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Kids and Healthy Living

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gwen and I have had a great morning with a long walk, Little Tikes basketball, chase, playing with the dog, and a lot of dancing. There was also drawing, megablocks, puzzles, singing with motions (Wheels on the Bus, Happy and You Know It, etc.), and of course a bunch of stories. I don't have to take Gwen to the gym nursery in order for me to have an active morning. Today Gwen loved peas, grapes, banana, and yogurt. I don't have to have junk food around the house in order to feed my grandkids well.

Gwen just turned 2 a couple weeks ago. She's 3 and half years younger than Natalie. Seeing her mastering puzzles and building with megablocks brings back memories of three and half years ago. I was working 3 days and keeping Natalie 3 days a week. I was also losing a lot of weight and changing the way I live for good.

I told my daughter that Natalie helped me change my lifestyle in two ways. 1. She'd say, "Run, OldMom, Run!" and want me to chase her, which I did over and over. And 2. She loved to eat anything off my plate, so she helped me learn to eat less. Occasionally she'll still eat a veggie off my plate that she wouldn't eat from her own. Now I'll go get Natalie from kindergarten in an hour and a half. Then we'll all play.

Keeping 2 small grandkids 6 days a week is not stress free. However, they add a great deal to my life and can help me live healthy. And, perhaps even more important, they give me a reason to want to live a long and healthy life!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 10/11/2012 10:44AM

    I couldn't agree more!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/10/2012 2:29PM

    Your Grands are lucky to have you to take care of them. You put a lot of love and energy into the job and still take care of yourself. In my book, that's a winning combination!

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123ELAINE456 10/10/2012 6:17AM

  Awesome!!! Enjoy Your Grand Kids while You Can. I don't have any. Only Son says He will never marry. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day.

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STRIVER57 10/10/2012 2:07AM

    wish i'd had a grandmother like you!

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WATERMELLEN 10/9/2012 7:40PM

    Natalie and Gwen are such lucky little girls to have a Grandma like you! Sure, I know you benefit too, a lot: but not every grandma puts her whole heart and soul into helping out the way you do!!

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JOYINKY 10/9/2012 7:35PM

    Wonderful! Enjoy these years they grow up fast! I had more quality time with my youngest 3 grandkids because I was retired. Precious moments. Yes, grandchildren are a great motivator to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's all good! Thanks for sharing Marsha!

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FROSTY99 10/9/2012 7:33PM

    It is good for both of you-you are sharing your life and love with your grandchildrean and it will always be with them. I still remember living with my grandparents as a child and my grandfather taught me to love reading. My grandmother taught me cooking, I learned to love gardening from my grandfather-just a few of the fond memories I have about the time I got to spend with them. Yes you are building wonderful memories.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/9/2012 6:59PM

    I think it is so great that you can be there for your granddaughters. It brings back happy memories of one particular favorite grandmother of mine who kept her sense of fun when we were in her care. She did not drive, so we walked with her to the hairdresser, the grocery store, the shops... we caught busses and on rare occasion even rode in a TAXI!

She also grew her own veggies, and from her I learned to love fresh spinach right from her patch.

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GABY1948 10/9/2012 5:40PM

    I agree with the others you ARE an amazing Grandmother and think of all the wonderful memories the girls will have of you when they grow up! I still remember my dad sitting me on his lap and he would read me Little Lulu comics from cover to cover! It is truly my best memory of my childhood! GO, OldMom, GO!!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/9/2012 5:33PM

    But they keep you young and young at heart! HUGS!

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ROOSTER72 10/9/2012 5:28PM

    Wow - 2 kids 6 days a week! That is a huge commitment for you, but will mean you and your grandkids have a really special relationship.

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GOLFGMA 10/9/2012 4:00PM

    Sounds as if your grandchildren are learning good healthy eating habits from you and probably other good habits as well. Wonderful that you are able to have this loving relationship with them. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/9/2012 2:56PM

    emoticon you're an amazing role model. Have a great day emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/9/2012 2:42PM

    wow, i am for sure tired ready your about your activities. I know when I keep the grandkids alone when visiting they wear me out. I am lucky as our DIL loves to have us watch the kids and they kids are so good for my DH and I. Because my DIL spoils the kids and is not a good discipline person the kids act awful when she is around. So I love when she isn't there. The grandkids know the "rules" when they are with Nama and Papi.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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COOP9002 10/9/2012 2:38PM

    Thanks for being a great role-model for your grandchildren. Blessings upon you today.

