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Planning a Bit of An Indulgence

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I've been giving some real thought to what special treat to eat tocelebrate Christmas.No, I would not have to eat anything special to celebrate Christmas, but I might feel deprived. I am absolutely committed to a No Gain Holiday, but that does not mean I can't have a treat. I thought about pecan pie. That might be nice, but I'm not sure it would be worth the calories. On the other hand, I haven't had any fudge for at least a year -- probably more like three years, and I make the best melt in your mouth fudge. I believe I can work a piece or two into a healthy eating plan. I'm thinking I'll limit fudge to Christmas Day itself. I can send any leftovers home with guests. There will be a good turkey dinner and plenty of healthy choices to balance all the fudge carbs and fats with protein and fiber.

By deciding the one thing I really want to splurge on I believe it will enable me to pass up other indulgences this season without feeling deprived! I'll let you know if it works. -Marsha

  
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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2010 4:59PM

    Mmmmm. For me: real butter shortbread which I made this morning (and shared with Charlie . . . . unintentionally!!)

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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2010 1:11PM

    Keep us posted on your progress!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/18/2010 1:36PM

    I know you will come up with a plan!

I like the 1-2 bite rule and I get to sample maybe half a dozen things at our summertime family reunion.

The most important thing is to enjoy the season and not beat yourself up.

You will do great!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/18/2010 1:03PM

    I am sure you will make the best choice for the treat. Having 1 treat didn't give you the weight problem but many treats did.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/18/2010 10:09AM

    I hope it works! I had a Christmas cookie that I made with my grandson, and that was plenty of sugar for the season! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/18/2010 10:09AM

    I hope it works! I had a Christmas cookie that I made with my grandson, and that was plenty of sugar for the season! emoticon emoticon

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ONTHEGOMO 12/18/2010 9:47AM

    Please rethink your plan. If you read blogs at all you will remember that this one little innocent, planned-for treat will most likely lead to more and more and you will find yourself very sad and disappointed with yourself. Just sayin'.

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DONNAEDA 12/18/2010 9:06AM

    why not reward yourself with a piece of jewelry or a new blouse or a smaller size pair of jeans. The fudge, or cake or pie really won't live up to your expectations. I was at my cousins and there was a piece of fudge cake sitting there and I had my eye on 1/2 of a slice. My mouth was watering and I couldn't wait for the services to be over so I could dive in. I had enough points to have 1/2 piece. I took a bite and it was better in my mind than the actual piece tasted. I only took one bite. I now look at chocolate in a different way. Should I have a piece and be disappointed or leave it alone and be so proud of myself that I passed it by.

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JOYINKY 12/18/2010 9:05AM

    Yes, enjoy your treat! The thing is you always have a plan! With a plan you are always ok. I maintain it's the mindless eating that get us in trouble. I eat what I want; but make sure I really want what I eat. Enjoy your Christmas! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/18/2010 7:51AM

    Sounds like a very sensible plan, and therefore really doable. Enjoy your fudge!!
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WILD4STARS 12/18/2010 7:47AM

    I love the way you think. Your plan sounds very good. I'm not a big sweets eater so my treat is going to be vegan mashed potatoes and gravy. That's what I did for Thanksgiving and now I want MORE !! Unfortunately my birthday was more disasterous than Thanksgiving was or Christmas is likely to be. Next year I'm going to get all my friends together to take me out ONE TIME!!

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MONTY68 12/18/2010 12:55AM

    Hi Marsha
I think you have a great idea and if it is fudge, that will be good. I did read an article recently that said something to the same idea. By choosing a goodie and having a small portion will satisfy the mind. So enjoy your fudge.

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Affirming Experience

Friday, December 17, 2010

I learned some things today at my appointment with the Director of the Health and Wellness Division of our YMCA. But most of all it was an affirming experience.

The Director determined that my body fat percentage is 26.7%, which he considered fine for me. My BMI today was 20.9. He recommended maintenance as my goal, and did not think it would improve my health for me to gain additional muscle nor to lose more body fat.

On two out of the eleven machines I do regularly, he had me lower the weight I'm lifting. He recommended I do them slower and with a greater range of motion. I had thought I had the form correct, but I now know how to do them better. He gave me one more exercise to help improve posture and reduce the chronic upper back discomfort I have. That sounds good to me.

He assured me that I am not "skinny fat." He said that people, especially women, who do lots of cardio without any strength training can develop that condition in which they have a good BMI but a high body fat percentage. I had been fearful that due to my history of obesity I might still have a lot of fat around my organs, but he assured me that is not so.

