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More Rewards of Healthy Living

Monday, March 29, 2010

Yesterday while I was on the elliptical trainer I read on closed caption TV that this year is a bad one for allergies locally. After an unusually cold winter, many trees and plants are blooming late, so that there is a double dose of usual and late allergens.

But surprise, surprise, I am not experiencing my customary spring headaches and heavy sinuses! How can this be? Perhaps my new healthier diet counteracts pollen. Or maybe my smaller, healthier body is better able to handle irritants. Or it could be that this unusual pattern just doesn't trigger my allergies.

But I choose to believe that I am experiencing yet another benefit of healthy living. So at least until I am faced with facts that rebut that assumption, I am celebrating yet another reward of healthy living.

I am sure you, too, are enjoying many rewards of your SparkPeople lifestyle, too! Happy, beautiful spring day to everyone! -Marsha

  
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BAGGYPANTS5 3/30/2010 11:19AM

    I get terrible hay fever in summer so it will be interesting to see how it is this year. It is possible to grow out of it, too. Let's hope the good we are doing ourselves will throw out the bad.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/29/2010 10:54PM

    I'm so glad for you, Marsha! I think that maybe living in West Texas, nothing can solve the allergies! ha! I have, though, experienced a huge difference in overall health! yay for us! emoticonLori

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SLIMLILA 3/29/2010 6:04PM

    I think we know our own bodies better thand dr. sometimes too and we have to give ourselves credit for that. Glad to hear you're not experiencing the usualy spring "fever". I used to have bad springs too, but not lately... keep up the healthy lifestyle changes and see what other benefits you can find...

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PERSISTANT123 3/29/2010 5:26PM

    emoticonAn unexpected benefit of healthy living!
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NOTSPEEDY 3/29/2010 5:20PM

    I hope your right. I could get along with less allergies.

Have a good allergy free week.
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No Harm Done. Lesson Learned.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

After losing 80 pounds I look like a slender person. But reality is, I can still lose "it" really easily. Last eve I almost fell into a box of Honey Kix and I could have gotten trapped with no way but to eat myself out. Luckily, I came to my senses and didn't go that far.

If you go to my shared tracker from yesterday, you will see a very good day. Oh, a little over in sodium, but not much. A little high in potassium and fiber. But, overall, a good day. But I didn't track my little indulgence. It put me over in calories and carbs and other nutrients, too, I'm sure.

I tried to go to bed timely, but for the third night in a row frustratingly, I just couldn't get to sleep. I believe this is the first time since I got on SparkPeople in October that I've had that much trouble getting to sleep. When I am sleep deprived I am at risk of overeating and underexercising. I need to be gentle with myself in many ways, but need to be tough about eating after getting up. I should only eat if the reason I can't sleep is hunger. And then I should only eat something that has no sugar. I believe that is the lesson I am to learn.

I didn't weigh this morning, but I'll weigh tomorrow. I don't think my little splurge will show up on the scale. If it does, I'll cut back a day or two. No harm done. Lesson learned.

  
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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/29/2010 11:58AM

    Realizing that we're approaching the moment of no return and stopping takes strength and self love. Developing a plan that honors yourself takes the same. So much of this is about awareness, isn't it??

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AQUAGIRL08 3/29/2010 8:47AM

    What is so great here is that you can see what you're doing and stop it! Kudos to you Marsha! You are amazing!

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MONTY68 3/28/2010 10:32PM

    Marsha,
What makes you successful, is that you are aware and acknowledge the things that go on in life and work your way through it. Most people either don't recognize that anything is wrong or they are in denial. I am so glad to be part of Spark where I can see and be motivated and inspired by powerful people like you. Thank you Marsha, You are amazing.

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BOOKAPHILE 3/28/2010 7:05PM

    Wow! Did everyone fall into a weakness last night?! I'm down 24 pounds and continuing with the plan, but I fell into a big bowl of popcorn last night - and I did eat my way out. Because of that, I'm watching what I eat today. I think that it is better to have a splurge once in a while (Not close together!) than to make any food totally off limits - that just makes me crave it. I do need to work on restricting the size of my splurge, though.

May today bring us all fewer food cravings and tonight bring sweet sleep!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2010 6:39PM

    "After losing 80 pounds I look like a slender person. But reality is, I can still lose "it" really easily": I'm in exactly the same place, 80 pounds off also AND still have to watch the tendency to slide back into the attitudes of 80 pounds ago. That little frolic with the Honey Kix was me with the black pepper kettle chips a couple of days ago -- tracked 'em, still well within my calorie/carb/fat range (sacrificed protein to do it though) and stopped myself before it got worse. Why did I have kettle chips in the house?? "For my son" -- yeah, right!! If I buy 'em, I've already decided to eat 'em!!

