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Monday, November 26, 2012

I promise that it is worth 5 minutes to watch this video.

I want to meet this guy and introduce him to Spark. Wouldn't he be a great fit here?

You can feel the love of yoga. I have found that love in running. It doesn't seem to matter what it is that we find: Crossfit, zumba, Insanity, pilates, hiking, whatever! Just fall in love and live an active life.

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REDDBETSY 12/24/2012 9:19PM

    I had to copy and paste it into a browser window-- the link was opening stupidly.
But copy-paste worked.

And now I am all choked up. Seriously cool. Seriously.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/27/2012 1:03PM

    YES!!!! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/27/2012 11:50AM

    Someone posted this on FB last night too. Very inspiring! Love seeing things like this.

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GINGERHAWK 11/27/2012 9:48AM

    Drat, I couldn't open the link.

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 7:52AM

    Couldn't open it - server can't be found :(

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NUOVAELLE 11/27/2012 1:46AM

    I'd watched it before and I watched it again, all of it! So inspiring! His amazingly strong willpower should be an example to us all. He deserves lots of praise and so does his yoga instructor who believed in him and didn't turn him down like all the others.
Thank you for sharing.

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AMBER281 11/26/2012 11:21PM

    My friend just sent me the same video. Its amazing!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 11/26/2012 9:52PM

    I've seen this before but was moved and inspired all over again! Thanks for sharing!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/26/2012 9:25PM

    Great! Yes, I've seen him before as well. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 11/26/2012 8:49PM

    I've seen it before and STILL watched it again. Love - love LOVE it!

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JEREMY723 11/26/2012 8:21PM

    I haven't watched the video yet. I often have trouble openning links from sparkpeople blogs because it adds an extra http to the front from some reason. If someone's having an issue copying the link using copy/paste, or clicking the link and then deleting everything in front of www should work emoticon

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FITWITHIN 11/26/2012 7:57PM

    The video did open up when I clicked on the link.

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why I weigh everyday

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bottom line: It keeps me on track.

My son turned 2 last week, which means I have gotten on that scale nearly every single day for 2 years. I understand that a number doesn't define us and the scale is only one way to measure progress and Spark doesn't recommend it and yadda yadda yadda.

But we all have our own stories to tell. And different things work for different people. Here's my weight loss journey in a nutshell:

Basically I've been around 150 as long as I can remember. And even writing that is a lie. I've been around 155 as long as I can remember; 150 just sounds better. 5 or 6 years ago I knew I gained and needed help. I joined LA weight loss at 170, basically a weight watchers type place. I weighed in weekly. I feared that weigh-in. I would restrict calories for the few days before it. I would wear as little clothing as possible. I would skip the meal before I weighed in. And then I'd see a number I liked and lie to myself and say I lost weight. Then I'd go back to normal habits for a few days. Then the fear of the weekly weigh-in would creep back in and I'd start restricting again. Sound familiar? Sound healthy?

Somewhere around this time I found sparkpeople. And like so many of you, something clicked. I bought my own scale, I quit paying that awful place and I made some steps to become healthier. I read all the articles and followed the advice. Once a week weigh-ins on Fridays. But that probably wasn't the best choice for me because this was at a time in my life when I was going out a lot and weekends were full of food and drinks. I'd eat and drink, then every Monday get myself back on track. Sound familiar??!

Through all of this I got from 170 to 155.

Then I got pregnant and after my daughter was born I abandoned sparkpeople. (bad idea!) I braved the scale once and surprisingly liked the number I saw. I knew it wasn't accurate because my clothes didn't fit right and I didn't feel good. But I let the number lie to me and went on my merry way right into another pregnancy.

By 7 or 8 months pregnant I felt awful. I looked awful. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I never thought I'd become "that mom." I knew I had to make changes. I knew it'd be hard and I knew it was time to be honest with myself. I also knew I could do it.

I'm a number girl. I like data and I like tracking progress. So I stepped on the scale. After having my son I stepped on the scale again. And then I wrote it down. And then I did that again and again and again. Obviously the numbers were going down because I had just had a baby. But I was also being accountable and honest.

At 6 weeks postpartum, I went directly back to the gym. I've always liked working out. Now I had to figure out how to make it a priority with having 2 young children at home.

