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America, we have some serious issues

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Sparkate 6whatevertodayis13

Howdy kids

Ok. Houston we have a problem. Truer words were never spoken. I just got emails from all the sp groups I belong to. Here's what it says

No topic off limits
Classic rock fans
Sexy upgrade
Spark Texas
San Antonio digest
Columbus city digest
Men you're not alone
Sp class march 17-23 2013

You guys suck. Out of all these groups how in the hell am I the fitness leader in every one of them. This is just wrong

I mean sure I run for 50 minutes every morning. Ok. I spend 10 minutes or so doing core work. And I guess i do manage 28 flights of stairs a day. And I suppose I do spend 10 hours a day chasing cars up and down the assembly line. So that's a 10, add 1, carry the 4, divid by, um ok. Damn. No wonder I'm leading all these groups. I spend 14 hours a day in motion. So, um, Do I get a wheaties endorsement with this.

Never mind America. We now return you to your local programming.

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

sparkdate 6813

howdy kids

sorry i've been absent for a while. working too much, sleeping to little and my muse has been silent. but she spoke to me today. just a whisper, but enough to be heard.

i've got friend who's having a crisis right now. we've all got them. some are more profound then others. but to each of us no matter how trivial it might be, to some people its a mountain to that person.

we're all here for the same reason. we want to get healthy. we want to stay healthy. we're in need of support. we need a lifeline or someone to reach out to in a time of trouble to pull us through. i know i've got a few of you i try to talk to everyday just to let you know you got someone pulling for you. i might not get to do it everyday. sometimes this site turns into a second job and i realize i'm neglecting my daughter and i have to step back for a day or 2. but i still check in and see who's doing what.

but i have one friend in particular i talk to multiple times through the course of the day. and right now she's in a crisis mode. she's plateud. she's been kicking butt and now she's stalled. i tell her it's ok. it happens. i'm there now. if you've been following my feed you know i'm up every morning and out the door on a run. 3-4 miles every day. eating my veggies. 18000 steps a day and 25+ stairs a day. no weight movement. why. fat turning to muscle. muscle weighs more than fat. you reach a point in all weight lose routines where you hit the wall. at this point you go by the clothes test. tight or loose. hers are loose. AWEOME!! so i tell her it's all good and that i'm very proud of her for all the hard work she's put in. i'm proud of all the hard work all my family has put in (Joanne, Shelly, Katie, Dave, Ashley, Paulette, Liz-y'all know who you are).

so the title her is momentum. Y'all know what i always say. one step becomes 2 steps, 2 steps leads to walking, that leads to momentum and when you have momentum you can become unstoppable. saw that in a fortune cookie. okay, actually i made it up a while back because i thought it sounded mystical and cool. so guess what i found today

Momentum can be difficult to establish. And that's what makes it so valuable.
Because once you have it going in your favor, momentum can be hard to stop. With momentum on your side, small efforts can bring big results, and those big results can lead to even bigger ones.
Yes, momentum takes some effort and commitment to put into motion. And it is very much worth the trouble.
Take the time and make the effort to start something positive. Even though, in the short term, it would be easier and more comfortable to just do nothing, look past those immediate concerns.
Look ahead to that point where momentum kicks in, and consider the value of putting it to work in your favor. Then get up, get going, and get to work on building that momentum.
Start something positive, and create some valuable momentum. You'll be able to ride that momentum as far as you can imagine.
-- Ralph Marston

damn that ralph marston guy. he must be the fortune cookie writer

everyone have a good evening and get your steps in


and yes R, this one was for you. TREADMILL PLEASE!!

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LOVELYPAMPA 6/9/2013 6:01AM

    Well said!! Especially '1 step becomes 2 steps etc'. Very effectively written!

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song of the day

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

sparkdate 6513

howdy kids

i've got no theme today. just a song. i've been emailing with a friend about song lyrics (see confessions blog). she's been asking about what songs might inspire. i always liked this song. it's where eagles fly by sammy hagar. good lyrics. good beat. good message. for me anyway. hope y'all like it. if not, blame sammy

Sunday morning 9 a.m.
I saw fire in the sky
I felt my heart pound in my chest
I heard an eagle cry
Now I'm alive I can breathe the air
Feel the wind, smell the earth in the air
I watch an eagle rise above the trees
Project myself into what he sees
Take me away
Come on and fly me away
Take me up so high
Where eagles fly
I oftem dream I sail through the sky
I've always wished I could fly
The simple life of a bird on the wing
Oh Lord, I could sing
Take me away
Come on fly me away
Lift me up so high
Where eagles fly
Oh yeah-
I'm alive, I breathe the air
Wash the earth from my face
I catch a glimpse of another dream
I turn, I look but there's no trace
Take me away
Come on, fly me away
I wanna fly away
Pick me up so high
Where eagles fly
Oh yeah-
Eagles fly, oh, take me away
Eagles fly, oh, take me away
Come on, let's fly away where eales fly
Come on, fly away where eagles fly

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2014ISTHEYEAR 6/6/2013 5:02PM

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BOMBSHELLY 6/5/2013 10:15PM

    Inspiring music is the best!

