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The Skinny on the New DVDs from Wal-Mart

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today I opened the package of the "Lose the Baby Weight Fast" DVD purchased yesterday from Wal-mart.

I thought I was in pretty good shape with all the workouts I have been doing on Spark, but this one kicked my butt!

I did two of the ten minute workouts; the resistance band and followed it by the one with the ball.

AGONY comes to mind.


She really gets you moving fast, and I have to tell you about the resistance band one first.

I'm supposed to hook my foot in to one of the handles, but I didn't listen to that part on the first go-round. I put MY foot into the half way mark of the resistance band, and held both handles with the opposite hand.

We are supposed to lift the right leg while holding the handles in the left hand. We are on our hands and knees, then we are supposed to extend the right leg out and up, repeating the movement.

Before I get a good grip on what I was doing, and wow. It was a TRUE resistance the way I was doing it..........she switches over to the left leg and right hand.

I still don't notice I am doing it "the hard way", so press on.

Then we are supposed to squat low on the resistance band, and lift our arms (holding the band, of course, by its handles) up over our head.

Now that doesn't sound too difficult, does it?

Just wait till you TRY it!

I was impressed that I could get my hands up to my shoulders! Ah, we do what we can, right?!

We go through more of the torture, then go backward in order from where we started.

I am amazed that I actually finished this one.

But because we are on Week 4 of the 28 Day Boot Camp, I click on the next workout. This one is using the ball.

I like ball workouts. They agree with me. So I get my trusty workout ball, knowing this will be a snap.

HA! The ball they are using has sand in it; mine does not. But I use what I have, right?

This gal must be who trained Nicole! She is BRUTAL!

She expects me to do lunges with the ball, swinging the ball and lunging at the same time.

Those of you who know me understand that swinging and lunging is not a wise thing to tell me to do. I am one of those people who has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time, much less swing a big ball and lunge!

I have no idea how to do what she is doing, and I am certain that what I am doing looks nothing like her demonstrations.

She carries us through with lunging, circles, and gets down on the floor with the ball.

I try to do what she says, but it just isn't the same, somehow. I keep dropping my ball, and forget about the lifting of my arms to meet the ball, and when it is time to do the swing thing with the ball, I am sure I can hear snickering in the back ground.

Let her snicker! At least I am getting a lot of workout crawling all over the room chasing down my ball.

My cat enters the room and hisses at me before she stalks out.

I have a firm grip on the ball with my legs and feet, take a look at what she is doing now, and realize I am a "bit" behind.

She is doing this roll out kind of thing, but a different kind of roll out. I am supposed to roll my body out on the ball until I am balancing on my chins and straightened arms.

Then I am supposed to be doing something other than rolling on to my face, which makes me roll off the ball on to the left-on-the-floor resistance band handles.

I try it again, and am amazed that I haven't broken my nose or at the least, given my self a good rug burn on my nose and forehead as I slide too far forward again. This time I fall into the corner of the desk.

Somehow I don't think this is going exactly the way it is supposed to do, but I keep floundering around until the end of the session.

My arms and abs are shaking from the workout. I am glistening. I need to walk slowly to get my heart rate down.

I need to clean up and do some harmless quilting.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/29/2011 6:14PM

    You are doing an AWESOME job just by trying and doing the best you can!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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ARMYMOM46 1/25/2011 10:53AM

    Thanks for sharing this I guess I need to get into doing excerise dvd's again. I thought I was doing pretty good with my water arobics and swimming but after I read this is making me rethink on my workouts. Good luck on it I know you can do it. Let me know how you are doing. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/24/2011 2:06PM

    You really do put me to shame, you know--I guess I'd better get back over and get those DVDs before they're gone if I want to come anywhere close to keeping up with you! Your workout sounds like many of mine; I'm glad I do not have a big mirror to see how I look when I'm doing them as I know I don't look ANYTHING like the women on the screen. Way to go!!

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Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

After I raced through Costco this morning I headed over to Wal-Mart for some hair mousse and quilting template plastic.

Got the stuff I needed, but right around the corner where the template stuff was, there was one of those temorary set ups when they have specials going on.

Glad I looked! Wal-Mart has Gold's Gym workout DVDs, which include a FREE 14 day Gold's Gym Membership included. The DVD's are $6.99 and include 3 complete 10 minute workouts.

