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Enough Already!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I just finished all the laundry, getting every single piece -- even the ironing and hand washing -- finished and put away. As I was reorganizing my closet and throwing out my last clothes that are too big, I realized something: I have enough clothes. It is time for me to stop buying new clothes. I have a complete wardrobe in my goal size.

Oh, it was fun while it lasted. Almost every Saturday, after my Weight Watchers weigh in and meeting, I'd head out for a sale at one of my favorite stores. I loved trying on smaller and smaller sizes and finding that they fit. But all good things must come to an end.

Seriously, I do think the almost weekly shopping trip was a great reward and a great learning experience. Looking in the mirror as I tried on clothing piece after piece helped me to come to see myself as a normal-sized person. It helped me learn at least a little bit about how to dress this new body.

I hope this doesn't sound too vain, but I may need to make a point of looking at myself in the mirror at home now that I won't have my weekly session. I need to internalize that picture as me. I am that person at goal weight.

And I plan to stay that way. For one thing, if I'm not that person at goal weight, I'll have nothing to wear.

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2010 8:43PM

    Like you, I've decided I have "enough clothes" but the regular shopping trips while I was losing were motivating -- and I do sometimes (vanity confession) try on clothes at home . . . experimenting with new combos, just checking that I'm maintaining. And sometimes (second vanity confession) I do go not so much shopping as "trying on" -- because it's fun to browse the deep discount store sale racks in my size eight range!!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/3/2010 8:53AM

    It doesn't sound vain to me - it means that you have met your aims because of your persistence and determination. I'm with you on the need for internalising the picture of the new you. I still keep taking myself by surprise!

emoticon on all that you have achieved and are still achieving.

I guess that we should look forward to having to replace the small clothes when they get too old and worn - that will be the ultimate test of maintenance!

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PENNYAN45 8/2/2010 11:24PM

    What a good place you are in. To have lots of clothing - and all in the smaller size! That is a goal many of us are looking forward to achieving.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/1/2010 11:19PM

    You'll do it! I know you will! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/1/2010 11:14PM

    Wow, what a great feeling to have an entire wardrobe in your goal size, doesn't get any better

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FRAN0426 8/1/2010 10:57PM

    emoticon for reaching your goal weight. emoticon for getting into all those new smaller clothers. I still keep hoping that that day will I see, and then fell great about getting a new smaller size---have seen improvment but not to where a new wardrobe is needed.

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RHONDA_11 8/1/2010 10:27PM

    You are amazing! emoticon Rhonda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2010 10:01PM

    Doesn't sound vain to me. Just sounds like you're getting reacquainted. Here's to the new small you!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/1/2010 9:46PM

    I, too, must Stop Shopping-- have filled the closet with size 8s. It's been fun, but I also need to be wise with finances!! Congratulations!!

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WILD4STARS 8/1/2010 9:20PM

    Way to go !!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/1/2010 9:03PM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!! on all you have achieved.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/1/2010 8:41PM

    So with you there, Marsha, in terms of needing to "internalize" the picture of the "new normal". Surely we can do this!

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MONTY68 8/1/2010 8:40PM

    Hi Marsha,
Wow, ok !!! finally you have enough new and just the right size and as you said enough is enough. If, I may express an opinion, I think you needed to go shopping as often as you did in order to validate and accept the new you. I really believe that you have finally seen and accept and rightfully so are proud of what you see and completed. It is not vain to look in the mirror and like what you see.
I don't remember when I weighed what I do. It had to be well over 50 years ago, All I can remember big, bigger and biggest.
I do look in the mirror and I like what ses, I walk, liking how I feel and I am proud of it.
You have worked so hard in accomplishing your goal weight, You needed to try on sizes that just a short time ago , you could only think about a smaller size. As I said I really feel from your blog today you have recognized the new you and you love it. Congratulations on all that you have done, you are an example of success that other people can learn from and a great motivator of healthy living.
Thank you for sharing

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DONNABRIGHT 8/1/2010 8:33PM

    emoticon You deserve a gold star!

