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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Here's a picture of our next door neighbor's African tortoise. They have raised it from about the size of a tennis ball:

Here's Gwen trying to get a better look at the tortoise:

Here's our dog, Kahlua, walking around our little orange tree that has the most blossoms this year:

I'm just playing to learn more about the camera, the editing program, and pictures in blogs. But I do think these pictures are kind of cool! Kids and animals -- yeah!!

Flowers that had to be cropped in order to post:

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/14/2013 11:56AM

    Nice pics! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/14/2013 10:20AM

    You are doing great with your camera. I love looking at photos so that we can get to know each other better.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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KANOE10 2/14/2013 7:52AM

    Nice pictures.

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    Looks like you are figuring it out!!!!

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 1:04AM

    Gorgeous!!! You can never go wrong with cute kids, dogs and flowers -and I certainly can never get enough of seeing them :)) Thank you for your perseverance on dealing with Sparks uploads (never a fun time) and learning how to use your camera so you can share them with us!!

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PMFISH 2/13/2013 11:49PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have fun with your new camera.

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MJREIMERS 2/13/2013 11:18PM

    Beautiful! Have fun figuring out all the features on your camera. It can be frustrating, but well worth the effort! I can't wait to see more!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/13/2013 10:03PM

    I love your new background picture and think you look fabulous! WTG

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2013 9:50PM

    Kahlua is lovely!! (I've been enjoying Kahlua flavoured coffee . . . . great stuff in the Keurig capsules!!)

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JOYINKY 2/13/2013 9:26PM

    Fun! Glad you are enjoying your camera; I love pictures! Taking them ,sharing them and seeing others! Looking forward to more.

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KANDOLAKER 2/13/2013 8:28PM

    How interesting!! Glad you are having fun with your new camera. Thanks for sharing.

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MIRAGE727 2/13/2013 8:14PM

    Very nice! I know you've wanted a camera for a while now, Marsha! Have fun!

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FREELADY 2/13/2013 7:15PM

    Really lovely! Thanks for letting me see!

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    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/13/2013 6:41PM

    Looking good-thanks for sharing your pics.

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CATLADY52 2/13/2013 5:16PM

    You're doing fine so far! emoticon

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Putting the Scale in Perspective

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just when I decided my weight is my top fitness priority for now, my scale decides to mess around and play with me! Earlier this week it seemed to be functioning. It said 128.2 yesterday, the day before 129.6, and the day before that -- when I'd had a little slip so expected an increase -- it was at 130, and the day before that 128.2, before that several days at 127.something, and one at 126.6. I had a good day yesterday and really expected to be 127.X, but I got on the scale and saw:

I couldn't believe that, so I stepped off and back on a few seconds later:

I knew that could not be right, so I hopped on again:

Now let me say that in the past four years I don't think I've ever weighed 3 times in one day, let alone in one minute. I don't think it is a good thing to weigh repeatedly, but perhaps I need a new scale! Or I could go back to my old scale that seems to be reliable, but you can only tell the weight within about two pounds. Really, that is close enough. The more I think about that option, the better I like it.

During the time I lost the most weight I stayed off the scale except for a weekly official weigh in. I found that as long as I stayed focused on my lowest weigh in of each month I saw progress and did not get de-motivated. In maintenance I have done better during times when I weigh daily, though. Now I am confidently maintaining an 80 pound weight loss; haven't been over 132 pounds for some time. However, I want to get back to maintaining an 86 pound loss at 126 pounds. So I've got to be sensible about the scale and not let it get me down. Especially with shananigans like this morning!!

That said, let's look at some other things in my life. Here are some more of the flower pictures. The first one is a 35 year old azalea bush in our front yard:

younger dwarf azalea bush in the back yard:

pink azaleas in the back yard:

more azaleas in the back yard:

The close ups seem to load, but the pictures of the whole bush don't, at least not without cropping. Hmmm. So I don't have a picture of the darkest shade azalea that SP likes yet.

Here is Natalie on the trapeze:

Here's Gwen in the swing, pretending to take a picture of me taking a picture:

My lunch today, a red bell pepper and reduced fat cheese omlet and some grapes:

So maybe as I look around and find the meaningful things in my life (my flowers, my grandkids, my food???) I will gain some perspective on the scale. Oh, I ran 6.25 miles this morning, just running as my body told me it wanted to run. I spent 80 minutes, but 10 minutes was a slow warm up and 10 were a slow cool down. Love to run!!

