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Decision taken--going to join the gym!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



This extremely nifty bug is the detail on a statue in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. The best Egyptian collection I have ever seen. This bug was on a statue maybe 15 feet tall, on the chest. Just beautiful.

And on to the gym....

So, because I can never really seem to do anything simply, I spent the week touring gyms, comparing, asking people their opinion, etc. And finally decided the time is right for me to join a gym.

A new place opened only 5 mins walk from my house and on the way home from work. A smaller, no frills kind of gym with the cardio machines you would expect, plus some interesting reclining bicycles that appeal to the lazy-comfier side of me. Also a 30 minute circuit with different machines only for the circuit and a big central timer, maybe a good way for me to start, a whole basement of weight equipment, no classes but two studios, one with a variety of abs, floor work, etc videos on demand and the other with spin classes on video on demand. I never used the group classes at my last gym years ago so maybe this is an alternative I will have the guts to try.

There is a sauna, the showers are beautiful private cubicles with attached dresing rooms, and the trainer made a point of showing me how and how often the showers were cleaned.

Nothing fancy though, some fairly ordinary people around, no big free weights and no big muscle guys.

I need to come up with my own towels and a small lock for the locker that I will only be able to use for the time I am there, so I will have to carry a gym bag around.

It is an investment, although no so bad when considered on a monthly basis as a hobby. I'm going to aim for three times a week to start and see how it goes, and during the slowest time of the day so I don't get intimidated by too many people.

I went to the doctor today for a health certificate, you can't do any organized sports in France without being cleared by a doctor, and it seems that I'm good to go.

Looking forward to a possible way to reduce stress, get better sleep, get stronger and maybe lose some kilos. It is worth a year of my time to give it a try I figure.

I also think this adventure deserves some new towels, something happy and bright, not the faded ones stuffed into the top shelf of my closet, so that's on the agenda too--bright, happy towels.

I'm excited about it, can't wait to start! Wish me luck!

  
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AKASHA66 9/16/2010 1:53AM

    You guys are great for keeping me positive.

I think the location was what did it too--if I had to get in the car to go there, or could find any excuse at all that getting htere was a pain, I would find it.

Compared to the gyms I see in the US it is a little, tiny thing. Maybe 5 of each cardio machine. I have gone by at every time and it is only in the evening, after work, that it gets busy. So I can avoid that. I think I would do better in the ams anyway and maybe afternoon once a week.

I appreciate the support!

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KALISWALKER 9/15/2010 6:36PM

    For me the location of the gym in #1! Good that you get checked by your doctor first!

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P0KERS0PH 9/15/2010 4:15PM

    You will love it!!

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ZELDAPLIFF 9/15/2010 3:13PM

    Sounds like your humble simple gyms are much nicer than our "spiffed up" YMCA's. Love the towel idea. I've always used the old cruddy ones.

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Have fun!

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CHELLESDOINGR8 9/15/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon Wishing you all the emoticon in your new adventure!!!

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KELPIE57 9/15/2010 2:39PM

    Have fun emoticonand go for those fluffy towels!

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RENA1965 9/15/2010 2:30PM

    emoticon keep us posted...

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Look where a little self indulgence leads....

Monday, August 23, 2010


I've been stuck on a plateau lately in spite of plenty of exercise, maybe because of plenty of exercise... have decided to change goal dates for pounds lost, to October for the next nine pounds and change the rhythm a bit and see if it helps. Maybe I have been too aggressive?

But, as I have not lost anything in a long time and have not been able to add to my charm bracelet of loss in quite awhile, I still thought I deserved something for having hung in there despite the plateau.

So... I went out and got the I think best but maybe most expensive salad spinner known to man--the largest size OXO makes.

Gone are the bags of pre-washed salads I have been buying. Back to buying a lettuce, I live in France, lettuce is cheap, plentiful and all but iceberg is easily available, pre-bagged lettuce in France was just laziness on my part.

Salad for dinner here tonight, just a beautiful baby bibb lettuce and seasoning.

And, not to be outdone by the new salad spinner, I went into the olive oil shop on the way home and bought lemon infused olive oil and something I hadn't intended to buy but after having tasted it, I'm not sure how I lived up until this point without it-- really good balsamic vinegar. HEAVEN. Seriously, I think I groaned at the shopkeeper after putting the spoonful in my mouth that he gave me to try. Not a cheap afternoon of shopping!

So, new spinner, new oil, new balsamic vinegar and salads are in our near future, lots of them.

23 salads eaten now will pay off the salad spinner given the price that I would have paid for pre-washed bags. That's not so bad when you think about it, and after that it gets a lot better. 30 cents for a salad for two instead of 1.49 minimum.

But how much I wind up spending on good olive oil and balsamic vinegar remains to be seen!

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/8/2010 12:13PM

    The balsamic and the lemon infused oil both sound delicious. On the positive side, a little goes a long way - especially if the leaves are slightly damp still after going through the salad spinner. So I'm sure you made the perfect investment!

Bon appetite' (sorry I have horrible French!!).

