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Getting stronger!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's important to realize that we make strides in ways other than pounds lost. I can tell how much stronger I'm getting. And I did change my goal to becoming fit rather than just losing a certain number of pounds.

When I did Day 2 Week 6 of my 5K training on Tuesday not only was I able to spin for 64 minutes and then do the training (for 63 mins) but I was able to do 9 intervals instead of 7 and ran for 3 1/2 minutes for 5 of them and 4 minutes for the last interval instead of 3 minutes. My gym has the new Matrix stepper. When I went on it months ago I was ready to collapse after 2 minutes on level 1. The other day I did over an hour on level 6. These are great NSV (non-scale victories.)

Muscles are starting to emerge. Can't wait to get my cholesterol numbers later this month because I'm eating so much healthier. It's a great feeling.

Think about upping your physical activity. Join a Challenge whether a great weight one like the Fall 5% Challenge ( www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=52982
) or an activity one like a 5K Your Way. You'll be excited by your progress and it will keep you going!

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/10/2011 7:42AM

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STARCHELSEA 9/9/2011 6:16PM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/8/2011 6:43PM

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/8/2011 5:54AM

    Those are fantastic non-scale victories! Spinning and 5K training in one workout, you are wonderwoman!

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MISSY455 9/8/2011 1:59AM

    emoticon for NSV's!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/8/2011 1:10AM

    Great observations on some of those non-scale victories! WooHoo! Make it a great finishing week! Teddy Bears rock!

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CHAR1970 9/7/2011 11:47PM

    How can Brad and I join the fall challenge? The link is saying it's a private team.

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MAGGIE805 9/7/2011 10:28PM

    Woohoo!!! I emoticon muscle defintion, too! I started the C25K a year ago and have been running forward ever since. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/7/2011 9:48PM

    Way to go! I love muscle definition too. emoticon


I have spent more time reading blogs that state that it is no longer about the scale. I am there too and I just love this state of mind.

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The scale is only a guide and not a reflection of me.

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/7/2011 9:10PM

    That is fabulous! Like another of my Spark Friends, I refer to the EVILIPTICAL at the gym, so I'm so impressed with people who beat those machines!!

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IMIN2GENES 9/7/2011 9:02PM

    Woo hoo! That's so awesome. You're doing great!
Chris

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/7/2011 8:45PM

    Good on you, and I'm all in for the the Fall 5% challenge....and I just had to respond with a Blog title like this!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/7/2011 8:27PM

    You are inspiring!

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Challenge yourself!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Are you getting complacent? Are your workouts routine? You know it's important to change things up so that your body doesn't get into a rut. Think about joining the Fall 5% Challenge (click on the link) www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=52982
. It's filling up fast so don't miss out.

The Challenge will push you to do more, try something new, even learn something. When I joined the Summer 5% Challenge (which ends this Saturday) I also was sparked to join a 5K Your Way Challenge. I was intending to finish both challenges together but I'm a little behind in the 5K training. However, I am pushing myself to finish and to get points for my TeddyBear team by exercising and doing the lifestyle tasks.

I know this is helping me get closer to my goal of being fit. Join the Fall 5% Challenge; you'll make friends and reinforce your healthy lifestyle.

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/10/2011 7:37AM

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/7/2011 6:58PM

    Glad you're in for the Fall 5%! I wouldn't miss it. Don't give up on your Spark Your Way 5K, YOU CAN DO IT! Have you thought of putting a deadline with in and signing up for the Spark Trick or Treat Trot virtual 5K?

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/7/2011 6:05PM

    I'm in! I don't know what I'd do without these great 5% challenges that allow me to maintain my weight loss. While I continue to walk, hike, tai chi, and march . . . I pretty much vary my routine by state park or location whenever possible. Need to be by the forest or lake whenever possible. Great blog!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 9/7/2011 2:22PM

    Great blog, you could be a recruiter. Thank you for your comments on my blogs.

Keep up the good work!!

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TERESA159 9/7/2011 10:33AM

    Yes, well said! Can't wait for the next Challenge to start, anyone know when??

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TEDDYBEAR662 9/7/2011 10:05AM

    Great Blog and congrats on all you have done!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/7/2011 8:53AM

    So excited for all you have achieved!!

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CHAR1970 9/7/2011 1:05AM

    I'll check it out!

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Join the Fall 5% Challenge! You'll be glad you did!

