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Bonus Blog: Before Pictures For Jane

Monday, October 07, 2013

My great SparkFriend and local SparkTeam member, JANEWATKINS, challenged maintainers to post before pictures. I finally got a few scanned today. So here they are for Jane. The following two picture I took out of my daughter's scrapbook and are the closest to my maximum weight of 212 pounds. One was taken at Disney World in March 1999 and the one of me in the green suit was taken at my daughter's high school graduation in May 1999:




Here's a more recent photo, taken August of 2007. I probably weighed about 180 in this picture. And I remember thinking that I looked really slim in that pale blue outfit!! Self-deception can be fun. Hey, do I remind you of Tweedle Dum? (I started my current healthy eating streak on December 1, 2008.)



Wish I knew how to do a before and after composite in one picture. Maybe I'll learn some day. It's good not to forget how far I've come as I struggle a bit to establish my best weight. I am so glad that after all these years I've finally learned how to live at (or at least very near) the weight I love to be!!

  
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JANEWATKINS 10/16/2013 2:09PM

    Your are my goddess of inspiration! You look beautiful in all the pictures. You look healthy in your "after" pictures. The best thing about you, Marsha, is that you are as beautiful inside as on the outside. I'm so happy to be your Spark Friend. My lucky day! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 10/9/2013 8:02AM

    Give yourself a big pat on the back - you deserve it!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/9/2013 6:58AM

    You've come a long way! Congratulations on your progress!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/8/2013 8:59AM

    You must be tall - you carried that weight well.



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JIBBIE49 10/8/2013 12:16AM

    You look marvelous.

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MSLZZY 10/7/2013 11:51PM

    Oh, but how you look today! Can't believe what a difference you have made in your life!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/7/2013 9:32PM

    You're doing great. I'm proud of you.

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/7/2013 9:06PM

    Good job -- it's hard even now to look at my before pic (but I do have one in my SP photos). It's good to look at it now & then and remember how far I've come. Some days I forget! And some days I still feel like I'm a heavy woman.

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2013 7:34PM

    It's great to see the before pictures. You are so clearly a very nice woman, regardless of weight: but I know you feel better about yourself now.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/7/2013 7:25PM

    You looked good even with the extra pounds. But I know from my own journey that you FEEL so much better now! Well done!

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_LINDA 10/7/2013 7:11PM

    Wow! You carried your weight well -you look great!! That is why you look so amazing now!
Thanks for sharing!

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PMFISH 10/7/2013 6:20PM

    I know you feel so much better at your present weight, but that is a nice looking woman in all those pictures.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/7/2013 4:36PM

    You must be quite tall -- you look great in the "before" pictures at 212! However you look absolutely mahhhvellous dahling, at 126!!!

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UZA77777 10/7/2013 4:31PM

    Send me the photos you want to make a composite of... I'll do it for you!

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NATPLUMMER 10/7/2013 4:14PM

    Wow!

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Forget 6 Weeks -- Finalizing Can Take Time

Monday, October 07, 2013

The current challenge I have set for myself is to nail down and finalize a goal weight during this year, 2013. I made my initial goal weight in March of 2009 at Weight Watchers. Fifty six free monthly weigh-ins after that achievement, I'm still playing around with what is the best weight for me that I can maintain. I laugh when I think that the WW program has 6 weeks built into it to accomplish this task, and here I am, 4.66 years later still working it.

Perhaps I need a remedial goal weight setting class, BUT here I am, 4.66 years later at a healthy BMI, living life healthier and happier than I ever thought I could. So I've struggled a bit to set the goal, and I've struggled to define and live the habits that support that goal. OK. Is it really any wonder after 5 decades of living life overweight or obese that establishing that lifestyle would take some work and some time?

Right now I am testing whether 126 is a maintainable weight for me. This morning it was 126.2, very close. But silly me, yesterday I didn't weigh because I felt bloated and didn't want to see what the scale said. Why am I afraid after all these years that I will get discouraged after one bad weigh? I had eaten a few bites more than my generous post-run calorie range, that was one reason. And two days before when I had stuck to my plan completely I weighed 127 the next day, which is probably the second reason -- I figured it was worse. If I want to do an accurate weight averaging I need to weigh each day. And if I want to weigh 126, I don't have to be perfect, but pretty near. And, yes, I know weight fluctuates. But I want to fluctuate below 126 as often as I fluctuate above.

