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Two Important Things I've Learned

Friday, April 09, 2010

The two most important things I've learned recently about maintenance:

1) I don't have to be hungry to maintain a healthy weight. Filling foods exist and are a great help. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains, and some healthy fat (canola/olive oil) make for a full and happy tummy.

2) I can do it. Despite years of evidence to the contrary, I finally see that it is not impossible. It can be done and I can do it!!

Have a glorious day, SparkFriends!!

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JOHAL52 4/11/2010 9:49AM

    I came back and re-read that post because I SO need to remind myself of this every day!!

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ZELLAZM 4/11/2010 7:37AM

    Short and sweet blog post - and so RIGHT!


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PURRBALLS 4/9/2010 11:20PM

    You can do whatever you put your mind to! WTG

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PERSISTANT123 4/9/2010 9:26PM

    Thanks! You give me hope.

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IONA72 4/9/2010 4:39PM

    I don't remember ever being a weight I was happy with, maybe when I was 18-20, so I look forward to the days of maintenance!!!


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MONTY68 4/9/2010 4:23PM

    Hi Marsha
I agree with you, you don't have to be hungry on maintenance. It's been over 2 years now and I find it interesting that people I know here seemed to be surprised that I have kept off the weight, Some I think are disappointed. What I try to point out is that I didn't go on a diet, I learned how to eat healthier. The other thing for me was becoming a member on Spark. I needed positive mind, motivated and excited people surrounding me. The most important one is really believing that you will maintain the weight. You are one , that I would say has done every thing correctly , has continued to grow and motivate others and believes 150% in yourself. This part of the journey is more exciting because it is the rest of our life. Congratulations and I will continue get motivation from you. Also, I took a step and decided to put my before picture on my page to remind me who I am today.


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WALKINGANNIE 4/9/2010 4:22PM

    I know that we've had similar struggles and I'm almost there with you - following the path that you have trodden when it comes to nutrition. (I'm not in your league for exercise!)

I'm rarely hungry and I eat healthy foods when it happens. My cravings are actually for nourishing foods now.

Thanks as ever for sharing your experiences and observations. They have helped me greatly.

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WILD4STARS 4/9/2010 4:05PM

    Of course you can do it. You can do ANYTHING!
emoticonI am woman, hear me roar!!

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RISSASPIECES 4/9/2010 3:58PM

    Believing that you can do it is CRITICAL to your success!

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Won't Make America's Funniest Home Videos

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Yesterday my daughter saw my car in the parking lot of the YMCA when she brought my granddaughter for her swim lesson. She looked around and saw me in the Zumba class. She said she watched through the glass doors for 3 minutes or so, but couldn't catch my eye.

I asked her how I looked. She said I was mildly entertaining, but wouldn't make America's Funniest Videos. You know, I'm quite content with that answer!

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PERSISTANT123 4/8/2010 1:58PM

    That was a good answer. I keep hearing about how everyone is enjoying the Zumba classes. I'm definitely going to have to find one and give it a try!

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NOTSPEEDY 4/8/2010 10:14AM

    I wish that I could have been there with her!!! Who know, maybe one day I'll try it. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up.

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WILD4STARS 4/8/2010 9:32AM

    Good answer!! I could settle for "mildly entertaining."

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AQUAGIRL08 4/8/2010 8:50AM

    It's always entertaining to watch family members when they don't know that you're watching. I'm sure you did a great job. We sure did miss you at the team dinner last night!

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JHADZHIA 4/8/2010 8:28AM

    That is a good sign! What a sweet girl! You are showing her exercise can be fun!

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MRE1956 4/8/2010 8:11AM

    I gotta agree - I'd hate to be a subject on that show.....

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WALKINGANNIE 4/8/2010 2:47AM

    What a great role model for Natalie - her Oldmom being spotted at Zumba! Isn't this the best sort of health message for her? Brilliant!

I love family comments like this.

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MONTY68 4/8/2010 12:51AM

You have a great family and I liked her comment.

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Magical and Wonderful Three Year Old Thinking (Indulgently Off Topic)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

My daughter is expecting in September, but we don't know yet if it is a boy or a girl. If it is a boy, she and her husband have selected the name Aven Beck. If it is a girl they are thinking about Annabelle and calling her Belle.

When 3 year old Natalie was with me yesterday, we talked about the baby. I asked her if she thought it might be Aven or Belle. She looked me right in the face and said excitedly, "Maybe it is Snow White!"

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/11/2010 9:19PM

    I LOVE IT!! Had to give hubby another Princess Lesson today, after he got them all wrong when our 2 1/2 yr old gd was showing them to him last night. She's still a little hard to understand, and he wasn't guessing even close. Poor dear was rather frustrated with him. These little ones sure fill our days with delight, don't they? I've been trying to upload a couple new photos to my page today, but computer keeps freezing up. UGH.

