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Friday, October 28, 2011

I stuck to my plan of 30 minutes cardio. Had a pretty active day caring for two kids 7:45am - 7pm as well. Stayed in calorie range; ate pretty healthy.

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MEXGAL1 10/29/2011 3:44PM

    woo hoo...good for you!

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PEGGYANNSCH 10/29/2011 11:00AM


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_LINDA 10/29/2011 1:27AM

    Good for you! Hope you get a long and restful sleep!

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MONTY68 10/28/2011 11:39PM

    Wow Marsha
That is a long day, I bet you burned more calories than you realize.
It is so nice that you can watch your grandchildren

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 10/28/2011 8:35PM

    Bet you're tired! Great job!

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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2011 8:02PM

    Short, Sweet!!

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TBRANCH2 10/28/2011 7:44PM

    Good for you!

. "playing with kids" is on the cardio list! Don't forget to count that.

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FROSTY99 10/28/2011 7:43PM


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ARTJAC 10/28/2011 7:40PM


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AMANDAJCD 10/28/2011 7:35PM

    I'd say you burned more calories than usual with that workload! Little ones are a joy, but they can really suck the life out of you, LOL.

Well done :)

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Challenge To Do, But Not Overdo

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yesterday I did a half hour walking workout, then took both kids for a stroller ride including up a hill, and after the kids went home -- after supper but earlier than usual -- I inflated my tires and rode my bike. So I worked out about 55 minutes instead of my scheduled 30. It felt good. I even threw a few running intervals in the walk. First I did 20 running steps, then 40, then 100 twice.

I was feeling a little sore from the strength workout the day before. I think it was the walking lunges that got to my quads and glutes. Today I feel tired. Think I'll take a day off of cardio and stick to that original cardio workout plan of 30 minutes, 5 days a week, and strength three times a week. Think I'll just do strength here at home again today.

DD (Dear Daughter) starts her new job tomorrow. She'll be working 8am-5pm five days a week at the health department. She'll be working Tuesday eves and Sundays doing massage and she substitutes at Weight Watchers meetings. She hasn't had a regular meeting since her pregnancy, but may get one. Also, if everything goes right this week, she and family will be moving to their new home in early November. So I expect to have the kids long hours. Getting my workouts in will be more of a challenge, but I will do it!!

While I'm getting back up to speed, endurance, and strength it is very important that I gradually build up my workouts. I need to do those workouts, but not overdo.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/28/2011 1:52PM

    I know you are up to the challenge!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/28/2011 1:40PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan to get back to your previous levels.

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_LINDA 10/28/2011 2:33AM

    Be very cautious with the exercise when you will be watching the girls for such long hours. You need to make sure you are fully recovered and don't want to run yourself down and be open to getting sick again..
Your daughter is so very lucky to have you as a Mother! You are an amazing, simply fantastic woman, a real inspiration!!

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MEXGAL1 10/27/2011 10:19AM

    If your grandchildern are anything like mine, they will keep you very busy...that counts for some exercise. I wear a pedometer around my grandkids and always have tons of steps by the end of the day.
you sure are a great Mother and Grandmother to pitch in and take care of the little ones so much so that your daughter can work. Not sure if I would be up for that.
Have a terrific day.

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Fitness Plans and Hopes

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The DailySpark has a good blog today about starting over to get in shape. The writer just delivered her third child. My five week cold definitely does not equate to even one pregnancy, but I feel a kindred spirit in trying to get motivated to get it back. Her first goal is consistency, and I think that is good for me, too. I'm not going to push speed or distance right now, but just make sure I do my scheduled workouts.

I changed my fitness program to 5 half-hour cardio sessions this week (instead of the 6 full hour sessions before illness) plus three strength training sessions. I had been doing just 2 strength sessions weekly as my emphasis was on running, but I feel like I need to work now to get some strength back.

