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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

10:50 a.m. Tuesday,
I've already drank 5 bottles of water.
(20 oz. bottle refilled with my filtered water)
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That's over 12 glasses - 8 oz. glasses.
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I've learned that if I feel just too discouraged or tired,
the water helps clear my brain....................
AND all those trips to the bathroom
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take my mind off bigger challenges for awhile.
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UTE_TOPIA 3/11/2013 10:16AM

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GERYPAL 10/13/2011 12:06AM

  Tomorrow I will drink more water. YOU have inspired me.

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NANCY- 7/20/2011 9:59AM

    WTG... also staying hydrated will help you with your stalking of Gene Hackman.
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ALASKASKY 7/19/2011 10:32AM

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GINGERPAWZ 7/12/2011 10:02PM

    emoticon on getting the emoticon in. Keep up the emoticon work.

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EMPTYNESTER60 7/12/2011 9:58PM

    Great job! I'm trying to add to my water, too. It's so hot here that water tastes reaalllly good. Keep up the good work!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/12/2011 9:38PM

    Hey - do some wall-pushups as you leave the bathroom each time - add a little strength! Just don't do them before you go - it can be disastrous!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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GRANPATTIE 7/12/2011 5:57PM

    Gee! Everybody said the things that I was going to say. I'll just say "What they said!!!"

Isn't it amazing that something that is zero calories is so good for us!!! You really can't beat it. You lose weight better if you drink more, you feel better, you get more exercise (I'll join the race - LOL!)...and clearing out toxins...no wonder it clears our brains. Ya gotta love it!

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/12/2011 3:11PM

    Marsha, I am downing my 20 oz. bottle that I fill from my filter too. I will race you to the bathroom!
Hugs,
Gail

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/12/2011 2:17PM

    Plus the walks to the restroom are good exercise! You just can't lose by drinking lots of water!!

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KARRYB1 7/12/2011 2:02PM

    That's the way to do it! emoticon

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MADKAPKID 7/12/2011 2:02PM

    You are so right on with this one Marsha. Water is really IMPORTANT for many reasons. But, I too find that Water helps clear my mind....it refreshes and does the old body good. Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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JILL313 7/12/2011 1:33PM

    Hi Marsha, it is important to get our water in daily--and you are doing an awesome job of that!! It does up fill us up so we're not always so hungry and it helps all your organs to work well. The only down side is me and my bathroom are hardly ever apart--LOL. Can I pick a tomato on your page as they look almost pickable! WTG dear friend!!

Hugs,

Jill

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July 10, cardio and ankles

Sunday, July 10, 2011

yay, I can see my ankles again!
I only lost one more pound of water weight but that's okay.
I can move, and walk again without the water weight pressing on the tops of my feet.
TODAY
I started working out with the SPARKPEOPLE CARDIO DVD I won on the bonus spin.
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I chose the simple routine - indoor walking exercises.
I ONLY LASTED TEN MINUTES... and MOST of that was the WARM-UP.
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I'm going to stick with it every day, and eventually work with it several times a day.
MY BIG PROBLEM since joining SP
has been my lack of commitment and consistency.
Until I keep my determination every day, I won't progress,
and I'll keep losing and gaining that SAME 30 POUNDS.

I do learn from my mistakes.
THIRD TIME is a charm - so I'm now CHARMED. hah hah YAY

  
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SPEEDY143 7/11/2011 3:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonon another pound emoticonI know YOU are feeling better with every success so reach around there and give yourself a little pat on the back... you deserve it emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 7/10/2011 8:27PM

    I think you're doing a great job. 10 minutes of a cardio program can feel like an hour in the beginning. I KNOW!!! I have this nasty habit I formed years ago that has a problem when I do cardio....breathing! I was doing great last fall before I gave up my water aerobics. I surely hope I'll be back at the pool soon, if not in aerobics, at least getting some water movement exercises. We do what we can do. And I hear your determination in this blog, you charmed thing, you! I know you'll do fine. emoticon

Take care, Sweetie,
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IOWAGRAMMA 7/10/2011 5:20PM

    Very good, Marsha. It is so easy to get discouraged and much harder to keep the commitment and consistency, as you say. Here's to you and all of us in meeting that challenge! Jeannie

