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On weight Maintenance and Puerto Rico

Monday, April 26, 2010

So I'm two years into maintenance now... woot woot. And got back from vacation in Puerto Rico a week or so ago. Ummm... my suggestion is that PR is not necessarily a good spot to attempt maintenance or weight loss. It had one of my key strategies for maintenance, that being lots of things to do. We went Kayaking at night on a bay where the phytoplankton glowed in the dark... really cool. and snorkeling, sightseeing in old San Juan (the oldest city in the US) and did lots of walking while seeing the sights and hiking in the rain forest, Swam in the ocean (and the swimming pools, and the rivers) so I got in plenty of exercise every day. It had none of the other key strategies that I've been using for maintenance success.

emoticon avoid alcohol for the most part... How do you not drink copious amounts of Pina Coladas and rum punch when your in the home of Bacardi? I drank about a 1/3 to 1/2 of each one I ordered and gave the rest to my DH

emoticon Eat 6-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day... PR didn't have a single garden anywhere that I saw. The food there is almost all Fried. They even fry their fruit! And don't you have to try every pastry from strange pastry shops at least once? I did stop at fruit stands as often as I could for snacks. (there was one every 1/4 of a mile almost everywhere we went) bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, coconuts, sugar cane, very yummy green mottled oranges, breadfruit. I tried them all

emoticon Drink at least 8 cups of water a day... I hate buying bottled water and I was very cautious about what water I did drink. The combination left me a bit dehydrated.

emoticon Limit portion size... in restaurants that you go to regularly you kind of know what to order for success, but no place that we went was familiar enough to do this so I utterly failed at this. And I was so hungry all the time from all of the exercise that I wasn't very prudent. When I take my lunch to work every day and have 8" plates at home I know what kind of calories I'm getting, but eating out every meal?

emoticon get on the scale daily... not happening in PR so no way to rein back quickly.

The upshot 5 real pounds (not water weight) to struggle with for who knows how long. But we did have tons of fun. Not sure what I could have done differently if I were to start the adventure over again. Maybe the key is just to let go and get back the winning routine.

I've already done this. Been running 3 times (took my first long run of the season yesterday 5.4 miles nonstop 65 minutes), worked all day on the farm, walked to work a few times, and did a bit of yoga, since I've been back.

I did add a picture in my my pictures and I'll add it here too. I have to say, I'm thrilled to be two years into maintenance, but the damage was definitely done I'll always carry the results of the abuse I gave my body. I don't ever think my skin will shrink back to fit. Then again I don't plan on pursuing a career in swimsuit modeling either so does it really matter? I can swim all day, and climb hundreds of steps without getting winded if I want to. I have great stats as far as my health goes and I'm well on my way to my goal of living past 100. That will have to do.

  
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ROYALETBONE 5/5/2010 1:06AM

    Wow, I got way behind on my Spark time... but I'm so glad to be reading about this now.
I would wonder about the salt content, too. Fried & salty, yup, tons of salt.
You look great.

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MISTERZ 4/30/2010 8:47AM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip...well worth a few pounds. You will lose those quickly at home. BTW, you look great in the photos! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/29/2010 4:04PM

    You had lots of fun and YES we have to try everything when in a new country!!
Love the new pics you added.

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LOLAGEEK 4/28/2010 4:06PM

    Love your new avatar, love the pics! What are you gonna do, right? I lived in Miami for just over 3 years and even there the lack of fresh produce in lieu of fried food can be surprising with Latin-Carribean culture. And I can't believe you had to drink bottled, I am dumbfounded.

Anyhoo, 2 years maintenance!!! Woot, woot... now on to the yoga, gardening, hiking and being the general badass you are.

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KRISTIN614 4/28/2010 2:06PM

    Sounds like a great trip! I think you did very well considering all of the challenges. I bet those 5 pounds don't stay on too long.

It is so very awesome that you can swim all day & climb hundreds of steps without getting winded. THAT is exactly where I want to be! The stretched out skin is a bit hard to take but like you I will get used to it (when I get some-ha).

Kristin

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_VALEO_ 4/26/2010 8:40PM

    I'm glad you had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico. Not easy to attempt maintenance on holidays (and with fried fruits??! Didn't even know it could exist!), but you did great, and you're back on track. I'm sure the 5lbs will soon be history.

Great pic of you!

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F8CONE8 4/26/2010 7:25PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time and minimal damage. I think it was worth it but do get it off as soon as possible! Hugs - glad you are back....

