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Tell Me About Your Best SparkStreak

Friday, March 26, 2010

The concept of streaks makes a whole lot of sense to me. This journey is so much about behavior, and the scale -- with its perverse nature -- does not always reward behavior. You can truly struggle, give your all, and even win, yet the old scale does not budge. Or even worse, goes up for no understandable reason. Is there any wonder that people give up and throw in the towel?

But with streaks, you are recognizing and rewarding the behavior you want. And when the behavior is right, eventually the scale will catch up. I'm proud of my streaks. I now have 145 days in a row of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. I have 22 weeks of exercising at least 360 minutes. That is some of the healthy behavior that is as important, if not more important, than the number on the scale. Thanks, SparkPeople, for teaching me about streaks and giving me a vehicle to celebrate these important successes!

How are you doing on your streaks? Tell us about your best one.

  
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IRIDISCENTE 3/27/2010 11:26AM

    My streak isn't very long yet, but it has made a big impact! Since February 25 I have been seriously tracking my calories, which has sparked me eating the right amount and as a result has helped me lose 12 in the same amount of time!
I know the weight loss will slow down, but keeping track of my results has really helped me stay motivated.

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MONTY68 3/26/2010 9:38PM

    It seems that the streak tracking may be off on a couple of mine like 10,000 steps a day I started in Aug 09 and it shows 2/10.
My own personal streaks started 7/20/07
10 glasses of water 976 days
no soda 976 days
but some that are tracked:
90 minutes per week 45 weeks
200 minutes per week 38 weeks
green tea 38 weeks
8 cups of water 312 days
log in 312 days
30 minutes exercise per day 265 days

Monty

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/26/2010 8:28PM

    My best streak isn't my longest but it is the one I'm proudest of: 18 days of yoga. I hope I can match your persistence!
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KALIGIRL 3/26/2010 8:20PM

    Best yet is:
Talk to a positive friend or family member 1 time per day 182 out of 186 days.
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PERSISTANT123 3/26/2010 4:35PM

    I love the streaks too. My longest streak is 66 days for tracking my food in the nutrition tracker ... since the day I decided to take this site seriously and see if this could really work for me. I also have long streaks for drinking 8 cups of water.

The one I am trying really hard to master now is getting 7-8 hours of sleep. I'll go for a couple of weeks, then I will find myself wide awake, trying to solve some problem and only get 5.5 or 6 hours of sleep that night. I will get this one mastered too.

I have just started a streak for exercising at least 200 minutes a week and walking at least 7 miles a week in March. I hope to continue those for a long time ... like someone who has already streaked for 22 weeks!
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SLIMMERJESSE 3/26/2010 3:53PM

    Congrats on your great streaks! Hooray, hooray. Have a fun weekend.

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RISSASPIECES 3/26/2010 3:47PM

    530 days of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Not much of a stretch for me...I usually drink 4-6 liters a day....eight glasses is a very slow day! I love water and except for a coup or two of decaf coffee, it is my main drink of choice and has been for at least a dozen years.
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Shake It Off!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I have probably attended hundreds of Weight Watcher meetings. I have never left one without feeling that I benefitted in some way. Most of the time, though, three days later I don't remember the topic or much about the meeting. However, our Polk County SparkTeam challenge today made me think about what was probably the most helpful meeting I ever attended. It addressed my worst weight management problem. Over and over in my life I felt profound guilt and would give up my weight management efforts in despair if I slipped up one day, one meal, or even one donut.

I honestly don't remember the exact words, but here's the gist of it:

Don't sweat small slip ups with your food plan. Think of it like a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. Shake it off!!

  
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MONTY68 3/26/2010 1:46PM

    Marsha,
What a great blog and the I love the analogy of it. As a point all great football players have fumbled and came back and scored.
Having over 2 years on maintenance, I am concerned at times with staying in range but there are times when the opportunity comes up to enjoy the day and what goes with it. After all we are getting healthy to enjoy life. This past Tuesday, I had a special lunch with my son and in the evening I was invited to dinner from a couple of friends that are heading home to Canada.
I felt that I was going to allow the meals to be what I wanted and of course made some healthy choices as side dishes. When I logged the food in that night, I found that I was within my range. I thought I had fumbled, but instant replay found that it wasn't a fumble. My attitude is to enjoy each day, living as healthy as I can and also know that I can relax with the meals and not feel guilty for how I ate.
You are one that has inspired me, motivated me and received valuable information that you have used on your successful journey. You are a AllStar on the SparkPeople web.
Thank you for the wonderful blog and I am handing the ball back to you. Go for it.