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QUEENAN1 9/10/2010 1:55PM

    Mmmmmmmmm.....that sounds good.

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NATHELESS 8/26/2010 4:16PM

    Wonderful! I love my salad spinner.

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JIBBIE49 8/24/2010 1:10PM

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THENEWCINDY 8/24/2010 7:24AM

    love balsamic on my salads too!!!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 8/24/2010 2:15AM

    Shaking it up deliciously! emoticon
ENJOY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DECKEREC 8/23/2010 10:03PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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LAURIE9404 8/23/2010 9:24PM

    Seeing as how a salad spinner is a reward for keeping up the hard work through the tough time, it sounds worthy of my looking into. Oh, and I LOVE the idea of the charm bracelet for weight loss goals met. Brilliant - I think i'm going to steal that idea. emoticon Now that you have this salad spinner, you will totally start losing the weight. It'll come right off.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2010 5:38PM

    I have a big OXO spinner and love it. I stopped buying prewashed lettuce quite a while back to save money. I love good olive oil and balsamic vinegar too. Salad is one of my favorite things.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 8/23/2010 11:24AM

  Enjoy your healthy indulgences and keep at it, your body will respond in time!

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TURTLE_MOM 8/23/2010 10:19AM

    I LOVE Balsamic, and I can only imagine how good it is over there! It will be worth it, and I'm jealous! Lettuces can be expensive here (for the interesting ones.) I get a 6 pack of Romaine at Costco for around $4, but Bibb, Arugula etc. are all more expensive. I might get some Bibb though, I had it in a salad on vacation and really like it.

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HISMANNA 8/23/2010 10:09AM

    You are doing great!! Hang in there. It happens to all of us.
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HISMANNA 8/23/2010 10:08AM

    You deserve it. That one little indulgence will have a powerful impact on you
eating those healthy salads.
Congrats!!!!

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I hit 50 000 Sparkpoints this morning!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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It sure took me a long time to get to 50 000 Spark points, years, but with periods of inactivity on Spark that I now regret. I could have done it faster.

You get a really pretty little gold trophy with rainbow colored stars shooting out the sides of it for 50 000 points though!

Over the course of these 50 000 points, I have learned a lot of new health info from all of the articles I have read which is on e of my favorite points.

Also a lot of activity miles walked.

I'm not sure there is another trophy though which is kind of a shame because I liked working up to it.

So, I'll have to start counting them on my own now.

A nice surprise this am which has been a long time coming!

  
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MIMAWELIZABETH 8/22/2010 8:24PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I agree, it's time for more trophies for higher points... There's one more, a trophy with a crown at 60K points, but I do like that 50K trophy with the rainbow stars.

I remember very clearly when I crossed 20K - I was SO PROUD! I got my DD and DH, and told them to watch: I did something for one point and watched it turn from 19,999 to 20,000... I can still remember how great it felt! And it seems like not THAT long ago either.

What makes me the happiest of all is knowing what my Sparkpoints represent: A whole new lifestyle that is giving me a rich and full life, and the probability of a healthy future watching my grandchildren grow up... Plus, I LOVE being able to give Goodies and not having to worry about points!

HAVE FUN! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/20/2010 7:08PM

    emoticonThat is fantastic! Just keep working at this. I'm no where near my goal, but I keep at it each day, even when my son had Testicular Cancer and I watched myself regain pounds and then get back on track and then have a Gallbladder mess with surgery and regain again. So, now I'm 10# away from being down where I was before, which is frustrating, but I know that if I didn't stay at it, I'd be back up and probably past the 214# where I was when I started Sparks. You are right that all the articles and reinforcement for good living makes a difference. I'm reading "The BECK Diet Solution" as Judith Beck, PhD teaches how to think like a thin person. I got the book at the library and recommend it to everyone.

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SUGARPUNK52 8/20/2010 5:39PM

  Way to go! I too wish their trophyswent on( and on,etc.).Congratulations again,enjoy!

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CAROLJ35 8/20/2010 4:50PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Nice you really do appreciate that trophy!

GO, CARE BEARS, GO!!!

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AKASHA66 8/19/2010 4:10PM

    Thanks for all the great wishes everyone, it has made my day!

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JHOPPER 8/19/2010 1:06PM

    Awesome!! I'm only at 35,000 something - took me two and a half years. LOL

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/19/2010 12:53PM

    emoticon It is a great accomplishment!!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 8/19/2010 12:44PM

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Does that mean you'll be giving random strangers spark goodies???? lol!!!

Enjoy =)

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QUEENAN1 8/19/2010 12:24PM

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MEZZED 8/19/2010 11:10AM

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SPARKLE72023 8/19/2010 10:45AM

    Ughhh . . . . . I just checked my SparkPoints. .... only have 19 thousand plus odd points . . . . not even 20,000. It's gonna be a LONG, LONG time before I get to your level.

