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How Nike Training Club kicked my ass!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

So the other day, I was cruising around the app store, looking for something gucci to spruce up the old iPhone and I came across the Nike Training Club. It had 500+ rave reviews, so I downloaded it for future use.

Today was a nice, easy Saturday; coffee, news, family lunch, family grocery shopping, cruising around on Sparkpeople....which of course soon got me thinking, "I really need to go to the gym don't I?"

So off I went!

Logged some good cardio on the bike and elliptical, did some deadlifts to work out a kink in my back, then decided to do some abs.

As I set my towel down on the mat, I was about to pull up my standard 200 situps app, when I spied the Nike Training Club icon sitting there looking quite lonely, so I decided what the hell.

It's a pretty cool little app. Tons of workouts, great instructional pictures and videos, plugs into your playlists, nicely laid out, yadda-yadda-yadda. There's even a section for quick 15 minute specialty workouts; shoulders, back, legs.....ABS!

I looked it over. Seemed pretty basic. 1 minute of toe reaches, 1 minute of twists, some planks, some more twists & reaches, rest for 30 seconds, then repeat this workout 3 times and voila! a 15 minute ab session.

Now I consider myself a pretty fit guy. I like to push myself and have a pretty stubborn streak that gets me through a lot of things, so I figured I'd crush this little workout no problem and was already wondering if I needed to look for something a little more intense.

This stupid, stinkin' app kicked my ass!!!

Hubris is never an easy lesson to acknowledge, but I was humbled and plodded through as the apps un-emotional instructor kept telling me to keep my back straight, to push my hips up, all the while ignoring my impulse to throw the damn phone down a flight of stairs. It was like a never ending contraction of my entire core. All of a sudden 200 sit-ups was sounding pretty darn good!

But it's always good to shake things up. This little 15 minutes session worked on parts of my abs I had totally forgotten about, so I'll keep it in my repertoire, eventually laughing at the instructors feeble attempts to break me down!

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/23/2012 1:58PM

    "oking for something gucci to spruce up the old iPhone" emoticon
I'll have to check it out!

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JAISLING 1/23/2012 12:57PM

    That's funny we have almost the same post...great minds think alike! Glad you like NTC as much as I do. Best of luck reaching your goals!

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/22/2012 8:52PM

    How one little app kicked your ass??? I'm sure it's a mean one too! Have to check it out...after I stop laughing! Thank you very much!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/22/2012 10:43AM

    Haha, sounds like a great (and intense) core workout! I'm going to download that app right now. emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 1/22/2012 9:04AM

    ROFLMAO!!!! Sounds like a great app. I'll have to check it out. Thanks Sugar...really needed a laugh this morning!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/22/2012 8:16AM

    I am 100% certain the instructors are quaking in their virtual shoes in anticipation of that day. I shall check out this app, it sounds like what I need to shake up my routine. Thanks for the heads up.

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BILL60 1/22/2012 7:32AM

    Love it!!

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MOM23JS 1/21/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like a great app! Maybe I need to start looking at apps to help get me moving some more and mix up my workouts

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Bod Pods and Avocados

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So these two items are totally unrelated (the idea of combining them is actually kind of gross) but they both came up today in an intriguing way.

We did a calendar review this morning and my secretary showed a "Bod-Pod" appointment for herself at the end of January. Junior 20-something front office guy also had one listed for himself that same week.

"What the hell is that all about?" I asked them.

"Oh, we scheduled ourselves for a Bod-Pod those days" they replied, grinning like conspiring teenagers (my secretary is 54).

"Don't make me get out the waterboard again; what the hell is a Bod-Pod?"

"Oh, it's a ....." and they went into this long convoluted explanation of how you put on some compression-tight clothes, and get into this little chamber after you fast, and they take all your body measurements, and that there was a local gym doing them for free and that......

I looked at one and then the other. "So when am I scheduled for this Bod Pod thing?"

They looked down at their shoes, back at each other, back at me.

"Did you want one boss?"

