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Great Urban Race 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

This past Saturday hubby and I did the Great Urban Race for the second time. much fun!! This time I wasn't pregnant so I was able to speed up and we ran a lot more than we did last year. Unfortunately I started my HRM late, but I burned more than 1,026 calories. (Although I probably added them back in by eating that cookie! We had to take a photo of us taking a bite but we didn't have to eat it all! But we were hungry - no time for lunch!) We beat our time from last year by about 40 minutes too.

For those who don't know what the Great Urban Race is, check it out here:

ETA: Just saw these same people do another type of race called Warrior Dash! That looks fun too. Who wants to get muddy with me?? :)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/19/2010 12:06AM

    What fun!

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SPARKNMOM 5/18/2010 9:43PM

    Wow!! What fun :) And how awesome that you and hubby do it together - LOVE that!!

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ZIRCADIA 5/18/2010 8:53PM

    I WANT TO DO A WARRIOR DASH SO BAD!!!!!! someday .... or another mud race... but anyway - CUTEPICTURE! :) And yes, I felt so civilized eating at my table last night and this morning. :)

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/18/2010 8:56AM

    Wow! 40 min. off your time. That's impressive. That cookie looks good too. Sounds like you earned it!


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/18/2010 3:50AM

    Woohoo! Sounds like you had a GREAT race! And with all that running around at such a speedy pace, you definitely deserved that cookie. =D

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ROCKYCPA 5/17/2010 1:44PM

    Congrats on beating last years time- that is awesome. Aren't heart rate monitors great! I have one and really track with it. Don't worry about the cookie - you shared it, lol.

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NICOLE12-01 5/17/2010 10:40AM

    I'm so glad you had a great time! Great job on beating last years time by 40 mins!!! WOW!!! That's AWESOME!!! It looks like you had great weather too! I can't wait until next year because I REALLY want to do the race too! Sounds so incredibly fun!

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30 Day Shred

Monday, May 10, 2010

For Mother's Day, part of my present was Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD. I'm so excited to try it out!! Will it give me killer abs and smokin' guns in 30 days? emoticon emoticon Well it will be worth a try! :)

I was hoping to try it out this week but my knee has been acting up the past few days. I am not sure what is wrong with it but every once in a while it starts to hurt. I have fallen on it way too many times, so I am sure it's because of that. It is feeling better today so hopefully I will be able to go to my class tonight and/or do the Shred.

As an aside, I get Jillian's newsletter by e-mail and found out about a health-focused cruise you can go on with her in the fall. I totally want to go!!! I couldn't find the price but I'm sure it will be super expensive.

I hope everyone's weekend was fun! It always flies by way too quickly. Next weekend the hubby and I are planning to do the Great Urban Race again in D.C. It was so much fun last year. And now that I am not pregnant, maybe we will finish earlier this year too.

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DNJEN471 5/12/2010 3:00PM

    A cruise with Jillian would be amazing!

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ZIRCADIA 5/10/2010 5:19PM

    Love the 30 Day Shred - I bet you will, too!!! :D

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/10/2010 3:19PM

    30 Day Shred sounds like a great Mother's Day gift! Hope you enjoy it.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/10/2010 11:16AM

    If not a cruise with Jillian, I'm sure there are other health-focused cruises that will be less expensive. Corey and I are debating going on a cruise soon since we haven't had a honeymoon yet. Maybe you and your hubby should join us. Hmmm... Sparkpeople should have a cruise.


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JOYINRUNNING08 5/10/2010 9:26AM

    I loved the 30 DS when I did it a few times. My Hubby really noticed a difference in my body which is a great boost also. :)

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NICOLE12-01 5/10/2010 8:43AM

    I hope you get to try out the 30 Day Shred soon! It's one of my favorite workout DVD's! What a great present! I get the newsletter too and thought it would be super cool to go on that cruise too! I'm sure I'd never be able to afford it, but hey, I can dream right? ;)

What's the Great Urban Race? It sounds like fun!!!

