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...a fast too long!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

...like excitable dogs left home alone all day, my feet hungrily hit the treadmill first thing this morning and gobbled up the miles!

My trusty mp3 player first served up a peppy live EWF from their live Gratitude album and my feet took right off at a 5 mph jog. Later Santana's "Song of the Wind" played as I felt like a wind had filled my sails...! To wrap up, Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark"..."can't light a fire without a SPARK!" Woo hoo! How fitting is THAT! Wrapped up my run racking up a record number of miles for the amount of time I was on the 'mill.

As one of my favorite acoustic guitar players, Leo Kottke once said: "My Feet Are Smiling"...and so is my spirit!

How terrific it feels to be BACK!!

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ANDALEX 3/16/2008 10:52PM

    what a great entry! it gave my sails a much needed lift! happy running!

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ZELLAZM 3/16/2008 9:36AM

    Woohoo! It sounds like the rest might have even done you some good if you were able to get so many miles in! (I haven't heard anyone talk about Leo Kottke in about 30 years, btw!) Welcome back! Michelle

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10 Days and Counting...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

As I wait for this blasted blister to heal, I am all too painfully realizing how much my daily cardio has helped my energy levels and mood...because the ABSENCE of cardio has me feeling like a listless slug! This has been a record for me of NOT doing cardio since I began my efforts in earnest a year and a half ago...not exactly the kind of record I've been AIMING for!

I dreaded weigh-in today, anticipating even a gain without my 'millwork to burn up my calories. However I maintained...no loss, no gain...which is an accomplishment considering...! It's been so FRUSTRATING waiting for this blister to heal on my big toe. I know that if I were to hop on the 'mill right now I would add insult to injury and knock myself off the 'mill even longer...grrr! One of the things that really sucks about becoming an old fart is that one's body takes more time to mend. In the past I've made mistakes with the assumption that my body would mend itself soon enough...and it DIDN'T.

So I guess the task at hand for me is to slow down and allow my aging body to take its healing course before I start pushing myself again...even if it DOES mean disappointing myself by allowing all these monthly cardio challenges pass me by this time around. Those challenges really mean a lot to me and help me mightily to motivate myself and keep pushing myself just a little bit further.

April's coming...by then I'd BETTER be able to jump fully back in the saddle again!!

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ZELLAZM 3/12/2008 12:11PM

    Hi, Don! Sorry you're still off your feet. I'm sure you're not idle, though, and are doing just about every exercise in a sitting position that there is, making lemons out of lemonade. Hey, our anniversary is coming up - and that toe WILL be ready to dance in the celebrations! :) Michelle

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Long Time No Blog!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thought I would just update folks...no great flashes of insight here, just day-to-day stuff...lol

Something inevitably comes up to break my stride, but have been doing my best to continue to get on the treadmill daily and strength-training 3 times weekly.

Last month I had some worries with my left quad causing some pain. It wasn't terrible, but I worried that it would get worse. So I gave it a rest for a few days, but then we went out of town for a week where I had a fitness center at my disposal for a week and I really put the pedal to the metal. I was doing an hour each on the elliptical and the treadmill PLUS a half hour with dumb bells on a DAILY basis. The quad continued to bug me a bit, but didn't worsen. Spoke up to my doc and it turns out some degenerating L2-L3 disks in my spine are the likely culprits. But I figure my workouts only serve to strengthen the muscles supporting my back, so I'm just going to keep at it. The majority of back surgeries yield HIGHLY unsatisfactory results and my back isn't bothering me, so I won't bother it.

Now, THIS month I went and got a blister on my foot (probably because I had dress socks handy and didn't use my usual white cotton ones...grrr!) last Sunday and have been grounded this week while it heals. I've been doing some strength-training each day to keep myself busy in the meantime...but I just HATE these breaks in my attempts to STREAK!

Oh well, making the best of it. The weight loss is slowing but continues to go in the right direction...getting increasingly dissatisfied with these baggier and baggier clothes! :-)


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RENA1965 3/8/2008 12:42AM

    Hi DDoorn,
I agree with you strengthening your muscles in your back. I had the same problems with a disc in mine and with losing the weight and regular exercise i no longer need a wagon load of ibumetin to get me through my day. Keep up the great work, I can really see the difference on your photos! You are a super role model for sparksmen!

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KIMANDTONY 3/6/2008 8:44PM

    I love the way that you aren't giving up on your exercise routine, you just find ways around the problems. Great job!!
I am super inspired!


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La Fiesta Follow Up

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

For anyone interested in sampling or even buying a couple of mp3 on this album, I've included a link to Amazon where you can listen to songs from the album and consider buying a track or two. Sadly, Sometime Ago / La Fiesta isn't one of the tracks you can purchase, but all the songs on this album are notable and the 2 mp3s they offer are only 89 cents apiece without any digital rights restrictions, so you can use the mp3 in any way you wish (walkman, ipod, pc, etc.).




La Fiesta Groove...I'm baaaack! :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I've been babying myself on my treadmill all week long and yesterday I just kept bumping up the speed and my mp3 player dished up "Sometime Ago / La Fiesta" by Chick Corea and his original and best Return to Forever band.

This song is an incredible journey lasting twenty-some minutes and morphing from a light, sprite, fairy-tale-like song with Flora Purim's beautiful, brasilian voice and Joe Farrell's flute. Stanley Clarke adds his rock-solid, big, fat, round string bass hammering along holding down the bottom and Flora's husband Airto keeping things ever lively with his brasilian percussion. It morphs into La Fiesta, which is a hard-driving Spanish explosion in which Farrell switches to his soprano sax and blows with such intensity and everyone else just hurtling along with ever-increasing urgency...such a celebration of LIFE!

Needless to say, it was wonderful to be back into my groove again!

One thing I've lost over my too many years smothered by my weight has been my voice. Not my actual vocal chords, but my true and vibrant VOICE in which a listener can sense I am speaking from my very BEING!

I have always had a voice which has been very subdued, calm, level-headed, even monotone at times. Most emotions, anger, excitement, joy and sorrow has been squeezed out before I speak. Like I didn't have the right to be emotional and draw attention to myself.

When I'm on my treadmill and listening to my music, I feel like I am taking steps toward reclaiming my true "voice," filled with all the intensity and vibrancy that life has to offer.

When I listen to Jimmy Santiago Baca reciting his poetry, I hear what sounds like my voice...the one I lost along the way. Which is so exciting! He is an amazing poet who had experienced a conversion of sorts in his past from street thug to poet. He speaks of joy, love, hope and good will with a passion and fierceness which had likely been previously reserved for a switchblade. An amazing person...am so pleased a friend had introduced me to his work. There is such hope an inspiration in his words!

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ANDALEX 3/16/2008 10:50PM

    have you ever tried singing while you walk? it can be a truly liberating experience. it's helped me start to rediscover my voice. also, it's a great workout!

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ZELLAZM 2/12/2008 9:23AM

    Don, as a singer and voice teacher myself, it is wonderful to hear how your voice is being restored as a part of your weight loss progress! Blessings today from your "classmate", Michelle/ZellaZM

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STARLIGHT42 2/10/2008 12:31PM

    Don - you have amazingly captured what I have tried many times to grasp as my lack of true "voice". And for the same reasons. Great description! And now I am off the check out this song by Chuck Corea, LOL. Not anywhere near what I listen to, but it sounds wonderful!!

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