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Tomorrow's Run

Friday, August 09, 2013

Tomorrow morning is a 6am Galloway group run of 6 miles. I already have my clothes, shoes/socks, Garmin, sun screen, and fuel belt laying out. Don't need a flashlight this time of year because the sun will be on its way up. Don't think I'll need my hat either, though, because it probably won't be too bright by the time we finish. Last week I found the pace challenging. Think I'll be up for it tomorrow. We'll see.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:29PM

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MEXGAL1 8/10/2013 10:13AM

    You go girl!!! I live vicariously through you!
Hope it was a great run.
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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ROCKLAND2010 8/10/2013 7:50AM

    Enjoy! You are an inspiration to us!
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KELLIEBEAN 8/10/2013 6:40AM

    Good luck today. I hope you have a great run!

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2013 2:40AM

    Have a wonderful run Marsha and enjoy the weekend emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 12:40AM

    Wonderful!

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TXPATRIOT 8/10/2013 12:31AM

    Have a great run!

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2013 8:08PM

    6 at 6: something to look forward to!! I'm betting you're up for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/9/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon have a great time!

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SLIMLILA 8/9/2013 8:03PM

    YOu go, girl!!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 8/9/2013 8:02PM

    I think I could run with others now that I'm more educated. I hope tomorrow has nice weather for your run. I may, and should, get out there and run about the same amount of miles. Have a great run!

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SEAJESS 8/9/2013 7:18PM

    That sounds so fun. Thanks for inspiring me with the idea that some day I'll be able to participate in group runs again.

Have a great one!

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Resort Plans

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Going out of town for a week, taking the kids with us. Should be fun. The resort has lots of activities for all ages and free Wi-Fi so I should be able to post, unless I get too into the activities. I can be a bit obsessive. : )

Tomorrow is Natalie's last gymnastics performance of the season. Hubby is going for the first time. Gwen wants to swim again afterward, so we undoubtedly will.

Today's run was good. Our 2 mid-week training runs have gone from 30 minutes (plus warm up and cool down) to 45 minutes. Hope to keep to my training schedule during the resort week. The "long run" is only 6 miles so my Garmin and I should be able to accomplish that alone -- or they may have a treadmill. I will need hubby to do some child care while I run, and he probably will. Taking carrots, fresh fruit, low fat cheese sticks, and powdered milk. Probably will do okay eating out, although the sodium is always an issue.

Even with my shining sink and improving household, it will be good to have a change of scenery. When we return it will be time for the back-to-school routine. As my daughter likes to say, it's all good.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2013 2:26PM

    Hope you're having a great time!

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2013 8:14PM

    The resort retreat sounds great! I'm sure you'll have a terrific time . . .

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_LINDA 8/9/2013 12:45PM

    Have a wonderful, healthy, active time on your trip with the kids and hubby!! Looking forward to hearing what all you found to do!

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MARGARITTM 8/9/2013 12:32PM

    Have fun!

If you relax a little on your food and/or exercise "it's all good"


Love to read about it when you get back!

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MEXGAL1 8/9/2013 10:57AM

    Sounds like fun. Have a safe and wonderful time. So glad that you get to take the grandkids. I miss ours. I think we are planning a trip at the end of September, beginning of October to visit ours.
Enjoy!
Sallie

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BOOKAPHILE 8/9/2013 10:50AM

    Wi-fi away is always an "iffy" proposition away from home. The last place I was able to get it while camping was so slow it took me an hour to sign in and do the bare minimum on Sparkpeople. I brought a book and read while the pages loaded. 5 days of that was enough!

I hope you have faster access if you want to be online. Have a great time with your family!



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NATPLUMMER 8/9/2013 10:40AM

    Have fun!

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LEWILL1982 8/9/2013 9:05AM

    Have fun, be safe, wear sunscreen! (I sound like my mom, eek)

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GABY1948 8/9/2013 6:46AM

    It IS all good! Have a GREAT week!

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BLUESKY_321 8/9/2013 6:46AM

    It *IS* all good!

Have fun!

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2013 2:49AM

    Have fun Marsha emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/9/2013 12:33AM

    Have lots of fun. Just make sure to have someone check your house daily. I've seen news reports on people getting robbed while gone. One woman had an App on her phone so she could check her dogs that she'd left alone for a week, and the neighbor was coming over to feed and water, and she got a notice on her cell phone at 5 a.m. from a motion detector in her garage and she saw on her phone that there was a man robbing her house. Her husband called the neighbor and said "Don't go to our house to feed the dogs as someone is in there robbing us." The neighbor thought he was joking, but then they got the neighbor to call the police. The guy had carried stuff outside, but he dropped it and ran when he saw the cops. He got away but they got finger prints and he took nothing. The cops said they were glad for the woman's help in spoiling the robbery.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/8/2013 11:04PM

    Wonderful!