I bought two of them. The ones I chose are "Lose the Baby Weight Fast and Boot Camp My Hips and Thighs because I have the equipment they recommend.

The DVDs also include downloadable 8 week Healthy Eating Guide and Shopping List.

My DVDs are still in the packaging, so can't report what I think of them yet. But hey. For $6.99, I don't think we can go wrong!

Woo Hoo for us that we have workout DVDs. I find them much more motivating and encouraging, and the 10 minute ones sure prove effective, too.

We have one more week of the 28 day Boot Camp to go. It has already made a difference in my body contour, and I feel much stronger too.


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KARA2126 10/25/2011 2:47PM

    at my walmart they are only $3. i've tried one it was pretty intense i did all three of the 10 minute workouts though. =)

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WEIGHTOOMUCH1 5/9/2011 10:16PM

  How do you download the Healthy Eating Guide & Shopping List from teh workout DVD?

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/24/2011 12:11AM

    I dont want to burst your bubble of happiness... (I do Love Walmart) but for me, it would not work to buy such DVD's. But I am happy for you! But can I give you a hint as to how you could have saved that money? Recycle all plastic containers! And get free music online or from the radio! Sure could have saved a few dollars! I dotn like wasting money on things I can get free!

I recycle any plastic when I buy any package good that is covered in plastic...Like I just bought a Tracphone for Hubby and I saved the package plastic from it, for my quilting templates (for applique). I also look online for free downloadable FREE music! I would rather buy a new purse or some assessories than music! Because you can still get free music if you look for it.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/23/2011 10:25PM

    Sounds like a great deal...ENJOY!! I will be checking them out at WalMart tomorrow...I can do the workouts even though I have no idea where a Gold's Gym is...not very close to us I'm sure. Sigh... Let us know what you think...

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TOWHEE 1/23/2011 9:44PM

    I love workout DVDs especially on days like today when it is chilly and gloomy outside with a high humidity. I was much happier working out in the bedroom for 30 minutes than working out outside.

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LOUANN22 1/23/2011 8:51PM

    great buy! let me know how they are.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/23/2011 6:48PM

    I have been thinking about gettng some of those--great price right now! I did get one of the stability balls to sit on at work, though. At under $7 how could I resist? You are doing awesome with the boot camp challenge. I have sure enjoyed it, too!

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AGENTMNA 1/23/2011 5:05PM

    emoticon $6.99 is definitely a STEAL!

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SCHAUJODY 1/23/2011 4:56PM

    Sounds like a good deal.

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USMAWIFE 1/23/2011 4:56PM

    I saw them last week but we have no golds gym close to us.. Closest is 100 miles away

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LORRAANN77 1/23/2011 4:52PM

    Nice! Have fun with those new workout dvds!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 1/23/2011 4:52PM

    Thanks for sharing the info. emoticon

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Ferry Walking and ruining the whole thing!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yesterday I had to take DH over to Seattle for his endoscopy. We took the ferry over.

Usually, when I am on the ferry, I am either out on the bow, taking photos, or sitting inside where it is warm and I watch the beautiful scenery.

Yesterday was different.

I knew my back and I were in for a long day of sitting, sitting, sitting, so I knew I had to take extra measures to ward off back pain.

So all the while we were on the ferry, I was walking laps. I was wearing my pedometer, but not looking at it at all until the end.

I thought I was going to seem a bit "weird", walking laps on the ferry. But wait a minute! Didn't I just see this guy walking on the other side? I can swear I did. And this elderly couple.........I have seen them on the other side, too, and they were walking in the opposite direction. Must be a coincidence.

I keep walking another lap, and sure enough, there is that guy again. He is walking much slower than I am, but he is certainly walking around the ferry like I am.

And here comes that perky elderly couple, just chipping away those steps lively. I also notice that they are swinging their arms, too.

We keep encountering each other as we do our laps, and there are smiles exchanged and quick greetings each time. We are doing this together, and we silently celebrate that by exchanging eye sparkles and encouraging words.

The water is a bit choppy, and I realize why sailors walk the way they do. I get better balance when I spread my feet farther apart.

Sail awy, sail away, sail away!!!!

By the time the ferry docked and I was back in the car, I checked. Goodness me! Chalk up one mile.

