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Wandering Thoughts: How do you measure a banana?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

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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!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/20/2012 11:57PM

    I only use them in things so half a cup of smashed banana is half a cup LOL!

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BIGSKYCHERIE 11/10/2012 7:38AM

    We never get the small ones, and I just eyeball whether it's large or medium. Usually they only carry large ones in the store where we shop. I don't get them often and only buy 3 or 4 at a time, as my DH doesn't eat them and they do go soft so quickly. But I enjoy bananas and like to get them every couple of weeks. But even a large banana is a lot better than a Snickers, which used to be my favorite snack, so I don't obsess over it.
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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 10/21/2012 4:14AM

  Now why on earth would you measure a banana when you know you're just going to use it as a dipper for the hot chocolate!

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GOODGETNBETR 10/10/2012 2:22AM

    I've been weighing foods like bananas long enough that I'm a pretty good guesser.

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EATVEGAN 10/10/2012 1:33AM

    I eat them every day in my smoothie. I eyeball them and try to buy medium ones, when possible. But then on my plan, I don't count calories. I do use the tracker, but just use the calories to give me an idea of where I am. emoticon

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JUDYAASH 10/9/2012 12:52PM

    Does it really matter? I'm with you, I just eyeball them. At least when you eat a banana you are not eating all those really fattening foods out there. Enjoy! emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 10/8/2012 11:30PM

    Okay Jeannie, now you have me worried!

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MENNOLY 10/8/2012 6:43PM

    I used my nutrition scale and coded in a banana. If you use a ruler from end to end it comes pretty close to what the nutrition scale reads, so just measure with a straight ruler or use your gram measure on a peeled banana

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SANDYW1945 10/8/2012 3:06PM

    OK, Jeannie... emoticon .. emoticon ah, seriously? Or not?

But when you think about it, how do you measure....and here's a thought. Say you use the grams...

With or without peel? Ha!

No one eats the peel but how are they measuring? You never know. I'm told that one medium banana weighs 126 grams on the Chiquita website. I'm guessing it's without the peel but.... emoticon

Glad I don't eat bananas...too much to think about. emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 10/8/2012 12:58PM

    I am definitely an eye baller. Lov this blog!! emoticon emoticon I also love bananas.

Barb

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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/8/2012 10:23AM

    LOL Jeannie,,,,,I did what ANYONE in this TIME WOULD DO !! HAHAHAHA I went to YOUTUBE !!! Here's the ANSWER !! WOOOHOOO

http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=7s60GdadhHU

You lay it as FLAT as you can,,,,and mesure it !! Or Imagine it CUT IN HALF ! DUH !!! Why didn't "*I*" THINK OF THAT???? SIMPLE !!! MAN OH MAN !!!!

OH DEARAH !! OH ME !! OH MY !!!!!

Welll I DO NOT EAT THEM !! They are a FREGGIE !! HAHAHAHAHA

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TXGRANDMA 10/8/2012 9:49AM

    Be sure to weigh it without the peel! No, seriously, I just estimate the length of the banana. I don't buy them regularly because DH doesn't like them if they start to get the least bit soft, and I am stuck with the remainder of them!

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OKBACK2ME 10/8/2012 12:13AM

    I spread my hand and use the space from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my baby finger to decide! Silly huh.

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JAMER123 10/8/2012 12:04AM

    LOL!! Are you the only one? NO!! Let's see if I can come up with a way.........uum, how about pealing and then laying the fruit on the counter or a plate if you wish and straightening it. Now you can measure it with a ruler :)D :)D.
I don't know. Guess I am one that guesses or eyeballs the length. I eat one or two a day as I love them. I think by the end of the week, I should have the correct amount eaten!! Thanks for the fun!!
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JILL313 10/7/2012 11:43PM

    OMG Jeannie are you really serious or just "pulling our leg" on this $64,000 question?? I go by the inches personally but just by eyeballing them and like Lise if it's small I use the medium one to track as I'd rather not underestimate which I tend to do on some other fruit. I love bananas and I think they've gotten a bum rap. . .Being diabetic I'm almost afraid to eat them and have cut down and don't have them nearly as often but love them and they are full of potassium which we all need. I can hardly believe it but I have friends and family that don't even like them--imagine that--LOL!

