BROOKLYN_BORN   32,337
SparkPoints
30,000-39,999 SparkPoints
 
 
BROOKLYN_BORN's Recent Blog Entries

Oh Fiddle Dee Dee! It’s Scarlett and Me!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scarlett O’Hara and I have something in common.
No, it’s not her 20” waist. It’s a vegetable.

Remember the scene in “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett shook her fist at the heavens and swore that she would never be hungry again? She was holding a TURNIP.

All that survived the devastation of the war was the turnip.

In our 2nd year of growing our own food DH & I are eating a LOT of turnips, pounds and pounds of turnips. In our private little war zone it’s survived all kinds of danger. It’s one vegetable that doesn’t appeal to our wildlife, or bugs, beetles or birds.

The turnip greens stand tall and proud marking their location, just waiting for us to dig them out. Rain or drought, they just keep growing.

As I offered our surplus to neighbors and looked for recipes, I realized that the turnip is not a popular vegetable.

Scarlett’s oath implied that only the starving would eat turnips.

I learned that:
Traditionally turnips have been the food of “cows, pigs, sheep, the desperate, and the poor.”
The Romans used to hurl turnips at unpopular public figures.
“Turnip eater” meant a country bumpkin in the 15th century
Charles Dickens in his novels used “turnip” as a synonym for a perfect idiot

So what does it say about DH and me that we’re willingly eating turnips and even liking them?

Maybe it’s genetic. I’m a descendant of sturdy peasant stock who probably ate a lot of turnips.
DH is so happy to have a gardening success that he’ll gladly eat anything he grew.

So far we’ve made:
Turnips, carrots and onions in the pressure cooker
“Balsamic Root Vegetables” (turnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, cranberries) in the crock pot
Roasted turnips with assorted spices
Even “turnip fries” which you’ll never find on McD’s menu but they were OK.

In case they are unfamiliar to you, they look like this.



The source of my historical information:
“The Vegetable that Terrorized the Romans and Industrialized England”
theplate.nationalgeographic.c
om/2014/05/08/the-vegetable-that-terro
rized-romans-and-helped-industrialize-
england/

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BA5454 7/25/2014 7:41AM

    Have never had a turnip--can you describe the taste? Like a beet, maybe? But very cool your garden is growing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 7/22/2014 11:35AM

    I like turnips and turnip greens! So some of us are with you in this! It's okra that I can't stand LOL!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARAWALKS 7/20/2014 6:54AM

    I adore turnips. Always have. Boiled, roasted, raw, however. My mom did too. Turnip greens are completely delicious. It's amazing how many people have never discovered them! But the vogue for roasted root veggies may bring them back to center stage - I hope so! (well, at least ON the stage...)
Great blog!

Comment edited on: 7/20/2014 6:55:13 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOVESEYES 7/19/2014 10:01PM

    Great blog thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHOENIX1949 7/19/2014 2:47PM

    Raw and thinly sliced on a crudite tray is tasty to me (appeals to my love of crunchy foods) BUT don't like them cooked. Those are some good-looking turnips. It has been years since I eaten any turnips so this Blog has inspired me to add to this week's grocery list.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 7/19/2014 1:15PM

  I have to admit that I understand why they're not popular. One can get them here at Farmer's Markets seasonally. Compared to other root vegetables in the same family (rutabaga, kohlrabi), they are much more strongly flavored and thus, to me anyway, not as good. I like to boil and mash (well, OK, in the food processor) rutabaga and kohlrabi and add to mashed potatoes for more nutrition and flavor, or cut into small pieces and roast in the oven with a little oil and salt. But the turnips are just too strong and unpleasant tasting for me to enjoy, even prepared those two ways.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 7/19/2014 11:10AM

    We've always eaten mashed turnips, although not frequently.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 10:55AM

    You don't turnip your nose at turnips?? (Sorry could not resist!!). I'm good with 'em too so long as they are not boiled into a stinky sulphurous mush, which is I think what most people associate with turnips.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 10:53AM

    Who would think you could write an entertaining blog about the turnip. Well done. I don't think I've ever had one. How much stuff do you grow in your garden?

