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Friday, March 09, 2012

It's been a while since I logged in to SP. A lot of stuff, a lot of changes.

I got overwhelmed with changes in work, lifestyle, family, marriage...had to edit a lot. I dropped out of TOPS, and stopped hanging out in the SP discussions.

I started walking, then tried a little running. I started tracking my food in earnest, and topped eating stuff I didn't need to eat. Dropped some pounds, and kept those off for a year.

The big changes occurred when I joined the YMCA in October, and started swimming almost every day. Wow. That changed my body shape completely. I've "ungrown" three swimsuits since then, and lost some more weight.

A friend introduced me to racquetball. I've never been athletic in any way, and had earned a severe phobia to moving balls of any sort. Nevertheless, I found myself enjoying the sport. I discovered some new muscles. I pulled some leg muscles, which forced me, after some rest, to start warming up on the indoor track.

(Anything you do in Tillamook in the winter is necessarily indoors, except for those rare pleasant days when you don't have to be at work.)

I can now swim two miles straight in one session. I can run/walk two miles in under 23 minutes. I can play racquetball slowly and badly for an hour without running out of breath.

The biggest surprise is that I actually enjoy these things! Except the running--that's a necessary evil. I usually do 15 minutes as a warm-up before racquetball, and I've had no more muscle injuries. I have muscles, and I can see them.

I'm almost to my former goal of 130 pounds, and have decided that I should shoot for 120.

I've given up my daily weigh-ins for Lent. It seems weird, and counter-intuitive, I know. I was inspired by Pastor Jerry's Ash Wednesday sermon. I'm letting myself trust God and my body to know what they are doing. I still follow my Program, logging all my food and exercise, and stick with those goals. But every morning I look at the bathroom scale, and choose not to know, not to let it judge me.

So I don't know what I weigh today, but I have to wear a belt with my smallest jeans now, and that belt is running out of notches. I noticed more muscle definition in my thighs the other day when I was dressing for racquetball. Perhaps tuning out the scale is making me tune in to my body.

Last time I checked, I'd dropped a total of 34 pounds. I feel pretty darn good about that. For the first time in fifteen or twenty years, I don't feel fat. I like the way I look in photos now. That is a wonderful feeling.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/9/2012 4:29PM

    So good to have you back. Congrats on the good health. I hope all is okay with your family. I too have had a lot of changes. In a nut shell, got sick, retired, lost 50 pounds. DH deteriorated some more so he moved in with his kids and I moved in with my daughter and grand daughter because I could not care for him. I just started tai chi and juicing. I love living in town, but miss having my own room. Just assembled a green house and intend to start veggies in the next couple of weeks. Hope you will pop in for a few minutes each week to let us know how the coast is thriving. We have sunshine in St. Helens today. emoticon

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

I could have used "Affirmations" as my title, but I'm tired of that overused word. So I'll invent "Intentionalisms."

Lately in church, I've been hearing a lot about becoming more "intentional" in our giving, in our volunteering, in our awareness of the work our sister churches are doing in the community, etc. I think that I need to be more "intentional" in my diet and health habits.

Meaning, this has got to be a priority. I can't wait until I have the time and inclination, I have to make the time and inclination. Whether or not I feel like it.

There are 6 basic things I should do on a daily basis:
1. Exercise
2. Garden
3. Cook
4. Practice
5. Write
6. Clean

Simple. I should make a chart, and mark them off each day. Obviously, I can't spend an hour every day doing every one of those things, because there's other stuff that has to get done. Maybe I should just set a minimum of 15 minutes, knowing that it's the Getting Started that's the hardest part. And make "every day" into 5 days each week, knowing that there are days when I'm away from home, garden, and piano, and that can't be avoided.

Bonus: Gardening is exercise! Two birds and all that.

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DARWINISTA 6/2/2010 5:40PM

    I'm also getting more intentional about healthy living and SP--and I decided that before I read your post! Perhaps we can be intentional together.

