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Monday, August 17, 2009

Over the past weekend (this is why I had needed cleaning elves), my parents visited.

They of course know me at any and every weight and so are thrilled that I am where I am but at the same time I was offered some chips. Hmm.

Be that as it may, it was an occasion to listen and observe. My folks are in their late seventies. Like many people of that age group, they've had some health issues. Plus their peer group has had health concerns including, sadly, some deaths. Friends are going into assisted living. Others have the start of Alzheimer's. Others have trouble with mobility.

In short, worlds are getting smaller, and dominions are becoming diminished.

I see their own world shrinking a bit, as they love to travel but now seem to have written off going overseas. Too many health insurance questions. Too many concerns about language barriers. Too many fears of bad food or less than perfectly clean water or the ease of finding proper facilities. Too much walking. Too far from doctors and the familiar.

This from people who, when I was six and we were driving in Germany, he said to her, "Hey, that sign is showing the way to Austria. Wanna go to Austria?" "Sure!" she replied.

So, no more impulse trips to Austria. Or to England, which they both love and obviously has no language barrier.

But I don't push. They make their choices, and my husband and I make our own and we are all adults and, presumably, all have the most and best and latest information at our fingertips. No one feels how someone else feels, really.

But it makes me wonder, how the choices I make today affect the ones that I will be forced into later.

* If I choose to be healthy today, then I might (there are no guarantees) be healthier in 30 years, or 35 or more (I turn 47 in a few weeks).
* But if I don't choose to be healthy today, then chances are good that I will remain unhealthy.
* If I exercise today, not only should I be able to exercise tomorrow, I should also be able to do more basic things in the future like ~
** climb stairs readily
** reach for an item on a high shelf
** care for my own lawn and garden
** drive long distances
** walk where I want to go
** ride a bike if I so choose
** dance
** keep up
* If I eat right today, then I have a fighting chance of, in the future, being able to ~
** eat without fear of diabetes
** eat without fear of a heart attack, or needing bypass surgery
** eat affordable, sustainable foods that are not just good for me but are good for my local community and the planet
* If I drink the water, then I just might be able to, in the future ~
** keep my weight down
** not have dry mouth or eyes
** not get edema

I want to be taken out of my home feet first. And I want that to be a long, long time from now. And in the meantime, until that inevitable day, I want my time to be as good as it can be.

On Saturday, we went out and played frisbee. It was some alone together time for Mr. J and me, plus we both needed to work out. I jumped. A lot. And let me tell you -- I have sometimes seen frisbee as a chore, ugh, I need to do cardio, I'm tired of cardio, blah blah blah.

But on Saturday, I jumped and jumped. And I remembered, from back when, I suppose, I was six or so, my parents driving around Austria.

Jumping is fun.

It's fun.


What a great word.

What an awesome, kick-bun word.

Fun. It's the essence. We should have some of it every single day, in whatever way we can, in whatever capacity.

It doesn't necessarily mean that I want to play frisbee all the time, or that I cannot be serious ever again, but I do want to have fun. Every day. For the rest of my life. For every day that remains, I want fun.

That's a lot of wrap up in a little three-letter word package.


I highly recommend it.

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ANONYGIRL 8/19/2009 1:11PM

    I have a very negative, unpleasant grandmother, who discourages me every way she can from healthy eating and exercise. I disregard her, thank goodness. Just yesterday, as she was criticizing me again for working out, I told her that if I do this for myself now, I will be more likely to be strong and fit and healthy when I am her age. I'm doing all this for myself, so that when I'm old, people marvel at how young I seem! (Plus by the time I can afford to travel, I'd like to be physically able to!)

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SWEETZMIX 8/19/2009 12:50PM

    love your is something we should aim for everyday. we need a little fun in our lives. and ur right, what we do today will most likely effect us later in life, so we might as well take care of ourselves at the very least.

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CHERYLRG 8/19/2009 10:04AM

    GREAT post! It's a great reminder too. Thanks!


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MOESTAR1603 8/18/2009 10:21PM

    emoticon emoticonfor posting!

