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Bring It On!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today's my 63rd birthday. You might think I'd be worried about getting older. But I'm a runner. I'm thinking more about two years from now. I move up an age group and am I going to be competitive then!! LOL That might be the year I need to enter all, well - a lot, of local 5Ks in order to rack up the bling. If you've been following my blogs you know that locally there is a woman 2 years younger than I who runs a 5K in 22 minutes. In other words, I aspire for second. Mostly I've placed third, but did get one second.

Wasn't I just saying that I want to be happy with running for fitness and health and ignore those trinkets and awards? Well, I'm a little ambivalent you know. There is definitely a competitive side of me that loves that recognition and accomplishment. I do want to run for a long, long time and don't want to do anything now that will keep me from running later.

This year I'm focused on training for the half marathon in November. I am trying not to run for trinkets, but I'm excited that there is a finisher medal for every finisher in the half marathon. It's even made where it comes apart and has a necklace to wear separately. Now that's a trinket I look forward to earning!

Yesterday Aquagirl posted on my SparkPage that one of her water aerobics classmates asked if I was Gwen's mother or grandmother! I had stopped by the pool with Gwen to say hi yesterday after my workout. How sweet of Cyndi to pass on that compliment. However, the commenter must have poor eyesight or didn't look close at my skin. Anyway, what is age? Doesn't bother me. I love being a grandmother; I love being retired; I love being a runner. Age? Bring it on!!

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MIRAGE727 6/9/2012 5:03PM

    What did I miss this! Mea Culpa! Marsha, I wish the best always for your many years to come and the most joyous times on all of your future runs. I will practice till I'm ready so we will run together one day. Much love!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/6/2012 9:24PM

    I personally think you look very young, Marsha! Obviously my friend did too! Being a runner at any age over 50 is an accomplishment. I'm in awe of you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/6/2012 7:02PM

    Happy Birthday! And congrats on being mistaken for "mom"! Eyesight at a pool? Couldn't recognize my own mother at 5 feet when I was 13... some of us are handicapped while working out wet! But FIT looks young, Marsha! Good for you!


P.S. And I got hooked on bling last year, myself. LOVE finisher medals, esp. for 1/2 marathon distances... I need more!

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IAMWINNING 6/6/2012 4:55PM

    emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And more power to you on those 5K runs!

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    Happy Birthday, my upbeat and cheerful friend! I am 53, and you are very encouraging that it's not so bad to have more birthdays! I don't really want to NOT have more birthdays, now, do I? emoticonI don't know what I would do if I couldn't walk, I tell ya! I'm not allowed to run (unless there's danger!), but I treasure my walks. I am going to a MADD walk sometime in October and will see just how fast my legs will walk me! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/6/2012 3:08PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you many more birthdays and getting to that next age bracket so you can leave that "youngster" behind and collect your bling-ha ha!

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-PAULA 6/6/2012 2:05PM

    Happy Birthday! Best wishes on your upcoming half marathon! I may do that one again this year too.

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Happy, Happy birthday Marsha!

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COOP9002 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    Happy Birthday!!! Let us know how your half-marathon adventure goes.

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JOYINKY 6/6/2012 10:02AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marsha!! You wear those birthdays well!

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 9:56AM

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Happy, Happy birthday Marsha! You are one rocking 63 year old!! And there is nothing wrong with being competitive -its the Spark that keeps us going!
Keep on running, you are doing great!

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CAT609 6/6/2012 9:45AM

    Bravo! Happy Birthday to you!! Have a wonderful day! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CEKNIGHT 6/6/2012 9:44AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Keep up the great work!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Yesterday I started 3 different blogs and erased them all. I wrote about vigorous exercise moderating my appetite and that my sister finally got her arm out of the cast. I wrote about my 20 month old granddaughter, Gwen, taking much bigger bites and eating much faster than her big sister did and I'm a little concerned. I wrote about having the kids 5 days a week for breakfast because son in law is in physical therapy before work now. I wrote that my mom has entered an assisted living facility which is not all bad, but she chose one 2000+ miles from me and I feel sad about it. I wrote that I don't have a car again, but I do have car seats for both kids now and have taken hubby's car to the gym once already. I wrote about my running (and I did 5.35 miles this morning with running intervals) and my continuing excitement about the half marathon. I wrote that I'm starting Beck over. Yes, I started for the second time in April, but postponed it until I could focus more. Now is the time. My digital scale broke and I'm deciding whether to get out the old one that will give me my weight plus or minus three pounds or splurge for a new one. The old one might give me all the feedback I need. Also, I got irritated with an adult relative recently and felt bad about it. I'm not perfect. I don't need to be perfect.