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_LINDA 10/9/2012 2:21PM

    You are a fabulous grandmother and an excellent role model! You have grown together and that is so special! Here is to the next generation of healthy living, may they spread the Spark!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/9/2012 2:12PM

    You are an amazing grandmother.

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Good Enough to Run Today

Monday, October 08, 2012

I went to the gym today and did 45 minutes on the treadmill. I ran 12 one minute running intervals, 10 of them at 6mph and 2 slower. The rest of the time I walked. It was an easy workout. My health issue seems to be 90 percent gone and the discomfort is definitely lower, so I'm thinking it's digestion related. But whatever it was is going away and I'm not going to worry about it. Hoping that by Thursday I'll be up to a full running workout.

Thanks to all of you who were concerned.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/10/2012 2:26PM

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Good luck with your workouts!

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_LINDA 10/9/2012 2:18PM

    So glad to hear its ressolving! Way to work it!
I get a pain in my side on a regular basis from where I had my appendix out. It was speculated it was adhesions or scars from the surgery

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123ELAINE456 10/9/2012 12:41AM

  Glad you are beginning to feel better. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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FROSTY99 10/8/2012 7:02PM

    Great news! Keep up the good work.

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SLIMLILA 10/8/2012 3:11PM

    Feel better soon.. but dont' forget your body may need some down time to keep up with you.

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MEXGAL1 10/8/2012 2:31PM

    glad to hear you are feeling better. I know as we age there just isn't any rhythm or reason sometimes for the discomfort I feel. I know with me I can eat the same thing all the time and not have problems...then all of a sudden one day it's gas and pain. go figure.
Hope you are 100% soon.
Sallie

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GUITARWOMAN 10/8/2012 1:53PM

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2012 1:19PM

    emoticon glad you're feeling brighter Marsha! emoticon

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This is EXCELLENT news! Keep up your great and inspiring work!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/8/2012 1:05PM

    Great job! Glad you're feeling better.

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COOP9002 10/8/2012 1:00PM

    Glad to hear your feeling better. Nice job on the run.

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/8/2012 12:58PM

    Yay you! Keep paying attention to what your body needs and hope you are back to 100% real soon.
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JOYINKY 10/8/2012 12:21PM

    Easy does it. Be well. Hugs.

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MSLZZY 10/8/2012 12:16PM

    So glad you are feeling better.
Keep that positive attitude! HUGS!

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    Glad to hear it! emoticon

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Probably Just Something Totally Inelegant

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The old me would have been really excited because after weighing 132.4 at Weight Watchers and 130.8 here at home yesterday, I weighed 127.8 here this morning. But now I know better.

The truth is that I had a strange sharp pain under my left rib cage that I had never experienced before. I just could not eat supper last night. The pain is better, but not gone this morning. I decided to skip my regular Sunday bike ride. I'll putz around the house and do a little housework before the kids come at 11am for child care. It very well may be something totally inelegant like gas pain. In fact, I hope it is.

No, now I'm not excited about a three pound drop in weight. I'd much rather be pain free and out riding my bike! After a healthy day of eating I'll be pretty much back where I was, at a healthy weight, but a few pounds over my ideal. And I'll be still contradictorily celebrating 185 weeks of maintaining an over 80 pound loss and still wanting to be a few pounds less.

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 10/7/2012 8:23PM

    You're always an inspiration to us all. I hope your problem 'passes' quickly!

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MOBYCARP 10/7/2012 8:07PM

    I hope it's nothing serious, but I agree that an unexplained pain in the side is more worrisome than being 3 pounds away from the weight you want, in either direction.

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FROSTY99 10/7/2012 6:19PM

    emoticon this is nothing serious and you are back up to par quickly.

emoticon on maintaining your weight. I hope I can do as well when I real goal.

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CLEARSTREAM 10/7/2012 4:26PM

    Please let us all know how you are tomorrow. There's a hundred innocent things that pain could be due to and only a couple that might be of concern. Take it easy and try not to worry, but if it persists PLEASE get it checked out.

