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Starting with Maintenance: One Approach to Weight Loss

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How many calories a day can I eat and maintain my weight at around 142?

About 10 calories per pound. That's all.


About 1400 calories a day was my weight loss range; now it's my maintenance range.

Does it matter whether I exercise or not? Not much, actually, with respect to weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Exercise matters, for sure. It matters for cardio and strength and toning and balance and flexibility and above all for mood and general well-being and optimism.

But for me at least, exercise doesn't seem to affect weight much -- except to remind me, as I see the calories ticking away on the elliptical or the rowing machine, how much effort it takes to burn even 10 calories.

Sure, I know weight loss is supposed to be about "calorie deficit", burning 3500 calories for every pound. But awareness of the energy expenditure linked to calorie burn is for me mostly an incentive not to load calories into my mouth mindlessly! And while I'm at the gym, I'm not eating: another good thing.

If I'd decided from the beginning at 230 pounds that I wanted to weigh about 140 and adopted the attitude that a sustained weight of 140 means 1400 calories for life, would that have helped?

I think so.

One thing I know for sure: my former assumption that once the weight was lost, I could revert to former levels of eating (all that pent-up demand for french fries and potato chips and chocolate chip cookies) resulted only in yo-yoing,

If I had it to do over again, I'd start with maintaining my way to permanent weight loss.

And of course I do have it to do over again: starting every day. That's maintenance.

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KANSASROSE67 11/5/2012 3:32PM

    I think you are absolutely right. 1400 seems to be my magic maintenance number too, though I'm still working on defining my maintenance life.

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SWEDE_SU 11/5/2012 3:43AM

    great blog! recognizing the maintenance mindset has been such an "aha" this time around, and tracking the calories and the fitness minutes keeps us honest. i think it comes as a surprise to many people, just how few calories we really need to stay healthy, with the right nutrients. and it takes learning how to eat at that calorie level to reach the goal, and to stay there - a lifestyle change for many.

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TINAJANE76 11/5/2012 3:33AM

    This is part of the reason why I often stayed on the lower end of my range while I was losing weight. The idea of having to cut back calories even more as I got closer to goal or in maintenance would have been totally demoralizing for me. Knowing that I can eat a bit more (and it's really just a bit!) in maintenance has been a big boost for me. I think that's something to consider as you're losing weight and another reason why planning for maintenance while you're still losing is key!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/2/2012 3:19PM

    You're just so damned smart!

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TIFFANIE150 11/2/2012 11:02AM

    What a novel concept. Thanks for sharing!

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JULIA1154 10/31/2012 5:23PM

  I've had to learn to value exercise for it's other benefits rather than huge numbers of calories burned because that's just not my reality.

I do find that the stress reduction from a good, consistent workout pattern translates into less 'stress snacking' as well as better sleep and value these benefits ALMOST as much as I would a huge calorie burn.

Thanks for a terrifically worthwhile and thought-provoking blog.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/31/2012 10:33AM

    Very good! Very, very good! Every day, every day... well said!

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BRIAN36 10/31/2012 10:28AM

    Lucky for me I'd read two things early on that would shape my journey and lead me to achieving and maintaining my loss for 5 years now. #1 don't do something to lose weight that you aren't willing to do forever. #2 Act as if. If you want to weigh 129 pounds, act as if you already do. Eat that way, workout that way, walk that way, think that way, LIVE that way.

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/31/2012 7:48AM

    THIS. is an amazing blog. Thank you for demystifying something so many people worry about by using "plain talk." It just makes making a plan easier.

I commend your great work!!!!


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NANCY- 10/31/2012 7:40AM

    Interesting approach. The good news is that we can still have volume if we are smart and consume veggies. As for exercise, For me it is more about therapy, stretching, swimming, keeps my body from getting still and moving without pain is heavenly.

Thanks for sharing your insight it really helps.

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KANOE10 10/31/2012 7:13AM

    Great blog. It is a daily effort..and no we can't go back to old ways of eating!

Great job on figuring out maintenance.


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PHEBESS 10/31/2012 4:39AM

    I have to keep reminding myself of that, day after day!

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DALID414 10/30/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for letting me into the mind of maintaining. I can't wait to get there!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/30/2012 8:35PM

    Great blog! I am still figuring out my maintenance range, but it was a real ah-ha moment for me as I was nearing my original goal that maintenance is a lot like losing weight, except more challenging in some ways. But knowing that (finally!) is helpful as is knowing we are well worth taking good care of ourselves.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/30/2012 6:46PM

    Totally on board with this. In fact, I found my target eating level before I found my goal weight. I just kept eating at the range that was "enough" and my body found where it wanted to maintain.

