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Reminder to Self #2

Monday, December 23, 2013

BLTs (bites, licks, tastes, and sips) during cooking can add up. Be careful!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2013 9:05PM

    This was my biggest downfall this year!

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SLIMLILA 12/25/2013 12:00AM

    Like the new acronym.... BLTs....

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DONNABRIGHT 12/24/2013 2:27PM

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2013 10:19AM

    no kidding! I had a few of those yesterday while cooking and ended up a half pound up. Fortunately I am well under goal so it's okay.
Merry Christmas Marsha.
Sallie

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GABY1948 12/24/2013 8:46AM

    This is SO true and a good reminder to all of us! Merry Christmas, Marsha! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2013 8:33AM

    Thank you, thank you! How about shortbread crumbs??? Just asking!!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/23/2013 10:32PM

    You are ever vigilant!

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PMFISH 12/23/2013 9:35PM

    Cute! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2013 6:53PM

    They certainly can.

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STRIVERONE 12/23/2013 6:08PM

    Due to immutable demand, I'm making lasagna tomorrow. Maybe the BLTs mantra will help.

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STRIVERONE 12/23/2013 6:08PM

    Due to immutable demand, I'm making lasagna tomorrow. Maybe the BLTs mantra will help.

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AMARILYNH 12/23/2013 5:41PM

    LOL especially at this time of year!!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/23/2013 5:38PM

    Darn! emoticon

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Reminder to Self

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A serving of cookies is not a dozen, regardless of what you learned as a child. And cookie dough counts, too. And broken ones.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2013 9:06PM

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SLIMLILA 12/24/2013 11:59PM

    Well, that burst my bubble!!!! hahaha

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AMARILYNH 12/23/2013 4:14PM

    And ONE cookie, savored, can be just as satisfying as a dozen - probably more so since we will feel better about ourselves!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2013 11:13AM

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_LINDA 12/23/2013 8:47AM

    I always felt it was my duty to eat the broken ones so we could put out the intact ones out for company.

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JOYINKY 12/23/2013 8:04AM

    Let it be known that I do eat the broken ones; but, I also count them!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/23/2013 6:20AM

    emoticon Goodness, I thought I was the only one that did not count the broken ones.

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NELLJONES 12/23/2013 6:16AM

    Dough and broken cookies don't seem like they should count, do they?

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BOOKAPHILE 12/22/2013 11:13PM

    Sad, but true!

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MSLZZY 12/22/2013 11:07PM

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LAILATN 12/22/2013 10:03PM

    I should have read this about 5 hours ago, LOL.

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2013 8:43PM

    Thanks, Marsha!

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TINAJANE76 12/22/2013 8:17PM

    Oh man, cookie dough counts? I'm in big trouble, lol!

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BLUENOSE63 12/22/2013 8:16PM

  Exactly why I quit baking years ago! I love homemade choc chip cookie batter!

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STRIVERONE 12/22/2013 8:12PM

    Timely reinforcement for me as Judith and our granddaughter just baked four trays of sugar cookies. I've eaten one (cookie not tray) and intend to keep it at that.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/22/2013 7:41PM

    Great information.... just a bit late... emoticon thank goodness tomorrow is a new day!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/22/2013 7:20PM

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FROSTY99 12/22/2013 7:14PM

    You are just no fun at all Marsha!!! I would rather have the cookie dough than the cookies-hence I just didn't bake any-voila, no temptation!!

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GRASSHOPPERH 12/22/2013 7:08PM

    That is why I try not to bake cookies anymore! I can never resist the temptation to eat them all.

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MARGARITTM 12/22/2013 6:47PM

    Oh great now you tell me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/22/2013 6:44PM

    LOL! Great reminders, Marsha! emoticon emoticon

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The Way to Run Faster is to Run Faster!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This morn I ran a 4:01 half mile per my Garmin, breaking my previous measured best of 4:22. I'm still getting fitter and faster! I kind of laugh at me trying to beat 4 minutes. When I was growing up I remember all the hype about beating the 4 minute mile. For me it's the 4 minute half mile!