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MONGO2TEN 4/8/2010 5:52AM

    How sweet! I love the cute things my grandchildren say:)


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AQUAGIRL08 4/7/2010 10:34PM

    Out of the mouths of babes come words of wisdom! Natalie is so precious, I can't imagine that the new baby will be anything but precious too. After all, look at their grandmother and you'll see why she's such a sweetie! Congratulations on grandchild #2!

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NOTSPEEDY 4/7/2010 8:39PM

    Snow White would be more fun LOL. Grandchildren are so precious. I'm sure you are looking forward to the new little wee one.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/7/2010 8:28PM

    I think I love your grand-daughter! How precious is that!? And congratulations on the expectations of another tiny blessing in your life! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 4/7/2010 7:47PM

    Awww Marsha! That is so sweet! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on being a Granny again!
I have to admit, I never heard of the name Aven before! On looking it up it says its a girl's name of English origin meaning a mountain plant with white or reddish flowers. Interesting choice!
My sister named her daughter Spencer in spite of her going to be having a male cousin named Spencer and also named her son Madison when girls were being named that. Funny how the trends go. You won't know if you are dealing with a male or female when you see those names in print only.
Enjoy your evening!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/7/2010 6:24PM

    Marsha, that is so cute & precious. I know from experience with my never know what might come out of their mouth or what's on their mind. It's totally emoticon

Congrats on the upcoming grandchild!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/7/2010 6:24PM

    Marsha, that is so cute & precious. I know from experience with my never know what might come out of their mouth or what's on their mind. It's totally emoticon

Congrats on the upcoming grandchild!

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THATGIRL07 4/7/2010 4:22PM

    Absolutely beautiful...thank you for sharing a heart-warming little conversation with a 3 yr. old!

My grandson is sooooo far away and it kills me that I'm not there to witness and be part of these special moments. He's only 18 mos. old, so he doesn't have the conversational skills just yet, but I am so afraid of missing out on the every-day joys of being a to get me one of those Skype apps that let you have real-time interaction on the computer I guess!

Relish every moment! & Congrats on your soon-to-be new grandchild!


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WALKINGANNIE 4/7/2010 3:37PM

    How sweet!!

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LAURIE5658 4/7/2010 2:57PM

    Oh Marsha, that is so precious and CONGRATULATIONS with a new little one on the way!!! Isn't being grandma the best thing ever???!!!

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Walking into Spring with my MP3

Sunday, April 04, 2010

I was given an MP3 player for Christmas. When I put away Christmas gifts, I put its small package over by the computer. But then I forgot about it.

This week, while reading Fitness Magazine at the gym, I remembered it. My daughter gave me a little help, but the two of us managed to download and install some music. I chose an album recommended by the magazine, 120 to 135 Beats Per Minute Club Hits Specially Selected for Fitness Vol. 1 -- 16 recent hits (only 3 of which I even recognized!) just right for my level of cardio.

It has all come together pretty well. My Polk County SparkTeam is having a walking challenge this month, Walk into Spring. I bought a new pedometer in order to participate.

So this morning I got outside at 8am and walked enveloped in cool fog, hardly able to see 10 feet in front of me. I found one warm up song before I started my new album. Then I walked for an hour, watching the fog burn off and the sun come out, the view getting clearer and clearer as I stepped. I paused the music for a minute to listen to the birds and squirrels, grateful for this beautiful day. But then I started up the beat again as it fills me with energy.

If you have recommendations for other fitness music downloads, let me know. I'm sure I'll want a selection. I'd undoubtedly enjoy some oldies from the '60s and '70s. Perhaps I'll set fitness goals and "earn" more music.

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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2010 8:10PM

    I use the podrunner intervals (free download) walk/jog programme to get to 5 km running!! Kinda fun . . .

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AUNTKITTY 4/5/2010 4:41PM

    Ok -- my songs are even older than yours . . . but Rocking Robin has always pepped me up !

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WALKINGANNIE 4/5/2010 4:10PM

    I love this idea and will add some power-walking music to my ipod. I usually listen to audio books but can see that they might encourage too much strolling and not enough speed. Thanks for the hint.

Love the updated photo of Natalie!

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JHADZHIA 4/5/2010 12:50AM

    I envy you getting to walk to music! I would love to do that, but found I can't tolerate those things. Even at the lowest volume setting I could still hear something, for some reason they were making me deaf :( I found even after an hour, I had a hard time hearing things. Was strange. So now I have to settle for listening to music at Curves and on my DVD's. I do love tunes from the 70's and 60's.
I find it difficult to keep up an consistent walking pace as I get distracted by the scenery around me, sounds, just getting to think about things. Having music with a beat would be very, very helpful.

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KALIGIRL 4/4/2010 9:43PM

    What a wonderful morning.

