SLENDERELLA61   156,538
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
SLENDERELLA61's Recent Blog Entries

Good Walk

Monday, September 29, 2014

I had a great one hour walk in my neighborhood this morning. I'm still coughing and on meds for a throat infection. I'm recovering from recent injury, too. Probably won't be running this week. That means I need to be extra careful on the eating front, as my weight is at the top of my goal weight range already. I can do it!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FROSTY99 9/29/2014 11:26PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/29/2014 9:25PM

    emoticon

Good to listen to your body. Wishing you a quick recovery.

emoticon

Sharon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2014 8:11PM

    Sometimes slowing to a walk gives us added perspective. You're wise to be monitoring the food... somehow when I'm less active I want to eat more, I'm more at risk. So hang in there, I know how mentally strong you are, how determined. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 9/29/2014 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 9/29/2014 3:38PM

    Yes, emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/29/2014 2:27PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 9/29/2014 1:09PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
REMEMBER2BME 9/29/2014 12:52PM

    Yes indeed. Take care of you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLEDGE2 9/29/2014 12:03PM

    Sorry for the slow-down, but don't lose heart! Yes, you CAN do it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/29/2014 12:01PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Compromise

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Old Mom, do you have any whole grain bread?", my 7 year old granddaughter asked.

I smiled big. Never mind that the reason she asked is that she wanted Nutella on it. That stuff is like icing. Oh, well. At least her mom has taught her you only eat Nutella on whole grain or on a banana and in a small amount. DD says it can substitute for jelly on a peanut butter sandwich. OK. I can compromise.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 9/29/2014 7:04PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROOKLYN_BORN 9/28/2014 3:18PM

    DH eats Nutella every morning. I eat natural peanut butter. But I never actually read the nutrition labels side by side. Considering some of his other choices, Nutella is the least of my worries. Eliminate that & he may just turn to the other woman in his life for breakfast - "Little Debbie." Like with your granddaughter, sometimes compromise is necessary.

I pointed out that he is consuming 21g of sugar to my 3, while I get 7 g of protein to his 2.

He countered with sodium content.
Peanut butter (my natural and also Jif) have 140 mg sodium
Nutella - only 15 mg

Do peanuts have more salt naturally than hazelnuts or is it added in processing?



Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 9/28/2014 1:00PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/28/2014 12:41PM

    Good compromise! Though I agree with the other suggestions about trying a more healthier substitution.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYTURNNOW2013 9/28/2014 12:35PM

    :)

They do make chocolate flavored Jif spread now too :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/28/2014 11:00AM

    emoticon

Sharon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PDQ1203 9/28/2014 10:43AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 9/28/2014 10:01AM

    Compromise works! And: pure hazelnut butter from the health food store or grocery store whirled through the food processer with some pure cocoa and a small amount of sugar or even Splenda??? tastes way better than Nutella truly. And doesn't have all that vegetable oil and excess sugar in it. Bet your grandgirls would enjoy experimenting with making it, gradually tapering off the sugar?

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/28/2014 9:55AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLEDGE2 9/28/2014 9:32AM

    Better 'n Peanut Butter Chocolate (http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com
/products.php) is indistinguishable from Nutella on bread or fruit but WAY more nutritious. That's how I "compromise" with my own sweet tooth!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon To compromise.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/28/2014 9:18AM

    I would compromise too. HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Determine to Live a Fit Life

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today was a rough day, but there were lots of positives, too. I did great on the first 6.5 miles of our group run and I was really enjoying it. Lots of kind people helped me when I needed it. I'm especially grateful for my niece, nephew, and daughter.

Right now I'm feeling very determined to improve my nutrition even further, recognizing that I do pretty good and have come a long way, but could still do better.

Not sure what I'm facing yet, but whatever it is, I know will be better because I'm fairly fit. And I have every intention of living the rest of my life as fit as I am or even better!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEW-CAZ 9/28/2014 2:47AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/28/2014 1:25AM

    Running 6.5 miles is amazing! It must be something urgent to cause you problems after that. Looking after yourself the best that you can will make you stronger to overcome any obstacles you are having. Hoping it is not serious..
{{{hugs}}}
Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/27/2014 9:08PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 9/27/2014 7:39PM

    You are emoticon !

