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Pilates and Running

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today I did a 50 minute pilates class. None of the moves hurt my back today, compared to Friday when there was one I definitely could not do due to pain. After pilates I went 3.3 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes. I did 2 miles of running at 6 mph which takes exactly 20 minutes. That was the first time in months I've run over 4 minutes without a walking break. It felt good.

I'm hoping that the combination of pilates with my running will help my back. Time will tell.

  
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ARSALLOT 1/3/2012 4:00PM

    yay


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_LINDA 1/3/2012 1:39AM

    That is fantastic Marsha! Hope it continues to work for you and your back behaves! Core strengthening really does help a lot with back problems, I know I don't do nearly enough of it that I should..

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JOYINKY 1/2/2012 8:40PM

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2012 5:00PM

    You're doing a great job Marsha! It was good to see you this morning!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2012 3:33PM

    Stretch, stretch, stretch... if Pilates helps with that, it will be good for running, too. Good luck training into the New Year!

- Barb

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/2/2012 3:28PM

    awesome.

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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:04PM

    emoticon I hope your back improves emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/2/2012 2:25PM

    I agree with Wild4Stars - You are awesome!!

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WILD4STARS 1/2/2012 2:04PM

    You're awesome !!


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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 1/2/2012 1:53PM

  Good luck with the Pilates for your back!
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Hopefully 2012 will be a happy back year for both of us!

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Joyous New Year!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I thought about reiterating my goals on this first day of the new year, but I decided to share a story of joy.

Would you believe that a salesman has been an important supporter of mine? He's only in his early 20's and he ran a half marathon in 1:11 and a full marathon, placing first in Jacksonville recently, in 2:31. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.

I buy my running shoes from him and ask him lots of running questions. I know he gets commission from what I buy, but I know he does not provide the level of support he gives me to all his customers. When I finished my Watermelon Series 5K races this year, he was there, looking for me, and celebrating when I finished. He runs a 5K in 14 minutes and change. I run in just about twice his time. But I know that the encouragement and respect he gives me is real.

He remembers when I came into his store in January of 2011 and said I'm 61 years old and I've never run, but I want to run in the Senior Games 5K. He patiently fitted me, gave me some training advice, and asked me to come back and tell him about my first race experience. I did. When I told him I came in third in my age group he said he wanted to hug me but it is against store policy. I told him I considered myself hugged!

Yesterday when I bought my third pair of running shoes I thought about how much his support has meant to me. Who would've thought a salesman, and one much younger than my own daughter, could be a significant supporter of a old lady who just started running? He's going to be a Komen 10K on January 14th. He'll look for me at the finish. It will mean something to me, too.

I expect 2012 to be a year filled with running and joy!



  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/2/2012 5:17PM

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2012 4:55PM

    How great is that? I love being around people who are that encouraging!

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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:44AM

    Awesome, sounds like a wonderful person

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/1/2012 7:01PM

    He sounds like a great person!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/1/2012 6:01PM

    wow! thanks for sharing!!

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WILD4STARS 1/1/2012 4:23PM

    What a wonderful tribute to someone who inspires you - much like you inspire many of us here on Spark.

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TMW54812 1/1/2012 4:07PM

    That's awesome! You are da bomb girl! emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/1/2012 3:40PM

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MEXGAL1 1/1/2012 1:33PM

    what a wonderful story Marsha. Such a nice young man and so nice to hear about in this day and age. Too many young folks are just so self absorbed.
Great story for me to hear to begin the New Year.
Sallie

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_LINDA 1/1/2012 1:21PM

    That is fabulous Marsha! You deserve such great support. I don't imagine too many people start a running program at your age. You are showing everyone who meets you and is on your friend's list that you really can do anything you set your mind to! They really ought to feature your story not only on TV, but prominantly here on Sparks!!
You are just so awesome!! You are such a role model!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2012 12:55PM

    I would completely believe this!

