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Gardening: how do you estimate exercise/calorie values?

Monday, August 10, 2009

I got my bootie over to the native plant demo-garden* at Sacramento Historic/Old City Cemetery* and worked there from 7:45 to about 2pm. I took lunch break and had discussions w/several visitors to the garden so estimate I was actually working in the garden for about 5 hours. Since the city has Sheriff Work Project folks helping out, the Sheriff staff assigned 5 guys to help in demo-garden area. Unfortunately none of the other garden volunteers showed up today, to help out.

I feel like I put in a 700 calorie day but have no good judgement on how many calories are expended gardening. The main thing we were doing is digging out elm tree sapplings (one of our holes was 4' deep and the root kept on going...) then there's just the basic digging holes to plant new plants, pruning, hoeing/hauling and just all around walking all over the place. During the most active periods I was sweating so much that I had it dripping off my face (brow, nose, etc.).

I'm kind of at a loss of how to break down the exercise value of what I did today any suggestions????

*For more info about Native Plant Demo-Garden @ Sacramento Historic Cemetery visit:

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FRANCLYN 8/10/2009 11:57AM

    heavy digging, raking lawn, gardening...all in the list of "other activities"

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SACGIRL 8/10/2009 10:09AM

    If you go to your fitness tracker, they do have a "gardening" choice from the fitness menu. Just plug in how many minutes you were out there and then a pretty good estimate of how many calories you burned shows up :) I think you burned WELL OVER 700 cals yesterday!! What a fantastic project to be working on!

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MISS_VIV 8/10/2009 9:57AM

    Excellent question. I might think that it could be on a scale of 'the feeling of' ... was it 2 X as sweaty or as energized or as tired as your normal workout per hour? or 3X ? Were you moving as much or less than...what your normal routine would be. Digging and raking I think are pretty good examples of calories burned.. I think they are on the exercise chart.? Yard work is, I know and maybe even more defined.. Good luck.


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BOO-SHAY 8/10/2009 1:42AM

    I have the same problem in estimating calories. I went for a walk on the beach today and know that I worked harder than my regular walks, because my thighs and butt were burning as I walked. So how do you estimate?

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Missed my Land Park walk :-(

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Well yesterday I headed out to meet up at Land Park for morning walk w/EVASOMA & friends and the brakes on my car started to go out (i.e. the car wasn't stopping when I put regular pressure on my brakes!). Talk about scary. Thank goodness it was early in the morning and traffic was light; and I had EVASOMA cell number to call to let her know what's up.

But talk about a BUMMER. I missed my morning walk in Land Park and then had to deal w/car trouble. This after I just spent over $1100 on my beater truck (air conditioning went out) two weeks ago!!! YUK. Nevertheless, I figured I'd make it to the gym later.

The rest of the day then got busy with going over to Joann's fabric to try and make a decision on upholstery fabric (they are having 60% off sale so mom & I are looking to cover about 10+ pieces of furniture). From there it was off to McClellan commissary, w/detour to a cool yard sale at Fulton & Carson & estate sale off Watt Avenue w/mom. FUN STUFF!

Got hungry at the commissary, so did not do so great for lunch (had 2 whopper juniors).... Then connected w/my cousin (who did find nice -but kind of expensive, duplex to rent); and is now having everything that can go wrong with a move -go wrong. To cheer her up I invited her & her moving buddy over for dinner cookout. We grilled steaks and had fresh tomatoes, cucumber salad & carrot salad +mashed potatoes & rolls. I felt good about my portion selection but ended up having 2 rolls instead of one. They were great company but the 'dinner' didn't break up until about 10:30 pm.

Needless to say I never made it to the gym yesterday. So, I'm off to the gym this morning.

See ya!

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EVASOMA 8/15/2009 12:52PM

    Oh wow!
there was a lot of info in this blogand we did miss your smiling face.. you are always so cheerful and we love walking with you... but the "nice but expensive" duplex stood out. we are going to have an openning in our little court of duplexes.. right next door to us.. it's a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath with a small front yard and decent back yard available in sept.. for $975 a month. Wouldn't it be nice to have fello sparkers next door. If anyone is looking please spread the word .

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Evening Parkway walk w/AEVERS1987 & Jack Rabbit convention

Thursday, August 06, 2009

This week we decided to walk on the north/right bank* and it was like we were walking into a Disney movie. First I saw this beautiful black cat in the distance, but it never moved and it was actually the gnarly end of a dark tree stump. (Disney cartoon moment.) Then we saw two giant bunny rabbits galloping by; heck no -they were giant jack rabbits! Then there were 3; then 5; then 7 and we finally stopped counting at 11! It was a giant jack rabbit convention!! We couldn't believe our eyes! Is the parkway being overrun, we worried? With bunnies that big how long will the vegetation hold out????

Ahhhh, but then we saw a coyote (we're pretty sure) stealthily approaching the jack rabbit convention. So the balance of nature will be preserved. The parkway was pretty busy along this section, with cyclists, joggers, runners and other walkers. Next we reached a creek crossing that is apparently inhabited by some dangerous New Zealand snail that has no natural predator in our watershed and is causing problems.