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 7/19/2014 10:20AM

    Can't say I've ever had one! What I hate is how expensive some veggies are to buy even though they grow so prolificly -- like zucchini & yellow squash, and now turnips!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISZTA11 7/19/2014 10:00AM

    Great blog, and great article, thanks for sharing!
We should be grateful to the turnip for its hardiness, for supporting mankind in years of famine.
I don't think I have ever seen a turnip ( the one with the purple color on your pics) ... I would love to try one, after reading its story.
There is a huge white radish which looks alike, and I love that one.
emoticon


Comment edited on: 7/19/2014 10:02:52 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 7/19/2014 9:13AM

    I toss turnips in with my roasted root vegs (roasted in the oven) - only way to get DH to eat things like turnips.

I've had dry pan fried baby turnips, which are incredibly tasty- pick them way early when they're just little bitty things. Sort of sweet!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 7/19/2014 9:06AM

    I have never eaten a turnip. However, if they are a vegetable they must be good for you. More power to you for growing them and finding recipes that you like. I did find the historical comments interesting..plus did not know that Scarlette was holding a turnip. Too funny.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 7/19/2014 8:37AM

    WOW, you gave a great lesson here! My grandmother used to love them, grow them, and eat them all the time. I NEVER liked them and to this day don't. But I shall remember this lesson just in case!

You do grow beautiful ones, by the way! ENJOY emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/19/2014 8:18AM

    All this time I've thought that Scarlett had been pulling up wild radishes. May I? She had a 17-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, at the beginning of the book. At some time along the way, the generous-hearted lass described Mammy as a "cow" for her 24-inch waist.

I discovered turnips in adulthood and was delighted to read that young ones are eaten by children whole and raw, as apples. That tidbit may have come from my 1960's edition of "The Joy of Cooking." Root vegetables, including rutabaga,* are good, radishes being the exception. I've cut up a variety (turnips, carrots, potatoes and whatever else), parboiled them and placed them around a sturdy, peasant meatloaf to roast. Drizzled with some olive oil and herbs. Peasant food can be the best.

* Which I've eaten only once. I seem to recall that it was mashed with whatever seasonings and served as a side with something done with duck breast. I bought a rutabaga once, but was unable to cut into it and didn't put it whole into the oven for fear of having a permanent, waxy mess.

You have a knack as a food stylist.


Comment edited on: 7/19/2014 8:28:05 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLJONES 7/19/2014 7:53AM

    I have never been a turnip fan (or a fan of rutabagas) but I think it's because my parents ate too many of them growing up during the Depression.

And I think Scarlett O'Hara was lacing into a 16" waist. Ouch!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CETANISTAWI 7/19/2014 7:29AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WDIPIM 7/19/2014 7:21AM

  We grew turnips in our garden as a kid. I won't say I love them but i do buy them from time to time just to change up the vege's. Enjoy your garden God Bless

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/19/2014 7:20AM

    I'm definitely not a big turnip fan. But I love that you and your DH are growing food you can eat. I think that's pretty awesome and inspiring.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPINNINGJW 7/19/2014 7:08AM

    Enjoy the bounty of your garden. Hey, if you like 'em, who cares what others think, they are a vegetable!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 7/19/2014 7:02AM

    I remember doing a combined turnip / potato mash... gave different flavoring to the dish, but it wasn't bad!

Report Inappropriate Comment


How Professor Dumbledore got me off the couch

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yesterday was supposed to be a strength training day, but by late afternoon I was laying on the couch resting on my laurels.

I was proud of myself. I had bashed my knee on a piece of furniture the night before and skipped running. However, I did walk 2+ miles outside and finished up 2 more at the gym plus the rowing machine. Yea me, right? So I DESERVED to relax and watch TV.

While our grandchildren were visiting last week, we watched the Harry Potter movies AGAIN.