You never know where your personal cheerleaders will show up... I have a consultant at my diet center who has been a cheerleader for 3 years and when I went in to see her yesterday we went over the races I'm planning for this year. I have a health coach for work who also is a cheerleader. Then there are my fellow runners at work and co-workers who aren't there yet but are looking to me as an example of being able to do things you decide to do.

My nieces / family are huge supporters. And yes, the guys at the shoe store, too!

Isn't it terrific to be surrounded by encouragers? And as Mirage 727 says, you are an inspiration to many right here on Spark. The Spark community cheering one another on... priceless, as the commercial says!

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MIRAGE727 1/1/2012 12:09PM

    You are truly an inspiration to me, Martha! Rock the world!
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Slenderella's Year in Review

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Clean SWEEP Review

Sleep: (B-) I reduced my goal from 8 hours per night to 7 and I'm meeting it more and more often. Intend to continue to improve in 2012.

Water: (A) I consistently drink enough liquids and almost always drink enough water. Plan to keep it up in 2012.

Exercise: (A+) 2011 was the year I amazed myself with running. I had never run; even avoided it as a kid. After decades of being a couch potato, I spent several years walking and doing Walk Away the Pounds. When I came to SP I started adding a little strength training and then joined a gym. I saw increasing muscle definition for the first time in my life. I started running in Jan 2011 and ran my first 5K in March in 31:19, earning a third place in my age group. I ran five more 5Ks in 2011. I broke 30 minutes during the Mayfaire 5K (again earned 3rd in AG) which is the hilliest race around here and it was hot in May 2011. On Sept 3rd it was still warm, but I recorded a personal best of 28:28, again earning a 3rd place medal. I've had to run between illnesses and injuries, and I am proud of my determination and resilience.

In 2012 I plan to run or run-walk-run a 10K and hope to accomplish a half marathon. I also hope to take at least a second off that 5K PR. Will consider a personal trainer or certified running coach.

Eating: (B) The good - I've eaten lots and lots of healthy foods. I don't think there was even one day I didn't get 5 servings of fruits and veggies and I probably averaged 12 servings a day. I've consistently gotten enough protein, fiber, and calcium. Far more than half my grains are whole grains. I eat a wide variety of foods. I've maintained an 80+ pound weight loss. I plan to continue the good part of my eating pattern in 2012!

The not so good - I still struggle with occasional overeating bordering on binge eating. It makes my weight fluctuate more than I believe is good for me. I tend to overeat carbs and undereat healthy fats. I would like my indulgences to be with family and for special occasions, not when I am alone late at night. I plan to lose 2 more pounds in 2012 and then concentrate on eating consistency.

Persistence (A) - I have not once this year said to myself, what I used to say over and over and over, which was "forget it, I just can't do it, I give up." Never giving up again!!

  
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-SHOREIDO- 11/18/2012 1:41PM

    You go!! Noticed your 5K numbers were looking pretting good on the score board. Great job!! Have a great Sunday. V Peace : )

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/10/2012 5:23AM

    What a frank look at your accomishments! Best to you in 2012!

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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2012 6:40PM

    What a great blog: and what a great great year you've had!

Thanks so much for your encouragement on my own "review" blog!!

I think our 2012 goals are doable. And that we will achieve them!

You deserve to be very proud indeed of your determination and resilience.

And -- I must say that 2011 has been one of the most stressful and difficult years ever, in many areas of my life. But I have not given in to stress eating. With your help and direction to the Judith S. Beck techniques, I truly have "learned to think like a thin person". So: I'm proud of my own determination and resilience too.

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FROGGGY13 1/1/2012 7:14AM

    It looks to have been a great year! You are an inspiration - consistent effort wins over perfecionm any day! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 12/31/2011 6:40PM

    Marsha, I'd give you an overall grade of A! You've done a great job, even with injuries!

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TMW54812 12/31/2011 4:34PM

    Go to the head of the class! You are well on your way to a doctorate in fit and healthy living.