Wishing you all great perspective and great days!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2013 11:43AM

    Did you change the batteries, as suggested? That would be my bet, too.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/14/2013 11:59AM

    I have a "love it / frustrated with it" relationship with my scale. It doesn't immediately reward me for good behavior or immediately punish me for "bad" behavior as I think it should. I wouldn't be without one.

I hope you get yours figured out so that it delivers a reliable weight!

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    I like BB's scale idea. My weight fluctuates a few pounds up and down all the time so I try to use it only as a gauge. I don't want to get wrapped up in those numbers. Honestly, I have not weighed myself in a couple of weeks. I think it's time for a check, if I dare.

Thanks for sharing the flower photos! I only see snow outside in my yard and I look forward to seeing flowers again. Flowers and children's smiles, PRICELESS!

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KANOE10 2/14/2013 7:50AM

    I would change your batteries..If that does not work, then get a new scale. Great job of maintaining your loss. I love your flowers and your little girl.

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 12:55AM

    Absolutely stunning flowers you have!! Such pretty granddaughters :) Maintaining n 80 lb weight loss! Running pain free with no injuries!! Yes, I would say your life is good :) Enjoy!
I am with those that say low battery on the scale. I have been told to replace all electronics batteries once a year regardless of what the indicator for it says. I sometimes forget and that is maybe why the electronics don't behave at times.

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2013 9:48PM

    Super blog: super pictures, super attitude.

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JOYINKY 2/13/2013 9:35PM

    Love the pictures; your flowers are beautiful--your granddaughters too! :)
I've never been a fan of the scale; rarely made me feel good so I lived without one for years weighing only at the gym. Before that I was obsessed with it; yes weighing multiple times a day. That was many years ago when I was doing unhealthy things to control my weight. I'm so glad we've both come a long way. Keep health as your priority and the rest will be fine. emoticon

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LOVESTOWALK49 2/13/2013 5:53PM

    I do the same as Brooklyn Born. I know that it can fluctuate from what I eat or how I exercise. A heavy meal, not necessarily calories, bulk can put me up five pounds for a day or so. Good luck with the scale. Maybe you should feel good about staying under 130 and not try to go lower. Health, including mental health, is more important than a number on a scale.

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/13/2013 4:10PM

    Try resetting your scale. Turn it on, let it calibrate but dont weigh and let it turn itself back off. Do this 3 times. Once that is done restart it and see what it gives you. If you are uncertain if it's correct take a handweight and place on there. At least that way you will know exactly what it should be.

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MEXGAL1 2/13/2013 3:57PM

    Totally beautiful flowers and beautiful granddaughters!
Totally weird about the scale...that would throw me off a bit. I would want one I could trust.
But do keep things in prespective......think about your health and how good you feel. It is so much more about the health for us.
You are doing just great, I believe.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

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STRIVERONE 2/13/2013 3:38PM

    If a new battery doesn't help, I'd chuck the scale. I, and more importantly, my wife have been very happy with the Omron HBF 500 for the last three years. We test it occasionally with a 45# kettlebell and it never deviates. It will do a lot more than give your weight, but I have no idea how accurate all the other calculations are.

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-AMANDA79- 2/13/2013 3:01PM

    I've been guilty of putting too much emphasis on the scale. It is hard.

I haven't made an omelet in a while. I need to!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/13/2013 2:55PM

    My scale does that just before I get the "low battery" message or in the old non digital days if I moved it slightly on the floor.

I weigh every morning and consider the low number for the week my "official" weight. Since any day could be a blip up, I never take a chance on a once a week weigh in since that might be the blip day day. Once a month would be taking too big a chance on weight gain creep.

Beautiful pictures once again.

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NATPLUMMER 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Yay for perspective!

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My Orchid is Blooming! and the Scale is Looking Better!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scale was at 128.2 this morn, a whole lot better than the 129.6 yesterday or the 130.0 the day before, after the night of the slip. I do think that if I could give up those occasional slips I would weigh just what I want to weigh. However, focusing on what I need NOT to do has never worked for me; focusing on the positive things I do has real power. So I'm focusing on staying within my calorie range. That's a pretty positive way to do it. So far I've made it to a 14 day streak and this time, once again, I'm out to break that personal record.

Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to go a day without soda. There was a time that would have been really tough. But I realized yesterday I have had only 1 glass of soda in the last 34 days. After my 14 days with no intense sweets, I have had a few sweet items, mostly raisins, but I have not had a dessert other than fruit. I have averaged less than one packet of Splenda or Sweet n Low or equivalent per day. I intend to continue to keep my sugar and artificial sweetener intake very low.