"You friggin' morons, have you not been paying attention to anything I've been talking about this past year about eating right and working out? Am I not the uber-geek of measurement and data collection? Hell yes I want me some of that Bod Pod thing, especially if you 2 yahoos think it's important enough to clutter up MY calendar with YOUR freaking appointments! When's the next opening?"

Jaws on floor, puppy dog eyes, "We'll get back to you on that one, boss"

"Damn right you will!"

So Spark friends, if any of you have any feedback on this "Bod Pod" thing, chime on in.....I'm obviously intrigued and about to be scheduled for one!


The avocado thing is a little more mundane....I forgot how much I love them, but I also forgot how laden in calories they are.

I'm a late avocado-bloomer....didn't have my first one till I was in my 20s in college. Loved them ever since.

SWMBO bought a few the other day and tonight, there was a wonderfully ripe half-avocado on the kitchen counter just as I had plated up the rest of dinner.

YUM! I had him and his other half-brother I fished out of the crisper drawer

It was only after dinner that I realized that little escapade cost me 300 extra calories at dinner.

So I'm trying to find an easy way to use little pieces of avocado as a garnish for some meals.....cause eating a whole damn one sure tastes good, but is a little too costly

That's all for now....have a great night Spark friends!

  
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JUNEBUG1944 2/21/2012 8:30PM

    Okay, now I know what a "bod pod" is...I think...be sure to tell us about it. A little avocado on a salad is good...

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CHEEKY1000 1/20/2012 10:20PM

    I love avocados, but they are a rare treat. I know they are a healthy fat, but they are LOADED with calories I'm not willing "spend" on my daily allowance. Unless of course, it's Chipotle's guacamole. That's some seriously good sh!t.

The Bod Pod...when combined with the Mod Squad gets you fashionably measured and perhaps arrested (though I'm not clear why)...OR they snatch your DNA while in said Bod Pod and clone you on a terra-formed planet in the far reaches of the galaxy. Let me know which one is right (I'm partial to the cloning theory). emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 1/20/2012 7:37PM

    I like my avocados diced in a salad. Keep us posted on the Bod pod!

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HAKAPES 1/20/2012 5:01PM

    Oh, avocados are hard to portion control!

This Bod-Pod sounds fun...! :-)

A good article on avocados:
http://nutritiondiva.q
uickanddirtytips.com/difference
-between-california-and-florida
-avocados.aspx

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/20/2012 12:13PM

    I love avocado... mashed on toast. yum.
Last week I had half a bagel, mashed avocado, thin slice of tomato and an egg on top. Best breakfast ever!

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JECKIE 1/20/2012 9:55AM

    Nothing wrong with a whole avocado garnished with a bit of honey mustard dressing for a meal! :)

Another friend of mine just did the Bod Pod thing and said it was cool. I'm curious, but not until I drop a few more pounds.

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MLCLARKE22 1/20/2012 8:30AM

    avocados are the best! I make the best guac! Now i want some!!! Would love to hear about the bod pod..never heard of it! interesting......

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SAHARASUE 1/20/2012 8:24AM

    Cool, I've heard of the Bod Pod but never seen one in person. Can't wait to hear about you're experience with it. I love avocados too! I am an expert guacamole maker. And I love me a turkey, swiss & avocado sandwich. emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 1/20/2012 6:51AM

    LOL Never heard of this Bod-Pod thing but can NOT wait to hear all about your exploits with this newest gadget in your arsenal! As for the avacado, personally I really only like them mashed up with a bit of onion and diced tomatoes, but if you like them straight from the skin...I understand people actually put a slice or 2 on sandwiches instead of tomatoes.

It is heartening to know that I'm not the only one who suffers the less than creative thinking poorly. LOL Have a great Friday!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/19/2012 11:26PM

    Love avocados too - something I have learned to enjoy this last year. I have always liked guacamole, but never tried just having avocado.

