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Thinking about Goals.

Friday, January 03, 2014

I've read great blogs summing up 2013 health and fitness efforts and great blogs setting out 2014 goals. I believe on setting goals and working toward them. I mean, what would a football game be without goal posts? How can I celebrate achieving a goal if I never set a goal? Celebrating successes is crucial to motivate me to keep on keeping on -- you know: eating right and being active, drinking my water and trying to get my sleep, seeking medical care when needed and otherwise being kind to myself.

So why have I not set any goals for 2014? For one thing, I have a lot of goals set already. I just haven't decided if I want to change or not. My goal of averaging 126 pounds is a tough one. 129 or 131 may be more doable for me in the long run; I know I definitely don't want to go over 135. I'm thinking for 2014 I'm going to focus on eating healthy, not on the scale, and see what happens to the scale. I have come so far in overcoming binge eating. My indulgences are much smaller, much healthier, and far less frequent. I believe if I could give up out-of-control unplanned indulgences (okay, binges) I'd weigh exactly what I want to. Will try. I know that "focus on eating healthy" is not a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-specific) goal. Will think about it.

Then there are my running goals. I don't want to change, but reality is I've got a glute muscle that has been bothering me on and off since April and I fear isn't getting better. In August I thought it was healed, tried to strengthen it, and reinjured instead. Recently tried some new rolling and stretching and again think I reinjured. Darn. Good sense may mean I need to give up speed goals. But I am reluctant. I love to run. I love to compete. Will think about it.

So, I am thinking. Definitely not giving up, just trying to come up with those motivating but realistic goals for me for 2014.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2014 8:16PM

    What great and thoughtful goals for 2014! I often need to just mull my goals over in my mind before putting them on paper.

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HAKAPES 1/5/2014 7:06AM

    I'd suggest to set the target weight as a metric, not as a goal in itself. Making changes in your eating or exercise plan sounds better for me on the long term.

Otherwise, I don't see a problem to set the same goals for 2014 as you had for 2013. However, I like to review my past year, extract the learning, and make a list of things that I will do differently this year, even when I work towards similar things.

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GABY1948 1/4/2014 5:33PM

    You really made me think. I actually don't make "conscious" goals and maybe that is what I NEED at this point. I am praying about your leg and do hope it just plain heals and you can continue your running. You are such an inspiration to so many of us, I now want what is good for YOU! Whatever goes on I KNOW you will choose well and be happy with your decision!
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MSLZZY 1/4/2014 7:35AM

    Setting new goals can be a challenge but doable if you can find one. You seem to be on top of your game. HUGS!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/3/2014 9:42PM

    I tend to reinjure my muscles too, probably by doing too much too soon. WHEN will we learn?!? Good luck with your goals for 2014. Whatever you decide, I know you will find success!

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_LINDA 1/3/2014 6:17PM

    Sorry to hear you are still having issues with the glute :-( Getting your leg length and foot stability measured by a podiatrist may give you some help if there is an issue there.
Good luck with setting realistic goals for you -you can do it!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2014 1:49PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/3/2014 1:48PM

    Continue to see what works for you. Eating healthy, balanced fitness that you enjoy, continuing to live healthy and happy are apparent. You continually reevaluate and reflect on your goals so I think making New Year's resolutions is a little redundant. Focus on your goals and you will achieve them.

Have you seen a physical therapist for your glute? Or another kind i
of specialist? Hope you find what the solution is and are able to continue running. I love running too and want to stay injury free! Focusing on form and proper shoes is important for me but there may be more pieces to the puzzle I haven't discovered yet so I'm continuing to reassess and hopefully train smarter.

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MEXGAL1 1/3/2014 10:51AM

    I get it Marsha. Goal setting is important if you really think through what you want to accomplish and then as you said make specific measurable goals. but I think that it's important to really want to accomplish something that is meaningful to you. Only you know what you want. I like the idea of eating healthy overall and fueling your body, especially since you are running so much. Very important to fuel your body.
I know you will do what is right for you.
Cheers
Sallie

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/3/2014 10:32AM

    Hmmm, giving the goals some thought is a worthy task. I read an interesting goal setting blog this morning that resonated...
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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KLMEIRING 1/3/2014 10:31AM

    The serenity prayer comes to mind. God, grant my friend serenity to accept the things she cannot change, courage to change the things that she can & the wisdom to know the difference.

