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Bike Ride Pix of the Week

Sunday, September 23, 2012

We had a great ride today, my longest ever. I enjoyed all 23.5 miles of it. The most special part was riding on the dirt and gravel paths through the Circle Bar B Nature Preserve. Although I have walked back in there, this was my first time to go by bike and cover far more area than I ever had before in a day. We were so close to sand hill cranes and great blue herons I think I could have touched them if I were willing to lean enough to fall off the bike! There were anhingas, roseate spoonbills, egrets, turkey vultures,small herons, and quite a few birds that I can't name. I caught a glimpse of a large gator moving away that they tell me I rode right by without seeing!

I really need to get a camera that I know how to work. I would love to post pictures of what we saw today. However, I can post the two pictures that Janet took:


The guys actually got in the picture this week!


We did get a picture with just the women.

After the group ride, I cycled over to my daughter's house to take care of my granddaughters and this evening I rode home before it got too dark. I really enjoyed my activity today and feel so blessed that I am healthy enough to do it!!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 9/24/2012 7:37PM

    Fabulous!! When I get to Florida, I really enjoy the birds (at Sanibel) -- especialy the egrets and the roseate spoonbills: the alligators, not nearly as much.

Thanks for your very kind comment on my "components of fitness" blog! You certainly have them all going on . . . literally and metaphorically!

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DDOORN 9/24/2012 3:34PM

    Great pics! I had a super time out with my bike club for a glorious 50 miler with the colors just coming out on the trees here in our beautiful upstate New York!

Don

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    Looks like everyone had a great time!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/24/2012 8:25AM

    Wow! Yay for that scenery!

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TINAJANE76 9/24/2012 7:16AM

    Thanks for sharing this! The smile on your face in these pictures tells it all. You're the picture of fantastic health and you radiate happiness and positivity. Love it!

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GABY1948 9/24/2012 6:57AM

    What a emoticon ride! Thanks for sharing...great pics too but do hope you get a camera soon...I love seeing wildlife! Have a wonderful week!

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ROOSTER72 9/24/2012 6:25AM

    That's a huge ride. So great that you have a group to ride with - it adds to the enjoyment.

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123ELAINE456 9/24/2012 4:16AM

  Awesome!!! Sounds like You had a very Big Fun Day. Lots of Exercise too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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    emoticon that sounds like a lot of fun

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DALID414 9/23/2012 11:26PM

    That sounds SO fun!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/23/2012 10:03PM

    Sounds like fun :-)

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    What a fantastic day! Good going!!!
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    What a fantastic day! Good going!!!
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JOYINKY 9/23/2012 8:32PM

    What a great day! I'm proud of ALL of you for getting out and enjoying it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/23/2012 8:09PM

    Health is indeed a blessing. May it continue, for years to come!

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How Hard is Maintenance?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Some people say it is harder to maintain than it is to lose weight. I think that depends -- depends on what your expectations of maintenance are.

If you think you'll go back to eating just about the way you did before you started losing weight, perhaps with a little less food, maintenance will be hard.

If you think you'll continue to eat the way you did while losing, with just a little more food, you probably won't find maintenance so hard.

If you think you can quit exercising because you are now at goal weight, maintenance will be hard.

If you continue to exercise after making it to goal, or better yet take on new exercise challenges (I'm going for a half marathon!), you may find that maintenance is not so hard after all.

  
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TINAJANE76 9/24/2012 7:19AM

    Great points! I still think maintenance is hard but changing our mindset about it can definitely go a long way in making it a bit easier.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/23/2012 3:14PM

    I totally agree. You have to look as losing weight as a lifestyle change and not a temporary solution to a problem. If you are only doing it "to lose weight" you will eventually gain it all back. You need to realize it is form now on or you wll not be successful in keeping it off. You have to make the commitment to yourself.

