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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sometimes when I don't blog for a day it's because I've not done well and don't have any perspective on it yet. I almost didn't blog today, but not because of any problems --just a busy day with 2 little girls for 10 hours. I was very active with the kids outside today. Weighed 127.6 this morning, just 1.6 pounds over my target. I'm doing fine on limiting sweets - both sugary and artificial. I pre-planned my meals and have stuck to the plan so far. I hit all my nutritional goals, except was over just a little on fiber and I'm not going to worry about that. I just have one evening snack left, and I expect to finish today strong and healthy!! Time to plan tomorrow's food.

Good night to all my SparkFriends. Sleep well.

  
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MEXGAL1 3/4/2013 9:34AM

    You are doing awesome on planning your food. Such a good step. I like doing my food tracker first thing in the morning which sets me up for success for the day.
Busy days are good when you get to spend time with the granddaughters.
Have a terrific week Marsha!
Sallie

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TORTISE110 3/4/2013 5:44AM

    The ordinary good days with family are so important. My children are older now and off and living their lives, but I treasure my memories of those days. I also remember they were tiring and too busy and hard too! Fun to read your post this morning. Thank you.

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    emoticon ,,good night!

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_LINDA 3/4/2013 12:52AM

    Fantastic!! Looks like Meal Planning is going to be a big help when you have these marathon days of childcare. Its wonderful you have such nice weather to be able to spend a lot of it outside!! I yearn for my fresh air, but our nasty weather sure makes it trying, but its still better than inhaling all this smoke when the winds are up.
Have a wonderful week!!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/4/2013 12:47AM

    You're doing a great job!

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FREELADY 3/3/2013 10:58PM

    Love this balance! You are an uplift and an inspiration.

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SLIMLILA 3/3/2013 9:50PM

    Thanks Marsha,
I needed the reminder to get me back on track again....

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BOOKAPHILE 3/3/2013 9:16PM

    Well done! With 2 busy little girls, too. AND you're planning for tomorrow. You deserve a public pat on the back!

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    emoticon You are organized and doing a great job of planning! Good job!

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    emoticon What an excellent job you did today! You deserve a good night!

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    Sounds like you had a great day and a busy one! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/3/2013 8:02PM

    I hope you sleep well also, and glad you had a good but busy day! lol

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Easy Fun Run Plus

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Galloway group I've been running with that does the run 2 min/walk 1 min was out of town, so I ran with my old 1 min run/1 min walk group. We went 5.6 miles, very easy. Two of the people I ran with did the Disney Princess Half Marathon last week end. Here are Jan and Karen at the end of the race in the tutus they made:



They said the race was really fun! 27,000 women and 2,000 men ran it. Don't expect your best time, they said, as frequently they could not get around other runners. A lot of people stopped to take pictures and Disney provided a lot of entertainment along the way. Runners have to pick up their race packet the day before and be in the assigned corral at 5am. They stayed in the All Sports Complex and took a bus to the corral start in Epcot. Each corral is started with fireworks. I'm still thinking I want to do this race in 2014 -- tiara and all. When you sign up you have to specify which princess you are representing. One of them was for Cinderella and one for Ariel, but their costumes were really generic princess. Not sure I could run in a tutu, but may have to try!!

After the group run this morning we had a 20 minute coffee and chat break. Then I went to the YMCA and ran over 5 more miles faster. I've been invited to participate in a virtual half marathon two weeks from today on the trail near my house -- the one I often cycle. There would be an actual group of us running, but the sponsoring agency is virtually present. Might just do it! 11 miles is the longest I've run recently, but I think that is good enough training to do a HM on short notice. A week from today is my three 5Ks. I'll be ready!!

  
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    Very very exciting! I'm a one-mile beginner, but this spurs me on!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/3/2013 5:56AM

    You Go Girl!!!!! You Rock!!!!!

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    wow!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/2/2013 8:19PM

    I will be there one week from today to cheer you on! I will have to let you know where I am so I can wave to you as you run by!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/2/2013 7:20PM

    Here's to FUN running events! I really think you will have a blast running as a Princess, Marsha... do it and have the grand-daughters meet you at the finish!

And good luck on your 3x5 (index 5-K card?) next weekend. I look forward to reading all about it.

