20,000-24,999 SparkPoints
MIMULUSBUG's Recent Blog Entries

Land Park Walk & Tai Chi in the park

Friday, August 14, 2009

We had a great walk in Land Park this morning. EVASOMA, and friends Christin & Allison joined us at the zoo.

When we headed north we saw that there were about 15 people up on the amphitheater stage doing tai-chi. As we chatted we realized that we were all interested in tai-chi, so we made a detour over to the amphitheater & met up with the instructor Janny Wu. She is now out here every Monday, Thursday & Friday morning. Her web site is: www.Yang24Taichi.com. I don't have time right now, but I will be investigating her site and am wondering if any SparkPeeps are currently involved in TaiChi in Sacramento area?

EVASOMA & Christine also told me that they get out and walk Land Park around 8:30 am on Monday & Thursday mornings too. So I've updated the SacramentoSparkles general discussion topic "Walking in Sacramento" to note this, so if Mon/Thurs mornings might fit into your schedule better - please think about contacting them.

EVASOMA & Christine also are thinking about possibly getting together for a Spark Horror Movie fest in October, so if that's something you might be interested in helping them with please Spark Mail them ASAP.

Back to Land Park: we also noted an increased number of people walking in the park. It was so lovely, to see other smiling faces at the park; exchange 'good mornings'; it was just refreshing to just rub shoulders with so many super people: older, younger, mom's w/strollers, joggers, runners, and dog walkers too!

All I can say is get out and walk in a park near you!

Ta-Ta for now.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

YANG24 9/1/2009 3:57PM


We saw your Aug 14 posting and your writings about our Tai Chi class at William Land Park.

We have Saturday classes too from 8am - 10am, across from Funderland. All classes ends by end of Sept. 09. The class will then be moved to Asian Community Center on Greenhaven Dr. The Tai Chi instructor is Sifu Janny Wu, who recently won 10 gold medals at the 2008 & 2009 Martial Arts Tournament in UC Berkeley.

FYI, there won't be a Sat. class on Sept 12 as the group is performing in San Francisco.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Tai Chi group will be performing at the 2009 Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival. It will be at the Old Sacramento, and the performance time is from 12.50pm to 1.05pm. The admission is FREE!

Please check our website for more details. www.yang24taichi.com

on behalf of instructor Sifu Janny Wu
Tong Xin Tai Chi

Report Inappropriate Comment
RHAEVYN 8/20/2009 4:02AM

    Hey Lady,

Thanks for the Cheers! I popped by to see how you were doing and seen you had been walking in the park with other Sparkies. Sounds so fun.. It is a bit to far for me to drive, but if ever you all go somewhere north/west of Land Park for a walk, I'd love to know.. I really enjoy anything you write, whether for others or about yourself, you just bubble over with happiness in it..


Report Inappropriate Comment
MIMULUSBUG 8/15/2009 2:26PM


Thanks so much for comment & Thursday correction. I'll also check out Christine's SparkPage too.


Report Inappropriate Comment
EVASOMA 8/15/2009 12:44PM

    Oh Sabrina,
you are soo right.. it is a wonderful walk.. that's why Christine and I have upped our walks in the park... I Believe that Christine's spark name is Christine16 if anyone would like to ask her opinion about the walks in the park.. this is a wonderful way for beginner walkers to join in.. we totally understand the need to stop and stretch something in necessary
also I just wanted to make one quick correction.. the second day that we walk is Thursday not Wed.. it is an odd schedule.. but if anyone would like to walk any or all of those days we would love to walk with them.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Gardening as exercise? -You betcha!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thanks to all the Spark folks that responded to my blog about how to estimate gardening exercise & calorie values.

I was actually able to to use SP exercise logging tool. By blogging I realized I had never investigated the exercise logging section enough to see that they even had a "gardening" selection. So I spent some time today to figure out the various type of exercises that I did on my big workday this past Sunday. So I after I did general break down I entered the values below for my "garden work" and was able to determine that I probably burned about 1948 calories!!! So I am definitely logging it all in and letting the FatSacSisters team know that I made the August Super Challenge of 700 calories of exercises in a day.

