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Lucky Find

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I found a brand new Toastmaster Automatic Rice Cooker with instruction booklet and all the important parts for just $5 at a charity thrift store. I really like the way it cooks brown rice just right and keeps it warm for up to 12 hours. I've always liked brown rice, but had trouble with it coming out either undercooked or soggy. Now that I can easily make it right, I'm sure to include it in my eating plan more often!

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MONTY68 4/23/2011 11:15PM

    Hi Marsha
You did find a great buy. I enjoy going to the thrift shoppes occasionally.
Enjoy the rice and thank you for sharing.
Have a Happy Easter

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FROSTY99 4/23/2011 9:44PM

    emoticon I don't buy anything new, I am a thrift store/yard sale junkie!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/23/2011 12:16PM

    Don't you just love finds like that? I love yard sales and thrift stores! Some of my best stuff comes from them.

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_LINDA 4/23/2011 10:12AM

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I love the rice cooker my Mom gave me -it was a gift from her Thai co workers. I don't know why she insists on making rice the old pot on the stove way when this is so much easier. She really resists technology and change.
Enjoy your perfect rice! Have a Super Saturday!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/23/2011 9:45AM

    Now that is some find, good job

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JOYINKY 4/23/2011 9:14AM

    I love thrift shop shopping! The thrill of the hunt! Just fun!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/23/2011 9:02AM

    What a deal. I found an air popcorn popper once for $2.00. Can't go wrong at the thrift stores especially the church ones!

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FREELADY 4/23/2011 8:47AM

    I love thrift stores! I will look for this.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/23/2011 7:50AM

    Ooh... that sounds wonderful! Congratulations on your excellent bargain find! It's a real bargain when the price is right and it's something you really will use.


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RSSSLHB 4/23/2011 7:48AM

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Planning to Run 'til I'm 100

Friday, April 22, 2011

The reason that I was thinking I should not run two days in a row is because I read the book, "Running Until You're 100" by Jeff Galloway. (I'm really suppose to underline a book title, aren't I? But I don't know how to do it in SP. Anyone?) He advocates for more and more rest time between runs as you age. For someone in their early 60's he recommends 3 runs a week with at least a day in between. By the way I'm feeling, I think this recommendation is good for me, so at least for now, I'm planning to follow it.

He also advocates for walk breaks in between the running. I'm not crazy about walking breaks for a 3.1 mile 5K run and I think I prefer straight running for a 6.2 mile 10K run. Any longer than that, I'd probably go with the walking breaks. For my speed (estimated at 9 minutes per mile), he advocates 2 minutes of running followed by 30 seconds of walking throughout the event. At this point, I'm glad I know that is an option. Perhaps on a very hot day or when I'm not feeling as good, I'll do it. But for now, when I run, I want to run!!

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JANEWATKINS 4/23/2011 7:40AM

    Good for you Marsha. I just want to stay redheaded until I'm 100. Sigh.

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MONTY68 4/22/2011 11:03PM

Hi Marsha
Great blog, and I feel you have set up a great plan for yourself. If I was you, I wouldn't limit myself to 100 emoticon.

Thank you for sharing and congratulations on all your great work.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/22/2011 9:25PM

    Sounds like sensible advice!

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MONGO2TEN 4/22/2011 3:14PM

    Good advice. It's hard for me to follow, but having injured my achilles tendon last year, I learned this the hard way. Think I'll look for the book in my library...


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WATERMELLEN 4/22/2011 2:05PM

    It was running 10 km a day every day during my early 40s (and running with a long stride/heel landing) that has made it sadly impossible for me run now, even using the POSE technique. Osteoarthritis in most of my joints which means grinding bone on bone; have already had (unsuccessful) thumb joint surgery in the left hand. Love love love running and tried so hard to resume it, was back up to 8 km when right hip and right knee made it clear -- if I insisted on running, I was heading down a path which was going to make all cardio increasingly impossible.

Hence the elliptical, the cross country skis, lots of golf (not on a cart, ever) and maybe retuning my bike this summer . . .

So yeah: wish I'd known at 40 what I do get now, and then I too would have been running until I'm 100.