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_LINDA 12/31/2011 2:16PM

    Well done Marsha!! Like the others have said, motivating and supporting others on Sparkpeople in a big way should be added to your list of accomplishments. But the biggest thing is to keep maintaining in spite of adversity -having a long lasting sickness, back pain, and having full time childcare again. You got through all that and still kept the weight loss off -that is huge! You are proving there is nothing you can't do when you set your mind to it!
Here is to a banner, healthy, happy and fit year for you!
Go, Marsha, GO!

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JOYINKY 12/31/2011 1:03PM

    + Inspiration & role model; not to mention Super Grandma! You've had a great year! Looks like 2012 is bound to be even better!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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MEXGAL1 12/31/2011 12:48PM

   
Marsha, good score card!!! I especially like and can identify with your final comments about not giving up anymore. I have found that myself and feel so sure that I will never be fat again.
Happy New Year.
Sallie

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PHD140 12/31/2011 12:16PM

    WOW!!! Go you! I hope to be writing a very similar blog post very soon!

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FREELADY 12/31/2011 12:01PM

    Something is missing from your list . . . the dozens of SparkPeople you encouraged and uplifted and consoled and befriended and motivated this year! You pour yourself into others here in a remarkable way. The difference you have made in so many lives and hearts should top your 2011 review! A big hug and a giant thank-you!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/31/2011 11:03AM

    I agree especially with the "indulgences with family/friends rather than alone by myself"! I still struggle with that now & then, too. You are an amazing woman and such an encouragement! God bless you through the New Year with strength, wholeness, and joy in all you do!

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KANOE10 12/31/2011 10:32AM

    What a wonderful inspiration to read your blog. You are keeping an 80 pound loss, have added fruits and vegetables to your life, are now an athlete....plus you have conquered overeating and feel in control. I know you will do well in 2012. You are on your way!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/31/2011 10:11AM

    May I add another category - motivation? A+ for sure!

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Short Pilates Blog

Friday, December 30, 2011

After my half hour on the elliptical, a pilates class was starting at the Y. So I joined in. There was only one exercise that hurt my lower back, so I didn't do that one. The hour and a quarter went fast. It challenged some muscles but was also very relaxing. I don't think I did pilates in 2011 until today, but I plan to include in regularly in my 2012 exercise repertoire.

  
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FREELADY 12/30/2011 10:41PM

    Three cheers for adventuring down new paths!

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WATERMELLEN 12/30/2011 8:36PM

    Good for you! I took a Pilates course some years ago . . . not my thing then, but who knows now? And so good that your back accepted most of it!

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JOHAL52 12/30/2011 7:52PM

    That's great Marsha! An hour and a half. I have tried doing Pilates at home but it's hard to watch TV and attempt the exercises as well. I enjoyed the Yoga Pilates class that was happening at the condo in Santa Fe a year and a half ago. Wish they had something similar in late afternoon at our 55+ community but all the exercises are during the day when I am working.

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_LINDA 12/30/2011 3:45PM

    Way to go trying something new. That is awesome to make it through such a long class! I hope you get some great benefits from it!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2011 3:07PM

    That sounds interesting. I'm glad you found another good workout to add to your list. Variety keeps you from getting bored!

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2011 2:32PM

    I did pilates for a while but I am bad, I don't like how long it takes even though I am retired and could have all the time to do it. I just get bored easily. I also didn't see too many results for me. but good for you if it works for you. will be interested to hear how it long term works for you.
Happy New Year.
Sallie

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MNNICE 12/30/2011 1:34PM

    I would love a Pilates class if we had one locally! I know I neglect on the stretching and I think that would help me get some in. Hard to find the time to do all I'd LIKE to do!

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JOYINKY 12/30/2011 1:10PM

    From what I know of Pilates; it's a good addition Marsha. Go for it!

