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The Lighter Side of Exercise DVD

Monday, December 28, 2009

It all started a couple of months ago when I ordered some Sweatin with the Oldies DVD's. I saw some other great deals on different exercise DVD's on Ebay and I now have a slew of them. Each day, I'm challenging myself to do a new one. Let's just say it's been hilarious.

First of all, I can see why some of these were so inexpensive. I know some of these people are famous and I won't mention names as not to put anyone down. But they look like they are recorded in someone's garage or backyard.

I know that I don't have to be the workout leader's best friend, but I have to connect with the person on some level in order to enjoy the routine. It's a bit like enjoying dining out and part of the positive experience is the server.

I do like Leslie Sansone, and Richard Simmons makes me smile at the pure abandon of the dancing, but some of the people on these other DVD's are too much. There is one who shouts as a normal tone of voice during the entire hour. Another who is bigger than I am and supposed to be a role model.

It makes me wonder how they imagine, in the cardio segments, one is supposed to be a mind reader when the footwork looks like preparation for a movie requiring a choreographer. And in some of the exercise routines, it reminds me of the game Twister. Where do they dream up all of these contortions?

Okay, I'm really not digging DVD's and after I go through them all, I will probably wind up with the basics like Sansone again. And outdoor walking with home dumbbells and elliptical thrown in.

During tonight's workout, this particular trainer said, "now don't let those elbows touch down." No? I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. I'm lost. And I won't even go into what the Tae Bo DVD's are like. At least the one I already suffered through, and one scheduled for tomorrow. Why do I do this to myself, I ask. Because, hey, they were such a bargain. Remember?

After all is said and done, I guess I'm having fun. I just have to change my definition of fun.

Have a good day, friends.

  
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VICIOUS421 12/29/2009 11:57PM

    LOL totally agree, some of the ones I have are hilerious! I have to love my new Tae Bo one though it only cost me like 1.57 brand new from the store, it was a 5 disk set with a book and weights even!! Even though I still do a part of it sitting in a chair because I can only stay in that position so long on my own my abs are liking it! LOL He is funny though he says he is 52 like 20 times in the video while repeatedly lifting up his shirt and showing off his abs!
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RASCALSMOMMA 12/28/2009 3:02PM

    Jesse If they are hurting you or you cant follow them. bargain or not, donate em to the library free box or something. Stick with what you like and what youll do. Change up is good but you can go between RS and LS (never saw her but shes GOT to be "calmer" than him!) Dont do the TWISTER inspired moves cuz "back in the day" they only knew to move like that. today we know better. Use todays knowledge when working with yesterdays news! Hugs ..Laurie

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JLITT62 12/28/2009 8:03AM

    Having fun is the name of the game when it comes to exercise!

I love my DVDs. Sure, once in a while I get a dud, but overall, I research them carefully beforehand & most of the time am not disappointed. http://www.collagevideo.com & the reviews on Amazon are pricless to me!

Whatever floats your boat, as they say.

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Has This Happened to Anyone Else Here?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Just some silly ponderings. Wondered if anyone else has:

-added sparkfriends, only to find, at some point, on your page that you need to add them? (so you do so again)

-tried to add yourself as a friend. (smiling)

-not been motivated by motivational stories. (I'm happy for the success of others, but have never been much of an externally-motivated gal.)

-tracked food until noon, and then didn't want to continue the rest of the day because you realized you exceeded your range. (not seeing it on the screen may make it less painful. yes, silly, i know.)

-made yourself laugh while doing exercise dvd's (the topic of a blog yet to be written) because your arms were flailing every which way and your leg work was nothing like that on the screen.

-not shown up on the leaderboards, or even in the lists, despite a large number of points earned.

Okay, just curious about these things. Have a wonderful day, friends.

