Sunday, January 15, 2012
Yes, you can stay on track and eat healthy and even get some exercise when on the road! I remember reading SP blogs about this, but figured it didn't apply to me. Since we just finished a 5 day road trip, here's a few things I learned, and a lot of the info DID apply to me!
Before we left home I tried to plan to bring a few extra foods with us like fruit and boiled eggs. We were lucky enough to stay at motels with “free” breakfasts, and fortunately, most of the time there was cereal, yogurt and fruit available. I confess that I took an extra banana or apple most days because I knew I'd have trouble meeting my fruit/veggie goals if I didn't have an extra one for later in the day. I ate them every day, too, usually at lunch or dinner.
Eating at fast food restaurants can be a challenge, but if you limit it to the ones you find in most places, it makes it easier. McDonald's and Subway were at almost every stop we made, and I think the $1 menu is perfect for me!! I know McDonald's gets a bad rap for lots of their items, but I usually had either a hamburger (less than $1 most places) and side salad ($1) with light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (total of about 300 calories), or just a salad and added a boiled egg, yogurt and banana or apple. The side salad is a great buy and it was fresh at every place I had one. We never order pop (soda to lots of you), but get a cup for water. Subway is great for low cal and low fat choices, too. We missed the $2 subs that were specials until the end of 2011, though. Did I mention that I'm cheap when it comes to food?
Dinner was usually a little more, and while I don't like buffets in general, we did eat at a couple. I try really hard to make my first plate full of lettuce and veggies. Sure helps to cut down on my interest in the other higher calorie foods.
Exercise was interesting. We try not to drive for more than a couple hours at a time, and the first day out I discovered that the breaks were a great time to do some of the stretches and strengthening exercises that I do most days anyway. I had my resistance band with me and used it several times a day, and it's really easy to do calf raises using the car for balance. There were others I did, too, like squats and a couple others, and we tired to get a few extra steps in, too. At a couple of the motels there were pools available and yes...I did bring my suit and spent some time water walking. I don't care what people thought of the fat old woman in the ugly swim suit...I'll never see them again anyway, and not a single person said a thing. Just let 'em try!! Hehe...it was about me anyway, not what they were thinking!
So, that's how I managed to get from the middle part of the country to the SW part of the country in 5 days and visit with cousins and a friend along the way. I even shed a little over a pound last week, so something was working right. Now...if I can just remember all I learned for our trip home in the Spring!!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
This week our 5% Winter Challenge team has asked us to write a daily blog for team points. Here are some of the suggested questions to respond to for today.
Why did you become a Spirited Underdog? This one is easy to answer: I was invited by a friend. I participated in the 5% Fall Challenge and lost 5% of my weight, but had decided not to do another one right now. A friend encouraged me to do it again and here I am!!
What is your secret of success? I have no secrets!! My plan is simple (described on my SPage) and includes exercise (for me, that's the dreaded E word). If I follow my plan and keep a routine most days, I almost always lose at least a little each week.
What are your trigger foods? Hahaha...almost anything can end up being trigger foods for me, but I am especially sensitive to salty/crunchy foods like crackers and chips, and then there are the sweets like ice cream, cookies and bars. I deal with it by not having them around if at all possible. I hope to be able to manage it at some point, but apparently that point is not now. If they're anywhere in the vicinity, I eat them! I've also noticed that TV food ads seem to get me thinking about pizza, burgers, etc. (Guess that's what "they" are hoping for, right?)
Tell us 5 things about yourself that have nothing to do with food or exercise. This is always a hard thing for me, as I think there's nothing new to tell.
1. This one sort of has to do with food...I was named the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for my high school when I was a senior. Maybe that's where my trouble started! LOL!
2. I love to read, especially mysteries.
3. I have been white water rafting and camping with a group of older women on 2 occasions. What fun we had! I was about 10 years younger than I am now, but I think I'm in better shape than I was then!!
4. I don't like to fly as my ears hurt so bad. It has to do with the air pressure and the only thing that has helped even a little bit are ear plugs called “Ear Planes.” Consequently, I avoid flying at all costs.
5. I volunteer as a docent at a local museum at least once a week when we're home. I take a little break in the winter when we're snowbirds and enjoying warmer weather in Arizona.
The Spirited Underdogs team is full of energy and enthusiasm. Go DAWGS!!
Monday, December 26, 2011
How many of you remember that old song by Nancy Sinatra? It was pretty popular some time around the winter of '65, but I think it really was "These Boots are Made for Walkin." I've been thinking a lot about shoes lately. My Mom has a lot of trouble with her feet, mostly because of poor fitting (or no) shoes as a child in the depression years. So, I've occasionally gotten her some new SAS walking shoes as a gift. They are expensive, and with Christmas coming up, I had to decide if that was something I wanted to do again this year. Of course, I didn't have her size and I wasn't totally sure which style she would want, but I printed off an ad for the SAS walking shoe that I know she has had good luck with in the past and gave that to her, along with information about sizes and colors. She picked the color and size and now they'll be sent to her this week. It is so difficult to find something to give her, and as she says, “I'm almost 90! If you can't give me something to eat or wear, I don't want it!” LOL!! Shoes are coming her way!
