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Classy 70's! Not to be dismissed lightly!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is to all of you people out there who have reached the glorious age of 70 and over. We may be getting a little slower at some things, but we're still doing them! And what we lack in energy is made up for in experience!

OK, maybe instead of cleaning our entire home in one clean sweep we now do one single room at a time!

OK, maybe the scale has been creeping up without us being aware, and this started long before we hit the age of 70! But it's not too late, we've still got plenty of fight left in us!

OK, if we aren't satisfied with having gray hair (and not all of us are blessed with the eye catching, wonderful head of hair in a brilliant silvery white) we have to get our color out of a bottle! But at least we're not "hitting the bottle." lol (bet we learned that the hard way too)

OK, not that many of us are out there entering the 5K races. But we've learned to enjoy our daily walks, and we've also learned that a while a run may use more calories than a walk, a walk is a lot better than sitting around watching TV.

OK, we've learned that one single afternoon with the young grandkids can wear us down to a nub. But, thank the Lord, they go home -- and we can take a nap.

And speaking of NAPS; it's become my new motto:

emoticon NAPS ARE NOW MY 'HAPPY HOUR!' emoticon

Another advantage is that sleeping burns more calories than watching TV. And cocktails have a lot of calories -- so I've improving my health by sleeping instead of drinking!

  
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LUNADRAGON 6/30/2012 7:45PM

    Well done, you certainly do not look 70!

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ONUTHIN125 6/30/2012 3:17PM

    Naps are your happy hour-I love it! I really enjoy taking naps and I am in my early 50's. As always, you inspire everyone! Take care and enjoy your naps! emoticon emoticon Spark On! emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 6/30/2012 11:43AM

    Great attitude!

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/30/2012 7:51AM

    I too have a few years before I hit the Classy 70's but I need my naps also and I am already just cleaning a room at a time and I'm in my 50's and coloring my hair but that is life and so glad we are here to share what we know and have learned
thanks for the blog
V

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2012 3:23PM

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ARTJAC 6/28/2012 11:35PM

    NAPS ARE GOOD MY NEW WAY OF LIFE emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/28/2012 5:12PM

    I sometimes start to nod off in front of my computer and think of taking a nap but won't because I'm afraid that something might happen and I'll miss it. emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 6/28/2012 2:02PM

    I have long been a proponent of naps! Esp. after a tough cardio class, or after a day with the grandgirls!! Did not know about the calories burned while sleeping - just one more plus!!

I've got 6 years to go, but am looking forward now to being a Classy 70.

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:40PM

    At 65, I have begun preparing for my Classy 70's! You know, I really should re-think Naps....many of my friends take them (especially my other half) and really tout the benefits! I think if I take a nap I might miss something! Heaven forbid!!!!! emoticon

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KINEPS 6/28/2012 12:40PM

    Naps are now your happy hour . . . . . too cute - lol!!!!

I have several years before I'm a member of the "Classy 70's", but I can relate to several of your comments.

Life is what we make of it and our age is just a number, it does not define us!!

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water - Water - WATER

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

emoticon Wish this could have come through in the big print that was in my email, but at least the message is the same! DRINK WATER!!

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study:

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

(No kidding, all of the above are true....)

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TRISSIDAAE 6/28/2012 9:43PM

    emoticon i am drinking some now

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:13PM

    WATER....You can't live without it! Drink Away! emoticon

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SSORENSEN1 6/28/2012 12:05PM

    Wow, thanks for the info! Keep on sharing! emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 6/28/2012 8:58AM

    Water, one of my favorite drinks. I have always been a heavy drinker.... of water....
but I didn't know all the benefits. Thanks for sharing.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/28/2012 7:25AM

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I drink my water everyday but my joints still hurt guess it is just old age but I will keep drinking my water
V

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MEEZERMOM2 6/28/2012 7:04AM

    Great info! I start off each day with a glass of water with lemon & lime squeezed into it, good for my bones!

