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Going On A Trip

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We've been gone from home for two weeks and have changed time zones a lot. Going from KY to CA via OK and back involves moving the clock back and forth a lot, not to mention going back to standard time from dailylight saving time. Needless to say the trip messed up our usual very healthful routine. However, we still managed to get our required sleep by taking cat naps in the car or on the plane and trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour in whatever time zone we happened to be in. We also tried to choose healthful foods when we ate out, splitting the entree and adding salads and vegetables. We visited with three of our four daughters, all of whom knew of our low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar lifestyle, so they were very supportive in making their menus in keeping with that. We had a wonderful time visiting with our daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughter and great-grandson (just a month old). I commented to a friend when I got back how healthy and chubby the great- emoticon grandson is. She said, "Infancy is the only time when it's permissible to be chubby." I hadn't thought of it that way, but she's right. Those little ones need to have that good start on plenty of breast milk, but the rest of us have a say in whether we're chubby or not by the choices we make. I was so pleased when I got home to find that I had not gained and am still at my goal weight. It was a nice surprise to step on the scale and discover that my choices on the trip kept me healthy. Oh, by the way, I got to go to two Jazzercise classes in CA and two water-aerobics classes in OK, so that helped a lot. Going on a trip doesn't have to mean a weight gain. Hallelujah!

  
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COLOR-BLUE 11/12/2014 10:36PM

    Peggy,

WOW!! What a FANTASTIC TRIP!!!! I love visiting with family, no matter where they are and you had the bonus of have Grand's and Great Grand's there too! Now, I don't know about you, but I would call that an NSV! Another NSV is they way your family supported you and your DH in your healthy lifestyle choice! emoticon and thanks to your family for the support! It was great to hear that we don't have to gain weight, just because we go on a trip, and yours was, to me, truly stressful with all the time zone changes!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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ARMOMMI2 11/12/2014 8:33PM

  Wow! Sounds like a wonderful trip. We're well-trained in staying on our food and fitness plan when we travel or other situations challenge us. WooHoo! for you. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 11/12/2014 7:13PM

    What a wonderful testimony that traveling does NOT have to mean weight gain!
And you even found a jazzercize and water aerobics opportunity too!
Thanks do much for posting, Peggy!

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DAKARISAH430 11/12/2014 5:54PM

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Getting My Head On Straight

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Many years ago, I belonged to a weight-loss group in which the leader kept talking about "getting your head on straight." When a member of the group stuck to the prescribed diet for as long as a month, she would say, "You've finally got your head on straight." I lost the weight I wanted to lose at the time by sticking to a very restrictive diet and exercising regularly. So I thought I had my "head on straight." Evidently I didn't really have it as straight as I thought, because several years later I had gained 10 of the 40 lbs I had lost and couldn't get those 10 lbs off, no matter what diet or exercise program I tried. Finally, in 2007, I found Sparkpeople and joined a team, kept track of what I ate and how much I exercised and even other things like how much sleep I got each night and how much water I drank. Those pesky 10 lbs. I had been trying to get rid of for so long did come off and I have stayed at my goal weight for 7 years now and still log into Sparkpeople every day, because it has taught me so much and has so many resources that I can use to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I especially enjoy playing the trivia game , reading the articles, and trying new recipes I find here. I have realized that "going on a diet" is not the way to get your head on straight. Being aware of eating a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates , keeping portions small and not looking on food as an enemy, or a crutch, or a comforter, but simply as a way of keeping up my energy and being willing to be flexible and adjust to using what's available from the garden or the freezer. I enjoy every meal and snack by taking small bites, chewing slowly and focusing on the pleasure and relaxation of sitting down at the table with my husband. My husband and I have developed the habit of having 3 small meals and 2 snacks each day and walking every day. So far, I believe we finally "have our heads on straight."

  
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DAKARISAH430 10/29/2014 11:02PM

  Thank you for helping me get my head on straight. I'm loving it! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 10/11/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon getting your head on straight and helping the rest of us to do the same! emoticon emoticon

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WIFE49 10/9/2014 4:10PM

    Well said!

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-SHOREIDO- 10/6/2014 11:43AM

    emoticon I agree!!! Thanks for shring!!

