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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!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANETRIS 7/6/2013 12:34PM

    You will rock out that 30,000! Love the banana!! emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 7/6/2013 12:21PM

    Love the 'nana!

re: Fitbit and challenges...while I've been on vacation in the mountains, I've increased my daily flight of stairs goal to 50. This has resulted in many walks up and down (only up counting) which coincidentally has gotten me a lot more steps and some new badges! It's funny how that little bit of plastic can motivate us!

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HHB4181 7/6/2013 12:01PM

    Great blog! Good for you!!

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SHELLB7 7/6/2013 11:41AM


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JSEATTLE 7/6/2013 11:39AM

  Always enjoy your posts, hard to keep up with you!!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/6/2013 11:13AM


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NIKKIJ55 7/6/2013 10:57AM

    Love the Vampire banana! Never saw one befor or knew they existed. I will need to be on the lookout! Good luck on the 30,000 steps! I have done 25,000 a couple of times, but hadn't even thought of going for 30k. I guess I should make that a goal to shoot for this summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

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CARPROTH 7/6/2013 10:44AM

    Pretty routine stuff - exercising, eating healthy, and working on a challenge to do better. Shows you how far we have progressed for that to seem routine!

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KNYAGENYA 7/6/2013 10:42AM

    Vampire bananas are real! There is another reason to add to my list as to why I hate bananas.

Good job getting back to exercise and a good job to Audrey.

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KKLENNERT809 7/6/2013 10:36AM

    Vampire bananas? How creative!!

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CATE195 7/6/2013 10:35AM

    Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY, and vampire bananas emoticon

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CICELY360 7/6/2013 10:27AM

  good blog

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HOLISTIC5 7/6/2013 10:24AM

    emoticon love your vampire banana !! And good luck with your 30000 step challenge !!! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 7/6/2013 10:11AM

    Thanks for sharing :)

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GIRLINMOTION 7/6/2013 9:58AM

    I am looking forward to the 30,000 steps vlog. Remember to bring lots of water and/with electrolytes, sounds like your going to have a very long day to get the 30,000 steps.

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IDICEM 7/6/2013 9:56AM

    Vampire bananas. Classic! Spark that 30K step challenge!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/6/2013 9:44AM


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SHAWFAN 7/6/2013 9:43AM

    Great blog and love the banana!

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GOANNA2 7/6/2013 9:33AM

    Loved your blog and also think the banana is cute.
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    ha. amazing.

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BRAVELUTE 7/6/2013 9:26AM

    Stay on that road to pain free!!

As for the banana, I think a sense of humor is in order!

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NEPTUNE1939 7/6/2013 9:20AM


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/6/2013 9:09AM

    Congrats to your baby so committing herself to getting healthy and seeing positive results.

Walk on! Sounds like a lot of fun. emoticon

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TPETRIE 7/6/2013 9:07AM

  Thank you! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 7/6/2013 9:05AM


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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/6/2013 9:03AM

    emoticon agoing Bannanas ? emoticon

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INGMARIE 7/6/2013 8:53AM

    emoticon Glad you are doing better, and thanks for the blog entertaining as usual emoticon

Liked your banana, but you should beware of celery, it stalks at midnight emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/6/2013 8:41AM

    Good luck on your 30,000 step badge. Great you have someone doing it with you. Should be fun! Great going!

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VBA2009 7/6/2013 8:39AM


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MOMMY445 7/6/2013 8:14AM

    glad that you are feeling better!have a wonderful day!

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TRYINGHARD54 7/6/2013 7:59AM

    lol...great blog. !

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THOMS1 7/6/2013 7:57AM

    emoticon Good blog! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 7/6/2013 7:50AM

    Entertaining. Motivational. Thank you.

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NANCYJH64 7/6/2013 7:46AM

    Lol. You are funny. Love the Vampire banana and good luck with the challenge!! Sounds fun and rewarding!!

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BECCA315 7/6/2013 7:44AM

    Wish I had seen your creative journal entry BEFORE I had a banana for breakfast this morning...


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JIBBIE49 7/6/2013 7:35AM

    Glad to see you featured in the Spark Mail. You're the STAR. emoticon

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    Your blogs make me smile. Thank you.

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PICKIE98 7/6/2013 7:16AM

    The race sound like fun!!

BTW, I love your "Shelli-nanner" She sure looks "A-peeling"!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/6/2013 7:15AM

    I wear an activelink - like a fitbit - and it always disses the elliptical - I earn as many points sweating to death on the elliptical as I earn walking to the post office and back. No Fair.

but - perhaps there's a subtle lesson to be learned here. It's an active LIFE, not an active HOUR that we're after. Yeah. I know. still makes me want to rant.

Loveyer blogs'nvlogs

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CHERYLHURT 7/6/2013 7:06AM

  I love bananaman!

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MOBYCARP 7/6/2013 6:59AM

    On another forum, I read that accelerometer based pedometers don't register steps if you walk too smoothly, i.e. they don't have sufficient acceleration to count as steps.

Guess what? The fitbit is based on an accelerometer, and the elliptical machine is designed to be low-impact. Low-impact = less acceleration to measure. I think this is the same reason I get few steps added when out cycling.

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CFMOSS 7/6/2013 6:55AM

    gosh - you always manage to bring a smile to my face with your perspective. thanks.

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FLORNH 7/6/2013 6:51AM

    I have the same problem with my elliptical workouts. I wear my Fitbit on the elliptical, but I also make note of the # of steps on the machine and mentally add the difference to my Fitbit total for the day.
Good luck with your 30k step goal. I managed it once or twice in the spring and it feels great!

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SAC-6582 7/6/2013 6:44AM

    Yet another great blog... Awesome. emoticon

Steve (Sac-6582)

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NANFITGRAN 7/6/2013 6:27AM

    Love your blogs and your great sense of humor! Good luck with your FitBit challenge. Do you like youre FitBit? Just heard of them the other day from a hiking buddy. Pedometers have never worked for me, and they're pretty expensive....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET09 7/6/2013 6:05AM

  It looks delish and if we could do this with the foods we should eat, we'd be so skinny! It's good to accomplish what we need to do to make it happen. It's called improvement and success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CURRAHEE68 7/6/2013 3:47AM

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing.


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SHANNONY84 7/6/2013 3:42AM

    Great blog! You always get my attention and have me ready to hear what is going on with you! Be proud of all your work!

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123ELAINE456 7/6/2013 2:56AM

  Awesome Blog. Sounds like You had a Nice Week. Glad that You are improving health wise. Keep Going Audrey. You are Doing Great. WTG!!! Like the Vampire Banana. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANNEMAC5 7/6/2013 1:45AM

    Glad you are improving and what a challenge to aim for. Great to do it with a SF .
emoticon to Audrey you are such a good role model for her.
I will have to take care with my bananas always thought they had an evil side
Have a great week end

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