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Three 5Ks in One Day?? Maybe!

Monday, February 18, 2013

On March 9th I've signed up for two 5Ks at the Senior Games, the running Road Race at 8:30am and then a walking 5K at 10am. In 2011 I ran my first 5K (31:17) at the Senior Games and placed third in my age group. Last year I placed second in the 5K Road Race (30:23) and second in the walking 5K (38:17). I want to do well this year.

My nephew has committed to run-walk-run a 5K every month this year. He did the Hope for Haiti 5K with his sister in 47 minutes and seconds and then February 1st I paced him in the Rotary Twilight 5K finishing in 45 minutes and some seconds. Since he's only 28 years old he can't run in Senior Games, so he was looking for a local 5K for March. The Shamrock Run, Walk, and Jog with Your Dog in Winter Haven has several events including some with no dog required. At 1pm there is a 5K about half an hour away from the Senior Games in Bartow. I haven't signed up yet, but I'm thinking I may pace him for that event, too.

So basically that means I'd race a running 5K, a walking 5K, and then jog/walk a 5K. Yeah. I think I can do that!!

  
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NEWSGIRL2177 2/20/2013 3:41PM

    Whoa! Speechless. And super impressed!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I Want to be YOU when I grow up!! To even CONSIDER doing Three 5Ks in a day is AWESOME!!

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AURORAMILLET 2/20/2013 1:56PM

    That is quite a thing to commit to, three 5ks? I think that you can do it!

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    Sounds fun! Looking forward to hearing how you do!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/19/2013 12:20PM

    That's awesome! I've heard of races that are "doubles" (2 back-to-back runs) but you'll be doing a TRIPLE...woo hoo!! Can't wait to hear about all of them!
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MANDELOVICH 2/19/2013 12:11PM

    Wow!

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    Wow!

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MANDELOVICH 2/19/2013 12:11PM

    Wow!

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ME_B4_INSANITY 2/19/2013 11:36AM

    Pushing yourself just a little farther is always a great thing.

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PMFISH 2/19/2013 10:56AM

    You never cease to surprise me! Very ambitious, but know if you decide to do that you will do it with ease. Proud for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 2/19/2013 10:50AM

    Of course you can. I only wish I was there to keep you company. Just make sure you're wearing the right bib for each race. emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/19/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon I KNOW you can do that!! Have fun!

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i just read about a run/race; there's a 5K, a 10K, and a half - and you can do all three (the 5K & 10 K are on sat. (staggered start times) and the half is sun. morning....
and i would do it if i was in that city!

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MEXGAL1 2/19/2013 9:46AM

    You so totally got this Miss Marsha
Best of everything to you!
Just do it!
Sallie

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BARBARAJ73 2/19/2013 9:04AM

    Go for it...!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/19/2013 7:28AM

    I know your nephew will appreciate your support!

This is just the stuff I love -- "mixing it up". It sounds like it will be fun AND a good workout!!! You go, girl!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2013 7:24AM

    1) It's less than a half marathon, total
2) You've done more than this all at once before, and it's broken up, and not all running.

I believe you can do this is you choose to. Follow your heart! And Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 2/19/2013 7:16AM

    I think you can do it too, Marsha! I think also that is is so wonderful you have been such a wonderful inspiration to us but to your YOUNG nephew! You ROCK, my friend! Keep it up! I love your blogs...so motivation! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/18/2013 10:59PM

    YOWZA!!!

I am so impressed!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/18/2013 9:57PM

    Just think of it as a 9.3 mile run with 2 REAL LONG rest breaks along the way.

Seriously though, if anybody could do it, you can.



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COCK-ROBIN 2/18/2013 9:57PM

    Great job!

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Experiment Seems to Have Worked

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hey, I ran 11.33 miles yesterday, burning approximately 850 calories. I ate a total of 2313 calories yesterday, the most I've purposely eaten and tracked in my entire life, and had a (admittedly, approximate) calorie deficit of 1 calorie. This morning I weighed 126.8, just .8 over my target and the second lowest weigh in of this year!!

Eating for my activity level -- rather than trying to undereat, feeling ravenous, and then binging like last Saturday night -- is definitely a healthier option. Perhaps I've learned a lesson!

  
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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:46PM

    Wow, killer job. What do you use to measure your calories burned?