Then on to the intermidable search through the VA. Nobody knows there way around there. Long corridors, then more long corridors, all extremely poorly marked.

I get DH delivered, then head out to the car dealership where I need to have more keys made for my Buick. I have about 3 hours.

I get to the dealership, and that takes a long time. One of those sit and wait times. I do some walking outside of the dealership, going around their long block a couple of times. I still haven't checked the pedometer since the ferry.

I decide when I get out I will check out a "near enough" quilt shop, but when I get there, I look at the time, and realize I do not have enough of it to even enter the shop.

So back in the car I go, and pick up DH from the VA.

I wander those long corridors again until I find him, and then WE wander the corridors until we find an exit that leads to the parking lot.

We were planning on getting some dinner on the way home, but DH is pretty ditsy from the meds, so I drive straight through Tacoma and on our way to the Peninsula.

We talk about stopping in at Fat Smitty's at the fork where we either go to Port Townsend or on toward Sequim, and pull in there, very hungry.

Fat Smitty's is closed. We are both REALLY hungry now, since neither of us has eaten anything all day other than coffee and juice. GRUMP!!

I continue to drive straight through to home, and when we get here, I finally get out of the car. I have been mainly sitting in that car now for about 5 hours.

YEEEEEIIIIIIKES! My back is all stiffed up, and I have a hard time in standing up straight.

I head up the driveway for a walk to loosen things up a bit, and DH has been relegated the task of putting 4 eggs on to boil.

Back inside, I finally take off my jacket and shoes, then remember the pedometer.

Holy CATS!!! 4.25 miles!!

Now THAT's the way to go back and forth to Seattle!!

I make us a salad of romaine, chicken, onions, tomatoes, eggs and blue cheese. I put Balsamic vinegar on mine. A glass of milk, and Hey! I'm doing great.

Then comes the trouble. With a Capital T.

I open up a sleeve of Oreos. I eat six Oreos before I notice. Yep. SIX.

Amazingly, I close up the sleeve and have no more.

I wound up with being too low on my calories and carbs, within range of sodium and protien, and one stinking point over the fats. Doesn't sound TOO bad, right?

Except when I look at my daily food chart, I blew 45% of my total daily intake on FATS.

Ah well, tomorrow is another day. I think I will start it off with some good steel cut oats for breakfast.

emoticon And no matter how LOUDLY those Oreos call, I am not giving in!!!

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KAKIPOPUP 1/24/2011 5:05AM

    Fats are a good, strong, potent energy source - and it sounds like you expended a lot of energy during your day -


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/23/2011 10:30PM

    Sounds like you did a good job on eating only six of those Oreos. WAY TO GO on your walking. I think overall you had a pretty good day Sorry you always have to sit and wait on so many things but glad you took care of that with walking. AWESOME!!!

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TOWHEE 1/22/2011 10:02PM

    Well now you know why there are NO cookies in my house. If they're there, I'm into them. I know you won't let it happen again any time soon, so I'm not worried about you.

Good job on the walking.


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14JESUSGIRL 1/22/2011 5:06PM

    Wow! You stopped at six?? Good for you! Just think about all the things you did RIGHT! You go, girl!
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KAYDE53 1/22/2011 3:54PM

    Those sneaky little Oreos!!!! But you did great with your walking so hopefully they balanced out! Sometimes things like that happen when you get too hungry! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/22/2011 2:50PM

    Told you I liked walking, but I can't quite do as many miles as you do, I really don't think my pedometer goes that high. (Yeah, Right!!!)......I also like Oreo's, so understand completely why you gave in....If only you had eaten something during the day you might have been able to resist those Oreo's and left them unopened.... Best of luck today.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/22/2011 1:42PM

    I hope you dotn mind I poke a hole in your balloon! But...Just think if you had some celery instead of those Oreo cookies, all those miles would not have been for nothing! Silly Gal! You could have drop at least a pound; now you may have put on one instead. I am sure. It happens! Maybe you ought to pre-cut a baggie full of celery and be prepared for a better snack. That way when you get the urge to snack, you will be preapred! Hope tomorrow you have a better self control over Oreos! And a day for losses! lol

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/22/2011 1:19PM

    Way to go on getting all those miles in! It's dangerous to go that long without eating, though--makes you way too vulnerable to the siren song of things you might otherwise be able to resist. Let's face it, though; Oreos or any cookies emoticon are just plain EVIL! emoticon

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JOANINNH 1/22/2011 1:17PM

    We all fall. The trick is to get right back up. Sounds like you're on it. emoticon

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38 minute Custom Cardio with a new gang

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today I did 2 Boot Camp and 38 minutes of custom cardio.

