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Indecision Over; I'm Gonna Do It!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hubby finally decided that we are NOT going to the Bahamas to see his alma mater (U of TN) play in a basketball tournament the weekend of November 24th. Honestly I am glad he made that decision even though I would have enjoyed the trip.

Now I am free to join ONEKIDSMOM at the St Pete Women's Half Marathon again this year! It just must be that I am suppose to. One of the women in my running group invited me to go with her, so that means I won't have to rent a car. (Hubby and I share one car.) She has a place for me to stay, too, so my only expense will be the entry fee and whatever I buy at the expo.

I expect to be sleeping on a sleeping bag on the floor and staying with a bunch of young people who may be loud. Who knows if I'll get any sleep the night before. But that's okay! I'll be running the inaugural Lakeland Half Marathon on November 9th for time. It's hilly so may not be conducive to PRs, but I still think I can beat my one HM time. Barb is running the Women's Half to support her cousin and she doesn't expect the pace to be too fast. Sounds good to me. I think we'll have a whole lot of fun!! I haven't registered yet, but plan to do it today.

(In case you've been following my weight stabilization efforts it's a darn good thing I didn't add calories yesterday when I weighed under my range. I was exactly at my goal weight of 126.0, up 2.2 pounds from yesterday, after a good eating day.)

  
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TXPATRIOT 10/15/2013 11:34PM

    You are doing awesome!

Doing a hilly half next March. We'll see how that goes. Best wishes with your races!



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ONEKIDSMOM 10/15/2013 8:10PM

    Woo-hoo! Team Ladybugs! You will become an official "half lunatic" in the process (two half marathons inside a month = half lunatic)! I am one already, by virtue of the DHM... you'll join the ranks with these two races.

Wouldn't it be a trip if Monty came along in costume with us? (Sent him a Spark mail... hopefully my response to his dare to do the DHM will spur him to respond to mine to join us!)

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WATERMELLEN 10/15/2013 8:02PM

    Oh you two will have a terrific time!! And we all hope, lots of pics posted right here!!

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JANEWATKINS 10/15/2013 7:22PM

    One thought regarding your young roommates . . . ear plugs. They saved my marriage! They sell nice inexpensive ones at Walgreens. Just be sure you read the directions. I just shoved them in each night and they worked a little but not as good as I expected. One night, in a fit of boredom, I read the instructions. You twist them before inserting them into the ear. As they untwist inside the ear, they DO THE TRICK! Silencio, por favor!

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GABY1948 10/15/2013 6:58PM

    How EXCITING! I envy you both!

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IAMWINNING 10/15/2013 6:52PM

    Have fun, and wishing you the best in the HM

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FROSTY99 10/15/2013 6:41PM

    Sounds like it is meant to be!! Enjoy both of the races.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/15/2013 5:07PM

    Yay for Half Marathon fun!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/15/2013 12:58PM

    There is such joy in your post, now that the decision has been made. Enjoy your training before the run as well.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/15/2013 11:50AM

    Go for it! You're inspiring me to try longer distances.

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    You running diva, you! Go for it!
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NEWSGIRL2177 10/15/2013 11:24AM

    So exciting! I'll be cheering you on!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/15/2013 10:50AM

    I hope it goes well for you.

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SLIMLILA 10/15/2013 10:17AM

    What an inspiration you are! And what an opportunity you are going to have too!!
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11TERRY20 10/15/2013 9:51AM

    I love your attitude and your blogs!

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_LINDA 10/15/2013 9:43AM

    That is awesome you get to go!! If these young women are serious about their running, they probably won't be into late night partying too much.. It will be great for you to be staying with your fellow runners, maybe getting tips about the course or discussions that might give you useful information.
Oh that ever fluctuating weight!! Could drive a person crazy, for sure!!
All the best with your training!

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MIRAGE727 10/15/2013 9:22AM

    I've got the Blue Moon Half on Nov 3 and the TriRock Clearwater Triathlon on Nov 10. D is not planning on doing the WHM. I'm thinking about doing it. If so....who knows?
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Am I There Yet?

Monday, October 14, 2013

I weighed 123.8 this morning, below what I was aiming for, around a BMI of 20. Yesterday was a low sodium day so I don't think I need to add calories yet.

