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When Satire Becomes Reality.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

When I was a teen I used to love "Mad Magazine". Maybe the leading satire comic book back in the 50s and 60s, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Even into young adulthood, I could appreciate the brilliant wit in this mag, which poked fun at life's absurdities.

Lately, I am seeing things which were, years ago satirized, becoming reality. One such incident jumped out at me this morning when we received our Sunday paper, which all its supplements, flyers and coupons.

There was an ad for a local burger joint - I think its a franchise and may be well known.

Here is their latest burger offering:

This baby has... are you ready?...

A freaking EGG, Bacon, cheese and a huge hamburger between its buns! A freaking EGG!?!

What can 'they' add to the next incarnation of a hamburger? A scoop of ice cream? Perhaps a slice of cheesecake? You heard it here first if you ever see one of these.

Please allow me to digress. When I was a kid I thought I was a funny guy. Surprise, a teen who thinks he's a wit. Well maybe I was half of one.

Anyway, when we'd go out for burgers or hot dogs, I had a standard reply to "what'll you have on that, kid?". If it was a hot dog, I'd say - "I'll have a hamburger on mine" or if it was a burger I ordered, I'd say "I'll have a hot dog on mine". Well if you were 16 years old and you were there, you'd laugh. Most of my friends did.

So, my burger on a hot dog joke doesn't seem way far off from today's burger with bacon and an EGG on it.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/30/2013 12:13PM

    I went to a chain burger type place here in France. I ordered the "buffalo burger" because buffalo is supposed to be healthier than beef. It came with 2 hash brown patties instead of the buns. No egg, but really? Hash browns? The French version of Burger King has a similar burger on their menu too.

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-LINDA_S 6/15/2013 8:58PM

    Guess I'm coming from a different perspective, because the only thing that looks unhealthy to me on that burger is the bun. Of course, I'd want it to be grass-fed beef and uncured bacon, but you can't have everything! I'm aiming to be Paleo or primal and to keep the carbs low, because that's what seems to work for me.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/15/2013 12:30AM

    Wow....that looks...uhhh...gross!

I don't know if it helps, but I LOL'd at the "hamburger on my hot dog" line! HAHA! Good one!!

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RIBKNIT 6/14/2013 5:16PM

    Holy Yuck!

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    Another example why the obesity rate in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. Thanks for posting, Pat

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 12:16PM

    I remember when hamburgers just had ketchup on them or maybe a few onions if we were adventurous. This is getting ridiculous!

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KIMCOLLINGS 6/14/2013 12:06PM

    Too funny! Scary though. You're right..some of the things that used to be a joke are becoming a reality. Love your writing style. You are terrific!

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/14/2013 6:04AM

    i seen that on a show on the food network. and i put it right up there with they are making a hot dog of bacon now.

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DARLY55 6/11/2013 9:11PM

    Mad magazine was great! Satire at it's finest! That burger would sell great here in SC, the heaviest state in the US! Breakfast and lunch all in one!
By the way, BH, I love the background graphics!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/11/2013 12:17PM

    I think you are hilarious. Some added protein to your burger - what will they think of next? think I will pass on the egg burger

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REJOHNSON3 6/10/2013 10:15AM

    Thank you for writing. I enjoyed your humor. I have not seen this very large cheeseburger with an egg - it certainly looks like it might taste good but there would be way too many calories for me. We do not visit the national franchises and opt for more sensible food menues.

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OWL_20 6/10/2013 6:08AM

    Have you seen the pizza with the egg baked in the middle of it? Yech. Snickered about the half-wit--you *are* witty! lol

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BIGPAWSUP 6/9/2013 8:46PM

    YUCK!!! that is like 3 meals!

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DALID414 6/9/2013 3:38PM

    You're supposed to 'wash it down' with a milk shake!
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    I know that burger

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NATPLUMMER 6/9/2013 9:12AM

    I am quite familiar with burgers with an egg on them....maybe it is a California thing like ROXYZMOM mentioned.

