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Better Late Than Never

Saturday, February 09, 2013

They finally posted the 5K photos from the Rotary Twilight 5K eight days ago. On the day of this 5K I was too sore to run hard, so stayed with my nephew to pace him. He is a beginning runner and a newly diagnosed diabetic who is being pretty successful managing his diabetes with diet and exercise. He has totally changed his eating and exercise habits and I am very, very proud of him.



Thank heavens I am no longer sore. I enjoyed a great 12 mile run today with a wonderful group of runners around my age. We started at 5 am, saw the sun rise, and finished after 7:30. Then we sat around, drank coffee, and chatted for a long time. We talk when we run, but we chat when we sit. I like both.

Hope you are having a great day!

  
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    Love those finish line shots! AND, as I've said before, you lead your nephew by example, Marsha! That is huge in his eyes, I know!
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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2013 8:30PM

    Love the photo: you're really inspiring your nephew!

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    Great photo! I'm envious of your running group. How nice to have that companionship and support.

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What an awesome day!! Can't even imagine running for 12 miles! You are amazing!! Bonus is having great company doing it, glad you had a wonderful day!

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MEXGAL1 2/9/2013 5:53PM

    woo hoo. so great that your nephew is able to control things with diet and exercise. You must be proud. And as I have said before you are an awesome inspiration for him!!!
enjoy the rest of your week end.
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    congrats on continuing the 5K and slowing down to not injury yourself since being sore before the run.
Your nephew is a wise person completely changing his eating and exercise habits since finding out he;s a new diabetic. Good job on his part,, as some just go into telling themselves they aren't diabetic and continue their old ways for some time. Always glad to hear some step right up to the plate immediately, continued success for your nephew.

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JOYINKY 2/9/2013 5:05PM

    I'm really proud of both of you. Your consistency is inspiring!

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DAMIENHUSTED 2/9/2013 5:04PM

    good job hope ill get to that mile mark one day

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STRIVERONE 2/9/2013 4:55PM

    I know several people who were on diabetes medications who lost weight and are now symptom free and do not need the medications. I hope your nephew will experience the same results from the effort he is making.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/9/2013 4:50PM

    Love that finish line photo. Congrats to your nephew. It's encouraging when people start to take charge of their health.

Sounds like a great friendly run this morning, too. I didn't go as long myself, wimping down to a little under 8, with my son, though, so it was special.

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Risk?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I hadn't been in many years and I knew I was overdue. No cataracts, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration - my eyes are looking good and healthy. My prescription hasn't changed now in more than 5 years, although I may just go ahead and get some new frames and some scratch-free lenses.

The doctor said something, though, that surprised me a great deal. First, he said that since I am thin -- he used the word thin -- and I'm thinking to myself you've got to be kidding, I'm not thin, I'm healthy. Then he said that because I am thin, female, over 60, I am at greater risk of dry eyes.

I knew that I was at greater risk of osteoporosis, but after my doctor told me she'd never seen anyone my age whose bones tested as dense, I didn't worry about that one. Now this dry eye thing. I searched on the Internet but could not confirm that thinner people are at greater risk. I was trying to see if I am lowering that risk by taking fish oil. If so, I'll be a little more regular about it.

I'm thinking that in the years to come much more will be known about how to live the healthiest life. In the meantime I'm enjoying low cholesterol and blood pressure, and much more energy than I had at a heavier weight. I have no doubt that I am much healthier than before, even if there should be a couple risks to living life at the weight I choose.

  
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    GOOD going, Marsha! I agree with you, it's all about health! HUGS

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MEXGAL1 2/9/2013 9:46AM

    Isn't that funny....thin comes with other "things"! I live in a dry climate and I know I have dry eye....so I do take fish oil and coconut oil. I think it helps.
Have a terrific week end.
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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2013 9:23AM

    You should totally treat yourself to a new pair of glasses...it's always nice to change up the frames.
I've never heard about the dry eye thing.

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-AMANDA79- 2/9/2013 9:13AM

    I think that's a risk I'd be willing to take! Glad to hear that your eyes are healthy.



