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Knowledge is Comfort

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

For the first time I reset my SparkPeople articles recently. I had read everything except a few gardening articles about things I knew I would never grow. I was thinking that now I've read the SparkPeople library of articles that on second read I may get more out of them.

After the reset the first place I went was to the "Maintaining Your New Weight" center. I've now read six articles about maintenance. It all made sense to me. I was surprised that there was nothing I disagreed with; nothing that was different in my experience. Part of me was hoping for some great revelation that would make it all easier. I didn't find that. But I did find a certain comfort that I know what to do.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/6/2011 7:51AM

    Awesome feeling, huh?

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    Good for you for hangin gin there and keeping on keeping on! Best of luck with your maintenance.

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2011 9:28PM

    No article about how easy peasy it is to maintain?? How fair is that???

Oh well. Oh well. Oh well.

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ANNIEONLI 7/5/2011 7:25PM

    Knowledge is power!! Glad to hear that you are doing AOK and Sparkin'! emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/5/2011 7:16PM

    Ahhhh, comfort in the knowledge that there is no easy way! Yes, I agree with Raylin; you are knowing AND doing! Congratulations!

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PENNYAN45 7/5/2011 2:58PM

    Congratulations on being a maintainer!


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FROSTY99 7/5/2011 2:47PM

    Isn't it amazing you can get something every time you read an article-knowledge is power and it sounds like you are making the most of your knowledge.

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    I can relate - knowing and doing - not the same thing - you are knowing AND doing!

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Monday, July 04, 2011

One of the many great things about keeping Natalie, my 4 year old granddaughter, is that I get extra time outside. Left to my own devices, I often think that 90+ degrees is just too hot and I stay in the A/C. But Natalie hardly minds the heat, and she gets me outside to enjoy the butterflies and birds, the lizards and the beetles, the wild flowers and the ones we cultivate. I find the bright sun and the shade each have their own virtues. The sky is constantly changing with blues and greys and silver that I simply miss when I stay in. The sunset pink, purples, and golden hues often display without me noticing. There is something so right, so beautiful, comforting, even healing, about nature. So glad that on this Independence Day that Natalie reminded me to enjoy the beauty of our land.

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PEGGYANNSCH 7/8/2011 9:05AM

    Well my dogs get me outside they are wonderful

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TBRANCH2 7/6/2011 8:46PM

    Good for you! I have two four-legged "Natalies" that demand to go out and "play" every morning and evening so, I am in total understanding in the beauty that we miss while indoors.

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    Hurray for Natalie! I love it outside and it's great to see the things God gave us to enjoy! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/4/2011 10:40PM

    Natalie sounds like a lovely little girl: and she'll always remember her special times with her grandmother!!

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_LINDA 7/4/2011 8:13PM

    A child's innocence will always keep you young! Nothing like taking in your surroundings of the awesome mother nature! I have my Mom to thank for my love of the great outdoors, or I too might be a shut in, staying away from the excessive temperatures, bugs and other such nuisances and missing all the beauty there is out there!
Enjoy your Independence Day celebrations!
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JOYINKY 7/4/2011 8:01PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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    Natalie is a true blessing to you!

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-PAULA 7/4/2011 6:03PM

    Oh, the wonders of nature. Thanks for this beautiful blog about the beauty of our universe. So good you get this reminder from your granddaughter.

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Housework: Help or Hindrance?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

There was a time, several years and decades of pounds ago, when it was hard for me to keep my house clean. I was slow and tired. The effort just took a great deal out of me. I hated cleaning and I hated the mess and I hated the dirt. And I'd never imagined when I was growing up that I would have all this housework to do. I don't know who I thought was going to do it, but my vision of my grown up self did not include housework.

Then I lost some weight and got fitter. My favorite activities were walking and Walk Away the Pounds. I thought of my house and neighborhood as the place for me to be active and improve my fitness. I read that the average housewife burned 50,000 calories per year cleaning house and I thought I had to be actively cleaning at least average. Let's see now. 50,000 divided by 3,500 equals 14 pounds per year. So, I came to think of housework as part of my fitness program.