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GABY1948 3/2/2013 6:07PM

    You are suchh a sweetie...I so wish I was closer to you! Have a GREAT weekend!

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ADRIENALINE 3/2/2013 5:45PM

    That Disney run looks like great fun. Where is it?

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    I am so impressed! You are an awesome inspiration! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/2/2013 2:14PM

    You are just so amazing Miss Marsha.
got get em!
Have a terrific week end.
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TRAVELGRRL 3/2/2013 2:00PM

    You have so many exciting things to look forward to! HOW FUN!!!

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Synchronicity

Friday, March 01, 2013

My Healthy Lifestyle Forever team has laid out a great challenge this month. In addition to exercise, tracking, and freggie goals, it set "Give yourself 10 points for following a meal plan for ONE MEAL each day" and "Give yourself 10 more points for each day you followed a plan for breakfast, lunch AND dinner"! Plus BONUS POINTS: Give yourself 25 points each day for staying at or below your calorie goal.

And then I went to Weight Watchers. WW is setting a "routine" for each month. (Examples: pack healthy snacks; have a fruit or veggies with each meal & snack) This month it is going to be about meal planning. Our assignment this week: "notice the number of times you know exactly what your next meal or snack will be."

So I've got encouragement and challenge toward meal planning this month. I'm really excited about it because meal planning has been a weak part of my program. Several times I have said I will end up the month with 4 weeks of meal plans with grocery lists. I have yet to do it. Not sure what my resistence is. During the time I was concentrating on The Beck Diet Solution I did plan my meals and snacks the day before, but once I was done with the book, I dropped that practice. (I started to say "habit" but I think the truth is, it didn't become habit.) Part of my challenge is my hubby likes to do the grocery shopping and buys a lot of sales items. But, like with many other healthy practices, if I am committed enough, I can find a way.

March is going to be a great month! Another step forward!!

  
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-AMANDA79- 3/2/2013 10:49AM

    Can you look at the sales ad before he goes so you will know what items he will buy and incorporate them into the plan? That's what I do, but I do the grocery shopping so I have a little more control.

Hope your having a great weekend!

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IAMWINNING 3/2/2013 9:40AM

    Marsha, you're an inspiration. I'm doing what I can about meal planning, but it is difficult because my DH cooks dinner 5 nights a week, and he often offers up fried potatoes (which I love) and other things not conducive to a good diet. I work around things as best I can. I do plan healthier meals for the weekends. emoticon

Since you planned things on the Beck Diet Solution, you know you can do it. emoticon

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FREELADY 3/2/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks for this discussion of meal planning and long term healthy habits. The plan ahead of time is going to be critical for me,to stay on track. Great blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/2/2013 12:01AM

    I'm proud of you. Go for it!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/1/2013 9:32PM

    I'm working on the meal planning too. I've got breakfast and lunch down but I need to improve on planning dinner. Another thing I've been doing is carrying snacks and water with me when I leave the house every day. This takes planning too but not quite as much. The idea is to eat a freggie with every snack. It helps to prevent hunger and really works!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2013 9:22PM

    You'll do it: and inspire all of us!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/1/2013 7:28PM

    March is such a forward-sounding month, don't you think? Spark on!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/1/2013 7:12PM

    This will be a month of learning and insights for you. You are going to rock these challenges!

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PMFISH 3/1/2013 6:50PM

    Sounds like a lady with a plan and determination! That is something hubby does not want to mess with. :) You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 3/1/2013 6:21PM

    Wow! You have a double incentive to plan your meals! That is a rare one that a husband likes to do the grocery shopping! Guess this is one thing you will have to plan as a couple's activity!
As you were able to do it before with Beck, I can see you doing it again!
here is hoping it will stick for you this time around!


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JOYINKY 3/1/2013 5:19PM

    Planning ahead is always good Marsha. Sounds like you have a lot of incentive this month!

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GABY1948 3/1/2013 4:06PM

    GOOD for you! You are that much closer to being the way you want to be with it just coming "naturally" to you! Happy Friday to you!