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FIT_TERI 8/18/2009 9:09PM

    Wow, this blog really resonates with me. I am in about the same place. Just turned 48 (what? I demand a recount!!!) a week ago, parents in their mid-late 70's. They suddenly (to me at least) seem very old and are making concessions as far as travel & activities to their age & infirmities. Most of the things that afflict them can be hereditary....diabetes, high blood pressure.

What I do know for sure is that when my parents were in their 40's, they were NOT concerned with fitness. So, we have a leg up on most of that generation I think, in terms of knowing what we do about fitness and nutrition. And, we choose to act on that knowledge. And sometimes, maybe even often, it's FUN.

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ZEBEBEE 8/18/2009 9:43AM

    I have a friend who feels one of the things that most motivated her to lose weight was something I said, which was 'Let's face it, you don't see a lot of morbidly obese 70 year olds around. They just don't make it that far.' I get that intellectually, and I'm glad it motivated her. I just need to get that, emotionally, for myself. Great blog Jespah.

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LIV2RIDE 8/18/2009 6:49AM

    Often we as adults are too "adult" to have fun. Glad you found that sweet spot. Enjoy every day like it's your last with NO REGRETS!!!

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MUPP1970 8/17/2009 10:59PM

    Well said!

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/17/2009 9:53PM

    Yes, I think about this all the time. My mother is obese, has diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and all that comes with it. Before I started this present journey to health, I had a brush with a slightly elevated blood sugar. It really scared me. Being scared in this case was a good thing. All that is turned around and my labs have been normal since then.

Whew! Close call.

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MARCHMAID 8/17/2009 9:52PM

    Fun is the ticket. Except for the past several weeks when I've been sick with an unknown malady, and even then, I've been having some kind of fun every day--even if I have to pay for it later. : ) Today I went peddle boating with my son and his kids, my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 41st anniversary and I wrote an op ed page for the local rag.

All in all, a productive and fun day. Tomorrow, I'm heading to the garden early in the day to do some weeding (which I think is fun because I thrive on hard physical work) and then I'm grabbing the kids to take them to the lake again. No time to rest--that's what eternity is for!

However, now that I've found I "lose when I snooze" you won't catch me getting up to early or skipping a nap if I do!


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CANNOTFATHOM 8/17/2009 9:42PM

    Nice blog! Gives one a lot to think about :) Frisbie sounds like fun :)


PS Thanks for the Gnarls Barkley

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LAB-LOVER 8/17/2009 9:27PM

    Wanna have more running fun? Me n Jess are doing the Cape Shore 5K on Saturday in Boston...I gotta go and register.

But I'm with QUEEN on the lawn and garden. Just today I was surveying my GROWING dominion and thinking "wouldn't it be nice to be able to afford a landscaping service?" Cuz, man, I just cannot keep up.... and I find that I don't want to either -- it feels... well... futile. Cuz them weeds just keep growing!

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    I am with you on all of it except the garden and the lawn. If I eat well, exercise, and drink water does that mean I have to tend the garden and mow the lawn?

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GEE-KNEE 8/17/2009 8:07PM

    Your parents sound like neat people. I agree that this healthy living thing has its benefits. Speaking of fun and jumping, at the last birthday party that I attended with my children, I snuck out to the jumper while everyone was watching the birthday boy open gifts. I want a jumper (or a trampoline). The jumper was fun.

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SAPNA. 8/17/2009 7:45PM

    You made some brilliant thought provoking points. I am with you on what you have said. If we work at our health today then we will be able to do all the things we want to do for as long as possible. maybe well into old age. If we dont take care of ourselves we will be housebound and miserable very early on. Thank you for this blog. it was a great help.