Boy! I'm even MORE IMPRESSED now about your milestone accomplishment than before!
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SPARKLE72023 8/19/2010 10:42AM

    Bravo! Congratulations!
Ok, now you've got me curious & motivated to try and get a pretty trophy like that too. The level I am at currently has these ugly color bars one on top of the other...... I miss the trophies.
hahahahaha

Hugs & Congratulations again!!
Margrit

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LUVS2EXERCISE 8/19/2010 9:59AM

    emoticonThat is quite an accomplishment! Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABRANDNEWME09 8/19/2010 9:48AM

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DECKEREC 8/19/2010 7:07AM

    emoticonWayt to go! Also, there is (1) more trophy to obtain the 60,000 or greater.

Go Care Bears Go!

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KELPIE57 8/19/2010 4:17AM

    Well done......no regrets though.....you are teaching others, and that is worth a lot! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNEJ5 8/19/2010 2:17AM

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JADATILES 8/19/2010 2:16AM

  CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so proud of you! I totally understand you though. I signed up a while back and hadn't logged on until today. So I will follow in your footsteps and hopefully in time, reach the same accomplishment you have! CONGRATS ONCE AGAIN!

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Enjoy the Ride

Sunday, August 15, 2010



Semur-en-Auxois, one of my favorite places anywhere.

Another blog I read today and I can't get this song out of my head. It is very appropriate though. We shouldn't be chasing shadows and we all need to learn to enjoy the ride.

Enjoy the Ride--Morcheeba

Shut the gates and sunset
After that you can't get out
You can see the bigger picture
Find out what it's all about
You're open to the skyline
You won't want to go back home
In a garden full of angels
You will never be alone

But oh the road is long
The stones that you are walking on
Have gone

With the moonlight to guide you
Feel the joy of being alive
The day that you stop running
Is the day that you arrive

And the night that you got locked in
Was the time to decide
Stop chasing shadows
Just enjoy the ride

If you close the door to your house
Don't let anybody in
It's a room that's full of nothing
All that underneath your skin
Face against the window
You can't watch it fade to grey
And you'll never catch the fickle wind
If you choose to stay

But oh the road is long
The stones that you are walking on
Have gone

With the moonlight to guide you
Feel the joy of being alive
The day that you stop running
Is the day that you arrive

And the night that you got locked in
Was the time to decide
Stop chasing shadows
Just enjoy the ride

Stop chasing shadows
Just enjoy the ride
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uMGH3kHhzM for the video

  
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SPARKLE72023 8/15/2010 8:00PM

    Nice. Thanks for posting the link.

Hugs
Margrit

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THENEWCINDY 8/15/2010 7:15PM

    wish I was there :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/15/2010 1:47PM

    What a beautiful picture and song. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Why on earth was I keeping too big workout clothes?!?!

Monday, August 09, 2010



Inspired by reading someone else's blog about decluttering, I decided it was high time to attack the bottom shelf of my closet--the place my workout clothes live.

I have never had a problem happily flinging suddenly too big clothes into a corner of my closet. That's what I do with them, fling them, wait for a mountain to build up of clothes that used to fit but are now too big, get great visual joy out of the growing pile, then donate whatever is donateable.

But, I have NEVER attacked those workout clothes.

This am, on the elliptical, I took off a tank top that was so much too big it kept slipping off my shoulders. I knew I should weed out the workout gear, but have been resisting forever. I have no idea why.

Then came the decluttering blog. I figured it was divine inspiration, so, with the husband watching soccer on tv, I just pulled everything off of that shelf and tried it on and started flinging. Only a couple of the tank top survived, and I suspect only becuase I hadn't worn them since they came out of the drier the last time, they will probably hit the pile too.

Bottoms that have never fit, like that pair of expensive skin tight black Nike shorts that were on sale a few years ago and that I shouldn't have bought, are now on the top of the 'to wear' clothes.

I took a couple of extra minutes parading around in front of the cat and the mirror with those shorts on.

So, bags will go to the Goodwill tomorrow and I won't even replace any of the tank tops, I'll wear what I have and stop the stupid, huge collection of pointlessly over large workout clothes. Better to just have a few things that fit. And more leaning to the form fitting than the hide- in- sack variety.

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NATHELESS 8/13/2010 10:51AM

    That's awesome! How liberating!!

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BRAVAH 8/11/2010 7:13AM

    Excellent! What a great feeling!

Cheers,
Heidi

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/10/2010 3:59PM

    Good job!! You did great and now have clothes that fit and a clean closet. emoticon

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BECKA525 8/9/2010 8:59PM

    Yeah for fitting into those clothes that didn't fit before. It always feel good to see some change like that. emoticon

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LITTLETEALOVER 8/9/2010 5:08PM

    Good for you! It's so much easier to exercise when you don't have to keep making adjustments to your clothing.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 8/9/2010 4:31PM

  emoticonPeople look bigger than they really are in clothes that are either too big or too small anyway!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 8/9/2010 3:45PM

    Yea!

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REBECCA1354 8/9/2010 3:43PM

    I'm trying to whittle down my hide-in-a-sack workout wardrobe as well. I bought a pair of knee length spandex to wear for my half marathon training and wore them out in public. Kinda of a weird feeling since I normally drown myself in huge t-shirts and baggy basketball shorts.

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