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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today, when I was done with my 45 minute elliptical and my strength training workouts at the Y, I went to pick up Gwen from the nursery. To my surprise she was not in the infant area. She was out walking and playing with the big kids (up to 5 years old) in the large play area! Looked like she was really having fun. My, how fast they grow up.

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:34PM

    Good for Gwen!! You must be having quite the influence on her with your healthy, active lifestyle!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:59AM

    It is amazing isn't it? It was so good to see you there the other day! Gwen is growing so fast. When I think of her I still think of a little baby and then I'm always surprised when I see her up and around! Natalie has gotten big and tall too!

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:07PM

    Amazing! What adorable grandgirls you have!!

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2011 3:30PM

    no kidding don't they grow up fast!

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TMW54812 12/21/2011 1:20PM

    Sometimes when I look at my grandkids, I think I can see them grow right in front of me!
They are truly God's gift to grandparents. emoticon

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FREELADY 12/21/2011 12:57PM

    Such a cute age! So glad you have lots of time with her!

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JOYINKY 12/21/2011 12:13PM

    OH MY! Yes! Christmas is really going to be fun at your house this year!!

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Grapefruit Treats

Monday, December 19, 2011

The grapefruits are just heavenly again this year. I was afraid when my daughter moved from her rental home with the spectacular grapefruit tree I might have some problem getting the really, really good ones. But I got 10 and then 25 from her tree before she left. I think I am down to two.

And now a dear friend I haven't seen for 6 months just invited me over to her home tomorrow morning. She has a bunch of grapefruits and other citrus to give me. How lucky am I??

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:50AM

    Enjoy! A good grapefruit is simply delicious!

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FROSTY99 12/19/2011 10:30PM

    Yes, we are so lucky to be where folks give us free oranges and grapefruit aren't we!!!

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_LINDA 12/19/2011 10:28PM

    I LOVE grapefruit!! I can't imagine getting them fresh off the tree! You are very, very fortunate!! Enjoy!! Hope these new ones are as good as the ones your daughter had!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/19/2011 9:22PM

    Enjoy! I'll have one with breakfast tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2011 8:28PM

    OK, what makes a grapefruit a really good grapefruit? Do you like the ruby red ones, the pinky ones or the white ones? Sweet or tangy?

I love grapefruit too -- especially the reddest ones!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/19/2011 6:46PM

    how awesome!

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2011 6:15PM

    you are lucky....haven't had a good grapefruit in a long time. sounds delicious.

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JOYINKY 12/19/2011 5:56PM

    That would be a welcome treat at any time of year; but especially this week! Enjoy!

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TMW54812 12/19/2011 5:55PM

    Having a friend give you free fruit worth $$$$$$$$ where fruit grows in the winter......PRICELESS!!!!!

Merry Christmas from NH....17 degrees!


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BONDMANUS2002 12/19/2011 4:24PM

  i love grapefruit too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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The Best of Slenderella, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rereading my blogs from this year has been a good review for me. Indulge me, but I intend to re-post one or two. The following blog received the most comments and probably the most positive comments of any I posted this year. Thanks, SparkFriends!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 --
I ran into a person I see from time to time through my work. When I first met her I weighed more than 200 pounds. She was very complimentary -- and maybe a little surprised -- that I have maintained my weight loss now for several years.

She made me smile, though, when she said I should be featured on television. Evidently, I am the only flesh and blood person she knows who has lost and kept off 80+ pounds. She thinks it is even more amazing because I was a fat kid, spent more than 5 decades obese, and now weigh less than I did in 7th grade.

Yeah, I'm pretty amazed myself. I never thought I could do it. But I know I am no incredible story. Just go to SparkPeople Success Stories and you'll meet people who have overcome so much more than I have: people who lost hundreds of pounds more than I did, even people who could not walk a step when they started their journey. I'm not taking away my success. No way. I enjoy my success every day. I feel better -- much better -- both physically and about myself. I look better. Some people even treat me a little better, although I'm not saying it should be that way. My blood pressure and cholestrol have come down to normal. But I know that I don't need to write a book about my weight loss journey or go to the media about my accomplishment. I have no weight solution to promote except SparkPeople.

After years of dieting, I was really good at losing weight, but I just could not keep it off. This time I found SparkPeople. I added strength training for the first time. Points and trophies helped me stay motivated, and I even increased my cardio. I saw for the first time meal plans for maintenance specifically for my size and activity level. I tracked 75 nutrients and learned a great deal, cutting my sodium intake dramatically. I gave up lots of pre-packaged and "diet" foods in favor of eating simple and delicious foods. And I never dreamed that setting streaks and joining challenges would be motivating, but it absolutely is.

The biggest surprise was that I would make online friends. I have been inspired by so many people working on health and fitness issues; even people my age working on maintenance. I have found understanding and so much support here. I doubt that I would have even tried running if I hadn't met older people here on SparkPeople who love and benefit from it. Once I ran my first 5K I felt so successful, even before I learned I had won a medal. My local SparkTeam is a godsend, too -- a wonderful group of people I'm proud to be associated with.

As I approach my second Sparkiversary, I am profoundly grateful to SparkPeople. No, I don't need to be featured on television. My story is not different from hundreds of other Sparkers, all of us living healthier and happier because of SparkPeople.

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-PAULA 12/18/2011 8:04PM

    You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for blogging your success.

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2011 8:59PM

    The best of Slenderella?? Slenderella is the best!! Yeah!! I am so grateful to you for coaching me through the Beck programme: real breakthrough for me in 2011!

Thanks, Marsha!!

We are maintainers for life!

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FROSTY99 12/15/2011 9:41PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!! May you continue to amaze folks in the coming year.


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WILD4STARS 12/15/2011 5:43PM

    I don't always comment, sometimes I don't know what to say, but I like ALL your blogs. You inspire everyone one of us.

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2011 5:02PM

    awesome! i think i will reread some of mine.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/15/2011 4:52PM

    Great blog - I am proud to "like" it!

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ROSEWAND 12/15/2011 1:15PM

    Marsha, thank you for all your wonderful contributions
to the At Goal and Maintaining Team and to Spark.
You are very inspirational to me. emoticon

Have a great Year 2012!

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JOYINKY 12/15/2011 12:48PM

    You've had a very good year Marsha; it's been fun sharing it with you!
Have a great 2012!

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_LINDA 12/15/2011 12:32PM

    You have been a fantastic inspiration to many on here! Its great to get a review of just how far you have really come and what a success you have been maintaining. It shows that a lifetime of unhealthy habits can be overcome!!
You go girl!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/15/2011 12:13PM

    while your story may be not so unique, it really is are a success!

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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.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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