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Lifestyle I Can Feel Good About

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I feel really hopeful that I am on the brink of making the changes I need to feel good about my lifestyle and habits as well as my weight loss! The WAYMO challenge came just at the right time for me, and I am doing it!!

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SOJUSTDOIT 9/8/2010 7:41PM

    I was looking for good blogs and came across yours very inspirational. I am a newbie, not to dieting but on eating well. Seen your blog ie: Secrets Tips and what is The WAYMO challenge emoticon

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JOHAL52 9/6/2010 11:04AM

    You've already made so many positive changes Marsha. You are a real inspiration to me.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2010 7:40PM

    This is great news Marsha! Positives build positives!

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MERALO 9/5/2010 1:21PM

    That's so wonderful! Then it was meant to'll get all that you want to achieve out of the challenge, I'm so happy you're enjoying it. Go get it!


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RITAROSE 9/5/2010 7:52AM

  Hi Marsha, I couldn't agree with you more because it's true for me too! Let's keep up our focus and hard work to reach our goals! WE can do it!!

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 8:02PM

    Good for you! What ever can keep you focused on a healthy lifestyle is great! I am sure you will be leading this challenge in no time at all LOL. You do well at whatever you put your mind to..

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JOYINKY 9/4/2010 7:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThat's just an awsome discovery!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/4/2010 5:11PM

    Good for you, you sound just great emoticon

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MONTY68 9/4/2010 5:09PM

    Hi Marsha
I am not surprised at this blog. You have done a fantastic job and also know what you need to do to feel good with your new lifestyle. You will do great in this challenge as that is who you are.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:44PM

    You sound SO positive.

Marvellous Marsha - that's you!


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Trophy Junkie

Friday, September 03, 2010

I just got my rewards from SparkPeople for August. I racked up 5 trophies: perfect attendance, SparkPoints, fitness minutes, consistency, and - ta dah - the Trivia A Student. So, August was a good month, but with my commitment to the WAYMO? (What Are You Made Of?) Challenge I am starting today, I expect September to be even better. Thanks to all my SparkFriends who encourage and support me. You are the best!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/4/2010 9:26AM

    Got to love those trophies! You deserve them!
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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 6:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are one of only two people on my Spark friend's list to get the Trivia. Well done!

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MONTY68 9/3/2010 4:31PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on all your trophies. I am impressed with the trivia. To maintain 90 % all month is great. My overall average is 69 %. I am looking forward to your challenge for September, I think you will do quite well.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/3/2010 3:37PM

    You're a superstar Marsha!

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PARKERB2 9/3/2010 2:40PM

    You go girl. emoticon

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GATOR12 9/3/2010 1:47PM

    Have a good wkend and wonderful September!!!

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MEXGAL1 9/3/2010 12:35PM

    wow, good for you. i got all but the trivia...I suck at that...but yeah for you!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/3/2010 11:36AM

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JOYINKY 9/3/2010 9:19AM

    You are so deserving, an inspiration! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/3/2010 7:40AM

  I love my trophies too, but will never get the trivia one! I hardly ever get 100% on them!
Good for you!! Have a wonderful spark filled day!

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JULIA_211 9/3/2010 7:14AM

    Congratulations on your trophies! That's commitment! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/3/2010 7:03AM

    Doesn't it just give you a little extra boost when those monthly awards show up? Congrats on the trivia... I've never been very consistent about doing the quizzes!

Have a great September!

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Goals for September

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I joined the WAYMO (What are you made of?) challenge for September to give myself something to work toward. Looks like another great group of Sparkers. We are to set 5 individual, challenging goals for the month. I don't think it is cheating that I selected one that relates to my Better Sleep Challenge as well:

1. I will track 100% of my food at least 3 weeks in September. (I have had a bad habit of quitting tracking when I run out of calories.)
2. I will stick to my calorie range at least 6 days a week -- eating at the bottom of the range at least 2 days -- and achieving an overall calorie deficit every week in September. (unless under 124)
3. I aim to reduce my weight range from 125.8-132 in August to 125-131 in Sept. (124-130 in Oct) If my weight falls below 124 for a full week I will eat a little more.
4. I will try to go to bed by 10pm and will be in bed by 10:30pm every night in September.
5. I will go on my longest bike ride ever, breaking my 15 mile personal record.
I also will renew my gym membership and meet with a wellness coach (cost included in membership). If that does not result in a measurable fitness goal, I will meet with a personal trainer (which costs) in September, and come up with a measurable fitness goal for October.
If I achieve at least 4 out of 5 of these goals, I will reward myself by buying a heart rate monitor that I have been wanting for months!

