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I had a cute title in my head this morning, but now it's gone!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I write incredible blog entries in my head on my drive to work each morning. They never make it to the page, as shiny objects take away my morning fancies as the day progresses.

I do remember one of my whimsical musings this morning had to do with the learning process called "life". I mused on how one never learns a lesson until one is ready to do so. I was thinking about the "no weigh" challenge, of course.

The only time I've gone scale-less in the past is pretty much when my eating was out of control and I didn't want to see it. This is quite different. This is a conscious decision to say I don't NEED to see it. I do still need to eat a healthy, balanced diet in a maintenance calorie range. I do still need to exercise. As long as I'm doing both of those things... I do not NEED to see the number on the scale.

A second musing was on how I acquire a new healthy habit in dribs and drabs. I thought back to how I gave up soda... it was drop from 5 to 3 a day. Then to "no more than one a day"... and after about six weeks of that... I went to zero. That was 130 days ago.

Then I thought about the scale thing... in fact, I moved it to another room in the house over a year ago. I had got myself down to twice a day. Then it was down to once a day. Now I'm at every third day... that's progress!

The bottom line: small changes, consistently, over time. Sparking works. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DHENDLER 5/8/2010 3:05PM

    I'm wowed by all the wonderful support ... 10 wonderful supportive comments precede my entry. Ain't it grand?!

I guess you get what you give Barb.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/7/2010 11:37PM

    You are absolutely correct. I don't know why we give that stupid number such power over us. Good for you for easing off the scale. And I love how you weaned yourself off the soda. Today is day #2 for me with regards to giving up the sugar-free Kool-Aid. I'm not much of a water drinker, but for the past two days I've stayed clear of the SF Kool-Aid and I'm finding I don't have that "icky" taste in my mouth all day. Imagine that!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/7/2010 5:35PM

    Wow! we're like psychic sisters on this one!

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2010 3:57PM

    emoticon on your progress.
May it continue!

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BUGGYS 5/7/2010 7:42AM

    You are so right, Barb! Small changes make for a healthy lifestyle...I am on a "no weigh" challenge myself and have really been listening to my body for cues and so far, I am doing pretty well...I know that in order to meet my goals I do have to contnue to exercise and eat what I know to be fuel for my body...

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MSLZZY 5/7/2010 7:02AM

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You are so wise! emoticon

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CHRISTURTLE 5/7/2010 6:32AM

    I had to smile when I read the title of your blog for today cos as I was lying in bed unable to sleep in the early hours of this morning I decided what my blog was going to be about today, just about wrote the whole thing in my head, gave it a title, then just kinda switched to a different train of thought feeling pleased at least I hadn't wasted my 'awake' time.

Only problem was that when I woke up this morning I not only couldn't think of what the title was going to be, for the life of me I couldn't even think what it was meant to be about. Something really deep and meaningful I'm sure, but then again probably not. On second thoughts, maybe its a good thing I'd forgotten the entire thing. I usually find what makes complete sense in the middle of the night makes no sense at all in the light of day.

You are definitely transforming your life one thing at a time and I admire you for being able to do it. Keep up the great work! Hope you feel pleased with what you've achieved so far, and know that this is just the beginning of bigger and better achievements.

Best of luck!
Chris. emoticon

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CONCHA77 5/7/2010 5:47AM

    Good for you, Barb. You have the control! Have a great day.

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KASEYCOFF 5/7/2010 3:59AM

    Life IS change, 'cause if you're not changing, you're stagnating - and that's not living. Some changes are easy, some hard, some you choose, some are thrust upon you - but I firmly believe Life = Change. So how does it feel to have chosen some of these changes? M'self, now, when I CHOOSE a change, and work on it, try to make it a habit - I feel in control. Whatchoo think? :-)

p.s. I do my best writing right before I drop off to sleep at night. Unfortunately, the stuff I write never makes it to paper - must go to the same place your morning blogs go, lol...

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SUNNY332 5/6/2010 9:35PM

    I agree - even small changes lead to big results.

Keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 5/6/2010 9:29PM

    I'm wowed by your progress! So good for you not needing that scale. I'm not there yet.

