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Moving It: Run, Car, Bike, Progress

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Run: Did my 5 mile Galloway group run this morning starting at 6am. It felt good and I really wanted to keep running, but I know I'm not ready and could risk injury. I'll be content to build up slowly. I can hardly wait to break my personal distance record of 9 miles. According to our schedule it will be over a month. Will try to be patient.

Car: A big change in my life today. I no longer have a car of my own, I now share what used to be my hubby's car. It will be an adjustment. I believe it will work and if it doesn't, with some reshuffling and giving up some other things, I will get another car of my own. I will not let it keep me from living healthy, getting to the gym at least 3 times a week, and making my group runs.

Bike: There is a Weight Watchers' group bike ride tomorrow near my home at 8am. I'm planning to make it if I can get the tires properly inflated. Don't need a car; I can ride to the starting point with no problem.

Progress: At home my weight has gone down a couple pounds and I've been feeling thinner. But today I weighed the same at WW as I did last week, about 1.6 pounds over what I want my maximum weight to be. For once, I really was not disappointed. I have finally internalized that when I am following my food plan and sticking to the good eating habits I have selected and spelled out, that is far more important than what the scale says. The scale will catch up. (I may have over-hydrated after my run.)

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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2012 10:53AM


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MEXGAL1 7/8/2012 10:30AM

    Gosh, I don't know what I would do without my own car. And I love my little Smart car. It is so efficent on gas that I forget from time to time which side the gas tank is on as I hardly ever have to stop and get gas. So good luck with being a one car family.
You sure are doing great on your running. I am a bit jealous. wish there were good places to run down here but don't want to risk falling. too many cobblestones.
Have a great day.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/8/2012 9:14AM

    You are going a great job Marsha!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/8/2012 2:56AM

    emoticon on the run, looks like you're doing the right thing and listening to your body. Always wise and often ignored.

As for the difference in scales, don't forget different times of the day and different clothing make a difference and not all scales weigh the same-I could tell you of the row I had with the nurse who told me I was obese- I weigh 124! HELLO! LOL

Enjoy your bike ride Marsha!

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_LINDA 7/8/2012 1:02AM

    Good for you keeping conservative and not risking any injuries. Trust in the training schedule, you do have great respect for the man who created it. He knows his business.
Good for you with the weight!! 'I feel thinner' is worth more than what any scale says. They are all different and you can be weighing different weights at various times in the day. You feel good = you are doing good!!
I hope you can get out and enjoy the bike ride.
Sorry about the loss of your vehicle. Personally, I feel you should have priority use of the remaining car even if it is your husband's (I understand the reluctance to use 'his' car) as you are the one responsible for the child care and looking after the household needs.. If you truly don't use or need the car all the much, surely it shouldn't be a problem..Keep the lines of comminuication open with hubby about it.
All the best with this new phase!!

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MIRAGE727 7/7/2012 10:51PM

    Outstanding! Be well and listen to your body! Rock steady!

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JOYINKY 7/7/2012 10:28PM

    Sounds like everything is coming together just great!

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REXTINE1 7/7/2012 8:13PM

    emoticonIt sounds as if you're on the right track, and using common sense (which isn't so common) too. Good show.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/7/2012 6:26PM

    Hope you make that bike ride. It really helps the run to have some of these cross-training activities, I've found. They work together... you should see my pretty biking calves!

emoticon with the group run, and pacing yourself. You'll be glad, come November, that you were conservative and followed the plan.

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NATPLUMMER 7/7/2012 6:20PM

    Yay for 5 miles!! Don't worry, the month will pass quickly and you'll be rocking the 9.
I'm sure you'll be able to work around the car issue.
Enjoy your bike ride tomorrow.
Yes, it could be from water...the scale will catch up.

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MSLZZY 7/7/2012 6:01PM

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Getting Closer

Friday, July 06, 2012

I've been doing about as well as I ever have following a food plan. Yesterday I had 2 deviations from my plan.

1. I planned according to Weight Watcher's PointsPlus. When I entered it into SP after supper and before my second snack I found I was over on calcium and under on fat. I had planned to have my usual 3 cups of skim milk, but had forgotten that I had a slice of fat free cheese in my breakfast sandwich. So I cut my second snack to a half cup skim milk and added one tablespoon unsalted pecans. My nutrition statistics were better and I enjoyed all my food. So this deviation was due to seeing an opportunity to improve my plan. I don't feel bad about it at all, but recognize that better planning up front would produce a better plan.

