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Spark Review - Streak Eight

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Well, even the title of this blog suggests the issue I want to address. I simply have too many streaks. I think 5 or 6 is probably enough. I want the streaks I end up with to capture the heart of my program. So that if my streaks are in good shape, so am I!! I promise this exercise is heading in that direction.

Streak eight is to eat at least 25 grams of fiber daily. Currently I have an 11 day streak, with the longest streak being 140 days. Overall, I'm at 95%, 177 out of 186 days. I also suspect that at least a day or two of not achieving is due to failing to record rather than failing to eat it. I usually enter the fiber at the end of the day, while the other streaks I record earlier. It is easy to forget to go back in to record it, especially when my SparkPoints are already showing the maximum (5) on Other Goals.

The other issue is I frequently go over the recommended fiber. I usually have daily oatmeal for breakfast, rice and brown beans for lunch, a large apple, and 8 other servings of freggies throughout the day. I increased my target from SparkPeople's 25-35 to 25-40. I think the extra fiber is a tool to help manage my weight. SparkPeople states that over 50 grams of fiber can interfere with absorption. I only occasionally get to 50. So reality is that I have more trouble going over fiber than under. I don't think I need a fiber streak.

The only other issue is the team. I am an active member of the Polk County SparkTeam and they are a wonderful group of people. I maybe should ask our fearless leaders, Cyndi and Theresa, if the team would prefer I keep this streak. If not, I'm going to drop this one. -Marsha

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/6/2010 6:41PM


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WALKINGANNIE 5/6/2010 5:10PM

    Your decision-making process shows the degree of control that you've got now.

It's wonderful.


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JHADZHIA 5/6/2010 12:29PM

    It doesn't sound like you should bother with it when you are consistently getting the recommended amount.
I have only just started tracking fiber. It was suggested in spite of the high number of fruits and veggies I consume in a day, I might not be getting enough, and it turns out I wasn't, because I am not into grains. So I have added bran buds to make up the amount I need. I find if I try to add grains, the calories shoot way up.
This cleaning house sounds like a great idea for you to refocus! Its showing us too, just how dedicated you are to sticking to your program!! Well done!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/6/2010 10:44AM

    Marsha, doing the streak for fiber is up to you. You have to do whatever is the best thing for you. Sure it's nice to have your numbers recorded with the team, but if it is creating stress for you or confusion, don't do it. You are doing an amazing job with maintaining your goal weight. Don't bring stress on yourself and mess that up! Keep up the good work!

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RISSASPIECES 5/6/2010 10:42AM

    When I tracked fiber, I nearly always got the warning that I had exceeded the RDA. After considering everything, I decided to ignore the warning. LOL I also stopped tracking my fiber, since clearly, it is the one thing I manage to get enough of without trying...because my diet is heavy on fruits/veggies and whole grains. ;-) WW naturally steers you toward a lower fat, higher fiber way of eating.

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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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