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Cape Town Vacation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cape Town is amazingly beautiful, as is Stellenbosch, the wine-growing town nearby. We have done a winery tour, a walking historical tour, and spent quite a bit of time wandering around on our own.

National Flower

Muslim quarter of Cape Town

Wine Country selfie

Wine Country!


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PHEBESS 4/16/2014 6:24AM

    What a fun way to spend spring break!

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JUNEAU2010 4/15/2014 8:18PM

    Thanks for sharing! LOVE the pictures!

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SMILINGTREE 4/15/2014 3:24PM

    Beautiful! It looks like a fantastic trip!

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MUFFIY831 4/15/2014 11:57AM

    Lovely pictures! And you look great!

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Fall In Love With Bordom

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's easy to be motivated when you're successful, when something is new and exciting, when the scale goes down, or you cross the finish line on your first 5k, but how do you stay motivated long term? I am so tired of tracking everything I eat, of having to think about what goes in my mouth, particularly since the scale has not been as accommodating lately. Why do I keep doing it?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I had a conversation with a former student about being a writer, about how if he wants to be a writer, he has to write. Even when he doesn't want to. Even when he has nothing to say. He has to sit down, and do the work. And fall in love with the process of writing, not just be in love with having written something. And I think this process is like that. Unless you can make yourself love the process of losing weight and getting fit, you are never going to be able to do it long-term. Unless you can find a way to make tracking and exercising something you want to do, you are never going to keep doing it.

Randomly there was an interesting article on LifeHacker about just this idea.

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52BINCE 4/6/2014 11:19AM

    Now that's the way to be serious about health n fitness, do it regardless of how you feel!!! awesome blog!

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PHEBESS 3/21/2014 10:21PM

    Cennino Cennini from his ll LibroDell'Arte:

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something everyday, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and will do you a world of good."

I might not draw every day, but I try to do something artistic or creative (visual or written) just to keep my brain active.

Same goes for exercise - something every day, even if it's only my ST routine and walking around a city.

Same goes for tracking my food - it does me a world of good!

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HHB4181 3/21/2014 9:17PM

    emoticon nice blog!

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JUNEAU2010 3/21/2014 3:06PM

    Lifehacker is awesome. I seldom have time to experience boredom...

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BABY_GIRL69 3/21/2014 12:39PM

    It's not always easy but I try to focus on the little things even when major things are going wrong in my life. The smaller successes leads us to stay on the journey and even deal with disappointments.

God bless,


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SMILINGTREE 3/21/2014 9:32AM

    You've hit on the biggest reason I stopped tracking several months ago: I hate the idea of doing it forever. It's not something I want to have to do for years. The goal (for me) is to get the good eating habits in place solidly enough that I don't need to track -- and so that one incident of over indulgence means nothing.

Exercise is the easier part -- it can become something I look forward to pretty easily. (I find the same is true with writing. I tend to write even if it's only for me no matter what else is happening in my life.)

I'm not sure what the answer is, but the question is intriguing.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/21/2014 9:03AM

    I love the way you think. I'm having a hard time with tracking (I hate it the most) and exercise (also hate that.) So if you find some other great advice please share it with me.

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GGJUNEBUG 3/21/2014 6:20AM

    I like this thought of enjoying the process and being disciplined enough to stay committed to the process of losing weight. Nicely written!

I've heard that it's better to suffer the pain of discipline than to suffer the pain of regret. For now, that keeps me going.

Hope you have a good Friday/Weekend!

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DRAGONSDAWN 3/21/2014 5:36AM

    This is a great thought. Makes me look at things differently.

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Interesting Article on Willpower

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Willpower is the ability to align yourself with the brain system that is thinking about long-term goals that is thinking about big values rather than short-term needs or desires.

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JUNEAU2010 3/19/2014 7:43PM


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MJEFFERSON23 3/19/2014 9:53AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/19/2014 9:51AM

    Thanks for sharing! Hopefully this will help me!

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PHEBESS 3/18/2014 11:08PM

    Yeah, my problem is I too often cave for the short term pleasure.

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JESUISPRET 3/18/2014 9:51PM

    I didn't watch this video, but I just finished her book 'The Willpower Instinct' Taft was based on the class she taught. I highly recommend it for the wealth of strategies presented.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

I posted this on a message board, but it bears repeating.


If I do not track, I stop losing. If I do not exercise, I stop losing. Unfortunately, it is very easy to take a day or two off from tracking and then that day turns into a week, or longer. If I track every day and have one bad day, I can correct it the next day and those extra calories don't really matter in the long run; by the end of the week I have balanced that binge with several days of lower calorie eating. If I do not track, however, I can easily end up having 4-5 days in a row where I am over my calorie range. And then the number on the scale goes up.

A drive-thru meal, an extra slice of pizza, a Coke instead of iced tea...none of these are deal breakers, if you've planned for them, but if you haven't, they'll destroy any success you've had. A Big Mac, large fries and a large Coke will set you back about 1,300 calories at McDonald's. That's my suggested calorie allotment for the day! If I have that meal for lunch, instead of my normal 400-500 calorie lunch,I've added almost 1000 calories to my day. And it certainly doesn't need to be fast food--it can be a nice lunch out with friends, or a lunch you perceive as healthy, like soup and salad from Panera. Do that just once a week, and that's a pound a month worth of extra calories.

