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Still Getting Better

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I'm not getting older, I'm getting better!

Actually, I am getting older, but that is okay, because I am still getting fitter. Today I ran a 5K, 3.1 miles, on the treadmill at the well air conditioned YMCA in 27 minutes and 58 seconds. That is my fastest treadmill run by more than a minute. It really made me feel good, because I wasn't sure I could keep on improving. Obviously I can.

I went on and finished over 5 miles with a lot of walking. It just felt wonderful! Have a great and active day, everyone!!

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_LINDA 7/3/2011 2:05AM

    You are getting better!! That is just amazing! You will look back on the way your life was and be wondering why you were wasting so much time, when you could be having all this fun!! New horizons are opening for you and you are proving that you can do anything you put your mind to!!
Keep up the fabulous work! Enjoy all that energy!!

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    That is wonderful! Again, you keep inspiring me! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/2/2011 9:47PM

    Lovely to feel that sense of improvement and achievement!! Good for you!! (I worked out at my air conditioned YMCA today too . . and then went to the beach and sizzled!! Loved it!!)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/2/2011 7:12PM

    That is really fast, for any age!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2011 6:40PM

    Wow! Great job Marsha!

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SACOST 7/2/2011 6:35PM

    Sounds like you're getting better as you get older!!! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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-PAULA 7/2/2011 2:07PM

    I'm inspired! You are so fast!

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    Awesome! You are getting better and better - just a little older emoticon

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UMBILICAL 7/2/2011 1:22PM

  Fine wine. Wisdom. Generativity. Love. All side effects of getting older.

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Thought Required

Friday, July 01, 2011

I didn't set up any special goals for June like I do some months, but I still accomplished quite a few good things:

1. All my morning weigh ins were in my maintenance range. The overwhelming majority of the time I ate wisely. I tracked all but one day.

2. I ran two 5Ks in June, setting a personal best of chip time 28:46; gun time 29:06. The other race, after reduced training due to sore back, was almost as good with a chip time of 29:10; gun time of 29:22.

3. My fitness minutes in June totalled 2712, with a lot of intense workouts. I did as much strength training as I thought I should, given the lower back challenge.

4. In June I set a new streak of 252 days spinning the SparkPeople wheel; 250 was my previous record. I drank a lot of water and slept well almost every night. I was persistent.

You might think that now I've been at a healthy BMI for 27 months and at my personal goal weight for about a year that I could just live healthy without giving it a great deal of thought. Well, I know me. Thought required. SparkPeople gives me focus and positive feedback even when I don't set specific goals for the month. SparkFriends give me the suggestions and encouragement I need to succeed.

Good month. Thanks, SparkPeople!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2011 6:33PM

    Still, Marsha, you put forth a lot of effort to keep it all running. We just offer the support. You are amazing!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/2/2011 8:33AM

    Sounds like that is why you are so successful!

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JOYINKY 7/2/2011 8:17AM

    You are an inspiration! Yes, it requires thought for me too; food and fitness tracking, even after 6 years and always will. Small price to pay and has actually become habit. I was a pencil and paper tracker before coming on SP. It was learning to track fitness minutes here that has kept me comfortably in my goal range. WTG on June and I know you'll have a great July!

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_LINDA 7/2/2011 1:02AM

    Fantastic month! Well done! Yes, this lifestyle does require thoughtful attention. My sister no longer tracks (in fact, stopped as soon as she lost her weight), but is still maintaining. I don't believe I can relax my vigilance. I will always carefully track, and I do so also to see how I am doing for nutrients to make sure I am getting everything I need, not just the calories..
Here is to continued successful maintenance!

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    Marsha, your successes really inspire me! Thank you for posting them and encouraging others! emoticon

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FRAN0426 7/1/2011 11:17PM

    You had a fantastic month of June---WTG. You are one great spark member and show what motovation, pesistance, and are certainly an inspiration for many sparkers----keep up the great work Marcia!

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2011 10:34PM

    Great month!!

And I absolutely agree: thought is required. And attentiveness. You're doing both of these.

And: your results show that.

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MONTY68 7/1/2011 10:28PM

    Hi Marsha
I think you had a awesome month of June. Congratulations on all that you accomplished, I can understand your concern and that thought is required. I agree, it is almost 3 1/2 years of maintaining my weight and I like to say I am living life, BUT, I stay on Spark and receive inspiration and motivation. I guess my 67 + years of weight problems still is in the back of my mind, So, I continue to monitor life on a daily basis.
I don't think it hurts to remind self of the need to exercise, walk and track what I eat.
I know that you will do what ever takes to continue your healthy journey.
Thank you for sharing.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PMFISH 7/1/2011 9:51PM

    Sounds like you had an excellent month! Keep up the good work!