Exercise? I've often said that it is my stress management plan. And it is. But it also helps my knees and back not hurt, and all that good stuff.

Here's to maintaining our HEALTH. Weight is only a part of the picture. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 10/30/2012 5:36PM

    Sad, but true. Maintenance is just as hard (if not harder) than losing the weight to begin with.

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ROOSTER72 10/30/2012 4:53PM

    Interesting thoughts.
And yes, if we want to succeed we have to practice good habits every day.

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_LINDA 10/30/2012 3:23PM

    That is interesting so many people are in the same boat. With my current level of exercise, my calorie range is 2100, but if I put in no exercise (like when I recover from surgery) it goes down to my weight loss range of 1200-1400. Once you have lost the weight and are fit, it does take way more intense and tougher exercise to burn any significant calories. But for me, the more I exercise, the more I can eat, which is my bonus for all my hard work. The key is spacing it out through the day, like they say you should eat little meals several times a day to keep the metabolism burning.
Good luck with 1400, that seems low to me.. As long as you can get all your proper nutrients in..

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TRAVELGRRL 10/30/2012 1:30PM

    I'm disappointed to hear that exercise really doesn't allow you to eat more, and from the rest of the comments below it seems like that's pretty much the case for everyone.

This is when we need to use the Judith Beck, "Oh well." It just "is what it is."

I don't know how many calories I need to maintain my goal weight of 135-140, but if I did know it, I would probably start eating at that level right now. I'd lose slowly and be prepared for what I would be eating in maintenance.

Thanks for your blog today. I am realizing I have to give up my ideas about the way I WANT things and start to deal realistically with the way THEY ARE. Not always easy!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/30/2012 10:17AM

    Thank you. Your story and those of others describing their past yoyo dieting have been an eye opener for me. I don't care if I have to weigh, measure and track forever. I made this journey once and I do not want to retrace my steps. As you know, you can eat of lot of food for 1400 calories as long as they are the right choices. Hang in there. It's worth it and so are you.

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MJZHERE 10/30/2012 9:51AM

  My maintenance is just about 1200 - maybe I messed up my metabolism by a lifetime of yoyoing and dieting by undereating. Yet for me this really isn't a negative thing because if I eat foods that my body thrives on - lots of vegetables, some fruits, chicken/turkey, yogurt it actuallly takes me effort to get to 1200. The "convenience" foods, snacks out of a bag, etc. quickly add up to 1200 and I feel lousy after eating them. 1200 is helping me to do what is best and feels best for me.

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STONECOT 10/30/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon this might explain my frustration. Although I stay within my allowance, I'm certainly not loosing anything, even though I exercise a lot. At that calculation, I'm only just in deficit! No wonder nothings coming off! Even to maintain requires only 1700 calories at the moment. If I ever reach my proper weight of about 135, I'll only average 1350 calories a day.

That needs some thinking about.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/30/2012 9:27AM

    Yes! We do it everyday. And even when I'm burning big calories on a 13 mile run, I'm told (and believe - although I've never tried a long run without eating) I need to fuel with Gu or other electrolytes and carbs and I end up with not a huge net calorie burn. So, I agree with you. Eating is the big part of maintenance, but exercise is for fitness and that matters, too.

Great blog! I also wish I had started knowing what my maintenance range is. I am shorter and weigh a little less than you, but I can eat just a bit more, around 1500 calories. I always thought I couldn't eat as much as others my size, but your blog helps me not feel sorry for myself. It isn't fair. I'd give you 50 calories a day if I could, --- or would I?? Well, I'll never have to pass that test! So glad you can live on 1400. I know it isn't easy. It isn't easy for me to live on 1500, but know without a doubt it is worth it. Take care.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 10/30/2012 9:23AM

    I completely agree! Like you, I find that even when I exercise, if I eat more than I will still put on weight. Exercise is very good for me, but it doesn't allow me to eat more, unfortunately.
I don't desire, in any way, the amount of calories I consumed when I was morbidly obese because I was a binge-eater. But I do find that in order to maintain a loss, it requires about 1500 or so calories per day.

