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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

* Went 4.5 miles on TM today, running 3.1 miles of it. If the TM was calibrated correctly I ran my fastest 5K ever, 27:30. For my age group, to qualify for the national senior games 5K you have to run 27:21 or under. Who knows? I just might achieve that!

* Kitchen remodeling is crawling along. Currently have stove, microwave, and refrig, but no water, no sink, no dishwasher. Cabinets are in but without doors. Everything that is finished looks good.

* I'm weighing on the average about 2 pounds more than I did a month ago, and that was 3 pounds more than I wanted to weigh. Not going to do anything drastic, but just going to try to focus on healthy, healthy eating. Will be easier when I have a full kitchen, but I am not gaining one more ounce no matter what!

* I've asked myself if I am nuts, and I've decided I'm not. I think it is perfectly okay for me to celebrate 3.5 years maintaining a big loss (80+ pounds), but still bemoan that it's not always easy; that I'm not always eating with the control I want; and that my weight is a pound (or 5) more than I wish.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2012 9:14PM

    Marsha, you've done an awesome job of maintaining! I've learned a tremendous amount just by reading your blogs, talking to you and watching what you do. You're a great role model!

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WATERMELLEN 9/5/2012 9:05PM

    You are NOT nutz: what you've accomplished is fabulous ("flab-you-less") but of course maintenance is tough: the toughest thing we've ever done.

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FROSTY99 9/5/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon on maintaining your 80 lb weight loss.
emoticon on your patience with the kitchen remodel. It will be worth it in the long run.

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IAMWINNING 9/5/2012 8:58AM

    Thanks for sharing the updates, Marsha. Maybe some of that 5 pounds is muscle - after all, you're running a lot (congratulations) and surely that builds some muscle.

Regardless, I hear remodeling is stressful (have managed to not do it....yet) and not being able to prepare your own meals in your own kitchen must be maddening. Hang in there - there's light at the end of the tunnel. Glad you like what has been completed so far.

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MILLERGIRL719 9/5/2012 6:11AM

    4.5 is a long time on the TM. The max I've been able to do or tolerate a TM is 3! I wouldn't worry about the minimal weight gain with the kitchen tore-up..I'd end up eating out all the time and ballooning. I think you've done AMAZING! It will drop right off when it's all put back together! Yea new kitchen! How exciting! Congrats on the total weight loss of 80+.....AWESOME! What an achievement! Have a wonderful day!

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_LINDA 9/5/2012 2:12AM

    Well done on the running time! I didn't know you had to qualify with a time for the games, but I bet you will get it done!! So when is the local qualifying run going to happen for it? How much time do you have to train before it happens?
No water and no sink? Yikes! How do you wash all those freggies?? I hope they get it done soon for you!!
Are you sure the weight gain is not muscle mass? Maybe instead of worrying about the number on the scale so much, maybe body fat % would be a more accurate measure (if you got an accurate test done by a professional). Also, the time tested and true method of knowing if you have a problem is how your clothes fit. And they sure are looking like they fit good to me in your biking photo!!
We all know maintaining is the absolute hardest and having done it for 3.5 years, you sure can celebrate it and shout it from the roof tops!
You are one AWESOME maintainer!!!

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PMFISH 9/5/2012 1:42AM

    Congrats on the running time and also the great job of maintaining your weight. Stress always seems to add a pound or 2. We all know remodeling can be very stressful. Hope your kitchen is full functional in short order.


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JOYINKY 9/4/2012 8:34PM

    The kitchen remodel is a definite challenge. I think you are doing great Marsha!

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PARKERB2 9/4/2012 6:52PM

    Your doing great! I'm still working on running 2 minutes at a time. You are fast. Keep up the good work. Have a great night.

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2012 5:51PM

    sounds like you are making great progress on the running. I so admire you for keeping up with it.

gosh I so understand the pain in the butt remodeling can be. I have been through so many "projects" I lost count. Hopefully soon you will have water and dishwasher working.

I say "celebrate" that wonderful weight loss and especially the maintaining. YOu know that I understand and appreciate what it takes to maintain.
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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ROOSTER72 9/4/2012 5:35PM

    As you said yesterday - never quit quitting, and you will keep maintaining.
Keep your eye on the goal and you will continue to achieve it.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2012 4:46PM

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PHEBESS 9/4/2012 3:41PM

    Maintaining an 80 lb loss (within 5 lbs) is great!!!!

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MSLZZY 9/4/2012 3:07PM

    It will get better once you have the kitchen back
to normal. Just keep on SParking! HUGS!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2012 3:00PM

    Wow...that is fast. I don't think I could ever be fast enough to qualify for your age group.
I think you are doing great weight-wise...especially during the kitchen remodel!!

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Please Read This Blog If You've Gained Weight Back Before

Monday, September 03, 2012

The first time I lost 60 pounds it took me 9 months to lose it and 3 months to gain it back. I was 16 years old and I doubt if I even maintained my loss for a week.

