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Sunday, October 27, 2013

When ONEKIDSMOM, Barb, was a featured SparkPeople success story, she didn't put it in her status or put a link to it in her blog. She wrote a profound blog about heros and she-ros and about how even successful maintainers are human, having and handling slips:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506688


I agree with everything she wrote and admire her class, her restraint, her style and writing skill.

However, I'm not that subtle and subdued. I'm an official SP success story as of today, and I am celebrating. I think it is really cool! Forgive me for total lack of modesty! Happy Dance! WooHoo!! Hooray!!! What an honor!

Check it out:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=86_pounds_down_marsha_is_one_active
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And following Barb's lead, I refuse to accept this designation as greater pressure. I am human. If (okay -- when) I slip, I'll still look to my SparkFriends for support and wisdom. So, please, SparkFriends, celebrate with me today, but put no halo on my head.

I've lost 86 pounds after 5 decades of being overweight or obese. My life has changed and is so much better. I now love to run and will soon run my second half marathon race. I claim and embrace this success and hope to say to others:

*it doesn't matter if you've been overweight your whole life
*it doesn't matter how old you are
*it doesn't matter if you have a lot of weight to lose
*it doesn't matter if you've never been athletic
*it doesn't matter if you've been a couch potato for decades
*it doesn't matter if you've gained weight back time and time again

YOU can lose weight. YOU can maintain. YOU can change your life. YOU can feel energetic and successful! What is one small thing you can do today to improve your eating and your life? Do it! Wishing you the experience of being a SP success story!

  
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    What a great encourager you are! Way to go!!!! And thanks for sharing!

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P.S. Love your background photo.

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    Great blog. You are a success

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    Hooray! Congrats!

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SMILES_CAN_DO 10/30/2013 5:17PM

  To put it simply: You are awesome!

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MOMMASGOTINK 10/30/2013 4:13PM

    Congratulations! You deserve to be proud!

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    emoticon You deserve a "Happy Dance". Very inspiring.
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FIRECRACKER61 10/29/2013 10:26PM

    Big, BIG congratulations! You inspire me! emoticon
I want to be free of my prison weight so I can run too! Thank you for your *it doesnt matter list. I'm gonna keep moving forward. emoticon

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HEYSHAKER 10/29/2013 10:00PM

    Awesome... Way to go!

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KATIBUG49 10/29/2013 6:46PM

    Great words of motivation & inspiration! Thank you!

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FRABBIT 10/29/2013 6:45PM

  Way to go! Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement!

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SUSIEMT 10/29/2013 5:39PM

    Woo Hoo to you and thank yo for your encouraging words!

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NEWTON1068 10/29/2013 1:58PM

    Way to go..let the balloons fall...You are an inspiration-Karen from Ohio

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PURPLEBIRD63 10/29/2013 11:37AM

    I am soooo happy and excited for you!!!
You are pumping me up :-)
I can feel your excitement and pride in this blog - totally awesome!
I started SP just a couple months ago - I love it - totally love it...
I've only lost 10 lbs so far (have about 65-75 more!) but I'm really feeling I can do it this time!
CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible accomplishment!

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CAROLYNJ18 10/29/2013 11:32AM

  Yes, you can because I have done just that 3 weeks ago and I have already lost 7 pounds and feeling lost better overall.

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MISSPAM1 10/29/2013 11:30AM

    Extremely Inspiring!

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MRSRIGS1 10/29/2013 11:16AM

    Congratulations! Thank you for the inspiration and letting us know 'It can be done!' I'm doing the 'Happy' dance with you for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    AWesome!! Way To Go!!! Toot too!!
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    Way to go! Wonderful! Keep telling your story, we all need to hear success is possible!
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NANCYTUNBERG64 10/29/2013 7:57AM

    That is awesome!! You look wonderful and glowing!!

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SHERYLP461 10/29/2013 7:10AM

    You do look wonderful and happy. I have been overweight for 20 years now and at 67 I wonder what it will take to get my metabolism up and running enough to lose.

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IGNITEME101 10/29/2013 2:12AM

    Great Idea to spread the spark!

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SWAN47 10/29/2013 1:40AM

    emoticon on your success and thank you for sharing your proud moments with us. Your words are wise and inspirational. I love forward to the day when I'm doing the same happy dance. Have a blessed and healthy week.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/29/2013 1:37AM

    Very simply, Thank you!
For your words and inspiration!
And CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
I am so happy for you!
Love & Hugs,
Mary

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JSEATTLE 10/29/2013 1:34AM

  Great story you have shared today. Thank you so much!

