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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Okay, so enough whining, time for action!

Before the pellet stove could get things to blasted hot in here this morning, I hopped onto the treadmill for what I hoped would be a longer, 60 minute session. In the good old days, 60-70 min. sessions were typical on Sat. / Sun.! But it has been a long time since I had done that.

One of the culprits was reading an article suggesting that one gets greater benefit from doing two 30 min. sessions than from doing one 60 min. session. So, I thought, why not get more bang for the buck?!

Problem: once I stopped after a shorter session, I could NEVER, EVER get myself back on the 'mill later in the day! So soon my longer weekend sessions gave way to shorter ones.

I guess this is how one can take good scientific information and turn it into a bad decision! While it may be true that two shorter sessions have greater benefit than one longer one, it just plain didn't work for me!

So...I really put the pedal to the metal today and broke my treadmill record:

84 mins. / 5.6 miles / One THOUSAND calories...woo hoo!

It was so cool to see the treadmill go back to "0" when I hit 1000! Kinda like I broke the bank...lol!

Here's how I kept going longer than I planned: @ 60 mins. I was in the middle of a good song and before I knew it I was approaching 70 so I figured I might as well get to a round number, but then I remembered my habit of wanting to go *just a tad* beyond round numbers so after passing 70 I realized I was approaching 1,000 calories and I thought "How cool would THAT be?!" so kept going and near the 1,000 mark, past 80 minutes I had a helping hand from a song from one of my favorite albums by Sara Lazarus and Birelli Lagrene: It's Alright With Me...super album along the Diana Krall, jazz vocal lines...however with Bireli's swinging french Django-style guitar playing backing her up...such wonderful FUN to listen to!

here's the Amazon link:


Deed I Do was the track, and it was just the light, swinging toe-tapper to bring me home and see the calorie counter on my 'mill swing over to ZERO for the first time: YES! Another track I love on this CD is "Down With Love"...it has such a frenetic pace with fun-loving swinging style that it is TOTALLY infectious! If your listening inclinations are anything along this line you really owe it to yourself to check out this album!

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    way to go don!! 1000 calories is an amazing feat. thanks for the music info, will check her out. pam emoticon
    3439 days ago
    emoticon on new milestones!

    sometimes breaking the inertia from stopping is harder than staying on a roll! and finding & keeping & tweaking what works for us is essential to staying on that roll. although the process can be hard, but mentally easier if we consider it adventure! thanks for sharing your thinking on this :)
    3443 days ago
    too cool!!!! that's really awesome :) congrats!!!!
    3446 days ago
    Don.... Great job

    3447 days ago
    Looks like you got your spark back! emoticon
    3448 days ago
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