And there was more. I just could not get focused. So here is a total hodgepodge of thoughts. Let's just say I'm definitely not giving up. I'm working toward goals. I'm also trying to have a life and a reason to be healthy.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/6/2012 9:47PM

    Your blog sounds like life is happening all around you and that is not a bad thing. I hope you enjoyed your birthday.

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IAMWINNING 6/6/2012 4:47PM

    It's too bad your mom chose a place so far away. Is ANYone near her?

I enjoyed reading your 'hodge podge' - have a great Thursday.

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 10:05AM

    So sorry about your Mom, why on earth would she move so far away from family?? Doesn't make sense :((
I am so glad you are getting to use the other car freely and can get to where you need to.
Personally, I think your old scale should be fine -one of the things you need to relax on is the scale. You really are living the healthy lifestyle. You have got it down very well! Staying in the 5 pounds plus or minus is all you need be concerned about.
Restarting Beck will just tune up any lapses that might have appeared in your program. Sounds all good to me! You are moving strongly forward as usual!
I can only hope to be as in good as shape and look so amazing like you do when I get to age 63!

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SEABREEZE64 6/6/2012 7:15AM

    This is so true about our minds and thoughts... it often jumps from here to there and back again....

I try to ignore mine as much as I can. LOL!

Hope your mind settles down soon.

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SLIMLILA 6/5/2012 10:48PM

    Just being around helps to inspire the rest of us, so stick around and we like to hear from you anyway, even it is a hodgepodge.... emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/5/2012 7:59PM

    Some days a hodge-podge is what you get! Yesterday I couldn't put three thoughts together to blog and ended up going to bed without writing one!

Spark on, hodge podge and all!

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JOYINKY 6/5/2012 7:53PM

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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2012 7:09PM

    I am so glad that someone besides me has hodgepodge thoughts! Sometimes it takes me forever to write a blog because I hit the delete button so often. You just have a lot going on right now. Be gentle with yourself!

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MEXGAL1 6/5/2012 4:02PM

    whew wee...that is alot going on,
Need some peace and quiet too.
Take care of you!

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But It's Made with Real Fruit

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Okay. Today is a day to give my hubby some slack and celebrate his 71st birthday. I've got a cake baking in the oven and the eggs are boiled and peeled, just waiting to be deviled. I've got a sincere and nice card and a small gift, including an offer to help download some stuff he wants on his computer.

But there is a little part of me that is sad. I have influenced him little, if any. He still thinks that a glass of tea and a glass of milk are equal - they are both something to drink with a meal. The other day when I told Natalie that she could not have any more junk food because she had already had a PopTart that hubby had bought for her, he commented, "But they are made with real fruit." He works outside in the yard and he walks the dog some. But he never exercises for exercise sake; he accomplishes something. That certainly is an improvement since he retired and I'm glad he does something. But he has no appreciation for the benefits of healthy eating and exercising. I sure wish he did.

I get just a bit envious of local couples I see running together and couples I see at the Y. WATERMELLEN has been such a great influence on her hubby. He's lost weight and is exercising. I believe that MIRAGE727 was brought to SP by his wife and they now run together.

I am very grateful that I have embraced a healthy lifestyle. I wish I could wrap one up and give to hubby as a birthday gift. But, instead, I'll just love him for who he is and I'll keep on being me.

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/3/2012 8:36PM

    Well it is some real fruit right... sorry i had to go there lol but I can feel for ya on that one so many people think that food really doesn't matter that much . The cake n party sound nice.
Have fun !

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FROSTY99 6/3/2012 4:58PM

    Happy Birthday to your DH. It is hard when our spouses won't embrace a healthy lifestyle and sometimes it makes it difficult for us to follow, but you have conquered that part. My DH finally realized with his myriad of health issues he had to make some changes and it hasn't been without a lot of kicking and complaining but he now likes things he never thought he would so there is hope-mine is 72 and it has just been the past year or so he has gotten where he is better about his diet and now since he went to cardiac rehab last summer he tries to walk a couple miles nearly every day.
Just encourage the times he does good, give him good things to eat and hopefully he will realize things are better and he feels better when he does get good, nutritious food in his body and exercise gives him more energy.