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/1/2011 9:16PM

    I'm with you, Marsha! I need to have my Spark friends around to remember WHY I do this, and that it's important to me. emoticon And you, dear lady, are among my most inspiring role models!

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    Ever vigilant!

I too must be ever vigilant or the weight will come back with a vengeance.

WTG on a very successful June!

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Strength Training Done Easy

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I ran a 5K on June 4th, the first of the 4 in the Watermelon Series. Soon after I thought to myself that I didn't have a race for three weeks, so it was time to take on the strength training. I was feeling so strong and athletic.

Well, a couple days after the 5K I did an hour Zumba class and then the same day I did a 45 minute Body Sculpting Class with my daughter and weights, and my regular 11 weight machines, and then I did some extra ab work on the stability ball. Like I said I had been feeling so strong and athletic. But then my lower back started to hurt. I thought it was DOMS - the delayed onset muscle soreness you usually get when you work muscles that aren't used to it. But then a week later I was still sore and I thought maybe I had injured myself. I cut way back on the strength training and just did a little arms, but no abs or legs. Gradually the lower back discomfort has gotten better and better. It was still just a little sore when I ran the second of the Watermelon Series 5K on June 25th.

Now my next race is not until July 23rd. I went back to the Y today and did 8 machines, but I reduced the weight on each. I am feeling kind of strong and healthy and athletic, but this time I want to build it back up a little easier.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2011 6:26PM

    You are smart to be careful with your back. A careful approach is usually the best way to go!

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JANEWATKINS 7/1/2011 4:20PM

    I guess slow and sure really does win the race! Good luck between now and July 23. I'm cheering you on. Jane

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2011 8:17PM

    Your approach makes lots of sense!!

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    Go slowly when pain is involved.

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JOYINKY 6/30/2011 3:40PM

    I agree with Linda; strength training at the gym is how I've protected my lower back but proper form is critical. I think you've hit on it; if you are moving too much weight it can distort your body alignment. You do a great job of listening to your body and adjusting what you're doing. WTG!

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_LINDA 6/30/2011 1:26PM

    Be very careful with your back. You surely don't want to be having any problems with that. ST shouldn't be bothering it unless you are not getting proper form. Machines by their nature give you correct positioning, but using free weights in a body sculpt class you have to be very careful with those.
Good luck with your training. I am sure you will rock your next race!!
Take good care of yourself!

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Thanks, SparkFriends

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I really appreciate the responses I got to my blog yesterday when I told about feeling fat despite the fact that I had not gained weight. SparkFriend (LEGALLYBLONDE, for one) suggested using clothing -- like goal weight jeans -- as a test. Sounds like a great idea to me. One of the main ways I came to see myself as a person at goal weight was shopping for clothes. I usually bought one piece of clothing each Saturday after a good, free weigh in at Weight Watchers. I'd spend a lot of time trying on clothes, looking in the mirror (is that me??), and then buy one bargain. Recently I have thought I have enough clothing. If I'm not going shopping to confirm my size, trying on some of my more fitted clothes might be helpful. Thanks again, SparkFriends.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/30/2011 11:19AM

    That's a great idea, Marsha! I hope that it worked for you and that you feel better about yourself today!

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    I agree about the clothing! I never imagined I'd be fitting into a size 8 until I took a chance and tried some on at Kohl's just to see how far I'd have to lose to get them closed, and they FIT! What a confidence booster! Hang in there, because you are doing emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2011 8:19AM

    Like you, I have enjoyed "shopping" as a way of confirming that I'm maintaining.

But also like you, I truly have enough clothes -- more than enough.

So shopping without buying (just trying on) or shopping in my closet works: do I still fit the size 6 suit?? OK then!!

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_LINDA 6/30/2011 1:49AM

    Clothing is the ultimate measure. But women's sizing is so erratic, it must be ones you have had since reaching what you consider a goal weight! How it continues to fit is every bii as good as getting on the scale and perhaps better as water retention won't matter. Here is to always feeling comfortable in your clothing!

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GATOR12 6/30/2011 1:35AM

    Great plan. You are doing so great. It has to be a good feeling to see how far you have come and to live in the new you!!! You are welcome from any of us and YOU have done the hard part--reap the reward. Brenda

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MIRAGE727 6/29/2011 11:11PM

    I read your take yesterday and I had been feeling a bit more full for two days. I just went blank and thought I had responded. I put my size 34 waist pants on earlier and they fit nice and comfy. I remember finding a pair that was a 44 waist. That went out of the door really fast. In any case, everyone has days like that and you are not alone. You look great!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/29/2011 11:00PM

    Dr Oz gave 3 helpful clothes tools ... Non-stretch jeans, your belt (mark holes inside with goal, now, and NO holes), and white button-up shirt (watch out for gaps).