When the numbers weren't changing as much as I wanted them to, I learned more about nutrition. Then things really started to change. I stopped counting calories and stressing about a range. I gave up processed food and listened to my body. (But that's for another blog...)

When my son was 6 months old, I reached my 155 goal weight. I reassessed and kept going. I hit 150 and decided I wanted 145.

And I've been bouncing around those 5 pounds since July 2011. That's around the time that I started running longer distances (6+ miles). My goals changed from weight loss to endurance training. I dove head first into HMs, a full 26.2 and some triathlons.

Throughout my training I continued to weigh-in everyday. I knew my history. I knew how easy it was to put on a few. I learned how hard it is to maintain weight while running long distances. It's counter intuitive, but if you want to lose weight, running half-marathons may not be the best way to do it.

I have a calendar where I chart my workouts. I give myself different, cute stickers for different types of workouts. It makes me happy! I also write down my weight every single day. It's my way of being honest with myself. It's also a way to see patterns. After a long run, I am up. Wed-Fri I am usually lower. I compare week to week. I don't kid myself by thinking I lost a whole pound overnight. And I don't get upset when I am up 2 in one day. I do remind myself of what type of day I need to have to make sure I'm not "up" another 2 the next day.

The scale does not dictate my mood. Sure, it has gotten to me at times. But I remind myself that it is one tool. And one that I like. If I'm unhappy with a number, it's almost always because of choices that I made. And I have the power to make different choices.

Lately I have not been as "on" my nutrition game as usual. And I've skipped a few weigh-ins. On purpose. I didn't want to see the number. Uh oh. That alone should be a red flag to me. I know that I need to own it. The scale is a concrete alarm when I see 150.0. Time to get serious! And after 3 days back on track, making my go-to meals, I am back to 147.

Now, what I really want is to see that 147 again next Thursday. That is what tells me it's real. I don't trust one day lows. Doesn't count as a real loss for me.

Maintenance is hard work. This lifestyle is a serious commitment. It's so easy to backslide. But it so so worth it. It's rewarding and satisfying to get back on track. Instead of embarrassed, I feel strong. Instead of ashamed, I feel proud.

Isn't it funny how a blog can take on a life of its own? I didn't set out to give this whole story. And I certainly am not saying that this is what everyone should do. It works for me. I needed that reminder.

The scale reminds me to stop a backslide in its tracks.

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BATCHICK 12/20/2012 3:32PM

    Its great when you find a system that works for you! I also have a calendar with cute stickers for my workouts. The idea of a big gap is enough motivation to get me to the gym most days! I only weigh in once a week, but it is a motivator to make more healthy choices throughout the week.

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ROMEOSMOM27 12/20/2012 2:37PM

    Thanks for sharing your story

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I haven't weighed myself in months but I measure myself with clothes.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/19/2012 11:05PM

    emoticon This is a step I need to take!

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  I know other people who use daily weigh-ins to stay on track and aware. I recently started this approach and believe it helps. Thanks for sharing your positive experience! emoticon

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TXMOMMY23 12/19/2012 8:08PM

    Love the blog!! i have to weigh in everyday also to keep my self accountable and to know that im staying on also lets me know when i need to make changes. emoticon

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  Great Blog!

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KARRENLYNN 12/18/2012 11:12PM

    I weigh everyday. It helps identify backsliding immediately and is one tool I use to measure forward progress.


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JEFFCANN 12/18/2012 2:50PM

    Thoughtful post and nice to see that someone else weighs every day!


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PUNKYSMOMMY 12/18/2012 12:11PM

    Me too. I also keep a chart in the bathroom.

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FIRECOM 12/18/2012 11:35AM

    We all need reminders, that is why our cars come with speedometers. Thanks. I weigh every day as well and then update my chart in Excel.

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JSTETSER 12/18/2012 7:32AM

    Go girl, GO!

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LASARRE 12/17/2012 7:01PM

    Interesting blog. I do not weigh in every day, but, yet, I take my blood pressure every day. I'm thinking I should try to weigh in each day and see if I can make progress that way. Not as easy to hide from it. Thanks for sharing.

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ADRIENALINE 12/17/2012 6:12PM

    Good job!

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MISALINDA 12/17/2012 2:28PM

    I'm glad it works for others, but if I have a scale in the house I weigh 5-10 times/day.

I'll stick to weighing weekly at the dr's office. Their scale is likely more accurate than mine any way.

