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Thanks to the Brave Ones!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I want to thank all my SparkFriends who are brave enough to detail their food struggles in their blogs. You know who you are! And I love those "back on track" blogs. It really helps me understand that I am not alone, helps me accept who I am, and helps me accept that after living overweight for decades it is not surprising that occasionally I slip. Accepting and forgiving is an important part of my maintenance.

Right now I'm feeling strong, physically and mentally, including dealing with food. Yesterday was an excellent eating day and my scale showed the lowest weight I've had in 10 days. I am very thankful for the strength I feel right now.

I try to focus on "progress, not perfection." I'm sure you've heard that saying over and over again, but it is one that truly speaks to me. After years of binge eating, my "binges" are now much smaller, much healthier, and much, much less frequent.

I am still 3.4 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight. I believe if I could give up my occasional unplanned eating I would weigh exactly what I want to weigh. I believe I will get there.

I don't always biog it when I slip. Sometimes it seems to help to confess and sometimes it seems better to focus on non-eating areas in which I am succeeding. But again let me say a BIG thanks to you who are willing to face the food issues head on!

  
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ISHIIGIRL 11/9/2012 9:19AM

    I really liked your blog. Maintenance is about being consistent and one of those ways is being accountable. Sparkpeople makes maintenance so much easier because you feel you have to be accountable to your sparkbuddies.

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WATERMELLEN 11/8/2012 7:55PM

    I will NEVER get complacent about weight loss maintenance . . . certainly have "bad days" and "better days" but it's never automatic or instinctive!!

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SEABREEZE64 11/8/2012 6:50PM

    That is why almost all of us are here.
To come face to face with all that drives us to eat for comfort, out of nervousness, and just for enjoyment.

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MEXGAL1 11/8/2012 5:19PM

    As you know, Marsha, I am one that isn't shy about "putting it all out there". I try hard to be upfront with not only my sucess but my binges and splurges as well. I think blogging about it for me helps me stay strong with getting right back on track after a splurge. I guess I want others to know the truth in that we all go overboard sometimes, but it's how you get back on the track that counts.
Here's to all of us finding what works for us.
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 11/8/2012 4:54PM

    I love the idea of progress not perfection! I tend to set the bar a tad too high and I will keep the saying in mind. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 11/8/2012 4:31PM

    I appreciate the honesty I've found in your blogs, Marsha! You are one of my go-to SparkFriends for inspiration! Stay strong, Girl!
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GABY1948 11/8/2012 4:27PM

    You and I come from very similar eating histories! I totally understand and agree with what you say here! emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 11/8/2012 3:13PM

    If only I had just 3 lbs to worry about. Sigh I applaud your getting to this terrific point in your healthier living journey. Maintaining under 5 pounds is an achievement worth being proud of!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/8/2012 12:59PM

    Wow, I look at your pictures and think, "this woman's got it all going on! She's perfection in skinny bike shorts!" Glad to know you put them on one leg at a time like the rest of us!! emoticon

About 15 years ago a shrink I know told me that "everything is always less harmful if it's brought out in the light." At the time it was very power and I've never forgotten it. I know it to be true: whatever we hide has the most power over us. When we speak about it, it loses its negative hold over us.

I know that blogging about my lapses removes the silent shame and allows me to wipe the slate clean and start again.

Thanks for your blog on this topic, and congrats on your weight loss efforts and success!

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_LINDA 11/8/2012 12:37PM

    I dare say food IS the be all and end all to getting where you are going. As someone said you can't out train a bad diet. There was a recent Spark article on whether one should have a 'cheat' night and if it would hamper your progress. Very interesting topic as a lot of people feel they have been deprived too long and will go all out on a eating out binge meal. They advocate, of course, cheating in moderation like all things. Careful tracking so it will fit into your total calories for the week without going over. I still can't get over the maintainer who lets herself go on weekends, eats what ever she feels like, but keeps a strict regimen during the week, but apparently, it works for her as her ripped photo attests to. If only I could be so lucky, she must have great metabolism :P One just has to find that careful balance that actually works for you Its a huge trial & error process which will probably take me a life time to get right.
Food issues are the monkey on everyone's back, no exceptions..

