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Why I Want to Lose in 2013

Monday, December 24, 2012

I wanted to post a SparkPeople report to show my weight fluctuations over the past couple years. I saved the SP report in my picture files, but when I tried to "add picture" to a blog, it said it was not a valid image. Anyone know how to overcome this problem?

Anyway, what I was trying to show is that although my weight is way below what it was in 1998, and in 2008, and even when I joined SP in 2009, my 2012 weight fluctuated a few pounds above my 2011 weight fluctuations. In 2011 I fluctuated mostly 124-129, while in 2012, I fluctuated 128-133. It may be that a couple pounds of it is accomodation to distance running. As a runner I have stronger bones and tendons, greater blood supply, and greater glycogen stores in my muscles. But my gut tells me that some of the increase is -- well, gut -- or the fat over the gut more precisely.

Will losing 4 or 5 or 6 pounds change my life? Probably not. I'm still a healthy weight. My cholestrol and blood pressure have stayed down. More than 95% of my new clothes fit, although there are a few things that don't look as good as they did in 2011. And I just feel a little flabby about the middle. And that may be partly that I cut back on strength training as I emphasized running. And I always worry that a gain could be the beginning of a bad, bad trend.

So I'm thinking that losing a few pounds and increasing strength training in 2013 will be an improvement. It's definitely a challenge I want to take on.

  
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/26/2012 12:38PM

    Have you had your body composition tested (i.e. % fat, % lean)? The scale doesn't tell you whether the pounds you are losing (gaining) are the right ones. At this stage in your running career, getting leaner should be your goal, even if that doesn't show up as weight "loss" on the scale. Since I have been doing strength training consistently over the past three years, I have gone from 33% body fat to 20% body fat but with no real change to my scale weight. By age 60, I had lost a LOT of muscle over the years. I have regained that weight while losing fat.

I was glad to see muscle weight returning and it has made a load of difference in my strength as a runner. By the way, when I tested at 33% body fat, I was within 5 pounds of goal weight. The scale said I was slim. But it was the wrong weight distribution.

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SEABREEZE65 12/25/2012 7:24AM

    I know I "should" include ST.....
It is the willing part that is missing....

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STRIVER57 12/25/2012 4:58AM

    yes! & i know!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 9:00PM

    Great plan!

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JOYINKY 12/24/2012 7:50PM

    I think strength training is a good idea for any reason. Go for it!

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MIRAGE727 12/24/2012 5:25PM

    I know where your head is at, Marsha! I believe it's essential never to stop strength training. At 62, I feel it's critical. Whether I burn that excess totally or not, I'm still going to work at it and see where it leads. I do know I'm adding a few more Halfs and 10Ks to the equation. So y0u're not alone in the 2013 journey!
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WILLOWBROOK5 12/24/2012 3:12PM

    Sounds very logical to me. I am also looking at how feasible it is for me to drop another 3-5 lbs. Mainly, I feel the lighter I am the better my arthritic knees will be. At the same time, I need to not feel like I am constantly restricting calories. All part of figuring out maintenance. Good luck!
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NATPLUMMER 12/24/2012 12:32PM

    Good plan.

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2012 10:13AM

    It's that Beck "lowest attainable" versus "lowest sustainable" conundrum. I'm not any longer thinking I can "sustain" in the high 130s (lowest achieved) but sustaining maintenance in the low 140s IS doable. And yes, I can feel even a 2 pound fluctuation . . . although I know that's normal.

When I was running a lot in the late 80s and early 90s (10 km a day, 5 days a week) I didn't stick with my balance/core/ST work . . . and the result on my knees and hips wasn't good. I wasn't stabilizing the joints and abs/back with strong muscles.

I think your goals are very sensible and appropriate. When we look "slim enough", we experience a lot of discouragement of the "Why would you need to do that?" variety. But the task of figuring out what's optimal for you is yours.

