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Friday, December 04, 2009

Recently had an annual checkup and glad to report that blood work is looking "great." Those were his words. Everything was well within the healthy ranges, tris, cholesterol, sugar, etc. Hearing that made me less angry for fasting for 8 hours (Hats off to anyone who ever went on a hunger strike.) Blood pressure too has come down nicely over the last year. It's nice to see that eating right(most of the time) and exercise can have tangible results. Still a few pounds away from goal range but success has many indicators. Keep up the great work Sparkers and have a great weekend!

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    weigh to go on the great lab results. emoticon keep on losing.

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BLABBERMOUTH2 12/6/2009 6:44PM

    Thanks for reporting your lab results so others reading this can truly see how changing a lifestyle can REALLY impact their body and life. I love getting my lab work every 6 months.

By the way, just how long did you fast for your labs - rofl.

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VEMAN1 12/4/2009 8:44AM

    Fantastic on the good report. YOu have a great weekend too. You are so close!

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DHAZ09 12/4/2009 8:28AM

    Congrats on the test results!! Way to go!

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ANGELASUE1979 12/4/2009 8:15AM

    You have so much of which to be proud. Way to go!

Comment edited on: 12/7/2009 3:16:29 PM

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LIZZYP609 12/4/2009 7:13AM

    Yea!!!! So glad to hear it!! You are moving right along!!

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MARKDORENE 12/4/2009 6:22AM

    great job

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Concrete is HARD!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

No, I haven't fallen and can't get up. Via some blog responses and personal curiosity decided to run "in the real world." Holy cow! Didn't know that the treadmill made it easier. My hats off to you guys and gals that do this on a regular basis. All I did was 1.31 miles in 14:15 (run/walk pace of 5.6 mph) but felt like I was going to keel over. Could the 46F temp been an issue? We'll see cause persistent me is gonna try again tomorrow when sun is out. Night :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/27/2009 4:33PM

    Getting outside can be great. I like it but, I try to walk on the road instead of the sidewalk whenever it is safe. It is easier on the bones. Enjoy! emoticon

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PUTYOUTOSLEEP 11/24/2009 10:41AM

    Stick with it. I started running outside a few months ago (transitioned from elliptical machine) and it becomes addicting very, very quickly.

I have never felt such a strange need as to get up at 5:30 in the morning to fit in my run. It's become a necessity for me. Right up there with the morning cup of joe.

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CHOCMOM 11/23/2009 10:49AM

  I have the problem of shin splints too whenever I try to run or even walk fast outdoors. Proud of you for attempting it. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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FEATHERSPRINGS 11/23/2009 10:38AM

    emoticon emoticonGreat Job!!!! I havent done this yet... dont think I will ever do a run but a walk maybe !

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ERGASIA 11/23/2009 10:05AM

    More power to you. I get shin splints just thinking of running on concrete. People who run/walk are a special breed. Hoooyah!! I prefer the low impact elliptical.

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SHEDDING123 11/23/2009 10:02AM

    emoticon emoticonThat's a time to be proud of, esp. given the harder surface! It's quite different running on a treadmill- some find it easier, some harder. But most agree it IS different! Dirt trails and high school tracks are a lot more forgiving than pavement and might be an easier transition. And I've learned the hard way (by getting shin splints) that esp. if running hard surfaces, do not increase your overall weekly mileage by more than 10% per week- your musuloskel system adapts much more slowly than cardio-vasc. system does!

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BLABBERMOUTH2 11/23/2009 8:29AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I usually did most of my cardio on my gazelle but recently started walking outside. I could only do 1/3 of what I did inside. I am very proud of you and hope you do keep it up. I just walked my first 5K Sat. because of all the inspiration of my sister warriors. I know that you can do this and hope that one day soon you walk/run in your first race.

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NRLB75 11/23/2009 7:44AM

    Way to go on getting out there. I don't run (I'm a biker), but I'd imagine that the treadmill has some kind of shocks/springs that lessen impact, while the concrete no so much! Have fun on your new adventure!

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MUSIC66 11/23/2009 4:37AM

    i started at a gym last week and i use the treadmill,bike on up hill and the elliptecall trainer that is my cardio i also do strength training this is only my second week at the gym.

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KNITTINGFROG 11/23/2009 4:30AM

    LOL I actually find the treadmill harder as I can never get the speed right for my pace! But then again I run on forrest tracks so it is less hard than concrete (but more hazardous too, with stones and mud)

Well done for going out in the fresh (?) air. Nothing beats cool morning air before the sun is too high, with a light breeze...

