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Kayaking in Antarctica

Saturday, February 01, 2014

My first movie, ever, cobbled together with footage from the Coolpix plus whatever stills were available during the "down" time while returning through the Drake Passage.

vimeo.com/85572530

I used whatever video editing stuff happened to end up on this laptop during the 24 hours I had to set it up and learn Windoze 8 before I left (I never intended to make any movies).

Getting music off my iPod was a whole other issue I won't get into. So considering all of that, I'm surprisingly OK with the result. Maybe you will enjoy it.

BTW it took all night to upload using the hostel wifi. LOL




  
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MAW_OH 2/6/2014 8:07AM

    Beautiful! I love your movie. It's a whole other world down there. How cold was it? emoticon

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DRKPKING 2/3/2014 10:09AM

    absolutely awesome
great video and experience

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PEGGY11 2/3/2014 10:02AM

    Spectacular. emoticon Everything is so vast it makes you feel so miniscule. You did a great job. emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/3/2014 8:29AM

    Thanks for paddling FOR me!

Spectacular!

I take it "shags" are some sort of bird? And by "terrestrial friends" there were people who did NOT kayak?

I love the "power poses" in many of the still pics!

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It had to be such a feeling "victory" to be at the bottom of the world doing such a cool thing....

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TINAJANE76 2/2/2014 9:30AM

    This is so incredibly cool! You never cease to amaze me, Anja!

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DDOORN 2/1/2014 10:14PM

    Always pushing the boundaries further and further...how AMAZING you are!

Thank you for sharing! Cool Vangelis music too!

Don

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/1/2014 12:06PM

    How wondrous.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/1/2014 10:55AM

    So many times people say about blogs, "You made me feel like I was there," but in this case it was really true. What a fabulous video! Thank you for crediting the music, which was glorious and matched the setting perfectly. You also answered something I was wondering about--Can one roll a kayak in arctic waters and live? How cold was that?!

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KATHIC2 2/1/2014 10:45AM

  I love hearing about your adventures! You are so inspiring. What an incredibly cool, impressive, thrilling trip!!!

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    WOW!! That was great, thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/1/2014 7:44AM

    What a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip! Thanks for posting the video. I wonder what percentage of Americans can say they've kayaked at Antarctica?

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Incredible, breathtaking video!! What an experience you had! Thanks so much for taking the time to upload it!! That is amazing you could take all that video and paddle at the same time!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/1/2014 6:21AM

    What an amazing journey. Thank you.

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25,594 steps at the bottom of the world

Sunday, January 19, 2014

We hiked around a lot today in the local national park and looked at the permanent ice field above the town where there's a ski resort in the winter. It's so cold here it's hard to remember that this is the height of their summer!



The Fitbit said I went more than 25,000 steps today. www.fitbit.com/user/25GDQB

Here are the GPS tracks from some of where we went (we hopped in and out of a car so no I didn't go 35 miles on foot. LOL)
www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri
p_id=2607071


www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri
p_id=2607019


But it was enough to freeze up my arthritic knee once we stopped. I had to limp to dinner, but I think I'll have it straightened out by tomorrow. Dinner was at an asado place (where they serve grilled meat). We shared lamb, ham, beef, and chorizo. Axel insisted on getting salad and some mixed vegetables, and I was glad, although I probably could have just eaten the meat. Suan pretty much DID eat mostly meat. hehe.

I did a lot better with the eating today overall. It sure helps not to be trapped, tired, and bored in an airplane with them handing me things I shouldn't be eating!

Tomorrow will probably be my last dispatch until we return from Antarctica. I'm not paying $5/minute for data over their satellite connection on the boat!

  
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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/3/2014 8:13PM

    Im really interested to see what strategies you use for dealing with food and travelling , as this is a big problem for me . I manage to do so well at home and then lose the plot when i go overseas. It is really hard when your trapped on a plane for hours. We try to wear our joggers and spend all the transit time walking around the airports .
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/24/2014 11:24AM

    Now that's my idea of a vacation. It would definitely stretch my boundaries (geographically and otherwise!)

Can't wait for the next installment!

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TINAJANE76 1/22/2014 10:59PM

    Awesome! Can't wait to hear about your subsequent adventures!

