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Still Glad I Worked Out This Morning

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I'm fighting that little negative voice that says, "See there. You are a klutz. You always were. It doesn't matter if you are 212 or 128 pounds, you will always be an awkward klutz." Go away detracting voice!! I know Grace is not my middle name, but I think this event could have happened to anyone.

If you read my status today, you know I fell on the treadmill. I was just merrily jogging along at my interval speed of 5 miles per hour when my thumb hit the cord between my MP3 player and my earphones. The MP3 player went flying and I tried to grab it. What exactly happened is a blur, but the next thing I knew I was on the floor with a scraped forearm, a treadmill pattern imprinted above my left knee, and a drop of blood.

Honestly, I am fine. I feel fit and strong. I'm even still glad I did my 70 minute workout this morning. What little scrapes I suffered will be gone in a week. My MP3 player, on the other hand, will not be the same. It still plays music, but the top half of the display was ruined. I guess that will be a frequent reminder to me to be a little more careful. However, I refuse to feel anything but good about my workout this morning.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:25PM

    The MP3 player is just a thing. You, however, Marsha are irreplaceable. Since you are okay, that's the only thing that matters.

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:21AM

    Determined girl!! Good for you!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:57AM

    First off, glad you're OK! And I, too, have had some "near misses" if I take my mind off what I'm doing while exercising. I don't use that little cord, and now I'll be thinking about it... it's also a bit of a jolt if you "accidentally" pull the cord (which I've done) and the treadmill comes to a sudden stop that you are unprepared for!

Can't win, I guess... but glad you're feeling good about your workout! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/8/2010 8:58PM

    I'm just glad you're all right and the positive attitude is drowning out the negative self-talk. Be well. Joy

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SLENDERELLA61 12/8/2010 7:27PM

    No, Linda, I had quit using the safety cord. I have had this treadmill for 11 years and this is my first fall. I will start using it again. You are right!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/8/2010 11:49AM

    don't you use the safety cord?

I don't because I only walk on mine (when I use it) but I have *almost* fallen when I turn around to see the clock emoticon

That's not klutzy - that is just you concentrating so hard on your exercise!

I hope you didn't hurt yourself too much.

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GATOR12 12/8/2010 11:45AM

    I hate that inner negative voice thing. It has told me so many UNTRUTHS about myself. But sometimes I am stronger and can turn it off. Kudos to you for stressing the positives from your fall, no significant injuries, it can happen to anyone, learn to pay more attention. Hooray you got so much exercise in. WooHoo for you. You are doing this!! Choices for this healthy lifestyle to maintain.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 12/8/2010 11:05AM

    I've also fallen off the treadmill. While I got a few scrapes, what hurt most was my pride. I also had to quiet the voice that told me I was a klutz! What matters most is that you got back on and kept going- that takes guts!

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MONTY68 12/8/2010 10:48AM

    Hi Marsha
I am so glad that your scrapes were not to bad. You were fortunate and you definitely are not a klutz. You had an accident that happens to a lot of people on treadmills. As you said you did have a great workout and as most of us when we have a accident, we are more careful.
Thank you for sharing and I think others will think a little to also be more careful.

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And the Award Goes To........

Monday, December 06, 2010

If someone were handing me the Academy Award for Weight Maintenance I would thank my daughter who really pushed me to take the very first steps, thank Weight Watchers for enabling me to get to a healthy BMI, thank Leslie Sansone who got me off the couch, and thank the YMCA that enabled me to grow in strength.

But my biggest thanks goes out to SparkPeople. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009 I did not believe that I could maintain my 80 pound weight loss. I hoped, but truly I did not believe. Now I believe that SparkPeople is the number one reason I have successfully maintained. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks to SparkPeople and to all my SparkFriends.




