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Still Working On It

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yesterday I didn't do a very good job of communicating. Yes, of course, if I stay within my calorie range more often I'll do better.

What I was trying to say is that the lifestyle I have lived the last four years results in me weighing just a little more than I want to weigh. I can maintain an 80 pound weight loss with about a 7 pound fluctuation even if I go over my calorie range a bit several times a week and a couple times a month really lose it and eat an unplanned extra 400-1000 calories. But that isn't what I want.

I want to maintain an 86 pound weight loss and fluctuate no more than 5 pounds. That is going to require sticking to my calorie range more often and cutting back on the frequency and amount of those indulgences. Exactly how often and how much I won't know until I try. I would love to get where I could plan even the splurges. No guarantee it will happen, but I'm working on it!

Right where I want to be: 125.8 weigh in today!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2013 8:58PM

    Good job Marsha!

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JOYINKY 10/24/2013 8:34AM

    The secret is getting the range you want and the lifestyle you want in sync. emoticon

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PMFISH 10/23/2013 11:07PM

    You can do it! Your weight today shows that.

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/23/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon emoticon Yes, the little things that count. Keeping track of those things matters. Great work on your maintenance and I know you can stay in the range you want.

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SEAJESS 10/23/2013 10:02PM

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Your goals for yourself sure sound S.M.A.R.T. to me! I like the idea of narrowing down the range. Sneak in on that sneaky pound!

I learn so much from you. You're doing this for all of us and doing it so well.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/23/2013 9:25PM

    I'm proud of you!

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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2013 7:58PM

    I thought you did an awesome job of communicating, actually -- but that could be because we've been on the same page for a long time!

I am not sure I'll ever figure this thing out once and for all but I'm sure gonna keep on experimenting and changing it up and tweaking and . . . we do what it takes, right?

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FRAN0426 10/23/2013 7:50PM

    The journey continues for strike that happy balance emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/23/2013 7:23PM

    Yeppers... tweak, tweak... You're doing FINE... and will only keep getting better at it with diligent practice! emoticon May your magic number keep glowing back at you.

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GABY1948 10/23/2013 6:44PM

    I totally understand you, Marsha! And you are one of my key people I watch in maintenance for when I get there finally! emoticon

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PLMITCH 10/23/2013 5:31PM

    Isn't that the battle for all of us who are in our goal range? My only comment / suggestion is to stay away from indulging "several" times a week. Maybe 1 or 2x?

Just a thought...good luck!

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_LINDA 10/23/2013 2:34PM

    It does take a lot of 'tweaking' to find that sweet spot that will work for you. I am sure you will find your happy place. As you know it isn't about total deprivation. We are entitled to our treats and time outs. Just need to find that balance.
Here is to accurate record keeping over time to give you the answer!
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NATPLUMMER 10/23/2013 2:03PM

    We are all an experiment of one....the experiment continues.

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Weighty Analysis

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Between October 7 and October 13 I weighed in 5 times averaging -- drum roll -- 126.04. For that week, I actually weighed just .04 pounds over my personal goal. Close enough!

The next week I had a little slip and with four weigh ins, averaged 127.6, knowing that a couple days I didn't weigh would have brought that average even a little higher.

This analysis tells me several things:
1. It is possible for me to maintain a weight around 126 for a week.
2. If I am going to maintain a weight around 126 for long term I am going to need to increase the percentage of days I'm sticking to my calorie range. Eliminating slips may be too much pressure, but limiting them in both frequency and amount are going to be essential for success.

The year 2013 is for me to finalize my goal weight.
In 2014 I'm going to reclaim my sanity in regard to the scale!



  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2013 8:55PM

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SEAJESS 10/23/2013 10:04PM

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You are a really for real scientist and for me, that is one of the biggest compliments I can give.

Love that graph. With data you cannot lose. As our guru Ms. Beck says, the scale always reads exactly what it should. (Assuming no errors in the instrument, of course....)
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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2013 8:30PM

    Yup, you've got it: sticking to the ol' calorie range most of the time remains my biggest challenge too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/22/2013 7:55PM

    Majority rules! Can't wait to see you next month. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/22/2013 7:27PM

    Keep it up!