Today I did 35 minutes on the treadmill, and I observed that I did just over 2 miles. I planned on doing 30 minutes but the cool down felt so good, I just kept going slowly for five extra minutes. It was beautiful outside and I would have walked there, but Gwen was napping and I needed to be reasonably close by. Actually I did take both girls in the double stroller for a three quarter mile walk that I didn't even put in my fitness tracker, come to think of it. Sunday I did a good strength training at the gym on machines. Today I did a workout from SparkPeople primarily with my exercise ball. Gwen "helped" me when I did my plank, by adding just a little extra weight!

I won't say I'm brimming with motivation, but I think I can stoke the fire enough to get back to where I was and, I hope, beyond.

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WATERMELLEN 10/30/2011 6:55PM

    I have had to "start over" with fitness many many times -- after various surgeries and other less serious illnesses, most recently a terrible chest cold -- and now I trust myself to do that. And I know you trust yourself to do it too: you are committed for life to exercise and healthy eating.

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/26/2011 4:00PM

    Going back to basics always works

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/26/2011 12:32PM

    5 weeks for a cold? are you sure it is a cold? have you been to the doctor?

I hope you feel 100% again very soon.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/26/2011 11:42AM

    Good plan Marsha! I'm back to basics too!

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JOYINKY 10/26/2011 11:19AM

    Good plan and I'm sure there are many things in your day with the girls that are giving you a workout you didn't used to have!

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PEGGYANNSCH 10/26/2011 10:21AM

    Good plan

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BLUESKY_321 10/26/2011 7:11AM

    Pushing the girls in the stroller should count as cardio AND strength training!

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_LINDA 10/26/2011 1:47AM

    Sounds like you are doing quite a bit already to me..That is hard work pushing a stroller full of kids. I have admired the young Moms I have seen doing that. I can easily visualize you outpacing them all when you are back in your former shape. I am guessing it won't take all that long with the determination we all know and admire you have..
Keep up the fabulous work!!

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IMNENA23 10/25/2011 9:13PM

    You are definitely on track. Keep up the good work!

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Recovery Underway

Monday, October 24, 2011

My cough has finally gone away after 5 weeks of hacking! Yesterday I went to the gym and did a little over a half hour on the elliptical. I didn't push it and I could tell I'm not at the same level I was before I got sick. But I haven't lost a great deal. I'll be back up to speed and endurance in a month, I'd guess. We'll see.

Likewise for the strength training. Take the horizontal squat machine. I originally started at 88 pounds and that was a challenge nearly two years ago. I have done as much as 202 pounds, but before I got sick I could do 176 without strain. Yesterday I tried 132 pounds and it was easy, so I went up to 154. I'll regain my strength soon.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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MISTYRIVER64 10/25/2011 8:26AM

    So glad you're on the mend. emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 10/25/2011 5:59AM

    Glad you are feeling better:)

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_LINDA 10/25/2011 12:57AM

    Glad you have finally seen the backside of that evil bug!! That was a very tough one!! You actually sound like you haven't lost that much at all for that long a lay off -great work!! Hope you feel stronger and better and more your old self soon!

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FROSTY99 10/24/2011 7:29PM

    Sounds like you are on your way back. Don't do too much. We have a friend in the hospital with pneumonia right now and thinking he might have had a heart attack-take care of yourself and get healthy!

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JOYINKY 10/24/2011 5:26PM

    Glad you're on the mend; I didn't realize you've been sick that long! Hopefully that will be it for the winter! Just ease back in; I know you are; but I also know the temptation to go too fast. Be well.

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MIRAGE727 10/24/2011 4:46PM

    Excellent. Take your time. You're coming out of it!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/24/2011 4:16PM

    Good to hear you are doing better.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/24/2011 4:15PM

    emoticon news!!

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MEXGAL1 10/24/2011 12:35PM

    Sounds like you and i are in the same boat. With my recent illness, i haven't been doing the strength training that I normally do so it is much harder to do the weight I was at before. I know though that we will both get back to where we were. I am just amazed how quickly we lose strength at our age. It just goes to show how important it is to keep up with the strength training as we age.
Let's both keep on keeping on!
Have a good one.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/24/2011 11:40AM

    It's a virulent bug; glad you're feeling much better. Have a good day.

