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I AM Mario! (Or, insert Super Hero name here)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Barely over a month ago, I quit my second job and used the last paycheck to get the Wii Fit Balance Board. I was excited to try it out. One thing I heard about, was this game that looked like Super Mario Galaxy. Except, YOU are Mario and you have to run and jump past obstacles, pitfalls, and swinging objects. My kids were watching me when I first tried it. After stopping several times, getting out of breath, and being knocked off the edge, my character stood there looking sad and dejected. My kids got a good laugh at the character getting banged up and then asked me why he looked so sad at the end.

Fast forward to this morning. After a quick body check, I wanted to do a warm-up before getting ready for my walk to work. I tried the Mario experience. And guess what? For the first time since owning Wii Fit..I finished the race! Not only did I finish, but I finished without getting knocked off or falling. My character was cheering and I wasn’t out of breath. Maybe this exercise, eating right, and sleeping thing IS paying off. Maybe I have the secret to becoming my own version of Mario, or any other super hero you can think of.

What else has changed? Well, for those that have tried Coach Nicole’s Bootcamp Day 1 video, I can do it now. My first attempt was full of modified jumping jacks and having to run in place because I couldn’t do all the mountain climbers or bend-and-thrusts. Also, I can do stairs at work now. I used to be winded going up one flight. I used to take the elevator up two flights. This morning, I went up seven flights after my walk here. I’ve come a long way from the guy I used to be. Just a few months back, the only exercise I got was getting up from the couch to grab a beer in between Call of Duty matches.

Speaking of beer…. Not sure about the rest of you, but since using spark’s tracker, I have found that I am constantly needing to scramble to get those carbs in. Midday yesterday, I was well below in carbs, so I grabbed a beer out of the fridge. I haven’t done this in about a week or so. I thought, I’m doing good and I can afford this. However, it was a light beer and on the side it said, “low in carbs”. Too funny. Oh well, I enjoyed it anyhow.

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MMS354 10/7/2010 11:53AM

    You're on fire! Love to hear about your amazing progress. 7 flights of stairs? Woo hoooo!!!!

PS - loved the mental picture of sad Mario at the start emoticon

and now you're super Mario! emoticon

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SWIMFIT2010 10/6/2010 4:07PM

    Way to go!!! I love the super hero analogy, but you're right, it's all about finding both your physical strength and your inner strength and when you have both of those things it's like being unstoppable. You're doing so great!!!

Really enjoy your blogs. Thanks for sharing!!


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MEANCARLEEN 10/5/2010 8:31AM

    I fail with carbs almost every day!! But I have had a Foster's beer in my fridge since July 4th. Hmmmmm emoticon

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SKYRUNHER 10/5/2010 6:11AM

    Wow! I may need to check out that Mario game! I'm glad to see using your Wii is helping you. Mine was the best investment I had made. I am a gamer (I play mostly MMOs) but I'm sitting on my butt most of the time. My Wii let me play but be active at the same time... I have no regrets.

You are my super hero! I see you doing so much in this battle that you're encouraging me to do the same!

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/4/2010 10:59PM

    lol....you're to funny I'm glad sparks and wii fit plus is making a difference in your life....Beer I haven't had beer in about 20 yrs


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JOYCEMARIE9 10/4/2010 10:44AM

    Wow what a great story and it gives us all hope we will see some of the same results. I still have problems doing the obstacle course haven't done much over the summer but now that it is getting colder I will start using the wii more and will have to look into some more games the Mario one sounds interesting.

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FIT2SWING 10/4/2010 10:07AM

    My boyfriend and I are talking about getting a wii and wii fit. I'm all for it. My boyfriend, the uber gamer, is unsure if he wants one. Its kind of funny. But I'm going to make him read this trying to convince him that its a good idea.

Congrats on not being out of breath and getting inshape :-)

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PERFECTVELVET 10/4/2010 9:27AM

    Heck yeah! The obstacle course is brutal, so you are DEFINITELY showing improvement if you've beaten it without getting out of breath. And Coach Nicole is like Bowser with her difficult tasks :O)

You'll have to send me your low-carb secrets. I generally am within my carb range, but I could always eat fewer!

