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Solution: Tighter Pants???

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Probably should have worn tighter pants Friday evening. Bet I would have eaten less!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2013 7:17PM

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CELIAMINER 6/2/2013 9:26AM

    Ugh, I know that feeling. I wore a summery dress yesterday and went to a cask tapping, followed by a stop at my wine shop to say goodbye to my favorite sommelier, who is leaving, then home to a feeding frenzy. Not sure if the tight pants would have worked, but they would have at least been a signal that all was not well.
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NANCYPAT1 6/2/2013 7:53AM

    Interesting solution - maybe if the pants had been a size smaller you would have had the incentive to KEEP them fitting - LOL - or falling off, you might have realized you had already LOST some weight and would have wanted to keep from gaining it back. What a dilemma

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_LINDA 6/2/2013 1:57AM

    That may work for you, but I am with Mexgal :PP

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TEXASFILLY 6/1/2013 11:52PM

    Owie! Hope it wasn't as bad as you thought. *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/1/2013 10:40PM

    Now would be the time to find one of those old Playtex girdles LOL. That would do it.

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DJ4HEALTH 6/1/2013 9:32PM

    Next time add water, that will work better!

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STRIVERONE 6/1/2013 9:16PM

    That method might work for me if someone else' combination lock was on my belt.
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DELLMEL 6/1/2013 6:46PM

  Tight pants end up making you sick. Stomach hurt from eating all that food and can't digest it because there is no room.

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BOOKAPHILE 6/1/2013 6:34PM

    That might work if all you wanted to do was go home. Not too conducive to enjoying lingering conversation while sitting!

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NATPLUMMER 6/1/2013 6:21PM

    It's worth a try but I'm not sure if it works.

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MEXGAL1 6/1/2013 5:56PM

    too funny Marsha....I have tried that and end up pulling out my blouse and undoing the pants!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/1/2013 5:52PM

    emoticon Counterintuitive as it may sound, tighter pants has never done it for me (induced me to eat less that is... to feel sorry for myself, yes... to eat less, naaaah).

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Feeling Good Wednesday

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm feeling pretty good. I have to poke around in my glute and shoulder in order to even find a sore spot now. So part of me is ready to run right now. However, my best judgment is I should wait at least a week to even think about it.

I contacted the Lakeland Runners Club and volunteered to help out with the Watermelon 5K run this Saturday. If I can't run, handing out race numbers will be the next best thing. Somehow I want to manage to have my camera handy, though, because I want to get pictures of my nephew and several runner friends. I will probably have to be there by 5:30am or maybe earlier. Yawn. The race is at 7am.

Monday I weighed 128.6, Tuesday it was 128.4, and this morning was 128.8, which isn't bad considering I ate out twice yesterday and know my sodium was high. If I could maintain with little struggle at 128 (or 130 or 132), but find my 126 "happy weight" a struggle, I'd just change my target weight. I suspect, though, that I have a tendency to eat just a bit more than I'm suppose to at whatever level I'm aiming for!

Hoping my new microwave will be delivered today. I do miss having that option; mine died recently. I'm dirtying up a lot more dishes for reheating items and my kitchen is hotter without the microwave. Can't just throw in a veggie or sweet potato for a quick side. Without a microwave I couldn't fix what hubby wanted for supper quickly after my work day yesterday, so that is why we ended up going out when I didn't really want to. My blackened grilled shrimp were especially delicious, though.

Wishing everyone a great, healthy, happy day!!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 6/1/2013 7:16PM

    Good for you - volunteering!

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HAKAPES 5/30/2013 4:40PM

    128.x - isn't just that difference in hydration levels? I drink a glass of water, I get up later from the night's sleep, I eat something with more fibers ...

Happy to hear you are doing better!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2013 9:01AM

    You are wise to listen to your body! I hope you have a nice day for the race!

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_LINDA 5/30/2013 2:04AM

    That is awesome your pain is all but gone -you heal fast! Great idea to volunteer for the race! I can't imagine doing without a microwave, its all I use! Enjoy your new one!
My meal out today was chicken satay stir fry with veggies and a side of jasmine steamed rice. very good, but the sodium was through the roof!

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2013 10:25PM

    Thanks for the sympathy!! That walk was a life saver! So glad you're helping in the Watermellen run -- hope you can get that spelling corrected though!!