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ISHIIGIRL 10/30/2012 8:41AM

    yes, its an eye opener to realize your maintenance calorie range. Mine is about the same as yours. The only difference for me is that when I exercise I am more hungry so staying in range is a little bit more difficult but 1400 calories is doable and you don't have to be hungry if you watch your portion sizes, get enough protein and fiber, and drink plenty of water. Great blog!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/30/2012 8:36AM

    And there is the reality of the matter. I remember a time, not really all that long ago, that I could eat pretty much anything I wanted and wouldn't gain weight. Then it came about that my eating habits added a few pounds, but all I had to do was get sick, or get a bit stressed, or have summer roll around and those pounds plus a couple of extra would melt away. And then it happened, I'd add a few pounds, and they wouldn't all melt away, and then I'd add one or two more. I'm glad it gave me the scare and dissatisfaction that it did, when it did. I could say I'm glad because it meant less weight to loose, but in reality it's because I'm not so sure that I would have had the will power and strength to succeed like so many of my spark friends have. I'm not sure I could have lost 50 or 100 or 180 or more pounds. I can't believe how hard it's been to get rid of and continue to keep off the few I've been trying to loose.

I really did think since I didn't have much to loose I'd be able to go back to my old ways, which really didn't seem all that bad, but it didn't take me long to realize that I can't. Whether it's 5 pounds or 100 pounds, if I don't stick with my good habits, the pounds come back waaaaaaay faster than they come off. Good work, my friend, and thank you for being ongoing inspiration for me to stick to what I know is working.

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BASKETLADY13 10/30/2012 8:28AM

    So true.

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Thanks for the Get Well Wishes

Monday, October 29, 2012

My second round of flu escalated sufficiently to get me to a walk-in clinic Sunday: and onto some antibiotics plus asthma inhalers (which I haven't needed for years).

Antibiotics are miraculous. For years and years I couldn't take 'em (allergies) but the new generation of antibiotics works so fast without side effects: I am stunned.

Still not operating at the top of my game, or close. No gym this morning. Not ready for work yet . . . and wouldn't want to spread whatever I've got to co-workers and clients in any event.

But I'm feeling better, thank you all! Gonna survive this, yes I will.

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DONNACFIT 10/29/2012 10:57PM

    Sorry to hear you've been sick! The flu is going around here too. Get well soon :)


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TRYINGHARD1948 10/29/2012 8:27PM

    It is a particularly persistent strain so do take care. Hugs.

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_LINDA 10/29/2012 7:39PM

    So glad you can take antibiotics now. That is bad when you have to go back on an inhaler :( Thank you for not going into a public place to share your bug. May it soon be trampled into little bug splats!!!
No flu shot for me -that suspension and recall of flu shots here in Saskatchewan sounded serious -parts of live vrius have been found in the shots! I know a couple of ladies who didn't feel so good after the shot. The one time procrastination actually worked for something. My Dr. requires I get a flu shot, but I am happy to wait until they clear them as being effective. I get enough pokes not to get one that would be next to useless and might even make me sick.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon May a hearty chicken soup, green tea, fresh fruit (vit C) come your way and speed recovery!
Take care of you!

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DALID414 10/29/2012 7:33PM

    Cheers to modern medicine! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/29/2012 6:44PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Easy does it, allow the body to fully recuperate, and you'll be yourself fully before you know it.

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PHEBESS 10/29/2012 5:10PM

    Keep up with the soup and fluids, and keep resting - you'll be better soon!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/29/2012 1:20PM

    So glad you've gotten some relief. You are wise to take it easy and you'll soon be up to speed and feeling great! Sure hope so. -Marsha

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CRYSTALJEM 10/29/2012 11:48AM

    Yuck! Glad the mess have kicked in. Take care of yourself. It's the perfect time to do so apparently. emoticon

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NANCY- 10/29/2012 10:29AM

    Glad to see you are caring for yourself and that medicine has improved.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/29/2012 10:00AM

    Take care! You will soon be back to your feisty self! emoticon (this is supposed to be hot tea)

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Flu Two! Booo!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

There was a (very nice, elderly) gentleman honking and snortling at the gym on Wednesday. No inhibitions at all, filling the air around his step machine while he clutched the handles with both hands. Leaving no hand free to wield a tissue.

I admire him for trying to stay fit. But please, please, please: stay home when germy!

Some of us (that would be me) are ridiculously susceptible. Even with hand washing and sanitizing and . . . did all of that.

I tried to avoid him, yes I did. But my heart sank. I wished he had stayed home.

