SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Perhaps Weekly? I'm thinking seriously about weekly SP blogging rather than daily. Seems like I'm getting repetitious; that I don't have much new to say about maintaining my 80 pound loss. Now I'm losing that last 5-10 pounds over and over again. <BR> <BR> I train, I run races. Same distances. Slower speeds. Oh, well. <BR> <BR> I set strength training goals and experience challenges and often don't meet those goals. Oh, well. Perhaps I can do better in this area. <BR> <BR> Part of me just wants to say, "... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:48:21 EST Dance and Perspective Enjoyed Senior Dance today, especially as compared to last week when every move hurt. Today I danced pain free over half of the 2 hour event, tango, waltz, cha-cha, lots of line dances and slow dances. We heard today that it will take a full month for Hurricane Irma debris removal. There is a south Lakeland pick up scheduled for this weekend but not sure it will cover us. I need to be patient. Looking at the Puerto Rico pictures today reminds me that we were spared disaster. So many disaster... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:09:52 EST Schedule Changes and Gratitude Since quite a few people missed last week's run due to hurricane recovery, our run on Saturday the 23rd has been changed from 12.5 miles to 5 miles. We'll run the 12.5 on the 30th. Since I'm still recovering somewhat, I'm glad that change was made. I bet I'll be totally recovered by the long run. The Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon will be November 11th, so plenty of time to train. <BR> <BR> The debris is still on the sides of the streets. Guess I'm just going to have to be patient while t... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:12 EST Running (that's progress) by and under Hazards Yesterday I walked 3 miles, my first walk over a mile since the injury that started September 10th. I was trying to help hubby board up home for hurricane and it just got worse as I cleaned up yard debris on the 11th and 12th. Finally got treatment on the 13th and have been healing since. <BR> <BR> Today I was able to run. I could not even feel the 24 inch fading bruise on my right thigh. My neck, shoulders and upper back are still recovering but can take the jostling of pumping arms and po... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:31:49 EST Walking By Hazards <img src=""> <BR> Both sides of the streets are lined with debris. Dead and dying limbs are hanging down. Must be careful when walking today. Really hoping for no more hurricanes this season, at least this week. <BR> <BR> I know we are not suffering like some of the islands, keys, even Naples and surrounds. Thankful for what we do have. But I'm sad to see some of the beautiful oaks and other trees that we have los... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:18:36 EST Little Secret for Success <img src=""> Mini cake for Gwen's birthday means no tempting leftovers! And I had plenty of strawberries so everyone enjoyed, Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:58:56 EST After Irma <img src=""> <img src=""> We are okay. No power. Minor bumps and bruises, not from Irma but from preparations. Hubby fell off ladder with drill while trying to board up. Cut his eyebrow. Lots of blood. Luckily we got it stopped. The ladder fell on my leg and I am bruised hip to knee on right side. I got nearly 25000 steps today cleaning ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:25:17 EST Running ahead of the wind <img src=""> <BR> I am in this picture, but SP cut me off on the right. Oh, well. We had an excellent turn out for 11 mile run. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit us Sunday 8pm - Monday 8am. I got a little teary eyed as we ran through some lovely old Lakeland neighborhoods lined with old oaks on both sides of the streets. They look very vulnerable. Our home is much sturdier than those, but was built in 1970, pre-hu... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:50:23 EST Caught Being Good <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Today was grandparents' day at Highland City Elementary school. Natalie was glad to see us, but little Gwen jumped up and down and squealed she was so excited. She has had a good day as evidenced by her necklace that says "caught being good." She said the teacher awarded her for paying very close attention ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:10:17 EST Preparations My daughter just posted to FB. Wish she were joking but I am afraid she might be serious. It used a cute font and pretty colors but wouldn't let me copy it. Said something like: getting ready for Hurricane Irma by eating Klondike bars -- got to get rid of this frozen food. Let me assure you that I am getting prepared and NOT that way. Hope we still get to run the scheduled 11 mile group run on Saturday. Today I got in good elliptical workout at the Y. Plan to run tomorrow. Will wait until S... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:21:09 EST Keep Trying I read this article and shook my head. It says that weight maintenance gets easier after the first year. Do I just not remember? I honestly think for me that maintaining my 80 pound loss is no easier today than it was in the first year after I lost which was 2009-2010. (35 pounds I had kept off from my efforts in 1998-99; Dec 2008-March 2009 I lost almost 50) I wonder if my binge eating history makes me different. I hardly have binges any more, and if I do, they are much, much smaller, heal... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:17:22 EST Getting Ready <img src=""> <BR> Lots of good news. I thoroughly enjoyed our run today. My pace group leader sent me the data because my watch died (needed charging). I found my Garmin Forerunner 10 in my glove compartment. However I was looking for the charging cable for my VivosmartHR at the time. Sigh. Guess I'll have to look for something else in order to find the missing cord! Nonetheless feeling great. 10 weeks from today ... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:43:42 EST Ready to Run <img src=""> <BR> I have everything laid out for my group run tomorrow morning: <BR> <BR> Galloway tank top <BR> Running skirt with car fob already in the pocket <BR> Sports bra/underwear <BR> Road ID <BR> Shoe lights charging <BR> Gym boss interval timer <BR> Toe socks <BR> Water bottle with strap and pocket <BR> 3 shot blox in the pocket, just in case, don't expect to need them for 5-6 mile run <BR> Gym bag in c... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 11:15:32 EST Caught Up Almost I ran slowly 10.25 miles, some miles straight/some miles with walk intervals, this morning! It felt good. I'm glad I was able to get caught up with my training plan. I'll be right on schedule for my Saturday group run, on schedule for my two half marathons in November. <BR> <BR> After 8 days of vacation in the hills and mountains of Tennessee -- the eclipse and hubby's high school reunion; spending time with his college roommates; visiting his 93 year old aunt and her children; staying with ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:40:18 EST New Computer Needed I am home! Ready to get back to routine. Unfortunately, my laptop is going to have to be replaced. My Sparking will be limited until I get a new one. Any recommendations? Hubby asked me to get one with a keyboard that lights up (diode he called it) because he doesn't like the glare of the lamp I use when computing. There are undoubtedly other considerations. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:14:45 EST Another "Worth It" Experience Hubby's high school reunion this eve was a lot of fun. I could tell he was having a ball and it was fun for me, too. No, I did not feel like a "trophy wife" as someone mentioned earlier this week, but I did feel neat, trim, attractive, comfortable. What could be better? Definitely a "worth it" experience for my Beck box -- an experienced that was enhanced because I've been living a healthy, active life. <BR> <BR> I really liked the outfit I wore. Lots of people there took pictures, but my hu... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 22:17:14 EST How I Handled a Low Activity Day Yesterday I had a bit of a backache so skipped my planned run. For lunch hubby went to his old favorite hangout from his teen years, a BBQ place, with not one healthy thing on the menu. And, yes, they have cole slaw, but no plain cabbage. (??) Yes, they have potato salad, but no plain potatoes. (???) Oh, well. Especially since I'd skipped my workout I really didn't want to overeat. So I got a drink and I was available to help the great grandchild eat his lunch so his mom and grandmom got to e... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:22:11 EST Choices Yesterday we went to a Mexican restaurant. There were 9 of us. They served huge platters and everyone I was with got chimichangas, except the child who ate rice and refried beans. I chose the southwest tilapia with fresh salsa, steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) and rice. I brought half home for lunch today. I don't feel deprived at all. I may have some sodium weight to fight when back to my routine, but I'm doing the best I can and feel pretty good that it will be good enough. ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:31:10 EST White Oak Mts <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> My fitness tracker gave me credit for 67 flights of stairs yesterday. All I did was walk around the White Oak Mtn and foothills. Are my glutes sore!! Can you say DOMS? Got up early and ran-walked 4 miles before any direct sunlight hit here. Saw 2 other runners. Think I got some sunrise pix. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:20:46 EST White Oak Mts <img src=""> <BR> My fitness tracker gave me credit for 67 flights of stairs yesterday. All I did was walk around the White Oak Mtn and foothills. Are my glutes sore!! Can you say DOMS? Got up early and ran-walked 4 miles before any direct sunlight hit here. Saw 2 other runners. Think I got some sunrise pix. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:20:38 EST Eyes protected <img src=""> <BR> We got the right protection. Don't worry. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:34:57 EST Eclipse is Starting <img src=""> <BR> Eclipse Watching Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:33:38 EST Eclipse Watching <img src=""> <BR> Parked on a church parking lot waiting on the big event. I already have 14236 steps today and 42 flights of stairs. I packed a healthy picnic. Life is good! Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:01:00 EST New Sights Had a great sunrise run this morning with 2 guys and 7 women in my group and about 10 more groups, each one going their own pace. One fellow runner posted some good pictures to FaceBook. I saw them. I was in a couple. Now I can't find them. Oh, well. I was there. Afterward, we drank coffee together. The route was different; one I'd never run before and I enjoyed new sights. The restaurant that serves free coffee to runners on Saturday morning (Mitchell's for local Sparkers) is awesome! We are... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:17:41 EST Sustainable? Time Will Tell Today the scale says 124.0. That is 88 pounds below my all time high in 1999; 53 pounds below my December 2008 weight when I started my current healthy lifestyle effort. I've been this weight before a couple times. I've always felt excited and exhilarated to achieve it before, but not so much this time. My focus is whether I can sustain it or not. I don't know. I have not in the past, but maybe I can this time. I want to maintain this weight. I'd even like to lose a little more fat right b... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:14:21 EST Finish Line Photos Natalie and I are still savoring our 5K experience yesterday. I went her speed for the first 3.05 miles (run 25 seconds/walk 30 seconds), but the last .05 we sprinted and she loved, loved, loved out-sprinting me at the end. Good for Natalie!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's my niece's husband. He wasn't happy with his 27:30 chip time, but he was by far the fastest of our family. <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:15:55 EST Bonus: First Watermelon #3 2017 Race Report Today was the 3rd Watermelon 5K of 2017. Natalie, my 10 year old granddaughter, had her own rooting section. Her paternal grandfather took this picture and a great video. In this pix, I'm the 3rd person; Natalie is 4th, in front of the guy in red shirt. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Natalie did a great job. She ran her second 5K 1 minute and 51 seconds faster than her first: 43:32, for just over 14 minute per mile p... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:54:28 EST Too Early <img src=""> <BR> Natalie and I arrived before 6am for the 7am 5k. We already have our race numbers and would not have had to be here so soon. Oh well. We got a great parking spot and we are both ready to run! Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:16:48 EST Sunsets Another lovely sunset walk this evening. I did 50 minutes of elliptical and 10 flights of stairs at the Y today, but did not have in my 20,000 steps. So I chose a sunset walk and loved every minute of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a couple sunset shots from a couple days ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:46:16 EST Run Then Swim Here's Natalie during our 4 mile sunrise run this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then Natalie took my picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next Saturday, August 12th, Natalie will run her second 5K and I will accompany her. It's going to be great again! <BR> <BR> We got cleaned up and left with the rest of the family... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 20:16:24 EST Another Active Day <img src=""> <BR> A different playground today. DD had to be at work at 11am, so I enjoyed the social hour and one hour of Senior Dance, but now I am on playground duty. I will not just sit; I will get steps too. School starts a week from today. Incidentally, the kids enjoy Dancing with the Stars and they call Senior Dance "Dancing with the Elderlies!" Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:28:07 EST After Swim Picnic <img src=""> <BR> With just 9 more days until school starts, we took advantage of the time for all 3 of us to enjoy a good swim and then a picnic in the playground-park, Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:15:57 EST Just a Rainy Day Blog I was thankful for the dry treadmill while the tropical storm dumped a tremendous amount of rain in my neighborhood. The roads looked like rivers, but luckily they drained quickly, and I was able to drive to the Y and back without incident. I got a 35 minute run in and walked 10 flights of stairs, so I hit my Garmin-assigned goal for stairs today, but only got about half my goal for steps: 15,544. I've been averaging right around 20,000 steps. So this afternoon I'm doing one of my favorite wo... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:44:16 EST More Sunset, Sunrise Walks I've really been enjoying my walks and runs at sunset and sunrise. I love the trees in our neighborhood, too, but they do make it much more challenging to see the sky. Also, I can no longer see the sunrise from the street in front of my home due to 300 new apartment units three story tall at the end of our road. I got some good pictures anyway! These pictures, unlike those I posted in early July when I was in Arizona, are taken near my home in Central Florida. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:31:54 EST 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