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1st Vacation Day

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It was a fairly uneventful trip to the Boston airport if you don't count the occassional outbursts from Red Sox fans on their way to the world series game at Fenway Park or the fact the the prez was in town and we taxied past the plane that carries his vehicles.

What a gorgous drive to ds's home. Winding roads with autumn foliage still clinging to the trees. You'd think there was some sort of contest for best scarecrows. There were so many creative ones along the way.

dil is watching her nutrition and had a healthy dinner waiting for us. I had son hide the candy so I wouldn't be tempted. Later today I'll get some dark chocolate so dil & I can have a treat tonight, too.

Exercise: so far 2 miles with Leslie Sansone, a planned afternoon walk with dgs then slow mileage when we take the kids trick-or-treating.




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KADULAC 11/1/2013 6:28PM

    That sounds beautiful. Hope you have a great vacation.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/1/2013 10:10AM

    emoticon I hope the drive to your ds's house wasn't too bad with your mom! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 11/1/2013 9:12AM

    emoticon start to a emoticon vacation!
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LYNMEINDERS 11/1/2013 6:51AM

    Have a great vacation...

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/31/2013 9:44PM

    sounds like you will have a marvelous day .... that was exciting to watch the game last night ... enjoy yourself !! Roc
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GARDENSFORLIFE 10/31/2013 7:11PM

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Last Weekend in October Wrap-Up

Monday, October 28, 2013

As many things I wanted to get done on Saturday I stayed home and played Suzy Homemaker. It had been a hectic week for me. I needed a little down time. I did get outside to toss more tumbleweeds out of the goose pen. Lots of bending and twisting with a dose of vitamin D at the same time.

There was also time to catch up with some of my spark friends. There are some who encouraged me so much when I started my journey. We're not on the same teams anymore so don't keep in constant touch. It's nice to touch base and see how they're doing now.

Sunday (yesterday) was a great day. It was the Waldo Waldo 5K at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs. What a sight it was to see 2,500+ Waldos milling around waiting for the countdown to begin.

I don't time my walks. It pleases me to finish. There was such a difference from last year when I walked the same route for the March of Dimes 5K. I was a little tired by the end, but kept up with my husband. He was walking at a good clip (all that army PT). That's progress!

I rested at home after, but not for long. I have a shih tzu who makes loud noises in his sleep. That was ok - it meant I had an excellent sleep last night.

I stayed in nutrition range, keeping a close eye on the sodium. I even had room for dessert - a delicious 1/2 cup of sherbert.

btw, I left the sherbert in the measuring cup and topped it with fresh strawberries. It seemed like alot. Had I put it in a bowl, even a small one, I don't think it would have seemed like so much.

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HERMIEME 10/30/2013 6:37PM

    I commend you on your milage. I just started recording my miles and am up to 50. I also commend you on your approach to nutrition. I could take a page or two from your book! I liked the funny intro to this well-written blog, too. emoticon emoticon Daisy Sister, Emmy :))

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LYNMEINDERS 10/30/2013 4:17AM

    Awesome....unbelievable that October is all over

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KADULAC 10/30/2013 12:12AM

    That's great.

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CANDYCANE2B 10/28/2013 11:42PM

    Sounds like you had a good week with a lot of accomplishments! Doesn't that just make you feel, great, like you really got a lot done!

Here's to a GREAT new week!!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/28/2013 1:20PM

    emoticon emoticon good idea for the sherbet ... I do that also --- just in case !! Roc


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HAKAPES 10/28/2013 10:58AM

    Great you have SP friends to catch up!
I still have to meet someone in person, but it's in the works!

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KALIGIRL 10/28/2013 10:39AM

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WENDYJM4 10/28/2013 7:51AM

    nice to catch up with and hear what you have been doing. Well done.

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Trackers

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I'm back to using a FitBit One. It's a new one and I've had to re-set it x3. That shouldn't happen in less than a month.

