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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just 2 words: good posture.

Check out my buddy's www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_friends.a
blog - look at her photos - she has amazing posture & is SUCH an inspiration, too.

I've been aware for a while that my posture sucks & that when it's good, I definitely look better. They say good posture can make you look 10 lbs thinner & who doesn't want that?

I'm trying to be more aware of mine. It's amazing how much work it is to walk the dogs while making sure I walk tall - I haven't even got around to pulling my shoulders back & down yet, just trying to make sure I don't slump down!

Like anything it's hard at first, but I know eventually I won't have to think so much about it. Just another healthy habit, right?

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DISPATCHER04 7/10/2011 7:29PM

    I'm forever after my daughter about this. She's a majorette, so naturally, if she has great posture, it makes her moves and tricks look better. :)

Always a good reminder for all of us. :)

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XFITSTRONG 7/10/2011 9:50AM

    Great reminder!!!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 7/10/2011 9:33AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm 5'11" and my Mom was also 5'11"...and boy, did I ever hear "stand up straight" ALOT when I was growing up!!

Good advise...like Kaitlynsnammy said...stand up, tuck it in and smile!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/10/2011 9:31AM

    I do try to correct it when I think about it. Thank you for the reminder, it'll make me think about it.

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BLH507 7/10/2011 9:15AM

    I've been thinking about this alot lately too. I seem to notice it more when I am sitting and make myself sit up. I can hear my mother's voice!!!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/10/2011 8:41AM

    Very true! Good posture also exudes confidence both internally and to the world! Shoulders back! Tuck your bum! Tighten your core! Chin up and Smile!


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PICKIE98 7/10/2011 8:34AM

    My Grandma always snapped me in the shoulder and told me to stand up straight!! She was all hunched over from working in the fields and housework,, I listened to her..

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SEKSUNSHINE 7/10/2011 8:34AM

    You bet and it does work, it also helps tighten those abs!

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Farmer's market + LSD

Saturday, July 09, 2011

As in long, slow run, not drugs! This morning I went to the park where the farmer's market is an hour before it began so I could get my LSD in. That worked really well & I'll most likely do it again.

Going early insured that I could get a parking spot close to the market - not something I'd normally worry about, but since I wanted to change, it meant I didn't have to walk back & forth a few times after the run just to use the bathroom & change my clothes. Not to mention I got to park in the shade, too.

Today I discovered that twice around the outermost part of the park is about 5 miles, which was my objective for today. I also discovered that my running skirt begins chafing around 5 miles, too, at least when it's warmer - which worked out well, since I got to stop just as the chafing started and I'll know about it for next time.

The only downside is that there's not a lot of shade in the park, as it's relatively new & the trees are still fairly small. And I have to run later than I normally would on my own so it's warmer - but it's not too bad.

Finally, I discovered that I run faster than I think I will when I'm not worrying about speed. LSDs SHOULD be slow. Mine was mostly 12 min miles, which is still slower than I'd like, but I'm comfortable at that speed & feel like I could go on a long time at that speed, not to mention it was actually faster than my last, shorter LSD. And per my spark buddy's DDHEART's blog this morning, I did butt kicks & knee lifts on my walking breaks - which, I found, REALLY slow me down. But hopefully will help out my knees & hips.

I don't use set intervals for my walking breaks, either - I just kind of do what I feel like. Sometimes it's run 3 songs & walk half of one; sometimes it's run 2 songs, walk half a song. And sometimes I ran when normally I'd take a walking break because there was a hill. I enjoy challenging myself with hills; what can I say, I'm weird that way!

Which is another plus to the park, it's got short, rolling hills - many places I do my long runs are really flat. My neighborhood has some good hills, but I spend so much time walking & running here ( sometimes 3 x day!), I get really bored.

So, a nice LSD, a lovely day, some fresh corn to throw on the grill tonight. Life is good!

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RATFINKROB 7/11/2011 9:12AM

    I just love the farmers market!

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DISPATCHER04 7/9/2011 4:31PM

    I must say, on reading your topic, I did wonder exactly what kind of farmer's market you had out there! LOL.

Although, I do wonder at you being concerned about parking. Wow! Your farmer's market must do really well. Ours always has close parking.

My son's cross-country team does the butt-kicks and knee lifts before their runs to warm up and active stretch.

