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Dance Walk

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The leader of a fitness challenge I am a part of for charity, recently emailed a link to a video about dance walking. I have watched this video every day for a week, wishing I had the courage to dance walk in public.

Since it was FINALLY sunny and felt like spring today, I went for a run. At the end of my run, as the nice lady on my Map My Run app announced my time, I did a little dance move in celebration. Then I remembered the dance walk video and for the last couple hundred feet home, I danced.

I felt completely rediculous for a a few seconds and then, I just felt really really good. I also thought about the Friends episode where Rachel was too embarrassed to run with Pheobe because she ran like a small child, arms and legs flailing around.

As Rachel learned by the end of that episdode, who cares who's watching. Let yourself go and feel happy.

If you have never seen it, here is the link. Go ahead, dance like nobody's watching....

Each day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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LEVELPATHS 4/6/2013 9:22AM

    Cool dance walk! :-)

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BIGPAWSUP 3/31/2013 1:38PM

    I'm such a nut - I've done stuff like this. I actually got caught dancing through the office one morning my boss came in early (I open on Tues and Thurs and am USUALLY alone for about an hour.)

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DARLY55 3/31/2013 11:52AM

    That is so neat! Looks like fun let's go! emoticon emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 3/31/2013 8:52AM

    OMG I love that video :D Thank you for sharing woo hoo : )

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NEWLYWEDSHED35 3/31/2013 5:19AM

    I so loved this blog and the video. I'm very inspired.

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NEW-CAZ 3/31/2013 2:34AM

    emoticon idea. Such fun just to let it all go and enjoy!
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MESEATURTLE 3/31/2013 2:20AM

    Loved the idea!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/30/2013 11:16PM

    Yea for you! Great job! Sounds like you had fun too!

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A Night At The Gym

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Our story begins in the group classroom where trainer boy brings out the Bosu and the 8 lb. weights. I step up with my right foot and do a shoulder press, switch legs, 10 reps and then same thing with bicep curls, repeat three times.

Next we hit the floor for ab torture, I mean work. I use the word ďweĒ loosely of course. First up, holding an 8lb. ball, knees bent, I do full sit-ups, pushing the ball overhead as I come up 10 times. I actually love this because a year ago, I could not sit all the way up.

Then, legs up at a 90 degree angle, sitting up, leaning back at an angle, keeping back straight, abs engaged, twist right, left right and then left, right, left etc, 10 times. THEN the killer, lay down, arms outstretched overhead, pull in abs and bring straight legs up and arms to meet, 10 times. Does anyone hear the chainsaw across my abs?? Then repeat all of the aforementioned ab moves three times. By the last three reps in the third set, the chainsaw gets louder and I look like a fish floundering out of water.

After trainer boy peels me off the floor, we are off to the main part of the gym to what I affectionately refer to as the ďhe-man areaĒ (many large-muscled men in this area) for TRX and kettle bell. I have graduated from the 15 lb. kettle bell to the 26.4 lb. Three sets of squats holding the kettle bell in front of me, then bringing the kettle bell up to shoulder height in front of me as I stand.

Some of you may have seen previous status updates where I profess my love for TRX. It is SO hard and SO rewarding! For those not familiar, you can see TRX advertised on the SP website or google it. First up, holding on to the handles, I lean back at an angle, arms straight out in front of me. Keeping everything in line and tight I pull myself up to standing 10 times.
Then, still holding on to the handles, one leg out in front of me, I do one-legged squats and pull myself back up to standing. Here comes that chainsaw across my thighs. 10 times. Then lunge back and pull myself back up to standing 10 times each leg.

Next I do pushups using the TRX strapsÖ holding on to the hand grips, leaning towards the floor at an angle and do pushups. I hope that makes sense, Iím essentially doing pushups in midair. It takes a lot of work not to let my arm fly out to the sides. Then lather, rinse and repeat all moves three times. At this point I am a sweaty mess, even my hair.

Trainer boy leads me back to the group classroom; Iím now following him around a little more slowly with my jell-o legs and my knuckles dragging the floor. Out comes the bosu again, flipped upside down. I had to hold on to the sides, in plank position, pull right knee in towards left elbow, then left knee toward right elbow, 10 times, and repeat this set three times. My hands kept sweating so much I almost slipped off but I held it together.

