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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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ONEKIDSMOM 7/24/2012 7:27PM

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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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DONNABRIGHT 7/23/2012 2:28PM

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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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Monty

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

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

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/22/2012 11:26PM

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

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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Adventures in Cooking and Cycling

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Last eve I attended an Adventures in Cooking party. I honestly don't know if this is something nationwide or just something the group named locally, but everyone was suppose to bring an unusual dish and make something they'd never made before.

There was wonderful smoked salmon that Don said he'd had in the smoker for 5 hours. There was a fresh and light chopped onion, tomato, celery, green pepper and black eyed peas appetizer served with rosemary triscuits. The main dish served by our hostess (who lives in a gorgeous house, by the way) was pork made with cooked bananas and apples based on a recipe from Finland. I'm leaving out a few dishes, I fear, but everything was tasty. I adapted a recipe from SparkRecipes. I had made the Vegan Moroccan Chickpeas before, but this time, based on a posted comment, I pureed it, added more tomatoes and chilies and a whole bag of baby spinach. I put it is the caserole dish on top of a half inch of brown rice. I felt good about bringing it -- very tasty and healthy, too. The garlic, ginger, cumin and corriander all combine for a taste that really appeals to me.

I felt really good stepping on the scale this morning, too. I was as low as I've been this week. I knew I did good. The only things I did not sample was the wine and the marshmellow-filled, chocolate iced cupcakes with sprinkles made by a 10 year old. I drank water. Wine is okay, but I just wanted to save my calories for food. I don't think anyone even noticed I didn't eat the cupcakes and the child got lots of praise for her efforts, so I didn't feel bad.

This morning I went to Fort Frazier Trail to find the bike group I rode with last week. Don't know what went wrong, but I couldn't find them. I rode 10 miles. The day is gorgeous. A person I met while looking for the group said it was hot, but it felt breezy, and especially in the shady parts of the trail, I thought it was a perfect day. The sky was so blue. Saw lots of birds. I found a woman going just a little faster than I was going and tried to stay up with her. I found that fun and motivating. Don't even know if she knew I was following her. The closest I got was about 10 feet. I kept stopping for traffic -- I'm chicken -- while she was more of a dare devil, so it kept me hopping to try to keep up.

Hope all my SparkFriends have blue sky and an active, healthy day!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/18/2012 1:00PM

    Wow! You had a great day! You also did an awesome job with your food! Keep up the good work!

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REXTINE1 7/16/2012 12:13PM

    It sounds as if you had two very good experineces. Good show.

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_LINDA 7/16/2012 1:42AM

    Wow! Sounds like a wonderful party with healthy options -that dish your brought sounds delicious!! Makes me wish I could cook!!
Way to go on doing your own biking your own way!
Congratulations with the weight!!
I did enjoy my walk in the light rain, weather never stops me from doing what I want, but my light beige pants paid the price and were mud splattered right up to the butt!! Fortunately, my detergent got it all out!
Have a Marvelous Monday and enjoy a fun trip to the Big Apple!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/15/2012 7:31PM

    Two awesome experiences - thanks for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 7/15/2012 4:05PM

    YUM!!
I'm with you, I'd much rather eat than drink my calories....more satisfying in my opinion.
Great ride!

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NEW-CAZ 7/15/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon sounds like you did great!
Have a fantastic day Marsha emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/15/2012 12:46PM

    The food sounds delicious and the variety makes
it easy to try new foods without having to deal with
all the leftovers. I would skip the wine and cupcakes
as well. Wine does me a number and cupcakes-well,
save the calories for something else.
Glad you had such a good bike ride, even without
the group. You did great! HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/15/2012 11:34AM

    I have to admit emoticon I like doing that, too... finding a cyclist on the trail whose cadence looks good to me, and trying to follow / keep up! In fact I was doing that this morning, myself. emoticon emoticon

Sorry you couldn't find your group, but sounds like you "made lemonade" out of the situation anyway!

P.S. forgot to say it makes me feel good when I take a healthy option to "bring a dish" gatherings!

Comment edited on: 7/15/2012 11:35:19 AM

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:02AM

    Sound like lots of fun, both foodie and cycling adventures! Well done!

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MEXGAL1 7/15/2012 10:58AM

    Sounds like you did great last night...way to go!
Have a terrific Sunday!
Sallie

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Training on Schedule

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Ran" 6 miles with my Galloway group this morning. It was a very slow run, with run one minute, walk one minute intervals. We are suppose to go the pace of the slowest runner in the group and Galloway writes that you cannot go too slow on long runs. We are to focus on distance.

When I put 6 miles in 100 minutes in SP tracker it told me that is a 17 minute mile. I know I could go much faster, but perhaps this approach will keep me injury free. I do really enjoy the run and the socializing after. My two runs during the week are faster and shorter.

So for now I'm going to trust the process. The person I ran closest to today has run a 2:33 half marathon (HM) and she thinks this training is fine. I'm racing the HM in November to finish without an official time goal, but estimated a 2:45 finish. So, based on what she says, I should be able to do it if I keep to the training schedule. We'll see.

  
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ADMOREEP 7/18/2012 10:59PM

    emoticon . Good Luck with the marathon. I'm sure all your hard work will pay off for you.

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:03AM

    Avoiding injury is key because we want to stay fit 4ever!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/15/2012 9:36AM

    I am convinced that YOU can do anything you set your mind to!

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JOYINKY 7/14/2012 11:59PM

    Sounds like a trustworthy process!

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MSLZZY 7/14/2012 9:32PM

    That sounds like a very sensible way to run
until you get accustomed to distance running.
WTG!

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NATPLUMMER 7/14/2012 8:25PM

    You will do fine. The long runs are supposed to be very slow. They get you used to the distance.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/14/2012 8:06PM

    So glad that you are doing your training with an eye on distance and not on speed. You are smart to do that! Kathy saw you at the Y this morning and said to tell you hi! I thought you might have decided to join us in the deep water class but imagined that it would have been way too much on top of the run. Enjoy your bike ride tomorrow!

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REXTINE1 7/14/2012 7:36PM

    Part of the game is to not go too fast in the beginning, so you're still going at the end. You weren't racing today, and even the racers have to pace themselves.

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_LINDA 7/14/2012 7:07PM

    That is great you have an experienced marathoner in your running group -nothing like first hand advice! Here is to remaining injury free and being able to go into your first HM strong!
That is a good thing that you think you could have gone faster -shows your conditioning is top notch! Go Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 7/14/2012 6:19PM

    Woo hoo...good for you!

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TBRANCH2 7/14/2012 4:52PM

    emoticonThe Polk Team is very proud of you!!! Keep up the great job and the inspiration that you give us all!!!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/14/2012 3:07PM

    That's great! You're on the right track!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/14/2012 2:48PM

    I agree... trust the process! Speed work is for shorter runs.

I ran a fast 5K today, mainly because the color zones were so close together... and it was just plain FUN! But 5K seems shorter to me than it used to.

This is such an interesting journey!

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