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I Win the Argument!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I ate a little more than I intended to eat yesterday. It was all healthy food and I really know that it isn't a problem. I can rein it back a bit if the scale shows I need to. But my first thought when I woke up today was rather negative. I was telling myself that I deserve to be overweight.

I argued with myself. I said I do not. My body reflects all my food choices and activity over a long period of time. Not just yesterday. And it is a good thing, too. Can you imagine what life would be like if our weight only reflected what we ate yesterday? I'd have mad weight swings and I wouldn't be alone.

I just read a blog that made me stop and think. I am thankful for this body. After years of abuse, it just wants to heal and seek greater health. Such a blessing! And I want to use my self-talk to encourage it to do just that.



  
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ZELLAZM 4/18/2010 7:20AM

    Telling yourself the truth...good strategy!

Blessings today
Michelle

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MONGO2TEN 4/18/2010 5:52AM

    Good job. I needed to hear it as well, so thanks:)

~Nancy

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 1:24AM

    Way to go Marsha!
You are showing everyone how its done! Its not just the physical that has to heal the body, you have to be mentally ready to be healthy as well!
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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2010 10:39PM

    I'm so glad that today is today and yesterday is yesterday! You are doing an amazing job. Adjusting to your maintenance weight may take a little time. Be gentle with yourself.

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JOHAL52 4/17/2010 9:49PM

    Great message Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2010 9:39PM

    Good self-message: you would have had to eat 3,500 excess calories in 1 day to gain even 1 real pound: and pretty sure, that didn't happen!!

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MNNICE 4/17/2010 8:44PM

    When I think of the ways I abused my body over the years I thank God every day that I am in such good health today and that no ill effects have as yet shown up as a result. Great blog - we all need to have a good argument with ourselves now and then!

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MONTY68 4/17/2010 6:16PM

    Hi Marsha
As usual a fantastic blog. It just shows you are so successful. I totally agree with you and I am glad you won the argument. I never quite understood that if we ate within our calorie requirements for 6 days and on the seventh day we exceeded the limit, how could we gain weight. So if one knows and tracks correctly that any weight gain would not be valid. So, don't feel so guilty and remember that what you ate yesterday was healthy and you enjoyed it. emoticon

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ALYFITN 4/17/2010 4:30PM

    Great positive self-talk! I love your blog! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/17/2010 4:29PM

    Good job defeating those negative old thoughts! Keep up the good work - you are such an encouragement to the rest of us!

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WILD4STARS 4/17/2010 4:27PM

    Oh, how thankful I am that my today isn't a direct reflection of my yesterday. I could have some totally nasty, rotten days!

I like to say that my path is one of "progress not perfection."

Enjoyed meeting you today, I'm really going to try to do more of the Team Walks.
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WALKINGANNIE 4/17/2010 4:12PM

    I just love your self-talk Marsha. You express the fears that many of us have and the logical reassurances that we all need to hear.

I'm very grateful for your wise thoughts and for the goodie that you kindly gave me - much appreciated.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 4/17/2010 4:06PM

    Way to go winning the argument! You deserve and are giving yourself a healthy, wonderful life!!

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PERSISTANT123 4/17/2010 4:03PM

    I'm so glad that you won the argument! If we had to be perfect, none of use would be doing this. If we do well most of the time, it will show. Keep on keeping on Marsha!
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More Healthy Rewards

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yesterday I had a check up at my doctor's office. My HDL healthy cholesterol was 55, up from 47 six months ago. That 47 was a big improvement over measures from 2008 and before. The rest of my numbers were all good this time, too.

My doctor pulled out my 2003 report with the 227 overall cholesterol and over 221 triglycerides. She just wanted to make sure I saw how far I have come.

I really had not expected to keep improving on the cholesterol, but it was a well timed reward. Just what I needed. It made me feel great! -Marsha

  
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ZELLAZM 4/17/2010 8:45AM

    More important than the numbers on the scale! WTG on your good progress!

and have a great weekend,
Michelle

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PO_PAZZA 4/16/2010 2:54AM

    Beautiful numbers. Your prognosis is excellent. I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I know good numbers when I see them.