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JACK714 6/28/2012 6:40AM

    Sounds like water is important. Thanks for the info and the encouragement to drink more WATER.

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LYNETTEMOM 6/28/2012 12:36AM

    I find keeping my water intake up, makes me less likely to get headaches.

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ONUTHIN125 6/27/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon I love water and I always drink at least 9 glasses a day. Great info-you noted a lot of things that I did not know. Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 6/27/2012 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing this .... good to know!

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CATLADY52 6/27/2012 9:17PM

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Early Morning Walks Are Special

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

emoticon For a couple of mornings I did not get up early and when I did get up it was just too hot to go for a walk. I found that I really missed it.

Getting up early forces you to leave that cozy bed, and while this is true, it does have it's own special benefits. The early morning walk! It thrills my dog to see we are going for a walk! And the exercise we get benefits both of us. Recently she started having a bit of problem with her hips and the walking has put her back to normal. And for the past several months I have been bothered with osteoarthritis in my hips and left knee -- walking seems to help that too!

Early morning in the country is much nicer than early morning in the city. Everything looks so fresh and clean with the sun just peeking up over the curve of the earth. There is a special air of quietness over everything, and it's a special treat when we happen to spot a deer contentedly munching grass in a meadow. You are more likely to see rabbits scampering around in the early morning also, before the heat of the day makes them seek shade.

When we first started these walks I found I would be tired by the time we made our 1.1-mile loop and circled around back to our home. Now, other than the fact that it's starting to warm up a bit by the time we've made the loop, I have enough energy to where I could go around again. So all I can say is this: "Try it, You'll Like it!"
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WIFEALF 8/4/2012 12:23PM

    We live in the country and i love walking in the mornings too.Nature i love it.I find walking in the town isnt the same have to fight the traffic and hear all the noise in the country most of the time its so peaceful.I love it...

enjoy your walks.do you take pictures as you are walking?how long do you walk for??

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KAYWEB555 7/2/2012 7:33AM

    Yes, the Pups and I walk every morning around 5am. We just love this special time of the day as you have found out and shared about. Thanks for sharing about the deer and rabbits !

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2012 3:20PM

    Oh yeah!! I with you all the way on that, gf!!! I have been getting out of my comfy bed early and getting me and the dog and DS around the block ( 1 mile) then just me and DS around again (another mile)!! It's great! I, too, live in the city, so the only wildlife to see is squirrels and bunnies!! Love those bunnies!! Love walking early, tho, staying in bed is still hard to put behind me! hehe So, I tried it and I DO like it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 12:07PM

    Zoey and I LOVE our walks, but now that it's been so hot (we're city folks [almost]) we have had to cut back on our distance....she is really bothered by the heat, even though I keep her clipped short and bring water for her. Once the heat wave breaks we will go back to our regular routine.... emoticon

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ARTJAC 6/27/2012 8:31PM

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ONUTHIN125 6/27/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon emoticon I have been walking early for the last week. Today a saw a emoticon and a couple of deer. I walk and just breathe in the fresh air that God has given us. Morning is the time for me to reflect and take a small part of the day for me. Wonderful blog-everyone needs to try a morning walk-it is really emoticon! Spark On! emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 6/27/2012 8:26AM

    We too like to walk, but in the summer my husband is not an early riser. We don't get out the door until 9 ish. But your are right about how the walk makes you feel so much better..

The juice we have for brunch is always the same. I juice a couple of apples, pears and oranges, then put it all in a blender. I add a 2 or 3 bananas and then fill the rest of the blender with frozen fruit. The apples and pears are easily replaced with whatever, but I always put the oranges in with a bit of peal.The frozen fruit is nice to change up, strawberries, mixed fruit, mixed berries or blueberries. If I am not busy munching at Costco, I can find a good selection of frozen fruit. The smoothy is for 2 and keeps us going until supper. On a juice fast or not, it is really good.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/27/2012 7:58AM

    Cheers to having more energy and "Try it, You'll Like it!" !!!

