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Eat Naked!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eat Naked! That phrase from a SparkPeople article stuck with me. Although it might conjure up sensuous pictures rivaling Greek orgies and Tom Jones medieval feasts, what the phrase refers to is much simpler. It means eat your food plain. As I ate my chicken breast grilled on the Foreman and my steamed broccoli and brown rice absolutely plain, I smile. The taste of the food truly comes out. I am eating naked!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/29/2010 8:17PM

    I've never been a person who likes sauces on most things. I hope people realize that eating naked doesn't mean eating without spices. I've eaten that way since I was a child. You really do get the true taste of what you're eating without added fats and sugar!

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REDGRAMA 1/29/2010 5:07PM

    Good one Marsha. Glad you also clarified for the people that
did not read the BOOK or plan on buing it.
I love your BLOGS.
Hugs, Nancy M.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/29/2010 1:14PM

    More taste and less waist. A great combination!

Ellen (WATERMELLEN) made me chuckle. She's probably invented the next fad diet with her literal translation of your blog title! It has the makings of a reality TV blockbuster. Do you need to establish copyright immediately?!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/29/2010 9:52AM

    I don't put extra things on my food

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JOHAL52 1/28/2010 11:36PM

    I, too, thought that eating naked would be very scary :)

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IVYROSE2 1/28/2010 8:14PM

    You are so right, food taste better without all the extras. I am with you.

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    Me too!

Sometimes I use butter on my veggies but not often - I found I love the fresh taste of my frozen mixed veggies just brought to boil and left sitting for only a few minutes. I even drink the water - it tastes so sweet!

Welcome to the wild, wonderful, wacky world of naked eating!

Love you,

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2010 7:38PM

    When I saw the headline, "eat naked", what occurred to me is how much LESS I'd eat if naked in front of a mirror: excellent motivation to focus on non-expansion!

I like to "eat clean" -- but a little herb or lemon juice seasoning etc. adds little in the way of calories, something in the way of anti-oxidants and much in the way of flavour. That grilled chicken breast with a little rosemary, freshly ground black pepper and some grated orange zest?? now you're talking!

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Bootcamp Review

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I've just completed Day 25 Spark Your Body Bootcamp workout. I expected it would be far more intense than it is. However, now that I think about it, I'm glad it was just the intensity it is. It did get me to do several exercises at a more advanced level than I had been. It introduced me to the SP videos that I hadn't used. It made me value short time periods of exercise, which is particularly great on busy days when I think I just don't have time. The bootcamp also scheduled cardio, but I was already doing far more. It had optional challenges, too, but most of them I already do.

I'd participate in another bootcamp in February if they have it. However, I want to do it smarter. I didn't have a clue what a bootcamp was when I started. Turns out it is a short cardio workout one day a week and then 6 days of short strength training videos. Even when I figured that out, it took me several weeks to coordinate my SP generated strength training with the bootcamp. If the bootcamp exercises the core, then the SP generated strength training for that day should also be for the core. (repeat with upper body, then lower body) That way I get the recommended day of rest in between.

All in all, I would recommend the bootcamp approach for people of many different fitness levels.

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MNNICE 1/28/2010 9:43PM

    The bootcamp was good for me because I tend to overlook the strength training, or would do mostly the upper body. I enjoyed the variety, and I also like short workouts because I can fit them into my schedule. I'm not much of a morning person, but I have to admit that doing those short s/t and stretches first thing in the morning really made me feel good all day. Even if there is not a February bootcamp, I think I'll continue choosing some of the other SP videos and do them in the morning.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/28/2010 3:40PM

    You have it all analyzed . I never noticed that about the videos. I just did what Nicole said to do, even though I did fall off the ball the first time.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/28/2010 8:39AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/28/2010 8:05AM

    I love to read your blog

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REDGRAMA 1/27/2010 9:46PM

    Marsha, YES,YES,AND YES to all you said. And you said it SOOOO WELL. Thanks from ALL of us.
Hugs, Nancy M.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/27/2010 6:00PM

    I was so impressed that I accidentally sent this twice!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/27/2010 6:00PM

    I've nominated you as a motivator because of your fitness achievements. You've set a great example for what's possible with determination.

Warm congratulations on a terrific performance.

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PO_PAZZA 1/27/2010 5:48PM

    Hmm, now I may try it in February if I get medical clearance by then. Your review clarified it for me because my mental picture of it was grueling. I mean, it's bootcamp!


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    Love your blog! You explain it all so very well!

I am voting for this blog!

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ELSEEBEE 1/27/2010 4:38PM

    Good observations! I'm going to try what you are of focusing my strength training next time just on the one body area in the bootcamp video. Makes a lot of sense!

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New Name Needed?

Monday, January 25, 2010

I love it when my 2 (almost 3 now) year old granddaughter calls me what she named me, Old Mom. However, when other people call me that it seems silly. In fact, it seems negative.

Should I change my screen name on SparkPeople? Should I come up with something more positive? I think I'd have to start over with points. Would it be worth it?

You opinion, please!

Thanks, Marsha

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AMBUDMAN 1/29/2010 10:00AM

    I think using the name your grand daughter gave you is great. I wondered why you were called old mom.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/25/2010 5:27PM

    No you don't have to start over with points because I changed my screen name.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/25/2010 2:22PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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JOHAL52 1/25/2010 1:34PM

    My granddaughter sometimes calls me "other grandma" and sometimes she calls my sil's mom "other grandma." Originally dd and I thought the children might call me Granny V but that hasn't stuck yet.
How do YOU feel? I like the idea that with so many of us boomers, "old" will become the kind of positive appendage that it used to be in generations past. Full of wisdom and, thanks to the health breakthroughs, full of health. Think of how expensive antiques are [grin].

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WALKINGANNIE 1/25/2010 12:59PM

    On the practicalities, I have already changed my user name once and kept my points, etc. It was very easy. You just need to click the "Account/Email Preferences" link, at the upper leftside of your Start page, under your username. You can then change your user name on the main account preferences page. Everything stays the same except your actual name.

On the name preference issue, it's really about how you feel and only you can make the decision. You will still be the same Marsha behind the name whether you choose a new identity to reflect the new you or stick with the current name and its family connections. Hope it's a fun decision.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/25/2010 10:35AM

    I think the name is special for you from your granddaughter, but for your identity on a website, give yourself a lift with a name or description you've always wanted to try out for yourself. Go with your gut, though. If you really love the term of endearment, do not change. Have a wonderful day.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/25/2010 10:32AM

    I don't think you have to start over with points. If you want to change your name, I believe that there is an option to do it. I think that it's all about how you feel about the name. It's about you and the feelings that you have about the name not about what others think. That's just my opinion....

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GOING2LSEITNOW 1/25/2010 5:55AM

    If it is a sign of endearment from your grandchild then I agree keep it. I was wondering about changing my username also. But I don't want to lose my points.

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IRONGRANNIE 1/25/2010 4:16AM

    If you use the name because your grand daughter gave it to you I say keep it!!!!
(When my kids were little they called my mother "better grandma". when I asked them why, they said because their other grandma was "old grandma" because she had lots of wrinkles! Kids have their own logic, don't they?)

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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

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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 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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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

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
Hugs, Nancy M.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 1/24/2010 2:55PM

  I will pass your concerns along!


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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.


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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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