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Spark Review - Streak Seven

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

My seventh streak is currently only at 11 days, although I achieved 141 days before forgetting one day. As part of the 50+ Maintainers Team I signed on to take a multi-vitamin pill daily.

I honestly would like to meet with a RD at some point. The SparkPeople nutritionist told me never to take single supplements unless a doctor tells me to do so. She recommends only taking the multi-vitamin and commented that perhaps I don't want to take it every day. There are certain nutrients I am chronically over on. Iron is probably the most concerning. I plan to ask my doctor after my next blood work if I test over on iron. Perhaps I can find a pill with some iron, but less than I am currently taking. Folate and Vitamin A are two others I'm often over on. Then there are some I'm often under on, especially magnesium and copper. Selenium and phosphorus are hard to get some days. I have looked for a pill with more of these nutrients with no success. I take fish oil daily because my doctor has advised me to do so.

So, for now, I'll take my multi-vitamin, but I will continue to try to improve my understanding of nutrition, including what supplements I should be taking.

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JHADZHIA 5/5/2010 7:49PM

    My Doctor is most concerned about folate and calcium for me. I take a multivitamin and extra calcium. I never forget it, because I take a pile of pills for breakfast all the time so its a long time habit. I don't bother to track them.
Keep up the good work!

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    I am always over on my iron too. Mainly because I continue to eat dry cereal. I like it!

My hair was thinning and my hairdresser advised Zinc & Magnesium - I was usually low on both of them.

It is very difficult to stay in complete balance.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/5/2010 4:50PM

    You're very diligent about your nutrients - a lesson to us all.

Like you, I'm a bit wary of supplements.

Thanks for sharing your analysis of your streaks, It's useful.

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FOREVER4ME 5/5/2010 3:45PM

    I take 1500mg of calcuim per day and a multi-vitamin.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2010 3:08PM

    I take fish oil too! You are correct in saying that you should check everything out with your doctor. These days with all the information floating around on the internet, it is hard to know what to believe. I think the doctor is probably your best bet. What is great is that you are tracking everything and looking at the content of what you're eating! Way to go!

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Spark Review - Streak Six

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

My sixth streak I set up when I joined the W8Watcher Friends Team. I certainly do consider myself a Weight Watcher friend. I have benefited from Weight Watcher meetings and Weight Watcher materials. I lost down to BMI 25 on Weight Watchers and it was on the Weight Watcher message boards that I first heard about SparkPeople. So I am very grateful for WW for starting me on this journey.

I currently have a 41 day streak of eating at least one filling food per day. Actually, about 50-75% of what I eat comes from the Weight Watcher filling food list. It doesn't make sense for me to track this goal. I don't think I could eat a day without eating a filling food if I tried. So as I try to winnow my streaks down to those that are significant and at least a bit of a challenge, this one I will give up. That doesn't mean I won't keep going to my Weight Watcher meetings. At least monthly I will continue to weigh in and participate.

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THERAPIST2 5/5/2010 8:07AM

    Good plan. Prioritize streaks so you are progressing and feeling challenged. I may just take a look at mine from that view! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 5/5/2010 12:31AM

    Weight Watchers has done a lot of good for people. Its been around for such a long time, you know they are doing something right! I would be interested in knowing what they mean by filling foods..
So you are telling us what streaks you are giving up. It will be interesting to see what you are going to be replacing them with!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 6:10PM

    I really like your idea of prioritising your streaks. It's a sign of confidence and will revitalise your programme. Great example!

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Spark Review - Streak Five

Monday, May 03, 2010

My fifth streak is "Get your dairy servings! 2 servings 1 time per day." I have 164 days starting 11/21/2009. I came to SparkPeople from Weight Watchers(WW) where I had been tracking 3 servings of dairy every day, which is required for those of us over age 50. On WW maintenance I often had 4 servings, but found on SparkPeople that it frequently put me over the recommended calcium amount. I now usually go over only on days I have tofu. With a history of kidney stones, I don't need excess calcium, but I still need enough .

