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Rebounding Today

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hey! I rebounded today for 22 minutes. Didn't use a video - not enough room etc to set up in front of a monitor for now, plus my eyes were tired. So I just hooked my iPhone up to my old (busted) JVC boom box (consolation prize from my ex husband after our divorce was finalized. Strange. But a nice sounding boombox, even though it looks rough from where it fell off a table in my apartment a few years later.), and played off the iPod app. My playlist? Wasn't very many songs - the songs were long!! Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life, Side 2" leading off with "Isn't She Lovely". I don't know all the words, and I know he's singing about his baby girl years ago (now a grown beautiful woman who is a singer herself!), but I thought it couldn't hurt to have a nice positive song to workout to.

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The songs following it on the album are also nice, but I thought a bit slow for my pace on rebounding, so I skipped ahead and finally landed on "Another Star". Those two songs brought me to 16 almost 17 minutes of rebounding and I was beginning to feel it! After that, I just did some cool down stretches and yoga (that cow pose, ? I think? and the arched cat back pose - those two where you just go back and forth, concave and convex the back.) That brought it to just over 22 minutes by the time the slower paced "Saturn" finished up.

("I'm......
Going back to Saturn where the rings all glow
Rainbow, moonbeams and orange snow
People live to be two hundred and five
Going back to saturn where the people smile
Don't need cars cause we've learn to fly...").

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I didn't round it up to 23 minutes though because I think it was slightly less than 30 seconds into it. Ya think I should? And it's pitiful how few calories SparkPeople gives credit for rebounding. I suspect it is an amount based on an arbitrary sized person (usually 150 pounds)?? But I'll take it...

Think there was something else but can't remember right now and so I'm going to scamper off and get some other things done!! I can always edit it later!

Have a great weekend for some of us? and the rest of you on the Eastern Seaboard, we're praying for you to not have any major damage (or even minor damages!!) from Irene. Would be nice to have Irene simply veer back out into the ocean out of harm's way and just scramble up some seaweed.

Here's a song for the Hurricane Irene:

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GOODNIGHT IRENE

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

Quit ramblin' and quit gamblin'
Quit stayin' out late at night
Stay home with your wife and family
Sit down by the fireside bright

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I asked your mother for you
She told me you was too young
I wished to God I'd never seen your face
I's sorry you ever was born

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I love Irene, God knows I do
I'll love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me
I'd take morphine and die

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say
Was "Please sing me one more song"

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

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JANNEPERRY 8/27/2011 8:05AM

    It sounds like you had a good time rebounding! Good for you! emoticon

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 8/26/2011 8:26PM

    THERE you are! I've been missing you!

Glad to hear about your rebounding and your music selection. 22 minutes is EXCELLENT!

Yes, we need to hope and pray that 'ol Irene turns back and leaves our poor Eastern USA folks alone.

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Allergy Fit, Meteor Showers, ISS and a Walk...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Went to bed before midnight last night (SHOCK!).... woke up around 3 or so just coughing up crud and in general acting like an allergy fit. While sitting in the bathroom in another coughing fit, my lungs seemed to be reacting to the stench of the fumes still out-gassing from my brand new, never yet been set up rebounder (Urban Rebounder). I decided to turn the electronic filter fan thingy off, because it just seems like all it does is stir it all up and make it more obvious...

So I thought well, talking a walk usually helps when I have an allergy fit. Then I thought, hey, today's the day that the Perseid Meteor Showers are supposed to be at the peak, in the early pre-dawn hours. At 4 am, it was "pre-dawn" alright! Then I remembered that the ISS was supposed to be flying by. I checked my iPhone Satellite FlyBy app with the GPS turned on and it said we get to see it around 5:02 am (I'm not looking at the app now, can't remember what it said.). But countdown was showing like 47 minutes away. YESSSSSS!