I also have needed new walking shoes. Normally my daughter gives me her old ones, as it seems to me she buys a new pair every other week (that MIGHT be an exaggeration). She brought one pair with her when she was here for a visit in October, but they just didn't fit right. Wonder why...do you think because they were someone's shoes that were fit for them and conformed to their foot?? Anyway, I bit the bullet and went to a real shoe store the other day—where there is someone to wait on you and measure your foot and even slip it on and tie it for you? WooHoo!! Awesome to be waited on.
I bought a pair of New Balance something-or-others and paid a lot of money, but hey...I'm worth it. Besides I owed myself a reward and they're comfortable and I've been wearing them around the house and on the treadmill all week. I may even wear them outside soon! I'm pretty excited about having new shoes of my very own and I'm sure they'll make me love Exercise, which as you may know has been an on-going problem.
By the way, does anyone remember those x-ray machines at the shoe stores back in the 50s? A few of you might be old enough. I thought they were great fun at the time, but I suppose someone decided all that radiation might not be good for us.
We talk a lot about the journey we're on here at SP, and while I am still on the subject of shoes, I have to share this with you. On the SAS website, you'll find this statement, and it is so very true: "Life is a journey. Wear comfortable shoes!!!" So, if you don't have comfortable shoes that fit, it might be a really long journey! Happy walking and Happy New Year!!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Having shed 48# since last May, I'm at a point where my clothes are mostly all too big. I've taken some slacks in, but now they only have a pocket opening big enough for my thumb to fit. I've discarded and sent clothes to Goodwill and the shelter for battered women. I've dug through the closet and come up with some odd looking things I'd forgotten I had. It's pretty bare-bones now, although there are still a few things in sizes I must have bought in the last millennium! They're still too small to wear.
So...having quite a few additional pounds to shed yet, I'm not interested in buying a lot of stuff that will soon not fit anyway if all goes according to plan. I decided to try go to one of the stores I know has great clearance sales, especially on the out of season stuff. I haven't had a chance to get to Goodwill yet, but will check it out next week.
Hahahaha...what a joke! Found 7 things to try on in various sizes since I have no idea what size I actually wear now. Also, I have this “little” problem known as a big (aka fat) tummy/middle. I carry a lot of my weight there and feel most comfortable in pants/slacks/capris with elastic waistbands. I did manage to get everything on—everything from a size 16W to a 20WP and a 1X to a 2X top. That was the good news.
The not so-good-news is that nothing...and I mean NOTHING...fit! It all was too tight, too loose, too short, too long or just plain ugly! Disappointing to say the least, but mostly I don't care. I'm really comfortable in my sweats these cold fall days, and maybe Goodwill will have something I can use. By the time Spring rolls around I may be a normal size. I can't wait to figure out what size underpants to buy!! Hehehe...that'll be tricky business!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Yesterday I celebrated my 68th birthday (for you doing the math, that means I was born in 1943)! For some reason, each year my Mom calls me to tell me my birthday story, which typically has amounted to a weather report for the day I was born. She's always told me there was a blizzard and the doctor wanted her to come to the hospital a little early so she wouldn't get stuck in the snow. I have to set the scene for you, though. In 1943 WWII was raging all over the world. Dad was in the Army Air Corps and stationed in France at the time. Mom was living with Dad's parents and the household included both grandparents, one of my cousins, two of Dad's younger sisters and Grandma's deaf bachelor brother besides my mother. Quite a house full of people, but everybody did what they had to in order to make ends meet.
This year I happened to be with Mom on my actual birthday. We had an interesting conversation, which follows:
Mom: Guess I'd better tell you your birthday story.
Me: Yes, it wouldn't be the same without it!
Mom: You know we had a blizzard that day.
Me: Yep, that's what you've told me.
Mom: I rode to the hospital in a red Buick!
Me: Red Buick? I never heard that part before. Who had a red Buick? (I was a little nervous now, as I've heard my birthday story scores of times and never ever heard anything about a Buick!)
Mom: Dr. Moulton.
Me: Why would Dr. Moulton give you a ride to the hospital?
Mom: Well, I was going to have you at home, but he came by and said he thought we were going to get a big snow storm and I should go to the hospital.
Me: He just stopped by?
Mom: No, Grandma had the neighbor call him because she said I was going into labor. (Grandma had 9 babies, so I guess she'd know.)
Me: So, you just went to the hospital with him?
Mom: Well, not right away. I told him I didn't want to go, but he said the government is paying for it anyway, so you might as well. So, I did.
Me: Well, kind of convenient for him, wouldn't you say, since he owned the hospital?
Mom: Yeah. He took me and dropped me off because he had to go check on some baby pigs at his farm.
Me: But he made it back?
Mom: Oh, yes. With time to spare even if we did get a blizzard that night. I had to stay in the hospital for 10 days. Dr. Moulton made me stay an extra day.
Me: Was something wrong?
Mom: Well, he looked at my fingernails and said they looked funny so I should stay another day.
Me: Fingernails? What was funny about them?
Mom: I don't have a clue. All I know is that when I got home Grandma said at least I didn't have to lay around in bed anymore!!
Me: How did you get home, Mom? In the red Buick?
Mom: Oh no, a neighbor came with his truck and picked us up. Grandpa's car wasn't working that winter. The neighbor took one look at you and said you were the biggest baby he'd ever seen!
For crying out loud...some things never change!!!
**A few people have asked me how big I was--9# is what I was told. Guess that was kinda big for a first baby, but all the same...the biggest baby he'd ever seen? How rude was that! LOL!
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