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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well, I still don't have a middle two on the scale, but I do have another day of eating on program (within calorie range) in my streak. I do not have to eat the junk just because it is in my house. I appreciated all the commiseration, wisdom and support from my SparkFriends on my blog about all the junk food in my kitchen yesterday. I particularly liked JOHNMARTINMILES' concise statement: "Even the most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines." I do know where those calorie mines are located all right!! And I intend to proceed with caution, especially when I'm tired or stressed or hungry.

This house-full-of-junk is just about as challenging as my half marathon was. I trained 5 months for the half. But I've been living with the consistent intention to eat healthy now for 4 years and 11 days, so with that much training, I am prepared!! Realistically it may take 3 or 4 weeks of eating right to get the scale back to where I want to be. I can do it!

Today I did an hour on the treadmill at the gym, going 4.4 miles. I ran some one minute and some two minute and a three minute interval. I only ran about 18 of the minutes. It was my first time running in a week and 7 days after I tweaked my back -- again. I enjoyed the workout a great deal, but I could tell my back in not 100%. I'm going to wait until all the soreness is gone to get back to strength training and then I think I may try to get a personal trainer. Although I feel certain that picking up Gwen (34 pound two year old) is the biggest strain on my back, I suspect my own attempts to strengthen my back with exercise have been off the mark. I don't need a PT to stand over me for motivation, but I may need one to help me select exercises and assure my form is correct.

It is 79 degrees here today and just beautiful with bits of blue peeking out from between the clouds. When Gwen wakes up from nap we'll be spending our afternoon outside. When I was working I did not appreciate this time of year. It was cool and you had to wear a jacket in the morning, gets dark early and you had to wear a jacket home often. But the middle of the day is the treat! Wishing you a glorious day as well!!
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  • _LINDA
    I know you will do it! You have worked too hard and too long for the fitness you enjoy today toblow it on jumk!
    A personal trainer or perhaps a physiotherapist instead? A physiotherapist can not only give you the correct exercises and make sure of your form -they can also TREAT your back too. I have said it before and will say it again -I owe a lot of where I am to physios -they have helped me stay moving and grooving.
    Good luck with your minefield!
    1954 days ago
    You've got everything headed in the right direction; especially your head. You can handle the rest! Enjoy the season!
    1956 days ago
    I am filled with admiration for your ability to negotiate that minefield. Like Barb, I'm afraid I'd be filled with resentment . . .

    Getting a personal trainer to help develop the optimum back program is a great idea: and you deserve it!
    1956 days ago
    Glad you're resisting the junk.
    Hiring a personal trainer sounds like a great idea to make sure you are doing the right things in the right way.
    1956 days ago
    Go, you!!! emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Having junk in the house adds junk to my trunk! I hope you can resist.
    Have a great evening.
    1956 days ago
    While I might envy your 79, I'm content with the 40 plus here... it is, after all, December, and it's supposed to be cold. Over 40 is above average.

    Let's see, sounds like the minefield negotiating is working well for you. The biggest mine in my personal minefield when my hubby would stock the house with junk was the resentment I allowed myself to indulge in over the fact they were there. I once even found myself muttering, "I'll show HIM, I'll get fat again!" At which point, I cracked myself up, it was so ridiculous.

    You've got this, Marsha! Only a few more weeks 'til New Year's! emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Love the minefield quote. Get some expert advice for
    back exercises and see if that doesn't help. HUGS!
    1956 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I loved the minefield quote...have to remember that one. I do bank my money on you, IF I was a betting woman, which I'm not but I believe you will make it through this that much! emoticon
    1956 days ago
    1956 days ago
    A physio therapist might be a good idea for your back too - often we use the wrong muscles when we lift because the right muscles are a bit weak. Someone who is trained in this area can make a huge difference. (I do physio lead pilates - which I swear by)

    You are so motivating! Such a positive and energetic spirit.
    1956 days ago
    "Tiptoe through the minefields" reminds me of tulips with bombs tied to their roots. I wonder if hubby thinks that because he lost all of that weight, he can go back to his former eating habits. If so, all of us here already know the outcome of that kind of thinking. I wonder what he'd do it you put up some red Danger Minefield! signs. Don't worry, Marsha, you can beat this! Before long that 2 will be in just the right place!
    1956 days ago
    Marsha you do have the right attitude! My money is on you. Enjoying this great weather right along with you. Don't have any grandchildren to play with, the youngest is 20. No great grands in sight all of my grands are still single and not even thinking about marriage.
    1956 days ago
    You will succeed in successfully navigating the minefield.
    Yay for a run!! Maybe a PT to check your form and give you appropriate exercises would be the thing do to. It can't hurt.
    1957 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Tiptoe through those calorie minefields, Marsha! Focus on the payload you want to carry on your runs! That's what I do and it works! Stay strong!
    1957 days ago
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