SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mundane Blog Do I have a pound of trash? Or have I discovered something new? Perhaps I should call it fire-roasted great northern beans? I was going to do a cross between an overnight soak and a quick soak by bringing them to boil, but I forgot them. Now I have a pound of lightly scorched beans. Hmmm. <BR> <BR> After receiving the Popular Blog Award yesterday for my March 11th blog (thanks At Goal & Maintaining Plus .... Team), this concern seems mundane at best. For some strange reason I was really, re... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:27:43 EST Recommendations Needed My new glasses - single vision so I can see the ground well, Transitions for shades, and wrapped at the temples for unobstructed view - are great EXCEPT they fog up. This morning I ran over 6 miles in my neighborhood. I loosened up the strap to get more air around, but that only helped a little. I had some anti-static, anti-fog cleaner and that helped a little, but it might be old and out of date. Anyone have a suggestion on an anti-fogger for my running glasses? I do really feel much less li... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:07:03 EST I Missed You! We went to Nashville to the Women's NCAA Basketball Championship. Our seats were way, way, way up high: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the highlights of our trip was seeing Danielle Bradbury and Cassadee Pope (Winners of The Voice) perform: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:54:30 EST Glasses, Tight Shoestrings, and Staying in Condition I got my new glasses. They have removable magnetic parts at the temple corners that make them like goggles, especially good for cycling. The lenses are Transitions, changing from clear to sunglasses. They have an adjustable removable strap in the back to hold them on tight. But best of all, they are single vision, which means I can see the ground really well, as opposed to my regular progressive glasses where the bottom is really meant for reading. When I run with the new glasses there is no ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:05:50 EST Scanned Finally My friend, Bertie, who took these pictures asked that I scan and post them, so here goes: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's a picture of me finishing the 1500 meter walk. My official time was 11 minutes flat. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This picture was taken during the 5K walk, at about three-quarters of a mile in. We went around the high school track, before heading out the gate,... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:09:41 EST Unexpected Motivation I enjoyed a slow, easy run on the TM today with almost no coughing. Just missed two runs due to the cold. I'm back!! There are some new signs at the Y that I like. "Good Things Come to Those Who Sweat" and "Stick with It. What is Hard Today Will Become Your Warm Up." And there's a white board that I can't give you verbatim, but said something like you have just one body to live in and it can be an anchor holding you down or it can be a source of energy, vitality, and joy. Motivation from an ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:25:45 EST Powerful Short Autobiography If you haven't read Portia Nelson's Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, I recommend you do so: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I see many parallels with my weight loss journey. Do you? Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:32:07 EST Short Blog Not much in a blogging mood recently. Forgive me. I'm around and I'm reading blogs. I'm doing fine; eating healthy, running, and cross training. Feeling good. Not sweating the scale, but weighing for the At Goal & Maintaining Plus Team weekly. Life is good!! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:53 EST Easy, Cute, Tasty -- What More Could You Want? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We made these cute banana dolphins today and the kids loved them!! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:07:33 EST Another Celebration Of 5 Years of Maintenance!! NOW I'm officially at 5 years of maintenance! I've gotten wonderful applause and congrats from the At Goal & Maintaining Plus Transition to Maintenance Team. And, although that title is a mouthful, it is a fantastic team!! Their research says (I'm pretty sure it is based on the National Weight Control Registry) that chance of regain drops to 27% after 5 years of maintenance from 80-95% at the time of goal achievement. And that is great news. Statistically I have a 73% chance of maintaining my... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:59:48 EST Healing, Dancing, Running and Changing Gwen (3 year old granddaughter who I keep 4-6 days a week) is much, much better. She's eating and sleeping and wanting to play. Runny nose is about her only complaint now. Relief! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the Senior Dance this morning. My friend who power walked with me Monday showed up with pictures of me in the Senior Games walking events. I didn't even know her boyfriend had taken the pictures. Perhaps I'll scan them so I can post them to a blog, timely or not. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I went... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:17:38 EST Wanting Relief for Gwen and Sleep for Her Mom Gwen, the 3 year old, is really sick now. For a couple days she had too many symptoms to take her to the YMCA, but she didn't feel bad. I thought her cold was like the one I just got over, not too intense although it hung on a while. But now Gwen is miserable, whining and crying, and up almost all last night. Her mom (my daughter) took her to the doctor and got her medicine this morning so I hope DD gets some sleep tonight and that Gwen feels better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I ran in my neighbor... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:57:39 EST Giving Up Scale Struggles this Happy St Paddy's Day If you've ever struggled with the scale number, and especially if you've ever let the scale number cause you to give up your efforts to be your healthiest and happiest you, be sure to read today's Daily Spark: <BR> <link><BR>st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you </link> <BR> <BR> After years of letting the scale bother and discourage me, I have declared this my year to make peace with the scale. Although I am aware that I'm just a bit over my declared up... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:51:58 EST Inspired by Slimkatie I was so proud to see my SparkFriend, SlimKatie, featured in April's Runner's World magazine. She is AWESOME. Page 50 and 51 are more than half filled with her before and after pictures; she has lost 120 pounds. Her story on page 54 is one many of us could relate to. She realized that to maintain her weight loss she would either have to give up all sweets or keep running. She has her own web site called "Runs for Cookies." I also like that she avoids baking and buys her cookies at her favorit... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:36:52 EST Routine Blog If you didn't read my "5 Surprises" blog on March 11, read that one. This one is just day to day living stuff. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the Lakeland Runners Club meeting last eve, even the pizza. I bought a fuel belt for long distance running as a birthday gift for my niece who plans to run a full marathon within a year. She really seemed pleased. I was delighted to see a fellow from my Weight Watcher group at the meeting. I told him about our Galloway group and LRC and he's joined both! He also ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:03:08 EST 5 Surprises After 5 Years of Maintenance What can I say about 5 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss after more than 5 decades of being overweight or obese? I've already said so much. In "Please Read This Blog If You've Gained Back Weight Before," I credit Super Foods, increased cardio, and most importantly the mindset to "quit quitting" as my keys to maintenance success. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042750 </link> I still believe every word of this blog. <BR> <BR> In "How I... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:07:13 EST 5 Years At a Healthy BMI Five years ago today, on March 9, 2009, I weighed in at Weight Watchers to find I had finally achieved a healthy BMI. I've now had 60 monthly free lifetime weigh ins, and not once been over my WW goal. Since I was a pre teen this is the only 5 year period I've lived at a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> Perhaps tomorrow I'll have some wise reflections about achieving this milestone. <BR> Today I am just recovering from my athletic endeavors of yesterday and giving it some thought. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:23:29 EST Natalie's Victory and My Consolation Prizes If you've read my status you know that my granddaughter, Natalie, made 20 laps in her Walkathon yesterday and has earned the right to be Coach for a Day at her school. We are so proud! I'm pretty sure it is an eighth of a mile lap, so that would be 2.5 miles. Last year she remembers she did 19 laps - but I thought it was 17 - and she quit when they called time at 45 minutes. They are allowed to jog, walk, or even run some. This year she had her sites set on 20 laps in order to earn the top pr... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:20:13 EST Gwen and Natalie, March 2014 Here's Gwen, dressed as she likes best, snuggling our dog: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here's Natalie reading and snuggling with Gwen: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here are my granddaughters playing in our backyard: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:27:12 EST The Pressure is On!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's hubby above with his silver medal/red ribbon for checkers and his gold medal/blue ribbon for chess in the Senior Games. Good going, Gary!! Am I feeling pressure to perform in Saturday's running and walking events?? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:01:30 EST Walking and Pushing Today is a beautiful day here, perfect in the shade with a light breeze and just a bit warm in the sun when you are moving. We've been lucky. The 3 days I've needed to take the stroller and walk to pick up Natalie at school (because hubby had the car for Senior Games checkers, Sudoku, and chess) have been good weather. Most of the walk was pleasant really. <BR> <BR> About two thirds of the way has sidewalk. I found that what worked best for the areas with sand, grass and weeds are to pull of... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:11:22 EST Senior Games Update Today hubby and I played Bag Toss, otherwise known as cornhole. It was a double elimination tournament. My nephew came to the site and helped keep Gwen supervised while we played. Hubby did win 1 out of his 3 games; I lost both of my games, but I didn't embarrass myself. I hit the board often, and the hole occasionally, but just played better players. Glad I participated. And at the site there was a ballet class for 3-5 year olds going on. Gwen was invited to participate and love it!! <BR> ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:14:35 EST Don't Eat C. R. A. P. At the Y last week I saw a white board with a message that has stuck with me: Don't Eat C. R. A. P. <BR> <BR> C = carbonated beverages <BR> R = refined carbohydrates <BR> A = artificial sweeteners <BR> P = processed foods <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty good with most of these, but plan to do even better!! The artificial sweeteners are definitely the hardest one for me. I celebrate that I have cut way back, but recognize I could still do better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:38:39 EST Galloway Group Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the picture of our Galloway running group that was taken yesterday. I'm the 6th face from the right. Not everyone made the picture - at least 3 people were running events - but it is a great group. One of the guys from my Weight Watcher group has decided to join. I'm so excited that I recruited one! <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:53:07 EST Running and Portions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Disney sent me a congratulatory e-mail with this picture in it. So happy I got one without having to buy it. So we get to see me running in Epcot. <BR> <BR> Today I went and had my picture taken with the Galloway running group at 6am and then waited for sunrise about 6:50 to start running at Lake Hollingsworth. After a 10 minute walking warm up and one mile run at 11 minutes per mile, I ran a half mile in 4:16 and... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:14:05 EST Picture, Senior Games, and Confession Guess I wouldn't have needed to pose with my Princess HM medal after all. Sarah found another picture of me to include, see lower right: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finished number 27 in my age group out of 283 runners. Out of the 19,800 finishers I came in about number 3,600. I know, though, that many took their time and stopped for pictures and more entertainment than I did. <BR> <BR> I still have a head cold and it may be ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:01:35 EST Disney HM Pictures Sarah, our Galloway Program Director, posted this collage with my picture missing. She wanted everyone who ran the Disney Princess HM to be included. Now, that's pressure! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I did as she asked and put on my Princess shirt, SparkleSkirt, and shoes: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So now I'll be in the collage. While we were at it, daughter clicke... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:16:31 EST Can't Do Everything You truly can't do everything. You have to pick and choose. This last weekend I did the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It was a great experience and I don't regret my choice. BUT I missed the opening ceremonies of the Polk Senior Games. And hubby gave up one event (Senior Smarts) that he would have participated in. <BR> <BR> Right now hubby is competing in checkers. Hope he does well. He has chess, Sudoku, and bag toss coming up; I have 5K run, 5K walk, 900 meter walk, and bag toss coming u... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:27:54 EST Flavor of the Princess HM If you want to get a flavor of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, this 5 minute video captures it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alf-marathon/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I'll never forget it! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:36:32 EST Disney Magic I did it! Completed my 4th half marathon, the Disney Princess. It was really fun. There was entertainment almost the whole way. <BR> <BR> My official time was 2:30 and maybe 35 seconds. That's not a PR, but just 4 minutes off of it. If I hadn't had the potty stop and twice circled back to kiss my hubby who couldn't find me in the crowd, I probably would have PR'ed. It was really funny when the woman behind me asked if I knew that man I had just kissed passionately!! She thought we should al... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:41:47 EST Expect to Outrun My Nose!!! My very first race was the Senior Games 5K in March 2011. The night before I suddenly came down with a stiff neck, sore shoulders, sore hips, and various other aches and pains. My dear daughter, the massage therapist, came and rubbed and bio-freezed me and I was fine. At the time I wondered if it could be psycho-somatic or all in my head. In speaking to other runners, it seems to be a common affliction to have mysterious symptoms develop pre-race. <BR> <BR> This time my foot that I was quit... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:58:04 EST Half Marathon Weather Sunday's weather for the Disney Princess HM looks pretty good, with a low of 62 degrees and a high of 80. Bet we'll finish before it is 75; maybe just 70. Ideal running weather is 55 degrees, but I'm pretty comfortable running in some heat. The hourly forecast will be available tomorrow. Rain chance for the day is 50% and humidity is over 90%, so that could be a concern. I'm a little paranoid about falling, so I don't like slippery. Usually rains in the afternoon, though, so I'm hoping there ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:32:34 EST Court Over, Princess Approaching I sat in the courtroom for 3 hours yesterday and answered a lot of questions. There were 36 of us questioned. In the end, I wasn't one of the 12 selected to serve. Glad I went. Glad it is over. Glad I'm back to taking care of my dear little girls and to a life where I don't sit very much at all. <BR> <BR> The Disney Princess Half Marathon is only 5 days away. I just have one more easy training run before then. My foot is healing and I'm hoping it won't be an issue. I'm planning to thorough... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:00:26 EST An Even Greater Sitting Challenge, I Suppose I really didn't have to sit too much at the softball game. We sat in the top row with no one behind us, so I could stand a lot. I made a lot of trips to the water fountain, checked out the adjoining baseball field that was empty, got a program for my husband, checked out the concession stand but decided against anything, got to the restroom, etc. The Tennessee girls won and hubby was happy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to go to Tampa for federal jury duty. Hubby is going to drive me in the mor... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:57:56 EST Do I Have to Sit? Tonight hubby wants to go to Tampa to see his alma matter, the U of Tennessee, girls softball team play U of South Florida. DD is getting off work at 4:30 so we can drop off the girls and go on. I'm used to watching sports on TV and exercising while I watch. Leslie Sansone-type moves (Walk Away the Pounds) are my favorites. I'm thinking it may be hard to exercise during the game, though. I may have to sit down so I don't irritate everyone around me. Why do spectators have to sit? And only the... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:24:53 EST Run, Dance, Live, Part II I am a runner, but today is a cross training day. Gwen will be going home at 3:30, so I think I'll go to the gym and do an elliptical workout after that. The blister on my left foot is healed and I've decided to wear my well-broken in shoes for the Disney Princess HM on the 23rd. I'm still battling a funky stomach, but not going to let it slow me down!! <BR> <BR> Last night we had a merengue dance lesson. We practiced the basic step, in and out, woman's turn and return, and the sweetheart. W... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:48:52 EST Run, Dance, Live Ran four miles this morning in my neighborhood. It was nice to wait until after sunrise and really see where I was going! Temperature was in the low 60's at 8am, so just right for running. The dog ran 1.5 miles of it with me. It was our best attempt so far to run together. She only ran into me once and didn't knock me over, so I consider that a success. I did take her home after that, though. Definitely easier to run without her. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are going to dance lessons this evening.... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:39:13 EST Kind of Exciting Day Pretty exciting day today! First I got back my laptop and it feels great to have my own computer available whenever I want. I have missed it. Feel really behind on my Sparking. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I have been furniture shopping for several weeks. I have been wanting to replace the upholstered furniture in the living room for several years actually. Finally DH agreed and today we selected our new couch, loveseat, and two reclining chairs. They won't be delivered for several days, but I'm feel... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:47:30 EST Pretty Good I ran today carefully after the sun rose. I met with my running group at 6am, returned a borrowed jacket, but decided not to run with them due to my recent falls. I chose to run in daylight (7:10am this morning) and on an even surface, the path around Lake Hollingsworth. My stomach was still not feeling great, but I knew that with the Disney Princess Half Marathon two weeks from tomorrow, I was really needing a long run. I originally had hoped to go 15 miles, but at 13.65 miles I decided it w... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:04:27 EST Again Today He called it a "Sportsman's Fracture" and spent nearly half an hour doing a "four surface filling." He said any dentist would know from that diagnosis that I broke the corner of my front teeth. Now when I look in the mirror my teeth no longer remind me of my fall. The dentist did an amazing repair. I didn't expect him to be able to fix it so perfectly. It costs $215, but worth every penny. The soreness in my mouth is almost gone. My left hand, my chin, and my knee injuries are healing and wil... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:16:58 EST Thanks Thanks, SparkFriends, for all your kind words, support, encouragement and truth, on my last two blogs. I know I will be fine and I will continue my commitment to living healthy, active and well-nourished. I enjoyed a great Zumba session this morning with a friend who invited me. Hadn't done that for a year or more and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Will see the dentist this afternoon for my rough chipped teeth. Plan to run again tomorrow. So far have not had to go in for jur... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:07:28 EST 104 Runs Since June Since June 2013 I've run 104 times, an estimated 414 miles. That's a whole lot of great running. Honestly I've enjoyed almost every mile. I love getting faster and going farther. I love the companionship of the group runs and getting to go exactly my pace when I run alone. And although many people don't like them, I'm happy to run on the treadmill. I really like the bling and recognition when I place in race. Do I need to give it all up? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a very good eating day and t... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:05:33 EST Processing It hurts to chew a banana right now. Really. I fell during my run this morning. That's 2 falls this running season. Chipped my 2 front teeth this time; some more lip damage. Left hand messed up again, and I had just gotten back to arm strength training. Knees not as bad this time; I had on capris. I am so disgusted. Did run over 3 miles after fall and not slow. Still going to do Disney Princess HM 3 weeks from tomorrow. Just need some time to process. Perhaps only running in daylight might b... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:06:42 EST Challenge Myself and Embrace Each Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw this picture on FaceBook and wondered if I could post it here. Then I saw that it originated on SparkPeople, so I guess I can. Small world. It really speaks to me. Powerful. <BR> <BR> One other picture on my FB home page grabbed my attention: a picture of my granddaughter, Natalie. It hit me. She really is growing up. Time flies. You can't grab time and hold on, but just embrace each day, each moment. <BR> <... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:49:02 EST Let's Count This Run as a Big Success! Most of my usual Galloway running group members are running Celebration Half Marathon tomorrow, so they didn't run today. Only 2 of our 9 pace groups did run today, and I had my choice of 5 miles really slow or the fastest group (all members who regularly do full marathons and I'm a half marathoner) for 11 miles. The Program Director reassured me that I could do it, so I went with the fast group. I borrowed a windbreaker/rain jacket as I had taken fleece and there was a light mist at the begi... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:15:42 EST Stamina, Corn Bags, and Count Down Today was Senior Dance with hubby. I am so tickled that his stamina has increased. He never exercises for exercise sake, but he has been walking the dog consistently for about 2 years now. We've been dancing 1-2 times a week for about 8 months. Today we danced more than an hour of the 2 hour event; 6 months ago he'd only dance a couple dances. He is doing more of the fast dances, too. <BR> <BR> And we have made some great friends at the dance. Tomorrow we are playing Corn Bag Toss in prepar... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:28:17 EST Always Something to Celebrate Here I just passed 100,000 fitness minutes tracked since I started SparkPeople in Sept of 2009. Thanks to all of you who gave positive strokes on my feed. That averages 1971 minutes per month for over 4 years. Thanks to SP or I wouldn't have any idea that I'd accomplished that feat. I am thankful that there is always something positive to celebrate in SP Land!! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:44:16 EST Still Here Don't worry about me. I'm still committed to living healthy, eating smart, getting in my 3 runs per week and increasing strength training. I'm dealing with some things right now -- health issues, possible jury duty, difficult family member, possible job/schedule change for SIL that will increase my already long hours of child care duties, and so on and so on. <BR> <BR> If I count my worries, there are a lot. If I count my blessings, there are a myriad!! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:38:13 EST So Proud of the Nephew! My nephew took over another minute off his 5K PR for a 36 minute and 50-somthing (53 maybe?) finish this morning in the Komen Race for the Cure. He's come a long way from his first 5K in January of 2012 at 49 minutes. He is controlling his blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. He's not lost a lot more weight since the first 30 that fell off of him in the hospital when his blood sugar was 650, but between the running and the CrossFit he is definitely fitter. My niece finished the 10K, too,... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:30:17 EST This Is A Test I'm interrupting my series looking back at old blogs in order to share a current challenge that I face. <BR> <BR> I've been fighting scaly rash (I've had several diagnoses including eczema) on my hands for several years. It is much better. In November, shortly after I ran the Lakeland Half Marathon, my daughter gave me a massage and told me she thought I was getting the same crud on my feet. It's gotten worse, thick and hard, splitting open. Recently I've have blood on my socks after a goo... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:11:53 EST