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Day 9...Abs, cardio, and extra video

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Good Grief! It is only Day 9.

I rowed while waiting for The Wicked's video to download. 15 minutes later, I had the download of the "extra" video, so got that in for the week .

This one was with the big ball. I love my big ball. It holds me up without any effort on my part at all. It is a pretty periwinkle blue, so you know I am going in style.

The first part is where we stretch as the ball goes out in front of us, while kneeling on the floor. I can do this one. Then we do a little bit harder one, which I have no problem doing.

But she isn't finished with my lesson in humility. I'm supposed to roll the ball way under my body and somehow raise my butt up in the air.......REALLY raise it.

I tried, and have the nose skinned to prove my efforts. I went back to the more mild ones, the user friendly ones, the ones I know how to do.

I think I actually heard her snicker when I was doing my nose dive.

Tried to download the AB video, and as usual, it was slower than molasses in January, so I hopped on the bike.

Got in another 15 minutes, and while the AB video was still not completely downloaded, I started it from the beginning anyway.

I actually did better on the AB thing today. I was coming right along, including the part where she says "SWEEEEEEEP your arm down and to the side" stuff.

I swept........not sure about "SWEEEEEPING", but I did it.

Then I heard her begin the next one.......the crunchy part....and she is telling me how to INCREASE the resistance. Right.

I'm INCREASING all right. I'm INCREASING thoughts of doing bodily harm to that monster.

I do a few more torturous moves with her, then say "Go for it, Woman" to Nicole, snicker myself, and do other moves than she does. After all, the video got stuck again.

What's with these videos anyway??? Can't they figure out a way to make them run smoothly???

I am seriously considering doing my own videos........no, Silly! Not the ones of ME........the ones I bought at Wal-Mart or from Spark.

I have the Cardio Blast, the Fit, Firm and Fired Up, and from Gold's Gym I have "Lost he Baby Weight Fast and Boot Camp My Hips and Thighs.

They are not easy ones to do, but at least they don't get all hung up.

My Elna sewing machine is having tension problems. This is not a good thing. I am supposed to be teaching classes on June 7, 8, and 9. Any suggestions as to how I can do it with a machine that won't work properly?

Take it to a repair shop, you say. You're probably right, but I just hate doing that. I really go through withdrawals when my machine is not close by.

I mean, there is nothing to DO.

Oh, sure, I COULD go out and pull some of the weeds, but they are becoming prize winners in size. I think I can get my picture in the local paper showing off my prize weeds.

Or I COULD clean my house. (I should wash my mouth out with soap for THAT idea!) If I clean house, then I have to wipe away all those autographs that were written in the dust. That's paramount to wiping away a friend.

My Dream Catchers (known as "cobwebs" to the uneducated) are becoming impressive, too. They always sway and drape so nicely, don't you think?

Yes, there ARE some things that could be done around here, but I don't want to overdo my workouts.

After all, this IS all about taking care of oneself, isn't it?!

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DIANESMILES 5/7/2011 7:27PM

    LOLOLOL HAHAHAHAHA !! As USUAL you AGAIN have me ROLLING On the floor in a FIT of laughter,,,is that a NICE thing to do to a DISABLED woman who uses a wheelchair? Do you KNOW what it LOOKS like to have ME on the floor laughing? Well it's NOT a nice pic ! My neighbors heard me,,,,,and thought I was in DANGER and called the POLICE !!! SHEESHE ! THANKS A LOT !! AGAIN !! That's the 4th time you've done this to ME !!! What a TEAM MATE your turning out to be !!!! MAN oh man ! Well hey, keep on blogging,,, I NEED the excerise TRYING to get up,,,and the cops are sooo CUTE !! (Why do they carry the cuffs?),,,those men in the pretty white coats are kinda weird though !

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GRANDMA1951 5/7/2011 6:42PM

    How funny!!! I needed a good laugh this afternoon. I'm with you on the housework. I only do it when I'm afraid the "clean police" are going to show up. Of course, we could do it with gutso and burn some much needed calories. Nah - I'd rather do videos or go for a walk. Good luck getting your sewing machine to work. I used to love sewing but haven't done it in years. I'm jealous. Oh well, maybe I should at least clean the kitchen in case Barack and Michelle show up!!! You never can tell.

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Day 8, and Here We Go Again

Friday, May 06, 2011

No. I am not referencing Dolly Parton's song.

I am talking about our Spring into Shape Challenge, Video Day 1 with Nicole.

Otherwise known as "The Wicked One".

Today was that stupid kickboxing thing again. The one where she makes it all sound so nice and gentle.

Don't believe it!

I must say, that in some parts, I did see improvement. I actually kept up with her during the first part of the side kick, feet together, squat, feet together. Or something like that.

Anyway, I was doing okay as long as I talked outloud to keep my cadence. Then I took a breath, and forgot to talk outloud.

That resulted in something like side kick, bend, punch, grab the desk, back kick, side kick, turn the other way, punch, bend, grab the desk...........

At least I kept moving, right?

Mayby I should make my own videos. Then other spasmodics like me would understand, and we would all be in our own interpretations of what a workout looks like.

We can change it any time, too. If you don't like to side kick, then you could side hop or something.

I don't do jumping or hopping. I am tired of tipping over when I try.

Our arm workouts could consist of jerking our arms any which way, which is what I do most of the time.

It's kind of like a fling fest with my arms.

The same with those boxing moves. The ones where you jab, undercut, side jab or whatever it is called. It all boils down to punching the air.

So why, pray tell, does she expect me to do it in FORM!!!

I have found that the air is just as dense on my sides as it is in front of me. I mean, if we're going to punch air, who CARES in what direction we are punching?

And let's not forget those Jumping Jacks she expects me to do, either. My arms and feet are not acquainted, and seemingly do not even live in the same neighborhood.

They don't get along, and don't work together. They each have their own idea of how a workout should go, and do their own thing.

Sometimes even feet are doing different things from each other, and arms.........well, they're the wild ones.........never know which way they are going to go!

My workouts frequently look something like a frog in the blender, except I don't get all smoothed out. The chunks and bumps stay, and only my glisten improves.

But in for a penny, in for a pound, as the saying goes.

I don't know if I will actually lose any weight, but if the myth is true about exercising to the point of sweating makes a person think better, then I am definitely on my way to Genius!

Yep. Here we go again. I think I am going to put on my Dolly Parton CD and listen to HER version. I suspect that will be less stressful than Nicole's.

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GRANDMACOO 5/7/2011 3:41AM

    LOL! I actually bought gloves and those little target things recently, so I could mix up my workouts. I have been in a plateau, so thought this would help. I should have just waited a week or so and saved my money; Nicole's kickboxing is a much more energetic workout than I give myself. Being a day behind you in this challenge allows me to read your blog and be "prepared" for my next round with dear Nicole!

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DIANESMILES 5/7/2011 12:57AM

    EVERYTIME I read ur blogs about this I get TEARS ROLLING my face as I go into FITS of laughter !!! LOL You just write it up soooo fuur nny !!!!! Now the jumping jacks I can actually do (when i am well enough that is) But I'd FAIL on the rest of it. Hmmm I think Nicole has a SIC sense of humor and LOVES to punish the rest of us, just based on the video's I've tried of hers. Just MHO. BUT ! She's ALL for us tightening up and SO AM I !!! So GET UP and GET TO IT !! LOL cause I am NOT done laughing with you !!!! I look forward to the next blog. Are you GLAD blogging is our next challenge,,,you get do that SITTING DOWN !!! emoticon

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MPENNE 5/6/2011 8:38PM

    emoticon You are doing great.

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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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