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The admission of an oddball Ė I love tracking my food

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Itís not a chore. I know I can manage without it calorie-wise at least short term. Iíve done this during the entire month of December with a cruise and the holidays and no Internet. Yet I look forward to online tracking.

So many weight loss programs/diets include the ďno tracking/weighing/countingĒ benefit in their ads that I must be in the minority. Iíve even read blogs that look forward to the day they can stop tracking and eat intuitively. Oh, I intuitively know what I should be eating. The problem is that itís too easy for me to ignore my inner good sense and scarf the stuff down anyway.

I really like to see the data (especially the charts) of my nutrition tracker. Itís a challenge to stay in range for all nutrients as well as calories.

I like the accountability factor. If I eat it, Iím going to have to write it down and see the numbers change. Itís just not the same to me to keep a pencil and paper diary - too easy for me to misplace it. SP keeps the equivalent of my old school ďpermanent record card.Ē

I like to plan my food for the day and see what happens if I eat this not that.

I wonder how many Sparkers hate tracking, or do it only because they have to, or actually like doing it. Am I really such an oddball or are my fellow tracking enthusiasts just quiet about it?

  
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GINIEMIE 1/12/2013 5:55AM

    Tracking helps me keep caloric count. I will write down what i'm putting in my mouth and record it. Then I calculate what I will be able to eat for snack and dinner. I never got the hang of calories, my eldest son likes to spout off how many calories are in that ... I just never have been able to do that, so I rely on the nutrition tracker, and since sodium has become a necessary target to keep my blood pressure down, you can bet I'm watching that too-even though when I cook I do not add salt, so I know that sometimes it reports more sodium than I've actually consumed.
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KARRENLYNN 1/11/2013 7:54PM

    Tracking keeps me focused on eating better. Lots of things I used to eat with abandon strikes fear because to eat it means I have to account for it.

The 1 downside I've found is eating things that I can't find nutrition info for, like certain restaurant meals or other peoples dishes. When I have to guess, I either underestimate or overestimate. Sometimes by a lot, which really defeats the purpose of tracking.

At the end of the day, I believe a good part of my success this time is do to tracking on SP. Computer is definitely better than pencil and paper!!

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JOPAPGH 1/11/2013 12:35PM

    It's a necessary evil for me. I succeed when I do it and gain weight when I get away from it for any length of time.

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KANDOLAKER 1/11/2013 10:06AM

    Me too! Great blog - and I like tracking for the challenge and KNOWING that I'm doing good and not just guessing! Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2013 8:17AM

    I have decided I love tracking . . . because tracking is what makes it possible for me to maintain. And just reopened yesterday's nutrition tracker to insert a late snack . . . so yeah, I really do feel 'accountable" to me (as if my body hadn't tracked it anyhow, right??)

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BOOKAPHILE 1/11/2013 8:13AM

    I'm one of the ones who, 3 years ago, looked forward to being able to stop tracking... and here I am re-losing the weight. I'm now convinced that my "intuitive eating" is overwhelmed by my love of food until it skews my portion sizes out of all resemblance to reason. I'll be tracking from here on to avoid having to keep 4 sizes of clothes in my closet. Do I love it? Not really, but I don't hate it, either. I'll do it to be healthy.

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KANOE10 1/11/2013 7:36AM

    I like tracking each morning. It makes me plan what I am eating for the day and keeps me accountable.

I say whatever works for you in staying healthy..do it.

Way to go on maintenance.

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SUNSET09 1/10/2013 10:54PM

  It works for me as I've never tracked like this before and it really helps, as you stated keeps you accountable and you can change your calorie intake amount if you so choose. Even the foods I didn't know were so high and those not so high. I love that I can reveiw the week, month and daily amounts to control not only what I eat, I can track the amount of exercise I'm doing as well. It's a habit with me now as I'm seeing the results! Welcome to the Club! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 1/10/2013 9:37PM

    I like to track because it definitely shows when you are making mistakes.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/10/2013 9:11PM

    Great! I love tracking my food and exercise as well

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ADARKARA 1/10/2013 4:28PM

    I love it too! I find it fun. =)

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LOLATURTLE 1/10/2013 4:06PM

    I kinda love it! I think what I hate is when I know I need to but I can't for whatever reason, either I am away from a reliable internet connection or I'm incredibly busy. (When I'm busy to the point that tracking bothers me is usually when I'm stressed to the point that EVERYTHING bothers me, including eating and sleeping and showering, because they're all just "one more thing on the list." )

But when I have time and availability (the phone mobile app is a HUGE help for this!) I love it. Like you said, I love the "What happens if I eat this? okay what about this?" games. It's like a puzzle sometimes, trying to figure out which food do I want the most and how can I fit it in.

