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Celebrating a Negative!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

This morning as I was selecting something from my closet to wear to work I was thinking. There is not one thing in my closet that is too tight -- not one thing that I would be embarrassed to wear due to my size or shape.

I can say that since I started on this mission to attain and keep a healthy weight on December 1, 2008, I have not gone up a size once. I don't think I could have said that of any other 23 month period of my life.

If you've been following my blogs you know I'm not telling you that I have been perfect; far from it. There have been days following my slips and splurges that I have felt a bit bloated. My weight has gone up as much as seven pound. I am still three pounds over my happy weight. But I actually think my waist has gone down a little bit more as my clothes are looser. Must be the strength training.

I guess a more positive way to put it is that everything in my closet fits. That's good. But I still feel more excited to say that nothing in my closet is too tight!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2010 8:10PM

    That is great! Good for you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/16/2010 10:08AM

    NO MORE FAT CLOTHES, EVER!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/16/2010 9:36AM

    Absolutely awesome!

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JOYINKY 11/16/2010 7:59AM

    emoticonYou've certainly earned that good feeling! Congratulations!

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WALKINGANNIE 11/16/2010 3:02AM

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Great news Marsha! You have worked so hard for this.

Following your efforts and progress - along with several other friends - has been one of the main factors that has kept me on track and I'm grateful that you continue to share your progress.

I'm full of respect and admiration for your consistent efforts and positive influence.

Well done!

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JHADZHIA 11/16/2010 12:50AM

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I would say that is an absolute wonderful vindication that you have arrived at this healthy lifestyle permanently and are rocking it!!!

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XENA1956 11/15/2010 10:53PM

    Great job Marsha, isn't it great to know you look good when you leave the house. I know you will reach your goal soon.! Teri emoticon

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MONTY68 11/15/2010 10:11PM

    Hi Marsha
That is so exciting, You are so awesome and to be able to write a blog about having clothes that now fit is amazing. You have done a fantastic job on yourself. You learn from mistakes and adjust what you are doing. Without losing any real weight, I have lost 2 inches in my waist and I feel it is from walking.
You should be celebrating the negative and should also be very proud of all that you have accomplishment. You are a example for others to follow.
Thank you for sharing.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/15/2010 10:06PM

    I love your outlook!!!!

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JLPEASE 11/15/2010 9:04PM

    Excellent! Good for you!
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MEXGAL1 11/15/2010 8:41PM

    Wow, good for you. Just feels great to be able to wear anything. Keep on sparking.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2010 8:11PM

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And yes, it is the strength training! Well done, Marsha!

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Question from a Newbie

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I received an interesting SparkMail from a newbie asking me how I got started exercising. She asked if I truly am a "couch potato turned jock". It made me stop to think. I had many couch potato years. There were whole years I didn't even try to exercise, but in my typical year I would try one, two, or three times to do a specific program. Sometimes I spent big bucks to join gyms or buy equipment. Sometimes I would start out so hard, I was almost too sore to get out of bed the next morning. Over and over again I tried to make exercise a habit and just didn't get there.

So, what went right this time? One big factor in my success this time was Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. I will say it was the first time I found a program that just felt right. It was easy enough that I never dreaded it, but motivating enough I found myself getting into it -- lifting my knees a little higher, kicking a little more forcefully, squatting a little lower, stepping out a bit wider. It was the first time I really made exercise a regular part of my life. I didn't have SparkPeople then, but I did track it on my Weight Watcher tracker and it earned me extra food. What could be more motivating than that??

These days I still occasionally use Leslie Sansone's programs, usually when I've already finished a more strenuous program. So maybe I am a jock. I certainly exercise regularly, enjoy it thoroughly, and plan to continue.

  
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HAWKEYERANT 11/16/2010 4:10PM

    Great advice!!!

I was a self-professed exercise hater for YEARS. Years and years. This time was different... but why?? I'm not quite sure, but for me it was the SP combined with 20 minute exercise videos by Jillian (JM30DS). I told myself I could fit in 20 minutes, and I was right, I could. I started to love how I looked... and then this couch potato turned... well not jock, but definitely into someone who at least LIKES exercising.

Best of luck to the newbie!

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LIDASTROUP 11/15/2010 9:09PM

    I love her videos too! She inspired me to set a walking goal because the days were too nice to walk inside to her video. I wanted to walk 100 miles before November, and I was able to do it!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/14/2010 10:27PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/14/2010 6:53PM

    I love my WATP too - but I am not nearly as faithful these days, lol.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/14/2010 4:00PM

    The newbie picked a great person to ask Marsha!