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 9/27/2014 6:24PM

    Hope all is well-sounds like you had some issues today. I am sure with the healthy way you approach life that you will be able to meet whatever is ahead in fine form.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 9/27/2014 5:34PM

    Staying positive -- good.

Did something happen at mile 6.5 that put you off stride?

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BDYNAMIC 9/27/2014 4:28PM

    I am seeing lots of healthy -vitality-packed soups etc. for the start of Fall ....... a nice bounty .. planning to make some; and freeze some too. Congrat's on your run.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 9/27/2014 4:27PM

    You've done an amazing job Marsha!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 9/27/2014 3:53PM

    I'm glad that you always see the positives, Marsha! I would expect nothing less of you! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RITAROSE 9/27/2014 3:38PM

  Congrats on your awesome run!! I like your philosophy!! SMART! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Will this Book Change Me?

Friday, September 26, 2014

I am reading Matt Fitzgerald's book, Racing Weight.



It is a book for endurance athletes about eating and finding the best weight and body composition for performance.

When I got down to 145 pounds my doctor was pleased with my weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. But I wanted to be smaller, lost down to 125, but then decided that 132 is a maintainable weight for me. I never thought about what weight or body composition (body fat percentage) would enable me to run the fastest.

I'm not sure I'm enough of a hard core athlete to benefit from this book. But I'm definitely going to finish it (I'm about a third of the way through) and see what I'm willing to try that might help me.



  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 9/27/2014 2:51PM

    Interesting reading! I'll be interested to see what you think once you have finished reading. Information is power and you have quite a bit of it, so you must be on your way to being a powerful woman! Go you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDICANE 9/27/2014 8:16AM

    Is this your next project????

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 9/27/2014 3:10AM

    an interesting read! look forward to your review Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRAN0426 9/27/2014 12:30AM

    Sounds like an interesting read for runners. It probably still boils down to other factors and not just weight--should be interesting to at least her the authors findings.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 9/26/2014 9:35PM

    Sounds so interesting -- looking forward to your assessment when you're done!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2014 7:28PM

    Ooh... shiny! Love books of this sort... I don't always follow everything, but whatever we can learn and adapt into our own "experiment of one", it's all good. Let us know what you choose to incorporate.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 9/26/2014 7:23PM

    You will make a good decision on this as you did on the initial weight loss!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 9/26/2014 7:10PM

    Knowledge is power-it never hurts to gain more knowledge!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BROOKLYN_BORN 9/26/2014 3:24PM

    I'll be waiting the review and recommendations.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 9/26/2014 3:00PM

    Very interesting Marsha. I will be anxious to hear what weight the book recommends.
Enjoy the week end ahead.
Sallie

Report Inappropriate Comment
PRESBESS 9/26/2014 2:30PM

    Good for you. Keep up those healthy habits.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/26/2014 1:59PM

    Should be interesting what you take away from it and decide to use to improve your performance, although I am wondering if this is directed at any particular age group or is it applicable for everyone that runs?

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEWILL1982 9/26/2014 1:16PM

    Timely! I'm doing some similar research today, trying to get rid of some fat to build some lean muscle to see if it affects my performance. Let me know what you think about the book.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/26/2014 1:10PM

    It's looks like it's worth reading even if you aren't going to use all of the suggestions.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Where I'm Going

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sometimes I feel like I've become too accustomed to the speaker that comes after the president, telling us what we just heard. And I expect Cliff Notes, or the book club discussion section, to lead me to insights about what I just read. And I find myself waiting for friends and relatives, not to mention all the opinion jocks in the paper and on TV, to tell me what I just saw or the meaning of what I just experienced. Sometimes I wonder if I've forgotten to think for myself.

