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Inspired by Slimkatie

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I was so proud to see my SparkFriend, SlimKatie, featured in April's Runner's World magazine. She is AWESOME. Page 50 and 51 are more than half filled with her before and after pictures; she has lost 120 pounds. Her story on page 54 is one many of us could relate to. She realized that to maintain her weight loss she would either have to give up all sweets or keep running. She has her own web site called "Runs for Cookies." I also like that she avoids baking and buys her cookies at her favorite bakery, saving one for after her long run.

In the intro to Katie's article, Runner's World quotes an expert who says that dietary changes are vital to lose weight but that exercise is key to keeping it off. "... exercise helps fix a metabolism broken by inactivity." He (James Hill, PhD, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Denver) says that sedentary people are less metabolically flexible and have trouble switching between fuel sources so they burn less fuel and store more fat. A healthy metabolism will use fat, protein, and carbs, while a "busted system" simply stores some nutrients as fat. After a few months of exercise a person can eat a wider variety of foods and stay lean. Hmmm. Might be true. Very interesting. Have I repaired a broken metabolism at least partly by exercise? Maybe.

Enjoyed my solo run this morning around the lake at daybreak. I don't run as fast as SlimKatie, but I doubt many people enjoy running more than I. I came home still full of energy and did another hour of aerobics. I had a couple low energy days this week so I really, really appreciate feeling full of pep! Whether the exercise repairs a metabolism or not, I experienced years of low energy and I'm here to tell you that living with zest is THE way to really live!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 3/21/2014 2:22AM

  Well I always think of you as Slim Marsha!

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TINAJANE76 3/20/2014 7:35PM

    I love Runs for Cookies too and read SLIMKATIE's blogs every day. Interesting information about exercise and our metabolisms--I'll definitely keep that in mind the next time I'm tempted to skip a gym session!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/16/2014 2:32PM

    emoticon I'm getting that magazine!

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HARROWJET 3/16/2014 2:26PM

    Thank you for sharing the information about SlimKatie. I do enjoy reading success stories.

Yesterday you suggested a book for me to read. This is one I have read and enjoyed, "Running Like a Girl" by Alexandra Heminsley

I like that 'full of energy' feeling that sometimes comes. It helps keep me on track.

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IONA72 3/16/2014 7:57AM

    I will check out the article, thanks. Hope you continue to feel full of pep!

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LIVINGFREE19 3/15/2014 9:47PM

    I am definitely repairing my broken metabolism with my exercising!! I was sedentary for far too long!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/15/2014 7:17PM

    Great info! Thanks for sharing it!

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2014 6:40PM

    What a nice shout out!! And: I really hope that exercise does help mend a broken metabolism . . . at any rate, exercise feels so great.

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_LINDA 3/15/2014 6:23PM

    I find exercise is the key to keeping the weight off and I am sorely missing mine! Boredom and aches set in for the lack of activity and the very long wait for this latest medical issue to be resolved.. I do envy people who can get out and enjoy physical activity. A return of the cold and abrupt halt to the melting means ice everywhere and Mom won't allow me to go out and walk with her and Daisy..
Enjoy your movement!! Its precious!

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GABY1948 3/15/2014 5:41PM

    I can totally agree with you there, Marsha!

And that is really interesting about the broken metabolism...and I can relate to that too!

Another wonderful blog...see you right here again tomorrow and have a blessed evening and Sunday!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/15/2014 4:43PM

    I saw the article, too, and was also inspired. And that bit about fitness being key to maintaining a loss... you and I both know this from our experiences! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/15/2014 4:21PM

    very inspiring...thanks so much for sharing.
Have a terrific Sunday
Sallie

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SMITTY4RL 3/15/2014 4:18PM

    I saw that article and also the one on the "little people' who ran the Boston Marathon, but were unable to complete do to the bombing. It was a great Runners World this month!

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Routine Blog

Friday, March 14, 2014

If you didn't read my "5 Surprises" blog on March 11, read that one. This one is just day to day living stuff.

I enjoyed the Lakeland Runners Club meeting last eve, even the pizza. I bought a fuel belt for long distance running as a birthday gift for my niece who plans to run a full marathon within a year. She really seemed pleased. I was delighted to see a fellow from my Weight Watcher group at the meeting. I told him about our Galloway group and LRC and he's joined both! He also went running with my nephew and plans to run with him every Monday. That is just great. It will help them both a great deal. This fellow (David) has lost 10 pant sizes so far. He is also battling diabetes so he and Martin have some things in common.

