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Still sprinting a little and trying hurdles

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I can't say that it has had any effect on my speed during long runs yet, but some of the sprint workouts are actually fun.
200 meter repeats are short enough that they are not very uncomfortable and they still give me a feel for what running faster feels like. My time has improved from about 55 seconds to about 44 seconds.
400 meters on the other hand are a killer. I tried it for the first time today and it took me 2 minutes to finish as I was seriously running out of air at the end. The coach suggested trying 200 and 300 meter repeats for a while and gradually build up to 400m.
I am getting more comfortable with hurdles when jumping off with my left leg and can do several in a row. I tried for the first time to jump off with my right leg today and that did not go so well. I have a lot less jumping power and my coordination with arm movements is very shaky when jumping off with my right foot. I will practice single practice hurdles and some drills for a while.
I am still committed to only do workouts that I enjoy. This is, after all, my free time. emoticon

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JSTETSER 6/21/2013 5:48AM

    I'll have to try the sprint!

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IGSBETH 6/20/2013 12:27PM

    Way to go!

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FLAMENM 6/19/2013 11:34PM

    Sounds great. Hurdle on!

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BOPPY_ 6/19/2013 9:45PM

    Variety is the spice of fitness.

Spice adds to the variety of nutrition.

At the very least, you are spicing up your Sparking! Great!


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CELLOPLAYER1 6/19/2013 7:16PM

    Have fun!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/19/2013 11:29AM

    Look at you go..The hurdles sounds like so much fun..Your Coach has a good idea. Your doing better then I would. lol.
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WOUBBIE 6/19/2013 10:43AM

    Love to see your improvement! And I REALLY love that you're only committed to workouts that you enjoy! As FlyLady says, "Make it fun and it will get done"!

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SUNSET09 6/19/2013 8:37AM

  The idea is to get it done and you're doing it! Great! I have workouts that I enjoy and also know that I'll have to switch it up to something that's not so much fun! Work it out! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 6/19/2013 7:03AM

    Great job!

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JSTETSER 6/19/2013 6:08AM

    Your plan is paying off!
I'm heading out for my run in a few minutes. I also love my workouts. My favorite is the hikes. Know the hiking basics!

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DOVESEYES 6/19/2013 3:33AM

    Enjoy yourself!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Running for fun?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I listened to a talk by Christopher Mc Dougall today and he raised the question about whether we are running for fun or to run a good time.
I have always been firmly in the camp of running for fun and my very slow times, showing my aversion to go through any significant discomfort in training, have been proof (although there were some health issues (dairy intolerance) why my speed did not improve much).
Having recently joined a very family-friendly track team, I have started adding a little speed work to my training. The aversion to dealing with discomfort is still there. I have done some 200 meter repeats but nothing longer which would have been more uncomfortable. In spite of this I have had some improvement already. My pulse stays lower when doing uphill walking on the treadmill.
Today I ran a 5 K by myself (on the track, which was boring but easy to measure) and my splits were 10:15 after the first mile, 21:30 after the second mile and total time at 3.1 miles of 33:50.
This is better than I did 2 years ago at the same time of year (last year I had surgery and could not run).
Still, to reach my goal of a 5 K in under 30 minutes by late August before I turn 50 I'll have to improve quite a bit. Today's run was not horrible but it was not exactly fun either.
So this is my question: How can I make this more fun? Doing sprint workouts with other runners is actually fun, but I don't want to do that more than once a week, since I'm also still planning to fit a trail half-marathon in in September if possible, meaning I have to fit in increasingly longer long runs.
I'm considering simply doing more trail running with my dogs while largely ignoring my speed and then just doing sprint repeats once a week. I'm sure there are better training plans that have more variety including tempo runs etc. but I'd hate to have to do them. If you are slow like me the fun is in the running because it sure won't be in the winning.
Chris Mc Dougall's point in his talk was: Enjoy the run and when you get fast you'll have had fun getting there and it won't matter any more how fast you are. Do you agree?


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SILVERWITCH59 6/16/2013 8:09PM

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BOPPY_ 6/16/2013 12:53PM

    It is MOST important to keep exercising, and to shape that exercise program to reach your goals.

Any way you do that is GOLDEN!

I love that you are finding new ways to do that.

Note: if discomfort leads to either injury or disgust, avoid the discomfort.

Keep pushin!


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CELLOPLAYER1 6/15/2013 8:39PM

    I say keep it fun!

