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5K Commitment -- All Wet

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Today my WW meeting was all about exercise and activity. I found myself re-energized and motivated to take it up a notch. I went to the Y from WW and did my hour long Zumba class, my strength training machines, and then another 25 mintues on the stationery bike. I probably would have done more, but I needed to get home to take care of Natalie at 12:15.

The WW group is doing a 5K on June 5th in the evening. I signed up. My SparkTeam is doing a walk that morning, I'm pretty sure. I can do both! I may jog a couple times, but primarily I am going to walk. Don't want to stress anything. Every once in a while, though, it feels so good just to go as fast as you can.

It poured down rain this afternoon. We had lightening flashes and lost our electricity for a while. Natalie and I sat on the glider on the front porch, but that didn't last long. We had to catch drips in the plastic containers. And then we had to run around the magnolia tree, just like we do when the sprinkler is on. At first we just got a little wet, and then a little wetter. By the time her mom came to get her, we were both absolutely soaked. And happy. And her mom wasn't even upset. Good day!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2010 1:05PM

    I used to love to watch the rain when I was a kid. We had a glassed in room at the back of the house. I'd crank open the windows just a little bit.... Good memories. You and Natalie sure had fun in the rain yesterday. You didn't even melt in the rain! lol You'll be doing a lot of exercise next Saturday. Please don't hurt yourself! Have a great day!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/30/2010 7:15AM

    Great fun!

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JHADZHIA 5/29/2010 11:57PM

    Good for you Marsha! Fun times with the amazing Natalie!
I did a brisk walk in the cold blowing rain for an hour and twenty minutes, went 9000 steps, but it was nice to see so much greenery along the river with the bushes and branches hanging over the pathway, reminded me, just for a minute of warmer climates!
Have a nice Sunday!

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MONTY68 5/29/2010 10:17PM

    Hi Marsha
What a beautiful blog, congratulations on signing up for the 5K. I Know that you WILL be able to do both. What I thought was nice, is that you had the opportunity to have your granddaughter and had a great time playing in the rain.
Thank you for sharing your day.

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LAURIE5658 5/29/2010 10:12PM

    You two have the best times!!! We have a big, deep front porch and love to sit there while it rains. There is nothing like the fresh air during and after the rain. Wonderful stuff.

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WILD4STARS 5/29/2010 8:33PM

    It was a horrendous storm. I was glad to be home, safe and sound.
Make it a great weekend.
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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/29/2010 7:51PM

    Just singin' and dancin' in the rain ... doobey doob doob dooo ... emoticon Sounds like you had fun with Nat.

And I LOVE the new 5K goal with the WW group. emoticon You are rockin' it!


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Amazing "Sweet" Vegetables

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It was an amazing revelation. As I enjoyed a fresh ear at supper last eve, for the first time I understood why they call corn "sweet corn." As I've cut back my sugar and sweetener I can begin to taste the sweet in corn, peas, and carrots. Sometimes when you try to get and have everything, you miss a lot of subtle goodness! Hope you find some unexpected sweetness today. -Marsha

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/28/2010 9:50AM

    We had sweet corn last night, also and I have found that a sprinkle of parmesan cheese adds an interesting flavor since I no longer put butter on it..

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FREELADY 5/28/2010 2:00AM

    This is so true. And I love your application! I'm going to be "chewing on" this thought!
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TBRANCH2 5/27/2010 10:28PM

    Yum, yum, yum!!! Good for you....again!! hahahaha emoticon

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ARTYMISS 5/27/2010 7:50PM

    I couldn't agree more!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2010 7:03PM

    Good point: "unexpected sweetness" on our menus and in our lives! Nothing unexpected about the sweetness of a bag of Oreos now is there?? I'm going to be looking for "unexpected richness" and "unexpected saltiness" as well! Nothing subtle about potato chips either!!

Re-education of the taste buds is an ongoing task!!

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MNNICE 5/27/2010 5:20PM

    Very good point! Just like we need to take time to smell the roses, we need to take time to taste the sweetness!

