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Wii Wii Wii all the way home!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Well this has been a fun family weekend!

On St Patty's Day we got #2 son a full up Wii set, to include extra controllers, Wii Fit Balance Board, Wii Resort, Wii Sports package, and, for a little extra fun, Chicken Riot ("Must kill all chickens trying to take over the farm!")

They are very cool!

He's pretty much an X-Box champ and loves to destroy anything that mutates or has tentacles and advanced laser weaponry. This Wii setup is a little more....conventional.

Well SWMBO is a raving bowling's her favorite pastime, she belongs to a league and all that....and of course she now loves the Wii bowling....and so does #2 son. We've had a lot of fun with that just these past 2 days. And while those 2 were out on errands earlier, I got around to setting up and calibrating the Balance Board and checking out some of the the Wii Fit routines I've heard about from some fellow Sparkers.

They are very cool!

It starts you off in it's annoyingly cute Elven voice telling you to step on the board, weighs you, gonculates your BMI, then has you shift your weight from left to right for a balance test, and spits you out an "assessment" of your "Wii age". Mine got nailed right at 51 ("A Perfect Score!"), but I suppose the idea is to be physically better than your chronologic age.

So while I haven't given it a cardio test drive yet, I'm thinking we may be on to something here. #2 son and I had a sword fighting match then played ping pong for a bit, and we worked up to a "warm glow".....I'm anxious to see what the Wii Fit thing really has under the hood with some of its workout routines.

So is this the future for my cardio workouts? I think not, I've still got a stationary bike routine to hammer out today, love strength training with free weights, and fully intend to get the Road Bike outdoors for some long hauls as soon as the Doc clears me to ride again. But this has the makings of some extra cardio for the family that we might have otherwise wasted spending time watching TV or other inactive activities.

And most importantly, this really helps to justify that 55" Flat Screen for the living room I've been hinting at for so long....MWAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! MWAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! MWAAHAHAHAHA!

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JUNEBUG1944 3/20/2011 10:02PM

    Oh yeah, you need a big screen, absolutely...tell swmbo, I'm sorry, SWMBO, that her bowling score will really improve with that big screen. My great nephews have all those "toys" and we have a riot when we all's even fun to just be in the audience!

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ELISA322 3/20/2011 8:42PM

    The Wii fit is fun but I haven't played in awhile. We also bought ourselves the Kinect and played that for awhile, that's also a lot of fun too!

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HARRIETTBIRD 3/20/2011 6:35PM

    Wii Fit has some fun games. I also have Wii Active which for me gives me a better workout.My kids have said they want Xbox Knect. I guess that's really good for a workout too.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/20/2011 3:16PM

    OK you experts, does Wii have an exercise for folks with compromised backs? Always looking for ways my wife can get exercise without worsening her lower spine deterioration.

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CAROLJEAN64 3/20/2011 2:27PM

    I have been using Wii Fit for fun for a couple of years. We got one for our grandson to keep him active and playing games that weren't so's worked.

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SAFARIBABE 3/20/2011 2:25PM

    ROFLMAO!!! Boys and their toys! I had a feeling when you described #2 son's b-day gift it would end up being a gift for dad as well!! LOL Good Luck getting the 55" past SWMBO! Not sure she'd be keen on turning her living room into a gym. LOL Hope you're enjoying the first day of Spring! Have a good one my friend!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/20/2011 2:21PM

    I really like the sword fighting too, but my kids won't play with me anymore. I wouldn't make the Wii my main source of exercise but it's fun to sneak in some time here & there. Glad you enjoyed it (and can now justify the big screen!)

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Mr. Reluctance sneaks back in.....

Friday, March 18, 2011

I've got to tell you, I'm glad it's Friday!

I don't often feel that way....I'm professional enough to be past TGIF living, but today, I've been looking forward to the weekend.

And it's not because I have any big plans. A few Honey-Do's around the house, a cardio session, some reading to catch up on, yadda-yadda-yadda.

Mostly I think that my body is wanting a pause. Two and a half months into Spark living, I've had many successes and been on Cloud 9, changing patterns, diet, activity levels, dropping weight, re-adjusting belt notches, feeling baggy in my clothes, etc.

