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Coming up on a 1-year Spark anniversary.....time flies!

Friday, January 06, 2012

I'm glad today is over.....I'm glad this week is over!

Now one should never wish time to go by quickly, but I found that coming back to work after the holiday break, everything seemed accelerated. I spent almost the whole friggin' day on the phone today, mostly on personnel issues, trying to hire the right folks for jobs this coming summer, placing some guys that are likely to move on, and I did four interviews in my office.

But what seemed to go the fastest was this past year. I'll have a year on the Spark board in a few days and it's amazing to see how fast it has gone by. I'll not dwell on that yet, I want to collect my thoughts this weekend (in between helping SWMBO take down all the XMAS decorations which she just informed me was our job for much for me and Kindle time)

But in between the hectic pace this week, I got in some great workouts, and tonight my chest and shoulders are just singing with glee at what we did to them today!

I'm also revving up for some more on-the-road adventures this month. Wednesday-Saturday I'll be in Vegas, a quick turn to Norfolk, VA right after that, then Kansas City here I come at the end of January. As always, I'll need to keep my Spark friends close while on the matter how fast time flies!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/7/2012 8:50PM

    Time sure flies when you're having emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 1/7/2012 10:06AM

    Love you postings on your home page, ALL so true. Thanks again for the support on my blog. CONGRATS on your upcoming one year! It is a milestone. I have found no better motivation!

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NEEBREW 1/7/2012 9:14AM

    Yay! Congratulations! You have been a SparkFORCE this year!

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SAFARIBABE 1/7/2012 5:40AM

    emoticon on your upcoming Sparkversary! I can't wait to read your reflections on the last year. As for the chest and shoulders....sing, Sugar, SING!!! I'm sure you'll manage some Kindle time today. I mean how many decorations can you have right? And it's easier to put them away than it is to put them up! Have a great Saturday!!

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BRADOS 1/6/2012 10:26PM

    Congrats on your upcoming 1 yr SP - you have truly been a great warrior - always look forward to hearing how (and where) you are at

have a great weekend

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BEATLETOT 1/6/2012 9:20PM

    Christmas stuff is coming down tomorrow for me, too! Good thing it's three stockings and a three-foot tree. I'm thinking 25 minutes max. SparkPage has to be deholidayed as well, so we'll see how that goes tomorrow, as well.

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SWAN47 1/6/2012 9:05PM

    You're right time flies especially when your busy. It sounds like you are. emoticon on your one year anniversary of Sparking. Here's to a great healthy 2012...continue your journey to a healthier you!

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Two workouts in a day....pretty tame really!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

So I've always had a tendency to take things to the extreme. Sometimes that works out good (pack-a-day smoker to marathoner in 8 months)....other times not so good (almost got sucked out to sea in Hawaii on a dare). Problem is I can never tell in advance how it will work out in the end.

After my post-workout counseling session yesterday (see blog:
) I found a free 90 minutes on my schedule around lunch time and made a beeline for the gym where I got in a quick hour of cardio. That did the trick for me, because the rest of my afternoon went amazingly well (for me anyway, my staff hates it when I workout at lunch....I always come back with some great ideas for them to start working on)

Anyway, I wrapped up work around 5:30 and as I was driving home I thought...and I thought and I thought....

.....and I decided to get in another workout! Yes, I did a two-fer today, something I haven't done in a while. Was it good? Yes! Was it smart? Who knows! Can I do this every day? Hell no!

But every once in a while, it's good. I'm a firm believer in balance; balancing diet, strength training, cardio, stretching and to not construct a plan that requires an unsustainable amount of work (2 hour workouts every day, 6 days a week, sub-1000 calorie a day diet, etc)....that'll just cause me to quit after a few short successes.

But every now and then it's great to give in to a whim and to know that I am in good enough shape, and motivated enough, to grab that bag out of the trunk and put on those sweaty, lunchtime gym clothes and get in an extra 30 minutes before dinner.

Extreme? Well maybe for me, but you know, there are plenty people crazier than me out there:

and animals too:

So when you really come right down to it, two workouts in a day is pretty tame!

Have a great night and stay thirsty my Spark friends!

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CHALLENGER15 1/7/2012 6:52PM


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BEATLETOT 1/6/2012 8:45AM

    I don't think that's very extreme at all. I think it's great, and when you do it occasionally, even better, because then it's SPECIAL!

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BILL60 1/6/2012 7:50AM

    Well done!! If the body can handle it, why not??

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SAFARIBABE 1/6/2012 6:09AM

    That's awesome!! So the bear wrestling is next week's extra activity? LOL

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    That's totally something I would do! Actually, I do that when I take two TKD classes in one night. :) Great job!

