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Sign of Maintenance

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yesterday I did some of my reward shopping, celebrating 4 years of being a healthy BMI, after more than 5 decades of obesity/overweight. I got a new wristwatch I really like that will remind me frequently of my commitment to healthy living. I also realized something that confirms that I have been maintaining. I remember several months ago one of my SparkFriends (I think it was Watermellen) blogged that she had maintained long enough to actually wear out some clothes she had bought when she hit goal weight. Well, I've maintained long enough to have to replace the smallest size adult underwear they sell (at the store where I shop)!! WooHoo!!!

Hope all my SparkFriends are having a great day and enjoying little (or big) signs of success!!

  
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MARIO432 3/27/2013 12:01PM

    The smallest things give a person the greatest pleasure. I am @ maintenance to - it will be a year the end of April. So keep up the good work - it's people like you that let us know it can be done. Thanks.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/27/2013 5:36AM

    Congratulations! It has got to make you feel good about yourself! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/26/2013 8:41AM

    Congrats to you on 4 years. That is a wonderful accomplishment. Your watch sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your success. How fun that you are wearing out your clothes. I am looking forward to that as well.



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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 3/25/2013 6:24PM

    Congrats to you!

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KLONG8 3/25/2013 1:50PM

    It's so nice to know that this is what lies ahead of me. Thanks for sharing and thanks for keeping in touch with me too!

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MKELLY72 3/25/2013 1:42PM

    Great to hear--I love my jewelry rewards--they are daily reminders of how far I've come and how hard I worked to get there--keeps me focused on staying here!
Michelle

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FITMOMINNJ 3/25/2013 1:15PM

    That is totally AMAZING:) As a baby maintainer, it is so inspiring to see the long term winners in the journey. emoticon

Enjoy that hard earned watch:) emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/25/2013 10:47AM

    What a great way to celebrate. Love the idea of the watch that you can look at to remind yourself of your successful journey.
Have a wonderful week.
Sallie

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-AMANDA79- 3/25/2013 10:00AM

    I love the idea of being reminded of your success every time you check the time.

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TINAJANE76 3/25/2013 7:22AM

    Good for you for treating yourself to some new clothes and a new watch that will remind you of just how far you've come. I'm looking forward to wearing out lots of my maintenance clothes as well!

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CELIAMINER 3/25/2013 7:19AM

    Congrats on your long maintenance! Thanks for reminding me that we need to continue to reward ourselves for good behavior even after the sexy weight-loss phase ends. I hit my one-year point in May, so I'll start thinking about that reward now.
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SEABREEZE64 3/25/2013 6:45AM

    Congratulations! Good for you!

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RUSSELL1960 3/25/2013 6:31AM

    I'm transitioning to maintenance now. Your long-term success is an inspiration!

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PMRUNNER 3/25/2013 5:54AM

    That's great when being healthy is the new normal! Congratulations and keep up yhe spark!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/25/2013 5:06AM

    Nothing like getting to buy new underwear!!!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/25/2013 4:11AM

    emoticon emoticon love hearing such things.
All these NSV add up! All the little things that show we're maintaining a healthy lifestyle emoticon

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/25/2013 1:53AM

    emoticon , hope to join you soon!

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_LINDA 3/25/2013 1:31AM

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Great reminder of how well you are doing! I had a great hike on a trail made tougher by slogging through fresh fallen snow, no soreness after effects in spite of not being used to uneven ground and steep hills :P

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TRILEMMA 3/25/2013 1:04AM

  Congratulations!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/25/2013 1:00AM

    Beautiful!

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KANDOLAKER 3/24/2013 10:42PM

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration. Keep it up!


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MANDELOVICH 3/24/2013 9:50PM

    Congrats!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/24/2013 9:00PM

    I was thinking about Watermellen's blog the other day myself... as I noticed the reward pj's I bought myself a couple of years ago are starting to wear thin. And they still fit!

