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One Small Sign

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One small sign of my change to a healthy lifestyle is the way I measure oil. Used to be whenever I measured I held the spoon or measuring cup over the bowl of ingredients. If a drop spilled it would go into the bowl. Now I hold it over the counter. If it spills I get no extra calories!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/15/2011 3:25PM

    That's progress!

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MONTY68 12/14/2011 10:36PM

What a great suggestion. I haven't prepared anything recently that required oil, but I do remember years ago that we did measure our oil over the ingredients
I am sure that many of us could say that we did that.

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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2011 8:41PM

    Even an extra drop of olive oil . . . packs a whack of calories! Good idea, thanks.

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FREELADY 12/14/2011 7:41PM

    So practical! Thanks!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/14/2011 7:35PM

    it is amazing how we do things now!

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FROSTY99 12/14/2011 6:38PM

    Excellent suggestion!

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_LINDA 12/14/2011 6:30PM

    Good for you!! Every little bit does add up!

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2011 12:14PM

    It's these lil' things that we find we are doing that confirm we're "in the lifestyle!" "Ain't it cool!" Way to go, Rock Star!

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MEXGAL1 12/14/2011 10:16AM

    good suggestion

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My Computer's Back, But I'm Doing Better Than It Is

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Computer: My laptop is back home. When it went to the shop it would not turn on at all. Although it still has a quirky little problem, I can work around it. Based on what the repair man said, sounds like a costly repair would not be worth it.

I really, really missed my SparkFriends when I had limited access. So glad to be back!!

Weight: I weighed 127.2 at home this morning. Smile. I'm hoping to start the new year with a home weight of 128 (orless) and to lose 1 pound in January and 1 in February declaring a home weight of 126, with range 124-129. Then I plan to totally embrace maintenance.

Eating: I'm really working on eliminating unplanned eating. Have a ways to go. Want my indulgences to be with my family and for celebrations, not for late night snacking. Must say, though, that my snacking has been pretty healthy and moderate portions. So, I will say I'm still in the "progress, not perfection" stage.

Exercise: Think I'm doing about as well as I can with my health challenges. Ran 4.5 miles Saturday. Now - believe it or not - I have a mild cough again and my lower back is bothering me. Have an appointment regarding my back tomorrow. Walked 40 minutes today.

Sleep: I'm doing better. I have a streak of four 8 hour nights for the first time in a long time. Seven hours or more I consider success.

Water: No problem -- getting plenty.

Weight Watchers: I now have free eTools and will track there for a while to see how it compares. I was awarded my third Key to Lifetime on Saturday. You only have to have 10 good months' weigh ins to get it and I had 12 for 2011. My third anniversary of attaining my Weight Watchers' goal will be in March 2012. I am so glad WW is now recognizing people for achieving maintenance goals.

Again, I am so glad to be back full force on SparkPeople!! There is no way I could maintain this 80+ pound weight loss on my own. Thank you, SparkGuy! Thanks, WW! and most of all, Thank you, SparkFriends!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/15/2011 3:25PM

    Glad you're back Marsha!

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_LINDA 12/13/2011 11:09PM

    Congratulations on your award! Its does show you are very successful and shouldn't take the mild up and downs in weight so seriously. That you are staying in your range is just plain AWESOME!!
So sorry about the back -glad you are getting that checked out, and hopefully, they will come up with strengthening exercises for you to focus on keeping it healthy, or at least go over with you what could be causing it and try to correct or avoid anything that may be triggering it..Improper lifting gets a lot of people and maybe lifting squiggly granchildren may be causing you some trials.
That is worrisome about the cough making an appearance again. Maybe that needs to be checked out as well..Mom was surprised when her Dr. told she probably has mild asthma with the cough she kept having trouble with. She has never had such trouble in her entire life!! Why it should make an appearance in her twilight years is a mystery!
Keep up the great work Marsha!! I so envy you that precious sleep..

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JOYINKY 12/13/2011 10:53PM

    Great Marsha! I'm not surprised that you did fine without the computer; but it's nice to have you back! You do a great job with you! Be well.

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FREELADY 12/13/2011 10:04PM

    The computer is a tool I thank God for every single day. And it connects me to this lifeline of health support. I am thankful for you and your example. I too must lose 80 pounds . . . probably 90. Your specifics help me dream and envision, seeing in my mind's eye when I will say I maintained at goal weight for a year, or years in your case!

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2011 8:28PM

    You are absolutely awesome, Marsha! No way your computer could ever keep up to you!!

