WINACHST's SparkPeople Blog WINACHST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community You run like a penguin I am taking a running class with my granddaughter (13 year old) and this morning we got together to do our "homework", run 5 minutes walk 3 minutes. She was helping with babysitting a 2 year-old and so I got out my jogging stroller. <BR> <BR> We are on the third run interval and I am feeling confident that I finally got the hang of running while pushing a stroller. Then my granddaughter says, "you look like a penguin running." hee hee, thanks a lot, kid. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:54:54 EST It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle... Isn't that what everyone says when they are promoting a new "diet" plan. I have always had an issue with the use of that word. I think of "diet" as what we eat, good or bad foods. Any food we eat becomes our diet, especially if we eat those types of foods on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Using the word "diet" in the way that it is used is that we often think of it in terms of being something we will do for a short time and then go back to the way we were eating before. <BR> <BR> So, to get you ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:05:35 EST Has Spark People run its course? I find that I am not interested much in what is on this site nowadays. I no longer track my food or activities and I don't even care about how many spark points I get on the spinner. <BR> <BR> I just check some of the teams I had joined when I first joined and realized that I am no longer interested in some of the activities that caused me to join them way back then. For instance, the half marathon team. I did 2 half marathons, but do not seem interested in doing that distance again. But ev... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:44:46 EST First my daughters and now my grandson... Think I look like this lady: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I often hear, "There is Grandma" whenever she pops up on the screen Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:27:03 EST Sweaty Betty ad models that I am seeing today Has anyone seen these ads that are popping up on SP today? Is it just me or do these models look sickly and very unhappy? I was looking a Vogue magazine while waiting for hubby at the doctor's office and the models in that magazine looked terrible, not glamorous at all. Too skinny, it looked like my arms were about as big as a couple of the models legs. How sad to think this is being promoted as fashionable. <BR> <BR> Do people actually think they need to look like some of these models? I th... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:20:08 EST Coffee makes me feel bloated I enjoy my coffee time in the morning. It is my "me" time. No one talks to me til I am done with my coffee. However, today I noticed that I get to feeling bloated after I am done. <BR> <BR> I need to start to wean myself from coffee. I am currently drinking "6" cups water with 3 tablespoons grounds. This actually gives me about 3-4 cups. I like the flavor of a good cup of coffee. Good is defined as it does not cause me stomach pain. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of cutting back to filling the ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:27:37 EST I need to get out of this vicious cycle... I am struggling to get back to eating the way I ought to be to support health. I am eating too much junk. For the past 4 months I have been attempting to eat right, but find myself stuffing my face with junk food. <BR> <BR> It seems like every time I attempt to get back on track I end up binging on junk. I am trying to figure out why. It is not like I am really craving anything but I feel frustrated and overwhelmed with all the demands my family is putting on me and so I eat and I eat junk.... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:02:03 EST Fast food ads The last couple of times I have been at the gym and watching TV, I saw some ads for fast food restaurants and I think their marketing people ought to be fired. I cannot believe they should even think that the breaded deep-fried thingies look appealing. The food that was being advertised looked awful to me. But then, I like my fruits and vegetables. To me, seeing a plate full of vibrant greens, reds, yellow and orange looks so much better than whatever it was that I saw being advertised that... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:46:35 EST Cindy Crawford's photo Have you seen the photo? My hubby showed it to me because she is a super model and he thought I looked better even considering that I am older. I disagree. All I can say is wow! She looks like that and close to 50 and is still modeling ~ more power to her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>atus/566204506971856896 </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:55:23 EST Have you tried the 7 minute workout? <link><BR>e-scientific-7-minute-workout/?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I have and have been doing 3 circuits for a 24 minute workout for about 3 weeks now and I noticed that I am actually getting stronger. When I first started, I was able to complete 7 on the knee pushups for that 30 seconds. Yesterday, when I did the routine, I completed 17. <BR> <BR> I am hope to be able to graduate to full pushups soon. However, I have had shoulder and wrist injuries in t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:01:10 EST Time for those New Year Resolutions res•o•lu•tion <BR> [rez-uh-loo-shuhn] <BR> NOUN <BR> 1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. <BR> 2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc. <BR> 3. a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life. <BR> 4. the mental state or qua... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:55:32 EST Black Bean Spinach Brownies Ok, I heard of the black bean brownies, even tried a recipe or two. But I found this one on the web yesterday. <BR> <BR> Spinach, in a brownie?! That is going too far! lol <BR> <BR> No refined sugar!? Sweetened only with dates. <BR> <BR> No wheat flour?! OMG! this cannot be good. NOT! <BR> <BR> My 5 year old grandson begged to take the leftovers home. This one is a keeper. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bles-in-my-brownies/ </link> <BR> <BR> I had to bak... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:48:56 EST Great Coached Workout Mixes <link> </link> <BR> <BR> G Series FIT Mixes <BR> <BR> Bootcamp #1 is my favorite mix. I just finished it. Yes, "FINISHED" I made it through the whole workout. I was not able to do that when I first downloaded these a few years ago. <BR> <BR> #feeling stronger Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:32:41 EST UGH! Yesterday, I posted a link to a dessert blog and I am wanting to stop eating so many sweets. This time of year is not the holiday season but the temptation season. It wouldn't be so bad except that eating sweets is not an occasional event with me. I eat too many sweets and every time I log onto the internet, there is a cookie, candy or cake recipe!!! <em>198</em> <em>4</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am finding that the more nutritious food I eat (real food) the less I want the junk f... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:01:03 EST A Dessert Blog check out this blog: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> all I can say is OMG! These are awesome recipes <BR> <BR> I just made the one minute chocolate mug cake ~ satisfied my craving and there was no leftovers so I was not tempted to eat and eat and eat. I adjusted the sugar <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/one-minute-chocolate-cake/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think I died and went to chocolate heaven <em>4</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:04:49 EST Better Than Vegan Recipe Review A few weeks ago, I was the coordinator for the Share A Meal program, a nonprofit that has groups volunteer food and time and prepare a meal for the community, and the group that came in that week prepared scalloped potatoes. Oh, that used to be one of my favorite dishes. You know, that box of dehydrated potatoes and powdered cheese sauce. <BR> <BR> Well, I had the Better Than Vegan book for months and never got around to making any of the recipes until last night, I made the authors version... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:34:56 EST Maybe Beck Diet Solution is not for me Ok, this is my second time attempting to get through this book and I am thinking this is going to be the second time I will not make it to the end. I am having a hard time with some of the concepts the author is putting forth, such as the fat shaming. The constant reference to "a thin person thinks" is really irritating me. <BR> <BR> I am in the upper limit of the acceptable BMI and not considered overweight. I am only 10 pounds heavier than what I was in my high school years. I cannot help... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:48:25 EST Beck Diet Solution I started this several years ago but never made it through the 6 weeks because I got too lazy. It requires so much effort, but I am now thinking that there may be something to this solution. <BR> <BR> It is cognitive therapy and deals with how one thinks about food and why one eats. It also involves planning what you will eat and how you will overcome the bumps along the way. I need to get back to an organized way of eating because if my memory serves me correctly I was successful when I wa... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:16:55 EST Very Important Reminder <img src=""> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:43:35 EST About the BMI I found this on the McDougall forum about the best BMI for reduced risk of disease: <BR> <BR> "Impact of Overweight on the Risk of Developing Common Chronic Diseases During a 10-Year Period Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:1581-1586 <BR> <BR> Conclusions: During 10 years of follow-up, the incidence of diabetes, gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, colon cancer, and stroke (men only) increased with degree of overweight in both men and women. Adults who were overweight but not obese (ie, BMI 25... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:10:28 EST 3 pounds gone WOW! I must have been holding a lot of water. Had to get up 3 times last night and was down 3 pounds this morning. I am feeling less bloated today. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:48:28 EST I have to get back in control OMG! I stepped on the scale this morning and had reality slap me in the face. I gained 10 pounds since July. In 4 months, I added 10 pounds. I knew I was out of control with my eating ever since I had a foot injury and quite running. <BR> <BR> I had been eating lots of junk food and it was like I was on auto pilot, just reach for the food and stuff it in my mouth. I had been wanting to get back with a program, at this point, any program would be better than what I was doing. <BR> <BR> I a... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:50:43 EST I bought a new toy The Life Trak Core C210 ~ Costco had it for $39.99. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was not excited about wearing a plain old pedometer anymore because it kept resetting whenever I picked up my grandson. I like wearing this on my wrist as a watch, I no longer need to pull out my phone to check the time whenever I am out running errands. <BR> <BR> It has a goal tracker and a sleep tracker. I am finding this little device to be more motivating tha... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:19:55 EST Hijacked I recently found a copy of Nutrition Action Health letter in the magazine recycle bin at the library. This particular issue (October 2014) has an article about how the food industry converts diet advice into profits. <BR> <BR> Diet advice: make half your plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole, get more fiber, etc. <BR> <BR> Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, one would expect that to mean eat salads, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and the list ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:05:03 EST Point of negative return <em>244</em> Yesterday's weather was almost perfect for running. It was a bit windy to be perfect. But, for a day in November, not needing to wear a jacket was a plus. <BR> <BR> I did what I call the long loop, which is a circle that is about 5 miles. I had a goal of completing it is 60 minutes. I finished in 61:05, not too bad. <BR> <BR> When I first started running about 5 years ago, I started with a coached podcast called 5k 101 and the last one is that 30 minute run and it had a spe... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:58:01 EST oooh, oooh, ahh The blisters are painful and I must have added sound effects when I put on my shoes because my 3-year old grandson was walking around saying, "oooh, oooh, ahhh". At least he was not copying my funny walk. lol Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:03:51 EST Blisters and food choices I ended up getting blisters from my run yesterday! Ouch! I bought some Super Moleskin Padding to cover and protect. This product works better than band-aids, super sticky. <BR> <BR> I am going to attempt to track my food again because I really need to get back on track and this no calorie counting in not really working for me. I like to eat and eat I do. I am hoping that tracking will get me back on track <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:24:52 EST I managed 5 miles today Another beautiful day, so I went for a run. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The farmers are finished harvesting now (not much chemicals being added now) so I chose to go that way instead of the woods. It also meant flat roads for half of it. On one stretch I decided to run/walk the pole distances just to change things up and keep the voice inside my head quiet. Focusing on the pole helped me stay focused. <BR> <BR> My pace was slow... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:43:05 EST Don't get enough support ... SO WHAT! That is the idea behind a little tidbit in On Fitness Sept/Oct issue. I often use the excuse that I do not get the support I need to eat healthy and whine and complain about how difficult in is to eat the right foods when no one around me is doing the same. <BR> <BR> SO WHAT! Just because someone else is not eating healthy and/or exercising is really no excuse for me not to do what I know I should be doing. <BR> <BR> The article states how to fix the issue of no support: JUST DO ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:27 EST I ran yesterday I ran yesterday for the first time in about a month. I have had a bout of plantar fasciitis so I stopped running for a bit. As a precaution, I put two insert inside my shoe and wore compression socks for arch support. <BR> <BR> The weather was perfect for a run. I checked the temperature, dressed for 40 degrees, but by the time I got ready and the sun shining I was able to shed by jacket by the time I reached the road. <BR> <BR> I took it easy the first half mile, then picked up the pace... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:35 EST Homemade Oven Roasted Tator Tots <link><BR>ted-tater-tots/ </link> <BR> <BR> The other day I saw this recipe and just had to make them. Ingredients: potatoes, salt, pepper and olive oil. <BR> <BR> They were so good! It took about 30 minutes to bake so that they were crunchy on the outside. I used a potato ricer instead of a grater. This recipe is a keeper! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:58:02 EST Of all the things to crave... A couple years ago my daughter and I made a bet with our husbands about something I cannot even remember and the prize for us, if we won, was a trip to the Spam Museum in southern Minnesota. Why there? I have no idea but it sounded good at the time, some wacky tourist attraction and to get-away for a bit. <BR> <BR> Well, we won the bet, but the men have not paid up yet and earlier in the summer I picked up a brochure as a reminder and then had put it away in a box and forgot about it. Last w... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:23:30 EST The Real Cost How many times have you heard, "It is too expensive to eat healthy foods"? I received an email today that suggested calculating the real cost of healthy vs. junk food. The idea is to look up the cost of apples, potatoes, poptarts, and potato chips; then calculate the cost per ounce. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to do that and here is my results. I chose an online service of a grocery store that I often shop at. <BR> <BR> 3 pound bag of apples = $4.99 <BR> 5 pound bag of potatoes = $2.69 <BR> 8... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:35:00 EST Been awhile It has been a while since my last blog, I was without internet service for a while. It is amazing how much time can pass on the web. Web is the correct term, it lures you in and then gets a hold on you so you cannot escape. <BR> <BR> I went to our hunting property with our oldest grandson. We had a blast doing not much of anything. We played the tourist and went to a few places, but most of the things we do are closed for the season. It was just Grandma and Grandpa time for the little 5 year... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:23:28 EST Just Like Sugar I was read a blog, Forks and Beans, and was learning about the different substitutions to make for vegan baking. Great guide, very informative for what to use for dairy, egg and gluten-free flours. When I came to the guide for the sugar alternatives comment section, someone mentioned this product, Just like Sugar. <BR> <BR> [quote] <BR> "Just Like Sugar® is a 100% natural sweetener made from only the purest of ingredients. Just Like Sugar® mimics the attributes of regular cane or beet sugar... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:53:10 EST OMG! 10% increase in body fat I have not weighed myself for a while mostly because I did not want to know the number. I did not think I was doing too bad despite the snacking I have been doing I was able to fit in my "skinny" jeans comfortably and my fat pants were roomy. <BR> <BR> Dr. McDougall says the fat you eat is the fat you wear. OK , I am now a believer. Yesterday started out well: I had my oatmeal, blueberries and hemp seed in the morning; went to the gym and ran 5 miles on the treadmill; for the post workout s... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:13:33 EST Tips from one of the star I copied the bullet points from the article which is so encouraging and inspiring for me to get with the program, any program and get rid the junk. #10 is what I need to focus on <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/health-science/stars/stars-written/un<BR>cle-buck/ </link> <BR> <BR> (1) You must assume 100% responsibility for your life and your destiny! <BR> (2) This program is a lifestyle! <BR> (3) Rid yourself of the diet mentality! <BR> (4) Stay off the scales! <... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:35:39 EST Notes on Heavy, an A&E show It seems like it has been a while since I last posted a blog and as I am typing I am watching an episode of Heavy. It is causing me to reevaluate what do I really want in terms of health and fitness. I definitely know that I am in control of what I put into my mouth, but I keep eating things that are not good for me. <BR> <BR> On this particular episode the female was talking about how she felt like she had no control in her life except for the food she ate. Yet, she was eating the foods th... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:34:39 EST 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