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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am so proud of ALL the barriers which have been overcome as my fitness and health has improved over the past few years with the tremendous support available through SparkPeople!

Yesterday I tried cross country skiing for the first time EVER! A few years ago I couldn't even CONCEIVE of such an action! I'm riding my bicycle over 20 miles a trip...INCOMPREHENSIBLE to my old, unhealthy self! On the treadmill I find myself JOGGING through my favorite songs...another hurdle overcome!

I find myself becoming increasingly "addicted" to new and / or recovered challenges...thinking about rollerblading/skating, bikiing yet longer distances, getting back into a canoe, taking dancing lessons...the sky's the limit!

It's this feeling of physical freedom and unlimited potential that I am most proud of since reclaiming my fitness!


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SCIALINA 1/22/2009 2:06AM

  I'm hoping to put you on a pedestal for courage and encouragement....I'm 53 and newly returned to sparkpeople...and have to lose weight and gain confidence in myself. I weigh in at 230 as a result of quitting smoking I plastered on 40 lbs in a year. Now I just want to get brave again. Any words of advice???

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RISSATRAIN 1/20/2009 1:12PM

    Wow! You are doing so great. Cross-country skiing? That's terrific. I've never tried it....I only saw snow for the first time last year on a trip to Ohio! lol.

Sounds like you have great endurance. That can only come from hard work. And you've done it! I know I will be there soon...just gotta stay focused.

And may I make a suggestion? If you take dance lessons...go for Latin Ballroom. I just learned the Rhomba and Salsa. I did the salsa for an hour straight Sunday night at a jazz place. I burned almost 600 calories...and it was so fun.

I look forward to your posts, Don. Best wishes to you.

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TRAINOF4 1/20/2009 12:26PM

    AMEN! I love this post - I'm looking forward to being able to say the same thing for myself in a lot of things soon. I'm back to being able to go up & down stairs without going one step at a time ... I can use BOTH legs to use the stairs!

You should definitely try rollerblades. It's very similar to ice skating, and when you go downhill, you can swoosh from side-to-side like you're doing downhill skiing. Oh, it's got a name, but I can't spell it! LOL

Good for you! emoticon

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Cross Country Thrashings... :-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

I ROCKED today getting out for the first time EVER doing Cross Country Skiing! It was a picture perfect: fresh snow had fallen...just a few inches...temps were perfect mid-20s. The park is tucked away in the middle of God's country...beautiful valleys, sunny blue skies...couldn't have picked a better day!

I did my share of flopping around like a fish on dry land...must google "how to stand up when one has fallen while cross country skiing"...! But I didn't feel too badly cuz I could find other places on the trail where skiis had X'd up the snow and there were obvious signs of someone's previous flailings...lol!

I got to where I was fairly comfortable on level or uphill territory, but put me on ANY, even the MILDEST downhill slope and BAM! Down on my butt, more thrashing to get up! I learned after a bit to take the poles and instead of pushing off BEHIND me I would dig 'em in FRONT of me when going downhill to give myself a little more time before WHOOPS I did it again...lol! There was a point where I will admit I gave up when facing a long downhill slope (even if it WAS mild...this really WAS the "easy" trail, right?!?!) and I had fallen that I just said to myself...ENOUGH! ...and proceeded to sit on my skis and slide down on my butt! So much for "pride!"

As I suspected, I overdressed and got so steamed up I had to take my glasses off and put 'em in my pocket...couldn't see through the fog...lol!

But all in all it was a superb time...am hoping to re-visit this again sometime soon to gain more confidence!


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TRAINOF4 1/20/2009 12:22PM

    I would love to be out skiing, alas we have no snow! And anyway, my knees wouldn't take the downhill stuff -which is the best part!

There's something about the proper way to put the ski's little leather (or whatever fabric) loops around your hands. If you hold them the wrong way and your pole gets jammed hard into something you could bend your thumb back and cause yourself a serious nerve/muscle/tendon injury. This happened to someone I know, sadly I can't tell you the correct way to hold them... Guess you can look it up along with how to get up when you fall. LOL

Yep - always a learning curve. You should see my breast stroke in the pool - horrible, but I'm practicing & will be better in time. And so will you!

GL with the skis, and enjoy the beauty of each day.