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NOTSPEEDY 3/28/2010 6:04PM

    We all have our weaknesses. I'd name mine but have too many lol. Fortunately you save yourself in time. I wish lessons were that easy for me to learn. Have a good weigh day and a great week.
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TBRANCH2 3/28/2010 4:14PM

    When I can't sleep in the night...which is VERY common for me to get up sometime during the night...I go to the computer and read people's blogs. It keeps me at the opposite end of the house as the kitchen. That in itself is a help!! You will do fine!!! You sound as if you are subconsciously pre-occupied. I know that is ALWAYS my problem!!! Thing about it.....

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SJSTOMPER 3/28/2010 3:29PM

    You'll be just fine!! :-)

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PERSISTANT123 3/28/2010 3:23PM

    Live and learn. Just about the time we think that we have it under control, something else happens to let us know that we need to remain vigilant .

I have a friend who told me that there would always be some foods that I would not have any self-control over. I thought she was joking when she asked me to hold "her stash" and only allow her one pre-portioned package when she asked for it. Reading your blog helps me to understand the truth of what she was trying to tell me.

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KALIGIRL 3/28/2010 1:48PM

    Isn't it great when we actually LEARN the lessons?
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AMBUDMAN 3/28/2010 12:09PM

    Well we all have our moments!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/28/2010 11:51AM

    I hear you there about the sleep deprivation thing! I discovered in high school and college that I could live without food, or I could live without sleep, but I couldn't live without both at the same time. Yes, a sick conclusion made by a foolish "immortal" under 20 year old.

Now I know I need both, in the right combination.

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PO_PAZZA 3/28/2010 11:36AM

    Ah, those starving night gremlins. How many times would I have followed you to the kitchen. Many. The only thing saving me some nights is that we set a burglar alarm that goes off if there's any motion downstairs. To turn it off, I must press a button loud enough to wake up a sleeping spouse. That would be embarrassing. Who knew that a burglar alarm would be a diet aid?

Sleep well tonight.

Mary

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JOHAL52 3/28/2010 11:08AM

    I ate quite a lot last night. I think it was because in the back of my mind I thought "Well today is fast day at church anyway." Still not a good way to think.

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Go Ahead. Play with Your Food!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Several people liked this comment I made in response to a blog question about getting kids to eat veggies:

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My 3 year old granddaughter and I make eating veggies a game. With asparagus, I hand her the cooked spear. She eats the very tip of it and hands it back to me. I eat down to the woody part. She thinks she's getting all the best part and gets a devilish look in her eye. I'm getting 25 stalks and she's getting 25 tips. Someday we'll have to quit eating with our hands, but she will eat so much more than making her use a fork.

One day last week I put three green beans on her plate. She ate them all and I clapped. She wanted more. We pretended to call daddy to tell him she ate 5 green beans. She ate 2 more. We pretended to call mommy. She ate 2 more. We "called" great grammy. She ate her final green bean with a smile on her face.
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Today it was broccoli. She said she didn't want any, so I didn't put any on her plate. But I was eating and enjoying it. Suddenly there were little fingers going after my broccoli! I fake protested and we laughed and laughed.

Yesterday I made a rudimentary face from romaine, green pepper eyebrows and carrot coin eyes, mushroom button nose, and a big red pepper smile. I can't say she ate it all, but she eagerly tried the red pepper. I think I can improve on this theme. Maybe next time I'll use carrot curls for the hair -- she relates to curly hair.

Luckily, she loves fruit. Some veggies require a little playfulness! -Marsha

  
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NOTSPEEDY 3/27/2010 9:45PM

    Oh what fun!!! I want to be your granddaughter too lol.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/27/2010 6:47PM

    Oh, what a great grandma you are to your little one! I had a grandmother that introduced me to the joys of spinach when I was young and it was one of my fave foods growing up. I do love my veg, never stopped, and she's one of the major reasons.

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KALIGIRL 3/27/2010 4:11PM

    What great fun - and maybe not just for kids?
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/27/2010 2:59PM

    What a great idea Marsha!

Nothing wrong with playing with your food!

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MONTY68 3/27/2010 11:49AM

    Marsha,
What a great idea to get children to enjoy veggies.

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JOHAL52 3/27/2010 10:22AM

    You are SUCH a GOOD grandma! My grandchildren are not veggie eaters although the youngest likes broccoli with ketchup. I think my dd has taken them to McDonald's too many times. If we lived closer I would do what you are doing though :)

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NAKIOMA 3/27/2010 7:41AM

    I have done the same thing with my grand daughter - thrilled me to death when she called from the grocery to ask how to know when a rutabaga was ripe.............loved the blog.................

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DONNABRIGHT 3/27/2010 7:38AM

    You reminded me of fun things I did with my granddaughter when she was younger. At 11 years old, she is conscious of healthy eating although chicken fingers do stick in now and then!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/27/2010 1:31AM

    Great ideas Marsha and I love the creativity!

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LONGWINDINRD 3/27/2010 1:26AM

  So cute!

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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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