And now, my body, mind, & spirit are realizing, "Hey, this might not be temporary, he's still pushing, what's up with that?" I'm still determined and motivated, but there's definitely a little voice that has started to weasel its way in to the conversation, like an annoying puppy trying to hump your leg that you have to keep pushing away.

Of course I could just be a little tired tonight, which I am (nice weight session tonight on the back & shoulders), but I've also learned to be vigilant to these signs....remember, they're sneaky, they use salami tactics to slice away at your determination, to get you to give up a day or 2 here and there, add an extra spoonful every now and then, sneak a treat or two every so often "because you really have been working hard lately". That's led to many a downfall for me in the past where I regained weight and lost fitness fast.

And I've read about it on a good many other blogs too, and so I'm not sure if it's the crowd of us that joined 2-3 months ago that are heaving a collective sigh, or if I'm just noticing it more....but there's something in the air, and so I'm wary.....Mr. Reluctance snuck up on me out of the blue a few weeks ago and surprised the hell out of me with temptations of laziness and plump living. It surprised me by how natural it seemed to backslide to old habits....what a bastard he is!

So I don't see any real difficulties ahead, just a little tingling of the spidey sense that alerts me to signs that my old habits are not really that old and I may never be rid of them....which makes it even more important for me to check in regularly on this SparkPeople site, log those calories, chalk up those cardio points, blog some of this crap out, and make sure to remind all of you that if you see me backtracking, shout it out clearly so that I can hear you above the yelps of that puppy who is humping my leg!

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JUNEBUG1944 3/20/2011 9:58PM

    Sometimes, you may need a break for a day or two...just make sure it's only a day or two! Don't get burned out, because that can happen in a blink of an eye! You've been diligent and are doing great. You won't go back to the old you, because the new you has taken over! You're doing great...just keep doing it!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/19/2011 3:09PM

    Awesome post and something I needed to read today! I have been chocking up my bit of apathy up to winter blues, weird things coming up but you bring up a valid point. Is it our bodies rebelling against the new plan????? That our minds/bodies are taking notice that we haven't given up like we have in the past? That despite obstacles we are still going to the gym, eating right? So our bodies/minds are voicing their protests even stronger? Something to think about. :)

I do agree we have to be vigilant against mr reluctance creeping in!

I agree with Safari though -- you have been really pushing the last few weeks.

And definitely find that puppy a new home! emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/19/2011 12:40AM

    That stinkin' Relutance guy has hit me too this week. I'm just 2 days from finishing Block 2 of P90X but do you think I've been able to get into the exercise room and actually do them? nooooo! And do you think I was good about resisting restaurant meals and sugar-and-fat rich snacks on the trip to 'town' today? nooooo!
But, hey! we're gonna get over this hump (both kinds ; )
I'm counting on that dieters' standby: surprise-the-metabolism-with-a-trea
changing-it-forever-day : )

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BRADOS 3/19/2011 12:13AM

    yea - definitely some winter-hangover malaise in the air but I gotta tell you - reading some of the more encouraging blogs lately sure gets me back on track ALOT faster than I was capable of in the past. And some wariness is good _ I like that you and I are abit suspicious of recent successes and periods of slowing down - I prefer to think of it as experience - and this time I feel much better armed for the fight. Have a good weekend GETSTRONGRRR - these are some good habits we are building a foundation on.
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STARL_73 3/18/2011 11:17PM

    Know what you mean. I'm still questioning not working out yesterday.. but I did do something today. I took one day of cardio off, still ate pretty good and next day, back to normal (omg, eating right and working out is "normal").
Course, maybe it's boredom.. doing the same workout over and over? Try something different? I *love* the days I get to do intervals. Sure, I'm still on the elliptical - but it's intervals! It's a chance to push myself. Or, today - walked the dog outside. Chance to work a slightly different set of muscles. Sure, harder to get my heartrate up - but it's still cardio!
So, keep logging into SP. Maybe read positive blogs. Secrets of Success. You never know what will inspire (Safari's last blog has inspired me to clean the kitchen *sigh*.. all that talk of energy).
Have a good weekend, GetStrongrrr. I'll be watching you :-P

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 3/18/2011 10:36PM

    I feel your pain and that sneak attack. Fortunately I am committed to logging everything I eat even though it is not always the best choices for me.
Keep on keeping on and don't let the salami attack!!!

