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33: And then there are those days

Friday, May 27, 2011

emoticon when you can stare down a chocolate chip cookie with ease
emoticon when you don't have to fight a single craving
emoticon when no amount of stress can put you over the edge
emoticon when things just seem to fall into place
emoticon when my world is in perfect balance and life is good





  
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MARLINDA5 6/3/2011 1:07AM

    Beautiful picture & sounds like a great day emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 6/1/2011 11:05PM

    Those days are great! Too bad they are also few and far between. :-)

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CARTOONB 5/27/2011 10:15PM

    Those ARE good days.

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BOVEY63 5/27/2011 3:48PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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KNITTABLES 5/27/2011 2:16PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/27/2011 12:00PM

    And - When is that?

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VIBRANTVAL 5/27/2011 9:50AM

    NICE! Could you send some of the karma my way? emoticon

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MRPLATSON 5/27/2011 8:54AM

    Yup!

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LIONINTHESKY 5/27/2011 8:31AM

  Been havin some great days like that.. theyre the best!

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MALEXANDER4 5/27/2011 3:34AM

    I love days like that. Had a few of em the last two weeks. It is getting easier to step away from the no nos

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PERKINSSISTERS 5/27/2011 2:18AM

  I've had the hungry's for days. ARG! I'm glad you had an awesome day!

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SUPER3800 5/27/2011 1:18AM

  Ah! Life is good! Well done!

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FRAN0426 5/27/2011 1:00AM

    Sounds like the perfect day congrats on that. As for me I had the munchies today, and those chocolate chip cookies called me more than once---I'll be better tomorrow.

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LALASLAND 5/27/2011 12:55AM

    Oh, WOW! Can I come over and have that kind of day, too? That's awesome! emoticon

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12: I Am Done With 1200 Calorie Days!

Friday, May 06, 2011

I'm reading, I'm listening, I'm learning, and I'm experimenting.
Impossible for me to sustain 1200 calorie days. Here is my life when my goal is 1200 daily calories:
Day 1 - no problem
Day 2 - still okay
Day 3 - starting to struggle
Day 4 - barely able to stay with it
Day 5 - PARTY :( - (Not the good kind).
Day 6 - party recovery and realization that 4 days of hard work became undone just like this... This, too, is yoyo dieting and while it keeps me within my weight range I'm working way too hard to stay there.

"Eat more nutrient dense foods", you may say. But I already do. So while this is good practice it is not MY answer.

"Use your weight range", you may say. True, but my mind does not work that way. When I'm in the 1200 calorie mode, 1201 calories will put my mind over the top. Who made up this 1200 calorie story anyway?

I'm sure that many people get great results living on 1200 calories a day, and once upon a time so did I. But things change, metabolism changes over time due to various circumstances, and I can attest to the fact that 10 years ago, losing weight was a lot easier than it is now.

I have learned from more than one source, that a messed up metabolism can be healed in a matter of a month or two, but you have to abandon your belief that the only way to lose weight is to keep your calories as low as possible.

Rather than 1200-1200-1200-1200-the sky's the limit days, consistency is key. Keeping intake consistent at a higher daily calorie intake is key.

True or false? I'll be able to report back in a couple of weeks.
For the past few days, or maybe even a week I've been eating a minimum of 1400 calories a day with a max. limit of 1700. (It is an absolute mystery to me, why my head accepts a calorie range between 1400 and 1700 calories, but goes absolutely berserk with a range of 1200 to 1600.)

Truthfully, I lost count of how many days it's been, because I'm totally coasting. Food does not dominate my thoughts and my days. I have a pretty good eating routine which is usually breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. A second snack either between breakfast and lunch or after dinner as needed. I hold myself to preset time ranges. Crazy? Maybe, but it works for me right now.

Of course I jump on the scale every couple of days to monitor this. I'm not gaining, on the contrary. I love it when I can live in my 29 Levis :)

I'm excited to find out how long I can ride this ride and what results it will bring me.

On a non-Spark related note: I am without kids tonight and I'm absolutely ecstatic! DD is house-sitting & DS is spending the night at a friend's house. I've already finished my "yeah-no-kids-until-tomorrow-night" dance (can I log it? :)) I know, I'm terrible, but honestly I'm completely "teenagered" out. My doors are locked, my shades are drawn, the world is outside and in here there is nothing put PEACE!

  
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BETHV10 5/19/2011 11:24AM

    I completely agree with you on the 1200 calorie target. I just can't do it consistently. I've tried and failed over and over. Some people can do this , but it isn't me!
So if losing becomes slower, then so be it.
So glad to hear that I'm not the only one! emoticon

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GRYPHON55 5/8/2011 1:21PM

    I know what you mean about the brain and 1200 calories. I'm finding that with 1500 calories a day, I don't have to work hard at tracking or figuring out what to eat, but 1200 is a struggle and, yep, the party/binge day comes around quite regularly. Argh!

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WILDVIOLETS 5/7/2011 10:39PM

    I find 1200 cals too hard for long. Great dance!

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STAMPINGADDICT 5/7/2011 12:19PM

    Hope you enjoyed your night...

1200 calories is enough for my daughter, but not for me!

