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Always Something to Celebrate in Spark Land!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Just earned level 19 with 80,000+ SparkPoints. At times I have even commented that the points seem kind of pointless, but it is good to have them to give goodies and just to have positive things to celebrate. Thanks, SparkPeople.

Had a great stroller-pushing walk at Banana Lake Park this morning. Gwen and I both enjoyed it and I appreciate that it earned me 7 SparkPoints. Plan to get more cardio this afternoon. Loving the healthy lifestyle and glad to earn acknowlegement through SP.

  
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MIRAGE727 5/9/2012 10:41PM

    For me it shows, commitment & persistence! You wear the results well! Again so good to have you back, Marsha!
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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2012 9:22PM

    As the grateful recipient of many Spark goodies from you . . . I'm glad you're out there earning Spark points!! That little Gwen will have many happy memories of time with her grandma!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/9/2012 8:32PM

    Way to be active with family! emoticon

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FROSTY99 5/9/2012 8:17PM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a nice walk today-always enjoyable to get to the park.

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IAMWINNING 5/9/2012 5:21PM

    Congrats on the points - they represent work on your part, and you're right - they're good for giving goodies to others. : )

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AQUAGIRL08 5/9/2012 4:24PM

    Glad you enjoyed your walk with Gwen!

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JOYINKY 5/9/2012 4:06PM

    You are such a great example of changing to a healthy lifestyle. WTG!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/9/2012 2:33PM

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_LINDA 5/9/2012 12:36PM

    Awesome milestone!! The points are considered a motivational tool, and they sure are as you said its nice to give away goodies. I never paid much attention to the levels or trophies of them that I got.
Glad you enjoyed the walk, every little bit does add up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/9/2012 11:43AM

    Congratulations! Those points reflect a lot of hard work!!! emoticon

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New Percentage

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Today, after I answered the 3 SP trivia questions as usual, I read something I have never read before, "you have answered 2409 of 2690 questions correctly, 90% correct". It had been at 89% for probably more than a year.

Admittedly, sometimes I get the same questions. Occasionally I even miss one I've had before and then I don't feel so smart then.

But overall I'm glad I play Trivia. I've learned a few things, even applied some of them, and enjoyed watching that percentage climb!! -Marsha

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/9/2012 5:13PM

    It is annoying when I miss a question that I've had before and gotten correct!

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_LINDA 5/9/2012 1:46AM

    Well done for reaching the 90% average mark!! I love playing trivia and have seen many questions the same -and even worse have gotten the same question wrong many times! Sometimes, I just can't get it through my thixk head. I have the most trouble remembering numbers. Just doesn't mean anything to me how many people did what in what study so it just doesn't go in the memory banks. Also, I really struggle with strength training questions for what ever reason.. I have done much better lately though and averaged 95% on my last two months. My overall average is 90% right now, something I also just recently made.
Keep up the great work!

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JOYINKY 5/8/2012 7:43PM

    I'm still playing thanks to you Marsha. I can't boast about my % yet! But, having fun.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2012 7:06PM

    Way to go!!!

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HAWKEYERANT 5/8/2012 5:24PM

    Congrats on that A-! :)

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Guilty Motivations

Monday, May 07, 2012

I do find the positive advantages of living a healthy, fit life more motivating than avoiding the trials and tribulations of obesity. However, just over a week ago I had the chance to see and interact with many relatives I don't see on a regular basis. It was really sad to see so many people whose lives are limited due to obesity. It makes me feel extra blessed that I finally found what works for me. And I might as well use the negative motivation (sure don't want to end up like that, etc, etc.) for my own good. I've heard about guilty pleasures. I guess I'll call this my guilty motivations.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2012 7:05PM

    You really do become more aware of obesity when you've been there and done that. Here's to many more years of healthy living for you Marsha!

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CANDOK1260 5/8/2012 12:06PM

    hey whaterver work for you

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DONNABRIGHT 5/7/2012 9:14PM

    This took courage to write - I watched my older sister last week using a walker and still struggling to be mobile. she needs surgery but is too great a risk so the doctors won't do it. She can't do any of the fun things she wants and even taking her out to lunch is an ordeal. That is not for me! I'll track food forever if it is what helps me to lose so I don't get to that point.



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JOYINKY 5/7/2012 8:42PM

    Yes, family and friends. Most of the friends I'm doing things with now are in their 50's. Have already lost too many that should be my age and the remainder "doing something" usually means going out to eat or possibly a movie. Not how I want to spend my time. The negative motivates me too Marsha. I don't want to lose mobility or independence; I've already spent to much time in nursing homes visiting others. Even the best are not how I want to live.

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 7:55PM

    Like you I try not to be self-righteous but I'll take my (private) motivations wherever I can find them. And yeah: the obesity gene runs in my family too. I'm just not permitting it any foothold back in my own life!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2012 5:45PM

    I understand. It was a huge leap for me from having such compassion for others that I wouldn't grab success for myself, because I didn't want them to be jealous. I know, twisted, unhealthy self-image... and we could psychoanalyze it, but what would be the point?

I hope to always keep the motivation before me that I don't want to go back there. It's a helpless, imprisoned state... and in my case, mostly self-imposed. It's in our hands to be as healthy as we can... let's use whatever motivation presents itself to do so!