2. The second was not a deviation as such, but also a problem caused my plan which in this case was vague. I wrote down "watermelon" for dinner. I did not specify an amount. I envisioned a slice and I cut one. I was full half way through eating the slice and should have quit. I didn't. I ate it all.

So today for lunch I measured 2 cups of watermelon. I enjoyed every bite. However, I believe that is 4 servings of fruit. I'm going to aim for a serving size of one cup in the future.

Growing up my family routinely overate watermelon. Often we'd take a nice big one and split it between the four of us. So I will give myself credit for making progress. I may never truly think and act like a thin person, but I'm decidedly getting closer!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/8/2012 9:12AM

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MEXGAL1 7/7/2012 4:11PM

    Acting and thinking like a thin person sure takes a lot of work.
But we can do it. We just need to plan. Me too!
have a great rest of your week end.

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JOYINKY 7/6/2012 8:59PM

    I love watermelon! Ice Cream; I watch portions. WM, not so much.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/6/2012 6:54PM

    Well, several others already said this, but if I was to pick a less dangerous food to overeat, watermelon might be toward the top of the list.

Still, learning to eat "normal" portions is in our best interest! Here's to "getting closer".

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STARWARSFAN2 7/6/2012 6:21PM

    If you were talking about overeating chocolate cake I might raise an eyebrow. Overeating watermelon doesn't sound bad. I understand why you mentioned it, though.

Sounds like you are doing a super job. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 7/6/2012 3:25PM

    Watermelon is another one of those foods that because it is good for us we tend to think we can eat as much as we want! We've been enjoying some all week left over from the last batch of company.

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2012 3:16PM

    portion distortion hits us all Marsha! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/6/2012 3:02PM

    I was astonished how my 'slice' of watermelon added up quickly on the measuring scale -it was one round whole slice of the biggest part of the watermelon and was an eye-opener how many calories that was. It pays to pre track when you haven't had something for a long time..
Good on you for tracking as you are going along to catch any discrepancies..

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SLIMLILA 7/6/2012 2:20PM

    My dd so loves watermelon, she buys several a week, we never thought to portion it out.... But there is so much water in it....yeah, I know just an excuse....What do you do with your skim milk? Just drink it? I guess that is also a way to get Magnesium... I am always short on MG and folate every day.. and Mg. is becoming the new "magic bullet" for dieting, but I have to realize I can't do it all, and I have to do what I can, and sticking to this plan has to become second nature before I start changing things.. BUt, because is it lo carb, therefore low GI, I am noticing that I get full very quickly, and I am STOPPING when my body tells me too.. THat is such an enormous accomplishment.. This keeping full with glass of hot lemon, coffee and green tea t breakfast is very helpful.

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NATPLUMMER 7/6/2012 2:09PM

    emoticon You're doing great!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/6/2012 2:04PM

    A couple weeks ago I cut up half a watermelon into chunks and put them in a big fruit bowl. I meant to share it, but ended up popping so many pieces in my mouth while preparing dinner that I was painfully stuffed and couldn't eat my dinner!

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The Big Bang

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Nope, not the TV show. My microwave. I put a yellow squash (summer squash, crookneck squash - whatever you call them) in to cook to go with my brown rice and kidney beans and red/green bell peppers. I'd done it at least 10 times before without incident. But this time there definitely was a big bang. 21 month old Gwen jumped as high as her highchair strap permitted, but she didn't cry. I almost cried when I saw the mess. Still, what I could recover of it was delicious.

Next time I'll be sure to stab it with a fork first!

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REXTINE1 7/6/2012 11:09AM

    I assume you know that it's a good idea to stab potatoes with a fork too.

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PHEBESS 7/6/2012 5:58AM

    OH NO!

But at least it all stayed IN the microwave, right? Didn't go all over the kitchen? (Like the time DH forgot he was boiling eggs, and they exploded all over.......)

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SLIMLILA 7/6/2012 1:30AM

    I was going to do tht with my spaghetti squash too, but I cut mine in half before I do it... BTW, when you do a regular squash, how long do you put it in for?

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/5/2012 10:51PM

    Oh My!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2012 9:26PM

    Wow! Belated July 4th fireworks?? Sounds . . . . messy!!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/5/2012 8:13PM

    Don't you just love it??? I've had something similar happen too. The mess is gross to clean up. Oh well, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger!

