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Up For Whatever Hours

Friday, October 07, 2011

I kept the kids yesterday, usually my daughter's day off, for my daughter to interview for a full time job she wants. It would be 8am to 5pm, Monday - Friday, so my child care duties would be quite different hours. And at least for a while she probably will want to keep her massage therapist license and work a weekend day and/or an evening, too. I feel pretty confident that whatever hours I end up providing care that I will find a way to get my exercise in and to eat healthy.

  
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JOHAL52 10/11/2011 9:14PM

    Phew, that will be a lot of "grandma-ing"--you will definitely need your healthy lifestyle to keep it up. Know you can do it!!
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1BEACHWALKER 10/11/2011 1:19AM

    Nice that you are able to help out and that you really enjoy it! I wish my Grandmother had been as active as you! Back in the old days-who ever thought of working out! I remember Jack Lalanne was like a wonderment of sorts!Like watching the only person on TV who did that! Here you are running races! emoticon

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MONTY68 10/7/2011 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha
You are so amazing, Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you as a grandmother.
Knowing you as long as I have, I am sure that you will find the way to watch them and get your exercise in.
Thank you for sharing this and I hope your daughter is successful in getting the job.

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2011 7:42PM

    You are very very generous with your time. I know you are committed to your fitness and nutrition and will continue to make it a priority!

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MEXGAL1 10/7/2011 7:26PM

    I admire you so much for taking on full child care duty.....I write this as I have just finished feeding our 3 & 5 year old dinner and will be putting them to bed soon. We have been doing some major babysitting so that the kids can get away for a bit. but I want to say that it is a lot of work with very active children. I will be so happy to be going home on Sunday and getting back into my routine.
good for you to commit to taking care of yourself and working in eating right and exercise.

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_LINDA 10/7/2011 6:02PM

    You are an angel of mercy consenting to looking after children full time when you should be free to enjoy your retirement years. That you plan to keep up your healthy lifestyle shows what a success you are and perhaps will you pass the Spark on to these lucky children too! You are amazing!!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/7/2011 4:39PM

    Hope the job works out!

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/7/2011 3:24PM

    Hope you daughter gets the job. Your grandkids are so fortunate to have you in their lives

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AQUAGIRL08 10/7/2011 12:10PM

    I hope that your daughter gets the job!

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Living Life

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My very wise SparkFriend Monty68 wrote something that I've been thinking about all day. In part he wrote, " I also think there comes a time when we drop the maintenance and define ourself as living life. It doesn't mean we forget about maintenance, we have a new awareness of just knowing."

I don't think I'm there yet, at least not for very long at a time. Perhaps my two week trip in which I had plenty of challenges but successfully maintained was "just living life." I didn't ask for anything special, but just ate smaller portions when the veggies were covered with butter, cheese, or other sauce. When there were naked fruits and veggies I enjoyed more than my share I suppose. I didn't add butter or margarine to anything and often didn't eat the bread at all. Sometimes I noticed relatives adding lots of butter and salt to things or taking a second dessert and wondered if I had been like that, and then realized that I had been just like that. I passed up a couple desserts, but ate some, too. I drank my coffee black if it was good coffee.

I honestly was not sure, though, how I had done. I thought I looked bigger in the mirror and then thought that my clothes fit looser. So perhaps I need to work on that "just knowing" thing. Guess it is a matter of confidence. No, I'm not quite there yet and I'm not going to pressure myself to get there right away. But now, thanks to Monty, I look forward to the time when I just live life and just know.






  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/6/2011 5:23PM

    WTG on Living Life!

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/6/2011 4:26PM

    I like that just knowing thing....it would seem that practice is needed to change our mind set

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AQUAGIRL08 10/6/2011 11:55AM

    I think that somewhere along the line, it will just become part of the way you do things and you won't have to think about it. Then you'll just know. You're doing a great job Marsha!!!
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_LINDA 10/6/2011 2:13AM

    I am one of the many not there yet as I can still have a binge now and then. It will be very freeing to reach that point. My sister certainly is living it to the maximum! No careful tracking for her, just all midful eating. I don't think I will ever give up the tracking -I am actually quite fascinated by juggling my foods to get the nutrients and calorie range I need.
I do think you are closer to this goal then anyone on Sparks I know.. You are so very careful with all that you do..

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MONTY68 10/5/2011 11:55PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for your comment. I feel that when you talked about your vacation, that you really had the awareness. Last year I wrote my blog on eating came about as I was at dinner with my walking partner and we had ordered pizza. I ordered 2 pieces not realizing how big they were, After the first piece, I was full and I was looking at the second piece and she asked what was wrong, I said I am full and she said then don't eat it. I took it home. It was then I realized that I use to live to eat and now I ate to live. That awareness has allowed me to be places where there is a lot of food and know that I don't have to eat it.
You are much closer to that awareness than you realize and it will just become part of who you are now. You have done a awesome job working on you and you have inspired me and many others with your success.

