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Thoughts on fitness

Monday, January 21, 2013

I bought a few fitness tools for Christmas: a ball, a cushy mat, and a resistance band. I want to use Spark videos to help me with form so I get the most out of my efforts. I can't seem to get them easily on my TV with my Wii accessing youtube, and the ones on the site need a download to work which I can't get on my Wii/TV. So....must I work out in front of my computer? The space is so confined!

Enter the IPad! If you have been thinking of getting one, it's a pretty cool little gadget. Mine was used when I got it but still very functional. The videos at the SparkPeople site will play on my IPad yippee! I bet they will also play on the IPod Touch. They might even play on Kindle Fire. My mom has a Kindle Fire...I'll have to ask her once she figures out how to get it to work. She's not that computer savvy! If you have an IPhone or some other smart phone, it's possible that the videos will play on that! With all these gadgets at hand, we can look at them just about anywhere and get our fitness on! When I get off this blog, I'm going to pull out that mat and ball and finally do some of these workouts!

Am I the only one whose fitness tracking page has changed substantially? Is it because I joined the January Jumpstart Challenge? Is it happening for everyone? I don't usually do all those calisthenics that I'm seeing on my tracker now, but maybe I should. Again, I can watch the demonstration on my IPad and might be able to expand my fitness horizons without leaving my home!

Do you use your computer to work out with Coach Nicole? Some of the things she does seem pretty hard to me like jumping and lunging and lots of squat moves. My poor knees can't handle it and my jiggle is a little too uncomfortable when I jump around, but she does other things that I can do if I try. I really want to build muscle and melt fat. I do stuff on the Wii Fit every day but maybe it's getting too easy and I'm not that challenged anymore. Maybe I should shake it up.

Tell me how you are getting your fitness done.

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PATSYB7 1/27/2013 7:07PM

    I use my ipod for on the go music and my laptop when I'm using a dvd. I also have a Gazelle but I prefer to walk outside. It's just been so darn cold lately! The dog and I have cabin fever! LOL emoticon

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DIBANANA 1/26/2013 9:43PM

  I'm boring. I walk. I hope when I get my weight down I can find something a little more exciting that will make me forget it is exercise!

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KAREN608 1/25/2013 1:58PM

    I hope when I am 25 lbs lighter I can do some of the things you are trying. Really physically phffft and feeling blah this winter.

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KRISTINE99 1/24/2013 10:31AM

    I'm rather old school and don't use ipods, smart phones, etc. My go-to exercise would be in a group setting at a fitness class at the gym, or getting a great weight lifting workout on the machines or free weights.

However, if I were to do a higher tech fitness routine I would do the Wii Fit or one of the fitness programs, like Wii Zumba. I did the latter at a friends house the other week and had so much fun while sweating buckets! I'm pretty athletic but I certainly felt challenged. I agree with NIELSENSLADY... there's bound to be a Wii Fit program to properly challenge you. Good luck :)

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NIELSENSLADY 1/23/2013 10:16PM

    I still find the Wii Fit ST program pretty tough. Especially the push ups with the side planks.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/22/2013 2:03PM

  Our computer is finally fast enough to be able to use the exercises here. I love the variety and the wonderful explanations. emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 1/21/2013 8:18PM

    I did a stability ball workout today. I uses the iPad and it was very challenging! I have no abs it seems! Glad igot through it.

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SYDLETZIII 1/21/2013 8:14PM

    I have to use a computer.

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Happy MLK Day and Inaugeration!

Monday, January 21, 2013

My usual viewing of The Today Show has been pre-empted by the inaugeration ceremony. Is it really true that Fox News will go off the air at 11:30 because of it? That's so crazy! But to be honest, if you want to see this ceremony, it is available to see. It looks chilly in DC and may snow. Brrr! My dad claims Obama is a Muslim, but he just went to a Christian Church today and is being sworn in on two Christian Bibles. Not very faithful to his faith if he's a Muslim! I am a fan of Obama, and I hope he can do something significant in his second term.

I saw Warren Buffet on TV yesterday and he was so optimistic. He says that the 500+ members of congress can't bring down the millions of Americans. I believe there is enough for everyone in the USA and our country is rich in resources. I have a hard time believing that shortages are anything more than political maneuvers.

ANYWAY...back to health and fitness. I have been doing terribly on my eating even though much of what I have eaten is nutritious and appropriate. It's the volume of food that is a problem! Nevertheless, I did get in an hour on my Wii Fit yesterday. Not only did I do my usual things, I did more strength training and the advanced step aerobics twice or maybe 3 times. I also did a few of the yoga moves that I only do now and then. I want to build muscle as well as lose fat.

