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Missed My Race

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The good thing is it was not an agonizing decision. My body gave me very clear signs. I am not to run today. So despite the fact that I was in second place in my age group for the Watermelon Series of 5Ks, there will be no awards for me this time. Oh, well.

  
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KEKEIKO 7/24/2011 9:00AM

    You're a winner already Marsha! emoticon

Look at all you've accomplished. If you're still not fully recovered then you won't do as well as you hoped.

Keep your chin up, there will be more races emoticon for your to conquer!

Feel better soon!

Hugs,
Keke

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2011 9:21PM

    Oh well indeed. There is so much wisdom (and so many applications) for that oh well.

But I'm so sorry. You were looking forward to it and were sure to excel.

Next time.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/23/2011 9:11PM

    Its better to take care of yourself first emoticon

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_LINDA 7/23/2011 9:10PM

    You are a winner in my book! Listening to your body is very important. You will have other races where you will show them how its done! So very sorry you had to sit this one out, I know that hurts, being on the sidelines..
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FROSTY99 7/23/2011 9:07PM

    I am glad you didn't push your body too hard and that you listened to it.
Here is another award so you don't feel so bad.
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Pat

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/23/2011 8:50PM

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AQUAGIRL08 7/23/2011 2:42PM

    Marsha, I know where your heart emoticon lay and wanted to do. But you did the smart thing and took care of yourself. We missed you at the walk but we were glad that you were at home taking care of your health. You are a winner in my book!

Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 7/23/2011 1:51PM

    HI Marsha
You made a decision and as far as I can see you did receive a award today. You listened to your body and made a wise decision. You have done so many things that has led you to this part of your journey and a lesson in listening to our body is so important. You did that well today. There will be many races that you will be in and be successful . Now , you have the time to completely heal.
Thank you for sharing.

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MNNICE 7/23/2011 1:22PM

    Listening to your body is important! There will be another run another day!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/23/2011 12:57PM

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for taking care of yourself!

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JOHAL52 7/23/2011 12:15PM

    Next time is a good time when your body isn't ready emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/23/2011 10:42AM

    Good decision.
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The LTYB Award is yours!

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JANEWATKINS 7/23/2011 10:35AM

    Well allow me! Here is the WISE DECISION award:

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And the SMART COOKIE award:

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And the LOVING CUP for CARING ENOUGH ABOUT YOURSELF

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SUZYMOBILE 7/23/2011 8:49AM

    Discretion is the better part of valor. Hope you're okay!

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Be A Detective

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Okay. There are no secrets. It's just eat less and exercise more.

BUT it's hard to do. And exactly how to do it is a little mysterious. There is a lot of contradictory information out there. Further confusing the issue, different things work for different people.

If you can get the shame and emotion out of it, and simply become a detective, you can find the secret for you. If something doesn't work and it triggers an eating binge, don't beat up on yourself, try something else. Try more protein, try less protein; try higher intensity cardio, try longer lower intensity cardio; try 12 servings of fruit/veggies a day, try more whole grains and 5 freggies -- you get the idea.

As long as you don't give up, you will succeed!

  
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KALIGIRL 7/22/2011 12:14PM

    emoticonblog - right on!

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_LINDA 7/22/2011 1:10AM

    So very true! That is why this is a selfish journey. You must focus on what is good and working for you, with no outside influences. Only you will know what truly works for yourself, your body will show you the way!
Here is hoping everyone finds out what works best for them!

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AMANDAJCD 7/21/2011 8:40PM

    So well said, Marsha!

I know I've been gritting my teeth the past couple of days due to something I read on a blog outside of SparkPeople. It was very innocent really, but the blogger was talking about how 1200 calories per day wasn't enough, and how she was losing weight on 2000 calories per day... ARRRGH!!

Well sure that works, if you're in your mid-twenties, work out at the gym an hour per day, are highly active outside of that, and are breastfeeding! Sheesh. Some of us are older, hormonally unbalanced, and frankly would kill to even be able to get to the gym.