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My Kind of Triathlon

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today I worked out at my gym. It was 98 degrees outside, so I appreciated the air conditioning. Nonetheless I was totally sweated through way before my 120 minute session was complete. I'm trying to change my thinking from sweating being bad to sweating being healthy.

I enjoyed my kind of triathlon. I used the stationary bike, the elliptical, and the treadmill. That counts, doesn't it?? -Marsha

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2010 8:44PM

    Like you, I've persuaded myself that getting sweaty feels good: feels best, actually, in the shower afterwards!!

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JOHAL52 8/1/2010 7:24PM

    You bet it counts!
Val

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2010 6:31PM

    I agree it takes a mind shift, but I'm starting to think of it as an 'internal' cleansing.
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JHADZHIA 7/31/2010 5:26PM

    That is an awesome lower body workout!! Bet you have some kind of powerful legs!! Sweating is good. Releases toxins, makes you feel like you have really accomplished great physical feats! Seniors are athletes too!
High Five!

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MONTY68 7/31/2010 4:28PM

    Hi Marsha
I was concerned at the gym that I really didn't sweat much. She said that with our air conditioning that we won't sweat and that actually is the bodies way of keeping cool, I do sweat while walking but in 90 + temps who wouldn't. So, I still really don't know absolutely that sweating is necessary for me. So I would think as to good or bad thing, it has to be a good thing if it cools the body.
What you did sounds like a good Tri to me , It sounds like it was a good Tri to you and you are the one that counts.

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WALKINGANNIE 7/31/2010 3:22PM

    You certainly tri-ed very hard Marsha - as always!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/31/2010 3:04PM

    Couldn't agree with you more, think sweat is a good thing! Boy can I sweat on the Elliptical machine.

Good job at getting your exercise done and you sure got in your cardio!

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SparkPeople Video Surprise!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The other day I couldn't get to the gym. It was my strength training day and I was scheduled to burn 307 calories. I decided to try some SparkPeople videos.

First I did three of the cardio videos -- Jump Start, Bootcamp, and Kickboxing. It was good for a change, but it seemed like too much warm up and cool down. So, when I have the time I prefer longer videos. (Ten minute sessions are great when you only have 10 minutes or so. I used to waste time at the gym waiting for my classes to start. Now I jump on the elliptical or bike for 5 or 10 or 15 minutes!)

Then I did the 20 minute dumbbell workout, 20 minute stretch band workout, a 12 minute pilates workout, and several very short videos. They didn't seem hard and I didn't think I was getting much of a workout.

The next day was I surprised! Sore, sore, sore. I have worked out regularly at the gym for 5 months now and before that I had a challenging workout routine at home. I thought I was in pretty good shape and was doing a good total body workout. I hadn't had any sore muscles from working out for a long time. Well, surprise, I found muscles I didn't know I had using the SparkPeople videos. I will use them more often. Seems like they give me a workout without me even knowing it! -Marsha





  
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EILEENV3 7/31/2010 12:22PM

    Good to know. emoticon

Sounds like you did over an hour a video doing routines you don't normally do. That might account for the sore muscles.
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DONNABRIGHT 7/31/2010 9:30AM

    Great job!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/31/2010 1:07AM

    Good deal! I've used the dumbell workouts and love getting 2 for 1 muscle groups in each exercise. Not doing the same workout routine over & over is really important, so for anyone 'in a rut' your idea is GREAT! And it's wonderful to get great recommendations about Spark features we may not have tried! (why are we surprised, though, when we find something good on Spark People?) Enjoy (?!) your sore!!

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TBRANCH2 7/30/2010 9:27PM

    Good for you!!

