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A Fitness Center on the Horizon...?

Friday, February 04, 2011

I've been kicking around the idea of the Riverwalk Athletic Center ( www.riverwalkac.com/ ) since it's only a few blocks away from where I work...the convenience factor is HUGE for me! A friend and former co-worker teaches Spinning classes there as well and speaks highly of the management (formerly ran Shamrock Fitness).

The struggle is always around the expense...haven't decided yet...have always been a proponent of keeping it simple when it comes to fitness but after a winter of doldrums and backsliding I'm feeling a need to expand my fitness outlets and avenues.

Going to explore the costs and see what I can find out. I see they have a 14 day free trial running now. Stay tuned...

Don

  
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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/11/2011 10:22PM

    Don.....

Being it is free for 14 day go for it to see if it is going to work for you and the price is right.

Remember spring is coming and that bike of yours is just itching to go on the long rides you like to take.

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TOPAHI 2/7/2011 11:11AM

    Hey Don,

I don't like being in the gym and the treadmill must be some sort of torture device... but the best thing I ever did for my health was join (and go!).

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MOMOF3NEWYORK 2/6/2011 9:40PM

    I only pay about $30 a month for my gym BUT it's right on my route (where I have to go pick up youngest son). Be SURE it's convenient for you, above all else - otherwise you might find excuses to not go. Other than that, suggest you take the free trial & check it out! good luck!! emoticon emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/6/2011 7:23AM

    If it keeps you healthy, Don, it is worth it. You have made great strides to get where you are. See if it works for you with the trial. I think the advice others have given has been very good. The other advantage to gym membership is the resources of trainers. You may not have a trainer but they are there and you can ask questions. It is nice to have that option. I know spark has a lot of resources but to have guys there that have your back like that is fantastic at your level of fitness. It would be very exciting I think for you and the companionship would be awesome. When I return to Oneonta, if I ever get out of physical therapy, I hope to go to aquatic classes at the Y there. My sister recommends them and I am looking forward to trying them out. I also, personally, hope some day to get back into an organized yoga class. I am a long way off but someday I might get up to speed. Good luck with it all, Don. Let us know how it turns out for you.

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DAISYBELL6 2/5/2011 7:59PM

    I love having the rec center to go to. Since I am a senior, the cost is reasonable. It really is nice to have all those extra options and a place to go when it is cold and snowy or extremely hot in the summer. For me, the rec center is worth its weight in gold.

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2011 11:38AM

    I love my gym -- where I've been a member since 1975!! -- and what's to hurt with a 14 day free trial? Grab it!!

Working out with other people is highly movivational, and going to the gym at the same time every day means you'll soon make friends who are also there on your schedule. My gym friends are people self-selected to care about health and fitness -- and all kinda weird since my gym slot is 5:30 a.m.!! I like their quirkiness!!

The cost of my gym membership is so worth it in comparison with other stuff I might spend the money on.

Bottom line: we value what we spend our time and our money on --so one of the clearest indicators of what's important to me is how I spend my time and my money.

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CARRIE1948 2/5/2011 8:50AM

    Go for the free trial. I prefer my own exercise to gyms as evidenced by my new home gym. Will find time soon to blog and put up photos

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2011 8:08AM

    The convenience would be wonderful and it would give you more options! The free two weeks trial sounds like a great opportunity to test it out. I would love to have a fitness center nearby! Heck, I'd love to have ANYTHING nearby!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2011 8:00AM

    i have a membership maily because it has both a gym and a great pool........
good luck with your free trial.........hope it works out ....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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FERRETLOVER1 2/5/2011 7:40AM

    A free trial is a great way to decide if this is something that will work for you, Don. With your high level of dedication, I think you will find the athletic center a good idea, plus you can't beat the convenience!

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MRDPOLING 2/5/2011 5:58AM

    I feel the same way as you do with fitness but a couple weeks ago I finally gave in and joined the Y. Thus far it feels like the perfect fit for me too.

I never thought I would be the kind of guy to enjoy a gym but I do!

