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2013 Goal

Friday, December 21, 2012

I just joined the Slowest Loser Team and set a goal to lose 6 pounds in the next 12 months.

I still consider myself maintaining an 80 pound loss, but recognize that I'm struggling with those last 6 pounds!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 8:54PM

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KANOE10 12/22/2012 9:46AM

    Good idea to join the team and get support. The last pounds can be the slowest and hardest. You have done a wonderful job of keeping those 80 pounds off.

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JOYINKY 12/21/2012 8:13PM

    A sensible goal; go for it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/21/2012 7:25PM

    You know, I have observed that once you get close, those 5 or 6 pounds can be as tough as the first 50 or 60!

You can do this. And I'll be cheering you right along! Maintain your way through another few pounds. emoticon to go after what you really, really want!

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IONA72 12/21/2012 6:34PM

    Good luck, I need to think about some 2013 goals too. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 12/21/2012 4:49PM

    Another marathon or two and I bet those 6 pounds will just melt away.

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MSLZZY 12/21/2012 3:04PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/21/2012 1:11PM

    Great goal to have! Maintaining your loss and losing those last few pounds! emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 12/21/2012 11:47AM

    You are doing such a wonderful job on the 80 pounds that I would love to be there with you. I totally understand the 6 pounds though...it is what you had in your head for whatever reason, doctor, BMI, whatever. You will do it and it will be almost as satisfying as the firs 80. I am with you all the WAY! emoticon

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 11:29AM

    80 pounds gone seems like a fantastic acheivement to me! I do have to wonder what makes you feel you need to lose 6 more lbs.. The fact that it is proving so difficult for you should be telling you something. Maybe your body is quite happy at your current weight.. Maybe you have already found your lowest 'set point'. Maybe its resisting going any lower.. Also, with your athletic endeavors, perhaps you need just a little more energy storage capacity. Who really knows? If you are feeling great and are happy with how you look now, what difference will 6 lbs really make? Just putting some thoughts in. I wish you well if this is really what you want of course!
Just be aware you look absolutely amazing right now!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/21/2012 11:18AM

    maintaining 80 pound loss is so awesome.

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Starting Again

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The most positive way I can say this is that I made it 7 full days on my streak of tracking and staying in my calorie range, despite a house full of very tempting junk food. And I'm starting my streak again today. This time I'm going to make it more than seven days!

  
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GABY1948 12/20/2012 12:46PM

    It's OK, Marsha! And I KNOW you will do it longer...you wouldn't have made it as far as you did otherwise! Now, have a Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 12/19/2012 10:23PM

  You inspire me. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2012 10:05PM

    Awesome job, Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 12/19/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon I made it 2 1/2 months, now to get rebooted-hate the holidays-too many temptations and occasions to eat out! I made up my mind to allow a little bit but had to stay under 2000 calories and so far I have done that.

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2012 8:50PM

    Seven days is awesome.

Isn't there some text about "on the seventh day everything went into the garbage disposal"?

Really, truly, I would find that AMOUNT of junk food in my house pretty much unbearable. But that's just me. You're made of way stronger stuff!!

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JOYINKY 12/19/2012 8:36PM

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MJREIMERS 12/19/2012 7:13PM

    emoticon You can do anything you set your mind to and with that positive attitude!

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2012 5:36PM

    woo hoo....good for you!

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MIRAGE727 12/19/2012 4:27PM

    Ah! You found the Kryptonite, eh?
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I have certain items in my fridge that I will take a taste of from time to time that satisfy my fix. I won't mention them by name but a taste is all I need.
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Stay strong, Marsha!
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KADYSMOM11 12/19/2012 3:46PM

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ROOSTER72 12/19/2012 3:03PM

    You have done so well - I hope you enjoyed your day off. Everyone deserves a day off every once in a while!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/19/2012 2:52PM

    You know, I honestly believe the secret to success as a maintainer, long term, is in starting over sooner! Here's to your NEW streak! emoticon For when the lapse is the exception, and the return to healthy the rule... how can we NOT succeed long term?