Currently I am mainly walking because of a knee injury, but I find I enjoy my runs when I don't have to keep up with someone elses pace. I take a boot camp class and I find myself getting frustrated and feel bad because I cannot keep up with the rest of them. Our trainer for the class says not to worry about it but I feel like I am holding the rest of the class back.

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PDQ1203 6/15/2013 9:48AM

    Birgit - i say run for fun, but i find speed work to be lots of fun (typically, it is a short session and there are lots of breaks/recovery time). what's best - you do improve your speed.
don't know if you've read jack daniels (a coach), but he's clear that if you want to run faster, need to do speed work. i think your goal is completely attainable! and great that you've got a group to run with to do your speed work

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NASFKAB 6/15/2013 8:17AM

  do nit run but you know yourself best do what feel comfortable with

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DOVESEYES 6/15/2013 5:36AM

    Not a runner myself so can't give you a good answer. To me if it is hard work to turn up or get going it is not fun. My love is Zumba and even if I'm exhausted I still want to do more. I love it. It's not hard to start but I find it hard to stop :).

I'm sure you will be able to answer if not now maybe in a few months as you consider your progress. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 6/15/2013 4:13AM

    Hi Birgit, I'm with you in running for fun.
Reading other runner's blogs here on SP I have an impression that there are natural fast runners who just start running fast and improve to running even faster, like 7 or 8 min/mile.

When I finished my 5K Your Way training my pace was around 13 min/mile.
Within a half year I got that down to a 10:30 training pace and a 9:15 5K pace.
One year later I'm still there and I don't think this will change, because I too have an aversion to discomfort. I want to enjoy every minute!
The good side is that the only running injuries I ever had was a black toenail and a transient plantar discomfort.

Enjoy your sprint training, I admire you for doing it!

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Is there any harm in giving up wheat?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Some people consider the evidence that wheat is dangerous and acting like a powerful drug in our body as not strong enough to eliminate it from their diet.
If your reason to eat wheat in the form of flour, processed foods, cereals, bread etc. is simply that of convenience outweighing health, then I will not be able to convince you. In that case I just don't think that you will find exercising convenient, preparing vegetables and other healthy foods convenient and learning about healthy living convenient, either. All these things take effort.
I am talking to those people who don't think they ever had a problem that they were aware of with eating wheat and go by the principle: If it isn't broke then don't fix it.
I believe that in this case we can usually not tell if something is broke until it's too late or almost too late.

But I believe that living wheat-free for even 30 days will bring huge improvements in health for many people. So the only question is this: Are there any disadvantages (apart from the inconvenience). To this the clear answer I would give is No. There are no nutrients that our body needs that it can only get from wheat or even from grains.
So I would like to give you the 30 day wheat-free challenge. If you are not 100% sure that wheat is healthy and safe, if you have looked at the evidence, but are not quite convinced, then do an experiment of n=1 and try to eliminate all wheat (including trace amounts in things like soy sauce) for 30 days and see if you notice any improvements in your health.
You may be surprised. If you don't notice any change then you have not lost much and have learned something about yourself.
And please let me know your results or post on the wheatbelly team. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 6/13/2013 12:25PM

    I think my joints may feel better off wheat, but this mostly occurs totally when I'm on the strict phase of the hCG protocol. Many other things are also eliminated at this time, including dairy. I do try to stay off wheat most of the time, but I eat out a lot and don't know what's in everything. I think everyone should try this experiment and see what happens.

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JSTETSER 6/12/2013 5:45AM

    I am preparing to go on a cleanse on Monday. I may just cut out a lot of wheat rather than go cold turkey

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DOVESEYES 6/12/2013 1:38AM

    I've added almonds -nuts and meal --- to my plan, once a month I bake an orange almond cake, portion it and freeze it and eat one slice over four days. I eat 6 almonds most days and add walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in 5 gram quantities.

I don't eat bread, crackers or baked goods with flour if I can help it. Mostly because I found that bread (flour) puts up my weight.

I try to change the type of food rather than banning it entirely. Like nuts and seeds instead of crisps, or dark chocolate instead of white or milk.

When I get to my goal I want to be able to eat lots of variety.

Great subject!!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/12/2013 1:35AM

    I have been off wheat and have not noticed any difference in my health - true, I lost some weight but I lose weight as soon as I follow a plan, wether it is off dairy products, off meat, off sugar or off wheat...My conclusion is that I am the typical omnivore and can eat all things, the problem is to eat them in a balanced manner - the wheat I normally eat is my breakfast sanwich, that is baked from wheat flour, rye flour and grahamn flour (which I know is wheat also) Apart from that I only eat wheat occasionally - falling for a pizza or a pie, eating french bread at resataurant dinners or cake at celebrations... but that is not every day and not even every week.