  
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VICIOUS421 12/29/2009 11:50PM

    LOL I have added myself as a friend more than once, I have accidently deleted friends trying to send them a Sparkmail (those buttons should not be so close together) and I could win America's Funniest Home Videos the first few times I try a new exercise DVD they go left, I go right, they do this knee bend thing that looks so graceful and I land on my rear end! LOL
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CORNPICKER73 12/27/2009 8:33PM

    Uh, yeah, I stopped logging my food mid-day today! Too depressing! LOL!

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/27/2009 1:40PM

    I TOTALLY agree with JOYs comment! We need to add ourself as friend cuz it proves that we like what we are doing and SUPPORT ourselves. Where's Sparkguy when you need him!!? As to the others. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHugs Laurie

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MSFROGGIE 12/27/2009 1:02PM

    All the time!! And here I thought I was weird! thanks for the smile!!

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MISSM66 12/27/2009 11:58AM

    Happen to me But I just laugh,it's fun LOL thanks you are not alone, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 12/27/2009 11:33AM

    It really isn't nice to talk about me like that..and you forgot about going for an hour walk then going to work and stuffing 2 doughnuts in your mouth LOL

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GRANDMAAMIE 12/27/2009 11:21AM

    5 OF THE ABOVE emoticon

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SCRAPPY_RN 12/27/2009 10:50AM

    Very cute - had many of them happen to me :) Thanks for the smile

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FABULOUSAND40 12/27/2009 10:43AM

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JOY_IS_LOSING 12/27/2009 10:39AM

    All of them except adding myself as a friend! LOL Although when you think about it, adding yourself as a friend is what SP is all about - finally liking yourself.

Thanks for the smiles,
~Joy emoticon

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CAL1922 12/27/2009 10:32AM

  Thanks for making me smile today. I just got done working out on my new Wii, doing the hula hoop and trying to hit soccer balls with my head!!! The sight of me doing this just makes me giggle!!

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PRAIRIE_MUM 12/27/2009 10:29AM

    Yes, most of those have happened to me too!
I have tried several different exercise classes where I'm the one who goes left when everyone else goes right! At least if I do it at home with a dvd no one can see me!

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ALPOPLUP 12/27/2009 10:29AM

    way to go

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MISTYRIVER64 12/27/2009 10:22AM

    Your musings made me smile. Thanks! Yes, there are a couple of those that occurred to me too. Ah, well - such is life..lol
Best wishes - Bernadette

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/27/2009 10:21AM

    EVERY ONE OF THEM!!! HEE HEE emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Confessions of a (Former) Sugar Addict

Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is a complicated topic. Not only is sugar something that my body has always craved, but I've had psychological needs for it as well. Having always been sugar-sensitive, I believe that if I hadn't started this healthier lifestyle change in October '08, I would have certainly wound up with diabetes.

I made it from October '08 to September '09 w/o any sugar. Not even missing it. Amazing, but true as I'd balanced my insulin level with healthy eating. However, in September, I started the "just a little bit" syndrome. (thinking that I could teach myself moderation)

My idea of "just a little bit" is the entire pumpkin pie instead of the sliver. It is the entire Dove chocolate bar within 10 minutes of leaving the store (large size). I know that my 2010 list of goals will include continuing to work on this "all or none" approach to life.

It's a very simple, obvious point, but one that I have been reminded of during this holiday season. One reason that I did so well the first 10 months is that I didn't keep anything around. Now, knowing that there are goodies in here (for entertaining, of course), they call my name at very unexpected times.

I've noticed that I don't enjoy the sugar as much as I thought I did. When I have allowed myself to have it, I've made myself commit to no regrets. I figure if I am going to make a decision, I might as well enjoy it. Again, I was pretty surprised to learn that I don't enjoy it that much.

Which then comes back to the psychological pull, the topic that is written about in many books. Even though I consider myself a FORMER sugar queen of the universe, I still have to be very careful of that pull down the slippery slope. The cravings that are based in a number of situations unrelated to taste or satisfaction.

Knowing that I am in charge, and having made (mostly) good choices is very empowering. I can do this. So can you.

