SEEWORD's SparkPeople Blog SEEWORD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Took a Spark break But I'm back with good things: New exercise, added to existing exercise, and my favorite team is in the WNBA Eastern conference finals. Those are the plusses. <BR> <BR> Are there Minuses? Yes, I’m on a weight plateau and my muscles ached from new exercise. These are temporary conditions. The aches are almost gone. I hope that when I weigh in on Monday a pound or two will also be gone. <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:16:46 EST A very nice gift <BR> My daughter gave me something priceless yesterday morning. A pair of jeans she'd "slimmed out of." <BR> <BR> Tuesday when we went to a basketball game I was complaining about my baggy pants and griping that it was time to (ugh) go clothes shopping. <BR> <BR> So Wednesday she came into my room carrying the jeans she'd worn on Tuesday night. "Uh, they're getting really loose. Want to try them on?" I said "ok" with not much enthusiasm or hope because they are a size 12 short. Wow! T... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:14:19 EST Motivate me to shop I hate shopping... almost all kinds of shopping... but most particularly clothes shopping. UGH! <BR> <BR> Being overweight is not the reason. I hated clothes shopping when I was twenty years old and weighed 125 lbs. <BR> <BR> I just don't like anything about clothes shopping. I groan at the thought. My back stiffens when I walk into the store. I cringe when a clerk approaches. The other shoppers annoy me. The styles and colors offend me. The racks are too close together. If I ma... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:48:55 EST Olympic temptations--one day down Whew--got through 4 basketball games and snippets of other sports yesterday without overdoing the snacks. Hands too busy with remote and mouse. The live computer access kept freezing and I had to keep restarting it. It was especially bad during the Canada/Russia women's basketball game. Glad the US/Croatia game was on TV. <BR> <BR> Not watching much today. Did watch a couple of men's bb games. No snacking as I got up late and was eating brunch while the game was on. <BR> <BR> Quest... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:56:05 EST Olympic temptations Am watching women's basketball on laptop and women's volleyball on tv. Double snacking temptation. Nothing like eating while watching other people exercise. <BR> <BR> We cleared the house of unhealthy snack options. But still...there is a temptation to go overboard on the healthy stuff. So I'm drinking water like crazy but it lacks the crunch I crave. (Dentist said "Don't crunch ice cubes!") <BR> <BR> Have to go to CVS later to pick up my 'scripts. <BR> <BR> Must avoid snack and f... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:54:51 EST What a lovely day! Tucked in between hot days, thunderstorms, humidity, was today. Beautiful, warm, dry, a slight breeze. <BR> <BR> Water workout was perfect this morning. Fifteen minutes of laps, then an hour of aquatic exercises. <BR> <BR> Best of all the class met afterward for lunch. We have been planning this for a couple of weeks. How lucky that we chose today because here is where we had lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was perfect... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:36:06 EST 1/2 water exercise today Bad thunder and lightening this morning. So bad that the Y decided that for members' safety they should close the pools. Right in the middle of our Aquatics program. <BR> <BR> The storm has lessened but there are kids classes scheduled, so I won't be back in the water today. <BR> <BR> Glad I had gone in early to swim a few laps, but I'm sorry I didn't get in a full program. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll do a few laps around the house to make up for it. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:46:51 EST Antonym for "outgrow"? Six weeks ago I was very happy to fit back into a pair of pants that I had "outgrown." The fit was comfortably snug but I could zip them without too much effort. <BR> <BR> This morning I put them on as usual and they seemed a bit loose. So I tried sliding them off without unzipping them. Wow, I could do it! Barely. But I could also slide them back on without unzipping. Wow. <BR> <BR> So I've what? Ingrown them? Regrown them? Unoutgrown them? No I have not "stretched" them, they a... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:02:13 EST Feeling good about this This afternoon I filled out my annual follow-up questionnaire from the Women's Health Initiative. One of the questions was "Have you lost ten or more pounds in the last year?" <BR> <BR> It sure felt good to say "Yes." <BR> <BR> It also feels good to have been a part of this study for 15 years. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:06:28 EST My morning walk (with pix) Lots of people have blogged about their walks and included photos they took along the way. <BR> Nice. <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to walk outdoors because of the heat. So the other day I started doing a walk inside. The floor plan downstairs is one of those where you can do a circular route through several rooms. I did a rough measure and one lap around through the 5 rooms is 75 feet. So ten laps is 750 feet, so 70.4 laps would is a mile. I did 40 laps this morning. I figure my rate... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:19:39 EST 6 weeks--Have I achieved anything? I've been posting a lot about food and travel since I started SP at the beginning of June. But what about my goals? Maybe it's time to review and assess my progress. <BR> <BR> My weight loss goal was a cautious "lose 10 lbs by November." I'm doing fine with that. I've lost 5 lbs since June 1 - a little under a lb a week. Not bad at all considering the number of meals out. I should be able to keep that up for the next four weeks as I won't be eating out nearly as much. It's the Olympi... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:27:11 EST Memories of France Yesterday was Bastille Day. I did not celebrate by trying to replicate the French flag on my platter. It doesn't work as well as the Mexican flag. Blue, white, and red doesn't make it as there are few blue foods and none that I especially like. <BR> <BR> So I settled down in front of the tv with a breakfast melon, toast, and Neufchatel cheese. I know, I know, "don't eat in front of the television" but there are times... And the Tour de France is one of those times. I was especially p... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:45:49 EST verde, blanco y rojo Why these colors in Spanish? Because they are the colors of the Mexican flag and they often appear on plates of Mexican food in the same order as they appear on the flag. Green on the left (usually salsa verde or guacamole), white in the center (sour cream), and red (salsa or chopped tomato) on the right. That's Mexican food as it's served in the USA. I've traveled in Mexico and I never actually noticed if they do it there. I think they do, especially for special occasions. <BR> <BR> Wed... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:01:34 EST Olympians go for the.... cake! Last night was the Connecticut Sun's final home game before the league (WNBA) takes a break for the Olympic Games. After the game, there was a small celebration for the two Olympians on the team (Tina Charles and Asjha Jones). There was a very large cake. I don't know if any cake was offered to the fans that hung around. We didn't stay to find out. We were already over our caloric allotment for the day. <BR> <BR> But I love this picture of the two stars and their cake. <img src="http:/... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:19:14 EST Once around the Spark Logo My last four posts have been on the colors in the SP logo - orange, green, red, and blue. Now it's time for the white star in the center. <BR> <BR> Hum...Dietary white. Oh boy, yogurt, one of my favorites. Umm, goat cheese. I close my eyes and mentally peel a hard cooked egg. I dice up some potatoes for salad. I daydream about white asparagus in Germany. Roadside crab stands along the Monterey, Ca coast when I was a little kid. <BR> <BR> Oh, drat! How did cauliflower get into m... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:39:52 EST Blue is for Blueberry... but... Blueberries are good for you; everyone say so. Tasty too, or so they say. Here in New England people think they are really special. Remember "Blueberries for Sal"? a wonderful picture book. It makes them sound so good. <BR> <BR> Sorry folks, I just don't understand. Maybe there is something wrong with my taste buds, but when I pop a blueberry into my mouth there is nothing. No flavor at all. I just don't taste anything. <BR> <BR> So maybe I'm not getting them fresh enough? <BR> ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:35:06 EST Red is for tomato Finally! Our local produce stand is open for the season. Yesterday we got some fresh tomatoes. Yum. I made my favorite tomato and lettuce sandwich. Seeded rye, one slice spread with hummus, the other with guacamole; two thick slices of tomato; four romaine leaves; and, because we had some, fresh basil. Sloppy, drippy, good. Summer is now officially here! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 20:19:07 EST Green is for Chard Yesterday we went to a farmer's market in a nearby town. Our first time at this market. Small, but nice, with a variety of vendors - and live music! <BR> <BR> We ambled around (it was hot yesterday), looked at all the offerings and ended up buying some bread, hummus, squash, cucumbers and Swiss chard. <BR> <BR> When I got home I was looking for a new way to fix the chard... Oh Drat!!! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I found out that chard is full of all kinds of great nutrients BUT!! ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:54:53 EST Go for the... Orange? So I see that there is an SP poll: "Which color from the SprarkPeople logo is your favorite?" <BR> <BR> I look up at the logo and think, "Go for the Gold!" I clicked to take the poll and I was surprised to discover that "gold" was not an option. <BR> <BR> Orange? I thought it was gold and was fooled by it. Wasn't the first time I've been fooled by color. A few years ago I bought a "Burgundy" car, but when I looked at the paperwork I found out Burgundy was out, Merlot was in. My curre... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:19:30 EST A Surprise Participant We have just started a healthy weight loss group at the gym I go to. On Tuesday a "new" person met with us. I put the "new" in quotes because while she is new to the group, she is well known to all of us as she works at the gym. I've always considered her very fit. Even when she was dealing with a serious illness she diligently did all she could to keep her body in the best possible shape. I've been going to this gym for 6 or 7 years and have never thought that she had a weight problem so ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:02:42 EST How very odd... I'm way under on my calories for the day and I'm not the least bit hungry. It's hard to understand that as I have had a pretty active day. I've rechecked my log to see if anything is missing, but it's all there - Just not very much of it. Three meals (lunch very light). Of course, since I'm way under in calories, I'm under my goals for most of the components of my plan. <BR> <BR> Ah, well, it's only one day and I'm feeling fine. <BR> <BR> I also weighed in today and weigh the same as I ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:25:04 EST Rainy Monday - the bad and the good It's a terrible day, weather wise, here in central CT. Got up with the best intentions of going to my class at the Y. Had breakfast and sat down with my coffee to watch the weather report. Good was really storming in the western part of the state and the storm was moving quickly in our direction. It hit here just when it was time for me to leave. No way was I going out in this. By the time it passed it was too late to go to class. That's the bad - no swim this morning. <BR> ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:26:37 EST My Moms "recipe" for Cauliflower Back in my teenage years (when I was the last child at home) my Dad worked out of town and was only home on the weekends. Since my Mom worked on Saturdays, Dad would do the weekly shopping. Mom and I would make a detailed list for him to work from. Sometimes I would go with him, other times not. He always got everything on our list, but he was prone to find it incomplete so there were always a few (mostly pleasant) surprises. These usually came from the produce department. Dad was raise... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:27:21 EST New windows are helping me lose weight Last fall I did a major home improvement -- I had all the windows in the upper floor of my house replaced. At last windows in the bedrooms and study than can be easily opened and don't let in a lot of drafts and noise. And attic windows that latch properly and don't bang with the slightest breeze. And an unexpected side benefit -- it's helping me with my weight loss program! <BR> <BR> How can this be? Well my bedroom is long and narrow. It runs across the entire back of the house. So ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:24:20 EST Nothing planned for today so I'm doing - nothing! It's hot and humid "out there" so I'm staying "in here" with the nicely conditioned air. I actually did do something early this morning. I sort of, half-way, ran a slightly damp mop around the kitchen floor, probably burning about 10 calories. Then I ran a dust mop around the dining room. Then I went outside to shake the dust mop. That's when I decided it is definitely a do-nothing-more day. <BR> <BR> A Salad day for sure. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:21:36 EST Another game, another restaurant Last night was our 12th trip to Mohegan Sun for Ct. Sun basketball. Choosing a restaurant is getting difficult. Sure there are plenty of places to eat, but we eliminate the most expensive, the ones that are always crowded with kids, and a couple that we just don't like. That brings us to about a five place rotation. Last night we wanted a change so we decided to give another try one place that we used to like, but quit going to when their prices went up and their quality and menu selection ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:07:05 EST Tossing d'Artagnan While exploring SP Fitness tracking yesterday, I found one of the exercises (under Cardio/Other Activities) is Playing With Kids. Hum, I thought, no kids in this house. Or are there? The household consists of me (early 70s) and my daughter (early 40s). As I said, no kids, but sometimes.... <BR> <BR> Last night we had a game of "toss d'Artagnan." I can't remember why this large (about 8lb) plush Stegosaurus was named d'Artagnan, but he's been with us since 1980. He sort of wanders around th... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:19:34 EST Weigh-in: with or without clothes, and other friendly "advice" Tomorrow is weigh-in day. <BR> <BR> I don't have a scale at home. This is on purpose. It keeps me from becoming obsessive about weighing in. <BR> <BR> So I weigh myself at the Y. On Mondays after my swim exercise and I (usually) resist the temptation to step on the scale on the other days I'm there. <BR> <BR> When I first started this I was surprised at some of the comments made by others in the locker room. Not comments on my weight, mind you, no one was that rude. But comments on m... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:44:18 EST Not the evening I'd planned Last night was a game night (CT Sun/NY Liberty), so it was also a meal out for us. I had thought my daughter and I (she's also trying to lose weight) would split a meal at Geno's Cafe, but she had other ideas. She didn't want to eat at Geno's and she was too hungry to split a meal. She wanted to go to Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafe. So I figured I could get something light there (a leftover bag is not an option--they won't let you take them into the arena). <BR> <BR> I ended up with an op... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:10:46 EST Stop trying NOT to do it and start trying TO DO it. One of my daughters was always using the “It’s too hard, I can’t do it” whine. Sometimes she would say it before even starting a task, but more often it came after a half-hearted attempt. We would say to her, “Stop trying NOT to do it and start trying TO DO it.” For some reason it would work. She would settle down, apply herself, and succeed. Eventually she quit the whine. But I once heard her mumbling to herself “try TO DO it.” <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:35:48 EST One thing leads to Another After sitting on a weight plateau for nearly two weeks I stepped on the scale and had lost 3 lbs! Where did it go? It just disappeared overnight? Whatever, I'll take it. It was especially sweet because I was feeling bad about my pig-out Mexican dinner of Sunday. <BR> <BR> Now what? As I was logging my new weight figure, I looked at the other measurements we can track on SP. Usually, I just kind of ignore them and I've never entered them. But this latest loss has motivated me to do some... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:10:35 EST Memory search for "healthy comfort food," Part 4: Dad saves the day <BR> During my pre-teen and teen years, my dad was only home on weekends. He would arrive early Friday afternoon and leave on Monday morning. He always prepared the Friday evening meal and had a regular 4 meal rotation. Beef stew, ranch style beans with rice, spaghetti with meat sauce, Chinese take out (because on one Friday a month he had a staff meeting and got home later than usual). All (except the Chinese) were served with a salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber with home made vinai... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:42:43 EST Memory search for "healthy comfort food," Part 3: Grandma H., or Mush Which brings us to Grandma H. I have never met a worse cook. Because she hated cooking and wasn't good at it, her meals were, for the most part, healthier than either my mom's or my farm grandmother's. No gravies or sauces because she never learned to make them. She didn't bother with pastries, the less she had to do the better she liked it. So she served us chops, salads, boiled vegetables, baked potatoes. She did believe in starting the day with a "healthy" breakfast. To her this me... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:59:38 EST Memory search for "healthy comfort food," Part two: the farm <BR> My paternal grandmother was a farmer's wife and meals at her place were pretty hearty. Lots of eggs, pork, chicken, butter, and milk. Not many sweet. Vegetabless tended to be over cooked (often with bacon, often in creamy sauces). Generous amounts of mashed potatoes and gravy. <BR> <BR> I loved her fried chicken and also her eggs (scrambled with bacon and cream). But, my real heritage from the farm was a lifelong love of the three crops which made the place profitable. Walnuts, ri... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:48:20 EST Memory search for "healthy comfort food," Part one While doing our warmups in the pool the other day, we were talking about <BR> favorite foods our mothers or grandmothers used to make. Most of the foods <BR> mentioned tended to be fat, sugar, cheese, or salt laden (or, shudder, all <BR> four). Often they involved pasta, bacon, heavy cream...well, you know. <BR> <BR> So I've been rummaging through my childhood memories, searching for some <BR> childhood "comfort food" that was healthy. My mom was overweight and didn't <BR> care. I d... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:35:50 EST Away Game Challenge <BR> My favorite team is playing in Indiana so I will watch the game on WNBA's LiveAccess. <BR> <BR> I've managed to not eat when I'm AT a game, but watching them at home on TV or laptop presents a different challenge: The kitchen is much to close. <BR> <BR> Mantra for this evening: Do Not Snack. Do Not Snack. Got that? <em>101</em> Do Not Snack! Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:38:46 EST One kind word Some days...are a mess and then...some are much better. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was Mah Jongg day and I was late and it was my turn to bring the MJ set. <BR> So I rushed breathlessly (it's uphill and stairs from the parking lot) and one of the players looked up and said, "Here she is, looking all flushed and slender." Seeing that her comment had flustered me even further, she added, "You've lost some fullness in your face." <BR> <BR> Some days are good and some friends know all the right things... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:47:49 EST Picking Healthy Meals Harder Than Doing Taxes? Interesting report on an online survey which finds (among other things) that "Fifty-two percent of Americans responding to an online survey said they think it's easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out how to eat healthfully." <BR> <BR> Full article at WebMD: <BR> <BR> I'm not in the 52%. I hired a tax accountant years ago and I'm still doing my own meal planning. But it's not easy. <BR> <BR> If I hadn't found SparkPeople, I might have had to ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 18:42:58 EST Great weekend Two basketball games - and our Ct Sun lost one and won one. So we are 4-1 for the season, so far. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> And I stayed within my goals. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 20:06:32 EST Game day challenge Days when I attend a basketball game are always a challenge. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the arena and the games are often at a time when it isn't practical to eat at home, drive 45 minutes, be at the game for 2plus hours, and then 45 minutes more to get home. Too early and too late to eat at home. There are a lot of good restaurants at the arena venue so finding a place to eat is no problem. But, with trying to limit calories, salt,etc. eating healthily can be a problem. <BR> <B... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:23:31 EST The Infamous Butt Mirror We live in an old house. It has been added onto and remodeled more times than I can remember and some changes are pretty clear but there are others...well here is the strange mirror on the door to an under-stair storage area. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why is there a mirror there? A standing adult can only see their bottom half in it. <BR> <BR> Possible Explanations: <BR> <BR> To amuse the children? <BR> <BR> To tease the do... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:10:27 EST Back in the swim of things First time in the pool since Friday and it sure felt good. So good that I swam a couple of extra laps after the regular exercise program. Then I weighed myself. Last weighed a week ago Monday. Only down one lb., which I don't count as a real loss, but then, it isn't a gain either. <BR> <BR> I do the pool thing on M/W/F, but think I'll add Thursdays to the program. It's a slightly different program and it's scheduled from 12 to 1, which I don't like as much as my earlier class, but I like... Wed, 30 May 2012 14:13:08 EST It's Tuesday, it must be Mah Jongg The good news is that I actually remembered that it's Tuesday and didn't forget to go play Mah Jongg. The bad news is that favorite produce stand isn't opened yet. <BR> <BR> The stand usually opens the day after Memorial Day. Talk abut local produce! It's less than a half mile from my house and they only sell stuff they grow. It's my habit to stop by on my way home from MJ and pick up a couple of things for dinner. <BR> <BR> Drat! hope they open soon. Tue, 29 May 2012 13:46:57 EST Somedays I hate opening the mail Couple of weeks ago I had a check-up. Dr. O. was very pleased to see that I had lost 12 lbs since she saw me in September. "What did you do? How did you lose the weight?" <BR> <BR> I replied, "No special diet, I just ate less. That's about it." <BR> <BR> She said the results were showing: my blood pressure was down. And, she thought, my cholesterol was probably down too. So she ordered a blood test. <BR> <BR> I left, feeling pretty good, stopped and had some blood drawn, and headed f... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:59:51 EST First day (night) I've been exploring this site for over two hours and it's 2am. Sleep deprivation is a strange way to start on a healthful living site. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I went to a fund raising brunch. A very pleasant event. About a week later the organization posted a picture gallery and one shot of me motivated me to really get going on my long intended weight loss program. (see my profile picture.) Sun, 27 May 2012 02:10:01 EST