That sealed the deal, time to get my workout clothes on (okay, well just clothes that are already stinky and I don't mind walking in. Too fat for really glamorous high-tech workout gear that's cheap enough for me to buy on the sales rack!!), and I was OUTTA THERE! Drank a big glass of water (my big blue Gevalia Tall Iced Tea glass made of blue plastic, 24 oz), grabbed and washed my Gala apple, got it eaten while getting some other things taken care of, researching exactly where I was to look for the ISS (took a screen shot, because once it's happened, it rolls off the screen.). At some point in all of this, I set my timer at the 20 minute mark when the ISS app was counting 21 minutes or so to go, because the native Apple clock/timer app can run in the background while I go back to the Satellite FlyBy or other apps.

Got outside and the moon was pretty bright in the west, not yet set, and not yet lower than my neighbor's house, so I walked on downhill north from my home and found a nice dark place in the driveway of my other neighbor's house and just kept waiting, and looking... instructions said WNW and there was a nice clear place in those ranges, now that the moon was blocked by my house and my southern neighbor's houses farther uphill. And what's that funny star? it wasn't there just a few seconds ago! Yep! There it is, getting brighter and closer and BRIGHTER and oh wow! what a cool sight as it streaked on overhead, going eastward over the sky and finally fading back out the way it came in.

Not just real positive that I saw this, but as ISS was overhead, I *think* I caught the end of a meteor streaking by. It was already starting to get a bit cloudy in the west and south, and I couldn't remember where the particular star cluster is where the showers were supposed to "be coming from", so to speak. But I wasn't gonna quibble too much - the showers continue for a few days but it just "peaks" last night and pre-dawn this morning. 60 an hour is only one a minute, and they aren't all the long big streaking "Walkt Disney Falling Stars" kinda deal. Some are short, like a fast bug zigging by caught in the moonlight so one isn't sure if it was a bug or a star. However, it's been too dry for too much in the way of bugs (we've had rain recently but takes a bit more and a while longer to get the bug lifecycle restarted...).

ISS over, one falling star seen, time to head for a quick walk. Got my iMapMyWalk app on tracking my route and took off. Felt good so I thought I'd try running a bit just to speed things up, but gave myself permission to not feel like I had to run for an hour. I've not trained up to that point yet. And I don't have a really good laps type timer that I can actually SEE in the Dark, WITHOUT my glasses (ooooh that's a story for another day)...so I gave myself permission to run as far as I thought I could without stopping and stop when I felt I needed to, and none of that tricky "run 30 seconds rest walk 15 seconds run 30 seconds rest walk 60 seconds." or however those training schedules go... I would just run, walk fast (recovery, yea, that's the word!), and run, etc.

Of course, "run" to me, in my dreams, is the graceful slender long legged Olympic runners I see loping along on TV - that's kinda what I see in my mind's eye. But what I FEEL is this plod plod ((wiggle)) ((waddle)) and I think I need to find one of those "WIDE LOAD" signs I see on the back of Pilot Trucks accompanying the semi's that carry modular homes and other WIDE LOADS, and put it on the back of my pants. That way drivers can have something to laugh about while waiting for me to pull it over to the side of the road so they can pass me. My rear end isn't small enough for those cute tiny little workout shorts that have "PINK" or "HOT STUFF" or "GO TIGERS" on the backs... so "WIDE LOAD" will likely do just fine.

As it turns out, no one was up driving around (yaaay, no exhaust fumes to choke on!). I just made one longer loop, got past my house and the MapMyWak app said I was only at 19 minutes. I ran on past about half a block until I hit my 20 seconds and headed back home.



