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Rules: 1st Annual Sparkpeople Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



We've all seen them. We've gotten them. We've given them. Yep; ugly holiday sweaters.

Now we have a better use for them: the 1st Annual SparkPeople Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest.

No cost to enter. Everyone can play. Here are the rules:

1. Take a picture of someone you know personally, wearing an ugly holiday sweater. Alternatively, have someone take a picture of you, or take a selfie. What is not allowed: surfing the net for one and posting a pic to which you have no personal nexus with the model.

2. Write and post a Sparky blog entitled "Sparkpeople Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest." Post your entry in your blog. As many pics per blog as you like.

3. Post by Midnight, local time, on Christmas Eve. Drop me a note on my page, giving me the heads up. If thousands play as I expect, I will be inundated,

4. By the morning of the 26th, a committee of Sparky elders (Thing One, Thing Two and me) will have reviewed, deliberated, ranked and blogged with the results here.

5. Recognition, prestige and self-esteem for all entrants. The winner also gets a free Sparky membership for 2015.



Now to give you an idea of what the judges are seeking, I coerced the (very bribe-able) Thing Two to model an appropriate entry:

  
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PHEBESS 12/17/2014 11:18AM

    OMG, I LOVE that sweater!!!! That is the best ugly sweater ever!!!!!!!! LOVE it!

I've never had an ugly sweater like that. Not even in childhood.

Would you accept ugly socks? I have a pair with monkey faces on them............

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/17/2014 11:14AM

    I got rid off all mine years ago.

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DALID414 12/17/2014 2:06AM

    I think I'll pass.

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MARYANN2323 12/17/2014 1:40AM

    Sorry, no pictures here. We banned them years ago.

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IMLOCOLINDA 12/16/2014 5:18PM

    I want to know where you got the Hanukkah sweater??? I need to get one of those for my best friend. She'd plotz. Sadly I got rid of most of my horrible Christmas sweaters before the big craze and on a recent trip thru Rapid City SD found one that would have been the sure winner but the women I was shopping with (at the thrift store) refused to let me buy it...wouldn't give me a ride home if I bought it.

Funny story though...we were unpacking some donations at the local senior center here and there was an ugly sweater. One of the old ladies just 'had to have it'. We gave it to her and I asked her if she was going to an ugly sweater party. Almost made the poor old dear cry as she thought it was just beautiful!! So I will be scrounging around to see if I can come up with some semblance that might be a contender...maybe by making a patchwork one out of several I can find?? Can hardly wait to see the entries and the winner!

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ADARKARA 12/16/2014 3:17PM

    That is a HIDEOUS Hanukkah Sweater (but awesome at the same time). I do not own any Christmas sweaters AT ALL, but will endeavor to locate a friend wearing one, because this sounds like fun! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 3:06PM

    OK . . . ummm . . . UGLY!!!! NOT Thing 1, of course (holy cats, he looks so much like YOU!) but that sweater!

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Ick, Yuck and Blech!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Overnight one of my Facebook friends posted that she tried cooking Brussels Sprouts for the first time and that they came out really good. On further research and clicking-through on her FB status, I found that she fried bacon-wrapped Brussels Sprouts, which then were submerged in melted cheese, fondue style.

Any fellow Sparky knows full well that any otherwise unpalatable food can me made mighty tasty with enough crispy bacon fat and gooey cheese. Who are we kidding, but note left for my FBF: food preparation is one thing, but food camouflage beneath 1,000 calories or more of wickedly-good badness simply is cheating!

I think I may have a fundamental bias or mental block against liking certain foods. Susan will attest that Brussels Sprouts are on that (what she considers irrational and gauche) list. In some circumstances food dislikes are textural, aromatic or even taste-based, but just as often not. Thing is, I don't like foods I don't like - because I don't like them. Period.