And: by yesterday noon I was honking and snortling myself. So much for my scheduled "mental health" day. In the morning, I managed to get all of last winter's supermarket hyacinth bulbs planted in my garden. I also purchased 60 snowdrop bulbs and a few purple and white stripy crocuses and some tiny yellow daffodils: the very early blossom is so heartening and I appreciate it the most. But: didn't manage to get any of those planted before the onset of fever, aches, chills and sneezing. Plus snortling. Yuck.

I will stay home from the gym today. Expect to be feeling well enough to return to work on Monday.

And I have booked the first available flu shot (which sadly is not until November 21).

Sure, I will try not to growl or glower at the nice gentleman when I see him next. But: it might be difficult!!

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_LINDA 10/29/2012 7:32PM

    So very sorry you caught this bug :((( I SOOO hate people who come to the club sick and there are lots. One woman actually came with pnuemonia !!! (She. Didn't. Think. It. Was. Contagious) You can hear the big honking nose blows, the sneezes, etc. Some actually cover with their arm, but most just have a tiny little dainty kleenex, balls of which line the club foor on a regular basis. I am very fortunate I am not easily susceptible to them. Mom had the worst cold when she was looking after me with my hip replacement, but I never caught it. Maybe the curse of RA means my immune system is strong enough to fight off infections -33 surgeries and not one infection.
Good for you getting some bulbs planted in spite of being sick -it sounds like you will have an awesome collection of spring flowers coming up!!
Feel better soon!!
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NANCY- 10/28/2012 7:33PM

It rots when folks are inconsiderate like that. Are there rules at the gym? Can Management help?
If that fails perhaps you could find a back up plan to limit your exposure and stay healthy.

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PHEBESS 10/28/2012 2:38AM

    So sorry to hear you're sick again! Stay warm, stay in bed, read and drink tons of fluids!!! I hope you feel better soon!!!

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CARRAND 10/27/2012 7:22PM

    I'm sorry to hear you're sick. Take care! I got my flu shot at the doctor's a month ago. I hope it works. The flu can be serious.

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DALID414 10/27/2012 6:47PM

    emoticon I see I got off easy just catching a cold, but even I stayed home on my worse days!
Maybe you should take him your flu shot bill!!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/27/2012 3:16PM

    Why oh WHY do people think they are being "brave" continue their "normal" activities while exposing the rest of us to their creeping crud?

Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/27/2012 10:59AM

    Oh, Ellen. So sorry you got it. I know you are fit enought to fight it off quickly, but what a bummer to mess with your good plans for mental health day. Hope you can arrange at least 2 great days to make up for what you missed. I, myself, am caring for sick family members and trying very hard not to succumb. Wishing you well! Take care, Marsha

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/27/2012 10:05AM

    Too bad gyms (or workplaces) can't be like schools. "Your kid is sick, come get him outta here!" I'm amazed at how many people won't get a flu shot because "they never get the flu." Then they honk and cough on everyone saying it's just a cold while spreading their flu germs to the world. Yeah, this is a sore point with me.

I hope you feel better soon.

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LAURIE5658 10/27/2012 9:41AM

    Take heart, I woke up snortling in the night myself. I bet you are the first in line for the flu shot!!!


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KANOE10 10/27/2012 9:40AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Yes people should stay home when they are sick!!!!!

I am a teacher and have to wash tables after kids come to school coughing.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/27/2012 9:20AM

    Yes, I wish germy people would stay home too. Hope you are feeling better too. I've never done many fall bulbs but I should because I'm jealous of those that do every spring.

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BSTAKINGACTION 10/27/2012 9:19AM

    So sorry! Nurture yourself this weekend.

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SENIMMO 10/27/2012 9:14AM

    It's hard to decide which is better, staying fit or staying home to prevent others from getting sick. Some people honestly don't realize how much they are endangering others when they go out when they are ill. And some don't realize how ill (and contagious!) they are. You could ask your gym if they would consider posting a sign for flu season advising patrons that working out while ill could cause others to get ill as well? I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/27/2012 9:13AM

    Sorry you had to encounter the germy gent at your gym... to be ridiculously alliterative. Hope you feel better soon, and thanks for YOUR consideration in not showing up when wheezing, yourself. emoticon

On a separate note, my mom loved the hyacinths, and they always make me think of her. She always seemed to have them and crocus to greet us in the Spring. emoticon

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Lazy Lazy Weekend

Sunday, October 21, 2012

, , , just what I needed after a pretty challenging week, with lots more to come next week.


