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No Cartwheels, But Not Worried

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I've gone nearly 3 weeks without tracking, most of it time I visited family in Tennessee and South Dakota. I made many good food choices, but there were times my healthy options were limited, without making a fuss anyway. Most of the time I did the best I could, and often that was pretty good. But there were a few times that I chose to indulge, such as on my mom's 86th birthday, when I had a huge sirloin steak in a Wyoming steakhouse. I enjoyed every bite.

I would love to tell you that after 3 weeks of not tracking that my weight is down and I weigh exactly what I want to weigh. Can't tell you that. This morning I weighed 131 pounds even. So I went up approximately 2 pounds in the past 3 weeks and I'm right at 5 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight. I expect to lose at least a pound of it by just drinking plenty of water and watching my sodium. Then I'll need to cut back about a hundred calories a day for about a month to be back to where I was when I left. Then I'll see if I want to keep it up for a while longer to get down those other 3 pounds. Maybe. Maybe not.

So, I'm not doing cartwheels celebrating my current weight. I would just love to be able to eat without tracking and maintain, even on family visits. But in reality I am delighted to still be around a BMI of 21, feeling strong and healthy, and motivated to do even better eating in the upcoming weeks. I am also proud that I maintained my half marathon training, getting in every training run as scheduled and some real cross training, too.

While I was gone my Sparking was hit and miss. If I missed something profound on your blog, please comment and I'll check it out. Hoping that everyone is having a great summer!

Mom and her "significant other" and me at the Buffalo Jump restaurant in Wyoming.

Mom enjoying a home-grown raspberry on her 86th birthday!

Gwen reacts to Natalie's gymnastics on the bed in Tennessee.

My step great grandson being snuggled by my daughter with Gwen helping.

Glad to be home and back to regular Sparking!! -Marsha


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AQUAGIRL08 7/18/2013 8:45PM

    What a beautiful mother you have and a lovely baby great-grandson! I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip!

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GABY1948 7/17/2013 11:54AM

    I did miss your blogs but with summer figured you were just "enjoying". Glad you were...WOW, you favor your mother...that is exactly where you get your beautiful smile! emoticon emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 7/17/2013 11:47AM

    You have fantastic genes! Everyone should look like that at 86!
Hugs, Jane

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TEXASFILLY 7/17/2013 11:14AM

    What a beautiful family! So glad to hear you had fun, & I admire your game plan for getting rid of the bit of weight. Keep up your AWE~some success. *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 7/17/2013 10:26AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! Love the pics of the family and as everyone else said, the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good for you for keeping up the training schedule. It's so easy to get caught up in all the "goings-on". You did great! Do a cartwheel!!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/17/2013 9:52AM

    You did great and it's possible that more than a pound is from the extra sodium.

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_LINDA 7/17/2013 8:38AM

    You did fantastic while away! emoticon
Love the photos! Your Mom looks healthy and vibrant, easy to see where your good genes come from!
That is awesome you got all your training in and only gained two pounds. Not too many people can accomplish that with all the visiting and socializing. I am sure you will get that off in no time! You are such an inspiration!
I lost my uncle while you were away and that was what my last two blogs were about.

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BOROFITGIRL 7/17/2013 8:31AM


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    Great job. You will be back where you want to be in no time!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/17/2013 3:28AM

    you did emoticon

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JIBBIE49 7/17/2013 12:35AM

    Love the pictures.

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MSLZZY 7/16/2013 11:14PM

    Oh, such fun and the memories made are priceless. I have no doubt that you will soon be back in good form. HUGS!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/16/2013 10:28PM

    Way to keep at it, during vacation and after! So glad you got quality family time:-)

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COCK-ROBIN 7/16/2013 10:17PM

    You did great!

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JOYINKY 7/16/2013 9:03PM

    I think you handled your vacation well! Glad your back and I love the pictures!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/16/2013 8:44PM

    Glad you had such a great visit. Family is part of what we do it all for... work on those healthy habits so we'll be there for them... this was the fruition of your efforts, and if you had a couple of indulgences, your diligence will soon get you back to where you want to be!


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TRAVELGRRL 7/16/2013 8:15PM

    Great pictures! Bonding time with family is so wonderful and waaay more important than a few pounds.

I read a great blog today by Pinkhope entitled, "If you slack - It Comes Back". Here's the link to cut-and-paste into your browser.

I'm reconnecting with Sparkfriends after 9 weeks away, and I've got 6 more pounds to lose to get back to where I was. I'll get there! And so will you. After all, it's a journey, not a destination, right? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2013 8:07PM

    Welcome back and thanks for the great pics! Your attitude is just right: you took a bit of a break, no serious harm done, and we all know that you'll sensibly ease back into your usual routines.

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FROSTY99 7/16/2013 7:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation and glad you were able to get in your training runs while gone. I know you will get back on track now you are home.

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MEXGAL1 7/16/2013 7:44PM

    So glad you had a safe and fun trip. I know it's really hard to stay on track when away and celebrating so much. But you know what to do to get those 5 off to be at goal again and I have all the faith in you that you will once again concur it.
Your Mom looks happy and good. And you look cute and happy as well.
Best of everything to you.

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