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MESEATURTLE 1/19/2012 11:04PM

    I started eating avocados in my 30's!!!! And I love them too!!!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/19/2012 10:44PM

    Hmmm, sounds interesting for a data geek. Haven't heard of it here but my gym does not even pretend to be cutting edge; which is OK because it meets my #1 criteria of being so close to home I have no excuse not to go.

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/19/2012 10:25PM

    Guess I'm really late to the avocodo lovers club...Can't say that I like them yet! the Bod pod thing sounds fun...you will let us know how that goes won't you??? somehow I'm imagining yet another funny blog post.

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BRADOS 1/19/2012 10:15PM

    sounds cool - let me know what measurements they take when you do it - I love gadgets

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BEATLETOT 1/19/2012 10:11PM

    Good fats! GOOD FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS!

Sorry, but I love avocados, too!

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My Oh So Human Plans

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My ideal day, if I were an international man of leisure, would go something like this:

- Wake-up, have some coffee, grab a book and walk out to my (balcony, porch, veranda) and read as I gaze out over the (mountains, ocean, Bosporus)


- Come back in, change, and go to my gym for a personalized strength training workout


- Return home, shower, get dressed up and take SWMBO out to lunch at (seaside cafe, mountain-top tavern, Italian bistro)


- Take a nice walk with SWMBO (along seaside, up a mountain trail, through the National Gallery)


- Come home, take a siesta, wake up and workout with (bike ride, elliptical, my yellow Ferrari)


- Shower and change, get a shave


- Have coffee and snacks on (yacht docked behind villa, Madrid penthouse terrace, Machu Picchu)


- Get couples massage before dinner to work out the kinks from the day's activities


- Stroll around before going to (opening night play in London's West End, private viewing of rocket launch, dinner for 2 cooked by Jacques Pépin in Bali Bungalow)


Oh yeah, don't worry Spark friends, I'd still find time to log in, blog, track nutrition and aerobic info....or hire a private secretary to do it for me....one way or another it'll get done!

Unfortunately I live in the real world. I work to earn a living, raise a family, balancing many shifting and competing priorities, and like many a grown up, have to constantly balance, and re-balance time, schedules, and many other demands.

Today was such a day.....

Had my gym bag in the car, looked like a good chunk of free time in the afternoon to hit the gym....and KAPOW!! All the white space on my calendar disappeared and it was after 5:00 when I realized that I hadn't even had lunch yet!

It's all good though. I can fantasize about living off of lottery winnings as easy as the next guy, but I really prefer to not waste time thinking about what could be....I enjoy life grounded in the real world....even when it sometimes means that the real world interferes with my oh so human plans

Stay thirsty my Spark friends

  
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BEATLETOT 1/19/2012 9:01AM

    Sounds like a lovely day...very good tapping into what so many of us want.

And for your gratitude for what life is, instead of what we wish it could be. =)

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CHEEKY1000 1/18/2012 11:09PM

    You are the most interesting man on the planet (I mean Spark People). lol Once again, this would have been a great opportunity for an accented font. Sheesh.

Love the leisure plans! Someday when I win the lottery and simply can't think of a think to do (not likely), I'm asking you for ideas.

Thanks for sharing!

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MINDA31807 1/18/2012 10:43PM

    Even though real life gets in the way of "living the good life" I am thankful of what I have.

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TEDDYBABE 1/18/2012 10:14PM

    Oh I loved this. Dreaming, feeling the warm breezes. Then BAM! Back to reality! Thanks for the intermission and for your great comments on my page.

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/18/2012 7:14PM

    I'm so with you on this! Loved it! I almost bought a lottery scratch off in honor of your blog today, but ended up with a dollar cup of coffee instead! Thanks for the laugh emoticon emoticon

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HAKAPES 1/18/2012 6:57PM

    I LOVED THIS BLOG!
And laughed so much! :-)
Such a good Sparkfellow. Keep it up, man!

