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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Am I the *only* weird one?

I don't think of myself as an emotional eater - but lately I seem to become depressed and munchy if my walk is threatened by inclement weather!

The old me would have just happily played on the computer - but this new me gets really stressed if one of my walks becomes *iffy* for any reason.

Thankfully Ray decided he too wanted a pedometer and at any time during the day he just ups and goes for a one mile walk - happily he loves for me to tag along, so long as I don't hurry him!

My beautiful Ray turned 88 last month and he's concerned about his knees buckling but his orthopedic surgeon assured us his knees are in great condition so I think he just needs to build up the knee muscles.

At 88 the muscles tend to atrophy at the drop of his butt, into his chair, lol. Just another cruel trick of nature and old age. It gives me new enthusiasm to keep on keeping on.

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 10/18/2009 10:22PM

    Getting old causes those knees to buckle?
Ack!! Is "59" old? I think my muscles have left me, also. I am having a difficult time with steps---my DH has had to push me and it just happened on this trip. Go figure!!
I thought my knee muscles were one of the few things that were okay with me!!
I hope both you and your husband are doing well and that the weather is cooperating so that you are both able to walk in comfort.
My DH loves to go for walks and I should do that with him more often!! Good bonding time, too!!
Peace and blessings,

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    Weird, not a chance!

Glad the two of you can find ways to spend time together even if you have to slow your walking pace down a tad.

Keep up your great efforts
Have a great and FUN day

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NITA-BERRY 10/13/2009 10:26PM

    Not weird at all...I find I get kinda grumpy when I can't get my workout routine going first thing in the morn. I must admit, I've gotten better at adapting through the day if the "day doesn't start right". Hang in there. You're just like the rest of us!
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BLUESKY104 10/13/2009 8:31PM

    Not wierd at all -- I too get like that when my walking plans are disrupted -- makes me think now that it is time to come up with "Plan B" just in case emoticon


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QUILTINGB52 10/13/2009 6:14PM

    You aren't weird....heck,I go visit chocolate & munchies at the store...then stand there & tell them, "I would love to eat you, but I chose not to" and come home without them!

Wonderful that you have a walking buddy! My walking buddy has 4 legs & he is often standing behind me, leaning into my legs to get my to "go faster". I have 2-speeds.....S-l-o-w and stop! LOL

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SUPREME5 10/13/2009 4:54PM

    trust me i will use my tread mill as i do walks outside as much as i would love to so do it when you can girl

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/13/2009 1:21PM

    I firmly believe that we will never lose that bored or upsetting eating demon in us. I think that while you can learn to recognize and control it, it luurks beneath our surface and it will always take our vigilance to keep it at bay. Work against it Linda. You are so strong, you need to relace that feeling with another action if walking isn't a choice. Find your outlet, quickly,


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FINDINGREALME 10/13/2009 12:40PM

    No, you are not weird...well, no more than the rest of us:-)

I also get agitated when something gets in the way of my workout. This is a good thing...not weird at all!!


TW If I am still kicking at 88, I will be happy. If I am taking walks with a buddy at 88, excellent! That is so cool -- you two are amazing!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/13/2009 9:55AM

    I'm feeling the seasonal change in many different ways myself!

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AUTUTMNLYNN2 10/13/2009 9:38AM

    NO you are not alone! I admit it...makes me feel like I am in AAA..LOL

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CATHEITE 10/13/2009 8:58AM

    The shift in seasons is affecting me as well. Congratulations on WANTING to take your walks. When I have a plan and routine, I don't like it being messed with either.

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LADY_DONKEY 10/13/2009 8:37AM

    Yes, you are weird. (No, no, just kidding...) (And even if you were, so what? celebrate that!) :-)

I think it's the change in season, personally. It usually takes me a few weeks to make the adjustment. You're doing great!

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MARTY19 10/13/2009 7:17AM

    You are so lucky to have a buddy to walk with. Especially one who thinks he has a new wife. LOL! It is harder to keep motivated when you go it alone.


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SHEL151 10/13/2009 7:03AM

    Munchies have been horrible for me lately. Think its because we are heading into winter and my body wants to put its winter coat on! Trying to get back on track again. As far as walking, I am blessed to be able to go to the gym. I've been training to run a 1/2 marathon on Halloween and the gym has been a lifesaver with the weather. Keep on walking!!