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JUNEPA 5/29/2013 10:01PM

    Helping at a race is a great plan!! And supportive to your nephew and friends as well !!

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LJR4HEALTH 5/29/2013 9:13PM

    Sounds like it will be fun to hand out racing numbers Have FUN

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TEXASFILLY 5/29/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon You look fabulous! Keep true to yourself~ you'll be running in no time. *hugs* BB~

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/29/2013 6:47PM

    Volunteering is a great way to still participate even if you aren't quite ready to race! Well done!

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CONTENTCHRIS 5/29/2013 5:56PM

    Happy to hear your feeling better hun! emoticon Good luck with the cheering squad!

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MEXGAL1 5/29/2013 4:32PM

    so happy your pain is almost gone. woo hoo! and a new microwave will be just great.
good to wait a bit more until running. I know that is always the hardest part when you feel good...but wise to wait.
have a terrific evening.

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BOOKAPHILE 5/29/2013 4:04PM

    Good news, Marsha: new microwave, no soreness, taking extra care now for full recovery, still involved in some way with the race, peace and confidence with the scale numbers. You are a good example!

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FROSTY99 5/29/2013 12:52PM

    emoticon new microwave! Hard to believe how much we rely on them isn't it. I don't even think we realize it until it isn't working. I know when mine died, I had to get one ASAP!!!!
Good for you for volunteering even if you can't run. You will still enjoy the race.
Have a great Wednesday.

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GABY1948 5/29/2013 12:46PM

    LOOK at you GO! You are such an inspiration, Marsha! Even when you are not running! Have a GREAT week and time at the race! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/29/2013 11:54AM

    What a great idea to volunteer at an event if you can't run it!

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NEW-CAZ 5/29/2013 11:41AM

    Glad you feel better Marsha

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COCK-ROBIN 5/29/2013 11:37AM

    You have a great day!

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LEWILL1982 5/29/2013 11:01AM

    Glad you are feeling better!

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JOHAL52 5/29/2013 9:52AM

    I think you look terrific!

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MSLZZY 5/29/2013 9:31AM

    The new microwave should make your life easier. How did we live without them?

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MSLZZY 5/29/2013 9:31AM

    The new microwave should make your life easier. How did we live without them?

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MANDELOVICH 5/29/2013 9:27AM

    Wonderful! P.S. I think at any of those weights you look fantastic!

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LORIVIOLA 5/29/2013 9:22AM

    Glad you have a new microwave coming.
Have fun at the race.

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Identifying Triggers

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Good eating day, number two of this streak, is now accomplished and recognized with a sticker on my calendar, strategically placed at the entrance to my kitchen. This morning the scale showed me down more than I had anticipated to 128.6, just 2.6 pounds over my goal weight, and just a pound over where I was a week ago. So my several days of indulgence didn't end up being as hurtful as I feared, but it still is a pattern of behavior I want to replace with sanity, moderation, and good nutrition at all times.

What happened? What triggered me? Why did I fall off the wagon? The last week in April I was training with a running coach. I had just run a 5K PR of 27:33 and was feeling fast and fit. Then I pulled or strained something in the left glute area probably running too many hills without gradually building up to it. I took off several days, with ice and foam roller, then cut back my running from 4 days a week to 3 days a week and didn't run faster than 10:30 minute miles, when I had been doing 8:30 minute pace repeats. I ran the May 11th 5K in 29:02, which was okay but not as good as I would have done had I been able to complete my training plan. I planned to take off 3 weeks from running in order to heal then, although I'd been warned that it could take several months whether I ran or not to totally heal.

On May 13th I went back to my old employer to help in an urgent situation and worked (volunteer) an 8 hour day. On one of my walking breaks I tripped and re-injured my glute area. This second injury seemed worse than the initial problem. A week later it wasn't much better. Then, for no apparent reason, my left shoulder and pec area started really hurting. My glute was an annoying inconvenience keeping me from running well, but my shoulder hurt all the time, especially when trying to get to sleep. Aspirin or Alleve made very little difference in my pain level. I tried to remain somewhat active, swimming and walking but there was pain and I wasn't burning near as many calories, and I failed to change my calorie range. And when I'm not active I want to eat more. I felt sorry for myself and allowed myself to over indulge.

