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Honestly Looking at Behaviors, Habits, and Fluctuations

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My good SparkFriend, TinaJane, wrote an incredible blog today that I think will make a big difference in how I approach the scale and use the information from that tool:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TI
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I have committed to read this blog daily until its message truly sinks in. Since I have struggled with the scale for more than 50 years, I expect to truly work to get to the point that I can "honestly look" at my behaviors and habits and then use the scale to confirm what I know. Looking back on it, if I could have back all the times I got discouraged and quit because the scale did not show progress, and had I just kept trying, I'm sure I would have discovered how to live a healthy lifestyle decades earlier.

Right now I am trying to very slowly lose to 126 pounds. I actually have SP set to lose from 131 pounds to 126 from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. I really think losing slowly is good. Yet I get very impatient. Three times in 2013 I have seen 126 - 126.6, 126.8, and 126.8. Each time the next day the scale showed 128, 129, or 130. Once I had really blown it and knew it would be up. Once I thought I'd done okay, but eaten near the top of the calorie range and with a little too much sodium. And once I thought I'd done so good I expected to see the scale stay the same or go down a tenth. So, I'm way ahead of my December target but still kind of nuts dealing with the fluctuations, especially when they make no sense to me. Incidentally, I do expect to need to lose down to 124 in order to stabilize at 126. And also incidentally, I changed the battery in my digital scale, thanks to the advice of my SparkFriends, and it is functioning now.

So I'm really going to emphasize this "honestly looking" at my habits and behaviors. I'm going to keep reading TinaJane's wise words and I'm going to succeed at taking the emotions out of my weigh ins.

On a related note, I ran over 6 miles today. Felt good! I am so glad that I really enjoy running. It still blows my mind that I can do it and that I love it!! Still need at least one more strength workout this week - don't love the ST near as much, but I do love feeling strong. I'll do it!!

Wishing everyone a week you can look at honestly and say, "I did good and I feel great!!"

  
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NEEDBU66 2/27/2013 12:26PM

    "I did good and I feel great." I suppose that is what we should aim to be able to say every evening after having looked at the Nuitritional Feedback Report. May we have many more occasions where we can say t his than we can't.

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CINDYW1102 2/22/2013 7:00PM

    I weigh myself every week, however, I do not get concerned unless the scale shows a 3lb gain...I have been a slow loser these past eight months, but I have many other positive things happening in my body. I actually have lost four sizes in clothes altogether, so my scale is reflecting gains in muscle I believe. I think you should just keep being diligent about your calorie intake & exercise and not get too upset at that scale! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:23PM

    Thanks so much. I will read the other blog as well.

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MEXGAL1 2/22/2013 9:43AM

    Great blog and thanks for linking me to the other. Very good information and thoughts. I am looking at the scale in a whole new way for me. It's more of a science experiment for me now. I am looking at the foods that I add to see if they put me up or down according to how my body chemistry deals with the food. So when I saw the scale go up overnight after I thought I ate light, I looked at the "new" foods that might have been reactive. It is making sense to me. I also now know that depending on what foods I eat and not particularly the amount of calories is how the scale will react. I am learning what foods to eat in moderation and only occasionally.
Have a terrific day.
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TINAJANE76 2/22/2013 3:18AM

    Thanks so much for the shout out on my blog. I'm really happy that you found it helpful. I think your goal of taking off those last few extra pounds very slowly is a wise one. It's so easy to get wrapped up in a particular number only to end up sabotaging ourselves and our efforts trying to desperately to get there (in addition to making ourselves and those around us crazy). Although I have a specific number in my mind that I like to stay under, I realize that no one but me notices if I'm two or three pounds over or under that number. It just doesn't make all that much of a difference and it's really more of a psychological game I play with myself. Generally, the times when I take the focus off of weight loss are the times when I tend to do the best, like when I started transitioning to maintenance. I was focusing on keeping up my healthy habits and learning how to maintain as opposed to losing and another ten pounds dropped off me--all while making far less effort to lose than I had during some of my more maniacal weight-loss periods.