During our June trip to Europe we visited the locations around London where they were filmed and even spent 3+ hours on the studio tour (a fascinating place for fans of the series). It was fun to recognize the locations and props we had seen in person, but I always fell asleep before the end of the movies.

So I decided to catch up on what I had missed.

Near the end of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Dumbledore said to Harry,
“It’s not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices”

Wise man - he could be a spark motivator.

So, I continued to watch TV, but I picked up my dumbbells (which I keep in full view right by the TV) and completed an ST session.

Later while catching up on news stories online I came across a poignant remark by the young girl who survived the massacre of her family. At their memorial she also quoted Dumbledore.

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban")

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARYJEANSL 7/19/2014 1:20PM

  There is quite a lot of wisdom in Harry Potter.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 7/19/2014 6:33AM

    Yeah, I think Professor Dumbledore is my favourite teacher at Hogwarts!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHOENIX1949 7/18/2014 5:18PM

    emoticon blog and HP quotes.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANINE_MAMA 7/17/2014 7:02PM

    Amazing where we can get inspiration. Nice blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2014 4:14PM

    Great quotes!! AND, I need to put my dumbbells by the TV too. Great idea.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IFDEEVARUNS2 7/17/2014 4:01PM

    Wise Dumbledore!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITTEREVERYDAY 7/17/2014 3:01PM

    emoticon blog! I am a HP fan so the title drew me in but definitely very inspiring! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/17/2014 2:06PM

    Oh yes, I love that last quote about happiness. Way to go on completing an ST session.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACRAIG921 7/17/2014 1:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 7/17/2014 10:47AM

    Wow, this was awesome! I've watched Harry Potter, but not enough to catch those little quotes. Thank you!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERI-RIFIC 7/17/2014 10:29AM

    emoticon and well put together. Great quotes and inspiring.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 7/17/2014 9:43AM

    Wow those are both such great quotes, and especially the little girl that had been through one of the worst things imaginable and still talks about the light that will come if we look for it. She is such an inspiration. Great for you for getting it done! I have to do mine early or I'm too tired in the evening. But whatever we do, whether morning or night, we just need to get it done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WILSONWR 7/17/2014 7:57AM

    Both were great quotes. It's definitely our choices that mold our lives. We even have the opportunity to learn from bad choices if we take advantage of it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/17/2014 7:53AM

    Nice!! HP is not something I've watched/read but there's lots of wisdom here!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 7/17/2014 7:52AM

    emoticon blog! I am not a follower of Harry Potter so really enjoyed these quotes! They are emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLJONES 7/17/2014 7:50AM

    We can find inspiration in the strangest places!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEIGH-2-GO 7/17/2014 7:50AM

    Awsome

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 7/17/2014 7:47AM

    Both quotes are excellent. Our choices are so important and do define us. That poor young girl losing her family, but then having the strength to continue to seek happiness.

Hooray for Dumbledore and for you getting off of that couch.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 7/17/2014 6:52AM

    Your blog title drew me right in... if I wasn't already subscribed I would have clicked it when I saw it. And by the last paragraph, I had that tingly feeling that only something like resilience of that young girl quoting Dumbledore can give.

Thanks for another great blog!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


I’ve Got to Stop Sleeping Around

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I can fall asleep anywhere – on the couch, in a recliner, on any padded flat surface, even on a plane if I have something or someone to lean against.

Last night I was in a spare bedroom watching a movie that DH wasn’t interested in.
I woke up in the middle of the night and promptly bashed my knee on a dresser. This room is a lot smaller than MY bedroom.

The knee feels OK, but I’ll skip running and just walk today to test it out.

Yesterday, I posted a blog about being aware of your surroundings – “Be Careful OUT there”

I should amend that to being careful ANYWHERE or at least don’t walk around in the dark.

I shouldn’t be surprised. I have an entire history of klutzy accidents that have nothing to do with running or any fitness activity.