So foodies and so-called foodies, what foods do you hate with irrational fervor? For me its mushrooms, raisins, most any dried fruit like prunes and artichokes. You also might add herring, beets and beet-preparations such as borscht. From the world of sushi we can add octopus, squid and eel. Even more foods make this list of picky-eating ignominy if I put my mind to it.

What's on the push-it-around-the-plate but can't get it down list for you? The thought of eating what so-called delicacy turns your stomach?

Donít hold back. Go!

  
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LADYSTARWIND 12/18/2014 12:04AM

    Very fun listings to read. Like others on here...lots of stuff folks can't stand make it to the top of my "Love It!" List. One of my biggest issues with controlling my Gout via diet was: Well, WHAT am I going to eat?! Most of the veggies listed were favorites; whole grains; seafoods; red meat... sigh.... about the only thing that was "OK-No problem here: organ meats." (although I'll admit to enjoying some really fresh(!) liver in my past...just very seldom!!)
Happy Menu Planning All!

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JUNEPA 12/16/2014 7:08PM

    sardines and chai tea and beer

my kids tease me I would eat anything labeled a super food even beer, but I can't

that is funny how people find different things revolting
a lot of things I didn't eat as a child I don't have a problem with now, including brussel sprouts, I like them boiled whole in salty water for 20 minutes then drained

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IMLOCOLINDA 12/16/2014 5:13PM

    Now I feel more freakish than usual since I read thru the lists and I actually like almost ALL the foods other detest! I'm with you on the texture issue so I can't do custard or ice cream or okra or anything slimy. Marshmallows fall into the slimy/snotty category. I LOVE calves' liver (but not chicken liver or pork liver) but my favorite is goose liver which I can only find at Christmas. And brussel sprouts-love them. All root veggies-parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes and yams and beets. I think okra is the only veg I won't eat.

But my absolute favorite is still a really big hunk of rare beef!!

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WOUBBIE 12/16/2014 12:00PM

    Asparagus. Although I CAN actually tolerate them raw, I've found. It's the cooked variety that makes me gag. Anise is another flavor that makes me a little gaggy.

Do you hate all the cruciferous veggies, like cabbage and broccoli and such, or is it just the lowly sprout?

On the subject of bacon and cheese being bad for you: nope, they're not, unless you don't have the enzyme for digesting lactose, in which case you can try lactose-free cheese. Just don't eat them with a glass of OJ, a stack of pancakes and syrup, or several slices of toast caked with jelly. And don't put sugar in your coffee, though cream is just fine. It's carbs that turn into naughty triglycerides, not saturated fats.

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PHEBESS 12/16/2014 10:59AM

    Liver. Pretty much any organ meat, but liver just has a vile taste that I can't even swallow. Liver is the only food I'll spit out. Just can't abide the stuff. GAG!

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PLMITCH 12/16/2014 8:28AM

    Raw celery!

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PHOENIX1949 12/16/2014 3:17AM

    sardines, liver, brussel sprouts, raw oysters, sausage, sauerkraut . . .fish served with its eyes.

My challenge is that so many foods that I would like to eat I can't because of allergic reactions, i.e., strawberries, all citrus fruits, bananas, . . . (peaches once in a while and blueberries are pretty much it) . . . tomatoes, yeast, gluten, soy, MSG, items with vinegar, lactose, etc., etc.

Weak GI tract says NO to most spices, especially the hot ones.

Sometimes the smell of turkey or chicken cooking ruins my appetite.

Never would taste frog legs as a child when a friend's mom fixed them, however, I loved the decorated little chicken legs served at a fancy party until I was told they were frog legs! Same with sushi -- would not try on my own but didn't recognize the hors d'oeuvres at a Chinese wedding as sushi.

Have tried bison and rabbit -- too gamey.

BORING food plan here.

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DALID414 12/15/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon just the scent makes me gag
With you on the octopus, squid, and eel; textural differences.
Pigs feet, snout, and ears.
Cow tongue and brains.
Goats' everything.
Anything a tribal leader would serve a special/important guest.