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CECEJAY 4/26/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for writing all about your experiences. What a great trip!
You know how to get rid of the 5 lbs, and it sounds like you did a good job (since you didn't gain 15) and still had a good time without obsessing.
Terrific photo too.

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SCHWINNER! 4/26/2010 1:26PM

    Sounds like an awesome time in PR!! We just missed each other in the Caribbean ;)

You look GREAT, by the way! A few vacation pounds are to be expected. Just keep on keepin' on!

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Don't miss this

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

www.secondhelpingonline.com/?p=1845

I have a feeling that this series of articles are going to be amazingly good and I don't want to miss any of it.

Here is a link to the first one about maintaining weight loss

  
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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/26/2010 1:01AM

    That was really interesting. It's sad theres so much info on losing but not maintaining. Says a lot about how well most diet programs work.

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F8CONE8 2/24/2010 9:43PM

    Thanks a lot for the link. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/24/2010 9:15PM

    Yeah, I look forward to more of this info, too. Looks promising and significant. -Marsha

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ROYALETBONE 2/24/2010 2:42PM

    Russ's mag is cool. He's here in Spark land off and on. I'm so glad he & his partner have this thing going.... one of the lines that he has about the scale is learning to listen to your body, to pay attention to how you are feeling, how your clothes are feeling- and then to check it out on the scale..."use the scale for problem solving and confirmation, not, not dolling out verdicts." Oh, yeah. It's all about learing to pay attention, for me.
Breathe!

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RUSSLANE 2/24/2010 2:24PM

    You rock! Angela and I definitely thank you for the mention!

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JESJES 2/24/2010 12:00PM

    Wow, I read a few of the articles, they were great. Added to the RSS feed, thank you Lee Lynn!

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SANDKARMA 2/24/2010 11:28AM

    I agree with you, and also think this highlights an important issue: how to keep if off once you get it off. I intend to continue being an active Sparker once I reach my goal. Hopefully that will help. Thanks for the link!

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Duty

Friday, January 29, 2010

I should blog about something... anything...

I've been working hard and concentrating on work. When I'm not working I've been at hockey, tai chi, or yoga, or in front of the TV, but most of all sleeping.

Fighting homesickness, mostly successfully.

Read my "The Spark" book which has got me motivated to work on my long term goals. I've been trying to get myself some work on various farms for the summer. I'm torn... on the one hand I'd love to be a farmer, I have ideas, and motivation. On the other hand I love water and I'm so good at it. Can't do both, (OK, well I could have a garden and do water but that's not quite the same) and why am I stressing about it anyway? Long Term goals are so very far away.

I seem to be out of the doghouse at work. That's nice.

Ummm... Oh I tried getting below 155 recently. Worked really hard at it, but it backfired and I ended up exhausted and starving. I think 157 is where I need to be for long term sustainability. I'm considering tattooing it on the inside of my wrist the number 157. I've been fighting stomach pain and nausea quite a lot the last few weeks. I can't tell if I'm sick or if I have an ulcer, but I cut way back on my tea, and fruits and vegetables and now I feel better. Coincidence? I can't live on chocolate milk, potatoes, and cookies forever, but they do seem to be helping right now.

lots of snow, makes me happy for the town, but I'd love some green about now.

DH wants to go on "Vacation" All I see is money that could be going to something "important." His Idea is Tropical. Anyone have an idea? I looked up Char's Corn Island idea, not quite what the rest of my family was thinking about, but I'd do it in an instant.

ok well that's all the writing I can manage right now. Happy Friday everyone.

  
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LOLAGEEK 3/17/2010 10:41AM

    I can rec the southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica that is not developed like the Pacific Side. I have a lot of rec's to do this trip rather economically and still nice. I worked a lot in the country and was married there which included a week of local service projects as well as surfing.

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F8CONE8 1/31/2010 12:34PM

    I'm not sure what you consider "important" but believe me nothing is more important than quality time with family. I wish I'd taken more time off when I was younger as now my baby is grown up and lives way too far away from me. (sigh) At my age it is more about people than stuff.

I know you miss Oregon and we miss you but Colorado has some charm. How about a trip to Mexico? Some sunshine? or maybe just take a short jaunt to Colorado Springs? I don't know but sounds like a break would do you good. Hugs!

