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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".


"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!! 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


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!


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 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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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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Wouldn't it be Great........

Monday, December 27, 2010


'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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ELSEEBEE 12/27/2010 9:28PM

    Wonderful! Hope we find that president in the next election!

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REALLYHOPIN 12/27/2010 6:32PM

    That's a speech that I'd stand up and applaud. Heck, I'd probably even consider voting for that president for another term!

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DAV128 12/27/2010 1:32PM

    I like it.


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Okay Already! Enough is ENOUGH!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Today I got on the scale and did my measurements.

I have been avoiding the scale and tape measure with herculean strength and determination.

I was blissfully floating down the river of DENIAL, telling myself I didn't need to get on the scale, didn't have to use the measuring tape, and certainly did not have to do dedicated workouts.

I was wrong.

My weight has ballooned up to 3.5 pounds down from when I first started Spark. My measurements are all up, too.

That's what I get for not working the program as it is layed out for me.

So today I did something different. I reached the point where ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

I slid in the Cardio Blast workout, and did 23 minutes. I followed this up with walking .5 miles as a cool down. I stretched my body, and whoa Nelly! My body is REALLY needing these stretches!

Amazingly, I can already feel the difference in my body and the way it moves. Even my attitude is Sparked up.

I love feeling like this, and wonder why I ever slack off. I think it is my old nemesis, Laziness.

That's right. Just plain old LAZINESS.

So, today, I decided to turn around and face that devil that chases me. I spit Laziness right in the eye, and got my body moving.

Sure, I feel mad at myself for allowing all this to happen.....AGAIN. But I also feel PROUD of myself for challenging that old battering ram and do the workout.

I have a steeper hill to climb as a result of my Laziness, but because of past experience, I know I can climb it and get strong and fit.

I have all the information I need from Spark.........they've kindly done the work there I need.

I have wonderful Spark buddies that encourage me, and praise my efforts and successes.


Come join me. We have nothing to stop us but our Laziness!!! Let's kick butt on Laziness, and get ourselves back on track, shall we?

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/28/2010 10:59AM

    well, I have not trusted any democrat President for they give with one hand and take away with more taxes!In fact I even changed my party because of the last two Democrat Presidents. Democrats seem to alway make the least amount of GOOD changes!Thank G*D if we survive this one!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/28/2010 10:45AM

    yes its not just laziness, but if you have a digital weight scale (which I do have and had one for several years) can cause your weight to seem to fluctuate and each time you step on that kind of scale. so it could be just wearing clothes and that you just ate or drank a whole 2 glasses of water; that your weight went up. Dont fret! I lose on the average 3 pounds a night, so I dont panic when I see such a rise in my weight, its a daily fluctuate that is NORMAL! I know by morning it will be back down. Dam scales sure can freak you out. I never get use to it, (I alway have to remind myself of that samething!) But weighting yourself every day and alway with No clothese on and alway after a bowel or bladder movement, can make the difference. Always weight yourself the same time every morning! Because you will lose weight after a fast even though its after you wake up, ist still a fast! Glad to help, but I been weighting myself a very long time this way, and you get to know how your body reacts. Weighting myself often is my way and motivation for losing weight! But I do know when you work out many times; its water you lose, not weight! Weight is lots slower ...and over time and when you exercise DAILY! That much I leanred over the years... its a steady work out that causes weight to go away! Keep jogging or walking or whatever floats your weight off. But don't fret if you put on even 5 pounds since Thanksgivig. Its maintaining the same habits that gets you where you want to be... HEALTHY, not just losing weight, but healthy eating; is how we lose weight! But being healthy is what really counts! Hugs, susan emoticon emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/26/2010 7:59PM

