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Unexpected Pleasure

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Last eve after she had the kids to bed my daughter stopped by with a dozen big grapefruits from her tree. I hadn't had any in a month. I thought they were all gone for the season. They are delicious!!

  
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VTORIA3 4/6/2011 7:12AM

    What a fabulous treat....and something that's good for us! I had the good fortune to get grapefruit right from the tree when I visited my brother in Arizona....they were so delicious and unlike the ones from the store. Bon appetite! emoticon

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MONTY68 4/5/2011 8:51PM

    Hi Marsha
I haven't had a fresh grapefruit for a couple years, when I was working , I was able to get some from friends. It certainly had to be treat.

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SNOOKUMS19 4/5/2011 5:30PM

    I'm so jealous! Grapefruit trees. Um its so damp and cold and even snowing still here! Ugggg emoticon Enjoy your wonderful citrus and have a healthy night!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/5/2011 2:28PM

    Yummy! What a great surprise!

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JOYINKY 4/5/2011 1:03PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/5/2011 11:01AM

    Yum!!

I eat grapefruits just like an orange - in sections!

Enjoy them my friend!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/5/2011 9:57AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/5/2011 9:55AM

    What a nice treat!

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PARKERB2 4/5/2011 9:55AM

    Florida is one place to get fresh grapefruit. I would like to live 6 months in Florida, 6 months in North Carolina. Wouldn't that be ideal. Enjoy your fruit. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 4/5/2011 9:53AM

    I can't imagine what its like to get them fresh from the tree like that!! That is just too awesome!! Would love to live in a place where you can get fresh fruit!
Enjoy!!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/5/2011 9:48AM

    Wonderful surprise!

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Splurge

Monday, April 04, 2011

Saturday I decided since I plan to keep running that I might as well invest in what I need. I bought the shoe inserts to help cushion my high arch. I was having a little bit of cramping around the arch area and thought it might help. Yesterday was a light cardio workout day. I burned 300 calories between the elliptical and the stationery bike, not nearly as vigorous as running. Yesterday my emphasis was on strength training. But even with the light cardio I could tell the difference. My feet felt better with the inserts. I'll verify that soon with a run, but I'm feeling pretty confident it was a smart purchase.

  
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KEKEIKO 4/5/2011 8:20AM

    Good for you! Your feet will thank you I'm sure. It's amazing how something so little inserted into a running shoe will make a difference. I hope it helps or at the least be an improvement. A positive ... you can remove to air them out every once in a while.

Happy running! emoticon

Hugs,
Keke

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MONTY68 4/4/2011 11:55PM

    Hi Marsha
I would consider that an investment in yourself. Our feet are so important and need to stay healthy, What you have invested , will pay off big dividends. I will wait for your update after running.

Thank you for sharing

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KALIGIRL 4/4/2011 6:59PM

    Sounds like a super purchase emoticon

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JOHAL52 4/4/2011 3:15PM

    Great way to reward yourself for your success!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/4/2011 2:00PM

    I think you made a wise choice!

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JHADZHIA 4/4/2011 1:07PM

    Well done!! You listened to your body and took action!! That will go a long way to keep you healthy and injury free!!
Keep up the great work Marsha, you totally rock!

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JOYINKY 4/4/2011 12:23PM

    Absolutely! Gotta take care of those feet! Have fun!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/4/2011 12:18PM

    It is so important to have what we need.

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HIPPIECHIC68 4/4/2011 11:03AM

    Enjoy your run with your new inserts!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/4/2011 10:48AM

    Good thought about the foot inserts, I understand they do help

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/4/2011 10:46AM

    WTG! Enjoy your "splurge".

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SNOOKUMS19 4/4/2011 10:41AM

    Awesome! We have to take care of our bodies. It's nice to spend a little on our fit self :). I've been thinking I need some new workout clothes. Something cute :). Enjoy your workout!

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Trophies and Accomplishments

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Congrats to all my SparkFriends who received trophies for accomplishments in March. And thanks, SparkPeople, for mine! I just love trophies: Perfect Attendance, Consistency, Trivia A+ Student, 1000 Fitness Minutes and 500 SparkPoints. Good stuff!

Another Accomplishment: Yesterday I weighed in at Weight Watchers, fully clothed and after a light breakfast, at 123.6 pounds; BMI 19.9. I think this is a maintainable weight for me, at least while I am committed to running and able to run. Time will tell.

  
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SNOOKUMS19 4/4/2011 10:43AM

    So awesome! That is the weight I started at before all the chaos insued in my life. I'm back to healthy and look forward to seeing that number again! Congrats!