Here's to STAYING in maintenance... for all of us!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 3/24/2013 8:45PM

    That's awesome! I hope you enjoyed your celebration. emoticon

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LJOYCE55 3/24/2013 8:25PM

  What a great blog - it is so nice to hear about long term success stories. And considering how long I keep my underwear, having to replace worn out ones is quite an achievement. Congratuations!

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Good Training Week

Friday, March 22, 2013

This week I've followed my training plan pretty well. Monday night was the run with the coach. I'd say it was a group run, but the only place it was a group was at the starting line. We did a half mile warm up and then two 1.5 mile repeats with a 2 minute rest in between. We cooled down for a quarter mile and some good stretching. Two guys are much faster than I am; one is trying to bring his 5K down from 23:00 to 22:00. I have my sites set on beating my previous time on the Mayfaire 5K on May 11th. I ran this hilly race in 2011 in 29:55.

Tuesday I was to run slowly (10:30-11 min pace) for 20-30 minutes and I did about 23 minutes. Plus I walked a mile to the trail and a mile back.

Wednesday was a cycling day. I rode outside for 15 minutes in my neighborhood, but it was sprinkling so I went to the gym and did a 70 minute stationary bike workout -- not super fast.

Thursday is my "main set." I had planned to go to the gym and do it on the treadmill with Gwen in the nursery, but my hubby was trying to get into the doctor for a shoulder injury and would need the car as soon as he could get an appointment. So I ran at 1:30pm on my street while Gwen was napping. The assignment was one mile at pace 10:30-11:30, followed by 2 miles without stopping @ 9:30 pace and faster (upto 9 min pace) if I could, finish with one more mile @ 10:30-11:30 pace. If I didn't have my new Garmin I would have had to do it on the treadmill to hit the pace right, but the Garmin did just fine. I did the first mile at 10:34, then 9:13, 3rd one at 9:11, and fourth at 11:15. The Garmin gave me constant feedback. My right calf seemed sore after that run, but was fine in just a few minutes and isn't bothering me today.

My hubby couldn't get in to see the orthopedist until March 29th, so I took him into the walk-in clinic after I got Natalie from kindergarten. He got some pain meds to help him make it until then. He still didn't get but just a couple hours sleep last night. He injured his shoulder walking the dog the other day and it has just gotten worse and worse.

Today is a swim for recovery day. Gwen went to the nursery. I did 26 laps, 25 yards each. I did 7 laps crawl, 6 backstroke, and 13 breaststroke. I rested some between every 2 or 4 laps. I need to buy some googles. (Edit correction: goggles, but you knew that!) Hope to do that this week and maybe a swim cap, too. I would like to swim more crawl but I've got to work on the breathing and getting my head in the right position. Last week I swam 20 laps with 4 crawl, so I am making progress.

Tomorrow is my Galloway group run. Not sure which group I'm going to join or how long I'm going to run tomorrow. I'm kind of floating between groups. We'll see what my options are tomorrow for a long run. Sunday is my day of rest.

So, all in all I'm feeling good and feeling good about my training! My weight is staying well under 129, but not yet consistently at 126. I'll get there! Thanks for reading my blog.

  
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GINGERSSPARK 3/25/2013 5:52AM

    You inspire me. Tank you

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 3/23/2013 10:34AM

    As always, you are an inspiration! emoticon

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IAMWINNING 3/23/2013 10:12AM

    emoticon You're the Boss, Marsha! emoticon

I hope your husband's injury turns out to be nothing permanent/severe. I realize he's hurting a lot now, but I'm praying he will gain relief and be fully healed.

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_LINDA 3/23/2013 2:13AM

    Wow!! Way to get your training on!! Awesome workouts!! You are going to be rocking your next race for sure!!
So sorry about hubby :(( Got to love dogs, but boy can they cause some injuries :(( My Mom got a badly broken wrist when our poor Bendix ran her down once many years ago. He always made a game of running by us as fast as he could in the off leash area, but usually never hit us, was very unlucky Mom landed sticking her hand out in a ditch :(( She still has trouble with it swelling today when she over uses it. I hope your husband can be helped with a full recovery!
Have a good weekend!

