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Fitness Test planned for tomorrow

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I borrowed the book "Making the Cut" from my friend and started reading it tonight. Before you start, you're supposed to take pictures and measurements and do this fitness test. If you don't score at least an average on all of the tests, it is recommended that you do another workout/diet first.

Here's the fitness test.

Three minutes doing step ups on a 12" step then check heart rate.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many pushups as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many situps as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do a wall sit for as long as possible.

Each exercise has a chart to tell you how you did for your age group and gender. Except the wall sit. 30 seconds is average, 60 seconds is good, 90 seconds is outstanding! I am shooting for spectacular on all of the tests. However, if I could actually achieve that, I wouldn't need the book, would I? emoticon

I'll let you know how I did! Whether you want to hear it or not! LOL!

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/23/2010 9:05AM

  Yeah - if you hit spectacular on all of the tests you should be writing your own book!
We are waiting to see how you do.

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BKNOCK 9/23/2010 7:47AM

    I bet you will do great because you are spectacular!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/23/2010 7:04AM

    Great! Let us know how you do.

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SWEETPEA0214 9/23/2010 5:40AM

    Wall sits.....OMG.....even after all this P90X - I can only achieve 60 seconds and that is alternating up and down. So shoot for the spectacular girl........

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Biggest Loser drama

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Don't worry...I'm not going to ruin anything for you if you haven't seen it. Safe to read. emoticon

One thing that I noticed, and have noticed each season, is that there is a lot of "blaming" going on. Very few of the contestants, or potential contestants, took credit for their current state of unhealthiness. Poor relationships, bad experiences, genetics, whatever. All of those things can make it harder to make the healthy choices. But in the end, we are each responsible for what we put in our own mouth. I don't discount that many people have had some rough patches...or entire rough lives! But if you're going to change, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. The contestants who will be successful are the ones who will do just that.

And then there's the drama. Each city that BL visited, there was a challenge for potential contestants. Depending on where they were, it was either a one-mile race or first to 500 steps on a step. Both are extremely challenging for these contestants and for many folks who have weight to lose and/or have not been exercising. It's hard. It's a workout! But I don't agree with collapsing on the step or at the finish line. I'm not talking about the folks whose body gave out and could not finish the challenge due to physical limitations. That's gotta hurt...knowing your body failed you when you needed it most.

No, I'm talking about the folks who finished the race or the steps and then collapsed. It was hard, no doubt. But collapsing? Maybe I'm just a cynic, but that screamed "DRAMA" to me. 80% exhaustion, 20% pay-attention-to-me. This is my opinion and if I have offended someone, I apologize. And, having said this, I know that everyone of those people is going to work harder than I have ever worked and know pain like I have never known. I will watch them struggle. Some of them will annoy me. Some of them will make me cheer. Some of them will inspire me. And I hope they all get what they want to get out of their trip to the ranch.

Good luck to them all!!

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CARLANNIE 9/22/2010 11:50PM

    Drama. Yes, don't forget that the producers and directors chose each contestant for specific reasons, and then the editors pieced together what they thought would draw the most reaction from the viewers. There is always an antagonist in the bunch, someone to disagree with. Who will it be this time around?

And since I'm on this vein, has anyone ever noticed how staged the weigh-ins are? It's as if the producers know who has lost the most/least before the contestants even step on the scales, and they have them weigh in to play out the drama. My guess is there is a secret scale hidden somewhere in their room.....hmmmmm.........maybe the beds are really scales???

(Okay, enough of me - I'm going to bed now.) emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/22/2010 10:35PM

  Yeah, drama sells shows. If you can make it to the finish line, you can walk out of camera range to collapse. It's attention getting. I'll have to use my computer to keep track this season. I'll be on the road coming home from work and then getting Tim to work. Yuck!

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STEELKICKIN 9/22/2010 1:34PM

    Lord, you wouldn't wanna see ME on the show then, would you?? LOL! I'd be making sure everyone SAW me collapse and then I'd let them take turns wiping my brow. Dang it, if I finish, I'm gonna get SOME KIND of attention!


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TXNANA_4 9/22/2010 8:36AM

    I totally agree with you!

