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Thursday, April 08, 2010

In October, I am going to try to walk in a 18-mile race. In order to do this, I need to get up to par. Below is my summer schedule.

Please give me suggestions if you think my goals are reasonable.


April - Master 4 miles
Walk 3 miles on the weekdays
Walk 5 miles on either Saturday or Sunday


May - Master 7 miles
Walk 5 miles on the weekdays
Walk 8 miles on either Saturday or Sunday

Note: For April and May, I will be in Spring semester classes.


June - Master 10 miles
Walk 8 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 11 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


July - Master 13 miles
Walk 10 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 14 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


August - Master 16 miles
Walk 13 miles on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Walk 17 miles on Tuesday and Saturday
Rest on Friday


September - Master 18 miles
Walk 18 miles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday/Sunday


October - Master 18 miles
Walk 18 miles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday/Sunday

Note: For September and October, I will be in Fall semester classes.


Now that you have seen my plan.. do you think I need to do the 10 - 18 mile walks in one chunk or could I break them up throughout the day?

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HEIDISO 4/10/2010 12:50AM

    Let me know when you want to go hiking. I'm always up for it. I'm planning to visit Copper Falls at the end of this month.

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    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful feedback!!!

I am not sure what my miles per hour is but I do walk 15 minutes/miles. By the end of the summer, I hope to get down to 10 minutes/mile. No one will be slowing down for me.. hehe!

I am concerned that I will get lazy and not want to do the big chunks of walks.. I do think I can do several small walks a day. I know I did that last summer alot. It is easier to fit into my schedule as well! I am thinking of doing the varying my walks..

I do know if I have a plan, I tend to not follow it anyhow. I do better if I make a goal every week. What concerns me about not following a plan is that I will not reach 15 miles, at the mininum, at the end of the summer.

But, I get overwhelemed when I have a plan.. or at least I know I would when I would have a similar weight loss plan. Also, sometimes having a plan kinda takes the fun out of going for a walk.

On the other hand, I also do not want to be sore for days so that is why I am trying to prepare...and I so need to find some hilly areas. Maybe I will be hitting Duluth up. One of my ideas is to hiking Gooseberry Falls a few times this summer. Would anyone from the area be interested in doing that with me?

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SHERYLDS 4/8/2010 4:53PM

    I think this is a great plan...And the beauty of it is that it is a win/win any way you look at it. I've only done 1 benefit walk for the March of Dimes (15 mile walk) and I was lame for 3 days afterwards. So I would strongly advise you to prepare like you plan to.

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HEIDISO 4/8/2010 4:49PM

    I have done the walk you are talking about. (Obviously since I'm the one that suggested it to you.) Although I haven't done the full 18 miles just the 9 mile portion.

I've never been great a following a training schedule. So I'm not the best one to give advice. I never walked 9 miles until the first time I did this cancer walk. I regretted that the next day but now I'm better about it.

Logically speaking I don't think you will have time to take 18 mile walks 3 times a week. (If you walk at a pace of 3 mph that would take 6 hours.) But if you take walks of varying lengths so your body is used to walking for long periods of time you should do fine. You would probably want to try and walk the full 18 a couple times before the event but you don't need to do it every week.

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/8/2010 2:48PM

    wow.. I have no idea. When I started walking, I did 1 mile a day M-F. But that was the time I had available. After I started walking faster, I was able to increase to 1.6 miles at a time.. time constraints had me back inside.

But if the day was slow, I'd be out again for another mile or 1.6.

Certainly couldn't hurt to try this! You can count it as your goal you are going for!

Good luck! emoticon

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GOZEKIGRL 4/8/2010 2:42PM

    that depends on how fast you're walking....
my fast walk only equals about 2.5 miles per hour.
i don't know how fast yours is, but if i had to walk 18 miles, it would take me 7.5 hours to accomplish! that's like a whole day!

now, if you're tracking your entire day's movement, totally different story.
these are some hefty numbers! emoticon and by september, you could be ready for jogging! who knows!

for myself personally, i only plan one month in advance. then at the end of the month i go over my goals and accomplishments and schedule and plan for the next month based on how i did the previous month. but having a long term plan is good too.

maybe you say that by september you want to master 18 miles, this is your base plan, but you can reevaluate and recalculate if necessary at the end of each month?
just a thought.
good luck!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

So, last night I went out to eat (tried to make healthy choices), and did not exercise really yesterday. I did walk to school I think twice - if I remember correctly. Anyhow, when I got on the scale today I for sure thought I was going to gain a pound. Nope! Lost like half a pound. I gotta say it was a nice surprise! emoticon

Have a emoticon day everyone!!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/8/2010 11:45AM

    It happened again today.. last night I went to Applebee's and had ribs. Later, I looked up the calorie count and it was 1500! Yikes!!! So, it only made sense to be nervous to step on the scale this morning, right? Well, it ended up I got another pound. Wowster! I overeat and lose weight.. I don't understand what is going on here..

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SNOWFILLY 4/8/2010 9:21AM

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LYNNDAK 4/8/2010 1:33AM

    Congrats! Whatever you are doing it is working.
So, keep up the good work!!

