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Say Hello To My Little Friend

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A while back, I was trying to find a free pedometer online. I kept coming up with blank searches and expired offers. However, I landed on one offer from Tylenol's Just Keep Moving Program. If I signed up for it, they said they would send me a pedometer in 4-6 weeks. Well, that time has come and gone. I ended up buying myself a pedometer and forgot all about it.

Well, a few days ago, Mr. Postman brings me something from Tylenol. It is pretty skinny, so I just kind of ignore it, thinking they ran out of pedometers. Well...a little while later that evening, I open the package and find something similar to this inside:

What is it? Why, it is a lovely resistance band! I'm thinking of the low to medium strength. I had just bought some of those too, but mine were tubes that came with handles. This was just a piece of rubber that was cleverly disguised in a large envelope. In other words, perfect to fit in my pocket and take it anywhere!

Now, my gym goes with me everywhere. Yesterday, I took the kids to the park. I needed to work on some ab work. So, pulled the band out of my pocket and used the handy spark exercises for the band to target my abs. The day before, I had it at work. I needed to work my legs, so I tied it to the foot of the desk and did some nice leg work. Anytime people walked in my office, I would stand up, attach the band to my leg and start moving while I was talking to them.

Do people think this is weird? Probably. I'll just say to them, "say hello to my little friend".

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MRSTOWNS62610 10/15/2010 10:56AM

    LOL I signed up for the Tylenol pedometer today. Shoot. I hope they actually send me the pedometer. I need one! I already have the bands! Both the tubes and the pieces of rubber!

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MOXYJONES 10/15/2010 8:38AM

    Great idea! Whatever works, right? :)

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MEANCARLEEN 10/15/2010 7:36AM

    Whatever works - Whatever gets it in.... emoticon

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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/15/2010 12:57AM

    That's a brilliant idea, and yes, handy to have in your pocket so you can exercise anywhere!

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SWIMFIT2010 10/14/2010 7:30PM

    I have a whole collection of bands that my PT's have set me up with over the years. I love exercise bands cause, as you said, you can just pull them out of your pocket and have instant exercise. Great for the arms and chest. You're such a rockstar!!! Keep it up!!!


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GREEKGIRL71 10/14/2010 6:23PM

    That's a fantastic idea! I have some of those bands and never really used them, I use the ones with the handles, but you're absolutely right, I can take them to work...sure people with think it's wierd, but who cares???!!!

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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When I Grow Up

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I've been watching some videos in anticipation of picking up the latest dance game for the Wii, Just Dance 2. It features a song called "When I Grow Up". It is quite a catchy song that also appears on the Wii game, Hottest Party. However, in Hottest Party, they use a clip of the actual video. To be honest, I can't decide which I like better. The song or the video. The video is smoking hot. Here is a link so you can see for yourself:


Of course, as well as most of these videos on MTV, etc., they don't feature someone dancing on cars that is huffing and puffing, all out of breath. Nor do they feature people, like my former self, who are sitting in grease stained shirts slugging away the 2 liters and/or 12 packs. They feature eye candy. People who look awesome, can move their body, and are confident about it. In case you don't want to watch the video, here is a little picture from the video:

See, as I was saying, eye candy. Fit, firm, and looking sharp. That is the place that I want to be. Sure, we may not all reach the movie or pop star look, but we can shoot for our own personal best.

In watching the video, one lyric popped out at me. "Be careful for what you wish for, because you just might get it". And just to drive that point again, they repeat the second part, "you just might get it". Which bring me to the question, what am I wishing for?

I really need to get this dream collage done and finish defining my goals. Enough slacking. I want them down because I just might get them, I just might get them.

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MMS354 10/16/2010 7:28PM

    You WILL get them. You WILL!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/14/2010 9:06AM

    The dream collage is really great - I've made two! One online, and another in real life with magazine cutouts. I guess Oprah has a website that makes it easy to create one.

