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An improvement in “anti-mugger” speed. Or maybe it was the cold?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

My “anti-mugger” pace refers to the burst of speed I could manage over a given distance if I’m ever faced with an emergency requiring it.

I got a very late start yesterday and missed my class at the gym. I waited awhile for the temperature to warm up, but at almost noon it was still 36*.

Since I’ve had a very good month sticking to my improvement plan, I decided on a short, but faster run so I could get back to my warm house quickly.

I chose my familiar, carefully measured ˝ mile loop which kept me close to home.

My warmup felt faster than usual, then I turned on my watch. My first loop was 4:33. That’s a 9:06 mile pace! My fastest mile recently has been 9:31.

OK, I thought I better slow down. I don’t want to outrun a mugger only to keel over on my own.

Next mile, definitely slower, but 9:38. Huh? It didn’t feel that fast.

I wasn’t feeling tired at this point, but I wanted to slow down. I wanted my normal cruising speed. Next ˝ mile – back to normal – 5:03 (10:06 mile) Fine!

I had to see if maybe I misjudged the distance so I walked the loop twice and counted my steps. Yes, it is exactly a half mile loop. I know how many of my steps qualify since I’ve checked that on a measured track. I like data.

So, either the training is going very well (sound of me knocking wood) or it really was the cold and my body wanted to get that thing over with.

Once home I did 30 minutes of weights.
I’ve been doing speed intervals once a week and a slow distance run on Saturdays.
I sure hope yesterday wasn’t a fluke.

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JESSICABOOTY 2/5/2013 5:09PM

    I had to take a nap after reading this. Wow what a runner you are!
Just kidding. You've got a good routine worked out. Intervals are the gold standard for just about any kind of aerobics. And the weights are icing on the cake (not to be eaten, merely admired)
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LOLATURTLE 2/5/2013 10:56AM

    Wow, that's awesome! I hope you see your faster paces in more future runs!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/5/2013 10:40AM

    emoticon Speedwork works! Congratulations on surprising yourself! You inspired me to run a little faster too! :)

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WOLFKITTY 2/5/2013 10:37AM

    Great! :)

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KANDOLAKER 2/5/2013 10:29AM

    Great run - amazing how much faster your body will go, if that carrot of getting to come back into the warmth is in front of you. Way to go!

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WILSONWR 2/5/2013 10:28AM

    Some "warm up" pace! That's fantastic if you didn't even feel you were going that much faster!

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BOILHAM 2/5/2013 9:20AM

    Good. I love to see measureable improvements!


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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2013 7:46AM

    Impressive!! Good going!!

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JODROX 2/5/2013 7:39AM

    Wow you are FAST! (I like data too.)

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CELIAMINER 2/5/2013 7:31AM

    Great numbers!

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2013 7:13AM

    Amazing! The inspiration is great, no matter where it comes from!

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JGRAY76 2/5/2013 5:56AM

    Congratulations! You are really picking up the speed.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/5/2013 5:56AM

    You're doing well!

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Never let a Hungry Man out alone

Monday, February 04, 2013

Either he should never be let out alone or the food industry is conspiring against me.

Yesterday we enjoyed a very diverse set of activities ranging from the classical music of our local symphony to watching the Super Bowl and Beyonce along with the majority of Americans. Between the 2 events as we drove home, DH wanted to pick up some cheese and crackers for snacks during the game. We already have a large supply of wine.

I had figured the snacks into my tracker, even overestimating the amount I would eat. I also planned dinners of Healthy Choice steamers to create a calorie & fat deficit. DH likes several of the varieties especially when there is no time to cook anything else anyway.

Since I wanted to get a few more miles in, we decided that DH would shop and I would walk home.

I was surprised to get home first because a drive home after grabbing cheese & crackers shouldn’t take as long as walking in the cold. As DH carried in multiple bags of groceries, the reason was clear. There were SALES. My freezer is now full of frozen pizza and Hungry Man dinners. It seems to me that the most calorie, fat and salt laden and most processed food is always on “special” and so heavily advertised that you can’t miss it.