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EMMACLAIRE5 1/22/2014 5:53PM

    Amazing! Hope you have a blast and a newsy post when you get back!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/21/2014 1:02PM

    I have total travel envy!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

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DDOORN 1/21/2014 12:23PM

    Things are looking a lot more green than I expected them to be...!

I just KNOW you are having a total BLAST! :-)

Don

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KENDRACARROLL 1/20/2014 5:31PM

    Nice! What a great adventure!
(Stay warm!)

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TRAVELGRRL 1/20/2014 2:55PM

    Wow, thanks for checking in and for posting the pic! I can't wait to hear about the trip when you get back.

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/20/2014 1:45PM

    Now that's what I call Steppin' OUT! Well done.


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CARRIE1948 1/20/2014 8:09AM

    A lot of steps.

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2014 7:47AM

    Wow! This is totally cool (seriously cool) and thanks so much for expending some precious data on us!!

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KATHIC2 1/20/2014 7:29AM

  What a great adventure. Looking forward to hearing more!

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NEW-CAZ 1/20/2014 2:45AM

    Have fun, looking forward to the blog telling how it went!

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LESLIELENORE 1/20/2014 1:40AM

    Can hardly wait for pictures and stories of your adventures! Have fun!!

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    Not that it needs to be said, but have fun!!

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Greetings from the Bottom of the Earth

Saturday, January 18, 2014



Greetings from the southernmost tip of Argentina, the city of Ushuaia. I'm here with my friends Axel and Suan and we are preparing to get on a ship to spend 10 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. This will include kayaking, of course, although it won't be very demanding, since the program accepts people of any experience:
www.polar-latitudes.com/content/kaya
king-antarctica




I've been logging all of my food with LoseIt (it works well offline). This is handy because I don't have cell phone access outside the US and wireless access is spotty. I've also got my trusty food scale in my purse and a tiny travel scale I bought on Amazon:
www.amazon.com/NewlineNY-SBB-0719M-N
YLG-Step-On-Travel-Bathroom/dp/B005I47
1LO?tag=manifolds-20


I'm going to do my best to keep on track. So far it hasn't been easy because it took 39 hrs getting here and they kept giving us cookies and crackers as snacks on the planes, when I've been trapped, tired, and generally not in the best position to make food decisions. (Getting here required an hour drive to a bus that took 4 hours, a walk to the subway to get to the airport, and four separate flights between JFK, Panama City, Santiago Chile, Buenos Aires, and Ushuaia.)



I do have my Fitbit on, and have done reasonable amounts of steps while not trapped in a small airline seat. Uploading data from that is tricky too, because it requires internet access to sync with my phone. All of these devices (phone, netbook, fitbit, etc) require periodic charging, so I had to also bring adaptors to match the electrical outlets in Argentina, on the boat, and for the brief time we'll spend in Chile afterward.



For the next couple of days I'll have internet with the wireless at the hotel, but I won't while on the ship because wifi there will cost something like $5 per minute (!) When I get back I hope to have lots of pictures of penguins.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/24/2014 11:23AM

    Wow! how did I miss this post!

Let me catch up on the next one....



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MAW_OH 1/22/2014 9:20PM

    Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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WATERMELLEN 1/20/2014 7:49AM

    Looking forward to those penguin pics -- and the journey to get there sounds so arduous. Hate hate hate airplanes basically -- although they are a necessary evil.

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UOFIGIRL 1/19/2014 7:17PM

    Sounds amazing! I'm pretty jealous.

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DDOORN 1/19/2014 1:21PM

    Such AMAZING adventures you take!

Looking forward to hearing more about your AWESOME time!

Don

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/19/2014 1:12PM

    OOOh, I hope you have tons of penguins too!

Have a wonderful time.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 1/19/2014 9:38AM

    wow you are living the life , have a fantastic time

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KATHIC2 1/19/2014 8:19AM

  What a great trip!!! Can't wait to hear more!

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BEATLETOT 1/19/2014 7:55AM

    Wow! What an incredible adventure!!!

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CARRIE1948 1/19/2014 7:43AM

    Enjoy the trip

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/19/2014 7:17AM

    WOW, that is very cool!