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STEVEN_D 6/9/2013 9:11AM

    They could call that one The Heart Attack

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ROXYZMOM 6/9/2013 9:08AM

    I saw hamburgers with fried eggs served in quite a few restaurants in California. That bay be where it originated from. The new restaurant/bar sells them too. It's called a "hangover burger"!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/9/2013 8:58AM

  I can relate, as someone closer to 60 than I like to admit!
I also remember when ice cream was just, well, plain. Maple walnut was about the only kind with something other than the basic ice cream. Now you can get more pieces of cookies, candy, fudge, you name it, it is there. No wonder people like it so much, it is a smorgasbord of desserts in one bowl.
I'm with you, what is with the EGG???! emoticon

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Burning Calories and Home Improvement

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If you've been reading my updates, you know I've been installing new soffits in my 40 year old home. The old soffits are original equipment, and I may be the last cheapskate in my town to replace them.

This is what they look like before:

This is just one small slice of what soffit removal looks like:

After breaking down the large pieces into smaller pieces, DW dragged these to the curb for trash pickup today. There were perhaps 15 more just like these previously dragged to the curb:

My unprofessional work space:

I am not a carpenter. But, this is simple enough that I thought I could handle it. Here is some of the finished job:

I've been working at least 8 hours a day on this project. I took a break and went on an RV trip in the middle of the job. Now, well rested, I've started back up again.

Even after after a bit of over indulgence during my mini-vacay I have not gained any weight. This project is labor intensive, so I know I'm really burning the calories lately.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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KIMCOLLINGS 6/14/2013 12:07PM

    Looks terrific!

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ROXYZMOM 6/6/2013 8:33AM

    Very nice!

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MARGARITTM 6/5/2013 9:11AM

    Nice job!

The Calorie burn is just a plus!

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LUCKEGIRL40 6/5/2013 8:07AM

    Okay. Upon further review, I probably can't install soffits :). But what a way to burn calories! Keep up the great work!

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/5/2013 7:06AM

    whew looks like alot of work

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MASRITE 6/4/2013 8:16PM

    When you coming over to help around our house? I can find some stuff for you so you can burn more calories!! Nice job!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 6/4/2013 7:56PM

    Nice job! I'm sure you got in good arm workout with all of that overhead reaching.

Thanks for showcasing your beautiful finish!

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NATPLUMMER 6/4/2013 2:15PM

    IT looks great!

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NWFL59 6/4/2013 12:35PM

    What you've shown looks great! Congrats on having the strength and will do undertake this task. I'd probably spent the money and had someone else do it as I dislike intensely overhead work, especially when its hot and humid! emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 6/4/2013 12:17PM

    Great job! I HATE any job that requires overhead work...ugh! That is quite an undertaking and looks like you did a great job! :-) Way to go!

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STRIVERONE 6/4/2013 10:58AM

    It's not complicated, but it's not easy either. The finished section looks great.

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REMEMBER2BME 6/4/2013 10:43AM

    Outstanding job! So impressive. It looks great!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/4/2013 10:26AM

    You are doing a great job. Looks really nice.

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KANDOLAKER 6/4/2013 10:14AM

    Looks fabulous and you are more of a carpenter than you think!! Great job!

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    Congrats on the home improvement - that is a lot of work.

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AUNTWILLIE 6/4/2013 9:07AM

    I do not envy you that job! Working overhead is dreadful. I admire your perseverance though ... in this and in everything you do.

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WALLINMW 6/4/2013 8:39AM

  Yay! Eat protein with every meal to curb the lows!

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Vacation, mild overeating, and zero weight gain.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Just got back from a trip to the Florida Keys. My first time there, even though I've lived in Florida for 26 years.

DW stayed home, she wasn't up to another RV trip so soon after our recent trip to Northwest FL. So, I went solo.

I got in a lot of bicycle riding. On my el-cheapo Walmart special.

The guy who took this picture was with his beautiful family, and encouraged them to pose with me. What a nice family!

This was just one of many groups I met. People are so happy and friendly. Perhaps the free flowing drinks and lack of open container prohibition carrying adds to that good feeling.

These gals were having a great time, walking down the street drinking their beers. Pretty early in the day, too. They insisted on taking a picture with me. Honest. They asked first.