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RUN4FOOD 12/19/2012 2:51PM

    With all of the tempting goodies you have around the house I would say quite a remarkable streak. Best of luck extending it to an even longer streak next time.

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KRISZTA11 12/19/2012 2:44PM

    A very positive way indeed : )
Congrats to your successful streak!
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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/19/2012 1:50PM

    No one is perfect. :) You have a strong history of healthy maintenance, so THAT is your "normal" now. Getting back in there instead of throwing in the towel for the holidays just proves how "normal" healthy is for you.
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Intervals Differently

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today I did a treadmill run at the gym. After a 10 minute walking warm up, I ran 3.1 miles. I was aiming to do it under 30 minutes and I made it in 29:47. My PR is 28:28 in a race, so today was not a personal best, but it was one of my best training runs. I'm thinking my next couple races will probably be 5Ks, so it is time to adapt my training.

Since I joined the Galloway group in June and trained for the half marathon on Nov 18th, I have almost exclusively done run-walk-run intervals. Running at the same pace feels really strange. So today I alternated running 6.0 mph and 6.4 mph, with a few intervals of 6.7 and 7.0. That felt good. Funny, but I always felt like I was slowing down and running easier when I went to 6.0, but often did not feel like it was harder to go to the 6.4.

Even if I change my focus to running faster shorter, I'm thinking if I do a long run every 3-4 weeks that I will keep my distance conditioning. There is something I really like about the long runs. But locally there are a lot more opportunities to compete at the 5K distance. I think I can get excited about that distance again, whether or not I can hold a steady pace!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2012 10:00PM

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2012 9:29AM

    Good for you Marsha!
Have a terrific day.

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MIRAGE727 12/19/2012 6:46AM

    I totally get what Catherine is saying. I go to 5Ks now and focus on speed strategy. Next thing I know is it's one and done!

I'm doing the reverse of your plan, Marsha! Doing 2 5Ks this past Saturday confirmed my conditioning for 5Ks. Now I'm focused on the distances of 2 Halfs & 1 10K over the next 56 days. Funny thing is I've never done nor planned out a 10K. I'll embrace the experience. Stay strong, train well, and run safe!
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SEABREEZE65 12/19/2012 6:36AM

    Great job! You will maintain your endurance with runs every couple of weeks!

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GABY1948 12/19/2012 5:28AM

    You are such an inspiration! Thanks, Marsha1

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MAYBER 12/18/2012 9:39PM

    Best wishes as you continue with your training plan
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_LINDA 12/18/2012 8:16PM

    After doing a half, a 5k may seem like a beginner race to you -bet you will rock the next one you compete in! I am thinking because of your back issues maybe the shorter distance is a better thing for you to concentrate in excelling at. Especially as you seem to have access to so many around you. They also make them fun like those color and mud runs to change things up. Yes, I can see you winning a lot of placing medals!
You go girl!!
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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2012 8:10PM

    Always thinking and changing it up: you're keeping it fresh and interesting!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2012 7:02PM

    Outstanding plan, Marsha. 5K's have really become a "fun run" for me. I haven't done one since the triathlon leg in July. It's all been longer since then, at least in the competitive events.

I'm thinking of your wonderful Florida weather looking down the barrel at the big ole snow storm supposed to start about noon tomorrow here! I'm already plotting my strategy to leave work early to get home ahead of the worst of it... 3 to 8 inches, they are saying, by Thursday morning! YUCK!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/18/2012 3:47PM

    Doing a long run every 3 or 4 weeks will hold your distance adaptations. Interestingly, in my experience, training "to finish" a marathon made me a pretty fast 5K racer -- even though I never did any 5K specific training. Something about running 26 miles that makes pushing hard for 3 miles seem much easier.
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Varying the pace on the treadmill is a good idea -- do the same with the incline. Both of those things will better simulate outdoor running (whether you use intervals or not). What you don't get on the treadmill is training to deal with wind and the elements.

