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Not Perfect, But Making Progress! New Pix to Prove It

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Having started out at 162 I feel I have made great strides to now be in the 130's. Still have at least 10 pounds to go, but feeling like I have nothing to be ashamed of now. Not too bad for a 73-year old Grandma!

  
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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:08PM

    This is a wonderful photo, Eve. You've worked hard and it is paying off. You look so trim and certainly not "grandmotherly"! Keep on flying!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/5/2012 4:08PM

    You've done quite fabulously!! You have a few years on me, but you look much slimmer, trimmer and younger, my friend! Keep up the fantastic work!!! emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 8/3/2012 4:41PM

    hard to believe you are 73! wow, you look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 8/3/2012 3:52PM

    Saw the title of your blog on my feed....YOU look AMAZING! I would NEVER have guessed your age. I am 53 and don't look near as fabulous.

GO YOU!

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:46PM

    you look amazing....

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STILLFLYIN 8/3/2012 1:00PM

    You should be proud. You look great!

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CHEEKYCHIC7 8/3/2012 12:48PM

    Not too bad for a 73-year old Grandma?! It's not to bad for any woman at any age!

Eve, you look great! well done!

As for the last few pounds = it's always the slowest to go...
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LAINYC 8/3/2012 11:59AM

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PSMITH3841 8/3/2012 10:55AM

    You are a "rockin'" 73, my friend!!!!!! Lookin' good! emoticon

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JACK714 8/3/2012 6:52AM

    Looking Good, grandma.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/3/2012 6:28AM

    You look emoticonkeep up the good work kido
you will see your goal soon
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CINDYLUUU 8/3/2012 12:35AM

    You look great. Age is a frame of mind. I had a girl work for me once for about 2 hours. She was the slowest moving, whiniest person I have ever met. All she could talk about was tired she was and how her age was effecting every aspect of her life. She couldn't do this and that because she was getting old ...yada yada yada. I asked her how old she was. She said 38. So I told her to go home and rest and stay there. She was probably ready for "the home" at 50.
Keep doing what you are doing, you are on the right path!

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KISAKATT 8/2/2012 10:26PM

    Awesome job Eve!! You look fabulous!

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ARTJAC 8/2/2012 10:05PM

    YOU LOOK GREAT emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 8/2/2012 8:44PM

    You look great, you so don't look 73! Congratulations on the weight loss & looking so good for your age.

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LOLAJO54 8/2/2012 8:22PM

    no way you are 73!! wow just fantastic
looker all around
great weigh loss
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It's Working! IT'S WORKING!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

emoticon My weight was nearly 5 pounds heavier than normal the beginning of this month. I was feeling pretty discouraged and wondered if I should just quit trying.

emoticon emoticon was all my weight seemed to do. I have records of my weight all the way back to 2007 (with measurements) and while I'm working with lower numbers now, I am still a long way from my goal. And it seemed like if I did good one month, the next month would be a disaster. Well, you know the old saying -- "If what you're doing isn't working, then it's time to try something new."

SparkPeople tells me I should be eating between 1200-1550 calories. However, in the past when I was younger and would try to take off a few pounds, I found that I couldn't seem to lose any weight unless I keep my caloric intake at about 1000 calories. There were many times when I was through eating for the day, but didn't have enough calories on my tracking yet, or not enough protein -- always something. So I would eat something to get the numbers up. And as I've been on here for about 4 years now, I found this was a very, very slow way to lose.

So for one month I decided to just quit eating when I was full. I tracked my food and many times I would see I had only made it to 997 calories, or 1169, or 1097 -- seldom did I manage to get in the full amount recommended. By stopping my eating when I was full I saw that the scale began to go down. Steady! There was one day it edged back up again, and that was the morning after enjoying Mexican food in a restaurant. Too much salt for one thing, and I have no idea of exactly how many calories.