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MILLIE5522 9/23/2012 1:39PM

    emoticon I have only just reached my goal weight so this advice was great. I plan on continuing to track, to increase my strength training and more or less to continue eating similar amounts of food as I did when I was losing weight...... I lost weight very slowly.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/23/2012 11:56AM

    I like your style, Marsha! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 9/23/2012 3:47AM

  Awesome!!! How True This Is. Thanks for Sharing this with Us. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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MSLZZY 9/22/2012 10:46PM

    Right on!

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WATERMELLEN 9/22/2012 10:38PM

    Managing expectations about exercise and nutrition are KEY to maintenance; you've hit the nail right on the head.

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RONALANA 9/22/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon I love seeing the success stories. It is so motivating to see someone who has managed to keep the pounds off after reaching the goal! Thanks for sharing your views on maintenance!

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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 9/22/2012 6:52PM

    it sounds so simple the way you put it - maybe because it is! when you look at things in the right way, the lightbulb goes off!

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ROOSTER72 9/22/2012 6:35PM

    We seem to dwell on 'how hard' maintenance is.
You are so right - through Spark we have learned the right lifestyle - planning our food, exercising etc - as long as we continue, we will succeed!

Thank you for reminding us that it is possible.

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QUILTANDKNIT 9/22/2012 2:50PM

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JOYINKY 9/22/2012 2:17PM

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BUBBLICIOUS6 9/22/2012 1:23PM

    How true!! Thank you for the insight.......right on!!
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NEW-CAZ 9/22/2012 12:53PM

    Spot on Marsha, it's a lifestyle maintaining, a healthy active lifestyle!

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MEXGAL1 9/22/2012 12:51PM

    Love this blog Marsha...you sure summed up what we talk about. I personally think it's a challenge everyday but one I understand now and am willing to take on for great health and feeling good.
Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for all your support.
This achy body got the dogs walked and it felt good to work those sore muscles. Now off to do some errands.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/22/2012 12:36PM

    Nice insights, Marsha! Thanks for sharing.

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MIRAGE727 9/22/2012 12:30PM

    Love your reasoning in this blog, Marsha! Spot on! I tell my SparkFriends the bottom line is "Embrace the journey because it is for life!" I'm almost embarrassed to say it...I own maintaining!
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POLSKARENIA 9/22/2012 12:24PM

    That's where the lifestyle change comes in.....

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MARIAJESTRADA 9/22/2012 12:21PM

    Well said! I often ask myself if I can keep this up for the long term, or if there some hope for heavier indulging, and I don't see that in the horizon. (Says the woman who just had two turkey sticks = 70 calories.) I also am really enjoying the work outs, and really don't want to slow down. So, I guess if you have the right attitude and don't see the process as a pain or chore, then, you'll be able to maintain.

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MERETONI 9/22/2012 12:02PM

    I'm looking forward to maintaining. I agree.. I know that my eating will stay the same as it is now as will my working out. (Just cut back a little).

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Bike Ride 9-16-12 Picture

Monday, September 17, 2012

With my usual Sunday morning group, I rode right at 20 miles yesterday in about 2 hours. We took this picture after the ride:



There were actually 7 of us. One rider left before the picture and the two guys just don't like photos, I guess.

There have been years that all my exercise has been a solitary enterprise. I don't have to have a group or buddy in order to enjoy it. But if you ever have a chance to exercise with a group, I'd highly recommend you try it. I have found it to be more fun than I anticipated. Really!!

  
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PERSISTANT123 9/19/2012 10:59PM

    You look great! I hope that I when I'm done with my activities for the day that I look as happy as you!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/19/2012 3:47PM

    What a good looking group!!! Like you, I prefer to exercise in a group or at least with an exercise buddy.

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TERRIJ7 9/19/2012 3:13PM

    I used to love playing on a women's softball team. It never seemed like exercise in those days.