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MSLZZY 10/13/2009 7:00AM

    You have become a creature of the exercise habit. I'm with you there. Now since the gardening is basically done, I have to find more ways to stay active. I still walk but miss the
busyness of harvesting and canning. So, now I am rearranging my whole basement to fill
the void of outside activity with inside activity. That should keep the munchies at bay.
I hope I'm still walking at 88!

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GONE2BEACH101 10/13/2009 6:42AM

    Nope, not weird at all...I know I am not looking forward to having to don warm clothes, shoes and socks to go for my beach walks!! Yeah...what's with the munchy thing??? I had ONE cookie last night!! Really unusual for me...I am not a sweets eater!!

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_VALEO_ 10/13/2009 6:29AM

    I have all kind of eccentricities, but sadly not this weirdness (yet!)

That's good news that Ray has a pedometer too and great knees to walk -is he very competitive?

I just bought the DS Game "Walk with me!", and I intend to challenge my DH so we see who will get the greatest number of steps at the end of the day.

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ELLENIRENE 10/13/2009 6:28AM

    Face it: you love to walk. It is a great feeling --and no, you're not weird. Walking is a great sport.

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Now that summer is coming to an end, are there any changes you'll be making to your diet and exerci

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Prompt For Sep 6 - Sep 12
Now that summer is coming to an end, are there any changes you'll be making to your diet and exercise routine?

Yes, now that the days are getting shorter and colder, I can see my morning walks becoming shorter too. So instead of burning 500 calories in the morning I will be lucky to burn 300 now.

As part of my lifestyle changes, this means that I must either increase my calorie burn later in the day or reduce my calorie intake by at least 200 calories daily.

Since this is my first winter in Weight Maintenance I am not sure what will happen but I do know that I will be ever vigilant in watching my numbers.

**edit: For the Sparkers living 'down under', when the seasons change, I try to adapt. I will be walking more in the afternoons and when really too cold outside I will do the treadmill again. I check my calories in vs. calories out on a daily basis so I should be able to maintain without stressing.

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MRS.DOYLE 10/12/2009 5:20PM

    I do much less gardening and more indoor exercise. It will probably be like this until Spring. I tend to crave stodge more in cold weather, so I will have to watch myself.

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GRALLEN 10/12/2009 4:26PM

    I'll still try to get outside as much as possible for walks but I do have my stat bike and lots of dvds so I don't get bored.

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IVMAR1 10/12/2009 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing this great info!! Good luck with your maintenance!! I always wish you the best.


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GONE2BEACH101 10/12/2009 11:24AM

    Yep, I'll be wearing a jacket, shoes and sock to go my walks on the beach...no more shorts and barefoot!!

Also switch to winter 'comfort foods' adapted of course, lower in fat...

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JCARDINAL 10/12/2009 9:42AM

    I will be doing more inside. Treadmill, classes, ect. it gets to cold in Chicago to do much outside. Good Luck with your maintenance!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/12/2009 9:09AM

    I dread the seasonal changes coming. The time change will be a buggar for me. Right now I try to get up and walk/run at 5:30 am. It'll be harder when we "fall back" an hour. Ugh!

Linda, I'm sure with a little trial and error you'll find your happy medium. Just allow yourself time to adjust.

Have a GREAT Monday!

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MARTY19 10/12/2009 8:15AM

    I'm not sure what changes I'l make. I have been walking in the afternoon but as it gets darker earlier that might have to go.


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MONGO2TEN 10/12/2009 5:59AM

    As it gets cooler and stays darker longer, I use the treadmill more. I also will do some mall walking. I prefer outdoor running and walking, and do that when I can, but I do appreciate my trusty treadmill when I need it. I'll also be putting up the bike:( I'll miss that.

I will be doing some deep cleaning in my house to substitute for my gardening. Until January, I should stay pretty busy.


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FORMYDARLINGS 10/12/2009 5:39AM

    Hi Linda, I like you will see a change in my activity but mine will include more outdoors. I love the cool weather and don't mind most winter days. I't's only on the windy days that I don't go outside. A good pair of winter hiking boots make the Artic terrain walkable and boy do you ever use some different muscles to walk on the ice. LOL Keep going my firend . yYou have come so far.

Gini emoticon

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_VALEO_ 10/12/2009 2:43AM

    I'm sure you will do fine. Can you switch your morning walks to lunch walks?
You can also march in front of your TV during each commercial break -although I know it is not like your usual workouts.

Best of luck with your winter weight maintenance. I bet you'll find other alternatives to keep up the good work.