It's great that you're hitting your maintenance and exercise goals . . . here's hoping that your back stops bothering you permanently and soon! Could it be related to lifting the grandgirls?? And: are you using strengthy training for back muscles? Any specific weight routine for the back issues, and particularly for potential lifting injuries?

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Celebration of Health

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Natalie (4 years old): She's out of the cast and healing well, but for two weeks she is suppose to be very careful. No playing ball as it jostles the arm, no running, no jumping on the bed, etc. She goes back to the pediatric orthopedist at the end of the month. She enjoyed finger painting this week, acting out stories, and helped by setting the table and making my bed. I take her to preschool at 9am most week day mornings and pick her up at noon.

Gwen (14 months): She is walking more and more. She rarely crawls now. She has one new tooth on top for a total of 3. Generally, she is a happy baby. Two mornings this week she stayed in the nursery at the Y for a little over an hour so I could workout and the other mornings she and I enjoyed a stroller walk.

Dear Daughter & SIL: Are now homeowners totally moved into their lovely home and both are in good health. I had the kids 7 days a week for almost a month as DD worked 2 jobs full time for 2 weeks and then moved. Now I have Saturday off. Expect to be going to 5 days a week for child care within the next couple months.

Me: Today I walked a one mile lake circle with my SparkTeam and then went to the Y for a 7 mile treadmill workout in 80 minutes. I ran about 56 of those minutes in 3 minute intervals. It felt good when I was running, but after I was tired and my upper back was tight. I decided that my two strength sessions this week were enough and skipped it today.

I am thankful for my healthy family and for my health. Every day I run it truly is a celebration of health!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/7/2011 2:10PM

    Good for you. Have a wonderful day.

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MIRAGE727 12/5/2011 10:38PM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing, Marsha!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/4/2011 7:52PM

    Wow, your daughter is so lucky to have a dedicated, loving mom like you for what must be the world's best childcare!

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MEXGAL1 12/4/2011 10:52AM

    We just can't take health for granted. So glad that you have a healthy family.
have a great Sunday.

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JOYINKY 12/4/2011 12:11AM

    Best cause for celebration that I can think of! WooHoo!

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SLIMLILA 12/3/2011 11:21PM

    My thought is, "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow".. you have been blessed, you have worked hard and been rewarded.... and then another thought comes to mind, it is the song that goes, "Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music"... It really must be nice to have all your family parts and pieces coming together.... emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 12/3/2011 11:06PM

    Hi Marsha,
What a great blog. I can see why you would call it a celebration of health.
It was good to see the progress of Natalie. The next 2 weeks might be tempting for her to do things she shouldn't. Wow, it is hard to believe Gwen is 14 months old, time does fly.
There is such a positive relaxing feel about your blog. I believe that comes from you. I find you so amazing and as I have said before, your blogs could be made into a manual of how to have success on our journey of life.
Thank you for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 12/3/2011 8:46PM

    No wonder you are celebrating . . . health in so many different ways and for all of you!!

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Weight and Exercise Update

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Weight Goal Range 124-129.9:
11/25 (Day after Thanksgiving) - 130.4
11/26 - 129.4
11/27 - 128.6
11/28 - 128.6
11/29 - no weigh
11/30 - 128.0
12/01 - 127.2
Goal: Home weight of 126 and a range of 124-129. I'll give it a try -- with a smile on my face and happy with whatever I can accomplish. I'm almost there. I've said maintain for December and lose one pound in each January and February.

Coming back from minor back injury:
11/25 - an hour elliptical
11/26 & 27 - walk
11/28 - run-walk-run 1 hour (20 minutes of run in mostly 1 minute intervals)
11/29 - walk
11/30 - walk (planned to run but back was tight and a little painful)
12/01 - feels okay this morning; will run if it feels right when I'm running
Still feel frustrated with obstacles, but determined to listen to my body and do what I think I should.
Goals: finish a half marathon and try to take a few seconds off my 5K PR of 28:28 in 2012.

12/1/11 - 6.33 miles on treadmill in 71 minutes; 16 intervals of 2 minute runs; back seems much better, but still not 100%; 6 strength machines
12/2/11 - stroller push outside of 15 minutes and 35 minutes walk on treadmill while Gwen slept - 2.16 miles; back feels fine today

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JOHAL52 12/12/2011 7:21PM

    You are so dedicated!