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JOHNTJ1 9/22/2010 7:55AM


If I can blame "you" then I dont have to deal with "me"

Perfect in a twisted sort of way

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CAROLEHZ 9/22/2010 7:55AM

    We noticed it too. They kind of do the same thing in reverse at the Olympics (in my opinion),bring up some sad reason from the past that now gives them courage ( why can't they just enjoy a sport and decide to be good at it?)..on Biggest Loser last night your right,it came across as whiny, not one said.."I'm heavy because I overeat and don't exercise enough". We couldn't believe they left a person in each city. Those were really the people who need them the most! We think we'll be seeing them again, Maybe as a special secret team or something. I did like seeing people from the past like Mike and Danny,they still look great!

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WINDEE52 9/22/2010 6:57AM

    I agree 100%!

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BKNOCK 9/22/2010 6:26AM

    I guess we can't forget that this is tv and they make it dramatic on purpose! I enjoyed the show but maybe I missed some of it? Did they vote someone off already? That is the person I feel the sorriest for . You make it in the door and then they say sorry you have to leave.

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RJFERRARO315 9/22/2010 12:01AM

    I love the Biggest Loser, but I'm not a big fan of the whiners. I just started taping the premiere, but missed the first hour so I won't be catching the whole show. Oh well! My 30 day shred workout was more important.


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Jillian Michaels analogy

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I've discovered podcasts for my iPhone. I download whatever I feel like listening to and then listen at work. Helps drown out all the extra noise and nothing I download requires serious thought and concentration. If I miss something, I can back up the podcast and listen again. BTW...everything I download is free, because I'm too cheap to purchase any of it!

Jillian Michaels has a free podcast that she's been doing for awhile. I just found it and am listening to all of the back "issues" before listening to the most recent ones. I'm up to January of this year.

Anyway, one of her analogies that she uses over and over is the flat tire analogy. If you're driving on your journey (see where this is going?) and you get a flat tire, what do you do? Get out and slash the other three? NO! At least, I hope not! You get the tools you need, the people you need and you fix the flat tire. Then you can continue on the journey!

This analogy really hit home for me. I am one of those people who would decide that since I'm already out of calorie range for the day, I might as well eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the day since I had already "blown it." I was slashing the other three tires! Now, when I make less than stellar choices (I know, I'm shocked that I would do that too!), I remember that it is only one flat. No need to slash the tires. Or fire bomb the entire car! LOL!

So, SPark Friends. Fix the flat!!!

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STEELKICKIN 9/22/2010 1:39PM

    Fire bombing a car sounds like sooooo much fun....

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STEELKICKIN 9/22/2010 1:38PM

    Great blog!! But for some reason I thought the title of your blog said, "Jillian Michaels Anatomy." I was like, "Why is she writing about Michaels' body??"

It takes me a little while to catch on, but when I do, BOOYAH! Love the tire ANALOGY. Soooo true!

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DEE797 9/22/2010 8:39AM

    Thanks for letting us know about her podcasts, didn't know she had them. Like the analogy. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 9/22/2010 12:03AM

    I didn't know about her podcasts. I'll have to check into it. The flat tire analogy is quite appropriate.

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HDHAWK 9/20/2010 8:09PM

    I like her podcasts too. I think it's been off the air for a while though. It's on KFI FM radio. You should be able to get back episodes.

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JOHNTJ1 9/20/2010 7:39PM

    You are who you hang around with..........

Glad I hang around with you. That was brilliant

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NEWNAC304 9/20/2010 8:45AM

    I have that same way of thinking. Thanks for sharing this, maybe if I look at it this way I won't end up blowing the whole day or the whole week.

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BKNOCK 9/20/2010 6:24AM

    Fire bombing a car? I hope that Michelle does not read your blog. She will get this idea into her head and then watch out!

Yeah, I have been working on this one for a while but it is hard lesson to learn. I hope that you have a great week!

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STEVENGO2 9/20/2010 5:32AM

    I think you should junk that old car with a flat tire and buy yourself a brand new car. That way you are getting four new tires at the same time. Adding one new tire at a time means you have to align the old car again, so why not go with new. Maybe buy a new ego-friendly car to boot!Or, even better a new truck!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/20/2010 1:12AM

    What's wrong with fire bombing the car? Hehe!
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GEEMAWEST 9/19/2010 11:29PM

    OK, that makes sense. I'll quit slashing the other tires too. What was I thinking? Never mind, don't answer that.