And I, too, write great blogs in my head and lose them from time to time. Oh, well. Sometimes they resurface. Hope yours does! -Marsha

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    WTG!! You are changing your entire lifestyle!!

P.S. I forget my blog ideas too!

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The "no weigh" challenge... thoughts

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Lots of thoughts are being processed as I go through this exercise. I made it through more than 24 hours without stepping on a scale... and NOT during a binge cycle. NOT getting on the scale is giving me a chance to examine my relationship with the scale and its "grade" / "judgment", etc.

I know that somewhere under there, the obsession with seeing the number, the panic when it bumps up, the feeling of getting away with something when I know I've overeaten but miraculously it doesn't, even all the work on making myself strong to "not care"... not looking at all (except maybe weekly) may be the best thing for it.

This should give me a chance to become aware of OTHER cues. For example, my supper last night was probably more sodium laden than usual. I know because of how my tongue felt overnight and how thirsty I was. Do I really need a scale number to tell me I might be retaining water? Right now, I'm feeling pretty empowered, and saying "no, I know what's going on"!

I did write down my food (on paper, not on Spark). I did write down my exercise and track it here. So, I have started a streak: if I make it through to tomorrow morning, this will have been day 2 of "no weigh". I have given myself permission to weigh three times this week, and I used one on Sunday. One day at a time, let's see when I next step on!


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CYNTHIAF1976 5/8/2010 7:34PM

    Its funny that you wrote this and I read it today. I was thinking when I was at work today---Scale friend or foe---Should I stop stepping on it for awhile??? It makes & breaks me all the time. Someday I will get it together.HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU!! Cindy

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DHENDLER 5/5/2010 8:26AM

    wow ... this really is a "thing" for so many of us. Presently, I weigh in everyday. But presently in my journey, not seeing it as necessarily a bad thing ...yet. Can see that this might be in my future to rely less here.

Related to your comment about when I know I've over done and yet it not always showing in the numbers. (of course - have felt the reverse of this too!)

Good Luck as you seek to look to other cues.

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MSLZZY 5/5/2010 6:34AM

    Good plan and positive attitude about the scale! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2010 10:26PM

    Very interesting: I need to weigh and nutrition track or I quickly delude myself and the pounds creep up: perhaps eventually I'll get to where you (and WALKINGANNIE) are leading the way (no weigh!).

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 1:37PM

    I'm so glad that you're doing this Barb as I'm on a 'no weigh' challenge too - although I hadn't thought of your snappy title.

I haven't weighed myself for quite a while and feel a sense of release from the tyranny of the scales. My 'skinny clothes' feel comfortable and I'm using that as my guide.

I feel as if I've 'come of age' in my weight management progress and, after an initial compulsion to 'just check' my weight, I feel much more confident that i can stay on track without the scales.

I still need the nutrition tracker though!

Good luck with your experiment.

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JHADZHIA 5/4/2010 11:19AM

    Great job! It is better to rely on other cues then the scale, after all when you go on vacation, you don't usually have access to one etc. I only weigh in once a week, and am not even inclined to do that. You really do become aware of what you eat and if your exercise is enough or too much. That is part of learning a healthy lifestyle. No excuses! Just do it!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/4/2010 11:13AM

    That is an interesting way to go about it - especially about becoming conscious of the other 'cues' as to how you're doing. JW had posted on a thread, saying how much better she feels after having lost nearly 50 pounds. Certainly the number on the scale won't give you that feeling - so yes, I think you're really on to something here! :-)

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/4/2010 9:16AM

    Thank you for describing this - I know that many many years ago when I first admitted to somebody that I was obsessed with weighing, it felt really embarrassing. Now I know that it is a common thing and I know that becasue I have been speaking to other over/undereaters.

My goal is to weigh once a month wether I am eating healthy or have a bad streak with bingeing. This does not work when I am bingeing - then I donīt want to weigh at all. During healthy eating I want to weigh as often as possible but then I remember the recovering anorectic who told me that she used to weigh many times every day - if she went to the toliet she weighed afterwards, if she had an apple she weighed, if she had a glass of water she weighed... and I know that wieghing every day is (to med) not a healthy attitude.
I recommend "My stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor - it is such an inspiration to read what our brains are capable of!