In the cold light of morning here are the facts.
Hungry Man (16 oz): 770 calories, 33g fat (11g sat) 85mg cholesterol, 1270 sodium, 97 carbs, 76 sugar, 21 protein
Healthy Choice (10.8 oz): 300 calories, 3g fat (1g sat) 30mg cholesterol, 500 sodium, 53 carbs, 12 sugar, 15 protein.

OK, maybe he wanted MORE food, and forgot about the snacks that were on the horizon.

Even if he ate TWO steamers, getting 35% more FOOD, that would still be:
22% fewer calories
82% less fat
30 % less cholesterol
22% less sodium
32% less sugar
While getting an increase of 43% more protein and 9% more carbs.

Yes, he saved money, but considering his age and test numbers, I don’t think this was a good bargain. This morning I plan to discuss it with him.

I’ve learned to cope with “Little Debbie” but you should never send a Hungry Man out to shop alone.

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KANSASROSE67 2/6/2013 3:41PM

    When left to his own devices, my DH buys steak. If IJuliana and I are gone and I don't leave him anything else, he will cook a huge steak and make a large portion of fried potatoes and onions, and eat it all by himself. That, or Banquet Chicken Pot Pies...not just one, but TWO!

Gotta love 'em.

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WILSONWR 2/4/2013 11:25PM

    OK - I hit the sales too... At least it was mainly meats and seafood! Our freezer is packed to the limit!

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DEBBY4576 2/4/2013 8:54PM

    I can't send my husband to the store even if he's not hungry. Besides spending too much on food, he always will get something bad for you. Like you said, if their weight is good, maybe, but then there are the numbers to look at. Men uh?

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COCK-ROBIN 2/4/2013 8:41PM

    Don't ever give up. You're worth it.

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JESSICABOOTY 2/4/2013 8:05PM

    I love the way you can take some thing as simple as having your husband go to the grocery store (no,wait, that's another fairy tale) and finding the mother lode of fat and cabs awaiting you.

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Too bad it was frozen (and a lot of the crappy stuff is) or it would have made a good donation to the food pantry (but even they have standards). The last line was the kicker. My husband had to come over and see what had me in stitches.

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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 5:52PM

    You are so funny! And yes, the crappy food is always cheaper. Good luck with the "talk". By the way, I love those little frozen pizzas. My favorite food is pizza in any form. I hear that when your body craves certain foods it needs some of those nutrients in that food. Something in my body needs pizza!!!

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LITTLEBUTT5 2/4/2013 2:50PM

Your blog read like it was pulled from a page of my "home" playbook....but you did bring a smile to my face.
Hang in there!

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DR1939 2/4/2013 1:44PM

    Amen. I finally convinced my husband that I was serious about him not buying junk when I put a dozen doughnuts in the trash compacter.

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HANSBRINK 2/4/2013 1:14PM

  I can skip the Hungry Man with no problem. The Healthy Choice I had to learn to skip. Instead I found that if I visit the fresh produce section, I can duplicate what's in Healthy Choice with much more variety.

Being "On Sale" is a powerful motivator. Good luck with your conversation. Most men (like me) either won't listen or will argue their point.

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GINIEMIE 2/4/2013 11:19AM

    Okay, I can remember Steve buying loads of cheese, crackers, pizza and chips. But he would NOT bring in a frozen dinner. Ground beef-not ground sirloin, tomatoes-not low sodium, kidney beans and oyster crackers along with shredded cheese for his Chili. I hate chili, and I used to only eat the smallest serving possible, because he would prepare a mild pan just for me, minus the crackers.
I miss him, but I don't miss his chili.
Hugs to all you married girls! Oh BTW I found that doing the shopping myself or with him was the only way to self preservation. I used to go behind him and put chips back up swap cans for lower sodium stuff etc, worked when he was employed-only. Oh and St. Vincent de Paul benefited from his can food sale sprees.
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TORTISE110 2/4/2013 11:09AM

    I'm so glad you wrote this. I'll be interested to see what he says when he really takes in the numbers & whether he sees it the same way. And it is so true that none of us ought to be in the grocery store when we are really hungry!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/4/2013 10:54AM

    I try not to let my hubby go grocery shopping too much either, especially without a list. He usually comes home with chips and cookies.