Love You,

Jill

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SPEEDY143 10/7/2012 9:02PM

    I've always been told a "good sized" (now that's a very personal observation) banana counts as 2 fruits. So if I eat a large one, straight up, from the peal, I enter it as 2 fruits on my tracker. If I share one, in a fruit salad, with the hubby, that's one fruit. But I think weighing it and checking the grams is a very good idea and I too, would love to know your results emoticon emoticonI love my food scale emoticon

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SHERRYGAYL 10/7/2012 8:17PM

    Ha! Good question!

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ESILBO 10/7/2012 8:00PM

    LOL, LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I EAT THEM EVERYDAY AND I USE THE TRACKER. I USE THE TRACKER AND MOST OF THE TIMES, I WOULD REGISTER MEDIUM EVEN IF I BUY THE SMALLER ONES UP THERE. I DO THE SAME WITH APPLES.

YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING POINT THERE SHERLOCK, I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOUR RESULTS.
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She Slogs No More

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. emoticon

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!!
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BJAVIER1 10/6/2012 5:48PM

  I admire you for trusting your own instincts. Hope you find a program that works for you....at least your feet are moving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJMOK1121 10/5/2012 9:02PM

    Jeanie: So sorry you had to quit sloging, but I know you made the right choice, Hip replacements are not fun as you know well. I know you will find what right for you.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK.

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SUZRAI 9/29/2012 12:09AM

    Many people would avoid looking into details if it was something they wanted to do so I commend you for doing further investigation!


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TXMEMAW6 9/28/2012 3:58PM

    What a wise decision. No use taking chances and having to pay for it later. At least you're still able to walk and it seems you're doing plenty of that. Way to go!!! So proud of you and your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!
Hugz,
Sharon

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MASTERPIECE8 9/28/2012 1:10PM

    Great decision. It's wonderful that you found another outlet for your fast moving feet.

Barb

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AMARILYNH 9/28/2012 11:15AM

    Smart decision!! I think pretty much all the research will support your decision - but I also can pretty well imagine that this wasn't an easy decision!! emoticon

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JAOTAO 9/28/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds very wise, Jeannie. As you know i had 2 hips replaced as well, and that would be my concern as well that they would deteriorate faster. Anyway, walking lets you enjoy the scenery more, right!?! Have fun in your 'new' exercise program!
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RUFFIT 9/28/2012 10:05AM

    Good for you!! I walk every day too. I even walk hills backwards to work the outer thighs. I also change-it-up often to not get bored. Meaning I take a different route often. Have fun!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon

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VTMAID 9/28/2012 9:05AM

    Jeannie--that sounds like a very smart decision on your part. I am glad you did the research and checked with your doctor. You have probably saved yourself some pain and surgery in the future.
I am so proud of you, though, for finding an alternative to slogging right away! Good for you!
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SANDYW1945 9/28/2012 8:40AM

    Jeannie, best not to "slog" then. If you injured yourself, you wouldn't be able to exercise at all. You are doing what is best.

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BELDONDOG1 9/28/2012 12:35AM

    Jeannie, smart choice! You have done so well, you don't need to hurt yourself and not be able to do anything. So, now you are going to walk and walk faster, right. I think we should call "Woggling". Hey, makes sense to me, but just remember who I am. lol
The best of luck my dear friend! Noel
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/27/2012 11:48PM

    I feel your pain Jeannie I have just had cortisone shot into my hips and jogging slogging anything but walking is on my forbidden list too.I tried pushing the envelope and doing things I wasn't supposed to and telling the specialist "But I did it and didn't fall on my face" and he said "Young lady ,I can call you that because you are 20 years younger than the average patient we see with hips so badly damaged ,you can go ahead and end up crippled or you can listen and we will be able to replace the hips and make you walk until you are 75 instead of retiring you to a chair at 65 " So I listened .

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EATVEGAN 9/27/2012 11:25PM

    Very wise choices. I've heard fast walking uses more muscles, as well. I don't know if you belong to a gym, but I wonder if running on an elliptical machine would be allowed as they are supposed to be easier on joints. I haven't tried one. AND I'm not ready for running, yet. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/27/2012 10:39PM

    What a smart lady you are, Jeannie! What you're doing is perfect exercise. Walking is much more gentle on your body and when you speed up/slow down at different times, you surprise your body. It's supposed to work well. I'm glad you looking into the "slogging" and found out you were heading for trouble. Like you said, you don't want to get there any sooner than necessary.