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DOTSLADY 8/30/2011 2:33PM

    That is so weird to read that about the Urban Rebounder, cause I just bought an old one at a yard sale for $5 and wanted to know more about them. I looked up amazon reviews and that's what some were saying. One reviewer even got a new one sent to him by the Pres of the company, said it was a tad bit better, but still had the odor. Mine doesn't smell - must've worn off. Nothing like a lil toxin to start your day (with a meteor thrown in)!
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While I understand the humor in the 'wide load' (as I'd have done it myself when I was heavier), I can't help but hope you find the love in what you're doing for your body every time you share your wide load with others on the road. ;0). It does a body good to move, and I'm just glad you're honoring that.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/13/2011 9:41AM

    WOW! I sure enjoyed your blog! emoticonWhat a treat you had, and if it had been me, I'm afraid I would have grumped and humphed about having to be awake and coughing in the night like that! It seems you completely forgot about the allergy attack with such wondrous things to see and do! Fantastic! emoticon

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Friday...

Friday, August 12, 2011

So much to do, and instead I sit here on the computer and play all the games and write emails and rack up points, but NO EXERCISE. Yet.

I keep seeing cool photos in other people's blogs and had never really paid attention to the orange boxes above here, one of which says, (duh!) "Add Picture". Then "Add Emoticon", "Add Link" and of course, "Spell Check".

Sooo I shall practice uploading photos in my blog! Don't know why it seems new because I have uploaded a few photos into the main page. Hmmm.



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"You can do it" really wasn't what I wanted. The emoticon "TA-DAAAAH!" sadly seems to be missing from the available choices.

Okay, time for me to take the canning jars out of the dishwasher and fill the dishwasher up with our dishes.

Have a great weekend!

Julia

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/12/2011 10:30PM

    Ta Dahh! is a great one! I tried and tried to get SP to add emoticons, but nothing ever came of it. I guess they have other things to do first. emoticon

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 8/12/2011 4:29PM

    Oh wow! I would LOVE a "Ta-Dah!" emoticon! I wonder if Spark accepts suggestions?

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Rain!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I GOT RAINED ON in the parking lot at Target earlier this afternoon. I had parked clear out farthest away from the door so I could have a hike in, right?

Just a few minutes earlier, I was at a new Japanese grill & sushi place and about the time I finished eating, it had rained but it was a nice business like straight down rain, and then stopped just before I left. I took a photo of the rainclouds reflected in the parking lot puddles. (wish there was a way to upload via email from iPhone to SparkPeople, like using TwitPic or whatever.). When I got outside, it was steaming and hot even though it had rained, kind of like getting out of a hot shower (like summer rains in New Orleans or Florida - just enough to drive the tourists away!).

Then drove the 2 or 3 miles south to Target and most of that road was completely dry! Well, I figured, that's par for the course, very often we get these spot specific downpours where the next block over gets nothing.

I was in the parking lot for awhile, checking some stuff on my iPhone and just fussing about something, I forget, watching the rain farther south of me and the lightening and thinking I needed to get my stuff found and get into the store. I had already seen a cart that was out even farther past me and had it in mind to grab it and bring it in - it was a long ways past the farthest cart corral and I might as well walk more, right?

It started to rain and was just gentle ploppy drops and I thought, well time to get going. Got out of car, walked over and got the cart and THEN it just OPEN UP AND POOOOURED like buckets, but at a 45 degree angle, gusty winds, and kinda hurt to open my eyes. I was kinda leading with my left side. Target is on the west side of road, parking lot is east of Target, so I'm walking kinda crab-ways angled into Target just to avoid getting so much of it in my eyes, as the storm is south west moving northeasterly. So I was in it full scale head on!!

Had to gasp for air at times struggling with the cart and the wind and the sheer deliciousness of cold wet rain on my hot muggy body (there, I'm said I was "hawt" but only cause it had been nearly 100 degrees, not because I've lost 100 pounds, because I haven't YET! haha!)....and sort of mentally bracing myself for what I know will be freezing cold air conditioning once I get in out of the rain...

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and another family pulled in closer to Target and their kids spilled out, delightedly shrieking about the rain and the one girl looked at me incredulous at how wet I was getting (because I just walked in as dignified as I could, rather than running, even thought I got wetter and wetter because I was walking instead of running.)

OH, and I forgot how HEAVY my clothes would feel once I got wet!! Soaking Wet!!

