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My Bust Out was a Blow Out

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First of all, my fitness plans for the week had to be totally rearranged from the normal routine, so I was debating all day yesterday what to do to make up for the monkey wrench thrown into my week. I decided I was going to go home, cook and while dinner was in the oven, I was gonna BUST OUT a Jillian workout.

Well, as good as that sounded, life got in the way. I set timer on stove for 15 minutes, ran into my den, started the workout. I really hate this DVD too, it bores me to tears lately - I just absolutely get annoyed with Jillian and I have graduated from this DVD, it still gives me a workout, but not like it used to, so I am really super bored with it, so that makes it hard to do.

Timer went off on stove, I ran into kitchen , put dinner in the oven, set timer for another 15 minutes and went back to finish my workout, well needless to say, by this time everyone was moaning and groaning: "When's dinner gonna be ready", "how much longer you workin out" (in a whiny tone of voice) - so I was just plain agitated and bored so I cut it short and did a quick cool down.

Went back to kitchen to finish dinner. I tried a new recipe from SPARK Broccoli Quest - I thought it was similar to a dish my hubby had last week at Cracker Barrel that he liked alot, so I was excited about it.

I thought it was mediocre, he hated it because it wasn't like Cracker Barrel. He was comparing my healthy version to the fatty, greasy, rich version he had last week. I have to admit the ckn was a little dry, it was edible, but nothing to write home about. I endured the meal with jokes from hubby and daughter. You know I really get kinda tired of the jokes sometimes, I take it all in stride most of the time, because I know I'm not the greatest cook in the world, but dang, cut me some slack, I was experimenting with a new recipe and last night was one of those nights that I surely could have done without the jokes.

Instead of feeling like I BUSTED OUT a great workout and a fantastic dinner - it ended up being a BLOW OUT. I feel like some deflated my rubby ducky and took the wind outta my sail.

I have already made tonight's dinner (I did it last night while I was washing dishes) - you know, multi-tasking. Southwest Pasta Salad, it's another SPARK recipe, and I love it, I've made it at least 10 times, yummy. I can be happy with just a bowl of pasta salad for dinner, why can't the family? They want me to stop and get a bucket of chicken to go with it, since it's not a meal to them.

What constitutes a meal in my house? Meat, potato, vegetable, dessert. What constitutes a meal for me? something simple, a grilled cheese sandwich, a bowl of cereal, or just a small salad, couple sides of steamed veggies - helloooooo people, eat light.

I'm done venting and whining now, not really. Today is gonna be a better day, somehow I have to manage to get a run in today, it's really stressing me to get my workouts in this week, but I am certainly not gonna give them up. Wish me luck into squeezing it all in and getting it done. Hope everyone has a SPARK-tastic day.


Peaceful, Relaxing Afternoon

Monday, August 16, 2010

emoticonDid my one-hour yoga dvd yesterday afternoon. Yoga is very effective if you practice in peace and quiet. I finally got peace and quiet, no phone ringing in the middle of my workout, no dogs barking, no unexpected guests. Ahhhh, quiet, made for a great hour of stretching and cleansing the mind. Now I am geared up for the week after a wonderful afternoon of yoga, and a very early bedtime last night.

emoticonI started off on a bad note this morning, didn't get up for a morning workout, chose to lay in bed and be lazy, now I will have to make up for it tonight, with a run in the heat and humidity - YUCK, that's what I get for being lazy.

Hope everyone has a SPARK-ling week.

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HOPE2011 8/16/2010 7:26PM

    I intend to try yoga some time soon - it looks a bit much for larger people! emoticon

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JONNYJETPROP 8/16/2010 12:54PM

    Funny thing, I missed my morning workout too. Waiting for my older kids to get back so I can hit the gym.

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/16/2010 12:18PM

    Happy monday to you! Have a wonderful day!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/16/2010 11:54AM

    I know exactly how you feel. If I miss my morning workout, I feel like "crap" the rest of the day and am disappointed in myself for not dragging my booty out of bed. I am glad you enjoy yoga. I am still trying to make yoga my friend, but find it difficult.

Hope your weather cools down soon. We are finally getting a break in the midwest and some much needed rain!

