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I BLOG therefore I AM…NOT eating the ice cream (apologies to Descartes for the paraphrase)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I never blog in the middle of the day. That’s an early morning thing for me.
This is a special case.

Today is supposed to be a rest day. I’m working on a big project. I want to finish updating my website to include the recent concert tour of my choral society before our “welcome to a new season” dinner later this week.

I enjoy web design. It was one aspect of my job as Technology Coordinator that I loved.

Adding one more trip to my website was just a matter of looking at a few hundred photos, choosing the best to tell the story, editing and organizing them, selecting the best video clips and putting it all together.

Somehow I hit a snag. I always check out the final product on assorted hardware before “going live.” It looked fine on my phone, and 2 of my 3 computers. On the third machine everything is askew.

I fiddled, I adjusted, I racked my brain looking at the code.

Finally, I WANTED to eat a big dish of ice cream – a huge mound like Mt Vesuvius with chocolate syrup running down the side like lava and a cherry on top like a glowing flame. We have all those ingredients in the house.

Instead I’m typing this.

As many sparkers have said, whatever is going wrong in your life, more food won’t fix it.
Ice cream will definitely not fix this problem.

When I’m done typing and posting this, I’m going for a walk – a nice leisurely walk. Today is supposed to be a rest day after all. Then I’m going to check out something I read in a Spark article yesterday about determining the proper weight you should be lifting. I will try a few reps of each of my strength training exercises with progressively heavier weights, just to see how they feel.

Then I will return to my project.
I bet the solution is right in front of my eyes and my vision will not be clouded by ice cream.

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SUSANNAH31 8/29/2014 5:42AM

    Reading and writing blogs here is a great way to avoid unwanted eating.

And there's nothing like a walk to clear the head... for a fresh look at problem solving.


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DR1939 8/28/2014 3:58AM

    Good on you!

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MBTEPP 8/26/2014 5:37PM

    Great resistance training emoticon

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PHEBESS 8/26/2014 11:07AM

    Way to go!!!!! (And can you post a link to your website some time?)

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/25/2014 12:56PM

    I am so proud of you for not wanting to eat that ice cream! I love ice cream too but like you have decided I like being healthy and much lighter better. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/25/2014 9:25AM

    I once had a T-shirt (I eat therefore I am) attributed to Rene Dessertcart.

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MARYJEANSL 8/25/2014 12:38AM

  I'm very impressed. I am afraid I would have given in to the craving, even while knowing it was only going to hurt my body and solve nothing. I definitely need to work on my mind as much as my body.

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KATELJM 8/24/2014 11:02PM

    Ice cream does smear and confuse. While lifting heavier weights, focus on them, not your web issue, otherwise it might be more hazardous than ice cream. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 8/24/2014 8:05PM

    I am so jealous you can do all that. emoticon

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DOVESEYES 8/24/2014 8:02PM

    Wonderful blog thanks

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WATERMELLEN 8/24/2014 6:42PM

    Great reminder -- if hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the answer.

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WUMPASTAR 8/24/2014 6:28PM

    100% with you here. I often turn to food when I'm facing difficulties, when it's obviously not the solution (but try telling that to a distressed you!).

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WILSONWR 8/24/2014 6:04PM

    Great blog! We all need to step away at times and find healthy distractions for dealing with the stress. You're right - we often find the solution almost immediately when we come back to the problem.

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GABY1948 8/24/2014 5:57PM

    emoticon I have never been an actual blogger but I have started reading so many of yours and like yours blogs that I seriously am thinking "someday" I may have to doe that even though I REALLY don't want to. Today was a sort of bad day for me also...

Thank you so much for your candid honesty helps me and others that may be like me!

I know you will have a wonderful week now because you didn't start it with a mountain of ice cream!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/24/2014 5:04PM

    SUCH a better choice! And, taking the break will undoubtedly make the problem easy to see! WTG on foregoing the ice cream, and for knowing it is NOT the solution to the problem. What a NSV!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/24/2014 4:59PM

    emoticon And may you have fresh eyes when you return to the project!

