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Black Leather Coat

Monday, December 13, 2010

My mom bought a black leather coat with a fitted waist as motivation to lose weight. She never fit into it, so she gave it to my daughter when she was in high school. Last year I was excited to fit into it, even though it was a little snug. This year I'm excited again. It fits very comfortably now!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/14/2010 5:32PM

    What a great feeling!

Here's to waist management. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/14/2010 1:25PM

    Congrats!! Major congrats!!

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JOHAL52 12/14/2010 11:17AM

    Photo please, photo please! It sounds lovely!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/14/2010 8:37AM

    That is so exciting! Congratulations!

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JOYINKY 12/14/2010 8:29AM

    Wow, that's great! Your blog and WALKINGANNIE'S as well as Monte's post are reminders that even though we are in maintenance and our weight is remaining in an ideal range, our bodies continue to change. How it changes depends on how we choose to use it. Are we staying active and fit? Or, are we just eating minimally and going "soft"; literally! Here's to your active and fit! Us too!

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MONTY68 12/13/2010 10:47PM

    Hi Marsha
A day of surprises. I find it interesting that sometimes our body loses a little size quietly that we may not quite feel until like you today, trying on the coat and finding it comfortable. What a difference a year can make. After I lost my weight and started to really walk and workout more, i went from a size 36 to a 34. Today, at a balance class, my friend asked me if I was wearing a belt and I said yes, why? her answer, was my pants looked like they were going to fall off. Glad I wasn't in Zumba. They are a bit lose but not enough to go down a size.
I am so glad that you tried on the coat, it really is another indication on how successful you have been. congratulations.

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JHADZHIA 12/13/2010 10:09PM

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2nd that on the photo!! Give!!

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LALASLAND 12/13/2010 9:37PM

    That's wonderful, Marsha! Take a photo! emoticon

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MOM23CUTIES357 12/13/2010 9:14PM

    Marsha ~ this must be a leather jacket day. I pulled dh's jacket out of the closet. It is a men's size 38 and well it is TOO BIG. It kept me warm taking the kids to class, while going to the bus stop, and wrapping our plants.


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The Rip Cord

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Well, I tried my treadmill workout with the safety cord attached today and it was frustrating. Three times the cord pulled out and stopped the treadmill abruptly. That is a jolt! It also means I lose all the data on my workout. However, I was using an ifitvillage workout on my (wounded but working) MP3 player, so I knew when my time was up and could give a pretty good estimate in order to track it.

I thought about lengthening the safety cord so it would not be so touchy, but then I'm not sure it would work in an emergency. I hate to admit it, but there are a couple very tight knots in my cord. I don't think I'll get more than a quarter to a half inch by untying them, but I guess I should try.

I've had this treadmill for 11 years. I don't remember when I quit using the cord, but I bet it was for this very reason. After my first fall recently, though, I was going to use it, but now I'm unsure. I'll think about it. Maybe my SparkFriends have some suggestions.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/14/2010 8:36AM

    Good luck with finding a solution to your safety cord problem. I've never gone fast enough for it to be an issue I guess. Perhaps you can look the model up online and see if there is a replacement part available in a longer size.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/13/2010 5:02PM

    This sounds frustrating Marsha. Hope you find a solution.

Love the photo of Natalie and Gwen together on your main page.

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JOHAL52 12/13/2010 11:01AM

    I confess I don't use a safety cord but then I rarely go faster than 4 mph and when I do I hold the handles. I have used them occasionally though and, like you, haven't liked them. Still given your fall, I would urge you to find a way to use it even if maybe it means slowing down a bit????

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1ROCKYMAMA 12/13/2010 8:27AM

    Yeah sounds like the cord it too short. Maybe you could try to make a longer one

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GATOR12 12/12/2010 4:52PM

    I agree that probably you could add to the cord. I remember your fall (or you blogging about it) and think it is so sensible to use something you already have for safety. The lengthening may not look great but it should work. Let us know!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/12/2010 2:28PM

    My cord lets me get almost the full length of my treadmill.

