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Rainy Lazy Weekend

Friday, August 28, 2009

Latish on Friday night after a great theatre production -- it's raining on the skylight over my head and I can hear the wind howling gently. And the forecast calls for rain all weekend.

Not such a bad thing, actually -- an excellent reason to lie low, enjoy the weekend papers, drink coffee, hang out with my family.

I'm looking forward to a rainy lazy weekend!

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FROSTIERACES 8/30/2009 7:39AM

    Glad you're enjoying time with family and relaxing. :) it's nice when the weather - rain or shine helps us to do this...

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JOPAPGH 8/29/2009 7:58PM

    Kicking back sounds like fun.

My wife is visting our daughter. My son is working. So I'm enjoying some quiet time with just the dogs.

We have had very little rain here this summer, so I have been able to get my long runs in on the wekend.

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DBCLARINET 8/29/2009 12:09PM

    We had some fabulous thunderstorms here in northeast Texas on Wednesday night, and it even drizzled a bit into Thursday morning. Too bad that was the first day of classes! And that it still got up into the mid-90s with bright sunshine by afternoon! I am originally from Ohio, and this post really makes me miss the lazy, rainy weekends where everybody just kinda sat around doing nothing. And that makes me miss lazy, snowy weekends in the winter...

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KIZIDOG 8/29/2009 8:57AM

    Hi Watermellen, Haven't talked to you in awhile. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Me I'm working, but it is raining here today in Western WA for a change too. We have had the driest summer in forever here and I for one am not complaining. Although I do appreciate that it is raining while I am working. (lol)
Enjoy your weekend. Star emoticon

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SJORDAN7157 8/29/2009 5:48AM

    Rain??? What is rain??? It has been so long since we have seen any in Central TX - let me Wikepedia it.

Sue J

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BEAUTIFUL_BABY 8/29/2009 12:00AM


Its been like that all week here.. the rain that is, its been off and on where you just cant get much done outside... ready for some SUNNY FLORIDA weather again ;)

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PANDA131 8/28/2009 11:48PM

    Now that sounds like a wonderful ideal. Read a good book could also be a wonderful way to enjoy rainy lazy weekend.
Whatever you choose too do I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Susan in East Tn.

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MAINtenance: After Three Months SP, It's My Main Thing

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yesterday was three months for me at SparkPeople: and I continue to be amazed at and grateful for this remarkable site and all the people who participate in it!

I'm continuing to track my nutrition faithfully. Most of the time I am hitting the ranges pretty accurately: only 1 day over on fat/carbs in the three months (the infamous Muchos Nachos incident!!) and sometimes a bit under. Sustaining protein in particular seems to be key for appetite control.

I'm also resuming my gym workouts as my energy returns since my medical treatments ended July 4. I'm exercising alternate days for now with cardio building up from 20 minutes and slighly lighter weights than I was using before: I'm confident this is the right approach but I'm still feeling quite a bit of residual fatigue -- which I was told to expect for at least two months and maybe longer.

And I'm really enjoying the message boards and member blogs -- learning lots about MAINTENANCE since that's my MAIN concern going forward. Also trying to figure out what the "right weight" for me actually is, but not particularly anxious about that, ready to "weight" and see . . . The 155 initially "set" by SP as my goal is a BMI 22.9 which feels a bit heavier than I want to be: I'm aiming now for 150 and will see how that works for me when I get there. Nice to be wearing my size 8s again.

Key for me will be continued nutrition tracking and continued daily weighing. I know daily weighing isn't for everyone, but long experience tells me: if I don't track nutrition and weigh every day I quickly get delusional both about how much I'm really eating, and how much my clothes are "shrinking"! So the maintenance routine has to be a "weigh of life" permanently. And SP is actually making that pretty much a fun thing!

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DBCLARINET 8/17/2009 12:18AM

    I love Sanibel, too! I think this is probably the 8th time my family went, and for the first time with significant others in tow, it went pretty well! I know what you mean about fighting all that food temptation -- I was sad we weren't there for another week just so we could try more of the restaurants that popped up since the last time we were there! I also have this thing about eating seafood when I'm there, so that definitely made it easy to limit my menu choices!

My actual graduate assistantship is for the fine arts series at my school. It's more of an arts management position -- the clarinet position has been filled for several years now by two other doctoral students. But I do have a bachelors and masters degree in clarinet, and I'm starting my doctorate in the hopes of winning a playing job before I actually finish the degree. I took a year off in between to teach private lessons full-time and realized I just didn't have the patience for that many kids! Is your daughter hoping to get a playing job, too, or what is she looking into?

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JOPAPGH 8/15/2009 6:16PM

    Glad things continue to go well. I junked tracking while on vacation and only gained half a pound. I am home again and back on track with logging, although I am down to weighing myself twice a week.

Keeep up that great focus,


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IMAGINE_IT 8/12/2009 8:09AM

    I am with you on the daily weigh in....nowadays it helps me a lot...and i need to see the number every day to remind myself to make good choices for that day!!
I think you and your accomplishments are amazing!! I know that you can maintain...there is no doubt in my mind...Rock on!! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_BABY 8/12/2009 6:32AM

    emoticon as long as you keep it up you will get back to not being so fatigued when working out. I know you can do it!

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    I have yet to find where SP sets the goal weight for us, but that is ok. I found some charts that determined my goal weight, so I know what you are talking about.

WTG on reaching your goal and good luck on trying to go a bit lower. I am in the same place so I do understand.

One day at a time really makes it happen!


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DSHONEYC 8/11/2009 11:28PM

    I can certainly identify with delusional state when I don't check the scale and track the food.