I am praying that you will have wisdom concerning the healing of that glute muscle.... I know what it is like to have limitations that I do not want to have. It would be awesome to see it totally restored.

Blessings to you in the New Year!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/3/2014 10:29AM

    Have you ever checked to see if you have a leg length discrepancy? This is actually fairly common and even a slight imbalance can lead to chronic injuries if you run a lot. My right leg is 1/8th inch shorter than my left and once my runs got longer than 10-14 miles, I was having constant soreness in my right hip. A 1/8 inch lift in the heel of my right shoe totally solved the problem.

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ZZYYGGY3 1/3/2014 10:15AM

    great job. You can do it.

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Jacketless Gratitude

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I know that much of the county, including many of my SparkFriends, are experiencing really cold weather today. I feel for you. But that's not happening here in central Florida as our high today is about 81 degrees. The Senior Dance is held in a lovely facility that is usually a very comfortable temperature. However, today it was hot. It made me really glad that my weight is good and I could take off my jacket without embarrassment. There were many years I would have suffered rather than shown off my fat rolls. Incidents like this help me remember, be grateful for my health and fitness, and vigilant about maintaining!

  
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NEW-CAZ 1/3/2014 3:27AM

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WATERMELLEN 1/2/2014 10:57PM

    It was -23 C here today -- so I as wearing a jacket. However, gotta say that it's still nice to know that if the weather permitted I would also feel comfortable jacketless. And I sure identify with those memories of suffering overheating so as not to display the fat rolls. It's all motivating!!

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MSLZZY 1/2/2014 10:21PM

    Yeah, here you need a coat, gloves, scarf, stocking cap, thermal underwear and snow boots. That might look a bit odd on the dance floor. Enjoy the wonderful weather and thanks for thinking of us who are waiting for spring to arrive. HUGS!

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KLONG8 1/2/2014 7:15PM

    That's a TRUE test! Enjoy!

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TINAJANE76 1/2/2014 7:04PM

    Such a great feeling--congratulations!

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MEXGAL1 1/2/2014 7:01PM

    your temps sounds good to me...although today we did see sun all day and it got up to around 75.
Glad that you could take that jacket off. good for you....it does feel so very good.
Happy New Year
Sallie

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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 7:01PM

    Yup, I know what you mean! I'm looking forward to the day when I feel good enough to wear a sleeveless top to the fitness center!

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GABY1948 1/2/2014 6:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I know exactly what you mean....

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BOOKAPHILE 1/2/2014 6:08PM

    Yet another NSV! Yay, you!

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WILD4STARS 1/2/2014 5:40PM

    I love living in Florida. I will warn you though, it's going to be pretty chilly in the morning. Not compared to the rest of the country, but compared to what we're used to! I'm going to Bok Tower Gardens tomorrow and plan to dress WARM!

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KLMEIRING 1/2/2014 4:50PM

    Isn't it amazing! I am so happy for you!

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HARROWJET 1/2/2014 4:29PM

    Isn't it good to have reminders of how far you have come? emoticon It is good for me to know that not everyone is cold. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2014 3:49PM

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PICKIE98 1/2/2014 3:48PM

    Count your blessings, THIS county is bitter cold in Michigan!! One jacket is not sufficient..

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2013 Review, Short Version

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Overall, I did great!!

  
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TINAJANE76 1/2/2014 11:44AM

    Yes, you did! You're one of my great inspirations here, so I hope to hear lots more from you in the year ahead. Happy 2014!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/2/2014 8:37AM

    YES, you definitely did!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2014 2:58PM

    Short and sweet! Wishing you continued success in 2014!

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KLMEIRING 1/1/2014 9:22AM

    Happy New Year!

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MSLZZY 1/1/2014 8:19AM

    emoticon Happy New Year!

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SMITTY4RL 1/1/2014 6:44AM

    LOL I love this sweet and short version! Here's to 2014, cheers!

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TERI-RIFIC 1/1/2014 6:10AM

    LOL. Short, sweet, true. Great last blog of the year!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2014 3:48AM

    emoticon Happy 2014 to you my friend emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/31/2013 10:20PM

    Yes you did! emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/31/2013 4:58PM

    Short and sweet! Congratulations on maintaining while chasing other goals. You're one of my examples.

