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The 2nd day of the rest of my life

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In a featured blog today, Coach Nancy voiced so well my weight-loss problem, which makes me realize how common it is. My SPfriend Mayte from Spain describes herself as a "living yo-yo." All my life I've taken it off in the Spring, and put it back on in the Winter. The older I get, however, the harder it has become to get it ALL off in the Spring, so I've gradually added on a few lbs each year.

With the Fall Challenge I vowed to take off the 5% and not put a lb. of it back on before the Winter Challenge began (even though that period fell right on the Thanksgiving eat-til-you-pop Day). Although I had a couple of "freak-out" days when my weight fluctuated--up, of course--I managed to hold on to that scale number. Coach Nancy warns us to stop that mania by having some "flex" lbs. Normally, I wouldn't even have been weighing so often, but I was on a serious mission. Well, I consider that the Fall 5% was Day 1.

For the Winter 5% Challenge, somehow, I will slowly get a few more lbs off past my goal so that I have some "flex" lbs, and I will begin struggling with the hard facts of maintenance--which hopefully will replace the Winter gain/Spring diet ritual of the past. Coach Nancy quotes a spokeswoman of the National Weight Control Registry as saying that the secret to maintaining your weight is "long-term maintenance of behavior." The Winter 5% Challenge will give me a platform, held up by lots of supportive SparkBuddies, to learn to make this behavior a new way of life--to begin Day 2 of the rest of my life.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/1/2011 10:47PM

    Wonderful blog!!! With your attitude I see nothing but success in this challenge and the future for you!

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ADRIENALINE 12/1/2011 3:34PM

    You are so supportive and this post really nails the challenges we all face. It feels great to know we are all in it together. Thanks for getting me involved in this Winter 5% challenge. It has already giving me a very helpful push.

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MAYTE1975 11/30/2011 4:52PM

    Maintenance is hard but I´m sure you will achieve it going step by step , like you are doing right now. Goodbye yo-yo , here´s the new Jonnie with a lot of Sparkfriends to support her. emoticon

BTW I still don´t have team for the challenge

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NEWMAC2011 11/30/2011 4:15PM

    You can do it! The Winter 5% is just the thing we all need.

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/30/2011 8:52AM

    Sending lots of flex fairies to help you get to your goal during the winter challenge.

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PEPPERCHILD 11/29/2011 11:17PM

    You are so right. I've been working out like mad woman only to see my weight creep along at a snails pace. In just keep going with my goal in clear sight. The good news is that I have not gained any of the weight back...so far.

You'll do just fine on the 5% challenge - just keep your goal in the forefront.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/29/2011 10:08PM

    Glad to see we'll have so many people in Maintenance Mode in the 5% challenge. Congratulations on some great thinking and to work towards reaching that wonderful extra cushion.

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BBONET 11/29/2011 9:30PM

    You have said this so eloquent and this really makes sense!!! The older we get the harder it is to lose the pounds, but let's move forward with the challenge and give it all we have. emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 11/29/2011 8:28PM

    I'm so glad we will be on the same team again - we are already fabulous, you do know that, right? We're just planning to be 3-5% more fabulous!!!! And, my daughter is on our team, too!!

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New brakes...not NOW!

Friday, November 25, 2011

The car was stopping fine, so I kept putting off checking out the grinding sound I heard whenever I applied the brakes. Today I had to finally stop pretending I didn't hear it getting louder and louder (the mechanic said they were so worn, metal was grinding against metal).

But I need that money for Christmas presents!

Oh well, I've got to be safe on the road. Front and rear, pads and rotors.

And , well, to be honest, I've already spent a bit much on presents. So what did I do in the shopping plaza while they repaired my brakes? I stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to buy 1 little pair of size 2T jeans for my granddaughter (that with a coupon I got for FREE) and talked to a nice young lady with a TON of personal problems standing in line behind me. She really needed a shoulder today. My waiting time was well spent.

And the car drives so nicely.

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MAYTE1975 11/27/2011 4:21AM

    You did the best , safety comes first. And I think you spent time helping someone , listening to her problems when she most needed it. You are GREAT , really . I don´t know you personally but there are lots of things I admire about you.
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BRAVERUDE 11/26/2011 10:32AM

    She needed you - way to give back! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 11/26/2011 1:18AM

    emoticon being there for someone else, even if it's just a shoulder to cry on. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

FYI - squealing is typically the 1st sign that your brakes need a look at. They design it into the pads, it's a little piece of metal that will hit your rotor and make a high pitched noise. Better luck next time.

