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The Tortoise or the Hare?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I read an article during morning e-mail: 10 Ways to Burn More Calories. And I agree with, ascribe to, and use many of the suggestions. Suggestions like these are the stuff that got me up out of my recliner.

If you are needing some help in this department, here's the link:

So what's my problem here? Well, it's one statement in item 7.

Not this one:
"Speed up. The simplest advice of all for upping your calorie burn? Increase your pace even if it's just a little bit. "

This one:
"The tortoise may have won the race, but the hare burned more calories!"


Let's say it was a race that the tortoise took all day to finish the race course.
And while the tortoise was carrying his house on his back the whole way, the hare slept in the shade of a tree, until he realized he'd better get going.

So, being the svelte jack rabbit that he was from years of running from the coyotes, he hit the trail running, finished the race in 5 minutes and came in second, partly to be part of a valuable lesson.

12 hours of walking carrying the weight of your house; a weight equal to or greater than yourown weight against 5 minutes of flat out running, carrying nothing but a fur coat and a couple of very long ears.

Who do YOU think burned the most calories?

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CATE195 4/18/2013 7:37AM

    Since my weight loss is progressing at a turtle's pace, I think I'll vote for the turtle. At least we're moving in the right direction.

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BOPPY_ 4/12/2013 11:58PM

    Actually, I believe it's been proven that Wile Coyote loses the most weight, because (a) he works harder than the tortoise, the hare, and the roadrunner, (b) he so scared most of the time, he can't eat, and (c) he never catches any of the others because he's so dim-witted! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 4/12/2013 3:31AM

    Ah, but what do the turtle and the hare EAT??!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/11/2013 9:41PM

    What's important is to stay active to the best of one's abiltiy.

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BRAVELUTE 4/11/2013 4:29PM

    Popsy, are you avoiding the question?

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POPSY190 4/11/2013 3:49PM

    I think the tortoise was incorporating more strength training!

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LESLIELENORE 4/11/2013 2:51PM

    I like to mix it up. Some days I am a tortoise, and some days I am the hare. It depends on my mood. I think the tortoise burns more calories though.

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MARILYNROBERT 4/11/2013 2:19PM

    Look at #10 on that list"
"10. Don't work too hard. This might sound counter-intuitive but hear me out. We all know how important intensity is to any workout plan, but also think about how your workout affects the rest of your day. If you spend an hour at the gym sprinting and doing lunges, you might burn 600 calories in a short amount of time, but if that intense workout completely wipes you out for the rest of the day, the extra calorie burn might not be worth it. Be honest with yourself and definitely push yourself, but not so hard that it gets in the way of other daily activities. After all, the goal is to improve your quality of life."

I was a runner for decades but was injured a lot. Had knee surgery and now I'm a walker. Sure, I could try running some of my workouts but in the long run I could end up hurt and would have still been going if I'd just stayed a walker. So I'm a turtle now because I want to keep going. I'd burn out and get hurt if I were a hare. I burn more calories in the long run as a turtle.

Turtles unite! emoticon

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Rise & Shine Day 9 & 10 and Streaks

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have this problem with streaking- the SP kind where you work to set up a habit and keep it running for a long period of time. I like to set them up and track and report in places like on blogs or team pages. That little extra accountability makes me do it.

But here I find myself in day 10, and the habit seems to be going strong. I'm waking up at 5:30 with no alarm, making the bed, going for a walk and having my planned healthy breakfast. (the healthy breakfast was already an established habit. So I don't see much point keeping on with this reporting.

Now, I might not keep up with the rise and shine business when the time changes again or when it gets cold and this old body wants to stay under the warm blankies. So, I'm putting you all on notice who are keeping tabs on how long I can keep up this rise and shine challenge--I'm staying the course, but you'll have to do without daily updates.

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CHRISTINASP 4/11/2013 5:47AM

    You could decide to post once a week about how it's going... AND post-and-analyze in case you skip a day! :)

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LESLIELENORE 4/10/2013 4:50PM

    okay, let us know every once in a while how you ae doing.

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Rise & Shine Day 8

Monday, April 08, 2013

Walked .5 mile and had my fruit bowl breakfast: Strawberries, Greek yogurt, almonds, dried cocoa powder. More later. Must leave for doctor appointment.

Have a great day!!

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JUSTYNA7 4/9/2013 11:04PM

    I wonder if the fly lady eats frogs.... kind of think it should be the other way round... emoticon I sure hope you made a mistake. I know here the rules keep changing. I never know until I do my taxes if we will be getting a refund or paying and our taxes seem to be getting more complicated. A friend commented to me that it is that way by choice. Hmm. I do think a simpler life would have simpler taxes. I guess I like my complicated taxes. I am not having harp lessons this month and harp playing is low on my to do list. So sad. I did get a new CD to listen to. Surprised me when it started as it is South American and is played with metal picks with a sound like a spanish guitar. I think I'm drawn more to celtic harp.