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ALICIA363 8/24/2014 4:38PM

and thanks for sparking an idea I can use ... next time, blog BEFORE the inappropriate eating, instead of after!

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JENNBECK831 8/24/2014 4:15PM

    Great plan. emoticon

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Sugar alcohol and me – got to read those labels carefully.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My status today says that I’m sorting through photos. That’s true and needs to be done, but the decision wasn’t totally my choice.

Like many people, some food “agrees with me” and some doesn’t. In my case I’ve learned to totally avoid fish. Yes, the food that everyone is supposed to include in a healthy diet. Not me!

I also avoid artificial sweeteners by personal choice, although I understand the need for them especially for those with a medical reason to avoid sugar.

A few years ago I bought a few protein bars. I read the label. No sugar, no aspartame, no Splenda etc. It tasted good. Hmm, how did they do that?

Later I had some GI upset. What was going on? Soon I realized that it happened whenever I ate one of my new protein bars.

That’s when I became aware of sugar alcohol. OK, no fish and no sugar alcohol.
However, it’s easier to avoid fish than these new additives. They’re sneaking in everywhere.

I knew to avoid anything ending in “ol” but there are 2 more I wasn’t aware of.
I found this list in a SP article.

Erythritol, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, Isomalt, Lactitol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol

The article goes on to explain. “For some people, consuming certain sugar alcohols in excessive amounts may cause gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, bloating and diarrhea. Whether or not you will experience problems will depend on your individual sensitivity level and the other foods you consume at the same time. It is best to find your individual tolerance level when using these food ingredients, and to avoid them if they cause discomfort.”

Obviously my tolerance level is rather low. Got to read those labels carefully.

No running today. Maybe a nice walk.

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SHEL_V2 8/26/2014 9:17PM

    Xylitol and erythritol seem to be much better tolerated by most people. With manufacturers on the stevia bandwagon, you'll often find it listed in the small type ingredients when the front of the label says "Sweetened with Stevia". But it is a tasty combination. I have a growing collection of low carb recipes to make with either xylitol or erythritol. I primarily use erythritol because xylitol is so dangerous for dogs... and I have 4 of them... and they're tall enough to lick the counter.

I'm guilty of enjoying a few chocolates with the "uh-oh" sugar alcohols and sometimes pay the price. I strive to be smart enough not to do it two days in a row.

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SPINNINGJW 8/25/2014 7:41AM

    I seem to do okay with the artificial sweeteners, unless I have an excessive amount. At one time I was drinking a lot of crystal lite, like between a quart and a half gallon a day, and that started to cause me GI upset. I cut back and started drinking more water, and that solved that problem. I still occasionally use the individual ones that you put in a water bottle, but I find that I need a water bottle about twice the size they say because otherwise it is too much.

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BOILHAM 8/24/2014 8:39AM

    Doing my best to avoid artificial sweeteners. Too bad you're so sensitive, but glad you identified the source.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 5:19PM

  I'm so sorry you had a bad reaction. :-( I hope you feel much better soon. I am searching for an artificial sweetener that I like and that isn't too, too bad for me. It's a challenge, to say the least.

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DOVESEYES 8/22/2014 9:43PM

    xylitol is my nemesis.

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KATELJM 8/22/2014 9:41PM

    That is why I like cooking my own food.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2014 9:12PM

    Finding what your body is going to reject is the best practical learning one can have. Read labels like your life depended on it!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/22/2014 6:28PM

    It feels like I need a degree in chemistry and nutrition just to know what's safe to eat!

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DR1939 8/22/2014 3:14PM

    I am allergic to beans including soy beans although I can eat some processed forms of soy.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/22/2014 2:06PM

    I can't handle any of the gus, gels, whatever. Even Honey Stingers have something akin to MSG that sends my head spinning. Yes, one has to read carefully and learn from experience.