Pussycat dolls, meow! Does it really say in that song "I wanna have boobies?" lol

BTW - i never see your blog postings on my friend feed. I wasn't sure if you knew that and if you wanted to have it as something you share on your friend feed! I was missing posts from you, and I love reading your blog - so I came here directly to see what you've had to say :)

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DHSPARK 10/14/2010 7:33AM

    You just might....get them!

Nice blog...have a Terrific Thursday and a Wonderful Weekend!

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Deb :)

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Nothing and Nobody Is Going To Stop Me Reaching My Goal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today, as I walked to work, I was bugged by something, or someone. But, as my walks have been doing for me lately, my thoughts cleared up and the sky started to shine. OK, this is figurative. No, I'm not on LSD or some crazy drug. And no, I'm not seeing visions. I felt a calmness and a realization that nothing and no one is going to stop me from getting to my goal.

I may or may not reach my goal when I want to. That is fine with me. But, I will reach it. I might be crawling there, I might be hobbling there, or I might even be sprinting there, but I'm crossing that finish line.

It is funny, even though I hurt my foot a bit, I'm still kicking strong. I just checked my pedometer; almost 30,000 steps, which is just over 14 miles. Can I say kick ash? Yeah, edited it...just in case.

How did I get so many steps. Well, besides walking to work and back, I also: ran to get some paperwork to a meeting before 10, ran to get some numbers submitted before noon, ran to find a projector for a noon meeting, ran to get some papers faxed before 1, and then ran to get some ice for coffee. Oh, and I popped someone's popcorn for them...nice me. Oh, and when I say ran, I'm talking about the walking, not sweating type of running.

I got home, still motivated to move and did some dancing on the Wii, some boxing on the Wii, and some Yoga, yes, you guessed it, on the Wii. Fun stuff. And now, 30,000 steps later, I feel pretty pumped up and ready for bed.

And just so I don't feel bummed about not running for a period of time, spark people was nice enough to post a fantastical blog about running, which contained a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story from the New York Times. I'm dropping both links below for your viewing pleasure. Oh, and don't forget to get those 3 spark points for clicking it.

So bottom line, do what I must, I've got that finish line in site. What is after? Why, another goal, of course!

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SKYRUNHER 10/13/2010 6:58PM

    wow.. I'm lucky when I can get the 10 000.. You're doing awesome!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/13/2010 8:29AM

    I think I am done with deadlines, (although I do have an idea of where I'd like to be for my cruise!) We get there, it doesn't matter how long - as long as we are moving forward!

Good attitude!

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MIADOLCEVITA 10/12/2010 9:57PM

    Your determination will fuel your success. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! emoticon

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New Exercise: Carrying Beans To Work

Monday, October 11, 2010

Not that I did this intentionally, but I created a new workout for myself today. For various reasons, I had left my backpack at work on Friday. Today I wanted to bring in some of the delicious Lentil soup I had made yesterday. After scooping out 2 Ĺ cups of soup, I started thinking, ďhow am I going to get this to work without spilling it?Ē Even though I had a lid for it, I didnít want to drip any of the precious calories, which Iíve already accounted for, out. So as Iím walking to work, one hand was pumping away, the other hand was carefully balancing the soup. Iíd switch hands from time-to-time to balance things out. And guess what? I actually made it to work in record time! Today was the fastest Iíve ever walked here. Go figure.

Technically speaking, Iím not even supposed to be at work today. After all, it is a holiday. But, due to events on Friday and probably tomorrow, Iím going to miss a significant amount of productivity time, so I volunteered to come in today to balance things out. It is a lot easier that way; especially compared to the days I would come early, come late.

On a separate note, the weather here has been awesome. The family went for a nice walk in the woods yesterday. Who knows, maybe Iíll post pictures tomorrow. Today, I walked to work and plan on walking home. Maybe even taking the kids to the park for a bit. I also spent some time digging up a section of the yard yesterday; getting it ready for the garden next year. Everything just seems so much nicer. For one, because it is cooler and less humid. For two, because Iíve lost this weight, been eating right, and getting more sleep; I now have more energy.