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SLIMINDOWN31 12/17/2012 1:14AM

    Weighing everyday is an important tool for me.

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PEACEHOPE1 12/16/2012 10:38PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and agree on so many things. I recently began weighing every day after years of doing it once a week. Just as you mentioned, I was in that awful cycle of eating heavier after a weekly weigh-in and then cutting back drastically a couple days before my next weigh-in. Not a good pattern. Daily weigh-ins so far have been a blessing. I'm making much better, healthier choices on a daily basis. For me, it's really been extremely helpful and I don't obsess over the numbers - it just keeps me more accountable.

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MAMABUGAZ 12/16/2012 2:50PM

    I weigh daily too. Lost 60-65 pounds (from 180 to 115 or 120) over about a year. And, have been maintaining for over a year. Is almost as much work, though, to maintain as it was to lose, and, I have found that I HAVE to continue to weigh daily to stay on track.

Have recently begun peri-menopause, and that adds some additional challenges.

~ Faith

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MJREIMERS 12/16/2012 1:45PM

    Good for you for finding a way to maintain. I personally can't weigh daily as I will start to obsess about the number. My oldest has an eating disorder and I don't want her seeing me obsess on about the number on the scale.

I do weigh in once a week and sometimes twice. This keeps me in check, but keeps me "healthy."

That's the good thing about Sparkpeople. Everyone is here to support others, yet we all can do it in "our own way."

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NELLJONES 12/15/2012 7:16AM

    I weigh every day, too. Before I joined WW long long ago I, like too many others, weighed myself 20 times a day to see if I'd "gotten away" with something, or if "giving up" something showed me that immediate reward the "sacrifice" should have granted. Alas. Weighing once a week was necessary to break that habit along with so many others. Since then I have weighed daily and written it down at the top of my day in my little calendar (how analog!) The big advantage there is that I can quickly compare today to last month, last year, or 10 years ago. It is what it is on any given day. I don't avoid the thermometer because it might be too hot or too cold outside. I want to know how to dress. Same with the scale. Great Blog!!

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BCARSON11 12/14/2012 11:38PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I weigh every day also. I didn't so much when I was losing weight because that can be frustrating. However, in maintenance, it keeps me focused. I weigh first thing every morning, and it keeps my eating in line. Lets me know if I can eat a little more or should cut back a little.

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TUBLADY 12/14/2012 8:37PM

    Congratulations on your success.
I weigh in everyday too. I don't want more than 2 lbs to get the best of me. I have a 5 lbs range, but why get that far over.?
I need to track my weight, track my food. i've maintained for over 18 months and intend to do whatever I have to do to stay on track and at goal.
Be strong, stay positive.
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LISAW/3 12/14/2012 11:01AM

    I completely agree with you! Even down to skipping a morning since I don't want to know the number! :)
Weighing in every day not only keeps me on track, but I've learned how much my weight can fluctuate!
Great blog on how to use the scale every day in a positive way!

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ANITA50 12/14/2012 10:46AM

  i also do that, weigh in every day. i find it helps keep me on track and motivated to do well.

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BEATLETOT 12/14/2012 9:37AM

    I just recently started weighing everyday. I like it, because it's a daily reminder of what I'm trying to achieve. =)

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HAKAPES 12/14/2012 7:21AM

    I weigh in every day too, for many years now. However, I only track for not so long. Helps me keep track of my hydration level. Shows immediatly, when I don't drink enough! :-)

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SANDICANE 12/13/2012 11:35PM

    Kudo's to you! I used to weigh myself every day, but cannot any longer b/c of the stress of it all. I'm just 2 weeks into maintenance and still find I can't take the stress of weighing every day. However, I CAN weigh my FOOD everyday!!!!

Cheers to you,

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/13/2012 10:16PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the scale, weight loss and your workouts. Congrats on all of your successes!! emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 12/13/2012 9:41PM

    Great blog and it is all so true. Friday morning weigh in, eat all weekend, Monday morning get back on track. That was me. It took me a long time of doing this to realize that it was just a vicious cycle. I still weigh on Mondays and Fridays but I also stick to my plan on the weekends and if unexpected things come up I just make better choices.

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2012 8:46PM

    Great blog! Tracking, weighing, exercising: this maintenance is hard work AND worth every bit of it! Congrats to you on your success and on you commitment to sustaining it.