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JLITT62 2/5/2011 5:33AM

    Luckily I'm always motivated to exercise. I like gyms -- course they're all different. I don't belong to one presently cause of course, but give it a try! It's free!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/5/2011 1:40AM

    Don, I'm right there with you. I never joined any kind of organized fitness, and the first couple of years on SparkPeople were all at home or outdoors (on my own) fitness. However, when I got in my slump, not exercising on my own and gaining, I just knew that I needed some help to get my focus back. Joining the bootcamp classes has definitely helped me because I know I have to make it there and get my money's worth. I know of so many tales of people having gym memberships and not using them, but maybe for those of us for whom paying for fitness is a new thing, we're not so apt to let it slide. Plus, I know that I push myself harder around others and will do things I wouldn't normally do because I'm in class. I still don't think I'd join a gym because it's still cost prohibitive for me, but the bootcamp classes fit right into my budget and works out nicely. I hope you find the same is true for the athletic center. That's great that you have the free trial to see if it'll work for you.

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NURSEGIBSON 2/5/2011 12:09AM

    Interesting - thanks for that link, Don. We were just talking today on our unit about the local gyms and how bad American Fitness is now. Alot of people work out at Planet Fitness but that is not close to home for me. The best would be Court Jester but it is a bit pricey there. I didn't know about Riverwalk or the free 2 weeks. I'm not too far away at BGH.


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FRECKS96 2/4/2011 11:30PM

    I think I'm going to give the 2 week trial a go too. Can't hurt!

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STARDUSTD 2/4/2011 11:28PM

  Even if you decide you can't/don't want to make the financial commitment at this time, go ahead and take advantage of that 2 week trial! Maybe that would be even be enough to help kick the winter doldrums ?

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SCOTTK3000 2/4/2011 11:26PM

    sounds like a worthwhile thing to check out!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/4/2011 11:12PM

    Well, I would think it's a *no-brainer* to take'em up on the free trial! And use your best negotiation skills to get a great price for membership if you resonate with the place during the trial. Check other centers for prices...put the pressure on...tell'em you will join the other facility (if their prices are better). I think it's a great idea. And it IS simple, 'cause it's near work.
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ANNIEMAC_98 2/4/2011 11:09PM

    My husband and I just joined a gym yesterday. I also struggled with the cost, but I decided I've wasted money on worse things and this is for my health. What could be more important?! You don't usually have to join long term and maybe it would just give you a boost through the winter.

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One Man & A Cheap, Plastic Shovel

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Whew! Mother Nature served up a great whopper of a snow-shoveling day today! Did my driveway, the neighbor's on the north side of us and 1/2 of the neighbor on the south side of us before their mother kicked her two able-bodied teens out the front door to do the other half...lol!

After I finished I looked around at all the mountains of snow I piled up and thought: hey...not too shabby! :-)

Of course I had some terrific help courtesy of my mp3 player which served his master well by reading my mind and body and dishing out some great pumped up tunes!

Santana's Soul Sacrifice...both the studio and the smokin' hot live versions! I don't Zumba...guess that's not really for guys...? Wish it was...love the latin tunes that seem to speak to Zumba...bet this would be a great candidate! One day I'll cure my two left feet...lol

Check it out:

Live, Woodstock Version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDalZ4-53g

The Who: Live At Leeds, both Young Man Blues & Magic Bus

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g30nwCpyaA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fay1uk7wpnQ

Jackson Browne: Somebody's Baby, Runnin' On Empty
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-3TZiyY9Sk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYRtOPUonA

Morphine: Honey White
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXnGxASoXn0

Blues Traveler: Brother John
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5cCCEK_Bbw

Weather Report: Man in the Green Shirt
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAzyKCnAlWc

Incognito: Millenium & Love, Joy & Understanding
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7hvRxHmxsE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdNI_L1aFuw

And my personal ode to MOVING MOUNTAINS (SO appropriate for this snow shoveling!):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNYySyEDr-8

"Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand."

Make it a SPARKIN' day everyone!

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/4/2011 3:13PM

    The very first song link you posted is a particular favorite of mine! As I'm posting, I'm listening to it emoticon

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MELANIE418 2/4/2011 8:14AM

    Hi Don, just found your page and blog from a comment you left on WOLFKITY's blog. You are incredible! I love your motivation and it really comes through in your blog. I'll be subscribing to this one! :) Thanks for your spark!

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WOLFKITTY 2/3/2011 7:42PM

    Awesome! And I love the blog title, too! I thought you were going to say that the shovel broke before you did! LOL!!

Hey, btw, Zumba is for guys, too! It was "created" by a man named Beto. There's lots of sculpting/toning strength training in those fun dance moves. I hope you can try it sometime. And even if you don't feel coordinated, keep at it because there is talent and there is skill. You can build skills, ESPECIALLY you can, Don!