Then I got fitter. I joined a gym. I started running. Now, once again, housework is not so attractive. There are times I want to run or strength train or bike or swim or Zumba and I need to clean house and do laundry. Darn. In case the reader is one who can count housecleaning as cardio, let me assure you my heart rate does not get anywhere near my target rate even when I do my best to sweep fast or scrub hard. So I still appreciate that housework burns some calories and reduces my sitting time, but sometimes I would be burning more calories and getting even fitter if I didn't have so many mundane tasks demanding my attention.

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LEVELPATHS 1/2/2013 8:32AM

    Good blog! :-)

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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2011 9:31AM

    I've always been torn on whether housework should count or not as cardio. There are times when I really go at it but they are extremely rare these days. With just the two of us it is fairly easy to keep clean and we do share most tasks so I have stopped counting it and I also no longer count gardening unless it is heavy raking or something like that.
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_LINDA 7/3/2011 3:24PM

    I am with you there. Housework is NOT cardio, it doesn't get the HR up high enough..People shouldn't be counting it as such because its considered normal daily activity counted in your basal metabolic rate. Would that we could all afford maid service so we can all enjoy the important things in life!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon
we sure are on the same track!

you gotta run when the weather is good for running!
clean when the weather stinks, lol, unless Zumba is calling!!
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AQUAGIRL08 7/3/2011 2:44PM

    I understand from my hubby that when I used to be able to clean our house, I would be a cyclone. When I was done, I would be dripping with sweat and my clothes would be wringing wet. Granted, the house sparkled but I guess never realized how hard I went at it until I over heard him describing me. It was embarrassing! I used to go from thing to thing to thing. I could go on for hours at a time until I dropped. That's probably why I'm not allowed to do it any more! LOL

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JOYINKY 7/3/2011 12:57PM

    When I really dig in, as I'm about to do soon, nonstop; I count it as cardio. If it doesn't help my fitness it at least helps my attitude about doing it as it's not a high priority for me either. Daily maintenance level I don't count; it is what it is. Yes, I'd just as soon be doing about anything else; especially if it's outside! Have a great 4th!

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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2011 12:01PM

    I am domestically challenged (to put it kindly) and never ever "want" to clean.

Do laundry, do grocery shopping, do some gardening, keep the kitchen counters wiped etc. And indulge myself with a kind and lovely cleaning helper once a week for the major stuff.

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-PAULA 7/3/2011 12:00PM

    I'm with you there!
Like 5 minute bursts of fitness, I do 5 minute bursts of housework and cooking thoughout my work day to get it over with.

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    I agree with you 100%!!! I tell myself that it counts as cardio, but find my mind turning up its nose because it doesn't do what real cardio does! I guess we just have to do it now and then, don't we? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Still Getting Better

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I'm not getting older, I'm getting better!

Actually, I am getting older, but that is okay, because I am still getting fitter. Today I ran a 5K, 3.1 miles, on the treadmill at the well air conditioned YMCA in 27 minutes and 58 seconds. That is my fastest treadmill run by more than a minute. It really made me feel good, because I wasn't sure I could keep on improving. Obviously I can.

I went on and finished over 5 miles with a lot of walking. It just felt wonderful! Have a great and active day, everyone!!

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_LINDA 7/3/2011 2:05AM

    You are getting better!! That is just amazing! You will look back on the way your life was and be wondering why you were wasting so much time, when you could be having all this fun!! New horizons are opening for you and you are proving that you can do anything you put your mind to!!
Keep up the fabulous work! Enjoy all that energy!!

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    That is wonderful! Again, you keep inspiring me! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/2/2011 9:47PM

    Lovely to feel that sense of improvement and achievement!! Good for you!! (I worked out at my air conditioned YMCA today too . . and then went to the beach and sizzled!! Loved it!!)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/2/2011 7:12PM

    That is really fast, for any age!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2011 6:40PM

    Wow! Great job Marsha!

