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A Crazy Week Ahead with 10 days of Fun in the Sun

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

This is a three day work week - woo hoo, but the negative is I have to finish this gi-normous pile of work on my desk by Thursday - it just keeps piling up, more and more and more.

I leave Friday morning for my 10-day vacation and cruise. So I will be out of Spark range until Monday, July 18th.

That seems like an eternity away from Spark. My mom gave me the cutest little note pad for my purse and it will accompany me on my trip so that I can write down my foods and fitness to log in when I get back.

And believe me..... no splurging on this trip. I have goals to accomplish and bad eating would spell sabotage and doom, so I will eat healthy, within range, and exercise everyday. Spark PROMISE !!!!! See ya'll when I get back. Will miss ya'll.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 7/18/2011 9:14PM

    Ooooooo, I cant wait to hear all about it. Have a great time!

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SUEAZZI 7/6/2011 9:09PM


Have a fabulous time Skinny!!

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JLITT62 7/6/2011 6:01AM

    Have a GREAT trip! remember, it's ok to splurge occasionally & rest days are necessary.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/5/2011 9:59PM

    I don't know how you can't have a great time! Enjoy every minute with your family and make wonderful memories! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIKKI572 7/5/2011 9:56PM

    Wishing you a fantastic time, and can't wait to hearl all about your vacation!!!

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NOTHIN2IT 7/5/2011 6:59PM

    Have a wonderful time and don't forget to post pictures when you get back!! emoticon

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SWELL10 7/5/2011 3:13PM

    May your week fly by quickly and then have an awesome time on your vacation! You deserve it!!!!

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TJBLEEKER 7/5/2011 2:33PM

    Have a fabulous time!

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MZSLYDE01 7/5/2011 2:19PM

    You can do it girl. I am sure they will have really great food on the cruise. Have fun and try to breath this week.
I can't wait - 3 more days - 3 more days. Vacation time......

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UNIONDIVA 7/5/2011 2:05PM

    wow... I admire your discipline,... have a great vacation... take lots of pics and post them for us!

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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2011 1:42PM

    Have a great time!! Just keep thinking about it and that should help get through the mountain of work.
I can't wait to hear all about it.

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Topless ??????

Friday, July 01, 2011

Wanted to do my own opinion poll today, see what my fellow sparkers think.

Is it ok to run topless? Runner's World says:

36 % think it's OK to run shirtless if you're comfortable with it.
10 % say it's acceptable only on a hot day
14 % think it's never OK

Personally, I think guys should keep it covered and women should wear tank tops, not just a sports bra.

What do you say?????????

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    One day a topless jogger went past our car while we were sitting at a traffic light. My then 8 year old daughter said, "If I see one more top naked guy, I will scream!!!"

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DGIBSON02 7/2/2011 11:42PM

    Reminds me of something we saw in Pigeon Forge today. It was a sign that said


No Shirt, No Service


No Shirt...Want a Beer?

I say if you have it to run without a shirt, why not? If you are "fluffy" then no. I'm bigger and there is no way I would run without a shirt. However, if i was to drop down and had 6 pack abs and what not, I wouldn't wear a shirt anywhere. I would probably just carry a tank top in my glove box to eat somewhere, lol.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 7/2/2011 1:24AM

    If I actually went *topless*, I would be getting smacked in the face. I hope one day to be comfortable wearing a sports bra top, especially when working out in the stifling heat.

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LEONALIONESS 7/2/2011 12:42AM

    If it's hot enough and/or you're comfortable, go topless. It's just a dude's chest or a lady's tummy. We see worse at the beach! I'm about as far from a prude as one can get, though. It gets hot enough, I'm running in a bra only. Thus far, it has never been hot enough (totally intentionally, lol, though I HAVE walked in a sports bra and capris on a day when I was taken by surprise by the heat/humidity) - I tend to look at the weather well ahead and make sweltering days my rest days. Or run after dark. I'm almost comfortable enough to do it but noooot quite.

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NOTHIN2IT 7/1/2011 11:14PM

    I agree with you. Keep it covered is my vote!

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HALFFAST 7/1/2011 9:51PM

    I also think it's a matter of personal preference. Up until about a week ago I didn't think I would ever run without (at least) a tank top over my sports bra, but when I ended up in that sweltering garage on my treadmill, I barely made it 5 minutes before the tank had to go!

