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Oh, No, No, No!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yesterday I enjoyed a run on the treadmill with 4 minute intervals up to 6.8 mph/1 minute walk at 4.5mph. Wow, I was almost back to speed and almost back from my cold/cough that kept me out of the Watermelon Series race #3. I then tried my new Speedo bathing suit, swimming 5 laps breaststroke, 2 laps backstroke, and 1 lap freestyle (crawl). I went home feeling good.

Then last night. No, no, no, no! My nose is like a faucet. Post nasal drip is disgusting. Every time I laid down last night my face and head pounded. I had to "sleep" sitting up. Man, I am so, so, so disappointed. Neither of my granddaughters are sick and they weren't last time, either. I don't know where I got this bug. I guess it could be allergies, but I feel headachy and think I have a fever, so that sounds more like cold.

Anyway, I'm committed to exercise as I should. I suspect for today that means rest.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:18PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Could you possibly be allergic to something?

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MONTY68 8/2/2011 11:52PM

    Hi Marsha
I am sorry that your nasty cold came back. Hope you feel good soon.

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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2011 9:48PM

    Rest rest rest rest. So sorry that you're under the weather again . . .but it does sound like a cold.

Hope you're better soonest!!

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AMANDAJCD 8/2/2011 4:58PM

    Oh no -- feel better soon!!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/2/2011 2:12PM

    sounds more like flu.

I hope it isn't.

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KALIGIRL 8/2/2011 1:36PM

    Rest is good.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/2/2011 12:29PM

    I hope this one is quick!

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MISTYRIVER64 8/2/2011 11:46AM

    Take care of yourself and give yourself time to recover.
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JOHAL52 8/2/2011 11:16AM

    Maybe you need to give yourself more time to recover. The exercise routine sounds a bit . . . ummm . . . intense?

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MIRAGE727 8/2/2011 11:02AM

    Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! Whoa! I am so slow compared to your times. Yes, I embrace my star role in turtle class!
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Take care of yourself and have a speedy recovery. Be well.

Oh, and thanks for your work explanation. I managed a 1.3B AF contract involving consultants so I was thinking in that direction.
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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2011 10:12AM

    sounds more like a cold to me. Take a day out and let your body rest and recuperate hun, don't fall into the trap of overtraining!

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FIT-AT-50 8/2/2011 9:51AM

    I hope this bug goes away quickly.

Way to go on the great fitness day!
Diane

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Tracking Shake Up

Monday, August 01, 2011

I only have 5 days left in my Weight Watcher three month tracker. For those of you who are not Weight Watchers, a three month tracker is a paper journal for tracking food, exercise, hunger levels, weekly goals/plans, tips, etc. I have estimated a lot this past 3 months. On WW you don't have to count veggies (except starchy ones) or fruits (except dried and with juice). I also measured my 3 milk servings per day on a weekly basis very easily - I buy one gallon fat free milk and know I also need 5 servings of yogurt or fat free cheese for the week. Sometimes I measure out 14 teaspoons of olive oil to meet my healthy fat requirement for the week. Then there are only a few things I had to measure: the protein, carbs and fun foods. I won't say it was effortless, but I maintained without too much trouble.

Now to shake it up. My plan is to go back to SparkPeople tracking for the next three months. By alternating tracking methods, my aim is to overcome complacency. SP tracking is more work, but there is more nutrition feedback and, therefore, an opportunity to improve my nutrition even further.

PS To those of you who asked for a picture of my new bathing suits, I would pose if I had a photographer!





  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:07PM

    Great approach to shake things up!

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FROSTY99 8/1/2011 5:01PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/1/2011 1:52PM

    We have to be "forever vigilant" which a lot of people don't understand.

RE: needing a photographer - it took a lot of guts for me to pose in my bikini!
And no, I didn't go outside, lol.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/1/2011 1:15PM

    Great job on the tracker, that is my downfall even though I know the importance of doing it.

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FLORIDAGHOST 8/1/2011 11:34AM

    Well done on the tracking ideas. Sounds like you've figure it out for yourself and I wish you Sparkling Success. I remember when I used to have a quart bottle that I filled every morning with my milk allowance when I was on WW. Otherwise I was way over as I loved milk and even though I bought WW milk, I still measured it out. My idea was, when it was empty, I was done for the day. I am attempting to do the same thing in many areas of my food now, but haven't reached it yet.

