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Glad I Did It All

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm sitting here tired, but feeling good. I ran 4.5 miles with my Galloway group (run 1 minute, walk 1 minute intervals) this morning and then went to the Y. I did 12 strength training exercises, 4 primarily core, 4 upper body and 4 lower body. I felt like my run didn't really challenge me, so I did a fast 35 minutes on the elliptical. Now I know I got in a good workout.

Part of my fatigue may be that I didn't get all my good night's sleep. Nap may be in order. Hubby and I went to a local performance of Chicago. It was funny and sexy and a rather polished performance for our not-so-big town. We didn't get home until almost 11. Now, no regrets. I'm glad I did it all. However, next week I'm going to make sure I have no Friday eve commitments as my 8 mile run starts at 5am instead of 6 on Saturday.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/29/2012 8:43AM

    What a great day! I checked with the deep water instructor and she suggested that an easy water workout (not necessarily pumping at 100%) might add something to your training. You had already left by the time she was free enough to talk. Yesterday we did some relay races, strength training and games. It was a lot of fun!

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_LINDA 7/29/2012 12:03AM

    emoticon emoticon Great workouts! Hope you get a great sleep tonight, you have earned it! Glad you were pleasantly surprised by Chicago! A fabulous day for you!

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SLIMLILA 7/28/2012 11:24PM

    Wow, Marsha,
that is amazing.... 35 min. fast....whew....I was winded doing 23 min. slow... I've really gotta up my grade.....
thanks for commenting on my blog....I finally took my laptop and a DVD into bedroom and closed door to get away from the guns and noise..
stupid movie though..
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WATERMELLEN 7/28/2012 7:00PM

    What a great workout! I was at the gym for elliptical, upper and lower body weights today too: feels so good.

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MIRAGE727 7/28/2012 4:57PM

    WOW! I'm inspired to press harder in my training! Stay strong!

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2012 1:42PM

    Glad you had a good night out, Chicago is amazing!
emoticon for getting a good workout in despite a late night emoticon

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Nothing Profound

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I just read a blogger who states she only blogs when she has something significant to say. It was a great blog. I'm glad she posted it. But I like to post even very mundane events and thoughts.

Why do I want to blog the mundane? Could it be because my successful maintenance depends on dozens of simple mundane choices each day? Do I eat the dibby dab of leftover casserole or pack it up? Do I mix up my nonfat milk powder or grab the fattier milk in the gallon container in the fridge? Do I make sure I have enough calories left after meeting nutritional goals when hubby hands me a Dove chocolate? Do I make sure my workout bag is in the car when I need it? These are the little choices that make a huge difference.

So, I wish I had something incredibly profound to inspire each reader. But since I don't, let me just encourage you to make many smart little choices today.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/27/2012 2:52PM

    It's the little things that get us from one day to the next.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/27/2012 2:33PM

    If writing a blog helps you in any way, even if the topic is mundane, I say do it!!! A blog doesn't have to be profound to touch someone else. You never know when what you've written will strike a chord in another person and inspire them. Many of us are surprised when we read the blogs written by others because we discover that we have similar feelings and/or habits. Keep those blogs coming Marsha!!!

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IDEBORAH 7/27/2012 9:19AM

    Thank you for this very important perspective. Losing weight and getting healthy was such a profound life change that I forgot it was made up of mundane daily choices. Your example of successful maintenance is very powerful. Please keep sharing.

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    Seriously, you always inspire me. I didn't read the blog you're referring to but sounds a bit impressed with her written word. Sure, some blogs are more interesting than others but blogging each day helps us all to be accountable and remember why we're on Spark People in the first place. Blog on!!!

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SLIMLILA 7/26/2012 9:46PM

    And so in the end, it was quite profound after all.. it is the little things as in many areas of our lives that really do add up, isn't it?

Thanks for comments on my blog and for the idea to post the lowest weight for the month..I like that...

I don't know about this dating on-line, I think it may all be fake, how could everyone who writes have their masters? how could all their wives have died in accidents? (unless they were orchestrated by the man whose looking for another victim....) I've asked serveral men if they are real or if the messages are just computer generated, like I am expecting some honest soul to say, "Busted!" and tell the truth...haha!!!

That's life, mostly mundane with some little tidbits of profound throw in to keep it interesting and keep us guessing... and motivated...Lila

remember if we don't get rain in our lives, we won't have rainbows either...

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2012 9:32PM

    You are so absolutely right and this is so absolutely profound: it is the tiny choice that incrementally make all the difference.

And: it's the smallest things in the world around us that give us the most joy too.

Thanks, SLENDERELLA! You inspire me consistently.

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PMFISH 7/26/2012 8:09PM

    I just don't blog often, but enjoy reading others.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/26/2012 7:46PM

    Hey, even the mundane can inspire... just knowing that others ALSO have to slog through the daily decisions to successfully maintain is encouraging, don't you think? Anyway, I'm glad to see them alongside the profound. It takes a bit of both to win.