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EMMABE1 10/11/2009 8:38PM

    Ofcourse some of us are coming into summer - swimming, beaches, lighter foods etc - but I doubt I will make any exercise changes because of season change.

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FYI and Weight Maintenance

Monday, October 05, 2009

Maintaining your new weight!

There is a very small caloric difference in maintaining weights 10 lbs apart.

For example, here is the TDEE for me with a 1.55 activity level:

to maintain 120 = 1847 daily calories
to maintain 125 = 1880 daily calories
to maintain 130 = 1914 daily calories
to maintain 135 = 1948 daily calories
to maintain 140 = 1982 daily calories

So, when you are picking your Weight Goal, don't be afraid of going lower - it really isn't that big a difference in the number of calories you can eat. Less than 100 calories difference for a 10 lb weight difference! The caloric difference is 135 calories for the 20 pound change from 120 to 140 lbs.

Basically the maintenance will be the same no matter what weight you finally reach.

I just thought someone else might also be interested in learning this. It was quite an eye-opener for me.

First, I eat about 500 more calories than listed here - I aim for 22-2300 calories daily because I burn 500+ calories almost every day.

Second, I went to the Fitness Forum and asked the experts what my activity level is.
I walk 2+ hours daily (weather permitting) but don't work hard, so I am moderately active which equates to 1.55

I get a lot of information here:

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/10/2009 1:40AM

    Thanks again Linda,

I am still trying to figure out what my basic activity level is. I am having to eat a lot more calories than I thought I would just to maintain without going lower. It is so funny because it took me about two months to let go of those last two pounds before reaching goal weight. Now I have to be careful to eat enough not to go lower.

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    Another interesting and informative read.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Have a great day and an even better weekend!!!

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IVMAR1 10/7/2009 7:06PM

    emoticon info. Thanks for sharing.


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JERSEYGIRL24 10/6/2009 1:57PM

    Not that I am anywhere near my goal and maintenance, but somewhere along the line I figured out that there is not a whole lot of difference in a weight loss diet and a maintenance diet. Seems like the only real difference is that maybe you can increase your daily calories by a small amount and/or allow yourself a tiny bit more latitude with regard to high calorie treats. I would not be worried about going too low (unless I went really low - it should only happen). Your figures seem to bear this out.

I think this is why a lot of people fail at maintenance. Maybe they realize that they can't go back to their old ways completely, but they probably allow themselves too much latitude. I saw a Coach Dean article once where he was saying how maintenance is so difficult because you still have to watch what you eat, but you don't have the positive reinforcement that comes with weight loss.

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SUPREME5 10/6/2009 12:52PM

    i learn something every day

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MSLZZY 10/5/2009 10:33PM

    Good to know but how do you find your activity level?

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EMMABE1 10/5/2009 5:19PM

    That is very interesting - that there is so very little calorie difference - yet it takes so much hard work in both diet and exercise to lower ones weight to get to maintainance!!

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BOOKWORM100 10/5/2009 1:40PM

    Wow, good to know!! Thanks for sharing.

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_VALEO_ 10/5/2009 12:49PM

    You sure know your numbers! Happy maintenance!

I'm glad you could gain some weight to stay within your healthy range and be able to give your blood! Kudos to you!

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MARTY19 10/5/2009 11:45AM

    well, that opened my eyes as well. I still am inclined to think that is way to much food, but it works for you so It works for me.


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MEADSBAY 10/5/2009 11:22AM

    Can't wait to join you in Maintenanceland, my friend.
I learn so much from you.

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Yes, I was able to donate!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

After trying, unsuccessfully, to regain 5 lbs, I did manage to regain 2!

This brought me to 120 which has a nice ring to it! Anyway, I was 120.8 so I told them 121 and I was able to donate single platelets and single plasma at the same time! It's weird that I can't donate double platelets but can do plasma with the platelets. (not enough body mass! never thought I would live to hear those words said about me!) emoticon

The truly great news is I can give them both at the same time and the machines were recently reprogrammed and I did it in half the time, 48 minutes!! The only change is now I must wait 28 days - this is truly a win-win scenario because I am giving clotting factor for cancer patients and any other patients at the same time and only go once a month! (plasma is a clotting factor - I had to ask too, lol.)

Anyway, this is just an update for the people that I know were praying for me to find a viable solution and I believe The Lord has shown me the way. But then, I always knew He would. I told Ray that The Lord would not allow me to hurt myself and He would show me the way if I was going to be able to donate platelets.