I'm a little frustrated with myself because I'm not forming habits quick enough, but it does take a specific amount of time to form a good habit, so I need to stop being so hard on myself.

Anyway, Super Great Job and I wish you Sparkling success in reaching all your goals and dreams.

As far as the new swimming suits go, you could get a maniquin and dress it with your new suits then take pictures. Okay, just an idea! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2011 9:42AM

    This sounds like a great approach: mixing up the tracking.

Yesterday after lunch the Spark tracker told me: not enough protein. So: I changed up my supper, had an omelette (Omega 3 half and half mixed with egg whites), added low fat goat cheese, fresh basil and mushrooms, and hit all my targets: fat, carbs, protein, calories (low end).

You are doing a terrific job!!

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2011 8:38AM

    Sounds like a emoticon plan!

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Good Sale

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I found a Speedo bathing suit for half price yesterday and decided to get it. For one thing, it is just what I need if I decide to enter the swimming events of the Senior Games. I think I'll just time some of the event lengths - like 50 yard breaststroke and 100 yard backstroke - to see if I'm somewhat near competitive. I'm quite willing to enter even with no chance of winning, but I want some assurance that I won't finish, embarrassed, way behind the others. Since the Senior Games are not until January, I have time to train, too.

Another reason I got the suit is that it doesn't look too bad. It's various shades of purple with a white racing stripe down the side. It is a Speedo Endurance which advertises that it lasts 20 times longer than a suit that is not chlorine resistant. That is important as the one piece suit I bought last year and have worn less than 2 dozen times has blue only on the inside of the elastic on the legs. The color has bleached and near the seams it is showing wear. The YMCA pool where I swim is heavily chorinated.

I have a tankini that is cute, but it doesn't have a solid enough fit for lap swimming and racing. I plan to save it for the beach rather than the chlorine. And I must confess, I not only got the practical Speedo, there was this cute little black one piece that was very flattering on very good sale. Couldn't resist!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/3/2011 7:00PM

    Yes, Marsha, I'm going to tell everyone here that you showed me how you looked in your suit. You looked great!!! Look out everyone she is looking pretty hot in her new suit. It fits perfectly and all that exercise has paid off with a slim toned body! Well done Marsha!!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2011 9:45AM

    Nice!! I wore my new black tankini to the beach yesterday . . . and thought it looked pretty good too!!

In addition to colour loss, the other problem with "regular" suits in chlorine-heavy pools can be dramatic "thinning" of the fabric. I've seen a number of ladies heading towards the Y pool clearly unaware that the whole behindular of their suits is pretty much . . . sheer!! Yikes. Never know what to say and generally just say nothing . . . .

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JOYINKY 8/1/2011 8:11AM

    Isn't it fun? Good for you! I love a good sale and bathing suit shopping is more fun than ever now.

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FROSTY99 7/31/2011 9:48PM

    Woo Hoo-good for you. I keep looking and can't find anything that I like or fits good.
I know you will do great-you are sucha competitor!
Pat

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2011 8:23PM

    Good for you!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/31/2011 5:09PM

    Good for you - remember how we used to hate to buy bathing suits and now you did two at once - what a champion!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2011 2:13PM

    Sounds like you are having fun and you're gonna kick/splash/stroke your way to another milestone.

emoticon Go, Marsha!

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MONTY68 7/31/2011 1:37PM

    Marsha
You are amazing, A fantastic example to all the read your blogs. What a beautiful attitude and desire that you give us. Your purchase sounds like a great investment and also looks good. I love purple, no matter what shade of purple it is. As some have suggested or asked for, a couple of pictures of your new purchase would be wonderful.
As far as you competing in the swimming events, there is no doubt in my mind that you will be very successful.
Thank you for sharing and take your time in getting the pictures in a blog, tomorrow would be fine.

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NEW-CAZ 7/31/2011 12:10PM

    I should think with your colouring it'd really suit you.
Do we get to see you in it?
You're one step nearer preparing for the senior games and I know how competitive you are GO FOR IT!!!!

