SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dash of a Blog On my way to the Y in 10 minutes, so just a dash of a blog: <BR> <BR> * Sugar Smart Express is going fine. Biggest surprise so far while logging and counting sugar grams? Frozen unsweetened blackberries that taste sour have 15 grams of sugar in one serving. I don't have to give up fruit yet, but for a few days I will give up all fruit and high-sugar veggies like sweet potatoes and beets in order to re-set my taste buds and learn to appreciate more sugar subtleties. <BR> <BR> *Visited Aquagi... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:28:01 EST Watermelon 2016 Race #2 Photos <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Number 74 is my niece. Number 324 is me. Funny, we didn't start near each other at all. Her official chip time was 30:18 and mine was 30:53. Nearly 900 finishers and we ended up together! ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:35:27 EST Watermelon Summer Sunrise 5K 2016 #2 I ran happy! Nerves weren't too bad. Did what I set out to do, beating my time of 3 weeks ago by about 20 seconds. My pace was 9:57 and chip time was under 31 minutes; 30:58 maybe. I came in 2nd out of 7 in my age group, but Arlene who beat me didn't run the first one so I am still in first place for the series. Happy with that!! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:10:08 EST "Today, I Intend to......." Anne Alexander, author of Sugar Smart Express, has written a book about overcoming sugar cravings. Most of it is about what food to eat, but she also writes that setting an intention each morning helped her put her own health and well-being first. She wants us to do it, too: <BR> 1. Start with a thank-you, recognizing what you are grateful for. Her example, "Thank you for one more day to be on this planet, seeing my children grow and blossom into the special people they are." <BR> 2. Select y... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:01:10 EST Intention Set I finished a quick read of Anne Alexander's Sugar Smart Express. I'm going to give the 21 day plan a try. I'm getting things arranged to start on Sunday or Monday. Don't want to mess with my eating before my race on Saturday anyway. <BR> <BR> I lost a much longer blog, but that is basically what it said. Although I have a few reservations, I completely believe that this book will help me reduce my sweet cravings and overuse of artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Believe me, if you follow me, ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:46:30 EST Today's Update I got my exercise in this morning; a visit to the chiropractor -- legs are now same length again; healthy breakfast, snack and lunch. <BR> <BR> I'm more than half through reading the Sugar Smart Express book and thinking I'm going to try the 21 day program to reduce my sweet/artificial sweetener/sugar cravings. I will need to adjust the program to support my anti-psoriasis eating. I'm also studying a supplement and eating program aimed at reducing tremors - (yes, they are getting more and m... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:35:00 EST Personal Motivation I love this picture from my SparkPeople success story. I don't look like I'm moving very fast, but it actually was taken at about a mile and a half into a charity 5K raising money for autism research and services, and that's the one I finished in spring of 2013 in 27:33. That's my PR - personal record. I probably find this picture more personally motivating than anyone else in the world! (BTW, I remember my weight that day was 125.4.) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:16:36 EST Sweet Life Well, well, well. My hubby is smoking salmon. He is practicing because we are now part of a group who has monthly board game night and soon it will be our turn to host. He wants to do something special. He has never grilled in our 37 year entire marriage. I'm excited that he is willing to do the work. However, the marinade he made had 1 pound of coarse salt and 2 pounds of brown sugar so I don't think we'd call this health food. Even though he paid $30 for two slabs of salmon, I'm sure they a... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:51:59 EST Kick Off <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the group that was subdivided into 9 running groups this morning for the 2016 Galloway season kick off. We had some people out due to races; my niece was with a group at the Seattle Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon. I'm about 6th from left wearing aqua shirt, black shorts, and a black fuel belt. (I was just trying it out as it was given to me; didn't really need it for this run. I sewed it ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:22:02 EST Swim Today, Run Tomorrow Off to a good start today. Good breakfast with the kids and then Natalie finished reading her chapter book out loud. So glad she enjoys reading. They are building with legos while I'm typing this one. Natalie and I will read Gwen's two library books to her soon and then I'll sit with Natalie while she practices piano. <BR> <BR> The music theory Natalie is learning is just fascinating. As many music lessons as I had as a kid, I don't know why I was never exposed to much music theory. Maybe t... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:57:17 EST Salve WATERMELLEN suggested a beautiful song and video, We Can Be Kind, as salve for my sad heart yesterday. It is beautiful and true. If you have never experienced it, please do. I plan to bookmark and keep it available for me and mine. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fTMPNU </link> <BR> <BR> Senior Dance this morning was active fun for sure, tempered by observations of sad events, and multiple times I heard that theme that we must live and value each day. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:38:30 EST Not Guaranteed Too much, too awful, too close to home. No profound words come to me except perhaps live every day. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:50:08 EST Quick Blog about the Y It's great to be back to the YMCA. They have all new weight machines since I was last there. Many of the machines are similar to ones they had before, but some are different. I got a good workout yesterday using what I knew, but I am going to get a staff member to show me some of the new ones tomorrow. Going for 3 strength training sessions per week plus the 3 runs and some cross-training cardio. Hope to be as consistent with ST as I was in 2010, before I started running. I just want to do ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:02:08 EST Beck Check Week 6 Gaby1948 found a great Beck Diet Solution Foundation Strategies checklist that I really like and want to use: <BR> <link><BR>harts/73/ </link> <BR> (I could not get this image to copy and paste, so I'll retype it.) Beck influences me every day and is a definite part of my thinking, part of my successful weight management, even on days I fail to read my cards and remind myself to "do Beck." <BR> <BR> Yes, I am successful. I do have a middle 2 on the sc... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:17:09 EST Photos and Fluctuation <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture of my granddaughters at their ballet recital last eve. It was Hazel (not Hansel) & Gretel. Their parts were small and the program was long. Some of the relatives (I won't point a finger but I bet you could guess one) who came to see were disappointed. I think the girls had a good experience, though. DD did a great job with hair, costumes, and stage makeup. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:16:47 EST Some Good Choices and A Good Battle Plan Visited my great SparkFriend, Aquagirl08, yesterday. She has sure been through an ordeal, but has a great attitude and is making progress. Can't wait for her to get home where I can visit her without a major trip to a big city!! I dreaded it, but hubby did a great job driving. He wanted a special meal so we ate at Hula Bay Restaurant right on the water of Tampa Bay. We started on the sunshine outside deck and finished with the see-through curtains down watching the storm. Just Beautiful!! I h... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:24:21 EST Good Customer Service I've had 2 fitness-related companies do a great job of customer service recently: <BR> <BR> 1) My Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 running flashlight would not charge. Looked like the mechanism that should hook up had fallen into the body of the light. I emailed the company and they mailed me a totally new one at no charge. <BR> <BR> 2) My Garmin Forerunner 10 running watch that measures mileage, pace, calories burned, and records the temperature, elevation, will show a map of your run, and a bunch o... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:47:29 EST Now That Would Be a Challenge Natalie (9 year old granddaughter who I keep lots of hours) got a lot of recognition at her Awards Ceremony yesterday and most of them I was anticipating: A/B Honor Roll for last 9 weeks and for all year, Advanced Reading award for last 9 weeks and all year, perfect attendance for last 9 weeks, Good Citizenship for last 9 weeks. But there was one award I was not expecting for her at all. There are 4 third grade classes in her school, about 92 students. Only 4 children received the award for p... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:50:39 EST Watermelon 2016 Race Photo and Celebration Updates Lakeland Runners Club just posted the free photos from the first 2016 Watermelon Series 5K. The finish line pictures are easy to find because they are in chronological order, but if I want to see me running along the course, it will take patience and time to go through the hundreds of pictures. I did find a video of my running and actually it gave me some feedback on my form that may help me. The clock is showing gun time; my chip time was 31:17. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:21:06 EST Celebrating Gwen's Completion of Pre-Kindergarten and Some Good Living Our street looked like a river as we are dealing with the remnants of the tropical storm and drippy umbrellas. Dear little Gwen (5 years old) was amazing in the end-of-the-school-year pre-kindergarten program. At first she seemed to be 3 seconds ahead of the class in every dance move, 3 seconds ahead of the beat. Dear Hubby commented that Gwen dances just like I do and chuckled and chuckled! Shame on him. As the program went on, she really got with it. She danced and danced, twirled and gestu... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:14:50 EST Picture Proof and Reality Beck Check <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of Gary, the grandkids, and me at Be Our Guest on <BR> Saturday. We had a great day celebrating 4 June birthdays! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is proof that I rode Splash Mountain with the grandkids, DD, and DSIL. I am holding my glasses because I always feel like they are going to fa... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:55:32 EST Competition and the Rest of Yesterday Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series: Six runners are in my gender-age group out of the 1100 participants. I finished first by several minutes and have a comfortable lead, but with 3 more races things can happen. My good friend Fritz, 79 years old, who has been running 5Ks in 27 minutes was nursing a sore achilles yesterday and purposely ran slow, around 35 minutes, just wanting to hold a place for him to compete later. He will undoubtedly run the next 3 races better. There could be someone in... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:14:59 EST Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5k 2016 I finished in 31:17, much better than my last 5k. Although it is far from my PR, it was good enough for first place in my age group, although no awards today. The awards will be in August after the 4th race of the series. Now we are on our way to the Magic Kingdom for a special birthday lunch at Be Our Guest. We tried and tried to get reservations and finally six months ago we got one. Now to enjoy! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:59:59 EST Learned a New Line Dance Today One of my 3D friends taught me the Uptown Funk line dance today. We did it to 3 dances so I think I have it. I was just delighted to learn it quickly and enjoy it! One of my other friends tried to convince me that dancing is better exercise than running because you have to use your brain, too. Good point, but even when I'm dancing Johnny Be Good enthusiastically no way I'm getting the cardio I get running. So I want to keep doing both! <BR> <BR> One of the reasons I was so glad to get the li... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:41:25 EST I Am Still An Athlete First, thank you for the great comments to help my friend who is starting over on her journey to health and fitness. SparkFriends are the greatest! Some really great ideas were contributed. <BR> <BR> I could maintain my weight loss without running, in fact I did during the 6 months I took off due to psoriasis on my feet. But it really is one of the best motivators to eat well in order to run well! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:42:29 EST Help Wanted for Friend (Re)Starting Her Journey How did you or how are you changing your schedule and your life to support your healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember back to December of 2008 the last time -- yes, the last time -- that I decided I was going to change my life for good and lose weight once and for all. I would like to help a friend and share some things that might encourage and inspire her. <BR> <BR> One thing I remember is I really let housework slide. Oh, I still washed dishes and more or less kept up with... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:17:27 EST Another Great Water Park Day <img src=""> We had a great time! Swam some and got lots of activity. Took a healthy lunch, too. We got our picture taken by a Disney photographer after we finished the Teamboat Springs tube ride. I have 4 bathing suits. This suit is not as cute as the polka-dot one I didn't get a shot of last time, but I feel good in it! Mon, 30 May 2016 18:23:41 EST More Helpful Attitude Thanks to SparkFriends Thanks, SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> After I read your comments on my blog yesterday, I decided that it is okay if I get nervous before time trials and races. The problem I suspect is that I have thought getting nervous was not okay, was really silly. <BR> <BR> When I was employed I always got nervous before giving a presentation, whether to 12 people or 120 or more. But that was okay. I expected to get nervous, and perhaps I was using that energy to help me perform. <BR> <BR> So I have a new... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:46:27 EST Bonus Blog: Beck Check #3 I did not do as good with Beck this week as I want to. I plan to have a more positive report next week. <BR> <BR> The 2 days I did not pre-plan my food were my worst days. I commit to pre-planning this week. <BR> <BR> I did not do any sneak eating, so give myself credit for that! <BR> <BR> Most of the time I ate sitting down, thought about my food before eating, and ate mindfully. Good! <BR> <BR> I did not do terrible this past week, but in order to maintain I need to eat just a few le... Sat, 28 May 2016 10:22:45 EST Good Time to Run!! Tried not to stress at all, but somehow when I know I'm going to be timed, I find relaxing to be a challenge. And several of my runner friends, including my 80 year old friend who was trying to break 13 minutes (and did) and my 72 year old friend who finished just 4 seconds before me, admitted that they also get nervous for the time test as well as for every race. Truly, I'd like to give up the nerves. It doesn't make any sense to get nervous even for the races. Sigh. Breath. Stretch. Get eno... Sat, 28 May 2016 10:10:44 EST Refuse to Stress Over Running