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The Aching Quad Race I'm Not Running and More

Friday, September 13, 2013

This evening I'm going to the Aching Quad race to root on my nephew who is going to run 4 races in 24 hours. Tonight at 7:30pm there is a 5K, at 7 am a one mile race, at 8:30 am a 2 mile race that finishes uphill, and finally at 7 pm another 5K. It involves running around 3 different lakes in Lakeland. I attended Lakeland Runner's Club meeting last evening, but nephew had to work and missed it. I spoke to one of the leaders, who is almost a missionary for running, about my nephew and primed him to invite the 28 year old to participate in some club-sponsored training runs. I've encouraged him to go, but it doesn't fit my training plan and I think he'd be more likely to go if he knows someone there. So, hope it works.

I'm not running the Aching Quad because I want to stick to my HM training. I'll be starting an 11 mile run at 5:30am. We'll be running from downtown and our entire run will be on the course of our Lakeland Half Marathon, and we will run around 3 lakes as well, but only one in common with the Aching Quad. I hope to be done in time to see my nephew finish the 2 mile run. Then we'll both clean up and get ready for Gwen's 3rd birthday party (how could 3 years go so fast?) at 10am in a park in a small town just south of us.

I'm having a good day today. I've just recovered two dining room chairs and I love the new fabric I chose. My workmanship may be slightly less than professional, but it looks pretty good. I have four more chairs to do, but they don't all have to be done today.

I've been very proud of my eating recently, savoring every bite and making really good choices. For someone who was a binge eater for years, and even struggled some after making goal weight, I know that I'm still improving my relationship with food. The scale is just about as good as it can get. Well, I wouldn't mind being down one more pound, but I have no illusion that life will be better at 126 rather than today's 127.0. I'm also proud that I'm right on schedule with my HM training and looking forward to more training and the event on November 9th.

Life is good! Be good to yourself!! Eat smart because you love yourself! And move that body because you love it!! You deserve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!!!

  
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JANEWATKINS 9/15/2013 6:26PM

    Inspiring as usual!

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PMRUNNER 9/14/2013 6:31AM

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great training run and he has some great races!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/14/2013 1:05AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/14/2013 12:05AM

    Wow! You are doing it all! That is fantastic! Kudos to your nephew for taking on this challenge! Looks like he got some major good inspiration from one of the best ;)
Keep on being A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!

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JOYINKY 9/13/2013 10:50PM

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/13/2013 9:05PM

    Marsha I hope I am as cool as you Rae when I am as young as you. 😘. Keep up the great work. I will be thinking of you when I hit the pavement at 630ish tomorrow for my 3.5miles.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/13/2013 8:38PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/13/2013 8:34PM

    LOVE it, Marsha! Spark on!

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GABY1948 9/13/2013 8:05PM

    What an inspiring blog, Marsha! Even for YOU! I am SO glad to see everything going so well for you! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2013 6:12PM

    You are really firing on all cylinders: self-care, family care, home care. You deserve to be very proud of yourself indeed.

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MSLZZY 9/13/2013 5:38PM

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PEZMOM1 9/13/2013 2:33PM

    Good luck to you and your nephew.

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Because I Love Myself

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I read a wonderful SP blog today that said losing and maintaining weight is all related to loving yourself. I hadn't thought about it that way, but yes. Yes, it is.

And Flylady (FLY = Finally Loving Yourself) sent me an e-mail this week saying that loving is an action and, along with the organizational and home blessing missions, she recommends a "pamper yourself" mission each day. If you don't feel love toward yourself she says act like you do or fake it 'til you make it.

One pamper suggestion was to wear your jewelry. So today I got out the blue topaz necklace, earrings, and bracelet hubby gave me 20 or more years ago. It had been at least 12 years since they had been out of their case. I wore them to the Senior Dance this morning. It felt good. And he smiled.

This may not be the last pamper mission I undertake. I truly do maintain my weight because I am learning to love myself.

  
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MILLERGIRL719 9/14/2013 8:56AM

    Good advice and good for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/13/2013 8:33PM

    I love Gary's reaction! I struggle with pampering myself but manage to do some small thing every day! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/13/2013 11:04AM

    Good for you! As hard as you work on yourself, you deserve to pamper yourself just as much.

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GABY1948 9/13/2013 10:39AM

    What an eye-opener today, Marsha! Do I really love myself? I'm at least getting there which is far better than where I come from! emoticon for this thought provoker! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/13/2013 9:28AM

    Embracing your worth in a positive way is empowerment! Stay strong always!
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CELIAMINER 9/13/2013 9:27AM

    Lots of blogs the last few days about loving yourself...thanks for sharing yours! Think I'll check out my jewelry box tonight.

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_LINDA 9/13/2013 8:48AM

    That was a great blog post! Something I learned early on in Sparkpeople that you won't lose weight unless you learn to love yourself because otherwise you won't feel its worth all the effort. For me pampering is getting to spend a day off in PJ's doing whatever I feel like and not having some place to go to. But some day I would love to treat myself to a massage.
Would love to see a photo of you in your finery, bet you looked awesome!!


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CHANGINGHORSES 9/13/2013 6:56AM

    That sounds wonderful, good for you!

