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Starting 8-week Battle #7 - January 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

I promise that I will stick with the battle to the very end, whether or not I lose weight.

My visual inspiration:


My before picture:


My starting measurements (January 11, 2010):
Right Arm -12 Left Arm - 12
Bust - 42 Waist - 36
Right Thigh - 23 Left Thigh - 22.5
Hip - 48

  
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FEATHERSPRINGS 1/12/2010 9:03PM

    You will stick with it and you WILL lose!!! emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/11/2010 8:05PM

    Love your collage.. very cool... and the quote!!!

You're prepared!! Can't wait to see your March results!

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LEAKAY59 1/11/2010 7:43PM

    emoticon I like your conservative approach to blogging - I tend to set each little section as its own thing - I think I've learned something here! I think I already told you I love your vision collage, but it's worth saying again!

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Final Results from Falling into Winter Challenge 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I wanted to keep my results from the Falling into Winter challenge now that it is finished before I left the team. So I copied them here! I'm pleased with my loss and more importantly, with the inches lost.

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SUMMARY STATS
Sparkpeople Username: Go_Robin
Challenge Starting Weight (9-19-09): 225
Long-Term Goal Weight (in pounds): 162
Challenge Goal Weight (in pounds): 212

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Week One 09.26.2009: 223.6
Week Two 10.03.2009: 222.6
Week Three 10.10.2009: 221.4
Week Four 10.17.2009: 220.8
Week Five 10.24.2009: 219.4
Week Six 10.31.2009: 219.4
Week Seven 11.07.2009: 218
Week Eight 11.14.2009: 216.6
Week Nine 11.21.2009: 216.4
Week Ten 11.28.2009: 214
Week Eleven 12.05.2009: 214
Week Twelve 12.12.2009:214
Week Thirteen 12.19.2009: 214

TOTAL POUNDS LOST: ** -11 lbs.**

Cardio & Strength Training Fitness Minutes:
Please record them separately; you will need to track them individually for a few challenges. Thanks!
*Record total minutes at end of each week.

Week One 09.26.2009: 485 mins. CARDIO/ 75 mins. STRENGTH
Week Two 10.03.2009: 550 mins. CARDIO/ 65 mins. STRENGTH
Week Three 10.10.2009: 435 mins. CARDIO/ 80 mins. STRENGTH
Week Four 10.17.2009: 690 mins. CARDIO/ 90 mins. STRENGTH
Week Five 10.24.2009: 660 mins. CARDIO/ 85 mins. STRENGTH
Week Six 10.31.2009: 475 mins. CARDIO/ 95 mins. STRENGTH
Week Seven 11.07.2009: 410 mins. CARDIO/ 85 mins. STRENGTH
Week Eight 11.14.2009: 285 mins. CARDIO/ 90 mins. STRENGTH
Week Nine 11.21.2009: 465 mins. CARDIO/ 70 mins. STRENGTH
Week Ten 11.28.2009: 315 mins. CARDIO/ 60 mins. STRENGTH
Week Eleven 12.05.2009: 365 mins. CARDIO/ 110 mins. STRENGTH
Week Twelve 12.12.2009: 385 mins. CARDIO/ 90 mins. STRENGTH
Week Thirteen 12.19.2009: 285 mins. CARDIO/ 30 mins. STRENGTH

Measurements Tracker
First Measurements (09.26.2009):
Right Arm 13" Left Arm - 13"
Bust - 44" Waist - 38"
Right Thigh - 24" Left Thigh - 23"
Hip - 51"
TOTAL OF MEASUREMENTS (9.26.2009) -- 206

Mid-Challenge Measurements (11.07.2009):
Right Arm - 12" Left Arm - 12"
Bust - 42" Waist - 37"
Right Thigh - 23.5" Left Thigh - 23"
Hip - 50"
TOTAL OF MEASUREMENTS (11.07.2009) - 199.5


End of Challenge (12.19.2009):
Right Arm -12 Left Arm - 12
Bust - 42 Waist - 36
Right Thigh - 23 Left Thigh - 22.5
Hip - 48
TOTAL OF MEASUREMENTS (12.19.2009) - 195.5


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WEEK ONE CHALLENGE - 09.26.2009
Pop Quiz!