I also realize that just because I was able to achieve a certain weight at some point in my life, that doesn't mean that it's a sensible weight for me now. I weighed 135 back in high school (at the lower end of the BMI range for my height) and think I looked and felt good. But I didn't do any weight training at all and my lifestyle was dramatically different. I also wasn't able to keep the weight off. Now, a sensible range for me is 10 to 15 pounds more than that taking into account my lifestyle differences and the sustainability factor. Looking back at pictures, I think I look pretty much the same at 145-150 as I did at 135, so go figure!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/21/2013 9:03PM

    You're doing great! I'll go look at that other blog.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/21/2013 7:58PM

    I'm going to read it after I finish this comment. I will copy and print it off if I feel that it would help. I was disappointed in myself after last week's weigh in too. I decided to take my measurements to update my record. That was when I found out that I have lost 17.5 inches since October 4th. The moral of the story is that sometimes when the scale is jumping around, you are actually changing inside where you can't see the changes. They will eventually show up on the scale but I think we get fixated on the scale number sometimes to the exclusion of everything else. Looking for non scale progress can be very motivating and Marsha, you have tons of non scale progress going for you! I am limiting my weigh ins to once per day. Just one quick on and off again to keep me accountable!

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MANDELOVICH 2/21/2013 7:49PM

    Tina's blog was great. The scale can be a great tool when we use it as a source of information and not as a gage of our happiness. But to me, you are amazing, doing so well!

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KIMBERLY19732 2/21/2013 4:33PM

    Great blog, loved reading your friends blog too!
I've taken comfort in some info I read recently-a persons weight can fluctuate by 3 pounds from day to day. For someone who loses sloooooowwww that is encouraging emoticon .

I had a thought the other day. To me it has always been *horrible* if the scale goes UP a pound. But when it goes DOWN a pound I think "Oh that's a tiny amount"

Good Luck!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/21/2013 4:32PM

    You inspire me! Thanks for giving me more things to think about.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/21/2013 3:44PM

    I'm a true believer in slow and steady and also of weighing daily. It's always been just a number to me, but an important number that I want to keep track of.

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KBRADFORD88 2/21/2013 3:13PM

    There was a great blog on weight from ON2Victory. Check him out he has some great insight into why we fluctuate so emoticon much...good luck

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MJREIMERS 2/21/2013 3:02PM

    I think many of us have a lifelong struggle with the scale. My attitude has totally changed since my oldest has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. She is muscular and a premier soccer player. She was also on the cross country team this year, but never got to run due to her heart rate and health because of her eating.

I'm glad you have a good perspective on the weight loss. I still find it "funny" that when the scale goes up, even 2/10th of a pound, that it bothers me. Then, I remind myself it's a number. It doesn't define me. I'm mentally preparing for an increase since I started Insanity and am building muscle.

emoticon job on the running. I run, but I really don't enjoy it. I like when I stop, though. Maybe I'll run with my girls once the weather warms up. I'm willing to try again.

Hang in there and be healthy!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/21/2013 3:00PM

    First, you do know that it takes more than a day for over-eating to create permanent, real weight gain. 3500 calories over your maintenance calorie requirement. So unless you ate over 5000 calories on that day you "blew it," then an additional pound on the scale the next day is not permanent weight gain.

Second, over 50% of our body weight is water. I think I remember your saying that your body fat tested at 27%. That leaves about 20% for bones, muscles, etc. Given this breakdown, what is the most likely source of largish daily fluctuations? You are not piling body fat on and off on a daily basis. Also keep in mind that the undigested food in your gut has weight too. Do you think that you have exactly the same amount of food, waste and fluid in your gut every time you step on the scale? Unlikely. Remember, one glass of water weighs a half pound.

So one other example. When I lost weight 3 years ago, I got to a goal weight of 125. I, too, was excited to weigh what I did in high school. But when I had my body composition tested, I learned that the number was the same but the weight was not. I was still "fatter" than I was in high school, even though I saw the same number on the scale. In fact, 35 pounds of my 125 pounds was fat. Today I weigh 134. Of that, 27 pounds is fat. So I have "gained weight" according to the scale, but I have also lost an additional 8 pounds of fat. I am much healthier at this weight than at my 125. By the way, I can still wear all the new clothes I bought when I weighed 125.

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REFFIE1 2/21/2013 2:54PM

    Thank you for sharing the blog about the scale. It is very valuable information. Congratulations for persevering especially when you look so good right now. emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/21/2013 2:36PM

    You can do it.

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    Good for you!

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FIRECOM 2/21/2013 2:26PM

    You are absolutely correct. slow and easy is the key.

