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# Tracking Galloway and Varying Miles and Activities

### Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I posted this question to the Get Help Here Fitness message board last week:

I went 6.2 miles on treadmill in 70 minutes. 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. The 60 minutes was one minute running intervals followed by a minute of walk. Mostly I ran at 6 mph and walked at 4 mph, with a few faster intervals thrown in.

Which will give more accurate calorie burn info:
* tracking 70 minutes for 6.2 miles
* tracking 10 minutes at 3 mph, 30 min at 6 mph and 30 min at 4 mph ??

"I'd track using your second option. I think that would be more accurate.
Coach Jen"

So today I did 50 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes on the stationary bike. I tracked it this way:

Running/jogging: 5.5 mph (11 minutes per mile) 11 minutes = 88 calories
Running/jogging: 6 mph (10 minutes per mile) 10 minutes = 89 calories
Running/jogging: 6.7 mph (9 minutes per mile) 4.5 minutes = 40 calories
Walking: 4 mph (15 minutes per mile) 15 minutes = 60 calories
Walking: 3 mph (20 minutes per mile) 10 minutes = 33 calories
Stationary Bike 12 mph 10 minutes = 62 calories
Total Calories 372

If I don't want to go to all that trouble, I've learned that I can estimate 90 calories per mile, with a little greater burn for more running and a little less burn for more walking. That gives me a pretty good indication of calories burned.

I think the important point is getting the exercise in. Precise tracking is secondary. Nonetheless, I thought it was interesting.

SparkFriends, Do you strive for the most accurate tracking or does a rough estimate do it for you? Would love to know your tricks for accuracy and for estimating!! Appreciate your input!

