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I've walked many 5K races. This is the first time I RAN one! Not bad for age 67. Shamrock'n in Sacramento.

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Oct 2016 First cocktail dress I've ever worn. Amazing.

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  • v 10XPERLB
    (blog response) 10 calories per pound of body weight is good gauge of daily calories required for me to maintain weight since I exercise only 10 to 20 minutes (non strenuously) at a time
    ... 250 - 400 minutes in a month.

    & your photo looks great emoticon
    266 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2020 7:15:18 PM
  • v 10XPERLB
    emoticon … (in response to the question about why melted butter) the post is the recipe of sauce on fish & sweet peas... (I like olive oil instead of butter for the sauce too)
    266 days ago
    P.S. Don't forget about stretching. You'll be using muscles, especially going down the stairs, that you don't normally use. Stretching will help a lot when it comes to soreness. Good luck!
    275 days ago
    Hi Barb! Glad my info helped. Totally happy for you on the upcoming hiking on the Almafi Coast ... how lovely!!!

    The jelly legs will get better with time and practice, though I did have days that were better or worse for no discernible reason. Go figure.

    The huffing and puffing is normal and will likely always happen. It's simply a result of the elevation gain in a short time period and how the heart reacts. The secret is in the recovery time. The more fit you are, the faster your breathing will return to normal.

    Hugs back to you! Puff on!!!
    275 days ago
    Hi Barb (hope this is right, got it from another comment on your page). As for my comment about ONE minute of stairs, I had no clue about your fitness level. Lots of folks on Spark are starting from square one. So my comment was intended to mean: start with one minute, if you need to. I now see from your Spark Page that you're pretty fit and doubt you'd need to start at that level. So start wherever is comfortable for you, with the idea of starting small and working up to it. I'm betting Sacramento has lots of buildings that have stairs and/or stairwells ...

    Because you asked, my stair climbing background comes from training to hike the Grand Canyon, which I did 2-1/2 years ago. I work on the 9th floor of a 16-story building. I was told that stairwell climbing was THE BEST training you could do because you really need both the up and the down pieces. You don't typically get that on a stair stepper - only the up piece. So I started with the following, taking on a 2-month training plan:

    9th Floor up to 16th Floor, down to 1st Floor, back up to 9th Floor.
    I did that for a few weeks, then upped it to twice a day.
    Then three times a day. According to my FitBit, that was the equivalent of climbing about 75 flights a day.
    It did the trick. I had a marvelous time in the Grand Canyon and was well-prepared.

    Congrats to you on your weight loss and your health journey. Hoping it continues to be a great one ... Thanks!!!

    276 days ago
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