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Working Out Sucks!

Monday, June 11, 2012

I recently stumbled on this book at the library and just had to pick it up. www.amazon.com/Working-Out-Sucks-Doe

It's a humorous yet well-grounded boost for your motivation. The basic format is "Working out sucks, but...X... sucks more." Some examples:

Working out sucks...but your excuses suck more.

Working out sucks...but having low self-worth sucks more.

Working out sucks...but raising unhealthy kids sucks more.

Working out sucks...but cardiovascular disease sucks more.

Working out sucks...but paying more for health insurance sucks more.

Working out sucks...but self-pity sucks more.

Working out sucks...but if your weight-loss strategy is dictated by a celebrity (or you're waiting to be chosen for a reality TV show), that sucks even more.

And to sum it all up--
Working out sucks...but letting it make everything else suck, sucks more.

This kick in the motivation pants is followed up by solid advice about diet and exercise that won't be big news to a sparker, but is well written and worth reviewing. And one of the new little nuggets I found is that there is now a new area of study call inactivity physiology. And these scientists have discovered too much sitting has its own independent health risks regardless of your overall activity level. Wow!

Anyway, I recommend this as a worthwhile and entertaining read. (maybe read it standing up?) emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 1:09PM

    Thank you! It's a great perspective on the suck factor of life.

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LOVESLIFE48 6/15/2012 10:27AM

    Love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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IDEBORAH 6/12/2012 12:12PM

    I recently saw a tagline that read: Embrace the suck. Now I know what they meant. Thank you for posting this. I'm thinking of my own list of suck mores and this is really motivating.

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Blogging the AEA Conference

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday (Mothers' Day) I am heading down to the opposite corner of the continent, Orlando Florida, for the annual conference of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). I will be blogging my experience there at subptropical.blogspot.com/ Come join me if you want to know what hundreds of water aerobics teachers can get up to for a week!

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1TERRY7 9/9/2012 12:34AM

    Thank you for this extremely interesting blog and for the links! emoticon

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Got My Idita-Splash Shirt!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Got my finisher t-shirt from doing the Idita-Splash this year. All the info about the event is here: www.idita-splash.com/ids/index.asp
The short story is that it's a water exercise event tied to the Iditarod dog sled race iditarod.com/ that's run across 1049 miles of Alaska in March. This event isn't a race, though. You try to complete 1049 minutes of water exercise and you get the above cool t-shirt and contribute to youth swim teams in Nome, Alaska. It's a win-win-win!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

This past week was my Sparkversary--for three years now I have been using this site, and here I still am. No huge achievements in the weight loss department, though stopping the yo-yo and having lost a few pounds and kept them off is a minor achievement for me, given what I was like pre-spark.

But the big shiny accomplishment worth standing on a chair and shouting about is my 3-year streak of at least 90 minutes of exercise per week. 157 weeks! (I missed one single week somewhere along the line.) emoticon I still can't believe it.

For the next year, I'm going to try to be as persistent with portion control and healthy eating as I have been with the exercise, because consistency, as we all know, pays off!

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MIRANDA2112 3/1/2012 6:22PM

  157 weeks! Wow!! You certainly know how to motivate yourself so I'm sure you will be able to tackle your portion control in order to reach your ideal weight.
Good luck...... you inspire me.

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 2/12/2012 1:29PM

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You, Too, Can Participate in the Iditarod!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Perhaps you've heard of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race , www.iditarod.com/ the 1049-mile race across Alaska that takes place every March. I've recently discovered a way for you and I to participate, have fun, exercise, and never have to leave our hometowns.

The Idita-walk www.idita-walk.com/idw/Index.asp is 1049 minutes of walking wherever you live. You log your time online (sound familiar?) and if you complete the total by March 31, you get a pin (other logo merch available, too). You can even sign up your dog with you, whether it's a great dane or a yorkie. Imagine the bragging rights at the dog park! The proceeds go to benefit a kids' camp in Nome, Alaska.

But I'd like to make a special invitation to my fellow water exercisers to join the Idita-splash. www.idita-splash.com/ids/index.asp

You log 1049 minutes of water exercise--any kind--water aerobics, water jogging, swimming, playing with the kids in the pool, and you get a finisher t-shirt. Proceeds of the Idita-splash go to support two youth swim teams in Nome. Think about how great it is for these kids to participate. Not just the exercise, but the team spirit, the goalsetting, the pride. They're off the road system, remember, so to attend a meet they have to FLY!

I've logged the Idita-splash for less than a month and have already racked up more than 1049 minutes. I'm going to keep going to see how many I can do.

Sparkmail me if you have questions. On to Nome! Mush, you Sparkers!

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  Cool, thanks.

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