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Tuesday evening musings with decaf warming the hands

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I think I'm going to have to do something about Tuesdays. For the duration of this project, Tuesday mornings will be starting with a status meeting. Well, add that to a couple of other meetings, and it tends to cramp my exercise style.

It was last Tuesday that I had this problem before, too. I did get in a 'round the block before work, and a morning break but then we had a visitor over the noon hour (guy who used to work with us dropped by) and I couldn't resist the temptation to spend some minutes chatting, which scotched that walk. Afternoon meetings prevented that break, so now... it's treadmill time!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/17/2010 2:26PM

    Congratulations on seeing a pattern and taking action to keep Project Barb on track.

As Marsha suggests, its not the timing that matters within a day, its whether it gets done at all.

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KALIGIRL 3/17/2010 1:03PM

    So glad you're committed to Plan B. emoticon

I avoided the elliptical all winter, but will use you as a role model from now on. (Plus hope for sunny days...)
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MMICKEYP 3/16/2010 10:06PM

    Hey...Treadmill TV Tuesday!!! I think you've got something there. My least favorite part of this weight loss deal..and I must admit I haven't been doing so hot lately. But because of those few little words at the end of your blog..you've helped to "spark" some inspiration in this brain of mine! Yay! Love it! But I don't have a treadmill..hmmm... Well,..I won't think about it today...after all tomorrow IS another day!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/16/2010 9:26PM

    Treadmill works! Sure it's good to work it in earlier, but in the long run it is the consistency of getting it done that counts. Projects and life have to be juggled. Sometimes you need to talk. You are doing great!! -Marsha

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SUNNY332 3/16/2010 9:12PM

    I have had those kind of days at work too.

Good for you being so flexible.

Enjoy the evening.

Sunny

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DEBRA_T 3/16/2010 9:04PM

    I used to think it was TV or exercise, now I know the best way to watch it is during exercise or with exercise. No excuses left -- not that I'd want one. I like the way exercise makes me feel!

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NELLIEC 3/16/2010 8:52PM

    I'm glad it's decaf warming your hands so you can get good sleep!

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Monday morning maintenance plotting

Monday, March 15, 2010

When we last left her, precious Polly was tied to the railroad tracks, and the maintenance train was bearing down on her. A look of concern on her face, she screamed at Biff, "save me"!

Biff glanced in her direction and said, "Silly girl, you don't need saving... get the knife out of your sleeve, cut the rope, and get up!"

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So, what knife would that be? The knife of our friend, the tracker! My maintenance plan calls for me to start out by increasing, in balanced nutritional style, my calories in by 500 calories on 3 days this week, leaving the other days at my regular weight loss level. Sounds reasonable... all you need is a plan and a tracker.

Yesterday there was a monkey wrench in the works, in that I had planned to take my son and his wife to Outback for dinner. I carefully thought about what I wanted to eat there... and decided against the steak. Even though I truly love a good beef steak (sorry, vegans, but Bessie does taste awfully good... yeah, I'm a barbarian), I was not particularly in the mood for one. So I had their chicken on the Barbie, with the seasonal veggies that come along.

Having become accustomed to smaller portions, this turned out to be very filling. I kept myself to the published serving size of the Bloomin' onion (1/6th of the onion), and had about a roll-sized chunk of the bread.

When I got home and looked at everything else I still needed to eat (this was a mid-day meal) I didn't know how I was going to get it all in! But I managed. And felt "very full".

Methinks I am going to have to carefully consider the calorie density of foods I choose during maintenance... I'm so used to choosing the calorie light foods that I have to eat lots of them to reach the calorie limits.

The maintenance balance adds a dairy and a fat exchange. Easy plan: be sure to get a half ounce of healthy nuts as a snack, and add a cup of skim milk at bedtime.

It also adds 3 fruits and 2 veggies. The veggies are no sweat (except for volume issues), the fruits are problematic, I'm not crazy about fruits... except I can just add volume to increase my portions... more raisins in my hot cereal, for example.

So, a woman, a plan, a canal... oh, sorry, apologies to the butchers Panama palindrome!

  
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PENNYAN45 3/16/2010 2:25AM

    I never realized there would be so much planning involved for NOT losing weight! But, of course, it makes sense. I am rooting for you so that when my time comes for maintenance, you will have all the answers already worked out.

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MSLZZY 3/15/2010 11:30PM

    All good things to keep in mind and a little humor through in for good measure.
How many calories in a laugh? Have a great evening and happy maintaining!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/15/2010 2:03PM

    Beautifully written Barb.

