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La Blast

Friday, May 02, 2014

Dancing with the Stars performer Louis van Amstel came to my fitness class to lead one of his La Blast classes. He developed this dance fitness program. I love doing Zumba and La Blast. Dancing is the one type of exercise that actually makes me feel joyous.

Louis is really inspirational. With him, you don't think about the steps you are taking or the steps you don't know - you just feel the music and dance. By the end of the session, no matter what I looked like, I felt like a real dancer! I am still inspired! emoticon

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KRISTYTROGERS 6/1/2014 10:27PM

    That sounds emoticon !

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SWEETNEEY 5/9/2014 8:13AM

    I love all kinda dancing.

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FELINEBETTER 5/2/2014 7:32PM

    Wow! Sounds like great fun! What a great opportunity too! Great to see you still kicking up your heels, Wendy! You'll be the belle of the ball at the upcoming wedding for sure!
Take care. emoticon

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    I checked out some of the YouTube videos... looks like a lot of fun !!
Thanks for sharing.

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CINDYAST 5/2/2014 3:31PM

    emoticon How fun for you!

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Games I Play

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Just because something is healthy and relatively good for you doesn't mean you can eat a ton of it. I talked about nutrition with my trainer. At night I overate on nuts (a couple of cups) plus some granola (don't know the calorie count). My trainer figured that the nuts alone added 800 calories to my day and probably with the granola I was up to a day's worth of calories. I tell you I am the worst of the night snackers. Please someone hit me over the head with a rubber mallet at 4pm and I swear I will be svelte in no time!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/30/2014 8:21AM

    I think we all have our vices, mine is sweet things. I can't keep sweet things in the house because in the night the cravings hit and I am up searching for the sweetest thing I can find. I do buy apples for this issue normally, but most recently I bought a small cake, bad idea!!!! I ate through half of one of those 6 x 9 cakes, which is the ones I will buy if I buy any cakes. I would be a mess with a 9 x 12 cake!

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CINDYAST 4/25/2014 1:05PM

    emoticon Here's a helmet for the mallet hitting, couldn't find one of those, so a rattle will have to do! emoticon It's less painful than a mallet anyway! lol I know what you mean about nuts, I don't snack on them even though they're good for you, I just can't stop at 6 or whatever the suggested serving happens to be. Too addictive for me. Same reason I NEVER keep chips or crackers in the house. Just can't handle the temptation. You'll get back on track, I have no doubt!

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AEO_SUNSHINE 4/24/2014 4:33PM

    For me it is cheese, crackers, pretzels, tend more to the savory tastes. To keep me on track I am going to try a SparkStreak - no, snacking! To accomplish this I have put my kitchen on a 'time out' - do not entre after the evening meal unless it is to refill my water glass.

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    Have you tried the diabetic tracker?

It has 5 meals a day, well 3 meals and 2 snacks...

I used that for awhile to get myself in the habit of having "PLANNED" measured and accounted for before imbibing noshes...

Just a thought.
You will find your strategy to have the things you want to eat and the figure to flaunt, too !
Love and Hugs, Audra

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April challenge

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I put the Peppy Party's April challenge to the test last night. Remember we were going to ask ourselves "if" questions and respond with "then" plans. I used it spontaneously and it worked. I was serving a guest a cinnamon bun that smelt and looked irresistible to me. I walked away and sat down in another room and asked myself "if" I eat that cinnamon bun how will I feel afterwards. My "then" answer was regretful. I then made a healthy choice to eat alongside them. It works because I actually had to pause and think, instead of grab and eat impulsively. I felt much more in control.

On another interesting note I discovered dried mulberries in an Iranian store that specializes in selling nuts and dried fruits. I didn't know they were good for you until I googled them. See what Dr. Oz says about them
I bought them at a place called Ayoub's in Vancouver, B.C. but you can also order them online. The great thing about them is that they are very healthy yet intensely sweet so they satisfy my sweet cravings with just a small amount. I have been looking for something like that for a long time. Anyhow, they are pricey but worth it!

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LUVS2BIKE101 4/15/2014 7:35PM

    I have never tried mulberries but I will look for them. I hope they help me decrease my evening sweet cravings.
Good luck with the challenge. You've inspired me!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/9/2014 10:49PM

    Thanks for the information about mulberries, I want to try them so I will be checking them out now.

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CINDYAST 4/9/2014 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon great job on the if and then plan! I've never had a mulberry, sounds very southern to me! Enjoy!

