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The Amazing Race

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I did it! I did it! My time for the 5K was 31.17 minutes. I more than made my goal -- I was far from last. Well, I was far from first, too, but like I say, I more than made my goal.

My daughter was a dear. She is a massage therapist and an especially gifted one. I keep saying I want a massage and we talk about it. We keep saying we are going to do it and put it off. But last night when she saw me in pain, she massaged my shoulder and back, and came back after the kids were asleep with her magical fingers and biofreeze and fixed me up.

So I am feeling the afterglow of a good goal well achieved!!

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 3/15/2011 6:51PM

    congrats on your first race.

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NANCY- 3/13/2011 11:02AM

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You are awesome... and it was nice of your daughter to help relieve your pain.

Keep Sparking!!!!

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FROSTY99 3/12/2011 8:34PM

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I am quite amazed at all you accomplish. Your are great!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!
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AQUAGIRL08 3/12/2011 5:58PM

    I am in total awe of you Marsha!
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PAMAPPLE 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    I think that is wonderful time for 5K considering it is about 3 miles! So glad your daughter could help you to feel better! Maybe, you can encourage her to give a massage more often to stay loose and painfree! emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/12/2011 1:48PM

    Fantastic! You are my hero!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/12/2011 12:27PM

    Congrats on finishing your race. And the massage from your daughter is a very special reward for it!

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MONTY68 3/12/2011 11:19AM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on a great race. I knew you could do it. It is great that you have your own massage therapist. I am glad that you said something about biofreeze. I read their website couple months ago and thought of buying a tube. There are several places around here that sell it. So it really works .
Thank you again for sharing your race.

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2011 10:48AM

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Well done!! So glad you got your aches taken care of, can I borrow your daughter??? Never heard of biofreeze. Icing sore joints is my usual treatment..
Keep up the fabulous work!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/12/2011 10:34AM

    Wow! That's great!! And I'm glad you got the magic hands work last night! You need that on your calendar on a regular schedule!

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SPOKENWORD 3/12/2011 9:53AM

    WooHoo!! Congrats!! ...Amelia

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KRISTEN_SAYS 3/12/2011 9:40AM

    Congrats!

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Oh, No!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I woke up this morning feeling fine. But as I walked from the parking lot to the Y where I intended to go to Zumba class, I felt pain in my lower back. I had difficulty sitting down and getting up and pain when moving from side to side. I have history of kidney stones and just am not sure if this is orthopedic or kidney pain. So I decided to ditch Zumba. I walked slowly up and down the halls of the Y just to see if I could work it out. It got a little better. I found that going front and back did not hurt, so I decided to do the elliptical. After 10 minutes I felt even better. I finished 66 minutes on the elliptical, burning 320 calories. I averaged around 65 strides per minute, when I usually average 72.

Okay, now. What is going on? You think it is all psychological and that I am resisting my 5K race tomorrow? I'm not sure. But I will listen to my body and not go race if I am in pain. Have fingers crossed that the pain is passing and not significant!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/12/2011 6:04PM

    It just may have been the way you slept.

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2011 10:52AM

    You are so awesome!! Slowly and carefully working through the pain to see if it would last! Great work with the elliptical!! So glad this didn't interfere with your race!!
Sure hope you don't ever get kidney stones again, those are horrible :(

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/12/2011 10:10AM

    Good Luck

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SNOOKUMS19 3/12/2011 9:23AM

    I'm sure you'll make the right decision about your race. I do love my Zumba but would like to incorporate some running in as well. How do you balance both workout in your week. I don't want to hurt myself by doing to much of either. Have a great weekend whatever you decide! emoticon

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JOHAL52 3/12/2011 9:08AM

    Good luck on your race today Marsha! Hope that the pain was just a twinge that you worked out with exercise!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2011 8:31PM

    Here's hoping that you WILL be able to run tomorrow: but if it seems not to be a good idea, I'm sure you'll listen to your body.

