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Day 195-Music or No Music for your workouts?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

It is a beautiful, sunny morning here in western Iowa. It does feel like it's going to get hot later. I squeezed in a quick one mile walk before getting ready for church. My time was 18 minutes. I decided not to have my iPod with me. Sometimes it's just nice to walk in the quiet morning.

Do any of you ditch your music sometimes for your workouts?

  
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MRFUZZ 6/11/2012 10:50PM

    When I exercise indoors, I have to have my music...outside, I don't...I just enjoy being outside and aware of natures beauty, even if it's in my own neighborhood.

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BRANDTSGIRL 6/11/2012 9:56AM

    I'd agree with you it's quite warn in the state of IA.

Hope you have a great Monday too:)

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/10/2012 8:42PM

    I don't own an iPod, but have thought about getting one. Not sure I would actually want one, tho. I walk with the dog and have been training her to walk nicely with me. I think the music would be distracting for me.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/10/2012 6:28PM

    I do not listen to music while I exercise. I find that it helps me focus more on my body and form and muscle movement when I am not distracted with the song lyrics. I am much more aware of my surroundings when I am not listening to music as well.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/10/2012 12:26PM

    I have to have music! Of course, I always have music playing in the house. Have a great Sunday!

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MUSOLF6 6/10/2012 11:53AM

    I didn't want to walk this morning, but my dog had other ideas, so I walked my mile. It gave me the energy to do cardio on my Wii fit, too. emoticon emoticon

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HAZYSKIES 6/10/2012 10:45AM

    I never listen to music when I exercise. I like to be be mindful of my body and the movements I am making. Music is too distracting. I enjoy exercising much more without the noise.

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SLIMFORSOPH 6/10/2012 9:53AM

  Sometimes I find that if I don't have music, time goes by much slower and I get bored. For me, having the right playlist serves as a distraction, so I (almost) forget that I'm working out.

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Day 194-Hiking with the family

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Hubby wanted this morning to be a celebration day for my birthday too. He and the kids made breakfast again. Then the kids and I played the Wii for a while. After that we went to Hitchcock Nature Center north of Crescent for our first family hike. We've never really gone hiking since we've always needed strollers. The twins are almost seven, so everyone held their own. We did a medium trail and hiked for 35 minutes. The views were spectacular! I can't believe we've lived in this area for twelve years and have never really explored Hitchcock. I highly recommend it!

  
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KPETSCHE 6/10/2012 3:21PM

    Sounds like a blast, Chris. I'm sure you had a great time.

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ELISADENK 6/9/2012 10:56PM

    How fun!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/9/2012 7:40PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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HSMOM2FOUR 6/9/2012 7:28PM

    woo hoo!!! awesome job on being active and healthy as a family!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/9/2012 4:00PM

    I'm glad you had a good celebration today. I love how active your family is. That is great!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/9/2012 2:25PM

    Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun.

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Day 193-Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, June 08, 2012

My day started nice with breakfast in bed. It's my 44th birthday. Hubby and Patrick (14) brought me eggs and coffee at 7:40 this morning. I was kind of in and out of sleep anyway, but it was a little earlier than I had planned. Then I remembered that I have to be at work at noon. Getting up early really helped. I got my workout started at 9 am. I was able to do 2.5 miles total, 0.25 mile walk, 2 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk (with a short visit with a friend down the street who happened to be at her mailbox). My total time was 35 minutes, jogging miles: 13:12, 12:10. Those are two pretty fast miles for me. I really pushed on the second one. I figure if I'm doing the shorter distance, I should try to go faster.

The rest of my day will be at work. I'm kind of bummed. I hate spending my birthday at work. Hubby assures me we will celebrate next weekend. We kind of have to wait till then anyway. Our paychecks have ended up on the same cycle. I'm every other week, he's twice a month. I really hate the months where we are on the same cycle. It doesn't help either that we've had so much car trouble too.

On a happier note: I got my swim bottoms from Lands End yesterday. Good news: they are cute. Bad news: they don't fit, I have to try again. More good news: they were too big.
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Yes, the jogging helps me make progress!!!
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HSMOM2FOUR 6/9/2012 10:49AM

    Happy birthday! I hope you had a fabulous day - even if it was lower key than you would've liked!

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KPETSCHE 6/9/2012 12:01AM

    Happy Birthday Chris! I ate a cupcake in your honor tonight and enjoyed it, too. See you Sunday at work. Great running times. Woohoo.

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KAYTIE22 6/8/2012 9:22PM

    Have a great birthday weekend! Enjoy and have a great year!

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ELISADENK 6/8/2012 6:33PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/8/2012 5:04PM

    Happy birthday Chris!! Sorry about having to work, but it sounds like your morning was pretty nice. Have a great weekend!!

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ALLISON145 6/8/2012 2:19PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Bummer on work, but Yay for big pants!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/8/2012 11:56AM

    Happy Birthday! I'm sorry you have to spend it at work. Maybe you can think of some inexpensive ways to celebrate like a family picnic or a family game.

Of course, all I ever want to do for my birthday is the same as our wedding anniversary: get dolled up and have a night out with hubby. :) Maybe you could buy some special cuts of meat and watch a movie at home. We've done that before too!

Whatever you do I know you will be surrounded by those who LOVE YOU and that's what really matters. :)

~Melissa

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THENEWMANDA 6/8/2012 11:54AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Today is my mom's birthday too. Glad it's been special for you. Spending your bday at work is never fun though.
Congrats on your time. I just can't wait til I can jog for a mile straight, I will be SO happy! Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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Day 192-I have a question for other Sparkers

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today I did 4.5 miles of walking/jogging: 0.25 mile walk, 4 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My
jogging mile times were : 14:04, 14:29, 14:33, 14:08.
I think that's pretty consistent. I still felt good out there, slow enough to keep going and not overheat, fast enough that I feel good about my times. I also stretched afterward since I got an earlier start today.