Then he gives me the band, unfortunately not the Beatles or Van Halen. bah ha! I step on the band and lift arms straight out the sides, then out in front, then bicep curls, 10 each, repeated three times. To distract myself from my burning shoulders, I watched a very petite young girl in very small, tight pants, teeny sports bra and high-heeled silver shoes. The trainer with her was guiding her through different poses, I overheard ďjudgingĒ and ďcompetitionĒ so I watched intently, imagining what she was training for and admiring her muscle tone.

As you can imagine, my arms are like jello at this point so of course, on to the chest press machine, one arm at a time. I bumped it up to 50 lbs and OY VEY!!! I focused on the TV overhead. NCIS Los Angeles was on and John Corbett was on. What a wonderful distraction!

But wait thereís more. I canít remember what itís called but it has a platform, maybe five or six inches off the ground and it vibrates. For about ten minutes, I did a mini step aerobic workout on this thing. It is very odd stepping on and off this vibrating platform.

This concludes this broadcast of My Night at the Gym. I am proud to say I am long past being self-conscious at the gym. I look like a dork doing these moves and I embrace my dorkiness. Looking like a dork at the gym is better than how I look when Iím vegging on the couch with snacks and the remote.

To distract myself from the pain, I used the he-men and the teeny tiny girl in high heels as focal points; I look at the colors of their shoe laces, how their shorts and t-shirts match or do not match etc. oh yeah, and John Corbett on tv!

Have a wonderfully wicked wild Wednesday!


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    HEHE:) Sounds like one of my gym adventures!

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MESEATURTLE 3/31/2013 2:22AM

    very inspiring!!!!! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 3/28/2013 6:59AM

    WOW! you ROCK : ) I am sweating just reading what you did :O emoticon PS your not a dork your AWESOME :D

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BIGPAWSUP 3/27/2013 3:40PM

    Wow - color me IMPRESSED!! I couldn't do Half of that!

Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 3/27/2013 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon you're amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TORTISE110 3/27/2013 1:14PM

    You are pushing! I bet you are surprising yourself and I doubt the dork thing, but if you insist, I am proud of you for keeping on keeping on. emoticon emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 3/27/2013 1:09PM

    Kelli! OMG you tired me out in the first paragraph! You have amazing stamina! You should feel SO GOOD about yourself!

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Remember Time for Timer?

Friday, March 22, 2013

If you grew up in the 70s, you may remember good ol Timer. I enjoyed those Saturday morning PSAs between cartoons when I was a kid. Those little ditties still bounce through my head every now and again.

Timer taught us to eat breakfast, put together a quick snack, that we are what we eat and how to make sunshine on a stick... among other gems.

I just caught the extended weather forecast and it was quite the downer to say the least. Time to stop griping about the weather. I've been a broken record about it for days so enough of that!

I decided to treat myself to a little childhood distraction, jumped on you tube and searched Time For Timer.

I just took a quick trip down memory lane. If you remember Timer or even if you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a break from the day and walk with me down memory lane...

As the Partridge family sang.....Come on Get Happy!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/23/2013 8:14PM

    Thanks for the fun trip down memory lane. So cute!

I hope the weather forecast is it often is around here!

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TDEMAIO2 3/23/2013 9:53AM

    WOW I remember :D I just went back in time :D Thank you!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/23/2013 9:36AM

    thank you so much! That was awesome! I just felt like I was 6 again.

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NEW-CAZ 3/23/2013 4:05AM

    Remember the Partridge Family well!

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GRACEANNE46 3/22/2013 11:32PM

    I remember these. We used to make those ice cube tray treats. Wow, these PSA's have been burned into my brain. Thanks for the blast from the past. (Now I really hanker for a hunk o' cheese. )

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St. Patrick's Day 5K

Saturday, March 16, 2013


I hope everyone is having a fantabulous day! This will be my first blog adding pictures. I hope I do this right.

Today was the second time I ran in our local St. Patrick's day 5K. Last year it was a beautiful sunny morning, about 72 degrees at that time of the day. It was so much fun, I vowed to get better for next year.

This is what I was hoping to look like for another 70-degree race:

I believe it was a balmy 28 degrees this morning. So this is what I ended up wearing (I am on the right):

My daughter (she's on the left) did it with me this year which was wonderful. She lives in the city and I am out in the burbs so it's always a thrill to spend time with her!

She recently landed a job as the general manager of a local fitness center. It was great to have her there to keep me moving!

I didn't think too much about the temperature since I was too worried about being late. Her train came in this morning with just enough time to park and walk a few blocks to the gear check and line up.