I was disappointed that for some reason SP and it aren't syncing 100%. I did over 10,000 steps today but only 9500 are showing up.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/28/2013 8:09AM

    NOTE. Thanks, everyone, for coming by. Everything is working proper now. I don't know what the glitch was, but it's but a memory.

I love the FitBit One and love that I can track here on SP and it goes to my FitBit dashboard. Saves so much time.

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/27/2013 10:26PM

    I just use a pedometer.... it isn't too time-consuming to put it in the tracker....

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LYNMEINDERS 10/26/2013 11:28PM

    Maybe you can ask for this to be fixed....don't use a fitbit so don't know much about them

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HERMIEME 10/26/2013 8:18PM

    Thanks for this information, Daisy sister. Spark Activity Trackers don't ship to Canada on Amazon and I'd prefer a fitbit that tracks sleep as I have trouble with this. I don't know if that's a One or not or if they actually track when you're sleeping or just lying down. I'm glad you have found a way to challenge yourself and am sorry it's not synching properly. This has been a very useful blog post. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon All the best and I hope your luck with the device takes a turn for the better, teammate Emmy :)) emoticon

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HAKAPES 10/26/2013 5:17PM

    Hm, not very encouraging... I was thinking to get one as "it can sync with SP".
Somehow SP is not very strong in integrating other fitness counters. I use Endomondo, it tracks well, but no sign of syncing so far...

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/26/2013 3:15PM

    i have been so fortunate as my One has never had a problem syncing at all .... congrats .... love my One ... Roc
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GARDENSFORLIFE 10/26/2013 1:24PM

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BARB4HEALTH 10/26/2013 9:22AM

    Some day mayabe I will get a tracker. At the moment, I would be please to find my pedometer! emoticon

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THINFITKINDVGAN 10/26/2013 7:47AM

    Call Fitbit's customer service. Let them know about this. They can either help you get it fixed or replace it.

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LKS2GAB2 10/26/2013 7:27AM

    I have the FitBit Zip, so far so good. I hope you getting working properly. It is amazing how motivating that lillte gadget is.

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SMIDGON 10/26/2013 5:41AM

    I seem to have a problem with electronics!

My little granddaughter knows more about them than I. And, she helps me when we are together. Only problem is; she lives 94 miles away! So much for that!

It would help if I could get into to see my Rheu.. At the age I am, it appears the medical profession just drags their feet about seeing you in a timely manner! I always have my list of questions I would like answered about my issues; and, they hate being asked questions. And, they shove you off unto their assistants! Which I feel you are paying top dollar; should be able to see dr..

Sorry for my rant and off the subject. My point being with my structiual issues, I'd sure like to be able to get to know just how far I can push myself with/out breaking bones!

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KADULAC 10/26/2013 4:34AM

    http://www.fitbit.com/user/23ZY58 This is my fitbit page if you need a friend for some friendly competition. I'm trying for 10,000 steps a day, but don't always make it. Every once in a while I get more. I do love my Fitbit One, I haven't had any problems with it and I've had it since Christmas. I know there are quite a few people who have had problems, sorry you are one of them.

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Bod Pod & Metabolism Evals

Thursday, October 24, 2013

As many of you know on Monday I went to the Army Wellness Center on Fort Carson and tested body composition in the Bod Pod andhad a Metabolism evaluation. Yesterday I attended a class and had my individual results given to me.

Before I get into that, for those that want to know what I am talking about, this will give you an idea of the Bod Pod: http://www.befittest.com/ For the metabolism test, you lie still on a table for 15 mins with a special mask over your face.

I have a high percentage of body fat. The class went over ways to increase metabolism. Most, I am proud to say, I have been doing. My metabolic rate was a high normal. I must give credit to SparkPeople. Here is where I learned to do what I do.

