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Restoring My "Clock"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Many of you may know about my inner alarm clock and how I pride myself on not needing an alarm clock to JAR me awake each morning.

Since the time change last fall, however my "clock" has not been so reliable...and that usually means I oversleep by just a few too many minutes. This has either cut my treadmill session short or eliminated it altogether in the morning...which means I either make it up in the evening when my energy is at its lowest point...or I just skip it altogether...not good!

It's been a great solid week of NO missed treadmill sessions and I'm feeling GREAT to be able to move forward with a no-missed-daily-cardio streak! Woo hoo! Earlier in my recovery I was able to go for several WEEKS without missing a daily treadmill session! I'm hoping to be able to resume that once again at long last...woo hoo!

Although I haven't done as well as I wish in guarding my sleep time and insuring that I get at least 8 hours a night, I've made some improvements and I believe this is helping me to restore my "clock."

Don

  
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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/15/2009 10:05AM

    I am terrible about getting up in the morning, alarm clock or no. You are making good progress, keep up the good work!

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Hands Free...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Well, didn't get up early, so I wondered what I could do to challenge myself during my 35 min. treadmill session this morning...at last inspiration came from an old, out of print Al Jarreau song...one of my favorites: "I Keep Calling"

I don't often confess this but: I almost ALWAYS use the siderails of my treadmill while walking...even jogging! I look so doofy...no WONDER I prefer using the treadmill in the privacy of my home!

Well, that song inspired my to go HANDS FREE for the whole song! Felt great to be untethered!

Wish I could prod myself to do this more often tho!

Don

  
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GLORYSEEKER65 1/13/2009 8:05PM

    I know what you mean ... I'm a holder on person ussually too lol

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Snow Shoveling Boogie!

Monday, January 12, 2009

I rocked yesterday boogie-ing to my mp3 player while revelling in my cardio snow shoveling for a couple of hours...I was having so much fun I shoveled well into my neighbor's driveways on both sides of ours. My sweatshirt was SOAKED when I was done!

And...later we went out for Sunday brunch and a movie (Gran Torino...WHAT A FLIX! All THUMBS UP! :-) ). The brunch was LOADED with scrumptious, decadent stuff, but avoided all of it with the exception of allowing myself a forkful of their cheesecake. My old gastroplasty of 1992 still serves its purpose by curbing my appetite at such venues.

Hope everyone out there is SPARKING away! :-)

Don

  
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RISSATRAIN 1/13/2009 3:02PM

    I loved Gran Torino! Clint Eastwood at his finest.

Congrats on the fun cardio. I wish it would snow here in Dallas! LOL! emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/12/2009 11:36PM

    Shoveling snow, guess you dont want to hear about my 60 minute walk this evening during son's soccer practice, of course I was wearing shorts, and got home and the air conditioner is still kicking in! LOL.

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BUN3KIN 1/12/2009 11:00AM

    Brunch is the bane of my existence! I do not have the self control to even try right now.

Great job to you! emoticon

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"Grand" Haven...?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I've been rocking this past week carving out my "haven" upstairs. My son helped me to move my 250+ pound treadmill upstairs just before Christmas so we would have enough room in our living room for the tree. So we set my 'mill up in our storage or "junk" room. Since then I've been whittling away at stuff, setting up a stereo, speakers poised at a perfect height for me while I'm on my treadmill. Getting adapters so I can plug my mp3 player into the stereo...

AND I dusted off an old full length mirror...one of those oval type that swivel at the mid-point...and positioned it right in front of the treadmill so I can see myself.

That is a REAL challenge as all my life I have been so AVERSE to mirrors and seeing myself. Even after losing the weight I've lost I still cringe at times when I see myself. I rarely have a "pat-myself-on-the-back," "you-look-MAHVALOUS" moment...lol!

I'm hoping this may help me to feel more comfortable in my skin and who knows? Maybe learn to feel like I actually look ALL RIGHT! :-)

Today I did my third GRAND of the week! In probably my latest night time treadmill session ever...weird! I just haven't been a night time exerciser in the past. But it seems on the weekend that it just cannot happen any other time.

Anyhow, it's super to enjoy my "haven" and knock off another 1,000 calories...even though it's the name of a town in Michigan, I'm tempted to name my workout room: "Grand Haven"...lol!

I almost tossed in the towel at around 750 calories burned, but hey, with Sly & the Family Stone chanting "Higher" over and over was I going to wuss out THEN?!?!

So folks, it's a new year, set our sights for "HIGHER" goals & accomplishments and keep SOARING and giving each other friendly boosts here and there...woo hoo!!

Don

  
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JACKIEPAPER 1/12/2009 2:44AM

    Hey Don!

You are doing so great and that is completely showing up in how you look physically. I looked through your gallery - you look awesome! I think you ought to JUST GET USED TO IT! Our attitudes needs to be exercised as much as our bodies do, and good for you for getting to that work too!!

Practice, in all things, moves to perfection eventually.

Jackie

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TRAINOF4 1/11/2009 6:48PM

    Oh yeah, I HATE seeing myself in a mirror. In my last apartment the ONLY mirror in the place was the medicine chest mirror! But I DO find a mirror helpful for certain strength training exercises, because I want to be sure I'm keeping my form right...still I hate seeing the flab!

I think naming your room Grand Haven is perfect really ... Why not?

Music is definitely the most important part of my workout - I just have to have the right tunes, they can really help me push myself much further than I ever would without them!

1000 cals! Yowza!

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BUN3KIN 1/11/2009 10:57AM

    I am with you on the music! I have noticed that my workout "mood" is based almost solely on the music I am listening to.

You are a braver soul than I. I don't know if I could workout in front of a mirror. In fact, just yesterday I was saying that I was so glad that there are no cameras in my living room when I am doing Turbo Jam! emoticon

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GLORYSEEKER65 1/11/2009 2:20AM

    I'm from Michigan orginally before i moved to S.C.
I have been to grand Haven.
I'm sure you will be enjoying your hideaway and watch those pounds fly away !!!

keep it up !

Lisa emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/10/2009 10:50PM

    Wow you are determined and doing it! I usually exercise at night, I am not at all a morning person!

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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:

www.flowthefilm.com

www.oscilloscope.net/store/store.php

www.democracynow.org/2008/9/12/flow_
for_love_of_waternew_film


www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGd9D4J0lag

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

www.propublica.org/feature/how-the-w
ests-energy-boom-could-threaten-drinki
ng-water-for-1-in-12-america


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!

Don

  
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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/9/2009 8:21AM

    Very interesting!

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