Yesterday when Gwen and I went outside -- Surprise! -- my orchid that is suppose to bloom the last week in March (it did that for over a decade), bloomed this week because we've had such a warm winter. Here's pictures I took yesterday for proof:

Lantana, a native Florida plant, the butterflies love:

Gwen appreciates the lantana:

Azaleas haven't quit blooming for months and months:

Ooops! The azalea pictures are too big for the site, but we have pink, dark pink, and purple azaleas blooming now.

Gerber daisy:

Will we have oranges in a few months? Orange tree in blossom:

The faithful bougainvilla still has some blooms:

Oooops. That picture won't load. And I tried several other flower pictures, too. Oh, well, that's enough flowers for today. You can see we've had a really warm winter and are still enjoying the flowers in the yard.

Have a great healthy day, everyone!!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2013 9:04PM

    Looks like you're having fun with the camera you got for Christmas! I love to take pictures of flowers too. Some day I'd like to get a microscope camera to take some of those cool pictures of the world at a cellular level. Of course the camera is most likely 100K so maybe in my next life! LOL

Congratulations on your "2" coming back where it belongs! I knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYW1102 2/13/2013 7:17PM

    We HAVE had a crazy Florida winter...very warm for the second year in a row. This weekend it will be getting cold again, and I will have to move my orchid & jade plant inside. I've only had to do that once this roses bloomed again last week because they are so confused! None of my trees have lost all their leaves!
We are blessed not to have to deal with the snow that much of the remainder of the country gets, but I do like some cool days every now and then! emoticon

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    How beautiful...I can hardly wait for spring here!!!!!

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_LINDA 2/12/2013 11:51PM

    Wow! Well done with the scale, and especially laying off the artificial sweeteners -that is huge for you! With good behavior like that, the scale will be showing numbers you like!!
Incredible flower photos!! The one with Gwen is so sweet!! Can't wrap my brain around flowers blooming in med February -sure am living in the wrong place lol!!
Sorry your others didn't load -so very familiar with that frustration! Thanks for putting in the effort to load the ones you did. I certainly will never get tired of enjoying photos -do share more when you can!
Keep up the great work!! You are doing it!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/12/2013 8:04PM

    Florida... flowers... yep! Love the pictures... and I knew that scale would be back where it belonged... emoticon

emoticon for keeping your focus and determination.

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WATERMELLEN 2/12/2013 7:57PM

    Congrats on the streak! Love your flowers. Like little Gwen, I have noticed them with huge pleasure since I was very small.

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FROSTY99 2/12/2013 7:29PM

    Beautiful flowers-thanks for sharing the pics and your little one is a doll!!


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MIRAGE727 2/12/2013 2:40PM

    Pretty flowers! Great photo of Gwen! Stay focused, Marsha!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/12/2013 12:29PM

    Very nice scale number! I don't like the bouncing around my scale does on its way down. Oh well, at least it DOES go down...

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MEXGAL1 2/12/2013 12:04PM

    Beautiful flowers Marsha! We are lucky here as well in Mexico and have flowers all the time. I sure would miss that if we did move. your orchid plant is simply beautiful!

I love that you focus on the positive things that work for you. I too am into that.

Have a terrific day.

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JOYINKY 2/12/2013 10:37AM

    Wonderful flowers! Thanks for sharing. You plan for success and it shows! WTG!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/12/2013 10:30AM

    Beautiful pictures.

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GABY1948 2/12/2013 10:17AM

    What gorgeous flowers you have! Too bad the others would not load.

I don't drink soda either haven't had any in 3 years now.

Your scale progress is wonderful...I am finally feeliing like I am back on track too! A BIG emoticon for both of us!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/12/2013 9:48AM

    Love the garden. Nice to be surrounded with such beauty.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/12/2013 9:10AM

    Nice to see a downward trend on the scale as a reward for doing the right things. I don't drink soda either. I think I can count my yearly consumption on one hand.
Beautiful pictures. We'll have to wait a month or so to see nature's pretty colors.

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ELP1210 2/12/2013 9:00AM

  Thank you for sharing the flower photos! I love Spring!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

I want to lose several more pounds. I want my body fat percentage to go down; lose fat and gain muscle. I want to continue running, place in the 5K on March 9th, and complete the half marathon on November 9th. Yes, I want it all!!