I weigh in every day emoticon and like to chart my weight. On Sunday I compare my weight to the Sunday before. Here's how it worked out for July:

Sunday, July 1 = 145.2 pounds
Sunday, July 8 = 143.6 pounds = 1.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 15 = 141.6 pounds = 2 pound loss
Sunday, July 22 = 141 pounds = 0.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 29 = 138.4 pounds = 2.6 pound loss

TOTAL LOSS FOR JULY = 6.8 pounds
emoticon Eating habits aren't carved in stone, some people may have a faster or slower metabolism and so their needs may be more or less than another person. So for me, while I trust the numbers that are recommended, in this instance I will listen to my body's needs and I will quit eating when I am full.

  
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CATLADY52 8/2/2012 6:28PM

    That's the best way to go if it works for you. emoticon emoticon

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CHEEKYCHIC7 8/1/2012 6:40PM

    congratulations
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from a slow loser...

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/1/2012 1:16PM

    emoticon So awesome! I feel your frustration (posted it in our vent room)

I may try your strategy as I just really think my body is much slower in the metabolism right now...sighs.

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PSMITH3841 8/1/2012 12:37PM

    Great blog! I think sometimes we forget that not everything produces the same result for everyone and frustration sets in. Once we find what works, and we see results, the process becomes natural.. But boy, what a mess we can make before we find the right program for out individual body needs. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2012 3:24PM

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CINDYLUUU 7/31/2012 9:07AM

    First of all we never just quit, we could never be happy with ourselves if we did that. You are right, just listen to your body and it will tell you what you want. Notice I said body and not taste buds. Those guys are hard to ignore and can really lead us astray. Way to go on this months weight loss! Keep doing what you are doing.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/31/2012 7:41AM

    Great Job Kido we are all different so we all lose in different ways so keep up the good work and listen to your body
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JACK714 7/31/2012 6:50AM

    I think you may be on to something. Good losing.

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STILLFLYIN 7/31/2012 1:13AM

    emoticon I think the SP numbers are for average folks and no one is really average.
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DIDMIS 7/31/2012 12:19AM

    You are so right. emoticon

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SHOES17 7/31/2012 12:07AM

    There is definitely the human factor!

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Didn't Plan for the Rain!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

emoticon emoticon Got rained out on my walk last night -- we did manage to get in 0.6 miles, but the last .1 was in the rain. Tonight DH said to me at about 6:00 "Amber is ready to go for a walk." I noticed it was already getting quite dark and stormy outside. I don't usually go until about 7:00 to 7:30; but as it was already so stormy looking, I agreed to go now.

We only made it to the gate, which is about 75 feet from the house. Large raindrops started to come down; so it would have been stupid to go on unless we had a real desire to get soaking wet, which I didn't. Walked back around the house, took the time to check the strawberry plants to see if there were any ready to pick, and within 5 minutes of coming in the house it was really coming down!

I told DH it didn't sound like rain -- it sounded like someone throwing something at our home, so he went and looked -- sure enough it was HAIL! Burr! It only lasted a few minutes and now it is more of a gentle rain, but I was glad I hadn't been caught outside in the hail!

  
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CATLADY52 7/23/2012 5:47PM

    Getting rained on is not too much fun, depending on the amount I suppose. But you were lucky you missed the hail. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 7/23/2012 2:19PM

    My girls always loved dancing in the rain but I'm not too keen on being out and getting wet. I do love to be inside listening to rain. It is the best lullaby!

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GENESIS2012 7/23/2012 1:18PM

    Wow, sounds like you turned around just in time! I heard the thunder the other night - DH was trying to convince me it was the planes from Luke emoticon He must really think I'm gullible! We got very little rain but a friend in Apache Junction said they got so much rain it came in under the doors of their church and flooded the narthex. Another friend said her son lives in Happy Valley and his backyard was completely flooded. You've gotta love AZ during Monsoon Season emoticon

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PSMITH3841 7/23/2012 11:38AM