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:10PM

    I can absolutely see you running until you are 100 and beyond :) Its good advice to have rest days in between each run. But if you want to run full out without these walk breaks, and it doesn't bother you, then why not? Sounds like you were born to run!
Go, Marsha, GO!! Enjoy the wind rushing through your hair!
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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 12:52PM

    Here's to sensibly running 'til you're 110!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/22/2011 12:11PM

    LOL, ahhh spoken like a true runner

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/22/2011 11:58AM

    I haven't found a way to underline - keep on keeping on!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/22/2011 11:43AM

    When I want to pretend like I'm underlining something I do it like: _This_

My mother, who is 68, lost a bunch of weight several years ago and started to get into running, but then the arthritis in her knees got too bad. Last summer she had a knee replacement on one side and will need the other side done eventually. I don't think she will be able to run again, but her doctor wants her to walk, bike, and swim!

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MNCYCLIST 4/22/2011 11:31AM

    Whatever it takes to make it in the long-run, that's what's important. Thanks for sharing.

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JOYINKY 4/22/2011 11:21AM

    Just listen to your body and you'll be OK. Running is not something I'm in to.

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JOHAL52 4/22/2011 11:18AM

    I think it's wise not to overdo. I am not a runner as you know though so can't give you any advice on that. I did race walk in my 30s though (12 minute mile) and can tell you I did do it every day because I was completely addicted to it. I don't think it's as hard on the knee joints as running. Have you tried race walking--maybe that might be a good alternative, just to preserve your joints so you CAN run into your 100s :)


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Didn't Mean To

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I ran yesterday morning, but I didn't mean to. My plan was to run 3 days this week with at least one less strenuous day in between. Somehow, Wednesday morning I woke up raring to run and did. I forgot I had run the day before. Then I went to the gym and did my strength training which had been planned for a non-running day.

Perhaps it was coincidence or psychological, but I was totally wiped out last eve with no energy at all. I did sleep well and woke up feeling okay. Plan to take it easy today. Think I won't go to the gym, but will just do a couple hours of housecleaning today. My house needs it, and that would probably meet my reduced exercise need for the day.

I plan to track my food really well today, and keep my sodium down. I've been over on sodium several times recently and had some kind of sloppy tracking days. Although I got every food recorded, the amounts were wild guesses. I haven't been too far off, though. I weighed 124.4 this morn, which is right in the range I want to maintain. I prefer to focus on the food and exercise and know my weight is fine because I know I'm eating right and moving enough. But if I'm tracking sloppy, it is good the weight can help me know I'm doing okay.

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MANGOKAYAK 4/23/2011 2:51PM

    It sounds like your body was just telling you it was time to take a break. After 2 days of running and strength training on the second day too your body needs that rest and repair time. emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 4/22/2011 4:46AM

    Seems you've turned into a well-oiled, lean, mean runnin' machine.

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SLIMLILA 4/22/2011 1:46AM

    So, is that bad thing? If you run 2 days in a row, that sounds great to me! Thanks for your comments on my blogs lately too. I did sit and hold the babe for almost an hour tonite, different perspective alright!

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:38AM

    So glad you are listening to your body! Enjoy your 'rest' day! I too, have been horrendous on sodium -too much stuffing with my turkey -its a huge weakness, can't get enough even though I am not much a bread person..
Enjoy your Good Friday..

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MONTY68 4/21/2011 11:52PM

    Hi Marsha
I found this so interesting, perhaps a little funny, that you ran 2 days in a row and then went to the gym. I know nothing about running and how often. I walk everyday and have read articles suggesting the idea of daily walks. I have read some where that in ST, there should be a day off. I also read that on alternate days, one could do different exercises.
Glad you are tracking, what ever you are estimating isn't creating any gain in weight.
You sure are a inspiration and I appreciate it when you blog.

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FREELADY 4/21/2011 10:17PM

    I learn so much from you!

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 10:05PM

    Sounds all good to me -- including taking an "easier" day when you feel you've over-exercised. I do the same, for sure. And your weight tells you that your tracking is working fine too.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/21/2011 8:09PM

    You are doing great planning and listening to your body Marsha! Well done!

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JOYINKY 4/21/2011 7:56PM

    I think you're just finding what works for you. Takes that for it to become a lifestyle instead of a mission. WTG!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/21/2011 11:15AM

    I have heard no ST on consecutive days - but I'm not sure about running. I know it is recommended to walk daily.

You are doing great!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/21/2011 9:46AM

    Eating right and moving that's a plan

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MANDARYANE 4/21/2011 9:08AM

    It sounds like you are doing fantastic! Now you are exercising like it's just part of the day, and you are enjoying it! That's amazing!!! Keep up the great work!

