SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Breezy Run Ran today. It was cool and breezy, dodging lots of fallen limbs. Probably the last time I can run at 10am comfortably for 6 months or more. But that's okay. I will get back into the good habit of getting up before sunrise. Disappointed that weight was 136 today. Oh well. It is what it is and I can work to make it less. All in all life is good! Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:08:31 EST This Time I Think I Can Tell I'm packing and planning and this time I don't think hubby will care if I tell my SparkFriends because he is staying home. I'm going to Arizona to visit my 90 year old mom and my sister who lives just a few steps from her in a lovely retirement community. The grandkids here are going to the YMCA camp for spring break week so this is a good time for me to go see mom. Hoping to do good eating and get plenty of exercise. I know she sleeps a lot so I'll have time to go to one of the 3 gym rooms ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:54:22 EST Bonus: Square Dance <img src=""> <BR> We are having fun! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:55:04 EST Living Life Had a great time at EPCOT yesterday with the family. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today it is off to Freshman Frolics round and square dancing. I expect to do well enough to feel a greater sense of accomplishment than embarrassment. At least that is the goal! <BR> <BR> Speaking of goals, my weight is fluctuating a lot. I'm 3 pounds today below yesterday, but reality is that my lowest weigh in in 2018 was 130... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:16:29 EST Celebrating AND Recommitting I celebrated my 9th year of maintaining a healthy weight with a 3.1 mile run this morning. It felt great! I look back at how far I have come and feel very grateful. Many people and programs have helped me, and SparkPeople and SparkFriends are right at the top of that list. Thanks!! <BR> <em>364</em> <em>594</em> <em>236</em> <em>386</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> That said, my weight is not where I want it. The things I've been doing to lose weight this time are not workin... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:47:30 EST Encouraging? <img src=""> <BR> Just received this pix from our dance Thursday. We will be dancing Sunday in the Freshman Frolics, round and square dances aimed at new dancers. Today the teacher said in just one more year of lessons she thought we would be good. Not sure if that is encouraging or discouraging, but since we plan to continue, I will consider it motivating. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:39:57 EST A Day Behind Somehow I've ended up a day behind the group reading and today will be busy, so I might fall 2 days behind. But it is okay. I'll do the days in order and I will get there. Perhaps I'll get back on track on days that are easy for me, like dealing with alcohol which I rarely, rarely do. I am sitting to eat, eating mindfully, giving myself credit, and reading my advantages card. <BR> <BR> Today is St Patrick's at Senior Dance and I've got on my green - a plain green shirt and a navy scarf with ... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:36:21 EST Somethings New Today is the only day this week we have no child care obligations, so my husband arranged something he's been wanting to do for years: going to thoroughbred racing. I'm not much of a gambler and really didn't care much one way or another, but now I'm getting excited. the couple we area going with knows all about it as the man used to own horses. Should be fun -- another world or at least an experience I don't have every day. <BR> <BR> Last eve hubby and I went to our first Button and Bows tw... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:20:49 EST Beck Day 12 Report Thanks for great blog comments yesterday. Yes, there was a time I did intuitive eating for about 11 months, but I couldn't even do the new WW program (that has 200 foods without points) without gaining, so I'm afraid that is out for now. I'd say for the past 5 months I typically have to deal with quite a bit of hunger to stay within the range I want AND I've gained 5 pounds during that time. Not sure what has changed. Will give it thought. Thanks again. Have tried to go back to foods that use... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:16:02 EST Beck Day 11 Report First let me apologize to Tiger Woods (as if it mattered to him) that I doubted. Second place is a great start to his comeback. So, time for me to get to my own comeback, getting back to the weight I want to be and getting back to the level of running fitness I enjoy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Beck Day 11, charting hunger, desire for food and cravings all day long. The most obvious experience I had was at 8:30pm when I had a strong craving mostly in my mouth for anything sweet, but probably ch... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:21 EST Another Beck Day I'm working Beck (The Beck Diet Solution, Judith S. Beck, PhD) Day 11, learning the difference between hunger, desire, and cravings. Although I'm doing this exercise for the 7th or 8th time, I am planning to do it more conscientiously than ever. Today is a great day for it, no kids, no obligations. I can focus and plan to. I'm noting how I'm feeling and labeling it every half hour. Beck suggests "slight desire in mouth" and "emptiness and rumbling in stomach" as good responses. <BR> <BR> My... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:12:41 EST Joining Serena and Tiger - Realistic Comebacks Beck Day 10 is about setting achievable goals. Dr. Judith Beck recommends focusing on losing the next 5 pounds, not all the way to goal weight. For me, that means focusing on succeeding at the next meal or snack, perhaps the day, not focusing on the forever it takes to maintain a weight loss. One. Decision. At. A. Time. All. Day. Long. Evening, too. <BR> <BR> Today I ran/walked intervals in my neighborhood, 5 miles in 65 minutes. It felt pretty good, although my hamstrings are tight now a... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:13:23 EST Beck Day 9, Choose an Exercise Plan, March 2018 Beck Day 9 is about selecting an exercise plan. It contains lots of good reasons to exercise: make a commitment that helps you stick to your diet, might help control appetite, boost mood and soothe stress, burns calories, preserves muscle tissue, builds confidence, feel better physically, and improve health/prevent some disease. <BR> <BR> I have regularly exercised the last 9 years. I know it is important and I know I eat better when I am active. I've done well overall with cardio. Not as g... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 09:14:36 EST A Bit of Irony Day 8 of Beck Diet Solution is about making time for living healthy -- she calls that dieting, but means the exercise, too. I'm retired and time isn't too crunched, although ironically today I had Senior Dance first thing, several errands, got home to make late lunch, picked up one kid at 3pm, took hubby to doctor, kid to piano lesson, then went and got the other kid from tutoring. Heated up some leftovers (pork tenderloin and veggies I fixed Monday in slow cooker) for supper and now we are o... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 17:51:11 EST Creating an Environment for Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beck Day 7 is arranging your environment for diet success. She writes about home and work. <BR> <BR> Since I'm retired, half that battle is already won. Rather than work, I thought about every Thursday at our dance there are cookies and once a month birthday cake. Every Friday at dance lesson there are various sweet treats. In the past 5 years I've never indulged at dance. Credit! Smart cho... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:15:33 EST Easy Day 6 Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) Day 6 has the dieter line up a Diet Coach. There have been times I found this assignment intimidating. But not this time. Am I blessed?!!? A coach doesn't have to know Beck, but in my experience it really helps the pair to stay on the same page and move in the same direction. So when an impressive member of the Beck SparkTeam volunteered, I jumped on it. Not sure if she wants me to call her out, but if she doesn't mind, I'll let my readers know in a future blog. ... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:18:48 EST Restrained Smile Today I am strong and in control. I AM strong and in control. I am STRONG. I am in CONTROL. Oh, yeah! <BR> <BR> I had a good eating day yesterday. Four days ago I weighed 136.8, then I was down .6. After 3 days of feeling smaller but weighing the same 136.2, this morning I weighed 134.6. OK. Now it gets tricky. Excuse me while I talk to myself. Do not celebrate too much, Marsha. For one thing, you are still 2.6 pounds over the very top of your acceptable weight range. For another, you have not cre... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 08:31:04 EST Fighting Discouragement Beck Day 4 is all about giving yourself credit for all your good choices and steps in the right direction. We build confidence by being our own best cheerleader! Beck says people who struggle with weight tend to be hard on themselves and that by consciously giving ourselves credit, we can build awareness that we are strong and in control. <BR> <BR> I recognize that when I am slipping and when I am gaining weight it is much easier to "yell" at myself than to recognize the positive things I am... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 09:15:47 EST Out of the Closet Today's Beck lesson is about always sitting down to eat, every bite. It's a good rule. Good to have a rule to follow no matter what, so I never feel totally out of control with food. I know that calories don't count less just because I'm sitting, but I also know it is easy to eat without really being aware when I'm standing. Good rule. It's my rule. I'll follow it. <BR> <BR> I'm not to that part of Beck (Judith Beck, PhD, The Beck Diet Solution) in this re-do where she says to weigh every da... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 10:10:08 EST Hooray for Beck Again The Beck Diet Solution SparkTeam is reading and working The Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck, Ph D, again starting on Day One today. I'm in. I've worked this book over and over, but find it is helpful every time. The subtitle to the book is something about learning to think like a thin person. If you want to join click on the team link on my SparkPage or let me know and I'll send you an invite. <BR> <BR> I'm on my way to Senior Dance this morning and I took extra care with grooming today be... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 08:45:02 EST Sigh. Again. My ticker says it all: 8.8 pounds over goal range. Sigh. Won't I ever learn? OK. Breath. I can do this. <BR> <BR> I must address the "I don't care" thoughts which are wrong. I do care. Even if I don't care at the moment, just a little while later I care -- a lot. <BR> <BR> The idea that it will be easier if I let myself eat just a bit more and weigh a bit more haven't worked for me. Setting the limit and stopping is hard at any target calorie range. <BR> <BR> And the "it won't matter righ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:16:59 EST Laundry Indicator There were 3 sports bras in this week's laundry. That's an indicator that I'm well and getting more active!! <BR> <BR> BTW: Thanks to Jeanknee I read up about pelicans. Although I have seen pelicans often at the beach, almost every time I am there, and have seen them rarely inland, evidentially they are not rare inland so I got my questioned answered. The American White Pelicans I photographed Thursday were not lost! They did all fly off about 15 minutes after I took that picture. I'm still ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:32:43 EST Are they lost? <img src=""> <img src=""> Surprise! My town, Lakeland, is known for swans. Lake Morton has dozens and then there are statues of them everywhere. But this morning at Senior Dance I was truly surprised to realize the white birds floating on Lake Mirror are pelicans, not swans. Blessed to be able to dance and enjoy today. We are about an ho... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:01:07 EST Summer, Really?? It's summer in Florida this week. We're in the 80's, we've even had some high 80's, but the humidity is pretty good. The azaleas came out: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I considered including a newspaper for proof I took this picture today, but I decided you'd believe me! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's great in the shade and better to exercise outside early. Need to drink enough water. I know. This really is my kind ... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:37:28 EST Another Fun Day <img src=""> <BR> Gwen asked me to take her picture with Snow White topiary. We are having fun today! Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:35:19 EST Valentine's Dance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gary and I had lots of fun at Senior Dance today with its Valentine theme. DD loaned us her car for the dance and afterwards drove us to the body shop. We got our car back. It looks great!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:29:15 EST Gradually No repercussions from my running test yesterday, so guess I'll go forward with the return to running plan, very gradually easing back into running. <BR> <BR> DD was really helpful today. She stopped by and offered to take us grocery shopping since our car is in the shop. We could have managed, but now it will be much easier and enjoyable. <BR> <BR> I have over 14,000 steps today. It was a lovely day for walking. Even took the dog for part of it. Will try a little run tomorrow after the Val... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:06:43 EST Running Baby Steps I hesitate to report my recent activity. I wouldn't really call it running, I'd call it testing if I'm ready to start running. First I jogged up and down my carpeted hallway in my running shoes and that felt good. So I got out the "Return to Running" program distributed by our local running store, FitNiche, and it suggested 1-2 minutes of running the first time after a 6 weeks break due to illness/injury. So after walking warm up, I ran 4 intervals of :30 second run/:30 second walk. Didn't ev... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:38:50 EST Maintenance Issues The car is in the shop and I've got my daughter's SUV so I can get the kids from school and to the Y for their gymnastics today. She's adjusting her work hours Tuesday-Thursday so we won't need her car. We'll probably miss Senior Dance this week, but we'll see. While we were enjoying Senior Dance last week someone backed into our car, taking out a tail light and bashing in a big section of our car. Our car should be done on Thursday, but no guarantee. Friday we are scheduled for a dance lesso... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:06:51 EST Better Day Thanks, SparkFriends, for all your wise and supportive words yesterday. It was a big help to get me back on track with my thinking and my eating. <BR> <BR> Hubby was good yesterday, too. He wanted to go out to eat; our sink was stopped up and he worked hours trying to fix it and our kitchen was such a mess, I was tempted. But I told him I was really needing to eat smart and he relented. So we ate at home and I woke up this morning 2.8 pounds below yesterday's weight. Better. It is still 2 p... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:07:01 EST Working on Motivation I am feeling the need to get re-motivated! Didn't like the number on the scale today, and if truth be told, some of my clothes are telling me that I'm at the top of my weight range or maybe a tick above. Why again? Whenever I'm not very, very careful; whenever I relax and think I'm eating normally, I gain. And if I do really choose to indulge, well, gain is inevitable. There was a time I could go a week or two without tracking, without measuring. There was a time that a one day indulge only s... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:30:52 EST Mardi Gras Dance We really enjoyed Senior Dance today with the Mardi Gras theme. My energy is back and I danced almost every dance with enthusiasm! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The photographer caught us sitting, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are my favorites as far as costumes go: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 21:51:30 EST Advantage: Function Every day I go over my reasons for doing the work to maintain my 80 pound weight loss. I often read the words off my index card as Beck (Judith Beck, PhD) recommends to keep motivation high. Sometimes I say or think each one. Health is top reason and that includes feeling good, living longer, avoiding lifestyle-related medications, etc. Appearance is 3rd, confidence is fourth, and self-respect is important to me, too. <BR> <BR> Over the years, the reasons remain but change in importance to m... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:32:42 EST Thinking About Habits It's been 37 days since I ran. And it may be a week or two more until my lung pain is totally gone and I try, starting very slowly, to run again. I first ran as an adult in January of 2011 at age 61. I have been very consistent running 3 times a week, taking off only when my body dictates. That did include 6 months in 2015 when the psoriasis outbreak on my feet was just too much and doc suggested I take some time off to let them heal. I got right back into running when I could. Despite severa... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:41:27 EST EPCOT Outing and Update Enjoyed a half day at EPCOT. I got in 22,000 steps and feel okay. I sat a little more than usual and probably wasn't as fast or as energetic as I was before my illness, but I was able to keep up with the family. <BR> <BR> I can now raise my arms above my head without pain. Getting up from a lying position now just reminds me that I'm not 100%. Most of the time I forget that I have pain, and then I do something like sit down into a low seat (like our car seat) ungracefully and, oh yeah, there... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:24:31 EST Breathing Deeply Looks like the bronchitis has now evolved into pleurisy. Ouch! I still can't run. Sitting down, getting up, laying down, standing up, deep breaths, stretching all hurt. The really sore spot is in my ribs on the left side. I'm to sleep with left side down. Walking slowly isn't too bad. I'm on meds. Expect to get better gradually. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I got 10,000 slow steps in yesterday. My resting heart rate, which tended to be around 58 before the illness, got up to 75, but is t... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:18:37 EST Still Lousy I'm still feeling lousy. Haven't run since December 30th, 2017. Even trying to walk just sets me up for a coughing fit and pain in my front, back, chest, lungs?? Sitting up, laying down, moving hurts. My head hasn't quit hurting for over 2 weeks. Guess it's time to go to my primary doctor and get some further recommendations for healing. <BR> <BR> Last week I missed 2 dances and 2 dance lessons. I missed my group run and 2 solitary runs. I missed my Weight Watcher meeting. Hubby took kids t... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:07:41 EST More Music in our house DH took Natalie to her piano lesson today as I was still feeling puny. The good thing is he arranged for 7 year old Gwen to start lessons next week. Gwen is so excited! This could be good. <BR> <BR> I took my last prednisone (steroid) pill today. I'm puffy and bloated. Tomorrow I will make sure I get plenty of water and reasonable servings of healthy foods. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:00:34 EST Patience Required On the positive front, Natalie helped me reset my computer and it is much easier to Spark than on my phone or tablet now. I need to reinstall some things, but that's not so bad. <BR> <BR> I am often terrible at taking medications and forget them. I just really don't like to take meds at all, but this time I know I need them. I haven't missed a dose and I have 9 doses a day to worry with. So far 3 days done right! <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I've been eating well. Have enjoyed soup with ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:57:42 EST Bronchitis Diagnosis is bronchitis. Doc said "really really bad bronchitis." Told me not to exercise until lungs are clear. I got a breathing treatment, 2 shots, and 4 prescriptions. Just hoping all these meds don't trigger psoriasis. And I know that the steroids can really mess with appetite and weight. Priority is getting well. Will do the best I can to eat smart while medicated and unable to exercise. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:28:47 EST Today's Concerns Looking forward to getting over this chest cold so I can get out and run. It WILL happen. <BR> <BR> My 90 year old mom had been losing too much weight, ironic after decades of fighting obesity. Today doc was glad that she likes Ensure and has gained 7 pounds. I am so very grateful to my sister who is her caregiver. Wish we weren't 2000 miles apart. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 131.4 today. OK. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:46:48 EST Plan for Girl Scout Cookies 2018 Grandkids are selling cookies. We will buy and donate to Senior Dance. Really don't need to eat any. Win (GS). Win (grandkids). Win (senior dance). Win (us)!! Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:54:45 EST Dip Tried a new recipe today, Moroccan Roasted Eggplant Dip. It has garlic, cumin, lemon juice, parsley, smoked paprika, plain Greek yogurt, salt along with the 2.5 pound eggplant that is roasted about an hour at 400 degrees until it is brown and "collapsed." I was surprised how easy it was to spoon all the cooked eggplant and leave only the peel. I used my Nutribullet to puree it. I liked it a lot, especially with celery and green pepper strips; didn't like it so much with carrot strips. It seem... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 22:28:00 EST Running Long That was a really great 12.5 mile run yesterday. I felt good afterward. Today, I have almost no soreness. I am really grateful that I enjoyed it. Kind of softens that memory of a tough half marathon a month ago. Yesterday's run was one minute and 50 seconds per mile slower and it was almost 25 degrees cooler. But the important thing that I learned is that I can still really, really, really enjoy running long! <BR> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:56:49 EST First, a Good Run Ran 12.5 miles this morning with my Galloway group starting at 6am. Very nice run. At 7.5 miles we circled back to our cars and dropped off some people who needed shorter runs. I felt like running more, so I did! No aches or pains. No cramps. Only discomfort was by mile 12 my feet had swollen a bit and my socks felt too tight, especially on my big toes. We ran the 12.5 miles in just under 3 hours. We had 2 stops, one 4 minute potty break and about a 10 minute break at the 7.5 mile mark waitin... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:41:53 EST Great Time <img src=""> <BR> Having a great time at our Senior Dance pre-New Year party! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:22:34 EST Blessed Help and Wishes! DD and DSIL are coming to dinner to help eat up Christmas dinner. I will have turkey and a bit of stuffing with no butter, asparagus, green beans and a small microwaved yam. I will section fresh oranges and grapefruit from our trees and add to the fruit salad -- mostly watermelon and cantaloupe left -- along with fresh pineapple, mango and banana. Great! I'll let them eat up the ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, the buttery stuffing, the candied yams, the dinner rolls. <BR> <BR> The whole apple ... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:38:01 EST Merry Christmas 2017 <img src=""> <BR> The table is set and family will soon arrive. Just want to say Merry Christmas to my SP family! I am so blessed to be able to celebrate. Thanks for all your support and help keeping me fit!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:05:29 EST Greetings <img src=""> <BR> Greetings from EPCOT! Sat, 23 Dec 2017 15:15:59 EST Something New (To Me, Anyway) Thanks for the helpful comments on my weeding blog yesterday. I'm feeling better about "weeding", even if I don't get to the "root". <BR> <BR> Today I want to let you know about something new to me. Maybe you eat it all the time, but I found a new (to me) veggie at the produce stand that pops up each Tuesday at the YMCA. After Aquagirl and I did the Silver Sneakers class, I bought some organic unwaxed pink lady apples that are delicious. But the new veggies is -- ta da: tatsoi. The person wh... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:31:46 EST