No matter what your political affiliation, we are all Americans and we want what's best for our country and our lives. Let's don't deny ourselves a healthy body. The pursuit of happiness begins with ourselves.

March in place to honor Dr. King today! Or go on a march around your neighborhood!

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KRISTINE99 1/24/2013 10:40AM

    Great job with the Wii Fit! I empathize with you on overeating on nutritious, whole foods. This past month I've been eating whole, nourishing foods 98% of the time, but I just eat too much of it! Portion control has always been a struggle of mine. I get envious of people that just switch from fast food to whole foods and can lose weight. But since I don't eat fast food nor eat out at restaurants, I can get discouraged at times. Really, the only solution for me and perhaps in your case is to track, track, track in a food journal. Wishing you the best of luck :)

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PATRICIAANN46 1/22/2013 2:00PM

  When are people going to realize that President Obama is NOT a Muslim, was born in Hawaii, and wants what is best for ALL Americans. We need to stop wasting time and get on with the business of what is good for America. One of the newscasters said yesterday that our government resembled a DayCare center in their inability to get along for the greater good.

On a "Lighter" note, it sounds like you are doing a great job with your exercise. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 1/21/2013 11:09AM

    Oh boy... :)
Well, looks like a good traffic day today.

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ROSIEPD 1/21/2013 10:27AM

    Liked your blog this morning. Have a great March!

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PJBONARRIGO 1/21/2013 10:27AM

    Happy Martin Luther King Day to you! Enjoy your day! emoticon

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Non Scale Victory

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My pounds are not down where they were on Tuesday. I have eaten some salty chips and carby pasta as well as some sugary birthday cake thanks to the back-to-back celebrations of my son and husband's birthdays. And I just couldn't rally to the exercise bit yesterday either. Nevertheless, I have been faithful about downing my water quota.

For my interview today, I selected to wear a little 3/4 sleeve jacket over a tank shell top and black slacks and nearly-new ballerina flats with a peep toe. I looked over my usual pants and they needed a touch-up with the iron. I spotted my dressier pants that have been too tight to wear for many months. These were purchased on deep discount from Coldwater Creek (clothes there don't tend to be cheap!), and I decided to try them on. Lo and behold! They fit perfectly without being the least bit tight! I elected to forgo on the Spanx since they fit so well! Now that's a good feeling!

I think the interview went well. There is no telling if I'll get the job though. I really liked the two women that interviewed me and they seemed to like me. It is only for a teaching assistant position. They said if I were hired and obtained high school certification, I could be eligible for a teaching position down the road should one become available All that is required for me to get a high school certification is to pass a test after paying about 200 dollars (to the best of my memory). I told them I wanted to work in education. That I wasn't looking for a full-responsibility public classroom teacher job and to take me seriously even if they thought I was overqualified. The money would be better than other options like working at a daycare or a store. They will let me know something next week they said, but I am REALLY hoping this pans out. The only downside is that it will only last until May and then I will have the summer without getting paid. But I have some ideas about how to deal with that as well.

One of my friends here on Spark told me about a work-at-home option. The money appears extremely modest, and there is some initial investment, but it might hold me over during the summer, or I might pursue it even sooner if this job doesn't pan out. I just want to get off unemployment and stop having to deal with the department of labor. It's stressful!

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SCHOOLCOOK2 1/20/2013 7:19PM

    My son has been a teachers assistant for 9 years now. He works with the BD kids and loves the work. He also coaches three sports so the income stays year round. He is now taking on line classes thru a university to get his teachers degree and if all goes well he should have it in 2015. Soo it would be a great job and I have my prayers out for you that you get it. emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 1/19/2013 5:14PM

    Hope you get the job

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PATRICIAANN46 1/19/2013 4:52PM

  Congrats on being able to wear the Coldwater Creek pants (I love that store!!!) and I wish you luck on the job. Have you ever checked on Tutoring? Sometimes it is even available over the summer. emoticon

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AMBERT27 1/19/2013 11:52AM

    That's definitely a victory! Good for you!

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DIBANANA 1/18/2013 10:07PM

  Good luck with the position. I can remember wanting a few jobs so badly that I didn't get but that opened me up to other possibilities. As far as your clothes AWESOME. Nothing better than feeling good in what you are wearing.

Oh, I wish also I could visit Moscow longer. I have done a small amount of sightseeing here but usually when I go through Moscow I can't change my ticket to stay longer. Bosses look for the cheapest flight.....

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ANGRITTER 1/18/2013 4:51PM

    I am twirling around in joy that the pants fit you and you stached the Spanx! Any day without Spanx is a good day. What torturous devices they are!!

