I recently stumbled on this book at the library and just had to pick it up. www.amazon.com/Working-O ut-Sucks-Doesnt-Have/dp/07 38215694/ref=sr_1_1?s=book s&ie=UTF8&qid=1339425181&sr=1-1
It's a humorous yet well-g... Read more
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.co ... Read more
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 ach... Read more
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... Read more
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 A... Read more
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 eventua... Read more
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.
But I still need to update you on the rest of my loca... Read more
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 mus... Read more
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 t... Read more
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 e... Read more
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 healthi... Read more
Being a water exerciser in the far north gives a person some special experiences in the winter.
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 weat... Read more
It's a brand new year; I'm coming up for my second anniversary on the site in February. Time for a little reflection and re-dedication.
First, the positive. Through the Spark's system of points, streaks, and awards I have really ramped up... Read more
Around this time of year, people's commitment to exercise often wanes to near non-existence. At one of the classes I teach we've developed a scheme to try to counteract this and to give a little extra incentive to folks to keep exercising, keep ... Read more