You're blog kept me thinking about a book I finished recently.
I loved it, I recommend for those flights when it's better to read than to open up the laptop.

http://www.amazon.co
m/Illusions-Adventures-Reluctan
t-Richard-Bach/dp/0440204887


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MTULLY 1/18/2012 6:35PM

    You have a great imagination, as well as a firm grasp of reality. I think that is a good combination!

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KSZSPIN 1/18/2012 12:04PM

    Hilarious and true! Thanks for sharing your fantasy day with us. I thought I was the only one who thought like that in my head. Now back to our regularly scheduled lives.....

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YICHE12 1/18/2012 11:56AM

    Dream on my friend! I loved your blog. It made me smile. emoticon

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EARTHMOTHR 1/18/2012 11:12AM

    Dreams are important!

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BILL60 1/18/2012 7:29AM

    Well done. Now back to reality.

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GOODGETNBETR 1/18/2012 6:33AM

    emoticon blog! Stay thirsty my friend and who knows...

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/18/2012 1:04AM

    sounds like a fabulous plan for a future holiday!

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IMREITE 1/18/2012 12:31AM

    it would be nice to have the funds available to just plan the ideal days, but i will admit I try to find simple moments in my day that i can really enjoy

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SAFARIBABE 1/17/2012 11:25PM

    I know EXACTLY the kind of day you had Sugar...it mirrors my own! I'm with Tex on this one....give me the bungalow in Bali!!

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BRADOS 1/17/2012 11:16PM

    I love those "Stay Thirsty" commercials - I am hoping you can tgive me your personal trainers's name as I feel some real chemistry there

thanks for the post - took me to some nice places during a dreary, cold wintery night outside

Brad

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/17/2012 11:10PM

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/17/2012 11:09PM

    Can I come? Can I come?
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CERIUSLY 1/17/2012 11:03PM

    Loved the fantasy! You made it seem real. Ah well maybe some day.

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TEXAS_GRL 1/17/2012 10:13PM

    Thinking that lil hut in Bali looks VERY appealing right now.

Alas life does get in the way sometimes, but you have shown that in the big picture a skipped workout never derails you.

Stay thirsty!

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Working out....no regrets!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Well today was a tough motivational day.....I didn't much feel like going to the gym.

I putzed around my usual Sunday routine (coffee, newspaper, Sparkpeople, Sunday news shows) and was pretty well cozied up to grabbing Mr Kindle and finishing the book I started last weekend (The Prize, Daniel Yergin), when that gnawing sensation started wiggling its way to my forebrain; "If you don't workout now, you won't workout at all today"

Damn, I didn't want to hear that, especially since it was very likely true. I had promised #2 son that we'd go see a movie in the afternoon (Mission Impossible). It wasn't very hard to plot out the timeline and realize that late morning was my only chance to make it.

Even so, I hemmed & hawed. Walking from my car to the gym, I kept having fleeting images of VERY VALID EXCUSES as to why I should turn back....none of them any more valid than that I felt tired & lazy.

My only compromise then was that I'd take it easy. A simple cardio workout, no High Intensity stuff, just a good hour of mid-range heart rate and a glowing sweat to show some exertion.

And I felt fine! No trauma, no pain, no big deal that I was making it out to be and I felt 10x better by the time it was done.

Now truth be told, I did have workout interruptus. I was 15 minutes into my routine when #1 son called needing some fatherly advice. So I looked around and made a command decision

I got off the bike, donned my fleece jacket, and headed outside to the track where I kicked into a brisk pace doing laps and listening to him tell me all about his most recent roommate, girlfriend, and pain-in-the-ass boss problems. Not sure if I helped him solve anything, but 45 minutes later, I'm pretty sure I walked at least 12 laps, logging a quick 3 miles, while also helping to shepherd oldest boy into the real world.

Once again, may favorite mantra held true; "I never regret working out, but I always regret not working out"

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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TEDDYBABE 1/18/2012 10:18PM

    Funny how we make deals with ourselves. Kudos on being there for # 1 son. I have two sons also and find myself listening alot.

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BILL60 1/16/2012 9:53AM

    Way to hang tough!!