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ME_B4_INSANITY 2/19/2013 11:45AM

    Being on maintenance means finding the balance between the two. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/18/2013 7:58PM

    Wow! I could use that lesson too! Way to go. emoticon

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    Sounds like you continue to learn and adapt as needed! Nice run!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/18/2013 7:24AM

    I totally get it! Good job, Marsha!
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    Yes! Great that you're fueling your body for the level of activity you're doing emoticon

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GABY1948 2/17/2013 4:02PM

    It does sound like you are figuring it out! Maybe I will eventually learn something from you! I do that...stick like GLUE to a certain number of calories and then even when I am doing a big job or renovation or such I NEVER deviate and all of a sudden after a few days...I binge. I will certainly be watching you closely, Marsha! THANKS for being such a great blogger! emoticon Gaye

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/17/2013 3:08PM

    No argument here.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/17/2013 2:02PM

    This makes sense. I tend to eat at or above the top of my range on heavy workout days. I'm building up toward your distances slowly, very slowly. I'm keeping an eye on your achievements and trying to follow along.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/17/2013 1:58PM

    It takes some figuring out, doesn't it? I'm still working on it, too!

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WATERMELLEN 2/17/2013 12:35PM

    You've got it all figured out, Marsha. Next step: to build your confidence that you've got it all figured out!!

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FROSTY99 2/17/2013 11:31AM

    Figuring out what works for each of us is the BIG QUESTION MARK. Sounds like you have hit the bullseye. Here is to more success and not feeling starved.

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CINDYW1102 2/17/2013 11:20AM

    Congrats on getting so close to your goal weight! I was killing myself trying to stay within my calorie range while maintaing a higher level of exercise and instead of losing weight, I got stuck at a plateau. Since I began eating more on the days I exercise more, I've noticed the scale inching downward. I am in the "menopause" battle period right now, so any movement downward is such a victory for me. I think you are right on the mark with eating in correlation to the degree of exercise you do that day! Great insight! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 2/17/2013 10:59AM

    That is fantastic. It's so great that you know how to listen and fuel your body! And very impressive mileage indeed!

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MEXGAL1 2/17/2013 10:20AM

    good for you to figure this out. fuel that athletic body of yours!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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BOOKAPHILE 2/17/2013 10:13AM

    Isn't it great when something finally makes sense? Good for you!

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KANOE10 2/17/2013 9:54AM

    I am trying that approach also. Keeping my eating healthy but increasing my exercise. Good for you reaching that low eight. I am glad it is working for you.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 2/17/2013 9:36AM

    Way to go. Whatever works, works!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Blessed to Be Me

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I was just thinking about people who are short. And thinking about people who are physically unable to do much exercise. And thinking about people with thyroid and similar issues. All of these people are still suppose to eat 1200 calories a day? I bet if they take one bite not on their program they are either going to go over their calorie range or not meet their nutritional needs. That has to be hard-hard-hard. I am blessed to be 5'6" (or a hair under) and very blessed to have the health to run and workout hard!! I get to eat 1510-1860 calories. And I lose just a little bit-- suppose to lose half a pound a month per SP -- when I stick to that amount.

And then I think about tall people. And people with fast metabolisms. And athletes who need big muscles. And I wonder how the heck they can eat enough and not get too much sodium. I struggle to keep my sodium down to 2300 mg per day, and I know 1500 mg would be better at my age. I find I can't eat much bread or butter/margaine and have to watch the cheese and cottage cheese and delicious convenient low calorie deli meats and, of course, restaurant meals and processed foods. Boca burgers and peanut butter are good, but sources of sodium. My 3 servings of milk per day uses up a significant portion of my sodium allotment. I use olive oil and vinegar to keep from getting the sodium in the salad dressings. And trying to make soup or spaghetti sauce or vegetables taste good without much salt is dificult. It is one reason I tend to eat too much fruit (more than 4 servings per day) because it is so low in sodium, not to mention delicious. So I feel for those who need to eat a lot of calories, especially if they already have high blood pressure.

So today I am being thankful that I am me; thankful that I don't have to be hungry when I eat healthy; thankful that when I am careful I can meet all my nutritional goals.

