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Dance, muscle, motivation

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I love SYTYCD. I haven't watched as much this summer as I'd like, but I did catch it Wed. and I was in awe. The muscles on dancer bodies are astounding. The way they can move and twist and flip and turn and stretch and lift and you get the picture is crazy inspiring.

I'll admit that I've been at Bodystep and I look in the mirror during the Dance track and pretend I'm at a SYTYCD audition. ha! dorky. But guess what? It works! All of a sudden I'm pushin harder, jumping higher, stretching arms all the way out, focusing on the muscles that are being worked, kicked higher and longer and smiling bigger. hey! Look how much fun working out can be!


This morning I was sipping coffee, browsing pinterest and look what I found:








too beautiful not to share. Across ages, across time, across cultures.
Dance works.

Get yer groove on sparkers.

  
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ELIZ181 8/1/2011 12:43PM

    Loved your blog. My daughter is a dancer and it is amazing how she can move her body. She definitely does not get her grace from me cause I can't dance

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/30/2011 12:47PM

    Love, love, love this! The things that dancers can do with their bodies absolutely amaze me and inspire me. Have you ever done any DVD workouts that are dance-based? I have several and love most of them, though I still feel completely ungraceful as I try to do it. Anyway, thanks for posting this. emoticon

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CNEBLETT 7/30/2011 11:17AM

    My girls and I like watching SYTYCD too- dancers are so inspiring, especially to very uncoordinated me. They are pure poetry in motion.

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/30/2011 11:02AM

    I love watching dancers! It always reminds me of taking dance class as a kid, learning ballet and jazz and tap and pretending I was on Broadway. Lately I've been doing cardio dance workouts and it's always more fun because it doesn't "feel" like exercise. Thanks for sharing such inspiring pics!

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Positivity & some visual motivation

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I believe that healthy choices beget healthy choices. If you make the time and effort to go on a run or go to zumba or lift weights in your basement, you are less likely to sit on the couch later that night and eat a pint of Ben & Jerrys. It just isn't worth it.

I also believe that being positive begets positivity into your life. Call it karma. Call it people like smiles.


It was hot and humid yesterday. Again. This is my time off at home with kids and I am sick of hanging out in the basement because it is so flippin hot. My husband worked a half day and we had plans to go to a lake with a little sandy beach. It's about 3 miles from our house so I suggested running there. There were definitely moments during the run when I thought, WHAT was I thinking??! There were moments when I wanted to stop, turn around, and cry. But then we got to the lake and jumped in with the kids and all the heat and pain were washed away. My daughter is part fish and nothing makes me happier than watching her in water. We played until the sun was lower in the sky and ran home. It felt great. Then I felt super great when I logged the run and it was 3.44 miles. Almost 7 miles round trip! Not too shabby for a day when I wanted to pout about the weather.


Make a healthy, positive choice everyday.
Yesterday my motivation was:


Today, it's:


Tell me THAT doesn't make you drop and do 10 push-ups!

all images from pinterest.com

  
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OPTIMISSPRIME 7/30/2011 1:54PM

    ROFL at free lemons! emoticon
WOOHOO for you doing a kick-ass run, enjoying the beach, AND running back! Sounds like you had an AWESOME day emoticon emoticon

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AARONSGIRL420 7/28/2011 11:09PM

    I miss the water too, how great for you and your family.

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DELERIOUS64 7/28/2011 9:53PM

    Good for you!! You got your run and family fun in!! This humidity is getting the best of me, I'm spending more time in the gym than I did in the winter. Gotta get my cardio fix!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/28/2011 9:22PM

    Have you ever thought about training for a triathlon? I think you'd love it!

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RIQUI1 7/28/2011 7:07PM

    Amazing family time!! Kudos to you!! :)

"Rather the pain of discipline, than the pain of regret."

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/28/2011 10:56AM

    Good grief! People can really put themselves into those positions? Wow. Congrats to all of y'all for running to the beach. And yes, I'm jealous you have a beach to run to. Being landlocked sucks sometimes!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 7/28/2011 10:50AM

    Awesome!!!! Wish I was within running distance of a beach!! Sounds perfect! DId you get your kids to run that too????

