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30 Blogs Hath September #18

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today's topic: Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available?

Boy, don't leave a lot of options here, do you TanyaP71? "no time to stop to eat"? Come off it! I make time. Even if it's only a little. No refridgeration/cooler... I carry my own: insulated lunch bag with a blue ice wrapped in paper towels... enables me to carry a boxed salad to eat in that little time. Add a small can of tuna (3 oz.) and whole wheat crackers, a piece of fruit... and we have a lunch.

Planning ahead. Packing ahead. These are my friends. If I "forget" my lunch bag, I find substitutes at vendors... a piece of string cheese, fruit, nuts (I'll take salted ONLY if unsalted is not available), a Subway salad or sandwich without sauces / dressing... Subway is my go-to fast food.

That said... "doing the best I can with what's available" is always a wise choice for me.

  
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CHUM48 9/20/2012 9:28AM

    This never been a challenge for me, I always seem to have food ready to go! I also take a day and prepare. Its always good to prepare you just never know what can happen on a given day!

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_LINDA 9/20/2012 8:47AM

    Good for you! I have never had a problem with this. There is always something easy and portable in the fridge, and I too, have an insulated small bag and an ice pack always available. I don't have the temptation of vending machines except pop and I am not interested it. There is nothing nearby that tempts me to eat out either -I have no Subway but that would be my first choice.

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CICELY360 9/20/2012 12:04AM

  Good Blog

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SJKENT1 9/19/2012 10:47PM

    working on this... especially when I come home from work

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LOGOULD 9/19/2012 9:34PM

    Planning ahead is the key. I keep my fruit and veggie crispers full. Also always have Kashi bars, cottage cheese, tuna, fat free salad dressing, hummus etc etc on hand. I, too, stick with Subway for quick food on the run or nuts (and since I have low BP, have the added advantage of not worrying about salt.) Fruit and a couple of nuts are my preferred grab and go though! Oh, and yogurt of course!

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JAMER123 9/19/2012 8:50PM

    I am retired so I have no need to establish a go to meal but if I did, it would be a nutrition bar or salad which I enjoy.
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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2012 8:44PM

    I really do plan and carry: salads to work every day, granola bar on the golf course, apple in my bag . . . and then I remember that hunger is not an emergency so if there is nothing suitable to eat, it's better to skip a meal than to eat the wrong stuff.

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MARYJEANSL 9/19/2012 7:36PM

  I agree - do the best you can with what's available. That ought to be engraved in stone.

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FARIS71 9/19/2012 2:23PM

    Planning and prepping ahead - totally key. You are right on the money!

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NEWCHINELO 9/19/2012 1:24PM

    i like your plan and like they say anyone who does not plan,plans to fail.

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MOMMY445 9/19/2012 12:49PM

    that is a great plan!

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ROCKYCPA 9/19/2012 12:07PM

    Great plan - good for you!

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TINYBUBBA1 9/19/2012 10:17AM

    Great ideas! I keep forgetting about Subway. Thanks for the reminder!
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DNRAE1 9/19/2012 10:12AM

    No excuses! Great advice! A real "you can do it" motivator! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 9/19/2012 10:07AM

    wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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MIMIDOT 9/19/2012 9:27AM

    Subway is always a good choice. Great blog!

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DJSHIP46 9/19/2012 9:22AM

    Yes, always a wise choice :) emoticon

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WALLINMW 9/19/2012 8:55AM

  Stay motivated. One pound at a time!

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PENOWOK 9/19/2012 8:50AM

    I am also a Subway fast food but rarely go to it...I am in temporary housing with no cooking ability and I have been taking a whole wheat sandwich thin with a nut butter (usually almond), plus fruit for my lunches. It's easy and fast and I don't get in anybody's way!

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NEWMOM20121 9/19/2012 8:30AM

    Thank you for sharing. I also use Subway as my go to in a pinch. I ALWAYS have a couple boiled eggs on hand as a quick go to protein.

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NCSUE0514 9/19/2012 7:07AM

    Super!

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REGILIEH 9/19/2012 5:39AM

    EXCELLENT!!!