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How to Make Rio Grande Guacamole

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A demo of how to make
il.asp?recipe=347094 (serving size is one tablespoon of guacamole goodness), plus how to do a cooking demo when you're nowhere near a kitchen. Note: this video is kinda long.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/13/2009 4:54AM


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MS.ELENI 8/12/2009 4:57PM

    Wonderful. I hate guacamole but I just smiled the whole time I watched your video. And you have lost so much weight.I have to check out your spark page. I am so glad they made it where we could find everyones video.I have made a few but not near as entertaining as yours.Congrats on all your hard work emoticon

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TELERIE 8/12/2009 12:47PM

    I love guacamole and use it a lot. It was so much fun watching you and listening to you! Thanks for making this - I'll try your recipe. Congrats on the medium top - you look great!!

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NYAYNE 8/12/2009 9:53AM

    Jespah you are just way too cool. I loved this vlog as much as I love avacado. When I lived in CA avacado was a daily treat.

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LIV2RIDE 8/12/2009 6:57AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love the videos.

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KENNYWHEELS 8/11/2009 10:13PM

    As usual jespah another great vlog. very funny and also very informative. I have had avacado in sushi before joining sparkpeople and i might have to try making your recipe. I like the part about the bell pepper as a chip alternative. like you i have not had any chips in a long time. I tried to set up my camera but i can not get it to work. seem i have no software to run this coamera with my neww computer(it has vista got camera for xp)

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/11/2009 10:00PM

    Thanks for the bell pepper tip. Good to know!

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    Looks yummy. But even look fantastic.


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CANNOTFATHOM 8/11/2009 7:35PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!


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They Do It At Waikiki

Monday, August 10, 2009

... or, maybe they don't. I'll explain in a moment.

I saw my friend over the weekend. And he told me he'd been an overweight child, but suddenly had a growth spurt and ended up underweight. He was (and he's about an inch taller than I am) 129 at the beginning of this year. But after quitting smoking, he's now about 160. He's not too worried (he was rather slight before, and now seems to be a bit better-proportioned), but it did remind me: you change your life and suddenly your body changes, too. Even if you expect it, even if you want it to, it can still surprise you.

But what I really want to talk about is the following article:

The title is, "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch", and it discusses the rise of cooking shows in America (some of this is a tie-in to the new "Julie and Julia" movie) and the decline of actual cooking. It makes some fascinating points.

* Most cooking shows are designed to entertain, rather than teach you how to cook. Still, there is information, even in the entertainment-heavy shows.

* Cooking shows have changed from make it right to make it fast. Rachael Ray, anyone?

* Other cooking shows have evolved from mainly cooking to mainly eating. Guy Fieri, anyone?

* What does cooking really mean, in particular, scratch cooking? Is it scratch if you open a can, or spoon out some mayo that you did not make personally?

* The less cooking, the more obesity. "as the 'time cost' of food preparation has fallen, calorie consumption has gone up, particularly consumption of the sort of snack and convenience foods that are typically cooked outside the home. ... when we donít have to cook meals, we eat more of them: as the amount of time Americans spend cooking has dropped by about half, the number of meals Americans eat in a day has climbed; since 1977, weíve added approximately half a meal to our daily intake.

"The more time a nation devotes to food preparation at home, the lower its rate of obesity. In fact, the amount of time spent cooking predicts obesity rates more reliably than female participation in the labor force or income. Other research supports the idea that cooking is a better predictor of a healthful diet than social class: a 1992 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that poor women who routinely cooked were more likely to eat a more healthful diet than well-to-do women who did not."

That last point cannot be hammered home enough.

Want to eat less? Want to eat less junk? Want to have a shot at health and weight loss?

I got one word for you: COOK.

And another thing, spend time doing it.

You need not slaughter your own chickens (unless you want to; urban life tends to preclude that) or grow your own wheat, and, yes, you can use the microwave and some packaged stuff (particularly when you're away from home). But take some time. The weekends are a good time to take time, and then you can take advantage of that spent time during the week.

How do you add time and care to cooking?



Follow a recipe.

Make up your own recipe.

Shop carefully, from a list you have written by thinking about and planning a week's worth of meals.

Take care of your equipment, and the prep area.

Taste what you prepare -- and I mean taste, not grab a portion while cooking -- to assure it is seasoned correctly.

Do occasional difficult things, like cooking live lobster or deboning a chicken or making a Moroccan stew. Get outside of your comfort zone at times.