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JIBBIE49 1/20/2009 2:22AM

    WOW, Don, cross country skiing sounds like fun. I lived in CHICAGO and PEORIA, ILLINOIS, but didn't do any. Went skiing once in Wisconsin, but spent most of the evening by the fireplace in the lounge at the Lodge.

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LADYWEZ 1/19/2009 8:38PM

    Awesome. Glad you tried it. I am jealous. sounds like you had a blast.

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MUNS10 1/19/2009 7:11PM

  I'm really proud of you!!!! I'm glad you tried it!!!!! Just a thought though...did you attempt any "snowplowing" on the downhills? That would be to put the points (toes) of your skis in or together and the backs would be wider. This will seriously slow you down and stabalize you on the downhills :)

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More Snow Shoveling Cardio Today, but TOMORROW...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm GOING to get out and finally try CROSS COUNTRY SKIING!

Woo hoo!

Going to hit the sack and rest up for the big day!


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SASSYCHRIS1952 1/19/2009 10:05AM

    I envy you a little, we rarely get snow here (Hampton Roads, VA). That's a great exercise, hope you had a good workout.

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TRAINOF4 1/19/2009 7:55AM

    Soooo?? How was it!? Did you make it out for your first x-country ski trip? Is it hard to do? Do you fall a lot or what ... I only know what I've experienced on an OLD Nordictrack. LOL So I'm curious to hear what you thought of it. I've heard it's great exercise.

Taking mom into Fairfax today (about 50-60 miles from here), we're getting light flurries, just enough to make the drivers in DC idiots (well, worse idiot drivers than usual.) They'll either be driving waaaay too fast (in their SUVs thinking their foolproof) or waaaay to slow (afraid of the tiny amt of precip-these ones do the same in the rain.) Augh! It takes long enough already without those idiots!
At least I can be happy today is a holiday - much less traffic-plus tomorrow is the BIG day in DC - so there's probably even LESS than usual to begin with!

Take care of yourself - stay warm, dress in layers yada yada yada!

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Haven Grander YET! :-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Circuit City (RIP) was awash with vultures descending to pick its bones and I, with $100 in gift cards burning a hole in my pocket, courtesy of DW :-), was in the thick of things going after another pair of speakers with which to grace my GRAND HAVEN!

Detoured by DW to the movies before I could set up my new speakers, I got to enjoy Last Chance Harvey...nice romantic fluff with two old pros...Emma Thompson could sit and read the phone book and I'd be just fine with it...such a beauty... :-)

Anyhow...FINALLY finished setting up the speakers and got to BOOGIE-ING with Incognito while strength-training....Tales From the Beach...what an AWESOME album! Sort of like Earth, Wind & Fire, shaken up with a jazzy Stevie Wonder and George Duke...this one will get your feet MOVIN'! Here's a link to it:


And THEN I finally got going on my 'mill for another GRAND session with the tunes coming at me from all four corners of the room...so SWEET!

Couldn't believe when all was said and done it was 11 pm! Whew!



Hardest Goal For Me to Meet...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Keeping my calories down!

I've been so HUNGRY this winter season! Even though I stay away from those high-carby sweet trigger foods, I keep gnoshing on one thing after another all day long. I turn to low calorie veggies quite a bit, but obviously not enough.

Feel good about ramping up my workouts, now if I can only pull the reins in on my appetite!


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TWOKIWI 1/17/2009 1:25PM

    HI there ! Hey thanks for the flowers - there were a real pick me up. No I am not in NZ but have dual NZ-Canadian citizenship as my dad is a kiwi. Currently I live in Ontario, but my husband and I would love to retire to NZ. I spent a month there last year visiting my dadj's half of the family - man it is beautiful.

Anyway - I read your blog about the hunger and I can relate. Not sure if you would like these things, but they help me when I am getting hungry.

1) cottage cheese with some vanilla and artificial sweetener - that's it. You can have 1/2 c, or 1 c - and then I put maybe 1/2 to 1 tsp of vanilla, more or less to taste, and same with the sweetener. It ALLMost tastes like vanilla ice cream.

2) unsweetened almond milk with low carb chocholate protein. Mix it up and it tastes like chocholate milk but it is low low low on the sugar.

Cheers !

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