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TRYINGHARD54 9/19/2012 5:38AM

    is all in planning

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KASEYCOFF 9/19/2012 3:27AM

    Love your blogs-a-day series...
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CYDNEYLEECH 9/19/2012 3:05AM

    I love Subways veggie sub, I agree with you about Subway

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KARIDIAN1 9/19/2012 12:53AM

    Planning ahead for my work lunches is a must for me too. I really am enjoying them, and I never really brought a lunch from home before


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THINTASTICME 9/18/2012 10:59PM

    Agreed. Subway is smart and yummy!
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SNOWYOGA 9/18/2012 2:08PM

    Sound great I love piece of string cheese! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/18/2012 1:01PM

    emoticon Bravo! You sure have things under control. Yum! Yum! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2012 12:37PM

    I have a bottle of water, a banana, an apple and a small bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit with me when ever I go out. DH thinks I'm nuts! emoticon

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    Lots of great ideas. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2012 11:22AM

    Always carry almonds (unsalted) or pistachios in my purse in case I am in a hurry. Have to be prepared being type 2 diabetic. Nuts work for me.

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LINDAKAY228 9/18/2012 11:01AM

    In a real pinch if nothing else is available I will buy an energy bar. I like the Clif's bars. Don't do it very often but it' better than junk and can usually get one at a convenience store if nothing else. But I try to be prepared like you. I like Subway too.

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LDRICHEL 9/18/2012 10:08AM

    I totally agree with Subway!

I also like to chop up some garlic, throw it into some olive oil and add some crushed red pepper and a can of diced tomatoes. Throw that over some pasta (any kind) and voila. Super yummy, super comforting post-workout meal. :)

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MSLZZY 9/18/2012 10:03AM

    I always keep plenty of lettuce and fresh fruit on
hand and a can of tuna goes a long way. Trail mix
in preportioned bags and snack crackers with
cheese. I do like those little packets of peanut
butter. As you said, plan ahead. HUGS!

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LAURIE5658 9/18/2012 8:50AM

    If you do Subway right, it is your best option. We must be prepared for anything!

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30 Blogs Hath September #17

Monday, September 17, 2012

Link to TanyaP71's original set of questions challenge blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Today's topic: Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?

Yes, I do.

For one thing, my morning steel cut oats cooked in skim milk, and fruit added... standard, returned to over and over for breakfast.

Morning snack includes half an ounce of nuts, either walnuts, cashews or almonds... raw, unsalted, in all cases, and 3/4 of an ounce of dried fruit, prunes, apricot halves, raisins or a single date in holiday season.

Afternoon snack almost always is baby carrots and celery and a piece of fruit (apple, orange, or banana).

Standardizing snacks makes it easy to shuffle together my "work bag" in the morning. No thinking... just toss it together!

  
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_LINDA 9/20/2012 8:53AM

    Standard meals are easy aren't they? I do a fruit shake with soy beverage and a supplement for breakfast and egg whites & cheese and multigrain rice crackers for supper, simple and fast. Lunch is always rotating series of veggies.
Simplifying your food selections takes any need to plan out as you always know what you need when you go to the store and can make it a quick trip avoiding any temptations.

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2012 8:48PM

    Me too: and National Weight Loss Registry says that the majority of people who keep weight off eat the same things day after day. I know what works for me: and I do that; and I don't get tired of it either.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/17/2012 8:54PM

    Another great blog! Like that standardization and all your good choices.

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KARIDIAN1 9/17/2012 4:19PM

    I like to eat my favorites over and over, until I get bored and switch to another.

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KAYLA0041 9/17/2012 12:17PM

    I am also a creature of habit - I like to mix it up every now and then but mostly my meals and snacks are the same. Like you mentioned it makes it easy to get out the door.

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DLDMIL 9/17/2012 12:00PM

    Great blog. I also plan the same snacks every day. Just makes it easier to buy and put together ahead of time. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/17/2012 11:15AM

    Oh yes, I'm a creature of habit and have things I repeat a lot because it works for me.

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LDRICHEL 9/17/2012 11:10AM

    I feel like it's impossible to make healthy changes in your diet without a few "go to" repeat snacks/meals.

This is making me hungry.

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MSLZZY 9/17/2012 9:58AM

    Sounds like my house but if it works, it works.
I make sure to keep lots of fresh fruits and veggies
on hand, nuts and yogurt, trail mix and granola
bars. It makes it easier so there is no scrambling
around to find something healthy. Have a great
day! HUGS!

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LEANJEAN6 9/17/2012 8:40AM

    I eat just about the same stuff --till it comes to supper----Lynda emoticon

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EBEAMS 9/17/2012 8:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Let's hear it for quick, easy and satisfying snacks! Woohoo!