I love this place!

Then I rode over to the supposedly southernmost point in the contiguous US. It isn't really. There are several more southern points than this familiar landmark. Just google it, if you want to confirm. But, I always wanted to get a picture here, and now I can check it off my bucket list.

While I was here, I talked to lots of travelers. Some young chicks in a car took a picture of the large concrete buoy landmark. They took my picture, too and I in turn, took theirs. Like I said, people are friendly here.

My daughter and DW insist I am a people magnet. So, I took those pics to let them know I think they're right.

On the way down I stopped at a couple of different campsites and had a nice trip.

St. Lucie South Campground, Stuart, FL

Bahia Honda State Park

While I was in Bahia Honda, I did a few days of running. When I drove to Key West, I parked the RV, unhooked the bike and rode around the town. My battery died on my speedometer/odometer so I didn't get an accurate count of miles ridden, but it was a LOT. Surprisingly, my legs never got tired or sore. Maybe because I walked a lot of miles, too. That kept the muscles lose?

I drank beer, and ate off tracking. Nothing really bad, just too much. I was hoping all the exercise I got would help me not gain too much extra.

So, this morning, now home, I hopped in the old bathroom scale. NO large gain. My weight fluctuates like everyone's does. This morning it said 150.5. Before I left - a week ago it read 148.5. Now to you, this might seem like a 2 lb gain. Not me, my weight bounces around those numbers so much, I'm calling it a zero gain.

Besides, I have a lot of work to do around the house, and if I gained anything, it will soon melt away. Woohoo! A great time had and no weight loss concerns. Life is good.

Moderation is my life. I don't deprive myself, but I do take care of myself.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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TIME-4-TINA 6/9/2013 11:33AM

    I think you need to run for mayor of Key West! I would not describe you as a people magnet. Chick magnet, yes. No men in any of the pictures, you stinker.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 6/3/2013 10:31PM

    That's funny. When I went to Key West, a bunch of happy women in dresses didn't insist they put their arms around me and pose for a picture! I think it was YOU, not the beer!

All that running and biking have just made you a chick magnet!

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EDITOR 6/3/2013 6:58AM

    I have the same point picture. Someday I will have the equipment to post it. River boat captain was happy I was not a tourist or snowbird in April of this year. Ah, life marches on and THX for many memories of years gone by.

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MASRITE 6/3/2013 12:09AM

    Love the pics!! Looks like the girls just love you!!

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CM_GARDNER78 6/2/2013 8:49PM

    That is GREAT! One of my bucket list items too! I had no idea it really wasn't the southernmost point of the US! I would like to go to the FL Keys someday...looks amazing! Glad you had a great time - and also that you had NO GAIN! WOO HOO! :-)

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JACKIE542 6/2/2013 1:38PM

    Glad you had a great time, sure looks like you are a people magnet. Great pictures, sure loved the sunset at the end, the perfect end to some perfect days. emoticon

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DALID414 6/2/2013 1:36PM

    How fun!
I think I need an el-cheapo Walmart bike. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 6/2/2013 12:15PM

    Very nice! Key West is my husband's favorite place to go. I love running around there in the mornings. Did you get into Irish Kevin's on Duval? That is one of our favorites.

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GMWSR15110 6/2/2013 12:15PM

    I got to start traveling with you! Sounds like a great time!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/2/2013 11:52AM

    Wow - that was one awesome trip! Looks like you had a great time. Wonderful.

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    Glad you enjoyed the keys. We like taking the ferry down to Key West from Ft. Myers.

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NWFL59 6/2/2013 10:08AM

    Thanks for sharing your latest RVing trip. Looks like you had a most enjoyable time! I was one of a handful of Air Force types assigned to the naval base on Key West many years ago. It was my last duty assignment before getting out of the AF and I had a great time exploring the area. Sounds like you managed to balance your activity and eating well to maintain your goals. Well Done! emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/2/2013 10:02AM

    Looks like a great time!

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ONMYMEDS 6/2/2013 9:30AM

    What a great looking place. The last time I was in Florida was 60 years ago. Maybe it's time for a return trip? Glad you had such a good time.

