away. You're doing the correction factors to let the salt out, I see. So frustrating that a meal that takes 15 minutes to eat can have a 3 day effect on the body!

Hang in there!


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PATRICIAANN46 9/26/2012 1:05PM

  We are all so different in our feelings about how important actual pounds lost are. I was a scale addict for years. I would weigh myself daily and go crazy if I gained any weight at all. I have now changed to what I feel is best for ME. I weigh myself once a week. I realize that there are so many things that affect our weight and feel that once a week spreads some of that out a bit. It has saved my sanity. I also rely more on inches lost and how my clothes fit and how much energy I have, etc., etc..
Don't be too hard on yourself......... emoticon

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Love my lovely daughter.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Love the quiet around the house while everyone is at work and school. I have spent the morning just resting after a busy weekend full of soccer and birthday celebrations.

If you have a teen daughter, do you notice that no matter how much she is given, she always wants more? Since I am unemployed and our income has been sliced in half, I am not as generous as I would like to be. She doesn't have a phone like a lot of kids do because I do not want to commit to another 2 years with our provider and a single phone is more costly--money she isn't up to generating herself. Additionally, we have decided to postpone getting her learner's permit for driving until 2013 too as insurance will rise and we aren't up to an increase just now. These are hard things for a teen-ager to live with I know, but I also know that not ALL teens are driving or possessing phones. We did get her a new Ipod and she's able to text on that as well as a lot of other functions she enjoys. On top of everything, her grades could be a lot better so I feel like she could be putting more effort into school and less into THINGS, etc. Life lessons are hard to teach. Thankfully her birthday has past and she can now stop obsessing about it. She always does obsess about it and build it up year after year. I always want her to have a special day on her birthday, but inevitably it stretches into 2-3 days.

My daughter is far from obese, but she does have a muffin top and belly. I don't want to criticize her or diminish her self-esteem or confidence. I have asked her to start a SparkPeople account privately just for her own information--she doesn't have to share it with me. I told her to look at me, a person who was slim at her age and what a couple of decades of unhealthy choices like soda drinking and overeating have done. She is like me in many ways so I hope she won't get a serious weight problem as I have. I try to provide my family with healthy food and she does like a lot of healthy things, but she also likes unhealthy things and can mindlessly empty a box of crackers or overindulge in her favorites as well as a exercising a fondness for Mountain Dew. I have insisted that she eat "serving sizes" as described on packages, but don't always enforce. I want her to do these things without me harping on her. For these reasons I want her to do her own Sparking, privately. I give her the information I'm learning, but coming from me it sounds like nagging.

Anyway, I love my daughter. She is smart, kind, and funny. She has a beautiful heart and is still sweet and innocent. She is pretty too. I am not wanting her to join Spark because I don't she's perfect just as she is, I want her to Spark so she can be in control and knowledgeable about her physique. We don't read beauty magazines and she doesn't appreciate things like make-up or girly hairstyles or clothes. I love that she's not totally into pleasing the opposite sex--I just don't want her to be oblivious to a healthy body.

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FOUNDER3 9/25/2012 1:26PM

    Good for you for realizing that nagging her is not the answer. I know when I was young, I was so self conscious about my body, was NOT fat at all, but had the figure of a woman when my friends were all 5' weighing 100 pounds.I was 5'7" tall. I look back on pictures and wish I had understood then what I know now.

But, I was also very adverse to anyone telling me what to do. I remember thinking of just crazy things, like, if a person weighed 200 pounds, they would never be hungry again. Also that when I was "out on my own", I could eat as much of anything that I wanted.

As you can see my thinking was terribly out of touch with reality.

Anyway, I agree it would be good if she would get an account on SP, wish I had an idea to catch her interest for you! Anyway good luck with her, and prayers that she finds the answers for herself.

Thank you also for stopping by my blog. It is always nice to have feedback from someone who understands the issues we all face.

God Bless.


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MOONSTORMER 9/25/2012 1:30AM

    i think it's important for kids not to always get what they want - i know many adults who still seem to expect to have all the nice things: car, house, phone, watches and jewelry, etc. these expectations start from getting all the cool things when they're kids/teens. better to teach delayed gratification in adolescence than have her struggle to learn that lesson as an adult.

it is such a tricky line to walk with weight and teenagers, especially girls. i remember my father telling me that i was chubby. i was actually a healthy weight, but he was convinced i was overweight. to this day, i still believe i am HUGE, when the reality is that i'm 'normal' sized.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/24/2012 11:29PM

  I wish you luck!!!!! My teaching career involved working with teens and I found that the best way to get them to take over on making healthy decisions was to give them the information and then remind them that in the end, THEY were the only ones who could make a real difference in their lives. Then I would point out the consequences of ignoring good healthy advice and end with the fact that it was ALL up to them now. I would also throw in the fact that I really felt that they were so much smarter than I was at their age because they were so much better informed and that I wished that I had had the information available to them now. If you and your daughter have a very open relationship, I am sure that she will take what you are telling her to heart.

