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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ugh! My wings are clipped today by picking up some sort of bug which has knocked me for a loop!

So now, when I'm so psyched to give this fitness center a run for the money I'm BLAM! Up against this wall...sinus' filled (no, just can't bring myself to use a neti pot...doesn't it run down your throat, lungs, whathaveyou?), headache, bad cough and other unpleasantries, not to mention a buzzy, spacey feeling in my head and ZERO energy! At least I got out for some slow walking while waiting for my infernal car to get finished with its repairs!

There is one good thing about this: I have zero, zip, nada appetite! Something about deleting the sense of smell...food loses all its appeal.

Ah well, I'm following what works for me...zero food and LOTS of water...going to FLUSH that bug away. If it's not better by morning I'll call in sick. Good thing I've got my notes so I can write up my notes (which are due Tues.!).

Might have to slip out to get my take home Valentine's dinner though... :-)


ps...DW is making steady progress with no setbacks. Hooray!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/14/2011 4:27PM

    Feel better soon, but don't try to rush too much or it'll kick you down again!!! Get some Vitamin C in you and rest. Try again tomorrow. Glad your DW is doing well! Prayers for you both!!!

emoticonHappy Valentine's Day!!!

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JAN1611 2/14/2011 2:34PM

    Hope you are feeling better x

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CARRIE1948 2/14/2011 1:04PM

    Feel better soon

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MNCYCLIST 2/14/2011 9:00AM

    Sorry to hear, bro, but I'm sure you'll bounce back soon and be fitter than ever!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/14/2011 7:37AM

    You're doing the right thing by drinking lots of water to flush it out. Hope you feel better soon

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DAYHIKER 2/14/2011 7:08AM

    Ouch! I'm surprised that any ole bug could even catch up with you!!! emoticon Hope you ditch it fast! Happy to hear that your dw is doing so well! My poor hubby said last night that he felt he was coming down with something and did a lot of coughing before he finally fell asleep. It is a tough time of year in more ways than one!


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JLITT62 2/14/2011 5:27AM

    Sorry to hear about the bug- how I hate those- but very glad to hear that DW is recovering nicely. Feel better soon!

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MIZZSB 2/14/2011 4:15AM

    get well soon! I just had a bug for 5 weeks !!

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STARDUSTD 2/14/2011 12:06AM

  Aww, I hope you feel better soon! At least no sense of smell or appetite should mean less Valentine's temptations, though, right?

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FRECKS96 2/13/2011 11:13PM

    Ugh! Hope you're feeling better soon. Lots of rest and water.

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LADYGWEN25 2/13/2011 10:17PM

    Oh Don.. i'm sorry you're sick.. I hear there is a nasty bug going around.. REST you need it.. you can keep me company while i'm not allowed to workout.. Feel better soon. :)

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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2011 9:50PM

    good to hear your wife is mending well....
take care of yourself !!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 8:15PM

    Go sweat that bug out of you!!!!

But seriously, hope you feel better fast!

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KESTREL500 2/13/2011 7:57PM

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather. I hope you get well soon so you can start giving the fitness club a run for their money!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/13/2011 7:35PM

    Don, you may want to consider Gatorade so you can get some electrolytes and sugar instead of just water.

Feel better soon.

As for the Valentine's dinner - we always do it the following weekend because there is no guarantee we are home in time to go for a relaxing dinner (plus the nightmare of reservations) - we do the same for birthdays and our anniversary.

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DAISYBELL6 2/13/2011 7:33PM

    emoticonFeel better soon!

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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
) 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!


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HEARTOLOVE 2/16/2011 6:38AM

    Hi Don!! The snow looks beautiful!!!
You're a go getter!!!
Hope you enjoy your new club!! Pam.

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SUZIAND 2/14/2011 12:42PM

Thank you so much for the pics and the blog! You have truley inspired me...yet again. I am going to my gym tonight and go for a swim!!!

Thanks, Don!


