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Balance

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I left the Community Team last week. I don't think that is a negative thing. For a while I was just feeling so great about losing weight that on the positive side, spreading the message was very top of my mind. And on the not so positive, fears of gaining back the weight meant I felt like a 200 pound shadow was stalking me all day long! I used SparkPeople to calm those fears fairly effectively.

Now I'm looking for more balance in my life. I'll still track my fitness daily on SparkPeople and my food on Weight Watchers with occasional checking of more nutrients using SP. When I have time, I'll read articles and participate in teams. But I hope to spend less time on the computer and more time doing more healthy things for me and my family.

I definitely don't want to lose touch with my great SparkFriends! Thanks for all the support you have given me. You are a major reason for my success to date!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/27/2011 9:02AM

    I know exactly where you are coming from! I had to cut way back several years ago too. It's better to be good at a few things and enjoy your life than to spread yourself too thin and create stress.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/26/2011 2:57PM

    Good Luck! I know where you're coming from!!

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WONTBEWAISTFULL 5/26/2011 11:28AM

   

Looking for balance, especially as an ex binge eater,
is a remarkable thing. I wish you the very best with this!!


Sue

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MONTY68 5/25/2011 11:43PM

    Hi Marsha
A great blog and well thought out. You have been so successful on your journey and have been a motivator and inspiration for a great number of us. For life to be good, it has to be in balance. Your decision is one that is what you need to have balance in your life. Certainly I will feel bad not seeing your blogs everyday, but I am also very happy for you and what you have done with your life and for making a decision to enjoy life in a new way. Congratulations on your new journey which I really call living life.
Thank you for sharing and I am sure we will see you once in a while.

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_LINDA 5/25/2011 4:46PM

    You are another person finding Spark People wonderful, but too time consuming. I too, had to cut it back as well as I don't want to spend so much time online (and Sparks is the only place I am spending it on). I do want to keep in touch with my friends whose journey is not over though. Hope you do find more time offline to enjoy yourself and your family. You can feel confident you are going to maintain well enough. For me, I won't give up using the wonderful Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Trackers, they work best in tandem.
All the best with your new focus!

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JOYINKY 5/25/2011 3:23PM

    I absolutely agree with you! It is about balance and taking time to enjoy your life is a worthy endeavor. Use the site as you need to to keep you on track. I'll be watching to hear from you from time to time but will be happy knowing you're busy with living the life you've worked to hard to achieve when you're not around as much. I've had to cut back here too. I think it's part of gaining confidence in our lifestyle changes. But, I too would miss the friends I've made here if I left completely! I think you're making a healthy next step and that is a positive! emoticon
Hugs, Joy

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PARKERB2 5/25/2011 2:54PM

    You are looking wonderful and I'm sure your extremely happy you reached your goal and have been able to maintain. Sometimes other things take precedence over others and we have to move in a different direction. Glad you will be doing something in Spark so we can keep up with you. Enjoy the family. Have a good day.

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MERALO 5/25/2011 2:14PM

    Here's to balance and enjoying your family! Pop in when you can, and best of luck with maintaining your healthy lifestyle, xxx

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SNOOKUMS19 5/25/2011 2:11PM

    So amazing to see you on the other end. It gives me hope. Right now blogging is my life line. I hope I can get there and reading your blogs have given me hope. Happy for you! Live your balance :)

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KALIGIRL 5/25/2011 2:03PM

    Here's to balance!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/25/2011 1:52PM

    Marsha -- use Spark People ... but it's not meant to chain you down! Focus your time and energy where it is helpful to you, and help others where you can -- but I totally agree about BALANCE! emoticon

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Weight Watcher 5K Finish Picture

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Here's the picture of us finishing the Weight Watcher 5K on Saturday the 21st. I just got it by e-mail today:



That's Natalie, my four year old granddaughter, in the front. My daughter has on the olive green shirt. And, of course, that's me in the brown shirt. It was great to get to walk a 5K with my family members!

  
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FROSTY99 5/26/2011 10:32PM

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TMW54812 5/25/2011 5:57PM

    By Jove...I think you've got it! (spoken in a heavy English accent)..lol

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KALIGIRL 5/25/2011 1:55PM

    Very cool! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:33PM

    How wonderful that you were able to walk it as a family!

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-PAULA 5/25/2011 1:05PM

    emoticon Those are the best races when you can do it as a family!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/25/2011 11:53AM

    What fun to do this as a family

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RUFFIT 5/25/2011 8:51AM

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MONTY68 5/24/2011 9:38PM

   
Marsha,
I love it, It is so beautiful and awesome and as it has been said,there are very few times that one can witness 3 generations crossing the finish line running and still looking so fresh.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture.

