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4: Aqua Dynamics aka Water Aerobics

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My computer was a bit temperamental yesterday, but here is my update on my Monday water class.

As a non-water person, I was surprised at how much fun I was having.
This is a morning class, so your general population in this class was 55 and over.
And then there was me and my daughter :) Very friendly crowd though.

The instructor, get this, is in his mid 80's. I'm not kidding. He could, however, easily pass for early 70's. So people, keep exercising, and keep eating right...

Music stuck in the 1970's. Imagine rocking out to Dancing Queen and YMCA.
What a complete blast, I was having a ball!

The workout itself, as with most workouts, can be as easy or as challenging as you make it.

Overall, it was a fun class and I'll do it again next Monday. This time I'll go in 30 minutes before the class and do some lap swimming to add to my overall workout.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/30/2011 3:11PM


I'm going to do a Monday water aerobics also. They have 3-4 in a row. 3 classes in a row is just about right for me. 1 alone, is not enough, 2 makes me tired and 3 wears me out but feels great. Maybe Monday. See how things go.

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MALEXANDER4 4/28/2011 7:00AM

    Good for you. I'm so happy you had fun.

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CARTOONB 4/27/2011 9:15PM

    I enjoyed water aerobics whe I took the class. Same thing...older demographic. But friendly! Glad you enjoyed it.

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KNITTABLES 4/27/2011 5:27PM

    So glad it was a fun class for you.

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    You make me want to run far, far away from that class. Dancing Queen and YMCA? I think my ears would bleed. LOL!

Seriously though, glad you enjoyed.

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BOVEY63 4/27/2011 11:47AM

    So happy that you enjoyed yourself so much. It does sound like fun - love those 70s songs!

Swim on!
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2: On Nutrition

Monday, April 25, 2011

I stumbled across this article today: "Nutrition Can Save America" by The Health Ranger, Mike Adams. I am subscribing to his daily newsletter, and while usually a bit controversial and cynical it's always a good read. (Actually, it's right up my alley :))

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GRACEFULIFE 5/7/2011 1:47AM

    I think it's debatable if the nation is in decline, though I'm generally of the opinion that it has been ever since the aging (to retirement age, basically) of the "greatest generation" as it is known. However there's no way any one thing is responsible for that, as it's no doubt a complex net of sociopolitical and socioeconomic circumstances.

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KNITTABLES 4/25/2011 9:07PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CMB2048 4/25/2011 1:45PM

    I'll check it out!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 4/25/2011 10:16AM

    All things are connected, so I can see how bad nutrition can lead to a declining country. A strong country is a country that cares for its people and promotes good health. Our country won't promote healthy choices because our economy is so dependent on the over-blown medical community.

My favorite part of the article: Method #2 - Restrict access! I'm all for restricting access and would LOVE if it happened. Unfortunately I don't foresee it happening, because it would cut into BIG MONEY too much, and they won't ever allow that to happen.

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KRICKET4 4/25/2011 10:08AM

    @ BB - sometimes is takes gross exaggeration to get people's attention. I think anything that gets people to think for themselves is worth putting out there.

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    I think its a huge stretch. Ya, nutrition is bad, but to pin that on the ills of the country is huge oversimplification at best, outright stupid and false at worst. There are definitely some points worth absorbing in here, but its a little too extreme for me to give this guy lots of credibility. We need to eat better and get off the drugs. He has sensationalized the unsensational.

I'd give you my take on why we are in decline as a nation, but it will likely stir up political discussion, which I don't have any care to debate people on because I think they're largely party debates which are pointless.

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    emoticonPeople can get so touchy and grumpy! I hope you forget about that kind of nonsense and just keep being yourself! emoticon emoticon

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1: Easter 2011 - Easter 2012 Challenge

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This blog should be a lot less controversial than my last one, so nobody needs to get offended, 'cause this blog is all about me...

It is time for me to post another challenge to myself. The things I have in mind are rather long-term, so an Easter to Easter timeframe sounds fun. The deadline for this challenge is April 8, 2012: 350 days (351 days if you get technical, but I like round numbers).