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ROYALETBONE 1/29/2010 8:08PM

    Back when I had money- right about now- I used to search for the 'cheapest' air flights- and would get $50 round trips to Mexico, or the Carribean, and like that. I didn't make any hotel reservations, and would find hotels in the $8. a night range. I could go for 5 days, and spend about $150. on the trip. Seemed so worth it when I was living in the tundra.... I'd just start craving sunshine, heat, and green. As long as you are willing to 'wing' it, you can go cheap, cheap, cheap in February. I love Hualtulco, Oaxaca, Mex.... where the Mexican's go for vacations. If you are both willing to do it on the cheap- my daughter & I spent about $250. for 5 days... not bad, in terms of bliss per dollar. I stay away from the American ghettos- where every body speaks English.
You've got the training to make money working the water world- your income would drop to very little switching at this point. Not to rain on your parade... but you might want to do the switch once the kids are out of college. Doing part time and learning skills for now... that makes tons of sense to me.
Wow- I do love to give advice.... do what works for you, take care.
157 is a good number... enjoy!

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WINTERWINGS 1/29/2010 4:39PM

    Coach Nicole wrote a post about her weight and she's in the 150+ range.

http://www.dailyspark.com/b
log.asp?post=confession_this_is
_how_much_i_weigh

If a health professional as active as she is weighs that then I figure that's pretty darned good.

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DDOORN 1/29/2010 3:15PM

    Oooh, tropical sounds lovely...but have absolutely NO experience with that...lol!

My travels have been SO limited throughout my life. This past year traveling to Sad Diego from upstate NY was HUGE for me! Has me yearning for more, but my wallet knows better...

GL in your choices...!

Don

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/29/2010 2:35PM

    When you least expect it - the weight drops. Quit working at it and just let it happen.

Glad to hear you are out of the doghouse at work!

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VALERIEMAHA 1/29/2010 12:59PM

    Hi there Lee Lynn!

Kauai is really a paradise and relatively easy to get to. And of course there's the Caribbean, also very accessible. I personally like the Mexican Caribbean...or Belize, or Central America!

I also want to share my blog today with you:

http://www.sparkpeople.
com/mypage_public_journal_indiv
idual.asp?blog_id=2812443
R>Blessed be,
Maha
BTW, what IS this weirdness at the end of my post???

Comment edited on: 1/29/2010 1:01:02 PM

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_VALEO_ 1/29/2010 12:54PM

    Glad you're feeling better, and found your maintenance weight.

I don't think farming and water are so antinomic--water is crucial for farming, and farms can be very greedy. There might be something that you can do to link both.

Depends on what ideas of vacation your family have in mind: tropical and idlness, or tropical and "educational" vacation or fitness-oriented?




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Going Inward

Saturday, December 05, 2009

First let me say that I am NOT depressed, not even a little that I can tell, but on the same note I'm also not feeling very friendly right now. My introversion is really pronounced right now.

I had a wonderful trip to WA a few weeks ago and maybe that's part of it. I usually spend at least some of my days off all alone, and being with all of my friends and family instead, while wonderful, didn't really feed my alone time.

I had my yearly review at work... I had lots of REALLY nice things said about me and I marveled at how the exact things that I work so hard on (and often feel like I don't do as well as I wanted at them) were noticed and since they are kind of esoteric such as having a "broad world overview" of the organization I was truly amazed that they noticed. It was also noted that on the scale of "firm to friendly" I continue to be viewed as falling on the "firm" side. Sigh... I think it's important to keep a certain distance between me and my homeowners in order to be impartial, to make sure that the subdivision continues to hold to the values that it was built on (no I'm not afraid of change, but there was a reason that the clientele in our subdivision bought there in the first place) and be able to best understand the needs of everyone, not just the easy folks but the ones that feel the need to express their displeasure as well... but I do so want to be seen as friendly.

I was sick for a while last week, sick as in four days of knowing that I was sick but not having it bother me and one day of being uncomfortable. I love that being healthy makes being sick so much easier.

We got a last minute project of putting up holiday lights in the subdivision. Picture 300 50 foot strings of lights... 45 foot trees... clear sunny very cold weather... and me with an extension pole for hours on end.

I've been listening and reading lots of "God within" and "our bodies as being channels for grace", "at-one-ment", and "the nature of love" type books. Don't know why they just keep crossing my path.

oh and pms as well.

Anyway all these things combined I think are what is fueling my introspective streak right now... I'd like to break out of it... but my gut feeling is that I have to go in deeper, before I'm ready to come out.

In other news:

I got the news that I passed my Water Distribution 4 test (84.44% go me!)