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LINDAKAY228 8/22/2014 12:33PM

    I remember seeing a story about a man who saw his dr and complained of diarrhea. He had lost weight by choice, which was good. After the doctor questioned him it turned out that he was chewing a lot of sugar free gum to keep from eating excessively. That turned out to be the problem, which he had never even thought of. Some of these things are sneaky, and also we each has to be aware of what will bother us. Great article.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/22/2014 11:30AM

    A lot of those are in sugarless gum. My middle daughter is sensitive, too and she can't chew sugarless gum or she gets bad digestive upset!

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KANOE10 8/22/2014 11:20AM

    Thanks for that information. I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners. I did not know about sugar alcohols. Good information!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/22/2014 10:59AM

    Wow, thanks for blogging about this topic. Since being on the Whole30 for nearly two weeks I was able to wean myself off many of the artificial sweeteners that I was using for no good reason except habit. I'm also looking at labels more critically and trying to eat better quality food and more REAL food. A little butter or olive oil rather than the "sprays". Air popped popcorn instead of packaged microwaved. All these additives just cannot be good!

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 9:29AM

    YES! I also have to avoid them....DH has totally banned them FROM me....for reasons I am sure you know. So I don't even chew sugar free gum anymore!

Great blog!

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WILSONWR 8/22/2014 9:11AM

    Time to start making those protein bars yourself! I need to do that also - I just have been a little too ignorant of all those additives.

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LEWILL1982 8/22/2014 9:05AM

    I try to avoid sugar alcohols because I worried there was more processed "stuff" in the food and then I didn't understand the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol. Rather than study up on it, I just decided I should stay away from it.

So important to read labels!

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/22/2014 9:04AM

    I've got to tell you that Splenda almost killed me back in 2008. I was drinking Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate with Splenda in it, trying to stay true to the South Beach Diet then. I had upped drinking the stuff during March of that year because it was still extremely cold and somewhat snowy that month.

I broke out in blisters everywhere there was a crevice in my body meaning behind the knees, in the elbows, underneath my headlights so to speak, and I was miserable.

I went to the ER and the doctor said it was topical. And as much as I tried to explain to him that it wasn't, he still gave me an RX for a cream. This was late Saturday evening and I started to itch the previous evening, on Friday.

Monday morning I called my doctor's office right away and told them that I had been to the ER and that I wasn't going back because I needed to be seen by someone that could help me. So they took me in right away. The CRNP, (certified registered nurse practitioner said that it was systemic, meaning it was something that I ate.

She gave me a double dose shot of prednisone and prescribed prednisone for 10 days with orders to see her the following morning. So that's what I did. Our conclusion was that it was a reaction to Splenda and the body was trying to get rid of the toxin by shedding in the form of blisters.

My daughter at the time was attending University of California and she told her organic chemistry professor about my reaction to the Splenda where upon he told her that Splenda was originally created in England as a pesticide. Yes, a pesticide.

AND that Splenda has a chemical structural makeup similar to DEET, which is a pesticide. Splenda is sweet but even the bugs won't eat it. That should tell you something.

Also, I have found out that all artificial sweeteners are not digestible, hence the bloating the diarrhea, because the body doesn't know what to do with them.

And it has also been proven that artificial sweeteners just sets up cravings in a person to want to eat more sweet foods or drinks and that's not good at all.

Just saying. I avoid the stuff like the plague that it is.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2014 8:51AM

    Glad you are so smart about labels and learning your own sensitivities. I got to say I tolerate sugar alcohols with no problem, but I suspect I should avoid them anyway. Can't be healthy.

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JAROL7 8/22/2014 7:52AM

    Anyone who really wants eating health HAS TO READ the labels carefully.

