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Going the extra mile for the team

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My current status says that last week I recorded my 1st 40 mile week EVER.

This is significant because:
I’ve been running for nearly 30 years and have never done that before.
I usually cut back in the summer (It’s HOT here in the South)
I’m not training for anything (see above sentence)

Yet since July 1st I’ve been getting outside at 6 am to get a few miles in. When the heat and humidity drive me inside, I finish up at the gym.

I don’t need extra cardio. My average 20 – 25 miles a week keep me maintaining nicely especially in the summer when it’s so easy for us to canoe or kayak on the lake.

My extra push is to support my team.

I live outside of a small town between 2 cities (population each approx. 70K). Each city regularly runs “challenges” to get people active.

In the current challenge we record our daily mileage running or walking (treadmill OK, elliptical No). Steps in daily activities don’t count either.

In a recent article our local paper called our church – “The Runningest Church in Town.” So of course, we have a team. I like that we encourage taking care of our bodies as well as our spirits.

You don’t have to be on a team to join a challenge, but just like on SP, the effort to improve is easier with the support of friends.

As we enter our miles we can see our individual and team position in the list. Even with my current “high” mileage, I’m at half what the leaders are doing and that’s perfectly OK. It’s about pushing just a little bit more than you’re used to.

This current challenge involves miles, but the last one recorded minutes of exercise.

One member of our team finished that challenge in 2nd place out of 1000 participants.

This is significant because she is 91 years old!
Now that’s a goal to work toward.

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BA5454 7/13/2014 1:40PM

    Great job! And seriously--who doesn't like a 91 year old still out there kicking butt? Kudos to her, too ;-).

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LINDAKAY228 7/13/2014 11:37AM

    Love the story of the 91 year old! I've know people like that! I have worked with the "elderly" since 1995 and met all kinds from those that were "old" in there 50's (like my mom) to people that were active way up to 90's and even a 100 year old who gave up running at 95. Congratulations on your 40 mile week!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2014 10:48AM

    OMG, I had to read that twice because I thought I'd misread 91!!!! WOW!

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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2014 10:40AM

    Gotta love that team spirit!!!

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WAY2GOCAT 7/13/2014 9:23AM

    (1! emoticon

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PHEBESS 7/13/2014 9:19AM

    Way to go!!!!!! (And yay for the 91 year old lady!!)

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KANOE10 7/13/2014 8:55AM

    What a great thing to share with fellow church members..exercise! That is a great motivator for everyone to support each other in the challenge.
I use the At Goal challenge and my spat for motivation. You are right. The effort to improve is easier with the support of friends.

Great job on your first 40 mile week the summer no less.


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TERI-RIFIC 7/13/2014 7:16AM

    What a great idea for a church to build togetherness as opposed to stuffing our faces at a pot luck.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/13/2014 7:12AM

    Whatever it takes to stay motivated! Well done.

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TORTISE110 7/13/2014 7:06AM

    How great you participate in a community that keeps all of you moving! Loved reading about it.

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“Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart” – An Amish Proverb, I think

Friday, July 11, 2014

At least I used to hear it a lot when visiting my parents near Lancaster, PA.

I thought about this during my run this morning. I had just posted a response to Indy-Girl’s featured blog warning about the “crabs” trying to pull us back down into the bucket.

My post was:
Perhaps the crabs "mean well" like those people who validate our excuses.
To be successful I have to focus on the responses within parentheses.

Don't worry about your weight, you're fit.
(Why drag around extra pounds?)

Forget BMI - it doesn't work for weight lifters and professional athletes
(but I'm not in that category)

Men don't like bony women
(Is skinny shaming acceptable now?)

Eat whatever you want, life is too short
(Shorter if I eat poorly)

Healthy food costs too much
(So does medical care)

While running I kept thinking about more comments from the crabs and my reaction.

Why are you running?
(Because I’ve been doing it for 30 years and I still can)

You’re going to ruin your knees.
(But you’re having the knee replacement and you never ran)

You don’t want to be a size 0 do you?
(Sure I do. Those measurements are a 25” waist and 35” hips, but back in the 60s when those WERE my measurements, it was called a size 10. Now a size 10 has a 30” waist and 40” hips)
Source: J C Crew

You look good for your age.
(Thank you, I think)

They’re right about my age. When you qualify for Social Security, Medicare and your 50th HS reunion is one month away, there’s no denying that I’m old.