Yesterday he came home with ice cream, but at least it was the brand and flavor that I have deemed "healthy" as it is really just cream, sugar and whatever natural flavor it claims.

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HAYBURNER1969 2/4/2013 10:27AM

    Since Dad is always so interested in saving money, I thought of this (that I heard once from Jillian.)

Yes, I know organic food is expensive. Good food is more expensive. But you know what else is expensive? Cancer. Heart disease.

What would Dad rather spend his money on?

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KANDOLAKER 2/4/2013 10:13AM

    Funny, but not funny. Best wishes with your conversation with him today. :)

As always, your blogs are a joy to read!!

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LADYJ6942 2/4/2013 9:28AM

    Yes, those Hungry Mans are loaded with sodium and sadly men seem drawn to them. Love the analogy.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/4/2013 9:26AM

    How funny! When I was at the supermarket Saturday, I saw them stocking up bigtime on frozen pizzas and other snacks. Probably planning for lots of Hungry Men at halftime.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/4/2013 9:25AM

    Great blog!! My hubby does most of our grocery shopping. Hope your talk with your husband is more effective than mine have been. I've found, though, that when I focus on what goes in my mouth, most of the things in my house don't even tempt me. Good luck!!

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“Out damned spot! Out I say!” Just like Lady MacBeth…

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I’ve discovered a regrettable stain, a visual reminder of an unfortunate deed.

No, it’s not blood on the comforter on my bed. It’s chocolate! The only victim here is me.

MacBeth wanted power and had the opportunity to get it.
I wanted comfort and in the fridge I saw an almost empty can of chocolate icing.
So I grabbed it.

Who saves icing? DH wasn’t able to get it all on the cupcakes last week when the grandkids were visiting and he saved it. And I ate it – in bed. That’s a first, even for me, but I was feeling kind of low a few days ago.

It doesn’t qualify as a binge. There just wasn’t enough of it to deserve that title and certainly not enough to affect my weight.

Although I’m a conscientious tracker, I didn’t track that because I forgot about it. In the old days I forgot or ignored a lot of what I ate. Like many people I underestimated my portions, convinced myself that it was OK to eat lots of food as long as it was “healthy” and rationalized overeating because my body “needed it.”

Well, now I have this stain to remind me that no matter how long in maintenance, temptations still exist and I can still succumb.

Poor Lady MacBeth, she didn’t have modern laundry products. Her spot was imaginary anyway and her guilt drove her insane. My spot is real, but I’m fine. I’ll just take my spot and “Shout It Out.”

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SRVFREAK176 2/4/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon that is all....

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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 10:04AM

    Picturing DH finely balancing the last possible dram of chocolate icing on his cupcakes, before succumbing to defeat and refrigerating the remains. LOL.


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JESSICABOOTY 2/3/2013 8:29PM

    After I finished laughing I had a distressing thought. How do you track this?

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2013 6:32PM

    Great blog! I can identify with forgetting to log food and sometimes then there are little reminders... and I say, oh yeah, woooops! Hubby says, "Now where are those crackers? I know they were at least four left yesterday." And I try to decide whether to confess or not. I look at him sheepishly and don't have to say anything. Isn't the first time. Probably won't be the last. But I'm getting closer and closer to 100% tracking.

Best wishes for effective spot remover and less and less need for it!! -Marsha

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TINAJANE76 2/3/2013 12:55PM

    Love this! I wish every poor food choice I made came along with such a visible reminder of my transgression, lol!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/3/2013 9:51AM

    Yep, I got into the chocolate last night, too. Chocolate cream pie is a big weakness of mine, and Bill loves it, too, so ... Good thing I'm in a position to need to gain a few! I knew when I was buying it that some of it would go down my gullet.