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TUBLADY 10/5/2014 10:38AM

    Yeah!!! emoticon emoticon
You have achieved what many of us are still working toward.
well done.
Tisha
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KANOE10 10/5/2014 9:59AM

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DAWNDMOORE40 10/3/2014 2:32AM

    emoticon for sharing! emoticon blog! I think we do finally got it right! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/3/2014 1:01AM

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Its a lifestyle attitude change, not a diet. Common sense really, eat less, move more, be healthier..
Keep up the fabulous work!

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KATIE3908 10/2/2014 2:46PM

    Good job maintaining 7 years! I too still log all food and exercise daily and have maintained 5 years. You gotta do what you gotta to do to keep it off.

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EVRLNGFOO 10/2/2014 2:05PM

    way to go! great blog!

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HOLLYM48 10/2/2014 1:54PM

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What an awesome journey you are on! I totally agree with everything you said and that is how I live my life as well. I am just one year plus a few months into maintennace but know that this is a lifestyle that I can live with forever! Keep up the great work.

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AMARILYNH 10/2/2014 1:01PM

    Seven is my lucky number - I can't WAIT to get to seven years of maintenance!! I'll be to three years next month and its SO exciting to me - and like you, I give SparkPeople (and my SparkFriends and Teams) a GREAT deal of the credit, not only for these three years but for the certainty that THIS time its forever! That is a VERY VERY good feeling! Congratulations on SEVEN years!!

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MOONCHILD8 10/2/2014 12:25PM

    Congratulations Peggy! Wow! You know how to live well. I am only on my second year of maintaining I hope I do as well as you have. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 10/2/2014 11:51AM

    Peggy,

emoticon for enlightening me! I never looked at my lifestyle change in this manner. I'll be regrouping and giving it my best to "Get my head on straight!" By His Grace and Unmerited Favor, it's already done, and I'm just praying it down, on me!

Again, thank you so much and I'm delighted that you found the SP family, and you're willing to educate others.

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/2/2014 11:41AM

    Congratulations on 7 years of maintaining your weight. You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 10/2/2014 10:44AM

    Totally emoticon emoticon for being such an inspiration emoticon

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SUSIEMT 10/2/2014 10:32AM

    Peggyt3 you have so much to be proud of! I joined SP in July 2008 and have logged in most every day since joining. I'm with you I also have learned so many things. Including how right my mother was all those years ago! Keep up the good work!

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PEZMOM1 10/2/2014 9:50AM

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BESSHAILE 10/2/2014 9:45AM

    " My husband and I have developed the habit of having 3 small meals and 2 snacks each day and walking every day. So far, I believe we finally "have our heads on straight.""

If that's a lifestyle I want it!

it sounds heavenly.

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ALIIDA 10/2/2014 9:08AM

    Congratulations on your years of maintenance with Spark. I hope I can do as well as you. Thank you for the inspiration.

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JEANKNEE 10/2/2014 9:08AM

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There are many wonderful tools, resources and support available here at SparkPeople.

Thanks for chiming in and supporting me along the way. Sharing your experience with me has supported my process.

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MICKEYH 10/2/2014 8:29AM

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2014 8:22AM

    Well done!! I agree -- this is the place to "get our heads on straight"!!

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LOGOULD 10/2/2014 8:07AM

    I'm still working in those last 10 pesky pounds, but I know that by continuing to check in and learn all I can about this new lifestyle, that I will finally say goodbye to them.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/2/2014 8:04AM

    Renewal of motivation is what Spark is all about for me in maintenance!

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OHMEMEME 10/2/2014 7:59AM

    Sounds like awesome simplicity! Living a healthy lifestyle can be so complex and consuming. Sounds like you have overcome. I so enjoyed your story. I know that losing and maintaining is no easy feat but you sound as if you have glided right in. Congrats on maintence!!! Thanks for sharing and emoticon Keep Sparking!

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JANCARD 10/2/2014 7:56AM

    Congratulations on 7 years of maintenance and keeping your head on straight. Food is not a reward but being able to enjoy a healthy, happy life with your husband is! Wishing you the best on your journey, -jan

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SANDICANE 10/2/2014 7:42AM

    How wonderful! 7 years from now I'd like to be able to post your blog as my own! Way to go and congratulations!!!