  
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WATERMELLEN 2/18/2013 10:59AM

    Learning to manage the metabolism (and the personality, and the hair texture, and the situation) that we have: yup, that's the wisdom that comes with a few decades, I'm thinking!

We are blessed to have you, Marsha. You make me think and reflect, and I'm grateful for that.

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MAGGIE101857 2/18/2013 7:47AM

    Both you and Barb hit the nail on the head - we have to work with what we were given - in my case "hearty Irish stock" and find the right balance, which seems to change as much as we do!!!

Happy Monday!!!

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-AMANDA79- 2/17/2013 12:21PM

    Great blog. I've been thinking about these things more and more lately. To appreciate my strengths.

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STRIVER57 2/17/2013 8:44AM

    i'm 5'0 ... but these days i like my body anyway. great attitude!

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DSSECRETS 2/17/2013 7:57AM

    Yesterday we took our granddaughter to the Gasparilla kids race. At 6, her group did 1/8th of a mile, and she ran the whole way. We were so proud. Waiting in line for the face painting, we watched the older kids run their races. The oldest kids competing yesterday (9 and 10 year olds) began their 1 mile race. Then I noticed one of the kids competing was on crutches - not from an injury. It looked like a permanent situation. It was so inspiring to see that he wasn't going to let any physical limitations stop him. Many of the parents that were still there lined up at the finish line to see this little boy complete his race and when he crossed the finish line everyone clapped and cheered...and many were crying. It made me count my blessings and reminded me that while I may have physical issues, letting them stop me from reaching my goals is only in my mind.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    And you are a blessing, and blessed.

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FREELADY 2/16/2013 10:28PM

    Thank you for sparking me to an attitude of gratitude today!

I love the specifics you discuss; so helpful to get down to details in appreciating our situations and our blessings!

I do enjoy your blogs....keep up the GREAT work!!

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CELIAMINER 2/16/2013 9:53PM

    5'6" here, too. I don't eat out much. DH & I prefer our own cooking so we can control fat and sodium. I loved your blog of gratitude. I'll add that I am thankful I have the means to buy quality organic food, and I feel for those who cannot buy good food.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2013 9:19PM

    I make my own salad dressing too. I use two tablespoons of orange juice and 2 teaspoons of canola oil. Then I add spices to the mixture, shake and pour onto my salad. Yummy!

I'm hypothyroid and you are correct, it is hard to lose weight but you can do it if you stick with it. I have to exercise like a fiend to trigger my metabolism and if I don't exercise, sigh, I will gain. There are just so many things that I don't even put on my plate any more. I eat quantity when it comes to salad and my doctor told me to eat more protein - especially when I do a vigorous workout. I also try to change things up to keep my body from getting used to one exercise or one target calorie number. It has worked so far although very slowly.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/16/2013 7:34PM

    Another 5'6" here. I also struggle to keep the sodium in range. It's everywhere, in everything.

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MEADSBAY 2/16/2013 4:48PM

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat attitude!
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BOOKAPHILE 2/16/2013 3:33PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm also grateful that I can be satisfied with the amount of food I can eat while losing, and that I will be able to have some more calories in a few months when I reach maintenance. I'm not a runner, but I'm glad to be able to move freely and do what I need to do without the pain or shortness of breath as previously.

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 3:06PM

    What a great blog for me to read today! Great perspective on things, Marsha! And I also, no matter what, am thankful that I am me! Have a GREAT weekend! emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/16/2013 2:50PM

    I only get 1200 calories a day. You learn to choose your food wisely.

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    emoticon Fabulous perspective and attitude!
I too, am 5' 6", although I have lost some with age as we all do, but mine was sped up by the RA. I am thankful to be exercising the way I can so that my calorie range is up to 2100 and I need every bit of that to keep up my energy. Sodium is not a problem for me at all, rarely go over it as I don't eat processed, rarely go out to eat and the main part of my diet is simply lots of fresh or frozen freggies. I do have cottage cheese, but no milk, and some cheese so I do get sodium, but never enough to go over the recommended. I have never used salt in my food as from day one I was told its bad for my RA. Instead, I load up on gourmet fresh ground peppercorns. Interestingly, I have trouble with my blood pressure being too low, same as Mexgal, and I sometimes think this is why I get cravings for salty snacks like chips. I must be doing something right as I am able to fight back against my disease and the constant trouble it gives me like pain, lack of sleep and extreme fatigue (but once I start exercising, the fatigue disappears temporarily as the endorphins kick in) I always feel better moving so I love my exercise and lots of it :)
Here is to enjoying the best that we can be with the bodies given us!
Have a Super Sparking Saturday!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/16/2013 1:27PM

    Do your own cooking and sodium is no problem, especially when you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I stay under 1500 easily on 1600 - 2000 calories. Of course, I eat no canned food and few processed foods. I am salt sensitive and at one point, I stayed under 1000. You do have to mostly eat at home, but I don't like most fast foods, so that's not a problem for me.