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MOUSTER 10/4/2010 8:17AM

    WTG! i still can't get through that obstical course.. though i did give up on it. i'm getting pretty good at the snowball.. of to jog on the treadmill for me in a few.

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GEEKGIRLIE 10/4/2010 7:13AM

    Congratulations on your progress! I'm hoping to get a Wii Fit soon. It sounds like fun :)

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Running Around In My Undies

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I got back from a nice little walk to the park with the kids. Little did they know, but I planned a nice long hill to the park. It was downhill there and uphill back. They had lots of fun. We even got some hide and seek in, so I was able to keep moving. This little trip netted me about 2500 steps. Not much of a calorie burn for me, but hey...we all got some exercise and then we all got a nice nap.

Yes, even I took a little nap. I got my 8 hours in last night, but I think my body was wiped from my run this morning. It was so freakin' cold out this morning and all my windows were open in the living room. I got up and took a nice long warm up before the run. A few Wii Fit games (that flying like a chicken one is a great warm up) and some jumping jacks and some stretching and off I went. I started slow and ended fast. Overall, it was my fastest time of recent, so no wonder my body was tired.

As for the whole undies title, it has to do with me making diner. I found this great recipe on sparkrecipes and could barely make it. Why? Because my pants kept falling down! This is one of those blessings of weight loss. I had my belt on the last hole. So while I'm waiting to punch another hole in my belt, I'm sitting here on a medicine ball, typing this on a computer, in my undies. Sorry for the visual, but hey, dinner has to be made and I can't do it with my pants around my ankles!

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CERIUSLY 10/6/2010 5:55PM

    LOL I can identify. even the sweats are too loose. You might get a kick out of my blog, Pants On The Ground, Literally. Sorry if the link doesn't work. I haven't figured out how to do them yet. Have a great week!


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SWIMFIT2010 10/6/2010 3:50PM

    I agree -- sounds like a great day!!!

I'm going through the same thing with my pants. Isn't it fun? !!

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MEANCARLEEN 10/5/2010 8:29AM

    MOST people would love to have your pants fallling down issue but I do not blame you for just dropping the pants all together...its liberating!! Have a SPARKLING day! emoticon emoticon

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/4/2010 11:00PM

    lol....pants around your ankles....to funny


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MMS354 10/3/2010 9:13PM

    emoticonYeah! Loose pants are the bomb. emoticon

Naps rule. Sounds like a fun and relaxing day.

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/3/2010 7:31PM

    lol, yeah I thought I'd spare you all the pictures. I go jogging along the board walk, here in West Haven. Below is the link to my saved routes, here on spark:


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MOUSTER 10/3/2010 7:09PM

    shaking my head lol... that is awesome! where do you go jogging at? that flapping chicken thing is hard..

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MAMADELIGHT 10/3/2010 5:58PM

    What!?!? No picture?!


Sounds like a great day.

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Biggest Loser Kept Me From Eating An Extra Ice Cream Cone

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Not sure why I did it, but I did. Too late to turn back now. Not only did I eat healthy all day yesterday, but I think I did a good job keeping my kids on track too. Mixing it up with veggies, fruits, fiber, carbs, protein, water, water, and more water. We were at the grocery and for a little treat, I thought ice cream cones would do the trick. I looked at the side and it looked like a reasonable and manageable amount of calories, etc.

However, I didn't account for there being 3 extra cones in the box of 6. And three extra cones isn't as manageable as one. Once I turned the ice cream monster on, there was no stopping him. How many have ever had this thought: if I just get rid of them now, there will be no more temptation tomorrow. So, slapping my head with my hand now, off I went. First one more, then two more.

Here is the punchline though. I needed something to watch while I scarfed that third and last piece of evil temptation. What show haven't I caught up on? Why, it was the biggest loser. Then they started talking about how overweight America is. Then they talked about all the diseases and bad things being overweight brings about. Needless to say, I didn't feel like eating that last and final cone.