And congrats on the interview. I really hope it does come through for you. One of my best friends is a teacher and she is teaching in Callahan right now and is looking at moving up to be principal. Can't imagine why, except that she is the pretties mean chick I have EVER met! And that is saying something, surely!

So good luck, and I can't wait to hear that you have the job!!!

hugs and love,

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ROSIEPD 1/18/2013 9:18AM

    That is great! Those NSV are better than the scale. Sending out ~~~GET THE JOB~~~ vibes. Sounds like you addressed their concerns, they'd be fools not to tap into your experience! Let us know how it goes.

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KRISTINE99 1/17/2013 10:37PM

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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    Congrats on the pants, and good luck on the job =)
Be wary of the work at home bit though. Especially if it requires and "investment" So many of those kind of things are scams. I've been looking into working from home since my daughter was born, the legit stuff is far and few between.

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FLAMENM 1/17/2013 9:15PM

    Great job on the new pants. Spanxless is a verb!

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ITISABOUTME 1/17/2013 7:52PM

    That is wonderful (the NSV and job) !!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/17/2013 7:35PM

    Best wishes for a good result from the interview! I love Coldwater Creek too, and have also been known to order an "incentive outfit" from their "outlet" on the website. Woo Hoo on the NSV!

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Weight coming off

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yay! The Wii Fit with fresh batteries says I'm down a pound! I was not really expecting a loss as my eating is not good. Yesterday was my son's birthday and he wanted lasagna but switched to going to Bonzai, the Japanese place where the chef cooks in front of you. You get to see them stir fry with gobs of butter on white rice and teriyaki and soy sauce. None of these are good for weightloss! Thankfully everyone was too full when we got home to eat birthday cake which I put together yesterday (from a box).

I did gulp down 3 glasses of water after the meal though hoping to flush out the sodium overnight instead of enduring water weight gain. I also drank a cup of Smooth Move tea last night and the night before to get my bowels to move (when you get older, this can be an occasional problem). I drank tons of water Sunday and Monday in preparation for today!

I meant to mention it in my last blog--in fact it was the reason I wanted to blog at all. At last! Someone random noticed that I have taken off a few pounds! She's got a few to lose herself and she's probably at least 10 years younger than me. I told her about SparkPeople and I hope she comes over, but I know pressure won't make her do it.

ANYWAY, today is my dear husband's birthday. My son was a 40th birthday present. HE said he wanted my homemade lasagna. Did I tell you that making lasagna is not my fave home cooking? Don't we all know what a diet buster this dish is anyway? to the grocery I go to get low/no fat cheeses and maybe turkey sausage if they have it!

One more bit of neat-o news! I just got a call for an interview on Thursday! Yay! Hate to get my hopes up, but I would dearly love to get off the unemployment train. It's great to get the $$, but the letters from DOL are stressful and I would like to make more money and get my career going again.

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2013VICTORY 1/17/2013 2:07PM

    I hope the interview went well. Congrats on the pound loss!

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PSHOWS 1/16/2013 5:50PM

    I hope the interview works out well for you. Keep sparking! emoticon Anni

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MS_CRAFTY 1/16/2013 3:39PM

    good luck with your interview ....hope it goes well for you

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DORISHEROFF 1/16/2013 1:14PM

    When I was the interviewee or interviewer, I was very aware that a gut reaction would usually tell the tale. I was always looking to join a team or to build a team. From reading your posts, I think you must be a great worker and will be very attractive in whatever position you are seeking. Be yourself, be relaxed (there is a tea for that, I am sure) and with luck and pluck you will eventually find the right position. I will light a candle tomorrow and send good thoughts your way. emoticon

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SCHOOLCOOK2 1/16/2013 11:13AM

    Good luck with your interview on Thursday. I know it will go well and you will tell us you are on your way again with your career. You sound like everything is going great for you and I am so happy for you. Keep up the good job. emoticon emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/16/2013 8:00AM

    Try Cef Meg's slow cooker lasagna! I am a huge lasagna snob, but this is SO much easier than the traditional boil-then-bake method! AND delicious!

Congrats on having your efforts recognized! It feels awesome!

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MOONSTORMER 1/16/2013 7:50AM

    sounds fantastic all around!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/15/2013 7:34PM

  emoticon on your weightloss and on how well you are doing on your program.........and I also wish you the emoticon re: a new job. All good things are coming your way.......

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1EMMA2011 1/15/2013 7:23PM

    Wonderful news!! Great job on taking that pound off!!!! Proud of you!

Good luck with your interview!! I know you will do GREAT!!


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EMPTYSKY 1/15/2013 2:35PM

    emoticon Good luck at the interview!
emoticon on the weight loss!

