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Today WAS a Bad Hair Day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

This morning when I woke up my hair was sticking up and out and over and bent in between and did not improve with brushing. I'm not kidding. What a mess! And no wonder. Yesterday I ran and walked in my neighborhood until sunset around 8pm. Beautiful! After I showered I was tired and fell asleep before I dried my hair.

So I went to the Y this morning for 8am Zumba with wacko hair. An hour later I had sweaty hair and soon after that I'd shampooed and conditioned and dried. And I looked like myself. That's one way to change a bad hair day!!

  
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REMEMBER2BME 8/30/2014 5:50AM

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NEW-CAZ 8/30/2014 3:08AM

    LOL, I look like I've had a 1000 watts put through me when I have bed hair...like comedian Ken Dodd! emoticon

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_LINDA 8/29/2014 10:33PM

    Nothing like waking up with 'bed head' Fit right in with Zumba girls! Hope you enjoyed the class, quite a bit different from your senior dancing and music no doubt!
Have a Super Saturday!

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/29/2014 7:16PM

    I was hoping for pictures. emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/29/2014 6:58PM

    What? No picture?

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FROSTY99 8/29/2014 6:04PM

    Ah, the perils of falling asleep with a wet head. emoticon Sometimes I just put on my brim and glasses and go for it anyhow!!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/29/2014 5:20PM

    Going to bed with wet hair is always interesting the next day! I'm always amazed at how good you look at the end of races. Running makes my hair wacko. I wear a hat.

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 5:09PM

    GREAT going! I have had days where I slept oh so wrong on my hair so I could just picture yours exactly!

Have a great weekend, Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/29/2014 5:05PM

    My hair is really short so I can put water on my fingers and run it through to combat a bad hair day.

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2014 5:04PM

    That's too funny -- "bad hair" as badge of your commitment to fitness. Even bad hair on top of a fit healthy body is gonna look pretty darn good, right? And easily fixed, after MORE fitness!!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/29/2014 4:21PM

    We wanna see bad hair pictures ............. emoticon Reminds me, the other day two different men complimented me on my hair; One said, "I really like you hair ......... then he studied it more and added ............ "It's kinda wild--but I like it!" ................ Anyway, great work on all those workouts! Bad hair or not! lol

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HARROWJET 8/29/2014 4:00PM

    I'm sure your hair is beautiful now. Most mornings are bad hair times. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/29/2014 2:59PM

    very cool way to change a bad hair day. I love it!

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NATPLUMMER 8/29/2014 2:13PM

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Upcoming Lessons

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hubby and I enjoyed the Senior Dance this morning and learned about some dance lessons. So, we went and committed to 14 weekly dance classes starting September 9th. Several people told us that the teacher is excellent, although we were warned not to miss a lesson, that each one builds on the previous one. Hope we learn something; bet we'll have fun either way!!

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 8/29/2014 7:34PM

    What a fun way to share healthy activity with your DH!!

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JANEWATKINS 8/29/2014 1:48PM

    Now you're talking, girlfriend! What fun. Time for the mustache beads again? (Black and white to go with a Fred Astaire tuxedo?)

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AQUAGIRL08 8/29/2014 7:14AM

    What a fun thing for you and Gary to do together! Sounds amazing! Enjoy!

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SANDICANE 8/29/2014 4:54AM

    Oh my gosh! That sounds like a wonderful activity to do together!!! Why would you want to miss ANY of that fun!!??

Keep us posted please.

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2014 2:36AM

    A wonderful way to keep fit and spare some quality time! It's a win-win! emoticon have fun!


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_LINDA 8/29/2014 1:34AM

    That is so wonderful you and your hubby have found an activity you can enjoy together! You will be tripping the light fantastic in no time! Enjoy!
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MJREIMERS 8/28/2014 9:42PM

    What fun and a great way to exercise! It's also a wonderful way to spend time with the hubby!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 9:38PM

    Wow, that sounds like awesome fun, which I could get my DH to do something like that with me!

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MSLZZY 8/28/2014 9:19PM

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WATERMELLEN 8/28/2014 8:55PM

    That sounds like so much fun!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/28/2014 8:28PM

    It sounds like you have some fun coming up :-) emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/28/2014 7:59PM

    emoticon Enjoy with your Gingers, his Freds and the two of you active "masters" dancers!

