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Declaration of Health

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I declare my hip officially healed! It did great for a whole hour of Zumba this eve. I planned to take it slow, but it was too motivating. I couldn't help it. I just got into it!! -Marsha

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WALKINGANNIE 5/13/2010 4:00PM

    This made me smile. I'm so pleased that your hip is healed and impressed with the way that you dealt with the situation.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/13/2010 9:44AM

    That is great news!!!! Enjoy your class!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/13/2010 6:53AM

    Great news!

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MONTY68 5/12/2010 10:49PM

    Marsha that is fantastic
There is a statement that when something is a fact or believed to be completed. A statement would say " And So It iS" Your hip is healed

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2010 10:21PM

    Excellento!! Nothing feels better than feeling healthy!!

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RISSASPIECES 5/12/2010 9:57PM

    Woo hoo!

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KALIGIRL 5/12/2010 7:52PM

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THERAPIST2 5/12/2010 7:36PM

    Wow! Great enthusiasm!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/12/2010 7:30PM

    Love it, Marsha! Hope you're giving yourself recovery time after all that Zumba!

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Teeth Whitening Update

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I've used the bleach and trays four nights and I can see that my teeth are slightly whiter. I greatly reduced my coffee and tea use for two weeks, but then went back to it. My teeth are still whiter than they were before I bleached.

I have enough bleach stored in the refrigerator to do about 6 more nights. I'm thinking I'll wait and see if I get more motivated to try to reduce the staining drinks before I use what I have.

Eating an apple almost every day, as well as a well balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and very little sugar certainly helps with dental health as well as weight maintenance.

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/12/2010 11:35AM

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AQUAGIRL08 5/12/2010 10:00AM

    It sure does! You've probably noticed a lot less tartar on your teeth when you go to brush them. I found this amazing! Nothing beats a beautiful smile and you sure have one!

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JHADZHIA 5/12/2010 2:20AM

    Good luck with your whitening! I wouldn't even consider it as my teeth are a natural dark yellow color, from having aspirin as a child for my RA. Nothing can be done about them. When I needed caps on my some teeth, they actually had to yellow the original color to match them! I had never even drank coffee (can't stand it) or tea. I do like green tea and other herbal ones now.
here is to healthy eating!

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KOSHIE1 5/11/2010 4:51PM

    I'm doing the same thing right now. But MY progress is VERY slow. I've finished the first tube and just starting on the second, and I'm not particularly pleased with the level yet. And they got sensitive; but the paste they sold me rapidly took care of that problem.

They say drink tea--it is good for you. They say black tea will darken your teeth. They say put milk in your tea so you reduce the staining potential--but they say if you put milk in your tea, you lose the positive health benefits... AAAARRGGGHHHHHH!
Green tea is so wimpy! I hope you find something you like to drink taht will not undermine your efforts!

I know I ate blackberries, just a few, and was appalled at how gray my teeth looked afterwards. I thought the bleach effect lasted for a year! Maybe not... apparently!

Good luck!

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Glimmer of Sanity, Perhaps

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sometimes I worry that I may be obsessed - with food, with the scale, with exercise, with smaller clothes, with my waist line, with SparkPeople, etc. But I had an experience this week that made me think perhaps a glimmer of sanity on this issue is beginning to emerge in me.

I tried on some clothes. A size 4 pair of pants was too big on me. So I decided I would try size 2. I tried on 3 pairs of size 2. One was too short, one was too tight, and one was just right. I considered buying it just because it was a size 2. I mean, how cool is it to go from size 2X to size 2? But I didn't need another pair of black pants. I decided to pass.

In the past I have bought quite a few clothes just because I fit into a 12, into an 8, into a 6, etc. Never again. I'll buy what fits, looks good, and I need. No more supporting vanity sizing for me. Perhaps that is a step toward sanity.

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KALIGIRL 5/12/2010 1:25PM

    Wonderful - here's to our sanity!

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JHADZHIA 5/12/2010 2:25AM

    Good for you! You have come a long way!
I haven't come across these little sizes, but I don't shop much or maybe the generic stores don't do them, who knows. For me, sizes like 0-6 are BABY sizes not real human being grown adult sizes! Sorry, it just gets me when people are talking about these kinds of unreal sizes, they don't make any kind of sense to me.
Keep up the great work!! You have got everything under such good control and are really thinking about where you are with your healthy lifestyle and what you want to be doing! Great planning!

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WINDSURFNERD 5/10/2010 8:11PM

    You used the word "obsess", but if it keeps you healthy I wonder if that's a good choice? At least for me self-neglect is the norm that I'm trying to change w/Spark, so when I finally bring things into balance and pay attention to taking care of myself, it feels like "obsessing" by comparison. Anyway, 2x to 2 is something to celebrate!! -naomi

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WALKINGANNIE 5/10/2010 6:53PM

    It's interesting that you, Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I are at roughly similar stages of maintenance and all of us are now trying to introduce more 'normality' and acceptance of our new status although we're taking slightly different approaches.

I wonder if there are recognised stages of maintenance along the lines of 'storming, norming and performing'?

Well done on getting into the pants and not needing to buy them.


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AQUAGIRL08 5/10/2010 5:16PM

    Marsha, you inspire all of us. Consider experimenting with smaller sizes a part of the adjustment process. You're doing a great job!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/10/2010 9:15AM

    We've all been to that point - that if it fits you buy it because in the BIG sizes we had so few choices! Although I am not yet at goal I have had to buy some things to fill in as the big ones just had to go out the door. I'll be more aware of choices now.