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ADRIENALINE 9/27/2012 7:12PM

    Sounds great. Walking works!!

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KADYSMOM11 9/27/2012 5:52PM

    well Miss ex slogger....good luck with the 5K but be safe! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 9/27/2012 4:54PM

    Always a wise idea to evaluate . Your walking program sound good. You are doing GREAT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/27/2012 3:59PM

    I am glad you decided not to continue with this - if we push too hard, we won't be able to do Anything!

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JILL313 9/27/2012 3:57PM

    I think you are wise and using preventive type medicine to stop Slogging now. You've proved you can do it and I'm very proud of You. In the second South Beach Lifestyle book the Cardiologist author wrote quite a few chapters on how great interval training is. You get more bang for your buck this way and you're ahead of just doing regular exercise. I need to incorporate that into my exercise plan. I should re-read those chapters but it did leave a good impression on me and plan to start doing it that way myself. Keep up the good moving more emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Enjoy your day. I'm so glad your Life has settled down for you as well as your Sis & Mom.


Love You,

Jill

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TXGRANDMA 9/27/2012 3:52PM

    That is great Jeanne! Of course the slogging is not worth breaking down and quickly wearing out your hip joints, so you are doing the smart thing!

The fast walking interspersed with your normal pace sounds interesting! I may try that too. Good that you did some research on the hip replacements and found that info out, before any damage was done...........

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ESILBO 9/27/2012 3:10PM

    JEANIE YOU ARE RIGHT TO CHOSE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU. IT SOUNDS INTERESTING, I MIGHT GO LOOK AT IT. I ALSO GET BORED VERY FAST.
I HAVE A WATCH THAT CALCULATES EVERYTHING ON IT. I BOUGHT IT LAST YEAR AND I GOT IT OUT ON THE WEEK END. I TRY TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, ALL I COULD FIGURE RIGHT NOW IS THE CHRONO AND PULSE BUT I STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ IT...LOL
I HOPE THIS NEW WAY OF WALKING IS WORKING FOR YOU AND WORKS MARVELS.
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Company's Coming

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.

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CTUPTON 9/26/2012 1:39PM

    Do you have cut up veggies ready, too. Chris

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TXMEMAW6 9/9/2012 10:40AM

    Hope the visit goes well for you. Remember, Jeannie, only you can do it. No one can do it for you (but I would if I could..lol). Enjoy your time with family. Have a great time of catching up. Believe in yourself and you will make it through with flying colors.
Hugz,
Sharon

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THESLIMMERME1 9/8/2012 5:36PM

    It's a challenge when you have guest - a couple of things I have done when entertaining - is send people home with 'goodie bags' so I don't have a lot of left overs to worry about - if they are seniors they may enjoy having something different to eat - I also, prepare healthy things - fruit salad, brocolli salad, as more people are trying to eat healthy than you may realize and they will appreciate it too. Leave 'a note like ' emoticon in a space /fridge that only you know what it means! Remember it is a 'healthy lifestyle you are creating for yourself not a 'diet'... emoticon and enjoy your visit emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 9/8/2012 4:11PM

    Jeannie, I don't think this will be a big deal for you. I know that you are not perfect, as none of us are, but if anyone can pass this test, it's you! Like Lise says, is a chip worth onederland? ((hugs)) noel

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JAOTAO 9/8/2012 1:35PM

    Hi Jeannie ...sounds like fun. But I hear you with the crackers & Chips. Sometimes hard for me to resist as well. The veggies and low fat dip sound like a good option to have on hand. I agree - the extra fat may make your system sick. I had a wet burrito yesterday and am I paying for it today.... Have fun!

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JILL313 9/8/2012 7:54AM

    Hi Jeannie, Just make sure you have some healthy cut up veggies and a low fat dip for you and maybe the others may be watching their weight and enjoy some also. Are they sleeping at your house or a local hotel? It is wonderful to have people come and visit and you have a beautiful home to have them there. Have fun playing catch-up!!