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MALEXANDER4 5/7/2011 7:45AM

    Can I join you? This wedding is driving my mad. today is the day and then I need to get back on track because I don't like this me. I miss the old me. lol. I find I have to eat more now myself or I hit starvation mode. Not good. Leads to eating frenzy. I also do better on a set schedule...breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner. This is a lifestyle and we have to find what works for us.

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GRACEFULIFE 5/7/2011 1:43AM

    ....I could have told you 1200 would be too little for maintenance. Especially since you have been putting on muscle with the iron, which as you know raises your metabolism a bit. In fact that's one of the points. The difference is less than most think it is... somewhere in the range of 7 more calories per day for a pound of muscle in place of a pound of fat. IIRC last time we checked you had gained 8 lbs muscle and lost 4 lbs fat? You probably boosted your required maintenance calories 80-100kcal/day just during that time period, and as long as your measurements and skinfolds indicate you are still doing the same you are doing the same thing.

1200 kcal/day is the minimum calories ever recommended for anyone, much less someone active. I'd be amazed if maintenance for you isn't at least 1500 kcal/day. Probably more when you are active, and you could eat even more if you did a couple days of IF through the week. Naturally I actually read the rest of the blog entry and you are already talking about that range. Heh, nice.

I did the same thing the last couple days... just got tired and hungry for carbs after cutting hard for several weeks. I suspect it's my body trying to tell me something.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/6/2011 9:22PM

    Sounds awesome! Teenagers really can take their toll on a parent so you have to enjoy the peace when you get it. Victoria

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2011 8:28PM

    Sure, log the dancing. emoticon As for the calories, maybe this will help if you're not already doing it. At the beginning of every month input on the weight tracker on the start page your weight and what you want to weigh at month's end. That will give you a range of calories to eat and the amount to burn every week to reach that end of month goal. If you exceed that goal or don't make it, adjust it at the beginning of the next month. Doing this has helped me. Perhaps it will help you, too. Wishing you the best of success. emoticon -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 5/6/2011 1:56PM

    emoticonI hope you enjoy your night and good luck with the calorie range. I can relate.

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BOVEY63 5/6/2011 11:53AM

    Hope you enjoyed your kid-free night!
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LALASLAND 5/6/2011 9:55AM

    LOL... oh, I remember those "Yeah, the teenagers are gone for the night" dances all too well!

I know you've heard this before, but it's worth hearing again from a recent empty-nester...

ENJOY the CHAOS of teens while you can! It's like a graveyard when they've gone. emoticon

I know you're going to do well on this new calorie range. I just canNOT do the 1200, ever! It would put me over the edge in no time! emoticon

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CARTOONB 5/6/2011 9:33AM

    I don't do the 1200 calorie range thing either. Or if I do, I do the same thing you do...eat on day three or four or five. I hope this new range works for you.

Yes...log the no kids dance! I love having the house to myself. Hope you enjoyed every minute of it!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 5/6/2011 8:11AM

    I'm with you on the 1200 calorie thing. That's the low-end of my range. Up until this week I've never managed to only eat that many calories. This week I managed, and have since mostly blown the rest of the week. I think eating that low put my body in starvation mode or something. Although it's probably all just in my head.

Anyway, enjoy your kid-free day!!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 5/6/2011 8:08AM

    You know I'm a big fan of eating moar!! Typically when I bump up, I'll have some initial rapid gain ... like a pound a day for a few days. It's a little tough to deal with mentally at first, but things level off and sometimes even crash. You can definitely reverse any metabolic adaptations that have occurred on sustained reduced calories. I guess the only thing I'd be concerned with is if the behavior doesn't change, but the calories do. IOW, you still have a little binge day. My guess is that you're probably having a little binge for a reason, that reason being that you're ratcheted down all week.

Anxious to see how this plays out. I like that you're the guinea pig instead of me. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/6/2011 7:43AM

    YEA, on the time alone. Parenting is pretty much 24/7. ENJOY!

I like your new eating program. I think it will really work for you. Just don't obsess, ok?

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KKP4673 5/6/2011 1:54AM

    So... sounds really wise to me! I bet increasing your calories and being consistent is going to work! Did you hear about Bob Greene's new book about the 20 year younger diet? I believe he suggest the same sort of calorie counting.

AND, as far as being teenaged out?! High Five on that one!!! --I have 7 more years of active parenting.... And then, I move on to being the parent of adults, which so far, is sort of painful....

I'm wishing you the best success!!

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8: The Wild(er) Side of LA - Fieldtrip Day

Monday, May 02, 2011

Today was field trip day. Our destination: Griffith Park Observatory.

Haven't been there in many years and it sounded like a fun thing to do.

While everyone was still puttering around inside I was exploring the outside. Found a marvelous hiking trail and we ended up doing a completely unscheduled hike. Didn't even check the time, but I'd say we were on the trail for about 60 minutes with one bottle of water between us. Finally some hills to hike. Felt like we were far far away from civilization. Only encountered one other hiker.




Hollywood sign on the other side of the mountain.


And a look towards the city.


All in all a marvelous day and only around 45 driving minutes away from home. Makes me wonder why we don't do this more often.