Enjoy your trip....& blog about the results!

Hasta la Vista!

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    emoticon Enjoy your trip!

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CHRISGORGME 1/19/2014 1:58AM

    Even if we don't admit it you live the life we all would love to live! Enjoy it! emoticon

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DALID414 1/18/2014 11:34PM

    One word: Brrrrr!!!

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ILOVEMALI 1/18/2014 10:37PM

  Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for the scale tip -- we will be trsving later this year and I was wondering what I'd do to help stay on track!

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Review of the Spark People 28-day Bootcamp DVD

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For a link to the full review, go here:
docs.google.com/document/d/1kwVRIcii
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Because formatting is difficult in these Spark Blogs I'm going to post an abbreviated version of the review here. Please see the link above for the full review, in gory detail.



On Dec 4, 2013 I got an email from Sarah Felkey (Marketing Manager @ SparkPeople), asking if I’d like to review Coach Nicole’s 28 Day Boot Camp DVD. I’ve never done any fitness videos before, unless you count a Tai Chi video I had in the 90s and a kayaking-oriented yoga DVD. I was curious and followed the link to sign up (apparently the first 20 respondents to sign up before December 10 would receive the video). The catch was that needed to post a review of the DVD on my SparkPeople blog by February 1. This is that blog post.

A package arrived on December 20 with instructions for reviewing the DVD and an empty DVD case. I emailed Sarah about this, and on December 24 a new DVD case arrived (this time shrink-wrapped) that actually had a DVD in it. The workouts on the DVD aren’t very long and my exercise routine has been disrupted because of the holidays, so I’ve been trying them during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

So what are my impressions?

I would recommend this DVD to someone who has been doing low-grade exercise like walking around the block but isn’t ready to go to a group exercise gym class, or doesn’t have access to a group exercise class.

I would NOT recommend this DVD to anyone who has knee or joint issues. For me personally my best next step after walking was to seek out water-based exercise because it was kind to my joints. At 300+ lbs I would not have been able to keep up with these workouts and would have found them extremely frustrating. Had I tried, I would have probably injured myself.

I would also NOT recommend this DVD for someone who is already training for particular sports or doing dedicated lifting with a trainer. They will have specific needs and goals that the DVD will probably not address.

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Hints for getting the most out of this DVD:

1) Print out a copy of the calendar to help keep track of where you are in the workout. You can cross off the days as you do them.
- Go here: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
fitness_articles.asp?id=1659

- You can right-click on the picture of the calendar and choose "Open image in new tab." Then print it.

2) Use the calendar on the DVD to play the workouts even if you're not specifically following the 28-day plan.

On the DVD you can play the workouts from the 28-day calendar or from a list of workouts. On the computer when I select an individual workout the next one on the DVD starts playing immediately after, which is inconvenient. The best way to use the workouts seems to be to play them from the calendar, because that plays just the desired warmup, the workout, and the cool down, in the right order. Having a printout of the calendar can help you plan ahead which workout option you want to use.

3) Have a variety of weights available

I found it helpful to have a variety of dumbbells available, depending on the exercise. For some of the high-rep shoulder exercises it's hard for me to go above 5 lbs without losing form. For the squats, a pair of 10s was just fine. For me the curls with 8s were good. Here is an official answer about how much weight to use: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t
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The reviewing instructions that came with the DVD said, “Please mention that the DVD is available at Walmart and that members will get 250 SparkPoints for buying their DVD at Walmart, and will be entered to win a $500 Walmart gift card for purchasing before Jan. 31, 2014.”

According to Sarah, "The DVD is unfortunately not available on Walmart.com, only IN stores (the “dot com” side of the business is separate from the in-store side, strange I know!). About 1,500 stores nationwide are stocking the DVD, so it's not available at every location. We’re suggesting that people call their local store to see if the DVD is in stock before they go shopping for it"

The instructions gave us a link to purchase the DVD online, although they didn’t specifically ask us to mention it. www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp

I am also required to say, “I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.”

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the next 12 months we will all find the time, energy, and interest to make progress toward our goals, and find the little moments of joy along the way.