Sherry emoticon

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GBSUTPHIN 8/16/2010 10:04AM

    Woo hoo! Nice to get that peaceful relaxing time. We so rarely are able to enjoy that.
So you didn't get up to work you'll have a fabulous workout later and still feel great!
Have a beautiful day!

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DGIBSON61 8/16/2010 9:18AM

  I didn't get up either. However, I did spend 3 hours saturday and sunday at umpire training outside in the heat. Most of which was spent running and yelling out calls, that type of thing.

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Mall MADness

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I am suffering from Mall MADness, it's probably a sickness everyone has suffered from time to time, but seems like I got doubly infected yesterday. Mall MADness is when you go shopping and can't find a thing to buy, you are just plain MAD. emoticon

I left the mall yesterday, after shopping in every store and not finding a thing - MAD, MAD, MAD. I was soooo depressed when I left there. I have worked so hard to lose weight so I can shop in the trendy stores like Forever 21, Papaya, etc. and NOTHING. emoticon

Everything in the stores is made of t-shirt material, t-shirts made to look fancy - YUCK. I can't wear t-shirts to work. What happened to career wear, nice blouses and skirts? emoticon

I'll tell you what happened to all the nice clothes, they are like the dinosaurs - EXTINCT. What happened to color? EXTINCT, no pinks, reds, teal. Everything is brown, olive green, black, white or grey, how drab and boring. I even shopped at Macy's, Dillards and JCPenney and they have the same things, glorified t-shirts - ugly and drab.

So needless to say, I am suffering from Mall MADness, I hope I find a cure for this disease soon, it really affects the pschye.

Have you ever experienced this depressing disease? Simply madness.

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HOPE2011 8/15/2010 7:13PM

    Sorry that you had a bad experience. emoticon I'm not there yet - I'm still in the I-have-to-wear-what-fits-regardless
-of-whether-I-like-it-or-not stage. Hopefully that won't last much longer and I won't have that same experience you had! I can dream!

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DGIBSON61 8/15/2010 6:53PM

  I'm just happy to finally be able to go to the mall and buy t-shirts at regular stores and not having to pay the extra couple dollars for size 3x and up.

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JLITT62 8/15/2010 5:24PM

    How about Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J.Crew? Just a few of my favorite places.

Thankfully, I suppose, I rarely suffer from that disease. It's usually the opposite! Sorry it was such a frustrating experience.

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BJW-FARMGIRL 8/15/2010 11:00AM

    Don't know exactly what you're looking for, but have you ever tried Christopher and Banks? If they are not in your area, they are also online. If you have to really dress up for work, they might not be dressy enough, but I am quite a fan of their stuff, barring the Alfred Dunner, which they just added this summer. That's not my thing. I'm looking forward to seeing what they bring in for fall--separates you can use as twinsets, etc. Good Luck!

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Son-in-Law Sunrise

Saturday, August 14, 2010

emoticonTalked my SIL in joining me at the oceanfront this morning at 5:30 a.m. for a 3 mile run on the boardwalk. We had a great run, with an added bonus - I got to see the sunrise, can't remember the last time I've seen it at the oceanfront, I'm actually thinking I've never seen it from Virginia Beach. I've lived here all my life, shame I waited 41 years for that. I think I better look out, my SIL is becoming quite the runner. Glad for a change of scenery from the usual run, hope to do a repeat maybe next Saturday. Not only am I influencing the kids on "the ways of the SPARK", I'm hoping to turn them ALL into morning people.

Bronzed the bod with some rays today for about 2 hours - 82 degrees, sunny, with a breeze - PERFECTO. emoticon

Had lunch at the gourmet bistro where my baby works - great, healthy sandwich in an elegant atmosphere - she looks so cute wearing her work uniform and hat.

Headed to the mall with Hubby this evening - I do believe retail therapy is order. I'm in the mood to shop and of course, I have COUPONS !!!!! just hope I can find something worth buying.

Hope everyone is having a SPARK-Tastic weekend.

More of the same tomorrow for me.

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JONNYJETPROP 8/15/2010 11:00AM

    There's nothing like seeing the sun rise off the beach. Savor the small things in life.

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JLITT62 8/15/2010 5:26AM

    Sounds like a GREAT day!

I often run at that hour simply because it's cooler, but I just see the sky lightening, not really the sunrise. Would love to run by a beach -- love the ocean -- at least I should see it next week on our vacation!

