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Pleased and Honored

Friday, August 19, 2011

My niece called yesterday and asked me to run a 5K with her. She's a really neat person, 24 years old, recently engaged to be married, graduated valedictorian of her high school and at the top of her university class, beautiful, funny, hard working, athletic, personable -- well, it's just hard to say enough positive things about her. Unfortunately the 5K she wanted to run on Sept. 24th won't work for me and she doesn't want to race sooner. So we are considering the GoGreen 5K October 15th run on a dirt trail. I'm pleased and honored she'd want to run with her old aunt. I was even more honored when her mom told me she's been running for several weeks to get in shape to assure she can keep up with me!

I bet she would not have needed to, as I'm still not up to speed after several weeks of illness. Tomorrow I plan to run the Watermelon Series 5K just for exercise and fun, but not really race hard. I'm out of the medal contention anyway since I missed the 3rd race due to illness. I'm working to be back up to speed soon, hoping to do well in the FitNiche 5K on September 3rd.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2011 7:42AM

    Nothing like having a youngster you care about to "push you along"! You go, Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2011 7:18AM

    Hmm, how'd I miss this one?? Very very cool!!

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FITFABME2 8/20/2011 1:33AM

    What a great experience it will be to run together with her - and it is really neat that she admires you enough to do this with you...hoping it is the beginning of something you and she can share together for many years to come. She sounds like the kind of family member anyone would be proud to call their own.


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Aunts are very special people, and I am glad your niece is letting you know! :)

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MNNICE 8/19/2011 1:45PM

    Oh, that will be a speical time for both of you! I sort of want to run another 5K but I think I need someone to ask if I will run with them to give me the motivation....

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AQUAGIRL08 8/19/2011 12:46PM

    Too cute, Marsha!!! She must know from experience that since you've lost weight you're the Eveready Bunny! You keep going and going and going! It is really hard to keep up with you. I know, I've tried! Seriously, I think it is wonderful that she wants to run with you. It should be lots of fun. Enjoy!

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_LINDA 8/19/2011 12:29PM

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Everyone is recognizing how far you have come! They know you are amazing!! ENJOY your next race -doesn't matter how you do, but finishing at a time that satisfies your current state of health should be enough..
Looking forward to celebrating your finishes again :)

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JOYINKY 8/19/2011 12:24PM

    It is fun when the younger generations want to include you in their fitness activities! I understand Pleased and Honored and you really have earned that respect! WTG! Have a great run tomorrow!

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 8/19/2011 12:02PM

    emoticon cracks me up...i've been trying to get my nieces and neph (2-15 y.o. nieces, 18 y.o. niece, 13 y.o. niece and 13 y.o. neph) to consider running with me and my neph is the only one who has been willing to give it a try!
whenever you choose enjoy the time with your niece.

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BLUESKY_321 8/19/2011 9:58AM

    I'm not surprised your niece felt the need to train - you are a dynamo! emoticon

Have a great time running tomorrow!

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2011 9:52AM

    I love that someone much younger is having to train to keep up with you Marsha, have fun 2moro in the 5k. It'll be nice to have pic of you crossing the tape smiling.

Good luck emoticon emoticon

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It's Not Nice to Laugh at the Doctor

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I had comprehensive lab work and all my numbers are good. My high blood pressure and high cholestrol are gone and staying gone. Thanks, SparkPeople! Yeah, me!!

I almost laughed, though, when my doctor said my weight has stabilized. I weighed exactly what I weighed at my last year's annual check up. Oh, yeah? Having tracked my weight fluctuations as well as real gains and losses over the last year, I know that is just coincidence. My morning weighs fluctuate within about a 6 pound range when I am eating well, and sometimes a bit more when I slip. Add in the variance of clothing and food of the day and it really was just a fluke. I managed to stifle my chuckle. It would not be nice to laugh at the doctor.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/18/2011 3:36PM

    Laugh with him, not at him! And remember, the overall trend is the key ... Which he's looking at! You're doing great! Keep it up!

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FROSTY99 8/18/2011 2:54PM

    emoticonYou have done great and should be proud of yourself. We should all do so well. I go next week to get my blood drawn and see dr early Sept so....hope I get good results too.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2011 1:02PM

    What a hoot! Shall we direct him to Spark People??

