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Man, the Sweat!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm just about to take my third shower of the day. I did a treadmill workout this morning, burning 200 calories. I was dripping sweat. I showered and then Natalie came.

Natalie and I danced to the Princess and the Frog CD. It was not an aerobic exercise as we danced and flopped on the bed or on the floor. We rested as much as we danced, but I got absolutely soaked with sweat again. We keep the house at 79 or 80 degrees and we have plenty of humidity. So, I took a shower after Natalie left and then went to Lowe's to buy some supplies my hubby needed to repair the porch that was damaged by wind last week.

Then I went to the gym and did my 10 strength training machines followed by 35 minutes on the stationery bike. I felt like that commercial I saw recently on TV of the guy with a geyser or hose under his arms, but it was my forehead and scalp that seemed to be the greatest source of the river of sweat. But, truly I could wring out any piece of my clothing. Yuck.

So, I'm about to take my 3rd shower today. I have a big non-pile (spread out) of laundry from today's activity. I don't remember getting so sweaty last year. I have increased the intensity of my workouts, but I don't think by that much.

Oh, well, I feel terrific and I'll feel even better after this next shower! Hope you are having an active, happy day, too.

  
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KOOLNANA5 6/11/2010 6:33PM

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PRESHA911 6/11/2010 3:42PM

    I love getting sweaty. It makes me feel like I'm really working hard. :)

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KALIGIRL 6/11/2010 1:11PM

    Sounds like a super day to me.
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JHADZHIA 6/11/2010 11:37AM

    Its the humidity that is doing it to you (and the heat) ! I am surprised you are able to go at it so hard with those conditions! Obviously, you must be drinking plenty of water to avoid any kind of heat stroke concerns :) You are just such an amazing woman!! I am in awe of your efforts! No wonder you are such a success with your weight loss and fitness!! Keep up the great work!!

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LADY_KATHY 6/11/2010 11:24AM

    What fun. : )

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COTTRELL11 6/11/2010 11:05AM

    I sweat just thinking of my exercise! Sounds like you and your granddaughter had a good time!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/11/2010 10:56AM

    NO wonder your are Motivator of the Day! There is no stopping you!! emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/11/2010 10:29AM

    You are now 60 yrs old and 126 pounds. You are very active and look fantastic. You inspire me! Thank you!

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WATERMELLEN 6/10/2010 10:46PM

    Love showers -- make a nice reward for all that activity!!

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BITTYGIRL51 6/10/2010 10:36PM

    I heard once that "women don't sweat"...they said "animals sweat, men perspire, and women just glisten"...Ha! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/10/2010 9:10PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/10/2010 9:01PM

    Did you know, for example, that you sweat more when you are fitter? Take a look at the true prime athletes, like the NBA guys... remember Michael Jordan, sweating from the top of his shaved head on down?

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MICHI246 6/10/2010 8:37PM

    Sweating is good, even though it doesn't always feel that way. Just don't forget to drink lots of water to replace it all. I sweat a lot too when I do a really good work out on the treadmill and that commercial has crossed my mind too haha.

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Comfort of the Elusive Third Kind

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I wrote earlier about physical comforts of goal weight -- sitting and breathing more comfortably -- and emotional comfort -- just feeling more comfortable "in my skin." But there is one more kind of comfort I'm looking for. This one I've yet to achieve consistently. And that is comfort with food.

There are days when eating healthy is not a struggle. When I want what is good for me, in the right amounts, and I am totally satisfied with my eating.

Then there are days when it is tough. I want all my healthy food pretty much every day, but some days I want so much more. Sometimes it is just volume I want. Anything that will fill me up would be fine. I'm trying to track to see whether too many carbs bring it on or not enough protein or is it stress/emotional "hunger"? I don't have enough data yet to analyze it, even though yesterday was one of those days.

Then sometimes it is sugar I am craving or chocolate. Occasionally it is crunchy, fried, or savory treats. Sometimes I just want something specific. Frequently this happens after I passed up something. I am not aware I am feeling deprived at the time, but must be. So I need to be careful about events in which I am "too" good!

I have a comfortable, normal-sized body. I don't yet have a comfortable, normal-sized appetite. -Marsha

  
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PRESHA911 6/11/2010 3:43PM

    I totally understand what you mean. Glad I'm not the only one.

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MSSNOWY 6/11/2010 10:33AM

    This is so true. Thank you for expressing it so well. For me it has to do with being "too good" too sometimes. Then I find myself seeking out something that I haven't cared about at all, but suddenly it matters. Congratulations on reaching your goal. I'm inspired to continue working toward mine.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 6/11/2010 8:52AM

  this is so true... somedays i have to remind myself to eat, other days i just can't seem to get enough

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MELTAWAY65 6/8/2010 11:51PM

  You expressed a major concern that I didn't even think about until now. I struggle so much right now with volume. I know that this is going to also be a struggle for me when I get to my goal weight.

Keep up the great work! You are an inspiration.