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PARKERB2 12/18/2012 3:31PM

    emoticon You are certainly do a good job!!! Keep up the good work.

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ONMYMEDS 12/18/2012 3:20PM

    6.7 and 7.0? Very impressive. Nice job!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/18/2012 3:01PM

    Glad you staying motivated.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/18/2012 2:58PM

    Good job on the treadmill.

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SHHH! Don't Tell Natalie

Monday, December 17, 2012

For Christmas I got Natalie a Kids in the Kitchen cookbook, apron, chef's hat, measuring cups and spoons, whip, etc. I also ordered her a book (used) her mother loved when she was a little girl. Natalie was interested when we talked about it, so I'm hoping that enthusiasm will carry through.

The name of the book is Elephant Bread. I found when I call it "Elephant Bread", whole wheat bread with peanut butter doesn't even need jelly! The whole book, which is out of print, has cute names for kids' foods. Most of them are pretty healthy. I think we'll have a lot of fun with it!!

Edit: Just in case you don't know, Natalie is 5 years old and she's my granddaughter. I take care of her 6 days a week.

  
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PLANTAGO 12/18/2012 12:30PM

    Such a great present for your granddaughter emoticon ! And it will be even better to cook those yummy healthy dishes together!!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2012 8:00AM

    I won't say a word!

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ANDY_54 12/18/2012 7:19AM

    That's such an awesome idea! I just visited my grandkids and that might be a fun thing to do for the oldest. Love the idea of getting them involved in healthy eating so early in life. Thanks for posting!

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MNNICE 12/17/2012 10:01PM

    What a great way to make memories. This is a gift she will appreciate even more when she is older and is able to really understand why you chose it! Enjoy your time together!

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_LINDA 12/17/2012 9:35PM

    That is so awesome Marsha!! That is just the icing on the cake to get her the same book her mother loved (glad you could find it)! Well chosen! Lets hope she really gets into it and you two can have lots of fun with it!

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JOYINKY 12/17/2012 8:42PM

    A wonderful gift for you both Marsha! I had an email from my 18 year old granddaughter recently asking for some of the recipes we used to make together when she was little. I've done a lot of cooking with the kids and made a lot of great memories. They love it!!

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FROSTY99 12/17/2012 8:00PM

    What a great gift-not only will you be making memories, but she will be learning a skill to use all the rest of her life. My mom always worked, so my aunt was the one I used to cook with and I still have such fond memories of those times. I taught my sons to make her tea ring and they now make it for their children-traditions passed on down!

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2012 7:33PM

    What a super gift: she will have so much fun cooking up some great memories (and some healthy habits) with her grandmother!

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MEXGAL1 12/17/2012 7:33PM

    Oh Marsha, that sounds wonderful. Something you can share doing with her as well.
Fun fun. I sure am going to miss being around our little ones this year for the holiday, but will make up for it next time I am around them.


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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:30PM

    I think I sort of remember a book like that. My daughter used to make "ants on a log" for a snack. The idea came from a children's cook book. Ants on a log is celery stuffed with peanut butter and raisins are scattered along the length of the stuffed celery. She just loved it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/17/2012 7:28PM

    What a great gift to share! I fondly remember, by the way, times in the kitchen with my grandmother... she made hot cocoa from scratch with milk in a saucepan and unsweetened cocoa. It was bitter, but we added sugar "to taste". Great memories.

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NATPLUMMER 12/17/2012 7:13PM

    Well, thank you ;-)
I'm sure she'll love it!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/17/2012 6:18PM

    Sounds wonderful

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PLAYBLUES22 12/17/2012 6:09PM

    Sweetie what a great idea.... emoticon

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PMFISH 12/17/2012 4:32PM

    Male friend of mine takes care of his granddaughter, (her mother is a teacher). Since he has begun to eat healthy he cooks and bakes at home and uses lots of spices. I think she is 4, but she has had to have her own set of spices. Something those children will remember forever - a grandparent that took the time to teach them something in the kitchen. I remember my Granny took that time with me and it was so special.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/17/2012 4:32PM

    What a great gift! Most kids love messing around in the kitchen and they can learn good habits with a little guidance, not to mention the fabulous example you provide!