It has been pointed out to me (thanks, Live2Run4Life) that gaining muscle, running performance, and losing weight are not really compatible. To gain muscle you almost always have to gain some weight. Losing weight is not best for athletic performance.

So, I've had to think about priorities. I started exercising regularly because I wanted to lose weight and I increased my cardio because I wanted to maintain my weight loss. I started running (after several years of regular cardio) because I just felt so good that I wanted to!

So, after more than 5 decades of being overweight/obese, my priorities are clear. Managing my weight and improving my eating behaviors are my top priorities. Body composition and running are secondary priorities.

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/12/2013 11:25AM

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WATERMELLEN 2/11/2013 8:02PM

    Priorities indeed: it always helps to pull 'em out now and again and take another look!

You know what you want and what's most important to you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/11/2013 7:38PM

    I read this before I left for work but didn't have time to reply then. What I was going to say was "Good for you, knowing what YOU want and going for it!"

For me, it's not about the scale, it's about the activity and the ability to *do* what I want to in life. I figure the scale will take care of itself, and it has, "beyond my wildest dreams". Thing is, focus needs to be readjusted, goals need to be re-examined... from time to time, for all of us.

Message the same... Good for YOU, knowing what is prime, your maintenance. I predict that with this focus, the activity will fall into place, right where you need it to be!

emoticon Oh, and I was going to say, in response to your comment on my blog... after my first half? I in no way had any thought I'd ever try a full. Who knows what you'll think three years from now? Karnac isn't saying!

Spark on! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/11/2013 3:37PM

    I do believe you have to look at your BMI as well. It's not all about the weight otherwise, I would stay at a suggested 162 with a 21.98 BMI. I'm only 22.1 now!
Marsha, you do what you have to be feel good. Just stay healthy!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/11/2013 2:39PM

    You've got your goals and priorities well in hand.
One question: Do you live in an area of real speedy senior citizens?
I only know one who can match your 5K PR. (and it's not me)
Around here you would place all the time.

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/11/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon You inspire me!

I am going to get on my treadmill right now and get my cardio on!

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GABY1948 2/11/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon that you figured it matter what you decided to do, I know you could do it!

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NATPLUMMER 2/11/2013 11:08AM

    I'm glad you've got your priorities straight :-)

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MEXGAL1 2/11/2013 10:18AM

    good for you to look at all of this and make such a great choice in priorities.
Good for you!
Have a terrific week.

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-AMANDA79- 2/11/2013 9:42AM

    Competing goals are no fun! Glad you've chose one to go with.


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JOYINKY 2/11/2013 9:11AM

    Healthy and Happy work for me.

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/11/2013 8:50AM

    Don't worry about where the "charts" say you should be at. Focus on being the healthiest you can be for what you want out of your body. And you are amazing exactly where you are.

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STRIVERONE 2/11/2013 8:20AM

    The goal for most of us is to achieve the best physical and mental health we are capable of. Workouts, competition, proper nutrition, and even putting it all out there in our blogs and on the message boards are just tools to that end. So you have the right idea. I only have your picture to go by, but I think you might need an objective assessment of your health right now before you move your focus to weight.

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Come Too Far To Give Up Now

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm embarrassed to say it, but I blew it yesterday. I had had a great eating and exercising day. I ran 12 miles with my Galloway group. I ate well, right at the top of my calorie range. Then I went to bed and couldn't sleep. I felt hungry and thought that maybe with my long run I hadn't eaten enough calories for my activity level. (Excuses?) I got up and had cereal and milk, taking me over my calorie range. Even so, I might have been okay if I'd stopped there, but I didn't. There were crackers and more cereal -- way too much. I finally got to sleep.

I have no perspective on this event at this moment. I saw a middle 3 on the scale for the first time this year, after having my lowest weigh in for 13 months (126.6) earlier this week. The best I can say is that I've come too far to give up now. In fact, I've come too far to give up ever again! I'm back on it this morning.

Edit: I took out the words, "I am disgusted with myself," because Monty Mirage727 says no one want to read it. Besides, I'm past it now!!

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DUTCHONEY 2/13/2013 4:48PM

  Don't be too hard on yourself, it will all work out!

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_LINDA 2/11/2013 12:47AM

    Cereal and crackers -high sodium content- weight may be just a sodium gain. Maybe you didn't have enough electolytes or water and that is why you felt the cravings.. I am sure you have no worries with the scale..
No, you will never give up, that is for sure!!
I am glad you took out the words disgusted with myself. One of the first things we got to learn is to never beat ourselves up, it serves no useful purpose to our healthy journeys. They are just lessons learned. Hard, but that is what makes you stronger!