FYI, this was also the first time my lips didn't tingle! I can't explain this but anyone that has donated platelets should understand.

Love to you all today and always,
Linda emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/6/2009 2:00PM

    So glad!!! If I could give platelets in 48 minutes I would do it frequently. Unfortunately, the last time I did it was not a good experience. It took about 2 hours, I desperately had to pee in the middle of it, and I had a bruise on my arm that took several weeks to heal. But you are truly special for trying so hard to find a way to do this.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/5/2009 10:09AM

    Linda - You're such a kind and giving person. I'm glad to hear you're able to give both blood and platelets. emoticon

Hage a great day! emoticon

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SUPREME5 10/3/2009 3:09PM

    thank you for the blood i needed 2 transfusions at one time.
i wish i coukd give but no i have blood thiners and can not.
i thank all who do we would not be here if you didn't
take care cause i care

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MEADSBAY 10/3/2009 1:05PM

    Linda, you are such a good person.
I switched from whole blood to platelets when I retired but I must admit I hate the increased time commitment and am not good about getting in there as frequently as I could.
You inspire me to do so!

Have a good weekend!

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MRE1956 10/3/2009 9:22AM



That's gotta take a great load off your mind!

I've yet to donate platelets - I keep saying to myself that since I'm (temporarily, hopefully) at home during the day I should look into it, but as I've been getting calls and contacts on job opportunities I've let that slide - perhaps I should put that on the fast track on my "to do" list just in case....

Tks for your blog, BTW - it reminded me that there's a blood drive today that I should check out.

Take care!

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MARTY19 10/3/2009 8:39AM

    You always find a way to make things you want happen. I am so happy for you.


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PALESEPT 10/3/2009 8:09AM

    I'm so proud of you! I know you're happy too! Way to go! emoticon emoticon


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    I'm so happy to hear that!

Now all I can do is hope that the laws in Japan will change and that I will be able to give blood again too.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/3/2009 7:55AM

    Linda, I just left another comment on a blog talking about balancce and here we find you working your balance into your life. I am proud of you for realizing that the number on the scale isn't the most important thing in your life. Life is going on all around us and it is up to us to join the race and keep up. emoticon and keep donating,


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JUST-AMY 10/3/2009 7:42AM

    This is really awesome. Glad you are a helper to patients both known and unknown who need heroes like you. By the way....you are a hero and true example of "how its done" around here at Spark! Thank you for that! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/3/2009 7:35AM

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IUHRYTR 10/3/2009 7:34AM

    From one blood donor to another, thank you for your donation. Blood is vitally important and it is because of concerned people like you that many lives are saved. -- Lou

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Yup, I pre-ordered my copy of The Spark too!

Friday, October 02, 2009

As if the book isn't enough - I owe so much to SparkPeople - but all the free incentives were really just too good to pass up!

Order before Oct 12 to get the freebies people!

Read the blog about it here:

Get it and the free gifts here:

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SHEENADEE 10/3/2009 3:50PM

    Yep - Free stuff always gets me. :-)

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_VALEO_ 10/3/2009 3:09AM

    I pre-ordered it too!


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MSMAKEOVER 10/2/2009 9:41PM

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I ordered mine last week. I can't wait to read it!!!!

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CANYON_GAL 10/2/2009 3:26PM

    Where & how do we get this book? I need all the help I can get.

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FINDINGREALME 10/2/2009 12:40PM

    I also ordered the book and still need to buy my gear with the certificate. I am hoping to share the book with a friend (after I read it). I have told her about the site but she is still cynical. She's noticed my changes but still shys away because of the hard work it entails. Maybe I can become a good enough advertisement for the program that she will try...then again maybe not:-(

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MARTY19 10/2/2009 11:35AM

    I love the freebies and I can't wait to read the book. I even bought one for my sister.


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LOONATIC 10/2/2009 11:02AM

    Yes I ordered too! I can't wait gives me good reason to be excited in January when there is snow on the ground and the other offers were just too good to pass up.

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    I ordered mine too, but not all good news.

You know that I've been trying to have my fitness minutes catch up with my SP points and have been doing a bang up job and almost caught up.

UNTIL I pre-ordered and got 1,000 points

now I have to get in gear to catch up with fitness points again,



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MSLZZY 10/2/2009 8:06AM

    I ordered yesterday and am looking forward to getting the book! I think it will be and excellent way to spread the Spark!

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