So my result is that i have stayed from wheat more than 30 days and it made no difference.

Oh, I should add that I donīt think there is any harm at all in giving up wheat and I think that people should try it too see if it makes any difference. I did and it didnīt.

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WHEAT_ON_TRIAL 6/11/2013 10:44PM

    Struggling getting a good wheat free streak going (13 days max so far) - sometimes the call of cookies is too strong! I'll get there though - even 13 days made me feel great.

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NASFKAB 6/11/2013 10:15PM

  thinking of going wheat free for 30 days

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LINDIEMAE 6/11/2013 9:59PM

    I'll have to pick up on this challenge and start a 30 day glutten free wheat free - I've been drifting in and out and just like yo yo dieting I know this is not healthy for me. BUT replacing wheat with other grains is not good either ... I'll keep trying, like quitting smoking it may take a few test runs, as long as I do not stop trying that is what is important to me. - I think everyone reacts differently, as I know of someone who quit for a month and saw no difference and figured all that was for nothing... to each their own eh

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BOPPY_ 6/11/2013 6:48PM

    I avoid wheat because it's (a) not filling to me, and (b) makes me want more. Not eating it (very much) has definitely helped me lose over 120 pounds. And, I'm healthier. But losing 120 pounds will do that.

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MADEIT3 6/11/2013 4:35PM

    I gave up wheat over a year ago, don't miss it, and have done so much better without it! Thanks for addressing this important topic! Since being genetically modified, many of our grains, wheat and corn, have become toxic to us.

Just as another "animal" example - my dogs must have a diet free of all grains or they start having doggie tummy troubles!

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M77355 6/11/2013 4:03PM

    I will certainly read up on how to do it - my daughter has been urging me to do so for quite awhile bc she feels so much better. If only I could get hubby to go along with my 30-day trial, meal planning would be easier!

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LIVERGIVER 6/11/2013 2:00PM

    I quit wheat as part of reducing carbs in February. I don't miss the starches and sugars at all, but I read an article that led me to have some concerns about vitamins fiber, so I've started putting 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed in my smoothie and added a daily multivitamin. I have lost over 30 pounds and have more energy than I've had in 15 years, so I'm not planning on going back anytime soon. I wish you the best on your journey!

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HOUNDLOVER1 6/11/2013 1:53PM

    You are right that most wheat is genetically modified, but in a way that is far worse than GMO (in the sense of gene splicing). Wheat, like many crops, has been modified by exposing the seed to radiation/chemicals to change the genes, something that has results that are completely unpredicatable, just like cancer drugs killing cancer, but also causing more cancer (abnormal cells, some of which reproduce horrible traits).

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  I have been off of all wheat since April 25 this year and feel so good and don't even miss any of the wheat products and all of the bread that I had been eating.

It was so easy to just start eating high nutrition whole foods mainly veggies and good lean organic protein and I am now losing weight and feeling just so amazingly strong and energetic for the first time in a very long time.

From what I have read is that ALL wheat world wide is GMO.

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FILARECKI1 6/11/2013 1:28PM

    I've been off it 5 months and I'm the healthiest I've been in a long time and I have lab tests to prove it. I started with a one month trial and then just kept going because I felt so good. Give it a try. All you can do is feel better.

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Sugar - how to handle it in everyday life