Next I'll try to keep that pace for .75 miles. So according to what I've read the way to get faster for races is to train running faster in shorter distances. And train the longer distances at a slower pace so the recovery isn't too arduous that you can do it again soon. I'll soon work up to one mile repeats and then 1.5 miles before my March 8th race. Training smart and staying healthy are priorities just below maintaining my weight and staying healthy.

I just love being a fit old lady! Thanks, SparkPeople. I'd have never done it without you!!

  
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LEWILL1982 12/27/2013 11:27AM

    I'm just catching up and I'm late to the party, but yes, to get faster, it's important to add intervals and sprints into your work outs. After my last HM, I made it a goal to get out there and run sprints/intervals one day per week, along with my regular running schedule. I don't know if it's helped yet, but it's becoming easier to breathe and my recovery is improving, so that's something. Good luck!

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_LINDA 12/23/2013 9:55AM

    Sounds amazing to me! New heights of fitness indeed! Love to read how you improve yourself!
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GABY1948 12/22/2013 2:46PM

    Agreed....isn't it funny how everything now is praise when I see someone being healthy...out walking or running no matter their size.

You are doing SO emoticon and I thank you for including all of us with you! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2013 2:28PM

    Old lady you are not! You are beautiful and fit. And. Ageless!

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MEXGAL1 12/22/2013 10:04AM

    woo hoo! Here's to fit old ladies. I feel fairly fit as well with my health under control and my 4 miles per day.
Happy Holidays Marsha
Sallie

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STRIVERONE 12/21/2013 11:00PM

    I think there is a sub-eight minute mile on your 2014 calendar.

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JOYINKY 12/21/2013 9:27PM

    Yes, turning back that clock is fun! Both literally, life is better and the reactions of other people is fun too. You are timeless!

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GEMLADYONE 12/21/2013 6:43PM

    It's amazing what our bodies can do when we care for them...I'm not as fast as you but am also getting faster. Mainly I'm getting stronger and feeling better...so glad I started running and got serious about SP again! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/21/2013 6:19PM

    There's so much more science to this than I ever imagined! I admire you for digging in and sifting through to find what will help you achieve your goals!

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MANDELOVICH 12/21/2013 5:24PM

    You are fit but not old at all. Amazing!

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CELIAMINER 12/21/2013 4:53PM

    Let me know when you get old...you're certainly not there yet. Keep running!

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NEW-CAZ 12/21/2013 3:30PM

    OLd? You? NEVER! Sprng chicken and a very fit one at that emoticon emoticon

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HARROWJET 12/21/2013 3:23PM

    Your 'fitness' will help keep you from getting old emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2013 1:26PM

    Fit, yes. Old, never!! Just not happening!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/21/2013 12:54PM

    It's true that you get faster by running faster, but more accurate to say that you get faster by recovering from running faster. That's where the physical changes occur that make you stronger and hence more fatigue resistant, less injury prone and able to cover more ground with each stride.

The typical speed work for short races like a 5k is 400 meter repeats with 400 meter recoveries. This shorter repeat allows you to really push the pace while the recovery period reduces overall cost. Part of the reason to run the faster pace that these allow is to adapt your body to the build up of lactic acid and also to teach the brain how to coordinate the faster pace efficiently. Short repeats accomplish both of these things.

But you get faster in the period in between workouts, especially if you optimize recovery by allowing sufficient time between hard workouts, getting plenty of sleep and eating enough to fuel recovery as well as everyday activities.

Strong glutes / hips serve you well at faster paces. I hope you will also do some hill sprints.
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Running Thoughts

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today I did some speed work, starting to get ready for the Senior Games 5K on March 8th. I did a good walking warm up and then ran a half mile at 11 minute pace, walked a bit and ran a half mile at 9 minute pace, walked, and did another half at 8:45 pace, walked, did a half at 11 minute pace, and then did a long walking cool down. I hope to speed it up quite a bit from there, but I felt like that was a good start to my 5K season!!