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2HAMSDIET 7/1/2011 8:58PM

    I say use sunblock not matter what... when I first read the title I thought it was for a clothing optional event. and thought ok??.. LOL

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CSIENK 7/1/2011 5:42PM

    Looks like it's fairly unanimous. I always work out with a loose fitting tee or tank over my sports bra.

Comment edited on: 7/1/2011 5:42:54 PM

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MARLIZG 7/1/2011 2:21PM

    for me topless is without a hat emoticon

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BCARSON11 7/1/2011 1:07PM

    I think whatever you're comfortable with is fine. It's a personal decision.

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JLITT62 7/1/2011 11:10AM

    Really, I think it's what you're comfortable in. I'm probably never gonna run in a sports bra, but I'll swim in a bikini.

You sure got my attention tho!

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MZSLYDE01 7/1/2011 9:44AM

    I am with you on this. I think the sports bra with a tank is appropriate. DEFINITELY NOT TOPLESS... HOLY BUCKETS GIRLS KEEP THE GIRLS COVERED....LOL

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HANKENSTEIN 7/1/2011 9:41AM

    I'd always vote for covering up. It's just safer.

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NATPLUMMER 7/1/2011 9:34AM

    I say however you're comfortable is fine. I'm not comfortable in just a sports bra so I wear a top over it.

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MOM2HEC 7/1/2011 9:31AM

    I think a person should be comfortable. If that means topless, so be it. I live in a humid area. Even if the temp is fine, the humidity can be awful, so at least around here I don't think twice about seeing ANYONE topless.

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BIISHO 7/1/2011 9:08AM

    I couldn't agree with you more..!! :S

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TERJEGOLD 7/1/2011 9:07AM

    I say dress as you are comfortable, NOT topless for women. My preference is for folks with some "extra weight" to keep that covered but even then, if you are out running and you are not breaking any laws with your lack of clothing, I say run long!

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SUEAZZI 7/1/2011 8:52AM

    I'm with you Skinny ~ keep it covered ~ tank tops!

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Strap on the Feed Bag

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hey, hey.... strap on the feed bag - NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going on a cruise. emoticonExactly one week from tomorrow our family is going on a 5-day Bahama cruise. It's in celebration of me losing 100 pounds and my daughter's high school graduation, this may be our last big "family" vacation since our baby is going off to college and is now living the busy adult life, so we decided to celebrate in style.

Three years ago I would have said I couldn't wait to eat all the wonderful food cruise ships have to offer. But today, my outlook is a tad different. I no longer worry about what and how much junk I'm going to eat. My focus is NOT on the gourmet cuisine, the decadent desserts, the all night buffets, the endless supply of diet soda and the 24/7 room service, however all my travel companions can't wait to eat their hearts out, lol.

Food is available 24/7 and most of the time it's all you can eat. Food, food, food, food. Seriously, what is the obsession with food on a cruise ship?

emoticonI'm not worried about gaining any weight on the cruise - I am told the average person can gain anywhere from 3 - 5 pounds on a five day cruise. Well, NOT THIS SPARKETTE. I will eat as I normally do... HEALTHY. I've even packed my sugar-free, fat-free coffee creamer.

We love to eat in the formal dining room in the evenings, they offer some different types of food and I look forward to trying some new things. They have wonderful fruit buffets, I told hubby I was going to eat my weight in strawberries and pineapples, lol - and that's really not a bad thing. emoticon emoticon

Looking forward to a great vacation, and I can honestly say I am not worried about bad foods, I am looking forward to a smorgasbord of fruits and veggies - best part about it is that I don't have to cook, YEAH !!!!

I also can't wait to run on the top deck for my morning workouts, nothing like being in the middle of the ocean watching the sun rise while getting in a great workout, a super start to the day. And.... they have a fitness center onboard, it's usually crowded but I will check it out at some point. But definitely looking forward to morning runs on deck.

Funny how my outlook on life has changed along my journey - it's all about healthy eating and exercise. Eat healthy, move more.

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BET212 7/3/2011 3:48PM

    I know you'll have a great time with your family on your cruise! Focusing on family time, activities and surroundings give much more enjoyment than to focus on the food.