I had my first Co Ed hockey game of the season: Apparently our team captain wants to be known as the party team, because part of the requirement for being on the team is "go to the buck (the local bar that is sponsoring us) and drink copious amounts of beer after every game, no excuses" and "we will have several dress up games" ummmmm... I'm not sure that they picked the right person for those requirements, lol. I need a mentor in sports mentality/dress up/how to drink beer (no less copious amounts) I was really pleased with where I was placed though because there isn't a single subdivision owner on the team, so If I do manage to do something stupid I can't hurt my professional life. Have I mentioned that I LOVE hockey?

Went out on the slopes with my son last week for a few runs on my snowboard. Not enough snow to qualify as great, but it was still fun... I do like living a block from a ski lift.

weight wise the whole going from burning an average of just over 2000 calories in a week to upwards of 5000 calories reeks a bit of havoc on eating habits. Since I still haven't figured out what hunger is (though I'm getting better at it) I've having a hard time figuring out what I should be eating. I'm up a few pounds, some muscle, some water and salt, some not. I'm ok with it only because I remember this happening at both the beginning and the end of hockey last year. I trust that I'll figure it out, but meanwhile, looking at those numbers on the scale is a bit unnerving.

My DH has discovered Ti Chi at the yoga center and has convinced her DAD to go with her... really... I'm giddy with the idea of it.

Happy Holidays to you all. I wish you all the joys of the season (grapefruits, chestnuts, tea, pomegranates, turkey, satsuma oranges, crisp apples, sweet squashes, persimmons, sighs of pleasure)

  
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VIANA1 1/11/2010 6:15AM

    You seem so friendly online I'm surprised that people think you are more firm in real life. Hopefully you got enough alone time through the holidays.

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_VALEO_ 12/11/2009 11:04AM

    So many things in your blog that I don't know where to begin or if I should comment everything. Anyway, congratulations are in order for passing your exam!

I pratice Tai Chi too, I hope they'll like it.

Have a great "me" time.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/9/2009 3:56PM

    Hey leelynn...well done YOU for getting your thoughts down on a blog.
IMO you sound one altogether lady! My advice...go with the flow!
Happy Holidays to you too.
Janet


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ROYALETBONE 12/6/2009 11:50PM

    Oh, yeah, I hear ya. Only so much of jolly and group activity, then I'm into a book for a while.
Looking good!

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DDOORN 12/6/2009 1:27AM

    You are sounding very comfortable with yourself...taking stock of all your wonderful accomplishments and being patient with wherever your heart takes you.

Sending you wishes for the very BEST of holiday times!

Don

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WILDFLOWER- 12/5/2009 10:31PM

    Nothing wrong with a little introvertion - that happens to me too during this time of year. While I love my family - too much of them and my last nerv gets fried & I need me time. Me time is a good time to recharge.

Hockey sounds like a blast!

Have a good holiday too! I'm still jealous of being that close to a ski lift.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/5/2009 1:00PM

    Sounds like a wonderful life to me! WTG on all your accomplishments!!

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F8CONE8 12/5/2009 12:53PM

    You are an incredible lady. Congrads on being so active and passing your test and being recognized for doing a good job. Hope you can get a little of the "me" time - it isn't selfish it is needed to refresh the soul. Not easy as a mom, wife, employee to get that time to yourself. Hugs.

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Athletics Update

Sunday, November 15, 2009

So I did have that talk with my daughter, in deference to your prompting. Apparently the issues is really that none of her friends are on the team. Does she like Basketball? "Yes." Does she have fun at basketball? "Yes" Do the girls on the team engage in bullying behavior? "No." Are they mean to her? "No." Did she make new friends last year? "Yes." Now in her defence I do know these girls and the majority of them are old time Telluridians and a bit on the stuck up side so I understand when she says that it's nothing they do or don't do, it's just the kind of girls that they are.

I have no problem defending my household rule about doing Two Athletics a year. I wouldn't have gotten quite the flack that I got had I said the household rule of Eating breakfast every morning, and I fully admit that I deserve the flack I got for my uncharacteristic "I will prevail" statement. I appreciate the people that wrote in to say that since they don't know me or my daughter that they couldn't really give advice one way or the other.

Well the upshot though is that I gave my daughter some choices in the matter.

A: She can do basketball, like she agreed to do at the beginning of the year
B: She can join the ski and snowboard team
C: She can both go to Yoga with me AND join and be active in a club at the school.

I think she's picking C: which means that I have to forgo my favorite middle of the day class in favor of the after work classes (hot yoga, and jivamuki, kundalini). I like them alright, but I'll miss my Lyengar Class. It will make for very busy weeks for me. Whew.