I also love love LOVE LOVE the charts on the SP My Reports. They won't load on my phone browser, lately, which makes me SUPER CRANKY. I want to look at them ALL THE TIME.

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KATEM325 1/10/2013 3:44PM

    I love it and I hate it! It channels my inner Type A & OCD personalities but it also annoys the crap out of me when I can't find what I'm looking for or have to sub it out with something that it not exactly matching my nutrition facts. I do also feel like I'm being held accountable and love being able to look back and see trends in my calorie amounts. I know by examining my reports that I eat the most calories on Friday or am able to make my protein goals if I have hardboiled eggs as my snack.

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NUMD97 1/10/2013 2:17PM

    Found you following the SP crumb trail on my feed. This is interesting: I suspect I like it because it gives me structure and order. And it plainly shows where and how much I mess up. I usually know the where, but the how much, often is astounding. On the days I just cannot track (rare), I just put it in my day runner to transfer to SP when I get the chance, and I always do. It's that important.

For myself, I just cannot see a "graduation day" from this. I suspect it's like a 12-Step Program: You're never totally away from it, because the risk is just too great that we would fall back into bad habits.

Thanks for the interesting post, and all the best as you continue on your journey to better health,

Nu

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KANSASROSE67 1/10/2013 1:48PM

    I can't say I love tracking any more than I love brushing my teeth. But it's the same kind of thing. It's necessary for me. I believe food tracking is the primary reason I was finally able to lose weight and the only way I'm going to permanently keep it off.

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CELLISTA1 1/10/2013 12:52PM

    I like to track my nutrition. I'm not obsessive about it: I don't track when I'm away from home and I don't track when I'm sick, which is right now. I don't worry that I am exactly exactly exact -- but it gives me a close approximation of what I've consumed. My issue isn't the intake, it's the burn. I track fitness too and usually fall short.

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ROSEWAND 1/10/2013 11:58AM

    I love tracking, too! I have been tracking every day
on Spark for over three and one-half years. I have
not missed a day, even Christmas and holidays.

It is about planning. We are more likely to eat well
when we know ahead what we will eat. It is about
accountability, somewhat like balancing your bank
balance. And it really helps to know the nutritional
values of what we are eating.

It takes so little time when you have it set in place.
Just copy meals ahead and make adjustments.
It has become an important part of my life and
helps me maintain my weight.

Check out the blog about tracking I wrote awhile
ago on my SparkPage and you know many of us
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MJZHERE 1/10/2013 10:46AM

  I don't like tracking for one reason - I don't want to do the work. I really want to just eat like I should, without the added focus and the work (did I mention that already :)
There is a lot of otter in me - "girls just want to have fun." Unfortunately since I haven't been tracking I see the scale staying more often a few pounds higher. I keep thinking at goal weight that I should now be able to just eat right - without the vigilance. Perhaps this is the thinking that caused a lifetime of yoyoing. Unfortunately most of life seems to require work to get the results.

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HALFFAST 1/10/2013 10:44AM

    I'm kind of anal about tracking- I not only log everything online (to keep track of nutrients), I also write everything down (it helps when I'm making my grocery lists!). So definitely count me in as an oddball! ;)

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HAYBURNER1969 1/10/2013 10:29AM

    I rather like tracking; it's just hard to find the time to do it. I need a nutritional secretary. Being stuck at home today and tomorrow, I plan to enter some of my most common recipes and other things that I eat. I used to have hundreds of things entered in FitDay, but apparently, they are all gone now. Grrr! I think SP is a better site, anyway... I just didn't want to re-enter everything. Well, now I have to, so I will try to do better about tracking.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/10/2013 10:26AM

    I love data! It really helps me be able to look back and see what happened, either good or bad.

