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Little Disappointment, Lot of Encouragement

Friday, May 20, 2011

I met with the Wellness Coach at the YMCA for the first time since December. Today I was three pounds below what I weighed at our last appointment. I was a little disappointed that my body fat percentage (26.8%) did not change significantly though. I had hoped I'd lost 3 pounds of fat, but I guess not. He pointed out that when I started at the Y in March 2010 I measured 29.5% body fat, so actually I've made a lot of progress. I may never make the top of the "fit level" of 24%, but after nearly half a century of being obese, being in the "acceptable level" is good.

I wasn't sure he would like my running because he harps on health, taking everything slow, and preventing injuries. He himself used to be a runner but had to quit due to a back problem. So I was delighted that he was very supportive of the way I am training and running. He recommended for me, though, to start using my heart rate monitor and I am going to do that. Overall he was very encouraging and mostly wanted me to keep up my good eating and exercising.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:17PM

    Marsha, after looking at you in person, I find his assessment of your body fat % suspect at best. I weighed 26 pounds more than you when I had mine done in 1992 and mine was 26%. Granted I was really into exercise and I am much larger boned, but I just don't see it, sorry. I think it's lower than that!

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SNOOKUMS19 5/21/2011 8:38AM

    That is awesome! Good for you my friend! Enjoy your race!

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_LINDA 5/21/2011 1:05AM

    I would say that is a pretty darn good report!! A HR monitor is really the most accurate way to make sure you are working in your zone, and not too hard or not too little. It will be interesting to follow your reports on it..
I am sure if your body wants that low of a body fat %, you will get to it. Strength training at your level is probably the way to go now. You haven't mentioned lately what you are doing in that department, especially for your upper body as running is taking care of your lower half quite nicely.
Have a fantastic weekend!

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MONTY68 5/20/2011 10:24PM

    Hi Marsha
I feel you had a positive meeting today, You said it, a little disappointed but encouragement.
Actually it sounds like you would have received a A+ for today's visit. You have done a awesome job, working on yourself and although it may not be the figure you wanted, I know that you will reach the fit level of 24%.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2011 10:00PM

    You have done so well! And there is not question you've got the self discipline and drive to keep right on going!

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WEEZYB7881 5/20/2011 7:22PM

    well done

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2011 6:52PM

    I'd say it was a emoticonsession.
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/20/2011 6:21PM

    Well done!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/20/2011 6:15PM

    WTG on the wonderful "report"!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/20/2011 5:39PM

    Awesome!

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Applause! Applause!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I have often described myself as an award junkie. I've been known to go to almost ridiculous lengths to achieve some pathetic certificate or trifling ribbon. But today I received some sincere and significant recognition that felt positively wonderful. As I finished changing 8 month old Gwen's diaper and fastened the tabs she broke out in a big smile and started clapping her hands. I never got better applause in my life!! -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:09PM

    Nothing beats the natural appreciation of children. They are so sweet!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/20/2011 6:20PM

    This blog makes me smile, too! emoticon

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MNNICE 5/20/2011 3:42PM

    Ohhh, so cute! She was happy!

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-PAULA 5/20/2011 1:22PM

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2011 1:11PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/20/2011 10:55AM

    LOL, the baby has great timing

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JOYINKY 5/20/2011 10:40AM

    emoticon emoticon Too sweet!

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TMW54812 5/20/2011 9:23AM

    Despite raising 3 kids I managed to avoid diaper changing until my 18 month old grandson needed a change while I was babysitting. I think we were both quite surprised it went so well but not as surprised as my daughter and wife! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2011 8:29AM

    Such a sweet story!! I am sure you are a totally awesome grandmother (and mother to your daughter, who must appreciate your help so much!).



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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/20/2011 7:49AM

    Awww - how wonderful! WTG Grannie!!

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JULIA_211 5/20/2011 4:42AM

    Awww...how nice!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/20/2011 12:38AM

    emoticon Wonderful!

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MONTY68 5/19/2011 11:31PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful award you received. That is so awesome.