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/15/2014 9:17PM

    Delicacies I don't like --
Lobster
Crab
Shrimp

Never tried caviar and don't intend to

Others on my no eat list

Most fish
Organ meats
Sushi


That's what I can think of right now...

I do like Brussels sprouts and broccoli is one of my favorites.

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2014 8:06PM

    How come your friend didn't also coat 'em in batter and deep fry 'em??

I just WISH that there were a whole lotta foods I don't love -- truth is, I like just about everything. Maybe not sauerkraut. And I don't eat a lot of meat (but that's not because it doesn't taste good: it's because I really love furry cute animals. No real problem with fish or chicken because they're not so adorable . . . ).

And potato chips above all else.

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SPARKFRAN514 12/15/2014 7:34PM

    brussel sprouts!! most fish cooked or raw liver emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/15/2014 6:45PM

    I will not touch seafood. I will eat tuna fish but it has to be packed in water, squeezed bone dry and smothered in mayonnaise,Only Hellman's).

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ADARKARA 12/15/2014 5:33PM

    The only thing that ruins a meal for me is horseradish/wasabi.

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MARYANN2323 12/15/2014 4:59PM

    The list would be too long for me to do...top of the list is Sprouts, squash, anything fishy. emoticon

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ECOAGE 12/15/2014 4:48PM

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Never met a veggie I didn't like. Except radishes.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/15/2014 4:26PM

    brussel sprouts
cooked spinach
artichokes
sushi
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erring
lox
liver, kidneys, any organ meats

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PICKIE98 12/15/2014 4:07PM

    lutefisk
squash
sweet potatoes
any seafood
turnips and rutabaga
grits
menudo`
sus
hi

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 4:02PM

    Gefilte fish

Lutefisk

Herring


As a student nurse, I was stranded @ the home of a client and his wife. Unfortunately the client passed away (not unexpected, but that's a story for another day). Being good Norskies (as you're prone to find in Minnesotta) she served up heaps and heaps of lutefisk and herring. OMG Can you say . . . NOOOOOOOooooo! The only thing that made it palatable was the glug she served, now that was WAAAAYYYY palatable.

Gefiltefish . . . well, I am not Jewish, but my in-laws (rest their souls) were. That was one of the first things they served me when I met them the first time. O . . . M . . . NAUSEATED . . . GOD! Had to eat it, couldn't spit it out. UGH!!!

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PROPMAN1 12/15/2014 4:01PM

  Brussels Sprouts yuck!!

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ELYSIAN_DREAMS 12/15/2014 4:01PM

    Liver. Even when I still ate meat I couldn't stand it.
I didn't develop a willingness to eat brussel sprout until I served in Iraq, where my choice was eat brussel sprounts and fried okra, or starve. (None of which were covered in bacon &/or cheese, obviously.) I don't mind them now.

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WORLDSERIES11 12/15/2014 4:01PM

    I'm with you on the brussel sprouts!! And anything fish related, cooked or otherwise:-)

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BONOLICIOUS2 12/15/2014 4:00PM

    lol. Hey - I make a mean roasted brussel sprouts - healthy and tasty!

I personally won't touch mayo, most fish (especially tuna!), red bull, anything black licorice scent/flavor, and I'm SUPER weird about "bad foods" - anything that remotely looks, smells, or texturally indicates that it has started to rot.

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Dicephering Elton John's Lyrics

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Ever tried to sing along to Goodbye Yellowbrick Road? Bennie and the Jets? Think you know the words? (without the album liner - that is cheating).

How about The Rolling Stones - Mick Jagger and a mouthful of marbles! Bruce Springsteen - often the same problem...

Even the iconic Jimi Hendrix was not singing "Excuse me, while I kiss this guy" though that is just what the casual listener hears.