Once your taste buds adjust, you don't need to salt veggies and most restaurant foods will taste salty. It's like your sugar withdrawal experiment.

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MEXGAL1 2/16/2013 12:21PM

    I too am thankful that I don't have a blood presure problem and can have salt. I love salt so I was happy when a doctor told me with my low blood presure and dehydration weird thing that I should have salt.
so woo hoo!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2013 12:17PM

    All things considered, since we can't change who we are or what bodies we've been issued, that's a great attitude: grateful to be exactly who we are and have exactly the challenges and blessings we have been dealt!

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Wiser and Wiser

Friday, February 15, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write yourself a letter. The focus is to stop negative self talk and replace it with encouraging words; being your own best friend. I did it, but it wasn't easy to stay positive. I need to improve it and I'm not putting it in a blog, at least not yet.

I'm really good at what Dr. Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) calls giving yourself credit. I love to celebrate accomplishments and SP helps me do that --healthy streaks of all kinds (sleep, water, exercise, freggies, calorie range), monthly trophies (SparkPoints, perfect attendance, consistency, exercise minutes, Trivia), scale victories, the kid's accomplishments (Gwen saying phrases ["I don't know" and "Not now" are new this week] and Natalie scoring 18 out of 18 on her math test and getting a "Super" on her written sentences), my published story, and work calling me yesterday to ask me for help after I've been gone nearly two years. I'm approaching 4 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss. I'm going to celebrate big. And the fact I'm trying to lose a couple more pounds is not going to dampen that celebration!!

But I haven't totally gotten over the negative self talk and getting really disappointed in myself. I'm working to replace those negative thoughts, especially those I pay attention to, with more positive acceptance of myself as I am. And I want to do this acceptance while being open and accepting of more progress. I don't want to say that I'm a binge eater and will always be a binge eater. I want to say that I'm doing better and better at staying within my calorie range and I'm making wiser and wiser food choices. Because I am!!

  
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FREELADY 2/16/2013 10:35PM

    This is so exciting. You truly give me inspiration and hope....not to mention a good spur to my backside more than once! [needed!]

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2013 9:10PM

    Isn't it amazing that we can have a fantastic day filled with small victories and make one small mistake and that is all we focus on? I love that you have learned to celebrate and share your victories. I'm going to try to do that too!

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 1:35PM

    The main thing is you are doing things well enough consistently enough that you are maintaining.. For four years? That is pretty darn awesome and shows that you are a success!! Slips ups? We all have them. Big deal. We are only human and we always make mistakes. But the main thing is how we are doing overall. The story is in the statistics. The weight stays off -you can feel really awesome and proud of yourself -no negative self talk necessary. Life's bumps and detours are unimportant, its making sure you stay on the road that is important. You are doing it!
Keep up the fabulous work!

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WATERMELLEN 2/16/2013 11:12AM

    You are doing so great and deserve all the Beck-style "giving yourself credit". Interesting that this can be disjunctive from "positive self talk". I'm with Barb: it's a neutral fact that you struggle with binging, it's a hugely positive fact that you are tackling this head on and reducing the frequency/severity.

Thanks so much for the new ski goodie! I've got a 3 day weekend -- 3 days to ski!!

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MEXGAL1 2/16/2013 9:56AM

    I so hear you! Our minds are something else. They can make or break our mood. Funny thing is that we can learn to control our thoughts. I am working on that myself lately. I am trying hard to be positive as well. I think it really makes for a better life. We have to learn to not be too hard on ourselves. For me I need to count my blessings!
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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KLMEIRING 2/16/2013 9:14AM

    It is good to know that I am not alone on this journey! Thanks for sharing your progress and experience! emoticon

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CINDYW1102 2/15/2013 7:18PM

    I think we all struggle with the negative self-talk - I know I do. However...you have overcome a huge battle! You have lost and kept off 80lbs!!! Thats a whole other small person! That is not a small accomplishment! emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/15/2013 6:44PM

    emoticon Look at all you have accomplished! Bask in your success and celebrate big time on your anniversary (not necessarily with food!).