Tomorrow I'm planning to do my own run. Instead of meeting the group to run in the dark, think I'll go at sunrise to the nice level track around the lake. Will miss the company, though. I'm going to the eye doctor a week from today. I'm hoping that some glasses specially for running may help me get back my confidence after my 2nd fall & having to fix my 2 front teeth. I'm thinking my progressive lenses with the bottom really made for close up is part of problem. We'll see!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2014 8:39PM

    I am so glad that Martin has someone to run with! I hope that a change in glasses takes care of your problem with falling and you can get your confidence back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSBOOTCAMP 3/15/2014 1:15PM

    Very sorry to hear about your fall. Have fun, take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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POSITIVE41 3/15/2014 6:27AM

    The little things in life are the big things! Enjoy your run. :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2014 9:42PM

    Love your routine blogs too: although that 5 surprises blog is just amazing.

My multifocal contact lenses are terrific . . . no problems, excellent vision.

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_LINDA 3/14/2014 7:36PM

    That is great your nephew will have someone to run with!
I hope there is a solution for your vision and running. I remember the first time I got progressive lenses, they warned about vision being distorted when you look down -was disconcerting at first trying to get used to that. Going down stairs was scary..
Enjoy your run!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/14/2014 7:34PM

    I have had a hard time going down stairs ever since getting progressive lenses for that very reason.

What is a fuel belt?

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GABY1948 3/14/2014 7:26PM

    That is great about David and your nephew....isn't it funny how sometimes "things just seem to come together?" emoticon

Hope your idea about your glasses works!

Have a great weekend, Marsha!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/14/2014 7:04PM

    You may just be right about the glasses. I run pretty carefully these days, having had a few trips over the years, one during my first Triathlon... embarrassing, to say the least. Mom always said "lift your feet"... sigh.

But I'm serious about the glasses... when I first went to variable distance lenses (what 20 years ago) it was like learning to see all over again! I have sunglasses with just my regular distance lenses, no reading lens variation, and sometimes I run in those.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow... since it's supposed to be the nicest day this weekend, my plan is to shift my brick to tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/14/2014 5:18PM

    emoticon Great plans and having those eyes checked and getting glasses for running might be just what you need.

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MEXGAL1 3/14/2014 3:59PM

    going to the eye doctor sounds like a good solution for seeing the ground you run on!
enjoy your run
Sallie

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/14/2014 3:49PM

    so sorry about your fall enjoy your run and have a great weekend

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HARROWJET 3/14/2014 3:05PM

    Enjoy your run. I think my preference would be morning rather than evening too, especially if you see a sunrise. emoticon

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COOP9002 3/14/2014 2:03PM

    Enjoy your run & hope the glasses work better for you.

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5 Surprises After 5 Years of Maintenance

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What can I say about 5 years of maintaining an 80 pound weight loss after more than 5 decades of being overweight or obese? I've already said so much. In "Please Read This Blog If You've Gained Back Weight Before," I credit Super Foods, increased cardio, and most importantly the mindset to "quit quitting" as my keys to maintenance success. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I still believe every word of this blog.

In "How I Found My Inner Jock" I tell about my foray into running after years of gradually evolving from couch potato status:
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Running has helped me. I love it. But I know that successful maintenance is probably 80% food and 20% activity. During time of injury or limited activity for any reason, I can still maintain by focusing on food. I feel best, though, if I get in my activity!!

What can I add at this 5 year milestone? Well, I am really surprised about a lot of things.

1. First surprise: I have kept off 80 pounds. Honestly, I did not think I could do it. And that lack of confidence scared me. I read that having confidence in your ability to maintain is important to success. I knew I wasn't confident, so I worked to try to build confidence. Earning trophies here at SparkPeople, blogging about small successes, acknowledging and savoring compliments from 3D friends and SparkFriends, celebrating minor victories all helped me gain confidence.

2. Second surprise: It still isn't easy. It takes a daily (or more often) commitment. And the hardest day to make that commitment is when I messed up the day before. I know those "getting back on track" days are critical to success. I've had an hour or maybe two in the past 5 years where I gave up. But I have not had a whole day. I grab some water, do some exercise, and declare myself back to healthy living NOW.

