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Konza Prairie Hiking trip (pictures)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some pictures of Saturday's hike through the Konza prairie in Kansas. It was the best day for a hike - warm temperatures, nice blue skies, a touch of wind and no mosquitoes!
The hiking trail is 6.6 miles through a portion of the Flint Hills. I would like to go back when the seasons change!

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THINAGIN2 3/21/2014 10:20PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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KONRAD695 3/17/2014 9:33AM

    That looks like a cool place. It might make some nice morning walk/runs getting g ready for a longer race. Or, just for the fun of it.
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AEROBISAURUS 3/16/2014 4:18PM

    Cool! emoticon

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1000 Fitness Minutes March!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

That equals to 32.25 minutes a day – doable, right?

I use an app for my runs and I programed 2 challenges on it – one of them is to log 100 miles in 4 weeks. This is a lot for me but I am aiming for run/walk (maybe bike) 3 miles/day. I am not confident in achieving this challenge – but I am going to try! emoticon I have till 3/26/2014 to reach this goal.
It would be so much easier if it was nice outside and I can run outdoors! emoticon

I will start my program today - no time like the present! My bikini awaits in the dark depths of the closet, and when I finally take it out I want to be somewhat prepared.

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AEROBISAURUS 2/27/2014 12:47PM

    Ha! Love your blog. Good luck with your challenge!

I'm getting excited to dig out my bikini ... it's been stuffed in the back of my underwear draw for years. On that thought, I may want to just go out and purchase a new one. And on that thought, I'm really loving that those high-waisted ones are in style ... decisions decisions emoticon

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P.s. Strong is the new skinny .... just sayin' emoticon build muscle burn fat faster! Xo

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GRAMMYEAC 2/27/2014 5:53AM

    If you can get in the 30+ minutes a day, you'll be a long way to meeting your 100 mile challenge!

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KONRAD695 2/26/2014 1:16PM

    Power up emoticon
Carry on emoticon
And get Skinny emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/26/2014 12:53PM

    You can do it!! It sounds like a very doable plan! Sending some warmth your way so you can start running outside. :)

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Sparkle everywhere

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/9/2014 12:05PM

    Okay, will do! ;)

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AEROBISAURUS 1/7/2014 4:37PM

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SDLOV3R 1/7/2014 2:22PM

    Oh cute! Love it!

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ONTHEPATH2 1/7/2014 1:57PM

    Indeed! emoticon

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Maintain, Don't Gain Challenge Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My health insurance gives out incentives every year for its members to save $480 per year. These include biometric screening, health challenges, and annual visits to the doctor plus much more.

I signed up for the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge which lasts over the holidays. It is pretty simple to follow, but effective. Each day you log:
♦Weighed yourself
♦Ate a healthy Breakfast
♦Ate a healthy lunch
♦Exercised 30 minutes or more
♦Limited sweets to 1 serving or less
♦Limited alcoholic or sugary beverages to 1 serving or less

Every week they send out an e-mail related to this challenge with tips and tricks. I am going to share with you an e-mail I received this morning on what some people suggest for the holidays, in the hopes that at least one will ‘spark’ you.

Myself I love the light-watching idea! All this is taken from Kansas Health Quest….

“Instead of driving around to look at holiday lights, gear up and walk or run around your neighborhood to look at the lights and decorations. Just make sure to have safety reflective gear on and be aware of other drivers and any slick spots on the sidewalk! This not only helps you be physically active but it’s also better for the environment because you’re not driving.”

“Go for quality over quantity! There's never a shortage of goodies around the holidays, but deciding to enjoy only the very finest of the treats doesn't mean you're a snob. For example, you can decide not to eat every chocolate you come across, but allow yourself to enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate when you find it at a party. Or, rather than drinking high calorie coffee drinks everyday on your way to work, try taking time to meet someone special in your life to spend time with them over coffee as a special treat instead. And you don't have to go to every single party you are invited to, try to decide what activities or celebrations are the most meaningful and keep yourself from running in circles during the holidays.”

“Organize a group of your family, friends or neighbors to go caroling! You can walk through your neighborhood and get some exercise with this fun holiday activity.”

“This is the time of year we all want to ‘eat, drink, and be merry!’ and we should enjoy ourselves! Just use the guideline ‘everything in moderation’ when you’re around holiday food and treats. If you want to try a little of everything at the Thanksgiving table, take a tablespoon size serving – rather than a full serving of each food. After dinner – help with the dishes (wash them by hand to get your body moving) and then grab the family and go for a walk!”

What do you think?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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BOLEBRON 11/27/2013 8:57PM

    Those are great idea. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the challenge.

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CELIAMINER 11/27/2013 12:35PM

    What a great idea!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/27/2013 9:33AM

    Excellent ideas! Our health and wellness staff is similar where I work with the discount on insurance. They did not put out a holiday guide though like your employer did. I like that and will keep in mind.

I like the idea of a tablespoon of everything instead of a full serving. Everything in moderation indeed.


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CardioSculpt class that is not meant to be

Friday, November 22, 2013

So yesterday I was pretty excited about my cardiosculpt class at the gym.

5 PM rolls around, I dash to the staff lounge, put on my workout clothes and headed out to my car.....only to find it blanketed under a sheet of thick ice. After minutes of pulling, jimmying and panting I managed to open the driver's door, started my car, turned on the heater, and located my ice scraper. Joy to the World! - it was still there.

I started going at it with my scraper, only to find the most stubborn ice coating the windshield. I tried harder and faster - my class was scheduled at 5:30PM and I still had a drive ahead of me. My gloves got wet, then turned into icicles. My breathing got heavier, but I was determined. I really want to go to this class!

Scraping harder, faster, side to side - at last! I managed to clear a small spot in front of the driver's side.

Rushed to the other side, and started the same routine. Come on upper body strength - scrape, scrape, scrape! A chunk of ice comes loose. Yippee! Yes, I think I still can make it to the class!

But drat, I still didn't get the middle of the windshield. I am too short and I cannot reach that far. So, I opened the door and climbed on top, reached across and started scraping....darn, couldn't quite reach all of the ice.....rushed to the other side, opened the door and did the same thing.....

OK, back and side windows...here we go..... the car next to me backs into the parked car behind him, pulls forward and yanks the bumper off. Well, my evening could be worse I guess.

Scrape, Scrape, Scrape....Come oooonnnn!!!! Yeah, finally - Done! Got in the car and checked the time. Oh no, It was too late for class!

I thought about going and using the weight machines instead, but my hands were frozen in a mis-shapen claw position, had pins and needles in my butt, and I couldn't feel my legs. No biggie, go home and use the treadmill, I argued with myself. Yeah, that's a good idea. I will thaw on my drive there. Good plan!

Alas arrived home, got in, fed the kitties, took a deep breath - this fuzzy feeling warmed over me - finally home and somewhat warm, then on cue the power went out.

Happy weekend everyone!

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BEBARB149 11/23/2013 10:52AM

    I agree with the others, you got your exercise just freeing your car from the ice and driving in that weather probably kept you heart rate up all the way home. Even if you'd made it to class, you'd probably have been the only one there. But you certainly deserve a pat on the back for even trying to get there on such a bad day.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 11/22/2013 12:23PM

    Oh, you got some strength and cardio in trying to get your car free from the ice. emoticon You had a nature god inspired workout. Stay warm this weekend.

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CAROLCRC 11/22/2013 11:01AM

    Sounds like you got your heart rate up for a while anyway! Stay warm!

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