And have fun.

Fifty years ago (hell, twenty!) every home had a home cook. This was almost always a woman, though not 100% of the time. Not coincidentally, there was far less obesity then, High fructose corn syrup wasn't an issue because you ate at home and that just wasn't an ingredient you could find and use in home cooking. There were trans fats, yes, but you knew how much of them were going into your body. Salt? Sure, but you could see most of what was going to go into you. Sugar? Absolutely. But, again, you had a chance to control your intake from the very beginning. It was not just portion control at the plate, but also portion control before your food ever hit the oven, fry pan, microwave or stock pot.

People cooked. They did it here in Boston and, yes, they did it at Waikiki.

Let's bring it back.

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LAB-LOVER 8/17/2009 9:29PM

    Oh god... we part company on this one. I'm not even sure why I OWN an oven!
: )

As I said to PSEUDOBRITCHICK the other day, it's "cooking"if I toast the bread before I make the PB&J sandwich.

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H-2-OH 8/13/2009 8:45PM

    Great points. I've been getting some go-to recipes I can make w/o looking at a recipe and have been getting more olive oil, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains into my family's meals and it's a good feeling to know how it affects us all. Also, the more busy you get the more likely you are to want to eat something fast.

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TRECECOOKS 8/11/2009 11:23AM

    Your point is so right on, Janet. My daughters range in age from 19 to 26, and they are always coming home with stories about co-workers who don't know the first thing about cooking. It is terribly sad. I am trying to pass on to them the joy of a meal well prepared and presented.
Did you catch Melissa D'Arabian's new show (12:30PM Sunday)? She shows wonderful meals that cost less than $10 and don't take a long, but look and taste wonderful. Check her out!

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 9:12AM

    I love this Janet, you are just sO inspiring and that article just helps bring it all together. Funny thing is I realized this past weekend, we stopped cooking as much as we used to. Hence my tighter than normal pants...sO I just decided I am going to start cooking more. And if all else fails, I got family who only cooks home cooked food using fresh seasonings, lol, I might not know the exact calories but at least I know it doesn't have a ton of crap in it. Thanks for the reminder b/c I usually need them!

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HELGA1958 8/11/2009 8:27AM

    Thanks for inspiring me to do some cooking today.

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/10/2009 9:35PM

    I am trying to do a little more cooking. My husband is actually much better at it than I am. My daughter has turned into an amazing cook...and my two sons like to grill.

What's wrong with me??? (Hint...lazy!!!)

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LIV2RIDE 8/10/2009 8:29PM

    Agree 100%. We have come so far away from home cooked meals. I'm glad my parents were big believers in family home cooked meals. Now that I know how to cook I make weekends about trying new recipes. It has become fun. Thanks for sharing the article.


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WOLFKITTY 8/10/2009 5:01PM

    I love to cook. I also love to bake. I've given up most of the baking, but still love the cooking. Alas, I definitely don't do it enough. Even though I'm still unemployed, most of my evenings are spent tending after my husband and driving him to his work (since we have one reliable car, and he can't fit in the seat to drive it himself). He used to drive the unreliable (and less fuel efficient) car to work since I didn't get home in time, and those were usually the nights when I cooked us a well prepared meal. :) Even though we're both eating less fast food now, and eating a lot more meals at home, very often they're super salads (mine) or sandwiches (his).

I always wished that I knew more about cooking methods and results. My mom wasn't a very good cook at all, and seemed to hate it. Luckily my MIL is a wonderful cook and has taught me a few things (how to make a roast, one of the simplest things that I'm still intimidated about doing!)