3. Third surprise: If I honestly look at how much time I spend struggling with food issues, it is a very small percentage of my life. Given that it isn't easy, and that I'm tempted to overeat every week (actually on most days), I could envision myself obsessed with food and food thoughts. That isn't so. Usually I have a small period of time after supper when it is hard not to eat even though I know I don't need more food. That time is harder when I'm tired but can't go to bed yet or when I haven't been able to exercise. Thinking about what I really, really want helps at those times.

4. Fourth surprise: I don't have to endure much hunger. Through the Beck Diet Solution I learned that I can endure hunger. Hunger is not an emergency. However, maintenance is easier for me if I'm not hungry. If I make wise choices and eat small meals often, I have very little actual hunger. If I go to a ball park and have a hot dog on a white bun or go to a birthday party and choose to have a piece of cake I will be hungry and want to go over my calorie limits. I know it is my choice. Do I want to eat a convenience food or enjoy a treat? If so, am I willing to endure a bit of hunger?

5. Fifth surprise: I have not nailed down my healthy routines. I still don't have menu plans that I have been meaning to develop now for years. Hubby still does the grocery shopping and our kitchen is filled with whatever is on special. He is great about always getting lots of fruits and veggies. And I always have tuna in water, fat free cottage cheese, frozen plain fish like cod and tilapia, 70 calorie Boca Burgers and other low calorie protein sources so I can choose to eat something other than what he wants. I've definitely learned to be flexible. I can make my calories balance out even if a last minute decision to eat out is thrown at me. I've learned that no food can trigger me to eat if I'm feeling strong and healthy and determined. I am stronger than peanut butter. I am stronger than candy bars. I am stronger than cake. I am stronger than any food.

And it is no surprise that the support I've gotten from my SparkFriends has been a major factor in my success! As ONEKIDSMOM tells me every day, life is good. Life is precious. And to be able to live life fit is a tremendous blessing to be valued and prized!!

  
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MOMTO6CUTIES 5/14/2014 2:17PM

    Great job!! :)

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ALICIA363 4/25/2014 6:30PM

    It. Can. Be. Done.
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FLDEEZ 4/24/2014 10:46AM

    I loved this post! Thank you so much. Even though I have a lot to lose, part of my issue is that I already have a fear of regaining. I love your long term approach and strategies. I really appreciate that you took the time to share them!

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FLDEEZ 4/24/2014 10:46AM

    I loved this post! Thank you so much. Even though I have a lot to lose, part of my issue is that I already have a fear of regaining. I love your long term approach and strategies. I really appreciate that you took the time to share them!

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RENATA144 4/22/2014 11:23PM

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 4/21/2014 12:12PM

    5 Years, WOW and Congratulations! You are a wonderful role model as well to all of us. This journey is so amazing, and I'm right behind you at 4 years today. I echo your list of surprises, and I find that as long as I remain consistent, flexible, plan, and keep my healthy routines freshened up, especially exercise, things are great. It never is "easy", but most areas come pretty naturally, although my inner brat shows up now and then in protest.

I never thought "just 10 minutes" of exercise could ever do any good, but I am so amazed at how my body has changed and now craves movement as much as possible.

My Spark journey is amazing to me, and so are my Spark friends, teammates, leaders, and so many other Sparklers that just stop by with supportive comments and don't even know me. I don't have this support at home, church or work, and It's a major part of my success this time around, and it's why I haven't left.

You are awesome!

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HOLLYM48 4/20/2014 8:51AM

    Great blog so full of honesty and wisdom and feelings that all of us experience frequently. I think one of the things that helps me the most is knowing that I am never alone here. All I have to do is reach out to anyone here and they would have my back in an instant! Congrats on all your success and all we can do is take it one day at a time. I think all of us who have been overweight and know how easy it is to get there are afraid that one day we will be back there but we know how to eat differently now and I know that all the food I use to eat will never be eaten again in the amounts that I used to be able to eat them. Confidence is hard but we can do it one day at a time I am sure. Keep up the excellent work, you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. You are doing awesome. Congrats on 5 yrs of maintenance and here is to many more years of success!

