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What day is it?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I love this commercial. Cracks me up every time I see it....

m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA

Happy hump day darlins!


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NEW-CAZ 6/21/2013 7:17AM

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SUGAR0814 6/19/2013 11:41AM

    Funny! Thanks for sharing Kellie! Have a great day! emoticon

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TATERCAT 6/19/2013 10:09AM

    Happy Hump Day to you as well!


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FUNLOVEN 6/19/2013 9:19AM

    This darn computer! More likely it is Windows 8. Won't let me watch the video, but I do remember seeing it on TV and it is funny emoticon

May the rest of your week be smooth sailing for you!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/19/2013 8:53AM

    That is one of the better ones! Thanks for sharing.

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ROCKLAND2010 6/19/2013 8:46AM

    Have a great day! Thanks for making me laugh.
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LORILEEPAGE 6/19/2013 8:12AM

    Happy hump day to you, Kellie!

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Rest and Recovery

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Monday mornin to ya!

I'm still recovering from the Warrior Dash on Saturday! Sitting down, getting up and reaching overhead are challenging moves today. Recovery is going much better though than the last time I ran the Warrior Dash.

It's a beautiful day today. I was thinking about a walking break on the path here at work but didn't relish the thought of pushing myself out of my chair.

Then the times came in from the Warrior Dash. I finished 342 out of 874 women in my age group with a time of 53:35. WHOOOHOOO! That got me out of my chair. That is just under seven minutes better than the last time I did this. I am strong like bull!

I took a quick walk around the path in the sunshine and came up to a chipmunk that did not scurry past me, but sat still in front of me. I see chipmunks out there all the time but they usually sprint past me before I realize I have seen them. This one sat there so I stopped, said "good morning". He stayed put while I took a picture.

So I named him Alvin....



Have a magical Monday!

  
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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/17/2013 11:16PM

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Congrats on the beating your time by so much! And doing so well in your bracket! You are amazing and very inspiring!
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FUNLOVEN 6/17/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I would keep going but I ran out of Emoticons I wanted to use. I think you will get the picture just the same!

BTW, when Alvin starts singing to you let me know so I can start to really worry about you emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 6/17/2013 12:17PM

    That is a big improvement, congratulations. Chip and Dale are cute, what a way to start out the day

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SUGAR0814 6/17/2013 11:25AM

    You did great! emoticon emoticon Alvin is a cutie!

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TATERCAT 6/17/2013 11:24AM

    Way to go on your Warrior Dash! Nothing like seeing a PR to get you up and moving and motivated for more! (strong like a bull - emoticon hahahaha) Alvin is cute and gutsy! Maybe you'll see him again tomorrow. Say hi!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 11:18AM

    Nice job "dashing"! Nearly 900 women in your AGE GROUP? That's one big event.
I've got to go back now and read your race report.

That chipmunk definitely has star qualities. Alvin is the perfect name.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2013 11:18AM

    Awesome job on the warrior dash! So proud of you.

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CELIAMINER 6/17/2013 11:11AM

    Awwww, I love chipmunks! Glad you are up and stretching those sore muscles!
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Warrior Dash 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What started out an overcast and storm-threatening day turned out to be AWESOME!

This was the second year I've done this with my kids. The last time was two years ago. At that time, I was working out but nowhere near as intense as I have for the past eight or nine months. I also was not running 5Ks at that time, I was lucky to run two blocks then. I thought the Warrior Dash would just be something fun to try. It turned out to be my AHAH moment to get stronger.

I hesitated doing it this year because I REALLY HATE the mud pit you have to crawl through at the end but the rest of it... YEAH BABY! What a rush. My friend's teenage son really wanted to try it with me so I signed up again.

The forecast called for scattered thunderstorms just about the time we were scheduled to run. As I drank my morning coffee I thought, "I just want to stay home and watch movies." But I didn't want to disappoint the kids.

On the way there, it misted then misted a little harder as we checked in. Just before we started running, the sun came out and smidge of humidity!

The course was AWESOME, walking up muddy 2X4s over a wall, down another 2X4, walked across a 2X4 over water to get to a wall to climb over, pulling myself up steep muddy hills with ropes, climbing up walls of rope covered in mud and I ran more than I did last time. It's intense and scary (for me, I'm slightly afraid of heights, some of the walls are a smidge high) but what a rush when I finish and I can say OH YES I DID! I DID THAT!

Everybody is so nice during the race. One woman behind me fell trying to get over the wall I had just climbed over. A bunch of people helped her up and over, then I held my hands out for her to put her foot in on the next wall to give her a boost. What was I thinking?? I thought I was going to lose her so I put my arm and shoulder into the back of her leg to keep us both from going backward. We high-fived several times throughout the race.

The steep, slippery, muddy hill was difficult for me. I pulled myself up by the ropes, slipping and sliding. I was almost at the top and kept slipping back, didn't think I was going to get there but there was nowhere else to go. Two guys at the top of the hill kept talking to me... "you've got this", "dig your heels in and pull", "you're almost there". It was a great feeling to hit the top of that hill.