I'm still not too concerned. Why? Because I realize this is my life. There are certain things I'm going to eat. And, you know what else? I inched down a little bit on the Wii Fit this morning. Yeah, my BMI is dropping and I'm burned calories like a fool. So what, I mess up sometimes. I'm not perfect. I feel like inserting a big Pfftt here. Not sure why, but I just felt like it.

So today I'm still feeling great. Woke up, just like I have been for the last 15 days and cranking out the exercise. Tomorrow I'm still planning on running. And you know what else? That last ice cream cone is still sitting in my freezer today. Oh, and I'm celebrating because I ate healthy food at the movie theater.

Until next time...happy sparking!


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NEWNOEMI 10/5/2010 9:36AM

    Way to feel good about the positive choices you do make. We are only human. There is a recipe for banana ice cream on sparkrecipes. It was awesome. I am a huge ice cream fan. Put on my last 20 pounds on Dairy Queen Blizzards, uugghh. My whole family loves this ice cream. Its simply frozen bananas pureed in the food processor or blender. I added a little vanilla and some light soy milk and it was just like McDonalds soft serve. Look up the recipe. It's well worth the small effort. My kiddos thought it was a huge treat. Keep up the good work.

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SKYRUNHER 10/5/2010 6:15AM

    I love your attitude! I strive to have a good attitude about all this and most days I'm good. I think it's fantastic that you were able to put down that other cone. In all honesty, I don't know if I would have been able to.

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MMS354 10/3/2010 9:08PM

    OMG, Ice cream is my archenemy #1. I can't even buy it or keep it in my house because it's GONE so I know where you're coming from. But great recovery! That's what's important - you didn't eat that last one - woo hoo!

Waking up today and working out again and staying on track is how we're gonna nail this. Your positive attitude will take you a long way. Keep it up!

I watched BL last night, too, and was apalled at all the health issues. I'm so glad they put all that medical stuff in there because it's a good reality check.

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FREECLOUD 10/3/2010 1:25PM

    Excellent attitude! You're going to ace this whole lifestyle change thing ;)

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CIERAPOET 10/3/2010 1:57AM

    Great Blog. Most people might not admit to eating the extra cone but like you said it's your life. Stuff happens to us all. But like you did...just pick yourself up and continue. No need to beat yourself up about it. Thanks for the honesty and giving us more perspective and a reason to continue. Congratulations on your weight loss! emoticon

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Sweat, Surf, & Sand

Friday, October 01, 2010

It is always nice to get out and exercise when you feel that Fall chill in the air. When you feel that gentle breeze against your body and you can just feel good things in the air. Today was not one of those days. Today I was all pumped up to get a run in. I warmed up, did some jumping jacks, some light stretching, and the out the door. And bam! It was so windy. Felt like a hurricane. The local news is saying up to 50 mph winds. I even ran by them on the boardwalk. Here’s a picture from the news of the spot I ran past:

The wind was strong enough to cause the waves to crash against the boardwalk and spray water all over me. As I was running, I got a nice taste of salt water. Not quite what I was expecting when I left the house. I could hardly keep a straight line. Some moments felt like I was running underwater, due to the strong winds. It was hard to keep a steady pace and rhythm for my breathing. There were times I had to slow down and catch my breath before going again. And then there was the sand. The wind was whipping me with the sand. The one nice thing was when I ran home, the wind was at my back. It felt like it was pushing me faster.

When I got home, I was covered in sweat, salt water, and sand. But, I felt good. It was actually my fastest time to run that distance, in recent history. I haven’t run 3 miles that fast for years. Keep in mind, some of it I had to slow down and even walk, but it is still the fastest time of recent. After talking to some people, I’m cutting my running to every other day. Trying to keep the pressure of my knees and do other cardio on non-running days.

In other news, I paid my $15 to run in my work’s 5K on November 11. It is too late to turn back now. The hardest question on the form was: am I RUNNING the 5k or WALKING the 2 miles? I selected RUNNING. OK, fingers crossed. Let’s do this!

