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How come Grandma's potato salad is not on the list

Friday, July 11, 2014

I love the MidLife Boulevard blog site

The writers address a lot of different important, serious, fun and sometimes just interesting topics. This week Ellen Dolgen writes -- Does Eating Like a Man Make You Fat?-- She is reviewing a book by author Staness Jonekos -- Eat Like a Woman--. What made me want to share is the number of recent posts about regaining, and about the dreaded belly fat which does not seem to ever want to disappear.

Here are a few of the tips which sound a lot like SparkPeople guidelines. The focus is on healthy foods and as we all know that can sometimes be difficult to maintain. Those processed, high fat, and special family recipes don’t always help and they are so enticing. Potato Salad, Hot dogs and ice cream anyone?

So here is another view of what it takes to get healthy

• Eat healthy carbs, which are digested slowly and make you feel fuller: whole grains, sweet potatoes, yams, brown rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables. If you eat a “bad” carb, add some protein to balance the glycemic load.

• Add cinnamon to your diet; it has anti-inflammatory benefits and helps fight fat storage.

• Include high-protein foods turkey, protein shakes, Greek yogurt, tofu, eggs, edamame, nut butter, nuts and lentils.

• Say goodbye to belly fat: Limit intake of saturated and trans fat and cholesterol; adjust portion sizes; minimize consumption of beverages with alcohol, sugars and caffeine; limit salt and processed foods; quit smoking; take half home when dining out.

• Get more fiber in your diet: apples, strawberries, blueberries, pears, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, oatmeal, oat bran, lentils, beans, zucchini, brown rice, barley, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, couscous, whole-wheat breads and cereals, seeds.

• Stave off fatigue with small, frequent meals throughout the day (and, of course, get enough sleep!).

• Be sure to drink plenty of water — about 9 cups a day, depending on your activity level.

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CASEYSAUER 9/5/2014 7:00AM

    Excellent tips!

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LIFENPROGRESS 7/20/2014 11:10AM

    Great tips! Reading the articles now! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/13/2014 12:29AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Some good tips!

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Pacific Northwest in June the rest of the story

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We started our vacation on Whidbey Island, just outside of Seattle. It is a very rural and lovely landscape with spectacular view of snowcapped mountains, including Mt. Baker. We stayed in a very nice B&B in Coupeville.

Picture of B&B

Whidbey Island View of Sound

Then we took the ferry to Port Townsend and drove to Poulsbo where we stayed in a vacation rental. The daughter, son-in-law and the lively 2 year old joined us for a week.

View from the rental

View of Family

View from rental window

Went to Bainbridge Island several times to play in the park, visit gardens, walk around the harbor and to walk on the beach. There are views of Mt. Rainier on a clear day.

Bloedel Gardens

Grandson in the park

Harbor at Bainbridge

Picture on Beach with Mt. Rainier way in the distance

Took the ferry to Seattle one day


Family left and we stayed for another day and then drove back to Seattle through Tacoma.
Stopped in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor

Had dinner in a restaurant on the water in Tacoma

Spent the night at a hotel in Seattle and then left

Last picture of Seattle sky.

The last picture is at the airport where the plane was delayed for an hour because of FOG.
We had bright sunny days, cloudy windy days, light rainy days, and one really HOT day where we went to the Mall for the afternoon. And the last day was fog.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/10/2014 12:00AM

    What a beautiful vacation you had.

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JENNY888 7/9/2014 12:39PM

    Beautiful pictures. Brings back memories of a vacation I had to the same places.

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NEWTINK 7/9/2014 5:13AM


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    Beautiful pictures!! It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation!!

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KALISWALKER 7/8/2014 7:19PM

    What lovely pictures. We stayed at the same B&B in Coupeville and enjoyed seeing the cats all around town.

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HOLLYM48 7/8/2014 6:40PM

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation with us. It looks like it was a lovely place to stay and nothing better than getting to share it with your family.

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TEACHING1ST 7/8/2014 6:40PM

    These are wonderful, MaryAnn...but I can't 'see' you in your picture! It sounds like a really great trip. Welcome home and rest up!


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Pacific Northwest in June

Monday, June 30, 2014

In addition to glorious scenery there are fresh berries, fruits, handmade cheese, great fresh seafood and lovely wine.

Just a beautiful place

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/2/2014 11:51PM

    How beautiful and peaceful.

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NEWTINK 7/1/2014 5:10PM

    Wonderful emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 7/1/2014 2:04PM

    Wonderful! Enjoy every moment of your vacation!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/1/2014 6:48AM

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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GOCALGAL 6/30/2014 11:31PM

    Just looking at those lovely pics made me relax and smile. Thanks for sharing!

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KALISWALKER 6/30/2014 8:46PM

    I love the west coast and all the beauty!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/30/2014 8:11PM

    That's a slide of heaven!

