SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Scale Again ($#%%&) and Running Again : ) MAINTENANCE - Changing attitude about the scale: <BR> I am up one pound from yesterday. Still solidly in my goal weight range. I ate excellently yesterday. It is a fluctuation. It is okay. Everybody knows this; even me. But I still have to remind myself. I am committed to using the scale regularly as a tool and to benefit from the feedback it gives me. I am changing my attitude. Changing attitude takes some work. I'll get there. <BR> <BR> Part of me thinks it is absolutely ridiculous to be ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:40:40 EST Tried Some New Recipes My husband does the grocery shopping and he keeps buying those taco kits. I've told him repeatedly that I can make taco seasoning cheaper and healthier, but he hasn't wanted to try. So, last eve I fixed him his tacos out of the package and I fixed mine. <BR> <BR> Mine had ground turkey, 1% fat. Yes, it cost $7.19 for 20 ounces, and his 20% fat ground beef cost less for the same amount, but I sure drained a lot of his away. I added 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, and 2 t... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:18:01 EST Bonus Blog: Runners Socializing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me, first on the right, socializing after our run this morning. Ally, my niece, is to my left at the end of the table. Great time! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:27:41 EST Hey, Look, SparkGuy Put a Comment on My Page!! No kidding. SparkGuy. Put a comment. On MY page. I feel like a celebrity. OK, that's getting carried away. He's the celebrity, but I feel like I've been rubbing elbows with the famous!! He even quoted me in his blog edit. WOW! <BR> <BR> This morning it was a 5 mile group run with my Galloway group at about 12 minute per mile pace. It seemed really slow and only a bit challenging at the hills. However, Galloway recommends a 13:27 long run pace for someone running my 8:50 miracle mile, in orde... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:51:50 EST Rethinking the Scale The problem is not the scale and the feedback it gives me; the problem is my attitude. When I feel bad all day because the number is bigger than I thought I deserved, the problem is not the scale, but my attitude. All those times I got discouraged and gave up over the years because of what the scale told me, the problem was not the scale, but my attitude. I can change my attitude. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:08:55 EST Scale Obsession? Today my SP start page recommended an article on breaking an obsession with the scale. Although I am doing better with my relationship with the scale, it still bothers me more than it should when I have a weigh-in higher than I anticipate. Now that I'm not tracking my food, weighing myself is crucial. It gives me the feedback I need to know whether I need to cut back on my food intake. When I'm up I give myself two weeks to get back down to range. After that, if I'm not back to goal range I w... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:18:24 EST Motivation and Aging I've been at or below my current goal weight 64 months now. I'm maintaining around BMI 21 with a daily commitment, but without a lot of struggle. I have not even tracked my food for over 7 months now. My current central weight of 132 is about 6 pounds over what I think is my best-looking weight. I'm well within what my doctor considers a healthy weight now. Per a running web site (was it Matt Ferguson?) I'm maintaining about 10 pounds above what he thinks is my optimal running weight. To go d... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:03:51 EST Enthusiastic Running Friends on Hills <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's David and Ashley, two members of the Super Sloths, promoting a Galloway Training article on running hills. Probably had I taken the slow and careful approach advocated in the article, I would be a fan of hill running, too. I plan to start running a few steps on very small hills. Will work up to more if my cranky glute doesn't complain. <BR> <BR> Here's the brief article, should you be interested: <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:18:58 EST Proud, Happy, Blessed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's part of my Galloway running group, Dream Chasers, yesterday during the Miracle Mile. I'm in purple running shorts, mostly blocked by Fritz. I ended up passing him before it was over. As I posted yesterday, I finished the mile in 8:50 and was happy with that result. I'm already in the fastest half marathon group, so my assignment won't change. This year all the fast runners are in the marathon groups. <BR> ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:31:12 EST Miracle Mile Jeff Galloway's method of training to run involves the "Miracle Mile," a one mile time test that tells the Program Director which pace group each participant should be assigned. It also gives the participant a goal time for each distance. <BR> <BR> Today I ran the Miracle Mile in 8 minutes and 50 seconds. I'm pleased with that! Last year I didn't do as well in the miracle mile, 9 minutes and 47 seconds, partly because of recovery from an injury. <BR> <BR> Galloway's pace calculator tells ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:50:32 EST Running: Is It All About the