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I kept up! I kept up! I kept up!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Did I happen to mention that I kept up? emoticon

So, I was in downtown Toronto today for a meeting. The office where the meeting was held is about a five block (long blocks) walk from the train station.

Walking to the meeting, I was by myself.

Walking from the meeting, now, that was another story.....

I have never really kept up. My brothers used to walk me to school and I remember having to run to keep up with them, they saw no need to slow down.... emoticon

Later, I still had problems. Because of my short stature and my correspondingly short legs. Because of my excess weight. Because the other people seemed to be walking a gazillion miles an hour..... Even when I was getting exercise with treadmilling, I could not keep up!

Then came Sparkpeople and my handy dandy fitbit. All of a sudden I realized that I would get more SparkPoints by treadmilling faster. And the handy dandy fitbit is incredibly accurate in measuring mileage and steps. So I gradually built up my mph on the treadmill....

Back to today. I walked to the train station with two female colleagues.

Both were a decade or two younger.

Both were significantly taller than me...heck, just about everyone is significantly taller than me...

Neither was overweight.


Technical note--I was wearing my ridiculously expensive MBT boots, so had the power of that technology behind me (or should I say under me). One colleague was in flats and another in low heels.

But, I was carrying a heavy briefcase with computer inside, and they weren't, so that kind of leveled the playing field.

It was easy to keep up. In fact, I had to slow down a bit a few times (imagine Ode to Joy in the background) so the colleague in heels could keep up. HA! SHE COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH ME!

Isn't that something?

Thanks Sparkpeople, fitbit, and MBT's!


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MARTHAWILL 12/14/2011 8:41PM

    Loved this blog. You go!

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OOLALA53 12/14/2011 2:25PM

    You deserve to be proud! emoticon

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TYGRLILY 12/9/2011 8:35AM

    WOOHOO - way to go!!!! As I'm only 5'2" myself surrounded by a whole bunch of amazons and giants with long lanky legs... I can COMPLETELY understand the trials and tribulations of 'keeping up' (my fiance - who is 6 feet - even jokes around when we're walking briskly "pump those little Chihuahua legs!" (since every ONE stride of his is like THREE strides for me!) LOL

So emoticonand emoticon and emoticon for keeping up with the Amazons and Giants, yay for the Lilliputians!!!


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ROCKMAN6797 12/8/2011 1:57PM

    Good for you!
As I have said before, you are an inspiration to all of us!
Keep on moving!

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BD3269PM 12/8/2011 7:12AM

    WooHoo! Yea! You should be so proud. You have changed your life and your health. The new you can do so much!!!Stay healthy and keep on Sparking emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 12/8/2011 6:49AM

    Gotta love those small victories! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 12/8/2011 6:48AM

    What sweet pay-off for your efforts! :-)


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PUDLECRAZY 12/8/2011 6:24AM


How cool is that!

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I have toyed with the idea of getting a fitbit - I am a bit of a gadget freak, so it appeals to me in that way. So, I am glad to hear that you like yours and are finding a benefit to it.

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The Zen of Hooping

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Actually, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds cool.

So, in travelling around these Sparkpages, I could not help but run across MOSTMOM1. It started with the guinea pigs, which I had as pets for years. They are sooooo stupid and soooo cute. Any creature that thinks lettuce is the best food ever has got to be not so smart.

But I digress. It became evident (how could it not become evident) that MOSTMOM1 was really into hooping. I watched the vlogs and read the blogs. I thought, that looks like an incredible amount of fun! I I had a hoop when I was a girl and was able to keep it up! (I'm not on the most athletic side). I have three days after my cardio when I don't do weights and why don't I hoop?

So I did my research. And found that you pretty much had to order a hoop online here in Canada, another great idea had not quite made it to the land of ice and snow yet. But, to my joy, had lots of hoops for sale. 3 pound, 4 pounds, 5 pounds, contoured or not, falling apart at the seams according to on-line reviewers...

Looking at the wwww (wonderful world wide web) I learned the right size and weight for my pixie stature. And, again joy, had one that shipped in pieces, had gotten good reviews, with FREE SUPERSAVER SHIPPING! Whoo-hoo!

So, credit card used, order placed, and good old reliable Amazon .ca (they are actually a really reliable site) had the thing at my door in two days.

So I put it together and watched the DVD of these young, beautiful women with indescribably lovely midsections demonstrating hooping. Self-esteem appreciably diminished, I took up the hoop. It is HUGE!. Theoretically, the larger it is the easier to keep up. My first attempt was truly laughable. I could not keep it up and was out of breath in about 2 minutes. And I do an hour on the treadmill each day. Whassup?

My admiration of MOSTMOM1 increased googleplexly. Hooping is not easy.

But, I did not give up. I am hooping for about 3 minutes each time now, no or little dropping, and my waist hurts. I think this is the Zen of hooping. What is fun is also darn good exercise.

Tomorrow is a hoop-after-cardio day. I embrace the anticipation and the actual experience.

Yay hooping!