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WARRIORWOMAN14 9/25/2014 1:11PM

    I'm working to get and keep my head on straight. I'm grateful for SparkPeople to help me succeed at that.

You are awesome! emoticon

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WIFE49 9/24/2014 2:26PM

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A Celebration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yesterday was our 64th wedding anniversary and we really celebrated. We very rarely eat out, but we went to a local restaurant and, because we have great memories of summers in Maine when my husband was teaching summer school at the University there, we decided to splurge on LOBSTER! The item on the menu was skewered lobster tails and scallops grilled and served on a bed of rice pilaf. We always split the meal, so our gracious waiter brought an extra plate for our entree and another extra plate to divide our salad. We both had plenty to eat and then, when the waiter found out we were celebrating our anniversary, he asked "Would you like a complimentary "birthday sundae", (only in our case it was an"anniversary sundae"). We accepted the offer and enjoyed a huge ice cream sundae with whipped cream and chocolate sauce and two spoons. Neither of us had indulged in such a treat in many years, but we loved every bite. For supper last night we had our usual fruit (strawberries ) and yogurt, watched a movie and then climbed into bed for a good night's sleep filled with wonderful sweet dreams. With trepidation, I stepped on the scale this morning and was quite surprised to find I had not gained at all. I'm still right at goal. I've just gotten into the habit of always having a half serving of whatever I'm eating, whether it's at home or in a restaurant. It's a great way to enjoy good food, but not too much of it. I'm so glad to be blessed with a husband who is interested in staying healthy and is glad to split a meal with me. emoticon

  
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REBELBLITZ 9/5/2014 2:37PM

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! Cheryl emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/20/2014 9:39PM

    Congratulations!

mmm I lurve lobster.

It's crazy to think that about 100 years ago it was considered disgusting and only fit for pet food and prisoners!

http://www.psmag.
com/navigation/business-economi
cs/how-lobster-got-fancy-59440

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/20/2014 6:04PM

    WOW, congrats! So nice to read about happy marriages that last and last.

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TUTUNAN 8/20/2014 6:02PM

    Congratulations on your 64th anniversary! And what a wonderful supper and evening you had! emoticon

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Back Among the Living

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A week ago, I suddenly started running a fever, had a terrible headache, and ached in every joint.
I thought, "Uh Oh, I've got the flu." So I did what you're supposed to do for flu. I drank lots of liquids, took ibuprofen for the fever and headache and went to bed and slept for almost two days. When I finally felt like getting out of bed, I discovered I had lost my appetite, so lived on soup for the next two days. Finally, I got tired of feeling absolutely worthless and my husband took me to the doctor, who diagnosed bronchitis, gave me a shot in the hip, a prescription for a powerful antibiotic and told me to get plenty of rest. What a difference a day makes! By the next day my fever was gone, I was feeling much better and today I actually went to Jazzercise for the first time in a week. Thanks be to God for a healthy body that bounces back and responds to the right treatment. There's absolutely nothing that makes you appreciate health, energy and a good appetite more than losing all three for a while. It's almost like awaking from the dead and I'm so glad to be alive!

  
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MCFITZ2 8/14/2014 4:33PM

    Glad you are feeling perky. emoticon

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GAYEPB 8/14/2014 3:45PM

    So glad you are feeling better. You're right about a healthy body, it is a blessing.

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I NEVER DREAMED I'D BE AN INSPIRATION

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recently I was changing my shoes after a Jazzercise class and one of my fellow Jazzercisers
came up and said to me, "You are my inspiration. Would you mind if I took a picture of you?" I was overwhelmed and just gasped, "OK". I remember way back when I weighed 150 many years ago, I would not in my wildest dreams have imagined that anyone would want to use my chubby body as an example. Very gradually, by changing my lifestyle from "couch potato" to "Sparker" and Jazzerciser, I've gotten to my goal of 110 and stayed there for so long that I can almost forget I ever was as overweight as I was. But I never want to look like I once did, so I keep on logging on to Sparkpeople every day and keeping track of my food,exercise, and sleep and I weigh faithfully once a week. It has gotten to be an ingrained habit with me now and I'm so glad I found both Sparkpeople and Jazzercise! You can be someone's inspiration, too, if you just hang in there and "keep you eyes on the prize." emoticon emoticon

  


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