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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all the support and great advice I got on my blog yesterday and several very helpful SparkMail contacts. You rock!! I am back on track, recommitted, and feeling strong. I would love to never overeat again, but I know I can live at a healthy weight even if I never attain that much control. When I focus on the progress I've made, I can't be too unhappy with myself.

I ran-walked-ran 5 miles today and got a good strength workout in, too. Felt wonderful. Ran into this great pix on the new local Facebook group I've joined that promotes "activity adventures" in Polk County FL USA:



  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/14/2012 4:49AM

    That's what it takes. Just pull it back and get through the next day. If you need to focus on just getting through hour by hour, then do it.

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TBRANCH2 7/13/2012 6:44PM

    emoticonIt was nice to see you and hubby last night, also!!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/13/2012 3:00PM

    I hope you have fun at your bike hike this Sunday!

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MEXGAL1 7/13/2012 11:14AM

    Woo hoo! Good for you to get back on track.
Marsha, you are one strong lady and will concur this whole lifestyle change thing. I too am having to restart and eat really light in between some pig out days lately. But overall I know that I am in control for life!
We can do this.
Sallie

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SLIMLILA 7/13/2012 12:03AM

    Good one! I should take that perscription too. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/12/2012 11:44PM

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Love the message :))
Way to work and work through it!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/12/2012 8:47PM

    And about getting comfy with the crawl... since I was already rotating through six strokes, my goal in tri training was to get up close and personal with it as a single stroke. I had been putting in 1200 yard workouts, but only every sixth length was the crawl. This morning, it was all crawl, and I'm ready. 11 weeks, and you can be, too!

emoticon Will we get you TRI-ing yet? Even just swimming to cross train for your run can be worthwhile, though.

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PARKERB2 7/12/2012 6:15PM

    You have sure inspired me when I see how slim and trim you are. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/12/2012 5:28PM

    Just emoticon on and you'll be fine!

Kelly

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 7/12/2012 3:59PM

    Good for you!! Just know you CAN do it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/12/2012 3:53PM

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:47PM

    Back on track :-) Way to go!!

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JOYINKY 7/12/2012 3:45PM

    You give at least as much as you get Marsha! Proud to be your friend! emoticon

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Just when I thought....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Just when I thought my only food issue was nourishing an athlete's body and training for my half marathon, an old eating pattern reared its ugly head. Guess I was just too cocky. Last night I ate like the 200+ pound person I used to be. Well, that's not totally true. Many of my choices (greek yogurt, graham crackers, nuts, and dark chocolate) are somewhat better than what I used to scarf down.

I can't blame stress. It was not a particularly stressful day and I was not uptight. It was just a slippery slope. Started with not planning my meals for the day. Then I grabbed an extra Greek yogurt I knew I didn't need and then... just couldn't make myself face the reality of what I knew I was doing.

Oh, well. I would like to think that the days of overeating and binging are behind me forever. Just not in my nature. Not a part of me, of who I am now. Oh,well. Hasn't happened. May never happen. Reality is that I need to commit to healthy eating every day or it won't happen for me. Maybe I needed that lesson again.

  
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PHEBESS 7/15/2012 12:05PM

    I swear, sometimes it's just hormonal or something - food just jumps into my mouth~

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:07AM

    I'm so with you on this: not binging but slightly over my highest calorie range 3 days in a row and then . . . hauled myself up again!

I will always have to exercise utmost vigilance. It will never be natural or authomatic.

Stuck at 142 . . . and that's OK. But not going any higher!

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:05PM

    That happens to us all sometimes.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/12/2012 12:54PM

    Sometimes we just need to kick ourselves in the butt, don't we?

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2012 8:49PM

    What they all said... we all have SOME days like that... but majority of our behavior rules. You recognized what was happening, and got back. Sometimes I feel like the lapses keep the memory of where we came from green... like in a 12 step program overcoming addictions.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/11/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Just forgive yourself and get back to your plan. It happens. As hard as you've been training, I'm thinking it won't even register on the scale. You can do this!!!