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MEXGAL1 3/1/2013 2:50PM

    Gosh well said....if it is important enough then we do somehow find a way.
Here is wishing you much success on this planning challenge. I think it is so helpful to plan ahead. I fill in my sparks food tracker 1st thing in the morning. I sometimes do change a thing here or there but for the most part stick with what I have already logged. It helps keep me honest. And I love the "pull down" feature of the sparks tracker for your favorites as I have now created a big list of the foods I eat most and can just pull down the list and check off what I am going to have. It's nice too to share the tracker. I have had many people thank me for logging and sharing as they have gotten tips that way.
Best of everything to you in this challenge, Marsha.
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2013 2:23PM

    Looks like it is fate for you to plan meals ;-)
I need to get better at it myself...if you figure out how to get a whole month done, let me know.

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MIRAGE727 3/1/2013 2:21PM

    I say whatever works, do it!
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Request and Update

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Request:
My SparkFriend and The Beck Diet Solution teammate wrote her first blog today. Be a prince/princess and go encourage her:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267086


Thanks!

Update on me:
I did stick to my calorie range (high end) yesterday despite fighting fatigue all day. That makes 2 good days in a row, after 2 that weren't so good. Slept well last night. I really appreciate how important sleep is when I've missed it! Did my 6th personal training session today plus a half hour on elliptical with resistence and incline. I'm feeling great now!! I weighed 128.8 this morning. I'm hoping that some of it is still sodium and that I'll be down another pound tomorrow or the next day. We'll see. I'm so close -- and yet so far-- from my goal weight of 126. I'm going to get there!!!

  
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_LINDA 3/1/2013 6:26PM

    Sorry about the lack of sleep, something I am very familiar with. It can really throw you off your game! Way to go with the workouts! 6th personal training session! Wow! does this mean you are doing it regularly for the near future? You are finding it very helpful, taking you to the next level to reduce your body fat and drop those stubborn last pounds that concern you so? That is great if its been just what you were looking for!

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IAMWINNING 3/1/2013 7:44AM

    emoticon Marsha. They say those last couple of pounds are harder than all the others, so don't lose heart. You're doing great!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/1/2013 1:07AM

    You are doing the right things. You'll get there. I'm glad I can look to you for some encouraging tips and wisdom.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/28/2013 11:35PM

    You're doing great!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/28/2013 8:33PM

    I gave her a shout out so to speak. You are doing an awesome job Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 2/28/2013 8:17PM

    Right over there to cheer on BOROBABE. You inspired me, Beck coach, and I'm sure you're going to inspire her too!!

Good work with your nutrition focus . . . I've had a couple days that weren't as disciplined as I need to be (went out to Chinese place for lunch, very unusual, and focused on the veggies . . . but still salty!!).

Tomorrow's gonna be better!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/28/2013 8:03PM

    Had to go give BoroBabe a pat on the back for her first blog, too... you are a powerful friend, Marsha. So glad you're one of mine.



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PMFISH 2/28/2013 6:08PM

    Stopped by your friend, she sounds serious and if she follows your example, it has to be a sure fire win. Quit fretting about the number, it will go away. Congrats on everything you have accomplished. You are an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/28/2013 5:17PM

    emoticon No doubt here!

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MIRAGE727 2/28/2013 3:51PM

    No question, Marsha! I think you're hitting on all cylinders! Stay strong!
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MEXGAL1 2/28/2013 3:23PM

    Stopped by her first blog and gave some support.
So proud of you Marsha for getting though yesterday by eating right even though you were tired. I for sure know how hard that is.
Have a terrific day today.
Sallie

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GABY1948 2/28/2013 2:37PM

    You are one emoticon lady, Marsha! Such an inspiration and helping others at the same time! Have a wonderful day, dear one!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/28/2013 2:02PM

    YES, you will get there! You have the discipline and motivation!

You have inspired me so much, especially when you blogged about using SparkCoach and going to WW. It let me know that it's not only about willpower, it's about using all the tools you have available. That was a total "aha" moment for me. emoticon Now, off to welcome your friend!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/28/2013 2:00PM

    Not getting enough sleep will cause ghrelin levels to rise....making you hungry especially for carbs to give you energy.
You're doing great!! You will get there!!

