WETPTARMIGAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WETPTARMIGAN WETPTARMIGAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Bouquets and Rotten Tomatoes in the Pool... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718449 Today's Spark email has a link to a big article on water exercise <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1500 </link> <BR> Hurrah! I say. The more people who discover the benefits of the water, the better! <BR> <BR> However. Ahem. There are some mistakes and misinformation that I can't let pass when I'm a water aerobics teacher certified by the AEA <link>www.aeawave.com/ </link> for 10 years. <BR> <BR> Cherry tomato--you don't have to get your hair wet if you ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:55:54 EST Those Who Can, Do... Part 3: Why In the World Do I Do This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679565 Why, indeed, at sixty-mumble years of age do I do this? It's a question I'm sure plenty of polite people wonder but don't ask. It's a question some nervy family members actually ask. It's a question I sometimes even ask myself. Here are some of my answers. <BR> <BR> The class members. First and foremost. They are great people who are doing a great thing for themselves, and I love supporting that and making it the best possible experience. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge of the class ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:31:35 EST Those Who Can, Do... Part 2: The Knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676448 So, what does an exercise instructor have to learn in order to be certified? <BR> <BR> 1. Anatomy! You have to learn the names of all the major bones and muscles, the different types of joints and how they work, and terms that describe direction and position (prone, supine, distal, medial, etc.) Planes of movement. Then there's the major nerves, the respiratory system, and the cardiovascular system. <BR> <BR> 2. Physiology. How the muscles work, how muscle training works, the biochemistry o... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:47:05 EST Those Who Can, Do... Part 1: Who, Me?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669902 I have had a couple of conversations recently about being an exercise instructor, and it occurred to me that it might be a blog topic of interest around here, so here goes... <BR> <BR> A while back, I blogged about what led me to water exercise. You can look here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533891 </link> <BR> if you want to see it. I became an enthusiastic and regular class participant. So enthusiastic that I would always try to claim a pl... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:06:59 EST Horn Solo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637939 Normally I'm not one to blow my own horn, but this week I was in the top 10 fitness minutes ranking of the Fitness Instructors Team. I realize that my fellow instructors probably do so much exercise that they are way beyond merely tracking it, but still..... <BR> <BR> And of course, my measly minutes weren't enough to even put me in the top 20 of my Water Aerobics team (Splash on, WA Team!!), but still... <BR> <BR> 7 hours of bossing people around, demonstrating, motivating, sweating, plann... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:39:45 EST Still Time to Join the Iditasplash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619440 Last year at this time, I directed your attention to the Iditasplash and the Iditawalk, fun exercise challenges that benefit the participants AND programs in Nome, Alaska, that promote healthy exercise and outdoor activities for children who live in the subarctic town that is the finishing line for the famous Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. Lots of details in last year's post here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723581 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:47:44 EST Scientific Proof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610472 Yes, we've long heard that calories are calories, no matter what time of day they're consumed. But thanks, science, for finding out that the HUNGER is different in the case of late night munchies. So still a good idea to close the kitchen after supper! <BR> <BR> Research published in the journal Obesity (2013; [21], 421–23) shows that the body’s internal clock, the circadian system, increases hunger and cravings for sweet, starchy and salty foods in the evenings. <BR> <BR> Findings <BR> St... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:34:07 EST New Bird in Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575814 So I was walking downtown yesterday, when what to my wondering eyes should appear-- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531553820.jpg"> <BR> I just about keeled over laughing! Apparently the Wet Ptarmigan is not the only bird in town! There's a posh new restaurant named for Ptarmigans who eat too much pizza: <BR> <link>fatptarmigan.com/ </link> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/FatPtarmiga<BR>n </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe someday when I'm feeling "peckish" I'll st... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:02:16 EST End of the 21 Day Blog Challenge--An Intention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546963 21. [Abbreviated from original] You just spent three weeks reflecting on yourself and your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Write yourself a heartfelt, loving intention to help you reach your goal. Whatever you write or "borrow" should resonate deeply and be helpful to you as a source of strength and motivation. <BR> <BR> Here it is--the end of the challenge road. I have to say, I surprised myself a little that I completed it pretty much day by day, and on time. As an extremely intermittent ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:04:33 EST 3WBC #20 Put on Your Dancin' Pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546114 20. What simple step can you take to make yourself happier today? <BR> <BR> Whew! finally an easy one! To make myself happier today, I can put on some music and dance! <BR> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:19:59 EST 3WBC #19 Who Loves Ya, Baby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545318 19. Think of the person who loves you the most. How would they describe you? <BR> <BR> [laughs] Well, first we have to have a contest to see who loves me the most. What an ego trip! Is it one of my kids? The grandson? Siblings? Friends? Parents? Colleagues? Get them all in a room and have them slug it out? I suppose the most obvious candidate is my DH, but verbal expression is not his forte. My guess is that if I asked him, I'd get two words back. "What? Why?" No lack of affection, just lac... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:59:17 EST 3WBC #17 & 18 At a Loss for a Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543141 17. One word that best describes me. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> 18. One word that least describes me. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> These two are my least favorites of the blog challenges. It is my fond hope that after all these years on the planet, all the things I've done, all the changes I've been through, all the people I've known, all the success and failure, that it just wouldn't be fair or even possible to be summed up in a single word, positive or negative. I'm too complex, too complicated, and ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:59:52 EST 3WBC #16 I'll Procrastinate Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542993 16. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be _______. How and why would you make that change? <BR> <BR> I wouldn't be such a procrastinator. I think it's related to another shortcoming of mine, I'm kind of messy. I put stuff down so it will be handy to get to later, and later gets later and later. Drives my DH crazy. Makes me a little crazy, too, when I can't find stuff on my desk because, well, you have to see it to understand. I try to improve from time to time, and the rest ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 21:20:23 EST 3WBC #15 I Feel Goooooood! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542196 15. True or false: I feel good about myself. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Cue up the James Brown: I feel goooood! I knew that I would! <BR> I DO feel good. Both about where I am and what I've accomplished. Education through a master's degree without borrowing a penny. A fine marriage, two kids grown and flown (and staying up there on their own!) A cute grandkid, a life lived in several quarters of the globe, and many more visited. A corporate career, a business of my own, and now my favorite job eve... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:19:11 EST 3WBC #14 The Woman in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541523 14. True or false: I like the way I look. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> I do and I don’t like the way I look. Some of the artifacts of ageing don’t agree with me—the wrinkly skin, the baggy eyes, spots and blotches that, once arrived, are here to stay. Some times and from some angles, I hardly recognize the old lady in the mirror. But I think the way my hair is graying is pretty cool (changing from a summer to a winter ptarmigan). Over all, I’m not extremely freaked out by the changes the years hav... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:37:25 EST 3WBC #12 & #13 Don't Push Me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538793 12. True or false: I like to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> 13. True of false: I need to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> I HATE to be pushed! People who have tried have gotten their rears handed to them. I'm the only one who gets to push me. Period. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:12:28 EST 3WBC # 11 Physical Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537558 11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that? <BR> <BR> I teach water exercise at two different pools--well, 3 if you count health club pools in 2 locations. So I am locked in to at least 4 hours of exercise each week, but with trades and substitutions it us usually 5 and as much as 7 hours. And then there's my own workouts--at least an hour in the water and a half hour of Ai Chi per week. Currently not doing much on land, but... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:49:26 EST 3WBC #10 Getting Slippery Wid it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537552 10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? <BR> <BR> I hope I have been on this planet long enough to know when I'm cheating myself. I think I am way past kidding myself about much of anything. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:35:40 EST 3WBC #9 Supports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537546 9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines you in reaching your goals? How do you use those supports to your advantage? How do you work around those things that undermine you? <BR> <BR> Really, I have all the supports I need. I'm in charge of the food in my household; I have the time, place, and skills to exercise. The only undermining is done by me to my own self when I ignore or set ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:30:50 EST 3WBC #8 Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536039 8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help? <BR> <BR> I have rather minimal experience with trainers. There must have been a forgettable one when I first joined the health club, who showed me the available apparatus and how to use some of it. My next brush with a personal trainer was when I signed up for a fitness assessment that the club provides annually. That was a disaster. Not th... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 18:44:25 EST 3WBC #7 Get Me Off This Treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534943 7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> My least favorite? Oh, there are so many, I'm very very spoilt for choice. It would have to start with anything to do with teams and/or balls. If I had to be on a baseball team, I preferred to be out in the outfield picking dandelions and looking at clouds. An attempt in college to be cool and learn tennis was a complete disaster, as my brain is apparently incapable of dealing with any extension of my a... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:31:22 EST 3WBC #6 How the Ptarmigan Got Wet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533891 6. What is your favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> My favorite thing is anything wet. Swimming, water aerobics, water jogging, Ai Chi, kayaking, snorkeling, water adaptations of yoga, pilates, dance----you get the idea. But I got here relatively late in life. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859564220.jpg"> <BR> When my kids were preschoolers we did a lot of weekend day trips to seaside areas. It freaked me out to think of them toddlin... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 12:07:23 EST 3WBC #5 Demotivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533156 5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals? <BR> <BR> Lack of progress and boredom, hence the idea of "shaking things up" that brought me to this blog challenge. There are good things about having a routine, mainly that you don't have to work out every little detail of every little thing every time. It's great not to have to figure out what to have for breakfast every morning, not to figure out how I'm going to get my exercise done, not to worry about when I wil... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:44:34 EST 3WBC #4 Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532231 4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> Well, there’s the timeline for the Grand Canyon trip (see yesterday’s blog). But mainly there are the benefits I have realized at this midway point. I want to continue to enjoy them and to improve on them. I am motivated by the compliments of the participants in my classes, and by a desire to demonstrate for them what healthy lifestyle changes can do. <BR> <BR> I am motivated by my desire to be with and enjoy the co... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:45:40 EST 3WBC #3 Grand Canyon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531018 3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? <BR> <BR> Whoops. I think I muddled up the short, long, and medium term goals. What I talked about yesterday was my ultimate long-term goal, but let me tell you about the fairly-but-not-ultimate long term goal that really got me started. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675651477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> About a year ago, a good friend of mine talked me into signing up with my DH a... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:50:59 EST 3WBC #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530278 2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal? <BR> <BR> What I hope to happen while I work on this challenge is to reaffirm my connection to my long term goals and to reignite the enthusiasm that re-energizes the behavior that makes me progress. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 18:48:29 EST 3 Week Blog Challenge #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530272 1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it? <BR> <BR> Well, you're lookin' at it right here. Blogging every day stimulated by questions about my motivations and goals, and wouldn't you know it--I'm already a day behind! What I've been working on for a while--a long while--is releasing excess weight to get my body size into a healthy BMI range. ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 18:41:02 EST Gotta get me off this plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528591 It's lovely having gotten this far in my weight loss, but it seems like I have now been camping on this plateau for a long, boring time. I love the fitness and weight release I've achieved so far, but I'm only half way to where I hope to be. It's time to shake things up and get moving again. <BR> <BR> One of the ways I intend to do this is by joining DOGLADY13's 3 week blog challenge <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=5527780 </link> and do some intro... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:00:00 EST A Fit Bit to Get a Bit Fitter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465763 For a long time I've been interested in trying an activity monitor, but as I get most of my exercise in the water, I wanted a waterproof one and none seemed to fit my requirements. Then I saw the Fitbit Flex. Perfect! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367815123.jpg"> <BR> Not only is it waterproof, but I love the discreet bracelet design with the minimalist display of a few tiny lights in the black strip. And even those don't show unless you tap the bracelet. It's reall... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:07:15 EST The Magic Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450027 I have a group of friends I meet with approximately monthly, and last month someone noticed and commented on my weight loss (40 lbs and counting!). Suddenly the one comment turned into a flurry of "Omigosh you look so great; how much have you lost; how long have you been doing it, etc. etc. etc." And then the big one: How Did You Do It?? <BR> <BR> I launched into the list of changes I've made over the time I've been sparking: changes to the way I eat, increasing my exercise, the attitude shi... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:37:10 EST Further News From One-derland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416800 Sitting here on the other side of the 2 - 1 landmark, I have realized that various things have changed while I was preoccupied with the scale. <BR> <BR> #1--I don't snore any more. I sleep very soundly, but apparently my husband didn't for quite some time. Now he gets his beauty rest, too! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> #2--My "bad" knee feels just fine now. There is still some arthritis there, I'm sure, but I don't get any complaints from it, not even when I teach a class completely from the po... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:48:35 EST My Weight Begins with a 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409611 This is epic. This is amazing. Pardon me while I celebrate with a few fireworks. <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> For at least 20 years my number on the scale has always started with a 2. There have been gains and losses, ups and downs, but never during that time did I make it past that 2 barrier. Pushing through just now wasn't easy. For weeks I have... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:13:10 EST What I Learned at the Spa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293754 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808538942.jpg">Recently I was lucky enough to spend a week at a very nice destination spa. Though body "treatments" were available, the emphasis was on a wide range of exercise options and healthy eating and cooking rather than lounging in mud or wrapping up like a seaweed burrito. I went for a more active experience, and that's what I got. <BR> <BR> My purpose for going there was to have a warm-weather break and to spend quality time with ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:31:18 EST Enter the Idita-Splash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166747 Want some extra motivation for your workouts, plus a beautiful shirt, plus help some kids in a frozen part of the world enjoy a healthful activity? Step right this way and join the Idita-splash! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366163108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Idita-splash is a cousin of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race <link>iditarod.com/ </link> a 1049 mile mushing race across most of the state of Alaska run in early March each year. It begins near Anchorage and ends in ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:27:17 EST Digital Snow Day x 4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053457 The big wind storm in Anchorage knocked out our power supply for 4 days! I'm just now catching up with all the online stuff. I blogged the experience on my other blog, and you can see it at <link>ptarmiganptracks.blogspot.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> We're now back to nearly normal, with a healthier respect for the forces of nature vs. human technology. Just grateful it wasn't winter time! <em>40</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:51:38 EST Masterclass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023247 Whew! I did it! Gave a water aerobics instructor masterclass for my fellow teachers at the health club to share some of the ideas and techniques I got from the conference I attended in May. (blogged at http://subptropical.blogspot.com/) <BR> <BR> Most people's big fear is speaking in public. Now add to that being in a bathing suit. And not young and definitely not cute! The antidote for that supposedly is to imagine your audience naked or in their underwear. But they were already in bathing ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:47:13 EST It's always better to show up at the pool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321599790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just had to share this with fellow Sparkers, especially the Water Aerobics Team. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:22:20 EST Working Out Sucks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921467 I recently stumbled on this book at the library and just had to pick it up. <link>www.amazon.com/Working-Out-Sucks-Doe<BR>snt-Have/dp/0738215694/ref=sr_1_1?s=bo<BR>oks&ie=UTF8&qid=1339425181&sr=1-1 </link> <BR> <BR> It's a humorous yet well-grounded boost for your motivation. The basic format is "Working out sucks, but...X... sucks more." Some examples: <BR> <BR> Working out sucks...but your excuses suck more. <BR> <BR> Working out sucks...but having low self-worth sucks more. <BR> <... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:03:43 EST Blogging the AEA Conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878893 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 <link>subptropical.blogspot.com/ </link> Come join me if you want to know what hundreds of water aerobics teachers can get up to for a week! Sat, 12 May 2012 23:48:34 EST Got My Idita-Splash Shirt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860173 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609927098.jpg"> <BR> Got my finisher t-shirt from doing the Idita-Splash this year. All the info about the event is here: <link>www.idita-splash.com/ids/index.asp </link> <BR> The short story is that it's a water exercise event tied to the Iditarod dog sled race <link>iditarod.com/ </link> 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 t... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:50:30 EST Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735173 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. <BR> <BR> 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 ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:15:09 EST You, Too, Can Participate in the Iditarod! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723581 Perhaps you've heard of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race , <link>www.iditarod.com/ </link> 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. <BR> <BR> The Idita-walk <link>www.idita-walk.com/idw/Index.asp </link> 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 (othe... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:12:07 EST Two Aqua Zumbas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610531 For the past few months I have been enjoying the new Aqua Zumba class at my health club and even beginning to venture into land Zumba via Zumba Gold. But the past few weeks I have been away from home visiting family, and was able to attend an AqZ class there. The contrast couldn't have been bigger. We'll call the two classes Home and Away. <BR> <BR> At Home, the instructor is a bitty little blonde bundle of energy who has been a dancer all her life and a dance teacher for most of the adult... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:05:31 EST Countin' Bob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500354 Several people at one of the private health clubs I visited said I simply MUST come to one of Countin' Bob's classes. Not so easy to do, as he only substitutes; he doesn't have his own regular class. I consulted the club's schedule and eventually found a class he was going to teach. <BR> <BR> Countin' Bob is so called because he intentionally doesn't use any music. Instead, he gives a move to do and counts out the repeats: 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. I was skeptical that one could keep up the motio... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:32:26 EST The Rest of the Tour de Splash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498555 My pool's finally fixed up and open again. Hurray! The water was 75 degrees the first day, and I had no takers for a polar bear class, but we were at 82 this morning and back to normal. <BR> <BR> But I still need to update you on the rest of my local water aerobics tour. I experienced 4 different classes at a nonprofit organization's pool, and they were quite a mixed bag. It was the type of pool with two shallow ends and a slightly deeper middle, which led to a curious arrangement that I h... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:59:05 EST Further Along on the Tour de Splash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472261 I made two visits to another private health club venue, and experienced two more instructors whom we will call C and D. Both of these were closer to on time (hurray!); both taught the entire class from the water; both were adequate. Though music was playing in both instances, neither made much use of it. Neither displayed much enthusiasm or energy or, come to that, a sense of humor. It was a bit like being led by Eyore. <BR> <BR> Both of these ladies are certified instructors, which says... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 19:49:18 EST Water Aerobics Tourist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461217 BOTH of my health club's pools are closed for two weeks of repair and renovation. Apparently the contractor's desire to get it all done at once in both locations trumped the members' desire for the water, so we are left high and dry for about two weeks. <BR> <BR> After a bit of a grumble and some teeth-gnashing, I decided that this time would free me to check out other water exercise venues and instructors around town. So I have become a water aerobics tourist here in my own back yard, and... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:47:41 EST Exploring Uncharted Waters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4093859 For the past couple of weeks I have been on a family visit "outside", as we in Alaska call the rest of the country beyond our state. Determined not to take a vacation from my healthy life, I made sure I exercised every single day. I tried to eat mindfully while enjoying reunions and celebrations, and the result was on the scale when I got home: three pounds lost in two weeks! <BR> <BR> Some days I took my exercise in water aerobics classes at a local commercial gym, and the experience was ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:38:59 EST Plateau Shattered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971515 Two years ago (has it been two years already?) when I joined this site, I lost 6 pounds and tracked my exercise. Then the weight loss plateaued and after a brief further effort, I concentrated on the exercise. I continued to eat pretty healthily, but got my kicks from piling up points and streaks and trophies from working out. My weight was incredibly stable, probably more so than any previous time in my life, fluctuating only about a pound up or down. But no more than that. <BR> <BR> The... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:59:17 EST Arctic Mermaid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3956069 Being a water exerciser in the far north gives a person some special experiences in the winter. <BR> <BR> One of them is frozen hair, which I actually enjoy once in a while. When you come out of the pool building with wet hair into single-digit weather, the water in your hair freezes. When you shake your head it doesn't clink like icicles in cartoons, but it does kind of rattle. Don't worry--I don't walk or bike home in this condition! My hair "melts" right away when I get in the car. <B... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:25:32 EST