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BOBBYD31 2/13/2011 5:06PM

    i think you have done enough sparkin for the both of us, you day made me tired, great job! how is DW feeling???

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CARRIE1948 2/13/2011 12:45PM

    So, what's your decision about the Gym? I am loving my home gym so much, I can't see ever setting foot in one again.

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BAM-MA 2/13/2011 12:35PM

    What a great day! Thanks for the pics... Awesome!
I haven't been to that park in a long time. I will have to try and stop by there on my way through next time. I used to love to go there when my kids were little and I lived nearby. Your pictures brought back great memories of my son (now 23 and in the army) in the stroller and my daughter (now 26 and a mommy) on her training wheel bike. Brings a smile to my face!! emoticon

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LUREAH21 2/13/2011 11:01AM

    Great blog and pictures!

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DAYHIKER 2/13/2011 9:14AM

    Woo hoo! You sure made the most of your day! Glad you liked the fitness center--it sounds like a pretty nice place.

Thanks for comments on my blogs! We don't even have slop and glop yet--just ice that should start melting in earnest with today's 40 plus temperatures and sunshine.

Cindy in Indiana

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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2011 8:54AM

    love your pictures it puts us right there with you!!!
great that you found an elliptical that works for you!!!
have tried many but my knees don't seem to agree as yet.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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FRECKS96 2/13/2011 8:47AM

    Haha!! Love the self-portraits! And you're so right, we are truly blessed with an abundance of trails to utilize. Even better that they are generally kept cleared, even after a snow.

Glad you had such a wonderful day! Hope today is just as good!

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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 7:50AM

    Loved the pictures of your journey! So cool!

It is supposed to get into the 40s here today. I am giving serious thought to a very long walk. Perhaps I'll bring my camera along and record my own journey around town!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/13/2011 7:49AM

    I love that you take so many wonderful pictures along your many journeys! Great!!

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JLITT62 2/13/2011 5:47AM

    I am tired just reading about your day! That trail looks awesome. There were so many great places to walk/run in Austin - I really miss that.

But wait, there's no snow on that trail! And barely any by it - what's up with that? Maybe we'll look like that after next week & the warm temps, but right now we've got snow banks almost as tall as me!

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/13/2011 4:20AM

    wow, I wish we had a fitness center around here like the one in your pics. Loved the other pics as well. Have to admit I got tired just reading about what you did just today!! LOL

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2BMYOWN 2/13/2011 1:34AM

    Now I think this is a totally awesome blog, and LOVE the pics! Man.....I am such a slug compared to you.....LOL! Kudos, I'm really impressed, you rawwwwk for sure!

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Choosing My Hard: Living vs. Dying

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.

Other plans:

---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
Her sharing helped pave the way for me to come clean and go public with MY efforts as well! Just GOTTA LOVE our SparkFamily! :-)

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DEBRA0818 10/24/2011 1:15PM

    Great blog, Don! I agree with you that you're either "busy living or busy dying" or in my case, busy controlling my weight or busy letting it get totally out of control. I don't seem to have a cruisin' along fine speed. LOL! Having recently (last August) accepted total responsibility for my weight has freed me like no other prescription for it ever has. I'm making the choices each day that I want to make because they take me closer to the kind of freedom I've really longed for -- freedom from a lot of extra pounds and the health problems that go with that.

Here's to continuing freedom!
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KINSBAILE 9/27/2011 4:10PM

    Love this and absoulutely 110% agree.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/26/2011 9:57AM

    You NEVER cease to amaze me, brother.

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TRUETOU 9/24/2011 11:44AM

    loved this blog...thank you...

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    What a fantastic blog. Thank you!

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CHUBBYCHIC6 2/15/2011 10:12AM

    Great lyrics Don,
and very true.
Making excuses for bad choices. Pulling the treadmill into the middle of the floor without getting on (fibbing) and hiding sweet wrappers under the car seat before hubby sees. Who am I kidding!
I'm my worst enemy. I'm my biggest critic. I know that now.
I'm in it for me. I am strong and confident.
I'm gettin' busy livin'.