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KARRYB1 7/10/2011 4:25PM

    I hated that swelling in my ankles and feet.
Try to cut down on the sodium, I added it to my food tracker and always check it with each entry. I haven't had a problem this year or last.
Congrats on the weight loss. Your back on track and picking up speed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 7/10/2011 2:40PM

    I know you feel better getting rid of that water. Always feel so bloated with it. I was in Peru on a mission trip and my ankles were really swollen. Hubby and I went to the local Walmart like store that had a pharmacy and wanted to buy some lasix which they sell over the counter. Could not get the clerk to understand. Finally, I put my foot up onto the counter and pointed to the ankle and said, "aqua" which is water in Spanish. She immidiately got it and got the lasix for me.

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MADKAPKID 7/10/2011 2:29PM

    Marsha....woo hoo...seeing your ankles again is great. It motivates you to want to keep on. WOW, winning a dvd in the spin is awesome. I rather like doing the work outs in short increments. !0 minutes of movement is reallyl good! KEEP up the good work. YOU can do it! Keep smiling and thinking Positive. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/10/2011 1:38PM

    emoticon !! a 10 minute workout is a great start !! Before you know it, you'll find your endurance and stamina will increase.

I know how you feel. Twice in my life I weighed over 200 pounds. Then came the point when I decided there wasn't going to be a third time. So, I know you'll achieve your goals ! Just take this slow and easy. take those small steps literally and figuratively.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/10/2011 1:17PM

    Commitment and Consistency! Those seem to be problems for many of us! I've even thought about starting a new team focusing on them.
Just keep getting those short bursts of exercise in. They do count and add up to success.
Stay positive!
Sheila

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JILL313 7/10/2011 12:44PM

    Marsha, What a great blog and Lady You are. Yes, the 3rd Time is the Charm for many of us. I am so glad you're working out and gradually you can keep adding to the time. Congratulations on being down a lb--that is awesome and I'll bet you have pretty ankles now--LOL!! I also need to improve in my commitment and consistency as unfortunately I can relate to what your saying about losing then regaining those pounds again. We Can Do This!!

Hugs,

Jill

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It's only WATER

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My water retention is diminishing,
and the seven pound weight loss is just water weight,
but I'm encouraged by the lower number on the scale.
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Due to medication complications I can't drink cranberry juice,
or take over-the-counter diuretics, or supplements,
or drink green tea.
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I've been drinking a LOT of water, cutting out sodium,
using less salt, and getting a lot more exercise.
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This is paying off and I'm going to continue this plan.
Hopefully I'll be able to see my real ankles by July 10,
which is when I will weigh again.

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JILL313 7/2/2011 10:06PM

    Hi Marsha, I've been away for a few days and trying to catch up on SP. I've been on here for quite afew hours and still have lots to do.

Wow, I'll take 7#s down--I don't care if it's water as weight gone is weight down and I'm all for that!! I am so glad you're back and active again.

You are doing so well. Just do the best you can and before you know it you will be dropping more pounds! Have a great evening!!

Hugs,

Jill

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KARRYB1 6/30/2011 2:53PM

    Keep up the good work, your doing great!
Water Water Water is good good good for you! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/30/2011 2:52PM

    So glad you have worked out a plan for dealing with the water retention. Sounds like you are definiely on the right track! Good luck to you and keep on trucking! Jeannie

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LILYREDCLOUD 6/30/2011 2:00PM

    And 7 pounds is 7 pounds! Whether it's fat, water, skin cells or hair.
It's 7 pounds you don't have to carry around anymore! Good job!

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GRANPATTIE 6/30/2011 11:08AM

    WOW! 7 pounds is great! I can only imagine how much more comfortable you are if that was a lot of water. Fluid retention sure doesn't feel good. I've had lots of trouble with that most of my adult life. Sounds like you're doing exactly the right things to help it. We're going to get there, my friend...together!

Have a wonderful day!
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LINOVER 6/30/2011 11:08AM

    I can't drink or eat grapefruit due to medication complications. It seems strange to me that I can have other citrus products but not grapefruit. I drink a lot of water, too. Hope you get to see your ankles on July 10! Have a great holiday weekend!