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ABETTERCHERYL 3/26/2010 12:03PM

    I love that analogy!

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MIEZEKATZE 3/26/2010 11:23AM

    Well said! We all are guilty of a fumble or two. Sometimes even an interception in our enemy's end zone. Ha! Just keep on trucking!

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NOTSPEEDY 3/26/2010 11:22AM

    I should have read this yesterday lol. I do great at starting again the next day, but haven't started again right after the slip up.

I am going to copy your quote and put it with my goals that I post where I can see them.

God bless,
Yvonne

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AQUAGIRL08 3/25/2010 5:35PM

    Great quote Marsha, and so true! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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INGRACE 3/25/2010 5:29PM

  Well said. Thanks for sharing.

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PERSISTANT123 3/25/2010 5:18PM

    What a great way to explain the realities of losing weight and then keeping it off. Thanks You. emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 3/25/2010 1:40PM

    I have been trying to convince my best girlfriend of this for ages. She is the reason I started WW in the first place and I want to see her succeed and be healthy for a very, very long time. It is a long journey, what is a single slip in the face of a life time?

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KALIGIRL 3/25/2010 1:14PM

    Particularly 'poignant' for Nebraskans...
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SWEATONCEADAY 3/25/2010 11:13AM

    thanks for the great blog.

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SSDCQUINCY 3/25/2010 11:03AM

    Marsha,
Looks like we are both in a positive attitude. Keep up the good work, and just shake it off.
Sandra

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AMBUDMAN 3/25/2010 10:46AM

    Yep! Pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep going. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/25/2010 9:53AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

One meal doesn't a whole day make!

You are wise beyond your years!!

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LAURIE5658 3/25/2010 9:38AM

    Marsha, I am going to do this with your blog:

Don't sweat small slip ups with your PLAN. Think of it like a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. Shake it off!!

I am changing "food plan" with just the word PLAN. I need this blog badly right now and thank you!

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JCORYCMA 3/25/2010 9:27AM

    Absolutely! AND don't wait until tomorrow morning, or Monday morning, or January 1st to start again. START WITH THE VERY NEXT BITE!
Joanne

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AMANDAJCD 3/25/2010 9:20AM

    That's so important to remember! And even though I have a built-in higher calorie day, sometimes food happens. That's when you get to make the choice -- do I let this one choice have a negative affect on the rest of my eating for the day/ week/ month? Or do I accept it as a fumble and move on?

I've dived off the healthy-eating wagon and let that keep me detoured more times than I can count. This time around I'm trying to remember that one choice doesn't have to dictate the rest of my choices.

Well done :)

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Learning to Wait

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some lessons it seems I have to learn more than once.

This morning I woke up hungry. Very hungry. I ate a little. I had some coffee. I ate some more. I had another cup of coffee. I ate some more. Hunger, hunger. I've already eaten 485 calories. Hunger? Hunger? Wisely I switched to water and drank several cups. Still I feel hunger. The Cheerios are calling to me, but I know I have had enough. Why doesn't my stomach?

I get distracted by chores that need to be done. In the back of my mind, though, I'm thinking, I could eat my lunch calories now, and have a 70 calorie boca burger and veggies for lunch. Just as soon as I finish what I'm doing, I'm having a second -- or is it fourth? -- breakfast. And I'll compromise. I'll go with oatmeal, my favorite filling food. It's hot, satifies me better than cold cereal, and it has less sodium. Ok. I'll get a bowl of oatmeal in just a minute. With skim milk.

The minute comes. Now I'll get it. Oh, wait. Surprise! Where did the hunger go? They used to say it takes 20 minutes to know you've eaten. This morning it took me more like an hour to feel full from the food I had eaten. This is a lesson I've learned more than once. Sometimes I just have to wait.