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HARROWJET 8/28/2014 7:53PM

    It will be fun.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/28/2014 7:46PM

    This sounds excellent; I am sure you will learn lots AND have fun and get exercise all in one! ..... (or three) ........ emoticon

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GABY1948 8/28/2014 7:33PM

    YES...you guys will be giving lessons when you finish Sounds like so much fun and HEALTHY too...can't beat that! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 8/28/2014 7:25PM

    Sounds like great exercise

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FROSTY99 8/28/2014 6:55PM

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Way to go Ginger & Fred!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/28/2014 6:39PM

    You are living the dream! I've wanted to take dance lessons forever -- great workout and fun in the process! Have a total blast, this is the reward for being slim, trim, and healthy. YOU ROCK!

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HOLLYM48 8/28/2014 6:17PM

    oh, that does sound like fun! What an awesome thing to do.

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GEORGE815 8/28/2014 6:17PM

    Great idea. Have fun.

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Attitude Adjustment

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

There were years I tried so hard to never get sweaty. Sweat was the enemy. It made me feel dirty, uncomfortable, and gross.

Somewhere along the line while becoming more active my attitude changed. I realized that when you first start sweating it does feel yucky. Light exercise in high humidity just means your clothes stick to you and your skin feels damp, heavy, and smelly.

However, if you really workout hard and get very drippy, it starts to feel good! Sweat does what it is suppose to do, it cools you down. It feels wonderful, especially in the breeze. And when you finally do get a shower, you feel really cleaner than when you started.

I've come to truly appreciate sweat!

  
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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 10:45AM

    I love running when I am sweaty and there is a nice breeze - it feels so good. What I don't like is sweating and being cold - much rather be hot and sweaty than cold and sweaty!

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WIFE48 8/28/2014 8:35AM

    You are so right. I used to feel the same way about sweat. Now it is a must! emoticon emoticon

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JULIA_211 8/28/2014 6:45AM

    I am experience that myself! Now it gives me a sense of pride after a good workout. Thank you for blogging about this! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/27/2014 7:15PM

    Amen! Nothing feels better than the shower after a really good sweat!

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MEXGAL1 8/27/2014 6:47PM

    So very true.
Here's to getting the sweat on!

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/27/2014 4:48PM

    I always picture it as fat melting off me. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 8/27/2014 3:31PM

    Interesting!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2014 12:32PM

    Here's to get sweaty! HUGS!

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MARGARITTM 8/27/2014 12:25PM

    LOL That is pretty funny....



I do like those wipes though for after!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/27/2014 11:48AM

    Ha! Before I got active, I would tell my husband "I never sweat." BOY, have I learned that's not true!!! LOL

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_LINDA 8/27/2014 11:34AM

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Scrubbing up my workout clothes is a task I really hate, but the rewards are so worth it!! Here is to getting good and sweaty!!
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HARROWJET 8/27/2014 11:12AM

    I am learning to like the feel of sweat dripping down my face. It lets me know I have done something good for myself.

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GABY1948 8/27/2014 10:11AM

    emoticon emoticon and it took me a long time to appreciate it too! Great blog!

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SANDICANE 8/27/2014 8:48AM

    You've come a long way...I'll take your comments under consideration and see if I'm ready to sweat! (other than sweating in the kitchen as I did yesterday as I canned tomatoes from my garden!!!)



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PJB145 8/27/2014 8:21AM

    emoticon I feel better about my exercise when I have worked up a good sweat. I didn't use to feel that way. Now, if I don't sweat during exercise, I feel like I haven't worked hard enough.

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2014 8:13AM

    Sweat is . . . yup, something women in particular are socialized to feel uncomfortable about. Smelly. Dirty. And all of the focus on "controlling sweat" coincides with puberty and use of deodorant/anti-perspirant and all those hormonal urges which "good girls" are supposed to represss and . . . yeah.

Getting drippy sweaty is rebellious and subversive!! Yay sweat!!!

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Today's Little Smile

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm in the frame of mind where I celebrate the good things I see on the scale, but I don't let the number throw me any more. I will never let the number on the scale ruin my day again and I'll never again give up trying to be healthy and fit because of scale discouragement.

I know that my weight can go up 2-3 maybe even 4 or 5 pounds due to sodium and other fluctuations. Although I try not to overeat salt, it seems like restaurant and celebration meals, even when I control the calories, cause me to gain. I've found if I just drink lots of water and eat healthy, within 2-3 days I'll be back to my weight range. So I'm familiar with that kind of fluctuations up and down on the scale.