Additionally, September will be an exciting month since my second granddaughter will be almost certainly born within the next 10 days. And I have a challenging grant proposal to put together for work, too.

I'm planning to accomplish a lot and be grateful for the life I have all September!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/3/2010 6:54AM

    Those are wonderful goals Marsha! You deserve a pat on the back!

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MERALO 9/3/2010 4:55AM

    I already said it, awesome goals Marsha, very well-thought out. Enjoy that new granddaughter!

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 12:24AM

    We will all be awaiting the blog saying you have done it! You have been consistent and steady in all that you do! You will bust these goals wide open!

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MONTY68 9/2/2010 9:52PM

This blog is another reason why you will continue being successful in life.
That is a awesome group of challenges. I would think a great possibility of meeting all of them, I would suggest buying your reward now , just kidding, I know you have to complete September first.
So in a few days you get to start spoiling another granddaughter, you have had practice doing that already. The whole family is probably getting more excited each day.
Well, You have made a great commitment to yourself and thank you for sharing it.

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JOYINKY 9/2/2010 9:36PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/2/2010 8:53PM

    emoticon, I am in your cheering section...starting now!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/2/2010 7:43PM

    Great goals. And knowing you, Marsha... emoticon

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Really Tired Today

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I'm really disappointed. I'm probably too tired to articulate it well, though. I signed up for the Better Sleep Challenge hoping to feel more rested. And actually night before last I had a great night's sleep. But last night I had a restless night. I made myself go to bed at 9:45pm in order to have enough time to sleep 8 hours and exercise before work. I know my hubby was disappointed that I didn't stay up to watch America's Got Talent with him. Then I tossed and turned and had my worst night's sleep since I started SparkPeople, maybe getting 4 hours sleep total. I've dragged around work today and not been worth my salt.

It does make me more determined to try to make this challenge work.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/2/2010 3:20PM

    Here's hoping to a better night tonight!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/2/2010 3:05PM

    But, after all the laughter last night, I'll bet you slept great! (I hope!)

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/2/2010 10:07AM

    There are so many reasons for not being able to sleep and many times it is physical. If it continues you might want to check with your doctor.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/2/2010 3:07AM

    So sorry that you had a bad night Marsha. Sometimes the more we concentrate on trying to sleep the more difficult it is. That's why I have avoided this challenge before. I thought that managing sleep was beyond my control. That and knowing deep down that I would have to reduce caffeine.

I'm sure that Monty is right (because he's very wise!) about the fact that this is a 4-week challenge because it will take at least 4 weeks to adjust.

I can also see why it's called a challenge. I think that this is a pretty difficult experiment and clearly you do too. It's a testament to my faith in SP that I'm sticking to it but I have read a few of the relevant articles and can see the sense of what we're doing.

Hey ho. We're determined to see this through and Spark has guided us in so many positive ways so let's look forward to some positive outcomes. The way I see it, at least we will have gained a bit more understanding about how our bodies work so that we can make more informed decisions.

Sweet dreams tonight my friend.....

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MONTY68 9/1/2010 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha,
I had a thought that perhaps your body is resisting the great change that you are doing.
Maybe that is why it is 4 weeks , developing a new habit called better sleeping. Also, it could have been stress that got caught up with last night. I really think that you will find that your body will adapt to a new consistent sleep pattern.
Hope tonight show better results.

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KALIGIRL 9/1/2010 10:11PM

Sometimes it's best to just go with the flow... might have been your DH's unhappiness or work stress that kept you up?