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/20/2014 7:03AM

    You are truly an inspiration!
Great blog!
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OHMEMEME 4/19/2014 8:30AM

    AWESOME, HONEST, SO TRUE, and living proof that it is ALL POSSIBLE! Thanks for sharing. I will take your information, inspiration, and motivation and move forward. Congrats on 5yrs and 80 lbs! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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HAKAPES 4/19/2014 2:55AM

    Very inspirational, thank you for sharing!
And congratulations for the way you live your life!

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SWEATERHATS 4/18/2014 8:48PM

    Thank you so much for the blog recommendation. I am struggling with a re-gain of almost 100 pounds. So good to see someone who has been successful!

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KIMBERLY_Y 4/18/2014 7:13AM

    You are the WOMAN! I love your points about what you learned. I found myself nodding along as I continued to read about your success. Congratulations on five years! I truly hope I can celebrate that milestone some day. Best wishes for continued success! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 4/17/2014 11:06PM

    Wise words from a wise woman!

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SUSIEMT 4/17/2014 8:58PM

    WOW! Congrats on your five years Maintaining! Keep up the great job!

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NYCALIGIRL 4/17/2014 12:47PM

    oh my gosh this is awesome, very inspiring and made my day thank you! emoticon

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    emoticon Very inspirng blog. emoticon for posting.

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Great, motivating blog! Thank you for sharing with us.

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 4/17/2014 10:26AM

    Thanks for this very encouraging blog! I am not always stronger than candy bars, but getting right back on track after a small indulgence is so much better than letting it turn into a large, lengthy indulgence like I used to do. I am so impressed that you started running when you did. I am too chicken to run, not wanting to incur injuries, but I LOVE being so active now. Helps so much to curb the urge to eat! Thanks for sharing!

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PACKERMANN 4/17/2014 10:09AM

    Good for you!!
thanks for sharing your surprises.
Pat

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NELLJONES 4/17/2014 8:10AM

    I also have noticed that the amount of time I spend agonizing really isn't all that much time. It just takes up so much energy it just FEELS like it fills my life.

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TORTISE110 4/17/2014 8:09AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a milestone, and as a runner you sure pile those up. It is impressive that you got to running later in life and have made it such a part of your life. I hope you celebrate and enjoy your great success! emoticon

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LCERVERA 4/17/2014 6:57AM

    Congrats on your 5 years! Thanks for such an inspiring and motivating blog! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 4/17/2014 6:38AM

    Oh my! I know those surprises!

Now all I need is to get in 4 more years and I will have followed in your footsteps!

So happy for you. And I still beam whenever I see this butterfly photo. Makes me happy all day.

congratulations

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You are such an amazing inspiration to all of us....and you remind us that WE can do it too! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 4/17/2014 4:08AM

    A wonderful, encouraging blog - I am celebrating 1 year at maintenance today, so it was lovely to read how you have got on over the last five years! Congratulations!

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You look amazing and thank you for your tips of how we can all achieve the wonderful changes you have made, what an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/17/2014 12:41AM

    emoticon for sharing your success with us! I too have been on Spark People for five years and have maintained emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a weight loss of 56 lbs! Your right when you talk about having good days and bad days! I too began running, but the most I have been able to run without hurting is a 5k! I don't know if I will be able to ever run a marathon, but it feels good to know I can get out there and run and feel better about myself! I wish you a bright future and I hope you win many more awards!

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ECCOVISION1 4/16/2014 10:22PM

    Wonderful blog! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/16/2014 9:56PM

    I agree with peanut butter things. I do need to work on that too. Thanks for sharing a great blog.

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DDOORN 4/16/2014 9:56PM

    What a Spark SuperStar! Your accomplishments are ALL so IMPRESSIVE, but for me your ability overcome "trigger" foods...just WOW!

Don

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LESLIESENIOR 4/16/2014 9:31PM

    Great Blog!!!!! Great "surprises"! Thank you for sharing your success.
I have 7 years of a 60 pounds loss and you are right, it is a daily vigilance. But it is wonderful and worth it!
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KANOE10 4/16/2014 9:21PM

    Great blog. That is a wonderful success story. I identify with many of your comments. It is a daily process. I am also more prone to old habits when I am tired.

You are an inspiration to all of us. 5 years and 80 pounds is incredible.



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DALID414 4/16/2014 8:58PM

    'I am stronger than peanut butter.' I giggled at this, but I need to be stronger than, too.