 MOBYCARP 10/11/2012 9:49PM I'm in the rough estimate camp. I weigh myself daily, and when the weight trends up or down, I adjust my nutrition range down or up. I can't get anywhere close to a maintenance range on nutrition from the calories burned calculations on the fitness tracker, so I basically ignore the calories burned aspect and use the fitness tracker as a motivational tool to get myself to actually *do* the exercises.As my sister says, reality trumps Spark Points. To get the fitness tracker to generate a calorie burn number that balanced my nutrition needs, I'd have to spend so much time tracking stuff I don't count as exercise that I'd actually move less. And that's the Wrong Answer for me. Report Inappropriate Comment
 OFFANDAWAY 10/11/2012 11:00AM Typically I've estimated 100 calories per mile, which is more or less what my Garmin estimates. That being said, I look more out of curiosity, not because I need to know. Those who do I'd recommend a heart rate monitor. Report Inappropriate Comment
 MEXGAL1 10/11/2012 9:36AM rough estimating I believe is the only way for me. I can't get too anal about the exercise and calories burned as it always disappoints me. I would rather concentrate on the calorie count I eat.Have a terrific day Marsha. You are doing great.Sallie Report Inappropriate Comment
 NEW-CAZ 10/11/2012 2:45AM I think when I was first trying to lose weight calories in verses calories burned was a bigger issue. Now I have a better idea about keeping the weight off and how to maintain it's not so important.But I know runners and cyclists who want in improve on stamina and Personal Bests down to recording 10th of seconds and find SP frustrating from that point of view. They have to resort to their own ways and means.Have a good Thursday Marsha. Great workout!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 JOYINKY 10/10/2012 8:59PM I'm good with estimating and then tweaking once in awhile. I'm working toward building as much exercise into my day as I can and not relying as much on "workouts". Although I do enjoy my yoga classes and will go back to the gym once yardwork comes to a halt for the winter. Report Inappropriate Comment
 WATERMELLEN 10/10/2012 8:45PM The elliptical and the rowing machine at my gym will tell me the calories tracked . . . if I wanna believe them!! I'm thinking the elliptical is more accurate because I put in my weight; rowing machine doesn't request weight. But I actually (in terms of "perceived rate of exertion") believe that I"m burning more calories on the rowing machine.And as for ST: it doesn't track calories burned, and heaven knows it feels like I'm burning lots!!Key thing for me is calories in: that' at least 70% of weight loss/maintenance for me every time.Exercise matters: but it's more about cardio fitness/ strength and toning/balance/flexibility and above all endorphins/mood!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 MAGGIE101857 10/10/2012 7:24PM I'm good with an estimate; I am more interested in my speed and distance, and most importantly, how I feel during my workouts!Great job on the workouts!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 MSLZZY 10/10/2012 7:21PM I try to get as close as possible and will err on thelow side, just in case. Someone sent me a link foranother place to accurately track calories but the list seems too short to do me much good. Istill need to check it out more thoroughly. Report Inappropriate Comment
 ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2012 6:42PM I am a lazy tracker. I track mileage. I tell the tracker I did 4 miles this morning, and the clock read 43 minutes. I care little how much was walking / running... I'm not trying to be a perfectionist, just make sure I get my time and miles in. Report Inappropriate Comment
 BLUE42DOWN 10/10/2012 4:52PM I do the splits if I know how much I did at what speed (such as treadmill work) and the differences in the speed are large enough. Otherwise I tend to lump the entire time on the most average version of the activity.Then again ... I don't expect accuracy out of SP's tracker. Whole minutes, huge leaps in speeds at some points, and more mean it's just a general idea. I aim for consistency so I can estimate from that where I'm really likely to be.(Some day I hope to get one of the HR monitors that does calorie burn calculations and get a more accurate multi-activity measure.) Report Inappropriate Comment
 _LINDA 10/10/2012 3:43PM I would tend to track more accurately if I could. Running on a treadmill makes it much easier to keep accurate track of the speeds you are going though. There is no increments given for the elliptical like that which I think is unfair. I also have no real way of knowing how fast I am walking as I have no way of measuring the distance accurately (maybe I have to get the GPS watch my Step Dad is trying to get rid of. Its troublesome though -for the longest time we couldn't try it as its memory was full and we didn't know how to clear it (it had to be done on the computer and it seemed the only way was to restart it from scratch losing all your data, not good if you are trying to improve speed or distance etc) So right now I am stuck with guesstimating. The problem with my fitness classes is a lot of them incorporate ST, but I never track that as quite often the exercises they do are not in the data base anyway and I don't have time to write down how many reps etc. A lot of the moves are functional, multi moves often balancing on one leg, which Sparks has none of. So I guess when you look at it that way, I am not a very accurate tracker. But I am not going to stress over it. As long as my weight is constant, then I am eating enough for what I am burning and that is what is important in the end. As long as you are following your program and progressing as intended, I don't think you have anything to stress over either. You are accurate enough if your weight is holding steady.. Keep up the great work!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 AQUAGIRL08 10/10/2012 2:36PM I have to break it down too. Sometimes I just do water aerobics, sometimes I do water aerobics with interval water jogging training and there are times when I do mostly water jogging. I've started looking at the clock when our class does interval training so I can accurately log my exercise. On days when I do walking too, I have to judge my speed. I usually underestimate it to be on the safe side. I think you're doing a great job, Marsha! Report Inappropriate Comment
 GABY1948 10/10/2012 2:05PM I'm fine with estimating also. I actually tent to get a little obsessive if I allow myself to about ANYTHING and am old enough now to know that I don't want to waste time in my life doing that...Each of us is different and only do what you are comfortable with! Either way, have a great day! Report Inappropriate Comment
 XFITSTRONG 10/10/2012 2:03PM Good info.... I'mt the point where tracking makes me crazy, so I no longer even bother. I like your point about simply getting the exercise in.... That's all that matters! You are doing great! Report Inappropriate Comment
 KANSASROSE67 10/10/2012 1:42PM I tend to estimate and it works ok for me. Interesting info, though...thanks for sharing it! Report Inappropriate Comment
 123ELAINE456 10/10/2012 1:38PM I do not have anything to track with. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report Inappropriate Comment
 NATPLUMMER 10/10/2012 1:28PM I wear my heart rate monitor and use those calories burned. Report Inappropriate Comment
 MIRAGE727 10/10/2012 1:24PM I really enjoyed getting educated through your blog, Marsha! I really don't strive for accuracy. I'm good with an estimate. I do watch my calories and exercise to make sure I fuel up properly. But I'm cross training with biking and playing tennis every morning. My positive results on the scale and seeing body development are good enough. My running is more for my health. I do try to improve by training better and running against my self. This is just me. Report Inappropriate Comment

# 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!

 DONNABRIGHT 10/11/2012 10:44AM I couldn't agree more! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 STRIVER57 10/10/2012 2:07AM wish i'd had a grandmother like you! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Grandmothers can be GREAT role models. Thanks for being one for Natalie and Gwen! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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!!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 MSLZZY 10/9/2012 5:33PM But they keep you young and young at heart! HUGS! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 NEW-CAZ 10/9/2012 2:56PM you're an amazing role model. Have a great day Report Inappropriate Comment
 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 Report Inappropriate Comment
 COOP9002 10/9/2012 2:38PM Thanks for being a great role-model for your grandchildren. Blessings upon you today. Report Inappropriate Comment
 _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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/9/2012 2:12PM You are an amazing grandmother. Report Inappropriate Comment
 NATPLUMMER 10/9/2012 2:04PM Report Inappropriate Comment