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MIZZSB 2/13/2011 6:03AM

    hey Don..

love the quotes!!
and you are right i hate being busy to kill myself! its time to get busy living!!!!

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STARDUSTD 2/13/2011 12:27AM

  Love those lyrics, they're so relatable.
Oh yeah, and I didn't know you'd been featured on Dr. Oz...congrats! After reading that, i googled to see if I could find videos (haven't yet) but saw Richard Simmons was a celebrity guest. Did you get to meet him?

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OUTDOORGIRL70 2/11/2011 10:18PM


Thanks for the great blog, You are an inspiration to me. You know what my struggles are and have been. I will lose the pounds as soon as the medications are gone.

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KAZINMICH 2/11/2011 9:08PM

    Excellent blog!! very motivating. I also LOVE The Shawshank Redemption!!! I've watched it so many times I can't count, and I bought the tape, even thought I've been watching it on tv. lol.."Get busy living, or get busy dying." Heck Ya!

I found someone else here in spark say something similar I love:
I want to find joy in living , not eating!!!

My husband and I both came to that conclusion in December. We set into motion our plan starting January 2nd. We cleaned out our cupboards to local food banks and stocked up on healthy stuff and haven't looked back.

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CASSIES 2/11/2011 3:04PM

    I love this.

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BARBARA_BOO 2/11/2011 1:24PM

    Nice Paula song! Choosing your hard is a great deal like chopping wood and carrying water. We appear to be on the same page once again.

Congrats on the Dutch Uncle talk that led up to the decision to hit the gym hard. When the Chief said "Juicy Fruit" in the Coocoo's Nest movie we both like is when we knew things were really changing and freedom was on the way.
I think this looks more like a coocoo flapping its wings that it does a cheerleader (see its little feet).

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KINSBAILE 2/9/2011 2:48PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/9/2011 11:22AM

    I am going to keep this simple, but profound....
Don, you are emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 2/9/2011 9:51AM

    thanks for the song Don! I just listened to it.. It's AWESOME! think i'm gonna add it to my "spark" repotoire of uplifting songs :)

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MELANIE418 2/9/2011 8:01AM

    Hi Don - I really loved the power I felt in your post. Your words feel so powerful and willful. I love how you have taken back your health and weight loss. It's very empowering. Thank you for reminding me of Paula Cole and "Me". I had forgotten how beautiful that song is and what an anthem to being your own best friend. Your post was great way to start my day. Thanks for writing it!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/8/2011 3:03PM

    Thanks for this!!! Word I needed to hear just now!!! Thank you, thank you!!

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VEEJAY3 2/8/2011 11:30AM

    Don, I find you so inspiring, I'm adding you as a friend! I want to read more of your writing, and just bask in your optimism! I'm a backslider on my way back, too: had thyroid issues that packed 20 of my hard-lost 70 back on, and it's incredibly stubborn -- isn't going without a fight! So I need friends like you who have a lot of fight in them.

Thanks for the inspiration today.

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/8/2011 7:55AM

In the short time that we've been getting to know each other a little I have seen that you must be a very strong & courageous man. I'm proud of you for your efforts and want to remind you that you are human. I know without a doubt that you will choose the hard that leads to life! Let's LIVE!!!!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 2/8/2011 7:01AM

    Great perspective. Thanks for the reminder that neither path is easy.

Have a GREAT day, Don!!!

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LUREAH21 2/8/2011 6:57AM

    You can do it!

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FRECKS96 2/8/2011 6:35AM

    Woot! You have a plan and I have no doubt that you'll conquer this hill. Good luck with your AM workouts-they've been a struggle for me lately too. Hopefully everything will get a little easier as the days get longer!

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TERRYMEMPHIS 2/8/2011 6:29AM

    Don I've been experiencing this myself. At least running a store like McDonalds I'm always moving all day long. I need to get going again in exercise dept. Lately fatigued at the end of the day. Need to ride the trainer in my room and shovel more snow. Maybe we can hook up for a ride this year. Bike is all tuned and ready to go. This mountain bike has been with me for 20 years. One positive thing still is I'm only eating salads with grilled chicken and low fat dressing, with the occasional small low fat ice cream cone.