However, I still love to cook. Thanks for sharing the article, I read the whole thing!
OMG~ did you see:
"Balzer said. ďA hundred years ago, chicken for dinner meant going out and catching, killing, plucking and gutting a chicken. Do you know anybody who still does that? It would be considered crazy! Well, thatís exactly how cooking will seem to your grandchildren: something people used to do when they had no other choice. Get over it.Ē

I think that's B.S.! Or, if it does come to fruition, that will be a sad day indeed. Maybe there will be a cooking revolution, or it will come back into style to make delicious, from scratch, meals at home. .... Maybe that's one of the benefits of the Green and Health movements will bring! Viva Revolution! In the meantime, *I* will still enjoy picking up tips by watching Tyler's Ultimate or one of the actual food preparation shows (don't like the reality bits) on Food Network! They provide a window into how I can actually accomplish what I want in the kitchen.


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LOSING4KEEPS 8/10/2009 12:41PM

    You are absolutely correct. I was never able to lose much weight or maintain a loss successfully until I finally buckled down and learned how to cook. Much to my surprise, I actually enjoy it. And yes, last week, I did make a Moroccan stew for the first time. (it was delicious!)

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NYAYNE 8/10/2009 12:20PM

    In most countries/cultures the meal is prepared while Americans tend to Fix Dinner.

Can you imagine if we had to make all our breads for the day? For each meal? Even Parantha (Indian flat bread) is packaged in supper markets to be re-heated.

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DMPRIDER 8/10/2009 10:54AM

    I agree completely. I definitely find I have better control of my calories when we cook at home. And having control of ingredients is key too. I saute my veggies in a little olive oil - I'm sure any restaurant is using lots of butter. Also, my husband and I usually just cook two portions. That way there is no going back for seconds! Thanks for sharing this.

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    You are so right. From personal experience I am learning that home cooked is more likely to keep me within my calorie ranges. When I am out my greedy self still just can't ask for half my portion to be bagged before I gobble it up. I have a tough time making good choices. I even find that home made leftovers means better nutrition than eating out.

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BIZEEMOMTO3 8/10/2009 10:14AM

    It seems to almost be epidemic about people not knowing how to cook. Just consume. And it is true, the more you participate in planning, shopping, storing, and preparing food, the less likely you are to eat a ton of it. Because you appreciate it and all the effort it took to go into putting it on the plate in the first place.

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GEE-KNEE 8/10/2009 9:59AM

    I agree that it is nice to know exactly what you are eating and you are not going to get that from packaged food. I used to eat out often and now it makes me uncomfortable. I steer clear of processed foods, even if labeled "diet". I like to see my foods the way God intended them to be before its made into anything. Heck, I even prefer for it to start at the farmers market (where I can support local economy-no apples from Chili-and have less chemicals in the first place-who really needs wax on their apples?). On another note, I cook, but I am not a great cook, and I don't really enjoy it. It just has be done, so most nights it's simple cooking. Something tells me that you're a great cook.

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DREAVG 8/10/2009 9:37AM

    Thank you for sharing that article. That is something I noticed in my own life. When I make fresh bread, muffins, etc, my weight shrinks.


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First Day with the new webcam

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A catch and release program for public transportation, plus why I still don't like my driver's license picture.

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DAN_ODEA 8/12/2009 6:29PM

    Connecting "in person" is better than reading their posts, isn't it? Thanks for sharing!

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MS.ELENI 8/12/2009 5:04PM

    Love this blog too. You are a trip and a pleasure to watch

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ELFERSP 8/6/2009 10:06AM

    Great video blog! Loved the story and you're so right!

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WOLFKITTY 8/5/2009 1:25PM

    OH JANET!! Look!! It's my buddy talking to me!! I love it. HEheee. It's like we're having coffee together. I've luckily never had the problem of wondering why I'm doing so much cardio, but, I know some people do, so THAT IS SUCH A GOOD POINT!

I love that you caught the bus and weren't even winded!! WOOHOO!!!
Yay for you!!


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FABNFITANNIE 8/5/2009 9:22AM

    Your video blog was a lot of fun to watch/hear! Congrats on your successful slo-mo sprint!

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    Love the new web cam blog! I feel like I got to know you that much better today. Hey great hair Blondie. It looks very different in the video than on your picts.

It sounds like you have found the key to plateau busting. Running to catch trains and busses. It is getting to be a habit with you. Does that mean I won't be able to bust my own plateaus when they happen? We don't "do" public transportation out here in the boonies.