LOL--and if you like hills, it's too bad you don't live here. I have a 5 mile route with some SERIOUS hills. I don't run that one. It's strictly for walking for me right now. My son, who runs 10 miles a day uses that for his serious training days. ;)

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    I love your blog titles!

Sounds like a great day!

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SHEILA1505 7/9/2011 12:29PM

Being from the UK originally, and showing my age, I thought LSD could mean Pounds (Sterling) Shillings and Pence from pre-decimalisation days!

Good idea to use your time before the Farmers Market - well done!

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KISSFAN1 7/9/2011 11:21AM

    Congrats on getting your exercise in!

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NATPLUMMER 7/9/2011 11:13AM

    Great run!!! Sorry about the skirt, but at least you'll know for any longer runs.
What time is dinner? I want some corn ;-)

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EARTHY2 7/9/2011 11:13AM

    I think you are on the right track with doing things that suit your needs and wants. I find that I drive faster when I turn up the music so I imagine it would work the same with walking or running. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to me.


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Commitment to movement

Friday, July 08, 2011

Most people would probably call me an active person. I walk the dogs an hour a day most days. And on top of that I run, or swim, or do ST, or do yoga, so on & so forth.

The real truth, tho, is I'm a slug. Left to my own devices I can sit for hours - reading, watching the Today show, drawing, what have you. My nature is truly sedentary. Not to mention I have the luxury of not working. Did I mention that I hate housework, too?

But I've been trying to commit to working more activity into my day. I try, most of the time, to get up from whatever sedentary activity I happen to be engaged in & move every 45 minutes.

For instance, I just ran the dogs around the yard for a few minutes before sitting down to write this blog. Before that, it was 10 jumping jacks after a bathroom visit. Well, you get the idea.

Because that's what an active lifestyle really looks like - not an intense hour of turbo jam followed by 2 hours sitting spdown & watching the Today show.

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DDOORN 7/11/2011 10:32AM

    Important point...yes...!

I try to park further and either walk really fast or even jog back & forth from the car to the store.

But I know too, I can fall victim to hours on end both at work and home sitting at the pc...!


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    I like your bathroom/jumping jack idea. I am so stealilng it!!

I am exactly like you emoticon I am working on improving that area too!

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HALFFAST 7/8/2011 4:42PM

    Definitely a big ditto on the housework! And I really am a lazy slug myself. I have to "schedule" runs in or I will not go! I don't know why though, because once I am out there running I feel GREAT! And I always feel so much better afterward. It's just getting going that takes all the effort ;) Oh, and I really like the idea of 10 jumping jacks after every bathroom visit - I'm gonna give that a shot!

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PCOH051610 7/8/2011 4:41PM

    How apt that I read this today. I was always brought up to believe that a truly active lifestyle was the best exercise. Believe it or not I used to love mowing the lawn, digging in my garden, shoveling snow and I think I will do it all again gradually...except for the snow which I hope doesn't arrive back for months and months!!!!!

Your jumping jacks reminds me of last week when I was standing outside of Walmart waiting for my husband to pick me up. I was just standing there so I used to curb as a step and went up and down for 10 minutes. You should have seen the looks I got!!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/8/2011 11:35AM

    I admit I'm much more active on days that I'm at work. The bathrooms are far away so I get a lot of walking in ;-)
I hate housework, too. Only do it if I absolutely have to.

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GIGIHEALTHY 7/8/2011 11:27AM

  Thank you!

I needed to hear this. I don't feel that I'm exercising unless I'm in a class.

Thanks for the ideas!

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Current fav salad + turning a corner

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My current fav salad is a waldorf salad with tuna. So simple, so healthy, so filling!

1/2 bag romaine
1-2 stalks celery, sliced
1 tbsp walnuts
1 apple, diced
1/2 -1 cup grapes
2 tbsp mayo (I use vegenaise)
1 can tuna in olive oil

This is a HUGE, filling, satisfying salad. You can adjust the size to your own taste buds; I am a volume eater. You can use tuna in water. You can use whatever substitute for mayo you like - at least vegenaise doesn't have eggs. You could probably use less of it. I've been eating it about twice a week lately. I often skip my afternoon snack when I eat this, but I budget for one anyway.

As to turning a corner, DH actually offered to go to the movies today. We haven't been to the movies in months & there are ones I want to see. But it's just too nice, especially considering all the rain we've had this spring/summer.