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2013 2:22PM

    You did indeed! Overall, AND in the details!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/31/2013 2:14PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Sounds like a great year. You have been doing well.
Hope 2014 is just as good for you.
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MEXGAL1 12/31/2013 2:00PM

    woo hoo...and keep it up.
Happy New Year dear Marsha
Sallie

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JOELEVENACIOUS 12/31/2013 1:25PM

    Keep it Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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STRIVERONE 12/31/2013 1:10PM

    Nothing like cutting to the chase.
Happy New Year.

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ONMYMEDS 12/31/2013 11:24AM

    emoticon You didn't lie. That's short.

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A Jumping Christmas: Active Toy Review

Monday, December 30, 2013



If there is a child between 3 and 8 in your life, let me perhaps be the first to recommend you get a Super Skipper, pictured above. My grandkids love it! The 3 year old waits until it taps her to jump, but it doesn't hurt and she thoroughly enjoys it. The 6 year old goes wild jumping and tries different styles, like 2 feet together and one at a time, jumping stationary vs. jumping in circles, running through the room through the skipper, one footed, etc.

And I've burned a few calories on this thing, too! Fun, fun, fun!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/1/2014 6:15PM

    Sounds cool!

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_LINDA 12/31/2013 9:42AM

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GRANDMABABA 12/30/2013 5:19PM

    Looks like such fun. Must get one for son's family (girls are 2 & 5) and daughter's kids (4, 9, 10). Woohoo...thanks!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/30/2013 3:04PM

    I got a skip-it for one of my granddaughters for Christmas. This looks like fun for more than one kid (or adult) at a time.

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BURGUNDYBABE 12/30/2013 11:52AM

    Looks cool! Reminds me of the skip-it, except it can be used indoors.

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2013 10:47AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Looks like a wonderful gift for our grandkids who aren't getting enough exercise. I will ask DH to look into it for them.
Happy New Year Marsha!

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NATPLUMMER 12/30/2013 10:41AM

    Looks like lots of fun for all ages.

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GABY1948 12/30/2013 10:25AM

    Looks like fun...thanks for sharing with us! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/30/2013 10:16AM

    great idea Marsha emoticon

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LAILATN 12/30/2013 10:06AM

    Thanks for sharing - I know what I can get my boy for his birthday this year!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/30/2013 9:44AM

    Sort of like skipping rope without the rope pulling down the chandeliers!

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JOYINKY 12/30/2013 9:33AM

    I love active toys for kids; this one looks great! Thought I was past this stage but now I have a GREAT grandbaby coming in May! We know how fast they grow!

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NHES220 12/30/2013 9:22AM

    Looks like a lot of fun and I bet it tires them out! And you!

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SMITTY4RL 12/30/2013 8:59AM

    What a great idea! Am off to look closer at it! Thanks for the hint.

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BLUENOSE63 12/30/2013 8:34AM

  I have a fear of jumping due to a previous injury, this might be just the ticket!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/30/2013 8:30AM

    Looks like so much fun!! I want one. My kids used to have a Skip-it. This is better. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 12/30/2013 8:29AM

    What a great toy for physical activity. I may have to get one for my classroom. Many of my students find jumping difficult and this looks like it may help. Thanks!

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WATERMELLEN 12/30/2013 8:18AM

    I'm thinking there could be an adult-size market? Looks like so much fun!!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/30/2013 8:11AM

    That's great, keeping the little ones active!

How fun!

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CELIAMINER 12/30/2013 8:09AM

    I can totally imagine you playing!

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Eating Plans

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I am thinking about eating plans. I have a 59 year old running friend who is a nurse and has done great on Paleo. She's lost weight and overcome chronic indigestion. Another running friend who is a personal trainer in her 40's and is in incredible shape follows Furman's "Eat to Live" vegan program. She juices every day. I have a 76 year old running friend and his wife who are "nutritarians", an almost vegan program that has a few non-vegan meals aimed at getting specific nutrients. I have 2 family members doing McDougall, a vegan program designed to get diabetics off meds and both of them have had success. They also eat no oil. All of these people tell me that milk or any dairy products aren't good for you. I have 3 servings of milk almost every day. I've done so good on it, I'm kind of afraid to give it up. I won't say I never have indigestion, but not very often. I made a McDougall bean stew for my relatives at Christmas and it was AWESOME. Honestly, it was my favorite thing on the table. But I doubt that they get enough calcium, protein, or healthy fats. They eat about 70% gains, 20% vegetables and 10% fruit. I recently heard about the book, "Grain Brain" that supposedly blames grain-based diet for the rise in Alzheimers. A few years ago that "good fats-good carbs" message of the South Beach diet really made sense to me, but now I'm not sure. Back in the early 70's Diet for a Small Planet that espoused a grain-based vegetarian diet made sense to me. I gave up meat two times for about 6 months each time, but both times I gained weight.