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_LINDA 7/31/2011 10:54AM

    Wow!! Sounds lovely!! Would love a photo! purple is my favorite color, although in bathing suits, I always go for that slimming black.. That is what I need, a chlorine resistence one. I bought an expensive Tyr suit that lasted only three days before relaxing in the pool :((
So you are setting another goal and a new challenge for yourself! That is fantastic!! Reaching for new heights is what will keep you young! I have no doubt that our favorite motivational person will ace this new challenge!!
GO MARSHA!! WOOT!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/31/2011 10:45AM

    pictures - we need pictures!

great going!!

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MEXGAL1 7/31/2011 10:03AM

    sounds like a great find.

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PMFISH 7/31/2011 9:50AM

   
Sounds like you are set for the summer with swim wear. I bought about 6 last year, when I came across a great sale. Haven't worn a couple, but probably before summer is over this year. Ordered them online from ShapeFX Swimwear and they have the control insert for the tummy.

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RONDADEBI 7/31/2011 9:41AM

    your gonna be just great...wishing the best....wooohoo....come on senior games...

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Another Lesson Relearned

Saturday, July 30, 2011

When my bad cold and cough caused me to stop exercising, I missed it. For several days it just didn't feel right to sit around even sick. But then in just a couple more days it felt right --too right.

After 10 days of rest there was part of me that did not want to exercise at all. But I found that just like several years ago when I first started exercising regularly, if I got up and moved for 10 minutes, I felt like more. So I walked a couple times, kind of slow. Then I did the elliptical. Today I almost felt like me again. I went 3.25 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes. That was mostly walk with 2 minute run intervals. It just felt better and better. I could definitely have gone on, but again I want to build up slowly as I believe that is my best chance for injury and illness prevention.

  
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FROSTY99 7/31/2011 9:49PM

    Let your body tell you what you can and can't do. I am still nursing my side where I pulled something-can't do situps without a big ouch but it is getting better. Just don't do too much!
Pat

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BLUESKY_321 7/31/2011 7:26AM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

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_LINDA 7/30/2011 10:44PM

    Very well done!! Nothing like a taste of what once was and pushing beyond it to remember how good you felt as an exerciser! You don't get a high sitting on the couch like you get from a brisk walk on a beautiful trail!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/30/2011 9:40PM

    You are so smart to head into this so thoughtfully. I love the way you are planning it out and deciding to pace yourself.

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MEXGAL1 7/30/2011 6:59PM

    glad to hear you are on the mend.
Hope you continue to get your strength back.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2011 6:38PM

    Good plan! We're in this for the long haul, right?

And thanks, coach, for your comments on my "up a pound" blog. Much appreciated!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/30/2011 4:11PM

    a little at a time is safest.

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RONOSOF 7/30/2011 4:06PM

    right there with you. I couldn't agree more!

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2011 3:24PM

    slow and sure wins the race every time
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ROOTIHAUSMAN 7/30/2011 2:04PM

    I agree with you. Slow and steady does win the race or in this case consistent exercise. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/30/2011 2:01PM

    emoticon emoticon on several fronts, Marsha! First that you overcame the inertia and got back to training. Second that you're taking it slow and building back up to your normal routine. I totally agree about the best chance for preventing relapses or injuries.

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Lesson Relearned

Friday, July 29, 2011

I know that having good healthy foods handy is a major factor in my ability to make good choices and stick to healthy eating. I know it, but from time to time I forget to think about. This lesson was never as clear to me as it was day before yesterday.

I worked Wednesday. (Only one more work day before retirement.) It was a somewhat stressful day. Around 11 am I found myself suddenly really hungry, but needing to finish an assignment right away. I knew lunch would be late. I was really glad I had brought a banana. I ate it and felt immediately better and on track, both in terms of managing my hunger and in terms of productivity.

After a veggie plate lunch at my favorite café, I kept working all afternoon. I didn't think about being hungry until I started driving home and saw a huge sign promoting McDonald's Pineapple Mango Smoothie. That sounded wonderful. But then I started thinking about the apple-grapes with yogurt and sugared nuts. Then I thought about a yogurt parfait with granola and berries. My mouth just kept watering and I thought I would just have to stop at one of the two McDonald's I pass on the way home for a snack before supper.