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PEG2584 6/5/2013 1:20PM

    Thanks for providing the link. Love Sammy and I think this is one of his better ones.

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confessions for my fitbit family

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A born Texan has instilled in his system a mind-set of no retreat or no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans." - Former Texas Speaker of the House Billy Clayton.



If you look at your reflection in the bottom of a well what you see is only on the surface
If you try to see the meaning hidden underneath the measure of the depth can be deceiving

The bottom has a rocky reputation

You can feel it in the distance the deeper down you stare
From up above it's hard to see, but you know when you're there
On the bottom words are shallow - on the surface talk is cheap
You can only judge the distance by the company you keep

In the eyes of the Confessor

In the eyes of the Confessor there's no place you can hide
You can't hide from the eyes

In the eyes of the Confessor you can't tell a lie
You cannot tell a lie
Strip you down to size
Naked as the day that you were born
Naked as the day that you were born

Songs. they're the fabric of our lives. the commercials would make you think its cotton, but it's not. its music, songs.

what makes the song. is it the rhythm that you can dance to (i dare anyone not to dance even a little bit to something from the disco era). is it the way a song is laid out (did anyone ever notice Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven continually climbs through the whole song as if climbing a stairway). Is it a guitar riff that is forever etched in your mind (smoke on the water-depp purple). how about a drum beat that makes you air drum like an idiot (in the air tonight-phil collins) is it the vocals (Mr. SInatra anyone). all of these things make up crucial parts of a song, but what makes the song are lyrics. the words.

I have a friend of mine who recently turned me on to actually looking at the lyrics. had fun doing it. Definitely opens your eyes. it's amazing how much we can hear what's not being said. but once you find out what the actual words are it's like headslap, damn i could have had a v8 moment. ah the clarity.

yeah i know a lot of lyrics make no sense, but some make so much sense they're scary. like they're written just for you. they tell the story of your life. a song your mom sang to you as a child (you are my sunshine), the eyes of Texas/i've been working on the railroad (still cling tight to my Texas upbringing/my moms family all worked on the Santa Fe railroads). Do you still remember your high school graduation song (Don't stop believing-Journey). everybody better remember their wedding dance song (mine was either should i stay or should i go from the Clash, or Take the money and run from Steve Miller-I forget)

One of those songs that hits the mark is the Confessor by Joe Walsh. That's really what this is about today. i need to confess to my fitbit family. Renee, Joanne, Shelly, Katie, Ashley, DrivinDave and everyone else who's joined me. confession time. i cheat. wtf right.

explanation time. i cheat because i work at a Honda auto plant in the paint department on the line. i work on 250 cars a night give or take. so i'm on my feet 9-10 hours a night. constant movement. follow the car down the line. finish sanding out the dirt and deformities, and walk back to the next car. 5 feet to the right, 5 feet to the left. wax on wax off all night long. Katie accused me of sitting on the couch and shaking my fitbit (Renee', mind out of the gutter please). truth is most of my steps are cheap steps. the only real steps i take at work are the half mile walk in, the half mile walk out, the 2 flights of stairs i have to climb when i walk in the door, and the 500 step round trip to the bathrooms in the lower levels (more stairs)

last night though was different. our paint robots broke down last night so they had to hand spray the cars in b booth (we have 2 booths, a & b). so they needed someone to lift the bonnet (hood) and the hatch. so that's what i did. all night. now i could have stood in one spot and not moved (which my legs are telling me would have been an excellent choice). but that would be boring and counterproductive to where i want to be. so i moved. raise the hood, walk 27 steps to the front of the booth, 27 steps back to raise the hatch. did that all night. basically wandering around in a big circle. so no Katie, i'm not gungho, just don't like being bored. grand total for yesterday was 30,000 steps and i had my 10,000 for today in by 3:00.

so i cheat. i've been walking every morning lately and trying to get in 5,000 before work. good miles, active miles. at work, they're cheap steps. but a step is a step. the stairs are all real, but the steps are a little shady.

point is i guess, doesn't matter where the steps come from. little steps, big steps, fast walk, slow run, they all count. 1 step is good, 2 steps is motion, 3 steps is momentum, and momentum can be unstoppable (read that in a fortune cookie i think). so do what you can do as best as you can. i talk to some of you on a regular basis. when i tell you i have faith in you its because i do. i'm weird that way. i'm as cynical as they come but i still see the potential in everybody.

everybody have a good day. get out and walk or just wander around the house (i do that all the time, not sure why, probably bored most likely just lost).

y'all have a good day

p.s. my wedding song was amazed by lonestar. did you actually think i forgot. now if i can just remember my anniversary

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2014ISTHEYEAR 6/3/2013 4:53PM

    Cheating would be sitting while your getting your steps. You're very active, which is great. It really makes no sense for anyone to cheat because they would just be hurting themselves. We bought the FB because we want to become more active and fit. Not because we are looking to impress people. At least that's why I bought it:-) emoticon emoticon

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JOANNELYNN11 6/3/2013 12:26AM


I figured you had a job that required a lot of walking! I think it's great! Take every every step you can; they all count no matter how you get them.

