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Water, Water Everywhere! and Other Challenges

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to carry a water bottle with you all day. It didn't specifically state you had to drink it, just carry it. Well, I did it and was surprised that I drank even more water than usual and was really surprised that I enjoyed having it with me. My only problem was that the kids wanted to drink from my bottle rather than theirs, so I had to have 3 bottles and keep washing them, especially since Gwen has a bit of a runny nose.

Yesterday morning I weighed 127.2, tieing my lowest weigh in of 2012, and just 1.2 pounds over what I call my "happy weight". I'm not sure that is what I should call it, because I can be happy at other weights, too. But I do like that feeling I'm beginning to feel, especially in the core, of being tight and lean!

Today's challenge involves thinking about and then writing long term goals. I'm going to have to give that one some thought. Maintaining around 126 may or may not prove to be a good long term weight goal, but I probably need some other life goals. Now that I'm retired I'm not as goal oriented, but it could be a good thing. Hmmm.....

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/1/2013 7:43PM

    Well done, Marsha!

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RUN4FOOD 1/30/2013 7:51PM

    Enjoy your middle 2 and thinking about your long term goals.

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CINDYW1102 1/30/2013 7:24PM

    Keep at it! emoticon

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IAMWINNING 1/30/2013 5:31PM

    Fabulous challenge. Glad you also influenced your grandkids. : )

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_LINDA 1/30/2013 4:36PM

    Once again, a fabulous role model for your grandchildren! Kudos they want to drink water too instead of juices or sweet drinks!! These challenges sure are giving you new things to think about!
Keep up the great work!!

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MIRAGE727 1/30/2013 2:06PM

    I'm always find inspiration and motivation in your training blogs, Marsha! Love the water tasking and the fact that kids are conditioning to it as well! Stay strong and keep rockin' it!
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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2013 11:56AM

    "It didn't specifically state you had to drink it, just carry it. "
What a wiseguy ;-)
Yay for getting close to the "happy weight".


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MEXGAL1 1/30/2013 9:43AM

    Funny how when we retire we aren't quite as goal oriented. I had so many goals my whole life....I like not having to have so many goals each day...loving the retirement!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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GABY1948 1/30/2013 9:21AM

    Another great day for you! Have another one today! emoticon

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RITAROSE 1/30/2013 9:13AM

  Good for you drinking more water! I crave water now after being a drinker (water) for the past 3 years. Glad you're experiencing the wonders of water too!
Good for you setting and working towards goals--goals that may evolve and change as need be! Have a great day friend!

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JOYINKY 1/30/2013 9:01AM

    Goals keep us moving in positive directions! It doesn't matter if they are big or small, just that they keep us going! Enjoy those girls they grow up fast!

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TORTISE110 1/30/2013 8:42AM

    You sound so healthy and curious! I hope you discover some goals you love.

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PINKKITTY65 1/30/2013 8:21AM

    have a great day love this thank you emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/30/2013 7:29AM

    Goals are good things. Help keep one getting out of bed every morning! emoticon In retirement, I hear that's an important thing?

Hey, it's important NOW!

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2013 7:22AM

    Good for you! You make retirement look vibrant and focused!!

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FREELADY 1/30/2013 7:15AM

    Fringe benefit ......kiddos are getting the impression that having water along is status quo!

Thanks for inspiring me. Your focus is contagious! Three cheers for you!

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MSLZZY 1/30/2013 7:08AM

    Having goals is a good thing but can be changed. emoticon

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The Wisdom of the SparkCoach

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yesterday I logged back into SparkCoach and was very surprised to see a message like I had never seen on SparkPeople. It said something like, Marsha, you've already finished today's SparkCoach session, now get out there and do something! I loved it and did!!!

  
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RUN4FOOD 1/29/2013 7:35PM

    "Get out there and do something." What a great message.