I must admit that I found starting maintenance more challenging than I'd envisaged but this was partly because I hadn't planned for it as carefully as you have. I spent a few weeks in a phase of,'what now?' and even missed the thrill of the chase for weight loss. I was even surprised to find myself worrying about losing too much weight for a while back there!

Perhaps we have to go through a period of settling in to a new regime before we find what will be the basic pattern for the rest of our lives.

Having acknowledged that I had initial difficulties, I have much more confidence now that I have found a balance that works for me. I KNOW that you will too. Just keep monitoring and tweaking your plan until it feels right.

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2010 1:35PM

    Sounds great. I've spread my 'extra' calories throughout the week (for all of the 2 months @ goal). I find it much easier than upping 500 on certain days. (Although you could treat yourself to a blizzard...)

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WILMASOTO 3/15/2010 12:50PM

    Wishing you the best!! If you plan you at least have and idea as to what to do and look forward to following it!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/15/2010 8:58AM

    Sounds like a great plan for your maintenance.

Have a Marvelous Monday.

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APRILLSCOTT 3/15/2010 8:46AM

    I think you're doing great!!! Just take it one day at a time! Get all this good experience under your belt so the rest of us can ask you all kinds of questions when we get there emoticon. Seriously though, if it was me I guess I would start with prayer every morning because to me this is the hard part! Yes, losing the weight was hard, I've did this once, but keeping it off is where I had trouble before. It sounds like you are going in the right direction, and I'm sure it is going to be somewhat of a try and learn thing as to what your body needs!! emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA_T 3/15/2010 8:18AM

    Sounds like you'll have to be quite the organized person you are to keep all this straight and make it work. It would be so much easier if life would just stand still while we plan, plot, shop, cook, eat, record and repeat. Sounds like you're planning to succeed (I know, trite but true)!

Glad you had a good time at Outback with you son and DIL -- eating out is tricky what with portion sizes and menu offerings that are off the charts. You did very well!

You have a great start to your New Regime!

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Bonus blog: Debra_T's Sunday Quiz

Sunday, March 14, 2010

She says she stole it from SusieMilo who stole it from someone else, but I "borrowed" it from her! Please feel free to cut and paste into a blog of your own making, but I warn you, it’s a little time consuming….

When is the last time you ran?
Yesterday.

Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?
No.

What are you dreading right now?
Putting my son on the airplane to head back to his job.

Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night?
More like 7 satisfies me.

If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do?
I like Deb's answer and will keep it: Depending on who it was, I would either (a) pretend not to be home, or (b) make an impromptu party.

Who last grabbed your butt?
Ahem! MYOB!

Have you ever been on your school's track team?
No.

Do you own a pair of Converse?
No. Mostly New Balance.

Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Um, guilty as charged?

Have you ever kicked a vending machine?
Not kicked, but I have tried to tilt, jiggle, strike with open/closed fist, etc. Don't you hate it when your selection gets "stuck"?

How do you eat Oreos?
I'm a traditionalist: Screw apart, slowly lick off the cream filling, then dunk the wafers in milk and let them melt in my mouth.

Could you live without a computer?
Without a computer at home? Or without all the computers in the world? I make my living with computers... I'd have to find a new career... but, I suppose I would survive, somehow.

Do you wear your shoes in the house?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. More now than I used to.

Who or what sleeps with you?
Dog is not allowed on the bed, but she sleeps on her own bed right beside me.

At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real?
I think I was about 3 when I caught mom trying on the outfit. She played Santa at the local Elks' club. I was a confused kid ever after (Santa isn't your dad, kids, he's your mom?).

How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? 3 house phones currently hooked up. 1 cell phone.

What do you do when you're sad?
Watch a movie to match the mood and let myself cry. Or if I don't have time, suppress it and get back to it later!

Last time you saw your best friend?
Unfair question... next!

What jewelry are you wearing?
Watch, hero bracelet commemorating my son's fallen comrades.

Is anyone on your bad side now?
Do I have a bad side? No.

What's the first thing you do when you get online?
Check e-mail.

Where do you work?
In a cubicle, like Dilbert. In an office building, like a billion other people on the planet.

What are you doing tomorrow?
Working, eating, exercising, you know, living. God willing and the creek don't rise, as they say around here.

When was the last time you left your house?
Yesterday.

Do you return your cart?
Absolutely. Goody two-shoes here.

Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. It takes me two or three days to fill it to run, though.

What noise do you hear?
Snoring dog.

Would you survive in prison?
I have no clue, suspect not.