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_LINDA 6/3/2012 1:38PM

    Happy birthday to your hubby, hope he enjoys his special day!
Sorry you two are not on the same wavelength, that makes it all the harder living a healthy lifestyle, but the fact you are, in spite of it, shows what a success you are! An inspiration to others who have loved ones not interested in a healthy lifestyle! ONEKIDSMOM has the right idea -use his need to accomplish things as a way to sneak in exercise subtly. Like chores or things needing doing that require physical activity.
Lets hope someday, the things you are doing will rub off on him..Spark recipes does have healthy substitutions for every type of old fashioned meal that there is. He probably wouldn't even notice any substitutions. Mom's husband eats what ever she puts in front of him, his only requirement that it be at his usual times, on time.
The bottom line is though, you are doing this for you! Keep up the great work!

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MEXGAL1 6/3/2012 12:09PM

I sure understand your challenge with your DH. I am lucky in that my husband has started walking the dogs with me and exercising as well as is on the slim fast program. he could stand to lose like 30 pounds. Unfortunately what got him going was us losing friends (males) that died due to factors of being unhealthy. Both were only in their 60's. It really got him thinking. I am sad we lost those friends and as they say if you live long enough that's going to happen. But I am happy that he is really trying to be more healthy. I kind of like him and would like to have him stick around for a while longer.
Enjoy the rest of you Sunday!

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JOYINKY 6/3/2012 12:08PM

    "Made with Real Fruit" should come with a disclaimer! I ordered a smoothie at a popular chain here as an alternative to lunch; feeling it would be a good choice. I was able to watch them make it; yes, real fruit; just not much. The rest was a strawberry syrup like you'd get on a sundae. Way too sweet for me and definitely not worth the calories. I'd have been better of with a milkshake made with "real milk and real ice cream". Buyer beware!

You have my sympathy. The only thing I don't like about having house guests, usually siblings or out of state friends, is that they don't/won't eat like I do. I hate having things in the house that do tempt me if they are here. I don't cook for them anymore other than breakfast. Everyone is on their own for lunch; the refrigerator is well stocked. We eat supper out; not a favorite choice for me either but they won't eat vegetarian meals. The other part that's difficult is at my age, they don't want to "do" anything. I can't just "sit" anymore and am so thankful that Sugar is programed to walk and is a reliable communicator when it's time.

Have to remember the good things and the good times and love them anyway.

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/3/2012 11:25AM

    Hubby couldn't nag or shame me out of my unhealthy habits. Buying me sweatsuits just made me feel worse. A suggestion that "you don't need that piece of pie" brought out my Rebelliousness and I'd "show him!" by eating 2 pieces (usually in secret). Yep, each of us must come to his/her own decision that healthy choices are preferable, and that we care enough about ourselves to deny the short term pleasure to gain renewed health. I had to get to the point of wanting it for myself before I found lasting success.
Bless you as you continue to live a healthy life in front of your family!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/3/2012 11:15AM

    It is so hard when your health goals and your hubby's are so different. The best you can do is make suggestions. The ultimate decision is his. Sometimes it takes an earth shattering moment to make people change, especially if they are very resistant to change. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha. Never give up on him, even though he is resistant. One day you may be surprised and he just might start making healthy choices!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/3/2012 11:08AM

    There's an old saying about leading horses to water... but!

You are doing well in setting an example, and offering what you know. You can't FORCE someone into motivation, and you shouldn't let your feelings for another who is NOT making the healthier choices get in the way of taking care of YOU!

Best to work from strength with hubby? He likes to accomplish things? Great, use it! Encourage human powered transit: walking to do errands (bus / walk combination if too far), or biking? That way he's accomplishing AND getting the exercise.

One habit at a time. And Happy Birthday to your DH! Many happy returns of the day. emoticon emoticon

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KIM--POSSIBLE 6/3/2012 11:08AM

    I know exactly how you feel! I struggle with the same thing with my kids and dh. The kids play soccer, so that keeps them active, but since I've been working, they are snacking all the time and becoming more picky about what they will eat at meal time.

Just gotta keep trying, and being the example, I guess!