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EWKA101 3/23/2013 1:24AM

    You are a great inspiration indeed emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 3/23/2013 12:22AM

    Great job!

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PMFISH 3/22/2013 8:39PM

    Marsha you are just a ball of fire! emoticon emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 3/22/2013 8:34PM

    You are doing amazingly well, and your weight will get there! Not to worry!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/22/2013 8:18PM

    Great training week indeed: you are the poster child! Hope your DH recovers from that shoulder injury and isn't too mad at the dog!

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KANDOLAKER 3/22/2013 8:12PM

    Wow - what a week! You go!! You are a great inspiration and way to keep moving!! Awesome, awesome!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/22/2013 7:22PM

    Sounds like you are having a GREAT year, Marsha. May I mention that I'm jealous? I worked 1.25 hours overtime today, after giving myself a pep talk NOT to do this to me. And I missed my afternoon break walk, too. This project is just NOT helping my fitness plans AT ALL.

BUT, tomorrow morning: 10 miles if I have to WALK every step! In snow. You should smile, just thinking of me being active! Because you know I love it, every bit as much as you do... but this less active work phase? pffffft!

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MSLZZY 3/22/2013 6:44PM

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GABY1948 3/22/2013 4:03PM

    You are one BUSY lady. Keep it up..you are so blessed to be doing all this! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2013 3:24PM

    You are doing great!! listen to Catherine.
I hope your husband gets some pain relief.

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MIRAGE727 3/22/2013 3:21PM

    I've read what Catherine said about those repeats. And, yeah, my quads tightened up and added to my knee issue WHICH I 'm resolving even as we speak!
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TRAVELGRRL 3/22/2013 3:18PM

    You are doing great! A force to be reckoned with! I can't wait until I am running as far and as fast as you are. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/22/2013 3:16PM

    wow, Marsha, you are just doing wonderful. It's awesome! Good for you!
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/22/2013 2:36PM

    Your coach has an interesting approach to 5K training with those long repeats. Usually you see 400 meter repeats for that distance and the longer mile or two mile repeats for us marathoners.

I hope you have access to a foam roller and are using it regularly, now that you are running at a higher intensity several times a week. The calves need it, and, with speed work, the hamstrings. Scar tissue builds up (during recovery) and over time tightens the muscle and makes it more prone to injury.

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Today is the Actual Day! Reward Time!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Four years ago, on March 21, 2009, I had my first free lifetime weigh in at Weight Watchers in many, many years. I then weighed 155 with a BMI of 25. Since then I have had 48 free lifetime monthly weigh ins, which means I've weighed in timely each month not more than two pounds over my goal weight.I've not had to pay once. I've also reduced my goal weight from 155 to 148 to 139 pounds. On March 20, 2010, I had my first WW weigh in ever under 130 pounds. I've fluctuated, but stayed under 135 since then. Almost all the time I have been 132 or less, which means I've maintained an 80 pound weight loss. I largely credit SparkPeople with helping me get to my current weight and BMI. Recently I've been weighing in dressed and after a small breakfast at around 129 pounds. My personal goal is to average 126 pounds (BMI 20.2) here at home and 129 at WW, dressed and lightly fed. Right now I am very, very close to doing that!!

Earlier I got a lot of congratulations from my At Goal & Maintaining Plus.... Team because I'd listed my goal weight anniversary date a little early.Ooops. I appreciate all the support! It isn't always easy, but it is definitely worth the effort.

I plan to reward myself. I had planned to take Gwen with me and go to the health food store and splurge on some things I don't usually buy. One thing I know I am going to get is steel cut oats. I eat oatmeal all the time, usually the old fashioned kind, but I've never tried the steel cut. Looking at the price has always stopped me from getting it, but I'm going to celebrate! Looks like it probably won't be today that I get to go, though. My hubby is in terrible pain from a shoulder injury. We're waiting on a call from the doctor's office. We share a car and he may need me to drive, so I'll put off my reward shopping and today's training run until we get him taken care of.

