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What can you build with silverware? (Or fun afterdinner games)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yes, we were building structures with everyone's silverware after dinner. Family dinner's are so much fun! The conversation runs the gamut from the ridiculous to the political (though that is sometimes the same thing). Heard at the dinner table tonight... "I want a peanut butter hurricane sandwich with a lizard!" I missed part of the conversation leading up to that comment, but it stuck in my head and caused riotous laughter at the other end of the table. There were 12 people around the table, 10 of them adults, but the kids were quieter than the rest of us. It was my sister in law's mother's birthday dinner. We took her to a Chamber Orchestra concert before dinner, which was quite lovely. They did a Brandenburg Concerto, a Schubert Mass, and a C.P.E. Bach Sinfonia. There was beautiful music that's for certain. I stopped going to concerts a few years ago because I had to wedge myself into the seats. It is just now occurring to me that I was comfortable in my seat in the concert hall!

I managed to stay on track calorie wise, and got lots of exercise today. I walked the dog for two hours this morning, did some ST afterward, walked brisk laps around my block waiting for my ride to the concert, and walked to and from the party with my dog. I have a long walk scheduled with Cathryn and Cooper for tomorrow morning. Oh BTW... I ran Friday for the first time since I was about 16. My dog loved it! Of course, I only did it for about a minute, but I had already walked about 11 miles that day, and I was getting tired, but I proved to myself that I CAN do it! I can intentionally run and the world will not come to a crashing stop!

So, long walk tomorrow, and possibly hiking on Friday are already on the schedule. In between I will do my regular 3.5 mile loop or more... hopefully every day.

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PURESTILLWATER 10/31/2011 1:41AM


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KARMA70 10/30/2011 11:49PM

    Sounds like you had a great time at dinner and the concert :)

Good for you for trying out running. When I took my sisters dog out for a walk a couple of weeks ago I had him in an off leash park with trails. It was a Friday and there were teens running through the park as part of their PE class. Rocky decided to run with the pack! I had no choice but to run too otherwise I was afraid I would lose my sister's dog! That's the first time I've run in years (probably since I was about 16 as well!) and I actually enjoyed it! I've been thinking of running for awhile so maybe I will work on integrating it into my work outs soon.

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MTULLY 10/30/2011 10:33PM

    Your family sounds incredibly creative and interesting! Lucky you! And congrats to you on getting to the point that you can sit comfortably in theater seats. That is a life changing event. It is a great feeling to stop saying no to invitations out because you might have issues with booths and seats. That feeling helps keep you motivated and on track. Keep up the good work!

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HJFOGARTY 10/30/2011 10:25PM

    what a great blog - thanks for sharing your family fun and enjoy that walk - what a true inspiration! keep up the great work!

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My streak lives on!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I have been maintaining a fitness streak for nearly 40 days now... doing 120+ minutes of fitness each day. Yesterday was a little nuts, and I ended up doing over 300 minutes of exercise, so I thought for certain that today was the day the streak would end, as I was so tired when I got up this morning. I almost felt hungover, and I haven't had a drink in about 8 years! The day started slow with a moseying 20 minute walk with the dog, and a trip with my mom to a bulk food buying club distribution. I sat and read the rest of the morning. (I finished a book I got yesterday.) Lunch was nice. I made the meal at my parents' house. I used their farm fresh food, but it was all my effort. It's a good thing my dad likes turnips, because I went a little overboard when I was chopping it up. It turned out fine though, and they enjoyed it. So, by 4pm I still had only 20 minutes of exercise for the day, and it wasn't very energetic exercise. But the dog had to go for a walk, so I decided that as long as it wasn't raining we would go out for an hour. When we got back to my building (a little over an hour later) I made him sit for 15 minutes while I hopped on the stationary bike. By the time we made it back to my apartment I was totally psyched to do some ST. For my streak it doesn't matter if it is cardio or ST, I am just counting total fitness minutes for the day. Today I squeaked over the line with about 127 minutes. Not bad for such a slow day! Now I am off to make dinner, which promises to be quite tasty, then sit and start another book and play with my dog some. He had a hard day, barking at my parents' cat!