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    So glad the If,,Then challenge worked for you...
I know it works, but like most everything else, you must want it to work to help you keep your focus. Creating a new life-style that you can really live with is NOT an easy or quick job.
Proud of you!!
Hugs, Audra

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TALVARADO6 4/9/2014 3:02PM

    "if" and "then" - That is a great idea! Wish I had thought about it when I was baking cookies yesterday - "If I eat the cookie dough, then I will have a tummy ache, and less cookies to give to my husband when he gets home from work." Haha! But really, good for you, that is a great idea, I'm going to have to give that a try!

My parents have a mulberry bush, it was there since I was a little kid, and you know, I never have eaten a mulberry! They wouldn't let me near it, because for some reason it was planted right by the road at the end of our driveway and since it's kind of a busy road they didn't want me going near it as a kid. I suppose next time I visit if there are any berries I will have to pick a few and try them.

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Random Act of Kindness

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The big city I live in has the reputation, well-earned. of not being all that friendly. The driving here is fast and furious. So, I wasn't all that surprised when some inconsiderate person who drove an oversized black truck thought that it would be cool to box me totally into my parking space. I just had been to a hard workout at the gym and my arms were too tired to mess around with my wheel. Also, I am not the greatest of parkers. I usually drive into very big spaces.

Lo and behold a chivalrous gentleman spotted my predicament from across the street. He risked his life, literally standing beside my car and directing me out. It wasn't easy and without him I never would have done it. I thanked him but not nearly as much as I should have. I had to get out of there quickly so he could go back to the safety of the sidewalk.

This random act of kindness was incredible and really restored my faith in people. I wish the situation would have allowed me to thank him more profusely.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 3/6/2014 10:57PM

    Wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

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    Just when you think they have all vanished... a good Samaritan comes to your rescue !!
It is good to hear they are still alive and well.


this link will take you to WallaHalla's "A little Green" blog...

I wanted to post the image of 'Kiss me I'm Irish & Tax me I'm Canadian' ..
Then ask you if that was an accurate depiction.
But I couldn't get the image to post here in my comment post.

Hugs, Audra

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CINDYAST 3/6/2014 1:58PM

    What a great guy! You never know, you may run into him again and get to thank him as you truly wanted to. If not, I have no doubt that he knew how much his actions were appreciated.

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SIEGRID 3/6/2014 12:11PM

    I am sure he knew how relieved and thankful you were and understood the circumstances of getting back to the side of the street. I live near the city of Montreal, and I've have on more than one occasion people bending over backwards to help others.


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FEBECG 3/6/2014 11:51AM

    Beautiful story!
I am sure he saw the relief in your smile and eyes and knew you appreciated him.
Thank you for sharing.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Okay guys, I will admit it for an over 60 year old gal sometimes I am a bit of a baby. Okay, so I was the baby of the family and my 95 year old mom is surprised when finding out I can actually do things er like making important phone calls and such. Sigh!

Having admitting to this flaw. You won't be surprised when I tell you that it actually bothered me when one of my Zumba instructors would always pick out the most prettiest, most athletic dancer in our class to heap praise on. I thought to myself, why pick out someone who has got it together? Why not pick the out-of-shape person, who is out of step for a little praise? I know, I know, it is so high school isn't it?

Anyhow, like the proverbial turtle and the hare, I still went to the class feeling invisible. But you know slowly but surely my faithful slogging along has been rewarding. The first reward was I got fitter, the second reward I got insight into a failing of mine - shouldn't I be able to just go inside myself to feel better and do I always need outside approval? Third reward, I saw that I fell victim to that green-eyed monster of jealousy. Good on athletic girl for keeping herself in shape and being proud of it.

Adding to these intrinsic rewards is the fact that in private this instructor has been now giving all sorts of positive messages. The other day she walked by and said, "Hello gorgeous!" I asked her to play a jive song and she kept me back after class and showed me some great high-level jive moves.

So, what am I trying to say? At my age and at this far along in the story I sometimes forget emoticon I guess my message is just try and get over yourself and the insecurities and just go for the music and the fun! Turn off that silly brain with the negative tapes running and enjoy! emoticon

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    You are not alone. I often have these little "Green eyed" chats with myself and usually I correct my internal conversation in the very next breath. I do the jealous thing and then remind myself that I did not really want what I was jealous about to be bestowed upon myself.

I would that someday I will not covet that which I don't even want.

I am so proud of you !
Keep going to your classes and sharing your insights.
Hugs, Audra

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CINDYAST 3/5/2014 5:17PM

    I can relate. That's one reason I don't take classes, I feel like I'm too clumsy and going into an established class is just to intimidating. But Kudo's to your instructor for taking the time and showing you some new moves! That's cool!
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