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Wii, Roku, Hulu & Netflix

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just a brief reminder for those of us that have internet access thru other portals than our computers:
Hulu has a huge selection of the Gaiam catalog (lots of yoga & pilates flavored cardio) and Netflix carries a ton of Crunch brand and other exercise DVDs that you can stream or order.

We had a surprise snow yesterday in NY so I wasnt able to get in my regular run. I took credit for my snowshoveling cardio but felt like I should do a little more. Tried out a Gaiam Yoga video. This morning I felt like I still owed something: so I did a Crunch Boot Camp - the teaser said it was only 30 min. Child parked himself on the computer with a game and I squeezed a workout inbetween loads of laundry.

I remember borrowing lots of fitness videos from the library, back in the day. They may still have them. but OHHH, the CONVENIENCE! Plus if you get bored easily...

Now if I only didnt feel so awkward exercising in front of the TV. But that's because the layout of the living room means there is only 3 feet between the couch and the TV cabinet. (My livingroom is 9ft wide and 27 ft long.)

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FINALLYBEINGME 2/27/2012 11:08PM

    Thanks for the tip - I never thought of hulu for workouts. I just looked up yoga and am impressed by the selection! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 2/26/2012 5:32PM

    I have some Gaiam dvds but I prefer the SP dvds that I bought. Coach Nicole keeps the moves simple, which is exactly what this klutz needs.

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XRSIZE18 2/26/2012 2:15PM

    OOOooooOOO thanks for the reminder. I think I'm going to try out a crunch dvd today.

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MISSIFISH 2/26/2012 11:40AM

    I will absolutely have to look into the streaming videos. I got so addicted to turbo fire, but SP and my injury both have me thinking I should shake things up.

I used to hate working out with the tv until I realized it was just the room. Is there another room that is better? I moved into my bedroom, which has a wood floor and a better arrangement than the family room. It also has a mirror, which is pretty helpful. Just saying, don't be limited to the most obvious place.

Have a great day!

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RAINA413 2/25/2012 4:53PM

    I hear ya on the narrow but wide living room. I feel pretty weird working out in front of my TV, too. I've tried the ones on Netflix and I like them but they are a bit too fast paced for me sometimes. How do you like the Gaiam yoga videos? I've never given them a try.

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You have my permission

Thursday, February 23, 2012

To throw food away.

Not to treat yourself like the family garbage can. You do not have to eat the crusts from your child's sandwich or the last piece of meat from their plate. You are worth more than their leftovers, no matter how much you love the people that left them.

To clean out the cabinets, freezer and refrigerator of unhealthy temptation food. If its there and you will eat it, then get rid of it. Nonperishables can go to the food pantry – they will love a box of cake mix so that a little boy or girl can have a nice birthday party at home. The diet begins in the grocery store. Yes, they will ask for it at first, but this is why they have allowances. “Go to the store and buy it yourself.* Then eat it. We're not keeping it around.”

(Yes, I know this is overly simplistic for some families. We're working on the principle here.)

Do not feel like you have to eat the last slice of deli if you have portioned your sandwich appropriately. Would you rather throw it out or sweat it out?

You have my permission to throw the food out that you don't want. Don't leave it sitting in the back of the fridge for a week, cluttering up your containers. If you didn't like it the first time, you still wont like it. Calories are precious things. Don't waste them on anything less than delicious.

I know you feel guilty. The money, the starving people! This isn't about them. This is about you. You can get rid of it. If you were waiting for a sign, for permission: You have it. Spring Clean your food.

Throw it away.

(This blog has been rattling around in my brain for a while. Someone posted that they felt guilty about getting rid of all the junk food in their house. I felt strongly that they were just waiting for someone to "give them permission" to get rid of the stuff. I also find myself feeling guilty for several of the other items here. So in one fell swoop we'll all give each other permission to throw it away. Perhaps this is a bit of a manifesto? My blog, my thoughts, you can write yours down in the comments.)

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IRISHF 2/24/2012 5:10PM

    Simplistic? No. SIMPLE! Throw it away!

If it's not good for you to eat, it's not good for the kids, either. I can't tell you how many Weight Watchers meetings I've been in where women were saying, "I have to have it, for the kids." BALONEY! What an excuse that is.

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DOGLADY13 2/24/2012 4:14PM

    But yeah... toss your toddler's unfinished cereal or sandwich.

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DOGLADY13 2/24/2012 4:13PM

    Some healthy meals that don't work as prepared can become wonderful additions to soup. I just made a great pot of soup using the old wilted lettuce, carrots and celery in the fridge. Then I tossed in the leftover pinto beans cooked in a seasoned tomato sauce that I made earlier this week. The beans were good the first two days we ate them, but I couldn't face them one more time as they were. I added some whole wheat macaroni and vegetable bouillon and I have vegetarian minestrone for dinner.

