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Aha...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I was asked on a message board what the biggest "Aha" I've had since starting maintenance. I didn't have to think about it any time at all. My biggest surprise is that I can live at the weight I've wanted to be since I was a teen and be no hungrier than I was 50 or even 80 pounds heavier. The heavier I was the more food cravings I suffered; the healthier I eat the fewer cravings harrass me.

  
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LDIBARRA 12/30/2011 12:40PM

    It's good to know that a time will come when the cravings will reduce some. I'm having difficulty controlling cravings at this heavy weight..I also use people such as yourself as a "mentor" to know that if others can lose as much weigt as you did, then I can too. Keep up with the great blogs! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 12/28/2011 11:16PM

    As I've said before, Marsha, you are amazing! I agree that the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you crave. The best way to cut cravings is to cut out sugar and sweeteners!

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MIRAGE727 12/28/2011 10:55PM

    Awesome! I have a similar revelation. I've also realized good calories and healthy food tastes better! All the best and embrace it all!
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DONNABRIGHT 12/28/2011 10:45PM

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FREELADY 12/28/2011 8:48PM

    Please keep talking! Your blogs "hit the spot" for me so often! Thank you.

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JOYINKY 12/28/2011 7:38PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/28/2011 7:12PM

    This is a huge insight: and so true. I'll be reminding myself of it over and over again.

I'm just as hungry when I'm 80 pounds overweight as when I'm at my goal weight.

Truth is, with my food addiction, no amount of food would ever be "enough food".

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_LINDA 12/28/2011 6:59PM

    That is awesome Marsha, and oh so true. What people don't realize is the more you eat of treats the more you crave because high carbs does bring on that feel good feeling, its an addiction like any other drug, plain and simple. I discovered once I gave up the treats and didn't allow them in my apartment, I know longer craved them. The food I ate was plenty satisfying, as long as it was well balanced with enough protein, carbs and fat. Spark's ratios really do work if followed.
Keep on enjoying that less is more feeling!

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2011 6:54PM

    I so agree with your Aha! maintenance is still a challenge to me but I know I am not going to go back to the way things were when I weighed like 80 pounds more.
It feels so good knowing that we can stay at the weight we want.
We can do it Marsha, yes we can!
Sallie

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JOHAL52 12/28/2011 1:55PM

    That is such a happy place to be in!! And I know it is true--just need to keep reminding myself as I shed these ten pounds.

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TMW54812 12/28/2011 1:30PM

    Good to know there is life after weight loss....lol! emoticon

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Plans to Achieve a 2012 Goal Early in the Year

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I walked and then ran a little outside, but it started raining. Then I came in and did 5.3 miles on the treadmill using Galloway - run four minutes/walk one minute. Gwen was napping; Old Dad was home.

I'm pretty sure that I can do 6.1 miles, a 10K, on January 14th. My 25 year old niece has encouraged me to enter. My back may not be 100%, but it is pretty good. She is running with a friend and their goal is just to finish. I probably won't stay right with them since I'll probably run-walk-run and they will straight run it. It will be my first 10K. Like my niece and her friend, as long as I finish, I'll consider it a success.

  
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SUEMATROW 12/31/2011 3:49PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/31/2011 11:07AM

    Bet you do great!

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MIRAGE727 12/27/2011 11:26PM

    Outstanding, Marsha! Be well!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/27/2011 9:44PM

    Stay at your pace and have a great time!

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_LINDA 12/27/2011 9:03PM

    Great goal Marsha -but concerns about your back -is the impact going to bother it? Perhaps you should get a Dr.'s opinion/clearance ?? Do be careful with your health, it only takes a minute to suffer a set back :(
Wishing you the best -I know you have the willpower to succeed!!

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JOHAL52 12/27/2011 8:40PM

    Be careful of your back while you achieve your goal :)

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MEXGAL1 12/27/2011 7:29PM

    I too got out for a 4 mile walk but it really rained on me....being from sunny Mexico, I didn't like it but I kept going and finished even though I got soaked.
Here's to us just getting out and doing it!
Sallie

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JOYINKY 12/27/2011 7:03PM

    Sounds sensible! Go for it!

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WATERMELLEN 12/27/2011 6:59PM

    Excellent goal! You can do it!!

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JULIA_211 12/27/2011 5:26PM

    emoticon Good luck! I'll be rooting for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMA1951 12/27/2011 3:21PM

    I'm jealous. Maybe once I get over this cold I'll have to start up again. Congrats on achieving your goal.