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MOMMY445 4/16/2014 8:55PM

    you are such an inspiration to the whole SP community! have a wonderful day!

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WATERMELLEN 4/16/2014 8:12PM

    Of course I already "liked" this great blog but wish I could "like" it again!! I'm hoping it will become the "popular blog" post it so richly deserves to be, so that lots and lots of people can benefit from the SLENDERELLA wisdom here!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/16/2014 7:58PM

    Thank you for sharing this bit of inspiration - I had a great light bulb moment when you talked of not having to endure hunger. I too eat small meals often and I am NOT hungry. But sometimes I am and now it makes me think, those treats are not filling, don't give me any nutrition and I will be HUNGRY soon! Congrats on five years!

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Knowing one's weaknesses is part of the success!

Kudos to 5 year, and 50 more.

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_LINDA 3/21/2014 7:53PM

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I had read this amazing summary and couldn't believe I hadn't commented on it!! Duh!! Clicked on the like button and forgot to comment, no wonder I couldn't remember what I said, like a senior moment.
You have inspired so many with your journey!
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JANEWATKINS 3/17/2014 10:53AM

    Thanks, Marsha. Wonderful advice. I REALLY fell off the wagon after the Parkinson's diagnosis. Why? Not sure, but I'm up about 12 pounds this morning. Will get back in the saddle. Have gone all morning on a healthy breakfast. One meal at a time, huh?
Thanks for being my friend.
Jane

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BOOKAPHILE 3/14/2014 2:10PM

    I don't think there will ever be a time when we aren't surprised by something related to our maintenance journey. You have made great progress and are an encouragement to so many of us. Thanks for reminding us that such surprises are normal and still require our effort to push through.

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WIZKEY 3/14/2014 2:00PM

    Love this blog and congratulations on 5 years maintaining!!! I am going to remember: I am STRONGER than the food that is tempting me!!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/13/2014 5:20PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/13/2014 7:23AM

    Thank you for the very valuable insight and information! I'll be referring to this as I progress with my weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/12/2014 12:21PM

    I so love how you put it. I share all of your points. Thank you for putting this all down and sharing with us.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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5 Years At a Healthy BMI

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Five years ago today, on March 9, 2009, I weighed in at Weight Watchers to find I had finally achieved a healthy BMI. I've now had 60 monthly free lifetime weigh ins, and not once been over my WW goal. Since I was a pre teen this is the only 5 year period I've lived at a healthy weight.

Perhaps tomorrow I'll have some wise reflections about achieving this milestone.
Today I am just recovering from my athletic endeavors of yesterday and giving it some thought.

  
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POSITIVE41 3/11/2014 6:02AM

    What a great accomplishment! Congratulations!

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WATERMELLEN 3/10/2014 8:36PM

    What a huge achievement -- one of the toughest things any POW (previously overweight person) can achieve!

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MISSB8604 3/10/2014 12:15PM

    Congrats!

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MARGARITTM 3/10/2014 9:51AM

    woohoo! Savor this!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/10/2014 9:25AM

    emoticon waiting to read the reflections as I'm coming to finally realize that losing weight us hard but keeping it off is harder. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 3/10/2014 8:40AM

    Congratulations! I'm looking forward to your wisdom!

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    Outstanding!!

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MSLZZY 3/10/2014 7:52AM

    An awesome achievement!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/10/2014 7:30AM

    You are my HERO!!!!!

Thank you for inspiring us to keep following healthy lifestyles!

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    You are a winner!! emoticon emoticon

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GONABFIT 3/9/2014 11:49PM

    THIS is amazing!! I pray that I TOO will make it to a health BMI and maintain it for many years to come as well!

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That is wonderful! I have enjoyed following your life as you became an amazing athlete!! You are truly an inspiration!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/9/2014 8:35PM

    emoticon You are, and continue to be, a rock star as well as a Princess!

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APRILRUSSELL3 3/9/2014 8:30PM

    That's really great! You've really accomplished this. I can't wait till I get there too but enjoying the journey. Thank you for sharing.

