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No Cartwheels, But Not Worried

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I've gone nearly 3 weeks without tracking, most of it time I visited family in Tennessee and South Dakota. I made many good food choices, but there were times my healthy options were limited, without making a fuss anyway. Most of the time I did the best I could, and often that was pretty good. But there were a few times that I chose to indulge, such as on my mom's 86th birthday, when I had a huge sirloin steak in a Wyoming steakhouse. I enjoyed every bite.

I would love to tell you that after 3 weeks of not tracking that my weight is down and I weigh exactly what I want to weigh. Can't tell you that. This morning I weighed 131 pounds even. So I went up approximately 2 pounds in the past 3 weeks and I'm right at 5 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight. I expect to lose at least a pound of it by just drinking plenty of water and watching my sodium. Then I'll need to cut back about a hundred calories a day for about a month to be back to where I was when I left. Then I'll see if I want to keep it up for a while longer to get down those other 3 pounds. Maybe. Maybe not.

So, I'm not doing cartwheels celebrating my current weight. I would just love to be able to eat without tracking and maintain, even on family visits. But in reality I am delighted to still be around a BMI of 21, feeling strong and healthy, and motivated to do even better eating in the upcoming weeks. I am also proud that I maintained my half marathon training, getting in every training run as scheduled and some real cross training, too.

While I was gone my Sparking was hit and miss. If I missed something profound on your blog, please comment and I'll check it out. Hoping that everyone is having a great summer!


Mom and her "significant other" and me at the Buffalo Jump restaurant in Wyoming.


Mom enjoying a home-grown raspberry on her 86th birthday!


Gwen reacts to Natalie's gymnastics on the bed in Tennessee.


My step great grandson being snuggled by my daughter with Gwen helping.

Glad to be home and back to regular Sparking!! -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/18/2013 8:45PM

    What a beautiful mother you have and a lovely baby great-grandson! I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip!

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GABY1948 7/17/2013 11:54AM

    I did miss your blogs but with summer figured you were just "enjoying". Glad you were...WOW, you favor your mother...that is exactly where you get your beautiful smile! emoticon emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 7/17/2013 11:47AM

    You have fantastic genes! Everyone should look like that at 86!
Hugs, Jane

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TEXASFILLY 7/17/2013 11:14AM

    What a beautiful family! So glad to hear you had fun, & I admire your game plan for getting rid of the bit of weight. Keep up your AWE~some success. *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 7/17/2013 10:26AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! Love the pics of the family and as everyone else said, the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good for you for keeping up the training schedule. It's so easy to get caught up in all the "goings-on". You did great! Do a cartwheel!!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/17/2013 9:52AM

    You did great and it's possible that more than a pound is from the extra sodium.

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_LINDA 7/17/2013 8:38AM

    You did fantastic while away! emoticon
Love the photos! Your Mom looks healthy and vibrant, easy to see where your good genes come from!
That is awesome you got all your training in and only gained two pounds. Not too many people can accomplish that with all the visiting and socializing. I am sure you will get that off in no time! You are such an inspiration!
I lost my uncle while you were away and that was what my last two blogs were about.

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BOROFITGIRL 7/17/2013 8:31AM

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SHRINKINGSHERI 7/17/2013 5:12AM

    Great job. You will be back where you want to be in no time!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/17/2013 3:28AM

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JIBBIE49 7/17/2013 12:35AM

    Love the pictures.

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MSLZZY 7/16/2013 11:14PM

    Oh, such fun and the memories made are priceless. I have no doubt that you will soon be back in good form. HUGS!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/16/2013 10:28PM

    Way to keep at it, during vacation and after! So glad you got quality family time:-)

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COCK-ROBIN 7/16/2013 10:17PM

    You did great!

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JOYINKY 7/16/2013 9:03PM

    I think you handled your vacation well! Glad your back and I love the pictures!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/16/2013 8:44PM

    Glad you had such a great visit. Family is part of what we do it all for... work on those healthy habits so we'll be there for them... this was the fruition of your efforts, and if you had a couple of indulgences, your diligence will soon get you back to where you want to be!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/16/2013 8:15PM

    Great pictures! Bonding time with family is so wonderful and waaay more important than a few pounds.

I read a great blog today by Pinkhope entitled, "If you slack - It Comes Back". Here's the link to cut-and-paste into your browser.

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I'm reconnecting with Sparkfriends after 9 weeks away, and I've got 6 more pounds to lose to get back to where I was. I'll get there! And so will you. After all, it's a journey, not a destination, right? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2013 8:07PM

    Welcome back and thanks for the great pics! Your attitude is just right: you took a bit of a break, no serious harm done, and we all know that you'll sensibly ease back into your usual routines.