We had sunshine with crisp temperatures, and the leaves are glorious right here in our back yard . . . bright yellow sugar maples, and an enormous old red maple.

I sat on the back deck, relishing the need for a thick sweater, and enjoyed it all: the light, the wonderful leaf smell, the crunchy texture of leaves under foot, the sound of wind in the leaves, watching single scarlet leaves twirl down from a bright blue sky, watching Charlie rolling on his back in the grass in the golden leaves just about the same colour as his fur.

There was a honey crisp apple. Some crumbly old cheddar. There was a cup of great coffee. And later a glass of red wine.

I've got brand new 1000 thread count cotton sheets on the bed, hurray. Is there any greater luxury?

(And yes, of course I got them on sale: need you ask?)

Best get to bed soon: I'll be setting the alarm for 5 am and heading for the gym!

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KO1215 10/26/2012 11:03AM

    Love Honey Crisp Apples!

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DDOORN 10/24/2012 11:22AM

    Nothing like taking time to savor the outdoors AND 1,000 count sheets...! :-)


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ID_VANDAL 10/23/2012 12:36PM

    Good for you. Everyone deserves a lazy weekend now and again!

Thanks for all your great comments on my blogs. You certainly can inspire people with your words and deeds!



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TEENY_BIKINI 10/22/2012 8:49PM

    I did something similar. It was heaven!

Life is good.


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CRYSTALJEM 10/22/2012 1:15PM

    Wonderful! And I hope your sleep in those nice new sheets left ready and fit for your 5:00 alarm! CJ

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NANCY- 10/22/2012 8:01AM

    Got to love those cool crisp refreshing Autumn days. The freshness clears away the sweltering summer and prepares us for the sharp frosty days ahead.
When I visited my son I found a cider made just of honey crisp. It was amazing, but having the apple itself is much better. more fiber. :)
That's for sharing your lovely Autumn vignette.

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ROOSTER72 10/22/2012 2:56AM

    That sounds lovely!

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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:33PM

    Wow! What an awesome day! So glad you could relax and enjoy it!! You deserve a day off! Way to score on the sheets! 1000 thread count? Didn't know there was such a thing. I just have my comfy old flannels -don't think they HAVE a thread count LOL.
Have a great week!

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PHEBESS 10/21/2012 9:04PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

And 1000 count sheets sound fabulous!!!! (I've had 750, and they're like silk!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2012 7:53PM

    What a great day! Glad you took the time to recognize and enjoy it. The trees were gorgeous here, too... but it was 80 degrees during my run. Lotsa sweating on that course today. emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 10/21/2012 7:26PM

    I love days like that. Its been a great fall day here as well, Sweet dreams!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:24PM

    Sounds positively glorious! So glad you enjoyed your weekend, too. And of course I'm glad to see you heading out early to the gym. Great way to start out your week. Very wise. Thanks for your very nice comment on my blog today, too! -Marsha

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Sitting is the New Smoking!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Sure, exercise is a good thing -- but even if we're part of the tiny minority who do aim for daily exercise, that 30 minutes a day doesn't cut it. It's not enough to offset the other 23.5 hours of inactivity.

Most of us don't exert a lot of physical energy at work any more. And at home we've got dishwashers and laundry machines and vacuum cleaners and . . . . yeah.

How can we keep moving?

I'm gonna print off emails (yeah, I know . . . ) and get up from my desk and walk to the printer and retrieve them and put them in the file myself.

I'm gonna try to stand up while I take phone calls, and move around.

I'm gonna try to poke my nose out the door at lunch time, take a bit of a stroll and clear my head.

I stopped smoking about 35 years ago.

Now: how to stop sitting and engage in a program of continuous movement!!


And am I seriously delusional enough to think that not-sitting could possibly make me smoking hot at my age and stage?? Uh . . . . no.

But it's all relative, right? Gotta keep blowing on those dying embers!!

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AMARILYNH 10/20/2012 6:46AM

    Yep - I never smoked but I DID sit at a desk for most of the day as an accountant. Since I've been retired and exchanged all that sitting for lots of walking (I consider walking to be my 'retirement' job!) I look and feel much younger!! As I told my 12 yo GS last Sunday while we were hiking, I am in better physical shape than I was 30 years ago. Know his answer? "I think that's a good thing, Mimi!!' Yep - I have to stay healthy so when he presents me with a GGranddaughter I'll be up for loving her as much as I love him and his brother!!

I sure wish I'd had a fitbit when I was working - I did try to get up and move around when I thought of it but the fitbit would have reminded me to do more of it!!