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AQUAGIRL08 2/9/2013 8:06AM

    I disagree with your doctor. I'm very over weight and I have dry eyes too. My doctor said it has to do with menopause. I think they all have their own opinions!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/9/2013 7:18AM

    The over 60 population would be thrilled if "dry eyes" were their only concern.
Keep an "eye" on it, but congratulations on the great numbers.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/9/2013 6:50AM

    That's a new one to me, too. I *do* have bone density issues, which I hope my running (impact exercise) is helping... next year's comparison test should tell... but hadn't heard anything about dry eyes!

Thanks for passing the word, perhaps among us all we can figure out whether it is a real deal or not. I agree with you, the benefits of living healthy outweigh the few increased risks of issues. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/9/2013 12:51AM

    Way to go on a fantastic report!! I have never heard of this one at all and I have to regularly see an opthalmologist because my RA can affect my eyes and it has to be monitored. I do have dry eyes anyway which is why I cannot wear contacts.
I sure wish I had your bone density -mine is at the bottom of the scale, the very worst :(
It seems to me you are living the healthiest life with such glowing medical reports!

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MIRAGE727 2/8/2013 11:52PM

    I would get a second opinion just to be safe. BUT, I wouldn't be too concerned just keep a good watch on it. And yes, Marsha, you look great!
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MSLZZY 2/8/2013 10:25PM

    Dry eyes, huh? I'll have to stay on top of this!

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JOYINKY 2/8/2013 10:09PM

    Marsha, ALL thin people don't have dry eyes! If your eyes feel fine; you don't have a problem. Life is a risk! No worries. Hugs.

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WATERMELLEN 2/8/2013 9:19PM

    I do use Refresh liquigel for dry eyes, on the recommendation of my optometrist . . . and he's terrific. The drops really help with my multifocal contact lenses which I wear most of the time . . . but within the past few months I also treated myself to some new frameless eyeglasses with very simple and elegant "arms": they are so light and comfortable!! Scratch free too. I had not had new glasses for at least 15 years!

So sure you're thin: and I can say (if I'm thin too, which people tell me) I also have experienced some dry eye issues. No biggie, however: very treatable.

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FROSTY99 2/8/2013 9:16PM

    No matter what we do or what our size, it seems there can always be a down side to things. I have several friends with dry eye - one is what I call a normal size and the other could maybe lose 10-15 lbs so... how would the dr explain that one.
There are several vitamins just for eye health so you might research those and see if any claim they are good for dry eye.

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REFFIE1 2/8/2013 8:57PM

    I would definitely ignore those comments. I bet he wishes he was in shape like you! Really there are always eye drops - a fair trade for a healthy heart and longer life. Keep on keeping on! You are fantastic and an inspiration! emoticon

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Almost Creole

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I know creole is suppose to have onion, bell peppers, celery and tomatoes. But I didn't have any onion yesterday, so I decided to improvise. I had fresh garlic and big, fibrous carrots. I had red, orange and green bell peppers, a couple stalks of celery, and a can of no salt added diced tomatoes.

So, I put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan, and sauteed the bell peppers, celery, and garlic. I microwaved the two carrots two minutes to give them a head start and then sliced them in rounds. When the sauteed veggies were soft, I added the sliced carrots and soon after the can of tomatoes. I added one teaspoon of Zatarain's creole seasoning. I would have added more, but it had salt in it. So I put it on the table so that anyone who wanted could add more. (On leftovers for the next day I added more cayenne pepper because there were only adults at that meal, and I liked it spicy hotter even better!) I covered it for a few of the minutes.

Here's what the dish looked like:


Here's what my plate looked like with some baby lima beans, a plain sweet potato, and the tuna steak to eat with my almost creole:


So that's a non-recipe that turned out pretty well. My husband liked it, too.

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2013 10:35AM

    IT looks very tasty, but Creole isn't a dish....it's more a type of cuisine.

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INAFFIT319 2/8/2013 10:26AM

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

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MEXGAL1 2/8/2013 10:07AM

    that sounds wonderful...I might even try that!
Have a terrific day MIss Marsha!

