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How to calculate your MPH when walking

Friday, June 28, 2013

I just found out I am waaaay under-estimating how fast I am walking.

So, here's how to calculate your MPH if you don't walk an exact mile in an exact hour.

How to Convert Miles Walked to MPH
By Emma Francesca, eHow Contributor


1. Write down the distance you walked and the time it took you to walk this distance, in minutes. Make sure you measure the total distance you walked, not just the distance between the start and end point. If you took a meandering path, you would have walked more than if you went in a straight line from one point to another.

2. Stop if it took you exactly one hour to walk the distance. If you did this, the distance you walked is your speed in MPH.

3. Divide the time it took to walk the distance into 60, since there are 60 minutes in an hour. For example, if you walked 40 minutes, divide 60 by 40, which equals 1.5.

4. Multiply that number by the number of miles you walked. This is your speed in MPH. For example, if you walked four miles in 40 minutes, your speed would be 6 MPH.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_8423329_convert-mi

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/17/2014 7:04AM

    Oh yes! Thank you so much for this info. I printed a copy of it for my use. I figured out that I was walking 2.943 miles per hour. I did 55 minutes and walked 2.7 miles in that time according to my spark activity tracker, and this is very accurate. Thank you once again! emoticon

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WIFEALF2 7/9/2013 10:42PM

    good to know i was wondering.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/28/2013 11:14PM

    Thanks for the calculation. Hugs and smiles.

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Warning---Proud Mama moment! To God be all the glory!

Friday, June 07, 2013

My daughter is now a published co-author of a children's book!

It is an ABC book about our county. They went with the racing theme because Tony Stewart of NASCAR is from here.

Last fall, Candice was taking her Early Literacy class in college and they decided to make this a class project. They divided up the alphabet and spent time researching, writing rhymes for each letter, editing, and taking photos around the county and of the city of Columbus, IN. Candice was in charge of the letters H and I. She wrote about Hope Heritage Days (our local 3-day festival) and Irwin Gardens (renowed gardens open to the public from the family that started Cummins engine company)

It has been quite a week for our daughter...she got her first career-related job offer and acceptance (preschool teacher) and her (collaborative effort) book was released!

As her homeschool mom from 2nd-12th grades, this week has been so rewarding and I am truly enjoying the fruit of my labor and praising God for what He has done in her, with her, and through her inspite of her dyslexia and inspite of me and my weaknesses and my many previous health issues while homeschooling her. God is so good all the time!



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DMSPEER93 6/25/2013 2:48PM

    How amazing, Heidi! Homeschooling is quite difficult and I get so wrapped in "MY" capabilities and it has nothing to do with me!!! That is quite an accomplishment!

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 6/19/2013 8:36PM

    emoticon Oh honey your blog is very anointed!!!
YES to GOD be the GLORY!!! HE is so good all the time!!!
Congratulations, this is just wonderful.I'm sure your daughter is just so excited!
May our Lord Bless you, and keep HIS hands upon you, and your family...ALWAYS. emoticon
Thank you for sharing this the way you did!!!
God Bless~Christina emoticon

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PONYFARMER 6/19/2013 4:14PM


You have every right to be proud of her. What a wonderful accomplishment!! As I reading teacher, I would have loved to have a book that boys would enjoy reading. Not enough of those. Girls are so much easier, princesses, pony's puppies, you name it boys not so much.


Comment edited on: 6/19/2013 4:14:49 PM

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MIPALADY23 6/19/2013 11:52AM

    Awesome!!! Congrats to you both!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2013 6:10PM

    That is wonderful! Congratulations. Definitely a proud Mama moment.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 6/7/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon to both of you!

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COFFEEMUG2009 6/7/2013 9:45AM


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SUNSHINE99999 6/7/2013 9:18AM

  He is good all the time. Congrats to you and daughter and no there is nothing wrong with a little boasting. emoticon

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SDAVIDSON33 6/7/2013 9:12AM

    That's fantastic! Praise the LORD! And hats-off to a strong mom who raised and educated an accomplished daughter! Good job both of you!

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Measuring Time

Monday, May 13, 2013

This first photo was taken in May of 2010 at our daughter's homeschool high school graduation, a year before I joined SP.

This 2nd photo was taken May 11, 2013 after our daughter's college graduation and 54 lbs later and a week before my 2nd Sparkversary.

Time for me is marching backwards. I feel younger and healthier and stronger than I have felt in a decade or more!!

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WENDYLEE15 5/28/2013 6:29PM

    Beautiful pictures !! You have come a long way and look wonderful !!

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MIPALADY23 5/19/2013 11:37AM

    Wow!Successful happy healthy living!