In 2006 I tripped over a planter outside a restaurant. I was checking out the location of the “Cheesecake Factory” and not looking where I was going.

In 2011 I tripped over a step at a buffet while checking out the dessert table in the distance.

In 2012 I fell while walking down a banked driveway and looking at the “beautiful moon.”

The moral of this story: I’ve got to pay attention to what I’m doing wherever I am.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PHEBESS 7/19/2014 6:40AM

    Hope the knee is doing better!

And my husband can fall asleep anywhere as well. Me? Not so much. And I tend to sleep restlessly in new places. (As in awake at 3 AM and on the computer, LOL!)

But yeah, some of us are klutzy because we're just looking at more interesting stuff than where our feet are! (Trust me, I know that one well.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITTEREVERYDAY 7/17/2014 3:06PM

    I'm a klutz too. I've sprained my knee several times...mostly falling off sidewalks or slipping on wet floors.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 7/16/2014 10:42PM

  Forgive me for chuckling! I too am a well known klutz and I have the bruises to prove it. I am most notorious (besides for losing keys and pairs of glasses) for talking while driving and missing my turn or my exit because I wasn't paying attention. So far I haven't caused any accidents though, not even while making abrupt U-turns! ;-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALICIA363 7/16/2014 7:19PM

    Hope the knee feels better sooner rather than later, and yes, you should stop sleeping around!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 7/16/2014 7:10PM

    So sorry you went "bump" in the night! But... I'll see your planter and raise you a sleeping dog... for tripping over, that is. Yep, my most recent hard to recover from injury was received tripping over my own pup... about six years ago. I, too, have to remember to look where I'm going... all ... the ... time!

Good warning!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 7:04PM

    Oh dear oh dear, sorry you whacked yourself -- it's amazing what happens when you wake up in a "strange" place.

And: glad your DH doesn't mind you sleeping around!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 7/16/2014 6:01PM

    Hope the knee is totally better. Appreciate the great title and blog!! Unfortunately I can identify with the klutziness, which might have been worse at 212 pounds than at 132, but not much!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 7/16/2014 11:35AM

    I've had many of those experiences too, not related to exercise! Broke my little toe about a year ago when I hit it on something not paying attention. Numerous other ones. You are not alone! Hope all is okay!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 7/16/2014 11:20AM

    I fell down a hill on an island in the Baltic and cracked my ankle. Luckily it was the last day of our vacation but talk about an agonizing plane ride. An orthopedist once told me that no was "clumsy," but there was a reason for people stumbling. Mine was from dragging my right foot due to a deteriorated disc in my neck.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANINE_MAMA 7/16/2014 10:39AM

    Over the past few years I have fallen several times (tripping over uneven sidewalks) and landed hard on one or the other knee. Thankfully I have not broken either one, but I certainly am more aware of the terrain where I am walking than I used to be.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 7/16/2014 9:19AM

    Good advice. Be careful anywhere. I am doing yoga to try to improve my balance and strengthen my muscles. I have tripped twice in the last few years. Not fun. I am glad you were not hurt. Good idea to rest the knee.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FORZACHANDMATT 7/16/2014 8:58AM

    Be careful - I do the same thing

Report Inappropriate Comment
WILSONWR 7/16/2014 8:51AM

    You and me both! How many people can break both bones in their leg while jumping for beads at a Mardi Gras Parade?!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 7/16/2014 8:50AM

    Had to laugh at this one. I have always been a KLUTZ! Before I started school my mother put me in dancing lessons hoping that I would learn some grace...the teacher just laughed and every recital I did fine but I did everything just OPPOSITE everyone else!

As I age I do tend to be far more careful out of fear of really hurting myself but have really hurt some dumb places!

Be careful out there!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HMBROWN1 7/16/2014 8:49AM

    I can top that! I tripped on the stairs at a Catholic church and broke my right ankle. Minutes before my step-daughter's wedding.

Also, slid on front porch and slammed into retaining post - got severe concussion and sub-dural hemotoma.

Aren't we a pair?