Am thrilled (and envious in a good way) that you are feeling less fatigued and doing more things that make you happy.

You BMI sounds pretty low, but I am sure you will figure it out. Good luck and life dear emoticon

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Muchos Nachos Not-so Great!

Monday, August 03, 2009

I was thrilled to be able to play golf yesterday -- it was nine holes only, and with a power cart: but still! Beautiful evening, best company (my husband); and we stopped for a glass of wine on the patio of the club house afterwards. "Let's get some nachos, too" he suggested. And I agreed.

A huge heaping plateful of them. Ooey-gooey with lots of cheese, jalapenos, chopped sweet bell peppers, onions: and yup, inhibitions loosened by the wine probably, I ate way way too many.

Dutifully logged them into my nutrition tracker, blowing my targets for calories (natch) and fat (natch); still under for the day on protein and carbs (surprisingly). It's the first time since May I've been significantly over nutrition goals so I didn't worry too much about that. More amused with myself than anything else.

But -- I really really can't eat that way anymore. Up during the night, parched with thirst from all the sodium and a pretty upset tummy.

Didn't weigh myself today: quite certainly up with "water weight" from the sodium but can't have put on any "real" weight since a pound would require 3,500 excess calories and I was way under that.

But with the interrupted sleep, queasy tum and raging thirst that "treat" was not terrific. And I don't think I'll be tempted by nachos again anytime soon. Nachos not-so great. A useful reminder: There are better ways to celebrate than food.

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DBCLARINET 8/17/2009 12:23AM

    That sounds exactly like the kind of day my husband would talk me into, huge plate of nachos and all! I can't face plugging all of that into the nutrition tracker. I know it was bad, and for some reason I just can't bring myself to face the full-on assault of numbers. emoticon

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NGALAX 8/10/2009 6:32PM

    We all must have one of these moments (or more) along the way. You need a slice of refreshing Watermelon after that!

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WACHSC 8/3/2009 10:18PM

    I guess all of these things are signs of nurturing better health habits and choices.
Glad that you got to play golf. I'm actually missing the course a bit since we returned from vacation, but the wedding planning is fun too.

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    Isn't it funny that at one time you probably would not have noticed any ill-effects of all that sodium and fat? It's great that now your body knows the difference between what you want to eat and what you should eat!

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JOPAPGH 8/3/2009 7:40PM

    If that is the first time you have fallen off the wagon since May, you have done very well indeed.

Deep fried food no longer agrees with me either.

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JIMBOUCHIE 8/3/2009 7:28PM

    We all learn by our mistakes. Let the hubby know what it did to you and maybe next he'll forgoe the Nachos.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm enjoying the thoughtful comments on blogs from SparkFriends and in particular the message boards in my new At Goal and Maintaining team.

It's very helpful to be part of a community of people who are trying to be healthy, know it's not always easy, expect setbacks but are by and large persistent in pursuing their goals.

I have a lot to learn here and I'm enjoying it. In a former career I was an art history teacher and of course one of the great architectural accomplishments of Western history was the building of the Gothic cathedrals. A process of trial and error, with spectacular failures when early efforts at building those soaring Gothic arches frequently unsuccessful. Gothic cathedrals were largely the product of anonymous and communal effort by people from all walks of life -- peasant through kings. And none of them was ever completed.

The internet generally -- Wikipedia -- and sites like SparkPeople make me think about those anonymous and communal efforts to create something inspiring -- beyond the abilities of any one of us individually.

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CHRYS13 7/29/2009 9:57PM

    Beautiful analogy. Thank-you! Yes, we all need each other.

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    Excellent analogy. If you think about it, even when we reach our goal weight, the process is not completed. It is a lifelong endeavor, and while it may get easier over time, I think we have all learned that those unwanted pounds can sneak back up on us in a flash if we do not guard against them.

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WACHSC 7/29/2009 8:43PM

    Loved the way you tied SP to art and architecture ! Thanks for putting this into words.
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Beginning the Work of Maintaining

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So far, I'm not getting much of a sense of how many calories I need to eat to maintain weight loss . . . so I'm just sticking with the programme for now. I don't want to be gaining weight, that's for sure, particularly since I'm still not able to be back into a full exercise programme because of residual post-treatment skin chafing. And I would not mind losing a few more pounds, so I'm just experimenting a little.

But: I'm feeling very optimistic that the skin (although still pretty red) is healing. There are no more broken or open areas. And my energy levels, although not back to normal by a long shot, do seem to be on the upswing: I slept pretty much all last weekend but have been working fuller days this week than last. One more hospital checkup next week and then I think I'm done.

There's a wonderful sense that I'm "coming out the other side" of a six month ordeal. And it's nice to be doing that at target weight, able to wear stuff that was not comfortable at all in the spring.

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SERENE_ME 7/29/2009 9:19PM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of maintenance!!! I actually don't find it much different from weightloss - I tapered off losing weight for the last 5lbs (took about 8 weeks) then simply stopped losing about a pound from goal. I've been maintaining that since early April.

You've been through a lot - to lose weight during radiation treatments is very impressive
- you'll have no trouble getting the hang of this maintenance gig.

One day at a time Ms Mellow - ODAAT! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 7/28/2009 10:18PM

    I was quite surprized to see our friendship had "broken up"....I am not as adept at this as you are...don't know how to send "goodies" and have wanted to send you the energizer bunny. Tee Hee!

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DSHONEYC 7/24/2009 12:36PM

    Dear friend, this is great information for me. Thanks for sharing. Wish I had been able to combine weight loss with my own 6month ordeal. No time like the present to "get with the program, eh?"

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    You are such an inspiration

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