Those of you who are long, long-term readers of my blog may remember back in the summer of 2010, when I'd been at or below my Weight Watchers weight for 15 months, I actually had one weigh-in below the WW goal range of 124-155 for the height of 5'6". (I actually am probably a hair under that 5'6" anyway.) I said to myself, "I've got to eat." The next week when I weighed in I was up eight pounds and I have not been as low since.

This time I intend to be smarter. OK - for those long term readers, you may remember I said this once before when I stayed below 126 for ONE day. But this time is different. It is different not only because I've been below 126 for three days in a row, but I now believe I can stabilize my weight around 126 and maintain. I want to stabilize around 126. I think 126 is a great weight for me. Me, me, me, me....

These weight blogs have been terribly self-indulgent. I read some of the really good bloggers and their themes are far more universal. Maybe when the scale consistently says the weight I want I can think about things that will be more helpful to my readers, especially those long-term readers who I truly appreciate!

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/14/2013 8:37PM

    We truly appreciate you, Marsha. You're figuring out something important and we're benefiting from observing and thinking it through with you!! What a kind comment on my introvert blog!!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/14/2013 5:12PM

    You have done great! Your blogs have been motivational, and most blogs are about ourselves and what we have accomplished in our journey. Congrats on getting there! I have a long way to go yet! Any you show us it can happen for us too! Maintenance is easier than some think. I seem to have that down pat, since I have hit so many plateaus! emoticon
You liked my blog about showing ones about Florida in my walks and bike rides..maybe one day you can do the same. Everyone likes those too! We live in a beautiful state and so many who go through terrible, cold winters and always like to see my videos and pics of Florida, especially in the winter! Just a thought, since you mentioned it.
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_LINDA 10/14/2013 3:24PM

    To have such a focus guarantees successful maintenance! Why? Because an slight weight gain will be instantly noted, analyzed and if needed, taken care of. What ever works for you, is what you will write about and maybe inspire someone else for whom this method may also work for. There is always someone out there who will take this information to heart and think about it. Blogs are after all, supposed to be about you. To inspire others, as you do, is a wonderful bonus!
Keep on writing about your story!

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JOYINKY 10/14/2013 2:51PM

    You're certainly focused and you're doing it!! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/14/2013 12:11PM

    LOL! Been there! I lost 160# on WW in 1992-1993. I was at goal long enough to weigh in. I gradually added 140# back on over the next 20 years. Now I am back to goal (which is my HIGH weight now). I set my weight range at 5# below my goal. You can do it! The told that helped us lose will also help us to maintain, I am starting month 4 now.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/14/2013 11:54AM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/14/2013 11:47AM

    I'm with Monty... my real "happy weight" is my "happy performance weight" for my events.

Which reminds me... the upcoming Florida HM? My cousin tells me she has been neglecting her training... so expect us to be SLOW... not going to be a sub 2:30, for sure... my goal is to get her to the finish line!

We will figure out someway to do a photo-op, though, Marsha. Guaranteed... gotta have a "one year later" for the NEXT success story, right?

And self-indulgent or not... one blogs about what one is compelled to blog about. It's a peek into our individual psyches, not always a tutorial or global theme. There's room for all of it in the blogosphere!

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MIRAGE727 10/14/2013 10:58AM

    I truly believe I'm happy at the weight I perform the best. After stressing early in my maintaining start, I will never fix a number to that "perfect weight." Now, after maintaining for over 29 months, my range is 165-170 and work the low end. I focus more on the technical aspects of my running & Triathlons. Thank keeps me healthy.
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AMANDAJCD 10/14/2013 10:46AM

    I think your message is still universal, because once we hit a weight we like we're all going to want to stay there, and many of us have had the "Wow!" moment, followed swiftly by a scale climb.

At least I'm pretty sure neither you nor I are the only ones who've had this :)

Thank you -- it was a good day to read this entry!

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MSLZZY 10/14/2013 10:38AM

    Personal blogs can be more self motivational and yet, still spark others at the same time. Keep on keeping on!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/14/2013 10:08AM

    I think some of the best blogs can be self centered because they are real and they are what you are thinking about. I've been successful at losing weight before but finding the best weight and maintaining it is kind of a mystery to me. emoticon

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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

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SEAJESS 10/14/2013 4:07AM

    EXCELLENT!
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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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    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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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 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!

You're an inspiration!
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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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    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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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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