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TMW54812 12/27/2011 2:56PM

    RUN MARSHA, RUN!!!! emoticon

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The Good Cooker Declares Victory!

Monday, December 26, 2011

This morning I weighed 126.6. WooHoo! My goal weight range is 124-129.9, which is over 80 lbs below my high weight. Friday I was up to 130.0 and concerned about my No Gain Holiday pledge. But I am declaring victory! I did it!!

However, I've got to keep doing it. My house is full of calorie dense foods. My daughter requested fudge and candied yams. I made both for her. She was suppose to take them home, but said she'd get them today because she didn't have room in her car due to Christmas presents. There is lemon meringe pie and peach cobbler that my hubby wanted. Bet we'll end up throwing much of it away. I had 3 takers for ham, but no one took mashed potatoes, dressing, and gravy. We only had 6 out of 36 deviled eggs left and my husband has already claimed those leftovers. We have lots of nuts and cheese, but I usually have some of those in the house. There is a gingerbread house decorated with candy. There are more than a dozen dinner rolls left. May freeze those.

The turkey is yummy and I will eat that. We have lots of fresh veggies and fruit in the house. I have several pounds of fresh green beans that I did not get cooked yeterday that I will prepare today. The broccoli I fixed yesterday had sauce on the side that does not tempt me, so the leftovers are fine. We've got lots of fresh veggies from the veggie tray. I'll do fine.

I don't feel at all deprived. I enjoyed my meal and my nibbles of calorie-dense food. I was delighted when my 4 year old granddaughter ate well, even the broccoli, and declared, "Old Mom is a good cooker!"

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2011 11:02AM

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FREELADY 12/28/2011 11:29PM

    Love love love this blog!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/27/2011 8:16PM

    Good job Marsha!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/27/2011 5:30AM

    Great inspirations!! That will be my pledge next holiday season - I always seem to sabotage myself at this time of year. I'm back to choosing Healthy this week; not waiting for Jan. 1st Thank you, Pat

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MIRAGE727 12/27/2011 12:45AM

    Happy for you, Marsha, that you won the battle! As always, way to lead by example!
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_LINDA 12/26/2011 11:52PM

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Well done Marsha! You can be very, very proud of yourself!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/26/2011 9:47PM

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PARKERB2 12/26/2011 1:27PM

    You did great! Give yourself a Goodie for all that hard work you did to prepare for others to have a good meal. Have a great day.

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JOYINKY 12/26/2011 12:17PM

    You always have a plan Marsha; I like the "sauce on the side" for the broccoli. I find for me to have a successful holiday meal it does take more, not fewer, choices on the table. That's usually "naked veggies" which is how I prefer them and others can do with them what they will. I know your victory is sweet!

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FROSTY99 12/26/2011 11:59AM

    Way to go Marsha. I am tossing my cookies today-just too tempting sitting there! I take a bite and then toss the rest of the cookie, but those bites do add up.

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MEXGAL1 12/26/2011 9:11AM

    Congrats to you Marsha...good job!
Here's to a good week and a great New Year!
Sallie

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/26/2011 9:05AM

    You are such a source of inspiration with your stories of maintanence, thank you!

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Unexpected Gift

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Okay. It is Christmas. I absolutely loved seeing the little ones open their gifts and play this morning. The littlest one got a Step 2 baby slide and she just loves it!! The bigger one got princess pajamas that you would think were made of gold. The girls and their parents are now at their other grandparents and I am cooking for all of us this evening.

So you would not think I should be thinking about my weight. However, this week every day I weighed I was up. I was at 126.8 on Monday, but creeping, creeping up to 129.8 on Friday and 130.0 yesterday morning. I honestly was tracking, or tracking as honestly as I could, and thought I was doing pretty well. Hmm. Yesterday I indulged a little and feared I would be up even more. But, no, this morning I weighed 127.4.

I have vowed that by next year this time I will have given up my scale obsession. But for today I consider that the scale just gave me a very good Christmas present!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/27/2011 7:45AM

    Awesome!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/25/2011 9:13PM

    That is a great Christmas present indeed! Enjoy a no gain Christmas!

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JOYINKY 12/25/2011 8:53PM

    Have a wonderful evening too! Enjoy those little ones and their wonder and joy!