Major Points the instructor gave to increase metabolism and burn energy efficiently:

* Eat small, frequent meals
* Always have breakfast.
* Exercise (PT) must never be done on an empty stomach (coffee does not count)
* Make sure 1/2 your plate is filled with veg and/or fruit (freggies)
* Track both fitness activites and food/beverage intake
* Get 8 hours of sleep
* (SparkPeople would add to stay hydrated to this list)

It was recommended to have a device such as a fitbit. It was also suggested to have a group so you can compete with others. It's great incentive. You can go online or use apps on many.

Spark People was on a list of recommendations to track both food and fitness. As far as I know there is no way to track metabolism, though.

As I said, I do most everything right. However, sleep is hard to come by. Fibro often wakes me up during the night or the need to use the bathroom. They are working on a sleep class. I'll be at the top of the list when that becomes available.

One important thing that was emphasized. Weight is just a factor. Body composition is what is important. The fact that I only lost 1 lb overall is not something to fret over. I have lost 5 1/2 inches in October. I'll go back in 30 days for another Bod Pod test. I'm sure I'll be celebrating a non-scale victory (NSV) then.

  
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KADULAC 10/26/2013 4:31AM

    That's interesting. Sparkpeople is so great for teaching us the right things to do to be healthy.

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KALIGIRL 10/25/2013 8:39AM

    Here's to awesome NSVs!
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HERMIEME 10/24/2013 5:51PM

    Thanks for this information and your tips. I had never heard of the Bod Pod. I am glad your metabolism is in working order but am sorry about your fibro emoticon I'm wondering if you have tried the Better Sleep Challenge on the challenge page. Not to say it's perfect--there was so much to keep up with I had to drop out, but it might help you. One thing they suggested was to stop drinking beverages well before you go to bed so you don't have to go to the bathroom. That might help. But perhaps the old adage holds true, "When you gotta go, you gotta go!" emoticon on being Ist place in this week's weight-loss--5 pounds! emoticon Determined Daisy Career_Girl, Emmy :))

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MISSRUTH 10/24/2013 11:23AM

    emoticon Sounds like a fabulous test, and informative class. I'm so glad to see that all the things here on Spark are on the list of "To Do" that they gave you! We're in the RIGHT place!

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We are retired Army and this is the first I have heard of the Bod Pod test I will be checking this out at our base. Spark People is so right on track with everything.


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LEANNAW4 10/24/2013 10:43AM

    Thanks for the update! The tips seems familiar, don't they? :-)

Congratulations on losing those 5+ inches! Well done, and keep up the good work!

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BodPod Day!

Monday, October 21, 2013

I've been waiting for this day to come - BodPod Day! I had an appnt earlier this month but that government interuption caused cancellation. I was fortunate to get another before I leave for my trip to new England.

What is a BodPod? http://www.campusrec.uci.edu/testing/ That should give you an idea.

I just pray I can have the test. I am not "in the system" though I am a (military) family member. It will be so nice to know what is right for me!

This morning, no exercise and then no eating after 10am. I'm enjoying a very filling shake now that has chia seeds and watermelon. I feel like I can burst. Surely I can get through the next 5 hours on water alone. Just have to think of the results and not the stomach that is used to getting a little something every two to three hours.

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CANDYCANE2B 10/24/2013 9:36AM

    So how DID your BodPod test go??? I'm dying to know!!!

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KADULAC 10/23/2013 3:16PM

    Hope your test had great results for you.

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LYNMEINDERS 10/23/2013 3:44AM

    Hopefully by now you have had the test and it went well....

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/22/2013 10:47AM

    Keep us posted!

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KALIGIRL 10/22/2013 8:46AM

    Very cool - can't wait for the results!

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/21/2013 7:47PM

    My son and his wife have these tests at her job .... quite interesting results ... Roc
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FRAN0426 10/21/2013 2:24PM

    Best of luck with the test.

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GINGER_BEAR 10/21/2013 1:38PM

    Good luck with your test!!

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FUNGIRL81005 10/21/2013 1:00PM

    Wow!! How exciting...This is done in COS or Denver? Way cool.....Way Cool!!

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