  
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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:23AM

    Spark works doesn't it!!--Good for you! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:58AM

    I totally agree... Spark keeps me going... and guess what? You're among the brightest of my Sparks! emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/8/2010 9:53AM

    emoticonon losing and maintaining your weight loss goals. The picture of you shows a very fit and attractive person. Keep up the good work on maintaining. Keep Sparking. It's good to have you as a friend. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 12:10PM

    You can be really proud of yourself! Job well done. Sparks gives you the tools, but you have to use them and commit to them for the rest of your life. I believe you have learned that concept in spades!
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JOYINKY 12/6/2010 11:22PM

    emoticonTo you; for all you've done and all you do!

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MONTY68 12/6/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Marsha,
As a Spark Friend I thank you, and yes we do give support and give encouragement, but you have done all the work. I have told you before , that since we have become friends, that you inspire me and continually motivate me. So for that I thank you and yes you should receive a award for what you have done. Congratulations

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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:52PM

    I agree with you but you were the one who put the whole thing into play!

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INTHELOOP 12/6/2010 8:28PM

    Nice job ~ Plan the work - work the plan!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/6/2010 8:24PM

    ... and the award goes to - - - - YOU!

You did it!

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My Two Programs

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I started my most recent healthy eating/weight loss journey with Weight Watchers on December 1, 2008. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009, I had already lost down to a healthy BMI of 25. Mostly I came to SparkPeople because the Weight Watcher program seemed too imprecise for maintenance. One point could be from about 25 calories to over 110. You got to eat more if something was high in fiber and less if it was high in fat. I thought tracking calories would be much more accurate. And although I have always love my Weight Watcher leader and benefit from the meetings I now attend approximately twice a month, I recognized that the emphasis at WW was on losing weight. I had lost weight many times before. What I had not done successfully was maintain.

On SparkPeople I found exactly what I was looking for and so much more. I tried strength training seriously for the first time. Not that WW did not encourage strength training, they did. But not in as direct and understandable a way for me as SparkPeople did. I read many articles I could apply to my eating and exercise programs. I tracked 75 nutrients for months. There are actually groups of people who had lost weight, some of them even around my age, and were working to keep it off. I joined teams and I made friends. I had never felt as understood before in my life. I found with SparkPeople, and emphasizing healthy eating and activity, I was able to lose below BMI of 21, a weight I had wanted to be since I was a teenager.

Now I have decided to try the new Weight Watcher program. My roots are deep in Weight Watchers. I first joined in 1968. I've made my goal weight many times. My experience has been that each time they change the program it is better. So, I want to try it. I am glad that they no longer double penalize fats. Used to be in the WW formula, the calories of fat was considered and then there was an extra penalty. One of the biggest changes for me coming to SparkPeople after Weight Watchers was that I needed to dramatically increase my fat intake to meet SparkPeople's guidelines even when I got in the 2 teaspoons of healthy oils Weight Watchers recommends. I plan to double count on WW and SparkPeople to compare at least one typical day a week, to make sure I'm nourishing myself as well as I know how.

I also intend to continue to use information I've learned at SparkPeople. Weight Watchers does tell you to watch your sodium, but until I started actually counting my sodium on SparkPeople I thought I ate a very moderate amount. Unfortunately, not true. WW has made some effort not to count high sodium things as what they call "PowerFoods," but they don't actually count sodium. I've become much more aware of sodium. If I find on my double count days that my sodium is going up, I will track more often.

I suspect that Weight Watchers corporation probably would not like the way I appreciate SparkPeople. And probably SparkPeople would not appreciate the way I value Weight Watchers. But for me, they are both major reasons that my life has improved in so many ways. I love them both!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:51PM

    I suspect that SP probably is much more tolerant of WW than WW is of SP due mainly to the fact that SP's whole premise is to use whatever works for you. You have to use what works and stick with it. SP has a series of tools and support to help you. How you set up your program is up to you. That is what is so liberating about SP. Marsha you've done such a great job. I'm in awe of you. Look at how far you've come. Wow!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/6/2010 4:51PM

    I don't think either one would mind. One is the program you are following, the other is daily support...sounds like a winning combination to me

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JOHAL52 12/6/2010 10:48AM

    Hmmm, it will be interesting to read how you feel as you go along. I don't think the two are mutually exclusive although personally I would find keeping up with both difficult :)

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JHADZHIA 12/6/2010 9:50AM

    It will be a very interesting comparison between the new WW program and Spark's accurate tracking method. If the WW is method allows you to stay in the same calorie range as accurate tracking, then more power to it! Good luck with it and be sure to let us know how its stacking up!