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THE_HERMIT 12/14/2011 5:16AM

    this isn't a blokey thing to admit but I had a green glow in the dark hoop as a kid, I wouldnt try to use it now though. I will stick with wall push ups and some gentle pilates for my core

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TYGRLILY 11/29/2011 7:43AM

    You had me laughing from guinea pigs to googleplexly!!! What a fabulous blog, you made me crack SEVERAL grins and feel an itch to do some amazon shopping (gotta love that supersaver shipping!) :)

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PUDLECRAZY 11/22/2011 8:06PM

    Hooping looks like so much fun. I used to love it, but now I worry about my back. I'll have to check with my chiropractor about this.

Have fun!

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LADYEYRE 11/17/2011 11:10AM

    So hilarious. I love your writing style. Hooping sounds fun but I never could keep a hula hoop around my waist. My theory is that one leg is shorter than the other which prevents me from hooping effectively. I'll stick with my jogging. Best wishes! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 11/16/2011 8:10PM

    Always wanted to hula hoop, but even as a kid I could never manage it.

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SHEILA-45 11/16/2011 7:51PM

    Sounds like you have some fun in store for you later ~ Enjoy! emoticon Here's to a fit and trim ripped mid-section!

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Binging, cravings, and just plain hunger....?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So, I have been reading a lot about the above.

And thinking.

For 13+ months, I have been one of the 5%, maintaining a loss of just more than 100 pounds. What a lot of work1 Could I fall of the 5% wagon? You betcha! Sparkpeople, fitbit, other tools keep me sane and more or less at goal. What I write from now on reflects my thoughts, I am not an expert except for what I have learned on my own journey....

Just plain hunger--well, that is pretty easy to figure out, and to deal with for me. I get the stomach growls, or sometimes when I have gone too far below my goal, I get the sweats and shakes. I rarely get the stomach growls, as I plan my eating very carefully time-wise and my body has adjusted. Sweats are more spontaneous (recently twice when I have been lifting weights) and can be asssited by a piece of fruit, something with natural sugar. No big deal.

Now cravings, for me these are desires to eat specific foods, those that I usually eat anyway. Chicken or steak? Cauliflower or carrots? Pear or apple? These are petty much managable as well, as if I can't deal with the craving right away I can tell myself tomorrow, and am satisfied.

Now, binging......I have learned a lot about binging from SP and am so grateful. I am an emotional binge eater. I remember as a girl sneaking chocolate covered graham crackers into my bedroom to eat and it went downhill from there. Binging is, for me, insanity (no slurs intended to anyone). When I want to binge, I can keep it away for a day or two but in the end I succumb to keep the top of my head from blowing off. It is a matter of pressure and release, related to speficic social situations, specific emotions, and specific foods. So far, I have found that it is better to binge and then use the calm days that follow to work the extra weight off (usually no more than a pound or two). Also, binge foods are absolute poison from a nutrition perspective (Frosting out of the can, anyone? Peanut butter? Hot chocolate mix?) and I would never eat them in a planned eating day, although I have a hot chocolate drink every day--that's a drink, not the powder!

So what have I learned? I've got an eating disorder, an addiction, and in a lot of ways am very fortunate that I never got above 212 pounds.

That I will probably need specific therapy to address the binging.

That I have found a way (kind of) to cope.

And again, SP is the tops with challenges and streaks. I would be in worst shape for sure without the Spark!


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TONEDTORI 10/27/2011 11:47PM

    thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. Since I wrote on my reply that I ate one evening, I was really glad to know that it was not a binge. WhY? because I actually thought about what I was eating. I chose the grapes because they were healthier and I only had 2 servings. When I emotionally eat, I eat until I am disgusted and I still go on until the ice cream is gone. It was a controlled eating and I felt the hunger go away. I was content. We have to judge for ourselves w/ honesty why we have the need to eat. This 21 day binge free challenge is helping me because I have you all to report to and support. thanks again.

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OOLALA53 10/27/2011 7:54PM

    I'm humbled to think Spark has been so much help to you even after you've already managed so much.

I'm no professional, but I've got to say I'm a little fearful for you that you say it's better to go ahead and binge and then use the calm days that follow to work the extra weight off. That's how I worked my way up from 145 lbs. to nearly 200 over a period of time. That is classic eating disorder behavior; unfortunately, it usually escalates. If you can afford it, get thee to the therapist right away!

I'm not known for my tact, so I'll just be direct. It is an absolute myth that you need to overeat because of stressful situations that build up. Doesn't mean you can't CHOOSE to use food rather than give it up and find something else, or that you feel compelled. But it is unlikely anything truly dire will happen to you if you don't eat. Unless you think you would end up being violent against yourself if you don't relieve the pressure? This is the worst case scenario, and that is serious, so who am I to say? but is it likely? isn't it more likely you would just whip yourself into a really unhappy state and feel either ugly anger or heavy sorrow, in which cases you might either gnash your teeth or cry for awhile. From plenty of experience, I know both of these are no party, but they aren't actually deadly and -dare I say it- even seem funny and melodramatic in the light of the day. So, if the worst that would happen if you don't eat is that you either stomp around or crawl in bed and cry, might it be worth experimenting trying those? Of course, you don't get to stomp ON anyone, and you might not get to make anyone else watch you cry. (I'm writing this to think this through myself. I need to choose these options sometimes, too, though I think for both of us, after awhile they won't be the default behaviors. I bet I'll just watch more TV or surf the net more.

