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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Background: I've lost about 86 pounds and kept it off a little over 4.5 years after more than 5 decades of being overweight or obese. Thanks to Weight Watchers, SparkPeople, Curves, the YMCA, Galloway Run-Walk-Run that showed me what to do, and a lot of failed diets over years and years that taught me what not to do, I'm living at the weight I've wanted to be since I was in junior high school!! I'm training for my second and third half marathons. I believe I could maintain even without the running, but I have come to love the running!!
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OK now. I weighed 125.8 Sunday morning, 126.6 on Monday morning, and 126.0 today. I entered my weight into SP today and it now shows me as 3 pounds under goal. Even though my favorite weight is 126, I changed my goal to 129 several months ago because I was just tired of seeing my ticker showing me over goal. I found it de-motivating, so I changed it. I know this is just playing games, but it helped me for my ticker not to be telling me I was over goal. After months of trying to get to 126, with my ticker listing 129 as my goal, I made it to 126. Go figure.

For a while I had my ticker set on number of weeks of maintenance, and in my own mind I considered myself maintaining as long as I was under 135. But that felt a little too loosey-goosey. I could look at other options or even - would you believe - eliminate the ticker from my page and postings. I could, but I like that visual. Powerful snapshot of success. I deserve it.

You know, I know that when it comes to weight, I'm not totally sane. Perhaps sanity is overrated, or maybe I really shouldn't write blogs like today that demonstrate my obsession, or at least lack of balance, on this issue. I could write them and not post them, but what fun is that? I'm retired now so I'm no longer concerned that things online are going to curtail my professional options.

So, should I change my ticker goal weight back to 126? I'm thinking not yet. Being under is not a negative. Let's see if I'm going to maintain 126. Three days is not a test. And yesterday I was .6 over. I get it. Weight fluctuates. I don't like it, but I get it.

I'm laughing at myself now. Maybe really someday in the not too distant future I will find the strength to give up my scale obsession. I gave up the mindless eating. I gave up sitting most of the time. I gave up not caring about my health and appearance. But this may be the hardest one to give up yet!!

  
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MEADSBAY 10/3/2013 9:20AM

    okokok- I'll get up off my arse and get busy!
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AQUAGIRL08 10/2/2013 4:30PM

    If you are considered obsessed, then so am I! I would prefer to say that we are hyper-vigilant about meeting our goals (and maintaining the ones we meet). Just reading your blogs makes me feel better because I now know that there are others out there who are going through the same thing.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/2/2013 12:25AM

    Wonderful!

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WILD4STARS 10/1/2013 10:43PM

    The scale is just a way to keep score and in the field of weight maintenance it's the best score keeper we have. It's a tool to use to your benefit! I'm just a couple pounds from goal and my thoughts are that when I get to goal I'm going to turn my ticker into a maintenance range. I want to maintain between 102 - 106, so I'm going to set my ticker up to show that. I haven't figured out exactly how yet, but that's what I want to do.

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SEAJESS 10/1/2013 9:52PM

    You know, I think WHATEVER WORKS! emoticon

I found it was just too too much to put all the weight I need to lose on my ticker. I put 10% of my body weight ala WW and then five pound increments. I like lots of reinforcement. Reinforcement good! This is a lifestyle change and happy is part of it.

(...but then, you ARE talking to the woman who uses a Pokeman slogan to keep from going off her food plan. Again, WHATEVER WORKS.)

Bottom line, I agree with all the others who remind you of your MAGNIFICENT SUCCESSES of which maintenance may be the greatest. Dunno. Never been there. Never done that. I'm watching YOU for tips to see how it's done.

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JOYINKY 10/1/2013 8:07PM

    Our obsession with numbers is funny. I consider myself "at goal" if I'm within 5 pounds under or over. But, that was allowing me to be OK at 14o and I'm not. Silly as it is 140 is a nemesis number for me; I get stuck there! Then, too easily creep up. Old fears die hard. Sooooo, I changed my ticker and reset my goal at 133 from 135. It's just more comfortable. A "stopper" if you will at a maximum of 138. Alas the price I pay is being "over goal" at 134. Worth the price. I would wait and change my ticker with the new year if I were still comfortably maintaining under goal. We always have choices. emoticon

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GABY1948 10/1/2013 7:42PM

    emoticon Marsha! You can do ANYTHING! The scale is an obsession to me for sure. And I am not even at maintenance, though, I know I will get there after reading so much on your blogs and Barb's blogs and others...I BELIEVE I can do it. But as for the scale? When I really have a doubt, I have dh weigh me and not tell me but just let me know and then I go from there...usually it is my mind telling me that I feel "fatter" so he weighs me and so far it has been a lie.

