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Blessed to Be Me

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I was just thinking about people who are short. And thinking about people who are physically unable to do much exercise. And thinking about people with thyroid and similar issues. All of these people are still suppose to eat 1200 calories a day? I bet if they take one bite not on their program they are either going to go over their calorie range or not meet their nutritional needs. That has to be hard-hard-hard. I am blessed to be 5'6" (or a hair under) and very blessed to have the health to run and workout hard!! I get to eat 1510-1860 calories. And I lose just a little bit-- suppose to lose half a pound a month per SP -- when I stick to that amount.

And then I think about tall people. And people with fast metabolisms. And athletes who need big muscles. And I wonder how the heck they can eat enough and not get too much sodium. I struggle to keep my sodium down to 2300 mg per day, and I know 1500 mg would be better at my age. I find I can't eat much bread or butter/margaine and have to watch the cheese and cottage cheese and delicious convenient low calorie deli meats and, of course, restaurant meals and processed foods. Boca burgers and peanut butter are good, but sources of sodium. My 3 servings of milk per day uses up a significant portion of my sodium allotment. I use olive oil and vinegar to keep from getting the sodium in the salad dressings. And trying to make soup or spaghetti sauce or vegetables taste good without much salt is dificult. It is one reason I tend to eat too much fruit (more than 4 servings per day) because it is so low in sodium, not to mention delicious. So I feel for those who need to eat a lot of calories, especially if they already have high blood pressure.

So today I am being thankful that I am me; thankful that I don't have to be hungry when I eat healthy; thankful that when I am careful I can meet all my nutritional goals.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/18/2013 7:28PM

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WATERMELLEN 2/18/2013 10:59AM

    Learning to manage the metabolism (and the personality, and the hair texture, and the situation) that we have: yup, that's the wisdom that comes with a few decades, I'm thinking!

We are blessed to have you, Marsha. You make me think and reflect, and I'm grateful for that.

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MAGGIE101857 2/18/2013 7:47AM

    Both you and Barb hit the nail on the head - we have to work with what we were given - in my case "hearty Irish stock" and find the right balance, which seems to change as much as we do!!!

Happy Monday!!!

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-AMANDA79- 2/17/2013 12:21PM

    Great blog. I've been thinking about these things more and more lately. To appreciate my strengths.

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STRIVER57 2/17/2013 8:44AM

    i'm 5'0 ... but these days i like my body anyway. great attitude!

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DSSECRETS 2/17/2013 7:57AM

    Yesterday we took our granddaughter to the Gasparilla kids race. At 6, her group did 1/8th of a mile, and she ran the whole way. We were so proud. Waiting in line for the face painting, we watched the older kids run their races. The oldest kids competing yesterday (9 and 10 year olds) began their 1 mile race. Then I noticed one of the kids competing was on crutches - not from an injury. It looked like a permanent situation. It was so inspiring to see that he wasn't going to let any physical limitations stop him. Many of the parents that were still there lined up at the finish line to see this little boy complete his race and when he crossed the finish line everyone clapped and cheered...and many were crying. It made me count my blessings and reminded me that while I may have physical issues, letting them stop me from reaching my goals is only in my mind.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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FREELADY 2/16/2013 10:28PM

    Thank you for sparking me to an attitude of gratitude today!

I love the specifics you discuss; so helpful to get down to details in appreciating our situations and our blessings!

I do enjoy your blogs....keep up the GREAT work!!

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CELIAMINER 2/16/2013 9:53PM

    5'6" here, too. I don't eat out much. DH & I prefer our own cooking so we can control fat and sodium. I loved your blog of gratitude. I'll add that I am thankful I have the means to buy quality organic food, and I feel for those who cannot buy good food.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2013 9:19PM

    I make my own salad dressing too. I use two tablespoons of orange juice and 2 teaspoons of canola oil. Then I add spices to the mixture, shake and pour onto my salad. Yummy!

I'm hypothyroid and you are correct, it is hard to lose weight but you can do it if you stick with it. I have to exercise like a fiend to trigger my metabolism and if I don't exercise, sigh, I will gain. There are just so many things that I don't even put on my plate any more. I eat quantity when it comes to salad and my doctor told me to eat more protein - especially when I do a vigorous workout. I also try to change things up to keep my body from getting used to one exercise or one target calorie number. It has worked so far although very slowly.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/16/2013 7:34PM

    Another 5'6" here. I also struggle to keep the sodium in range. It's everywhere, in everything.