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RG_DFW 10/30/2011 10:32AM

    being flexible with your workouts is a good trait... I think you've got this thing figured out!

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PURESTILLWATER 10/30/2011 12:20AM

    simply amazing

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LGAR519 10/29/2011 9:11PM

    What a STREAK!! Good for you. Tell little Cooper he shouldn't work so hard. (barking at the cats)

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KARIDIAN1 10/29/2011 8:32PM

    Sounds like a fun day. It's okay to have a slower or easier day, or even skip one every so often.

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DIANNAHEALTHY 10/29/2011 6:53PM

  Wow. What committment you have.

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Whoa, I must be a little crazy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

So, today was scheduled for a 10k walking with a Sparkfriend. We ended up walking just over 7 miles. I also walked 7.75 miles over the rest of the day, and did 30 minutes of vigorous pedaling on the stationary bike. I was so tired I didn't want to cook dinner. Thankfully one of my friends invited me over to eat. I need to eat a snack before bed, because I burned an insane number of calories. All together I did 320 minutes of cardio. I am taking it easy tomorrow. I don't know if I will even get my 120 minutes. We will just have to see how motivated I feel tomorrow. I am helping my mother with a bulk food buying club distribution first thing in the morning, then going out to the farm with her. It is supposed to be rainy and snowy tomorrow, which probably won't help with the motivation to get out there and walk. Next week I am planning about a 10 mile walk with my friend, Cathryn. I am hoping to get up to 13 miles before the weather turns really awful. I have the feeling that when the weather gets bad I am going to be spending a good bit of time on that bike downstairs. I am rambling because I am tired, so I will say goodnight, and sweet dreams.

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HINCTYBEAT 10/30/2011 11:46AM

    Awesome! Bet you slept like a baby :)

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KARIDIAN1 10/29/2011 8:41PM

    Nice job on the exercise- you deserve a day of rest!

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TABBYJO88 10/29/2011 5:51PM

    That is amazing. And I think you should go ahead and give yourself a day to rest.

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HEALTHYOTTER 10/29/2011 2:22PM

    Really impressive. When the weather turns, have you considered some you tube workouts? Might add variety to the stationary bike. Thanks for the inspiration!

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RG_DFW 10/29/2011 10:22AM


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13STRAWBERRIES 10/29/2011 10:17AM

  Wow. You walk a lot! Good for you!!

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BD3269PM 10/29/2011 7:57AM

    After all that exercise make today a rest day. Enjoy helping your mom. And keep on Sparking. all of your energy motivates me to keep moving. emoticon

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LGAR519 10/29/2011 7:50AM

    I will have the same problem when the weather gets worse. I always walk outside---no YMCA membership! I couldn't walk today because it snowed last night and is pouring rain now! Don't have a stationary bike. Get some rest today. Good for you, helping your Mom.

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YIWEN39 10/29/2011 12:45AM

    Fantastic :-) :-) :-) emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 10/28/2011 11:21PM

    After all of that, you should sleep well!!

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PURESTILLWATER 10/28/2011 11:20PM

    You are amazing. So proud of you guys.

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 10/28/2011 11:08PM

    Sweet dreams dear friend and Cooper too!

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Huh, what was I thinking?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I originally planned to do mostly cardio today, and it started out that way. It started with two hours of cleaning to start the day before I started my cardio. I improved my time for completing 10 miles on the stationary bike by about 5 minutes, even with an increase in the resistance! Then I spent a good portion of the afternoon running errands. (My stipend check finally came, so I could run to the grocery store for a few things.) My aunt stopped by with a new jacket for me, which was awfully sweet of her. After dinner (a very yummy baked potato, and chicken casserole) had settled a little I started some ST for a challenge on one of my Sparkteams. Once I got going I wanted to do the best I could so I ended up doing 50 crunches, 50 wall pushups, 25 forward lunges, 25 lateral lunges, and 25 squats. I hate, hate, hate squats! Now I am sore, and I am walking a 10k in the morning. huh. Maybe not the best night to push the ST? Oh well, it is done and it felt good. I am just wondering what I will feel like in the morning. I doubt I will be up to a 12 min/mile! I am going to try for an average of 17 min/miles though. There is a long, slow hill on the route I take which makes it a challenge to keep up the pace. We will just have to do our best. The weather should be halfway decent tomorrow morning. The high will be mid 40s, and no rain until the afternoon. Here's hoping the forecast is right!

