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More About Yesterday's Walkabout Intl Walk

Monday, March 15, 2010

I may be incorrect in assuming Walkabout Intl is in every city. But I plugged in several cities and they did come up. What I Googled to find them in my city was "Walkabout Intl." and "San Diego Walkabout."

They have free walks all over the city. Mine was through the most unique areas that I've seen so many times, but very different on foot. We met at the carousel in Balboa Park and walked for about 3.5 hours - half hour was for coffee at Seaport Village. (They break off into a slower group, and faster paced group. I chose faster and it was fine.)

I looked at the schedule, and there are different walks almost daily. And, of course, you meet folks of all ages and backgrounds and make new friends. They do the Sunday morning walk every week, but next week, I'm doing a fundraising walk on Saturday, so may wait until the following week to rejoin the group.

There are also many "Meet-Up" exercise groups in each city as well. I'm going to explore those further as well.

If you find a Walkabout chapter in your city, drop me a line. I'd be interested to know what you think. Hope you have many happy trails, whether alone or with a group.

Wishing all a fine Ides of March.

  
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FLMOMX2 3/16/2010 8:27AM

    Googled Walkabout and only had a moment to look. Is there a fee and how much? I'm nosy. Although recently I'm going up and down and ladder and not much walking time. emoticon

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FREELADY 3/15/2010 9:33PM

    This sounds delightful!

And what a great motivator to keep interest in a high activity level! I will look into this!

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/15/2010 7:49PM

    glad you had a great time. enjoy all those walks. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/15/2010 2:50PM

    Alas I hunted in vain there is no walkabout international in Edmonton Alberta sigh ! It does sound like a brilliant idea!Perhaps it is because half of the year it would have to be Snowshoeabout international LOL!

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Walkabout Intl - In Almost Every City

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Today I took my first (and hopefully not my last) 3 hour brisk pace trek with Walkabout Intl.
We went to amazing places that made me see the city with new eyes of appreciation. I'm too tired to write more right now, but if you like to walk, I'd recommend checking into the walks in your town.

  
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JLITT62 3/15/2010 10:14AM

    Sounds lovely. If only they were here . . .

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DDHEART 3/15/2010 9:16AM

    Sounds like a great way to spark your weekend!

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FLMOMX2 3/15/2010 8:13AM

    Never heard of Walk int. Sounds cool.

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KALATHIA 3/15/2010 7:47AM

    I've never heard of Walkabout International. I'm going to check it out. Thanks for the info.

Hope you enjoyed your walk!

Kathy

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MSLZZY 3/14/2010 11:52PM

    I can walk around our entire town in less than 45 minutes so you know it is small. Howver, if I would walk each street, it could take much longer LOL! But it is a very good idea! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/14/2010 10:41PM

    That sounds fascinating I'll look forward to hearing the details .They have a ghostwalk here in the summer that I think I will take.I don't walk in winter because of the ice and snow.True and I trek through the river valley when it is warmer.Though we were both not happy last year when we came face to face with a coyote(okay not face to face it was about 20 feet away but that was too close for this city girl!) .Fortunately it was as scared of us as we were of it !

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MARYHANNA 3/14/2010 10:34PM

    Sound interesting. Post more later after you rest up!

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Tomorrow's Walkabout

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Early in the morning, I'll be meeting a friend to do our first walkabout throughout the city. It'll be three hours long and end with a ride on a carousel. Here's to longer days of sunshine for awhile with the time change. Wishing all a great Sunday.

  
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KALATHIA 3/14/2010 9:37AM

    Have a great day!

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MSLZZY 3/14/2010 8:26AM

    I'm with you! Sunshine and walking with a friend! Have a great day! emoticon

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FLMOMX2 3/14/2010 7:36AM

    Hope you have a great time.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/14/2010 1:59AM

    Oh how I love a carousel! But even if I strap on my jet propulsion boots I don't think I'll make it to California in time to join you when you go walkabout ,shame I would enjoy it!

