Saturday, February 12, 2011
It's been a great day of pushing the envelop for me!
Starting off with my first trip to use the Riverwalk Athletic Club:
Couple of pics:
Loved their ellipticals! A Cybex and an Octane Pro 3700:
The Octane has a unique, sort of curvy motion to the swing of the leg which agrees with me well. Wasn't sure what the resistance settings were in terms of range, so started with a "20"...it was okay, but then monkeyed with the various programs and the Cardio one looked like a more challenging one. And was it EVER! Intervals between a resistance of 45 and 60! It has an arm building feature where you've got to REALLY push & pull...getting some ST in with the cardio!
Spent over an hour on the ellipticals with some weights & strength training in between. Also spent some time on the recumbent stationary but that wasn't as satisfying...couldn't seem to make it do a random program...which I like as it mimics the open road a little better that way. So I didn't stick with it for too long. Used the free weights and a few of the machines.
Couple gripes: the pool is not yet use-able...they say it should be soon. I'm going to speak up about this being a crucial feature if they want to garner my membership! Towels are supposed to be available for working out and showering...but they only had hand towels...had run out of the full-sized ones.
They do have further expansions planned and it does seem promising. I liked the mix of age groups...the young college kids from Binghamton University, middle aged & seniors. Pretty much anyone would fit in.
Anyhow after finishing at the fitness center I had to go pick up a ton of wood pellets for our pellet stove. This means two runs as I don't dare put more than a 1/2 ton on my minivan at a time. Also at the same time my other car was at the repair shop (rack & pinion, for the low-low price of $1,000...yee hah!). I had come back to pick up the other half ton hoping also to pick up the car as well...but it wasn't done.
So here I am at Northgate plaza with Otsiningo Park waving at me and saying "c'mon! I know how you can kill an hour while you wait!" So off I go! It was cold and blustery right then and not exactly inviting:
My initial reluctant self:
The wind was at my back pushing me along and I'm like "great, that's gonna be fun to work against on my way back!"
But I make the most of it. I wasn't prepared for a walk / jog and didn't have any gloves, but stuck my hands in my pockets till I got pumped up...I knew I wouldn't have to keep 'em in there for long!
The sun is TRYING to make a comeback...!
And the sky opens up!
By now I'm pretty pumped and jogging right along. Occasionally stopping for pics, but getting right back at it (intervals, right?) after I snap the shot.
Earlier this week while making my way to my office I passed a pedestrian who meant well when he said: "Speed-walking! All right!"
Me? Hmpf! Wait a minute fella, don't you know JOGGING when you see it? It's a whole different gait! :-)
Great tunes pumping me along as ever...Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" had me (first checking to see if anyone was around...lol!) clapping in time with the music and my stride!
Here's a little split for northbound / southbound "traffic":
One of the things I LOVE about our Otsiningo Trail ( www.gobroomecounty.com/parks/otsinin
go ) is the way that it makes use of land that was at one time "wasted" and tucked away beside and beneath the interstate as though it was the armpit of the county, BUT with the trail and enhancements around it the trail is transformed into a welcoming embrace to our area! I know public spending is going through some tough times now, but I can't stress enough how absolutely VITAL it is to maintain and enhance the walk-ability / bike-ability for the quality of life we all want and need in our communities. Be sure to let your politicians know how important this is to you!
On the return, homeward stretch I'm pleasantly surprised at the change in the direction of the wind...it continues to nudge me from behind. "Go," Mother Nature says, "GO!"
I'm looking much happier now! :-)
And the sun then REALLY came out, filling me with visions of spring and summer riding on my bike!
Here's my little mighty mite, power source for all things physical and SPARKIN' (1200-1300 tunes!):
On to tackling that OTHER half ton waiting to be lugged onto our porch and stacked for the remainder of the cold season!
Finished with all of this my body is WASTED and sore in good ways!
Looking forward to more fun at the fitness center! :-)
Some closing thoughts and tunes on the theme of "Wasted":
"So much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way
So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away
So much love to make up
Everywhere you turn
Love we have wasted on the way
So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away"
Care to give it a listen?:
Here's another, probably even MORE appropriate ode to waste!:
Wrap up your weekend with LOTS of SPARK!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Why in the world should the SuperBowl be such a fulcrum point for me I don't know BUT the thought occurred to me yesterday that SuperBowl 2010 was my low point in weight where for a teensy moment I actually crossed into One-derland for a few hours that day.
Since then it's been a slide upward in my weight, especially so during these winter months!
So I *know* I've been overdue for a tough, Dutch Uncle talk with myself and apply those words I've been so fond of (wish someone could tell me who said this...I think the credit goes to another member of our SparkFamily since I Googled it and came up empty-handed):
Being fat is hard.
Losing Weight is hard.
Choose your hard.
Now I'll take those words a step farther, kick it up another notch:
For me giving into gaining weight is sentencing myself to a slow death. Taking control of my health opens me to living my life to the fullest.