Tomorrow our Galloway group meets at 5:50am for a 6am run. We'll warm up running to the track and then do a "Magic Mile", a one mile time test that the program director uses to form the pace groups. I'm trying not to stress about it. <BR> <BR> My run last night was easy and, except for one slightly sore toe that isn't going to stop me, felt great. I went 5 miles with :30/:30 run/walk. Monday night I ran (no walk breaks) for 3 miles. It felt hard. My legs were heavy. My fastest mile Monday wa... Fri, 27 May 2016 10:53:01 EST Memories Time passes. I've heard older people over and over say that the older you get, the faster it passes. Perhaps I'm experiencing that now. <BR> <BR> Gwen has a loose tooth. She keeps wiggling it, the one on the bottom front left. The tooth fairy will be visiting her soon. She won't be 6 until September, three weeks after she starts kindergarten. Makes me smile. Things the way they should be -- normal development, a joy-filled occasion. <BR> <BR> Ate my morning snack with Aquagirl08 and her hub... Wed, 25 May 2016 13:13:21 EST Significant, Perhaps Nothing profound to say today. I actually did not step on the scale this morning because I just felt bloated.I'm sure I'm up a little. Didn't eat perfect yesterday, but not bad. I'm certainly not going to feel bad about it. Overall, I'm doing great and I expect the scale to be fine tomorrow. Maybe breaking that cycle of feeling guilty over little eating slips is not insignificant afterall. Tue, 24 May 2016 09:33:12 EST Memorial to the Capris Not that I haven't been wearing some tank tops and shorts these last few weeks, but now it is time to settle into my May-November clothes. So I reorganized my closet yesterday, putting all the long sleeves in the back and most of my long pants. I left out only my running tank tops, putting all the long and even short sleeved shirts in a not-very-accessible drawer for many months to come. <BR> <BR> My great friend, GABY1948, was celebrating that all her summer clothes fit. Great feeling! <... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:33:17 EST Worth It at Typhoon Lagoon Typhoon Lagoon is a great water park at Disney World. We were there 4 hours which was just perfect. No one got sun burnt and I'm betting all 6 of us who went slept well last night. It did wear us out! <BR> <BR> First my daughter gave me a Tennessee shirt. Hubby is a big Vols fan and he always wears his orange - shirt, hat, shoes - when we go to Disney. Usually he really sticks out in the crowd in that bright color and it helps us keep the group together. So daughter gave me a Tennessee shir... Sun, 22 May 2016 08:26:54 EST Bonus Blog: Beck Check Week Three From page 261 of The Beck Diet Solution, THIS WEEK'S EVALUATION (estimates). <BR> <BR> Do these activities daily: <BR> * Eat a healthful diet with limited calories - GOOD JOB! <BR> * Think about what you're eating before you actually put it in your mouth - WELL DONE. <BR> * Sit down whenever you eat and then eat slowly and mindfully - ALMOST PERFECT <BR> * Eat only to mild fullness - GOOD JOB! <BR> * Monitor your eating throughout the day - VERY GOOD <BR> * Give yourself credit - GOOD ... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:50:46 EST Safe Walk and Run Thanks, everyone, for the comments on my blog. Jeanknee is correct. The bird we saw yesterday was an osprey. In my running group this morning was a person who had served as a guide at the Circle Bar B Reserve, knew his stuff, and confirmed from my picture it was an osprey. Then I found this picture on the Internet. I had thought that ospreys looked more mottled and not black/white, but obviously they can be. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 21 May 2016 08:54:34 EST Happy Trails to You! Thoroughly enjoyed a slow and thoughtful 90 minute walk with my friend this morning at Circle Bar B nature Reserve. We saw dozens of gators, so many birds: limpkin, egrets (several types), herons (blue/white/great/not so great), falcon (we think), and many we did not identify, blue dragonflies that I never see in my yard, and a wild mother pig with her piglets, etc. <BR> <BR> Me on the trail: <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:49:13 EST Senior Prom Account The Senior Prom was great! This picture, not so much, but at least you can see we went. We may get a better picture later; this was one a friend took, not the official one. The theme was "Under the Stars" despite the fact that it was held my favorite time of day, morning. <BR> <BR> I kept the high, high heeled shoes on for 3 full hours. My little painted toes stuck out from under the long dress, but it was long enough that my ugly old bunions rarely peeked out. Wouldn't wear those shoes ever... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:30:40 EST Fun To Try Tomorrow is Senior Prom at Senior Dance. I just can't help but smile! Some of you may know that not having a prom date when I was in high school was one of the really hurtful parts of being an overweight teen. Yes, I've met people here on SP who were not overweight and did not have prom dates (perhaps they were too smart and intimidating?), but to me all my normal weight friends had dates and me and my few fat friends did not. <BR> <BR> So I've got a long dress that is quite flattering. And... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:19:20 EST Nailed the Physical Back in 2008, I weighed around 180 pounds. I had kept off around 32 pounds from my 1999 diet, but I had been gaining for years. At that time my cholesterol was high, my blood pressure was high, and my knees hurt especially when I walked stairs. My doctor said I had 90 days to bring down my cholesterol and BP or I needed to go on medication. I really did not want to go on medication. It was a major motivating factor for the lifestyle change that brought me to a normal weight. <BR> <BR> And ye... Tue, 17 May 2016 07:24:56 EST Made Me Smile.... On FaceBook I got some nice comments on my new profile picture. You'll recognize it as it is the same as my wallpaper on SP now: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My friend, Don, from Senior Dance commented, "Cute chick.... and so is #685." LOL. Silly Don. Made me smile, though. His wife gave me a, "Go, girl" and Aquagirl gave me a compliment, too. Hey, maybe this one should go in my Beck "worth it" stack of cards... Mon, 16 May 2016 07:57:39 EST No More Fooling Myself In order to do better weekly Beck Checks, I am going to try a daily check list. Might be too much forever, but maybe for a few weeks to get me into the habit. Just like I'm adding a question about my level of pre-planning food, which is one area I know I can improve, I am also adding "no sneak eating." <BR> <BR> The thing I want most now is eating habits I am proud of and nothing that I'm ashamed of. Eating every bite mindfully, sitting down is a start. Not picking at pans and my plate in th... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:12:06 EST Beck Check Week Two From page 261 of The Beck Diet Solution, THIS WEEK'S EVALUATION (estimates). <BR> <BR> Do these activities daily: <BR> * Eat a healthful diet with limited calories - I COULD HAVE DONE BETTER PLANNING AHEAD AND STICKING TO THE PLAN, BUT ALL 7 DAYS I ESTIMATE I STAYED WITHIN MY CALORIE RANGE. COULD HAVE MEASURED MORE FOOD ITEMS. OVERALL, VERY GOOD! <BR> * Think about what you're eating before you actually put it in your mouth - 100% <BR> * Sit down whenever you eat and then eat slowly and m... Sat, 14 May 2016 17:11:20 EST What a Friend We Have in Hunger Last night as I was drifting off to sleep, noticing a little hunger in my stomach, something from years and years ago came back to me. The year I was a sophomore in highschool I lost 60 pounds. I did not know the word "mantra", had never heard of "positive self-talk" and definitely would not have had a clue what refuting sabotaging thoughts means. Nonetheless I had a phrase I used a lot in my mind, especially when I was thinking I need to eat. It made me smile. Every time. My 15 year old self... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:00:58 EST This Week in Pictures Finally found myself at the start line of the Mayfaire 5K. I believe I am the 5th head from the left at the top. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This picture of me at the turn around would only load as a thumbnail. Don't know why. I like the picture. It shows I was smiling half way through. However, it also shows I wasn't running like a serious runner. That is me way off to the left, not cutting the tangent to take t... Thu, 12 May 2016 14:22:25 EST Bonus Blog: Mayfaire 5K Pictures Posted There are hundreds of pictures so it is hard to find me, but so far here is what I've found of our group. <BR> <BR> My niece in mustard yellow shirt at start: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My nephew in maroon shirt at the start: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There should be a picture of me at the start. I'll keep looking. <BR>... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:18:34 EST Another Busy Week Last night was our first Nightclub Two Step lesson; there will be 3 more Tuesday evening lessons coming up. And, sigh. Out of the 10 couples present, hubby and I definitely had the most problem trying to do it. We switched partners and there were some that were so proficient I could easily follow, but hubby and I together could not find the beat to get the rhythm. It was kind of embarrassing. I did smile a bit when I realized had I been doing this difficult lesson when I was over 200 pounds I... Wed, 11 May 2016 13:37:24 EST Straight Running Blog Saturday I ran-walked-ran the Mayfaire 5K, :50/:20, and ended up finishing in 33:33, my slowest ever but still good enough for 3rd place out of the 11 women 65-69 years old. I felt okay, but not super for the race. I am still waiting for the Mayfaire pictures to be posted. Free race photos is one of the perks of Lakeland Runners Club races, but they usually only get the fastest runners posted timely and the rest of us must wait and wait. OK. I hope to go to Runners Club meeting on Thursday. T... Tue, 10 May 2016 08:36:17 EST Stop Eating No new Mayfaire pictures have been posted, but I will keep looking. By the time I post them here, it will be old news. Oh, well. <BR> <BR> Read something today that hit me as a new way of looking at eating skills. Each meal and snack is an opportunity to use and develop the skill of "stop eating". Never thought of it that way, but learning to stop eating especially after supper, is a skill I need to strengthen. More times than not, I do fine, but when I slip it is often right after supper. I... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:40:57 EST