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NELLJONES 1/10/2013 10:10AM

    I love tracking but not on Spark. I really don't care about my nutrients; if I eat my exchanges as per my plan, the nutrients take care of themselves. I DO have to track exchanges, though, and so many people hated that kind of tracking that WW switched to points. And people hate tracking those. But then again, most people don't balance their checkbooks or keep track of expenditures (debt crisis rather than calorie crisis). With pen and paper it's not that hard, takes minutes a day. The objections must be something other than time....like not really WANTING to know what they are eating or spending.

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FLGIRL1234 1/10/2013 9:54AM

    I think its fantastic! You will definately be more successful in your journey with the tracking.

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BOILHAM 1/10/2013 9:50AM

    The extent of my "tracking" is writing down my daily calorie intake on one of those erasable pads. I don't necessarily dislike doing that, but I think it makes me seem a bit obsessive to those who observe me doing it. Like my DW and grown up kids. But, I am at about my ideal weight now, and never really had a weight problem at all until I got up to age 60 or so. So, my comments probably don't apply.

But, at least I got to say hello to you this way. :)

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SUZYMOBILE 1/10/2013 9:08AM

    What weirdos we are! I'm HOOKED on tracking. I trust myself so little that I wouldn't even dream of not tracking, unless I had no Internet access (as when we were on a cruise). Other SparkFriends have tried not tracking, and it just doesn't work, so why not do it?

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IMSMILEY88 1/10/2013 8:38AM

    Oh, I think you are quite the oddball! emoticon But, I think it is WONDERFUL that you love to track. I met goal weight & held it for a year... without tracking. And, then, last year, I gained 15 pounds...without tracking. Yes, tracking WORKS!!! But, I just can't wrap my mind around the idea that I might need to do this forever!!! Ugh!

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ONMYMEDS 1/10/2013 8:17AM

    I guess you can count me in as an oddball because I also like tracking.

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SANDYCRANE 1/10/2013 7:47AM

    I do not like tracking. Our computer is rather slow and the internet is a little unreliable. Those are two excuses. Actually I thought it would help me more to record everything in a small journal, still have not done it though. But you are right, it is easy not to count that piece of chocolate and bite of this and that. I need to do something because that scale is definitely not moving down. Thanks for the reminder. In answer to your question, no you are not an oddball. You are a person who will be successful on your weight loss journey.

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Hybrid crops vs GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Last week when I wrote about my supersized potatoes, I was mainly interested in calories and portion control. SuzyMobile mentioned the possibility that they were genetically modified. Thatís something I wanted to investigate.

According to Rodale.com (The Organic Gardening people)
Hybrids are formed by taking 2 parents plants of the same species and pollinating them for desirable traits like disease or drought resistance.
Crossbreeding hybrids has been going on for centuries and it has a long track record of feeding humans and mammals effectively
In genetic modification genes from different species that could never be cross pollinated in nature can be modified in a lab using a ďgene gunĒ or bacterial infection.
Source: www.rodale.com/genetically-modified-
seeds?page=0,1


The other side:
GMO advocates point to the fact that nature can make mistakes too. In June 2012 a report from Austin, Texas (examiner.com) tells of 15 of 18 cattle dying from cyanide gas poisoning. The gas suddenly began being emitted by a pasture of grass grown from hybrid (not GMO) seeds that the rancher had been using for 15 years.

However, his area was experiencing severe drought. The lack of oxygen in the soil caused the excess of carbon and nitrogen and the plants vented the excess as cyanide gas. I wonder if excessive use of nitrogen based fertilizer was also a factor considering the drought conditions.

Why does that not make me feel better about GMOs? The author's premise, echoed by some of the comments, is that we shouldnít be misled by anti-GMO hype.

Labeling our food as GMO-free seems a logical step to me. Way back in the fifties I remember companies resisting the requirement for ingredient labels on their foods. I also know the massive amount of money poured into California by agribusiness to defeat the GMO labeling initiative.

We canít discount the profit motive.
Hybrid seeds cannot be patented, but GMO seeds can.

OK, so how do we avoid this new technology if we want to. Itís not easy

The article below lists the most GMO enhanced products in the USA
Soy, corn, cottonseed, canola oil, U.S. papaya, alfalfa, milk, sugar beets and aspartame with accompanying explanations.

www.greenamerica.org/pubs/greenameri
can/articles/AprilMay2012/9-GM-ingredi
ents-to-watch.cfm


No mention of potatoes which started me off on this quest for information. Iíll have to check that out further.