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2012 10:06AM

    Love your outlook and you new goal. I think, at least for me that age has quite a bit to do with things not tightening up the way they used to. I am just trying to accept that I am getting older. Not that I would continue to try to do the right thing and exercise and eat right. I like feeling light.
I wish there was an easy way to save our exercise logs and food logs forever. I just recently realized that sparks doesn't save them for a long time. I wish I had known this as I like to look back and see where I was years ago. I need to figure out something to keep them.
Merry Christmas Marsha!
Many hugs.
Sallie

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MJREIMERS 12/24/2012 9:52AM

    I agree with all the previous comments. I try to keep my weight fluctuations within about 5 lbs. and I only weigh weekly. Otherwise, I get too obsessed with the number on the scale! emoticon

One question crossed my mind. Could the weight gain be a "natural" process of age and a slowing metabolism? I know mine has slowed down over the years.

Not to sabotage anyone's process, but is there any truth that as we age keeping 5 - 10 "extra" pounds is a benefit? This way if someone is stricken with an illness they have a little extra reserve? Again I don't want to give anyone excuses, but I was just wondering!

Stay healthy!

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SWEDE_SU 12/24/2012 9:44AM

    it's good to start a new year with a plan - i think we all have the same concerns in maintenance, finding that sweet spot that is the right place to be, and staying there. as long as we are thinking about it, and even doing something about it - we're doing what we should be doing. and you have a good plan for the coming year! one i need to follow too...

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MOBYCARP 12/24/2012 8:29AM

    Ah, the maintenance puzzle: What is the right range to maintain in? As Barb points out, there is an emotional component to this as well as the obvious physical component. I hope you can achieve and maintain a range that fits your physical, mental, and emotional needs.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/24/2012 8:24AM

    You sound like your "this year" is much like my "last year". I looked at my paper journal this morning and find I'm about 8 pounds less this Christmas eve than I was last Christmas eve. It *does* make a difference in how I feel.

Both were still "OK" in terms of BMI, but that fear of starting a bad trend, last year? HUGE!

That said? By all means get the strength training back in the mix. I'm trying to do some of the same.

As for converting the report to a picture? It all depends on what kind of file it is saved as. If it is microsoft office file of any sort (Excel Spreadsheet, word document, etc.) you might be able to open it, then do a "Save As" and pick the format "jpeg". This will save it in a form that can be uploaded as a picture. If you are running Windows 7, there is an accessory called the "Snipping Tool" that you can use to directly capture a portion of your screen, and do a direct "Save As" to a jpeg format file.

Good luck.

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NELLJONES 12/24/2012 8:14AM

    It's not the actual weight loss that changes your life, but the process of doing it.

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ONMYMEDS 12/24/2012 8:10AM

    I hear you on all counts. I have the same fluctuations and the same feeling of "too much around the middle". I also think you found the basic issue, cutting back on the strength training while emphasing the running. I was doing a Supreme 90 day workout for several weeks and was definitely looking more defined and keeping the weight off. But I let the workouts slide when I really jacked up my running mileage. It's time to get back to doing both.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 12/24/2012 8:07AM

    I know how you feel, 5-8 pounds does make a difference. I have been fluctuating in the same range for the last few months. I don't weigh myself but I know that some clothes are snug. I really don't like the feeling of clothes pulling. I like when my clothes skim my body. Most of the clothes I have are fitting, a concious choice on my part after years of wearing mumus.

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Going Up Another Notch

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I just took the plunge and paid for one year of SparkCoach. I am so thankful to SparkPeople for all I have learned here and been motivated to do tha teven if I get nothing out of SparkCoach I will not feel cheated. But I am hoping to take my program -- fitness and nutrition -- up another notch in 2013!!

  
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MSLZZY 12/24/2012 7:21AM

    You will love SparkCoach! It add so much to the
learning process and the motivational tips
really enhance the program. You'll gain so much
from the reinforcement tips. Have a great 2013!

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_LINDA 12/23/2012 6:22PM

    I thought Spark Coach was pretty good when I tried it for that free trial. I am curious, what aspect of a healthy lifestyle did you feel you needed more concentrated focus on? Most of the stuff they talk about I have already read or heard about in this excellent site, as I have read every article, now for the third time over! It will be interesting to hear all about your interaction with this feature! Enjoy!

