ARUSHING2's SparkPeople Blog ARUSHING2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community . . . contending . . . . . . as best I know how to with significant asthma symptoms. Enhanced motivation, balanced nutritional intake, steadily built momentum, increased cardio/physical condition . . . are each and all taking a distant back seat to dealing with the symptoms and getting O2 with respirations! What a total bummer this be . . . ! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:44:10 EST . . . reaching deep . . . <BR> Motivation got up and left without me! <BR> <BR> Had been attempting to dig deep, reach down deep inside of me to get on track and rolling along again. <BR> <BR> Realize now that I have got to reach out and develope take in some external motivation from others. Other Spark Team members. Thanks for the blogs and thanks for the support. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:55:25 EST . . . South of the Border . . . <BR> It took three tries to make it . . . but we did finally "get out of town" and down South again. Many, many folks had their Holiday flight plans mucked-up by bad weather and bad breaks all around the Country. When the airline companies cancel flights, that causes a negative cascading effect all around. <BR> <BR> Seems that we have been traveling for months now but it has been but a long week or so. <BR> <BR> My nutritional intake is now much more simplified and straight forward. <BR>... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:03:57 EST . . . prepping for another trip South of here . . . . . . there is a lot of water south of Florida but not a whole lot land (though a lot of interesting places) for certain! <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't as yet know whether this trip is for less than two weeks or for more than a month. Makes preparing and packing both more interesting than ever. <BR> <BR> Concerned about keeping myself rolling along with my personal program. Some folks do quite well both at home, traveling, there, returning and when back home again. Each time that I change the ge... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:54:59 EST . . . dreams of immediate results vs. real time reality . . . Well . . . I'm attempting to do the best in "embracing" real time reality of much hard work with little or no apparent positive results. VS. My unrealistic wishing and hoping for dreamtime dramatic and immediate results to each 100 or 200 cals/day of reduced intake or every 100, 500 or 1,000 calorie burn being observable. <BR> <BR> Shucks . . . the reality strikes . . . and the results come slowly! Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:54:10 EST . . . cautious optimism . . . . . . that the mixing around and stirring about of my entire nutritional and activity program will have notable positive effects soon. <BR> <BR> Have "silver sneakers" (second session) and "fit drill" (first session) today and will be putting in an hour of strength machines I expect. (Want to get an hour of swimming back into the mix, where ever and when ever I can. We'll see how today hopefully! <BR> <BR> I have the sensation that things are about to once again change for the better. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:04:39 EST . . . change-up continues . . . Attended and participated in my first ever session of "muscle confusion" this morning early. <BR> <BR> Very interesting class and believe that we muct have covered every muscle in the human body - several times over cus I have that buzzing sensation in areas of my body that I did not even realize there were muscles or connective tissues! <BR> <BR> This PM dictates: <BR> a solid dinner - which I just had. <BR> several analgesics - which I'm taking right now. <BR> a long hot shower - which I ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:53:57 EST . . . my program "change-up" . . . I've never, ever taken any classes previously regarding physical conditioning, strength training, walking-jogging-running-swimming-etc., etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Figuring this week-end that if I am willing to change about the components of my personal program, my nutritional intake vs. my calorie burning activities - that I ought to change everything around, including some education as well. <BR> <BR> Not detracting from the mountain of information and assistance that I have recieved here o... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:33:09 EST . . . shaving a little off of a lot . . . I'm finding in the present go around or mix it all around, that it is very difficult for me to shave a few calories off from the large quantity that I have become accustomed to taking for weeks now on my cardio-physical conditioning and weight loss program. <BR> <BR> It has taken me a couple, three days to get my nutritional intake down some. From just under 3100 calories/day to about 2600 calories/day. ( I'm thankfully suffering no great hardships in keeping it all balanced! ) <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:23:49 EST . . . mixing it up or being mixed-up . . . ? I had planned to "mix things around a bit" in an attempt to confuse my body and perhaps drop some significant weight as an end result. In starting this turn about, I had planned to do absolutely nothing regarding: physical conditioning, aerobics, cardio, strength, swimming, tennis, power or leisure walks, etc. <BR> <BR> Well I blew the game just in coming out of the blocks today! <BR> <BR> I saw the treadmill looking at me, when I glanced her way . . . and all of my best laid plans van... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:57:09 EST . . . weight off the mind . . . I've not pushed any weights to speak of for three months. Instead of pushing the thought of working weights out of my mind ( as I've been doing ) I'm figuring that it is past time to reintroduce myself to them things. Besides - the trainer at the gym suggested that I may very well stay plateaued a good bit longer without mixing things up a bit and adding strength training once again to my milieu. Been doing a lot of things well enough, but not the right things the right way apparently. He... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:54:18 EST . . . fingers crossed . . . Hoping to be getting into the "groove" rather than in this seemingly unending rut of a plateau that I've been unable to clear as yet. <BR> <BR> Believe that I have been close to breaking through several times, but have been under the weather for one reason or the other, three times this Autumn. <BR> <BR> When I determine there is something significant to report, as in a real weight reduction or testing stronger, etc. I will inform. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:21:06 EST . . . biting at the bit . . . NOT ! . . . at least not as yet. I'm not really biting at the bit with my work-outs now, but I am getting out there and getting time in and miles down. <BR> <BR> Will be doing a SP search for hints and "secrets" of getting the MOJO back again! <BR> <BR> Hoping that with a week or two of renewed effort and building-up frequency, duration and intensity will demonstrate positive measurable changes AND be enough to re-new the excitement some. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:19:55 EST . . . not changing horses mid-stream . . . I had not intended to maintain a "status quo" regarding my body weight, but have NOT reduced my nutritional intake sufficiently NOR been working for both the duration and the intensity neccessary to burn more calories than I've been taking in. <BR> <BR> ( I've had no significant improvements for the past two and a half or three months. ) <BR> <BR> Mi culpa, mi culpa, mi culpa todo . . . (my fault, etc.). <BR> <BR> My present plan for the next three weeks plus is: light-moderate, moderat... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:15:48 EST . . . practice makes perfect . . . <BR> Repeating the same thing over and over is what practice is called, and I'm doing that now. <BR> <BR> A major question, at least for me is am I doing things ( ie. aerobics, physical conditioning, nutritional intake balanced and appropriate ) correctly? <BR> <BR> I have no need nor any desire to be repeating things incorrectly . . . that sure won't make incorrectness "perfect". <BR> <BR> I've got to find out from someone that knows more than I do about such things, that's certain. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:29:58 EST . . . play it again Sam . . . <BR> I've been finding the psychological work, the "psyching-up" to be rather troublesome in returning to the physical conditioning level that I had been in previous to being ill a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Feel that I am gradually amping physically and hopefully the mental attitude will build soon enough to assist some in the total process. Believe that I have some momentum going forward now. <BR> <BR> Getting back on up to where one used to be can sure be tough. Think the fall is ba... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:43:57 EST . . . fingers are crossed and holding my breath . . . <BR> Today was the first time in a long while that I was able and capable of doing two or more hours on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I had been walking for two hours or more at max incline on my "longer treadmill work-outs" each week, for several months, Unfortunately that was many weeks back. So today was somewhat reassuring to me. How long it will take for me to get back up I don't know, but I am improving some it appears. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:42:09 EST . . . salt mines . . . <BR> Well, I'm attempting to get up and back into the saddle again! <BR> <BR> Can you picture this ole guy attempting to catch and remount a horse on the move? <BR> <BR> Getting moving in the right direction and rebuilding the momentum that I had established with my conditioning program is muc tougher than I expected it to be. Coming back after getting bit by that bug is more grievous than I had imagined it'd be. <BR> <BR> Have been back to the salt mine (my club or gym) have sweated-out... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:00:18 EST . . . DARN Cyber Moday . . . Here it is now and I am experiencing extreme difficulties placing orders for items through Cyber Space! <BR> <BR> Know what I want and the best prices for same and where to purchase . . . but unable to get the orders placed! DARN, Darn, darn . . . what a totally sorry state of affairs! <BR> <BR> Guess that I ought to be rejoicing in the knowledge that istead of "saving" 25%, 50% or more, I am saving a total of 100% and many many $$$ by not even getting the order through ! ! ! <BR> <B... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:54:27 EST . . . B L A C K F r i d a y . . . . . . not soo black and not much to do with Friday either, at least not anymore these days. <BR> It all starts Thursday pm and just gets rolling at a good clip by Friday 0100 or so. <BR> <BR> Found many stores that had opened and kept going through until 2200 or even 2300 Friday night and open very early Saturday am (0700). <BR> <BR> Some decent pricing, so not so "Black" at all. Did not seen much in the way of crazy or obnoxious behaviors. Just witnessed huge lines of folks waiting to... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:17:02 EST . . . practice makes more perfect . . .? <BR> First - I am wishing everyone a very nice, warm and happy Thanks Giving Holidays, no matter where you are or who you share the time! <BR> <BR> Secondly - I will apologize for the fact that I had a nicer, fuller and completed blog to post that the Cyborgs intercepted and took out into Cyborg Outer Space. <BR> <BR> Third - I am humbled and dismayed with the fact that even with a bit of practice in getting knocked down and picking myself back up, this "intestinal flu" put me down for the... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:49:48 EST . . . comebacks can take longer than we'd like . . . <BR> For me last night and today are another repeat or replay of what had been happening with me the previous two nights and a day. Still completely "under the weather". Want to out from under this grey cloud ASAP. It is not fun being ill! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:53:54 EST . . . come back kid . . . <BR> Not a kid no more but hoping to make a comeback, still. I had been experiencing some doldrums and then psyched back-up. I had concerns about getting back to the top of my game then amped myself up some. <BR> <BR> Then I managed to get hit by some sort or another of intestinal flu that kicked my azz quickly and thoroughly for two nights and my entire heavy work-out day! <BR> Now if all goes well today, I will have to do anything and everything to get rolling along well once again. <... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:03:28 EST . . . two with nature . . . <BR> . . . rather than "one" with nature! <BR> <BR> Fantastically beautiful day so my Lady and I walked about outside and worked outside for 95% of the day long light. <BR> <BR> Used muscles that I must have neglected for a long while, cuz I have achey breaky feelings allll over my body, in places I don't remember aching for quite a long while. <BR> <BR> Best of everthing to you all . . . <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:25:21 EST . . . need to amp my desire . . . <BR> Realize that I need to amp-up my desire to get better balance in and burn excess off. <BR> <BR> It does not seem to be getting easier to get-up, get-out and do the work-outs - I'm concerned some and looking for what will fill the gaps in my motivation so that I do not lose any of my forward momentum. <BR> <BR> I'm searching and studying and wanting to find what will assist me in my program. Open to suggestions that have in the past, or are now helping others. Optimistic, but conce... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:50:27 EST . . . simplfication . . . <BR> I have undertaken a valid undertaking. <BR> <BR> I am simpliflying my caloric: intake and output. as well as my aerobic and physical conditioning with every manner that I can find. <BR> <BR> I believe that progress will be more immediate. And hopefully I will be able to determine the most effective options more quickly. <BR> <BR> That is my goal, will see how effective I am soon enough. I remain optimistic. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:24:24 EST . . . keep it simple . . . <BR> . . . while reading someone else's blog I realized that I ought to be doing exactly as I suggested to them once again, that is I ought to simplify my personal program again and take it back to being simple, clean and straight forward. <BR> <BR> I've let my dietary intake seem daunting in complexity. <BR> <BR> My physical conditioning, training and maintaining have become quite complex and complicated ( or least wise for me! ). <BR> <BR> So now, this week and forward, I'm focusing on... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:46:39 EST . . . have some decent momentum . . . <BR> . . . now I've got to keep that forward motion and speed going - that ought to help me through the ups and the downs and the rougher spots - least wise that the present plan of attack! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:06:17 EST . . . getting back to where we ought to be . . . <BR> Have gotten back to near what I'd been doing with the treadmill. Figure another couple three days of full effort and duration on it and I ought to be able to start adding back what I had let drop by the wayside over the last two months. <BR> <BR> Want to incorporate the other machines more, as I had started in Mexico. <BR> <BR> Have to get back to strength training 3x/wk as in the past. <BR> <BR> Was anxious to get back into the pool, etc. for the twenty laps I had been doing, but t... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:27:58 EST . . . back into the groove again . . . <BR> sooo sweeet. Two hours on the treadmill and a great calorie burn to boot. Never before knew . . . or at least did not recall that getting back into the groove would be so darn difficult . . . for me least wise! <BR> <BR> Now I wanna maintain a good run of doing my entire program (fully) each week. I'm now optimistic once again. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel like a rider getting back on their favorite horse! Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:56:29 EST . . . elections and voting . . . <BR> This election it'd be difficult if not impossible to remain a "fence setter". <BR> <BR> Regardless of which side of the fence one was on, it they did not vote . . . they got no legitamate complaints to lodge. <BR> <BR> Regardless of which side of the fence they stood, IF one voted, the election gives us all much food for thought, IF we think at all. <BR> <BR> Best of wishes to everyone for the next four years. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:19:59 EST . . . choices, choices . . . <BR> get myself down to the polling site to cast my vote. <BR> <BR> Have many errands to run and complete today and tomorrow to catch-up with what and where I ought to have been by this past Monday AM! <BR> <BR> The week is well underway but NOT complete or finished yet - there is hope still. <BR> <BR> Get out to vote. Best this week to all of you. Take care. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:02:01 EST . . . what does it take to get back into the groove? <BR> Went to the gym today to check in and to show theother half around some. <BR> <BR> I had not urge or desire to use the pool, weights or the machines! <BR> <BR> I'm a mite concerned as to what it'll take to get back into it and soon? <BR> <BR> I gotta get with it soon, mighty soon. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:22:29 EST . . . home . . . <BR> home at last! Got into Pensacola last evening . . . and back to the place. It is nice to be where the air is bright, clear and blue up above and beyong the clouds. <BR> <BR> Mexico is great . . . but the air of the City there is brown like the air and the skies of Los Angeles. The air may well have been blue at one time, but not once Man got busy polluting it! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 22:55:04 EST . . . packing ? Have to get up and out of here in 4 hours to catch the flight ! <BR> <BR> Haven't layed down for the short night, did not take a nap today, did not sleep in this AM, did not get to bed early last night . . . and I have NOT packed nor even started to pack as yet. <BR> <BR> Guess that I ought to do one or the other: <BR> <BR> EITHER sleep for a couple of hours of pack it all up and be ready shortly. <BR> OR pack it all up now and then hopefully get a couple of hours of rest before heading o... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:53:10 EST . . . double whammy . . . <BR> We are here in Mexico yet through the dubious double duo Holidays of Halloween and Day of the Dead. <BR> <BR> One might think them the same or at least as similar as identical twins. They both have to do with the Dead, Death and Dying, etc., etc.. and they do have some affinity also to "All Souls Day". The notion and perspective of each is quite different from one another though. <BR> <BR> DoD here in Mexico seems to be much grander and much less commercial and "foo-foo" than Hallo... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:35:31 EST knowledge is like glue - - it don't work so good it you don't apply it! <BR> <BR> Going to be undertaking another geographic move, from here to there, for now! <BR> <BR> With the most recent, from there to here I lost training / conditioning for days. Perhaps even worse than that is the fact that I had NO web access for over two weeks. Still worse than all of this is that I was not able to log in to SparkPeople ! ! ! <BR> <BR> I'm going to attempt to attack this situation intelligently - like several of the fo... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:56:21 EST just another geographic . . . <BR> I'm preparing for another relocation. This time out of the thin air (due to the high elevation) and out of the thick air (due to the very thick smog) and back to the coast of Florida for a well deserved and needed break from the City. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this time I can do the change with much less disruption to my conditioning / training routine. I find it difficult to get rolling at an appropriate clip and intensity after a exercise siesta. <BR> <BR> Dropping in elevation an... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:09:30 EST big day saturday <BR> - postponed 'til sunday went outstandingly fantastic, etc., etc., etc.! <BR> <BR> Myself, my Lady, and two of our friends got out and about to the Zocalo area of the downtown Mexico City area, yesterday. We did the best we could to take in and enjoy the 100s and 100s of huge alebrijes entered into this annual event/competition . . . unbelievable . . . indescribable . . . fantabulousa! <BR> <BR> That entire area was blocked off from motorized vehicles. (Two blocks by four or five.) ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:04:02 EST . . . premature? <BR> Plan to blog this pm, as this is a mite early to discuss how the day went . . . and the plans and happenings today are in a state of flux and not yet playing out. <BR> <BR> We were able to "sleep in" this morning if we wanted, day light savings and such. However my body and mind were saying that it was time to get up and get moving. <BR> <BR> And then after getting out of bed, my body said it was not yet time to do anything but to brew and drink fresh Vera Cruz coffee . . . two or th... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 11:21:27 EST thin air or thick air ? Today, that question above is academic at best. <BR> <BR> I'll take any air that I can get! <BR> <BR> Suffering with asthma since last afternoon. <BR> <BR> Asthma attack is another term for suffocating or air starvation. <BR> <BR> Seems my aerobic training went out the window for now. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be better . . . hopefully . . . Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:01:55 EST which is worse when exercising: thin air or thick air? <BR> I came here, to very high elevation ( for me! ) of about 1 and 1/2 miles about 8 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> It seemed to take me about 2 weeks to become somewhat acclimated or adjusted to the elevation and the reality of lessened O2 content. <BR> <BR> The previous 3-4 days have been the greatest / worst observable smog in this area. <BR> <BR> Initially I was at a loss as to my lessened enthusiasm to get out and into the walking-jogging routine. I finally realized that the smog is making i... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:14:17 EST flip flopping again . . . <BR> Regarding my body weight over time, taken appropriately . . . I've not been pleasantly pleased for awhile now. <BR> <BR> I am flipping when I first eat and the sort of meal eaten before work-outs. I am also going to be varying the type and quatity of breakfasts and see if that dows not shock my body to drop some measureable wight soon. <BR> <BR> I've been eating more intelligently and better foods and higher quantity than in the past. <BR> <BR> No complaints regarding my training bu... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:44:47 EST work is work and fun is fun . . . . . . but with out working the work end of things one can not have near as much fun doing fun things! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we walked down the ridge through this neighboring town . . . just as an excuse, if need be, for stretching our legs and getting some out of gym, off th track, and off any trail exercise. <BR> <BR> In the past that trip would have sidelined me for the rest of the day. Now, it is just stretching the legs out some. <BR> <BR> There is no way that I covered grown near as qu... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:26:40 EST pushing hard vs. pushing intelligent . . . <BR> The air finally cleared of some of the thick smog, Actually it was pushed away some or blown east to the neighbors in that region. <BR> <BR> ( What an unrequested, unwanted present to force upon them! ) <BR> <BR> Any way, once it appeared to have lifted some from this immediate area I did my work-out last evening. Later is not better for me usually, but I figured that perhaps I'd been reminded of the importance of changing up my routine . . . to keep my body guess ing and wonderi... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:38:40 EST pushing hard vs. pushing intelligent . . . <BR> The air finally cleared of some of the thick smog, Actually it was pushed away some or blown east to the neighbors in that region. <BR> <BR> ( What an unrequested, unwanted present to force upon them! ) <BR> <BR> Any way, once it appeared to have lifted some from this immediate area I did my work-out last evening. Later is not better for me usually, but I figured that perhaps I'd been reminded of the importance of changing up my routine . . . to keep my body guess ing and wonderi... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:38:13 EST brown sunrise . . . <BR> I enjoy getting up early enough to watch the sun rise is the East heralding a new day. <BR> <BR> Today was one of the few times in my life that the sun was no shade of yellow, orange or red, but instead quite brown! <BR> <BR> Eyes burn, nose feels like there is pepper in the air and the lungs are tight and uncomfortable. Hoping that things will get some better here now, rather than later. <BR> <BR> I guess there is little chance that we will notice a positve change regarding air pol... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:20:21 EST kick - back <BR> Started and completed a big push yesterday. <BR> <BR> Had friends over last pm to share food, drinks, games and conversation. <BR> <BR> Without verbalizing about my program and / or SP, the subjects came up rather strongly due to the fact that my weight was substantially greater just several months ago. <BR> <BR> Lot of fiction, fables and mis-information out there regarding all of the subject matter covered on site by SP! <BR> <BR> We went to bed late . . . got out of bed late, m... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:00:44 EST air is cleaner . . . effort needed is lessened Have to contend with smog here always. The thickest smog has dissipated noticeably. <BR> <BR> Figured that I might should get all the aerobics in this AM that I could tolerate, soooo: <BR> <BR> Did 12.5 miles on the bike. <BR> <BR> Managed 2.5 miles on ski machine. <BR> . <BR> Treadmill for 2+ hours and 8+ miles with better than 3250 calorie burn. <BR> <BR> Total burn 4000+++. Not too shabby for an old guy on a saturday AM. <BR> <BR> Just wishing at this point that I had started cy... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:21:19 EST Mixing it up . . . Best laid plans - had the alarm set to get me up in time to get two hours in at the gym before tennis at 0800. <BR> <BR> Being positive and feeling great still did not get me out of bed on time! So I had breakfast and 30+ before and 30+ after tennis. <BR> <BR> Now all it'll take to make a perfect day regarding physical conditioning and activity is 30+ stretching and crunches and another 60+ on the treadmill at the gym at some point today! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:14:56 EST