Monday, September 05, 2011

THETURTLEBEAR invited me to join the Summer 5% Challenge and it was just what I needed. After over 6 months on SP, I found that I was getting off track a little too often. Joining the Challenge helped me to refocus and got my motivation kicked up again.

I definitely recommend doing the Fall 5% Challenge. Each week there's a different lifestyle task to accomplish which will help you live healthier. I now read the ingredients on all labels which helps me make better choices and often I put the item back on the shelf because it isn't a healthy option (even when sometimes you think it is until reading the label!)

Here's the link so sign up today! Spaces are limited and the Challenge will close so don't miss out!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=52982

  
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CHAR1970 9/6/2011 7:33PM

    I'm glad it worked well for you!

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WELLNESSME09 9/6/2011 7:07PM

    I have been doing the 5% Challenge twice now and I highly recommend it.
The challenge has helped me in many ways. It has been a great motivator for me and kept me accountable.
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/6/2011 6:57PM

    I liked your blog. ;-)

Trish

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ASL191 9/6/2011 2:46PM

    OK so which team do I join to be with you guys?

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TEDDYBEAR662 9/6/2011 10:54AM

    Congrats. And I have joined again!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/6/2011 9:45AM

    Hurray for YOU!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/6/2011 6:04AM

    I'm living the good life! 5% challenges are great!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/6/2011 2:20AM

    You're a great spokesperson! These challenges are just the ticket for me to keep to my goal weight. Looking forward to another great season of moving!

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How to go to DisneyWorld & eat healthy

Sunday, September 04, 2011

DD & I went to DisneyWorld from Monday to Wednesday. My main purpose was to meet TERESA159 since she'd be there with her sister. It's only a 3 hour drive from me so how could I resist? It was really thrilling to meet one of my dear SparkFriends in person. Hate the photo but have to include it. We had dinner at one of the sit down restaurants at Disney. DD & I split the veggie sandwich and a salad which were very good.


Teresa & me in front of the Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom.

Since we drive, we always take food with us to WDW and usually stay somewhere with a kitchen. We eat breakfast in the room, have healthy snacks throughout the day, then have a nice dinner. I brought Chobani yogurt, peanut butter & western bagels for breakfast. Snacks included home-made hummus with veggies (carrots, cukes, celery, peppers), almonds, melon balls (very refreshing in the heat, kashi bars. I'm sure we had lots of people looking at us while we waited on line for a ride, munching on fresh veggies dipped in hummus.

This makes it very cost effective and health effective. It takes some pre-planning but it's worth it. We're going back in October for the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot but we'll have our healthy snacks with us. This way I can stay in calorie range but have room for little splurges along the way!

The Fall 5% Challenge will begin in a few weeks. I've included a link; I highly recommend joining. I will blog about how great the Challenge is and what I've gotten out of it tomorrow.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
nvite.asp

  
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RANANAM 3/18/2013 1:21PM

    Thanks for the tips! I'll be going, and I decided for a search just to see what is out on Spark. Much appreciated!

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IMIN2GENES 9/5/2011 8:55PM

    Great planning! It's so awesome that you could meet up with a fellow SP friend! Cool!
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/5/2011 7:54PM

    How fun! And you two look great together. The power of the Spark is an incredible one to share with others. Good planning, good eats, and best of all, a great connection! I get to meet my second Sparkfriend later this week. I can't wait!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/5/2011 7:39PM

    Love seeing you guys together at WDW!!

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STARCHELSEA 9/5/2011 6:46PM

    Good job keeping it healthy!

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LASARRE 9/5/2011 5:49PM

    Great job eating healthy at Disney.

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KAILYNSTAR 9/5/2011 4:19PM

    How nice to be able to meet up with a buddy.

Great tips

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BECCAJ98 9/5/2011 1:09PM

    Awesome! Great tips and so cool to meet a friend!

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TERESA159 9/5/2011 12:09PM

    That was a darn good salad we had that night but I must admit that although I made a lot of great, healthy choices while there, I also splurged a bit too much. The scale was not too vengeful about it and I am almost back to pre Disney weight. I also took some snacks with me, Clif bars, etc and ended up having those for breakfast while Carol ate pastries! LOL Some. People. Was great meeting you and Skye. There's talk we should plan a big SPARK trip to DW.

