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My Week in Pictures

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Well, not my entire week. Monday though Friday are work days, so they're pretty much routine.

Except on Wednesday I overworked my Achilles at kickboxing class, limped around on Thursday and was worried that I wouldn't be able to make my Sunday hike.

Friday was exciting 'cause we got to see Endeavor land at LAX. We all climbed up onto the roof of our warehouse building.

Here I am with my sweet co-worker Connie. I've pitched SparkPeople to her several times...

And here she comes...

They flew over four times before they finally landed. A moment in history.

Saturday was chores: Grocery shopping, laundry, etc. etc.
I did make it to the farmers market and picked up a bunch of local fruits and veggies.
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My Achilles said it would be okay to hike today. Distance was only 9.5 miles, 2000 feet vertical.

It was beautiful!
Fitbit had me at 20,400 steps and 216 floors :)
A perfect Sunday!

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RHONDALYN10 9/29/2012 3:39PM

    I truly love SoCal! How incredible to see the Endeavor land.
PS - You look GREAT!

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MRSRICH78 9/25/2012 1:35PM

    I hope you do this often, because I am subscribing to you. What an inspiration! I think that taking daily photos when I am exercising and then posting a weekly blog will help me - and you gave me the idea! thanks!

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IUHRYTR 9/24/2012 11:51PM

    Loved the pictures. You look terrific. And I agree that it must have been inspiring to see the shuttle. -- Lou

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CARTOONB 9/24/2012 11:26PM

    Very cool that you got to watch the Endeavor land...and that they did a few fly-by's first! Gorgeous hike too!

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FRAN0426 9/24/2012 11:01PM

    Wow! To see the Endeavor fly over and land. I saw the landing on a recorded piece on tv and thought that was awesome---how exciting it must have been.
Love all the pictures you have in this blog. What a beautiful area you went hiking in on Sunday.

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MARLINDA5 9/24/2012 6:25PM

    Lucky you - you got to the space shuttle - how awesome that must have been. You look great in your picture.

Where you hiked looks really nice and good job. Glad you were feeling better. emoticon

Nice picture - thank you for sharing.

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NORWOODGIRL 9/24/2012 5:15PM

    What a week! That is awesome --- emoticon

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ELSTAMEY 9/24/2012 1:30PM

    Wow! Great job!

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BOVEY63 9/24/2012 1:06PM

    How cool to be able to see the Endeavor fly over and land!
Beautiful place to hike!

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JULABELLE 9/24/2012 9:56AM

    We had Space Shuttle Discovery fly over our house twice (and my kids' school) last spring. It was very exciting, but also very sad - sad that the shuttle program has been retired.

Great job on your hike.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/24/2012 9:18AM

    Love your pictures, especially the space shuttle. In 2006, I lived in Florida, and I got to see the space shuttle take off, it was awesome!

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MATHGURL 9/24/2012 8:18AM

    What a beautiful place to hike. Hill are a rarity around here. Sounds like you had a good week!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/24/2012 8:18AM

    I worked at the space center in Florida for a long time. WE got to see them
close up landing, taking off and coming in on top of the big plane. It was
always exciting to see a launch from the center!

Great experience for anyone.

Thanks for sharing.

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TORTISE110 9/24/2012 7:09AM

    Great way to blog! Thank you.

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MALEXANDER4 9/24/2012 6:22AM

    Awesome pics. And to see thank you for sharing.

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MASTERCARE 9/24/2012 5:42AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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FENWAYGIRL18 9/23/2012 11:41PM

    nice pics thanks for sharing!

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KNITTABLES 9/23/2012 11:21PM

    Great pictures and I hope you ankle feels better, Hugs

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TJCADDO 9/23/2012 11:20PM

    What a beautiful way to get in an incredible stair workout. Thanks for sharing.

I got to see one of the shuttles where I lived several years back and it was amazing! Glad you got to see it!


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HHOLT6 9/23/2012 11:19PM

    Beautiful scenery! What a week!

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This is a Perfect Fitness Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

11141 steps taken today - 111% of goal of 10,000
12 floors climbed today - 120% of goal of 10
5.02 miles traveled today - 100% of goal of 5.00
2403 calories burned - 110% of goal of 2,184
1495 active score - 150% of goal of 1,000

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This little fitbit thingy is great!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/21/2012 9:36PM


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BOVEY63 9/20/2012 1:40PM

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IUHRYTR 9/18/2012 11:43PM

    emoticon! -- Lou

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CARTOONB 9/18/2012 11:25PM

    Woo hoo!