  
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BREWMASTERBILL 1/11/2013 9:51AM

    GMO is rapidly becoming associated with conspiracy theory types. It's hard to take their demands seriously. I'm all for more transparency. If that quells the conspiracy theorists all the better ... but I'm skeptical of that.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/11/2013 12:14AM

    Interesting topic.

Potatoes can most definitely be modified. They are so easily modified that they were used as the example by Michael Pollan in "The Botany of Desire" as a plant that appeals to our ability to play with it and change things...

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And it's not the genetically modified DNA that people object to. The DNA itself, of course, is just DNA.

It's what that DNA codes for that concerns some. Whether it's pesticides, or molecules that confer resistance to frost or herbicides, or plant diseases, etc.

The concerns include what those molecules might do to us if we eat them, and what those plants might do if they get loose in the environment and hybridize with weeds and create "superweeds" which have unusual herbicide or pest resistance.

The jury is still out on whether GMOs are bad for us and bad for the environment.

And the scientific community has responded to much of the backlash by exploring moving genes from, say, one apple species to another apple species directly using transgenic technology rather than traditional plant breeding techniques because it's faster and more accurate.

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LOLATURTLE 1/9/2013 3:35PM

    I've done a lot of reading about this, because I find the headlines and scare tactics on both sides so frustrating.

I started to write a long reply but it got VERY long so I think I'll add my own blog about it, too!

The bottom line is, I am FOR transparency in our food system. I think people should have a choice. And some GMO crops are bad for the environment. Many are bad for farmers and their independence and livelihoods.

But anatomically and physiologically, there is ZERO difference between eating a kernel of "regular" corn and GMO corn. Your digestive system does NOT know the difference between genetically modified DNA and "natural" DNA, because there is NOTHING IN GMO DNA that isn't in every piece of DNA of every organism on the face of the earth. They are digested exactly the same way, and cannot hurt you. Assuming both pieces of food are clean and free of pesticides and any infections (bacteria, viruses, fungus), your body can not tell the difference. I promise.

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MJZHERE 1/9/2013 10:38AM

  I too am for labeling (also remembered the resistance to putting ingredients on labels).
At least then we can make the choice.

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LEB0401 1/9/2013 10:02AM

    Great blog.. it was food for thought.

I'm ok with hybrid crops. One summer the bees in my parents' garden cross pollenated a jalepeno with a green pepper. We ended up with delicious mini-bell peppers that had just a hint of spice-- serendipity!

GMOs on the other hand... scare me. I've read that they have infused the genes of some arctic fish scales into a tomato to make it frost-resistant. Freaky.

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DIANE7786 1/9/2013 9:46AM

    I don't eat foods I know are GMO's--Frankenfood!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/9/2013 9:39AM

    Good for you! Had I the time, I'd research it myself.

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All living things can thrive given the right environment

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Even in winter I still want to have fresh herbs. Hereís my happy little basil plants. Thereís oregano and parsley too on another shelf. After much trial and error and experimentation, I finally found the right location as well as amount and frequency of water needed.



Thereís a parallel here for me as well. After much trial and error Iíve settled into an eating plan that works for me. I love the SP environment and, as Iíve been writing lately, Iíve discovered a location where I can enjoy distance running again.

My plants naturally bend toward the sun. Similarly, itís up to me to take maximum advantage of my environment.

  
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MERRYMARY42 1/8/2013 7:56PM

    way to go, I have never been able to keep basil alive, me thinks I over water it

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SWEDE_SU 1/8/2013 9:41AM

    what a great idea!

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KANDOLAKER 1/8/2013 9:00AM

    Would love to have fresh herbs available anytime - and I'll put that on my to-do list for this year. Way to find your own balance too - and thanks for being an inspiration!

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WILSONWR 1/8/2013 8:54AM

    That's great.

I had some jalapeno and habenero plants (and some basil) that were still around after the rest of the garden was gone. After ignoring them all winter (and after 3 freezes), they are still producing!!! Who would have thought??!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/8/2013 8:36AM

    I love my indoor herbs too! 6 different ones grow in mine, given natural sunlight and a little extra help from a lamp.

I'm glad you found what works for you!

