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Don't Burn the Beans

Monday, May 31, 2010      8 comments

The good news is I got 9 hours of sleep, awaking without an alarm, feeling very energetic. The bad news is that I forgot about my beans cooking in the crockpot - no salt added pintos. Instead of cooking 6 hours, they were on high for 15 hours. Y... Read more

Hungry Week

Sunday, May 30, 2010      7 comments

All last week I was hungry -- extra hungry. I actually went over my calorie range 4 times -- 3 times just a little and I balanced it with extra activity; one day I overate at least 400 calories. Yesterday, though, the extra hunger wasn't there. ... Read more

5K Commitment -- All Wet

Saturday, May 29, 2010      7 comments

Today my WW meeting was all about exercise and activity. I found myself re-energized and motivated to take it up a notch. I went to the Y from WW and did my hour long Zumba class, my strength training machines, and then another 25 mintues on the... Read more

Amazing "Sweet" Vegetables

Thursday, May 27, 2010      11 comments

It was an amazing revelation. As I enjoyed a fresh ear at supper last eve, for the first time I understood why they call corn "sweet corn." As I've cut back my sugar and sweetener I can begin to taste the sweet in corn, peas, and carrots. Someti... Read more

Fresh Fruit Plate

Tuesday, May 25, 2010      5 comments

Today for lunch Natalie and I each had a fresh fruit plate. We enjoyed low fat cottage cheese with blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and grapes. It was truly delicious and enjoyed by both of us. Somehow it seemed very special today. I ... Read more

Food Tracking for Maintenance

Saturday, May 22, 2010      9 comments

I have tracked my food all but maybe 10 days since December 1, 2008. I used to track with Weight Watcher paper journals. Now usually I track online @ SparkPeople. For a while I did both. When I go visit my mom in S Dakota (her summer home) in Ju... Read more

I Prefer to Eat More

Thursday, May 20, 2010      9 comments

I had a minor injury and had to cut back my exercise to allow my hip to heal. So I had to cut back my calorie range target in order to maintain my weight. My hip is now healed and I have added the calories back in. I know without I doubt t... Read more

Buffet Success

Wednesday, May 19, 2010      13 comments

I attended a buffet today. Several people commented that it was a difficult place to eat wisely. Not for me. I passed up the plain white dinner rolls. As far as I'm concerned they are nothing special. And then I didn't need the butter. So t... Read more

Learning from Our SparkFriends

Tuesday, May 18, 2010      10 comments

The new Secrets to Success section of SparkPeople has become a real favorite of mine. I love reading what other people have found helpful. One thing I didn't figure out until today, though, is how to find the Secrets to Success that a specific S... Read more

Community Team

Monday, May 17, 2010      9 comments

This week I joined the SparkPeople Community Team, which I think is a sign that I am entering a new phase. (I'm convinced there are phases of maintenance, but I've yet to identify them in predictable order. See previous blogs if curious.) I am f... Read more

Phases of Maintenance

Sunday, May 16, 2010      9 comments

A couple days ago WalkingAnnie postulated that perhaps maintenance has predictable phases kind of like group development (forming-storming-norming-perf
orming). I've been thinking about that statement quite a bit. I think she's probably corre... Read more

Measuring Goal Achievement

Saturday, May 15, 2010      9 comments

I do better when I have a goal to work toward. My most recent goal has been to lower my body fat percentage from 29%, the "acceptable" range, to 24%, the "fit" range. I wasn't sure that was achievable for me at age 60 after a lifetime of obesity... Read more

Declaration of Health

Wednesday, May 12, 2010      12 comments

I declare my hip officially healed! It did great for a whole hour of Zumba this eve. I planned to take it slow, but it was too motivating. I couldn't help it. I just got into it!! -Marsha... Read more

Teeth Whitening Update

Tuesday, May 11, 2010      4 comments

I've used the bleach and trays four nights and I can see that my teeth are slightly whiter. I greatly reduced my coffee and tea use for two weeks, but then went back to it. My teeth are still whiter than they were before I bleached. I have ... Read more

Glimmer of Sanity, Perhaps

Monday, May 10, 2010      10 comments

Sometimes I worry that I may be obsessed - with food, with the scale, with exercise, with smaller clothes, with my waist line, with SparkPeople, etc. But I had an experience this week that made me think perhaps a glimmer of sanity on this issue ... Read more


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