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ERPARA 12/13/2012 7:19PM

    I also weigh myself every day - not to freak myself out, but to take action before things go awry. Just a 5-10 second thing in the morning to let myself know that things are on track. Good blog!

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AMARILYNH 12/13/2012 7:02PM

    I weigh every day too - its the only way I can keep my weight under control. When I quit weighing I start gaining - it may not work that way for everyone, but it does for me!

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MARTHAWILL 12/13/2012 6:58PM

    I weigh in daily, recognizing there will be "unexplained" fluctuations. Helps me put on the breaks right away when there are a couple of weigh-ins in a row in the wrong the direction instead of trying to fix it seven days later.

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POPSY190 12/13/2012 4:15PM

    Thank you for this. I haven't weighed since my last challenge finished and I know I'm above my top acceptable weight. So I'm back to the basics of SP because that is what always works for me.

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DIANNEMT 12/13/2012 3:42PM

    Thanks. I am ALMOST to maintaining and I'm looking for ideas. I will try this and see if it works for me!

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SUSIEMT 12/13/2012 3:32PM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you! I so totally agree with you. I also need to weigh and jot down my wt every day. It keeps me on track. I have been struggling since The end of Oct myself. I was so happy to get back to my go to meals. I will get back to my goal wt within the next 6 months. However, I still consider myself at goal after losing as much as I have. You keep up the good work. Especially with two young ones!

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DOUBLEMME 12/13/2012 3:04PM

    Thanks and congratulations!


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DOTCOMMOM 12/13/2012 2:08PM

    I also write down my weight every single day. It's my way of being honest with myself. It shows me my weight patterns. It works for me too! Like you said, daily weigh ins are a tool to keep me on track. I did it while losing the weight and, if I want to keep the weight off, I plan to continue doing it for the rest of my life.

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WINGLESS98465 12/13/2012 12:43PM


I feel like I am constantly trying to justify my reasons for daily weigh-ins to people. I weigh daily and chart inches weekly. I don't do it for the immediate satisfaction, and I don't let ups and downs destroy my moods. But I keep a record of it, I chart the changes, and I can see what my body is doing. I do it for (mostly) the same reasons as you. But I still feel like I'm having to justify myself. It is reassuring to see others who view daily weigh-ins as a tool they use, and not an obsession. So, for that, thank you.

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CATMAGNET 12/13/2012 12:03PM

    I totally agree with you regarding weighing every day. I find that it keeps me in check and focused on making healthy decisions for the day. Since I also use other measurements to determine progress (tape measure, caliper measurements, how my clothes fit), it's just another tool that I have in my toolbox that have helped me be successful in my weight loss.

Congrats on maintaining, and keep on running! :)

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MEXGAL1 12/13/2012 9:05AM

    wonderful story and lots of hard work put in. Congrats to you for figuring things out. I too weigh everyday as a reminder and to keep on the right path.
Thanks for sharing your story
Best of everything to you!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/13/2012 9:04AM

    woo hoo, great blog. Weighing in daily works best for me also. Congratulations on taking good care of yourself.

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LAURIE5658 12/13/2012 8:58AM

    Maintaining weight loss with a healthy happy lifestyle is the hardest thing we will ever do but so worth it! You are rocking it! CONGRATULATIONS!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/13/2012 8:07AM

    Fantastic blog! Congrats on your weight loss and maintenance. I can relate to so much of what you write. I have had mixed feelings about weighing daily or weekly or less. But looking back on it, I've done my best maintaining when weighing daily. Like you say, it is a tool. My mom's maintenance was weigh every day and if up go back on calorie restricted diet. She never knew before the weigh in what she'd be eating that day. Then she did not pay much attention to nutrition if her weight was okay. I think it is much better to plan to eat healthy, like the Spark food plans, to maintain a healthy weight.

Anyway, thanks again for this blog. I think weighing daily helps me and you give me support that it isn't obsessive or crazy, it is a tool I use to manage my weight!!

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KANOE10 12/13/2012 7:26AM

    Nell Jones gave me a great quote.."The scale tells you what you need to do." That focuses you on action not reaction. Weighing daily keeps you accountable. I was also in that club for years..start again on Monday. I joined lots of weight lost groups and went through that anxiety of being as thin as possible for the weigh ins. I love Spark People also and am happy you are doing so well. Your maintenance for a year plus is wonderful. I like the chart idea with the stickers to motivate you. great job on running!