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/22/2013 6:55PM

    You Rock, Marsha! Keep making those healthy choices!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/22/2013 5:12PM

    Agree with Linda -- that's totally what maintenance is! You can do it, for sure!

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KANDOLAKER 10/22/2013 4:07PM

    Love your insight and your consistency!

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    Excellent goals! emoticon

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GABY1948 10/22/2013 2:43PM

    You have done SO well! I don't doubt for a moment that emoticon and I don't know what your height is or your BMI but I know it will fall comfortably in there for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/22/2013 1:29PM

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Successful maintenance = "need to increase the % of days I am sticking to my calorie range" That would seem to be the correct formula for us all!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/22/2013 12:44PM

    Good goals and timelines.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/22/2013 10:22AM

    You're quite an inspiration.

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What is that Soy Doing in My Tuna?

Monday, October 21, 2013

I eat tuna almost every week. Lots of protein. Low fat. Very convenient. Lasts in the can for years. Albacore has more mercury and heavy metals than the chunk light, so I savor the albacore as a special treat. Yum. Don't even have to have mayo any more. Just plain. Or with stoplight (green/yellow/red) bell peppers - grilled or roasted if I have time. Sometimes I mix in some white beans for a really satisfying meal. Chopped radishes or celery or onion or cucumber or combo can be good in it. Sometimes on a bed of baby spinach or lettuces. Occasionally a hard boiled egg or a touch of dill relish or maybe a bit of sweet relish for a change.

I've tried lots of eating plans and different diets over the years, but I haven't tried the paleo approach. I was reading some blogs recently and was shocked to read that canned tuna doesn't qualify for paleo because it has soy in it. I ran to my food cabinet. The ingredients on the can state, "white tuna, water, vegetable broth, salt." Looks good. But then I'd never noticed it says, "Contains: tuna, soy." I searched the web for an explanation. I read that the soy is in the broth. Well, now, what is it doing there? I feel tricked again by the food companies.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2013 8:57PM

    I didn't know that either. Bummer! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/22/2013 9:48AM

    Hmmm...

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SMITTY4RL 10/22/2013 7:19AM

    Oof, I'm going to have to look at my labels. Those food companies can be quite sneaky!

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/21/2013 9:54PM

    This is why there should be better regulation in the food industry and an actual nutrition education system in public schools.

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MEADSBAY 10/21/2013 9:16PM

    Seriously!
I don't eat a lot but I keep a few of those pouches in the pantry for occasional use- same thing!
Not that I mind soy (I know some women are supposed to avoid it) but I wonder what purpose it serves.
My husband was in the fresh tuna business for many years and he can't think of why.
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RUNNERRACHEL 10/21/2013 8:57PM

    There are so many ingredients that don't belong in our food!

Had no idea about the soy in tuna! I think there is soy or corn in almost everything these days.

I wonder why there is soy. Seems unnecessary

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2013 8:50PM

    Oh... my... goodness! Made me go look. And I normally think of myself as a pretty careful label reader... sure enough, there it is!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2013 8:15PM

    Love your ideas for jazzing up my tuna!! (Gonna have to check that label, however . . . ).

Also loved your comments on my "gene fairy" blog . . . the things we did to lose weight before resigning ourselves to the "move more eat less" reality!! And yup, the simple solution continues to be tough tough tough -- just less tough than the alternatives!

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PASTAFARIAN 10/21/2013 5:20PM

    You didn't name names but I just looked at BumbleBee canned tuna and the label reads exactly as you describe! However, their canned salmon has no "broth", so you might consider switching from tuna to salmon, especially if this is an industry-wide standard way of canning tuna "in water".

From what I've read, canned wild salmon is also lower in mercury than any kind of tuna so that's another reason to switch. Sardines are also good and need nothing added (although I've found the flavor varies greatly between brands).

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BARBARASDIET 10/21/2013 3:58PM

    Wow--I also like my tuna, and I had no idea.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/21/2013 2:01PM

    "Stoplight peppers", haven't heard that before - I love it!
Wow, so strange. Why is it so uncommon to find food in it's natural state?!