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MARLIZG 6/30/2011 9:53PM

    love the shoes on ur page...73 & i'm on flats since knee surgery but have a nice 50 pair variety...enjoy the cruise & try the elliptical=lots of cals used / minute---good luck! emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 6/30/2011 7:25PM

    Wow...that sounds heavenly! I know you will do great with the eating and exercising 'cuz you are just amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear all about it! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/30/2011 1:51PM

    I want to come!!! Sounds like an awesome way to celebrate. You're going to have a wonderful and memorable time with your family. My baby moves out (again) today for college. The fall semester doesn't start until August 22nd, but they wanted to get a good month in at their new place beforehand. Right...

Regardless, enjoy the time with your daughter and the rest of your family. I envision you on the jet ski just like the commercial -- how'd they say it? Mom got air? My memory stinks today.

Don't forget to take lots of pics and share with us. We wanna see!

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STIPER23 6/30/2011 10:27AM

    I've never been on a cruise but it sounds like you have a great plan! All you can eat fruit?!? Awesome! I was going to mention running on the deck before you did. Do they have other activities on the cruise? Or is it just eat, lay around, and use the gym? Just curious.

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NATPLUMMER 6/30/2011 10:08AM

    I've never been on a cruise but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Morning runs on the deck sound like a great plan.
I've gotten to the point that when I book a hotel room, I make sure there is a fitness center to use ;-)

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SUEAZZI 6/30/2011 10:00AM

    Have a great time... your morning workouts on the cruise sounds energizing yet peaceful. I have no doubt you'll do great with your calorie range. Enjoy your reward!

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/30/2011 9:48AM

    Have FUN!!! If you end up in Nassau, I HIGHLY recommend the stingray excursion. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done. Take a cheapy waterproof camera from Walgreens. If you go through Key West, the kayak excursion is a must do. So many neat things to see! You're going to have a blast!

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DDOORN 6/30/2011 9:03AM

    Have never been on a cruise before...would love to enjoy one someday!

What a terrific reward for yourself! I've heard that there can be many opportunities for working out on cruises also...looking forward to hearing about your experiences!


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JLITT62 6/30/2011 8:45AM

    Love cruises! Usually avoid the buffets like the devil - I think the food is much better in the dining rooms anyway. And I never take the elevators. Have fun!

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TJBLEEKER 6/30/2011 8:44AM

    What a great attitude! The run on deck sounds awesome. I've never been on a cruise.

Have a great time!

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Eat Your Water

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Had one heckofa workout last night - did the P90X Kenpo (kickboxing) - I gave it 100% only to be slightly disappointed that I only burned 433 in an hour, emoticonI was certainly hoping for a tad more, but I gave it my best and was soooo glad I did it. Some words of wisdom from Runners World again - I've really been into healthy reading these days, it helps keep me motivated and what the heck? I'm learning a few things along the way too.

Eat Your Water: Hydrating foods provide plenty of fluid and healthy nutrients to fuel hot summer runs.

Electrolytes: Cantaloupes, Peaches and Strawberries emoticon
Vitamin C: Watermelon, Kiwi and Citrus emoticon emoticon
Cancer Defense: Tomatoes, Broccoli emoticon emoticon
Recovery: Pineapple, Cherries emoticon emoticon
Immunity: Yogurt, Kefir
Digestion: Beans (One cup of cooked beans provides a half cup of water - I did not realize this - ah ha)

Beverages with Benefits:

emoticonChocolate Milk - Ideal ratio of protein and carbs helps speed postrun recovery.
emoticonCoconut Water - liquid in green coconut has fewer calories and more electrolytes than sports drinks
emoticonConcord Grape Juice - more antioxidants than other common juices
Iced Green Tea - compounds called EGCG give it anti-inflammatory properties.

So DRINK up my fellow Sparkers and Sparkettes or should I say EAT up emoticon

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KIKI0531 6/30/2011 2:03PM

    Interesting facts. Nice to realize that I already eat a lot of these foods !! Thanks so much.

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SAMI199 6/29/2011 11:23PM

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HALFFAST 6/29/2011 8:59PM

    Great info, thanks!

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2HAMSDIET 6/29/2011 5:20PM

    Great info... Thanks emoticon

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STIPER23 6/29/2011 11:45AM

    I read that article too. I love that chocolate milk is considered a recovery drink. When my preschool son runs his races, getting that chocolate milk afterwards is his reward and I don't feel too guilty! Sharing a post-race chocolate milk has become our tradtion.

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/29/2011 10:39AM

    thanks! I would love a 433 calorie burn!