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BUGGYS 5/4/2010 9:05AM

    I actually put my scale in the closet a couple of weeks ago and I'm thinking about pulling it out tomorrow, which is weigh in day. The numbers haven't been moving for me but my clothes are looser and I am feeling preety good...listening to cues from my body has been somewhat challenging but will continue...had Thai takeout Sunday night and was thirsty all night and into yesterday...probably the least I drank water instead of stuffing my face...tracked well yesterday and came in at 1000 calories and I wasn't hungry at, things are moving in the right direction for me. I think that they are for you too! Take the time to really listen to the cues from your body and you'll do okay. emoticon

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PATRISNA 5/4/2010 8:58AM

    Ahhh...the evil scale. I was weighing myself every day and became obsessed with the number. Then I realized my HBP plus salt intake could make it jump a couple of pounds. Duh! So now I usually weigh once a week. Recently I have gone even longer than a week. That surprised me. I felt good about that!

I looked at all my body comp sheets yesterday. I have been in this Army Move program almost a year. Our first nutrition appointment & weigh in was May 5th. We started tracking our food May 9th. Only one month out of the ten times we have weighed in has my weight gone up a couple of pounds and that was muscle and not fat.

Hope you can keep your streak going. You look great!

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SRFRGRL7163 5/4/2010 8:08AM

    Great job! I was also obsessed with the number on the scale. I eventually threw it out, lol. Now I'm down to weighing in weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, on my Wii (it's closer to what my doctor's office says). And I feel better about myself, no more stressing over it. Good luck to you!

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This week's challenge(s)

Monday, May 03, 2010

I had my maintenance consultation for May on Saturday, and my consultant set this as a goal for me for May: only weigh every other day. I modified to make it "3 times a week". So this morning, no emoticon. This is going to be a challenge for me because I am one of those obsessive every morning on the scale people. This should be very good for me.

And seriously, if I'm weighing and measuring my food, and tracking my exercise minutes, I know the scale will do whatever it wants and I've done everything I can... so... in theory, this should be a piece of cake. I'll let you know how it goes.

Meantime, the turtle team is walking, biking, swimming, whatever human-powered way we can... to the Moon. We just wrapped up the first week, and at the rate we're going, it's going to take 10,000 weeks to get there, but you know what? Just having this challenge gave an extra smile to my miles. So... whatever it takes to reach for the stars and keep us moving... let's seize it and go for it.

Have a great week, everyone!

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/4/2010 8:09AM

    This might be tougher than you think... I have moved my scale down in the basement and you need shoes to go down and it is kind of dark and the electricity is not installed yet so you have to switch on the light in the boiler room... it makes it easier to resist the urge to weigh-in...

I want to recover mentally and physically. To me that means that I do not want to obsess about food, weight or exercise, I want to find a healthy lifestyle that does not have to be fanatically watched over... but as an on-off person itīs really hard to find the balance.

I admire that you take on that challenge! And good luck!

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/4/2010 8:08AM

    This might be tougher than you think... I have moved my scale down in the basement and you need shoes to go down and it is kind of dark and the electricity is not installed yet so you have to switch on the light in the boiler room... it makes it easier to resist the urge to weigh-in...

I want to recover mentally and physically. To me that means that I do not want to obsess about food, weight or exercise, I want to find a healthy lifestyle that does not have to be fanatically watched over... but as an on-off person itīs really hard to find the balance.

I admire that you take on that challenge! And good luck!

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SUNNY332 5/3/2010 5:49PM

    I am with you - what ever it takes.

I am one of those obsessive people too who weigh every day so I understand.

Have a GREAT week.


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KASEYCOFF 5/3/2010 2:42PM

    That is a worthy goal - and gets rid of that compulsive 'Have the numbers gone down' fixation. I 'peek' every day, but I only 'count' once a week - and so far, while it might only be one-half pound, it's still going in the right (down!) direction. Put a reminder on your computer and let it go at that, lol...

p.s. Great background pic - where was it taken?

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MSLZZY 5/3/2010 9:57AM

    I drag out my scale once a week, knowing that I've done all I could. Could I get a little cooperation on this? Some days, it agrees and some days, it has it's own opinion LOL!
Have a great week!

