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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Good bike ride this morning. I don't know my exact mileage as I turned around to join some friends for part of the ride. It was at least 16 miles; probably 19. We've been having 90 degree weather, but this morning it was just right for a ride. I was hardly even sweaty when I got home.

Yesterday I weighed 126.2 and this morning it was 125.4, giving me a .6 cushion below my "happy weight" of 126. It feels really great to be truly trying to maintain now! About 51 of my 63 years I've been wanting to lose weight. Even though I plan to eat no differently unless my weight drops below 124, I have a good feeling of freedom to be the me that I am!! Does that make sense??

  
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    It absolutely does make sense. I had the same feeling when I quit smoking 13 years ago.

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_LINDA 4/18/2013 1:38AM

    Absolutely. Being at the weight you really desire means you have finally figured out how to get it there and keep it focused on staying there. You already know how to maintain successfully. Losing the last little bit of tiny weight you want to is always a struggle, but once you are finally there, you know what to do to keep it there. Do remember it will always fluctuate, its not going to be a straight line graph. As long as it hovers around your happy weight with no noticeable ups or downs, you have done it!
Enjoy!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/17/2013 10:15PM

    I'm proud of you!

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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:55PM

    You are amazing! I'm in awe! You are truly maintaining, you are living this amazingly active, fit lifestyle, and you model the fact that true transformation is possible! Bravo Marsha!! You are such an inspiration to me. And during those 51 years you became an expert in what to do which is why it's working now!!!

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GABY1948 4/17/2013 6:17PM

    It makes perfect sense! So glad for you!

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IAMWINNING 4/17/2013 5:36PM

    And the real 'YOU' is such a great woman!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/17/2013 5:02PM

    Makes perfect sense - what an accomplishment! You are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

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KARRENLYNN 4/17/2013 4:41PM

    Great job!

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    Sweet! Stay strong, Marsha!
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    Yes, it makes sense. So happy for you.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/17/2013 2:04PM

    You deserve every success! You've worked hard and it's nice to know, even at age 63, you've finally got it figured out!!!! Better late than never, right? It's like those 51 years were a dress rehearsal for where you are now. I love your joie de vivre!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/17/2013 12:13PM

    Nice to have a cushion. Right now I don't - Boo

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JOYINKY 4/17/2013 12:01PM

    Absolutely! What a wonderful place to be!!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/17/2013 11:59AM

    It does! I'm still working on finding out how much more to eat so I don't KEEP losing. I keep having to add calories, and my brain isn't comfortable with that yet.

I love having that cushion so that a normal bounce in weight doesn't bring on "crisis management mode."

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GERARLAUR 4/17/2013 11:56AM

    Yes, very much sense.

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Group 5K Picture and Plans

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Here is one last picture of the Galloway group runners who participated in the Autism Awareness 5K on Saturday:



I'd really like to find where they published the results. I'm thinking I was first out of this group. I know I beat Fritz who won first place for men over 70 and I beat Brendan who placed second in men 40-49. I'm not 100% certain about the third man's time and I can't remember his name. I was a minute ahead of Yvonne who outran me at the Women's Half Marathon (2:15 vs. my 2:37). But to be fair I know that Jan, Janet, MJ, Shirley, and several others had run 6 miles before this 5K because they are training for a marathon and running a fast 5K is just not one of their goals. Terry, the Executive Director of the Central Florida Autism Institute who sponsored and benefitted from this 5K, is one of our group members and a really nice person. That is why so many showed up to support her and her cause. So perhaps it doesn't matter if I was first in this group or no. Is there much glory in beating people who weren't really competing? I do think after this spring focused on 5K speed, I may want to work on speeding up my 10K and half marathon times.

Okay, enough with the 5K already. Today I'm going to meet my new doctor. The doctor I'd had for almost 10 years quit accepting my insurance, so I'm having to change. I had to wait 5 months to get a new patient appointment with this doctor, but I've heard such good things about him. Hope it goes well.

After the doctor appointment, I'll go to the Y and workout. Hope the timing is such that I can pick up Gwen after her gymnastics class so that my son in law can go eat lunch with my daughter. It'll be a good day for all of us. Hope it is for you, too!

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2013 7:21PM

    I'm betting that your new doctor will hire you to counsel his patients on fitness and nutrition!! You're the poster girl!!

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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:56PM

    Go Marsha go!! You are just incredible! I keep saying that because it's true!!

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_LINDA 4/16/2013 9:57PM

    Great photo! Congrats on having the best time of all! That is amazing.
You would think your Dr. would love to have a ptient who takes good care of herself like you do, can't understand why he would no longer take your insurance!! Hope your new one is way better!! So hapoy I don't have to deal with that here. The only reason a Dr. rejects patients here is they are at capacity already. I am lucky to have the one I do, she is looking for more help in her busy office.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2013 4:24PM

    You're all so colorful!
Sure, it's helpful to nourish your competitive side since it keeps us motivated, but you had a pretty amazing 5k time. Other people's times sure don't negate that! Oh right, also you supported Terry. Lots to be proud of!
Have fun with the family.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:19PM

    I'm glad that you like the doctor! He is the best one we've had, down here in Florida!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2013 1:33PM

    I am absolutely in awe of your being able to complete a half marathon in 2:37. We've WALKED 8 half marathons over the last 10 years and had times ranging from 3:11 to 3:46. (The last one was the fastest!)