It's gonna be a hot one today & humid, but it wasn't bad this morning & I wheedled him into taking the dogs to a local park. As usual, I didn't get to walk nearly as long as I wanted to, but at least I got him out & moving!

Have you turned any corners lately?

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PATTYCAKE17 7/7/2011 11:39AM

    Yesterday at a Ruby Tuesday's birthday lunch for a WW friend, I sampled their fruit salad on the salad bar. I think they used yogurt w/ apple chunks, grapes, and possibly cranberries or raisins. It was delicious,a wonderful side to their cheese quasadillas. I only took about 1/3 cup to taste, this time! I will try adding fruits to tuna and greens like your salad, which will be something new for me. Maybe that will give me a fresh alternative. Thanks!

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TEMPEST272002 7/7/2011 11:04AM

    That salad looks delicious. I like combining fruit & veg in salad. Broccoli & apple is a favourite combo of mine. Glad you were able to get hubby out for a walk.

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RATFINKROB 7/7/2011 8:59AM

    The salad sounds great.

Send me some of your rain, we are dry as a bone here.

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DIKIWI85 7/7/2011 8:14AM

    Sounds great!

Thanks for sharing!

Love that you motivate your DH!

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PCOH051610 7/6/2011 5:19PM

    Salad sounds yummy! I must try that one as we like everything that goes in it.

My hubby and I walk the dogs together now that he is finished with school. We really don't do a whole lot together though like some couples do. Oh well, whatever works.

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    Your salad sounds delicious! Actually so does FIT-WHIT's!

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DISPATCHER04 7/6/2011 1:31PM

    It sounds wonderful! :)

We're going to see Harry Potter 7 next Thursday night. :) We already have tickets.

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NATPLUMMER 7/6/2011 1:30PM

    That does sound yummy (even to a non salad eater like me ;-)
Yay for getting DH out and walking. Enjoy your movie.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/6/2011 1:20PM

    Good job on getting the DH out and moving. I eat a chicken salad which is similar, use canned chicken breast and I substitute walnuts with almond slivers, Yummy - have a bite for me. I tried to talk my DH into the movies over the weekend, I really wanted to see Transformers, but no deal, he didn't want to go. Enjoy your day.

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FIT-WHIT 7/6/2011 1:11PM

    Ooooo the salad sounds GREAT!! I may have to try it!! One of my favs is with a can of tuna, too, mixed with romaine or spinach, and chickpeas! Toss with parmesan cheese and a dressing of 1 T. lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil. Fresh and delish!

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Returning to the scene of the crime

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Today I took the dogs to the trail I ran on yesterday, the same trail where a flock of geese had settled in the last time we went there - we cut our walk short because the trail was so covered in goose poop.

I noticed yesterday that the geese were gone, along with a lot of their poop. So it was safe to return with the dogs & we had a lovely walk along the river with some nice breezes & nice temps - it will get warmer quickly.

This morning I noticed what happens when you're too focused on something: you miss out on other things you might enjoy.

For instance, even tho I enjoyed my run yesterday, I didn't notice the McMansions on the other side of the road. There are some amazing houses there!

There's a balance to be found somewhere, focusing enough so you don't forget your goals, but not so much that you lose sight of everything around you.

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RATFINKROB 7/6/2011 8:48AM

    I prefer to bike and hike where there are no houses, but it is always good to enjoy your surroundings.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/6/2011 7:14AM

    I often forget to stop and smell the roses, thanks for the reminder. Taking time to enjoy the journey should be the best part, I will try to remember that as I drive in the car for 11 hours on Friday, lol. emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 7/6/2011 5:29AM

    Oooh, yeah! I love to look at houses when I go for a run. There's a Victorian that I envy a bit on my 5 mile route. :)

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    You are right, I forget to slow down and just look. Thanks!

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BARBIETEC 7/5/2011 5:48PM

    I guess you have to make another trip and take some pictures for us to see :)

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MZSLYDE01 7/5/2011 2:21PM

    I am glad for that reminder too..
Glad you enjoyed your walk.

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TEMPEST272002 7/5/2011 11:25AM

    Oh yeah... that balance thing... isn't that the trick?

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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2011 10:22AM

    Balance is quite important. I'm glad you had the chance to enjoy the trail with some walking eyes.

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SIRENICAL 7/5/2011 10:00AM

    Thanks for the reminder! It is so important not to get too focused on one thing alone.

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