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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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PEGGYANNSCH 11/12/2011 1:51PM

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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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PEGGYANNSCH 11/11/2011 9:35AM

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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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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/8/2011 6:46PM

    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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Join the No Gain Holiday Pledge

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I encourage all my SparkFriends to join MONTY68 in his pledge not to gain weight this holiday season. Check out his great blog:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566968


In recognition of the challenge, I changed my profile picture to reflect my commitment. I know it can be done. I lost weight in December 2008 -- I think about 10 pounds. I did not gain in 2009 or in 2010. However, I have gained weight in at least 40 holiday seasons of my life, so I know it takes some work and dedication to make it [not] happen.

I want to enter 2012 as fit and healthy as possible. You can, too!

  
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BMART133 11/10/2011 2:34PM

    Im in!

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/9/2011 9:22PM

    Lets Go Count Me In

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GUITARWOMAN 11/8/2011 8:29PM

    I AM SO IN THIS CHALLENGE!!!!!

Any Particular place to sign up?

Where do we get the logo?

Is there going to be a special team or thread?

Whoo-hoo!

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MONTY68 11/6/2011 11:17PM

    Thank you Marsha for the support of my Challenge, Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Spark member took the challenge and committed to a no weight gain season.

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NANCYLL3 11/6/2011 9:02PM

    OK I'm in!! Saw your challenge this morning and thought about it and finally decided "What do I have to LOOSE!!??(play on words!) Sounds like a great idea! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 11/6/2011 7:40PM

    Great plan!

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TBRANCH2 11/6/2011 7:17PM

    Count me in! The hardest part isn't the "thanksgiving dinner", it's that hubby is home on vacation that week!! lol He is worse than any "festive dinner" could EVER be!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/6/2011 6:12PM

    Definitely committed to "no gain" over the holiday season (although Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone . . .).

And "liked" Monty68's blog too!!

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JOHAL52 11/6/2011 5:17PM

    I'm in!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/6/2011 1:26PM

    Fantastic idea. I did this once with Weight Watchers a few years ago and actually kept my commitment! I'm off to check out the link...

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/6/2011 12:54PM

    Count me in...I currently weigh 131.0 and on January 1, 2012 I challenge myself to weigh the same. Thx Martha for this blog

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MNNICE 11/6/2011 12:36PM

    Holidays are always difficult for me. I do enjoy the holiday "goodies", but I will definitely try to use moderation and get in some extra cardio. My goal will be to maintain!

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_LINDA 11/6/2011 11:36AM

    It will be an especially hard challenge for me as I won't be able to do my usual ground pounding exercise with my new hip. But as always, I will try and the food tracker is my lifeline to stay the course as are my wonderful, supportive Spark friends..
Have a super Sunday!

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NEWNAC304 11/6/2011 11:21AM

    I'm not only planning to not gain over this Holiday season, I'm planning to see a loss. We can do this!

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WILD4STARS 11/6/2011 10:37AM

    Count me in!
Whatever I weigh tomorrow morning, I will weigh that or less on Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Thanks Marsha. Happy Sunday and Happy Sparking.
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