Enjoy your next run!!!!!!!

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CHIKKLETT 11/23/2009 12:49AM

    Awesome! Glad to hear it! How did you like it? Was it nice to have the wind in your face?

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5K #7 and #8...NOT Same Day :) and How To Convert Speed to Pace

Thursday, November 19, 2009

#7 Run on October 29th
Time: 38:00
Pace: 12:13 min/mile

#8 Run on November 13th
Time: 36:08
Pace: 11:14 min/mile

I would have had a similar time on #8 as #7 but I really pushed myself that last .7 - .8 miles. I REALLY wanted to walk but just kept picturing Bob and Jillian (mostly Jillian) screaming to not stop so I didn't!

I figured that I would have probs with feet/knees/etc as I started running but never factored in nipples...what the hell? Guys (don't know if you girls get this) be careful what you wear when running. I was wearing a big deal. But as shirt gets wet it gets heavier and rubbing against your upper chest area (nipples) you get issues. Didn't notice a thing until the shower...Ouch!! emoticon
Maybe I'm sharing a little too much information but just wanted to give others a heads up. Short of band aids/lighter clothing does anyone know of anything out there to prevent this? Will time and running just toughen 'em up? Guess we'll see.

Have a great weekend! Don't Forget Your Water Bottles!!

How do I convert between speed and pace?

Pace to Speed

To convert pace (minutes/mile) to speed (miles/hour), divide 60 by the pace. Here are some examples:

12 minute mile:

* 60 ÷ 12 = 5 miles/hour

10 minutes 15 seconds per mile:

* First, convert seconds to minutes
o 15 seconds = 0.25 minutes (60 ÷ 15)
o 10 + 0.25 = 10.25
* Then, compute speed as described above:
o 60 ÷ 10.25 = 5.85 miles/hour

Speed to Pace

To convert speed (miles/hour) to pace (minutes/mile), divide 60 by the speed. Here are some examples:

10 miles per hour:

* 60 ÷ 10 = 6 minutes/mile

4.5 miles per hour:

* 60 ÷ 4.5 = 13.33 minutes per mile (which is 13 min. 20 sec. / mile)

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RELLIMTENAJ 11/19/2009 5:22PM

    Check out my blog on what to wear when training. It's written for those doing races but applies for training runs. You can get there via my page. But long story short... DON'T WEAR COTTON!


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CHIKKLETT 11/19/2009 1:19PM

    apparently you can buy nipple guards as well. Other option, wear a bra, lol. That's why most women don't have the issue ;)

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JAGRACER 11/19/2009 1:07PM

    Way to go!!!

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MEYLOSE 11/19/2009 8:51AM

    loved the picture, don't forget the water bottle, made my son laugh

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MOONANGEL23 11/19/2009 7:30AM

    Maybe try body glide (anti-chafing stick) or vaseline? I've seen posts by others on the forums saying these work. Keep up the great work!

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MNABOY 11/19/2009 7:07AM

    Thanks for sharing

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PASTORJEFF2 11/19/2009 6:10AM

    If you purchase a shirt for working out from a sporting store that will stop the heaviness of the sweatshirt and the soreness that it's brings.

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Swords and Armor Work Well for External Foes

Sunday, November 08, 2009

But the Foe that brings us here lies within. - me

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/27/2009 4:33PM

    Wow that is a good thought. Thanks for sharing.

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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 11/19/2009 12:00AM

    too bad I can't tape up my foe's big mouth to keep it from overeating and sticking its foots in its mouth.

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/8/2009 3:58AM

  “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
- African Proverb

“From a certain point of view our real enemy, the true troublemaker, is inside.”
- Tenzin Gyatso

“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
- Buddha

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
- Abraham Lincoln
re is some H2O to toast to successfully becoming our own best friends!
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Aloha ~ Maya

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Some good news for walkers.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 female nurses, three hours of brisk walking each week (that's just 30 minutes per day) can lower a woman's risk of heart disease by 30% to 40%.

Hope it works on men too or I've been wasting a whole lot of time. emoticon

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CHIKKLETT 11/6/2009 1:30AM

    and you have a place to store your dog if it gets tired!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 11/6/2009 12:33AM

    That's great! That's why I think having a dog is good cuz you always have someone depending on you to walk them lol

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RENA1965 11/5/2009 11:41PM

    LOL, agree now got my walking route as a traveling resthome helper up to around 10 kms daily. In my branch were we visit people in private homes, you also have to be fit or the job is hell..
I wondered why I wore out 4 pairs of shoes yearly... A pedometer cleared up the problem and I love it..

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