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Recumbant or Upright?

Friday, March 02, 2012

While my bike is still in pieces (and the weather is inclement) I'm going to be spending more time using the stationary bikes at my gym to work on my endurance. So here is the question:

I have a choice of 2 bikes: an upright with no readouts, or a recumbent with all of them. From what I have read, its better to do the upright if you are training for something because then its more like the position on your actual bike. But since this upright doesnt tell me *squat* all I have to go on is time spent biking. I usually turn the resistance up a bit so I can feel it. Hunter Mountain IS in the Catskills, yo. But if I use the recumbent I actually have some benchmarks that I can use to measure my overall progress. Numbers make me happy.

Thoughts SparkFriends?

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MISSG180 3/3/2012 11:40PM

    Readouts! You want readouts. If you had an upright with readouts, I'd vote for that, but if you need the recumbents for readouts, that's that you want.

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MISSIFISH 3/2/2012 10:55PM

    Pick the one that doesn't give you the bum ouchies. That is always my primary concern on any bike. Or... tell the gym to get a readout for the uprights!!!

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    I would say do whatever you enjoy better - since your more likely to stick with it. (By the way, numbers make me happy too. The simple things in life are what it's all about right? :D) But, I would go for the upright bike, especially since it's mirrors real bikes more (and aren't you training for something?). You can actually determine a lot of numbers off of just the time of your ride on the upright (I think) - the exact same numbers the recumbent bike gives you (not always completely accurate). I know that you can calculate your calories on spark, so check one number off the list. Then I think you could even figure out your pace and distance with a little bit of elbow grease. This may sound silly, but you could do your workout on the upright bike, then hop on the recumbent bike and pedal about the speed you were on the upright. Then you can look at your speed, and use that to calculate your distance (based on your time and speed). But I would say that ultimately, you should go with what you enjoy most and feel you get the best workout on. Or, you could alternate days (one day on upright, one on recumbent, etc., just so you can get a little bit of both :D). Let me know what you end up doing!

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GEEKLING 3/2/2012 11:50AM

    If numbers make you happy, that's all the reason you need to go for the recumbent.

If it was me, however, even though I like numbers very much indeed, I'd go for the upright.
Simply because I've not yet met a recumbent bike that wasn't horribly uncomfortable.

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Extra bendy please!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I was the only one for Yoga today. So the instructor asked what I wanted to focus on: I gave a serious answer, but when I told DH about the conversation he said I should have asked for the "Extra Bendy" style yoga.

It made me laugh.

I'm watching the snow come down. DH is currently giving Child a haircut in anticipation of School Picture Day tomorrow.

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CINERICIA 3/1/2012 8:22AM

    First...Stargazer lilies are my favorite flower ever, so kudos on the background.

And yoga. I want to love yoga. I really do. But there is apparently an "in the moment" mental component of which I am currently just not capable. Too much holding, not enough movement, perhaps. Or maybe I just drink too much coffee.

Congrats on toughing it out and being the only one in the class. I like to hide in the background of group classes and would have run the other way to escape one-on-one instructor attention.

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YDAVIS23 3/1/2012 5:14AM

    Unfortunately the snow didn't stick in Boston... I will be sludging to work today (not really a word, but that's what it feels like).

Hope you enjoyed your personal yoga session!

Take care.

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DOGLADY13 2/29/2012 8:48PM

    It's snowing here in eastern MA, too. We may get up to 12 inches by tomorrow afternoon! Yikes! What are the predictions by you?

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My bike status

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1) My old college bike died. Its not its fault. Leave it out in the wind, rain & snow and generally ignore it for 5 years its not surprising when nothing works. I could spend a ton of money on parts & labor to get ... a 20 year old bike. Better to replace it, but that doesn't mean I'm not still sad about its end. Good memories, good times.

2) There are too many choices in the bike world. I dont want to spend alot of money. Yes, Mr. Bike Store, you have a lovely $500 model that would suit my needs perfectly. Yes, Mr. Wal-Tar-K you have a lovely $200 that suits my pocketbook perfectly. I have no idea what I'm looking at.

3) If you leave a bike by the garbage on trash day and you are as cheap as I am (unemployed!) , dont be surprised when I get myself a "new" bike. Mountain, not hybrid like I wanted, but hey, the price was right.

4) It needs to have a pedal replaced, new grips and the cable for the back brake is broken. Fortunetly DH is *awesome* with handy dandy things like that. He already lubed & unstuck the front brake. And for the price, I wasnt expecting perfect.

5) It is embarrassing how winded I get on the stationary cycles at the gym. I seriously did only 3 miles today and was having a hard time. I'm trying hard to think of it like a personal challenge, but its really doing a number on my head when I think about my overall fitness and this Triathlon in June. Panic? Yeah, I'm giving it some thought.

6) I cannot spend more time on biking because aforementioned bicycles are currently in need of repairs.

7) I get to run/walk to yoga tomorrow.

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DOGLADY13 2/29/2012 8:44PM

    Yeah on the new-used bike. I agree with MISSG180 - when you can afford it, get a decent bike at a bike shop that is run by a someone who loves biking. S/He will sell you a bike that meets your needs, is durable and will fix it when it breaks. S/He will remember you and treat you well.

Re triathlon - I'm glad you are feeling panicky (well, not really, but you know what I mean.) I thought there was something wrong with me thinking I might drown in the lake and you were all confident about kicking triathlon butt. I say, let's try for the sprint triathlon. If you stick with the running, you'll be able to do 5K by June and the better you get at running, the better you will get at biking. YDAVIS23 and I are much more likely to drown! We'll all have sore butts from the biking. If we simply aren't ready by Memorial Day, we do the Open instead of the Sprint. Remember - it's about finishing, not winning. (Do you want to hit me for being such a nudge?)

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MISSG180 2/29/2012 9:32AM

    You will get adapted to cycling and much better on those stationary bikes very quickly if you just stick to it. Go you!

I was going to encourage you NOT to buy the $200 K-Wal-get bike. They are heavy, clunky, poorly geared, and don't hold up well. My road bike cost me $850 on sale, and it is worth every penny. I'm glad you've got your freebie for now, but when it comes time to replace it, dp yourself a favor and stay out of the discount stores.

I admire you for undertaking a triathlon! I hate running so much that I can't imagine ever even considering it!

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ABBERCADABBER 2/29/2012 6:30AM

    Aww, our long loved possessions... But hey, with a little love and elbow grease, this new bike could definitely live up to its predecessors standards! (But it sounds like its got a little work to do :D).

How exciting that your doing a triathlon! It's definitely one of those things on my bucket list... maybe next year!

Keep with it on the bike! Maybe make a goal to go one mile further each week (or at whatever pace you desire). Have an awesome time at yoga! I'm jealous! :)

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YDAVIS23 2/29/2012 5:22AM

    Ahhh!!! Poor Bike! At least it got a good life with you!

I am SERIOUSLY considering joining you for the tri. I have a friend who is willing to come too. I am just trying to schedule some pool time to make sure I don't drown, but open swim tonight isn't until 9:00.

Keep up the good work - you'll be in double digit biker land in no time!

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XRSIZE18 2/29/2012 12:14AM

    Well... at least running is part of a triathlon, too. Right? :)

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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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