  
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KALIGIRL 3/24/2010 1:41PM

    I've been feeling hungry lately too (which I think has to do with the fact that I'm eating mindfully for the first time in my life).

My initial thought was I'd lost too much weight (between 19-20 BMI depending on whose scale), but now I think it just has to do with awareness. As with you, it takes me longer than 20 minutes to feel full.

In my case, it depends on if I'm able to work out in the morning, walk @ lunch and I'm afraid, an 'old and slow' metabolism...

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KIRSTENRPH 3/24/2010 12:42PM

    This is a really good and timely lesson for me!
Thanks!!!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/24/2010 11:44AM

    That happens to me too sometimes. Unlike you, I tend to just keep going. Then I'm FULL. Good job waiting and for the lesson!

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JOHAL52 3/24/2010 11:03AM

    I am a morning eater too Marsha. So thank you for your blog. I try to get myself out of the house in some way, or even into the shower. Another thing I do is put on an exercise DVD and tell myself that I will eat after I do 30 minutes. After exercising I rarely feel like eating a whole lot and, bonus, I look at the extra calories I've burned and even if I DID want to eat I could now have something small.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/24/2010 10:03AM

    You did a great job of handling your hunger this morning! Kudos to you, Marsha! Thanks for reminding us that it sometimes takes more than 20 minutes to feel satisfied. I will definitely keep that in mind! Thanks for sharing!

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AMANDAJCD 3/24/2010 9:45AM

    I like how you gave yourself more time, but still had a plan of action in case time didn't do the trick. Marvelously handled, and a good reminder to all of us that our bodies don't necessarily watch the clock :)

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Zumba Delusions

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Today I went to the Basic Zumba class at the Y. I've been going to the regular Zumba class but I thought perhaps I could do better keeping up with the moves if I spent a little time at the elementary level. It was lots of fun, and like the regular Zumba, I worked up a good sweat. I was really into it. I was feeling the music, having fun, definitely burning calories. I was just sure I was really getting it. And then I look in the mirror. Oh, no. Is that me? I look so stiff. Everyone else is shimmying and shaking. How can it feel so good when I look so bad? I wonder if they ever offer Remedial Zumba?

Now don't for minute think I'm giving up, because I have no intention of doing that! It is just too much fun and feels so good and healthy. I will keep going whether I can shimmy my shoulders and rotate my hips or not. But don't ask me to Zumba for you!! -Marsha





  
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SLIMLILA 3/25/2010 1:34AM

    Wow, I'm impressed too. I will be checking the library and Walmart for a Zumba disk this week when I go to the city. But, I'm going to be a "closet zumba dancer" - if I am able to do it at all! EVeryone seems so hyped about it, I gotta at least see what it is... thanks for the encouragement to try it. I better get over the "I'm too old to try it" idea and get brave and give it a "shake"!!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/24/2010 1:53PM

    OH OH OH OH I love this blog. I have gone to a total of 7 zumba classes and sometimes I feel like I am getting it. I am in step more often but I just don't have that fluid flexible look that some people have. I can rotate my hips with the best of them if my feet are planted but they want us to do hip rolls and side steps at the same time. Also I don't really have that big of hips but they look huge when I shake them.
Keep working on it. It's the calorie burn and having fun that counts.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/24/2010 9:49AM

    Were you having a good time with Zumba? Then that's all that matters. I'll bet every person in that room (with the exception of the instructor) saw themselves in the mirror and wished they looked different. When you look in the mirror try to see the fun, vibrant person, filled with life, who gives so much of herself to others, that we all see when we look at you. You are a beautiful person who is healthy and strong. Like anything else, Zumba will get easier with practice. With your drive and energy that shouldn't take too long.

Remember, you are a beautiful person who is healthy and strong!
You are a beautiful person who is healthy and strong!
You are a beautiful person who is healthy and strong!

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DAMOTIVATION 3/24/2010 8:33AM

    Just enjoy the heck out of yourself! The benefit of any kind of dancing is about letting loose, expressing yourself, and not caring one bit about what you look like. Good for you that you already get this.