I have previously identified being tired as a definite trigger for me. I need to be extra careful when I'm tired to eat smart. If I don't plan meals any other time, it is crucial to pre-plan my food when I am tired. Pain is another trigger I have now identified. I need to find comfort in things other than food, and learn to cope with pain and setbacks without weighing myself down with unnecessary food.

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 5/28/2013 12:52AM

    emoticon job on figuring out you need to cut back for a bit and rest up completely. The sore shoulder is most likely something from the swimming it sounds like to me as well. hope it isn't rotator cuff ouch. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 5/27/2013 6:53PM

    You are so wise to figure out your triggers. Good job!

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IAMWINNING 5/27/2013 8:53AM

    It's great, Marsha, that you've figured out triggers, and know what to do to counter them. Hang in there - you're doing emoticon

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_LINDA 5/26/2013 11:56PM

    As someone who has dealt with pain and 'injury' issues most of my life, its not the pain that is the problem. Its the frustration of what its keeping you from. Limiting what you are able to do. Keeping you from getting to a goal or being able to do something. What is needed is to accept your current reality for as long as it lasts, doing all that you can (seeing a Dr., physiotherapist, etc.) to help you get through it. In the meantime, you need to channel that frustration, that blockage, into something positive that you CAN do. When the physical is blocked, there is always the mental. Searching out and creating the most healthy recipes that you can find. Accurate tracking of all you eat, right after you have eaten it, to ensure you know where you are in calories near the end of the day so you can be careful not to exceed your limit. Putting your mind to work on things other than food. Playing mind bender games online, reading a good book. Sometimes you just have to let the body heal. Your Dr. is the one to tell you what is wrong and what you can do about it. Don't delay in seeking help. This is just a bump in the road for you. You will heal and get back to where you were. Just be a patient patient.
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RUNNERRACHEL 5/26/2013 10:34PM

    I understand! It's so hard to be injured and it does affect you mentally, as well as physically. I was in a funk for a while after being injured, re-injured, and it took me a while to feel ok.

Take care of yourself and remind yourself that you'll be better soon.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/26/2013 9:48PM

    Being tired is a huge trigger for me too! I hope you will be feeling more like your regular self soon. Take care of you!

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GABY1948 5/26/2013 8:57PM

    Oh, Marsha! You are doing so well...JUST like I knew you would! Your triggers much be so common to us because you hit the nail on the head for me for sure!
I knew you would be back to "normal"...you just needed to regroup and get off the merry-go-round before it started really turning! You are such an inspiration to so many of us and that is not in vain!

Have a great holiday, dear friend!

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MIRAGE727 5/26/2013 3:32PM

    I'm always reminded, by one of our coaches, about too much, too fast. Because of her running prowess, which I totally respect, I've insured that I am performing properly in all areas of my running. I also keep vigilance on those triggers and act quickly on them. Stay focused, and remember the journey has a delicate balance to it, Marsha!
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MEXGAL1 5/26/2013 12:33PM

    It is good to read about how you are looking at things and figuring out the "why" of what happens. You really sound like you know what to do and it's a matter of follow through. But I think you got this and can do it! I love that you are doing the stickers and keeping them visible in the kitchen. Good reminder of your goals.
It won't be long until you are back at goal. So good you "caught" yourself before it got out of control.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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TEXASFILLY 5/26/2013 12:02PM

    emoticon I love how tuned in you are to your body and your triggers. Keep up the good work and hope it won't be long until you're 100% again. *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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OWL_20 5/26/2013 10:38AM

    I know this is a difficult time, yet you still did really good at identifying those triggers to poor eating habits. Way to go! I know being tired is one of mine, too. Take care and emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/26/2013 10:21AM

    I have discovered that I need to foam roll my arms, neck and shoulders, not just my lower body. Even if I'm not aware of pain, I carry a lot of tension there, especially when I'm tired - a low level ache that was affecting me more than I realized and (I now realize) was affecting the quality of my sleep. Foam rolling the upper body is incredibly relaxing for me. I now do it regularly in the evening before bed and often before a run.

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-AMANDA79- 5/26/2013 10:15AM

    I recently strained my shoulder and figured it had to be from swimming. I know it stinks, but you might think about taking a break from it too.

You will be good as new before you know it!

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MANDELOVICH 5/26/2013 10:15AM

    When I'm sleep deprived I'm dangerous to myself and others. I eat too much, I'm irritable, I'm impatient, and I hurt myself. It's great that your are able to go back and think about your triggers so that you can help yourself through with kindness next time. I hope you get lots of rest and keep feeling great. And great job being so on track!

