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Friday, January 15, 2010

Lately I've been shifting my baseline treadmill speed to 5 mph instead of 4 mph, with occasional bursts of 6 mph. One of the consequences of doing this is that songs which were formerly just right for 4 mph no longer are. BUT one of the cool results I'm finding is that the songs which were too SLOW for 4 mph are beginning to work out PERFECTLY at 5 mph...cuz I do them in DOUBLE TIME!

I often shift the length of my stride to suit the beat of the song. One song which works really well in double time for me is Earl Klugh and his trio doing Insensetez (How Insensitive) a gem written by bossa nova maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim. Here's a link to the album where you can listen to a sample of the song or buy a download of it for 99 cents:


Speaking of Jobim and Brasil, later during my treadmill time this morning came a song by Brasilian Girls, yep a sucker for their name...conjured the beautiful voices of Brasilian women such as Rosa Passos, Astrud Gilberto, Flora Purim, Joyce, etc. Well, as it would turn out NOBODY in that band is from Brasil and NONE of the music they do is bossa nova! But I still tried REALLY HARD to find a song of theirs that I liked and came across their hit "Jique," a funky, jangly electronica piece with a great beat.


For anyone looking for some extra and free music to check out Amazon offers a selection free mp3 downloads...limited selection, but worth checking out. I even found Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (song title "Under The Hedge") a band recommended by ZIRCADIA that I enjoy


Lastly, I finally took time to measure myself last night. First time since Sept. 09 and found some rewarding numbers!

Waist: 44 to 41.5, Hips: 47 to 43, Neck: 15 to 14.5

So let's get out and have ourselves a SPARKTASTIC weekend! I'm hoping to FINALLY get out and try my new Nordic Walking Poles at one of our local parks over this upcoming 3-day weekend...woo hoo! :-)

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    once again: YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!!!

    ~and obviously those workout tunes are helping out!

    I got on Pandora free internet radio and put their disco genre on yesterday for workout music during my hour of home PT exercises. It was fun!!! I have a whole bunch of free dance, trance and pump up radio on Itunes too. And can make play lists on You Tube. Besides my personal music which really isn't that great for workouts but I am excited by the fact that you keep making suggestions. It really gets me motivated to look for what suits me in workout music!!!

    Thanks for the great ideas!!!

    And keep up the good work!!! You are doing really fantastic!

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    2959 days ago
    Those measurements are wonderful - it shows just how successful you are! Keep up the great work.

    I've always wondered how those Nordic Walking poles really are - let me know if they seem to help your walks, okay?
    2959 days ago
  • _MAOMAO_
    Those measurements are great. Um, I ought to do that this weekend. Maybe.
    On to music - I like your taste! Thanks for the freebie link, too.
    2959 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2010 1:58:20 AM
  • ARAC76
    Congrats on your progress! I havnt taken any of my measurements yet...I guess I should do that!
    2959 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    thanks for the link to the free music.............way to go and congratulations with the inches lost.......i'm sure you will enjoy your walking poles as much as i love mine.......have a great weekend.........blessings and hugs................lita
    2960 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Sounds like a great streak you've got going! And congrats on your measurements, I do mine in another couple weeks. Good Luck with your walks and have a great weekend!
    2960 days ago
    DUDE! I DON'T KNOW THAT SONG! I'll have to look it up at home where I can listen. :D hehe. But yeah, that's why sometimes I can do hip hop/rap for running cause usually the beat is too slow, but if I go fast enough it works in double time! :D hahahaha.
    2960 days ago
    You have great taste in music!! I'll definitely check those tunes out! "Ted Leo and the Pharmacists"? hehehe...the name makes me chuckle!

    Congrats on the awesome, dwindling stats! /high five

    Have a great weekend, Don!

    2960 days ago
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