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KANOE10 2/3/2013 9:45AM

    That was funny. I also have eaten frosting cans in weird places. Shout out that sport. Today is a new healthy day!

I think the days and days of fog can just be depressing. Hope yours goes away.

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CELIAMINER 2/3/2013 9:40AM

    Your humor is much needed! I've been down on myself for mindless snacking the last three nights while DH has been away. Yes, I recognize the pattern. When he is home, I rarely snack after dinner. When he is gone.... The only saving grace is that the snacking decreased progressively each night, so that yesterday I was only about 100 calories over. At least I had a lot of physical activity yesterday, but I still need to address the issue of snacking when alone.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/3/2013 9:22AM

    Yes, temptation is great, especially chocolate. I know, I'm a certified chocoholic.

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WILSONWR 2/3/2013 8:40AM

    No matter how hard we try to avoid them, temptations definitely exist in life! You do a great job of managing them, though (even with the little chocolate icing "slip").

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2013 7:55AM

    Somewhat less tragic than Lady MacBeth's situation . . . but oh I recognize that "slippery slope" regardless of the calories actually involved.

Don't suppose you want to leave that spot there as a visual reminder? No, didn't think so!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/3/2013 7:52AM

    emoticon I have to admit, I expected something different when I opened the blog. Thanks for my Sunday morning giggle!

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LESLIE871948 2/3/2013 7:21AM

    Snort. Funny this.

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Is there a level of intensity required to classify movement as “exercise”?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I was thinking about this when I recorded my miles for the “Virtual Walk/Run Across America” which I’ve found to be a very motivational challenge. Sometimes I run. Sometimes I walk. Sometimes, when DH is along, it’s more of a stroll. Still I record it all. My feet were moving forward, so for me, it counts.

I know I’m in the minority since I like to exercise (cardio anyway). As I’ve written before, exercise was never my problem, excessive food consumption was.

Lately, I've been thinking about the effect of intensity level.
I know that the SP tracker records about twice as many calories burned when I run for 10 minutes (10 min/mile or 6.0 on the treadmill) vs. my standard walking speed of 15 min/mile or 4.0 on the treadmill. I can still burn the same number of calories. I just have to walk longer.

Some people put down those working at lower levels of intensity. At the end of a race of any distance I don’t like to hear the question, “did you RUN the whole way?” whether directed at me or someone else.

Depending on a person's starting fitness level, what's considered exercise to them may differ. I’ve written about my mother’s aversion to exercise. When she came to live with us after my father’s death, I was appalled that her idea of exercise was that she had to get up so often to go to the bathroom. With the support of her doctor I became a “geriatric personal trainer.” I had her “doing laps” that is laps around the house. Our open floor plan made that easy. Exercises with 1 and 2 pound weights were on the schedule too.

We've got to encourage people to start somewhere. As they become more fit, their intensity will increase naturally. At least I hope so.

I don't particularly like strength training, but I know I have to do it. After a break I always start slowly so I don't hurt myself. It may not look like much to a dedicated weight lifter, but it's my starting point and if I keep it up I will improve, with heavier weights and number of reps until I regain or even surpass my previous level.

Of course, we shouldn't deceive ourselves and complain about not seeing results if the level of exercise is low and stays low. Patience is needed. We can improve slowly, but we will improve if we keep at it. Fitness isn’t a race. It doesn’t matter who gets there first.

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MELAYAHM 2/5/2013 1:11PM

    It seems to me that if it warms you up, then it must be burning calories, the hotter you get the more calories, surely? I put down my work as some of my exercise, because 2 hours of hoovering, cleaning and shifting tables, pushing chairs back into place with one leg (balance and inner thigh muscles), bending and lifting and stretching, gets me pretty warmed up. I actually am on my feet all my working day, and I probably go up and down stairs at least 20 - 30 times a day, but I just count the first 2 hours as they are the most intense. Saying that it's not exercise if it's not exercise for exercise sake is just...pedantic and being a fitness snob, IMO.