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBBIEY 7/16/2014 8:42AM

  I have a friend that has sprained the same ankle at least 5 times the same way.
Be careful out there!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Be Careful Out There

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Spark email this morning contained a link to an article about Inspirational Workout Songs. I agree that music has the power to motivate us. I would even choose my fitness classes partly on the type of music the instructor used.

However, the photo with the article showed a man and a woman running outside.

I left a comment about the importance of being aware of your surroundings and decided that after my run I would share in my blog a scary experience of my daughter’s.

Little did I know that I would return from my run with an experience of my own.

I didn’t get very far when I heard a soft “jingling” sound approaching from behind.
I turned around to see a small dog running at high speed.

OK, the dog was small, but I remembered him. Last winter he jumped up on me and ripped a hole in my new tights. Now I was in shorts, it would be my skin messed up this time. Fortunately, I heard him coming and was able to react.

My aggressive attitude slowed him down and he darted across the street to “greet” a large black lab being walked on a leash. Cars fortunately stopped, but the lab reacted defensively. Now the lab’s owner was yelling at the dog too. She told me where the owner lived.

We walked over there together. The dog followed and I told the owner about my tights and that he should keep his dog contained.

Now back to my daughter’s story.

When she was a college freshman she was out for a Sunday morning run. A man came up behind her and grabbed her. She elbowed him off and ran to a Seven-Eleven store where she found a police car. She rode with them and they got the guy.

So yes, music is motivating and inspirational, but consider the effect of not being able to hear a mugger, a dog, or even the warning bell of a bicycle before it’s too late.

Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them, until it does. Be fit but stay safe.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITTEREVERYDAY 7/17/2014 3:05PM

    My SIL recommended pepper spray to me if I ever walk or cycle in her area because of the dogs and coyotes (in my area most dogs are on leashes because people don't want their pups getting hit by cars). It might be a good thing for all of us?

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITTEREVERYDAY 7/17/2014 3:04PM

    I've always kept one earbud out. I like to be able to hear. I have been nipped by a dog without music even once though...I've become even more wary of dogs than I already was (I don't really like dogs, I tolerate my family's dogs but that's it, the barking always got to me...I prefer meows and purrs by far).

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 7/16/2014 10:45PM

  I got bitten by a dog while bicycling once - I'm very glad you were able to get away. I love dogs in general, but I have learned the hard way to be extremely careful of dogs I don't know. You are so, so right about taking care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 7:03PM

    I so agree with you . . . and gotta say, glad that little dog owner didn't take a swing at you either!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANOE10 7/16/2014 9:21AM

    I am glad your daughter is safe and that you told that owner about the dog. Good advice!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPINNINGJW 7/16/2014 7:31AM

    I wear one earbud with my RunKeeper app on my phone. Sometimes the 5 min update startles me, but I am aware of my surroundings, usually listening to birds chirp, or frogs if I am by the lake.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 7/16/2014 1:18AM

    There are also stories I've seen in newspapers where a jogger went to cross a road and was hit by a car or bus, because they had their music on and couldn't hear the vehicle was right there when they turned to look.

I definitely walk without music if I'm outside!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN-IS-HERE 7/15/2014 8:32PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 7/15/2014 7:36PM

    Good cautionary tale! Thanks for putting it out here for all to see!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 7:30PM

    I like music too, but usually keep one earphone out. Your cautionary tales are a service to everyone -- thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 7/15/2014 7:12PM

    Very scary!! I don't run with music at all. I have had too many times where people aren't paying attention and have almost hit me. Parking lots and crossing driveways seem to be the worse. I wear neon colors when I run, so I am bright!!! People just don't pay attention.

I hope the dog's owner listens. If not, maybe a complaint needs to be filed. I'm relieved to hear that not only was your daughter able to defend herself, but that they caught the guy. She is very brave!