I put up a chart on the wall, to go with the tracking online, since the computer version only reminds me when I log in. This one, I'll see every time I walk through the house.

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GRAMMACATHY 5/29/2010 1:52AM

    We have been walking the dogs in the rain because there has been no let up. The high was 52 today. You could hide the sheep in our lawn. I like your intentionalisms. Cleaning is also exercise and if you tap your foot really hard and bounce on your piano bench I think you might be able to squeeze some exercise in while practicing.

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RAINMUSIC 5/28/2010 1:08PM

    I listed my Intentionalisms on my Goals page, and am Streaking them on my Spark page. So now I have a chart.

Gardening indoors today. Will this cold rain never end???

The lawn is as high as an elephant's eye,
And there's nothing but dark rain clouds up in the sky...

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JAYMURZ 5/28/2010 10:10AM

    HAving a chart, and being able to check off a box will not only show you progress, but also help identify trends as well! Rock on! Luvya n hugz!

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Fall Challenge...

Monday, September 14, 2009

My pastor has started a new challenge, which I am calling the "TUMC Lose It for Life: Do It for the Kids! Challenge."

We now have seven participants. We have pledged to lose as much weight as we can over the next three months. Folks at church are pledging money per pound that the team loses. Money raised goes to pay utilities for our new Indoor Play Park.

I've been in a slump, gained back some weight, so maybe a little nudging from the church will help.

For the contest, I've changed my weight ticker to start at Zero and go to 12 pounds. Why 12? Well, that's a pound a week, which is a stretch. Also, 12 pounds will put me Halfway to Goal! That would be a good landmark to reach.

How to begin? What to change?

Well, I suppose the best place to start is where I left off. Checking my Fitness page, I see that my weekly goals are to do a minimum of 250 minutes of Cardio to burn 1550 calories, and do 3 strength training sessions. That's a good place to start.

Also, I was tracking my food on My Pyramid, and keeping my average Energy Balance at, wow, -715 Calories. No wonder I was looking pretty darn good last spring.

I have some catching up to do. It will take a while to work up to a 700-Calorie deficit. Maybe this week I'll work on a -200 Calorie average Energy Balance.

So here we go:
Cardio, 5 times, 50 minutes.
Strength, 3 times, 15 minutes.
-200 Calorie Energy Balance

We'll try that for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.

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EBLOOMING 10/22/2009 12:58AM

    You have a good plan here...work it baby!!! emoticon Or I will get the Sgt after you!! emoticon And than if you don't get it then comes the emoticon PooP!!!

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RAINMUSIC 9/27/2009 7:30PM

    I stuck to the plan a little bit better this week, at least getting in my 250 minutes of cardio, working in the yard, splitting and stacking wood, etc. Note that the counter has moved a bit to the right...

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DARWINISTA 9/27/2009 12:47PM

    Sounds like a great restart plan! Good luck!

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RAINMUSIC 9/15/2009 11:09AM

    Yes, well, I'm already falling behind on my exercise for this week...

Gotta get moving!

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GRAMMACATHY 9/15/2009 12:00AM

    Great idea. You can do this.
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Meat loaf genius!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Daniel and I were discussing recently an idea for a grease-less meatloaf pan, one that has holes in it to let the grease drain out. See, we love meat loaf once in a while, and I make a pretty good one, but I hate to see it swimming in fat. I can never drain enough of it off.

So, tonight I used the steamer basket from my stock pot. I placed it on a rack inside a casserole dish. I squished the meatloaf into the round steamer basket, shaping it into a kind of donut (or torus, for you geometry types), so it would cook evenly.

Well, when it was done, there was about a half-inch of grease in the bottom of the casserole. Wow. I turned the meatloaf over onto a plate, and it looked a little pale, so I drizzled some hoisin sauce on it and ran it under the broiler to brown it up a bit. I ended up with something like a Meatloaf Bundt.

Anyhow, judging from the grease in the pan, I suspect I skinnied up that recipe a lot!

