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Things Change....

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I was just remembering my "home ec" class in high school and the lessons we learned about nutrition. I remember going home and telling my mom we needed to consume the liquid off the canned veggies. Her response was lukewarm at best. In school we learned that the liquid contained the water soluble vitamins. For months I drank the veggie juice that mom had previously poured off.

Now I buy mostly no salt added and reduced sodium when I buy canned. I buy a whole lot more fresh veggies and more frozen veggies than I ate growing up. Now if I buy canned veggies like I ate daily as a kid, I not only pour off the salty liquid, I wash the salt off the veggies. Things change!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/10/2011 8:01PM

    I'm with you on this one. I do the same if I have to canned - very rare in our house.

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JHADZHIA 4/9/2011 1:39AM

    What a wonderful change too! I so much prefer fresh over canned or frozen.. Anything out of a can does get thoroughly rinsed!
Keep up the fantastic work!

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2011 8:25PM

    Gosh, I remember canned veggies too-- and now, other than canned chickpeas and the like (those well rinsed!!) hardly ever have anything other than fresh or frozen!

Thanks for your kind congratulations on my birthday: your support this past while has been so important to me!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/8/2011 9:32AM

    I agree that things change, our tastes change and we are always learning about vitamins/minerals and fats

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PARKERB2 4/7/2011 8:31PM

    The fresh veggies out of the garden are the best! But when you can't get fresh, I've heard frozen is next best. Have a good day. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/7/2011 7:24PM

    However, I cook my frozen veggies and love to drink what they call in the deep south, "pot liquor" - the broth is so sweet from my mixed veggies!

WTG Marsha!

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FREELADY 4/7/2011 4:53PM

    Your resilience and thoughtful choices have sealed your success! We will keep growing and changing to get healthier and healthier.

Thank you for setting the pace for us!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/7/2011 2:17PM

    You're absolutely right, they change! I'd forgotten that! emoticon

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MNNICE 4/7/2011 12:47PM

    Yes, they do change, and we are all still young enough to change along with the times! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/7/2011 12:47PM

    They sure do change! I remember it too!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/7/2011 11:36AM

    The more we know, the better we do! Have a healthy day.

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MONTY68 4/7/2011 11:30AM

    Hi Marsha
Yes, I grew up with that same idea, throw away the vegetables and drink the liquid.
If I was going to use canned veggies, I would also drain it and keep the veggies, I try to use fresh, but the fresh frozen veggies are good. Things and ideas do change.
Thanks for sharing

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When It Feels Right

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Day before yesterday I put it in my status. I set a goal to beat my personal record for the fastest mile on my treadmill. My previous fastest (that I paid attention to anyway) was a 10 minute mile. I was aiming for a 9.5 minute mile. I really thought I could do it with no trouble. In my 5K race, my first mile took 11 minutes flat, the second mile 10 minutes and a few seconds, and third mile I covered in just over 9 minutes. So I didn't think it would be a problem. I was thinking a fast workout: 10 minute warm up, 9.5 minute mile, and 10 minute cool down. Well, it just didn't feel good on the treadmill. Admittedly it was 81 degrees when I tried it and my race was about 20 degrees cooler. So I just decided to tackle a different goal.

I did achieve a personal best, but it was not speed. I instead achieved my farthest distance at one time on the treadmill. I made 5 miles in 62 minutes. It felt good; it felt right. I ran 40 minutes but only 2 tenths of a mile was at the 6.4 mph/9.5 minute per mile speed. I walked 22 minutes of it. I will achieve the 9.5 minute mile at another time -- when it feels right.

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2011 8:25PM

    So glad that you didn't push in all that heat -- yikes!!

And thanks for your comments on fitting into my stripey jacket -- who knows how long that "great bargain" would have hung in my closet if YOU hadn't inspired me to peel off a few pounds with Beck!! No bargain at all if I can't wear it, right??

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BLUESKY_321 4/6/2011 5:56PM

    Wow Marsha! I am SO IMPRESSED!

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MONTY68 4/6/2011 5:21PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog, you are amazing with what you do, but I am impressed as I see you as one who pays attention to your body. What an accomplishment today and I am sure when your body tells you, you will beat your personnel best.
Thank you for sharing

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AQUAGIRL08 4/6/2011 3:35PM

    You have a good healthy attitude Marsha!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/6/2011 1:25PM

    That all sounds awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 4/6/2011 12:28PM

    You did great! Setting goals is good but being sensible and listening to your body is even better! WTG!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/6/2011 12:13PM

    WTG Marsha - you have officially left me in the dirt, lol.

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JHADZHIA 4/6/2011 11:22AM

    That temperature is pretty high to try and push it. You did well not to. That distance and time is still impressive! Well done!! I have no excuses for not putting in intense workouts with the cold temperatures we get here. Yesterday in the 43 temperature and sun, I actually felt overheated on the trail lol. Some people (mostly guys) are already wearing shorts..

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JOHAL52 4/6/2011 11:21AM

    And you are enjoying the stride--THAT's the main thing, right?

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/6/2011 9:50AM

    I am so impressed with your determination and drive....outstanding

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818VALERIE 4/6/2011 8:42AM

    It's all about you and what you can do. Good for you for going 62 minutes. That is IMPRESSIVE. emoticon

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CAM2438 4/6/2011 8:21AM

    Good for you! It sounds as though you are definitely n the right track!

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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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