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_LINDA 5/24/2011 9:10PM

    Awesome photo! Nice to seeing all being active instead of the usual couch photos!
Great finish!
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TMW54812 5/24/2011 7:45PM

    A healthy and happy family! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/24/2011 7:44PM

    Wonderful experience and picture! Not often you can catch 3 generations running! Smiles, Joy

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/24/2011 7:34PM

    This is wonderful! emoticon emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 5/24/2011 7:28PM

    How fun! Some family bonding about getting healthy! Gotta love it!

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2011 7:27PM

    Very nice!! Natalie will probably remember this, and you're setting a great example!!

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Growing Confidence

Monday, May 23, 2011

I've been at a healthy BMI (under 25) for 26 months now. I decreased my official Weight Watcher goal from 155 to 148 to 139. I've now been 139 or under for 19 months. For 2010 I set a personal goal to stay under135 and did it. For 2011 I sat my goal to stay under 129.9 and have been this whole year so far.

Day before yesterday I went over my calorie range. Usually when I go over, I just about panic. I see me back at 212 pounds and just know I'm going that way. I do what Judith Beck calls "negative fortune telling."

But this week it didn't happen. I had really very little emotion about going over my calorie range. I just knew it would be okay. If the scale moves up for a week or so, I'll cut back my calories. And, what is truly different, is I believe I can do it and I believe I will do it.

I know I cannot become complacent. I know it takes work - mindful eating, tracking, an active lifestyle - to live at the weight I love to be. But I also know that believing I can do it is an asset that I intend to keep nurturing.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:32PM

    You are doing such a great job Marsha!

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SNOOKUMS19 5/24/2011 5:01PM

    That is so awesome! You are an inspiration! I will work to do my best to get where you are my friend!

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2011 7:42AM

    Yes you can! And yes you are: doing it!!

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TARADIVYA 5/24/2011 1:51AM

    You are such an inspiration!!! Love your CLEAN SWEEP program! Pls continue to inspire us, who are still struggling in our weight loss journey!!!

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Tara

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JOHAL52 5/24/2011 1:20AM

    emoticon -- very wise and balanced!

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FROSTY99 5/23/2011 10:10PM

    Good positive thinking.
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SEPPIESUSAN 5/23/2011 9:19PM

    Love this, so inspiring!

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JOYINKY 5/23/2011 7:53PM

    You deserve that confidence! You've been on an amazing journey!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/23/2011 7:50PM

    I want to follow in your footsteps because you clearly have figured something out. emoticon

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JULIA_211 5/23/2011 6:25PM

    Good for you! That's what I'm striving for, to stop feeling like I failed whenever I go over my range. You're doing great! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/23/2011 6:05PM

    As you have just chronicled, you have met and maintained every goal weight you set out to be! Sounds like you should be not only confident, but really, really proud of yourself and your accomplishments! You are just awe inspiring in your journey! You can do anything you set your mind to!
Go Marsha!

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TMW54812 5/23/2011 5:34PM

    You are an amazing lady! emoticon

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MR21965 5/23/2011 5:00PM

  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MUCH!

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Important May Goal Achieved; Procrastination Overcome

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Well, I finally figured out how to use my heart rate monitor. I just did a 10 minute warm up, 30 minute run, and then I planned to do a 10 minute cool down. But it was so much fun watching my heart rate drop that I ended up doing 5 extra really slow minutes just to observe. I burned 365 calories according to my new gadget. Here on my treadmill at home I have been guessing 2/3 of the calorie burn shown on the treadmill because it is set for someone 180 pounds and I'm more like 125-127. My old way would have estimated 401 calories, so I was overestimating a little. I'm glad to have that information more accurately now.

The HRM also gave me some other information I can use to improve my running and training. I'm going to need to read and study a little to figure out what it was telling me. My impression is that I probably have been running a little faster than I should for optimal cardio training. I promise I won't put off this research like I did learning to use the device!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:21PM

    That sounds like a fun new toy! I'm sure if anyone can figure it out, it would be you! Way to go!

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_LINDA 5/23/2011 5:15PM

    I am just curious, can you set the treadmill for your age/weight, height? I can do that for my elliptical. It also takes HR right on the machine, but that never works for me.
Its nice to finally know what you are really burning for calories..It will be interesting to see how your running progresses with this tool! Looking forward to more good reports!

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JULIA_211 5/23/2011 4:56AM

    Your family must be so proud of having a mom and grandmom who takes such good care of herself! You're emoticon

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 5/22/2011 10:33PM

    Thank you so much for your reply to my blog. Your words mean a lot. Many congratulations on your success!

I like your theory to maintaining... It makes a lot of sense.

As for the heart rate monitor, I'm obsessed as well. I recently got a garmin watch and HRM and I've been graphing all my workouts! I've spent at least one afternoon walking around the house looking at my heart rate. It's a fabulous gadget!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/22/2011 4:12PM

    WTG!!

