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Flow: For Love Of Water

Thursday, January 08, 2009

While one might question the appropriateness of this ecological topic, one has to admit that WATER is one of the fundamental ingredients of the SparkPeople approach.

Although I've been aware of the growing concerns revolving about the availability of clean, potable water, my recent weekend of having NO water in my home (courtesy of a broken water pump) my eyes have been opened on a more personal level regarding the essential nature of water.

Folks, this is probably one of the most important documentaries of the decade!

---Did you know that water wars have already been waged?

---Fish in the river Seine have been changing gender?

---Eskimo Inuit women are testing positive for herbicides in their breast milk, despite living in regions far removed from agriculture?

---An herbicide that has been banned by most of Europe and Canada is still widely used in the United States and leeches into our ground water?

There are so many frightening and truthful stories in this documentary which is attempting to sound the alarm that all of us need to fiercely guard one of nature's most vital and precious resources: WATER!

Web sites for further information:





How the West's Energy Boom Could Threaten Drinking Water for 1 in 12 Americans


I would urge any and all of you to purchase this DVD and view it with friends, family and pass it along to others.

We have a universal need for water and must do all we can to insure that sufficient water is available to all for many, many generations to come!


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    Very interesting!

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Freezing Rain: What a GRAND Morning!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

More yucky weather, got up too late to do much more than 35 mins. on the treadmill, grinding them out when...

I received a phone call from work: Due to road conditions don't come in till 10!

Woo hoo! A SNOW (er, FREEZING RAIN) DAY!! Haven't had one of those since HIGH SCHOOL!

The only difference is back THEN I would have taken advantage of the time by vegging in front of the TV.

But TODAY?!?!

My treadmill session suddenly becomes inspired: Since I've got LOTS of extra time, I'm going to make it a GRAND and keep buzzing along on my 'mill till I've kicked out 1,000 calories...just like I did a few days ago! Woo hoo!

Felt super to be able to reach that goal again!


PS...water has been restored, but our well is seriously low...will probably have to re-drill it in the spring. In the meantime...don't shower, flush the toilet and do laundry at the same time...lol.

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BUN3KIN 1/8/2009 6:19PM

    I can't wait until my heart rate monitor gets here. My goal is to burn 1000 calories each workout. You are such an inspiration!

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MUNS10 1/8/2009 12:36PM

  You are doing great!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in Binghamton also and have same yucky weather!

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Over the Top 1,000 Calorie Treadmill Workout!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Finally, for the FIRST TIME in this New Year, I found myself rocking under the least likely of circumstances tonight!

I'd had a busy day of going to the landfill with our recycling, seeing clients in my office, doing a smidgen of grocery shopping, troubleshooting our well which has suddenly stopped and left us high and dry (can anybody say *BOY SCOUT*...I have a bucket of snow thawing in front of the pellet stove so we can flush the toilet!) and THEN having a mini-cookathon / clean-out-the-fridge evening.

Of course I overslept in the morning again...hadn't done any workout and here it was almost 7 pm...typically my very WORST time of day to workout.

But workout I did...going OVER THE TOP and doing my 30 minute strength-training, followed with a 1,000 calorie treadmill session...woo hoo! I've only done that once before! I couldn't believe how inspired I was by the music and the time flew by...didn't even look at the clock until 31 minutes had passed, and that was a mistake in that I was checking out my heart rate my treadmill.

In my icebox workout room, the one with no heat and frosted windows, rivulets of condensation were coursing down all of the windows by the time I finished...lol!

It's workouts like these that help me to trudge through the dreary days when I'm lacking inspiration. Sort of like striking a stone with a flint over and over again until voila! A SPARK IGNITES! :-)

You know, I realized a HUGE part of what motivated me tonight was reflecting over all the kudos posted on my SparkPage and responding to my blogs and feeling like the folks in the Verizon commercial, realizing that I've got a whole AUDIENCE rooting for me while I'm on my 'mill! Like a musician who becomes inspired by the crowd cheering him on...! Like many of you, I've never been very good attempting to accept praise in the past...but hey, you all are giving me such a pleasant WORKOUT in this arena...lol!

Thank you SO MUCH all of you wonderful people here at SparkPeople! We are so blessed to come together and cheer each other on towards the healthiest lifestyle we've EVER enjoyed!

Time to SHINE in 2009! Woo hoo! :-)


Update: Son. 1/4...not quite as inspired...this must be one of those "banging the flint on stones" days...lol. Still not too bad...730 calories...62 mins. on the 'mill. Keep on SPARKIN' out there everyone! :-)

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TRAINOF4 1/6/2009 10:43AM

    I am REALLLLY sorry to hear about your well. I hope it is pump problem & NOT a dry well - eww, that gives me chills thinking about it. We're on a well, too, and a dry well is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

Glad you got such a great workout! What a good way to work off the frustrations & annoyances collected w/your problem & the remaining holiday season stress.

Is your son doing SP as well & you're tracking for him? You probably said in a previous blog & I missed it.

BTW - Bootcamp has its own team & doesn't require a lot of extra time on your part. They provide a daily workout that is only 10 min (sometimes less) and they're easy to follow, but great workouts. I'm loving it! Besides, they're giving away prizes & I'd love to win an IPod Shuffle! So pop on over there, it's only been going 3 days - you can do it! emoticon

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GLORYSEEKER65 1/4/2009 11:36AM

    My friend your a inspiration that is for SURE i have not done a 1000 calorie work out ever, I'll put that on my list of goals ....
I'm so excited for you ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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    Amazing! You rock!

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ANDALEX 1/4/2009 3:03AM

    woo hoo! awesome work! thanks for posting this...it will be great inspiration later today when i set out on my own 1000+ workout (it will be my first in months). great job!

