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Wise Choices

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Enjoyed a good treadmill run at the YMCA today. Training for my half marathon in 11 weeks and 3 days is right on track. I dropped Natalie off at kindergarten on the way. Gwen (23 months) is healthy and has no problem with the Y nursery. Although I can get my runs in early-early or late when I have to, I really enjoy this schedule. I am feeling very good about my running and cross training.

My recent eating, on the other hand, I don't feel as good about: not terrible, but just a bit sloppy. To start with, I've avoided the scale for about 5 days. I usually don't let myself go more than 3 days without weighing. Tomorrow morning I will weigh and see what the damage is, if any. Since there is fluctuation, the scale is not precise feedback, but probably the best information I can easily obtain. Can't be too bad as my clothes still fit. But my body has complained. I've awakened without that crisp-hungry-empty feeling, but with a bad taste in my mouth, and my stomach feeling a little uncertain. That is a definite sign I ate too much the night before.

Recent days I tracked but with too much estimating, and a couple days I didn't even do that much. I'm sure I got in adequate freggies, skim milk, water, protein, and whole grains. What I am slipping on is that portion control. So tomorrow is weigh in for me and complete and accurate food tracking.

A SparkFriend blogged not long ago that you can't out-exercise a poor diet. That made me think. I may eat a lot of good food, but that "lot" is the problem. It would be unwise for me to try to exercise enough to balance my excess food. If I'm going to continue to maintain my 80+ pound weight loss, portion control is every bit as important as the wise food choices.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/1/2012 8:23PM

    You are right on target, Marsha. I've gotten sloppy too and am taking steps to correct that! You can do this and we're all here to support you!

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MSLZZY 8/31/2012 10:42AM

    Back to business and you'll feel better just knowing
what you have done and what needs to be changed.
HUGS!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/31/2012 10:18AM

    I'm very similar, all my food has high nutritional content but I eat too darn much.
Your friend has a good point; exercise is its own reward, not to be rewarded with overeating! Thanks for sharing a great blog!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/31/2012 7:54AM

    Ah, yes, that portion control is such a demanding thing!

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MARYJOANNA 8/31/2012 5:20AM

  Best wishes to you in your running efforts!

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NEW-CAZ 8/31/2012 3:59AM

    Balance is hard to acheve but you're doing great Marsha!
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SLIMLILA 8/30/2012 11:44PM

    Great reminders... I have been living a really crazy life, but eating hasn't been too much of a problem.... I make healthy food and my friend and I both enjoy it. She's going to miss me when I fly out on Sunday nite... I hope I can continue with the good eating when I get to my next friend's place, where I am going to stay for 2-3 weeks, before I go to my mother's and help out after her surgery.

Don't know when I will get into a new "home" for me... life is crazy, but gotta keep this weight going down. With all the boxes I am moving and packing etc. etc., I am building biceps muscles. I hope they will not deflate when I stop all the moving.... But, muscles use up more alories, so maybe that is why I am getting away with eating more..



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_LINDA 8/30/2012 11:31PM

    Too true! While I may exercise a lot, the difference between two hours cardio every day and one is only about 150 calories, not that much leeway really. Its way too easy to creep over even with good intentions. I do accurately measure everything and still end up going over. It may be all healthy stuff, but you can get too much of that too.
Well done with your training! I don't think you have to worry about the scale -clothes fitting is a good sign!
Keep up the great work!

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AGK3112 8/30/2012 10:30PM

    i know how hard it is to keep everything balance. I am also having lots of problems with family and then take care of yourself and a family member who is sick.

Hope we all can find our responsibilities and goals and work towards it..

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MEXGAL1 8/30/2012 10:20PM

    you go girlfriend! great on the training.
I so understand you when you talk about portion size. for as little as I am I love to eat bulk foods. I make things stretch with lots of veggies.
I know you know what to do....so thinking about it and making a plan will work for you.
Best of everything Marsha.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 8/30/2012 9:10PM

    You're right; have to keep it all in balance. Marsha, you ARE doing great!