Ever wonder what the lyrics really are? How about various hilarious takes by fans? Well, it's all here in one place, now at:

www.kissthisguy.com/

Oh, and I should say, that this is not a blog about nutrition tracking, weight loss, exercise or the like. Anyone can write blogs about that stuff. This one is just good old-fashioned unbridled fun! Have fun!

  
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PICKIE98 12/15/2014 5:20PM

    You know you're loaded when you DO understand the lyrics!!!!

FARM OUT,MAN, FARM OUT!

,GRAVY,MAN, GRAVY!!!!!!!!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/15/2014 3:30PM

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EDDYMEESE 12/14/2014 10:32PM

    of everything I've missed in my extended time away from SP...I'm saddest to have missed the comeback of the blogging, lol! I love your blogs, thanks for sharing :)

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JUNEPA 12/14/2014 1:37AM

    My sister thought Joni Mitchel's Big Yellow Taxi lyrics said
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got your lips on

instead of
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got -- 'til its gone --

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PHEBESS 12/13/2014 10:55PM

    LOL - I always liked "Blinded by the Light" line that sounds like "wrapped up like a douche" - cracks me up every time! NO ONE gets that one right! Ever!

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_BABE_ 12/13/2014 2:52PM

    You are definitely a child of the 70's! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/13/2014 2:06PM

    emoticon Thanks for the link. Fun.

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DSHONEYC 12/13/2014 1:45PM

    What's wrong with " emoticon this guy"? Too, too fun! Thanks. Laughing is my favorite exercise!

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MARYANN2323 12/13/2014 1:43PM

    I like this version of AC/DC"s Dirty Deeds.
https://www.youtube.com/w
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IMLOCOLINDA 12/13/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon Got a real kick out of this one! My high school best friend was always getting the lyrics wrong and it doesn't matter that it's been over 30 years, when I hear one of those songs, I think of her and how funny it was and sing the lyrics the way she heard them!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2014 11:56AM

    LOVE Buddy!

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ECOAGE 12/13/2014 11:54AM

    With the car radio station blasting his favorite stations, I keep trying to convince the little guy in my back seat that the song by Justin Timberlake is
Get Your Sexy Hat On.
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DALID414 12/13/2014 10:04AM

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WOUBBIE 12/13/2014 9:50AM

    Overburning hootzelriders.


(All the burning hoops of fire..)

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ISHIIGIRL 12/13/2014 9:02AM

    Ha-Ha, very funny. Thanks,

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/13/2014 8:57AM

    I always loved album jackets that included all the lyrics.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 12/13/2014 8:54AM

    You know you've grown old when you no longer understand the lyrics.


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Voyeurism at the Gym

Thursday, November 20, 2014


First things first, get your filthy mind out of the gutter. This is not a blog about that. Now that we have a basic understanding of what this blog is not aboutÖ

Admit it; at the gym many of us are indeed voyeuristic in that we look at other people when there. Some of us look at their clothing, hair, exercise gear, makeup maybe, what have you. Some of us silently critique their technique. Some of us smirk over their appearance (yes, even their weight, as repugnant as those private thoughts are). Some of us form snap pre-judgments about them, their habits, their past, their lifestyle. Rightly or more often, wrongly, we do these things. Voyeurism in general and at the gym in particular, is a sad and regrettable aspect of the human condition.

Now, whom among us has not had this idle thought, while gawking at a fellow gym goer:

1. Why are they even here? Clearly they donít know what they are doing?

2. If there ever was a person who could benefit from intensive personal training, itís them.

3. Could he/she wear any less and not be arrested for indecent exposure? What a show-off.

4. This is a gym, not a singles bar. The rest of us are not trying to out-cute one another.

5. Oh my, are they ever going to hurt themselves doing it that way. Should I say something?

6. Were you raised in a barn? Re-rack your weights (like the sign says) please!

7. Just how long have they been on the good elliptical machine, anyway?

8. Hey sweat-ball. Those wipes and spray bottle are not just for decoration, use them!

Well, when men get to a certain age, and/or when weíre there at the gym before the sun comes up, weíre generally there for one thing and one thing only: to spend a quality hour or whatever staving off infirmity and premature death. After all, that is the primary point for most of us who are old enough to remember (say) Apollo missions and the Vietnam War. That some perceive the gym as a singles meeting spot is the furthest thing from our collective minds.