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 4:46PM

    Wow! I have never heard of that happening!! Sounds delicious though, pretty much how I like my spaghetti squash prepared! Sorry about the mess and clean up :((
Hope your weekend goes more peacefully..

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MEXGAL1 7/5/2012 4:37PM

    wow, glad it was only a mess to clean up and no one got hurt.
the meal sounds yummy though

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PMFISH 7/5/2012 4:27PM

    I have only steamed squash in the microwave, but good to know you can cook whole, if you pierce them. Sorry you had the mess, but glad you shared, because I learned something!

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MIRAGE727 7/5/2012 3:32PM

    I'm really a sickie because I would have been interested in seeing a pic of what happened!
The good thing as that neither one of you got hurt!

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NEW-CAZ 7/5/2012 3:31PM

    When you least expect it some inanimate object will ruin your plans.
Could have been worse!

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SOKKERNUT 7/5/2012 3:30PM

    Omgosh!!! But you were right that's the first thing I thought from title was the show and even the theme song got stuck in my head! emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/5/2012 2:39PM

    Sometimes messes happen! Glad it wasn't worse. I had a lesser blow up in my MW yesterday too. Cooking an egg; and yes, I did scramble it first!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/5/2012 2:02PM

    That must have made you jump!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/5/2012 1:59PM

    Put a fork in it so it *can* get done? emoticon emoticon (Can't find a squash icon, what's up with that? Glad it wasn't a real explosion... sorry it was a mess!

Spark on!

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Improving My Eating Habits

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Good habits I'm working to adopt:
1. only eat sitting down, especially not when cooking nor cleaning up
2. limit eating in the car to situations where the alternative is not to eat a meal
3. quit overuse of artificial sweeteners (currently on 10th day of no packets)
4. limit after dinner eating to one planned snack
5. visual satisfaction by spreading out entire meal at one time
6. no pre-emptive eating (eating to avoid hunger in the future); tolerate hunger and cravings when necessary

Advantages of Improving My Eating Habits:
1. health
2. eating habits I'm proud of; none I'm ashamed of
3. being in control of my eating and my weight; feeling in control
4. far more likely to maintain; far less likely to gain
5. appearance
6. feel good even right after eating - not stuffed, no indigestion, feel like exercising
7. reduce sugar cravings; get used to normal sweetness (ex: fruit)
8. freedom to eat for the moment, because I can stand hunger and cravings when necessary

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/5/2012 10:52PM

    Way to Go! We could all take a lesson from your blog!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/5/2012 8:08PM

    Great lists!!!

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REXTINE1 7/5/2012 9:29AM

    Both lists are good. I have noticed that if you ignore the hunger pangs for 15 minutes they go away, so it's never mandatory that you eat now. Good luck with your program. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2012 7:55AM

    This is terrific reminder for me too: thank you!

I must not eat standing up!

I've gotta tolerate hunger: it's not an emergency!

I never ever want to feel stuffed! What yuckiness!!

We are in this together, absolutely.

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_LINDA 7/5/2012 12:44AM

    Wow! Awesome list!! Very well done to eliminate the artificial sweeteners -I know how you struggle with that.. My problem is a before dinner snack -I have to have lunch at 11:30 am to be done by bridge time, and its a long time before my usual dinner time at 8 pm (I eat that late and feel no need for after dinner snacking then, but it makes for a very long wait :(
Good luck with your trouble spots! You can do it!!
Hope you had a great 4th with wise food choices and some physical activity :)

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JOYINKY 7/4/2012 9:52PM

    Mindful eating is always a good idea. Enjoy the journey Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 7/4/2012 8:00PM

    I love your list, Martha. Only one thing in the Good Habits list that me & Gorden Ramsey would frown upon.
IF you are cooking, then I would hope it is healthy. That said, you must taste your cooking ever so slightly to insure that you are seasoning it proper or it can be plated!
Yeah, I watch too many cooking shows!
Happy 4th, Girl!
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PARKERB2 7/4/2012 6:56PM

    I really do the artificial sweetner thing too much. Have to have it in place of sugar. I must break this habit. Yes, you should try a garden. When the food starts coming in, its very satisifing. Take care.