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JOYINKY 9/1/2010 9:54PM

    Seems like this is something that will take time to adjust to. Don't give up, I know you won't, you'll find a solution.
I admire your determination! Sweet dreams. . . . emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/1/2010 9:51PM

    Sorry you had a bad one :( I did too, just a few hours of broken sleep. It is wearing trying to stay awake :( After my brutal cold morning, I could barely stay awake at the bridge table and had my worst game since I was a rookie player :(
Can only hope tonight is better as I have to get up and at it, hydrating, working out, eating and showering before they turn my water off at 8 am for the day :(( It never rains here, always pours LOL.
Sweet dreams!! (I am never asleep long enough to have any -wonder what its like)
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2010 8:11PM

    I think it must have been in the air last night, because after having a full 8 the night before, last night I went to bed early and did everything I was supposed to do, and found myself at 1 a.m. "resting my eyes" rather than sleeping. Finally got back to sleep only in time to be awakened by a whining canine! Sigh.

Good thing I'd had that good night the night before!

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FRAN0426 9/1/2010 8:08PM

    I can relate to the diappointment of not getting a good nights sleep( happens to me most of the time.) From working soooooo many overnights both when younger and then again for almost ten years before retirement, my internal clock is plan ans simple--the day and night mix up. The other night , thought for sure sleep would be so easy after walking around the state fair for hours on end---turned out to be the worst night of sleep in months, and last night wasn't any better. Hopping we both have a wonderful long night of sleep tonight.

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MNTNGRLL 9/1/2010 6:48PM

  that would be the scariest challenge for me. I don't know about you guys but after a poor nights sleep I stress the next day that no matter how tired I am I won't sleep. 10 years ago I made needing little sleep work for me by working double shifts. Now its a count down thru the night. last night my BF asked if sleep walking is the new thing: I woke up at 2am insisting it was time to go to work. Now that is stressful.

Good luck with the challenge. If you learn any secrets let me know.

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MEXGAL1 9/1/2010 5:49PM

    I am so sorry to hear you did not sleep well...I have always had problems with sleep. i sure wish there was a safe sleeping med that we could take and feel rested.
I guess the good news for you is that you will be so tired that hopefully you should sleep well tonight.
I will hope for you!

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OPHELIA105 9/1/2010 4:35PM

    i wonder sometimes if some people are programmed to survive on less sleep. Apparently Margaret Thatcher only had 4 hours every night - so you are in good company there.

I have an iPod pillow (can be used with any mp3) so play a variety of things depending on my mood:

relaxing music
relaxation / hypnotherapy free podcasts
other podcasts - esp. weight loss ones
audio books
sound of rain / the sea / birds etc


Sleep well tonight...

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TEEGO77 9/1/2010 4:34PM

    It's one of those things where you know what you need to do to improve your sleep, but it's hard to always do - especially when there are good shows on TV (or even not so good, but you started watching so now you have to finish the episode). Good luck!

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MROSE721 9/1/2010 4:32PM

  dont feel alone, we all have times like that. i think it takes time to develop habits good and bad, so hang in there, keep us posted

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In Control?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I recognize that I almost have the body I want. I am within a pound or two of my ideal weight. Yet, I don't have the eating habits I want. For the past couple months, I have been over my calorie range more than in it. If I set my nutrition tracker in losing mode for 1200-1550 calories, I tend to eat 1625. If I set it for 1500-1850, I tend to eat 1950. And occasionally I have a 2500 calorie day. And worse, I often quit tracking when I run out of calories, so that my reports are incomplete and not as helpful as they should be.

I want to be like Monty and WalkingAnnie. I want to stay within my calorie allowance.

I'm eating about 10 servings of freggies daily, always get my milk products, eat almost exclusively whole grains. I eat very little saturated fat and virtually no trans fat. Most days I have at least 2 teaspoons of olive or canola oil. I take fish oil supplement. I eat a great variety of foods. I always have 8 glasses of water or more. In the 10 months I've been on SparkPeople, I have not had a week that I did not achieve my fitness minutes, and usually go over quite a bit.