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MOBYCARP 12/13/2012 6:43AM

    Maintenance is both hard work and a puzzle. The daily weights give me information that helps with part of the puzzle. But daily weighing wasn't a big decision for me. I'd been weighing daily for over a decade, and had over 8 years of records by the time I found SparkPeople. After years of weighing daily, the daily weights had lost all immediate impact, and the trends became the important thing.

It's a lot harder to make the trend go sideways than it was to make it go down.

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TORTISE110 12/13/2012 5:20AM

    You have said it! "Maintenance is hard work. This lifestyle is a serious commitment. It's so easy to backslide. But it so so worth it. It's rewarding and satisfying to get back on track. Instead of embarrassed, I feel strong. Instead of ashamed, I feel proud. "


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_LINDA 12/13/2012 5:05AM

    I am one of the looks like rare ones not to weigh in every day. In February, I will have maintained for two years. I like numbers too -and religious tracking of every little scrap I eat every day after every meal and tracking all my fitness is what keeps me in line -that can show trends as much or easier then the scale which is notorious for swings up and down depending on numerous factors -like what you last ate, your last BM, how well hydrated you are, TOM, etc., etc.
But everyone is different for what works for them so more power to you for finding what works for you! Continued success with your healthy lifestyle -you go girl!
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CELIAMINER 12/12/2012 8:07AM

    Yep, sounds familiar! I had to laugh when I recognized myself in your words. For 22 years, I feared the dreaded Air Force weigh-ins and would dehydrate myself to the point of sickness (laxatives and sauna) for two days before to make sure I didn't bust the weigh-in and get put on the "fat girl" program. I shudder to think how many years I stripped from my life by abusing my body that way. Now, I weigh daily and use the number to remain accountable to myself and to spot trends.

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Love your decade.

Monday, November 05, 2012

I remember the day I turned 20. I was in my college dorm room reading a card from my mom. She wrote about how excited she was for me to be in my 20s. She listed all the major things that happened to her in that decade. And my 20s were fun and certainly memorable: graduated from college, lived abroad, grad school, lived with my best friend and had more girls nights out than I can count, met DH, got my first teaching job, got married, bought a condo together. Many many happy moments.

But when I think about what I may say to my daughter someday, I think about my 30s. I became a mother. I became a runner. And those two things have made me the woman that I am proud to be. An ease, a confidence, a make every day count attitude has evolved over the last few years. And here's the best part: I turned 34 last week. I still got lots of 30s left to go!

And there's this quiet piece of me that now understands that life will keep getting better. As long as I keep putting work and love and positivity into in. I need to give it to myself. (And running has helped me do that in ways that I could never imagined.) I need to give it to others. We're an inter-connected species and I feel that we all get more when we give more.

I read Spark blogs everyday. They make me smile, make me think, and inspire me. What a community we have. A group of people working towards making their own lives better, their families stronger, their friends healthier. No matter the age. It seems that what connects us all is that we're all just trying to love who we are and take care of each other.

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MKRETIRED 12/20/2012 7:57PM

  Great story. The 40s aren't bad either.

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SWEDE_SU 11/25/2012 8:59AM

    you are one smart young lady - i don't think i was aware of much in my 30s; i was too busy getting through life, young children, and my husband's newly started medical practice. i remember it was my 40s that i first consciously loved - but i have to say that my 50s (when i became a runner) and my 60s have been great, too! with your attitude you have many great years and decades to look forward to!

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GODIVADSG 11/13/2012 7:58AM

    What a beautiful blog! And what a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. Happy late birthday.... I hope you got to run and feel the joy.

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CANDOSUE52 11/10/2012 10:01AM


Thank you for this lovely, uplifting blog. Beautiful !

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ROSET491 11/10/2012 8:20AM

    Love this Blog! Have to say my 50's are going great because "I "decided at 48 that they would be!! I want to continue to stay active and run & do what I am so grateful I CAN do!

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    You are such an inspiration! I want to be like you when I grow up. I've got you trumped on age by a few months, but you've got me trumped on wisdom. I really, really admire your attitude!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/6/2012 8:18PM

    Happy Belated birthday my friend.

I LOVE how you sat back and took a look at what life means to you-the important things like being a mother and your health. I am the exact same way, something happens( a birthday) and I appreciate where I am now and where I am headed.