A. Complete the Pushup, Crunch, and Jumping Jack Fitness Tests. If you complete these, award yourself FORTY points in your tracking template. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THESE, your max points for the week are FOUR, and you cannot receive any points in the bonus activity.

One minute of wall pushups: 26
One minute of stability ball crunches: 20
Run in place 3 minutes, rest 1 minute, take pulse: 76
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B. Bonus Points. For EXTRA points, give your team some love on your sparkpage. In the past teams have written cheers, slogans, created cookbooks, and created team photos and/or icons. The sky is the limit, but get something out there that shows your team and Fall Into Winter Challenge Pride! If you complete this AND all of the fitness tests, award yourself TWENTY additional points.

My lame motto: "I'll be a Hot Chocolate by Winter!" I like the other suggestions a lot better!

Total Points for Week One (FOUR, FORTY, SIXTY): 60
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WEEK TWO CHALLENGE - Ends 10.03.2009
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How Many Miles?

A. How many miles can YOU do in one week? Whatever your pleasure (walking, running, swimming, elliptical, arc trainer, biking, etc), tally up your miles this week.

One point per mile, the sky is the limit!

Tracker for this week:
Sunday: 4 miles
Monday: 3.5 miles
Tuesday: 9 miles
Wednesday: 9 miles
Thursday: 12.5 miles
Friday: 14.5 miles
Saturday: 8

TOTAL MILES: 60.5
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WEEK THREE CHALLENGE
Essential Nutrients

A. Iron. Meet your minimum iron intake identified by Spark for ALL SEVEN DAYS of the challenge. If you are taking a daily multivitamin, eating greens, etc you should have no problem doing this!

YOU MUST HIT ALL SEVEN DAYS FOR POINTS! I know we all can do this. If you complete this, award yourself TWENTY points in your tracking template. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THIS, your max points for the week are FOUR, and you cannot receive any points in the bonus activity.

B. Bonus Points. For EXTRA points, track your protein as well. Hit your minimum protein intake ALL SEVEN DAYS for FIFTEEN Bonus points. Remember, you are only eligible for these bonus points if you got in all of your iron.

Total Points for Week (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK FOUR CHALLENGE
Helping Hands

A. Support your teammates. Take a moment to drop a note on the sparkpage of someone who hasn't posted recently or is frustrated by a few 'bad' weigh ins. Let them know it is time to get back up again and the team is there and ready to help them out! Or congratulate someone who has succeeded with their weight loss effort or some other goal that is important to them. Do this for at least SEVEN members of your team for TWENTY POINTS. If you do not do this, your max points for the week are FOUR.

You can do all seven on one day, spread it out through the week, your choice just get in seven!

B. Bonus Points. For EXTRA points, welcome new members of the DONE team! Every day all of us should receive emails with new done members. Send them a quick note welcoming them to the DONE team! If you welcome 20 new members, award yourself FIFTEEN bonus points! When I have done this in the past I sent the same message to everyone, so you can do it quickly but it is still very much appreciated. Remember you must complete Part A to be eligible for this.

DONE!

Total Points for Week One (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK FIVE CHALLENGE
Cardio Fever

A. This week's challenge will focus on cardio. emoticon Any cardiovascular activity will count. For TWENTY points, get in at least 200 cardio minutes this week. If you do not do this, your max points for the week are FOUR and you are not eligible for bonus points.

I got 660 minutes of cardio in!

B. For bonus points, identify a personal goal for the remainder of the challenge. ANY goal that is nutrition, fitness, or lifestyle related will work. Your goal CANNOT BE TO LOSE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. Share your goals with your team for FIFTEEN bonus points. Remember you must complete Part A to be eligible for this.

My goal: To make getting up an hour early to do cardio before leaving for work part of my life and normal routine! I will do this every week day!

Total Points for Week One (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK SIX CHALLENGE
A. Stay within your calorie range all seven days for TWENTY points. You have 100 points above or below your range as 'wiggle room'. If you do not get all seven days, your max points for the week are FOUR and you are not eligible for bonus points.

DONE. Stayed within range of 1250-1550 every day.

B. Develop a new element for your fitness routine and act on it this week for FIFTEEN bonus points. Remember you must complete Part A to be eligible for this.

I've started using two new machines at the gym: back extension and incline press. They are both very challenging for me, but hard is good!