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MONTY68 7/30/2010 7:09PM

    Hi Marhsa
What a great discovery, I have read articles and the coach at the gym has suggested reversing the work outs but the best way to learn something is from a real person. I am going to assume it was because you switched to something completely different.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/30/2010 6:47PM

    Amazing what a workout these videos give you! Good going, Marsha!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/30/2010 6:17PM

    Our body gets used to the same exercise....guess you shook yours up, great job (keep confusing your body and see what happens)

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AQUAGIRL08 7/30/2010 5:26PM

    Switching up your workouts sometimes is a good idea. You get to work different muscle groups in different ways. I'm glad that you found some new ways to work out at home in case you can't make it to the gym. I hope you aren't too sore!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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17FERGIE 7/30/2010 5:02PM

    Good job and keep it up!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 7/30/2010 5:01PM

    Great Job!!!!!

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Good Check Up Today

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The SparkPeople-inspired lifestyle pays off again! Good annual check up today. Blood pressure: 112/70. The nurse said that I must have very good genes. But I don't think that's it. My mom and sister are both on meds for high blood pressure and my BP was averaging 140/90 before I lost weight.

All my blood work was good. The lab neglected to test my cholestrol, so I was disappointed. Doctor had ordered it, but they skipped it. My doc didn't think it was worth doing again as 6 months ago my cholestrol was fine.

Also, for the first time I weighed after a good breakfast, fully clothed, and I even kept my shoes on. I weighed 132. The first of the morning weigh was 127.8 today, which is 1.8 pounds above my ideal weight in my mind, but still in the range. If I'm staying around that weight for a week, I might cut back by a couple hundred calories a day to get back at my personal goal. I went several days without tracking and probably didn't do as well as I thought.

I don't have to go back to the doctor for a year. It's been every 6 months for years, so I'm proud of this health accomplishment!

  
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VTORIA3 7/31/2010 3:35PM

    Super accomplishment! We sparkers are so happy to celebrate this with you! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/30/2010 11:15AM

    Great Dr's report emoticon emoticon

Sure are brave to weigh AFTER breakfast emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/30/2010 8:24AM

    You should feel proud and HEALTHY!
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MONTY68 7/29/2010 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha
What a fantastic check up. that is a reflection of all the serious effort you have put into your goals of healthy living. Congratulations on everything. As far as your weight versus your idea of ideal weight is a very good place to be. It gives you choices and options of what you will do.
You should be very proud of what you have done and a awesome example for others on their journeys.
Thank you for sharing this.

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/29/2010 7:33PM

    Wonderful!! You Rock, Marsha!!

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WALKINGANNIE 7/29/2010 5:44PM

    Good work and excellent news Marsha! Well done.

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PMFISH 7/29/2010 12:55PM

    Way to go Girl! I want to join you in your weight range! Every time I get below 150, an infection hits my respiratory system and back on prednisone and weight. Last hospital was February and still have not lost all weight put on within 6 weeks. Getting close.

Happy for you!!

Pat

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/29/2010 12:48PM

    WTG Marsha!

It is awesome that we both are now concerned with a pound or two!

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BLUEANGELLK 7/29/2010 12:05PM

    Good for you!!!

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SP Health News: The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day before yesterday I wrote about what I am doing right now, standing up to blog and otherwise participate in SparkPeople. Some SparkFriends wondered what motivated me to do that.

Well, I had just read the, "The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span; Study," from the SparkPeople Health News of July 22, 2o10. The article says,
"The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes -- sitting around -- the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults." You may want to read the whole article at the URL below.

Even before I read that article I was thinking about sitting. When I take care of Natalie I rarely sit. Now that her mother is on maternity leave, I have her fewer hours and I find myself sitting more often. In order to maintain my weight, I will need to cut back on calories if I don't balance out the extra sitting with more activity.

So for right now I'm pretty motivated to "take a stand," as my good SparkFriend WalkingAnnie called it. I need to do it to keep eating like I want, and I just might live longer in the bargain. Maybe you want to take a stand, too! -Marsha

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
news_detail.asp?health_day=641401

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/26/2010 9:17AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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JOHAL52 7/25/2010 11:32PM

    I have an extra reason for taking a stand--though it's not one that I would normally publicize emoticon. My IBS has been flaring up again and so have my [ahem] haemerrhoids. Ugh. Yep, standing is more comfortable.