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A*L*P* 5/10/2010 9:11AM

    That is AMAZING that you have lost that much! Good for you -- I think it iis extremely easy to get 'obsessed' with things. Especially when we're so scared to "go back" sounds like you are finding a happy medium! Good for you!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/10/2010 8:02AM

    I really like the sanity angle.

And I, too, am looking forward to a day when the obsession is less prominent in my life! The scale exercise is part of my effort in that direction. This looks similar!

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WILD4STARS 5/10/2010 7:48AM

    I'm looking forward to the day when I can buy a 4 or a 2. Thanks for putting that vision in my mind this morning. You are an inspiration to us all.

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New and Improved Streaking!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I looked at each of my streaks, eliminated several and added a couple. Overall, I've gone from 14 streaks to 9. I now track the whole FEWSS (food/fuel, exercise, water, sleep & SparkPeople) program, and focus on one of my weaknesses.

Here - drum roll, please - are my new and continuing goals:
Continuing goals:
1. Log in and get SparkPoints (currently 196 days)
2. Get 8 hours of sleep per night (1 day - 55%)
At Goal and Maintaining Team Goals:
3. 2 servings dairy daily (170 days)
4. Read team member's blog (8 weeks)
5. Exercise 30 minutes 5 times per week (6 weeks) - may add more after healing
6. 8 cups of water daily (1 day; 93%)
New Goals:
7. Eat within calorie range 6x per week
8. 2 strength training sessions per week
Revised goal:
9. No more than 8 sweetener packets or equivalents per day (reduce to 4)

We'll see, but I think these streaks will help me stay focused on factors important for my success.

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JHADZHIA 5/12/2010 2:32AM

    Good luck with your new streaks, Marsha! You can do it!!

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BAGGYPANTS5 5/10/2010 3:47AM

    2 questions:
Is the rest of your life this organised?
Should you be streaking at your age?
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AQUAGIRL08 5/9/2010 6:46PM

    That sounds like a great plan! You are the best!

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2010 5:06PM

    Impressive -- you're on a roll (or should that be -- on a bunch of streaks??!!)

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WALKINGANNIE 5/9/2010 4:43PM

    I suppose that improved streaking would be the obvious follow-up to your naked eating? emoticon

You earned your drum roll. It's a good list.


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MONTY68 5/9/2010 12:04PM

    Hi Marsha

Congratulations on your new streak program. Over the last several days, you did a fantastic job reviewing and to see what works for you. What makes you successful and will continue to be successful is how you are handling your life. Once on maintenance , doesn't mean it's done. Now a new life begins forever.
Thank you fir each days ideas and what they meant to you.

Happy Mother's Day

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LADYIRISH317 5/9/2010 10:08AM

    I'm with Pinksaint!

Congratulations on your accomplishments. You're doing great!

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    Ha ha - streaking sounds good way to burn calories!!

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PINKSAINT247 5/9/2010 9:26AM

    Ok...without reading any of the blog and just looking at the title as I was on my start page, I was thinking, "I know marsha's lost a lot of weight and is a size 4 and all, but why is this woman streaking?!?!" LOL.

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Review of Last 2 Streaks

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I added 2 streaks myself, streak numbers 13 and 14. Thirteen tracked that I burned 307 calories per day, a number SparkPeople had calculated that I was suppose to burn with the exercise program I had chosen. After injury, I reduced that to 120 calories per day. I have decided to keep my team goal of at least 5 cardio sessions of 30 minutes per week. I think one cardio streak is enough for now. After I'm totally healed, I will increase cardio some. I may decide to add a streak to track at the higher level, but I'll wait to see.

Streak fourteen is the one I'm having the most problem with. Actually, I gave up temporarily and quit tracking it when I reduced exercise and my calorie range. The weather was heating up, too. Excuses, excuses. I decided to let myself drink diet soda again as a reward for sticking to the lower calorie range. While I was at it, 2 splendas in my coffee or tea was no problem, either. Bad thinking. Streak fourteen is to track my use of splenda and artificial sweeteners, gradually reducing until I get to the recommendation of no more than 4 packets or equivalents per day. In December I started tracking and felt certain that just by paying attention I was reducing, but I found I averaged around 12 packets a day. I cut back gradually and got to 6 or 7 per day pretty successfully, when I bargained myself out of this goal. I rationalized that I don't see any difference in how I feel, it doesn't affect the scale, who knows if it really hurts you, etc, etc. Another rationalization has been that I set the goal that I would hit no more than 4 packets daily by my birthday, June 6th. I tell myself, I'll just enjoy now and cut it off then. Well, the truth is I know it is not good for me. It is highly likely that artificial sweeteners keep stoking that sweet tooth of mine. It is obvious that it is something the body just doesn't need. I will start tracking again. I will make progress.

One other streak that I want to add is strength training. I'm debating whether to track 2 or 3 days per week as success. I usually do 3, but I may just track two as my minimum. Some weeks two days may be enough of a challenge. More next blog...... -Marsha

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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2010 8:11PM

    Great analyzing of your streaks Marsha! I've enjoyed reading your blogs. I'm an analyzer myself and it's fun to read someone else's blog who does the same thing. I'm sure that when you set your mind to it that you are going to be successful.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/8/2010 4:58PM

    Your stocktaking has been very thorough Marsha. I guess that's why you're successful.

You think about what you're doing. You plan. You tale the actions. You review.

You don't pretend that it's always easy but you get on with it anyway.

You're perfectly qualified to lead the At Goal & Maintaining team!


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