When I get my team digest for At Goal and Maintaining, there I am with the longest streak. That tickled me the first time I saw it. But I think it is time to let someone else experience it. I do think drinking the milk, or making sure I get other dairy, is a good nutritional strategy. I don't think it necessarily makes me feel more satisfied or is essential for my weight maintenance, but I intend to keep it up. Milk has protein, vitamins, and minerals. I like fresh skim milk, nonfat powdered milk, low free string cheese, and fat free cottage cheese. Sometimes I have fat free sliced cheese - if I'm not high on sodium that day - or really splurge on a sugar free hot chocolate.

I'll continue to get my calcium for sure, but I'm going to stop tracking this one as a streak. It is significant, but it has become automatic for me. -Marsha

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 1:30PM

    More good example-setting. Thank you Marsha.

I struggle a bit to balance calcium but haven't been tracking it as a nutrient.

I have osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis) and, as you are aware, a history of kidney stones that led to my life-threatening illness last year.

As a result of your blog, I will now track my calcium.

Thanks for triggering this action. You truly are an inspiration with your mixture of practical common sense and thoughtful analysis.

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UUCEEJAY 5/4/2010 7:05AM

    After reading this, I think I need to add more dairy to my diet, I'm constantly low on calcium. Thanks for posting this. That is a long streak! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 5/3/2010 11:39PM

    Hi Marsha,
I used to drink a ton of skim milk until I was told by a dietition 1 cup of it has the same calories as 1 cup of pop! So I pared it back, but ate lots of cottage cheese and cheese, and still do today (except for cheese -I like old and limit myself to one piece a day), replacing the skim milk with low fat soy milk. I agree if things are second nature why bother tracking them, find something new to challenge you, if there is anything left that is lol.

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JANNIEWANNIE 5/3/2010 9:31PM

    Good job on your streak! You stuck with it long enough to make it a habit. I too count my milk servings and shoot for three per day. My sister and I went back to WW about 3 weeks ago. I have been slow to get back in the swing of things, but I had a good nutritional day today. Hugs from Janet

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MONTY68 5/3/2010 6:38PM

    Hi Marsha
Another great blog. A number of my streaks seem to be part of team goals. There are a couple that if I stopped, it wouldn't be a problem for me, but like most of them they are on the other goals where I do keep track. Most around food , like you said are habits of healthy eating and there really isn't a need to keep track.
I just love the way you write and how you look at etch thing for your own well being
You are a great example on how to reach your goal weight and now maintain it.

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    I don't think you should stop tracking it Marsha.

I think it is awesome you have the longest streak!!

Someone else will have a longer streak on another goal.

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Spark Review - Streak Four

Sunday, May 02, 2010

My fourth streak is 182 days of at least 5 servings fruits and vegetables per day. That streak started 11/02/2009. This streak is very significant in my overall success. Without the fruits and vegetables I would not have the satisfaction I need to eat the proper number of calories. In general I follow the recommendation to divide my plate or meal into 1/2 fruits and veggies, 1/4 lean protein and 1/4 whole grains. I also add a teaspoon or two of olive or canola oil, so that throws the fractions off a bit, but you get the picture. I average about 9 servings a day. I know a lot of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber I receive come from the fruits and veggies. I eat fresh fruits and veggies every day, but supplement with frozen and canned. I don't grow my own, but my sister does, and I might want to try it. Maybe next year. A compost pit might even be in my future.

So this streak is very significant, but is it so automatic for me that I ought to drop it to concentrate on something that is more of a stretch? I think so. If I ever fell below 5 servings a day, I'd want to reinstate it. It is crucial for my health and weight management success.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 1:25PM

    Congratulations on your streak Marsha and on your common-sense review of your progress. It's helpful and I've learnt a lot from your experience.

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JOHAL52 5/2/2010 3:42PM

    Benjamin Franklin used to focus on one "virtue" every day until he got it right. And when he felt he did, he'd move on to the next. But by the time he finished with all the virtues he wanted to work on--there were 13--he had to start all over again because he was stumbling on the first. Doesn't sound to me, though, that you will give up on your fresh fruits and veggies because you enjoy them, it's not that hard for you to eat them anymore. So if you want to focus on something else that is harder, why not?