Then we came upon a mystery golf course with two brown footballs at the end of one hole/putting area. We kept walking and then saw two blue footballs at another area. What the heck kind of golf game uses footballs??? Curiosity got the better of us so we wondered over the fence to investigate the blue footballs and realized that they were actually big oval rocks that were painted blue and brown. (If anyone in Sac knows what is up w/rocks on this golf course please let us know.)

It was starting to get dark, so we turned around and headed back to the Guy West Bridge; when we notice the head lights of a car bearing down on us! We were concerned with seeing these headlights; then I thought about the parkway closing at sundown -that maybe this was something new to get people out of the parkway. But, it turned out to be single headlights on two bikes coming our way! and zipping past.

Once we got back to the Guy West Bridge**, we decided that the days are already getting shorter (can you believe it?) so next week we'll start next weeks walk at 7:15 pm. Hope to see you there.


*The descriptive terms, 'right bank' and 'left bank', always apply from the perspective of looking downstream, in the direction the current is going.

** The Guy West Bridge in Sacramento, California is a pedestrian-only suspension bridge crossing the historic Lower American River. It is modeled after the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, though its span is a puny 600-ft compared to the Golden Gate’s 6,450-ft. The bridge was constructed to tie the campus at California State University to a business and residential community on the east side of the American River.

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AEVERS1987 8/6/2009 7:17PM

    hehehe it was so much fun! are eyes were sure playing tricks on us that night :)

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MISS_VIV 8/6/2009 3:43PM

    Thank you very much for this blog. How clever of you to chronicle all the wildlife and events of your walk. I love it.

Thanks a bunch. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday 8:30 am walk @ Land Park w/chickens!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

I got off to a late start Friday morning but met up w/EVASOMA & buddy Christine for nice walk in the cool morning! YEAH!! That's the ticket.

We missed K-GECKO on this walk (hey some people have to go to work in the morning) . Since we were missing our SP buddy, we hooted and hollered for her when we walked by the reptile house at the zoo! K- could you hear us??? We can't wait to connect with you in the future, and tell you about the two chickens (or was that roosters) we met along our walk. We've decided that they are escapee's from Fair Oaks Village Park. Ha!

Unfortunately AEVERS1987 wasn't able to make it out this Friday, but we are hopeful that we'll all meet up soon!

Chickens in Land Park! What's next???


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MISS_VIV 8/1/2009 10:49AM

    i THOUGHT there had always been chickens out there. So I wouldn't be surprised a bit at seeing them on a walk. I am so happy you were able to get out there in the wonderful breezes we had yesterday morning.

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Tutankhamun & Golden Age of the Pharaohs @ deYoung in SanFran: WOW!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

A friend and I made it to San Francisco Thursday to see a wonderful presentation of 130+ artifacts and treasures from the tombs of King Tut and his ancestors.

I saw the King Tut exhibit in the '70s in Washington DC; so I had prepared myself for intolerably long lines, limited views of the actual artifacts, and incredibly crowded exhibit rooms. I however, was pleasantly surprised! We got to the museum at 2pm, were able to purchase tickets ($27.50) for the 2:30 group, grabbed a quick salad in the cafe, and back in line in time to proceed with our group; picked up the audio tour ($7) and then we entered the exhibit as though we were entering a Pharaoh's tomb - an exhibit staging which I enjoyed and believed was important to respecting these funerary items.

The artistry and detail of these beautiful artifacts was amazing and truly highlighted by the fabulous canopic jars (for King Tut's liver) and the beautiful inlaid pectoral spelling out the name of the King made of gold and semiprecious stones. A few of my favorite pieces was the ebony & ivory child's chair with footrest he may have used as a boy and a dog collar. Since I'm also interested in genealogy, I enjoyed the genealogical information, graphics and family artifacts that were also included in this exhibit.

Great artifacts, wonderful explanations. Definitely get the audio tour as it really enhances the experiece. There were occasional crowds around certain artifacts, so be patient as it may take a few minutes to view each of the artifacts, but totally worth the wait.


PS: I found out Costco is selling the King Tut exhibit tickets WITH audio tour for ONLY $26.99, EACH. This is great deal and wish I had known about it!

PSS: I bought a King Tut goodie to give to the next new Spark Person that joins me and other Sacramento Sparkies on a walk.

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AEVERS1987 8/4/2009 9:51PM

    wow that is so cool! I love doing that type of stuff :) looks like u had fun!

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K-GECKO 8/1/2009 10:03PM

    I'm a little jealous! I'm interested in going, but have neither the funds or the time--One of these years I will go!!!! I'm glad you had a good time though!

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SHASTA11 8/1/2009 6:05PM

    Thank you for telling us about your trip. I will try and see it next year.

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MISS_VIV 8/1/2009 10:52AM

    What a great incentive for a newbie to walk with the Sacramento Sparkies.
I just hope it isn't an ivory ear. hahahahah

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