-M

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TRISTAROSE 6/26/2012 4:29PM

    I too love my early morning walks .... I l leave home around 5:30 AM cause it seems at that time of day the bugs are still sleeping but everything else is waking up! So peaceful .....

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4_MY_LIFE 6/26/2012 4:21PM

    I love my early morning walks. I feel so much more energized when I get them. I have to be finished by 8 am or it gets too hot.

Have a wonderful day! Enjoy your walk tomorrow :)

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NONNAJEANIE 6/26/2012 11:50AM

    I need to go to bed earlier so waking up early is more likely! I do love the freshness of the world in the early a.m. Thanks for the reminder!

Happy Day!

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DABLUECAT 6/26/2012 10:55AM

    emoticon Great idea!

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Perfection isn't in my vocabulary!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Most of the time I like my life to be neat and orderly, and that includes the things around me. But tonight as I was reading other people's blogs, reading articles and thinking back over my time here on SparkPeople, I realize that being a success at a Healthy Lifestyle is not about PERFECTION! It's about discipline, consistency, baby steps, failing some days and succeeding on others -- it's about learning how to make the right choices, planning your life so you can carve out the time for exercise, and actually modifying your personality as you go along, and becoming a better person.

Why do you suppose we become a better person as we travel the road to a Healthy Lifestyle? I think one of the reasons is that we read the experiences other people go through to get to their goals. Many of them have bigger obstacles than we could ever imagine! I believe we learn to become more compassionate toward the problems and hardships of other people, perhaps try to walk that mile in their shoes for a change. I believe we learn to be more forgiving for the small missteps we make as we travel the road to our goals. OK, you didn't lose 4 pounds this month, and that was your goal. It doesn't make us a bad person and it doesn't make us a failure. We need to pat ourselves on the back the for 3 pounds we did lose, and give ourselves a reward for the fact that we LOST weight and didn't GAIN! It's a big step!

I believe after we have been members for 6 months, a year, 2 years or more -- we see things a lot differently than we did the day we first discovered this great site! Confidence is something we can help other people with. When you leave encouraging words on a blog written by a new friend, you are helping to build their confidence. When you give a spark goodie to one of the other members on one of your teams, it's giving your support and nudging their confidence.

Why do you suppose SparkPeople is such a big success and so many people are finding that at last they are shedding the weight they have tried to lose for years? Maybe because we are not only learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to Healthy Living, but because we are reaching out and giving our support and knowledge to others.

Spark On! There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. watch for those happy numbers!

  
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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 11:58AM

    So true....Spark support is the the helpful key to our successes! emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 6/25/2012 5:33PM

    Thanks for your insight based on your experiences. I am the farthest thing from perfect but I do struggle with self-acceptance, thinking I should be doing better. So I very much appreciate all of your encouragement. There is strength in numbers!!
Have a wonderful week, my emoticon.

Jeanie

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OLDERDANDRT 6/25/2012 12:25PM

    Very nicely put!! And I agree 100%! Perfection isn't much a part of me either, but I have changed a lot of my way of thinking since joining SP! I've learned a lot! Seeing the light at the end of that tunnel, my friend! Thanks for this great blog!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/25/2012 8:05AM

    I am no perfectionist but I am trying and with friends from Sparks I have not given up so I maybe a yo yo sometimes but I am still trying and that is the name of the game - you write great blogs and inspire me all the time
Thanks for being my sparks friend
V

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KISAKATT 6/24/2012 4:01PM

    Awesome post! I think you're very correct about the "added benefits" that come with this site. I love reading everyone's perspective and I don't think a day goes by where something doesn't make me think and reconsider and grow!