You are a consistent performer and never do things by half. Thank you for being such a great role model for many of us.

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CAROLJEAN64 11/14/2010 1:32PM

    The best advice I ever heard about exercise came from a video course on health issues. The nurse practitioner who was the lecturer said keep trying different exercises until you find one you love. That is when you will "become" a jock. For me it has been yoga. I am still searching for a slightly more cardio intense workout that I enjoy.

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NOTFATCAT 11/14/2010 1:13PM

    Walking is the one thing most of us can do and all of us should do.
Keep up the motivation!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/14/2010 12:43PM

    As always, thanks for sharing. I think I could still slide back to the couch easily but I keep working at it!

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MONTY68 11/14/2010 12:37PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and a good question. I was a couch potato most of my life, there was a short period of time, when I joined a gym and did work out consistently, they went bankrupt and I went back to the couch.
When I started on my weight program, I didn't exercise at all. In fact, after joining Spark, I didn't do much until I walked that 10 minutes that one day and off I went. I find it fun now, I love to walk and started doing some other exercises, One of the best I am doing is Zumba, It is hard, but I am having fun. I wouldn't call me a jock, but I am having fun doing what I do everyday,
You continually amaze me, when I see your comments and some of your days and what is involved. Maybe you are a jock, but I know for sure you are motivated and have a fantastic attitude and a wonderful example for others.
Thank you for sharing this.

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JOYINKY 11/14/2010 12:34PM

    When I found I was having trouble caring for grandbabies and having lower back pain; I got to the gym to get in shape!
I already had a good exercise routine going when I came here with regular gym and ST workouts as well as yoga. Where I was trailing was aerobic exercise. Getting Sugar for company on walks helped me there! Then challenges here, the WALK ACROSS AMERICA site, counting my fitness minutes and mixing up my routines. All of it! I am at least 5X more active than a year ago! My pedometer logging my aerobic minutes was a real wake up call for me! See my blog: I"M HOOKED ON. . . .
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JHADZHIA 11/14/2010 11:59AM

    That was a fabulous answer! The really important thing iS to start out slowly, like Spark says, small steps so its not overwhelming and you don't feel like quitting right away. I have always loved exercise so this was no huge stretch for me to get more focused and intense. For me the couch was usually enforced only because of health problems, and surgical recoveries. But I am even learning to get around those now.
Here is to living a healthy, active lifestyle!
Way to go Marsha for getting there, with bells on!!
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YICHE12 11/14/2010 11:55AM

    I think on Spark People, they truly encourage little steps at a time to a point where you can take a lot more challenges. Like you, I never really stopped exercising altogether, but the weight that I had accumulated did hold me back some. Initially, on this program, I did set small goals and built up from there to a point where I now eat within my calorie range, do exercises 6 days a week (sometimes 7) and when I do feel less motivated, there's so much to read on the site that it's hard not to stay focussed.

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Fitness Workshop

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I signed up for a workshop on Tuesday eve about getting the most out of your workout. It is a free event, or I should say, included in YMCA membership. I don't know for sure that it will apply to a 61 year old woman, but I plan to go and find out. I'm sure it won't hurt. I might just learn something!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/14/2010 10:25PM

    That sounds interesting! Right now I'm on a curtailed schedule and am working on un-stacking my daily schedule so I'll be unable to attend. Please let me know what they say.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/14/2010 9:38AM

    Age doesn't mean a thing, getting the most out of it will be great.

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JHADZHIA 11/13/2010 7:31PM

    That will be interesting! Can't wait to find out what you learn! I have learned a lot from Spark People, I have read every article they have on here..Retaining it is something else again or I would do way better with trivia lol.
Enjoy!

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MONTY68 11/13/2010 6:27PM

    Hi Marsha
I believe that a workshop on getting the most out of a workout would apply to everyone regardless of age , even a young woman like yourself, Enjoy it and bring back some ideas.
Thank you for sharing.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/13/2010 5:52PM

    You're one of life's constant learners and improvers Marsha - and many of us benefit from your positive influence.

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JOYINKY 11/13/2010 4:59PM

    Be sure to pass it on! I know you will. . have fun!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/13/2010 4:37PM

    I take my dad to his IDC lunches and I always learn something - so have a great time!

IDC = defibrillator/pacemaker

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C1D1

Friday, November 12, 2010

I joined a challenge on another web site. I'm keeping track of the days that I eat all my food "with dignity". If I eat standing up or mindlessly, I start over. If I lose control or overeat to the point I don't feel good about it, I start over. We count the cycle and day. I made it to Cycle 1 Day 8 (C1D8) . After 21 good days, we celebrate and start a new cycle.

