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A Walk on Thanksgiving Evening

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It was 12*F with a brisk wind as I started out on the walk. I was wearing my new boots, hoping they would keep my feet warm and keep me from falling on my butt. They achieved their mission! My neighbors, across the street, were sitting in their dining room along with friends having their Norman Rockwell moments. The two inches of fresh snow from yesterday's storm was sparkling white.

Me? I was setting out to:

1. Return 2 books to the library
2. Get the T-Day edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and
3. Get some calorie burning steps on my exercise-deprived body.

The books delivered, I walked to the lake and stopped to greet my doggie friend, a lovely collie, who had a terrier friend visiting.

The lake was surface frozen and beckoning to anyone foolish enough to test it's thickness. Me? Nope, I'm at least smart enough to pass up an evening swim.

I would like to wax poetic over the views on my walk but I'm out of poetic wax.

Finally, I found a newspaper box willing to give up today's paper, all three pounds of it. I was now in the home strech of the walk and very thankful I had carried the books in a tote.

Ah, home at last to feed my kitties and enjoy a hot cup of chocolate! It's all good!

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/28/2010 11:26AM

    Im glad you are doing so well Sunny! and I wish i could send you some poetic wax but im having a hard enough time trying ot stay awake. sorry girl heads heavy! HUGS Laurie

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/26/2010 5:35PM

    Hooray for getting out for the walk!!

I just came back from a run on our first really cold day and I was the only one out. Isn't it great to get outside when everyone else is in?

It sounds like you had a lovely, productive walk with the new snow on the ground!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 11/26/2010 3:07PM

    Life is so good isnt it? I just love having days like you just had. You had such a great and blessed day and I know you feel invigorated and healthy with the fresh air and walk and seeing the great sights of Gods creation. Enjoy your weekend just as much. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YJNANA 11/26/2010 11:03AM

    Nice blog Sunny :) I think as much as you like to walk to the store you might bet a light weight back pack so your arms and hands are free for balance on Icy walks
Wish we could have walked with you, in sounded lovely emoticon

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LJCANNON 11/26/2010 9:35AM

    emoticonSending warm hugs!! It sounds like you had a very successful, healthy day yesterday. I am glad you enjoyed your Cold Walk. Mine~40*F~was positively balmy compared to yours!

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MNNSAIDE 11/26/2010 9:04AM

    What a nice walk!
Do you have any pictures of the beautiful snow to share?

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NELLIEC 11/25/2010 9:49PM

    Sounds like a good walk. It is good you didn't test the lake's surface!

I bet your kitties were very glad to see their food!

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MONTY68 11/25/2010 9:46PM

    Hi Sunny
Great blog, so you are out of poetic wax, well the humorous side of you had plenty to say. It was so great. 12*F is to be absolutely freezing. That is amazing and congratulations on doing it. You said the boots kept your feet warm, I am going to assume that the rest of you kept warm. You accomplished what you set out to do and certainly burned some calories. I read sometime ago, that walking in very cold weather burns a few more calories.
It sounds like you had a very nice Thanksgiving Day, Thank you for sharing this.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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And the Streak Goes On............Through Day 20

Friday, October 22, 2010

The original blog of this title was better but the blame thing froze up on me! emoticon

The streak has two parts : walk/jog a minimum of three miles or more per day and log every bite of food consumed every day.

The last two weeks data -

Average Calories Burned = 2246
Average Calories Consumed = 1687
Average Calorie Deficit = 559
Average Daily Activity (in hours and minutes) = 7:47
Average Daily Vigorous Activity (in minutes) = 42
Average Daily (GWF) steps = 6482
Average Daily Omron Steps = TBD
Average Daily Omron Aerobic Minutes = TBD
Average Daily Omron Miles = TBD

I go to Curves 6 days per week
Average Weekly Wt. Loss = 1 pound or more emoticon

And the beat goes on and the beat goes on, drums keep pounding rythym (Can't spell) to my brain emoticon Blame it on Cher!

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TONEILL1 11/2/2010 9:50AM

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for posting!@! emoticon

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GVANSCOOT 10/30/2010 12:24PM

  Great job and an a inspiration to others!


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LJCANNON 10/23/2010 9:06PM

    emoticonWay to Go!!!! We will have to start calling you the Energizer Turtle soon!!!

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LADYZHERRA 10/23/2010 12:21PM

    Woot Woot! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/22/2010 11:39PM

    Way to go Sunny! You are very active during the day! The beat goes on!!!!!

As you know, I broke my streak the day I ended up in ER for the 3 mile part, but got right back to it the next day and have tracked my food throughout. It's really been great.

You are doing fantastic!

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DIDMIS 10/22/2010 10:41PM

    You are doing so great Sunny. Wish I could do that great. Keep up the good work girl.

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MONTY68 10/22/2010 9:44PM

    Hi Sunny
Congratulations on day 20, but in my opinion that is only part of what you do. You have done a fantastic job on yourself. The stats you give on the things you are doing certainly show the motivation and positive attitude about you and your desire for healthy lifestyle.
I think you are a good example of what one can do to be successful on their journey. Keep doing what you do and what ever goals you have, I believe that you WILL make them.
Thank you for sharing.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Pride Goeth Before the Fall and The Streak Goes On ....( Days 9 &10)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yesterday got away from me and before I knew it, dark was fast approaching. Driving out to get my Sunday paper, I saw the sliver of the moon judt before it set! Beautiful!