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TIFFGETSFIT 3/18/2011 10:28PM

    BAHAHAHAHA! This is too funny! Yes, I do agree that those old patterns can creep up and get in your head like a little ninja and before you even know it, you are right back into the same old thinking patterns and actions that got you plump in the first place.

I have had a really weird day too and I am totally looking forward to a weekend to relax b/c I have been really pushing myself! But I am like you in that I am very very very self aware and I KNOW when those things are creeping on me. Like you, I have to get it all out of my head and into a blog. It's like shaking the etch-a-sketch - lol! Gotta shake those feelings out and move on!

And now go throw that dog outside. That's nasty! HAHA!

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SAFARIBABE 3/18/2011 10:05PM

    Ok...first off toss that puppy the pillow it's telling you to lay your head on and tell it to hump that instead!

You have been pushing yourself hard the last sevearl weeks with Vegas and your crazy work hours, 11 straight days of biking, the constant vigilence on the eating. It's not easy! BUT you are a strong and determined oke and I have NO doubt whatsoever that you will find that puppy a nice new home far away from you!

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Cardio Workaholic

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So today's cardio session was interesting......

I usually insist on unplugging from work while working worst I'll have the Blackberry handy in case I get an emergency phone call.

Well today got busier than usual, and my best laid plan for a lunchtime workout got superseded by the crisis of the moment. That plus I had to get home early for #2 son's birthday (he's our St Paddy Day's surprise) started getting me peeved around 4:30, when I finally said, "knock it off" kicked everyone out of the front office for the day and hightailed it over to the gym for a 30 minute spin session before going home for a 6:00 dinner and B-day cake. You see I HAD TO WORK OUT TODAY....WE WERE HAVING CAKE AND ICE CREAM (Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate)

Well I just got suited up, sized up the bike, and plugged in my headset, when the Blackberry starts flashing it's annoying light; "You have mail!"

So I read it.....and got pissed off....and replied.....then they replied back with another dumb answer....and I got pissed off.....repeat this 3 or 4 times.

10 minutes later I got on the bike and started my warmup routine....heart rate cruising up through 120, almost at 130......and the red light flashed again...see previous paragraph....

Well I continued biking, kept pace as well as I could with my usual tunes, but it wasn't my most vigorous routine. Usually I'm up about 110 RPM around 23-24 MPH, gusting up to 27-28 MPH during some especially hi-tempo tunes, heart rate settling in around 145-150, peaking to 165-170 during same tunes.

Today was mild in comparison. Pedal, up the cadence, see flashing light, read e-mail, slow down, type & send e-mail, pedal, blah-blah-blah.

In the end it was a workout. I felt better having gone than if I hadn't and I'd have just been more pissed communicating with these people if I had not worked out, so it was probably better for them and for me.

Lesson learned: Be unreachable for those few precious moments of ME TIME to exercise!

Spark on friends!

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SAFARIBABE 3/18/2011 10:00PM

    First off...dump the Crackberry...the iPhone doesn't flash at me. Next...set it to pull rather than to push the emails. That way you choose when you pick them up!

Come on've conquered a bum conquered kicked butt in telling me you can't conquer a little metal fruit??

WTG on getting in that ride tho! I'm going to try the bike tomorrow. Walked almost 6 miles today including round trip to work and home! Tomorrow's another day and if I saw your posts right, you are planning some serious R&R! And well deserved it is!

PS Hope you saved me some ice cream!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/18/2011 7:02AM

    Nooooooooo not the flashing red light. HMMM mine is flashing right now. :) Glad to see despite the crazy day, you got your cardio on. It wasn't what you would normally do, but most people would of blown it that is a an accomplishment in itself. Important lesson to have learned ~ Your time to exercise is for you, not to share with the company.