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KALIGIRL 9/17/2012 8:14AM

    Here's to 'tossing' in those healthy snacks!

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DOGLADY13 9/17/2012 8:06AM

    If I don't pack a snack I end up eating muffins. Not good.

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ROXYZMOM 9/17/2012 7:53AM

    That's great that you plan ahead and take snacks to work! Definitely helps in staying on track. I am always amazed at how many people do not eat snacks. If I don't have my snack at 3 I overeat dinner AND through the rest of the night. Good timing and the right snack goes a long way!

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DEBRA0818 9/17/2012 7:52AM

    I agree that "routinizing" the food makes it infinitely easier to stay on plan -- I do the same thing with breakfast and snacks and then plan different lunches and dinners each day. It's simple ... but not easy (all the time).

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2012 7:47AM

    Oh yes, breakfast is almost always my steel cut oats as well with berries in season, 1/4 banana, apple or whatever other fruit. Snacks always are walnuts, pecans, cashews or pistachios as well (all raw, unsalted as well!) in the morning. Love the baby carrots, too, but also do peppers, celery, broccoli or cauliflower as well. Yummo! Just add a dab of peanut butter or balsamic vinegar and good to go.

Suppers are always something different, which is alright since I plan my menus out for a week (along w/the grocery list).

But I do have fish generally twice/week, lots of chicken and rotate beef and pork.

Great question!

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SWEDE_SU 9/17/2012 7:45AM

    your snacks are a really good idea!

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30 Blogs Hath September #16

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Today's topic: Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life?

This is one I was not looking forward to answering, but I'll be honest. I'm a Jenny Craig so-called "success story". Even now, in maintenance, when in "lazy" mode, I go and buy their food, although I freely do "meal on my own" cooking. Thing is, I live alone. If I make a 12 serving pan of lazagna, it's hard not to overeat... even if I portion it off and freeze it. And I get bored. So the JC cuisine gives me variety without having a whole ton of "binge-able" food on hand. Even when I do go crazy, I don't have that much around to go crazy on.

And yes, I still go crazy at times. Part of MY self-defensive eating plan begins at the grocery store, avoiding bringing home stuff that I know will get me in trouble.

ETA: The reason I did NOT particularly look forward to disclosing this is that NO commercial weight loss program is a total solution. They are tools. This happens to be a tool that I use. Success depends on actually FOLLOWING whatever program one is on, not on what the program happens to be. As long as it is balanced, healthy, it's an OK tool in my book.

  
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_LINDA 9/20/2012 8:56AM

    Using a weight loss plan's food is nothing to be ashamed of. You have to do what works for you. I am sure lots buy the weight watchers products even if they have never taken the program as they are so readily available. That self defence plan is absolutely the best. Those of us living alone truly have no excuses for eating the wrong things -we ARE what we buy!

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 9/17/2012 6:33PM

    So well said about commercial weight loss programs! You have to do the hard work yourself, like you did, to obtain success! Fortunately, you did that and are now inspiring others!

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SWEDE_SU 9/17/2012 7:47AM

    each of us has found a different path that works... for us! i like this comment: "Part of MY self-defensive eating plan begins at the grocery store, avoiding bringing home stuff that I know will get me in trouble." - i have the same self-defense plan!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/17/2012 7:24AM

    Love this!! It's so part of what makes Sparkpeople who they are!!
Your right on the mark here with the JC information. It's a tool! And it belongs in your bag!!
I've often said and I can only hope (when asked) about raising children, that I think I've given them all the tools they need to work out a life for themselves. Help on how and when to use them etc.
It's what we have in life to get by on,right?? No matter who we are,what we do,we NEED tools!!
Have a great day and thanks for sharing!!
"G" I'm a Sparker : )

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KARIDIAN1 9/17/2012 12:04AM

    For me the temptation is harder, I work in at a grocery store, and there are demos and samples galore some days.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/16/2012 8:18PM

    You are right. It is a tool. You have wisely learned how to use this tool to help you achieve and maintain your goals. Good for you!!

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DEBRA0818 9/16/2012 6:13PM

    You found what works for you and boy did it ever work! I applaud your restraint in trumpeting JC or any other program. We are all unique individuals with bodies that respond to different things. Besides, what a boring world it would be if we all ate the same thing!