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Suppose I'm Obsessing a Bit

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I'm being a little obsessive I suppose trying to avoid illness and injury in the last 11 days before my first half marathon.

Little Gwen (2 years old) climbs up into a chair and helps me put her in the crib. When she is feeling cooperative she'll get into the stroller, the high chair, the car seat, and changing area with very little help. I'm being extra patient, encouraging, and not just grabbing her up when I want to go somewhere. I am trying to spare my back.

My hubby has pneumonia. I kiss him on top of the head when he's sitting or laying down. I carry around hand sanitizer. I'm am trying hard to stay well.

I must admit I've slacked off on strength training to avoid soreness and potential for injury. I promise I'll get back to it with intensity after I have this HM in the bag. I've been extra careful to stretch just a little and not push any stretches.

Today I went 5.11 miles walking for 75 minutes on the gym treadmill. Felt good. Not at all tiring. Ran yesterday about 3 miles. Will run tomorrow, maybe 2 miles and walk about 2. Saturday I'll run with a slow group 4-6 miles. Next week I'll do 2 slow short runs to prepare. Got to start nailing down what I'm going to pack.

I've been training since June 4, 2012, specifically for this half marathon. That puts an awful lot of pressure on this one event. However, I'm feeling pretty confident and prepared.

  
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_LINDA 11/8/2012 12:47PM

    You are very, very wise to be so cautious! Truly, it takes ridiculously little to injure yourself. picking up Gwen with just the slightest wrong twist. Yes, you must be very, very careful. You do really want to be in the best shape you can possibly be and that includes adequate rest and nutrition.
Keeping finger crossed you don't catch any bugs floating around in your world!!!
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MSLZZY 11/8/2012 7:30AM

    You are being cautious and that is a good thing.
You have put a lot time into preparing so hope
all goes well until the big day! HUGS!

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JOYINKY 11/7/2012 10:23PM

    Marsha, You've invested so much in this marathon! You are not being obsessive; you're being sensible. You are going to do great!

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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2012 7:24PM

    It's very sensible to take all possible precautions before the big event!! I'm glad that everyone is being as cooperative and supportive as possible!!

And we're all rooting for you and for Barb!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/7/2012 7:04PM

    You are doing great, Marsha. Meanwhile, the past week, my training / eating plan has gone off the tracks... I did great up through Saturday... then fell apart. Came home early on the 5th, to walk on the treadmill. But I've been carb binging like crazy... cookies, candy... we'll just have to see whether I can climb back on the nutrition band wagon in time to perform well for the race.

After that... all bets are off! Can we spell burnout? Or is it just the calm before the coiled springs?

To be continued... on the road... and in the race! emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 11/7/2012 6:34PM

    You sound prepared.
You will do great.



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FROSTY99 11/7/2012 6:09PM

    Good luck and stay healthy.

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 4:01PM

    Marsha, you are doing everything right. so glad to hear you are being careful. I am sending you tons of postitive energy and believe you will do just great for your first half marathon.
Make it a great rest of the week.
Cheers
Sallie

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TRAVELGRRL 11/7/2012 3:45PM

    You will SO enjoy the half! My DH and I have walked 6 halfs and have one coming up the same day as your race. Today was our last long walk --13 miles. Now we will back off everything. You are right to taper off and do everything you can to stay healthy!

You will do SO WELL being so prepared -- if training doesn't see you through, the adrenaline and other participants will. I can't wait to read your blog about the race!



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ROOSTER72 11/7/2012 3:28PM

    Stay well!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/7/2012 3:08PM

    LoL...I hear ya!! Protect all that HM training you've done and don't let anything get in your way!