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WILD4STARS 5/27/2010 5:20PM

    As a kid I was known for my ability to eat corn on the cob in huge quantities!! It is so very good, and I haven't fixed it in ages. I'll be looking for some my next trip to the store. Thanks!
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MONTY68 5/27/2010 4:13PM

    Marsha
great blog, 3 of my favorite veggies, which by the way, I was not permitted to have when I was on my program until I reached my weight goal and back they came.
Just a point, growing up in PA, where the corn tastes just a bit different then here, we use to pick a ear and actually eat it raw, talk about sweet. Thank you;you always have such great blogs.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/27/2010 3:42PM

    I just did Marsha, simply by reading your blog!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/27/2010 3:35PM

    I read about your 70 minutes on the elliptical with utter amazement. I really have a mental block with that piece of equipment and feel victorious with 1 couple of 10 minute sessions. Good for you!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/27/2010 3:35PM

    Great observations!

Sparking, better nutrition and mindful eating have made my tastebuds much more sensitive too.

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Fresh Fruit Plate

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today for lunch Natalie and I each had a fresh fruit plate. We enjoyed low fat cottage cheese with blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and grapes. It was truly delicious and enjoyed by both of us. Somehow it seemed very special today.

I used to have a fresh fruit plate at least one lunch per week. I had gotten away from it and forgotten. Natalie asked for blueberries for lunch and it reminded me. It almost seemed like an old friend who had returned! Isn't it wonderful when something that is really healthy is so tasty and satisfying? -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/26/2010 8:16PM

    Fresh fruit is delicious! I love the way you made a "special" lunch of a fruit plate and cottage cheese for Natalie and you. She is learning to choose fresh fruits and veggies because of it. Way to go!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/26/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds yummy Marsha. Blueberries are a daily staple for me and I often have low fat cottage cheese. It's great that Natalie is learning to love these foods while she's so young and impressionable.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/26/2010 8:24AM

    I do fruit for either breakfast or lunch several days a week - whatever is in season and I'm still waiting for some yummy peaches this year.

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JHADZHIA 5/25/2010 11:04PM

    Good for you! I have my fresh fruit every day! I would seriously have withdrawal symptoms if I didn't!. I love just about anything with cottage cheese! Good on Natalie for wanting something healthy!!

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FREELADY 5/25/2010 10:59PM

    Sounds so refreshing! I had never eaten blueberries until last year. Now I enjoy them!

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Food Tracking for Maintenance

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I have tracked my food all but maybe 10 days since December 1, 2008. I used to track with Weight Watcher paper journals. Now usually I track online @ SparkPeople. For a while I did both. When I go visit my mom in S Dakota (her summer home) in July, I'll probably use paper trackers .Some days I'm fanatic about measuring portions and sometimes I just guess.

I usually track perfectly (or close enough) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning &/or afternoon snacks. I often, though, don't bother to track after supper. If I'm going to have a problem that is when it happens. This week I went over my calorie range twice and I didn't track all of it either time.

However, I suspect my SparkPeople calorie range for maintenance may be too low. Or else I'm underestimating my exercise (calories burned) or overestimating my portions (calories eaten). I say that because I have just realized that I am maintaining or even sometimes losing when according to SparkPeople I shouldn't be. Despite eating over my range twice this week, I had my lowest weigh in yet.

If I would get a heart rate monitor to track my calories burned and track 100% of my food I might be better able to figure out my correct calorie target. However, I haven't had a month yet that I have not exceeded my calorie target range at some point. I've had weeks, but not a whole month. So it is probably better if I aim low. Yet, even thought I am still a healthy weight for my height, if I keep losing I could go under. (My BMI of 20.2 is within WW's healthy range of 20-25. SparkPeople, though, lists 18.5-24.9 as the healthy range. But I feel thin enough now.)

Anyway, tracking does help me stay on track. But perhaps I could be doing it better.

  
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TBRANCH2 5/23/2010 9:53PM

    maybe you keep losing because you are so very active and energetic...you are like an energizer bunny...and I say that in a GOOD way! I envy the energy that you have!!! Keep up the great job because, like the others have already said, you look terrific!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/23/2010 9:41PM

    Tracking helps to keep me honest too. Like you, I have a problem tracking after dinner. Whatever you are doing, you must be doing something right because you are very successful. You look great and say you feel good too. Keep up the good work!

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2010 4:14PM

    I do have to track -- and I do have to eat at the lower end of my SP range to maintain. Just have a super-efficient metabolism, I guess *sigh*: more useful on a desert island than on the dessert islands most of us inhabit!!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/23/2010 4:33AM

    I suspect that the science behind SP calorie recommendations can't be 100% accurate because our individual metabolisms are probably as individual as our fingerprints and irises.