# 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.

 AQUAGIRL08 10/10/2012 2:26PM Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Good luck with your workouts! Report Inappropriate Comment
 _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 Report Inappropriate Comment
 123ELAINE456 10/9/2012 12:41AM Glad you are beginning to feel better. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report Inappropriate Comment
 FROSTY99 10/8/2012 7:02PM Great news! Keep up the good work. Report Inappropriate Comment
 SLIMLILA 10/8/2012 3:11PM Feel better soon.. but dont' forget your body may need some down time to keep up with you. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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 Report Inappropriate Comment
 GUITARWOMAN 10/8/2012 1:53PM WTG! Report Inappropriate Comment
 NEW-CAZ 10/8/2012 1:19PM glad you're feeling brighter Marsha! Report Inappropriate Comment
 GABY1948 10/8/2012 1:07PM This is EXCELLENT news! Keep up your great and inspiring work! Report Inappropriate Comment
 2WHEELEDSHARON 10/8/2012 1:05PM Great job! Glad you're feeling better. Report Inappropriate Comment
 COOP9002 10/8/2012 1:00PM Glad to hear your feeling better. Nice job on the run. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 IMELECTRIC 10/8/2012 12:55PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 NATPLUMMER 10/8/2012 12:35PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 JOYINKY 10/8/2012 12:21PM Easy does it. Be well. Hugs. Report Inappropriate Comment
 MSLZZY 10/8/2012 12:16PM So glad you are feeling better.Keep that positive attitude! HUGS! Report Inappropriate Comment
 ONEKIDSMOM 10/8/2012 12:10PM Glad to hear it! Report Inappropriate Comment
 WILSON1926 10/8/2012 12:09PM Report Inappropriate Comment

# 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.

 SWEETYOUNGTHING 10/7/2012 8:23PM You're always an inspiration to us all. I hope your problem 'passes' quickly! Report Inappropriate Comment
 NATPLUMMER 10/7/2012 8:17PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 FROSTY99 10/7/2012 6:19PM this is nothing serious and you are back up to par quickly. on maintaining your weight. I hope I can do as well when I real goal. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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.Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 4:27:12 PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 3:11:55 PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 FRAN0426 10/7/2012 2:57PM on the maitaining Marsha. , hope the annoying pain is gone reals soon. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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!) 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 AQUAGIRL08 10/7/2012 2:06PM You're right - being healthy is key. I hope you feel better soon! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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.HugsSallie Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 WILLOWBROOK5 10/7/2012 10:04AM Hope you are better soon! Report Inappropriate Comment
 JAZZEJR 10/7/2012 9:18AM Yes, everything is relative, isn't it? Hope it's a minor "stitch" in your side. Report Inappropriate Comment
 BUSYGRANNY5 10/7/2012 9:13AM Hope you feel better soon! Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss so successfully for so long... Very inspiring! Report Inappropriate Comment
 NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 9:09AM Hope it's gas Marsha,sounds painful hun and I hate to think of you in pain Report Inappropriate Comment
 IAMWINNING 10/7/2012 8:27AM Let's hear it for gas! That's something benign and will go away (hopefully very soon). Report Inappropriate Comment
 CANDOSUE52 10/7/2012 8:19AM could be a little gastritis or reflux.... whatever it is, I hope it goes away soon. Report Inappropriate Comment
 MSLZZY 10/7/2012 8:16AM Painful and maybe inelegant. Could be almostanything. Have a great day and putz away. HUGS! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Putter gently and Spark on! Comment edited on: 10/7/2012 8:13:42 AM Report Inappropriate Comment
 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!!!! Report Inappropriate Comment

# 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!

 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!!! Report Inappropriate Comment
 VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2012 10:21AM You're danged amazing, grrl, and it's ABOUT TIME that this be recognized and celebrated!!!!!!!!!!!!! NG Report Inappropriate Comment
 2WHEELEDSHARON 10/7/2012 9:39AM Thanks for sharing your journey, tricks, and wisdom! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Report Inappropriate Comment
 NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 3:17AM I love your blogs and following your daily musings Marsha, you're one amazing lady! Report Inappropriate Comment
 PMFISH 10/6/2012 10:41PM Reading our daily blogs we think we know a little more about each other and I always learn something! Congrat on your awards! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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 Report Inappropriate Comment
 PEZMOM1 10/6/2012 9:18PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 CANDOK1260 10/6/2012 8:42PM for sharing all your blog with us Report Inappropriate Comment
 JOYINKY 10/6/2012 8:05PM Congratulations Marsha! The recognition is well deserved. Report Inappropriate Comment
 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. Pat Report Inappropriate Comment
 WILLOWBROOK5 10/6/2012 6:57PM This IS a wonderfully supportive site, isn't it? Congrats on the well-deserved recognition! Report Inappropriate Comment
 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 oneon 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 Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment
 MSLZZY 10/6/2012 5:18PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 DONNABRIGHT 10/6/2012 4:05PM I wanted the emoticon to say "Well said!" but this was as close as I could get. Report Inappropriate Comment
 RUNNERRACHEL 10/6/2012 3:59PM Report Inappropriate Comment
 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! Report Inappropriate Comment

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