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Can't Wait!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I got my e-mail assignment to a Galloway training pace group. There are a few people in Galloway training who I know well, including one I've known for 20 years, but none of them are in my group. I have met one co-leader of my group several times. I know she went to school on a track scholarship. She's the one who said I have young legs because I don't have a long history of running, whereas she used to be a speed demon but now has to listen to her body. The other leader I've met, but not really talked to.

At first I was a little disappointed, but the people I know are either training for a full marathon (26.2 - I'm training for a half, 13.1 miles) or considerably slower than I am. So I suspect I am placed in the correct group. I look forward to getting to know more people at my level. First run with the group is Saturday, at 6am prompt. Can't wait!

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FROSTY99 6/21/2012 8:05PM

    I am sure you will enjoy this group and make some new friends along the way. It is always more comfortable to be with a group where we know folks but this will help stretch your horizons. Have fun and enjoy running with your new group.

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REXTINE1 6/21/2012 5:08PM

    The biggest thing is to not get hurt - then you have to go slow for a long time while you heal up. Have a great time.

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:15AM

    That sounds awesome!! I eagerly await hearing how this training goes too :)
Enjoy Saturday!

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TBRANCH2 6/20/2012 10:36PM

    Good for YOU!!! Keep up the great job!!

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MEXGAL1 6/20/2012 6:59PM

    Enjoy the program Marsha.
Best of everything.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2012 6:11PM

    Sounds like a good program. As you told me this morning at the Y, it is more important to finish the race and have no injury than it is to run fast and hurt yourself. I know you can do it Marsha! Thanks for the talk this morning. I'll see you next week!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/20/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds like they really have a good program - enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ 6/20/2012 10:50AM

    have fun Masrsha, love your attitude!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2012 7:56AM

    I can't wait, too... to hear all about your training. After going to watch the triathlon last weekend and hearing about the benefits of training with a group, I'm studying up on it... through your blog, among other places.

To new friends! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/20/2012 7:55AM

    I love your enthusiasm! Have fun!

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Interim Goal Achieved

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I ran with the local Galloway group for the first time since I joined the group. I walk-ran-walked over with a slow group the mile and a half to the site for the "Miracle Mile" pace test. I didn't want to tire myself out. I ran my mile with 2 short walk breaks in 9:44. That is way off my personal best, but a good place to begin. I definitely made my goal of not being placed in the slowest group, and have some room for improvement.

A 75 year old man who runs about the same speed I do suggested we run back to encourage the final walker, a person who plans to lose a great deal of weight. A group of us did that and she was very touched. She finished in just a little over 20 minutes. It appeared she gave as much effort or perhaps more than any other person out there. The group cheered when she finished!

Then I ran-walked-ran back with a faster group and felt really good. My goal of finishing a half marathon in November is just a little bit closer!

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:37AM

    Well done on your run!! That is wonderful you went back to cheer that woman on! This sounds like a great group to be involved with!! You are going to rock it!!

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JOHAL52 6/18/2012 2:36PM

    emoticon I so admire you!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/18/2012 2:05PM

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MEXGAL1 6/17/2012 10:32AM

    Wonderful job Marsha....good for you.
Very touching too that everyone cheered on the heavier slower person. What a nice thing to do.
Have a terrific day.

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SEABREEZE65 6/17/2012 8:36AM

    Nice job!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/16/2012 10:13PM

    So great that you have already formed a true team spirit and helping everyone to reach the finish line is awesome.

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REXTINE1 6/16/2012 9:38PM

    Congratulations on you successes.

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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2012 9:12PM

    Sorry you're stressing, Marsha . . . let me know if I can help!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/16/2012 7:54PM

    Woman, you may well leave me in the dust! Way to go with the pace test... and best wishes with your team training. emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/16/2012 6:12PM

    Great Marsha! Warmed my heart that you've found such a caring group to train with!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/16/2012 1:02PM

    Cheers to setting and achieving goals!!