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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SANDYW1945 9/8/2012 6:29AM

    Jeannie, you can do this! Let them all eat that stuff, but not you. Anyway, think of how you may react to it. It might make you sick. They don't call it junk food for nothing.

My dear hubby eats this stuff all the time. It's always in the house. But eating it makes me sick and I wouldn't eat it anymore than I would eat road kill.

The fun part...enjoy the company. Nice to see people you haven't seen for awhile and nice to see people who are seeing a thinner you!

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JAMER123 9/7/2012 10:31PM

    I understand just what you are going through!! I have had too many of those things in the house having granddaughters that only eat foods that aren't on my eating list. I don't think I am looking at it as a pass/fail test but a test I grade myself on...Let try a C. I am kind of average. I have a feeling you are going to go for the A, Jeannie!! I am going to cheer you on,
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TXGRANDMA 9/7/2012 9:35PM

    I know you can do it, Jeanne! You may not want those things as much as you think you will! They may even make you sick if you eat them, due to all the fat in them! Your system is not the same anymore! It is healthier and will demand healthier food! I know, my body does! Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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GINILEE4 9/7/2012 8:31PM

   

Jeannie. Not having the food in the house does help alot but it might be unrealistic as you are finding out. This is about learning to live a lifestyle were you can actually eat anything as long as you only have alittle and track it. If it fits into your calorie range you can have it. If not, well you are a big girl, you decide. Now comes the tough stuff, my friend. I wish you success and I know you can moderate your portions and say no to what is not good for you,


Gini

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SPEEDY143 9/7/2012 8:17PM

    It's all about portion control. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much your eating habits have changed and once your sweet company is gone get rid of the left over goodies and you'll be back on track emoticon Enjoy Jeannie.. it's about the people not the food. emoticon

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ESILBO 9/7/2012 8:06PM

    SWEETIE, TRY TO REMEMBER THE ONEHUNDREDLAND. YOU DO NOT WANT TO LOSE YOUR PLACE IN THAT GROUP FOR SOME CHIPS.
BUT IF YOU DO, I STILL DON'T THINK YOU WILL, JUST ENJOY EVERYTHING IN SMALL QUANTITIES.
IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, THEY WILL BE GONE WEDNESDAY AND YOU GO BACK TO WHAT YOU KNOW.
EASY FOR ME TO SAY, WHEN I HAVE NONE IN THE HOUSE...LOL

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IT'S PARTY TIME!!!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012


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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!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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BIGSKYCHERIE 9/5/2012 12:40AM

    Congratulations!! You have done so well. It's an inspiration to me and all of us on our team. I'm at 301 today and anxiously awaiting getting into the twos, so I can imagine getting into the ones must be FANTASTIC!! Well, I'll get there too--baby steps. But like you, I wouldn't have been able to stick with it without Spark and all my friends and team members here. Hang in there and keep going! You're an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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That about says it all except to say, You've definitly earned this..

Gini

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CJMOK1121 9/2/2012 6:44PM

    Jeanie: I'm on my way to your big party, I'm so glad you are with your grandsons and they can really enjoy this with you. Good thing tomorrow is Labor day. We all will just stay and have a GREAT TIME. How AWESOME YOU MUST FEEL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/2/2012 5:51PM

    Jeannie, what can I say that isn't a repeat of everyone elses words. This is what Spark is all about. Victories!!! And you did it! I am so proud to call you friend and for all the inspiration you have given to the team and me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love you, Gail

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Oh, Jeannie, I'm so happy for you. You have worked so hard and been so positive and determined. Just imagine....onederland!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us and a great leader, too. And be sure to count me in on the party. I wouldn't miss it for anything. Again, congrats and enjoy the rest of your day.

Hugz,
Sharon


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BELDONDOG1 9/2/2012 2:00PM

    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL, OH GREAT LEADER!!
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You have worked so hard and you deserve all the glory!! Jeannie, you have never given up--just kept on going through everything! I am so proud of you, sis, I could just cry! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 9/2/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU have made my day Jeannie emoticonI'm so proud of you... slogging IS the answer emoticon emoticon

I'm with you in spirit emoticonas always emoticonSpark On!!!!!!!!

