Sunday, October 07, 2012
Just curious about something...we went grocery shopping yesterday, which happens about once a week at this house. I always tell Richard to get the smallest bananas he can find (not those itty bitty 2-3 inch kind, but small). Then I got to thinking about measuring bananas and I wonder how you all measure them? I usually "eyeball" them and decide if it looks like a small vs. a medium vs. a large, but when bananas are tracked, it is according to inches. So, for example, an extra small banana is less than 6 inches.
But, where do you measure them and how? With a flexible tape measure along the outside bigger curve? Along the inside smaller curve? From the top to the bottom in a straight line? And, does anyone care? Maybe I'm the only one who eats them! LOL!!
Just curious about how you do it! I never noticed until today that there is an entry on the tracker for grams of banana. Maybe I'll weigh one and see how much it weighs just for kicks!
Have a great week, SparkFriends, with or without bananas!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Some of you will remember that I recently blogged about my slogging (well, that rhymes, too—LOL). This was a new form of exercise for me started because I’m easily bored and need to find something new to do fairly frequently. Well…I tried jogging, only it was verrry slooow and resembled a stumbling bumble more than anything else. I kind of liked it and even signed up for the SP 5K Beginning Runners challenge. It was great the first couple weeks. My Team and I decided “slogging” was an appropriate term.
The down side of all this is that I’ve had both hips replaced several years ago and one of the contraindications for activity after is no running. I justified what I was doing by saying that I was now carrying around 25% less of me and I wasn’t really running…just sort of slogging along. However, after asking the orthopedist again and doing plenty of reading, I have decided to hang up my slogging shoes. I wasn’t having and pain or other issues, but the bottom line is that this kind of activity could very well lead to more rapid deterioration of the joints and a need for another replacement earlier than the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Obviously, I don’t want to put myself in that group any sooner than necessary, so…
I slog no more! I am trying something else, though. The interval type training of the SP 5K Beginning Runner’s challenge was great and I plan to incorporate that into my walking routine. I will do my usual walking and insert minutes of much more rapid walking followed by my normal pace. In fact, I did it this morning and found that I covered the same amount of ground in the same time as when I was slogging, and I could feel the extra energy it was taking to accomplish this. I’ve decided that common sense must prevail. Obviously, we all make our own decisions for what is right for us, but this is what I’m choosing to do for now. I’m going to be looking for other ideas for exercise, though—I don’t want to lose what muscle mass I do have!!
Friday, September 07, 2012
This afternoon I went grocery shopping. That's not unusual, I know, but we're getting company Sunday evening. DH's cousins (2 couples) are coming from Kansas City and will be staying until Tuesday morning. I can't even remember all the things I bought that I haven't had in my grocery cart for such a long time: ice cream, crackers, summer sausage, chips and dip, a lot of cheese, etc. I also bought plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, but the problem isn't over-eating those things...it's all the other stuff I know is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer!
Right now at this very moment it doesn't seem to be a big issue, but by tomorrow I'll be thinking about those blasted crackers and chips and dips. I expect I'll be busy enough for at least part of the day to not get into trouble with them, but as the day winds down...hmm...that might be another story.
This is a test, SparkFriends! We will see what I'm made of, as my plan has always been to not bring it into the house in the first place. If it's not here, I can't eat it. I do have to feed these people yummy stuff, though...they're awfully nice! So, I'll do my best and make sure that I don't get overly hungry, stay on my plan as much as possible and just enjoy their company! I've come too far to give in or give up at this point!!!
Note to self: Suck it up, Jeannie, and just deal with it! Nobody ever told you it would be easy.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
YES, I'M SHOUTING!! My teammates on the Over 60+++ Team know what has me up so early and yelling my head off. I MADE IT TO ONEDERLAND THIS MORNING!!
Since I weigh every day, I didn't think it would happen this week, much as I've wanted it to, but never say never!!! I tipped the scales at 199 this morning! I know most people have pictures of the scale reading to prove it, but we're staying with the Grandsons for most of the weekend and I didn't bring the camera. I'll snap a picture in the next day or so and post it to prove it IF it's fit to print. There would be a lot of real estate between my camera and the scale and I'm thinking some of it would show up in the pic.
Anyway, it's PARTY TIME for my Over 60 TEAM and all my SPARK FRIENDS!! I wouldn't be at this point without you!!! C'mon over--like I said, I'm with the Grandsons, but it's a great party house! There's a private back yard pool (lots of landscaping and trees to protect us from neighbor's eyes), we'll have lots of healthy snacks...all kinds of freggies and whatever else you want, plenty of music and talking, laughing and hugging!! It's a virtual party, you know, so no matter where you are or what you're doing, there's no reason to not be able to come!!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what I’m referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.
I’m easily bored with exercise. It’s not one of those things I “have” to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all that—I just don’t really care for it, that’s all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my “must go” walks. You know what they are: you must go or you won’t shed any pounds this week, or your heart won’t be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster I’d get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walk—pole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow “jogging.”
The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think I’ll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesn’t get much traffic. That’s the other thing—I don’t want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!
What have I learned? Several things, of course—nothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and you’ll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when I’m SLOGGING. Who would have thought I’d need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isn’t pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ¼ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.
I’d love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but I’m sorry I won’t be able to talk. I’m too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!
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