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MEADSBAY 2/16/2013 4:48PM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat attitude!
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BOOKAPHILE 2/16/2013 3:33PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm also grateful that I can be satisfied with the amount of food I can eat while losing, and that I will be able to have some more calories in a few months when I reach maintenance. I'm not a runner, but I'm glad to be able to move freely and do what I need to do without the pain or shortness of breath as previously.

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 3:06PM

    What a great blog for me to read today! Great perspective on things, Marsha! And I also, no matter what, am thankful that I am me! Have a GREAT weekend! emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/16/2013 2:50PM

    I only get 1200 calories a day. You learn to choose your food wisely.

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    emoticon Fabulous perspective and attitude!
I too, am 5' 6", although I have lost some with age as we all do, but mine was sped up by the RA. I am thankful to be exercising the way I can so that my calorie range is up to 2100 and I need every bit of that to keep up my energy. Sodium is not a problem for me at all, rarely go over it as I don't eat processed, rarely go out to eat and the main part of my diet is simply lots of fresh or frozen freggies. I do have cottage cheese, but no milk, and some cheese so I do get sodium, but never enough to go over the recommended. I have never used salt in my food as from day one I was told its bad for my RA. Instead, I load up on gourmet fresh ground peppercorns. Interestingly, I have trouble with my blood pressure being too low, same as Mexgal, and I sometimes think this is why I get cravings for salty snacks like chips. I must be doing something right as I am able to fight back against my disease and the constant trouble it gives me like pain, lack of sleep and extreme fatigue (but once I start exercising, the fatigue disappears temporarily as the endorphins kick in) I always feel better moving so I love my exercise and lots of it :)
Here is to enjoying the best that we can be with the bodies given us!
Have a Super Sparking Saturday!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    Do your own cooking and sodium is no problem, especially when you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I stay under 1500 easily on 1600 - 2000 calories. Of course, I eat no canned food and few processed foods. I am salt sensitive and at one point, I stayed under 1000. You do have to mostly eat at home, but I don't like most fast foods, so that's not a problem for me.

Once your taste buds adjust, you don't need to salt veggies and most restaurant foods will taste salty. It's like your sugar withdrawal experiment.

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MEXGAL1 2/16/2013 12:21PM

    I too am thankful that I don't have a blood presure problem and can have salt. I love salt so I was happy when a doctor told me with my low blood presure and dehydration weird thing that I should have salt.
so woo hoo!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2013 12:17PM

    All things considered, since we can't change who we are or what bodies we've been issued, that's a great attitude: grateful to be exactly who we are and have exactly the challenges and blessings we have been dealt!

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Wiser and Wiser

Friday, February 15, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write yourself a letter. The focus is to stop negative self talk and replace it with encouraging words; being your own best friend. I did it, but it wasn't easy to stay positive. I need to improve it and I'm not putting it in a blog, at least not yet.

I'm really good at what Dr. Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) calls giving yourself credit. I love to celebrate accomplishments and SP helps me do that --healthy streaks of all kinds (sleep, water, exercise, freggies, calorie range), monthly trophies (SparkPoints, perfect attendance, consistency, exercise minutes, Trivia), scale victories, the kid's accomplishments (Gwen saying phrases ["I don't know" and "Not now" are new this week] and Natalie scoring 18 out of 18 on her math test and getting a "Super" on her written sentences), my published story, and work calling me yesterday to ask me for help after I've been gone nearly two years. I'm approaching 4 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss. I'm going to celebrate big. And the fact I'm trying to lose a couple more pounds is not going to dampen that celebration!!

But I haven't totally gotten over the negative self talk and getting really disappointed in myself. I'm working to replace those negative thoughts, especially those I pay attention to, with more positive acceptance of myself as I am. And I want to do this acceptance while being open and accepting of more progress. I don't want to say that I'm a binge eater and will always be a binge eater. I want to say that I'm doing better and better at staying within my calorie range and I'm making wiser and wiser food choices. Because I am!!

  
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FREELADY 2/16/2013 10:35PM

    This is so exciting. You truly give me inspiration and hope....not to mention a good spur to my backside more than once! [needed!]

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2013 9:10PM

    Isn't it amazing that we can have a fantastic day filled with small victories and make one small mistake and that is all we focus on? I love that you have learned to celebrate and share your victories. I'm going to try to do that too!

