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Usual Sunday Bike Ride

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Enjoyed a great bike ride today! Janet took our picture, as usual:



Hope all my SparkFriends are having a healthy, happy weekend!!

  
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IAMWINNING 9/3/2012 5:08PM

    emoticon How nice it is to include exercise into your social life! What encouragement you are just by your example and being 'there.'

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/2/2012 8:08PM

    What fun!

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WATERMELLEN 9/2/2012 7:53PM

    What a great Sunday tradition: and with your climate, there are likely few days when the weather would interfere . . .

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/2/2012 7:47PM

    emoticon What fun... becoming a regular deal for y'all! I swapped out for a swim today, will bike tomorrow is the plan. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 9/2/2012 7:44PM

    Marsha, you look wonderful and so happy. Everyone looks so happy!
Cheers
Sallie

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LAURELSPARK 9/2/2012 6:44PM

    emoticon picture. Everyone looks happy and healthy!

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JOYINKY 9/2/2012 6:34PM

    Great to have a group like that. I love how you are fitting fitness into your social life!

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GROEDER 9/2/2012 5:28PM

    You all look like you are having a fun time. What a great to spend time with friends!!!!

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PMFISH 9/2/2012 5:13PM

    Looking very chipper!

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_LINDA 9/2/2012 4:39PM

    That is just so cool! They look like a fun, but serious bunch of riders!!

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COOP9002 9/2/2012 4:18PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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MIRAGE727 9/2/2012 3:37PM

    I'm so proud! Y'all are wearing your helmets! What great fun to bike as a group!
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    You guys look like you're having so much fun emoticon

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Is "Not Terrible" a Good Thing??

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I ran with my Galloway group this morning, a casual run-walk-run of 4 miles. We sat around and drank coffee for a while, drippping sweat in the shade on this muggy, muggy morning.

Then I was feeling like more, so I went to the YMCA, jumped on the treadmill and ran, after a brief re-warm up, without walk breaks, 3.1 miles. I never went under 6 mph. When I started to feel a little tired I tried a trick a Galloway group member told me about. Instead of slowing down, I tried increasing the speed - 6.5, 7 or 7.5 mph - for 20 to 60 seconds. Then I'd go back to 6 mph and it would feel very easy. I swear it works!! I ended doing a 3.1 mile run in 29:55, my first under 30 minute 5K in at least 6 months.

I attended a Weight Watcher meeting today. I'm at a BMI of 21.7 (134 pounds dressed) which is the highest I've been for a while. Not terrible, but I'm trying to get motivated to eat a little smarter. Maybe feeling like it is not terrible is not helping me!!?!

Then I rode my bike to the bike shop under the noon sun after generous application of sun screen. Now my brakes no longer squeak and I've got a new rack to carry freggies home from the fruit stand.

Good day!!

  
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NATPLUMMER 9/2/2012 10:17AM

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GOLFGMA 9/2/2012 7:19AM

    Your exercise routine is amazing. Hope you achieve the results you are looking for. emoticon

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FROSTY99 9/1/2012 9:49PM

    Sounds like you really put yourself thru your paces. Don't burn out pushing too hard. But emoticon on the time on your 5K.

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JOYINKY 9/1/2012 9:13PM

    All is well that ends well. I'm glad you had a good day!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/1/2012 8:32PM

    As you know, I work out like crazy too. I've found that more is not better. More is just more and can burn you out and be counterproductive. I've learned this the hard way. I've had to cut back my workouts to 90-120 minutes, six days a week, in order to re-gain my health. If you don't cut back, your body will do it for you!

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WATERMELLEN 9/1/2012 8:20PM

    You are an exercise fiend!! Amazing!

Love the idea of "going faster" and will try this on the elliptical

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ROOSTER72 9/1/2012 5:24PM

    I know what you mean - not terrible is hardly a motivator.
I have set a "theoretical maximum" - if I ever see a weight above that, its action stations!

Great exercises - and I love that you have set your bike up for incidental exercise (running errands on the bike is a great way to get some extra exercise)

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IAMWINNING 9/1/2012 5:10PM

    Wow, Marsha, that's a lot of exercise. Good for you. And I'll keep that running hint in mind for when I eventually get back to running.

Congrats on the bike stuff. I know you'll enjoy the basket.

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TANYAP71 9/1/2012 3:47PM

    Love that idea! I'm going to give it a shot.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/1/2012 3:06PM

    Wow, I think it would take bravery to try that trick. Your 5k times are quite respectable no matter how long ago they were. I guess I haven't heard of too many othe people having those times and running is such a challenge for me its hard to imagine going any faster than 6. Thanks for sharing!

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PHEBESS 9/1/2012 2:46PM

    Wow that's an impressive day!

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LAURIE5658 9/1/2012 2:29PM

    Those are crazy fast paces and kudos to you!!! That is amazing to me and congratulations for your accomplishments.

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MEXGAL1 9/1/2012 2:18PM

    wow, that is a lot of exercise..and you sound so positive and healthy...that is the key. You know for sure what to do with the diet...you can do it. but I like you think your BMI is just fine.
Have a terrific week end Marsha!
Sallie

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MIRAGE727 9/1/2012 2:15PM

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What a great day, Marsha! And thanks for sharing that trick with me. I'll know who to thank when I've increased my "Lightning Turtle Speed!"
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2012 2:14PM

    Woman, I'm going to have trouble keeping up with you in November! I did my 11 miles on the TM, including walking warmup longer than usual, and run / walk / run with very few top speed intervals of 7.0 most at 6.0... some at 5.5, some at 6.2, 6.4 or 6.5... walking mostly at 4.5, some at 4.0, and cool down at 3.5... all with incline of 1.

Total time 131 minutes, so averaging 4.9 mph, overall.

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UMBILICAL 9/1/2012 2:13PM

  Wow! You are on it.

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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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NATPLUMMER 8/31/2012 1:06PM

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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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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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Stay strong, Marsha!
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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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    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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    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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_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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