My Senior Games 5K History:
March 2011 - 31:19 (my first race ever)! bronze medal
March 2012 -30:23 silver medal
March 2013 - 29:02 gold medal

My Senior Games Goal: to qualify for National Senior Games 5K; 28:09 or better is the expected qualifying time. I have run under that time once. We'll see what happens!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2013 2:26PM

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MEXGAL1 12/20/2013 10:33AM

    Marsha, best of luck to you!
You can do it. I just know you can.
Happy Holidays
Sallie

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STRIVERONE 12/19/2013 12:18PM

    I think that's a pretty good start too, and a predictor that you'll have no problem qualifying for the nationals.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/19/2013 10:06AM

    Good luck! Well, luck has nothing to do with it. As hard as you work, I know you'll do it. emoticon

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POSITIVE41 12/19/2013 5:56AM

    Impressive - great job!

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_LINDA 12/18/2013 10:51PM

    You can do it! After the long races you have run, a 5 km must seem like a beginners race to you now!
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Congrats on getting your maintainer blog recognized!! Way to go!

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JOYINKY 12/18/2013 8:55PM

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RUN4FOOD 12/18/2013 8:26PM

    Your running is quite impressive, very strong.
Best of luck to you in qualifying for Nationals.

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JACKIE542 12/18/2013 8:19PM

    Very inspiring, bet it will happen. emoticon

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HARROWJET 12/18/2013 8:15PM

    You have an impressive history. emoticon



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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2013 7:35PM

    Rooting for you, Speed Sparkler!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/18/2013 5:37PM

    You're always improving and stretching yourself. Go, Martha, Go! I can't wait to hear that you made it.

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GABY1948 12/18/2013 5:35PM

    I can't wait to see what happens on this, Marahs! emoticon I'm with you!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/18/2013 4:00PM

    Great history. I'm excited to see what unfolds for you in 2014!

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NATPLUMMER 12/18/2013 3:36PM

    At the rate you've been going, I see no reason why you wouldn't get a qualifying time in 2014.

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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2013 2:54PM

    I'm pretty sure you'll make it happen!!

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A Maintainer Who Runs; A Runner Who Maintains

Monday, December 16, 2013

Am I a person maintaining a large weight loss who does a little running? Or am I a runner who does a little weight management?

Actually, neither effort is little. They both take determination and consistency.

But I know my priorities. Weight management/maintenance as part of my overall health comes first. If I had to quit running to be healthier, I would.

Luckily running is part of my health and wellness efforts. That I enjoy running is a plus. That I've made many running friends is another plus. That I, a couch potato for decades, am competitive and can win some age group bling is a total hoot! I love it!! But I would run if there was never another award in my future. And if I have to sacrifice performance in order to cut calories from time to time, well, that's okay, too.

  
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DESERTJULZ 12/25/2013 9:06PM

    I am learning to love running. :D Hiking is still my cardio of choice, though I am now able to sub in some running days as well.

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GEMLADYONE 12/22/2013 9:30AM

    Glad it's working and you're having fun!

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CELIAMINER 12/21/2013 4:48PM

    Love the inspiration you provide!

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-SHOREIDO- 12/21/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon Your on the right path and we sparkers notice emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 12/20/2013 11:29AM

    I am a new runner and it makes me happy to read your blogs about running. You inspire me!

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KANOE10 12/20/2013 8:46AM

    emoticon You are doing a great job of maintaining your weight and have turned into an athlete. You are very inspirational.

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MBTEPP 12/19/2013 12:29PM

    VERY emoticon

LOVE "can win some age group bling" emoticon

Run to live, or Live to run emoticon

Either way, I am there with you!