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PMFISH 12/23/2012 5:39PM

    No stopping you lady! You are like a steam roller headed downhill at full speed. It is so evident in that beautiful smile of yours!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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GOLFGMA 12/23/2012 4:37PM

    I'm sure you will receive good advice and motivation. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/23/2012 4:04PM

    I'll eagerly wait to hear how it is benefiting you!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 3:59PM

    Perfect gift from you to you!!

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MIRAGE727 12/23/2012 1:30PM

    Be looking for occasional reports on SparkCoach. Best wishes on a new rod in your journey, Marsha!
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KARRENLYNN 12/23/2012 1:12PM

    Stay positive and look for the gold nuggets of coaching. Even if you only learn 1 thing or 1 new idea that helps you, it will have been worth it.

Merry Christmas!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/23/2012 12:53PM

    A great gift to yourself!

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KANOE10 12/23/2012 12:33PM

    Great way to stay motivated for another year. 2013 will be a good one for you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/23/2012 11:17AM

    Look forward to all the blogs you are likely to write as you "step it up a notch". What a great way to move into a new year, and a great gift to give yourself.

Merry Christmas, Marsha.

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2012 11:09AM

    I hope it's useful.

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Jingle Bell Training Run

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Today I had my choice: either a 7 mile run at 1 minute walk:1 run ratio or 10 miles with more running. I chose to go 10 miles. We started out at 1 min. walk: 4 minute run ratio, but switched to 2 minute run intervals about half way through. Loved it. We finished our 10 miles in just about 2 hours flat.

We carried bells and jingled all the way!! There were seven of us. Several wore reindeer antlers; I had a Santa hat. Great group of people. I felt welcome and accepted, although all of them have been running far longer than I and are training for full marathons. I'm very content to stick to half marathons and shorter races for now. So guess I'll just switch groups as I need to. Up to, hmmm.. maybe 17 miles, I'm planning to go with the faster group. If they go further than that, I'll go with a group running shorter and that will undoubtedly mean they will run less and slower.

I had no trouble with the pace EXCEPT when there was incline. My other group only ran on flat ground. This group seeks out hills to increase fitness and be prepared for races around the country. They have invited me to run hills with them on Tuesdays. Their Tuesday runs start at 5am. Can I get motivated to get up that early? And run hills??And must get back for child care about 7:15am. I got to think about that. We'll see. I'm proud that I got myself up at 5am this morning and to the training run at 6am in 40 degree temperature. Brrrr. But the good thing is that we warmed up pretty fast! So glad that I have become a runner!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/24/2012 8:58PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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RUN4FOOD 12/22/2012 8:57PM

    You are a runner. You are doing extremely well.
Glad you are having fun and able to run with a good group of people.
That makes a huge difference.

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MEXGAL1 12/22/2012 5:29PM

    so cool reading about how you have become a runner and athlete. It's simply awesome. Good for you.
Thank you again for visiting my blogs and all your support.
Sallie

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GABY1948 12/22/2012 3:17PM

    I'm glad that you became a runner too! I can hear the joy in your voice, and I don't think that is just Christmas Joy. I am so proud of you and I am banking that at least for awhile you will be getting up and running hills! Merry Christmas, Marshs! and emoticon

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_LINDA 12/22/2012 1:34PM

    Wow!! That is fantastic fitness! Well done!! And having fun too, big bonus! Its great that you can choose to switch between groups when you want to based on how you are feeling/how much time you have. Running hills will take your fitness as a runner to the next level for sure. But oh my, that makes for a very long day for you to get going at 5 am. But this is your 'me' time, so if you are feeling up to it, go for it!!
You sure are a runner indeed! Nothing is going to get in your way!!

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2012 1:27PM

    Sounds so festive and fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/22/2012 11:56AM

    What fun!

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CELIAMINER 12/22/2012 11:46AM

    Very inspiring!
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ONMYMEDS 12/22/2012 11:23AM

    Nice going.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/22/2012 10:52AM

    That sounds like so much FUN! Jingle all the way, Marsha!

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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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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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    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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    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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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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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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