Total Points for Week One (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK SEVEN CHALLENGE - 11.07.2009
A. Share 3 recipes with your team for the upcoming holiday season. One recipe should be a VEGETARIAN entree or side dish, one recipe should be a DESSERT, and one recipe should be a TRADITIONAL holiday recipe with a healthy twist. Your traditional recipe doesn't have to be tied to a specific holiday or religion, although it certainly can be, just connect to something that you celebrate or enjoy during this season.

Share these recipes with your team for TWENTY points. As always, if you don't finish this you'll only get 4 points and won't receive points for any bonus activity. DONE

B. For bonus points, 150 cardio minutes this week. FIFTEEN BONUS POINTS. Remember you need to complete part A to be eligible for this.

DONE. 410 minutes of cardio.

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTYFIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK EIGHT CHALLENGE 11.07.2009
Fitness Bank!

A. Complete 300 Fitness minutes this week for TWENTY points. These minutes can be from cardio or strength training. If you don't complete 300 minutes your max points for the week are 4, and you won't be eligible for any bonus points.

DONE

B. For FIFTEEN bonus points, share your 'Plan B' with your team. Sometimes, despite our best efforts and intentions, things won't go to plan. How will you bounce back if the gym is closed for the day or you oversleep, or there are no healthy options at your office party? Brainstorm some easy solutions with your team for bonus points this week.

Plan B posted on Hot Chocolates chat thread.

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK NINE CHALLENGE 11.21.2009
Fitness Bank, Part 2

A. Complete 250 CARDIO minutes this week, AND one strength training session for TWENTY points. If you complete TWO or MORE strength sessions this week you only have to complete 200 cardio minutes. If you don't complete 200-250 minutes your max points for the week are 4, and you won't be eligible for any bonus points.

465 Cardio Minutes

B. For FIFTEEN bonus points, reach out to two team members you haven't heard from recently. Touch in and see how they are doing, and offer support if you can to get them back in action before the end of the year.

DONE

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK TEN CHALLENGE 11.28.09

A. We've all heard that tracking is critical in successful weight loss. It helps you see what is working and what may need improvement. Sometimes plugging in take-out and seeing the stats is enough to get me to choose a smarter option! This week, track your Thursday meal for TWENTY points. If you can only estimate that is fine, but GET YOUR ENTIRE DAY ENTERED! Hopefully this will encourage you to eat as best as you can this week, and budget in extra exercise if necessary. If you don't complete Part A your max points for the week are 4, and you won't be eligible for any bonus points.

DONE. EEK! 1600 calories for one meal!

B. For FIFTEEN bonus points, complete 90 cardio minutes. DONE

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK ELEVEN CHALLENGE - 12.05.2009
A. This week, get in 350 Cardio minutes for TWENTY points. It is time to make up for all that pie, turkey, and stuffing! If you don't complete part A you aren't eligible for the bonus points, and your maximum points for the week are FOUR.

Cardio: 365

B. For bonus points, track ALL SEVEN DAYS this week, and stay within your range. If you track all seven days and stay within your personal nutrition goals, award yourself FIFTEEN bonus points.

DONE

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 35
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WEEK TWELVE CHALLENGE - 12.12.2009
A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

The end of this challenge bleeds right into Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, celebrations I'm sure many of us are looking forward to celebrating. But with these events come challenges of all sorts. The stress of being around the extended family, or eating the right foods, or finding time to work out can get to all of us. Instead of letting it get you down this year, try to turn to yoga. In addition to increasing flexibility, routine yoga practice can also be a great way to relieve stress. And this challenge should get you nice and limber for your final exam next week!

A. For TWENTY points, perform any six of the following yoga poses FOUR TIMES this week. You will do a total of twenty four poses (6 pose routine x 4 sessions) for points, but feel free to do more than that. If you don't complete this, your max points for the week are four and you aren't eligible for the bonus points.
Yoga Basics: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=723

B. For FIFTEEN bonus points, complete 200 cardio minutes this week.

TOTAL POINTS (TWENTY, THIRTY-FIVE, OR FOUR): 4
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WEEK THIRTEEN CHALLENGE
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FEATHERSPRINGS 12/29/2009 1:08PM

    Great job! I dont know how you can keep track of all that!!! I barely get my food and some of my exercise tracked :) emoticon emoticon

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NANCBANC 12/28/2009 8:56PM

    Congratulations!! Keep it up!!