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ARTJAC 6/22/2012 11:45PM

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ONUTHIN125 6/22/2012 9:44PM

    emoticon Blog and I agree with everything that you said. We all need to lift each other up! I believe that the beauty of this website is all of the positive members like you. Thanks for all you do and continue to Spark On! emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/22/2012 6:15PM

    That old saying 'that nobody is perfect' is so true. Some of us are just cruising along losing a bit at a time, others are like yo-yos, and some are seemingly on the road to somewhere but they can't read the map. emoticon



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TRISTAROSE 6/22/2012 4:28PM

    Thanks another great blog! I have learned a lot since I joined SparkPeople and am now finally making progress in my new healthy lifestyle. What you have said here is so true!

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STILLFLYIN 6/22/2012 11:42AM

    You write such inspiring blogs! Thank you.
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LYNETTEMOM 6/22/2012 8:44AM

    tks for this.
Unfortunately, perfection is in my vocabulary...... right before p-o'd. They are so linked. And they are such ugly words.
I'm on the look out for light and happy!

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Splurging vs Healthy Lifestyle! Which One Wins?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

emoticon emoticon Had a lot of fun over the past several days celebrating, seeing old friends and enjoying life! First celebration, although it was pizza, I ate until I was full, had a glass of wine, which I enjoyed ----- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Two days later had lunch with an old friend, thought I was ordering sensibly (I went by the nutritional values listed on the restaurant's website) -- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Then last night we went all out and had spaghetti (for company) complete with garlic bread and even dessert ---- and again I paid the price with another .6 gain!!! Agghhh!

Of course it's easy to see why this happened. I don't have to scratching my head and wonder "what happened?" When you don't eat right, combined with not getting enough exercise, it's the normal outcome to start putting on those pounds you worked so hard to lose. It may not seem fair, but it's a fact of life. It's also the reasons so many diets fail. "DIET" means a food plan, different from what you normally consume that enables you to lose weight. And if that's the plan you use for losing weight it's bound to fail. Not many people can maintain a food plan (diet) that differs greatly from what they normally consume. And eventually you go back to your "old" way of eating. That's why DIET should not be one of your Healthy Lifestyle words. Use food plan when referring to your streamlined mode of eating. Banish, or severely limit the portion of foods that cause the weight gain. Sure, it could include cheesecake, pizza, fast food, rich sauces, ice cream -- but you are choosing between life and death here. And if you don't try to cheat "yourself" you can still enjoy many of these items -- you just can't stuff you body with them until you feel nearly sick from it. Moderation is the key!

And if and when (I say "when" because you WILL) you do go on a little binge -- make sure it is a short one! If you eat one meal that was definitely a mistake, don't multiply that mistake by doing the same or worse the next meal. Stop right there! One meal is a better mistake than One Day, the same as ONE DAY of mistakes is better than ONE WEEK! If you go too long before getting back to your Healthy Lifestyle it is too easy to give up and just say "what's the use?"

To make sure you don't get bogged down - give yourself a PEP talk, every day!

  
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PSMITH3841 6/28/2012 11:49AM

    Just got back from Mexico, all the celebrating (son's wedding) took a 2.5 Lb toll....I feel blessed it was only that much! I must admit, I did eat mostly fruits and veggies, but in larger quantities than usual....plus, I didn't eat one thing I knew, I wanted to taste new things and I did! The Fruity, alcoholic beverages didn't help either...I didn't drink much, (didn't even get a "buzz") but one or two of those cute drinks can contain the caloric value of and entire meal! Yikes! Now that I'm home, I'm getting back on track with my eating habits, but need to get back to the gym! Thanks for the timely and appropriate blog! emoticon

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JACK714 6/20/2012 6:30AM

    Good thoughts and good advice. Remember 1 piece of pizza has less calories than 2.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/18/2012 4:39PM

    Brava!!!!!!! Well said, my friend!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/18/2012 8:10AM

    After Vac back on track and it is to easy to be bad and I don't like the D word but need to stick to the plan everyday - We will see our goals one day
Thanks for the Pep talk
V

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ARTJAC 6/18/2012 4:59AM

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LYNETTEMOM 6/17/2012 7:06PM

    you are so right!

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