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Thinking Like a Thin Person?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Another good night! That's 4 in a row of 8 hours or more!! Can't remember last time I had such good sleep.

I'm doing the Beck book (The Beck Diet Solution) again and this time I bought the workbook, too. There is so much good stuff in that book. I want to absorb more of it. The subtitle is "train your brain to think like a THIN person." I'm doing well in eating and exercising, but I'm a long way from thinking like a thin person.

For one thing, most mornings when I wake up my first thought is, "I want food." I know some people have a hard time eating breakfast, but for me the thought of breakfast gets me out of bed most days. Only time in my life I didn't eat breakfast was when I thought it would help me lose weight. I'd try not to eat all day and then give up, stuff at night, wake up with a food hangover, skip breakfast and try not to eat again. That's not a good pattern. I guess waking up hungry is okay, especially if it is not waking up in the middle of the night and eating. That night eating thing is another bad pattern I have fallen into from time to time. Sometimes I wonder if my blood sugar falls too low at night or something. Anyway, there may be a physical reason why I have such difficulty with food from 8pm to 8am. But even if there is, I can live at a healthy weight by tracking, wise food selections, exercising, drinking enough water, sleeping enough, getting support, etc.

I want to incorporate as much of the Beck philosophy as I can, but I may never truly think about food like a thin person. I guess that will just be okay.

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:33AM

    I am one of those that needs a big breakfast to start my day out right. Need that fuel to make it through. The calories then taper off throughout the day with the other meals. I think being hungry in the morning is a healthy sign. Everything I have read, they all want you to have a healthy breakfast and consider it the most important meal of the day.. I find a 300 calorie supper (with enough protein & fat to satisfy and not feel hungry later) is all I need for the night. The key is to not have it too early. I eat at 8 pm usually with a 11 pm bedtime. Its light enough not to disturb sleep even if I have to have it later because of my fitness classes which go from 6-8:30 pm, then with travel time and hot tub time, I am not home until close to 10 pm.
Might I say, I am very, very envious of all the sleep you are getting! Well done!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/18/2012 2:03PM

    One thing I've noticed is that if you keep yourself busy and hydrated, you don't think about food as much. If you are hungry in the morning, I think it's a good thing. It often means that you didn't overeat the night before. One thing I've done to try to battle the 8p.m. to 8a.m. thing is to eat something light with just a little fiber in it during the hour before bed. Then I drink some water afterward. The fiber makes you feel full and digests slowly. Just a thought...

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2012 10:43PM

    Love Beck, and like you go back to it again and again. Do I "think like a thin person"? Well, maybe not with any absolute finality. But I sure do think like a thinner person!! Because I know that hunger is not an emergency, and that thin people experience hunger every day . . . without panic . . . as a signal that we are going to enjoy our next meal even more!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/15/2012 10:36PM

    Gradually, it's happening for me, too. Of course I have been a morning person my whole life, a huge fan of breakfast!

But thinking like a thin person is: focus on the event, not the food at the event! Or... on the scenery, not the food ads on the road!

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/15/2012 4:11PM

    Good thinking!

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REXTINE1 6/15/2012 3:38PM

    I'm sure I don't think like a thin person. I'm not sure that I can change that.

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JOYINKY 6/15/2012 2:08PM

    Marsha, I don't think I will ever think like a thin person. Actually, the thin people that I did know all those years I battled my weight now have the same battle. I'm much better prepared for it than they are. They feel like their body has played a trick on them.
When I was young, those that were thin really didn't even seem to think about it at all. Always bewildered me, it became an issue for me as soon as I hit puberty. Spent a lifetime Winning and Losing the same battle over and over. I really suspect that I've won this time because I'm off the hormone roller coaster!
There is more to all this than calories in/out. That can account for the mechanics of gaining or losing but not the moods and cravings that hit at different TOM. That, I happily have moved beyond! I now just think like a healthy person and can do it everyday! emoticon emoticon

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JOHAL52 6/15/2012 12:29PM

    I still keep coming back to Beck too. Yesterday I broke an important rule--plan before you eat. And don't eat anything you don't plan to. I am with you!!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 6/15/2012 11:50AM

    I need to pull my book and workbook back out and start it again as well.