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KEKEIKO 10/28/2011 3:39PM

    Walking will be good to help out the soreness. You're probably right, no speed walking. Squats are awesome! You did really well, no doubt about that! WTG Leslie!

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RG_DFW 10/28/2011 9:22AM

    Gack, we're down in the 40's this morning. Good luck on the workout!

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KARMA70 10/27/2011 11:45PM

    I often find if I'm sore moving the next day is the best cure for it. But a 10K is another story! Good luck, I hope all goes well! :)

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 10/27/2011 10:40PM

    All you can do is your best and from here your best looks pretty good! Hugs to you and Cooper! The little scamp!

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PURESTILLWATER 10/27/2011 9:35PM

    You did great, but yeah... maybe not the best day to push the TNT if you have a 10K tomorrow :-) hopefully you won't be too sore.

I am VERY proud of you though. Great job.

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YIWEN39 10/27/2011 9:24PM

    Great :-) Love all this activity :-)
Enjoy your 10K tomorrow emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 10/27/2011 9:02PM

    Sounds like you had a nice day. Glad your check finally arrived.

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A 12 min/mile! Really?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I didn't even know it was physically possible to walk a 12 min/mile, but my walking buddy and I managed it tonight. Our second mile was a 17 min/mile, and i think our third mile was about a 14 min/mile, because we averaged a 14 min/mile over the whole 5k distance. I was so excited when she told me our pace on our first mile! It wasn't very long ago that I couldn't break a 20 min/mile. Now look at me go!

I had a lovely lunch today. Creamy butternut squash soup (only 90 calories a serving), but I also added cauliflower, turnip, onion, garlic, and leeks to give it more bulk. With a serving of crackers and a small chunk of cheddar on the side it was still under 500 calories. My only problem with the menu today was that the protein was lower than recommended. Oh well, one day won't kill me. I wasn't able to go grocery shopping today, because my stipend check is late. It is a small check, but it is more than I have in my account right now. So, I have to try and make do with what I have already in the fridge and cupboards. I am almost out of chicken, and I am out of fish, so the protein levels in my meals might go down a bit. I do have beans and quinoa, and I can get lentils from my mom, so it will be okay. Living on an income well below the poverty line can really suck sometimes.

Nothing can ruin my happiness over a 12 min/mile though!

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TWNOMWE 10/28/2011 12:34PM

    emoticon, that is good pace.
I am 10 min/Km walker, trying to do better.
It takes very careful planning when you on limited income.

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SKIRNIR 10/27/2011 11:33PM

    I also used to be a much slower walker. I can now walk a 5k and keep a 13 minute mile pace by alternating between speed walking and my regular walk. Will I ever get faster than that? I have no idea. But until I added in the speed walking, I couldn't seem to get beyond a 15 minute mile for a 5k. My 10ks are a little slower so far, but getting there.

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TABBYJO88 10/27/2011 5:53PM

    That is great. Go you

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HEALTHYOTTER 10/27/2011 1:53PM

    Congrats on your pace! That's a wonderful boost. emoticon

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SUSIEGKORN 10/26/2011 10:55PM

    That's fantastic! YAY YOU!

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KARIDIAN1 10/26/2011 10:45PM

    You Rock!

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LGAR519 10/26/2011 7:49PM

    Congrats. You are doing great. Hubby and I live on a limited income so I know what you mean.We're always out of food by payday. Retirement due to disability is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

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