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DONNABRIGHT 8/18/2011 9:55AM

    You are my hero - I'm looking for those good numbers, too.

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KKINNEA 8/18/2011 9:34AM

    My dear departed mOm, a great scientist, would ask her doctors if they got their degrees from cereal boxes, read through the literature for the medications they wanted her to take and debated all the way through things with her doctors. Go ahead and laugh - I think she would have endorsed it!

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_LINDA 8/18/2011 9:32AM

Well done Marsha! All that worry and stress for nothing ;)

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/18/2011 9:13AM

    You are so cute.

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MISTYRIVER64 8/18/2011 8:51AM

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NEW-CAZ 8/18/2011 8:45AM

    emoticon on good results Marsha, all your hard work and taking care of yourself has paid dividends.
I laugh with my doctor everytime, he has a lovely way with him, not stuffy at all.
In fact I bemoan at their scales everytime as they weigh me 5 pounds more than I do on mine, it's routine now to tell him to have his calibrated emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 8/18/2011 8:43AM

    Very polite of you emoticon

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BLUEPATCHES 8/18/2011 8:38AM

    Maybe more laughing would make them more relaxed and human???

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Joy and Celebration

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hubby and I are celebrating our 32nd anniversary today. We are eating out tonight. I'll eat as healthy as I can and I will enjoy. I think of all the things I've accomplished in my life -- earning a degree with honors, raising a good kid, contributing through many successful professional undertakings, maintaining an 80+ pound weight loss -- one that has to be on my short list is staying married for 32 years to the same man. Today is a day for celebrating. Hooray!!

Oh, one other thing to celebrate. Gwen, exactly 11 months old yesterday, clearly said both "mama" and "dada" and may have said some other words that weren't exactly clear. Hubby insists she said, "Old Dad," but I'm not sure that's what I heard. So she was a little slower to start speaking than her mom or sister, but I sense she will catch up quickly. Seeing a little one grow and develop is a great joy!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/19/2011 6:27AM

    Awesome - hope you had a great time at dinner.

Thanks for the goodie you sent the other day - your support helps bunches!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2011 12:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Anniversary!

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_LINDA 8/18/2011 9:36AM

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Happy Anniversary!! It is so special to hear when couples stay together so long. Here is to 32 years more of celebrating!

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JOHAL52 8/17/2011 9:23PM

    Happy anniversary! Dd and dsil celebrated their 9th today!

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2011 7:53PM

    Happy Anniversary! It was 32 years for us in June . . . and have to say, my marriage is an enduring source of joy in my life too!

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JOYINKY 8/17/2011 6:16PM

    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations Marsha!
You are truly blessed!

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WILD4STARS 8/17/2011 4:14PM

    emoticonHappy Anniversary! emoticon

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    Happy Anniversary Marsha! 38 years! WooHoo!!

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BLUESKY_321 8/17/2011 1:44PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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PARKERB2 8/17/2011 12:28PM

    I'm sure you will enjoy your anniversary celebration. Congradulations. The baby will say Grandma before you know it. Have a good day.

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2011 12:12PM

    emoticon on your anniversary Marsha.
WTG Gwen. She's getting there.

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Congrats to the Slowest Loser

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I really enjoyed the Slowest Loser blogs and am delighted that he made his goal! It's great to have someone promoting slow weight loss. When you lose it slow, you aren't as hungry. You are better able to meet your nutritional needs than with a stricter diet. So feelings of deprivation and the binges that can follow are less of a problem. Skin can keep up with slow weight loss much better, so far less saggy skin results.

And when your true goal is to change your life forever -- at least eating and activity habits -- your real goal is to learn healthy eating, otherwise known as maintenance skills. When you are eating close to how you will eat for the rest of your life, you learn more than when you go on a temporary diet. And in the big picture, taking another month or two or ten to lose the weight really does not matter.

So BIG CONGRATS to the Slowest Loser for showing how to do it!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2011 12:46PM

    Slow is the way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2011 3:17AM

    slow and steady wins the race emoticon

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_LINDA 8/17/2011 1:10AM

    This was a great series for people who were losing their weight slowly. Gave everyone hope they could do it too. I think too, that slower would be better in the long run..I was a slow loser (taking two years to lose my weight of 79 lbs), but his blogs came along too late for me.