I have also found that weird vegetable side dishes often work well in a salad with ranch dressing. Odd potato dishes (or rice) can be tossed in a pot with water, heat it up, puree it and now you have a base for soup.

I am queen of making over leftovers. That little piece of deli ham that you didn't put on your sandwich can become part of a small tapas treat before dinner with your spouse: slice in small pieces, put it on a cracker with cheese or something else and it's elegant.

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RESCUE_NINJA 2/24/2012 2:33PM

    Excellent post!

I've had to work hard at telling myself that eating food I don't want/need/like is just as much (if not more) of a waste as throwing it in the trash.

I do need to work harder at cleaning out my cupboards, though. I'm not particularly tempted by the 'bad stuff', but it's not doing anyone any good just sitting there either. Time for a trip to the food pantry!!

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ZANNBEE 2/24/2012 9:46AM

    I loved this post! So tempting to treat your body like a garbage can. My mom and dad were kids during WWII and because they experienced actual starvation we were raised with the idea of leftovers being sacred. I've been giving myself permission to throw food away for years but it has taken a while and there are still days that I hesitate.

My biggest struggle is when I spend a long time preparing a new healthy meal recipe that doesn't turn out great. We choke it back for dinner but then I find it hard not to force myself to eat it for lunch the next day because of the time and effort I put into making it. LOL Healthy leftovers are not sacred either.

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YDAVIS23 2/24/2012 6:32AM

    Great post! Since I work in a school and there is a lunch room at my wife's work, we frequently bring food to work and leave it there. There must be some invisible critters because no matter what I bring it's gone by noon. A great strategy a few weeks ago when family visited and left us with bagels, chips, cookies etc.

And if we're worried about waste, think about the resources it would take to get a triple bypass a few years down the road...

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WICKEDIMP 2/23/2012 10:49PM

    Exactly - especially the part about not eating all the crusts from your kid's bread and leftovers. I think at one point i was eating about 2 extra pieces of bread a day just by finishing what she left behind. :-)

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MISSG180 2/23/2012 10:30PM

    Brilliant entry. It's totally true. Thank you for this.

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MISSIFISH 2/23/2012 8:26PM

    I think this is a great idea, however, I used to do too much of it. I never learned how to eat leftovers! I thought food went immediately gross as soon as it hit the fridge. Now, I LOVE them! I'm really getting good at batch cooking and then bringing leftovers to work with me. I don't know what helped make this change, but I'm glad I'm not leaving things to rot when they are healthy and yummy for me.

On the other hand, I totally get the human trash can thing, that is something I worked on avoiding for a long time, and I'm finally getting it.

Great blog!

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Multitasking means:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Realizing that the yoga studio is less than 2 miles from my house.

Run baby run!

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YDAVIS23 2/23/2012 8:31AM

    Haha I've always been that type of runner... I could probably walk faster... It's all about the total miles!

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DOGLADY13 2/23/2012 3:01AM

    That's great! And a walk is still better than driving the car!


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XRSIZE18 2/22/2012 11:52AM

    :) Thanks for the smile!

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KSANDIEGO 2/22/2012 11:25AM

    Hey I can relate! I live on top of a loooong hill up from the so-called mall and shopping area, so any time I walk down to the store for anything, it is a helluva walk back up that hill! LOL!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/22/2012 11:17AM

    I was so tired after yoga (and hungry for some reason - I had a good breakfast) that I just walked home. Pathetically: it was only 2 min longer to walk than walk/run. I'll be fair, there is a loooooonnngg modest uphill on the way there.

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YDAVIS23 2/22/2012 11:07AM

    Woot woot! How was the run home?!

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MISSIFISH 2/22/2012 9:31AM

    Made me giggle. What a great idea! Go optimist, GO!

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A new personal record!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Olympic committee isnt going to be calling anytime soon but...
3.5 miles in 42 minutes! Yay! A personal best!

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ZANNBEE 2/24/2012 9:46AM

    Congrats! That's great!

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:09PM


You go, girl!

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YDAVIS23 2/21/2012 6:22AM

    Love the quote, "no matter how fast you're moving, you'll lap the person on the couch."

Keep up the good work!

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ABBERCADABBER 2/20/2012 2:30PM

    Nice job! One of my favorite things about running is the fact that it's always a race against yourself - no one else. It's not a winning losing type of thing.

Also, I actually have done Pilates in the past - and loved it! The only problem is I've done the same 2 DVD's for the past 3 years, and am extremely bored of them! (I wonder why :D). But I'm just afraid to get new ones because I really got a good workout on mine and liked the set up. What DVD's do you recommend? I 2 old have Jennifer Kries ones (The Method Target Specifics and Jennifer Kries Pilates Method: Precision Pilates). I love the fact that you can get a really good workout, while clearing your head - and being at home! Thanks for your help!