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MOBYCARP 8/30/2012 9:09PM

    Indeed, you can't out-train a crappy diet.

This year, I've gone from running 4 times a week, to unable to walk more than 10 minutes, back to running a 5K, to not running at all, and up to just now starting to train back for running.

The interesting thing is that out of this, I got a quantification of how much the common wisdom that "you can eat anything you want" while you're a runner is worth. The answer is, not as much as I would have expected. I've maintained in a tight range for a month on about 200 calories per day less than I was eating when I was running 4 days a week. There's some musings for a blog or two in how those numbers came about.

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MYSTERY-LADY1 8/30/2012 8:18PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/30/2012 7:48PM

    Interesting how little extra one has to eat to maintain while training! Some extra yes, but not a whole lot... and hopefully healthy choices!

We can do this. And we are worth it.

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Quick Blog

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Did just over 3.5 miles today on treadmill with running intervals up to 6 minutes and speed up to 7 mph. Did a good strength workout for arms and core, too. Slept well last eve and got in all my freggies, water, milk, protein, and good nutrients, but could have used a little more restraint this eve. Oh, well, tomorrow I will do even better!

  
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MIRAGE727 8/29/2012 2:57PM

    Did ya hafta be so mysterious 'bout the eve?
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MEXGAL1 8/29/2012 12:21PM

    Great job Marsha!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/29/2012 12:00PM

    Those darned evenings get me too! But you did fanstastic yesterday! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/29/2012 9:50AM

    Still a great day! HUGS!

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JANEMARIE77 8/29/2012 8:17AM

    doing great

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JULIA_211 8/29/2012 8:12AM

    emoticon emoticon You're doing great!

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KANOE10 8/29/2012 7:49AM

    Great job of staying healthy!

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2012 2:54AM

    emoticon great work Marsha, keep it going! emoticon

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_LINDA 8/29/2012 1:22AM

    Fabulous work! Keep it going!

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ROOSTER72 8/28/2012 11:45PM

    Sounds pretty good to me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/28/2012 10:27PM

    Good job on the TM... I was on mine tonight, too. The weather had returned to Summer again after a week of preview of Fall temperatures. One more workout in the bag... on the way to November. emoticon

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August 26th Bike Ride

Sunday, August 26, 2012



Today it was 20 miles for me by bike!! There were 5 of us -- 3 Weight Watchers and 2 husbands. (Husbands not pictured.) Wish my hubby would have been there, too, but glad I went. It was definitely the best workout I've had in a group ride.

  
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MIRAGE727 8/27/2012 12:45PM

    Way to rock it, Marsha! Stay strong!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/27/2012 12:33PM

    3 Weight Watchers and 2 hubby's and a good work out on a bike = FUN! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/27/2012 12:20PM

    That is such good exercise and being with a group always sound fun to me.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/27/2012 10:46AM

    Awesome! You look cute in the picture with your helmet on too!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/27/2012 10:42AM

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DONNABRIGHT 8/27/2012 8:26AM

    Great photo!

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NEW-CAZ 8/27/2012 2:54AM

    emoticon Great pic!

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_LINDA 8/27/2012 1:57AM

    That is awesome you have people to share your fitness fun with!
Awesome looking group!

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2012 9:58PM

    Yay!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 9:19PM

    Good for you!! You've got some great fitness friends!! (My fave way of spending time with people: rather than sitting around eating!!)

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JOYINKY 8/26/2012 9:04PM

    Great, for all of you! WooHoo!

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MEXGAL1 8/26/2012 9:00PM

    Good for you Marsha. You go girl!

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MSBOOTCAMP 8/26/2012 8:45PM

    Congratulations, Slenderella!!




