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Great Balls of Fitness

Thursday, July 08, 2010

One of the ways I kicked up my fitness after starting SparkPeople was to sign up for fitness classes at our local college. I have taken many different ones, but all with the same instructor. She offers variations so you can fit the workout to your level of fitness. The first class I took I thought would kill me and I struggled to make it through. Iím glad to say that I have come a long way since that class.

Tonight was the beginning of Great Balls of Fitness and the ball for this class was the stability ball. We will be using different balls like the bender ball, medicine ball, and Pilateís ball depending on the night. I love the fact that the workout changes so your muscles are not use to the workout and it is more beneficial.

Even though the stability ball was used tonight it was a high cardio workout. We did bounces, jumping jacks, lunges, side steps while on the ball. We also did cardio with the ball in hand and after a while it gets a bit heavy. It is quite an interesting workout. I have done things on the stability ball that I didnít know was possible.

  
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NANASHANON 7/11/2010 8:49PM

    Well, sounds like I need to blow my ball up and give it another try. First time I used it I was looking for a seat belt to keep on it!! Now I'm going to have to google to see what a blender ball is! emoticon

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LOMO909 7/10/2010 12:06PM

    Great Balls of Fire, this class sounds interesting!!!!And you have kind of inspired me on how to change things up! what a great idea to take different classes at the college!
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DENI_ZEN 7/9/2010 7:15PM

    Love the name of the class! I've never even heard of a bender ball...but what an amazing experience you must've had! Who knew one could get such a workout using a stability workout? My SB workouts have always been at a much slo-o-wer pace emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 7/9/2010 11:05AM

    Hmmm...maybe a class is a good idea. I love my ball, but I rolled off it and cracked my tail bone...ouch. I rarely injure myself in water aerobics however. Maybe I could try a ball in the water?

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ALASKASKY 7/9/2010 9:48AM

    That sounds exciting. I didn't know there were so many different kinds of exercise balls.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 7/9/2010 6:42AM

    WOOHOO!!! emoticon Sounds like a lot of FUN!! emoticon

I thank you for sharing.

Sunny

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RAEVENSWING 7/9/2010 12:44AM

    Once you get the hang of it stability ball workouts are a blast!
Good for you for trying something new.
Enjoy

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GLAMIT 7/8/2010 11:39PM

    I've got one of those balls and the 10 minute solutions dvd. Amazing all the different workouts for the ball and effective too, especially the core.

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DDOORN 7/8/2010 10:18PM

    Always wanted to do more with my stability ball...have seen and tried a few things...bet a class like that would really pump a body up! Curious to try the other balls too!

Good for you to keep mixing it up and challenging yourself with new pursuits!

Don

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LUREAH21 7/8/2010 9:27PM

    Sounds great!!

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DEE107 7/8/2010 9:05PM

    sounds like fun Enjoy

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/8/2010 8:31PM

    emoticonThat sounds like so much fun! You are lucky to have these classes available!
Sheila

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Logging Dinner Out

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I believe that we must do what makes us happy and sometimes for me that is eating out. Tonight it was a celebration with a couple of friends that I have been dining with for over 20 years.

Prior to going I looked at the menu online and decided on Tuna or Salmon. Unfortunately, this restaurant didnít post the calorie counts so I just tried to pick wisely. They offered only one vegetable other than potato and it was mushrooms which I absolutely hate. So I chose the side of wild rice on the side and Tuna as my entrťe. I would have preferred broccoli, but you take what they offer. I also had a couple of bites of the birthday girlís dessert.

I just plugged in my dinner and I have to say Iím not as bad off as I expected. Even when I let myself indulge a little I still do fairly well. I am getting better at this.

The other positive step I made today was walking three times in the worse hot humid temperatures. I had to drop my car off at the garage and walk 20 minutes to work, I walked at lunch and I walked back to the garage after work. So even in these awful temps I got some cardio in.

  
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DENI_ZEN 7/8/2010 8:21PM

    On a challenging day like today, either the festive celebration or the searing heat could've wrecked your healthy plans and goals, but you steeled yourself against allowing that to happen... emoticon emoticon emoticon Beautifully well done! I'm having to do all of my exercise indoors (have some health problems which make being out in the heat close to impossible). Keep up the great work!! - Sandi emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/8/2010 9:11AM

    emoticonIt is frustrating when you want to eat healthy but it isn't on the menu. Great job with the dinner and the 3 walks! emoticon

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BEARDMUSIC 7/8/2010 9:09AM

    You made some amazing decisions today - Congrats! Also I think you are amazing for walking so much in this heat.