I was happy to see the mud pit at the end wasn't as gross as the last time. It was just dirty water this time. Still had the barbed wire just over your head so you have to stay low. The woman I had helped earlier reached the end with me. She looked at me and said "let's just get in there!" we both slid in and "swam" to the end. No, my face does not go in there. My chin just touches the top of the water so my head stays under the barbed wire.

The times haven't posted yet. I'm not all that concerned with times. This is not something to race through, well for most of us anyway. Some paths and obstacles are quite slippery and treacherous! It would be nice to beat my time from two years ago. We shall see. I'm just thankful I made it through without falling or hurting myself!

Below are some pics. The blonde boy is my best friend's son. The other two are my kids, my inspiration! We had a great day! I'm glad I signed up again. I'm totally going to sign up again next year.

I have just taken the longest shower ever and hey look at the time... BLACKHAWKS BABY YEAH!







Rock on everyone!

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HONEYBADGERRUNS 6/17/2013 3:06PM

    thanks for stopping by my blog! Love this recap and you look great in the photos!

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TATERCAT 6/17/2013 11:33AM

    You look fantastic! I am glad that you can do this with your kids - what a fun experience. I would love to do this with my mother but I know she is not able.
I never thought of doing a Warrior Dash, but reading your story and seeing your photos is tempting me.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 11:21AM

    Great report! You all look fantastic!

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FUNLOVEN 6/16/2013 3:14PM

    emoticon WAY TO GO ! ! ! You all look pretty fit and buff to me emoticon AND pretty clean ! Are you sure you did the Dash?! Hope you know I'm just kidding you. Congrats on a job well done emoticon You continue to be an inspiration to me and many here on SP. I am soooo jealous I just better keep working to get in shape. I would love to do this with my DD too - next year.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/16/2013 12:31PM

    Sounds wonderful, I'm doing this race in Aug in Indianapolis. I'm grateful for your report!

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TDEMAIO2 6/16/2013 9:49AM

    emoticon What fun and what an GREAT way to spend time with your kids LOVE IT :D

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MAGGIEVAN 6/16/2013 6:30AM

    It is great to do this with your kids and your friends son. I am sure they think you rock! I think so too! I will not be able to do that.

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    emoticon !! Sounds like you had a fun day with the kids!! emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/15/2013 9:50PM

    fun

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FITFOODIE806 6/15/2013 9:40PM

    So fun!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/15/2013 9:09PM

    Wahay for you! Cute, cute family + one!

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Friday Sing-a-long

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Friday baby dolls!

It's time for a Friday sing-a-long. Click the link below and come on get happy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDMu6ArlMMI

"We're one step short of our heaven
And we won't stop short till we get there together
Together, baby we're better
On our own we're fine but united we're dynamite"

Let's unite in making it a dynamite weekend!

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FUNLOVEN 6/15/2013 11:10AM

    OMG - The Partridge Family! He used to be sooo cute back then (can't say the same about now ). Kelli, you are always seem so upbeat and happy. Thanks for putting a smile on my face for today emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 6/15/2013 7:56AM

    Some of the young ones won't remember the partridge family BUT I do :D Totally LOVE it :D emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 6/15/2013 1:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. It is a very sweet song and I have never hears it before.

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SYDLETZIII 6/14/2013 5:46PM

    You have a good weekend as well.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/14/2013 12:37PM

    not available in Germany. bummer.

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SUGAR0814 6/14/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon Happy Friday!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 11:57AM

    I'm with you. Let's get going!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/14/2013 10:18AM

    Awesome! Let's do it!

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PDSLIM 6/14/2013 10:02AM

    TGIF

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LORILEEPAGE 6/14/2013 9:58AM

    Thanks Kellie! I needed to get this weekend off on a positive "note"!

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MIMIDOT 6/14/2013 9:57AM

    Let's go! Thanks for the push.

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New Food Labels?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

m.runnersworld.com/health/can-an-act
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How do I deal with a stressful day? Read an article on runnersworld.com on a break of course!

The above article talks about the possibility of using pictures of runners or walkers on food labels to signify how many minutes of activity it would take to work off the calories of that food item.

It was a real eye opener for me when restaurants started posting nutritional information on the web. No more whining 'I'm watching what I eat, why am I not losing weight?!'

Now that I'm working out more than I ever have, the "activity labels" would give me a new perspective when deciding which foods I choose.

I wonder though about the people that are not active, that do not pay attention to such information for whatever their reasons may be. Would this make a difference to them?

I'm curious about what you all think. Would you like the "activity label"? Think of the people you know that lead sedentary lives. Do you think this information would spark something in them or would they roll their eyes?

Deep thoughts by kelliebean.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/14/2013 8:18PM

    I believe this: people who are interested, can find the info on their own. People who are not, ignore it. Now, I'm pretty in-tune to calories so when I saw the calorie count listed on MacDonald's menu board? I was shocked and left for Subway. But I see plenty of super-obese people ordering super-sized value meals, so it's not even on their radar screens!

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PHEBESS 6/14/2013 8:06PM

    Interesting idea!

I too have found that nutrition labels on food items in cafes and restaurants will help me make a better choice.