I have a question for everyone. Does anyone else out there try to look good when other people pass by when you are working out? I find that whenever a car passes by, or another walker or jogger, that I suck in my belly, firm everything up, and tell myself, "Okay, look like you know what you are doing. Don't look like you're dying out here." I pick up my feet more, and my speed. I just think it's funny that I do that. I live in a small town, so I probably know most of the people passing by me while I jog. I would love to hear from everyone what you think.

  
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IAFARMERWIFE 6/9/2012 7:24AM

    No I don't do that. I'm too old to impress anyone emoticonI watch the people on the trails here and it seems as if no one cares how others see them. So I'm just me.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/8/2012 9:34AM

    I think that it's great motivation! I don't have to worry too much (unless I think about the fact that hubby could possibly be watching me), since I do DVDs in the privacy of my own home. Have a great Friday!!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/8/2012 7:42AM

    I can't run, but I walk. Most specifically, I'm walking the dog.....so she is actually my focus. I focus on hoping she looks like a well behaved dog, which reflects back on me. One time she decided to plop her butt right down (then she proceeded to lie down) right next to a picnic table full of firemen/rescue workers. It was a bit embarrassing. If I were younger, I'd have been even MORE embarrassed. But, since I'm somewhat matronly looking these days (almost old enough to be their mom), I was able to laugh about it (just as they did.)

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KPETSCHE 6/7/2012 11:48PM

    Oh, yeah, but I think that's natural, Chris. I've had lots of people I know tell me they've seen me jogging/walking/etc and the first thing I think is "oh, did I look awful or ok" though I don't have the nerve to ask. I'm sure it's worse in a small town, even.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/7/2012 7:55PM

    I don't normally, but that's because I tend to really tune out the world around me. However, there was a comic I linked a while back that had me laughing because, yes, a LOT of people do.

http://www.sinfest.net/a
rchive_page.php?comicID=4236 (warning - that one comic is completely tame, but others are quite irreverent. It is not to everyone's taste.)


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POKEMOM2THREE 6/7/2012 5:12PM

    so funny... I just chant to myself, "don't be anyone I know... please don't be anyone I know..." lol. and: Way to go on your consistant times! :)

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/7/2012 5:10PM

    Um, yes ..... :)

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/7/2012 4:55PM

    Sounds like great motivation to me! Especially if you feel like everyone knows you. I'm sure I would be the same way. Besides, if your posture is better and you tighten up everything you are going to get a better fat burning workout. :)

My only experience with this is when we go on family bike rides and I always figure that there is no way I can impress anyone when I am riding my bike except maybe the fact that instead of being a couch potato I am actually out making an effort. Otherwise I only exercise in the safety of my own home. ;)

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ALLISON145 6/7/2012 4:53PM

    Totally - Rofl!! You should have seen me when I ran past photographers at the 5k... I even ran faster like that would show up on film. Ha!

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GLITTER60 6/7/2012 4:16PM

    nope, not me. i dont jog. i just walk. my idea of dressing up for the gym is knit capris or pants or shorts and a top.

but if dressing up makes you feel better go for it.

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THENEWMANDA 6/7/2012 3:56PM

    I do the same thing. I was running at the track the other (and by running I mean VERY slow jogging) I've just recently started the C25K program so I'm pretty pathetic. However, the high school football team was practicing on the field and I was running around it. It was THE best motivation I've had thusfar since there were eyes on me the whole time! You are not alone my friend, but I think it's a good thing and I kind of hope when I hit the track tonight, that those same boys will be there to help motivate me further. emoticon

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 6/7/2012 3:34PM

    Once when my spot in the back row was taken at my kickboxing class and I had to be near the front, I found that I tended to show off more and over-stretched my hammie a bit. So yeah, must be human nature.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/7/2012 3:18PM

    Sweetie, I do the same thing, being 63 I want all the younger generation to admire this old goat emoticon

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Day 192-I have a question for other other Sparkers

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today I did 4.5 miles of walking/jogging: 0.25 mile walk, 4 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My
jogging mile times were : 14:04, 14:29, 14:33, 14:08.
I think that's pretty consistent. I still felt good out there, slow enough to keep going and not overheat, fast enough that I feel good about my times. I also stretched afterward since I got an earlier start today.

I have a question for everyone. Does anyone else out there try to look good when other people pass by when you are working out? I find that whenever a car passes by, or another walker or jogger, that I suck in my belly, firm everything up, and tell myself, "Okay, look like you know what you are doing. Don't look like you're dying out here." I pick up my feet more, and my speed. I just think it's funny that I do that. I live in a small town, so I probably know most of the people passing by me while I jog. I would love to hear from everyone what you think.

  
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SANDIK9806 6/8/2012 6:54AM

    LOL...I totally do that! Unless I'm super exhausted, then I don't care! :) I Zumba a lot...I can't worry there, I just let it go and look like a complete idiot I'm sure, but it's fun and no one says a thing (mainly cause most of them think they look like a complete idiot too! :) ). Work it! If you are a fan of the show Friends...run like Phoebe every once in a while, it will make people wonder about you and you will feel like you are 10 again! Make it a great day!

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TERRIPAL1 6/7/2012 3:30PM

    I understand what you're saying, but I figure, they're in their cars, while, I'm walking or biking swearing up a storm!! emoticon

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