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Back to my GRAND...!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Felt good to clock in 1,000 calories on my treadmill tonight!

Did my strength training and mowed the lawn earlier.

Noticed something which I *think* is progress of sorts:

After I finished my treadmill session I checked my heartrate for the first time in a while and it was between 108 - 112...VERY surprising as in the past it has run between 125 - 135 and even higher after using the treadmill. Doesn't this mean my body is getting more efficient / accustomed to the effort / exertion of my treadmill workout?

Appreciate any thoughts / insights folks might have on this.

And tomorrow....enough procrastinating! Planning to put together my Convention experiences for folks!


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ZIRCADIA 5/10/2009 11:18AM

    YES IT DOES!!! :D I would recommend taking this as a sign to try some things to change it up a bit. Is the 1000 calories being calculated by the treadmill or do you use a Heart Rate Monitor? Just thinking because if you're exerting yourself less it's possible you're not burning as many calories if you're doing the same exercise but with a lower heart rate. Can't wait to hear your take on the convention! :D

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40FOREVERGONE 5/10/2009 8:26AM

    hey don, i see that you had a really good time at the convention. i love the photo of you and the wheel!! i am not an expert but, i would say yes it looks like your body is becoming more efficient, you are getting healthier!!! this is GREAT. keep up the good work. this is what it is all about isn't it? being healthier. i am hopeing that spark people will have a convention out here in the east coast sometimes in the near future. that way i might be able to attend. if they had one in cincinnati that would be great, since i live about 400 miles from there. so glad to see that you are improving all the time. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/10/2009 3:35AM

    Love the photo. Glad you went to the convention. I would have loved to have gone.
My Nathan's blood count was low again so he had to have 3 shots to bring it up, and then he has chemo again this coming week.

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Catching Up w/ MORE CA Fun!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today went on a nature hike in Del Mar, caught up with the seals sunning themselves on the rocky shores of La Jolla and walked the beaches of Torrey Pines.

Getting ready to set sail and catch up with some pre-conference socializing with other SparkPeople members at the Gaslamp Townhouse tonight.

Tomorrow the conference starts in earnest with a morning walk @ 7 a.m.

Let the festivities commence! Woo hoo! :-)


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ZIRCADIA 5/7/2009 7:18PM

    It was so great to meet up with you!!! :D

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TRAINOF4 5/2/2009 8:35PM

    Take lots of pics for us! I want to see all the beautiful scenery!

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LADYWEZ 5/2/2009 5:19AM

    Enjoy Enjoy.


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JIBBIE49 5/2/2009 1:27AM

    Yes, do tell everyone that JIBBIE wishes she was there!!!! Would have loved to have heard Dr. Wayne Dyer speak tonight (Friday).

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GMACAMI 5/1/2009 9:22PM

    You look like you are having a great time "Lobster Boy". Welcome to the California sunshine... we have 75 spf sunscreen for you easterners...lol... but you have to still put it on multiple times a day...


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CHAS1949 5/1/2009 8:55PM

You will have to give everyone greetings from those of us who couldn't come. I'm so glad you are sharing your experiences!!

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Climbed A Mountain Today...TWICE! :-)

Friday, May 01, 2009

Twice...? Yep, forgot the camera the 1st time...lol!

And that's not the LEAST of what I've been cramming into my WONDERFUL stay in San Diego...!

My sister has been QUITE the gracious host and has shown me all around Balboa park. Earlier this morning we walked/jogged around her neighborhood of TierraSanta and then hiked up into Mission Hills which is practically in her BACK YARD! Climbed Mount Fortuna to take in the splendor of the view of the valley and other mountains. Later we biked for a couple hours all over Coronado Island and out to the end of the Silver Thread on their super paved path dedicated for bikes / pedestrians only. I had a bike black Electra with fat wide tires but a smooth gear system that MOVED that bike on the flat straightaways...woosh! LOVED going flat out on the bike while on the Silver Thread!

Later after dinner I hiked back up Mount Fortuna again this time armed w/ my camera...without a wide angle lens it just doesn't do justice to the panoramic view up there, but had to at least TRY! :-)

Well, now I'm fried lobster-style, sunscreen just didn't cut it, so slathered with aloe-after-burn gel. Hope it fades by morning. Usually does.

