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Monsanto is trying to evade legal oversight again - quick action required

Friday, December 14, 2012


For those who are not familiar with this organization here is a little description:

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-LINDA_S 12/15/2012 8:27PM

    No question that Monsanto is evil! And sometimes skeptics can use some firing up to get the truth out there.

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OOLALA53 12/15/2012 11:01AM

    Maybe so, Bill. I wish people were more reasoned in their decision-making, but they aren't. Their focus is normally very personal, not thinking about the big picture.They respond to these tactics. Witness the infomercials and diet books. However, I believe the actual reasons to oppose Monsanto are very convincing, but most people aren't willing to go through the process of learning the facts. Yet our food supply is at stake. Given that Monsanto is a seed company that is trying to control the seed supply of some integral crops, I don't think that is an exaggeration.

I used to be very concerned about so many injustices in the world but it wore me down. Now I keep my focus to two issues: basic amounts of safe food and clean water for all. I signed the petition even before I saw the notice here on Spark. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 12/14/2012 11:07PM

    Thanks, Historyrunner and Houndlover, for the link and information. Signed.

My mama taught me that some people will do anything for a buck. Corporations may not be people, but the rule still holds. Monsanto and its ilk could care less what the consequences of their actions are.

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HISTORYRUNNER 12/14/2012 6:50PM

    I respectfully disagree with "Brewmaster Bill" (although I might like his beers!). In fact, more urgency and a good healthy dose of passion, married to a broad publicizing of the facts of the "Monsanto Protection Act," are exactly what is needed at this juncture. Let me point out what the Farm Bill would do: it would outlaw - not just limit, but outlaw - review of environmental or human impacts of GM crops; require - not encourage, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant immediate approval or deregulation of a GM crop, regardless of its proven safety or lack thereof; and severely limit the USDA's review process.

Here is a link with some more detailed information about the bill.: http://www.naturalnews.com/036477_M
That this is buried in the depths of a sleep-inducing, massive Farm Bill is a stealth tactic which the ag industry (affectionately known as "Big Agra") counts on to slip this one past the American public. I'm sure that a little research would show this is one of the oldest tricks in the playbook. Those who have seen "Food, Inc." should not be surprised by the underhanded tactics of Monsanto & Friends. Anger, outcry, emotion, and hard, reasoned argument all need to be marshaled to fight back. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/14/2012 5:38PM

    I've found these guys to have been pretty reliable. emoticon emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/14/2012 4:36PM

    This sort of website fuels the fire of a skeptic. No facts, lots of emotion, urgency.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Weight this morning was 132 lbs.
I did strength training for about 45 minutes, some core, some leg muscles, a little upper body. I got confirmation from an experienced swim coach that it is fairly normal for shoulders to get sore after swimming a lot of freestyle at first because of the uneven use of muscles around the shoulder joint, so starting tomorrow I'll get serious about doing shoulder strengthening exercises to balance this out.
I also bought a new heart-rate monitor, the same as before, a Polar FT4, which is reasonably priced and has all the basic features I need.
I will start using it tomorrow for my 3 mile training run.
I also invested in a balance trainer which should provide a little extra challenge for my workouts at home. I don't like it quite as well as the Bosu balls but it is a fraction of the price. Here is a picture:


It helps to work core muscles.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 12/14/2012 8:28PM

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ERIN1957 12/14/2012 12:57PM

    Wow you are doing so well! Great job !!

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LEANJEAN6 12/14/2012 6:46AM

    Great workouts-Lynda emoticon

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JSTETSER 12/14/2012 6:30AM

    I like the idea of the Bosu balls-let me know how you like them. I might buy one.

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Started my half-marathon training

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I started off with running a 5 K on the treadmill. I increased my speed starting off at 4 mph, and moved up to 4.5 mph within 2 minutes where I stayed for the first third, then increased to 4.6 mph until about 2 miles, then increased to 4.8 mph, 5 mph and at the end 5.5 mph.
time was 40:36 min., pulse at the end was about 160.
Incline was set to 1. average pace about 4.58 mph
Running on the treadmill is harder for me than outside. I think it's the boredom and having nothing interesting to look at.
I just looked at my blogs from one year ago. I had not given up wheat nor gone low-carb and in retrospect it is so easy for me to see why my running did not improve.
Then I did change to low-carb and wheat-free shortly before my half-marathon but my body had not really fully transitioned to using fat as fuel.
I am really looking forward to seeing how much I can improve my running on a low-carb diet.
I'll have to go and buy a new heart-rate monitor to continue training according to the Maffetone method (heartrate cap of 180-age with some variation).
I'm pretty sure that my running is better than it was about a year ago, even though I did not do much running this spring and summer.
Tomorrow I'm planning on strength training and a little sprinting.