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STONECOT 2/5/2013 12:30PM

    I think that anything more than you would normally do counts as exercise. It's such a personal thing. The idea surely is that you build it up week by week, it's not a competition, who can burn most calories, it's a challenge with yourself. Besides people are not identical. My swimming half a mile probably burns off less calories, than a poor swimmer doing a couple of lengths, because my body has learned the most efficient way of doing it.

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SENIMMO 2/5/2013 11:23AM

    I think everyone defines exercise differently. I personally define it now as anything I can make myself do within my physical limits to burn calories. that includes my Therapy exercises for my joint replacements, and even the hours I spend knitting (which admittedly don't huge amounts of calories, but at least I am still moving and not eating).

I DID ask a dietician, and she said what I am counting as exercise is fine, because a calorie burned, is a calorie burned.

Judging who's way of burning is "better" just doesn't make sense to me. We should just be supportive of what works for each person. There is no single "right" way.

Do what works for you-just stick to it!

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LOLATURTLE 2/5/2013 11:01AM

    Physical therapy has been a great reminder of this for me! I can do an exercise, and then as I am off on my circuit doing another I see the trainer set the same machine for twice as much weight - for a high school football player rehabilitating an injury. Another week I might see the trainer set the same machine for half the weight I used, or less - for a lady in her 90s who is walking with a cane.

Everybody gets what they need, and progresses when they're ready.

Of course, it's a lot easier when you have someone to choose the weight for you, and know when you should be adding more!

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JESSICABOOTY 2/2/2013 9:45PM

    You have hit the nail on the head with this one. The perceived exertion level is always personal and every thing you do can add up. I don't like strength training but I have to do it anyway. Just keep moving and chipping away.
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MERRYMARY42 2/2/2013 8:58PM

    wow, you got a lot of comments on this one, I walk daily, and actually whether it is on the treadmill or outside (and I do prefer outside, I go at a 2 1/2 to 3 mile pace, for 60 minutes and that is exercise, when I work in the yard, bending pulling and hoing, that is exercise, when I just stroll around the yard or house, slowly with no thought of exercise, I do not call it exercise, I call it getting in my steps emoticon
but I am active and plan on staying that way,
not a runner, hurts my knees and all parts of me, but I can walk with the best of them

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CELIAMINER 2/2/2013 7:02PM

    Gotta disagree with DR. Chopping wood is hard work and a good calorie burner. And it is more "purpose driven" than mindless miles on the dreadmill.

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DEBBY4576 2/2/2013 3:36PM

    Just 10000 steps a day can lower your Blood Pressure. They don't say whether the person walks fast, is on a treadmill, or elliptical. Just that the steps work. Therefore, i say do what you can, but at least get in those steps.

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_RAEVEN_ 2/2/2013 3:00PM

    When I first started walking I could barely make it to the corner and back. I felt like such a failure compared to all the healthy walkers and joggers in my town. But I didn't quit.

Now I can walk with the best of them and enjoy every minute of it. I'm going to the gym, have a personal trainer and I'm doing Power 90 6 days a week.

If I ever see anyone who is trying and feeling rotten because their not as good at it as someone else, I will be there to cheer them on and let them know that every step they take, every weight they lift, every little extra movement will get them where they want to be and eventually they will be doing more and more.

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WILSONWR 2/2/2013 2:00PM

    I agree with you completely - the level of intensity depends on your fitness level. As far as some of the comments differentiating physical activity and exercise, I don't know if it matters that much or not in our efforts to remain healythy. Whether I'm chopping wood or clearing brush, I'm getting a workout! Those type of activities I choose to do, on purpose, for the health benefits I derive from them. I could hire somone on a bulldozer to clear the brush, but I prefer the healthy activity of doing it myself. I'm burning a lot more calories with all of the lifting, dragging, and throwing into piles than simply walking for the same amount of time.