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Group Not Required

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I enjoyed a 12 mile bike ride this morning on the paved trail near my home. I was no speed demon, but I was no slouch, either. For several months I had ridden every Sunday with a group. Unfortunately for me, the group has taken to other endeavors, some in places that are not convenient for me, and some dirt trail riding -- complete with ruts and mounds and tree roots -- that would require a different bicycle. The last time I rode our paved trail was November or December. I've missed it. Although I'd like to find a new group or partner, I won't wait to go riding again.

  
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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:45PM

    Great job!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/21/2013 7:47PM

    I wish that I had a bike so I could ride with you! I did 20 miles on the stationary bike on Monday and 11.34 miles yesterday. It was fun!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/21/2013 5:59AM

    I cannot wait for the weather here to cooperate so I can ride again. The only time I have ever ridden with a group is during a "paid-for" ride of 50 miles. I ride by myself all the time and love it.

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_LINDA 2/21/2013 12:21AM

    emoticon Branching out and doing your own thing is just fine -you would have peace and time to contemplate things on a nice ride like that with no distractions. A good 'me' time :)

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FREELADY 2/20/2013 11:00PM

    I had a lovely trip in my imagination, reading about your excursion!

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MIRAGE727 2/20/2013 9:52PM

    This opens so many new paths for you, Marsha! Safe travels!
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MANDELOVICH 2/20/2013 8:12PM

    I bet you're never a slouch!!

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WATERMELLEN 2/20/2013 8:05PM

    I like company . . . but that includes my own, solo, too!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2013 7:58PM

    Nice. Enjoy your solo rides until such time as a new group appears on your horizon! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/20/2013 4:25PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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    Good for you! It's good to have diversity! emoticon

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    Good for you, girl! emoticon

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    Nice ride!

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Three 5Ks in One Day?? Maybe!

Monday, February 18, 2013

On March 9th I've signed up for two 5Ks at the Senior Games, the running Road Race at 8:30am and then a walking 5K at 10am. In 2011 I ran my first 5K (31:17) at the Senior Games and placed third in my age group. Last year I placed second in the 5K Road Race (30:23) and second in the walking 5K (38:17). I want to do well this year.

My nephew has committed to run-walk-run a 5K every month this year. He did the Hope for Haiti 5K with his sister in 47 minutes and seconds and then February 1st I paced him in the Rotary Twilight 5K finishing in 45 minutes and some seconds. Since he's only 28 years old he can't run in Senior Games, so he was looking for a local 5K for March. The Shamrock Run, Walk, and Jog with Your Dog in Winter Haven has several events including some with no dog required. At 1pm there is a 5K about half an hour away from the Senior Games in Bartow. I haven't signed up yet, but I'm thinking I may pace him for that event, too.

So basically that means I'd race a running 5K, a walking 5K, and then jog/walk a 5K. Yeah. I think I can do that!!

  
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NEWSGIRL2177 2/20/2013 3:41PM

    Whoa! Speechless. And super impressed!

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LJCANNON 2/20/2013 2:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I Want to be YOU when I grow up!! To even CONSIDER doing Three 5Ks in a day is AWESOME!!

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AURORAMILLET 2/20/2013 1:56PM

    That is quite a thing to commit to, three 5ks? I think that you can do it!

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PMRUNNER 2/19/2013 12:58PM

    Sounds fun! Looking forward to hearing how you do!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/19/2013 12:20PM

    That's awesome! I've heard of races that are "doubles" (2 back-to-back runs) but you'll be doing a TRIPLE...woo hoo!! Can't wait to hear about all of them!
Naomi

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MANDELOVICH 2/19/2013 12:11PM

    Wow!

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    Wow!

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MANDELOVICH 2/19/2013 12:11PM

    Wow!

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ME_B4_INSANITY 2/19/2013 11:36AM

    Pushing yourself just a little farther is always a great thing.

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PMFISH 2/19/2013 10:56AM

    You never cease to surprise me! Very ambitious, but know if you decide to do that you will do it with ease. Proud for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 2/19/2013 10:50AM

    Of course you can. I only wish I was there to keep you company. Just make sure you're wearing the right bib for each race. emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/19/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon I KNOW you can do that!! Have fun!

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i just read about a run/race; there's a 5K, a 10K, and a half - and you can do all three (the 5K & 10 K are on sat. (staggered start times) and the half is sun. morning....
and i would do it if i was in that city!

