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Not the Best of News! But, a Great Lesson Learned!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This morning I got on the scale and saw a number I had not seen for a long time - 157 pounds!

Chasened, I sat at my computer and logged part of the last 7 days of food. I have been writing it down, but not logging it! NEVER a good idea!

All of the days I logged in were showing surplus calories eaten. The worst day was yesterday - I burned 1633 calories and consumed 2361 calories! (data from logging and my GoWearFit armband). Only 11% of those from protein, (I aim for about 25% protein), 17.4% from fat(I aim for about 25%from fat), and a whopping 71.6% from carbs( I aim for 50% from carbs). SODIUM = 3711mg (I aim for 1500mg)

Total Fat 68 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 3711 mg
Potassium 3256 mg
Total Carbohydrate 406 g
Dietary Fiber 48 g
Sugars 162 g
Protein 72 g

There was only one food item yesterday that caused most of the damage, a package of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Since I haven't indulged in this item in a long, long time; I had never run the numbers. What a shock. If I had only done this last night before I made them, I wouldn't have done it, and I would have ended the day with 172 calorie deficit instead of a 728 calorie surplus!

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 2040 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 162 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 42 g
Protein 12 g

My other packages of this mix will be donated to the local food shelf!

I also have not adjusted to the loss of Curves workouts in my life. I must refocus on upping my other activities...................

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MONTY68 1/31/2011 9:50PM

    Hi Sunny
Great blog and a good example on what happens when one doesn't track or really read the labels. It doesn't take much to get out of control. So, now, tracking will be a part of daily living. Congratulations.
I feel bad about your curves, my walking partner was going to curves and the closed all locations here, I finally convinced to go to our clubhouse and set a exercise program, which she did, so now I go with her to assist her getting into a good routine. So you need to find some ideas, like videos on Spark to get some exercise in.

Thank you for sharing.

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YJNANA 1/31/2011 1:44AM

    Wow Sunny, I was just thinking yesterday.........its been forever since I had cornbread. I thought I should get a box.
I forgot when I was in the store, and after reading your Blog, I have no desire to buy any now :)

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JHADZHIA 1/31/2011 12:32AM

    I know I can't go without tracking my food accurately. I have been just packing on the calories with very little working out. I miss my Curves too, as well as my high intensity workouts.. But I can do alternatives and track my food accurately, so my weight gain is all on me no excuses..
We can do this!!

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PINKGRANNY 1/30/2011 9:28PM

    Lessons learned are valuable in the long run.

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    What I am figuring out for me is just so long as I stay away from ALL processed food and eat lead protien, and veggies and fruit raw except when I make veggie soup and I have quit all salt. It really is so easy to get carried away with all the different types of food that are available to us and they all taste so good. I ran the numbers on that wonderful tasting corn muffin mix Jiffy a long time ago and I stay completely away form it. You are s smart lady to nip all of this before it all gets way out of hand. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/30/2011 6:20PM

    It's amazing how such a little box can contain so many calories!!!!

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LEANJEAN6 1/30/2011 5:50PM

    _-- Live and Learn--Good for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/30/2011 4:46PM

    How do you like your armband? I just got mine three weeks ago and am still getting the hang of it, but it does take the guesswork out of "how active am I really"?

emoticon Back up on track... move on! You're doing fine... you didn't wait forever to check it.

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MORRIS1989 1/30/2011 4:04PM

    At least you did learned something which is a good thing next time you will do better.

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ESLTEACHER1 1/30/2011 3:50PM

    You've learned a really valuable lesson and I like that you have goals in place to make future days more in line with what you want. Tracking is so helpful and it really does help keep you from exceeding your daily limits. You're moving up, good for you!!

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On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax, Part Two

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Though I have had the Yaks Trax for over 6 years, there is no rust. The newer versions are probably made with stainless steel. I most recently saw them at Famous Footwear for around $12-13.

I bought the handwarmers at WalMart in the sporting goods section ($1.97 +tx for three sets). I've also seen them at Sam's Club in larger packages.

The funny thing I noticed with the handwarmers , they took a while to start warming up( 10-15 min). When I had gotten home and was done with the shoveling, they still had about 9 hours of heat left. What to do with them? I decided to put them down on a small patch of ice near my front door. Hours later, I went to check how much ice had melted. Nada, but the handwarmers were cold! Hmm, so I mushed them up again as I had before. They started to heat up again! The next time, after I use them, I'll put them into the freezer in a plastic bag and try to use them again. The scientist in me lives on!

