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The Water Habit

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I used to drink a lot of water. I had kidney stones in 1972 and 1992, and was told to drink lots of water. Weight Watchers used to encourage lots of water, too. Weight Watchers has now gone to 6 glasses of liquid per day. Doesn't have to be water, although they still say water is best. I dropped my water consumption to about 3 glasses of water per day.

Okay. I came to SP, got with the program, and incrased to 8 glasses per day. But I had read research that said we don't really need 8 glasses of water. So I did it, but didn't really think it was important. It just seemed like easy SparkPoints that wouldn't hurt.

Surprise! I think increased water has helped me a great deal. Without planning to reduce sodas, I am drinking about 10% of the soda I drank before. Sodas are a rare treat for me now instead of a way to quench thirst. For me, water reduces hunger. It seems to reduce headaches as well.

Thanks, SP, for getting me back in the water habit!





  
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AMBUDMAN 1/29/2010 9:57AM

    I love water. emoticon

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PO_PAZZA 1/24/2010 2:43PM

    Good points. Since water was always low on my priority list, about a year ago, I made a pact with myself that every time I walked into the kitchen (usually trolling for an unplanned snack), I would drink a cup of water before doing anything else. It (1) sometimes keeps me out of the kitchen, (2) often fills the hole I thought a snack would handle (3) usually gets me to those 8 cups before the day is over.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/24/2010 1:38PM

    I'm off for a glass of water now...

It's another thing that just becomes a habit after a while and it is something that we can control quite easily.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/24/2010 1:10PM

    How true! I find that I'm so in the habit of drinking 64+ ounces per day that if I get behind on it, I'm really cranky and thirsty. The last time I had blood work done, the tech told me that she loves people who drink lots of water. She said that it's easier to draw blood from them! See, there are lots of other benefits besides just feeling better!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2010 12:45PM

    Good for you with prevention of stones. Have two people in my life who've been through the mill with kidney stones, and I'm always preaching water, water, water to them. Have a wonderful day.

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HIDIANE 1/24/2010 12:07PM

    I agree...it keeps you away from other beverages that aren't as good for you. One thing I have tried to do though is stop drinking before 6, if possible, since it seems like that was disturbing my dreams for a potty break! Have a good Sunday!

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DOLPHINFAN1334 1/24/2010 12:06PM

    THAT IS TERRIFIC THAT YOU ARE DRINKING LOTS OF WATER AGAIN. I FIND THE SAME BENEFITS FROM WATER THAT YOU DO. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND HAVE A GREAT DAY TODAY!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Missing from The Spark?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I had misplaced my copy of The Spark, but fortunately I've found it. As I picked it up and looked at it, though, something struck me. The 60s and 70s and 80s are missing. Really the 50s are almost missing, too. All the success stories with their beautiful pictures gracing the middle pages are of people far younger than I am. The oldest is 50 years old.

It makes me question. Is the goal oriented focus advocated in The Spark relevant for people like me?

  
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REDGRAMA 1/25/2010 3:13PM

    I MOST DEFINITELY AGREE WITH YOU MARSHA. My age group (71) is
an absentee. Since I have ALWAYS been slim, does not mean that I
did'nt WORK at it to STAY that way. we are a FAST GROWING
AGE GROUP,( PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SELL US THINGS OR IDEAS ) had
better GET WITH IT,OR THEY WILL LOOSE A LOT OF SALES!!!
THANKS FOR POINTING IT OUT.
Hugs, Nancy M.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 1/24/2010 2:55PM

  I will pass your concerns along!

Nancy

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AQUAGIRL08 1/24/2010 1:07PM

    I think it's relevant to those of us over 50 but, since our metabolic rates are slower (due to age) we need to keep that in mind. I think any time someone is doing a book to help people in general, you go toward the middle of your audience. The bad news is that we're approaching the upper levels of that audience! Like anything else, we have to apply those parts that relate to us and tuck the other information away to pull out at a later date as needed. Of course this is assuming that we can remember where we put it! lol

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ZELLAZM 1/24/2010 8:12AM

    It's definitely relevant or we wouldn't be here!

