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Found a New Food!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A friend gave me some citrus out of her yard and I was totally confused. They were ruby red on the inside, like ruby red grapefruits, but they were the size of medium oranges and the peel was orange. The taste was kind of between an orange and a red grapefruit, but it was the juiciest citrus I've ever eaten. When she gave me the bag, I really didn't know what I had. After I ate several I still didn't know what they were. Finally, I got to ask her. They are red navel oranges. I would recommend them if you get a chance!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/1/2011 8:30AM

    Sounds yummy - we've been on a binge of clementines for a while and they are good, too!

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KALIGIRL 12/31/2010 3:08PM

    I will look for them - thanks!

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PO_PAZZA 12/31/2010 1:00AM

    Yum. It does sound like a blood orange. My cousin has a tree full of them. I think I'll go raid her orchard.

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PERSISTANT123 12/31/2010 12:17AM

    Interesting. I'll have to see if I can find some and check them out.

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GO-LOEW 12/30/2010 11:40PM

    I got them at the grocery stores in Mazatlan, Mexico last winter. Unfortunately, I am not there this year!

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MONTY68 12/30/2010 11:06PM

    Hi Marsha
Well , I learned something new today. I have never heard of Red Navel Oranges but after you described the taste, I have to do some investigating here to see if I can find some.
Thank you for sharing your new food.

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AMBERHENLEY 12/30/2010 8:30PM

    It sounds like a blood orange. How lucky are you to be able to get them fresh off the tree!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2010 7:25PM

    awesome! I never heard of them -


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JOYINKY 12/30/2010 7:19PM

    Never seen them; never heard of them; but, I certainly will be on the lookout for them now! Thanks for sharing.

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WILD4STARS 12/30/2010 5:12PM

    I have a friend who has a tree of them. They are SO sweet and SO juicy. I love to just cut them in quarters and bite into them. The juice just FILLS your mouth and is awesome. I'm going to have to call her and see why I don't have some now !!

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JHADZHIA 12/30/2010 3:18PM

    Navel oranges are the best, but a pain to peel.. never had the blood ones though, haven't seen them here. Its just so awesome to get them fresh like that, you are so lucky to live in a warm climate!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2010 2:30PM

    I think they are called blood oranges. They are supposed to be wonderful. I've never tried them.

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EDUCGRAD 12/30/2010 1:24PM

    I've heard of them,but had never tried them.thanks for the tip

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Turning Point

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Today I was thinking back over turning points in my journey to health and fitness. One time I became very aware that my attitude had changed when I found myself cutting back on my dear old overweight dog's portions. For years I had worried that she was hungry because she always acted like she wanted food. Suddenly I wanted her to feel better and have more energy like I did. I understood that just because we wanted to eat did not mean we needed to do so.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/1/2011 8:32AM

    I find myself with lots more home made frozen dinners as we are both eating less so I have started to cut back on initial quantity.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2010 2:26PM

    I've found myself doing the same thing with our two dogs!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/29/2010 11:09AM

    There is a big difference between "want and need". Good job

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2010 11:10PM

    wow, very telling. And your doggie will thank you for helping her feel better.

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JHADZHIA 12/28/2010 9:47PM

    Good for you! Dogs do have a tendency to eat as much as they can. And those sad eyes begging are hard to resist. But they too, will appreciate a healthier lifestyle..Way to spread the Spark!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/28/2010 9:44PM

    Now that's an AHA moment!

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MONTY68 12/28/2010 9:37PM

What a awesome thought. I will say, that when I had a dog, never gave a thought that I would have been overfeed her. What great insight that you have and of course , who of us that have had weight problems thought we needed to eat. I know I did.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful thought.

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SWEETYKINS012 12/28/2010 9:25PM

    yes, i started cutting back some on my yorkies food too, and told my husband to quit giving her food he was eating...

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JOYINKY 12/28/2010 9:21PM

    Ah yes, and my "Sugar walks" aren't just for me!

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PERSISTANT123 12/28/2010 9:02PM

    One of my turning points is similar. I noticed that my cats only eat a little bit and then walk away when they are full. They know there will be more when they are hungry. I realized that I too need to walk away, knowing that there will be more when I am hungry.

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Getting Better

Monday, December 27, 2010

In 2010 I did a good job with exercise, averaging over 2 times per week strength training and 6 days per week of cardio. I plan to keep that up in 2011, but I have a strategy, not exactly new, to keep me motivated. I plan to track and improve my personal best times, distances, and performances. I used this tactic some in 2010, but think I'll expand on it.

I know that my longest bike ride this year was 25 miles and the most I rode in one week was 35 miles. I think I went 14 miles per hour for one hour once, and I know I can average 12 mph on a 6 mile ride, but I plan to pay more attention to such things. (By the way, I have a comfort bike that is not very fast, and I'm a chicken who brakes often. The chicken part is unlikely to change.) On the stationary bike at the gym I can get up to 24 mph and can possibly sustain 20 mph. I'll have to try. The longest I've ridden on the stationery bike was probably half an hour.