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TBRANCH2 8/16/2011 11:03PM

    slow and steady wins the race....

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WATERMELLEN 8/16/2011 7:36PM

    Absolutely agree: slow weight loss "builds in" the training for weight loss maintenance!

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    It is awesome that the Slowest Loser made goal weight!!

I already congratulated him.

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JOHAL52 8/16/2011 6:35PM

    Amen! I am focusing on day to day losing--with no extremes emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/16/2011 5:25PM

This time I didn't diet; I went on maintenance from the beginning and my weight sloooooooowly inched down to where I am today. In the meantime I worked on increasing my exercise and fitness in general. I think slow is a healthy approach to a permanent lifestyle change.

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No Television Coverage Needed

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I ran into a person I see from time to time through my work. When I first met her I weighed more than 200 pounds. She was very complimentary -- and maybe a little surprised -- that I have maintained my weight loss now for several years.

She made me smile, though, when she said I should be featured on television. Evidently, I am the only flesh and blood person she knows who has lost and kept off 80+ pounds. She thinks it is even more amazing because I was a fat kid, spent more than 5 decades obese, and now weigh less than I did in 7th grade.

Yeah, I'm pretty amazed myself. I never thought I could do it. But I know I am no incredible story. Just go to SparkPeople Success Stories and you'll meet people who have overcome so much more than I have: people who lost hundreds of pounds more than I did, even people who could not walk a step when they started their journey. I'm not taking away my success. No way. I enjoy my success every day. I feel better -- much better -- both physically and about myself. I look better. Some people even treat me a little better, although I'm not saying it should be that way. My blood pressure and cholestrol have come down to normal. But I know that I don't need to write a book about my weight loss journey or go to the media about my accomplishment. I have no weight solution to promote except SparkPeople.

After years of dieting, I was really good at losing weight, but I just could not keep it off. This time I found SparkPeople. I added strength training for the first time. Points and trophies helped me stay motivated, and I even increased my cardio. I saw for the first time meal plans for maintenance specifically for my size and activity level. I tracked 75 nutrients and learned a great deal, cutting my sodium intake dramatically. I gave up lots of pre-packaged and "diet" foods in favor of eating simple and delicious foods. And I never dreamed that setting streaks and joining challenges would be motivating, but it absolutely is.

The biggest surprise was that I would make online friends. I have been inspired by so many people working on health and fitness issues; even people my age working on maintenance. I have found understanding and so much support here. I doubt that I would have even tried running if I hadn't met older people here on SparkPeople who love and benefit from it. Once I ran my first 5K I felt so successful, even before I learned I had won a medal. My local SparkTeam is a godsend, too -- a wonderful group of people I'm proud to be associated with.

As I approach my second Sparkiversary, I am profoundly grateful to SparkPeople. No, I don't need to be featured on television. My story is not different from hundreds of other Sparkers, all of us living healthier and happier because of SparkPeople.

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PARKERB2 8/16/2011 3:27PM

    You are so petite, beautiful and the picture of good health. You do deserve some spotlight so I'm cheering for you to be given a chance to shine however you may want to. Thanks for being my friend. Have a good day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/15/2011 8:36AM

    Huge congratulations. This is a fantastic post, and I really hope the Spark Guy reads this!

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FITFABME2 8/15/2011 1:20AM

    Online friends are pretty cool, I'll agree with that...but don't underestimate the accomplishment you can take credit for. You really made serious wholesale changes in your life! I'm impressed...especially when you explain that you had suffered being overweight basically your whole life. You had to overcome some seriously ingrained very bad habits to get where you are...that IS impressive.

By contrast, while I've lost a lot of weight (for me) since joining SP, my gain was due to an injury that caused me to become sedentary due to pain - I never had any issue with eating too much or binging, and had never been on a diet before - as I had healthy habits - so that, I would have to say, wasn't too difficult to overcome once the pain subsided.

You are an amazing story - you should be very very proud of yourself. Sounds like you are doing some Sparking everywhere you go! Just by having people who knew you all those years see you now - it should be an inspiration to them! I know that it is!!

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TATTOOEDSOUL 8/14/2011 11:26PM

    I love your attitude... and your humor! Thanks for the motivation!!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2011 6:40PM

    Marsha, you are a walking inspiration to all who know you so who needs t.v.? Thanks for sharing!