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MEXGAL1 2/19/2013 9:46AM

    You so totally got this Miss Marsha
Best of everything to you!
Just do it!
Sallie

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BARBARAJ73 2/19/2013 9:04AM

    Go for it...!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/19/2013 7:28AM

    I know your nephew will appreciate your support!

This is just the stuff I love -- "mixing it up". It sounds like it will be fun AND a good workout!!! You go, girl!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2013 7:24AM

    1) It's less than a half marathon, total
2) You've done more than this all at once before, and it's broken up, and not all running.

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GABY1948 2/19/2013 7:16AM

    I think you can do it too, Marsha! I think also that is is so wonderful you have been such a wonderful inspiration to us but to your YOUNG nephew! You ROCK, my friend! Keep it up! I love your blogs...so motivation! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/18/2013 10:59PM

    YOWZA!!!

I am so impressed!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/18/2013 9:57PM

    Just think of it as a 9.3 mile run with 2 REAL LONG rest breaks along the way.

Seriously though, if anybody could do it, you can.



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COCK-ROBIN 2/18/2013 9:57PM

    Great job!

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Experiment Seems to Have Worked

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hey, I ran 11.33 miles yesterday, burning approximately 850 calories. I ate a total of 2313 calories yesterday, the most I've purposely eaten and tracked in my entire life, and had a (admittedly, approximate) calorie deficit of 1 calorie. This morning I weighed 126.8, just .8 over my target and the second lowest weigh in of this year!!

Eating for my activity level -- rather than trying to undereat, feeling ravenous, and then binging like last Saturday night -- is definitely a healthier option. Perhaps I've learned a lesson!

  
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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:46PM

    Wow, killer job. What do you use to measure your calories burned?

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ME_B4_INSANITY 2/19/2013 11:45AM

    Being on maintenance means finding the balance between the two. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/18/2013 7:58PM

    Wow! I could use that lesson too! Way to go. emoticon

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    Sounds like you continue to learn and adapt as needed! Nice run!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/18/2013 7:24AM

    I totally get it! Good job, Marsha!
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    Yes! Great that you're fueling your body for the level of activity you're doing emoticon

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GABY1948 2/17/2013 4:02PM

    It does sound like you are figuring it out! Maybe I will eventually learn something from you! I do that...stick like GLUE to a certain number of calories and then even when I am doing a big job or renovation or such I NEVER deviate and all of a sudden after a few days...I binge. I will certainly be watching you closely, Marsha! THANKS for being such a great blogger! emoticon Gaye

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/17/2013 3:08PM

    No argument here.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/17/2013 2:02PM

    This makes sense. I tend to eat at or above the top of my range on heavy workout days. I'm building up toward your distances slowly, very slowly. I'm keeping an eye on your achievements and trying to follow along.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/17/2013 1:58PM

    It takes some figuring out, doesn't it? I'm still working on it, too!

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WATERMELLEN 2/17/2013 12:35PM

    You've got it all figured out, Marsha. Next step: to build your confidence that you've got it all figured out!!

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FROSTY99 2/17/2013 11:31AM

    Figuring out what works for each of us is the BIG QUESTION MARK. Sounds like you have hit the bullseye. Here is to more success and not feeling starved.

Pat

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CINDYW1102 2/17/2013 11:20AM

    Congrats on getting so close to your goal weight! I was killing myself trying to stay within my calorie range while maintaing a higher level of exercise and instead of losing weight, I got stuck at a plateau. Since I began eating more on the days I exercise more, I've noticed the scale inching downward. I am in the "menopause" battle period right now, so any movement downward is such a victory for me. I think you are right on the mark with eating in correlation to the degree of exercise you do that day! Great insight! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 2/17/2013 10:59AM

    That is fantastic. It's so great that you know how to listen and fuel your body! And very impressive mileage indeed!

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JOYINKY 2/17/2013 10:48AM

    emoticon It IS about BALANCE! WTG! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/17/2013 10:20AM

    good for you to figure this out. fuel that athletic body of yours!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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BOOKAPHILE 2/17/2013 10:13AM

    Isn't it great when something finally makes sense? Good for you!

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KANOE10 2/17/2013 9:54AM

    I am trying that approach also. Keeping my eating healthy but increasing my exercise. Good for you reaching that low eight. I am glad it is working for you.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 2/17/2013 9:36AM

    Way to go. Whatever works, works!

Make Today a Great Day!

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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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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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JOYINKY 2/16/2013 1:35PM

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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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KNYAGENYA 2/16/2013 12:05PM

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