You mentioned that you are following a Galloway plan, I'm not but it's interesting how similar our programs sound. For the past 3 weeks, my long runs were: a 14.3 miler 2 weeks ago (3 weeks pre-race) followed by a 11-mile (2 weeks ago) and 9-miler last Sunday. I'm running 4x/week most weeks so this week is the same but try to keep the runs very slow and easy.

As much as running is mental, it's great that you're feeling confident and well-trained. I think by next week you'll be bursting with energy too! Good luck on your race!
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MIRAGE727 11/7/2012 1:58PM

    I must be honest and tell you that I've been playing tennis every day and I've become a little reserved myself. I have two 5Ks in the next two weekends leading to my Space Coast Half on the following Sunday. No way, I want to risk a leg injury or get sick. I definitely know where you are coming from Marsha. Stay strong!
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GABY1948 11/7/2012 1:52PM

    SO good to read this! I don't think you are obsessive at all about it! You WANT something and you are making sure you do everything you can to make that happen! Nothin' wrong with that! I am a firm believer in hand sanitizer...won't go without it! WOOHOO! emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/7/2012 1:29PM

    you can do this! you will succeed! i believe in you! have a fabulous day!

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Grieving the Loss of Food as a Friend

Monday, November 05, 2012

Recently a good friend asked me a whole series of questions about how I lost weight and how I am keeping it off. I talked about portion control, increasing exercise, healthiest food choices, and the commitment to quit quitting - no matter what. I mentioned the importance of sleep and water and controlling sodium. Of course, I told her about SparkPeople and how SP helped me get all the way to goal. I gave Weight Watchers credit for getting me started and the YMCA for helping me learn to love exercise. You know, the usual, the kind of things I read over and over in success stories.

But I heard me say one thing that was so true for me and I have never read in any other success story. And that was the importance of grieving. There came a point when I hadn't lost weight for several weeks. I thought about chalking it up to age and genetics and being happy with what I had accomplished. And then I looked at my food trackers -- really looked. Reality stared me in the face. If I was going to continue munching in front of the TV in the evenings, I would weigh more than I wanted. I knew I had already drastically changed what and how much I munched in the evening, but I saw it was still my primary overeating issue.

I decided to give up the evening munching and to substitute a small, planned evening snack if I had enough calories left. It was a hard choice. And here comes the grieving process. I'm not kidding. I felt like I had lost a great friend. My chest hurt right during the time I would have been eating; I truly felt heartbroken. I searched for new activities to keep me busy in the evenings and focused on other things, from computer games to pilates. I found herbal tea and bubble baths and talking to real friends as alternative forms of comfort. I learned that sometimes I just need to go to bed rather than eat.

So in addition to all the usual things, for me I would add grieving the loss of food as a friend as a crucial step on my way to a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.

  
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_LINDA 11/8/2012 12:44PM

    I never thought of it as grieving. I simply gave up TV as I recognized that was a major snack trigger for me. Two years of being TV free has given me a new lease on life. But I didn't grieve it as I realized I was getting nothing out of it but a huge time waster. Did I really want to be proud of spending 1/3 of my life watching TV? Now exercise fills that void, and boy, does it feel way better, which, I suppose, is why I did not grieve it because I found something enjoyed doing much, much better. But I have to be careful. The computer has replaced TV now, and while most of it is spent on Sparks encouraging and following others, it still is a time stealer all the same. But at least its not a snack trigger :P
Great blog Marsha!!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/7/2012 8:42PM

    I never thought of it like that; the grieving part. But I know what it is like to use it for comfort when you are depressed or sad. It just seems so natural to do. It is always there for us; but then so is God. I try to pray or think about about something else instead.

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SEABREEZE64 11/7/2012 7:15AM

    So much truth. I rely, as many people do, on the comfort of food at different times of the day. Tough to give up an "old reliable friend."

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AQUAGIRL08 11/6/2012 8:10AM

    You are so right about food being a friend, especially in the evening. I'm seeing a patter with that too. Like you, sometimes I just need to go to bed and get some rest. I think I eat my way through fatigue and medicate my chronic pain with food. I too will give this up except for a planned evening snack. Thanks for the thought provoking blog, Marsha!