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JOMAMA 6/15/2012 11:33AM

    What is the Beck diet about?

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SHIELDAC 6/15/2012 9:32AM

    i feel you learn something from any diet

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DOLLFACEDX 6/15/2012 9:30AM

    I've listened to Beck talk about his diet - always seemed a bit extreme - is it?

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Three Good Nights in a Row

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here's a streak I'd love to keep going: achieving 8 hours of sleep per night. I actually have my streak tracker set for 7 hours per night but rarely make a whole week. Well, this week I've started going to bed an hour earlier because I'll be doing my Galloway group run at 6am. I should not have worried that I wouldn't be able to get to sleep. The last 3 nights I've slept 8 hours or more. I love feeling well rested!

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:34AM

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I simply can't imagine what it would be like to sleep that long!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/14/2012 8:44PM

    Well done, Marsha! Here's hoping for two more nights of 8 hours of sleep!

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JOYINKY 6/14/2012 6:26PM

    Great Marsha! Everything else goes so much easier when you are well rested. Sleep is a high priority for me but I push hard when I'm up and going!

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REXTINE1 6/14/2012 4:04PM

    I have my tracker set for seven too, and usually get about 8, but today was the first time in a long time I didn't make 7 - I got 6. But I had a 90 minute nap in the recliner then.

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    Oh, Boy! I am envious! I do get at least 6, but 8 is tough to find lately! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2012 2:33PM

    Yours is the second blog today I've read about sleeping well. So important. Great way to start a streak!

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Another Trick for Keeping Kids Active in Sunny Summer

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We have a swing set that the kids love in the often nice weather of Florida winter. In the summer, though, it is only in the shade in early morning. There is just too much sun most of the day. I had tried to put up a tarp for shade and wind blew it down. But I found a solution that seems to be working for us. I use towels and clothes pins. I pin a beach towel at the top of the chains for the five year old. She can move the towel to the east in the morning and the west in the afternoon. It stays behind her providing her shade. The swing for the 21 month old I turn around at the top and the beach towel stays behind her, too. We like the sun screen spray, but even then, staying in the shade is so much more comfortable. The kids are definitely more interested in going outside now that we have personal shades on their swings.

As a postscript to this blog, Aquagirl arranged for us to get this swing set. Not sure we'd have one without her efforts. Thanks again, Cyndi.

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SLIMLILA 6/13/2012 9:56PM

    glad this works for you. Since my dd is going to go away for a week this summer and gram will be in charge of the 1 and 9 y.o, I will have to find something to keep them busy for 2 days, then there dad will have them for the weekend and then another 3 days till mom comes home. Any other ideas will be appreciated....

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REXTINE1 6/13/2012 9:40PM

    Summer shade is a luxury everywhere, but especially here. What a neat solution - very creative.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/13/2012 1:53PM

    It was my pleasure! I love what you've done with shading the swings. You are so creative! I saw Natalie at the Y today and she was swimming like a little fish. My goodness but she has grown!

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_LINDA 6/13/2012 1:46PM

    Well done for finding a solution! That is wonderful of Cyndi getting you that swing set! Active kids are happy kids :) And Grandmoms too!
Keep up the great work!

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JOYINKY 6/13/2012 1:46PM

    Super idea!

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    I think that is a GREAT IDEA! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/13/2012 10:55AM

    What an awesome idea for shade.

My kids used to love to "paint" on hot afternoons. A bucket of water and a paint brush would keep them happy for some time. They could follow the shade around the house and paint whatever side was shady at the time. And getting wet was part of the fun!

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