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Does Anyone Out There Use Walking Poles? Need Advice.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I've read that these are big in Europe, but I've not seen anyone use them here in my city. They supposedly burn 40% more calories than a regular walk! WOW! Would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks.

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ADDISADDICT 10/2/2009 9:14AM

I've been pondering poles as well.

This site has some good info about poles. There are pros/cons to each type of pole. I've seen the trekking pole used around here by walkers on the paved bike trails. We used to use tree branches growing up when we hiked through the Alleghenies. One guy on the backpacking site mentions using one-piece billiard cue sticks he found at a thrift store that performed quite well.

You can take the frugal route and make your own using wooden broom sticks, cane tips and nylon straps for the wrist. You can get cane tips at the pharmacy. Crutch tips might work depending on the diameter of your pole. I, myself, intend to go with a less expensive pole (broom sticks or branch) just to see if I like using them. If I do, I can always upgrade later on.

Please let us know what you find out! Hope your day is great. :D


PS: The kitty sitting on the left in your background photo looks like he/she is up to something! ;-) They're beautiful!

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    I use telescoping hiking poles when I hike. I have used them OTR when I was walking with a backpack because they help balance you out.

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    I have never heard of walking poles. i have seen an have used walking staffs. They are long pieces of wood. I bought one a a medieval fair. It is nicely carved smoothed. I have used them when I have gone hiking in the woods and walking over rough terrain. It has been a long time since I have used mine.


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Shocked By Day 2 and 3 with My New (and first) Pedometer

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I finally opened the pedometer I bought a couple of months ago. The first day I used it, I could not believe my eyes at the number of steps and the miles completed in my normal day's walk.
In fact, I had to research to make sure it wasn't broken already! (smiling) I learned from a few sources on the internet that one mile equals about 2,000 steps. Well, yesterday, I went my second most-travelled route and nearly fell over when I saw that it was 6708 steps! Who would've guessed! Today, I walked and came home with 13,687 steps completed. It is true what the articles say, that pedometers motivate you to walk more. My October goal is to lose 5 lbs. and I think I will if I walk my patoot off. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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HICALGAL 10/2/2009 12:05AM

    i'm all for walking your patooties off! emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 10/1/2009 1:22PM

    emoticon It's fun to see that you are really making some progress and if you keep logging in the miles, you are sure to work your little patootie go girl! Unfortunately, sometimes I have some days when for whatever reason, I don't get my steps in and that really motivates me too to get at it and make the next day more productive. Glad you finally put it to work!

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ARTHURTOM 10/1/2009 7:30AM

    I just recently started clipping my pedometer on at the gym. Cardio days I'm knocking down nearly 20k steps and on weight training days with the 4 mile jog I'm popping around 13k steps.

It will show you that yes indeed you are active and sooner or later that patoot will be getting smaller! emoticon

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RICH530 10/1/2009 6:57AM

    Aren't pedometers fun!!! They can really motivate you to take just a few more steps!!! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying yours. Hopefully your total will just keep growing!!

emoticon Lee

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GRAYGRANNY 10/1/2009 6:43AM

    So glad you love your new toy.......Ilove mine also.....that is after I found one that I did not have to "bob" my head up and down like a
h I am laid up for awhile do to surgery, I look forward to using it again soon.......HAPPY WALKING!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The First Three Bites...(no, not about vampires)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I recently read a short blurb somewhere that the first three bites are said to be the ones that bring the most satisfaction when eating something yummy. That made me think about noticing how that can work in my favor. Then I realized that I rarely eat anything yummy anymore since I lost my craving for sweets. I'll have to experiment with something else I like. It would be nice to eat something small that only takes three bites and just savor each one instead of having something huge and just shoveling it down. Just random thoughts. (smiling) Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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THECOZE 9/30/2009 4:50PM

    i have found that my family, expecially my children, are the greatest barrier to me eating sweets. Since they are the ones that eat the sweets, they won't let me filch off their plates anymore. i will have to try the 3 bite thing though.

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KIZIDOG 9/30/2009 4:01PM

    I have found that really works. I savor every bite of something that I shouldn't have and I usually end up stopping at 3-5. It works for me anyway. STar emoticon

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PAM19681 9/30/2009 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing a great idea. I have tried to sample only one bite but that just makes me want more. I will be trying this for sure

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JULIETFOX 9/30/2009 4:40AM

    mmmmm I like your thinking. I am looking for the power to stop myself from that shovelling action!

Will try out your theory and see if I have the strength


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"Semi-" and "Somewhat" Won't Cut it If I'm To Lose this Last 20 in 2010

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As my first year of healthy eating and regular exercise draws closer on the October 13 anniversary date, I look at my role model's photo on my SP photo page. Ernestine Shepherd is a 72-year-old fitness trainer, and in AMAZING shape. She glows beauty from the inside-out. On her sports shirt in the photo I have up on my page, it lists "determined, disciplined, dedicated."

I look back on this year with a great deal of happiness over many healthy goals - large and small - achieved. I try not to say "Oh, I lost only 30 lbs and everyone else has lost so much more. " We are all doing our own journey, I realize that.

