SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Glad I am not Mammoth <img src=""> <BR> Gwen at the Mammoth dig at Animal Kingdom, her favorite thing here. Big sister is with mom,dad, old dad at Mt Everest. I'm living active, healthy and enjoying life. Will eat what's in the bag tiday!! Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:36:31 EST Another Great Disney Day <img src=""> <BR> Over 22,000 steps so far and healthy food choices, some brought and some I bought in Magic Kingdom. Kids met Anastacia and Drucilla. They told them to be nicer to Cinderella! Tomorrow is is Animal Kingdom Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:31:03 EST Feeling Blessed You know, I don't feel old. I don't feel old at all. I run and jump and dance and play with the grandkids. I can go all day; yesterday at Disney I racked up over 20 miles. No problem! <BR> <BR> I remember being so tired in my 40's, with a challenging job and demanding personal life. I had lots of problems with my jaw. Tried lots of different treatments including braces. My jaw isn't 100% healed, but it rarely bothers me now. In my 50's I was even more tired. I wore orthopedic shoes and my f... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:16:51 EST Square Dance Workshop Report After the first square dance I was embarrassed and ready to leave. No kidding! But the most wonderful thing happened. The nicest man and his wife came over and offered to dance with us. I danced with the husband and Gary danced with the wife and since they knew what they were doing, most of it we managed to do! I think we learned quite a lot, too. So we now have a book to study, but mostly if we are going to do this, we just need to keep dancing and trying. I did get over 32,000 steps yesterd... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:54:46 EST Nephew, Square Dance, and Running This morning nephew and I did a little over 5 miles. We jogged a bit, but mostly walked. I was letting him set the pace and he had a pain in his leg that didn't affect him when walking, but limited our running. He said he just has to get the extra weight off. I'm having a hard time accepting that I can't run the speed I ran in 2012-14. He's gained back 64 of the 71 pounds he had lost. He's about 9 minutes a mile slower than he was. He's having a tough time accepting where he is right now in h... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:15:37 EST Adapting for Maintenance and a Laugh Daylight savings time means I leave my house with just a few sunrays peeking over the tops of trees and houses and the sky brightens pink, golden, purple as I drive east to get the grandkids. And sometimes, like this morning, I get to say good morning to the girls and share appreciation of the glorious sky with them. What a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> Daylight Savings Time also means tomorrow my group will run in the dark for an hour. My shoe lights and handheld flashlight with str... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:38:24 EST Once Again Smiling at the Scale! My almost 8 years of maintenance have had their ups and downs, but I'm pretty happy with where I am right now. In fact I hit the lowest weight I've weighed in a year and a half, 125.6. I like this weight a great deal. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel lean. Of course, I am a perfectionist and would like a little tighter stomach area, but really I know this is about as good as it gets as far as the weight goes. <BR> <BR> My focus is shifting from weight loss to maintenance for the first tim... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:58:41 EST Planning with the Whole Alphabet I'm still a little sore from my races on Saturday, and I didn't expect to be. But it is okay. I don't practice that power walking very often and the muscles it taxed (glutes, piriformis) are ones that need to be strengthened. So, more power walking this next year! <BR> <BR> Sunday I was suppose to run with my nephew, but he had a migraine and did good to walk. He just got glasses for the first time in his life on Friday and I think he's not adjusted to being able to see well through lenses. ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:53:47 EST Senior Games Pictures 2017 It was a beautiful day! The photographer certainly didn't ignore me, and e-mailed me 10 pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This pix is of the beginning of the 5K run. I'm about the 8th one in that picture, number 112. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Won silver medal in the 5K run. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:44:24 EST Senior Games 2017 My 80 year old friend, Fritz, was amazing. He ran the 5k in 29:47 and took the gold at Senior Games. He couldn't stay for the award ceremony, so he got his medal with picture on stand (which hasn't been posted yet) before everyone else and then drove to Tampa for an event he's done for many years. He was frustrated both were on the same day, but he made it work. He climbed 42 floors, 84 flights, 953 steps, to take first place in the 70 years and older group. It took him 10 min 22 secs! Wow, i... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:24:04 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm running a race I've been training for ever since I ran the Celebration Half Marathon on January 29th. I had a 6 weeks training plan. I ran every training run as scheduled, 24 specific runs, 4 per week. Proud of myself! I hit the paces for the speed work. I'm especially proud of the 15 quarter mile repeats I did in the rain, on a less than ideal course. My weight is the best it has been in over 8 months, just 2.4 pounds over my PR weight. I've done all I can do to prepar... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:05:12 EST Full <img src=""> <img src=""> My medal holder is too full. So glad I got a new one at the party. Now to reorganize. Ran my last speed work today; one easy run tomorrow and I will have completed the whole training plan for the Senior Games 5k on Saturday. Hope to collect a bit more bling!! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 17:43:14 EST Good Week With my new Vivosmart HR, I report data to Garmin Connect. Garmin Connect has assigned me to two challenges and I signed up for one in the Official SparkPeople Garmin Team. My first weeks have gone well. I had over 181,000 steps last week, putting me second in one challenge and first in the other two. I ran over 25 miles last week. <BR> <BR> Garmin Connect also has "Insights" where you can compare to others. It reported that I ran more than 99% of women my age who reported to Garmin Connect... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:06:17 EST Supportive Running Community Doing great! I did eat one small piece of fried fish at the fish fry. I took a spoonful of tomato slaw, very interesting. I skipped the desserts, the baked beans, the hush puppies. I was pleased. My husband was not embarrassed by my eating or lack of eating and it was his friend doing the cooking so that was one of my aims. And, yes, there have been times I would have been stricter and taken all my own food, but yesterday I wanted to fit in and I did enough and I still had a middle two on the... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:01:57 EST Living Healthy and Influencing Others We had a great end-of-the-season Galloway party. Here I am at the photobooth with the two new runners I ran with that morning, finishing their first 5K race ever. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took the crunchy cucumber salad I have posted before <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=3207622 </link> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 5 Mar 2017 10:47:45 EST Pumped! I ran with the absolute most enthusiastic new runner I have ever met this morning and another runner who would have taken that title if it wasn't for the first one! We finished the Promise 5K in under an hour, running the hilly course in :10/:30 intervals. There is no doubt that when I'm just not as fast as I once was (although I'm working to regain some speed), nothing is as exciting as helping new runners achieve goals. <BR> <BR> Shot from the starting corral. Gray hair to the right belon... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 11:32:56 EST Savoring A Dear Compliment Compliments can be truly motivating. One of my SP friend suggested that I write down compliments about my weight loss to re-read for motivation after the compliments diminish and everyone just thinks of me as a normal weight person. I have some good ones recorded, like the MRI technician saying, "you are so small, you will have a lot of room in there." Who, me?? Yes, me! And one person did give me an incredible, thoughtful compliment, when she saw me for the first time in 6 years. She said, "... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 11:00:01 EST How Cool! I got quoted in the featured SparkPeople top story today! Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=27_members_weigh_in_on_weight_loss_<BR>wins </link> <BR> <BR> It is true that if I hadn't lost the weight, I doubt I'd be a runner. Running has added so much fun and joy and friends to my life!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:39:20 EST Review of Two I do recommend trying new foods and new recipes as a good way to keep your food plan interesting and satisfying. Fresh foods, unprocessed, are most important, but having a few convenience foods can make sticking to the food plan and life in general easier on those days you don't have time or just don't feel like working in the kitchen. Also, I am feeding several people who are not crazy about vegetables, so if I can find something they (grandkids, DD, DSIL) will eat I'm delighted. In my runni... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:07:52 EST More Running; More Weighty Thoughts Woke and dressed in my running clothes. Dropped the grandkids off at school and went straight to the asphalt trail. Ran my 6 quarter mile repeats per training plan. Was so glad to hit the pace without difficulty, running my repeats under 9 minutes per mile pace. Didn't really have to work that hard. It's just amazing to me how working a training plan, just a little harder than I was already working out, makes such a difference! <BR> <BR> My Getting Started runner who I coached on Sunday post... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:11:42 EST My Niece and Nephew - WooHoo! and WooHoo!! My niece is running the Gasparilla Ultra, a 5K and 15K yesterday; a Half Marathon and an 8K today. She - ta da - achieved a PR (personal record) on her HM this morning! Looks like she's dropping weight, too, and wow, do I know how losing weight helps running. I used to run to maintain weight. Now I lose weight to run better!! Congrats to the niece. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my dear nephew met me at 7a... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:28:00 EST Getting Started Galloway Runners <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today the Getting Started group of Galloway runners completed a practice run of the Promise 5k course that th... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:49:38 EST Training and Portions Still sticking to the training plan well. Yesterday was 3.1 miles easy and I did :30/:30 run/walk. Hubby and I went ballroom dancing in the morning and square dancing that evening, so I had a whole lot of steps for the day! <BR> <BR> Today was a rest day. I did walk to the grocery store, 2.5 miles round trip the way I went. Over 16,000 steps today. Pretty good for a rest day! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have a 6am group run. Will take my handheld flashlight and shoe lights. The training plan calls... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:47:14 EST Rain Training Run I considered a treadmill run today because it was raining and predicted to rain all day. I was thinking about my recent half marathon in the rain, and today it was considerably warmer than during that race. Decided I would try a little run in the neighborhood; I could always come in and go to the treadmill if it was too slippery or just too miserable. Decided not to go to the trail, just stay on our street, even though that means my quarter mile repeats would have to include a turn as there i... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:26:34 EST Epcot Bonus <img src=""> <BR> Gwen and DD painting by number at EPCOT. I was assigned pink, number 10 and painted my 3 squares. The girls liked it so much they wanted to do more. Food good so far plus 18928 steps so far. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:47 EST Updates: running, eating, scale, PT, EPCOT 1. Running Training <BR> This morning I started at daybreak and ran 6 miles. My training plan called for a "Magic Mile", one mile run about as fast as you can. I ran it in 9:08, :21 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago. But I'd need to be another 21 seconds faster to tie my personal record of 8:47. Nonetheless, I'm happy with my recent progress. My target race is Senior Games 5K on March 11th. <BR> <BR> 2. Eating Streak <BR> I'm doing fine following my eating plan. Good for me!! <BR> ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:38:56 EST Keeping the Streak Going Summary: <BR> 1. I've got a streak of 46 days in a row of no overeating. It very well may be the first time in my life I have accomplished this feat. <BR> 2. Hubby and I are back to dancing Senior Dance and are testing out square dancing. <BR> 3. My 5K speed improvement training plan is going well. Another Magic Mile tomorrow. <BR> 4. Planning my eating and workouts help me stick to the plans and have success! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************** <BR> ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:39:39 EST Sunrise Run <img src=""> <BR> My 5k running plan called for 4 miles. The Galloway group running my pace was leaving at 5:30 am and running longer. I decided to sleep in a bit more and ran the 4 miles in my neighborhood. I captured the sunrise over the 300 new apartment units going in half mile from my house. I used :60 sec run/:30 seconds walk intervals, with a 6 minute walking warm up and a few minutes cool down in 52 m... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:15:07 EST Celebrating A Middle Two!! Thanks, everyone, for my recent blog award. BrooklynBorn has done a great thing to promote the blogs of maintainers here on SparkPeople. Appreciate being highlighted and I appreciate being directed to quality blogs, many dealing with maintenance, daily. <BR> <BR> Today I'm celebrating! For the second day in a row I saw a middle "2" on the scale. Not a fluke. It's real. It's just 129.8 two days in a row but that is a weight in the 120's. WooHoo! It's the first time I've seen a middle 2 since ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:45:35 EST Good Things The weather is gorgeous! The kids are doing very good. My efforts to follow my training plan aimed at improving my running times, my 5K time in particular, is going well. I'm playing with my new VivosmartHR and learning new things. Even got it synched to SparkPeople today, I think. <BR> <BR> I made a crunchy cucumber recipe today that is quite tasty. Think I'll take it to the Galloway end-of-the-season picnic on March 4th! <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating 41 days in a row of good eating, with no o... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:55:36 EST Beautiful Day <img src=""> <BR> We are having the most beautiful weather there could be! VivosmartHR already said I met the default step goal, but I think it means I need to increase it. Here's a neighboring tree that thinks it is spring. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:38:37 EST New Toy; Two Good Runs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had 2 good runs today. The first was at 6am. As you can tell from the screenshot from my new toy, a Vivo smart HR, we ran 5.62 miles with :45 sec run/:30 sec walk. There was one fall but luckily 2 bandaids took care of it and my fellow runner did not want to stop. It wouldn't be nice to say glad it wasn't me today, so I will refrain. She just lost a little skin on her hands. <B... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:14:29 EST End of Beck isn't The End I'm still finishing The Beck Diet Solution but planning to pick up "Beck Green", The Complete Beck Diet for Life when I'm done with this one. I have proved to myself once again that I do better, eat better, think more clearly and helpfully, when I am focused on Beck's days-steps-chapters-checklists-cards. <BR> <BR> Day 40 Continued <BR> <BR> Yesterday I addressed Beck's encouragement to enrich our lives and not wait until our weight is perfect to pursue the life we want. Right. I am in goal... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:57:35 EST Doing Justice to the End of TBDS (Beck) Part One I did finish reading the book (The Beck Diet Solution) for the fourth time, but didn't really blog the final 3 days and 2 chapters. I had running issues I wanted to blog about and 2 days I had to blog from phone due to no electricity and a day at EPCOT. I have not yet gone on to Beck Green (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) with my new Beck Buddy so I've got a lull and perhaps I would benefit from giving a little more attention to these pages. <BR> <BR> Day 40 - Expand Your Horizons <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:35:39 EST Bonus Blog: EPCOT Pictures EPCOT Festival of the Arts Yesterday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not really painting Gary's face! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gary liked my new jeweled Mickey ears and asked the photographer to take a close up just of me! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:57:27 EST Running Blog, with a Little Joy and a Little Wah-Wah-Wah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the group I ran with Saturday. The marathoners had left an hour before; these are all half marathoners, like me. I'm in the front row all the way to the right, wearing blue shirt from the Celebration Half Marathon I'd run the week before. See my lit arm band, shoe lights, and hand-held light. Light helps me feel confident as I try to stay alert for foot placement of every step. Stayin... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:26:28 EST Yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Here's Gwen enjoying azaleas yesterday behind my house: And here's Natalie celebrating birthday: I had a great day and scale is good, too. Ran my mile test this morning in 9:29. Getting better. At EPCOT again today... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:57:44 EST Blown! Not my diet. 130.2 today. Much better. What blew is the transformer. Scared our dog and visiting dog, too. I had Natalie's birthday cake in oven so just kept door closed and went for middle of the time range. Think it is still going to be good! And my healthier treat is planned. Our Internet requires electricity so am posting from phone. I have reviewed the rest of the Beck book. I think my life is pretty rich and I know many of the things to do to maintain. I still struggle with achieveable ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 10:32:25 EST Reflections on Ground Hog Day in FL & Beck Day 39 Again <img src=""> <BR> We who run in Florida can appreciate this light hearted post. <BR> <BR> I don't know why the picture was cut off. What it says is, "The palm tree saw its shadow so there will be 52 more weeks of summer!" <BR> <BR> Beck Day 39 = Keep up the exercise! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm upping my exercise big time. I'm following a training plan aimed at improving my running speed for a 5K on March 11th and t... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:10:00 EST Beck Day 38 Again and Training Report Beck says if you expect the scale to go down every week, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Nearly all dieters hit a plateau within the first 6 months of dieting. If your weight is stuck "for a few weeks or longer" Beck suggests 4 options: <BR> 1. continue what you are doing and see if you'll start to lose weight again <BR> 2. reduce calories by 200 per day <BR> 3. increase exercise 15-20 minutes daily <BR> 4. call this your goal weight <BR> <BR> I am not a patient person. When ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 05:28:52 EST Not Really a Blog I'm not really blogging today. I'm going for a run!! Will try to hit 2:20 minutes for 9 quarter mile intervals. Can I do it?? Will let you know --- <BR> <BR> Scale same as yesterday, 131.6. Smiling! Tomorrow I'll cover Beck Day 38. My food plan is in place. <BR> <BR> YOU have a great day: Plan. Prepare. Eat. Repeat!! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:12:40 EST Celebrating Celebration HM and Celebrating 5 Good Weeks Success feel SO GREAT! To set a goal and accomplish it, is there anything better? <BR> <BR> First, finishing my 9th half marathon. No, I didn't make a PR, but it was raining the whole way and I did well. Out of our group of Galloway run-walk-runners, I came in third out of 43. My 31 year old niece beat me as did one of my running buddies I used to be faster than. And, to put this in context, I was 6th out of 33 women in the 65-69 age group, probably the faster ones ran it straight. I used ru... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:55:41 EST Celebration Recovery and Beck Skills I want to finish up Beck Day 36, Believe in Yourself, today and go on to finish up the book, although I may come back and give this topic even more time and effort. I think if I could truly feel all the way to my core, with my whole heart and brain, that I am going to maintain my weight loss come hell or high water, that it will happen. As one of my IRL friends said to me, "This is who you are now." Somehow I don't quite believe it yet, but I want to! <BR> <BR> Speaking of "high water" makes... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:40:43 EST The Whole Picture and Short Race Report <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My phone cut me out of the picture. This is me yesterday with the person I'm coaching. As I wrote it was her first time running a 5K distance. I am really proud of her. She's completed 8 weeks of training so far, 4 weeks of "conditioning" on her own, and 4 weeks of group training. <BR> <BR> CELEBRATION HALF MARATHON <BR> <BR> It was not a short race, but here is a short report. It was 47 d... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:33:58 EST Celebration,. <img src=""> <BR> Here's me with the person I coached yesterday. We ran 10 seconds, walked 30. Our total time was an hour. It was the first time she had ever done the 5k distance. Now I am in Celebration waiting for our Half Marathon. It is 47 degrees and raining, predicted to rain the whole race. I will run it carefully!, Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:04:12 EST And There's My Knowledge, Skills, and Equipment Related to Exercise I'm still working on believing in myself* because I've read and I agree that maintenance is easier for those who believe they can do it. Truth is I've maintained around an 80 pound weight loss for almost 8 years now, but before that I had 50 years of yo-yo dieting. Erase that script from my brain! I do not have to gain back weight. That I gained 8 pounds (of fat; the rest was sodium weight) in the fall of 2016 shook my confidence and I intend to work to restore it. I have knowledge, skills, a... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:48:21 EST I Have More Skills! I make a great salad: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:49:07 EST I Have Skills! The reason that I'm never gaining back the around 80 pounds I've lost is that now I know what to do. Some of my "dieting" or better yet, living healthy, skills include: <BR> <BR> 1. I eat plenty of vegetables. I love them! Non-starchy vegetables are low calorie and eating them in reasonable amounts is good. Isn't it wonderful when you can feel good about eating? <BR> 2. I drink water. I know if I don't that I'm likely once again to confuse thirst with hunger. <BR> 3. I weigh myself regularly... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:03:03 EST Beck Day 36 Again - Believe in Yourself I believe I can get back to my goal weight range; in fact, I know I can. That's not too hard to say since today, day 30 since I started this particular "diet", I am down 7 pounds from my beginning weight and at 132.8 I am just .8 over the top of my current goal weight range. <BR> <BR> But now, 7 years and 10.5 months since I originally achieved my goal weight, following 5 decades of obesity, do I truly believe I can maintain my weight and give up serial dieting? I want to believe. <BR> <BR... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:16:56 EST Learnings and Beck Day 35 My readers know I've been struggling to understand why I gained weight this last fall. Clearly it was a combination of food choices and food rationalizations along with not handling stress, especially stress about my aging mother's visit, very well. Cooking for mom for 3 weeks, trying to cook things she would like, put many temptations in my way. It was suggested that I'm worried about my mother's mortality and going on without her. Honestly, I was closer to my dad who died in 2003 and I mis... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:44:26 EST