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Day 7, and The First Week is Finished

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Today was one of those "usual" days in trying to download the daily workout video.

While I was waiting.........and waiting.....and WAITING, I decided the heck with it, and got on my bike.

Five miles later, the stupid video was still not downloaded. But my glisten was.

Hop over to the rowing machine, and give that another 15 minutes.

My glisten overfloweth.

Not so with the video. It is still downloading, for Pete's sake.

I turn on my good old Rock and Roll music, and jog around my house (FAST) for a mile and a quarter. That was fun.

The video is now downloaded, so I get out my resistance band and am ready to go.

Nicole is explaining where I should stand on my resistance band to "get the best resistance".

I can tell right now this ain't going to be any cake walk.

So I am standing on my resistance band, doing the deal, and thinking of how sore my arms are going to be.

I am already tired from all the previous workouts, and now she changes things again.

We are standing differently on the resistance band, and she is talking about where and how she wants to do this. SHE wants to do this............I DON'T REMEMBER VOTING!!

I continue on doing it HER way, and get through the video in one piece, didn't fall over, and did more stretching after SHE stopped.

That's how I wanted to do it.

So here I am, all worked out, showered, and now have to load up the vehicle to take it to the dump.

I'm crushing cans, plastic containers and breaking down cardboard. Another glisten.

I am questioning the wisdom of taking my shower if I am only going to the dump.

Once at the dump, I am busy throwing trash into the right receptacles, when I see a guy pull up in a red 4 wheel drive Toyota.

He pulls up to the first container, which is for various colors of glass only. He shuts off his engine, opens his hatchback and pulls out a small shopping bag of glass items. He throws the glass in the right receptical.

Then he gets into his vehicle, drives about 6 feet, shuts off the car, and once again opens the back to get his cardboard. He dumps the cardboard in the container, gets back into his car, and drives another 6 feet to where we dump all of the recyclable cans and plastic.

He dumps his one bag, gets in his car/truck and drives off.

I culdn't help but be amazed at him. I mean no one was pushing for parking spots, there weren't people waiting behind him, and the containers are all very close to one another.

This guy had to DRIVE to each container, shutting off his vehicle, and then starting it up again each time.

Somehow I don't think he wanted to learn about Spark People.

WE don't drive if we can walk. WE don't waste our gas. WE get in every step we can, right?

Aren't you proud to be a sparky!?

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MPENNE 5/6/2011 9:20PM

    We've got the spark.


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KINSBAILE 5/6/2011 10:15AM

    Hey there! Excellent blog entry, some people! Hope you are ready for the spring challenge!!!

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AMYJEAN911 5/6/2011 8:36AM

    I think you're Sparktacular.

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GRANDMACOO 5/6/2011 8:01AM

    Just finished my butt busting day 6 and couldn't help but think of you and your blog the whole way through....LOL! However, one thing you failed to mention was that, about the time you are thinking you are doing the exercises somewhat correctly, Nicole adds her famous "remember to keep your abs in tight"! AND, she wants my leg in the air - that is so not working for me!

Can't wait to finish day 7 (actually, can't wait for this whole 4 week thing to be over!)

I try to park at the outer edge of the grocery store so I have to get a little workout in pushing my cart full of groceries to the car. My husband will drive up one aisle and down the next looking for something closer; makes me nuts. We're healthy (well, he did just have a 2nd hip surgery, but he did this way before his surgery) and we shop in a retirement community. I get the exercise when I go alone, plus I leave a closer spot for the people who really need it.

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DIANESMILES 5/6/2011 2:51AM

    OH YEAH !! I live in a high rise near a groc store. It takes LONGER to get into ur car than to WALK there,,this just confuses me to watch people get into their cars and fight traffic to go there ! DUH huh? I have a cart on wheels and get there MUCH faster !!! They "Think" its easier and it's NOT ! I've "raced" someone and we found out how correct I am. SMIRK !!! I KNEW I was.