On December 1, 2008, when I started my current effort to control my weight, I'd lost 30 pounds or more eight times and twice maintained for almost a year. I'd lived over 5 decades overweight. This time my goal was not to lose weight, but to change my life.

Today I claim 180 weeks, almost 3 and a half years, of living life at a weight below what I weighed in 7th grade, a weight I never dreamed I could achieve, 86 pounds gone.

What did I do differently this time? For me, successful maintenance is in a large part due to three factors:

1. Super Foods or Power Foods - I dramatically increased the healthiest foods (see
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=307
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and decreased dramatically the processed foods I eat.

2. Based on what I read at the National Weight Control Registry, I increased my exercise. I went from 5 half hour sessions per week to a minimum of 6 one hour cardio sessions. And then SparkPeople convinced me to add strength training.

3. And most important, I quit quitting. After years of letting myself get discouraged by the scale and how hard it is to maintain, I recommitted each day to do the best I can, no matter what. Some days the best I can do isn't very good, but if I just keep trying, I get it back and find it is good enough. And my SparkFriends on the At Goal & Maintaining Team, www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1111
, understand and support me like no one in my 3D life.

My point is that maintenance is possible, even for someone like me who found it impossible over and over again. Perhaps your keys to successful maintenance will be different than mine. We are all different. But if you keep trying, you can do it.

  
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HOLLYM48 4/20/2014 8:53AM

    Yes it can be done! We do have to quit quitting! Awesome!!
Pure and simple you are awesome!

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HAKAPES 11/3/2012 3:22AM

    That was inspirational, thank you!

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MJREIMERS 11/1/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon for the blog and for sharing the information that has helped you maintain your healthier lifestyle. You are a remarkable person and I'm glad that I am able to call you a Sparkfriend! emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/1/2012 2:13PM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this info. As always, you are an inspiration to me emoticon Pat

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CATMAGNET 11/1/2012 1:41PM

    I completely agree that eating healthy and exercise really needs to be a daily commitment and the key is to focus Just For Today. I owe a lot of my success to those three words.

Thanks for the necessary reminder!

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KARRENLYNN 10/3/2012 10:42PM

    I'm a long time yo-yo dieter and for the first time in decades, I'm down 9 lbs in my latest journey. One important change I made this time, which is making it easier if not perfect, is embracing this as a lifestyle habit, not a special project with a finite quit date. It's easier not to feel deprived or left out. Congratulations on your accomplishments and I'm going to try to add more power foods as you suggest.



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SHERRY28269 9/27/2012 3:03PM

    Great Job!

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IONA72 9/21/2012 3:59AM

    Sometimes it's hard to see the light but you are a beacon shining for us all!
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TFMNOW 9/20/2012 10:09PM

    You give me hope for a new future! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 9/20/2012 8:18PM

    Thank you for sharing on what worked for you. I know that I and many others can relate to what you are saying with the gaining and losing. I only recently started gaining weight about 8 years ago after I retired from nursing. I am getting my weight off slowly but I too need to re-evaluate from time to time to see what other assistance I need. The support on Spark People is just wonderful because everyone knows what one is going through, are still working on weight loss on their journey or like you have reached maintenance. I wish you the best on your journey, you are doing great! emoticon emoticon June

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TUBLADY 9/20/2012 7:02PM

    Congratulations on the success you have had. And all the continued success you will have throughout your life.
Sometimes we have to be knocked down and almost out before we really grasp what we should be doing.
I didn't have as long a time over weight and obese, but it was worse. But I am in my weight range now and have been there for over a year. I know there is no yo yo gaining and losing for me. This is it. I am in a happy content place, enjoying my young senior years healthy, fit, and like they say, "It's priceless."
Be strong, stay positive.
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DOTTY7267 9/20/2012 2:44PM

    I have kept my weight off this time as well, but I have lost large amounts before, only to regain it plus more. I had to make the decision that I couldn't go from fad diet and quick fixes, I had to change the way I thought about many things, especially myself. Thank you for sharing in your journey.

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DDESERTDDAWN 9/20/2012 4:01AM

    Thank you for being frank and clear on what worked and works for you!

Here's to quitting quitting! emoticon


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PHYSEDTEACHER 9/18/2012 6:46AM

    Love it.."I quit quitting.."

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THETROUT 9/17/2012 10:37PM

    Thanks for writing. My best was not very good today, but because it's SP, I will pick up and do my best tomorrow.

I've also added strength training. I will look at the article on Super Foods.

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KKINNEA 9/17/2012 12:21PM

    Totally agree! It's absorbing the information and finding the way that works best for you - congrats on your success!

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HAKAPES 9/17/2012 12:17PM

    Awesome, thanks for the tips!

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THEIS58 9/16/2012 11:34AM

    Thank you!