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JOYINKY 6/29/2011 10:53PM

    I think that's a great idea! Time to let go of focusing on numbers and focus more on enjoying this new life. Clothes are such a gentle way to stay accountable as long as they don't stretch! Enjoy this new life to the fullest!

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Self-Centered Obsession or Maybe Delusion

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I woke up feeling really fat and flabby today. Don't really know why. I hadn't weighed since Friday, partly because I thought my weight was up and didn't want to see it. But today I thought I should face it. I weighed 126.2, right in my target range.

I warmed up and ran 6 miles in under an hour and then cooled down for a total of 8.2 miles in 93 minutes. I showered. Still feeling kind of fat. Guess it is all in my head. Man, this is a self-centered obsession. Or is it a delusion? I know I am a healthy weight and I felt fit and healthy running. Grandkids will be here soon, so that will put everything back in perspective.

Some days do you feel really skinny while other days you feel decidedly fat?

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BLUESKY_321 6/30/2011 9:22AM

    I definitely use clothes shopping as motivation (I hardly ever buy anything just try stuff on) but there are some days (doesn't matter what the scale says) that it is self-defeating. There are days when I stand in front of the dressing room mirror thinking "Wow! I look great" or just feeling great in a style that I haven't been able to wear before then there are days that I just feel like a BLOB! UGH! I now know that on those days it isn't worth looking for a different style ... it's all my head!
The tricky part is that while the "great" days make it sooooo much easier to eat right and exercise, the "blob" days make me wonder if it's all worth it ... self-defeating!
If it helps to hear it, you definitely LOOK very fit and FABULOUS!

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2011 8:17AM

    Yes yes yes: that's it exactly.

Unfortunately sometimes when I feel fat and step on the scales . . . get confirmation for that feeling.

But: sometimes not.

And even at last week's "fat" 140.5 -- thinner than I've been for a very long time.

So go figure.

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2011 1:06PM

    Some days we just feel differently about ourselves - part of the journey I guess...

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/29/2011 11:09AM

    Usually I get the reverse...feeling fit and trim and then the scale was up

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MONTY68 6/28/2011 11:48PM

    Hi Marsha
I find this interesting ,but as some of the comments said, I probably wouldn't feel the same thing. I know that you have been so successful on your journey and have reached and maintained a good weight. I have seen and talked to a number of people who have been successful in reaching a healthy weight and at times get a feeling of concern that they might gain weight. I know that was my concern, as I had a history of ups and downs and did get that old feeling. It could be a slight feeling that you get that you are gaining when you really are not.
Thank you for sharing and know that you will continue your successful journey in life.

Monty emoticon emoticon

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TBRANCH2 6/28/2011 9:41PM

    don't worry, you are doing and looking great!

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FROSTY99 6/28/2011 5:25PM

    Oh yeah!

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-PAULA 6/28/2011 5:07PM


Great run you had!

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JOYINKY 6/28/2011 3:21PM

    Have to say yes and usually for no logical reason. I have to trust the fit of my clothes. I quit trusting the scale years ago! You are right, focusing on other things helps a lot; expecially grandkids! Have a fun day!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/28/2011 2:35PM

    OMG yes. yes, yes yes.

In some ways I feel fatter NOW, close to goal, than I did 100 lbs heavier when the loss was all new and exciting.

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_LINDA 6/28/2011 2:33PM

    WoW!! That is some workout for a 'fat' person!!
Some days you are the emoticon

and other days you are the emoticon

Men will never get this as they have the wrong hormones!!

With my stomach problems, I am feeling bloated in spite of losing unintentional weight emoticon Got to get this wonky system back on track!

You are just normal like the rest of us!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/28/2011 1:35PM

    Sure do and it's all in my mind. It has to do with my self esteem totally. It can be triggered by a comment or by my unrealistic expectations for myself. I sometimes expect perfection from myself - I'm patient with everyone BUT myself. Imagine that!

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    Oh yes.................and honestly I try not to figure myself out anymore :-) No wonder we women drive men crazy at times! I don't think I've ever heard my husband say "I feel fat today" but he's heard me say it.

Buy yourself some flowers and give yourself a hug - you're beautiful baby! emoticon emoticon

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/28/2011 11:58AM

    I know the feeling. Do you feel like there is something that will provide an objective toe-hold? Do you have a pair of "goal jeans" that you could wear on days that you feel fat, or an outfit you love that would remind you that it still fits?

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    I absolutely do! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/28/2011 11:51AM

    Absolutely! I was just thinking about this yesterday when I'd felt thin after weeks of feeling like a chubster. Have a good day.

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SNOOKUMS19 6/28/2011 11:45AM

    OMG YES! I know I am perimenapousal and my hormones make me bloated at strange times. Since I hit 40 every time I have anything with salt in it omg.... I just keep plugging along. :)

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