I also need a new wrist watch and I plan to get a better one than I would have had it not been for this celebration!! The watch will be another daily reminder that hard work and healthy eating pay off!!

  
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IAMWINNING 3/22/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon You've earned the rewards.

Hope your hubby is ok.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/22/2013 9:56AM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are!
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We get our steel cut oats from the bulk section of our regular grocery store...the quality seems the same as the health store. Enjoy!

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MANDELOVICH 3/22/2013 9:47AM

    Big congrats to you on this huge anniversary and I hope your husband is OK!!!!

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GINGERSSPARK 3/22/2013 6:52AM

    Congrats Marsha. What a proud moment for you. The watch is a wonderful reward to remember this omens in time and all the future milestones you will reach.

Hope your Hubby feels better soon

Ginger

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COCK-ROBIN 3/21/2013 10:01PM

    You ARE amazing. And an inspiration to me.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/21/2013 10:01PM

    You ARE amazing. And an inspiration to me.

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_LINDA 3/21/2013 9:24PM

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So very well done!!
Sorry about your husband's injury :((
Enjoy your well deserved rewards!!
I like steel cut oats, nice and crunchy with a nutty flavor more robust then normal oats. I have them sometimes when at Mom's and she also makes muffins out of them for me :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2013 8:52PM

    Hurray! You are amazing and what an accomplishment you've achieved! Rewards are a very good idea . . . I haven't tried steel cut oats yet either!! The new watch is a terrific reward too because every time you look at it you'll remember why you earned it!

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MIRAGE727 3/21/2013 7:44PM

    In the last two months, I started adding oatmeal to my breakfast menu. I would wear out egg white omelets. Now I can't get enough as the oatmeal fills me up, tastes great, and provides good fuel for the day. I am definitely going to go out and get some steel cut oats. Thanks for sharing, Marsha, and congratulations on your outstanding maintaining effort!
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FRAN0426 3/21/2013 7:40PM

    Congrays on such a milestone, you have worked consistantly to reach the goal. Sorry your DH is having a lot of pain, hope he has relief soon.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/21/2013 7:34PM

    So sorry for your DH's injury. Hope the Dr. is able to help.

And so many heartfelt congrats on your maintenance of a healthy weight. It's not easy, as we keep saying, but it is OH, so worth it!

Finally, hope you like the steel cut oats after I've bragged on them and gushed over them for so long. LOL. I never knew they were any different until a friend from California (not a Spark friend, online friend from another community) 'splained it to me.

I discovered a recipe that I go back to, day after day, because I'm feeding just me: I put a cup and a half of skim milk in a sauce pan, bring it to scalding, add 1/4 cup of steel cut oats, turn the heat down to low, and let them simmer for about 45 minutes. Yes, I know it's long and slow... kind of like cooking rice (except uncovered)... stir every so often so they don't stick/burn to the pan. Add fruit and or spices and enjoy! Obviously, if you're feeding DH or the kids, you'll have to adjust portions. I truly love them cooked in milk, so creamy and nummy... I cook my rolled oats in milk, too.

Again, Happy Maintenance Anniversary, Marsha! Spark on.

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GABY1948 3/21/2013 2:53PM

    What a wonderful milestone! SO glad for you. You are a TRUE inspiration. I just pray hubby starts feeling better...pain is never fun!
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HEALTHY4ME 3/21/2013 1:07PM

    LOL Hubby laughed at me the other day my treat was a red onion, I don't normally buy them cos they are big and he doesn' t like them, but with me eating a huge salad daily it will get used up. That and some other diff food, he just laughed.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/21/2013 12:49PM

    I have to tell you to prepare your steel cut oatmeal on the stove rather than the microwave! Can't tell you how many times mine "blew up" (what a mess) before I finally gave up on them and went back to regular. Hopefully your experience will be different!

Congrats, congrats, congrats on your marvelous accomplishment! It is a testament to hard work, focus, determination -- all the good things that you obviously have in abundance!

Hope DH is on the mend soon.

