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Never Not Too Late

Friday, February 08, 2013

WAY long time no blog!

And as usual, no news is rarely good news when it comes to me. Been back-pedaling badly on the food / tracking front. The lose/regain/lose/regain cycle isn't always very predictable. Thoughts like "oh, I've lost this much weight before, I'm up for this challenge!" runs into elusive walls and barriers that weren't there before and I find out that: No, it ain't necessarily SO that I can lose weight as I have in the past...! But I keep doing my best to put one foot ahead of the other and keep a positive attitude. One song that has helped, even tho it is a breakup song, I like to play fast & loose with lyrics and often spin them to meet my needs. So Never Not Too Late, for me morphs into "hey, it's Never Not Too Late to keep working toward pulling my act together!"

You can't catch this song at YouTube, but you can play it at Matt Woods' My Space:


Working out continues to be my strong suit and is well locked-in.

Here's another song that has helped me to keep on keeping on: Mick Overman & The Maniacs - When You Are Guided By Your Heart (gotta keep living our lives with all the heart we can!)


This is a live version probably in somebody's home studio. The album version is better, but it is kind of fun to see them hamming it up.

Another upbeat tune I've enjoyed is "Amsterdam" by Box Set on their album "Thread"...you can hear a sample @ Amazon (another track that I cannot find on YouTube other than a rough live track: youtu.be/cEM0G2QKKaA Gotta get myself to Amsterdam someday...SUCH a cyclocentric city and lifestyle!

I owe these musical discoveries to Pandora and my radio station, Jazz - Folk - World Music:


I've enjoyed a few workout challenges here & there. The other day I just finished working up a good sweat on the elliptical for a half hour. I was going to head to the Spinning room for another half hour of my own workout as the Spinning bikes ride so much more like my road bike than the regular stationary bikes. But OOPS! I began seeing some of the others who frequent the Spinning class with me and I remembered: Oh yes...tonight's the ADVANCED Spinning class I usually can't take due to a conflict which I happened to not have on this night.

What the heck, so what I'm already 1/2 whupped from the elliptical workout? :-) Whew...! Advanced Spinning has a lot more time up outta the saddle, with more resistance and very little recovery time.

Yesterday I read GREENGENES blog in which he ever-so-ho-hum mentions spending 70 minutes on his treadmill, reminding me of my record 80 mins. once upon a time. With all my time at the fitness center my treadmill has been gathering a bit o' dust. Tonight with the snow coming I didn't want to stay out at the fitness center and risk a slippery ride home so I decided I would head up to my SparkHaven workout room, kick out the jams on my quad-speaker stereo set up and fire up ye olde treadmill and see how it goes. I did 45 mins. on it last weekend. Was able to toss 60 mins. in the hopper tonight and felt pretty good. We have our Binghamton Bridge Run in May and I'll be doing it again for the 3rd year in a row. I am not a runner (11 min. mile is as good as it gets, which is fine by me) and it doesn't come easily, but I figure it's good to mix it up with some other workouts sometimes. So I make a commitment to doing this one 5K each year.

In other ways I keep myself hopping. Managed to catch up with others at a local anti-fracking rally recently and I'm planning to head to Wash. DC for the Forward on Climate rally with Sierra Club & Co on Feb 17th. They were kind enough to arrange for a bus from our area down to DC...we'll be leaving at 5 am returning at 10:30 pm...long day! Lotsa walking & new sites! Haven't been out & about in DC since I was a kid!

This Sunday the concert event of the YEAR awaits! Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo are playing their Brasilian Duets at our local SUNY Binghamton University! This music is heavenly! These artists represent two of the best of Brasil and the bossa nova grooves are gonna put me on cloud 9 for days if not weeks! YouTube either or both of these artists to see how superb and heartfelt their performances are! I'll be catching it with an old friend who joined me back in 2007 when Romero Lubambo was in our area with his Trio Da Paz (Trio Of Peace).

One of my favorite songs sung by Luciana is with another great Brasilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, Morrer De Amor (To Die Of Love):


Her final note just pierces my heart with its beauty!

Rambling on, wrapping up with just a note of gratitude: Not that New England really WANTS all the snow they've got coming their way, but my cross country skis are getting QUITE restless & itchy tonight, nipping at my heels, hoping New England didn't snatch ALL the snowfall for themselves and that there will be enough to allow us to get out at least ONCE more this year tomorrow! :-)

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  • -DAVE-
    Love your music references. A great guitarist is Ottmar Liebert - You've probably heard of him though...

    Great work - keep up the faith!

    2897 days ago
    Very cool on the varied workouts!

    I've grown so accustomed to my spin bike workouts that I'm going to re-fit my road bike based on how I've arranged my ride!

    Good luck....keep at it!
    2897 days ago
    Glad to hear an update and that you are keeping at it! An 'advanced' spin class sounds TOUGH, but after yesterday's ride, spending time OUT of the saddle sounds like a good thing! The only thing that's hurting today is my seat! emoticon

    I also love your challenge about your maximum number of mins you've spent on a treadmill... a great goal to try to break! And, running a 5K each year!
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    I like the music links you posted, thanks for sharing! emoticon
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    2899 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*

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  • JLITT62
    I AM a runner, but 11 mm are STILL fast for me . . . if you run, you're a runner. But I know it's not your fav.

    Nice to hear you again. We miss you!
    2899 days ago
  • BILL60
    Good look on your skiing.
    2899 days ago
    Sounds really active! That's great. I understand those thoughts, Don.. Hang in there, my friend!

    2899 days ago

    What you lack in frequency, you make up in volume. Oh! There's a double entendre in there.

    Anyway Judith and I will keep an eye peeled for you Sunday. Thanks again for the heads up in the Binghamton Area Losers group.

    2899 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3528530
    Good to 'see' ya, sparky bud. Has been awhile, hasn't it? On the up side, you've inspired me....my daughter works with a fella who belongs to a biking club here in our community, so we are both going to begin taking the steps (and purchasing the equipment) to become members. It can only be a good thing. However, any suggestions you can pass along to a newbie re: best/necessary equipment, etc. would be vastly appreciated. Hope you and yours have a most excellent weekend.
    2899 days ago
    Glad you're back to blogging.
    One step backward, two steps forward.
    2899 days ago
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