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RAEVENSWING 7/7/2010 10:42PM

    emoticonVery smart to look up the menu before leaving.
Good for you on getting that walk in. Keep on tracking! emoticon

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JENNY32MN 7/7/2010 10:17PM

    My family and I went out to lunch the other day (I love Texas Roadhouse) and I had salmon with fresh veggies (steamed broccoli and carrots) and a house salad with a side of low fat ranch. I removed the croutons and most of the cheese and voila, I had a healthy and very satisfying meal! Good for you!

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DDOORN 7/7/2010 10:12PM

    Good for you to track track TRACK and WALKING on a day like this!

I REALLY wanted to get out there myself, and I COULD have, but I worried I would aggravate the sunburned tops of my feet even more...don't want to risk grounding myself yet even longer!

Looking forward to kayaking...hoping there will be a response to the rally I posted!

Don

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Santa Claus Melon

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My husband and I decided yesterday in the brutal heat that a nice fruit salad would be a perfect side to dinner. We stopped at the store to pick up some additional fruit and I was searching for a honeydew melon. I actually donít care much for the honeydew myself, but he likes them so we were going to add it to the salad.

It took me a couple of spins around the produce section to see a sign that said honeydew, but the items by the sign looked more like squash to me than melon. As I looked closer the sign had smaller print that said Crenshaw, Canary, casaba and Santa Claus. These were all varieties of honeydew and none that I have ever heard of.

We decided to take a chance and we bought a Santa Claus variety. I am very glad we did, it is milder and not as sweet as the regular ones we have bought in the past. I think I will try another brand at some point too. It is interesting trying different trying different types of food.

  
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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/8/2010 9:57AM

    I love Santa Claus melon too! I try to buy one fruit or vegetable a week that I have never tried and that was my choice 2 weeks ago. I was surprised how much I loved it. Good for you for trying new things!

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BASILIC 7/7/2010 3:30PM

    I love honeydew melons when they are at the proper stage of ripeness. But it's such a large melon that I don't by it too often. If I get it precut from a restaurant or salad bar, I find that more often than not, they prepare under-ripe melons that have no taste.

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KMATIS 7/7/2010 11:11AM

    I also don't usually like honeydew, but maybe I'll give that variety a try if I see it.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/7/2010 12:17AM

    Interesting--I never realized that there are different varieties of honey dew melons. I don't care for the taste of them (I prefer cantaloupe), but my husband loves them. Maybe if I tried a different variety I might like it better.

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GLAMIT 7/6/2010 10:57PM

    Sounds interesting. They are breeding fruits now, lol. Yesterday I saw a plucote. Not exactly sure I spelled it right but it was a plum and apricot.

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DDOORN 7/6/2010 10:54PM

    Never heard of most of those, but I can relate to "experimenting" and trying out new things. Last fall I checked out a wide range of apple varieties. Still like the Cortland best...! :-)

Don

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LIBRATAH 7/6/2010 10:36PM

    Never heard of a Santa Claus Melon before. The next time I go to the market I will need to check out the melons.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 7/6/2010 10:03PM

    Sounds Yummy!!!! I picked up watermelon tonight. The cantaloupe here is really small, doesn't look good, & is pricey. I love honeydew. I haven't seen the ones you mentioned but I'll be looking for them.
Thanks for sharing

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CUBFANGIRL1 7/6/2010 9:34PM

    Casaba is also very tasty:-) Now i'm craving fresh fruit. . . oh well, better than craving chocolate:-)

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WILLOW49 7/6/2010 8:33PM

    "Also known as December melon, Christmas melon and Piel de Spao, this melon was named in behalf of its long keeping qualities...until Christmas. Even though it is a very good keeper, this holiday melon was actually named because its peak season is in December." (from specialtyproduce.com)

Never had any, but sure sounds good!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/6/2010 7:17PM

    Interesting name for a melon! emoticon

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BAMBIBUNNY 7/6/2010 7:17PM

    sounds yummy! I wonder how it got it's name.... emoticon

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JUDY1676 7/6/2010 7:15PM

    I'll have to take a closer look at the melons next trip to the store!

