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Well that was unexpected..

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yesterday, as I'm sure many of you out there did, I filled out the survey offered by SparkPeople via the Insider link on the front page. I always click the Insider link on the front page to earn 1 Spark point and to keep up on the latest Spark info. Sometimes it's about something new to me, and sometimes it's not. The survey was new, so I went ahead and filled it out.

There were a couple of sections that resulted in unexpected actions. One was related to diabetes. It asked if I or anyone in my household had been diagnosed with any form of diabetes and I checked the box for pre-diabetic. Bill had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic several years before I found Spark People and we cleaned up our act and diet, so that check was truthful.

Another section asked a similar question regarding emotional/hormonal conditions, and I checked the box for depression, for myself. It is what it is, and I'm dealing.

Anyway, this morning, I logged onto SP as I usually do to enter my nutritional information for the day and noticed there's now Blood Glucose Tracker situated just under my Water tracker et.al. Odd, I'd never seen that before. The more I looked at my nutrition page, the more I realized it was vastly different.

New meal ideas (yes, I use the SparkPeople meal planner and suggested meals).
Not only a row for Meal Totals: but now there's a row for Meal Goals. Nice.
Not only a Snack category, but now there's a Snack 2. WooHoo!

Apparently, I've been set up as a Spark-D user, with a diabetic meal plan. I'm not diabetic, that I know of, but I'm going to go with the flow. Why?

The new meal suggestions are a very nice, welcome change from the same ole, same ole. The Meal Goals is great, because before, whenever I would sub my own meal for the suggested one, I had no idea if I was hitting near enough to what I should be consuming.

And really, who's going to argue with a suggested second snack?
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I added my own categories of Morning Snack, Afternoon Snack, and Evening Snack, as one simple 'Snack' was not sufficient to cover my whole day. Now with two suggested categories, I can plan better and eliminate my user-added fields.

So, all in all, my Nutrition tracker looks like it received an upgrade, even though I'm sure this isn't new to the site, just to me. I received two extra emails from Spark today - one for diabetes and one for depression. I'll peruse them to see what information I can glean from them and decide whether or not I'd like to keep receiving the emails.

Did any of you take the survey? Did it change or effect any of your tools?
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SPEEDYDOG 12/1/2012 9:34AM

    Hi Candy,

I work for a health care company. I am responsible for the privacy and security of medical records in accordance with rules, regulations and laws on a world-wide basis. We spend untold millions of dollars to protect your medical history. In the United States, the most important law that covers medical record use and disclosure is HIPAA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). HIPAA is a great law and makes sure that your medical history doesn't fall into the wrong hands, such as a potential employer that decides not to hire you based on some medical condition.

HIPAA only applies to "Covered Entities", including: health care providers, health plans and health care clearing houses. You will note that privacy laws do not apply to social media. Facebook has come under fire recently for changes in privacy practices. Google has been bashed occasionally for gathering and selling all sorts of information regarding searches. Congress is now considering privacy laws to govern social media.

Now, I am not the least bit worried about SparkPeople's survey because I feel that SparkPeople is motivated to provide the best possible health advice to members. I filled the survey out myself and I am a paranoid security guy!

However, any information that is posted to, or gathered by, social media sites is not subject to privacy regulations. I am amazed that people who make threatening or derogatory posts to Facebook or Twitter are surprised when there are repercussions!

Sorry for TMI. Take Care, Bruce



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DESERTDREAMERS 11/30/2012 1:09AM

    Huh - I did the survey, too, but I'm not diabetic (or pre). Just got online late, so I'll have to pay attention to my settings. I already get the depression, heart disease and a couple of other newsletters.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/29/2012 11:44PM

    I took the survey and the same happened to me. You will see changes on your weigh in page too - a place to log blood sugar readings.

For those who missed it, check your my SparkPoints page. There was a link to the survey there too.

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GAYEMC 11/29/2012 8:01PM

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ANNESYLVIA 11/29/2012 7:21PM

    Oh my, I thought I always read insider. But I don't remember seeing that survey. emoticon .



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JERSEYGIRL24 11/29/2012 5:05PM

    I noticed this too. Ironically, I went for a blood sugar reading yesterday and it came back well within the normal range (last one was a little high but still acceptable). So even though I am trying to watch my sugar intake for a number of reasons, I don't want a diabetes diet on my food tracker. At least not yet!! I was able to change it. Here are the instructions:

www.sparkpeopl
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/29/2012 4:31PM

    i didnt see a survey or i woulda taken it!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/29/2012 3:25PM

    Well, I missed that one. It's nice that they are proactive to help you when they think you have diabetes concerns. I didn't even know they offered advice on depression. That's kind of cool.