HUGS!
Jocelyn

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ZELLAZM 2/3/2011 5:42AM

    Running on Empty! Have to download that one...

WTG on your super cardio snow blast session!

Michelle

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SCOTTK3000 2/1/2011 11:47PM

    awesome snow work! great tunes thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/1/2011 8:29PM

    I think you should throw caution to the wind and get a Zumbz video you can do in the privacy of your own home. I'll bet you can Zumba as good as any of them with just a teeny bit of practice!! AND I think you'd love it!!! Have you never seen the infometials? Those hot Latin guys!!! Oh, yeah, it's a guy thing, too. hehe
Anyway, you're doing great, but be careful and don't overdo!!

(Love The Who!)

Have a great week!
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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2011 7:50PM

    You've gotta be very popular with your neighbours!!

And I hope you were singing along out loud as you were shovelling!!

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DINGALLSTOO 2/1/2011 7:43PM

    interesting music choices, I'll have to add some to my MP3 play list

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DAYHIKER 2/1/2011 5:09PM

    Way to go, Don! I like shoveling snow--it's this ice that I hate. (sigh)

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/1/2011 3:17PM

    Phew ! You certainly got your workout today. I expect to be home helping my brother dig out the house. However, for the moment, I am stuck at work. Yes, I had to drag my keister to work. ugh...

Anyway, you're an asset to the community by helping your neighbors dig out !!!

Round one of the storm is just about finished here. Round two starts up tomorrow morning. That's when I probably will take a "sick of snow" day to help shovel out the house. ugh again...

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/1/2011 3:02PM

    What a nice way to burn some extra calories. Too funny about the neighbor's boys. You didn't say, "no, no, let me finish up"? emoticon

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BOBBYD31 2/1/2011 2:52PM

    very little snow but lots of ice here, i did my place and my parents. great tune list, never thought about using mp3 player for shoveling

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LADYGWEN25 2/1/2011 2:31PM

    Great Job! I did ours in 2 hours.. Came home from getting some groceries and the plow put more slop in at the end.. So i undid that... KNew the neighbor to the right of us had just had theirs plowed.. there sidewalks weren't done and i figured since they're a buisness and they might be there today.. I started there's... The owners HUbby showed up and i was 1/2 way done... He was really appreciative.. I was like hey anytime! He asked me if i was running today.. I said.. no the shoveling is more than enough..lol... ANd hey.. Like Julie Said.. Keep the MP3 charged.. we're looking at a total accumlattions 11-15inches by end of day tomorrow.. :) Hey... this gave me an idea for a blog..lol...

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DAISYBELL6 2/1/2011 2:25PM

    Talk about back in time! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/1/2011 2:14PM

    so glad those days are not here too too often any more........
blessings and hugs......lita

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FRECKS96 2/1/2011 2:12PM

    Nice! Keep that mp3 player charged-plenty more snow coming tonight and tomorrow.

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EMMASB 2/1/2011 1:54PM

    i liked everything in your blog- ha! - dont envy your shoveling - the plow guy beat me home last night- thats my excuse! love the music too- thanks emoticon

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Changing the Way We Eat

Friday, January 28, 2011

At work today I was browsing through the always interesting Nutrition Action newsletter published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest:

www.cspinet.org/

In this issue some numbers jumped out at me: In 2008 McDonald's advertising budget was over 1 billion dollars. That is, of course just ONE major food corporation! Can you imagine the mind-boggling total one might tally for ALL major food corps and their advertising for food we don't need?

When comparing advertising dollars spent on promoting healthy foods vs. promoting the "rest" of those food-like substances...? Well for each dollar spent on healthy foods over $1,100 is spent on stuff we should never ingest! A tad outgunned, aren't we...? This is what I mean about the mighty task of swimming upstream against some powerful forces!

These corporations aren't throwing their money away! These advertising companies which are hired guarantee the corps MAJOR return on their advertising dollar spent!

I won't get too much back into repeating my old rant (see below blog):
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1353895


But here's the thing: There really ARE efforts out there to reverse the tide!

One of them is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010:

"New school food standards proposed last week by the Obama administration could nearly double the amount of fruits and vegetables that more than 32 million kids eat every day.

WOW!

If these standards come into force, they could set American children on a healthier eating track that could last a lifetime. The proposed rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the newly-passed Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, could also save billions of dollars in future health care costs.

Putting this plan into action seems like a no-brainer, but its expense, which USDA estimates at almost $7 billion over five years, is a major stumbling block. Nearly half of that cost would go to put more fresh produce on school breakfast and lunch menus.