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FROSTY99 2/10/2013 8:00PM

    Just remember it is never a single day, it is a combination of days where you continue to do this. This will average out over a weeks time-don't beat yourself up, just take this into your totals and emoticon .


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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2013 6:11PM

    You. Will. Never. Give. Up.

And you didn't. You ran hard. You were hungry. You ate. Entirely appropriate. Your weight will settle back down again within 48 hours, guaranteed.

No way you should permit yourself to be disgusted with yourself ever. Just edit that out permanently, Marsha. You are awesome. You deserve to be proud of yourself every day, all day long.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/10/2013 2:19PM

    Boy, have I been where you were last night!!! The truth is that you most likely did need extra calories but should have increased your protein at dinner. I fight with this all the time. You might also have needed more water. Running 12 miles can really deplete your body of necessary fluid. When I exercise for several hours, this can be a problem for me too. Hunger and thirst can often be mixed up. I've had times when I'll graze and graze and still feel hungry. If I follow up the eating with water sometimes it stops the urge to eat. Just a thought......

Don't beat yourself up over it because it gets in the way of today's success. You will be back with the "2" firmly in place before the week ends!
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PMFISH 2/10/2013 1:11PM

    Marsha, I read all your responses and don't think there is one thing for me to add, except you are doing great! Enjoy your Sunday.

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KLMEIRING 2/10/2013 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. I can relate to the "I've come too far to give up now".

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/10/2013 11:37AM

    OK, you do know that endurance exercise, especially long runs, result in increased fluid in the tissue as a part of the recovery process and that often means temporary scale gain (which is not the same as real weight gain). Do you eat a recovery meal immediately after running? That is important. It sounds to me like you really were hungry. What's more important, scale or health? It's quite possible that strength training will increase your scale weight from added muscle. Will you consider that bad too?

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MEXGAL1 2/10/2013 10:49AM

    Oh my's for sure that you and I have learned that these are the times when we have to just move on and get back on track. I just had two days of not such good eating but as I woke up this morning and got on the scale and it punished me with a 2.5 lb gain, I just said to myself.....okay time to get back to work. I wasn't upset as now I do know that I know what works and what to big deal!!! And for me, I reminded myself that I feel good and healthy and that is so very important to me at this stage of my life.
But the way, thanks again for all your support. You probably remember that I too have a DH that doesn't get along with my Mother. They have not spoken for like 3 years and haven't seen each other either. DH basically isn't welcomed at my sister and mother's place anymore. It's a pain in the butt for me and I wish they both would understand the pressure it puts on me and get their acts together but not going to happen. Oh well, I accept it and know I can't change it.
Such is life.
Have a terrific day today!

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JOYINKY 2/10/2013 9:55AM

    As long as it wasn't "mindless eating" , and it obviously wasn't, you're just fine. I think your body probably really needed the carbs and you ARE tuned to listening to your body. Your choices weren't all that bad. I think you know how I feel about the veracity of the scale. I'm betting within a week your body will have settled down and you'll be back in your happy place. Because, you do what you need to do! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/10/2013 9:37AM

    Monty has great advice!! Listen to him.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/10/2013 9:30AM

    LOL, I am late to the comment party apparently. You gotta love Spark friends like you have, Marsha, who will tell you when you're over the top with that black / white, absolute evil / absolute good thinking. A blip on the scale today can be fuel to just stay the course.

And as several of the commenters said, you may have been absolutely right about needing more calories. The scale bump can be as simple as you changed the time of day at which you ate & it hasn't processed through the system so you're carrying a little more water. YOU are going to be fine, because as your edit says, you're already past it.

And that, my friend, is why you are successful! emoticon

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KANOE10 2/10/2013 9:29AM

    There is an expression, " I have come too far to be defeated by a cookie." You have the right attitude. You have come too far on this road to health to let a detour derail you. Good for you being back on track this am. You can do it. I am sure with workouts and st that the weight will come off soon.

I feel the same way this am. The scale is up and I am not happy. I know I ate high sodium yesterday so that is likely the cause. Let's both knock off those pounds together.


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GABY1948 2/10/2013 9:23AM

    You are SO strong, Marsha. DON'T look back...only forward! This is only one SMALL step back and that's spark's "motto" ...two steps forward and one step back...and you have gone MANY steps forward and just now taken one step back!

emoticon emoticon and I give you a big emoticon because you came and fessed up and will get right back on that horse!


