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Martin Finishes Challenge and I Slip Just a Little

Sunday, September 15, 2013



Here's a picture of Martin, my nephew, finishing his 4th race in 24 hours. Few people ran the last race, a 5K, faster than the first race which was also a 5K. It was very hot and humid. However, I promised to buy Martin's dinner if he beat his time, and would you believe it?, he did. He chose healthy sushi and veggies.

I really admire Martin's determination. It does not phase him that he places solidly last place in his age group. He just keeps trying. This was his 11th and 12th 5K. His first ever was January of 2013. He set a goal to run a 5K each month this year and he is going to achieve it. He has now set a goal to run a 10K in 2014, probably the Lake to Lake in November.

Got to say I was really tired and hungry last evening and think I've still got a bit to learn on fueling my long runs. I did an 11 mile run yesterday. I didn't feel like my eating was emotional, but that I was truly hungry. However, I also attended Gwen's birthday party yesterday. I ate fruit and veggies at the party. I "indulged" in a Diet Cherry Coke, which is a treat now days. The cake and chips didn't even tempt me. But maybe I was having a bit of what Watermellen has written about, resistance fatigue. Anyway, I was up one pound this morning, but I'm not worried. Feeling completely committed to healthy lifestyle. I rode my bike 50 minutes this morning and would have ridden further, but had some tire troubles.

I'll have both kids all day today. Healthy supper (Salsa-Black Bean Chicken) is already in the crockpot for my DD, DSIL, hubby and me and the kids. It's going to be another good day!!

  
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MSLZZY 9/16/2013 7:31AM

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MARGARITTM 9/15/2013 8:31PM

    I drink at least 8 -9 glasses of water a day - year round - training or not. but I am always training. the day of the race not a ton before the race but some - they are usually in the early am .... so gotta confess must have coffee!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/15/2013 8:29PM

    This is a good report, not a slip-up. Weight bounces around. You're right not to be worried. Enjoy your Nephew's success and the time with your grandkids, and don't stress about that pound unless it gathers some friends!

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GOLFGMA 9/15/2013 7:21PM

    Good for Martin and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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FROSTY99 9/15/2013 4:55PM

    Your nephew is certainly an inspiration and you should be so proud of him!

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BLUENOSE63 9/15/2013 4:24PM

  Sounds like a great race today to me! As for the fuelling, the is the biggest mystery to racing...you have to try a combination of gels, sport drink, shok bloks etc. Definitely a huge part is the hydration. You should start drinking around 80 oz of water per day the week before a race to be properly hydrated and then in the morning 12 oz of Sport drink etc. Google is full of great articles.

Nutrition can make or break the best athlete at any time!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/15/2013 3:46PM

    I'm impressed and inspired by your nephew!
You do such a great job of tracking your eating patterns/habits. Way to go!
Have a wonderful day with the kids.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/15/2013 3:43PM

    Figuring out just how much more is the right amount to fuel athletic endeavors is a completely separate puzzle from the initial weight loss one, isn't it? Congrats to Martin AND to you on a great weekend!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/15/2013 3:13PM

    Sounds to me like all is going well for both you and Martin.
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RUNNERRACHEL 9/15/2013 2:06PM

    Sounds like a good day. Fueling for long runs is tricky. Keep paying attention to how you feel.



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GABY1948 9/15/2013 1:12PM

    It SURE is...after all you are a woman and for some reason we can do the up and down thing for no apparent reason. I also understand not compensating your body for the extra calories burned...I balk at that and sometimes I win and sometimes I lose.

Have a wonderful Sunday, Marsha! emoticon

Oh, and GO Martin! I am proud of him too! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2013 12:32PM

    Sodium, I'm sure -- that 1 pound is a phantom pound and will be gone tomorrow.

Must be a black bean moment, with my black bean chili soup: and it's absolutely delicious with the chopped fresh cilantro!!

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_LINDA 9/15/2013 11:52AM

    Congratulations to Martin! And to you too, for your total commitment to a healthy lifestyle and resisting temptations!
Enjoy your day!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/15/2013 9:24AM

    Wonderful!

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ONMYMEDS 9/15/2013 9:05AM

    Wow, nice job Martin!! Outstanding!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/15/2013 9:03AM

    I would suspect that the pound is water from muscle repair after the 11 miler.

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JOYINKY 9/15/2013 8:56AM

    I don't see any slips here at all! The scale is fickle and not always reporting reality. What a fantastic day! Give yourself time to recoup today and be well. emoticon

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Martin's Race, Gwen's Birthday Pix

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The scene before Martin's (my nephew) race:


Here's Martin in black/grey as he lined up for the race:


Part of the course as I waited for the first finisher to arrive:


The finish line before sunset:


Martin finishes the first of 4 races in 24 hours:


I was on my 11 mile training run while Martin ran his second race of the series, but I caught him on his 3rd race finish, a 2-miler:


Martin at Gwen's party, telling his sister about his race:


Gwen delighted when we all sang Happy Birthday to her:




It's been a great morning!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/17/2013 6:12PM

    I can't believe how big Gwen looks in the picture! I love her expression - you caught it perfectly! Martin's time looks like it improved over the day. Is that correct? He is doing an amazing job and is very lucky to have you in his corner!

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_LINDA 9/14/2013 11:45PM

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Great photos!!
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COCK-ROBIN 9/14/2013 10:48PM

    Beautiful!

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JUNEPA 9/14/2013 10:35PM

    What a great family day !!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/14/2013 10:32PM

    What a great day! Thank you for sharing your joy with us! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/14/2013 7:10PM

    What wonderful pictures -- love the smile on Martin's face, and Gwen is simply precious!!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/14/2013 6:50PM

    Busy, active family. I love those family gatherings!

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GABY1948 9/14/2013 5:21PM

    What a great day you had. I know that all love you as much as we all do! Martin and Gwen both are so blessed to have you in their lives! emoticon

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JOYINKY 9/14/2013 4:19PM

    It doesn't get any better! Gwen's getting cuter and cuter and you've been an awesome influence on your family. Martin is doing fantastic! It's all good!!

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MIRAGE727 9/14/2013 3:11PM

    Martin definitely has a great motivator & inspiration in you! It's great you support him like you do! And Gwen, what a cutie girl! Your Sparks are all over the place, Marsha!
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FROSTY99 9/14/2013 3:09PM

    Way to go Martin-from couch potato to running 4 races in 24 hours-what a 360 degree turn around!!! emoticon
emoticon Gwen-they grow up so fast don't they!



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PMFISH 9/14/2013 2:21PM

    Good for Martin! Your Gwen is a doll.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/14/2013 1:29PM

    Looking good, Martin! So proud of you, from a distance (make sure you pass that along... he has Spark-fans!)

And Happy Birthday, Gwen. My goodness she's looking grown-up!



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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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_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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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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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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    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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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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    It could be the sleep issue.

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