Note on disposal of handwarmers-
Ingredients - Iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite.
After use, dispose with regular garbage, All natural ingredients will not harm the environment! emoticon

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DOTSLADY 2/25/2011 10:03AM

    emoticon emoticon info ... I always wondered what to do with them after my walks, too. LOL.

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MORRIS1989 1/30/2011 4:09PM

    That is something i didn't know about handwarmers next time i will freeze mines too. I use them because i work out side. I usually keeps mines because after i work out i be sore sometimes i put them on my aching body parts.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 2:11PM

    I put warmers on my sore muscles if there is leftover time.

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KASEYCOFF 1/16/2011 4:23AM

    If it weren't for the salt in them, they'd probably be good to disperse in the yard... As for the 'science experiment,' I'm with you, hon - always fun to see what happens! :-D

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MONTY68 1/15/2011 9:05PM

    Hi Sunny
Thank you for sharing this information. Can always learn something new and I didn't know anything about Yaks Trax or hand warmers. I should put that in my memory bank in case I ever leave good old Florida.
Stay warm and have a good Sunday.


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On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax

Friday, January 14, 2011

I've had my YaksTrax for a number of years, my first pair was a gift from my school bus supervisor during my school bus driving days. That winter, I broke my left ankle thoroughly by stepping down onto snow covered glare ice. My first clue of impending trouble was the thought that then flitted through my mind, "Huh, I didn't know my ankle could turn that way." Well, it really couldn't! About 8 weeks after surgery to fix the ankle and install a permanent 6" x1/2" steel plate thereon, I returned to bus driving. My first day back I slipped on the ice in the bus lot! The next day I became the proud owner of the aformentioned YaksTrax. My boss had seen me fall and visions of 'workers comp' must have danced through his head.....................

They are bits of coiled wire connected with strecthy rubber that can be affixed to the soles of your shoes or boots.
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I had noticed during our first 18" snow that the limiting factor to shoveling time, was the bone-chilling cold in my hands. In and out to warn my hands. Today I went out to shovel some and then walked to the library to return some books in the falling snow. This time, I had HandWarmers between my two pairs of gloves. Wowser, what a difference! My whole body was toasty warm during the 41 minute walk and the pre- and postwalk shoveling sessions.

There is no stopping me now!

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/17/2011 5:53PM

    I have Yak Trax Carole bought me I should try using them again


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 1:48PM

    Awsome..I might get some...could use some toe warmers too!

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2011 3:01PM

    Are YaksTrax those things with kind-of cleats or studs on the bottom that you can fasten over your shoes or boots? And what are the kind of handwarmers you use? 'cause I surely could use some of THOSE! emoticon

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READNKNIT 1/15/2011 11:15AM

    I got a pair of yaktraks last year! A medical student who was staying with us heard my woes about walking our dog on the road in the winter. She had an extra pair and gave them to me. I LOVE them!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/14/2011 10:30PM

    Ive heard of Yaks Trax and bought hand warmers but the hw didnt work for me. maybe didnt use em right or somehting . and the YT would they come in my size (rediculously small (6))?HUGS to you always. Laurie

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MONTY68 1/14/2011 9:54PM

    Hi Sunny
Your blog is the first time I have heard of Yaks Trax, sounded like a great idea, but the comment from Sue sounds like Stabilicers could be better. I probably didn't hear of these ideas living here in Florida. Even the hand warmers sound good.
As far as you, I have not seen to many things that would stop you. Great blog

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SUZYMOBILE 1/14/2011 9:05PM

    Good for you! Handwarmers sound like a wonderful thing, though I've never tried them.

I had YakTrax for years, probably starting when we lived in Conway, NH, 8 years ago, where I first had to walk Dingo on ice and snow all the time. I swore by them, but found that I had to replace them every year or sooner, because the coils would rust or break and cut through the rubber webbing on the soles--especially when walking on bare pavement, which is inevitable sometimes. This year I heard about Stabilicers from some SparkFriends, and I can't say how much more I love them! They're basically spikes in a rubber frame, but because of the way they're constructed, I can tell they're going to last forever, which other people claimed. LL Bean ships overnight and charges much less for them than I paid for YakTrax. I can also drive with them on more easily.