I am to the point with my eating that I could give up meat or give up dairy or give up grains or give up sugar or give up almost any one thing or even a combination. But I am not sure there is any advantage. I know that SparkPeople's recommendations are based on research. My relatives tell me that such research is largely funded and/or influenced by food companies and is not objective. Wow, do I wish we all agreed on what healthy eating is.

Do you follow a specific eating plan? If so, how did you decide? How committed are you to it and what would make you change?

  
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_LINDA 12/31/2013 1:58PM

    I am in the all things in moderation, but heavily on fresh fruits and veggies, less bread products (no more than 1 serving a day), very little meat (nothing at my home, but some when I am at Mom's -white only), dairy protein with no fat, not following any diet except what pleases me and stays in Sparkpeople's nutrient and calorie range.
What ever works for you and satisfies you and that you are happy sticking with is the best plan..

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KELLIEBEAN 12/30/2013 8:17AM

    There are SO many opinions out there on the best diet. I seem to be doing very well with the Everything In Moderation food plan.

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Over the years, each time I have lost weight, I never gave up anything, never restricted myself to a fad diet and I lost weight just fine. Keeping it off on the other hand was always my challenge.

I've maintained a weight under my goal weight for 13 months now and still eating pizza and ice cream now and again.



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THEVOW2013 12/29/2013 10:11PM

    I DON'T FIND THAT FOOD IS ONE SIZE FITS ALL.
FOR MY OPTIMAL HEALTH I CANNOT PARTAKE AND GLUTEN IT GIVES ME CONGESTION.
I DON'T EAT SHRIMP, LOBSTER, OR CRAB BECAUSE THEY TO MAKE ME SICK.
I DRINK ALMOND MILK EXCLUSIVELY AND THIS IS THE FIRST BLOOD WORK THAT REPORTED LOW VITAMIN D ...BUT I DON'T DRINK MY MILK DAILY SO THAT IS UP TO ME TO GET IT IN MORE. I BELIEVE YOU DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

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KLMEIRING 12/29/2013 8:40PM

    Wow! You sure sparked the discussion with this post. I am a firm believer variety and moderation. I don't think there is a "one size fits all" meal plan, but I do believe that there is some good solid research out there on all kinds of meal plans. I guess it is a learning lifestyle. When something works, go for it. When it doesn't, be willing to try something different. I think that I have told you this before, but just in case I have not, I definitely look to you and many of my friends in the Spark Community as my role models. It doesn't mean that you do everything perfectly, but I have learned a ton from watching you and reading your posts. I want to live a long and healthy life and be active when I am my mom's age and beyond. Thanks for your example!

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GABY1948 12/29/2013 6:12PM

    Now, you know I look to you for eating and exercise models but I have to agree with MANDELOVICH that, if it ain't broke don't fix it. You don't sound truly settled on any of it. And I CAN tell you that for years and years now, my motto has been, "When in doubt, DON'T don ANYTHING" and then I pray about it and wait until I feel "settled" in it, whatever it is. Hubby and my kids know that when I say that, I MEAN it and will wait until I am settled...it ALWAYS works too...eventually I KNOW what to do.

Hope you can become "settled" too!

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HARROWJET 12/29/2013 4:48PM

    I struggle with trying to figure out which plan is the right one for me. Each one seems to have positive points that make it sound like it is THE one to follow. Let us know what you decide. Of course if plan #1 doesn't seem right for you, you can always move on to plan #2.

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MSLZZY 12/29/2013 4:36PM

    So many different points of view. I'll stick with SP!

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RUN4FOOD 12/29/2013 2:32PM

    Guess I'm a NATPLUMMER fan, everything in moderation that works for you.
I have often wondered what food companies were funding this research and the food recommendations 2000+ years ago when people were eating wheat. Conspiracy theories always bother me.
Everyone is an experiment of one.
You've been doing great. A minor adjustment or two might help but any major change has as much potential of hurting you as helping you.


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WIFE48 12/29/2013 1:39PM

    I agree with several of the posts here. Each person's "gut" needs different things. My GI doctor said you need to figure out what foods are a trigger for you. I eat whole grains, lean meat, fruits and veggies. I track on the nutrition tracker daily and run the report to see what I am missing in the way of nutrients. The next day try to improve on what I was lacking in the day before.

