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Thanks, TBRANCH, and Thanks to FLUTERBUGCE, TOO

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Really enjoyed the Polk County SparkTeam pot luck dinner last evening. It was wonderful to meet AMANDJCD and get to see FLUTTERBUGCE, EILEENV3, and ASMITH (hope I have that screen name right) again. TBRANCH has such a lovely home. She and her husband were the best host/hostess. It was pouring down rain when I arrived, and Mr TBRANCH came to greet me with an umbrella -- now that is service! The food was yummy and healthy. We laughed and ate and enjoyed. Great evening.

Thanks so much to both great leaders of our local team!! -Marsha

  
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PARKERB2 8/9/2010 2:37PM

    emoticonI'm glad you enjoyed yourself. Sounds like fun to do Spark Friends meetings. How do you find out if there's one in your area?

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2010 6:48PM

    Sounds like a great team - how great to meet your support group!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/8/2010 4:24PM

    It sounds as if you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for telling us about it.

Hope you have a great week.

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TBRANCH2 8/8/2010 1:41PM

    Hubby and I want to thank everyone for attending and having a great time of fellowship with us! The time flew by and yes, there was much laughter to be had!! I think everyone left extremely uplifted and motivated. The food was great, too! : )
Thanks again!
Theresa & Bob

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MONTY68 8/8/2010 1:06PM

    Hi Marsha
Glad you enjoyed the dinner, I am planning on attending the spark BBQ in Largo next Sat. I think it has to be a different feeling to actually meet some people that we have only seen on a website. your team has had a couple of these , if I remember correctly.
Thank you for sharing it.

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AMANDAJCD 8/8/2010 12:35PM

    I second all of this -- we had a lovely time :D

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EILEENV3 8/8/2010 11:34AM

    I had a great time at the dinner. It was good to reconnect with the people I had already met and meet new ones. It was so much fun to sit around the table to talk and laugh together.

Teresa & Bob did a great job of welcoming us to their home.

Eileen

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/8/2010 10:49AM

    Glad you enjoyed yourself, and friends continue to be made through Sparks emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/8/2010 10:07AM

    Glad you all had a good time.
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AQUAGIRL08 8/8/2010 9:15AM

    I had a wonderful time too! TBRANCH2's hubby was so cute with that umbrella! I was so grateful for all of the laughter and support. The connection that I felt with everyone was just lovely. I love you guys. The food was so yummy and healthy too. I can't wait until September 1 at 6pm! See you at the next team walk on August 14 at 8:30a.m. - can't wait.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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JHADZHIA 8/8/2010 8:46AM

    Lucky you getting together with Sparkers in person! What fun!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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Now I Can Look the Part

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Today it came! The FedEx man left me a little white package. Natalie was here and we opened it together. I now have a bright red (size small) SparkPeople shirt. Natalie was very impressed.

You may remember I won $10 credit on the wheel the other day, so I got my shirt for little more than the shipping cost. Can't wait to wear it and help spread the spark even further. -Marsha

  
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SLIMLILA 8/9/2010 4:08PM

    Hey Marsha, lucky you. can't wait to see your pic. Size Small, can't even imagine that!! emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 8/7/2010 3:42PM

    Oh what fun! Not only could you get the new shirt, but to get it in a small :D

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PENNYAN45 8/6/2010 11:55PM

    Size SMALL!! Looking forward to a photo!



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AQUAGIRL08 8/6/2010 9:34PM

    Way to go Marsha! I'm glad that you were the person who won it!

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JULIA_211 8/6/2010 5:51PM

    Very cool! emoticon emoticon

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EILEENV3 8/6/2010 3:50PM

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PARKERB2 8/6/2010 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonPut a picture on Spark soon.

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KALIGIRL 8/6/2010 12:57PM

    You'll be a walking advertisement!
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JHADZHIA 8/6/2010 11:53AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy your prize and spreading the Spark!!

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TBRANCH2 8/6/2010 11:15AM

    Go you!! Wear it to the team dinner tomorrow night!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/6/2010 11:08AM

    Put it on, take a picture...would love to see it

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/6/2010 3:19AM

    We are looking forward to the photos on your page soon!! I have one of the bamboo long sleeve shirts and LOVE it :)



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/5/2010 11:28PM

    Oh, how I want a shirt! I am saving getting one for a reward for my year anniversary and hopefully, goal! I'm so glad you got it! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/5/2010 10:57PM

    I got my Spark T-shirt with gift certificate when I bought "The Spark". Enjoy wearing it to workout, play, and last Saturday for our Colorado Christian Women Spark Team Get-together! Let's see a photo!

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MONTY68 8/5/2010 8:53PM

    Way to go Marsha.

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WILD4STARS 8/5/2010 8:45PM

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2010 8:40PM

    Very nice! No wonder you're motivated!! (And thanks for your comment on my motivation blog).

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Confident Portions

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Last eve at supper I decided I wanted some of my hubby's mashed potatoes. I served myself what I thought was about a quarter cup. I started to take a bite. Doubt crept in. I got up from the table, got a measuring cup, and put the potatoes in it. It was exactly -- and I mean exactly -- one quarter cup. I plan to estimate confidently more often in the future. -Marsha

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2010 8:40PM

    Portion control: you've aced it and it's key!!

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JOHAL52 8/5/2010 8:28AM

    Good eye Marsha!! I, too, have found that I have developed a sense for what a portion is.

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PENNYAN45 8/4/2010 5:59PM

    You have developed a good eye for portion sizes!
That will serve you well as you continue on!



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TBRANCH2 8/4/2010 1:20PM

    GREAT JOB!! Not on just the measuring but on only eating that small of a portion of mashed potatoes!!! (I have a weakness for homemade mashed potatoes)...
Hugs,
Theresa

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DONNABRIGHT 8/4/2010 10:55AM

    It does get easier to estimate portions but I still check myself every now and then and find I come up short more often than not.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/4/2010 8:27AM

    Congratulations on doing so well in the eye test!

Your good habits are embedded now.

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MONTY68 8/3/2010 11:24PM

    Hi Marsha
It is interesting that as we travel this journey, the things we used like weighing and measuring seems to become an awareness that it becomes automatic. Congratulations on your new found skill.

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JHADZHIA 8/3/2010 10:15PM

    Wow!! Good for you!! I am able to tell what a banana weighs in g pretty closely now too. I always get the smallest ones and try keep it around 100g which seems to be the standard for it.


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BESTSUSIEYET 8/3/2010 9:05PM

    Isn't it nice to know you're getting to this portion-control thing coming more naturally?? Hooray!

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MEXGAL1 8/3/2010 8:02PM

    Hey, good for you. I am getting pretty good at that as well. Of course I have dieted all my live so I should have a good idea what size portions should be.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/3/2010 5:14PM

    Good eye, glad you were right emoticon

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    emoticonTHAT was GREAT! emoticon

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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!
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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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