Do you know anyone with the same name as you?
Personally know, no... but there is a woman with the same first and last names as me who writes prolifically... I know because when I Google my own name, she comes up with a ton of books.

What's the last thing you purchased?
Groceries and a weighted exercise ball (yes, at the same time).

What brand are your pants right now?
No brand sweats.

What irritates you most on the internet?
Chain mail, urban legends and scams. Phishing, etc. Hopefully nobody who reads this is silly enough to fall for such things!

What song best describes your life right now?
"Hard Day's Night" (the Beatles)

Do you own expensive perfume/cologne?
No. Allergies took me out of the perfume/cologne wearing population a few years back.

Are you taking college classes right now?
No.

Do you like sushi?
No.

Do you get your hair cut every month?
Not usually. Every six to eight weeks.

Do you go online every day?
Pretty much.

  
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KALIGIRL 3/14/2010 7:53PM

    Sorry kiddo - have been out most of the day and trying to catch up with my spark buds - if I get a chance will come back and post...

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DEBRA_T 3/14/2010 9:57AM

    I think it is a wonderful (but sad) thing that you wear a fallen heroes bracelet. Wonderful that your son's comrades have someone to remember and pray for them every day, sad that such sacrifices have to be made in this heavily troubled world.
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Springing forward... in more ways than one

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I am up with the new clock time, and feeling great. Of course, I have that boost of yesterday's good news to get me started. And I have the anticipation of Sunday dinner with my son and his wife to pull me onward as well.

I'm a big believer in changing my workouts up to keep from getting bored. Over the years I have built quite a collection of home equipment, and my family room is in danger of becoming my home gym. I live alone so I can get away with this. emoticon

In accordance with this philosophy, and as a reward, I bought myself a couple of "new toys" recently. One is a step for home use. Yes, one of those things they use in step classes at the gym, but smaller and really only suited for home use. The DVD that came with it? Is strength training using the step! I started in on it yesterday morning and stopped before finishing it. Yes, this workout will challenge me, if I want to do more than cardio stepping. Another recent acquisition is a 4-pound weighted ball: I just wanted something different to spice up my strength training. Didn't they used to call things like this "medicine balls"?

Inhabiting the room behind me are a treadmill emoticon, a balance board (SP special), a yoga mat, a Swiss ball emoticon, the weighted ball, a set of hand weights (dumb-bells) ranging from 3 pounds to eight pounds emoticon, some ankle weights (2.5 pounds), that new step, and a set of three resistance bands emoticon.

My bicycle sits in the garage, waiting for better weather emoticon, but calling my name from time to time. And of course, my closet has a couple of good pair of walking shoes emoticon! I still don't have everything the gyms I used to belong to have, but I do have a variety of options for working out.

What's important to remember about all of these toys? They don't do a lick of good unless you play with them! Let's Spring forward with a commitment to play!

And a question for all: what's your current favorite exercise toy (tool, or equipment, if you must be serious!)?

  
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KALIGIRL 3/14/2010 9:18PM

    Sounds like you have wonderful 'toys'.
Not sure I have a favorite, but I have a least fav - the dreaded elliptical...

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PONDERTHIS 3/14/2010 11:30AM

    Thanks for this inspiration. I love the idea of play. I will always want to see exercising, moving my body (which it loves, by the way), as play. Great idea!!!!
Have a happy, movement-filled day.
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LJCANNON 3/14/2010 10:33AM

    emoticonI am coming to YOUR house to play!!! emoticon


emoticonI think if I could have only ONE toy, it would be good walking shoes. I am enjoying my walks, and I will NEVER forget what it was like to be UNABLE to walk more than a couple of minutes at a time.

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MSLZZY 3/14/2010 8:07AM

    You've got some pretty nice toys so you are armed and ready for maintenance.
Time to go play. You're right! They don't do any good if you don't use them.
Have a super Sunday!

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DEBRA_T 3/14/2010 8:06AM

    My favorites are my swelling collection of DVDs that combine aerobic dance with strength training. I use hand weights (3 and 5 pound) and resistance bands (2) with some of the workouts. Makes it convenient to have everything at my fingertips. It was all there before I started using it too, of course, but since I started SP, I've been exercising an average of 6 days every week.
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WALKINGANNIE 3/14/2010 7:43AM

    ... and you're concerned about maintaining!!

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My favourite toy is, without doubt, my pedometer. Does that count? (Oops, see what I did there?!)

A playroom like yours means that there's no escape from daily reminders about getting physical so you'll definitely be at goal and maintaining for keeps this time!

Hope you enjoy the new time regime. Clocks in the UK will change in a couple of weeks and I'm so looking forward to the light evenings.