I need to get back to using my trackers. I just get so down when I log everyone, it looks good and I still don't meet my goals. Ugh.

I hope all is well. Sending lots of hugs!

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PSAPPEN 11/29/2012 1:51PM

    Yes, it changed the nutrition tracker on mine to the glucose tracker as well. I didn't like the change. I like counting my fruits and veggies, since I don't test my blood glucose yet. I am hoping to put off the diabetes for as long as possible - it runs heavily on my mother's side.

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ALICIALYNNE 11/29/2012 1:48PM

    You, of course, already know that it messed with mine some.

Like you, I'm going to go with the flow. If it really bugs me, I'll just take the things off.

Edited to add: the new e-mails I got are the Healthy Heart and the Diabetes newsletters (my dad had both, so I checked those boxes even though he isn't technically in my "household").

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I want to be that person again..

Monday, November 26, 2012

It looks like, by reading various blogs, everyone had a good holiday weekend, and no one is wigging out too much about eating too much. Let's classify this a WIN!
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We had a good holiday, quiet really. I didn't get out of my jammies at all on Thursday LOL I can cook just as well in my jammies as I can in fancy dress, so might as well be comfy.
Friday, we took the Lovebirds for their first vet check-up and were proud birdy parents. The vet likes them very much, said they're in great shape and are neat little birds - none of which has anything to do with us other than we've kept them alive for a week.
Saturday I took a class at OHS learning how to use various walking tools on different dogs, then picked up my packet for the Hot Buttered Run on Sunday.

It was the drive home that poked a sharp bony finger into my well-padded ribs.
"Look. Look down there," the quiet voice said as I drove along I-205 from Vancouver to Portland.
"There it is," the quiet voice pointed out.
I looked. I longed. I yearned even.

Do you have any idea how long it's been since I've y~e~a~r~n~e~d? Like, for reals?

The picture, not my own, does not do it justice. It's a paved trail that winds along, the Columbia on one side, the Portland Airport on the other. Bill and I walked it one Saturday when I was getting ready for the Portland Half. I've walked and run along it before.

There's something thrilling, to me, to be moving along the trail, walking or running, and hear a plane come in to land. It roars up, loud and reverberating within your chest, as it nears its destination. You can turn, twist, watch as it soars overhead, seemingly floating, going far too slow to actually remain in the air, and yet there it is, sailing over your head and disappearing behind the curve of the next rise.

I miss that. The quiet voice reminded me that that simple pleasure is there, waiting for me.
"You know you want to," it murmured to me, softly.
It's true, it's right. I do want to. I want to be the person who goes for a run along the Columbia, in the cold pale light of morning. I want to be that person again. I want to feel better, I want to look better for myself, for my own peace of mind.

I can sit and complain that I'm too tired.
I can get up and move, so I'm not as tired anymore.
I can sit and consume far too much X, Y, or Z.
I can get up and fuel my body appropriately for what I want to do.

Sunday, I participated in the Hot Buttered Run. I enjoyed it. I interval'd the first mile, walked the second, and interval'd the last mile to finish. I need more hill work, and this race reminded me of that. My finish time wasn't the best, nor the worst. I finished upright and I had fun doing the race. That's what matters.

After that, Bill and I zipped home, got on our 'farmer brown' duds and headed back to OHS to work on the walking path maintenance. There were far too many soggy spots during the last rainy spell, so we filled them in with mulch and hopefully it won't be quite so swampy for the two-leggers and four-leggers who use the path.

All in all, a good weekend. A desire was re-ignited within me to be the kind of person who finds joy in running along a river. There's no way I can complain about that.
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CH0718 12/3/2012 1:28PM

    Oh, that trail looks like a nice place for a run! Have you gotten on it yet?

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ROXIT22222 11/29/2012 10:32AM

    Awe that path.... That's where we ride our bikes some of the time. Well we ride up on the road in the bike lane. That is where I was racing with the hawk! Glad you had fun on the HBR. It was a nice day for it.

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GAYEMC 11/27/2012 2:23PM

    Sounds like a nice quiet Thanksgiving, I never got dressed either. Can't wait to hear about you running the trail.

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ANNESYLVIA 11/27/2012 2:22PM

    Glad you found your inner runner again.

Best of luck on Sunday.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/27/2012 10:53AM

    thats WONDERFUL!!!