So activity level to burn off a serving is an even more graphic image of that same information!

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WATERMELLEN 6/14/2013 7:27PM

    I think this is a great idea --

Even watching the calorie burn at the gym on the elliptical reminds me of just how much effort it takes to burn (very few!) calories

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 12:04PM

    A very interesting article. I don't know if I would need an activity label on everything, but it helpful to keep the general relationship in your head.

For general measurement I use: one mile = one chocolate chip cookie

This eliminates the "I worked out, now where's that ice cream" rationalization.

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NUOVAELLE 6/14/2013 10:42AM

    A great article, thank you for sharing! And the idea of the activity labels sounds great to me. But I believe it would only work with the already conscious consumers on the amount of calories and fat contained in their food. Those who eat whatever comes in front of them without too much thought would probably pay no attention to it. But maybe the repeating appearance of a runner or an athlete on the food packages could make a few persons stop and think, who knows? Anything that could work even with a small number of people is definitely worth trying!

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HAKAPES 6/13/2013 2:03PM

    Wow, very interesting article, thanks!
I would totally support it!
I have experience in knowing how much calories a food item is about, and how much I burn with 30 min walking, running, biking. But, not always I make the link in my head - if I eat it, it's like 30 min walking.
This would encourage me to eat less, and move more!

There are foods that you think wouldn't choose?
Or choose?

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KELLIEBEAN 6/13/2013 8:17AM

    Thanks everyone for weighing in. I always love a good discussion!

I figured a visual like this is similar to the display of caories burned on a treadmill or elliptical machine... pretty much just a guideline more than a hard and fast fact. Every body is different, there are many variables to consider.

This monring, out of nowhere, I had a HUGE craving for a pulled pork sandwhich and french fries. I mean a SERIOUS CRAVING, at 6:15am. What is that?! At the next red light, I saw a woman jog past my car, a good song was on the radio and craving gone!

Visuals work for me, but not everyone.

Rock on!

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FUNLOVEN 6/13/2013 7:51AM

    I can only think of my DH in this instance. He watches what I eat, he listens to my yack about SP and my weight loss goals, he sees me working out, he sees me checking labels, he hears me comment about his poor food choices or amounts when we are eating either at a restaurant or at home. Does it make a difference ? NO ! Left to his own devices he reverts right back to his unhealthy self the minute I am not around.

I think the people who are interested in nutrition, like us here on SP, already know what they are suppose to eat. Those people who are interested in making healthier choices, like us here on SP, have already taken steps to educate themselves about it. We really do not need a picture to tell us a particular food is not good for us. Even if we are not sure about an item, I think we probably have our suspicions about it and know enough to stay away from it.

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TDEMAIO2 6/13/2013 7:13AM

    Not so sure about that?

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/12/2013 6:38PM

    Activity labels on prepared food wouldn't bother me a bit - but I hardly ever see anyone reading the nutrition labels so I'm betting they would ignore the activity label as well.

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MAGGIEVAN 6/12/2013 5:26PM

    A very interesting issue. People who are activity conscious will benefit from such labels. I know I will take notice and make choices based on that information. People who are inactive might not care. It is like the horrible images on sigarette packets here in New Zealand, smokers don't even look at it, they just continue smoking. Non active people who are not yet at the desperate stage to a healthy life don't even read the normal labels and don't know the serving size of say the biscuits they just bought. It is of no interest to them. There are always the exceptions but just think back at your "fat and happy" days. Would you have taken notice?

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SUGAR0814 6/12/2013 5:01PM

    I think it would be a waste of time to add an activity label because everyone's bodies are different. What might work for a smaller body type won't work for a larger body type. emoticon

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MADEIT3 6/12/2013 5:00PM

    I think the more information you give people, the more likely they are to have an aha moment, which can lead to making changes. We've used posters at work to compare the calories in - for example - a hamburger and fries with a "healthy" salad, then paired with how long a walk or run it will take to offload the calories. But put a box of donuts in the kitchen - or a bag of cookies - and the food silently, secretly disappears.

I wish it was possible to show people what can happen to them five years or fifty years down the road if they pick up that donut today and tomorrow and tomorrow ... I also wish it was possible to somehow present a picture of how long it takes to lose a pound for the "average" person compared with someone who has yo-yo dieted.

While I think it's important to know nutrition and fitness facts, we don't seem to have a way to teach people that they need to choose what's right for them to maintain a healthy weight at least 80 percent of the time. The only "teacher" seems to be hard, and too often hurtful experience.

Sorry for the downer.

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SYDLETZIII 6/12/2013 4:54PM

    You, your children, nor their children will ever see that on any food. The food companies are promoting how easy or quick something is too make. There are entire websites designed to you show people how to take shortcuts and now you what them to walk off that easy to cook quick meal. Based on 3 mph, you would need about 45 minutes to walk off breakfast, about 40 minutes to walk off the calories for lunch, and about 60-100 minutes for dinner. But any information on the cans would be inaccurate, because we need to keep some calories for repairing the body and for energy. Also how many calories you burn walking depends on the weight of the individual and several other physical and medical parameters of the individual.

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