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My Body Works In Reverse ,The Power of the Mind (Not in a Good Way), Blame It All on Thyroid, and I

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I load all of my topics into the headline to remind myself of what I want to cover. What I have noticed for a long time now is that my body works in reverse of what I've read. Instead of being energized by exercise, I'm tired. I think I am doing too much. Instead of it curbing my appetite, I am famished. So be it. I'll figure it all out eventually. Maybe by the time I do, it'll be checkout time. (smiling)

Oh, yes, I understand the power of the mind in absorbing all of the positives we learn to do here at SP. All the wonderful platitudes are very helpful in shaping behavior and providing positive reinforcement. But what I have to be careful of is that topics here can trigger things for me - and not in a good way. For example, one sparkfriend wrote about Red Lobster. It used to be my favorite place since I'm addicted to seafood. Haven't been there in ages and hadn't intended to go. Lunch tomorrow? Meeting a friend at Red Lobster. Yes, I'll behave. But it really wasn't on my agenda except that I worked VERY hard this week with food and exercise, yet showed no loss. So, I'm on the see-saw with the "so what the ____!"

Yesterday or thereabouts, I blogged that I used to eat whenever I wanted to. Mid-morning I awoke absolutely famished and treated myself to a full meal. It was like I'd planted the seed in my sub-conscious. Of course, I reasoned that I've been working my tush off and no results, so I can rebel. You'd think that a big, mature woman like me (smiling) would not be a rebel at this point in the game.

I may just blame my lack of additional weight loss on a low thyroid. While doing SP last night, I was listening to a MD on a radio program who specializes in thyroid problems. But then, why would I have lost the 34, and then no more. If it was a thyroid problem, I doubt I would have lost to begin with.

While doing the SP site and the radio last night, I called into the station and won tickets to an event on Saturday. So that was fun.

Whew, this was a long blog, but I had to make this confession, absolve myself of my transgression of early overeating (and my future one of lunch tomorrow at Red Lobster), and get on with my day. All of this is an example of what happens when I put myself on a strict, restrictive program and call it a diet. It backfires. So, my friends, moderation in all things.

That's the end of this saga. Have a wonderful day and since I won't reread all this, hope there aren't typos or incoherent sentences. If so, I'll do better next time.

  
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SHEILA1505 3/14/2010 12:00AM

    Congratulations on the win! I hope you had a wonderful time at the Event and didn't do too much damage at the Red Lobster

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/13/2010 8:14PM

    no dieting for me good blog emoticon

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FLMOMX2 3/12/2010 8:25AM

    Enjoy your lunch. Carefully--Moderation in all things.

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HICALGAL 3/12/2010 3:25AM

    enjoy lunch in moderation! emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/12/2010 1:45AM

    I finally found two things that work for me, after 18 months on SP, for food & exercise. The No S Diet for food, and The Step Diet for exercise. No S lets you have what you want, including Red Lobster, within reason - no Sweets, no Seconds, no Snacks. So because of the "no seconds" rule, and no snacks rule, it is self-limiting to one plate. This gives me the discipline I need (built-in portion control) without feeling deprived, because I can eat whatever I want. There is also One Exception: Except on "S" days. S days means Sat, Sun, or Special (occasions). So if I want a coke on a special occasion, like eating out with friends at Red Lobster, I will have one. If there is a birthday, wedding, or anniversary, I eat the wedding cake. I think the weekend thing is mostly for people who are married - I don't count the weekends as S days. I am amazed at the cravings that have quit and I am so completely NOT hungry - it's amazing, like a switch was flipped off. Struggle over!

You can use a smaller plate if you wish, if you do 4-6 meals a day. I just do 3 and am never hungry.

I wonder about thyroid too.



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CHERIRIDDELL 3/11/2010 11:48PM

    I rebel against restrictive! I loved this blog it spoke to me loud and clear!

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FREELADY 3/11/2010 5:45PM

    You are entirely coherent. Articulate, actually. And your reflections are always beneficial to me.