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 1:35PM

    The main thing is you are doing things well enough consistently enough that you are maintaining.. For four years? That is pretty darn awesome and shows that you are a success!! Slips ups? We all have them. Big deal. We are only human and we always make mistakes. But the main thing is how we are doing overall. The story is in the statistics. The weight stays off -you can feel really awesome and proud of yourself -no negative self talk necessary. Life's bumps and detours are unimportant, its making sure you stay on the road that is important. You are doing it!
Keep up the fabulous work!

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WATERMELLEN 2/16/2013 11:12AM

    You are doing so great and deserve all the Beck-style "giving yourself credit". Interesting that this can be disjunctive from "positive self talk". I'm with Barb: it's a neutral fact that you struggle with binging, it's a hugely positive fact that you are tackling this head on and reducing the frequency/severity.

Thanks so much for the new ski goodie! I've got a 3 day weekend -- 3 days to ski!!

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MEXGAL1 2/16/2013 9:56AM

    I so hear you! Our minds are something else. They can make or break our mood. Funny thing is that we can learn to control our thoughts. I am working on that myself lately. I am trying hard to be positive as well. I think it really makes for a better life. We have to learn to not be too hard on ourselves. For me I need to count my blessings!
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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KLMEIRING 2/16/2013 9:14AM

    It is good to know that I am not alone on this journey! Thanks for sharing your progress and experience! emoticon

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CINDYW1102 2/15/2013 7:18PM

    I think we all struggle with the negative self-talk - I know I do. However...you have overcome a huge battle! You have lost and kept off 80lbs!!! Thats a whole other small person! That is not a small accomplishment! emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/15/2013 6:44PM

    emoticon Look at all you have accomplished! Bask in your success and celebrate big time on your anniversary (not necessarily with food!).

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/15/2013 6:08PM

    It is sometimes difficult to make that balance, as you have identified, between being honest about facts (Hi, my name is Barb, and I am a compulsive eater)... and values attached to that (it is neither positive nor negative, just a fact).

You have done wonderfully well, and I join your celebration of four years in maintenance! Woo-hoo, indeed! emoticon

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INBRAZILFORNOW 2/15/2013 1:03PM

    What a photo - the victory just jumps out! What an addiction negative self talk is-I am struggling greatly with it right now. It helps to know that I am not alone. We can kick it! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/15/2013 10:12AM

    You know I'll let you know when I see that negative, Marsha!
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-AMANDA79- 2/15/2013 9:57AM

    It is hard to find a balance where you can acknowledge your mistakes and hold yourself accountable, but not dwell on them.

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JOYINKY 2/15/2013 8:22AM

    You absolutely ARE!!

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Biased Information In My Face

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our YMCA has recently changed to Precor equipment and updated the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationery bikes. Each of them have a TV screen. Yesterday I really enjoyed my run while watching the Westminister Dog Show rerun. Today I did a 10 minute elliptical training warm up before doing my personal training strength session. I have tried the bikes, too.

On the old equipment you could watch the closed caption TVs, but they were in the background. Now they are right in your face and I have mixed feeling about them:

I shouldn't act like I don't watch TV at home, because I do. But I rarely sit and watch it. I'm cleaning house or exercising or Sparking while it is on. I rarely give it my full attention, and when my hubby is watching, he regularly records what he wants to see and then fast forwards through the commercials. So I haven't paid attention to commercials much recently until the new cardio equipment arrived at the gym.

Some of the commercials have me shaking my head. Two of the most flagrant were:

1. A Multi-grain Cheerios ad says that people who eat more whole grains weigh less, when their multi-grain cereal has a lot more sugar in it than the regular Cheerios. Regular Cheerios are 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar for a cup, if I remember right. Multigrain Cheerios are 3/4 of a cup for a serving and the same or more calories and several times the sugar.

2. Centrum vitamins advertise that their vitamins were used in a recently released study as if that is some big accomplishment. I remember reading here on SP that the study determined no benefit to taking the vitamins.

It makes me extra thankful that SparkPeople exists to give us unbiased information about products we use to improve our health and fitness. Thanks, SparkPeople!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/21/2013 10:16AM

    very good

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BRAVELUTE 2/17/2013 5:04PM

    Has anyone figured out how much we are paying to have all those commercials beamed into our homes through the cable and internet connections? To say nothing of my cell phone. I have 4 ads waiting for me in my go phone from a satellite provider. If I answer them, I have to pay for phone usage that day.

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KANOE10 2/17/2013 10:14AM

    Yes those ads are bad..promising the world without any effort. Yet they are mking tons of money. Thank heavens for Spark People.

