SLENDERELLA61   162,259
SparkPoints
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
 
 
SLENDERELLA61's Recent Blog Entries

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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MILLERGIRL719 9/14/2013 8:56AM

    Good advice and good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELEDSHARON 9/13/2013 11:04AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/13/2013 10:40AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIRAGE727 9/13/2013 9:28AM

    Embracing your worth in a positive way is empowerment! Stay strong always!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_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!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
CHANGINGHORSES 9/13/2013 6:56AM

    That sounds wonderful, good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAICHIDANCER 9/13/2013 6:01AM

    Excellent.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 9/13/2013 12:47AM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 9/12/2013 11:52PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUENOSE63 9/12/2013 11:33PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/12/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/12/2013 10:59PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Comment edited on: 9/12/2013 10:50:06 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELEDSHARON 9/12/2013 12:12PM

    Great job with your intervals! Enjoy some good rest.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLEMIDG 9/12/2013 12:08AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/11/2013 10:26PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Pay attention to how you feel. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROSTY99 9/11/2013 9:55PM

    Hope you had a great time with the team.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 9/11/2013 9:46PM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EWKA101 9/11/2013 9:37PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
OPTIMIST1948 9/11/2013 9:13PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/11/2013 8:54PM

    Have a great Spark-meet!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHANGINGHORSES 9/11/2013 6:36PM

    emoticon emoticon

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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMANDAROX 9/11/2013 2:55PM

    Probably much deserved rest is what you need. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/11/2013 2:46PM

    It could be the sleep issue.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKLERS30 9/11/2013 2:30PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYSOUL91 9/11/2013 10:30AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/11/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!



Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 9/11/2013 2:14AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
EWKA101 9/11/2013 12:52AM

    So there is hope ... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MESEATURTLE 9/11/2013 12:39AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/10/2013 10:40PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/10/2013 10:35PM

    Another option to consider! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAILATN 9/10/2013 10:05PM

    I want to get there! Way to go!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 9/10/2013 9:47PM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/10/2013 9:46PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2013 9:00PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2013 9:30PM

    Well done Marsha! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IFDEEVARUNS2 9/10/2013 2:26PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/9/2013 9:20PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 9/9/2013 7:33PM

    This is SO emoticon Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 9/9/2013 6:39PM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2013 5:29PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKAPHILE 9/9/2013 4:11PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Comment edited on: 9/9/2013 11:50:08 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/9/2013 11:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMFISH 9/9/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/9/2013 10:56AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/9/2013 10:39AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATIBUG49 9/9/2013 10:09AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment


Training for the Local Half Marathon

Sunday, September 08, 2013

With all the encouragement of my SparkFriends, I will attempt to get up at 3:50 AM tomorrow morning and get to a 4:40 run starting at the golf course. I'll be running with the pace setter and a group of us that hope to make a half marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes on a fairly hilly course for Florida with more than optimal heat expected.

So, for the next 8 weeks I'll have my usual Saturday alternating long runs and speed work and Monday middle-of-the-night group runs. On Wednesdays or Thursdays I am to run-walk in a 3 minute:1minute ratio with a run pace of 10:15/mile (5.85 mph) and a walk pace of 17min/mile (3.75 mph). I think that is very do-able and I love having this specific training plan.

I expect to be the oldest person in this group, but I will find out tomorrow. Either way works for me, whether there is someone my age to relate to or if I'm the master runner. It is a joy to be this fit at this age!! Who would have ever dreamed it - 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 years ago when I was such a couch potato??!?

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TXPATRIOT 9/9/2013 12:13AM

    emoticon Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 9/8/2013 8:06PM

    Age is irrelevant, it's fitness that counts . . . and you've got that so you'll fit in anywhere!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARGARITTM 9/8/2013 7:27PM

    I hate getting up - but this should be worth it. ...... don't even think about the ages of your group - who cares you can certainly hold your own.


Thank goodness you are healthy enough to do this !!!!!

Save me some water at the finish line!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/8/2013 7:08PM

    emoticon You go, girl!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 9/8/2013 5:32PM

    Nice!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 9/8/2013 4:45PM

    Good luck! You will do great, AND you'll fit in, whatever your age.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/8/2013 12:38PM

    I've never tried to control the pace of the individual run / walk segments, just the average pace. I'll just give you my experience, for what it is worth. What has always worked best for me is to find (and use) the pace that allows me to run relaxed (speed work is perhaps the exception, but not as much as you might think). Trying to control pace as precisely as you will be just invites you to tense up, which is will wear you out quickly and slow you down more than you might expect. You would be surprised as how slow I am in my walk segment. It's about recovery and being ready to run faster when I am running. The very few seconds you might gain by walking so fast you could lose very quickly if you aren't recovered before you start running. Average speed is affected most by how fast you can sustain comfortably (from start to finish) during the run segments, not by the few seconds you might lose by walking a 20 min vs a 17 min pace during your one minute walk.

Instead of spending the whole run staring at your watch to manage pace, pay attention to how you are feeling as you run and find the pace that FEELS the best. To do otherwise means you will be forcing the pace, not running easy. These mid week runs should be easy runs. Just my humble (very humble) opinion.

Comment edited on: 9/8/2013 12:43:06 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMFISH 9/8/2013 12:35PM

    Way to go lady!!! My money is on you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 9/8/2013 12:30PM

    I KNOW you can do it! It's not even an IF....you are inspiring ALL age groups! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 9/8/2013 11:21AM

    3:50 am, midnight runs, wow, this is going to wreak havoc with your sleeping patterns! Hope you can cope with that and still get enough sleep to get adequate rest and recovery.
Enjoy your new challenge, I am sure you will rock it! Age is just a number. You are only old as you think you are. Diane proved to us anything is possible when you set your mind to it!
You go girl!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 9/8/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon job!

Keep up your training. It's working so well! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 9/8/2013 10:59AM

    I like the sound of you being a "Master Runner" !!! You've done an amazing job, Marsha! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/8/2013 10:15AM

    You're ageless! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUSYGRANNY5 9/8/2013 10:05AM

    Go! Go! Go!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 9/8/2013 9:56AM

    Wonderful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONMYMEDS 9/8/2013 9:50AM

    You are a star!! And it IS a joy to be fit at our age. Keep up the great work.

As me and sparkfriend BOILHAM always say to each other,

!!Geezers rule!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELRIDDICK 9/8/2013 9:40AM

  Thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 Last Page