Keep on bikin.... emoticon

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ELISA322 3/18/2011 4:57AM

    LOL at Crackberry. Don't you love that blinking red light? Good job for still getting a workout in, you still burned off some Haagen Daaz (love that stuff).

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GETMOJOBACK 3/18/2011 12:53AM

    Good lesson learned! We all need the ME TIME to exercise!

It is hard to avoid getting worked up when "they" do things that have you saying to yourself, "what were they thinking, oh yes, they weren't thinking at all!" So yes, it is best to get that power workout in after you are done conversing. My treadmill really gets cranked up when that happens!

Great job getting some workout in even if it wasn't the one you had planned!

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KARIRDH3 3/17/2011 10:42PM

    Yes. It is SO important to set time aside for YOU. YOU DESERVE THAT. emoticon

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What's up with the PLANNED cardio numbers? Do they really permit us to eat more?!?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

So not a lot to write about today. I'm back on track with my home routine, which includes 3 days a week at the gym to lift weights AND now trying to add more cardio 3 days a week as well....I think I can find the time....juts need to find the energy.

I feel a little beat today, mostly because I just finished my most difficult weight routine; chest, shoulders, triceps. And I picked up right where I left off 3 weeks ago, which isn't too bad.

It's the food I need to keep an eye on. I can tell that home life is not like life out of a hotel room.....there's always food around here and it's too easy to get to. I'm focused on portion control at meals (everything shall be weighed!) and making sure to stay in the low end of my range.

Now the odd thing I noticed on my nutrition tracker is that once I adjusted my planned weekly cardio up (from 10 minutes/day 3x a week to 30 minutes/day 3x a week) my calorie limit jumped up by about 250 calories a day.

That's what I need, permission to eat more. Yeah, I know, more cardio means more calories to replenish, but really?!? REALLY?!?

So I'm going to ponder that one. I don't need my subconscious making things any more difficult than they already subliminal messages saying, "Hey it's OK, remember Sparkguy said you could...."

If that means fudging the PLANNED numbers in the cardio tracker, then so be it

cheers all

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JUDYGREG 3/20/2011 1:45PM

    Sparkpeople sugguest a range of calories for the time and amount of weight you want to lose. If you want to lose quickly that range will be lower than if you want to lose slowly.

But still that range is a few hundred calories. Eating at the top fo the range the days you exercise a lot, and eat at the low range when you rest or have an off day.

If you shorten the time for which you want to lose the weight the calories will decrease.

I find the estimates of calories are a bit high, so maybe you need to eat a little bigger portion, maybe you don't. If your weight loss stalls, it might be too few calories for your activity level.

I know if you eat 900 calories a day, and exercise 60 min. a day, you will NOT lose the weight you should. Your body goes into starvation mode, and conserves all our fat. Raising those calories to 1200 will cause you to lose FASTER!

Ripley's believe it or not! TRUE!

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STARL_73 3/18/2011 11:24PM

    My problem with the SP calc is the part where they put in your exercise. If I put in I'm going to do 45 minutes cardio 5x a week, it expects me to burn xx calories through exercise. But when I actually input my workout - before the end of the week, I get warnings that I'm not eating enough - because the calculated calories burned in the tracker is way more than their initial calc.

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JUNEBUG1944 3/17/2011 8:46PM

    Wait until you change your cardio to 60 minutes a day...whew, you can eat a whole cow and still stay within your calorie range. I'm not sure about such a drastic increase! I'm sure you're so glad to be home...even with the food hanging around...I need the food police at my house! I baked chocolate chip cookies again...sob...

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SAILSCALL 3/17/2011 7:56AM

    This just means you get to drink more beer! emoticon

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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SAFARIBABE 3/17/2011 6:48AM

    It's all true. As your cardio goes up so does your calorie requirements AND you still see results! That's why when I hurt my back the first time I was so quick to adjust my cardio time to nil so that my calorie tracker would adjust as well. I know it's counter intuitive b/c we think like a diet...workout hard and eat less and that will get us to the goal but that's WRONG! LOL Try it for a week and see what happens. Have faith in the got you this far didn't it?

