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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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    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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    Great Blog!!!! emoticon
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    I ALWAYS love your blogs! Good ideas, ALWAYS fun, ALWAYS positive!

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    1813 days ago
    emoticon as always. emoticon
    1813 days ago
    Good deal on the 30k step challenge! Sounds like a great activity to do with a friend. Keep us posted!
    1813 days ago
    You are quite the creative one. I bet life can be really interesting at your house!!

    Glad your getting back into the swing of exercising and good luck on your 30k step challenge

    1813 days ago
    Sometimes the routine stuff is best. I don't think I could handle a lot of excitement all the time. And, actually, I have too much excitement in my life right now as it is. Hooray for the routine stuff. Love the vampire banana, too. Sounds like an excellent week.
    1813 days ago
    That banana is sexy...WooHoo!

    1813 days ago
    LOL at the Vampire Bananas!!!! Good luck on your challenge - maybe you will be my motivation to try something like that!!!!
    1813 days ago
    Wow sounds great (30,000) I think that's really cool, but don't think that I could But I do know what you mean about the (Fitbit count) emoticon Sometimes hard
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    No doubt about it; you're contagious! I mean that in the best of ways and now your family is "catching 'it'"! Audrey is doing great; she should feel good about it! I first caught hooping from you and now I'm hooked on streaks! Challenges, don't work for me but goodness---30,000 steps! Wooo - - - that's impressive! Fun to have someone to do it with you; it would take me at least 5 hours! You can see a lot of your community in 5 hours! Have fun. I too am looking forward to the vlog!
    1813 days ago
    you are so funny

    good challenge --I do mean challenge ..

    Just a thought -- your fitbit might be recording not your steps but the amount of stairs you are climbing... but it will be counting the real calories you are burning .. check your fitbit site and sparks exercise site -- bet you are burning way more calories on the elliptical then when you walk the same amount of steps.
    1813 days ago
    Ha, I love your vampire banana! I wanna start an exercise challenge with someone. Maybe I'll get my brother to compete with me!
    1813 days ago
    Good Luck with the 30,000 steps!! I am no where near having the ability to do that many in one day!! But it does sound like a fun challenge to do with a friend! LOVE your vampire banana!
    1813 days ago
    emoticon 30,000!

    Happy for both you and Audrey!
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  • _JODI404

    So glad you are doing so well, getting back to your full routine, including Strength!!

    My device doesn't give me much step credit for rowing either. 2,500 or so steps for rowing 3 miles. Average walking is 2,000 steps =mile. Oh long as the calories burned are good, it's OK. But, I'm not in a competition either...

    30,000 steps!! WOW!!!! I hope there is an Epsom salt soak waiting for you, and a nice relaxing pedicure the next day! You really do set the bar high! Very cool to have a friend doing the challenge with you. Definitely looking forward to the vlog!

    emoticon for Audrey!! She is doing so great... so proud of her, and happy for her making these awesome healthy changes!! emoticon
    Way to really make the summer count!

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    emoticon emoticon But 30,000 steps??!!! I just finally made my first 10,005 steps the other day and I was ecstatic about that!!!! 30,000???? Go get'em girl!!!! So glad you're feeling better!!

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    emoticon to go Shelli! I'm to hear you're feeling much better and back into brainstorming a new routine! And what can I say, but emoticon Audrey! You GO GIRL!!!!! I am so impressed with the both of you!

    You are inspiration in stereo! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    Glad you're feeling better.

    Watch out for those Vampire Bananas:
    They're a slippery bunch emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    I didn't think we were suppose to play with our food!!hahahaha
    1813 days ago
    I knew there were vampire bananas out there. I am so glad you caught it on film so now I have proof emoticon .

    But seriously, 30,000 in a day, Holy Batman Girl! That is so awesome! I am still trying to get to 11,000 in one day. You set the bar pretty dang high! emoticon
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    emoticon Audrey!
    A week of routine may have been just what you needed after the deal with your neck. I hope you enjoyed it! What am I saying? Of course you did.

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  • SUGAR0814
    Glad you're feeling better! emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. In my quest to get fit, my daughter has also joined on the exercise wagon....she now has a daily fitness challenge that she´s working on!! emoticon
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    I think routine kind of days are pretty great. I have a few of those myself. emoticon Keep up the GREAT work!
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    Work it baby! As long as you are feeling it in the workouts, that is what counts. I am so glad you are feeling better. Love that vampire banana!
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  • LINDAK25
    It's great that you're feeling better! Good luck on your 30,000 steps. Yeah for Audrey!

    You crack me up! I love the Vampire Banana. Have a wonderful weekend.
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    I'm so happy to hear you are getting back into the balance of fitness again!! I know you are being careful, but be careful!!! hehe It's the mother hen in me, I guess!!
    How great you have this challenge with an in person SPark buddy!!! Sounds like a ton of fun!!!
    Congrats to Audrey!!! She's lookin' good!!! Big (((HUGS))) to her, too!!!
    Beware of the Vampire Bananas!!!!!!!

    Love ya!! ((((HUGS))))
    1813 days ago
    i want a vampire banana.hope that isn´t the creative journal you made with your feet though,lol.give audrey a big woo hoo from me and give yourself one as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon emoticon I love it. You have a very creative nature. I think that's why your journey has been such an adventure.
    emoticon Excitement!!
    1813 days ago
    Holy Dracula! I'll never look @ my banana the same again! LOLOLOLOL

    I am sooooooo proud of Audrey. Good job!!!

    And a journal entry done with your foot. Ok, that would definitely be interesting!

    HUGS and smiles.
    1813 days ago
    emoticon emoticon LOL! Two things I would never put together--but you did!

    Love it.

    emoticon For fitness challenge with your friend! That sounds like a long walk! Wow, will love to see the blog!

    Good for you for pumping some iron. Good that you're taking it slow, being careful not to re-injure.

    Elliptical DOES burn more calories...but you are taking less steps, I guess. Too bad you can't log them as extra steps because of the resistance.

    Yay for Audrey! Collar bone is a great NSV! emoticon

    Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    OMGosh, a tumor! LOL. (not that tumors are funny but I can SO relate). I'll have to match your challenge here locally. I'm looking now to see where I've topped out on my fitbit. :-) emoticon
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