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JASI27 1/8/2013 8:18AM

    That is awesome! I have thought endlessly about a way to make and indoor garden for the winter and haven't come up with a plan that would work well. This looks great and has to be so rewarding!! Just awesome.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2013 7:43AM

    Good for you!

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The power of community and resources to increase motivation

Monday, January 07, 2013

Iíve written once that change has to come from within and thatís still true. However, a community of like-minded people provided with resources can fuel that change and keep it recharged.

Since retirement 5 years ago Iíve lived in a rural area with a large retired population. I had become somewhat of a hermit. I do have church activities (25 miles away) and a small gym (10 miles away) and a few neighbors on my country road, but so many of the area activities are aimed at people with different needs and interests than me.

Fortunately, I found SP and my ďimaginaryĒ friends to keep me on-track for a healthy lifestyle. The online information, advice and support are wonderful.

Still Iíve noticed that my distance activities (running/walking/biking/swimming) have been reduced since retirement. My aerobic/weights class twice a week is very good, but my max time on a treadmill or stationary bike is less than an hour.

The roads are dangerous, - curvy, narrow, no shoulders. You really canít run or bike on them. I stay close to home where neighbors are used to ďthe lady who runsĒ and repeat Ĺ mile loops like a caged hamster.

The only indoor pool is 25 miles away and lap lanes are limited by numerous water aerobics and arthritis classes Ė very valuable for those who need them, but sharing a lane with a flip turning guy in a speedo or an oblivious backstroker can be dangerous in itself.

Itís been years since Iíve run a race longer than a 5K.

Yesterday, almost on a whim, I drove 25 miles in a different direction and joined a community event kicking off their ď100 mile in 100 days challenge.Ē Of course, we are encouraged to do more than that according to ability and the levels of fitness of the participants at the event varied greatly.

My first surprise was the location. It was a lovely, wide, paved trail at least 25 miles long judging from the mile markers Ė flat, scenic and safe. I walked 5 miles so I could interact with people and it was great. Real people with similar goals and interests! OK, itís still a drive, but no further than I drive to church, to swim or even to WalMart.

When I came home from the event, I joined a new SP team (The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge) where we log our distance traveling across America. Thanks SuzyMobile for telling me about this. Iíve also resolved to use the new trail to increase my mileage.

Weíll see how it goes. I know well how illness, injury or a stretch of bad weather can dampen enthusiasm and motivation, but as for now Iím ready for a new challenge. 300 miles in 100 days is my goal, but even more important, at the end of that time I want to have increased my ďlongĒ runs from 5 miles to 10.

Wish me luck!

  
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SWEDE_SU 1/8/2013 9:40AM

    sounds like a great idea!

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SATCHMO99 1/7/2013 3:53PM

    Hi,

Have you read LDRichel's blog "The high cost of NOT running"? It is a wonderful article, and may help you justify gas costs to get to a safe place to run. Varying your route is always worthwhile anyway, as it brings so many benefits in terms of scenery and terrain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
og_id=4980571

I am blessed to live in a city with hundreds of miles of "red routes" which are paths wide enough for four people abreast. The routes aren't tagged onto traffic routes, they are round lakes and villages and there are well lit underpasses to avoid road intersections.

You are worth the benefits you get from being fit.

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CELLISTA1 1/7/2013 12:33PM

    Good for you!
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SUZYMOBILE 1/7/2013 12:28PM

    I'm so happy that you found this new place! I hope the weather treats you kindly, so that you can get there every day.

And you sure are right about a community of like-minded people with resources. My life is changing because of just such a thing, right now.

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SOUTH_FORK 1/7/2013 10:56AM

    I grew up in a rural area, where the local roads were very similar to what you are describing. While we had acreage, there were few opportunities to go beyond your own property safely... How fun to have a new venue for walking/running. What more could you ask for???? Flat, scenic, safe- I hope there are some nice folks out there on your next visit!

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DAISYBELL6 1/7/2013 9:25AM

    The new venue sounds fantastic. I hope it works out for you. I also love the 100 mile challenge. I'm going to look for something similar in my area.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/7/2013 9:03AM

    May you have all the luck you need. You're doing great!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/7/2013 9:03AM

    May you have all the luck you need. You're doing great!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/7/2013 9:03AM

    May you have all the luck you need. You're doing great!

