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Like a Kid Again

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Enjoyed a bike ride this morning after a couple weeks of tire problems. First the air compressor broke and then hubby bought a much better one, but it was complicated. When we finally figured it out, it didn't seem to work on my tire. We bought an adaptor at the bike shop, but that didn't work. Then finally we realized there was a puncture near the tire stem. So I got the tire repaired yesterday. Wonderful! I missed several group rides between my injury and my tire problems, but I didn't mind riding by myself today. The day was gorgeous with just a bit of cool in the air. It was worth the effort. Going to try to keep that bike in good shape so I can do the group rides. Biking makes me feel like a kid again!!

Weighed 125.2 today, the lowest I've been in a long time. That's 2 days in a row I've been below my 126, so maybe it is going to stick this time!!

  
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PMRUNNER 10/14/2013 6:15AM

    Yay!

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SEAJESS 10/14/2013 4:07AM

    EXCELLENT!
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Looks like you have a new maintenance weight.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/14/2013 12:30AM

    Way to go!!

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SLIMLILA 10/13/2013 9:40PM

    Wish I could say the same about my weight sticking, was up another lb today, am going to blame it on the flu, cuz as sick as I am, I've been doing some walking, but eating quite well, so don't know why I would be up.

Tomorrow, on the other hand, after a big Thanksgiving dinner at about 1200 cal, I can see a gain, best not to get on that scale.....

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TRAVELGRRL 10/13/2013 7:48PM

    Glad you got the bike issues resolved. It's good to give your feet a break too!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/13/2013 7:46PM

    Look out, world! She's on wheels...even faster than before!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon SO glad you figured out the bike tire! GOOD going!

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NATPLUMMER 10/13/2013 12:42PM

    Yay!

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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 12:33PM

    Hurray hurray hurray for figuring out the bike problem. You ARE just a kid, right?? That "essential inner Marsha" has never changed, I'm betting!

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Enjoy your rides!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/13/2013 10:28AM

    What a wonderful reunion with your bike!
Congrats on the scale success - I hope it stays that way. Great job, Marsha!

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    that's so good. I 'm happy for you.

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Running and Weight

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Running: Great 13.2 mile run this morning! It was 65 degrees this dark early morning and felt really good. At first I was disappointed that the Galloway Program Director kept me in the slower group. I didn't get to run my longest run ever, the 15 miles with the middle time improvement group. But I had been feeling kind of tired, so decided to go along with the assignment without complaint. Feeling pretty good this afternoon, so may have been the right call. I will get to run 15 miles two weeks from today. Still hope to run the HM on Nov 9th under my previous time of 2:37. We'll see.

Weight: 125.8 at home this morning at 4am before I left for our run. I weighed 127.0 at Weight Watchers dressed after breakfast, 13 mile run, and post-run snack. I've been sticking to my calorie range really well for the last couple weeks, but have not been doing as well on sodium and artificial sweetener use as I had been (but certainly better than before SparkPeople). I will improve! Been doing great mixing up my nonfat milk powder in a one quart bottle and measuring it better. I'm getting there.

  
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SUZIPAM1 10/29/2013 2:14PM

    you doing so good

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SMITTY4RL 10/13/2013 8:05AM

    You're doing great! I have a question for you--you are in a Galloway running group? Does your city just have one or did you make it? I run via Galloway, too but I don't see anyone else doing it. I'm wondering if I need to google running groups for my city or something. Hope you have a great day!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/13/2013 1:09AM

    Wonderful job! Keep on going, and you'll make it in grand style.

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TXPATRIOT 10/12/2013 10:42PM

    Great job! You'll conquer those 15 miles in a couple of weeks!!

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_LINDA 10/12/2013 9:50PM

    Fantabulous!! Great work on all counts! You are saving yourself for your half! You don't want to risk any little injury or nagging pain or discomfort. Here is to being 100% going in! At goal weight AND peak performance!
You go girl!!!

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    emoticon You did a great job today and your work is paying off!

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    emoticon What are we, a month out from your HM? Sounds like you're in great position.