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JOYINKY 5/22/2011 1:13PM

    I'm all for anything that can keep you moving in a healthy way and in a healthy direction! Enjoy your new tool!

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MONTY68 5/22/2011 1:10PM

    Hi Marsha
You are amazing. You took the time to figure it out and I am sure it will be a constant companion when you work out. At our gym, I use one machine that I can program my weight and age before I start. I notice that the estimated calories changes as the speed and intensity changes. The director feels it is pretty accurate, if we put in the correct info.
I guess I should start looking into a monitor.
Thank you for sharing and I am sure you will update us as you discover new things about it.

Monty

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WONTBEWAISTFULL 5/22/2011 12:54PM

   
Great! Those things are tricky but so incredibly useful, aren't they?
Enjoy.

Sue

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WONTBEWAISTFULL 5/22/2011 12:54PM

   
Great! Those things are tricky but so incredibly useful, aren't they?
Enjoy.

Sue

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Good Week

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I just weighed in at Weight Watchers at 126.6 fully clothed and after light breakfast. I ate out several times this last week and did not deprive myself, so I feel pretty good about my weigh in today.

I did my 3 runs and 3 cross training sessions this week, burning more than 1800 calories. I walked, did elliptical, and bike. I intended to swim, but did not get it in. The pool was closed for repair on Thursday, the day I went with my suit on. Perhaps I'll get a swim in soon.

I did my 2 strength training sessions at the YMCA this week. I do between 8 and 11 machines. There are 6 machines I always do including the leg squat machine which gets all the leg muscles. I am now at 176 pounds, which I do slow and full range of motion. I was at 220 pounds, but decided with the help of the Wellness Coach that it is too much. I do an abdominal crunch machine using 50 pounds now instead of 60. Some days I do back extensions on the stability ball and crunches on the ball. I always do the Lateral Pull Down Machine, 55 pounds and the Seated Row Machine at 45 pounds. I do the Chess Press at 36.5 pounds and the Independent Shoulder Press at 33 pounds. I had to quit doing that machine for a month or so due to minor injury and am rebuilding strength in the left shoulder. I do the tricep machine at 44 pounds. Sometimes I use the glute machine at 55 pounds.

The Adduction and Abduction machines I used to use regularly, but I've read they are somewhat controversial so I don't usually do them now. Occasionally I do the body sculpting class using light weights along with my body weight and I enjoy pilates. However, I have trouble getting the classes in regularly due to schedule issues. After my retirement in June may be able to do them more often.

I met with my Wellness Coach this week. One goal for this week is to learn how to use my heart rate monitor. This week I'm tracking food on Weight Watchers including the good health guidelines, going to burn at least 1800 calories, planning 3 runs and 3 cross training cardio sessions.

I plan to follow one good week with another!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:19PM

    Good for you! Great goals Marsha!

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JOYINKY 5/21/2011 8:26PM

    You are so great at planning for success! Obviously it works!!
WTG!

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WATERMELLEN 5/21/2011 8:23PM

    Terrific week! After two years, I just figured out how to put my various ST routines into the fitness tracker so that I can enter the group of exercises with one click rather than machine by machine! What a time saver!!

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PARKERB2 5/21/2011 7:31PM

    What a workout you get. I just made a committment to do more intensity workouts and get my heart rate up so I'm with you. Hope your week is a good one.

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SNOOKUMS19 5/21/2011 5:54PM

    You are a machine lady!!!! You rock!!!! I have no excuses when I read your blog!!!! Gotta push myself more. You are awesome and I bow to your dilligence and spunk :). Keep up your awesome work and it will inspire us to do the same! Have a great weekend you deserve it!

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MONTY68 5/21/2011 4:33PM

    Hi Marsha
Wow!!!!!! what a blog and what a awesome week. You are such a inspiration to so many people. I was so impressed with what you are doing.
Thank you for sharing and I know that the new week will be as awesome.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/21/2011 3:53PM

    Well done, Marsha! I love reading your updates, as maintenance is a goal that never ends. Stay strong and motivated! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/21/2011 3:42PM

    WTG!!

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_LINDA 5/21/2011 1:55PM

    WOW!! Sounds like some pretty awesome strength training to me! Makes me wonder if your body may not want to go below a certain set point for body fat %, what do you think? Maybe you need extra fat stores (though I wouldn't consider what you are now anything but lean -you can't have that much extra) to keep up with all the calories you are burning??
Sounds like an awesome program to me. Glad you have that wellness coach checking on you to make sure you are not overdoing it..
Keep up the great work and have a fabulous weekend!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/21/2011 1:55PM

    Good weigh in at WW, I like that you didn't deprive yourself.

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