However, being voyeuristic, failed human beings, even while there doing our own thing and staving off death the best we can, we still people-watch. Lately Iíve been watching people who more-or-less remind me of me. I try and learn from them. In choosing the people I watch, I look for these criteria:

1. People generally around my age. Iím disinterested in the gym prowess of people appreciably younger. Even the young, fit women do not hold my attention (believe it or not). I want to see guys who remind me of me. I want to see how they use the equipment. What they do well and what they do less well. What looks reasonably coordinated and graceful, and what looks, well, elephantine.

2. People who generally use the equipment that I use. I like the elliptical machines and I tend to watch people who use them. Do they go fast? Where do they set the resistance? Do they use the heart rate monitor grips and if so, do they seem to moderate their speed based on the readout? Itís hard to tell for sure, just by looking, if they play mental arithmetic games with all of the digital readouts, but sometimes by watching carefully I infer the same rightly or wrongly).

3. People who use the free weights in the manner that I tend to use them. I ignore the people who go for the real beefy, heavy ones. To me, they are trying to out-Popeye and out-Bluto one another. I tend to use the ones who prioritize form and repetition over brawn with hand weights generally in the 10 to 50 lbs range. I look for people who sort of tucker out after a few sets of 12 reps, because I do that too.

So today I found the perfect person to watch at the gym. Someone with my faux pas, my failings, my fireplug physique. Someone who is about my age, weight and also does not take himself or his gym routine all too seriously. Someone who stares intently in those big gym mirrors, and says ďYep. I can relate to that guy!Ē Maybe heíll be there tomorrow when I got back to the gym.

Have someone at the gym you tend to emulate, too? Bet you do. Just look in those big mirrors!

  
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PICKIE98 12/15/2014 4:25PM

    I have not belonged to a gym for 40 years. I would not go now if somebody paid the dues for me. Unless they had a pool. sauna, steam room. Doing my laps and de-toxing the bod..ahh..

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EDDYMEESE 12/14/2014 10:37PM

    I do my best to blend into the walls and machinery, not that anyone would watch me, lol! But I do watch others and agree, I gravitate toward those most like me!

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IMLOCOLINDA 11/23/2014 10:43AM

    emoticon That weird woman in the mirror is my best friend at the gym!

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DALID414 11/21/2014 9:44PM

    I stopped going to a gym when I found out it was called the 'hook-up' gym.

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ECOAGE 11/21/2014 3:57PM

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People watching is entertaining. And you can learn by watching others. But you've turned a corner. You have become your own role model. Keep looking at you for your inspiration and motivation.
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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2014 11:32AM

    My membership expired 11/4 and I can't afford to renew at this time. I spent more time in the water than in the gym. There were cliques but I was there to do my routine and go home. I wasn't stuck up and did socialize, good morning, nods, small conversations, but that was about it. There was one lady I did admire. She was 96 years old and in better shape than eeven the physical therapists.

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DSHONEYC 11/21/2014 11:05AM

    Just say NO to gyms...even when I had 24 Hour Fitness as a client I couldn't bear to cross the doorway after my first foray. Gymaphobia I guess.