So, all that said, I KNOW YOU CAN GIVE it up if you truly want to. You can do ANYTHING! You are a HERO emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/1/2013 7:24PM

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! Would it help you to know you're not alone in "rethinking" what that number on the ticker should say? I was reading MJREIMERS blog the other week, and she was having a similar conversation with herself. While I haven't blogged about it, I have had the internal conversation about whether I should "accept the sustainable reality" and bump mine up from the 122... but nawwww...

It really is all about the games we play to keep ourselves motivated in maintenance! Whatever works, right? All I know is I look at you, and I see HEALTHY! Good job, fellow maintainer!

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WATERMELLEN 10/1/2013 6:34PM

    Yay obsession: it's working for you!! (And: there's a healthy dose of self-mocking irony infused into your obsession anyhow!)

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/1/2013 5:36PM

    I say leave the ticker. Heck, change your ticker goal weight to 130 :)

It's ALL a game. My goal weight is 140, but I know that I won't really feel like I've met that goal until I am under 140. I totally get the crazy.

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LAILATN 10/1/2013 5:28PM

    I think you're awesome no matter what the ticker says! Do what you have to do to feel good!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/1/2013 5:12PM

    I understand the obsession with the scale, but now it is a fun game for you to play and not a weapon to beat yourself up with! YES, you deserve it!

For years I never posted my picture on Spark, and even resisted meeting fellow Sparkers in my town. But now that I am no longer teaching I'm letting it all hang out. It's really liberating, isn't it?

I think working toward a lower weight weight is just another way you are keeping yourself motivated and keeping things fresh. You go, girl! One day soon I hope to be in the same place you are!



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MSLZZY 10/1/2013 4:57PM

    From one mildly insane person to another, whatever makes you feel good is what you should be doing-ticker included! HUGS!

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MEADSBAY 10/1/2013 4:32PM

    Gadzooks, woman- you are an amazing success story and you can put whatever you want on your ticker- it obviously is working for you!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/1/2013 4:22PM

    I understand (not from experience yet) that maintenance is no easier than any weight loss, so I'll support your "obsession" if it's what's keeping you motivated and focused to maintain your magnificent success.
And when you're ready to be more loosey goosey, I'll support you then too! It's YOUR journey. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

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NATPLUMMER 10/1/2013 3:39PM

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FROSTY99 10/1/2013 3:21PM

    emoticon You accomplished much harder goals and you can do this too!

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TAICHIDANCER 10/1/2013 3:10PM

    I have no advice on what you should do with your ticker, but I'm tremendously impressed and inspired both by your weight loss and how long you've kept it off.

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I'm Sparking and Flying!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Flylady SparkTeam?!! WOW! Two of my favorite things rolled into one! I'm just loving the Flylady routines and attitudes. It has improved my life almost as much as losing the weight and getting fit has.

If you have yet to check it out, I highly recommended it.(flylady.net --I may have posted .com in error last time) Unless, of course, you are a BO. BO = born organized person. Nothing against organized people, but they just would not understand. Okay, and they really would not need the Flybaby steps. But I am so glad to find other people like me who have to learn how to stay focused on tasks and how not to get distracted from one task to another. And we say this is good and I am blessing myself and my house and my family with all the good I do around here. I am. Plenty good enough is good enough. No sense in feeling like I'm failing and behind all the time. I have routines now. Very good. And I've started the Control Journal. All good. Waking up to a shining sink and basically everything orderly is an incredible blessing!!

So I joined the Flylady team and I can even set streaks with my routines. Cool. Positively cool!!

(PS 126.6 this morning. Yesterday was another good eating day. That .8 is a fluctuation. Will run Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday this week. Feeling good!)

  
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KELLIEBEAN 10/1/2013 9:07AM

    I agree! I have been on and off the flylady bandwagon for many years. I'm getting back into it today. The clutter is taking over.

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MSLZZY 9/30/2013 10:53PM

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AQUAGIRL08 9/30/2013 10:08PM

    Sounds great!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/30/2013 9:21PM

    Sounds exciting! I am going to check it out! I can see you flying now..
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COCK-ROBIN 9/30/2013 9:12PM

    Wonderful!