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    Loved the pictures! Very beautiful!

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My relationship with the dreaded Scale

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last blog in this series and I end with THE DREADED SCALE.

Personally I need to weigh myself every day to make sure I am staying in a range. Even if I am not tracking anything else, I write down my weight each morning. I mark it on a graph so I can see if I am up, down or the same. On the 12 day vacation this Spring there was no access to a scale, I gained 3 pounds. Last summer I took my scale with me (yes I actually packed it!) and I managed to hold steady. There is something about seeing the number that helps me make better choices.

The number does go up and down sometimes for no apparent reason, but it usually stays within the 5 pound maintenance range. I do not let the number bother me and on a few days I have missed weighting in.

So I am meeting up with family for a week over July 4th and the scale is going with me. Tracking food on vacation is really difficult because the meals are not regular or sometimes the choices are not healthy (tasty but not healthy). So the scale really helps me to be aware of my choices and the amount I eat.

Having made it to maintenance I am watching what is helping me to keep my weight steady. What I have found that I need to do to keep the weight from coming back is:

1. A permanent commitment to making healthy choices at every meal every day, there are no vacation days for a healthy weight.
2. Writing down what I did that day either in a post or a journal, or filling out the Nutrition tracker
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise (Did I mention exercise!). It doesn’t have to be really intense just 60 minutes 5 or 6 times a week.
4. Weighing myself

I know how to gain weight and I know how to lose weight. Right now I am really learning how to keep at a healthy weight.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALISWALKER 6/2/2014 9:04PM

    I take my scale on vacation too. I created a favorite I named WHOA!!!@ and it has 100 calories. I have been calorie conscious for so long, I can estimate my calories each time I eat. If I have access to the internet I can record calorie total on Spark as one item, ie. 15 WHOA!!!@ which means 1,500 calories for the day. Sometimes I take pictures of the plate of food and estimate the calories later.

Good that you are calorie conscious and mindful even on vacation.

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FOUNDER3 6/2/2014 11:00AM

    Having lost 130 pounds years ago, keeping it off for 2 years, and gaining it all back and more, I totally get the importance of learning to maintain.

The one thing I know from that experience, is that while I was losing weight at that time, I was still totally obsessed with food. It was not a matter of making good food choices, or changing of my lifestyle, but of holding on for dear life to all of the "diet" philosophy, and deprivation until I just broke and gave up once again.

Now, having gone through such a period of falling back into those old habits, I am working to get myself back where I was for the three years after I began this journey, lost 70 pounds and kept it off for roughly 3 years.

Today is a new day.

Enjoy it, I intend too.

Good luck my friend.


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    Sounds like an excellent plan to keep the weight off!

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NELLJONES 5/31/2014 8:00AM

    I weigh every day, too, although I can't take my scale when I travel. It just won't fit on the motorcycle.

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RUBYSNANA 5/31/2014 7:38AM

    I also weigh everyday. emoticon Even when the scale doesn't show a loss, I need to see if my weight is up or down as a reminder to make good choices and to drink my water. And yes, I take my scale with me when we travel……even when we go tent camping! emoticon I am well aware how much quicker weight goes up then it comes down. Your plan to keep with in your maintenance weight range is both smart and inspirational, emoticon for sharing.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/31/2014 7:20AM

    Great blog! It's great that you have found a system that works for you!! Have a good weekend!

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    "There are no vacation days for a healthy weight" Love it!
You have worked out your plan for success and are doing ONE GREAT JOB!

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WIZKEY 5/31/2014 1:31AM

    So awesome that you are learning how to maintain!!! I hope to be there with you someday.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/30/2014 11:26PM

    You have done so well with everything. I applaud you for everything you have done.

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Do I have to exercise?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I look in the mirror every day and tell myself that maintaining keeps me healthy and drifting is not an option. Getting out and moving each day is important but sometimes I slack off.

Before going on vacation in April, I would try to evaluate my schedule for the next day and commit to exercise minutes. But getting ready for vacation, being on vacation and then recovering from vacation has disrupted my commitment. The other problem is the physical therapy that I have been doing 3 days a week is scheduled at the time I like to exercise. I can get up earlier but that has not happened.

When I was losing weight, I committed to two weeks of 10 minutes each day or 1 video and that helped me to get on a schedule. It is time to make the commitment again, to start out slowly and get the momentum back. Today is the day to start the 14 day streak.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/29/2014 7:05PM

    Great plan! You, of course, can do this!

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    Good luck with your streak! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/29/2014 6:45PM

    You can do it!

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GEORGE815 5/29/2014 6:00PM

    Today is the day. Good luck!

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MARGOTBL 5/29/2014 5:51PM

    Plan and Execute, Is the Name of the Game! Glad you've decided to begin again. I just started back exercising today and I felt Fantastic during and after. Good Luck with your 14 day streak, emoticon

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