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    We all have days like that....I have had a couple in a row now. Figuring out why and getting back on track. emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 2/10/2013 9:03AM

    You know that you didn't really gain that much weight, right? It takes 3500 calories to make a pound and your late night binge did probably wasn't over 1000.
Everyone has their moments. It's called being human. I'm sure the scale will be more cooperative in a day or two.

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MARTHAWILL 2/10/2013 8:58AM

    You haven't blown it unless you don't forgive yourself . It's a new day. You HAVE come too far. I know this is only a little hiccup for you. You are doing amazingly well and inspire so many.

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ANNIEONLI 2/10/2013 8:09AM

    Hunger means something...eating when you did was the right thing to do IMO because your body NEEDED the nutrients. Geez - you ran 12 miles!!! Next time, put the cereal box away right after you pour the cereal and have some extra milk in a glass on the side - it will help you fall asleep! :) Glad to hear you moving on this morning, it's the way to go!

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MSLZZY 2/10/2013 8:05AM

    Put it behind you and have a better day!

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MAGGIE101857 2/10/2013 8:05AM

    This is why I love SparkFriends! They are there with encouraging words while also telling you to pull up your big girl panties and emoticon beating yourself up! Look how far you have come!!! I'm betting it's the long run syndrome as well!!

You are emoticon, beautiful lady!!! Go look emoticon ; you'll see what we all see!!!

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MIRAGE727 2/10/2013 7:58AM

    Ok, you did what you did, Marsha! We've all been there. I'm going to bet within 72 hours or sooner, everything will be right with the world. You're rollin' in maintain moonlight and you're doin' well!

Everyday, I'm expecting fluctuation. You just massage it into your nutrition for the next few days, do some FUN cardio and ST...and "you'll be fine!" (D says that to me all the time!) If you read my latest race blog, I acted like a lil' drama queen during my latest 10K! I also started beating myself up while I was running and should have been in a better place mentally. We're fine!

I don't want to hear from ME, you, or anyone else for that matter, "I am disgusted with myself." We embrace the journey, we're always adjusting our walk, but we keep walking! We lead by example and you're a good leader!

Now, like Cher said to Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck, "Snap out of it!"

Much love...

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SPEEDYDOG 2/10/2013 7:51AM

    You have tremendous discipline. If I run 12 miles or do a hard bike ride, I will likely go over my calorie range because my body is totally depleted. Successful weight control is a lifestyle change and you have changed your lifestyle hugely!

I know what you are thinking. Does your mid-night snack represent the start of the slippery slope back to an unhealthy lifestyle?

My answer is no way. I know you won't let a minor binge derail your healthy lifestyle. You can quit beating yourself. We all blow it every once in a while.

Sometimes our bodies do not cooperate. Your temporary "middle 3" on the scale is most likely water weight because of your long run. Do your clothes still fit?

I think you are doing exceptionally well.



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TORTISE110 2/10/2013 7:50AM

    Oops is the word, and then move on. You can do it and I know you will!

Every once in awhile I wake up hungry like you did, middle of the night. (Sounds like you had plenty good reason with your active day.) My go to snack is a small piece of toast with peanut butter and half a glass of milk. It puts me right to sleep. But I think the reason it works is that it is the only thing I ever eat in the middle of the night. In other words, it is THE PLAN and makes it easier to stick to. If it is an idea that works for you too, I hope you grab it!!

Meanwhile, have a rocking Sunday. It's a whole new day to get it right!

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    We don't stop being human when we reach goal. Actually, I think things can become a bit trickier when we reach goal.

You're doing great and you are ALWAYS an inspiration. You'll be back on track in no time flat! Pat

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PMRUNNER 2/10/2013 7:39AM

    Don't beat yourself up, but use it as inspiration to refocus. Keep it in perspective, splurging on cereal and crackers after a full day is not going to ruin a solid program that you have built.

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EOWYN2424 2/10/2013 7:37AM

    I'm worse! I snack all the time! And for no apparent reason!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/10/2013 7:30AM

    We were on the same wavelength last night. My run was 4 miles shorter than yours, but the same mindset around 10pm. I must need more calories, I'm hungry. Hello, wheat thins! The only thing that saved me is that the box was nearly empty.
Sometimes a long run will cause an upward blip all itself. It will be gone soon. You have the right attitude.

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GOODGALLEFT1 2/10/2013 7:24AM

    Pick yourself up and start things over today! You have not blown everything. You set yourself back a little bit, but it is not anything you can't overcome. You can do it! Keep at it!

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