Happy New Year! (almost)

  
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VICIOUS421 12/29/2009 11:45PM

    Happy almost New Year to you too!!! You are the one in control but sugar can be a very strong temptress! You are an awesome warrior and I know you will win this battle!!
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WOLFSPIRITS 12/27/2009 10:23AM

    I DON'T ENJOY SUGAR MUCH EITHER ANYMORE. I RARELY EVER HAVE ANY CANDY OR ADD IT TO COFFEE ANYMORE ETC. BLOOD SUGAR TEST WAS STILL THRU THE ROOF THO', WEIRD.

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KITETRAINING 12/27/2009 4:41AM

  Thanks for all the thoughts about sugar. I have done the ALL or Nothing sugar thing for years. Once I went two years on "Real Food" nothing processed and no sugar...and then when I started to have sugar or other foods I couldn't stop ...
for me one cookie is a binge when it chooses me ...if I choose it and control it my additions are "in check" Two days with the stuff around for Christmas entertaining and I'm up at 4:30 in the morning thinking about the leftovers in the fridge...trifle, brandy sauce, plum pudding and two days ago it tasted too sweet and I was "over it"

The key word here I think is sugar addiction and knowing that I need to take this seriously and manage it. I too would love to enjoy the taste or a taste and not feel deprived of the sugar world forever. This too is my goal. For me that taste is a slippery slide into trouble.

I have dropped twenty pounds in the last year and have become a runner in the past three months. I am up to 4K four times a week which I never thought I could do. I don't love running, but I do love the way it makes me feel afterwards and when I feel relaxed and good about caring for my health I am much more likely to NOT eat too much sugar. I can have the one bite or one chocolate. I think all or nothing is a recipe for disaster as it does not seem sustainable socially and I love social gatherings, cooking, the tradition of family recipes etc. It would be so very cool to know I could live with all of these traditions and not have them cause my early death.

So I am proud to say I am 20 lighter than I was last year this time. Sorry to say I lost 30 pounds to make the 20 pound loss. (I gained and lost 10 in the middle of the year when I reintroduced sugar) So can I lose the rest of the needed 25 pounds and find a moderate maintenance habit that will keep me from this yoyo? That is my plan. It starts with making some healthy food this morning to replace the Christmas leftovers and doing that run when the sun comes up.

For me one cookie is a binge if it chooses me rather than me choosing it

Thanks for reading. Cheers Heather

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ZUZUBEE 12/26/2009 8:56PM

    Just curious - NO sugar for a year? Like, not even a tsp in the coffee? Or just limited, no sweets, kind of no sugar?

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FLORIDASUN 12/26/2009 4:07PM

    Hi dear one...I'm so glad I read this blog, because I too was sugar tempted to over indulge and I mean in a BIG way. I've found since I've gone RAW that there are absolutely DELECTABLE raw desserts that sometimes taste almost TOO sweet to me...but they surely hit that sugar button square in the face! If you try RAW/CLEAN eating you will be amazed at how you can be satisfied with purely NATURAL foods that won't screw with your mind because of all of the chemicals and additives they add that make you want MORE and MORE...and MORE...well you get the point.

I'm telling you it's the 'diet foods' that are all gonna put us in the doctor's office one meal at a chemical laden time. I'm just sharing cuz I LUV you! emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 12/26/2009 4:04PM

    Sugar Queen.....hmmm, I thought that was my name.........I know where you are coming from.......been there and ....well, still there.........I"m working on that yet........sugar (diabetes ..I have to get a grip on the eating anything that comes to mind........Congrats to you for how far you have come

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SPARKLOVE 12/26/2009 3:30PM

    I am find your blog very interesting and the comments as well. If all or nothing works for you and you don't break down and binge because of it then that is the way to go. I have not found what works for me but I am searching. When you cut out sugar did you start using diet sugars and if so which one do you like best?