I parked at the library and started my walk in the dark. Why I didn't take my flash or headband light I'll never know. I walked along to the soiuth of the lake and into a small neighborhood........ On the way back, I needed to cross a divided street and fell onto the median which had a higher curb than I realized. I ended up with road rash on one knee, a bruise on the other! I jammed the ring finger of my right hand and broke the rest of my fall with my chin. Feeling very sorry for myself and VERY clumsy I went to a nearby grocery store for first aid.

I walked back to my car, went home and relaxed with a real beer! Today, the only thing that hurt was my finger!

Today I went to Curves and then on a daylight walk to a nearby St Paul water/lake system. Getting out of the car to start the walk, I saw my first pellican ever, I think! The lake system is part of the midwestern flyway. A wonderful walk, kicking thru leaves and enjoying the lake system. This walk was an out and back walkretracing my steps; a total of 61 minutes.

I came home and logged my food, and the streak is going 10 days strong!

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MONTY68 10/13/2010 1:53AM

When I read this, I couldn't believe it. You are so fortunate that you didn't have a real serious fall. You are doing an awesome job on yourself and I am impressed with what you do.
Just take care of your self and watch those curbs,it reminded me about the woman I walk with hit a curb and fell- right into 36 loves of bread. The bread man had just sat them down on the ground, smashed some bread but didn't get hurt.
Thank you for sharing this.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2010 11:25PM

    I'm glad you are okay!! Way to go on your streak!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/12/2010 1:45PM

    I hate falling, when walking when it is dark out I walk with extra care because I love walking in the dark and not the light. I fell over the summer and still have a deep scar on my knee and have trouble bending it. I fell so hard and gouged out my whole knee. It took like two months to heal, but, I still walk in the dark. You did just great. Good for you. The beer was a great soother. You have such a great attitude. Have more of a marvelous day. emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 10/12/2010 7:13AM

    I'm so glad you're okay! Beer, of course, can be the best first aid sometimes!


Love pelicans! I felt so bad about the oil-soaked ones at the Gulf.

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LEANJEAN6 10/12/2010 6:17AM

    You are doing well----You must feel happy to have met your goals!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/12/2010 5:38AM

    Sorry about the fall... it sounds so like... me! I'm famous (or infamous) for not picking up my feet... mom used to holler at me for it when I was a kid. So, yeah, I can totally identify!

You're doing great. Good for you for picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and going walking in the sunshine! emoticon emoticon

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TENZINMETAK 10/11/2010 10:57PM

    I'm glad you are ok. Sounds like you earned that "real beer". Keep up the good work!

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LJCANNON 10/11/2010 10:39PM

    It is always scary to walk after dark. As others have said, please be VERY careful. I am glad that you were close to someplace that could help with First Aide.
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RASCALSMOMMA 10/11/2010 10:22PM

    glad you got your walk in. but PLEASE be careful!! Many hugs Laurie

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/11/2010 10:11PM

    Congrats on your streak! Sorry to hear about your fall but glad you weren't seriously hurt! Keep up the awesome work!

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READNKNIT 10/11/2010 10:10PM

    I'm glad you're OK! That must have been very scary!

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NELLIEC 10/11/2010 9:56PM

    Those falls are never fun -- even when they turn out to be minor in the long run.

However, it sounds like you are doing great.

A pelican -- emoticon emoticon

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Day 8 of Sunny's Streak in Progress

Saturday, October 09, 2010

For Saturday, 10/09/10.

I went to Curve's and did my normal workout. Next door, I checked in for Gold's Gym Extreme Makover seminarand marked my seat with a water bottle. emoticon Since I was early for that, I jumped emoticonon a treadmill and got in 23 mins of aerobic walking. emoticon (It was in the 80's again!)

By the way, I packed my lunch becausse the seminar wouldn't end until 4 PM. I ate that during the lecture break, emoticon emoticon lean turkey on a thin with tomatoes and an apple.

The lecture over, I headed to the library to read the newspaper before it closed at 5 PM. After it closed, I got another 40 mins of aerobic walking through town and along the lake. emoticonToo hot to go really fast.

Overall I got in 11364 steps, 12 vigorous minutes, and 6.43 miles. I logged all my food.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2010 8:57PM

    whoo hoo!!!! Excellent job on your streak!!!!

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LA_EATS 10/11/2010 7:36AM

    This is awesome. Talk about taking advantage of every opportunity.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/10/2010 6:20AM

    Well done, Sunny!

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MEREDITHD1 10/10/2010 2:18AM

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MONTY68 10/10/2010 1:15AM

    Hi Sunny
A great blog, You are very serious about your health and exercise. You are doing an awesome job. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.

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Day 7 of Sunny's Streak in Progress

Saturday, October 09, 2010

For Friday, 10/08/10!

I went to Curve's today and then to Gold's where I had 53 minutes of aerobic walking/ wogging and 16 of them were vigorous; on a T-mill in AC.( It was in the middle 80's outside.) Overall I got in 10511 steps and 6.03 miles. I logged all my food.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2010 8:56PM

    Way to go Sunny! That weight is going to disappear!!

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