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    I agree that a once and a while 2-fer workout session is fabulous! Way to go emoticon

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A Change Would Do You Good....(apologies to Sheryl Crow)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

So my Stasi trained trainer changed things up again on me....welcome 2012!

We've been pushing it up with lighter weights at higher reps, which has felt remarkably good, and kept me injury free these past 4 months. But "it's time to shake it up again" he said with that supercilious grin of his that make me want to pick up a cudgel and.....

So we've changed the whole routine around and are now using heavier weights and doing less repetitions.

It felt surprisingly good....and went a lot faster. We had been doing 3 sets of 15 and now we do 3 sets of 5, with heavier weights of course. Then he told me the good news.

"Of course now you're going to have to up your cardio. You won't be as exhausted with this workout, but it will make you stronger. If you want to maintain or lose weight, you need more cardio"

"Great, so how do I find yet another 5-6 hours in a week Jedi Master?!?"

He gave me the "I can't answer that for you" shrug and grin then went back to examining his Stasi files

So it's all good....change is good I keep telling myself. As I close in on my 1 year spark mark, I've developed some basic "truths" about healthy living.....change is good is becoming one of my mantras, especially when I want to remain set in my ways

Have a great night Spark friends!

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NEEBREW 1/5/2012 8:12PM

    Oh, admit it... you love it!

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JECKIE 1/5/2012 8:37AM

    Do you ever have those moments you wonder why you pay them to do this to you? ;)

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BYFTHALONE1 1/5/2012 8:22AM

    and he gets paid for this? LOL

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BEATLETOT 1/5/2012 8:18AM

    Glad your trainer continues to challenge you! I hope you find the extra cardio time!!!

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SAFARIBABE 1/4/2012 11:27PM

    I KNEW there was a reason I never used a trainer! They're evil! And now I have confirmation that they are really all Stasi! Thank-you, thank-you old friend for comfirming what I've always suspected! I'm sure you'll come up with a way to jack up the cardio. You have an indominable spirit. Ever considered gator wrestling? LOL Have a great night!

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Welcome New Gym Rats! Here's to You!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

So today was the day I've been dreading for the last 4 weeks....they day everyone is back from their holiday break, full of remorse and regret, resolutions piled high....and packing into the gym, filling up the parking lot and taking all my favorite machines.

Then I thought, "I'm an ass!"

Who the hell am I to I so far removed from my days starting out that I am now a Gym Snob?

Have I turned into an Alpha-male SOB who has forgotten his roots?

Could I have become "Broseph", THAT GUY, the annoying, elitist jerk at the gym?

I think not Spark friends, it was a momentary weakness of attitude, perhaps brought on from an over-eagerness to get in a good workout.

Because here's the deal....the only reason I have made any progress over this past year is to realize that I can succeed best by being part of a larger community, encouraging others while pursuing my own disciplined way forward. Slow, steady, exercise and a mindful diet has been the key to my success and a determination to live healthy is what works. So when I see others giving it the college try, it's up to me to be encouraging and not so single-minded in my pursuit that I unwittingly turn someone away who may have mustered up incredible courage just to show up at the gym.

Besides, when I start getting frisky, I can always just go bug the regulars who make asses out of themselves....they're such easy targets!

So here's to beginner's and everyone showing up into packed gyms this January! WELCOME!

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BEATLETOT 1/4/2012 6:17PM

    Very cute blog and cool pictures! Love your attitude. The people who get annoyed about newbies at the gym make me sad...especially since I'm kinda missing my gym. I wish I could see newbies...

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ADEWYN 1/4/2012 6:23AM

    i think next week is gonna e the week in our gym that we see all the new people... this wee still has been very light even our regular gym rats havent been there.... odd LOL but i embrace it i look forward to new people every year .. i hope that i can meet one [erson that looks shy or timid and help them thru the akward faze and keep them coming :) hence a new friend.. familiar face... workout friend? doesnt matter making one person feel good is all that matters.. yay new gym rats!

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BELSNICKEL 1/4/2012 5:28AM

    I hardly reached the point of gym snob yet. However, I was a bit annoyed by those returning. I need remember the gym cannot survive on my dues alone. today I'll try to reach out better. Each person i get to know adds quality to my life,

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BRADOS 1/3/2012 10:55PM

    I am noticing fewer people at the gym this year as well

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/3/2012 10:29PM

    So good to see your blogging again, GETSTRONGERRR! Ever the Wise One :)

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REBECCATKD 1/3/2012 10:08PM

    I love it! Hey, we're all just trying to get our workouts in, right? You should draw some graffiti on the locker room walls for extra support.