But I definitely agree that it would be good for SP to acknowledge the older members AND the maintainers. WalkingAnnie also made some good points - that at our age, our success is sometimes more remarkable because we're changing habits that have been around for a looooong time.

In the meantime, the age-group and maintainers teams are great havens here on the site!


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PEGGYANNSCH 1/24/2010 7:59AM

    yes that was a very good point

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WALKINGANNIE 1/24/2010 6:56AM

    In many ways the successes of the over-50s are even more remarkable because we have built up a longer history of bad habits and baggage? I guess that we were the slow learners. Well I certainly was!

Unfortunately the Spark hasn't reached the UK yet, or least my part of it, despite my pre-order but I suppose your comment applies to much of the media. Of course we all know some wonderfully inspirational people on the SP website who are in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even more mature. I am often inspired by people in the 50+ Maintainers Team and your own bootcamp achievements are a great example. I also enjoy reading about the successes of some very determined younger people in SP and we are all overcoming shared problems and achievements whatever our age..

I wonder to what extent the examples used reflect the responses to SP's requests for success stories. They are very democratic in seeking good examples but can only use the material that we supply them with. Just a thought.

Good points that you've raised. Your mind is working as hard as your body!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/23/2010 11:49PM

    I agree and have noticed that SP really seems to be geared to a certain demographic. That's one of several observations. (smiling) I think it's due to the fact that their staff is comprised of mainly the same ages.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/23/2010 10:16PM

    Very good point!

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PO_PAZZA 1/23/2010 9:31PM

    Funny, I thought the same thing as you when I read the book. Have you noticed that in women's magazines when there's an article like Healthy Hair Through the Years, there are long paragraphs for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and then suddenly the paragraphs for older women are either tiny or non-existent. They're still not getting that we're very much alive and lively and interested. And that we'd like some role models our age displayed on the pages, too. This summer, on a 42-mile backpack trip in steep terrain, I out-hiked women 1/3 my age. I guess we'll have to be each other's role models until the PR people wake up and smell the cappuccino.

Mary
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NICKI2B 1/23/2010 8:37PM

    I believe the spark method would be doable for all people within their own limitations. That is not to say that all older people face limitations, only many of us do face more challenges as we get older. A part of the Spark philosophy is to do what you can, starting small and building sustainable positive habits. Surely this is something all of us can apply in one way or another?
It is odd that there aren't any older people featured in the glossys, though. Is it possible that it began with a younger crowd and has caught on to the rest of us?
Though not yet 50, there have been days when I have felt much older than my years. No more! I feel so much better than I did when I began this journey! I hope you have the best of success and enjoy your journey!

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The Power of the Positive

Thursday, January 21, 2010

As I shared in an earlier blog, I was really frustrated with my goal of trying to get 8 hours sleep per night. I mean, I'm just not in total control of sleep. Sometimes I just couldn't sleep no matter how much I tried. In fact it seemed the harder I tried, the more elusive sleep became. It just seemed like an impossible goal. Some even suggested I might not need that much sleep, yet I just felt so much better on the days following good sleep.

At least I committed to get to bed consistently at a good time and to track how much I slept. I tried several other tips, like trying to get my cardio and 8 glasses of water in at least 2 hours before bedtime.

Well, I can't yet say I've achieved my goal. Don't have even one week yet averaging 8 hours. But I have shown progress. The first week I tracked I got 5.6 hours average sleep. This last week it was 7.9! That's progress.

It may still be a while (if ever) until I can create a streak of 8 hour nights. I have a sneaking suspicion it may be easier to sleep in the winter cool than in the summer heat. However, maybe I can get a good habit started that will carry me through. Life just seems so much better after a good night's sleep. It's a worthy goal. I'll keep trying. I may just keep making progress.

  
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WALKINGANNIE 1/21/2010 1:19PM

    I wonder if your bootcamping is helping your sleep pattern?

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/21/2010 10:49AM

    emoticon you are making progress

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/21/2010 10:27AM

    You are definitely making progress. emoticon


I would truly enjoy a night without pain waking me up. But, guess one can hope for a someday.