But when I look at Ernestine's photo, I ask myself, "Have I been determined?" Answer - semi-determined. How about disciplined? Answer- somewhat. Have I been dedicated? Answer - to a certain degree.

Well, friends, the writing is on the wall as I enter year #2 of losing weight. If I am going to pull these last 20 from my bones, I can't be semi or somewhat anything. I've gotta go all-out and give it my everything. My body just hasn't wanted to give up any more weight after these initial 30 lbs, so it's time for tough love.

Have a wonderful day, sparkfriends.

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JCORYCMA 9/29/2009 9:54PM

    Wow! 30 lbs. is Awesome!! I can't count how many times I lost 30 and gained back 40 in the same year. Not anymore. People like you inspire me to keep at goal. Thanks for being my spark friend!! emoticon emoticon

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    You sound like you have had a change of attitude. Good for you. I agree with some of the others set some smaller goals. When you reach each goal reward yourself. I think you will find that helps.


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KIZIDOG 9/29/2009 3:13PM

    You can do it. I think you have been very determined, and you need to celebrate those 30 pounds that you have shed. You are doing it healthy. We all know that sudden weight loss will just be gained back. Good luck. Star emoticon

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PEDIPOD 9/29/2009 12:29PM

    I agree that it takes a very substantial investment and that is hard to maintain over the long haul -- best of luck and HANG IN!!

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ARTHURTOM 9/29/2009 11:21AM

    Semi-determined? Perhaps if you look only at your results or your latest fall back in August...but overall, I would say that you may be a notch above that. As we progress closer to our goal weight, it is necessary to find the right balance to carry us through to the goal weight.

While a larger calorie deficit works for a person that is a great deal over their ideal body weight, the only thing a large calorie deficit will do for someone that is close to their goal weight will put that person into starvation mode either causing a lengthy plateau or cause that person to gain weight.

I have over the past couple months set my calorie deficit at no more than 250 calories per day (1/2 pound weight loss per week) and my body has been responding.

Try to zero in and maintain a balance more so than a larger deficit...those last "stubborn" pounds may just disappear.

To use a few quotes from the movie "One True Thing"... "...sometimes, less is more" , and "It's so much easier to be happy. It's so much easier to choose to love the things that you have, instead of always yearning for what you're missing, or what it is that you're imagining you're missing. It is so much more peaceful."

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    Good blog!

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CATE195 9/29/2009 6:15AM

    Don't forget to set up some specific goals and be sure to reward yourself. When my weight got stuck I decided that for each day I stayed within 100 calories of my lowest I would download a new song from I-Tunes. It worked for me. Find something that works for you. Good sparking emoticon

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HICALGAL 9/29/2009 5:06AM

    the writing is indeed on the wall. make it happen girl friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Shocked By the Numbers - Again!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The first time I got on the scale, at the start of this healthier eating adventure in October '08, I was shocked. I'd never weighed myself and didn't own a scale. I was a person who never gained weight. But during these past few years, things changed and I knew I had to take hold and get the pounds off. When I got on that scale the first time, I nearly had a heart attack from shock. Nothing like a number to hit you over the head to truly wake up!

Same thing happened yesterday, but in a good way. A couple of months ago, I bought a pedometer. Never got around to opening it. Yesterday I said what the hay, might as well give it a shot. Took my regular walk and couldn't believe my eyes. In fact, I still think something was wrong with the thing. How can a short (2.30 mile) walk have 4800 steps??? In fact, more than that because I restarted it after a few minutes into the walk. Wow! I would never have guessed, and am eager to see how many steps are in my longer routes. I can see how measuring makes a difference in knowing where you're at, as opposed to just ambling around and not setting goals. Yet another time that a number has hit me over the head to wake me up! I think I'm fully awake now. (smiling)

Have a great day, sparkfriends.

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    emoticon You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.


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    emoticon You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.


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    Well done! Nothing like some objective data to reinforce all the good you are doing!!!

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KIZIDOG 9/28/2009 2:34PM

    Sounds about right. There is around 1500 steps in a mile. Maybe a little more. So you are probably right on track. It is really interesting wearing a pedometer all day and seeing how many or few steps you take throughout the day. I need to get mine out again and use it for awhile. Congrats. Star emoticon

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:48PM

    Hi Jesse,
Facts and figures don't lie!
I was a bookkeeper for 22 years and its a rigorous job
to keep track of those little devils, but they tell the
real truth.
Great blog. Like your writing. Its like listening to you
speak, and thats how I try to write. My cousins and I used
to "penpal" in the summer time to have something to do and
something to look forward to. I learned to love writing then.
My cousin Janie, in Missouri, still writes longhand with a pencil. She doesn't have a computer (she's stubborn) and wouldn't have one. Aw, shucks, I love her anyway!HA!
Keep on keepin' on.

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MSLZZY 9/28/2009 10:49AM

    Pedometers are fantastic little tools to help us along! You had a great number and I hope you are over the shock! As long as you set it up correctly, seeing is believing! Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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TIME4ME2BFIT 9/28/2009 10:17AM

    good for you! I have a pedometer and I too have never opened it, maybe I will grab the dog and the pedometer and head out the door! You should be proud of yourself! keep up the good work! Kelly emoticon

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