Over the years I've become quite attached to exercise. Yes, really! I love working out! I'll keep my monthly goal at 1000 exercise minutes (and no, I don't count gardening, cleaning or any other routine activity, only real scheduled exercise.)

My weekly exercise routine contains cardio/kickboxing, strength training (body weight, bands, barbells, dumbbells - nothing pink anymore...), and yoga.

Starting tomorrow I will add a water exercise class. It may come at the expense of a regular cardio class, but I'm in desperate need to switch it up. Water exercise puts me way out of my comfort zone.
1.) Outside of the shower I don't like water.
2.) I had to buy a bathing suit.
3.) Did I say, I don't like water?

You will not find jogging or running on my list, not even as a future activity to get into. I don't jog and I don't run, never have and never will. However, biking and hiking are part of my spring/summer/fall plan.

Diet & food: I guess I can consider myself one of the "lucky" 5% who have lost weight and kept it off. But as we all know, luck has very little to do with it.

Regardless of my "scale success", I'm still struggling with balance in the food department. On a weekly basis I still yo-yo, concerning my food intake, and I'm not talking 200 calories over on certain days. When I go over it's more like 2000 over, and yes, it's all junk food, and then I spend the rest of the week making up for it.

The goal is to get a grip on this erratic behavior.
How am I planning to do this?

While I know much about food and nutrition, I want to know more. So, I have decided to sign up for a course in wellness and nutrition. This is where my interest lies. I have decided on an online course, so I can do my studying when it's most convenient for me.

Concerning dieting and getting fit, undoubtably, emotions get in the way. This process needs to be fact based in order to work efficiently and long-term. Especially us female types are prone to put way too much emotion into this process. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying turn of your emotions, but for the purpose of getting fit and losing weight they are not helpful. So, no whining and get on with it.

And before somebody says 'but you'll need to have short-term and medium-term goals in order to arrive at your long-term goals' here it is:

Short-term: Sign up for my wellness and nutrition class, add water exercise class to my weekly routine, get my bike tuned up.
Deadline: April 30, 2011.

Medium-term: Apply what I learn in my nutrition class and work out some sensible meal plans. Especially dinner leaves to be desired. Those bowls of cereal or greek yogurt just don't satisfy. Have plan in place and ready to implement for a week's worth of sensible dinners.
Deadline: June 30, 2011

Long-term: The main goal stays the same: Lose the last 10 and maintain at that level. I see now that I'll need to change my behavior some more in order to accomplish this goal.
Deadline: April 8, 2012

Well, this is getting way too long.
I'll blog as I go along.

Happy Easter to all!
Would you believe it's raining in Southern California on Easter?!?

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BOVEY63 4/25/2011 12:10PM

    I think it's awesome that you are starting an activity out of your comfort zone.
You have set some great goals for yourself and I look forward to reading about your progress.
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MALEXANDER4 4/25/2011 6:25AM

    OMG you wrote my blog. I eat wayyyyyyyyyyy over on one or two days and spend the others trying to play catch up...well you know this but I had no idea you were the same. I love exercise, was talking to a friend about signing up for a class at the college for nutrition just the other day. It was beautiful here yesterday. Had a nice dinner with my daughter and future son in law and grandson. I think your goals are great. Lets both finally get these last few pounds off. Now I think it is mental above all else for me. Have a wonderful day. Ps. Get you some floaties....Just saying.

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CARTOONB 4/24/2011 10:25PM

    I do that too...the over by 2000 if at all and then spend the rest of the week making up for it. Your goals sound doable. Good luck!

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FRAN0426 4/24/2011 9:52PM

    Will so be looking forward to how the goals are prgessing for you.
So going to challenge yourself to a water exercise class, steoing outside the box may be just what may that something new to rev up you exercise routine. I never had been a fan of swimming pools myself; now I find myself lokking forward to going to the club go get into the pool---hope you will enjoy the time in the pool.