Tomorrow? More hiking and who knows? It's just been a blast!

See all my fellow SparkPeople members, coaches and all Fri. evening at the Gaslamp Townhouse and at the Convention on Saturday!

Posting a link to some of my San Diego pics thus far...not sure if it will work, so here goes...!



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JAZZYJUDE 5/9/2009 4:07PM

    Great pictures Don! I am so glad you were able to get down to San Diego. One day, you will have to teach me how to put pictures on the net! Awesome job.

So, you liked the mountains we have, eh? Are you planning on getting a new bike too? lol
emoticon Jazzy!!

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AZRRT76 5/1/2009 4:28PM

    I love your pics! San Diego is so beautiful! It sounds like you are getting quite the workout there.

I hope that you have a great time at the convention!

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CHAS1949 5/1/2009 1:05PM

    I am so grateful that you are blogging about your San Diego adventures, especially the Spark Convention!! I have subscribed to your blog and will live the convention through you!! I wanted so badly to go!! NEXT convention, I will be there...I don't care where it is. I just hope they announce it early enough to plan far in advance.

Again, thanks so very much for sharing this with us!!!! YOU ROCK!!!
(Carol I)

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/1/2009 9:57AM

    Great pictures, and glad you have all that sunshine there for you. Have fun tonight and say hi to all from all of us that couldn't make it.

God Bless

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BKWERM 5/1/2009 6:12AM

    Great pictures, Don! Thanks for sharing.

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ANDALEX 5/1/2009 3:25AM

    the link works...great pics! glad you're having such a good time!

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35th Class Reunion

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Recently I've been invited to my 35th class reunion.

I have never been to even ONE of my reunions! Finally, thx to my accomplishments and the support of SparkPeople, I think I might just go!

Well this inspired me to try a new way of Spreading the Spark...

Well, I got an email from the person organizing the reunion and it was CC'd to 20+ OTHER class members. So I hit "reply to ALL" and typed a message...knowing full well that my siggie would go out saying:

Join SPARKPEOPLE to Be Healthier Than EVER!"

Including a link to the Spark Start page... :-)

It would be so cool if some of my classmates joined!


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ANDALEX 4/30/2009 12:36AM

    way to spread the spark :)

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ZELLAZM 4/28/2009 5:56PM

    Have a great trip! I know that the "new you" will knock 'em dead at the reunion!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/27/2009 6:18PM

    Don, I'm so happy to see all the new ways you're living your life, not holding yourself back.


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KUROSMOM 4/27/2009 9:30AM

    Just curious, why didn't you go to any of the reunions prior to this one?


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LADYWEZ 4/27/2009 6:16AM

    Good for you

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JIBBIE49 4/26/2009 11:52PM


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SLENDERELLA2010 4/26/2009 7:23PM

You look great. What a way to treat yourself, going to your reunion and
strutting your stuff!!


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Care For a Spin on a SAIL-Trike?!?!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Check out this AWESOME gadget!


Of course we ALL would rather PEDDLE, but what fun it might be to *coast* along @ 30 mph...! :-)


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LKG9999 4/22/2009 9:08PM

    I forwarded this to my boyfriend, who is the sailing coach for Tufts University, asking him if this would be his next set of wheels. He responded:

"Hard to get steady winds anywhere but an oceanside boardwalk. The pedals would help in town but trees and wires are another problem as are bridges :("

Oh well - still seems like fun!

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WILLBOYWONDER 4/22/2009 11:05AM

    Looks pretty cool. But I am not that adventurous. lol

But I wish you good luck as you continue to enjoy it.

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LOGHOUSE 4/20/2009 9:34AM

    I've seen those before. VERY COOL !! There was a company here in America a couple years ago that was building them and was going to demo them by sailing across the country, but after a few posts, they stopped posting and I never found out what happened. Too bad. Looks like fun !

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JIBBIE49 4/20/2009 1:21AM

    I wouldn't have enough wind here to matter. But I would like a bike with a small motor for going up hills, and then I could pedal the rest of the way. I've read that hills are the reason most people dislike bikes, so the small motor is useful.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/19/2009 2:29PM

    Cool looking. But I would rather get my miles by peddling and not Sailing.

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