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EMERALDIVER 9/19/2012 12:35AM

    I love my bike rides too! I took my bike to Pensacola Beach and rode towards Navarre last weekend ~ it was so pretty out there I hated to leave. I have convinced my hubby to go with me some, but my legs are longer and his bike is harder to ride so he only went 1 x. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/18/2012 8:53PM

    Nice!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/18/2012 12:28PM

    so cool

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MEXGAL1 9/18/2012 10:11AM

    You just look awesome! And so happy!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 9/18/2012 9:50AM

    WOW Marsha! You look great! Plus, you're making it fun! WTG!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/18/2012 8:57AM

    Yea for you! You look great! Keep it up!

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IAMWINNING 9/18/2012 8:19AM

    It's wonderful that you enjoy riding (exercising) alone or with a group - you just don't let anything get you down. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 9/18/2012 7:49AM

    Good looking group! Makes me want to join a bike club for a ride!
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MSLZZY 9/18/2012 7:36AM

    Alone or in a group, you make the most of
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GABY1948 9/18/2012 6:01AM

    Great blog! You are SUCH an inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2012 3:12AM

    Looks like you all enjoyed it, you look great Marsha emoticon

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_LINDA 9/18/2012 1:37AM

    Looking fabulous! And no one even looks tired! Great group!!

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JACKIE542 9/17/2012 11:30PM

    Looks like fun. emoticon

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ROOSTER72 9/17/2012 11:10PM

    I agree - it makes a nice change to exercise in a group!

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LKEITHO 9/17/2012 10:07PM

    Looking great - and you always look so happy!

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    Marsha, you look so strong! emoticon

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How to Thank Chris Downie???

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thanks, everyone, who read and liked my "How I Found My Inner Jock" blog. This eve there are 84 comments on it. And can you guess who made the 83rd comment? SparkGuy, Chris Downie, no less!

Isn't that awesome? Here he gives us this incredible free site, and even takes the time to check out member blogs!! I went to his SparkPage and gave him a goodie, because that's what we do here on SparkPeople. Right?

PS I'm up to 105 comments and I received a Popular Blog Award. Thanks, SparkFriends and other readers!! Isn't SP just so positive and reinforcing??

PPS I now have 148 comments and 99 "like" votes. This is so cool!?? ! One comment mentioned that the Inner Jock blog was featured in an e-mail, but I didn't see it. If it is true, I would love for someone to cut and paste it into a SparkMail to me!!

Last postscript??? (no guarantee - LOL): Thanks, TerriJ. As of 9-20-12 I have 164 comments and 128 "likes" on the blog. It has been a hoot watching the number go up. I've tried to thank each person commenting, but may not get to all. Will try!! I love SparkPeople!!!! I think because I've been writing blogs for almost 3 years, I have really enjoyed my first two Popular Blog Awards.

9-21-12 PS Now 172 comments and 138 "likes"! Now what am I going to write?? I feel a little pressure to write more than my usual stream of life dribble. Ahhh, I'll be back to usual blogging soon, but I can get the three points just by editing!!

  
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DDOORN 9/21/2012 8:31AM

    ...and thank YOU for being such an invaluable addition to our SparkFamily!

Don

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AQUAGIRL08 9/19/2012 3:52PM

    Wonderful!!! Thanks Chris Downie!

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TERRIJ7 9/19/2012 3:10PM

    It was listed on a Spark email, Marsha. That's how I found it. I liked your title and clicked on the link. I'm still looking for my inner jock. I know she's in there somewhere!

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WATERMELLEN 9/18/2012 8:54PM

    Yes yes yes: and YOU deserve it!!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/18/2012 6:04AM

    That's pretty cool

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THETROUT 9/17/2012 10:46PM

    He really is a great guy!

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CANDOK1260 9/17/2012 4:00PM

    yes chris as help allot of people

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MIRAGE727 9/17/2012 12:19PM

    Very nice, Marsha!
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LIBBYFITZ 9/17/2012 10:40AM

    Now I will go and read the blog that started all this! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    That is just so cool Marsha.
I admire the man and thank him everyday for creating such a wonderful site.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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KANOE10 9/17/2012 8:36AM

    Great idea! You did write an ex emoticon cellent blog!