And 1200 isn't starvation. Now currently I'm finding I have to eat a bit above that with my activity level or my body will hold onto every ounce of fat as if it's gold, but again, it's all highly individual. When I'm sedentary, 1200 is awesome!

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FROSTY99 7/21/2011 6:20PM

    Thanks for some great advice.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/21/2011 6:12PM

    great words of advice!

thanks!!

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MIRAGE727 7/21/2011 4:03PM

    I love positive waves! Good job, Marsha!
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AQUAGIRL08 7/21/2011 1:48PM

    You are absolutely right Marsha! You have to find what fits for you because all of us are different. You are very wise to point that out!

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JOYINKY 7/21/2011 1:38PM

    I couldn't agree more! This isn't a one size fits all process. Even the change of seasons triggers adjustments to stay on track. Don't give up fitness because of the heat; find an alternate plan.

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Down Time Musings

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Okay. Cough is not gone, but I can talk now. I still sound pretty pathetic, though. When I called in sick I this morning got sympathy instead of grief.

Some down time has made me think:
1. I used to do a lot of Suduko before I joined SP. Don't miss it, but after a little practice, I can still do it.
2. I had forgotten that before SparkPeople I used to play computer games. Definitely don't miss them.
3. My fitness routine fills a lot of hours, but I miss it.
4. I am very thankful for my basic good health and pretty healthy lifestyle. I've been grumbling about the effect this cold will have on my upcoming race, but I haven't once worried that I won't get well and pretty soon.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 7/21/2011 9:32AM

    Glad you are getting better. Still love my computer games but time is limited!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/21/2011 7:46AM

    I'm so glad that you are getting better. I was worried about you! Please keep taking care of yourself.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 7/20/2011 10:53PM

   
HI Marsha
Glad you are able to talk now. Sometimes I have heard coughs linger on but yet the person feels better.

You reminded me that I use to spend a lot of time with computer games. Can't remember when.

Each day you will feel better and better.

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JOYINKY 7/20/2011 9:29PM

    Glad you're getting better! Had more, lost it, too tired to do it over. Be well.

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_LINDA 7/20/2011 9:11PM

    Very interesting Marsha! I too, used to waste a lot of hours playing computer games before I got into my healthy lifestyle. Because of my sore legs, I didn't do my normal exercise in the morning, and now I am chomping at the bit to get moving as sitting around doesn't sit well with me (or my sore hip). I am not looking forward to my surgical layoff :( It will be long and lengthy and drive me stir crazy!!!! I hope you recover quickly from this nasty bug. Your healthy lifestyle is going a long way to helping that happen!
Hang in there!! keeping fingers crossed it breaks for you by the weekend!
Hugs,
Linda

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/20/2011 8:10PM

    If you can talk again now, you must be getting better emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2011 8:06PM

    You WILL get better, and quicker than if you weren't basically so healthy . . . no fun being sick, however, no fun at all. Glad they were sympathetic at work: we are too!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/20/2011 7:52PM

    Hooray, Marsha! Good points -- and you will soon be leading that healtier life you've worked so hard to get! I bet your cold isn't as bad/as long as it might have been in your pre-Spark days! Feel better soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/20/2011 6:39PM

    Don't you love the side benefit of getting better quicker? #4 above? I do!

And send you lots of speedy recovery wishes.

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Doesn't Take Much

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This morning I was down a whole pound from the day before, and only six tenths of a pound from the bottom of my goal weight range. That is the least I've weighed for a while. Being sick, I really have not had my usual appetite, but I'm still meeting almost all my nutritional needs.

So now I'm thinking about being underweight. Let's be honest. I'm a long ways from being underweight by SparkPeople standards. SP shows BMI of 18.5-24.9 as the normal range. But Weight Watchers uses BMI of 20-25 for their range, which for 5'6" is 124-155. I have selected 124-129.9 as my personal goal weight range.

