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Friday, July 05, 2013

Well, another week has rolled around. I was waiting to see if anything noteworthy happened, so Iíd have something to blog about. Um, not really. Itís been a pretty routine week. I had a rush editing job, so Iíve been a little incommunicado. But, other than that, pretty much business as usual. I suppose I could post the video where I drew my creative journal entry with my toes, but nah, Iíll spare you. :)

In fitness-related news, I was finally able to add some light strength training back into the mix this week. It felt really good to be the GOOD kind of sore for a change. I know how important it is to have both cardio and strength, so Iím happy to be balancing that again. Iíve also picked up the pace on the elliptical and am making exceptionally good use of my SparkPeople workout towel. Whew!

Oh, Adjustable Dumbbells, how Iíve missed you.

And now we pause for a tiny, small, unimportant rant: I get a little frustrated with my FitBit results on the elliptical. Walking on my elliptical can be much more challenging than when I walk around the neighborhood. I add resistance and arms, really work up a sweat. I donít have the kind of elliptical you can run on; itís more like walking up steps underwater. It really works the legs/glutes and gets the heart pumping. So I feel like I get a great workout. But apparently, I take way fewer steps than when Iím bopping around the neighborhood. I suppose that makes sense, since Iím doing more of a climbing action. I dunno. Iíve tried putting the FitBit on my shoe and other spots, but it still registers way fewer steps than the same amount of time on the sidewalk. Is this important? No. Not really. I know Iím getting in a good workout both ways. Itís just a matter of pride, because I have a friendly competition going with one of my in-person FitBit/SparkBuddies (STEELERTOM) and heís been seriously kicking my bootie. We both talk a lot of smack, so suffice it to say, Iíve been eating my words lately.

Speaking of FitBit/SparkBuddies, Tom and I are really excited about a challenge weíre planning. Weíre both determined to earn our FitBit 30,000 Steps in a Day badge together. So, weíre mapping out some routes in a couple of different parks, doing the math, and carving out a Saturday to conquer the 30,000. We think itís going to average out to about 14 miles. Weíre planning on breaking it into two big walks, just to be careful that I donít re-injure myself. Itís not a race, weíre strictly aiming for number of steps, not speed. It canít be a race anyway, because heís going to have to slow down to match the pace of my hobbit legs. But isnít that cool, to be excited about doing a fitness challenge with a friend? Thatís certainly a change of attitude for both of us. And yes, weíre planning on vlogging it. So, thatíll be fun.

Last little bit of news, Audrey made the exciting discovery yesterday, that she has a collarbone again! She was very excited. I remember the first time I re-discovered a hip bone. I thought it was a tumor and that I was dying. Thatís how long it had been since Iíd felt it. But sheís excited, proud and motivated to stay healthy and strong. Her clothes are getting looser and fitting better. Sheís making this summer count.

Iíll leave you with my creative journal entry from yesterday, because itís somewhat nutritionally-related. The prompt was to make something in which the sense of taste is essential. I give you--

Vampire Bananas! They walk amongst us...

Spark on, Brave Sparkers!!

BREAKING NEWS: My buddy, FLORNH suggested I try changing the settings on my FitBit dashboard to sensitive, to see if that would reflect my steps on the elliptical more accurately. IT WORKED!! Now it's getting every single step. WooHoo!!! (Watch out, Tom!)
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CATNCAG 3/3/2014 5:23PM

    U r doing emoticon ! So is Audrey! emoticon U r both an inspiration!

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TERRIJ7 1/13/2014 11:12PM

    Yay for figuring out how to count all your steps and for the friendly competition with your Spark pal!

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AMBER461 10/12/2013 5:01PM

  Thanks for sharing. The banana looks cute.

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URBANAUDREYE 9/4/2013 6:51PM

    I am very much missing my FitBit (I lost it out and about about 2 months ago now). Thankfully, the hubby has agreed to get me a new one as a push present. Took a loan out to cover some baby essentials and so we'd have extra money for Christmas presents (crazy as it sounds, we want to get the soon to be 3 year old an iPad... for ABCMouse and Netflix usage), but anyway, with any luck I'll have a new one by the end of next week (because why actually wait until I have the baby to start using it). I don't think I ever passed the 15000 steps mark... I know, pathetic. Good luck with the 30,000! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 8/20/2013 11:13AM

  Good luck with the 30000 steps! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/5/2013 9:09AM

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ALIDOSHA 7/21/2013 3:00PM

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WHITEANGEL4 7/20/2013 1:24AM

    Have a great journey

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ISABELLE31 7/15/2013 11:38PM

    Great post!

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LTURSS 7/12/2013 1:30PM

    Your blogs always make me laugh! They're also motivational. Way to go on the step challenge. Good luck!!!

I was having trouble with my FitBit on the elliptical as well and I ended up slipping it into the sleep wristband and wearing it that way. It seemed to work much better then.

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SUECHRIS50 7/11/2013 1:34PM

    That part about your hipbone made me laugh,I too felt my hipbone and thought it was a tumor until my physician laughed out loud and said dear,thats a your hipbone!I was in tears with relief after I got done laughing!!!