As we see it, $7 billion is a bargain when you consider the price of doing nothing."

The above is from a great article I HIGHLY recommend:
www.ewg.org/agmag/2011/01/healthy-sc
hool-food-pay-now-save-later/


More will be presented at the following webcast: Changing the Way We Eat

www.tedxmanhattan.org/

"We’re thrilled to announce that Laurie David, author of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time has confirmed she will speak and be a host at TEDxManhattan. The Family Dinner is an inspirational, practical — and, of course green — guide to the most important hour in your family’s day, dinnertime."

Even WALMART and Michelle Obama are getting into the act!

www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-f-jac
obson/walmarts-trans-fat-elimination_b
_811647.html


Don'tcha know, if our country shifted resources on the order of BILLIONS of dollars to develop clever advertising to make broccoli & cauliflower as cool and delectable to eat as all those unhealthy choices have been in the past we might all be sneaking extra helpings of our veggies before everyone ELSE ate it up!

And those billions of dollars invested could be paying us back many times over in the form of the health and wellness of our children and their avoidance of long-term chronic illness and diseases.

Don

  
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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2011 7:54PM

    It's progress -- getting kids participating in the growing and harvesting and cooking of food also helps persuade them that produce is delicious. And of course all of that takes time.

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ZELLAZM 1/30/2011 7:54AM

    Healthy eating is really under pressure - thanks for calling this new program to our attention.

Good weekend,
Michelle

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MRDPOLING 1/29/2011 9:09PM

    The New school food standards proposed last week by the Obama was news to me. I hadn't heard about that. I think that is nothing short of fantastic!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 1/29/2011 2:55PM

    Don, I read this article and thought of this discussion: http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/pa
renting-family/babies/2011-01-2
9-kids-unhealthy-foods_N.htm

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BINGHAM37 1/29/2011 12:56PM

    I thought I was the only one who read CSPI... love them!! Great find. I'd like to think that parents would have done better at educating their kids to be critical of all the super-aggressive marketing out there, but it's too much.

Kids have to spend lots more time in school (so they can compete in the real world) so schools (government) HAVE to take some responsibility regarding healthy food. When I was a kid I'd have cheese puffs everyday for lunch... literally, EVERY SINGLE DAY of grades 6-12. I kinda knew better, but it was so cheap (and unnaturally-tasty)... that HAS to change.

Thanks much for posting!

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L*I*T*A* 1/29/2011 11:18AM

    great blog with much food for thought.....
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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LADYGWEN25 1/29/2011 8:25AM

    I agree Don.. I also agree it is a responsibility of the parents to teach healthy eating.. However.. I also believe and have seen LOTS of my peers have there children in SO MANY ACTIVITIES...Neither the kids NOR the parents have any time to sit down and chat... I KNow some of our local schools tout that some of their best students are involved in 5 different sports a year.. I"m sorry i didn't give birth to children to not see them do to chaotic sports schedules... AND I believe in kids PLAYING sports... We were only allowed 2/year as kids.. Not for economical reasons.. But because my parents felt we needed downtime in between.. Not every kid is going to be the Next Michael Jordan.. But i see so many of my peers pressuring their kids into that direction.. and you dump school work on top of t all.. No wonder they burnout by the time they get to college..ANd then they sit there and wonder where they heck their youth went...

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DAYHIKER 1/29/2011 6:21AM

    Don't you think that the primary responsibility of teaching children to eat right belongs to the parents? We have too few responsible parents nowadays. How many families do you know who sit down to a home cooked meal and have actual conversations? So many people are on the run and eat out or take out or prepackaged meals. How are children to learn what is healthy when the parents don't model good behavior and teach their children? I love SparkPeople where so many people are aware and are working to model and teach their children. I really feel like my generation dropped the ball on family life!

Cindy at 61

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 1/29/2011 1:13AM

    This reminds me of the way I raise my kids, Don. My husband kids me that I've brainwashed them, and I'll take the moniker of a brainwasher happily. He says this after, for example, my son says that McDonald's is the last place on earth that he'd eat. Maybe it's not fair to look at them as evil incarnate, but as you said, these companies spend so much money trying to get us to buy their food repeatedly that I have no problem trying to stem the tide in my own family.