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REXTINE1 7/11/2012 4:58PM

    Everyone has lapses - the trick is to get stopped before you have a lot to lose again. You realized what happened and will keep it in mind. What really kills you is when you just relax and quit paying attention. Good luck.

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MIRAGE727 7/11/2012 12:01PM

    I think so many of us will have days like that. It's the main reason I stress that our journey is forever! We just massage the rest of our nutrition for the week and go on. I get to my last nerve when someone says, "They're so perfect!" B#@!$#1%! No one is perfect! Thanks for sharing, Marcia!
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I think it's good that we share these moments and what we do in the aftermath!
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JOYINKY 7/11/2012 11:53AM

    Been there, done that and have no doubt I will again. Still, at the very least I do track it; not here, but pencil and paper. I had that habit engrained before coming to SP. No mindless eating.
I think what triggers me; other than the food being "too available" if it's food I don't normally have around. Is just plain being tired; I should just go to bed! There's an outdated nagging voice in my head that tells me "eat something, you'll feel better" and when I'm really tired; sometimes I cave.
Marsha, don't beat yourself up; I think everyone occasionally has a day or evening like that. EVEN SKINNY PEOPLE It's our day to day lifestyle today that will keep us healthy. You get an A in that department! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/11/2012 11:00AM

    I had one of those days yesterday as well....reverted back to some old bad habits. But you know what Marsha, it's what we do today that counts. We will not let it set us back, we will not let it control what happens next. We will take control again of our healthy eating and get back on track. Yes, that is what we have learned. We have learned that it is not that we will continue to crash and burn. We will be strong and pick ourselves up and move forward with purpose!
So here is to our continued success to recognize that we are only human and make mistakes but we know now to not let those "mistakes" control our new healthy life.
Have a terrific day today.
Sallie

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_LINDA 7/11/2012 10:45AM

    Consider this just a gentle nudge of a reminder how easy it is to slip back in old patterns and behaviors. But the one thing of note is, at least your choice of snacks were HEALTHY -BIG improvement! There is derailment and then there is derailment! You didn't do too badly. I for one, can't give up the potato chip snacking :P. As I don't use salt or have it much in my diet (no processed foods), I am guessing this is why I crave chips so much. Even when I have them, I still don't go over the daily recommended sodium values.
We all need a wake up call every now and then. I am sure you will be right back on it now.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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MSLZZY 7/11/2012 10:19AM

    Some lessons need to be relearned over and over.
You would think you got it by now but then, you
start all over with the learning prosess. I have
my days like that, too, and think "what am I
doing"? SIGH. Hang in there and have a better
day.

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2012 9:59AM

    One day makes only a small difference Marsha, the occasion foray into old territory only serves to teach us more.
Forgive yourself and move one, get back to it! emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/11/2012 9:50AM

    So ok, you discovered something about yourself. Don't beat yourself up over it, obviously you've already started over - GOOD for you!

Have a super great day!



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New Bike Group w/Pix

Sunday, July 08, 2012



Here I am in pink with my new Sunday morning cycling group. It meets so close to my house I can ride there. I rode 12 miles this morning, including 10 with the group. Great fun!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/10/2012 9:42PM

    That looks like a lot of fun! Good for you!

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2012 7:52PM

    That's great! Really helps to have a support group, and they look like fun!

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_LINDA 7/9/2012 1:59AM

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PMFISH 7/8/2012 10:09PM

    Wow!! I can't even imagine biking 12 miles. As a kid, yes but just do not have enough lung power or stamina to even go 30 minutes on the incumbent bike. Of course I have had vast improvement. When I first started I could only pedal for 5 minutes, now up to 20 to 25 minutes. You inspire me!!! Thanks for sharing.

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MEXGAL1 7/8/2012 4:35PM

    woo hoo...good for you. Looks like a nice group to share biking with.
You go girl!

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NATPLUMMER 7/8/2012 2:36PM

    YAY!