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FATHEROF3GIRLS 8/14/2010 9:58PM

    Great job the 2 of you. I wish I had somewhere like that to run/bike at

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DGIBSON61 8/14/2010 6:08PM

  I enjoyed the run this morning. I'm going to have to talk to Denise about getting you to start kicking that last bit. When we run the real 5k, we WILL be sprinting at least the last block, possibly more.

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Since When ?????

Friday, August 13, 2010

Since when did Zumba become a high impact class?

Last night I invited my daughter and her family to attend Zumba. She's just started on her fitness journey so I figured Zumba would be a great way to get some mild exercise. We took the class with a different instructor than the one I'm used to, so let me tell you it was a total shock.

This instructor was doing all different routines, none of which I knew AND... it was all high-impact, lots of jumping - it was crazy, it was like Zumba smokin crack.

Totally a disappointment. My regular class is more like line dancing with some higher impact options, but this was so totally wrong for a beginner. I was mad, mad, mad. I told my daughter please don't judge by this class, come and take from my instructor before you decide if this is for you or not.

I was barely able to keep up since I had just done a one-hour turbojam kickboxing class (which totally kicked butt - heck yeah), so I was kinda looking forward to Zumba as an extended cool down.

WOW, what happened to the Salsa, Latin flair in this instructor's class - it was more hip-hop. (and by the way, this instructor is also the hip-hop instructor) Seems to me that she incorporated way to much hip-hop, skipping, jumping, etc. Totally HATED Zumba last night, if that's what you want to call it.

I'm wondering if my Zumba instructor kinda "dummies" it down or if this other chick from last night "hip-hopped) it up. Tell me, what is your Zumba class been like? I really could use some input, since I'm trying to get my daughter on-board with something fun, don't want her to get discouraged from that totally grueling class last night.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, looks like Va Beach is gonna have awesome beach weather the whole weekend, I can't wait to soak up some rays. emoticon

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JLITT62 8/13/2010 4:49PM

    I think high intensity workouts are just the "in" thing in the workout world right now, so probably the instructor was sort of going with the flow.

I've only done Zumba from the DVDs . . . I wouldn't call them beginner classes, really, but they're no Insanity, either.

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CSIENK 8/13/2010 2:40PM

    I'm not going to be very helpful because I've never taken a Zumba class.

There's nothing more frustrating than convincing someone to join you in something you like, expecting it to be the way you described it and then having it turn out so completely different.

I hope your daughter gives it one more try with your regular instructor because I know how much you like it.
Cindy emoticon

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JUNESHOPE 8/13/2010 2:09PM

    I've been in your situation before. I took a low-impact aerobics class at my old gym, that was just plain 'stupid!'.

I doubt if the instructor was a licensed instructor. It was like she was just hopping around, with no thought or reason to it. It's like she was just doing what ever popped in her mind at that very second, to do. It made no sense. People were so confused and it diffinently wasn't low-impact. I wound up walking out..

Some instructors may be really self-centered show-offs, that just want to see if they can work out so hard that no one can keep up with them. It may give their selfesteem a boost or something. I just think it's plain silly.

Stick with your other instructor...she sounds great.


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HOPE2011 8/13/2010 11:22AM

    Sorry about the frustration - that stinks. Hopefully your regular instructor will be back soon! emoticon

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GBSUTPHIN 8/13/2010 9:30AM

    I think Zumba (I've not taken a class yet, so not positive) is going to vary like any other class. You go to one Yoga class and it might be completely different from another depending on the instructor. Hope your daughter likes it better with the regular teacher.
Have a great day!

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/13/2010 9:07AM

    I've been curious about Zumba... I've never tried it! Where do you take all these classes at?

Thanks for sharing!!!

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UNIONDIVA 8/13/2010 9:00AM

    Wow.. just started looking a Zumba classes, since my boss raves about it.... gonna try it soon but now I wonder if I should just go watch first.....the cost is $6 per class w/o gym membership... they have specials for 10/25 classes that I might consider later....

Hope she tries it again....

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DGIBSON61 8/13/2010 8:58AM

  I thought it was a heckuva workout. I was feeling it when we left. Definitely not a beginner classs. I thought Jessica did a good job trying to keep up. I was really proud of her. I'm just glad I didn't go to the kickboxing class first, I would have died.

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