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OOLALA53 9/16/2012 11:07AM

    Though not as thin as you, reading that long term maintainers (who had often lost and gained back before) say that THIS time, they quit quitting has helped me lose and maintain this time, too. I also think being older and having gone through other tough things helped me. And like you, I committed to a certain way to LIVE, not diet. Unless I have health issues that demand even more constrictions, this is the way I live now! Moderate meals, much smaller ratios of processed foods, lots of freggies, more hunger (the good kind), less being stuffed. Aack, I've probably said all this before.

Decades of trying other options probably helped.

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MANILUS 9/16/2012 10:21AM

    A success story, congrats! Perseverance is the key.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/15/2012 9:26PM

    Ya know, this is the most encouraging blog I've read today, I really appreciate your sharing it!

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STARLIGHT22146 9/14/2012 8:47PM

    Thank you!! What a great blog. Although I guess I need to add the goal on my maintaining calendar that I need a couple more hours a week of exercise! I too thought that 4 or so days a week was enough. WAY TO GO!! Thanks for being an inspiration, I hope I can say 10 years from now that I've maintained this loss!

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MANDELOVICH 9/14/2012 8:38PM

    I love it. You quit quitting! Good for you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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KANOE10 9/14/2012 9:32AM

    That is inspiring. I am doing 50 min and am thinking of upping it to 1 hr.

Great job on maintaining and staying healthy.

Also I do one day at a time. I weigh each day and decide what I can eat depending on the scale. emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/14/2012 8:30AM

    Good tips, thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 9/14/2012 5:58AM

    great blog.....thank you

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DSJB9999 9/14/2012 3:50AM

    emoticon for sharing this, I hope to be a real maintainer too soon, you are inspiring! I know it is possible, I'm afraid I tend not to check out the maintaining site when I am struggling but perhaps I should!
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SYZYGY922 9/14/2012 1:46AM

    Congratulations on your continued success!

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MARTHAWILL 9/13/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for the inspiration and hope you give. Awesome!
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EDUCGRAD 9/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/13/2012 7:24PM

    Marsha, I love the emphasis on one day at a time ... Not quitting because of a bad day, or a bad week! "building a healthy lifestyle" is so much better a goal than "losing weight"! Hooray for your perseverance and thanks for encouraging the rest of us!

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JUSTYNA7 9/13/2012 5:32PM

    I really appreciate this blog. It is not easy to lose or to maintain and I think most importantly you can't go back to how you were eating and exercising. It is a learning curve and long journey to a different place than we were.

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POPSY190 9/13/2012 5:22PM

    Succinct, to the point and sensible. It is very reassuring to know that it CAN be done; we need more people like you to keep reminding us of that!

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THOMS1 9/13/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon I needed ths today! You are an inspiration.

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NAVYMOM133 9/13/2012 3:58PM

    Fantastic perspective! This takes real work but it is so worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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SEXBOBOMB 9/13/2012 3:48PM

    Thank you for this! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 9/13/2012 1:32PM

    When we all recognize that no matter how it is to lose it's maintaining the loss that is the hard part our obesity will be overcome. You are an awesome hero and I'm proud to know you!

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PRESBESS 9/13/2012 1:28PM

    You are a great example of never giving up! Stay in the fight!
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MIRAGE727 9/13/2012 12:55PM

    Uh, I haven't gained back but you know I support you, Marsha! Thanks for sharing and stay strong!
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ELAYNE39 9/13/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you for blogging on this. If I added up weight lost over my life, it would probably be more than a ton! (Maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but it would be a bunch.) I hope to get to where you are. I've struggled with maintenance in the past. You give us all hope!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/13/2012 11:20AM

    Great Blog! Familiar story.
Since joining SparkPeople in 2009 I have released more weight than I ever thought possible and I have not tortured myself in the process. I have found fun ways to exercise (kayaking & cycling) in addition to walking the dogs and hiking. My weight has fluctuated along with challenging times like the passing of loved ones. At times I have felt like I was barely hanging on here but I have never given up. As a result, I am in the best shape of my life at 61.
It is indeed possible for everyone. We are just like the children's toys, The Weebles, "they wobble but they don't fall down!"

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SABLENESS 9/13/2012 10:53AM

    Love #3, "I quit quitting"! I'm amazed at myself that I've stuck with SparkPeople for nearly 13 mos now. Yes, I'm recovering right now from another round of gain back a few pounds, but I'm hanging in there till I get all the way to my goal and STAY there, whatever and however long it takes. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/13/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulations and job well done! This IS the hard part and you are doing it!!!

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LVMAMAW 9/13/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon emoticon Just what I needed today! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 9/13/2012 10:35AM

    You have learned so much from Spark People! I have to and thank you for sharing your HOPE! Sometimes that is all someone might need, that SPARK! Keep up the good work!

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GREENMOUSE 9/13/2012 10:17AM

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your insights!

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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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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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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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