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FROSTY99 9/30/2013 9:06PM

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You are correct, it is hard for those of us who are organized to understand but I know too that I drive friends and family nuts with my attention to detail and in my working life I am sure some of my workers probably would have liked to strangle me.
Glad you are loving getting organized. It has always given me a feeling of being in control of things.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/30/2013 8:20PM

    Wow, could things *BE* any better in Slenderellaland??? LOL You are on a roll, girl!

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JOHAL52 9/30/2013 8:18PM

    What an inspiration you are!

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That is so wonderful all areas of your life are going so well!!
Keep up the great work!!!

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LINDA! 9/30/2013 7:48PM

    I also am happy that you joined the Flylady team. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/30/2013 7:19PM

    Run strong, Marsha... and fly!

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GABY1948 9/30/2013 6:34PM

    emoticon I will check out the team too!

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WATERMELLEN 9/30/2013 6:02PM

    You're such an accomplished lady in so many different areas of your life!!Wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, Sparker and flylady: wow!!

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WIZKEY 9/30/2013 5:59PM

    I love Flylady!! Did not know there was a Sparkteam for us. I'll have to check it out!!

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Trying Not To Be Too Psyched

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This morning, there it was on the scale: 125.8. I'm below what I used to call "my happy weight" of 126. That's the lowest weight I've been since April of this year. It is lower than I weighed all of 2012, 51.2 pounds below my weight on the day I started this current lifestyle change on Dec. 1, 2008, and 86.2 pounds below my all time high in 1999.

I'm feeling good about it, BUT I want to be realistic. I have proven at least twice before that this is an achievable weight for me; in fact, I even got 4 pounds below once. But I still don't know if it is a weight I can maintain. Last time I might have stayed under 126 for three days total. This time, we'll see.

  
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OOLALA53 10/2/2013 11:47AM

    I have a feeling you're healthy at various weights. Eating to manipulate such a small percentage of our weight... I dunno. Can you still live a reasonable life? Your choice!

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MNNICE 10/2/2013 9:51AM

    Maintaining is definitely a challenge, as you well know! But sometimes reaching those lower numbers gives us the motivation to stay on the healthy track. Way to go, and good luck!

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SPINNINGJW 9/30/2013 8:23AM

    Weight is ONE tool to measure how you are doing. Congrats on reaching a milestone for you. As many have said, your body will tell you what weight it can maintain long-term.

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GABY1948 9/30/2013 8:18AM

    I believe that WHATEVER you decide the RIGHT weight is for you it will be RIGHT! You are a wise and discerning woman! And an inspiration...I learn from you! emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/30/2013 7:53AM

    Your body will let you know if it is realistic or not. I was down to 125 one summer and my doctor thought I was on death's door LOL! I try to stay between 130 and 135.
Sometimes up and sometimes down. HUGS!

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JOYINKY 9/30/2013 6:32AM

    emoticon Time will tell but you are so much more than the number on your scale! I understand the lift though! Congratulations.

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_LINDA 9/30/2013 12:51AM

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So happy you have reached your long sought goal weight!
Keep up the great work!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/29/2013 11:41PM

    I believe in you! Even if you don't maintain that number, you do a great job of working your maintenance plans. Keep on!

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MWWENSIN 9/29/2013 10:20PM

    While it is great to hit a low number on the scale and it feels good it is more important how you feel. I learned this after it was becoming impossible for me to lose any more weight. And when I exercised more I would gain weight or level off. So long as I keep my BMI Less than 25 i am good.

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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2013 9:48PM

    You are amazing!!

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RUN4FOOD 9/29/2013 9:43PM

    You can se your experience in this. It's good to reach a new low for this season, yet you know it will be difficult to maintain.
You'll have to decide if this weight is worth fighting for or if you're happier at some other weight.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2013 8:52PM

    Happy for you, Marsha! I know that number means something special to you... "sustainable" maintenance weight is a puzzle for many of us. One day at a time, one healthy choice at a time! emoticon

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GONABFIT 9/29/2013 8:41PM

    😁😁 great job!! Even if you don't stay below you have accomplished so much qlready!!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/29/2013 8:36PM

    Congratulations on attaining! I know you will find the right weight for you. I'm cheering you on!

