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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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DIANNEMT 7/7/2013 3:52PM

    The banana is cute!! How did it taste?

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CRABBYTHING 7/7/2013 1:26PM

    I love my fitbit. I love your challenge. I should figure that out for one of our camping weekends.

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MSANITAL 7/7/2013 12:20PM

    Great blog.. and you will love the fitbit.. I have been wanting one so bad but I have been buying other gadgets for my bike so as soon as I get some extra cash I need to invest into one..


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DAWNDMOORE40 7/7/2013 11:15AM

    emoticon and oh by the way I love the banana! I was joking with my son one day that if your Mother gets crazy enough to start drawing faces on bananas, then please put me away in the institution where they put all banana lovers! The joke behind this is I believe I am addicted to bananas, and my Son thinks that is funny because he thinks there are a lot worse things to be addicted to. I agree! Anyway, enough of my babbling! I hope you have a great week ahead! Keep up the emoticon job! emoticon emoticon

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GUDDIGO 7/7/2013 11:04AM

  Great job

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LILYPAD12311 7/7/2013 10:57AM

    Fantastic Girly!!! I really have not felt my collar bone or my hip bone in quite awhile .... so congrats to you and Audrey!!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 7/7/2013 10:46AM

    Well done, Flornh!!

Oh, yes, and well done you, too, Shelli!

Glad you're feeling better and able to increase the exercise a bit more again.
Best wishes.
Lindsay

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POUNDSAWAY73 7/7/2013 10:26AM

 
Good luck with your challenge!!! emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/7/2013 9:57AM

    Can't wait to hear the results of your challenge!! I am super excited for Audrey!! You go girl!!!!

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WORKNPROGRESS12 7/7/2013 9:28AM

  This is great!!! You are inspiring!

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SJKENT1 7/7/2013 9:15AM

    How exciting for Audrey!! If she gets this healthy stuff at her age... how awesome!! emoticon Audrey - for making this summer count for you!!

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LEANMEAN2 7/7/2013 8:30AM

    That's certainly one scary banana. :-)

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/7/2013 7:55AM

    Very cute banana

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STEPH-KNEE 7/7/2013 7:35AM

    Audrey is a rock star! I recently discovered my collar bone too and was ecstatic! emoticon Audrey!!

So glad that your fitbit dilemma is solved and 30,000 steps is super exciting! I look forward to that vlog! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 7/7/2013 6:50AM

    aren't you just wonderful Audrey is amazing and you Mom should be so proud of yourself Your daughter will also know that being fit and health makes you feel wonderful and proud. that it take time, effort and lots of small steps to stay that way.
thank you glad you got your fitbit the reflex your work out woohoo best of luck on your 30,000

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BLUEJEAN99 7/7/2013 1:40AM

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/7/2013 1:30AM

    Good news in the FitBit as I had wondered about that for rebounding etc. I guess I didn't realize sensitive could be turned on for daily activities. I've had to turn it to sensitive on sleeping as our mattress is fairly ummmm vibration-free? I would wake up a few times to use restroom etc and FB would bald-face lie and claimed I had not wiggled one bit! Well, sorry, but it's a bit effort to undo cpap mask, climb down from bed (it sits on those 8-10" risers), walk the 8-10 steps or more to my bathroom then to sink, wash hands, drink more water, and then heave myself up onto the bed and get all settled back in, and I would be tired next morning when FitBit says I've slept 7 hours. But switching that log to sensitive would then reveal those nighttime trips and then tell me I had slept 4-5 hours (which was how I actually felt!!).

So I will have to check on the sensitive tracking for rebounding etc.

Thanks!!

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JUSGETTENBY42 7/7/2013 12:55AM

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 7/6/2013 11:13PM

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GOING-STRONG 7/6/2013 10:49PM

    Did you know you can earn rewards for your fitbit activity on earndit.com? Check it out if you aren't already signed up... they offer some great discount rewards. Here is the link. If you use it you earn 50 extra points and I earn extra too! Enjoy - Rhonda

http://earnd.it/11ism
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HEARTS116 7/6/2013 10:37PM

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BARBARASDIET 7/6/2013 9:57PM

    Yay!

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LRSILVER 7/6/2013 9:51PM

    Keep it up!

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SARRARAZ 7/6/2013 9:44PM

  go

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CLAYARTIST 7/6/2013 9:15PM

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KRYSTALLA 7/6/2013 8:17PM

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KIPPER15 7/6/2013 8:16PM

    Wonderful blog as usual. emoticon to Audrey! Good luck on your 30,000 steps. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 7/6/2013 7:07PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/6/2013 6:43PM

  I like your clever idea with Tom. It always helps to have someone to work with or come up with ideas....

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NILLAPEPSI 7/6/2013 6:06PM

    You are tooooooo funny!! Love that banana!! emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 7/6/2013 5:31PM

    Loved the vampire banana! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/6/2013 5:07PM

    Good Blog! Woo Hoo!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/6/2013 5:03PM

  Your blogs are so upbeat. They are like a ray of sunshine. Have a great week........ emoticon

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BLUETIFFANYS 7/6/2013 5:02PM

    Keep it up! emoticon

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NEWTINK 7/6/2013 4:58PM

    emoticon Audrey

Love the vampire banana emoticon

emoticon those 30,000 steps emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 7/6/2013 4:52PM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SANDYCRANE 7/6/2013 4:42PM

    Loved the banana vampire. Glad you resolved the Fibit problem, Good luck on your challenge.

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JUNEAU2010 7/6/2013 4:18PM

    Have fun on that FitBit step challenge!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/6/2013 2:42PM

    Ooh, enjoy the challenge!! LOL I love the banana.

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GABY1948 7/6/2013 2:38PM

    I LOVE your blogs! Can't wait to see how the 30,000 steps goes...I did 28,000 once but it's not something I want to revisit soon :)

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SCRAPBECCA 7/6/2013 2:34PM

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CHUBRUB3 7/6/2013 2:21PM

    Your doing great! You will reach all your goals my friend.
So proud of you and Audrey.
Hugs,
Angela


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TINY67 7/6/2013 2:17PM

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JOANNHUNT 7/6/2013 1:05PM

    AWESOME. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FITBIT CHALLENGE. GLAD TO HEAR YOUR RECUPERATING NICELY. VLOG ON.

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PEGGYO 7/6/2013 12:57PM

    love the banana

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KHALIA2 7/6/2013 12:49PM

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STEELERTOM 7/6/2013 12:48PM

    30 K here we come!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 7/6/2013 12:35PM

    I so want those adjustable weights but right now they're like $500 in my local sporting goods stores and I'm too cheap to drop that much cash on equipment.

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