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DR1939 2/16/2013 11:53AM

    That's why I love my DVR--no commercials, no nutty information.

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WATERMELLEN 2/16/2013 11:09AM

    Wow! I am a no-TV person (at my gym, leave the TV off and generally read on the elliptical or listent to iPod or both) but this is kinda disturbing.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/16/2013 7:36AM

    Very good! The diet scam is one of the biggest.

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BOILHAM 2/16/2013 6:42AM

    Love that you look between the lies to percieve the lies in commercials.

Not health related, but one of my favorites to hate are car commercials. There is just too much to list. But, one of the latest favorites is:

"Buy a new car and we will pay off your loan on your old car and lower your current car payments, if we can come to terms!" Well, duh. You can marry my daughter. I will give you the mortgage to my home, and all my personal property - "If we can come to terms". This commercial airs locally every day in Orlando, FL

And how about - "we guarantee payments as low as 150 dollars a month" Duh, again. How much do I have to put down? They might as well say "payments of 25 cents a month" Of course - it depends on the down payment - is the upspoken truth.

Thanks for the great blog.



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MIRAGE727 2/14/2013 11:41PM

    Interesting view, Marsha!
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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/14/2013 10:44PM

    So true you cannot believe everything they say omcommercials or in the news sometimes. It is all biased one way or another.

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JOYINKY 2/14/2013 8:46PM

    Let the buyer beware! Some of the ads are appalling!

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FROSTY99 2/14/2013 8:25PM

    I hardly ever watch a commercial-hate it when someone asks me about them-we watch mostly recorded shows!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/14/2013 7:01PM

    1984 is here!

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FREELADY 2/14/2013 6:27PM

    Applause for being a discerning watcher! In the car I enjoy arguing out loud with the radio!

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LJCANNON 2/14/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon I am so used to 'Tuning Out' the wild Health Claims on Commercials that I barely notice them even when I am watching them with ear phones plugged in on the Exercise Machine ( My Gym also has some Precor Equipment).

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DRB13_1 2/14/2013 5:52PM

    how observant! sometimes i record a show to watch while on my elliptical, and forward through the ads, too. On FB, when they put up an ad, I often click it off and put the reason as "misleading" - especially all those folks who try to use Dr. Oz's name without being authorized.
Best of all for me is to put on my favorite Pandora music station and move to the beat. emoticon Helps me go farther than I would have otherwise.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/14/2013 5:34PM

    I agree! It is so sad when we have to question everything all the time. What ever happened to honesty and integrity?

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IAMWINNING 2/14/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon Biased information all over the place - Dr. Oz is another great source of it. I don't watch him either.

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PMFISH 2/14/2013 4:46PM

    Believe little that you see on TV, it is all about the dollar and they want yours!

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MEADSBAY 2/14/2013 4:44PM

    I'm not a huge tv watcher, either (I use dvr for the news and a few fave shows) but I do like it at the gym as it makes an hour fly by- I channel surf while changing up the intensity on whatever equipment I'm on that day.
Commercials are ridiculous!
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AMARILYNH 2/14/2013 3:48PM

    Commercials are VERY annoying!!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/14/2013 3:31PM

    I don't think I could actually get a good workout if there was a tv in my face. I might glance at the tv way across the room from time to time but it's nice to not have those distractions. My workout time is for me and and my sweat.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/14/2013 3:15PM

    Can you turn it off??! If not, that would be reason for ME to reconsider my membership in that particular gym. I'd rather read or listen to music while working out on an elliptical or treadmill.

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 3:09PM

    I don't watch TV except at my Mom's then my step dad's favorite is the news or America's Funniest Videos (which I don't mind) but I am usually Sparking or reading instead of watching. Machines with TV's will never happen in the public facilities I frequent, and thats a good thing. I prefer rousing workout music myself. I have always heard how Cheerios really was the best choice for a cereal, its my brother's favorite and the only healthy thing he eats. I liked the sugar drenched shreddies myself, and at leat loved frozen blueberries on them -they made the milk freeze which was neat. I will certainly never pay any attention to advertising and as for research articles -always look to see who helped to fund them..You must look at most things with a jaded eye these days. And it always seems they keep changing their minds about whats good and what isn't as well.
Way to go with the exercise and enjoy the new machines!

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JILLITA55 2/14/2013 2:40PM

    Going to the gym is great. Now you can watch TV. It will make the time go faster. You won't be bored. You are going to end happy and feel well with exercise you did. COngrats!