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MCLAFLIN 9/5/2011 12:03PM

    Awesome! So do you take a cooler in with your snacks? How interesting, because our family vacations in a camper, and we carry ice chests for sandwiches/snacks while we are siteseeing, and then eat meals at the campsite. Saves tons of money.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/5/2011 11:55AM

    Great! I liked your blog.

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PEEKINGOUT 9/5/2011 10:02AM

    Great advice on how to handle a trip to DisneyWorld. I will use many of your suggestions on my next trip to Disneyland in California!
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CERIUSLY 9/5/2011 9:58AM

    What a wonderful thing to meet a Spark Friend and enjoy spending some time together! Sounds like a really fun time!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/5/2011 8:14AM

    How great that you got to meet a Spark Friend in person! Sounds like you had fun. Thanks for sharing your tips, those could work in many vacation situations!

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CHAR1970 9/5/2011 12:17AM

    You are amazing being able to resist all the food goodies and munch veggies!

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ESILBO 9/4/2011 11:51PM

    YOU ARE VERY LUCKY TO MEET ONE OF YOUR SF, IN REAL LIFE...LOL emoticon
LISE

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GETTINGFITMOMMY 9/4/2011 11:42PM

    I didn't see a link. I'd like to join the challenge emoticon

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GETTINGFITMOMMY 9/4/2011 11:37PM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I'd love to take my kids to Disneyland or DisneyWorld someday. I wouldn't have thought they would have allowed outside food to be brought in.

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MAGGIE805 9/4/2011 11:35PM

    Great blog! I grew up in So.Cal and I went to Disneyland all the time. Have yet to visit WDW, I can attest that it's hard to eat healthy at the happiest place on earth. But it's doable.

I'm glad you had a great time and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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What's in the food we're eating? Prepare to be horrified!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In the Summer 5% Challenge we have different lifestyle tasks each week. A recent one was to read the labels on foods we're thinking of buying. I started reading labels when I was on WW but that really entailed seeing how many calories, carbs, & fats were in the foods in order to figure out the point value. This task was to read the ingredients and I know from reading the posts that it was eye opening for many people. This is an essential thing to do in order to make smart choices about what we're putting into our bodies.

If you want to take it one step further, watch the documentary "Food, Inc." It is unimaginable what the food industry has become in the past few decades. I was upset and furious; while watching I felt like they were talking about communist Russia! That's right, the food industry is like the KGB and farmers are the victims.


My DD has talked about buying only organic foods for months. We've moved closer to that and I really try not to buy foods containing preservatives. She wants us to eventually get away from buying any packaged foods. I have to say that my food bills have increased tremendously; it's way more expensive to buy healthy fruits and vegetables than the crap-filled food that I used to eat. But what we put in our bodies has far-reaching consequences for our health.

Regarding beef, which I love. Cows are fed corn because it's cheaper but they shouldn't be eating corn, only grass. They stand ankle-deep in manure day in and day out. When slaughtered, their manure covered hides infect the meat. That's right SparkFriends, we're eating meat that has manure in it. To prevent e-coli (which is caused by the manure in the meat) the companies mix filler that's been treated with AMMONIA!!!!! into chopped meat. Is that what you want your families to eat? It's disgusting, it's bad for our health, it's dangerous. But the companies don't care because all that matters is the bottom line.

Chickens take 3 months to grow from hatchlings to adults but that's too long for Tyson and Perdue, not enough money that way! So now their growth is sped up to 49 days! Their internal organs and bones can't handle this so they can hardly walk and many die. They are packed into chicken houses and kept in the dark until the chicken catchers arrive and fling them into trucks, even the sick chickens, off to the processing plants.



I could go on and on and on. Any farmer than doesn't comply loses his/her contract. They go into debt to keep up with the demands of these companies. Neighbors are reporting on neighbors (this is what brings to mind the KGB) because of intimidation by Monsanto. The USDA cannot close down tainted factories because the lobbyists for the food industry (and lobbying should be illegal) pay off everyone! The FDA doesn't do inspections anymore, the companies are self-policing (bet that works well and more KGB tactics!) I wouldn't buy a Tyson, Perdue, Smithfield, or Monsanto product; no way, no how, no matter what, and I encourage you to stop supporting these unethical and disgusting companies as well.