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TOWHEE 5/5/2011 10:20PM

    It does amaze me how some people will do anything not to use their own energy! My dh is one of them. We'll go to a shopping center and the two stores we want to visit are at opposite ends of the center (about a one block walk). He parks for the first stop, then gets in the car and reparks for the second stop. In the meantime I'm hoofing it across the parking lot, usually in the drizzle we've fondly named "Oregon Mist" (it missed Oregon and got to the north side of the Columbia River), and frequently beat him to the door of the second stop. If it's hard on a vehicle to go less than 5 miles because it doesn't get properly warmed, then it must be atrocious on a vehicle to only go one block. Geeze, I don't get it!

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Got my Butt Busted!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Yep. I really mean exactly what this says.


It happened during Day 6 video of the challenge.

It's all done on the floor, and is all about BUTTS.

"oh good!" I thought. "This one won't be hard at all, AND it will be good for me too!"

It is only around 5 minutes or so.

Or five hours, as far as my body was concerned. I can already feel the soreness coming in.

Here I am, on my hands and knees, all ready to proceed with confidence.

I must have forgotten that NICOLE would have some tricks up her sleeve, as usual, because in no time flat she had me breaking a glisten.

I'm raising my leg up and doing "the deal", getting a bit tired and thinking "She'll move on to something else any moment now".

But Oh NO. She keeps on with the same one.

At first, this wasn't difficult at all. But keeping it up isn't as much fun or as easy as I thought it should be.

Then there she goes. She pulls her little trick out, and now I am supposed to hold my leg in the air and PULSE it. Yeah, right. PULSE!!!

Not only PULSE, but after the pulse, HOLD IT!!!

Just what my body wanted to do.

Now we get to do other leg. Same routine.

I don't make the PULSE thing all the way through with Left Leg........it was watching Right Leg and knew better..........and I drop the leg on the blessed floor for about the count of 3. Then I muster up and get back into the swing of things.

Of course, she changes positions WITHOUT A BREAK, mind you, and I am sure several hours have passed.

I'm doing the dog peeing on a hydrant move thing, and then she expects me to HOLD MY LEG IN THE AIR TOWARD THE SIDE AND KICK OUT!!!

Is this woman NUTS??

As usual, I am creating a whole new form of this workout, but at least I am moving and trying.

HA! I already anticipate when the end is here, and I go into the stretch I just KNOW she is going to pull. Having strained myself beyond reason with her in the past, I am figuring out when she gets tired and what stretch will give her relief. I was doing the correct stretch (according to her) before she told me to.

I did not want to get up from the floor, and wouldn't have, if it were not for my cat YeowLing deciding she had laid long enough on her back watching me, and now it was time for her to purr and rub all over my head.

I tell you, friends. That cat is gonna GET IT one of these days!

I'm going to hold off on my cardio until a bit later. Right now I just want to take it a little easy. I already have five days of cardio in for this week, and may just take a cardio day off. The challenge is to do five days of cardio, isn't it?

I am going to get the weed eater and attack my hill.

BUTT! I did the video!! emoticon

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DIANESMILES 5/5/2011 6:48PM

    HAHAHAHAHA and YOU wanted ME to JOIN U???? Are you NUTS????? As I sit here in my recliner just reading this I am HURTING !!! LOL you POOR thing, but LOOK at the BENEFITS of it !!! WOWZERS !! You GO GIRL !!! I AM ENVIOUS !!! I Sure do WISH I could join you !!! Grrr that my foot and back are so badly acting up right now,,,cos you DO make this sound like FUN FUN FUN !!!!! Keep it UP !!!!!! Tomorrow I'll join U on cardio.

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ALMMOM 5/5/2011 10:54AM

    Way to go on finishing!!!! Good job.

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GRANDMACOO 5/4/2011 7:20PM

    I thought day 2 was a killer; I had such a cramp in my thighs I could barely move. Now you're telling me Nicole has a sense of humor to want me to do more? I have to wonder - what's wrong with the butt that I have???

You are too funny!

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AMYJEAN911 5/4/2011 3:29PM

    Ya know, its these hilarious blogs that make me almost (keyword ALMOST) look forward to my round with Nicole. She's sorta evil, I think. Way to go for making it through.. and for having the wherewithal to create new and better form and technique while doing it!!

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JOEYKTTN 5/4/2011 3:14PM

    You are a trip, lady! Had me laughing, and I needed it! I'm keeping an eye on your blogs so I know what's up, because you're a day ahead of me...LOL

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GRANDMA1951 5/4/2011 1:53PM

    OMG. how funny. Been there, done that. These trainers are nuts!!! Maybe someday we'll get there but, in the meantime, I'd like to reach thru the TV or computer and murder them.