Twice before I have fallen below this range. Once I hadn't weighed for a week or so and weighed here at home at 121.5. I decided that was not enough and quickly, like the next day, weighed over 124. Once at Weight Watchers I weighed in at 123.4. The receptionist warned me that I was under the range. I jokingly said I'd eat breakfast before weighing the next time. But I didn't. I ate. The next week I had gained 6 pounds. It took me a month to get back down 3 of those pounds to get where I felt good about my weight.

So what have I learned? Weight fluctuates down as well as up. I simply am not going to try to gain weight unless I weigh under my range for two weeks. And then I will add just a little bit of food. It really doesn't take much.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/20/2011 8:02AM

    Echoes! I have *had* that scale reaction and eaten in response to it. At 5'3", my number is 120... when I dip below that for more than a day or two, I begin to carefully evaluate whether I am eating enough.

My goal is to "not panic" but be vigilant. Don't know if I always achieve that, but it's the goal.

Feel better, Marsha!

- Barb

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2011 9:34PM

    I agree about not worrying unless you're "underweight" for a sustained period of time . . . that week or two. I tend to wait a week or so before moving my weight tracker: at this point, those 1 to 2 pound fluctuations happen hour by hour, literally!!

Hope you're feeling much much better and good for that race!!

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JOYINKY 7/19/2011 3:19PM

    Hope you're feeling better Marsha; that's what counts. I got rid of my scale years ago. I became too obsessive about it and could fluctuate 5 or more pounds in a day! I weigh once or twice a month at the gym now and go more by how comfortable I am in my clothes. You make the point though, even maintenance is a balancing act. Be well.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/19/2011 2:52PM

    I'm with all the others - hope you feel better on race day!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/19/2011 1:38PM

    As long as you're healthy, your doctor thinks you're healthy and you are eating well, I wouldn't worry about a pound or two. I think WW worries about people developing eating disorders.

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/19/2011 1:34PM

    Esp. if you measure on a digital scale, those variations are crazy! Just for kicks today, I weighed at home, got off the scale, let it "zero out" and stepped back on. Down a full pound!! Watching trends is better in my book -- if you keep going down, down, down (or up, up, up) I'd consider adjusting intake. But one out of range reading doesn't thrill me or defeat me! Take care of yourself -- and don't eat unhealthy just 'cause the scale is low!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/19/2011 1:28PM

    I'm 5'6" too so I found this really interesting, although the lowest I can ever remember weighing as an adult was 132, and that was only because I'd had a stomach bug the day before, haha.

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_LINDA 7/19/2011 1:12PM

    I with KALIGIRL, as long as my clothes still fit comfortably, I am okay with what ever the scale might say. I weigh in once in a while to keep myself honest and it usually coincides with how I feel.
I hope you are feeling better today,
Hugs,
Linda

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2011 1:00PM

    I'm still a 'size/shape' person - scale doesn't mean much in my journey as fluctuations not only occur day to day, but hour to hour.
Glad you're feeling better and hope you can run your race!

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Spoiled Brat

Monday, July 18, 2011

This blog has nothing to do with my grandkids. It's me. I'm the brat. I just expect good health to be my right. I deserve it, don't I? And I thought I had fought off this cold. Then this morning I woke up with absolutely no voice at all and difficulty swallowing. The only noises I'm making are coughs.

Don't know if I'll be well enough Saturday to run the third 5K of my 4 race series, and I'm in second place for my age group. At the very least I'm missing training runs. I just have no energy.

Actually, having no energy at this point may be good. If I had any energy, I'd probably throw a temper tantrum!

  
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EDUCGRAD 7/19/2011 12:09PM

    Hope you can rest and let your body heal.I drink ginger tea,take vitamin C .Hope you are better soon

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KEKEIKO 7/19/2011 7:59AM

    Have some hot chicken soup and rest! A couple days and you should be ready to start training. It's okay to pout when you're feeling down. Feel better soon! Hugs, Keke

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TBRANCH2 7/18/2011 10:50PM

    Take care of YOU and get well soon!!! YOU are what is important!!
Hugs,
Theresa

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MONTY68 7/18/2011 10:28PM

    Hi Marsha
I am sorry that you aren't feeling well, at least you tried to put some humor in the blog. Your number 1 goal now is to get better. I know that you will take care of yourself and focus on the idea that you will be ready for Saturday.