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WATERMELLEN 12/29/2013 1:26PM

    I'm with MANDELOVICH on this one. What you are doing is working for you. And (like JOYINKY) I've tried many of the same "trends" over the years . . . and now like MEXGAL1 tend to eat the same things over and over again. Egg white omelettes with low fat feta and spinach for breakfasts, occasionally oatmeal instead; huge multi veggie salads with lean protein and chopped mixed fruit for lunch; soups for supper (with beans, chicken) and often some trail mix or peanut butter. Not much in the way of grains. Red meat very rarely indeed. Greek yogurt is a go-to. It helps me to stick to the plan, which isn't hard for me because there is lots of variety within the plan (different veggies, different fruits, different soups) but not to get "too interested" in food, if that makes sense.

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NEW-CAZ 12/29/2013 12:21PM

    my eating plan is basically a Mediterranean diet, plenty of oily fish, veg and whole foods and I've never felt better!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/29/2013 11:35AM

    My daughter can't have gluten and it has made such a difference for her. I was tested for gluten intolerance and it was negative but so was my daughter. Hers was negative too. When I asked my doctor about it, he said that you can have a sensitivity to gluten and not actually test positive. He suggested that I might try using sweet potato, red potato, brown or wild rice and oatmeal instead of things that I know have gluten. I was surprised when my daughter told me about how many things that have gluten added to them such as salad dressings,sauces, toppings, some instant oatmeal, puddings and lots of other foods. If you are serious about going gluten free it can be time consuming but it works for many people. I am considering trying just the substitutions suggested by my doctor. I will let you know how it works. I am not sure how I will feel about no bread but it may be worth a try if it helps my digestive issues. As for the rest of my diet, using balance and moderation will be my plan. I will also reduce sugar and do healthy fats in moderation. I think that the Spark plan is a good one!

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JOYINKY 12/29/2013 11:19AM

    We've walked the same trends over the years Marsha. I've tried more than I can count.
I'm now settled into a plan that works for me. I eat vegetarian, but include fish, eggs and low fat dairy, nuts and healthy oils. Yet other than red meat I don't forbid anything. I go light on grains and sugar, but have oatmeal every morning. Eating this way has helped me maintain my weight. My health is good; even impressive to my doctor. But the reason I stay with this and it has become a lifestyle is I FEEL GREAT! I'm enjoying life and I don't feel at all obsessed or deprived. Life is good.

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MEXGAL1 12/29/2013 10:12AM

    I think you know I follow some specific rules in my eating. It all started with me getting so sick and my digestive system shutting down and totally inflamed. My GI doctor told me that no one should be eating gluten. He thinks that most of the digestive and weight problems come from gluten. He also thinks dairy is an awful inflammatory substance. So I don't eat dairy(accept Greek Yogurt), gluten, anything with nitrates(lunch meats, etc), night shade veggies(they are inflammatory) and very little sugar(use stevia). I track just about everything I eat here on sparks and do the report everyday to make sure I get enough protein for energy. I share them, but be forewarned that they are boring as I eat the same things over and over because they fill me and are satisfying and I look forward to them. I have no digestive problems when I stick to this plan and no problems maintaining my weight loss. I also feel good and have more energy.
With that said, I feel everyone is different and some people are not as sensitive to certain foods like I am. I do believe that dairy is bad and use almond milk instead of milk. I like it better anyway. And I do believe what my GI guy says about gluten in that he feels it' has no place in anyone's diet.
Hope this helps.
Happy New Year
Sallie

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MANDELOVICH 12/29/2013 10:06AM

    Here is my opinion, which is really only my opinion. Every person has a unique eating plan that will work for them and make them feel best, either psychologically, physically, spiritually, or all of the above. If drinking milk makes you feel well, then you should drink it. People get very pushy when they find a way that works for them, wanting to share the good system and have everyone see the results. But what works for one person may not work for another. It takes years and years to fine tune a diet and find the path that works for you. I'm not in your brain or body, but from all of your blogs, photos and running achievements, you clearly are doing something right! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! :)

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NATPLUMMER 12/29/2013 10:02AM

    Everything in moderation. I think that people should go with whatever works for them.

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LOVELESMILLS 12/29/2013 9:46AM

  Great!

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