Could you possibly make a new cord?
Mine is really easy to attach but they are not all alike I am sure.

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MONTY68 12/12/2010 1:00PM

    Hi Marsha
I have never used a treadmill and not familiar with the safety cord. Do all treadmills have them, I don't know if the ones at the club house have such a thing or not. One suggested that you call the manufacturer.
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LALASLAND 12/12/2010 11:24AM

    Hmmm! I'm not sure what is the matter! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 12/12/2010 11:10AM

    just be carefull. Call the manufacturer of the treadmill and see if there wasn't a re-call because of that issue.

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The Hike

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Enjoyed the hike at Mary Holland Park in Bartow this morning. It was foggy and cool, but once we got started not too bad. I had heard of geo caching before, but today I got to see it. People with hand held GPS devices searched for coordinates. They found a little black box about the size of a full three ring binder. They each signed their names on a list, left a trinket, and took a trinket from the box. Don't know that I would ever get into it, but I could see why people would enjoy it as a hobby.

I got a card and got my first Trek Ten stamp. I could see me doing more of the hikes. As the name implies, they do ten hikes a year in local parks, sponsored by the Friends of the Parks. It was not very physically demanding, but I did get some fresh air and some activity with some great folks in a beautiful setting.

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JHADZHIA 12/11/2010 11:26PM

    Discovering your local parks system is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors and getting in some relaxation exercise instead of always the high cardio sweating kind :) A balance of both makes up a healthy lifestyle :) Our government tries to promote visiting the provincial parks too, would that I could, but no transportation works against me a lot. Our province has a lot to offer and would be a wonderful place to explore, but driving times are long as its spread out. We have desert land in the south, to boreal forest and many lakes in the north..
Enjoy your Sunday!!

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MONTY68 12/11/2010 10:41PM

    Hi Marsha
Wow, you have a great park system up there. It does sound like it would be fun. How long are the hikes? Thank you for sharing this

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MEXGAL1 12/11/2010 5:14PM

    Good for you to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.

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EDDYMEESE 12/11/2010 3:50PM

    Sounds interesting!

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JOYINKY 12/11/2010 3:13PM

    Sounds like a great time to me!

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EILEENV3 12/11/2010 2:47PM

    I had a great time also. So glad you & Susan came. emoticon
Mary Holland Park is such a neat place.

After I left, I did a little exploring and found the Bartow Library around the corner. I took out a VCR titled "Chi Kung" by David Carradine. It sounds similar to Tai Chi--which I used to do. It will be a nice Sunday afternoon treat.

Between the library system & parks, we have such treasures in Polk County.

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DONNAEDA 12/11/2010 2:42PM

    I have heard of this new fad. You take from it what you want and enjoy the moment.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2010 2:07PM

    Your hike sounds like fun. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and the company of Eileen and Val. I wish I could have come too but I was picking up a friend from the hospital, who totalled his car in an accident.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/11/2010 2:01PM

    sounds like you had a fun morning!

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CASJ57 12/11/2010 1:39PM

    Sometimes just getting out there in the fresh air is enough. Sounds like you had a good time!

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Free Fruit

Friday, December 10, 2010

I really took advantage of free fruit this week in more ways than one. I went and harvested a whole bunch of grapefruits from the tree at my daughter's house. She and her family don't like them, but to me they are absolutely delicious and so much better than the ones you get in the store. And they don't cost me a thing. Not one penny. And on the new Weight Watchers program, they don't count any points, either.

I'm walking with a friend and a hiking group in the morning, so I went to Weight Watchers a day early this week. After 6 days on the new program and really taking advantage of the "free fruit," I'm proud to report I'm one full pound closer to my happy weight and just 2.4 pounds over my lowest weigh in in the last half century. So I'm feeling pretty confident I can get through this holiday season with no gain; might even achieve a more comfortable weight. I'm not pressuring myself, but just doing the best I can. The best I can may prove quite good enough. We'll see.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2010 2:04PM

    I love fresh grapefruit and wish I could eat it but it interacts with several of my medications. Enjoy them and congratulations on your continued success!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/11/2010 8:50AM

    Glad the new WW program is working for you. Outstanding on getting rid of another pound of fat.