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KSANDIEGO 2/20/2012 9:43AM

    WOWZA - good for you girl!! I'm proud of you - but now are those pancakes whole wheat, non-fat, without syrup? hahahahahha!!!!! Just kidding!!!!

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MISSIFISH 2/19/2012 11:20PM

    Awesome!!! I'm so impressed by people who can move faster than a speedy walk. (I can't.)

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    AMAZING! Great job!

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There's an athlete under here....somewhere

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I had a small epiphany while I was in the pool today. (Carefully timed so as not to get thrown out again).

Underneath these layers of fat is an athlete waiting to get out. When I poke at myself, there is some pretty firm muscle, about 1-2" down. She may not be the fastest, the strongest or even the most inspirational. Its kind of like a model wearing a winter coat. There is strength under there.

Pretty too - in a Mary Ann not Ginger kind of way.

See, I had this epiphany because I ran/walked 2.7 miles and then went to the gym and swam....oh, a buncha laps. 25 minutes. I had the epiphany, which was cool, but it meant I lost count. That's ok. I'm thinking about a "poker chip" system to help keep track. Move into the cup to keep track. Thoughts/Ideas?

Scale is a bit stuck at 181, but that's because I've been eating too much lately. Within my numbers, but high on the scale instead of low. Means slower weight loss. Endurance is definitely improving. I'm struggling to RUN my entire course, I usually have to walk a bit in the middle, but it comes with time. I usually bargain with myself "Run to that telephone pole" but today it was more often "you can keep going -so do it!" So I did.

I know I can do all the individual pieces of the triathlon. I just have to make sure I can do them all in the same day. Yep. There's an athlete in me.

And there is one in you too.

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RAINA413 2/21/2012 8:21PM

    There is TOTALLY an athlete in there and she is hiding just below the surface. When you least expect it she is going to come bursting out!!! I am so excited about your triathelon! I will be cheering you on all along the way (from a-far). I am SO proud of you and I know you can do it!!!

As for the laps, I like your poker chip idea. You can move them over to a pile every time you do a lap. That would take less time than stopping to put a rubber band on your wrist each time you do a lap, but that is also a good idea for keeping track. I usually move a stack of pennies to keep track. Then they are fun to go diving for when you are done!

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:06PM

    Hey! I just had a brainstorm. Why don't we convice YDAVIS23 to do the Hunter Mountain triathlon, too? She lives near me and I could haul her out with me to the Catskills!

(I hate it when I am impetuous!)

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:04PM

    You and that triathlon! I keep wanting to talk myself out of it and then I read about you working toward it!

My friend in Ohio said that wearing a wet suit makes you more buoyant and warmer. He recommended it for the swimming in the lake part.

Have you committed to the tri in Hunter Mountain yet? I haven't registered yet, but I'm getting ready to. But only if you do, too! LOL

Anyway, I loved this post. It made me laugh out loud. It could've been me writing it. "Just ten minutes". "Make it to the stop sign." "I can feel the muscle under the layers of fat!" Too funny.

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TRI_TODAY 2/20/2012 11:19PM

    If you can find the strength to keep going, no matter the speed, then you have the strength to meet your goals! Keep up the great work!

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XRSIZE18 2/17/2012 7:24AM

    Wow! I'm impressed. You have a lot more stamina than I do.

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YDAVIS23 2/17/2012 5:53AM

    I love this post! I'm definitely in the same place! I am so inspired that you're aiming for the TRI - I know you can do it!

I don't know how many laps you're hoping for, but maybe you could do elastics on your wrists to keep count? That's my teacher idea for the day :)

Have a GREAT weekend!

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VIXSTERLU 2/17/2012 12:55AM

    Had to chuckle..."Run to that telephone pole" That is soooo what I do. Great job and keep it going!!

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MISSY994 2/17/2012 12:50AM

  I'm at 181 also!!! Arggg.... so I feel ya.

Maybe you could keep track of your laps by moving some sort of bracelet, ring, or rubber band from on wrist to the other. Or from one finger to the next. It's worked for me in the past.

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CHELSEAK13 2/16/2012 11:20PM

    great post!!! thanks! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 2/16/2012 10:12PM

    So great that you are not focusing on weight. It health. the rest will follow. excellent!

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2012 9:50PM

    Yay! Epiphanies can be terrific. I envy you being able to run. I still haven't gotten clearance from my doctor. I believe you are correct though, there is an athlete in each of us just waiting to allowed out.

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MISSIFISH 2/16/2012 9:36PM

    I loved this! I feel the same way... are those abs under there??? I think they are!

I'm excited to watch your progress. I'm going to shriek when the triathalon happens - I really am!

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