Well, Iím off to get some of this paper pushed around. Hope you all have a great day!


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MMS354 10/12/2010 7:38PM

    I'm glad you're enjoying the season and your new physique! Hope you didn't have to work too hard.... :)

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MEANCARLEEN 10/12/2010 7:13AM

    How however you can get it in..GET IT IN...LOL. I don't make soup so I would have to carry a can of soup...I like Chunky Soups...those cans are pretty heavy... emoticon

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MISSMITSY 10/12/2010 7:10AM

    Awesome way to get in some exercise! Sounds like you had a pretty great weekend, I love the autumn you get such great weather for getting things done... We're supposed to be in spring here but all we're getting is rain, it's pretty great though since our dams were below 6% with all the rain we have drinking water again!

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KELLIETYLER26 10/11/2010 6:44PM

    hahahahaha Sorry, that was funny, but in a good way!

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SKYRUNHER 10/11/2010 6:24PM

    see.. If I did that... people would think I'm strange.. so you got to work faster then usual.. but did you spill any of the soup? emoticon

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MRSTOWNS62610 10/11/2010 11:34AM

    Awesome! You're doing such a great job!

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DAISYLADY 10/11/2010 8:29AM

    good job!

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JATHUENER 10/11/2010 8:28AM

    that was a neat idea maybe i can come up with something similar that i can do at the house walking around in the yard---julie

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NCOX25 10/11/2010 8:18AM

    Great post! Keep up the awesome work... emoticon

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About to Lose A Kid (In Weight)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

OK, so my 10 year pregnancy is almost over. I'm knocking on the door of almost 40 pounds lost. Coincidentally, my son weighs exactly 40 pounds. In other words, for nearly the last 10 years, I've been carrying around more than two preschoolers. Here's a picture of what I've been carrying around, plus two or three more bags of sugar:


equals what I used to weigh.

Now, I'm down almost one preschooler and am feeling great. Of course, now that I've lost that much weight, I'm a lot more energetic. It is funny, because I went to one counselor, who thought I had ADD. I couldn't focus on my work and my mind kept wondering off. Well, this part was true. However, I was getting an average of 4-5 hours of sleep and was over 100 pounds overweight. No wonder I wasn't all there.

As for today, I'm going to take advantage of some of this new energy and try to enjoy this beautiful weather. Had a great day at the park with the kids and wife yesterday and hope to repeat. Maybe even finish up by taking the dog for a nice walk.

Have a great day everyone! As always, happy Sparking!


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MEANCARLEEN 10/12/2010 7:14AM

    Your kids are precious and congrats on your success! Your ROCK!! emoticon

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HARRIET2 10/10/2010 4:34PM

    Congratulations and you are so right about weight being part of the mental fog!

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/10/2010 3:54PM

    Way to go Ryan that is awesome....keep up the good work...beautiful kids you have there


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MMS354 10/10/2010 12:48PM

    I nearly spit out my yogurt onto the computer screen when I read the first line - 10 year pregnancy - that's HILARIOUS! I always think of my extra weight in terms of big bags of dog (or horse) food. I can't wait to unload the first bag of dog food!

Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYCEMARIE9 10/10/2010 10:37AM

    emoticonWhat a cute way to think of all the weight you've lost. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/10/2010 8:02AM

    Lol that is funny
Opps forgot to congratulate! Congratulations!

Comment edited on: 10/10/2010 8:04:33 AM

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CELLO23 10/10/2010 7:54AM

    emoticon This is a lovely image - really brings it home! You've done brilliantly well! emoticon

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MISSMITSY 10/10/2010 7:08AM

    That's awesome! Good on you, you must feel so fantastic!

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