Thanks FatSacSistas for inspiring me to question my gardening day & letting me see how much value a hard day of gardening, digging, walking up and down aisles managing 5 guys can be.

So I will definitely be tracking my gardening a lot better from this point on!

Using SP log on Sunday I totaled 290 minutes & 1948 calories:

Gardening-180 minutes =1186 calories
Digging:Heavy - 20 minutes = 320 calories
Walk 30 min/mile- 90 minutes = 442 calories

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SACTOKAREN 8/14/2009 12:11PM

    I always knew that gardening was exercise - you can't sweat that much without expending some calories!


Report Inappropriate Comment
LOBO77 8/14/2009 12:38AM

    Thanks, sister...I am still trying to figure out that calorie burn stuff. I love gardening & count it as exercise...you know all that stretching & lifting.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRIXIELOU 8/13/2009 10:19PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I knew that gardening was so much more than what I do when I sit at my desk all day. Believe me, I feel it when I garden, so I know I'm burning more calories than normal! Keep it up!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHININGSOUL 8/13/2009 10:18PM

    oh, yes, I have used the gardening as exercise before, good on ya, sis!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOPBETTY7 8/13/2009 10:03PM

    Yeah seen that there is a garden area and you should log it. Good for you geting in so much in one day. Better get some rest or a massage for the muscles that are sore. emoticon I know I would be sore unless you do this all the time that is.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Eating out @ Panera Bread on El Camino Ave.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, I connected w/Sacramento Spark peeps SMASHY1 & SHASTA11 for early (11am) lunch at the Panera Bread restaurant (3328 El Camino Ave.). First and foremost we wanted to meet each other in person, and wanted to provide other local Sacramento Spark folks and opportunity to join us. Secondly, we wanted to check out Panera Bread's menu, ambiance and service for future meet ups.

Panera Bread restaurants does have menu nutritional information* on the web for viewing/downloading. SHASTA11 took the time to print out copies for all of us to review/use for our lunch selections. I was happy to find the 'Half Strawberry Poppyseed" hand tossed salad (only 80 calories & 3 g of fat) and the "Half Asiago Roast Beef on Asiago Cheese" signature sandwich (only 360 cal. & 16 g of fat). I also noted that they had 2 nice vegetarian sandwich options (the 'Tomato & Mozzarella on Ciabatta', 'Mediterranean Veggie on Tomato Basil') and several vegetarian soup options as well.

The strawberry poppy seed salad was yummy. The half salad include 4 giant blueberries , about 3 beautifully sliced giant strawberries, 6 mandarin orange slices, a 1/2 cup of pecan halves, mixed w/romain lettuce and a slightly sweet poppy seed dressing. YUMMY! (But the home version of this salad would include a lot more blueberries, of course.)

We all agreed it was a good location with easy access and parking. The restaurant has a nice out door eating area (if weather permits) and neat & clean indoor area that offers customers booth or table seating. We'll definitely be going again.


*See: http://www.panerabread.com/pdf/nutr-guide.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AEVERS1987 8/16/2009 7:04PM

    I would love to join!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISS_VIV 8/14/2009 10:41AM

    I was so glad to be a part of this meet up. I was well into my salad, when Mimu and Shasta got there. My breakfast didn't hold me, so I started 'lunch' without them. I had the 1/2 CHOPPED CHICKEN COBB salad and 1/2 tuna sand on wheat. It was excellent and actually MORE than I needed for lunch. 1/2 a salad is a generous 7-8 oz of salad. The girls and I will be going back again soon, hope to make it a day when there will be more sparkers able to make it. Check out the menu. The prices are in line and the food is GREAT. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

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:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FRANCLYN 8/10/2009 11:57AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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?

Comment edited on: 8/10/2009 1:43:59 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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 .

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 Last Page