Friday, November 13, 2009
Okay folks, put on your party hats, get in the conga line and celebrate!
This is one of my favorite 6 mph songs and everytime I hear it I feel like hamming it up and pretending I'm just FULL of myself and think I'm the HOTTEST fellow around!
Of course those of you who know my struggles with the mirror and my body image realize that most of the time nothing could be further from the truth... BUT:
During this song I like to *pretend* for just a few minutes that none of those struggles exist and I'm just going to WOO HOO! and LAUGH and CELEBRATE myself, my accomplishments and invite all of you to join in and fuggetabout all your doubts and criticisms of yourselves and your bodies because as the song sez:
WE'RE HOT HOT HOT!
Here's the video from this 80's one-hit-wonder that should be on ALL of your mp3 players:
Join the conga line...cuz we're all SPARKIN' HOT! :-)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I just LOVE to catch up with everyone and their blogs! Such inspiration, heartbreak, excitement, creativity, angst, curiosity...how can I resist? After all we're like one big family, right?
Well, I'm beginning to realize that I'm spreading myself a wee bit too thin and subbing to SO many blogs that I don't take enough time to (phew!) pause, reflect, and put some of my OWN thoughts down...!
I've been sticking with the nutrition tracking and although I got a tiny bit fuzzy with it over the weekend, I'm right back at it this week. Due to that fuzziness, however, I was nervously awaiting this week's weigh-in and feared a flat line or (gulp!) even a gain.
As tomorrow is a holiday for us state workers I would not be able to weigh-in on the scale our nurse kindly allows me to use each week. I always weigh-in around the same time (mornings) and under pretty much the same conditions:
---nothing touches my lips other than my morning vitamins/pills and a few sips of water
---all pockets are emptied, wrist-watch and shoes slipped off...if I had more privacy EVERYTHING would go...!
Anyone else get kinda wacky around weigh-in time...lol?
At first I thought...hey, wait till Thurs. and I'll have a chance to hedge my bets and another day of running under my calories!
But then I decided I just COULDN'T wait!
And...Ta DA! Two more pounds down! In SIX days instead of SEVEN! Woo hoo!
10 more pounds till ONEderland...7 more weeks...!
Feeling a bit jazzed when I came home I realized I did a smart thing: I put a jump rope in my car!
I have off and on attempted to jump rope over the past year. Klutz that I am I have only been able to get the darned thing past my feet 2, 3, maybe even 5 times before tripping up. The other day I realized I'm always trying this indoors under somewhat confined conditions where the rope will THWACK the ceiling or I'll bump into something. So I figured, 'hey, let's stick it in the car and perhaps a time will come along and I can work in some attempts outdoors without anything to get in my way.'
Well, although I had a ZILLION things I COULD have done instead, tonight I figure I've got the whole driveway to myself, let's give it a go!
So I really STUCK with it...klutzed my way through some feeble attempts, but kept going it, going it until...woo hoo! Managed a NICE sustained bit of jumping rope, actually even able to take my eyes off my feet and look straight ahead and keep up the jumping...! Whew! Nice quick way to work up a sweat! And the darned things are so PORTABLE too! Problem is...have to do this outside...when I'd rather be in a CLOSET so nobody could see me...lol! Another down side: I can hear the SLAP-SLAP of my belly flab as I jump...hard not to feel self-conscious about that. So while it's an UPPER to be able to DO IT, I have to keep kicking myself with reminders that I fought long and hard for that belly flab and the LAST thing I should do is feel SELF-CONSCIOUS about it!
You all know the struggle, I'm sure...!
Keep on SPARKING all you wonderful people out there!
PS...almost forgot...another holiday music recommendation for anyone who appreciates jazz / Brasilian music: A Brasilian Christmas:
As the reviewer says: "This is one of my favorite holiday albums. It was peculiar at first, combining the tropical warmth of Brasil with a holiday that conjures images of cold winter scenes for those of us in the northern latitudes, but very quickly one just sits back, smoothes out and enjoys the ride! I believe Oscar Castro-Neves has a significant presence on this cd, as well as other wonderful Brasilian guitarists. If you enjoy Brasilian, bossa-nova style music, you owe it to yourself to buy this album!"
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'! :-)
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