It's one of my big regrets that -- much as I love it -- my knees have said no to regular running!!

Thanks for your comments on my "rich life" blog: we do indeed have rich lives. And I'm so glad you're introducing your little granddaughters to the joys of nature -- one of the enduring pleasures and consolations of my life, for sure!

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MONTY68 3/11/2011 6:42PM

    Hi Marsha
You are amazing, I give you credit, as you started to exercise. It seems like you are saying it feels much better, only you will know if you are able to run the race. If you run tomorrow, I know that you will be successful.
Thank you for sharing

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2011 5:12PM

    Kidney stones are no fun - hope it is not that!

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PAMAPPLE 3/11/2011 3:33PM

    I'm glad that you were feeling fine to exercise. Best of luck that you will feel well and run a great 5K tomorrow!

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CLOVERR1 3/11/2011 1:36PM

    Whatever you do, have fun and take care of yourself!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/11/2011 1:15PM

    You have the right attitude....listen to your body

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/11/2011 11:12AM

    Good Luck either way!

What I really hope for you Slenderella is to have no pains!

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JOYINKY 3/11/2011 11:05AM

    Coulc be you walked it out either way; but, just continue to listen to your body. Stress can bring on lower back pain for me but with your history of kidney stones you have to stay aware. It's hard for me to believe it's psychological. I hope you continue to feel better.

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KASSIANDORA 3/11/2011 11:00AM

    It is awesome that you didn't completely ditch your exercise. Part of me would have probably used that as an excuse to go home and watch tv.

I hope you feel better!

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Sleep Update

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I know sleep is very important for health, mood, and weight management. Last year I did the SparkPeople Better Sleep Challenge and tried several new methods to sleep better. Some of them I have continued, some I have modified, and some I have let go by the wayside.

On the positive side it has been weeks and weeks since I have had trouble getting to sleep. I have slept 6 or more hours every night for months. I'm averaging over 7 hours sleep per night. I actually changed my goal from 8 hours per night to 7. After I retire in just over 3 months I may try to go for eight hours again, but for now 7 is pretty good. I'm not sure I feel optimally rested, but I feel pretty good.

I gave up going to bed at 10pm every night. It was very hard to go to bed before my husband every night. I never slept well until he was quiet. Now I go to bed when I am tired. I know. I know. That is against the traditional wisdom. A set bedtime every night is suppose to be a key. I may try it again later, but for now, going to bed when I am tired works better.

I often, even usually, exercised right up until bedtime before the challenge. I usually marched and did Sansone-style walking in front of the TV. Well, now I've compromised. I give myself at least an hour of calm down time before bed, but I don't always give myself 3 hours. I haven't found it makes any difference with getting to sleep, while it makes getting all my fitness minutes in much easier on work days.

My good bedtime ritual has continued. A warm bath and soothing music are a great way to end the day along with positive reflections and praise.

All in all, I am sleeping better than I did a year ago or two years ago. I may be able to improve more in this area. Time will tell.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 3/13/2011 8:19AM

    good job

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SNOOKUMS19 3/11/2011 9:01AM

    Awesome for you! Not only do we feel better when we get sleep but we also look better. I notice if I had a bad nights sleep that I look 10 years older the next day emoticon So you must look like a teenager by now emoticon Enjoy your weekend!

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JOHAL52 3/11/2011 2:02AM

    "Sweet sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care" (Shakespeare)--sounds like you are getting some knitting up Marsha. Bravo!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/10/2011 7:30PM

    Taking care of 2 octogenarians, I can tell you - seniors don't need as much sleep as working people.

I think your 7 hours is wonderful!

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JANEWATKINS 3/10/2011 7:07PM

    Sounds like you are practicing what Dr. Oz calls "good sleep hygiene!" I heard (on his show) that people who get less than 7 hours of sleep each night are much more prone to obesity. (I can't remember the percent, but high!) I think my perfect amount is 7 hours. 8 leaves me sluggish. I don't always do a good job of getting to bed at a reasonable time. Thanks for the post. It is a good reminder to us all to work on our sleep.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2011 6:24PM

    Good job with the sleep Marsha! I also have made it a target goal. It really makes a difference doesn't it?