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DANCINGPENGUIN 12/26/2009 2:33PM

    All-or-nothing thinking is a major component of Diet Mentality. I'm actively working on countering this concept. It's hard work, and there will be slip-ups, but I think it's absolutely critical.

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/26/2009 1:26PM

    Jesse seriously. Treat yourself to a taste (one that you can put in your mouth at one time) when you crave it. Then the craving will be satisfied and you can go on with your day without thinking of it. Before I gave up stuff I didnt think I could do it either and I was all or nothing too. NOW. I am in more control. but I do allow a taste. Once you get to the point when you can distinguish between flavors (dont laugh!!! its true!) such as "this one is WAY too sweet" or this one leaves that funny aftertaste in my mouth" or this one isnt really sweet at all, but its good." Then you are ready to "taste test" the waters. I m here to help. And on the team as well. Hugs. Laurie

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JLITT62 12/26/2009 1:22PM

    I used to be like that -- eating whole boxes of cookies or pop tarts (something I won't even touch anymore), but somehow, somewhere along the way, I've managed to mostly find my balance with sweets. Not completely, or I probably wouldn't still have a weight problem.

Now, just a little bit does satisfy me, but I still have a tendency to want sweets at almost every meal. It's something I continue to work on, too!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 12/26/2009 12:51PM

    Oh I'm soooooo with you ..definitely discovered it all or nothing with me also ..learning last year that my body responds and feels better w/o sugar and alot of carbs..having indulged into the sugar/carb binge these last few days but really writing this it was over a few months here and there that was my downfall..it's amazing how the mind will craved it even though this time I could actually feel that terrible let down that made me feel like crap and constant bloat ..even right in this moment I'm craving that pepsi but dumped it down the drain and back to crystal lite and water...we can do this..we will do this

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Peace and Joy

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wishing all of my friends a healthy, peaceful and joyous Christmas.

  
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FLORIDASUN 12/26/2009 4:08PM

    You are one of my brightest Christmas gifts...yes you are! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/25/2009 7:55PM

    peace and joy to you also emoticon

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JLITT62 12/25/2009 5:49AM

    Right back at you! Have a wonderful day.

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Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I tuned in to see this movie with George C. Scott and hadn't seen it in many years. What really dawned on me, when it ended, was that I'd been visited- in my own way - by each of these ghosts.

The memories of Christmases past have been making me smile as there are just so many to cherish.

The ghost of Christmas present has shown me some wonderful gifts and blessings, mixed with sorrows over recent losses.

But what struck me most, was the reminder of how I can make the difference in the future by making sound choices today. And that the best gift I've given myself, besides sticking to SP, was to start this healthier lifestyle in October 08. The changes have been many and I foresee many more to come.

Wishing all a merry, healthy Christmas.

  
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SURENDERISNOTME 12/24/2009 11:29AM

    My DH calls me an old Christmas movie fanatic. I usually watch Miracle on 34th Street the original one, Its a Wonderful Life, one version of Scrooge or the other and last but not least White Christmas. I actually prefer the Mr McGoo Christmas Carol. Though I haven't seen it on tv in years.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Debbie

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AMYMLE 12/24/2009 11:15AM

    Loved your thoughts on the past, present and future. Merry
Christmas, Happy New Year and beyond!
Amy

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GRAYGRANNY 12/24/2009 9:46AM

    LOVE those old movies.......is it me, or what, but can't quite get the message that some of these movies have.....OR, sometimes there is NO message to be got.....lol

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29; .**♫♪We Wish You a Merry ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥We Wish You A Merry ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪Christmas ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪...And A Happy New Year!♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪... Copy and paste~keep the wave going!
Have a wonderful Christmas

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WANDAC2013 12/24/2009 1:07AM

    I watched it last night with my daughter...it's always a good reminder...tomorrow night will be "It's a Wonderful Life"! Merry Christmas to you!

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MKPRINCESS007 12/24/2009 12:42AM

    I watched this tonight with my son..............it is a great story and a wonderful message that it is never too late to make a fresh start! :) Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

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