    You can have 2 pounds a day just be WATER, and from 2 to 5 pounds just your clothing. I always weight myself naked as a jay bird first thing in the morning and then in the afternoon and again in the evening; and I find within one days time you can put on from 3 to 5 pounds a day. so dont fret. Weight yourself after you have gone to the bathroom and you can lose up to 2 pounds, so alway weight yourself the same time and again and you will see how weight fluctutates during the day.(I weight myself afer each bowel movement) . Best time to weight yourself is the morning for true weight; and before you eat but after you have used the bathroom to get a true weight. And measuring your body you will notice falb turn to muscle and even while doing that it can change from day to day as you drink water, the body pulls the water into your muscles. If you have sore muscles after exercise its telling you that your not drinking enough watgter to flush it out (and the toxins) (ITs toxins and the lactic acid builds up, you lose, not just weight. Your weigh will reflect if your holding water and weight; so then drink more water, it will flush out the lactic acid and toxins, but it will also add a pound to your weight so each time you drink 8 ounces of it, its going to put on a half a pound also! There is a 3 to 5 extra poundage a day , during the day and a loss after exercise; and the lactic acid can cause cramping and also hold more water; also an increase in weight holding that acid. so drink more water when cramping and dont worry about an increase of 3 to 5 pounds during the day. Always weight yourself in the morning, thats closer to your real weight than during the day! Watch and alway weight yourself several times during the day and you will see a weight change! your weight will show youa better measure and help you space your food intake better than measuing the muscles. And weight will never be truly stabilized , its always fluctuating during the day. Ever changing! From day to day from meal to meal. Its checking it in the morning minus breakfast and after a potty break. Best shows a more accurtae weight in the morning and if you loss because you can lose 2 to 5 pounds during your sleep cycle. Believe it or not and staying in bed an extra hour will cause yoru body to break down mroe fat than if you get up early! It force your body to break down fat that si stored into energy in the morning, not while you exercise! Your adrenaline gland works in the mroning to breka down fat to energy while you are in "starvation mode " and is wht stabilizes your weight! Not the thyroid! They work together but ist the adrenalien that works while as many have thought! While your still resting or sleeping in the morning only, after a fast! And to know if you are , you will get like a heat wave when your blood sugar drops. once it drops is a sign your body is burning fat! Its after that your true weight is known. Not before. Because if your body is burning its not during the day, its during the mid-morning or during the night, not while your exercising as much as when you are relaxed. Thats how you can tell if yoru lsoing weight; after a time of fasting. Oh yes, exercise helps, but as long as you have fat and fuel its not really burning it totally while your execising but mostly durng rest; its when the body really loses weight! Hard to explain but you can still lose weight by just eating less, you dont need to exercise. Just eat less and more complex foods. The body works harder when it has compelx foods. Weight is not always the problem. Chooing to space your meals out to 4 and a 1/2 hours (causes a fast moment) and after the fast is when you soe weight! Having a time of deprivation/ fasting (at night ) is when you lose actually lose weight. Usually the most you lose is during rest times. Not during exercise. Thats why its good to check your weight in the morning and after waking up and before a meal! But after a potty break. Because you can lsoe up to 1/2 a pound after a potty (pee) break!). Check your weight on your calendar each day and you will see your body goes in cycles of gain and loss during the day! Your body even has pattern when you actually go to the bathroom too! I wil bet you did not know that! JUst keeping a tab on food and times of change can help you see if your losing or gaining. Its that feedback that helps! Good luck and dont worry so much just weight yourself every morning and know in the morning its the true weight!

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MOTLEM 12/26/2010 6:09PM

    Yep, kick butt on laziness! emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 12/26/2010 4:01PM

    3.5 lbs.! That is what I added after a fairly healthy Thanksgiving added to with unhealthy pecan pie and whipped cream, among other things. I have already dropped that silly weight and am down a bit more. Congratulations for getting back at that old pattern and grabbing for the Spark pattern! emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 12/26/2010 3:52PM

    3.5 pounds does not qualify as "ballooning" but I understand what you are feeling, because I'm there, too.

It's hard to do, but you are on your way!

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AMDIM2009 12/26/2010 3:21PM

    3.5 pounds? That's what you're upset about? A whopping 3.5 pounds?
Girl, your weight can fluctuate throughout the day anywhere from 2-6 pounds easy. And you're trippin' over that?
Stressing yourself out over the little things is counter productive. I can't preach enough of how stress is a silent killer. It affects everything.
Celebrate that you worked out. Celebrate your ability to move and stretch and do things that a lot of others can't. Don't beat yourself up over the numbers and the little things. Focus on those positive vibes and you will do fine!!!!
Keep pushing towards your goals!

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NOTFATCAT 12/26/2010 3:13PM

    You know you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Don't over react and burn out. Slowly simmer!

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UNICORN212 12/26/2010 3:12PM

    Ha ha - I could have written this blog! Let's kick laziness to the curb!

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