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MSLZZY 9/16/2012 2:37PM

    Jenny Craig is not available in my area so I just
Search through Spark recipes and go from there.
Whatever works for you.

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FALLNTENN 9/16/2012 2:30PM

    I totally agree with you. "As long as it is balanced, healthy, it's an OK tool."

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GARDENSFORLIFE 9/16/2012 1:44PM

    Yes! If it does not enter your house, you cannot eat it! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/16/2012 1:08PM

    I understand what you mean about tools. I use Lean Cuisine meals sometimes because I really don't like to cook. My daughter lives with me with her kids but she takes care of them and I do my own food so I can stay on track. I really don't want to cook for everyone anymore. Did that for many years raising 5 kids. And a lot of her things are very simple and quick but higher in calories. So I basically cook for myself too and use tools like packaged meals to get me through.

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MJZHERE 9/16/2012 12:48PM

    "As long as it is balanced, healthy, it's an OK tool in my book." I agree! I am still trying to find out for sure what is balanced, healthy (sure is a lot of debate out there) for me. Obviously you have discovered what works for you - you are sure an inspiration for enjoying a healthy, active life. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 9/16/2012 12:47PM

    When my husband and I got on the "get healthy" band wagon, I had to change the way I cooked and the types of meals we ate. Even with two of us on a mostly vegetarian diet, it's easy to overeat when following standard recipes. It makes too much food!

Now I prepare flexible foods and we supplement. For example, I buy huge containers of mixed salad greens. I use them for salad and I also cook them for greens or add them to soups. I buy cherry tomatoes and use them in salads, cook them in olive oil with garlic for a fresh tomato sauce or toss them with roots vegetables and roast them. We'll eat the roasted vegetables as a side or more often I toss them with the salad greens for a main dish salad. I cook small amounts of rice or quinoa or whole wheat pasta, too. It still bugs me that I don't "cook dinner" any more, but we eat healthier and we aren't over eating any more.

I don't know if that helps or not. It works for us, though.


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DEBRITA01 9/16/2012 12:39PM

    Not bringing into the house the trigger foods is a wise strategy. How many times do we rationalize to ourselves that we can manage a certain food and then succumb in a weaker moment? I can have cookies in the house for my GS and they don't bother me...and then, there are times when I use them to binge on. Finding and defining our limits is a part of the process. Good for you for realizing what they are for you and being proactive to ensure your continued success.

As humans, we are always looking for that magic solution or program that will help up reach our goals. I love this statement: "Success depends on actually FOLLOWING whatever program one is on, not on what the program happens to be". There's no way around it, we HAVE to do the work and be consistent. Another good blog, Barb... emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2012 12:23PM

    You know what . . . it works for you. THAT'S the bottom line. Period. And good for you for knowing if you make a 12 serving size pan of lasagna it just doesn't work for you. It's GOOD to know that.

The biggest point is using the tool in additin to the other tools you have to maintain your weight!

It's like anything else. Everyone wants the "quick fix" be it a pill or what not. Ok, well, exaggerating saying EVERYONE . . . sorry. The point is, there IS no quick fix.

I think of diabetes for example. Medication might be one part of the treatment plan. BUT if it's not coupled with things like exercise and proper nutrition, the problem is not going to be handled successfully. It's medication (when needed), nutrition and exercise TOGETHER that work.

So, for weight loss, using Jenny as one tool in your box -- not THE ONLY tool is the way to go.

Kudos!

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DLDMIL 9/16/2012 12:17PM

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2012 12:06PM

    You've found something that works for you and that's a good thing.
Cooking for one can be a pain! SO you've found the perfect solution.Nothing wrong in that! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2012 12:06PM

    You've found something that works for you and that's a good thing.
Cooking for one can be a pain! SO you've found the perfect solution.Nothing wrong in that! emoticon

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Bonus blog to hold the bubbles...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

See 'em? Rising all around me? Endorphin bubbles... it was the day for long, slow distance. I patiently waited for the sun to rise, as I'm not fond of running in the dark. Temperature was perfect, 45 degrees F.

I walked briskly up to the nearest main intersection, then jogged slowly Eastward into the rising sun, picking up the bike trail that heads toward downtown. It was a bit brisk at first, of course, since I dressed for how warm I anticipated getting. As I expected, by the time I got back home, my apparel was perfect for the outing.