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JLITT62 2/8/2011 5:43AM

    Ok -- wow --you were on Dr. Oz -- wish I'd known. I have been there my friend -- regaining, so mad at myself, so embarrassed. You have a good plan -- now work it! And we're here to make sure that you do! Cause


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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 2/8/2011 12:40AM

    Great job coming clean and facing what's been going on and what needs to happen! I can totally relate to what you're saying. It was just a little over a year ago that I was at my lowest weight-wise, and then, the slipping and sliding away from healthy decisions started happening. I've finally gotten to a point this year where I can feel positive strides, but it's taken a while, and it has been the toughest time I've had since started on this journey.

I wish you all the best with your plans, and I know you can do whatever you set your mind (and heart) to!

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SCOTTK3000 2/7/2011 11:17PM

    sounds good! I'm with you!

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A Fitness Center on the Horizon...?

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...


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OUTDOORGIRL70 2/11/2011 10:22PM


Being it is free for 14 day go for it to see if it is going to work for you and the price is right.

Remember spring is coming and that bike of yours is just itching to go on the long rides you like to take.

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TOPAHI 2/7/2011 11:11AM

    Hey Don,

I don't like being in the gym and the treadmill must be some sort of torture device... but the best thing I ever did for my health was join (and go!).

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MOMOF3NEWYORK 2/6/2011 9:40PM

    I only pay about $30 a month for my gym BUT it's right on my route (where I have to go pick up youngest son). Be SURE it's convenient for you, above all else - otherwise you might find excuses to not go. Other than that, suggest you take the free trial & check it out! good luck!! emoticon emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/6/2011 7:23AM

    If it keeps you healthy, Don, it is worth it. You have made great strides to get where you are. See if it works for you with the trial. I think the advice others have given has been very good. The other advantage to gym membership is the resources of trainers. You may not have a trainer but they are there and you can ask questions. It is nice to have that option. I know spark has a lot of resources but to have guys there that have your back like that is fantastic at your level of fitness. It would be very exciting I think for you and the companionship would be awesome. When I return to Oneonta, if I ever get out of physical therapy, I hope to go to aquatic classes at the Y there. My sister recommends them and I am looking forward to trying them out. I also, personally, hope some day to get back into an organized yoga class. I am a long way off but someday I might get up to speed. Good luck with it all, Don. Let us know how it turns out for you.

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DAISYBELL6 2/5/2011 7:59PM

    I love having the rec center to go to. Since I am a senior, the cost is reasonable. It really is nice to have all those extra options and a place to go when it is cold and snowy or extremely hot in the summer. For me, the rec center is worth its weight in gold.

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2011 11:38AM

    I love my gym -- where I've been a member since 1975!! -- and what's to hurt with a 14 day free trial? Grab it!!

Working out with other people is highly movivational, and going to the gym at the same time every day means you'll soon make friends who are also there on your schedule. My gym friends are people self-selected to care about health and fitness -- and all kinda weird since my gym slot is 5:30 a.m.!! I like their quirkiness!!

The cost of my gym membership is so worth it in comparison with other stuff I might spend the money on.

Bottom line: we value what we spend our time and our money on --so one of the clearest indicators of what's important to me is how I spend my time and my money.

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CARRIE1948 2/5/2011 8:50AM

    Go for the free trial. I prefer my own exercise to gyms as evidenced by my new home gym. Will find time soon to blog and put up photos

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DAYHIKER 2/5/2011 8:08AM

    The convenience would be wonderful and it would give you more options! The free two weeks trial sounds like a great opportunity to test it out. I would love to have a fitness center nearby! Heck, I'd love to have ANYTHING nearby!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2011 8:00AM

    i have a membership maily because it has both a gym and a great pool........
good luck with your free trial.........hope it works out ....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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FERRETLOVER1 2/5/2011 7:40AM

    A free trial is a great way to decide if this is something that will work for you, Don. With your high level of dedication, I think you will find the athletic center a good idea, plus you can't beat the convenience!