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

It's addictive, it's necessary for our body to function, it's toxic, it gives energy, it's everywhere in our food supply, some people don't care for it, some foods need it (ever tried 100% dark chocolate?), it's in most fruit and some veggies, animals in the wild seek it out...
All these things about sugar are probably true. So what are we to do about sugar. It probably depends on the person.
For people like me, who seem to have a predisposition towards carbohydrate intolerance/pre-diabetes/type 2 diabetes (whether genetic or as a result of over-consumption earlier in my life) sugar is always a somewhat complicated substance to deal with. Note that I hesitate to call sugar a food, because it really does not have any significant nutrient value except for calories which can be used for energy.
I realized again just today that people who don't ever get sugar cravings tend to think that anybody has a choice if and how much sugar they consume. And of course they are right in one sense of the word "choice". This is just like anybody has a choice if they smoke a cigarette, even if they have been smoking 2 packs every day for the past 30 years. But for some people this choice is much harder to make, especially when life is stressful, we feel the need to feel good right now, if only for a few minutes or sugary foods are the only thing inexpensive nearby (the 50 cent candy bar or donut at the gas station, vending machine or convenience store). And then there are the social events that almost always offer sweet desserts or other sweet snacks. How can we celebrate a Birthday party without a Birthday cake? I make a meat or liverwurst cake for my dog's Birthday, but really, how many people would appreciate that?
So how do we find that balance between eating little enough sugar to where it does not start/continue cravings for more food and on the other hand not restricting ourselves so much that the sheer thought of never ever having a piece of cake or cookie again starts an emotional craving?
My new approach, which I have only tried after quite a few months on a low-carb diet is this: I will have one small bite (this morning it was a gluten-free scone with chocolate chips and nuts) and contemplate whether this is really much better than my favorite low-carb foods that I can eat in normal quantities (things like fruit with nut butter, yogurt, egg frittatas with stir-fried veggies and hot sauce etc.) . So far the sugary foods have never held much attraction once I actually tasted them.
The key to success is to not get in a situation where high-carb and sugary foods are the only option. Also, I would not recommend that anyone try this who has recently given up sugary foods, because the habit of eating them is still too strong.
My thoughts on this topic are evolving as my habits change.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/5/2013 10:19PM

    I look forward to hearing more about what works for you. You really put your finger on the conflicting messages we get from sugar. Thanks!

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WOUBBIE 6/5/2013 5:45PM

    I think you're right, in that people have to learn to handle it based on their reaction to it. SInce I've been low carb I've been able to pass desserts by most of the time, and, as you said, if I take one bite I'm surprised at how undelicious it usually is. (Ugh. Storebought cake! Ugh!)

On the other hand, when I'm suffering from brain drain at work it's surprising how quickly an M&M will boost my thinking power. I guess I'm starting to look at sugar as fuel more than just flavor. Finally!

Of course, I actually do LOVE the taste of peanut M&M's too, but I never think about having any unless I have been pushing my grey cells HARD.

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NASFKAB 6/5/2013 3:23PM

  thanks for the info how I crave sweets at times

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GLC2009 6/5/2013 2:22PM

    that is the one place i am lucky. i have never had much of a sweet tooth. i was talking to my mom last night and she was saying how hard it is to pass up desserts and sweets. she has always had a big sweet tooth. growing up, she was always making a pan of fudge or some such thing. fudge was the big one and it is pure sugar in my taste. never been a big fan.
i am a carb fan and am happy i have quit eating wheat. i actually had a couple tortillas on the weekend and they made me feel awful. so, i'll be good for another 6 months--at least.
i recently read a book that says cancer cells feed off sugar...so, i'm good not eating sugar. though i do in fruit of course.

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ELECTRALYTE 6/5/2013 1:44PM

    I have gone MANY birthdays without any of the cake. I still make it for everyone else but I don't eat it.
I'd rather have your dog's cake any day!

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MADEIT3 6/5/2013 11:19AM

    My only piece of advice here is that you stay very mindful of what happens next. Sugar is addictive - no two ways about it. And some of the recent research I've read speaks to GMO grains also having some addictive properties.

I'm not big on "big research" since I think everyone has to find their own right way. So take it with a grain of salt. But as someone who stopped eating sugar for ten years and then tried it "just a little," I can tell you that one bite can lead to trouble.

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CINDYTW 6/5/2013 10:44AM

  I am re-evaluating my carb level. I don't do sugary treats at all, maybe a few times a year, but I do love fruit! My fasting glucose was high for the first time ever last week. Hmm. Maybe its time to cut back on the carbs some more!

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KANOE10 6/5/2013 8:26AM

    Good idea of having protein with that one small bite. I have done the same..take one bite of a sugar food. Other than that I stay away from sugar. I know I am addicted to it. I use stevia for a sweet taste.

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SAASHA17 6/5/2013 8:19AM

    That is awesome...I am trying to cut out sugar as Im trying to have a child and Gestational Diabetes scares me...I try to drink one cup of coffee with some honey and after that take my beverages plain. And add a little granola to my greek yoghurt as this is a ",mind" of adding soemthing sweet in my breakfast which is fine as I eat 2 spoons of it..
good habit..way to go...

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ANGYAS 6/5/2013 7:26AM

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I replace white sugar with stevia and try not to eat so much sugar as I also have diabetes 2. Not every day is a win, but I`m trying :)

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JSTETSER 6/5/2013 5:46AM

    I do something similar. Whenever there is a nice desert, I will take one bite of it. My husband usually eats the rest. Lately I've been able just to throw out the rest. Who needs more than one bite of poison even if it tastes good?

