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I tried something new...

Monday, July 29, 2013

Roller blades:

(not me, but my daughter)

It was interesting experience, especially since I had no clue as to how to move forward. I did have a flashback to my teenage years and realized I did not know how to roller skate back then either. lol

It was fun and neither one of us landed on the ground. So that is a huge achievement for both of us.

  
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DDESERTDDAWN 7/29/2013 8:19PM

    Wowza! Looks like grand fun in the sun

Keep on rolling!

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DS9KIE 7/29/2013 6:51PM

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JAMBABY0 7/29/2013 12:14PM

    Good job

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I am a weakling

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cool weather today. I was all set to do my run outside but then saw the rain clouds come in. Way off in the distance, I could see the rain fall. I decided to go to the gym. I managed to do abut 6 1/4 miles on the treadmill. Then I went to lift weights.

I decided to add weight lifting to my weekly routine and since I was there, I went to the upper body machine (Shoulder presses), There were 45 pound weights on both sides, I couldn't budge them. So I removed those and put on the 35 pound weights, I couldn't budge them either. 25 pounds, same story. 10 pounds and I thought OMG! I still cannot lift these. I struggled with the 5 pound weights. But I managed that weight.

WOOHOO! I was able to shoulder press 5 pounds! emoticon emoticon I am sure it was because I was tired from my run and I do have an injured wrist, so I had to be careful.
All in all, I had a good workout. I even stopped at the vending machine on the way out and told myself I did not need that junk.See? I am getting stronger.

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COOP9002 7/27/2013 5:59PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. It sounds like your run took more out of you than you realized. You showed what you are made of by going past the vending machine. Looks like you're making some great progress.

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Red Light, Green Light

Friday, July 26, 2013

Both my daughters had to work today; that meant Grandma time for the grandchildren. I was hoping to get to the gym before the youngest arrived, but due to not sleeping well, I overslept. Then my other daughter did not return til after dinner and it was too late to go to the gym. So, I spent an hour outside playing tag with the two other grand children.

We chose to play monster tag at first. Then my grandson was getting into it a bit too much, so we switched to Red Light Green Light. This is where one person calls out the colors of the stop light: Red-stop, Yellow-walk, and Green-run.

My dog came outside as my grandson (3 years old) calls green light. So, my granddaughter and I begin running. My dog, Becca, thinks this is great fun and takes off running with us. Then my grandson calls RED LIGHT. My GD and I stop but the dog keeps running. My GS starts screaming, "Becca! Red Light! Becca, Red Light! Becca, Red Light!" He was so upset that Becca would not stop running.

Sometimes, I think I am like my dog when I am pigging out on junk food; I just keep stuffing it in my mouth despite my mind screaming RED LIGHT! RED LIGHT! I ignore the call. I am started to get frustrated that I seem to have no self control at times. I find myself eating more than I should because I want to make sure I get "my share", meaning I want to eat most of it before my husband gets to it. This reminds me of when I was growing up and whenever we'd get candy (Easter and Halloween) if I would try to save mine for later my sister would eat mine, so I would eat it as fast as I could so she wouldn't get it.

Funny, how such behaviors stick in my brain and then I continue to act on them even though I know it is not a good thing to do. I hear RED LIGHT! but choose to ignore the call. I made cookies today because after it being so hot, the weather was cool today and it seemed comforting at the time. I made chocolate chip cookie because they always remind me of my childhood (good memories and bad).

I am writing this blog to remind myself that I do not need to eat cookie after cookie. So what if my hubby eats more than I do. I limited myself to just one. Yellow Light! (I am making progress).

  
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NCSU85PACK 7/27/2013 12:13PM

  emoticon I enjoyed your comments. Brings back memories of playing this game as a child and with my children. There are definitely certain foods that I could use someone holding out a red light on.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/27/2013 12:04PM

  good for you . loved it . I must tell myself red light . and stop with it ..

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DS9KIE 7/27/2013 1:29AM

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UMBILICAL 7/26/2013 10:51PM

  Loved that game

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Robert Lustig, WIC Juice and Politics

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I am taking an online course from Coursera.org "Nutrition and Disease Prevention". This week topic is Obesity and one of the video lectures is by Robert Lustig. In it he talks about a woman who came to him and her son was obese. The boy is described as being wider than he was tall. He found out that the boy was on the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program and the boy was drinking 1 gallon of orange juice a day. He mentions that he told the woman that she should be feeding the boy whole fruit instead of juice and her response was, "then why do they give us the juice?"