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PATTIE441 5/19/2013 8:31AM

    You are beautiful, Heidi! Wonderful blog and wonderful you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAF49 5/18/2013 10:45PM

    Heidi, I am thrilled for you and encouraged to keep working at my efforts...especially with your overcoming fibro enough to keep taking the weight off. You give me hope...you are well named...Heidi's Hope.

God bless you and enjoy the younger, healthier feelings.

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SARAHTAIT 5/16/2013 3:19PM

    I am so happy for you. You look wonderful and I know you are so proud of yourself.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 5/13/2013 11:12PM

    You are looking wonderful hon!

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DAYHIKER 5/13/2013 10:05PM

    You LOOK younger!! Way to go Heidi!!!!!!!
emoticon Cindy

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CINDHOLM 5/13/2013 6:32PM

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/13/2013 12:59PM

    emoticon Best wishes Heidi!!

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GENEALOGYGAL 5/13/2013 11:45AM

    emoticon emoticon to your daughter and to you!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/13/2013 10:44AM

    AWESOME! Just totally AWESOME! Congratulations to your Dd on ehr graduation and BEST WISHES to her in her career adn moving forward in life. Good job, Mom!!!


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The good thing about a weight plateau

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When I changed some meds last summer and about that same time my metabolism and thyroid decided on a new 'set point', I began gaining weight. I've gained 15 lbs since June.

During this time, I discovered something good about weight plateaus. When you begin to re-gain weight, those nasty plateaus now come in handy emoticon . Your body gets stuck there AGAIN, but this time, it keeps you from regaining past that point AS LONG AS YOU ARE CONTINUING to eat healthy and workout.

However, if you totally give up and quit all those new healthy habits, as I've learned in the past, you'll zoom right past that plateau, past your old high weight and find a new high weight with a bonus of at least 20 new lbs.

What I've learned.......
Plateaus CAN be helpful, beneficial, and welcome........
until you get things figured out. It gave me the motivation to read, research, and then go to my doctor and ask for a change in thyroid meds even though my numbers said I was "normal". My body was saying differently.

listen to your body.
don't curse emoticon the plateaus, for they may come in handy emoticon at some point when things aren't going in the right direction.
During that time, use the plateaus to read, learn, research, try new things.

Plateaus are a part of this journey. They aren't evil. They. just. are. a. part. of. this. journey.

I'm really sick and tired of seeing 177 on the scale, but that is still a WHOLE lot better than the 227 where I started this journey nearly 2 years ago. (3 weeks to my 2nd Sparkversary!)

Now that my thyroid meds have been adjusted, I feel ready to get that 15 lbs back off (2 lbs lost in the past 2 weeks) and reach my goal weight at whatever next plateau I hit. I'm going to let my body find that goal weight by embracing plateaus.

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GRAMMAP1 4/24/2013 11:45PM

    Thanks for that tip. My Thyroid problems play havoc with my health, but so does a lot of others problems. I do have a fine Doctor that patiently works with me. emoticon

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ALEASH25 4/24/2013 8:44PM

    This is good, I send to my sister who is on here and has struggled with plateaus sometimes. Nice perspective. :)

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DAYHIKER 4/24/2013 3:03PM

    Some good thoughts about plateaus. I'm glad you are busting through now though! emoticon
Cindy who is drinking her green tea as you suggested. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2013 2:08PM

    Lordy, I have battled my thyroid for 15 years. It governs other hormones in our bodies, including ghrelin (the "I feel hungry" hormone) and the leptin (the "I am full" hormone). I those are out of whack, so our appetite is.

Glad you're adjusting to your meds. I've been on Levothyroxine for 10 yrs. and had to switch back to Synthroid because they stopped manufacturing Levo! OMG, don't even get me started on that one. BUt this time 'round, my body seems to be playing nicey-nice w/the Synthroid. Hope it stays that way.

Great outlook on the positive aspects of a plateau. . . even when it feels like there aren't any!


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A gift to all my SparkFriends and Team mates

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Please watch this video....


You are beautiful!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/18/2013 8:48AM


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CINDHOLM 4/17/2013 9:31PM

    emoticon for sharing!!

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1966SUNSHINE 4/17/2013 5:12PM

    Thanks for sharing this!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/17/2013 4:18PM

    I saw this earlier today ad it had me in tears. We use such harshness to describe ourselves! I don't see it often @ all, but one thing I like about What Not to Wear w/Stacy and Clinton (and Ted and Carmindy) is they really focus on your PERFECTIONS, not the imperfections and highlight waht the good points are.

Wishing everyone peace and HUGS!

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DAYHIKER 4/17/2013 4:15PM

    Well now...that was very interesting and thought provoking! Thank you!


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