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PEPPERCHILD 11/25/2011 10:10PM

    Must be "that" time of the year...."Brake Season". I just replaced my rear brake pads.
Glad you're safe as you don't want to be stopping the car with your feet emoticon

Those 2t jeans sound awful darn cute.

Keep on Sparking!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

May we all be thankful for our bounty. May you spend the day in a way that gives you pleasure and peace.

I can't resist passing along this hilarious poem I happened upon on another Sparker's site. Don't let this be you!


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ZEESPARROW 11/24/2011 8:00AM

    Haha that poem is funny! Thanks for passing it along.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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BRAVERUDE 11/23/2011 6:33PM

    You have a warm, wonderful holiday weekend - I'll send you an email after I eat and track...!!! emoticon emoticon

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MAYTE1975 11/23/2011 4:26PM

    Feliz acción de gracias , Jonnie

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BBONET 11/23/2011 3:19PM

    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!!! emoticon emoticon

Enjoy your time with family and may you receive an abundance of blessings!!!


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TWNOMWE 11/23/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon Thanks for link.
Have a great thanksgiving day!!!

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JLPARKHURST 11/23/2011 8:11AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Take Care

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Water weight gain

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

After my sudden 2 lb gain yesterday and just as sudden 1.75 lb loss today, I decided to do a Spark search on water weight gain. This article turned up on caloriecount.about.com:

Beat Water Weight Gain

By Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN

We all go through it at one point or another--our pants get snug, our fingers swell, and we feel puffed out. To make matters worse, the number on the scale goes up even though we’re sticking to a healthful routine. Most women retain water for several days, or for even a week or two, before menstruation. Although the causes aren’t quite clear, experts believe fluctuating hormone and blood sugar levels may play a role.

The good news is while we can’t completely sidestep Mother Nature altogether, these 4 diet and lifestyle tweaks can help us minimize bloat and help our bodies get rid of excess water weight in no time flat.

Pump Up Potassium

Many fruits and vegetables boast potassium, a mineral that helps maintain the body’s water balance. Potassium-rich fruits include canned pumpkin (just in time for Halloween!), papaya, bananas, plantains, and dried fruit including dates, raisins, and prunes. Choose fresh, dried or canned fruit made without added sugar and aim for 1.5 to 2 cups a day.

Potassium-rich vegetables include spinach, sweet or white potatoes, beet greens, mushrooms, bok choy, parsnips, and tomato products (paste, sauce, or pureed). Choose fresh or canned products made without sodium or added sugar, and aim for 2 to 2.5 cups a day.

Sideline Sodium (of course)

Current dietary guidelines recommend capping sodium at no more than 2,300 milligrams per day; those with high blood pressure (or a family history of the condition), diabetes, or kidney disease, adults over the age of 40, and African Americans are encouraged to consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day.

When grocery shopping, look for foods and beverages labels that boast “sodium free,” “very low sodium,” “low sodium,” “unsalted,” “no salt added,” and “without added salt on labels;” choose fresh meats and poultry over “deli meats;” and choose fresh fish and shellfish over processed, canned options (though you can rinse canned fish to remove about half the sodium). Reading Nutrition Facts Panels on packages (and on Calorie Count) is a great way to find lower sodium options.

Float Your Bloat

While sodium contributes to bloating, water does not. In fact, good old H20 can make us eliminate excess fluid and sodium. Women should aim for about 5 to 6 8-ounce cups each day (you can add one or two cups of skim milk, up to one cup of 100% fruit juice, and even a few cups of coffee or tea can also count towards meeting your daily water quota). It’s okay to have sparkling water or club soda, but be sure to read the fine print on labels since many of them have added sodium.

Work up a Sweat

Even though being bloated may make you want to do nothing but drown yourself in comfort foods while sprawled out on the sofa, taking time to go on a brisk walk, a bike ride, or to do some other vigorous activity to help you sweat out even more sodium and feel lighter on your toes.


Yesterday I did do the last 3--didn't know about the postassium--and although I did know that as an African American, my sodium recommendation is even lower than the suggested 1 teaspoon per day (2,300 mg), I didn't know that it was cut by 800 mg! So I should have 2/3 of a teaspoon of salt per day?! OK. And now we know.


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MCSWIGAN 4/16/2012 11:00AM

    Thanks! I always get down when I eat inline and see the scale go up or not move....