Thanks for the blog. Stay safe out there!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 7/15/2014 5:21PM

    Wow so glad your daughter is safe! That is a scary experience and could happen to anyone. Some big dogs I don't trust but there is a lot of those little dogs that I REALLY do not trust! Sometimes they are meaner (or bark obsessively, not related to the running experience but just threw that in because it is true) than the big dogs. Hope the owner takes to heart what you guys told him.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERI-RIFIC 7/15/2014 4:25PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUDITUDI2000 7/15/2014 4:11PM

    Totally agree! Thanks for the reminder. I usually wear only one ear plug and keep it down low. Recently I've just started carrying my phone, playing music on low via the speaker phone.
Safety matters! We don't stand much chance against a car!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WILSONWR 7/15/2014 2:55PM

    Great blog about the dangers of distraction. (That was fast thinking on the part of your daughter - that is definitely scary!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALICIA363 7/15/2014 2:31PM

    Good advice!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KANSASROSE67 7/15/2014 2:02PM

    How scary for your daughter...and great that she had such of presence of mind to react quickly.


Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 7/15/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon It worries me when I see people walking or running with their ears plugged up. It is very dangerous, even midday in a busy area.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHOENIX1949 7/15/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon

Ever so often an unleashed dog would come menacingly bounding toward me and my walking buddy. I started carrying a stun gun with me -- not to use on the dog -- BUT, the electrical popping sound stops them in their tracks and if they don't immediately go the other way, a second popping sound would usually solve that. Win, win in my book.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WIFE48 7/15/2014 12:48PM

    I agree also. I have heard of several instances where people were accosted because they had they earbuds on and music blaring.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BA5454 7/15/2014 12:47PM

    Ack! Such a close call for your daughter! I make it a point to never run with music now and after years of actually wearing ear buds I've finally come to the conclusion that I'm okay with it. Thanks for the reminder.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISZTA11 7/15/2014 12:44PM

    Scary experiences, huh!
Totally agree.
I always run without music, I naturally love silence an being aware of my surroundings, including what is behind my back.

Report Inappropriate Comment
POINDEXTRA 7/15/2014 12:28PM

    Great points! Earbuds block out so much important sound around us. When I do wear them outdoors, I only wear one, so I can still hear the sounds around me.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Going the extra mile for the team

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My current status says that last week I recorded my 1st 40 mile week EVER.

This is significant because:
I’ve been running for nearly 30 years and have never done that before.
I usually cut back in the summer (It’s HOT here in the South)
I’m not training for anything (see above sentence)

Yet since July 1st I’ve been getting outside at 6 am to get a few miles in. When the heat and humidity drive me inside, I finish up at the gym.

I don’t need extra cardio. My average 20 – 25 miles a week keep me maintaining nicely especially in the summer when it’s so easy for us to canoe or kayak on the lake.

My extra push is to support my team.

I live outside of a small town between 2 cities (population each approx. 70K). Each city regularly runs “challenges” to get people active.

In the current challenge we record our daily mileage running or walking (treadmill OK, elliptical No). Steps in daily activities don’t count either.

In a recent article our local paper called our church – “The Runningest Church in Town.” So of course, we have a team. I like that we encourage taking care of our bodies as well as our spirits.

You don’t have to be on a team to join a challenge, but just like on SP, the effort to improve is easier with the support of friends.

As we enter our miles we can see our individual and team position in the list. Even with my current “high” mileage, I’m at half what the leaders are doing and that’s perfectly OK. It’s about pushing just a little bit more than you’re used to.

This current challenge involves miles, but the last one recorded minutes of exercise.

One member of our team finished that challenge in 2nd place out of 1000 participants.