I have said many times(and said it just today actually) that I am finally becoming the person I was always meant to be. I am excited to be 34(I AM 34) and cannot wait for what all the rest of the 30's have to offer.

Cheers to 34 years....its a great age...I hope all that you want to be, you become:)

PS-Maya Angelou is one of the wisest people I don't know-ha-completely enjoy her. When she speaks, I stop and listen.

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CRYSBROWN1 11/6/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon BELATED of course!

So true. I am celebrating a birthday this week and I am still cruising along in my 30s (33!) and share many of the sentiments that you feel. Good times that's for sure!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 11/6/2012 12:17PM

    What a beautiful piece!! Thank you for the warm smile this morning. I'm thinking a lot about this as I turn 29 next month and am really looking forward to being in my 30s because of who I will be as a runner during that decade. Thanks for sharing so thoughtfully!!

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TRIXIERUNS 11/6/2012 8:48AM

    Awesome blog! My 30s are almost over. Which sometimes feels bittersweet. Your blog has me looking forward to what I can do in the next 10 years!

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GINGERHAWK 11/6/2012 8:30AM

    Love the images and the sentiments. I'm hitting 40 in March and am wondering what that next decade will bring for me. There was a time I was nervous about it, now I'm getting a little excited because I just know it's going to be good!

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NUOVAELLE 11/6/2012 1:40AM

    Beautiful picture, wise quotes, heart-touching words.
Thank you for brightening up my morning.
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GRANDMAPATTYV 11/5/2012 8:56PM

    You are wise beyond your 30's!!!! ~
Thank You for your inspiration!
As someone half way through her 50's I can honestly say life does get better.... and you get out of it what you put into it!!!! It won't always be good, but that wouldn't make us stronger (and run faster!)

Thank You So Much!! Patty

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/5/2012 8:01PM

    awesome blog! Thanks for the constant inpiration!

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adios October!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

In Sept. I picked a few things to track. My goal was to beat myself in October. Well, we all know what happens when you get injured. Goals need to be adjusted. The good news is that I actually did a lot more in Oct. than I thought. I was surprised when I added everything up because throughout the month I felt like I was not doing as much. The bad news is that I used the broken pinkie as an excuse. And we all know about excuses: they snowball!

September: emoticon emoticon emoticonOctober
Tricep dips: 195 emoticon emoticon emoticon 200
Push-ups: 260 emoticon emoticon emoticon 210
Pull-ups: 18 emoticon emoticon emoticon 6

Surprising how much you need all 10 fingers to grip the bar! It hurt too much so I gave up on pull-ups. I'm a little disappointed in myself because I was making progress on those suckers! And I'm probably back down to 1 or even 0.

Run: 92.7 emoticon emoticon emoticon92
Bike: 62 emoticon emoticon emoticon 24
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Love that the running mileage is the same! The major drop in biking is to be expected with the weather change. I'm not hardcore like my DH. I don't ride outdoors in the MN cold.

I didn't make my one swim a month goal because I can't get in the pool with this crazy cast/splint thing on my finger. I should be back in the pool by December??!

Highlight of the month: The Twin Cities 10 miler was awesome. I had a great run. Time was the fastest I've ever run in a race. 8:12 pace! Even better than that, there was something soulful, spiritual, perfect about that run. I can't explain it, but it's in my heart forever.

Lowlight of the month: I made some super poor food choices. Repeatedly! Worst month I've had in a long time. Luckily I know how to get myself back on track. I started the month at 146 and ended at 148. whoops.

But today was 147. so woo frickin hoo. I know the scale is only one indicator and that day to day weigh-ins are a horrible way of measuring progress. But its still good to see that I am where I want to be.

Happy November Sparkers! This month I will make an active, healthy choice EVERYDAY. I will remind myself of 5 things I am thankful for EVERYDAY.
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CHERRY666 11/5/2012 10:24AM

    Sorry to hear about your pinky!

Congratulations for having a great 10-miler! Impressive. =) (Your mileage is impressive, too. Wow. Very inspriring.)

It sounds like your November will be awesome. =)

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GODIVADSG 11/5/2012 8:49AM

    Fantastic! Way to go!! You always inspire me. emoticon Happy November! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/3/2012 10:07AM

    Your October sounds wonderful-minus breaking your finger:( Hope that little one heals up quickly...and straight-hehe.