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BOOKAPHILE 5/26/2013 9:55AM

    I also find that less activity leads to wanting to eat MORE! I depend on my activity level to keep my appetite in check. Pain and fatigue grab my attention away from controlling my eating. Thanks for the new things to think about and plan for.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/26/2013 9:21AM

    I'm pulling for you! emoticon

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NELLJONES 5/26/2013 9:14AM

    For me, fatigue lessens the vigilance required to stay on plan, and pain leads to boredom, boredom being the trigger. I have developed the habit of not eating between meals, so that is now the default instinct. I know that "experts" say we are supposed to eat small amounts throughout the day and monitor how we feel, but those things require constant vigilance, the very thing that fails when tired. Extreme as it sounds to modern ears, not eating between meals, in the end, makes it easier for me.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2013 9:06AM

    Fatigue and pain . . . great to identify those triggers: and they are triggers for me too. As you say, gotta find other ways of comforting myself.

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JOYINKY 5/26/2013 9:02AM

    Brought back memories of childhood: "Eat something and you'll feel better." Even though I know that's not the answer, I have to fight through it. Sometimes I'm more successful than others. Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired are recognized triggers, a warning to HALT, and make a plan. You never give up Marsha, so you will be fine!

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ANDI571 5/26/2013 9:00AM

    A couple of months ago, I was really exercising and trying to get back in shape. I over did it and started hurting in my hips. I just quit. Pain, and being tired is definitely big triggers for me also. Keep fighting! emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/26/2013 8:57AM

    I hope you can identify when your best times for exercising are. It's sometimes hard to hold yourself back when you're injured.

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MJREIMERS 5/26/2013 8:44AM

    Injury and pain are definitely tough to deal with! I think many of us have very similar triggers... so, thanks for the blog! Lifestyle changes are just that, changes. We need to learn and relearn how to deal with life and its changes.

I hope you feel better soon! You may need to go to the doctor to see about that shoulder. My oldest had a shoulder injury and it gets worse if you try to ignore it. Take care of yourself and emoticon .

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LJR4HEALTH 5/26/2013 8:32AM

    Great that you know what triggers you being tired I do beleive gets most of us. Be careful with that injury you don't want ot reinjure it

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CELIAMINER 5/26/2013 8:29AM

    Marsha, so sorry about your pain! Sending healing vibes your way!
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KANOE10 5/26/2013 8:29AM

    Being tired and in pain can also be triggers for me to go off plan. Hope you heal quickly and get some rest. Good for you identifying your triggers so you can find ways to deal with them. emoticon



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NEW-CAZ 5/26/2013 8:15AM

    It's great that you know yourself so well Marsha, tiredness does it for me too! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/26/2013 8:11AM

    Yours is the second blog I've read this morning that was meaningful in identifying things that tend to make us stray from program. For me, add in illness in general to injury, but it fits in with the pain profile!

Yep, today (allergy nasties) will be a "take extra care" day here, too!

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MSLZZY 5/26/2013 8:08AM

    It is difficult to deal with injury and pain without some sort of comfort-from pain pills to food. Finding the balance and acknowledging your triggers gets you one step closer to recovery.

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Just One Good Day Makes Such a Difference

Saturday, May 25, 2013

After one good eating day, I feel strong and in control again! Let me repeat that: after just one good eating day, I feel strong (in regard to food) and in control again. AMAZING!! Good, good feeling.

The scale shows I'm 3 pounds heavier than 5 weeks ago. Okay. I can live with that or I can choose to change that. Not deciding this minute. Either way works. Right now I just want to eat very, very healthy. I've adjusted my fitness tracker to reflect what I can realistically expect to accomplish now given current limitations. Calorie range is 1400-1750. I can do it!

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all your support. Maintenance is not easy for me, but my SparkFriends make it possible. Thanks again.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/26/2013 9:44PM

    You are doing a great job, Marsha! I look to you as an example for me!

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CINDYW1102 5/26/2013 7:24PM

    Thank you so much for the recent blogs you've posted. I fell off the exercise wagon over the past month due to my recent job change, and it was helpful to hear that you had sort of experienced some setbacks recently also due to your injury. Time to just get back on track with nutrition and a recommitment to regular exercise, which I started again today. I'm so thankful for inspiring people like yourself who keep it REAL! emoticon
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FLDEEZ 5/26/2013 9:06AM

    I love that succinct thought! You are right, one day of being "good" makes a huge difference in my sense of control - I need to remember that!

