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May Accomplishments

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

May Goals/ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1. Wise eating - both food choices and portions
- maintain weight between 123-129.9/IN RANGE ALL MONTH; 127 today

- track using either Weight Watchers or SparkPeople or both/TRACKED DAILY

2. Continue to improve fitness
-meet with Wellness Coach to tweak strength training regimen and measure body fat %/ACCOMPLISHED - 26.8%

-complete 9 or more strength training sessions plus the daily bootcamp videos /ALMOST -8 ST; decided against bootcamp

-run 12 times with at least one day in between runs; Mayfaire 5K on May 7 - try to beat previous 5K race time; make one run (including warm up/cool down walk) at least 8 miles/RAN as planned; personal best on May 7th 5K (29:55 chip time); did a 8.5 mile treadmill session

-burn at least 1800 calories per week with cardio; cross train with walk, bike, swim, elliptical/ACCOMPLISHED 3 out of 4 weeks; 85 calories short one week

-learn to use heart rate monitor/ACCOMPLISHED - can now get it to function and read data; still learning to interpret it

Overall, A Minus for the month!!

  
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MNCYCLIST 6/3/2011 10:11AM

    Great job!!! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/2/2011 8:41PM

    Yey You!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/2/2011 11:32AM

    I think you deserve A+
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HAPPYSOUL91 6/2/2011 9:11AM

    You bet you deserve an "A"

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2011 7:49AM

    I'd award at least an A, if not an A+ -- WOW!! You are an "accomplished" lady!!

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_LINDA 6/2/2011 1:43AM

    Pretty darn good score!!! Keep up the good work! Waiting for all your Spark Awards to start rolling in ;)
Have a Terrific Thursday!

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JOYINKY 6/1/2011 10:01PM

    Hmmmmm . . . . Looks like you are in the groove!
Smiles, Joy

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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Smile Naked

Monday, May 30, 2011

One thing came up at my Weight Watcher's meeting this week and keeps going through my head. It was said that losing weight makes you look better in clothes, but exercise makes you look better naked! Hey, there may be something to that. Makes me smile!!

  
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TBRANCH2 5/31/2011 10:52PM

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JOHAL52 5/31/2011 10:51AM

    Oooh, that's good! Like taping a Postit note to the bathroom mirror that says "Smile you're on candid camera" emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 5/31/2011 8:17AM

    I love that! Have a great day smiling away!

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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2011 8:05PM

    Catchy headline. Exercise means you GET more smiles naked, actually . . .

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FROSTY99 5/30/2011 6:40PM

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Good One Marsha!!!
Happy Memeorial Day
Pat

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MONTY68 5/30/2011 4:11PM

    HI Marsha
Love it,
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/30/2011 2:40PM

    Love it!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2011 12:31PM

    Exercise also makes you look better in your clothes too!

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_LINDA 5/30/2011 11:42AM

    Makes sense to me! Trimming and toning!
Enjoy your holiday today!

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Applies to Me this Week

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My heart rate monitor (HRM) acted funny earlier this week and it kind of scared me. Also, I have a head cold and didn't feel great. So this is the first week in months I am not over the 1800 calories I committed to burn each week.

Today I went to my Weight Watcher meeting. I was up a pound, but still in my range, and I think and hope it is just a fluctuation. The meeting was about overcoming exercise excuses and I decided it applied to me.

After the meeting I went straight to the running store where I bought my HRM. They assured me that my heart rate DID NOT spike to 220; the HRM was malfunctioning. They told me to wet the strap better and tighten it more. I did and my heart rate feedback made sense this workout. Whewwww!

According to the HRM I burned 360 calories in my 55 minute workout. The treadmill showed a burn of 441, despite the fact I put in my correct weight and age. When I put my distance and time in SparkPeople it only showed about 280 calories burned. I suspect that is because I ran at 6mph about half the time, but walked really slowly some of the time. So I don't 100% trust my HRM, but I suspect it is correct on this calorie burn.

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/1/2011 9:51PM

    I have found that my HRM shows a higher calorie burn than SP as well. I wonder if SP is conservative. I figure all this calorie counting is only a best guess/guideline most of the time anyway (were there really 30g of feta on my salad? who knows?).

I'm still totally fascinated by the thing. There is something about graphing my heart rate that I find very pleasing and orderly!

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PEGGYANNSCH 6/1/2011 6:54AM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog yesterday
I am glad you are ok

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SNOOKUMS19 5/31/2011 8:20AM

    Keep up the good work of getting your running in. Showing up is half the work. Some days we excell and push somedays we show up. Anything is better than sitting on the couch. Pat yourself on the back and get on with it :)

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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2011 12:35PM

    I'm glad that you took your HRM back to the store and got a clarification! That can be so scary!

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KALIGIRL 5/29/2011 11:17AM

    Here's to your success @ overcoming exercise excuses!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2011 10:18PM

    Listen to your body, take care of yourself gently and kindly please!! Rest is good when a person is not well . . . glad that the HRM was malfunctioning, and not YOU "malfunctioning"!!

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_LINDA 5/28/2011 8:39PM

    It is important getting those straps on in the right spot, wet and tight enough, that is why I didn't like them, the tightness around my chest, I just don't like that feeling... I hope that solves your issues with it. I don't think its a bad thing to take it easier when you are sick.
Hope you can find some fun things for you to enjoy on your long weekend! Relax, recharge and recover!


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JOYINKY 5/28/2011 6:20PM

    Marsha, To each his own, but worrying about all those numbers would drive me nuts! Trust yourself! You know what you're doing and what healthy choices to make. If the tools help motivate you and or make it more fun; use all you want. I love my pedometer! But, if you find they are stressing you out and/or derailing you; I'd give it some thought. You continue to do great! Be well. Hugs, Joy

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2011 3:37PM

    I have seen the same thing, particularly where TM versus Spark is concerned while training intervals. The other thing I saw was an apparent spike on the first interval, then the HR settling down. When you get three different numbers from three different sources it's kind of hard to decide which if any of them is right.

A pound fluctuation... nothing to worry about, but good for you for having your eye on the prize!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/28/2011 3:08PM

    Glad to hear you are ok!

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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!!


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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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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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AQUAGIRL08 5/25/2011 1:33PM

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

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    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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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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    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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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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