Like you, I track as a matter of routine but, unlike you, I'm pretty sure that I would gain weight if I ate above the lower end of my SP recommended range, although SP is lower than some other 'scientific' guidance that I have read.

For all maintainers, I think it's about finding what works for us. Your SP formula probably has to be adjusted by a 'Marsha factor'. The great thing is that you will have all the reports on your calorie differentials, etc. AND the benefit of your experience of how things have worked for you.

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KALIGIRL 5/22/2010 9:55PM

    I agree that tracking keeps me 'on track', so I don't worry about exact measurement in either food or exercise. I am still weighing almost daily and as long as the scale number stays in range, I think my less than accurate approach works.
(Sounds like it works for you too...)
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/22/2010 9:19PM

    You are only human.

I do track 100% of the time but once in a while we must guess.

I think maintaining for as long as you have is awesome!

I tried a HRM but the same exercise had inconsistent amounts so I just went back to the SP Fitness Tracker estimates.

I think you are doing great!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/22/2010 7:44PM

    I have hope that I will get there some day.

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MNNICE 5/22/2010 7:30PM

    Same with me -- despite eating peanut M&Ms, cookies, and go over calories several times, I have been maintaining and losing. Not a bad problem to have, though! But then I have been still using the 1200-1550 calorie range, and I SHOULD be eating more, so maybe finally our bodies/metabolism have actually changed.

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WILD4STARS 5/22/2010 7:02PM

    From the outside looking in, it sure seems like whatever you're doing - you're doing it RIGHT! You look great! You have good energy and enthusiasm. It's all good.

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I Prefer to Eat More

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I had a minor injury and had to cut back my exercise to allow my hip to heal. So I had to cut back my calorie range target in order to maintain my weight. My hip is now healed and I have added the calories back in.

I know without I doubt that I much prefer to eat at the 1500-1850 calories per day range than the 1330-1680 calorie range. In order to eat that much I need to burn 1910 calories per week. As long as I'm feeling good, that is undoubtedly my best option for feeling good, strong, and satisfied. -Marsha

  
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TBRANCH2 5/20/2010 9:56PM

    Glad to read that your hip is doing better!! See you Saturday at the team spa day!!

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UUCEEJAY 5/20/2010 9:55PM

    I feel the same way about wanting to exercise so I can eat more. Funny how that calories in calories out equation really works to keep your weight steady. I could never get it balanced before, but now with tracking, I think I've finally got it. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 5/20/2010 4:35PM

    I love the way you look at things and make a conscious decision about what you want to do! You could teach me a thing or two!

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JHADZHIA 5/20/2010 2:06PM

    That is great Marsha! It is nicer to eat at the higher calorie end rather than the lower, way more options! Keep up the wonderful work! we are all learning from you along the way!!


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KALIGIRL 5/20/2010 1:18PM

    I'm with you - love my walnuts, red wine and chocolate!
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AMANDAJCD 5/20/2010 1:13PM

    I agree. I'm happy to be eating at mid-1400's rather than right at 1200 (which is what I ate while recovering from some stress fractures). I burn 700 calories per week exercising at this time (still recovering, LOL), and I'm so glad I can just get out there and MOVE and EAT again :)

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WALKINGANNIE 5/20/2010 1:06PM

    Vive la difference!!

I prefer a 1400-1700-calories-a-day range and rarely get past 1500 these days. I'm never hungry. As you know, walking is my main activity. It's not as physically challenging as many people's exercise programmes - that I admire hugely - but I enjoy it and know that I can be consistent.

I used to eat many more calories - and did next to no exercise at all in the old days.

It's so good that we can find what suits us and I'm glad that you're back to doing things the preferred Marsha-way.

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MERALO 5/20/2010 11:54AM

    Glad you're back to exercising again!

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MONTY68 5/20/2010 11:53AM

    Marsha,
I agree with you about more food, It also gives more choices and ideas. The calories burned average 272 a day and that should not be a problem. How were the calories last night, could you have increased anything or did it fit in with your new idea of calories?
Knowing you, Your decision is a good one.

You are doing fantastic and I love reading your blogs.

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