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MRDPOLING 2/5/2011 5:58AM

    I feel the same way as you do with fitness but a couple weeks ago I finally gave in and joined the Y. Thus far it feels like the perfect fit for me too.

I never thought I would be the kind of guy to enjoy a gym but I do!

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JLITT62 2/5/2011 5:33AM

    Luckily I'm always motivated to exercise. I like gyms -- course they're all different. I don't belong to one presently cause of course, but give it a try! It's free!

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    Don, I'm right there with you. I never joined any kind of organized fitness, and the first couple of years on SparkPeople were all at home or outdoors (on my own) fitness. However, when I got in my slump, not exercising on my own and gaining, I just knew that I needed some help to get my focus back. Joining the bootcamp classes has definitely helped me because I know I have to make it there and get my money's worth. I know of so many tales of people having gym memberships and not using them, but maybe for those of us for whom paying for fitness is a new thing, we're not so apt to let it slide. Plus, I know that I push myself harder around others and will do things I wouldn't normally do because I'm in class. I still don't think I'd join a gym because it's still cost prohibitive for me, but the bootcamp classes fit right into my budget and works out nicely. I hope you find the same is true for the athletic center. That's great that you have the free trial to see if it'll work for you.

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NURSEGIBSON 2/5/2011 12:09AM

    Interesting - thanks for that link, Don. We were just talking today on our unit about the local gyms and how bad American Fitness is now. Alot of people work out at Planet Fitness but that is not close to home for me. The best would be Court Jester but it is a bit pricey there. I didn't know about Riverwalk or the free 2 weeks. I'm not too far away at BGH.

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FRECKS96 2/4/2011 11:30PM

    I think I'm going to give the 2 week trial a go too. Can't hurt!

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STARDUSTD 2/4/2011 11:28PM

  Even if you decide you can't/don't want to make the financial commitment at this time, go ahead and take advantage of that 2 week trial! Maybe that would be even be enough to help kick the winter doldrums ?

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SCOTTK3000 2/4/2011 11:26PM

    sounds like a worthwhile thing to check out!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/4/2011 11:12PM

    Well, I would think it's a *no-brainer* to take'em up on the free trial! And use your best negotiation skills to get a great price for membership if you resonate with the place during the trial. Check other centers for prices...put the pressure on...tell'em you will join the other facility (if their prices are better). I think it's a great idea. And it IS simple, 'cause it's near work.

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/4/2011 11:09PM

    My husband and I just joined a gym yesterday. I also struggled with the cost, but I decided I've wasted money on worse things and this is for my health. What could be more important?! You don't usually have to join long term and maybe it would just give you a boost through the winter.

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One Man & A Cheap, Plastic Shovel

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Whew! Mother Nature served up a great whopper of a snow-shoveling day today! Did my driveway, the neighbor's on the north side of us and 1/2 of the neighbor on the south side of us before their mother kicked her two able-bodied teens out the front door to do the other half...lol!

After I finished I looked around at all the mountains of snow I piled up and thought: hey...not too shabby! :-)

Of course I had some terrific help courtesy of my mp3 player which served his master well by reading my mind and body and dishing out some great pumped up tunes!

Santana's Soul Sacrifice...both the studio and the smokin' hot live versions! I don't Zumba...guess that's not really for guys...? Wish it was...love the latin tunes that seem to speak to Zumba...bet this would be a great candidate! One day I'll cure my two left feet...lol

Check it out:

Live, Woodstock Version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDalZ4-53g

The Who: Live At Leeds, both Young Man Blues & Magic Bus


Jackson Browne: Somebody's Baby, Runnin' On Empty

Morphine: Honey White

Blues Traveler: Brother John

Weather Report: Man in the Green Shirt

Incognito: Millenium & Love, Joy & Understanding

And my personal ode to MOVING MOUNTAINS (SO appropriate for this snow shoveling!):


"Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand."