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FROSTY99 7/16/2013 7:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation and glad you were able to get in your training runs while gone. I know you will get back on track now you are home.
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MEXGAL1 7/16/2013 7:44PM

    So glad you had a safe and fun trip. I know it's really hard to stay on track when away and celebrating so much. But you know what to do to get those 5 off to be at goal again and I have all the faith in you that you will once again concur it.
Your Mom looks happy and good. And you look cute and happy as well.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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Happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

I'm in Tennessee, visiting my step daughter and her husband, and step granddaughter and her husband, and my new great, great step grandson who is 10 weeks old. I will post some pictures later. He is so sweet.

Ran on the treadmill yesterday because it was pouring rain. This morning it was just a misty drizzle, so I walked outside. Not sure if where we are would be considered really hilly or a little mountainous, but believe me, it looks very unlike my central Florida home. Next week I'll be in South Dakota. That reminds me, on this patriotic holiday, of how wondrous and diverse our great nation is.

Happy Fourth of July, SparkFriends!!

  
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MINDA31807 7/5/2013 5:04PM

    Hope your 4th was great! As a South Dakotian, I hope your visit to South Dakota will be lots of fun.

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WATERMELLEN 7/4/2013 9:09PM

    Happy Independence Day!! emoticon And thanks for your great comments on my "hunger" blog. Amazing how difficult it is for me to learn this lesson over and over again!!

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MEXGAL1 7/4/2013 6:16PM

    Happy 4th to you as well.

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FROSTY99 7/4/2013 5:10PM

    Spark on and Happy 4th. Enjoy your family time and the rest of your travels.

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    emoticon enjoy your holiday with your family! Wonderful! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/4/2013 1:56PM

    Have a healthy, happy and safe Independence Day! (and knowing you, you are;) That is amazing celebrating with so many generations! Look forward to photos!
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PMFISH 7/4/2013 1:16PM

    Enjoy your holiday! Travel safe. Look forward to seeing the pictures of the little one.

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NEW-CAZ 7/4/2013 1:14PM

    Happy 4th

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/4/2013 11:00AM

    It sounds beautiful in Tennesee:) Enjoy your lovely family. Say hi to South Dakota for me! It's one of my favorite states to visit. Lots of hidden treasures. Have a great time!

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JOHAL52 7/4/2013 10:34AM

    Enjoy your trip and travel safely!
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/4/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon Happy independence day, Marsha! Hug those seldom seen relatives and enjoy your trip!

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GABY1948 7/4/2013 9:37AM

    Have a great time and just relax and enjoy!

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    Have a wonderful trip!
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LEWILL1982 7/4/2013 8:50AM

    There are definitely more hills in Tennessee than in Florida! Enjoy your trip and your family!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2013 8:32AM

    Enjoy!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/4/2013 8:22AM

    Beautiful!

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SUSANNAH31 7/4/2013 8:19AM

    Have a great time with your family!

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MSLZZY 7/4/2013 8:03AM

    Where are you going in South Dakota? I'll bet the Black Hills region. The weather here is gorgeous and everything is lush and green. Much nicer than last year. Enjoy!

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More Galloway Changes

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Had a great group run this morning with my new Galloway group! The Program Director and PD Assistant have changed the groups again, so that my group ran intervals of 2.5 minutes/walk 1 minute, rather than 2:1 like last week.

Overall I had no trouble keeping up and felt good when our 6.3 mile run concluded. I did notice that on the flat ground I was usually at the front of the group, but when we came to the hills, I fell to the back. There was only one time I took an extra walk break. Truly I think I'm just a little skiddish about hills because overdoing hill work is probably what caused my mid-April injury. So I'm saying I think the speed issue may be more a head issue than a fitness issue. We ended up averaging 11:40 pace, but that included one water-potty stop, so I think that was a pretty good training run. It was 79 degrees and over 90% humidity.

I'll be out of town for the next 2 Saturday runs. I'm taking my clothes, shoes, and Garmin and plan to get those run ins myself. Hope all my SparkFriends are enjoying a healthy, active weekend!!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 7/1/2013 12:01PM

    Great job Marsha. I did not even step foot outside this morning to run. It was raining and I went to bed too late and chose to go on the treadmill this afternoon.

Have a great rest of the day.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/1/2013 11:19AM

    Have an awesome visit with your mother!

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KANDOLAKER 6/30/2013 7:12AM

    Best wishes with your new training - and getting your head out of the program. Stay healthy!

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LRSILVER 6/30/2013 6:59AM

    Great

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_LINDA 6/30/2013 1:44AM

    Wow! You are doing amazing in that heat!! Great planning for not missing your training while you are away!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/30/2013 12:40AM

    The key to running running hills in a continuous run (as opposed to hill sprints or repeats) is to keep your effort level consistent, i.e. don't push harder to maintain the pace. By keeping the effort level you will naturally slow down going up and speed up when you crest the hill. Since you aren't pushing, you won't overdo it.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/29/2013 7:39PM

    You're doing great!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/29/2013 7:39PM

    You're doing great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/29/2013 7:37PM

    Woo-hoo! Sounds like a great group. And I know you'll get your "homework" in, too.