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XRSIZE18 1/16/2012 5:57AM

    Good for you!

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/16/2012 1:39AM

    One of my habits I want to develop is no excuses! I'm glad you shared this!

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MTULLY 1/16/2012 12:21AM

    Always a plus to have a "no-regrets" day. Good for you! Keep 'em coming!

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RITZIBROWN 1/15/2012 11:53PM

    Getting started can be tough but your results were so very positive. emoticon emoticon

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MOM23JS 1/15/2012 11:06PM

    Love your mantra! That was exactly me this morning.... could hardly wait to run last night and then today when I actually was ready to get my butt on the treadmill I started playing the mind game of 100% excuses to not push start... finally I made myself start getting and 40 minutes later I felt great!!

Great job pushing yourself and not giving into the voice in your head that was excusing you from working out.

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CHEEKY1000 1/15/2012 9:48PM

    I love the mantra at the end of your blog. It's sooooo true! I've completely slacked off in my workout dedication in the last few weeks (and I DO truly regret it because I'd developed such a healthy habit that made me feel good). I still run 3 days a week--that's one thing I just won't give up (unless I swap it for hiking as I will tomorrow--lol).

BTW, I love, love, love your background. I adore snow.

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SAFARIBABE 1/15/2012 8:54PM

    Awesome!! Today was my rest day (YAY!!). That is if you call laundry weekly cooking and cleaning the kitchen twice rest. Also got some work-type work done! I actually thought about hitting the gym this morning but remember that resting the muscles is as important as working them. Do try to remember that dear Gym Commando!

Have a great Monday!

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RANGERAMPS 1/15/2012 8:34PM

    I have learned that one of the biggest things is to work out when we don't WANT to no matter what the reason such as just being tired and lazy.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/15/2012 8:31PM

    Yes! Getting to the gym is sometimes the biggest battle.

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On Fitness Gadgets....God, but I love 'em!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

So I'm kind of a fitness "Gadget Guy"

Actually, I'm an extreme "Gadget Guy"....I love 'em!!

I don't come across like an uber-geek, but I have a secret fascination with the little (and not so little) beasts. I love to track and measure, I hook 'em up to wi-fi, USB, bluetooth, dropbox, memory sticks, just about everything except pencil and paper. I like to stalk them, hunt them in their natural habitats like Amazon, fitness sites, running stores, bike stores, mega-outlets, and watch them in their natural habitat before I swoop down and capture them for my own private petting zoo.

I feel naked if I got to the gym without gearing up with a minimum of;




on weightlifting days;



when biking:;


and all the other regalia that gets strapped on to my weight loss machine:


At home I've had "things"...some long gone:



Some that need to go:



Some I can't yet bear to part with:


Some still in use:



Those I keep for sore muscles, post-workout;




And some I still dream of capturing for that long dreamed of "Home Gym"



So what does all this mean? I've had a lot of crap over the years. I get trapped, like many, thinking this or that gadget will make working out easier, or more fun, or I don't know what. That there is that "One Thing" out there that is the key to living a fit and happy life:


But there isn't! There's tons of them!! And I love 'em and want 'em every now and then!

Lately I've been stalking Fitbits, stealthily coveting the two folks on my staff I see wearing them:


I'm telling myself how cool these Lifeline "jungle straps" would be on my travels in faraway hotels with no gym;


Maybe I need Buddy Lee's Rope Master Jump Rope action to spice up my cardio;


I've got a digital scale, so I probably HAVE to get something to start measuring body fat too;


So will this madness ever stop? I don't know....most likely not. It's more of a hobby than anything else, which is a pretty cool way of looking at fitness. These are just motivators, rewards for good behavior rather than saviors from bad behavior.