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    Wonderful!

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Breaking Up Can Be Hard to Do

Saturday, September 28, 2013

When I first started trying to eat healthy I found that some "food partners" have been around together so long, it is almost like they are married. I couldn't imagine a peanut butter sandwich without jelly. Or canned tuna without mayo. Or a tossed salad without Ranch Dressing. Or coffee without cream. Or roast turkey without buttery dressing and pumpkin pie. Chips needed dip, of course. Beans needed ham bone or bacon. Couldn't have an omelet without biscuits. Lamb had to have mint jelly. Hamburgers required plenty of cheese. Grilled fish needed butter and tartar sauce.

When I was able to open my mind and be more flexible, I could enjoy many of these things, but not necessarily with their partner. Divorces were required!! Peanut butter with banana is great, as is "Elephant Bread" which is PB&J sans the J. Tuna is great by itself or with veggies like onions and peppers grilled on the Foreman. I also like it mixed with white beans for a real filling protein-packed meal. I've come to appreciate various types of vinegar on my salad; balsamic is my favorite, but red wine and apple cider have their turn, especially with a bit of olive oil. Yum and not full of sodium! Skim milk is just as good in coffee as is cream when you get used to it, and if I don't have the calories, black is fine. Turkey breast meat and a big plate of broccoli and other veggies is a filling low-calorie meal. I don't need chips, but if I choose to have one, plain or with salsa is fine. Plain lentils and beans or with some cumin and spices taste good to me now. I can eat eggs with or without bread. Rarely eat lamb or hamburgers now days, but would not require mint jelly nor cheese if I did. A veggie egg white omelet is a great snack. Like my grilled fish with just a touch of cayenne and lemon.

Breaking up the food partners was a major step in my success!! Hope you can be flexible to choose those things that are best for your body. If they don't taste quite right in the beginning, don't give up. You'll come to love what is good for you as well as how it makes you feel!

(And on a totally separate topic: 12 mile group slow run went fine today. I should be back in the faster group next week. Convinced them it was a trip, not balance or medical issue.)

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/30/2013 10:03PM

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BOOKAPHILE 9/29/2013 8:56PM

    Lol. Now I have that song in my head.
Good insights about not NEEDING to eat some things together that we have usually had in the past. I have to go think about this some more...

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LADYBUG1943 9/29/2013 6:36PM

    Those divorces are long in my past, but one triggering event is not gone yet. About every month or so, coming home from my weekly chorus rehearsal triggers a desire for popped and BUTTERED popcorn. I haven't yet banished it completely.

Thanks for the insight.... a good blog.

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KLMEIRING 9/29/2013 5:21PM

    I really liked your suggestions. Sometimes it is difficult to think of new things to eat, healthier options that are still satisfying. I really appreciate these suggestions. emoticon

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WILD4STARS 9/29/2013 10:27AM

    We are creatures of habit and we can create good habits to replace the not so good. And it's not like those partners can NEVER see each other again, just not every day !!
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SPINNINGJW 9/29/2013 9:01AM

    emoticon blog! I will have to ponder this for awhile to figure out my food partners.

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SWEDE_SU 9/29/2013 7:41AM

    what a clever way to approach the changes we need to make! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/29/2013 2:08AM

    Great blog! Great idea! I am afraid I am still married with nut butter & honey :-P
and I can't imagine a veggie burger without a thin slice of real cheese. I did change my 'dip' for chips/veggies to simple Greek yogurt. I do like balsamic vinegar with olive oil for a dressing
Glad you are back in the running group you want to be!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/29/2013 1:14AM

    wonderful!

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MSLZZY 9/28/2013 10:35PM

    I didn't know foods could get divorced so easily-LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 9/28/2013 8:40PM

    This is a great blog, so funny and so true. I'm singing "breaking up is hard to do, now I know I know that this is true, don't say that this is the end, instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again"!!

But nope, like you I don't. That divorce decree is final!!

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GABY1948 9/28/2013 7:25PM

    This was emoticon Marsha! I hadn't even realized it but I had broken up the things (most of them, anyway, and the others I don't eat) you spoke of but not thought of it in that exact way. I was glad to realize as I read your blog that there is not ONE thing like that that I miss. Your plate of turkey breast and broccoli sounded divine to me!

emoticon on the going back to the other group! Have a great weekend!