I really like that RV you've got.

Thanks for sharing your latest road trip.

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KANDOLAKER 6/2/2013 8:58AM

    So glad you had such a great time in Key West, I love that island too. You have such a great philosophy and healthy plan - and I think you are right on target. Thanks for sharing your vacation!


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KKKAREN 6/2/2013 8:53AM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun, I love the Keys!

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No You Can't

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Are we sending the wrong message to our children? We tell them "you can do anything you want to do, and you can be anything you want to be".

But, really they can't. We are, each and everyone of us, limited by physical and mental boundaries with which we were born. It's in our genes.

I cannot, no matter how hard I try, be a world class weight lifter. I am 5' 7" and 149 pounds today. I am 66 years old, so I doubt, no matter how hard I tried, could I soon become a world class jockey, either. Nor could Shaquille Oneil likely become one either. Oh man, there's a visual I don't like.

What we can do, is become the best that WE can be. We can strive for excellence in all areas, cerebral and anatomical. And that is the message we should give our kids.

We can be our best at everything we want to do. Study, train and challenge yourself, you will be rewarded with more than you possibly could imagine.

Yes, we can be "the best that we can be" and not be "anything we want to be", and that's still a pretty good thing.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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CHICAGOTOM 6/8/2013 5:58AM

    Right on! There are tons of things that are out of our control and that we cannot change. All the more reason to be attentive to what can be done and do it.

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CM_GARDNER78 5/27/2013 3:00PM

    This is total truth. As much as people do not like to hear it/believe it. But it is true - just because I put my mind to it, doesn't make it so. Love this blog! :-)

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AKATHLEEN54 5/26/2013 8:50PM

    I think the key is to be happy with yourself. If you know that you gave your very best effort and did everything in your own power to get you to where you want to be, even if at that point it didn't work out you have to be pleased with yourself that you gave it everything you had. There are powers at be, that are sometimes stronger than our own, that may sometimes keep us from obtaining our goals, but that being said, be happy with you you are, the effort you put forth and you will reap your own reward. Thank you for an excellent blog... very thought provoking.

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DALID414 5/26/2013 4:12PM

    My father made it a point to tell me: don't think you're the best at anything because there's always going to be someone better than you. So of course, I always did my best anyways!

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TIME-4-TINA 5/26/2013 2:07PM

    I've also taught my children the harsh reality that sometimes it's not how hard you work or how good you are at something, but who you know. We have had many instances where our children were not played in a sport. Children with less talent were favored because their parents were lining the coaches pockets.

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/26/2013 2:06PM

    So true. I never bought into the "you can do anything you want" when I was a kid because even then I knew there were things I could not do well or at all...or would not be allowed to do because we still have a screwed up system of gender discrimination in certain institutions.

So I tried not to repeat that false sense of encouragement to my own children, instead encouraging them to try to do the best they could do at whatever they chose to try.

Of course the "downside" of this philosophy is you wind up with outspoken kids who can see the inherent silliness of our behaviours and question why the kids who failed get the same awards as the straight A kids or the point of trying to win a game if the losing team gets a trophy front of various assemblies of parents and peers who do not have the same appreciation of calling it like you see it. Smart kids, good questions...even if we all developed a reputation in the school district lol.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/26/2013 12:15PM

    We are also, of course sending the wrong message to all our women and men, every day on TV and in magazines. Everyone is supposed to be tall and built the same way... even though very few of us are. As a result, in places like China, some people are literally saving for years to get their leg bones stretched surgically. I lie not.

We are who we are, whether we are 4'8" or 6'8", apples or pears or spaghetti noodles, wizards at math or wizards at music. Our best aim in life is to graciously and with humor accept our limitations, to improve what we can and to embrace and strengthen further our skills.

Your family is lucky to have such a role model!

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NWFL59 5/26/2013 10:49AM

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STRIVERONE 5/26/2013 10:45AM

    To be the best you can be is one of the few goals that is both idealistic and realistic. I like that.

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/26/2013 10:37AM

    so true.