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    I'm offended that this blog is all about you. I mean, come on, how selfish. Next time, talk more about me! Seems like a pretty good plan. I'll be anxiously awaiting all of the blogs telling us about your nutrition learnings :)

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CMB2048 4/24/2011 6:40PM

    Those sound like terrific goals and I can really relate to the going over the calorie limit in a big way sometimes! Here's to a great year ahead. The water aerobics sounds fun!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 4/24/2011 6:28PM

    It raining where you are is about as odd as it being sunny and warm where I am (central Wyoming) this time of year, we usually get snow around Easter. :-)

Good luck on all your goals. You've really got a good handle on what you want to accomplish and how you mean to get there. (I still have trouble with just getting my goals and strategies totally straight, let alone achieving them.)

Enjoy the water aerobics. Maybe you will start liking water more. :-)


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If you don't lose, you're a loser - if you lose, you're a winner...

Sunday, April 10, 2011's a paradox.

And no, I don't believe you're a winner for trying.
As it pertains to losing weight and getting fit, trying is just another word for failing. Do or don't.

No excuses!

Get real, get tough, suck it up, and stop whining! You'll be so much better for it.

Is your diet failing you, or are you failing your diet?
Here's one to ponder.

Let's all be winners today!

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/14/2011 10:48AM

    Oh god, there is always someone with the 'medical issues' to chime in and get offended. The "offended" are mincing words. The point is to persist, to never give up. Simply "trying" implies failure because of lack of commitment. i.e. "well I'll try". Get and keep your head in the game regardless of the obstacles. Don't use them as crutches.

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MALEXANDER4 4/13/2011 4:10AM

    For me the honest truth is "i'm failing my diet", Sometimes the heart just isn't in it. I'm in this to win it but when do I start winning? That is all up to me.

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CARTOONB 4/12/2011 10:34PM

    I'm sucking it up!

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SCHNOOTIE 4/11/2011 1:14PM

    I gotta say that at first I thought this was a bit harsh, but at the core I do know that I use "I tried" a lot because in my mind I have the INTENTION to do better, but I don't really put much effort in. So do or do not is a great way to view it. I find that a lot of times I personally am very wishy washy and the trying is not a real try. I think if someone really tries to make better choices, tries honestly to change things one step at a time then they deserve a round of applause. But for me, I deserve a kick in the butt most days.

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WENDYRMT1 4/11/2011 9:18AM

    well, I guess I thought it was a bit harsh but you can say what ever you want. I try every day, I have lost well/stayed the same well/ gained too...I am enjoying this fickle fight and trying is all part of it...winning is feeling better and doing yourself the honour of being healthier.


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    What an inspirational blog! Thank you! I needed this! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 4/10/2011 7:45PM

    We can't be winners all the time...some days we win, some days we lose....even despite our hardest efforts. As long as we are ACTIVELY trying, we are winning small battles towards winning the war and should be proud of our accomplishments.

Some may have been offended by your tough love approach, but hey, this is your blog and you are entitled to voice your opinion. I respect that. If the content is offensive to the reader, there is a or do not.

Comment edited on: 4/10/2011 7:46:31 PM

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CMB2048 4/10/2011 4:29PM

    Gosh...sounds like your blog touched a nerve for some folks. I always look at blogs that give us something to think about and I never take them personally because I think people write about their own situation even if it is written in a general way. Your thoughts are in tune with Yoda from Star Wars....he said to Luke Skywalker: "Do or do not, there is no try." I think what you were trying to do was encourage others and probably yourself to give it that extra effort to do it! I myself like that push. And although I'd be 500 lbs if I didn't TRY every single day, I know I'm NOT 500 lbs because there are days I stop trying and just DO IT! So sorry people took your blog the wrong way. I appreciated it.

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WENDYSPARKS 4/10/2011 4:06PM

    It is good to think positive thoughts. We all try to do well...some of us have a harder time than others but we are all winners in my book.