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SEAJESS 10/21/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon Since I favor a high soy diet myself, I wouldn't call it "garbage"... but I do think transparency in the food industry is extremely important. If we really knew about the industrial food biz I bet more of us would be vegan, annoyingly difficult as that seems.


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PMFISH 10/21/2013 11:46AM

    Have you tried the tuna in the packages? It does not have as much liquid as the cans do, but a little more expensive. I have found mixing greek yogurt in the tuna instead of mayonnaise or miracle whip is very satisfying. Corporations and the government seem to taken the attitude they can do whatever they want.

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_LINDA 10/21/2013 10:37AM

    Oh those hidden ingredients!! Even the most experienced label reader can get caught! I will stick to my fresh or frozen diet. Have not added fish, although I wouldn't mind a baked Alaska salmon once in a while, someone would have to cook it for me lol. I did like tuna when I tried it too. I never go out to eat by myself but maybe I should consider it just to get a fish serving in. Mom prefers Asian restaurants which will have shrimp (which I don't like) but not generally fish on the menu.
As with anything canned, if you don't want the liquid its in, you can always rinse it off if possible.


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MSLZZY 10/21/2013 10:28AM

    Sneaky people! Whatever it takes to sell a can of tuna.

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GABY1948 10/21/2013 9:48AM

    I think it is disgusting how the food industry TRIES to feed us garbage...most people don't have a chance!

I don't eat a lot of tuna though, so guess I am glad of that

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WILD4STARS 10/21/2013 9:04AM

    The food companies think we are their personal guinea pigs. It's sinful what they are allowed to do to our food.

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Chronic Inspiration

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I found out something today that really surprises me. I had always thought that marathon runners are the picture of health. I run with a woman, not every week but from time to time, who has been a runner for more than 40 years. She is very pleasant, encouraging, fun to run with, and just a couple months younger than I am. Last year she even won an age group medal in a half marathon. She not only runs half marathons, but she runs full marathons, 26.2 miles, several times a year.

Today I found out that she is dealing with a serious chronic intestinal issue that has even caused her to be hospitalized quite a few times. I was totally surprised, but even more impressed with her determination and athletic accomplishments. She made it very clear that she considers running part of her treatment. She is an inspiration for sure!!

  
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JOYINKY 10/21/2013 9:32AM

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2013 8:05AM

    It's amazing indeed what people can do and keep on doing . . . .

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SMITTY4RL 10/21/2013 7:11AM

    It's pretty amazing what folks can do, isn't it? I'm reminded of a few war veterans who have returned home without limbs, yet are running and walking--very determined to not let it stand in their way. Great inspiration, just like your lady!

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_LINDA 10/21/2013 1:54AM

    Great inspiration for sure!! Nothing worse than GI troubles on a long course with no access to rest rooms :( People with chronic conditions do have to push past it when ever possible. In the end it can only benefit and make you feel better and be stronger. So glad you get to enjoy runs with her!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2013 11:46PM

    You are an inspiration yourself!

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BLUENOSE63 10/20/2013 11:39PM

  I find people like that very inspirational!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/20/2013 10:46PM

    Very nice attitude that is the key for sure!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/20/2013 10:44PM

    It's amazing, isn't it? And if she's motivated, it should inspire all of us to be motivated as well.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/20/2013 9:57PM

    Bless her heart! Thank you for sharing her story. Inspiration is all around us!

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MSLZZY 10/20/2013 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing! She sounds like quite some woman! Not unlike you, dear friend!

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FROSTY99 10/20/2013 9:26PM

    Often it is the physical activity that keeps those with chronic illness going. As they say, "Use it or lose it".


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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2013 9:14PM

    I have encountered this kind of inspiration in my fellow runners as well. When I did my stint at the Last Blast Tri, one of the athletes told me he had beat cancer, this was a piece of cake.