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MONTY68 5/2/2010 11:13AM

    Hi Marsha
You are right, another good streak and you are at 182, What is amazing, it isn't for a streak, it is how you plan and why the importance in it. You are a great example on daily living of life. That is a reason you are now on maintenance. I love your blogs on streaks

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JHADZHIA 5/2/2010 11:09AM

    Great streak! Eating fruits and veggies regularly isn't a stretch for me since I am mostly vegetarian anyway. I agree focusing on something else may give you a better challenge! Are you getting enough fiber and calcium, and is your sodium in the right range I was surprised to see myself on the low end of fiber in spite of all the raw fruits and veggies I eat, so I had to add some bran buds. I think it was because I am not into breads or cereals. Good luck with it!

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THERAPIST2 5/2/2010 10:36AM

    Great job! emoticon

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DEVENIRBELLE 5/2/2010 10:00AM

    Congrats on the streak!

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KATHERYNP 5/2/2010 9:53AM

    Congratualions on the good habit of eating 5 fruits and veggies a day. That is a long streak!!
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Spark Review - Streak Three

Saturday, May 01, 2010

When it comes to drinking 8 glasses of water per day, my current streak is only 6 days. However, I am at 96% overall, 169 out of 176 days, since November 7, 2009. Although Weight Watchers has reduced their requirement to only 6 glasses of fluid per day and there has been some research indicating that most people don't need 8 glasses per day, I consistently do better when I drink 8 glasses of plain water. By "doing better" I mean I am less hungry and meet more of my nutritional requirements. I also believe I have fewer headaches and am at a reduced risk for a recurrence of kidney stones. Even though I don't have an impressive streak going right now, I intend to keep and track the goal of drinking 8 glasses of water per day.

Do you find 8 glasses of water helpful?

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JHADZHIA 5/1/2010 11:42PM

    I am not happy if I don't get my 16 glasses a day. Generally, we have a dry climate here and throat and nose always feels dry and water is the only thing to quench the thirst. I also do heavy, sweaty workouts which leads me to drinking lots before and after. It certainly means I am not hungry very often and can stick with regular meal times easily.

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/1/2010 7:51PM

    I try to drink 8 glasses of water a day but sometimes it is hard

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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2010 4:25PM

    I probably do -- with caffeine in the form of black coffee!! (yup, do know this isn't optimal). Plus -- water in fruits and veggies. But -- almost never actually drink even one glass of water a day. Never have. And there are so many people on SP who absolutely swear by it. For me -- would mean even more mad dashes to the loo!!

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MONTY68 5/1/2010 3:07PM

    It is interesting that there is so much difference in what is the correct amount of water. When I started my plan I was told 10 glasses of water and nothing else counted towards it. So that streak is over a 1000 days, here on spark 348. I enjoy water and it would be difficult to tell a difference unless I really dropped down. I think the body would give as clue. You will make the right decision for your self. I love your streak comments


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RISSASPIECES 5/1/2010 9:49AM

    I drink several liters of water a day and have for a couple of decades. I contend it helps with a variety of I just feel weird on the days when I can not drink enough. I admit, when I told my GP about the amount of water I drink daily, he tested my blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C to be sure I was not diabetic...which I am NOT. LOL The only non-water thing I drink regularly is one cup of coffee in the morning. I don't drink soda at all and only occasionally drink tea, juice or skim milk. :-) It works for why fight it? Plus, my doctor and nurse said it was probably why I am healing so well from surgery.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/1/2010 8:03AM

    I find drinking 8+ glasses very helpful. In fact, I've become so used to it that if I don't drink at least that much, my system gets wacko and I don't feel well. Now I usually drink only water!

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WILD4STARS 5/1/2010 8:00AM

    I am pretty consistent at drinking at least 96 ounces per day, and have been for several years now. I have a 24 ounce container I use, I put a rubber band on it each time I fill it up and getting to 4 rubber bands is my notice that I've got my 96 ounces. Some days I have my 96 ounces in by mid afternoon and drink even more. I carry water with me everywhere I go.

I think it helps with hunger, I think it's just generally good for you. I'm so use to it now that on the rare day that I get behind, I can feel it. I feel thirsty and dry.

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UUCEEJAY 5/1/2010 7:34AM

    I also am trying do this. I have had a couple of UTIs and I think it was brought on by just not drinking enough water. I feel better when I drink more water. I'm amazed at how often I find myself feeling that I need something and when I drink a glass of water the feeling goes away. I just haven't been tuned into knowing when I'm thirsty.

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