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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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