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FISHER011 4/9/2013 5:12PM

    Yummy breakfast! I love Greek yogurt- morning, noon & night. Hope all is well with you at Drs. Bless you!

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MOSTMOM1 4/8/2013 10:53PM

    Go get 'em, girl!

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PATRICIAAK 4/8/2013 10:03PM

    Great start to the day.
Hope all is well.

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    Sounds like you had a good morning! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/8/2013 4:13PM

    Hope the dr appointment went well!

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CHRISTINASP 4/8/2013 10:15AM

    You're doing well! Hope the appointment is positive, also.

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WALLINMW 4/8/2013 8:48AM

  Stay motivated! You CAN do this.

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MARTYJOE 4/8/2013 8:41AM

    Sounds like a delicious breakfast. I picked up some Greek yogurt today so I think I may have that tomorrow

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Rise and Shine Day 6 & 7

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Rise and Shine, Day 6 & 7
Well, I did it, both mornings, yesterday and today. Thought I posted for yesterday, but evidently it's Sunday, now, and I missed Saturday's report.

If it's not Sunday, I'm in big trouble.

It is working well taking the thyroid in the morning, going for my walk when I get up and then having my breakfast. I did break away from the Oats N Egg breakfast and had Rice bowl with fruit and yogurt and almonds seasoned with cinnamon and TJ roasted flax seed with blueberries. Lots of anti-angiogenesis foods both mornings!!

Off to the farmer's market.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/7/2013 3:12PM

    It sounds really great! You keep making really sterling choices. I admire that a lot. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 4/7/2013 2:08PM

    Happy the report, it's Sunday!

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LESLIELENORE 4/7/2013 1:52PM

    Have fun at the farmer's market!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/7/2013 12:55PM

    Great job! I want to have breakfast with you. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/7/2013 10:53AM

    super with the healthy choices!
yes, it's Sunday, so no trouble

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BLUEROSE73 4/7/2013 9:38AM

    Sounds like you are having a great weekend. And luckily it's Sunday, so it's not that big a deal. lol.

Keep up the hard work. You can do this.

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NEPTUNE1939 4/7/2013 9:24AM

    Your not in trouble emoticon emoticon

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Rise and Shine Day 5 Report

Friday, April 05, 2013

Up and At 'em!!

Jewels woke me at 6:15. I rolled out of bed, took the thyroid medicine, but she wouldn't go outside. She hates rain and water. The weather report predicted the bad storm arriving in a half hour. So I went for my mile walk in the dark without her.

And I made my current breakfast favorite: a variation of Oats 'N' Eggs with strawberries, banana, yogurt and flaxseed on the side. 427 calories and 10 grams of fiber.

Now I'm off to the church flea market to see if they have any stylish clothes for this shrinking body. I bought a nice shirt at Bonworth Saturday. I put it on this morning and it is hanging on me. I'm only buying things that are easy to take in down the sides or back these days, but I can't pass up checking out their clothes boutique!

All of Sparkdom should come to this sale today--Mariner Methodist in Spring Hill, FL. Or tomorrow. Everything is half off on Saturday. I love getting "losing weight" clothes really cheap!!

Edit AFTER the flea market: 5 shirts and a jacket: $14 WooHoo!! and 2 were brand new with the tags. I'd better not complain about nothing to wear for at least a week!!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/5/2013 10:49PM

    What a great way to get new clothes! And congrats on shrinking. emoticon

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CRAFTSFAN1 4/5/2013 8:50PM

    BRAVELUT, I never thought about getting my clothes in a flea market! Maybe because I haven't have the opportunity. I haven't bought anything for years, waiting to loose weight. I look forward to go to a flea market to get clothes for my shrinking body. But for now, I have to wait a little bit. Unfortunately, all my clothes still fit perfectly well. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 4/5/2013 4:27PM

    How nice that you got new stuff that you enjoy! I bet though that the community, which had been looking forward to you walking about with only socks (as you'd announced in one of your previous blogs), is very disappointed! emoticon

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 4/5/2013 3:14PM

    emoticon sounds like you had a great day!!

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LESLIELENORE 4/5/2013 2:27PM

    Too big is better than too tight. I love buying smaller sized clothes. Buying them for less is even better.

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BLUEROSE73 4/5/2013 11:13AM

    Awesome. I love to hear you have to sell off the old, too big clothes.

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PATRICIAAK 4/5/2013 8:40AM

    Super start to the day.
Enjoy the boutique.

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PAHOOT 4/5/2013 8:29AM

    What a wonderful "problem" to have your clothes all too big! Good for you. Keep up the most awesome work.

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