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APRILLPHILLIPS 2/14/2013 2:28PM

    Watching a show makes my time go by faster while on the treadmill.

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/14/2013 2:22PM

    Vitamins can sometimes help with a lacking here or there but I agree a daily regiment is not needed as they preach for sure. So true on the commercials ..The people making them most times know very little about the products.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/14/2013 2:20PM

    You are so right. You have to be cautious of information in commercials.

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NATPLUMMER 2/14/2013 2:18PM

    It's nice that you can watch the show you want to watch rather than having to endure what somebody has already selected on the big gym TV.
Biased....that's advertising for you.

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Bonus Blog: Cropped Pictures

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Here's a picture of our next door neighbor's African tortoise. They have raised it from about the size of a tennis ball:


Here's Gwen trying to get a better look at the tortoise:


Here's our dog, Kahlua, walking around our little orange tree that has the most blossoms this year:


I'm just playing to learn more about the camera, the editing program, and pictures in blogs. But I do think these pictures are kind of cool! Kids and animals -- yeah!!

Flowers that had to be cropped in order to post:

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 2/14/2013 11:56AM

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MEXGAL1 2/14/2013 10:20AM

    You are doing great with your camera. I love looking at photos so that we can get to know each other better.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Sallie

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KANOE10 2/14/2013 7:52AM

    Nice pictures.

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/14/2013 5:06AM

    Looks like you are figuring it out!!!!

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 1:04AM

    Gorgeous!!! You can never go wrong with cute kids, dogs and flowers -and I certainly can never get enough of seeing them :)) Thank you for your perseverance on dealing with Sparks uploads (never a fun time) and learning how to use your camera so you can share them with us!!

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PMFISH 2/13/2013 11:49PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have fun with your new camera.

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MJREIMERS 2/13/2013 11:18PM

    Beautiful! Have fun figuring out all the features on your camera. It can be frustrating, but well worth the effort! I can't wait to see more!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/13/2013 10:03PM

    I love your new background picture and think you look fabulous! WTG

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2013 9:50PM

    Kahlua is lovely!! (I've been enjoying Kahlua flavoured coffee . . . . great stuff in the Keurig capsules!!)

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JOYINKY 2/13/2013 9:26PM

    Fun! Glad you are enjoying your camera; I love pictures! Taking them ,sharing them and seeing others! Looking forward to more.

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KANDOLAKER 2/13/2013 8:28PM

    How interesting!! Glad you are having fun with your new camera. Thanks for sharing.



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MIRAGE727 2/13/2013 8:14PM

    Very nice! I know you've wanted a camera for a while now, Marsha! Have fun!
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FREELADY 2/13/2013 7:15PM

    Really lovely! Thanks for letting me see!

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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/13/2013 6:41PM

    Looking good-thanks for sharing your pics.

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CATLADY52 2/13/2013 5:16PM

    You're doing fine so far! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/13/2013 4:47PM

    Fun!

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DUTCHONEY 2/13/2013 4:44PM

  Nice!

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Putting the Scale in Perspective

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just when I decided my weight is my top fitness priority for now, my scale decides to mess around and play with me! Earlier this week it seemed to be functioning. It said 128.2 yesterday, the day before 129.6, and the day before that -- when I'd had a little slip so expected an increase -- it was at 130, and the day before that 128.2, before that several days at 127.something, and one at 126.6. I had a good day yesterday and really expected to be 127.X, but I got on the scale and saw:

I couldn't believe that, so I stepped off and back on a few seconds later:

I knew that could not be right, so I hopped on again:

Now let me say that in the past four years I don't think I've ever weighed 3 times in one day, let alone in one minute. I don't think it is a good thing to weigh repeatedly, but perhaps I need a new scale! Or I could go back to my old scale that seems to be reliable, but you can only tell the weight within about two pounds. Really, that is close enough. The more I think about that option, the better I like it.

During the time I lost the most weight I stayed off the scale except for a weekly official weigh in. I found that as long as I stayed focused on my lowest weigh in of each month I saw progress and did not get de-motivated. In maintenance I have done better during times when I weigh daily, though. Now I am confidently maintaining an 80 pound weight loss; haven't been over 132 pounds for some time. However, I want to get back to maintaining an 86 pound loss at 126 pounds. So I've got to be sensible about the scale and not let it get me down. Especially with shananigans like this morning!!