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MADKAPKID 6/30/2011 10:55AM

    Water is actually my preferred drink. IT does the body all sorts of good. I do like tea, and juice...but ....they are accents rather than my main drinking choice.

WOO HOO...Sounds like you have a good plan going. I read about the weight loss on your status feed. Just think of how nice it will be when YOU can see those ankles....YOU can kick them up and happy dance to show them off.

Marsha, my friend. Hang in there..ONE day at a time. It is doable. YOU are doing great.....Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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Been there, Done that, Got the T-shirt and it's too small

Monday, June 27, 2011

On June 20 I finally got the nerve to weigh..
. the number is . . .280
A binge a day for 3 months
has meant a 30 pound weight gain for me,
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and most of my T-shirts are getting too snug, and my slacks are uncomfortably tight.
I will NOT be buying larger clothes.
I'm not sitting here all enthused about GETTING STARTED,
or STARTING OVER....
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I just know I have to get control of myself and be an adult
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and do what I can each day to improve my health.
Depression, medications, body aches are just excuses.
The first thing I did to help myself was to start drinking extra water
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and stop whining and making excuses.
Last month I cut my own hair the way I wanted,
and I really like it.
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This week I'm tossing out the clutter in my house
and facing the challenges I've been avoiding.
I'm grateful for all my SP friends who have kept supporting me
even when I was non-responsive.
Thank you.
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I'm just going to get out of this hole, and stop setting unachievable goals.
No more planning a marathon,
no more deadlines for a big weight loss.
I'm just going get some exercise every day. . . and have some faith in myself.
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TUBLADY 6/28/2011 10:24PM

    I have missed the Move it Marsha.
You always supported me when I first started here on Spark.
Believe me, there were times it was rough going.
I remember when you could do an exercise I couldn't do.
I worked on doing that exercise until I could do it.
I figured if you could do it, so could I.
I am really glad you are posting again and in the for the long haul. No matter how long.
We didn't get in our condition over night and it takes just as long, really longer to undo what we have done to ourselves.
But each step of the way is and accomplishment. A move in the right direction.
You have a whole team here on Spark behind you all the way.
I always say we are on the same road. It's just at different speeds. And some people take a few detours. But the destination is the same.
We all want to be more healthy and fit. We want to feel good about ourselves.
And each and everyone of us can make that happen. It's just one day at a time.
So go for it ...you will make it happen.
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TORTILLAFLATS 6/28/2011 1:03AM

    Marsha, your title speaks volumes for all of us at one time or another. I am glad you are back. You can do it and we can do it with you.
Gail

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/27/2011 7:16PM

    Good luck on your lifestyle changes, and I hear everything you're saying. It is a constant struggle. Beyond that, as you say, faith in ourselves and attention to US is what we need. I'm a member of the Over 60+++ Team and look forward to getting to know you. Jeannie

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SPEEDY143 6/27/2011 4:47PM

    Love your blog title emoticonI know each one of us could be saying the same thing and if we haven't already then we could be if we don't at least use the scale weekly for a "gut" check. emoticon

I'm so happy to see YOU posting again Marsha... that's a goal in it self emoticon yep, a first step in never quitting... extra water, another good choice and I can promise you that if you eat healthy one day... the next day will be easier. Think of each day as a single challenge... don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Today.. it's all we have. emoticon

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All your SparkFriends emoticonare here to emoticon"cheer" you on sweetie!!!! We re in this together emoticon

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KARRYB1 6/27/2011 2:52PM

    emoticon Go Marsh , Go Marsha,Go Go Go!!!! emoticon

Glad your back and ready to emoticon Kick butt!


Don't look back only forward.

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MADKAPKID 6/27/2011 1:01PM

    Marsha, I am HAPPY DANCING....Just seeing you post a blog makes me so happy. I have missed you! I really do understand just what you are saying. YOU really are NOT alone. My friend..it isn't easy, but I do believe in you. AND, I know YOU CAN do this!

BABY STEPS...SMALL ....STEADY....and DOABLE. THAT is a good goal.

Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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JILL313 6/27/2011 11:24AM

    I am so happy you're back Marsha as I've missed you so much. Believe me you're not alone in your WL struggles as I've gained some pounds myself. We all know what to do to lose the weight but it's the doing that we don't always do. Take one day at a time and set small small new goals such as drinking more water, exercising for 10-15 minutes a day, etc. We're in this together and we can win this fight. . .I'm also on anti-depressant RX that doesn't help at all in losing the weight but I know it's not impossible. I do feel better when I eat healthy and exercise even if it's not for a very long time. Just keep doing the best you can do and don't ever quit on yourself. Let's get Healthy!!

Hugs,

Jill

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JUSFOLK 6/27/2011 11:16AM

    Being accountable is a good step in the right direction. We're rooting for you! (That's right, Sparkpals, pump those arms... burns lots of calories!)

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LJCANNON 6/27/2011 11:03AM

    emoticonYou have made the First, Hardest Two Steps: Recognizing The Problem & Making A Change.
emoticonYou CAN move forward, with all your SparkFriends walking beside you (or behind you, in case you need an occasional PUSH!!)

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4DOGNIGHT 6/27/2011 10:49AM

    We've all been there! The good thing is that you are back and ready to return. Why hasn't someone done a study on why we diet, why we lose so slowly, give up and then binge and regain? This happens and it is real! I just went through the same thing eating whatever I wanted and gaining about 12 lbs that I'm trying to relose so I can start over where I was prior to that episode. Maybe I will mention this to my psychiatrist that I see next month. I do think that depression contributes to weight gain for many folks. Some folks lose while others gain. I recently changed medications and eating made me feel better. Nausea? Eat Headache? Eat Feeling down? Eat. Glad you are back.

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GRANPATTIE 6/27/2011 10:35AM

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YAY, for you Marsha! Remember that baby steps will add up, not to be too hard on yourself because you are, after all, human, and that every person here has been or is right there where you are. We're here for you, hoping you're there for us, and we'll make it together.

Glad to read this.

Always count your blessings!!!
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JAKEANDNELLIE 6/27/2011 10:34AM

    I've been in exactly the same place and gained the 30 pounds, too!
I think I'm finally on my way back, taking each day as it comes and renewing my commitment to myself each morning.
Maybe this was a necessary step in our journey to prove to us what will happen when we are not consistent - I don't know, but it has definitely been a difficult and painful lesson to learn and one that I hope not to repeat.
I'm focusing on moving more throughout my day and it's helping me keep focused.
Adding more water will definitely help. I also upped my calories about 300 per day. I decided that I needed to feel satisfied to resist cravings. Have you thought about doing that?
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Stay positive!
Sheila

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JCBABY2 6/27/2011 10:31AM

    ugh bingeing caused me to gain 50 pounds! I was in the same position as you! Keep working hard and keep your motivation up and the pounds will melt right off :) Head up! The future is bright!

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Geese

Monday, March 14, 2011

My sister takes terrific photos when she walks.
Here's one she took yesterday.
Canadian Geese, Snow geese.
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Mid-NEBRASKA area.
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EMPTYNESTER60 3/14/2011 11:31PM

    Love the picture. When I was walking yesterday there were several geese on the lake across the road from my neighborhood - honking away. Love watching & listening to them (but glad they aren't in my yard - they are really messy) Love the way she captured the ones in flight, too.

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MADKAPKID 3/14/2011 9:29PM

    Thank you Marsha for sharing the photo. I just can't seem to ever take a good picture. THIS picture is awesome. Must be spring is really coming cause the geese are returning. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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GRITS46 3/14/2011 7:42PM

    Amazing scene she captured! Thanks for sharing.

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GRANPATTIE 3/14/2011 5:42PM

    Thanks for sharing the photo, Marsha. Yes, she does take nice pictures. I need to make friends with the digital camera I bought, then keep it charged and handy.

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4DOGNIGHT 3/14/2011 5:25PM

    When we went to Niagara Falls, we were amazed at how many ducks and geese were swimming in the icy cold water! I am going to attach the photo I hope to my site.

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KATRINAKRAUT 3/14/2011 4:27PM

    What a beautiful scene! Love it!

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