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Sparks of life

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ok I finally succombed and am reading The Spark. I have to say I am liking it and somewhat inspired. It has gotten me thinking about who I am and who I want to be. This might be a good thing.
I took a plunge in 2005 when I decided to do my online master's program in library and inforamtion science. I took another plunge in Aug 2007 when I started trying to lose weight and get in shape. I did the weight loss and life change thing pretty much on my own. I had just started my first real library job and new where I was heading with my job when I found SparkPeople. Reaching maintainance really scared me and that is when I started seeking support. I have lost weight in the past. Seem to have the how to do that down. Now I need to know how to maintain. Still haven't decided if I know that or not but so far so good (LOL).
So I really mostly saw little reason to read "The Spark" but I am being encouraged to dream. Now I just have to decide what it is I want to do and be the rest of my life.
So much of my life revolves around nutrition and fitness now I am contemplating if there is a way to combine that with my library and information degree and forge a vocation. I am thinking it is good to dream.

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    I know what you mean's good to get the focus OFF food & exercise. Sure they have to be a part of our lives but not covering almost every waking moment, if you know what I mean!
I think that's why I'm more positive this time and yes...loved reading The Spark too!!

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SJG1953 4/1/2010 1:23AM

    It is a good book. I'm glad "The Spark" is inspiring you. I wish you much success.

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PARAEAST 3/31/2010 12:11PM

    I am also maintaining but found the Spark book good. There is lots of helps, charts, exercises and lots of info one can use. I also thought that having some goals, short and long range goals was good. I didn't even think of rewarding myself. So all this was good to hear and due. Would not have done anything about either if it had not been for the Spark book.
So glad that you find it good. Right now one of my church friends is reading my Spark book and I am praying that she will join sparks.
Spread the spark!

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Sunshine and Vitamin D

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

So yesterday to celebrate the warm sunny day (72) I dressed in shorts and laid out on my deck. Because I was alone I actually pulled my shirt up and exposed my back and belly to the sun. Felt so good. I am hoping that the sunlight is strong enough to provide some vitamin D. I am still convinced in my mind that that is part of why sunlight makes us happier.

On other fronts I think I am eating better. Just choosing more fruits and vegetables. Lately I have eaten a lot, lot of strawberries. They are really quite amazing, low calorie, high fiber, vitamin a and c and of course they are bright red. You've got to by happier consuming such a pretty food. I have been keeping out of the peanut butter jar but I do have my favorite ice cream in the freezer as a treat in the evening if my calories are low enough. It's interesting that I can keep ice cream around and be moderate about it but not other things but whatever works.
Hope you are having some great weather and enjoying the good stuff that's around in spring like asparagus and strawberries.

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SWIMLOVER 4/3/2010 10:40AM

  The last time I was tested I was extremely low on Vitamin D.
I live in Arizona! Then I realized that I had not been outside daily like when I was working. Our townhome complex makes us have sunscreens on the windows. The Cancer Center gave ma a prescription for Vitamin D but I am now getting outside more. I
prefer getting it naturally. Congrats on your eating! Keep Up The Good work!

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RURAL3 3/30/2010 12:13PM

    we are supposed to have those 70's starting tomorrow. Can't wait. Unfortunately in the Chicago suburbs we get a lot of wind to go with it.

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JHADZHIA 3/30/2010 8:34AM

    Before careful not to burn your skin! I don't think you need too much exposure to generate Vit D. It was nice and warm here with some sun, probably enough to work walking outside a couple of times a day.
Well done with your food choices! I can't get enough of strawberries! I make a fruit shake with them and blueberries and a banana, really yummy! My treat is baked Cheetos crunchy, really much lower fat then the original and my opinion tastes better without all that extra grease. I actually sometimes need them to make up my fat requirements and calories!
Keep up the great work!

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JUNETWO68 3/30/2010 8:18AM

    You know I just got off the midnight shift and when I was on it I started taking vitamin D3. That's what we get from the sun and it made a big difference.

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JDYJMM2000 3/30/2010 8:04AM

  Well, the weather isn't as good here...actually it still felt like winter yesterday. By the weekend it should be warmed up or at least that is what the weatherman said. As far as the vitamen D you are right ... vitamen D is actually a hormone and I replace it in the winter with supplements as we do not get much sun here. Congratualtions on your good food choices and the ablility to have some of your favorites around and have them in moderation...shows that you are truely making a life style change and not just dieting. Great job!!!!