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BUN3KIN 1/4/2009 12:33AM

    Wow! A 1000 calorie treadmill workout is AWESOME!! emoticon And the fact that you did it so late in the day... I don't know if I could motivate myself that late. emoticon

I'm telling you... the only reason I am going to succeed this time is because all of the support here at SparkPeople. I love it! emoticon

Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Backsliding Into 2009 Goals

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Here I've been at it for over two years...really committed to this new and healthy lifestyle...and BAM! Some serious backsliding over the past week!

My DW wanted to make some holiday goodies...and needed my help. I've done this before, no problem...right?

Not this time!

For most of Christmas week I allowed myself far too many goodies...the cookie monster was on the loose again!

One GOOD thing about this was that I ramped up my workouts which had been lackluster going into the season. Problem is I was driven by guilt and magical thinking...if I work out harder that will cancel out my transgressions...right? Of course I *know* better in my head, but emotional thinking is something else altogether...!

So I'm back in the saddle and have resolved to stick with my healthy eating through the New Year's celebrations! We're having a get together tomorrow night to celebrate First Night and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone.

After that? How to SHINE in 2009...? :-)

1) Re-group and move forward from my Christmas slide...and FINALLY during 2009 cross into the wonderful land of ONE-ville!

2) De-Junk our storage room, into which I've moved my treadmill. I will make this my *haven* and craft and carve this room into one which moves and inspires me!

3) I will bike the 34-mile Kal-Haven trail either with or without (hopefully WITH!) my son this spring.

4) I WILL get out there and give cross country skiing the good old college try so I can find out if I have yet one more viable way to love getting out and MOVING and soaking up and being INSPIRED by Mother Nature!

Whoa...set up quite the agenda for myself...! :-)

I'd add a #5 if anyone wants to buy it for me...I would LOVE to get out on an ELLIPTIGO...lol!

Check it out here:


or more info @ their home page here:


Looks like such FUN!

Off I go...probably won't be around much tomorrow through the New Year...have a super, safe and healthy celebration everyone...see you next year! :-)



Made it through New Year's Eve without touching a SINGLE goodie! It was a struggle, and I know I ate more of the OTHER, healthier stuff, but yet calories count... Still felt good to know how vulnerable I was and batten the hatches down but GOOD!


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TRAINOF4 1/3/2009 5:37PM

    You're already back on track - have no fear! Knowing our weaknesses, failures, and acknowledging the setbacks means that we're in touch with what to do next - and that's just get back in the saddle as you said! Now that you've emoticon cleared the air for yourself it's all systems go!!

Here's to a super New Year to you & all of us at SP!


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GLORYSEEKER65 1/3/2009 8:34AM

    Great job on new years eating!
I'm in the SAME BOAT MY FRIEND !!!!!
You have done sooooo well you will continue to have successs this year !

Lisa emoticon

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ANDALEX 1/3/2009 2:16AM

    happy new year!

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ZELLAZM 1/1/2009 10:02AM

    Happy New Year, Don!

I, too, have indulged way too much in the holiday goodies. I don't buy much myself, but my parents (in their 80's) get PILES of stuff for Christmas from friends and relatives - often from people who really shouldn't be eating the sweets and such themselves. Anyway, it's all collected in one place now and I have mentally hung a "do not enter" sign over that shelf for myself.

Elliptigo looks like a great ride - something to save for.

Go Go Go towards those good goals!

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NANCYJEAN6 1/1/2009 9:52AM

    Don, Glad to hear you had a good Christmas, and now that your New Year's eve party is behind you, you'll be able to get back on track. Don't beat your self up over the cookies, at least you know enough to re-focus. Tomarrow is another day! And I like you am on my way to wonderland prayerfully hitting those One's soon. TY for your note on my SP. Live up here in Dundee, NY about 40minutes from Letchworth, saw you had a picture posted with you at park. I'm about 15 minutes from Watkins Glen, NY. My DH and I love it here!!
Have a blessed New Year, it's our year to goal!!!!
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    Happy NewYear!

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BUN3KIN 1/1/2009 1:30AM

    Happy New Year to you!

I did the same thing... all of the holiday goodies got the best of me. Ah well...there is always tomorrow, right? emoticon

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Frosty The Treadmill!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Well my son and I managed to dismantle and heft my treadmill up the stairs to our storage room, where I've cleared out space to set it up. We had to reclaim space in our living room for our Christmas tree!

Moving that 250 pound treadmill bed was an *experience* I'll tell you! :-)

After having had a few day's worth of workouts in my new location I've noticed a pattern. It is the only unheated room in the house. I'm shivering when I start up in my lightweight shorts and sneakers. Within minutes the sweat begins...by the time I'm done the windows which had only a smidgen of frost in the corners are TOTALLY covered with frost from my workout!

Frosty the Treadmill strikes again!

Wishing everyone the best of all possible holiday seasons!


ps...I'm going to PAY for this workout location in the summertime...lol!

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ANDALEX 1/3/2009 2:15AM

    i go through a similar progression when i run outside. i start off freezing because i know i'll be hot soon and won't want to carry my shed layers. by the time i'm done, i'm toasty and warm...but drenched in sweat! it's a good thing, though.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 12/30/2008 6:47AM

    Wow, moving your treadmill was a workout in itself! I didn't realize those could be that heavy! Keep up the good work with "frosty"!

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ZABINAS 12/24/2008 1:35AM

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WENDI_WA1 12/23/2008 11:57PM

    At least your warm and know your doing something right, frost wow. Maybe it will be cool in there this summer? Good job keep it up.

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