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TO_BE_FIT 9/19/2010 11:28PM

    I love it! Can you tell me where I can find Jillian's podcast? I may find that I can listen to that instead of music while I run maybe?

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SPark homework

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I checked out the book "You: The Owner's Manual" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It is very thick and I do not have the time (nor the desire) to read the whole thing. My plan was to read the book and figure out what happens inside your body when you eat healthy food and how that differs from when you eat less healthy food.

So far, the book is only covering the mechanics of what the body does, regardless of what you put in. Of course, I've only read about 10 pages. Even though the book is very well written and in language us everyman-non-doctors can read, I don't think I'm going to get the info I want from it. I'm planning to read the chapter on the intestines, the chapter listing the "You Diet" and the "You Workout" chapter. Then move on. If I learn anything worth passing on, I will.

However, a friend of mine has the book "Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels. For those of you who don't know, Jillian is VERY much into organic food and no processed foods and no sugar and no chemicals. VERY into all of that. The book, Making the Cut, is a plan to get off those last 5 - 10 "vanity" pounds. My friend is going to let me borrow that book. I do not know if I will follow her program, but I think she will tell me some of those things I want to know. Like how much my body will rebel when I eat three Krispy Kreme donuts right after finishing off a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr. (Yeah, I did that tonight.) emoticon emoticon

Maybe, once I am more informed, I will not do that to myself. Or maybe not. They did taste good! LOL! Oh, and just in case you're worried about me (as I know you ALL are...tee hee), I do not feel guilty about my little binge. I planned to make some unhealthy choices today. Maybe not THAT unhealthy, but what's done is done. My body already yelled at me. I'm done eating for the day and I will make MUCH better choices tomorrow (and the rest of the week). One flat tire will not make me slash the other three!

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NEWNAC304 9/19/2010 6:23PM

    I overate yesterday too, and my body didn't like it either. I haven't tracked today but I'm not going overboard either. It's a lifestyle change, not a diet and there will be days like that.

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KENDRACARROLL 9/19/2010 11:35AM

    That would be 'Supersize me'.

I too have the Dr. Oz book - somewhere, but haven't really gotten into it too far.
Found it more pressing to read a book about rebellious teenagers, which also takes me ages to read. (Maybe because I really don't want to deal with it...)

Nice splurge :)
Somehow I can't do fast food right now. It's been months and I'll definitely enjoy this ride as long as it lasts.

Be good today.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/19/2010 8:47AM

  You should watch the movie made several years ago about a reporter who ate nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days. I'll try to get the title for you. It showed what that food did to blood pressure, blood lipids, etc. It was very eye opening.

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BKNOCK 9/19/2010 7:41AM

    All those wasted calories on Krispy Kreme? Ugh, oreos are much better!

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GEEMAWEST 9/19/2010 12:45AM

    I would love to hear anything you learn about any of this stuff. Either from Dr. Oz or from Jillian. I love new info. Bring it on!!

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STEELKICKIN 9/19/2010 12:20AM

    You wanna know what happens to your body when you don't eat healthy?? Come to my house and look AT ME. Then see what a kidney stone will do to your face. Yes, your FACE. I'm still green...unless it's the Mountain Dew still coursing through my body!

No, no, no, go back to good foods! Puh-LEEZ!! Before you know it, if you don't, you'll be hugging the Porcelain God at 3 a.m. wishing for a swift and quick death. Learn from your big sister!!!!

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KARRIESNEWLIFE 9/18/2010 11:29PM

    Okay, so you ate what we've all been Craving fer a Good Amount of Time. emoticon

With what I saw from your Profile Page, you have a RIGHT to Splurge when you feel like it. I don't know what Your Stating Weight was but, Look @ you now.

My opinion on Good VS Bad Foods are this. Yes Greens/Veggies & Fruits will Burn through your Body @ a Faster Rate than Pringles, Ice Cream, A Carl's Jr (GRRR!!!!! Mouth emoticon emoticon) Burger. Greens/Fruits/Veggies give you more Energy than Sluggish Sugars that wear off within 15-30 Minutes of eating them.