On the elliptical the best I've done is to burn 310 calories in less than 50 minutes. I'm not sure if it was 46 or 49 minutes. I think if I keep track I can try to better it. My longest elliptical session this year was one hour. There is a 30 minute limit if anyone is waiting at the gym.

I've done a lot of walking this year, but do not know my distance or speed records. I've added some jogging intervals when I feel like it. All these things would be good to challenge myself to obtain a benchmark and then try to beat it. I might even spring for another pedometer. I've used the treadmill from time to time this year, but don't know my best distance/speed/incline performances.

This year I was having trouble with swimming the American crawl and my recent best distance is 50 yards, despite the fact I was a marathon swimmer as a teen. I did swim 30 laps this year of mixed strokes - mostly breast stroke and back stroke with a little side stroke thrown in. I have not timed my swimming, but I have watched swimmers beside me whiz past.

I've enjoyed Zumba and pilates this last year, too. Perhaps I could track how many sessions per month I do.

If I try to better myself by even a very small amount in one area each month, I might just end up with 12 personal bests and the feeling (illusion?) that I am getting better with age!

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MONTY68 12/28/2010 4:32PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog, and a good recap from 2010. Why I think you have been so successful is that you take this thing called life serious. You have a plan for 2011, You can see the possibilities that your goals will be met. At the end of 2011, you WILL be remarking about your new personal bests.
Thank you for sharing, I feel you have created ideas for others to use and congratulations on a great 2010.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/28/2010 10:39AM

    I love your plan Marsha, it should keep you motivated.


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JOYINKY 12/28/2010 9:18AM

    Marsha, All of this is great, and commendable, as long as you are enjoying it. I know you are up for the challenge! But, beware; as I added in more and more activities I began enjoying them less because of the time constraints and interferance with other things in my life. i.e. "Have to get in my 4th gym workout for the week" so "Can't take the dogs for a field run, or go to a movie with a friend". etc. Morning routine: Had a 10 minute ab routine I did for years before dressing, added in 10 minutes of stretches on the ball, then 10 min of yoga; now not doing any of it because I don't want to spend 30-40 minutes before I dress each morning. Since SP I've learned that if I shoot for my 120 fitness minutes a day I can mix it all up and do what works best for that day. Still go to yoga class, gym, walk, field runs, home workouts etc. Just a lot more flexible and relaxed about it. Keep it fun. Joy

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JHADZHIA 12/27/2010 8:05PM

    You are doing an amazing variety of workouts! Don't know where you fit them in with all the babysitting and the job you are trying to do!! That you are wanting to pay attention and improve your performance on each workout is astounding! Most people would be happy just DOING that many that well LOL.
If you want to do more on the bike, but be safe, have you ever thought of taking a spinning class? Seems to be popular..
All I can say, is you can probably run a lot of people into the ground that are a lot younger than you, never mind the ones your own age. Just know you are doing fabulous and don't stress over becoming a super athlete, as the other worry is always getting injuries from pushing it just that one little bit too far..
All the best with it!

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Today is When the Rubber Hits the Road

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Today is the day after Christmas, the day after a day of indulgence. I enjoyed every bite -- even the fudge -- especially the fudge. I enjoyed cooking big and I enjoyed sharing the whole meal with my loved ones. By my historical standards, it was a pretty moderate indulgence. For one thing, I did not celebrate with food on any other day this season. I stuck to my food plan, staying within the limits every day this month so far. Since I'm tracking on Weight Watchers this month, I had what they call "weekly points allowance" left and I earned "activity points," too. So even given my indulgences yesterday, I stayed within my Weight Watcher limits. The scale this morn was only up a couple tenths. I call that a success.

However, I realize that today is the day that really counts. My plan to send everything indulgent home with relatives only partly worked. My nephew took the green bean casserole that I had made mostly for him. I offered the pumpkin bread to my niece, but she declined. The nephew accepted it, though. My daughter was suppose to take the sweet potato casserole and she said she will, but she wants to come to lunch today with the kids and have leftovers. She even left three quarters of a red and green jello cake that she made. Some of the kids' gifts are still here, too. It was getting close to midnight when she went home, so clean up is scheduled for today. Getting things to her house, in the freezer, or in the trash is the priority today.

This morning first thing I saw a counter full of temptation. My angel food cake made with crushed pineapple is invisibly under tupperware. (In our family, when we have little kids an angel food cake for breakfast is traditional. We sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.) I took a kitchen towel and covered the fudge and the brownies so I don't have to look at them. I put a plastic cover over the cake, too.

I hardly have any stuffing left and I have one small serving with no butter set aside for me. The mashed potatoes and gravy my husband will finish up. I have plenty of plain baked potatoes, plain green beans, and turkey left for me to have healthy leftovers.

Today is the day that really counts when it comes to my pledge for a no gain holiday. It was okay to indulge yesterday, as long as I'm back on it today. And I'm here to say I'm back on it today!!