Another thing that I wanted to discuss. If you are a regular you will remember my Daughter's cryptic statement that she was going to be a Buddhist for three days a couple of blogs ago. Well apparently it was a class project for her world history/freshman english classes. They are reading and comparing Buddhist Monk tales to Hanz Christian Anderson in English and are working on Eastern philosophies in world History. I was struck by what they were asked to do. Wear plain, non designer clothes, Not use technology like cell phones, watching TV etc, refrain from destructive thoughts or actions, Eat vegetarian simple foods in order to empty the mind for clear thought. Then they were to make checks in a chart when they broke the rules and at the end of the project they would talk about what it was like.

Now I wouldn't consider myself a Buddhist per se, but it is probably the closest I will ever get to believing in a particular set of beliefs so I was defensive when she described the project. I can't eat...., I can't watch...., I can't.... I mean here is this great set of rules to live by to help create peace and clarity in a persons life and what my daughter sees is "I can't" And then I thought about my own childhood religion (Seventh Day Adventist) and I remembered all the "can'ts" which in my childhood mind were huge. I can't eat pork, I can't dance, I can't do anything fun on Friday night or Saturday, I can't wear make up. And I suddenly had a flash of insight that I'd never had before. all those "can'ts" weren't lists to deprive us, but lists to help us create space in our minds. It had never occurred to me before. Well I have no desire to go back to my childhood religion, but I have a bit more kindness in my heart for it right now.

It is fun to see her so interested and engaged in her class.

Well lots of snow shoveling to do today and I've been messing around here too long.

Happy Sunday everyone.

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 11/25/2009 11:58AM

    IMO you did the right thing, you gave her choices which of course were all about sport!! Clever mum!!
Our children all need guidance until the day they become big people! We should always remember that and never shirk our responsibilities as parents.

I now see my daughter going through the same pattern with her children...her often refrain is "I wonder where he gets THAT from!!"LOL!!

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BYEPOUNDS 11/24/2009 1:17AM

    Hey, I'm ok with what you said about Wally's World, and I think you're doing a great job as a parent....best to you!

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LOLAGEEK 11/18/2009 12:57PM

    I can't say anything about the 2 sport rule, I don't know your family dynamic. I think it is awesome that you encourage your children to participate though and obviously lead by example.

The Buddhism assignment is odd to me. I hope in the students minds they don't see Buddhism as being a strict list of "don't do this" and at least learned the Four Noble Truths.

I imagine you did well on your latest water mgmt certification. My fingers are crossed for you.

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BOUDICA26 11/17/2009 8:52AM

    I'm really happy that it all worked out and you talked it through. It is really awesome that you'll go to class together, too. What a great opportunity to be together and share the passion for yoga!

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FRECKS96 11/15/2009 6:53PM

    I think it's awesome that you were able to talk with her and discuss both of your concerns. I hope you can both find contentment with whatever path she chooses.

Also, thank you for posting such frank views of your family. As I am also raising a daughter (though still quite a few years younger at this point), it makes me so happy to see such a strong relationship between the two of you.

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DDOORN 11/15/2009 6:37PM

    Your daughter is so fortunate to have a mother who is open to her religious explorations...! :-)

Sounds like you are on the right track for both you AND your daughter...I agree w/ ROYALTBONE...super to hear that she enjoys doing things with you, especially working out...woo hoo!

Don

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UPFORFUN03 11/15/2009 6:26PM

    Wow. It sounds like you have an awesome young woman in your life. I envy you some... and know, because I'm at the other end of raising kids... how hard it is to do your job. You get to make yet another sacrifice by changing your yoga schedule but are bound to reap such benefits. I'm glad you were able to talk to your daughter and find a compromise. I'm glad mostly for her... that she has such an outstanding mom who will listen and move and make things come out the best for everyone.

Again, I have to say... a bit envious, very glad to be on the other end. I wish you the best of luck and I can't wait to log in and find out how its going...

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ROYALETBONE 11/15/2009 6:02PM

    I hear you on the part about if she changes what you would do- but, DANG- you are SO lucky to have a daughter who wants to hang with you. What a great deal!
They grow up and move out so fast.... sigh.
HS is four years- being a Mom- never ends. Love the way you handled this.

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F8CONE8 11/15/2009 12:27PM

    Congrads on having that conversation with your daughter. She is one lucky girl. Also, I appreciate your insite into the I can'ts I really had never thought of that before. I always saw them as restrictive not freeing. Thanks!

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