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JUNEPA 11/21/2014 10:28AM

    Too much mind wandering and obsessing, I try to keep it simple, mind my own business, and feel it is awesome my gym co-frequenters are doing something positive for their health

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BONOLICIOUS2 11/21/2014 8:45AM

    This is why I struggle at the gym - too much going on! And generally too much "public interaction" that leaves me gawking or worse. I once spent a good 20 mins on the treadmill while the woman behind me extolled the benefits of having a rich husband so she could stay home all day. Maybe it depends on the gym you go to, but I was finding less inspirational people watching and more "oh my goddddd how are you allowed out in public and how do you function on a daily basis?!" type people watching lol. And I'm a germophobe. So many gym germs. Anyways happy friday!

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KANOE10 11/21/2014 8:07AM

    I also like to watch fit older people exercise. Good blog.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/21/2014 7:48AM

    Those thoughts are why I won't go to a gym anymore.

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WATERMELLEN 11/21/2014 7:14AM

    Fun blog. At the gym, I generally want to "zone out" and not be intruded upon and focus on what I'm doing.

So: I don't want any olfactory alerts at all thank you -- that would be the guy beside me who's not washed his gym clothes since New Year's Day. Or maybe the outfit is stiff enough with dried sweat that it can do the routine without him altogether: he's still home in bed.

And: I don't want to hear the elaborate "watch me I'm lifting heavy" grunts or weight drops of the Popeye Preeners thank you.

And: I don't want to hear that super chirpy personal trainer barking out instructions and counting reps thank you.

All right then, I've got that off my chest!!!

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STANBUSH 11/21/2014 7:03AM

    Good to see you again. I can say that I 'glance' but not much. I sort of keep to myself whilst in motion on the elliptical/treadmill. Once I'm off those, I do say hello to a few friends, and congratulate others on their progress. I used to think some of those same thoughts...but since regaining my tonnage, I am much much more aware of those thoughts.
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ADARKARA 11/21/2014 5:40AM

    I don't go to the gym for several reasons, the two biggest being I don't want to pay for it and I have a bit of social anxiety so going by myself is nerve wracking to me, but I've never understood making the gym social hour or like a singles club.

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_BABE_ 11/20/2014 10:26PM

    Everyone is so worried about what everyone else thinks or am I doing it right....we are all in the same boat.

I remember studying Shape magazines so I could at least feel superior that I had good form...I would judge people because they were leaning into the stair master....at least they tried the stair master.

Kudos who anyone who at least gives it a try!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/20/2014 10:15PM

    Thanks for sharing i could see my self doing and thinking just as talked about re racking the weights gym wear showing off the amount of weight you lift by grunting so the entire gym takes a minute to see who is weight lifting . Never mind the word police i like the name you chose for the blog because we do stop and watch our gym mates beats having people think you are staring at therm I remember when growing up we would say take a picture it last longer . my gym is a small one one large room for all the work out stuff glad to you are slowly coming back and sharing your thought . like the mirror quote and thankful my phone is so old its only a phone .

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MARYANN2323 11/20/2014 9:20PM

    In all fairness, I would have to say that voyeurism is not really the right word. Close...but not spot on. At least according to Wikipedia. True, there are a few out there that are voyeuristic by nature, and get a perverse satisfaction out of watching someone in a rather compromising position as they hoist those weights, but I know that's not what you mean. I think you lean more towards comparison. You want to see how others are fairing and if they are actually doing better, or worse, than you, yourself. And I know from past experience, it's always a little empowering when you see someone much like yourself, not doing as much or as good as you do. I always found it helped bring out that last little bit of stored energy to push you to the finish line. (Preferably just a tad faster/better/stronger than that other person.) I'm just saying...

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 9:08PM

    LOL! Definitely the age where I remember eating dinner with the VietNam War, the space missions, Popeye! Spinach . . . yeah . . . hated it till I saw Popeye eating it, then it was all right!

Anyhow, definitely in it for the health and do people watch, but will never be 20-something or attempt the "feats" that they would.



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Poster Boy For Spark (Who Knew?)

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Rarely do I trouble myself with the boring minutiae of being a member here, like reading Spark Mail. Today, for whatever reason, I happened to read the latest from the propagandists who get paid to be here: how it is beneficial to exercise in the morning.