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2014 7:42AM

    Oh yeah -- I avoid those sugar alcohols too. Splenda is not so bad; keep aspartame to a minimum; and I avoid anything ending in "ol"!!

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Oops! That wasn’t deodorant.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We travel a LOT and regularly by plane. So I’ve become expert at packing efficiently even for 3-4 week trips.

I have a light-weight carry-on with the essentials I would need if the airline lost my checked suitcase. I even include some common stuff that I just don’t need the hassle of replacing in a foreign language.

I have a regular supply of travel sizes in a quart size plastic bag all ready for the TSA inspector. I don’t mind. Keep me safe and I’ll follow any rules or procedures you have.

Last month after a few days in Ireland, something didn’t seem quite right.
I was dressing for our concert on day 3 of the trip and grabbed this “deodorant” as usual.

Then I turned it over.

This is “Easy Glide,” the stuff that keeps your bra from chafing while running.
I guess I had real slippery underarms for a while. I hope I didn’t offend anyone along the way.

So, off I went to a pharmacy. At least I didn’t have a language problem.

In 2011 I had to try to explain ”decongestant” in Slovak. I now carry that with me.

Note: I wrote this blog because I almost did it again. I’m heading outside for a long walk and the “sunscreen” didn’t feel right on my hand. I put on my glasses to read “advanced healing ointment for severely chapped hands.” Hmm, I guess I would have been safe from wind burn.

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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2014 8:36PM

    LOL! This reminds me of the time I couldn't understand why the glue stick I had grabbed from my desk drawer wasn't working...until I realized it was Chapstick! I'm glad I didn't try using the glue on my lips.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2014 8:53AM

    Oh, love this blog! Sounds like something I would do. Yes. I'm vowing to put on glasses before choosing anything that goes in or on my body from now on!!!

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DR1939 8/21/2014 8:15PM

    Been there, done that. I no longer repackage anything because of previous mistakes. Sometimes it helps to use Google Translate to get a spelling you can show to the clerk.

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KATELJM 8/21/2014 6:53PM

    Yep, I also have to remember to actually verify that everything on my checklist is actually where it is supposed to be. Fortunately most things can be bought after arrival.

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WILSONWR 8/20/2014 8:24PM

    That is funny. But it was a definitely understandable mistake!

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LINDAKAY228 8/20/2014 5:04PM

    Glad you didn't have a language problem this time! It's easy sometimes to mix things up.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 12:54PM

    Very amusing!!!

I pulled a glute muscle in Peru and had to mime falling and rubbing my butt! Yes, I got some sort of analgesic cream that worked miracles! (But cost $16.)

Then the cold I had in Germany...ACHOO did the trick!

No matter how much stuff I bring I always seem to need something else OR I run out....

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PHEBESS 8/20/2014 12:43PM

    Oh that's funny!!!!

I carry a little notebook in my purse so I can draw a picture of something we're shopping for when we're in non-English speaking countries. Though last time I was shopping for deodorant, I ended up doing charades, LOL!

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ACRAIG921 8/20/2014 12:33PM

    Too funny!! emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 8/20/2014 10:46AM

    Cute story! I ALWAYS forget something. Usually my toothbrush, even though I take every precaution to make sure I don't forget it.

I also pack all of my essentials and a days worth of clothes in my carry-on. One time of my luggage being lost taught me this lesson!

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KANOE10 8/20/2014 10:41AM

    That could easily happen. I forgot to pack things on my latest trip. Then I just discovered that yogurt is considered a liquid and cannot be taken on the plane. Have a good day.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/20/2014 8:25AM


That is totally something I would do.

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:13AM

    emoticon this was very funny...we are traveling for a business meeting today and in the shower I realized my eyes have changed....I couldn't tell the shampoo from the conditioner anymore without my glasses...UGH

Have a great day!

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NELLJONES 8/20/2014 7:51AM

    That's actually pretty funny! 50 years ago you would have had a problem finding deodorant in other countries, but now it's universal.