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BOILHAM 11/27/2012 10:18AM

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LINDAKAY228 11/27/2012 8:57AM

    I really liked your blog. The trail looks like a beautiful place to run. I've struggled with my running mojo lately. Glad you got your spark back and hopefully I will too for the run!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/27/2012 8:55AM

    re: " I finished upright and I had fun doing the race. That's what matters. "

Yeah buddy! A win for you!

Sounds like you are on the right track.



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SEABREEZE64 11/27/2012 8:49AM

    Glad the lovebirds are healthy!!!
Love the running trail!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/27/2012 8:30AM

    Love the blog!

As a runner, I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Maybe next time, you can hop out of the car and do a quickie run?

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/27/2012 8:16AM

    I can't wait to hear about your next run along the Columbia. That looks like a beautiful spot to be.

Glad your birdies are doing well. A whole week is nothing to sneeze at. LOL Keep up the great work.

I hope people appreciate all your hard work on that path. I'm proud of you for keeping it nice for them.

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ONENEL 11/27/2012 7:12AM

    looks like a beautiful place to walk or run- so peaceful. Sounds like you are still staying very active- emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/26/2012 9:05PM

    We went to our daughter's for Thanksgiving but I spent all day Friday in my jammies!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/26/2012 8:40PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you had a great long weekend. And I love that you have Love Birds. I don't have birds due to allergies or I would have a pair of Love Birds.

It's great to hear your motivation to run reignited! All the best to you! And I want to come down there some day and check out that trail. It sounds like a great place!

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DIANER2014 11/26/2012 8:12PM

    Glad you finished your run and had a good weekend! Hope your week is off to a good start! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 11/26/2012 7:25PM

    I loved reading this.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/26/2012 6:02PM

    ahhh... this sounds like the blogs I used to read from you about running... nice to 'hear' it in your voice again, Candy!

Hope you get to go out and run that trail soon!

~Irish

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GINGERHAWK 11/26/2012 5:53PM

    How awesome is it that you rediscovered your spark? Yay for you as well as for finishing the run and having a great time while doing it. Nice work!

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BARBANNA 11/26/2012 4:58PM

    Glad you did well! Sometimes holidays are rough for many people. I love them but I'm easy! Keep up the good work!

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Thanksgiving..

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Seems like an apt blog title, no?
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We're ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I think Bill is picking up a cooking bag (which is, thankfully, the only thing we forgot on our grocery trip over the weekend (I hope!)) this afternoon, and then we'll be walking OHS kids after work.

I shared with Mustang Sally that we'll be having a quiet day, just me and Bill, and the ani-babies. We have our three dogs, who will all get to share in the feast with their own portion of turkey and gravy and veggies and stuffing. We have four new additions which I haven't mentioned here before.

Bobby and Squit are ring-neck doves. These are NOT them, but they look like this.

They came home from OHS the day of my oral surgery, so we had plenty of time to bond while I was recovering LOL Bill built them an aviary on half of our front porch, and they get to go out there when it's not too cold and not raining. They love it, and will perch in bowls of timothy hay and coo like lil madbirds.

Sweet and Tart are peach faced lovebirds. These are NOT them, but they look like this:

They came home from OHS with Bill last Friday morning, and my wasn't I surprised! LOL Not really, I knew he wanted them, we were just waiting for the ok after Tart (the female) passed a misshaped egg. We call the female Tart and the male Sweet, because she is a saucy sassy thing, and initially was all about biting our fingers (or puppy noses) any time we got too close. Now, she's learned that those fingers provide millet spray, and she's our bestest buddy evah!

The birds will all get some veggies and stuffing, a very small portion. They can eat meat, but it's bad enough feeding them boiled eggs, somehow grinding up turkey and feeding it to them seems a bit.. odd.

So there, there are our plans for Thanksgiving. I'll probably (hopefully... maybe??) go out to trot my own turkey around the neighborhood a bit that morning, maybe even taking Bubbie with me for a bit.

I wish you and yours a happy safe Thanksgiving.
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IMIN2GENES 11/26/2012 9:55PM

    Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving! Love all the new additions too. I'll bet it's calming to listen to the doves. I love their cooing.

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ALICIALYNNE 11/26/2012 2:50PM

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Jealous of the birds. So pretty!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/26/2012 9:37AM

    I hope you had a lovely holiday. I've always wanted to have birds but so far, all roommates, including my mother, has nixed the idea. I think they sound like fun!

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GAYEMC 11/23/2012 12:40PM

    Sounds like a nice Thanksgiving! I love your new birds. I've always wanted an aviray, way cool!

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SEABREEZE64 11/22/2012 6:57AM

    How great to have these beautiful birds as your real Thanksgiving guests.
I really enjoyed reading your blog a lot.