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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2012 8:19PM

    What a great Sunday activity. I was biking this morning, too. And thought of you and your group. Great morning here for a ride, cool but humid. Looks overcast there... I need to check the news and see how close the hurricanes are getting to YOU! emoticon emoticon

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New Personal Distance Record

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This morning I finished a Galloway group run-walk-run, completing 10.2 miles. My previous longest was 9 miles. Three times I'd gotten to nine miles and either got sick or had a minor injury and had to back off. Not this time. I ended up feeling great and wanted more.

I had missed two Saturday runs with my group due to a cut foot and then an out of town trip. I should have run 6.5 miles and then 8 miles with them the two Saturdays I was out. My group was running short today, so at the leader's recommendation, I ran with a slower group going farther. We only ran 30 second intervals and then walked 1 minute. There were 5 of us in the group. Two were men a few years older than I am, both of whom had had heart attacks some time ago.The two women were a little younger than I. All four of them had run half marathons and full marathons. It took us 2 hours and 34 minutes to go the 10.2 miles, counting the warm up and cool down. The weather was really nice this morning. It was just 70 degrees when we started at 6:20 am, although the temp and humidity were rising by the end.

I finished strong, knowing I could have run faster and longer. I padded my sore foot and it really was not an issue. I feel really good about my new personal distance record. That half marathon on Nov 18th is just going to be fun!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/27/2012 8:27AM

    You are so awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 9:20PM

    So glad that the foot has settled down: nice to hit a new record and still have some reserve in the tank!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/26/2012 12:44PM

    Lot of running you do for sure! emoticon

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LJCANNON 8/26/2012 10:03AM

    emoticonCONGRATULATIONS!!!

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SWEDE_SU 8/26/2012 6:59AM

    that's fantastic - jg really does work!

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That is fantastic!! Very well done! I can't even imagine going that far running! You got this!!
You are amazing Marsha!

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IAMWINNING 8/25/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon Marsha! emoticon How wonderful that you went that distance and your cut foot wasn't a real problem. I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/25/2012 5:43PM

    Amazing, wonderful, awesome!

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MSLZZY 8/25/2012 5:09PM

    Fantastic! You are a winner! HUGS!

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PARKERB2 8/25/2012 3:35PM

    emoticonWay to go!!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2012 3:10PM

    emoticon emoticon fabulous run Marsha emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/25/2012 3:02PM

    emoticon Your quick recovery speaks to your overall level of fitness! We are going to have SUCH fun in November!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/25/2012 2:59PM

    I'm not sure how I've missed friending you sooner, so I'm making sure to now. I enjoy the blogs I've come across and this one is so inspiring. Great job with your distance! What a wonderful group!

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LINDAKAY228 8/25/2012 12:25PM

    Awesome job! I love the JG method!

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INTHELOOP 8/25/2012 12:19PM

    Slow and Steady bring out the Stars!!
Great Work - I can't wait to read your HM race report!!
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MEXGAL1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    wow, that is so wonderful. I am so jealous. I haven't even been walking as I am so afraid of getting that weird thing again and have to do another IV. I am anxious to get home and get back to my routines.
But good for you, you must feel fabulous.
Congrats
Sallie

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MEXGAL1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    wow, that is so wonderful. I am so jealous. I haven't even been walking as I am so afraid of getting that weird thing again and have to do another IV. I am anxious to get home and get back to my routines.
But good for you, you must feel fabulous.
Congrats
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2012 11:18AM

    emoticon Fab run!!

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MIRAGE727 8/25/2012 11:07AM

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AQUAGIRL08 8/25/2012 11:04AM

    emoticon Marsha. What an amazing distance you ran!!! Perhaps taking the time off to heal really paid off in the end. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Kitchen Challenge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The plan was -- ahumm, ahumm -- for me to go visit my mom in South Dakota and come back to a remodeled kitchen. Well, to tell you the truth, I strongly suspected it would not be finished and, boy, was I right.

