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Husband Does the Shopping

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My husband does the grocery shopping and I do the cooking. He started shopping probably six months after I began losing weight and eating healthier because I wasn't getting him the things he wanted. Right now his chips and potato salad are not tempting me. Even the leftover Halloween candy is not bothering me right now. A year ago it would have kept calling my name, but I'm comfortable co-existing right now.

Whenever Gary buys things that are not that healthy, I use a little and add things I need. When he wanted to split a can of Chunky Campbell's soup this week, I gave him 3/4's of it. To my 1/4 I added fresh green beans and organic low sodium black beans. If I had split the can with him I would have been way over on sodium that day.

For now, we are both happy with this arrangement.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/12/2009 3:14PM

    That sounds like a great compromise! Way to go!

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New Pictures

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My daughter snapped some pictures yesterday so I updated my profile picture and gallery. My dear granddaughter was sweet as can be as you can see in the pictures. The bougainvillea is in glorious bloom so it made a great back drop for yesterday's pictures. I found pictures of me a year ago at 40 pounds greater. I have not located any from 1998 when I was 77 heavier and if I find them I'll need help to scan them because I know they aren't in the proper format. Needs more work, but making progress.

Also making progress on dental issues. Got two permanent crowns today and appointment for Dec 3rd for the next one. Looking forward to getting mouth comfortable and in good shape.

I need to do better planning for my meals. Although I'm meeting calories, carbs, fat, protein, calcium, cholesterol, trans fat, and saturated fat goals almost all of the time, others I'm having some trouble with. Fiber is one I'm usually just fine in, but find it a limiting factor. Sometimes I have to make a non-whole grain selection in order not to go over. Sodium I have to really work to keep under the max. Potassium I've been over a couple times, but iron, folate, and magnesium I'm not getting enough. Some of the things it says to eat (like beans to get magnesium) are then suppose to be limited to reduce potassium. I do take a multi vitamin which may be helping. On the other hand, I may be getting too much of some of the nutrients in the pills. It's just a lot to figure out. I'm certainly getting more information and feedback than I've ever gotten before on what I eat. I would like to try the meal plans but doubt that my husband would be in favor of it. We'll figure this out.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/11/2009 8:14AM

You are doing such a great job! I think that the vitamins and minerals that you get from food are a little different than what you get from a pill. I know that if you take vitamin A in a pill you have to limit the amount that you take. But, if you eat food with vitamin A in it, you don't have to limit as much. Unless you're eating tremendous amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, I wouldn't worry too much. Just don't take extra supplements (besides a multi vitamin) or you will overload. You might want to research this (in your spare time - lol) and see what the experts say about it. I may research it too just to see, now that I'm curious! Have a good day and keep up the wonderful work!

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MYGEORGE 11/11/2009 7:39AM

    Wonderful pictures and success. Hope you are having a great journey. Your granddaughter is adorable. Smother her with hugs and kissed. Have a great day.

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It's Monday

Monday, November 09, 2009

I was up at 5:30am. Didn't make my goal of 8 hours sleep, but I had seven good hours and feel good. I walked 2 miles on Fort Frazier trail with two neighbors, DeLois and Berneice. I don't know them well, but I'm glad walking brought us together. Then I met the Brophy's and a man named Bob (last name unknown) walking in my neighborhood. Came inside and did a 45 minute StartWalking (Leslie Sansone) on BrightHouse On Demand. Still have 25 minutes to meet my goal of 120 minutes per day.

On the positive side, my dear granddaughter (DGD) is making great progress on potty training. After several starts and stops and discouragement, I think she's got it. Just needs reminders.

Yesterday had a great and yummy time at Harry's. I ordered the Red Fish (that made New Orleans famous) off the tapa sampler menu. It comes with nora rice. I ordered mixed fresh veggies with that - broccoli, carrots, zuccini and yellow squash. The fish had 1-2 T of yummy sauce. I did the best I could estimating the items in the dishes in order to enter it in my tracker. I estimated 4 tsp soybean oil, but it could have been olive or other, and 1 tsp butter. Just a guess. The rest of it I knew.

I have now exercised an average of 2 hours per day for over 6 weeks. I set a goal and planned to reward myself with a new scale. The scale showed 137.6 last eve after supper and 134.8 this morning. Good. My hydration was 51.5% last eve and 50% this morning. Good. What was the disappointment was the % of body fat. I was 29.5% last eve and 30.5% this morning. I had expected 22-23% fat as my estimated BMI by my doctor was 22. Oh, well. It certainly gives me something to work on. I suspect my fad dieting early in life has messed with my muscle mass.

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FLAGIRL32 11/9/2009 8:23PM

    Great job! You are an inspiration!

I just adore Harry's, and I am going to look up that walking program on my television the next rainy day. Thanks for the tip.


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AQUAGIRL08 11/9/2009 7:07PM

    You are doing an awesome job Marsha! I try to do between 90 and 120 minutes per day too. (except on my rest day when I only do 30 minutes) You are making great progress! Keep up the good work!
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    WTG! You are having a super day!!

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MYMONSTERSX3 11/9/2009 11:44AM

    Wow 2 hours a day. That is awesome. I hope that as time goes on, especially around Thanksgiving I can work my way up to 2 hours a day. I usually get in about 70 minutes at most but am working my way up. Good for you. And good luck! emoticon

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Restaurant Delight and Challenge

Sunday, November 08, 2009

We are going out to Harry's in downtown Lakeland tonight. I've only been a few times, but always been impressed. Fortunately, the menu is online. Unfortunately, the nutritional information is not.

I'm good at estimating WW points, but would not have a clue about all the things I've been tracking on SparkPeople (calories, carbs, fat, protein, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, folate, etc.)

I know, though, that I can make good or pretty good choices and exercise portion control. I can eat very wisely for breakfast and lunch. So, I'll go and do the best I can. Hmmmm... Shrimp Creole sure sounds good.

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/9/2009 10:29AM

    I am sure you will find the right things to eat.
Have fun

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Exciting SparkPeople Day!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Today I met several members of our Polk County SparkPeople team for a great walk around Lake Morton in Lakeland. I had met Dawn before, but didn't know she was FloridaGirl. It was great to get to meet Cyndi (not sure I spelled that right), her husband and sister.

It is a beautiful blue-sky central Florida day with a warm sun and cool breezes. The weather could not have been nicer and neither could the people. I sure am glad I found SparkPeople and can't wait for our next walk Nov. 17.

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/7/2009 11:54PM

    Sorry I could not be there to meet you maybe next time

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AQUAGIRL08 11/7/2009 2:42PM

    I enjoyed meeting you too! I made a mistake, the next walk is on 11/21 not 11/17. November 21 is a Saturday (the 17th is a Tuesday) See what happens when I try to plan without my day planner - no wonder hubby calls it my life at a glance! I hope to see you then!

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