My blisters are finally healed (those band aid gel strips really work!) Took it easy today and tomorrow will start walking a little more but will watch a little closer at my heels. I know my walking shoes are good but may need a new pair. We'll see how this week goes.

Keep on walking and thanks for all your positive feedback,


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BIGDADDYTEXAS69 6/2/2013 11:21PM

    I don't feel guilty at all. Just giving some of my fitbit family grief by way of a blog

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LOVELYPAMPA 6/2/2013 11:08PM

    Awesome Blog! Very well written. And no, it's not cheating wearing your FB at work. A lot of people wear their FB at home from the moment they wake up. And you're actually working. Be happy and thanks for joining our team goal.

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CORKATT 5/30/2013 1:00PM

  Me too, most of my steps are at work. 3 to 10 steps here or there. Standing all day, for about 8 hours. I walk my dog about a mile in the morning, then if I had a slow day, or had a day off work, I do power 90, then walk the dog for another 1 to 2 miles at night. On my days off, dog gets walked about an extra mile. Memorial day weekend was raining all weekend so we didn't do much dog walking, but I went to the museum and walked around and looked at stuff for 3 hours and went up and down the stairs about 6 times. I still barely got in 10000. I look back and can't believe how far I've gone out of shape. I used to be in the Army and was at West Point Military Academy. I was in the shape of my life. I was so strong and fit. I used to deliberately work out about 3 hours a day. Running, lifting, swimming, pushups, etc. I ate so much food and was always starving. I used to even steal food. I stole a whole loaf of bread and sat under my blankets and ate it plain and dry. It was the best bread I ever ate. Then I left the Army life, had a baby, and my knee went to hell, and was using a cane, kept eating the same, but didn't work out any more... now fat, and weak. Last year I got a total knee replacement and can walk normal again, and without pain! So here we go, trying to get back into shape. Except I can't run anymore because of knee. Walk Walk Walk.

And I agree, you are not cheating. A step is a step. Work is work, you are still burning calories. This is the smartest pedometer I have ever seen. By the way, if you shake the fitbit, it does not count steps!

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BOMBSHELLY 5/30/2013 12:20PM

    PS - most of my steps are taken around my kitchen!

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BOMBSHELLY 5/30/2013 12:08PM Good or bad, songs truly do represent snippets of life. I can't imagine mine without it, or them!

As for 'cheating' - I KNEW IT! ; )


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OHANAMAMA 5/30/2013 11:29AM

    That's not cheating. Really. A step is a step, as you say, you are just in a job right now where you can rack 'em up. I want a job like that. :) Glad to know you don't sit around just shaking your fitbit.

We did not have a wedding dance song. so... nothing for me to remember there. We had a short, simple ceremony in my grandmother's then beautiful front yard. :)

Oh... and I have ALWAYS been a lyrics person and can find meaning in even the most off the wall lyrics written (think of a few Stevie Nicks songs... I can find meaning.) I do appreciate some good music without lyrics... Take Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group for instance... awesome, but nothing moves me like a song with some fabulous music coupled with some awesome lyrics. btw... LOVE Joe Walsh.

Great blog. :)

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Thank You And Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 26, 2013

sparkdate 52613

Thank you. Thank you to all the current and retired, and deceased members of the United States military. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you safeguarding the ideas of freedom and liberty against those that would see it undone. Thank you to The United States Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard, The Army National Guard, and all reservists across each service.

Thank you to the men who died on the beaches of Normandy, Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, The Frozen Chosin in Korea, the rice paddies of Vietnam, and among the sand and rocks of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thank you to my dad (armored) and my Uncle Sonny (helicopter maintenance) for their service in the National guard. Thank you to my Uncle Sam for serving in World War II and being involved in the Normandy Invasion. Thank you to my mom, who did not service in the military, but worked for 30 years as a civilian for the Air Force (as did my dad after his National Guard service was up)

Take a few seconds out of your weekend to say thanks to a member of the military, current or retired. It may not seem like a big deal to you but a simple thank you to a member of the military could make their day.

And once you've done that you can celebrate the real reason for this holiday weekend. Mattress and tire sales. 40% off a serta mattress and half off tires at Crazy Chucks Used Tire Barn. Count me in, i'm so there

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Enjoy your weekend!

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