A new gang led the way for me.

After the Boot Camp, I put on some music, and in walked the Isley Brothers and we jogged through "Shout".

Fats Domino came in, and we changed over to a faster jog to "I'm Ready".

By now the glisten is really present, and I can feel my heart speeding up in good time. Just to keep it interesting, I threw in some fast kick boxing interspersed with the jog.

The Crickets, not to be undone, did the "Think It Over, and then we did a fast paced aerobics, kick boxing too, along with jumping jacks (the beginner way because I am not good at doing the jumping parts).

We shooed the Cresendos out because all they wanted to do was "Oh Julie", and we fast forwarded to Dee Clard and "Hey Little Girl".

Those slower guys, to change the speed intervals, came up with "Lavender Blue", which consisted of walking and then Little Richard ended THAT little break with "The Girl Can't Help It".

That got the pace REALLY moving!

Chuck Berry decided we weren't finished, so we danced, twisted and ran in place to "Sweet Little Rock and Roller".

DH let me know that breakfast was ready, so Winsten and I did a nice cool down by walking to the mailbox and back, cooling down.

All in all, my entire body has been worked out, and I can sit back a bit for the rest of the day.

I'm getting there, Gang! Haven't measured or weighed, but that will come later. I know better than to weigh in every day.

Time to eat and drink the rest of my water.

Stay tuned!!

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/21/2011 7:12PM

    Wish my back would let me keep up with you.......Love your "gang's" that exercise with you. I can do walking so added the Isley Brothers and "Shout" to my IPod. That will let us jog together, well, kind of.............

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LOUANN22 1/20/2011 3:57PM

    Great job on all the exercise. I do the same thing. Music motivates me tons to get up and get moving!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/20/2011 2:38PM

    Way to go--love your new gang! Getting that cardio and the boot camp videos in early sets the tone for the whole day, doesn't it? And what a nice hubby to fix breakfast for you. You are getting the year started right, my friend! You put me to shame; I'm not doing the boot camp videos until this evening, but I DID get to the gym and get in a workout this morning. WOO HOO for you!

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FITNESSGIRL1020 1/20/2011 2:04PM

    Sounds like a fun morning with some good tunes!! Nothing better than a good song to get motivated and moving!! Love that DH made you breakfast :)

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My Glisten Runneth Over

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I learned years ago from my MIL that LADIES do NOT sweat. We GLISTEN.

If that is indeed the case, then today my GLISTEN runneth over.

I started with a .5 mile walk in 10 minutes, as a warm up. Then came inside and did Days 2 & 3 of the 28 day Boot Camp.

I glistened.

Not ready to stop, I did two Cardio Blast workouts, back to back.

I glistened MORE.

Back outside to walk some more. Did 1.25 miles in 25 minutes.

DEFINETLY glistening now!

Put in the Cardio Blast again, and repeated the two done earlier.

Cooling down, I needed my towel. My GLISTEN was running over.

Over my forehead, my temples, into my eyes, running down my cheeks.

My sweatshirt was wet with glisten.

My hair was wet with Glisten.

My underarms had Glisten running down the sides of my body, and at the small of my back, where the waistband of my sweats were, the glisten had moistened the fabric.

All in all, my GLISTEN Runneth over!

Now to the shower to dry off.

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TOWHEE 1/18/2011 10:24PM

    Good job! When I finished my WATP tape and Day 3 of the Boot Camp, I was quite damp. Not nearly as wet as you, but I definitely was wet.

Here's to Glistening Spark Sisters!!!

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BRANDI.FEY 1/18/2011 4:07PM

    That is definitely a lot of glisten! Good for you. Sounds like you had an awesome workout!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/18/2011 4:05PM

    You go! You are a DYNAMO with the exercise right now, you're putting me to shame!

Yeah, I don't glisten, I sweat like a horse. I know ladies just glisten, but there's no way to describe what I do when I really work out besides sweat; when it drips, it's sweat.



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QUIKSYLVER 1/18/2011 3:49PM

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