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Early to Bed, Early to Run - Part 2

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I did it! I got up at 5 am and met the group before 6am. I enjoyed two laps around a lovely lake @ 2.84 miles per lap, watching the sun rise and an amazing variety of birds. I ran most of it, but I did take some walk breaks. Even with the walk breaks, I made 5.68 miles in under an hour.

I'm not sure it is worth going to join the group, though. They start out running and I really need to walk slowly 5 minutes and then walk faster for 5 minutes before I start running. So I fell behind the group I started with. A mile or so later I caught up to them. But they soon went a different direction as they were going to run 10 miles, which is too much for me at this point. I ended up running by myself. I can do that closer to home and save gas. I'm glad I went once, though, and perhaps later if I build up to run longer I'll go again some early Sunday.

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BLUESKY_321 4/21/2011 2:44PM

    I agree 110% with Joyinky! Way to go for trying something new! Now you know what it's all about and if/when you decide that's the type of running you are looking for, you know where to find it!
Even better, knowing yourself and your body and being confident enough to keep your own pace!

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PARKERB2 4/20/2011 7:11PM

    I wish I could run long distances. The most I can do is 5 minutes at a time of running, then walk, then run 2 minutes, etc. I seldom do more than 10 minutes of running doing intervals. Glad you are able to do your running close home. We can't afford to go long distances since gas is now $3.74 here in Western North Carolina. Have a good day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/20/2011 3:16PM

    Sounds like running on your own is the best choice for now. It's that way for me too. The early morning run around the lake sounds lovely though...and you must have felt so accomplished the rest of the day. Very cute background picture!

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MONTY68 4/17/2011 11:02PM

    Hi Marsha
I was glad that you tried the walk this morning. Now, you know that at this time it is not for you, You did great on your walk and I think that with what you are doing in your life, you are a great inspiration to all of us.
Thanks for sharing

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    saving gas these days is no joking matter. that's why I use the free trail instead of traveling into the city to use a gym.

I am very impressed with your progress!!

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 1:34PM

    Glad you got there and were able to give it a try. I am surprised they start out running right away, where is the warm up?? Are these young people who don't feel the need for a warm up? You are doing it in a much more sensible manner that will go a long way to insure you don't get injuries...
Well done on your time, and wasn't that wonderful, the scenery and all those birds??
You are right though, this group isn't suitable for you yet. Going your own way makes more sense. You need to develop under your own time clock..
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday relaxing and recovering!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2011 11:23AM

    It was worth a shot. Now you know and you won't wonder. I'll bet that the sunrise was spectacular! It sounds like the club is made up of some serious runners but you can still pick and choose some of their events.

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JOYINKY 4/17/2011 9:52AM

    I really admire that you took a shot at this to find out. I admire even more that you listen to your body! Now, enjoy the rest of your day! emoticon emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 4/17/2011 8:48AM

    It's great to try something new even if it doesn't end up being what you want. You are growing as a person and it's alway fun to read about! Have a great day!

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Early to Bed, Early to Run

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I could go run with Lakeland Runner's Club tomorrow morning if I want to get up about 5am. It starts at 6am, but it would take me a while to get going and drive there.

If I want to maximize my running, I will need to get in the habit of going to sleep earlier. Not sure if I can, but I'll try. It just might be worth it!

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 1:29PM

    I wonder why they like such an early start.. As we have found with Spark People, we CAN form new habits, and so can you! The desire to run is your motivation!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2011 11:19AM

    Try it and see if you feel comfortable with it. If it isn't a fit, try something else. Good luck!

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JOYINKY 4/17/2011 9:37AM

    Not for me; enjoy your day! Smiles, Joy

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/17/2011 2:16AM

    hope you have a good run.

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SNOOKUMS19 4/16/2011 10:53PM

    Enjoy your run!

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MONTY68 4/16/2011 10:00PM

    Hi Marsha
I guess the only way you will know if you can get up that early is to try it and see if it works for you. I know that you will make the right decision for you
Thank you for sharing

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KERRYG155 4/16/2011 8:19PM

    Years ago I thought runners were just crazy then I lost weight and started running and really enjoyed it but now I have arthritis in the back with scoliosis so now I can only think about running. I'm sure if you love running then you will like getting up early and doing it! emoticon

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