Super mileage on the runs. I feel, that's where your love lies so that in itself is success.

Everywhere I read about maintenance, daily weigh-ins are where it's at so I am not sure they are a bad choice for measuring progress. If you wanna weigh a certain amount, you need to check the scale. You totally have a healthy balance of wanting to weigh a number and making it happen through fitness and food.

You're such an inspiration Maura, thanks for sharing your month.

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WORTHEYMOM 11/2/2012 1:59PM

    you freaking rock! I'm with you in november! Love those races that stick with you forever!

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PINKBEANBOO 11/2/2012 1:30PM

    For a girl with a broken pinkie, you did great keeping up with fitness. Maybe if I broke all my fingers it would help me not eat so much? Ok, so that isn't a good idea.

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CRYSBROWN1 11/2/2012 9:06AM

    Great job in October!!

Here's to a healthy AWESOME November!
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MICHSTATE 11/2/2012 5:59AM

    Awesome job!!!!!

When I make poor food choices for a month, I gain over 10 pounds!!! Heck, I gain 4 pounds from ONE day of poor food choices!! I think 2 pounds is nothing!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 11/2/2012 2:41AM

    I think you did great in October with all the frustration and the stress from the injury.
I hear you on the poor food choices. I made lots of them myself, too!
Let's focus on the new month with new goals and lots of fresh determination!
Let's rock November!

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TESS504 11/1/2012 5:01PM

    That's right...hello November!

Even though I thought you had a better good October. Congrats on The Twin Cities run! emoticon

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AMBER281 11/1/2012 4:13PM

    I think you did great!

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write down your goals!

Friday, October 26, 2012

This week a friend posted on Facebook about some of her Crossfit goals. She had told a trainer (is that proper Crossfit lingo? I'm sure they made up their own word for trainer!) Anyway, she whined that she didn't want to write down her goals because then she'd actually have to work on them. ha!! Isn't that the truth?! It can be scary or intimidating or just plain work.

I have been much more successful when I have a specific, measurable, attainable and realistic goal set. (SMART goals Optimist 1948!!)

I noticed something awesome this morning when I entered my mileage. Yearly mileage is 910.
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That is all from running. I don't track walks. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Just for me, I wanted to see only running miles.

Now here's the extra fun part. This is what I wrote last December:

"It's hard for me to write down some number goals for 2012. I'm still a running beginner. I don't know what my weekly mileage will be. Right now it's 15-20 miles a week. That will go up gradually with official marathon training beginning in Feb. But there will also be weeks that I go below.
15 miles a week = 780 a year
20 miles a week = 1040 a year
average those to get 910. That sounds reasonable. Or do I shoot for the beautiful 1,000 number?"

I did it! Today is 910 exactly. I love that it worked out that way and that I happened to notice. I think the last time I looked it was around 830.
I should get to 1000 by the end of the year. woooooo weeeeee! What a pretty number!

Write down a goal. Right now! And then when you achieve your goal: CELEBRATE!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/28/2012 5:56PM

    Awesome! emoticon So inspiring!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/28/2012 5:16PM

    Lets celebrate YOUR goal! That is some mega mileage girlie. And how fluky for you to realize you are at exactly goal mileage. You will definitely hit 1000miles. What an awesome goal to hit-congrats times 1000!

If you don't wear a garmin, how do you track your mileage? Just wondering cause that is the only way I know my distances.

Thanks so much for encouraging to write something down. I'm gonna do that. Its gonna be a short term one but one that's so doable.

WOOHOO-party for Maura
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GODIVADSG 10/28/2012 4:07PM

    That is so great! Way to go!

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NUOVAELLE 10/28/2012 11:47AM

    Great job! I'm sure you'll reach your goal by the end of the year! And 1000 only-running miles is a big number!
Thank you for the goal-setting inspiration. I really needed it today!

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MICHSTATE 10/27/2012 9:25PM

    WooHoo!!!!! Amazing job!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/27/2012 9:33AM

    Wow, that's a lot of miles. Great job!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/26/2012 11:24PM

    Goal setting is soooo scary! But it's also inspiring.... Thank You for sharing.... It's something I'm gonna work on! emoticon patty

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/26/2012 10:37PM

    That's great!! Awesome job setting and meeting your goals. I will have to follow and do the same. I need to redo some goals since I've been taking a break from running. Have to rethink my goals...

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