  
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CAPTAINCOOKIE 5/6/2011 9:05PM

    had to check but it was the wrong LA. we are in Louisiana emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2011 8:31PM

    I'm envious in a good way of the hiking trail you showed us. And, don't you enjoy the observatory? Pretty cool place to visit. Are you in touch with Victoria (HIKETOHEIGHTS)? You two must live close together because she often hikes with the Hollywood sign in sight. That'd be exciting to have a hiking partner. -- Lou

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BETHV10 5/3/2011 8:54AM

    I love the Hollywood sign picture. What a nice hike you must have had.


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CARTOONB 5/2/2011 10:31PM

    Very cool! I love doing stuff like this without having to travel hundreds of miles from home!

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SCHNOOTIE 5/2/2011 11:18AM

    Thanks for taking me on that walk!! Love the pix!

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BREWMASTERBILL 5/2/2011 6:51AM

    This is my kind of day. Nice pics! Thanks for sharing.

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MALEXANDER4 5/2/2011 4:23AM

    WOW!!!!!

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KNITTABLES 5/2/2011 12:41AM

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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4: Aqua Dynamics aka Water Aerobics

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My computer was a bit temperamental yesterday, but here is my update on my Monday water class.

As a non-water person, I was surprised at how much fun I was having.
This is a morning class, so your general population in this class was 55 and over.
And then there was me and my daughter :) Very friendly crowd though.

The instructor, get this, is in his mid 80's. I'm not kidding. He could, however, easily pass for early 70's. So people, keep exercising, and keep eating right...

Music stuck in the 1970's. Imagine rocking out to Dancing Queen and YMCA.
What a complete blast, I was having a ball!

The workout itself, as with most workouts, can be as easy or as challenging as you make it.

Overall, it was a fun class and I'll do it again next Monday. This time I'll go in 30 minutes before the class and do some lap swimming to add to my overall workout.
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TEDYBEAR2838 4/30/2011 3:11PM

    YOU ROCK!

I'm going to do a Monday water aerobics also. They have 3-4 in a row. 3 classes in a row is just about right for me. 1 alone, is not enough, 2 makes me tired and 3 wears me out but feels great. Maybe Monday. See how things go.

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MALEXANDER4 4/28/2011 7:00AM

    Good for you. I'm so happy you had fun.

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CARTOONB 4/27/2011 9:15PM

    I enjoyed water aerobics whe I took the class. Same thing...older demographic. But friendly! Glad you enjoyed it.

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KNITTABLES 4/27/2011 5:27PM

    So glad it was a fun class for you.

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/27/2011 3:44PM

    You make me want to run far, far away from that class. Dancing Queen and YMCA? I think my ears would bleed. LOL!

Seriously though, glad you enjoyed.

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LALASLAND 4/27/2011 12:47PM

    YOU MAKE ME WANT TO TRY IT!!!

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BOVEY63 4/27/2011 11:47AM

    So happy that you enjoyed yourself so much. It does sound like fun - love those 70s songs!

Swim on!
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2: On Nutrition

Monday, April 25, 2011

I stumbled across this article today: "Nutrition Can Save America" by The Health Ranger, Mike Adams. I am subscribing to his daily newsletter, and while usually a bit controversial and cynical it's always a good read. (Actually, it's right up my alley :))

www.naturalnews.com/Report_Nutrition
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GRACEFULIFE 5/7/2011 1:47AM

    I think it's debatable if the nation is in decline, though I'm generally of the opinion that it has been ever since the aging (to retirement age, basically) of the "greatest generation" as it is known. However there's no way any one thing is responsible for that, as it's no doubt a complex net of sociopolitical and socioeconomic circumstances.

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KNITTABLES 4/25/2011 9:07PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CMB2048 4/25/2011 1:45PM

    I'll check it out!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 4/25/2011 10:16AM

    All things are connected, so I can see how bad nutrition can lead to a declining country. A strong country is a country that cares for its people and promotes good health. Our country won't promote healthy choices because our economy is so dependent on the over-blown medical community.

My favorite part of the article: Method #2 - Restrict access! I'm all for restricting access and would LOVE if it happened. Unfortunately I don't foresee it happening, because it would cut into BIG MONEY too much, and they won't ever allow that to happen.

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KRICKET4 4/25/2011 10:08AM

    @ BB - sometimes is takes gross exaggeration to get people's attention. I think anything that gets people to think for themselves is worth putting out there.

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/25/2011 9:56AM

    I think its a huge stretch. Ya, nutrition is bad, but to pin that on the ills of the country is huge oversimplification at best, outright stupid and false at worst. There are definitely some points worth absorbing in here, but its a little too extreme for me to give this guy lots of credibility. We need to eat better and get off the drugs. He has sensationalized the unsensational.

I'd give you my take on why we are in decline as a nation, but it will likely stir up political discussion, which I don't have any care to debate people on because I think they're largely party debates which are pointless.

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LALASLAND 4/25/2011 9:45AM

    emoticonPeople can get so touchy and grumpy! I hope you forget about that kind of nonsense and just keep being yourself! emoticon emoticon

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