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Body Image Surprise

Friday, January 18, 2008

It was such a pleasant startle the other day when a colleague of mine at work shared with me his recent weight loss successes, stating he was down to 274. Of course I gave him a pat on the back and said congrats on the payoff for hard work!

Later it dawned on me: I was thinner than this fellow, who is about my height, by twenty pounds!

I'm no longer the biggest person around!


And later yet it dawned even further on me: I still saw myself every bit as large as this fellow, if not even larger! Wow!

I am going to have to get back into the habit of asking my wife when we're in public: Is that fellow over there bigger or smaller than me...? This helps me to better gauge and re-calibrate my body image...which has some catching up to the new reality I've been carving out for myself!

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MIMULELADY 1/18/2008 9:22AM

    Dawn breaks, emotions soar. Finally you know all your hard work is paying off. You should put a picture of yourself at your heaviest near big mirror if you have one. Then you can look in the mirror and look at the picture and SEE the difference. Also don't forget to get a picture or two of the smaller you as you keep getting smaller. I don't know your wife, but I wouldn't be asking to often if you are bigger or smaller than "that" man over there. She might get tired of it. LOL Congratulations on your new discovery. Savor it to spur you on. Carol

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Generational Rockout: More Burn For The Buck!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Throughout my 'millwork past I have tended to start slow and build to fast, sometimes crescendo finish. Recently I read (was it one of SUNLUVIN's great posts at the All Health Professionals SparkTeam?) how one gets more cardio burn for the buck when you pour on the steam early in your workout...gets the heart revved up for a longer period of time.

Figures, I would have it reversed...lol!

This morning the first song that chanced on my playlist happened to be The Who: Live At Leeds version of My Generation. Well! This is my opportunity to rock out first thing on my treadmill! I kick it right up to a 4.5 mph jog, which has been the fastest I've gone jogging for a sustained time. After a while in the song I figure it must be near the end...what the heck, let's kick it up to 5.0...I can handle that for a few minutes!

Turns out, this version of My Generation happens to be 15 minutes long...waaaay longer than I had thought, and I was only half-way through the song!

Challenge of the day taken! I probably ended up doing 5.0 for 5 to 7 minutes...! My mp3 player then took pity on this poor, sweat-soaked soul and served up a slower bossa nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim next...whew! I kept the pace for the remainder of my time to 4.0 with a nod to my old habits at the end picked it back up to 5.0 for the last couple of minutes.

Feels great starting my day with a bang!

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MISS_VIV 1/22/2008 9:51AM

    wow, rock on.............I just joined the electronic movement. I got me a little MP3 player. Now I have to learn how to download music, so i can use the darn thing.

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Bouncing Back / Elliptical Fun

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bouncing back from my December slide!

During 6 days of traveling to MI I did no cardio and allowed myself some carbs...but really didn't go crazy...after it was over I was astonished to find I gained 9 pounds!

Well in about 18 days I blasted off those pounds.

Now I'm traveling again and staying at a hotel with an elliptical. After doing the treadmill this morning for 60 mins. I went back to use the weight machines and once again got back to trying out an elliptical for 30 mins...almost couldn't walk afterwards...legs felt like jelly...lol! Did it all again the next day too!

What a great cardio weekend!

I've finally gotten back on an elliptical while staying at a hotel (a Precor) and found it much more "do-able" than the last one I tried some time ago. 30 mins. with resistance set at 10 and pace between 110-130 rpms. My total # of strides was 3400 the first time and 3600 the second. Legs were like jello afterwards, but a plunge in the pool and I was good to go! Normally on the treadmill it takes 12-14 mins. for me to start sweating. The elliptical had me going in 6 mins.! My heart rate bumped from 70 to 130 where I pretty much maintained it throughout the workout. I'm very impressed by the feeling I get from this workout. The flabby backs of my thighs seem to get much benefit!

Question, tho: Is there a way to translate elliptical time into distance? For instance on the treadmill you have a final distance you've covered. I didn't see anything like that on the display of the Precor I was using.

It seems an important part of whether an elliptical works or not (i.e feels comfortable or "do-able") is the length of the cycle around which the foot pedals rotate. Don't know if that is possibly adjustable or whether it's a one size determined at the time of purchase.

Appreciate any thoughts folks have to share about it as I can tell I'm getting increasingly curious enough to consider purchasing one. Would want to be sure it's a good sturdy piece of equipment that could go the distance...!

