WINACHST's SparkPeople Blog WINACHST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ha! I took 1st place in age division in the 5k My granddaughter, daughter, and I ran a 5k on Saturday and both my granddaughter and I took home a medal for 1st in our age division. But when I looked at the times, I saw I was the only one in my age group. <BR> <BR> It was not my best time, but it was not my worst. 33:29 <BR> <BR> I am having some issues with my feet and am coming to the realization that I may need to take some time off and recover. The bottom of my feet hurt at times. <BR> <BR> I really do not want to have to stop run... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:33:11 EST Stagnant stag·nant <BR> [stag-nuhnt] <BR> ADJECTIVE <BR> 1. not flowing or running, as water, air, etc. <BR> 2. stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water. <BR> 3. characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement: a stagnant economy. <BR> 4. inactive, sluggish, or dull. <BR> <BR> # 3 and #4: That is describing me these past weeks. I am having lots of moments where I do not want to do much of anything. I have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer because I... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:35:10 EST I want ice cream! My grandson wanted ice cream for breakfast. So, I mashed a frozen banana, added some peanut butter, and then mixed in some malt-o-meal. As for as he was concerned, he had "ice cream" for breakfast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:14:33 EST Three county fairs...and a solution to a craving and I only gave in to temptation at the first one, but that was because I was hungry when I went. However, since most of the foods were deep fried it was easy to resist when I thought about the price and what I was really paying for, deep fried junk food. <BR> <BR> Seriously, a deep fried snickers bar and oreo cookie?? That is crazy! <BR> <BR> One thing that I am struggling with to let go is ice cream and I keep remembering that my neighbor has told me that farmers call dairy cows "shell c... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:07:59 EST What?! No chocolate chip cookie trees? Below is an excerpt from the introductory pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C. I just had to share because it is helping me realize that if I am going to be successful in eating healthy, I also need to create an environment that will support and make things a bit easier to make that transition to eating better foods and to resist those things that I know are not good for me, especially in the quantities that I am eating. <BR> <BR> Begin quote: <BR> <BR> Why do we f... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:59:59 EST I just got up and ran... WOW! I was doing some exercises last night after the grandchildren went home and after I was warmed up a bit I noticed there was still about 1/2 hour of daylight. So, I put on my running shoes and ran down the road to the neighbors driveway (3/4 of a mile). As I neared the mailbox, I thought back of how I was not able to do this a couple years ago without having to take a walk break. <BR> <BR> I ran for 20 minutes before I stopped. That was my goal-it felt so good to be able to run like that... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:06:29 EST 94 years young I volunteer as a meal coordinator for a program where groups come in and prepare a meal for the community and last night I had the pleasure of working with one of the members who told me he was 94 years old. <BR> <BR> I was so impressed. This man looked well although he moved like he had a few aches and pains. I see this man come in for the meals each month and thought he was 70 +, but 94!! How awesome is that?! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:21:15 EST Jessica Smith TV Workouts I found Jessica Smith's workout channel on youtube and I am hooked. OMG! These are some really great exercise routines that can be done at home with very little space and minimal equipment. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A word of caution, a lot of the routines are intermediate to advanced. <BR> <BR> I tried these off and on over the past month and lost about an inch off my thighs ~ my fat pants are getting roomy again and when I am not sore I am... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:24:14 EST Why do I want to eat healthy? I seem to be giving in to temptation day after day and it is starting to annoy me. I know better; I know that the food industry creates combinations that will cause me to eat, eat and then eat some more. Here, I am referring to that small bag of corn chips that called my name at the checkout last night. You know the one with 4.5 servings and when I turned into my driveway I had an empty bag. UGH! <BR> <BR> The reality was that I was not really hungry but thirsty. I have discovered when I n... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:30:32 EST It is not the food we eat... The other day I was staying at a hotel and had the opportunity to watch some television shows. I do not receive any of the networks at home. I have no idea what channel or show I was watching but I stopped at one that declared the real reason for the obesity epidemic is not the food we eat but the lack of exercise. <BR> <BR> Not the food we eat?? Just look at these two pictures of some food my hubby and I ordered at a restaurant: <BR> Hubby ordered this (all meat) <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:32:34 EST 10k Race Results 70:28, not as good as I was hoping for but it was sunny and humid and felt very hot on the road. A lot of the route was shade but those stretches in the sun made a miserable run. <BR> <BR> This was my 4th year at this race and this route sort of by-passed those doing the 5k and I was amazed at how many of those people were walking that last stretch of the 5k route this year. <BR> <BR> I was on target for my goal the first 3 miles, but then I realized that I needed to slow down. This year ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:52:14 EST Eating healthy I had a conversation with my hubby the other day and he remarked at how healthy he eats and I replied that he does not eat healthy. His response was that while he does not eat as healthy as I do, he eats better than most people. <BR> <BR> Since when do we define the healthiness of a diet based on how other people eat. While I do eat more healthier choices than most people who eat the Standard American Diet; I still have a long way to go before I can honestly say that my way of eating is hea... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:37:02 EST 5k race results Yesterday, my granddaughter (age 12) and I ran a 5k and we both beat our goal times. She had a goal of 31 minutes and crossed the finish line at 30:19. I had a goal of 34 minutes because I had been ill earlier in the week and did not run as part of my recovery, my time was 32:51. <BR> <BR> The frustrating thing is that although we both had better times than we were hoping for there was so much emphasis on my granddaughter not getting a prize. They only gave recognition to the first in each ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:40:53 EST Noticed how good food actually tastes I ate something the other day and end up getting ill from it. Thankfully it was short-lived and only lasted about 12 hours, but I ended up losing about 4 pounds ~ ugh! Those were some miserable 12 hours. <BR> <BR> When I started eating again, I ate simply, that is, I did not add sauces or a lot of seasoning to the food. I was amazed at how tasty the food was. For example, dinner was boiled red potato, spinach, and black beans. Yummy! I could not believe how good each of these tasted without ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:43:49 EST Sometimes I think I make it harder than it needs to be... I know what I need to do to eat healthy, but find myself making poor choices over and over. But it all starts with a thought ~ should I or shouldn't I? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-angel-and-the-devil/ </link> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:31:28 EST Pain is in your head My husband suffers from chronic pain and since he is a veteran, he is treated at the VA clinics here in MN. They finally got a pain clinic and he is now being seen at both the St. Cloud and the Mpls. clinics. Each clinic has different level of treatment. The Mpls on is for the more severe pain patients. Since he has such a high level of pain and the programs are new, they thought he'd benefit from both clinics. <BR> <BR> Advances have been made in the last 5 years of treatment and the focus ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:37:18 EST storm cloud Yesterday, after a busy day with the grandchildren, I decided to go for a run before the weather changed from sunny to stormy. We were in the middle of two fronts. to the north the clouds were dark and to the south it was sunny. I set a goal to do at least 4 miles (out and back) before the rain started. <BR> <BR> Here is the sky as I got back home: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So pretty. But then when it started raining, I saw some clo... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:09:36 EST For Real? <BR> <link><BR>ying-to-save-phone-that-fell-into-toil<BR>et.html </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:16:10 EST Zoocrastination Putting off the things to be done on the "to-do" list and taking the grandchildren to the zoo instead. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:11:27 EST Bears and wolves The other day a neighbor called to give us a heads up that a bear was on the road and it turned and ran down the driveway towards our daughters house. Last night I went for a run and was able to see the prints from that bear. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and here in my foot ne... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:29:12 EST Why? or Should I ask why not? I am at a plateau in my weight loss journey. I know the tweaks I need to do to my diet but cannot seem to do them. Sometimes, I look at my husband who is 100 pounds overweight and very sedentary because of his chronic pain issues, but he makes no effort to lose weight; I wonder why he doesn't take that first step. Then my thought immediately turns to me and I wonder why I don't take those steps needed to lose these extra 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am a volume eater and I like to eat a lot of foo... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:50:06 EST Go pick up your Valium...(10.55k race) I ran the Sour Grapes Half & Half Trail Run today and about 7 minutes after I crossed the finish line, a woman about 10 years older than I finished and cheered, "This old lady did it." So impressive. <BR> <BR> Then I heard her tell a story about how when she finished the race in a previous year, some one told her to pick up the race medallion on the table. But she heard, "Pick up your Valium over on the table." She thought, "Do they tell everyone this or just the old people?" <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:41:07 EST Progress... Hubby at a doctor appointment at the Mpls. VA, so we made it a day trip and went to the Mall of America, you know the location of See's Candy. See's gives out free samples when you walk in. Ugh! <BR> <BR> The place was busy so I hung out in the background being determined not to give in and take a sample. Wouldn't you know that dear hubby asks them for a sample for me. He brings it over to me. ~ "What part of I have to stop eating so much sugar and I do not want any chocolates didn't you und... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:25:35 EST Freaking Out! The other day while on my run, I looked to my left into the corn field and saw a bear. I thought it was a cub and freaked out. I called my hubby to come and get me. <BR> <BR> Then yesterday, my daughter calls and in frantic because there was a bear by the garage and it was coming down the hill toward our house. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am thinking this is the one I saw the other day. Bigger than a cub, I was worried about b... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:16:43 EST Craving potato chips Hubby went to a visit a neighbor's house and brought back some things that were stored in an old potato chip box. Now I am craving potato chips. Weird, but this is giving me some insight on how marketing in so effective. The better the picture the more intense the craving. <BR> <BR> And no, I did not give in to the craving, I am relying on my memory of how greasy and nasty the last ones I had were to overcome the temptation. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:48:16 EST McDougall 10 Day Meal Plan For years I have been wanting to attempt to try this meal, but could never get into it. I would never make it past day 2. But now, it seems he has changed the recipes to get you started on a starch based diet and this plan seems doable for me now. I will just need to add the greens and lots of the nonstarchy vegetables to the meals. (Hubby has a lot more weight to lose than I [or is it me?]) <BR> <BR> I feel so much better and have so much more energy when I eat whole food plant based. I fin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:24:31 EST Ever feel like this? <img src=""> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:58:52 EST Chickpea Flour Omelet I finally got around to trying this recipe: OMG! So yummy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the recipe: <BR> <link><BR>flour-omelette-with-spinach.html </link> Sun, 25 May 2014 11:51:32 EST 10k results <em>365</em> 1:08:56 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful route and the weather was perfect for running. This is my best time for a 10k race. I was hoping to come in under 69 minutes and I did with seconds to spare! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:59:06 EST He turned 3! It was my grandson's birthday yesterday. I was asked to make the cake. I went with a construction theme: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But OMG! was that sweet. Now, the celebration is over and time to get back on track and eat foods, real food as close to its natural state as possible. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:44:43 EST 2 hour nap I watch my grandson while my daughter works and when I volunteered she was only working a couple days a week. But now her hours are increasing and it seems like I am getting more than I bargained for. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not complaining (well, maybe just a little) but my grandson is almost three and has more energy than he knows what to do with it. He is constantly on the move and my efforts to tire him out do not phase him one bit. That means no nap time. <BR> <BR> Today was my "day off" ... Mon, 12 May 2014 22:55:19 EST 1 week til my next 10k I had to make a choice as to which race to do for next weekend, a 5k or 10k. I chose the 10k because I was not able to do the half marathon last month and ran the 10k instead and discovered that I enjoy that distance. It is challenging but not too much. I thought it'd be interesting to see if I can improve my 10k times if I focus on that distance this season. <BR> <BR> I had a bad week for getting my runs in this week. My schedule just did not allow me to get in the distance I wanted to. Plu... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:51:10 EST Maybe I was overtraining My schedule did not allow me to get my workouts in these past few days unless I chose to cut my sleep time and get up early. I chose not to workout earlier and try to get some zzzzz's. I do not sleep well the way it is and I figured if I was asleep in the early morning hours then it would be better for me. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up to the dog barking because my daughter arrived with C. at 6 'clock. I watch him while she works. I realized that I slept for 7 hours. 7 hours! <em>102</e... Thu, 8 May 2014 07:47:43 EST This old lady is improving... Yesterday, my granddaughter and I went to the park where we will have raced a 5k and decided to run the course. The markings are still on the course so we'd have an accurate distance and could get this season's initial time for a 5k. <BR> <BR> My granddaughter and I are in a running class and she runs well in class because she is the only youth and she loves the attention she gets for running at such a young age. However, when we do our "homework", she is not motivated when it is just her a... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:27:31 EST Detox Your Thyroid! (rant about Woman's World) The latest diet in Woman's World magazine declares that "Emory University's diet doctor has a thyroid-boosting plan that speeds off up to 7 lbs a week!" (5/12/2014 issue pw18-19) <BR> <BR> How? He suggests eating moderate amounts of gluten and soy, limiting sweets, eating less processed foods, and eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Now that makes sense; if I avoid large amounts of gluten foods, for me that means stop eating so much bread. I do not eat a lot of soy products... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:54:17 EST Had to weigh myself twice... This morning when I weighed myself I had to step back on and redo it because I actually dropped a couple of pounds since my last time I stepped on the scale just to make sure it was for real. <BR> <BR> I had been stuck around a particular weight for so long that I didn't expect to see it lower for a while. I am a little closer to my goal. I hope to hit it soon because my jeans are worn out and I need to buy some new ones and I want it to be in my maintenance size. The last time I tried a pa... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:27:18 EST 10k Race Time not as good as I wanted I did not make my goal time, but I felt I ran better than expected. My time was 1:10:11; I was hoping to come in at 69 or less. If it were not for that potty break I might have made my goal time. <BR> <BR> When I took that break I lost the runners in front of me and it seemed like I had a harder time pacing myself without the visual of the others. I ended up taking more walk breaks than I wanted. Even so, I felt strong throughout most of the race. <BR> <BR> I would really like to do a 10k ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:47:01 EST Finally signed up for that race I have enjoyed some runs this weekend and was able to run in shorts and a T-shirt, no long pants or jacket needed. I also registered for that 10k that will be in 5 days. I put off registering because of the weather, I was going to wimp out. <BR> <BR> The weather has caused me to change my mind about that half marathon because I was not able to get the amount of miles in needed to run it safely. I can do a 10k without too much difficulty but I am slower than I want to be, but the season is j... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:50:41 EST Supersize vs Superskinny I found this show on youtube and I am finding it fascinating in that these people know they have a problem and part of the cause is the food they eat. Yet, they continue to eat the foods that are causing the diseases they suffer from. One woman was shown as saying that she hated the disease and would do anything not to be suffering; yet her cupboards were full of cookies, crackers, soda. <BR> <BR> The reason it fascinates me is because I know I have issues with certain foods that I eat even... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:31:53 EST What a week and it's going by quick My mom had surgery yesterday and I spent all day waiting with my dad. It was a nice visit; all went well and she is home recovering. <BR> <BR> The surgery was for a hernia, my nephew was in for the same type of surgery that morning also. My mom commented on how weak stomach muscles are genetic and the problem of hernias run in our family. I thought about that and really wonder if there is a gene for that, but I have a tendency to think that it is more of a lifestyle issue instead. If my fam... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:01:28 EST A little over 2 pounds to go to meet my goal My hubby and I each made a goal to lose X number of pounds by our anniversary. I picked a goal that I thought would be reasonable but I am stuck! Up and down, up and down. I am at a setpoint that my body thinks this is what my weight should be. The last time I was stuck at this weight it took a year to lose. Argh! <BR> <BR> I hope that it does not happen again. Our reward if we each meet our goal is a 4-day mini vacation. I only have 2 weeks to do it ~ trying not to fret about it Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:35:52 EST Snow AGAIN! It is snowing again! Need I say more? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:22:45 EST Week's Worth of Groceries from around the world This is interesting to see the different types of food and amounts in the various countries; especially which ones are eating the processed foods <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-looks-like-around-the-world </link> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:38:08 EST Wake Up Before Reality Slaps Me in the Face! Wow! What a week! My youngest daughter got sick and whatever caused it seemed to take up residence in her body; she was vomiting for almost 2 weeks. She spent a day at the clinic where she was treated with an IV to get her hydrated. The diagnosis is inflammation aggravated by a virus, but they are unsure of the cause the inflammation. <BR> <BR> She does not eat the best, however she had been trying to eat better and detox her body. Perhaps she released some of the toxins and that was making... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:03:03 EST 30 Things to stop doing to yourself I just had to share; this is an awesome list <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:27:04 EST No 'poo My daughter is trying to go no 'poo (no shampoo) and I am curious to see how it goes for her. I read a blog where one woman who went without using commercial shampoo for 1 year reported that her sense of smell greatly improved. <BR> <BR> Of course, she was eliminating a lot of other chemicals also. But I find it interesting how she stated that she was able to smell the dish soap on the dishes her mother used. I think of how much "stuff" is added to the "foods" on the grocery store shelves w... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:40:11 EST 10k on the treadmill today I went to the gym to get my run in today and managed to do a 10k, my time 71:42. <BR> <BR> I cannot wait til the weather warms up and the roads are cleared of the snow and ice. We had a few days where the roads were OK to run on, but they did not bother to plow with this last snow. <BR> <BR> The roads are gravel and since it started to warm up I am sure they did not plow because then they would remove some of the class-5 that makes up the road. Or they were expecting it to be warm the ne... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:06:13 EST Almost... Yesterday, I almost made it through the day without eating junk food. Almost. But on the plus side, my hubby offered me some chocolate covered coconut and I took a bit less than a serving and was satisfied with that. <BR> <BR> Perhaps it was because that bag was not part of my stash and since I suffer from empty bag syndrome (where you are enticed to keep eating until the bag is empty) I think it was easy for my brain to register ALL GONE. <BR> <BR> Since I did not exercise much yesterday e... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:53:35 EST Now, if YOU can get your eating under control... The other day, my hubby went to his doctor appointment and learned that he gained another 6 pounds. He signed up for some phone coaching and I looked at the brochure and saw that they offered nutrition and activity tracking. So I asked if he was going to use their setup instead of the program we use offline. I was thinking that maybe he'd take some advice from some one other than me because he does not seem to do anything I suggest. <BR> <BR> His response was that I knew more than they did (... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:05:21 EST ~Happy Dance~ I did it! I have Running Mate Media's Half Marathon Training podcasts, coaching by Todd Lange of the 5k101 training program. I completed the Stockholm workout which was the Long Slow Distance 20 minute jog with 5 minute recovery x 3. I did the workout on a treadmill, the jog was at 5.5 and the recovery was at 3.0. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, I fought the urge to go faster and told myself that I wanted to complete the whole workout as outlined and i think this is the first workout in this series that ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:35:04 EST