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JHADZHIA 4/3/2011 11:26PM

    Congratulations! That is just awesome!!
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SLIMLILA 4/3/2011 6:27PM

    Congrats on your many successes and continued success to you!

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MONTY68 4/3/2011 6:07PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on all your trophies, especially the Trivia +, that is so difficult to maintain 90%. I got my first after 3 years.
A big congratulations on your weigh in, You have done a amazing job.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/3/2011 11:28AM

    Awesome! I love that I am no longer afraid to weigh while dressed!!

You had a goal and you reached it!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/3/2011 10:17AM

    Woo hoo! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/3/2011 10:01AM

    I know what you mean, love to receive the trophies. Great job at WW

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JOYINKY 4/3/2011 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWOW! That Trivia A+ is hard to get! Congratulations!

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BLUESKY_321 4/3/2011 6:26AM

    Marsha - I didn't know I was going to get trophies here on SP! I got Fitness Minutes and Spark Points! Now I want to see what I can get this Month .. . I'll just be as "good" as I can be and see what comes in the mail!
Thank for all of your help, just reading your posts is inspirational - you are doing it! - but the individual attention that you've been giving me has really been helpful. Just like a favorite teacher in elementary school, when I don't really care about doing it for me, I know that I don't want to let you down!

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FREELADY 4/3/2011 6:04AM

    Hooray for 19.9 BMI !

Keep talking . . . you are helping me think I can go all the way to healthy BMI! I am determined!

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Fitness Update and Goals for April

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Review of March CleanSWEEP goals:

Clean - pretty good. I currently have 27 binge-free days and counting. Near the beginning of March I had an incident of unplanned overeating of granola bars. I also had one night of insomnia that I got up and ate my oatmeal breakfast at 3am. I'd rather make it to 5am before I call it breakfast! I sat down to eat 99%+ of the time. Occasionally I ate or drank (usually coffee with skim milk in the morning) or an apple in the car.

Sleep - pretty good. I at least averaged 7 hours per night in March.

Water - I didn't always measure, but I feel pretty certain I got in 8 glasses of plain water every day.

Exercise - I achieved my cardio goals of burning 1,800 calories per week. I did cardio exercise 30 of the 31 days in March, achieving my 6x per week goal. I completed 8 strength training sessions in March. The first two weeks of the month I only got in one session each week, so didn't quite meet my goal. (I was focused on running! Excuses, excuses!) I achieved my goal of setting a new personal record by not only running my first race, but winning a bronze medal in my age group.

Eating - I'd give myself an A- for eating in March. I ate plenty of fruits and veggies - probably averaging 10 servings a day. I got in my dairy, daily whole grain, enough protein, enough fiber. I was a little light on healthy fat, but got at least 2 teaspoons of olive oil 6 days per week. I tracked about 90%. I'm still not doing as well as I'd like with pre-planning my meals. I took my multi-vitamin and fish oil pills.

Persistence - I'm sticking with it!! Perfect attendance on SparkPeople and weighed in at WW. I'm working on weighing myself less often and it seems to be helping me some. I find myself on the verge of eliminating my perfectionistic thinking. Once again, when I found Beck, someplace in the back of my mind I thought I would never binge nor overeat again. When it happened I spent 4 days in a blue funk, so disappointed in myself. Then I got focused on running and felt so good! I think I've just got to accept that occasionally I will overeat or even binge, but it doesn't mean I'm a bad person. It just means I'm persisting in dealing with my own personal challenge.


GOALS for April:
Clean: count and log binge-free days -- aim to beat record of 33 days binge-free; aim for no eating between midnight and 5am; aim for no eating in the car; ever bite with dignity!

Sleep: aim for 7-8 hours sleep per night
Water: 8 glasses per day

Exercise: 2 strength training sessions per week minimum; burn 1,800 calories per week in at least 6 cardio sessions; set a new personal record for time or distance or attempting a new activity, including use of heart rate monitor; achieve a 5 mile run; achieve a 9.5 minute mile

Eating: track food; figure out calorie range to maintain 124-129.9 and stick to it; achieve nutritional goals (protein/fat/carbs/fiber/calcium/sodium) at least 6 days per week

Persistence: log onto SparkPeople daily and participate!

  
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JHADZHIA 4/3/2011 1:45AM

    Sounds like you had a fantastic month!! Do make sure you get that ST in. I recently read an article where if you do too much cardio and not enough ST, you could actually lose muscle mass.. its especially important in seniors..
Good luck with your April goals, I am sure you will rock them!