I've always raised them up to be aware and leery of advertisements and their many claims. We are a nation of consumers but not necessarily informed ones. I know that advertisements target the young among us, simply because they can be molded. Well, I've targeted my young with my own messages, just as all parents try to do. Sometimes I imagine them away at school making poor decisions about food simply because they're away at home, but I truly believe that at least they will have learned from birth that something from a box is never superior to what they can create, that certain ingredients are not okay, what a nutrition label means, and that they should pay attention to their bodies' needs on how much to eat. I know I never got that kind of education at home, so I hope my "advertising campaign" can help them avoid some of the issues I've faced with food and at least give them a healthy foundation from which to grow. I definitely think it's harder for those who live in homes where there's a lack of knowledge.

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Feets Do Your Stuff!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First, let me thank again EVERYONE for all your prayers and healing thoughts...after a few days of uncertainty, DW has most definitely "turned the corner" and is moving on!

I could get away from the hospital today for a great walk / jog and lately I've been noticing that it has become increasingly tough after walking a bit not to just pick up the pace and turn it into a jog. I had originally started out with the intention of just sticking to walking.

Could. Not. Do. It.

No, I'm not a runner...haven't ruled out becoming one, but had to pause and consider that maybe this is one of the signs / symptoms that I'm "catching on" to this running thing: walking, no mater how fast I push it, just doesn't seem to cut it these days! My feet just want to get MOVING! :-)

Earlier this week I caught up with a former colleague who used to share the office with me. Last year the lucky dog RETIRED! We had lunch together and was he ever GLOATING over how much he enjoyed his retirement and living in this small quiet town where most nights neither he nor his wife remember to lock the front door. It has been nice to sample the town during my walks / jogs.

Now that DW is doing better I can begin to make plans to prepare for my first 5K in March as I've been invited by BOBBYD31 and JAN_FRANDSEN to join in "Just a Short Run" on March 26 in Pittsburgh:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=45321


I'm kind of taking a low-keyed approach to this: my goal is to simply complete the 5K, walk run or crawl...lol! I know I've covered that distance on my treadmill many times, but I know that doesn't always translate to the real world so readily. Guess my goal is to walk as little as possible during this event. Simple enough, no...?

We'll see! :-)

Don

  
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AZIMAT 1/27/2011 2:20PM

    Have been hibernating lately, no sparkin', but yours was the first blog I tuned into. So happy to hear that your beloved is doing well, and you too. Hello to Bingbong, oh my, I don't miss it a bit, just the fine people there. Blessings, Azimat

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WATERMELLEN 1/22/2011 6:09PM

    So glad to hear your continued good news.

If you are thinking about slowly getting into running -- I loved the free Podrunner downloads -- also loved the POSE technique and had built up to 8 km again (returning to running after a long lay-off).

My knees finally told me "no" . . . and I've had to go back to the elliptical cross trainer inside plus cross country skiing . . . but the short stride rapid cadence of POSE was a nice change from the old style running I'd done years ago.



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BINGHAM37 1/22/2011 12:30AM

    So many of us take the ability to move for granted... thank you for sharing your story and your drive. You're an inspiration! Thanks also for the update, I'm very glad to hear that your DW is doing better.

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KINSBAILE 1/21/2011 1:44PM

    OMG! That sounds like me a year ago! People will ask me how I lost my intial 100 lbs. In regards to exercise, I simply told them this:

I started by walking a mile a day during my lunch hour. Then, 1 mile turned into 2. Then, the walking turned into jogging. Now, I run 5 K regularly.

I simply could not slow down. My feet wanted to move move move. I cannot jog fast. I only go up to 4.3 MPH. I have tried to push it and I can go for a certain amount of time at 4.5 - 4.7 but it makes me very tired.

So I go at 4.2 with a 5 % incline on the treadmill.

Congrats to you for going to do a 5K run!

You're awesome!

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KLASSIE 1/21/2011 12:49PM

    This was a wonderful blog. Glad your wife is improving and your body has taken over and is making good decisions. Don't let the mind talk you out of it, but I doubt that will happen. Good luck.

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DARK_CINDERELLA 1/21/2011 12:44PM

    Yay, I'll get to meet you! Sounds like you're on the way to becoming a runner. Awesome!

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MRDPOLING 1/21/2011 10:45AM

    Glad for the good report on DW!