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CRAFTYMAMA 1/17/2008 6:57PM

    I use a Precor Elliptical at the gym and it has a function that tells you how many miles you have gone. I think you have to push the "buttons" on one of the displays (calories burned, cross ramp, resistance)and cycle through until you get to the distance one. Make any sense?

Good luck!

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MIMULELADY 1/13/2008 11:20AM

    Hi, what a good way to travel!!! From what I have learned about the eliptical is that you get twice the exercise on it as you do the tread mill. So I would figure that if did say 4 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill it would take 15 minutes to do the same on the eliptical. Not sure there is any other way to figure it. You said it took half the time to get your heart rate up on the eliptical as the tread mill so it must be close in distance too. Congratulations on getting those new found pounds off so quickly. Carol

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Who's Doing Who?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Recently feeling a bit *blah* on my treadmill, despite my mp3 player. However when an upbeat song came along by The Who, I noticed a distinct difference in the way I was stepping along and although it's a bit tricky to define, it felt like I was doing the 'mill.

Before it felt more like the MILL was doing ME.

Feels much better the other way around... :-)

On another note, maybe loosely related...if you're looking some inspiration, some great humor and heartfelt tragedy DO get out to see "The Bucket List!" It is the best movie I have seen in a long, long time! It will stir your heart and make you stop and reflect on your life, where you are, and where you want to be.

Can't recommend it highly enough!!

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    I want to see that movie! It is not in the Indianapolis area yet so alas I am forced to wait a little longer :(

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Crawling Back From the *Flabby-Daze*!

Friday, December 28, 2007


Missed too many cardio days (only six, but felt like SIXTY!) and allowed myself too many carbies. I struggle to figure out exactly HOW I let things go and I guess it was just too much of a shake up in my routine combined with ongoing sneezies (allergies? cold? who knows...) ALSO, during the flurry of house cleaning before we left I managed to smash my big toe (which was still purple from my previous bad shoe experience) so badly that it appeared that the nail might be lost...the jury is still out on that one.

Anyhow, I sound like I'm whining, don't I? I am so disappointed in myself as I had such a head of steam going into the holidays and had been eyeing up some respectable goals for myself which are all pretty much unattainable now.

I again was surprised over how difficult it was to crawl back into my routine, which I've been following for the last two days now. It was sobering to get a whiff over how easy it would be to just let it all go and slide back into the "dead zone!" I planned to weigh myself today to scare myself into high gear this week, but our nurse is on vacation and the scale is locked up. I think I'm frightened enough of the potential number slide to whip myself into action, tho... :-) I think there IS something to be said for the *muscles* we develop when we crawl back from the precipice yawning by our side...which is always there, but when we give into old, unhealthy habits our awareness of the danger is heightened.

But now I am BACK in control, gearing up for my New Year's Eve, which is always a blast walking all over town enjoying First Night. If anyone is fortunate enough to live in or near a town that observes First Night, you owe it to yourselves to get out and celebrate the New Year's in style with loads of fun and active entertainment!

Here is OUR First Night:

Here is where you can look up YOUR First Night:


There is no better (re: healthier!) way to ring in the New Year!!

Here's to a Happy, Healthy New Year for ALL!!


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KSSME39 12/28/2007 12:16PM

    I have to agree with you here. Although I already knew how easy it is to fall into old habits. Being at this almost a year, still isn't enough for me to consider it all HABIT!! I have to think about every morsel of food and consider it before inhaling! I sometimes wonder if I will EVER get to the point where I can just do it all without a thought...but, what I also have to remember, is that being in my thirties, I have had MANY years to develop the habits I have...so undoing and creating new SHOULD take a while...so, you do the best you can and press on! I am very happy at how much I MISSED my cardio, though! THAT is progress for ME!! I couldn't WAIT to get back to it yesterday and today! It felt GREAT, too! Things are going in the right direction...not perfect, but working on it!!! :-)

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JERSEYPRINCESS1 12/28/2007 9:53AM

    You and I had similar things happen. I fell into old habits, though it was only for two days it felt like a month! I was going to wait till the new year to start over but decided to start immediatly. I am taking it slow just to get into the good habits and plan on going full force come January! As long as you have that drive to continue you can and will do it! Have a great First Night!

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