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LADYJ6942 7/28/2011 10:14AM

    Love the images and the positive. All are so true.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/28/2011 9:41AM

    You did great!!! I know how miserable it is to run in the heat. It's such a great accoplishment to finish and see how strong we really can be! emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/28/2011 8:43AM

    Great Blog!! I am impressed with your run for fun!!

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Everydaying It for DIY 7 & 8

Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Challenge 7/22-7/24 Assignment 7


This weekend's assignment is easier than normal or harder than normal, depending on how you look at it.

emoticon 1. Prove that you got a workout in. Be creative. Take a picture. Have your hubby notorize your tracker. Doesn't matter. Prove it.

That's me, on the left, post Warrior Dash. Good thing to do on a cloudy Sunday morning if ya ask me.
I wrote a whole nother blog about it if you're interested.

emoticon 2. If you are in an area suffering from the heat wave, be smart about over-working yourself and drink water.
Luckily the heat calmed down a bit for the weekend. It was making me a crabby mess.

emoticon3. Prove that you have a plan for eating healthy. You can post a grocery lit, photos of pretty meals you've eaten or post a new recipe that you are going to try next week, etc.

On Saturday I channeled my inner 1950s housewife and cooked, baked and canned up a storm. I had tons of fresh fruit from an organic farm in WA and it was finally cool enough to use my stove and oven. This is a pic of apricot jam. I used half the recommended sugar and it is still sweet. I've been putting a spoonful on Greek yogurt for a morning snack. yum!

This weekend is all about proving you Did It Yourself!
emoticon I did!

DIY Challenge 7/25-7/28 Assignment 8


emoticon 1. Go back and read your DIY Entry Card and reaquaint yourself with the reasons you stated for doing this.
done. I love my calendar. It has been a huge motivator. For the most part, I'm meeting my goals. I'm doing better with ST. I'm getting in daily push-ups. Not the 50 I had planned, but I guess that may have been too much. They are all on my toes! And that still makes me feel like a superhero every time I do em!

emoticon 2. If you stumbled or fell this weekend, then it's time to give it your all this week. I mean seriously, YOUR ALL. Have a new motivator every day if necessary. But I want to see you guys pushing it. If its a heatwave, swim or workout inside. If food is your demons, I want to see you bragging about 7 days without givin in to unsatisfying temptations.
I am eating too much. good, clean, healthy foods. just WAY too much of them. I can feel it. At first it was too hot to eat and now I feel like I can't stop. Back to the dreaded food tracker it is...

emoticon 3. If you're still on point, keeping up a streak when you thought you'd run out of steam long before now... then I encourage you to not give up. Dont quit, keep going. We've all got your back!
I do feel on point for the most part. It is that portion control that gets to me. That will be my focus this week.

emoticon 4. Practice this week... patience, commitment and fun.
I love this last sentence so much. We all know that Yoovie has a way with words. This is perfect.

  
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FRACTALMYTH 7/31/2011 4:00PM

    I don't think I've gotten back yet to say that your comment made my day - I would LOVE to workout with you and chat about mothering and life :D More than that, I would be thrilled to run up a big hill, climb a rope and slosh through a mud puddle together!!! that looks like such awesome fun... so until the day I finally find the teleporter I've been searching for... it's great to be your sparkfriend :D

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YOOVIE 7/26/2011 1:18PM

    omgosh! lookitchoo!! FANTASTIC!!

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WENDY27 7/26/2011 9:18AM

    Great blog....thanks I needed that. I'm making this week count emoticon

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WARRIOR DASH!

Monday, July 25, 2011

It was awesome. I knew I'd love it, but it blew all expectations out of the water. It was incredibly awesome.

I decided to drive by myself because I had to leave pretty quickly after the race. Sunday morning at 6:30 riving out of the city is peaceful. I took the scenic route on purpose and relished the 45 minute drive alone. All you moms out there know what I'm talking about!

The parking lot was a huge corn field. I was in the second heat of the day and there were already 100s of people. It's one of those events that makes men feel the need to wear little skirts. I should've taken pics of all the costumes. Anyway, you immediately feel the energy and the party atmosphere. In the middle of a cornfield. At 7 am.