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WEATHER4000 1/21/2010 9:12AM

    Definately don't give up on that goal!!! You already made huge progress from week 1 to week 2. All the experts say that not everyone needs 8 hours to sleep....some only need 6 and some need as much as 10! I don't think that works for everyone....sometimes you need a full 8 hours of sleep to feel energized and refueled for the day!!! Keep up the great goal and don't give up on it!!!

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Fitness Suggestions Wanted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I have enjoyed the Spark Your Body Bootcamp workouts. They are short enough that I hardly feel like I'm doing anything, but then my body has a touch of soreness and I know I did.

Also, the bootcamp exercises have made me realize that my general fitness level has really improved. As a kid I never could do push ups or sit ups. As an adult I tried over and over to do these two exercises. For the first time in my life I can do them both!

I'm not really sure how it happened. Maybe it was Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone on and off, but mostly on, for several years. They might have gotten me fit enough, especially in the core, that I could begin to do what I couldn't do before.Maybe just losing the weight helped. I think I lucked out into coming to SparkPeople and the SP generated strength training just at the right time for me.

Now what? I want to maintain and even continue to improve. Maybe a gym is what I need next. I'm thinking. Any suggestions?

  
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AMBUDMAN 1/23/2010 9:31PM

    I belong to the YMCA and have been a member of Curves for over 5 years. Just joined YMCA last July so I could do water aerobics. I love them both and I have met some really nice people. For my age I prefer Curves. Spark People gives me the extra motivation I need to exercise every day.
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REDGRAMA 1/21/2010 7:22PM

    Marsha, I think that a Gym membership is an individual choice.
You appear to be VERY SELF MOTIVATED.You have accomplished a
GREAT DEAL. You have LOST the weight you wanted,and you exercise
every day ( i think )so, now if you want to try a Gym,choose
carefully, and with no long term commitment. I have tried GYMS
MANY,MANY times. They are NOT for me. When I work out I am not
very social. I put my nose to the grind stone,and work.
Let us know what you decide.
Hugs Nancy M.
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AQUAGIRL08 1/21/2010 8:59AM

    You have many options as far as gyms go. The Y usually requires a year membership. Although many years ago they would let you sign up for a particular fitness class at a higher rate (you just couldn't use the facilities for anything else) Lifestyle Family Fitness is month to month but they collect the first and last month up front and it takes 60 days to cancel. The Kelly Rec center is pay as you go - $3/day for the gym, $3/day for the pool and $2.50 per class for water aerobics.

Spark People has a whole series of fitness DVDs that you could experiment with but you'll need a stability ball, some dumbbells, a mat and perhaps those stretchy exercise tubes. Another alternative is to start riding a bike along some of the bike trails. I know that there is a great one going from Bartow to S. Lakeland. I would do this with at least one other person just to be safe.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know if I can help you in any way. Walking, exercising etc. Once I get well again, I'll be looking for a workout buddy!

Hugs,
Cyndi



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JCORYCMA 1/20/2010 2:16PM

    I love going to the YMCA. It's so much more than just an exercise facility as they have activities that are low cost for the whole family. When my grand daughter visits, I can take her to the childcare and she loves it. I can choose my cardio, strength train, take swimming lessons, or a yoga class. You can spin or do step aerobics. Give it a thought if there is one in your town!
Joanne

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MYMONSTERSX3 1/20/2010 1:47PM

    I totally agree with EPGIVENS especially Biggest Loser dvds and good shoes. And totally have fun with whatever you choose.

Good Luck.

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EPGIVENS 1/20/2010 1:39PM

    GET YOURSELF ONE OF THOSE BIG EXERCISE BALLS AND DO SOME SITUPS. EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE WORKING OUT, THEY ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN DOING SIT UPS ON THE FLOOR AND PUTS LESS OF A STRAIN ON YOUR BACK. ALSO A FEW TENSION BANDS, A GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES (i RECOMMEND SKETCHERS WALK-FITS...EXCELLENT SHOE) AND SOME 5LB, 10LB FREE WEIGHTS, SOME GOOD MUSIC TO WALK TO AND A "BIGGEST LOSER" WORKOUT TAPE. WITH THESE THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINES, GET FIT AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME.