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2011 11:51PM

    I agree with some of the comments in the fact tht some of us are like drug addicts and are not to the point we do not need to watch calories and live care free. I have thought I could in the past as well ...and ended up gaining a ton back and finally realizing I was not there hehe. Nice blog , Thanks Chris

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2011 8:56PM

    This is a great blog: and living life is what I'm aspiring to as well . . . thanks for the "target" goodie. Like you, I'm confident we're going to continue this for life, and succeed in maintaining!!

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PMFISH 10/5/2011 8:54PM

    I have always eaten to live - rather than live to eat. I am more caution about my diet after my immune system became compromised and was put on medication that increased my appetite. If I could get my activities back to what I think is normal, I probably would not be as cautious. Hard to burn calories just being on the computer. :)

Have a great week.

Pat

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JOYINKY 10/5/2011 8:06PM

    I smiled when you commented on my page about my "being there". I'm not; don't know if I ever will be. I track my calories and now my fitness minutes everyday. But, it's not a chore. I don't need the computer to do it; I was tracking calories with my pencil and paper shorthand for years. I'm the only one who has to understand it. Keeps me from eating mindlessly. But doesn't keep me from living life! I'm fine with doing it and I love my life now. I can be flexible along the way. I don't think as much about food now; I'm more focused on activity. That is a change. Enjoy the journey!

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MEXGAL1 10/5/2011 7:55PM

    Very interesting. I am not near there yet either. I am always thinking about what to eat and when. I wish I did not constantly think about food. I watch others who can simply stop eating and they seem to not think about snacking. I just can't ever imagine feeling "free" from thoughts of food.

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Commitment High; Chances Good

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I stepped on the scale this morning uncertain how my last two weeks of travel had affected my weight. I told myself that any weight from 123 to 133 would be okay, but I'd work to get back into my range of 124-129.9 soon.

Well, I didn't need to worry. After two weeks of not tracking, limited exercise due to terrible cough, a few small indulgences and one BIG indulgence, I'm right in my range. I weighed 126.8 this morning.

Seeing that weight this morning was a big encouragement. You know, I'm thinking that my chances of long term maintenance are getting better and better. My commitment to healthy living and a healthy weight will not waiver.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 10/5/2011 9:01PM

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MEXGAL1 10/5/2011 3:10PM

    That is just so awesome that you traveled and were able to maintain. I was away (and actually still away at the kids and with the grandkids until Sunday) and I think I only gained two pounds. My body must like it here as well at 112. I know I shouldn't complain as I am healthy and most people would love this weight..but I am really small boned and just feel better a bit lighter. I have been power walking six miles a day and watching what I eat again but the two aren't ready to leave me yet. Perhaps when I get back home to Mexico.

thank you so much for the sparks goodie....made my day. It's funny that you say i am a role model, as I see you as such an inspiration. We need to keep supporting each other so we can continue to maintain.
cheers
Sallie


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KLONG8 10/5/2011 11:58AM

    That's huge! Exactly what you want and we're thrilled to enjoy with you. Now THAT's motivational!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/5/2011 11:40AM

    Fantastic!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2011 9:27AM

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MONTY68 10/4/2011 11:50PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on your successful vacation
I truly believe that you WILL continue to maintain. I also think there comes a tome when we drop the maintenance and define ourself as living life. It doesn't mean we forget about maintenance, we have a new awareness of just knowing.

Thank you for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 10/4/2011 9:20PM

    Wow! This is huge!! Well done, you've got the maintenance thing wrapped up with a bow on it, rockstar!!

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_LINDA 10/4/2011 8:21PM

    Well done Marsha!! You did fantastic considering! You are rocking this lifestyle!! You go girl!!
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JOYINKY 10/4/2011 7:56PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/4/2011 3:25PM

    Ok, glad things are looking up for you....you will do this

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/4/2011 3:19PM

    Wow! Way to go! THat is definitely inspiring and motivating, so thank you!!

Keep up the amazing job...You are doing this!! :D

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/4/2011 3:12PM

    Sounds like you've MADE it! That's my ultimate goal - being committed and maintaining goal range for life!

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DREENAMT 10/4/2011 9:47AM

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I Am Now A Rockstar of Maintenance!

Monday, October 03, 2011

We've got a new and awesome leader on the At Goal and Maintaining Team. Her recent blog about maintenance is profound. It tells us that maintaining is difficult, but not impossible.

I'm very proud to be on her list of Maintenance Rockstars! If you are maintaining or are interested in becoming a maintainer, check out her great blog:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512102


I encourage anyone who is maintaining to join the team. In fact, you should probably join when you are 5-10 pounds from goal, especially if you've lost a lot of weight or struggled to maintain in the past. I found this team great support when transitioning from a "losing" mindset to a "this is forever" mindset.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/5/2011 1:07PM

    Congratulations Rockstar!

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_LINDA 10/4/2011 1:17AM

    I always knew you were a rockstar of maintenance, and now you know it too! Go Marsha!! Yes, this is a real go getter we have for a leader on this team! She is great!

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JOYINKY 10/3/2011 8:43PM

    Thanks for sharing that blog Marsha! She did a great job and so have you. You certainly deserve your place on the "Rockstar" list! WTG!