So by hook or by crook, and completely by accident, I actually do something right from a healthfulness perspective. Who knew? Want to know how? Remember, like all things Spark, if I can do it, anybody can. Weekdays...

4:45 up. (Yep; you read that right).
4:50 coffee (equal and Fat Free half-and-half). Computer time. During the baseball off-season, this includes Spark. During the baseball season, well, you know.
5:05 coffee #2 is brewed, banana while its Kuerig-ing, fill my water bottle for the gym
5:05 - 5:25 coffee #2 is consumed in the bathroom, while also shaving, brushing teeth, donning gym clothes, etc.
5:30 - coffee for Susan, jacket on, pre-loaded gym bag grabbed and...
5:35 - 5:50 - drive to gym. NPR during the baseball off season. During the baseball season, well, you know.
5:50 - 5:55 - gym locker room. drop my stuff and whatnot so that by 5:55 I'm on the elliptical.

5:55-6:20 - 2 warmup, 20 minutes, 3 cool-down on the elliptical. Mon/Weds/Fri its interval training, and Tues/Thurs its "rolling hills." I'm always trying to top the previous day's distance r resistance r something. Don't sell the mental games short. Music in my mp3. And if you do not know my taste by now, you have not been paying attention. Three cups of water during this time.
6:20 -6:40 - weights. Generally free more than machine. lifting, "rowing" and generally copying what personal trainers are having their clients do - copying is free. The heaviest weights I can tolerate without messing up my poor guesstimate of proper form. Two more cups of water.
6:40 -7:00 - stair-stepper, rowing machine or treadmill - 15 mins followed by 5 cool down. Another three cups of water.
7:05 - showers. 7:30 out of the gym and at my desk by 7:45. And the rest of the day is spent in the potty.

Morning exercise. Like I said, if I can do it anyone can.

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/12/2014 9:22AM

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PHEBESS 11/10/2014 11:41PM

    Way to go! I used to take a 30 minute walk around school before my first class, and it helped me plan my day, get myself more awake and ready to go, plus I picked up found objects I used in lessons months later. Weird, but it worked.

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WORLDSERIES11 11/10/2014 2:31PM

    Wow, at that time I'm still emoticon
I'm not a morning person at all!! But good for you!!

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MARYANN2323 11/10/2014 1:16AM

    ZZZZZZZ..........for me, at that time, but great on you for doing it!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/9/2014 7:42PM

    emoticon At that time in the morning I may be up hitting the "john" but it is right back to bed. I use to be an early riser and in the pool at the gym at 6 That was when I was young.(er) emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/9/2014 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticon a little to early for me but i do get moving early and then reward my self with spark time keep up the good job. emoticon

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DALID414 11/9/2014 3:05PM

    1. That is WAY too much water.
2. Cardio before Strength Training for weight loss.

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DSHONEYC 11/9/2014 2:03PM

    emoticon Yeah, Giants!

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ECOAGE 11/9/2014 1:58PM

    The ONLY thing I agree with ... a lot is propaganda. Where is the evidence? Time is not the most significant variable.
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Another important component to a weight loss plan:
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Morning exercise is NOT for me. Never was, never will be. But "go for it" if it works for you.
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I couldn't even think about drinking a cup of coffee that early. And you drink a cup in the bathroom???!!! Kind of negates the brushing of teeth step!
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NOMIS1 11/9/2014 1:28PM

    Great.

I also have to go early or I never get there. When I worked I was up at 4:15 as first I journal and "meditate."

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GARDENCHRIS 11/9/2014 1:02PM

    my brain doesn't start working for at least an hour and a cup of tea! BUT good for you!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2014 12:47PM

    Well done! I agree that gym pre-work is optimal for me too!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2014 12:28PM

    Yup! Do it in the morning before the brain has a chance to 'kick in' and argue with you!

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