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    OK, NOW I'm star struck! emoticon emoticon

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How I Found My Inner Jock

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Eleven mile run – done! Or more precisely an eleven mile run-walk-run. I loved it. I ended up feeling great and knowing that I could run more and run faster. And I soon will. Looking forward to it. How did I go from living a sedentary existence to where I am today?

As a kid I remember being chosen last every time. I was embarrassed to run for fear kids would see my fat jiggle. My 5th grade teacher recommended dancing lessons to help awkwardness, not knowing I’d already had three years. I remember my 7th grade coach calling me a “motor moron.” How did I ever find my inner jock?

In 1998 when I hit my top weight of 212 pounds, I had not exercised for more than a decade. Before that a couple times I had started an exercise program at a gym or on my own, but that was just it. I started. Inevitably I overdid it, was so sore I could hardly walk, and would give up. I thought it was just way too hard.

In 1998 I joined Curves. That was the first time I ever exercised fairly regularly. It wasn't too hard and I didn't get sore. I lost 60 pounds, but really did not see any muscle definition nor notice any improvement in my cardio. I did not enjoy the workouts, but endured them in order to lose weight. After I hit my weight goal, I quit. I tried Curves again in 2004-2006, and was really dedicated to getting my workouts in for the first time. It became easier and easier. I used a weighted hula hoop on the “recovery stations” and started really having fun during my workouts.

I changed jobs and Curves wasn’t convenient any more. I walked regularly three days a week for 30 minutes. Pretty soon it was four days a week and then five. Usually I was a little more consistent in the summer than in the winter when it was dark when I got home from work. Then I got a treadmill and consistently walked year round.

For Christmas I got a great present, a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I loved the indoor walking program and mixing it up with my outdoor walks and my treadmill walks. I stuck to my 5 times a week cardio schedule for several years, but my weight was creeping back up. In 2008 I rejoined Weight Watchers, having regained 25 pounds. I lost the 25 with my 5 days a week exercise routine. I was at the top of the healthy BMI range, but I wanted to make sure I kept it off this time.

That was when I found SparkPeople. I read that exercise was crucial to maintenance. I increased my cardio to 6 days a week, one hour per day. I consistently did a SparkPeople-generated strength training program, too. I added the minimum maintenance food, and was surprised when I continued to lose weight slowly for more than a year.

After four months of SP strength training I was confident enough to join a gym. At our local YMCA I found people at all fitness levels and wish I’d joined earlier. I tried a lot of different exercises – weight machines, pilates, step aerobics, stationary bike, swimming, etc. Zumba became one of my favorites and I found I really enjoyed 70 minutes on the elliptical trainer. My new MP3 player also helped jazz up my workouts.

In January 2011 at the age of 61, a poster caught my eye, “5K Road Race for People Over 50.” I wondered if I could run 3.1 miles. I jumped on the treadmill and did it without much problem. I entered the race and placed third in my age group. It was only the 12th time I had ever run and the third time I had ever run that far. I thought maybe I should start training for real! In the following year I ran six 5Ks and one 10K. Now I’m training for my first half marathon on November 18th.

If you just read the previous paragraph you might think it was foolishly impetuous of me to start running so late in life, but taken in context, the opposite is true. I found my inner jock by taking slow consistent steps over years and gradually increasing the intensity and length of my workouts.

I’ve learned if I dread a workout, I need to slow down. It doesn’t need to hurt to be beneficial; in fact, you should end up feeling great. I do!!

  
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DONNELDA22 10/14/2012 7:05PM

    If the rest of us had followed your example through the years, we would all be running 1/2 marathons with you. Well never to late to get into shape and start training. Thanks for the inspiration emoticon emoticon

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HIPPYCAT 10/10/2012 2:54PM

    Thanks for inspiring me today!

