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Autumn

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


This is my favorite time of year. We've had an extremely warm and dry autumn, no real rain since July. The trees don't seem to be changing color, just dropping brown leaves. But the evenings are getting cooler, and Hannah and I are walking.

I am thoroughly enjoying the apples this year! What a delight they are! Big, crunchy, with juiciness that actually drips from the apple. This year the best apple to me is Gala. I'm definitely not a Delicious Apple person. I'd pass on that kind.

Another Fall food that I like is winter squash. I like it baked with raisins and apples, or baked with a stuffing. And when it gets cool, it's soup time! Potato soup (I can make it really low fat, and the kids don't want cheese in it any more. Since Spark People, they don't want the fat, but especially not the sodium), Vegetable soup in a red base, rather than broth, Chili--one of our favorites. I make them all vegetarian, because we rarely eat meat, and four out of my six kids are vegetarians, for as long as nine to ten years.

I haven't lost weight this week, but that's ok (kind of). Last week was not a good week for exercise. Hannah and I share a room, and last week we were on different sleep schedules, so I couldn't get in to do the exercise bike. Eating went rather well. I did go over calories one day. This week I have an exercise challenge, so I am really putting forth some effort! Yesterday my exercise, between walking and the bike was 121 minutes. And I have not been strength training at all. Yesterday I bought a resistance band, so strength training starts today.

Studying! I have midterms in Old Testament this Thursday evening, so I am outlining some of the notes I have not outlined yet. Oh how I love spending so much time in the Word! I study every day, between synagogue (Wednesday night Bible study in Ezekiel, Friday night and Saturday morning services, and Saturday afternoon class on Messianic Judaism) and school, and my involvement in the Hebrew for Christians Forum.

My stress level has been very high, so that may be another reason I am not losing weight. I have increased my vitamins to twice a day, so perhaps that will help. B Complex is excellent for stress. Stress actually depletes our B vitamins.

Even though I did not lose weight last week, I am getting healthier! My blood pressure is down, I am more flexible, have much more energy and stamina, I am enjoying exercise more, the way I move, even just when walking, is different. I have more confidence, though at 190 pounds, I am still very, very self-conscious. 190 is very fat for me--I'm only 5'1" tall. After this week's exercise challenge, there should be a weight loss!

  
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SAGENTUS 10/16/2007 11:18PM

    Wow Ruth! You DO sounds busy. I love the fall as well. I can't get over the size of my beloved apples in the Farm Fresh! Wow! I love the squash - we had roasted butternut with some brown butter and a sprinkling of nutmeg tonight at dinner - heavenly!! Please enjoy this incredible weather! I hope we can get together to walk soon!

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RIVERLESS 10/16/2007 9:45AM

    I also love the fall and the season fruits and veggies that come with it. I must say, my favorite apples are Honeycrisps. I'm not a red delicious person either. It's too soft on the inside! I haven't had squash in such a long time, but I'm pretty excited about it this season!

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LINDASUEBUHL 10/16/2007 6:58AM

    Sounds like you are in a better emotional place, that stress bug seems to be out here a lot. Just finished reading an Elizabeth Elliott piece about courage and faith - that fear is a lack of faith. I fear changes so I seem to sabotage my eating plan (eating over calorie range for several days now) and you encourage me because you are tackling it head on! WTG Ruth - consistenty and persistence those are the keys!

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A Success!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


My heart, strength, and endurance have improved so much that not only am I able to go up one level on the stationary bike's intensity but I am also able to maintain a good "speed" (19 mph) at this new intensity. When I started Spark People in July, I was only able to do the first level (I am now on the third) at 16 mph, and my heart rate soared.

I have also passed my first goal, losing 1/4 of my extra weight.

I am so excited!

  
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LINDASUEBUHL 10/11/2007 12:12PM

    Truly a milestone - congratulations dear sister in the faith! Keep on keepin' on - you have the habits now.

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PAMMY90 9/25/2007 6:56PM

    Yeah Ruth!! Allow me to rejoice with you dear one! It is so exciting to be feeling healthier and to know that you are taking control of your own body. I love this! ~ ~ ~ Pam

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Why?

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Now, Kashi bars are so good for you, and very, very tasty. But why, why did I do what I did last night? I binged on Kashi bars. I ate 10 of them between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., while I was up working on a paper for school. TEN! That took me right up to 1200 calories exactly! Well, I went to bed around 7, and when I woke up later, I decided that I would just have plums today. They are good for you, and only have 30 calories each. As you can figure, that did not work. By 10:00 tonight I was starving, and ate some pizza, which took my calories up to over 1800. Pizza also has a lot of sodium, which I am sensitive to, and weigh-in day is tomorrow. What will be the point? I really messed up, starting last night, and I am angry with myself. This will be the first week I have not lost anything, and it is all my fault.

One mistake I have made is not checking in with my teams. That keeps me focused. I haven't even read as many articles as I usually do. I have to keep that up! You see, I got behind in my school work with my daughter's pregnancy difficulties, the birth of Jacob, and taking care of Jorja for five days while my daughter was in the hospital. So my attention has been on getting caught up in school, which is a good thing, but to the neglect of my Spark People tools and friends. I have to make time for both.

Lesson learned.

  
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SAGENTUS 9/21/2007 1:30PM

    Hang in there Ruth! One step back, two steps forward. Are you getting enough water? Also, it sounds like you are going for long stretches without eating. Eating regularly (about every 3 hours - the 3 Hour Diet) is what works for me. It keeps me from feeling hungry all the time and then binging, which is exactly what I used to do.

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LINDASUEBUHL 9/17/2007 8:00AM

    While I prefer to believe that rejoicing loves company - sometimes misery does also. You have done SO very well in changing a lot of habits, focusing on your health and being accountable, please don't be thrown too much by a day of odd choices. Grace - that is the word for today. Oh and water - lots of water! HA!

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BRENDA2007 9/17/2007 12:29AM

    Tomorrow is a new day! We've all been there. Don't give up!!!

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Eating Out

Friday, September 14, 2007


Yesterday my friend Trisha came home from six months in Texas and California. She wanted to take me out to dinner. At first I said no, then I said Subway, then I finally said ok to Ruby Tuesday's. I had a hamburger, well-done. I took the pickles off (too much sodium), and didn't touch one french fry! It all worked out well. I didn't go off my diet by doing this, so I have found that I can make decent choices (I know, red meat is not a wise choice), even when going out to eat.

Calories: 1,338
Fat: 44
Carbs: 215
Protein: 42
Sodium: 769
Cholest. : 72
Fiber: 19

Exercise: We walked about 3 miles.

  


Back to Working Out

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Jacob Thomas
8 pounds, 1 ounce
20 inches long

While my daughter was in the hospital having Jacob, I had the delightful duty of watching my granddaughter, Jorja. I had her from Friday afternoon to tonight, and felt so sad when she left. We had a blast!

While Jorja was here, I couldn't exercise. I tried to do my bike, but after 15 minutes, she had really had enough of that, and wanted my attention. So tonight I was able to use the bike. I did 13 miles, it took 50 minutes (45?). The only reason I stopped was because I had a headache. An old Star Trek movie was coming on television (the one with the whales)--I could have biked forever while watching that, if I had felt better. But even with the headache, it was great to get moving again.

  
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LINDASUEBUHL 9/12/2007 2:54PM

    What a beautiful new person! Thank you for sharing Jacob Thomas' picture with us. Sounds like a great week to me - I have no children so I deeply rejoice with those being blessed with another generation!

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