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IUHRYTR 4/10/2011 4:01PM

    I also do not agree with your position. A person who tries is a winner for giving an honest effort rather than staying inactive and living in despair. As for those not losing, you are again off base. There comes a time when maintenance allows the body and mind time to prepare for the next successful push. Your premise is based on constant losing, to what, when a person is down to zero pounds? Not realistic. You need to encourage others for their efforts, not demean them. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 4/10/2011 3:17PM

    Awesome blog and so true but I am winning this round. emoticon

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SKUTRGAL 4/10/2011 2:42PM

    This is so inappropriate, I don't know where to start. I've been at this for ten weeks & have lost almost 3 pounds. I have a lot of medical issues that interfere with my weight loss. Am I A loser? NO! I've gotten much healthier & much stronger. How dare you stand in judgment of someone else.

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Aaahhh, it's my birthday MONTH...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

... and I intend to celebrate ME all month.

On the SparkFront:

Even though I have not been very active on SP lately, I log on every day and I read blogs, so I'm pretty up to date with what everybody has been up to.

Myself: I have (once again) decided to get away from that dang scale. My next scheduled weigh-in is May 1. At that time I'll also take measurements.

In order to pull this off successfully, I had to start tracking again.
No scale and no tracking is a sure way for disaster.

Mostly I underestimate when I'm not tracking and eventually, a couple of days down the road, this catches up with me and leads me to overeating. And once I get rolling that way, it always takes me several days to get back to eating sensibly.

It's really all stupid.

What I want to tackle particularly this month is sugar. I have been studying up on that a bit and what I found goes way beyond "sugar and weight-gain"...

I am actually contemplating to take a class in "Nutrition and Wellness". I'd have to commit to a 6-month study course. I'm actually thinking I'm up to it. Will make my final decision by this weekend.

That's all, folks.

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MARLINDA5 4/25/2011 2:03AM

    Hope you had a Happy Birthday emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 4/24/2011 9:57PM

    Happy birthday month to you from another April birthday girl. I'm a Taurus--lat April. actually this coming Tuesday. I will have the pleasure of seeing my twin sister this Thursday as she comes down for a check up with her surgeon.

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CMB2048 4/9/2011 7:19PM

    Happy Birthday Month! April is mine too. Already had the birthday! Looking at sugar is so important. It can screw up so much stuff for us. I've not been good with the food tracker recently but I should get back to it!

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MALEXANDER4 4/7/2011 8:38AM

    oh my dear....i';m still working on that last five myself. Where did all my energy go?? I know it was here somewhere last time I looked. We are going to do this in our own time I guess. I have hid the scales again till weigh in....

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ELYMWX 4/7/2011 12:30AM

    Happy birthday! Sometime :-)

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IUHRYTR 4/6/2011 9:12PM

    Sounds like an interesting course and meeting like-minded classmates will be fun, too. As we all keep reminding ourselves, one positive day at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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LIFEISSWEET2 4/6/2011 7:37PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday this month!
Great idea about celebrating YOU all month...but hey, let's take it a step farther and celebrate ourself every day, every month. Don't we deserve it?!


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BOVEY63 4/6/2011 5:25PM

    Have a wonderful birthday month my fellow Aries!

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CARTOONB 4/6/2011 10:55AM

    Happy birthday month!

If you decide to take the class, let us know how it goes.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 4/6/2011 10:49AM

    Happy birthday to you! My birthday was last month. I love that my birthday is in the spring, it's like the whole world is celebrating with us! Have a great birthday month! :-)

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/6/2011 9:42AM

    emoticon emoticon

emoticon to your birthday month!!! ROCK IT!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/6/2011 9:10AM

    Happy birthday month...its my birthday month too!

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    So THAT'S where you've been! Getting smarter by the minute! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You're doing research and not sharing? emoticon

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KNITTABLES 4/6/2011 2:10AM

    Taking a wellness class sounds great and you can do this. Have a great Birthday month.

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KKP4673 4/6/2011 1:31AM

    Happy Birthday Month AND I hope you have a wonderfully creative time of being wonderful to yourself!!

The wonderful idea of taking a class on wellness and nutrition sounds great! I think it's an awesome idea!!

I hope it's an exactly wonderful birthday month for you!! EXTREME!!!


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MARLINDA5 4/6/2011 12:29AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday Month

It sounds like a good plan :)

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