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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


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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.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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.


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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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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..

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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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    WTG Marsha!

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Things on My Mind Today

Monday, November 07, 2011

Things on my mind today:

My daughter and son-in-law are now homeowners!! I am so happy for them.

Natalie's arm is healing well. She was in her first red cast 2 weeks and now is to be in this purple cast for 3 weeks.

I enjoyed a good treadmill workout at the gym today. I did 8 intervals of three running minutes each at 6mph followed by one minute of walking at 4.3mph. Felt great!!

My daughter will now have a reasonable work schedule rather than 2 full time jobs. I did just fine with the extra child care and she did what she needed to do. I'll be glad to help a little extra while they are packing and moving.

I had a reasonable portion of Halloween candy on Halloween and have ignored the more than 100 chocolate fun size bars still in our kitchen 6 of the last 7 days. And the day I did have one it was only 40 calories worth. This is BIG. For years and years and years I could not have eaten just a little chocolate.

I am so glad I can exercise now. It makes me feel so much better and helps control my appetite. When I exercise and am hungry my body really needs food. When I'm not exercising, I don't feel full and want to eat.

I did well not to gain when I was on exercise restrictions. But now it is easier to find satisfaction in food and get in my nutritional requirements because I can eat more. Today I burned over 300 calories. I find 1500-1800 calories is much more comfortable than 1200-1500.

I've been at goal so long some of my "new" clothes don't feel new any more. It was nice when everything in my closet was new, but I'm delighted they still all fit!

When I first got to goal I thought everything looked great on me. I'm getting pickier about what I think looks flattering, but also accepting that some things do not have to show off my shape and size.

This fall I have enjoyed fresh ripe pears a great deal. I don't know if they are better this year, or if I just appreciate them more.

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    very impressive indeed!!

WTG Marsha!!

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MIRAGE727 11/8/2011 1:11PM

    Solid thoughts. Thanks for sharing, Marsha! Good to see you're doing well!

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_LINDA 11/8/2011 1:16AM

    Very impressive self control over the chocolates!! This is just pointing up why you are such a success at maintaining!! You are awesome!!
That is wonderful your daughter has a new home and that its closer to you. Its nice to hear her work will settle down somewhat.
Keep up the great work!!

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JOYINKY 11/7/2011 9:00PM

  I enjoyed your musings Marsha. Impressed with one chocolate bar; I still can't trust myself to do that! I've been keeping a chart and you are right on; The days I don't make my milage goals are days I usually end up being over my calorie range. I think the blip in your regular routine was a good thing! Much to be greatful for; thanks for sharing. Hugs.

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FROSTY99 11/7/2011 8:05PM

    Hooray for your daughter. What a thrill.


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