SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Personal Trainer, Running Plans, Schedule Change I met with the personal trainer today. Looking forward to doing some very challenging strength training. I start tomorrow. Rode my bike the 20 minutes there and 20 minutes home as Gary had doc appt. I also did 30 minute elliptical while at gym after talking to the trainer. Strength training will be Monday-Wednesday for the next month. It is $$$ but I think it will pay off. <BR> <BR> I also signed up for the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon in November so it is time to get serious about tra... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:06:57 EST I Want It All OK. First, for the easy things to blog about. I did my free week at Anytime Fitness. The facility is new, bright and clean. They have a wide variety of new equipment and a range of classes. I have not yet had a session with the personal trainer, but I met him and immediately liked his personality and energy. I'm going to go ahead and join today. I am planning to get stronger and fitter. <BR> <BR> Second, my daughter promised to get the kids to the kid races if I want to run the Lakeland Red ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:51:16 EST Sunrise Run Great run this morning, 9.6 miles with a great group of people! It was worth getting up at 4:30am and managing 2 flashlights -- one on my forehead and one hand-held. I was very careful and not too fearful of falling. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hostessing 8 couples this eve (people we know from dance) and was aware during my run that I didn't want to end up exhausted. It was a long but pretty easy run. ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:59:39 EST Long Term SparkCoach's program for me today is about long term maintenance. It read, "Remember: Lifetime weight maintenance does not occur naturally. It takes daily commitment to face each battle head-on." I have never read a statement that contains more truth in my experience. <BR> <BR> And then my SparkCoach "WooHoo" page had a statement something like, "If you don't love yourself now, you won't love yourself after (you've lost weight). Love yourself at any size." That makes a whole lot of sense to ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:28:32 EST New Gym <img src=""> <BR> I rode my bike to the gym, did a 50 minute treadmill run and walk, a few strength machines, and I rode back home. So far so good with the new gym. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:38:25 EST Couple More Race Pictures and Race Plans Another friend sent me these pictures she took of me yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's Margo, Fritz's cheering wife, with me at the end of the race. She is always a smiling face in the crowd and a great support for all the Galloway runners. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a podium shot. First place in my age ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:26:49 EST Bonus Blog: First Pictures of Watermelon Race Final Here's pictures a friend took of Galloway runners who placed in the Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You may recognize Nanette, 80 years old, and Julie, 72 years old, who I coached starting in January of this year. The three of us won first place in our respective age groups. Suzanne, to the right, took third in my (our) age group. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:33:41 EST Let's Celebrate!! <img src=""> <BR> Finished the 4th Watermelon 5K and took first place in my age group. WooHoo!! Happy dance! Did very good first 2 miles and was on pace to hit my target time. Then I developed a stitch in the side and took some walk breaks. Was disappointed that I didn't have my best race of the year. At the end I was dizzy and had to sit down so I probably went as fast as I should have. One friend thought it was d... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:00:12 EST Every Step Closer --- If you haven't read this Spark article, I'd recommend you do: 15 things to tell yourself when you want to quit. There's times when running feels fantastic and I love every step. There are times it is hard and I have doubts about why I am doing it. (Why am I doing this? I'm an old lady! Hey, is that my back complaining??) Sometimes if I just tell myself, "I love running." or "I love being a fit old lady." or just "Fit and fine. Fit and fine. Fit and fine." Yep, it helps. <BR> <BR> <link>www... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:26:21 EST Thinking About Falls I just watched the third runner fall in the Olympic track and field events. That tells me that falling is just part of it. One runner even suffered what the announcer described as a "career-ending" knee injury. That's a tragedy to go from elite runner status, with undoubtedly a life focused on the sport, to sidelined. But you never know. The human spirit being what it is, she may overcome and surprise that announcer. Another American runner got up after a fall and finished the race, but did n... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:15:47 EST Adoring Grandkids I asked 5 year old Gwen today how she likes her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Legg. She laughed and said her teacher's name is said just like the body part, leg. Gwen went on to say she's nice and never grumpy. I asked her if she'd ever had a grumpy teacher and she said, "Oh, yes. Mrs. Arm." I could not help but laugh!! <BR> <BR> I'm having an active, good eating day. Have a great meal plan in place. Feeling confident that I'm going to turn the corner on this rough patch. As Beck says losing/m... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:18:17 EST Pre-Sunset Review and Plans Sunset is expected at 8:06pm this evening and the running workout I want to do will take me 45 minutes, so I'll start by 7:15. That should work! It will still be hot and humid, but that's okay. My race on Saturday morning will be warm and humid, too. Hubby has an appointment this evening, so I won't be able to go to the group workout (we share a car), but that's okay, too. Sometimes I like to just run exactly the pace I want to run. <BR> <BR> I'm doing okay on Day 8 of my second time throu... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:30:56 EST Olympic Marathon Comparison I just watched the women's Olympic marathon, with 3 Americans finishing in the top 10. No one medaled, but they did great. It was inspiring to watch! <BR> <BR> I realize that when I run my half marathon next January 29th, I'll be aiming to run half the distance in about the same time as the gold medal winner today. I'm aiming for 11 minute pace; the first finishers achieved right at 5:30 pace. <BR> <BR> Does that mean my effort isn't worth it? That thought crossed my mind and was immediatel... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:17:47 EST Running Over Challenges Started my run today at 6am with my Galloway group not feeling super. I had a headache. We just had a newsletter discouraging the use of aspirin and pain relievers. For one thing, runners can develop bleeding in the joints. From experience I was pretty sure that running would relieve my headache and I just looked forward to the relief. The headache lightened up after a mile and sure enough by mile 3 I felt good, clear headed and strong. (Love those endorphins.) We were doing :30/:60, run 30 s... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:00:51 EST Senior Dance Twin Day <img src=""> Today at Senior Dance I received a picture taken last week at Twins Day You will see Gary and me in TN garb, Having a fun active morning! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:59:14 EST Fruit and Gym Dilemnas If you've been waiting with baited breath for me to continue the Sugar Smart Express blogs, you'll have to wait a couple more days. Hubby bought beautiful huge peaches, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, apples, bananas, and the sweetest grapes I've ever tasted. I had told him not to buy sweet potatoes or beets and he did that, but he must not have heard me say to buy me no fruit. Can't let all this gorgeous fruit spoil, so I will eat it without overindulging, before I start back on the 3 day... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:32:38 EST Son in Law is Home and Will Be Okay As I wrote in my status, DSIL got sick at work last eve and was taken to the hospital. He was given pain medication and is now drinking lots of water and trying to pass small kidney stones. I've had kidney stones before so I can certainly relate. The kids slept fine at my house even with the sleep interruption to move to our house. Unfortunately I couldn't get back to sleep. I got the kids to camp this morning with their lunches, swim suits, and everything they needed, I think. <BR> <BR> Whi... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:26:31 EST Gwen Then; Gwen Now It's a little early to start celebrating, but not too early to reminisce. August 15th, a week from today, school starts. And my little Gwen who I've been taking care of long hours since she was 6 weeks old and DD went back to work full time plus part time, is starting full day (8am-3pm) kindergarten. <BR> <BR> Gwen Then: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gwen Now: <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:38:03 EST It Takes a Village ONEKIDSMOM already said it so well, I don't want to repeat in a weak imitation. Please read her blog. I 100% agree. So much so that instead of putting my money where my mouth is, I put my plastic where my written words committed me!! I joined SparkPremium. WooHoo!! My nutrition tracker is so much faster. I get to e-mail coaches for my personal questions. No ads. This is good as well as supporting something I love! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 12:55:44 EST Grandkids and Training It's Friday, and each Friday, the YMCA campers demonstrate what they've been doing all week again. Today I got to see Gwen swim farther and better than I'd ever seen her: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie was great on the floor exercises and the beam, but I didn't get very good pictures. Her dance routine and cheering were lots of fun to watch, too. She's one of the strong ones, holding the little girl in ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:22:29 EST Sugar Smart Express, Pleasure Your Brain All in all I think Sugar Smart Express by Anne Alexander, editor of Prevention Magazine, a 21 day program designed to reset taste buds and reduce the desire for sugar, is helpful to me. In fact it is so helpful, I am working it for the second time. <BR> <BR> After getting to day 19 before I went on vacation, I intended to finish strong, but I decided it was just too hard in the situation I was in. So I didn't quite get to the end. Also,in days 12-16 I was doing so good without sugar sources ... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:32:00 EST Quick Phone Blog <img src=""> <BR> Here's Gwen pretending her noodle is a horse. While she swam I got in 4 miles with drills and good ST session. Haven't forgotten Sugar Smart Express. Still working it. Will blog more later. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:41:35 EST Too Tired to Blog This Eve Good run and good strength training today. Good second start to Sugar Smart Express, too. Will get rested and then I'll share more. Thanks for checking out this skimpy blog. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:31:38 EST Name Tag Honor Friend of mine has been making nametags for members of our Senior Dance group. Each name tag points out a characteristic or interest of the person. The name tag he made for my hubby is a picture of a bright shirt with his name down the tie. Gary often teases the name tag maker, asking for his shirt, (he wears loud ones), sometimes begging for it and sometimes offering him $$$ for it, all in jest. <BR> <BR> But no one could be more honored than I am by the name tag picture he selected for me... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:48:32 EST So Glad to Run! Good, good day today!! Glad I followed the training plan and rested yesterday. <BR> <BR> Ran with my group this morning. I was out late (for me) last eve watching community theater version of Saturday Night Fever. It was great, but hubby took a wrong turn in the dark (I was trying to rest and not watching) on the way home but eventually we did get home. I went right to sleep. Unfortunately, I had sat my alarm for 5:45 instead of 4:45. When I woke up I realized I was supposed to be about 10 m... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:39:40 EST Bonus Blog: Active Granddaughters <img src=""> <BR> Natalie on the beam with a one-handed cartwheel dismount. I would give it a 10!! Gwen was awesome swimming, too, but I can only get one pix to post. <BR> <BR> If you are a FaceBook friend, check out this picture there. It shows her whole hand on the bean. SP cut it short. I'll try to edit on my laptop and see if it does better than the phone. <BR> <BR> Second try to load the one hand dismount: ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:13:52 EST Rest?? Training plan for today is rest and I feel like running. Oh, well. I am supposed to run 6.5 miles with my group tomorrow, meeting before 6am. My legs are sore, particularly my right calf muscle, so maybe rest is best today. Cannot ever remember wanting so badly to go when I think I should stop!! Today is Gwen's swimming performance and I am waiting for her to start. Natalie will do gymnastics. I'll post pictures later. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:34:59 EST Today, Another Good Day Decided I will start Sugar Smart Express again in about a week. Going to eat up the watermelon and sweet potatoes hubby bought before I start, but I am giving up (have not been eating since I got home) what Alexander calls SUS (straight up sugars). I was down .4 of a pound from yesterday; at 131.0 I am still 2 pounds over target, but that is 3 full pounds under my high weight when I returned from vacation (134.0). Eternal vigilance and relentless determination is the price of maintenance. And... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:53:30 EST Last July 23rd Race Pix One last picture of the Watermelon Race last Saturday. I found me at the start line: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm about mid-screen, lime green tank top and purple-blue running skirt. That should be the last picture I post of me in that race. Free race pictures are a good perk and I do enjoy looking through them. <BR> <BR> I found my good friend, Nanette, who is 80 years old. What an inspiration! <BR> <img src... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:36:29 EST Too Glorious I did 70 minutes of elliptical trainer, 5 arm exercise machines, and planks at the Y today. It was fun on the elliptical because I could watch 5 year old Gwen in her swim class. She's doing great! And I'm not doing bad either. <BR> <BR> Gwen saw me on the elliptical and waved once as she walked on the pool deck by the window. Later she blew me kisses when she was at the picnic table having snack and I was going to the dressing room. Really cute!! <BR> <BR> My weight was down .8 of a pound f... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:07:52 EST More Race Pictures Watermelon Summer Sunrise 5K Race #3, July 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> I'm number 526; the pictures are in reverse chronological order. We are just about three-quarters of a mile into the 3.1 mile race at this point: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:50:53 EST More Disney Pix; Streak Intact; Race Pix The pictures from the Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5K #3 have not yet been posted, but more Disney pictures from our recent trip are available: <BR> <BR> The family meets Princess Aurora: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie and Gwen get Cinderella's autograph! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gwen walks the icebergs at Blizzard Beach: <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:06:28 EST Disney Again, Watermelon Race, Sugar Smart Again I'm BAAAACKK! <BR> It was a great week away from home with out of state guests and extended family Disney time. Good time was had by all -- even in downpours or heat/humidity, for the most part it was a great experience!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's my grandkids and DSIL snuggling during the Frozen singalong! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:45:48 EST Growling <img src=""> Here's all of us growling..... happily at Animal Kingdom Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:08:51 EST Senior Dance and Phase 4 of SSE <img src=""> Posting from my phone as laptop is driving me nuts! Senior Dance was lots of fun today! I'm on Day 17 of Sugar Smart Express which allows fruits and high sugar veggies and some natural sweeteners. Phase 4 goal is to apply new sugar smarts in the real world. Even an occasional treat is now allowed although I want to approach with extreme caution! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:48:20 EST SSE Day 16 Blog Problems Don't think I can blog today. Have started 10+ times. Cursor keeps jumping around. Backspace throws me to a differegar nt page. enter isn't working. no paragraphs. SuSgar going Express Day 16 going fine. I will run tonight. I am fine. Wish SP was!! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:23:04 EST Sugar Smart So Far I'm on Day 15 in chapter 9 of Sugar Smart Express, but I've just blogged through chapter 6. It's now time for me to go back and review chapter 7, days 4-7, and share them with you. No time right now. <BR> <BR> Just want you to know that I am so surprised how easy I've found it to follow this program. I'm at the point I'm allowed to eat fruit, up to 3 servings a day. So far I think I've not eaten that much fruit any day. And I'm allowed to have natural sweeteners now, up to 1 teaspoon of mapl... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:51:10 EST Sugar Smart Express, Chapter 6 Well, we finally get to start the program. Kind of. <BR> <BR> Goals for the DAY ONE are: 1) eat your regular diet and fill out your food log and 2) assess the intensity of your attraction to sugar. <BR> <BR> My experience: First, I don't really have a "regular diet" as usually I'm following some plan or another. So it was hard for me to decide what my regular diet is, as within the last 2 months I've done SparkPeople meal plans, SparkPeople just sticking to the nutrition targets, Weight Wat... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:06:23 EST Sugar Smart Express Rules, Chapter 5 Over the next 3 weeks the reader will "break sugar's grip on your mind and body and shrink your sugar belly for good." "These 7 rules will keep you on track". The rules are in Alexander's exact words. My explanations are in the brackets: <BR> <BR> 1. Fuel up - and crush cravings - with a high protein breakfast. [20% of calories from protein with around 300 calorie breakfast] <BR> 2. Skip work, skip rope, but never skip a meal. [don't get too hungry/let blood sugar drop] <BR> 3. Flavor-bomb y... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:22:04 EST Bonus Blog: Runners' Speed and Weight Relate Per this month's Runner's World Magazine, a weight loss should translate into a speed increase of 2 seconds per mile per pound lost up to a point. That means if you lose 10 pounds, you should be 20 seconds per mile faster, or just over one minute faster for a 5K. That is, up until the point you lose enough muscle to make a difference or you just don't have the energy to compete your best. Guess figuring that out is an experiment of one, a trial and error. Not sure I'll ever discover my best r... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:23:27 EST Sugar Smart Express, Chpt 4, and More! First, loved my social group run this morning. Changed my banner photo to our Galloway group pix. I'm in the second row middle, slightly to the right. Only half of our group was there this morning; they are going to try again on August 14th when Jeff Galloway visits with us to get a bigger group picture. <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT week. First, absolutely no artificial sweetener and probably the least sugar and natural sugar I've eaten in any week of my life. And I feel free and non-addicted!! ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:09:57 EST Sugar Smart Express, Chapter 3 I'm on Day 12, Chapter 9, of the Sugar Smart Express program and definitely feeling like this is a worthwhile effort. Time will tell whether it makes a long-term difference. In the short run, eliminating sugar and sugar mimics, and then thoughtfully and methodically adding a little back in, decidedly reduces hunger and cravings. <BR> <BR> I just finished reading a book I really liked, We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler. The author starts in the middle and tells a gr... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 16:35:35 EST Beck and Sugar Smart Express I'm on Day 10 of Sugar Smart Express. I did the 3 day "countdown" eliminating sugar and sugar mimics from my eating. Then I did 4 days of very low-sugar eating -- no obvious sugar, no packaged products with any of 50+ words indicating sugar, no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no beets, etc. No refined grains and no processed whole grains. <BR> <BR> On Day 10 I can have 3 servings (servings much smaller than I usually have) of fruit daily. I usually have a lot more. The author thinks you should nev... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:45:03 EST Sugar Smart Express, Blog 2 Chapter 2, Added Sugars: A Triple Threat <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> * Author tells us the positives about sugar, "in the broadest sense, sugar is life." "All green plants are sugar factories." The glucose in your bloodstream is what your body runs on. <BR> * Then she explains "saccharides", glucose, fructose, galactose and goes into some chemical explanations not necessary to this blog. <BR> *Two Rules: 1) ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 16:36:03 EST Holiday Weekend at Disney Another very good day at Disney with the family. Being fit really pays off there! I have more stamina, and therefore enjoy it more than many young ones!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here we are meeting with Sleeping Beauty. I dressed for July the 4th, Gary stuck with his Tennessee theme, and daughter and 2 kids all have on Frozen clothes. We rode the new Frozen ride, but I am not posting that picture. This is my b... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:25:47 EST Bonus: Promised Sugar Smart Express First Blog Introduction: <BR> Author Anne Alexander, Editor for Prevention, became aware of sugar as an issue when she moved back to the states after a decade living in Eastern Europe. She lived on "real, whole food - grilled meats, fruits and locally grown veggies, thick yogurt, dense loaves of bread...". She thought she was eating the same foods in the USA, but found her "hunger was astonishing" and preceded to read labels and discovered that her "healthy" cereal, bread, yogurt, canned soups, deli mea... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:08:53 EST Toe Socks and Great Group Rum <img src=""> Really enjoyed the group run today. I got moved up a group based on my 5k time and I like it! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:37:19 EST Savoring Compliments I'm making a new "Worth It" card for my Beck box. Today at Senior Dance it was July the 4th early celebration. We were encouraged to wear red, white &/or blue. I have a red-white-blue shirt, kind of casual, marine print, but with a few sequins sewn to highlight the pictures and sparkle. I don't usually wear jeans to Senior Dance but my dark blue jeans looked best with the shirt, so I went for it. One person asked me if I'd lost more weight. That's kind of fun to hear! And another friend said,... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:04:40 EST 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