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Day 5 is Over, and I'm Glad About That

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Okay. So I finally gave in and decided to do Day 5 of our challenge Spring into Shape.

Much to my surprise, Nicole and her video didn't stall or anything, so we just breezed right through 12 minutes of agony.

AGONY is the key word for this one, friends. Another ABS thing.

This one is all done on the floor, so I couldn't use my excuse of tipping over.

No equipment needed, so couldn't use "I can't find it" reasoning, either.

Ah yes. That Nicole! She's a clever one, she is!!

I kinda sorta kept up with her today. Using my own versions at times, but I did continue on to the end.

My abs will never forgive me. My arms are killing me from yesterday, and my body is generally mad at me for the recent abuse.

Nevertheless, this IS a CHALLENGE, right?

Because it is a CHALLENGE, I will NOT be outdone!! I am a very competitive person in that regard.

Once I make a committment, I stick to it, even if it kills me. And this challenge may well just do that.

After I finished the video, I determined to do some stationery biking. I slipped in the CD "Power Classics", and George Bizet conducted me through "Les Toreadors" from "Carmen".

I hadn't spent enough time biking, so Tony Dvorak entered with "Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46.

George Bizet, not to be undone, did "Farandole" from "L'Arlesienne.

Bruckner showed up with "Symphony No. 3" (3rd movement, Ziemlich Schnell).

I switched over to the rowing machine to see if I could loosen up my sore arms, and was entertained by Dickie Wagner "Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music" from "Gotterdammerung".

I needed some cheering up after that one, and Pete Tchaikovsky entered with his "Piano Concerto No. 1 in b flatg minor, Op. 23 (3rd movement, allegro con fuoco)".

Gus Mahler didn't think that was enough, so he did his thing of "Symphony No. 1....Titan", second movement, Kraftig bewegt.

Joe Meyerbeer joined the happy crowd with an inspiring "Coronation March" from "The Prophet", and he no more than finished when here comes Frankie Liszt with his "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1".

It was getting pretty sophisticated here, so I decided we needed a change.

Besides, my rowing was done.

Time to DANCE!!

The Isley Brothers took center stage and SHOUT part 1 and 2 before Fats Domino shoved in with " I'M READY" .

Being gentle soulds, The crickets slowed us down a little and let us THINK IT OVER.

We thought it over and decided it was time to speed up again. Dee Clark called out "Hey Little Girl", and we really ran in place for the entire time.

I was glistening up a storm, but Little Richard bailed me out with "THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT".

Letting the gang know that I was getting tired, Chuck Berry called me "SWEET LITTLE ROCK AND ROLLER", which I thought was very nice of him.

The Fireflies saw that I was finished, so they cooled me down with "YOU WERE MINE". That's a good way to cool down and get ready for stretching to "ONLY YOU" with the Platters.

Yes, by the time the music stopped, we were all ready to go out and start our day.

And how did YOU celebrate the day, hmmmmmmmm?

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MPENNE 5/4/2011 12:50PM

    All I can say is emoticon

I wish I could see the video.

God bless


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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/4/2011 11:30AM

    Man you have more energy than me... I dont think I could make it to see
Tony Dvorak with his "Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46. I think I would have passed out by... George Bizet conducted me through "Les Toreadors" from "Carmen".

and maybe dead by the time I would get to Bruckner "Symphony No. 3" (3rd movement, Ziemlich Schnell).
Glad you had fun...love watching you! susan

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DIANESMILES 5/3/2011 11:02PM

    PLEASE tell me you took ur measurements BEFORE You started this? I spent my day literally RUNNING from one Dr appt to another one than RUNNING to have xrays. The Xrays where unexpected and they did them wrong and needed to redo them. (GRRRR) and I was soooo sore from that,,,I THINK we about felt the same way????? I came home and CRASHED not from being tired,,,that i can handle,,but from the pain.

Tomorrow is ANOTHER day. I HOPE Yours will be even MORE challenging,,,,I am HOPING to start the chair excerising,,they SAY some of them will be workout,,,,I'll be the JUDGE of that,,,I am used to a fast zumba !