I've been dancing since I was 3 y/o. Unless you are on a Broadway stage, attitude usually trumps technical skill. You'll pick up the steps eventually, less important to be perfect. Just go with it and be proud of how you are burning calories while enjoying yourself.

I've wanted to try Zumba myself, but I don't belong to a gym. Do they put out any DVDs for this workout?

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AMANDAJCD 3/24/2010 8:11AM

    I'm impressed that you Zumba! It's enough for me to walk or run without tripping... let alone handle anything choreographed :)

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DFOLKARD 3/24/2010 6:37AM

    I agree but.............I figure get the foot moves, then get the arms and then try and get the hip waist thing in line. I have a blast there and figure I'll never get bored cuz I am working towards getting "all" the moves right. And that will take some time for me.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/24/2010 1:20AM

    I'm in the same boat-- but I've never been graceful so I just focus on the FUN!!

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KIRSTENRPH 3/23/2010 11:09PM

    LOL!!!! :)
I know EXACTLY how you feel!!!!
Today I was feeling cute in my Zumba outfit, having fun, etc--when I glanced into the mirror and was horrified to see a middle-aged dork trying to "shake her booty" along with the music!! Aaaaagggghhhh!!! It was ME!!!! Here I thought I had the choreo down pat and could really keep up with my instructor. NOT!!! Oh well..as you said, that's absolutely no reason to give up on something that's so fun and so good for you! But WHY do they have to have mirrors in every gym or exercise studio?? Self-consciousness and Zumba don't mix well.....

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RISSASPIECES 3/23/2010 11:08PM

    Never watch yourself dance in the beginning...it just inhibits your progress. LOL Even after years of bellydancing, sometimes I would see myself and it would throw me off track. The worst thing was when I thought I saw my mother, but realized I had just glimpsed myself in the mirror! ROFL

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Still Celebrating!

Monday, March 22, 2010

A year ago today I made my Weight Watcher goal. A year! Wow!!! I have now been at a healthy BMI for a full year. My cholesterol and blood pressure, both of which were high, are now normal. I feel better. I have much more energy. I am happier. I look better.

During the last year, I have continued to make progress. I gradually lost 12 more pounds from March to September 2009. Then I found SparkPeople. I added strength training for the first time. I started paying attention to my sodium intake. I realized that I often ate too much fiber and too little healthy fat. I started to improve it by giving up "diety" fiber enriched products and by adding more oil (canola and olive) as well as nuts. I had really fallen off of the water drinking after Weight Watcher reduced the required amount. I'm back to 8 or more glasses a day. Looking at my daily nutrition report encouraged me to be more consistent about taking a multivitamin. I started tracking my sleep hours for the first time, going to bed earlier, and getting more sleep. Since September I've lost another 15 pounds and last month my Wellness Coach rated me at 20.2 BMI.

I have set a goal to increase muscle and reduce my percentage of body fat. I am almost certain it is working. My quads are noticeably harder and stronger, and I think other muscles are following. I have read so many SparkPeople articles, many of which have hit home and made a difference in the way I think, eat and exercise. I am more knowledgeable about health, nutrition, and exercise/fitness.

It's been a great, healthy year! Celebrate with me!!

  
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RISSASPIECES 3/23/2010 9:24PM

    I gotta agree, WELL DONE!!!!! emoticon

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BAGGYPANTS5 3/23/2010 4:10AM

    You are amazing! You'll probably join the Olympic weights team and live to be 150! I'm still wondering about peeping round the door of a gym!
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PERSISTANT123 3/22/2010 10:17PM

    That is so wonderful. You just keep getting better and better!

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KALIGIRL 3/22/2010 9:45PM

    Here's to more muscle and another great year!

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Wow - what a wonderful year!
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AMANDAJCD 3/22/2010 9:33PM

    That is awesome -- congratulations!!!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/22/2010 6:36PM

    You've made such great progress! Marsha Healthy and Strong should be your real name:)



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ONEKIDSMOM 3/22/2010 6:34PM

    So happy for you! I can't think of a better present to oneself than the gift of good health! Or at least improved odds thereof.

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