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/20/2014 7:48AM

    Hilarious! We've all have done silly stuff like that! Like another person said, glad your clothes didn't glide off ya! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 8/20/2014 7:43AM

    emoticon At least it wasn't a glue stick.

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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 7:41AM

    Good thing it doesn't make your clothes "glide" off.

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BA5454 8/20/2014 7:39AM

    There was a brand of shaving cream that came in what looked like a toothpaste tube--my husband only did *that* once, too. ;-)

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JOHNTJ1 8/20/2014 7:31AM

    I've done similar things myself but my favorite was when my wife asked me to make a cheese cake for some people who were coming for dinner. Really simple recipe: cream cheese, powdered sugar and cool whip. Mix, pour in a graham cracker crust and refrigerate

We usually get rid of the boxes we store stuff in, put in a zip lock bag, mark and store in our pantry. We do this because we have any issues from time to time. Anyways............ I thought I grabbed the powdered sugar when in fact I'd grabbed the Bisquick.

Imagine the surprise when people bit into the cheese cake.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2014 7:31AM

    I use body glide to keep a wetsuit from chafing while swimming long open water... but yes, the containers look a LOT alike!

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Look where I am – virtually, that is.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I’m running/walking across the USA thanks to a Spark Team – The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge

This seemed like an appropriate follow-up to my last blog about real and virtual friends.

My miles are real. I count every one that my legs are moving forward – running or walking.
I’ve always kept a daily log and since finding SP, I record all my fitness activities. There’s something satisfying about seeing it in print.

Even more motivating is looking at a visual representation of where my efforts would have taken me.

I began on Jan 1st, 2013 and 2,110 miles later, I’m trekking across Colorado.

A nice extra is the photos we see at each “stop” along the way. This is Eads, CO.

This was the road outside of Summersville, Missouri

This is the website that provides all the information and tracks the data.

Maybe I’ll meet some of you virtual friends on the virtual road?

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KATELJM 8/21/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon I'm still in Kentucky!

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PHEBESS 8/20/2014 1:05PM

    A few people and I are also "walking" across America - great motivation, isn't it?

Remember to drink your water - the Great Plains are HOT in the summer!!!!

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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 7:38AM

    I am saddened that you entirely skipped Iowa (where I am presently) and Nebraska (where I am from.)

But aside from my jab at the route, great job! This looks like a fun way to track how far you have gone.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 9:32PM

    Reminds me in some ways of my workplace Walk This Way program. It's linked to my Fitbit, and so far I've "virtually" hike the Heysen trail in Australia, the Dublin trail in Ireland, and am currently on the Cambrian Way in Wales. They have routes around the world, including four in the US, but this one sounds fascinating, too.

Sounds like a great challenge, starting first of the year... and you've come a long way!

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GINIEMIE 8/19/2014 6:29PM

    That's a cool idea, a virtual walking trip, note I did not say run. My knee has been acting up and I had the chiropractor zap it. It feels better and I'm being more careful to wear only my good shoes for walking outside and in stores. The fit flops are for in house only and I had to throw a pair out after I read Janet's blog.
I'll have to think on the team challenge. Good luck Elaine.
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LINDAKAY228 8/19/2014 3:02PM

    Congratulations on how far you gotten! I did the route twice and debated on a third time (still am). I wish there was a different trail though. Just be aware that when you get to the end you have to watch your mileage because it won't tell you that you've reached the end. I guess you just keep walking into the ocean LOL! At least that's the way it was both time I did it unless they've fixed that on the webpage. The first time I did it I kept adding miles at first until I realized I'd already finished because it didn't tell me! It is a wonderful resource though, aside from that one little thing.

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KANOE10 8/19/2014 12:56PM

    That sounds fun. I may try it. I do like getting awards for my miles. That might add a bit of interest to my miles. Thanks for sharing.

