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A Slow Run

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Our son came home for a visit and brought his two year old dog, Lola, with him. Our three cats were so thrilled to have them come. It is amazing how much more alert they are while the dog is in the house. So, I thought I would take Lola on a run with me today. The temperature was in the upper 80's with a nice breeze blowing and the sun shining bright and we had a good pace going for about 2 1/2 miles and suddenly she went to the side of the road in a shady spot and plopped down in the grass and would not move. So, there we were, she was resting and I was antsy & wanted to get on down the road. She did decide to get up, so we went on, me thinking we would be able finish. Little did I know that Lola had other ideas; we went @ another 3/4 of a mile and she spied yet another shady spot on the side of the road, went over and dropped down on the freshly mowed grass. By then I knew that she wasn't going anywhere until she was good & ready, so I took a seat and tried to explain that we were REALLY close to the house and if she would just get up we'd be there in a very few minutes. FINALLY, she got up and I reeled in the leash so that she had to stay at my side and not find another shady spot to plop down on. We made it back home, I dropped her off there and finished my run on my own.

I had taken her on a longer run when she visited at Thanksgiving and she was pulling all the way, so I was a little surprised today by her actions. Maybe it was the difference in the temperatures, regardless we had a beautiful day.

  
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BLAZINGPHOENIX 8/23/2010 8:13AM

    Talk about inspiration lol...good for you for being able to keep up!
Lorraine

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ADKISTLER 8/21/2010 11:36PM

    Before my youngest son joined the Marines, he adopted a dog. While he was getting in shape, he would take her running with him. When he joined the Marines, he left his dog, Lucy, with me. This fat old man doesn't run, but sometimes that dog wants to get going , and just about drags me.

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Jumping Rope

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My youngest daughter gave me a first class jump rope for Fathers Day. She had me try jumping rope on my last visit when she took me to do one of her Crossfit sessions. I had never tried to jump rope before and had little success at it, so she had me do a different jumping exercise in place of jumping rope. When I first tried to jump the rope (actually it is a plastic covered cable attached to a pair of handle with ball bearings) I had pretty much the same result as when visiting her, but with practice I am happy to say that I am improving. I am now jumping more than 100 times in succession and I plan to soon attempt "double unders". It just goes to show that you can teach an old dog a new trick if he wants to learn. Why not try something new today?

  
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MSCINNAMONIE79 3/6/2011 11:26PM

    Great idea! Need to do that soon... :)

Cinnamonie :)

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1WALKINGMAN 10/26/2010 11:14AM

    Yes, I am still jumping rope once or twice per week for @ 10 minutes. You are right; it does get your heart beating.

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NANCY15TOGOAL 10/26/2010 11:05AM

  Are you still jumping rope? I can jump for 2 minutes straight...really gets your heart going!

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SNOKB04 9/3/2010 12:46PM

    Oh man! I used to love to jump rope. Maybe I can try it soon. :)

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DAVEW175 8/22/2010 9:08AM

    Sounds fun. I haven't jumped rope in 40 years but I may give it a try. It's great to see some of the basic exercises coming back.

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JUSTLYLE 7/21/2010 8:54AM

    Good for you Neil, thats what determination can do. I too tried to jump rope a few years ago, used to be good[60 years ago] but just couldn't get the hang of it, rope might have been too short, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Skeeter

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JOYOUS111 7/21/2010 12:32AM

    I love it....keep it going Neil, What is double unders?..

in my boxing, we have not gone to the jump rope yet...today at the end of my workout we did the medicine ball for two rounds...loved it.

Crossfit...I have been hearing about it lately, there is a place here and I here it is hard yet efficient. Would it be the same thing or just a coincident that they are named the same?

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CAROLSLOSINGIT 7/20/2010 11:37PM

    That is awesome! Jumping rope! UM! Great idea! Good luck on the double unders! I think I will get me a jumping rope, I use to love doing that when I was a kid. Thank you so much for sharing!
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My Three Year Anniversary On Spark

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I have been on Spark for three years now, but have only been seriously pursuing my healthy lifestyle for the last last year. It wasn't that I eat healthy foods for the most part, or that I didn't exercise, because i did do both of them. However, I did not track my food or my exercise and I was completely surprised to see how many calories I was consuming and how many more calories I needed to burn in the coarse of a day. Once my eyes were opened to these two important facts and I began to make changes, my weight began to come off. It has not been easy and I did not expect it to be, but I do have my goal weight of 189 very near. I am truly grateful for the wonderful and accurate guidance that is available here on Spark,bet more important to me are the friends and support that I now have. Thank you all.