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MONTY68 12/26/2010 4:15PM

    HI Marsha
A awesome blog, one that should be put in the manual on how to be successful. You have done what is necessary to have a great meal with a knowing what and how much you could have . Today, because of who you are, will again show how successful people handle it.
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TJCADDO 12/26/2010 1:23PM

    I can see planning in action does make for success. Thank you for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 12/26/2010 11:59AM

    You did well Marsha, you were sweating it for nothing! You really are strongly committed to a healthy lifestyle and it shows through every trial you face!! I am fortunate there was no baking around in my meals for the most part, makes it a lot easier. Only my sister and her daughter bake things up like crazy, and we don't usually go there for Christmas because of bad roads and risk of storms so its not a temptation at Christmas, but summer is a different story..
Keep up the great work!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2010 11:08AM

    You have a great plan in place Marsha. This year I cooked much differently since hubby can't eat sugar. I made scalloped potatoes, no stuffing, no gravy, no rolls, lots of veggies, lots of fresh fruit, skinless turkey breast, sugar free cherry pie, pecan pie (leftovers will be sent to the kids across the street), scrambled egg whites with salsa, fiber one muffins made with egg whites and applesauce instead of oil, water or sugar free lemonade instead of wine and the list goes on. You know what??? Everybody loved the food because it was fresh and tasted good and we all had a great time. Imagine that! Now if my husband's family had come, they would have turned their noses up at everything because they drown everything in gravy and butter. But, we took them out for lunch Christmas eve and we ate healthy and they ate all of their gravy and fried food. It all worked out and everyone was happy!

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DONNAEDA 12/26/2010 10:32AM

    I love your attitude and plan of attack. You go girl

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/26/2010 10:25AM

    How true it is that today is the day to stay focused and get rid of stuff that is off program. Like how you did your day and know that you will be successful today

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JOYINKY 12/26/2010 10:03AM

    Marsha, you've kept it all under control and still enjoyed your holiday. I have no doubt you've met your goal. I have one small plate of cookies, under a glass dome, remaining and it lives in my unheated guest room out of sight and out of mind; but handy if someone stops by yet for a cup of coffee this weekend. Even in a tempted moment, not enough to do any damage. Like you, if I'm not "looking at" the treats they are not taking up space in my mind. We've both had wonderful holidays with our families; we are truly blessed! Thanks for sharing. Love and Peace, Joy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/26/2010 9:58AM

    WTG Marsha!

I worked too hard to reach this point in my life and I did indulge having earned the privilege.

The downside for me is not the scale (which was up!) but the tapering off that inevitably comes after the sugar rush.

I am still in my range and have to learn that this too is okay for me.

Happy Day After Christmas my dear sparkling friend! You have made it happen!!


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DAVEW175 12/26/2010 9:46AM

    My thoughts exactly. I enjoyed pie, roast beef, lemon squares, bread and everything else yesterday. I decided it was OK to not worry for a few days but today I'm getting refocused. For breakfast I ignored the plate of lemon squares and the pies on the counter and had oatmeal with blueberries. I'm treating the chocolates and food baskets as a test of my desire to get to my target weight before my 50th birthday in April.

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Christmas Interlude

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!! I'm cooking up a storm and indulging a bit, but think I'm really in control. We'll see.

Our biggest laugh so far was Natalie trying to jump rope. She had the jumping down. In fact she was frantically jumping, waving the rope in front of her. She thought she was doing it, which is what made it so funny. Her mom got a video of it, but she said it was too close to see it at its best.

Natalie loved the big castle tent we gave her. Gwen sat up in a high chair at our table for the first time. She now holds rattles and laughs a lot -- well, she cries a lot, too, but she is a baby. Right now they are at their other grandma's, but will be back soon to finish opening presents and eat turkey and all the fixings!

Wish my mom would answer the phone so I could wish her a happy holiday. Expect she will before the day is over. So Christmas at our house is going well. Hope you are having a merry one, too!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2010 10:56AM

    Sounds like a great day! Merry Christmas!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/26/2010 8:31AM

    Great fun - we had a wonderful day, also.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2010 7:07PM

    I can picture Natalie jumping rope!

Merry Christmas!!

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JOYINKY 12/25/2010 5:23PM

    Christmas is so much fun when you have the wonder of the little ones as part of it all! Enjoy! I know you are, grandkids are so much fun! Glad you are having a great day!

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JHADZHIA 12/25/2010 4:57PM

    Hi Marsha!
Would have LOVED to see that video, can just picture it :) Glad you are having fun with your family, that is what its all about! Relax about what you eat. We all know you will work hard to get any perceived gain off ;)
Enjoy your fabulous day!
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MONTY68 12/25/2010 4:23PM

    Hi Marsha
What a delightful blog, I can feel your energy in what you write. It is a blessing when the whole family is together. At least when I was living up north my grandchildren were small enough that I got to enjoy it, now they are old enough that they are planning weddings.
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