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DR1939 2/2/2013 11:54AM

    The difference between physical activity and exercise is purpose-driven. Physical activity is any movement. Exercise is physical activity performed for the purpose of improving physical fitness. Chopping wood is physical activity as is getting up and turning on the TV. However, neither is exercise as neither is purpose-driven.

The question you asked is really related to "type" of exercise. The type that has been shown to impact health is aerobic exercise and that must be performed at a level that increases your heart rate to 60-80%.

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KANOE10 2/2/2013 11:35AM

    I feel the same way. Let everyone exercise in their own way without judgement. I also call my walks with my husband, strolls. LOL.


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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2013 11:22AM

    So wise. Way too much snottitude about what we "should" be doing, directed at us by others. If we don't approach fitness at a pace that permits enjoyment, we won't keep it up or increase it . . . and that's not optimal, not at all.

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SWEDE_SU 2/2/2013 10:17AM

    if you cover distance, you are exercising. whether it's slowly or quickly, it still counts and it still adds up. one foot in front of the other, whether strolling, walking, jogging or sprinting is still better than the couch - and counts! great blog!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/2/2013 10:07AM

    I used to put myself down terribly for not being able to run, but I have no choice any longer. If I jog, my knee gets worse and worse. I don't want to jeopardize movement completely, so I walk. I figure the calories count, no matter what, and I've stopped beating myself up over it.

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-AMANDA79- 2/2/2013 10:06AM

    My arms used to be sore after folding laundry. Guess I was pumping clothes!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/2/2013 9:36AM

    Yes it really is all relative. I started with a 1/2 mile walk around the block with my elderly neighbor every evening.

Now if I don't burn at least 400 calories I really don't feel like I did my part for the day...

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/2/2013 9:07AM

    As long as one is moving, one is exercising. It's simply easier for some than it is for others.

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LOVESTOWALK49 2/2/2013 8:34AM

    I usually walk. I walk at different speeds depending on mood, destination, companionship, etc. I only jog occasionally. I don't like the feel of jogging. Time isn't an issue for me. It doesn't matter unless I have an appointment if it takes me an hour or an hour and half to get there. Walking is not only great exercise; it reduces tension. A good walk relaxes my stiff muscles.

When I was younger before the media pushed walking as exercise, I didn't see walking as exercise, I saw walking as a way to relax as well as a cheap way to get from here to there. It's not uncommon for me to walk more than two or three hours in a day.

I don't track all of it. I track the parts on a track, the parts that I know the distance and parts that take a very long time. I need to walk even if it's only pacing because it's too cold to go anywhere.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/2/2013 8:12AM

    You're doing great! Keep it up.

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HAYBURNER1969 2/2/2013 7:52AM

    How very true.

This post also reminds me how I've heard people get bent out of shape when they hear a very fast runner bemoaning a disappointing finish... a "slow" time for them. People are like, "Well, geez, if you think THAT'S slow, what must you think of my time? I must really suck."

A fast person is allowed to be disappointed with a time that's slow FOR THEM. We all run our own race.

Whenever I'm asked if I have a goal in a race, my answer is usually, "to run a respectable time for my fitness level." We need to remember that everyone's level is different.

Good job on sticking with the weights! I'm determined to get back my buff arms... definitely in time for the recitals I'm accompanying this spring. I don't want to have the audience distracted by the flabby triceps at the piano!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/2/2013 7:05AM

    emoticon blog!

I totally agree about starting where one *is*. When I first began to address my issues with weight and inactivity, I started with food, because I wasn't fit enough to even BEGIN an exercise plan. I learned to START with walking, and as a *reward* for walking 30 minutes a day for a month, start more/different forms of activity.

I did this based on reading books written by doctors who were preparing heart patients for surgery. But... it worked for me, too.