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MONTY68 3/10/2011 3:46PM

    Hi Marsha

It seems no matter what it is that you need to make adjustments, you are awesome, in doing it. How you made the adjustments to your sleep needs, looks like that you have found what works best for you. The important thing is it is working well for you and you are getting rest.
Thank you for sharing

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JOYINKY 3/10/2011 1:14PM

    Marsha, Just goes to show that this journey to a healthy lifestyle doesn't have a "one size fits all" formula! The adjustments you've made make sense to me and just illustrate that you've learned to listen to your body. WTG!
Rest well, Joy

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WATERMELLEN 3/10/2011 12:37PM

    Sleep can be problematic for me too . . . especially if I'm wound up worrying about something!! -- so these are great suggestion. Glad that they are working so well (with your own modifications) because I do agree: sleep is essential both for general well being and for weight loss maintenance!!

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JHADZHIA 3/10/2011 12:05PM

    Congratulations and getting 7 hours regularly! That is amazing! I still can't get more than 4-5 broken hours. Right now, my elbow is tender to sleep on, but with more pending surgery, there is no point on me worrying about sleep until it all finally gets done and I can no longer see pain as being an excuse for the wak ups.
I hope you can get the eight hours after you retire. I think you need it as you exercise vigorously and being a near full time Mom again, you have earned some good rest to help your body recover and heal..
Keep up the great work!!

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In Praise of Sensible & Compassionate Friends

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

My new dear SparkFriend, Freelady, made a great observation yesterday. She said that reading the comments on my blogs from my "sensible & compassionate" friends always gives her something to think about. She is absolutely correct. I am blessed with an amazing group of wise and caring people here on SparkPeople. Thanks for all your support!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2011 6:25PM

    And we a blessed with you, Marsha!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/10/2011 10:39AM

    I agree with you, and you also need to pat yourself on the back for giving us lots to think about and act upon

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WATERMELLEN 3/10/2011 9:06AM

    This is an AMAZING community -- there is a lot of collective wisdom and remarkable kindness. And since we are spread all around the globe, it makes me feel very optmistic about the fundamental humanity in the world as a whole.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/10/2011 8:39AM

    I agree with Freelady, and all your other friends - we are all blessed to be on this journey together!

Marsha, you are Thinspiration Personified!



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JOYINKY 3/10/2011 8:31AM

    Obviously, we all feel the same way about you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 3/10/2011 7:04AM

    Right back at you friend!! You have been so supportive during a very stressful time that how could I be anything less emoticon This really is an amazing community!

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JHADZHIA 3/10/2011 1:08AM

    Back at you Marsha! I enjoy reading the comments as much as the blogs, they can be equally informative and entertaining..
Sparks just keeps on paying it forward for everyone who comes into the circle..

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XENA1956 3/9/2011 10:10PM

    How sweet Marsha. I always enjoy your blogs. All of us are blessed to have you as a friend. emoticonTeri

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MONTY68 3/9/2011 9:50PM

    Hi Marsha

I am blessed to have you as a friend.

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Giving Myself a Break

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

One of my great friends pointed out to me that I have lots and lot of experience dieting, and much of it successful. And although a lot of people think I've been maintaining since March 2009, actually I've lost 29 pounds since I hit my first weight goal. Almost all the time I've been "maintaining" I have actually been losing. Then there were a few times, like in September of 2010, when I gained 6 pounds. It actually took me nearly 5 months to get in the right frame of mind to lose those 6 pounds. In reality I have very little experience maintaining. So I need to give myself a break as I learn the skills I need to live my life right at the weight I want to be. This morning I was right on my "happy weight" of 126.

