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Tapering Week

Monday, January 09, 2012

I'm tapering toward my first 10K race on Saturday! Today I did a 45 minute pilates class, an easy 25 minutes on the stationary bike, and two 10 minute walks with the grandkids. I plan to run 3 miles tomorrow, stretch and abs class on Wednesday, run 2 miles Thursday, and pick up my race packet on Friday. I probably will walk a little Friday, too. Planning to eat really smart, especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Hoping my first 10K in public goes well.

My second 10K may very well be even more exciting. We have a lot of 5Ks in and around our town, but not many longer races. The next one I know of is the Lake to Lake 10K in November -- and this is the exciting part -- ONEKIDSMOM is considering coming to Florida to run it with me!! Wouldn't that be great?!!

Tuesday edit: 3 mile run done as scheduled! good stretch and foam roller afterwards
Wed: didn't make it to gym; walked 30 min brisk with stroller
Thurs: ran 2 miles as scheduled; walked over .5 mile for warm up and cool down; then stretch and foam roller
Friday morn: feel good this morn; back isn't hurting. both kids are a little sick, but I think I'm avoiding it-(fingers crossed- so far so good). weather report says cold air coming in. low tomorrow may be high 30's or low 40's. how to dress for tomorrow?? race number has to be on top layer and showing. I'll try to warm up and see if I can run without a jacket.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/11/2012 3:22PM


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SEPPIESUSAN 1/10/2012 6:58PM

    Have a great race!

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TMW54812 1/10/2012 11:24AM

    You are already a winner in my book! Have fun. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/10/2012 5:20AM

    Great plan for the week. And looking forward to your second one with barb .... Oh yeah!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2012 3:33AM

    Wonderful Marsha! Having ONEKIDSMOM running with you in Florida would be emoticon

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_LINDA 1/10/2012 12:50AM

    That is fantastic Marsha! I would so love to be there to cheer you on and enjoy walking in safe, warm conditions! It would be so nice never to see ice ever again!!
That would be so awesome if you could go to a race with ONEKIDSMOM -you would make great running partners!!!
Hope your back behaves itself, take care!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/9/2012 11:04PM

    Enjoy your week!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/9/2012 9:47PM

    I hope you "Knock 'Em Dead" in your race this weekend! I love that you've done so much planning/training in advance. Way to go! I hope that ONEKIDSMOM can join you for a race too!

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    Both events sound exciting! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/9/2012 9:34PM

    Marsha, you are amazing! Yes it would be great to have ONEKIDSMOM come and run it with you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/9/2012 8:55PM

    I'm looking forward to that possibility... gotta make it through a 10 miler, a half marathon, and a sprint distance triathlon on the way...

Good Luck on Saturday! Have a great taper week and a wonderful race day! emoticon

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New Routine

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The lightbulb over my head went off! I've got to think this through. Gwen is going from taking two naps a day to one nap a day and that means my schedule, my routine is changing.

For me one of the keys to maintenance is planning. When things change - even little things - I've got to give some thought to how that affects my eating and my exercise.

I know that when I can, it is better for me to get up early and have a leisurely breakfast before the kids come. But sometimes the bed is just too comfy or I had trouble getting to sleep and I need the sleep more than I need eating time to myself.Today I ate breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack with the kids. I did okay, but I must be extra mindful when I am eating while feeding two kids. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I eat supper with the kids, too.

Today since I didn't have to worry about Gwen's 11 o'clock nap I had a little longer at the YMCA. I got in a one hour run, strength training, and a shower before I needed to pick up Natalie at noon. My current plan is to take Gwen to the Y two mornings a week when we are both well. On Saturdays when I don't have kids I'll do my long runs outside or at the Y if weather dictates or I'm in the mood for the mill. I'll do cardio at home or in the neighborhood on the other days. Mostly I'll use the gym for strength training and pilates. That should work.

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_LINDA 1/5/2012 10:16AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan!! Didn't realize you had the kids some evenings and Sunday too! Wow! That is a lot of childcare hours!! Hope you can get in all your fitness that you want as well as having some downtime 'me' time for that very important rest and recovery day..Don't want to burn yourself out and get ill. Take good care of yourself as no one else will.
Keep up the amaing work!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/5/2012 3:10AM

    Sounds like a good plan Marsha. Adjusting to change can be challenging emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/4/2012 9:29PM

    Way to adjust. We are creatures of habit, and when routines change, it's a challenge. Well done!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2012 8:03PM

    You have a well thought out plan, Marsha! Kudos to you for being so pro-active! I missed seeing you at the Y this morning. I was there until around 11:20a.m. I hope to see you the next time!

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    Sounds good!
Way to plan ahead!

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TBRANCH2 1/4/2012 7:22PM

    Great planning, Grandma! See you Saturday at the team walk!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/4/2012 7:14PM

    Good planning! it's great that you can adjust as the kids grow and change . . . I know I found it much harder to eat well when I was feeding my own two small kids.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/4/2012 7:01PM

    A one hour run AND strength training in one visit to the Y? That's awesome!

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

    emoticon I hope your back improves emoticon

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    I agree with Wild4Stars - You are awesome!!

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WILD4STARS 1/2/2012 2:04PM

    You're awesome !!

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    Good luck with the Pilates for your back!

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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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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    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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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.

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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.

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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 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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