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KELLY122581 6/3/2012 10:56AM

    Hi! Way to go for sticking to your own goals even with so little support at home! Good thing you have SP for some outside encouragement.

Also, your mention of deviled eggs reminded me of an article I read yesterday of 100 healthy tips.
#50 says: Toss the yolks and fill your deviled eggs with hummus instead for
a low fat, cholesterol-free alternative.

Sounds delicious, right? Maybe too late for today (or not what hubby wants for his birthday) but maybe a good way to help him gain interest in some healthy food alternatives.


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I'll Be Ready

Saturday, June 02, 2012

I did an 80 minutes treadmill workout today with 31 one-minute running intervals. It felt great. My total mileage was 6.2 miles, precisely a 10K. That is 16 minutes slower than I straight ran a 10K in February. But that is fine following a six weeks' running break and it did include a very slow warm up. This time I didn't skimp on strength training, either. I'm going to be ready for my one mile training test on June 16th!

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MIRAGE727 6/2/2012 9:50PM

    You will rock it! Word!

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_LINDA 6/2/2012 6:12PM

    That is AWESOME! You go girl!! You sure will be ready!!!
You will blow them out of the water on that one mile test!!
Have a fantastic weekend!!

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MEXGAL1 6/2/2012 5:52PM

    You go girl!

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MARATHONDAD 6/2/2012 5:16PM

    good luck

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FROSTY99 6/2/2012 4:19PM

    emoticonjob. Sounds like you are on track and will be ready to roll.


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CONTENTCHRIS 6/2/2012 4:00PM

    You will be ready Your doing great my friend! emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 6/2/2012 3:58PM

    Sounds like you're right on target.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/2/2012 3:26PM

    It was great to see you at the "Y" this morning. I've missed you! It sounds like you are making a good, healthy start. I know you will be successful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/2/2012 3:21PM

    Woo-hoo! You will be ready indeed for that 1-mile pacing test.


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    That's awesome! I'm also training right now for a 5k and I run 30 minutes of 90 second running/60 second walking. Next week I'm switching to 3 minute running/3 minute walking.

Good luck with your training! The weight training has been really effective for me as well; I'm sure you'll rock the 1 mile test!!


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I've Gone and Done It Now!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I just registered for the Women's Half Marathon (WHM) in St. Petersburg on November 18, 2012. I have just committed to train for almost six months and to run (or run-walk-run, more likely) 13.1 miles. In January I declared my intention to run a half marathon. That seemed like a nice, but vague goal.

Now it has a name and a definite date. I've put my money down. I've seen the map of the route, read a bunch of rules, and know the starting time is 7am. It feels very real.

I went ahead and registered because a good SparkFriend has committed to come to Florida to run it with me. (She hasn't blogged about it yet, so perhaps I'll wait to SHOUT her wonderful screen name.) Anyway, bless her. Have I been complaining about a lull in my motivation?? No more. I'm so very excited!! What a glorious goal!! I think I can.... I think I can..... I think I can........

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MEXGAL1 6/1/2012 5:07PM

    Wonderful.....good for you! So happy that you are doing this and have a goal. And how terrific that a sparks buddy will be joining you!
Have a great week end.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/1/2012 1:32PM

    I know you can, I know you can, I know you can....

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IAMWINNING 6/1/2012 9:40AM

    FANTASTIC! There's nothing like taking action to put your goals into play. Good luck (not that you need luck - you're training) and have a great time.

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WATERMELLEN 6/1/2012 9:16AM

    Cheers to two of my fave SP friends!! You are awesome!!

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BLUESKY_321 6/1/2012 7:38AM

    You can do this and you will have so much fun! GOOOOO MARSHA!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/1/2012 6:38AM

    I KNOW you can! And it's going to be a GREAT experience. You won't be able to stop grinning for at LEAST a month, even if you're sore! And you know what? Your first half becoming real will have been tipped over the edge into reality by the same thing MY first half was... another Spark person to do it with!

Train well. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 6/1/2012 1:07AM

    WTG , and how much fun having another Sparker doing the race with you. You will do fun wether you walk or walk/run----and what motivation you got now girl.

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TBRANCH2 6/1/2012 12:01AM

    I KNOW YOU CAN!!!! Your local team is behind you, rooting you on!!

Go, Marsha, Go!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/31/2012 10:38PM

    emoticonYou have a plan and you'll be ready! Good Luck!

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