I regret that it took me so long to get smart and stop listening to the crabs.

However, there’s another helpful proverb – “better late than never.”

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TERI-RIFIC 7/13/2014 7:18AM


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KANSASROSE67 7/12/2014 2:09PM

    Excellent blog. We all need to be ready for the "crabs!"

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KANOE10 7/12/2014 9:03AM

    I like your responses to those crab comments. Life will definitely be shorter if we eat whatever we want! I also wish I had learned healthy eating habits earlier and agree..better late than never.

You wrote an excellent blog! As time goes on, I find that I really do not want negative input from others on my healthy life and want to make decisions on my own. (except for the medical profession when needed.)

We might have to be considered crabby when we deal with these food crabs!

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SEABREEZE64 7/12/2014 6:25AM

    I love this blog and the proverb!!!! Thanks for writing and posting it.

I all too often make excuses for not being firmer and fitter. And my DH is ALWAYS telling me to stop worrying about weight - cause I am strong. And sometimes I listen to him instead of sticking with the healthy plan.

Reading this is a VERY GOOD REMINDER for me. Since I will be qualifying for Medicare soon.

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MARYJEANSL 7/12/2014 12:55AM

  Great comeback lines, for sure. I wish I were as quick-witted as you are!

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DOVESEYES 7/11/2014 9:01PM

    Great blog thanks

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ALICIA363 7/11/2014 8:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
for the quality thinking reinforcement!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2014 7:44PM

    This is the second "feisty maintainer" attitude blog among my friends today! Sometimes this is what it takes... sticking up for our choices to be fit and healthy (and having a size 2 pair of jeans on is really rocking my mind). Would have been an 8 just 20 years ago. Probably a 16 in my mother's youth. Size inflation is something we just live with!


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PHOENIX1949 7/11/2014 3:25PM

    emoticon Older and wiser one.

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LINDAKAY228 7/11/2014 3:13PM

    Very interesting. Some I had heard before and some not. I've been hearing about the crabs for years. Interesting the take you had on it.

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KRISZTA11 7/11/2014 1:40PM

    Great blog!
Serious things, but there is a funny side that made me smile : )

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FELINEBETTER 7/11/2014 12:30PM

    Very well said indeed! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 7/11/2014 11:09AM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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WIFE48 7/11/2014 11:06AM

    I loved your post. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/11/2014 10:56AM

    But the crabs do make me smile and reaffirm that I'm on the right track. Great blog.

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NANCYPAT1 7/11/2014 10:20AM

    Great messages

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DR1939 7/11/2014 10:12AM

    Good reminders of the subtle (and not so subtle) put-downs by others. I, too, can remember when size 10 was small.

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PHEBESS 7/11/2014 9:59AM

    Too many people are unhappy with their lives, and they want to make other people as miserable as they are. At least, that's my perception of those crabs.

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    I firmly believe that those who mean well do well. Those of whom it is said "They mean well" show themselves to be sour-grapers.

Comment edited on: 7/11/2014 10:00:09 AM

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Standing my ground with a big stick

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Recently there have been several articles about proper etiquette for walkers, runners and bikers when sharing the trail. I’ve added my opinion about confronting a solid wall of walkers either in front of me or coming toward me.

Lately though, my problem has been my country road. There are no shoulders. Sometimes just a strip of grass. Often just a ditch.

Biking there is way too dangerous, but I do like to walk or run the 1 mile uphill and back down to our house which is where the road ends at the lake.

There’s not much traffic, but drivers do tend to speed. I don’t know why. Probably, because they can.

I always wave at oncoming cars and since we’re in the south, they usually wave back. However friendly they may be, they don’t leave me much room as I cling to the leftmost part of the pavement.

When I decided to incorporate a bit of upper body work into my walk, I noticed something different.

I began carrying my 50 year old baton from HS, and twirling it as I walked. As a car approaches, I give it a wave with the baton. Amazing! Now they move over almost into the other lane. Drivers may not worry about hitting me, but they don’t want me to scratch their car.

I don’t run with the baton, but maybe I can substitute a lightweight stick – like I’m in a relay race – and see if it has the same effect.

Note: For longer distances I either drive to the gym for a treadmill or on to town where there are sidewalks. No, I don’t take my baton.

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MARYJEANSL 7/9/2014 11:55PM

  This made me laugh, picturing the drivers swerving to get away from such a dangerous weapon. Great idea!