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123ELAINE456 10/7/2012 3:10PM

  Please call your Doctor today to be no the safe side. And have your Heart check out. It could be just Gas. I hope that is all it is too. The heart can cause pain anywhere. Could be a Heart Attack too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Hope you begin to feel better real soon. Take Care. Congratulalaions on your Weight Loss and Maintaining the loss for so long.

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FRAN0426 10/7/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon on the maitaining Marsha. emoticon , hope the annoying pain is gone reals soon.

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MIRAGE727 10/7/2012 2:20PM

    Wow! I must have had sympathy pains and didn't know it! I started to feel pain inb my stomach yesterday evening! I was out with D & Gianna when it hit. The good thing is we were at Gattitown (sorta like Chuck E Cheese but better..food wise too!)
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When I got home I popped some Pepto tabs and finally felt better. Go figure. If your pain doesn't go away in the next day, see your doctor. Better safe than sorry. I also want to be able to run with you soon, Marsha!
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AQUAGIRL08 10/7/2012 2:06PM

    You're right - being healthy is key. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/7/2012 12:21PM

    I am with you on wanting to be healthy more than anything. I so understand not feeling well and out of control due to it. It sure can ruin your day when you are not up to the normal activities.
Hope you are feeling better today.
Hugs
Sallie

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JOYINKY 10/7/2012 10:42AM

    Ah yes! Health trumps the scale every time! Hope it was one of those passing "stitches" and that you are back to feeling great soon!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/7/2012 10:14AM

    Sometimes we do just get these odd little pains here and there and they do usually leave just as quickly as they come. I hope that is the case for you!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/7/2012 10:04AM

    Hope you are better soon!

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JAZZEJR 10/7/2012 9:18AM

    Yes, everything is relative, isn't it? Hope it's a minor "stitch" in your side. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/7/2012 9:13AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss so successfully for so long... Very inspiring!



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NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 9:09AM

    Hope it's gas Marsha,sounds painful hun and I hate to think of you in pain emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 10/7/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon Let's hear it for gas! That's something benign and will go away (hopefully very soon).

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CANDOSUE52 10/7/2012 8:19AM

   


could be a little gastritis or reflux.... whatever it is, I hope it goes away soon.



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MSLZZY 10/7/2012 8:16AM

    Painful and maybe inelegant. Could be almost
anything. Have a great day and putz away. HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/7/2012 8:13AM

    Interesting, the transition to where the scale is no longer the central focus of "happiness"... have we changed to being real, long-term maintainers, Marsha?

Feel better, soon! emoticon Putter gently and Spark on! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 10/7/2012 8:12AM

    Sounds funny to say, but I hope it's just gas as well!!! Feel better! You have so much to proud of - celebrate!!!! emoticon

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Unwavering Support

Saturday, October 06, 2012

It was a heady experience finally getting a Popular Blog Award after three years of regular blogging. Thanks At Goal & Maintaining Team for highlighting me! And then a second award a week later without even being highlighted. That blog was selected by SP and e-mailed out to a whole lot of people. (One of my SparkFriends claimed it went to 1.5 million people, but I can't confirm that.)

I took the time to thank many of the 185 people who commented on that blog. Not a bad thing to do.

But you know, I often don't thank you who take the time to comment on my mundane, day-to-day, not so exciting blogs. Well, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I owe you who read my daily musings so much more than those who just stopped in to see what all the fuss was about. If I don't thank you on each comment it is not because I don't appreciate it. I truly do.

It helps me a great deal to write blogs of all types. I write to celebrate small achievements, like swimming a whole lap of American crawl; running farther than I've ever run before; trying a new recipe or food. I write to share disappointments like when the scale is up more than I think it should be; or when I can't sleep and it is triggering hunger; or when I fall off my bike, fall on my treadmill, and fall down on the curb. (Note to self: no more falling.) I write about my wise choices and my not so wise choices, my struggles and my victories. I write to set goals and usually remember to report the outcome. I write to declare how great a healthy lifestyle can be. I write to commiserate on how challenging a healthy lifestyle can be.

And you, my SparkFriends, never, never let me down. When I need to be picked up, you encourage me. When I need someone to say, "good going," I can count on you. When I am facing an issue, you have great suggestions. And in your own blogs you model living as I want to and share solutions I need.

For me SparkPeople, and especially my SparkFriends, are the most consistently positive force in my life. I mean, I adore my grandkids. They make me laugh often. But they will occasionally scream in my ear and/or kick me in the shins. SparkFriends are only kind, caring, supportive, and wise.