Mary

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USFBULL 4/15/2010 11:33PM

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MONTY68 4/15/2010 11:21PM

    Marsha
That is fantastic, In the time that I have known you I have been impressed with your beautiful attitude. You are indeed a example of what your hard work and dedication to your life has completed. The scale says one thing- weight, But the new results shows the overall picture of what healthy living is.
Congratulations
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JOHAL52 4/15/2010 10:44PM

    See--I TOLD you that you were healthy emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 4/15/2010 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThose numbers must have really pleased you Marsha. Keep up the good work!
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JHADZHIA 4/15/2010 9:59PM

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That is the best news you can get! well done!!

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MNNICE 4/15/2010 9:58PM

    I can truly say that the good health is more important to me than the physical appearance of weight loss. It is worth all the work!!

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NOTSPEEDY 4/15/2010 9:09PM

    It is amazing what loosing weight, eating healthy, and exercising can do. Your results are great. Time to celebrate.

Yvonne

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Keep up the great healthy way!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/15/2010 7:43PM

    I love seeing those numbers change - I'm sure you do, also.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2010 7:21PM

    Well that definitely rates an "Atta-girl"! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/15/2010 7:13PM

    Very happy for you!!
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IONA72 4/15/2010 5:49PM

    Fantastic emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 4/15/2010 5:21PM

    Woo hoo!

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ETWOLIE 4/15/2010 4:46PM

    Aren't the health benefits of losing weight and exercising fantastic. Congratulations!

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WILD4STARS 4/15/2010 4:34PM

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TJMIK22 4/15/2010 4:34PM

    Congratulations!

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So pleased you got this well deserved good news.



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Not Giving Up

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Disappointment. My biggest goal right now is to lose body fat and gain muscle. My eventual hope is to move from the "acceptable" body fat range to the "fit" range. I had my body fat percentage taken yesterday and there is no change. I look at my biceps, my quads, my abs and I see muscles I've never seen before. I was just sure I had made some progress.

The Wellness Coach said that many factors enter into the results and that it isn't terribly accurate. He suggested I wait a week and do it again. I may do that.

What I won't do is quit. I've added four more strength machines to my routine. I am going to keep trying. I suspect it is kind of like the scale in that eventually it will reward my efforts. -Marsha

  
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JOHAL52 4/15/2010 9:59AM

    Marsha, what is your "real" goal? If you are seeing muscle definition in your body, if your medical bone density tests are good, if your BMI is great, if you are eating healthy foods, is the body fat % really all that important??? You look SO, SO, great, you are MY inspiration.
Val

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MONTY68 4/13/2010 10:38PM

    Marsha,
You have done a fantastic job in releasing weight and now starting a maintenance phase. As there were times the scale didn't tell all the story, perhaps today's reading is the same thing. Everything you are doing now will have an effect. The coach said lets wait and do it again. As positive as you are, I am sure you will see results.

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B-FLAT 4/13/2010 5:43PM

    What you see and feel are SO MUCH more important than any number or statistic!!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/13/2010 3:23PM

    Try not to be too disheartened by this Marsha even though you're obviously disappointed.

You clearly felt that you had made progress before you saw the numbers. You could FEEL and SEE the changes.

The numbers don't alter what you felt and saw. Your feelings and sightings are measures in themselves.

I'm sure that the numbers will eventually reflect your efforts, but you're doing so well so please try to give yourself the encouragement that you give to many other people.

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JHADZHIA 4/13/2010 11:35AM

    Marsha,
When I was measured for that I would find something strange consistently. If I lost weight, I wouldn't lose body fat, but if I didn't lose weight, I lost body fat%. This was going on when I was being measured every week for the biggest loser contest. Was kinda of bizarre. One factor in consideration that made a difference is the amount of water you drank before a test. The girls testing us said to always drink lots of water, the more the better for better results. I guess because the machine testing uses electrical charge to measure, the more moisture around the better the signal will be, I am assuming. I am also told anything can affect it, like not gripping it hard enough, or a bend in the elbow, etc. But I found I always had trouble losing body fat%, that I would lose the weight first, but not that. I can't wait to get back to Curves to get tested and measured again. I really miss that.
But what you have to look at is you are toning!! Muscles!! that is a very, very good thing!!
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AQUAGIRL08 4/13/2010 9:35AM

    Marsha,

Chin up! Remember to love yourself as you are now. Yes you'd like to lower your % of body fat but you have to give it time. Plus, you don't know how accurate the method of measuring your % was. Have your doctor do it the next time you visit. His/her measurement tools are calibrated more often than the gym's tools.