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MONTY68 12/10/2010 11:34PM

    Hi Marsha
I was surprised at the number of people who have grapefruit trees don't like it. I am like you, I think it is great.
I see that your new WW program is well suited for you. I also believe that you WILL maintain or release during the balance of the holiday season. You have always been successful and this time period should be no difference.
Congratulations on the 1 pound release.

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JHADZHIA 12/10/2010 9:49PM

    Wow!! You are so lucky to have fresh grapefruit all you can eat any time you want!!
Congratulations on your weight loss!! Its no contest you will maintain your weight over the holidays. You are so absolutely committed to finding every little way that will help you get and stay at goal weight.
Enjoy that wonderful fresh fruit!! I have always found grapefruit the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit there is..
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MEXGAL1 12/10/2010 2:08PM

    Yum grapefruit! Enjoy and know that you can do this. No holiday weight gain!

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JOYINKY 12/10/2010 1:46PM

    Your best has been consistently great! You will do it!
I too am envious of you being able to grow out and pick free fruit! Enjoy!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 12/10/2010 1:34PM

    Oooo, loving the gift of homegrown fruit! are going to have a happy and healthy holiday season emoticon

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3016DEBRA 12/10/2010 12:21PM

  I'm so envious of your homegrown grapefruits! Have a couple for me...congratulations on your success! emoticon

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Hey, I Think I've Got Something Here!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I just tried a new hot drink, RoBarr. It is roasted barley. It looks like coffee, but is naturally caffeine free and very low acid. Has a great taste, in my opinion. I've been looking for a satisfying hot drink I can enjoy without artifical sweetener, and I think this is it. The original RoBarr is good just plain to me and the bold version is good with milk.

The owner of the company is an online friend of mine, Linda, from Montana. She just started this business. I notice that I was order #12, so she is on her way. Just Google RoBarr or robarr dot com if you are interested.

Linda says some people need to try it about three times before they decide whether they like it. As she says, nothing tastes exactly like coffee but coffee. But I think if you don't think of it as coffee, you'll decide it is something better.

Hope it helps me reduce my dependence on artificial sweeteners. Have a great day, SparkFriends!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/11/2010 4:29PM

    Sounds good, but not for someone like me who has to avoid gluten.


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KRITTERKEEPERS 12/11/2010 1:57PM

    Sounds interesting. After brewing my beverage, I could give the grounds to my chickens for a treat!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:26PM

    It sounds interesting!

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JOYINKY 12/9/2010 6:26PM

    I love my coffee! Straight! Still, worth looking at; thanks.

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MONTY68 12/9/2010 12:40PM

    Hi Marsha
I had never heard of a roasted barley. Sounds interesting, I am going to check out her website.
I am glad that you found a drink that you can enjoy with out the artificial sweeteners.
Thank you for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you!! I am glad you have found some kind of alternative to your coffee!!
I must admit, I could never understand people's love of coffee. I tried it once and just about gagged, so that was it for coffee LOL. Same goes with smokes, so I guess that is why I never got into coffee drinking or smoking. Water is all I really need though I have added Matcha green tea because its supposed to be good for you, and it is nice to have a warm drink in this cold place..
You never give up trying to make your choices as healthy as possible in your lifestyle change! You are an amazing inspiration and proof that it can be done!!
Keep up the great work!!

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NELLIEJO1 12/9/2010 9:08AM

  I like roasted barley too. I drink it with hot milk - sort of "barley-au-lait".

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    Wonderful! Enjoy it!!

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SUZIEQS65 12/9/2010 7:09AM

    huh...interesting...but like RRP546 I am a tea drinker!

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RRP546 12/9/2010 6:53AM

  i like barley but i drink tea

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