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MSLZZY 11/6/2012 7:41AM

    So that's what that was. I never thought
about it that way. What an eye-opener!
HUGS!

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WEBEZE 11/6/2012 2:38AM

    I feel like this at times. Just didn't have the words to say it. emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/5/2012 11:50PM

    I feel like there are many things I have grieved and some others that I should. Great insight. I will think about this and may end up with my own blog. Thanks for the motivation.

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WATERMELLEN 11/5/2012 7:34PM

    Grief at the loss of food as a "friend": yeah. I can really relate to this and appreciate you defining the problem. There are times (like pretty much every day) that I'd just love to sit down with a large bag of kettle chips and munch mindlessly. Can't do it, not even once in a while: because it's a trigger for me. And don't like having to give it up. Oh well.

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KANDOLAKER 11/5/2012 7:09PM

    Yes, one of those "aha" moments. Hadn't thought about this concept before, but it is so very true. The payoff on the other side is so worth it, but you do give up what was a "friend". Thanks for sharing such a great blog!

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FROSTY99 11/5/2012 6:48PM

    I never thought of quite in this light but I think you are right-it is like grieving the loss of a dear friend-FOOD. I too am learning to substitute something else in place of food and telling myself I might as well slap that piece of cake or donut or whatever food is calling my name on my hip as in my belly and it is helping me visualize it there and it isn't nearly as appealing!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/5/2012 6:12PM

    That is such a good point. It's true, I grieve the loss of a glass of wine with dramatic tv (Grey's Anatomy, I'm looking at YOU!) and being able to go to lunch wherever I want and order whatever I want.

That is awesome and definitely a great insight for me and my own behavior as well.

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ANDI571 11/5/2012 5:53PM

    I know exactly what you are saying. It's like giving up a way of life. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JURASSICSUE 11/5/2012 5:09PM

    I completely understand this! But I agree I haven't seen it mentioned very often, if at all. Eating is a great comfort and pleasure so I suppose it's only natural that it feels like losing something to give it up (well some of it at least!) Having said that though, I had pizza at the weekend. Haven't eaten it in weeks and really fancied some. You know what? I've lost the taste for it. It seemed greasy and stodgy and completely unappealing. So maybe no grieving for me on the pizza front.

Chocolate though. Hmm..... Take that away from me and I'd have a much bigger problem on my hands!

Thanks for posting - really interesting!
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/5/2012 4:37PM

    I agree that this element is there... and once in a while, I go visit the gravesite. So to speak. And find myself grieving all over again.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2012 4:03PM

    What a fantastic insight, and SO profound! You have really given me my "aha" moment.

I guess we need to bury that "friend" (eating in front of the TV, all-you-can-eat buffets, drinking, whatever it is) and grieve...but ultimately move on.

Thanks for this!

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MIRAGE727 11/5/2012 3:16PM

    Love your perspective on this blog, Marsha! I resolved the evening situation in like fashion! Thanks for sharing and "brava" on the blog!
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IAMWINNING 11/5/2012 2:32PM

    I'm having trouble with wanting to give up eating after dinner (except for a planned snack). One of these days I'm going to get so disgusted with myself, want so much to be healthy, that I will make the commitment. It truly is grieving, for I dearly love food.

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MEXGAL1 11/5/2012 2:32PM

    well said. I do miss the mindless friend of eating in front of the tv and just not caring but then the after feelings of guilt are aweful. so I just don't do this anymore either. I have my planned for ceral and that's it.
Good for us!

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YOBETHIE 11/5/2012 2:05PM

    That is so true! It is something I have gone through more than once.