Yep... they live and run with us! Inspiration on

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Not Perfect

Friday, October 18, 2013

Yesterday I did a five mile TM run at my half marathon target pace for 2:30 finish, using a run:walk ratio of 3:1. It was a comfortable run and I felt like I could go on and on. I didn't use any incline, though, and to be prepared for the inaugural Lakeland Half Marathon I probably should use some incline segments. I'm a little cautious, though, as that old nagging left glute injury is still not 100% healed. It is not painful, but I can still feel it just a little. I may end up running more on the flat areas and just walking the hills. I heard Jeff Galloway say that could work if you don't train for hills.

Yesterday was not my best eating day. I proved to myself once again that I eat better if I pre-plan my meals. Tried to wing it yesterday and ended up hungry. My post-run snack was just a banana. Probably needed the cheese stick or some protein source as well. I ate a 100 calorie sugary treat later, too, which may have triggered me a bit. I was out of calories after supper and felt deprived. Gave in a little. But to give myself credit, I didn't let it get way out of control and it would have been easy to let it go there.

This morning, I swear "I forgot" to weigh. I did not consciously refuse to weigh, but remembered after breakfast that I hadn't weighed. Bet if I'd had a good eating day I would not have forgotten. Oh, well. I'm still aiming for a rolling average of 126.0 and even if I'm not perfect, I believe I can do it!!!

  
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TXPATRIOT 10/21/2013 12:38AM

    Love your daily reports. They always put a smile on my face.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/20/2013 12:28PM

    I can relate to your self doubt making it harder to keep focus, but I believe in you Marsha!

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JANEWATKINS 10/20/2013 8:01AM

    I was 126 in third grade. Sigh.

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FISHER011 10/19/2013 3:45PM

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MSLZZY 10/18/2013 11:12PM

    emoticon At oour age, we don't forget, do we? HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2013 9:35PM

    If YOU are not perfect -- you're pretty darn close!! (And I am so glad none of us is held to a standard of perfection!)

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GABY1948 10/18/2013 8:27PM

    emoticon with HUGE emphasis on the CAN....make sure the pain is babied...that in itself can make us "want" to eat! you will be FINE...you know I would BET on it, IF I was a betting woman...I'm not but that would be a SURE thing! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/18/2013 7:12PM

    Baby those body parts! Rest, recuperation... active recovery.

Sunday I'll be doing my first "long and slow" since the double half mary... in a 15K Governor's cup. Wish me luck... I'll be listening to MY body parts the whole 9.3 miles! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/18/2013 3:48PM

    And you can do it! One bad day won't ruin your success.

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SEAJESS 10/18/2013 3:08PM

    PS 3:1 ratio seems pretty darn studly to me!
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SEAJESS 10/18/2013 3:07PM

    Ah, perfection is the enemy of good enough!

Draw that line and begin (as the Teletubbies say) "Again! Again!"

(Yes, my embarrassing secret. I look to the Teletubbies and Pikachu for wisdom.)

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_LINDA 10/18/2013 12:08PM

    Looks like you have a sensible plan to avoid aggravating the glute problem with hills. Better safe than sorry..
You have had a good wake up call here in the importance of proper refueling after a workout. Ideally, you should have had a pre run small well rounded snack (with enough time to digest it) and then 1/2 hr after the run, a full meal. I prefer morning exercise before breakfast so that I can have a meal after and that means I am not wanting food until lunch time.
Little bit of 'avoidance' there after a less than stellar day by not weighing in as usual. Just goes to show we are still vulnerable to the old ways that got us in trouble in the first place. But the fact you were able to halt a binge before it got out of hand shows how far you have come and why you are successfully maintaining! No one is perfect for sure. But forgiving yourself, moving on, getting back into proper routine shows you don't need to stress over any slips.
You are doing it! Because you are aware and paying attention!
This is why you are rocking your maintenance!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/18/2013 11:47AM

    I believe you can, too!

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MEDEAREBORN 10/18/2013 11:45AM

  I know you weigh-in every day, but I couldn't take that kind of stress anyway. Too much random fluctuation to blame myself over; I can just about handle once a week.

Good for you for not letting a couple little slips get to you. You're still on track and keeping a healthy lifestyle! And good luck on the coming half marathon!!!

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