I also Love Jillian Micheals cos she doesn't Beat around the Bush & Try to Hold u're Hand like you would a Child. I Love her Attitude about "You Came to the Show & Want to Quit, Before you even Try!!!!" Outlook. I need her fer about 1 Week to Get me a Game Plan & Then I'd be Great. I can't Eat Green like her, Because I've already got the Taste of Red Meats, Fish, Pork, Etc... in my System & This Ole Bear might want to Lose Weight but, give up my Meats fer Good??? Hell No!!!! Just Potion them Better & Add more Colorful Foods. emoticon

I Love Scooby Doo & Garfeild (Not too much of a Simpson Fan but Love most of the Older Cartooneys

Well, hope my Opinion Helps & Have a Great Week.


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LMB-ESQ 9/18/2010 11:02PM

    Ugh! I would hope you wouldn't need a book to tell you not to eat 3 Krispy Kremes on top of a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr! I hope your poor stomach doesn't rebel TOO much! emoticon

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New Weight Loss Aid - a Tongue Patch!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A what?!?! emoticon I was watching my local news last night and they had a story about a new weight loss aid. It is a simple 1" x 1" gauze-looking piece of material (I think it's material) that a doctor sews onto your tongue. emoticon emoticon

The idea is that the gauze-thing makes eating solid food uncomfortable. A liquid diet is recommended. For medical/safety reasons, the patch must be removed (the sutures are severed) after no more than 30 days.

OMG!!! And people were paying to have this done to them!!! Of course a liquid diet is going to make you lose weight. Duh! But if you don't figure out how to eat healthy and treat yourself well, that weight is going to come right back!

I don't like the idea of outlawing this particular "weight loss aid" because I think people should be allowed to make their own mistakes...I mean decisions! emoticon But I would hope that before anyone resorted to the tongue patch that they would do some better research. Of course, if we all did that, how would those doctors get rich? LOL!

Who wants to go get their tongues tied? emoticon

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CARLANNIE 9/19/2010 9:51AM

    Yep - puts a whole new meaning to "tongue tied," lol!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/18/2010 11:17AM

    What will they think of next?
I'll go with Dan's idea. :)

You know, some people rather go through physical pain and what not, thinking they can take the easy way out. Hello, there is no easy way, you've got to do the work. Yes, I know, why should you? After all it's not your fault you're fat! Ha!

Makes me crazy!

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WINDEE52 9/18/2010 10:54AM

    That is by far the WORST lose weight quick scheme I've ever heard of! I cry like a baby just biting my tongue!!!

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DANSTOUT 9/18/2010 10:27AM

    I have a whole roll of duct tape that will work just as well.
Instructions: tear off a piece of tape 4" long.
Apply over mouth.
Remove only 4 minutes per day.
Repeat for 1 month.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/18/2010 9:24AM

  I think it would be enough just to have stitches in your tongue to slow down your eating. That patch rates right up there with tongue piercing.

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LMB-ESQ 9/18/2010 9:01AM

    SEWED to your tongue.... really.... uh... no thanks!

But thanks for the interesting read!

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BKNOCK 9/18/2010 8:36AM

    Wow, that is really crazy! My oreo cookies would not taste good at all with that thing in my mouth!

Funny the things people will do to themselves!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 9/18/2010 4:17AM

    Who came up with this crazy idea? And what sort of idiot would choose to have it done?? The world is a very strange place and it gets stranger every day...

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SWEETPEA0214 9/18/2010 12:04AM

    Thay -therth a pathch for everything elseth rith? (Translation when I take off my tongue patch - hey - there's a patch for everything else right?)

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KASSIANDORA 9/18/2010 12:01AM

    I should think of a way to get rich like that. I wonder if there is a way to market bees that will sting you on your tongue so that it uncomfortable for you to eat. emoticon

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LEFTSOX 9/17/2010 11:55PM

    Wow that is the dumbest thing ever! Almost as bad as the syrup/cyanne pepper/lemon juice diet drink thing!

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STEELKICKIN 9/17/2010 11:42PM

    Dutchie said you should have your tongue tied. Did you see that?

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/17/2010 11:37PM

    I know YOU should sometimes have your tongue tied... lol actually me too....

but for totally different reasons ;0)

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STEELKICKIN 9/17/2010 11:37PM

    They think that the GAUZE and the liquid diet is what makes you lose the weight???? Uh, my thought is that having a needle dug into the skin on your tongue so sew the gauze ON is what does the trick. Like, OWW!

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