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PONYFARMER 12/27/2009 1:53PM

    All I can say is WOW!

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MEYLOSE 12/27/2009 1:43PM

    This is very good and YOU did well, W2G!!!!

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I Hope...I Wish...I Want to...I WILL!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

How many times have I read on this site people posting "I would like to lose," "I hope to lose," "I want to lose," "I wish to lose"? I used to say those things myself.

I've been thinking a lot lately about why I've tried to lose weight for the last 40 years without lasting success while this time it seems different. In the past, I'd lose some then fall away and gain it all back plus some. This time on Spark People, it seems different. I seem to have a lot more stick-to-it-iveness and patience.

Now I realize that in the past I THOUGHT about losing weight a lot! Every day! And I WANTED it to happen, but I didn't follow through and do what needed to be done. It's almost as if I thought I could lose weight by just wanting it enough.

By saying "I HOPE to lose weight," it's as if I give up responsibility for doing so and just hope it happens magically. Or as if I don't trust that I can do it by my own efforts but hope a miracle happens. (By the way, I do ask God to help me, but even with his help, it is still up to me to do it.)

This time around, I know in my heart that it won't happen unless I do it and, more importantly, that I CAN make it happen.

I'm removing the wishy-washy phrases from my vocabulary. I don't WISH to lose weight, or hope that I do. I'm making it happen and I AM losing weight.


  
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DHAZ09 11/14/2009 9:47PM

    Thanks for this blog! The words we say to ourselves are crucial. I WILL lose weight too! emoticon

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FEATHERSPRINGS 11/14/2009 9:32PM

    And, I AM going to lose right along with you emoticon Robin, from my coming back to SP I have taken this attitude and refuse to look at it as some temporary thing "I am trying to do"... when i say that I feel like I am whining LOL! I know you will be successful!

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MUSTAMATVRAK 11/14/2009 8:55PM

    emoticon oops i dunno why this postd twice...o well. this is an inspiring blog n its tru you cant lose weight just by "hoping" or wanting it badly w/o doing anything. i gotta tell myself this. thanx for posting!

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MUSTAMATVRAK 11/14/2009 8:55PM

    RIGHT ON! emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 11/14/2009 6:38PM

    Sounds so much like me! Positive thoughts and we will do this! We have to believe in ourselves. Thank you for sharing

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FEELNFINE 11/14/2009 6:38PM

    Wow...That really hit home with me. We all have things about ourselves or in our lives we cannot change. Our weight is on we can and WE WILL!

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MNABOY 11/14/2009 3:36PM

    Power comes with positive thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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LINDAGRAVEL 11/14/2009 1:11PM

    Good for you. You have to think posutive.Believe in yourself.

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8-Week Battle Vision Collage

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This is my collage for the 8-week battle. I tried to include images of strong women--warriors, women tackling challenges, women having fun, and women enjoying the strength of their bodies.



The reason the 8-week "Battle" appeals to me is that I consider my effort to get healthy and fit IS a fight, one that will take all my persistence, determination, and commitment. Just like any military campaign, to succeed I need a plan, strategy, and courage. And to never give up.

  
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BIZBYPEARL 10/14/2009 6:37PM

    Beautiful collage! "Everything you need is already inside" -- great.


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ABBIEOCHOA 10/12/2009 9:30AM

    Love your collage!! emoticon You have really put your mind in the right place to succeed!

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JESSIEL57 10/10/2009 5:27PM

    That's great! Good traits to be able to see everyday! emoticon,
Jessie

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My Virtual Walk Along Historic Pacific Coast Highway

Monday, October 05, 2009

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I used mapmywalk.com to build a virtual walk of 500 miles from my home in southern Orange County, California, to San Francisco, taking a beautiful route following Pacific Coast Highway (California State 1) all the way.

I will be going through wonderful places such as Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Monterey, William Randolph Hearst's palace at San Simeon, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco Bay. Should be a beautiful walk! I am logging only intentional exercise.

My route:


October 11: Start in San Juan Capistrano, mile 0

October 12: I'm at Dana Point, a beautiful beach town, mile 6.5

The city was named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. Dana describes the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot in California."