So most of the time, almost all the time, I am not writing blogs for a mass group of people or to win an award. I'm writing to express what I need to express especially for those few of you who understand. Thank you for your unwavering support!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/7/2012 2:05PM

    Thank you for sharing your blogs with us, Marsha! Sometimes when I read about the struggles that you have, I know that I'm not alone. It also makes me happy to share in your celebrations so keep those blogs coming!!!
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VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2012 10:21AM

    You're danged amazing, grrl, and it's ABOUT TIME that this be recognized and celebrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/7/2012 9:39AM

    Thanks for sharing your journey, tricks, and wisdom!

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GOLFGMA 10/7/2012 6:56AM

    Congrats on your awards. Awesome when we get an unexpected reward. Keep blogging because you are reaching a lot of people with messages that mean something and help others. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/7/2012 4:11AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Congratulations on recieving the Well Deserved Awards. You are Amazing. Enjoy your Blogs. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day.

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NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 3:17AM

    emoticon emoticon I love your blogs and following your daily musings Marsha, you're one amazing lady!

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PMFISH 10/6/2012 10:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Reading our daily blogs we think we know a little more about each other and I always learn something! Congrat on your awards!

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AMANDAJCD 10/6/2012 9:46PM

    Marsha, of all people here, I am so tickled you got those awards! You've earned them, and I'm thrilled because we can all bask in your reflected glory emoticon

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JOYINKY 10/6/2012 8:05PM

    Congratulations Marsha! The recognition is well deserved. emoticon

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FROSTY99 10/6/2012 7:23PM

    Keep on expressing yourself-that is what blogging is all about-the fame is fleeting, the friends you make you cannot put a price on that.
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WILLOWBROOK5 10/6/2012 6:57PM

    This IS a wonderfully supportive site, isn't it? Congrats on the well-deserved recognition!
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MAYBER 10/6/2012 6:48PM

    spark friends are great and we are here to give support encouragment and inspiration and you certainly do all that
love reading all the blogs have yet to write my first one
on the average write 10 to 20 snail mail and email letters each month to friends and family the snail mail goes to elderly ( am quickly aproaching that group myself) who need not write back to me do it in memory of my mother who loved to get mail but was unable to answer
one day at a time

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GABY1948 10/6/2012 5:22PM

    I also agree it just cannot be done. I never expect anyone to come by personally and thank me...I don't go out and thank others either but I hope they know I appreciate them because I comment on theirs...you see a couple years ago, I got to a point that I was team co-leader of 4 teams and doing all the extra stuff that I thought was required and it got so overwhelmin and took so much of my valued exerecise/active time that I just quit spark...for a year! I don't want to get to that point again...all that said, don't ever feel obligated to come and thank me...you are awesome and I am so glad that you got the recognition TWICE for what you do! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/6/2012 3:48PM

    I totally "get" where you're coming from today, Marsha, having been through the "15 minutes of Spark fame" experience relatively recently myself! It's hard to answer every comment, and I don't expect folks to. Only 24 hours in a day, and of those, we should be limiting our time on the screens.

So... Spark on! Write what you need to express... I kind of like seeing the day to day activities of my spark buds and how we all keep keeping on. Oh, and NO falling during the HM... for either of us!

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Planning on 100%

Friday, October 05, 2012

There were 9 of us at the local SparkTeam dinner last eve. It was my first time making the reservations and it worked out fine. I do enjoy getting together with our team, local people trying to improve their lifestyles. I enjoyed some broiled salmon on a delicious salad with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

My weight was up a bit at Weight Watchers this morning, more than last month but less than the month before. Perhaps that salmon had more sodium than I figured!? In my head I blamed my outfit and that I didn't get to the restroom right before the weigh in. I started to feel disappointed with my weight, but the person who weighed me helped. She pointed out that I have done very well and told me I look fantastic. So, I've never left WW with a gain feeling as good as I did today.

I know, I know. I shouldn't need someone to tell me I've done well. I know I have. I know weight fluctuates. I know that the scale does not measure my worth. And if I am tracking accurately I should not even need the scale to let me know how I am doing weight-wise.