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 4:27PM

    I am right there with you. When I see my sister-in-law trapped in a viscious circle with her obsesity -pre diabetic, high blood pressure, thyroid, depression, painful hip and knee preventing her from wanting to exercise, family who loves McD's and fried and processed foods, that is extremely motivating to not go down that road...She wants to improve herself but has too many factors against her :( My brother is obese too, but fortunately suffers no health problems yet as he does heavy lifting in his job so gets some exercise.
May you be a shining, motivating example to your relatives that it CAN be done!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/7/2012 4:11PM

    Amen to that! I just stopped myself from M & M's and after your blog, I'm not going back to them, either! emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 5/7/2012 2:32PM

    I had to check your Blog out after your comments on mine, Marsha! Wow, seems we crossed frequencies.
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I'm working harder so I can get my 5K time better. When that happens, it's a road trip to Lakeland so I can run & keep up with you!
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Much love, Girlfriend!
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Not Too Sore

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Glad to report I'm not too sore from the new workout I started yesterday. I really have to bend and stretch to even find any soreness. I did 7 of the 8 Intermediate Runners Workout exercises, but I swapped the Back Extension on the Ball for Back Extension on the floor. I suspect that a couple months ago I strained my back when I did back extension on the ball, so I'll do the beginner version of that one until I feel stronger and more confident.

I'm enjoying this break from running, but getting my cardio in with walking and low impact aerobics. I don't sit much during the day either as I'm an active caregiver for my two grandkids. And I am trying to step up my housekeeping a bit, too.

Yes, I am enjoying the running break, but also looking forward to the half marathon training I've committed to start on June 9th. I think running with a group will be a hoot! Time will tell.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2012 7:01PM

    I'm so glad that you are taking it easy, Marsha. Good luck with your training.

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MIRAGE727 5/7/2012 8:23AM

    I like the way you are taking a break. I just started runni8ng with my church group and it's a bit disorganized. I've got to get used to this or just go with the flow on these days. I'm glad you are taking care of yourself!
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DONNABRIGHT 5/7/2012 7:36AM

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SLIMLILA 5/7/2012 2:06AM

    You're such an inspirational, brave woman... emoticon

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 1:44AM

    Well done! Great news. Good to be cautious with your back. Looks like it will be full steam ahead for you to train for this half marathon! I am so in awe of all that you are so capable of doing!! Keep on being your amazing self!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 9:50PM

    Glad you're being careful about the back, and taking it slow. It will be interesting to see how this "group training" / running works for you.

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 8:39PM

    I think group running should be great fun for you: I'm still not reconciled to "no more running" and keep wishing I could find a way (other than the cross country skiing in winter).

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A New Attitude

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I did it! I finally changed my ticker to no longer show weight loss but to show number of weeks of weight maintenance. That is simply a more significant accomplishment to track and celebrate now.

It was hard to give up that ticker showing that 80+ pounds lost. I like that visual, but I think I'll get to love the weekly addition on my current ticker and it will keep me focused on what really matters.

I am considering any scale number between BMI 20-21 (124-130 pounds) as my maintenance range. If I weigh over, but get back within a week, I'm counting that as maintenance. Right now my default weight is about 128 and I fluctuate from there. I had hoped to make it 126, but for now, I'm switching my goal from losing a couple pounds to eating as healthy as possible.

I'm really working on strength training now (and it may be better to gain muscle when I'm not trying to lose weight) and I'll start training for a half marathon on June 9th. I just changed my SP generated workout to the Intermediate Runners Workout. I'll use that stability ball workout when I can't get to the gym. I got a new workout for the gym , too, designed by a Wellness Coach just for me. I'm going to wait to choose the half marathon I'll run until I join the group. I'd like to find a buddy or two to run with and I may choose the the Disney night half marathon on November 9th. We'll see.

My current ticker reflects my new focus on celebrating maintenance. I've got a new attitude!!

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/7/2012 9:31AM

    I'm getting used to my maintenance, too. It's a challenge! emoticon But we are tuned in to healthy living, and we know what to do, so we can do it! emoticon

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ROOSTER72 5/6/2012 6:39PM

    I found it helpful to change to weeks maintenance on my ticker too. I don't want to be stressing if I am a pound or 2 up - just the big picture! Keep up the good work.

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 9:38AM

    Great decision!! I'm thinking that maybe 142 is my lowest sustainable . . . despite diligent tracing/exercise, I'm not seeing middle 3 so maybe I'm driving myself crazy!!

Thanks for your nose bag blog comments: I too have done many crazy things . . . but maybe not this crazy!!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 5/6/2012 6:36AM

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 1:24AM

    Well done reaching that milestone -you really ARE on maintenance now -so you can focus on other goals besides losing weight or getting to that ideal number. It looks like you are off to a running start to make yourself even fitter! Congrats on moving up to the intermediate runners!! You are awesome!! That Disney night half marathon sounds interesting, I hope you can find some buddies to run with!
Have a super Sunday!

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INTHELOOP 5/5/2012 4:50PM

    Love it!! Have fun at this "new level" you have arrived!!! - Half Marathon!! You're Tough!!
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DONNABRIGHT 5/5/2012 2:40PM

    And it looks good on you!

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IAMWINNING 5/5/2012 12:01PM

    Love your attitude, and like the new ticker showing maintenance. I am to get to that point one day. : )

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MEXGAL1 5/5/2012 11:45AM

    Good for you to change that ticker!
Keep up with maintaining...........as you already know it isn't any easier than dieting itself.
Best of everything to you Marsha.
Enjoy your week end.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 5/5/2012 11:27AM

    I love your new attitude! WTG!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds like a solid plan. Once again, finding a lot of parallels and SO glad you got your computer access back! Have a great weekend!

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