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TINAJANE76 9/13/2013 6:42AM

    What a nice idea! I have a whole treasure trove of jewelry that I hardly ever wear that I think I might dig into as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2013 6:33AM

    Blue topaz: love it! My DH gave me a "right hand" blue topaz ring a few years ago and it's something I wear every day . . . . he says, matches my eyes!!

No wonder your DH was smiling.

And: I'm betting you were the belle of the ball!!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/13/2013 6:01AM

    Excellent.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/13/2013 12:47AM

    Wonderful!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/12/2013 11:52PM

    I'm glad you had fun. I bet you looked awesome... no wonder he smiled!

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BLUENOSE63 9/12/2013 11:33PM

  Pampering for me is a long hot bath and a good book in the middle of the afternoon

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FRAN0426 9/12/2013 11:16PM

    Wonderful idea, and I have started wearing jewelry several times a week, just because it makes me feel good when I do. Don't need a special occasion, just make do it for you.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/12/2013 10:45PM

    Good for you! Sounds like a very good thing to do! I pampered myself with a massage this afternoon. And bought a package for 4 more!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/12/2013 9:55PM

    emoticon What a great idea!!! I think I will get out some of my jewelry and wear it just to pamper myself.
THANK YOU for sharing!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Wanting Peace; Needing Rest

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I ran at the Y today, doing my 3 min run/1 min walk intervals of 5.8mph and 3.8mph, going about 5 miles. I felt strong and healthy during my run and it didn't seem difficult. I stretched, showered, and came home and ate. But now I feel really tired. Not sure if it is a recovery issue. Actually, I think it is because I slept rather poorly last night. I'll try to get rested and pay better attention to how I feel after each of next week's runs. I don't run again now until Saturday at 5:30am when it is an 11 mile group outing along the path of the upcoming Lakeland Half Marathon.

Tonight we have our monthly local SparkTeam dinner. I look forward to them so much. It's great to have a special event mid-week. Special thanks to Cyndi for all she does to organize and keep our team going!!

Wishing all my SparkFriends peace on this day we remember too well.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/13/2013 8:28PM

    And.....
A special thanks to you for all of your wonderful support and friendship! (I'm loving the socks too!)

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EWKA101 9/12/2013 10:48PM

    I tried these intervals today, and was able to go for 3 miles only. I hope in a month or so I will be able to go 5 miles. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/12/2013 12:12PM

    Great job with your intervals! Enjoy some good rest.

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_LINDA 9/12/2013 1:48AM

    I am an expert at a lack of sleep, and it sure does affect performance and recovery. Hope you get a sound one tonight!
I too, am jealous you can get together with a group of Spark friends! The only way that would happen for me is if they all got together at a convention!!
Enjoy!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/11/2013 10:14PM

    I have experienced some feeling drained after workouts and wonder if I'm doing too much. You may need some more rest days built into your routine.

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FROSTY99 9/11/2013 9:55PM

    Hope you had a great time with the team.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/11/2013 9:46PM

    Wonderful!

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OPTIMIST1948 9/11/2013 9:13PM

    So nice to have a run that isnt painful....

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/11/2013 8:54PM

    Have a great Spark-meet!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/11/2013 7:19PM

    *JEALOUS* that you have a Sparkgroup where you live!

Yes; time to listen to your body. Hope you got a chance to lie down, but if not, try to get to bed early!! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/11/2013 6:36PM

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Take the hint and relax a little bit. A bad nights sleep can make a mess of my running but it sounds like you did great! Enjoy the group run on Saturday. I would love to have a group to run with. I have looked in my area but there is nothing within an hours drive from me.
Run On!

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WATERMELLEN 9/11/2013 6:04PM

   
Good for you, paying attention and making sure you get the rest you need.

You will have a terrific time at your Spark dinner!!

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JOYINKY 9/11/2013 5:55PM

    Peace and Rest are an important part of a healthy balance. Make sure you make time for them! Stay well!

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GABY1948 9/11/2013 5:53PM

    Rest up and take it easy...I wish you also peace on this day and all days! Take it easy now, Marsha! emoticon

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AMANDAROX 9/11/2013 2:55PM

    Probably much deserved rest is what you need. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/11/2013 2:46PM

    It could be the sleep issue.

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Freedom From Cravings

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Judith Beck PhD (The Beck Diet Solution) says that cravings usually peak within the first few weeks of a diet. And then once you limit or stop eating the foods you crave, your cravings for those foods will diminish significantly.

When I read this again tonight I just had to say that is exactly the experience I had. After years of giving into cravings, I finally did exactly what she recommended and got off of the foods I was craving.

I'm very happy to say I have very, very few cravings now. Oh, I get hungry, but I find that any food will take away hunger. I'm content to see what is on my food plan or what nutrients I'm still needing for the day. It really is freedom.

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/11/2013 10:30AM

    Judith Beck PhD (The Beck Diet Solution) is an outstanding book.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/11/2013 10:02AM

    Sure is! It took a while of practice and patience, but I'm finally off sugar and not craving it at all. Go us!