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_LINDA 5/19/2011 11:13PM

    lol, You have the youngest fans of anyone on here!!
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Isn't being a grandmother a wonderful thing.
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BESTSUSIEYET 5/19/2011 10:43PM

    Lovin' It!

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7356WILMA 5/19/2011 10:39PM

  Sweet!

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TBRANCH2 5/19/2011 10:36PM

    You are such the "over achiever"! lol

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Where There's a Will There's a Way

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today as I was packing up to go to the gym, I realized something. I've gotten much better at packing up to go to the gym!

My gym has lockers, but they are day use only, so you have to take everything each time. I carry my walking/running shoes and my bathing suit in my trunk at all times now. I've walked many miles in whatever I was wearing and my exercise shoes. I have plenty of miniature bottles for shampoo and conditioner, usually full, with me. I have a towel, wash cloth, a sports bra, and extra underwear most of the time.

I laugh, though, at how many times I have had to improvise. More than once I forgot a towel and only had what the gym provides - a one foot square towel piece. I found out I'm pretty much drip dry! And it isn't a crime to leave the gym still moist. I've forgotten the shampoo and tried bath soap on my hair. My observation is if you have conditioner it isn't too awful to use soap on your hair, but without conditioner it is better to settle for plain water. I've forgotten my sports bra and used an extra shoe string to tie up my straps for workout. Then I felt like a 70's protester (bra burned) leaving the gym with little support! Probably the most shocking time was when I thought I had grabbed underwear to change into. Unfortunately it turned out to be underwear I'd converted for a dust rag by cutting out the crotch! That day I left the gym really feeling weird and vulnerable..

So today I'm celebrating that I usually have what I need now. But it is a good thing to know that no matter what I forget, I'll find a way to get my workout in!!

  
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BLUESKY_321 5/21/2011 3:40PM

    oh my goodness! funny stuff Marsha! You ROCK!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/20/2011 12:41AM

    That gave me the laugh of the day-the dust rag! emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 5/19/2011 12:17PM

    LOl... So fun! Left me with quite a smile on my face :). Those of us they call gym rats, can find a way to make anything happen! Mom always said always have clean underwear :). Have a healthy day!

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LILYBELLE8 5/18/2011 12:44PM

    Great reminder that we don't need to wait until everything is "perfect" to get the job done! Any job!! Thanks

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MONTY68 5/18/2011 12:35PM

    Hi Marsha
A great blog and some good humor. I never realized what one may need to take to the gym. I live close enough to walk, but also when I go, I am ready to work out . We are not permitted to take any type of bags into the exercise rooms. If one has a bag they would need to leave it out side the rooms or put into a locker, the reasons were that some one walked out with (2) 25 pound weights and the other reason a bag was sitting beside a exercise bike, a woman tripped over it and fractured her skull.
You really gave a good report of the necessities and what you would or could do if you forgot something.
Thank you for sharing

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MNNICE 5/18/2011 11:07AM

    I'm laughing hard at the last one! Didn't your mother ever warn you to be sure you have on decent underwear in case you got in an accident??? Ha-ha. Well, at least it was CLEAN! Being prepared saves time and leaves us with no excuses!

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_LINDA 5/18/2011 11:05AM

    I so understand what you mean about being properly supplied..I did the underwear thing once, only worse, I had forgotten to put ANY in my gym bag, and sure felt weird walking home au natural lol, At least you just get in your car and drive home, slightly better unless you get stopped for whatever reason. I am lucky to be close enough to walk to the places I go to.
Here is to having complete gym supplies with no senior's moments of forgetting something!
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JOYINKY 5/18/2011 9:56AM

    I know what you mean; when I worked my gym bag was always ready and in my trunk. When I got home from the gym I'd empty and repack it; hitting the gym straight from work was my best strategy. The gym is close so today, I suit up at home and run over and work out and return. My yoga gear rides in my trunk now and I have an extra set for yoga at home. Life is good.

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KALIGIRL 5/18/2011 9:03AM

    Isn't it fun how we develop healthy habits?

