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Plans changed (of course)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

My friend, Cathryn got called into work this morning, so we didn't do the really long walk we had planned, but when plans get canceled I adapt. Instead of one really long walk I took a long walk in the morning with Cooper and a different walking buddy (5.75 miles), then I took him with me to do the virtual 5k (we actually did 3.2 miles in just under an hour), then I walked to meet a friend for dinner (another 3.5 miles in about an hour), then walked home and got the dog and took him for a walk (another 1.75 miles). If you add in the normal moving around steps, my pedometer is just about at 27,000 steps for the day. Not bad for a day when I said I was going to either do the killer-long walk or take it easy. I realized I need to replace my sneakers again. I guess there is only so many miles of wear in the suckers, and I have been adding up the mileage. I know the walking is a little excessive, but it was actually sunny all day today, and only chilly, not downright freezing, so I feel I need to take advantage of the weather. I only had to wear a sweater today, not a sweater, jacket, hat, gloves, etc.

Has anyone else noticed that as you lose fat you lose insulation against the cold? Last winter I had no problem staying warm, but this year I am already cold and the only real difference is those 60 pounds. Is that normal?

  
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LYNETTEMOM 11/2/2011 4:13PM

    awesome walking to the max! I love my pedometer!

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TWNOMWE 11/2/2011 11:16AM

    For I felt more colder when my weight was 199 lb but as It get lower I am hot all the time.
(My thermostat is wired different) and I do more ST so I am thinking we need more muscles. Get those Sweaters do not pad up with body fat again.
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RG_DFW 11/2/2011 8:17AM

    Oh yeah, probably part of the reason I'm feeling the "cold" more

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GAILRUU 11/1/2011 10:08PM

    I do notice that I get chilly easier now that I have lost about the same amount as you have. I am not looking forward to winter since I don't like cold weather! It is hard to avoid in Minnesota.

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I make plans, and God just laughs sometimes

Monday, October 31, 2011

I marched the dog along for 5 miles this morning. We finished in under 2 hours (Avg. 23 min/mile). Not bad for an 11 pound little pooch. He probably could have gone farther, but I had to go the restroom, so I stopped the walk at 5 miles. Then Trick or Treating with my 6 year old niece, Francesca and her mom, and a walk over to a friend's house for tea and snacks (pickles, peanuts and pretzels). I managed to get through Halloween without a single piece of candy. I prefer really good dark chocolate anyway. If I am going to give myself a treat it will be something I can really savor (like 80% dark chocolate with chili).

All told the dog and I walked about 6 1/2 miles today. I would have taken him for a longer walk this evening, but it started raining, and he really dislikes a cold, rainy night. But 6 1/2 miles is pretty good. I have a 10 mile walk tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. My friend, Cathryn, is supposed to have the day off, but she got called into work by both of her jobs today, so we will see what happens tomorrow. If Cathryn can't walk with me, then Cooper and I will probably do 5 or 6 miles together instead. I have a dogsitter arranged if she can go, so Cooper doesn't have to sit in his crate for hours.

Even with tea and snacks at my friend's house this evening I am still in my calorie range for the day. In fact the only thing I didn't stay in range on was fat. I only got about half the recommended amount. I guess pickles and pretzels don't have a lot of fat!

The weather is supposed to improve over the next couple of days. I might not have to wear my winter gloves when I go out tomorrow morning. It has been so cold here in the mornings, but Cooper and I still walk, as long as it isn't cold and raining (or snowing hard). I took him to the pet store today to try on sweaters and jackets. I finally found one of each that I can live with, and more importantly that he can live with. He was fascinated by the parrots at the pet store. I wasn't sure if he wanted to play with them or eat them, but I definitely take the opportunity to find out! We stopped to get gas while we were out, and the guy pumping my gas couldn't get enough of Cooper in his new sweater. I have met and had conversations with so many more people since I adopted Cooper in August. He flirts with pretty girls, but he loves men and little kids. I feel a little out of my comfort zone occasionally when strangers approach me asking if they can pet my dog, but for the most part it is kind of funny.

Stay tuned to find out if the long walk happens tomorrow, or not!

  
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LIVINGFREE19 11/1/2011 8:27PM

    That is cute...you and Coop putting on the miles!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/1/2011 7:35PM

    We get stopped alot while walking our greyhound Maggie. She is a great conversation starter.

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HINCTYBEAT 11/1/2011 1:34PM

    That is one lucky well-traveled dog :) Hope you had a good one today!

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You go, Beautiful Butterfly!

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GEMSTONE1952 11/1/2011 10:47AM

    emoticonGreat blog!

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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

    fun

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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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