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MSLZZY 8/8/2013 10:17PM

    Yes, you need a change of scenery. The sink will still be there when you get home LOL!

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JOYINKY 8/8/2013 10:13PM

    Have fun!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/8/2013 9:52PM

    The girls are so lucky to have you!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/8/2013 9:27PM

    Have fun at the resort!!

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Baby Steps and Criss Cross

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Great local SparkTeam dinner this eve! Really enjoyed the lively conversation.

The Flylady Baby Steps are still paying off. She says something like, "You're not behind. Jump in where you are!" Well, that's just the encouragement I need, a mantra of energy and hope as well as acceptance/forgiveness. I'm really fast at making my bed now, right when I get up, even before the bathroom. I put away the clean dishes while my tea kettle is coming to a boil - and then I can put dishes in the dishwasher all day and have clean counters. Why didn't I think of this years ago?? These routines are so helpful. Laying out my clothes the night before, including the shoes, even when I'm not planning anything special, really helps me feel purposeful!

It is so similar to my experience losing weight. When I "yelled" at myself constantly about the way I looked, the way I ate, the way I sat around, I made no progress. When I started focusing on all the little things SparkPeople wanted me to do and track -- the freggies I eat, the water I drink, the exercise I actually do (even 10 minutes), all the good things that contribute to my health, well, success was not far behind. Feeling bad about myself didn't help; recognizing progress did. It's partly that thing that SparkGuy writes about, the criss-cross effect. Start doing good things and the pendulum picks up speed and it gets easier and easier. I'm starting to just occasionally have a positive thought about the house I live in now!! So I can't say I've totally overcome CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) but I sure am making headway. Anticipate some obstacles, but have total faith in final positive result. AND without sacrificing my weight maintenance or my running efforts!!

Yesterday I didn't like my morning weigh in and just gently dialed it back a bit. Down 1.8 pounds this morning. Yes, it's mostly sodium, but I believe if I consistently take early corrective action, I won't end up needing to lose 10 pounds ever again in my life!!



  
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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2013 9:11PM

    Super blog, lots of great ideas and that cross cross thingy reverberates!! That definition of CHAOS also.

I do, however, make my bed first thing, clean off counters as I go etc. etc. So: maybe it would help to begin giving myself a little credit!

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MEXGAL1 8/8/2013 7:43PM

    Great blog and wonderful ideas.
You sound like you are doing just great.
Good job!
Have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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FROSTY99 8/8/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon Like the turtle and the hare, slowly you are getting there!

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NATPLUMMER 8/8/2013 11:41AM

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AQUAGIRL08 8/8/2013 11:08AM

    Wonderful blog, Marsha! All of your blogs are great so this is saying something! According to our WW leader, keeping a tidy "space" is key to success in weight loss. We discussed this yesterday. A clean space helps you to sleep better and frees you from the stress of knowing that you need to clean but haven't gotten around to doing it. It also removes the guilt associated with not doing what you know you need to do. I find that by putting things back and keeping the house neat, it frees me up to do other things and I'm worry and guilt free in that area. You are doing such a good job - you have every reason to be proud of yourself!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/8/2013 9:00AM

    Great analogy! You are rocking the world!!!

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GABY1948 8/8/2013 8:42AM

    You are still doing REALLY well and REALLY inspiring me! emoticon

You are a winner in my book...no matter if it is as CHAOS overcomer, or Weight overcomer! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 8/8/2013 6:57AM

    Thank you for sharing. I found your comments very encouraging. You give me hope!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/8/2013 6:52AM

    The trick is to use the tools in the new area without slip-sliding in the "maintenance" areas of life... anyway, that's always been my personal challenge as an obsessive type.

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NEW-CAZ 8/8/2013 2:29AM

    emoticon You're doing a great job Marsha
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_LINDA 8/7/2013 11:51PM

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That is the spirit! Sounds like you are really getting it going!
I used to make up my bed always right away, but now I don't, ever, unless I am going away for a few days. I have to use my bed to stretch out on and I don't want to flatten my comforter. I have to stretch when ever I feel the need, both the physiotherapist ones and the normal after exercise ones. Also, I read keeping your bed aired out discourages dust mites, etc. But I don't like the untidy look.
Keep up the great work!!

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MSLZZY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    That is progress and that is what counts! HUGS!