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MYSHARONA6 4/7/2010 5:12PM

    It's all good!!! You did something right! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/7/2010 11:54AM

  Seeing the number on the scale go down is absolutely the BEST feeling. I have to admit that I am addicted to that very feeling even though I know there are more accurate ways to measure weight loss........give me the scale anytime.
Congratulations!!!!! emoticon

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Change of Career!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

As many of you know, I am in college trying to decide what to do with my life. After tonight, I have decided I am going to be a food critic and a personal trainer. I can eat what I want and than work it off..

By the way, I am only kidding. I wish I could have the best of both worlds. It would be like eating the whole dang cake, hehe!

Have a wonderful night or day (depending on when you are reading this).

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HEIDISO 4/6/2010 8:23PM

    LOL Love it!

I don't think you need special schooling to be a food critic but going to a culinary school couldn't hurt.

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    I suppose I could do it. On a serious note, my major is exercise science but where do you go to school to be a food critic???

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LUSHON 4/6/2010 8:10PM

    Very humorous. Thanks for the silliness! :) BTW--why not do it???

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    OH...all the best to you !!! I have done a couple of changes, and heartily endorse the concept !!! Nothing keeps you as young and fresh as going back to school !!!

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CHUCHOTEMENT 4/6/2010 8:08PM

    Hahaha, thank you for this short blog! We could all stand to have a sense of humor about our efforts. Good luck with everything!

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The damage.. is 1#! :)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Yesterday I ate alot... let me share.. hehe!

I ate for breakfast.. than for lunch. No harm, really, so far.. I am right on track! emoticon

At this point, I am feeling pretty good so I went for a 4 mile emoticon than emoticon with a friend. We talked and she wanted to go to and I had a chicken breast sandwiche.

Still not bad.. all in all. THAN! I went out for my birthday dinner.. which like two people showed up. (I invited like 10 people!) emoticon

At Grizzly's, I had so much! (Mind you, this is at 8 pm at night!)
-Titantic Tea (Alcohol!!!)
-Chicken Wild Rice Soup
-Part of an appertizer
-3 oz of salmon and veggies
-Brownie with ice cream and the works!!!

At 9:30 I felt like.. emoticon and realized my small tummy cannot, I repeat, CANNOT!, fit that much in there.

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This morning, it was a new day. I knew I had to do some work.. I was kinda afraid to get on the emoticon but I like knowing where exactly I am. But I was pleasantly surprised. I only gained ONE pound. I was expecting much more. I think it had to do with all the exercise I did yesterday. I probably burnt around 1000 calories considering the walk is 500 calories!

So, I am here to say, " emoticon I only gained a pound, hehe!" Tonight I eat out again than I don't have to worry about it. I can eat my salmon salad happily! YAY!

I hope you are all have a fantastic day!

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LYNNDAK 4/6/2010 4:03PM

    Splurging with a plan. Good job!!

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MYSHARONA6 4/6/2010 1:28PM

    Nice job compensating for the birthday bash. Hey, your birthday comes only once a year and it is okay to celebrate. Great you are back on the wagon again! emoticon Sharon

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    Okay.. I feel I need to explain this as I am misleading you guys, unintentionally, haha!

Those are not pictures of what I ate.. but rather what google displays for images.

So.. my food may not look this delicious but it DOES taste delicious! :)

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DARCEYOH 4/6/2010 1:05PM

    Yummeee. My breakfast and lunch never look that good!

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/6/2010 12:44PM

    It was actually my birthday last Thursday, hehe, and I moved the dinner to last night so more people could come. I should have just kept it when it was I guess, lol!

All in all, it was fun but now I am depressed b/c it just reminded of somethings I don't like being reminded of. Hehe!

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HEIDISO 4/6/2010 12:44PM

    I hope you had a wonderful time!

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    Meh ... it was your birthday and your food looked AWESOME! I hope you had a great time!

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

As the week's stresses build up... emoticonI am less likely to workout which is totally ironic since it relaxes me. Today I went for a 3 mile walk and it was amazing. I could feel like all the stresses, and worries floated away as I watch the houses, clouds and cars zoom by. emoticon

Seriously, relaxing...

As I walking emoticon I was thinking about how could ever transfer from this area.. yes, I may not be happy with the school I am at.. but I love this area. emoticon I just wish it had better career opportunities.. but I will figure that out later.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and a great Easter!


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GOZEKIGRL 4/4/2010 11:31AM

    YAY for walking!!

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LYNNDAK 4/4/2010 1:55AM

    I know how you feel about the opportunities in this area. I grew up in Minneapolis and didn't move to EC until I was 31. Found a job in the career I had started in Minneapolis, and then, last year, got laid off. After 17 years with the same company. I could've moved to Minneapolis and found another job in my field in a heartbeat. But, I'm here. I will not move my kids away from their father. Anyway, in Mpls I can't drive 10 minutes and walk and not see another person, or hear cars, or worry about bears!! I get peace from walking in the EC County Forest.

I have kept my walks to less than 2 miles but tomorrow (Sunday) I am going to walk 3.81 miles. And I know I'll feel better.

Have a great Easter!!

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JMERLAU 4/3/2010 6:29PM

    I was in that same boat this week......the stress was killing me, I didn't want to do my normal workout, so I walked 3 miles...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I felt much better when I got home!!

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