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You should be so proud of this achievement! I'm proud of YOU!
You are an inspiration to us all.
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You should be so proud of this achievement! I'm proud of YOU!
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JAOTAO 9/2/2012 11:15AM

    That is such good news to share! I am so happy for you and applaud your determination and focus to get there! Enjoy the feeling... "Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music!" Wow, you are such an amazing mentor in this journey. Thank you! Count me in for the party ... will be there as soon as I weigh in!

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MASTERPIECE8 9/2/2012 11:12AM

    I didn't read all the blogs, but I was ready to post - just a quick note - and saw Karen's post. I knew what happened.

I am so happy for you. Darn right I'll come to the party. I wouldn't miss it. This is so exciting for me too, Jeannie. You've worked so hard. You did it! I'll get there too with you as my Sparkling SLOGing sister.

Love ya,
Barb

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Oh, my gosh, Jeanne!!! I am just so happy for you there are tears in my eyes as I am posting this! Terrific news and what a fitting time for it to happen! Sunday morning (PTL!) on a Holiday weekend! I will be right over to help you enjoy your party day! Again, so ECSTATIC to hear your news!!

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EWL978 9/2/2012 10:43AM

    Wow, Jeannie!! I'm SO HAPPY for you!! What a wonderful feeling it had to have been to look at that scale and see "SUCCESS"!!!!!!

So, is there something I should bring to the virtual party?? I'm ready and trying to think of what exotic thing I should wear!!

Good luck in the future....I think you've give lots of your Spark Friends incentive to work at it too!! emoticon

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SANDYW1945 9/2/2012 10:28AM

    Wow! Jeannie. I am so proud of you. I could hear your shout way out in Toledo OH.

Hugs and Love

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VTMAID 9/2/2012 9:59AM

    Jeannie--that is so awesome! And you have worked so hard to get there--your determination and positive attitude are what inspires me to try to do better.
I am so proud of you!!!!!
Love
Karen

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JILL313 9/2/2012 9:40AM

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Congratulations Jeannie, You've Done It so Well and sure deserve all your WL Success!! I am Happy Dancing and Celebrating your being in Onderland! What a good and awesome feeling that must be!! I am so proud of you and know Richard and your family are also You are such a good role model for the rest of us. Never say never. . .and you've done it Jeannie!! I bet you were so excited when you saw the scale at 199!! I hope to join you in a few months myself. There's no stopping you now. . .Party time for sure!!

Love You,

Jill

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ESILBO 9/2/2012 8:49AM

    BY THE WAY, I AM SO HAPPY, YOU BRING TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES...LOL

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I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, YOU DID IT AND I CAN HEAR YOU ALL THE WAY TO CANADA.
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LOVE YOU SWEETIE, GREATTTTTTTTTTTT JOB
LISE

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Reflections on Two Weeks of SLOG Walking

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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANNIEWANNIE 9/2/2012 11:29AM

    Everyone is on my case to start walking, but I am just refusing to get started. Slog Walking sounds very appealing to me. I can maybe walk .1 or .2 miles at one time. I would have to start with Baby Slogging. I can relate to your story and it gives me hope to get started. Thank you for sharing. Hugs from J

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/30/2012 2:18PM

    I wish I could join you on your walks but the distance between us is just a bit overwhelming .I don't mind walking but I like company.I guess it is because I spent so long in plaster.The doctor this week said I am doing everything right and after the cortisone in my hips I might get to walk again ! After 9 operations on my legs I am putting off the hip replacements but if it is not to much of an imposition I might get you to tell me about them as I know they are a couple of years in my future.

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RETURNTOTHIN 8/27/2012 4:02PM

    HOW EXCITING... ONEDERLAND THIS WEEK! BEFORE I KNOW IT, I'LL HAVE TO TRY SLOGGING ON MY TREADMILL.....

I'M SO SO SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU! emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 8/20/2012 4:56PM

    Absolutely wonderful. I'm so proud of you. You have accomplished so much and are an inspiration to me. SLOG on!

Barb


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REACHING4HOME 8/19/2012 5:48PM

    I LOVE THE TERM "SLOGGING". I THINK, SINCE I DO SWIMMING MOTIONS WITH MY WEIGHTS, I WILL CALL THAT SWEIGHTS! SOUNDS COOL, HUH? LOL
ERIN

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NPA4LOSS 8/19/2012 12:23PM

    emoticon my friend! You are such an inspiration. The thing about you is that you don't think of all the things you do as exercise. emoticon I wonder if one SLOG step for every hundred others would qualify? Enjoy!