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TEXASFILLY 8/7/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon Keep up your great momentum! *hugs* BB~

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COCK-ROBIN 8/7/2013 11:01PM

    You're doing great!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/7/2013 10:13PM

    I've been checking out flylady also. I have a sparkling sink! Understanding the logic of the site layout is a bit harder.

Correcting early is a huge part of avoiding the overwhelmed/panicky feelings of being out of control. Congratulations on your great feelings!

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Shining and Free

Monday, August 05, 2013

My adventures based on Flylady continue. I had decided to do what I feel inspired to do this month and actually start the recommended activities in September. But today I actually did Baby Step Number One, shining the sink. It worked really, really well: www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/fl
ying-lessons/shine-sink/


My house is looking better and better and I'm not sacrificing my workouts or reducing the quantity or quality of the child care I'm providing. I did elliptical today and have the kids 6 days this week. I'll run tomorrow. The resentment I have felt for years regarding housework is melting away and I feel freer and happier. Life is good!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:51PM

    I checked her site and was impressed at how encouraging she is. Thank you for posting the link!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/6/2013 11:12AM

    OK, I"m finally off to check out her site. Thanks for the motivation!

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GABY1948 8/6/2013 10:05AM

    This is actually the first time I "noticed" flylady and I am going to check it out! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2013 9:49AM

    Yay!

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MEXGAL1 8/6/2013 9:19AM

    Totally awesome. I need to check out FlyLady.
Good for you.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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LEWILL1982 8/6/2013 8:49AM

    Need to check out Flylady....I can always come up with 1 million other things I'd rather do, and actually do, than clean! So happy to read it doesn't make you resentful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/6/2013 7:19AM

    Some of her things I had already been doing, like making the bed, and dressing down to the shoes first thing. Shining the sink was a lovely way to start, but I never got much farther than those three things. Still... as with exercise and healthy eating, the hardest bit is to start.

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_LINDA 8/6/2013 1:21AM

    WoW! That is awesome!! This website was a Godsend!
Now if only your hubby could find a website that would inspire him to improve his lifestyle choices :P Why is it always the WOMEN that have to be letter perfect in body and housekeeping???
I have always liked cleaning, it never bothered me and I felt good when everything looked clean and shiny. Its pretty much only my health issues and time that has gotten in the way of doing it on a regular basis.
Keep up the great work!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/6/2013 12:41AM

    Wonderful!

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UMBILICAL 8/5/2013 10:35PM

  House beautiful

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WIZKEY 8/5/2013 10:35PM

    I love Flylady!! i have had my notebook for years and it helps a lot. Always make my bed and always shine my sink!!

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Loving SparkGoodies

Sunday, August 04, 2013

My de-cluttering efforts have given me one more reason to love SparkPeople. We get all the fun of getting gifts with SparkGoodies, but don't have to house them or dust them or take care of them or anything. Isn't that a blessing!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:46PM

    I never thought of that but you're right! All the fun and no mess - a win/win for sure!

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GABY1948 8/5/2013 3:39PM

    Never thought of it like that, Marsha! But you are RIGHT!

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JANEWATKINS 8/5/2013 1:59PM

    Virtual gifts! Just for that I shall send you one right now.

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_LINDA 8/5/2013 2:50AM

    Yes, Sparkpeople is certainly environmentally friendly!!
Have a Marvelous Monday!

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SLIMLILA 8/4/2013 9:08PM

    I met a lady today who took a running clinic started in April and onJune 5, she ran her first 5k, 3 days after she turned 50. I told her she was an inspiration....as are you..


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MSLZZY 8/4/2013 4:49PM

    You are so right. I would have a closet full LOL!

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FROSTY99 8/4/2013 4:19PM

    I love it-same thing with gift cards to go out to eat-nothing to find a place for or give away (sorry regift) you get my drift.
Spark Goodies are wonderful. We get the message without the clutter!

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MEXGAL1 8/4/2013 2:30PM

    Totally a blessing. I have enough "adornos" Mexican for nick nacs.
So yes, I love sparks goodies.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 8/4/2013 1:27PM

    The only way to be a collector!

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    LOL.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/4/2013 11:14AM

    Absolutely wonderful! Love not having more physical objects to take care of, yet getting the benefit of knowing we're thinking of one another! Woo-hoo! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/4/2013 10:45AM

    You are just a bundle of positive energy these days! emoticon

I love the Flylady site and am trying to think of a way to suggest it to my daughter. She is a stay-at-home mom who does EVERYTHING except clean her house. (YUCK)

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COCK-ROBIN 8/4/2013 9:47AM

    Wonderful!

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NATPLUMMER 8/4/2013 9:37AM

    It certainly is :-)

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/4/2013 9:35AM

    So true!!!!!!!

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