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Friday, December 30, 2011

After my half hour on the elliptical, a pilates class was starting at the Y. So I joined in. There was only one exercise that hurt my lower back, so I didn't do that one. The hour and a quarter went fast. It challenged some muscles but was also very relaxing. I don't think I did pilates in 2011 until today, but I plan to include in regularly in my 2012 exercise repertoire.

  
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FREELADY 12/30/2011 10:41PM

    Three cheers for adventuring down new paths!

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WATERMELLEN 12/30/2011 8:36PM

    Good for you! I took a Pilates course some years ago . . . not my thing then, but who knows now? And so good that your back accepted most of it!

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JOHAL52 12/30/2011 7:52PM

    That's great Marsha! An hour and a half. I have tried doing Pilates at home but it's hard to watch TV and attempt the exercises as well. I enjoyed the Yoga Pilates class that was happening at the condo in Santa Fe a year and a half ago. Wish they had something similar in late afternoon at our 55+ community but all the exercises are during the day when I am working.

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_LINDA 12/30/2011 3:45PM

    Way to go trying something new. That is awesome to make it through such a long class! I hope you get some great benefits from it!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2011 3:07PM

    That sounds interesting. I'm glad you found another good workout to add to your list. Variety keeps you from getting bored!

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2011 2:32PM

    I did pilates for a while but I am bad, I don't like how long it takes even though I am retired and could have all the time to do it. I just get bored easily. I also didn't see too many results for me. but good for you if it works for you. will be interested to hear how it long term works for you.
Happy New Year.
Sallie

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MNNICE 12/30/2011 1:34PM

    I would love a Pilates class if we had one locally! I know I neglect on the stretching and I think that would help me get some in. Hard to find the time to do all I'd LIKE to do!

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JOYINKY 12/30/2011 1:10PM

    From what I know of Pilates; it's a good addition Marsha. Go for it!

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Need A Commentator?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Years ago I listened to political speeches and figured out what was significant, what I agreed with, what I didn't agree with, etc. I made my own opinions on who to vote for. Then I got used to the analysts and commentators. Often I don't even form opinions until they dissect what I just heard. Is this laziness or what?

Sometimes I feel like I need a commentator for my life. Like there are things going on right in front of me, but I just can't quite see the significance or relate it to my own life. You may know my story. I was put on my first "diet" of skim milk on my first birthday at a weight of 31 pounds. I have often thought that my decades of struggling with food issues grew out of my early life experiences. I take care of my granddaughters now. I suspect there is some kind of lesson for me in what I observe each day, but it eludes me.

The 15 month old loves to eat and to feed herself. Sweet potatoes, peas, and bananas are her favorite foods, but there is almost nothing she won't eat. I have to determine when her meal is over. She does not seem to know when she's had enough. I've never known her not to eat when offered food.

The four year old, however, eats when she's hungry. Sometimes she eats a lot and sometimes not much and she's been this way almost from the beginning. She has definite food likes and dislikes, but fortunately she has likes in every category. Overall she eats a pretty good diet, although left to her own devices she would overeat cheese and sweets and would never drink milk.

What are the lessons? People are different even from the beginning. People/children have different tastes. People react differently to hunger. Humans start out very tuned into food and eating. When you watch children it is more obvious than when you watch adults that eating affects moods and behavior. I suspect that is just a beginning. Where's an analyst or commentator when I need one?



  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2011 3:14PM

    Marsha, If you get a chance, try to view "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" by Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. It is a lecture by Dr. Lustig on YouTube but you can access a link for it from one of my blogs. It is a bit long and involved but a real eye opener! For me it explained a lot about food itself and food as an addiction. Pretty scary stuff!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2011 11:00AM

    great blog - I have known and loved people from both ends of the spectrum - never understanding how "in the game of life" some people can look at food as nourishment only.

no answers here, but you have great questions!

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TMW54812 12/30/2011 8:33AM

    Overeaters Anononymous was started in the 60's based on the same program as AA and a belief that compulsive overeating is a disease (addiction). I know dozens of formally morbidly obese people who are fit and healthy 10+ years by living this program. Many seem to have been born with the addiction as well as others who developed it later in life.
The good news is, I don't think it matters how or why one develops food issues...what matters most is what you do about it. SP is the best solution for me, others may find different paths to fitness and health.

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MOBYCARP 12/30/2011 7:29AM

    Interesting observations on the children. I think I used to be in tune, but lost it somewhere along the way. Now, I track. I don't know whether I could get back that habit of being in tune or not; for now, I'm afraid to try.

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FROGGGY13 12/30/2011 2:13AM

    I have noticed this with my daughter from a very early age - some days she eats quite a bit, others not much at all, and only when she is hungry. She is neither over- nor underweight, like my husband, and seems to be very attuned to her actual food needs. Somewhere along the line, I started using food in ways that didn't have much to do with hunger. I hope my daughter always keeps this innate awareness.

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_LINDA 12/29/2011 10:19PM

    You are getting a first hand lesson in eating behaviors. Its a shame parents don't have this before they have their children and are too busy with making a living to notice. With these valuable lessons maybe there wouldn't be such an obesity epidemic. These children couldn't be in better hands -you have learned your hard lessons on healthy eating and living! They are so fortunate! You go girl!

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FREELADY 12/29/2011 10:04PM

    Sounds like to me you're doing a pretty great job evaluating YOURSELF! Good for you! You are aware, mindful, observant, and you're thinking about it!

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MEXGAL1 12/29/2011 8:37PM

    very insightful. I too have noticed such a difference between our 3 year old granddaughter and our 5 year old grandson. the grandson is thin and he knows when he has had enough, and that includes sweets and such whereas the granddaughter who is much thickers will eat nonstop if we let her.
so yes it is something how each of us deals with food.

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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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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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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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