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Tired or Not

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I woke up way too early. I even thought it was time to get up and did, only to find out it was the middle of the night. Oh, well. At 5am I went running on my street with a flashlight. Might as well. I was up. Tired days can be difficult for me. Tired days are often hungry days.

I'm glad I ran already. It is a definite signal to myself and others that I'm not giving up -- that I am still seeking fitness. Must admit I've been struggling with eating not exactly like I want the last couple days. Since I already ran, I feel successful and plan to carry that success with me throughout the day, tired or not!!

  
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NEEDBU66 2/28/2013 2:40PM

    That's true what dmeyer4 says---it is cool to be up and about when no one else is.

Hope you're not coming down with something.....

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AURORAMILLET 2/27/2013 2:47PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!

I wish I could say that I already went running today!!

Good WORK!!

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FROSTY99 2/27/2013 2:10PM

    I just hate it when I wake up so early and can't go back to sleep! Glad you were able to get out and run.

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JOYINKY 2/27/2013 10:47AM

    I do better with food choices when I get some exercise in early. That said, I vote for a nap if you can find the time. It's about balance and your body needs the R & R. Enjoy your day!

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MEXGAL1 2/27/2013 10:43AM

    I hate when that happens. And I really hate feeling tired. I too think more and more about bad food choices when I am tired....why is it that when we are tired our bodies crave crap? I know you have such a busy life with the granddaughters but try and get a nap in....that helps.
And good for you getting out early and getting the run in.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/27/2013 9:44AM

    Good luck getting through the day. I know its hard when you are lacking a good nights sleep . Those days I tend to want junk to give me that pick me up. Can you throw in a nap today? Might help get through.



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REMEMBER2BME 2/27/2013 9:28AM

    I too have a much more difficult time when I am low on sleep. Drink a lot of water and maybe fiber to help you feel fuller. I generally eat for energy when I am tired so maybe focus on protein too. Also, have a solid plan to get to sleep early and remind yourself that you can and will hang in there (knowing you are going to go to bed early tonight). HUGS to you.

YOU got this!

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GOLFGMA 2/27/2013 8:55AM

    A run or exercise of any kind does motivate us and I love that! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 2/27/2013 8:32AM

    You are right, Marsha, success breeds success. Wishing you a successful day!
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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2013 8:18AM

    It's when I'm tired that I often lose control in the nutrition department too: and I not infrequently have sleepless or sleep-interrrupted nights (with busy days anyhow). I try to think of sleep interruption as perfectly normal "polyphasic sleeping" rather than problematic "insomnia": and it sometimes helps . . .

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TRAVELGRRL 2/27/2013 8:13AM

    You are one determined lady! But I love your attitude, and stating your intention in a blog to CONTINUE the success today is a powerful commitment! emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/27/2013 8:10AM

    Your wo is done! Hope that positive energy goes with you all day.

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CYND59 2/27/2013 7:55AM

    Way to Go! You get an "A" for your motivation today.

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MIRAGE727 2/27/2013 7:52AM

    Good job, Marsha. Oh, I found the coolest ASICS running hat with highpowered LED lights, perfect for night running, at Sports Authority. I'm getting them for D & me!
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BUSYGRANNY5 2/27/2013 7:43AM

    Good for you for getting your run in early!! I've discovered that I am LESS likely to make poor food choices IF I've completed a STRONG workout... it's a mental thing, but it works!

Enjoy your day!

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GABY1948 2/27/2013 7:31AM

    I hate days like that too! Great attitude, though, Marsha! emoticon change that middle word in that emoticon to "WILL" cause I know you have it in you! Have a great day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/27/2013 7:23AM

    Mantra for your day and mine: "Whatever it takes". Right? Right! Spark on!

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ELRIDDICK 2/27/2013 7:18AM

  Thanks for sharing

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/27/2013 7:15AM

    Now that's the way to use the pre-dawn hours productively. I've never been able to run in the dark.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/27/2013 7:14AM

    Beautiful!

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DMEYER4 2/27/2013 7:13AM

  great job. keep up the good work. At 4:30 am I was shoveling snow so I could go to work. About 5 inches but very wet and heavy. I love t0 do any exercise in the morning and I really did not mind shoveling.It felt great to be out in the morning with no one around but the great outdoors. hope you have a great day and I hope food choices are wise.

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