Here's another lean trick I've discovered. My husband likes to pack his own lunch (cool!), but sandwich meat is often expensive, and fatty. Well, Jennie-O makes a pretty decent turkey ham. We buy it at our Safeway for $2.79 a pound. The guy at the meat counter takes it back and deli-slices it for us, at no charge. One little turkey ham sure does slice up into a pretty pile of lunch meat! $2.79 a pound is a lot less than you'll pay for deli meat, or that pre-packaged stuff. Sure, I can buy ham for half that price, and carve it myself, but convenience rules when you're packing your own lunch in the morning.

Bagged spinach is also a life-saver for packing lunches. I hardly ever buy lettuce any more.

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CINDYSIOUX 5/18/2009 11:08AM

    FABU! IDEA, i ALWAYS USE MY ROASTER PAN, sothe grease drained off. My mom always used the old loaf pan and full fat ground beef...ohthose were the days...lol

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RAINMUSIC 5/7/2009 7:37PM

    Phooey on the cold rain! I want to plant my garden! This looks like a repeat
of last year.

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EBLOOMING 5/5/2009 2:42PM

    Great tips!! Thank you RAINMUSIC!! BTW are you liking all this rain in the NW emoticon???


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RAINMUSIC 5/2/2009 2:11AM

    My oven has a self-cleaning cycle, but I've been chicken to try it.

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GRAMMACATHY 5/2/2009 12:23AM

    I am going to have to try your meatloaf idea. I haven't used the oven in months because of hubby's lung disease. I need to clean the oven, but that is such a fumey process. However, he is going to his brother's this weekend, so I will clean the oven and surprise him with well drained meatloaf when he comes home.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

I've lived at the Coast for nine years now, and in western Oregon my entire life. I thought I knew every type of rain, from molecular rain (the invisible stuff that penetrates between clothing fibers right into your pores) to what my husband colorfully refers to as "raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock."

But until yesterday, I never knew there was such a thing as heavy drizzle. Oxymoronic, yes. Miserable, yes. Very fine drops, so fine you don't hear them hitting the roof, and yet the windshield wipers are hard put to keep up. Wind gusts pick up this lightweight stuff and just whip it around. I drove two hours down to Newport, and back again, in this heavy drizzle. Yuck.

And it's cold. I'm ready for spring. I want to plant a garden, but we're weeks from the ground warming and drying up.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/8/2009 1:13AM

    Freezing fog.....isn't that when you smack into a cloud bank? My husband and I are always trying to visualize that. Didn't Rhonda Shelby coin that term.

Being a little farther inland, we frequently have heavy drizzle. Or maybe it just seems that way. The clouds just started rolling in here this evening. It was 74 degrees today.

Does heavy drizzle = hezzle? I think we should make up words for all the different rains.

PS: I almost forgot....dry drizzle = dryzzle

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RAINMUSIC 4/2/2009 9:21PM

    Dwight has told me about the dry rain in Colorado. On summer afternoons, thunderstorms are common. But the air is so dry and warm that the rain evaporates almost immediately.

I once read the neatest word in a church newsletter, some local tribal word for freezing fog. We get a lot of that down here. I should call the gal who wrote that, and adopt that word.

It wasn't raining when TOPS let out this morning, so I walked home. Naturally, five minutes later, it cut loose. I opened my umbrella, a wind gust caught it and popped it inside-out. So I had to turn into the wind to put it right. Then, since the wind was at my back, I sailed home!

Hey! We just had a Sun Break! Whoopee! Break out the Coppertone!
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MORGAN!! 4/2/2009 1:00AM

    LOL! We're like eskimos with their 30 different words for snow :) I remember when I moved here it took me the longest time to figure out the difference between "partly cloudy" and "partly sunny." Oddly enough, the rain in Alabama is entirely different!

It'll get warm soon enough, don't worry :) The drizzle is at least dry enough now to walk around outside with just a fleece and not a proper rain jacket. Dry drizzle... like that one?

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