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SAFARIBABE 1/3/2012 10:06PM

    I've gone back to my nice 10am slot. And the joint was empty today. Was surprised. It's only the 3rd! Has everyone given up already?

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    Great point! I like to go at less busy times or just work out at home. Glad to see you've had a revelation. :)

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    My instructor told us regulars to get to the gym early as it may fill up!

Yes, welcome to the gym! Don't be afraid to ask for help in the gym :) You can do it!


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New Year's more item done on the Bucket List!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hello Spark friends new and old....a Happy 2012 to you all!!

Well this has been a wild holiday season. Wild to the extent that even though I worked out like a madman, I'm up about 4 lbs from my low weight in 2011. Of course the good news is that I did have a low weight in 2011 and it was reached only 5-6 weeks ago, so all my dealings with those tons of cakes, cookies, brownies, and other sugary delights that fell into the gravitaional well of our home this year ended up having an effect (which just reinforces my belief that you can't work off a bad diet)

But I had a great 2011 and am looking forward to an even better 2012. Because even with the last minute weight gain, I can look in the mirror today (or pictures taken during this holiday season) and be pretty darned happy with what I see back. Sure there's more to do, but compared to where I was this time last year, IT'S ALL GOOD!!!

So what did we do this New Year's? We went to bed at 10:00PM that's what we did! But it helped me scratch off yet another item on the bucket list.....a Polar Bear dive into the ocean on New Year's Day!

Here's the story....

Our new neighbors are a very social bunch, more sociable than we have had in a long time. They're great....they just eat....a lot....and drink....a lot.

In my last blog (10 day ago, oh my!) I detailed the ridiculous number of sweets that got delivered house-to-house (SWMBO and I delivered ours on 23 Dec). Well right after Christmas, they started planning the New Year's Eve party....a traveling house-to-house event filled with food (of course) where you go to one neighbors for an appetizer, another for salad, another for an entree, another for another entree, 2 more for desserts, and end up at a final one for games and drinking by the chiminea on the deck until midnight.

Well SWMBO and I were not up to it, so I planned a quick weekend getaway to Pensacola Beach, about an hour down the road from our house.

It was well worth it! SWMBO, #2 son, and I have had a great relaxing weekend...even with our New Year's Day ocean swim.

Don't ask me why, it's just one of those things I've wanted to do for a long time. Now it's not as gutsy as doing it up in Maine, but it was great jumping into the water with #2 son early in the morning....we had a blast. I even laid out on the sand for a little while and enjoyed the feeble January sun on my face with the smell of the ocean wafting all around us

We spent the rest of the morning relaxing, reading our kindles on the balcony...and then had lunch

We found a cool little Tiki bar of a place and had some very nice seafood, then the waiter kept telling us how famous their Key Lime Pie was, how it was the "Official State Pie" (do all states have an official pie?), that theirs was the best in the state, and that one slice would be just right for the three of us.

My God he was right on all three counts!

Maybe not an auspicous way to start the New Year, but I'm not a believer in omens....besides, we all decided that our best option for dinner after all this madness was to go buy a box of Raisin Bran and to have cereal for dinner!

That's all for now Spark friends, have a great night....let's have an even better 2012, and here's to there being less (lbs) of us all in 2012!!!

Oh yeah, what's on your bucket list?!?

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    I am happy to say that a Polar Bear Dive is not on my bucket list, unless we're talking someplace tropical and more southernly even than FL. Brave man.

My son did one a few years ago with the Boy Scouts. They actually had to have people breaking a lane in the ice for the jumpers, who had to go one at a time since the lane in the lake was so narrow.

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/1/2012 11:36PM

    Sounds like fun! Although I know from attending 5 years of college at Pensacola...that i'd rather do a new years polar bear dive in your neck of the woods than in mine!! Lake Michigan isn't the best this time of year!! emoticon

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    Sounds like you had a blast! A triple decker pie?! Oh my!

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REBECCATKD 1/1/2012 9:29PM

    Cheers to you, Polar-y Bear! Sounds like a lovely way to welcome in 2012! Thanks for being such a great support in 2011 -- what will we accomplish this year? emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 1/1/2012 8:12PM

    I know you're burning for the answer to your question...NO not every state has a pie, but Florida sure does. NY does not. Best we have is a state muffin...Apple, in case you were wondering. LOL

Way to go on the "polar" bear dive. Next year come up to NYC and have a go at the one on Coney Island. LOL Happy New Year!!

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