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SLIMLILA 12/2/2011 11:42PM

    Hi Marsha,
thanks for commenting on my blog....Wow, you sure are working to keep your weight down, I do know the work isn't done when the weight is gone, because I've been there before, but I am meeting people here at SP who have adopted a healthy life style and I want to be like my friends.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/1/2011 11:04PM

    Wow! You've got some very ambitious goals set for 2012 Marsha. Good for you!

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FREELADY 12/1/2011 10:04PM

    Your 5K time is inspiring! This gives me quite a challenge to inspire me!

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JOYINKY 12/1/2011 1:50PM

    You plan for success and stay mindful; it's what makes you - you! Wonderful and Inspirational! Yes, you are looking good!

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MEXGAL1 12/1/2011 10:47AM

    Go for it! Great plan and good work.
I know you will accomplish your goals Marsha.
You rock!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/1/2011 10:24AM

    Good for you! Consistency is so Important! Not All or Nothing ... Rather, slow & steady, day after day!

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    WTG! Marsha!!

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2011 8:34AM

    Marsha, you are as always a total inspiration and "coach" for me. Look what you've done!! You make me believe that I can do it too, and regain that elusive middle number 3!! Yeah!!

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WILD4STARS 12/1/2011 8:25AM

    You're doing an awesome job.

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MIRAGE727 12/1/2011 8:17AM

    You're looking good, Martha! Smart, sensible, and sassy!

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Getting It Back -- Again

Monday, November 28, 2011

I ran for 20 minutes of my 60 minute treadmill workout today, mostly in one minute intervals. I finished 4.75 miles and felt great. Beforehand I wasn't sure my back was up to it, but no problem during and none for the almost 9 hours since. It is okay with me if it takes me up to a month to get back up to my speed, endurance, and strength. When I'm ready I'll enter another race. I am going to set a goal of running a half marathon (13.1 miles) in 2012. I absolutely believe I can do it.

My weight is doing pretty good. My stated goal weight range is 124-129.9. The day after Thanksgiving I was 130.4, the following day 129.4, and the next two days the 128.6. Now that I can exercise again, I'm hoping to get toward the bottom of the range rather than the top, but not going to stress over it.

I truly am very happy to be at my current weight and fitness level right now. If I can achieve even greater health and fitness, wonderful. It is worth a try. But if this is as good as I get, that's okay, too.

11/30/11 update: Good - weighed 128.0 this morn after eating plenty yesterday. Not so good - lower back didn't feel right yesterday and still little achy today, so postponing running. Going to walk today again. Maybe can run tomorrow. We'll see.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/1/2011 11:33PM

    Way to listen to your body. Kudos on not stressing, Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 11/29/2011 12:00PM

Good for you! You are an inspiration. I think of you as I encourage myself to get back on track. I did a good job as well getting right back with it. I went up to 114 after Thanksgiving but by cutting back and adding some additional treadmill time I weight my 110 this morning. Still going to keep the momentum going as it would be nice to get some more off to cushion the trip up north to Pennsylvania and "grandchildren land".
I love how we can come here to sparks and blog our intentions. Makes our goals more real.
I wish sometimes that I lived somewhere that I could run and make marathons a goal. My daughter in law who has heavy relatives is so great at keeping in shape by running. She has done two marathons and I am so proud of her. I just can't run down here in Mexico as we have cobblestone streets and no sidewalks to speak of. The few times I have tried to "jog" I ended up twisting my ankle so just not worth it. But I walk at a pretty quick pace up and down the mountain so it's a big incline which helps.
Let's keep up the good work, sparks buddy. We are awesome, aren't we!

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_LINDA 11/28/2011 9:36PM

    I have no doubt that you will run a half marathon in 2012. With no injury, sickness or any other road blocks, you have shown how well you can do. With careful training and rebuilding as you are so careful with, you will be back to your old self on top of the world once more!
Well done staying in weight range while recovering. Can you get how awesome you really are yet? You are kicking this healthy lifestyle!!

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INTHELOOP 11/28/2011 8:16PM

    You are amazing!!

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FREELADY 11/28/2011 8:10PM

    You are going to go far! I love your persistence and focused plan.

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FROSTY99 11/28/2011 7:54PM

    You are so awesome. I do the eliptical and working on doing a mile in 15 min and today was my best-I did it in 15 min and 32 seconds. I can do a mile on the recumbent bike in under 5 min but that eliptical beat me up! Ah well, it is always a challenge!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/28/2011 7:49PM

    You are doing great and entitled to be very content with your achievements!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/28/2011 7:39PM

    Welcome to Maintenance and Peace of Mind!

You are awesome!

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