And when I do overeat calories, I will see some weight gain. Most of the time just consciously cutting back on my food works. Since November of 2013 I have not been tracking, although I tracked almost all my food from December 1, 2008 through November 30, 2013 -- so a good long time. I made a commitment last November that if I'm over my goal weight range for two weeks, I will go back to tracking, but so far that hasn't happened.

For the last couple months I've been averaging about 133.5 pounds, which is a pound and a half over my current target. I have been trying to decide if I want to "diet" to lose my pound and a half. Other than recovering from sodium or overeating episodes, I do not remember a time my weight has gone down without me purposely trying to bring it down. Until today.

Let's not get too excited over this little fluctuation, but I can't help but smile at the scale this morning. I've been eating plenty and experiencing virtually no hunger. And this morning I weighed 131.8, about 2 pounds under what I expected. OK. Smile. I can fluctuate down as well as up!!

  
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HARROWJET 8/26/2014 8:24PM

    That would definitely make me smile. emoticon

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BA5454 8/26/2014 8:07PM

    Currently my smile when I weigh in is more of a 'grin and bear it', lol. But yep, the downward curve is something to smile about ;-). P.S. Did you change your background? *Love* the new picture! You look so happy ;-).

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FROSTY99 8/26/2014 7:48PM

    emoticon and the world smiles with you so here is me emoticon ing too!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2014 6:22PM

    Well that seems only fair, right? You have such a healthy attitude!!

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    Woo Hoo! Love this and great plan.
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MNNICE 8/26/2014 3:19PM

    That scale can definitely be discouraging, but I've learned sometimes I just have to laugh at it and know that it will eventually come to its senses again! This is a lesson SP has taught many of us.

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BLUENOSE63 8/26/2014 3:05PM

  It all evens out in the end! Great pic by the way!

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MJRVIC2000 8/26/2014 2:05PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love makes everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Getting More Active

Monday, August 25, 2014

First I started bringing several pair of shoes to rotate at work and looking for comfortable, acceptable ones that I could be more active in. Then I started bringing my athletic shoes to change into for lunch and break walks and occasionally to do some work-related walking like to the bank or post office. I soon found it more comfortable to wear sleeveless shirts under a jacket or over-blouse so I could walk just in the shirt. And then I increased my comfort by finding bras that the straps stayed up and gave me good support. As I continued to get more active, I finally faced the fact that I needed to change my clothes completely after work to get a better workout. When I first started bringing clothes to workout in, I just took some of the shorts and tee shirts I had and brought them in a plastic grocery bag. I'd change in the restroom after our agency closed, leave through the back door, and go to the park on my way home for several miles of brisk walking. I was making progress!

  
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GABY1948 8/26/2014 11:52AM

    This is wonderful for us to see what worked for you! It truly is all about transitioning one step at a time! I appreciate all your blogs, Marsha! You are a beautiful person inside and out!

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MSLZZY 8/26/2014 7:18AM

    A slow transition to what worked for you and a lesson to be learned. You did well.

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SANDICANE 8/26/2014 7:16AM

    How interesting to look back on the stages you took to health. It really is about making baby-step changes, isn't it. Not one huge change in on huge swoosh!

And look at you now baby! You look fab and you are maintaining fabulously!

You truly are a super inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2014 3:04AM

    I used to exercise in baggy sweats to cover my bulges - now I wear figure hugging camisole tops or bra-tops and capri pants to show off my slender form.

Progress YES!

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HARROWJET 8/25/2014 10:03PM

    Each step builds on the one before. emoticon

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RITAROSE 8/25/2014 9:41PM

  WOW! I'm so proud of you!! WAY TO GO!! Keep it up!! Hugs, Ritarose

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 8/25/2014 7:40PM

    Thanks for sharing the secrets of your success.

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MEXGAL1 8/25/2014 7:38PM

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I used to take a change of clothes and lock my office door and change real quick at lunch time to do a power walk and then eat lunch at my desk. But then again it was my company LOL
Good job getting it done
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 8/25/2014 7:38PM

    This is a terrific step by step progression!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/25/2014 7:10PM

    One small change at a time... thanks for today's installment... watching the serial unfold, here!

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FROSTY99 8/25/2014 6:44PM

    emoticon One step at a time got you to where you wanted to be!

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_LINDA 8/25/2014 5:59PM

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Starts with small steps, and then just starts to steamroll, doesn't it?


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