Have a beautiful "song-filled" thanksgiving day!

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ANNESYLVIA 11/21/2012 9:42PM

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LISA01605 11/21/2012 8:33PM

    Love the birds! So beautiful!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/21/2012 8:13PM

    Hi Candy,

That sounds so nice and restful. We will have a houseful of friends and family for Thanksgiving. I will make rolls and mashed potatoes. I will eat then go downstairs to watch football and fall asleep.

I guess I am anti-social.

Thanks, Bruce

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GINGERHAWK 11/21/2012 1:32PM

    Love the new additions to the family! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and yay for thinking about a trot of your own - think I'll do the same (and by trot, I mean walk emoticon ).

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ENDUROVET 11/21/2012 12:33PM

    Aw, what beautiful birdies! I need to post a picture of OUR new baby, a green parakeet my son has christened "Lois". (It's a long story - we had been watching Robocop for the umpteenth time, Z wanted to name her about Robo's partner - when I explained to him that her name was "Ann Lewis" - everyone called her "Lewis", he decided to stay w/"Lois"... "Lewis " would be weird bcz that's my maiden name!)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/21/2012 12:12PM

    LOVE the birds!!! how wonderful!!

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I had a 4400 calorie day...

Monday, November 12, 2012

And by 4400, I actually mean 4440. And it was calories BURNED, not consumed.
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All in all, my long weekend (I took Friday off as a vacation day) was splendid. Friday morning, we walked kennel kids for 3 1/2 hours, then went shopping for a bit. We managed to get new smartphones (see previous blog post) as well and they're turning out to be great!

Saturday we spent at home, doing weekend chores and little else. I'm a firm believer in 'little else' now and again.

Sunday, I took Bubbie out for a run to celebrate World Run Day.

Once he was settled back home, I headed back out. See, I registered for World Run Day, saying that I would run 4 miles. I considered only doing 2 more, but then it hit me.

I've been doing a lot of saying/planning on doing X, but instead doing Y.
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I gave myself a talking to, trying to puzzle out when it became ok to not follow through on what I said.

Enough of that noise.

I ran the additional 3 miles, and felt great when I was done.

After a quick morning snack, Bill and I got decked out in Farmer Brown threads and headed over to OHS again. We spent the next 3 1/2 hours spreading mulch along the dog walking path where it was getting a bit bare and muddy.

3 1/2 hours of wheeling a wheelbarrow from the path, out the back gate, over to the other access gate, and over to the mulch pile. We shoveled the barrows full (maybe 150 lbs or so?) then trudged back to the path again. You're familiar with the process of mulching I'd bet!

Bill figures we did around 20 trips each. Back and forth. All I know is.. I managed 24,447 steps (8,000 were for my 4 miles running) and burned 4,440 calories total. (For perspective, my Saturday calorie burn of not doing much of anything was 2,3473)

I'm tired today.
Understatement? LOL
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I'm tired, but it's a good tired, from worthwhile work. The kind that feeds the spirit.
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On the schedule for this week:
Monday - puppy wraslin'
Tuesday - volunteer with SparkPortland at the Oregon Food bank.
Wednesday - walk kennel kids at OHS after work
Thursday - 3 mi run
Friday - walk kennel kids in the a.m., open afternoon
Saturday - 4 mi run
Sunday - more OHS mulching

Have a Sparktacular week, gang!
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GAYLEP67 11/18/2012 11:54AM

    Wow Candy that's absolutely awesome! 4400 calories is an incredible feat but if any of my SparkFriends was going to do it, I would have put my money on YOU. You are a warrior my friend.
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IMIN2GENES 11/17/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon You rock!


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/14/2012 6:57AM

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/13/2012 9:12AM

    Holy smoke! I've never heard of anyone burning so many in one day. Were you famished?

I did some heavy duty cleaning inside and out on Sunday. I was tired and it wasn't anything like you mentioned here although it did involve a wheel barrow for part of my afternoon.

Keep up the great work!

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THINANDFITEMILY 11/13/2012 6:07AM

    love tht Good tired feelin- emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 11/13/2012 5:43AM

    Love the title and the blog!
A very good day!!

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ENDUROVET 11/12/2012 9:27PM

    Way cool!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/12/2012 9:05PM

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AWESOME is RIGHT!!! Awesome burn and work and generous giving of yourself to the OHS!

And good for you for talking to yourself and getting out there to get your miles done for World Run Day!

