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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! :-)


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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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    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!!


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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.


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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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    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:





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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