So I accept that there is a certain silliness (insanity?) to this finalizing my weight. My husband hasn't noticed any weight change in me the last 4.66 years. Nobody else cares or notices. Yet I can see and feel the difference. So I don't know yet whether 126 will be my final goal weight. But it might. And my intention is to pursue sanity on this issue after I have accomplished this challenge!

  
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JOYINKY 10/7/2013 9:10PM

    I know you've referred to 126 as your "happy weight"; time will tell! Take all the time you need. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2013 7:45PM

    That "lowest achievable/lowest sustainable" debate is an interesting one -- you might want to reread what Judith Beck has to say on the topic as you explore your "goal setting". Whatever you settle on: you are to be congratulated for your hard work and self-discipline.

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_LINDA 10/7/2013 7:16PM

    Having followed your angst over this magic number for quite some time, I can only hope you will find a result that you can be at peace with and accept as the normal fluctuating weight. Just keep in mind if it becomes too stressful to maintain the lower number, is it really worth it? The whole idea is just to live the healthiest lifestyle you can and then the weight should take care of itself. Your body will know where it wants to be in the end.
All the best with it!


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BOOKAPHILE 10/7/2013 2:28PM

    You'll find where you want to be and can comfortably maintain. Good for you for caring about it and fiddling with it for so long. You're doing very well.

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KLMEIRING 10/7/2013 1:49PM

    It sounds to me as though you already have a goal weight.

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Come Too Far

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Yesterday I was at 127.0 on the scale and had to talk to myself about not being disappointed. I'm hoping to go more than 6 days this time of weighing less than 127, but I accept that what I have direct control over is my eating. Weight fluctuates. This morning I was at 126.8, which isn't much different, but feels a whole lot better.

Enjoyed my speed work this morning, which included 10 half-mile repeats. I was disappointed, though, when I asked about the 4:40am workout on Monday morning with the two hour and 30 minute pace group leader for the Lakeland Half Marathon. The pace leader for the 2:37 group told me not to come. She thinks I need to slow down because I'm not totally healed. Oh, well. I'll enjoy my sleep. I just might make the 2:30 time on November 9th anyway. (Part of me wants to trash talk: that would show her!! But my better self just wants to run well.)

I'm not going to let minor disappointments get me down. I've come too far and accomplished too much.

  
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BOOKAPHILE 10/6/2013 10:56PM

    You are doing well! You are healthy and fit. You'll run your best in November, and maybe you WILL show her, but you're too classy to really do the trash talk thing. (Besides, it's terribly embarrassing if you do it and then can't live up to the boast.)

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TAICHIDANCER 10/6/2013 5:57AM

    Yes you have. Good advice for yourself and for me too.

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SEAJESS 10/6/2013 1:24AM

    Oh, so close! Maybe your body just feels happiest at 127. (127! That sounds like runway model weight to me!)

Glad your pace leader held you back. I always think I've healed faster than I really have; most people seem to be that way and you are in it for your big race. Don't be one of those thoroughbreds who gets scratched at the post!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/6/2013 1:05AM

    I'm glad for you.

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_LINDA 10/5/2013 11:40PM

    I think I remember you saying you still felt something in the glute. Perhaps you do need the break just in case. This isn't a set back for you, its merely a speedbump. You are still a going concern and will accomplish your goals in fine fashion!
Even though I am an insomniac, I simply couldn't imagine exercising at 4am!!!
Maybe you need to look at the average weight around your ideal weight over time. As you weigh daily, you should be able to graph your progress. It would be very illustrative to see where your body might be trying to fix a set point..
Keep up the great work!

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SLIMLILA 10/5/2013 8:25PM

    YES YOU HAVE --- come too far to not be celebrating!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 10/5/2013 7:59PM

    emoticon It is best to make sure you are totally healed and then on race day - run your race and no one else's!

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GABY1948 10/5/2013 7:06PM

    You are doing GREAT...don't let something small like this get to you...though I do understand...but that is why I have to stay AWAY from the scale...don't know what I will actually do when I finally DO reach maintenance!

Hang tight, Marsha, you are a WOMAN after all...so I am thinking you will reach a pattern to it all over time...regardless, you are maintaining...and to my knowledge, no one stays the same weight all the time! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/5/2013 5:52PM

    emoticon No need to have a setback now!

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MJREIMERS 10/5/2013 5:44PM

    Hang in there! Let you body heal so you can continue running. Otherwise, you may not be able to run at all. (That's what I faced.) emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/5/2013 2:49PM

    Way to learn from the mind traps that are easy to get us down, you smart lady!