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SEAJESS 10/12/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon run! I'm envious that you have a JG training group. So great to have that support, especially when you need to get up at cold oh dark thirty to run!
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Sounds like you're nailing your dream maintenance weight goal, too. Dressed and fed and ultrahydrated weight has got to be at least 2 pounds over nekkid first thing in the morn weight.

So excited to hear about your half. You are motivating me! I'm going to drag my flubby body out for a JG jog run to see if my knees will permit. I'll be thinking of you!
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TRAVELGRRL 10/12/2013 4:08PM

    Did you ever think, 10 years ago, that you would be the person you are today?

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2013 3:51PM

    Sounds like a great run! And you're doing great with the weight too.

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FRABBIT 10/12/2013 3:05PM

  Way to go! Very impressive and I bet you will do great in the half marathon!

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Short Blog; Long Battle

Friday, October 11, 2013

Scale was at 127.0 this morning, but I'm not discouraged. I'm ready to fight this one pound to get me to a solid 126.0 average. Part of me thinks it's a silly battle; but another part thinks this is the final and worthwhile battle in my war with obesity. After this battle, it will still take work and determination, but I expect to be able to let the daily struggle go. Is this realistic? Time will tell.

  
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SEAJESS 10/12/2013 4:35PM

    You will know and your experiments around that goal weight will help you to find out. What a wonderful place to be, dancing with the last pound and holding the possibility that you may have already shed it!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/12/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon Keep us posted. I may be at that point someday and I'll want to know.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/12/2013 12:13AM

    You can do it! I know it.

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_LINDA 10/11/2013 11:40PM

    The scale is just a number. What will really tell you is when you feel the best. That will be your happy weight. Certainly that is in the 120's for sure!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/11/2013 8:27PM

    I'm in a similar spot... 122 was my sweet spot and I left it sometime last Winter... and haven't quite touched it since... got back to 124, 123.x, but not QUITE to that magic 122 that I have marked as my "goal". But I'm relatively at peace even though I'm a couple pounds over... why? I'm not sure. Maybe because the pants still fit?

I WASN'T at peace earlier in the year when they were tight! Now... I'm cool again.

Time will tell... for both of us... but I really liked that 122 number, for some reason. I can live with 125, but...

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    I'm wishing you all the best, Marsha. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/11/2013 6:25PM

    You will decide, and this is part of the process!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/11/2013 5:26PM

    Some day, you will be able to trust the fit of your clothes, given the "competing" evidence of clothes that are looser and a scale that is up and down one pound.

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MSLZZY 10/11/2013 3:37PM

    This is real for you so it does mean a lot. We all fight the
same battles, whether losing or maintaining. Yes, it is
a mind game but we can rise above it. HUGS!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/11/2013 2:33PM

    Marsha, if it means alot to you then it is NOT silly. I mean really, look at me I have been maintaining for over a year and I am not trying. Imhave to and will not give up to lose the last 15lbs. You can and will do it!!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/11/2013 1:49PM

    For me, it's a reminder that it will always take work and determination. We're worth the effort, right? Both of those are equally important for me to accept. Thanks to my inspirations like you, I won't give up. emoticon

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RANANAM 10/11/2013 1:47PM

    It's not silly if it's important to you, but no need to let the scale define you. Healthy & strong & definitely highly motivated! Yay!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/11/2013 1:43PM

    "Time will tell".....you are so right.

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I'm Dancing Smaller!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

126.6 today, so for right now I'm still above 126 more than I'm below. However, today I put on an outfit I bought in July to wear to the Senior Dance and the skirt and belt were obviously too big. Might be the core strength training or perhaps the 4 or 5 pounds I've lost since July. Probably some of both.

Enjoyed the dancing with my hubby and the line dancing, too, today. On Tuesday of this week hubby and I took our first dance lesson ever together. This week we worked on the foxtrot. We probably will continue to take some ballroom dance lessons. I see that hubby's stamina on the dance floor is improving, although he doubted it when I made that comment. I think he enjoys it and I know I do. Some other ballroom dance opportunities are available around town that I think we can work into our current child care and other schedule. Not sure we'll want to compete in the dance events at the Senior Games, but you never know.