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WENDINGO1 6/8/2010 10:23PM

  Thank you for your post on my page and the gold star. When I get that hungry feeling that I can't eat enough....I make roasted vegetables. A big roasting pan with chunks of potato, sweet potato, asparagus, sugar peas, yellow squash, green pepper, onion. You can alter these to taste, this combination is really good. I give a little Olive Oil over with salt and pepper and sometime garlic powder and cover in oven at 400 for about 1 1/2 hr. Stir at least twice during this time.

You can eat just about as much as you want and it just isn't going to hurt you, I definitely get full and sometimes that is just a nice feeling for once. It really sometimes reminds me that I don't like that feeling as much as I like feeling lighter and more energetic, not bloated.

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JHADZHIA 6/8/2010 8:30PM

    I agree with Flutterbugce. The longer the workout you get, yes, you need more water, but you may also need to bump up the calories a bit. You always need fuel for the engine! If I have a heavy workout morning and day, I always push the top envelope of my calories, if I go easy then I coast at the bottom. I never seem hungry as long as I keep in mind how I have exercised, and that I especially have a good post exercise meal. I love my morning workouts and my breakfast is the biggest calorie laden meal of my day. It helps me get through the day without feeling hungry as well. I go from 700-900 calories in breakfast. I find I don't need as much later on when I am not doing much. So far, its worked for me! I walk past the A & W every time I go to the mall to get groceries, I used to stop once in a while for those amazing onion rings. I no longer do that. Can you imagine what six years of having onion rings regularly would have done to me lol.
You are so aware of what you are doing. That is why you are so good at this program!!
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KALIGIRL 6/8/2010 8:21PM

    I can totally relate.

I keep trying to readjust the regimen to fit my needs, yet @ least once a month, my 'bad' child wants to take over. I'm beginning to learn that it's carbs - bread, pasta, chips and need to see where that will lead me...
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AQUAGIRL08 6/8/2010 5:13PM

    Marsha, when you are looking at what you eat on those "hungry" days, you might also want to look at how much exercise you've gotten and how hot it is outside. I've found that sometimes thirst can mask itself as hunger (don't know why but it does). I've also found that if I've exercised and then been "on the go" all day long, I may need more food that day. Just a thought. You are doing a terrific job!

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Comfort of a Second Kind

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I wrote yesterday that goal weight makes it more comfortable to sit, confident that I will have enough space, and keeps me more comfortable, sweating less and breathing easier, in the heat. There is another kind of comfort that I find at goal weight. It is a little more difficult to describe.

You hear people talk about someone who is "comfortable in his/her own skin." I believe I have more of that comfort at goal weight, too. It is confidence to some extent. But even at my heaviest I never shied away from meeting new people, public speaking, or social occasions. This kind of comfort is more than confidence. I feel right. I feel in balance. I just feel better. And I am not referring to feeling healthier, although I do and I am. But I am thinking about feeling more at peace with my body, more at peace in the world.

I haven't quite spelled it out here the way I would like, but I suspect many of you will understand what I mean. -Marsha

  
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KALIGIRL 6/8/2010 2:02PM

    Definitely relate - thanks!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/6/2010 3:55PM

    Well said Marsha, I know what you mean too.

It's the feeling that tells me that this is my home weight.

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JHADZHIA 6/6/2010 2:56PM

    I know what you mean Marsha! On a physical level, my skin doesn't feel tight any more. On a mental level I feel I have reached equilibrium. I can be calm and peaceful with my body, not being at war. So relaxing!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/6/2010 12:35PM

    I know exactly what you mean. When I was at a healthy weight, everything was in balance and I felt more like I was "one" with the universe. I'm hoping to get back to the place where I can feel like that again. It's a feeling that you can't get any other way except by being healthy and at complete ease and acceptance with yourself. You are doing a great job Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/6/2010 12:27PM

    Well said.

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2010 10:30AM

    I totallly get it. So glad that you are feeling more comfortable.

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MONTY68 6/6/2010 1:57AM

    Marsha

I know exactly what you are talking about. I experienced a change shortly after I hit the weight and it is interesting that as heavy as I was, I always felt comfortable around people, taught classes etc and never thought about the weight.
But this is different, like a vail was lifted that surrounded me. I can't explain it any different than that. I guess I could copy your second paragraph as that is what it is

Good blog, and a very Happy birthday

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RNSHARON 6/6/2010 1:31AM

    I do know what you mean--and it's a nice feeling as i lose weight.

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The Comfort of Goal

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I wanted to lose weight to be healthier and to look better. I never really thought about comfort as a reason to lose weight and get fit, but it is definitely a reason I want to maintain my weight loss and my fitness gains.

Seats are so much more comfortable at goal weight. Whether it is sitting at the theater, at a staff meeting, or in an airplane seat, I know I will have enough room. I won't feel stuffed in and trapped. I won't hurry to get to the most comfortable seat available because they are all fine for me now. I've heard my mother say that without "padding" (fat) seats can be uncomfortable. I've found that just the opposite is true.