Today I'm back to C1D1. Yesterday I was doing fine until 10:30pm. Should have gone on to bed. Don't think the little splurge will show up much on the scale -- I'll weigh tomorrow -- but it is not the way I want to eat. I think counting good days may help me. We'll see. -Marsha

  
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DONNABRIGHT 11/12/2010 4:59PM

    Interesting!

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WILD4STARS 11/12/2010 3:44PM

    I love the idea of eating "with dignity." What a great phrase.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/12/2010 12:20PM

    I really like the idea of eating with dignity. I know that being more aware of HOW I eat as well as what I eat has been a significant part of my journey. Like Joy I still eat in front of the TV sometimes but I pay attention and savour what I'm eating rather than just stuffing the food in my face.

As for snacking... I'm with Monty on this one. I snack but count it on the tracker. I get a strong impression that you often do more exercise than you count and that this might compensate but you know your own body and programme best.


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JHADZHIA 11/12/2010 12:01PM

    That is a great concept that makes a lot of sense. I know I am a bad eater and always will be. I am usually scarfing down my food, ready to rush off somewhere. I eat over the sink like a good bachelor so as to not leave a mess anywhere, or I eat sitting in front of the computer. I do not have a table and chairs and living alone means I don't have to be concerned when and where I eat, or how fast..
If you can be this disciplined, good for you! Sparks advocates this style of eating, but doesn't push it like the tracking. I hope it works for you. Tracking is my mainstay.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/12/2010 11:47AM

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JOYINKY 11/12/2010 11:16AM

    I can see where this would work for some people. Eating with dignity is good; but, not eating mindlessly is what works for me. If I enjoy eating in front of the tv; I'm going to do it. I'm not into depriving myself of simple pleasures; like Monty though, I know what it is and it counts in my days totals. Since being here on SP my focus has shifted more to tracking fitness minutes and activities. I want to eat healthy, and do, but I don't want to spend all my time thinking about it. I'm doing much better now with my mind on activities. Always switching things around; it's what's working for me right now. Thanks for sharing. Joy emoticon

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MONTY68 11/12/2010 10:12AM

    Hi Marsha
A interesting idea, I don't think to many of us pay attention to our eating habits. One of my big changes was going from eating in the chair watching tv to sitting at a table. It really felt different.
In reference to what happened last night, I snack every night and have it in my tracker and know what it will be , that I eat, but what is important here, is that it is something you do not want to do. I doubt seriously that it will effect the weight, but our bodies do funny things at times.
Congratulations on your new web site and may you continue to be successful at it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/12/2010 9:37AM

    I like the name, sure beats "shoveling it in"

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GATOR12 11/12/2010 8:48AM

    A NEW THOUGHT, EATING WITH DIGNITY. I LIKE IT!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/12/2010 8:03AM

    Everyone needs to discover what works for them. You seem to have done so. Having goals is perhaps the most important element in success.

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She Called Me Her Inspiration!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today I went to a training for my agency. The head presenter looked great; she had obviously lost a lot of weight. Afterwards, I told her how good she looks. She said she's lost 40 pounds and achieved a healthy BMI. Then she warmed my heart. She said I was her inspiration!!

  
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MONTY68 11/11/2010 10:48PM

    Marsha
That is so wonderful, to have some one say that is one of the greatest feelings that I know . You are an inspiration and I am sure have touched many people on Spark.
I am always inspired when I read your blogs.
Thank you for sharing this .

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KALIGIRL 11/11/2010 8:15PM

    Way Cool!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/11/2010 8:11PM

    That is so great, Marsha! I can't think of anyone else right now who has inspired me to keep on going as much as you have!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/11/2010 7:31PM

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PARKERB2 11/11/2010 4:01PM

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WALKINGANNIE 11/11/2010 3:18PM

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Great story.

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MNNICE 11/11/2010 3:09PM

    When I learned from others that I had inspired them, it gave me even more motivation to stay on track because I don't want to let them down!!! It's a great feeling, isn't it?? Congratulations on your accomplishments and for spreading the SPARK!

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JAMJOJAM 11/11/2010 2:50PM

    You are an inspirational role model. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/11/2010 1:58PM

    emoticon You are inspiring in real life as well as on Spark! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/11/2010 1:51PM

    You are very "thinspirational!"

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BAY2BAYOU 11/11/2010 1:37PM

    That is so cool! It's also happened to me a few times, and I feel great that I've been able to inspire others. emoticon

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