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JOYINKY 11/5/2012 2:04PM

    Some of the rules, I choose to ignore. Not eating in the evening is one of them. I really enjoy relaxing, watching TV and eating. That said; I do plan for it, count it in my calories for the day and have given up things I love (ice cream, which I do enjoy out) , for other things I love but won't binge on (frozen blueberries are my favorite ice cream replacement; I like pineapple too). No chips and salsa for me but I do enjoy popcorn and pretzels; again because I am happy with normal portions of those. I have made a lot of changes but I feel too good to be grieving about it and I refuse to be hungry or eat things I don't like. Granted here though that I had to learn to like lowfat dairy; too great of a protein/calorie bargain not to. You are so active Marsha; you should still be able to enjoy eating. Be well.

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XFITSTRONG 11/5/2012 1:56PM

    You describe it so perfectly. I completely understand.

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CREEKLADY1 11/5/2012 1:50PM

  Wow..this is a new one..but it make sense!

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Her Bib Number Should Have Been 71205

Saturday, November 03, 2012



Her bib number was to have been 71205. I had hoped to catch a glimpse of her run from Corral #71 on the TV. But as you have probably heard, the New York Marathon has been cancelled. The devastation of Super Storm Sandy was just too much. How sad!

Her loss pales in comparison, but still I feel for her. Last year she was registered and all ready to go to NY when she had to have emergency surgery. She again registered this year, and then tragedy hit NY and the northeast US.

Her name is Jan and she runs with my Galloway group. She's 62 years old, just 6 months younger than I. She's been running for 12 years and has so many medals that they don't even excite her that much any more. But the NY Marathon -- with 47000 runners going 26.2 miles -- that she finds exciting. She'll try for it again next year. Sure hopes she finally gets to do that run.

This year instead of running the NY Marathon she did me an incredible favor. She ran 14.33 miles with me, letting me set the perfect pace for me. I ended my runtoday feeling just a touch tired, just right for such an accomplishment. She told me I'm really going to enjoy my half marathon AND she says I'm definitely ready to move up to a faster group with Galloway. Such a confidence builder!! Thanks so much, Jan.

  
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SEABREEZE64 11/7/2012 7:11AM

    Great blog!
I am looking forward to "hearing" - reading about your first HM. My guess is that you will have a fantastic time.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/4/2012 5:42PM

    As I said on Thursday night, Jan is a class act for running with you. I know that you are ready for your half marathon. You're doing such an awesome job!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2012 8:06AM

    Great that you have this wonderful friendship with such an awesome lady. I am sorry she didn't get to accomplish her goal this year but there is next year.

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MEXGAL1 11/3/2012 9:16PM

    She and you totally rock! So impressed!
Sorry that she didn't get to do the NY one. Hopefully next year.

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HAYBURNER1969 11/3/2012 8:34PM

    When I saw the blog title, I knew exactly what it was going to be about. I hope your friend can run NYC next year. What a good friend to run with you today and how exciting that you're getting faster! You will definitely enjoy your first half! Thank you for posting on my blog yesterday. Hope we can be SparkFriends!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/3/2012 8:23PM

    I know you will do great, and I'm hoping she finally gets to do the NY marathon next year!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/3/2012 8:01PM

    A lovely tribute!

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WATERMELLEN 11/3/2012 7:07PM

    You and Barb are gonna be sparkling: you're ready, yes you are!!

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JOYINKY 11/3/2012 6:44PM

    How great you two found each other. Sounds like a lasting friendship. Here's to many more years for you both! I know you're ready for your run; have fun!

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MIRAGE727 11/3/2012 5:42PM

    I saw the breaking news yesterday. Outstanding effort on your practice run. You're so ready!
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Jan sounds like a 100% Superstar! I think I know where her heart is and she's one to emulate for sure!
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We're looking at the logistics of coming to support you and ONEKIDSMOM at the Lady Schick Half. I'll let you know closer to the race.
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_LINDA 11/3/2012 3:27PM

    Wow! How very nice of Jan to do that, but so sorry she lost the chance to compete in that big marathon again :( If an experienced runner like her thinks you have got what it takes, can you request a move to a faster group?
Sure sounds like you and ONEKIDSMOM are going to rock your big race coming up!
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DONNABRIGHT 11/3/2012 3:00PM

    Great way to turn a negative into a positive!