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KANOE10 10/20/2012 6:23AM

    You are right..Some people are now typing standing up at work. You wrote a good blog. We need to move more whenever we can. I try to get mini walks in or move around in my job.

Great blog and good reminder!

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DDOORN 10/19/2012 9:54AM

    Wish I could trade in my work desk for a treadmill workstation! :-)



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IRONBLOSSOM 10/17/2012 12:28PM

    You've got it! I always stand up while I'm on phone calls, try to stand up every 15-30 minutes even if just to do some toe touches and sit right back down, and chug water in the morning because that is just the gift that keeps giving (going!) all day long! :-)

That's at work, at all other times, inefficiency is totally the key. I've also forced myself to get up if my boyfriend is watching something I'm not into on tv (or on commercials if it is something I like) and roam around the house even if I don't have a specific task in mind. I can always find SOMETHING that needs cleaning, organizing, or just moving! :-)

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NANCY- 10/17/2012 8:13AM

    After sitting in a car for hours... I needed to stretch out my muscles. Getting that blood flowing and staying active is what matters. I know you have that covered.
Mr. Picard does know how to open an article so it grabs attention. Perhaps what some folks need is excessive hype to get moving.

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_LINDA 10/17/2012 2:29AM

    I read about this a while ago On Sparkpeople. Even an hour daily is not good enough. Most of my life is spent sitting in between exercise classes. The ironic part is pain is keeping me moving now. It hurts to sit or lay down too long :P. I have my phone on a dresser so that I have to stand up and talk. I like using a speaker phone so I am free to do other things while on it. But there is nothing the right height to use my computer on, but I do sit on a stability ball -wonder if that counts at all??
I love washing dishes by hand -none of our family has ever has a dishwasher and wouldn't dream of gettting one although my nephew wants to.
I have had to refuse countless rides to the club and back. Can you imagine not walking five blocks one way -someone actually though that was quite far !! emoticon
Far is the 10 km hikes Mom and I do :)
Here is to keep on moving and grooving!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/16/2012 6:57PM

    emoticon I've never been a smoker... or considered myself "smokin'" for that matter! But you've made me both think and laugh... and move!

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PHEBESS 10/16/2012 12:44PM

    Yup - I used to walk around school instead of emailing people info - could get in a nice 30 minute walk that way! Inefficient is definitely healthier!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/16/2012 12:40PM

    This is very disturbing and sobering! Like CrystalJem I have found that when I try to be "less efficient" I actually am much more active and my Fitbit device bears that out. For instance, I'll make 3-4 trips to get folded laundry to the bedroom, rather than piling it all in the basket and delivering it at once. My mailbox is 2/5 mile round trip from my house, yet I ALWAYS walk it ...yesterday when I went up at the usual time and the mail hadn't been delivered, I waited another hour and walked it again. I didn't even think about driving, although in years past I would have driven it both times!

Being "inefficient" won't work in everyone's busy life, but it's something we need to be able to embrace without being frowned upon!

Comment edited on: 10/16/2012 12:41:52 PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/16/2012 11:28AM

    Thanks for posting this link. I'd heard of the studies and it makes sense. Can't rest on our laurels of daily workouts. We've got to get off our rear ends throughout the day too. We can't turn back time but maybe we can slow it down a little.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2012 11:08AM

    Keep blowing! Keep blowing! Love it!!! Yep, we can keep moving. Probably my most sitting is doing SparkPeople. I tried putting the computer up on a dresser for a few days, but it really isn't the right height. My counters are too low. Need to find a tall table that will work.

I highly recommend grandkids to keep you from sitting!! But even then you've got to make a concerted effort to stand, walk, and be active!!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/16/2012 8:31AM

    That is a huge challenge, but one that I agree is worth it. Your methods are exactly how I started. I have a friend who always sits and her body shows it. Her kids were well trained to take care of themselves early (ie get their own toys, climb up to get their own cup) so their independence was great - but it didn't help her at all. I chose to do things together - I get up and move as much as possible. Sometimes my husband calls it inefficient because I'll make multiple trips, what he doesn't get is that it's part of my exercise. I do take the stairs when I can, I don't look for the closest parking spot (except in our Canadian winters lol). I decided since exercise isn't my favourite thing, I have to make it part of my entire lifestyle - not just planned exercise, I have to just keep moving and doing, then it's just life.

Ok, I need my tea so I can wake up and make some sense. lol. Have a great day. CJ

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