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MSLZZY 1/29/2013 7:25PM

    I see that every day but then, I should! From one Marsha
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ROOSTER72 1/29/2013 3:43PM

    You can live with your head stuck in virtual spark land - but the important thing is to get out there in the real world!!

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GABY1948 1/29/2013 10:51AM

    How COOL! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/29/2013 10:23AM

    emoticon That is cool! Way to work it!

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KATIBUG49 1/29/2013 10:12AM

    Love it, I'm sure it made your day!

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MEXGAL1 1/29/2013 10:01AM

    well done! I love it!
Have a terrific day!

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What's Cooking? At Goal and Maintaining Team Challenge, Week 2

Monday, January 28, 2013

Here's my week two entry, Crispy Oven Chicken and Oven "Fries":



Here's a SparkRecipe that is very similar to the chicken recipe I used. The actual recipe I used was from the Ready, Set, Go! Weight Watcher cookbook. It is copyrighted and I don't think I should post it:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=703376


Here's the SparkRecipe I used for the "fries," although I used no spices as most of my family will say, "What's that strange taste?" since they aren't used to spices on their fries. They do like catsup. I used the long wedge shape option:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=35658


I split the difference between the two cooking temperatures and found that worked out just fine. I was really surprised how much everyone liked both recipes. The kids ate it; the picky adults ate it; the people who eat everything raved about the dinner! We will definitely do these recipes again.

Happy, healthy cooking!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/29/2013 9:28AM

    Linda, If you look you can see broccoli behind the featured menus. There was also a tossed salad and fruit for dessert. The chicken (protein) had a little corn flakes on them, not high in carbs. It was, indeed, a healthy meal. -Marsha

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OHSNAPITZKAT 1/29/2013 8:51AM

    Yummy! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 1/29/2013 8:49AM

    That chicken looks delicious! I saved the recipe. Great work!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/29/2013 5:08AM

    YUM...any leftovers?????

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_LINDA 1/29/2013 1:51AM

    Not my version of healthy fare -not a piece of greenery anywhere, carbs and more carbs.. I never had a taste for 'fried' chicken, I like it grilled (cajun blackened) or baked. I feel for you and that bland North American diet so prevelant -my sister had the same problem too when she tried to cook healthy -her family couldn't stand the strange 'spices' -nothing but salt, ketchp, relish and mustard for them lol. Maybe some day spices will take the place of oil and grease for flavorings if we are so lucky.
I do like baked sweet potato 'fries' for a treat once in a while.

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2013 7:50PM

    Looks great! I often make potatoes this way with rosemary and seasoned salt . . .

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MSLZZY 1/28/2013 7:50PM

    You are making me very hungry and supper
is not ready yet! Thanks for sharing! YUMMM!

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 6:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. It looks wonderful..both of them.

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TINAJANE76 1/28/2013 5:31PM

    I WILL be trying this. I love fried chicken but rarely eat it because it's such a calorie and fat bomb. This version looks fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/28/2013 5:20PM

    Food to know! I'll have to check to see if I have that recipe book! Thanks for the tips!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/28/2013 2:02PM

    They don't even look healthy! Great job! emoticon

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PMFISH 1/28/2013 1:24PM

    Checked both the recipes and will have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2013 11:07AM

    YUM!

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MEXGAL1 1/28/2013 9:56AM

    thanks for sharing Marsha. It looks good. I will have to try it.
Have a terrific day.

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GABY1948 1/28/2013 9:19AM

    GREAT looking...I will have to try these! Thanks, Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 1/28/2013 8:01AM

    Very nice looking chicken. Well done. Obviously a tasty success!
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Cartoon for Runners

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I just found the SparkPeople Funnies. Don't know why I'd never noticed them before. Here's my favorite:



Did you laugh?? I did.

Hope you are having another great, healthy day!!

Edit: link to funnies www.sparkpeople.com/resource/funnies
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IAMWINNING 1/30/2013 5:30PM

    I'd seen the funny on the Daily Spark Page, but didn't even think about there being somewhere I can see a bunch of 'em. Thanks.