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KEKEIKO 4/2/2011 11:15PM

    If only I could be you on your "bad day". Wow, you are truly amazing! You did very well for the month of March. I'm still working on getting in the calories and sleeping.

Great goals planned for you to achieve! emoticon

Strength to you on your current and future goals.

Hugs,
Keke

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MONTY68 4/2/2011 11:00PM

    Marsha
This awesome, you amaze and inspire me. I love what you said about being perfect. I struggled for almost 70 years trying, finally realized that I wasted a good part of my life. Now I do the best that I can.
If I was rating your accomplishments for March, I would give you a A+. What you do and what you plan on doing for April could or should be used by all those that are looking to become successful on their own journeys.
Congratulations and I know that April WILL be just as successful.

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WATERMELLEN 4/2/2011 9:16PM

    Impressive goal setting and accomplishment -- including setting the goal of tackling "perfectionism" and permitting yourself to acknowledge that there may be some binge/over-eating days. Because -- it's a life long challenge.

I ate 2 mushrooms standing up today . . . hmm. This is an important one for me, the calories being trivial but the "giving in" muscle more significant. Cannot eat standing up!! No choice!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/2/2011 7:20PM

    Way to go, Marsha! Looks to me like you are doing really well! I need to remember the "don't eat standing up" rule ... have been having "just a few crackers" or "Just a few rice cakes" while I'm cooking ... those calories add up, too! Plan, sit, enjoy!
Have a great April!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/2/2011 6:01PM

    love the line "ever bite with dignity", boy does that say it all!


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JOYINKY 4/2/2011 4:59PM

    A plan for success. That's what it's about! WTG!

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FREELADY 4/2/2011 4:45PM

    Now I know what to do when it's time for maintenance. I can keep going with healthy behaviors, just as you do.

My nutrition/fitness coach keeps talking about things being measurable. Your April plan is a great example of that. You can see clearly when you met your March goals, and when something needs a little tweaking. Next month you will know exactly what successes to celebrate and what gaps to fill. Thanks for the clear example!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/2/2011 4:12PM

    Great goals!! Bring on April, you're ready!!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/2/2011 3:34PM

    You sound ready to go! Tell April to be prepared because you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Last Blog About My Story

Friday, April 01, 2011

Yes, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in India from 1971-1973. I lived in the village of Warandh, taluka (or block - kind of like a county) Mahad, jilla (or region) Kolaba, in the state of Maharashtra, located 140 miles mostly south and a little east of Mumbai. Our village was surrounded on three sides by the ghats and jungle and during the monsoon season we could see dozens of waterfalls from our bungalow.

My true story is about an Adivasi woman and a very intense experience we had. Adivasi are the original people of the area, racially different from the dominant Hindus. They are semi-nomadic and while many will work for pay at harvest time, primarily they are hunters and gatherers -- and a loud, lively, and fascinating people!

Tomorrow I'll be back on a fitness-related topic. But thanks, SparkFriends, for your interest in my writing.

(If this blog makes no sense, please refer to my last two blogs!)

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/2/2011 9:12PM

    This is fascinating! One of the neat things about being a woman of a certain age is . . . we've had lots of time to do a lot of interesting things!! Clearly, you have -- and continue to explore so many different avenues!!

My theory is -- the hunter/gatherer is pretty close to the skin in most of us . . . we've got a thin veneer of "civilization" only but revel in scoring trophies (for example, at the liquidation warehouse!!).

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FREELADY 4/1/2011 10:54PM

    No apologies . . . we love hearing about your story!

Isn't it great what a marvelous variety of experiences we have amassed among ourselves!!

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WILD4STARS 4/1/2011 8:33PM

    What a totally amazing woman you are.

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MONTY68 4/1/2011 5:20PM

    Hi Marsha
I was glad that you shared the information about your book. Really looking forward to it. If you don't mind, would you remind us before the release date, will pre-order through Amazon.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/1/2011 12:49PM

    That sounds like it was an amazing experience!

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JHADZHIA 4/1/2011 12:13PM

    What an interesting life you have lived. Looking forward to reading all about this story!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/1/2011 11:41AM

    Awesome experience.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/1/2011 10:32AM

    What a fascinating life you live! You're the first Peace Corp person I know!

Hugs,
Linda

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JOYINKY 4/1/2011 9:40AM

    Marsha, All this has done is made me even more interested!! Wow, what a unique experience; I'm so glad you took the opportunity to write about it!!

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