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To Blog or Journal

Monday, July 05, 2010

I was in a challenge a couple of months back where we received points for writing in our journal. Since then I have made it a habit to journal everyday. I also blog but only occasionally when I have a bit if something I want to say.

Well this challenge has points for the blog entry. I don't really feel prepared to write everyday in a blog, but here is a start for me. I prefer the journal because I can make random comments about how I'm sleeping or my moods. Then I go back and look at that information to look for patterns.

I hope everyone has a great 1st week in July. Can you believe we are already half way through the year? How time flies as you get older...

  
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LINDABENEDICT 7/6/2010 12:35PM

    Journal blogging sounds like fun !

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DRASADAF 7/6/2010 11:28AM

    Me too i journal in my blogs and love to read blogs..and also commenting on them.

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WILLOW49 7/6/2010 11:16AM

    The older I get, the faster time goes by...it's passing way too fast this summer!

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DDOORN 7/6/2010 1:19AM

    Sounds like a "blournal" in the making...lol!

This summer is just WHIZZING by! Whew!

Don

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CUBFANGIRL1 7/5/2010 11:43AM

    I love journaling and blogging but don't do it nearly enough. I find I can express myself much more clearly in writing than in talking. I thinking any form of journaling is an excellent coping skill and one I definitely need to utilize more frequently! Good for you for challenging yourself with this!

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BEESPARKLE 7/5/2010 9:33AM

    I enjoy blogging also and it is a relaxing time for me to read other blogs as well. I hope they consider to read mine as well. I know they do allot.That is a motivator. Lets keep sparking the blogs when can and enjoy the moments of expression. It will benefit us all .With many ideas. Lets challenge each other as a family on Sparks to blog or journal. We are blessed to have this tool to interact feelings. I love it. I was away on holidays and I wrote a fresh blog with photos. I love to see photos on a blog with others. I enjoy your background with the stream of water as a season warmth scenery.


Bee

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LIBBYFITZ 7/5/2010 8:53AM

    I journal in my blog! I tried to do both but with all the other great stuff to do on the site I just gradually moved across to blogging and love it! I only started in feb this year and have learn't so much, just love it! emoticon
I try to blog daily and reflect on mood, food and happenings! emoticon

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The End... of a 12 week challenge

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tonight was the end of my Healthy U 12 week Challenge. This is the challenge that I presented to my co-workers and 4 of them joined with me. It had a $250 pay out for top male and female with the highest percentage lost and top male and female with the highest weight lost. We only had numbers when we saw results and for a while I was in third place in the standings. I ended the challenge in 4th overall out of 98. Of course the 3 in front of me were all women so no $$$ for me. I would have had to lose 40 pounds in 12 weeks to win the challenge.

I was hoping to win some and be able to buy a new fancy scale. Do I really need the scale? No! I have a good scale, but mine doesnít have hydration and all the other fancy features that I want. I took a class recently and we were weighed on a scale that had the body fat mass and percentage and the instructor explained the difference and how our mass should increase or stay the same and our % should decrease as you lost weight. Otherwise you are losing muscle not fat. I really want all those figures so Iím sure Iím doing enough to build my muscles.

So the bottom line is I am happy with my results! Tomorrow is my SparkPeople weigh in and measurements and I think Iím hitting a very good number unless the sleep monster strikes and adds a couple pounds to me. So I am a winner and tomorrow I hope to be a winner again!

  
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LIBBYFITZ 7/2/2010 3:07AM

    Sounds like the 4 week challenge was fun! wish you well with all you're number's!

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JERICAJJ 7/1/2010 3:46PM

    Sounds like you are definitely a winner! Wow! Impressive results, you have been working hard!
:) Jerica

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DDOORN 7/1/2010 12:57AM

    Hey, with your momentum you are ALREADY a winner! :-)

Keep SPARKIN' away!

Don

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DENI_ZEN 6/30/2010 7:48PM

    Wow! You placed extraordinarily high in those 98 people - CONGRATULATIONS!! You have every reason to be delighted with your results :) And I think you deserve a new scale one of these days. You understand the percentage factor and its implications so well! - Sandi emoticon

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WILLOW49 6/30/2010 7:46PM

    Congrats on finishing the challenge and coming in 4th out of 98! Well done indeed!
I'm sure you'll be happy with the weigh-in tomorrow, too :)
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