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Beautiful Saturday! And lots going on!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I did pretty well with exercise this week! YAY ME! Only a 20 minute run on the treadmill yesterday but it felt SO GOOD to run after a little hiatus. :)
Yesterday when Laila and I were walking to the gym I noticed two women walking on the other side of the street. They were walking pretty fast; it was obvious that they were walking for exercise, not for a leisurely stroll. So I decided to play a little game. They were a bit ahead of me, so I walked super fast to try to pass them. At one point we were neck and neck and then...I had to stop for a light! Grrr.... I ended up walking right on pace with them till the end. LOL.

Today there is a free fitness expo going on in our convention center. There will speakers (Montel Williams will be there), exercise demonstrations, cooking demos, various health screenings, etc. I thought it would be fun to check it out. It's a lovely day, so it will be a nice walk downtown from our house, too.

I always enjoy the first weekend in May! The weather is usually beautiful and this week there is always a lot going on around here. Especially around Cinco de Mayo, there are always a lot of people around. No, I'm not in Mexico. People in my neighborhood just like to drink. :) There is also a bizarre event called the Kinetic Race going on here today. People - most if not all wearing costumes - who have built these art sculptures/floats take them through the city. They go into the water here at the waterfront in our neighborhood and also make their way to a nearby park where they go through mud. I never really understood the purpose of this event, but it's fun to watch them pass by.

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NICOLE12-01 5/3/2010 12:09PM

    Hehe! I love your little competition with the walking ladies!

Did you make it to the fitness Expo? That sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon!

Your neighborhood sounds like it's a great place!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/1/2010 10:54PM

    A fitness expo sounds like a fantastic way to spend a weekend day! Hope you had fun!

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    A little bit of competition when exercising can be fun. Way to go on your walk and the treadmill run.

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DNJEN471 5/1/2010 1:05PM

    Nice job on the run- you sound like me with the little game. I always look for motivation while I run. Keep running to the end of the road or make it around faster this time then last. Whatever works :) Montel Williams- wow. If you watch him speak you'll have to let us know how it was.

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    I'm glad you are doing so well with exercise! That little power walking game sounded like a great way to keep yourself motivated. emoticon

Both the fitness expo and the Kinetic Race sound like fun. Those costumes sure make the event interesting! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2010 8:51AM

    Sounds like your city would be a really fun place to be this weekend!

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An unsparky week

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm back from a week of visiting my folks, eating a lot, not exercising and rarely logging into Spark. I guess you could call it a vacation from pretty much everything that comprises my usual routine. Baby was with me, but my mom was with us so I had some help with her during the day as well, which was nice.

I went a little crazy with the eating. My parents eat pretty healthy (they don't even have sugar in the house) but I definitely did not pay any attention to how much I was eating. Although I did not track my food (bad move!) I know I was going way overboard on the calories. We also went out to lunch quite a bit. One day my mom ad I we went to the Cheesecake Factory, where one portion feeds 4 or 5 people. I ordered from the lunch menu, which I thought would have smaller portions, but what they consider smaller still feeds at least 3 people. I did not finish it but I still probably took in almost all the calories I needed for the day. They have these "weight management" salads, which I wish I would have ordered. But those types of menu items never seem appealing on a menu full of so many temptations. And who is the genius at Cheesecake Factory who decided to name these menu items "Weight Management"? Who wants to order that??? LOL! was definitely a vacation from all things Spark. I've veered way off course and if I am not careful I will veer too far. I'm already pretty lax with my tracking and food choices as it is. I do well with tracking my breakfast and lunch. By the time dinner rolls around, I no longer wish to be on the computer. This week, however, it's back to tracking, back to exercise, and back to watching my portions. I've got to get back on track ... and quickly, before it's too late and the pounds come back on with a vengeance.

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ZIRCADIA 4/29/2010 7:52PM

    I ordered a Weight Management salad once - it was DELICIOUS. Had pears in it? Pear and Endive? or something? Anyway - fantastic. But yes, I felt very awkward ordering it because of the name... ?!?

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DNJEN471 4/29/2010 6:53PM

    I am sure with your dedication, if you did gain, it will be gone quickly!