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Need A Commentator?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Years ago I listened to political speeches and figured out what was significant, what I agreed with, what I didn't agree with, etc. I made my own opinions on who to vote for. Then I got used to the analysts and commentators. Often I don't even form opinions until they dissect what I just heard. Is this laziness or what?

Sometimes I feel like I need a commentator for my life. Like there are things going on right in front of me, but I just can't quite see the significance or relate it to my own life. You may know my story. I was put on my first "diet" of skim milk on my first birthday at a weight of 31 pounds. I have often thought that my decades of struggling with food issues grew out of my early life experiences. I take care of my granddaughters now. I suspect there is some kind of lesson for me in what I observe each day, but it eludes me.

The 15 month old loves to eat and to feed herself. Sweet potatoes, peas, and bananas are her favorite foods, but there is almost nothing she won't eat. I have to determine when her meal is over. She does not seem to know when she's had enough. I've never known her not to eat when offered food.

The four year old, however, eats when she's hungry. Sometimes she eats a lot and sometimes not much and she's been this way almost from the beginning. She has definite food likes and dislikes, but fortunately she has likes in every category. Overall she eats a pretty good diet, although left to her own devices she would overeat cheese and sweets and would never drink milk.

What are the lessons? People are different even from the beginning. People/children have different tastes. People react differently to hunger. Humans start out very tuned into food and eating. When you watch children it is more obvious than when you watch adults that eating affects moods and behavior. I suspect that is just a beginning. Where's an analyst or commentator when I need one?



  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2011 3:14PM

    Marsha, If you get a chance, try to view "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" by Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. It is a lecture by Dr. Lustig on YouTube but you can access a link for it from one of my blogs. It is a bit long and involved but a real eye opener! For me it explained a lot about food itself and food as an addiction. Pretty scary stuff!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2011 11:00AM

    great blog - I have known and loved people from both ends of the spectrum - never understanding how "in the game of life" some people can look at food as nourishment only.

no answers here, but you have great questions!

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TMW54812 12/30/2011 8:33AM

    Overeaters Anononymous was started in the 60's based on the same program as AA and a belief that compulsive overeating is a disease (addiction). I know dozens of formally morbidly obese people who are fit and healthy 10+ years by living this program. Many seem to have been born with the addiction as well as others who developed it later in life.
The good news is, I don't think it matters how or why one develops food issues...what matters most is what you do about it. SP is the best solution for me, others may find different paths to fitness and health.

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MOBYCARP 12/30/2011 7:29AM

    Interesting observations on the children. I think I used to be in tune, but lost it somewhere along the way. Now, I track. I don't know whether I could get back that habit of being in tune or not; for now, I'm afraid to try.

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FROGGGY13 12/30/2011 2:13AM

    I have noticed this with my daughter from a very early age - some days she eats quite a bit, others not much at all, and only when she is hungry. She is neither over- nor underweight, like my husband, and seems to be very attuned to her actual food needs. Somewhere along the line, I started using food in ways that didn't have much to do with hunger. I hope my daughter always keeps this innate awareness.

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_LINDA 12/29/2011 10:19PM

    You are getting a first hand lesson in eating behaviors. Its a shame parents don't have this before they have their children and are too busy with making a living to notice. With these valuable lessons maybe there wouldn't be such an obesity epidemic. These children couldn't be in better hands -you have learned your hard lessons on healthy eating and living! They are so fortunate! You go girl!

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FREELADY 12/29/2011 10:04PM

    Sounds like to me you're doing a pretty great job evaluating YOURSELF! Good for you! You are aware, mindful, observant, and you're thinking about it!

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MEXGAL1 12/29/2011 8:37PM

    very insightful. I too have noticed such a difference between our 3 year old granddaughter and our 5 year old grandson. the grandson is thin and he knows when he has had enough, and that includes sweets and such whereas the granddaughter who is much thickers will eat nonstop if we let her.
so yes it is something how each of us deals with food.

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