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SKYRUNHER 10/5/2010 5:54AM

    oh my goodness! I can't believe you ran in that! WOW!! That's impressive. Amazing isn't it that one feels so great after doing a challenging workout isn't it! I do believe that you will be able to do that 5k run! And if you can't, as long as you finish the run/walk.. you've won. Heck you've won by signing up!

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MMS354 10/2/2010 11:10AM

    Your run in that crazy weather sounds too cool. :) November 11? You're gonna run of course! There's plenty of time to train and you'll find that when you're at the race, all the energy and adrenaline will kick in and it will feel much easier. Go YOU!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/1/2010 5:04PM

    Running? That is awesome! Go for it - I know you can do it! You don't have to run the full 5K but you have plenty of time to train.

Crazy weather, huh? My mom is headed up that way for a cruise on Tuesday, and she's hoping the storm is gone by then!

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Sleep Test & Lots of Trash Talk

Thursday, September 30, 2010

OK, before I get you going, that title was kind of misleading. I'm actually going to talk about trash later on.

But first, a little update on my sleep test. Because I walked into my doctor's office (just over a month ago) being overweight and saying I snore, he was concerned I might have sleep apnea. Oh, that and my EKG was a little off.

Fast forward to last night. There I was, all hooked up to over 20 wires. There was a camera and speaker watching my every move. Each wire did something different. One measured my brain waves, another my eye movement, another my muscle tension, another my oxygen levels, etc. Here is a picture of all the wires I was plugged into:

The hardest part was me not falling asleep. Thanks to spark, I've been trying to get my body on a regular bed schedule. There I was, reading The Spark, and trying to stay awake until their computer was ready to measure me. A wire popped off in the middle of the night and they had to come in and fix it. Otherwise, nothing to eventful.

I woke up naturally at the time I've been waking up to almost every morning. It felt good. They said they didn't see any signs of apnea and that my heart beat on a regular basis. They said yes, I did snore, but not so much on my side. It could be weight or age. Thankfully there are some good articles here on spark that help with that.

As for the trash talk, today I took the day off and went to the trash museum with the kids. It was actually a little museum next to a recycling plant. It was neat seeing the trucks dumping off all the recycling from the nearby towns. Our trash day was today, so who knows, maybe our stuff was in there.

I have a picture of me standing next to a trashasorous. Basically, it is a dinasour made out of trash. It weighs about 2,000 pounds, which is about the average amount of trash we throw out each year. The picture shows me with a 30 pound loss and pointing to an Elmo head on the bottom of his belly.

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CRRAMUSEUMS 10/18/2010 11:23AM

  Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the CRRA Garbage Museum in Stratford, Conn.! Please "like" the Garbage Museum and its sister facility, the CRRA Trash Museum in Hartford, Conn., on Facebook!

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FREECLOUD 10/3/2010 1:22PM

    You're doing great - glad to hear your sleep test went well!

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/1/2010 5:45PM

    Thank you all! I'm definitely feeling better. I like that shirt, lol I still got the moobs and Buddha belly, but they are slowly going away.

I'm glad you are wearing your mask Tema. I know it is a pain, but from what I've learned you are really helping yourself. Do you feel better since wearing it?

I would encourage anyone who thinks they have it to get tested. They say there are so many people that aren't diagnosed. There are even more people who were diagnosed, but won't get the mask.

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TURTLE_MOM 10/1/2010 5:06PM

    You do look great - I was going to say you don't really look like a guy who needs to lose much more!

I keep trying to convince my hubby to have the test, but he won't. I hope if he loses weight, it will go away. I know I snore less when I weigh less.

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MMS354 9/30/2010 9:30PM

    Great to hear there's no sleep apnea. I used to wake myself up snoring but after losing 25 lbs (14 since starting SP) it's diminished a lot. What a great treat for the kids!

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/30/2010 7:18PM

    Wow what a difference 30lbs make you look awesome...I'm glad you don't have the apnea I have it and wearing the machine is hell....


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