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My "alter ego" is Paula Bunyan.....

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

MY SP friend, Barbara_boo, has inspired me beyond words. (And Chris Downie was brilliant to include the "community support" of SP!) Check out her Spark Page...you'll be astounded! She's just completed 101 consecutive days of of burning more calories than she consumes (oh, yeah...BTW she's 68, on a great dance team which peforms at ball games, has several hours of scheduled fitness daily and just dropped 20# in 90 days! You younger gals don't appreciate this incredible achievement...but you will some day--unless you're smart and lose the excess weight NOW.)

So I decided to get serious about eating and fitness. I just finished 10 consecutive days (pathetic, compared to Barb.) of either scrambling up steep mountains or pulling, pushing, jumping on and ripping out dead trees by their roots. (ya think I've got some underlying control issues, maybe?)

Call me crazy, but I've discovered I really enjoy this & then hauling & stacking them in slash piles around our property. True, I don't get to wear cute little white tennis clothes or listen to a playlist...and my body is now "decorated" with more than a few bruises and scratches, but baby, I'm burning 800 calories every day!

Because the trees are dead, dead, dead, they're ligtweight. Some are also 20' long, so it's interesting hauling them up the slopes to the nearest pile (which might be across the creek). And then hefting them up over my head & tossing them on top of the slash pile. "I am woman, hear me roar!" (an oldie, but a goodie--just like me!)

The eating has gone well, too. I've identified several dastardly habits I re-learned while on a lengthy vacation and pulled them out by their roots, too.

I'm awakening at 5:30 am (with only a little help from a woodpecker who's excited to start his day's work, too) and feeling great. When I finish 2+ hours of "bossing trees around", I'm not even hungry. (Who am I and what did they do with the old Columbine2?)

The hardest part is consuming enough calories to support my new hobby. But I'm working on that part, too. Tough duty, but someone's gotta do it!
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  • READNKNIT
    Wow! I am so impressed! You are working HARD!! I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and I've picked up my share of tree limbs and rocks when my Dad would bulldoze them to make more farmground. That is HARD WORK! I'm proud of you!

    My goal for this cruise we're going on is to either walk a ton each day to burn calories or to use the fitness room for classes or weight training. I've never really used a gym, so I have no idea how to do real circuit training, except the way Jillian does it in the "Shred!" Maybe someone will be there to help me figure out a routine to keep my exercise going!

    But I'm hoping my new little gizmo will help me stay on track. Bad thing is, unless you're cooking the food yourself, you really have NO IDEA how many calories are in it!

    You keep up the great work! You ROCK!

    Suzanne

    P.S. I don't know how I missed this blog when you originally posted it, but I did! So I had some "catching up" to do today! emoticon
    3714 days ago
  • DALAI_LALA
    RAWR! emoticon
    3715 days ago
  • IDEBORAH
    So how is the muscle definition? Are you going to need new skinny jeans? Have you discovered Greek yogurt yet? Inquiring minds want to know because we are living vicariously through you. Wow are you incredible. The frogger wants to invite you to come and try your hand at pruning and moving mesquite.
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    3715 days ago
  • CRAZYGYMGIRL
    Holy Cow... you make me tired just reading all that stuff! You aren't just woman... you're super woman! I feel like a fraud when I'm so pround of my activity... I did an Aerobics class today, I did 2 circuits of my weight programme, I walked 7 km in 1 hour. It seems like such a frivolous fitness routine compared to your no nonsense, practical routine! Guess I'm just a soft, city girl.

    So that's how you've logged over 30,000 minutes of fitness! You are an inspiration.

    As for me... I've regisitered for a couple of walking activities this summer ( 2 5 K's and 1 10 K) and also for the same 1/2 marathon I did last September... so am continuing training. I've renewed my gym membership and am re-committing myself to staying fit and getting... once and for all ... to my goal weight...... Keep doing what you're doing and blogging about it and it will shame me into trying to keep up.


    3717 days ago
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