Now consider that since I have stopped tracking and am not being as conscious of my choices, I will probably make other bad decisions besides my McDonald's meal. A movie date sharing a tub of popcorn will set you back 400-600 calories, (that's for half the large tub, not the whole thing) plus whatever you have to drink and any junior mints or gummy bears you buy. Let's say you just have the popcorn, and we'll average and call it 500 calories. One movie date a month is 6000 extra calories a year, or almost two pounds. How about birthdays and other events at work? A slice of birthday cake from a mix with icing averages about 300 calories. One birthday or special event a month? That's another pound a year.

So between our one fast food meal, our movies nights, and birthday cake at work, we've gained about 15 pounds. Now add to that the fact that the average Brit gains 5 pounds at Christmas (I assume similar is true for Americans) That's 20 pounds a year of weight gain, just from a few thoughtless choices, assuming that the rest of the time you're eating at your maintenance level of calories.

Obviously, we cannot go through life never having a treat, or giving into temptation, with without thinking consciously about what we are eating, it is very very very easy for those calories to add up. If I've tracked my McDonald's meal, I can eat 200 less calories a day for 5 days and the extra calories from the meal are accounted for. If I want popcorn at the movies, I can either save calories from breakfast and lunch, or eat a smaller size, or both. I can choose to eat the birthday cake, or not. I can remind myself that really Christmas is one day, and that even if I have big splurges on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years, that's just three days, not an entire month of indulgences. I don't need to have the store-bought cookies, and other mediocre "treats" that people bring in to work. I'd rather save my splurge for my mother's special cookies.

It's so easy to forget how little it takes to start the bad choice ball rolling. I see people on Spark say that they can hardly wait until they can stop tracking, but I feel like I will be tracking my whole life. I know myself and I know that I need to be accountable to be successful.

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SMILINGTREE 3/18/2014 1:32PM

    This seems to be a recurring theme among my spark friends lately -- at least the part about how important tracking is. Just making myself take the few minutes extra to be aware of the food I've eaten makes a world of difference.

There were several days in the last couple of weeks that I know I would have gone way over on calories if I hadn't been tracking. I don't want to do it forever, but for now it's vital.

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LPRUNWALK 3/18/2014 12:02PM

    Well said. Continued tracking is the key. I have been tracking exercise but not food for the past month, mostly in order to cut down on the total amount of time I devote to my health, and although my weight has fluctuated a little bit in that time, today it is exactly the same as it was a month ago. I'm happy I haven't gained, but there's one little problem: I am not at my final goal weight. I have 8 lbs. to go. So this is a great reminder. Thank you. I'm tracking again as of today.

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PHEBESS 3/18/2014 5:09AM

    A good reminder. And why this is a lifetime change. Like, for forever.

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BOPPY_ 3/18/2014 12:50AM

    Sorry couldn't concentrate on your blog, with all the sashimi in the background! :-|

I see you're organizing yourself. Good work.

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HHB4181 3/17/2014 11:40AM

    I'm the same way, no tracking and no exercise means I gained 6 lbs from Nov-Jan.
Not good. I'm 5' so 6lbs is noticeable, especially in the way my pants fit.
Tracking and exercise forever!
As long as there's time, I really don't mind either.

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BITSNPIECES38 3/17/2014 10:13AM

    Very well put. I agree with all you have written here.

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PATSYB7 3/17/2014 6:14AM

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I will probably track for the rest of my life. Thank goodness for SparkPeople!

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Trying to Keep Motivated

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I've been wallowing about my knee since Monday, and I feel like I need to make a concerted effort to snap out of it and stop feeling sorry for myself. It's frustrating not being able to swim or go to Zumba, and my knee does hurt, but it's a minor setback really, not something like a broken leg or last year's IT band problems.

Still, I know myself well enough to know that I am a creature of habit, and over the past month I had started to build up some really good habits. Spending at least another week out of the pool is going to mess with those habits.

And yes, I know that I can do chair exercises, my resistance bands, etc, but my cardio is taking a big hit, and there isn't really a way around that. Plus, not working out is playing havoc with my sleep patterns, as is the injury because I keep rolling over on it and then waking up in pain.

And of course I want to eat. I had a couple little binges, but stayed within 200-300 calories of my goal, so I am not going to worry too much about them. It is a good thing that I do not have easy access to things like ice cream, because this past week has been a Ben and Jerry's kind of week for sure. Here however, Ben and Jerry's, when you can find it, is about 25 USD a pint and is usually freezer-burned. So no ice cream for me.

I've been playing around on Pinterest, trying to keep myself entertained and motivated...

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HHB4181 3/14/2014 12:45PM

    I love the sad fruit! The star fruit is my favorite!
sorry to hear that you are still in pain

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PHEBESS 3/13/2014 10:51PM

    Yeah, it isn't easy and it is plain old frustrating - can you take up some hobby you always wanted to try? Painting? crocheting? do a personal makeover? Anything to keep busy!

Good luck!

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AALLEY2 3/13/2014 8:41PM

    emoticon I can relate to your pain. My knees hurt almost everyday. I still managed two 14 mile rides this week. I am surprised they didn't hurt as much as when I do other sorts of activities. Feel better soon, I'm glad you are trying to stay motivated! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/13/2014 3:08PM

    I love your blog! I wish I could think of something witty and inspirational to help you, but, instead, I am inspired by you!

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SMILINGTREE 3/13/2014 1:56PM

    It's so much work to feel one way, but know that you have to fight it and look for the positives and blah blah blah.

Awesome Pinterest find, though.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/13/2014 1:28PM

    I'm praying you through this! Just make up your mind and you can do this! I love the motivation pic too! Good job!

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FIRECOM 3/13/2014 11:37AM

    Nice job and a good blog

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