  
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GOODGETNBETR 6/28/2010 10:51PM

    Glad you getting close to your goal. Like you, it's only been recently that I've taken that long hard look at my everyday habits and saw that change was in order if I'm to hit my goal. Happy anniversary and good luck getting to 189! emoticon

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MF4STRINGS 6/28/2010 8:36AM

    Congrats on your 3 year Spark journey and best wishes for reaching your goal weight shortly!

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JOYOUS111 6/27/2010 10:29PM

    thanks for great words of wisdom. great health and fitness does not happen overnight, nor on a TV show! It take time, patience, persistance and hard work...all of the things that you do and motivate you friends here to do too! thanks Neil, you really have become a good friend!

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JUSTLYLE 6/27/2010 10:13PM

    Sure happy for your results, It's been a great ride hasn't it? Thank you Chris!

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MIKKIRB 6/27/2010 10:12PM

    I'm glad you didn't give up. Glad your end goal is in sight! Keep up the good work!!!

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A Good Walk

Saturday, March 20, 2010

When our youngest daughter, Kate, came home from her first day of kindergarten, she announced that she had made a new friend, Hannah. Over the next few weeks and months, our son, Josh and Hannah's brother, Josh, became good friends, as did the mothers and dads. We lived in the country and the lived in the city, but the father and sometimes the mother would come out to our house and we would walk together. A house down the road from us came on the market and our friends bought it and lived there for seventeen years, until they moved out of town.

During those seventeen years, we walked and walked and walked....... We did other things too, we ran, we road our bikes, we back packed, we hiked and we even did some "Adventure Racing", and of coarse all of the training that went along with that. But mostly we walked. Sometimes, just three or four miles, often five or six, but our favorite was on Sunday morning at 5:00 we would walk eight and a quarter miles before going to church. After their move I have continued to walk, run, bike and hike, but the routes and trails are lonely.

Last week our friends were back in town to visit. Their daughter still lives here with her family, but before they had gotten here, my friend called me on Saturday morning to see if I could walk on Sunday morning before church. Of coarse I could, so a little before 5:00 he came out and we got our walk in. He wanted to see a little more of the old stomping grounds, so we walked nine miles in just under two hours and got some good catching up done as well. It was a truly blessed time.

They are moving again in September, but this time to Peru, so it doesn't appear that we are going to have many more opportunities to get our walks in, but I'll always be ready whenever they come back home.


  
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JUSTLYLE 3/20/2010 10:42PM

    Truly dear friends are so special, sure happy for the great time renewing. The exercise was great too. We had more snow and cold. [30's]

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Twenty points on the wheel

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This morning when I went to spin the wheel I noticed that there was a space with 20 points on it. That is unusual, my wheel typically runs 1-5. So I spun the wheel, and what do you know, it landed on the 20. YEA! Also, today is the day that I got 25 points for a 30 day anniversary. So, YEA! YEA!

I hope you ALL have a great day!

  
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LEALOWE 1/16/2010 10:59AM

    Yeah, I've seen the 20 many times on the wheel but never hit it. I thought it was there just to tantalize me. Just a 1 for me today. Not my lucky day I guess. lol.
Actually since I'm down another half pound, I'd say it is my lucky day. Yipppee!!!

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 1/14/2010 12:30AM

    I've been getting 4's and 5's. Good for you- you deserve it!
Lorraine

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NWFL59 1/12/2010 12:50PM

    Congratulations on the spun and anniversary points. emoticon

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MNABOY 1/12/2010 12:18PM

    You are joking about 20 actually registering? lol congratulations. I broke away from my steady 1's and hit a 3 today!

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WALKINGINGRACE 1/12/2010 11:17AM

    That's awesome! I'm recovering from a migraine and can't seem to come up with with some clever comment to tease you. It was so fun when my wheel went crazy with 10 point spins for four days in a row. Here's hoping your wheel continues to go crazy for a few days. WooHoo!

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JUSTLYLE 1/12/2010 10:54AM

    That's neat the way that works, a few years ago someone thought they figured out a way to get it to stop on any number. I tried it but didn't work. I think I got 50 points once.
Skeeter

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