Do you enjoy dancing? What kind of dancing do you do?? Do you consider it part of your exercise program or just activity???

  
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TERI-RIFIC 10/12/2013 10:01AM

    Sounds like you're having the most fun possible while exercising- and including hubby, too! . I just got some dance work out DVD's. If I had to pick a TV program to emulate, in which people lose weight, I'd pick Dancing with the Stars over Biggest Loser.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/12/2013 7:15AM

    I love dancing but until my weight drops some more, and my staminea increases, I most likely won't do too much. Instead, I love working out to music. Music makes me want to move. Good job with the dancing. I'm glad that you've found something both you and Gary like - that you can do together! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/11/2013 10:48AM

    Israeli folk dance. I never thought of it as exercise but it certainly qualifies.
I'm off to a workshop this weekend with DD#2.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/11/2013 9:52AM

    I have two left feet! Even when given lessons I can't remember more than 2-3 steps at a time and am always getting confused. So.. not for me, but you GO GIRL!

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BLUENOSE63 10/11/2013 9:21AM

  My dancing consists of Wii "Dance Party 4" and only in my basement when I am alone! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/11/2013 12:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Love dancing! Most of the time, I do Zumba or ballet but I like different types of dance. Great way to get active! emoticon

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PMFISH 10/10/2013 10:57PM

    I loved to dance, but just don't have the lung capacity to do that anymore. Sure miss doing many things of this nature. Enjoy while you can.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/10/2013 9:57PM

    I do a lot of Zumba.

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WATERMELLEN 10/10/2013 9:04PM

    DH and I have taken many sessions of ballroom dance classes over many years and we never get any better at it or remember anything from one round of classes to the next -- but we have enjoyed it, and it certainly is a great workout!!

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PEANUTSDOG17 10/10/2013 7:15PM

  I love to dance! I dance in my house as part of my exercise program! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2013 7:13PM

    Not much of a dancer here. But I "move with the music". emoticon

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MNNICE 10/10/2013 6:50PM

    Hubby and I took dancing lessons 2 years ago, but the instructor tried to teach too many dances in too few sessions. We didn't practice enough to remember what we learned. We've asked the community ed director to have her come back this winter and just teach one or two dances and then spend the rest of the time actually dancing. It was fun, though!

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SLIMLILA 10/10/2013 6:43PM

    I love to dance, but don't..... I had planned to take Line Dancing this fall, but missed out on it... Ballroom dancing always interested me, but need a partner...

What a way to get exercise and feel good and be in your dh's arms..... Sounds like win, win, win to me!

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GABY1948 10/10/2013 5:49PM

    We don't dance but it sure sounds FUN...one day if the opportunity ever arises you should have someone take a video of you dancing! Would be fun to see

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/10/2013 5:42PM

    I haven't taken dance classes. In college I did some swing, but mainly I just like to move with whatever music I'm listening to.

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_LINDA 10/10/2013 4:55PM

    Zumba is the only dancing I do, and that is plenty! I could easily see myself trodding on a poor partner's feet LOL. Truly am uncoordinated. Took a lot of learning to finally get some of the Zumba dance steps! Especially the tango -my knees and feet simply don't want to go that way!!
So glad you and hubby are getting into it -its a fun way to be active and it sounds like he could use some activity in his life!
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WILD4STARS 10/10/2013 4:45PM

    My hubby and I love to dance but it's got to be good ol' rock 'n roll!
I also turn on classic rock music, get on my mini trampoline and jump, bounce and dance. It's great exercise and because I love the music and love to dance the time flies and even when I get tired I don't want to quit. Another good song comes on and I want to keep going! Dancing is excellent exercise for me just because I love it and don't want to quit.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/10/2013 4:14PM

    I'm not sure I could talk him in to it but sure sounds like fun.