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Food Highlights

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Being it's the weekend I cooked more yesterday. When you cook new things a lot there are always wins and losses. Never can manage to bat 1000. Friday I found the most amazing looking asparagus very thin and tender so yesterday I made an asparagus frittata. It was truly wonderful and I made it with egg beaters and one whole eggs, so quite healthy. Asparagus is one of those foods I have learned to appreciate in the past year or so of trying to eat healthier. It is lovely esspecially this time of year.
I also made a pot of vegetarian 3 bean chili. This is my second time around with this recipe so I was tweaking. Last time I thought it was a little too mild and the leftovers had a sweetish flavor. So I wanted a little more spice. I have some new chili powder bought at an international market which I acquired on the reccomendation of a friend who said it would be much stronger than what I get at the regular grocery. I put the same amount in as before. I also added an extra can of rotel tomatoes and a touch more chipotle chili in adobe sauce. Ok no one is going to say this chili has a sweetish after taste. I am waiting to see what it's like when I reheat it today to see if I need to add some more stuff to it to stretch the volume and spread out the spice a bit. It was definitely in the 5 alarm range yesterday.
Two more items of interest. I bought black sticky rice which is really dark purple when it cooks up. I have been tempted to try this for a while but put off by the color, also the Asian market only sells it in 5 pound and larger bags, that's a lot for a first try. I made some Friday and served it with a vegetable stir fry. Quite nice. I will be experimenting with it. Thing I have read on the internet reccomend using if for a rice pudding with coconut milk. May try that for a dessert this week. I have also recently discovered that I love Morning Star Farms spicy black bean veggie patties. Make a yummy burger option on a light bun with a smidge of cheese and some salsa.
That must be enough for today. New foods are fun you should try some today.

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SJG1953 3/29/2010 4:02AM

    Sounds like an adventure! You are inspirational!

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RURAL3 3/28/2010 5:07PM

    I like those black bean veggie patties too. But I need beano to go with them. LOL I should try to get some chili powder at a store like that. The stuff in the grocery store is too mild and you have to use too much.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/28/2010 9:35AM

    I'll try that black sticky rice. I already love the black bean veggie patties and have been enjoying asparagus this season. I plan to do the ginger lemon asparagus today. It's always a little risky to try to add flavor to something you already love plain, but I decided to risk it. Thanks for the encouragement to experiment!! -Marsha

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The Numbers

Friday, March 26, 2010

You know there are a lot of numbers associated with living a healthly lifestyle. Things like our weight and measurements, numbers of servings, grams or mg. or this or that and than there are the key numbers things like blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. I got a new set of numbers today and I am not to terrribly happy with them. My total cholesterol is 201 again. I don't know what it is doing up there. Now everyone says the other numbers and ratios are just as important if not more important and the other numbers were pretty good, my HDL is stunning at 76 and my LDL is ok at 113, and my tryglycerides are at an easily acceptable 57. I will have to think about the numbers and their significance for a few days and see what I decide. I just keep thinking that big cholesterol number should be better than it is right now.
Hopeing you are happy with the numbers you have today.

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PAYDAY10 3/27/2010 6:14AM

  I read something about genetics being a factor in cholesterol numbers but sounds like you are doing everything you can to get it where it should be. The doctor ended up giving me meds. You may want to talk to your doctor about your options.

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/27/2010 4:33AM

    Lori, I get cholesterol readings like that too, yet my overall is 1.6
(range is 2.0 - 4.5) can it all make sense?
Well done for your results, they sound good to me!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/26/2010 9:40PM

    That is frustrating that the overall cholestrol hasn't come down yet, but you have a lot positive going on. I'm betting the big number will come down if you keep up the good work. Mine did. -Marsha

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JEANIEMARIE1946 3/26/2010 8:38PM

  Just keep working at it. It takes time, but the numbers do drop eventually.

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Keeping up

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So what happens that makes for long term success with weight loss? Today I am thinking it must be straight out persistance. I don't feel like going to the gym today but I am going anyway. I am dressed and ready.
Yesterday I wanted Taco Bell, this is a common thing for me. However I came home and had an egg scrambled with many veggies and lowfat cheese and a large bowl of fresh strawberries. This was a far better choice, not even so much for calories but nutritionally. Besides those strawberries were amazing!
My scale hasn't been my friend lately but I am still weighing daily and writing it down in my notebook. This keeps my honest.
so the scale still says about 4 pounds more than I want it to. That's a challenge and something to work on. However I have time and I am keeping up with my program. Long term I think that is what it is all about.
Have a great day and keep up with your program.

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SJG1953 3/26/2010 2:18AM

    Hang in there Lori! The scale will catch up. Keep making the right choices. emoticon

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RURAL3 3/25/2010 11:58PM

    you made a great choice. I made a bad one today but will go on and make a better one tomorrow.

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/25/2010 3:24PM

    You're right Lori we have to keep with our programme to see success (IMO)
I think the choice between taco bell and what you ate...well, I think if we stick at it long enough those memories will fade...
What do you think? Possible?

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MRS.DOYLE 3/25/2010 10:57AM

    I was at my Pilates class yesterday and had a real craving for a giant bag of chocolate peanuts and raisins....about 1000 calories per bag! I resisted and had a small tub of potato salad instead....success.

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SANNJI 3/25/2010 10:37AM

    Lori, you are so right about being persistent. I find when I force myself to do the right thing when I don't want to, I feel sooo good about myself afterward. So now I've learned to remember how doing the right thing makes me feel afterward, and that helps me to push forward. emoticon Lori

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JCORYCMA 3/25/2010 9:34AM

    You've got a great attitude and made some excellent choices that inspire and motivate us all! Thanks so much for sharing!
Oh and BTW - the scale will apologize to you...
Joanne emoticon emoticon

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