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-AMANDA79- 3/21/2013 12:17PM

    I think that rewards are an important part of the process. And congrats on your continued weight loss. Why settle for good when great is so much better!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/21/2013 12:02PM

    Congrats on your milestone! Great rewards, too.
Hope your hubby feels better soon.

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NEW-CAZ 3/21/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon Marsha. Sorry to hear DH is having problems, take care emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 3/21/2013 10:08AM

    Congratulations! You have worked hard and deserve to celebrate. emoticon

Tell Gary that I have a wonderful orthopedist. I hope that he feels better soon.

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MSLZZY 3/21/2013 9:51AM

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Hope it all works out for you today. Sorry DH is having
problems. Take care!

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Three for SparkCoach

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SparkCoach challenge today is to focus on the positive by writing down, preferably in a blog, three recent accomplishments. I've already blogged about each one of mine, but here they are together:
1. hiring a running coach and accomplishing the first 10 days of her challenging training program including 4 runs per week for the first time (previously 3) and one mile repeats at 9 minutes per mile
2. weighed 126.8 this morning, which is .8 over the target, but I'm determined and getting to 126 (BMI 20.2) as my default weight! this represents lots of healthy food selections, portion control, and consistent tracking.
3. running a 10K in a PR (personal record) of 1:01:13 on 3/16/13
SparkGuy said as a bonus you could add more accomplishments and even suggested this could be an ongoing challenge. But for now, that's enough!

  
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NATPLUMMER 3/20/2013 3:06PM

    Awesome!!

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KLONG8 3/20/2013 1:33PM

    Pretty darn impressive!

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/20/2013 1:22PM

    Agreed !

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MEXGAL1 3/20/2013 10:54AM

    3 wonderful accomplishments.
You go girlfriend!
Have a terrific day.

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JOYINKY 3/20/2013 10:50AM

    You continue to be focused and doing great!
Mine:
-Plant some spring bulbs in the garden-done
-Move the bench in my front yard and clear that area-done (blogged)
-Learn to and strip Sugar-blogged, and a continuing process
Life is good; just have to keep moving!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/20/2013 10:34AM

    Wonderful accomplishments, Marsha!

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GOLFGMA 3/20/2013 7:34AM

    You're doing it! Great job! emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 3/20/2013 7:33AM

    You have worked hard and are now reaping the rewards!!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2013 7:33AM

    I love that you are using Sparkcoach, and you specifically inspired me to do the same! I figured if someone who's as successful as YOU found it beneficial, I certainly could too. I realized that using all the tools available to us isn't a crutch, it's just dang smart.

So thank you for that "aha" moment!

Oh! And congrats on three awesome accomplishments!

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RUN4FOOD 3/20/2013 7:17AM

    All 3 are great accomplishments, very positive.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/20/2013 7:16AM

    Very good!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/20/2013 7:13AM

    And wonderful accomplishments they are! Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/20/2013 6:48AM

    Those are three terrific accomplishments. emoticon Spark on!

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STRIVERONE 3/20/2013 5:49AM

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sums it up.

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LWLAR7 3/20/2013 5:42AM

  Your doing good

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TORTISE110 3/20/2013 5:40AM

    Good for you! Your action focus inspires me.

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Amazing Tech Toy

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Right now I'm waiting for my new Garmin Forerunner10 to charge for me to go for today's scheduled easy run. Also have a strength training session designed by my new running coach to complete today. The tech gadget is amazing! First, here is what it looks like:


I bought the men's style because the text is bigger and easier for me to read while I'm running. They did have a cute pink and a lime green in smaller women's styles, but I think this black one will suit me just fine.

My first run with this Garmin was the 10K on Saturday. After I downloaded a lot of data, I could not find the "splits", times for each one mile segment. But after I downloaded my last eve's group coaching runs, I found them:

Split Hours:Minutes:SecondsTime MilesDistance Minutes per MileAvg Pace
Summary 1:01:13.7 6.25 9:48
1 9:58.3 1.00 9:58
2 9:23.3 1.00 9:23
3 9:49.9 1.00 9:50
4 9:52.1 1.00 9:52
5 9:42.9 1.00 9:43
6 9:58.1 1.00 9:58
7 2:29.1 0.25 9:53

It also gives a map of each run. This is the loop my group ran last eve:

Well, when I saved the map it didn't keep the red line showing our route. Hmmm...