But I am still overeating, usually between 8-11pm. I know lots of tricks to quit evening munching, but I need to decide which strategy to employ now. I'm going to think about setting a goal and setting up a rewards for (1) sticking to my calorie range and (2) tracking 100%.

Part of me thinks I'm nuts to worry about my eating when my weight is good. The other part of me thinks I'm not really in control and that could spell disaster.

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MONTY68 9/1/2010 2:03AM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for your comment. Let me say first , that you are not nuts for worrying about your eating . It is those that don't, that find out till much later that they have gained weight.
You will not let that happen. The 2 rewards that you have set up is a wonderful idea. Now, as I see it , you have to find the right range of calories in order to maintain. What I find interesting is that the range you chose to release some weight , you said that you tend to eat 1650 which is over your range figures, when you set your new range , you find that you go over on it. The interesting idea is the 1650 is the middle of the higher range. For some reason in both examples you go over. I would suggest that you look at what your food plan is at 1650 and use that idea for your 1500-1850 range. But I also think you need to understand what happens to allow both of those ranges to go over.
I know that you will find that happy weight and that you will be able to get your calories back in range. For myself I always have snacks in the evening, I know after dinner , how many calories I have left and can make adjustments in the evening.
You have been so successful on your journey and a great example for others to follow. You will find the right balance and that should allow things to settle in. I have no idea what caused those large increases, in theory, it should not be that much of a jump. But it did.
Thank you for sharing and you will be successful.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/31/2010 4:37PM

    I hear what you are saying Marsha - but this is a blog full of amazing accomplishments in healthy living.

Re-read your first sentence!

I'm especially interested in your statement that, "I have not had a week that I did not achieve my fitness minutes, and usually go over quite a bit." Could this be the answer? Is it surprising that you go over your calories for food if you are burning more calories than the recommended fitness level? Perhaps I'm being simplistic, but perhaps I eat within my calorie range because my activity is also within range? This might be worth exploring?

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PARKERB2 8/31/2010 2:31PM

    I'm like you. I will have a least one treat after dinner. I try to keep it low in calories and fat but I don't always succeed. I'm sure you don't want to gain any of your weight back so keep Sparking. You'll be glad you did. I enjoy your blogs very much. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/31/2010 12:08PM

    This is a tough one but if you keep going over your calorie count, then it will catch up with you if your change your exercise.

You are definitely eating healthy, good job.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/31/2010 11:29AM

    I so understand what you are saying!

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 8:58AM

    I think you are right to worry about going over in calories, especially that late snacking. It is a warning sign that you do not have the eating fully under control yet. Take heed, less the weight starts creeping back as happens to so many people when they haven't fully established good eating habits. What is saving you is your fitness minutes. Remember, you must make sure your Fitness Tracker is set to the right amount of exercise you get in a week, because it does affect in a big way how many calories you should be consuming. That was a lesson I had to learn, as I was exercising way above what I had set the Tracker to, so went into starvation mode on one of my plateaus. Good luck with it! You can do this!

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MONARCHCT 8/31/2010 8:57AM

    Me too. Let me know if you find the "cure".

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JOYINKY 8/31/2010 8:48AM

    You just described exactly how my days go! Except, I don't stop tracking once I go over my calories. See my blog on REWARDS, that system requires me to keep tracking and does slow me down on those days. I'm struggling with the 8-11 time too; it's t.v. time and lately is synonymous with snack time. It has little, if anything, to do with hunger. Probably should be bedtime! In the past I've successfully warded off the snack time by working on handwork (knitting, crocheting)while watching t.v. at night. But, seems like I've just been too tired to do that since I've stepped up my fitness minutes so much. Working on it; really think the answer is an earlier bedtime. I just hate to give up relaxing in front of the t.v. and most of my favorite shows come on at ten. Low tech household, it's then or never. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/31/2010 8:41AM

    Maybe your sleep challenge will help? If you stop eating (and drinking) 3-4 hours before bed you will sleep better per the Spark August 31 Days to better sleep calendar.
Good luck.

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    It's a balancing dance, isn't it?! You're this close... you're going to find the right rhythm! emoticon emoticon

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