I ran all the way down to the memorial rose garden near the Children's Zoo, then switched to the other bike trail to come back South to the highway and across to my own neighborhood and back in another way. Total distance ended up as 12.67 according to the Spark "map my route" function.

Observations along the way: I was sharing the trail with bikers, walkers, dog-walkers and other runners, one in line skater, and one skate boarder, and one of the runners was pushing a jogging stroller, too. Relative anonymity... none of us can tell whether the person we encounter just started out, is finishing up, or how far their journey of the day is... but we share smiles and nods, and an encouraging word or two. The pure joy of being out in the sunshine and nature this time of year is common to us all.
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emoticon It is a football Saturday, and the game is already in progress now... I got home before kickoff. However, with kickoff as early as it was today, even as early as I got out to jog, I could observe the tailgaters on their way to the game when I cross major streets. I watched a few of the stadium special shuttles on their way to pick up the park and rider crowd. I smiled at the trucks and cars with their fan flags flying.

In short... a lovely Autumn day is off to a great start. Have a wonderful weekend all. Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 9/20/2012 9:01AM

    Wow! What an awesome distance!! You are AMAZING!! Yes, being outdoors beats a stuffy gym any day. I was suffering withdrawal from my trail hiking with Mom. It had been a month since I had last been, missing some great weather. The two 3 + hour hikes helped ease it a bit :)

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LEANJEAN6 9/16/2012 9:26AM

    Barb---12 Km---Wow!!! Nice in the early quiet morning tho I'll bet! Happy Sunday to you!!!Lynda emoticon

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DEBRA0818 9/16/2012 5:22AM

    Firstly, congratulations on a beautiful run (in both senses of the term). Secondly, brrrrrr to the 45 degrees.

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SUNNY1432 9/15/2012 10:52PM

    emoticon run! It was definitely a beautiful day for a run and college football. GO BIG RED!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2012 10:16PM

    Sounds wonderful, Barb. 12.67 miles. WooHoo!! In 2 weeks I think I run 12.5 with my group, so I still won't be caught up to you, but I know it will all work out. Glad you enjoyed your run today. I almost guarantee you it will be warmer running in Florida. It sure was today. We do start running in the dark in order to avoid the heat, but in our group I feel safe. One of my friends pinned a flashing bike light on her running skirt. No one could miss us!

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LAURIE5658 9/15/2012 10:01PM

    I love Fall-ish weather. What an awesome day you had!

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LJCANNON 9/15/2012 9:06PM

    emoticonE arly Morning is my Favorite Time of Day to Walk!!
Your Run sounds AWESOME!


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RAINBOWMF 9/15/2012 7:51PM

    emoticon walk and a truly wonderful day
Thanks for sharing.

Mary

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KARIDIAN1 9/15/2012 7:38PM

    It was a wonderful fall day here in MN too. Youth Day was at the gun club today and it was perfect. Brought the ATV that Jim used for support between the gate and clubhouse. I manned the membership info table. We had all kinds of events going on for kids 16 and under. Served hot dogs and chips for a lunch for the kids and parents. Ran out of food, after serving 350 hotdogs!

Home now and relaxing.

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MNTWINSGAL 9/15/2012 6:15PM

    Sounds pretty near to perfect, Barb. Glad you are enjoying your day!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2012 5:37PM

    Oh yeah . . . this is a day that dreams are made of! Perfect!

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2012 5:32PM

    Bubbles indeed! Effervescent!

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AMARILYNH 9/15/2012 5:20PM

    What a lovely day!! I love fall!! Glad you enjoyed your long run!! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 9/15/2012 4:15PM

    Wow sounds like a wonderful walk, run bike. Thanks for sharing, but not really a emoticon person, but did go my daughter was in marching band! I do miss that. Have a nice weekend, and enjoy emoticon

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NEWKAREN43 9/15/2012 3:53PM

    Made me want my foot to heal faster so I can go for another run! I hate being laid up, but this is what I get for not listening to my body - I get to be jealous that you are out running in the wonderful Fall weather! Have a great rest of your weekend!

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ROXYZMOM 9/15/2012 3:33PM

    That sounded like a nice, relaxing long run! Good for you!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/15/2012 3:09PM

    Almost makes me think I could take up jogging....

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FALLNTENN 9/15/2012 2:08PM

    Sounds like a glorious day.