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MAYBER 7/4/2012 6:05PM

    You have put together a great plan best wishes as you put everything into practice one day at a time
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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2012 5:40PM

    Great plan - I may steal some of your ideas!

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NEW-CAZ 7/4/2012 4:33PM

    Lovely weighing up the pros of healthy eating and actually seeing it written down.
Can't see any cons! No brainer huh? emoticon emoticon

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    Always a challenge not to nibble during cooking and clean up.

My take on artificial sweeteners: Don't. Period.
We already ingest so many chemicals/artificial ingredients daily, often totally out of our control, it's probably a good thing to avoid the ones we can control.

I'm not sure what this pre-emptive eating concept entails. I often debate the advantages and disadvantages of having set meal- and snack times (eating at set intervals) versus the concept of only eating when hungry. I think there is no cookie-cutter concept here, and what works depends on the individual.

Wishing you much success on your journey.

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Am I Overeating Every Day?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Beck* suggests that you spread out your entire planned meal in front of you before you start eating. Then you look to see if you plan to eat too much of anything and adjust. She describes the need for "visual satisfaction" that is not achieved when you take a small amount and then seconds or thirds, or eat your meal a course at a time. I've been doing this now over a week. It just might help me.

Beck even suggests that you pay attention to not overeating low calorie foods. I have become more aware of the amount of veggies and fruits I'm eating, and perhaps I have cut it back just a bit. I probably average 12 servings of freggies daily. I'm going to have to think about whether I need to cut back further.

* Dr. Judith Beck, The Beck Diet Solution. Subtitle: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person

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SLIMLILA 7/4/2012 3:02PM

    Great blog, Marsha!
You know I have thought if I had a fridge where I could just lay out my day's food and then ONLY eat that, it would be cool. Little did I know that the visual satisfaction is a big part of the big picture. What I did yesterday was prepare 4 bowls of mixed freggies, to have ready and then I made salads, and also chicken and turkey cooked up to have on hand... Now, if I could clear a whole shelf in my fridge and just have a big tray in there with all I need to eat for the day.... I seldom (if ever) get in my oils... I don't know if the TBSP I cooked my eggs in counts, I need 2 TBSP a day..

Thank you for sticking around an inspiring the rest of us even long after you have successfully completed the "Weight Loss" portion of your journey. We al need to know that it doesn't stop there and as you continue in maintenance, you help the rest of us..
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MEXGAL1 7/4/2012 1:36PM

    Thanks so much for the tip. very interesting. I might give that a try.
Happy 4th of July.

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REXTINE1 7/4/2012 1:29PM

    There are other doctors who want you to eat all the vegetables you can - it makes you feel physically that you have eaten, which helps keep you satisfied.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/4/2012 11:15AM

    I think the key is, are you within your calorie range??? If the freggies are keeping you full and helping you maintain, then I say go ahead and eat them. The alternative may be eating things that are worse for you.

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NEW-CAZ 7/4/2012 2:47AM

    Interesting infor Marsha. My dinner plate is nearly all veg and I feel full and satisfied on it. Love my fruit too!

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PMFISH 7/4/2012 1:36AM

    If I ate as much as my daughter, I would weigh much more than I do today. Yet she loses, she is just that more active. She has muscles, is younger, so I think it depends on the life style.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 7/3/2012 11:49PM

    Very interesting! Thanks.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/3/2012 10:59PM

    Thin people eat lots of fruits and vegetables. That's where the micronutrients that your body needs are found! I'm not sure I really grasp the concept of "overeating low calorie foods." Are you tracking your meals? That's the best way to see where the overage is coming from, if indeed there is one.

Runner's need lots of nutrition to keep going. Think nutrition, not just calories.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/3/2012 9:59PM

    It is so easy to think that little cucumber has almost NO calories so I can have several of them!

Good advice - thanks for the reminder.

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_LINDA 7/3/2012 9:09PM

    That is interesting -I too am having huge servings of freggies as well. But then again, to get the nutrients recommended they quite often have to be large.. Sometimes I too, think it is just too much, the sheer volume of them. It means my stomach is stretched and can allow me to overindulge in not so healthy foods too. Food for thought...

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JOYINKY 7/3/2012 8:43PM

    I guess that's a question everyone really has to answer for themselves. I refuse to be hungry. Smiles.

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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2012 8:20PM

    Good reminder! I do tend to eat pretty large salads . . . cruncy low cal stuff, but do I really need that much??

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