Both things, though, are treacherous if you wear them onto a marble, linoleum, or tile floor!

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MAXFOCUS 1/14/2011 8:40PM

    The YaksTrax sound like a great investment - I'm going to have to get some.

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DIDMIS 1/14/2011 8:28PM

    It must be really cold there.
How thoughtful of your boss (worker's comp) to give you something to keep from falling again.
WOW I don't need that.

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On Microwaves, Splenda, and Salt

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I wrote this originally in response to questions about the safety of using microwaves and Splenda. I thought it might be of interest to my friends.....

I cook mostly veggies in my microwave, never meat. For meat I prefer to broil, bake or using a sauté pan with a daub of olive oil or spray.

I prefer to use Splenda, but I don't use it frequently. I do use some honey, but again, not often. Frequent use of any sweetener encourages us to prefer sweetened food too much. Similar to salt.

The less salt you use, the healthier you can become. At 71, I have no high blood pressure or heart problems. I rarely use processed foods or lunch meat either, because of too much salt and preservatives. I rarely eat fast food for the same reasons.

I rely on SparkPeople, Consumer Reports, and Center for Science in the Public Interest, whose publication is Nutrition Action, a monthly, just like Consumer Reports.

In the end we all must make the decisions for ourselves........

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SUNNYWBL 1/12/2011 7:34PM

    I was closer to 67 in the picture, but it is my favorite 'cause it captures my smile! emoticon

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DFROMTX 1/12/2011 7:40AM

    Many good points. Since joining SP 4 months ago, I have noticed that the more I stay away from sugar and sugar substitutes the less I crave sweet anything. A banana is very sweet to me now. Thanks for the tips. By the way, you do not look 71 in your picture!

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    Excellent blog! Excellent lifestyle!

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MAXFOCUS 1/9/2011 5:36PM

    Way to steer clear of all the crappy food that is sold in stores, vending machines and fast food restaurants. That is wonderful!


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RASCALSMOMMA 1/8/2011 1:39PM

    This is a much appreciated (i can see by comments) repeated blog! I really am trying to stay awy from processed stuff. Ihave no salt in my house at all. and the only sweetener I use is honey. But I will take heed what you say. My "sweet seeker" is coming back!! As for microwave cooking I dont do meat in there but i do more reheats than anything! Many hugs Laurie

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    You are so right, I also do not use salt at all on my food that I eat. I use a salt substitute and my blood pressure dropped just a little of 40 points for the top number and 20 for the bottom number. I use stevia but try not to use too much of it because like you said then you want sweet things. Food and coffee and tea have such a good flavor on their own. Processed food I stay away from at all costs because of the chemicals that are used in them. I use the microwave to heat food. All my other cooking is done on the convential stove top and oven and broiler. I started all these changes in my eating in 1991 and first started with cutting all soda pop out of my life and finally quit smoking in 1997 and now since I have been on sparkpeople it is like I am putting the finishing touches on my healthy eating habits. I am 68 years old and have never ever felt this good in my life and am burning with energy and vim and vigor with each new day. This is a great blog. Oh yes, I bake or broil all my meat. All my veggies and fruit I eat raw. The only veggie I cook are carrots.

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MARLIZG 1/8/2011 12:44PM

    oops you caught me-i'm a splends junkie--i have a sweet tooth & only use it on my coffee--4 pack to a giant cup

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YJNANA 1/8/2011 12:00PM

    Thanks Sunny, do you get Emails from them?
Is it Free??
I have Slenda but when its gone I will use Stevia? Thinks thats how its spelled.

I am making the switch from buying process meat to baking my own and slicing or tearing it up for baggies for the freezer.

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NELLIEC 1/8/2011 11:46AM

    I do use the microwave. Most of the time I use stevia, but occasionally Splenda. I do not add salt to anything except eggs, pasta, and homemade gravy.

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MNNSAIDE 1/8/2011 11:37AM

    Your a good example for all of us!

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NANCYLEE46 1/8/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks for the interesting tips.

I rely faithfully on what Consumer report has to say.


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LOVEX3 1/8/2011 9:23AM

    I also dont use salt and sugar to flavor my food. Thank you for the advice.

