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Brahms and Mozart

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I decided to do a mid-week checkin and share a little recent fun I had.

First, the bad. On Monday I was at a coffee shop and I had an ENORMOUS piece of double decker chocolate cake with frosting. The piece was so big that I asked him to cut it in half but he wouldn't sell it to me that way. So I bought the whole piece which he admitted was larger than usual and ended up scarfing down the whole thing because I had no self control. I am considering this a reverse cheat for the week. The cheat meal I was planning as a treat for eating my vegetables has already been eaten, so now I have to eat my vegetables every day and I don't get another cheat!

Now, the good. I've added bike rides to my routine. I've been out there riding on flat surface in the neighborhood 3 or 4 times now, each time increasing the length of time. I'm not sure if I'm getting into the cardio zone or not when I do this, so I just consider it "bonus activity". I struggled with whether or not to even track it in my SparkPeople fitness tracker. I feel like it doesn't really count towards my goals because it's not strenuous enough. I don't want to sell myself short by inflating my fitness minutes when the real work is done in the gym (I'm still going to the gym every day too). What do you think -- to track, or not to track?

Another reason not to track the biking is because I have decided to reward myself with an iPad when I reach the 3600 fitness minutes per year that SparkPeople sets out as a goal for you. And I want it to mean something, not be full of lacadaisical bike rides that don't get my heart rate up or do any work.

Now for the fun. I recently picked my viola up after a 14 year hiatus and started playing with the local chamber music organization. Last week, we gave a concert, after just 2 short weeks of rehearsal. We played Brahms sextet opus 18 and Mozart Divertimento K.137. I think we were the worse two groups to perform in terms of intonation and musicality. But I still enjoyed myself immensely.

Here's some photos from that evening:

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  • KENWANNE2013
    Great to hear you're enjoying the cyling - Looking forward to hearing that you've got an ipad!

    I recently returned to the violin (after 40 odd years), couldn't remember a thing (although I only got to grade 1 as a child anyway), but am really enjoying re-learning. Once my hand has healed I'm looking forward to picking it up again (and think I need to get a teacher as I'm probably acquiring lot of bad habits!).

    1675 days ago
    My son is a violist! And a very talented one as well. He's been playing since the fourth grade and is going into the tenth. I'm a singer and he also has a beautiful voice but decided not to go in that direction. When he came home with the viola, I said "Oh honey, you got a violin!" to which he replied, "M-o-o-m, it's a viola". So then I asked him what the difference was between the instruments and he said, "I don't really know but they ran out of violins so they gave me this." True story.
    1685 days ago
    The cake - yeah I can relate to that - don't think I would have handled that well either.

    The biking well since you have a goal and a reward for reaching that goal I would say don't track it on Spark but track it on your blogs. It is fitness even though you're not reaching the max burn you are still burning and being physically active.

    Congrats on getting back to playing your viola, great skill
    1688 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my page. Glad the tubist worked out for you. Yes, I play in the local symphony. My degrees are in music education and voice, but I got sucked into playing again (I hadn't performed on tuba for 20 years) by my timpanist husband when the previous tubist left. Sme weeks it's just one more thing, but a lot of the time I enjoy it.
    Keep playing!
    1689 days ago
    A string player I once met told me a joke: "What's the definition of an optimist? A viola player with a business card." Lol, I think it is awesome that you've picked up the viola again! And that you had such a nice time playing with other musicians. I like the sweet, kind of sad sound of the viola. I suppose that any instrument can sound expressive when played well, but strings have always seemed to be able to communicate emotion the best, to me.

    I think I understand your desire to only count "true" exercise minutes toward your total. Greater rigor can give one a greater sense of accomplishment. It might increase your satisfaction if you got a heart rate monitor and wore it during your bike rides; it would tell you if you're meeting your personal criteria for whether or not it should be counted, and it might spur you to greater intensity while you're doing it.

    On the other hand, you might think of your bike rides as a kind of moving yoga. It's purposeful movement, using your body, relieving stress and promoting cardiopulmonary health even if you're not in a "fat-burning" zone. It sounds like you really enjoy doing it, which means it's something you would do often. Functional fitness is just as important as targeted development fitness. If you decide not to count it, don't let it be because it didn't seem like a herculean effort. It's still the opposite of passivity.
    1689 days ago
    Interesting combo. Why - and I ask this as a tubist - tuba? :)
    1690 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    That's wonderful that you got back to playing the viola...it'll get better with more practice so hey, after 2 weeks worth of rehearsals, they shouldn't have expected perfection, right? LOL

    That cake sounds good but I understand about the "cheat"...you'll even everything out in the end...one day at a time!
    1690 days ago
    How exciting to be able to play the viola! Enjoy, be blessed and spark on!!
    1690 days ago
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