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EPILOGUE: Since I won't be using the DVD now that I see it doesn't fit well with the kinds of exercise I prefer, I've mailed it to THEVOW2013. I hope she likes it, and if not, maybe she can pass it along to someone else who will use it. I definitely think there's a niche for the DVD, I'm just not it.

  
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    Great and very informative review - thank you! emoticon

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SLLYONS51 1/3/2014 5:52PM

  Gosh now I might actually have to open this DVD. I've had it for a while. Thank-you for a very honest review.

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VANGO79 1/3/2014 5:05PM

    Awesome job on the review! Thanks for sharing.

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SWEET_CAROLYN 1/3/2014 11:54AM

    Excellent review!!

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JACKIE542 1/3/2014 10:40AM

    Thanks for the review

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SHFELKEY 1/3/2014 9:28AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Best of luck in 2014! WooHoo!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/3/2014 9:10AM

    Honest and to the point. Thank you!

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    emoticon for the review. emoticon

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THEVOW2013 1/3/2014 6:35AM

    um interesting review

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DANIELLE2013 1/3/2014 1:45AM

    Sorry it didn't work out for you :(

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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 6:44PM

    Thanks for the review~!

Wishing you the best in 2014 as well. I don't do well with DVDs, I need the accountability of classes or hiking (once you're out you have to walk back, ya know???) emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 1/2/2014 1:29PM

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014.
Thanks for the DVD review - I'd rather be hiking...
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WATERDIAMONDS 1/2/2014 8:12AM

    thank you for your honest feedback. I hope the SP team listens to it!

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CARRIE1948 1/2/2014 6:32AM

    Sounds like it's not good for anyone with ankle fusion, either

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DDOORN 1/1/2014 8:43PM

    We can always count on you to call 'em as you see 'em! :-)

Sending wishes for the very BEST for you and your loved ones in 2014 & beyond!

Don

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ILOVEMALI 1/1/2014 8:07PM

  thanks for the review --

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LESLIELENORE 1/1/2014 5:38PM

    Interesting... and honest. A refreshing review.

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2014 1:23PM

    thanks for the guidance Angela, Happy New Year emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 1/1/2014 11:16AM

    A good honest review, thank you. I will definitely consider it.

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STARDUSTD 1/1/2014 11:02AM

  I REALLY love the heading preceding the reviewing instructions on your Google doc. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2014 10:10AM

    I read both this blog and your complete review -- very thorough and fair.

I'm thinking that the ideal persons to have received this opportunity might have been moderately overweight and newer Spark members just getting past the first stages of commencing an exercise program . . . (and ideally without knee joint issues!).

All best for a Happy New Year!

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Dancing with the Binghamtonians

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Last Saturday I enjoyed meeting up with DDOORN, ANNIEMAC_98, and her husband for an afternoon of Contra and English Country Dancing. None of them had tried it before.

Here's DDORN's post about it:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=55
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For an explanation of this kind of dancing, see my blog post from April:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316259


There is also a short YouTube video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9EGS4iiOg



Pictured from left to right: ANNIEMAC_98 & her DH, DDOORN, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI (me), and my BF

We started with a lesson in a side room. The caller introduced the newbies to the basics of this form of dancing, walking us through some of the common figures, and assuring everyone that we were here to have fun, not perform.

Then we moved out into the main hall where a live band was waiting. DDOORN took some nice photos which he has shared:



It was a lot of fun to dance with my Spark buddies and watch my worlds collide as I introduced them to dancing friends from Ithaca, Syracuse, and Binghamton. Some friends from Rochester even came!







Although my Spark buddies had to leave when the afternoon session finished, DDOORN suggested a great restaurant for me and a couple of friends to visit: Whole in the Wall. www.wholeinthewall.com

It was fabulous. I would definitely go back there again. I had a lovely salad with grilled chicken and lowfat yogurt dressing, and split a piece of cheesecake three ways with the BF and another dancer.

The other two decided to find out how small they could keep splitting the last bit of it. As you can see, the piece left was pretty much microscopic when they were finished.



Then it was time to go back for three MORE hours of dancing, then carpooling north back home.