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MONTY68 12/5/2010 10:54PM

    Marsha
Thank you so much, you have given a great overview for you and what WW and Spark can do, I can see how you would continue to with both. You have been so successful on your journey and only you can make your decisions. Both of been good for you.
Thank you for sharing

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HARMSLLC 12/5/2010 8:39PM

  When you perform a push up, you have to press approximately 70% of your body weight. With pull ups you have to be able to pull 100% of your weight up to the bar. If you donít have the strength to do correct push ups or pull ups, for a significant number of repetitions, you canít get any positive results or you donít even try. One of the best aspects of the Push Up Bench is that you start off with immediate success. As you move through each level you can achieve your goal many times over-which in turn motivates you to keep exercising. The Push Up Bench is designed to make push ups and pull ups easier. This will allow for a greater number of repetitions. You can start at the highest level, which means you only have to push 28% of your body weight instead of 70%. The Push Up Bench transfers the weight from your upper body to your feet- decreasing the amount of weight you have to press. Now you can do push ups with perfect form- which allows you to get full range of motion and hit all the muscle groups the push up exercise has to offer. As you get stronger, you can increase the weight you have to push by going through each level until your on the ground doing normal push ups. You can also increase the load on your arms by doing decline push ups. The Push Up Bench is adjustable to fit each personís height from approximately 4í8 to 6í4. You donít have to stop once you reach a full push up. The Push Up Bench also makes pull ups easier. By sitting inside the Bench you are able to perform seated or assisted pull ups. If your looking to tone your arms, increase your strength, need help passing a physical fitness test or just want to look and feel better, the Push Up Bench can help you achieve your goals. To learn more google ďpush up benchĒ

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/5/2010 7:42PM

    I honestly think that SP would promote Weight Watchers faster than WW would promote SP.

I know you will find your happy medium (should I say tiny-small instead of medium?)

You did it!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/5/2010 12:21PM

    Sounds like a great combination to me Marsha. You continue to make progress and to inspire as you tweak what works for you.

Well done and thanks for continuing to inspire.

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JOYINKY 12/5/2010 12:17PM

    Sounds like a sound plan to me. I think there's even a WW group here! I'm not a WW person, need more flexibility than that; but I do have a lot of respect for their program. I agree, the weakness I've seen is maintenance. I know a lot of people that have lost there, then they drift away and gain again. I think SP is an excellent compliment to any other weight loss program. It's a "self check". I can see the appeal for you of WW, the group and sharing. I wish I had more health conscious people in my 3D life. Main social activities among my friends are going out to eat and or going to a movie; neither high priorities for me. Not many my age at the gym; so, my friends are getting younger and younger.

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Personal Best (Warning: More Bragging!)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Yesterday I managed, in good form, to complete 2 sets of 15 reps at 220 pounds on the horizontal leg squat machine. WooHoo!! I started at the Y and on this machine at the end of February 2010. It was either 77 or 88 pounds that I started with and found challenging. I probably have it written down at the gym, but whichever it was, I've come a long way. I'm definitely getting stronger -- more than doubled the weight I can handle on this machine.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:43PM

    Wow! Not only does it make your muscles stronger, it makes your bones stronger!

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CARLA-216 12/6/2010 2:10PM

    That's some heavy weight! Great progress, Marsha!

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MONTY68 12/5/2010 10:45PM

    Marsha,
Congratulations and you can brag all that you want to, what you have accomplished with the weight is amazing.
Each time that you accomplish something it needs to be announced. Someone is going to read it and be motivated to do better. You are one of greatest motivators and a great example on how to be successful.
Thank you for sharing

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WALKINGANNIE 12/5/2010 12:22PM

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The bragging is justified!



