Friday, December 31, 2010
I set some goals for myself at the beginning of last year.
One of them was to talk over 700 miles this year. Another was to do a 5K.
I had a good start, until that 5K day. I was chalking up the miles, ahead of my goal schedule, and all was well.
I was signed up to do a 5k, and was doing a terrific job, until I decided to run down a hill. Right near the bottom, down I went. On my face, hip, and knees. I was so close to finishing the 5K, yet my body was having none of it.
A few days later everything really started to hurt, and hurt BAD. I went to the doctor, had some tests done, and found out I had cracked my hip and my pelvis. I was pretty laid up for a couple of months.
That dampened my enthusiasm, and my Spark was pretty low.
Then I had some other health issues that were fairly debilitating on and off for a while.
That took the wind out of my sails.
I lost my get up and get at 'em mode. I became on again, off again, with my Spark program.
I gained weight again, and gained an off-handed attitude toward my health improvement course.
I did manage to get in 524.1 miles, 175.9 under my goal.
Yes, it is a bit of a disappointment for me, but you know what? I can't remember ever walking 524.1 miles in one year ever before, so I am going to take that as a credit.
I slacked way off on tracking my food, too. Inches and pounds found their way to my body, and decided to live here rent free.
In December, I started up a goal for my team Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas, and that goal was to get ourselves into shape as a gift of love for ourselves and our family members. We were supposed to do 15 minutes of cardio a day.
For the most part, I succeeded in that. Which brings me to today.
This is the last day of this year. I have finished 20 minutes of cardio and 25 minutes of fit, firm and Fired Up workouts. (That Day 6 one is something I will have to work on, because I kept tipping over.)
I am on day 5 of a self commitment to workout 15 days in a row, like it says on the DVD.
Once again, I am amazed as to how quickly our bodies respond when we actually DO the Spark workouts!
It isn't weigh-in and measure day yet, but I already know my muscles and the rest of me is responding favorably with the past 5 workouts in a row.
I haven't set any goals for 2011 yet; I am thinking of just where I want to go with the goal setting.
I do much better when I set myself short term goals, so I suspect I will set up MONTHLY goals, rather than yearly.
All things considered, I've had a very good year. After all, I am still above ground AND vertical!
And that's all that is needed to begin the rest of my life.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Today I did cardio with the gang.
We did 10 minutes on the rowing machine, vigorously. The Gang consisted of George Bizet doing "Les Toreadors from "Carmen", Anton Dvorak, not to be undone, did his "Slavonic Dance No. 8, and of course, Bizet had to answer Dvorak with "Farandole from L'Arlesienne".
They left the room, and in came the next group to do 15 vigorous minutes on the stationary bike.
Richard Wagner started it off with "Seigfried's Death and Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung", and then to really liven it up, Robert Schumann came in with his "Symphone No. 3 in E flat magor, op. 97 Rhenish.......1st movement.
That certainly got our heart rate up, so knowing I had to do cool down, I stayed on the bike after those guys left to write some more power music.
I did a five minute cool down with Peter I. Tchaikovsky while appreciating the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor,m Op. 23 (3rd movemnt, Allegro con Fuoco).
Since the music wasn't finished by the time my heart rate was back down, I decided that Peter and I could do some yoga stretching. We had a nice, cooling, refreshing, spiritual time with that.
Ah, yes. Everyone should be so lucky to have these guys hang out and workout with, although they ARE a bit tempermental and get up and leave when they've had enough.
But the waiting room always has someone getting ready to step in to the home gym and do their "thing".
A good bunch, one and all. We all feel empowered to go on with our day.
May your day bring you music and many friends!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I just finished my workout for the day.
I did all my strength workout this morning, and then thought I could get away with "that being that".
Ms. Smarmy wouldn't accept that, nor would she shut her big fat mouth.
All day long, no matter how hard I tried to shut her up, there she was.........natter, natter, natter.
"You KNOW you didn't do enough today."
"Well, I'm only saying...............you CAN do more, you know".
I said Shut Up!
"Okay. If you want to stay the same lard-ass you have eaten yourself into, fine by me. I'm just trying to help you get healthier".
SHUT YOUR BIG NAGGING MOUTH!
"Fine. I won't bother you any more. I can see why you don't want to haul that blubber around with exercise. Just go ahead and stay the way you are. You will have an earlier than necessary death by FAT, but it's your choice."
You are NEVER going to shut up until I do something, are you?
"No, Chicky-babe. I am not speaking to you."
I slam the video Firm, Fit and Fired Up No. 4, and get on the floor. I haven't done this one before, so it wasn't all smooth and easy.
However, it DID seem rather easy, compared to some of the other ones Nicole challenges me with.
I was surprised how quickly it went, and then, she says "Okay, all finished up for this workout".
What?? The clock didn't move THAT fast, did it?
I mean, this didn't exactly break a glisten. I bet it is just the easiest one, and it won't make much difference in my body!
oh. It is 15 minutes after I finished the TORCHEROUS Firm, Fit & Fired Up No. 4. My abs are in agony.
They feel much tighter, but they are definetly letting me know that they are NOT used to THIS kind of treatment!
I can imagine my rippled abdomen and flat stomach. Yes, indeed. I think I am getting a washboard look just writing this!
Ms. Smarmy is standing over in the corner, smirking her self righteous smirk, arms folded.
So OK Already! You were right. THIS time.
Next time will be different! I and my washboard abs will knock that smirk right off your face!
In the meantime, I am going to add this to my workout points for the day.
I deserve them. See? I was right all along!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Ah, Day Three of my 15 day commitment to working out every day. So far, so good. AND I have tracked ALL my food, too!
What on earth is happening to me?!
SPARK has happened to me................AGAIN. I wasn't doing all the right things every day (like logging my food intake for EVERYTHING).
I got a bad case of LAZINESS, and it lasted most of December.
But now the SPARK BUG has bitten me again, and I am off to the races!
Today was an especially wonderful day.
I don't know if you remember my last attempt at the Cardio Blast 80's Aerobic workout DVD, but I was a mess. I couldn't keep up, and for sure, couldn't do that Pony!
WELL!!!!! GET READY FOR THIS:!!!
I kept up with Nicole all the way, and even DID THE PONY right along with her!!
I didn't even tip over today. THAT in itself is a milestone of recovery!
I don't fall over. I TIP over.
But not today. No tipping, no lagging; just moving right on through that workout like nobody's business!!
My strength and determination are high on the scale for me today. And just think! I only have 12 more days of my current 15 day commitment to go!
I AM AWESOME!!!!!
I AM SPARKPEOPLE!!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?
'My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.
Since Congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq . This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.
The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.
Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER It'll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.
The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.
Need help with a famine ? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France .
In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations: Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.
Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .
I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well.
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed.. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors: Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.
Mexico is also on List 2. Its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple thousand extra tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put 'em? Yep, border security.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska -which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.
It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, 'darn tootin.'
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won't forget.
To the nations on List 2, a final thought : You might want to learn to speak Arabic.
God bless America .. Thank you and good night.'
If you can read this in English, thank a soldier.
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