Hang in there!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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ZELLAZM 4/13/2010 9:27AM

    How was your body fat measured? With calipers or some other tool? I've heard that the water immersion thing is really the only accurate way to measure. So I wouldn't let myself get discouraged - just keep on keeping on. You know your body well, and you've noticed changes. You're not imagining things! You're making progress even if the numbers don't show it!

Blessings
Michelle

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/13/2010 8:44AM

    Marsha - I went for months, losing weight and not changing on the body fat % charts -- and then BINGO! That started changing, too! Keep your chin up, and keep working those muscles. I'm sure the results are just around the corner. And keep in mind, for many (most??) in our age range, Acceptable would be a huge improvement! Have a nice, fit day!

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What is Wrong with this Picture?

Monday, April 12, 2010

I swear today I saw several cars driving around the gym parking lot looking for a closer parking spot. What is wrong with this picture? -Marsha

  
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TBRANCH2 4/13/2010 3:13PM

    It's like ordering a piece of pie and a diet coke!!! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/13/2010 9:44AM

    Perhaps they are worried that if they over do their workout, they won't be able to walk to the car and will be stuck at the Y for the whole night. lol

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JOHAL52 4/13/2010 8:34AM

    I think it's a habit--people like to park close to wherever they are going. I can understand when the weather is bad or if it's at a supermarket where pushing a grocery cart in a crowded parking lot can literally mean you're taking your life in your hands. But a gym??

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MONGO2TEN 4/13/2010 7:16AM

    I've seen that too - it's so funny!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/13/2010 3:00AM

    People, eh?

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Just shows how habits - good and bad - can get ingrained if we don't think about them.

Hope your eyes are OK now.

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PHDMAMA06 4/12/2010 10:03PM

    Hahaha, I see that all the time at the gym I go to!! Too funny!

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PERSISTANT123 4/12/2010 9:39PM

    Go figure!
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LAURIE5658 4/12/2010 8:55PM

    There is a LOT wrong with that picture!

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WATERMELLEN 4/12/2010 8:52PM

    Nothing stranger than folks!

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MISSM66 4/12/2010 7:01PM

    that thing bug me my DH is like that he will try to find a parking at the store door way,some times I have to say I think you say you want to loose weight,he don't want to walk far from the car, some time I have to laugh,but it drives me nuts.

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MONTY68 4/12/2010 6:54PM

    Marsha
I feel it is just the attitude of a great percentage of people who suffer from laziness. At least I can always find a parking space at the end of the parking lot.
Perhaps the people going to the gym feel they need to save their strength to work out so they can get healthy.

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LOPEYP 4/12/2010 6:54PM

    Too funny! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/12/2010 6:44PM

    I see that all the time! I also laugh!

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RISSASPIECES 4/12/2010 6:37PM

    There is a lady at my regular WW meeting who parks in the loading zone right in front of the door, rather than walk twenty steps to a real space. It drives me nuts...especially since she talks about all of the walking she does. LOL

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WILD4STARS 4/12/2010 6:33PM

    So true!! Maybe they were afraid it was going to rain before they got out.

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Warning the Obvious

Sunday, April 11, 2010

You know that styrofoam coffee cup printed with the warning, "Contents May Be Hot"? And the razor blades that warn about being sharp? And the plastic toy food that says, "Do not eat"? You feel like calling up the president of the company and saying, "Duh." Or maybe you just throw your hands in the air and mutter about our litigious society.