So, he tweaked a few things, but mostly told me to keep up the good work, which I definitely plan to do. -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2010 1:10PM

    What great news! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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JOYINKY 12/18/2010 8:59AM

    What a great affirmation! Wonderful way to be going into the new year. I'm curious about that "posture, upper back exercise" can you share? I blame mine on slipping into sloppy posture here at the computer. But, want to avoid it if possible. Thank you so much for all you share Marsha! It's a real gift to all of us! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/18/2010 8:26AM

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That is fabulous news!! You have done so well! Hopefully now you can relax more about feeling the need to 'perfect' your program when what you are already doing is obviously working well :)
Keep up the great work!

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FRAN0426 12/18/2010 12:35AM

    Keep on doing the great job you have been doing. Enjoy the wweight lifting at the modified weight amout, I've had to lower a couple of my weights and it sure does make for doing them better.

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XENA1956 12/18/2010 12:22AM

    Great job at the Y! So glad all is going great for you and you have reach such fantastic BF percentages. emoticon emoticon

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PO_PAZZA 12/17/2010 10:03PM

    Outstanding report. Let's hope everyone here gets to that same level of fitness and health.What a gift.

Mary

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MONTY68 12/17/2010 9:32PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations, What a great idea you had to go to the director. It must feel so good to hear his comments and to understand more about where you are. I believe the information you received will give you even more confidence in what you have accomplished. You really have done an awesome amount of work on you.

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WILD4STARS 12/17/2010 9:28PM

    Good to know that you are on the right path. What an inspiration you are.

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TINASWEEP 12/17/2010 9:11PM

    That's great news to hear! It always helps to know you're on the right track from the professionals as well as relieve any concerns. Keep up the great job! Have a healthy holiday full of good cheer!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/17/2010 8:43PM

    emoticon news, Marsha! Isn't it good to hear the "pros" tell you how well you're doing? Spark works! And you are one of my favorite Sparklers!

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SLIMLILA 12/17/2010 8:42PM

    Good for you Marsha....great report.... That's wonderful that you have access to a facility that can analyze those things for you ... I didn't even know it was possible...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. emoticon

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Appointment Set

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I've got an appointment set up for Friday afternoon this week to meet with the head of the Wellness Division of the YMCA. He is qualified to do caliper body fat percentage testing and I'll do that unless he recommends something else. He is over all the Wellness Coaches at the Y and has a master's degree in health education and certifications in things like personal training. So, I expect to get an individual plan just for me designed by someone with greater expertise than I have ever consulted before. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll blog about the outcome of the appointment.

  
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WILD4STARS 12/17/2010 3:42PM

    Wish Winter Haven had such a great Y. Can't wait to hear what you learn.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/16/2010 6:37PM

    That sounds interesting. I look forward to reading your blog about it.

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MONTY68 12/15/2010 11:20PM

    HI Marsha
great blog, I have never had the body fat measured, haven't looked really hard to find some one. Maybe I should see if we have a local Y.
Can't wait for your blog, thank you for sharing this.

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EDUCGRAD 12/15/2010 9:43PM

    cool.let me know what you learn,love getting new tips

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2010 9:31PM

    Can't wait to hear what he says and what your plan will be.
Happy Holidays,
Sallie

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JOYINKY 12/15/2010 8:26PM

    I think you'll have fun with this! Waiting for the update!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/15/2010 8:07PM

    Good Luck!

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JHADZHIA 12/15/2010 7:52PM

    Wow! Here I thought you were so so incredibly well and now you are taking it to a whole new level!! You are just awesome!! I will bet you surprise that guy with how good of shape you are in! You are one rocking granny!!
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WALKINGANNIE 12/15/2010 5:54PM

    Looking forward to the update.

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PARKERB2 12/15/2010 3:28PM

    Here's to you. Hope you will get a good routine and one you will enjoy. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/15/2010 2:54PM

    This is something to look forward to for sure

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TKTMTA 12/15/2010 2:14PM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/15/2010 2:13PM

    I'm excited for you, a personal training plan just for you. YEAH !!! Remember to pass on what you learn. emoticon

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Moving On Up!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today I moved up to a new personal best on both the chest press machine and the shoulder press machine. I made 2 sets of 12 at 55 pounds on each of them. I'm definitely getting stronger!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/16/2010 6:36PM

    Way to go!

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JOYINKY 12/14/2010 7:40PM

    That's great! Be proud! Strong is good! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 12/14/2010 5:34PM

    Great job Marsha!!

Terrific

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MONTY68 12/14/2010 3:59PM

    Marsha, you are such a awesome, motivated inspiration to all that read your blogs. Congratulations for your new personal bests and thank you for being Marsha. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/14/2010 1:51PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/14/2010 1:26PM

    ... memo to self: never get on Slenderella's bad side!

WTG Marsha!

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INGMARIE 12/14/2010 1:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonyou go woo hoo

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JHADZHIA 12/14/2010 1:15PM

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That is very impressive!! I will bet you are looking really fabulous!! How about a new set of photos of you? In a little black sleeveless dress, of course..

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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!

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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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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/13/2010 9:37PM

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

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/13/2010 9:16PM

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 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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