All of a sudden I remembered I had taken an apple for afternoon snack and hadn't eaten it. I got it out of my bag and enjoyed it. Immediately I felt better and the cravings passed. I drove by both McDonald's without feeling deprived.

So, a craving I had just about decided I had to give into went away when I ate a healthy snack. I know I can handle some hunger; it is not an emergency. But I don't need to endure hunger very often. I can have healthy foods handy. That lesson is one I hope not to forget again!

  
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_LINDA 7/30/2011 10:47PM

    Another great lesson for the rest of us! You are awesome! May you have the best retirement and get to really enjoy life and have lots of FUN!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/30/2011 8:14AM

    I love small wallet size purses that I can sling over my shoulder and feel like I am not carrying a purse at all. But I have had to go up a size or two to fit my fruit in when I leave the house. If I'm going to be gone a long time I take two bottles of water with me, too - one of them is frozen. By the time I need the second one it is thawed but icy cold.

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JOYINKY 7/30/2011 8:05AM

    It does make all the difference! I find at this weight I really can't comfortably go long stretches without eating. I keep a small bag of almonds, walnuts and raisins in my purse for times I get caught on the run too long. Helps tremendously. Thanks for the reminder!

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EGR2BEME 7/30/2011 6:40AM

    That is so awesome! Congrats on your retirement and ENJOY!! I am trying to convince myself that it is time...I am getting there...slowly, but surely. Time to move on to the next phase of my life!

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EGR2BEME 7/30/2011 6:39AM

    That is so awesome! Congrats on your retirement and ENJOY!! I am trying to convince myself that it is time...I am getting there...slowly, but surely. Time to move on to the next phase of my life!

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WILD4STARS 7/30/2011 4:42AM

    Great reminder emoticon!
emoticonon your retirement!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/29/2011 11:42PM

    YES!

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MONTY68 7/29/2011 11:02PM

    Hi Marsha
A awesome blog, It is a great example that one can do a healthy food when a craving occurs.
I don't think you will forget this lesson, but I also think all the good things you are doing on your journey allowed this to be.
Thank you for sharing.

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FROSTY99 7/29/2011 10:15PM

    emoticon You have this down to a science.
Congratulations on your retirement. emoticon
Pat

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AQUAGIRL08 7/29/2011 10:06PM

    Like you I carry snacks in the car for the same reason. I've gotten to the point that I'll often just skip eating altogether if I can't find something healthy. That's almost just as bad because I'm supposed to eat 6 meals a day and my metabolic rate really slows down when I don't eat. (I'm hypothyroid) Nuts are a great snack that don't spoil quickly, as is trail mix or fruit.

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WATERMELLEN 7/29/2011 9:30PM

    That preplanning . . . makes all the difference!! Good for you!! Hunger may not be an emergency, but it's still better to assuage it enough to resist serious temptation!!

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/29/2011 8:30PM

    What wonderful news, and a great reminder to take snacks along with us wherever we go. Apples are one of my favorite fruits and it has saved me on numerous occasions.

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NEW-CAZ 7/29/2011 3:54PM

    emoticon great tip! emoticon

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POLARBEARSCAT 7/29/2011 3:11PM

    Just wanted to say "congratulations" on your retirement and to say "You look FABULOUS!"

You are an inspiration!

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MEXGAL1 7/29/2011 2:59PM

    Fabulous! Thanks so much for writting this...sure helps us all think about it and make sure we have our healthy snacks available. I agree that is the key.
Have a terrific week end. and Happy retirement. I love it!
Sallie

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/29/2011 1:57PM

    emoticon and emoticon tip!

Thanks for sharing!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/29/2011 1:24PM

    An apple really works for me as I sit at my desk...chewing and munching

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KALIGIRL 7/29/2011 1:04PM

    Glad you had that apple handy!

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VETTRANGER 7/29/2011 12:24PM

    Spot on great advice. My own key for that is grape tomatoes. They taste like candy for 2 calories each.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/29/2011 12:24PM

    Awesome!

Ah, the secrets we have learned!!

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