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JOYINKY 8/14/2011 1:58PM

    You are so right Marsha! But, the amazing stories here in no way diminish our successes! Keep on Sparkin'!

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MIRAGE727 8/14/2011 10:42AM

    "Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!" You are already an inspirational supastah to many of us!

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MEXGAL1 8/14/2011 10:32AM

    I too have fought a weight problem my whole life. I was a fat teenager and it was so painful. I too believe that sparks is the reason why I am now able to maintain my weight loss. The support and friends that I have made here are incrediable. Everyone is so supportive and motivational.
I love sparks!
Good for you for your accomplishment.
Have a terrific Sunday!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/14/2011 9:50AM

    Fantastic blog, you have done an outstanding job on yourself

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    I am reaching the point where people are starting to notice that I haven't put the weight back on too - it feels great and I am hopeful for these people. I keep spreading the spark but we cannot do the work for them.

WTG and I think you are a celebrity in your own right - you just don't need to be broadcast!

love you!

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KEKEIKO 8/14/2011 9:35AM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog Marsha. Just a reminder of how inspirational your story is but it is your story to do with as you wish. Congratulations on your weight loss and strength to you on future & current goals. Hugs, Keke

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DONNABRIGHT 8/14/2011 9:15AM

    Awesome - thanks!

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SNOOKUMS19 8/14/2011 8:33AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing! Have an amazing summer day!

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NANCY- 8/14/2011 8:32AM

I agree with you, SP is a great place... and part of it is great because of you.
Keep Sparking!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/13/2011 11:19PM

    Love it, Marsha! You inspire and encourage me consistently! You're great Spark friend! Keep it up!

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TBRANCH2 8/13/2011 11:03PM

    AAAWWWWW, we are so very proud of you with or without television! YOU are our team mascot!!!

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FROSTY99 8/13/2011 9:36PM

    emoticonblog. Enjoy your success. You are an inspiration to many.

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PLPEEP 8/13/2011 6:49PM

    Your story is exactly like my story, I also lost 80 pounds and have kept it off a year now.
I was a chubby child and have fought my weight all my life. I do not run but everything else you said I have said too. It is so amazing to me the similarities I find in the people I meet at SparkPeople. Congradulations on keeping the weight off this time believe me I can truly relate to the struggles you have had. I too am very proud of all I have accomplished but know with out this site and group of friends I would not and could not do it.

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SHECHAM 8/13/2011 6:09PM

    Congratulations and Happy 2nd Sparkerversary when it arrives... Celebrate well, in a healthy way, and ENJOY! You should be very proud!

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WATERMELLEN 8/13/2011 5:20PM

    I sure "liked" this!! And: think you are absolutely amazing, frankly. I believe that National Weight Loss Registry says that only about 5% of people who lose weight actually keep it off: so you ARE remarkable statistically (although we know that a whole lot of that 5% are here at Spark People!!) So many of the people I know now never knew me at 230: but even though I'm not proud of having been 230, it's still kinda fun to run into one of them and see how astonished they are!!

Yay Marsha!! Would love to see you featured, if not on television on one of the Spark Motivtional stories!!

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JOHAL52 8/13/2011 5:10PM

    emoticon emoticon -- you are truly an inspiration Marsha!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2011 4:47PM

    Happy Second Sparkversary! I find Spark essential for "maintaining" motivation. Surrounding ourselves with successful and learning how it's done is vital. No need for personal publicity, but promoting Spark is a good thing.

- Barb emoticon

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_LINDA 8/13/2011 3:58PM

    So true. There are so many, many amazing stories thanks to this wonderful web site. The only reason for wanting recognition would be to get the Spark out further! But it is a real success story to be able to KEEP the weight off. That as the statistics shows, is very hard to achieve..
You would be an inspiration to many, as you are on here..
Just a thought..

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NEW-CAZ 8/13/2011 3:50PM

    You have done well and no mistake.
I've thanked Sparks every day for providing the support and tools I need to keep the weight off. True exercising and eating healthily is second nature now but the social side of this site is invaluable for motivation and inspiration, as you said there are countless sucess stories, and that in itself is a testament to Sparks. emoticon

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