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COMEUNDONE87 7/9/2014 11:15PM

    emoticon love it

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PHOENIX1949 7/9/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon Twirl on.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/9/2014 6:57PM

    They would do well to stay out of MY way if I attempted to twirl a baton... all thumbs, here! emoticon Creative solution for a common problem! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 7/9/2014 4:54PM

    Love the image of you with your baton...

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KANSASROSE67 7/9/2014 2:02PM

    I am smiling broadly at the picture of you twirling your baton at those cars! On my country road, there is a hay business and I have to share the road with semis. Not fun, but they do slow down and move over for me. And I definitely move over for them!

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2014 1:04PM

    Wow, that's a great idea!

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DR1939 7/9/2014 12:08PM

    Walking or running teaches you a lot of things about driving. When we walk in town we notice how people do not stop for people in the crosswalks or if they do it is at the last minute. They also overrun the stop signs and block the crosswalk. We are lucky, both places where we walk on roads the roads are fairly wide. The most narrow has a bike path and Minnesotans are good about avoiding bike paths (downtown Minneapolis seems to be an exception). Our biggest problem is bikers on the walk/bike paths. They come up behind us and do not signal, just pass. As we usually walk side-by-side any little wobble would put us in the biker's path. We've had some close calls.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/9/2014 9:27AM

    Coincidentally, I was almost brushed by a car this morning. What a jerk! It could have been on purpose. I should have had a stick!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 9:15AM

    Well done!! And so effective yet humorous!!

P,S, How about resurrecting that majorette strut too??

Comment edited on: 7/9/2014 9:16:32 AM

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PHEBESS 7/9/2014 8:55AM

    On St. Thomas, there are often dogs loose, and many walkers or runners walk with a big stick to fend off dogs who run at them, barking. There was one guy we saw at the beach every day with a crow bar. (We called him Crow Bar Man.)

So there are multiple reasons to walk softly and carry a shiny stick! (Had to do that.)

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MISTYDAZE42 7/9/2014 8:50AM

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LEWILL1982 7/9/2014 8:46AM

    You know, I've started waving but also more "flagging" my arm when cars approach me or when I cross a street. Some cars don't want to move out of the way and then act like we're the ones in the way. Glad the baton works!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/9/2014 8:43AM

    Thanks for the laugh! Whatever works.

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BA5454 7/9/2014 8:37AM

    You know, I was gonna ask about taking the baton to town! Well, you know this side of the road, trail, walk is *my* pet peeve. Maybe the drivers think if you're out there with a baton then you just might be someone who would throw it, too. emoticon P.S. Nice job of getting some strength in!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/9/2014 8:37AM

    Good idea. Stay safe.

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    So funny! Good for you emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 7/9/2014 8:19AM

    That's frickin' hilarious. :D

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KANOE10 7/9/2014 8:11AM

    That is too amusing! What a good discovery for your walks or runs. Keep that baton with you and get those cars to give you space!

You have made me smile today. Thanks for writing.

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Sale or Scale – which do I fear?

Monday, July 07, 2014

There’s only one letter difference in those 2 words, but a world of difference in my life.

I fear a particular kind of sale. The one my supermarket regularly runs on ice cream. I usually cope by avoiding that aisle completely, but the July 4th long weekend was approaching and company was coming. 2 cartons for $5.00 plus an extra $1 off coupon.

Oh, look at all those flavors! Moose Tracks, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan. Better get some plain varieties too. Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry. Yeah, I bought them all.

Oh, Nestle chocolate syrup – no HFCS.
There’s Reddi-Whip on sale too. That will make a good sundae.

Fresh fruit is on sale too. Cherries, strawberries, cantaloupe. Why not some grapes to the cart. Nice variety.

That was July 3rd.
I didn’t wait for the 4th to start sampling my goodies – and I continued until last night.

Now the scale. At home I get on it every single morning for over 5 years now. I don’t fear it. Avoiding it is how I gained the weight in the first place.

Each day it ticked up a little bit. I’m used to daily fluctuations, but the trend is unmistakable – up, up, UP!

OK, that sale saved me money, but cost me 2.6 lbs.
Not enough to make a difference in how my clothes fit or in my fitness level, but not a direction I want to go.

I also ran/walked 19 miles over those 4 days with 2 ST sessions as well.

I’m living proof that you cannot outrun your fork or in my case, my SPOON.

Now it’s back to reality. No fear. I will avoid that ice cream aisle, but not the scale.