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ONMYMEDS 1/7/2013 8:50AM

    300 miles in 100 days should be very doable. Driving 25 miles sounds like a great incentive to log as much distance as possible simply to justify the long drive.

Best of luck.

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BOILHAM 1/7/2013 8:41AM

    Too bad about the local road conditions that prevent you from getting out there for the long runs. That is so cool that you found a nice place to run not too far away. Good luck with your new goal!!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/7/2013 8:41AM

    Rural area, rural roads, rural life, sort of. Get a mountain bike, go looking and get off road. The hamster in you will be released and become the cheetah (cheetah on a bike, a stretch, gimme' a break here) that is on the inside. There must be trails around there somewhere? Some of funnest times I've had are trail running. Just have to watch what you are doing a bit. Go cheetah!

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WILSONWR 1/7/2013 8:13AM

    Sounds great! You've found something local that gives you a nice change of scenery (and a challenge!).

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HPSANDDOLLAR 1/7/2013 8:11AM

  Great plan.


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A 100 mile challenge?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yesterday when I visited my local running store, I saw a notice for a ď100 Miler.Ē At first I dismissed it as another of those ďultraĒ events for elite endurance athletes. Then I saw that the store has a ďteam.Ē Huh? There arenít enough endurance athletes around here for teams.

No, itís just a challenge the City Parks & Recreation Dept is holding for ordinary people to get/stay active during the winter months. The goal is to ďwalk, run, hike, pedal or paddle 100 miles (or more) in 100 days.Ē My running store is one of the sponsors.

I can do that. I should be able to run/walk more than twice that distance barring injury, illness or bad weather conditions. So, do I need an official ďchallenge?Ē Actually, yes I do, especially in the winter months when motivation decreases and excuses increase.

Iím also well aware of the benefits of connecting with like-minded people. Thank you SP! So I signed up, joined the team and this afternoon Iím going to attend the ďkick-off eventĒ as we begin our mileage journey as a group. Itís a self reporting activity after that.

Plus, I get a T-shirt with that ď100 MilerĒ logo that caught my eye initially. The text underneath explains ď100 miles in 100 daysĒ so the world will know that Iím not an elite athlete (if anyone gets close enough to read my chest).

  
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STRIVER57 1/7/2013 3:10AM

    sounds great! wish they'd do that here!

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PHEBESS 1/7/2013 12:48AM

    YAY for you for signing up! And yes, challenges help with the motivation!

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BOILHAM 1/6/2013 6:15PM

    100 miles in 100 days. I used my computer calculator, and it says that is approximately 1 mile per day average. I think you can do that.

You could do 2 miles one day, and skip a day to rest up. Or you could do 1 mile one day, 3 miles the next day and rest two days. The possibilities are endless!!
Good luck to you.

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KANDOLAKER 1/6/2013 4:51PM

    Go get em! Have fun with your 100-mile challenge, or more! Best wishes!!

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JOPAPGH 1/6/2013 2:32PM

    Sounds like a great way to stay focused!

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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2013 2:17PM

    Very cool! I'm looking for motivation wherever also: and this sounds like fun!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/6/2013 12:15PM

    Sounds like a fun challenge...I also joined a "Rock your Resolution" challenge on mapmyrun; 10 workouts in 30 days seems pretty do-able given my training plan. I'll be looking for you to post a picture of your T-shirt!

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ONMYMEDS 1/6/2013 11:56AM

    I like it!!

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DETERMINED_ME 1/6/2013 11:56AM

    emoticon for accepting the challenge!

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DAWN14163 1/6/2013 11:38AM

    Great idea - well done for signing up. Your right - you know that you are perfectly capable to do it but being part of an official challenge makes you accountable so you *will* do it. The Tshirt sounds cool......

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WILSONWR 1/6/2013 10:19AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I need to find a similar challenge to keep me motivated!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/6/2013 9:32AM

    Go for it! I'm glad to know a 100 miler.

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FITFOODIE806 1/6/2013 8:08AM

    Sounds super fun! And like a cool shirt.

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MAGGIE101857 1/6/2013 7:52AM

    Good for you!! Sounds like a great motivator and you get to meet some new folks!!! Have fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KKKAREN 1/6/2013 7:51AM

    sounds like a fun thing to do - go for it!

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ANGHARAD3 1/6/2013 7:49AM

  Great motivational tool. After all, it is all about consistency.

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