s, November 10

RangerRickL Posts: 8,469 Member
Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes?
Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day?
Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank?


  • RangerRickL
    RangerRickL Posts: 8,469 Member

    Yesterday, after the surprising outcome of the US presidential race, I was inundated by TVs and social media on all sides with post-election postive and negative hysteria. Facebook was overflowing with elation and dejection. I was surprised by the outcome, but 'my guy' had already lost...I voted for John Kasich in the primary.
    When I left the Omni Hotel, I got in a cab driven by a very happy man named Hassam. He is Somalian and he LOVES living in the USA. He said, "I was born in Africa (and Somalia is a very unhappy land). I worked in Kuwait and Asia. BUT, I love living in America. We are ONE country. Everybody respects! Everybody treats me good. I love living here!"
    When I got out of the cab, I shook his hand warmly and thanked him for making me happy and giving me a very much needed post-election reset.
    Regardless of your politics...please be happy like Hassam, who is raising his 5 kids in a safer country with a much better life than he knew in Africa, Middle East or Asia.
    Love to you all, Rick

  • Shutterbuggg
    Shutterbuggg Posts: 196 Member
    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and your story about Hassam. I don't claim affiliation to either party, and I personally don't believe that we had our best options on either side, BUT it is what it is. We have to move forward as one. I have seen a lot of people sharing their opinions, and most of them are very passionate one way or the other. Passion is a good thing, however it CAN be done while respecting others and staying positive.

    In the fitness and weight loss world this is also true. Being passionate about fitness and then body shaming those that are not on the same level is not acceptable. Being unfit and criticizing others for being to obsessive with their body isn't acceptable either. These are two very drastic ends of the spectrum and I am over generalizing, but you get my point. Support each other and most of all respect the paths others are on. We all have our own story.

    More people need to choose love and happiness over hatred and fear. We are not perfect but still blessed as a nation here in the USA. Both of these things I think is the message you were trying to deliver.

    On that note, Much love to all of my November accountability partners! And thanks for the support and positivity!
  • am_change
    am_change Posts: 1,010 Member
    People all have their own reasons for voting whichever way they vote. What I've found infuriating here in the UK with our referendum vote on leaving the EU is how the media distort the facts and we have a constant rhetoric of how " the people have spoken blah blah blah " and that the vote to leave had the massive majority when really it was so close. Likewise in your presidency election. The depressing part here is that although not everyone who voted leave was an angry racist fascist, sadly it has given that minority the confidence to think their view is mainstream and what was voted for and we currently have a massive problem with race hate crime having risen to unprecedented levels. I truly hope that isn't replicated in the US and those like Hasssam continue to feel safe and at home. Strange times. Anyway. Back to the challenge...

    Exercise: yes, a beautiful walk in the woods. It's all red, yellow and orange at the moment and looking spectacular. But to the person who said yesterday that they failed in this cos they only planted a tree ha! That sounds far more strenuous! I'd have counted that!
    Calories: yes, but again only just. I'm almost looking forward to my husband being back at work next week as its easier to make good choices alone!
  • phoebelayla
    phoebelayla Posts: 1,164 Member
    Thankful for another beautiful California day and that Hassam and his family get to enjoy it as well.

    Still fighting this viral infection but have been staying on track with food, so I know I can do this. Disappointing that my workouts are pretty meager right when I was on a roll, but that is just life and I will just keep pushing through. I love seeing how you all are doing and it truly helps me to stay focused. Thanks.

    Last day of high school soccer tryouts for my freshman son. Fingers crossed.
  • missjones513
    missjones513 Posts: 345 Member
    Pass day
  • MiamiSeoul
    MiamiSeoul Posts: 1,809 Member
    Wed., 11/9 pass #3, uh-oh!

    Thurs., 11/10
    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Yes, 210 minutes
    130 minutes walking + 10 minutes jumping rope w/modification + 28 minutes day 9, 30 Day Abs + Legs + Glutes Challenge + 11 minute TOTAL ARM EXERCISE + 20 minutes day 10, 30 Day Abs + Legs + Glutes Challenge + 90 second plank + 10 minutes SworkIt stretching

    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes
    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Yes
  • fearlessinmy3rdact
    fearlessinmy3rdact Posts: 352 Member
    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Yes - 90 minutes strength training
    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes
    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Yes
  • fitqueenbess
    fitqueenbess Posts: 372 Member
    edited November 2016
    Why Rick, that's a great post election story. Thanks for sharing it. It reminds me to feel grateful we live in a country where one of our biggest challenges is learning to manage our abundance of food! Crazy, right?