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BRAVERUDE 11/22/2011 5:34PM

    See? You gotta believe!! I am also super-sensitive to sodium - I don't ever add any, there's way too much in everything already! How funny that you bought those wings - I bought 2 and had them for dinner, yesterday - couldn't wait!! And, my cranberry sauce will be home-made, with whole berries and orange jello...that ought to be bizarre, but tasty!! I don't use gravy, salad dressing, or any other sauces... Don't hate me...I'm still 120 and my clothes are falling off...!!!!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/22/2011 3:52PM

    Potatoes are also a good source of potassium...
of course without the butter!

Thanks for sharing :)

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PEPPERCHILD 11/22/2011 10:31AM

    Hmmm interesting - I did not know that either. I am very mindful of my diet and don't use much salt. I'm going to see if I can get by with 800mg of salt. You've given me an idea for a blog topic.

I also joined the 5% challenge based on your recommendation. It sounds like fun.

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TWNOMWE 11/22/2011 9:42AM

    I too struggle with low Potassium intake I love to eat bananas but they are high in sugar even if they good source of Potassium.Thanks for the research.

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MAYTE1975 11/22/2011 9:31AM

    Es bueno saberlo , yo por historia familiar tengo la tensión alta asi qie ya puedo ir controlando los niveles de sodio y tomar más potasio. Gracias por la info , y estaba claro que lo tuyo era líquido.
Felicidades porque lo estás haciendo genial.
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Confession--not so great for the soul.

Monday, November 21, 2011

More like humiliating for the soul. emoticon I messed up, and I can't even know how exactly because I didn't cook it. I brought home a "thank you" plate from the Senior's dinner that I helped serve on Saturday, and thought I was doing great by dividing it up over about 4 meals Saturday and Sunday. It was nice not to have to cook. Well today I'm showing a 2 lb gain!

Yes, it was triple carbs (stuffing, yams and mac & cheese--but only a little of each at each meal), and yesterday, with the turkey gone, I ate the salty/sweet ham, knowing I'm super-sensitive to salt for water-weight, but other than that I don't know why I gained so much in one day. No way did I eat over 3,500 calories even in the 2 days--unless they cooked every dish in lard! I tracked everything, even estimating high, and still came in at the top-middle of my allowed calorie range. Plus I did my usual 3-mile run on Saturday, and 3-mile walk yesterday, along with 2 hours of yard work. Where's the justice here?!

Braverude and I have a pact to get through the holidays with no lbs gained. Ha!

Well, the holidays haven't started yet, and I'm not giving up--today will be a veggies and fish day, tomorrow too, if necessary. I will still have my sensibly planned turkey dinner on Thursday. And I WILL start the Winter 5 % Challenge at my hard-won end of Fall Challenge's weight. 'Cause it's got to be water--got to be. I'm not changing my weight ticker, no way!

Maintenance is not going to be a walk in the park for me....

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LLF1020 11/21/2011 6:36PM

    Sounds like you retained some water from all the salt in the food (so much that we don't even know about). I don't know how many times you weigh yourself but I agree with the others, relax you are doing a fabulous job and sticking with it is what matters most. Have a great night.

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LUVPOETESS 11/21/2011 3:04PM

    Relax! I've had that happen to me more than once. I've also seen the reverse - two pounds disappear from one day to the next. I now know salt loves water and will do what it can to hold on to it.

Su problema es completamente temporaria. Don't worry.

"The scale doesn't know everything." ~ from The Spark book

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BRAVERUDE 11/21/2011 10:16AM

    You didn't gain 2 pounds, trust me (and yourself!). BUT, we are sensitive to salt (ok, and maybe carbs and sugar...) - maybe we also need to experiment once in awhile.
NO beating up on ourselves - however we decide to manage our days!
And.. not to worry...I know you will get back on track, 'cause you don't want me to beat you...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/21/2011 10:12AM

    Sounds like you have water retention.
If so, keep drinking lots of water and you'll see a drop in a couple of days!

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TINY67 11/21/2011 9:44AM

    Got to watch those Seniors - they're sneaky!

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MAYTE1975 11/21/2011 9:21AM

    Seguramente sea retención de líquidos , de ninguna manera puedes engordar casi un kilo con lo que comiste. No te agobies , fijo que es líquido la mayoría. Pásalo bien esta semana y olvídate de la báscula , la vida son dos días y hay que disfrutarla. Además tú es que ya estás tan delgada que es normal que tu cuerpo quiera recuperar un poquito.
Nos vemos en el Challenge de diciembre.

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