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KKKAREN 3/14/2010 7:41AM

    My favorites are my walking shoes and resistance bands. Good for you for keeping the variety in your exercise.

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DAISY443 3/14/2010 7:30AM

    I have an old fashioned exercycle-the kind that actually looks like a bicycle. Right now it's my favorite!

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SUNNY332 3/14/2010 7:26AM

    My favorite right now is the recumbent bike. I love it!

Take care and I, like you, feel fortunate to have workout equipment at home.

I live 30 miles from the closest gym so it works well for me.

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So NOW what?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

After dancing around the "official" number for about a month, today the official scale finally caved and said "I give up, you did it... you're at goal". emoticon It has taken 9 and a half months to drop 57.5 pounds.

Beginning tomorrow, I'm on the "maintenance" plan. I've been a little scared of maintenance. Being a planner, though, I signed up for the "At Goal And Maintaining" spark team a month ago, and found a whole bunch of other people who share those concerns.

The one thing I know I have to guard against is the let down that comes with achieving a milestone. You all know the feeling: "Is that all there is?" I think I'm good, but I am cautious. How turtle-like, eh?

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SHAPNUP 3/14/2010 9:52AM

    WOW! Congratulations. You know, Ive worried about the whole "can't lose it after 50" mindset, but I see it is incorrect. You are an inspiration!

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RUMBLETIGER 3/13/2010 9:48PM

    Congrats to you! How great is that - being at goal! Good for you. Keep it up!

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CYNTHIAF1976 3/13/2010 9:23PM

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Keep up all the planing and you will do yourself GOOD. emoticon emoticon

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PATRISNA 3/13/2010 8:53PM

    Barb! You did it! I am so happy for you!

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DAMOTIVATION 3/13/2010 7:16PM

    Insert APPLAUSE here!

Now, take a minute to give yourself huge credit for reaching your goal. You did it!

Okay...did the :60 seconds go by yet?

All you have to do now is train to maintain. That's right. Do what you did to get here (maybe a little less fitness on some days if you prefer it that way, a little more slack in the calorie range 1-2 days of the week). Play around with the changes/variations until you hone in on what it takes to be this way for the long haul.

I believe the one thing that cannot change is the mindset to be healthy. That will never leave me now. It will keep me in a range and make me take serious stock before things get out of hand.

I do step on the scale a few times a week. I do watch the way clothes fit to make sure I'm not ballooning up and out of my new wardrobe. I am still using the nutrition tracker, but I think it has become more of tool for me to watch the protein, fiber, sodium than the calories in at this point. Helps me make choices throughout the day and isn't a real bother considering the rewards.

I've been maintaining for about 7 months and it seems to be working. Everyone is different, but you will figure it out.

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APRILLSCOTT 3/13/2010 7:02PM

    emoticon You are an example for us emoticon's to follow!
You've fought this battle, and you have won, and we're proud of you! Let's emoticon.

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CONCHA77 3/13/2010 6:41PM

    Congrats to you, Barb! You are inspiring and I couldn't be happier for you. I have come close to my goal, never made it. Good for you, friend.
Here is to continued success and health!

Hugs, Connie

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ANDI571 3/13/2010 6:03PM

    That is fantastic. There is no better feeling than of reaching goal. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/13/2010 5:12PM

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!
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So happy for you....

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I am so happy for you. And you have nothing to worry about. You have joined a Team to help you with Maintenance, and you have already gotten familiar with the Tools here at Spark. You are making Plans for continuing this Lifestyle and I am so PROUD of you.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/13/2010 3:53PM

    Warm, heartfelt congratulations Barb. You so deserve this.

Debra_T has said it so well, but you know what this is all about now - more of the same, but aiming now for milestones of time spent at your home weight rather than pounds lost.

Your journey so far has been such an achievement and I'm so pleased that you're where you are now with the tools to keep the weight off for ever.

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DEBRA_T 3/13/2010 3:36PM

    Now (drumroll please) .... More of the Same! I hope you don't feel let down by achieving an incredible result, especially knowing that this gift was won by every piece of hard work you put into it, every fitness break you took instead of going to the vending machine, every meal you ate that was what you were supposed to eat, every minute you put into supporting others and sharing your experience, strength and hope.

We still need that, Barb, all of us out here who are smiling from ear to ear because you made it!

Congratulations!!!!!! And, keep on Sparking, my Turtle Friend.

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VEMAN1 3/13/2010 3:33PM

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You are worth every minute! Way to go and celebrate your lifestyle. You can accomplish anything. Just look how far you have come!

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