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FROSTY99 9/28/2013 7:04PM

    How appropriate-it is amazing how tiny little switches can make us a lot healthier.

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HANSBRINK 9/28/2013 6:24PM

  Funny in that when you go through a divorce like that, and people notice, you get a lot of negative comments. "You must eat these foods in combination. It's just NOT DONE otherwise."

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JOYINKY 9/28/2013 6:12PM

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/28/2013 6:05PM

    I rarely use sauces any more. I was surprised to find how much more taste food had once I fully transitioned to a low sodium diet. My taste buds woke up. Now the only thing I do to most veggies is steam them. Occasionally add a low fat buttery spread (it only takes a gram or so). My favorite way to eat peanut butter is by itself on a single slice of bread. If I am just back from running, I may sprinle a few raisins on top. I also like to substite a banana for the bread and just spread the PB on that, especially after a run. Or spread on apple slices.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/28/2013 5:57PM

    Love your post! "breaking up is hard to do..." But you've done it, and done it in style. Way to go, girl!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2013 5:46PM

    Glad your run went well... and agree about the breakup of the food partners. I have learned to use fat free plain yogurt as a dip. However, I have to say, I still cannot keep peanut butter in the house, because all by itself it triggers me! It never did need the jelly to get me started in volume. So... I very rarely buy it at all.

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The More You Burn, the More You Can Eat!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Yesterday I reset my nutrition tracker to be responsive on a daily basis, rather than weekly, to my exercise. This morning, after a 35 minute elliptical workout at the Y, it says "You have burned 251 calories today. The more you burn, the more you can eat."

I didn't know it is possible to earn more food with activity on a daily basis on SP. That feature of Weight Watcher tracking was a large part of the reason I switch back to WW tracking from time to time. At our last local SparkPeople team dinner Cyndi and Jane were talking about this SP option. (It is the default now on SP, but an option for those who aren't new.) When I finally saw the option here (Start Menu, Account Preferences), I jumped, even though it warned me that you can't go back. I think it will be really helpful to me on long run days. Tomorrow I'll be running 13 miles, the route of my upcoming half marathon on Nov 9th. I often had trouble sticking to my calorie range on long run day,s and I'd even been told I probably should not stick to my calorie range on such days, but always felt like I was cheating when I went over. So this should help me.

Because of my fall, I got put back to the slowest time improvement Galloway group. It will take us over 3 hours I'm sure tomorrow, starting at 5:30am. I probably will be frustrated with the slow speed, but I'll get in the miles and build back my confidence. I'm proud to report that I've had 6 days of amazing healing. I heal just as fast as my grandkids do. Neat! Left hand is still a bit sore and you could look and find other remnants of the fall, but most people wouldn't even notice now.

I wonder how I will do on the reduced calories on my rest days. May be just fine. Time will tell. If it's a problem I'll come up with a strategy.

Which option are you using? How do you like it? If you've used both, how do they compare?? Wishing you healthy, happy days!

  
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THOMASINA57 9/28/2013 9:01PM

    If I can switch back to the old system I'm going to. The new system has my calorie count way too high for my age, small frame and slower metabolism. I even adjusted it down to a sedentary person , I can see it being helpful for runners though.

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BLUESKY_321 9/28/2013 2:44PM

    I switched to the responsive tracker about 6 weeks ago and am very happy with it. I have found that I don't always eat that much more on long run days, but often substantially more the following day. To compensate for my body's sometimes delayed refueling, I allow the extra calories to float to the following day if necessary. It has stopped the guilt and defeat that I often experienced when I over ate after a particularly hard training - even though I knew my body "needed" it, it put me over my goals.
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JOYINKY 9/28/2013 9:33AM

    I use a shorthand pencil and paper option and it's worked great for years. Smiles.

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OWL_20 9/28/2013 8:35AM

    I have an option to switch between the two type of calorie trackers, so if the thing doesn't work out I can always switch back. SP did say when it first came out that if you switched to the new tracker you could not switch back, but they fixed that (I 'm guessing that people complained?). Anyway, you don't need to make another account to experience it, just go into your account settings and the option is there. If you find it doesn't work out you can switch back.

I'm on the new tracker and a little leery since my counts for daily calories zoom up for my activity needs. I kind of aim for a middle ground.

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SLIMLILA 9/28/2013 12:27AM

    Glad to hear you are recuping well..

thanks for Heads Up on the fitness option, I tried to change mine last week, but I get frustrated and give up on things technical... must have another look.