We made it in plenty of time to get in line and dance around to songs on my Iphone. Okay, I danced a bit and sang a bit, she shook her head and laughed a bit. It's what we do. I have only done a few races and I just LOVE the thrill of taking off with everyone!

I lost her at just over two miles. I slowed down a bit, the cold air finally got to me. I picked it back up and was thisclose to catching back up to her and I got snarled in a slow moving group.

With about two blocks to go and the finish line in site, my legs were done but I channeled spark member BIGPAWSUP and told myself "oh HELL no you are NOT slowing down now!" I pushed it, grunted and chanted 'COME ON" "COME ON" out loud until I crossed the finish line.


My time, drum roll please...... 34:19, six seconds fast than last year!!!! WHOOOO!! I'll take it considering it was such a beautifully, comfortable day last year and today was cold, damp and a little sleet thrown in at the end for an extra good time. I had a huge smile on my face and a tear in my eye when I crossed the finish line. I am SO happy I am strong and active and that I shared today with my wonderful daughter!

Next up, a charity 5K next month. Fingers crossed for better weather and a few more seconds off my time!


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FITMOMINNJ 3/26/2013 3:20PM

    Congrats Lady:) Love the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 3/18/2013 4:12PM

    Yes, yes, yes! You go for it, girl! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/18/2013 9:40AM

    Fantastic! Great job!!

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-AMANDA79- 3/17/2013 10:23PM

    Great time and super cute pics!!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/17/2013 11:49AM

    You and your daughter are so cute! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day! And congrats on your improved time in less than the best conditions!

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DARLY55 3/17/2013 8:50AM

    Great account of a fun day, great accomplishment made even more special by having your daughter with you! WOW! I'm excited for you!
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TDEMAIO2 3/17/2013 8:29AM

    WOO HOO Your AWESOME emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2013 3:59AM

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May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows your dead..
An Irish Blessing

Have a wonderful day babe
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HOLLYM48 3/16/2013 10:11PM

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I just signed up for my first 5K because after reading all these blogs, it just seems like such a fun thing to do. Great job! Way to rock that St. Patty's Day 5K! emoticon

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AM_MORRIS87 3/16/2013 10:11PM

    YAAAAY! I'm so proud of you! It's also so great to see pics of you and your daughter! I'm glad you had a great time, and I wish I could have been there to run it with you lol!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/16/2013 8:41PM

    Oh I am SOOOO proud of you! How awesome! Oh HELL YEAH!!!!

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_LINDA 3/16/2013 8:28PM

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That is great! You look awesome as does your daughter! What a fun way to spend the day! No races here -huge piles of snow and ice on the ground and -9 F temps :P A good day for indoor exercising. Our winter has lasted six long months and counting, with the first heavy snowfall happening Oct 15. There are some bold, hardy runners that get out in it, but its just too bad for any races to be held.
Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!

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LORILEEPAGE 3/16/2013 8:03PM


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    That's awesome!


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy hump day!

I am in week three of my stress-buster challenge. Iíve come a long way dealing with stress over the years but many times it still overcomes me. So Iím really working on it now.

Workouts really help! I try to get in two 15-minute walking breaks every day at work. Itís good to get away from the desk, clear my head and get a little refreshed. A good cardio and strength training workout really helps blow off pent-up steam!

This week I am working on choosing to be an optimist. Thatís a lot harder than it sounds but I believe I can do this. I have more than one family member going through a difficult time right now and this is where I struggle but Iím really working on it. Normally right now, I would be wallowing. I would stop working out, shut down, watch TV and blame myself even though none of it has anything to do with me.

I read somewhere,Ē itís not a bad day; there was a bad moment that you held on to all dayĒ. I canít remember the exact phrase but that was the idea. Looking back over the years I can remember being so overly dramatic about what a horrible time I was going through and thinking life was too unfair.

No question life was tough at that time; I have gone through some crap in my day. When I really think about it though, I can remember bright spots during that time as well. There were positive moments that I wish I had tuned into instead of wallowing in the bad times. I didnít have to be so miserable. I didnít have to let negative moments consume me but I did. I wish I could have chosen to turn away from negative influences.

But, whatís done is done. I cannot go back and fix anything, relive a past moment differently or change a bad decision I made. I know that is pointless. I know I must move forward every day being the best person I can possibly be now, take care of myself and support those I love, not berate myself for not being able to fix everything. I cannot hold on to a bad moment (or two or three) and tell everyone that I had a horrible day.

