SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying New Things Based on the nutrition for runners presentation I heard earlier this week I tried a fasting run, running before breakfast yesterday. I went 5 miles total, 3 miles straight run, 1 mile run-walk, and 1 mile walk (split up - not in that order.) I had no problem. It felt the same to me as running after my oatmeal. I hit no wall. Usually I'm really hungry when I wake up, but yesterday the hunger waned and I did fine. Ate a good breakfast after the run as recommended. Our presenter did say that fas... Wed, 24 May 2017 10:30:06 EST Nutrition Seminar Report Clear as mud. <BR> Confusing. <BR> Can't be all correct. <BR> Very interesting. <BR> Some good points. <BR> <BR> Our speaker breastfed a 5 month old baby in a sling while presenting. The baby was adorable and didn't cry once during the 2 hour presentation. She changed his diaper and put him down to roll over on a blanket without missing a word of the presentation. That was the most impressive part!! <BR> <BR> The nutrition for runners seminar I went to 4 years ago was from a speaker from Go... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:36:28 EST More Later Life continues. <BR> <BR> I'm just about to leave to go to a nutrition for runners seminar. I went to one 4 years ago, but this presenter has a different philosophy I want to hear. I appreciate dear hubby since he's keeping the kids while I go. <BR> <BR> This morning Martin and I got 6 miles in. His run intervals were 20 seconds instead of 15 seconds today. Despite it being much hotter than last week (82 degrees at 7:30am and humid) he ran stronger. He's making progress! <BR> <BR> Friday... Sun, 21 May 2017 14:28:04 EST Not Too Seriously (Prom Report) The second annual Senior Prom, an event sponsored by Lakeland Seniors Dance, was a total hoot! -- made me smile; made me laugh; made me feel attractive; made me feel silly; and then made me feel like old lady fit and attractive and silly is all okay. Really, really okay. Really satisfying. Definitely a "worth it" experience. <BR> <BR> For someone like me who didn't have a date to my high school prom -- and I alway thought that was because I was overweight although I had friends tell me I was... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:45:22 EST Mayfaire Finish and Preparing for Prom The Mayfaire 5K finish pictures were posted today. My chip time was 30:45 but you can see by the gun time, I didn't start at the front. It was a very fun race! <BR> <BR> My good runner friend, Fritz, who is 80 years old, had been teasing me that I couldn't beat him any more. Well, this race I passed him on the last downhill. So now I can tease him! (Well, yes, he does have 12+ years on me, but we are both a bit competitive and really enjoy the semi-trash talk!) <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:59:48 EST Do Something Fun!! I was asked about my 2017 races and training experiences. <BR> <BR> I did train really hard starting after the Celebration half marathon on January 28, 2017. I asked our Galloway Program Director for a 5K time improvement program. She had me running 4 days a week and doing lots of speed work, usually quarter mile repeats with an eighth mile walking interval between, with each repeats around 2 minutes. I also did race rehearsals of up to 2 miles at the pace I wanted to run. Although I hit ev... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:50:29 EST Mayfaire 2017 The Mayfaire 5K turned out just about as well as I could have expected. I ran the race 2 minutes and 45 seconds faster than than I ran this race last year. The course is challenging and it was hot. Nonetheless, I ran the 5K 19 seconds faster than I ran the senior games 5K in March when the weather was ideal and the course nearly flat. <BR> <BR> Must put it in perspective. It was still 1 minute and 44 seconds slower than I ran Mayfaire in 2013. No, I'm not all the way back, but making progres... Sun, 14 May 2017 07:54:24 EST Preparing for Mayfaire I'm running the 38th annual Mayfaire 5K this evening. About 1,600 participants are expected. The course is around 2 lakes and through the historic district of our town. It is predicted to be over 80 degrees, but at this point, the rain and thunderstorms are predicted to end in the 6 o'clock hour and be clear by 7pm race time. We need rain badly, so I can't wish that it doesn't come, but I sure hope it all works out. There may be a lot of wind. Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I was able to get to... Sat, 13 May 2017 08:42:48 EST Natalie Has Talent! <img src=""> <BR> Last evening I saw Natalie perform in the Highland City Elementary Talent Show. The stage was decorated with balloons, paper plate flowers, and a big colorful sign that said, "Highland City Has Talent!" She played "Rockin' Robin" and I was so proud. Last eve she had 4 grandparents and 2 cousins as well as sister (who got her head in the video clip) in the audience, but mom and dad both had to work... Fri, 12 May 2017 07:29:03 EST Cute Diploma, Almost as Much Fun as the Class!! Don't be too impressed with this diploma! <BR> <BR> It says, "Be it known <BR> By Square Dancers everywhere and others of good will that <BR> Gary & Marsha <BR> Having attended the College of Do Si Dos and Allemande Lefts and having completed the prescribed courses in Fun, Friendliness, and Good Fellowship and perhaps even having learned a little bit, is hereby awarded the degree and title of <BR> BACHELOR OF SQUARE DANCING <BR> and well merits the privileges, prerogatives, and happiness acc... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:21:19 EST Expect to Keep on Improving! Here's my WeightGrapher data for the last year: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It clearly shows my gain during July-December, my loss January - April, and that currently my weight is fluctuating. Trying to stabilize that weight! <BR> <BR> Must put that within context. My highest all time weight was 212 pounds in 1998. In 2008 I regained to 188 pounds and I hit my first goal of 155 pounds in 2009 and 126 pounds in 2... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:18:40 EST I Helped! Here's a picture of Natalie's 4th grade science project. She collected data about heart rates before and after Disney rides. I'm in some of the pictures of us all on the rides. I cut the board out of a box and OldDad helped her paint it. She used my small plates as patterns for the ears. She used my Vivoactive HR monitor the first couple days she collected data, but then she got her own activity/step counter and heart rate monitor. She did the graphs at school and printed out her report and f... Tue, 9 May 2017 12:16:51 EST I'm Inspired! Our local Galloway Program Director, Sarah, worked so very, very hard for many years. And yesterday, finally, after numerous tries, she ran a 3:51 marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon 2018. She is the mother of pre-teen twins, she works very hard as our director encouraging so many of us, and has overcome illness, injuries, and family emergencies to accomplish this goal. She started running the same year I did, 2011, I was 61 years old; she turned 50. I remember when we ran about th... Mon, 8 May 2017 12:08:36 EST Doing What I Can Do My nephew, Martin, and I have been running Sunday mornings for about the last 8 weeks. He's had some aches and pains trying to get back into running, and some weeks we've hardly run and mostly walked. But not today. We ran-walked-ran 3 miles per the Gymboss interval timer. He did not skip one run interval, as he had every other week. And he lost 3.5 pounds in the last 2 weeks. So I am encouraged that perhaps he's turned the corner and is ready to get back in shape! <BR> <BR> We walked a war... Sun, 7 May 2017 14:50:42 EST Panther Point Trail Group Run Great run this morning! It was just 60 degrees when we started, when 2 days ago it would have been 15 or more degrees more than that. Might be our last cool run of the season so I was cognizant to enjoy every step!! <BR> <BR> I've got on the red Aching Quad race shirt: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 6 May 2017 11:29:47 EST Hot Running I ran in 90 degree heat today around 2pm. I was out a total of 40 minutes, 5 minutes walking warm up, then 35 minutes of :30/:30 run/walk. I cooled down (very literally) in my house, appreciating the A/C. <BR> <BR> I probably should have gotten up and run early when it was still in the 70's, but I slept in a little and needed to get ready for Senior Dance by the time I was awake enough to think of running. After dance and my hubby's trip to the hardware store on the way home, we had kids ,th... Thu, 4 May 2017 21:36:38 EST Excitement We have a local SparkTeam dinner this eve. Exciting! My weight is good and I'm feeling great. <BR> <BR> I'm excited that Natalie, 10 year old granddaughter, wants to run the Mayfaire 5K on May 13th. She plans to run with Martin who is going to run :15/walk :30, so I think she can do it with very little training. Maybe she'll get the bug to do more. Hope so! So I'll sponsor her registration fee. <BR> <BR> And I have another goal to work for, Space Coast race on November 26th, 2017. One of t... Wed, 3 May 2017 13:10:27 EST An Indulgence That's Not Necessarily Unhealthy For quite a few years the only dressing I used on my salads was oil, usually EVOO, and vinegar. One of the changes I made after first counting sodium when I started on SP was giving up bottled salad dressing. When I felt like I was in a rut I went with balsamic vinegar and sesame oil sometimes with sesame seeds, or red wine vinegar and avocado oil with some nice ripe avocado. Walnut oil, coconut oil, almond oil all added variety. And when I was fighting psoriasis it was always apple cider vi... Tue, 2 May 2017 12:47:30 EST Love the Sunrise! My nephew and I are going to run again this morning near my home. I'm ready and he'll be here any moment. Snapped a few photos of the sunrise this morning. There were years I rarely saw the sunrise. No more. What a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> I took this picture from the end of my street: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From my yard: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:58:03 EST Pretty Lellow Flowers Yesterday after school 6 year old Gwen walked up to me and said, "yellow". She said it perfectly. We both smiled. "I can say yellow now." Both of us nod and smile. <BR> <BR> Maybe a half hour later when we were taking a walk she asked me what the name of some pretty lellow flowers is. "I mean, Yellow, Yellow. The speech teacher told me that whenever I say something wrong I should immediately say it right two times." That's great, I said. I like that. You sure are making progress. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:34 EST Long Term Challenges Maintaining a large weight loss is challenging. I would bet if you are reading this blog, that is not news to you. Most Sparkers have read about it, if not experienced it themselves. <BR> <BR> Watermellen recently blogged about how after a little food slip, it was easy to fall back into old-old unhelpful patterns of self-criticism. I can absolutely relate. If I slip 2 days in a row, <BR> I have to fight my "I can't do it. I might as well give up" thinking. How silly! I've gotten back on t... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:51:39 EST Running Easy Yesterday I had a follow up PT appointment aimed at breaking my pattern of getting my back and piriformis healed up and then straining them again when I'm trying to strengthen them. The physical therapist could see, and I could too, progress since January on abdominal strength. Good. She told me to keep doing the 5 stretches at least daily for maintenance or twice a day for improvement. She gave me 9 more intense strength exercises, including two for upper back so I don't get unbalanced, to d... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:51:02 EST Silly Me!! Or Not So Much?? Today I feel so much better than yesterday. <BR> <BR> Partly I feel better because the scale is 1.8 pounds below yesterday morning. I feel pretty good at 126.2, just .2 over my current target range of 122 (which I haven't yet achieved; 122.8 is adult lowest weight) to 126. Yes, letting the scale -- especially less than 2 pounds -- impact my feelings about myself is just silly. I know it. It's not the whole story, though. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I stepped on the scale for the first time in ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:53:05 EST Struggling Slenderella61 is upset with herself, but refusing to be discouraged. I will not give up. I want to maintain the lower weight (122-126) but am still plagued by thoughts that it might be a weight I just can't realistically maintain. Scale was 128 today. If I can do it one day, why can't I do it the next? <BR> <BR> I have had friends and family tell me to quit struggling, to just try to eat smart. Well, I know that leads to weight gain for me. I struggle at 133 pounds. I struggle at 128 pounds... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:54:28 EST Extravaganza Extra Blog Enjoyed the YMCA Spring Extravaganza with the kids yesterday. <BR> <BR> Gwen told me that this is NOT the Easter bunny. She knows because this is a PERSON who was her instructor at Jellyfish camp last summer: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie got to meet the non-Easter bunny, too. She really enjoyed the crafts and made me a beautiful picture of flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:53:22 EST Not Critical I wrote a blog and deleted it before anyone read it. It was about excuses. The blog was too critical. When it comes to excuses, I am trying to rid myself, but going to be more tolerant of others'. <BR> <BR> Ran-walked-ran 5.8 miles with nephew this beautiful morning. He is doing better. Smile. Good plans for family time today. <BR> <BR> Wishing a wonderful Easter to all who celebrate!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:17:03 EST Fun Walk I bought a new MP3 player the other day, a very inexpensive, very light clip-on model. My old MP3 player still works, but I dropped it on the treadmill several years ago and some of the functions don't work. It has a lot of good music on it and I can access it, but I can not add any new music. I was ready for something new. This Eclipse brand came with 2 one-hour workout playlists, and they are not bad. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:18:07 EST Early Easter Greeting Happy Easter a little early to all who celebrate! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Overall I am doing well and feeling great, although yesterday was not my best eating day. I was just enough out of control to remind me why it is so important that I don't take my healthy eating and fitness for granted. So far today, really good eating and tracking, plus 6 miles including one mile straight run, 3 miles run-walk and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:06:50 EST Enjoying Nature Actively Here are some pictures of Panther Point Trail posted by people I ran with yesterday. I just love running in the beauty of nature. 9 miles of trail are done. The county has put lime and shells, almost as hard as cement, in the low spots, and built bridges and boardwalks to get over wetland areas. There are 9 more miles of trail planned and eventually Lake Hancock will have an 18 mile trail around it, linking to Circle B Bar Reserve and the Fort Frazier Trail. I run Fort Frazier often. I can ge... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:13:23 EST Panther Point Trail <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Great sunrise run at Panther Point! Finally had time to rotate the picture that was sideways. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 10:39:32 EST Short Update Taxes are done. Relief. <BR> Senior Dance this morning was fun! And we got our coffee/refreshment duty completed for the quarter. I put out many packages of cookies, and wasn't even tempted!! <BR> Natalie did good at piano lesson today. <BR> I've got 17,700 steps including 20 flights of stairs so far today. <BR> Now on the way to square dance lesson. <BR> Good eating so far today (except sodium). I will stick to my plan this evening. <BR> Tomorrow I will be more careful on the sodium, other t... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:59:47 EST Healthy, Happy and Sane I signed up for my next race, the Mayfaire 2017 5K, on the evening of Saturday May 13th. I am so pleased that a tank top is being offered again. Now that's a race shirt I will really wear! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope to do well, but I'm not training hard right now. I'm just going to run 3-4 times a week, enjoy my runs and just see how I do. The race is likely to be hot and the course, between and aro... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:47:00 EST Proud to Just Do It Four mile run-walk this morning at :45 run/:30 walk. It was 79 degrees and a "realfeel" rating of 87 degrees. TV said it is near record high temp for the date and "uncomfortable" humidity, but not "oppressive." I sat out water to drink I could grab each time I passed. I used sunscreen and wore a visor. I downloaded some music new to me yesterday and enjoyed it on my new little clip MP3 player. Very upbeat! Each mile got slightly faster, but I wasn't very speedy today. Just proud to get out th... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:18:03 EST The Real Florida What a wonderful balance to being "over-Disneyed". Yesterday we spent the day at Colt Creek State Park, 16 miles north of Lakeland in the Green Swamp. The event was incredible! So many fun and educational things for the kids to do and for us adults to enjoy. I only got a few pictures, but I think you'll get a glimpse of the atmosphere. <BR> <BR> Gwen's favorite thing was the horseback "riding". At first Natalie didn't want to do it, but after she wanted to do it again: <BR> <BR> <img src=... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 07:59:04 EST Good Drama What to blog about today? No burning issue presents. Weight is good, 124.8 this morning. Run went well this morning, group run plus a little more on my own for over 6 miles. Yes, I'm a little tired of Disney but family is going again today and I'm not going to miss out. I've got 16,430 steps so far; will I break my record of 39,000 today? Maybe. Okay if I do; okay if I don't I've packed healthy foods to carry, but may be flexible if I find healthy things on the menu. So, no drama. Good day. G... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:52:49 EST Even On a Tired Day.... I'm a little tired today. Silly me. Woke up at 1:40am. Hubby was up. This time of year it is dark when I get up anyway. I was hungry. I thought it was morning. I fixed breakfast and ate it! Now it is over 7 hours later and I'm not really hungry now. So I guess it will all work out. I am going out to lunch with a great friend I would not know if I had never joined SparkPeople. There will be temptations, but I don't expect any difficulty making good choices. <BR> <BR> The morning was incredib... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:27:24 EST No Excuses With everything I'm doing today including a social dance, a square dance lesson, child care with piano lesson, and more, the only time I had to run was 1pm-2:30pm. It was 84 degrees and more humid than yesterday, although not as hot and humid as it will get in a couple months. Nonetheless I think it was good training for my next race in the evening of May 6th. Traditionally that race is hot. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful that we don't have ice and snow here as obstacles to training. And it is a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:44:32 EST Unlinked Yesterday I went to my Spark start page and found the "Account/E-mail Preferences" and went to the Account tab. I reset the "How My Daily Calorie Range is Determined" to unlink my fitness tracker from my nutrition tracker. I used to really like being able to track fairly accurately what I could eat for the day. Especially when I have very active days, like 16 mile runs, my body needs more food than on a day I walk or even run fewer miles. So I liked having them linked UNTIL: <BR> <BR> <img ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:59:48 EST Changes I ran easy this morning. It felt wonderful! I did a walking 1.5 mile warm up and then ran-walked 8 miles for a total of 105 minutes of exercise. Change gets a bad rap. A lot of people don't like change. In fact, I was told that the only person who doesn't mind change is a wet baby! But after 6 weeks of sticking strictly to a training plan with lots of speed work, it just feels great to run for fun!! <BR> <BR> Another change in my life is the eating. You who have been following me know I stru... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:55:43 EST Vanity and Weight Management WooHoo! This morning I weighed 123.6, the second lowest weigh-in of my adult life, 88.4 pounds below my all time high. 123.2 in May of 2015 was my lowest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I sucked it in and stretched tall to camouflage my muffin top, and posted a picture flattering to my middle. That works, but gee, then I have to breath. Yep, I'm the same weight but softer in the middle than I was the... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:02:34 EST Wishing You Beautiful Weather, Too Another fun Disney picture, these from DinoLand in Animal Kingdom on Friday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The DD, DSIL and DGDs on the Primeval Whirl. Hubby and I passed on this ride. Used up all my bravery on Kali River Rapids and Seven Dwarfs Mine roller coaster ride! Hubby is brave and adventurous enough, but h... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:49 EST Time To Be Treasured Kids had a great time at Alice in Wonderland's Tea Party. They met the Mad Hatter and, of course, Alice. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie deciding how to decorate her tea set. It turned out beautiful! She liked wearing her Mad Hatter hat, too. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:30:45 EST Glad I am not Mammoth <img src=""> <BR> Gwen at the Mammoth dig at Animal Kingdom, her favorite thing here. Big sister is with mom, dad, and old dad at Mt Everest. I'm living active, healthy and enjoying life. Will eat what's in the bag today!! Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:36:31 EST Another Great Disney Day <img src=""> <BR> Over 22,000 steps so far and healthy food choices, some brought and some I bought in Magic Kingdom. Kids met Anastasia and Drusilla. They told them to be nicer to Cinderella! Tomorrow it is Animal Kingdom Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:31:03 EST Feeling Blessed You know, I don't feel old. I don't feel old at all. I run and jump and dance and play with the grandkids. I can go all day; yesterday at Disney I racked up over 20 miles. No problem! <BR> <BR> I remember being so tired in my 40's, with a challenging job and demanding personal life. I had lots of problems with my jaw. Tried lots of different treatments including braces. My jaw isn't 100% healed, but it rarely bothers me now. In my 50's I was even more tired. I wore orthopedic shoes and my f... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:16:51 EST Square Dance Workshop Report After the first square dance I was embarrassed and ready to leave. No kidding! But the most wonderful thing happened. The nicest man and his wife came over and offered to dance with us. I danced with the husband and Gary danced with the wife and since they knew what they were doing, most of it we managed to do! I think we learned quite a lot, too. So we now have a book to study, but mostly if we are going to do this, we just need to keep dancing and trying. I did get over 32,000 steps yesterd... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:54:46 EST Nephew, Square Dance, and Running This morning nephew and I did a little over 5 miles. We jogged a bit, but mostly walked. I was letting him set the pace and he had a pain in his leg that didn't affect him when walking, but limited our running. He said he just has to get the extra weight off. I'm having a hard time accepting that I can't run the speed I ran in 2012-14. He's gained back 64 of the 71 pounds he had lost. He's about 9 minutes a mile slower than he was. He's having a tough time accepting where he is right now in h... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:15:37 EST Adapting for Maintenance and a Laugh Daylight savings time means I leave my house with just a few sunrays peeking over the tops of trees and houses and the sky brightens pink, golden, purple as I drive east to get the grandkids. And sometimes, like this morning, I get to say good morning to the girls and share appreciation of the glorious sky with them. What a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> Daylight Savings Time also means tomorrow my group will run in the dark for an hour. My shoe lights and handheld flashlight with str... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:38:24 EST Once Again Smiling at the Scale! My almost 8 years of maintenance have had their ups and downs, but I'm pretty happy with where I am right now. In fact I hit the lowest weight I've weighed in a year and a half, 125.6. I like this weight a great deal. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel lean. Of course, I am a perfectionist and would like a little tighter stomach area, but really I know this is about as good as it gets as far as the weight goes. <BR> <BR> My focus is shifting from weight loss to maintenance for the first tim... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:58:41 EST Planning with the Whole Alphabet I'm still a little sore from my races on Saturday, and I didn't expect to be. But it is okay. I don't practice that power walking very often and the muscles it taxed (glutes, piriformis) are ones that need to be strengthened. So, more power walking this next year! <BR> <BR> Sunday I was suppose to run with my nephew, but he had a migraine and did good to walk. He just got glasses for the first time in his life on Friday and I think he's not adjusted to being able to see well through lenses. ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:53:47 EST