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/19/2014 12:15PM

    I think it's wonderful! You are doing such a great job!
I am doing one on this link:>I started mine back on June 30, 2014 and have only done 151.7 miles so far and am still in Virginia. I think these are great tools to motivate us to move!

Keep up the good work! Looks like you might make California by the end of the year! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2014 9:44AM

    VERY cool! We were REALLY in Eads, CO this summer -- not much of a town but very near to the Sand Creek National Historic Site, where in 1864 the Colorado militia attacked a village of peaceful Cheyenne indians and murdered every man, woman and child, hunting them down over dozens of miles!

But I digress!! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, and thanks for the link. I'll definitely check it out!

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WILSONWR 8/19/2014 8:47AM

    That sounds like a great challenge!

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DR1939 8/19/2014 8:46AM

    I'm with you. I love being able to track my mileage as I travel across the US.

For those of you who are interested in a team that focuses on this walk, come join us at the Virtual Walk/Run Challlenge. We'd love to have you.

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GABY1948 8/19/2014 8:38AM

    This is great...I agree that it helps seeing things in writing....I have always wanted to do this! I might check it out! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2014 8:11AM

    Virtual and real -- great combo (virtuous too!! and its own reward . . . )

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GINGERLY4 8/19/2014 7:59AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing! Do you have to walk/run every day?

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ALICIA363 8/19/2014 7:13AM

    This looks interesting and I want to come back to it! Sounds like fun!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/19/2014 6:43AM

    Very cool! emoticon

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Training with real people

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I love SparkPeople and especially the friends I’ve met here.
DH calls them my “imaginary” friends.

Regardless of their title, these online friends have helped me immensely. I follow their journey and they follow mine. The special interest teams have been especially valuable for resources, support and encouragement.

Still, my workouts are usually done alone.

I do canoe and kayak with DH and sometimes go for a “stroll” with him.
I visit a gym because of the treadmill and rowing machine.

My spark videos are done alone.
My weight training is done alone, and most importantly,
My running is always done alone.

We live on a lake in a rural area popular with retirees. I’m “that lady who runs.”

I usually cut back on distance in the summer. It’s hot and humid here and I NEVER race in those conditions. I’m a weather wimp.

My first race of the season will be a 4 miler in late September in a city about 50 miles away. It’s a tough hilly course and I always walk a LOT.

Yesterday, I ran the course with 2 friends from church who live/work in that city. It was great. It was the first time I had someone to talk to while running. They set a nice pace (they are used to this course) and afterwards I felt energized.

So, for all of you who have training partners, running buddies or an actual running club, I envy you.

Online support is great and I could not be successful without it, but sometimes it’s nice to participate with real people.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/19/2014 6:59AM

    I loved it when I was able to run a couple of 5 K's with my daughter. My problem is that I run so slowly that even if there were a running group near me there probably wouldn't be anyone who runs at my pace! Our pastor once told a story about a little girl who was afraid in a storm and her Mother told her that Jesus was always with her and the little girl said, " but I want someone with skin on them."

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KANOE10 8/18/2014 10:53AM

    I am much the same. I live in a rural area and often walk alone and don't see people. I do see people I know at the gym. I am glad you found some friends to run with. My husband doesn't get my imaginary friends at Spark..but the support is wonderful.

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DOVESEYES 8/17/2014 8:21PM

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TRAVELGRRL 8/17/2014 4:12PM

    I admire you for being able to do all of these things alone. I don't think I'd do half of what I do if it wasn't for other people, most notably my husband. But even at the gym I take the classes and the only thing I do alone is walk on the treadmill. But even then I'm either reading a book or listening to one on my iPod!

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KATELJM 8/17/2014 3:08PM

    Glad you found some people to run with, especially those familiar with the race course in September.

I normally work out alone, but part of that is due to splitting up my cardio into small chunks throughout the day. I have now begun strength training, and I am content doing that on my own.