Bling? Hey, I run for fitness. I run to help maintain my 80+ pound weight loss. I run to socialize with other runners. I run because, at least sometimes, I love it. I run (and walk) to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. I run to amaze myself! I mean, how many people spend more than 50 years as a couch potato and then start running at age 61? And 15 miles?!! That truly does amaze me. <BR> <BR> But, okay, while I can't say that my running is all about the bling, it certainly doesn't hurt. Here's a ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:08:32 EST Honored Today I was honored by being asked to serve as a Beck coach. I'm looking forward to reviewing this powerful program, The Beck Diet Solution by Dr. Judith Beck, again. The subtitle of the book is "train your brain to think like a thin person." I know I will benefit from going through the program again. I hope the person who has faith in me will, too. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:23 EST Joining the 21st Century I sent my first text today. It was successful. WooHoo. So I sent a second one. No problem. The text helped me meet up with my niece for a great 6 mile run-walk-run this eve. <BR> <BR> I added all my contacts from my old cell phone to the new smart phone. Appeared successful, but I can't say no problem. I accidentally called 1000 miles away and left background noise on voice mail. Luckily ONEKIDSMOM didn't mind too much. We ended up having a good conversation. Kind of serendipity. Made me sm... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:03:15 EST Whole Workout I did the whole track workout sponsored by Lakeland Runners Club located at the high school last eve: <BR> <BR> *10 minute walking warm-up before the group got there <BR> *half mile jogging warm up with group <BR> *plyometrics <BR> *1600 meter (about one mile), 9:40 pace, run <BR> *200 meter walk <BR> *1200 meter run <BR> *200 meter walk <BR> *1200 meter run <BR> *200 meter walk <BR> *800 meter run <BR> *200+ meter walk <BR> *400 meter jog <BR> *walking cool down by myself <BR> <BR> Last w... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:33:32 EST Smart? Really?? I got my first smart phone yesterday. I have only one thing to say about it: It sure does make me feel dumb!! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:37:13 EST Big Plans! Enjoyed our 5.9 mile, 75 minute group run this morning. Great socializing after, too. Just love that my niece and nephew are running this year. <BR> <BR> I talked niece into running the OUC Half Marathon, so I'm all signed up for that Orlando race on December 6, 2014. It's suppose to be a pretty flat course, but with lots of turn. Have also been warned to be prepared to really pick my feet up during the last couple miles as there is quite a bit of (my nemesis) red brick road. Can't have ever... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:57:35 EST Getting Ready *alarm is set for 5am <BR> *bag is already in the car: towels and wash cloth, shorts and shirt, underwear, shoes, shampoo and conditioner <BR> *laid out: running outfit, sports bra, Balega socks, Saucony running shoes, Garmin GPS watch, Road ID, sports glasses, Amphipod water bottle, Gu Chews, banana <BR> *checked the weather (will be 75degrees and 93% humidity with 10% chance of rain) <BR> *Weight Watcher weigh-in book packed <BR> *car key in purse, set out to grab <BR> <BR> I'm ready for o... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:14:38 EST Good News Old Dad had his two week post-op follow up doctor appointment today. He got all 25+ staples out of his abdomen. He can now drive, drink soda (???), and eat salad (hooray!) But the really good news is that all 4 processes that were used to analyze his liver and colon biopsies determined everything was negative! So he is not facing cancer treatment at this time. Relief and celebration! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:43:54 EST One Word Review: Yum *whole wheat couscous <BR> *fresh spinach, sauteed with just a bit of olive oil and fresh garlic <BR> *canned no salt added tomatoes warmed with Italian spices <BR> *grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you serve picky eaters like I do, you can put each item on the table separate. But putting it all together is even better!! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:10:49 EST At Least They Couldn't Run Off and Leave Me I promised I'd let you know how the Lakeland Runner's Club track workout went. The fellow in charge is so very positive and encouraging. He is just great. (And he does it totally for free, just because he wants people to run.) There were people I knew who welcomed me kindly. Showed me how to hang my towel on the chain link fence and where to put my water bottle. <BR> <BR> That said, it was a very hard workout. The quarter mile (400 meters more exactly) track, of course, is quite flat, althou... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:45:09 EST You Knew It Was Coming - Race Pix Here I am at the finish line of Saturday's race. Sarah, our Galloway Program Director, asked me to make sure I smiled at the finish and I must say I did. Looks kinda goofy, though, especially compared to the young 'uns in the foreground looking spent. Not sure this was Sarah's best advice. I kind of liked the determined look on my face at finish 3 weeks ago, but she was not impressed. As I lined up for this race she came and encouraged me to move up even closer to the start and reminded me t... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:48:53 EST Watermelon Race From a Different Perspective My picture at the finish line from yesterday's race has not been posted yet, so once again I get to milk the race for all it's worth. Do I wish I were in first place? Of course. But am I happy with age group second place? You betcha! <BR> <BR> I want to celebrate a bunch of victories, big and small: <BR> <BR> -Yesterday my nephew, Martin, ran the 5K with his new camelback water carrier and ran it in 39:03 gun time, I believe. He also got his 25 pound award at Weight Watchers. he'd lost 30 ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:26:34 EST Faster - Watermelon #2 Race Report Here's a link to a video of the race I ran this morning, the Second Sunrise Watermelon 5K race of 2014. I saw me in the video, but I doubt if anyone else can pick me out. I'm wearing a teal tank top and sparkle skirt. Started about half way back all the way on the left hand side: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-jC3eW0& </link> <BR> <BR> I was number 389 today as opposed to 405 last time. My gun time was 29:21 and chip time 29:03; compared to 29:4... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:05:21 EST It's Not Just Maintenance, It's Relentless Determination My new SparkFriend, Sandicane, has reframed "maintenance" as "relentless determination." I just love that phrase. She has captured it totally! Kudus to Sandi! <BR> <BR> I'm taking hubby to the doctor this morning (he's not to drive yet) and then I'll pick up my race number for tomorrow's 5K this eve. Feeling strong and absolutely determined!!! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:51:43 EST No Goal Posts, But I'm Just Saying--- A motivational speaker I once heard said that when you don't set a goal it is like playing football with no goal posts. You'd never know when you have accomplished what you set out to achieve. <BR> <BR> I used to count my binge-free eating days. I participated in a message board where we all counted. 35 days was my record. It had been 3 days, and then 7 and then 15 ----- up to around 35 days, several times. Everyone was allowed to define for themselves what constituted a binge. My definition... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:30:03 EST Going for Improvement and Fun Thinking about my 5K coming up this Saturday, I am declaring a few goals. Assuming that the weather and conditions are approximately the same as they were for the first race of the series on June 7th, my goal is to do better. <BR> <BR> I hope to approach the race more calmly. I feel better prepared this time and think I can do that. I plan to line up more appropriately to the front of the 9 minute per mile group rather than at the back so I don't need to weave so much at the beginning. The ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:56:19 EST Check Up and Progress I had a physical exam today. My healthy lifestyle is continuing to pay off with good lab results. My overall and unhealthy cholesterol went down when I lost weight and has stayed down, even after my 65th birthday. My HDL (healthy cholesterol) is now 65, the highest it has ever been measured. I celebrated when it got up to 50 a couple years ago and to 55 last year. I will admit that my blood pressure was a little higher than I'd like, but I do think it was due to white coat syndrome; at home i... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:31:35 EST Hubby's Home, I Ran, and Found Out Who I Am I ran with my group this morning, but didn't socialize after because I needed to shower and get to the hospital for hubby. So I missed out on this socializing, but I've been at this spot many times on Saturdays after runs and plan to enjoy similar gatherings almost weekly: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a great group and I'm so glad my niece has joined. I got to see her this morning, although she was in a different pace group. T... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:14:40 EST Thoughts and Prayers Today is Old Dad's (my husband) surgery. So glad that we are finally going to get it over. It has been many weeks since the bad colonoscopy. The granddaughters stopped by to kiss him and wish him well, but he was in the shower, so I got extra hugs and kisses to give to him. He's having two surgeons, one to take out 1/3 of his colon and another to take 0ut a bad spot on his liver that they found in a recent CT test. It may be a tense day, but I plan to eat smart and get some exercise. Your th... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:33:33 EST Jeff Galloway's Presentation Last eve I attended a Jeff Galloway presentation. He is a great speaker and I found it fascinating to hear about his efforts to qualify for the Boston Marathon after 10 years of easy running with no time goals. That he qualified by 6 seconds in Florida at the Space Coast marathon, running intervals of 30 second run/15 seconds walk, is just great. And the experience of running Boston this year was one he did not want to miss. He makes a persuasive argument for the run-walk-run method. <BR> <... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:26:59 EST Drum Roll What great names my SparkFriends suggested for my new dance shoes!! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed learning about Terpsichore, the daughter of Zeus, and muse of dancing. How classy! If they were WATERMELLEN's shoes, I could see it. But the name doesn't exactly roll off my tongue. But, thanks, Ellen, for a very interesting nomination. <BR> <BR> Slender's Slippers or Slenderella's Slippers or Slender's Soles. Yes. I will label the box Slenderella's Slippers. Those shoes are Slenderella's slippers for s... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:59:53 EST Shall We Name the Shoes?? After regularly dancing with my husband for over a year, I finally found real ballroom dancing shoes that fit me. They have leather soles. You are suppose to only wear them on the dance floor, so I designated my Disney Princess Half Marathon net bag for carrying them around. Here's a picture <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They felt very good on my feet, much better than the shoes I have been wearing, most of which are too loose or too... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:46:44 EST Two Week Deadline I made a pact with myself. I'll do my best to eat healthy and mindfully, but since November of 2013 I'm not tracking my food any more. I tracked for 5 full years and credit tracking with enabling me to lose weight and keep it off. But now I'm trying to learn to listen to my body and eat normally. My pact dictates that if I'm over my target average weight, I get two weeks to cut back to get it back or return to tracking. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to average no more than 132. A range of 129-134 is ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:19:46 EST FINALLY - My Watermelon Race Pictures!! Here I am finishing the first race of the 19th Annual Watermelon Sunrise 5K Series. At this point I'm looking and feeling pretty strong, but just wait! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe I eased up a second early: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Letting down now: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lakeland Runner's Club... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:48:56 EST Active Days Enjoyed a good more-than-an-hour elliptical workout at the YMCA yesterday. A lot of it I did at 180 to 190 strides per minute, so I was moving. I didn't have kids yesterday, but I had run the day before with friends, so I didn't want the impact of a run two days in a row. <BR> <BR> Today, Gwen and I took Natalie to gymnastic camp at the Y. We played on the playground and had snack before she went to the nursery. Then I did 5 miles on the treadmill. I ran 2 miles @ 5.5 mph, approximately my h... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:35:29 EST Yesterday's Run Two of my friends wanted to run at 5:15 pm yesterday, definitely the heat of the day. I saw a sign on the way that said 97 degrees. I knew it was hot, but I felt like running. I even ran ahead and filled up all three of our water bottles up the hill at the college. Took me a while to catch back up to them and they were only walking. I do want to run more in the mornings, but I'm glad I can take the heat if I need to!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:29:33 EST Extra Blog to Motivate Me Love those pictures of the Sunrise Watermelon Series 2014 #1 race last Saturday. There are 3 more races in the series: June 28, July 26, and August 23. Still haven't found any pictures of me, but I love looking at the pictures of others. I do think it is motivating. I'm now in second place in my age group, determined to stay well so I can pick up a medal in August. And even more determined to use exercise to help me maintain my 80 pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> Race day registration: <BR> <im... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:56:53 EST Birthday, Birthday, Birthday, and One to Go! Birthday week is almost done here: hubby on June 3, me on June 6, and daughter on June 8. Now we just have son-in-law on June 20. DD had to work on her birthday and I had the kids. I helped them each make and decorate a cake for mommy, the kind she wanted, and she took almost all of it home after a healthy meal at my house. <BR> <BR> Third attempt to download pictures worked! Here's the grands, their cakes, and each of them hamming it up in their own special way: <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:22:38 EST More Watermelon Yesterday's Watermelon 5K results are posted. There were 1038 finishers and I was number 405. My chip time was 29:15, not my best, but not bad. The official results confirmed what I said yesterday, that I am currently in second place in my age group. The person in first place beat me by a minute and 4 seconds and the third place person was about a minute and a half behind me. There are seven women in our 65-69 age group; there were 13 men and I beat 7 of them. There are 11 people 70 and up co... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:11:02 EST Watermelon Race Pictures (Not Me, but Cool Anyway) The beginning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kids line up with their coach: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What time shall I pick: realistic, or in my dreams??: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And we're off: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite encouraging signs along the... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:08:15 EST Watermelon 5K Race Report I just wrote a 5 paragraph race report and lost it. Maybe it was more than I needed to say anyway. <BR> <BR> EDIT: I didn't lose it! Now both showed up. The first one is more complete. Or just get the essence here: <BR> <BR> Bottom line, I did much better than at Senior Games in March even though the weather was much less conducive to good times. My gun time was 29:41 and that was good enough for second in my age group. <BR> <BR> l will probably find out my chip time, which could be a min... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:30:55 EST Watermelon 5K Race Report Probably will have pictures later today, but let me just tell you. As expected, it was pretty hot and humid. I'm guessing 75 degrees at the start and rising with 95% humidity. That's what it felt like anyway. The course is one I run often, pretty flat, around a lake, and most of it is a nice smooth asphalt surface. I decided to wear my regular glasses (progressive lens) rather than my sports glasses (single vision) since fogging up is not an issue with the ones I wear regularly and I feel pre... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:23:24 EST Busy Busy So much going on today. I picked up both girls at 7:15am and brought them home. They decided on the first day of vacation, they wanted to spend the entire day in their bathing suits, so they were out in the sprinkler, filling the plastic pool before breakfast!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:43:33 EST Natalie Victorious; Old Dad Has Challenges Natalie has just completed her last day of first grade. Yesterday she received several awards including a certificate for straight-A's for the entire year !! She had 6 family members including me at the ceremony to cheer her on. Here she is playing in our yard after awards: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby's surgery will be June 17th. He'll have 2 surgeons: one for the colon and one for the liver. He'll be in the hospital about ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:15:00 EST Happy Birthday to Old Dad When I was growing up I often saw my mom consult the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Naturally when I started cooking for myself in the '60's I bought myself one of those books with the red gingham cover. In 1996 I saw that BHG had added nutritional info to the book, so I bought a new one, and was surprised to see so many different recipes and changes to old standards. <BR> <BR> When hubby asked for a pineapple upside-down cake for his birthday, I got out both books. I've found that some... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:15:04 EST Can't Lose I read something this morning on facebook that stuck with me. It said something to the effect that no race ever started at the start line. Isn't that the truth? The race is just the culmination of the training. <BR> <BR> My race on Saturday the 7th will be my first in the 65-69 age group. It will be hot and humid, but a very flat, familiar course around Lake Hollingsworth. I suspect if I show up and run my race for all 4 races of the series, I'll probably place. I think I'm trained enough.... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:30:59 EST Get in the Kitchen! Challenge In response to the At Goal & Maintaining Plus... Team's Get in the Kitchen Challenge, I took pictures of what I was preparing. The challenge is to encourage people to cook more often because it can be healthier and thriftier and to try new recipes. I kind of fudged, because this is what I was already making when I received the SparkMail, <BR> <BR> I looked through cookbooks and SparkRecipes and combined several. I had about 2 pounds of loin pork chops, one pound of fresh bagged sauerkraut,... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:16:33 EST I Made It!! When I was 59 years old, over 5 years ago, my doctor told me I had 90 days to get my blood pressure and cholesterol in line or else I'd need to take medication. I did my best to become more active and eat healthier. Before the 3 month's time I had my numbers down to the normal range. I vowed I would not be taking any lifestyle-related medications until I was at least 65 years old and on Medicare. (I know for some people due to heredity or factors we don't understand that would not be possible... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:08:44 EST Forget the Silly Title Ran a glorious 6 miles with my Galloway group this morning. Enjoyed some coffee with the group, then I went shopping and bought a really cute running suit for my 5K next Saturday. Not sure if I'll run fast or not, but I'm gonna look good!! <BR> <BR> Saw this on FaceBook and thought it was an appropriate sentiment for some of the thoughts I've needed to let dissipate recently: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I'm posting pictures... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:25:23 EST Strengthening Other Skills Yes, I know tracking works. I did it almost religiously from December 1, 2008 until November 30, 2013. That is 5 full years. And I measured or weighed almost all my food, too. I re-learned portion sizes. And during that time I changed the food I was eating, selecting primarily fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, whole grains, skim milk, with occasional treats. <BR> <BR> I am happy to eat those foods. I enjoy them. I feel satisfied most of the time eating those foods. I feel healthy and ... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:14:52 EST