So, how did I do in September? Excellent on exercise with half marathon training right on schedule. Water = good. Sleep = pretty good. I ate lots of good food, and tracked most of it, but sometimes ate more after I was done tracking. That is my area for improvement in October. I'm going for 100% tracking. I'm not really trying to lose weight in October, just looking for optimal nutrition for half marathon training. But I really, really do not want to gain any weight this month. Perhaps I could just fluctuate down this month??! LOL

  
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_LINDA 10/7/2012 1:03AM

    Echo everyone else saying eating out means extra sodium even on healthier choices :( Lesson learned, never eat out before a weigh in. So happy the person weighing you in reaffirmed how well you have done and how great you have looked as none of your internet friends can really have that pleasure. Photos are great but not the accurate 3D look. I absolutely love tracking and every single thing I eat down to the last taste testing morsel (Costco trips can be bad for the extra calories of the samples)
Well done with your training and water! Good luck with the tracking!

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FROSTY99 10/6/2012 7:20PM

    Sounds like a wonderful motivator who did the weigh in. That is what one needs to keep you feeling good about yourself instead of down because of a gain.



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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/6/2012 1:11PM

    I'd imagine this to be a typical challenge throughout maintenance, so my heart goes out to you. Keep up the determination and get accolades anywhere and everywhere. I believe they just help us remember our positive perspectives about ourselves - don't be afraid to take them in! You're awesome!

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KITTYF54 10/6/2012 11:50AM

    good luck Next time. I hate that sodium weight, but it will go away in a few days.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/6/2012 9:25AM

    I am right there with you on the sodium, Marsha! I just told Peggy the same thing because she went out to eat and gained a pound. I wish the restaurants would cut down on the amount of sodium that they put in their food. It plays havoc with our systems!

You are doing such a great job. I guess we get so used to doubting ourselves that sometimes it takes another person for us to feel validated. I love the way I feel after weighing in at WW. The support is fantastic!

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GABY1948 10/6/2012 7:39AM

    Try not to be too hard on yourself...sodium does that to me also and is just plain UNACCEPTABLE..but you ARE doing great and my hat's off to you! You look even MORE GREAT! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 10/6/2012 6:50AM

    That sodium is evil! It's hidden everywhere!! Glad to hear the HM training is going well! I'll be moving my training outside the next two weeks as I will be traveling...we'll see how it goes.

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MARYJOANNA 10/6/2012 5:38AM

  I found the secret to weighing in at WW is to wear the same outfit each time. Pick the lightest weight outfit you can find and wear it to each meeting.

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ROOSTER72 10/6/2012 4:59AM

    So great that you meet up with some local spark buddies every once in a while!

Having a monthly weigh in is tough! Fluctuations are really felt, since you know it is a month until you can check if it really is a fluctuation. You are right though - the number on the scale is not the end story - your healthy lifestyle is what it is all about.

Thanks!

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123ELAINE456 10/6/2012 4:14AM

  You are doing Great!!! Keep It Up!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.

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NEW-CAZ 10/6/2012 3:11AM

    You're doing great Marsha, weight fluctuates naturally, as long as I stay 3 pounds either side of goal I'm happy.
Hope it fluctuates down for you hun, but you know it's just an indicator- you are one fit and healthy lady!

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MSLZZY 10/5/2012 8:47PM

    Fluctuate down-that's a good way to look at it!

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MEXGAL1 10/5/2012 8:27PM

    You know you are doing great and when I continue to read how much exercise you do.....perhaps the muscle is weighing more? Just a thought.
I love tracking...it just keeps me honest.
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2012 8:22PM

    You are doing absolutely great! And it's OK if you need someone else to reassure you of that from time to time . . .

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ELAYNE39 10/5/2012 7:57PM

    We all need someone to confirm for us that we are doing well and look great every once and a while. Nothing wrong with that. Maintenance is a learning process and a small gain is no biggie as long as you stay on top of it. Sounds like you are on top of it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/5/2012 7:56PM

    emoticon indeed. Good nutrition for training... that's the plan. I, too, have no desire to gain this month... I'm right at center of my maintenance range this morning... and I like it here.

Here's to being fit, no matter WHAT the scale says! And your WW attendant was right... you look marvelous, Marsha!

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JOYINKY 10/5/2012 7:53PM

    May we all fluctuate down! ;) Would be a great way to head into the challenges of the holidays! You are doing great Marsha.

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