    Zoey & I got caught in a Hail storm once....When we left the house is was sunny, but the sky had a greenish/gray cast to it....we got half way down the block and the heaven's opened up. Those hail stones HURT!!! Thank goodness they were pea sized....poor Zoey didn't know what was going on, we couldn't run fast enough to suit her! Watch out for that greenish cast to the sky...the weather forecaster happened to mention it in his report, AFTER we got back from our walk....wish I had known that before we started.! LOL emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 7/23/2012 10:20AM

    An exciting time! How much precipitation did it wind up being?
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OLDERDANDRT 7/23/2012 8:21AM

    Thank goodness you didn't get caught out in the hail!!! But, hey........6/10ths of a mile is certainly better than no walk at all!!! I have gotten myself used to getting up early and getting at least 1 mile in ahead of the heat! We've been getting occasional rain, but so far, it's been afternoon and/or evening when we need the cool down.
Anyway, good for you getting a little walk at least! emoticon emoticon

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JACK714 7/23/2012 8:02AM

    I don't think anyone plans for rain in Arizona, expecially not hail in July.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/23/2012 6:23AM

    Hail and walking is not good so glad you decided to wait but now send us some of the rain NO Hail please just rain
Hope you get to walk today with Amber
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It all adds up to SPARKPEOPLE

Friday, July 20, 2012

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EZRIN101 7/23/2012 3:36AM

    Very cool!

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LYNETTEMOM 7/21/2012 11:28AM

    good job! This should speak to many people!

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    Bravo!!!! Very clever, my friend! emoticon

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JACK714 7/21/2012 7:45AM

    Another good blog. Like your writing.

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    YOU SAID IT ALL emoticon

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NEEKEPOO 7/20/2012 4:51PM

    Love it!!

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CHEETARA79 7/20/2012 2:42PM

    Cute! I like it.

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It Just Gets Easier

Sunday, July 15, 2012

emoticon June was a tough month for me and I didn't think I would be saying "it just gets easier" but here I am, just two weeks into July, and it's true! Walking is finally starting to be a habit with me

emoticon I like to eat, and I think I might have sabotaged my healthy lifestyle by sneaking in snacks now and then that were just putting me over the top. Over the top on fat and sugar, but causing me to fall short on nutrition, like proper protein and carbs. Sodium was also a downfall at times, and of course things like chips are loaded with sodium. But sodium can sneak up on you in places you aren't aware of also -- like canned soups and some of the TV dinners. It may look like a good deal on first glance, when you see it's only 280 calories; but read ALL the statistics and you'll see the sodium is usually in the unhealthy range.

emoticon By walking both morning and evening I found the steps added up so much easier and so much faster. Sometimes I add in a few things that I can do around the house. Now the arthritis doesn't bother me so much, and I'm figuring out when to space in my pain meds so it does me the most good.

emoticon It's definitely "happy dance" time for me. My loss the first week was 1.6 pounds and the week that just went by sees me down 2 pounds. WooHoo!

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JACK714 7/20/2012 7:44AM

    Good for you. Consistency is the key.

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NEEKEPOO 7/18/2012 8:21AM

    Yay! I think Ill log in a few fitness points today doing a happy dance for you! I always LOVE a reason to celebrate! Keep up the good work!

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LYNETTEMOM 7/17/2012 2:07AM

    good for you! I hope to be hot on your trail again soon.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/16/2012 7:22AM

    Glad your doing so well keep up the good work and thanks for the blog
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VETTRANGER 7/16/2012 1:18AM

    Thanks for the note on my page too. I just try to pick out blogs for my 5 daily points where I think I can make a helpful suggestion. The grape tomatoes were a big part of my getting over the "bad snacks" LOL, so I recommend that often.

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KISAKATT 7/16/2012 12:45AM

    Way to go!! Those are some great habits and it's good to hear you're feeling better too!

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VETTRANGER 7/15/2012 11:43PM

    For snacks, the key for me were to keep grape tomatoes on hand. Good ones are as sweet as candy, but are only 2 calories each. Great progress on the walking!

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