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Okay. Time to Sum it All UP.

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.

  
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GETFIT2LIVE 1/1/2011 3:20AM

    Our bodies do respond quickly, don't they? You did fine in 2010--think where you'd be if you hadn't set goals at the beginning of the year. There were some setbacks, but you didn't wait for the new year to get back at it, so 2011 is going to be awesome. Happy new year, my friend--let's make it great!

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/31/2010 4:53PM

    Being above ground AND vertical is a big PLUS......The rest will follow if you commit to it and from what you say you are. emoticonand you will with the 1 day at a time decision. Set backs, especially medical ones, are normal though frustrating, but you have come through and are winning the battle...On to 2011 and that 5K that's waiting.
Enjoy your New Years Eve.

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NOTFATCAT 12/31/2010 4:06PM

    You have done fine this year and I know you will do fine next year.
Just keep moving and keep that positive attitude.
Happy New Year.

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Okay. Time to Sum it All UP.

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.

  
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TOWHEE 12/31/2010 10:31PM

    I've really enjoyed our challenge of the last week and I think both of our bodies are loving us for the efforts.

Yes, make one month goals, gee you could even make one week goals (that's what our WW leader is doing for 2011). I've made some year-long goals that have monthly goals under them. That way I'll stay on track and be less likely to "put it off until tomorrow".

Remember though, that we need to be flexible. Life happens when we least expect it (like when nearing the finish of your first 5K). You have done a wonderful job of "rolling with the punches" and getting up and keeping going. OK, you weren't perfect, but then none of us are.

You accomplished a lot in 2010 and I'm sure you will accomplish more in 2011.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 12/31/2010 3:23PM

    Sounds to me like you have accomplished alot!! And dont overlook the inspiration you have been to others! It may not have been one of your goals, but I think inspiring others is a fine thing!! I have had an out of control life for the past six or so months, sometimes the only things that keep me coming back is reading your blogs! Heres to you! Happy New Year!!

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Cardio with the Gang

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! emoticon

  
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NOTFATCAT 12/30/2010 6:00PM

    Good exercise companions. Keep moving!

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KAROUSELL46 12/30/2010 1:47PM

    Geesh, you sure had a great workout bunch. Have a great day, my friend...Karen emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/30/2010 1:11PM

    I like your workout partners, I should sign them up to help me! Way to go on the workout; feels great to get it done in the morning, doesn't it?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/30/2010 1:05PM

    WOW!! What an AWESOME workout!!! What a way to finish the year...almost! I bet you were really energized... Have a great day!!!

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Firm, Fit & Fired Up No. 4 Thoughts and Results

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."

shut up.

"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."

FINE!

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!! emoticon

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/30/2010 1:56PM

    Dont know if you wanted me to leave a comment or not, but that sure was a great work out with those classical guys. Love them.... esp... Peter I. Tchaikovsky and Robert Schumann ; they are two of my favorites too for a workout! Love the symphonies! emoticon emoticon emoticon you sure got my ehart pumping I had to go up and down stairs just to catch up with you! And to get some extra cardio exercise just to relate to that sweating ...to those classicals! lol

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MAJS_MOM 12/29/2010 9:31PM

    Its amazing how much better we feel after a hard workout, even if we didn't have the motivation to do it in the first place. I find I have to constantly remind myself how much better I will feel AFTER the workout, even though I don't particularly want to do it. Good job on putting forth the effort when you could have let "that be that." emoticon

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I Actually Kept Up and Didn't Tip Over!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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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!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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HOPE_4_ME 12/29/2010 5:11PM

    WOOT!! Thanks for sharing the success you're having!! You're inspiring! :)

And about that 80's workout. That sounds right up my alley! :) Do you have a link to the video?

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/29/2010 10:48AM

    emoticonYour doing it and doing awesome, especially with the NO TIPPING, I'm on day 2 of a commitment till New Years and beyond and feel good too. Why, oh Why do we resist the Spark within us? I wish I knew.
emoticonand HAPPY NEW YEAR too.
2011 will be the year WE CAN DO IT.

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SCOUTHARPS 12/28/2010 10:53PM

  Yeah!

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NOTFATCAT 12/28/2010 4:26PM

    The no tipping this time must mean you have gained some strength and balance because of all your prior workouts. Good going.
Good luck on your remaining time on the clock.

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ILUVTOTAT 12/28/2010 3:36PM

    That's exciting!!

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