This is significant because she is 91 years old!
Now that’s a goal to work toward.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CORNERKICK 7/23/2014 2:04AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PDQ1203 7/19/2014 4:27AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARITYAK 7/17/2014 6:21PM

    Great jjob!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAYBER 7/17/2014 1:06AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SECTION1RON 7/16/2014 10:25AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BELLENGLISH 7/15/2014 10:25PM

    Awesome!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARRIELYN56 7/15/2014 6:25AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 7/15/2014 1:24AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 7/15/2014 12:23AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 7/14/2014 11:59PM

  Wow! I think it is wonderful that you (and your church team) are doing this. I love the idea!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_CYNDY55_ 7/14/2014 11:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHATNOMO11 7/14/2014 11:10PM

    Outstanding

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROCKYCPA 7/14/2014 9:52PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MAMAMOOSE54 7/14/2014 9:40PM

    You are amazing-I don't think I will ever run 40 miles in a week!!!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSEATTLE 7/14/2014 6:39PM

  How neat that you have challenges that you can participate in locally. I love this idea. We can also challenge ourselves, somehow this is always the hardest thing to do!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 7/14/2014 6:25PM

  91!!! That is definitely a goal to work toward. I do not mind growing old as long as I am living a quality life and that includes physical activity. I also like the idea of your church emphasizing the importance of being fit and healthy. Great blog!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/14/2014 6:26:36 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
1MORNINGWALKER 7/14/2014 6:11PM

    emoticon So motivating, goodness91!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MELNJAY3 7/14/2014 5:38PM

    That sounds fun and motivational. What a great way to get the community moving. emoticon . And at 91 I hope I'm still moving that well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 7/14/2014 5:04PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DLDMIL 7/14/2014 4:55PM

    Great job. emoticon

I hope I am still as active at 91 as I am now.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/14/2014 3:56PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KLMEIRING 7/14/2014 2:59PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACRAIG921 7/14/2014 2:52PM

    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NONNAOF2 7/14/2014 2:28PM

  How I wish I could do that too! Due to my disabilities I am unable to but I admire the ones who can! Woo Hoo!! You are amazing!! Keep up the good work and you too will be 91 and running!! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2014 2:26PM

    OMG! I want to be that 91 yr. old when I grow up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJREIMERS 7/14/2014 1:46PM

    You ROCK! Keep it up and thanks for the motivation!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLP461 7/14/2014 1:43PM

    Amazing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 7/14/2014 1:29PM

  That is so AWESOME your town and church is supportive of this!!!! Really cool! How long did it take this 91 old lady to do these miles ( how many) ??Gish Gee whiz... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 7/14/2014 1:16PM

  Wow.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARON7464 7/14/2014 1:06PM

    Wow at 91 she placed second! I'm thoroughly impressed and motivated!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BHENDRICK2 7/14/2014 12:48PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMY445 7/14/2014 10:49AM

    woo hoo! Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 7/14/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 7/14/2014 10:34AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COASTAL6 7/14/2014 9:44AM

    I wont to be that 91yr old, when I'm at that age!
emoticon
emoticon
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJSHIP46 7/14/2014 9:43AM

    Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERICHO1991 7/14/2014 9:14AM

    Inspiring.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD54 7/14/2014 9:06AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKNPROGRESS49 7/14/2014 8:58AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEVIEBEE569 7/14/2014 8:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 7/14/2014 8:32AM

    nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 7/14/2014 8:28AM

    Wow for the 91 year old! Team keeps me moving--Go, Daisies!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GABY1948 7/14/2014 8:05AM

    91 years old/young! That is emoticon

I also loved your remark about "I like that we encourage taking care of our bodies as well as our spirits"! SO true...they are always hand in hand!

emoticon blog and emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENOWOK 7/14/2014 7:44AM

    That is so cool about your teammate!! I should say that would be a goal to target! I love that you are doing this as a group. That's so motivating!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRA_E 7/14/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERDIAMONDS 7/14/2014 7:27AM

    My word, this is astounding. And encouraging. Thank you. And tip my hat to the entire team when next you meet!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BESSHAILE 7/14/2014 6:38AM

    Wow - and what a cool place you live in.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARRIELYN56 7/14/2014 5:17AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 7/14/2014 5:09AM

    emoticon emoticon to you and the 91 one year old lady I love that your town has this challenge

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHELTER-PETS 7/14/2014 4:49AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Last Page