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STRONG_SARAH 6/5/2013 5:15AM

    You have a lucky dog, I happen to love liverwurst!
You are so right about the cravings. I have to be very watchful because unless I concentrate hard I will eat sweets. Yesterday for example I travelled on trains all day and packed fruit and a salad for myself. I was feeling content and proud of myself when my eyes happened to alight on a bag of peanut M&Ms in the terminal. All of a sudden I felt the blood rush through my body and the craving for the M&Ms was exactly like when I quit smoking. I could almost taste them.
I was strong and walked away, but, wow, sugar is some powerful stuff.

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DOVESEYES 6/5/2013 3:42AM

    Thanks for this!!!

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SUNSET09 6/5/2013 3:14AM

  Dr. Oz had a guest speaker on his show today and he mentioned the same thing, share the desserts or take a small bite to rid yourself of the cravings. He also spoke on eating gluten-free products for two weeks, you'll lose weight. However, I feel everything in moderation. I, too feel it's about our choices and priorities. If we want it bad enough, we'll do whatever it takes! I like to use the example that if your car break down, you'll find the means to get to where you need to be, whether it's renting a car, having a second one, finding the funds or getting a car pool ride. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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This is scary news! See if your senator's on the list

Thursday, May 30, 2013



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M77355 6/6/2013 12:01AM

    Very disappointed to see who is on the list. Will read up further on the whole situation. Thank you for posting.

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GRANDMABABA 6/3/2013 11:32PM

    Unbelievable! So disappointing!

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-LINDA_S 6/1/2013 9:19PM

    I expected one to be on it but not the other. Sadly, I was wrong.

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RUSSELL_40 5/31/2013 12:41PM

    Both my Senators are on the list. Levin is retiring though, so he probably will ignore me. I can talk to Gary Peters personally though. He is running to fill the seat in 2014. I talked with him on Tuesday night. Stabenow is actually one of the people who put up the farm bill, so not sure if she is just pro- farm, and is going along with this, so she isn't labeled anti-farmer. I'll have to send her an e-mail, telling her she has " sum splainin' ta do".

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NAYPOOIE 5/31/2013 11:18AM

    Everybody whose senator is on the list needs to write a nasty letter. These people are supposed to be working for us, not Big Ag.

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KICK-SS 5/30/2013 9:47PM

    It is illegal to grow GMO grain products in the state of Oregon. In fact, some was "found" over in Eastern Oregon and they're trying to get to the bottom of it... they don't know where it came from..

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SILVERWITCH59 5/30/2013 9:33PM

    emoticon This is scary stuff. People should fear Big Ag

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LINDIEMAE 5/30/2013 9:09PM

    Unfortunately not enough care or can afford to care and will eat what ever because they trust those in power to make honest decisions in both countries. Already Canada has allowed this, I mean if Washington DC drank out of the toilet bowl so would Canadian government members - tisk tisk on them ... I buy organic .. so far its safe, or is it ?????

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GRATEFUL_BEING 5/30/2013 9:09PM

  There's a reason I grow my own. I was pleased to senators from my state were not on this list.

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GAILRUU 5/30/2013 8:53PM

    I like to know what is in my food. I have been growing heirloom vegetables that I raise from seeds. At least I know what I have.

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DIDMIS 5/30/2013 5:53PM

    Shame on Texas senators

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GLC2009 5/30/2013 4:00PM

    that's crazy, just voting for what you want and ignoring your constituents. our government in canada does it too. why?????

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WOUBBIE 5/30/2013 3:00PM

    Toomey I would have expected to vote wrong, but sadly, Casey voted wrong too. I've already emailed them.

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CBRINKLEY401 5/30/2013 2:43PM

    Both senators in my state (IL) voted against this. Not surprised. IL is controlled by Chicago politics where everything is "pay to play". If you give them enough money, they will side with you it seems. Makes me want to move sometimes, but then who is going to be left here to vote against these unfriendly policies?

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/30/2013 1:35PM

    emoticon not one California senator is on the list.Yeah!!! Hoping those states whose senators are on the list speak our loud & clear. Supporting you all.

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CELIAMINER 5/30/2013 1:17PM

    BOTH my state senators voted against the amendment, and they're Democrats! Grrrr! Shared on FB.


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JEANNETTE59 5/30/2013 12:34PM

  I received this email and have already been in touch with Senator Menendez. Thanks for posting.

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