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In other news, the National Weather Service just kicked off another emergency message - not sure what they said, but it has the red light on, not the orange light. Guess I better read my email and see what they just talked about (probably another Heat Warning because they've been saying that anyway.).

Oh, it was saying severe thunderstorm warning for the county where my mom lives, next one over.

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Have a great weekend! I hope the weather is nice for everyone else!

  
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IDLETYME 7/30/2011 8:26AM

    I remember RAIN! In the DFW area of Texas, it's only a memory!
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JANNEPERRY 7/30/2011 6:47AM

    They said Wichita got 1 inch of rain--at my house it was more like one little sprinkle! Hopefully we'll get some ore! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/29/2011 9:05PM

    Carol, it sure could have! I was there roughly between 1:30ish to almost 4 - were you leaving the store when it rained? or just coming in as I was?? ha!! I came in the north door (closest to electronics etc, although the first thing I did coming inside was heading south to the grocery area.).

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 7/29/2011 9:04PM

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Goodness! Julia, you write so descriptively, I almost felt like I was right there with you getting rain in my eyes!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/29/2011 8:08PM

    Oh, MAN! Am I ever JEALOUS!!! ENJOY that RAIN! emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 7/29/2011 7:39PM

    Okay..I got rained on in the parking lot of Target on North Maize road this afternoon!! No..It couldn't have been the same Target at the same time could it??? that would be a coincedence!!!LOL

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Spring Cleaning as "Indoor Exercise"...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yesterday I did about two hours or well more like three hours of cleaning inside, but I only counted 2 different chunks of time as "heavy cleaning" - busy cleaning out the little room where the porcelain throne resides. The "master bedroom bathroom" is kind of odd the way it's quasi-attached to our bedroom. (I think the guy who built the house was huffing something funny 25+ years ago when it was built - we only bought it in 1995.). It has its own door, separate from the area where the tub and sink are, and I took 2 boxes of debris on the floor - gobs of papers, many of which need to be thrown out or put in recycling bin, plus spiderwebs (you know, the brown recluse kind that look like dangling dust bunnies?). vacuumed the carpet...cleaned the throne...just spiffed it up, a long overdue spring cleaning! I wasn't running air conditioning very much - only set to about 78 degrees, but upstairs it was more like 83 degrees and I was sweating like a stuck hawg. As a result, that was my exercise, the antidote from sitting semi-comatose in front of the computer.

Today I need to vacuum up the stairs, as our long haired cat has shed about half of another cat's worth of fur (long black fur) up and down the staircase. Guess she thinks the staircase is her own personal masseuse!!

Plus my rebounder arrived yesterday - so I need to shovel out more debris from my bedroom, including the piles of clothes (SUSYINKC and I have already challenged each other to a "Take Five Garments To The Thrift Store" exercise, sort of like FlyLady Baby Steps, ya know??).

Time for me to get busy!!

  
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XFITSTRONG 7/29/2011 7:41PM

    Oh YES! I think it is SO worth it. It really gives me the encouragement that I know I am doing something right. I track my calories I eat and compare it to how many the BodyBugg says I burned and when I see the deficit I know I am on the right track.

When I bought mine a yr and a half ago, there were only 2: BodyBugg and GoWear Fit (which is now called Body Media Fit). When I did the research, I found they were both the same price, both made by the same people, but the GoWear Fit tracked your sleep efficiency: which I think is a COOL feature. So that is the one I got.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/29/2011 7:15PM

    @VOICEOFTRUTH1 so you think the BodyBugg is worth it then? I wondered if I didn't burn more calories than I gave myself credit for? Which one did you get - the cheaper one? or the one with all the extra goodies? seems like there were 2 or 3 major models the last time I looked at their website (nearly a year ago I'm sure.).

thanks!

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XFITSTRONG 7/28/2011 6:05PM

    Good for you! I know from my BodyBugg that heavy cleaning can burn more calories than the gym, LOL!!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/28/2011 4:45PM

    Wow, that's GREAT! emoticon

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