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I hate jet lag

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I'm back overseas and trying to get re organized and setteled back in. I did sleep for 8-10 hours last night but at noon I want to go back to sleep.
I feel all puffy and swollen, sore and achy from sitting/lying uncomfortable for 10 hours. But both my suitcases made it so I guess all is well.
Furbabies were glad to see me and it's nice to cuddle them.

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GRAMMYEAC 10/17/2009 7:23PM

    Glad you made it, with all your belongings, safe and sound. You'll soon be back in the routine.

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SOFEDUPP 10/17/2009 6:48PM

    I am glad that you made it safe and sound. Take it easy until you are back to normal.

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HJFOGARTY 10/17/2009 2:58PM

    glad you made it safe and sound - I'm sure all will return to normal soon for you. take care and know you are very missed already!!! haven't been back to the gym yet :(

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It's time to say goodbye.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My vacation is over. Today I am cleaning up and closing up my house until next June. I leave my house today, spend the night in a motel, Thursday I catch a 5AM bus to the airport, fly to New York, at 2 PM EST board my flight overseas and 11 1/2 hours later arrive back in Saudi Arabia until next June.
The summer went all too fast but life goes on.
Now for the next 7 1/2 months I can concentrate on exercise and getting back to a routine.

I had so much fun meeting my Spark team in New Hampshire and it was so very nice to have a workout buddy to make me push harder and the workout so much more enjoyable. I look forward to continuing that next June!

So TTFN from the side of the pond, see ya'll in a couple days from another country.

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COOLBEAN61 10/15/2009 12:00PM

    Have a great trip and hope to see you back on SP once you get settled!

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SOFEDUPP 10/14/2009 5:50PM

    Have a save journey and a safe stay in Saudi. We will be looking for a blog to let us know that you have arrived safely.

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MARIASCHOICE 10/14/2009 1:38PM

    Have a safe trip home!

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MAIRE1999 10/14/2009 1:12PM

    I wish you a safe journey as well as staying safe in Saudi.

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DAVENPLK 10/14/2009 11:35AM

  Stay safe.

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LIFENPROGRESS 10/14/2009 9:46AM

    Safe home, Robin!

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JAVAJO47 10/14/2009 8:15AM

    Hope you have a good flight Robin! See you in a few days :)

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Get SparkPeople on Oprah

Monday, October 12, 2009

This was posted on a couple teams I belong to so I'm using my blog points today to post it here:

Oprah.com has a link for people to suggest guests/topics for her show!

Let's show Oprah how much we would like to see Chris Downie and SparkPeople.com featured on her show!

Here's the link:

Post your best plug out there for SparkPeople...woo hoo!

Please cross post this to your other SparkTeams!


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HJFOGARTY 10/12/2009 4:59PM

    haha that would be cool

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Keep Vs. Toss:Exercise equipment

Thursday, October 08, 2009

This is an article I found on yahoo this morning.

Can't afford a gym membership? You can still get into great shape at home without new or expensive exercise equipment. While fitness fads have come and gone, some of the gear you never got rid of may be the key to a killer workout. We asked two top trainers to walk us through what is probably sitting in your storage closet to find out which fitness items should be tossed and which should be dusted off for use.

Balance Ball: Keep

The balance ball is the ultimate multitasker--ideal for crunches and ab work, it can also be used in place of a traditional weight bench for arm exercises. "The ball is probably the single best piece of equipment you can have for a home gym," says Ian Savitz, a personal trainer in Philadelphia and vice president of Facts Fitness, a fitness management company. Make sure yours is the proper size for your height and reinflate it if it hasn't been used recently. Most balls come with an exercise guide; if you've lost yours, check out the stability ball videos on our site.
ThighMaster: Toss

The ThighMaster targets your adductors, a small muscle group in the inner thighs, but working these alone won't change your shape. "Go for bigger movements like squats and lunges, which engage your entire lower half," says Ashley Borden, a celebrity trainer who has sculpted the bodies of Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore. Borden also cautions against overtraining on the ThighMaster, saying, "You'll overfire a muscle that needs to be stretched out rather than overcontracted.
Reebok Step: Keep

"It's an invaluable piece of equipment," says Borden. She still uses it in the gym for moves like reverse lunges and push ups-and says it works as a bench for arm exercises, too. "There's a lot you can do with it," adds Savitz. "It's a good way to integrate exercises that raise the heart rate for cardio work." Be wary of pulling out old Step videos from the 1980s, though, many of which would be high-impact for your body. Borden says to keep your exercises on the Step basic, and focus on proper form.
Ab Roller: Toss

Savitz says to get rid of your bulky Ab Roller and do crunches on the stability ball instead, which requires you to stabilize yourself, forcing your muscles to work harder and thus providing greater benefit. "I know people who can do 100 crunches on the Ab Roller but can only manage 20 crunches on the stability ball," says Savitz. "The Ab Roller is often compensating for not engaging your abs correctly," he continues. Borden agrees that the Ab Roller is a dud, and recommends core stability work, like planks and side plants, for getting your middle in shape.
Reebok Slide: Toss

