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Friday, July 05, 2013

Well, another week has rolled around. I was waiting to see if anything noteworthy happened, so I’d have something to blog about. Um, not really. It’s been a pretty routine week. I had a rush editing job, so I’ve 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, I’ll 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 I’m happy to be balancing that again. I’ve also picked up the pace on the elliptical and am making exceptionally good use of my SparkPeople workout towel. Whew!

Oh, Adjustable Dumbbells, how I’ve 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 don’t have the kind of elliptical you can run on; it’s 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 I’m bopping around the neighborhood. I suppose that makes sense, since I’m doing more of a climbing action. I dunno. I’ve 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 I’m getting in a good workout both ways. It’s just a matter of pride, because I have a friendly competition going with one of my in-person FitBit/SparkBuddies (STEELERTOM) and he’s been seriously kicking my bootie. We both talk a lot of smack, so suffice it to say, I’ve been eating my words lately.

Speaking of FitBit/SparkBuddies, Tom and I are really excited about a challenge we’re planning. We’re both determined to earn our FitBit 30,000 Steps in a Day badge together. So, we’re 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 it’s going to average out to about 14 miles. We’re planning on breaking it into two big walks, just to be careful that I don’t re-injure myself. It’s not a race, we’re strictly aiming for number of steps, not speed. It can’t be a race anyway, because he’s going to have to slow down to match the pace of my hobbit legs. But isn’t that cool, to be excited about doing a fitness challenge with a friend? That’s certainly a change of attitude for both of us. And yes, we’re planning on vlogging it. So, that’ll 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. That’s how long it had been since I’d felt it. But she’s excited, proud and motivated to stay healthy and strong. Her clothes are getting looser and fitting better. She’s making this summer count.

I’ll leave you with my creative journal entry from yesterday, because it’s 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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