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NORWOODGIRL 9/18/2012 9:15PM

    I love my fitbit, too.

But, WOW, it never motivated me to accomplish as much as you have!

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DANYGIRL40 9/18/2012 1:50PM

    2403 calories burned in 1 day????


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RECREATING_ME 9/18/2012 10:28AM

    I'd say that was a wonderful fitness day for you! emoticon

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MARLINDA5 9/18/2012 10:07AM

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ELSTAMEY 9/18/2012 8:03AM

    do you use the fitbit to track sleep too? It really seems like it does everything. Does it get a more accurate count of your daily calorie burn than the estimated on sparkpeople?

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MALEXANDER4 9/18/2012 6:46AM

    You go girl.

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*MADHU* 9/18/2012 1:33AM

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BLC20: This Panther's 12 Week Plan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The only full length mirror in my house is a half-blind one on the inside of my linen closet door. It was there when we bought the house some 20 years ago... Before pic here:

I don't sport a 'muffin top' but consider my legs my weakest point. So this is as revealing as I need to be, hehe.
"Strong" legs run in my family and it finally hit home that agonizing over things you cannot change is quite pointless. So instead I choose to tone and strengthen. While I would love to eventually see a 1" reduction (22" to 21"), I refuse to waste my energy on a number.

My 12 week plan:

emoticon Fitness:
I'm a weekend hiker and schedule one hike each weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. I hike with a group and hikes generally range from 8 - 15 miles.
During the week I do Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and now TNT
My fitness plan works for me and I intend to keep it up during this challenge and beyond.

emoticon Food:
Lots of room for improvement here. I do not track my food but am doing well as far as calorie intake is concerned. Nutritional intake, well, that's another story. I'm on a quest to incorporate more veggies and fruits into my day, but am mostly failing.

During the week I brown bag both my breakfast and my lunch. Plan is to plan better and instead of mindlessly throwing something together in a hurry the morning of, spend some time the night before and pack a proper breakfast and lunch.

emoticon Daily steps and general activity level
I find that while I'm extremely active during my scheduled exercise times, I'm extremely lazy the rest of the time.
Okay, I work an office job that has me in front of a computer most of the time. I do make it a point to get up and move around as much as I can.
But during the times that I'm actually at home I find that I spend way too much time being completely inactive (shame on you, Netflix... ha!)

I'm a new fitbit user (had it for under a week), and I see it as a great tool by which to measure my step count, floors climbed, as well as my active score.
Currently my average daily steps come in at around 7,500.

Increase average daily steps to 10,000
Daily floors climbed 15
Active score 100%

That's all folks.
300 points for the team.
Go Panthers!

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RECREATING_ME 9/18/2012 10:44AM

    Meal planning and preparation does help a lot to hit the target with fruits and veggies. One snack I like that adds a serving of fruit is .25 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, one diced kiwi, and .25 oz. chopped almonds. Perfect blend of sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy for about 145 calories! emoticon

I remember reading something somewhere that talked about looking at your intake over the whole week, not necessarily just for the day. So you may be under on some days, but over on others. In the long run, it would even out. I know there are some days I just am not in the mood to eat as many fruits and veggies, so it helps that I can "make up" my deficits from the day before.

And I have to agree with the others that you look mahvelous! :)

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MARLINDA5 9/17/2012 8:51PM

    You look great & so do your legs.

emoticon on your goals.

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PAULALALALA 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    Enjoyed your blog....and when I first saw your picture before reading what you wrote, I was thinking---"Wow! Wish my legs looked like that!"

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FIT-AT-50 9/17/2012 8:12PM

    Great blog. It sounds as though you're already doing well with the fitness -- that's huge! With your determination, the rest will happen too! By the way, you look great and that includes your legs. :-)

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BOVEY63 9/17/2012 3:01PM

    Great goals!
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/17/2012 1:00PM

    Glad to read that you are going to work on freggies emoticon

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AEHEGE 9/17/2012 11:52AM

    I like your photo and I think your legs look great. You have a good plan and are already doing so well on your exercise. My FitBit keeps me moving, too, and doing the stairs really helps in the fitness realm.

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    You are working it!

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*MADHU* 9/17/2012 4:56AM

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CARTOONB 9/16/2012 10:02PM

    I want a fitbit! One day...

Sounds like great goals. Good luck!

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MALEXANDER4 9/16/2012 8:44PM

    Girl you look wonderful. wow. Those legs??? what is your worry? your athletic and that is so much better than "skinny".

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TERRIPAL1 9/16/2012 8:20PM

    You look amazing your legs look amazing as well ,nice blog enjoy the hiking!