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2013 2:00PM

    Good pep talk, Marsha!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/5/2013 1:54PM

    Good luck, and train SMART, Marsha. I want you well, happy AND active! emoticon

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Maybe I Can

Thursday, October 03, 2013

126.2 this morning, that's down .4 from yesterday after a high sodium day. I'm excited about maintaining in the 126 range. That is now 6 days. Maybe I can do this!! We'll see. Too early to really get excited about it.

Ran-walked-ran a little over 5 miles this morning in a little over one hour. Enjoyed the easy run thoroughly.

Have not yet successfully gotten back into the strength training routine. Trying to do core exercises without stressing my sore left hand - sit ups, back extensions, ab machine (without holding on) but no planks and no pull downs. Not sure if I need to go to the doctor or not, but I know I can't do push ups even modified nor any of the arm machines at the gym. All would stress my hand. Guess working the arms will just have to wait. Still have just a whisper of something not right in the left glute, too. I really do have a lot of health I'm grateful for, but I've got some limits, too. So glad I can run!!! Will try to get the exercise I need around the limitations.

  
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    Course you can do it!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/4/2013 12:57AM

    So glad you have some form of exercise you can fully enjoy -that is so precious to have that ability! Trying is not an option for core exercises -there are so many effective ones that do not use your hands -in fact the bicycle crunch is considered one of the most effective -laying on back, put legs in table top position, the crunch to one leg at a time while scissoring the legs -Sparkpeople has a demo of this and others. Another effective one is lying on your back put both legs straight up in the air at an 90 degree angle, then lift bum up while not rocking the legs back and forth -so lift straight up and down. As I cannot use my hands and can never do planks and push ups, I have to find alternatives and there are always some out there -no excuses!
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SEAJESS 10/3/2013 10:00PM

    You ARE doing it, Marsha! Way to roll!!!
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COCK-ROBIN 10/3/2013 9:54PM

    No maybe about it. You CAN! emoticon emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 10/3/2013 9:08PM

    Great job on the run this morning! And way to go with your weight--126 is a nice range. Sorry to hear about your hand injury, hope it heals fast so you can get back to ST ;-).

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/3/2013 8:32PM

    You are doing well. Keep resting your sore hand. Hope it heals quickly.

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    Listen to your body, you do a great job! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/3/2013 7:40PM

    You are doing amazing DESPITE the little challenges . . . I'm so impressed and inspired.

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SLIMLILA 10/3/2013 7:38PM

    emoticon You know your body, so don't push things too far, too fast.... Celebrate what you can do, when you can do it, and the time will come.

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FITFRIT 10/3/2013 5:07PM

    If the hand keeps bothering you get it checked out so you don't really injure it.

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    6 days in the 126 range. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/3/2013 2:17PM

    Yay for a fun easy run :-)
You could always do planks resting on your elbows instead....just a thought.

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Good Day Highlights

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Highlights of today:

* 126.6 today; up .6 from yesterday; good eating day yesterday, so it's a fluctuation

* wonderful team dinner this eve; great supportive company. 11 people, if I counted right

* healthy (except for too much sodium) and satisfying food tonight. I had enough calories and nutrients left to eat the whole thing, but was full after half, so brought it home (do I recognize this person?? is this me???); low sodium tomorrow!

* did my Flylady morning routine (make beds, swish and swipe bathrooms, put away clean dishes, feed fish, get dressed to shoes, etc.) and then home blessing (dust, sweep/mop, vacuum, change sheets, take out trash, straighten, etc.) today plus laundry plus washing good china and crystal; dust china cabinet; some de-cluttering. spent 5+ active hours

* printed out pictures and mailed cute ones of Gwen and older grandkids to mom

* mailed birthday card to sister with small gift and good picture I took of her 2 kids

* son-in-law called to ask me about a healthy crockpot recipe I'd made and he wanted to replicate! (I'll take a bow here.)

* tried to repair air compressor to fill my bike tires, but hubby and I decided it won't repair and we are going to buy a new one

* especially good day because I didn't sleep well last night but did good anyway

  
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    Wow! You did have a good day! You definitely got a lot done!

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    You had a great day! Good for you.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/2/2013 9:59PM

    From reading the blog, I'd say #1 on this list should be: had fun and am starting to really believe in myself.

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    Wow, I guess! Great day! WTG!

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    Great blog!! You are inspiring!! Keep on keeping on...

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