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Out of the Blue

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I was shopping in WalMart, focused on getting things I needed for a presentation to a group of potential Sparkers, frustrated that they didn't have a table top flip chart, when out of the blue an attractive woman about my age stopped me. She asked where I got my hair cut and explained that she had just moved here from Texas. I told her, and went back to my shopping.

Afterwards several thoughts occurred to me. One, that really was a compliment. Two, if I had to do it over again I'd find out her name and maybe try to get to know her. Bet she could use a friend here. I wouldn't mind a new 3D friend. She looked fit, too. She might have even become a workout buddy. At the time I was too focused on my mission to see the opportunity. Note to self: Take a breath. Be alert to opportunities.

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JOHAL52 1/6/2011 9:57AM

    That is a good observation Marsha. I found it lonely when I first moved to the US. People would be friendly and talk in stores and at church but they never wanted to take it any further.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2011 6:15AM

    I imagine we all do that at one time or another. We miss an opportunity because we're busy and focused on something else. Perhaps you'll see her again and then you'll make up for lost time!

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MONTY68 1/6/2011 1:11AM

    Hi Marsha
It has to feel so good when receiving such a great compliment. You certainly do deserve all compliments. I can only speak for me but there are times, we should have said something more, If needed it may be a reminder for the next time.

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JHADZHIA 1/6/2011 1:04AM

    That is wonderful Marsha!!! I agree with walkingannie, maybe your hairdresser will come across her, or you will be lucky enough to meet her there again. You do look awesome!!
I am sure you will really Spark those people you are presenting to.
Keep up the great work!! You are the best role model anyone could ask for in Sparkland!!

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JOYINKY 1/5/2011 7:43PM

    It's just prepared you for next time! Enjoy the compliment, who knows, maybe you'll bump into her again sometime. Those out of the blue moments are hard to handle without hindsight.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/5/2011 7:00PM

    What a wonderful compliment Marsha and a lovely, well-deserved confidence boost! Perhaps you could ask you hairdresser to look out for a new customer who has moved into the area from Texas?

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MISTYRIVER64 1/5/2011 6:59PM

    That type of compliment is so precious. And when it happen again, you'll be ready.

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    Great blog "oldmom"! Sorry, I still love that name!!

I thought you were going to say you missed an opportunity to invite her to the potential Sparkers meeting!

Next time!

P.S. I voted for your blog!

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Building a Different Muscle

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I went to Books a Million to buy the new paperback, The Spark, for a friend. While I was there, I saw The Beck Diet Solution on sale for $5.95. The subtitle is something about learning to think like a thin person. I've seen quite a few people both on SP and on the WW message boards recommending that book, so I couldn't pass it up.

I'm only on page 25, so I can only report first impressions. My first thought is there is "a lot of meat" in that book. Perhaps that first thought illustrates that I've got a ways to go before I'm thinking like a thin person!

One concept I liked right off is that we have two set of "muscles": a resistance muscle and a giving-in muscle. Dr. Beck contends that every time we use our resistance muscle to pass up something that is not in our meal plan, we strengthen our resistance muscle. When we make the opposite choice, we are strengthening the other muscle. Which muscle do you want to strengthen?

Makes sense to me.

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KALIGIRL 1/5/2011 1:08PM

    Very cool - training the brain!

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I am looking forward to further comments on this book!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/5/2011 9:37AM

    What an interesting concept. I think it also hooks into habits of long term healthy/fit people. Most long term healthy/fit people have a set way of eating and they rarely go outside of those habits. They view eating differently than a lot of us do. They view eating as fuel and life energy for the body. They eat to live where as many of us live to eat. It sounds like your book takes you through the process of developing the same relationship with food that the long term healthy/fit people have, which is awesome! I'd love to hear more about it!

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JHADZHIA 1/5/2011 12:49AM

    A great concept!! It will be interesting to watch you learn and tell us about your experiences with this book and its ideas and sharing them with us. Its nice to learn something new!! To get a different perspective on things..
Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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MONTY68 1/4/2011 10:32PM

    Hi Marsha
I like that he calls them muscles, I agree with what he said. Glad you bought the book and sharing it emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/4/2011 9:03PM

    Sounds like an interesting book; I'll have to look into it. One thing I noticed years ago that I didn't understand was that the truly thin people I knew didn't even own a scale! Incomprehensible to me! Today, I don't own a scale either; don't want one. Reality for me was that it was never my friend. Just sharing. Joy

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I Did It!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I weighed less this morning than I did on November 20, 2010. I accomplished a No Gain Holiday! So I am celebrating. I'm going to reward myself by buying something I've been wanting a long time: a heart rate monitor.

I'm going for the 2011 CLEAN SWEEP:
CLEAN = eating with dignity; rewarding eating behaviors I feel good about!
S = sleep - trying for at least 7 hours per night; guard against overeating on tired days
W = water - I'll get 8 glasses every day this year
E = eating the right foods in the right amount; sticking to calorie range
E = exercise; strength training 2-3x/wk; cardio 5-6 days per week, burn 300 cal/day
P = persistence - my most important attribute! I'll never, never give up!!

I would not mind getting back down another 5-6 pounds, but I'm not going to stress over it. I'm going to work on continuing my excellent exercise habit, continue very good food choices, continue to improve portion control and occasional impulse overeating. And I'm going to work on some non-weight related goals, too.

Hope your 2011 is off to a great start!!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2011 1:41PM

    Congratulations Marsha! Way to go!