In the end my 2 best fitness investments ever have been:


a good pair of sneakers to get my ass out the door


and a good gym bag to put all my "stuff" in on my way to workout

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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TYKXBOY 1/16/2012 12:22AM

    I have a few gadgets, but I try to keep them down to just the ones I really need. Like the pull-up bar and dumbbell set so I can do ST at home. And the perfect push-up because too much time on my computer means I can't bend my wrists back far enough to do a push-up on a flat surface. But, when I go running, I just need my running clothes, my shoes, and my watch. Not a Garmin, just a wristwatch with a stopwatch feature. And even that I could do without if i wasn't tracking my fitness minutes and pace. I used to carry my mp3 player, but it was always extra cords and one extra thing to strap on and take off and waste my time. I've enjoyed my fitness much more without it and the cords and the extra straps. However, get me around computer peripherals, and I'll go crazy buying crap I don't need.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/15/2012 10:09PM

    I try to stay away from the gadgets because I am easily distracted and too many gadgets guarantees I will start spinning in circles, unable to decide which to use. And some of those you pictured just look downright scary.

I do need to get a foam roller, or so I've been told. Just haven't gotten around to it yet, the Procrastination Queen is still reigning.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/15/2012 7:19PM

    Wow I thought I had a lot! I have a polar, fit bit and that orange rolly thing too!

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REBECCATKD 1/15/2012 7:00PM

    Remember: Your best gadget is still your willpower!

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HAKAPES 1/15/2012 4:51PM

    I just love your post!
I also love gadgets, and sort of use them for motivation for the healthy lifestyle.
Any feedback on how good is the fitbit?


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AFRESHSTART2 1/15/2012 4:41PM

    I thought I love fitness gadgets but you have got me beat! lol!

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MOMTONOAH 1/15/2012 1:49PM

    I was a little sad not to see a Thighmaster in there somewhere emoticon

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/15/2012 9:28AM

    OK I see you are as addicted to workout gadgets as I am to knitting gadgets!! Fun stuff! And there is always that Next Greatest Thing out there..Oh they know how to advertise don't they!!

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BILL60 1/15/2012 8:50AM

    I too am surrounded by gadgets. Surprised not to see a Power Meter. Let's get with the program.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/15/2012 3:01AM

    Fab list of gadgets!

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MINDA31807 1/15/2012 12:08AM

    I got a fitbit in lieu of a bodybugg, I am not quite sure if it has helped or hindered me. I like seeing the stats, steps, calories burned, floors climbed, but not quite sure that knowing them is really helping me make wise decisions or not. I am snacking more because my fitbit is telling me I am burning X amount of calories but my intake is a lot lower than that number. I might adjust what I can see, maybe just steps and floors climbed, not calories burned to limit my over-eating.

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MAPEGASUS 1/14/2012 11:52PM

  I agree that is lots of gadgets but a great enjoyment to read.

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PEPPERMINT125 1/14/2012 11:51PM

    Wow! I'm amazed at all the gadgets! Although I too have at times spent money on fitness gadgets. You are right. We mainly just need to put on our tennis shoes and get moving! emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/14/2012 10:15PM

    That;s a lot of gadgets!! emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 1/14/2012 10:00PM

    OK I got to know....what IS a fitbit??? And I really want to see a pic of you using that stretching strap thing!!! You can use the cover of the box pose -- that would be perfectly acceptable! Hehehehe. I also want to know why a jump rope comes with it's own wrench....that one completely boggles my poor brain! Welcome Home!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/14/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon Guess you do like those gadgets! The more, the merrier I always say...

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SPIFFDEB 1/14/2012 9:29PM

    I'm a big gadget geek too! iPAD, multiple iPODs a MacBook, Heart Rate Monitor and I just got a really cool watchband thing that you clip the square nano into. Love my GPS and my smartphone too - emoticon

I just got a new digital scale that measures not only weight but body fat, water and bone density.
I can't stop myself......

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JECKIE 1/14/2012 8:56PM

    Heh. I'm the same! Not just about fitness, either. The highlight of my weekend was my spankin new Kindle coming in the mail. :)

But lately my fitness obsession is running clothes. Dick's Sporting Goods and I have become great friends. :) And I love my Garmin...

This post makes me all kinds of happy.

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