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Natalie's Victory and My Consolation Prizes

Saturday, March 08, 2014

If you've read my status you know that my granddaughter, Natalie, made 20 laps in her Walkathon yesterday and has earned the right to be Coach for a Day at her school. We are so proud! I'm pretty sure it is an eighth of a mile lap, so that would be 2.5 miles. Last year she remembers she did 19 laps - but I thought it was 17 - and she quit when they called time at 45 minutes. They are allowed to jog, walk, or even run some. This year she had her sites set on 20 laps in order to earn the top prize and she reported that she stopped at 20 laps; that time had not been called. She went the farthest of anyone in her first grade class. Hooray for Natalie!!

My Senior Games experience was a mixed bag. I have to admit I'm disappointed in my running 5K time. Just didn't have it today. Admittedly, I had some symptoms, but just couldn't push through them. The 65-69 age group is a big one for Senior Games. Nonetheless, after winning bronze 3 years ago, silver 2 years ago, and gold last year, I hate to report I came in 4th -- out of the medals this year. Definitely did not qualify for National Senior Games. Although, the top 6 are invited to the state games in December and it would be possible to qualify there. I'll have to think about it.

So I was picturing me going to the closing ceremonies on Monday with hubby wearing his two medals and me having none. Won't happen. Believe it or not, I did much, much better in the walking events this year. I not only took the Gold Medal in the 5K and 1.5K walks, I was the first woman of any age (50-94) to finish. I did the 5000 km in 37 minutes and 22 seconds and the 1500 km in 11 minutes flat. So even though I would have much rather improved my running 5K time, I feel like I won huge consolation prizes.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2014 3:50PM

    Awesome! Both you and Natalie did an amazing job!

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_LINDA 3/9/2014 7:45PM

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I would say that is pretty amazing!! Going that distance in 11 minutes without breaking into a jog, that is pretty fast walking!!
Well done to Natalie! Looks like you are going to have another runner in your family!

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SMITTY4RL 3/9/2014 6:20PM

    Woo-hoo! It's a win either way, your granddaughter did great (and you did, too). Gosh you walk fast!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/9/2014 6:09PM

    You make me smile. Always a goal in front of you to reach as well as triumphs behind you and a project you're in the middle of completing.

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MEXGAL1 3/9/2014 5:59PM

    Yeah for your granddaughter and yeah for you...you are doing just great...medal or no medals...you still are one of my heros!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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TERI-RIFIC 3/9/2014 8:39AM

    You did great!! Congrats. As for the 5 K - I remember from running in my 20's- some days are just not meant to be and some days everything comes together and sometimes the wrong one falls on race day. emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 3/9/2014 8:00AM

    Marsha, I think you did MORE than emoticon Do you know how many people our age could not have done near what you do! I am one and I am in shape but you are a true inspiration!!!!

Have a blessed week you are well worth it!

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POSITIVE41 3/9/2014 7:37AM

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STRIVER57 3/9/2014 6:06AM

    congratulations to you all …

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NEW-CAZ 3/9/2014 5:18AM

    Great job Marsha emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/8/2014 9:25PM

    Wow, what a family!! So glad you're in the medals (even if not the medal you might have wanted) and can stand proudly with your DH.

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2014 9:08PM

    That is super fast walking!!
You all did excellent!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/8/2014 6:55PM

    Wow, you are one fast walker! Do you race walk?

I'm sorry things didn't go your way in the 5K run. You should go to the state meet!

Congratulations to your entire family.

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/8/2014 6:53PM

    You did great! I did not know there was a State or National level for Seniors Games!

That is also wonderful news for Natalie since her foot was hurting the other day.

SO wonderful to instill fitness mindsets in young people!

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COASTAL6 3/8/2014 6:50PM

    Great job!
I'm so proud of you!
Great time!
I'm rooting for you!
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MJREIMERS 3/8/2014 6:43PM

    You did great, but I understand your frustration with the running. Some races are just like that. At least you kicked butt in the walking events!

See how you feel and keep the December races in mind. With the entire summer, you may be ready and raring to run!

Head up, medal up and have fun!

P.S. I looks like Natalie is following in your footsteps! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/8/2014 6:39PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/8/2014 6:29PM

    You did fine. Remember the real goal is to be able to run uninjured, right? But honestly, 4th is nothing to sneeze at. I finished 4th in my age group last October in our Governor's Cup and was disappointed, too, since I'd been 2nd last year... so know the mixed emotions. Those inner competitors are stubborn gals, aren't they?

Walking gold is cool, too, though, so Shine up those medals and hold your head high as you and your DH go to the closing ceremonies! emoticon

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