I love that you are feeling good-tired and accomplished! Thank you for sharing with all of us! And back at you with the Sparktacular week wish!
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ANNESYLVIA 11/12/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon 4400 calories unbelievable emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/12/2012 8:36PM

    Great job. You had me a little worried by the title, but I suppose that was your plan to have people check out your blog. Take care. Hope you are having a great day!

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GINGERHAWK 11/12/2012 7:36PM

    You're amazing. That's a tremendous amount of calories burned. No wonder you're tired. Nice job! emoticon

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LILLEAN 11/12/2012 6:35PM

    That"s great Keep the spirit!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/12/2012 5:45PM

    WOW good for you!!!

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GAYEMC 11/12/2012 5:00PM

    Now that's some good calories burned! Have fun at OFB tomorrow!

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JANEMAR2 11/12/2012 4:48PM

    I love that you schedule puppy wraslin' in to your day.

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What running app do you use?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So I've been able to take my phone number from the corporate account and make it my own.
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This is a good thing. I picked up a new TMobile MyTouch Q (smart phone with a slide-out keyboard) yesterday and I'm excited about the possibilities.

I would love to hear from you - what apps do you use? For intervals, for running, for fitness, etc. I know there are lots out there, so I'd appreciate any insight you'd be willing to share.

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CK-DUBYA 11/13/2012 12:24PM

    I use Cardio Trainer. It's great for recording all of my workouts, but particularly useful for running. It notifies every couple of minutes of how far I've gone and my pace. I can also set it up for time, distance or calorie goals, interval training or to race against myself.

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OFFANDAWAY 11/12/2012 9:09AM

    I liked Couch to 5K's app when I first started, and then I used the Nike app for a while. Now I use Charity Miles - I wrote a blog about it here: http://mcmforjustin.blogspot.com/20
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CBAILEYC 11/11/2012 11:50AM

    Thanks for all your suggestions everyone!
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I do have a Garmin 305, and love it. However, I'm not so fond of running with the Garmin, and my mp3 player and my old phone. I'm looking forward to using just my phone now and again, hence my question.

I'll check things out and let you know what I decide to go with.
Thanks again!
C~

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/10/2012 5:53PM

    i dont have a cell phone!! sorry!!

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ANNESYLVIA 11/10/2012 4:40PM

    Wish I could help...no running apps for my Iphone

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DARK_CINDERELLA 11/10/2012 4:00PM

    Not sure if it's available on Droid, but I SWEAR by Nike+. Love that it has distance goals, time goals, built-in plans, and access to your playlists. I also love the connectivity to Facebook so that I get audible "cheers" every time it posts on my behalf (and people like the post) that I am starting a run. Also, the geek in me likes looking at the finished product on my computer screen.

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MIRAGE727 11/10/2012 3:13PM

    Before I got my Garmin, I tried RunKeeper, Endomondo, Cardio Trainer, & SportyPal. It's a matter of preference. RunKeeper, IMAPMYRUN, miCoach by Adidas, SmartRunner, & Endomondo always seem to make the "best" list. It's a matter of preference. I had to try them all.
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I decided it was time to get my Garmin 305, an older model recommended by an SP run mentor, and I'm glad I got it!
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All the best on your search.
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CRISSA1669 11/10/2012 12:48PM

    I use Bridge to 10K and use the distance setting on it, it can map routes, time, distance and the mileage slips, plus plays my music along the way. I also use Zombies!Run app when I am running alone...way fun!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/10/2012 11:48AM

    Enjoy your new phone! I'm sooooo happy that you posted this question - I've been wondering the same but I never think about asking. LOL!

I have Run Keeper but I don't really use it like I should. I need to take the time to figure out what it does. I would like some help with intervals and a audible prompt telling me my pace so I didn't have to look at my phone. I may have it. Thanks for the question so I can learn from you and others and so I can put this on my "to-do" list.

I just saw this that may be helpful.
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Update - Whoops - I have runmeter, not Run Keeper.


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ASWENTZ 11/10/2012 11:47AM

    I always use MapMyRun for running, while listening to iHeartRadio. You can also check out workout trainer by skimble. They have lots of free interval workouts. And for fun--Zombies, Run! Good luck and enjoy!

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DARKLIGHT31 11/10/2012 10:49AM

    I use Endomondo on my phone. It tracks my route, distance, pace and calories burned. It also does stats like lap time, split time and tells you your slowest and fastest laps. It uploads workouts to their website and you can upload to Facebook if you like as well. I've also used Runtastic, and it's fine too, I just happen to like Endomondo. I recently got a Fitbit and now use that as well as Endomondo when I run.

I've also used Endomondo for cycling and I use it for walking. For other training and sports, I just use the Fitbit or Sparkpeople fitness entries.

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