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FIT-AT-50 1/3/2011 9:03PM

    Way to go, Marsha. I love the Clean Sweep goals and acronym!

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MONTY68 1/3/2011 4:40PM

    Hi Marsha,
Congratulations on the no gain holiday season. I really believed you would be successful.
Great blog and I love the CLEAN SWEEP. I see a continued success in 2011, It is nice when one would like to release some weight but doesn't need to. With all the exercise that you do, it wouldn't surprise me that you WILL release some weight.
Thank you for sharing and a Healthy Happy New Year for you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/3/2011 4:14PM

    Congratulations on accomplishing your goal, what a great job

LOL, love the clean sweep!

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FROSTY99 1/2/2011 8:33PM

    emoticonjob. Good for you.


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JOYINKY 1/2/2011 8:12PM

    Congratulations on the no gain holidays! It's great to see you head into the new year with a plan! CLEAN SWEEP 2011! emoticon

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JOHAL52 1/2/2011 6:35PM

    Wow, congratulations Marsha!! And I think your Clean Sweep goals are awesome!

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Enjoy your new HRM when you buy it!

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GATOR12 1/2/2011 6:18PM

    What a great list of goals!!! No weight gain over the holidays! And the Clean Sweep goals are surely noteworthy. Never give up, I love it.!!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/2/2011 6:10PM

    Awesome Marsha. Very well done.

I like your SWEEP and am joining you in never giving up - even when the going gets tough.

It's people like you who keep me on track with your great example.

Here's to a happy healthy new year.


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EILEENV3 1/2/2011 6:05PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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    Congratulations!! emoticon

That is quite an accomplishment!

I LOVE the new Clean Sweep goals!

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Enough for Now

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I hoped to end 2010 with a profound analysis of my year and start 2011 with a compelling list of goals I'll achieve. Instead, let me just say I did good in 2010. And I'm going to do good in 2011, too. That's enough for now.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/4/2011 1:40PM

    Marsha life just does not get any simpler...LOL

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2011 1:33PM

    You did a great job in 2010!

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JOYINKY 1/2/2011 6:57AM

    I agree! When it's become a lifestyle change you don't need to overwork it; just accept it and tweak it. In maintenance; I'm finding a lot of my goals are in other areas of my life; hanging on to and monitoring the health and fitness goals. Have to stay flexible and have fun along the way. Congratulations on a great 2010! 2011 here we come!

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WILD4STARS 1/1/2011 9:29PM

    A woman of few words. GOOD words need no explanation!

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MEXGAL1 1/1/2011 8:50PM

    That is plenty. Here's wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!

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I didn't have a "no gain" holiday this year but you know what? It's ok!

Back on track again!

Love you,

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PERSISTANT123 1/1/2011 7:55PM

    I imagine that 2011 will be a better year ... because you know more about how to get what you want and you know more Sparkers to reach out to when you need help!

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MONTY68 1/1/2011 7:04PM

    Hi Marsha
Happy New Year . I think that is pretty good. Have an awesome New Year which know that for you it WILL be.

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Found a New Food!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A friend gave me some citrus out of her yard and I was totally confused. They were ruby red on the inside, like ruby red grapefruits, but they were the size of medium oranges and the peel was orange. The taste was kind of between an orange and a red grapefruit, but it was the juiciest citrus I've ever eaten. When she gave me the bag, I really didn't know what I had. After I ate several I still didn't know what they were. Finally, I got to ask her. They are red navel oranges. I would recommend them if you get a chance!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/1/2011 8:30AM

    Sounds yummy - we've been on a binge of clementines for a while and they are good, too!

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KALIGIRL 12/31/2010 3:08PM

    I will look for them - thanks!

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PO_PAZZA 12/31/2010 1:00AM

    Yum. It does sound like a blood orange. My cousin has a tree full of them. I think I'll go raid her orchard.

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PERSISTANT123 12/31/2010 12:17AM

    Interesting. I'll have to see if I can find some and check them out.

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GO-LOEW 12/30/2010 11:40PM

    I got them at the grocery stores in Mazatlan, Mexico last winter. Unfortunately, I am not there this year!

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MONTY68 12/30/2010 11:06PM

    Hi Marsha
Well , I learned something new today. I have never heard of Red Navel Oranges but after you described the taste, I have to do some investigating here to see if I can find some.
Thank you for sharing your new food.

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AMBERHENLEY 12/30/2010 8:30PM

    It sounds like a blood orange. How lucky are you to be able to get them fresh off the tree!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2010 7:25PM

    awesome! I never heard of them -


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JOYINKY 12/30/2010 7:19PM

    Never seen them; never heard of them; but, I certainly will be on the lookout for them now! Thanks for sharing.

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WILD4STARS 12/30/2010 5:12PM

    I have a friend who has a tree of them. They are SO sweet and SO juicy. I love to just cut them in quarters and bite into them. The juice just FILLS your mouth and is awesome. I'm going to have to call her and see why I don't have some now !!

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JHADZHIA 12/30/2010 3:18PM

    Navel oranges are the best, but a pain to peel.. never had the blood ones though, haven't seen them here. Its just so awesome to get them fresh like that, you are so lucky to live in a warm climate!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2010 2:30PM

    I think they are called blood oranges. They are supposed to be wonderful. I've never tried them.

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EDUCGRAD 12/30/2010 1:24PM

    I've heard of them,but had never tried them.thanks for the tip

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