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ROSET491 7/26/2012 7:08PM

    Here's to the mundane!!!

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_LINDA 7/26/2012 6:56PM

    It is the little choices that will add up n the end, good or bad. Regular blogging puts it all out there and keeps you accountable. No hiding behind silence!
The Devil is in the Details!
Keep them coming!

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JOYINKY 7/26/2012 3:35PM

    It is the mundane that helps us maintain. There is no magic to it! It's all the things you say Marsha; every day! Thanks for sharing.

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GRACIE4ONE 7/26/2012 3:04PM

    Slenderella, I loved it! You are so cute and funny! This blog made me smile and I needed that. I left a response for u on my blog, didn't realize where I was leaving it until it was too late (had already typed too many words by then). Anyways, keep doing u the way u do u! Keep blogging for sure. Whatever it takes to help u reach your goals! As New-Caz put it,"everyone has a voice" and whether it's profound or mundane, to each his own. I don't think profound is over-rated nor do I think mundane is under-rated. I personally appreciate it all! Enjoy!!!!

Comment edited on: 7/26/2012 3:09:44 PM

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2012 3:02PM

    Every sparker has a voice on here and some blogs are interesting for their take on the mundane, others more serious or informative or just darn right funny! I love them all and the sparkers who take the time to type them up!

Thanks Marsha for giving me something to ponder on emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/26/2012 3:01PM

    Small choices make all the difference in the world. We make so many of them each day. well said!

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NATPLUMMER 7/26/2012 2:41PM

    I prefer to read about the mundane.

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KNEWMETODAY 7/26/2012 2:37PM

    I like to read about maintenance, and I plan to be there someday. I sometimes need to wade through a ton of crap on the way to my goal, but sometimes I can't see the goal because of the crap. Knowing you've made it through inspires me, letting me know that it's all worth it--even though right now it may really stink!!


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MSLZZY 7/26/2012 2:29PM

    Profound is overrated. Write what is important
to you, however mundane. You still can inspire
and motivate other SParkers in some small way.

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Pix of Jersey and NYC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I finally got brave enough to step on the scale today and did not gain from my trip. Hooray for me!!

My stepdaughter took lots of pictures. The ones she's posted to FaceBook do not have me in them, but you can still see a lot of the places we went:

Stepson and StepDIL at the Jersey shore:

Four StepGrands at Ocean Grove, Jersey shore, where oldest grandson is working:

Stepdaughter and StepSIL in NYC:

Stepgranddaughter and Friend at Wicked (Broadway Play):

NYC - Stepdaughter's Photography:

More NYC:

Ground Zero/Memorial NYC:

When I get the photos with me in them, I'll probably post more! It was a really good trip!!

I did get to the gym today. Got in a training run and some strength training. I didn't get too far off track, but now I can do even better!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2012 9:33PM

    Yay!! Great trip AND you maintained!! I'm thinking you've got this, Marsha!!

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REXTINE1 7/25/2012 2:41PM

    I'm glad you had a good trip, and contratulations on not gaining.

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COOP9002 7/25/2012 10:29AM

    Thanks for sharing your pics.

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MSLZZY 7/24/2012 11:08PM

    Great pics. Maybe someday I will get to NYC!

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_LINDA 7/24/2012 8:09PM

    Wonderful photos!! Very well done not gaining on your trip!! Great looking bunch of young people!
Looking forward to more photos!
Way to jump back into your fitness right away, no time off for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/24/2012 6:08PM

    I missed seeing you at the gym this morning. It sounds like you did a great job of staying on plan yet still enjoying everything. Way to go!!!!

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GOLFGMA 7/24/2012 4:01PM

    Congrats on not gaining while on vacation. The photos are great! Good job! emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/24/2012 3:52PM

    Looks like a wonderful trip! Looking forward to your pictures!

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2012 3:33PM

    Looks like a nice trip. Will be nice to see some of you. So glad that you did not gain weight.

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2012 3:20PM

    looks like a great time was had by all!

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NATPLUMMER 7/24/2012 2:25PM

    Looks like a great trip!

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Keeping It Going

Monday, July 23, 2012

The trip was great. Wicked was a wonderful choice of Broadway play for our group that included 11 people, ages 12 to 71. It was a delightful production. We rode trains and subways from the Jersey shore to NYC with very little problem, which surprised me.

I really didn't have too much trouble finding healthy food options. I was glad I took my nonfat instant milk powder as the bed and breakfast where we stayed served whole milk. I did get my usual oatmeal every morning. I usually have some fruit in the morning, but I got more variety and even quality than I often have. I truly enjoyed time with extended family -- that was definitely the focus of this trip -- but I must admit I had a yummy Jersey Shore Bouillabaisse that I won't soon forget, either. Got plenty of exercise, including my training runs and miles of walking.