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MAMOOAUG 5/3/2010 8:52AM

    I use to weigh every day and would be discouraged more often than not. Now I only weigh once a week, but watch other factor as well. Good luck.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/3/2010 8:05AM

    Wonderful! I never thought about reducing weighing, but it might help me as well. I find when I overeat and my weight goes up I tend to overcompensate and then I'm under. Maybe weighing less would help me stabilize better. Take care. -Marsha

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Cheering on the marathon runners

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Today was the Lincoln marathon. Great day for it, cool morning but not cold, sunny. I took the old emoticon with me and headed out about an hour and a quarter after the race started. If I hike a couple of miles, I can get to mile 19 of the marathon course to cheer the runners on. In actual fact, I join the course in the middle of a lovely park, and follow the path around the lake, parallel to the race course. I walk the route itself from close to the turnaround point down beyond mile 18, before getting to my personal turn around point. In the end, my being a spectator and cheerleader takes me over a four and a half to five mile route.

I love doing this. Others in the area love rooting on the runners, too. Folks who live right along the route get out their lawn chairs... some of them get out their boom boxes and play the theme from Rocky. I was not the only one walking a dog along the route. The bicycle club has riders out accompanying the runners, and of course the local police direct traffic around the racers. I got there in time to watch the digital time-keeping truck precede the leader up the hill toward the far park entrance.

The radio station DJ with loud-speakers was at the entry point to the park. A bugler was taking requests from the runners closer to the turnaround point. Heard everything from the Army fight song to the Yellow Brick Road. And of course watching these strong and determined athletes keeps me motivated for my own much shorter training.

Now I'm home and wiped out... time to chill and cave for the rest of my Sunday! Hope you're all having a great day.

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MSLZZY 5/3/2010 7:51AM

    SIL was there running with one of the NG units from SD! He had a great time. He wanted to finish with a better time but was still pleased he did as well as he did!

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SMARTIEBEE 5/2/2010 3:09PM

    What a fun thing for you to do! As a runner, (of a half marathon - not a full one) I can tell you how much it helps to hear someone cheering you on while you are out there running. It just gives a little added spark of energy! So I know those runners out there really do appreciate hearing you cheer them on!

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SUNNY332 5/2/2010 2:50PM

    What a great day. Love that the locals are so supportive and love it that they bring out
the great motivational songs to play for the runners.

Take care and have a Super Week.


My company is finally gone and I hope to get caught up on my "online" fitness logs.

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KASEYCOFF 5/2/2010 2:30PM

    Barb, sounds like it was a great event and a fun day! Perfect weather for it, as cool is better than hot, to my mind - and as long as there was sunshine, it was all good. :-)

p.s. So when are YOU planning to enter the race, officially?

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Running with the ponies

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Great adrenaline pump... horse racing. It was a muddy track in Kentucky today. I caught the pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby, including the running of the turf classic, and hopped up on my treadmill and did just what I always do. When they run, I run. When they show clips of other races, I run. Other times, I walk recovery pace.

In short, my training for that far-away 5K has begun. And the endorphin bubbles, they are a-bubbling! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 5/2/2010 12:34PM

    You have got great ideas-glad you are doing so good!-Linda

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SUNNY332 5/2/2010 7:57AM

    We were on our way home from St. Louis so missed the race too.

Good plan you had here! Way to go on the training.

Take care and have a Sunny Day.


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KASEYCOFF 5/2/2010 4:04AM

    I grew up about 20 miles from Pimlico - Preakness Fever ain't just a phrase, lol...

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MSLZZY 5/1/2010 11:04PM

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PATRISNA 5/1/2010 9:36PM

    Good for you! I missed the race.

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APRILLSCOTT 5/1/2010 8:31PM

Sounds like ponies are your inspiration! They are a wonderful motivator good luck with your training for the 5k it will be here before we know it! I look forward to hearing about it!

Thanks for being our teams "Lady that can use that calculator!" Don't know what I would have done to help get me to the moon without you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 5/1/2010 8:23PM

    I guess we can say that you are running with the horses (sorta). emoticon

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CONCHA77 5/1/2010 7:26PM

    Good for you, Barb! emoticon
I missed the race, unfortunately.
Glad to see you are staying on track,

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