I've decided to halve my distress at the scale. Starting now I am committing to weigh every other day and see how that works for me. I'm definitely still a work in progress!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/9/2011 6:48PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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PARKERB2 3/9/2011 3:21PM

    You have been an example for me and I love reading your blogs. 126 sounds great. I'm sure you can maintain. Have a good day.

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MONTY68 3/8/2011 11:30PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and I feel a great decision. I believe in you and I feel what you are doing will be successful. I feel we are all a work in process. You have been an inspiration for me and a great motivator for others. Although I no longer call it maintaining, I feel that I need to let go a little more and really live life.
Thank you for sharing

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JHADZHIA 3/8/2011 9:33PM

    Good for you easing up on that scale..Congratulations for getting into maintenance!! Here is to staying that happy weight!
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MNNICE 3/8/2011 9:24PM

    We do need to stay vigilant in maintenance - I always say it's "a long and winding road." But as long as we focus on exercising and eating healthy, it seems to get us where we want to be! It's hard to switch our brains from "losing" mentality to "maintaining." Hang in there, you'll find what works for you!

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SNOOKUMS19 3/8/2011 7:09PM

    I'm still learning about the maintaining. I lost 23 lbs. last year kept it off for 6 months (the longest I have ever in my life kept off). Then life happened and gained every pound back. So I am still learning too. I'm so glad we have Spark to turn to emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/8/2011 6:13PM

    Love the idea of halving the stress by weighing alternate days!! So clever!! This maintenance thing is brand new -- and the skills are difficult ones to be mastered slowly.

Thank you for the "key" goodie: much appreciated. You've just given me another key . . . . And thanks as always for your encouraging comments on my blogs, coach!!

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FREELADY 3/8/2011 3:34PM

    I concur: keep learning, halve your distress, and give yourself a break!

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I have to say, in addition to writing an always-beneficial blog, you are a magnet for good advice. After I've chewed on what you say a while, I always have lots to think about from your sensible & compassionate friends who comment!

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GAILRUU 3/8/2011 2:21PM

    It is difficult to learn how to maintain after a lifetime of getting to goal and then regaining the weight. This time I got to goal slowly--it took 2 years-- but I hope I learned something. I am planning to keep on tracking my calories every day and continue to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes every day. So far I have been below my goal weight for 2 months and counting. I don't dare take time out yet!

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JOYINKY 3/8/2011 1:21PM

    You will find a balance. I plan to spend a lifetime of tweaking to maintain. Things change constantly and I know I have to be flexible. I count calories in my own very relaxed way and now keep track of fitness minutes too. But, I do it all in a very relaxed flexible way. No one or two days is going to make a permanent difference. For me, the only thing that will is returning to mindless eating and an inactive lifestyle. Barring illness; that's just not going to happen. I don't see it ever happening for you either. You deserve a break!

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GATOR12 3/8/2011 10:47AM

    I listened to my daughter complain about how hard she worked to lose a couple or three pounds and heard myself say, " Jo, it's a progression. You have come so far. So what if one of those #'s came back, you are making consistent changes in your diet, you are more consistent & strong in your exercise program--you are doing this". As I heard my encouragement to her, I heard it to self also. So true this lifestyle change. As I look back over past year, past 6 months, even past 3 months I am still changing eating habits--do I have an off day or off evening?? sure, I'm a human not perfection--never will be!! We'll keep evolving and trying different things but as we look back over the distance we have come, we have to say "we've made improvements". Haven't you???? emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/8/2011 10:47AM

    I have every confidence that you will one day realize just how successful you really are!

This will be a constant "battle" if we allow it. I am changing my vocabulary to more positive phrases!

Less than optimal food choices instead of slipping, sliding or binges.

Fluctuations instead of weight gains.

3-5 pound weight range instead of expecting the weight to remain constant.

Just like Sodium - Stress is a killer.

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/8/2011 10:23AM

    Give it a shot, we only really learn by trying out different ways of doing things

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