Glad to be home, though. Grandkids missed me and I missed them. Even though I managed to keep my healthy lifestyle going, it undoubtedly is easier at home.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/25/2012 3:18PM

    Sounds like a fun time with the extended family - now I have to go to Google and find out what a Bouillabaisse is.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/24/2012 5:36PM

    You did an awesome job, Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2012 9:29AM

    So glad you had a good time. Good planning on your part. Also glad you enjoyed the play. I tried to read the book but just couldn't get into it.
Have a great day!

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2012 2:29AM

    Glad it went well Marsha you certainly deserve it!

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SLIMLILA 7/23/2012 11:19PM

    WE had a momentous event happen in our house today, Mya finally let go of all hands and walked by herself..... 15 mths old a couple days ago, but she just wasn't ready till today...

Lucky you having all those healthy choices with both food and exercise.... emoticon

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CANDOK1260 7/23/2012 10:46PM

    sounds like a great vacation good for you

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JOYINKY 7/23/2012 10:18PM

    Glad it all went well. You certainly deserve it! WTG!

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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2012 9:35PM

    Sounds like a great trip!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2012 8:32PM

    Sounds like a great trip and a great break: the grandkids will just appreciate you all the more (and their parents, too!!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/23/2012 8:21PM

    Sounds like you struck a good balance. The thing about trips is it is good to go, but also good to come home. Adds to the variety of life. Well done!

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_LINDA 7/23/2012 7:54PM

    So glad you could enjoy yourself and could feel good about making healthy choices too! I looked up that food and couldn't find a real answer as to what it was. I am so not into fancy French cooking, is it some special sauce served with fish?
No matter how fun it is to travel, coming back home is always sweet.
Enjoy your evening!

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REXTINE1 7/23/2012 7:23PM

    I'm glad you had a good trip.

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Maybe I'll Blog about My Trip Tomorrow....

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A friend made a comment a couple weeks ago, but I find myself still thinking about it. When I told her that every finisher gets a medal at the Women's Half Marathon I'm running on Nov 18th, she didn't think that was good. She thought medals should be reserved for excellence.

Well, after thinking about it, I disagree. Nobody just runs a half marathon. It takes months of training -- for me, it will be six month's of training. The winners will get the competitive trophies. We finishers will get a medal. You know, not just the top of the class get diplomas, everyone who meets the set criteria gets a diploma. Well, everyone who makes it 13.2 miles within the allotted time gets a medal. I plan to wear mine proudly.

I probably will blog about my trip tomorrow. But today I'll just say my three sunrise training runs on the New Jersery Shore Boardwalk were awesome!!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/24/2012 5:34PM

    I'm glad that you're back. I missed you!

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CANDOK1260 7/23/2012 10:48PM

    i agree with you everyone should get a medal that accomplishment

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_LINDA 7/23/2012 2:42PM

    I so very agree with you Marsha. Just finishing a marathon is an achievement few will ever accomplish! It should be recognized and rewarded!!
So glad you had some amazing fun runs in a beautiful place!

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MIRAGE727 7/23/2012 11:49AM

    I'm with you 100%, Marsha! As someone who has received countless trophies, awards, and junk for a number of sports and achievements in my past, NONE are more precious to me than my first Half Marathon FINISHER medal at the young age of 61! Send her to me and I will be happy to educate her! I see more heart and spirit that surrounds me now on SparkPeople than I ever have in my lifetime. It compares only to the beautiful challenged athletes who motivate and inspire us all! Stay strong, and keep finishing! Much love!

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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2012 10:15AM

    I'm with you. You deserve a medal for completing the HM.

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GOLFGMA 7/23/2012 7:45AM

    You deserve the medal and I hope to see you put in a picture of yourself with your medal! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/23/2012 7:36AM

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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2012 2:38AM

    You will have earned your medal Marsha, wear it with pride!

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    " You know, not just the top of the class get diplomas, everyone who meets the set criteria gets a diploma."

There is more to accomplishment than "beating" someone, or working "against" someone. In fact, I think it is healthier and more fulfilling to do things that bring us up, rather that push others down.

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JOYINKY 7/22/2012 9:29PM

    I agree! Wear your medal proudly!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/22/2012 9:23PM

    I agree that even a last-place finisher in a half marathon has made a huge accomplishment!

What ONEKIDSMOM wrote isn't true. I got a medal for finishing a 5K once. I actually came in 4th place in my division, but that's because they had a division for women who weigh over 140 pounds and I was just barely over that at the time! :) Regardless, everyone got a medal, and I loved getting one! It's the only one I've ever gotten in a race!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2012 9:00PM

    The only races where every finisher gets a medal are ones like the Half Marathon where just finishing MEANS something. You don't generally see every 5K participant getting a medal, or 10K, or even 5 or 10 mile races. But a Half Marathon and beyond? That's special.

Same is true of Triathlon: those who finish a Sprint distance one - you have to place (at least within your age group) to get a medal... but from the Half Ironman up? Every finisher wins a medal.

I'm with you. Completing a half marathon is medal-worthy. Completing one IS excellence!

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