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/16/2011 11:29PM

    You mean you didn't get the message about how eating too few calories in relation to your calories burned will result in your losing *less* weight? It's quite like havning a school marm tell you to straighten up and fly right : ) : ) : )

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 3/16/2011 10:29PM

tis article helps you figure out how many calories you need to consume to continue to lose weight as you increase the number of calories burned through exercise. I recently calculated caloric need based on calories burned during reulted in the need to increase calorie intake by 125 calories per day. prior to that I had been trying to stay near the bottom of my range. as a result of the calculations I set my calorie tracker so that it would reflect the minimum number of calories I need to eat to continue losing at a rate of 2 pounds per week.

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JONESINATOR 3/16/2011 9:58PM

    No no no you DO need more calories! When your calorie deficit grows larger, you do need to compensate by eating more. Sounds like the perfect amount for some almonds, greek yogurt, and maybe a piece of fruit if you ask me.

Also, I recommend eating at your mid to upper range on weights days. We may not feel as though we burned as much when we lift, but the afterburn effect actually leads us to burn more during that overall day compared to if we just did cardio.

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Back in town and on my routine...Hmmmm

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ahhh....the pleasure of being back on my regular routine at work....NOT!

What a hectic day....this was my payback for being out of the office for 2 weeks....tons of reports piled up, stuff I expected to be finished were barely started right, missed deadlines and e-mails by some of my folks....sheesh, this is what I get for delegating.

Not all bad, just busy getting caught up and filled in on details that people "didn't want to bug me with" while I was on the road....thanks people, save it up and bug me all at once when I get back....I'll have to work on that before heading out next time.

Which was the only good news. I've been able to reschedule a few trips, so I'll be in town these next 2 weeks, then off to a few different places at the end of the month and into April.

And I was able to get back to the gym to lift again....nothing atrophied too badly these past 2 weeks and I was able to pick my back, biceps, & shoulder routine at the same weights & reps as when I left....meaning I'm nice and sore as I type.

My real challenge will be to eat as disciplined at home as I did in Vegas. Just due to the sheer madness of the schedule I was on (and determination to avoid "crap") I ended up doing pretty well. Home and work actually have more temptations.....actually just more food all around. Some folks had a birthday party in their section today and kept plowing me with a slice ("No thanks, I'm trying to be good", "Yes it DOES look delicious, but I've got to limit sweets" when what I really felt like saying was, "Sure, let me fill my cake whole with with 500 calories of sugar and frosting , then sit around and complain about being overweight like the rest of you?!? No thanks!!"....but I was nice)

In Vegas I moved around a lot, different buildings, people, offices, etc. I was like a shark...just keep moving. Here, I'm a little more sedentary and graze a little more frequently, but I'm still at 1600 calories today, the low end of my range, so we'll see. Will hit some cardio tomorrow as well

The ramblings are over friends....Good night!

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ELISA322 3/18/2011 5:23AM

    There has been so much crap at my work everyday for the last couple of months. Pazckis, donuts, girl scout cookies, brownies, cake.... it's unreal!!! At first I was ok with allowing myself to have a treat (just a couple of cookies or one tiny piece of cake), but now that the crap keeps coming in, I'm just going to have to say no.

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GETMOJOBACK 3/16/2011 12:42AM

    Darn work fairy is such a slacker! I swear my fairy has been mia for years......

Good job resisting even with pushy peeps!

Have a great day on Wednesday! Good night. emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 3/15/2011 10:00PM

    Yeah see I could have told you that delegation only works if you have an 8 foot bull whip hanging over your desk. Oddly I find I can go on vacation for a month and leave that thing behind and everything is sorted when I get back. My mail is even sorted into folders -- junk, bills, mags, ads. Just a thought! emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 3/15/2011 7:13PM

    Welcome home. I'm so glad I'm not working anymore! You are so strong! I know it's possible to eat healthy when traveling and I'm so glad that you did! You are amazing!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/15/2011 7:18AM

    Oh no the office sugar trap -- I love how even after you refuse, they keep offering. Or with me, they just leave the stuff by my desk. Way to be strong in the face of temptation.


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