Well, yesterday, I guess I needed one of those obvious warnings. I planned to bicycle for 10 miles. I filled my water bottle with lots of ice water, took my sunglasses for the very bright day, took my helmet, and loaded my bike on the carrier. Just before I left, I thought I certainly needed sun screen, so I ran in, grabbed the plastic bottle and imprecisely slathered it all over me as fast as I could, including my face. A drop got in my eye, but I washed it out for a second and thought it would be okay.

Well, it was a pretty hot day. Before I had gone a mile the sweat was running down my face. And I think the sweat carried more sunscreen in my eyes. My eyes started tearing and would not quit. My nose ran. I could hardly open my eyes wide enough to see where I was going. I turned around after 2 1/2 miles and had a hard time seeing to make it back to the car. When I got home I saw my eyes more blood shot than I'd ever seen them. I took a bath and rested in a darkened room and two hours later they were fine.

So, if you didn't know it already, the sun screen needs one of those warnings: Keep out of eyes. Duh! -Marsha

  
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TEDDYBEARFRIEND 4/15/2010 6:09PM

    Okay so I could totally relate to this! Thank you for seeing the humor in the situation! :-) (((HUGS)))) ~ Molly

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MONGO2TEN 4/12/2010 4:59AM

    Oh, you poor thing. Good to know - thanks for the heads up:)

~Nancy

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JHADZHIA 4/11/2010 9:18PM

    Sorry you experienced that Marsha! If I am not wearing a large hat outside, I would be wearing a band. My eyes are always burning from sweat.
Glad you made it back okay!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/11/2010 9:16PM

    Hope your all better now -- the reminder about using sunscreen was good; the reminder to NOT let it get into your eyes even more important! Take care of yourself!

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WATERMELLEN 4/11/2010 7:46PM

    Sounds not so nice! I like that spray "sports" type sunscreen which is non-greasy, non running (great for the golf course because my hands don't slip on the clubs) and: it's never been "sting-y" for me. Coppertone in the blue spray bottle.



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NOTSPEEDY 4/11/2010 6:36PM

    Thanks for posting this. I would never have thought about wearing a headband. Glad everything turned out okay.
Yvonne

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PERSISTANT123 4/11/2010 6:23PM

    Glad I'm not the only one who does that!
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GSCOTTC 4/11/2010 6:12PM

    I have had this happen to me as well. A sweat band helps and what I do is wrap a cloth around my wrist to wipe away the sweat when the sweat overwhems the band. I also use a kids sunscreen that has no fragrance and that seems to help as well.

Take care

Scott

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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2010 4:53PM

    When I sweat, the sweat by itself make my eyes get irritated! I can't even imagine getting sunscreen in your eyes too. Ouch! That must have hurt like crazy. Hopefully you're better now. A lesson for all of us to learn. I think I'd be inclined to wear a sweatband. That might at least help a little bit.

By the way, you do an awesome job with your bike riding!!!!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/11/2010 4:16PM

    You need to be wearing a sweat band, whether you use the lotion or not. Sweat getting into your eyes isn't pleasant either.

When the weather here gets hot enough for me to really sweat, I never leave home without my sweat band.

Sorry you had to learn this the painful way!
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WALKINGANNIE 4/11/2010 3:44PM

    Ouch.

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Hope you're feeling better now Marsha.

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MONTY68 4/11/2010 3:40PM

   
Duh, anyone who always read the directions first raise their hands. I don't think I saw any go up.
Funny duh, but a serious reminder to every one.
Glad you are feeling better

Monty

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ZELLAZM 4/11/2010 3:35PM

    Ohhh I know your pain! Especially in Florida, it's hard to keep that stuff out of your eyes. As sunscreen season approaches, another good reminder! (now I just wish sunscreen season would get here!)

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CAROLJEAN64 4/11/2010 3:27PM

    Have you ever seen the Blue Collar Comedy shows? One of the comedians talks about events like this and then says "Here's your sign" meaning DUH!
I am careful about using sunscreen so thanks for the warning!

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FITMARY 4/11/2010 3:22PM

    Your Duh made me laugh! Been there, done that! Thanks for the smile....
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