October 13: On the way to Laguna Beach, mile 11.5

October 14: On Pacific Coast Highway outside of Laguna Beach, a town famous for its artists and art galleries. (See me walking along the road next to the guardrail?--no, not really.) Mile 15.5


October 15: At beautiful Newport Harbor in Newport Beach. Lots of expensive beach houses here! Mile 23.


October 16: I'm in Huntington Beach, Surfer Capital of the World, mile 28.5

October 17: Just south of Seal Beach, outside of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Center. Not very attractive spot. Mile 35.

October 18: Pacific Coast Highway takes a jog inland as I approach Long Beach. I am at Bixby Hill and I can see the University of California at Long Beach campus. Mile 39

October 19: I'm in Long Beach now, in a not very nice industrial area, lots of oil wells and tanks. Not near the ocean any more. Mile 43.

October 20: I'm in San Pedro, home of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container shipping port in the United States and the biggest cruise ship center in the western United States. Fun to watch all the big ships at the docks. Mile 47.5.

October 21: Pacific Coast Highway jogs inland to skirt the lovely Palos Verdes Penninsula, home to many beautiful estates. The Point Vicente Lighthouse here is said to be haunted. Mile 53.5.


October 22: Mile 60.75. I'm on the coast again, among the beach city gems of Los Angeles County: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach.

October 23: Mile 64.75. I'm at Los Angeles International Airport. LAX is the 7th busiest airport in the world.

October 24: Mile 70. I'm at Marina Del Rey, home to over 5,000 pleasure boats!


October 25: Mile 75.5. Well, I breezed right through Venice Beach and Santa Monica, and now I'm in Pacific Palisades, a lovely community, home to some famous people like Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins, and Walter Matthau (former honorary mayor). Here is the J. Paul Getty Villa, now open as a museum.


October 26: Mile 80. A beautiful, rocky, rugged spot: Topanga Canyon.

October 27: Mile 84. Fabulous Malibu, beautiful homes right on the beach! (I used to have a Malibu Barbie!)


October 28: Mile 88. Solstice Canyon State Park. Rugged coastline.

October 29: Mile 92. Point Dume. Considered part of the "Malibu Riviera."


October 30: Mile 96. El Matador State Beach.

October 31: Mile 101. Leo Carrillo State Beach. This is a pretty rugged stretch of the coast.

November 2: Mile 108, on my way to Point Mugu.

November 4: Mile 117. Pacific Coast Highway jogs quite a way inland to skirt the Point Mugu Naval Base. I'm just east of Port Hueneme (wie-NEE-mee).

November 5: Mile 124. Back on the beach at the ocean. I'm in the city of Oxnard. (Funny name, isn't it? Oxnards sound like something you don't want in your sausage.)

November 6: Mile 130. In Ventura, on the way to lovely Santa Barbara.

November 13: Mile 147. I was slowed down this week by illness, but now I'm just south of Santa Barbara in beautiful Carpinteria. Charming little beach town.


November 16: Mile 160. Finally, I'm at beautiful Santa Barbara, home to wonderful parks, zoos, museums, and great eating. Ah, the good life!


November 20: Mile 178. I'm at El Capitan State Beach.

November 27: Mile 193. Winding through the rugged mountains of the central coast.

December 4: Mile 217. I'm at Vandenberg Air Force Base the West Coast location for Space Shuttle launches and landings. You can see the trail in the sky for hundreds of miles when the weather is right.


December 12: Mile 248. About halfway on my trip! I'm at Pismo Beach, a fun little beach town.






  
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FEATHERSPRINGS 11/17/2009 11:16AM

    I love this Robin... the pictures and descriptions are great! Maybe I will start one for my next battle and head North!

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MELISSADALE 10/18/2009 8:04AM

    I tried to do one on mapmyride for cycling but I'm very challenged and gave up after about an hour with no success. It would not allow me to travel on the 401 which is a major highway. So can you help me out? It looks like such a fun and inspirational tool!

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JAYDEE14 10/18/2009 12:56AM

    This is great, especially the pictures and the interesting facts about places along the way. I will have to find an interesting route and do the same thing!

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BOO-SHAY 10/6/2009 12:38AM

    How great is that. I would have never thought to map out a virtual walk. Great idea!

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