Thanks to Mandelovich for this quote 20 minutes ago which prompted my reflection.

“You can always correct your course, but the sooner you are aware that you are off your path, the better and more satisfying your journey will be.” ~ Esther and Jerry Hicks

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    I know what you mean about avoiding certain areas in the supermarket. My area of avoidance is the bakery- Ugh. Even though the scale number ticked up on you, I love how you didn't get discouraged. Great blog!


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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/8/2014 11:55AM

    Great quote!

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MARYJEANSL 7/8/2014 1:53AM

  Well, ice cream isn't my choice of poison, but I have btdt sooooo many times. By weighing yourself every day, you probably change course much sooner than I would. I made the mistake of buying a cheap scale, which broke after a few months, and I currently don't have one.

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DOVESEYES 7/7/2014 9:12PM

    What a great blog haven't we all been there?
When I get on the scale I say to myself you ate it now you may have to wear it!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/7/2014 8:03PM

    Ooh! Love the quote. And good for you for taking action NOW, paying attention to the scale that tells you where you are on your journey!

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BA5454 7/7/2014 1:28PM

    Nice quote and nice salvage to the ice cream shopping (and eating). I've long lived with the idea that I would "run (insert exercise of choice) it off". Um, no...especially after menopause when everything seems to slow down (even my brain). I equate it to magical thinking now, lol. Great blog!

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KLMEIRING 7/7/2014 11:53AM

    I really liked your motivational quote. Thanks for sharing!


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SUBMOM2 7/7/2014 11:37AM

    I can relate! I've fallen for many "sales" that have ended up costing me. Course correction is a great concept!


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LINDAKAY228 7/7/2014 11:35AM

    Like that quote! A couple of weeks ago I bought a half gallon of ice cream and in a low moment ate the whole thing! I should not have bought that much and definitely not given in to it! Oh well, once in a great while I've done that. I'm avoiding the ice cream now LOL and have lost that weight. But I did enjoy it at the time!

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DR1939 7/7/2014 11:09AM

    I get into trouble when I buy goodies for my grandchildren, particularly ice cream. Most of their favorites are things I do not like, but I can be tempted by ice cream or brownies.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/7/2014 9:39AM

    A fearless blog, and one I could have written myself! I have been hiking up a storm but still have been gaining weight -- about 1/2 pound a week -- because I am overeating and drinking! time to get it back in gear!!!

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LEWILL1982 7/7/2014 9:32AM

    Ice Cream doesn't do it for me, but trade beer for your Ice Cream and I'm in the same position you are this morning! It was on sale, I didn't want to go to my parties empty handed!

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    Other ways to look at it:

(a) 2.6 pounds vs. 2.5 per container?. Not a good arithmetical trade-off. No trade, really (after all, this is a matter of comparing apples to elephants, not apples to pears), therefore, not worthwhile.
(b) Company's coming? They'll be bringing desserts. No more than a two-container purchase for you next time. And that's only if "company" means eight people minimum.
(c) Buy flavors you do not like. Buy your least favorite though big-selling brand. Same goes for Halloween.
(d) Give yourself a break this time. It tasted good.


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MARYRUN1 7/7/2014 8:44AM

    I love that quote! Always best to keep moving forward! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/7/2014 8:31AM

    I like that quote also. The sooner you correct your course, the better and more satisfying your journey will be.
I also am a daily weigher. Not weighing was also what led to weight gain in my past.

I have always liked that quote that you cannot outrun your fork..or true.

You sound ready to get back on track. I know you will be successful and have a good day. We have all detoured on our journeys along with you.


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PHEBESS 7/7/2014 8:30AM

    On the bright side, you probably got a nice calcium blast with all that ice cream, right?

And you know the down side. Tack in the other direction. Away from the spoon and ice cream. Do whatever it takes to get away and stay away. (and in the future, maybe go with smaller containers? I do one scoop at a time - pricier, but keeps away the temptations.)

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/7/2014 8:30AM

    The only sweet thing I have never been crazy about is ice cream. Unbelievable, but true.

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EVIE4NOW 7/7/2014 8:17AM

  I really like that quote. Thanks for sharing.

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Part of a ”Brave New World” I never knew existed (80 years after Huxley)

Monday, June 30, 2014

As I try to eat as naturally as possible and live a healthy lifestyle, I keep discovering new things.

I remember Dolly the cloned sheep, but I didn’t know that the USA had approved the sale of meat and products from cloned animals.