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/15/2013 6:08PM

    It is sometimes difficult to make that balance, as you have identified, between being honest about facts (Hi, my name is Barb, and I am a compulsive eater)... and values attached to that (it is neither positive nor negative, just a fact).

You have done wonderfully well, and I join your celebration of four years in maintenance! Woo-hoo, indeed! emoticon

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INBRAZILFORNOW 2/15/2013 1:03PM

    What a photo - the victory just jumps out! What an addiction negative self talk is-I am struggling greatly with it right now. It helps to know that I am not alone. We can kick it! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/15/2013 10:12AM

    You know I'll let you know when I see that negative, Marsha!
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-AMANDA79- 2/15/2013 9:57AM

    It is hard to find a balance where you can acknowledge your mistakes and hold yourself accountable, but not dwell on them.

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JOYINKY 2/15/2013 8:22AM

    You absolutely ARE!!

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Biased Information In My Face

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our YMCA has recently changed to Precor equipment and updated the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationery bikes. Each of them have a TV screen. Yesterday I really enjoyed my run while watching the Westminister Dog Show rerun. Today I did a 10 minute elliptical training warm up before doing my personal training strength session. I have tried the bikes, too.

On the old equipment you could watch the closed caption TVs, but they were in the background. Now they are right in your face and I have mixed feeling about them:

I shouldn't act like I don't watch TV at home, because I do. But I rarely sit and watch it. I'm cleaning house or exercising or Sparking while it is on. I rarely give it my full attention, and when my hubby is watching, he regularly records what he wants to see and then fast forwards through the commercials. So I haven't paid attention to commercials much recently until the new cardio equipment arrived at the gym.

Some of the commercials have me shaking my head. Two of the most flagrant were:

1. A Multi-grain Cheerios ad says that people who eat more whole grains weigh less, when their multi-grain cereal has a lot more sugar in it than the regular Cheerios. Regular Cheerios are 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar for a cup, if I remember right. Multigrain Cheerios are 3/4 of a cup for a serving and the same or more calories and several times the sugar.

2. Centrum vitamins advertise that their vitamins were used in a recently released study as if that is some big accomplishment. I remember reading here on SP that the study determined no benefit to taking the vitamins.

It makes me extra thankful that SparkPeople exists to give us unbiased information about products we use to improve our health and fitness. Thanks, SparkPeople!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/21/2013 10:16AM

    very good

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BRAVELUTE 2/17/2013 5:04PM

    Has anyone figured out how much we are paying to have all those commercials beamed into our homes through the cable and internet connections? To say nothing of my cell phone. I have 4 ads waiting for me in my go phone from a satellite provider. If I answer them, I have to pay for phone usage that day.

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KANOE10 2/17/2013 10:14AM

    Yes those ads are bad..promising the world without any effort. Yet they are mking tons of money. Thank heavens for Spark People.

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DR1939 2/16/2013 11:53AM

    That's why I love my DVR--no commercials, no nutty information.

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WATERMELLEN 2/16/2013 11:09AM

    Wow! I am a no-TV person (at my gym, leave the TV off and generally read on the elliptical or listent to iPod or both) but this is kinda disturbing.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/16/2013 7:36AM

    Very good! The diet scam is one of the biggest.

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BOILHAM 2/16/2013 6:42AM

    Love that you look between the lies to percieve the lies in commercials.

Not health related, but one of my favorites to hate are car commercials. There is just too much to list. But, one of the latest favorites is:

"Buy a new car and we will pay off your loan on your old car and lower your current car payments, if we can come to terms!" Well, duh. You can marry my daughter. I will give you the mortgage to my home, and all my personal property - "If we can come to terms". This commercial airs locally every day in Orlando, FL

And how about - "we guarantee payments as low as 150 dollars a month" Duh, again. How much do I have to put down? They might as well say "payments of 25 cents a month" Of course - it depends on the down payment - is the upspoken truth.

