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Not what I planned, but a good day anyway.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Woke up this morning at 10:00 AM like I hadn't slept at all, too hot and immediately discouraged because it was too late to hike. I might have gone anyway if Mom wasn't here, but taking two hours + would have been too much out of our day together. So I moped a bit and then I just did it...put my I-pod on, grabbed some weights and did what I call House Dancing. Moving to the music, running up and down the stairs, swinging my arms, kicking my legs, and holding the weights over my head for a total of 23 minutes. Surprisingly I did get into Zone 3 for all of 3 minutes; overall I was happy with 71 % of capacity. Of course my loud singing when I wasn't out of breath to my cowboy tunes was entertaining to no one.

Got into the pool, chilly at first, (I had to scream more than once) but then felt good as my body adjusted. Used my webbed gloves, kicked hard and pushed a lot of water around for 19 minutes.

So what could have ended as a day with no exercise didn't happen and I feel good about it all.

House Dance: 71 % capacity
Zone 1 = 07
Zone 2 = 10
Zone 3 = 03

Swimming: 64% capacity
Zone 1 = 08
Zone 2 = 07

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PATTOMMC3 5/12/2012 2:07AM

    Good for you!

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An Open Letter to Chris Downie Regarding Beth Donovan

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dear Spark Guy,

I was very disappointed and saddened when Spark People leadership determined Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL) would no longer write for the Daily Spark. My understanding is you have made the decision to only use "expert" contributors for the Daily Spark.

I can understand you may define "expert" as someone with advanced education and perhaps lots of letters behind their name. These credentials can be important in validating information. However, I believe you are making a woefully bad business decision in deciding Beth's personal experience does not qualify her as an expert.

After all, how many handicapped people do you know who weighed 460 pounds and by following Spark People guidelines has lost 205 pounds? No weight loss surgery, no diet pills, no fad diets, no "dieting" period, Beth has done it the old fashioned way...she took in less calories than she burned.

Experts with a solid educational background can help us with their knowledge and give us information, but if they have never experienced morbid obesity they can never have the perspective Beth so courageously blogs about as she lives her life.

I don't know what Beth's educational background is, but I do know she is a talented writer who is articulate using correct grammar etc. She has inspired, motivated, encouraged thousands if not hundreds of thousands of us who have followed her blogs. I found her by seeing her on the Daily Spark. It's a shame future Spark members likely will not have exposure to someone who has promoted what the core essence of Spark People is all about.

Linda Carson Gorkis R.N.

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GREENDRAGYN 11/30/2012 8:26AM

    I hope they will reconsider. If there are legal concerns or otherwise, then have the content reviewed by an 'expert' prior to posting, but recognize the inherent value in 'been there, done that'. Getting 'advice' from someone that has never been there is never as useful as hearing it from the trenches...

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/30/2012 12:35AM

    Did Chris respond?

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    I agree..

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PAMNANGEL 5/2/2012 1:19PM

    There is no better expert than someone who has lived the experience. You can't learn what Beth has been through going to any school.
By the way, I tweeted a link to this page. Hope nobody minds.

Comment edited on: 5/2/2012 1:29:02 PM

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CLOVER2 5/2/2012 1:13PM

    I am in so much agreement with this letter! Now how do we make sure that as many people as we can get to see this as I am SURE that there are a ton of folks out there who are in essence "grieving" at the information we have recieved. I for one found Beth through the Daily Spark. There are so many extraordinary stories on Spark People, getting them to the people who could most use them (like ALL of us!) is difficult in the best of circumstances, why would the people in charge now make it more difficult?

Comment edited on: 5/2/2012 1:14:06 PM

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CRYSTAL_MOM 4/30/2012 11:27PM

    I also like to hear from people who have "been there." I agree.

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SPARKLISE 4/30/2012 7:20PM

    I agree! emoticon

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Sea Mist in My Face

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I dropped Mom off at HairPort for her hair color and then I went to Krissy Field State Park to walk on the beach. This is the same long, long beach I walked last August when I was here. The sun was brilliant with a blue sky and with my long sleeve shirt I was hot. In spite of that I took my jacket and was very glad I did as the wind on the beach was fierce. I walked south to where the beach becomes impassable secondary to all the boulders. I climbed up, over, down and around the boulders and then turned around heading straight into the wind to return to the car. I like climbing on the rocks and figuring out how I should navigate. This is a long stretch of rock ( 1/2 mile) and with the tide coming in crashing against the lower boulders I wanted to make sure I had a passable route on the return.

I'm not getting into my zone 3, but I can't worry about it. I enjoyed this hike and I burned 457 calories and I'm happy with that.
Zone 1 = 35
Zone 2 = 28
Zone 3 = 01

69.5 % of capacity
28:06 mpm

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    What a lovely walk! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us!

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OOLALA53 4/29/2012 12:21PM

    Sounds like a great walk. Whatever the calorie burn was, I'm sure it did your brain good in relaxing qualities, too, as walking by moving water shows calming benefits. And the sun helps. too!

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Easter Dinner Was Delicious

Monday, April 09, 2012

My lovely step daughter made a wonderful non-traditional Easter dinner that was really tasty. We enjoyed fresh salami wrapped around cheese with kalamata olives and crackers as an appetizer. A romaine lettuce, red onion rings, smoked almonds, pears and goat cheese salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing followed. I made the salad, but here you can see BJ tossing the salad and adding the dressing. But the best part of Easter dinner was a new recipe for a meatless lasagna that had a variety of meaty mushrooms
Just delicious! Oh, and the James Tobin wine was really good too...

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LORTHOM2001 4/9/2012 3:19AM

    oh wow...kudos! thanks for sharing!

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I Took My Body Out for a Walk

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today is Sunday and the start of my week. I have done no physical exercise since surgery 2-28-12 and my body is craving some movement. It felt good to put on my heart rate monitor and my work-out clothes. I had no expectations other than walk for at least 30 minutes; more if I felt okay. Within 10 minutes of starting I had the old familiar C02 pain in my left shoulder, at times severe enough it took my breath away. But I just kept going, even jogged a little coming back downhill. Overall I did okay with a 20 minute per mile pace and worked at 70% of capacity. And when I finished, my body said THANKS, I needed that!

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CRYSTAL_MOM 3/26/2012 1:47AM

    Yay! So glad you can get out there and exercise.

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