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-AMANDA79- 2/8/2013 10:04AM

    Looks delicious! Don't you just love food blogging?

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GABY1948 2/8/2013 9:24AM

    Looks yummy...I get great ideas from your blogs!

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MEADSBAY 2/8/2013 9:13AM

    mmmmmm....
I'll be right over!
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_LINDA 2/8/2013 12:31AM

    That almost creole sounds fabulous! Way to improvise! I absolutely love spicy -I was in seventh food heaven when I was in New Orleans, couldn't get enough of the food!!

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MSLZZY 2/7/2013 11:47PM

    Now you tell me! I'll have to make this tomorrow! AWESOME!

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FRAN0426 2/7/2013 11:34PM

    Looks yummy and sometimes a bit of improvising doesn't hurt the recipe.

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    Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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MIRAGE727 2/7/2013 10:39PM

    As a native N'awlins homeboy, I can say you did just fine, Ms Marsha!
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The mortal sin would be making Gumbo without Okra. That's just heresy! I would devour that plate and pray for veggie leftovers for the week! Thanks for the inspiration. My food challenge is simple this week, insure protein at every meal! But next week is Mardi Gras!
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JOYINKY 2/7/2013 9:29PM

    Looks wonderful!! Yum!

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Did I Really Do a Bench Press?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Yesterday, would you believe, I bench pressed 150 pounds? I did!! I did it during my third personal training session. It was the first time in my life I was ever "spotted." My trainer said if I ever do it without him to make sure the supporter grabs or supports my wrists, not lower on my arm, in order not to stress the wrists. That makes sense but I probably would not have thought of it.

I'm delighted that today I am comfortably sore, not terribly sore like I was the last week. Along with my unwavering three minute plank the day before, I can definitely say I'm getting stronger!!

  
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    Totally amazing, Wonderwoman!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/6/2013 7:16PM

    Wait a minute, your third training session, you bench pressed elite levels. According to strstd.com a 130 pound female bench 150x6 has a 182 pound 1 rep max. Elite 1 rep max is 151 pounds. People work for years, dedicated to lifting and focusing on their diet to hit elite levels. Many fail, hell, 95% fail to hit elite levels. You did it on your third try benching? I don't have words. It's like saying you picked up a bat for the third time and knocked a baseball over the wall at Yankee Stadium. If this is truly the case, you should seriously consider competing.

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    Great stuff!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/6/2013 6:33PM

    WOW! I am impressed, seriously impressed. You benched more than your weight! emoticon emoticon

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MKELLY72 2/6/2013 3:08PM

    That is awesome!!
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I started my SparkBlog to encourage other people, but it turns out that I am the one who gets inspiration and encouragement from the blogs of people like you.

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MEXGAL1 2/6/2013 10:44AM

    woo hoo, good for you!
Totally awesome!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2013 9:59AM

    I just computed the % of your body weight and found that 4AHealthyBMI just had the same idea. Yep, she's right 115%

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/6/2013 9:49AM

    You're benching 115% of your body weight?!

Holy crap, woman. You should be doing competitive powerlifting - as a female in the master's division, you'd probably clean up!

I'd love to see a photo of you doing this! Wow!

You could put your numbers into this calculator and see how you're doing:

http://www.strstd.com

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/6/2013 9:22AM

    Great job woman! You are doing wonderfully.

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    Great job of doing strength training. 150 pounds is impressive!

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Grandkids After Workout

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Today is Natalie's 6th birthday. I took a couple pictures of her yesterday. Here she is pretending to be the teacher and I was the student. She taught me a session she called, "what is a map?" Here she is drawing her "map" on the chalk board:



Here she is with her creation:



(If either one of these are sideways, I will fix it. Give me a minute!)

Today Natalie's dad is off work, so he has gone to eat lunch with her at school on her special day. Gwen is staying with me and I got her to smile for me:



Here you can read her shirt, "Fun to Be Me!":

(Well, I got the 2 pictures verticle now, but I had one wrong picture of Gwen. I'm still looking for the one you can read the shirt. Still learning.)