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JCKIRNER 1/15/2013 1:47PM

    Fantastic news all around! Best of luck on the interview...

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NYHARDHAT_1 1/15/2013 12:39PM

    There are always hiccups no matter what we do. It's how we handle them that counts. You handled it like a pro and should be proud of yourself. Keep it up. You have a ton of supporters.
Good luck on the interview. We have our fingers crossed. emoticon

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MARIANNE9855 1/15/2013 12:38PM

    good luck with the job! its been going on 4 months for me and I hope for positive info soon. emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 1/15/2013 12:27PM

    good luck on the interview and stay strong with all those fantastic celebrations going on!

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ROSIEPD 1/15/2013 11:26AM

    Wow! Great news on the interview front, and Congrats on the loss! We go to Benihanas, and the chicken fried rice could be my entire meal, I love it so. 1 cup is 370 calories though, and you are so right about that sodium. Still, for an occasional treat, you can plan ahead and enjoy! I pair it with the shrimp, which are low in calories. My Mouth is Watering.

Happy Birthday to your DH and have a great week!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Got in some fitness minutes and intended to eat better, but plans are made to be broken. Had a big salad at Zaxby's and that meant 4 servings of veggies. It was doughnut Sunday, and I couldn't resist one doughnut.

Had a sad episode today as well as I attended the funeral of a 21-year-old boy who is a church friend. He was killed in a single car accident at 2 in the morning. He wasn't wearing his safety belt, and he fell asleep behind the wheel (at least that's the way it looked in the paper). He was such a nice sweet fellow that I had enjoyed watching grow up since he was around 10. This reminds me that we need to enjoy life and live to the fullest, because we never know when our time will be up. There were probably more than 400 people at the service and I watched it from a smaller room on a screen.

I did my Wii Fit today and it's a lot of fun. I'm contemplating buying some risers for the balance board so that the step aerobics would be more challenging. There is a step program you can buy on the Wii channel to do more step aerobics. Those are the kind of workouts I can do as I have two left feet. I've used my resistance band using Coach Nicole videos. There are quite a few exercises you can do with that band and you can feel the burn! I have not gotten much use out of my ball, but hopefully I will finally get jiggy with it and do more with it. I do not like getting on the floor even with my brand-new-extra-cushiony mat! Wii Fit Plus has a strength training move that is considered for "advanced" users which is pretty much just going from standing with the remote overhead to lying down, remote still held aloft, and then returning to a standing position, remote held over head. That would be quite a move for me! I need to do it without the remote and Wii fitness lady and see if I can get up in any way gracefully. I'll be lean and strong when I can do this! I'm doing more and more of the strength and yoga moves on Wii Fit and trying to build up my strength while I whittle away at my pounds.

Tomorrow is my son's birthday. We usually take the kids out to the restaurant of their choice, but he has requested my homemade lasagna. I wish I had known of his wish prior to going to the grocery! I will need a few more ingredients to do it. I guess I'm off to the grocery again tomorrow morning.

My weight has crept up and I need to get on the good foot with my eating before weigh-in time. I have a few ideas about ways to curb my calories before Tuesday.

Sunday is my big TV watching night. I want to see some of the Golden Globe awards. I love to see all the fashions. I used to be more interested in movies than I am right now, but I still like to see who wins, etc.

Hope everyone is attending to their goals and NOT giving up no matter how hard the going gets or how weak they feel. If you eat a sugary yummy, glug down 8 ounces to fight it back! Change is all in our own hands.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/14/2013 8:47PM

  You are doing such a good job. emoticon

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AMBERT27 1/14/2013 11:54AM

    One day at a time!! You can do it! emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 1/14/2013 12:41AM

    I gained 3 pounds myself, but I never give up.

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MOONSTORMER 1/14/2013 12:08AM

    sounds like you're making lots of progress! do you have the wii fit plus? there are lots of other fun games on there - i like the one where you "fly" from one platform to the next.

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ROSIEPD 1/13/2013 10:15PM

    Happy Birthday to your Son - hope you both have a great day. You are right, appreciate every day.

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    I enjoy the Wii Fit when I make time for it. Have fun making that lasagna tomorrow.

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EMPTYSKY 1/13/2013 9:45PM

    So sad to lose a 21 yr old, my heart goes out to his parents.

Now put that donut down and back away..... emoticon
I have a wii fit and I've never busted it out....LOL Exercise is not my thing unfortunately, but I plan to work on it. It's hard to get the whole thing going together, diet, exercise and the right amount of sleep. We just need to keep on trying!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/13/2013 7:20PM

    That is so sad that you had to attend the funeral of a 21-year old. Losing a kid is very sad.

Sounds like you're making progress with your wii fit.
Keep up the good work.

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