When I have had Spark friend meet-ups at the gym it has meant compromising because one prefers the treadmill or Lifecycle, while the other is partial to the elliptical. But the main point is to meet others in person and spark each other to continue on the journey to good health.

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NANCYANNE55 8/17/2014 12:46PM

    While having a workout partner can be beneficial, there are definite disadvantages, as well.

Two examples,:

You are limited in working out to the times that both you and your partner are available. It can be a bit of a juggling act getting together, and often this was not the most ideal time for me.

Secondly, it can take a LOT longer to workout, particularly if you are lifting weights. Changing the weights out, waiting for the other person to finish their set so you can spot them before you start theirs, discussing the ins and outs of what you are going to do next- It can become very time consuming.

It's not quite as easy as people assume it will be, but it IS a good thing if you find a good personality mix and someone with similar goals and styles. Finding a exercise partner is almost like dating- You can go through some painful stuff before you find "the one".

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LINDAKAY228 8/17/2014 12:03PM

    Glad you got to run with some "real" people! I do a lot alone too. I also love my spark friends and don't know what I'd do without them. I have had the privilege of meeting a few of them at various times who I met here. When I was in a hospital in Phoenix, 6 hours from where I lived then, and new no one two spark friends from a team I'm on found out where I was and visited me a couple of times. It was so awesome! There are a couple of others that I've met too and had good times with They don't live near me but we've met at various places. One lady and her husband from CA went camping with me and we met in AZ. I also got to visit them recently for 6 weeks in CA and we went to some awesome places. Imaginary or not, they are very real to me ha ha!

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DR1939 8/17/2014 10:49AM

    I walk with my husband and we are "those people who walk."

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AMARILYNH 8/17/2014 10:44AM

    I had to smile at this: " I’m “that lady who runs.”

In my neighborhood I'm evidentaly known as 'the walking lady'. A child (10 or so) stopped my DH not long after we moved here and asked him, "Are you married to the walking lady?" (She guessed because he was walking our dog, who I often walk.) When he said yes, she told him, "We've never had anyone like her. She even walks in the RAIN sometimes!" I always giggle when I remember that!

As to walking (or in your case running) alone, I walk with an audiobook for company. In these days of tiny iPods it is oh so easy and I often walk longer to continue listening to a good story. Just a thought??

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/17/2014 10:11AM

    Totally agree! When my kid sis biked with me yesterday afternoon/evening it made me remember how much I enjoyed riding with our older sis a few years back. I see a need for both solitary AND social activities in my training year!

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WILSONWR 8/17/2014 10:08AM

    You are so right, Eileen. Since my wife wife first got ill, I've done everything alone, and I really envied those with partners. Since my wife passed away, I joined an Adventure Club and it as been the best thing in the world for me. I've kayaked with groups of people, and I go on at least 3 hikes a week with members. The social interaction just seems to really give me a lift and the activity is a whole lot more fun. I still do things alone, but my outlook has changed tremendously. I hope you can find some more friends to do things with!

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2014 9:56AM

    Yup, my Y buddies serve that "real time" function for me too . . . and I'm heading there now!!

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ALICIA363 8/17/2014 9:32AM

You have just shed light on my current exercise malaise!
DD refused my suggestion of a bike ride, so I have a call out. I think a little company might be nice.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/17/2014 8:35AM

    I do love my Galloway group to run with, especially those long runs. It also makes me appreciate, though, the times I do run alone and get to run exactly the pace I want.

Hope you can meet with these people more often or find yourself some people to run with near home. We do have people in our Galloway group who drive 50 miles to join us. For me our start is about 4 miles from home.

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BA5454 8/17/2014 8:08AM

    I so agree with you! I live in the sticks where the closest running group is about 25 miles away. I've run with partners in the past, and it always makes it easier for me Although I'm a little nervous at the start, 'cause what happens if they're faster than me? And you know what? That never mattered. Would love a running partner and/or group.

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