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ANONYGIRL 8/4/2009 11:42PM

    Neat addition to your blogs! I'm in the slowpoke running club too - my 69 year old uncle outruns me!

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KENNYWHEELS 8/4/2009 10:05PM

    i really enjoyed your vlog. it was the first one that i have seen on spark people. Good quality picture and sound with the webcam, i wish more people would try using them. i think i have a couple of webcams here at the house i should try digging them out and using it.

Great story about catching the bus. I have been doing a lot of walking and when i go to the gym i do start my treadmill off running but have3 not have a lot of luck running for long amount of time, I usually get the first 6 minutes on the treadmill and maybe 2 other smaller amounts during my 65 minute walk.

ps i was wondering if you are originally from mass, since you called it the massachusetts turnpike, instead of just the mass pike. just wondering


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CAROLISCIOUS 8/4/2009 8:55PM

    Awuh! You're so cute!

I started running earlier this year. The spin class was full and I needed to get my cardio done so I opted for the treadmill. I was so shocked that I ran 4 miles! From there I eventually tried it outside in the real world. Now I am running 3+ miles 3 days a week!

Congrats on making the bus and, more importantly, on feeling stronger and healthier and just plain better! emoticon

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GEE-KNEE 8/4/2009 8:44PM

    Good job on catching that bus. That is so cool. It's good not to be winded. I can't wait to get a new drivers license. I actually weigh less now, than I lied about weighing on my drivers license. I liked your vlog. It's nice to see a face and hear a voice.


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    emoticon on being able to chase down the bus!!!

It was nice to "hear" you tell your blog vs. reading it!!!

P.S. I call myself a runner, but I am more like a jogger. emoticon

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With a Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That

Monday, August 03, 2009

This is kind of a mish-mash sort of a blog, hence the title. Plus, well, there are other reasons for said title.

I started off this week royally PO'd as I'd been gaining for four weeks in a row no matter what I was doing. I was exercising, eating well, drinking water, getting sleep, yet the scale was giving me a hard time. We can say muscle, we can say water weight, we can say sunspots or whatever, but the ugly truth was that I mainly wasn't losing inches so things were not looking good.

It kills me because, heh, if I had been cheating, at least I'd accept that, change back and move on. But being punished and NOT cheating???!! I felt, well, cheated out of the cheating. If I'm gonna gain the weight anyway, at least can it be that I had some chocolate ice cream or something? I mean, criminy, it was slow cooker Indian stew with chicken, tofu and vegetables last week. With a salad on the side, some yogurt, fruit and skim milk. Properly portion-controlled. Oh yeah, I was having a party. Not.

I didn't have ice cream, though, and I didn't use the whole thing as an excuse to have any. Hmpf. Right now I guess I just don't care about such things. I figure I'll eat them next year or so. No rush.

And that's another part of this week. A woman in my office asked me, "Do you cheat?" And I realized, well, sometimes I eat an extra few raspberries and don't record them. "No, not that! Do you have a Three Musketeers bar, or a bag of chips?" Uh, no. And, funny, I don't miss 'em. Again, if I have them again, it'll be 2010 or so, or later. Not a thousand years from now. I can wait.

Another thing - for the first time in 2 months or so, I saw my friend! We discussed, well, the usual stuff, the usual joking around. And he reported that he's still smoke-free. It's been, what, six months? Seven? More? If he can give up cigarettes forever, then surely I can defer ice cream or whatever until next year. Pshaw. It's like nothing, in comparison.

Then this weekend rolled around. Mr. J and I decided to go to Providence, which is where we lived 15 years ago. It's a pretty little city. We walked around the area, had lunch at a favorite place (where I bought myself a tee shirt in a women's medium size and yes, it fits!), etc. And then, oops, it was time to get back to the train. We walked. Fast. Uphill. Did I mention it was 83 or so? Faster. Egad.

We're not gonna make it.

It's hot.

I'm sweaty.

I hate being sweaty.

It's uphill.

Dammit, keep moving!

Don't talk to me.