In "The Shawshank Redemption" (one of my all-time favorite movies) the choice is simply put: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
Well then...? Time to get back to what I know works for me:
1) Tracking EVERYTHING in the Nutrition tracker!
2) Daily cardio of no less than 35 mins. NO SKIPPED DAYS!
3) Weighing in each week.
4) Limiting my carbohydrates to the occasional fruit, low-fat plain yogurt, almonds, low-carb flatwrap or whole grain pasta.
---start the free trial at the fitness center by the end of the week.
---really REALLY focus on getting more sleep so that
---I can get my morning mojo back and be up nailing that cardio first thing in the morning.
I've got too many wonderful plans ahead that DON'T include toting around ANY more weight than necessary!
While on the treadmill (first looked at the clock at 50 minutes out of the 60 total...lol) my mp3 player dished up another super round of tunes tonight...but the most striking one happened also to be the very last. It's not a fast song, but a very powerful one. One of my favorite female vocalists is Paula Cole...just LOVE the strength, emotion and power of her singing in the song "Me" from the album "This Fire."
For me this song is both a declaration of radical acceptance of oneself, warts and all:
it is me who is my enemy
me who beats me up
me who makes the monsters
me who strips my confidence
Coupled with a pronouncement of profound strength and belief in oneself that just will NOT be shaken:
i am carrying my voice
i am carrying my heart
i am carrying my rhythm
i am carrying my prayers
but you can't kill my spirit
it's soaring and it's strong
like a mountain
i go on and on
Check out the video at YouTube which has the lyrics:
And here is a video of Paula herself singing her song:
Let's all keep ourselves moving toward the light: To LIFE!
ps...HUGE thanks to BAMOM19 for recently posting her efforts to nail her backslide. She, along with myself and other members of SparkPeople were special guests last year on Dr. Oz's 100th show featuring 100 people who've lost 100 pounds or more. Here is my blog on that experience: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2878056 Her sharing helped pave the way for me to come clean and go public with MY efforts as well! Just GOTTA LOVE our SparkFamily! :-)
Friday, February 04, 2011
I've been kicking around the idea of the Riverwalk Athletic Center ( www.riverwalkac.com/ ) since it's only a few blocks away from where I work...the convenience factor is HUGE for me! A friend and former co-worker teaches Spinning classes there as well and speaks highly of the management (formerly ran Shamrock Fitness).
The struggle is always around the expense...haven't decided yet...have always been a proponent of keeping it simple when it comes to fitness but after a winter of doldrums and backsliding I'm feeling a need to expand my fitness outlets and avenues.
Going to explore the costs and see what I can find out. I see they have a 14 day free trial running now. Stay tuned...
Friday, January 28, 2011
At work today I was browsing through the always interesting Nutrition Action newsletter published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest:
In this issue some numbers jumped out at me: In 2008 McDonald's advertising budget was over 1 billion dollars. That is, of course just ONE major food corporation! Can you imagine the mind-boggling total one might tally for ALL major food corps and their advertising for food we don't need?
When comparing advertising dollars spent on promoting healthy foods vs. promoting the "rest" of those food-like substances...? Well for each dollar spent on healthy foods over $1,100 is spent on stuff we should never ingest! A tad outgunned, aren't we...? This is what I mean about the mighty task of swimming upstream against some powerful forces!
These corporations aren't throwing their money away! These advertising companies which are hired guarantee the corps MAJOR return on their advertising dollar spent!
I won't get too much back into repeating my old rant (see below blog):
But here's the thing: There really ARE efforts out there to reverse the tide!
One of them is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010:
"New school food standards proposed last week by the Obama administration could nearly double the amount of fruits and vegetables that more than 32 million kids eat every day.
If these standards come into force, they could set American children on a healthier eating track that could last a lifetime. The proposed rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the newly-passed Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, could also save billions of dollars in future health care costs.
Putting this plan into action seems like a no-brainer, but its expense, which USDA estimates at almost $7 billion over five years, is a major stumbling block. Nearly half of that cost would go to put more fresh produce on school breakfast and lunch menus.
As we see it, $7 billion is a bargain when you consider the price of doing nothing."
The above is from a great article I HIGHLY recommend:
More will be presented at the following webcast: Changing the Way We Eat
"We’re thrilled to announce that Laurie David, author of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time has confirmed she will speak and be a host at TEDxManhattan. The Family Dinner is an inspirational, practical — and, of course green — guide to the most important hour in your family’s day, dinnertime."
Even WALMART and Michelle Obama are getting into the act!
Don'tcha know, if our country shifted resources on the order of BILLIONS of dollars to develop clever advertising to make broccoli & cauliflower as cool and delectable to eat as all those unhealthy choices have been in the past we might all be sneaking extra helpings of our veggies before everyone ELSE ate it up!
And those billions of dollars invested could be paying us back many times over in the form of the health and wellness of our children and their avoidance of long-term chronic illness and diseases.
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