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SHECHAM 7/18/2011 9:52PM

    emoticon emoticon Feel better and take care...

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/18/2011 8:03PM

    Sometimes your body just shouts its needs at you: "REST, already!" If you take it easy for the next few days, you might just recover in time for race day.

Pump those fluids and rest that voice. You'll come back stronger.

Oh, and whining is allowed. I have some emoticon to go with it? Lame joke.

- Barb



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AQUAGIRL08 7/18/2011 8:01PM

    Oh Marsha, I'm so sorry that you're feeling so sick. emoticon
I guess sometimes we all take our health for granted. There is an old saying, "If you want to see God laugh, tell him about your plans." Hopefully you'll take care of yourself and you'll be feeling better in time for your race on Saturday. emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep drinking that water, hot tea and orange juice. Get some rest and if you don't feel better in a day or so, you may need to visit your family doctor. Take care of you.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2011 7:34PM

    You are NOT a spoiled brat: you're just a bit disappointed, and understandably so. Lots of good advice here, all best in fighting off the virus in time for the next race . . . but if that can't happen, please don't push yourself, just give yourself permission to sit one out.

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FROSTY99 7/18/2011 6:33PM

    Oh the joy of a summer cold-seems it just should not happen when it is warm out there. People wonder why I always wipe a shopping cart down-well, I don't want those germs to get me! Hope you are feeling better soon.


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_LINDA 7/18/2011 5:59PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. A cold is a virus you are unlucky enough to pick up from someone else, usually kids where it runs rampant in through their playgrounds and schools. It has nothing to do with how healthy a lifestyle you are living. It happens to ANYONE!!
You know the drill, rest, fluids, lots of Vit C, hot steamy baths, etc., etc,. You may have a chance of it easing in six days..Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery!!!

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MIRAGE727 7/18/2011 5:07PM

    Ok, Martha, do what you can to get yourself ready. Vitamins, rest, etc. Play nice and see what happens. If you are ready to rock, do it. BUT don't press yourself. You could do more harm then good. I do wish you the best as I know you're in the last race of your series. Just be a good girl until race day, Brat!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/18/2011 4:38PM

    It's all about health - your health - you must take care of you first.

I am sorry you're not well, and I do pray you are well enough on Saturday, but if not - is it really worth risking further infection?

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BLUESKY_321 7/18/2011 4:04PM

    Feel better soon - try to enjoy the downtime. I don't get sick very often, and I'm not very sympathetic to myself when I am, but if I can be smart enough to give into it, a day on the couch with a good movie, a little nap, and some tlc from the family is heavenly!

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-PAULA 7/18/2011 3:49PM

    Get better soon!

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KALIGIRL 7/18/2011 1:02PM

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Seriously, it's good you're listening to your body!

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JOYINKY 7/18/2011 12:36PM

    I'm right there with you; I really resent it when I get sick!
Hope you're better soon.

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GATOR12 7/18/2011 12:14PM

    Oh, we are so spoiled, you are right. We make plans and God laughs!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/18/2011 12:03PM

    I shouldn't laugh but I got a picture of the temper tantrum emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 7/18/2011 11:44AM

    Thanks for your outlook--wish I hadn't gotten sick--but maybe I deserved it. emoticon Glad we both can throw temper or I would be very frustrated. You wouldn't want to be around me. emoticon

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JOHAL52 7/18/2011 11:29AM

    Perhaps your body is telling you it wants some rest? You have been going, going, going and perhaps the cold was the only way your body had to tell you it needed some TLC? Not that you don't do a lot of healthy things. It's just that a day or two in bed is sometimes the nicest thing we can do for our bodies emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 7/18/2011 11:19AM

    I understand completely - sickness is what happens to other people! That is one of the reasons I struggle with this pre-diabetic stuff but I'm gaining ground!

Hope you feel better soon!

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