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AMYJEAN911 5/3/2011 9:32PM

    Holy crow look at you go!!!! I'm off to do my video RIGHT NOW. Massive kudos for rocking through anything Nicole throws at you. You're pretty much amazing.

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Day 4 Resistance

Monday, May 02, 2011

Today our torturer, Nicole, went faily easy on us.

Today was Resistance Band Day.......only 7 hours.....I mean MINUTES.......of this one.

It started out good. By that, I mean I kept up with not much problem.

We were sitting on the floor, the resistance band around our feet with our legs stretched out. For once in my life, I am glad I have short legs.

We do a kind of crunchy thing, then I realize my form is off. There are only two more to go, so I straighten my spine and do it the right way.

We have our resistance bands crossed, which is a good thing, since I don't have to cross my eyes as the straining gets more developed.

Of course, by the time I get all straightened out, she is already doing something else.

By 3 minutes, my arms are shaking.

I have arm flaps........big enough to use as wings.........and they were just jostling along, letting me know that "WE don't DO these!" and other mumblings of grief.

I did manage to finish up though, and the arms were grateful.

Then we put the resistance bands under our knees while kneeling, and are supposed to make these circles.......small, medium and large. Then reverse the order.

As usual, I am making circles of all sizes, in all directions, then realize I am not supposed to have my bands crossed.

I uncross the bands, do a few more circles, which are much easier now that the bands are not crossed, and then some easy arm stretches with the band across the back. Not bad on that one.

She shows her impatience by having such a short amount of time for stretches that I know she is disgusted and wants to go work out with the "Big" people.

Fine. Adios. Good-bye.

I am suspecting that she will really get me tomorrow! But hey.......I'm on track.

I know that my arms are going to be screaming tomorrow, because I can already feel them now.

C'mon, Sparkies, this one is possible!

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AMYJEAN911 5/2/2011 8:59PM

    I've decided that I really like it that you're a couple days ahead of me.
Although I know that means there's no getting out of lunging/lurching tomorrow, I also know that you're a rockstar and I can't bail on doing it, because you already did, and that just wouldn't be right.

Way to keep at it!!

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Lunging Through Day 3

Sunday, May 01, 2011

YeowLing and I lunged at Day 3 of the Spring into Shape Challenge.

Actually, YeowLing laid on her back, purring while watching me. I'm telling you......that cat is something else.

Okay. I was overjoyed when I found out today's video was only 6 minutes long. I thought "This is a good thing, and I am sure I can do it".

By now, you all know what I get when I think.

Nothing's new in that category.

Today Nicole was into lunges.

I don't do lunges gracefully. I do more of a lurch.

I use the excuse that I have bad knees (true), and that keeps me from good form (false).

I have bad form because I can't get my body and what I see on the screen to connect.

Nicole does these lunges without hanging on to something for dear life. She just lunges away, seemingly mindless.

Not me. I have a death grip on the desk, and no matter how hard I try, my lunges really are lurches.

She is just chattering away, lunging to her heart's content, and I am doing my spasmodic lurch.

However, I DID notice in this video that she is actually breathing harder than I have ever heard from her before, so I am encouraged. She actually even slightly lost her balance once.

Do you suppose this woman is actually HUMAN???!!!

So I kept up with her today, doing my lurches and trying my best to figure out how to lunge.

DH was downstairs, not brave enough to come watch today. He's much better off staying down there.

So okay. I lurched, walked and now am going to do gardening. Then I will quilt.

All in all, a pretty darned good start of the day!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/2/2011 2:46PM

    You are doing awesome, Sandy--lunges are NOT easy, and whether you have to hold onto something or not, it's still a good workout! I'll be watching closely when I get to this one tomorrow to catch Nicole actually breathing harder, LOL!

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MPENNE 5/1/2011 5:49PM

    I am so proud of you for making it to the third video. I haven't made it to the first one yet. It is going to be a long week for me. But I think your blogs will keep me going.


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AMYJEAN911 5/1/2011 4:42PM

    You're lurchtastic! Way to rock it out, in any form! Wish me luck, I'm headed to do my first day now.

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JSPEED4 5/1/2011 4:11PM

    Lunges challenge my balance most days, too. I am gardening, soon, also. emoticon

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