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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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SLIMLILA 5/31/2012 11:39PM

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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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I'm in Training Now!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After almost 6 weeks of a break from running, I am now officially back training. But this time is really special. I plan to run a half marathon, that is, 13.1 miles. My longest race to date is a 10k, 6.2 miles, and the longest training run of my life was 9 miles which I have accomplished several times.

Today's session was almost laughingly easy. I ran 20 seconds out of every 2 minutes, walking the rest of the time. I didn't even break a good sweat. I was only breathing heavy when I pushed the pace to 7 miles per hour. Nonetheless, I have committed to take this training very slowly. I want to avoid what has happened to me repeatedly. Every time I build up to running about 9 miles, I either get sick or suffer a minor injury that sets me back. I don't think it has been about overtraining, but I want to rule that out for sure.

June 9th at 6pm I'm going to a kick-off session with nationally known running trainer, Jeff Galloway. Then on June 16th I'll run a mile and be placed in a training group according to my pace. I started training today so that I won't be in the slowest training group, but I don't have to be back running my fastest. I'm going to take it slow and stay focused on my goals: 1) overall health, 2) maintaining my 80+ pound weight loss, 3) functional fitness, and lastly, 4) acquiring more running trinkets and awards.

I felt a real let down after my 10K which I ran in 1 hour and 4 minutes, but did not place in my age group. It is my goal to be happy, really happy, with running for the sake of health and fitness and not focus on winning medals. Galloway's book, "Running Until You're 100" spells out the philosophy I want to embrace!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:26PM

    You have a very healthy attitude, Marsha. I know this time you will be successful!

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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2012 9:49PM

    Injury free is so important . . . glad you've got expert coaching and are taking it slow!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/30/2012 8:17AM

    You're on the right path - but we still love those trinkets, don't we!

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 2:03AM

    Wow! You really go all in when you set a goal! All this careful preparation and planning and seeking top notch coaching should mean you will meet this goal injury free and at your best! Looking forward to hearing all about this step by step training!
Here is to running until you are 100! I can see you there!

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FRAN0426 5/30/2012 12:00AM

    Marsha, good luck with running again--you truely sound excited to start again. I so agree running is like all other activity, do it for yourself, to be healthy and most of all because you enjoy doing it. emoticon this time you know how much more about it.

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/29/2012 11:20PM

    If you're not having fun, find something else. Since you seem to like running, I'm glad you are going slow and trying to prevent mother injury. Be careful, and just keep moving!

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ROSET491 5/29/2012 8:18PM

    Good for you!! I would love to be part of a team especially for training the right way! Good luck on your half. I too may do one in November but haven't committed yet!! Planning on adding you so I can follow your progress. It's Sparkers like you that keep me motivated and yes dreaming a little too!


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/29/2012 7:40PM

    Happy with running, not focus on winning medals... sounds perfect!

Is this for the half all the way out in November? Or do you have one planned sooner? Would still love to come run in Florida in November, it should be perfect weather for it!

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HAPPYONE331 5/29/2012 5:27PM

    I'm betting you make it this time! My money's on you.

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JOYINKY 5/29/2012 5:13PM

    You sound really happy to be back at it! I wish you well, your plan sounds sound.

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MEXGAL1 5/29/2012 3:29PM

    Sounds like you have a really good plan Marsha. Hope it all works out for you.

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Not a Human Garbage Can

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good day at SeaWorld. Lots of walking. I even walked an hour pushing the stroller while Gwen slept. I had grilled chicken caesar salad. They gave me a half cup of dressing on the side, but I used less than a tablespoon and it was plenty. I picked off the croutons, but left two which was just what I wanted.

Hubby and daughter ordered ribs and got way too many. They tried to push them off on me and daughter's hubby. After I refused, he tried to. I came to his defense, "He is not a human garbage can." He liked it a lot. Not sure they did. It almost kills hubby to throw away food; undoubtedly a leftover from times of hunger as a child. As I see it, waste it in garbage, or waste it in your body, and hurt yourself to boot.

Despite this exchange and quite a bit of rain, we all had a good time and were glad we went. The new Turtle Trek is worth seeing and Natalie was thrilled to get to ride the kiddie roller coaster again. It is her favorite.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:20PM

    It sounds like you had a great time filled with lots of good memories. You are wise not to cave in to the food "pushers"!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/29/2012 8:56AM

    I understand about hating to waste food but in that situation not much else you can do. We try to look around at other people's choices and judge portion size before we order - maybe daughter and hubby would have been happy sharing one order saving money and food.

At home, I utilize the freezer for small amounts of left overs and then when we have enough for a meal we have a clean out and everyone has something different for dinner. Veggies go in my monthly veggie soup.

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    I really like that saying.

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JULIA_211 5/29/2012 5:22AM

    You are a good example for your family. You're so right about wasting it in the trash instead of in your body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/29/2012 5:22:46 AM

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_LINDA 5/28/2012 11:54PM

    Glad you had a good day with family!
But the food pushing incident made me furious, thinking of my poor brother -his two kids, fussy eaters, always pushed the food they didn't want or couldn't eat at him and he always ate it-the sad thing is these kids are now adults and STILL do the same thing and my poor obese brother dutifully eats it all!!!! The kids, remarkably, are not overweight in spite of pretty sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices. Perhaps their 'portion control' is working for them at least as long as they are living under his roof, it will be interesting to see what happens when they move out..
Rain here too, never stops me from what I want to do -nice to hear you can enjoy the day in spite of it!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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TIRED49 5/28/2012 11:50PM

    Good choices today ! Also good you took up for yourself. I need to do that more often. Have a great rest of the week.

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JOYINKY 5/28/2012 10:08PM

    WTG! Glad everyone had such a good time too!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2012 9:07PM

    "Better it should go to waste than to my waist": heard my mother say that about a million times!! We can waste food by throwing it out, or we can waste food by eating it when we didn't need it: either way, it's wasted!!

Good for you . . . sorry if it made your DH a bit grumpy (but I expect maybe he knows he should be "wasting" instead of "waisting" himself and is a bit defensive??)

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FROSTY99 5/28/2012 8:42PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I guess it didn't rain as much there as we got just north of you. It has rained off and on all day and pretty hard at times and tonite it is just pouring. We need it so much so I am not complaining-we will just go camping and make the best of whatever Mother Nature deals us this week.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2012 7:55PM

    Good for you, sticking up for those who choose not to abuse their bodies with excess food!


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MEXGAL1 5/28/2012 7:45PM

    I love this! Not a human garbage can is so right!
I don't want to be a human garbage can either.
Nice to hear you had a fun day.

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SWAN47 5/28/2012 7:43PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day with family. Healthy activity, eating and sharing with family. Can't beat that!

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