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HAPPYSOUL91 12/5/2010 9:41AM

    Excellent, keep right on bragging!!!!!!!!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2010 8:59PM

    emoticon You have every right to brag!

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JOYINKY 12/4/2010 3:28PM

    Yep, bragging rights earned! WTG! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/4/2010 2:58PM

    you have definitely earned bragging rights!

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WILD4STARS 12/4/2010 2:21PM

    You ROCK !!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/4/2010 2:18PM

    emoticon Slender AND strong!

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JHADZHIA 12/4/2010 2:00PM

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Well done Marsha!! You rock!!

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Cooler Weather Brings an Unexpected Challenge

Friday, December 03, 2010

For months I have given hardly a thought to making the goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. When it is hot and when I am working out I just automatically drink far more water than that.

But this week the temperature has plummeted. I got out my long sleeve shirts, my flannel nightgowns, and a couple jackets. I put blankets on the beds. Soup (sodium reduced) is a welcome addition to our table. But, surprise, something I have taken for granted for months is missing. My usual desire to drink water almost disappeared and last eve I realized I was way behind. Drinking a lot of water late is not a good option for obvious (yawn, yawn) reasons.

Today I will be more aware of my water consumption and get it in earlier. I vaguely remember going through this phase last year. It just took a couple days to reset my thirst in the cool weather if I remember correctly. I do believe that drinking enough water is an important factor in my success, and I will not neglect it.

  
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JHADZHIA 12/4/2010 2:05PM

    I am freezing cold here in this bitterly bad weather, but I always drink my water because I exercise in the morning, and am warmed up and feel thirsty. The dry, dry air wreaks havoc on the skin and lots of water helps keep up with the moisture loss. It feels better on a dry throat too. You could always try putting a bottle by your bed, to drink as soon as you awaken.. I drink 12 cups plus by noon, but only have 2 cups before supper and some herbal tea. I don't want the excuse for my insomnia having to wake up to go to the bathroom..
Good luck with it..

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EILEENV3 12/4/2010 5:38AM

    Great catch--you may have missed one day BUT you picked up on what is going on. emoticon

I have trouble drinking enough water when I'm at work. I have a task reminder set up on the Outlooks program. I have it set to come up at 9am. I then snooze it every hour. I'll admit there are sometimes the reminder comes up and all I do is snooze it; however, there are enough times that I will take a drink because of the reminder. At the end of the day I mark it as complete. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 12/3/2010 9:50PM

    I find that if I drink more in the morning, it isn't as difficult to get it all in by the end of the day. Like you, I have a harder time drinking all the water in the cooler weather.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/3/2010 3:40PM

    It's funny how the seasons change our urges and habits. Thanks for the observations. I know that you will respond positively to the challenge that you have set yourself.

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MONTY68 12/3/2010 3:22PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and a good reminder for those that don't drink as much water when it gets cool or cold. I don't have a problem, I guess I never thought of it as a hot weather idea. I have my water constantly with me and also able to keep track of my 10 glasses.
Knowing you, I know that you will make the adjustment. Your awareness of yourself allows you to see or feel when something isn't right and one of the things that have made you so successful on your journey.

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GATOR12 12/3/2010 11:21AM

    I needed this reminder. Yes, thirst is not "around" in these cooler temps like in the summer. So it takes a conscious effort. I'm gonna take Lori's idea & find a cute water bottle!!!! Thanks for reminder. brenda

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JOYINKY 12/3/2010 10:12AM

    Great reminder! Thanks! You're right, of course, and the dry air pulls even more water from our bodies; we just don't notice it. And yes, earlier in the day makes for a better nights sleep! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/3/2010 9:59AM

    When the weather is cooler, my water intake...tanks, I will be more conscious today!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 12/3/2010 9:59AM

    I know what you mean-- it's so much harder to remember when it's cold out. Your self awareness serves you well. Drink that water!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/3/2010 8:34AM

    I just love water and since I have my water bottle on my desk, it's always there all day long. Do you have a favorite water bottle? Maybe that will help? emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/3/2010 8:24AM

    You are up to every challenge!

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