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JILL313 8/19/2012 12:02PM

    Well Sweet Spark Sis, I'd join you but don't we live over 2,000 miles away--LOL! It would be fun to SLOG with a Buddy--is Richard up to the Challenge now? You've come such a long way Jeannie in a relatively short amount of time. I am so proud of your determination and grit to get the job done. You do it even when you don't feel like it--I really admire that about you. You already look great and are just a pound shy of Onederland. I bet next week you will be in Magic Onederland and I'll probably hear you shouting, I did it, over 2,000 miles away) that I DID IT! Your adding quality years to your life--I'm so happy for you.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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HOLLYM48 8/19/2012 9:08AM

    way to slog! I find that jogging is so hard on my joints, ankles and knees so good for you that you are finding a way to slowly jog. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/19/2012 3:05AM

    This is very inspiring. I'd like to be able to cycle, but there are bike paths on some streets and not on others. And there's a lot of traffic. So I'm doing other, less fun, stuff. emoticon
Janet

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/18/2012 11:06PM

    SLOG on sister! who cares what it looks like What matters is how it will change how you look. You are truely inspiring. If only I lived out away from everyone....lol can't you just see it now me and my walker doing the SLOG

Love you Jeannie,

Hugs, Gail

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TXGRANDMA 8/18/2012 9:04PM

    Great explanation, Jeanne! Ha Ha! I can just see you in my mind's eye! I don't think they make sports bras for bellies, emoticon

So proud of you, hearing your progress on the exercise. I am afraid that I kind of have your attitude toward exercise just for exercise' sake but do enjoy actually going out and doing something constructive.

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SPEEDY143 8/18/2012 8:00PM

    emoticonon keeping up that "E" word thingy that I know you don't like one bit emoticonSLOG on sister YOU are soooooo motivating emoticon emoticon I'm afraid that if I tried that I'd give myself a black eye emoticonno wait... two black eyes emoticon

emoticonLinda

P.S... so interesting, spell check didn't try to fix the word SLOG, so it MUST be a real word emoticon

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JAOTAO 8/18/2012 7:26PM

    That is quite an accomplishment! Good for you. Now you need some really nice SLOGGING clothes to go with your program! emoticon

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SANDYW1945 8/18/2012 5:31PM

    Hooray for you! Great job. I like the part were you don't want anyone to see you. What a hoot! Just what I try to do. Now I want to try to find a place to "SLOG"

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SUZRAI 8/18/2012 5:25PM

    I love it!
Bored? with exercise???? LOL you can probably tell from the wierd positions I try to describe that i do in the pool that I am easily distracted. You have creatively "mixed it up" and I am so very proud of you!
Hugs,
Suz emoticon

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VTMAID 8/18/2012 4:44PM

    I am so proud of you!!! I really admire your stick-to-it attitude. I was good for 176 days and stopped and you have been going the whole time before and after I stopped! That is absolutely terrific!
Love
Karen

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BELDONDOG1 8/18/2012 4:36PM

    For someone who used to think that the "e" word was a curse word, you've made great strides. Maybe I should rephrase that. You've made great smaller SLOGGING steps!
Where are the next summer Olympics going to be held? You Go Girl!! I'm very proud of you, as we all are. I loved Gayle's comment about her whole body needs restraints. lol Kudos to you, my dear Jeannie! (hugs) Noel

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KADYSMOM11 8/18/2012 3:28PM

    LOL your boobs and belly need restraint? my WHOLE body does! emoticon
Good for you Jeannie! emoticon Keep up the good work! amazing at 69! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/18/2012 3:15PM

    emoticon Keep SLOGGING girlfriend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ESILBO 8/18/2012 3:14PM

    OMG I HAVE TO GO BACK READING THE GROUP S EXCHANGE EVERYDAY.
I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE SLOGGING.
WOW, WOW, WOW...I AM SO EXCITED, YOU WOULD THINK IT WAS ME. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.
YOU ARE PUSHING ME GIRL, I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE POOL AFTER READING YOU ON MY BLOG.
emoticon emoticon emoticonWHATS NEXT, ROLLER BLADE WITH ME...LOL
LOVE YOU
LISE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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