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GABY1948 9/11/2013 7:55AM

    I agree 100%, Marsha...I did the same...one year ago Sept first of this year I quit having sugar...hidden sugar is still there but I never eat anything known for its sugar...cake, pies, candy, ice cream...and it worked! I never crave them now and will never eat them again!



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OWL_20 9/11/2013 7:25AM

    I have that book sitting on my table--have only gotten thru the first part, but I'm liking what it saying ;-). Good news!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/11/2013 2:14AM

    That's a great way to describe it--freedom! emoticon

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EWKA101 9/11/2013 12:52AM

    So there is hope ... emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 9/11/2013 12:39AM

    That's super !! I hope I get there soon !!

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JOYINKY 9/10/2013 10:40PM

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MSLZZY 9/10/2013 10:35PM

    Another option to consider! Thanks for sharing!

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LAILATN 9/10/2013 10:05PM

    I want to get there! Way to go!
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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2013 9:59PM

    You are in a wonderful place! I am still fighting a few craving-monsters but have vanquished many. The fight continues....and it ain't over UNTIL I WIN!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/10/2013 9:47PM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 9/10/2013 9:46PM

    That is huge Marsha!!! Very well done!! That is half the battle!
Keep up the fabulous work!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2013 9:34PM

    I agree! There are certain foods that I used to eat for an occasional snack. Since hubby became diabetic 3 years ago, we decided to both give them up. Only once since then have I had soft ice cream. It wasn't nearly as good as I remembered and not worth the calories!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2013 9:00PM

    Totally agree... it is freedom to know what's on your plan and follow it. emoticon

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I'll Do It Again

Monday, September 09, 2013

The early morning run was great. I ran near the front of the group. And, yes, I was the oldest person in the group by far, but it didn't matter. The streets were well lit and I only needed my flashlight for a small part of the run. We ran along part of the course of the inaugural Lakeland half marathon which will be Saturday, November 9th.

I heard the 2:30 and the 2:37 pace group leaders talking to each other, concerned that if the heat doesn't let up, they won't make their pace. The 2:30 leader has run a half recently in 2:18 and she said today's workout should have seemed easy, but it didn't. We need to run at 11:24 minutes per mile to make the 2:30. Today we ran about 11:30 pace and only went 5 miles, so I understand why she is concerned. On the positive side, I felt like I had more to give. I guess I'm glad I don't have the pressure of being a pace group leader.

Really, I shouldn't talk about PR. Don't need that pressure. As ONEKIDSMOM taught me, although I think she got it from Galloway, any race is a success if you end in an upright position with a smile on your face wanting to do it again! Well, it won't hurt for me to aim for 2:30, and train as well as I know how for the next 8 weeks, but I'll be happy as long as I meet Barb's definition of success.

And I must say by that definition my 4:40 am run was a success for sure!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2013 9:30PM

    Well done Marsha! Keep up the good work!

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MWWENSIN 9/10/2013 8:05PM

    Every run is a success. It truly is a competition between your body and your mind. Let your body rule this war, it usually is much stronger than your mind.

Great blog!!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon It is wonderful to constantly push yourself, but I agree with the definition of success. The "success" is that you are doing it!

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MARGARITTM 9/10/2013 4:03PM

    You got up and did it!

Congrats

Sounds like you are on your way to a great race!

I agree anytime you come in vertical you are a champ and anytime you stand at the start line you are already a winner!

Bless you for getting up that early to run - groan!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/10/2013 2:26PM

    Well done! One of the reasons I like Galloway is that attitude.

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2013 8:21PM

    You OWN success, Marsha -- and that's by any definition. Love to think of you out there in front and with still more to give . . . age is irrelevant!!

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GABY1948 9/9/2013 7:33PM

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COCK-ROBIN 9/9/2013 6:39PM

    Wonderful!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2013 5:29PM

    Marsha, you have so many successes to be proud of, including each training you finish for your races!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/9/2013 4:11PM

    I enjoy seeing how much you love to run. Enjoy your times at the front of the pack!

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MIRAGE727 9/9/2013 12:32PM

    No question, I became obsessive about race times. Now, I still try to beat my PR but I don't stare at my Garmin so much! My pace is now comfortably natural. Guess what, I'm faster now but enjoy the moment more. It's all about fun for me now. Tri or run, I'm lovin' it! Embrace your run, Marsha!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2013 11:48AM

    You're right, I stole it from Galloway, and you're the one who pointed me in his direction! emoticon So it's full circle right back to you, and you OWN it!

By the way, yesterday's HM (the second in the DHM) was done in what could be considered hot for here this time of year. Sweat was pouring off my visor the last three miles, maybe more. I got my official times in an e-mail late yesterday: 2:29:37. Woo-hoo! I could be in your pace group! Or I could have been yesterday.

Every day is a new day. Train your best and remember to have FUN. That's what it's really all about, as I can see every time you post your smiles online!

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_LINDA 9/9/2013 11:28AM

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That is fantastic! The only person you are truly competing against is yourself. If you are happy you are improving and doing well, that is all that is really important!
Keep on being great! Spark on!

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KATIBUG49 9/9/2013 10:09AM

    Sounds great tome - better than anything I have done lately! Congrats!

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