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NATPLUMMER 6/29/2011 10:26AM

    Thanks for the info!!
Glad you did some Kenpo!! I'd be super happy for 433 calories in an hour.

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MMNICKS 6/29/2011 9:03AM

    Great blog, really great info. Coconut milk also has a higher water content than regular milk and makes great smoothies, the unique taste adds to the flavor of the smoothie!!!


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BGEARY63 6/29/2011 8:59AM

    Eating your water. What a good idea. Good job on the kickboxing! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/29/2011 8:51AM

    So many great food choices!


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MZSLYDE01 6/29/2011 8:50AM

    Hmm - Well I think that 433 calories burned is pretty great.
emoticon You rocked it girl.

Well that is some interesting info. I have always wanted to try the coconut water. Have you had it? Let me know. I love coconut.

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JLITT62 6/29/2011 8:33AM

    Interesting info - thanks for sharing!

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ERLYWA 6/29/2011 8:15AM

    Great info! I love that you are sharing with us what you are learning from this reading you're doing :) Thanks!

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WWW: Why Walking Works

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I will soon be starting training for a half-marathon and I certainly never considered walking during the race, but after reading an article in this month's issue of Runner's World, I may reconsider. A few excerpts from that article (paraphrased):

Walking more can make you a better runner (Jeff Galloway)

Our bodies aren't designed to run continuously for 26.2 miles, but with walk breaks, there's no limit to how far you can run.

You'll finish faster. Running continuously fatigues your muscles causing most ppl to slow down in the final 3-6 miles of a marathon. Taking regular walk breaks shifts the workload between walking and running muscles, which extends their capacity.

You'll have fewer injuries: Taking walk breaks early erases accumulated muscle fatigue, keeps muscles strong, and reduces stress around joints. It also keeps smaller muscle groups in reserve so they're able to stabilize your stride when you're tired.

You'll recover quicker: With each walk break, you're spreading the workload among different muscles, reducing muslce fatigue.

How fast should I walk? Quickly, using a short, relaxed stride.

When do I start taking breaks: Start them from the beginning.

Where should I walk? Move to the side of the road, then walk.

(Ha ha ha, my attempt to inject a little humor, I borrowed this photo from my cousin in FL facebook)

Hope these few excerpts have given you food for thought, I know they have made me rethink my strategy.

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JMCADE 6/28/2011 10:23PM

    This is such good info. I always thought you had to run it. THis gives me more incentive to do longer runs. Thanks.

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HALFFAST 6/28/2011 8:53PM

    Great advice, and especially with the heat! I've added one of those little Gymboss timer thingies onto my wishlist ;)

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DDOORN 6/28/2011 2:53PM

    Of course we ALL know walking is good, but THAT good? Very interesting stuff to know! Thx for sharing!


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SWEETGRACIE 6/28/2011 2:36PM

    Glad to hear that a "pro" like you arent too bold to look for assistance from others...just goes to show us who are starting the process of getting moving again that you can always learn something. The article points out a lot of good ideas and good reasoning too. Hope it helps to make you even better than before...that is asking alot I know, you are one of my biggest motivators already. Thanks!

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JLITT62 6/28/2011 10:40AM

    After my knee pain after that 8 mile race, I definitely intend to do run/walk during my HMs!

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ERLYWA 6/28/2011 9:59AM

    I am also starting training for my first HM, and think I am going to use Galloway's plan. I have never been able to run distance without taking walk breaks, and it doesn't seem to affect my times all that much. My main goal right now is to finish...someday I may start to eliminate walk breaks once time becomes my goal, but not right now.

Thanks for sharing parts of that article! And that picture absolutely cracks me up!! :)

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/28/2011 9:38AM

    It amazes me sometimes how I can be struggling so badly while running yet I walk for just 30 seconds and I feel ready to tackle 10 more miles. Sounds like a plan!

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BGEARY63 6/28/2011 9:24AM

    Good to know. Thank you for sharing. It makes my desire to begin a running program that much more desirable.

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MZSLYDE01 6/28/2011 9:19AM

    Very interesting - I love walking - I love it more than running.

So when is your next race. emoticon

I love the blog title too.

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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2011 9:06AM

    I'm doing the Galloway Half Marathon training.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/28/2011 8:58AM

    Alot of those are true. You can also think of taking walking breaks this way.... it allows your heart rate to slow down some from running.

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