GOOD LUCK

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Big Boned!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At a Weight Watchers meeting earlier this month I sat by a woman who asked me many questions about my weight loss journey. I shared with her several of my favorite recipes, products, and ways to earn activity points. At one point she commented that because she had a delicate frame she was concerned that WW wouldn't work for her, but now that she saw that it worked for me, who she considered likewise petite and small boned, it just might. I certainly wanted to encourage her, but my head was spinning!

Me. Petite?? Small boned??? When I was growing up I remember weight charts with three columns: one for small framed people, a second for medium framed people and a third for those with a heavy frame, also known as "Big Boned." My relatives from sturdy German peasant stock all assured me that I was as big boned as they come. I had always thought of myself as extremely Big Boned. I got my growth early and in 5th and 6th grade I think I would have convinced an alien that I was a different species from the other kids in my class. I was a head taller and twice as wide!

Recently when my doctor gave me the results of my bone density test she said she'd never seen anyone my age with bones so strong. I commented that I'd never missed a nutrient and she smiled, but assured me that bones like mine had to be hereditary. So here it was recently confirmed. I am Big Boned.

But here this lovely woman saying I am petite like her. I look at her delicate wrist. I look at mine. Well, maybe there was a time when I was Big Boned.

  
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ZELLAZM 1/20/2010 9:57AM

    If big bones means strong bones, then I want big ones!



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PEGGYANNSCH 1/20/2010 9:22AM

    In your pictures you look little

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AMBUDMAN 1/20/2010 1:24AM

    What a nice complement. From your pictures I would never guess you are big boned.

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PO_PAZZA 1/20/2010 12:34AM

    Isn't it amazing how one's perspective gets tossed for a loop? I completely identify with your blog because, recently, a friend who hadn't seen me for about six months said, "I need to lose weight. How did you do it?" Before I could open my mouth she said, "Oh, but it's easier for you because you're small-boned." And right there she shot down my lifelong excuse of why I was overweight. How could anyone with these huge wrists ever be petite I used to think? I guess there was a thin wrist in there screaming to get out.

Mary

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2010 8:23PM

    You see, it's all a matter of perspective. Now you have a different image of yourself. Imagine if those types of thoughts were planted early in life? Have a wonderful evening.

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JERIBERI1 1/19/2010 5:36PM

    It's strange to find out how others perceive us, when we've had ideas about ourselves for so long. I'm glad you were able to give the woman hope. That's really great!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/19/2010 4:53PM

    I once overheard someone saying, "She's not big boned, she's little exercised".

Unlike you, she obviously hadn't completed Day 17 of Bootcamp!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/19/2010 4:49PM

    At least you gave this other woman hope.

Just looking at your wrist is not the way to determine frame/bone size. Neither is wrapping your fingers around the wrist. Measuring the wrist comes closer.

I measured mine and I am large boned. That and $5 will get you a StarBucks coffee.

At least you gave this other woman hope! That is priceless.

Love you,
Linda

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FIDESVIVA 1/19/2010 4:35PM

    I think "Big-Boned" was mostly just a euphemism used by well-meaning people to acknowledge that a young lady is bigger than others, but not so much that it's a "Terrible Shame". My grandmother in particular used to tell me I was Big-Boned when I was in high school. I think it was mostly just that I was somewhat tall for a girl, and a bit overweight besides.

But I've been looking at my wrists lately, and thinking that perhaps I'm not so Big-Boned as I was always led to believe! I can wrap my fingers of one hand aroung the other wrist and have the fingertips overlap by at least a half-inch! I've either got abnormaly long fingers, or my "frame" isn't as big as I thought...

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4DOGNIGHT 1/19/2010 4:21PM

    You might want to read my spark blog, How I became slim, thin and healthy. Day 17. I think it was day 17. Anyway, I was reading Natural Health and they were describing the three body types and I am a slug, oops kapha, the earthy type, big boned sort of woman. Kind of funny.

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SANDYSKY1 1/19/2010 4:18PM

    So last night I was lamenting to my husband that we weigh almost the same. He, trying to make me feel better said, "But you have big bones". I clocked him over the head.

Nice try but sometimes a thin person (husband in this case) can never say the right thing to someone not so thin (wife, with normal sized bones, thank you very much!).

Cute Blog. Thanks

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