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BRENDA_G50 1/29/2013 9:31AM

    emoticonLearned something new today...I didn't know they had funnies on SP, will have to look for them.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/28/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon Thanks for the laugh and I really needed it today!

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GABY1948 1/28/2013 9:33AM

    Yes! I DID laugh! Thanks for the early laugh! emoticon

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 7:07AM

    That was funny. I did not know about Spark funnies either. Thanks.

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_LINDA 1/28/2013 1:03AM

    I have been enjoying the funnies in the e-mails, but had no idea they had their own separate page -thanks for the link!!
An interesting feature of those cartoons is you can click one to enlarge it, then get a slideshow of cartoons from that particular artist -I clicked on one with a dog and am now happily enjoying a series of doggie funnies emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/27/2013 10:29PM

    emoticon hahahaha I LOVE that one!!!!

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JOYINKY 1/27/2013 9:49PM

    Thanks for the link Marsha! I didn't know there were cartoons here either and I love cartoons! Smiles.

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MSLZZY 1/27/2013 9:12PM

    Cute!

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MYOWNHERO 1/27/2013 9:02PM

    Funny!

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KAYOTIC 1/27/2013 8:54PM

    SparkPeople funnies? Where are they?

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RUN4FOOD 1/27/2013 8:30PM

    Thanks for sharing the laugh.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/27/2013 8:21PM

    Yes, I laughed! Let's see, if 5 K is 3.1 miles, 401K would be... 248.62 miles. Whoa... talk about your ultra marathon!

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ELRIDDICK 1/27/2013 8:17PM

  Thanks for sharing

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BEVENH 1/27/2013 8:16PM

    Thanks for the cartoon. It put a smile on my face. Have a good day.

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Wish I'd Had My Camera

Saturday, January 26, 2013

In 2012 I only had two Weight Watcher weigh-ins below 130 pounds, so at 130.2 today I weighed the least I have since September 2012. The other lower weigh-in was in January 2012. (At home, on the other hand, undressed and unfed, I had many weigh-ins with a middle 2.) So that is just another indication that 2013 is off to a good start. Still would like to stick around 126 at home and 129 at WW. Time will tell if I can do it!

Today I got up at 4 am to meet my running group at 5am. There were 5 of us at the beginning, but one other runner, a mid-50's ex-military woman, and I were going faster and the other 3 told us to go on, so we did. We covered 10.41 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutesat run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute, and that included a warm up and cool down. It was 51 degrees at the beginning of our run and I felt pretty comfortable in shorts and short sleeves throughout, although when I tried to turn my flashlight on and off while running I was aware that my hands were cold. We finished after sunrise around 7am. I would rather run at 6am or even 7 during the winter months, but the people running my pace like earlier, so I'll adapt.

I took along corn cushions, as I've developed a hard corn on my second toe. It didn't bother me as much as I feared it would and I managed without stopping for a cushion. I'm thinking after my 5K this Friday I'll try a corn pad to remove it and see if it works. I'm afraid I'm going to make my toe a whole lot sorer before it gets better. Anyone ever treated a corn? Anyone think it would be smarter to go to a podiatrist than treat it myself?? Any advice you can give is appreciated!

My nephew wanted to walk the lake, so even though I didn't need the exercise today, I walked with him and my niece, his sister, the 2.84 miles plus another .8 to get to the restroom and back to the lake. He's going to run his second 5K on Friday with me. She is leaving to visit her mom (my sister) in Tucson this week. We'll see how he does running without her to pace him. I do plan to race, so I'll undoubtedly be ahead of him, but will root him on to the finish! I'm glad I walked the lake because when I ran it was dark, but walking I appreciated the peace and beauty in the daylight. One day I'll take my camera to the lake.

Hoping everyone is having a super healthy and happy day!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/28/2013 5:23PM

    What a wonderful Aunt you are! I wish I had an aunt just like you! I was happy to see you at the Y today. Have a great week!