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DARLY55 5/26/2013 10:31AM

    Great message! You are so right about limitations, and being realistic with our children. They also need to see by our example that we strive for our best in everything we do.

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    Good point - as I say to my kids - if you can look yourself in the eyes in the mirror and say I did my best and gave it 100% of all I am. You can't ask for anything more of yourself and no one else can't ask more of you.

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NATPLUMMER 5/26/2013 10:06AM

    emoticon You are so right!

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LAURIE5658 5/26/2013 9:48AM

    Now THAT is a spot on perspective. Thank you, Vic!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/26/2013 9:02AM

    This is an awesome blog and so true. We need to teach our children to be the best they can be. And WE need to be the best we can be!

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Baby Steps - Training Update

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I ran 28 miles last week. Not a lot, I know, but a good amount for me.

Having knee and ankle tenderness, I am not overdoing it, but want to do longer training runs, to build up endurance. The week before last, I ran 24 miles. So far the ankles and knees are doing fine. I do my stretches, foam rolling and strength training faithfully.

Last year, I had to run every other day, or suffer the consequences of knee and ankle pain. What I'm trying to do now is to run M,T,W take Thursday off and run long on Friday. So far, so good.

Next Friday I'll take a step back long run, maybe 7 miles.

Oh yeah, I've been eating a bit more too. The 1500-1800 calories a day was not enough for me to have the energy to run well, and maybe not enough to heal properly. Still learning how to do this. My body weight is holding pretty steady, but I think with the additional running I may be able to lose that last 5 lbs.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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    Good for you! We can all take away from your experiences. Listening to our bodies is a must, especially as runners. Keep up the good work!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/21/2013 7:35AM

Probably not the baby steps you are taking, but every time I think of baby steps, this is what I think of. Ha!

Sounds like you are doing great. Keep it up!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2013 5:32PM

    Very sensible approach to working it out, both running and nutrition-wise!
Wish I'd been that smart: I'd still be running!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/20/2013 1:42PM

    Smart to listen to your body. If something hurts, ease up a bit. Rest days and/or cross training are just as important as the running. You're doing great.

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LEWILL1982 5/20/2013 1:17PM

    Running and eating is such a challenge for me. When I trained for the 1l2 marathon, I read we were supposed to consume 100 extra calories for every extra mile we added to our runs. That confused me too. I started adding extra calories on the days I ran over 5 miles. Good luck determining your balance, sounds like you are good at figuring out what your body needs!

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KIMCOLLINGS 5/20/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for your running. Your tweeks along the way to prevent injuries while still getting the distance for endurance is a great balance.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/20/2013 11:32AM

    Sounds like you have things figured out for yourself! emoticon

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    I only run 3 days a week, 4 days a week walk. I am adding in swimming and biking now.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/19/2013 7:04PM

    I'm not surprised 1500-1800 calories wasn't enough for you. I'd guess closer to 2000, since you log so many miles. You are far fitter and more active than most people in your age group, so it would be hard to judge your activity by that. And Spark's calorie tracker is assuming someone who is actively trying to lose weight rather than maintain, and has a fairly low basal metabolic rate. If you have more energy at a higher range, that's great! Enjoy it!

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OWL_20 5/19/2013 6:16PM

    I like your schedule and it reminds me that I have to map out one soon for an upcoming (early fall) 10K. You're doing an awesome job of listening to your body and what it needs!

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DALID414 5/19/2013 2:21PM

    I think 28 miles is a lot! I struggle to hit my goal of 5 miles a week sometimes. I don't think I've ever gohne past 10 miles a week. It's all relative I suppose, I don't run longer than a 5K at a time.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/19/2013 10:36AM

    You are doing a great job and really getting those miles in. I think you are dong the right thing by playing it safe with injuries. You'l be back to normal in no time.

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RUN4FOOD 5/19/2013 8:42AM

    Sounds like you are doing great. 28 miles is not the life of a slacker. Looks like you are honing in on what works for you.

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LAURIE5658 5/19/2013 8:19AM

    Vic, you do an outstanding job of reading your body's cues. That is the secret to happy and healthy running. Awesome job!

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