Now that I am in a running clinic (and am up to running 7 minutes) I am beginning to wonder if I'll EVER really be a runner. Not sure I enjoy it and it still is HARD. Have you been running forever, or was this something you took up in the past few years? Any advice??

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SPARKLINGME176 4/16/2013 11:43AM

    Great photo! So glad you had fun & got a wonderful workout in also!

I hope your new Dr. is just the perfect 'fit' for you!

Thanks for all your support, you REALLY help me!
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GABY1948 4/16/2013 10:16AM

    Hope the new doc is even better than the old! Have a great day, Marsha!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/16/2013 9:11AM

    Wonderful!

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JOYINKY 4/16/2013 9:10AM

    Looks like a wonderful group of friends! Congratulations to you all.

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CELIAMINER 4/16/2013 8:36AM

    Thanks for continuing to motivate and inspire!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/16/2013 8:16AM

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Keep on keeping on!!

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    Love this pic! Congrats to your group!
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More 5K Pictures

Monday, April 15, 2013

A person I've ridden the bike trail with a couple times recognized me in these pictures on FaceBook and sent them to me. I am so grateful. Don't think I'd have ever found them. I then found the first two pictures and some of my nephew, but I couldn't find the site with the medal ceremony nor the site with the results. I'll keep looking.




Medal Ceremony:


My nephew:

Nephew in the background; no good pictures of niece:



Anyway, I'm still savoring my victory. Had a fun day of play with the kids yesterday, but no exercise as such. Today I have a run with my coach. She invited my nephew to join it, too. Very good!!

  
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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:57PM

    I just love what you do!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:16PM

    It was nice that your friend shared with you. Enjoy your session with your coach!

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_LINDA 4/16/2013 12:57AM

    Fabulous photos!!! The love of running and joy of being fit just glows on your face!!! You have certainly found what you were born to do!
You go girl!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/15/2013 10:46PM

    Fantastic! What a nice surprise for you to get these photos.

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2013 9:14PM

    So cool: you just look very happy!! And fit of course!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/15/2013 8:03PM

    Fantastic!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2013 7:57PM

    There is such joy in movement. It is this kind of joy that attracts. Spark on, through thick and thin, through sorrow and joy.

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IAMWINNING 4/15/2013 5:32PM

    FANTASTIC!

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FREELADY 4/15/2013 1:57PM

    Brings tears of joy and pride to my eyes. I saved this for continuing inspiration. Hearty congratulations!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/15/2013 1:49PM

    You are making the SIXTIES look pretty darn awesome! And, considering I'm going to be 59, I'm right there with ya! emoticon

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GABY1948 4/15/2013 12:56PM

    Great pics thanks for sharing, Marsha! And so neat that someone found them on FB!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 4/15/2013 11:26AM

    I LOVE your smile at the medal ceremony!

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PMRUNNER 4/15/2013 10:33AM

    Those are great!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/15/2013 10:29AM

    Marsha, you have such joy on your face, and you look terrific! You are a great example.

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Make Today a Great Day!

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5K Victory

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A new 5K PR! WooHoo! I took 55 seconds off my old PR and finished in 27:33. That time also got me a first place medal. The photography is not too great, but won't let that detract from the great event!

Here's me with my medal:



Here's my nephew's grey sleeve and his finishing time. This was his 4th 5K. He's improved every time: from 47 to 45 to 43 to today's 41 minutes!! If I hadn't had to park so far away I'd have gotten my camera and back in time to get his face, too. Oh, well.




My niece is the fourth person from the left in a white tee-shirt. She paced her brother, but then finished with a flury a little in front of him. I was across the street with the telephoto trying to get there in time:



Here's another picture of one of my friends getting her medal:



  
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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:59PM

    How did I miss this! Gold medal! 5K in under 28 minutes???? Marsha you are amazing! I love running but don't think I could do a 5K in under 28 minutes! Woohoo!

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    Now THAT is a woo hoo!!!!!!!

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    Awesome! You've worked hard and it is really paying off!

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    Congratulations to all of you!!! Sounds wonderful, and well done on the PR! :)


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    Congratulations, Marsha! Awesome time!

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    Wow!! Great time!!

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    Congratulations on your victory! I just ran my first 5k today!
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  Congrats to you and all your family and friends who finished!

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    Way to go! Congratulations!!

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    Great job! Very impressive! Inspiring!

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JUNEPA 4/14/2013 12:41PM

    You look amazingly trim, super healthy and exhubertantly happy, no wonder you made this photo your new background page
So fun and awesome to share your fitness with your family and experience improvement all around !!

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    What a great day for all of you! Congratulations on beating your time and good luck on your future races!

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  good blog

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/14/2013 11:26AM

    Look at you, Skinny Minnie! Way to go! WOO HOO!

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    Talk about a family race!

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Pre-5K Victory

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Check out my ticker. Under goal. WooHoo. A little, little cushion. WooHoo! Gotta run!!!

  
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    Way to go Marsha! Congratulations on achieving your goal!

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    Oh, nothing better than having that little cushion!! Way to go!

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MAGGIEVAN 4/13/2013 6:09AM

    Congrats with your achievements. You look fantastic.

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