I'm concentrating.

Left, right, Hope Street.

Left, right, Benefit Street.

Left, right, North Main Street.

Holy cow, there's the station.

More uphill.

Go faster.

We made it.

With 9 minutes to spare.

And, because we're insane, we also walked home from public transportation in Boston.


Did I mention it was 79 here?

At least we weren't trying to catch a train.

We got home and it was about all we could do to have dinner and grab showers. Lots of sleeping happened on Sunday.

And then this morning?

Down 4.4 lbs.


Why the heck would I want some old Three Musketeers bar anyway?

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FIT_TERI 8/4/2009 4:13PM

    Woo Hoo! Way to stay the course, as usual. Something for all of us to learn there. It must have been so frustrating though! Good for you. But I am not surprised. You haven't gotten where you are now by giving in to a little adversity.

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MARCHMAID 8/4/2009 2:52PM

    Nice. And sensible. And will keep me on track today.

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SWEETZMIX 8/4/2009 11:46AM

    What a story?!? Crazy how things workout!!

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CHERYLRG 8/4/2009 10:01AM

    Very inspirational! You didn't let the disappointment get you down to where you stopped caring. You just kept going.


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ANONYGIRL 8/4/2009 9:26AM

    Ah, plateaus and pointless gains. I'm right there with you. Though I DID have ice cream this weekend. But a small cup, not an entire pint of ben and jerrys.

At least the 4 pounds finally sloughed off. Congrats. Your pictures look great.

It's funny how my old treats were ice cream, or tiramisu, or chocolate. And my new ones are fage yogurt, or fresh cherries, or a summer salad. I can't even believe a few short months ago I was happily nomming vending machine snacks at work. Gross. I had to stop by Walmart yesterday for some stuff that I can't find anywhere else, and I took a shortcut down the snack aisle and was just appalled when I looked at what all that stuff was made out of. When did we all stop eating real food?

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LIV2RIDE 8/4/2009 6:48AM

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Way to stick with your program! I like your determination.

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TELERIE 8/4/2009 1:35AM

    Yay! Woohoo! 4.4 lbs! Wonderful!
I portion control my candy/ice cream, and they are weekend treats _in_ range. Can't wait for 2010, gotta have it now - but I have learned to be much more aware and limit myself, thankfully. Wonder if it was the hillwork that made things move for you?

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    4.4. Every bit of it. Wahooooo! And you made the Providence trip sound like fun too. In fact it sounds like you two have fun a lot.

And were you wearing sensible shoes? Now that is what I want to know.

By the way, the Indian chicken sounded spectacular to me. I have no pity for you.

Would love to know what caused the big plateau to turn around. You do lots of cardio every day right? Mystery. Good thing they have all those hills in Bahston.

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LAB-LOVER 8/3/2009 9:28PM

    Congratulations! Way to go on the four pounds! I don't feel cheated out of cheating. Mostly because I've been cheating... hey...hey... but that stops here. I'm not so good about giving up stuff... I want it, I eat it. But I'm MUCH more limited in what I want! So that's good!

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/3/2009 9:24PM

    A-mazing! What a great story about sticking with it and seeing results. I know what you mean about feeling cheated out of the cheating! I get those feelings, too.

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PONYFARMER 8/3/2009 7:38PM

    WooHoo 4.4 pounds, and running to catch a train. You so rock. Maybe you could go check some of the Sparkpages of people who do think it is ok to cheat or have that candy.

I know what you will find. NO WEIGHTLOSS! Sorry for yelling there.

Enjoy the new you,

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WOLFKITTY 8/3/2009 7:26PM

    HEHEee. Somehow I didn't know you were giving up junk like that. Hmm. I know that when I ate it less I wanted it LESS. Lately.. well, it's been like a waterfall.

Anyhow, CONGRATS!!


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WIFEALF 8/3/2009 7:21PM

    wow congrats 4.4 lbs that is amazing!

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SPARKLE72023 8/3/2009 7:14PM

    Hmmm . . . wonder how that happened? Oh well . . . . emoticon

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