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Quitting is Not An Option

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quite a while back, maybe a year and a half ago, my Weight Watcher leader handed out stickers. They have her face printed on them with the slogan, "Quitting is Not An Option." She told us to put it some place we would see it frequently. I put mine inside my coin purse. Every time I make a purchase I see her face and her message.

You know, it really is true. I can say I am quitting and I can quit tracking. But my body continues to count every one of those calories. And they show up in the mirror and on the scale and in the way my clothes fit.

Truth is the last thing I want to do is quit. I'm never going to quit on myself again. There are times I get disgusted with my impulsive eating and my first impulse is to throw in the towel and say it is just too hard and forget it. But now it is easier to look at my weight history and look in the mirror and remind myself I've come a long, long way: 85 pounds gone. And I still may not eat exactly like I want to every day, but most days I do really well. I eat a lot of healthy food and usually not much junk. And as I finished my 4.4 mile run-walk-run this morning feeling fit and healthy, I am so glad that over and over again I have chosen not to quit this time!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 11/18/2011 11:05PM

    emoticonJob you have done too! Very inspiring! I will never quit either! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/16/2011 4:46AM

    True..... and thank you! Pat

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_LINDA 11/15/2011 11:22PM

    Awesome! What an inspiration! Being a Mom a second time around when you should be enjoying retirement and keeping up your healthy lifestyle in spite of the challenges tells me it should be YOUR photo in people's wallets saying quitting is not an option!!
You are AMAZING!!

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FREELADY 11/15/2011 10:49PM

    You have a way of expressing things that really sticks with me. Thank you for thinking through these matters and sharing your sensible, successful views with us. It really helps!

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TBRANCH2 11/15/2011 10:49PM

    Good for YOU!! Your team is behind you 100%!!

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FROSTY99 11/15/2011 10:20PM

    You have it down and what a reminder.

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MONTY68 11/15/2011 9:52PM

    Hi Marsha
Awesome blog and I feel each of us should have that affirmation posted somewhere that we will see everyday. You have been such a inspiration, your blogs could be called a How to Be Successful manual as you have clearly shown us it can be done.
I believe that you will never quit but will continue your successful journey called life. Thank you for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 11/15/2011 8:07PM

    Great blog! We're not quitting. And yup, whether we track or not, our bodies do darn it!!

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JOYINKY 11/15/2011 7:30PM

    Amen! Great message, great blog and you are a great example!!

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HAPPYWALKER 11/15/2011 6:11PM

    Very uplifting blog. I like what you say about even if we don't track, our bodies continue to count those calories and it shows up in the mirror. I will remember that!

Congrats on such a great achievement of ridding yourself of 85 lbs. (That's a small child!) With your great attitude, I believe you will never see those pounds ever again.

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ON2VICTORY 11/15/2011 4:43PM

    this is wonderful... mindfulness is the big part of the battle. you are doing great and congrats on your 85 lb loss.

good for you.

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MIRAGE727 11/15/2011 4:12PM

    Sounds like a Mantra I can use in my Half Marathon training! Thanks for sharing, Marsha...and I know you are a warrior!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/15/2011 2:27PM

    Awesome!

I liked your message and "liked" your blog!

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MEXGAL1 11/15/2011 12:46PM

    Thank you, thank you for such a timely blog. This was perfect for me to read today when feeling down and out. You are right...quitting is not an option and I will not quit! Today is a new day and I can treat my body right by making good choices.
Have a terrific day!
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 11/15/2011 10:57AM

    Marsha, you are such an inspiration to me. When I see you at the Y, I think to myself that I want to drop 85 pounds too. Then I put extra energy into my workout!!!

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WILD4STARS 11/15/2011 10:28AM

    You're awesome.

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/15/2011 10:05AM

    Hooray, Marsha! Thanks for being an inspiration to us all! I don't want to quit either!!

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Role Model

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yesterday when we were done with lunch Natalie, 4 years old, asked me for a piece of paper, a pen, a can of black beans, the container of blueberries, and several other food items. I wondered what she was going to do. Then I saw her copy the words from the labels onto the paper. She's seen me track my food online and on paper over and over. Now she's doing it!

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 11/15/2011 10:06AM

    Fun!

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SLIMLILA 11/14/2011 12:55AM

    So cute! and so smart too... to copy the words off the containers... emoticon

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MONTY68 11/13/2011 11:32PM

    Hi Marsha
This is awesome, you certainly are a wonderful role model. Natalie is really aware of what you do.
Thank you so much for sharing.

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FROSTY99 11/13/2011 9:06PM

    She is learning early-will serve her well in the coming years. If our parents had only known, we might not have gone thru this struggle with our weight.

Way to go Marsha.

Pat

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_LINDA 11/13/2011 7:17PM

    Isn't that special? You are going to be a great influence on these children's lives! They are lucky to have you!!

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FREELADY 11/13/2011 5:42PM

    Ohhhhhh . . . . I love it! What a delightful episode to share with us!

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PARKERB2 11/13/2011 3:26PM

    You have set a good example for her. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 11/13/2011 12:57PM

    We never know what they will decide to do - that is awesome. My 13 year old granddaughter wanted to know if she could join spark people! She has no need to diet at this point but we talk a lot about what is good for your body and what your body needs to be healthy.

Some months ago she asked if we would take her to KFC and when she started to eat her chicken she decided it was much too greasy and opted to eat my grilled chicken instead - I was so proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WILD4STARS 11/13/2011 12:04PM

    How cute!

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TBRANCH2 11/13/2011 11:03AM

    Here's to us Grandmas that "make a difference"! Go, Us!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/13/2011 9:41AM

    how incredibly awesome!

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MIRAGE727 11/13/2011 9:15AM

    Wow. That is fantastic. What a smart cookie you have there. It's gotta make you feel good! Good job, Marsha!