"There are cattle in the thousands globally now", and their offspring and descendants are "going to multiply every year," Russell said.

"It would be next to impossible to go backwards."

I’m not a vegetarian, but along with gene splicing in a lab to create new varieties of plants and even genetically modified salmon, this is pushing the envelope of what I find acceptable.

Aldous Huxley published his book in 1932 and set the story in the year 2540.

As I remember, the gene manipulation in the lab was mandated and controlled by the government. Now it seems that the impetus for taking a natural process and bringing “change” as the company executive calls it, is driven by the profit motive.

I'm not against science or profit, but I would like to see some balance and a greater degree of caution.

Some governments (like the USA) are going along and some are resisting.

Somehow I doubt that this is being done to alleviate world hunger. There are a lot of ways to feed hungry people other than sending them a cloned cow.

What do you think?

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KELLIEBEAN 7/1/2014 9:27AM

    I agree with Pheonix1949... it is not wise to mess with mother nature. This all seems very frightening to me.

I was not aware we had this not in the US. Thanks for sharing this information!

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MARYJEANSL 6/30/2014 10:55PM

  I couldn't agree with you more. I find this very frightening. As I recall, there were negative consequences to the cloning (beyond the obvious), such as the animals developing illnesses abnormally early - maybe arthritis. I don't remember exactly and am too tired to look it up, but I am sure there were problems. Wouldn't that alone be a reason for people to at least think twice before eating cloned meat?

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COASTAL6 6/30/2014 9:45PM

    well this is scary, I fell like not eating any meat!
Thanks for sharing!
Have awesome evening!

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DOVESEYES 6/30/2014 7:47PM

    I'm anti genetically modified anything, Man does not have a good rep when interfering in nature.

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PHEBESS 6/30/2014 7:17PM

    Ugh - I don't even want genetically modified vegs or fruits, let alone cloned animals! Has anyone researched the nutritional value of cloned meats vs real live animals who are then butchered for meat?

Just one more reason to continue living outside the mainland US! (Ever looked at how many countries now refuse to import food from the USA? Most of Europe, much of Asia and South America, and I suspect Australia and NZ are getting on board with that.)

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LINDAKAY228 6/30/2014 6:24PM

    I want balance too! Things tend to go too far!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/30/2014 1:08PM

    Brave New World gets truer and truer every day. Maybe I need to take some Soma and relax. I don't want to eat cloned anything.

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PHOENIX1949 6/30/2014 12:43PM

    This bothers me on several levels.

Something that comes to mind is the advertising phrase "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." which can be upgraded to "It's not wise to mess with Mother Nature."

70's commercial with phrase at:

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KANOE10 6/30/2014 11:26AM

    I did not know we had cloned animals for consumption here. I would also strive for caution and studies about the effects. Generally the meat industry has horrible conditions for animals and uses way to many growth hormones.

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BA5454 6/30/2014 9:53AM

    I'm all for science and scientific 'helps'--but it's too early in the cloning process to condone the use of a cloned anything in regards to food. We have them already in the US? Yikes, did not know that. Maybe it's my 'Chicken Little' crying out the sky is falling, but the splicing of genes and such could potentially be bad for humans. I don't think there's any long term research as yet. Why don't we look to things that will work--irrigation, proper field management, rotation of crops, better animal husbandry?

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WILSONWR 6/30/2014 8:31AM

    I agree with TRYINGHARD54. There is a limit to everything, and things do seem to be getting out of hand.

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WUMPASTAR 6/30/2014 7:35AM

    If every North American went vegetarian for a single DAY in the YEAR, you could feed every African for a YEAR with the cereals that would have been saved (used to feed the meat). So, yeah, not the solution.

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2014 7:35AM

    Playing Scrabble the other day, I was distressed that "cloner" is now an acceptable word . . . "one who clones". Who does that?????

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ELRIDDICK 6/30/2014 7:33AM

  Thanks for sharing

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CHERYLHURT 6/30/2014 7:29AM

  We try to eat as much locally grown produce as we can...

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NELLJONES 6/30/2014 7:28AM

    Every food we know is genetically altered, but it used to be done by planting plants side by side to cross-pollinate, or inter-breeding of livestock. Whether it's done in a lab or over a few generations in the field, it's the same thing.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/30/2014 7:21AM

    We raise our own meat. Beef, chicken and pork. Science and technology are good to a certain point. But sometimes I think it gets out of hand.

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