Friday, April 02, 2010
With this blog I will reach 20,000 SparkPoints and get my next trophy. I've tracked a lot of food, completed a lot of cardio and strength training, been motivated by reading about others' successes and efforts, and learned a lot by reading SparkArticles. I'm definitely glad I found SparkPeople.
It is my intention in April, though, to put more emphasis on getting in the exercise before I rack up the SparkPoints. I think that is the more helpful priority. Although I love watching those points add up, sometimes I sit too much here at the computer. You, too?
A healthy body and a positive outlook are the best rewards. Have a happy, active day, SparkFriends! -Marsha
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Weight wise I'm entering a new phase. I got on the scale yesterday and it was 126.6. For the first time, more of me thought "too low" than wanted to celebrate the loss. I had a good 1700 healthy calorie day yesterday, burning over 300 calories, and weighed 127.6 this morning. So I'm fluctating. I'm thinking I really want to stay from 127-129.9; maybe 126-129.9. And I'm talking about first thing in the morning naked weigh ins. With clothes and in the evening, I may go up to 133 or so.
But I think I can truly say I am done with weight loss after 16 months. I'm still working on reducing body fat percentage and gaining muscle. I'm still working on improving my nutrition knowledge and practice. I'm still learning flexible restraint, limiting indulgences and off program eating.
It is hard to give up the thrill of the new low on the scale, but it is time for a new phase of this journey. It's not an April Fool's joke. As far as the number on the scale, I have arrived!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Anyone else having difficulty getting all the nutrients without going over? I've been tracking here on SP several months now and see some real trends. For example, I'm often over on iron unless I don't take my multivitamin. If I don't take the multivitamin I'm under on many nutrients including iron. Iron is one that I know will show up on my blood work, so I'll ask my doctor next month at my check up.
I don't worry about going over on Vitamin A because it is from food. I understand that over supplementing can be a problem, but usually food sources are okay. Hope that is correct.
My potassium intake is often over the recommended 3500. I don't know what you would eat to stick to that 3500 and still get enough fruits and veggies.
I'm often over the 25-35 fiber. I even raised my fiber target to 25-40, as it says that problems with malabsorption start at 50.
I'm usually low on magnesium. My multivitamin only has 25% in it and I looked for one with higher amount but did not find it. SP does comment that magnesium deficiencies are rare and that magnesium is not required to be listed on food labels, so I could be getting more than shows up. Copper is another one I'm often low on. Selenium I'm low on more often than over.
I don't understand the difference between folic acid and folate. Somehow they relate to each other. As far as Niacin goes, SP had you select your own goal. I don't think I set it correctly because I'm always over.
I always hit the 100-150 something units calcium range used. I wonder, though, how that relates to the 1000 something units, increasing to 1200 something units recommended for us over 50. I don't know if SP is accounting for that additional need.
At the end of the day, I'm often over or almost over on sodium, over on potassium, over on fiber, but I'm still looking for calories, fat, magnesium, selenium, copper. Wish SP would make suggestions for what else to eat based on what you have eaten already.
I also know that the nutrient amounts given are just estimates. How fresh things are, how they were cooked and stored, how fertile the ground where they grew was, the combination of foods I ate, how good I chewed, and many other factors contribute to how many nutrients are actually absorbed.
Occasionally I have pulled up the SP meal plans and checked everything as if I had eaten it all. When I check my results against their results I see they don't meet everything either. But I haven't done it enough to see if SP meal plans balance out in the long run. Sometimes I wonder if I need to see an RD. Or am I being compulsive? I'm probably in the top 10% of the world's most well fed people. Isn't that a blessing?!!??
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In the last year I have spent beaucoup -- bowcoo -- boughkoo - however you spell it -- but you get the idea, lots of bucks on my teeth. Two fillings, my first root canal, five crowns, and something else or two I'm forgetting. Seemed like I was at his office weekly. Anyway, my dentist sent me an appreciation "gift" for my support of his practice -- free teeth whitening. I went and had the trays made. The technician advised me to put the whitening tubes in the refrig. They have stayed there now for two weeks. Somehow I just can't seem to get motivated to wear those trays all night.
Well, the thing is, I'm thinking that there is no use whitening unless I want to give up the coffee and tea. Hmmm. Those hot drinks have helped me handle hunger. I'm not sure I can give them up and maintain my weight. It would help me a lot, though, in meeting my goal of reducing the use of artificial sweetener if I quit tea and coffee. I might like those whiter teeth, too.
So, for the month of April, I'm giving up coffee and tea. I am going to wear those trays and go for the whiter teeth. Maintaining the weight is a higher priority, but I think I can do both. We'll see. -Marsha
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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