Friday, November 06, 2009
Just passing along a couple of reviews of a new movie: "Precious"...
It looks to be a TOUGH flix to watch, filled with abuse and neglect, however it's theme of *HOPE* caught my eye and seemed like it offers quite the inspiration for anyone who've dealt with seemingly insurmountable barriers...such as many of us!
NY Times Review:
Roger Ebert's Review:
If anyone sees it I'd appreciate it if you could post your thoughts / reactions here...! I'll do the same if I do, however, I'm doubting I'll catch up with it for a while...so darned BUSY!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I was a bit nervous anticipating my weekly weigh-in today as we had been out of town this weekend with a few dining out "indulgences"...but YES! Another pound down! Been buckling right down and holding my calories down to an average daily total around 1800.
I enjoyed using a terrific recumbent bicycle while at the hotel:
A HIGHLY customizeable bike which allowed me to recline and stretch my legs out. I felt a strange combo of being relaxed while buzzing along on the pedals...if I had a pillow I think I could have snoozed while sweating it out...lol! And it could be all YOURS for the low, low price of $2,000...yeesh! :-)
So my BMI now places me at 27.3, smack in the middle of the "overweight" category. Don't know if I'll get "quite" as low as a BMI below overweight...that would mean 194 pounds for me to hit a BMI of 24. Crossing into 190's may just be "enough"...we'll have to see...however, it WOULD be awfully nice to officially no longer be "overweight!" :-)
Now for a few musical recommendations...! After Halloween marks for me the beginning of my holiday music season! Yes, a wee-bit early, but I don't exactly jump right into Jingle-Bell-Rock-mode...lol! I enjoy a wide range of new age / world music which is instrumental and captures "moods" more than spelling out specific holiday wishes. One of my all-time favorite album which can be enjoyed year round, but is especially apropos for this time of year is Paul Winter's "Wintersong" in which one of my favorite soprano sax players gathers "a collection of international tributes to the season, with traditional songs and circle dances from England, Scandinavia, Italy, France and the Appalachian Mountains." Most of these are NOT exactly workout tunes...with the exception of Bach's Ode to Joy...which Winter & Co. transform into a fun, celebratory Brasilian romp!
Winter joins forces again with Brasilian guitarist extraordinaire Oscar Castro-Neves on their duo album "Brasilian Days:"
This is a WONDERFUL album, although non-holiday-oriented, guaranteed to warm your hearts and soothe away your stress...highly, HIGHLY recommended!
For more soothing holiday music of a New Age, mostly of an instrumental, acoustic nature I highly recommend Windham Hill's "Winter Solstice" series of albums:
Everyone have a super warm-up to the holiday season this month...!
I'll continue to ramp up my efforts toward ONEderland by the New Year.
PS, Oh! Also looking forward to a group walk at one of our state parks with fellow SparkPeople members this upcoming Sunday...woo hoo! :-) Check out details here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/city_spa
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Just a couple of random musical thoughts during my treadmill session tonight...
Billy Joel's song "Second Wind" got me stepping right along...I always find this song giving me such a boost! I heard that he had written this to respond to the tragedy and heartbreak of teenage suicide. The video here certainly speaks to that:
You're having a hard time and lately you don't feel so good
You're getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It's alright, it's alright
Sometimes that's what it takes
You're only human, you're allowed to make your share of mistakes
You better believe there will be times in your life
When you'll be feeling like a stumbling fool
So take it from me you'll learn more from your accidents
Than anything that you could ever learn at school
Don't forget your second wind
Sooner of later you'll get your second wind
It's not always easy to be living in this world of pain
You're gonna be crashing into stone walls again and again
It's alright, it's alright
Though you feel your heart break
You're only human, you're gonna have to deal with heartache
Just like a boxer in a title fight
You got to walk in that ring all alone
You're not the only one who's made mistakes
But they're the only thing that you can truly call your own
Don't forget your second wind
Wait in that corner until that breeze blows in
You've been keeping to yourself these days
Cause you're thinking everything's gone wrong
Sometimes you just want to lay down and die
That emotion can be so strong
But hold on
Till that old second wind comes along
You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else
But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself
It's alright, it's alright
Sometimes that's all it takes
We're only human
We're supposed to make mistakes
But I survived all those long lonely days
When it seemed I did not have a friend
Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my...
I also think of the song from the stamina perspective...as in, we all have more reserves than we may realize! Physically and otherwise! If I need more than a second wind I call on Pat Metheny's frenetic Third Wind...live version is best:
Now THAT song is a definite 6 mph-er! :-)
Although this song isn't so peppy, it gets one thinking about what it takes to feel better: Morphine's "Cure For Pain":
Where is the ritual
And tell me where where is the taste
Where is the sacrifice
And tell me where where is the faith
Someday there'll be a cure for pain
That's the day I throw my drugs away
When they find a cure for pain
Couldn't help but think that we here at SparkPeople have found that *CURE*! :-)
Here is the band performing that song:
However Sandman, the lead singer is off-key, probably indulging too much in his "cure"...he sounds better on the album:
Heading out of town for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary...should be lots of time for working out and swimming at the hotel and getting caught up with my reading / pondering / acting on Chris Downie's book "The Spark!"
Everyone have a super weekend and keep on Sparkin'! :-)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Although I've been religiously tracking my food and keeping my intake on the lower side (between 1500-2000 cals. mostly) I've been nervously awaiting my weekly weigh-in. Reason? Well that WHOPPING 10# loss I had last week was preceded by my colonoscopy "cleansing" on Friday. While I *knew* that the odds were good that I might even show a GAIN for this week, my heart would've sagged a bit nonetheless...
But my efforts are paying off and I had another pound lost! Woo Hoo! What a BLAST it was to discover this!
I'm beginning to think that the *REAL* reason I've held out against using the nutrition tracker all this time was that I wanted to do the best I could without it so that as I neared my "home stretch" and began to deal with the most stubborn of pounds I could pull out the *BIG GUNS* that would take me down to my goal weight...! :-)
If only I could truly be so devious...lol!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It occurred to me while on my treadmill the other day that one of the things that prevented me from tracking my food for so long was a sense of apprehension over feeling so *constrained* by the numbers and logging food.
Yet, now that I'm DOING it, I find a curious paradox: the more I exercise control over what I put in my mouth, the more FREEDOM I feel over my choices, my life!
BTW, a wonderful and solid 5 mph song I LOVED revisiting this morning: "Spain" by Chick Corea and Return to Forever:
Great song with the ever light & sprite Chick at the Fender Rhodes and Stanley Clarke and his propulsive string bass moving things along...highly recommended!
This morning when I chose my only size 40 pants and one of two size 16 1/2 shirts I felt so THRILLED to be able to wear such sizes! This, I thought, must be how Clark Kent felt when he changed into his Superman outfit! Proud as a peacock and dazzling with such a sense of accomplishment! I had received the shirt as a Christmas gift from well-meaning parents two years ago. Couldn't yet fit into it then, but vowed to get there...and here I AM! Woo Hoo!
Everyone have a super and lively day!
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