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DJ4HEALTH 9/27/2013 11:23PM

    That is great and fall is beautiful time too. Wish we get it more here in Florida

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SEAJESS 9/27/2013 11:22PM

    I'm so glad that you found that adjustment! CRITICAL for a distance runner!

Munch out and restore those muscle fibers and glycogen stores!

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WATERMELLEN 9/27/2013 10:52PM

    So glad you're closed to completely healed. Starting back slower makes good sense and it won't be for long.

I'm still on the "old" nutrition tracker -- don't burn nearly as many calories as you do: but have to say, when I have a day basically sitting in court (today) I do eat less pretty much instinctively. I'm just not as hungry when I'm burning fewer calories most of the time . . .

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/27/2013 9:14PM

    I tried what SP recommended...the calorie range was too high. It didn't work for me. Sometimes, I would stick to the recommended goal for the day and at the end of the day it would say I went over. I started tracking using another app that recommended less but still gives me more room to eat more on days I workout more. I like it. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/27/2013 8:51PM

    I am using the original option and am not sure if I
want to switch or not. I may have to check it out again.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2013 6:59PM

    I haven't tried the new option, but my brother MOBYCARP did. He blogged about his experience here:

http://www.sparkpeople
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vidual.asp?blog_id=5417165 (sorry, can't make a link live in a comment)...

The short summary: he tried it in a new account he created for the purpose, then decided it wasn't for him, and dropped the new account.

I rather suspect that for you and I, the results might be better than for a 6 foot tall dude who underestimates his activity. So are you planning on creating a new account to give it a try? I'll be more interested in hearing how it works for you because you and I are closer "types" in body size and activity levels.



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FROSTY99 9/27/2013 6:46PM

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Makes sense to eat more on the days you expend more.

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ALISONCHRISTIAN 9/27/2013 6:34PM

    I'm going to check this option out....thanks for sharing your experience!

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MWWENSIN 9/27/2013 5:58PM

    I agree. If you exercise more you should eat more.

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_LINDA 9/27/2013 5:56PM

    I switched immediately to the new tracking system. With my roller coaster health problems flaring all over the place, its the perfect thing for me. On the day I was able to do three fitness classes, my range shot up to 2600, but on the day my elbow was in screaming pain, I could not do anything except walk and it was down to 1500 max. Unfortunately, I am once again in standby mode as the elbow is bad again :(
So glad to hear you are healing well! Its no doubt all the healthy lifestyle choices you have made..
That is a shame you had to go back to the slower group, don't know why if you suffered no injury..
Enjoy your run tomorrow!

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YJNANA 9/27/2013 5:19PM

    Thats really hard for me, my lowest on SP is like 1600
after today they have my base over 2000/to 2400
WHA????????????
I am afraid to eat that much
Mine is just a 3 miles walk and Yoga class, not a run.
its very confusing to me.
WW has a Point system for Exercise, same principal,
more exercise More Points I can have in a day.
my WW pts is 26 and I ate 33 yesterday, so that makes up for working out that day.

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BOILHAM 9/27/2013 4:23PM

    I do the same thing, eat a little more on long run days. I hear my body screaming for food, and I think I can tell the difference between craving and hunger. Also when I'm eating on the *more* side, I make sure to eat good foods.
I'm swimming now, too, and the program I am on also says to swim as slowly as I need to, as lone as I complete the distances required, before resting - as Galloway instructs.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/27/2013 4:12PM

    I eat more on long run days, less on rest days. Most trackers give you a range; I ate at the top on hard days, more towards the low end on easy days. At least that what I did when I was tracking every day. I did that by adding a recovery meal rather than changing my basic breakfast, lunch, dinner. I also honor my hunger. If I am hungry, I eat something nutritious. I don't wait until an "official" eating time.

I stayed with the old tracker because I manually enter my macro and micro nutrient ranges. I don't want SP changing them. They are always too low for me. They assume everyone is trying to lose weight, or so it seems. I found other sources that enabled me to calculate better ranges for my particular needs.

Comment edited on: 9/27/2013 4:13:51 PM

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NATPLUMMER 9/27/2013 4:09PM

    Jeff says you CANNOT do the long run too slowly.....don't worry about the speed....just enjoy yourself.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/27/2013 4:05PM

    Wonderful!

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