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DMF2012 7/8/2012 1:57PM

    Good for you, what a great idea!

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REXTINE1 7/8/2012 12:09PM

    It's a good looking group.

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JOYINKY 7/8/2012 12:03PM

    Wow! Good for you Marsha! What fun!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2012 10:52AM

    How great. It's fun to ride with a group. And it *will* help your running to do a different form of exercise... strengthens different muscles, which are then available to assist. I'm blown away by the muscle definition gained in calves and glutes since cycling more.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2012 10:52AM

    Wow, that is so awesome!

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Moving It: Run, Car, Bike, Progress

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Run: Did my 5 mile Galloway group run this morning starting at 6am. It felt good and I really wanted to keep running, but I know I'm not ready and could risk injury. I'll be content to build up slowly. I can hardly wait to break my personal distance record of 9 miles. According to our schedule it will be over a month. Will try to be patient.

Car: A big change in my life today. I no longer have a car of my own, I now share what used to be my hubby's car. It will be an adjustment. I believe it will work and if it doesn't, with some reshuffling and giving up some other things, I will get another car of my own. I will not let it keep me from living healthy, getting to the gym at least 3 times a week, and making my group runs.

Bike: There is a Weight Watchers' group bike ride tomorrow near my home at 8am. I'm planning to make it if I can get the tires properly inflated. Don't need a car; I can ride to the starting point with no problem.

Progress: At home my weight has gone down a couple pounds and I've been feeling thinner. But today I weighed the same at WW as I did last week, about 1.6 pounds over what I want my maximum weight to be. For once, I really was not disappointed. I have finally internalized that when I am following my food plan and sticking to the good eating habits I have selected and spelled out, that is far more important than what the scale says. The scale will catch up. (I may have over-hydrated after my run.)

  
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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2012 10:53AM

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MEXGAL1 7/8/2012 10:30AM

    Gosh, I don't know what I would do without my own car. And I love my little Smart car. It is so efficent on gas that I forget from time to time which side the gas tank is on as I hardly ever have to stop and get gas. So good luck with being a one car family.
You sure are doing great on your running. I am a bit jealous. wish there were good places to run down here but don't want to risk falling. too many cobblestones.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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SHRINKINGSHERI 7/8/2012 9:22AM

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AQUAGIRL08 7/8/2012 9:14AM

    You are going a great job Marsha!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/8/2012 2:56AM

    emoticon on the run, looks like you're doing the right thing and listening to your body. Always wise and often ignored.

As for the difference in scales, don't forget different times of the day and different clothing make a difference and not all scales weigh the same-I could tell you of the row I had with the nurse who told me I was obese- I weigh 124! HELLO! LOL

Enjoy your bike ride Marsha!

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_LINDA 7/8/2012 1:02AM

    Good for you keeping conservative and not risking any injuries. Trust in the training schedule, you do have great respect for the man who created it. He knows his business.
Good for you with the weight!! 'I feel thinner' is worth more than what any scale says. They are all different and you can be weighing different weights at various times in the day. You feel good = you are doing good!!
I hope you can get out and enjoy the bike ride.
Sorry about the loss of your vehicle. Personally, I feel you should have priority use of the remaining car even if it is your husband's (I understand the reluctance to use 'his' car) as you are the one responsible for the child care and looking after the household needs.. If you truly don't use or need the car all the much, surely it shouldn't be a problem..Keep the lines of comminuication open with hubby about it.
All the best with this new phase!!

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MIRAGE727 7/7/2012 10:51PM

    Outstanding! Be well and listen to your body! Rock steady!
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JOYINKY 7/7/2012 10:28PM

    Sounds like everything is coming together just great!

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REXTINE1 7/7/2012 8:13PM

    emoticonIt sounds as if you're on the right track, and using common sense (which isn't so common) too. Good show.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/7/2012 6:26PM

    Hope you make that bike ride. It really helps the run to have some of these cross-training activities, I've found. They work together... you should see my pretty biking calves!