It saves the weather (temp, humidity) on each run and the elevations. The loop had 95 feet of elevation change. I haven't worked much on hills and my May 11th 5K has maximum hills for our fairly flat area, so that is definitely an area I need to work on.

So I'm enjoying playing with this toy, er..., training tool.

As expected, the scale did not stay at my happy weight of 126.0, however, I will keep working on it until it becomes my default weight! Didn't sleep well last eve. Wonder if the evening run had me too keyed up? Anyway, I don't have the kids today so may get a nap.

Have a happy, healthy day, SparkFriends!! Hope you have something new and fun to play with, too.

  
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_LINDA 3/21/2013 9:16PM

    Wow! Isn't it amazing what gadgets can do these days! It will be interesting to watch your times and splits improve as I am sure they will. Is this new running coach still with the Galloway program or are you trying something different?
Enjoy!

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-AMANDA79- 3/20/2013 3:13PM

    So jealous!! Have fun with your new tool! (tool not toy-lol)

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AQUAGIRL08 3/20/2013 10:33AM

    Sounds like a pretty helpful gadget!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/20/2013 5:07AM

    Love, Love, Love my Garmin!!!!!!

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KPETSCHE 3/20/2013 1:47AM

    Love your new toy/tech gadget. I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 and I love it - even though mine is big and black!! ENJOY!!

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KLMEIRING 3/19/2013 9:13PM

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MSLZZY 3/19/2013 9:03PM

    Enjoy! You'll use it more that I will.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/19/2013 7:10PM

    The hardest part about the tech toys ... uh, tools... is choosing which ones to put in your toy... uh, tool... box. Looks like you're having fun. Enjoy!

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LINDAKAY228 3/19/2013 5:52PM

    I love new tech toys LOL! Enjoy it! I have an older Garmin I use sometimes and I also love Runkeeper on my smartphone.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/19/2013 5:14PM

    Uh oh, she's hooked.
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Pretty soon you'll be as bad as the rest of us with all that incomprehensible talk that makes your family turn glassy eyed.

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GABY1948 3/19/2013 3:34PM

    Have a great time with your new toy!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/19/2013 3:10PM

    Very cool! I'm all about the techie toys. I wear a Fitbit and always have an Ipod when I walk or run. (Yes, my husband classifies that as a "techie toy.)

I too want to know -- do you need a chest strap for the watch? Was it hard to learn how to use it?

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MIRAGE727 3/19/2013 2:43PM

    I love my Garmin Forerunner 305!
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COCK-ROBIN 3/19/2013 2:23PM

    wow. I wish I had one of those.

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MNNICE 3/19/2013 1:48PM

    Oh, I just love "techie toys!"

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BOOKAPHILE 3/19/2013 1:13PM

    Enjoy your toy. It's nice to have toys/tools that help us WANT to do what we need to do.

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STRIVERONE 3/19/2013 11:55AM

    I really like my Garmin 310XT. I'd love it if the battery was user replaceable.

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MJREIMERS 3/19/2013 11:55AM

    emoticon I may have to try running, again, on the days I'm on vacation or at horse shows. I may be a bit more "in shape" to run now!

Keep up the emoticon runs. Enjoy your new training technology....aka. toy!!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 3/19/2013 11:55AM

    Have fun!

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MEXGAL1 3/19/2013 11:11AM

    That is just too cool. What will they think of next.
So happy that you have found this and know how to use it.
Enjoy the day!

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KOSMOS11 3/19/2013 10:59AM

    I have a question: does this watch have a chest strap you have to wear? Or you just strap it on your wrist and done?
Thanks!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 3/19/2013 10:48AM

    You are fast!

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NATPLUMMER 3/19/2013 10:44AM

    Excellent splits!!

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