I am enjoying my Christmas camera!!

This morning I made it to the YMCA for a good short run and then my third personal training session. I wasn't sure I'd make it home in time to greet Gwen, but hubby promised he'd keep her until I got there, but I made it!! I told my trainer how sore I was last week and suggested maybe I shouldn't go so hard today. He told me it was good for me and to go for it! So I did. We worked on pecs, triceps, and biceps today. Hope I can move my arms and breath without too much pain tomorrow. We'll see.

This eve we'll be at Natalie's birthday supper. Should be fun!! I plan to enjoy myself, but stay within my calorie range. I've got a 10 day "in calorie range" streak going and don't want to break it!! I love those stars on my calendar.

Wishing you a healthy, happy day!!!

  
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    Congratulations on all of those stars!
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I love the pictures of Gwen and Natalie too! See you at the dinner tomorrow night!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/6/2013 5:27AM

    Beautiful young ladies....what wonderful smiles they have.

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2013 9:30PM

    What gorgeous grandgirls!! Worth all the trouble in taking those pictures for the pleasure they give all of us!!

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GINIEMIE 2/5/2013 8:19PM

    You have beautiful granddaughters, what a great day for you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/5/2013 8:04PM

    Great use for that camera, for sure. Gwen has inherited Grandma's winning smile, and I have to admit to loving her ringlets! As for Natalie... she's growing up so fast... don't know how you can stand it!

Enjoy the party!

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    Great pictures and a star of a grandma!
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FROSTY99 2/5/2013 7:08PM

    Thanks for sharing the pics and wishing Natalie a very Happy Birthday. Enjoy the celebration.

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IAMWINNING 2/5/2013 6:01PM

    Sounds like it was a great day. Congratulations to Miss Natalie. And I love Gwen's smile.

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    What cuties!


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MEADSBAY 2/5/2013 3:36PM

    Cute grands!!!
My gd loves to play school, too.
When she wants me to be the teacher she calls me 'Miss Grammy'.

How do you fix sideways pics, anyway?

My trainer says you should be 'good sore' but have no pain at all.
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CONTENTCHRIS 2/5/2013 2:26PM

    You inspire me daily my hottie friend! emoticon for your nice blog n sweet pics of lovely children you share in your wonderful life. God Bless

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JOYINKY 2/5/2013 2:10PM

    Stars on a calendar work! I've used all kinds of stickers to keep streaks going! Your girls are precious; I really miss those years. Mine are almost grown, youngest will be 10 soon. The one that sent me back to the gym when I realized it was hard for me to lift him out or put him in the crib will be 18 this week! Good years! They go fast.

I don't agree with your trainer. Trust your judgement and listen to your body. I've seen so many at the gym come in for a few grueling sessions never to be seen again. Learn what you can and adapt it to your needs. You've proved yourself Marsha!


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COOP9002 2/5/2013 1:53PM

    What a way to celebrate your workout with such gorgeous grandchildren.

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/5/2013 1:05PM

    Your grandbabies are beautiful. Its great you get to spend time with them like you do. So cool your trainer didn't let you go easy. It's his job. Its what you pay him for. And keep reminding yourself that "no pain - no gain!"

Have a great day celebrating Natalie's birthday. They sure do grow to fast.

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GABY1948 2/5/2013 12:55PM

    Natalie is such a young LADY...she seems to be gorwiing up before us in pictures. Happy Birthday, Natalie!

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_LINDA 2/5/2013 12:41PM

    What a pair of sweeties!! Enjoy your dinner!
I sure hope you don't feel too badly after your session with the trainer. I hope your trainer isn't one of those no pain no gain dinosaurs, that so went out a long time ago...
Way to go with staying in your calorie range!!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/5/2013 11:54AM

    Yay....Happy Birthday to Natalie!!
Great workout!

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MEXGAL1 2/5/2013 11:52AM

    Happy Birthday cute Natalie! Both of your granddaughters are beautiful.
Have a great celebration.
Sallie

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