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JGRAY76 2/2/2013 6:44AM

    Good point, we all start at a different fitness level and work up from there. Walking is a huge effort for my husband after a knee and hip replacement where I have to jog to get the same workout. The important thing is to keep moving and getting stronger.

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Life is a Mystery to be Lived not a Problem to be Solved

Friday, February 01, 2013

That’s what’s written on my coffee cup this morning. It was given to me 35 years ago by a friend who followed that philosophy.

I usually don’t use this cup anymore. It just sits in the cupboard. It’s just too small. Somehow over the decades the amount of coffee I drink in the morning has increased dramatically. If I used my little old cup, I’d have to get a lot of refills.

I need a refill this morning. Not caffeine, although it is helping. I need a refill of hope.

The problems seem more difficult than they used to be when the cup was new, not personally for me, but for society in general. I don’t feel the problems are larger or more complex than they used to be, but those tasked with solving them are so polarized. Sadly, some seem determined to polarize the rest of us.

On Thanksgiving Day my blog entry was “There’s room for all of us at this Thanksgiving Table.”

I hope that’s true and that we don’t solve problems by just taking away some chairs and leaving others to fend for themselves. The caffeine is helping, but I can’t think about this anymore today. Like Scarlett O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Or maybe next week.

For today I’m going to think about both sides of my cup.

You see, when my friend gave it to me, we had 6 little girls between us, all under age 8. It will help me remember, recharge and refill my cup of hope.

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DR1939 2/1/2013 7:36PM

    I like your attitude and believe there are lots more people out there with a similar attitude. However, they tend to be people who do rather than tell others what to do, thus they don't get as much "air time." emoticon

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JESSICABOOTY 2/1/2013 7:24PM

    I really like the philosophy. It's good to know for everyone. That mug is so cute and a great piece to remember with. Thanks.

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DEBBY4576 2/1/2013 4:35PM

    In order not to be immobilized by sorrow over the countries problems, I turn off the TV now. And go watch the birds outside. Sure, I know the problems are there but I like the serenity prayer that tells me to Change what I can, accept what I cannot change, and may I have wisdom to know the difference between the two.

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CELLISTA1 2/1/2013 12:59PM

    A thinking person can't avoid the realities of the world. Each of us has to find a comfort zone where the realities don't immobilize us. Some people fight, some put blinders on, and some find a middle ground that makes life liveable. Fortunately, children and grand-children exist to keep us focused and hopefully happy.

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WILSONWR 2/1/2013 9:56AM

    I couldn't agree more. I don't know what happened to "doing what was best for the people" instead of doing whatever furthered your particular party or interest more. It is very frustrating!

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OHSNAPITZKAT 2/1/2013 9:34AM

    Really needed this!

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BOILHAM 2/1/2013 9:33AM

    The line dividing the oppressed and the fortunate is getting blurry to me. Who is oppressing whom?

Both sides need each other. I'm not sure government enforced harmonization is the answer.On the other hand, we're not doing so well individually either.

I'm going for a cup of coffee now.

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ONMYMEDS 2/1/2013 9:02AM

    The clarity and insight of your blogs sometimes simply stuns me.

If people like yourself were tasked with solving todays issues, I would feel more hopeful myself. As it is, I too follow Scarletts example and try not to think about it today.

I hope you never tire of blogging.

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KANOE10 2/1/2013 8:59AM

    Life does seem complicated and polarized. I like to work with young kids as they are so innocent and give me hope.

Thank goodness for coffee.

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NELLJONES 2/1/2013 8:50AM

    I don't know if the world is more complicated now than it was back then, we just are more aware of all of it.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/1/2013 8:48AM

    Is that every true! Every day we learn more about what life is about.

And don't tell me they've upsized coffee, too??!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/1/2013 8:04AM

  That saying reminds me wake up each morning and say, What good choices will I make today to benefit me, not what problems will I encounter today to stand in my way(?). Thanks for sharing.

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