SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not Exactly in Black and White It could not be clearer if it were in black and white. When I weigh (orange dots) every day I am doing much better than on days I don't weigh (blue dots). Of course, I want to weigh when I think I'm going down and not so much on days I suspect I'm up. I have said more than once that I will weigh every day, no matter what. Here is evidence that this commitment might just really help me. Now to carry through with this good plan! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:05:43 EST Shouldn't Laugh at This One As I sat down, 10 year old Natalie bumped my elbow hard, not on purpose, but carelessly. My drink spilled down the front of my shirt. Natalie almost laughed. <BR> <BR> "Natalie, what do you say?" I said. <BR> <BR> "You've got something all over your shirt," she said, before I glared and then finally she said, "sorry." <BR> <BR> Trying to raise decent human beings isn't easy. <BR> <BR> She did a great piano practice today and a very good outing to the library. She even ate brown rice, qu... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:43:44 EST Unfocused but Significant Running Shirt: <BR> <BR> SparkPeople had an article this week with funny and clever workout shirts. My daughter just bought Natalie a cute one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie particularly likes this tank because it is very, very soft and cooler than her other running shirt. <BR> <BR> Appreciating the sky: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:06:29 EST Colorful! <img src=""> <BR> This colorful salad was a great post-run snack today! Nephew, granddaughter, and I all made it over 4 and a half miles. Good eating day yesterday. Beck review going well; working day 3 today. Give myself credit! Scale almost back to where I want it. Feeling very good!! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:35:24 EST Positive New Things One of my recent disappointments is that our favorite produce market (for local people: the one on Hwy 98 and Clubhouse Road) went out of business. A ways south of that location there is another large produce stand. Here's what we bought yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the front of the picture are Mexican zucchini, round like balls. I'd never seen them before, so I bought them. The clerk stated the... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:59:53 EST Didn't Mean to Trick You My last blog with the sunrise and sunset walk pictures were not taken in Florida. I was visiting my mom in Arizona. I purposely left out the mountain pictures and it was so dark you couldn't see all the cactus and lack of grass. Hubby asked me not to post on social media (guess that is SP, too) that we were gone, so I was a bit sneaky. Excuse me. No intention to trick you! <BR> <BR> Today I am home and proud, proud, proud to report I just weighed after a week of challenging eating and I had ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 08:13:03 EST Walking <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Walking last night at sunset; walking more at sunrise. Great day ahead. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:48:14 EST 2 Front Teeth <img src=""> <BR> Expecting the tooth fairy soon! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:50:31 EST Answer from SparkCoach about Tracking Options Guess I got a common sense answer from SparkCoach. What do you think? Have you ever tried evening - evening tracking? Evening has been my tough time and I thought I might try it. <BR> <BR> Your Question: <BR> Nutrition Timing <BR> I have a friend who recommends tracking from 5pm - 4:59 pm, rather than from waking to sleeping. She says what 24 hour period you are tracking doesn't matter, but if you have trouble with evening eating, it is easier to adjust breakfast, lunch, and snack. She tells... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:00:50 EST Running Good Enjoyed my hot and sweaty 4 mile run this morning, early, before the kids got here. I'm aware of some conflict in my world and it is so good to get out and run to balance out my spirit and life. I just ran the speed I felt like and it was faster than my training plan recommended, but I think that is okay. <BR> <BR> I rejoined the Y at the beginning of the school break and it is great to have the option of sleeping in and running on a treadmill in the A/C. There was a time I really preferred ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:57:37 EST Fun Challenges and Some Not So Fun <img src=""> <BR> We are at the library for their Friday activity. Kids' current assignment is to build a cup tower without touching the cups. They have a yarn and rubber band tool. Takes 4 people working together. Fun challenge! Got my run in this morning. Good eating yesterday despite some stresses and off to a good start today! Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:15:53 EST In My Yard We didn't have a hard freeze this winter, so there was never a time we didn't have a flower or two this past year. This spring, despite drought with sparse and crispy brown grass, our azaleas bloomed and I once again enjoyed my 40 year old orchid. <BR> <BR> But now the rains have come. Our grass is lush and green. And we have so many flowers. I just love them! All of these pictures I took yesterday in my yard. <BR> <BR> two allamanda bushes beside our home: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:51:59 EST Good <img src=""> <BR> Been reading some really good deep blogs, well thought out and well written. But I am just having fun with the grandkid! That is good, too. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:12:56 EST Enjoying Life <img src=""> <BR> Thoroughly enjoyed the girls' dance recital last eve. Now we are enjoying Hollywood Studios on Father's Day. Appreciate the helpful comments yesterday. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:56:56 EST Magic Mile Experience, a Little Self-Indulgent Our Galloway group ran a timed magic mile (MM) today. The MM is used to form pace groups and determines the training pace for the group runs and recommended pace for other training runs. Our fastest runner completed the mile in 7:18; the slowest was over 10 minutes behind at 17:20. We had one new person who got lost on the course and I was in the group that went and found her after we were done. She was fine; just lost. We ran in a shopping village area that was not yet open. It was pretty we... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:05:09 EST Don't Give Up That 5 Pound Fight! I'm proud that last eve I didn't let the rain dissuade me from running as planned. I didn't run long, just 2.68 miles. I warmed up in the house and did all run-walk outside. Cooled down in the house, too. I waited until the street flooding was diminished, but I still had to run in the middle of the street to avoid the streams and puddles. There was lots of spanish moss, twigs and debris from storms, too, to step over and avoid. Seemed like there was an inordinate amount of traffic last eve, ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:16:18 EST Tell Me About It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week hubby took me to a restaurant we've visited before, but this time they had grilled cabbage on the menu. I didn't order it, but I saw several orders going out of the kitchen and thought it looked interesting. <BR> <BR> So last night I grilled a thick slice of cabbage and a lean turkey burger with basil on the George Foreman. Quite tasty! Good change from boiled cabbage or reduced f... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:58:24 EST Inspiring Achievement on the Horizon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thinking of my niece today in Utah for the Bear Lake Marathon series. She and 4 other people from our local running group are doing 3 half marathons in 3 states in 3 days, June 15-17! My physical therapist is one of these half marathoners, too. And one person from our group, who is retired military in her late 50's, will run 3 full marathons in 3 days. I wish them all the best, hoping for a ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:07:43 EST It's Raining, It's Pouring <img src=""> I am sitting here in my car hoping for a break in the rain so I can pickup the kids from gymnastic camp. But honestly after months of drought I am glad to have this problem. Our yard has gone from looking like shredded wheat with lots of bare dirt to total lush green. I got my workout in this morning and I have umbrellas. Let it rain! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:55:38 EST Finish Line/No Finish Line In a 5K, there is a definite start and a definite finish, marked with striped mats, orange cones, and a big clock. <BR> <BR> Here are Natalie and me crossing the finish line on Saturday, June 10th, at the Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series, Race One. It was her first 5K race and an unforgettable experience. It was only the third time she had run-walked that distance. No doubt with training she could get a lot faster, but it was just an exhilarating experience. We were finishers number 801 ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:53:10 EST Pictures of Natalie and Me at the Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race One 2017 We are numbers 451 and 452: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:10:41 EST She Did It!! Natalie finished her first 5K in 45:23. We did 20 seconds run/30 seconds walk, although she skipped a couple run intervals. A couple times I ran ahead so I could get her picture. It was truly wonderful to run with my granddaughter. Although she said she was dying in the 3rd mile, when we were done she said she wanted to do it again. I couldn't quit smiling!! <BR> <BR> Here's some of the pictures I took and had taken: <BR> We are off! <BR> <img src=" Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:48:49 EST Don't Worry Internet problems today. Don't worry if I am not Sparking. Will be back soon. Have a healthy day!! Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:06:24 EST Hooray for GABY1948! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Gaye wrote from Israel! She said I could share these pix on SP. I am so happy for her. Hope she can relax, enjoy, and feel blessed and inspired. Things are good here and it appears there, too. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:59:19 EST Training Run I ran with granddaughter Natalie and nephew Martin this morning. Here's Natalie celebrating the 3 mile mark: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's our group with Natalie doing silly face: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are looking forward to the first Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K on Saturday which will be her first 5K!! Sun, 4 Jun 2017 10:54:20 EST My Group <img src=""> <BR> Today was the official kickoff of the 2017-18 Galloway running season. In this picture I am just right of center and slightly behind one person in lime green tank shirt and dark blue running skirt. We had at least 20 new people join us. We ran a short course with a big bridge that was fun on the downside today. Many more runs in the planning stage! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 21:08:10 EST Be Prepared Yesterday I was so glad that I had made my salad before we went to Senior Dance. When dance was over at noon I was already hungry, but I knew I had to wait to eat until hubby went to the bank and Lowe's and got gasoline. Then he drove through Taco Bell for fast food, but I said I'd wait til we got home. <BR> <BR> If I had not already had the salad made and the rest of the lunch planned, I know I would have just grabbed something. And I'm sure it would not have been as healthy. <BR> <BR> So... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:29:51 EST Fun, "Worth-It" Family Holiday!! Here we are at Blizzard Beach today, Gary and I cutting up with the photographer's encouragement: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We didn't get a bathing suit picture today. The photo lines were long, but we had fun in the sun, in the water, and on the tube rides. I even got in 14 flights of stairs walking up to rides per my activity tracker! <BR> <BR> For once Gwen was happy to get her picture taken and posed pretty... Mon, 29 May 2017 16:50:10 EST Memorial Run; Sodium and Weight I enjoyed the 5 mile group run this morning celebrating the Memorial Day Weekend. I wore an American banner on my spibelt, a red-white-blue sticker on my white visor, with a solid red shirt and blue skirt. We had over 50 people running and at least 40 of them were dressed in holiday apparel. We should have gotten a picture, but don't think anyone did. I told my niece about her great uncle Raymond who was killed in WWII. If she ever knew, she had forgotten. I never knew him as he died several ... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:27:21 EST Crowding Out I'm still thinking about the nutrition seminar I attended Sunday. One strategy the presenter encouraged is "crowding out". In other words, making so many good food choices that you just don't eat the junk. <BR> <BR> I suspect that strategy works really well for some. I think of our running group director who recently qualified for the Boston Marathon. She had always disliked vegetables. When she added vegetables to her diet as part of her training plan, she lost weight. <BR> <BR> For me, th... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:50:29 EST 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