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JOSSY23 12/19/2012 3:46AM

    Congratulations on starting your half marathon training. I have a half marathon in June/July which I am about to start training for and to be honest, having a month off, I know training is going to suck! Hopefully we can support each other in our pursuits.


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MICHELLE8182 12/16/2012 7:41PM

    I think it's great that you keep progressing! I have to completely agree with the treadmill - I can only do interval workouts on it, otherwise it's just too boring. I also am a huge fan of couch to 5 K - we just finished putting on a C25K program for the community, and though we lost most of the 15 or so max participants we got, 2 people who had never run before got up to 5K and are still running a few weeks after the program! It definitely works:)

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GOPINTOS 12/13/2012 5:39PM


Thanks for sharing!


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GETSTRONGRRR 12/12/2012 8:49PM

    Congrats and good luck! I'm a big fan of Jeff Galloway. He has a book called running that gives good plans for 5Ks to HMs.

His method helped me get through 5 marathons with better times and less pain!

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THE70SNUT 12/12/2012 8:22PM

    First time I've read your blog, and I'm impressed! Will have to look back at older entries. I would love to be a runner but just getting started walking right now. Progression in the appropriate amount! Great job!!!



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Gained a little muscle, didn't lose any fat

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I gained about a pound of muscle mass in the last 6 weeks, but my total body fat stayed about the same at 23%. This tells me that I need to avoid longer breaks in my exercise routine as the ones I had to take because of tendinitis in my arm and then soreness in my shoulder to make more progress. I decided to give it about 3 more months or until just before my half-marathon to do another check. My doctor thought I would not have to cut carbs any more to see results if I can keep from getting injured and continue strength training 3 times/week and running 3-5 times/week. This is unless my H A1c levels has not improved, in which case I may have to cut carbs a little more. I will get blood work done tomorrow and it will take about a week to get the results of that.
Given that I'm not really interested in cutting carbs all the way down to 20 grams/day I will probably just make progress very slowly.

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RUSSELL_40 12/12/2012 6:19PM

    I think you will see a significant improvement in your A1C, since it was a huge drop in grams of carbs. If not, it would be very interesting. Maybe you only get a benefit from going very low, like I did with Atkins? I know I dropped when I lowered my carbs to 150 grams on the " diabetic diet ". Problem was, I didn't lose any weight. However my A1C dropped, as it should with a reduction in carbs. Have you been testing daily, and if so, are those lower?

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-LINDA_S 12/12/2012 6:03PM

    Well, gaining the muscle is great! Maybe your body doesn't want to be much lower in fat. Sounds like you're really working hard.

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ERIN1957 12/12/2012 12:23PM

    awesome keep going you are doing wonderful!

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KACEYSW 12/11/2012 9:25PM

Keep up the great work!

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Testing my running form - Feedback please

Monday, December 10, 2012

Before I get serious about training for my next half-marathon in early March I wanted to make sure that my form has not deteriorated.
So we took a short video of me running on the treadmill.
incline was 1, speed started at 4.5, then 5 mph when seen from the back,
sideview started at 5 mph, then 6 mph, then 7 mph
I am running in minimalist shoes, vivo barefoot this time, no heel, no cushioning, no arch support, extremely flexible.
Current training pace which caps my heartrate at 135 (Maffetone method) is 4.6 mph at incline of 1.
I'm hoping to get some feedback from experienced runners and/or running coaches.
Questions are welcome as well. emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 12/14/2012 6:50PM

    Your cadence seemed too slow to me so I counted: 160 footstrikes per minute (at least during the 1st minute of the video when I was counting). Every recommendation I've ever read says that's too low and you should aim for 180. Remarkably consistent recommendation for all types of distance runners (from beginners to veteran).

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/11/2012 2:57PM

    If you need a professional opinion, you should post this question in the exercise and fitness forum. Add a link to this blog so that the regular SP runners can take a look.

Zorbs, Sergeantmajor, Papamike, etc... they can tell you if you have good form or not. You could also ask for Coach Nancy's opinion since she is a runner and a running coach too.

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KRISZTA11 12/11/2012 2:43PM

    Your forms looks comfortable and natural to me.
Nice and economical!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/10/2012 10:43PM

    I'm not a runner either, but wanted to let you know I think you look great doing your workout. Thanks for the vlog.

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TRYTRYAGAIN10 12/10/2012 7:08PM

    Unfortunately I'm not a running expert (just an enthusiast who has also done a Half) but from everything I've read about "barefoot" or "minimalist" running it looks like you're doing it right. Your strides are short and you're striking at the forefoot/midfoot at higher speeds. At the lower speed it looked like you were smacking your heel a bit on your left foot but I doubt that's something to be too concerned about. Looks like your doing great! Good luck on the next half-marathon! I hope a running guru can give you some more feedback.

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TJCADDO 12/10/2012 6:01PM

    I just came across your VLog and I have no comment to make on your running form because I am not a runner. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck for next March's Half Marathon. Keep going, keep going!

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