And it is hot. A church near me had a sign that said it was 102 degrees today, but I believe that is overstated. The news said it would be high of 92 today here in central Florida with the highest humidity of the season, over 90%. I do not sweat near as much as I did 80 pounds heavier. I breath easier. I enjoy going outside even in the heat. Today after our SparkTeam walk, Natalie and I played outside in the park. When I was heavier, I would have insisted on staying in the air conditioning. Outside was just too uncomfortable. I would have missed the sunshine, the butterflies, the dragonflies, the flowers, the fresh air, the birds, the squirrels, etc. I would have missed the fun of it all!

Life is just better at goal weight. And comfort is one of the reasons.

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 6/10/2010 4:11PM

    Had to laugh about the 'comfort' idea of not being irritated by the heat, 'cause I'm chilled all the time! Can hardly wait to go outside and get warm - I don't turn on the car AC until I've driven a few miles and gotten warm! Am sitting here in the office today with a sweater over my cute short sleeve shirt & capris, wish I'd left the sandalls home & worn something to cover my toes!

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JHADZHIA 6/5/2010 8:04PM

    You betcha Marsha! And don't forget, being able to participate in two fitness events in one day is a bonus! Not having to worry about being too tired! Just go, go go!
Keep up the great work!

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MEXGAL1 6/5/2010 4:48PM

    Good for you...so glad you are enjoying your weight loss and the benefits that come with it....continue on!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/5/2010 4:43PM

    Great point Marsha. Comfort is a real bonus.

I like Vikki's point too. Carrying another 80lb would seem like quite a challenge now!



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WILD4STARS 6/5/2010 4:13PM

    Just think about being outside playing with Natalie carrying eight - 10 pound bags of potatoes with you. Can you even imagine?

You make so many great points. Happy Sparking,
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SLIMMERJESSE 6/5/2010 3:17PM

    Yes, everything is better when we're lighter. For sure! And 80 lbs just blows me away. Good for you!

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PMFISH 6/5/2010 3:01PM

    You better believe it!!! Happy you are able to do those things now. Keep up the good work!!

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Talk About Mindless Eating

Friday, June 04, 2010

I made it three whole days with absolutely no artificial sweetener. (I have been a Splenda-Equal-SweetnLow-saccharine "addict" for more than 35 years.)

Today my hubby did the grocery shopping as usual. He came home with sugar free chocolate mousse and handed me one, 60 calories. I ate it without even thinking. Honestly, I enjoyed it. It had absolutely no redeeming nutritional attribute. It was pure chemical junk. Yum.

That's okay. I'm giving up all or nothing thinking. I'm not throwing in the towel on my goal. Three days was a good start. I intend to have only that one sweetened treat this week. Then I'll focus on 4 or fewer packets (or equivalents) per day, which is SparkPeople's recommendation. -Marsha

  
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BETHANYBOO 6/5/2010 4:01PM

    I struggle with artificial sweeteners too. I can go without them for the most part, but I do put them in tea/coffee. I can't enjoy my caffeine fix without it!

Congrats on 3 days without it. I was thinking about trying just one day without added sugars or sweeteners but it'd be hard!

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JHADZHIA 6/5/2010 1:32AM

    I can't see one little treat as a blown diet promise. I agree with the others that all or nothing was too extreme to start with when you have used them for so many years. Sparks is all about moderation, not deprivation.
There is room in our diets for a little splurge. Have to keep the inner food demon at peace and at bay by throwing him the odd little happy scrap!
Keep up the great work! You are doing so amazing!!

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MONTY68 6/4/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Marsha

You are one who looks at things and to have a goal of 4 or fewer packets is a good goal. What I am doing now is starting to read about other nutrients that I may be missing. certain vitamins and minerals. Problem with most labels don't address all of them. At my age if I just change some things I will be doing better. The real solution is going raw and I am not ready for that idea.
I know for you that you will succeed in what ever you choose to look at.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/4/2010 9:01PM

    I think moderation is the key here Marsha and that's what you're going to do. You have been doing a great job. It is very difficult to give up something that you have depended upon in your diet for 35 years. It all starts with baby steps. Soon it will get easier. Keep up the good work!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/4/2010 7:44PM

    Totally agree about the all or nothing. In fact, it was a "no more than one a day"... that led to weekends soda-free, and eventually to my current streak: 159 days free. What woman has done, woman can do... by gradual steps.

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EDUCGRAD 6/4/2010 7:31PM

    you have done well,but maybe cold-turkey was a bit too much too soon.I agree just taper yourself off gradually

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2010 6:13PM

    Moderation in all things! My go-to is fat free sugar free (but not Splenda-free) yogourt: major calcium source, way fewer calories, convenient at work -- there it is!!



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WALKINGANNIE 6/4/2010 5:18PM

    That "yum" is important! You enjoyed it and ate in moderation.

You're so focused and controlled for most of the time and are dealing with a big change in habits. In the scheme of things 60 calories is just 60 calories.

As others have said recently this is about progress, not perfection - although it seems that you're very close to perfection!!

Your progress is truly motivational.

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