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    Welcome back! I'm just back, too, and did a bit of emotional eating -- chips and cookies, no less! -- while away for my training. We'll get back on track. I believe in us.



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STARTSPARKING 4/28/2010 7:21AM

    I agree that the term "Weight Management" does not exactly scream "order me!" on a menu.

I'm glad you are taking notice that you are straying a little because that would prompt you to get back on track. I hope this week is going well for you so far. With your diligence and determination, I know you can do it!
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SANDIE4HLTH 4/27/2010 12:43AM

    I really know what you mean here: I recently spent five days at my daughter's home helping with her children and, although I tried (sort of) to watch my food intake, I know I ate more (and worse) than I would have at home...IF I were tracking my food on SP, IF that pizza didn't look so darn good.

Coincidentally, too, my hubby and I went to Cheesecake Factory for a late anniversary celebration. This was only a few days after I came home from my daughter's home. Somehow I managed to order one of their weight management salads -- I guess the cold I had sort of saved me from some of their more decadent offerings; my food conscience was really bothering me and my appetite wasn't very strong. Like Seppiesusan said, even the WM salad was HUGE! I got several meals out of it. Personally, I'd like to see much smaller portions and prices!

I'm still feeling somewhat bloated and not quite fit and healthy like before all this happened. But I am chipping away at it. I was just drawn to the parallel experiences here and wanted to say: chin up, you're not alone! I'll bet you'll be totally back on track in a flash.


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SEPPIESUSAN 4/26/2010 5:19PM

    I had one of their Weight Management salads once and even THAT was huge!

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SIMPLEJOYS 4/26/2010 2:50PM

  Mila - I have been eating out a lot lately too - and I have no idea what happened to my diligent ...anything. I keep thinking...if I just make it through these next 2 weeks, I'll be ok. I do need to re-establish old (good) habits, and I am going back to what I did before I even found Spark.

I know from experience that not thinking about my food leads to weight gain for myself - and I really appreciate your blog today, to remind me that I need to be more mindful.

Here is to a great week of healthy eating and exercise!

Hugs and thanks,

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/26/2010 1:48PM

    You know, sometimes I find that a week or so "off" from all things Spark is exactly what I need to get me refocused and back on track when I return. Hopefully you'll be able to use this past week in the same way!

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ASTER2606 4/26/2010 11:04AM

    Oops. Well, it sounds like you have a plan for getting back on track. The portions at the Cheesecake Factory scare me. We've been gardening like crazy. Still lots of work to do, but I think the end is in sight. Well, at least maintenance is in sight rather than preparation and planning.

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Good idea or too extreme?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I read the following article this morning about a school in Arizona that has banned white bread (and items made with white flour), flavored yogurt, most crackers, birthday cake, and well, nearly all processed foods. If a child brings the offending foods to school, they are taken away and the school gives them a replacement from its stash of approved foods. There is no cafeteria at this school; lunches are brought from home.

Here is the link:

What does everyone think of this? I'm so curious!
What I found interesting, which the article didn't address, is that peanut butter is not only allowed, but the kids are given peanut butter and honey sandwiches as one of the replacement foods. What about all the hoopla about peanut allergies?

In any case it's an interesting approach for a school to take, no?

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/17/2010 2:13PM

    I wasn't sure what I thought of this approach until I read the part in the article where the little boy says he wishes he could eat an Oreo. This plan sounds well-intentioned, but I bet it's just going to make the kids want that forbidden junk food even more.

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ASTER2606 4/17/2010 11:52AM

    I definitely think DNJEN has a point. While Pam is right that there are parents who are clueless about a good diet, I don't think that it is the school's place to undermine my (hypothetical) parenting by tossing food that I put in my child's lunch. So what if I make an otherwise healthy wrap sandwich with black bean paste, cheddar, lettuce, avocado and roasted red peppers with the forbidden white flour tortilla? Do they really think replacing that with peanut butter and honey on whole wheat is the superior choice. I wouldn't think so. IMO, wholewheat tortillas are nasty and you can't use the stoneground corn tortillas for everything.