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MONTY68 7/25/2010 10:59PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and a good reminder for people to take a look at how much they do sit. Fortunately I can't sit long. even when I worked,I found a reason to leave my work and walk somewhere. Here I walk around about 10-15 minutes out of each hour. I still ike your idea of the high desk for the purpose of standing. I think with all the exercise that you do, that your sitting time is minimal, of course I understand that you are now working at a sitting job. I also know that if there is something that needs to be adjusted, you will find it
Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information.

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KALIGIRL 7/25/2010 8:50PM

    I thought your blog timely as I sent the article out to the folks in the building. I have my watch set to get up every hour (good way to get my water).
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DWKINSEY 7/25/2010 5:27PM

    After having back surgery a couple of weeks ago, I have difficulty standing or sitting, so my best options are lying down and walking. I walk as much as I can around the house. I have heard that fidgeting and pacing actually burn calories and are much better than sitting. I am definitely one of those who can't sit still for very long even without back problems, and I like to pace while talking on the phone.
A funny thing happened when the occupational therapist came to my house the other day...all the upper body exercise equipment she pulled out I used with great ease...I guess those gloves in water exercise worked better than I thought...
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PO_PAZZA 7/25/2010 12:05PM

    Yes. I read an article about a health/nutrition researcher at some university who has no chairs in his office. His "desk" is tall enough that he can do everything standing up. I need to look around my house and see what I have that would allow me to compute upright.

Good point, Marcia. Thank you.

Mary

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DONNABRIGHT 7/25/2010 11:53AM

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TBRANCH2 7/25/2010 11:36AM

    well, I guess that I will live a short life because I cannot stand for any great length of time...I am doing better, however, on the walking. Good for you, though!! And good that you are having a little more time for yourself! I know that grands are great but, sometimes we just need a little more time for US!
Hugs,
Theresa

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/25/2010 11:07AM

    I'll Take A Stand with you, Marsha! Great reminder! I'll have to go find the article!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/25/2010 9:45AM

    As a whole, I sit more than stand because my job involves me on a computer. However, I do make the effort to get up and walk around and walk during lunch time.

Can't stand at my desk or at home when on the computer

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UUCEEJAY 7/25/2010 9:06AM

    Yes, I noticed that too. When I am babysitting, I rarely sit. Makes the word babysitting a bit of an oxymoron, doesn't it? I watched Cassidy all of last week and didn't do my usual workout but I didn't gain a pound. I think I was working out all day long. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 7/25/2010 7:38AM

    I get a sore butt and my joints get stiff sitting too long, but standing in one spot also bothers my joints, this why I have to get up and take moving breaks! The short fitness breaks throughout the day helps me and was one of the best ideas I saw on here.
I was wondering what was going to happen with Natalie when you were taking on longer work hours. You are going to miss her!!


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WALKINGANNIE 7/25/2010 5:56AM

    I read about this study too but in an English newspaper. I probably sit for too long most days, but at least my sitting time is considerably less than it used to be.

Sparking is a sedentary activity for me, and I guess for most of us, but it keeps me motivated to eat right and to move more. I try to limit my Spark sessions so that they are little and often but I can see merit in your suggestion. I'll give it a try.

We can't spend too much time sitting down on the job!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/25/2010 4:17AM

    My feet are so bad I need to sit as often I can to be able to manage through the day - something that would probably change if I scceeded in losing weight.

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BRIMINUS150 7/25/2010 1:19AM

    I sit way too much (like now!)

It's really cool you're making a goal of this. I agree, sitting for long periods isn't good; it makes us lazy and burns fewer calories.

I think my first step in standing more is to play my Wii more often instead of watching Taiwanese dramas on my computer! Playing Wii, the games pretty much require you to stand up. Love it emoticon



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