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SACOST 7/2/2011 6:35PM

    Sounds like you're getting better as you get older!!! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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-PAULA 7/2/2011 2:07PM

    I'm inspired! You are so fast!

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    Awesome! You are getting better and better - just a little older emoticon

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UMBILICAL 7/2/2011 1:22PM

  Fine wine. Wisdom. Generativity. Love. All side effects of getting older.

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Thought Required

Friday, July 01, 2011

I didn't set up any special goals for June like I do some months, but I still accomplished quite a few good things:

1. All my morning weigh ins were in my maintenance range. The overwhelming majority of the time I ate wisely. I tracked all but one day.

2. I ran two 5Ks in June, setting a personal best of chip time 28:46; gun time 29:06. The other race, after reduced training due to sore back, was almost as good with a chip time of 29:10; gun time of 29:22.

3. My fitness minutes in June totalled 2712, with a lot of intense workouts. I did as much strength training as I thought I should, given the lower back challenge.

4. In June I set a new streak of 252 days spinning the SparkPeople wheel; 250 was my previous record. I drank a lot of water and slept well almost every night. I was persistent.

You might think that now I've been at a healthy BMI for 27 months and at my personal goal weight for about a year that I could just live healthy without giving it a great deal of thought. Well, I know me. Thought required. SparkPeople gives me focus and positive feedback even when I don't set specific goals for the month. SparkFriends give me the suggestions and encouragement I need to succeed.

Good month. Thanks, SparkPeople!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2011 6:33PM

    Still, Marsha, you put forth a lot of effort to keep it all running. We just offer the support. You are amazing!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/2/2011 8:33AM

    Sounds like that is why you are so successful!

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JOYINKY 7/2/2011 8:17AM

    You are an inspiration! Yes, it requires thought for me too; food and fitness tracking, even after 6 years and always will. Small price to pay and has actually become habit. I was a pencil and paper tracker before coming on SP. It was learning to track fitness minutes here that has kept me comfortably in my goal range. WTG on June and I know you'll have a great July!

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_LINDA 7/2/2011 1:02AM

    Fantastic month! Well done! Yes, this lifestyle does require thoughtful attention. My sister no longer tracks (in fact, stopped as soon as she lost her weight), but is still maintaining. I don't believe I can relax my vigilance. I will always carefully track, and I do so also to see how I am doing for nutrients to make sure I am getting everything I need, not just the calories..
Here is to continued successful maintenance!

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    Marsha, your successes really inspire me! Thank you for posting them and encouraging others! emoticon

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FRAN0426 7/1/2011 11:17PM

    You had a fantastic month of June---WTG. You are one great spark member and show what motovation, pesistance, and are certainly an inspiration for many sparkers----keep up the great work Marcia!

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2011 10:34PM

    Great month!!

And I absolutely agree: thought is required. And attentiveness. You're doing both of these.

And: your results show that.

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MONTY68 7/1/2011 10:28PM

    Hi Marsha
I think you had a awesome month of June. Congratulations on all that you accomplished, I can understand your concern and that thought is required. I agree, it is almost 3 1/2 years of maintaining my weight and I like to say I am living life, BUT, I stay on Spark and receive inspiration and motivation. I guess my 67 + years of weight problems still is in the back of my mind, So, I continue to monitor life on a daily basis.
I don't think it hurts to remind self of the need to exercise, walk and track what I eat.
I know that you will do what ever takes to continue your healthy journey.
Thank you for sharing.

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PMFISH 7/1/2011 9:51PM

    Sounds like you had an excellent month! Keep up the good work!


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/1/2011 9:16PM

    I'm with you, Marsha! I need to have my Spark friends around to remember WHY I do this, and that it's important to me. emoticon And you, dear lady, are among my most inspiring role models!

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    Ever vigilant!

I too must be ever vigilant or the weight will come back with a vengeance.

WTG on a very successful June!

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