The waste of food is bad and I wonder what sort of message kids take away when the school tells a third grader or kindergarten that the food their parents feed them isn't any good.

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DNJEN471 4/16/2010 5:27PM

    Personally, I find this a bit extreme. While I understand what they are trying to do- I don't feel it's their place to police what the kids parents choose to pack for them.

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    I'll come back later to read everyone else's comments. Personally, I think its a great idea BUT I hope there was a transition. For example, I'd like to see schools implement this one day per week and offer information and/or workshops to families who need to learn how to prepare healthy foods for their kids. Whereas I find it very easy to do this every day of the week, I know there are families that have no clue how to eat without opening packages. Peanut butter is a bad idea in elementary schools where kids are careless about cleaning their hands and touching things they shouldn't. I've heard stories of children getting sick from touching a peanut-butter-contaminated surface or even from smelling peanut butter that's in the same room as them.


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STARTSPARKING 4/16/2010 5:58AM

    We all agree that typical school cafeterias that serve glorified junk food such as burgers, chicken nuggets, and nachos (as main entree, not as a side!) are sabotaging healthy eating habits. I see this Arizona school's policies as the other side of the spectrum, and that's not ideal either. I agree that children need to learn to make food choices. However, this school's food policies are too restrictive, and it may make children stuff their faces with the forbidden food the first chance they get. There should be certain guidelines, but such extreme ban on certain food may backfire.

Another consideration is cost. Most healthier options cost more than the regular variety. For example, peanut butter made WITHOUT sugar would probably cost a lot more than regular peanut butter. I also question some of the allowable foods also. Is canned fruit (which is banned) packed in water and is no-sugar added really THAT much worse than 100% percent juice?

Education in nutrition and learning the importance of moderation are the key.

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CLAYOMAYO 4/15/2010 1:18PM

    I agree with Aster, I prefer Jamie Oliver's approach. Apparently it is a charter school, which means it is funded by public tax dollars. I think it is too extreme.
The example of the one child's lunch which consisted of whole-wheat noodles, plain chips, juice and sliced peaches is NOT a balanced meal, it is pure carbs. Where's the protein?

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ASTER2606 4/15/2010 10:11AM

    Aiken's "sand in the gas tank" analogy is a little much. I believe this is a private school, so I'm surprised that people who have chosen to send their kids to this school aren't fully aware of the food rules. I'm no fan of flavored yogurt, but it seems like a valid food choice. I wonder if they could tell the difference between the whole wheat white bread that I make (flour is from white winter wheat instead of red wheat like most whole wheat bread) from a brown bread that might not even be 50% whole wheat but contains caramel color and HCFS. It also seems like confining candy to special occasions like Halloween and Valentine's Day might be enough. I don't think that fruit and nuts has the fun factor of birthday cake either. Why not just make the slices small? I think part of the problem is that candy has just become such an every day thing. Besides that, I don't think the 100% fruit juice is such a great choice either. Lots of things that have "no added sugar" are sweetened with a ton of white grape juice concentrate and if you look at the nutrition information, they have MANY grams of sugar.

Maybe they should be doing what Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver are doing. Involve kids in growing and cooking healthy food.

I could go on and on about this. I probably already have. Have a great day!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/15/2010 9:21AM

    Young families are so busy. I think providing healthy meals at school makes a whole lot of sense. Although, this approach might provide some nutritional education for the families who have to pack the lunch. I don't know, though. When somebody is required to do something, they don't always embrace the lesson. I guess time will tell. Maybe the whole community will become healthier. Or maybe the local populace will vote out the current school board. -Marsha

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STEPHASANA 4/15/2010 9:13AM

    I think it's a little extreme. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for healthy eating. I just don't think it should be forced upon anyone. We all have to make our own choices. Not only that, but it's terribly wasteful. If they want to encourage healthy eating habits, maybe they should have a cafeteria that only serves foods, they deem healthy.

And who made them health experts anyway? I mean no flavored yogurt? There are many flavored yogurts that are plenty healthy. And that's just one example. I don't much like this standpoint.

It is extremely interesting though! Thanks so much for sharing!

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