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New Personal Distance Record!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I ran 15.05 miles this morning, my longest run to date. My previous record was 14.3 in November 2012. It felt good. I don't think it challenged my cardio even once, but I felt it in my glutes. I ran the fastest mile by myself, the last one; my group ran 14 but I wanted more. We had originally been scheduled to run 15 but the group decided on 14, so I just took on being a bit independent. My Garmin rewarded me by lighting up the Distance Personal Record, so that was exciting!

We ran it in 3 hours and 26 minutes for an average pace of 13 minutes and 40-something seconds per mile. It was a hilly course, but great weather. We started at 5 am and 59 degrees. Saw a gorgeous sunrise with lots of pink, gold and blue. I want to run the Lakeland Half Marathon in 2:30, which requires a much faster 11 minute 24 second pace. Not sure I can do it, but it won't hurt to try.

My weight was at 124.4 at 4am. Pretty soon I'm just going to blog my weekly average and begin the process of being less obsessed with the scale. I am getting more and more confident that I can maintain an average of 126.

Life is good! Spark On!!

  
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SUZIPAM1 10/29/2013 2:15PM

    coongrats you doing so well

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SYNCHRODAD 10/29/2013 11:14AM

    A wonderfully encouraging blog! Blessed by Garmin, what else could one want? Congrats!

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PMRUNNER 10/29/2013 11:12AM

    Yay! Well done!

You are inspirational, keep up the Spark!

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KKINNEA 10/29/2013 11:10AM

    Great job on your new distance!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/29/2013 10:46AM

    Marsha you are so cool!!!!

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MARGARITTM 10/29/2013 10:24AM

    Good for you! You are so ready for this 1/2 - ......I am feeling a PR on that race for you!

Please do tell us all about it.

and do not obsess with the scale .... "you look mah ve lous!"

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MWWENSIN 10/29/2013 10:06AM

    Great job! I've got an older garmin and it doesn't light up but I know when I've run my longest distance. Longer runs will make you go faster as it makes your body more efficient. My marathon training has made me alot faster so far.

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BOILHAM 10/29/2013 9:58AM

    Excellent that you did your longeste ever training run. A 2:30 goal is a good one for you. The taper week and extra food you eat before the race will help you run fast. Plus the bonus energy we all seem to get when racing in a group.
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LEWILL1982 10/29/2013 9:14AM

    Congrats on the distance! Do I see a marathon in your future??

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KITTYF54 10/28/2013 2:20PM

    congratulations my daughter used to live near Lakeland. I never got to go see her, back then but I hear it's nice.

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KEMEISEL 10/27/2013 9:57AM

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WATERMELLEN 10/26/2013 8:05PM

    Fantastic!! On the running AND the weight . . . you've got it all going on!

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    Great job!!!!!

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Fantastic personal best!! Simply can't imagine going that long! You rock!
Great weight!
Keep up the fabulous work!

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GEMLADYONE 10/26/2013 3:12PM

    Congrats on the PR! It sounds like a beautiful run...so nice to be able to enjoy the surroundings.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/26/2013 2:47PM

    You can do it, but you need to be "smart" about preparing for the race. First, you run your fastest when you are totally rested and recovered. Don't sacrifice your PR doing fast training runs in the weeks leading up to the race. You also run your best with a full load of glycogen in your muscles. Carb load in the week leading up to the race and don't be afraid of a (temporary) upswing on the scale. Water gets stored with glycogen and you need that to be able to use it. You are much, much less likely to PR if you go into the race dehydrated.

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SEAJESS 10/26/2013 2:17PM

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That is a blistering fast time for 15 miles! I am so proud of you, especially that it FELT GOOD. Wow, something to dream of.

Off to take my state certification exam today. Beck books not yet here but will resume blogs when they arrive. Until then, keep showing me how maintenance is done. How wonderful that all that weight loss energy transfers to new frontiers!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon . I'll be thrilled with 5!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/26/2013 2:00PM

    Can't wait for those Florida early morning temps... the 30's just isn't my idea of a fun temperature, no matter how much my brother preaches about "no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate attire". I far prefer warm weather running!

See you next month!

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ONMYMEDS 10/26/2013 1:19PM

    It's always exciting to reach a new distance max. Well done. A 2:30 goal for your half should be well within your capabilities.


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KANDOLAKER 10/26/2013 12:42PM

    Congratulations -- that is wonderful! Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  Keep going....stay motivated! Great blog!

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LJOYCE55 10/26/2013 12:28PM

  Congratulations on your personal best. You clearly enjoyed the run, the company, and the new record. Keep up the good job.

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So Lucky!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

If you read my status this morning, you know we had a narrow escape. It could have been really bad, but it wasn't. Hubby asked me to hold the ladder for him. He had asked a couple days ago, but I had to wait for a time he wanted to do it and I didn't have a grandchild to watch. So that was today.