If I've gone too far, I apologize and invite you to jettison this stupid comment! emoticon

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The Story of my Chocolate Bar.....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This happened on Monday.

So, I was in a big hurry to get out of the house on Monday morning. I had to travel to one of our offices a bit far away, the weather was poor, and, I had changed my lunch bag.

So, in my hurry and confusion, I forget to pack one of my essential snacks, my two chocolate sandwich cookies. I have been eating two chocolate sandwich cookies since I started my health journey in May 2009 and I rely on them for chocolate, sugar, yumminess, and so on.

What to do?

First, as I headed home, I switched the order of my snacks. I like to start with those cookies for sure. As I was heading off to grocery shopping after work, and I always save one snack for the ride home from the store, I thought let me see what I can find. Worst case, I can buy another package of cookies, even thought I did not really need one this week.

You may be saying big deal, but at one point this lack of acceptable snacks would have led to unhealthy eating or maybe even a binge.

So, there I am grocery shopping, and I saw the candy bars. I had been with a few colleagues during the day doing some quality review work, and one had eaten a kit-kat. So I went and picked up a kit-kat. I looked at the calories and it was about 40 calories more than the cookies. I figured I could live with that, and bought it.

And ate it on the way home. And you know what, it was okay but not fantastic. The cookies taste better to me.

This is a lot of detail about a kit-kat, but it means a few things to me:

That I could overcome the "disaster" of failing to pack a well-loved snack.
That I could problem-solve what to do about it without going into a panic and binging.
That I don't like chocolate bars that much any more.

All of this does not mean that I definitely will not go and and as soon as I shut down this computer find something to binge on. But I think I will play a bit of guitar instead. What it does mean is that sometimes, as I go through my journey of health, I can achieve a degree of healthy relationship with food that I never thought possible.

How do you handle forgetting to pack your regular food when you head off for work?


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GAYLLYNNE 10/21/2011 6:33AM

    Good for you. Isn't it great when we get those A-ha moments? I try to keep snacks everywhere that aren't going to cause a binge. Especially in my car!! Best of luck to you!

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BESEVEN 10/20/2011 11:47PM

    Way to go! I would have probably had a melt down.

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WHITEANGEL4 10/20/2011 9:32PM

    This says that your system is adjusting to your new eating habits and things that use to really taste good to you not longer have any control. That is a good thing to learn. If I need a little chocolate, I have one Dove dark chocolate. Some weeks I will have three and then go a couple of weeks without the desire to have chocolate.

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JONICACALDWELL 10/20/2011 9:24PM

    Great job, first off. What I try to do is if you have a file or cabinet bring back up snacks, so say I was suppose to have a big apple but I forgot it, I'll have a granola bar instead. Not the best choice, but similar in calories.

If I have no snacks I try and split my lunch to eat 2x during the day.

I totally understand everything you wrote. I ate 4x today at work. Gotta do it or I'll just eat junk. Probably fried junk. emoticon

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I won a fitness award!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Would you believe it? I have won the Pedometer Challenge at my place of employment!

I am 63 years old, and with the exception of the past 13 months or so have been overweight (usually obese) my whole darned life.

Our typical demographic here is young, healthy females.

I am involved in the wellness initiative at work, for my own good, to spread the Spark (and the word on health) and as part of a certification program I am the lead hand on.

So we had a pedometer challenge--no big deal, you track your steps for a week. Thanks to my handy fitbit, no problem with that.

I was amused and bemused when I read the e-mail from HR last night that I was the winner. Most steps of all the participants. And I even got to choose my prize (some nice toiletries).

What does all this mean?

I can do it. I have been exercising for years, and certainly continued when I was on WW, but with the help of the fitbit and Sparkpeople I have ramped up my exercise big time. I am on a number of steps for the day team goals and take this seriously.

One is never too old to get fit.

I actually enjoy moving and find it reduces my stress.

The next generation coming up is of some concern to me. I remember, way back in the day when I was at University, my group used to laugh ourselves silly at the "phys ed" girls. Well, we were the idiots, and I wonder if young people are not placing enough emphasis on working out? I thought that this was big for young people?

I cannot beigin to express what this means to me--not the award, but the changes I see as I up the exercise and continue with healthy eating. I've dropped a few pounds as well.

Thank you Sparkpeople, and all the posters and contributors here, this site rocks and keeps me moving!


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OOLALA53 10/27/2011 7:59PM

    Again, you are awesome.

I wonder about young people, too. i wonder about all of us that we think we NEED a gym. If it is a real routine already and people get their money's worth, good, but it's a stumbling block for many when a short bodyweight routine at home combined with frequent brisk walking is often doable on a consistent basis and goes a LONG way in fostering functional fitness.

But congrats on kicking the butt of youth! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/5/2011 4:55PM

    Way to go! Truly awesome job.

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CWOMACK138 10/5/2011 4:17PM

    That's AWESOME, way to go!!!

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    FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations on your award; keep those healthy habits going!

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