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GABY1948 6/29/2013 7:33PM

    GREAT news! Keep up the good work!

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WATERMELLEN 6/29/2013 7:28PM

    Good for you: this week and next weeks planning!!

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JMCADE 6/29/2013 7:12PM

    Great job!

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MEXGAL1 6/29/2013 6:59PM

    awesome!

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Mind and Heart Open

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I just read a blog that touched me greatly and taught me, too. This struggle is really, really tough for many people. You would think by now, with more than 5 decades of fighting obesity and binge eating, and currently feeling rather victorious, I would know all there is to know about battling overeating. But when I read with my mind and heart open, I find new perspectives and idea gems:

* Binge eating is not about food; it is about trying to feel better.

* The desire to binge eat comes on suddenly; physical hunger develops slowly.

* Physical hunger is satisfied by eating; emotional hunger is not satisfied by any amount of food.

Now all three of those statements seem obvious, but they were eye-opening to me when I read them. And each suggests ways to improve my relationship with food and my relationship with myself.



  
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CINDYW1102 6/30/2013 2:30PM

    Such a simple but wise explanation of what each of us battles daily!
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GABY1948 6/28/2013 4:09PM

    I'm about your age and as long as I have battled binge eating I have NEVER quite seen it in this light either. THANK YOU so much for sharing this with us!

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FROSTY99 6/28/2013 2:20PM

    So very obvious, but we don't always want to acknowledge the obvious. Thanks for sharing.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2013 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing those truths.

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MEXGAL1 6/28/2013 9:17AM

    oh how very true.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/28/2013 7:32AM

    That first one definitely hit me. Would be helpful to think about what feeling we are trying to cope with, what feeling we are trying to create, and find a more positive way to get that good feeling.

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MSLZZY 6/28/2013 7:28AM

    That was an eye-opener. Thanks for sharing!

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BESSHAILE 6/28/2013 7:11AM

    And what a joy it is to learn new tricks. Keep on keepin' on.

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DESERTJULZ 6/28/2013 12:21AM

    We learn so much from each other.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/27/2013 11:04PM

    That is SO true! And thanks for sharing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/27/2013 9:25PM

    Totally agree, with all three. As you say, they are obvious, but it took me decades to learn how true they were for ME.

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LINDA! 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    Reminders really do help me.

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TEXASFILLY 6/27/2013 8:36PM

    O yes! Very good insight indeed! It's not about the food. It's about trying to fill a void in the soul. So thankful to be free of binge eating one day at a time. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLERLINDA 6/27/2013 8:22PM

    Thank you! It's not the food that is so hard to overcome, it is all of those negative emotions. For me, it is so much easier to stuff down those emotions or fill my mouth instead of talk. That of course leads to much of my weight issues. Thanks again for the reminders! Keep going strong!

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WATERMELLEN 6/27/2013 8:16PM

    These three points are new to me too and really resonate.

I can never eat enough to feel better -- I'll only feel worse if I don't stop eating.



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MJREIMERS 6/27/2013 8:14PM

    Sometimes we need those reminders and eye openers. emoticon

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REFFIE1 6/27/2013 7:53PM

    Definitely food for thought. I always find it hard to separate real hunger from craving or emotional eating. I don't think over the years I have really listened to my hunger cues. Geneen Roth has written several books on emotional eating and they are really excellent. Thank you for sharing what you learned with us. emoticon

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Filling Breakfast

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Something different for breakfast that is fast and really, really filling:

Quaker Oat Bran (hot) Cereal, .5 cup microwaved in 1.25 cups water for 3 minutes, stirring half way through. Top with 2 T wheat germ and 2Tground flax seeds. Can add fruit and/or nuts. Soy, almond, or skim milk is a good addition, too.

Love a filling breakfast!!

  
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GABY1948 6/27/2013 6:20PM

    Sounds great! Thanks!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/27/2013 5:42PM

    Sounds interesting!

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2013 2:23PM

    Yum!

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NYARAMULA 6/27/2013 1:47AM

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing.

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MSLZZY 6/26/2013 11:54PM

    Sounds delicious. I think I will be trying this as soon as I buy the oat bran.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/26/2013 11:05PM

    Yum!

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2013 10:46PM

    This sounds just terrific. I'll have to try it!

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TEXASFILLY 6/26/2013 9:40PM

    Mmmm~ 'n there's something comforting about warm food in your tummy. Thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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_LINDA 6/26/2013 9:14PM

    Always loved oats for breakfast! Enjoy! Sprinkle with blueberries for an antioxidant fruit boost!

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