I use my player when I walk as well, but my 'tunes' are meditative.
Isn't it great that we have such resources to assist us on our journeys?

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AQUAGIRL08 4/4/2010 9:17PM

    I've always wanted to try an MP3 player! It sounds great. I'd love to lose myself in my exercise (I know that I do with water exercise but I'd love to do it with walking) You really did a great job with your walking pace today.
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MONTY68 4/4/2010 6:20PM

I don't have one but all I hear is how great they. You will enjoy. It sounds like your weather was beautiful, I have ordered a few months of today's weather for south Florida.
Have fun with your new toy

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RISSASPIECES 4/4/2010 3:11PM

    I like bellydance music, so I am no help!

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PO_PAZZA 4/4/2010 11:10AM

    Marsha, you've discovered the secret to getting "lost" in the exercise. The MP3 makes a huge difference in my walking and, now, a bit of running.

Since we are about the same age, we probably like the same music. My favorite songs to exercise with are "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and the soundtrack from "Top Gun". I also downloaded music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I've got it timed so the last 10 minutes of my hour (when I'm starting to lose momentum) the music from "Chariots of Fire" and the Olympics come on. They always fire me back up.

If you have any tunes you particularly like, I'd love to hear them. It's time to shake up my repertoire.

Happy Dancing Feet (and Happy Easter),

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In Praise of Middle Foods

Saturday, April 03, 2010

For years I was either on a diet or I wasn't. When I was on a diet I ate lettuce, celery, carrots, broccoli, green beans, yellow squash, bell pepper, and other low carb/low calorie vegetables. I ate cantaloupe, peaches, and strawberries in carefully measured quantities. I avoided bananas. Apples were an occasional treat. When I wasn't dieting, fruits and veggies were not a big part of my diet at all -- unless you count fries and potato chips as veggies and the fruit in pies, jams, and banana splits.

Back then there was a whole range of foods that weren't diet and weren't feasting that I now call the Middle Foods. I never ate Middle Foods. But now I eat peas, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, sweet onions, edaname, and all kind of beans and other things that I thought I could not eat to achieve and stay at a healthy weight. I now eat bananas and apples almost daily, and all fruits are welcomed fare. Fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, "diet" and "non-diet," all those Middle Foods now contribute to my healthy intake. I have found many of these Middle Foods are surprisingly satisfying and delicious.

Do you have middle foods? Are there any foods that you used to think you could not eat to lose or even maintain a healthy weight that you have found out are healthy and filling? Are there any fruits, veggies, or legumes that you still avoid? -Marsha

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JHADZHIA 4/3/2010 11:59PM

    Hi Marsha!
I have always eaten what ever I felt like in fruits and veggies, never thought of doing anything else, and strawberries, blueberries and bananas were always my favorite first fruit choices. Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower were my go to veggies. Junk food favorites were cheese puffs, chips and buttery popcorn.. What made me gain though, was my absolute love of cheese. I would scarf down a 900g package a week! I exercised regularly, but wasn't enough. Today, I allow myself one thin slice of cheese (100 calorie slice of cheddar), some shredded cheese on my poached egg whites and that is it. I also allow myself a piece of dark (95% cocoa) chocolate daily. I don't need anything more. I like snap peas in my salad. I got away from canned goods totally. I used to have soup a lot, and also bread, but not into them now. Bread gets freezer burned on me, and cereal goes stale.
I really prefer a simple diet, raw fruits and veggies that don't require any prep except to wash and cut them up. Its easier :)

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JOHAL52 4/3/2010 8:06PM

    Bananas are a boon for my digestive system. I usually have at least a half a banana per day but never more than one. If you had asked me this question last year I would have said that I am able to maintain while eating all kinds of foods--in moderation. I would eat chocolate daily, bread, etc. This year I am really struggling to lose the 6 pounds I gained over Christmas. I seem to continually bob between 130 to 132. I probably could get down to 126 if I gave up my Middle Foods entirely but I haven't yet got to that point. I am still pondering whether what the scale says matters if my clothes fit.

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KALIGIRL 4/3/2010 7:40PM

    Never thought about 'middle' foods before. I guess mine would be deserts and I still don't partake except for a bite now and then. Oh wait - chocolate, I forgot chocolate - now my 'middle food' is Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie - 85% cocoa, 1/4 ounce.

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PINKSAINT247 4/3/2010 6:41PM

    we just got back from whole foods market in tampa. just a "check it out" type visit to decide if it would be worth it to go when we can shop again. totally. fresh fruits and veggies that are organic at a fraction of the cost of veggies in produce dept with more variety. bulk buy grains and cereals. I'm sure you've already gone. Our favorite thing we found today- goat's milk and brown rice ice cream. looking forward to trying those.
We want to incorporate some raw diet into our normal eating to balance it all out.

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