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MASTERCARE 9/16/2012 7:38PM

    You look great to me! them!

Going to be a good round as Panthers!

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LIZARDG7 9/16/2012 7:21PM

    Kricket - thank you for your blog! You look great, by the way! I love my FitBit too, when I can find it! lol

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NORWOODGIRL 9/16/2012 6:40PM

    Yay, Kricket! Good plan.

Don't you love your fitbit? I'm on my second one and wouldn't want to do without it!

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RHONDALYN10 9/16/2012 6:33PM

    Way to go Kricket!
I find it interesting how we, especially as females, always find something we don't like - I would love to have stronger legs as well.
You look great! Keep up the great activity and get those freggies!
You can do this!

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DANYGIRL40 9/16/2012 6:12PM

    Great blog, we can do this, we are Panthers!!!

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VEGEFARMER 9/16/2012 5:05PM

    Kricket, you look awesome, congrats on the new fitbit and your goal to improve your food nutritional value, it is hard to get that one right.

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JULABELLE 9/16/2012 5:00PM

    You are looking great - congrats on the fitbit (jealous), and if I only could have your legs... :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/16/2012 4:37PM

    Sounds great, love the hiking!

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1TRULYBLESSED 9/16/2012 4:12PM

    Kricket, your legs look fabulous to me -- must be all that hiking! emoticon

I LOVE my Fitbit, and hope you find yours to be worth the investment, too. It certainly helps us to be more aware of how much (or how little!) we're moving each day!

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September Goals: 5-8/30

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Already wimped out on my "salad a day" goal. I'm 3/8 on that.
I am, however, not abandoning this goal and will do the best that I can.
I'm still eating fruits and veggies, but again not nearly enough.

Haven't had to toss anything gone bad yet this month, so that's a good thing.

No spectacular hike today: Just my 8-mile Saturday morning routine hike in the OC. It doesn't always have to be crazy.

Still recovering from a killer kickboxing class which I took on Wednesday. DOMS, oh DOMS, I'm still sore today. Needless to say, I'll be taking that class again next Wednesday and the Wednesday after that... This class kicks butt.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody.

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RECREATING_ME 9/14/2012 9:46PM

    After you mentioned your goal to eat more salad, it's been niggling in the back of my brain. So, I bought a bunch of lettuce and sunflower seeds and am eating one huge salad every day (on day three of that). Thanks for planting the seed!

I hope you enjoyed your kickboxing class again this week :)

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IUHRYTR 9/11/2012 10:21PM

    emoticon on your effort! -- Lou

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MARLINDA5 9/11/2012 8:38PM

    What a great picture.

God job on your kickboxing - yeeks emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/10/2012 11:43PM

    Sounds like you are doing emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/9/2012 7:13PM

    Way to go on a successful month so far - awesome hike!
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MALEXANDER4 9/9/2012 7:46AM

    8 mile routine...omg i'm lagging so far behind. lol. Enjoy your kick boxing. If it is kicking butt so are you. have a great day. By the way...our bodies can only take so much salad...if you know what I mean.

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/9/2012 3:24AM

    Killer kick, seems like a real challenge and I am afraid that is out of my reach for the moment! emoticon

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CARTOONB 9/9/2012 12:52AM

    I LOVE kick boxing

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SHELLB7 9/9/2012 12:35AM

    Gorgeous picture!! Good luck with your goals!

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On Willpower

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Caution: Starts with a big picture of a pink donut with sprinkles.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/7/2012 11:56PM

    I'm not too fond of donuts so didn't bother me - thanks for the article!

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CARTOONB 9/6/2012 10:37PM

    Good thing I don't like icing and sprinkles on my donuts! Thanks for sharing the article.

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MALEXANDER4 9/6/2012 8:30PM

    Enjoyed it actually. thank you for sharing.

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KITT52 9/6/2012 2:49PM

    I never cared for donuts much...thanks for keeping us informed....

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TRAVELGRRL 9/6/2012 2:36PM


I'm reading "The end of overeating" that covers much of the same ground. It too, points out that we are AMATEURS when pitted against the billion dollar food industry that keeps loading up their food with added salt, fat, and sugar!

It's actually been a horrifying read and strengthens my willpower because I HATE BEING MANIPULATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 9/6/2012 1:30PM

    Nice warnin. The donut was no temptation. Now if it had been a hot caramel sundae.....

Interesting article. I have heard the "muscle" theory before. emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 9/6/2012 12:50PM

    Good article! I like the "willpower hacks."

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BOVEY63 9/6/2012 12:49PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

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