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KANOE10 5/26/2013 8:55AM

    One good day does make a difference! Celebrate feeling strong and in control again.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/26/2013 12:10AM

    You can do it!

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TEXASFILLY 5/25/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration! Way to go, Marsha~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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MIRAGE727 5/25/2013 10:22PM

    Good job, Marsha! Stay strong!
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MANDELOVICH 5/25/2013 9:58PM

    I get it completely. One good day makes all the difference. So glad you are feeling better!

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DESERTJULZ 5/25/2013 9:36PM

    Yes, maintenance is definitely challenging! Every bit as challenging as losing in the first place, I am discovering.

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LJR4HEALTH 5/25/2013 8:33PM

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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2013 7:21PM

    One good day at a time . . . that's what it takes. I don't find it every gets easier, frankly.

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MEXGAL1 5/25/2013 6:42PM

    Woo hoo for you Miss Marsha. I know how it feels so good to be in control after going nuts. You got this. You can do it.
Enjoy the rest of the week end.
Sallie

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GABY1948 5/25/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon I know the feeling well of being in control again! But, even with yesterday's blog, my money was on you...look how far you have come! You are in NO way related to any quitter I know! Good for you and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/25/2013 3:32PM

    I've found that one day to be transformational too. Run with it and keep at it! We believe in you, Marsha!

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BOOKAPHILE 5/25/2013 3:20PM

    Thanks for showing the way to tweak intake when circumstances change. Yay for you - feeling in control after one good day! That's the way it should be when we don't let the gains get away from us.

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MSLZZY 5/25/2013 2:40PM

    I don't maintenance is easy for anyone. I struggle from time to time but if you stay on top of things, it won't get out of hand. Have a great weekend! HUGS!

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ANDI571 5/25/2013 2:39PM

    I started over yesterday after a significant weight gain during the past year. I did really well yesterday, and the scale dropped and like you I feel so much stronger. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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Nutrition is so important when recovering from injuries both to heal quickly and to keep the weight from creeping back up. Nothing beats absolutely rigid tracking of every little thing you eat, and I mean weighing and measuring everything accurately. As someone very experienced with this, it really does work, and I too thanks Sparkpeople for the wonderful tools to allow me to do this and the great friends who have my back!
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/25/2013 1:46PM

    As you say, one good day gives confidence to live the NEXT good day. No promises, just the best decision one can make at the time. And tracking *does* make a difference. emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/25/2013 1:26PM

    You'd think maintaining would be a piece of cake, after the hard work it takes to lose weight....but nope. It's just as challenging, if not more so! No slacking off, no indulging in junk foods...bummer!

Thanks for you awesome, motivating, inspirational blog posting! We all need to remember to keep trying EVERY SINGLE DAY! Woo hoo--YAY YOU!

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Pep Talk

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pep Talk:
* As long as I don't give up, I will continue to succeed.
* Today is an important day for healthy eating and healthy living.
* Just because I have no working stove and no working microwave, doesn't mean I can't eat healthy today. For one thing, I have brown rice already cooked up. On this hot day a cold rice dish just might be good. (Check out a crock pot recipe for tonight.)
* I can track my food. Without tracking I don't really know if I'm doing good or not.
* I can control my portions. I have time to measure today. I do not need to overeat. I need to fuel my body well.
* I don't have to overeat in the evening. Natalie is spending the night tonight and we can have fun that isn't fattening! And that can start a positive streak for me!!
* Just because my left shoulder is really hurting and my left glute continues to bother me doesn't mean I can't walk and be active. I can nurture myself in other ways than overeating.
* I can choose to be discouraged by the number on the scale (almost 5 pounds over where I want) OR I can celebrate that I've kept off 80 pounds for 4 years+ AND/OR I can accept the number on the scale as feedback telling what I've been doing recently doesn't work for me!
* I can watch the sodium today which will help. Bread, deli meats, mustard, and cheese are good foods for the rest of the family when we have no cooking facilities, but too high in sodium for me to eat much today.
* I have been successful in getting back on track over and over again the last four years. Of course, I can do it again! Of course, it is worth it!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/26/2013 9:40PM

    Great positive self talk, Marsha! Keep up the good work!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/26/2013 3:37AM

    Good for you! Positive self talk and focusing on what you can do is a great way to keep your success! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 5/25/2013 9:59PM

    You can do it! Great perspective! And I hope you heal well soon. Big hugs!