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LUVS2WIN67 5/18/2011 8:55AM

    Wonderful!!! Way to go to do the exercise and not use an excuse!! emoticon

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Walking Wins at This Event!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weight Watchers is sponsoring a 5K this Saturday at 6:30pm at Lake Hollingsworth. The Lakeland Runner's Club is loaning its timing clock. As I previously reported (and reported and reported) I ran a 5K on May 7th. I have 4 more 5Ks scheduled, the next one on Saturday, June 4th at 7:00 am.

I could run this Saturday, but I don't think I will. One reason is I bet it is going to be hot. The second reason, far more important, is my daughter will walk with the stroller and 2 grandkids if I walk with her. I think it will be good for all of us.

  
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_LINDA 5/18/2011 11:00AM

    Wow! That is fantastic!! That will be fun for everyone, although I hope this expected heat isn't too hard on the wee ones. Please remember to take plenty of water!!
Enjoy!!
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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2011 9:46PM

    Excellent idea: three generations, and such fun for the little girls!!

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SLIMLILA 5/17/2011 9:40PM

    Wow, what a motivator for all of you to walk the walk together.... You go, girl... and enjoy!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/17/2011 9:35PM

    Yes, Monty. At least part of the time there will be 3 generations walking. We'll see how far Natalie gets. We are taking a stroller that would allow her to stand up and be pushed behind Gwen if she tires. She could even sit down on a little seat if she got really tired.

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MONTY68 5/17/2011 9:24PM

    Marsha
It would be awesome if you would walk the 5 K this week. I may not be saying this correctly that 3 generations will be walking?
Thank you for sharing

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-PAULA 5/17/2011 8:48PM

    Wow, that's a lot of 5Ks scheduled. Work it!

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Thanks Again

Monday, May 16, 2011

You know, I should not have even let those "Old Lady Skinny" comments get to me as much as they did. It was like I knew intellectually that the mean comment was just not relevant for me, but it still bothered me, even though I was trying hard to rise above it. But you, SparkFriends, said all the right things and made everything right. You are the greatest!

I want you to know that the person who wrote the mean comment was not a SparkFriend. It was on a different web site where I use a different screen name. So I felt pretty confident she would not read my comment here. I have no desire to inflame someone. Pretty much I've decided to leave that toxic (JOYINKY's wise word) message board. Don't need it.

Since I've been on SparkPeople I have found tremendous support. I am truly grateful.

  
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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2011 9:48PM

    There is so much kindness and cheerfulness and optimism and general support here at SP.

This is a great and good place. Yeah!!

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SNOOKUMS19 5/16/2011 5:38PM

    Glad we are here for you and know that we think you are awesome! Enjoy the wonderful positive people in your life and leave the rest behind to wallow in their own negativity. Keep Sparking my friend and stay awesome!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/16/2011 5:28PM

    Of course the comment got to you - you're human and she meant it to get to you. It was mean. You are wise to drop the web site but before you do, you might let the tech people know why you are leaving. They may have a control system in place like SP does to report inappropriate comments and hers was certainly inappropriate. I've known a few people to even get comments here but SP is great about dealing with them. This is such a wonderful web site! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/16/2011 4:25PM

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_LINDA 5/16/2011 2:59PM

    I just love your painting background! With my slow connection, I get a good long look at it before the page loads. I can only hope to look as good as you do when I reach your age!
PS would rather be 'old lady skinny' rather than obese and young!!!

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KALIGIRL 5/16/2011 12:29PM

    This is a great site for positive reinforcement!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/16/2011 10:26AM

    ... and here I thought "old lady skinny" was an awesome phrase! I am "old lady skinny" was the first thing to pop into my mind!

To me that is a very positive phrase - "old lady skinny" sounds healthy to me! Both my sisters are on medications - I eat vitamins. I'll take vitamins over medications any day of the week!!

My sister just found out that my briefs are size 14 and she thought that was ridiculous until I had to point out that is a Girls size 14. Then there just wasn't much said about it because she is size 6 Womens. Yes, there is a difference - look it up - google it if you're curious.

As with everything in life my dear dear friend - you can put a positive spin on anything!

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