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MIRAGE727 12/17/2012 4:24PM

    I love it! Gianna is 6. I think Natalie loves her Grandma and will have fun playing chef with her!
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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/17/2012 4:17PM

    Aww, that sounds great!
It's nice that you are teaching her about the FUN of a healthy lifestyle. =)

Boys should be taught about cooking too, of course. Maybe I will do something similar for my little cousin when he is old enough. Thanks for the idea!

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GABY1948 12/17/2012 4:13PM

    I LOVE this blog...anything healthy for kids is good for me! Marsha, be sure to share pictures and such after Christmas. You are such a GOOD Gramma! And friend! Hugs to you!
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Slow Day

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I ended up running today with my old group, with a run:walk ratio of 1 min:1 min. Even though my back is not 100% I would have preferred more running and faster. We went right about 5 miles in 70 minutes. A couple times I ran an exta loop when they were walking although I didn't want to appear obnoxious. I appreciated the company both during the run and afterwards, celebrating a birthday of a member.

Many of the faster groups, including the one I ran with 2 weeks ago, are training for full marathons. Quite a few people ran half marathons in October and November as preliminaries to running a full marathon in the spring. I honestly think a half marathon is enough for me, so I may have trouble finding just the right group of runners for me. But I'll keep trying. And I do two shorter runs per week and can use them for speed work.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2012 7:27PM

    It is good to see that you are taking care of your back! I know that you really want to get out there and run, but health comes first. Good job!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/17/2012 8:31AM

    Dont ever feel bad about deciding your own goals instead of allowing the group to dictate your goals.

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EDUCGRAD 12/16/2012 9:22PM

    Wow,you are doing awesome. my slow day would be a 30 min. walk after work

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MEXGAL1 12/16/2012 9:20AM

    glad you got the run in but be careful with the back....backs need rest to heal.
Have a terrific day.
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SWEDE_SU 12/16/2012 5:52AM

    sounds like fun to run with a group like that, even though finding the right pace is not easy.

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SEABREEZE65 12/16/2012 4:59AM

    I have never run with a group. Do you only do your long runs with your group?

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MIRAGE727 12/15/2012 11:12PM

    Good job, Martha. Take care of yourself until you're 100%!
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RUN4FOOD 12/15/2012 10:49PM

    Hope you do find that perfect group for you. The group you run with can make a huge difference in what you accomplish.

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MSLZZY 12/15/2012 10:03PM

    Make it work for you! HUGS!

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_LINDA 12/15/2012 9:33PM

    You still do more on a 'slow' day then most of us out here ;) Keep on listening to your body. I hope that back settles down for you soon so you can get back into the running pace you prefer.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/15/2012 9:16PM

    I admire you so much!! You're such an inspiration. Way to go!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2012 5:22PM

    emoticon Jeff says you can't run the long run too SLOW. Don't worry about your long run pace.

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2012 4:45PM

    Good plan. Remember that old round about "Make new friends/But keep the old/One is silver/And the other gold." You're doing that . . . and looking for the "just the right" fit for you too.

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GABY1948 12/15/2012 4:32PM

    Sounds like you have a plan and it also sounds like you are right on! I love reading your blogs and how you plan things ahead....you amaze me!

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GREENGENES 12/15/2012 3:00PM

    I've never really thought about running in groups. I noticed many of my colleagues who run also tend to run alone. Each of them seems to have a different type of routine. Since I am relatively new to running I considered asking one of them to occasionally run together to learn more but I'm not sure about the best way to approach it and I worry about slowing them down.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2012 2:57PM

    Sounds like about the perfect balance of running... two short, some speed work in the short, and one long-slow. Hope you find the right mix for you.

Have you signed on to any more races? Half in the Spring? To keep up what you've gained?
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