SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Free Again! After 7 good eating days, I weighed in at Weight Watcher exactly 7 pounds below my weight a week ago. No, I didn't lose 7 pounds of fat, but I did good! So after 90 months of free weigh-ins, I had to pay last week -- more than 2 pounds over my generous WW goal. Now I'm back to free lifetime. Wonder if I can break my record of 90 months at or below goal weight? I just might. But no matter, I won't give up because I know that is my key to long term success. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of my WW ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:15:06 EST Pep Talk I had a really good eating day again yesterday, so I'm now working on Day 7 of my good eating streak. The scale threw me for just a little while, when after 3 days of 133.2 it was up a pound and a half this morning for no reason that I know of except, of course, normal fluctuation. No, I'm not letting that little blip get me. Yes, I have before thrown in the towel foolishly, foolishly, foolishly for such disappointment in the past. Discouragement is the enemy. Patience and persistence is key ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:01 EST Human Chow Why doesn't Purina make Human Chow? Wouldn't it be great to just have a bag of food that doesn't even need refrigeration that was nutritionally adequate? I wouldn't even have to think about what to eat most of the time. No cooking. Very little cleaning. <BR> <BR> I couldn't see never having a delicious cooked meal. But I would be so willing to eat 80% of the time out of that bag. <BR> <BR> Reality is for humans a varied diet is recommended. Darn. Okay. I'm working on the attitude adjustme... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:51 EST Doing Pretty Good Four good eating days in a row accomplished! I'm down over 7 pounds from Saturday morning and just 1.2 pounds over my current, relaxed goal. So thankful to feel back in control. This time I tried to get back in control with 3 different food plans I had used successfully in the past, but this time I just couldn't stick to those plans. I would do fine breakfast and lunch but then blow it by the evening. I was beginning to feel more than a little discouraged and absolutely uncomfortable in my st... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:32:30 EST Thanks Again, SparkFriends Thanks for all the support and wisdom I received from SparkFriends yesterday. Your caring and understanding means so very much to me. I just don't get that message of acceptance from the people I see every day and it is crucial for my success and happiness. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks. <BR> <BR> I guess it is predictable that someone who was overweight/obese for more than 50 years and then loses 80+ pounds would have some struggles with maintenance. It has been 7 years and 7 months since I first ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:24:03 EST Shock and Share Part of me just wanted to hide and not blog and not share and just keep this part of my journey to myself. But then I decided it would help me, and maybe others, to know about my current struggles. Yesterday at Weight Watchers I had to pay for being more than 2 pounds over my WW goal. Shock. I didn't expect it to be that bad. This is the first time in 7 years that I had to pay. My leader reminded me that I'm not at the top of the WW goal weight range and offered to increase my goal weight. I ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:39:27 EST Atypical Bummer Bummer. Dr. Love recommends I take some time off of running to see if my back will go ahead and heal. I've had back problems many time over the past 6 years, but it has never lasted this long. I'm not to the "oh, well" attitude yet; I'm still in "darn, darn, darn." I have 3 races coming up in November. I'm thinking I'll still be able to run them, but without all the training I had hoped to have behind me. We'll see. I certainly know a whole lot of people not near as healthy as I am, but still... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:03:18 EST Long Run Another great sunrise run!! We made it 14.25 miles in 3 hours and 25 minutes. Our fastest mile was number 14, so for the most part we got gradually faster throughout the run, which runners like to call "negative splits." That is a good thing. Galloway has us go slow on these long training runs so we recover very quickly. We used walk 45 seconds and run 30 seconds throughout. I must say I am feeling good!! <BR> <img src=" Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:59:44 EST Approaching Good day dancing and good day eating today. Natalie did good at piano lesson and I did just fine driving in the rain, at least in the kind of rain we got this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I've got 3 pitchers of water in the kitchen, 3 large pans of water, and both bathtubs full. Just in case. And we do have some bottled water, too. And extra containers of water turning to ice in the freezers. We brought things in from the porch, the back porch, the back yard. After dance we went to the library think... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:27:24 EST Dealing I'm still dealing with a backache and disappointment. I went ahead and quit my new gym. My plan to really get fit backfired and created pain. It has now been 2 weeks and 2 days since the injury and I am just so very, very bummed. I've had backache before but I've never had it last this long. <BR> <BR> I ran yesterday anyway. It was wonderful. I did a very, very slow warm up and walked more than 15 gentle minutes. Then I ran-walked :30/:30 seconds for 20 minutes. The gentle pace I went felt g... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:30:44 EST Challenging Run and Beck Reboot Met my group at 6am for a "race rehearsal" sunrise group run. I was really hoping to run all 8 miles at 11 minute per mile race. That pace would give me a PR, personal record, for a half marathon. The group I ran with had targeted 11-11:15 minutes per mile. We achieved an 11:12 minute per mile and two of our group took off in the last mile and did make the 11 pace. Today, I just didn't quite have enough for that pace, but I choose to feel good about the run anyway. I have missed 2 recent trai... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:13:50 EST Eat And Run Another great eating day when it just seemed easy, normal. Why is that sometimes it is so very, very hard and sometimes it seems impossible to stick to my calorie range? And then there are other, blessed days like today. Judith Beck says that every day of maintenance isn't hard. Guess she's right! <BR> <BR> I loved what OHMEMEME responded to my blog yesterday when I wrote about feeling that a switch flipped somehow and I was suddenly back in control. She wrote to keep on flipping until you n... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:35:07 EST Flipped Today's weight was much better than yesterday's, and yesterday was my best eating day in at least a week. Now, to make good eating -- good choices and good portion control -- a streak! Yes, I can. I almost feel like a switch has flipped and I'm comfortably back in control. <BR> <BR> I know that I like to eat to comfort myself and my worst eating over the years has been when I'm in pain. My recent back issues, including not sleeping well due to discomfort, have caused me problem. Well, my ba... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:01:18 EST Today's Run, Last Week's Race I enjoyed the 12.5 mile slow run this morning with 2 guys and 2 woman. I was more than a decade older than the others. We did it in 2 hours and 58 minutes, really a walking pace but we did it with run-walk intervals. My back only complained a little. Sunrise was gorgeous: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is just 7 weeks until the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon, so on a morning like today it is amazing how m... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:21:59 EST Hang on During the Rough Patch My back is hurting and I have not slept well for the last 4 nights due to discomfort. I've seen the chiropractor twice and yesterday he said I have both joint and muscle issues going on in my lower back. I'm planning a nap today and hoping that my back will let me run with my group tomorrow. We've got a really slow but long run planned, 12.5 miles which would be my longest "run" in a year or more. But it is mostly a walk aimed at 14 minutes per mile with 30 second run intervals followed by 1... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:59:26 EST Delight and Healing Today! Here's a picture of Gwen with her new American Girl Doll, a 14.5 inch "Wellie Wisher" named Willa. She was our gift to Gwen for her 6th birthday and along with the matching tee shirt, Willa was a big hit!! Also, my DD bought 3 gowns for her: Cinderella, Belle, and Aurora. Gwen is delighted. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going back to my previous personal trainer. I called and requested him again. My back a... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:40:03 EST Rain Reflections and Today's Focus I forgot to mention the POSITIVE aspect of the rain for the final race of the Aching Quad series. When I got to Lake Hollingsworth around 6:30pm for the 7pm race on Saturday evening it was 94 degrees. When the rain rolled in just minutes before the 5K start, the temperature dropped to 78 degrees. So as far as temperature, it was actually better for running. I'm just a little hyper about falling so the slippery aspect of running in the rain and the heavy slogging shoes were not so appealing. T... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:03:29 EST Surprise! Easy Run Wins!! I believe it was my 41st 5K. It was the first race I ever ran in an absolute downpour the entire way. There was not one square inch of me dry. And no one could sneak up on any of the runners because everyone's shoes were squishing and squawking as we negotiated some slippery areas and some water up to our ankles. Definitely, a different experience. <BR> <BR> I had thought I might really, really run this one and not take any walk breaks. I was thinking I'd just give it everything I had left. ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:29:01 EST Aching Quad Race 3/4 Finished! After the 5K last eve, the one mile race at 7am and the two mile race at 8:30am, I am in second place in my age group. Just one race to go in this Aching Quad series, a 5K at 6:30pm. <BR> <BR> Met two really nice "young" guys, both named Tim. The one who is 49 years old ran in high school, in fact he ran 5Ks in 15:15 minutes. Recently he has been a cyclist, so when he started his new job on a Monday and there was a corporate 5K the following Saturday, he said sure. He thought his cardio was... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:36:52 EST Ready for Aching Quad and 6 Year Old <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey, the SMALL Aching Quad shirt fits and feels great! That's a pick-me-up on a day I'm not smiling at the scale. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm ready to run the 5K this eve right at sunset. Right now I'm wearing my Disney Princess Half Marathon grey shirt with blue, pink and purple. It feels good. And I'v... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:31:08 EST To Finish Aching Quad and Keep Trying Just got in my last run before the Aching Quad challenge, four races in 24 hours starting Friday evening at 7:30pm. Last time I ran it I was the only one in my age group, but this year they are giving Aching Quad finisher's medals to everyone who completes the 9.2 miles and a High 5 medal to all who run every (11 total races) Lakeland Runners Club race in 2016, so I expect there to be more competition. Packet pickup is tomorrow. Doing laundry now as I'll need 3 different running outfits for t... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:09:37 EST Grandparents Day 2016 This year we have 2 kids to join for Grandparents' Day at our local elementary school. First we met Natalie at 10:55. I snapped this picture of Old Dad (Gary) with our big girl: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And then at 11:45 it was Gwen's turn. Gwen's teacher came around and took our picture on her camera, and I asked her to take one on our camera phone, too. So she did: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:40:58 EST Eating with Hands? What is your experience with eating with your hands? <BR> <BR> This article says it can increase mindful eating and have other benefits: <link><BR>ou-should-eat-with-your-hands/ </link> I am just not sure. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week when I was carefully shelling my half ounce of pistachios, 23 nuts, it was like a treat. I hadn't eaten anything with my fingers for a quite a while, so it felt indulgent and playful, even though it was counted and track... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:31:08 EST I Highly Recommend It! "Sweat is a reward. Earn it and share it with pride," wrote Leah, my Galloway pace group leader, after this morning's run. Guess sweat does cool you down, so that is a reward. I certainly was rewarded a whole lot for my run this morning!! Hope all the sharing is just visual. <BR> <BR> We had a really good 11 mile run-walk-run this morning. I debated whether to wait for sunup and start at 7am or go with the group at 5am. I decided since we were going quite slowly and I had flashlights, I'd se... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:30:39 EST At The Same Time I'm glad to report my weight is back in range, even if just barely, at 132.8. So I'm 3%, or 3.8 pounds over my center weight. In looking at my eating and drinking in the last week, I see a lot of good, but I've got some challenges, too. I'm hitting the calorie-carb-fat-protein-fiber-calcium goals quite well. I'm getting plenty of fluid. But I recognize that I've been drinking way too many hot drinks: tea, coffee, decaf tea, and decaf coffee. I have no trouble eating oatmeal with no sweetening... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:58:15 EST Personal Training #2 Just got home from my second personal trainer session at Anytime Fitness. I remember ONEKIDSMOM blogging about her boy-wonder. Well, mine has returned from tours in Iraq and I'd never call him a boy. But he seems to have had quite a bit of experience with "old ladies" or mature women or senior females or whatever you want to call us. He's good about figuring out what I can do and challenges me well. (You may remember that several years ago I tried personal training and had a guy who had washe... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:31:46 EST Today's Thoughts What to blog about today? So many things running through my head. Random thoughts: <BR> <BR> * love my new, bright, clean gym <BR> <BR> * the gym has 3 showers, each very attractive and private in its own little room <BR> <BR> * won't be posting any more pictures since the contract I signed when I joined after my free week says no pictures; I didn't know before <BR> <BR> * the personal trainer contacted me at the last moment yesterday to say he'd made a mistake and doesn't work on Labor D... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:19:28 EST Aiming for a Deficit Today I read it here on a blog several years ago, "You can't outrun a bad diet." So very true. Yesterday, despite burning 600+ calories exercising, and eating lots of healthy food, I did not have a calorie deficit for the day. I am over my scream weight. Reality check. <BR> <BR> I looked to Beck (Dr Judith Beck, The Beck Diet Solution) for some motivation because I have found her program helpful over and over. One of my cards that jumped out at me today is, "Do It Anyway. Even if I don't feel like... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:08:02 EST Just Paranoid Enough Today was race rehearsal of 6.5 miles for my Galloway group. We ran a trail near my home, starting in the dark. Here's a sunrise on the trail picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The trail after sunrise: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My niece running about 20 seconds per mile faster than I am: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:11:07 EST First Personal Trainer Session at Anytime Fitness My first workout with the trainer lasted about 40 minutes. I don't even know the names of all the equipment. We warmed up on the row machine (which I had never used before but really liked) and then used several different straps and weighted bars and some step up platforms kind of trapezoid-shaped and a medicine ball. We worked on lower body, core stabilization, some arms, and balance. One of the balance challenges had me hitting the wall (literally, not figuratively like in long runs) a cou... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:17:26 EST Personal Trainer, Running Plans, Schedule Change I met with the personal trainer today. Looking forward to doing some very challenging strength training. I start tomorrow. Rode my bike the 20 minutes there and 20 minutes home as Gary had doc appt. I also did 30 minute elliptical while at gym after talking to the trainer. Strength training will be Monday-Wednesday for the next month. It is $$$ but I think it will pay off. <BR> <BR> I also signed up for the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon in November so it is time to get serious about tra... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:06:57 EST I Want It All OK. First, for the easy things to blog about. I did my free week at Anytime Fitness. The facility is new, bright and clean. They have a wide variety of new equipment and a range of classes. I have not yet had a session with the personal trainer, but I met him and immediately liked his personality and energy. I'm going to go ahead and join today. I am planning to get stronger and fitter. <BR> <BR> Second, my daughter promised to get the kids to the kid races if I want to run the Lakeland Red ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:51:16 EST Sunrise Run Great run this morning, 9.6 miles with a great group of people! It was worth getting up at 4:30am and managing 2 flashlights -- one on my forehead and one hand-held. I was very careful and not too fearful of falling. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hostessing 8 couples this eve (people we know from dance) and was aware during my run that I didn't want to end up exhausted. It was a long but pretty easy run. ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:59:39 EST Long Term SparkCoach's program for me today is about long term maintenance. It read, "Remember: Lifetime weight maintenance does not occur naturally. It takes daily commitment to face each battle head-on." I have never read a statement that contains more truth in my experience. <BR> <BR> And then my SparkCoach "WooHoo" page had a statement something like, "If you don't love yourself now, you won't love yourself after (you've lost weight). Love yourself at any size." That makes a whole lot of sense to ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:28:32 EST New Gym <img src=""> <BR> I rode my bike to the gym, did a 50 minute treadmill run and walk, a few strength machines, and I rode back home. So far so good with the new gym. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:38:25 EST Couple More Race Pictures and Race Plans Another friend sent me these pictures she took of me yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's Margo, Fritz's cheering wife, with me at the end of the race. She is always a smiling face in the crowd and a great support for all the Galloway runners. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a podium shot. First place in my age ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:26:49 EST Bonus Blog: First Pictures of Watermelon Race Final Here's pictures a friend took of Galloway runners who placed in the Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You may recognize Nanette, 80 years old, and Julie, 72 years old, who I coached starting in January of this year. The three of us won first place in our respective age groups. Suzanne, to the right, took third in my (our) age group. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:33:41 EST Let's Celebrate!! <img src=""> <BR> Finished the 4th Watermelon 5K and took first place in my age group. WooHoo!! Happy dance! Did very good first 2 miles and was on pace to hit my target time. Then I developed a stitch in the side and took some walk breaks. Was disappointed that I didn't have my best race of the year. At the end I was dizzy and had to sit down so I probably went as fast as I should have. One friend thought it was d... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:00:12 EST Every Step Closer --- If you haven't read this Spark article, I'd recommend you do: 15 things to tell yourself when you want to quit. There's times when running feels fantastic and I love every step. There are times it is hard and I have doubts about why I am doing it. (Why am I doing this? I'm an old lady! Hey, is that my back complaining??) Sometimes if I just tell myself, "I love running." or "I love being a fit old lady." or just "Fit and fine. Fit and fine. Fit and fine." Yep, it helps. <BR> <BR> <link>www... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:26:21 EST Thinking About Falls I just watched the third runner fall in the Olympic track and field events. That tells me that falling is just part of it. One runner even suffered what the announcer described as a "career-ending" knee injury. That's a tragedy to go from elite runner status, with undoubtedly a life focused on the sport, to sidelined. But you never know. The human spirit being what it is, she may overcome and surprise that announcer. Another American runner got up after a fall and finished the race, but did n... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:15:47 EST Adoring Grandkids I asked 5 year old Gwen today how she likes her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Legg. She laughed and said her teacher's name is said just like the body part, leg. Gwen went on to say she's nice and never grumpy. I asked her if she'd ever had a grumpy teacher and she said, "Oh, yes. Mrs. Arm." I could not help but laugh!! <BR> <BR> I'm having an active, good eating day. Have a great meal plan in place. Feeling confident that I'm going to turn the corner on this rough patch. As Beck says losing/m... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:18:17 EST Pre-Sunset Review and Plans Sunset is expected at 8:06pm this evening and the running workout I want to do will take me 45 minutes, so I'll start by 7:15. That should work! It will still be hot and humid, but that's okay. My race on Saturday morning will be warm and humid, too. Hubby has an appointment this evening, so I won't be able to go to the group workout (we share a car), but that's okay, too. Sometimes I like to just run exactly the pace I want to run. <BR> <BR> I'm doing okay on Day 8 of my second time throu... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:30:56 EST Olympic Marathon Comparison I just watched the women's Olympic marathon, with 3 Americans finishing in the top 10. No one medaled, but they did great. It was inspiring to watch! <BR> <BR> I realize that when I run my half marathon next January 29th, I'll be aiming to run half the distance in about the same time as the gold medal winner today. I'm aiming for 11 minute pace; the first finishers achieved right at 5:30 pace. <BR> <BR> Does that mean my effort isn't worth it? That thought crossed my mind and was immediatel... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:17:47 EST Running Over Challenges Started my run today at 6am with my Galloway group not feeling super. I had a headache. We just had a newsletter discouraging the use of aspirin and pain relievers. For one thing, runners can develop bleeding in the joints. From experience I was pretty sure that running would relieve my headache and I just looked forward to the relief. The headache lightened up after a mile and sure enough by mile 3 I felt good, clear headed and strong. (Love those endorphins.) We were doing :30/:60, run 30 s... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:00:51 EST Senior Dance Twin Day <img src=""> Today at Senior Dance I received a picture taken last week at Twins Day You will see Gary and me in TN garb, Having a fun active morning! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:59:14 EST Fruit and Gym Dilemnas If you've been waiting with baited breath for me to continue the Sugar Smart Express blogs, you'll have to wait a couple more days. Hubby bought beautiful huge peaches, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, apples, bananas, and the sweetest grapes I've ever tasted. I had told him not to buy sweet potatoes or beets and he did that, but he must not have heard me say to buy me no fruit. Can't let all this gorgeous fruit spoil, so I will eat it without overindulging, before I start back on the 3 day... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:32:38 EST Son in Law is Home and Will Be Okay As I wrote in my status, DSIL got sick at work last eve and was taken to the hospital. He was given pain medication and is now drinking lots of water and trying to pass small kidney stones. I've had kidney stones before so I can certainly relate. The kids slept fine at my house even with the sleep interruption to move to our house. Unfortunately I couldn't get back to sleep. I got the kids to camp this morning with their lunches, swim suits, and everything they needed, I think. <BR> <BR> Whi... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:26:31 EST Gwen Then; Gwen Now It's a little early to start celebrating, but not too early to reminisce. August 15th, a week from today, school starts. And my little Gwen who I've been taking care of long hours since she was 6 weeks old and DD went back to work full time plus part time, is starting full day (8am-3pm) kindergarten. <BR> <BR> Gwen Then: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gwen Now: <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:38:03 EST It Takes a Village ONEKIDSMOM already said it so well, I don't want to repeat in a weak imitation. Please read her blog. I 100% agree. So much so that instead of putting my money where my mouth is, I put my plastic where my written words committed me!! I joined SparkPremium. WooHoo!! My nutrition tracker is so much faster. I get to e-mail coaches for my personal questions. No ads. This is good as well as supporting something I love! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 12:55:44 EST Grandkids and Training It's Friday, and each Friday, the YMCA campers demonstrate what they've been doing all week again. Today I got to see Gwen swim farther and better than I'd ever seen her: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie was great on the floor exercises and the beam, but I didn't get very good pictures. Her dance routine and cheering were lots of fun to watch, too. She's one of the strong ones, holding the little girl in ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:22:29 EST