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KLONG8 10/3/2011 8:41PM

    Maintenance sounds a little difficult but I'm not there...yet. It's coming, it's coming! Thanks for showing the path.

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WATERMELLEN 10/3/2011 7:48PM

    Ysy Rockstars . . . and thanks for giving 4A_HEALTHY_BMI a great shout out!! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 10/3/2011 7:29PM

    Hey Marsha,
Haven't seen you around in a while... wish I could join this team, but I can just congratulate you cuz I'm not there yet.
Hope all is going well with you. I am still having my daily baby therapy and watching little Mya grow every day.
Lila

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MIRAGE727 10/3/2011 7:10PM

    Rock on, Marsha! I'm proud to have you as a SparkFriend and an inspiration.
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MEXGAL1 10/3/2011 6:53PM

    Congrats you Rockstar! Good for you. Thanks for the post, I will check it out.

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MONTY68 10/3/2011 6:03PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on becoming a Rockstar of Maintenance. That is so awesome.
I know that you will continue to succeed.
Thanks for sharing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/3/2011 5:44PM

    Congrats, Maintenance Rockstar!

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Wonderful Trip

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The trip down memory lane met every expectation I had. My mom remembered a great deal about her childhood, showing me the farm she grew up on and even the farm where her mom grew up. She told me some great stories I hadn't heard about her family and some of the stories I had heard over and over meant more when I saw the locations in which they occurred.

We spent some time at a lake my grandfather helped to "build," with 11 other men, all dredging with their teams of horses to make a dam around 1932. It is beautiful. We visited distant cousins on her mom's side and her dad's side. There are only 2 of her generation left and we saw them both. We visited several of her classmates and saw schools she attended, as well as the school I attended from kindergarten to fourth grade.

I did not enjoy the driving. Living in Florida I'm used to straight, flat roads and when I'm on the interstate I know which lane to get in and where to turn. My mom's old homeland is rolling hills, with twisty roads. It was beautiful, but I couldn't always look as I was trying to get us to where we were going in one piece. Getting around the airport in the city was challenging, too. Nonetheless, it was all worth it.

One bonus was that we got to see the leaves changing without having to endure any really cold weather. It rained a few times, but even on days it rained, the sun came out for part of the day and it was just gorgeous. I don't think it got under 50 degrees the whole time we were there. I got to walk every day, usually in a spot of great beauty. Unfortunately my cough was bad throughout the trip and I decided not to run. Hope I can shake the cough in order to train for my next 5K in 2 weeks and 10K in 6 weeks, but I'll just do the best I can. I suspect I really need to study immunities and make an effort to build mine as I've had 3 colds this summer that has really messed with my exercise plans.

I felt very good about my eating 9 of the 12 days, and not bad 2 more days. One day I really blew it, letting myself get too hungry and then having no good choices. I think I'll wait a day or two to step on the scales to let any sodium weight dissipate and then I'll see what action, if any, I need to take.

I sure wish my mom didn't live half a continent away, but I sure am glad we shared this very special time together.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/4/2011 5:23PM

    That sounds like an awesome trip for both your mother and you. I call it "building memories on memories". Now you know a bit more about your heritage. You can now share more with your own daughter and granddaughters. That is priceless.

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BLUESKY_321 10/3/2011 2:01PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/3/2011 11:13AM

    how wonderful you still can visit with your Mom!

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/3/2011 9:46AM

    What a blessing to be able to share this with your mother! Hope your cough goes away soon ... If it's hanging on for 10 days, perhaps you need to see the Dr?


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FROSTY99 10/2/2011 7:05PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and something you will treasure in the coming years.

Don't work too hard if you don't feel good-a lot of stuff going around. Several friends have been pretty sick and now DH has a cough so hoping he isn't getting sick.

Pat

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WILD4STARS 10/2/2011 5:56PM

    Sounds incredible! What a gift you have given your Mother.

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2011 3:40PM

    Welcome back: glad you had such a great trip, sharing and building memories with your mother.

And: time to ensure that you're getting enough rest/vitamins to sustain optimum immunity . . .

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JOYINKY 10/2/2011 1:55PM

    What a gift to both your mother and yourself! I'm so glad it was a great trip; sharing old memories and making new ones; it doesn't get any better than that!

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AMANDAJCD 10/2/2011 1:09PM

    It sounds like it was a great trip :) I'm a true flatlander myself -- I love mountains, but the embankments further north (not to mention hairpin turns and dropoffs of a thousand feet on the other side of the guardrail... yipes!) just give me the willies.

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PARKERB2 10/2/2011 12:08PM

    Glad to hear your visit was an awesome one. Take care. emoticon

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_LINDA 10/2/2011 11:29AM

    Welcome back!!
Sounds like a fabulous trip!! So glad you had the opportunity to share this special time with your Mom!
That is of concern you are getting sick so frequently.. Do make sure you are getting enough C in your diet, should not be hard where you can enjoy such fresh fruit..Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and sleep and not running yourself down..
Nice to have you back!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/2/2011 10:57AM

    what a great trip. The lasting memories you both made together.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/2/2011 10:56AM

    Just awesome that you could do this with your mother. So glad you enjoyed yourself.

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