As I help to raise two granddaughters, there are valuable life lessons right in front of me, but I'm just so caught up in the minutiae that I often miss them. There is merit in putting one foot in front of the other, getting the next meal on the table, the next load of laundry in, the next boo-boo bandaged, the last page of homework checked.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. Guess I need to THINK about it------ perhaps some new personal challenges, perhaps fitness related, or maybe not.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 9/27/2014 2:48PM

    I think that you do a great job of thinking for yourself! I also think that some of those commentators are insulting when they try to interpret what we all just heard. Is their interpretation any better than ours? Or, are they trying to slant things to get us to believe some propaganda for their own personal agenda? I often wonder. I am not usually so cynical, but have developed a healthy distrust of politicians in general.

As far as your life lessons go, I have watched you with both of your granddaughters and I would just like to say that I have never seen a more patient, loving grandmother than you. You not only model healthy behavior for your family, you patiently introduce them to fitness and healthy choices when they express an interest. You appear to have an endless well of energy and are willing to share your incredible wealth of knowledge with others should they ask. I can only hope to go in the same direction in which you are already firmly headed.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 9/26/2014 7:21PM

    I do hope you figure it out. And I agree with the others, you are an extremely intelligent woman who has done nothing but give and you just keep on giving! You ROCK, Marsha!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERI-RIFIC 9/26/2014 9:48AM

    emoticon ooops.

Comment edited on: 9/26/2014 9:52:32 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERI-RIFIC 9/26/2014 7:56AM

    You certainly have a lot to offer in many areas! Pray about it, too. I decided after my children left the nest that I should go back to nursing. After spending a lot of money on re-certification and refresher courses and taking the NCLEX (again!) I found out that no one wants to hire a 55 year old who hasn't worked in 25 years.so I found out what wasn't right for me right away! I realize, now, that having a regular job is not the thing for me. But I feel good that I could still pass the test and my license may still come in handy in some way. It's good to think about it and not decide arbitrarily like I did.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORTISE110 9/26/2014 6:34AM

    I love this line from what you wrote: "Sometimes I wonder if I've forgotten to think for myself. " Boy is that a big sentence for me to think about. THANK YOU.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 9/26/2014 3:04AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/26/2014 1:46AM

    I can't even imagine what its like to be a Mom, but going through it TWICE at a time when you should be enjoying the fruits of retirement and setting your own agenda? As incredible as your granddaughters are, can it quite possibly be you need a break? Is it starting to interfere with what you love or have been wanting to do? Burn out is possible, what with catching their illnesses that run rampant at schools and daycares and when they start to get involved with more activities as they get older that will have priority over yours? Women so often get caught up in the caregiver role and not being able to say no that they quite often sacrifice their own needs. Is there no other set of grandparents that might take a turn or help out? Sounds a bit like you might be feeling the lack of freedom full time child care causes..
It will be interesting to see what you come up with on your musings, may it be something to give you a perk!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 9/25/2014 10:57PM

    Always good to have a long range plan and it sounds like that is what you are thinking of doing and planning how to get there!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/25/2014 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2014 8:21PM

    Interesting musings, Marsha. Deeper needs to think for ourselves! I usually keep my mouth shut on issues political as I have friends on both extreme ends, and I don't care to upset any of them. But in the end, we all think for ourselves, when we get enough quiet time!

Wherever you end up going... it will be a quality place... because you are a quality woman, doing valuable things, like giving hope to the world in the form of two wonderful granddaughters touched by your own special grace!

Spark on! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 9/25/2014 8:19PM

    I believe that we all feel this way from time to time -- and it's a good thing too, signals it's time to check out the big picture, make sure the day-to-day is congruent with the larger values and goals . . . and as you say, maybe think about some fresh challenges!

I hope you never think that what you're doing doesn't matter, however! I'm sure that your granddaughters will always remember and benefit from your loving and inspired care of them.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDICANE 9/25/2014 7:49PM

    Lovely, and if you feel like sharing with us, what your next "challenge" will be, we'd love to hear it!

Report Inappropriate Comment


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 Last Page