Right now there are no bottom cabinets in my kitchen; nothing but a bare new tiled floor. The carpenter removed much more than originally planned due to water damage. Now there is no sink. The dishwasher is gone and the replacement is in the garage as is the new stove and new sink. All my dishes and cooking equipment are stacked on and under and around my dining room table. The refrig is still plugged in although not attached to the ice maker. The microwave still works. I can wash dishes in the bathroom??? or take my dirty dishes to my daughter's house!

The new tile floor is attractive and gives me hope. I've visited my new cabinets being built not far from my house and so far they look good -- no particle board this time.

My hubby would like to eat out almost every meal during this renovation. It is difficult to eat optimally when eating out that much. I commit to do the best I can during this time period. I stopped at a fruit stand today and that is definitely one good strategy for when the kitchen is out of operation. Another strategy is to make sure I get the exercise component. I enjoyed the gym this morning -- good strength training and elliptical sessions.

I'm sure if this situation goes on as long as I fear it might, I'll develop more healthy strategies for the situation. This is just one more unexpected -- well, almost unexpected -- maintenance challenge.

  
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MOBYCARP 8/23/2012 12:00PM

    You might be surprised at what you can do in the microwave. Some of the stuff I do that you might not have thought of:

- Scrambled eggs
- Hash browns (bonus: No oil needed)
- Steel cut oats (need to set on 30% power for the simmer phase)

But even if you figure out all the microwave workarounds, working around a torn up kitchen won't be fun. I hope you get the new and improved kitchen before the torn up kitchen drives you nuts!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/23/2012 8:54AM

    It will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful new kitchen. It is amazing what you can do without all the conveniences if you have to. We've renovated several houses and learned that the gas grill is our best friend. Ours even has a burner on the side for a pan if needed - great for doing rice and then the chicken/fish etc. on the grill, a big salad and you're done.

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_LINDA 8/23/2012 1:09AM

    Maybe you will surprise yourself and get an appreciation for raw veggies :) I don't even use my stove. The microwave actually can do most things -I get great baked sweet potatoes :) So sorry you have this major upheaval though -not fun! But sounds like it will be fabulous when done -photos please!
Supposedly restaurants are offering more healthy choices these days, good luck on weeding them out and also in asking for food to be prepared in a more healthy manner -it will be interesting to see how many will agree to that. At least eating out will take care of the dishes problem..
You can handle this!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2012 9:52PM

    Hopefully it will be finished soon and you can get back to cooking food in your nice new kitchen.

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2012 9:24PM

    My kitchen desperately needs gutting too: but having watched a friend go through it . . . . just not keen. For all the reasons you mention!

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JOYINKY 8/22/2012 8:42PM

    You are so going to enjoy that new kitchen! Hang in there; you are up to the challenge!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2012 8:38PM

    Tough to manage without a 'fridge! But you still have one... so freggies can be stocked. And with a microwave? You can still cook... so good luck convincing the hubby that it's OK to "camp" at least a portion of your meals at home.

Good for you back in the training swing. You can do this!

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MEXGAL1 8/22/2012 5:24PM

    gosh, I so do not envy you having to eat out all the time. Very hard. I know you know what to do...you can do it!

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2012 2:57PM

    Know the feeling well Marsha, I was microwaving jacket potatoes and doing my best with salads for eons. If DH had his way it would have been ready prepared tv dinners or takeaways. YUK

Hang in there kid; necessity is the mother of invention, you'll be suprised what you come up with..........and you'll have an amazing kitchen.............eventually! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/22/2012 2:07PM

    We lived like that for almost 3 months about
3 years ago. The whole project escalated in front
of our eyes. But we were lucky (?) enough to have
no kitchen AND no bathroom. After a few days,
you buckle down to the pressure and eat out at
the most economical and healthy restaurant
you can find. We were very lucky as the local
cafe is known for putting out good home-cooked
food that met my standards. Hopefully you can
find such an eatery in your area. HUGS!

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LADYPIXEL 8/22/2012 2:03PM

    You'll get there... and you'll have a gorgeous kitchen at the end of it. Hang in there! :)

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