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JIBBIE49 5/25/2013 8:25AM

    Dr. Beck says to GIVE OURSELVES CREDIT.

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HAKAPES 5/25/2013 3:19AM

    Love your peptalk!
Do more! :-)

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2013 10:32PM

    What a super pep talk: thanks for letting us listen in!

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LJR4HEALTH 5/24/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon pep talk emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/24/2013 8:15PM

    Great talk - now just put it into action. I am sure you will find your success if you just do that. Have a great weekend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/24/2013 7:32PM

    emoticon Good pep talk, Marsha! They really help us keep things in perspective, don't they?

Hang in and take care of yourself. You're worth it!

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MIRAGE727 5/24/2013 7:10PM

    Take a deep breath and go forward, Marsha! Have a wonderful weekend!
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TEXASFILLY 5/24/2013 5:26PM

    Bravo! What an excellent way to talk to yourself. Hope you don't mind if I copy for my own use. Thanks for sharing and a big CONGRATULATIONS on maintaining a significant weight release. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVERONE 5/24/2013 5:13PM

    It really helps to give yourself that kind of pep talk. It helps even more to solidify it in writing. Publishing it for all to see just about nails it. Of course you'll do great.
Since you mentioned sodium, I suspect that is what's contributing to the five pounds. They may not be real. Also, I don't usually eat white rice, but I do use it to carb up in the days before a longer run or race. The rice holds water and will show a little extra weight for a few days.

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UZA77777 5/24/2013 4:19PM

    So wise.

You will do fabulously well today/tonight, because you are awesome like that.

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MEXGAL1 5/24/2013 12:52PM

    Of course you know what to do and can do it!
You know you can.
Great to outline it all and get it down on paper. I think that helps you commit.
Best of everything to you Marsha.
Sallie

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DONNABRIGHT 5/24/2013 12:52PM

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JOYINKY 5/24/2013 11:23AM

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Are you sure that number on the scale, where you "should" be, where you "want to be" and your healthiest weight are in sync? Maintaining an 80 pound loss is an ongoing challenge that you have handled extraordinarily well! That extra 5 pounds may not be worth the stress it seems to create. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/24/2013 11:01AM

    Great job, you'll get there!

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WENDYSPARKS 5/24/2013 10:48AM

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_LINDA 5/24/2013 10:47AM

    Taking a page from ONEKIDSMON ;)
Sorry to hear you also have a shoulder problem as well :(( Hope you can recover from these ailments quickly with no lasting effects.
Without cooking ability, maybe this is the time to learn to love raw freggies, although Sparks has plenty of good slow cooker recipes that are healthy.
You must always look at what you have done and are doing and can be very proud of yourself holding the line!
Perhaps your desired weight and your body's happy weight might not be one and the same. What is better, stress and angst at continuously struggling to get back down to the desired weight, or maintaining with ease a weight that stays steady around a certain value? 80 pound lost is amazing, and always will be when that number stays so remarkably steady!
Have a fabulous long weekend!

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COCK-ROBIN 5/24/2013 10:43AM

    And you can do it!

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NATPLUMMER 5/24/2013 10:41AM

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GABY1948 5/24/2013 10:28AM

    emoticon list going Marsha! You will be fine...just some bug that seems to be "in the air" I have a touch of it too! emoticon

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TERESA159 5/24/2013 10:27AM

    Great pep talk. I have a good crock pot recipe if you like salmon. For each serving, use a 60z piece of salmon, saute some mushrooms, green onion and spinach. Make a cut length-wise down the middle of each salmon piece. Stuff that slit with the mushroom/onion/spinach. Put in your crockpot and add 1/3 cup of white wine. Cook on low for 1.5 hours. It is yummy!!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/24/2013 10:19AM

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MSLZZY 5/24/2013 10:17AM

    Highlighting the positives is always a better idea!
You have a lot going for you.
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BOOKAPHILE 5/24/2013 10:09AM

    I'm glad I got to sit in on your pep talk. It's good to be reminded of these things whatever stage of the journey we currently occupy. Thanks for sharing.

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