We have one live oak tree that is really too close to the house. He's already planted a small tree further out from the house. He plans to cut down the oak once the little tree is well established. But for today he wanted to chop down all the branches over the house. He had already done the ones he could reach easily. Today the extension ladder was nearly perpendicular to the ground as I held it steady. He leaned it on a branch and cut a few inches out toward the house on that same branch. Unfortunately, what he/we hadn't thought about was that once the branch was cut it was holding far less weight so it went up by several feet. The top of the ladder slipped off the branch and fell with hubby. I know he fell 10 feet at least. He's 72 years old, diabetic, heart problems, vision problems, etc. It could have been really bad. He bled just a little where the edge of the ladder scraped his side. My right arm got badly scratched from the shoulder to the elbow by a falling branch. Inside my left knee also got marked up. All in all, we are fine. And very, very lucky.

PS Weight today: 125.0, 87 pounds below my all time high. I'm working toward establishing 126.0 as my average weight. I'm doing it!!

  
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JCKIRNER 10/29/2013 8:53AM

    Very lucky indeed. Ladder accidents are no joke - my hubby survived an 8 foot fall onto concrete. One broken shoulder. 6 months recovery. Wooden ladders - watch out for dry rot!!

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GEMLADYONE 10/26/2013 11:12AM

    That was a close call with the ladder....glad it wasn't worse. Hope you all will be more careful in future!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/26/2013 9:06AM

    I'm so glad you escaped with "minor" injuries. Sometimes "saving money" doesn't! I hope you both recover soon... it would be a shame to have your dancing days curtailed.

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BLUENOSE63 10/26/2013 8:58AM

  Wow I am so glad that it wasn't more serious....perhaps it would be best to hire an arborist or general tree guy to take that big oak down. If you do any wood working , keep the wood as oak is highly sought after by Furniture makers.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/26/2013 7:56AM

    Yikes! Glad you're both OK. Two years ago my FIL (81) fell off a ladder and broke his back. Luckily they put some kind of new cement in there and now he's actually better then ever! (But shorter!) Our elderly aunt Jackie fell off a ladder while picking apples and broke her finger. People said to her, "Jackie, what were you doing up on that ladder!" And she said "Picking apples!"

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STRIVER57 10/26/2013 6:51AM

    so glad you're both ok! i think my heart would still be thumping hours later ...


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COCK-ROBIN 10/26/2013 1:32AM

    I'm glad neither of you were seriously hurt. Your angels were watching over you.

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JIBBIE49 10/26/2013 1:16AM

    Oh, I"m so glad ur husband and you are both alright. That is so lucky. MY SIL lost her father to a fall. He came out of the house and walked into the yard to get the newspaper. Then walking over to the driveway to get into the car, he tripped on the edge of the driveway and fell flat on the concrete payement. He had a bruised heart and that caused him to go into a cardiac arrest and he died. He was 68. The autopsy showed that the fall had done the damage. Glad ur husband fell on the ground.

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SLIMLILA 10/25/2013 11:32PM

    Whoa!!! Too Scarey, glad all ended well... I don't blame you for not holding a ladder for him anymore!!!!

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TAICHIDANCER 10/25/2013 10:25PM

    Glad you both are okay.

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-AMANDA79- 10/25/2013 10:23PM

    Wow!! A fall like that and no broken bones? Very lucky indeed!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2013 9:02PM

    Thank goodness you are both all right! With all of those other problems, Gary doesn't need to add anything to the mix. Take care!

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SEAJESS 10/25/2013 8:34PM

    emoticon Oh, too much of a Halloween scare, Marsha!!! I am so grateful you are both okay. Working with trees is complicated.

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JOYINKY 10/25/2013 8:09PM

    Oh my gosh! Beyond lucky!! Trees do strange things when you start cutting. A job worth hiring done. I'm so glad no one ended up with permanent injuries. emoticon

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FROSTY99 10/25/2013 7:48PM

    Glad to hear it didn't turn into something serious. We have a friend with a broken ankle because of a ladder accident. At some point we have to throw in the towel and let someone younger do these chores. Maybe it is time?????? I say, Better safe, than sorry. We can't unring the bell once it has been rung. My dear DH ended up with a broken heel and then a hip-first from getting down off a truck bed and the other from using crutches because of the broken heel! No more truck beds or crutches for him!!!

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IAMWINNING 10/25/2013 7:47PM

    Praise the Lord for taking care of both of you. I'm glad it wasn't worse.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/25/2013 7:34PM

    Ladder accidents -- DON'T GET ME STARTED! I'm glad you both are OK. It could have been AWFUL.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2013 6:43PM

    So glad you are both OK... I know we like a *little* excitement in our lives... but this kind? I think we can skip it, right? emoticon

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GABY1948 10/25/2013 6:40PM

    Oh, Marsha! I held my breath...I almost didn't want to finish reading. You both are VERY lucky! Rather there were angels watching over you both. I am SO glad it went well!

