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I'm getting MORE active as I age!

Friday, December 26, 2008

In a week, I'll hit my Sparkiversary #2. In those 2 years, I've lost 45-49 lbs. I've gotten healthier. And I've gotten way way way more active.

My DH has also lost 30-40 lbs, as a result of my increased fitness and better nutrition - and because he feels self-conscious NOT keeping up with me.

We now arrange adventures for gifts - yesterday, I took us on a sailing excursion/race for his Chanukah present. Last Mother's day, he booked a kayak/swim/snorkel trip for us. And this past summer, we spent a month in Costa Rica hiking, whitewater rafting, patrolling a beach for nesting turtles - an adventure vacation!

I feel younger NOW than I did two years ago - younger than I felt five years ago! Losing weight and getting in shape, strengthening my muscles and building my endurance, has done wonders for my outlook on life. I might be 54, married to someone who just turned 61, but no way are we going to act middle-aged and slow down!!!! We are going to keep moving and doing and enjoying life until we can't take another step!

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CHANARO 12/28/2008 10:57AM

    WOW! This is amazing. I hope that once my success starts showing (I'm beginning to feel it on the inside, but one can't really tell on the outside yet) that my husband will feel jealous and want to join me...right now I'm not saying anything to him one way or another, I know too well that the decision has got to come from deep within him, not from me or any other external source. But it's hard not to notice the difference between us lately...for example, yesterday we walked to shul together (itself a rare occurrence, because I usually sleep late!!!), and I actually had to slow down so that he could catch up. And, right now, I'm getting ready to leave to go mall-walking (for exercise, NOT shopping!) with my daughter, while he is lying on his bed groaning because his legs hurt (from lugging around excess weight, I'm thinking, but keeping to myself!). I love him and want him to be healthy and strong and happy. In his family, as people get older, they tend to just flop down on a couch and get feeble and helpless. I don't want that for him! Ironically, the most health-conscious member of that family was his father, a"h, who passed away 5 years ago. So he really hasn't had any good role models. Come to think of it, neither have I, both of my parents died in their 50's due to smoking related illnesses! But STILL, I know I'm starting to feel better than I have in a long time, and I want that for him too. So your blog is inspirational to me...thanks for showing me what might be for me, one day!

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MOM2POMS2 12/26/2008 10:43PM

    AWESOME!!!! I wish I could get my husband to make the changes he needs to make.

But I agree heartily that I am so much more active now than I was in the past!!! Isn't it a great feeling??!! emoticon

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The breakfast dilemma - cost vs. calories

Friday, December 05, 2008

I take myself to the coffee cart once or twice a week - it's enough of a "splurge" to make it a treat, but not enough of a caloric impact to make it an issue. It helps me stay on track to have something exciting and a bit sweet.

I usually have a slice of banana bread or cranberry bread (about 200-300 cals) rather than a muffin (400+ cals) or a scone (500 cals?). I've learned that the fruit bread is the better choice.

But coffee versus a latte or au lait made with nonfat milk. Especially since I drink my coffee with half and half. The coffee is about 3/4 the price of a latte or au lait. The nonfat latte or au lait is close to the same in calories, but WAAAAAAAY less fat.

Today, calories won - I had a nonfat half caf au lait and nonfat half caf Borgia (mocha latte with a hint of orange) in my thermos.

Breakfast is a grand total of 428 calories, with only 8 grams of fat. Had I had the coffee with half and half, it would have been 460 calories and 34 grams of fat. BIG difference there.

Even if it was $2.50 more expensive, it was worth it.

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ARDENT1 12/23/2008 10:30AM

  to cheat once in a while is no crime we are all human...i am doing good on my way of life, i walk 3 to 4 miles daily, jump rope, hula hoop, and watch what i eat, its simple, good luck to youhave a happy healthy prosperous new year....

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"M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I ran into my "adopted student" from years ago - he's now in his early 30s, married with 3 kids. I haven't seen him in nearly a year.

That was his comment - "M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!" Not that I see it on the scale, but the inches are still slowly creeeping off, and the sizes I need are getting smaller, and apparently it's visible if you haven't seen me in a while.

I slimming down still!

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OAKDALE3 12/1/2008 8:38AM

    WHOOHOO!!! I love that!!

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1,126.73 miles and counting

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nairobi to Khartoum!

NYC to Chicago to Minneapolis!

Seattle to San Diego!



I am addicted to my pedometer

Monday, November 10, 2008

We had an emergency trip. I wore my pedometer, as usual. And on day 3 of the trip, I broke the clip on the pedometer. I couldn't attach it to my jeans. I felt lost!!!!! Uneasy!!! Going through pedometer withdrawal!!!!!!!!! How could I function if I didn't know how much I'd walk? How could I log my miles on my spreadsheet (having walked over 1000 miles since I started tracking on 1/10/08)????? How could I post on our "Around the World" team??????? OMG, I was getting the shakes!!!!!

We found a pedometer in my MIL's things. I tried it. It didn't work well, but it calmed my craving. For a while.

Day 4 - tried a pedometer in a sports store. It registered 2 or 3 steps for each step I took. It didn't have a sensitivity adjustment button. I immediately returned it.

Day 5 - I found a great pedometer at a drugstore. It's accurate. It remembers 7 days in a row. It resets itself at midnight (a feature I'm not crazy about). It has a clock (which is good because I don't wear a watch). I feel normal again!!!!!!!

We're back home, I'm back at work, I'm wearing my pedometer, life is good.

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OAKDALE3 11/11/2008 7:02PM

    I just got one on Sunday. The past three days I have been checking it obsessively to see if I have made the 10,000 steps or not. I can definitely see how I could become addicted to this too. I completely understand what you went through and I am glad that you have a new one!!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2008 9:10PM

    Yeah, I tried the pocket - but I often wear a dress or skirt to school, so I knew that wasn't a long-term solution.

You'll learn to love that pedometer!

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ZZYYGGY 11/10/2008 1:48PM

    Glad you found one you like. Isn't it funny how we get attatched to certain things. I'm just starting to wear one myself, and it helps alot. PS you can wear them in your pocket of your pants. It isn't the most accurate, but it does work.

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