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FROSTY99 10/10/2013 3:58PM

    I signed DH & I up for line dance lessons right after we married (2 mo) and it almost got us divorced!! Fast forward 20 years, we signed up for some ballroom lessons and the teacher quit after 2 sessions! Guess we are not destined to learn to dance!

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MSLZZY 10/10/2013 3:45PM

    Dancing lessons are always a fun way to learn.
We do the foxtrot, polka, waltz and jitterbug.
Funny names but just plain fun. HUGS!

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Answers and Updates

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I'm still on the quest to nail down my final goal weight and the healthy lifestyle to support it. I'm testing whether 126 will work for me long time. Yesterday morning I weighed in at 125.6, so that is my second fluctuation below 126. This morning I was at 126.0. Patience. Time will tell.

Yesterday I did a bunch of ab exercises and I'm sore today. Lets me know I let it slide too long. Thanks to NATPLUMMER for suggesting elbow planks. Now to keep up the good work and get as consistent on my strength training as I have been with the cardio. My left hand is still quite sore from my fall two weeks ago, and I have not figured out how to exercise arms and shoulders without stressing the hand, though. I'm doing some light leg and glute strength exercises, but not pushing, due to the mild injury I suffered in April that just doesn't seem to want to go all the way away.

I was asked about the picture of Barb and me in Barb's success story. That was taken last November in St Petersburg, Florida at the Dali Museum the day before Barb and I ran the Women's Half Marathon. It was wonderful of her to come run my first half marathon with me. She could have run it faster; instead, she stayed right with me and I will be eternally grateful. We ran it in 2 hours and 37 minutes.

My next half marathon is the inaugural Lakeland Half Marathon on November 9th. I'm hoping to run it in 2 hours and 30 minutes, but it is far hillier than the St Pete HM was, so that is definitely a stretch goal. The fall threw off my training a bit. I actually only missed one speed session. Also, I didn't run with the 2:30 pace group on Monday because one of the leaders thought I needed to take it easier. She may have been right. I was feeling really tired this week and so I ran really easy yesterday. I feel better today.

This Saturday is our group 15 mile long run. My longest run ever to date is 14.3 miles last year two weeks before the St Pete HM. So I intend to run further than I ever have. Probably will take it pretty easy for my run tomorrow, too, so that I'm definitely rested for the long run.

If you've read this not-so-exciting blog to this point, THANKS. My SparkFriends are incredible!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/12/2013 7:03AM

    Good luck on your run!

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MSLZZY 10/10/2013 9:51AM

    You are still working toward your goals, a little at a time but done wisely, you should be able to participate and make it through. Keep that positive attitude. HUGS!

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TXPATRIOT 10/10/2013 12:06AM

    Best wishes on your run! I know you can do it!!

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EDDYMEESE 10/9/2013 11:16PM

    Have a great run!

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WATERMELLEN 10/9/2013 9:43PM

    Tinkering with your goal weight, tinkering with your exercise: I've come to the conclusion that it's all tinkering all of the time!!

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JOYINKY 10/9/2013 7:52PM

    emoticon elbow planks are a good idea. Goal tinkering can be fun!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/9/2013 7:47PM

    I'm with Travelgrrl... it's fun to be able to "tinker" with what we call "goal".

Good luck with your 15 miler... I know you'll do great. I will be doing a "shortie" on Saturday with my son... probably only 2-3 miles, as he only has to "make time" on a 2 mile run for his reserve qualification. He's not terribly motivated. My next "long" is going to be the Governor's cup on the 20th... a 15 K, then on to St. Pete for the final HM of the year.

But as for now... my laser-focus is on the swim! emoticon It's time to focus on sports other than running for a while for me. Strength, strength, strength helps them all!

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/9/2013 4:42PM

    Good luck on your runs! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/9/2013 4:34PM

    I know you can do it!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/9/2013 3:37PM

    How much fun is it that you get to "tinker" with your goal weight!?! I can't wait to be YOU when I grow up, LOLOL

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You are one to never let a little adversity get you down!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2013 2:37PM

    Yay for elbows!!
Taking it easy for your runs is a good idea.
Enjoy!!

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