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_LINDA 12/25/2011 5:54PM

    So glad you enjoyed your time with the little ones -that is long gone from our family, everyone is grown up and none of the grandchildren show any inclination to marriage. There is something about the young one's delight at their surprises that is fun to watch.
Glad your fractional weighings are going in the direction you want -well done!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2011 2:05PM

    Merry Christmas - enjoy your present!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2011 1:43PM

    I've been struggling a bit this season, too. But am trying to come to grips with that being a "normal" part of maintenance. Vigilence. Back to basics tomorrow! Enjoy your Christmas, today!

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2011 1:20PM

    Yay you!! I did NOT weigh myself this morning . . . but ate very moderately yesterday and am doing quite well today so far . . . .

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ABMW2009 12/25/2011 1:18PM

    Merry Christmas!!!! and congratulations on your weight loss

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Refusing to Stress

Friday, December 23, 2011

No, I haven't done everything I intended. I've wrapped some presents and my turkey is thawing in the refrig. I've purchased most of the things we need for Christmas dinner and all the presents I'm going to buy. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow and that will be okay. I've had at least one kid every day recently. I've decided I'm keeping a smile on my face and I'm going to be nice to everyone and that is going to be my focus. If not everything gets done, so be it.

I haven't done exceptionally well selecting presents this year, but it will be okay. I don't think anyone will feel neglected. We've taken care of our little girls and those are the ones who really count this season.

My lower back has been bothering me for several weeks now and one trip to the chiropractor didn't seem to make a difference this time, when in June it seemed like a miracle cure. I did elliptical Monday - 1/2 hour - and Wednesday - 3/4 hour. Today I thought I might do an hour. I did 10 minutes and I just had this feeling that I wanted to run. So I told myself if my back hurt at all, I would quit or at least switch back to elliptical. Back felt good. I did 50 minutes on treadmill; went a little over 4 miles at mostly between 5 - 5.5 mph, with a couple intervals of 6 mph. So my 5K time was 35.0, far off my record, but okay for my current fitness level. Afterward I swear my back felt better than it has for several weeks.

This week my first morning weighs have been between 126.4 and 129.8, and that is with no binges or overeating. I'm hoping to get to January 1st at 128 or less. We'll see. I'm not going to stress over that, either, though. I'm trying for a no gain holiday, but I'll accept and deal with whatever the scale says.

Wishing you a stress-free holiday filled with love and joy!! -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/25/2011 9:11PM

    Right back at you Marsha! I hope your back continues to feel good!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2011 7:58AM

    Merry Christmas!

Along with the Blessings of the season, come the Christmas Stresses too.

Feel better!

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:29PM

    Sorry about your back pain :(( I sure can empathize as the more I get moving the more mine ramps up unfortunately, but usually, moving is far better for it than sitting..That is what I have been told, but mine is more a mechanical problem -when my other hip gets fixed, I feel I will be done with back pain. Body mechanics are so touchy. A sore knee or bad feet can trigger back pain -orthotics helped me at one point in time. If the chiropractor doesn't help, be sure to look into other areas like your feet..It can't hurt..
No one can blame you for not getting everything done perfectly when you are busy looking after children. Its just being together that counts, not the gifts! I hope you can relax and enjoy your family time! Well done with the weight maintenance! I have no doubt you will remain exactly where you want to be!!

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2011 8:53AM

    Marsha it sounds like you have a great attitude. Don't stress. I bet though that there is some stress sneaking in there and going to your back. I am with you and I am not going to worry about the number on the scale. I know I will get my routines back in order after the holidays.
Happy Holidays
Sallie

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MONTY68 12/23/2011 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog, I am glad that you were able to get a good run in today. You show great patience in your exercising and that is good.
I can feel from your blog that you feel calm, you are giving us a great lesson on how to keep stress down. It takes a lot of pressure off when you approach it with a positive attitude.
As far as your weight, you are so aware of where you are that the numbers won't really matter. You have done a awesome job in maintaining.
Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2011 9:43PM

    Love this: working on stress free, just like Marsha!! (And yup, even though that middle four is persistent and the middle three is elusive: I'm not far off, and I'm not stressing!)

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TMW54812 12/23/2011 5:04PM

    Easy does it! Stay healthy...enjoy your Christmas!

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BRAVERUDE 12/23/2011 4:46PM

    Good work! Have a fabulous holiday and watch that low-back!


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