As for burning calories, my HR monitor reports the following:
4:46 of dancing in the afternoon session: 880 cal
3:02 of dancing in the evening session: 553 cal

That's a lot of calories. LOL

There is only one thing I’d change if I could about these dances - I'd love it if there were a way to more easily divert myself from the very tasty treats that people bring to share. I do bring protein bars and but sometimes I’m not so good about eating them instead of the cookies. I generally try to avoid the snack table, but sometimes I don’t have the resolve to follow through. At this dance a woman had brought home made toffee with almonds and white chocolate chips. I admit I had a few small pieces. And I sampled MANY more of the baked goods than I needed.
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I got back on track the next day with my eating, so the damage was minimized. That’s pretty much the best one can do after indulging like that.

It sounds like my Spark buddies might try dancing again in their area. I hope they do, and that they get hooked enough to meet me for the great dances in Ithaca. It would be fun to see them again in that context!



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KATHIC2 12/15/2013 5:29PM

  Great reminder to get out and their explore life!

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CARRIE1948 11/20/2013 7:44AM

    Looks like fun. Wish my ankle liked it

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/15/2013 7:20AM

    What fun!!!

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SARAWALKS 11/14/2013 6:53PM

    So sorry I missed this evening! On the other hand, I'm not sure it would have been a good weekend for me to make the drive. Gotta check out how far it is. I just saw your message today! Please do keep me on the list. Would love to meet up! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/14/2013 1:48PM

  How much fun!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2013 11:55AM

    Just love this blog.

Exercise can be fun? Even social? And maybe sensual?

I had you pegged as a rebel all along!!

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MAW_OH 11/14/2013 11:37AM

    And all that cheesecake left over! lol. This was a great post !

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2013 11:02AM

    glad you had a good time, loving the outfit!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/14/2013 10:23AM

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Yeah, I like that skirt, too. I found it last week in a Salivation Army with a saggy waistband and a hack job someone had done trying to attach the waistband cut off from a pair of pantyhose. I removed the pantyhose and picked apart the waistband, added a new 1-inch anti-roll elastic, and sewed it back up. Now it's better than new. Only problem is that despite its age (I suspect 80s or 90s), it still runs in the wash, so I have to keep light things away from it.

I sometimes do bring healthy treats like veggies and hummus, or fruit.

But I find it's better if I stay away from that area altogether and eat the protein bars I bring. Because it's hard to say "no" to a cookie even though I might go over there with the intention of having a baby carrot or two. Proximity and availability are big triggers for me.

Once I have a "gateway" cookie, that often means I'll be returning for another, and another, and another... Sometimes I can have just one. But sometimes I fail.

So the best option is really to try and stay away from that area if I can. And I think that's a matter of
1) keeping my water bottle, shoes, and bag as far away from that area as possible (to limit proximity) and
2) strengthening resolve.

BF tries to remind me - sometimes I listen and sometimes I don't. It's confusing for him, poor guy.

Also, I bring a water bottle so I can drink more with fewer refills than with a cup. (The water is often near the cookies. The less frequently I can visit the Cookie Area, the better off I am.)

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OTTAWABOUND 11/14/2013 10:16AM

    Activity that is enjoyable is just the best!

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STARDUSTD 11/14/2013 10:12AM

  omg, I emoticon luuurve emoticon your skirt, Anja!!
I'm trying to think of a suggestion for dealing with the cookie crux and I don't know how to directly eliminate the temptation. Have you thought about bringing healthy treats to share? That might be a way of eating healthfully while still being social, because it's not you alone eating a protein bar while everyone else eats cookies, it's you and other people eating healthfully. Maybe everyone would still target the cookies, but maybe not.

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DDOORN 11/14/2013 10:08AM

    It was a wonderful time and a terrific introduction to the world of contra dancing...a WAY different experience than swing dancing...both great in their own ways.

You beat me to a blog on it! Busy week, hoping soon to add my 2 cents! :-)

Don

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LESLIELENORE 11/14/2013 9:57AM

    Glad you had fun! Those are some great pictures.

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CHANGE4FIT 11/14/2013 8:52AM

    DDoorn is a SparkFriend and he mentioned his plans to join you and others for this event. Sounds like a blast-fun and calories!

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ELRIDDICK 11/14/2013 8:46AM

  Thanks for sharing

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