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GOLDENGLORY 9/24/2012 5:09PM

    A parent has to walk a very delicate line when it comes to food and body image with a teen, especially a girl. Too much one way or the other and you end up with food wars, either too much or too little. Giving her the information and tools to work with is great. Lead her to the "water" but let her think it's her idea to "drink" or there is a chance of rebellion or developing issues. Believe me, if done the wrong way, it can lead to years of eating disorders along with body issues. At 50, I am still dealing with some of those issues that started between the ages of 8 and 12.
It's great that you are sharing sparkpeople with her. Even better they have a site for teens to help them without piggybacking on their parents.

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KAREN608 9/24/2012 4:51PM

    I wish my Mom would have helped me when I started putting on weight at age 12! I hope your daughter is wise and makes her own Spark page, gets healthy info and learns to manage food properly young and not wait until middle age to realize something has to change. Change comes so much easier when we are younger. What a loving Mom you are!

I don't think having everything you want is a good thing. I had to earn the money for my items as a teenager and that made me think hard about what I bought.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

I went to the grocery this morning and they have big scales to stand on. I usually weigh on my home scales first thing in the morning in my nightgown. I was fully clothed and had been up awhile when I stepped on those in Publix and I was pleased to see it reading 1/2 pound lighter than my home scales! Yea!

My daughter turned 15 yesterday. I made her a cake today that I saw in Good Housekeeping magazine: red velvet from a box with cream cheese frosting between layers and ganache poured over it and dripping down the sides. I dripped a bit too much and it puddled, But hopefully she and her friends and our family will enjoy it. I am putting some red juice punch in the punch bowl with a ice hand floating in it. I have had some challenges with making the hand in a latex glove. Hopefully by the time they are ready to drink it, it will be solid! Not sure how to track tasting of the ganache and frosting today!

I worked up a sweat cleaning the house too. I love my Dyson vacuum, but it is a heavy beast to push around the house. It is nice to be in a reasonably tidy home. I visit some of my friends' houses and they live in such chaos! I don't think I'm Mrs. Tidy or anything because my clutter is not very attractive piled around the house, but I do keep my laundry folded and put away, dishes washed, trash and garbage disposed of, dust swiped or polished away in a lot of areas. The thing about housework is that it is never done. You only decide when you are done for the moment! I could be dusting even more, shaking rugs, polishing windows and mirrors, scrubbing bathroom fixtures, but I decided that I'm done for the day. Family is home now and the re-messing has begun!

Thank you to those who commented on my blog regarding my weird pain in left abdomen. It had subsided a good bit by Monday after really hurting on Saturday. I considered what one friend said about possible constipation. I don't think I truly am, but I drank a cup of smooth move tea just in case. At the grocery, I noticed there was a tea for liver and kidney detoxing so I brought it home and brewed a cup yesterday. I do feel a lot better. Not sure if the teas were the reason why, but they surely don't hurt. My mom had diverticulitis and even had surgery so I do NOT want that! Need to be careful. Being overweight and a consumer of unhealthy foods could be catching up to me even as I work at recovering! If the pain returns I will see a doctor.

Happy sparking all!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/22/2012 3:22PM

  OMG..........Red Velvet Cake.........I can't remember the last time I even looked at a Red Velvet Cake, let alone tasted it. I hope that all turned out well and that all of your work was appreciated.
Also glad to hear that you are feeling better. Have a good weekend.

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ANGRITTER 9/22/2012 11:27AM

    Can I come to the party too? Or just leave a piece of frosting where the ganache pooled in the mailbox and give me an address! I won't even bother you!

My father is appalled at my "healthy living", and the main reason is that I usually have a cake made for him and mom when they are in town. This week, my aunt used all the eggs, and I will not go to the store with my broken foot, so he hasn't had any cake at all this week. And I surely thought they would have been gone by now (Dad is a truck driver and mom rides with him - they go back and forth to NY each week as they have a place up there as well).

Maybe I will have someone go get eggs today and I will make him a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. If I only have 1/12 of it every other day, it isn't that bad - and I always use applesauce instead of oil.

Oops - I just babbled on. See what the mention of cake will do to me? It makes me "that crazy lady"!

Enjoy your day and I hope your hand comes out wonderfully!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/22/2012 9:09AM

    Glad you are feeling better. The cake for your daughter sounds wonderful and I'm sure she will love it!!! Hope she has a great birthday and hang on, my daughter was wonderful at 15 and a "teenzilla" by 16!! Hahaha, you know!

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    Glad you are feeling better and hooray for the scale going the right direction! The birthday sounds like it was nice.

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PATSYB7 9/21/2012 8:59PM

    What a good mom! Happy birthday to your daughter. And I so agree with you about housework! Have a great weekend.

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KAREN608 9/21/2012 6:43PM

    Nice to see the scale moving in the right direction!

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