Yes, moderation is your best path. You have great insight, and I love your courage. When you have some snags on the path and you don't give up, that spurs me on also, to persevere.

It is a bumpy road, but it is a road that leads where I want to go . . . a healthy weight. We will get there!

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JLITT62 3/11/2010 12:42PM

    Oh yeah, restrictive will get you every time! Red Lobster will probably be in my future real soon. DH wants to go for Lobsterfest -- he loves lobster, altho he refuses to pay their prices, so why he must go there is anyone's guess. I can always find something relativley healthy there, the problem is always those cheddar biscuits. Too good! Woops, did I plant that in your mind? Sorry!

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MSLZZY 3/11/2010 11:33AM

    Those restrictive diets come back and bite you in the butt every time. Been there, done that.
Have a better day and I envy you going to Red Lobster. I'll just eat my salad LOL!

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SANDY5882 3/11/2010 10:12AM

    Good luck with Red Lobster! That's a tough one, but certainly doable. The first step being, don't let them put the cheesy biscuits on the table! One, and I'm done!

I know your concern about not losing more. I hope that plateau ends soon for you. It is terribly discouraging to be working so hard and seemingly not making progress, at least on the scale. Have you tried measuring yourself? Sometimes that works to encourage one to keep going.

Congrats on the 34 down - at least you don't have those to lose now! Sandy

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Week 1 of New 3-Month Program - A Total Bust!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oh how excited I was to get on the scale this morning after this first week of my new 3-month program.

I'm fighting disappointment today. Absolutely no change. Yes, I know, I know. But it's still soooooo frustrating.

Tempted to have popcorn at Crazy Heart later today. Makes me feel like "why bother?" But, of course, I know why bother.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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FUNINFLIPFLOPS 3/12/2010 7:16AM

    Give it another week and I am thinking you will see changes! : )

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RICH530 3/11/2010 8:09AM

    You are worth it that is why you do what you do!! New programs sometimes take a while to kick in but keep at it! You can do this and we are here for you!!!

emoticon Lee

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MARTY19 3/10/2010 8:22PM

    You bother because you know where you are going and don't want to go back to where you were. That's why we all do it.

Marty

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FLMOMX2 3/10/2010 5:15PM

    emoticon Keep to airpopped popcorn and it is healthier.

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MSLZZY 3/10/2010 3:01PM

    86 the idea of popcorn! You'd only regret it later. Think positive and give yourself another week.
I know you can do it! emoticon
It's only a bust if you let it be.

Comment edited on: 3/10/2010 3:06:45 PM

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JLITT62 3/10/2010 12:55PM

    Bother because you're worth it & movie popcorn really doesn't taste that great.

As others said, sometimes it just takes a week or 2 for changes to catch up to the scale. Patience!

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ANNANN63 3/10/2010 12:55PM

    I understand. But you are doing the right thing. Keep on doing the right thing and the scale will eventually do the right thing too.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/10/2010 12:33PM

    Sounds like I am not the only one suffering diet rage this morning ,in fact it seems epidemic! Especially among those of us who used to be able to eat as we pleased .This is cruel and unusual punishment for us. An evil trick of the Gods! Not to worry we will overcome ,nothing is going to stop us .We are the champions ! (Yes I stole that line from a song !!!)

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/10/2010 12:05PM

    Remember you are worth it to keep going!!!

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SURENDERISNOTME 3/10/2010 11:57AM

    New programs sometimes take a little longer to show progress. It is a matter of your body adjusting to the changes of routine. Don't lose faith, it will come just give it a chance.

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Debbie

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SHEILAKHS1 3/10/2010 11:35AM

    I know the feeling of that darn scale but keep moving forward the end result will be totally worth it...thats what i keep telling myself

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KALATHIA 3/10/2010 11:31AM

    Stick with it. Sometimes it just takes the scale a little longer to catch up with us.

Kath

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PARKERB2 3/10/2010 10:47AM

    I wish I was a mainteance goal as I'm maintaining right now. But have a ways to go before then. emoticon

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