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Without SparkPeople, He Would Have Gotten Away With It

Saturday, October 22, 2011

First, let me say I adore my son-in-law. He is a very kind, polite and considerate person. Usually he is an attentive and effective father as well as one of the most caring people in my life. However, his halo might have slipped just a bit yesterday.

In my blog, I shared the picture of Natalie with her arm in a sling, and appreciated the many sympathetic and supportive comments from my SparkFriends. Cyndi (Aquagirl, a leader of our local SparkTeam) made such a comment and added, "Please tell her that I'm sorry that I didn't recognize her at the Tow Jam in Bartow Friday night when she got lost."

Hmmm. I hadn't heard anything about her getting lost. We had met dear son-in-law at his place of employment about 5:30 pm on Friday and given him both kids so we could go out to dinner and to a symphony concert. My daughter was still going to be working for many more hours.

So today I asked him about it when he called. He immediately said she was never really lost, that his older brother knew where she was at all times. However, my son in law thought she was right behind him and didn't realized she had stopped. His brother just wanted to see how long it would take him to realize she wasn't there. Evidently, it took a while. When she thought she was lost, the big brother finally spoke up.

I probably should have left it alone. "Natalie was lost? I hadn't heard anything about that!," my daughter said at the dinner table this eve after I brought it up again. See, without SparkPeople, neither my daughter or I would have ever known. Thank heavens she's fine. I hope they both learned a bit of a lesson.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/23/2011 10:30AM

    Why would anyone cause such hurt to a child??? I think the brother was also wrong for not immediately bringing Natalie back in to the group.

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MISSPEACHES3 10/23/2011 8:49AM

    What a blessing that she is O.K.

A note for Parents and Grandparents:
I worked in a department store for 30+ years. When we had a lost child in the store, one of the things we asked, was what was the child wearing.

But be aware: Clothes can be changed quickly. But the one thing that usually cannot be changed quickly is a childs shoes. So, parents be aware of the shoes your child is wearing.

Blessings to you.

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BRAVEONE92 10/22/2011 11:36PM

    I am so glad that Natalie is safe. Little girls are picked up
every day, from incidents like these. We just can't be
too careful. Hopefully, SIL will be much more attentive
and lesson learned, from now on. We all fail at times,
but hopefully he will be even a better dad now.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/22/2011 10:00PM

    Oh, dear, I didn't mean to get anyone in trouble! It's just that when they walked past me with the stroller they were talking, not paying attention and almost hit me with the stroller. I jumped out of the way. So, I noticed the group.

A moment later, I was waiting for hubby and I saw this little lost girl with this big red cast who looked worried. Hubby got there and I said to hubby, that it looked almost like your Natalie. She saw me and started to run to me but wasn't sure. We asked if she was lost and she nodded. Then her daddy came running up behind us and she ran to him and started to cry. I felt bad because she had turned to me and I didn't immediately recognize her until it was too late. I wanted to comfort the look of panic on her face and I didn't. For that I am so sorry.

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TBRANCH2 10/22/2011 8:48PM

    I am glad things worked out for the best but, the main issue should be what a traumatic event it was for Natalie!! This is something that SHE will NEVER forget!! Yes, I am sure it taught SIL a lesson but, I bet it really is set in stone in Natalie's mind! Glad she is safe!! Good for "brother"!


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WILD4STARS 10/22/2011 8:47PM

    So scary it just takes your breath away.
Hopefully a lesson learned.

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FROSTY99 10/22/2011 7:59PM

    Amazing how the truth comes out-when one least expects it!

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MEXGAL1 10/22/2011 7:58PM

    that's a scary thing I can move so fast and disappear. I am always watching closely when I take my grandchildren shopping. so glad all is well though and she wasn't lost long.

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