Make it a SPARKIN' day everyone!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SASSYCHRIS1952 2/4/2011 3:13PM

    The very first song link you posted is a particular favorite of mine! As I'm posting, I'm listening to it emoticon

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MELANIE418 2/4/2011 8:14AM

    Hi Don, just found your page and blog from a comment you left on WOLFKITY's blog. You are incredible! I love your motivation and it really comes through in your blog. I'll be subscribing to this one! :) Thanks for your spark!

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WOLFKITTY 2/3/2011 7:42PM

    Awesome! And I love the blog title, too! I thought you were going to say that the shovel broke before you did! LOL!!

Hey, btw, Zumba is for guys, too! It was "created" by a man named Beto. There's lots of sculpting/toning strength training in those fun dance moves. I hope you can try it sometime. And even if you don't feel coordinated, keep at it because there is talent and there is skill. You can build skills, ESPECIALLY you can, Don!


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ZELLAZM 2/3/2011 5:42AM

    Running on Empty! Have to download that one...

WTG on your super cardio snow blast session!


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SCOTTK3000 2/1/2011 11:47PM

    awesome snow work! great tunes thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/1/2011 8:29PM

    I think you should throw caution to the wind and get a Zumbz video you can do in the privacy of your own home. I'll bet you can Zumba as good as any of them with just a teeny bit of practice!! AND I think you'd love it!!! Have you never seen the infometials? Those hot Latin guys!!! Oh, yeah, it's a guy thing, too. hehe
Anyway, you're doing great, but be careful and don't overdo!!

(Love The Who!)

Have a great week!

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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2011 7:50PM

    You've gotta be very popular with your neighbours!!

And I hope you were singing along out loud as you were shovelling!!

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DINGALLSTOO 2/1/2011 7:43PM

    interesting music choices, I'll have to add some to my MP3 play list

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DAYHIKER 2/1/2011 5:09PM

    Way to go, Don! I like shoveling snow--it's this ice that I hate. (sigh)

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/1/2011 3:17PM

    Phew ! You certainly got your workout today. I expect to be home helping my brother dig out the house. However, for the moment, I am stuck at work. Yes, I had to drag my keister to work. ugh...

Anyway, you're an asset to the community by helping your neighbors dig out !!!

Round one of the storm is just about finished here. Round two starts up tomorrow morning. That's when I probably will take a "sick of snow" day to help shovel out the house. ugh again...


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    What a nice way to burn some extra calories. Too funny about the neighbor's boys. You didn't say, "no, no, let me finish up"? emoticon

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BOBBYD31 2/1/2011 2:52PM

    very little snow but lots of ice here, i did my place and my parents. great tune list, never thought about using mp3 player for shoveling

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LADYGWEN25 2/1/2011 2:31PM

    Great Job! I did ours in 2 hours.. Came home from getting some groceries and the plow put more slop in at the end.. So i undid that... KNew the neighbor to the right of us had just had theirs plowed.. there sidewalks weren't done and i figured since they're a buisness and they might be there today.. I started there's... The owners HUbby showed up and i was 1/2 way done... He was really appreciative.. I was like hey anytime! He asked me if i was running today.. I said.. no the shoveling is more than enough..lol... ANd hey.. Like Julie Said.. Keep the MP3 charged.. we're looking at a total accumlattions 11-15inches by end of day tomorrow.. :) Hey... this gave me an idea for a blog..lol...

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DAISYBELL6 2/1/2011 2:25PM

    Talk about back in time! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 2/1/2011 2:14PM

    so glad those days are not here too too often any more........
blessings and hugs......lita

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FRECKS96 2/1/2011 2:12PM

    Nice! Keep that mp3 player charged-plenty more snow coming tonight and tomorrow.

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EMMASB 2/1/2011 1:54PM

    i liked everything in your blog- ha! - dont envy your shoveling - the plow guy beat me home last night- thats my excuse! love the music too- thanks emoticon

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