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NATPLUMMER 7/7/2012 6:20PM

    Yay for 5 miles!! Don't worry, the month will pass quickly and you'll be rocking the 9.
I'm sure you'll be able to work around the car issue.
Enjoy your bike ride tomorrow.
Yes, it could be from water...the scale will catch up.

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Getting Closer

Friday, July 06, 2012

I've been doing about as well as I ever have following a food plan. Yesterday I had 2 deviations from my plan.

1. I planned according to Weight Watcher's PointsPlus. When I entered it into SP after supper and before my second snack I found I was over on calcium and under on fat. I had planned to have my usual 3 cups of skim milk, but had forgotten that I had a slice of fat free cheese in my breakfast sandwich. So I cut my second snack to a half cup skim milk and added one tablespoon unsalted pecans. My nutrition statistics were better and I enjoyed all my food. So this deviation was due to seeing an opportunity to improve my plan. I don't feel bad about it at all, but recognize that better planning up front would produce a better plan.

2. The second was not a deviation as such, but also a problem caused my plan which in this case was vague. I wrote down "watermelon" for dinner. I did not specify an amount. I envisioned a slice and I cut one. I was full half way through eating the slice and should have quit. I didn't. I ate it all.

So today for lunch I measured 2 cups of watermelon. I enjoyed every bite. However, I believe that is 4 servings of fruit. I'm going to aim for a serving size of one cup in the future.

Growing up my family routinely overate watermelon. Often we'd take a nice big one and split it between the four of us. So I will give myself credit for making progress. I may never truly think and act like a thin person, but I'm decidedly getting closer!

  
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MEXGAL1 7/7/2012 4:11PM

    Acting and thinking like a thin person sure takes a lot of work.
But we can do it. We just need to plan. Me too!
have a great rest of your week end.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 7/6/2012 8:59PM

    I love watermelon! Ice Cream; I watch portions. WM, not so much.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/6/2012 6:54PM

    Well, several others already said this, but if I was to pick a less dangerous food to overeat, watermelon might be toward the top of the list.

Still, learning to eat "normal" portions is in our best interest! Here's to "getting closer".

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STARWARSFAN2 7/6/2012 6:21PM

    If you were talking about overeating chocolate cake I might raise an eyebrow. Overeating watermelon doesn't sound bad. I understand why you mentioned it, though.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/6/2012 3:25PM

    Watermelon is another one of those foods that because it is good for us we tend to think we can eat as much as we want! We've been enjoying some all week left over from the last batch of company.

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NEW-CAZ 7/6/2012 3:16PM

    portion distortion hits us all Marsha! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/6/2012 3:02PM

    I was astonished how my 'slice' of watermelon added up quickly on the measuring scale -it was one round whole slice of the biggest part of the watermelon and was an eye-opener how many calories that was. It pays to pre track when you haven't had something for a long time..
Good on you for tracking as you are going along to catch any discrepancies..

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SLIMLILA 7/6/2012 2:20PM

    My dd so loves watermelon, she buys several a week, we never thought to portion it out.... But there is so much water in it....yeah, I know just an excuse....What do you do with your skim milk? Just drink it? I guess that is also a way to get Magnesium... I am always short on MG and folate every day.. and Mg. is becoming the new "magic bullet" for dieting, but I have to realize I can't do it all, and I have to do what I can, and sticking to this plan has to become second nature before I start changing things.. BUt, because is it lo carb, therefore low GI, I am noticing that I get full very quickly, and I am STOPPING when my body tells me too.. THat is such an enormous accomplishment.. This keeping full with glass of hot lemon, coffee and green tea t breakfast is very helpful.

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NATPLUMMER 7/6/2012 2:09PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/6/2012 2:04PM

    A couple weeks ago I cut up half a watermelon into chunks and put them in a big fruit bowl. I meant to share it, but ended up popping so many pieces in my mouth while preparing dinner that I was painfully stuffed and couldn't eat my dinner!

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