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ZURDTA- 1/8/2011 7:30AM

    I grew up in a home that did not use salt and very little processed foods, I have continued this way of life. I also do not use artificial sweetener as I am lucky not to have a sweet tooth.

Glad to see it pays off! Thank you for sharing.

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KAKIPOPUP 1/8/2011 4:31AM

    I'm with you - thanks for the reminder about the Center for Science in the Public Interest -

All choices have consequences, some positive and some negative -

KASEYCOFF, thank you for mentioning maple - one of my favorites! emoticon

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DAV128 1/8/2011 3:55AM

    All good points - Thanks for sharing. It's always good to hear the right things being discussed.


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KASEYCOFF 1/8/2011 3:50AM

    I hadn't heard anything about a (presumably unhealthy) link between Splenda and microwaves. I admit, I too use my microwave for a few 'conveniences' - such as reheating coffee, steaming rice, or defrosting something I forgot to thaw. (My kids used to call the microwave 'the hundred-dollar breadbox' because I would often pop an open loaf of bread or leftover rolls in there, lol...) And tho I have Splenda on hand, I couldn't tell you the last time I used it - same with Equal or any of the artificial sweeteners. I'm also quite sparing with the use of 'simple' carbs, such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup, tho if I need a touch of sweet, I will go for maple almost everytime: it's less sweet in taste but I come from a family with more than one 'sugar bush' so we always had the real stuff on hand.

Salt: I have begun to think of it as the new-age poison. There's too much of it everywhere, and as you so rightly point out, it's overused in processed foods, lunchmeats, fast food, and many places you don't think to check (baked goods and condiments, for a start).

I'm in your camp, kiddo. The more informed we are, the more we read and learn, the more right choices we can make to become healthier.


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DIDMIS 1/8/2011 2:36AM

    Sunny you are quite a student and teacher. Keep up the good work.

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Getting Through The Door

Friday, January 07, 2011

I finally got to Gold's tonight. I did ST and ran on the treadmill and achieved 43 aerobic minutes, including 33 Vigorous minutes and 7806 steps!

As I mentioned in my status report, I finally went to Gold's. They greeted me at the front desk. "Hello, Stranger!" My heart wasn't in this trip, I just kept mumbling to myself, "Just do it, Just do it, Just do it.....

I got changed and did just that. I spent 15 minutes on the T-mill getting sweaty, and then did some ST. I have to spend time to work up a routine similar to the exercises I did at Curves. I'll work on that tonight. After the ST I got even sweatier on the T-mill doing 1.5 miles of a 5K program on the machine. I'm going to try out more of their'programs' to add variety to my cardio and keep my body as confused as my mind is at times.

The ST included 3 sets of 12 reps of the 6 machines. At the end, I did plenty of stretches as I cooled down. The good news is that nothing hurt today when I got up! WooHoo!

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    Excellent. Man, I hate getting out the door most days. When I finally get out there and come back home, I think "what was all the fuss about!" But it's still hard doing it.

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YJNANA 1/8/2011 12:03PM

    SUNNY, you will become a regular there and people will think you work there when they see your stamina :) Great workout lady, your an inspiration emoticon

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MONTY68 1/7/2011 10:33PM

    Hi Sunny
Awesome blog. Sometimes in life taking that first step to go through a door of opportunity is the hardest thing to do. You did that when you walked into Gold's. Congratulations. From not wanting to be there, look what you did and your comments on the new things you are going to try.
I am one who believes that when we go through the door, other great things start to appear in our lives.
So for now, you are able to get the exercise that you have been missing and exercise releases a positive energy into our lives.
Thank you for sharing and continued great success in 2011.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/7/2011 7:53PM

    The hardest part is getting out the blasted door. Then what a rush, once you've done the workout!

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GAILRUU 1/7/2011 6:38PM

    Good for you! Sometimes getting in the door is the hardest part.

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SUNNYWBL 1/7/2011 6:33PM

    Thank you so much Irene for the 'open door' emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 1/7/2011 6:16PM

    emoticon Sunny - you really get a moving!

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DIDMIS 1/7/2011 6:06PM

    emoticonSunny you are one strong woman. Did I send you a door?

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/7/2011 5:51PM

    Its a start sunny! Just keep walking thru the door. In no time they'll say: "That's Sunny. Shes our most reguar customer here!!" HUGS Laurie

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