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DANAPRIME 7/10/2013 1:01PM

    emoticon getting your 30,000 step badge will be so much fun, after the fact that is! Glad to hear you could adjust your fitbit. I knew you could adjust sleep to sensitive, didn't know the other. Congrats to Audrey!

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CASEYTALK 7/10/2013 12:49PM

    Let us know the day of the 30K steps challenge! I'd like to join up with you virtually.

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SHERYLP461 7/10/2013 6:30AM

    love the blog.......mostly the banana

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RENATA144 7/9/2013 11:08PM

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RAINBOWMF 7/9/2013 6:38PM

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MSHEL7 7/9/2013 2:36PM

    Wonderful that you are able to get back into weights. Thanks for the extra info on the fitbit at the end of your blog too. That is good for all of us to know. Your blog is great.

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ROXYCARIN 7/9/2013 1:43PM

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NHEMBERGER 7/9/2013 1:00PM

    I wish my pedometer was more sensitive! It doesn't register all my steps when I go hiking rough terrain I guess because I'm walking a slower pace, but climbing up & down hills & getting more of a workout!
Good luck with your 30,000 steps!
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RASIRE 7/9/2013 12:50PM

  Two thumbs up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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LIVEDAILY 7/9/2013 12:05PM

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It's wonderful to hear that you are feeling so much better! Strength training IS important! I'm acquiring a fantastic collection of free weights and kettlebells myself!
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Love the vampire banana! It's missing its cloak though...lol
Did I tell you I picked up a washboard?? I'm debating on how to "trick it out"
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Spark on!

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FUNLOVEN 7/9/2013 9:34AM

    Thanks for the update. I think your 30,000 step Challenge with your friend sounds very cool ! What a great idea. I can't wait to get my FitBit this fall. I will remember your tip about the settings.

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LRSILVER 7/9/2013 4:59AM

    Great blog

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SUGARBABY60 7/8/2013 10:21PM

    Wow,looks like things are looking up for you, congratulations!

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KLONG8 7/8/2013 6:35PM

    You have a knack for making this fun! Keep sharing!

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NIKKIFLASH 7/8/2013 5:19PM

    Awesome!!

Just wondering, do you have any suggestions for using the fitbit on a bike? I am trying to figure out the most effective way to track my bike rides to work!

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CAROLCRC 7/8/2013 4:15PM

    My daughter's cross-courntry running friend totally freaked out when she saw her first leg muscle twitch and be defined! Loved the comments about the collarbone and hipbone! I personally saw a rib yesterday that hasn't seen the light in years!

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STEPFANIER 7/8/2013 2:15PM

  Just wanted to let you know that the entire SP editorial team was talking about you today. We miss you! :)

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QSULLIVAN 7/8/2013 1:20PM

    Vampire bananas? emoticon emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/8/2013 12:41PM

    You never fail to make me smile or laugh... Thanks! And I am breaking down and ordering my fitbit today!! I NEED it, right??? Right! Have a GREAT day!

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VALKYR8 7/8/2013 11:28AM

    Thanks for the tip on the FitBit, I think I'll give that a shot. Good luck on the 30,000! That will be my next goal as well.

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BANDMOM2012 7/8/2013 10:01AM

    Love starting my days with your blog!

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ELINTY 7/8/2013 9:50AM

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MYAKAYAH 7/8/2013 8:29AM

    Congrats on the FitBit being more accurate! 30K steps in a day whoa man, lol It boggles my mind I think. Maybe I'll try to get in 15000 steps today and see how I do then graduate to 20K and so on~ I'm going to get on my elliptical and see how it goes with my pedometer, maybe I really can get those 15K's.
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LORIVIOLA 7/8/2013 8:12AM

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great blog. i am always inspired by what you say.
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MYJOYNOW45EST 7/8/2013 7:42AM

    I luv bananas!! Now they can luv me back? Thanks, MOM. emoticon JOY

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2013 5:54AM

    Woot 1- Audrey's collarbone!
Woot 2- Friendly competition
Woot 3- Good advice from sparkers on FitBit
Woot 4- playing with your food
Woot 5- ST

Its all about the wooty-toot-toots with you!

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ROXYCARIN 7/8/2013 12:33AM

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AJB121299 7/7/2013 10:39PM

    Nice

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PAMLICO-DAZE 7/7/2013 10:24PM

    Way to go! Love the hip bone comment. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 7/7/2013 9:56PM

    Oh - I am so glad I have SparkFriends like you that I can use your experience for my benefit! I don't have a fitbit yet, but am planning on getting one. Learning from what others do is going to help me tremendously in this! Thanks for sharing with us!

I think your plan sounds AWESOME!! Good luck - I can't wait to see your vlog on this great challenge!! :-)

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THEWWWAY 7/7/2013 6:24PM

    I have been thinking about getting a fitbit. Are they worth it?

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SUNNYWBL 7/7/2013 6:21PM

    I couldn't find the sensitive setting, Do you have the Premium Package? emoticon

emoticon Love your banana.

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SHYLONESTAR 7/7/2013 4:37PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Seems FitBit is quite popular with Spark members...will check into it. 30,000 steps! I will be rooting for you and Tom! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 7/7/2013 4:15PM

    Cute banana!

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