Iím running my second 5K on Saturday. Last year for this race, it was sunny and 70. This Saturdayís forecastÖ not so much. Iím fairly new to running and have never done a race in chilly weather. Iíve really been working on improving my strength and endurance over the past four months. I really have to keep reminding myself how far I have come. I still feel like the lazy couch potato I have been for many years and thatís just not true anymore! Only once in a while.

I was grumpy the other night watching the weather report. I went on and on about how horrible this is. I want it to be like last year, Iím too old for this. I immediately made myself shut up and told myself that it will still be a good day. I ran twice last week in chilly, damp weather and it wasnít so bad after the first five minutes. I even improved my time with each run so I will dress right, I will be out there with everyone else who loves to run and my daughter is doing it with me. I will be thankful that I am capable of running and that no matter what my time is on Saturday, it will be a great accomplishment for me!

Itís exhausting being me. emoticon

But I'm worth it! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 3/18/2013 4:09PM

    Love your blog! It has really put my day into perspective and given me hope that I can change my attitude and make tomorrow a good day with only the odd negative blip - and not the other way around! THANKS! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2013 8:32PM

    "Willed optimism": I believe it's possible and habit forming.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/15/2013 4:58PM

    Great attitude. Good luck tomorrow.

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KELLIEBEAN 3/14/2013 11:20AM

    All are welcome to hijack my blogs Suz! Jump right in the water's fine. emoticon

Always love to read your thoughts!

Like you, I have always been surrounded by negative people so I've been working on changing those habits in myself. Like Ghandi said, be the change you wish to see in the world.

I like what you said about loonking back at the 5k. it will be so cool to finish. I'm glad my daughter is running with me. We always have a good time!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/14/2013 10:22AM

    I think about how I made life harder on myself and those around me years ago, but I think I've had an optimistic core. It took a lot of effort to make the shift as a whole and sometimes still takes a lot of effort to stay positive. I also wonder if some of it doesn't come with wisdom and age. Maybe it is because I've survived some horrible situations that I can use that knowledge to give me faith that things will be ok or at least that worry and stress aren't going to make the unchangeable any better? I don't know what it is. My parents are judgmental and negative. My husband is easy going but cynical. I sometimes wonder where my positivity (not that I'm always positive) comes from.

I'm sort of going through a bummed out negative thing right now. I was going to blog it out, but I decided that it-was-what-it-was and there's not a lot to be gained so just put it away and move on. I don't mean suppress it. I just mean I'm choosing not to give it credit or give it a chance to grow by putting it out in the air. I don't think I'm explaining it well.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your blog but you made me think a little more and I always like that.

Good for you for not letting the threat of bad weather hold you back, especially after all the training and improvement. It's definitely a challenge but it will add character to the overall experience and your memories of this 5k. You'll think back..."remember that awful weather 2013 St. Pat's 5k and how good I felt for doing so well in site of less than perfect conditions."

And good luck fighting away the negative stuff. I think you are more positive than you feel. You are very supportive and you post frequent updates about how you have overcome all those things to go for a run when it was cold or go to the gym when you didn't feel it, etc. I feel your positive energy and it often helps me. Thank you for sharing your positive with us.

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TDEMAIO2 3/14/2013 6:56AM

    YES you are emoticon You have a GREAT attitude and I think I see you smiling emoticon Good luck on your race Saturday emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/13/2013 3:54PM

    awesome attitude!

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-SHOREIDO- 3/13/2013 1:43PM

    Great write!! Love the HUGE positve here : ) Your a motivator!! Thanks for sharing and best of luck to you on Saturday!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/13/2013 1:30PM

    Great point! Have an awesome 5K!

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TORTISE110 3/13/2013 12:28PM

    I really like you and your blog, Kelliebean. Sure we have bad moments and why the heck not do our best to let them pass and look for the best.

I do find that I have mended the past a bit too, by remembering and savoring the good times in even troubled relationships. It's a little like reclaiming what is mine from past years!

And you of course know the saying, no bad weather, only bad clothes!! You certainly know the principle with your chilly damp weather runs! Way to go !! Proud to know you.

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MANDELOVICH 3/13/2013 11:15AM

    Love the idea that there aren't bad days, just bad feelings we hang onto.


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BIGPAWSUP 3/13/2013 11:12AM

    Awesome attitude! And you are going to have a Terrific 5K. Enjoy!

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