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DORY1949 10/1/2012 10:36AM

    You really inspired me and gave me hope! You tried so many things and never quit no matter what. You helped me feel that I could do an exercise routine even if it was walk away the puounds, curves, walking or jogging outside or going to zumba. Thanks. Keep up the goo d work.

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PCASEY7 9/30/2012 9:44PM

    I was 59 when I found SP and started exercising consistently. The lbs came off and my energy levels have been much better. Good luck with your half marathon - you rock!

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LARKSONGRUTH 9/29/2012 3:23PM

    Wonderful telling of your exercise story. This was very encouraging to me.


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CANDO20K 9/29/2012 5:35AM

    Thank you for such a positive, enthusiastic blog that makes me suddenly believe I could enjoy exercise!

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CANDOIT54 9/26/2012 11:16AM

    Good for you. I'm going to be 58 in November so if you can do it so can I.
Thanks for motivation

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SNUZSUZ 9/24/2012 1:24PM

    Thank you for this great blog! I will be 59 in 5 weeks, and have spent the past year fighting lung cancer. I walked for about a mile and a half this morning. First time in about a year. I signed up for a 5k in October and you have inspired me to go for it! I know I won't be able to run, but I hope I can at least walk it:)

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SUSANSERENE 9/24/2012 12:57PM

    Thank you for the inspiration and congratulations on your accomplishments! I'll be 64 in a few weeks and my goal is to eventually do a half-marathon. I see myself doing it and I know it will happen, with one baby step at a time.

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FEFIFO 9/23/2012 4:56PM

    I am 68 years old and have been thinking about walking and running a 5K. I run and walk on the treadmill but so far only have been able to run for 3 minutes. I have reached my goal weight and have kept it off for 1 year with Jenny Craig and Spark People. I got $125 refund from Jenny Craig by keeping my weight off for 1 year. I have to exercise regularly or the weight would come back. I line dance, heavy yard work, swim laps occasionally. I find reasons to walk instead of ride.

Your story inspired me to do more, although, I know I can't do what you do. You are doing so well and I just wanted to let you know. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/22/2012 2:53PM

    WTG!!

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FIFTYFUN315 9/22/2012 12:19PM

    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement - hiked 5.25 miles and 709 feet elevation with a friend over Labor day and surprised myself at actually being able to do it. I am only 50 but sometimes that voice on the wrong shoulder tries to tell me I am too old - your blog helped me to stick duct tape on his mouth LOL

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GOSPARK45 9/22/2012 1:25AM

    Way to go! Who knew you had an inner jock!

A half marathon? Amazing.



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GRANDMABABA 9/21/2012 10:35PM

    My first 5k is tomorrow. I cannot run that far, but I can walk it and jog a little along the way. I'll be 60 in two weeks and am excited to be back in a more active mode again. I have ms and limited to less challenging activity over the past many years. Your story is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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KITTYF54 9/21/2012 3:53PM

    I'm still trying to find the will to get up and do something. it's not as easy as it sounds, is it?

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ALLYSONRW 9/21/2012 11:16AM

    Oh, I can so relate to the school gym classes. Always last in everything. I thought I was going to die when those yearly physical fitness tests were introduced in the 60's! Hard to believe that I now do monthly 100 and 200k's on my bike. Thanks for the wonderful read and congrats on your Popular Blog award!

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PARKERB2 9/21/2012 9:25AM

    good for you. Keep on truckin' emoticon

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DDOORN 9/21/2012 8:35AM

    I've always declared that running just isn't my "thing." Nonetheless I run a 5K every year to join with others, especially our local Sparkers!, once a year and get out training the month beforehand. I do it. It's not horrible. But I've never had much of that "runner's high" one hears so much about.

Your example offers me some hope that one day this could change! :-)

Don

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CAROTEX1 9/20/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon WAY TO GO! I'm 68 and just getting started with walking for Health's Sake, I dream of completing a 5K, did not know if I was to old to start but you have inspired me! Thank you so much! Best of Luck!