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GABY1948 11/3/2012 2:55PM

    I'm also hoping that next year goes well too!

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LINDAKAY228 11/3/2012 2:33PM

    Such an awesome tribute to your friend! SHe sounds like such an inspiration. As a 57 year old runner I'm always so excited by those who are around my age or older who are running such amazing races. How awesome how she worked with you on your run.

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AMARILYNH 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    emoticon How wonderful for your friend to pace you in your long run. Best of luck to her in the future!!

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KANDOLAKER 11/3/2012 1:54PM

    So sorry the NYM didn't happen this year - but how neat you got to run with her this weekend!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/3/2012 1:52PM

    What a great attitude in the face of this disappointment. My hometown has been hit hard - places that I know well.


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IAMWINNING 11/3/2012 1:27PM

    The third time's the charm. I sure hope nothing comes up next year to prevent her from running. It sure was nice of her to let you set the pace.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/3/2012 1:19PM

    My thanks to Jan, too... and my hopes for her NYC Marathon NEXT year!

Life trumps all our plans at times. I KNOW you're ready for our outing in two weeks. Just gotta make sure I am, too!

Yesterday after work I went to the running store and used my gift certificate as part payment for a pair of Nike Structure running shoes, which the owner recommended for my arch / stride. They feel wonderful, and they will be my HM shoes. I have never used compression sleeves before, but invested in a pair of those as well. I'm wearing them around the house today as I do my chores, just to get the feel of them.

So looking forward to this trip. Six working days left! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Halloween Pumpkin

Thursday, November 01, 2012

For breakfast I had cooked fresh pumpkin, applesauce, and wheat germ this morning. With a cup of tea, absolutely yummy!! I roasted the pumpkin seeds yesterday afternoon and ate them in between trick or treaters. After 9 o'clock I turned off the porch light and cut up the jack 'o lantern. I just microwaved large pieces for 12 minutes or so until soft. It tasted good just plain. When you eat it plain it's like squash, not like pumpkin in pie. It takes the spices and sweetening to make it taste like the pumpkin of my youth, but actually it is good both ways.

Natalie was Belle and Gwen was a darling bee. They stopped by with their parents after Trunk or Treat at their church and we visited neighbors we know. Such fun!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 11/3/2012 8:52AM

    I love pumpking. I bake it with just a touch of cinnamon - delicious!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/2/2012 7:54PM

    Sounds yummy! I keep forgetting to give you the recipe for a pumpkin smoothie!

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MSLZZY 11/1/2012 8:19PM

    Why waste a perfectly good pumpkin? You did well!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2012 7:21PM

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend Halloween. I have this huge pumpkin that I'm going to have to *do something* with this weekend, before I get ready to head your way.

I am going to focus this weekend on prepping the house. Next weekend on prepping my travel tools.

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JOYINKY 11/1/2012 2:33PM

    Waste Not Want Not! I love pumpkin! Bet the girls were really darling!

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IAMWINNING 11/1/2012 2:03PM

    Yum! What good thinking.

The girls sound darling, and I know you enjoyed seeing them all dressed up.

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MIRAGE727 11/1/2012 1:45PM

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing, Marsha!
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GABY1948 11/1/2012 1:33PM

    Great idea doing pumpkin that way, I need to try it! Glad you had such a lovely day and it continues on!

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WATERMELLEN 11/1/2012 12:56PM

    Well, how clever is that?? And delicious and nutritious and economical???

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2012 12:45PM

    YUM!!

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KERRYG155 11/1/2012 12:22PM

    drats and I left mine outside. :-(

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TRAVELGRRL 11/1/2012 12:08PM

    Didn't know you could eat the jack o' lantern pumpkins -- I only thought you could eat the small ones. Silly me! You've taught me a new thing for today!!

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MEXGAL1 11/1/2012 11:49AM

    Sounds yummy. I have been experimenting with canned pumpkin lately and mixing it into hot cereals. Yummy!

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COOP9002 11/1/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like you had a great day. Happy "All Saints Day"!

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