Borden and Savitz say the Slide can be a good piece of equipment if used correctly as part of a more comprehensive program-but using it correctly is the trick. "It's not the safest...I know a lot of people who've had knee injuries [due to the Slide]," Savitz says. If you're looking for a cardio workout, there are better ways to achieve this with less risk, like a brisk walk. Savitz adds that if you don't have a lot of space to work out, only hold on to items that can perform more than one function-the Slide doesn't fit the bill.
Resistance Bands: Keep

Savitz says that after the balance ball, resistance bands are the best addition to a home exercise program. "Any movement you can do with free weights, you can essentially do with resistance bands," he says. Borden recommends Juan Carlos Santana's instructional DVDs as great guides for band workouts, and advises examining the tubing on older bands closely for tears since they break down over time and can snap, causing injury. For other exercise moves, check out the resistance band video clips on our site.
Pull-Up Bar: Keep

Pull-ups, along with push-ups, are some of the most effective upper-body exercises out there. Pull-ups are so difficult that most women shy away from trying them, but a doorway pull-up bar can still serve a valid purpose as a stable tool for attaching a resistance band. "Some exercises [with the bands] require you to pull from an upper angle," says Borden. Throw the resistance band over the bar for moves like lat pull-downs and tricep extensions.
Mini-Trampoline/Rebounder: Keep

"Rebounding is phenomenal," says Borden, who likes that it provides a cardio benefit with little to no impact on joints and ligaments. However, she says the key to a safe and effective workout is using a well-made trampoline (Borden recommends the brand Needak) since "there are some bad ones out there" that could cause serious knee and ankle injury. Wear comfortable, nonslip shoes and check your model to make sure all the springs are in good shape, and that the bounce is firm.
Ankle Weights: Keep

Keep your ankle weights, but don't use them for power walking. "You shouldn't have extra weight on your ankles when you walk," says Borden. "You don't need to put added stress on your hip flexors." Ankle weights can be functional for adding an extra challenge to glute raises, side leg raises and other floor exercises once you've mastered them using just your own body weight. "Once that becomes easy, then move up to the ankle weights," says Savitz.
NordicTrack: Toss

"Forget the NordicTrack, and go for a power walk in your neighborhood," Borden advises. She says it's tricky to master a machine that requires you to use all four limbs at once, and improper form increases the chance of injuring yourself. "It's great cardio exercise if you're doing it properly, but most people aren't going to be able to do it properly and stay on long enough to get a good workout," Savitz says.
I TOTALY DISAGREE with this one. What happenes if it snows where you live?

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LIFENPROGRESS 10/9/2009 9:47AM

    Ohh, great article! Good information!

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MOMMAKATES 10/9/2009 1:17AM

    Great Article~~ I was wondering about the best home equipment, I would like to invest in a tread mill & a stationary bike as well (I have no room for big equipments) when my daughter moves out I may make an exercise room :)

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GRAMMYEAC 10/8/2009 5:37PM

    Neat article. Pretty much what I would have said, too; having tried all of them. The only thing I'd disagree with is the NordicTrak. When you're housebound in New England, that exercise is really helpful in the long winters!

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1DERLAND_BOUND 10/8/2009 5:17PM

    Very interesting. I thought the Ab-Roller was the wheel with the handles that helped you do push ups not crunches.

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KERRYMONIQUE 10/8/2009 2:17PM

    Thanks for the info!

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 10/8/2009 12:54PM

    Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. Although I never owned a NordicTrack, I must say that I miss seeing them around the gym,

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Autumn color ride

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I had to go to the dump (transfer station) and the grocery store today (Yeah, I know, strange combination) so I taped my camera to the dashboard of the car and pushed record. I haven't checked the video yet so I don't know if it turned out. This is only the third or 4th Fall I have been able to see the colors up here in New Hampshire even though we have lived here since 2000. I am usually bac overseas by now. This year the colors are so very pretty and vibrant. I finally got to see the mountains on fire with color. I LOVE New England Autumn!

Today was also the last day of regular season baseball, kind of sad but the YANKEES WON their game and it's on to the post season playoffs!

My friend Velda made me cry today. She is still in the hospital but she was allowed to leave the hospital with assistance to wait at the finish line of a Cancer run/walk in Canada. She surprised her team that was running and they held her up and walked her across the finish line. It just went straight to my heart to read that. I really REALLY HOPE this is all a bad dream and she is all 100% better soon!

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SOFEDUPP 10/5/2009 6:25AM

    I am just starting to enjoy the colors down here in Connecticut. Only a few trees are changing. I bet in New Hampshire it is just gorgeous right now. I hope that video comes out and you have something to take with you when you go overseas.

I hope that everything works out for your friend.

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JAMALYNDIANNE 10/5/2009 5:13AM

    I've always wanted you see fall north of the Mason-Dixon. I will--someday. :)

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/5/2009 4:18AM

    I hear is so pretty there this time of year. Lucky you. I pray that your friend does better! emoticon

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KERRYMONIQUE 10/4/2009 11:42PM

    I have fallen in love with New England's autumns too! I'm from the south and the leaves don't change like they do up here! I hope your video comes out, but keep getting outside anyway to soak it all up!

Also, that's a touching story about your friend. I hope she gets better soon!


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KITTYSPARK 10/4/2009 9:45PM

    I hope your video comes out, I love autumn colors too. LIz

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