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YENGLISH100 9/20/2012 11:08PM

    Great encouragement. Thanks for sharing. Your life seems so similar to mine. emoticon

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CAMELSAMBA 9/20/2012 8:06PM

    Awesome! Enjoy your half marathon!!

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ARUSHING2 9/20/2012 3:21PM

 
Great job . . . congratulations for your attitude and accomplishments!

Thank you for sharing your story with us . . . appreciated ! !

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CHUBERASER 9/20/2012 2:08PM

    You are an inspiration for me to get back in gear and start moving!!! emoticon

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KCHRISTIE4 9/20/2012 10:53AM

    Great!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 9/20/2012 10:39AM

    "take slow consistent steps". I needed to hear that today, thanks :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBALEX 9/20/2012 3:23AM

    So encouraging! Thanks for sharing your life!

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HANDYV 9/20/2012 12:27AM

    SUPER !!!

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NESARIAN 9/19/2012 11:05PM

    Excellent!!!

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GRUBY22 9/19/2012 8:34PM

    Way to stay motivated and keep going!!

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MANILUS 9/19/2012 6:05PM

    A wonderful story of comebacks, mine is very similar! I lost 187 lbs and 75 inches from 2005-2007. I gained back 153 lbs by November 2009 and since that time, I have lost 109 lbs! Keep up the great work!!

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Congratulations, on your successful journey !
You are truly an inspiration to us all !

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CLAUDEM1 9/19/2012 4:21PM

    Wow, you are a wonder! I was amazed at how consistent your routine is. Keep the spark going!


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KELLYPAQ 9/19/2012 4:16PM

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing. I'm starting to feel the same way about myself. I was never really an athlete, but I'm finding things I enjoy and looking for new things to try.

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MASTERPIECE8 9/19/2012 3:59PM

    Great blog. So much enthusiasm and inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to share your story and your success. Now I know that I too CAN DO IT!

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JAXMOMMY 9/19/2012 3:29PM

    I was one of those kids too! Always picked last and just deemed the non-athlete! I'm not a jock like you, but I do love exercise and can exercise! Way to go!

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POLSKARENIA 9/19/2012 2:37PM

    Brilliant - I've learnt to like exercise, something I hated at school!!

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TERRIJ7 9/19/2012 1:38PM

    Congratulations!

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POETICJUSTUS 9/19/2012 1:28PM

    Thanx Slenderella!! Great job! I thought @ the beginning of the blog you might be someone who put on the Freshman through graduate 25 . I'm 55 & have always been embarrassed about my being so BIG! Oh well, this is exciting I want to @ least in the Alzheimer's & Diabetes walk this year & finish. Wish me luck. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORRAINE10141 9/19/2012 1:01PM

    This is a motivator since I'm 61 and just starting out. Thanks. :)

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LAWANDMUSIC 9/19/2012 12:10PM

    Wonderful! I am 59 and you just gave me some HOPE!

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MSJAY160 9/19/2012 10:43AM

    Great Story Thanks For Sharing...very motivating

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MS_PERCEPTION 9/19/2012 10:15AM

    Great blog entry to encourage everyone, wherever they are on their path to new, healthier living!

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THOMS1 9/19/2012 9:58AM

    emoticon Great blog!

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KAREN_NY 9/19/2012 9:46AM

    Thanks for the great job on sharing your story.... and congrats on the great things you make happen for yourself!! Have a rockin' day!
K:)

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LINDAKAY228 9/19/2012 9:16AM

    Thanks for a great blog! I could so relate to your mention of being chosen last all the time as I kid. I was the one some team got "stuck" with. I didn't start running until 2 years ago at the age of 55. I'm not fast and I'm not great but I do it and like it, whch is something I never would have dreamed of before in my life!
Thanks for sharing your story!

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KADUFRESNE 9/19/2012 9:07AM

    That is awesome! I just turned 65 in August. You have inspired me. Thank you.

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