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Repetition

Friday, November 11, 2011

Perhaps my SparkFriends are tired of reading repetitively that I'm building back up to my speed, endurance, and strength following illness. Seems like I've just had one cold after another. But I do think there is an important principle here. Do what you can. Try to listen to your body. Celebrate when your health supports vigorous exercise!!

I can sure celebrate today. I did a 5.27 mile run-walk-run workout in 60 minutes. I warmed up 10 minutes, started the treadmill again, and made 3.1 miles (a 5K) in 29:50. No, that's not my personal best (28:28), but it is my best ever with walking breaks. I ran 4 minutes usually at 7mph followed by 1 minutes of walking at 4.5mph. After the 5K I slowed down significantly, but wanted to make 5 miles and did.

I'm still disappointed that I'm not going to run the 10K race tomorrow as I had planned. I am close, but I just think it would be pushing it too much. But I'm delighted I burned over 400 calories today and feel strong and healthy. Hope to stay that way. I'm almost compulsively washing my hands despite some skin problems. Gwen has a green runny nose and Natalie has a terrible cough. Neither of them feel bad and neither is running a fever, thank heavens. Hope my immunities are up to this challenge!! Time will tell.

  
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IAMWINNING 11/12/2011 2:38PM

    We never tire of hearing how you're doing. I hope Gwen and Natalie both shake what's bugging them and that you stay healthy!

Great! exercise, too.

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_LINDA 11/11/2011 10:03PM

    I am enjoying hearing you get your strength and stamina back -its uplifting news!! Do make sure you are indulging in lotd of that fresh Florida citrus fruit -I beleive strongly my healthy diet has kept me from getting illnesses. I can't even remember the last time I had a cold and there are nasty ones that spread like wildfire around the bridge club -we are in close quarters handling all the same cards and boards, etc :( I know one lady who is staying away from the club until her surgery for fear of catching something, maybe I am being stupid going..
Sorry you couldn't do this race, but I am sure it won't be long before we hear you getting great times on that treadmill!
Take care of yourself!

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WATERMELLEN 11/11/2011 7:31PM

    I will never ever get tired of reading about you feeling well and getting strong and celebrating your good health: never!! That's what keeps all of us motivated and full of joy and energy!

Love love love caffeine which is definitely my "only remaining sin": and can't believe the MdDonald's is about to offer espresso beverages, ditto Tim Hortons (which is the major Canadian doughnut chain . . . a real Canadian institution, kinda like hockey -- in fact everyone at a hockey arena would have a Timmies "double double" in their mitts!!).

Thanks so much for your kind comment on my "dud" blog!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/11/2011 6:35PM

    this is your blog - you never need to worry about what you put in it.

I am sorry you won't be able to run tomorrow - but you're rebuilding your stamina day by day!

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MIRAGE727 11/11/2011 4:23PM

    I am never tire of reading your blogs, Martha. I learn! I'm not as fast as you but I'm working it and you inspire. Thanks for sharing! Keep on keeping on!
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SEPPIESUSAN 11/11/2011 1:24PM

    Wow, 5.27 miles in an hour is basically a steady jog pace - and you did it with walking breaks! Great job.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/11/2011 12:07PM

    Those kids germs are the toughest, everytime my GD (4 years old now) got sick...bang, down I was. Saying a prayer that your system is strong

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WalkOut Review

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exercise TV has changed their offerings. If you are a "glass half full" exerciser, it gives you a chance to try some new workouts. Today I tried Jane Fonda's PrimeTime WalkOut. (I ran yesterday and only run every other day.) I enjoyed the new WalkOut. I had Fonda's 1980's WalkOut cassettes. Quite a bit has changed. I didn't like the music as much, but I did like the workout. Seemed to me that Fonda's beginning walk program is more challenging than Leslie Sansone's beginner program. So for me, that is good. If I were advising someone getting started at the level I was in December 2008 though, I'd recommend Sansone to start.

Hope you are having a happy, active day!!

  
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SLIMLILA 11/11/2011 1:40AM

    Hey Marsha,
WooHoo.. a 5K...You;ve come a long way, baby!!!

I actually have just yesterday met an exercise buddy and I spent over 2 hrs. with her at the gym today... Hope this is the start of something good.
Take care..
Marsha

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_LINDA 11/10/2011 11:36AM

    I have tried Sansone, and still like Kathy Smith's power walk to lose weight matrix method(uses weights) best for music and interest and choreography. It would be interesting to see Fonda's, didn't know she was still in the fitness racket. Glad you enjoyed the workout!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/10/2011 11:10AM

    I'm glad you added that about Sansone - I recommend her because she is so doable for almost everyone at some point.

Even if you just stand in place and step to her music - it's "weigh" better than sitting and watching tv.

WTG Marsha!

Unfortunately, I don't get Exercise TV.

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Stepping Up the Workout

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I did 50 minutes on the treadmill with 10 intervals of 4 minutes of running. I told myself I only had to go 5 mph if that is what I felt like, but I probably averaged 6.5 mph. One minute I managed 7.5mph, but I'm not able to sustain that for long . Anyway, it feels great to be running again!!

  
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MONTY68 11/10/2011 11:37PM

    Hi Marsha
You are amazing. You really pay attention to your body and it shows up in your great results.
Thanks for sharing this

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_LINDA 11/10/2011 11:37AM

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That is awesome! Glad you are feeling more like your old self again!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2011 10:12PM

    Hurrah! So glad you're feeling on top of your game again!!

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MIRAGE727 11/9/2011 3:52PM

    Outstanding, Marsha! Whew! Those are respectable numbers. And I like the overall interval approach.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/9/2011 2:54PM

    WTG Marsha!

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