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COMETER 9/15/2012 1:36PM

    This might just be the most beautiful day ever in Lincoln. I went downtown to work for a while, and when I walked outside, I couldn't believe how GOOD it smelled, how the temperature was perfect...and of course, how quiet it is when everyone's at the game.

LOVELY day. Let's enjoy.

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DOGLADY13 9/15/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds wonderful. I love those days when everything clicks and you feel like you can do nothing wrong.

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ANDI571 9/15/2012 1:18PM

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30 Blogs Hath September #15

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Link to original question post by TanyaP71: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


Today's topic: "What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?"

I don't think I HAVE one. Not that I never go exploring outside of Spark. I visit other sites, but none of them qualifies as either a favorite or a blog or magazine.

I have to say I *do* enjoy one called Fitocracy: https://www.fitocracy.com/accounts/l
ogin/?next=/home/

My kids (son & daughter in law) got me started over there, but it's not as rich to me as is Spark. I do tend to follow the kids around, just to stay in touch, if you know what I mean.

On this one, I'll be very interested in seeing what others post on this question, but in terms of how much on-line time I have to spend, Sparkpeople.com is my go-to hang out spot.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHARON10002 9/30/2012 6:18PM

    I'm in agreement. SP is the only website I spend time on. Once in awhile, I check FB just to see what the rest of my family is doing, but I have so many friends here, I don't feel the need to go elsewhere to connect. There is a genuineness here that you don't find elsewhere, and for me, that speaks volumes.

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_LINDA 9/20/2012 9:04AM

    I don't have any time other than for Spark People, and sometimes I don't even have the time for it :( I feel its a one shop stop here, they simply have all the bases covered, and besides which, they feature articles written by other magazines and sites any way. I love the health news the most -interesting to read about the latest developments in health.

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KARIDIAN1 9/15/2012 7:39PM

    I just to SP and the Walk across America website t track my miles. I'm still in Virginia.

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2012 5:33PM

    Used to read Shape magazine . . . pretty happy with the SP resources now!

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SNOWYOGA 9/15/2012 12:21PM

    Hi like the blog magazines I will pick up Yoga Journal every now and again. I did Richard Simmons Club on line but had to cut back $ But I am finding that I have more resources (articals, recipes, challenges, and more!) And on top of all that you can't beat the cost (priceless emoticon) emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/15/2012 11:48AM

    I quite like Fitness Magazine (on line) and I buy magazines for exercise ideas, some inspiration but I adore the friendship here on SP and the support.
I reckon it has it all..........and I spread the Spark at every opportunity. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/15/2012 11:26AM

    I totally agree about SP! It's my main site and only once in a while do I go to other sites. The ones I've seen don't have nearly what this site does. Before finding SP in 2009 I had joined the Biggest Loser Club for a little bit but I had to pay for it and once I found SP and all the resources here (many more than BLC) I dropped the other site.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2012 10:24AM

    SparkPeople is definitely my favorite site, too, for online fitness and nutrition info, tracking and friends. I still participate in two Weight Watcher message boards fairly regularly and belong to a FaceBook "Living, Losing, & Loving It" group. The FB group plans local activities. I've been on bike rides and yoga session with them. I used to track calories on FitDay, but SP is much better IMHO.

Thanks for sharing your perspective, Barb. Another good one!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2012 10:22AM

    I do occassionally explore, but SP is it for me. Honestly, don't have time for a whole lot of other sites, and since SP fits the bill, that's fine by me! Interesting question though.

HUGS and enjoy Saturday.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/15/2012 8:50AM

    I've played around a bit with others, mostly because I felt that SP was inflating my calories burned when I exercise and I wanted to see if I found other trackers that worked for me. But SP is my anchor and my home.

I've looked at livestrong.com and myfitnesspal, but although they have good information and go read their articles sometimes, I've never found the social support group that I've formed around myself here at SP. SP feels like home to me. I've made so many friends here, I can't imagine going anywhere else.

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DOGLADY13 9/15/2012 8:30AM

    Me, too! Although I'm investigating Sally Edwards web site now.

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FALLNTENN 9/15/2012 8:17AM

    sparkpeople.com is my favorite website. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/15/2012 7:43AM

    SP fits the bill for me but I don't have time to
explore others right now. I stick with what works.
But I do have a fitbit that tracks my activity so
I do there to check my steps every night.

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LDRICHEL 9/15/2012 7:42AM

    I have discovered nerdfitness.com and I love it! So funny!

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