Robert goes on to talk about the politics over the last 30 years coincide with the rise of obesity. I cannot believe that mother actually gave that much juice to her son in one day. To think that because the juice was a given choice from WIC does not mean it is OK to drink a gallon of it in one day, especially by a 6 year old.

When my children were on the WIC program, I never once allowed either one of my children to consume 1 gallon of juice a day. I recall being counseled to limit the servings; that was a little less than 30 years ago. Even lately, when I picked up the voucher for my grandson, I was told to limit the serving of juice (or any sweetened beverage).

However, I do agree that the politics and food programs do have something to do with the obesity crisis. When I worked in the public school system about 7 years ago, the food was nasty. It was overly processed and had added sugar and soy products. I was told to keep my comments to myself because the person in charge was doing the best she could with the budget and the donated food from the USDA. Ahhh, yes, the politics of it all.

I think too many have the idea that since it is a program that provides food, then it must be healthy for us. Also, some think that because an item is on the grocery store shelf then it must be an OK food. However, we need to go beyond reading tho labels and look at the ingredient list. Do we even know what we are eating? Chances are, no, we do not.

I think that it is time to educate ourselves and make better choices by eating real food. that is, eat food as close to its natural state as possible and if not avoid, then limit processed foods. Make smarter choices and I don't mean eat Fruit Loops. emoticon




  
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GODZDESIGN95 7/27/2013 1:59PM

    I got it years back....they only give tuna, and carrots back then if you breastfeed. We need to educate ourselves. But many are not willing and they suffer for it

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JIBBIE49 7/26/2013 1:29AM

    My DD got WIC for her baby for one year since she has been a college student & is now working at a grocery store which doesn't pay much, but she certainly didn't get a GALLON of Juice a day. She got something like 4 frozen cans of orange juice so I don't know where a "Gallon a day" would come from WIC. They had very detailed pamphlets on what to feed a baby at each month and how much to give. The pamphlets were very simple to read (apparently for people who were not in college) and they had a a lot of pictures.
My DD had to take the baby in every 3 months to be weighed & measured in order to get more coupons. Some women who aren't working apparently continue to get the WIC up to age 6 for the child, but my DD no longer gets it.
My GD is now 15 months and she is 22# and in the 45% for weight for her age, so she certainly isn't to fat. She is in the 95% for height as she is tall like my DD was at that age.
I have listened to a lot of lectures of Dr. Lustig on YouTube as he is very interesting.

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MAYBER 7/25/2013 10:13PM

    Thank you for sharing this information it was educational
We are all here to learn
one day at a time
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FRIJOLITA1 7/25/2013 3:35PM

  I'm not really sure why juice is on the WIC vouchers because they strongly counsel me to not even give it to my son if he doesn't want it and never allow more than 6oz a day from birth till now at 4 years old. They certainly do not give you a gallon a days worth of juice. You get 2 bottles a month. This woman was obviously paying a ton out of pocket for a gallon a day habit. It's been my experience that people do what they want even when properly counseled. They are pretty straight forward about not giving your baby solids before 6 months and giving solids on a spoon but every time I'm in the WIC office women are dumping baby food into 8oz bottles of milk for their 3 month old. After all it's way easier to give your child what they want than to say no.

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Spark People eats up a lot of my time...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

signing off. 'nuf said.

  
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MRSKATEDUVALL 7/24/2013 10:42PM

    but it's healthier than sitting on my but watching the tube.

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FRAN0426 7/23/2013 11:10PM

    I know, I have spent huge amounts of time on Spark People. Just recently with packing to move and moving I spent much less time on Sparks and have decided to spend less time sparking.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 7/23/2013 2:08PM

    I have cut back time with both Sparkpeople and Facebook, because of mainly sitting, don't want to. But I would give up Facebook completely to keep my Sparkpeople!!! And I donate an hour to it, where FB I just check in, but not sit on it. A person just needs to make a donated time, and call it that.

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DS9KIE 7/23/2013 1:35PM

    emoticon me too

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TIME_TO_SHINE1 7/23/2013 11:57AM

    Mine too.

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LIV2RIDE 7/23/2013 11:26AM

    Understand completely! I've found it to be more social than anything. I limit my time here much more than I used to.

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CRIM12 7/23/2013 10:50AM

    Haha yeah I know what you mean but better here then a chocolate food blog or something.

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LOUIE-LILY 7/23/2013 10:47AM

    LOL - I can identify!

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