That said, let's look at some other things in my life. Here are some more of the flower pictures. The first one is a 35 year old azalea bush in our front yard:

younger dwarf azalea bush in the back yard:

pink azaleas in the back yard:

more azaleas in the back yard:


The close ups seem to load, but the pictures of the whole bush don't, at least not without cropping. Hmmm. So I don't have a picture of the darkest shade azalea that SP likes yet.
bougainvilla:


Here is Natalie on the trapeze:



Here's Gwen in the swing, pretending to take a picture of me taking a picture:


My lunch today, a red bell pepper and reduced fat cheese omlet and some grapes:


So maybe as I look around and find the meaningful things in my life (my flowers, my grandkids, my food???) I will gain some perspective on the scale. Oh, I ran 6.25 miles this morning, just running as my body told me it wanted to run. I spent 80 minutes, but 10 minutes was a slow warm up and 10 were a slow cool down. Love to run!!

Wishing you all great perspective and great days!!!

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2013 11:43AM

    Did you change the batteries, as suggested? That would be my bet, too.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/14/2013 11:59AM

    I have a "love it / frustrated with it" relationship with my scale. It doesn't immediately reward me for good behavior or immediately punish me for "bad" behavior as I think it should. I wouldn't be without one.

I hope you get yours figured out so that it delivers a reliable weight!

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/14/2013 9:21AM

    I like BB's scale idea. My weight fluctuates a few pounds up and down all the time so I try to use it only as a gauge. I don't want to get wrapped up in those numbers. Honestly, I have not weighed myself in a couple of weeks. I think it's time for a check, if I dare.

Thanks for sharing the flower photos! I only see snow outside in my yard and I look forward to seeing flowers again. Flowers and children's smiles, PRICELESS!

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KANOE10 2/14/2013 7:50AM

    I would change your batteries..If that does not work, then get a new scale. Great job of maintaining your loss. I love your flowers and your little girl.

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 12:55AM

    Absolutely stunning flowers you have!! Such pretty granddaughters :) Maintaining n 80 lb weight loss! Running pain free with no injuries!! Yes, I would say your life is good :) Enjoy!
I am with those that say low battery on the scale. I have been told to replace all electronics batteries once a year regardless of what the indicator for it says. I sometimes forget and that is maybe why the electronics don't behave at times.

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2013 9:48PM

    Super blog: super pictures, super attitude.



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JOYINKY 2/13/2013 9:35PM

    Love the pictures; your flowers are beautiful--your granddaughters too! :)
I've never been a fan of the scale; rarely made me feel good so I lived without one for years weighing only at the gym. Before that I was obsessed with it; yes weighing multiple times a day. That was many years ago when I was doing unhealthy things to control my weight. I'm so glad we've both come a long way. Keep health as your priority and the rest will be fine. emoticon

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LOVESTOWALK49 2/13/2013 5:53PM

    I do the same as Brooklyn Born. I know that it can fluctuate from what I eat or how I exercise. A heavy meal, not necessarily calories, bulk can put me up five pounds for a day or so. Good luck with the scale. Maybe you should feel good about staying under 130 and not try to go lower. Health, including mental health, is more important than a number on a scale.

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/13/2013 4:10PM

    Try resetting your scale. Turn it on, let it calibrate but dont weigh and let it turn itself back off. Do this 3 times. Once that is done restart it and see what it gives you. If you are uncertain if it's correct take a handweight and place on there. At least that way you will know exactly what it should be.


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MEXGAL1 2/13/2013 3:57PM

    Totally beautiful flowers and beautiful granddaughters!
Totally weird about the scale...that would throw me off a bit. I would want one I could trust.
But do keep things in prespective......think about your health and how good you feel. It is so much more about the health for us.
You are doing just great, I believe.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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STRIVERONE 2/13/2013 3:38PM

    If a new battery doesn't help, I'd chuck the scale. I, and more importantly, my wife have been very happy with the Omron HBF 500 for the last three years. We test it occasionally with a 45# kettlebell and it never deviates. It will do a lot more than give your weight, but I have no idea how accurate all the other calculations are.

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-AMANDA79- 2/13/2013 3:01PM

    I've been guilty of putting too much emphasis on the scale. It is hard.

I haven't made an omelet in a while. I need to!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/13/2013 2:55PM

    My scale does that just before I get the "low battery" message or in the old non digital days if I moved it slightly on the floor.

I weigh every morning and consider the low number for the week my "official" weight. Since any day could be a blip up, I never take a chance on a once a week weigh in since that might be the blip day day. Once a month would be taking too big a chance on weight gain creep.

Beautiful pictures once again.

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NATPLUMMER 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Yay for perspective!

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