I met my friends and their friends. 3 girls I know from the gym asked if I wanted to do this whole thing in the first place. I don't know them really well, but it sounded like fun. And I think that Spark blogs gave me the courage to try something new, on my own, step out of a comfort zone, push myself, see fitness challenges as fun, and all that good stuff. Our group of 7 boarded the bus and headed to the "battle field."

This is what we saw when we got off. That's the starting line. You run UP that huge hill. Seriously, that was the hardest part of the whole thing for me.

We said we'd all stay together, but pretty quickly another girl in the group and I decided we wanted to go for it and run more. The rest said adios and off we went. The obstacles were not nearly as bad as I feared. If anything, they made the run easier because you got a break from running.

I was afraid that I hadn't done enough ST and that my upper body wouldn't be strong enough. Good news: yoga and daily push-ups are plenty.

I shocked myself by climbing this rope on the wall pretty quickly.


The huge slip and slide down part of the hill was the most fun. But really the whole thing was fun. I felt strong. It was great to see so many people (25,000 over the 2 days!) doing something fun and healthy. It's easy to get depressed about the state of our country's health with all the headlines about obesity and horrible diets. To be a part of something so full of life is invigorating.


The adrenalin is so high by the end that it didn't even bother me to jump into the mud pit. Oh, and right before the mud, is the fire jump, which I somehow managed to have no fear and fly right over!


Here's me and my new race buddy at the finish:

We finished about 15 minutes before the rest of our group.

Getting sprayed off by the cold, fire hoses felt like one of the obstacles! Then we took our race chips off the muddy shoes (which was a token for a free beer. how fun is that?!)

The shoes are washed and donated by a non-profit. Everybody wins!

I already want to do another mud run. I can't find the words to describe how great it was. If you have the tiniest interest in trying it, GO FOR IT!!!

  
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MATTERJT 7/29/2011 1:43PM

    Oh....I have a question for you.....How were you able to get all of those pictures of the obstacles?

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CNEBLETT 7/29/2011 10:46AM

    Where did you run? It looks familar. . . I just ran the Warrior Dash Minnesota last Sat (23rd), and you are right, it was AWESOME!! :) Way to go, Warrior!!! :)

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AARONSGIRL420 7/28/2011 10:53PM

    I missed your blogs so I'm just now catching up. I am SOOOOO jealous, but in a good way. This looks like an amazing experience. You look incredible, so happy and full of energy.

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REDDIRTRUNNER 7/28/2011 6:49PM

    LOVE IT!! I don't know how I missed this blog-- Was waiting to hear about it! I love how you describe the whole thing. I would LOVE to do one of these! emoticon

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DELERIOUS64 7/26/2011 8:15PM

    I hope I have as much fun as you!! Mine is this Sunday, I can't wait. The nerves are kicking in a bit so I'm not sure if I want it to hurry up and get here or want it to be over...

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RAJAHKITTY 7/26/2011 2:46PM

    I forgot that we were even in the same wave!!! I loved it, too! We had a foursome and one of them was really struggling the whole way, so I would be curious how fast my husband and I could have finished had it just been the 2 of us! But I agree with you - LOVED the obstacles, HATED all the hills. Seirously? Shouldn't we have figured that the runs were going to be crappy when we saw it was at a SKI RESORT?? There's one in Twin Lakes, WI in September that looks mighty flat and is tempting me to go! :) But with a 5.5 hour drive, hotel & finding someone to watch the kids - I just don't think it is feasible. Awesome!!!

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OFFDREA 7/26/2011 2:09PM

    You rock!!!! Some friends and I have made a pact to do it in Whislter BC next summer and to be honest just thinking about it terrifies me!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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JOYCERN12 7/26/2011 9:10AM

    Awesome! sounds like a wonderful time, I will be watching for 1 close to me! Congrats on getting out and making new running friends.

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SPACELION 7/26/2011 7:48AM

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah so jealous! Ahaha that looks like so much fun. I would actually fly out somewhere just to do this :P

xx

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/25/2011 10:28PM

    Awesome!!! I so want to do this one day!!! And yep, know exactly what you are talking about, the drive does sound peaceful! Congrats rock star!

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BEACHGRLFL12 7/25/2011 8:46PM

    Makes me want to do my mud run even more now. I think my biggest hurdle is going to be the 6 ft wall.

Great job!!