    And here's to you, @shutterbuggg ! We do all have our story. We all see the world from our own window, each with a slightly different view.

    Exercise: Yes - Swimming 1200 meters, plus 3 pm 1 mile "smoke break" power walk. (No, I don't smoke! I just jokingly call it that. The smokers take a brake, why not me?)
    Calories: Yes
    Tracking: Yes

  • RangerRickL
    RangerRickL Posts: 8,469 Member
    After traveling home, I'm tired.
    Exercise: basic walking at a stroll level. ok, but tomorrow, I plan on a minimum 30+ minute HIIT.
    Calories: very good and well below my limit
    Tracking: I do think that the tracking and accountability are the key benefits of this program...for me.
  • SylviazSpirit
    SylviazSpirit Posts: 694 Member
    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? YES went hard today!! Back at it after a hectic few days, whew.
    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes! Even had a slice of pizza. Yum.
    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Absolutely :smile:
  • bocasdelbob
    bocasdelbob Posts: 134 Member
    1) yes
    2) yes
    3) yes

    Back on track with a 2,200 foot (1600 cal) climb this morning. I got there at daybreak, well, a little too early actually. I had to wait a bit for it to get light enough. It was cold. 32 degrees at 6,000 feet. Colder higher. I put on an extra layer of syntho fleece. Climbing and producing heat not a problem, descending, different story. There was thin layer of ice in the pothol puddles.
    I haven't seen any animals in the past couple of rides. I worry that deer get habituated to me and then don't run from a poacher. Yep, that kind of crime exists on my climbing track. Normally I wouldn't have said anything except that crime around here is "culturally" connected. I have to worry about parking, but not really at the crack of dawn. But poachers will get up early. Hey, and I don't grant no sanctuary for guys that will do that.

    But it was Sportline that gave me credit for the 1600 cals. I messed up my Garmin's lateral recording of the episode so I won't get the full value of this ride as credit towards my Strava November climbing merit badge.

    This climb I worked at between 4 and 5 mph. That ain't exactly making tracks but there is a stretch of 13% grade. I used to think it was 10% but the Garmin elevation profile shows 13 in a section or two. Moderately hard cardio in those sections.

    I think about Rick having mentioned walking briskly at 4 mph when I am climbing at like 4 mph. I also think about endurance trail runners talking about running between 4 and 5 mph when they do the Ultras. So I don't know, brisk walk vs an energy conserving high endurance pace. It is kind of roughly comparable.

    Anyway I got like 18,000 feet left to climb for the merit badge and 20 days to do it. I might be able to pull it off.

    I went an seen my little buddy after all that. I tried to get him to do some squats. I have had success with him before on those, getting him to do them with minimal balance assistance. But he couldn't do them today. He didn't want to bend at the knee for those. Weird though is that I got him to stand from sitting crosslegged albeit with a lot of balance help. Long term project to be sure.
  • Shutterbuggg
    Shutterbuggg Posts: 196 Member
    Yes x 3
    Exercise- 2 walks at work. Lots of back squats with 95# that will be making me sore tomorrow Did another workout with burpees, pull ups, sit-ups, and squats.
    I logged every bite and came very close to going over but didn't.
  • missjones513
    missjones513 Posts: 345 Member
    Pass day

    Cancel this. Had some dental work done so I wasn't expecting to do much today.

    Exercise? Yes, walked around grocery store for 30 minutes and put away groceries
    Calories? No
    Tracked? Yes
  • phoebelayla
    phoebelayla Posts: 1,164 Member
    Yes x 3. Rode the stationary bike for 45 min.
  • pears734
    pears734 Posts: 496 Member
    Exercise: Yes; 50 minutes of yoga, which was rough because I had not done it in awhile. I pulled off an excellent head stand, though, so I had fun. I also went on a 66 minute hike with a good friend.
    Calories: Yes; exercise saved me a bit as I went out for drinks and pool with friends, but I was very happy that I stayed under my goal.
    Tracking: Yes

    It is important to find hope and happiness in unfortunate times. Control what you can, accept what you can't, and never stop fighting for what you believe in. Thanks for sharing your story!
  • tyshieha
    tyshieha Posts: 76 Member
    edited November 2016
    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Yes I went to the beach and walked the pier for 20 min

    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes I was under my calorie budget

    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Yes

    People are noticing me losing weight. I can even tell a little. I am starting to feel good....... I am 3 pounds shy from 20 lbs over all weight loss. I started at 228 and I was last Sunday 211.4!!!
  • EmilyCowlard2016
    EmilyCowlard2016 Posts: 84 Member
    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Spin class
    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? yes
    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? yes