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SPARKLINGME176 12/19/2013 10:13AM

    Wonderful! You are SO inspiring, still! emoticon

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AALLEY2 12/19/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon job! You have a life full of investments! You go girl! emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/19/2013 8:43AM

    so well said!

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JULENA1 12/19/2013 8:39AM

    You're doing a great job! emoticon

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TORTISE110 12/19/2013 6:36AM

    You blog made me say out loud - well she has certainly hit her stride!!!! I can hear your confidence and grit in the blog. Congratulations for all you have accomplished and for the routine you have established!

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BESSHAILE 12/19/2013 6:34AM

    What you sound like to me is a woman with very strong mental health - and a pretty durn healthy body too. emoticon

P. S. Love those fairy wings.

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CHANGINGHORSES 12/19/2013 6:05AM

    You obviously have the balance. "Calories in vs. calories out" You have the key! (and the bling!)
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MJREIMERS 12/18/2013 10:53PM

    emoticon and emoticon ! Health definitely has to come first. You have your priorities straight and what a great reminder to the rest of us.

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SUSIEMT 12/18/2013 10:00PM

    Woo Hoo to you!! Keep up the great job!

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CAROLISCIOUS 12/18/2013 9:55PM

    Inspirational!

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LOGOULD 12/18/2013 9:36PM

    Still trying to achieve the balance you have, but making progress daily.

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MOONCHILD8 12/18/2013 8:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Linda from bean town

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HOLLYM48 12/18/2013 7:53PM

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Just goes to show that we are only as old as we tell ourselves we are. We are capable of anything no matter our age. Way to go on becoming a runner and continuing to be a runner..you are an inspiration!

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AMARILYNH 12/18/2013 7:40PM

    Health is definitely the BEST benefit of weight loss! emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2013 7:34PM

    Totally agree... health is at the top of the list! Don't know how I missed this on Monday!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/18/2013 7:32PM

    What a great way to be active and healthy.

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LCERVERA 12/17/2013 11:42AM

    Awesome! And I love your butterfly pic!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/17/2013 10:28AM

    Well said. I love that you love running.
Awesome.
Have a terrific day
Sallie

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MWWENSIN 12/17/2013 8:41AM

    Regardless of whether you run it is important to exercise and watch your diet. Studies have shown both diet and activity are important.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/17/2013 1:11AM

    Good attitude! Good health, too!

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_LINDA 12/17/2013 12:22AM

    That is an all around healthier attitude to have! Which is why you are such a success at whatever you choose to do!!
Spark On Marsha!!

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PMFISH 12/16/2013 11:41PM

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JOYINKY 12/16/2013 9:29PM

    It's all good! Enjoy!

"Actually, neither effort is little. They both take determination and consistency."
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RUN4FOOD 12/16/2013 8:31PM

    Sounds like you have your priorities straight.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/16/2013 8:23PM

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HARROWJET 12/16/2013 7:31PM

    What an encouragement your comments are. Health comes first.

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MOBYCARP 12/16/2013 7:09PM

    Yes, health comes first. I've been plagued by injuries off and on for two years, and had plenty of time to think about maintaining and running. I *will* maintain the weight loss, regardless of whether I am able to run. I want to be able to run, as well; when I'm not injured, it fits right into the maintenance plan.



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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2013 7:05PM

    You've got both these things totally going on . . . working for you!

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BABYSTEPS123 12/16/2013 6:52PM

    Love it!

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GABY1948 12/16/2013 6:33PM

    I totally agree with you, young lady! And I agree with LAILATN...YOU are a rock star, truly!!! emoticon

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KIMBERLY_Y 12/16/2013 5:59PM

    Keep running!! But maintain first! Got it. Way to go!

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MSLZZY 12/16/2013 5:11PM

    Don't stop now. You are the top of your game. HUGS!

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LAILATN 12/16/2013 4:32PM

    You are a rock star, truly!

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