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JLITT62 7/25/2011 5:25PM

    People say it's fun . . . but quite frankly it doesn't look like my kind of fun. Glad you had a blast!

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/25/2011 5:14PM

    Great job! Y'all look way too happy to be covered in mud! LOL

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/25/2011 4:41PM

    My knees wouldn't take the running, but this sure looks like fun!! Congrats on doing this and going outside your comfort zone to boot! emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/25/2011 2:44PM

    That sounds like so much fun! There's one near me next weekend, but DH didn't want to do it and I'm not adventurous enough to do it on my own.

You look really fit in that pic, by the way! You're doing great!!

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KAREN_NY 7/25/2011 2:16PM

    Fabulous!!! "To be a part of something so full of life is invigorating." ... Love it!

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ELIZ181 7/25/2011 2:13PM

    That looks like fun, glad you enjoyed it.

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DENAMARIE1 7/25/2011 1:19PM

    Wow! You conquered it! Thanks for sharing!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 7/25/2011 1:13PM

    Looks awesome! I'm doing a beach 5k palooza (which includes obstacles but no mud) in September and I can't wait! Great job!

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NAILAH09 7/25/2011 12:41PM

    What a fantastic accomplishment and what a great way to step out of your comfort zone. Your blog is super inspiring. Who knows, maybe after my first 5K next weekend there will be a warrior in my future.
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P.S. Even covered in mud, you look awesome!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/25/2011 12:10PM

    I guarantee you I will NEVER do one of these - but it does look like fun. Thanks for taking th time and energy to give it to us in pictures!!

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Still Counting Calories? Read this article

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/health/19
brody.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=still%20count
ing%20calories?&st=cse


It's very interesting. I am doing my best to learn more about nutrition and have come to see that not all calories are created equal. It is complex. I think this article is expecially important because it covers a study with a large sample size: 120,877. They were followed for 12-20 years!

Here are some highlights, if you don't want to read the whole article:
"... he found that metabolism, which determines how many calories are used at rest, slowed with the consumption of refined grains but stayed the same after consumption of whole grains." Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston

"This study shows that conventional wisdom- to eat everything in moderation, eat fewer calories and avoid fatty foods- isn't the best approach."

"Physical activity in the US is poor, but diet is even worse."

"That yogurt, among all foods, was most strongly linked to weight loss was the study's most surprising dietary finding."

The study was about keeping weight off, not just what helped people lose weight. Our country needs a lot of help. So let's go eat our super foods sparkers!!!

  
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THIRTEENREASONS 7/23/2011 12:56AM

    I saw that some of my sparkfriends were commenting on your blog. That article is a great find. I think that sometimes people need to simplify their approach. There's so much information out there that it can be overwhelming, but little changes and small steps can get great results.

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SHEL1181 7/22/2011 1:37PM

    Great article, thanks for the link!

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DONNYBELLE 7/22/2011 9:56AM

    totally going on to read this whole thing.

thanks for the sparknews!!!

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PURGOLDENDREAMS 7/22/2011 1:26AM

    Thanks for that! Haven't read it all yet but I am very interested. :)

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 7/20/2011 10:31PM

    Very interesting article! Thanks! Looks like I'm eating all the right foods, just need to add a bit more nuts!

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NAILAH09 7/20/2011 9:17PM

    Great advice: "eat good foods more and bad foods less".

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FRACTALMYTH 7/20/2011 5:52PM

    Wow that was a brilliant article! Thanks... I'm off to mix up some yoghurt (got my yoghurt maker and a pack of greek yogurt sitting there ready to go --- and that's amazing about cheese, nuts & peanut butter - I love them but don't eat them because they are high cal... so I end up hungry and snacking on the kids' white bread instead... now I'm going to spread peanut butter on my celery stick and enjoy it without guilt while throwing that bread and those leftover biscuit and cake scraps in the chook bucket!!!!!!! (I would love to just feed my kids on whole grains and veggies too... and then I wouldn't have a problem lol... but unfortunately the kids don't agree and the other adults in the house are on their side :P)

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MICHSTATE 7/20/2011 3:47PM

    I have been eating 2-3 yogurts a day lately.....yummy Greek yogurt!!!! That is interesting!!!!!:-)

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OILMANDREW 7/20/2011 3:29PM

    Thanks!

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