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GABY1948 1/27/2013 8:55AM

    WOOHOO to your nephew! Have a great day and take care of those FEET! HUGS

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/27/2013 5:48AM

    My nursing opinion on this one - see a professional. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/27/2013 12:32AM

    What an impressive run! Well done!!
As I have many foot problems and corns are just one of them, I regularly see a podiatrist and its far easier to get them shaved off then using a slow acting chemical. It also doesn't hurt and you feel better walking on it right away. Corns are a bulidup of skin due to surface irritation. A podiatrist would be able to give you a clue as to why you would be getting them. For me its because I put a lot of weight and pressure on my big toes because the little ones don't pull their own weight since my surgery (they are shorter then normal and are not all straight and making contact with the ground)
Have a super Sunday, keep up the great work!

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MSLZZY 1/26/2013 10:19PM

    Excellent day! HUGS!

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RUN4FOOD 1/26/2013 7:25PM

    Good run. Good walk. Hard to beat a day like that.
Hope your nephew does well in his next 5K.
Sounds like you are a good motivation for him.

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IAMWINNING 1/26/2013 7:24PM

    emoticon getting up and running that early! Wow! You are so good. And what a great aunt you are to help your nephew and niece. I know they appreciate your running/walking with them. Your nephew deserves much credit for continuing to work on his endurance and weight loss. Good luck to you both in the next 5K

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DJ4HEALTH 1/26/2013 5:35PM

    You have to be real careful with those pads or they can burn your good skin. I know because I done it. After that I had a doctor remove it and then he told me how to avoid it and that it has to do with how you walk on your feet.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/26/2013 5:35PM

    Great run. And great walk too.

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CELIAMINER 1/26/2013 5:23PM

    Great show, especially with a corn! I had one once and it hobbled me. I treated it myself with an OTC preparation and pad, and the kernel popped out after not too long (a week maybe). It has been decades, so I don't recall how long exactly.

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JOYINKY 1/26/2013 5:01PM

    emoticon What a wonderful way to start your day! I am amazed at your energy level! So glad your nephew is sticking with it and glad you're there for him.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/26/2013 4:50PM

    Walking is such a good "active recovery", so good for you for saying "yes" to your nephew. Nope, never treated a corn, so no clues from this direction. Hope whatever you try works... the first thing!



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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2013 4:44PM

    Great run! Sorry I can't help you with the corn issue.
Do bring a camera next time :-)

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WATERMELLEN 1/26/2013 4:39PM

    I'd be wanting the podiatrist . . . and to give advice as to whether now or AFTER the race.

Like you I travelled lots as a young woman and had my children later (at age 33 and 36). And like you I've "done lots" . . . or so people tell me! (I myself feel more like I've stumbled along and it's hard to get to be this age without having accomplished something!!). But: I still do see a lot of people who are worried about "missing out" . . . in comparision with what they had before, or what they would like to have right now, or what others have that they don't, or what they hope to have in the future but fear they won't be able to get . . . . .

I am a person who loves the moment: skiing today was absolutely marvellous, best conditions yet this winter and so gloriously sparkly!!

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MIRAGE727 1/26/2013 4:28PM

    So a professional, Marsha. No matter what, you need your wheels!
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Great training...and some. I'm looking up some alternative interval ratios to use for my 10K on Saturday next. It's fun to T&E (test & evaluate) these different combos. Stay strong...
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MEXGAL1 1/26/2013 3:29PM

    wow, you are an exercise nut! you are a true runner. good for you. I envy you!
You just go for it.

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NEW-CAZ 1/26/2013 2:53PM

    Sounds like you've all found a common way of keeping fit and supporting each other, how cool is that.
Hope your nephew and you enjoy the next race.
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DACHI9 1/26/2013 2:41PM

    It sounds like a beautiful way to exercise. Post some pictures when you do!

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JOANN1212 1/26/2013 2:40PM

    Great!!

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