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CARRIE1948 1/21/2011 10:18AM

    You'll make it

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DAYHIKER 1/21/2011 9:17AM

    So glad to know that your DW has turned the corner and doing well! Runner does seem to be your next progression... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Cindy

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LADYGWEN25 1/21/2011 9:09AM

    Glad to hear your DW is recovering so well.. I agree with the jogging.. there comes a certain point where walking is just MUNDANE... and you get the urge to gotta GO GO GO...Even though your 5K is in march.. check out the C25K program.. you can do it road or treadmill... So those days you can't get outside to do it..you can get it done inside.. you may not be able to complete it all in time for your 5K... But it will help you in the long run... who knows.. If you get bit by the running bug.. maybe we can do some Duatholon's together! :)

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JLITT62 1/21/2011 8:59AM

    Glad to hear DW is progressing well!

Don't worry, I know you can definitely do a 5k. And I think just aiming to enjoy your first one is a good idea -- that's what I did. No matter what, remember it'll be a PR!

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FRECKS96 1/21/2011 7:47AM

    Great news all around!!! Please give DW our best and enjoy your time outside!

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DAISYBELL6 1/21/2011 6:15AM

    I'm glad your DW is recovering well!

I know just how you feel about walking/running. Especially now that I've added c25k to my workouts, I am really enjoying jogging (I really can't call my pace running)

I know you'll enjoy your 5k in March/

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ZELLAZM 1/21/2011 5:17AM

    Good news about your wife --- will continue to pray for her recovery.

Exciting that you have plans to do a 5-K. You might want to consider the Jeff Galloway method. There's a team here on Spark (like you need to join another team!) Basically, you run with short walking "breaks" for recovery. Works for lots of folks and I like it myself sometimes.

Have a great weekend!
Michelle


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GIRANIMAL 1/21/2011 12:16AM

    I'm so glad to hear your wife is recovering and that YOU are taking care of yourself too! Nice job - and attitude toward - signing on for the 5K. Sounds like there's hidden runner in you to me! ;)

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L*I*T*A* 1/20/2011 11:53PM

    such great news!!!
so glad to hear your wife is recovering well...
way to go with the 5k!!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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The Blessings Continue...!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thx so much everyone...! I know that having my SparkFamily's support, thoughts & prayers has made all the difference for my DW!

What was feared to be countless procedures fraught with complications and setbacks has proven thus far to be WONDERFULLY smooth! :-)

Don

  
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L*I*T*A* 1/29/2011 12:07AM

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MIAMIA7 1/20/2011 6:22PM

    Don-so glad things are going better than expected! Prayers for you both! Anne

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DEEJ4FITNESS 1/20/2011 4:30PM

    Don, just saw this on your SPage; I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer & now that I know about your wife; please know that more prayers are going upward!!

Be blessed!

~Deej

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BARBARACT 1/18/2011 8:59AM

    I am glad that she is doing well! emoticon

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DAISYBELL6 1/16/2011 8:58PM

    Fantastic!

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LOTUSBURGER 1/16/2011 1:40PM

    Prayer is so wonderful! emoticon

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GR8CATSBY 1/16/2011 7:44AM

    Glad she's doing so well, and that you're holding up well too!!!
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SHASTA11 1/16/2011 12:06AM

    Thanks for letting us know!

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TRUELOU 1/15/2011 11:21PM

    Amen:)
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LUREAH21 1/15/2011 12:49PM

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DINGALLSTOO 1/15/2011 12:46PM

    wooohooo! speedy recovery Willow

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LADYGWEN25 1/15/2011 12:45PM

    Very good news!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/15/2011 8:38AM

    I'm so glad to hear that! Please tell you DW that I'm thinking about her and sending emoticon

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ZELLAZM 1/15/2011 5:15AM

    Good to hear that, Don! Will continue to pray for her recovery.

Blessings
Miche
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VALERIEMAHA 1/14/2011 11:27PM

    That's MAJORLY encouraging and SUCH good news!!!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/14/2011 9:17PM

    Excellent news!!

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SCOTTK3000 1/14/2011 9:02PM

    very nice...all the best!

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BLEGNER1 1/14/2011 8:22PM

    God go with you and your DW. You are blessed.

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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2011 8:15PM

    Great great great!! There's nothing like "problem free" . . . !!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 1/14/2011 8:08PM

    Keep it uneventful!!!!

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DAYHIKER 1/14/2011 7:26PM

    Wonderful!!! emoticon

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FRECKS96 1/14/2011 7:14PM

    Yay! So glad to hear everything is going in smoothly. You both continue to be in my prayers.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/14/2011 7:02PM

    Don.....
The prayers are there for your DW as long as she needs them.

God Bless

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