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WATERMELLEN 10/25/2013 6:03PM

    That must have been so frightening . . . glad your DH is OK and you too.

Rugged independence is great but . . . some things you just gotta bite the bullet and call in the specialist . . . tree trimming is notoriously dangerous for a whole lotta reasons. Not worth the risk.

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MSLZZY 10/25/2013 5:47PM

    How awful! So glad it wasn't any worse than that. Live and learn but what a lesson. Do take care and I hope you both heal quickly. HUGS!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/25/2013 3:46PM

    That must have been very scary! Years ago when our children were young my DH was cutting a branch off a large weeping willow and the rope that was supposed to pull it one way broke and it headed for the sand box which was full of children. Fortunately, it stopped about a foot away but I will never forget how fast I was heading for those children when I saw that branch swing. God was watching over us that day and you today!

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/25/2013 3:28PM

    Wow. Glad to hear you are both okay.

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PLMITCH 10/25/2013 3:20PM

    Glad you are both OK. That is very scary!

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PMFISH 10/25/2013 2:33PM

    Wow! So glad it was not worse. After the age of 70 being on ladders is not acceptable. I know my brother-in-law never felt he was too old to cut back on some of the things he had done all his life. He was up on the roof checking it out early one morning and there was dew on the ground. He lost his footing broke his left hip and his right ankle. They put him back together with screws and he was lucky, but it took him well over a year with all the re-hab he had to go through. I have learned as I have gotten older to be more cautious, because our bodies do not have the healing powers that it did when we were younger. Hope you both heal quickly.

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KLMEIRING 10/25/2013 2:25PM

    I am so glad that you both okay! My father took a serious fall off a ladder when he was trimming a tree in our backyard once, so I know firsthand what kind of injuries could have occurred. Grateful that you are okay.

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Last Item

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I long ago got rid of my 2X clothes, and my 1Xs, 18s, 16s, 14s, 12s, 10s, 8s, and even some of the bigger 6s. I found myself no longer wearing big scarfs, earrings, and pins, but using smaller accessories, so I got rid of the big ones, too. I replaced my underwear, pajamas, and bathing suits. But there was one thing I put off -- my wedding ring. When I ran it flopped on my finger, obviously too big. I was reluctant to get it resized. I didn't think it was possible to have it a comfortable size and still get it on and off over my knuckle.

Today I went with my hubby back to the jewelry store where we chose the ring in 1979. They suggested a ring guard. It only cost a couple dollars and now my ring doesn't flop on my finger even when I run.

That is it. I don't think I have even one more item that is too big. I'm not one to give away useful items, but I am so glad I exercised that act of faith and got rid of everything related to my obesity. I'll never need them again.

  
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TAICHIDANCER 10/25/2013 5:02AM

    Ring guard!!! (I've been resisting re-sizing my wedding ring, too). Thanks for that and congratulations.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/24/2013 11:01PM

    Doesn't it feel good to give away all your fat clothes? It did for me.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/24/2013 9:29PM

    Way to go, Marsha!

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FROSTY99 10/24/2013 9:25PM

    Glad it was such a simple and inexpensive fix

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MEDEAREBORN 10/24/2013 6:38PM

  Good for you! I recently did a closet purge myself and didn't quite have the faith you did - I kept a few outfits back.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon It's kind of funny having to replace my "reward" small pj's... without changing the size! Pretty cool being where we are, o, fellow maintainer! emoticon , you are, says Yoda!

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GABY1948 10/24/2013 5:43PM

    You BET you WON'T!!! GO, Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 10/24/2013 5:36PM

    Love this: "...got rid of everything related to my obesity."

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/24/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon Good on the store for thinking of a ring guard! Great job!

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/24/2013 4:22PM

    Very Good! You sure don't want to lose your ring!!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/24/2013 4:04PM

    SO cool!

Love that the store found an inexpensive fix for the ring problem.

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BARBARASDIET 10/24/2013 4:00PM

    That is pretty fabulous!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/24/2013 3:56PM

    You're a good example!

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JOYINKY 10/24/2013 3:42PM

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PGHP31CK 10/24/2013 3:32PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/24/2013 3:28PM

    I love a good, affordable solution. Yay for the ring guard.

I've been ruthless about getting rid of my clothes. All but one pair of pants (the very biggest, just to remember) have been donated to thrift stores.
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SHARONCAPPS 10/24/2013 3:28PM

  That is great news. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing.

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NATPLUMMER 10/24/2013 3:25PM

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ALICIA214 10/24/2013 3:22PM

 





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GOLFGMA 10/24/2013 3:21PM

    emoticon That is such good news. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. It CAN be done! emoticon

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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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and emoticon on being at your happy weight today!

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NATPLUMMER 10/23/2013 2:03PM

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

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