The only way things will change is if we consumers show companies what we want. Walmart will no longer carry milk treated with rBGH hormone (is it any wonder that girls are starting to menstruate at age 8?) because their customers don't want it! Buy only grass fed beef. Harvestland makes poultry products that are free from hormones and antibiotics and are raised in ethical ways and it's not much more expensive than Perdue (Walmart carries it.) Don't buy products that have unnecessary corn mixed in (there's corn products in mayo, ketchup, almost everything!) Tell your congressman that you want genetically modified foods (that can't possibly be a good thing) to have a label!



I've included a link so that you can read more about this. Join takepart.com so that we can stop these inhumane and dangerous practices. It's bad for our health, our families, our souls; after all, we are what we eat.

www.takepart.com/foodinc

  
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MCLAFLIN 9/5/2011 12:15PM

    Wish I had found this earlier. We are corn farmers, and we have a cow/calf operation. Those shows seem to focus on the worst ranchers. I don't know anyone in this area with cattle in situations you describe. There are feedlots, yes, but those conditions don't produce healthy animals. One sick animal can potentially take all the profit from that one animal, and a dead one can take the profit from a small herd. It makes moral AND economic sense to take good care of the cattle.

As for the corn, I want the steer we slaughter and eat ourselves to be fed grain. Trust me, we could make more money selling the corn that we feed to that steer, but the meat is SO much better when grain is mixed in the ration. Cattle have been bred differently over the centuries, and they are more tender with more marbling. You just don't get that on plain grass. And corn is NOT cheaper. Corn is topping out at $8/bushel (56 pounds), compared to $2.50/bushel a few short years ago. The problem is that cattle will not gain well on grass alone. And I never buy meat at Wal-Mart.

If you have any questions about our operation, I would love to answer them. I just hate those shows. The liberal media in NOT a farmer/rancher's friend. If you really want to be informed, ask someone in the business.

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IMIN2GENES 8/22/2011 10:52AM

    Yep! Frightening on many levels...

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CBEVNOW 8/22/2011 6:59AM

    Go Organic thats the only way. This article is a great one and it shows why so many people are sick.I only eat organic foods.

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CHAR1970 8/21/2011 11:00PM

    Ewwwwwwwwww! It's shocking what they can get away with!

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STARCHELSEA 8/21/2011 6:39PM

    It's amazing what some people are able to get away with, thanks for sharing, this is really eye opening information.

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VW_STEPH 8/21/2011 5:37PM

    This is really frightening. x

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GEMINIAN1 8/21/2011 5:30PM

    I eat Organic Food ... including meat.

That's all everybody needs to do; it is that simple.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/21/2011 3:19PM

    Thanks for sharing. When I was in college, I spent one summer working in a meat packing plant. I can tell you, I know first hand, that the government inspectors are just as corrupt as the union and the company. It is truly sad. emoticon

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GOATGIRLJM 8/21/2011 1:58PM

    I was so upset when i found out what the animals we eat r eating tjat i began to raise our own meat. we have a breeding pair of cows and we eat the baby when it is a yr old. we also raise chickend and can the meat and broth. My boys and husband hunt $or pig and deer. I try not to buy meat. if u read about milk u wont want that either. we got milk goats.

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LORETTA24 8/21/2011 1:25PM

    Thank you for sharing. Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/21/2011 1:01PM

    It's a scary world out there...

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TERESA159 8/21/2011 11:37AM

    Good blog! We get our beef from a little farm we've visited and have seen how they are raised on grass and humanely. We buy our chicken at the farmer's market from a place that claims the same, although we have not visited them yet (they do invite anyone to come out and see). We buy very little packaged food (although I admit we do use frozen lunch entrees). So, I think we are avoiding most of the gross, processed stuff you're talking about.
Totally agree with you about "corn products" by which I think you mean "high fructose corn syrup", which basically is sugar, who's inclusion in so many products I truly believe is to blame for much of the diabetes and obesity plaguing our country today. I was amazed at how many products in my pantry had that ingredient when we became aware of it a few years ago. Even bread!
Will check out your web site link and want to recommend a video on just how evil and poisonous not only high fructose corn syrup is, but any sugar really. It's a bit on the academic lingo side but the message is very clear. He also covers historical info, like why did they start using that crap in the first place and why is it still in things?

http://www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=dBnniua6-oM



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EJOY-EVELYN 8/21/2011 11:09AM

    Thanks for sharing. I was so disappointed to learn that 80% of our prepackaged foods include GMFs (Genetically Modified Foods). While I remain a flexitarian (not depending on meat for my source of protein), I will continue to try to make informed and improved choices, one step at a time. Knowledge is power.

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