Thanks for the great blog.



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MIRAGE727 2/14/2013 11:41PM

    Interesting view, Marsha!
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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/14/2013 10:44PM

    So true you cannot believe everything they say omcommercials or in the news sometimes. It is all biased one way or another.

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JOYINKY 2/14/2013 8:46PM

    Let the buyer beware! Some of the ads are appalling!

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FROSTY99 2/14/2013 8:25PM

    I hardly ever watch a commercial-hate it when someone asks me about them-we watch mostly recorded shows!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/14/2013 7:01PM

    1984 is here!

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FREELADY 2/14/2013 6:27PM

    Applause for being a discerning watcher! In the car I enjoy arguing out loud with the radio!

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LJCANNON 2/14/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon I am so used to 'Tuning Out' the wild Health Claims on Commercials that I barely notice them even when I am watching them with ear phones plugged in on the Exercise Machine ( My Gym also has some Precor Equipment).

emoticon The funniest thing is that I will go much longer than I plan to on the Treadmill or Bike in order to watch the end of a True Crime Mystery/Murder Story -- Something I seldom ever watch at home, LOL!!!

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DRB13_1 2/14/2013 5:52PM

    how observant! sometimes i record a show to watch while on my elliptical, and forward through the ads, too. On FB, when they put up an ad, I often click it off and put the reason as "misleading" - especially all those folks who try to use Dr. Oz's name without being authorized.
Best of all for me is to put on my favorite Pandora music station and move to the beat. emoticon Helps me go farther than I would have otherwise.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/14/2013 5:34PM

    I agree! It is so sad when we have to question everything all the time. What ever happened to honesty and integrity?

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IAMWINNING 2/14/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon Biased information all over the place - Dr. Oz is another great source of it. I don't watch him either.

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PMFISH 2/14/2013 4:46PM

    Believe little that you see on TV, it is all about the dollar and they want yours!

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MEADSBAY 2/14/2013 4:44PM

    I'm not a huge tv watcher, either (I use dvr for the news and a few fave shows) but I do like it at the gym as it makes an hour fly by- I channel surf while changing up the intensity on whatever equipment I'm on that day.
Commercials are ridiculous!
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AMARILYNH 2/14/2013 3:48PM

    Commercials are VERY annoying!!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/14/2013 3:31PM

    I don't think I could actually get a good workout if there was a tv in my face. I might glance at the tv way across the room from time to time but it's nice to not have those distractions. My workout time is for me and and my sweat.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/14/2013 3:15PM

    Can you turn it off??! If not, that would be reason for ME to reconsider my membership in that particular gym. I'd rather read or listen to music while working out on an elliptical or treadmill.

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_LINDA 2/14/2013 3:09PM

    I don't watch TV except at my Mom's then my step dad's favorite is the news or America's Funniest Videos (which I don't mind) but I am usually Sparking or reading instead of watching. Machines with TV's will never happen in the public facilities I frequent, and thats a good thing. I prefer rousing workout music myself. I have always heard how Cheerios really was the best choice for a cereal, its my brother's favorite and the only healthy thing he eats. I liked the sugar drenched shreddies myself, and at leat loved frozen blueberries on them -they made the milk freeze which was neat. I will certainly never pay any attention to advertising and as for research articles -always look to see who helped to fund them..You must look at most things with a jaded eye these days. And it always seems they keep changing their minds about whats good and what isn't as well.
Way to go with the exercise and enjoy the new machines!

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JILLITA55 2/14/2013 2:40PM

    Going to the gym is great. Now you can watch TV. It will make the time go faster. You won't be bored. You are going to end happy and feel well with exercise you did. COngrats!

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APRILLPHILLIPS 2/14/2013 2:28PM

    Watching a show makes my time go by faster while on the treadmill.

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/14/2013 2:22PM

    Vitamins can sometimes help with a lacking here or there but I agree a daily regiment is not needed as they preach for sure. So true on the commercials ..The people making them most times know very little about the products.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/14/2013 2:20PM

    You are so right. You have to be cautious of information in commercials.

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NATPLUMMER 2/14/2013 2:18PM

    It's nice that you can watch the show you want to watch rather than having to endure what somebody has already selected on the big gym TV.
Biased....that's advertising for you.

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